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134 May 24th, 2014 Melody Thomas Scott Tweets Heartfelt Message To David Tom After He Was Let-Go By Y&R!

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The one and only Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki) sent out a very heartfelt tweet last evening which showed her empathy and compassion for David Tom, who was let-go by The Young and the Restless as Billy Abbott!

As fans know now, Tom was replaced by actor Burgess Jenkins, after David returned to Y&R to reprise the role of Billy Abbott, after Billy Miller made the decision to exit the series.  Melody tweeted: “@davidtom_23  I’ll miss U so much.  Don’t let it get you down. U R a fabulous actor, friend, U R my family. Ur talent will take U where U belong! x”

Some fans of the series are now upset that Tom got fired for another actor, when he was finally hitting his stride and they became more accepting of his portrayal of Billy, while still others felt he was just not the right fit from the beginning and he never caught on.   Now with Burgess Jenkins coming in to take on the role, will he be a bonafide success in the role?  Time will tell! 

What did you think of Melody’s sentiments to David?  Let us know!

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  1. andrew hass says:

    That was nice of Melody Thomas Scott to do that.Even David Tom wasn’t on Y&R for 10 years doesn’t mean he didn’t stay friends with former cast mates or ran into them at functions if he went with with his sister Heather.

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    Kim Huck replied

    I thought Billy would end up with Chelsea. She has not been pregnant in 5 minutes

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  2. Janet Thornton says:

    You’re a real lady, Melody – very sweet! I will miss David also, thought he was fabulous. Very sad.

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  3. 4everDAYS says:

    Is MTS a Y&R spokesperson? She must be in charge of damage control. When they let her go, who will speak for her?

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Then MTS can come and play Sandy Horton on Days…

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    4everDAYS replied

    The character of Sandy left DAYS just before I started watching. That part of the Horton family should be visited. I never hear them mention Dr. Tom Horton Jr. (Tommy). Is Sandy his only child?

    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    Would you stop being so damn negative we get it you don’t like the show.

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    4everDAYS replied

    Because you are so unhappy with Y&R, you should point your anger elsewhere. Lashing out at me is indicative of a very unhappy fan. The truth hurts! Just be happy that Y&R has ratings higher than it should have.

    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    I’m nowhere near unhappy with Y&R. I’m quite loving it actually, and I am quite happy. It’s you who is miserable and hell-bent on spreading your negative and dark energy around. YOU must be a very lonely and sad person.

    Harry replied

    4EverDays–I get cynicism, truly I do. But if Melody was really engaging in damage control she would not have exulted about David Tom’s acting prowess. If she was engaged in damage control she would be saying something like,”While I am sad to see him go I understand that this was the right decision.” No, this is not damage control at all.

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    Tootie Brown replied

    She said the Right darn thing because it is the WRONG DECISION, ,.THIS IS BS

    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Sandy was Tommys only child…but we havent heard from him since the late 70s…they could easily write a whole new family for him…he couldve remarried and perhaps had two more children…a boy and a girl…who are all grown now with families of their own.

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    JustSaying replied

    The guy that plays Neil will take over for damage control.

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    Tootie Brown replied

    KRISTOFF ST JOHN is a very fair good man!

    Kim Huck replied

    Drucilla and Neil were the BEST

  4. Donna Scott says:

    Sounds like she’s talking to a child. I’m PO”d at their sleazy backstabbing and not watching anymore. David Tom was a great Billy. He did not have quite as much chemistry with Amelia as Billy Miller did, but then neither did her real-life husband ! Y&R should be ashamed of themselves !

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    Tootie Brown replied

    I agree dear…and also how could David Tom have had any chemistry with Amelia if they have been written apart the entire time he has been on…this is very stupid and now bringing in anactor Who looks older than Jack is nuts!

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  5. Laurel Twist says:

    #1 Melody Thomas Scott showed nothing but class in her support of David Tom.

    #2 JIll Farren Phelps needs to be fired. A wise man once said, when having cast an actor, in a role, don’t fire them for six months to one year! This is a desperation move, just like when she offered up Josh Griffiths. Tom was not the problem. SHE is the problem. This firing should bite her in her poverbial black hearted keister. Tom came in under difficult circumstances, and he needed time. If she can give her pet, all the time in the world, and we all know he is an epic fail, then DT deserved the same. This firing has lit a fuse, in the YR community, wait and see, and we want JFP OUT. It is time for a new EP and hell, the whole writing team needs to be swept as well. Enough already. Don’t fall for this ish folks, you are all way to smart for that! #FireJFP #SaveYR

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    Harry replied

    Well said, Laurel. Yes, this rapid firing and recasting does indeed reflect desperation and insecurity. If TPTB lack confidence with the direction they are taking then it follows the viewers will lack confidence in them as well.
    Billy Miller, as Michael Fairman put it, was just hitting his stride. What a terrible decision.
    MST’s comments are very kind and gracious.

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    Tootie Brown replied

    So true…I’m sorry to admit this but you are 100% correct!!

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    alice h rivera replied

    You said a mouth full. I was just starting to get use to him. I’m still mad about the role of Adam. They need to bring him back.

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  6. SiteAdvocate61 says:

    Mel is a class act.

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  7. M Baptiste says:

    She’s a classy woman with heart and this was an appropriate “Tweet.”

