SHOCKER: David Tom Returns to The Young and the Restless as Billy Abbott!






Wave goodbye to Billy Miller, kids. Since Miller and Sony Television couldn't reach a mutually acceptable deal, The Young and the Restless is bringing back the original adult Billy Abbott, David Tom!

The actor, who from 1999-2002 played Billy from a teenager to young adulthood, is returning to the serial where he won the Outstanding Younger Actor Daytime Emmy in 2000. The news of Tom's return was first reported on Twitter by TV Guide Magazine's Michael Logan See his tweet below!




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I'm VERY HAPPY with this news! I'm one of the few that has never really liked BM's interpretation of Billy Abbott. Except for his current storyline, he's always played the part as a one-dimensional clown, IMO. I think it will bring a refreshing change to the boring pairing of Villy. I think David Tom is a good actor and it'll be captivating to see him back in his signature role.

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Well now that David Tom is playing Billy, we can forget about ever having Heather Tom return as Victoria. That would just be gross.

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David Tom was sooooo sexy to me and those lips >>>>>> People who weren't watching Y&R back in the early 2000s, before the trifecta that was Lynn Latham, Maria Bell and Phelps came along and systematically started to eat away at the show's framework, can't remember how great David was in the role. He won an Emmy, folks.........back before winning a Daytime Emmy became a cosmic JOKE. He can act. He can do comedy. He can do drama. He can play cray-cray. He's a jack of all trades. And he's cute......so let's enjoy the ride.

I loved Billy Miller too, but I guess he got tired of fishing on dry land and carrying Ms. Heinle. As long as he'd been doing it, who could blame him? Know his shoulders had to be tired.............

Frankly, I think this is the perfect time for them to recast Tricktoria Newman. Amelia is essentially nothing but a walking mop. Billy Miller did all the heavy lifting as "Villy". She did a little bit, but that pairing was really all about HIM for me. She is expendable. Too bad she just signed a new contract. But Phelps has never cared about UNCEREMONIOUSLY firing people before, so..........

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Wasn't watching when Tom was first in the role, I enjoyed Billy Miller more on AMC; but he wasn't horrible in the role of Billy. Tom is an Emmy winner, so I'm sure he'll do some impressive work.

Maybe since we're getting a new Billy, we can get a new Victoria.... But damn it, Heinle just signed a new contract didn't???!!! Shit!!! Maybe the recast will at least lead to a Villy break up due to lack of chemistry.

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When did David Tom turn into Grizzly Adams??

Good thing Heather Tom isn't still playing Victoria!

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Very upset at this news! But hoping for big things for Billy Miller!

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Y&R was fantastic back then Sad

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I guess this means Heather Tom will never be back as Victoria. Now that would be some acting watching their love scenes!

Welcome back to the REAL Billy Abbot!

Miller will do just fine in primetime.

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This is great casting news. David Tom is a kick ass actor! While I like Billy Miller A LOT, Tom is better at heavy stuff. Boy can cry like no other. He is on the same caliber as his sister. More importantly, it wasn't another F'ken FOJ! Take those blessings when they happen!

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BM should goto GH as the new lucky or recast Dillon.... He would murder all on a show with decent writing

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Don't screw with JFP...no one, not even Billy Miller fans, can complain about this casting. They probably fell in love with the character when David Tom was in the role anyway.

Still wondering how CK came out on top...well, we did get Hilary out of the deal so I won't complain.

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I am sad to see Billy Miller leave but he made the decision that was best for him. I am actually surprised he stuck around this long. He has basically carried Amelia Heinle since being paired in "Villy".

Though I never was a David Tom fan back in the day but things change. I will give him a chance. I am just glad to see Billy Miller finally FREED himself from the albatross that was the Villy pairing.

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Nk3play2 wrote:
Maybe the recast will at least lead to a Villy break up due to lack of chemistry.

You have a VERY interesting point. I love BM, but if this gets Billy away from Victoria it might very well be worth it in the end. Villy ran it's course a LONG time ago. BM has been doing so much heavy lifting being paired with AH (as someone mention), so I can't really blame him if he got tired of it. Best of lucky BM Smile.

When is BM's contract officially up? I'm just curious how much longer he'll be airing.

