HomeTVCBS DaytimeBREAKING NEWS: David Tom OUT; Burgess Jenkins IN as Billy on The Young and the Restless Jamey Giddens May 23, 2014 106 Comments The Young and the Restless is going in a different direction with the character of Billy Abbott. I’ve exclusively learned David Tom is being replaced in the role by Burgess Jenkins. Tom, who played the role of Billy from 1999 to 2002, reprised the role to much fanfare in early 2014. He was seen as the perfect solution, following the exit of mega popular Billy Miller. Miller played Billy Abbott from 2008-2013. Jenkins has numerous primetime recurring roles on his resume, including stints on Army Wives, Nashville and One Tree Hill. Look for him to debut in Genoa City in late June. Photo credit for Burgess Jenkins: IMDB 106 Responses nysam May 23, 2014 Stop the madness!!!! Log in to Reply Traysoblue May 23, 2014 He was a little vanilla, but I am tired of all the new faces behind and in front the cam. Soon I’m going to need them to do like they do on Real World, show everyone’s name when they appear on screen. Log in to Reply JasamForever May 23, 2014 I wonder what happened? Log in to Reply angrierblackerman May 23, 2014 So now we know who JFP re-approached…she approached Billy Miller to come back and play Billy since she knew she was gonna’ fire David Tom! JFP don’t like blonde men, so if you ever get booked on her shows, ask the makeup and hair folks to give you Just For Men brown #16 so you can keep your job. Burgess had better dye his hair darker. Log in to Reply bobbyew May 23, 2014 #JFPsavingtheshow. Bye hissy. They want a man for Gina T. not a boy. Log in to Reply chevjuls May 23, 2014 David Tom was never fit for grown up Bliiy. Log in to Reply ANGELWENDY15 May 23, 2014 It’s so weird but my friend who also watches the show said Billy looks so bloated. I remember years ago he was let go from One Life To Live, and it was never revealed what the reason was. I wonder if he has a drinking problem? But wow, when things don’t work out, look out actors on Y &R, you are gone. Bringing in new actors for an established character is never good. I still wonder who will be the new Adam. I still miss MM in the role. Log in to Reply mitch6225 May 23, 2014 I can see why DT was let go, but rather than recast I think they should just write Billy out for now. Nothing is really going on with Billy so leaving town would make sense. When Billy Miller is available and willing to come back then bring the character back. Of course JFP is who should really be let go….. Log in to Reply goyankees May 23, 2014 I miss Billy Miller so much in the role. Didn’t dislike DT, but whoever allowed it so BM could leave us. Log in to Reply Restless Fan May 23, 2014 Good God! When is someone gonna just cut JFP loose? The madness they allow this woman to get away with. I hate wishing this on Y&R but they need to take a hit to their numbers in a BIG way. THAT seems to be the only way the people above her get it. Log in to Reply Coffee_Junkie May 23, 2014 This is a completely SHITTY thing to do to David Tom. He would have found his groove/niche with Billy. He apparently wasn’t doing it fast enough and a One Tree Hill actor needed a job…. Log in to Reply Pauretajt May 23, 2014 Awww, this is just embarrassing. No Words. Log in to Reply GL fan May 23, 2014 since Y&R is in “Recast mode” can they recast the character of Victoria. The actress is just O.K. and has been carried by the fact that her last two leading men ( Billy miller’s Billy and now Stitch) were/are strong. Log in to Reply alstonboy4315 May 23, 2014 Horrid news. When are they gonna realize that Amelia Heinous is the one that needs to go? She sucks the life out of all of her leading men. The only reason that “Villy” worked when Billy Miller was on the show is because he CARRIED her. First I lose Cynthia Watros and now this. #FIXITJESUS #IWISHICOULDCRAWLBACKINTOBED :tired: :tired: :tired: :tired: Log in to Reply missmuffett41 May 23, 2014 OMG!!!! What is going on @ Y&R. It is as if the casting director is playing musical actors. Every time you look around someone is being recast. Log in to Reply roooo May 23, 2014 This stuff NEVER happened when Bill Bell ran the show. He knew how to find good talent and keep them. We complained about too many new characters and they bombard us with them (Stitch’s wife and Leslie’s husband are right around the corner). We complain about recasts and we’re bombarded with those. No one is better than Billy Miller, but I thought David Tom was doing a decent job considering the shoes he was filling. Now it’s yet another recast. Please please stop (unless you’re considering getting rid of Lily – that would be really ok)!! Log in to Reply RealityCheck 33 May 23, 2014 OK Kool-Aid drinkers, when are you going to finally admit that Phelps is fucked up? She’s a one-person destruction unit. It’s plainly obvious that the behind-the-scenes BS is a mess at Y&R. Can you imagine how bad it really is? These actors have to be sick to their stomachs walking into to those studios everyday thinking “Am I Next?” This also shows the panic by Phelps and her regime over the big audience losses the show has sustained since the end of January and all-time lows in the 18 to 49 female demos. It’s a fact. Jill Farren Phelps has to go! Log in to Reply harlee490 May 23, 2014 Talk about a SMACK in the face this morning…this is what my eyeballs feast on first thing…WOW! :O talk about being blinded by science in JFP’s chemistry nuclear effect as SHE sees in her Frankenstein’s laboratory for YR. |( I just knew this might happen when DT came back…no proof but DT wasn’t JFP’s pick but maybe CBS\Sony, who knows in JFP’s demented world. DT was finding his way, the only thing I feel was missing was Billy’s sly humor but as for the drama and interacting with connected characters he was fine. Someone at CBS\Sony better quickly take control of ship of YR because JFP’s vision isn’t as grand and illuminating as in JFP’s deluded mind…this can once again effect ratings because MORE NEW FACES…I HATE JILL FARREN-(PHUCK-UP-PHELPS Another One Bites The Dust on Jilly’s watch….”another one gone” lyrics say it purrectly >) QUEEN LYRICS “Another One Bites The Dust” Steve (JFP) walks warily down the street, with the brim pulled way down low Ain’t no sound but the sound of his (her) feet, machine guns ready to go Are you ready, Are you ready for this Are you hanging on the edge of your seat Out of the doorway the bullets rip To the sound of the beat Another one bites the dust Another one bites the dust And another one gone, and another one gone Another one bites the dust Hey, I’m gonna get you too Another one