David Tom Struggles To Find His Footing as Billy Abbott On The Young and the Restless

David Tom Struggles To Find His Footing as Billy Abbott On The Young and the Restless

It has been twelve years since the last time David Tom was seen on The Young and the Restless in the role of Billy Abbott. He recently returned to the show, replacing fan favorite Billy Miller and found himself knee deep in a serious story line. Tom is admittedly used to a much different Billy and he is adjusting to how the character has grown and evolved over the years. According to the Feb. 10th print edition of CBS Soaps, Tom has found it really difficult to dig into this character because there are so many directions to go in.

Tom feels like he has to tap into Billy’s back story, honor the way that the previous actor portrayed him and then somehow make the character his own again. Not an easy task and Tom admits that he is feeling the pressure. Then too is the fact that Billy Miller was extremely popular with the Y&R fans so Tom knows that he is starting off with an uphill battle. Plus longtime fans have threatened to boycott the show beginning this week do to so many cast changes and Jill Farren Phelps weak storytelling. It makes me wonder how many people will actually tune in to even decide whether or not they like Tom’s portrayal of Billy.

Will you be watching to see his first scenes today or are you part of the mass exodus leaving Y&R in search of a better way to spend that hour? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!



  • don

    good news the role of billy abbott will now be played by burgess jenkins.

  • don

    the role of billy abbott will now be played by burgess jenkins, david tom is gone and billy miller is not back JFP needs to go ASAP

  • Karen Hillier

    Billy Miller played an excellent role of Billy on Y&R, I wish that he would come back, he is an excellent actor and a handsome man. Then David Thom took over the role and even though I did not feel his character at the beginning, it was rubbing off on me. When I watched Y&R yesterday and found out that David Tom was recasted, I have to say that Y&R is going down the tubes, this recast does not even remotely look like Billy Miller or Dave Thom, at least these 2 were similiar in looks and built. I think they need to bring either one of them back ASAP – if the fans don’t like the characters, were not going to watch the show and it will eventually disintegrate.

  • Lora

    Bring back Billy Miller!

  • Clarification

    David Tom chose to leave after his first run as Billy. He was recast with Ryan Brown, followed by another actor briefly playing the role a few years later. THEN Billy Miller took over a while after that.