Hot on the heels of news that Jill Farren Phelps and CBS Daytime wanted to recast the role of Billy Abbott comes the news that David Tom has been let go. Reportedly Burgess Jenkins has been hired to play the role of Billy Abbott and his scenes will begin airing in late June.
Earlier today, May 23, a report came out that David Tom was out as Billy Abbott and that Jill Farren Phelps was scrambling to save her job by negotiating to get Billy Miller back. Sources say that if viewership keeps declining Phelps, known to many as the “Black Widow” or “Typhoid Mary” of soap operas, will be on the way out the door.
Just hours after the initial report came out, another report hit social media. According to an exclusive report on Friday, May 23, “Young and the Restless” brass made the decision to take the character of Billy Abbott in a new direction. David Tom has been let go after only six months and Burgess Jenkins has been hired as the new Billy Abbott. Jenkins will be the fifth adult actor to portray Abbott. Ironically, David Tom was the first actor cast as a grown-up Billy Abbott.
Burgess Jenkins has had recurring roles on “Army Wives,” “One Tree Hill” and most recently the hugely popular ABC nighttime soap opera, “Nashville.” Viewers should expect to see Burgess Jenkins pop up in the fictional town of Genoa City sometime in late June.
Generally soap operas tape up to six weeks out, which means the rumors that Jill Farren Phelps and CBS Daytime making an offer to Billy Miller to facilitate his return to the role of Billy Abbott are a bit more credible. Taking the taping schedule into consideration, Burgess Jenkins has already taped at least a handful of scenes.
How will fans respond to “The Young and the Restless” recasting the role of Billy Abbott for a second time in six months? And are the rumors true that “Firing Phelps,” in a scramble to keep her on job, reached out to Billy Miller? Will Burgess Jenkins be able to fill Billy Miller’s shoes? Should “Young and the Restless” have waited to recast Billy Abbott until now anyway? In the coming weeks these will be questions fans may want answered, and they will be watching closely to see what more backstage drama unfolds.