bites the dust How do you think I’m going to get along, without you, when you’re gone You took me for everything that I had, and kicked me out on my own Are you happy, are you satisfied How long can you stand the heat Out of the doorway the bullets rip To the sound of the beat Another one bites the dust Another one bites the dust Another one bites the dust Another one bites the dust There are plenty of ways you can hurt a man And bring him to the ground You can beat him You can cheat him You can treat him bad and leave him When he’s down But I’m ready, yes I’m ready for you I’m standing on my own two feet Out of the doorway the bullets rip repeating the sound of the beat http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rY0WxgSXdEE&feature=kp Log in to Reply bobbyew May 23, 2014 Can the DC team convene for an emergency podcast, please. Log in to Reply stefanstavros May 23, 2014 I agree with you guys JFP sucks! David Tom was just fine for the role if he was written and directed correctly. The show wants to take another “direction” with Billy? Under JFP that means directionLESS! The ONLY good thing on this show is Nick/Sharon/Mariah. PERIOD. Even Victor and Nikki have lost their pizzazz. Jack is wasted with a newbie character nobody cares about. The other stories aren’t even worth mentioning…all disjointed and flopping all over the place with dull characters. Log in to Reply pumpkin May 23, 2014 He seemed too young for his leading ladies. I actually agree with this change. This show, among others, has to quit with the long lost children and ridiculous aging. It doesn’t work anymore. Just like back from the dead doesn’t fly. Although this show is not guilty, GH keeps doing crazy stuff. Log in to Reply harlee490 May 23, 2014 Speaking of Cady…not warming to her version of Kelly at ALL, suddenly romantic lead and not the bite of CW’s Kelly playing humor, confusion, bitchy, and darker shades. :love: Nothing to do with Cady’s acting I have no problem in that department but she desperately needs to add some “Rosanna Cabot bitchiness” to Kelly to pull the character into her making and own it. :(( Log in to Reply TraceyAbbot101 May 23, 2014 I read, months ago, that CBS fans had taken to social media, to get David Tom replaced in the role. Then there was a little blurb on DC this past week that JFP had been in talks with an actor to return to a role, only to be shot down…. and I immediately knew it was Killer Miller. Others thought it was another actor/actress. David Tom is just too young to be playing Billy at this point. It is NOT AH’s fault, it is the casting department’s…. the actor is ageunappropriate for the role. Log in to Reply Coffee_Junkie May 23, 2014 David Tom is OLDER than Billy Miller. Your argument makes no sense. Log in to Reply appleridge May 23, 2014 Billy Miller born Sept 17 1979 David Tom born March 23, 1978 David Tom is Older than BM They fired DT because he isnt the typical soap hunk look. This disgusts me. Not every guy has to be a J crew model Log in to Reply appleridge May 23, 2014 What the F Burgess Jenkins is 40. He was born in 1973. Log in to Reply rjm118 May 23, 2014 Your lucky if I watch once a week now and I fast forward thru half of it: 1) Steve Burton makes watching paint dry an art form. 2) The destruction of Sharon is awful. 3) Nikki leaving Victor for the 1351 time, see #1 4) Paul and Cricket, see #1 5) I finally like Hillary and now we have to endure Hillary Vs. Lilly. AGAIN. 6) Caine always looks constipated, which I can understand being married to Lilly 7) I didnt realize Y&R is an acting school, Abby and Tyler have to be two of the absolute worst actors and least interesting characters on the show. 8)Even Sharon and Nick 3.0 falls flat 9) Love Cady McClain but why should any of us care about Kelly?? 10) Im hoping Gina Tognoni injects much neede life into this mess. Rant over. 9) Log in to Reply logan_echolls May 23, 2014 They fired him and hired someone cheaper so they can pay Gina Log in to Reply FoxyMegan May 23, 2014 [quote=ANGELWENDY15]I remember years ago he was let go from One Life To Live, and it was never revealed what the reason was. I wonder if he has a drinking problem?[/quote] If you’re talking about David Tom on OLTL, I don’t think he was let go for any reason other than his storyline ended. (He actually replaced another actor in the role of Paul Cramer, the sketchy brother of Kelly Cramer, who at the time was played by David’s real-life sister Heather Tom.) The Cramer sibs were part of the big baby-switch crossover storyline with AMC that involved several characters from both shows. His character’s death seemed to be a natural development in the storyline, and not anything that was forced or sped up because of a problem with the actor. As for Billy Miller, I became a fan of his during his all-too-brief run on AMC and I’m hoping he will play Jason Morgan on GH if and when the role is recast. (I heard a rumor about that several months ago, but nothing since.) Log in to Reply soapbaby May 23, 2014 This is too bad. I thought casting Billy Abbot with David Tom was the best casting decision Jill Farren Phelps ever made. I liked David Tom in the role and think he has chemistry with Amelia Heinle and Melissa Claire Egan. He also had chemistry with Jess Walton but the show hasn’t written Jill/Billy scenes in forever no matter the showrunner. JFP is a soap killer. Please fire her. I cringed when she was hired by Y&R because she should never work in soaps. The problem with soaps is the recycling of the same one-trick ponies to work behind the scenes. Geez. Log in to Reply SoapArmageddon May 23, 2014 Too many new faces at the same time… Log in to Reply BrookeKKL May 23, 2014 I am completely disgusted. This woman needs to go. I am not DT fan and I don`t like that JFP let go Billy Miller and replaced him with David Tom, but to fire him and Replace him with complete stranger is beyond words. I don`t know what soap I am watching now – everywhere you look you see strange and new faces – new Abby, new Billy, new Kelly every 2 seconds, soon new Phyllis, may be new Adam, new Summer. Kevin is boring, Chloe will be gone soon I hope they do not recast her, Lily and Cane are complete bore just like Dylan and Avery. No offense to Steve Burton is like a wall – watching paint dry is more interesting. He may be good for Stone Cold Jason but not as Dylan. Thank god he left Gh who is now so fun to watch. The only interesting characters are Chelsea, Jack, Hilary, Victoria and Stich. I want JFP out and Billy “Killer” Miller and Michael Muhney back where they should be. I think it is necessary JFP and all her friends to be gone