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  8. sheila says:

    That was nice of melody, I will also miss David Tom, he was getting a lot better and I was glad he came in and took over the role.

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  9. Judy McNutt says:

    Classiest lady on Y&R. There has been alot of backlash regarding David Tom. David did his best to fill a pair of big shoes. Obviously, it was not to the liking of Jill. David your still a good actor, very talented man. I wish you well. Maybe try some comedy… ;-) ! David Tom my heart to yours, don’t be discouaged.
    #missyoudavid

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    Kim Huck replied

    Sharon is the classiest Judy

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  10. su0000 says:

    David Rom right fit from the beginning, he had to be let go, he was not right for the part..
    And, Burgess Jenkins may not be right for the part, either..

    Billy Miller was very qunick!..
    His charisma, humor, his delivery, charm, his whole district portrayal of Billy Abbott was his very own..
    Billy Miller holds the trademark of Billy Abbott ..

    It is not how great an actor someone is or how handsome he is or the work he did before.
    It is; can that person be Billy Abbott..

    I wish Burgess Jenkins well …

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    jan replied

    how could David Tom not be right for the part? He originated the role and won 2 emmys for it. Billy Miller was the recast – a great one – but a recast nonetheless. Amelia Heinle couldn’t even make chemistry work with her real life husband. The only pairing that worked was hers with Billy M, and that’s because BM was a miracle worker. She’s the problem. Not DT. Why won’t they recast her? It’s sad that DT had to lose his job in a role that he originated.

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    andrew hass replied

    Yes David Tom originated the role of Billy and deserved all the praise he got back then.However the problem might have been he played a teenaged Billy.It’s similar to character of Noah.Kevin Schmidt originated the role of a teenaged Noah.He left in 2010 and came back a few times since then but it didn’t work out.As for Amelia Heinle she’s been on Y&R for 9 years.So she’s supposed to lose her job over an actor that just returned a few months ago?For the record i like David Tom but maybe he was expecting that he could just pick up with the character where he left off but he couldn’t.

    Harry replied

    I watched today and saw that David Tom has aged into the role of Billy. He was very good acting compassionate and tender with Chloe. He seemed like a grown up and he has just hit his stride. It is appalling that they didn’t give him more time and this comes from a Billy Miller fan. To me, David Tom is now Billy Abbott.

  11. su0000 says:

    That is ”unique” not ”qunick” whatever that is LOL
    Speech to text sometimes does a whopper..

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  12. janice says:

    While I wish David Tom the best, I was NOT one of those that ‘finally thought he got it’….he was just horrible in this role. And not comparing him to BM…..he was just awful. I’ll give the new guy a fair shot. Anything has to be better than what we’ve had for the last few months.

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    Harry replied

    How was he horrible? Please back up your opinion with an example or two. For instance, if I say the actress who plays Lily is horrible I can tell you why–her tone of voice is always the same–sassy, bratty and silly. No matter what the scene, Lily either sounds as if she just got a bad manicure and she’s throwing a tantrum or she sounds like she is flirting with the big man on campus (even if she is speaking to another woman).
    I thought David Tom was handed some incredibly dark material to step right into. If you recall, even Billy Miller wasn’t acting like Billy anymore after Delia’s death and after suffering marital problems. Even Miller wasn’t much fun anymore. Tom stepped right up to that plate and was able to convey incredible emotions as if he has been playing this role all along. His scenes with Jack were so good, I really felt as though I were a fly on the wall watching two brothers interact with each other.
    That is why I say David Tom is a very capable actor.

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    suzazq replied

    I think David Tom had come into his own in the role right when they let him go! My gosh, people were so angry Billy Miller left NO ONE would have gotten a fair shake from the vast majority. David Tom is a wonderful actor and hopefully will bounce back from this emotionally. It had to be hard to take.
    Melody Thomas Scott has been on the show for a long time and seen many kids come and go; i am sure that she feels a sense wanting to help keep everyone together. It is what happens when the person being paid to lead (JFP) isn’t doing their job!!!!

    Tinysdawn replied

    I did not have a problem with David’s acting, I just don’t feel the chemistry between him and Amelia like she had with Billy.

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    janice replied

    I don’t feel I need to give you an ‘example or 2′….it’s just my personal opinion (we all have one) and observation. I feel about DT the same way you feel about CK (Lily)….he seemed like a one emotion actor in this part. Perhaps in another role, he would be different. I just didn’t care for him at all.

    Harry replied

    But Janice, you cannot state a thesis without explaining why you feel that way. If you think David Tom was terrible, you need to tell your audience why you feel that way. Otherwise, you lose credibility. And Tiny, you think David Tom should be let go after a month’s time because he did not have chemistry with Amelia? First, I never thought Amelia had that much chemistry with Billy Miller. I know I am in the minority on this one, but it always seemed like Miller was carrying this rather somnolent and passive actress. Second, Tom did have chemistry with both Chelsea and Chloe, not to mention chemistry with his brother Jack and his mother Jill. Is it fair to fire this actor because he cannot carry the rather weak actress who plays Victoria?

    k/kay replied

    @Harry I think I am in love with you! Lol Someone else who feels like I do about AH/Victoria I will say this about her and it is not bashing but if I had romantic pictures on twitter with a co-star but none of my husband I think my husband would start to wonder. I think that is odd and unprofessional someone needs to let it go. Blind item in SOD about a returned vet who was having a hard time adjusting again to the pace of Daytime. David Tom? He has been gone a while and I know a lot of actors claim it is tough. Side note everybody thank a veteran today for their service remember Memorial Day is not about what you are grilling for dinner.

