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158 November 18th, 2013 CASTING BOMBSHELL: David Tom Returns To Y&R as Billy Abbott as Billy Miller Opts To Leave!

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We tell ya, what goes on behind the scenes of your favorite soaps is even more of a cliffhanger and shocker than the soap itself!  Case in point, today David Tom has been announced as the replacement for Billy Miller in the role of Billy Abbot on The Young and the Restless!  The biggest part of this casting bombshell is that Tom originated the role of Billy Abbott.  David played the role from 1999-2002 and earned a Daytime Emmy for his performance.

As for Miller, reports indicate that the two-time Daytime Emmy winner opted to leave when an agreement could not be reached with the number one soap.

TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan first tweeted the shocking news by relating, “WOW! Massive @CBSDaytime NEWS! #BillyMiller OUT at @YandR_CBS and guess who’s the NEW Billy Abbott??? DAVID TOM is BACK! Deets 2Morrow AM!”

CBS Entertainment Daytime’s Sr. VP. Angelica McDaniel followed up with a tweet confirming the casting change stating:  “Please join me in welcoming Daytime Emmy winner David Tom back to #YR and @CBSDaytime as Billy Abbott’s exciting storyline continues.”   She then later tweeted, “I respect Billy Miller’s decision to move on and wish him great success in his future endeavors.”

As most soap fans know, David Tom is the real-life brother of The Bold and the Beautiful’s Heather Tom (Katie).  Heather originated the role of Victoria Newman on Y&R which is now played by Amelia Heinle!

We will have more on this developing story tomorrow, but for now, what do you think about David Tom back in as Billy Abbott?  Are you shocked Billy Miller actually decided to go?  Weigh-in!

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  1. Krissy says:

    Utter BS. Billy Miller is the star of the show and this is terrible. Fire Jill now.

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    Donnie replied

    Jill Phelps- has RUINED This show, I stopped watching a few months ago, I really don’t think Mr. William Bell would be proud of this show now at all, Just saying!!!

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    Joshua replied

    Nobody is discussing whether or not David Tom has curbed his drug problems. Remember, this is the reason he was fired from “One Life to Live” in late 2004.

    Jack replied

    Is she behind the recent decision to turn off the lights before filming? There may be some great acting going on, but the sets are so dark you cannot see the expressions on anyone’s faces . Annoying!- this isn’t supposed to be Dark Shadows!

    Timmy replied

    She has ruined the show, Jill Phelps and the writers. I quit watching the day Deliah died.

    Jeffrey Jonas Moree replied

    hate to say told you so!

    jaybird369 replied

    Joshua…honestly, dude…I did not know about David Tom and his drug problems. D-A-M-N!!!!! And by the way, you crack me up whenever you refer to Y&R’s Dylan as DULLAN. HAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Dude…that is so funny, yet, so very true. LOL!!!!!

    Joshua…take care, bro. Peace.

    Rebecca replied

    The characters of Billy & Victoria have great chemistry. Definitely a mistake is the re cast. rebecca

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  2. Claire says:

    Billy Miller is such an amazing actor and excellent “Billy Abbott.” His absence will certainly be missed. I hate that an agreement couldn’t be reached but you cannot blame him for wanting to pursue other acting options if they are out there. I can see why they would go for bringing in someone who has been in the role before b/c it will be hard for anyone to fill Billy Miller’s shoes.

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    Marissa replied

    Thank you for speaking with reason! It makes sense that they’d rather go with the original than hire yet ANOTHER recast. I loved David Tom as Billy. And while I agree with the majority that he doesn’t go with Victoria, he was perfect with the original Mac! Maybe they’ll bring her back! I’ve never been a Villy fan BECAUSE I always thought he belonged with Mac and Clementine Ford was awful!

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    Lauren replied

    Totally agree! I’ll miss Billy Miller tons as Billy, but David Tom is the next best thing, hands down. YES – Clementine Ford sucked, but I think Ashley Bashioum is doing something in the non-acting world now. I would love to see her return though!

    Timmy replied

    I think Mac is married to JT, but you are right, they could get back together but that was years ago and this show is just going downhill. Mac didnt even make Katherines funeral.

    MEL SMALL replied

    David Tom is a terrible actor and so unbelieveable. He is not handsome and nothing like Billy Miller. This Billy struggled with his part. How on earth could he have been chosen to replace Miller. Please get someone else for Billys part. Tom’s is awful

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  3. Claire says:

    Also… i don’t see this Billy as having chemistry with Victoria. We’ll have to wait and see but I think this is the end of Billy/Victoria.

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    Harry replied

    I thought the chemistry between Billy and Victoria was deadly as she was always such a downer which extinguished his magnetic spark. I am sorry he’s going but he just might have what it takes to make in in the big time.
    If he has to be replaced, who better than Mr. Tom who was so touching with Mac back in the day.

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    Marissa replied

    TOTALLY AGREE! He was great with Mac back in the day, and he’s a great actor, too!

    su0000 replied

    I just search for recent pics of David Tom
    wow! he is a baby-face,,
    He will look like Victoria’s son..
    Will be odd seeing her robbing the cradle LOL ..

    I can not David Tom /Billy mixing it up with Victor, either ..

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    Timmy replied

    Stupid to let Billy Miller go.

  4. Irma says:

    Well one thing about this decision is The young and the Restless will no longer be number one hope another show like Days beats it in ratings. He was a big part of this show and they would even promote the show with his and Amelia’s faces on TVGN as they were the favorite couple and fans would also vote them as their favorites on magazines. So I hope he gets treated better in his future endeavors hope to hear Jill Farren Phelps gets fired. The young and the restless has been lousy and him and Amelia were the life of the party to me. I hope Billy Miller see’s all the support he gets from fans and moves on to bigger and better things.

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    Harry replied

    You have your facts mixed up– Y&R was number one long before Billy Miller came to its shores. It’s the truth and this comes from a huge fan of Billy Miller’s. He was so magnetic from day one but Victoria made him duller than dishwater–what a horrible paring they are.