sooner rather than later. Log in to Reply Ryan-Scott May 23, 2014 He is a sweetie pie and I am sorry to see him go. I like him as Billy A. BOTH times. Log in to Reply pferrando May 23, 2014 I wonder how Phelps can stand being the most hated person in the soap genre. David T certainly has nothing to be ashamed of. I have no more words for this one. Log in to Reply DanMan869 May 23, 2014 This really is such a shame. It’s one thing to replace an actor who has left the show voluntarily (Michelle Stafford), but it’s another to fire an actor (David Tom) for no particular reason other than the “we’re taking the character in another direction” crap. That’s code for, “we fired (Actor/Actress X) because we didn’t think they were working out to our satisfaction.” This is the thing: recasts have happened on television soap operas for nearly 65 years now. I get it. However, I get recasts when an actor is as bad as, say, Charity Rahmer, but I don’t get it when they recast simply because someone’s panties aren’t getting moist. Granted, we don’t know what really happened behind the scenes, but couldn’t they have said, “David, we need you to bulk up a bit–you need to pack on some muscle,” and, if he didn’t achieve that…then he could be let go. For me, Billy Miller was physically sexy–muscular, hairy-chested, and a deep, raspy voice. His eventual acting tics got a little annoying, but I was able to overlook them because generally he was a good actor and he had good chemistry with his co-stars. When they announced David Tom taking over the role, I immediately knew that PHYSICALLY they weren’t going to be able to write Billy as a STUD. That said, David Tom came in and, after a week or two or so of trying to bridge playing Billy Abbott like Miller and playing it his own way, he finally started to settle into the role. It was clear that this was more of a softer, more sensitive Billy–which, I’ll admit, was why when he would get “Billy Miller furious” about something it just wasn’t all that great. Instead of gently shifting the writing of the character to Tom’s strengths, they were still writing to Miller’s strengths, IMO. That was what had been working against David Tom since he arrived. I thought David Tom had decent chemistry with Amelia Heinle (although her chemistry was probably better with Billy Miller), he had acceptable rapport with Elizabeth Hendrickson, and I think there was very good chemistry with Melissa Clare Egan. Perhaps David Tom was miscast in the current version of Billy Abbott, but I have to blame TPTB (whether it was CBS brass, Sony brass, or JFP herself) for not standing behind his casting and working harder to, well, make it work with him in the role. What a slap in the face to Mr. Tom. David Tom IS a good actor so I hope he finds work on another soap or elsewhere. The only way Burgess Jenkins is going to satisfy TPTB is if he basically plays Billy Abbott-as-Billy-Miller. Good luck with that, JFP. Log in to Reply sheila May 23, 2014 pleaseee stop changing billy, if we cant have billy miller then please keep david tom,this is really bad,least we knew this billy from before.i dont want another billy,this is really sad and for david tom too. dont need to go in another direction,let him and victoria have their baby but dont change billy,get rid of stitch. Log in to Reply drewz May 23, 2014 After yesterday’s terrific news, I’m willing to give the show the benefit of the doubt on this one. The new guy is a very good actor, and sometimes these decisions have nothing to do with what is on the screen. As good as he is, there was definitely a problem at OLTL that lead to David being replaced for a while by Shane McRae, and he has worked very little in the intervening years. The show is not perfect, but it is certainly better than it was two years ago at this time. Shictor, anyone? Log in to Reply Marcelle May 23, 2014 This dude easily looks 45+. Billy is supposed to be in his early 30s. Come on. Really? REALLY? Log in to Reply Peterascal May 23, 2014 This is irksome since they did all that promotion when he first came back a few months ago. Wonder if there’s a behind the scenes story we don’t know about? Sometimes shows rehire people and it just doesn’t work out. Log in to Reply SoapArmageddon May 23, 2014 This is another example of daytime eating its own. Burgess Jenkins has never done a daytime soap as far as I know, But I guess the fact that he’s been in movies and on primetime shows gets JFP’s juices flowing. :tired: Log in to Reply appleridge May 23, 2014 I think DT would be a good Lucky on GH or On Days as a Horton, Brady or even Philip Log in to Reply The_Moustache May 23, 2014 everyone didn’t like David Tom and wanted him gone since he was first announced as coming back to the role. Now why people are outraged he is finally gone? Log in to Reply appleridge May 23, 2014 Not everyone. In fact it is a small minority who is just very vocal Log in to Reply drewz May 23, 2014 I’d bet anything he was a top contender for nuAdam. He was very hot as the record producer Hayden Panatierre slept with in early episodes of Nashville. Log in to Reply bobbyew May 23, 2014 NUBilly is for Phyllis so her, Jack and Kelly can be in a quadraangle. David T probably has issues the ptb said get rid of him get a real man and lets have a quad on the screen. Log in to Reply News of The World May 23, 2014 This is the right decision, however I feel bad for the guy. I did not like him at all in the role of Billy. I even gave him a couple of months to grow on me and he just didn’t. I feel bad for him because Y&R made the decision to cast him. It doesn’t say much for their casting dept or anyone else there that they thought he could fill the role, then just 3 short months later they finally realize he isn’t a fit. This regime at Y&R is a mess. This is MAY SWEEPS. We should be elbow deep in great stories and stories coming to conclusion. Instead, what we’ve had during May sweeps is, in my opinion, the most boring the show has been in a long time. I care very little about much of anything going on on-screen right now. They drag things out soooo long that I lose interest. The Jill/Colin story was interesting at first and had potential. But, what in God’s name are they doing with those two? Think about it. That story has not progressed one iota since Colin was re-introduced to the shows. It’s bad and lazy storytelling. I am not one to bash the only soap I watch. I’ve been watching for two decades. But I just can’t fathom how they have let this show fall to the level it is at now. I now that’s off topic of David Tom, but I guess what I’m saying that the David Tom fiasco is just