Burgess Jenkins Replaces David Tom as Billy Abbott on The Young and the Restless

Burgess Jenkins Replaces David Tom as Billy Abbott on The Young and the Restless

They’re just dropping like flies over there on the set of the Young and the Restless, and David Tom is the latest to join the actor casualty list. According to reports, Tom has been fired and sent packing, a few months after he took over the role of Billy Abbott from Billy Miller, and Burgess Jenkins will replace him in the role.

Miller had initially just wanted some time off from playing Billy Abbott to go do another role, but his request was denied and Jill Farren Phelps ended up replacing him with David Tom. And despite outraged fan responses, Phelps stuck to the casting. Of course, Tom didn’t last last long either, with Daytime Confidential reporting that he left the show because of a ‘change in storyline’ for the character of Billy. Um, Billy Abbott is a fan favorite role, so I have a hard time believing that Tom left the role willingly. It’s likely that Phelps and the network executives decided they were going in a ‘different direction’ for the role, and honestly, it makes sense because they’ve been trying everything under the sun to correct their free falling ratings.

The show has suffered a lot over recent months, largely because of casting mishaps and firings like this. Michael Muhney‘s exit from the show was just the beginning of some major cast shakeups, and it’s made most fans angry and disappointed. And can you blame angry and disappointed fans from refusing to watch their former favorite television show?

Plus, it’s obvious that Tom was fired because the show’s already found someone to replace him in the role of Billy Abbott: Nashville and Army Wives actor Burgess Jenkins. Jenkins will reportedly start appearing on the show in late June, but at that point, fans might have given up on any sense of continuity from the show. Yes, it’s a soap opera and cast replacements are common, but we’re getting one almost every other week – and if the trend continues, the fans are going to end up with an entirely new cast within the year, which is bad news for the show’s image. But then again, the show’s image has been in the crapper for so long that they probably don’t even care anymore.

Burgess Jenkins Replaces David Tom as Billy Abbott on The Young and the Restless



  • don

    This is recast will mark the end of jill farren phelps era in early fall. This is a test for her if does not work well farren phelps will pack her things soon and I believe it will happen because of the path she is going. Good luck jenkins because fans are very arrogant and don’t forgive lack performance.

  • don

    PHELPS need to go for the show sake.

  • don

    People are seeing that Summer is going in another direction and the see that Hunter King cannot meet the new chalenges that the character is facing and a recast is needed in order for the character to evolve so I agree Summer need to be recast soon.

  • Mar

    I’m seriously getting fed up with the producers of this show. I’ve been watching for 30+ years and I’m just about to throw in the towel. We’ve lost so many good actors this year to a variety of reasons. How about trying a bit harder to keep the good ones. I was just getting used to David Tom and now you bring in Burgess. After 5 min I’m already thinking this isn’t going to work. How about you find a way to get Miller back. Maybe next time give him the time of he asked for. How about you bring Michael as Adam back. While you’re at it bring Michelle as Phyllis back if you want to keep the show alive. However, if you want to keep running the show into the ground continue the whining from Lily, Summer and Victoria. I’m starting to feel like it’s the same boring story lines. Blah Blah. I’m getting bored to tears. Fire the producers I’m fed up with all these cast changes. Get it together. Why you fired Michael is beyond me. You should have gotten rid of Victor and Summer instead.

  • Dawn Dc

    Wow the latest recast of Billy sucks .I thought Tom was a bad choice but the newer one is worse bring Billy Miller back. A Phelps that has issues needs to quit discriminating. Tell men on the show