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    Beti replied

    Why should Jill get fired over this? It was Billy Miller’s choice to leave to do other projects

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    k/kay replied

    I agree I am not JFP’s biggest fan but Billy Miller has done this the last three years. David Tom was excellent in the role I am just glad they had the good sense to not bring a totally new face FOJ’s for the recast. Peter Bergman has said every time he goes into contract talks he does not try to break the bank. Good advice! I think they got tired of screwing around looked at some old tapes of David Tom and offered him the job. As far as the romance with Victoria it was always off to me since she had been married to Brad Carlton a wide age difference don’t you think.

    clh replied

    I don’t think it’s a coincidence that their heavy hitters are walking when it’s time for contract renewal since she has arrived.

    Marissa replied

    BM decided to leave. David Tom was great as Billy, everyone should give him a chance! And Billy and Victoria were not the first couple to grace our TV screens, jeez!

  5. Shawna says:

    I never watched David Tom as Billy Abbott…only been watching Y&R since 2004. I loved Billy Miller in the role and think he is one of the Best Actors I have ever seen on Daytime right up there with Jonathan Jackson and Tony Geary who I also considered some of the BEST.

    I really haven’t liked the character of Billy since he married Victoria and became a part of the Newman family. I liked Billy much more when he was menacing and had this push and pull relationship with Chloe. I preferred the character in his beginnings with all his complications and deep issues. In the last 3 years, the character has been more of a laughing stock and an idiot. I still enjoy Miller as a performer but the writing hasn’t appealed to me at all.

    I think even though David Tom is a year older than Billy Miller, he looks younger than him so with Amelia being older…and him looking so young, I think this is the end of Villy. That doesn’t bother me at all because I always preferred Chilly. Billy Miller and Elizabeth Hendrickson’s fiery chemistry is what drew me into the Billy character and lit up my TV screen. So, maybe DT looking so young means the show will have to pair him elsewhere. I am not opposed to them testing him with Elizabeth Hendrickson just wish it was Billy and Elizabeth getting a shot at real coupledom on the show again.

    I think the storyline will suffer because I know as a fan, I want to see Billy Miller play the scenes where he learns Adam is the driver and takes his revenge on him. That’s important to me for emotional closure from this Delia’s death storyline. However, if they haven’t filmed those scenes, I worry that with the quick recasting all that story will be left up to David Tom to portray and the history or investment just isn’t there for me. So, if BM doesn’t get to play those upcoming story arcs, I will be sadly disappointed.

    It will be like Tamara Braun exiting GH, a week before kidnapped Michael was returned to Carly. The scenes lacked the history, connection and fell completely flat for me. However, since JFP was responsible for killing the end of that story with some serious bad timing to enter Braun’s replacement, I can see her doing that here when she brings in David Tom.

    I wish Billy Miller the best as I said, he is one of the Best Actors Daytime has ever been privileged enough to have even if only for 5 years. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for him, his star is sure on the rise.

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    Harry replied

    I agree with your every word. Yes, Billy was better with Chloe ( I refuse to engage in cutesy soap opera word play for soap opera couples. Is it not enough that we watch them and post on such forums about them? )
    Victoria Newman, as played by Amelia, is the anti serum to Rogaine. God, she is a bore and her trying to get frisky with Billy when he was in abject state of grief was rather disgusting.

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    Kay replied

    I agree with everything you say.

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    Marissa replied

    I respect your opinions, but let me point something out to you. A good friend of mine is a GH fan, but she didn’t start watching til after Jonathan Jackson had left (the first time). When he came back, she was only familiar with the other 2, BUT she said JJ is her favorite Lucky! Keep in mind, JJ’s original Lucky and Greg Vaughn’s were very different, IMO. But even she said he was the best. I did watch when David Tom was on and not only did I love him, but I was heartbroken when he left! The original Billy & Mac are my favorite couple still (tied with Sonny & Brenda on GH). I know you’re familiar with Billy Miller, who I also love, but give David Tom a chance. You could be pleasantly surprised, just like my friend was about Johnathan Jackson. I agree that DT’s Billy and BM’s Billy are very different, but so were the 2 Lucky’s. This isn’t the end of the world or of Y&R. I’d also be elated if they brought back Ashley Bashioum as Mac.

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  6. jaybird369 says:

    This is such stupid-ass BULLSHIT!!!!! And, I have a feeling that that fire-breathing Jill Farren Phelps had a dirty and manipulative hand in this. I AM BEYOND UNIMPRESSED HERE!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    Jill had NADA to do with this. So you all need to stop blaming her for every single thing, and shut up, and enjoy the show.

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    jaybird369 replied

    Scott…look…more and more, it’s hard to currently enjoy watching Y&R when it’s becoming more and more UNWATCHABLE. As for that Jill Farren Phelps, she is doing nothing but DESTROYING Y&R with her awful and arrogant antics. And, remember…JFP has a HORRIBLE HISTORY of being an Executive Producer on other soaps over the years. Remember that.

    Take care. Peace.

    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    Jaybird, you and I are clearly NOT watching the same series right now. And Jill is still fixing Y&R, Maria destroyed it by attempting to act as a Bell, which she is not. I refuse to see Jill as the martyr and people accusing her of such are clearly close-minded and very arrogant themselves.

    jaybird369 replied

    Scott…you’re right about one thing…you and I are clearly NOT watching the same Y&R right now. And…Jill Farren Phelps is N-O-T fixing Y&R…she is CLEARLY RUINING IT!!!!! JFP has ruined every soap she has been a part of over the years…AW, GH, GL, OLTL and SB. One final thing: As a lifelong soap opera fan, I am N-O-T arrogant and closed-minded. As a soap fan, I know when I’m being CONNED and I WON’T stand for it…PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!!

    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    You’re clearly just here to hate on Jill, who has been saving the show and doing great things for the series. And you ARE being close-minded and arrogant in your words against someone whose job is NOT EASY. If fans were in charge, this show would be cancelled in days. Jill has done wonders for the series. I doubt Maria would’ve given Katherine/Jeanne the tribute that Jill has given. Maria would’ve written her into being killed off by someone or over a cliff, and then never heard from again.

