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240 May 29th, 2014 David Tom Speaks Out On Reason He Was Told He Was Being Let-Go From Y&R!

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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!

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  1. jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    He’s a fine actor and i liked him on OLTL…he is right about Kelly…they shouldve got Kelly Sullivan to play the part…she was closer to David Toms age unless they wanted someone older like Cady Mcclain because she was going to be paired with Peter B., but that wouldnt make sense since they have a much younger Hiliary with Neil…whatever the case Y&R shouldve stayed with DT but the next actor might not work out or eventually quit…maybe he’ll do better…who knows…hopefully David will show up on GH as Dillion…id even wouldnt mind him on Days as Mike and Robins son Jeremy Horton or as a Brady!!!

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    dmr replied

    I love Kelly Sullivan! I thought that she would have been a great Sami recast if the writers decided to go that route.

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    I once said that too but i think tptb are open to have A.S. make guest appearances for now…

    rebecca1 replied

    Kelly Sullivan? She looks too old for him too! (I don’t watch the show but I remember him from his OLTL days.) But Kelly? They’re probably around the same age but I can’t see them together.

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    I just like Kelly Sullivan and want her on one of the three soaps…lol

    rebecca1 replied

    Though I agree, she’s a great actress…her character was too hard for me. There was nothing, for me…likeable about her. She was like a real gun mol. And though Ava is too…the fact that she can love Morgan the way she does or did made her more human and vulnerable. Kelly’s Connie was fun to watch, especially in her dual roles, but not a fav of mine.

    I liked Megan Ward. (not for David Tom)…whatever happened to her???

    Mama replied

    That is no reason to fire an actor. There is a lot more to this story that we are being told.

    SkaLove replied

    I agree that Y&R should’ve stayed with David Tom. I felt he was doing well since his return, and definitely didn’t get all caught up into him looking young. Considering Billy and Victoria was a May/December romance, his “youthful appearance” shouldn’t have made a difference. I honestly believe this was just complaints from fans, who wanted Billy Miller(who’s younger than David Tom) back in the role. Most sites I’ve visited the biggest complaints were that he looked too young, and didn’t compare to David Tom.

    I felt for David, because he was immediately thrown into the story that started out with Billy Miller. Most role reprises/recasts usually have a break in between restarting the role. Oh well, I wish David Tom all the luck, because he’s a talented actor, but he needs to be somewhere where his talent is respected.

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    Timmm replied

    Too young and whiny to play Dillion. David is a good actor but he would be best on a Disney show playing an adult character.

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    Don replied

    whoooo, harsh don’t you think

    Lisa replied

    You mean Dylon? Not sure who Dillion is. DT was doing just fine. Don’t judge.

    Timmm replied

    Sorry, I meant Dylan. I am not judging the actor, just leaving a comment Lisa. Thats why they have this option after the story.

    Lori replied

    David Tom was playing Billy not Dylan, are you even watching the show?

    Timmm replied

    I do watch the show everyday. Sorry, I meant to say Billy, not Dylan.

    Carrie Johnson replied

    I hope Chelsea is gone soon

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    Don replied

    It depens of the actress desire to continue on the show if storylines aren’t good and trust me actors like the producers do look at opinions on the web and if those aren’t good and the ratings with it well either the actor decides to leave or get fired.

    k replied

    I thought (Billy) was let go because he was in legal trouble

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    MD replied

    I think he looked too young to be with Victoria

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    Sandra Lynn replied

    I just got use to David Tom playing Billy which he does very well. I enjoyed him the first time he played. I do not enjoy this new guy. Too old. Change it back. Why don’t we ever get a say in the matter? We’re the ones watching it.

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    I tuned in to see the new guy and i say they shouldve kept David Tom!!!

    AB replied

    I’ve been watching since the show started. While some re-casting is hard to get used to, I LOVED David Tom. I don’t think he looks too young at all. I happen to think he moved into the roll perfectly and did an amazing job!! I loved Billy Miller but I love David Tom too. The new Kelly…..now this one I am having a difficult time with. Her facial expressions just don’t seem genuine. Love Young and the Restless!!!

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    David Tom did a fine job…nukelly is like watching a department store maniquin…dull as a doorknob!!!

    Ellie replied

    I loved David as billy the new guy is really throwing me off David had this cute huggable look and vibe I think the bosses blew it

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  2. k/kay says:

    So the PTB over there throw Cady McClain a newbie under the bus I thought they told us when they were recasting Kelly that she was a love interest for Jack. I will also bet you a steak dinner if Michelle Stafford had not went to GH Phyllis would have stayed in a coma forever they just were trying to get back at MS because she left and was not ever coming back and proved it. I feel like Goldie Hawn in the movie Deceived ” Isn’t anybody in charge here”. I absolutely loathe what has become of this show!

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    dmr replied

    I watched the show the other day, on Memorial Day. Haven’t seen it in a long time. I used to watch it during the summer when at home on school vacation. I found it to be boring. But, it was only one episode. I can’t quite grasp why they are number 1; but, what do I know? I probably don’t watch it enough.

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    k/kay replied

    It is not the show it use to be but it is not all this regimes fault LML took over in 2005 and we went to a downward spiral no real vision for the show or the characters but the last 4 are all suffering from producers and writers playing musical chairs. Bottom line when they can replace them with a program that is cheaper to produce etc they will all be gone it is all about the dollars!

  3. Sandy says:

    He is a very good actor however he had to fill the shoes of Billy Miller. Billy Miller made the role his own. I know the truth hurts but he should have been told the truth. He is no Billy Miller. No one is for that matter. The executive producer Jill Phelps needs to be the one fired. If she is fired then the actors that have left will maybe come back. This lunatic is running the story lines in the ground. Good luck to David Tom because as I stated he is a good actor just not good for the story line of Billy Abbott.

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    dmr replied

    From what I have seen of Billy Miller’s scenes, he is pretty amazing.

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    Jake replied

    Billy Miller left. Let’s try to get over that and give someone a chance and then decide if he can make the role his own.

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    SkaLove replied

    I agree, Jake. I honestly believe some people forget this. David wanted to have his cake and eat it too by wanting extra time off. Nothing wrong with him venturing out to other projects, but if he was in a big frontburner, that was going to hurt the Billy character. So he CHOSE to leave, and some fans need to accept it.

    I personally believe Billy Miller is really trying to break away from Daytime.

    Nikki replied

    That’s easier said than done. David Tom is a great actor but he is no Billy Miller just like they are going to replace Adam Newman!!!Good luck you already know and feel sorry for the actor who tries to fill his shoes. There is no Adam Newman except Michael Muhney and there is no Billy Abbott except Billy Miller so why not just kill them off.

    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    Actually, Billy Miller had to fill the shoes of David Tom. The role was originally David’s to hold, and comparing two actors isn’t helping, either.

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    Sandy replied

    I know that David Tom was Billy Abbott before Billy Miller but David Tom never made it a story line worth following like Billy Miller. Billy Miller made it his own and actually enjoyable to watch.

    Jimmy replied

    Agreed, JFP is a tyrant and now it’s clear now why she is loathed by all soap fans. Her tenure at GH was bad and her reign on Y&R is even worse. I feel bad for David Tom because he isn’t a bad actor, he just wasn’t right for the role now because Billy has changed so much since DT last played him. BM did make the role his own and hopefully Burgess Jenkins does the same, in a way that we’ll like. But a lot of it rests on the writing, so hopefully the show knows what they’re doing with him!

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    Elhu replied

    I have much respect for the talented Tom family, including David, but I was honestly not feeling him in the role of Billy this time around. I do believe that he was still working his way back into the part, so maybe a little more time might have worked, I guess we will never know. I did find his look to be a bit too young looking for most of the character’s interactions, so Kelly was just one of them – IMO. Billy Miller’s were big shoes to fill, but now that he has been gone for a bit, and someone else has since played that part (sadly David Tom is that casualty), I think Burgess Jenkins will have an easier time settling into the role. I wish David much good luck in his future endeavors.

    k/kay replied

    The character of Billy did change to a drunk and a gambler who smiled all the time and left a child unattended in a vehicle slept with everything that had legs no responsibility he was not the creation that Bill Bell had. Billy Miller left this role because he wanted to do other things fans and Ah need to get over it and grow a pair she is an actress that needs to be lifted by someone HT never needed another actor to prop her up she owned the part of Victoria Newman she was hired by Bill Bell also he had a eye for talent she had chemistry with every actor she was paired with and she did most of the heavy lifting their was no being a cry baby whining because she did not get her way she took that character from a bratty teenager to a force to be reckoned with in the corporate world. Heather Tom was Victoria Deal With It!!!

    k/kay replied

    And yes I am well aware it is the writers but please quit blaming David Tom he walked into a role which was not the role he left he is a class act all the way please stop the hatred on him I can’t stand it. Any day he can out act Steve Burton or Joshua Morrow!

