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‘Y&R’ Shakeup: David Tom Out; Burgess Jenkins In as Billy Abbott

Pictured: David Tom (l) is out as Billy Abbott. Burgess Jenkins (r) will take over the role. Photo credit: Bjoern Kommerell (l); Richard McLaren/Lifetime

Well damn. Five months after returning to The Young and the Restless, David Tom has been ousted as Billy Abbott reports Daytime Confidential. Army Wives star Burgess Jenkins has been tapped as his replacement.

According to Daytime Confidential, the long-running soap plans to take the character in a different direction. Jenkins is expected to debut in late June.

Though new to soap operas, Burgess Jenkins, 40, has an impressive primetime resume that should assuage concerns of fans. His credits include roles on JAG, One Tree Hill, Drop Dead Diva, Nashville and a series regular role on Lifetime’s Army Wives.

Tom originated the role in 1999, earning two Daytime Emmy nominations in 2000 and 2001, winning the award for Outstanding Younger Actor in 2001. He departed Y&R in 2002 and returned to the soap business in 2004 when he took over the role of Paul Cramer on ABC’s One Life to Live.

David Tom returned to the series late last year after the mega popular Billy Miller, who played Billy from 2008-2012, opted not to re-sign with The Young and the Restless. Miller taped his final episode December 19, last airing in the January 30 episode. Tom first aired February 3.

TVSource Magazine has reached out to The Young and the Restless for comment.

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  • I can’t stand the new Billy either.. Burgess Jenkins he is too old to play Billy a mediocre actor at best..He is boring!! And does not have the carisma that Billy Miller had..I am really starting to dislike this soap, and I have been watching since I was a young girl, I am almost 50 now..Thank god for the pvr button so I can fast forward through all the bad acting and weak story lines that seem to be dragging on forever..Please end the Sharon and Nick story line..So done with it..Don’t know how much longer I will watch..

  • Can’t stand Bugress as Billy also my mom too and we never agree on something on a soap but I want David Tom back as Billy but my mom wants Billy Miller back as Billy. I know Billy Miller will not come back as Billy on Y&R because he will be on GH.

  • Thank God… Tom is too Whiny and is not a good actor !!! So happy for the change!!! Please do not ever bring him back … Fingers crossed stich is the father as well !!!

  • I love Y&R and now that they’ve Steve Burton/Dylan, this soap has a huge chance on becoming Daytime best soap, but the best soap will probably be the soap that snags James Scott who played EJ Dimera on Days of our lives, James suddenly quit Days a few weeks ago. Most if not all of Days fans will follow James Scott for sure to whatever soap he ends up on, So says an insider.

  • Who is Victoria’s baby father, fans are hoping Billy is the father, this is Billy/Burgess first few weeks on the show, but fans loves this actor, so says he’s perfect for Y&R.

  • Tara Days News just started giving reports on Younger and the restless, It’s not Jenkins’s age, but most fans don’t like the new Burgess Jenkins sadly to say. On the other hand fans loves Stitch/Sean so says he’s on his way to becoming one of Y&R best actors

  • HE WOULD BE BETTER A RECAST OF STITCH SINCE HE HAS SIMILAR ACTING SKILLS AS SEAN CARRIGAN (STITCH) AND DOES NOT HAVE THE SAME ACTING AS BILLY MILLER BECAUSE THE ROLE IS WRITTEN FOR BM THAT IS I THINK HE WILL NOT SUCCECED. HE IS WAY TOO OLD TO PLAY BAD BOY JUNKY BILLY BOY BUT BILLY MILLER CAN

  • Well, this tall handsome sweet face guy Burgess, he certainly looks like he can deliver! I believe Younger and the restless has found their Bill Abbott, he’s perfect! HOORAY!!! So says Tara Days News

  • Fans are saying this is great news, welcome Burgess Jenkins the new Billy Abbott another very good looking actor, one thing for sure Young and the restless has some of the best looking actors on Daytime Soaps, So says soap fans.