Billy Miller OUT! David Tom Back IN! The Unexpected Billy Abbott Switcheroo on ‘Y&R’

Robert Voets/CBS
Robert Voets/CBS

With unable to reach a new deal with , CBS’ “” will soon say goodbye to the actor and hello again to , who originated the role of an adult Billy Abbott in 1999. News of Miller’s exit and Tom’s return was first reported by Michael Logan of TV Guide Magazine on Twitter, but has since been confirmed by , Senior Vice President, CBS Daytime, also on Twitter.

Earlier tonight McDaniel tweeted, “Please join me in welcoming Daytime Emmy winner David Tom back to #YR and @CBSDaytime as Billy Abbott’s exciting storyline continues.” In response to Miller’s decision to leave she said, “I respect Billy Miller’s decision to move on and wish him great success in his future endeavors.”

The role of Billy Abbott garnered Tom two Daytime Emmy Award nominations in the category of Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series in 2000 and 2001 (he won in 2000). Miller, who won two Daytime Emmy Awards in 2010 and 2013 in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal, had portrayed the last child of John Abbott (Jerry Douglas) since 2008.

Yolanda Perez/ABC
Yolanda Perez/ABC

Since leaving “Y&R” in 2002, Tom appeared on “” and “” in the role of  Paul Cramer, who helped jumpstart the baby switch storyline that spanned from Llanview to Pine Valley in 2004. The actor has also appeared in multiple episodes of “Veronica Mars” and “Roommates,” among other series. In a bit of irony, Tom is the real-life brother of , who originated the role of an adult Victoria Newman from 1991-2003. Victoria, now played by , is married to Billy on the show.

A first airdate for Tom and last airdate for Miller was unavailable at press time.

  • Ugonna Wosu

    for them to already have this guy on hand to replace Billy M., I’m sure they were already planning to hire David T. before negotiations “broke down”. Their loss. Tom is a good actor, but Miller blew his version out of the water and is the ultimate adult “Billy”. Good thing I’ve already stopped watching anyway.

    • Angela Nelson

      I am sick over this!! Billy and Adam gone-this is awful!!!

      • Deb Mallory

        Yeah, i am still upset over Phyllis leaving & now Adam & Billy…

  • SazzieWazzie

    This is sooooo wrong!! Keep Billy Miller!!

  • sophie

    NO!!!!!!! NOT GOOD!!!!!

  • Jimmy B. Catlett

    Definitely a STUPID move on the part of Sony!!!! Whatever Billy Miller is asking for, he should get it.

  • PatF

    Glad to get the original back if Miller opted to leave. This is finally some good news especially since I know Phelps didn’t get a FOJ from
    that stale GH yearbook she casts from!

  • Angie Molinario Parker

    What the hell are they doing to the Young and Restless? Now Billy Miller too – wow – He is a great actor and really did a hell of a job portraying a bereaved father – Plus he and Amelia have the best chemistry on the show as a couple – so much so that I truly forget they are only playing a part – THEY ARE THE BEST TEAM AND CBS HAS MADE A HUGE MISTAKE HERE! I hope Billy Miller wins an award for his portrayal of Billy Abbott

    • Salena

      I agree with you on that Angie … THAT IS A HUGE MISTAKE.TO LET BILLY MILLER GO !!!!..

  • Cindy Shiver Harris

    Stupidity at it’s best!

  • Diane Conklin Warren

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, keep Billy Miller at all costs you idiots. He’s the only Billy that potrays the roll right. Please reconsider giving him what ever he wants!

  • Linda W.

    S.T.U.P.I.D. M.O.V.E….. You will lose more viewers! Oh yeah, why don’t fan’s opinions matter?

  • Oh my

    I also think Billy Miller is wonderful in the role, but before everyone attacks Y&R did you ever consider that maybe Miller was just asking/expecting too much? Give me a break with all that sh!t. He could still be on that show IF HE HAD REALLY WANTED TOO!
    I really think some of these actors get a little to big for their britches….

    • livvie21

      He asked for outs so he could work on other projects. He didn’t ask for that many, like 4. So no, I don’t think he was being unreasonable.

  • Catherine

    Big, big mistake, letting him go. He is the best of Y& R. Him and Christian Le Blanc. After decades of watching this show, the only soap I still watch, I may have to let it go. The writers seem lost.

  • Kim Hund

    OMG!!! What are you thinking not making a deal with Billy Miller??? He is an incredible actor with such heartfelt emotions.

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  • Bexx

    I love Billy Miller, but if he wanted to leave then who cares? This news isn’t the end of the world. Actors come and go, and I’m looking forward to seeing David Tom.

  • Evelyn

    well that sucks because Billy & Amelia played so well off each other and had amazing chemistry that made Billy & Victoria work and Billy was amazing as Billy and just gave him this thing you can’t explain but you love

  • Jared Bradshaw

    Welcome back, David Tom. This is awesome news indeed!

  • Leslienu

    Please bring Billy Miller back to Y & R. I miss ‘Adam’ as well. Sorry but David Tom is boring! Also get rid of Mariah and Snitch!!!!