It was a very sad day for soap fans and cast mates and crew at The Young and the Restless this past Thursday when Billy Miller left the building for the very last time at the CBS soap opera. The two-time Daytime Emmy winner taped his last episode as Billy Abbott!
Miller, who gave his one exit interview to Soap Opera Digest in the current issue on newsstands now, is a must read. In it, Billy gives some insight into what went down behind the scenes that ultimately led to his decision, but when all was said in done, it seemed most to be about getting the breathing room to be able to do other roles and different projects within his acting career.
When asked that in the past during contract negotiations, he eventually signed back with the daytime drama what was different this time that he chose not to re-sign, Miller said: “I was made a generous offer to stay on Y&R. It was definitely a chance to gain veteran actor status. To pass was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I was caught between a rock and a hard place. This is a great role to play. It afforded me a unique lifestyle. However, I realized if I took that contract I would never know what else is out there. In the past we were able to venture out of the Y&R world; now it seems there is no longer that flexibility for me.” Billy has also alluded later in the interview on the contract negotiations: “I can say that somewhere within the negotiation, it just felt like it was time to move on.”
Thursday evening, Billy’s long time co-star Amelia Heinle (Victoria) and Laura Walsh (production, Y&R) threw Miller a goodbye bash attended by many of his cast mates! As many saw on Jessica Collin’s Twitter account, Billy shared some fun with Jessica Collins (Avery), Greg Rikaart (Kevin), and Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea). Jessica stated “That’s a wrap for my dear friend
#BillyMiller at #YR. We will miss you. XoJ @gregrikaart @mclaireegan”
Veteran Y&R icon, Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) yesterday also shared his sentiments on saying goodbye to “Billy boy”, when he tweeted in part: “Said farewell to Billy Miller last night! Great guy and actor!!”
So Y&R fans, Billy Miller has officially concluded his time on The Young and the Restless! We are sure we will see great performances from him again soon as he continues his career in film and television! What do you think about Billy’s statement on the contract talks? Any parting thoughts you want to post here to wish him well? Comment below!