another symptom of a show that I fear is failing badly under this regime. Log in to Reply TraceyAbbot101 May 23, 2014 Perhaps I needed to choose my words more carefully: What I meant was that DT comes across as a younger version of Billy, and BM came across as more “mature” and with the actresses they are pairing the character with, it just doesn’t seem to fit. I don’t need to go look up actual dates of birth to have an “argument” – it is simply MY point of view. Sad to say, but I am more and more into “B&B” these days, with cuckoo characters like Quinn, Dollar Bill Spencer, lemom bar baking Pam, and the ever aging Brooke. Log in to Reply Mets82 May 23, 2014 What the hell is going on? Now JFP fires David Tom after he just came back!!?? This is getting absurd. I dont mind David Tom. I dont like that they are writing him like a whiney baby but that falls on the writers not him.Too bad. Maybe he joins his sister at B&B? Log in to Reply RealityCheck 33 May 23, 2014 Don’t blame David Tom. He was miscast by Phelps and the casting director, who should be fired with Phleps. This show is a mess. Dump Phelps. Log in to Reply aroundhound May 23, 2014 Thank you Jesus! He was just awful. I miss Billy Miller’s natural, raw edge so much. Log in to Reply WinterLove May 23, 2014 Are you kidding me? The new guy looks like he could be a love interest for Jill!!! Let alone play her son. Where are the men in the 30-35 range? Did I like all of DT’s acting choices? No but I didn’t dislike him to the point of wanting him off the show. This is ridiculous. How can the execs allow Phelps to run a show like this? Log in to Reply Marcelle May 23, 2014 If they wanted an older male character to put in a quad with Jack/Kelly/nuPhyllis…how about NEIL!!! Blurring the age lines on a soap is old news we’ve been dealing with for years. It’s no big deal. But the problem Y&R is currently having is that ALL the characters are around the same age. You can’t tell generational stories because everyone is a part of the same generation. Log in to Reply bobbyew May 23, 2014 Well maybe every one is being aged to bring the show to a close in about 2 years. As for Neil he needs to stay with the sistas. Log in to Reply NIKKIKGC May 23, 2014 It’s another change… Make the bleeding stop. This show is terrible . Log in to Reply NIKKIKGC May 23, 2014 It’s another change… Make the bleeding stop. This show is terrible . Log in to Reply SunsetGal May 23, 2014 Leave Lily alone. She has a right to be mad at Hilary. We can do w/o Summer, Abby, Chelsea. Log in to Reply AHeart4Fiction May 23, 2014 I was just saying how DT didn’t hiss or bulge his eyes out today. Oh well… This Burgess Jenkins is the racist friend (Ray Budds) of Gerry Bertier in Remember the Titans. I want Killer Miller to be Lucky Spencer on GH. That is all. Log in to Reply david46208 May 23, 2014 Good bye and Good riddens to David Tom. He was not cutting the monkey right on there. He was not powerful like Billy had become under Billy Miller. And for those who don’t know, this is exactly what Bill Bell would do. If you didn’t fit the role he would have you out in 6 weeks. The only difference is that David Tom was 2nd actor to play the role. As he had that first one out within 6 weeks. So I’m rolling with the punches. And i’m the one who will tell you when Y&R is in bad shape. At this point it is just fine. It ain’t excellent, but it ain’t where it was under Maria. Plus, the ratings are up overall. So sit back and take a chill pill. Phelps got this. Trust me she got it. Every move is designed to get them Emmy’s and to keep the show viable. Log in to Reply david46208 May 23, 2014 @bobbyew: You got that right. He shines his best with the sista’s. Log in to Reply rabbit on the moon May 23, 2014 I guess now David Tom is on the receiving end of losing his job to another actor. Years ago when AMC and OLTL did the whole baby switch crossover, Brock Cuchna was fired as Paul Cramer in favor of David because they wanted a bigger name for the storyline. I’m not suggesting this is karma. I’m just making an observation. This news doesn’t affect me in the slightest since I don’t watch Y&R. But I’ll admit it does rub me the wrong way. Here you have a show which was fortunate enough to get back a previous actor in a role that won him an Emmy. And you spit in his face by firing him after a few months? If they want to take the character in another direction, why not just ask David to play him differently? Simple as that. Log in to Reply ajmorgan489 May 23, 2014 I think part of the problem is that if Victoria was supposedly torn between Ben and Billy, Billy would have to be as desirable as Stitch. Who would want David Tom around when the writers are making him so weak. I think instead of making it a battle of who is better, the writers were making Stitch needy and making it a battle of who is the least worse. I think David Tom is a good actor but not as a romantic lead. He is not believable as a womanizer. Log in to Reply brettyboy May 23, 2014 I’m really disappointed about this, I thought that hiring David back as Billy was the ONE thing Jill F-P had NOT messed up. This show is at an all time low, Jill needs to go. Log in to Reply WardQuartermaine May 23, 2014 Though I’m not a JFP fan at all and really dislike her for turning GH into a mob-centered bloodbath and for flooding Y&R with new characters I actually kind of understand this decision. I’m surprised though that they would let DT go so soon after re-hiring him but in my opinion he just didn’t seem like the best fit for the character this time around. I think David Tom is a great actor and good-looking but since he has been back it has been hard for me to get past how young he looks. I think as an actor he’s done very well with the material but I don’t think he looks a day older than when he left the show years ago. To me he still comes across as a kid just out of his teens and it has been difficult for me to accept him in the stories he has been in. I think in Hollywood his youthful look will work to his advantage and again I think he’s a great actor but, at this time, not the right fit for this role. I don’t, however, believe that a recast is the solution. It might have been easier to accept if the show wasn’t already flooded with new faces but thanks to JFP it is. And as someone above stated we aren’t even done with the new faces and characters yet! Adam is supposedly going to be recast, the Phyllis recast was just announced, and Stitches (hehe) ex-wife is coming soon as well as Leslie’s new husband. What astounds me about JFP and the current show runners at GH is that they have all been in the business