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‘Young & Restless’ – the new (old) Billy Abbott - David Tom - on his return

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With all the real-life drama surrounding ‘Y&R’ lately, it’s nice to hear some good news in the form of David Tom back to reprise the role of 'Billy Abbott.'

Yes, we all love Billy Miller (ex Billy) and were sad to see him go. But, it’s nice to see a familiar face in the role of this front and center character. Especially after more than a decade has passed since Tom played ‘Billy.’

TV Guide journalist Michael Logan spoke with David Tom on his much anticipated return to the popular CBS soap.

On returning to the show after so many years, Tom said,

‘…It feels totally comfortable and I'm smiling from ear to ear. It's like I'm still waiting to snap out of a dream. It's so great to be back working with Peter Bergman [Jack] and Jess Walton [Jill], again. And, of course, there are so many people who are new to me. Twelve years away will do that! When I left, Billy was more of a boy. Now I get to play him as an adult, with all his adult problems. I'm stepping into some really big shoes here. Billy Miller is a great actor who did an amazing job in the part. I definitely have some challenges. Fans can be resistant to change but I think they'll be happily surprised at what's coming up.’

On auditioning for the role this time around, Tom said,

‘…I was in New York when they were holding auditions, so I put myself on tape and sent it in. The Billy recast was supposed to be a secret so they first told me I was auditioning for Paul's son. I said, ‘Won't that be kinda odd for me to come back to the show as someone different?’ And they were, like, ‘Naaah...don't worry about it!’ [Laughs] Now we know why. They finally told me what was really going on the day before my screen test because they had to — it was a scene with Billy and Victoria talking about Delia.’

Read more from David Tom here.

Watch for Tom to first begin airing on February 3.

‘The Young and the Restless’ airs weekdays at 12:30 on Detroit’s local CBS affiliate WWJ.

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