    Jill and the head writers have made the show character-driven, a much distance from the plot-driven storylines Maria attempted to throw at the fans. So yes, you are being arrogant and close-minded at a woman who is attempting to fix years of damage. During Maria’s reign, I watched maybe 2-3 episodes per week. Since Jill has come into power, I never miss a show and never fast forward through it. She’s fixed the show and made it more what it’s truly meant to be.

    jaybird369 replied

    Blah Blah Blah Blah.

    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    Oh real mature Jay. Continue showing how immature you are. Really. Your parents must be proud somewhere.

    jaybird369 replied

    Scott…I am N-O-T immature. And please leave my parents out of this. Dude…my mom passed away from cancer on November 6th, 2003. More and more, it shocks me that it’s already been 10 years that my mom’s been gone. As far as I’m concerned, time flies but not always for the better.

    Take care, Scott.

  7. Sam says:

    Well, the only reason I was still watching y and r was for billy miller. Now I’m done, honestly should’ve been done a long time ago, the show is just not the same anymore. Farewell!

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    Timmy replied

    Me too Sam but I quit after the killed Deliah, you think it was a coincidence Billy is out after that stupid storyline, he knows he can do better someplace else!

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  8. Tom says:

    Loved Billy Miller in the role of Billy Abbot; very sorry to see him go. But, hey! If he has to be replaced, who better than the original Billy Abbot but David Tom? Welcome back, David! Happy trails to you, Billy Miller!!!

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  9. Enrique says:

    getting severe Greg Vaughan/Jonathan Jackson and Eileen Davidson/Shari Shattuck deja vu

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  10. KatieK says:

    JFP has ruined this show.

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    Rita replied

    Getting rid of Billy is a hugh mistake, JFP should have been gone a long long time ago, but all we can do is boycott the show until they actully here us, no one in my book can replace Billy thats why I watch as the others are driving mr crazy the show is runied, andI dont think it can be fixed, Mr Bell come down and shake them up, please stay Billy

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    Gloria replied

    Yes gettingrid of Billy Miller is a mistake…he’s a great actor, BUT his role with being married to Victoria has really become sickening…dull really..Hum-Drum being involved with The Abbotts…I’m sure he felt the same way, NOT going anywhere..I’ve watched this show for almost 50yrs. now..It’s had it’s highs & lows & ups & downs..Sometimes I wouldn’t tune in for almost a week & got caught up in one episode…what I had missed..Anyway long time fan & get frustrated like the rest of you..Too many changes happening in the show when I just figured out the other new faces on it that they threw in there..lol..By the way Rita…you might want to use spell check on here…or read what you’ve written before you post it..

  11. Enrique says:

    you guys do realize Billy Miller CHOSE to leave

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    k/kay replied

    No they don’t like I said I am no fan of JFP but this is not her fault I think he pushed a little to hard and it backfired. For those of you who have not seen his work go back and you tube plus maybe we will get some Jill and Billy scenes they were great in the day together when David Tom was playing the part. I am anxious to see his take on the role again.

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    Marissa replied

    Me, too! So excited! Everyone forgets how great he was with her – he won an Emmy, hello?!

  12. frances says:

    I wish Billy Miller hadn’t quit the show,he was such a great actor and he made the best Billy Abbott..I wish him all the luck in the world with whatever he does.

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  13. Jerrica says:

    I really enjoyed Tom when he was on OLTL and played the villainous type…maybe that’s the direction they’ll take the character of Billy Abbott? I’ve gotta say this soap is unrecognizable and I miss the Maria Arena Bell Regime.

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  14. su0000 says:

    Y&R has been terrible..
    Any change can not hurt ..

    Hope VF grabs Billy Miller for GH … :)

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    su0000 replied

    correct– FV …

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  15. Susan says:

    Wow…not good news! Sony & CBS need to get their heads out of of the sand and fire JFP NOW! I have waited for the show to return to the glory days of the Bill Bell era, but my patience is tested every day. Y&R is slow, dark and depressing and I don’t see it improving. Billy Miller is an amazing actor and he will be missed!

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  16. MEG says:

    I enjoyed David as BILLY ,AND LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING HIM AGAIN.Hope they have ADAM AND BILLY GET ALONG .AND STAND UP AGAIIST VICTOR.

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  17. su0000 says:

    Michael might not allow YouTube’s, dunno..
    If he doesn’t then it will be gone and I and Michael enjoyed watching it .. lol
    (I’m not going to like him as Billy, nope..

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  18. ethel says:

    wow – i just hope billy miller stays long enough to wrap up this delia hit & run story line ………….
    i do wish billy miller the best & i hope we will be seeing him starring on a prime time show soon – he is such a talented actor.

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  19. Carol says:

    Well in shock is all that comes to mind. I have been watching this show and the only soap I watch I might add for 30 years now and have seen people come and go and really am sick at this one. Ever since they killed off Don diamond(brad) the writers have been killing off or higher ups have not been agreeing with these stars on their terms and they leave. Just when you get use to a character poof they are gone!

    Billy Miller is a great actor and a huge part of this show and I remember David as billy on here but will admit I think Billy and Victoria will be over. The chemistry wont be there any more and yesterdays episode was the proof when Victoria says maybe her dad was right they should take time away from one another.

    Think higher ups at the soap better get their heads out of their ass and start rethinking things or they will no longer have the number one soap and they will no longer have fans.

    Respectfully,
    Carol C.

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    Michelle replied

    I am shocked, as well, that Billy Miller is leaving. He is a wonderful storyteller and made the audience really feel the pain and agony of what losing a child is like. He has just started in the aftermath of a devastating situation. I have been watching soaps for over 30 years and can truly say that his reaction and the aftermath……so far, has been spot on. I wish him the best and hope to see him in bigger and better endeavors. This is a major blow to Y & R, this they may not realize yet. If they get “Best Soap” this year, it will be because of Billy Miller. David Tom reminds me of something like this……….you lived in a town for many years and when you left you remember it rich and thriving, you go back to that same town 10 years later and you don’t recognize a thing…….poverty and building that are dilapidated. They might as well start planning a funeral for Billy Abbott.

