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!