a long time yet they still constantly break rules that I think every long time fan would say is soap writing 101: 1. Don’t kill off or write off vets or core family members because the families and characters that fans have watched for years, have grown attached to, and have become like part of viewers families are what keep fans so loyal to the show. 2. Don’t flood the show with new, unrelated characters with little to no history or ties to the canvas and allow them to dominate the airtime. I’m talking to you Jill Farren Phelps with all your Dylans and Averys of the shows you’ve run over the years! When will you learn that fans don’t want to see YOUR characters, they want to see THEIR characters! JFP you should have learned by now from all of the cancelled soaps you’ve been in charge of that you can bring in as many Steve Burtons as you want but characters like Tyler, NuAbby, NuNoah, NuSummer, Nu/former Kyle, Hilary, Kelly, Mariah, Chelsea, Leslie, Avery, Stitch, Dylan, Mason, Austin, Anita, Courtney, Esmerelda, Mark, Alex and Ian (some of these I can’t even keep straight) can not hold a candle to Victor, Nikki, Nick, Sharon, Jack, Phyllis, Ashley, Traci, Neil, Lauren, Michael, Christine, Paul, Jill who are the identity of the show. Whats sad is that I like some of the newer characters like Stitch, Leslie, Hilary and Mason but even seeing them leaves a bad taste in my mouth at times because of how many new characters there have been in such a short period of time. IMO Leslie and Stitch were brought on in a better way than most others. They were recurring for awhile and we slowly got used to seeing them and they gradually moved into major stories. Dylan on the other hand was pretty much immediately front and center. I think that with new characters or even recasts of old ones less is more. They need to be slowly and gradually integrated into the existing core canvas. But back to the David Tom uncasting I could not agree more with someone else who said that Billy is not the most urgent recast needed. If I could recast a character tomorrow it would be Victoria without question with Lily coming in at a close second. Those actresses have NEVER worked in those roles for me! They don’t look the part or act the part and I’m at the point where I would take anyone over Amelia Henlie and Christel Khalil. Not saying there bad actresses but I think they are TOTALLY wrong for those roles. Its too bad that Mishael Morgan (Hilary) couldn’t have taken over the role of Lily instead of playing a new character. To me she looks perfect for the role of Neil and Dru’s daughter and acts a lot like how I would expect Dru’s daughter to be. And I think it was a damn shame that YR let Davetta Sherwood go to bring back CK. DV was so much better I thought. For Victoria if we can’t have Heather Tom back, I bet Kelly Sullivan (who played the awful character of Kate/Connie on GH) would rock as Victoria! Though I hated her character on GH I really liked the actress and would always think about what other roles she’d be good in. But yeah as far as the need for recasts go, David Tom is small potatoes compared to the actresses playing Lily and Victoria Log in to Reply scrumptious May 23, 2014 David Tom was miscast for the Adult version of Billy. He regressed Billy back to a Glow By Jabot Teenager instead of the matured Billy who is a husband and Father of 2 who had just buried a 7 year old child. I couldn’t imagine Tom’s version of Billy kidnapping and taking down Muhney’s Adam, or being the irresistible playboy who charmed women. NONE of it fit. The writing did him no favors either. I burst out with laughter whenever David Tom’s Billy threatened to beat up Stitch. Sean Carrigan is tall, muscular, and built like a tank. Nobody believed Billy could take him on. Stitch could knock him out with one bitch-slap! It was comical watching Billy in those scenes. The physical difference between the two was simply embarrassing. Billy looked like the puny little water boy during any boxing scenes with Stitch or Victor. Let’s be real here, Victor mopped the floor with DT’s Billy. Eric Braeden screamed and we saw lil hissing Billy faint to the ground. How humiliating was that? LMAO!!! On top of that, the writers had David Tom’s Billy victimized by wee little Chloe. He was so weak and helpless, he almost got raped TWICE in one week by a petite pocket-sized woman! He played a straight up WHIMP. Nobody could believe Victoria would choose DT Billy when she had big hunky Stitch macking on her! Chelsea falling for the man who killed her husband when he looks like David Tom? Chile, please! Chloe wanting his sperm so badly she would rape him twice? Come on! Kelly thirsting for David Tom’s bug-eyed Billy? HAHAHA!! On all counts, this recast was a FAIL. Maybe if they had adjusted the writing for David Tom’s strengths he might have had a chance. Instead, all they did was highlight his weaknesses and deficiencies. David Tom’s Billy was a weak puny whiny petulant and out-of-shape manchild with no appealing qualities whatsoever. Log in to Reply Mets82 May 23, 2014 I think Esmeraldia is gone via today’s episode. What is the official word as to why David Tom is out? Log in to Reply SoapSnob May 23, 2014 Before I come to the Daytime Confidential page, I often wonder, Think, HOPE, will this be the day that the headlines scream, “Jill Farren Phelps OUT as Executive Producer at The Young & the Restless; ANYBODY In!” And though I am not prone to – nor do I like – overheated hyperbole, I think I am going to see “The Young & the Restless CANCELED!” before I read that JFP has been given her much needed, long overdue walking papers. I do not expect William J. Bell’s Y&R, but I do expect something vaguely resembling it. This show is (continues to be) in trouble. And the issues start at the top with its direct leadership at the Executive Producer position. Log in to Reply bobbyew May 23, 2014 Scrumptious Tell It like it TIS! LMAO LMAO LMAO Log in to Reply kelly777 May 24, 2014 I’m kind of shocked! I never thought in a million years that Billy Miller would tell JFP to suck eggs but he sure as hell did!!! Just another reason I love that guy! I also think it was standup for him to NOT take the position for whatever reason because David Tom was currently in the role. That makes me love him more again! None of this is Amelia’s fault. I agree with that. It is and always has been JFP’s faulty reasoning. She reasoned that everyone who said they would stop watching didn’t really mean it but 1.5 million people walked or are FF through the show. I never would have quit watching if Miller has decided on his own not to renew his