    Don replied

    david tom does have chemestry with missy egan (chelsea) the show could have explored but decided not to.

    carol replied

    I was not a fan of DT in the role of Billy at all. In addition to no chemistry with either Victoria or Kelly, he just looked too young for either of them. I would much rather have an older actor in the part, and I don’t think that the new guy looks as old as Jack as someone previously mentioned. Let’s give him a chance since we can’t get BM back.

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  13. Mark says:

    Love melody!!!

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  14. jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    Ive watched DTs episodes and seen a fine actor…i know GH is run amok with too many characters but i wouldnt mind seeing him play Dillion Quartimaine…Most of Monicas side of the family is gone so now its up to Tracys side to bring back the Q’s!!!

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    Harry replied

    Jim, I like that idea. And since Dillon is already an established character, I would not object to Dillon coming back at all. I think David Tom’s Dillon would be a hoot interacting with Traci.
    People might forget that David Tom can be quite funny. His storyline has been so dark his natural humor has not been able to come out.

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    I think it would be a hoot too…

    andrew hass replied

    I think David Tom would be a good Dillon too.Plus Tracy may need another one of her sons in town.Plus even though Scott Clifton was a great Dillon i think enough time has passed that GH fans will accept a recast.Especially a past Emmy winner.

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    When i was watching DT on Y&R the other day…before the recast announcement…i kept picturing him with Jane Eliot and said to myself: ‘time to come home Dillion’…now that he has been let go maybe it’ll come true!!!

    Elizabeth replied

    I agree with that. He would be a good Dillon.

    JustSaying replied

    That would be EPIC!!!!

    Please dear God, let him have REVENGE on Y&R. Let him land on GH.

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  15. Cindy Kelly says:

    I am sorry that David Thom was let go but I have to agree that he was not right for the part of Billy Abbott. Billy Miller left some very large shoes to fill and to be honest I do not think any other actor can fill them. Y&R execs. have made some major mistakes this past year. First was letting Michelle Stafford go and then when she was ready to go back to Daytime TV, they did not try to get her back. Second, they let Billy Miller go and Thirdly, they fired Michael Muhney.
    When Jeanne Cooper passed away there was a major void on the show and to lose 3 major characters one right after the other was CRAZY! WAKE UP Y&R! Before it is to late…..Whoever you have running the show and whoever you have writing the scripts is who needs to leave!

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    Tootie Brown replied

    #1 Billy Miller and Michelle Stafford quit…so don’t blame the show or the new actors who portray them…#2 Michael M made his bed so it was out of the shows hands or risk being sued for millions. ..David Tom was doing an excellent job and now because of ungrateful fans and cyber bullies that can’t get thierwayanother disappointing firing has occurred…YnR need to rehire David Tom since Miller didndoesn’t want too. ..this is unfair!

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    JustSaying replied

    I like how you phrased it – cyber bully.

    jan replied

    they didn’t let Billy Miller and Michelle Stafford go. They quit. Michael Muhney was rightfully fired. On another note, back when BM first appeared, he said that he studied a lot of David Tom’s reels from youtube to get to know the character of Billy. The irony.. because people forget that this was DT’s role first.

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    Cindy Kelly replied

    When I said let go, I meant they let them leave without fighting to keep them. They let Billy Miller go instead of agreeing to let him do other projects which had been allowed in the past. It was David Thom’s role as a teenager, problem is the character Billy Abbott was no longer a teenager, but a father that lost his child. David Thom was not right for the part any longer.

    andrew hass replied

    Maybe the show just needed confirmation from Billy Miller that Y&R would be his first priority.So maybe they were willing to give him the time off but they have just wanted his word that he would always come back to Y&R.Plus like i said in above post maybe the show wanted him to multi-year deal and not just another one year contract because they were tired of negotiating with him every year.

    sandra replied

    You said it all Kelly

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  16. MARI R R-EM says:

    shes a class act feel the same !! the Tom’s are talented

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  17. vinman says:

    To MTS….you are a 1st.clas LADY!!!

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  18. Marie says:

    It’s difficult for anyone to be fired for any reason. As a much younger actor David Tom was a great fit for the role of “teenage Billy”. It is conspicuous that he is not the actor for this role now. Best luck to Tom’s but definitely looking forward to a better fitting actor for the role.

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    Tootie Brown replied

    He was grown like 28 he just looks young but that’s great for the show…He made Amelia look younger and they weren’t given a fair chance…I’m very disappointed in the show right now

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    Eileen Hargis replied

    David is 35.

  19. mary ortiz says:

    I think it took a little for us to get used to this new Billy Abbott but he finally did it! I thought he gave it his all. He was a wonderful actor filling in that position. I thought he looked so much like the previous Billy and followed in his footsteps great. Now, we are getting another Billy and it infuriates me because all the old actors and actresses are leaving the show. What is happening to this soap. I’ve been watching this show for years and others that have gone too. I am so displeased with what is happening now it just isn’t the same anymore. It has lost ratings and people are just not too pleased with the writers storyline anymore. It needs something dramatic to bring back all the viewers again. Writers better think of something or else we are gone as viewers.

