Scoop! The Young and the Restless
cast and crew gathered on the set this week to share a farewell cake for soap vet Jerry Douglas
. TVGuide.com has learned that Douglas, 73 — who has played Jabot Cosmetics tycoon John Abbott since 1982 — was let go due to a story-line-dictated twist.
As viewers know, John shot the vile Tom Fisher (Roscoe Born
) and refuses to allow his daughter Ashley (Eileen Davidson
) to cover for him by taking the murder rap. What will be the Abbott patriarch's reward for ridding Genoa City of human scum? A seven-year prison sentence. Although it's sad to see this beloved pro go, Douglas has been woefully underused for years. At least Y&R
is sending him and his classy character out with a bang!