contract. I did not quit watching because of David Tom. I quit because JFP, Sony and CBS treated Billy like shit and forced him out, IMO. I said at the beginning JFP’s nepotism would be her downfall and it was. Well, I guess TIIC best wake up and smell the coffee….I’ve been around long enough to see several former #1 soaps bite the dust… Log in to Reply kelly777 May 24, 2014 I’m kind of shocked! I never thought in a million years that Billy Miller would tell JFP to suck eggs but he sure as hell did!!! Just another reason I love that guy! I also think it was standup for him to NOT take the position for whatever reason because David Tom was currently in the role. That makes me love him more again! None of this is Amelia’s fault. I agree with that. It is and always has been JFP’s faulty reasoning. She reasoned that everyone who said they would stop watching didn’t really mean it but 1.5 million people walked or are FF through the show. I never would have quit watching if Miller has decided on his own not to renew his contract. I did not quit watching because of David Tom. I quit because JFP, Sony and CBS treated Billy like shit and forced him out, IMO. I said at the beginning JFP’s nepotism would be her downfall and it was. Well, I guess TIIC best wake up and smell the coffee….I’ve been around long enough to see several former #1 soaps bite the dust… Log in to Reply kelly777 May 24, 2014 I’m kind of shocked! I never thought in a million years that Billy Miller would tell JFP to suck eggs but he sure as hell did!!! Just another reason I love that guy! I also think it was standup for him to NOT take the position for whatever reason because David Tom was currently in the role. That makes me love him more again! None of this is Amelia’s fault. I agree with that. It is and always has been JFP’s faulty reasoning. She reasoned that everyone who said they would stop watching didn’t really mean it but 1.5 million people walked or are FF through the show. I never would have quit watching if Miller has decided on his own not to renew his contract. I did not quit watching because of David Tom. I quit because JFP, Sony and CBS treated Billy like shit and forced him out, IMO. I said at the beginning JFP’s nepotism would be her downfall and it was. Well, I guess TIIC best wake up and smell the coffee….I’ve been around long enough to see several former #1 soaps bite the dust… Log in to Reply kelly777 May 24, 2014 [quote=TraceyAbbot101]I read, months ago, that CBS fans had taken to social media, to get David Tom replaced in the role. Then there was a little blurb on DC this past week that JFP had been in talks with an actor to return to a role, only to be shot down…. and I immediately knew it was Killer Miller. Others thought it was another actor/actress. David Tom is just too young to be playing Billy at this point. It is NOT AH’s fault, it is the casting department’s…. the actor is ageunappropriate for the role.[/quote] I’m kind of shocked! I never thought in a million years that Billy Miller would tell JFP to suck eggs but he sure as hell did!!! Just another reason I love that guy! I also think it was standup for him to NOT take the position for whatever reason because David Tom was currently in the role. That makes me love him more again! None of this is Amelia’s fault. I agree with that. It is and always has been JFP’s faulty reasoning. She reasoned that everyone who said they would stop watching didn’t really mean it but 1.5 million people walked or are FF through the show. I never would have quit watching if Miller has decided on his own not to renew his contract. I did not quit watching because of David Tom. I quit because JFP, Sony and CBS treated Billy like shit and forced him out, IMO. I said at the beginning JFP’s nepotism would be her downfall and it was. Well, I guess TIIC best wake up and smell the coffee….I’ve been around long enough to see several former #1 soaps bite the dust… Log in to Reply CarlyCfan May 24, 2014 I liked David Tom’s return, but i didn’t LOVE it. I’m ok with this. Log in to Reply aroundhound May 24, 2014 David Tom does not look as young as he did and he is not aging well. He looks older, more out of shape, and like he’s not taking proper care of himself. Log in to Reply EricasBlackSon May 24, 2014 Oh, my goodness, Scrumptious! If David Thom reads that he would burst into tears. Jesus. Log in to Reply soapjunkie88 May 24, 2014 I’m kinda shocked to be honest. I could never really see Tom’s Billy with Victoria, but I had no problem with that. In the end, yeah it was a miscast. It’s tragic though because Tom isn’t just some actor – he originated the role as a young adult. To realize that he doesn’t fit the role anymore must be hard because he is a good actor. Maybe they should cast Tom as GH’s Dillon. Maybe he’d fit over there. Log in to Reply ChrisGa May 24, 2014 I gotta say I think this is a good move. No offense to David Tom but I just don’t think he was a fit for where the role of Billy had progressed to under Billy Miller(and no, I wasn’t a BM fan but he did make an indelible impression in the role). And I agree with what was said prior, this Billy just didn’t seem like a viable romantic lead. Granted, he did have decent chemistry with Liz Hendrickson, Missy Claire Egan and even Amelia Heinle. But trying to insert this Billy into a triangle with Victoria and Stitch was a joke; I was waiting at every turn for Stitch to just wipe the floor with that whiney little bitch. And I wouldn’t be saying that if Miller were still in the role–his Billy might’ve been a manchild who refused to take responsibility for his life half the time, but he would’ve given as good as he got with Dr. Rayburn. That said, not overly familiar with this recast, but I am reminded of what happened the last time JFP pulled the trigger on one actor and replaced him with someone who’d worked mostly in primetime television–we got Hartley Sawyer as a wildly miscast Kyle Abbott. Of course, in that instance he replaced the infinitely superior Blake Hood so I guess considering that DT has been struggling to connect with the role this go round here’s hoping this recast goes down a little easier. Log in to Reply EricasBlackSon May 24, 2014 @soapjunkie88 I wasn’t watching when Dillon was on GH but I remember DT’s crossover on AMC/OLTL. Log in to Reply FoxCrane May 24, 2014 My guess for the change is that they’ve found their NuAdam. And if he truly is the leading man they advertised for, then they probably figured out that there was no way they were going to be able to recreate the dynamic that Muhney & Miller had with David Tom’s version of Billy in the role. And as