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    Tootie Brown replied

    I agree 1000% with you this is silly and the new guy looks Jack’s age not like his lil brother…smh YnR is really upsetting the fans…David Tom has done an excellent job…why did they do this Mr. Fairman?

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    Eileen Hargis replied

    Jill is tryi.g to please some of the DT haters and save her job.

  20. Kerry Kassinger says:

    Where was heartfelt tweet to Michael Muhney when he was let go from the show?

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    alice h rivera replied

    That’s exactly what I thought. Nothing has become of the things he was excused of either. I really wish they bring him back, he was so good in the role. He should have been nominated for the role of Adam, he was that good. Phelps needs to be fired, and some of the writers too. They have been holding on to the story lines way too long. Like the one with Sharon.

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    andrew hass replied

    MTS did tweet about MM’s exit but it was removed.In her tweet she said the show wasn’t to blame and that any actor would have been fired under those circumstances.She also wrote it was a terrible loss for the show and it sickened her that that happened.So in MM’s case maybe his co-stars were advised not to say anything about his leaving.

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    jan replied

    why should she have given him a heartfelt tweet? they weren’t friends. She and David Tom were and she can tweet what she wants. It’s common knowledge that MM wasn’t very liked on set, and if allegations are true, he didn’t deserve a “heartfelt goodbye”"

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  21. Lew S. says:

    His portrayal of Billy was beginning to work for me. He is a talented actor and I wish him the best.

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  22. meg , says:

    As long as they don’t think they keep this Billy or any Billy away as Chelsea’s luv interest, ,David had too much hubris to think we’d except him with Chelsea. after Michael Muhney.

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  23. Lynn Miles says:

    Personally, while I liked David in his earlier years-he. just. does. NOT. compare. to. Billy. Miller! Those are some tough shoes to fill. We’ll see what happens.

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  24. meg , says:

    that should of said as long as they keep this Billy away from CHELSE NOT ONE OF THE BILLY wERE deserving of replacing MM/ /ADAM ,ENCLUDING MILLER.

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  25. Heather Shaw says:

    I wish him all the best, and yes he is a great actor!! I will miss you

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  26. sandy larsen lamb says:

    Thankyou melody for such a nice post to david tom.. I will miss him, and like u said, do not give up..u are talented david..hope to see u on tv doing something!! god bless

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  27. jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    Cant wait to read what people will be saying about the new Billy…positive or negative…comments here are far more interesting than these shows…lol

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  28. Ghlover says:

    Gh should get Biller Miller for Jason and David Tom as Dillon Q. ! Both would work very well! Elizabeth H. could even be a older Brooklyn!!!!

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    I said the same about DT as Dillion…however, i think Elizabeth H. would make the perfect Robin recast…

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    andrew hass replied

    I don’t think GH would ever recast Robin unless they knew for sure that KMC was never coming back.There might be some roles that can’t be recast and Robin might be one of them.Plus i don’t know if any actress would want to try to replace KMC as Robin.As for Elizabeth Hendrickson i could see her been on GH but maybe as Brooklyn.

  29. su0000 says:

    David Tom is a good looking guy, has experience as a soap actor, is a good actor;
    He was a horrible Billy Abbott ..

    Just because a person looks good and can act does not mean he is the right one to be a certain character..

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    Harry replied

    Uh Gracie? I mean, Suooo? I am starting to understand you are a short term viewer of both GH and Y&R. Do you understand that David Tom originated the character of Billy Abbott starting in his teen years? Maybe you weren’t watching yet.

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    andrew hass replied

    I think what su0000 meant was that in his or her opinion David Tom was horrible in playing Billy as the character is now and not how Billy was when David Tom played him over 10 years ago.The character of Billy changed over the years and David Tom wasn’t playing him through the changes.

    Lew S. replied

    I totally agree! Many years ago he was perfect in the role. But Billy Miller came on board and made the character his own. He left tough shoes to fill! As much as I like David Tom, I tried but could not see or feel the chemistry with Amelia Heinle, which is a shame, because the characters of Billy and Victoria are magic together. Good luck to the new actor!

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    PatF replied

    David Tom wasn’t being brought on the replace Billy Miller. Ever.

    He was brought back to role he originated to evolve the character.

    Phelps is an idiot to release an Emmy award winner actor because one actress didn’t have chemistry with him. You test different potential pairings for chemistry. You don’t replace the actor.

    She doesn’t know what she’s doing, and never really has in the casting dept.

    Look at Kelly.

    Su0000 doesn’t watch YR. He/she just likes to fill their posts with negativity because the show is wildly popular.

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    k/kay replied

    @ Pat F agree and for me Victoria Nicole Newman left the building and never has come back when Heather Tom left.

