Billy Miller OUT! David Tom Back IN! The Unexpected Billy Abbott Switcheroo on ‘Y&R’
With Billy Miller unable to reach a new deal with Sony Pictures Television, CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” will soon say goodbye to the actor and hello again to David Tom, 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 Angelica McDaniel, 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.
Since leaving “Y&R” in 2002, Tom appeared on “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” 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 Heather Tom, who originated the role of an adult Victoria Newman from 1991-2003. Victoria, now played by Amelia Heinle, is married to Billy on the show.
A first airdate for Tom and last airdate for Miller was unavailable at press time.