DETAILS: David Tom Talks Being Back as Billy; Reveals Major First Day Mishap!


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Sean Smith/JPI Studios

” viewers weren’t exactly thrilled when popular actor announced that he would be exiting the role of Billy Abbott, but the rough waters were mostly calmed when former portrayer (brother of “’s” [Katie Logan]) swooped in to take back the role. It’s been a fairly smooth transition for most viewers, but jumping into the middle of such an intense storyline — the death of Delia and having been outed for cheating on Victoria () —was a bit of an adjustment for the actor!

“It was definitely a little challenging, and I was of course very, very nervous,” he admits about being thrown into such an intense arc right from the get-go. “I mean, Billy Miller did an amazing job with the character, and jumping into his shoes has definitely been a challenge. But I couldn’t have asked for anything more, actually. It’s been great. I’d rather sink my teeth into something right away and really go at it and start swimming immediately than slowly progress at the beginning. I mean, why not? Let’s get going!”

Considering Tom played the role back when Billy was a teenager (from 1999 to 2002), he’s practically jumping into the shoes of a new character. “It’s almost night and day,” he admits. “There are certain aspects of Billy that are the same: his core being, who he is, is the same. But obviously, he’s dealing with a lot more serious issues now. Back then, it was teenybopper ‘Let’s make a good dance at our school,’ and now it’s much, much more serious, dealing with the death of his daughter and how he’s handling that with his wife and Kelly ().”

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Though a lot about Billy has changed, the Illinois native is impressed with the direction the character has taken in the last decade — and that includes the incarnations portrayed by from 2002-2003 and in 2006. “I really love what the writers have done with Billy, at least from what I’ve learned, with his gambling problem, dealing with his alcohol; all the backstory has been really, really great to know,” he shares. “And I think the writers have [done an excellent job], and everybody that’s played the character before has done a great job with the role. I’m just happy to add onto it and put a new chapter on it, my own twist, and continue it.”

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Sean Smith/JPI Studios

As for fitting back into Genoa City, Tom says it’s almost as if he never left. “There’s some chemistry that’s on the show right now that just feels like I fell right back into it, especially with (Jill Abbott) and (Jack Abbott),” he says. “I think Amelia and I, it’s new chemistry between us, but it feels really, really good. And the chemistry with Jill and Jack just feels like right where I left off… It’s not been a really bumpy ride. It just feels like everything is going really, really well.”

Sans his first day, however, when a mishap landed him in the hospital! “My first day back, first scene, first take, I slipped on one of the sets and hit my head pretty good on a rock,” he reveals. “We were doing the car crash scenes, and they use… fake snow, and the floor of the studio is really, really smooth, and I just slipped and went to grab a tree, and the tree wasn’t anchored, and I kept going.

“The funny thing was, when I got to the hospital, the nurse was like, ‘Oh my God, get him in, get him in! Let’s go, be quick! Hurry it up, go, go, stat!’” he continues, explaining that he had fake car crash injuries on his head for the show. “And I was like, ‘No, it’s fake blood. It’s fake!’ I wasn’t bleeding at all. I hit it on a fake rock, one of those plaster rocks.”

Despite that painful reintroduction, he says the experience of rejoining the show has been spectacular. “It’s been such an easy transition,” he explains. “I feel like I was worried for nothing. It’s just been really, really smooth, and I’ve enjoyed every moment of it.”

  • Jen

    Loved DT back in the day and am loving him now! What a seamless transition and he really hit the ground running. He and Amelia have great chemistry and I look forward to seeing Villy work through this latest obstacle.

  • Bexx

    I think he’s doing a great job! The storyline was a heavy one for any actor, but he jumped right in after Billy Miller walked away. I hope he and Cady have some chemistry.

  • Andrew Hass

    I think David Tom is doing a good job playing Billy now but as an adult and not a teenager.

  • Monica

    Big shoes to fill, and I think he filled them! Good Job David.