  30. Loretta Singleton says:

    This was so sweet of her and she is right he is a very great Actor I for one love him as Billy and I know a lot of people didn’t think so but this was the Billy Abbott I knew from when he first came to Y&R. There will be no one I mean no one to play the role of Billy like Billy Miller no matter who you get they will not measure up To Billy Miller. Sad they will do this now as we were getting use to David Tom I hope another soap natch him up. David Tom we will miss you and Like Melody said don’t let this get you down. May God Bless You In Your Success

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  31. Dianne says:

    That was a very beautiful Melody! I always liked David Tom. I was excited when he came back. I am really sorry that Y&R let him go. I am really going to miss him. Please tell him that a big fan of his from Scarborough, Ontario Canada knows that he is a great actor & hope he gets another job really soon! Stay in soaps David! I will be looking for you! Sincerely, Dianne Driver

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  32. Barbara ruth says:

    I agree he was not as good as Billy as the previous actor but he deserved more of a chance and not because Jill didn’t like him…that sucks. My problem with the show right now is the bitch that Lilly has turned into…not a good story line with Neil and Hillary but she needs to butt out!

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  33. Carole says:

    She’s a great lady, and David was doing just fine! JFP is the one that has to go!

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  34. k/kay says:

    MTS has been friends with the Tom’s for years and her husband Ed Scott is still working with Heather over at B&B she is not being two faced about this if everyone remembers she did the big CBS promotion about DT coming back. I might add he created the character and did quite well for three years. I just think it could have been done with a little more class you know HT has delivered 5 emmys for CBS and DT 1. Respect!!!

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  35. Sandra Buckbee says:

    I’m really beginning to hate it when people keep getting replace. He was doing his best. Sometimes no matter what you do the shoes are to big to be filled.

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  36. Tootie Brown says:

    I think it is very sweet. I am highly upset by David Tom being let go….The Fans complaints about him looking young was just retaliation towards JFP and the fact that they are really upset about Miller leaving….This is a huge mistake…it doesn’t make sence…David is a great actor…They should have put him with Chelsea or hire a new Chloe that they can put Tom with…like Katie Peretti from ATWT. ..why hire a new Billy….Who looks Jack’s age instead of his little brother…they need to hire Tom back this is ridiculous!

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  37. Diane Webster says:

    There is an old expression and that is once you leave home you it’s not the same going back and for the most part it doesn’t work. Well, David Tom tried going back but it just didn’t work.

    I feel sorry for anyone who loses a job but when one door closes another one opens and I hope Mr. Tom finds a place where he isn’t trying to fill someone else shoes. And they didn’t fit.

    As for JFP she needs to be replaced because in the process of saying I am boss and we do what I say she lost this soap 500,000 viewers. Was it worth it?

    Les Moonves of CBS programming there is still a chance to get your viewers back:

    1. Get rid of JFP first of all before she does more damage, and
    2. work on getting back the loyal fans you have lost, and
    3. admit the mistakes that have been made and although it will take a while try to correct what can be corrected, move on.

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  38. Diane says:

    wow, first I heard this. When is his last day? And don’t know this other guy.

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  39. Tammy says:

    We know you did the right thing since ya have history.

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  40. Ms. Gadget says:

    I am happy they are replacing David Tom, I am sad he lost his job but this was not the role for him. I fast forward his scenes. He looks to young for this role and I can’t see him being paired romantically with anyone on the show. I welcome Burgess Jenkins with open arms, I don’t know him but I am READY for a change of Billy. SO LONG DAVID TOM, I WISH YOU WELL

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  41. Kelly says:

    I said from the get-go this recast would not make it. This is one time they should have put time and distance between Billy and David by sending Billy Abbott away for awhile. Billy Miller, IMO, is a phenomenal actor and really had big shoes to fill. It was a big mistake to bring him on so soon after Miller’s departure. That is on JFP. Her first big mistake was not really seriously negotiating with Billy. That’s on her too. She stopped negotiating early on and she had no intention of keeping him. She even said the viewers would say they were going to quit watching but really wouldn’t. Another big mistake on her part. The viewers did stop watching to the tune of one million plus.

    I do not believe the viewers who left after the 30th of January left because of David Tom. The writing is deplorable. A Junior High Journalism class could write better than these folks on any given day. It wasn’t like that in 2010 so there is a clear difference. I understand that, once again, JFP is the one that tosses out the storyline ideas. Big mistake. She can’t do jack unless it is for her friends. Her nepotism is out of control. I think that is why she let Miller get away.

    I quit watching after the January 30th episode because of the way she treated Billy Miller but I was only hanging on because of him anyway. The writing already had him as the biggest ass on the earth because his daughter died and when they had him tear up the sheets with Kelly that destroyed the core of this character. Even had he stayed I doubt that I would have been a viewer much longer. It is sickening what they have done to the characters on this show all for the nepotism and plot points.

    Don’t get me wrong. I do honestly believe MAB had to go. Her heart was not into it and she was letting the inmates run the show while she was at museums etc. Some of her stuff was incredibly bad. I was happy she was gone and I tried to adjust to JFP. She waltzed in and fired several people that didn’t need firing and quickly ensconced her buddies in high places making them rooted deep in the fiber of Genoa City. That, too, in my book was a mistake.

    Killing Delia was a mistake. BIG mistake. You would have thought she would have learned after she killed off Maureen Bauer on Guiding Light and the backlash is still felt to this day but no, she did it anyway. The backlash was huge for killing off Jake on General Hospital but she is like Teflon, she went right ahead and killed Delia. Gave the actors plenty of Emmy reels but most of them are gone and it got her nowhere.