I see it, the Adam-Billy relationship really is the future of the whole Newman v. Abbott feud. It’s also the most important one to cast around in terms of finding the right *chemistry* with whichever two actors occupy the roles. After all, love interests can change with different actors, but the blood feud is vital to the show itself. Good luck to David Tom, though. I still think he’s talented, but sometimes you can’t go home again. Log in to Reply Marcelle May 24, 2014 I’m not necessarily in disagreement with those who say David Tom’s Billy came off as younger…but Billy is supposed to be a younger character. When Billy Miller stepped into the role he was only like four years older than Lily, a year older than Colleen, somewhat of the same age as Adam. Just because Billy was paired with Victoria, that doesn’t make the character that old. Billy is now older than Nick and Sharon. And even if hey, they wanted to make him that old…I guess I’m the only one who finds this recast to be unattractive. Perhaps he looks better/younger on screen? Maybe I need to get my contacts fixed? Different strokes for different folks? SMH Log in to Reply Cuppa_Coffee May 24, 2014 All I can say is ‘thank gawd!’ I didn’t like his wimpy,whiny way. Always looked like he was eating something bad. He didn’t match up with anyone, even little Johnny didn’t seem taken with him. More like an older brother than his Dad. He tried to be like BM but he couldn’t cut it. Times they be changing and he is the change. I’m sure JFP was catching a lot of shit for hiring him in the first place and then realized too late that he wasn’t going to pass as an adult. Looking forward to new Billy, Phyllis, Adam. Log in to Reply slick234 May 24, 2014 I’m not mad at this. Tom is a good actor but he pales in comparison trying to fit into Billy Millers shoes. I Like David Tom but he did look uncomfortable at times in scenes but lately has been looking more comfortable. Although the writers were still writing for Billy Miller IMO. I agree with previous posters, it was laughable when he threatened Victor or Stitch. I can definitely see David Tom on GH as the Nu-Lucky Spencer. Ive loved Amelia Heinle since LOVING and have liked her as Victoria in recent years but this news gives me hope that Heather Tom will one day return to Y&R now that David Tom is out. (After JFP has been given the boot of course) Heather just explodes in that role. Burgess Jenkins isnt the best looking but after looking at his acting reel on youtube he looks like a decent actor. We shall see…… Unfortunately we may see Gina Tognoni being replaced in a few months in a similar fashion, she too looks too young for the role of Phyllis and mother to Daniel/Summer. She has a better chance than Tom did though because she has the acting chops and looked great as a red head before. Log in to Reply tedew May 24, 2014 alstonboy4315 … Where do you disappear to when we need you? Your comment #14 is of course right on target and astute as usual! Log in to Reply stefanstavros May 24, 2014 This new guy looks like a thin-lipped non-sexy druggie Log in to Reply slick234 May 24, 2014 I’m not mad at this. Tom is a good actor but he pales in comparison trying to fit into Billy Millers shoes. I Like David Tom but he did look uncomfortable at times in scenes but lately has been looking more comfortable. Although the writers were still writing for Billy Miller IMO. I agree with previous posters, it was laughable when he threatened Victor or Stitch. I can definitely see David Tom on GH as the Nu-Lucky Spencer. Ive loved Amelia Heinle since LOVING and have liked her as Victoria in recent years but this news gives me hope that Heather Tom will one day return to Y&R now that David Tom is out. (After JFP has been given the boot of course) Heather just explodes in that role. Burgess Jenkins isnt the best looking but after looking at his acting reel on youtube he looks like a decent actor. We shall see…… Unfortunately we may see Gina Tognoni being replaced in a few months in a similar fashion, she too looks too young for the role of Phyllis and mother to Daniel/Summer. She has a better chance than Tom did though because she has the acting chops and looked great as a red head before. Log in to Reply RealityCheck 33 May 24, 2014 Just read that there’s no nuAdam on the horizon for Y&R any time soon as TV Guide’s Logan just reported. It appears Phelps has put the brakes on hiring anyone for the role because no one they’ve auditioned fills the bill to “replace” Michael Muhney’s character. With this spectacular failure of David Tom “replacing” Billy Miller, Phelps has to be shitting in her panties. This show looks like the Hindenburg landing in New Jersey. It’s in flames and going down fast! Now with a newly deSORASed Phyllis on the way, the newbies are over running the show. Who cares about these people anymore? Who cares about this show anymore? Log in to Reply tullydidit May 24, 2014 I for 1 don’t give toss realitycheck-33 I find the show so boring and unrecognisable . As for no nu Adam better ! Log in to Reply tullydidit May 24, 2014 I for 1 don’t give toss realitycheck-33 I find the show so boring and unrecognisable . As for no nu Adam better ! Log in to Reply hey mon May 24, 2014 Fire JFP! I am watching the destruction of Another World, Part 2. Whats next JFP, killing off Frankie Frame, Part 2? I feel bad for Dave Tom. He never really had a chance. First they paired him with Cyndi Watros, his grandma; then he is just spinning out of control in this hideous mess of a story-line with Victoria and Stitch. And you know that when Chloe trying to climb on top of you is the highlight of your tenure on Y&R that the writers (yes, you Jean Passanante!) have gone off kilter. Fire JFP, and fire her stooge Jean Passanante NOW! (Trust me, Jean P cant wait to gut the Abbott’s, so she can bring a whole new ‘family’ onto the canvas — just like she did with the Carlino Family when Another World was dying its long, slow death in the mid-1990s.) Log in to Reply hey mon May 24, 2014 You miss Maria Bell yet, I know I do! Log in to Reply SZima May 24, 2014 [quote=GL fan]since Y&R is in “Recast mode” can they recast the character of Victoria. The actress is just O.K. and has been carried by the fact that her last two leading men ( Billy miller’s Billy and now Stitch) were/are strong.