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This sucks! I love Billy Miller. I actually couldn't stand him on AMC, but have loved him on Y&R. I hope that this was purely his decision and that Y&R did everything they could to keep him. If that is the case, then we have to respect his decision. However, if Phelps was playing hardball, after blowing the show's budget on re-creating almost every set in just one year, then I'm pissed.

Alston, I also agree that he is the only thing that makes me like Villy (and that he carries that pairing). I don't mean to be a jerk, but as others have pointed out for years, Heinle simply is NOT Victoria Newman. She portrays here as a weak wallflower. Billy is the only character she has had any real romantic chemistry with on the show. Hell, she and her actual husband, the delicious Thad Luckinbill, had zero onscreen chemistry.

At least David Tom is a good actor. It's been 11-12 years since he last played the role, so hopefully, he can slip back into it. Although, there goes my dream wish that Heather Tom would someday return to Y&R.

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Thank goodness, maybe they will finally end Villy. Holy sh*t! The writers thought they were the holy grail of couples for some reason.

Amelia better park her rear in a church pew because she needs to pray that she does not get fired. With BM gone, who will prop Victoria and her non-acting self?

For some reason I see the writers returning to Chilly.

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Dyllan wrote:
Thank goodness, maybe they will finally end Villy. Holy sh*t! The writers thought they were the holy grail of couples for some reason.Amelia better park her rear in a church pew because she needs to pray that she does not get fired. With BM gone, who will prop Victoria and her non-acting self? For some reason I see the writers returning to Chilly.

Reasons? Because one is a Newman and the other an abbot. One character was a huge fan favorite that made what should be THE number one beloved, interesting leading lady but wasn't bearable. Billy single handedly saved Victoria from mediocrity. No break up was ever going to happen with miller in the role.

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^I never understood that reason (she's a Newman). Yeah, Victoria is a Newman, therefore, that's an even bigger incentive to have a well respected actress play the role, IMO.

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Bye Billy Miller I've liked the character or actors since he was paired with Victoria but when he was with Chloe it was fire...

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Um... Seriously? Why???

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How dreadful.

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This is amazing news.

We all kind of figured that Billy Miller would most likely leave Y&R. And before we get another Ryan Brown or Scott Seymour, I'm very happy.

David Tom was great as Billy Abbott and I'm excited to see him again. At least the role is left to someone that can act. And we finally have at least one Tom back on the show.

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Does this cast change mean Villy are no longer a couple. I wish David Tom would have signed on before AH signed her new contract. I can't see DT and HT together as a couple.

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Shit. I love BM big-time but his contract talks were spicy the last few times. I'm going to miss him HELLA but I remember when David was on as Billy so if they have to recast...It will be interesting to see what they do with David.

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This is a shocker but in a good way. I loved Billy Miller, but I loved David Tom more.

I'm not used to being excited about Y&R casting announcements but they got me twice this week. Colin & the original Billy returning....YAY!

I sure hope they have more coming up in the new year for Jill and she that will share more scenes Billy. It was frustrating not to see Jill & Billy Miller's Billy in story, but it will be maddening if it continues. I feel like her real son is coming home. lol

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As I said before, this was a very good decision by TPTB, but I doubt he and that Heinle girl will have much chemistry.

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Dyllan wrote:
^I never understood that reason (she's a Newman). Yeah, Victoria is a Newman, therefore, that's an even bigger incentive to have a well respected actress play the role, IMO.

I responded to the comment about TPTB loving the pairing so much...I can't begin to rationalize why AH is still allowed to play this role.

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Billy Miller will find success in prime time or the movies something David Tom could not do.

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Thankulord13 wrote:
Billy Miller will find success in prime time or the movies something David Tom could not do.

I wish Miller luck, he will need it!

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stefanstavros wrote:
I'm one of the few that has never really liked BM's interpretation of Billy Abbott. Except for his current storyline, he's always played the part as a one-dimensional clown, IMO.

Well you can count me in as one of those "few" who wasn't bowled over by Miller's tiresome mugging. And I'll also go as far to say that the current storyline is being saved thanks to Hendrickson, Muhney, Egan, Rikaart and even Heinle. Every one of those actors has been more compelling during this than Miller IMO.

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Thank you Divatude! Throw that shade back where it came from.