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    Timmy replied

    I agree Michelle, this isnt Best Soap, the powers that be ruined the show in the last year.

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  20. Tim J says:

    This is so stupid, Billy Miller took this character to the next level amd was the star of the show. He was going thru real life situations.

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  21. BellFan says:

    It’s a big loss for the Y&R since Billy Miller is truly one of the most versatile actors ever seen in daytime!!! He is just amazing!!! But I must say, I used to love David Tom as Billy. He is also really talented actor and since Miller opted to leave, I think David was the best choice to replace him!!! It will be a bit different Billy but David had a great chemistry with Peter,Eileen and was also amazing in the scenes with her onscreen mom (jess!)
    Good luck to Miller and congrats to his amazing work in the last years!!!

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  22. Beacon says:

    Now, we just need to get Victoria out of Billy’s life and bring back Mac. David Tom and Ashley Bashioum were great together.

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    k/kay replied

    I think AB retired from acting and is a plastic surgeon! I agree they were good in the day she was the best Mac none of the recasts ever caught on with me the last one was gosh awful.

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  23. Tori says:

    I am not surprise Billy Miller is moving on, the man has major talent and will be on the big and small screen in no time. I like David but he has a different persona then what Billy Miller had in Billy Abott; Miller made Billy into this lovable bad boy with a wicked sense of humor. David looks super young for his age, I imagine they must be heading in a different direction with the character of Billy Abbott. I do wish both actors the best of luck.

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  24. I Know Bull says:

    We have been going through this sad merry go round for last three years. Will he go will he stay. Glad he chose a side and stop waffling. It got old fast. As for Amelia she looks old and tired. I Thought she looked better before she and Be Billy got saddled with Villy he’ll.

    Totalling ruined Billy, she whined he caved. DT is an excellent actor and while BM is good I think Tom is better. Let’s hope time will tell. BM and Jess Walton had no chemistry. It will be good to see her character with a son she seemed to genuinely liked. I just find it Ironic that Angelica Mcd said the same parting crap that she said when the Stafford left.

    Good Luck BM..

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  25. Jenny says:

    No offence to David Tom but this situation sucks!!!!!!!!!!!

    First of all, Billy Miller has come to OWN the role of Billy Abbott. Him and Amelia Heinle have awesome chemistry and have come to be one of the show’s couples that overcomes many obstacles, most notably the ever-interfering father-in-law from hell, Victor!

    I can’t see Amelia having this chemistry with David because he looks too young for her quite frankly. Hell he looks younger than Nicholas and even Kyle, Jack’s (Billy’s brother) son! This is going to be a disaster because it will ruin one of the show’s most popular couples plus Billy will appear as if he is SORAed backwards. Hell he even looks too young to have been Delia’s father.

    I have nothing against David Tom as an actor but I just can’t see him stepping back into a role he played when Billy was a TEENAGER and now portray him as an grown man grieving the loss of his daughter! It’s asking me to stretch boundaries too far.

    Jill Farren Phelps is an idiot to let Billy Miller get away-I hope either primetime or another soap grabs him fast and makes her woe the day she let him go!

    Jenny

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    k/kay replied

    Pop over to TV Guides article Michael Logan has their pictures side to side of the actors David Tom is 35 and actually looks very handsome he has lost a lot of the baby fat he had years ago. It has been 11 years since he played Billy he has grown up I think you will be pleasantly surprised he has a good range for drama. I think everyone is confusing this with the GH Lucky’s and it is nothing like that JJ and GV had at least 10 years age difference that was why it was such a shock for me when they went back to JJ after GV.

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    Mary SF replied

    The character Billy was born in 1993 so the character should only be twenty and the character Victoria was born in 1982 which should make her 31. They SORAS Victoria in 1991 to 16, which would make her 38. And they SORAS Billy in 99 to 16, which would make the character 30. So either way Vicky has always been older than Billy. But it sounds like they want to take Billy in a new direction, which probably means they will be ending that marriage anyway, so it is most likely a moot point whether this Billy will fit with the actress now playing Victoria. He should just be glad it’s not his sister playing her anymore, otherwise that might be too weird for words.

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  26. jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    Hurry GH…grab Billy Miller…then rub it in Y&Rs face!!!

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    andrea replied

    As Jason

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  27. john says:

    I liked him better on OLTL

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  28. franz says:

    I wish them both the best. Miller opted to leave, his choice, he wasn’t forced out. I wish people would grow up and stop taking these soap operas so seriously. Actors move on, they want more exposure and to do that they sometimes have to jump the ship. It’s not always the producers fault.

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  29. Brinard says:

    So, I want to further fuel the fire with a theory that has already been mentioned before here. Just days after it was announced Tristan Rogers is leaving GH and returning to Y&R, now Billy Miller is leaving Y&R, and was thought to been replaced before Steve Burton’s arrival in January as Billy Abbott. Who wants to bet that giving in a few months were going to get another casting bombshell about a Jason Morgan recast for GH, played by none other than Billy Miller?

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  30. Pam says:

    THE SHOW HAS CERTAINLY TAKEN A WRONG TURN LATELY> NOT HAPPY WITH THE NEW HEAD WRITER> THEY’VE KILLED OFF ANOTHER CHILD AND NOW LET ONE OF THE BEST ACTORS GET AWAY. BILLY HAS BEEN THE BEST ONE THEY’VE HAD FOR THAT CHARACTER. I’VE WATCHED THIS SHOW FOR 30 YEARS AND SADLY AM NOT WATCHING MUCH ANYMORE. THERE’S JUST TOO MUCH GLOOM AND DOOM AND WE HAVE THAT ENOUGH IN OUR OWN LIVES.

