There's another new Billy Abbott heading to “The Young & the Restless.” According to Daytime Confidential on Friday, David Tom is out and Burgess Jenkins will take over the role. Jenkins will be the third actor to play the role this year, as Billy Miller chose to leave the role over the winter. Will the third actor be the charm to get viewers excited about the show again?
“Y&R” fans have been quite vocal about Billy Miller's departure as well as with their displeasure at having David Tom return to the role he had played years ago. Now sources indicate that those with “The Young & the Restless” plan to take the character of Billy Abbott in a new direction, and that's where the recast comes in to play. Of course most would say that the general fan displeasure with Tom had to have played a role.
Friday afternoon, Burgess Jenkins himself confirmed he's headed to “Y&R.” He tweeted, “So excited to be joining the Y&R family. Thanks so much for the outpouring of warm welcome from all the fans!” For his part, Tom has yet to post anything to Twitter regarding the supposed cast change.
As for Burgess Jenkins, he will surely be a familiar face to many. He played Eddie Hall in “Army Wives” as well as Randy Roberts in “Nashville.” His work includes a number of TV movies and he also played the role of Bobby Irons on “One Tree Hill.” How well will fit into the big character of Billy Abbott? It's already clear that some fans aren't too sure, and of course many are vocal they still want Miller back. One way or another, “Y&R” viewers will get to see it all come together soon.
At this point the casting shift hasn't been confirmed by the show. In addition, it's not yet known exactly when “Y&R” viewers will see the change happen on-screen. Will the exit of David Tom and debut of Burgess Jenkins satisfy frustrated “The Young & the Restless” fans? People will have to stay tuned to find out.