  • Richard Reeves

    I’m happy David returned.I agree he has very good chemistry with Jess (Jill),and Peter (Jack).That was obvious from their 1st scenes.I do not at all like Billy and Kelly and am annoyed by the direction the writers are taking with it.I’m slowly getting used to him and Victoria,but i don’t think their a good match.Not because Amelia is 5 years older,but it’s a new face so they both need new love interests.I am starting to like the Stitch character with Victoria.I want to see David have scenes with more of the actors on this show, like Mellisa Egan (Chelsea),and Elizabeth H (Chloe).I think him and Greg Rikaart would work real well together.Billy & Kevin used to be enemies,but recently started to bond a bit as buddies over Deilia’s death.
    Also the Abbott sisters (Ashley and Traci) need to return.

    • Jan

      IMO nobody has chemistry with this Kelly! Maybe the new Kelly will work out better. And DT has no chemistry with Victoria or Kelly. Would love to see of Traci, but was never an Ashley fan.

    • sands of time

      Eileen Davidson (Ashley) has moved on to bigger and better things; Days of our Lives!!!

      • Richard Reees

        Yes I know she did.But she will still make occasional appearances as Ashley I read.

      • Bexx

        Sort of ridiculous considering she left that bigger and better thing, and will likely leave it again.


    I WANT my Billy Miller back this David Tom he might played as a teenager but he can not play the role now not like my BM I won’t even watch it he’s on so BYE bye David Tom boo BOOOOOOO

    • Jan

      He looks too young for the role. Yes I know he & BM are about the same age, but even when 2 people are the same age one can look much older than the other, and DT looks much younger. And he looks more like a street thug than someone who works for a major company. I think they need to recast the role again!

      • sands of time

        It would be easier to watch a better soap; Days of our Lives.

        • Jon NYC

          Days is really worth checking out. I started watching when JFP took over Y/R anfd watch Days about 60% of the time and Y/R 40%. Days is great.

      • Bexx

        Thug? Who are you looking at? I see a clean cut guy, I don’t know what about his appearance makes him look like a common street thug.

  • Laurene B

    Could haters move on??

    • Bexx

      Don’t count on it.

    • sands of time

      Hopefully, they will move on to better DAYS!!!

  • JonNyc

    Very pleased to see David back in the roll of Billy. He is the only Billy as far as I’m concerned. Best wishes and a warm welcome back.

  • Fred

    David Tom sucks in the role of Billy. Boycotting CBS for the treatment of Miller and Muhney and CBS blatant disregard for fans.

    • sands of time

      Days of our Lives has a very strong cast with great characters and storylines! You should move to Salem!!!

      • Bexx

        Sorry, but Looney Muhney fans claim to be watching GH these days.

        • RedRiver38

          Apparently they are. GH is #1 in key female demos now. Y&R is down again. Muhney & Miller brought a lot of viewers. To deny that is to deny the truth. Not everyone is a Y&R psycophant for CBS.

    • Bexx

      How would you know anything about David Tom’s acting? You told us two months you were boycotting CBS. Y&R business is no longer any of your concern.

    • RedRiver38

      David Tom is a huge fail as Billy Abbott. He’s playing him as a man-child as opposed to Miller’s portrayal as a man. Painful to see the character regress. If the recast Adam is as big a fail, then Y&R should rethink these roles. Good luck in trying to find anyone to fill Michael Muhney’s shoes.

  • Kathy

    Stopped watching Y&R until they bring Billy Miller back. David Tom is terrible as his character. Had enough!

  • Denise

    It sad when so many changes/ bad things have Happened to Y&R all the firings lack of contract renewels ..etc… etc… etc… This show does NOT look like the Y&R that I have Loved for over 35yrs.Rateings prove that fans are NOT happy with what is going on, But the funny thing is there are STILL some people watching, I guess the fans that are still watching would also watch Paint dry if it was in front of them on Y&R.

  • Roseann

    I’m sorry but I have tried to give David Tom a chance, but it’s just not working. I don’t know the reason why Billy Miller left, but you people at Y&R need to bring him back. I can’t stand watching this David Tom playing Billy. He is so whining & pitiful.