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  31. Johnny says:

    Billy Miller just played what will probably be the storyline of his career. He was awesome. And now he is moving on. Like it has never happened in soaps before? A young person wanting to move on? Come on. Seriously? Threats, hatred, fire Jill rants….really? David Tom was the first Billy and a darn good one. His Billy was a nice well adjusted young man until brought back by MAB as a hard drinking hard partying hard living bad boy. At least Phelps went back into the past of the show to find the perfect replacement…and she didn’t hire Timothy Gibbs or kevin McClatchy or John Bolger to play the part. I was being sarcastic there but making a point. She could have easily hired any good looking blonde guy…but she chose to rehire someone with whom the audience has a connection. He is an Emmy winner. It will be awkward at first…for a little while. This is similar to when Jonathan Jackson reclaimed the role of Lucky. After many years of Greg Vaughan playing the part as a man, it was jarring to see the baby faced still looks 16 Jackson in the role. Lucky was in a much darker place than when Jackson had last played him as is Billy. But if Miller has to leave, and he is..then this is the best decision. I hope Tom and Heinle have chemistry.

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  32. donny says:

    Chill out everyone. billy miller has decided to move on. david tom was the origional billy. David did a wonderful job playing billy abbott. he also won a rmmy.

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    donny replied

    I meant he won an emmy. lol.

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  33. Michael S says:

    I’m sure it won’t take Billy long to land somewhere. I hope it is on GH as a Dillon recast but suspect Billy has his sights set on Primetime. Good luck Billy wherever your next project takes you!

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  34. Max says:

    Hey JFP could have just killed him off like she usually does with beloved characters so I guess we should be happy.

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  35. jonboy says:

    Miller was great but actors need to act, not be the same character their entire career. He will be a major Hollywood star. I will miss him but, at the same time, am happy the original Billy is the recast.

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  36. Tim says:

    Hopefully GH will hire Billy Miller to play Dylan Quartermain.

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  37. kaffe says:

    A recast for Jason Morgan!!!!!

    Yes!!!!!!

    Jason versus Silas

    Round 2

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    andrea replied

    YES

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  38. mo says:

    Going to miss Billy Miller for so long. I think he has been wasted in some of the storylines. Don’t know that David Tom has it.

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  39. Jen says:

    Honestly, I’m fine with this. Billy Abbott for me is David Tom. I loved Mac and Billy back in the day and I was sad when DT left. BM has done an excellent job with the role in DTs absence but he represented a different version of Billy…it is why, for me, Billy and Mac 2.0 didn’t work. Get me Ashley and Thad again and I will be ecstatic.

    A soap does not live or die by one actor. DT is certainly capable of knocking it out of the park in the role he originated! Give him a shot.

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    toscanti replied

    I agree!!

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  40. JUDY says:

    REASON FOR WATCHING THESE DAYS……..BILLY MILLER…….NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD SAY IT BUT NOW THAT JEANNE COOPER IS GONE AND THE SHOWS DRAG ON AND ON………..PROBABLY WILL BE TIME FOR ME TO QUIT WATCHING……I WISH BILLY MILLER ALL THE SUCCESS HE WILL ENJOY ELSEWHERE!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Timmy replied

    Judy I quit after the killed off Deliah, it got voted Worst Storyline by Soaps Digest. I agree, couldnt watch it anymore, now Billy is gone, the storylines boring. I am done.

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  41. Rob says:

    Billy Miller just jumped off the daytime equivilent of the Titanic. This show just lost one of oits two interesting actors, Michael Muhney cant carry this sinking ship alone. I just hope when it does go down, Jill Farren Phelp’s caree goes with it. Sony and CBS cheaped out, period.

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    Earika Rickabaugh replied

    Let’s just hope when Michael’s contract comes up for renewal JFP isn’t around!!!

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    Patrick replied

    “This is exactly, what concerns me”

    verbatim: Michael Muhney can’t carry this sinking ship alone.

    to upend our belief that DT.. is going to be Billy.. is going to be glaring and admissible: day 1… especially with Victoria…

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    I’m not good with recasts.
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    Sony and CBS cheaped out, period.

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    Y&R is so of track…

    with all that’s going on… in front of and behind the scenes…
    it staggers me… to even think of ways to improve… what was once a #1 show… and… lo and behold… CBS will trot out another save our show PR campaign

    what a mess

    this is tragic for keeping this show vital and on par…

    Billy and Adam = VS = victor and jack

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  42. Scott (ATWT Fan) says:

    People blaming JFP are idiots. It’s clear Billy has wanted out for years and he is deciding to leave on his own, and a former actor/familiar face is returning.

    I wish wish Billy the best and welcome home David!

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    daring sally replied

    I agree with you completely. Sometimes it’s best to follow your heart and move on. One never knows what the future holds unless they go for it.

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    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    It’s beyond clear that Billy Miller hasn’t wanted to depart the series and pursue other avenues. And now he’s deciding to do so.

  43. Christina P says:

    I am highly disappointed that Billy Miller and Y&R could not come to an agreement. I can’t believe they let him walk. At the same time, if he had to be replaced, David Tom is the best option. This is CRAZY.

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  44. Mark says:

    I don’t remember this guy as billy so that says something. They really need someone intense in this role.

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    Travis T Thomas replied

    No that just means you were prolly NOT watching YR at the time. This guy made the Mac/Billy SL epic. And he won a Daytime Emmy for it. So if you dont remember the Original Billy Abbott, to me that says something as well.

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    Mark replied

    I’m glad you’re his biggest fan but I have watched for 25 years and he is a blip on my Y&R radar, thank you and GOD BLESS YOU

    Travis T Thomas replied

    Hey I was just responding to the way ur comment was about him. Im not some cheerleader for him. I just think if you are gonna scream you’ve been a YR fan for 25 years, but yet you cant remember the ORIGINAL teen Billy who won AN EMMY for his portrayal and played the role for 3 years, that says more about you than him. I mean they couldnt even recreate the Billy/Mac magic after David left. And yes their were some terrible recast after him, but this kid was damn good. I just felt the way you came across as some long term fan, that you would remember the original portrayer. But you dont. Life goes on. Its okay. GOD BLESS back at u.