    Harry replied

    K/Kay–I agree with your every word.

    Peggy replied

    I loved Billy Miller! However, he wanted to leave so I wish him well. I think David Tom was doing an ok job and would have been great in the role if they would have given it more time. It takes time for viewers to accept a new actor replacing someone as well liked as Billy Miller. I remember how much I hated it when David Tom left the role years ago. I loved him as the teenage Billy Abbott. This makes me sad. I also think Joshua Morrow is a great actor who is under appreciated. The one who can’t act is Eric Braden — never could, never will!

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  4. Nemi Denise R says:

    The reason they gave David Tom for firing him is a load of BS because the actor that will replace David looks the same age as he does.

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    robin fletcher replied

    Exactly!

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    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    Haha, no he doesn’t. Burgess looks much older than David looks.

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    DaisyJane replied

    To me it is not that he looks too young – he looks plenty old to play Billy as he has the forehead lines,but to me, it is because he is not as muscular as Billy Miller. I think if they had him hit the gym, he would have more of that romantic lead look. His acting was just fine as was his chemistry with Amelia. It was just that he looked so scrawny. :-(

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    Timmm replied

    Burgess looks older and he will match up in age better with Jack, Kelly, Phyllis, and Stich.

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    Timmm replied

    I know, Stitch. Also with Chelsea. Lets just hope this guy can act! I saw some of his work on Youtube and he looked pretty good.

  5. andrew hass says:

    The show probably had to give David Tom a reason for letting him go and that might have been the best one they could come up with.Plus there might have been other reasons the show let him go but IMO the one David Tom mentioned was a weak one.

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    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    They might not’ve needed a reason; contracts work in 13-week cycles and his 13-week cycle might’ve just run out, and the show decided with the character’s new direction to recast the role with someone older-looking.

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    andrew hass replied

    David Tom was rehired late last.So if he signed his contract in November then then when got fired he would be near the end of his 2nd 13 week cycle of his contract.As for the show giving David Tom a reason for letting him go maybe they knew the press would ask about it and this way he has an answer and it wouldn’t be just him saying the show didn’t give him a reason.

    Maggie Brown replied

    Looking young next to another actor, really is a flimsy excuse for letting someone go. Billy and Kelly’s storyline weren’t hardly crossing paths anymore. If he looks too young, add some makeup and make him look a little older, simple as that….done! Another reason……..definitely!

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  6. Tom says:

    I thought he was improving. Although he does look young. That’s not a bad thing. Hope he gets a new gig.

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  7. SZima says:

    ” I thought I looked fine with Missy [Claire Egan, Chelsea].”

    Sounds like Billy & Chelsea were to be the end game, so I wonder if Burgess will still be with Chelsea…until Adam comes back that is.

    The Kelly shit makes no sense since she was to be with Jack anyway.

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    dmr replied

    I htought when Kelly first came on, before the recast, she was going to be paired within the Billy and Victoria storyline, somehow. Things probably changed; but, casting and writing are still using that excuse about Kelly. Probably leaving it open if Kelly does end up in Billy’s orbit.

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    Devoted Fan replied

    The 180 degree change in Kelly makes no sense. The casting director should be fired.

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    4ever DAYS replied

    Something stinks!

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    Carole replied

    Bullshit! Just Bullshit! He has always looked younger than he is. He’s 35 and Cady is 44. He was doing just fine! Some fans jus don’t know when to let go. JFP should be fired!

    tammiel67 replied

    Carole, David Tom turned 36 on March 23.

    Jimmy replied

    Exactly, and on top of that, Cady McClain looks a lot younger than Cynthia Watros does, so if the show hadn’t recast Kelly, David Tom’s version of Billy would STILL have looked too young to be paired with Kelly. On top of that, Kelly is with Jack, not Billy, so that reason is complete BS, the show just needs something else to say than “the fans didn’t like you because they loved Billy Miller.”

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    Sherice replied

    He’s 36, not 35

  8. Kaleesi says:

    Whatever reason they gave him, bottom line is, he wasn’t cutting it. When BM left I think they felt they needed some kind of publicity stunt to appease fans so they got the guy who originated the role, plus he’s got the famous last name. Unfortunately, more often than not, he came across as throwing tantrums.

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    harry replied

    That’s a matter of opinion, Kaleesi–and it is my opinion you’re wrong on all accounts.

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  9. Allen Saint James says:

    To be quite Frank i think the decision was based on his perceived lack of physical beauty and sex appeal. My sister who is a bigger fan of this show and. Billy miller found his physical beauty distracting. I personally think Miller set a standard for Billy Abbot as a handsome rogue with quirky sensibilities.

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    Sherice replied

    David Tom is very handsome and gorgeous. Beautiful smile

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  10. Z says:

    Cynthia Watrous looked way too old for Billy Miller! This is insanity. I liked David Tom just fine; at least he resembles Billy Miller.

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  11. james harden says:

    Sorry David I thought you did a great job and I really miss you.

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  12. TorontoTom says:

    I doubt it had anything to do with “looking too young”. Bottom line – he was terrible in the role. Not believable for a second. They did the right thing by cutting their losses when they realized that he wasn’t working out at all. Looking forward to the recast of Billy Abbott. The next guy couldn’t be any worse!

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    Sherice replied

    DT is a wonderful actor and originated the role. Let’s not forget the emmy he won.

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    carman replied

    The new actor is really bad as billy first of all he is to old, he looks more like he’s around jack’s age and you know he’s is the younger brother to jack much younger and second there is no chemistry between he and Victoria. And last but not least he doesn’t favor billy at all , David did.

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  13. Lisa Z. says:

    It is a tough business. He does look and act too young. He seems to snarl in all of his scenes. He looks like he is Jack’s son, and a kid brother to Victoria, Chelsea, or Kelly. He must be really angry and surprised as he revealed what he was told to him about the actress who plays “Kelly”.

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    andrew hass replied

    If David Tom is angry i don’t blame him.I’m sure it’s not the first time he was ever fired but he may have just wanted a better reason for been let go after only a few months back.Plus maybe he’s feeling he was not given a fair chance and that the show always had this planned somehow.For example maybe the show knew the fans would have a problem with Billy Miller’s immediate recast no matter who it was.So they rehired David Tom and even used him as publicity by saying they brought back the original Billy.So they threw David to the wolves so to speak.Now this new actor may not face the same problems with the fans that David Tom did because he’s not replacing Billy Miller exactly.

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    CLN replied

    I fully agree! David Tom was the sacrificial lamb. He is a great actor and I loved to watch him. Sad he will be gone.

  14. k/kay says:

    What is so hysterical about all of this hoopla over DT not having chemistry with AH/Victoria the character of Billy Abbott was born in 1993. Do you want to know what the character of Victoria was doing in 1993 losing her and Cole Howards baby. When Billy was aged DT came in 1999 he had one of the most popular pairings with the character of Mckenzie Browning the actress was Ashley Bashioum who portrayed her try going on you tube and looking at their scenes together so DT was a very popular Billy but all the Billy Miller rabid fans could not let go and let this guy have a chance to recreate his magic. And when DT is fired he still remains a class act and calls Y&R his family.

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    Sherice replied

    I agree w/ everthing you said. DT created the role and was/is a phenomenal actor. He did win an Emmy and I loved his scenes with Ashley Bashioum, and the prom episodes were legendary. I didn’t like Billy Maier. I thought he couldn’t act, which is the same thing a lot of people said about DT. His firing is unfair and I wish the higher ups had not listened to the haters, which I think they did. So what if there’s no chemistry w A. Heinle. Just pair him w someone else.