[/quote] Amen to that! I’ve never cared for AH as Victoria as she’s not a strong actor. She totally has to depend on her acting partners to carry her and she really has floundered since Billy Miller left. She’s also made Stitch an unlikable character for me. Way to go Log in to Reply JAYSON369 May 24, 2014 Lily is a hypocrite! Let’s not forget that she forgave The Aussie Imposter for impersonating Philip and Faking his Death while undercover. She has no right to judge! Log in to Reply JAYSON369 May 24, 2014 DT should have been NuKyle. He looks more like Jacks son instead of his bro. Plus, when DT played the role, Billy was a Teenager. When BM took over, Billy Abbot Became a Man. DT’s biggest mistake was that he didn’t make the role his own. He was trying to be Billy Miller instead of Billy Abbott. In order to be a great actor, you must place bits and pieces of yourself into a role. BM added some comic relief to Billy Abbott until JFP killed Deila. This paved the way for DT to return to Billy Abbott, making him deep and emotional. David Tom did not kill the character of Billy Abbott, JFP did it! Burgess Jenkins is a tremendously talented actor, and I think everyone should give him a chance. He’s gonna save Billy Abbott and make him relevant again. Mark my word: He will be a fan fave! Log in to Reply appleridge May 24, 2014 Burgess Jenkins is that you? lol actually I dont fault him at all but DT should never have been treated like this. Log in to Reply kgdallas May 24, 2014 Can’t say I’m shocked or sad about this… I mean who DIDN’T see this coming… seriously??? Tom just wasn’t cutting it… original Billy or not! I bet JFP is really kicking herself in the arse right now wishing she had been more flexible in those contract negotiations with Billy Miller! Hahahaha!!! Log in to Reply hey mon May 24, 2014 The best thing about all of this is when Y&R is posting 2.7s and 2.8s a few months from now, JFP will have no one to blame but her self. ha ha ha. Shes surrounded herself with her usual no-talent hacks like Jean (Another World-killer) Passanante and Shelley Altman. She reduced the Abbott family to Jack being window dressing to Kelly (another horrible re-cast), and now another Billy-fiasco. Meanwhile, Ben’s wife is coming to town, and Im guessing a whole lot more in the near future. Amelie (role-destroyer) Heinle keeps up her usual bull$hit of ruining all of her leading men. The solution really was to bring back her real-life husband, Thad Luckinbill, and make it a JT/Vicky/Bill s/l — that would have been some great memories from the early 2000s. Oh well, what the hell. Log in to Reply Yoryla May 25, 2014 So, JFP strikes again!!! Too bad for DT, AND the Y&R viewer, say welcome to another one of her hair models!!! Log in to Reply scrumptious May 25, 2014 Burgess Jenkins is actually a pretty solid actor. Check out his acting reel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFX40y4gPH4 He’s done a lot of work. Log in to Reply FoxCrane May 25, 2014 [quote=JAYSON369]DT should have been NuKyle. He looks more like Jacks son instead of his bro. [/quote] Kinda disagree with that. The thing is, that Billy is supposed to look like he could be Jack’s son, especially now that John is dead, and Jack is basically the patriarch of the Abbott family and routinely steps-in almost like a surrogate father to his much younger brother. By the time Billy came along in 1993, Jack was already 40. The dynamic played when Jill gave birth to Billy was built around the drama of whether John was up for raising a second family. – jmho Log in to Reply katehhoward May 25, 2014 Davis Tom has had a bad rep for years. I am shocked since his sister Heather is doing so well. He may indeed have some personal problems that affect his work life. Log in to Reply bobbyew May 25, 2014 [quote=katehhoward]Davis Tom has had a bad rep for years. I am shocked since his sister Heather is doing so well. He may indeed have some personal problems that affect his work life.[/quote] I think thats true cause on oltl and when he was in the ballroom for the Delia project he looked like he had been sucking on a glass dick. IM just saying. Log in to Reply Dyllan May 26, 2014 What’s David Tom’s alleged problems? Log in to Reply Cyberologist May 26, 2014 I didn’t have a problem with DT’ version of Billy but then I never thought Billy Miller version was so superior he couldn’t be replaced… Yes I liked him but I watched the show before he came along so it was no big deal…he had a tendency to chew scenery from time to time. And a lot of the time he looked bloated to me… IMO it doesn’t matter who plays Billy as long as he attached to AH’ Victoria she will suck the life out of him. Yes she’s just that bad of an actress as Victoria Newman you would think with time she would have gotten better but 10 years and it hasn’t she’s just as awful as she ever was. Log in to Reply Dyllan May 27, 2014 ^Amen. Why no one has mentioned the awfulness of AH and her role in this mess is beyond me. Log in to Reply ANGELWENDY15 May 27, 2014 I also watch GH so JFP was the same way on that show. When an actor didn’t work out you were gone and replaced. David Thom was under alot of pressure having to replace Billy Miller, who won 2 Emmy’s in the role. May-be he was trying too hard to be like Billy Miller. He also has such a young face, even though he’s around the same age as Miller. I feel bad for him but, that’s show business I guess. I like Amelia H as Victoria. The past year she’s given some of her best performances. I like her with Stich. May-be they should just write out the character of Billy, like Chloe, till Billy M decides to return. Log in to Reply ChrisGa May 27, 2014 ^^^Yeah, I think if this new recast doesn’t work they should go that route. Remember, there were two other actors who played Billy between DT’s first stint and BM taking over and neither of those gelled in the role so the character ended up off canvas for awhile. Frankly, after seeing DT in the role I wish they’d just written the character off with Adam after Miller left because it just didn’t work IMO. Regarding Amelia Heinle, she’ll never be the definitive Victoria Newman but I think she’s done her best work in the role in the last 6-8 months. And she does have good chemistry with Sean Carrigan so that’s a plus as I think the Villy ship has finally sailed and they need to put a fork in that couple. Log in to Reply harlee490 May 27, 2014 [quote=hey mon]Fire JFP! I feel bad for Dave Tom. He never really had a chance. First they paired him with Cyndi Watros, his grandma; then he is just spinning out of control in this hideous mess of a story-line with Victoria and Stitch. And you know that when Chloe trying to climb on top of you is the highlight of your tenure on Y&R that the writers (yes, you Jean Passanante!) have gone off kilter.[/quote] Toooooo funny Hey Mon!! Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply You must be logged in to post a comment.