    Beacon replied

    Mark there’s no need to be rude. David Tom is beloved to Y&R audiences, especially since he was a crucial element in the Billy and Mac love story.

    Marissa replied

    You’re right, Travis. David Tom was amazing as Billy – the original Billy/Mac storyline was one of the best they had. I’ve also been watching the show for 20 years, and I remember DT’s Billy fondly. In fact, I could’ve been angry that the show changed Billy so much when BM came on because DT’s Billy was never a screw up to the extent that BM’s Billy is.

  45. PatF says:

    It’s weird to me how people react with emotion and can’t edit what they are thinking.

    Miller’s contract was up AGAIN. And once AGAIN he played hard ball and this time didn’t get what he wanted. To those saying…”give him what he wants”…it doesn’t happen anymore. There are ONLY four soaps left. Those days don’t exist.

    I LOVED Miller as an Abbott. He fit in, and did a fantastic job, and I don’t want him to leave. But it’s his decision people.

    BUT getting the ORIGINAL Billy Abbott back in the form of Tom is an excellent decision. He’s so great in that role, but it will be a revert back to how he created it. I’m fine with it. It hopefully means a new direction for both Billy and Victoria, and a bigger focus on the Abbotts.

    Lastly, no one can tell me that picking Tom was Phelps’ decision. She would have much rather pulled out that stale GH casting guide she uses. So something is going on behind the scenes. I think someone (maybe Angelica via Margo) is “advising” Phelps what she needs to do since there was sooooo much negative backlash over Delia being killed off. Ditto with the return of Rodgers which was a character created by MAB. I think Phelps is now being checked. Or at least I hope so. And I love it.

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    richard replied

    AWESOME post and I totally agree!!!! David Tom was MAGIC as Billy Abbott back in the day and those days of giving an actor WHATEVER THEY WANT is LONG over!!!!

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    Marissa replied

    Yes, Richard – he was magic back in the day!

    Claire replied

    well said

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    Marissa replied

    Totally agree! I’m happy about this. I think BM may have gotten greedy – these people need to realize that they are replaceable (except for Eric Braeden) and get over themselves. DT is a great option; everyone needs to calm down. Also, why does everyone assume that Billy & Victoria is the best couple? I never liked them; not everyone does – surprise, surprise! Ironically enough, part of the reason why I never liked them is because I always felt he belonged with Mac AND although I like BM, he never brought out the magic of the original Billy & Mac.

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  46. Jeff says:

    Bad move Y&R. Billy Miller’s acting is one of the few reasons I have left for watching the show!! Grab him GH!!

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  47. desskyent says:

    I’m going to miss him! He is a natural. I don’t know much about this actor.

    Good Luck To Billy Miller :)

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  48. robert says:

    Sad Billy Miller is leaving, but love David Tom.

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  49. Kerry says:

    NOOOOOO! No one can match his charisma & that sparkle in his eye

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  50. Jared says:

    GREAT AWESOME NEWS! Thank you! I love Billy Miller, but David Tom is Billy. Hopefully, they’ll bring the original Mac back. I really want Heather Tom to return, but I don’t think it’ll be very proper now. LOL

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    Marissa replied

    I wish Ashley Bashioum (original Mac) would return! I googled her and her dad’s website came up…he said he thinks she’ll go into business or back into acting! And, there’s something new on IMDB for her for 2013!

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  51. Michelle Nakagawa says:

    NOOOOOOOO!!!!! Billy Miller is the best thing to happen to Y & R in years! Very shocking and very upsetting :(

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  52. lisa says:

    The role of Billy Abbott was lack luster – until Billy Miller stepped into it.
    He made the role his own, and is now right in the middle of a really important storyline.
    Billy and Amelia (Victoria) are the main reason I still watch Y&R after all these years – the other couple was Nick and Phyllis.
    I’ll follow Billy as a fan wherever he goes – he is such an incredible talent.
    I hope he gets picked up by a great nighttime show – he’d be a fantastic asset to any nighttime drama.
    Again…I’m sad he won’t be one half of an awesome acting partnership on Y&R. :’(

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  53. RICKIE says:

    Awful news. But, honestly, I dumped Y&R after the Katherine memorial aired. I won’t watch again until Jill Farren Phelps is gone. I remember her husband, Robert Phelps, from “Search for Tomorrow” in the early/mid 1970s. I guess she has a deadbeat husband to support (he wasn’t very talented), but it’s time for her to go.

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  54. Grace Kuhn says:

    You have got to be kidding. Billy Miller had the role of Billy Abbot down pat. I will sorely miss him. Grace

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  55. toscanti says:

    I really enjoyed David Tom in the role of “Billy” and equally enjoyed Billy Miller too. Billy Miller opted to leave and has been talking about leaving each time his contract has come up in recent years. I wish Miller the best and everyone should rest assured that we will see him in primetime if not movies or both. He is talented and has already landed several primetime guest spots. David Tom was and is an amazing actor not to mention the original “Billy”. For those not familiar with his “Billy”, believe me as a long time viewer and fan he has the same acting chops of his sister Heather Tom (Katie) B&B. If we can’t have Miller, I welcome Tom back and look forward to his take on an adult “Billy”.

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    Marissa replied

    Voice of reason!

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  56. andrea says:

    Billy Miller would be an excellent recast as Jason on GH

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    kaffe replied

    yes indeed!

    I would love for this (Jason Morgan) to feel S-A-L-T-Y when Sam is married
    With a baby if he comeback he might man to man with Mr.Silas!!!

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  57. Jared says:

    I’d just like to say to all the “sky is falling” posters that one actor does not make an ensemble show. Yes, Billy Miller was a great fit for the role, but David Tom created the adult incarnation of this role, and he and other young talents drove Y&R during its final years of brilliance under the Bill/Alden era. He performed with excellence and displayed talent that rivals his super sister Heather. I wish Heather Tom would return, too, but they definitely need to break up the pairing if that ever happened since the two actors are siblings. Amelia, though quite a lovely talent, is not quite the fit for the hardcore, yet vulnerable, Victoria. Still skeptical of the show runners here, but this is the right move.