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  15. Reagan says:

    I never thought he looked age appropriate with Victoria when they brought him on. While I love Billy Miller in the role, I never accepted that Miller was the only one that could pull the role off. But Tom was never physically strong looking to take over the adult Billy after Miller. I always felt Stitch & Victor could break him with one punch. Now I think Tom could be interesting on Days as a spoiled nephew of (Victor) through Justin or a Nathan Horton recast.

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  16. Aria says:

    This is the same women (jfp) who fired GH Rebecca Herbts and had no real good reason, then back peddle when the audience threw a monumental fit wish forced her to reverse her stupid decietion . And believe me, she’s notorious for those. But you know what? The hires up let her do it so whose really to blame here? Sony/cbs hired her so they must feel she brings something to the table. Either that or there’s a short supply of people who can run these shows. Thank goodness GH no longer has to deal with her.

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    Michael (not Fairman) replied

    Strange to find myself in the position of taking up for JFP under any circumstances, but the thing with Rebecca Herbst was not her fault (or at least, it did not happen at her instigation). That was engineered by Brian Frons.

    Whether JFP played a significant part in how badly the whole thing was handled, I don’t know; it might be possible to pin some blame on her for that. But the decision itself was not hers.

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  17. Johnny says:

    The looking too young thing is a crock. Billy graduated on screen in 2002. By that time Victoria had been married and divorced at least three times. It has always been established that Victoria is nearly ten years older than Billy. That was never a problem. And about Kelly….why are they hiring an actress like Cynthia Watros who has always played older….her love interests on Guiding Light were people like Robert Newman and Ron Raines…who are now well over 60. If they would think more about story when they are casting instead of grabbing up a soap big name and then having no clue what to do with them…this would not happen. This reminds me of another incident, also from JFP…when she was at Another World. They had new rising star Justin Chambers playing Nick…and he was awesome and fit the role very well…and then one day he was inexplicably replaced by Kevin McClatchy. Not only was Kevin WAY too old to be playing a teenage upstart, he was all wrong for the role and never looked anything less than constipated trying to play it. Mercifully he was replaced by another actor who fit the role much better. I hope this doesn’t continue to happen with Billy. Reckless recasting can damage a character past the point of viability….even a core character like Billy!!

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    Tiffanie replied

    I agree unless this next actor nails it, it could damage Billy. I think Billy Miller was just so damn good as Billy as Michael was with Adam, both very strong, witty take care of themselves kind of men and David T being a good actor was not enough for THIS role. I was REALLY hoping Billy and Michael would return but that looks like that will def not happen now. Hate it for what talent is left on the show. The show is fading..fast

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  18. su0000 says:

    David Tom was mainly let let go because he was a horrible Billy..
    He said his looking too young was –one– of the reasons..
    there were other reasons. He was bad for the part from the git-go..
    He could not portray Billy Abbott, he was too whiny, no charisma, humor, charm , he did not look strong, he was not strong enough to be Billy, etc, he was a horrible Billy..

    I’m sorry he was let go, and lot of it was from CBS’s bad decisions and judgments in first place..

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    harry replied

    But SU00, you claim you never watch Y&R.

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    k/kay replied

    Hmmm why were you sorry he was let go if he was so bad? You say he was a bad Billy and then turn around and say CBS made a bad decision in letting him go. Sounds like you are contradicting yourself!

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    CLN replied

    Sorry, I don’t agree with you at all. David Tom had plenty of charism and charm, not to mention, he is gorgeous. He would have made the role his own if given the time. He is a great actor. I loved his scenes with Jess Walton.

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  19. robert says:

    Y&R definitely screwed David Tom. Their explanation for firing him seems like a load of bull to me. This just shows how JFP treats people. She should be the one fired.

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    Pearl replied

    I agree with you I wish that some would rein her in
    What about Phyllis are they bringing her back even though
    It is not going to be the same one please bring her back ASAP

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  20. jo says:

    The whole show is suffering under the demise of new boss Phelps. DT is more collateral damage. Trying to fill the shoes of the very popular BMiller was more than a challenge. And the next guy may fail, because ppl love Billy Miller.
    DT will find other work I’m sure.

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  21. Mark says:

    I am bored with victoria and billy but I am loving Hillary and Neil!! So cute together!!

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    Timmm replied

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  22. Barbara Martin says:

    It is still a “long” sorry” excuse that the higher ups of the Y&R are hoping that whatever “FAN” base they have LEFT will accept. They really don’t have US “The Fans” in mind. As far as the individual who played “Kelly” prior and the
    “individual” who is playing “Kelly” now, I really did and still do not like either one of them. I am a very LONG TIME viewer of the “Y&R” and actually it is the only “soap
    opera” that I watched. You notice I said “watched” but not anymore. I am going to follow Michael, Billy and Ashley with whatever “soap” they are associated with. PHELPS and some of the others have made an enormous amount of errors letting these three go.

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  23. PatF says:

    Everyone knows that’s just BS because Watros looked much older than Miller.

    So him looking older than Cady shouldn’t have mattered.

    Idiots.

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    4ever DAYS replied

    At least they didn’t make up a molesting story about him!

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    Carole replied

    Ditto!

    PatF replied

    What are you talking about?

    Try to stay focused within the thread.

    andrew hass replied

    Michael Muhney may or may not have done what he was accused of but he hasn’t exactly come out and said he’s innocent either.As for Y&R making up the story that Michael Muhney molested someone just so they could fire him i’m sure there were easier ways they could have found to get rid of him than that.Back to David Tom he said there were other reasons for why the show let him go.So maybe he should tell us all the reasons and not just one.That way we would have the full story.

    Mary SF replied

    Idiots are what they must think viewers are if they expect us to buy that garbage. They knew exactly what he look like when they hired him, it wasn’t like he got younger looking over the last few weeks.

    If I was a betting person I would say they cast DT because they were in a jam– Miller was leaving and they couldn’t have two characters disappear while they did a major search for a replacement. My guess is someone had the bright idea to hire the actor who played Billy first, let him take the hit for replacing Miller, while they quietly looked for the Billy they really want and once they found him make some lame excuse to dismiss Tom.

    It was win win for them, because Tom filled in, got all the flack for replacing Miller and this new guy avoids all that stigma because he replaced Tom not Miller. Actually if it went down like that, it was a shrewd move on their part– underhanded and not nice, but shrewd.

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    4ever DAYS replied

    Well written, Mary SF.

    Their behavior is what makes me think that MM may have been a fall guy!

    They would not work with Billy Miller.
    They masterminded a cruel story about MM.
    They ran MS off to GH.
    They used and abused David Tom.

    They are Y&R and they are mean!

    Maggie Brown replied

    Excellent reasoning Mary SF.
    I have another comment on here someplace about looking too young as an actor. Since when does it matter when something comes out of Hollywood?

    4ever DAYS replied

    David Tom said Y&R told him that they let him go because he looks to young to play Billy. At least we’re not hearing a slanderous story about him molesting anybody as an explanation for his firing. Y&R can’t pull that stunt with every departure.

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    PatF replied

    Why would they? I think you’re confused.

    Michael (not Fairman) replied

    Except that as far as I know, there was never any evidence that that story originated with anybody associated with Y&R. (Admittedly, the show and the people associated with it did not exactly do anything to put the story to rest, either.) My memory on it all is already getting dim, but didn’t the story originate in some kind of Twitter war, and from somebody who was not in any way associated with the show? I thought (again, my memory on the whole thing is hazy) that that was one of the few things that resembled a “fact” in the whole ugly episode.

    4ever DAYS replied

    I think Y&R could have created the false story against MM for publicity and for viewers not to feel bad about him leaving. I’m not confused, Y&R is!

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    PatF replied

    Sweetie, you are on the wrong thread.

    THIS one is about David Tom.

    MM is so last December.

  24. harry says:

    Absolutely mendacious nonsense. I don’t have the words.
    They knew what he looked like, they knew what Cady looked like. They hired him first. Then they decide he looks too young for her. But wait, he’s not going to be coupled with her, Jack is.
    This reminds me of the people who built a house next to a fifty year old pig ranch and then filed a complaint to the city officials because the neighborhood smelled like pig manure.
    Speaking of scent and cities, something really smells rotten in the city of Genoa City.
    David Tom, you did an amazing job. Please don’t let these dirty rotten scoundrels be a bleep on the radar screen of your self esteem.

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  25. Rob says:

    RIDICULOUS.

    He was as good an actor in this role as anyone they get, Miller’s exit is still too new so people were endlessly comparing the two.