    She is the problem. She always has been from the time she came upon the scene of the mess Maria made and made it ten times worse. I gotta ask, WTF is the matter with Sony and CBS? Even Stevie Wonder can see this isn’t working so fix it once and for all and quit playing games before they can’t get back any of those million plus viewers if they tried.

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    Lynda Westlake replied

    Very well said Kelly. I agree with everything you said. JFP has got to go

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    su0000 replied

    lol yah..
    there is no one to replace JFP..
    If some haven’t noticed, soap writers and etc are very very hard to come by..
    No TV writers want the burden of writing soaps, the daily scripts, 30 characters to write for, and all the back stories to hook to and on and on and on it goes, they do not want to do that..
    Those days are gone..
    There are less EP and HW etc for soaps..
    So, there most likely would not be a decent replacement that even knows how to do anything soap wise.. the ones that were are happily retired..
    I would also imagine, they would not want to put with the fans; I don’t blame them..
    JFP most likely is going nowhere..

    jaybird369 replied

    Kelly…BRAVO!!!!! YOU SAID IT VERY PERFECTLY!!!!! Thank You. To me, Y&R has become an endless revolving door of pretty awful acting, unwatchable newbie characters and (most of all) snooze-filled story lines. At this point, I feel like us loyal Y&R viewers could write WAY BETTER MATERIAL than those clueless Y&R writers…LOL!!!!! Yep.

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  42. Nanci says:

    They responded to the backlash, and are replacing the Billy character.
    Now they are getting backlash for trying to make the fans happier by
    the replacement. They can’t win, it seems!

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    4everDAYS replied

    It’s such a shame that Y&R has lost it’s way.

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    PatF replied

    The show hasn’t lost its way. The EP is lost at the helm.

    k/kay replied

    Y&R has a lot of problems right now and maybe lost it’s way but it is not because of one actor. Everybody does that they become obsessed with an actor it is an ensemble act that makes it work. I thought I would never get over Terry Lester leaving Y&R as the original Jack but slowly I adjusted to Peter Bergman he has a different style. Which actor do I prefer as Jack the late great Terry Lester but TL chose to leave I had to move on or stop watching maybe everybody who can’t get over Miller ought to do that.

  43. Vicky says:

    Heartfelt? Why use Twitter then, pick up a phone or take the guy out for dinner and express your “heartfelt” feelings … this was inappropriate IMO…. I’m in the camp that has seen this coming every since he came in. Just Shocked that JFP actually paid attention to the fans on this, since se disrespects us on everything else! He looks like a baby with Victoria, and there is no way he would have been able to shoot a sex scene with the new Kelly, also his senior, without everyone laughing! THis was the right move! He wasn’t right!

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  44. Chris says:

    David Tom is a great actor…..and he would have been fine playing the role HE CREATED. The problen is he was not expected or being allowed to play Billy Abbott……..he was expectedand by the writing was being forced to play Billy Miller playing Billy Abbott….and that was not fair to him. Billy Miller did not “become” Billy Abbott in 4 short months yet the show…..but more so….the fans expected David to do that. what the show should have done is had both Adam and Billy be gone for a while. Then have one come back followed by the other. that would have eased the transitions in both cases. Also i really beleive that JFP pulled David Tom in to either make BM change his mind or to really stick it to BM. And clearly that backfired. Now an actor is unemploted and we as viewers are required to “begin again.

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    su0000 replied

    DT did not create the roll of now grown/man Billy, Billy Miller did…
    DT was a kid, his first six-year period he was a minor ALSO portrayed by other various child actors.
    In 1999, David Tom began portraying Billy as a `teenager.
    So, he was never anything near as the now Billy..
    And, he did not fit the roll of the married Billy, he was horrible as the man Billy..
    It is good and bad..
    Bad for David Tom that he was let go
    Good for the Billy character and many fans, that he was let go..

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    Harry replied

    Chris, this is spot on. You nailed it. Thank you.

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    andrew hass replied

    I also think David Tom’s first scenes back were written for Billy Miller in mind and not DT.So maybe the writers needed time to figure out how to write for DT and his strengths as an actor.As for JFP i’m wondering if she rehired DT as a publicity stunt of sorts because then she could say we got the original actor back.If David Tom had worked out JFP would have looked good and gotten the praise for getting him back to play Billy.Now by replacing him JFP can now say she listened to the fans and even blame them for David Tom not working out.

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    su0000 replied

    truth is;
    David Tom was not working out as Billy..
    He was a horrible Billy..
    He is a good actor and cute, but he is not a good Billy Abbott ..
    It is good he was let go so he can move on and find a roll that will suit him ..

    andrew hass replied

    I agree.David Tom could get hired by another soap and prove Y&R made a mistake letting him go by being successful on another soap.Plus now David Tom can’t be accused of betraying Y&R by signing with another soap.

  45. Margie Rose Dalton says:

    Beautiful Melody tweet. I’m afraid no one can replace our Billy!!

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  46. MBmomof3 says:

    Nice of MTS to publicly show support for DT. I’m very disappointed that he was let go. Not looking forward to another new face in GC. Wishing all the best for David Tom. I enjoyed his portrayal of Billy.