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  58. drea Jones says:

    I am soooooo disappointed! For me, Billy Miller IS Billy Abbot! I have been watching for years and I don’t think Tom is a better choice. what is it with CBS and the Tom family? Just as I have never gotten used to this Abby, (I have to remember who she’s playing every time she has a scene!) I will never see anyone in this role but Billy Miller. Billy, your awesome! Love ya!

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  59. Susan says:

    I am so unhappy Billt is leaving I have but a true fan since y&r started they are making a mistake give him the money he is well worth your losing a lot of fans if u let this one go. I love him as Billy the best for me

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  60. Gh lover says:

    Hmmmm Billy Miller as Jason Morgan…..Could SO work….

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  61. Patrick says:

    I can only hope…

    for a nuTRIANGLE”

    Stitch – Chloe – Victoria

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  62. Vikki says:

    Y&R went off the deep end several weeks ago…no longer watching – just waiting to hear cancellation notice. Will definitely look for Billy Miller on othrr shows as he is wonderful!

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  63. ShellieBell says:

    I think it’s great the original Billie is coming back, BUT he looks even younger than Miller? Making Victoria look like even more of a cougar? More power to her but DTom looks really young for her and the story line…js

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  64. Gia says:

    When Billy Miller was cast in the role as Billy Abbott, from the first day, he breathed life into this character. An excellent actor!! Y&R wake up!! You know who you are. When Maura West was released and not due to her acting but lousy writing was on of many red flags. Now GH is reaping the benefits of this great talent.

    The casting of Billy was the best recast of a character that I have seen in years.

    Stop the insanity people. Phelps has put another nail in the coffin.

    To Mr. Miller, wishing him the best!

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    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    The whole Maura as Diane was brilliant, but horribly executed by Maria, who didn’t believe in her talents as an actress.

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    jaybird369 replied

    Scott…dude…are you crazy??? Y&R TOTALLY MESSED UP when they re-cast the role of Diane Jenkins by hiring Maura West to play the part. Back in the day, MW was AWESOME as Carly on ATWT and she is just as AWESOME now playing Ava on GH. But, back then, MW as Y&R’s Diane??? No Thank You. Period.

    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    Jaybird, Maura was BRILLIANT as Diane, despite the horrific writing that Maria thought she was able to pass off. But she worked the Hell out of the horrific material she was given. If Diane had been written the way it was for Susan or even Alex, she would still be on the series rocking it out.

    jaybird369 replied

    Scott…dude…what planet do you live on????? Maura West WAS NOT BRILLIANT as Diane on Y&R…BLECH!!!!! In the beginning, Alex Donnelly (the REAL AND ORIGINAL Diane) portrayed Diane as alluring, down-to-earth, mischievous, spunky and strong-willed. Later on, in the 1990′s, Susan Walters portrayed Diane as feisty, fun-loving, lively, sassy and SEXY AS HELL. Trust me…Maura West brought NONE of these things to the Y&R table during her VERY DISASTROUS RUN as Diane Jenkins. No.

    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    Yes, Maura WAS brilliant as Diane, despite the ghastly material being written by a hack “writer” who didn’t utilize the true talents she possesses as an actress. Alex was boring as Diane, and Susan was decent. But Maura was brilliant in the role, if only the writing supported the actress in the role. It could have been a longer portrayal. But Maria thought she knew what she was doing (and she never did).

    jaybird369 replied

    Whatever.

    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    What’s wrong, Jay? Can’t defend your wrong opinion and comments anymore? So you resort to childish ways? Wow. So hope those in your life can handle that.

    jaybird369 replied

    Dude…let me tell you something. I express myself and I state opinions just like everybody else. Also, I know A LOT of people (in my neck of the woods and all) who (1) HATED Maura West in the role of Y&R’s Diane and (2) are TOTALLY FED UP with the current ABSURDITY that’s been happening on Y&R. One last thing: I am N-O-T childish. Furthermore, I am in my mid-40′s and I’ll be turning age 46 this coming Friday (12/6…birthday and all). HOLLA!!!!!

    Take care.

    Timmy replied

    Good points Gia, thats why I quit watching. Glad to know I quit and Billy is leaving, I too remember David Tom but that was years ago and he was with Mac! Mac is now married to JT who is Victoria’s ex. Yuck boring. I wish Mr. Miller the best, he got out because he knows this show is going down the drain.

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  65. Debbie says:

    Not happy that Billy Miller is leaving. Sony should have come to some kind of agreement. This guy is great for the role he plays. He is hilarious too ! It’s all about the money with Sony. We should boycott that show ! Miller is one of the best characters on that show. The new writers are lousy. The storylines are boring and drawn out. And, what’s with Noah’s hair? Is he wearing a wig ??

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    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    Billy hasn’t been great in negotiations with the series. And he only signed a one-year deal last time. That should’ve been a signal he wanted out. CBS/Sony could only fight so much, either he’d move or they’d agree to just let him go.

    Plus, Billy told CBS/Sony he was leaving. And if all you can do is complain, why watch?

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    joan g replied

    yes lets boycott!! my mom watches the show and has been bed ridden for a year and a half and is sick of watching all the depressing crap with comas, a little girl getting killed, lady with MS, and jean cooper died and they hid that so they wouldn’t lose their ratings. the writers suck and have ruined the show and yes I am too complaining and that’s what this comment section is for SCOTT we are saying we don’t wanna watch it anymore- wake up and smell the coffee- figure out what your saying before criticizing others!! the show is very negative and my mom watched it since DAY ONE!! Its the holidays and its depressing! no one has watched it longer than my mom and she knows how the show took a nose dive. They need new writers- maybe some that ARENT sex addicts. doesn’t matter cause’ she wont watch it anymore to find out.