    When are CBS and Sony going to wake the F up and realize that this ship is sinking fast?

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    4ever DAYS replied

    Y&R is just putting red lipstick on a pig!

    I hope JFP never goes to DAYS!

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    tammiel67 replied

    Amen!!!

  26. Scott (ATWT Fan) says:

    David was definitely given the short-end of the stick. His work as Billy was phenomenal, and it’s sad knowing he will no longer be part of the show. He worked perfectly with each of his co-stars, both male and female, and I only wish we could be given more years of his excellence. Throwing Cady McClain (Kelly) under the bus on any side is wrong, as she’s just an actress hired for a role. And a role she’s been rocking at.

    I’d love to see Billy on another soap opera. He is far too talented to be laying by the wayside and just lounging about. I only wish him the best in his future endeavors. Sad my Billy is leaving… again!

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    k/kay replied

    I had forgotten how great DT could be until I watched old scenes two days ago with AB/Mac.

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  27. Tom says:

    I love Cady. However, not as Kelly. Kelly is useless now.

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    Tom replied

    Plus, I never have been able to figure out her relationship with Stitch. Did she have an affair with him and that is what broke up his marriage? And now his ex is coming to the show.

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    Tom replied

    I loved Cady as Dixie and Rosanna. I just don’t think that Kelly is anything more than an unhappy, lonely person latching on to Jack. Not much of a happy future there.

    DaisyJane replied

    I think he is supposed to be her brother. That “Benji” nickname she calls him (well Cynthia Watros’ “Kelly” did) makes it seem familial to me.

    SkaLove replied

    I’ve been trying to figure out Kelly’s ties to Stitch as well. When Cynthia Watros was in the role, they almost interacted like they could possibly be siblings. But something tells me TPTB hasn’t quite thought their relationship. Considering this has been May Sweeps, you’d think by now their connection would be revealed.

    Overall, the Kelly character really is no longer needed. I just believe they’ve kept her around for Jack until Phyllis returns.

    andrew hass replied

    I do think whatever connection is between Kelly and Stitch has something to do with Kelly’s dead son and how he died.Plus i’m wondering if something happened to the father of Kelly’s son and Stitch was responsible.So that could be why Kelly thinks of Stitch as a murderer.However i think with Stitch’s ex coming we might get some answers to some questions.

    Tootie Brown replied

    I love Cady also i am glad she is Kelly….i think its great but i wanted her and Gina whom i love as well to come on as Phyllis to get into it over Jack….Peter B need to have a great love triangle and those two women are perfect….i want David Tom rehired …..YnR made a bad decision listening to those young lunatic MM and BM fans who forget this is a soap and those characters are fictional smh

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    Tom replied

    Well, it looks like you’re going to get your love triangle. But since Kelly is new in Jack’s life, she doesn’t stand a chance against Phyllis. And Cady, if you have read this, I love your acting. I’m just not a fan of the Kelly character.

  28. Jared says:

    Billy Miller did NOT own this role. David Tom is the original “grown up” version of Billy and was indeed the right actor to “un” recast this role. I’m sick and I’m tired of the vocal yet minority of BM and MM fans who will not let it go. From what I know and have read, Bill Bell did not become swayed by focus and demo groups. That’s WHY his Y&R was SO successful. He had ideas and plans and he stuck to them, because they paid out in the end for the viewers. Re-hiring David Tom was one of the few wise decisions this new regime has made. I’m done now, though. I can’t sit and watch all these new faces take over a show that has such a rich legacy. The disrespect from the newer fair weather fans and the show runners has pushed me to the point I don’t even know this show. I am and always will be a fan of Y&R up to the mid/late 2000′s, but this isn’t a show I know.

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    su0000 replied

    David Tom was the minor child Billy also the there were others who played the minor Billy Abbott..
    Later- David Tom was the ”teenage” Billy Abbott..

    DT was never the grown up, married, with child, gambler, up against Victor since day one, Billy Abbott..
    That Billy Abbot was created and owned by Billy Miller..

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    Jared replied

    I’ve watched Y&R since the 70′s so I think I know a little bit about the show. I don’t think the reply post mentioned anything here that I did not know already. However, no actor “owns” a role in soaps. Certainly Billy Miller was a suitable replacement for Billy Abbott, but he did not “own” that role. If so, David Tom had as much “claim” to that role as Mr. Miller. Billy Miller and Michelle Stafford both CHOSE to leave. Michael Muhney was fired for what seemingly was for cause. There are plenty of mis-casts on this show, like the girl who plays Abby, for example, but David Tom was not one of them. I’ve had enough. I want show runners with vision and consciences who can move this show into the heights that Bill Bell did. I don’t want weak, hapless, clueless show runners who listen to vocal online posters who don’t speak for the majority.

    Tootie Brown replied

    He was 28 then he can’t help he looks young and handsome. ..id rather see that than someone NEW!! So disappointed!!

    Timmm replied

    Yeah seeing David Thom go up against Eric Braeden looked silly. Victor would have just bitched slapped the punk. Billy Miller looked like a man who could fight back! Verbally or physically.

    harry replied

    Jared, love your post. No, Billy Miller did not own this role.
    Every actor has their own style and it would not work for David Tom to try and emulate Miller. David Tom came back to a role he once played and aged him with a few years using the tragic storyline to give him a sense of world weariness. That’s no easy feat when you think about it.
    The folks who say he acted immature, whiny and that he threw tantrums are making that up based on their obsession with Billy Miller. Even Miller would say to get over it–he left on his own accord and punishing David Tom for not being Miller is not only ridiculous, it’s damn cruel. They’re the ones who need to grow up, not David Tom as Billy Abbott.

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    Tootie Brown replied

    Amen Jared i agree with you 1000% we want Tom back….he deserves a fair chance!!!

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    rachy replied

    Here here!

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  29. Rose says:

    He is a really good actor or I wouldn’t think Billy was such a jerk.

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  30. mmc says:

    In a few choice words Y&R is so full of it….I was a Billy Miller fan but David was finally hitting his stride as Billy.Somebody behind the scenes really doesn’t know what they’re doing.they recast & recast & think that’ll fix whatever is wrong…I doubt if it had anything to do with “Kelly’…that part of the story was done….BTW….didn’t they just cast Gina T. as Phyllis? She is 40 & pairing her with Jack who is much older & she has a son almost her age….Somebody has to take a long look behind the scenes…all these actors deserve better.

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    harry replied

    Thank you, MMC. If the truth be known, even Billy Miller was not hitting it out of the ballpark given the depressing stories he was given. David Tom was fleshing out Billy Abbot –he was starting to own this role.
    I admit when I first heard he was re hired to play this role again, I wasn’t that happy. But he proved me wrong and every day and in every way, he was Billy Abbott. He just needed to be afforded a little time to give these dang rabid Billy Miller fans a little time to adjust.

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    Tootie Brown replied

    I agree with you 100%…i suggested David Tom…Cady McClain and Gina Tognoni to YnR via the call in line and email….i was so happy….David Tom wasn’t given a fair chance….i want him back on the show….that new guy isnt any different in age….I’m so pissed at YnR for doing this to David Tom….

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  31. jeff says:

    Sometimes things work out, sometimes they don’t. That’s life and that’s the soaps. I like David Tom and I miss Billy Miller. Maybe the next guy will fit right in and amaze everyone. I’m willing to give him a chance and see how he does. It’s not like going to stop watching anyway, no matter how many times I say I’m going to, lol.

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  32. 4ever DAYS says:

    Some of these fans act as if they can easily turn violent. Has an executive producer of any soap ever been physically assaulted by a fan?

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  33. Laura says:

    David Tom sounds like a sore loser!! Am sorry to say, but…Cady McClain LOOKS AND IS YOUNGER that Cynthia Watros (Giant Bags under her EYES, get some surgery!!) David just didn’t have the “connection” with anyone including Amelia!

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    tammiel67 replied

    Cynthia is only 1 year older than Cady.

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  34. Maritza says:

    That’s a bunch of crap! There are obviously people working there making very stupid decisions. Time to change them out and stop upheaving the characters.

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  35. alice h rivera says:

    They should have gotten rid of Kelly if she looked to old. He was just starting to fit in the role. It was hard after Billy Miller to get the fans to like him. If you read your own page for Y&R, you would see people were liking him finally. I’m finding it hard to get use to this Kelly. I ff when she’s on. Thank God for the dvr.

