The soap world had been abuzz since last week’s news that Daytime Emmy winner David Tom was let-go from The Young and the Restless as Billy Abbott after only a very short time back on the CBS soap opera. Tom stepped back into the role he originally played after Billy Miller made the decision to exit the series. After David was finally gaining some favor with the fans, while others simply could not see anyone one else in the role but Miller, Y&R terminated the actor and replaced him with actor Burgess Jenkins.
In an exclusive interview with CBS Soaps In Depth, Tom related what the higher-ups told him was one of the reasons for his dismissal: “One of the reasons they said they let me go is that I obviously looked too young when they placed me with the new Kelly. Well, she was hired after I was. I don’t understand why they didn’t think about that when they were casting her. We don’t really have a storyline anyway; She’s with Jack. I thought I looked fine with Missy [Claire Egan, Chelsea]. I really loved working with her.”
CBS Soaps In Depth has more with the interview with the actor in their upcoming June 16th issue, so be on the lookout for it!
What do you think about the reason David explained was a big reason for his dismissal given to him by Y&R? That he looked to young next to the new Kelly (Cady McClain)? Weigh-in!