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  47. Sandra Bridges says:

    I would expect nothing less from such a classy lady. I belong to a large FB soap fan page of 16,000 members and there are mixed feelings about the firing all the way around. We all would have loved to see Billy Miller come back of course, but David Tom just did not fit the part of Billy Abbot any longer. Maybe in his younger days when he played the younger Billy he was more suited for the part. Billy Miller expanded that character and made it his own and those are big shoes to fill. There was absolutely no chemistry between him and his Costar and you could tell that She certainly wasnt feeling it. I invite you to join our group and find out first hand how 16,000 Y&R and B&B Long Haul Die Hard Fans feel about these hirings and firings first hand! We are on FB!

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  48. Judy falletich says:

    I think her message to him was sincere and from the heart. She was on Y&R from day one and Billy has been on there before to so I’m sure he is like family. I like Billy, not in this roll for Victoria but I would like him somewhere on the show, they are like family go me to. My children was just little when I started watching the Y&R and my daughter will be 49 in August. I have a picture of me with Victor when he was visiting Wyondotte , Michigan .

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  49. Mo says:

    That was very sweet of her. Hopefully she told him in person if she could.

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  50. jenny logan says:

    I loved loved Billy Miller but it was his choice to leave.. I havehewatchdd Y&R when David Tom was Billy Abbott with Mac, Brittany, JT so didn’t take long to love him again. people did not give him a chance. People i think thought if they complaines enough Billy Miller might come back. well surprise now we have soo meone else i have never heard of. Th

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  51. Izabel says:

    Aww! MTS is amazing. Seriously a class act and a down to earth woman. I love how she seems to mother’ the cast members and seems to follow jeanne coopers example of taking people under her wing. As for David Tom?? Ahh… Its an unfortunate and an unecessary situation. I kind of feel bad for him, maybe he couldn’t take the pressure of beeing compared to Miller and continued to not deliver? He shouldn’t have been casted in the first place. I wasn’t happy to see him but now I’d rather get use to him then a whole new other guy playing billy (unless he’s crazy talented). I guess we shall see :( but this was such a stupid move, like after miller why botther? I blame JFP.

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  52. abruzzfan says:

    MTS is awesome!!!!!

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  53. Selena.C. says:

    LOVE U NIKKI!! lol.. That’s how its done. Its comforting to know there’s real women in hollywood despite everything who still can carrry themselves and be a good influence to all the young whiney actress’ coming up with attitudes. SRY BUT NEVER LIKED DAVID TOM and thought they should have killed off billys’ character too until they could get Miller to come back.. It sux, he was the one and only. Producers/ directors, keep it up and u guys won’t have a job!!!

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  54. Gloria dodds Zimmerman says:

    Just didn’t feel David Tom could play the role of Billy after Billy Miller made it his character …. I only hope the new Billy will fit the part but I’m surely open to giving him a chance ! I have always been a Cady fan but jack and Kelly aren’t my cup of tea please reconsider these too….lily is giving me fits with her holier than thou attitude !! I like Neil and Hilary

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    Nanci replied

    I agree! Lily’s rants have gone beyond what’s warranted.
    And I am fine with Hilary and Neil. Just wish that Hilary,
    when confronted by Lily’s shrieking about it, would have
    just calmly told Lily that she and Neil are adults, and that
    their relationship isn’t up for debate…or whatever. Instead,
    Hilary let her claws out right along with Lily. And I thought
    Hilary had matured to be able to resist letting Lily get to
    her so much.

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    su0000 replied

    Gloria dodds Zimmerman-
    I agree..
    Jack and new Kelly are a horrible no chem couple..
    New Kelly gags me and when her and Jack are kissing and stuff, I need a barf bag..
    I do hope the couple is killed, quickly..

    the new recasts are not working well, for me .. And new Kelly is really bad ..

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  55. Timmm says:

    David was starting to click as Billy. Probably because of his budding relationship with Chelsea. David Thom didnt click with Victoria. This is his job and he is out of work. I feel for him but he will prevail. Now we have another Billy to judge. He is older and seems to be a good actor. Give him a shot. It may be that only Billy Miller will ever do but I remember when the actor who played Adam quit. I liked him and thought they could never replace him and along came Michael Muhney. He turned out to be great. If it wasnt for that little Disney reject he’d still be on Y&R! BUT, lets remember, Hunter is one of JFP little minions so she stays and Michael goes. Jill sucks!

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    andrew hass replied

    I don’t think it was reported anywhere that Michael Muhney was let go because JFP disliked him.He was let go because of what he was allegedly accused of doing.It could turn out that JFP wanted him to stay but Sony/CBS wanted him gone because they didn’t want to be liable for a lawsuit against them.

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    JulieW replied

    Soap Opera Digest’s 6.9.14 edition just came out in LA today. Guess who’s on the cover about returning to Y&R? Any guesses? Well, it’s Michael Muhney!

    The inside story says he was seen at Y&R’s studios in LA in an article with the headline: “Y&R: Michael Muhney Back As Adam?” It also mentions Cameron Mathison and Brian Presley talking to them too. If SOD is dependable, this would blow the lid off of the whole scandal story. Why would they talk to him about coming back if the scandal was true? He denied it was true back in January and his mother and father-in-law also said the rumors were lies recently as well.