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  36. Eden says:

    This is such bunk! I love David Tom and enjoyed his return to the programme. As some one all ready mentioned, the first Kelly looked even older than the current Kelly so it makes no sense. I wonder how Heather is taking the blow about her brother being sacked? To be honest, I have watched from day one and hate to admit it but these days it is more out of loyalty than anything else.
    Best of British to you David! Never ever forget how wonderful and talented you are! Cheers! X

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  37. Tootie Brown says:

    I AM SO PISSED…..OH MY GOD!!! This is pure bs!! David Tom isa fantastic actor!!!! He was doing a great job!!! He can’t help itthat he has great genes!! Fans complained against him only because BILLY MILLER CHOSE TO QUIT!! This is not fair to David. Long term fans..,,not all these new young immature peoole whom just start watching the past 5 to 10 yrs was so grateful for his return….People on social media jump on bandwagons and criticize people who don’t deserve it Like Tom just because others do…He looked great with Melissa and Amelia….we didnt want him with Kelly anyway….And he was hired before Cady McClain…i suggested in calls and Emails for them to hire…Tom….Cady…and Gina….i was so happy as a 40yr fan….this is a huge mistake! We as the fans want this overturned and bring Tom back….he deserves a fair chance….get a new Chloe to fit with him…he would be fine with Chelsea. .VICKY….Courtney…..if the writers do thier job….im so disappointed!

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    su0000 replied

    No one is disputing David Tom;s acting abilities..
    He is a good actor.. <—–
    Nonetheless; he was a horrible Billy, who is now a man a very layered man who has spent years facing off to Victor, and his whole life as an adult, a husband, farther, and many problems etc etc ..
    David Tom was not a good Billy Abbott..

    When David Tom was last portraying Billy Abbott he was a minor/kid and a teenager..
    The now Billy is far from being that teenage billy..

    David Tom will never be back as Billy, because he was a terrible Billy (nothing to do with acting talents, he simply stank at being Billy :) ..

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    Tootie Brown replied

    David was 28 not a teenager….y’all need to get your facts straight before y’all start talking what you don’t even know….He was and is doing great as Billy Abbott….y’all are just obssessed with Miller and taking it out on Tom……He deserves a fair chance like everyone else…Why bring in a 3 rd grown Billy…makes no sence!

  38. Alan says:

    A poor excuse is better than none….

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    Maggie Brown replied

    I don’t know Alan. Which one is better?
    Poor excuses just make the person that is giving that excuse look ignorant.
    No excuse makes them look weak.
    Which is better………. Ignorant or weak? Both are inexcusable in the business world.
    Maybe they should try telling the truth, then at least the one receiving the explanation, might have a chance of fixing the problem.

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  39. Jules says:

    I think the Y & R made a big mistake letting David Tom go. He was on the show years ago and it’s not right that they didn’t even give him a fair chance. I think he’s an amazing actor and I know he will find another acting job very soon. You better believe I’ll be watching his next show. Hang in there David Tom! You’re awesome!

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  40. JustSaying says:

    David said “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.”

    Ok, fair enough. But what about the OTHER reasons, not just one reason. Please list as many reasons as you can. Let’s really hear what you have to say.

    Thank you.

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  41. Maggie Brown says:

    Oh please David! Give us a break…..they’re letting you go because you’re a horrible actor and fans were outraged that you were hired in the first place. Yes, you were the Billy a long time ago, and better at it back then. You just don’t cut it at Billy Abbott any more. Keep telling yourself that the reason they let you go is you look too young next to Kelly, if it makes you feel better. We all know better. Good riddance!

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    harry replied

    Maggie, this is the reason he was given for his being fired–he is not telling himself anything.
    And many of us disagree with your assertion that he was a horrible actor. He was put in the middle of a very dark and complex storyline and he had to hit the ground running. He was able to take the baton from Miller with seamless grace. I can only ascertain that extremely irrational criticisms such as yours come from disgruntled Miller fans who blame Tom for not being him. It’s time to grow up and move on.

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    Maggie Brown replied

    Oh Harry,
    I’m sure many of you do disagree with my assertion that he is a terrible actor. That’s your right, just as it is MY RIGHT, to say I feel he is a terrible actor. There are quite a number of people that do share in my opinion of that. It doesn’t matter if he was put in the middle of a dark and complex storyline………that has nothing to do with his ability to act. I’ve seen him for years and have always felt the same. You Harry can not convince me of anything different. Because I feel this way about Tom, does not mean that I am a disgruntled fan of Billy Miller and blame Tom for not being him. Did I mention Billy Miller? No, not a word, so Harry, don’t pretend that you know where I’m coming from. You might think that I am extremely irrational in my criticism, that’s your choice and right to feel however you please. As far as growing up and moving on, not only do you not know where I am coming from, you don’t know me and are not in a position to tell me to grow up. I am entitled to MY OWN OPINION, just like everyone else here and that’s what these comments are about. In addition, unless you were there with David Tom in his meeting when he got fired, you don’t know what was said. Now, if you were there or are definitely privy to that information , my apologies for saying that flimsy excuse for letting someone go is false.

    Freddy replied

    Speak for yourself, Maggie. Just because the ones who didn’t like David Tom were the most vocal and obnoxious doesn’t mean that all fans felt that way.

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    Maggie Brown replied

    You are right Freddy, NOT ALL fans feel that way about David Tom. I should have clarified my statement a little more.
    I should have said the fans I know and the majority of the ones I have read statements from. You did say that we were the MOST vocal………………oh and obnoxious.
    I stand corrected and THANK YOU SINCERELY for pointing out my mistakes.

  42. Vicsze says:

    Poor David Tom, he never stood a chance. JFP loves to hire & fire & recast roles, she has no loyalty to the cast or the audience & certainly doesn’t listen or understand what they want. The sooner they fire JFP the better & if they don’t then I really fear for the future of the show.

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    Maricel replied

    I agree and I’ve been watching this soap for years.

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  43. Iakovos says:

    Actors really are like cattle sometimes. Move them in. Move them out. I feel for Mr. Tom as he is very good. Billy Abbott changed to suit Billy J. Miller’s strengths. I do not see a strong need for this recast but the producers do, and you hope they are making decisions best for the program. Y&R went through a major change in focus in the early 1980s when the Abbotts were introduced and the original core characters were phased out. To be honest, Y&R was due for some wholesale changes. Have they done it well? Not really. The last 10 years have been disappointing to me as characters seemed to defy logic to suit individual stories in the short term rather than overall long-term plotting. I cite Sharon’s character assassination, the Victor-Sharon marriage, the latest Jack-Nikki marriage, that whole Adam-Ashley conflict baby switch with Sharon thing, the return of Diane Jenkins, the lack of a solid storyline for the Winters family…

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  44. Georgene LaRossa says:

    Glad he is being replaced. Some others that can go are victories, Abby, Tyler, Chelsea, nick. So boring and hard to watch them.

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  45. Izabel says:

    I regret not giving this guy a chance now… Billy Miller decided to leave and won’t return anytime soon and I now accept that, even though he made the role HIS. I’ll always love BM – but recasting billy abbott is a ttough act to follow and no one will ever do it justice so david tom would and should have been left where he was. DT had quirks, but I got use to him recently and tto be fair, he DID try to pick up Millers facial expressions and manerism even if it came out wrong I saw the effort. No one will ever be miller. This new guy casting was such a mistake, let’s hope he can kill the screen with his presence…. And for that matter they SHOULD have kept cynthia watros!!! Cady lacks something. Besides she and billy had no more scenes after the truth came out, even if he did look young- I’m sure there was another reasson for his exit.

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  46. MBmomof3 says:

    I’m going to miss David Tom and wish him the best in finding a role where his talents will be appreciated. I thought he was just great in the role of Billy Abbot. I am a big fan of Billy Miller, but he moved on and I’m hopeful he will find success too.

    I’m so sick of the constant re-casting at Y&R. I guess the BTS B.S. is never going to change. I can think of a few actors/characters that should’ve been fired before David Tom. JFP the Soap Killer strikes again!

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  47. Pat says:

    I think its a very bad excuse for letting him go. Either Billy does a fine job and doesnt look too young for the role. We need to leave it alone and quit changing people.

