David Tom Out at 'The Young and the Restless', Replaced by Burgess Jenkins as Billy Abbott

In a surprise casting move three and a half months after David Tom returned to The Young and the Restless, the role of Billy Abbott has been recast again. According to Daytime Confidential, Burgess Jenkins will replace Tom, who returned to Y&R in February after Billy Miller left the show.

Tom won a Daytime Emmy Award in 2000 for his portrayal of Billy, but two-time Emmy winner Billy Miller was hard to replace, even by a former actor. The character took on many of Miller's traits over the course of his run (September 2008-January 2014) and had moved far away from the young adult Billy that Tom played before.

Despite some excellent performances by Tom, there was something not quite working with the character of Billy lately for many viewers.

Jenkins is no stranger to the world of TV serials having appeared in Army Wives (Eddie Hall), Nashville (Randy Roberts) and One Tree Hill (Bobby Irons).

In the summer of 2000 Burgess landed the coveted role of Ray Budds in the Blockbuster Remember the Titans opposite two time Academy award winner Denzel Washington. His other film credits include In/Significant Others, Hero and The Shunning.

Y&R has not yet commented on the recasting to explain why they made the switch, or to announce Tom's last air date.

18 comments:

  1. I'm not going to watch until My sexy Billy Miller takes his place back.No one can replace Him. any one knows that,.

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    1. I totally agree Miller was the best actor ever.

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    2. Billy Miller doesn't want to come back he is doing network shows and will soon be a regular on one of them,

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    3. Omg, he's not coming back.

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  2. I don't think David Tom was bad, although he had some flaws by the way, so does every other actor on this show, including Billy Miller. David Tom had chemistry with pretty much everyone except Amelia Heinle. I would have preferred the writers just had Billy and Victoria go their separate ways and restructure the character to suit the actor, much like the way they restructured the character to suit Billy Miller when he took over the role.

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  3. Really, really sorry to hear David been axed.I thought he was amazing as Billy as a teen. Excellent actor.

    But this go round, he just hasn't quite fit into the part. He comes across as way too young to be playing this storyline and also lacks the gravitas for it.

    That said, if they really wanted to keep him, they could write the character to fit David Tom's strengths. They're still writing the part for Billy Miller.

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  4. Bring back Billy Miller the role of Billy was made for him! He brought life to the characte.

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    1. I wholeheartedly agree...David Tom could not come across as Billy Abbott. I found his mannerisms sometimes were eerily similar to Billy Miller's, but it was his odd facial expressions that fell through...Billy Miller and Amelia Heinle had great chemistry and it was lacking with Tom...No way would I have I rooted for anyone but Billy Miller for her, yet, I find it hard to do so with David Tom.

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  5. I think they should of gave him more time to get use to him again

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    1. Tom doesn't have the gravitas or the acting chops to pull off the complexities of the Billy Abbott role (no matter how many decades he stayed with the BA role, tom wasn't going to be Billy Abbott).. Not many actors could successfully follow the great Billy Miller and his dynamic and heart rending performances following DD's useless and tragic death.

      This is the second poor casting debacle from Y&R over the past few months. First firing MM and now hiring Tom for the wrong role. They need some new casting folks with much better judgment over there.

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  6. Still waiting on Billy Miller and Micheal Muhney...no one else will do.

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  7. Yes.Bring back Billy and Michael.

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  8. Please bring back all of the class acts..Billy Miller Michelle Stafford and Michael Muhney

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  9. You stans are crazy. David Tom was the saving grace to the character of Billy, after years of character assassination. It's obvious that his looks, lack of chemistry with Amelia Heinle, and the writers still writing his Billy, like Miller's. Competent writers and producers would've severed ties between Billy and Victoria.

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  10. I still can't get past Abby Newmans replacement..I'm about done. David Thom was just fine in the role..and I doubt the replacement will do any better

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    1. We must have been watching different productions of Y&R. Tom was awful. His whiney voice and odd facial expressions made him come across as a teenager not a grown man with great flaws and greater potential.

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  11. This show is so boring, I much prefer The Bold and The Beautiful and wish it was an hour long and wish they'd just cancel Y&R or make it the one that's 30 minutes long!

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  12. This guy is terrible, just terrible. not only a suck actor but very unattractive

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