    Something is going on or SOD wouldn’t have put it on the cover and make it the magazine’s lead article.

    andrew hass replied

    Since i haven’t seen the newest issue of SOD yet i can’t comment on it.However in the SOD has put stuff on the cover to get people to buy the magazine.As for Michael Muhney was at the Y&R studio doesn’t mean the show was talking to him about coming back.As for Muhney’s mother and father-in-law saying the rumors were lies of course they were supporting him.Plus when in January did Michael deny the rumors weren’t true?Yeah he made some comments back then but i don’t think he ever said directly he was innocent or guilty.

  56. Lia says:

    I am so sadden by this. He is a fabulous actor, and picked up Billy Abbott right where Billy Miller left him. He truly didn’t miss a beat, and I was enjoying his work very much. It really is a shame that certain fans will not grow-up, and stop complaining a good actor out of a job. And I can’t help but think that one complaint may have come from an insider as well. Going to miss him very much, and I wish him all the best in future projects.

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  57. carinamia says:

    U GO MELODY! Show that class and respect! It was an appropriate gesture ssince she’s been on the show for yrs. Hate that they keep changing billy!!! Why did David Tom get fired??? I agree he couldn’t act like miller but maybe the pressure was too much that he kept NOT delivering??? Just saying, I ratherr have him then another one now.

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  58. mmc says:

    Very nice words from Melody….Billy Millers shoes were big shoes to fill when David Tom took over….it was hard to get used to someone other than Billy, but I was finally getting used to David.Those in charge didn’t give him a chance.All they do is recast….so much so that it gets impossible to even care about the characters.instead of constantly recasting, I think a close look should be taken at who’s making these decisions….it’s getting harder & harder to watch a show where it’s so obvious that TPTB don’t know what they’re doing….:(

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  59. Lael says:

    I had been watching Y&R from almost the beginning on CBS. I have seen all the changes over the years, Y&R has had its ups and downs, but, its a shame that now it has become agony to watch it…I just shut it off. Whatever bureaucratic nonsense is going on behind the scenes @ Sony/CBS with writing, casting oops, and this JFP who obviously is a disaster decision maker has resulted in a mass loss of viewership on CBS. I felt compelled to write on this board and voice my opinion because its just time. I have lost my 2 former fave soaps…Y&R and B&B. Something has happened to both (but more Y&R) and are sinking fast and its just a matter of a short time before they are pulled from the airwaves. Due to boycott and low viewership. A sad time for true soap fans who like to eat lunch and watch a soap. I use to enjoy the writing, creative story lines and good characters, what happened to it all? Whoever is at the helm now, its just mindless drivel and childish nonsense with a yawn. We could fill the chat boards about all this till the end of time, but really folks, if Sony/CBS hierarchy don’t take these complaints seriously nothing will be done about the JFP and her crew and this soap will be gone. Why she was hired in the first place if her track record on others soaps was so horrible….is she the only game in town? Is she the best that they could do? Are these the really best writers they could find? So it maybe tough to write on a daily, but if you want to be the best soap show, put your heart and soul into it and make it tops again. Direct better, make good character casting decisions or just leave and realize its not a fit for you, the fans and network. But, for heavens sake, don’t destroy Y&R and 40 years of what was once great soap television and a legacy show for CBS. Enough said…

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  60. Angela Hernandez says:

    She is such a classy lady, just like her Character. My favorite!!

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  61. james harden says:

    I really liked David Tom as Billy Abbot.

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  62. Dawn says:

    Not only is the firing of David Tom unfair, but premature. Is it his fault that the producers were too short-sighted to understand that viewers needed some time to recover from the loss of Billy Miller before being asked to get used to a new actor in the role? (And, yes, I know that David Tom wasn’t totally “new” to the role of Billy Abbott. I was a big fan of his back in the Glow by Jabot days of Billy & Mac’s romance–imo, one of the best teen-oriented storylines I’ve ever seen on any soap opera, ever).

    My heart goes out to David. He was brave enough to consent to being thrown into the middle of a very heavy storyline. I can’t remember ever seeing an actor step into a role in the midst of such narrative chaos. If the producers had waited two or three months after Billy Miller’s last air date, I’m sure that most viewers would have been better able to adjust to the casting change. Instead, here we are, in a worse place than we were back on January 31st. Now, the show has jettisoned yet another talented actor–this in spite of the fact that many of Tom’s original detractors admit they were just beginning to become accustomed to him–and we’re being asked to get used to ANOTHER person in the role of Billy.

    Here’s a suggestion to TPTB (thought I doubt they care enough to truly listen to anyone in their fanbase): Send the character of Billy Abbott on a sabbatical for an indefinite period of time. Regroup. Sit down and figure out exactly where you want to take this character, because making it up as you go along has NOT been working. And start showing your viewers respect by infusing the show with some STABILITY for a change. But, perhaps your intention is to kill the show completely, thereby sounding the death knell for the entire daytime-drama genre… in which case, I say “Congratulations on a job well done.”

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  63. Pat Williams says:

    Jill Phelps is the one that should be fired. D. Tom was doing fine. She lost miller too not knowing what she’s doing.

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  64. nthony says:

    To Whom

    Billy Miller is the only one for the roll of Billy! After watching for over 45yrs, this has got to be up there ( bunch of crap ) for letting go of there best actors or actresses? It almost made me want to watch another soap. I hope you don’t make the same mistake again soon, or your going to lose watchers of the show!

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