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  48. Nanci says:

    What struck me was his candor.
    I liked that he expressed unhappiness
    and a bit of annoyance at being let go.
    No tip-toeing or sugar-coating his recent
    experience on Y & R.

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  49. JulieW says:

    Let’s get real here. David Tom has been sacrificed as a scapegoat for Jill Farren Phelps. Y&R is sinking like a rock. The latest ratings show further erosion of audience and is now down over 150,000 viewers from this time last year. The show has been trending down since the last week of January, when we all know who left the show. Y&R has become unwatchable and a total bore. Phelps is trying to save her tush and David Tom got screwed in that process. We all know who should have gotten fired this week: Jill Farren Phelps.

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    Don replied

    I think it is a matter of months before cbs/sony decide to kick her out , it can’t go on like this and they can’t always put the blame on actors performance writers and EP etc have also take the blame.

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  50. Brett says:

    JFP should be fired not David Tom, and there are plenty of reasons to fire her ass, there’d be no need for these bullshit excuses! She is the worst thing ever to happen to Y&R, she is a thousand times worse than Maria Arena-Bell ever was. I love David Tom in this role and don’t want to have to get used to another recast.

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  51. Maggie Brown says:

    If the “David, you look too young next to the new Kelly” excuse is the reason that David Tom was let go, it’s still a very weak, flimsy excuse to let any actor go.

    1. My first thought was to add makeup to make him look a little older, if that’s the problem.
    2. My next thought was, they don’t even cross paths in their story lines that much anymore, why does it matter.
    3. Then my final thought was, since when does it matter that actors look close in age when it comes to soap operas or anything else out of Hollywood?

    Billy and Kelly had sex one time, who says they have to be close in age? Older women seduce younger men all of the time or vice versa. Goodness gracious, look at Victor Newman and all of his women.
    Unless at one time, their ages were told on the show, then why does it matter??

    Stupid excuse, if that was what he was told.

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  52. S.dalgleish says:

    Soaps are struggling. I’m surprised they haven’t been cancelled all together. But for those of us still loyal to the STORIES as my granny & mother use to call them, would ya live our actors alone. It’s bad enough when the they all disappear for weeks at a time for the most obscure story lines , for Botox and face lifts. Like we can,t tell. Just write it into the script like
    The LATE GREAT MRS KATHRINE CHANCLER Had done. Give us a place to vote. US AS in THE ones, Who watch the shows faithfully day after day. By snail mail or on line. Give us a choice. I’m not familiar with the new cast member who will play Billy. But I will miss the old Billy. I was feeling his pain and struggle ( in his character) to become a better person, husband and father to Johnny. Even his voice would change and one could hear his pain. The look on his face at the end of the scene when he learns Victoria is having a baby was PERFECT. Good luck to him. I agree with Melody, he will be missed, and I will watch for him in a new project. Bye Billy from a fan. Since the writers think you look to young, maybe they will let you come back as Vicky’s BAby!
    Quit plating Russian Roulette with our daytime stars.

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  53. Blank Slate says:

    Keeping it simple and true: He’s a terrible actor. Grunting, growling, squinting and repeat.
    Impossible to connect to an audience with these as the only acting tools in your box.

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    Timmm replied

    Dont forget whiny. So annoying!

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    Blank Slate replied

    Some people express opinions. You see the page you are on?
    This is called a comment section.
    Comments are opinions.
    I am here to share opinions.

    Timmm replied

    Is this Heather Thom? I called him whiny. Thats my COMMENT, Blank Slate or should I say CLOSE MINDED? You call me an idiot because I said someone was whiny. You live a sheltered life little girl. Once you get out in the real world you’ll see that calling someone whiny is not an insult. Its an opinion. Watch the nightly news instead of Spongebob and you will see how cruel people can be.

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    Blank Slate replied

    I apologize. Has your comment been edited? I read the original response to me as “Don’t BE whiny. So annoying!” as if I were whining and being annoying with my comment.

    I am very sorry. If I could delete my response, I would. I do not see a way to edit or delete here.

    Please know how very silly I feel talking to you like that. I hope you understand. I suppose it is time for an eye checkup. ;)

    Timmm replied

    Apology accepted. If we have one thing in common, its the love for Y&R. Have a better day!

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    Blank Slate replied

    Now if only misunderstandings could be resolved so nicely..

    I feel terrible about my action. I cannot believe how silly I feel mis-reading your comment.

    You will smile to know I just spent a few minutes enlarging all the font sizes on my screen. (I am not 100 years old but my eyes are acting like I am!)

  54. sandy p. says:

    Y&R IS A TRAIN WRECK NOW!!
    a former fan

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  55. Joyce says:

    There reason is pretty flimsy excuse if you ask me. This Billy didn’t have any major scenes with her anyway so not a very good reason on there part. Replacing David isn’t going to be any better. They can replace Billy with whoever they want but nobody will replace Billy Miller in the part so fans are just going to have to get use to it and go with the flow. I don’t think fans are going to accept the new Billy any more than they did David Tom and after all David was the original Billy so I think they should have given him a chance.

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  56. Michael (not Fairman) says:

    I’m surprised they would give him an explanation that was so demonstrably lame (even if it was only one of the reasons they gave him), if only because it makes them look like clueless clowns who are flailing around without any clear idea of what to do in running the show. (Yes, I know–that’s probably exactly what they are. I’m just surprised they’d say something that screamed it to the whole world the way a statement like that does. Of course, one other possibility is that they are so clueless that they don’t even REALIZE that what they’re saying doesn’t make any logical sense, in which case, well, I don’t even know what to say to that, except maybe “Lord help anyone who has to work for them.”)

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    Tracy replied

    Really bad move on the part of mgmt. You can’t replace diamonds with cz!

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  57. MBmomof3 says:

    Just caught up on last week’s Y&R. David Tom was definitely the HIGHLIGHT of the shows. This show is a trainwreck. So sad. I don’t even like what they’ve done with Cady McClain’s Kelly. And I was a fan of CM. It’s not David Tom that’s the problem it’s the writing and production that’s the problem. Hope they don’t ruin Gina Tognoni for me too.

    Eric Braden is just terrible as Victor Newman. Okay? So sick of that character. And not in a good “love to hate him” way…. just hate him. Total FF material.

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  58. Juanita Dies says:

    Leave Billy alone. He is doing great. Someone who would be a great Adam Neuman is the actor who played Reva’s son Jonathan on Guiding Light.

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  59. Joy Burlison says:

    I loved Billy Miller in the role but I think that David Tom is beginning to do a great job. I have really warmed up to him in the past couple of months and I am sure that many other Young and Restless fans feel the same. Everyone has to adapt to change. I wish Billy Miller and David Tom the very best. They are both great actors.

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  60. mike bullinger says:

    David Tom has a scowl on his face for the entire time he is on screen. If he would smile or be charming, it would go a long way towards filling an effective role on the soap. DT SUX…..just sayin…..

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  61. Dale says:

    He SUCKED ON OLTL & SUCKED ON Y & R TOO!!!! HE NEVER SHOULD’VE BEEN HIRED IN THE 1ST PLACE!!!! SOOOOO HAPPY THEY FIRED HIM!!!! JFP SHOULD’VE GIVEN BILLY MILLER WHAT HE WANTED & THEY WOULD’NT NEED TO RECAST AGAIN!!!! JFP NEEDS TO B FIRED TOO!!!!

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    Jackie replied

    David Tom is a very talented actor. Billy Miller did a great job as Billy, however he did so after being given a chance to work into the role. I must say that on the rare occasion that I watch the show, mostly when I am folding laundry, taking out the garbage, or emptying out the dishwasher I thought he was doing a good job. Although he does not look that much like Billy Miller, I found the transition to be good. It was just going to take some time for him to get back into the game. Also, it is hard to be able to work with a role when it was constantly changing. The writer on this show sucks! I also disapprove with her shabby treatment of the actors. She is like every boss in this country. Make your workers work for crap, work them to the bone, and then when you have used them spit them out like garbage. I loved Billy Miller in the role. But he did want out. If I had his talent. I would have left sooner. David Tom will do fine. He just needs to get back on the horse and ride it again. He has nothing to be ashamed of. He did his best and his best was not good enough for the miserable writer and the crappy material that he had to work with. Instead of just watching YR when I am doing mindless activities, I do not think watching the show is worth it and think that I need to set the bar higher for what I am watching when doing these chores. How about Real Housewives from Anywhere?

