It's no real surprise that the splendid Billy Miller is out as Billy Abbott on CBS's The Young and the Restless. Reports have been circulating over the past few days that the Emmy-winning actor was in prickly talks to re-up his contract and, as many expected, no agreement could be reached. But whoda guessed things would end this way? In a startling move, execs at Y&R have decided to replace Miller with David Tom, who won raves in the role from 1999 to 2002 — widely considered the soap's last truly golden era. Like, Miller, Tom was awarded a Daytime Emmy for playing Billy.
A Y&R rep tells TV Guide Magazine that "the show wanted Billy Miller to stay and worked hard to make that happen but we are going in another direction now. We are very excited to have David Tom back in the role. Not only is he a terrific actor, it will give us an opportunity to dig into our archives and use some of those great old Glow by Jabot flashbacks." Adds the rep: "We say a big thank you to Billy Miller and wish him well in all his future endeavors."
Miller, now in the middle of a major plot involving the hit-and-run death of Billy Abbott's daughter, will continue shooting at Y&R until Dec. 19. He will last be seen on the show Jan. 30. Tom, brother of The Bold and the Beautiful's Heather Tom (Katie), is scheduled to hit the air Feb. 3.