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  66. Andrea says:

    I have been a HUGE fan of David Tom and I loved him when he played Billy Abbott back in the day. I did stop watching Y&R when David left, and moved to another soap, so I followed. You have to remember when David played the roll of Billy he was a ‘teenager’ and I am super excited to see him take the roll on again as Billy. I loved the chemistry between Billy & Mac (played by Ashley) and would love to see her back again. I know the character of Billy has changed throughout the years, so I am just starting to watch Y&R again, so I can get caught up in the storylines so when David comes back I at least know what’s going on.

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  67. anne says:

    Very, very disappointing. Billy is my fave on the show. I can’t see this change working.

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  68. VEE IN CHICAGO says:

    I love love love billy miller in this role I have been so disappointed by yr this year but this is the worse i have watched this show since day one this is the first time EVER!!!!! I Have not watched dang

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  69. Suzie79 says:

    I have been watching y&r forever and I absolutely LOVED David Tom as Billy. I was so sad when he left. After several horrible recasts of Billy I was very skeptical when Billy Miller was cast. I have grown to love Billy Miller and I am so depressed to hear he is leaving. He is one of the greatest actors ever. However, if he HAS to leave and there HAS to be a recast, then I am glad it is David Tom. He has always been the ‘original’ Billy to me and I hope he is just as great now as he was back then.

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  70. P. K.B. says:

    Hi. We’re to here Billy leaving! We guess Jeanne Cooper was the glue that held that show together. Too bad there isn’t another one to take her Place. Sorry also to Phyllis
    gone from the show we enjoyed her antics for so long , It won’t be the same. Good ones
    are leaving. But it will be interesting as to what the writers come up with storylines for the next year. Happy Holidays!

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  71. Gary says:

    I’ve been watching the show for 40 years. Hooked on it , but for the last few years find myself losing interest. The show has lost it’s direction and just not as fun as its was

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  72. joan g says:

    booo!!!!!!!!!

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  73. ellen says:

    cwey upset with Bully leaving. One one side of the coin, I can see him being upset for not being paid what he feels he is worth..he has done a hell of a job the last year. However, cna;t they pay him more? the fans are nit going to like this..First Katryn (of coyurse, nit a salary issue), and then Dedee..and also Miuchal M..I was startig to really like him with Chelsey and the writters cold have very easily written into the story line that he did nit hit her. But, Billy M. has made the role of Billy A. I say pay him what he is worth..you’ve lost a few actors..I would think not loosing popularity would be worth it! Pl,ease changew yourr minds..

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  74. Evonnie T. Gbadebo says:

    Miller and Muhney leaving Y & R!!!! I am shocked and very disappointed. Both Billy Abbot and Adam Newman are such well-developed characters who have a considerable following. I love Y & R but my commitment to the show is negatively affected. These changes are a major blow to me and others I know who are avid fans. Disappointing.

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  75. Dee says:

    Extremely saddened that billy miller is leaving the young and the restless!!!
    His story line will not be the same…..guess they didn’t try hard enough to persuade him to stay….
    Extremely disappointed as he has left very large shoes to fill.
    He will certainly be missed…..

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  76. Dee says:

    I am extremely saddened of the news of billy miller leaving the young and the restless.
    He truly is an exceptional actor and has earned his loyal watchers of the show….what a disappointment!!!
    The role will never be the same, what a disappointment.

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  77. vernae fitzpatrick says:

    The Billy Miller playing now is the best one you ever have….You horses patut, keep getting rid of the actors like Michael Muhney and our current Actor playing Billy Abbott…Give him the money, that guy can act…I cried with him and the one who plays chloe for little delia…Never seen acting like that…Those two you need to keep…Offer them more money to stay…I loved this adam not the little twerp you want to put in his place, Or the one who will play Billy Abott….PLEASE!!!! the Bell’s are the one you need to get rid of and put in new exciting producers…Also, you are making Victor look like a Don of a organized Family…Make him more likeable.

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  78. MommaCarp says:

    OMG!!! I am so disappointed that today’s show ended with a new Billy Abbott. I Loved Billy Miller. He is such a great actor and brought a lot of excitement to the show, not just the character, his personality was Amazing. Y&R has totally made a mistake, again. I’ve watched this show for 25 plus years. I’m noticing a lot of changes lately, but don’t know why. I’ll continue watching, as I’m addicted to the show, but I will totally miss Mr Miller.

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  79. Rosaetta says:

    I haven’t seen David Tom’s work as Billy. I think he will be great. I liked Billy Miller, but I also liked the changes in actors/actresses who played Jack, Vicki, Jill and Abby. If some soap actors didn’t try out for other parts where would we get movie and night-time TV actors from? Meg Ryan Juianna Moore and Larry Hagman started out on daytime soaps too.

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  80. Taren Keller says:

    I am highly disappointed that Billy Miller has left the young and restless I think he was one of the best actors on the show I don’t even know if I want to watch it anymore I don’t understand why agreement couldn’t have been reached he plays a part better than David Tom ever did

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  81. Joanne says:

    David Tom may have originated the role of Billy Abbott, but Miller made the role what it is today. Wow! Big mistake!!! Huge!! The chemistry between Miller and Heinle was electric, contrary to the roles pkayed by the Toms. David Tom is not as strong an actor as Miller nor is he masculine enough. Will Billy’s grief over Delia turn his attraction to men. Tom would fit with this storyline like a glove. Billy. and Victoria have kept my interest in the show, since David Tom left in 2092. Omg!!!! Omg!!! I was so hoping Billy survived the crash until I saw Tom. Miller was worth every cent/request he demanded in his contract. Good luck with it and watch the ratings drop.

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  82. Laura says:

    Big mistake!!
    David Tom looks to young, they should have never let Miller go… They use to be my fav. Story line now I don’t even want to watch it.
    They don’t have chemistry !!

    Bring Miller Back!!!!!!

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  83. renea says:

    I don’t give a hot dam billy miller was the best looking man on that show. I just hope that we get to see more of him .:-)

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  84. renea says:

    Adam he was ever female ,male friend they would like to have on their side . He crazzzzzy

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