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  62. Kelly says:

    I love David Tom. I thought he did a great job restarting the role of Billy, in the middle of an intense story line, no less. I am extremely unhappy he is being replaced. If B&B can pair Brooke with Eric, who is old enough to be her father, then there shouldn’t be any reason the could pair Kelly with Tom as Billy.

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  63. Richard R says:

    I watched it today & thought David was really
    good.Im so pissed off that he was let go & what
    a lame excuse.Peter Bergman & Jess Walton
    had waaaaay bigger shoes to fill when they took
    over the roles of Jack & Jill in the 80′s and it took
    months if not years before they were accepted
    & now their well established in their roles.
    David Tom deserved the same respect & more
    time in the role.I hope the new guy sucks !
    David should be re – hired! damn you higher
    ups at y&r,you suck!

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  64. Lia says:

    I think it’s just more lies on behalf of Y&R. It’s really too bad that tptb on that show do not respect the actors enough to be truthful with them. He was canned because I’m sure his main co-star didn’t feel as much chemistry with him as she did with Billy Miller, so she complained. That plus all of the mean comments from Billy Miller’s fan cost that guy a good job. They should be really ashamed of themselves imo.

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  65. Richard Smole says:

    Billy Miller was, and is the best actor to ever play Billy Abbott. You think David Tom could have pulled off those passionate scenes when he and Chloe lost their daughter Delia? In my humble opinion…think not! Those were Emmy Award worthy scenes!

    I have a suspicion that Dylan is Nikki and Paul’s son. Might we find that out after they test him to see if he is a Liver match with Paul?

    Please bring back Billy Miller and Michael Muhney back!

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  66. Kimberlee says:

    ooh Richard good call !! Dylan is Nikki and Paul’s son.. Love it !!
    Copyright that storyline and send it in to the show…btw I think David Tom already has his Emmy..

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  67. Barbara says:

    Well at first I didn’t like him and thought he looked to young but after awhile I thought he was good and did fit in with Chelsea . I thought the acting has gotten better and he was doing a good job. Hey it’s hard to replace billy miller but I felt he was fitting in and getting better. P.S. I have watched from the beginning and do remember him from before. Give the guy a chance…

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  68. Brenda Wiggins says:

    That is such hogwash! He was the perfect fit. They knew how he looked when they hired him. Could hardly tell difference in him and Miller. This other guy won ‘ t work. They are casting and writing themselves out of the soap arena. I could do better.

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  69. G. McSpadden says:

    The decision on Billy goes from bad to worse. This one one won’t last. Bring back Billy Miller at any cost.

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  70. Gloria Jordana says:

    I don’t buy the excuse he looked too young up against the new Kelly., which is a bunch of crock. We may never know the real reason. The execs think they can play dirty and get away with it. Remember the saying every dog has their day therefore, the big executives are now nicknamed DOGS!!!!!

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  71. Renee W. says:

    I am so so happy they let him go. He did not play the role well and didn’t look the part as Billy Miller. I didn’t enjoy him in this role at all and everyday I would say, Please take that child off the show’.

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  72. Elsa Picillo says:

    I think Y & R made a mistake. David Tom fit the role perfectly. Why did they change the Kelly actress . There was nothing wrong with the first actress playing her. Too many changes to the cast. I’ve watched Y & R since I was ll years old. I will watch.

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  73. Nettie says:

    I think it stinks! At least David Tom resembled Billy Miller, this new guy is way off!! I don’t think Cady McLain makes a good Kelly. They messed up there too. What is wrong with Y&R. They’re working themselves out of the running for best soap in any kind of award in daytime Emmys. I am very disappointed and they need to make it right before they lose a lot of viewers.

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  74. bridgett says:

    I would much rather have David Tom then this other guy! Wow what a screw up. The new kelly is aweful anyway I cringe when she’s on. She has a hard look too her

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  75. Leogeee says:

    Billy Miller’s acting style was free and easy. David Tom always seemed ill at ease, always with a fake angry face. There was no chemistry between Amelia Heinele and Tom.

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  76. Lisa says:

    If you ask me, Cady McClain looks too old! She just annoys me.

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  77. John Rodgers says:

    Trust me, bottom line is that I want to see Billy Miller back. But to hear the executives told David Tom that he looks too young next to the new Kelly. Well Y&R, the new Kelly sucks! David Tom, I love you, man! I wish you the best. Y&R, BRING BILLY MILLER BACK….WHATEVER IT TAKES!

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  78. Ann Marie says:

    I could not get used to David Tom, please bring Billy Miller back.

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  79. Paul Illingworth says:

    How about hiring Brenda Dickson back while Jess Walton goes on six month absence while her grand child is being born. It would be great for ratings. The show really needs a shot in the arm. i wish the powers at Y and R would stop hiring Abc soap stars to inject life into the show.

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  80. Ann Gnys says:

    I really liked him in that role. I’m disappointed. The replacement is a zero. Is that what you wanted?

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  81. jean maresca says:

    For heavens sake! Daivd Tom originally played the role of Billy! I don’t like the new Kelly as much as the first but that has notihing to do with Tom and I don’t like the new Billy. Stop changing things after people get used to it!!!!

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  82. Pat says:

    David Tom is a very Talented, & Fine Actor!! About Kelly Sullivan…….she is old looking anyway, & fans do not like her…..she needs to go!!. The other Billy was great……good looking, talented, great working with Victoria, & his kids………& he just won a award recently on “THe Soap Network Awards”…..what does that tell you? It was a BIG MISTAKE to fire David Tom………….what is wrong with the exectutives at The Y & R? Let’s talk about Hillary, & Neil!!!!………….she is much younger than Neil…………….the fans want her to be with Devon……….don’t get me wrong….Neil is fine looking, & a good actor, but not to be married to Hillary!! And……Stitch…well…get rid of him, too…..the fans do not like him either………..rugged looking, but DOES NOT look right with Victoria……….OMG! PLEAE get her,& Billy back together, & let the baby she is carrying be Billy’s………………………..BETTER YET, ….BRING BACK DAVID TOM!!
    On another level………PLEASE let Paul live, & PLEASE let Dylan live, too!! We love Dylan, & want to see him married to Avery, & be happy with his new Dad, Paul!! He deserves to be happy!!

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  83. M. Digelman says:

    Liked David T. He was quirky and jerky like Billy was supposed to be. not crazy about either one of Kellys. New Billy has an accent and is too reserved and sincere. Cute guy but not good for Billy character.

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  84. Catherine says:

    I loved David Tom in the role, before, and lately. He’s right about the recasting of Kelly. The actress from All My Children seems too old to be playing the role of Kelly and overplays it, trying to do the character like the previous actress. i also don’t like the updated blonde hair. Of course she looks too old for David Tom, and they should have replaced her and not him. Nothing against the actress, but they could have done a better hiring job. Sucks!

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  85. Mary Henderson says:

    The same thing is going to happen with whoever tries to replace Michael Muhney!!! It just can’t be done with actors as good and strong as Michael and Billy Miller! Both really do own those roles! If the people in charge at Y & R had half a brain, they would bring back Michael and work with Billy M. on scheduling so that he can do other work too. It is just that simple!! The show has been weak without these two great actors!

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  86. barbara mckelvey says:

    I just seen the replacement for David tom, Are you kidding me, this guy is all wrong. We need David back. The other fans will be up in arms as I am. Get rid of the both Phelps and give us David as billy back asap

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  87. Marty Clark says:

    Great, love to see David Tom leave, nothing personal just never had the personality, voice or actions to replace “Billy”. New guy has big shoes to full but will be more accepted by us n everyone, i believe.a

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  88. Keren says:

    I truly like david tom in the character of billy abbott. this new guy I’ve never liked him no matter what he has played in young the restless needs to get their act together

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  89. wendy g says:

    this just keeps getting worse!! i was getting used to David Tom — he’s such a good actor, so i overlooked the fact that he was younger than Victoria. i cannot STAND the new Kelly, and the new Billy is awful!! what is this show thinking?? i almost can’t bear to watch at all anymore. i’ve practically given it up, since the firing of Michael Muhney, the best thing on the show. but now and then i’ll tune in when nothing else is on. guess i’ll start reading books!

