TV Guide Magazine has revealed a surprising casting change at THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS.
Actor William Russ, who hit THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS December 2 as the Donald Trump-esque jillionaire Tucker McCall, has been ousted from the role and replaced by DAYS OF OUR LIVES great Stephen Nichols (Patch). Nichols was due to begin taping December 17 and will appear on air January 27. The Y&R execs have kept their statements brief. Co-exec producer/head writer Maria Arena Bell says: “William Russ is a talented actor and we enjoyed working with him. However, we decided to take the character in another direction.” Adds co-exec producer Paul Rauch: “[Russ] did a wonderful job while he was here.”
Rauch also hired Russ in the late 1970s when he was executive producer of ANOTHER WORLD. Russ lasted 15 months in the role of Burt McGowan.
It has been speculated that Tucker is really Katherine's son (perhaps she had a son instead of a daughter) but the show has not confirmed that.