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  90. Darla wicke says:

    That’s the lamest reason for firing David , that he looks too young next to Cady , I thought he was doing a great job , now you got someone we have to get used, that is not Billy!!!! Keep taking off good actors and you will lose viewers!!! The new Billy looks too old to be Jills son!!! Bring back David !!!

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  91. J Van says:

    The show has gone way downhill and is boring since Jill took over…. the new Billy (Burgess Jensen) is an awful actor and has no chemistry with Amelia. BOO!! One step closer to not watching anymore…

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  92. Gloworm says:

    This is one of the biggest mistakes that CBS has made. I was just getting use to David’s role. I am angry. I want to start a petition. Please bring David Tom back. This other guy is too old for Victoria. Please bring David back! I will not be watching the show until they bring him back. Get rid of the new Kelly character. How about that

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    Crystal Lockee replied

    I agree with you 100%

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    Kristine replied

    it messing up this show. David Thom was doing just fine. You should’ve let the Kelly character alone, too.

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    Jeanie M replied

    I agree. The newest Kelly doesn’t work for me at all. She’s too old to have a young son, she’s too old to have been with Stitch or Billy. She can’t act very well, either, and I don’t see any chemistry between her and ano other actor on the show.

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    Vicky Borgstrom replied

    We too do not like the new Kelly. She seems hardened and to old and not very sincere for the part she is playing. I can’t imagine Stitch being involved with her in the past or happens forbid in the future. You really need to consider these major decisions as to how the fans are affected. Perhaps the fans of your show should be consulted.

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  93. Gloworm says:

    Did CBS let David Tom go because he might have been a little tipsy while at work?

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  94. Crystal Lockee says:

    I think it was stupid to flip-flop the actor playing Billy Abbott once again David Tom originated the role and he was doing just fine taking back over the role that’s a stupid reason from Y&R to let David Tom go. I’m watching his replacement act right now yeah you really screwed up Y&R!!!!

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  95. Jeanie M says:

    I was wondering if they were considering replacing the current Victoria with Tom’s sister, who originated that role. They can’t have brother and sister playing spouses.

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  96. Vicky Borgstrom says:

    My husband and I are long, long time faithful watchers of The Young and the Restless. It is in fact the only soap we watch and we both really enjoyed David Tom. Not at all impressed with his replacement. Please bring David back.

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  97. Michele says:

    I think it SUCKS!!!! ( I’ve been watching Y&R for 37 years & this upsets me!)…I like David Tom as Billy! I don’t think he looks to young…& even if some people think so…did u ever hear of “cougar” ? Some older women like ” younger ” looking men. David Tom is good looking & a very good actor. I like him WAY better than this new one!!! He will always be “Billy” to me!

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  98. Maricel says:

    Well I liked David Tom as Billy and I remember him as the young Billy. This new Billy looks too old .

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  99. Maricel says:

    I too have been watching this show for years and it sucks with all these changes that they are making. I remember David Tom as the original Billy and after he left the show the first time it took time to get used to Billy Miller but he was good in this role. I’m not so sure about this new guy though . He looks old.

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  100. jaime says:

    I have been waiting so long for them to ley him go!…I loved Billy Miller buy even so Tom was not the right choice. .He really got on my nerves…

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  101. tracy says:

    The show is not good without Billy Miller.I hate watching with the new Billy.he dosent look cute with Victoria.they don’t go together.get Billy Miller back.

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  102. Sue Raupp says:

    Shame on Y&R. Just when folks were starting to love David for how well he transitioned the roll from Bill Miller they replace him with a fellow who is definitely not right for the roll.
    shame for being so hasty.

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  103. Brandy says:

    I don’t like this Burgess guy. I’ve been watching since I was a kid and I’m 38 yrs old. I think their making bad choices with the characters. They better be bringing back Miller and Muhney soon or I will be done with Y&R.

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  104. Kay Christensen says:

    I think it’s outrageous that David Tom was fired after only six months. I thought he was doing a great job, and looked good next to all the actresses. I am mad about the dismissal.

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  105. Holly K says:

    Letting David Tom go was a BIG MISTAKE. Nobody else will be Billy Abbott. Hey Execs, you lose part of your audience every time you make a big cast change.

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  106. Maureen Whaley says:

    I think David Tom did a great job he was feisty this new dude is to calm and too old. Doesn’t fit the character. Big mistake on the higher ups part!

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  107. K. Bagwell says:

    I think this is a bunch of nonsense! I was getting accustomed to the new Billy, played by David Tom. I don’t like the newest Billy!

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  108. Jan Boike says:

    David Tom is the only one I can see replacing Billy Miller. Why does Y &R think the fans are going to tolerate losing all their favorites? Sure I liked “Kelly” on All My Children, but she doesn’t click on Y&R. Bring these former actors back. Can’t wait to see who they are going to pass off as “Adam”. They are ruining my all time favorite soap.

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  109. Keith says:

    It is puzzling why they let David Tom go. Billy Miller is the ultimate Billy but David was doing a fine job and he was growing on me. Now, a 3rd Billy? It is crazy. The new one does not even remind me of Billy! Y&R is going downhill slowly but surely.

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  110. Ana Weaver says:

    I have been watching Y&R for a very long time and I was impressed with David Tom. I am very disappointed to see him go! Please bring him back. I do not like the new actor. Billy Miller was good and I do miss him, however, I think David Tom is an excellent actor and it is defintely not the best decision to cut him loose. I am very disappointed…..

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  111. david tom says:

    I think it was cruel what they did to David. It felt like the young and restless is a fair minded program. I don’t know how they could come to that conclusion in such a short time. If they looked at the voting on this idea they should reevaluate their descision about the whole situation.

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  112. Marilyn Carr says:

    David Tom just looked too young with any of those playing opposite him, Chelsea, Victoria, etc.

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  113. Ann Stegmayer says:

    Hi there, I was disappointed when Billy left the show . You came in his place and I adapted to you playing Billy part so fast. I really thought you were brilliant in the part as your actings skills are so good. Then they let you go. I could not even fathom this. I don’t even like the female character from the support group, the first one or the second. I sorry this happened to you but this is all part of the experience of life. Some unwise producer in the Y&R make a big mistake, miss you on the show, the new guy is no good as Billy is suppose to be a funny, cut, cheeky guy and he is the opposite. God Bless Ann, New York

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  114. Scout says:

    I want Billy Miller to come back!!!!

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    nancy replied

    I want David Tom to come back

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  115. Gary says:

    We probably will never know the real reason David Tom left the show…obviously, being too young is a lame excuse. When did soaps every start worrying about that? On the Bold and Beautiful they had Lesley-Anne Down, age 60, playing the mother to Jack Wagner, age 54.

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  116. Ceecee says:

    The Y&R used to be the show to watch, but this firing and hiring business is getting to be too much. I know this maybe stale, but I really lived Billy Miller, great actor. I know we need to let it go but, we miss him so much. And… I really think they let the story lines go on too long. People should not go on for years in a coma and not knowing who your parents are.
    Writers, get it together please.

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  117. nancy says:

    I was thrilled when I heard David tom was back on Young and the Restless, I left on vacation and the next thing I knew, he was gone again and I really liked them.. I liked him the first time he was on.

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  118. Sharon says:

    It didn’t make any sense when I saw a new Billy. I just thought he had an emergency but came across this page and now I know why. They did him wrong. I agree with David, they should have thought about casting a lady closer to his age. It’s nuts. Bring him back.

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  119. Karen Phillips says:

    You let go of a great actor, he was very good n did a greay Billy. Withall the new people I dont watch as often. No longer an everyday fan. Especially with that new Phyllis. Thumbs DOWN

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  120. Raylee says:

    No one can play Billy as well as Miller. Tom looks too young, insipid & unattractive to be with Victoria. No chemistry between them at all. So glad he’s gone. The first Kelly was an appalling choice for that role too. She looked far too old and boring for Billy. The new Kelky is a much better actress too. It’s time they killed off Sharon….how boring is she and especially with Nuck??!! Really?? Again?? As if….pathetic writing. It’s time to step up Y & R!

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  121. debra says:

    I gave been watching Y&R since 1975 I don’t like the new Billy, hold they bring David Tom back. The same with the new Phyllis, this is beautiful but she is just not Red our old Phyllis.

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