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Burgess Jenkins Chats On Taking Over The Role Of Billy Abbott On Y&R!

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This week on The Young and the Restless, Burgess Jenkins debuted as the new Billy Abbott. The actor follows in the footsteps of two stars: now three-time Daytime Emmy winner, Billy Miller who chose to leave the series late last year, and David Tom, who returned to the role and replaced Miller only to be let-go by the number one soap and in turn replaced by Jenkins!

On-Air On-Soaps caught up with Burgess at the Daytime Emmy Nominee Reception last week to get his initial thoughts on taking on the pivotal role that has been the topic of conversation for many a Y&R fan, working with his new co-stars including: Peter Bergman (Jack), Emmy winner Amelia Heinle (Victoria), and Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea), and how he views the inner-life of the complex Billy and more. Here’s what he shared!

How have your first few weeks been at The Young and the Restless?

BURGESS:  My first few weeks at Y&R have been fantastic!

Has your on-screen brother, Peter Bergman (Jack) been nice to you? (Laughs)

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BURGESS:  Never! (Laughs) In fact, not only has Peter been incredible, gracious and kind, he was the first person to call me and wish me well and welcome me to the show.  He is an incredible class act!  And as I was saying to Peter earlier, and I could not have meant it more sincerely … from the first time that we met to the days right after and leading up to my first day on the set, I felt this bond with him like brothers would feel.  It was really cool.

Do you feel a lot of pressure coming into a situation where the very popular Billy Miller stepped down from the role of Billy Abbott, and David Tom returned to the role only to be let-go?

BURGESS:  I don’t really feel that way, because I feel like I have a job to do and I am really embracing and enjoying doing that job. Everyone has been incredibly supportive moving forward and not only that, but I don’t know all the ins and out of that stuff and what went on… and I will leave it at that.  I can’t speak intelligently about what went on before because I don’t know all that happened.

Your fans on Twitter seem to be excited about your new gig!

BURGESS:  My fans have been wonderful and welcoming. It’s great to have a fan base like that.

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How has it been working with your new Y&R leading ladies, Amelia Heinle (Victoria) and Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea)?

BURGESS:  Terrific… both of them! They are very giving actors and the chemistry with both of them is wonderful. So much is about the writing and what it represents and you feel it in the scene work.  It’s really very palpable and nice.

Stepping into the role of Billy Abbott, what do you feel is the essence of this character?

BURGESS:  Billy is loose cannon and you don’t know what you’re going to get, and I don’t think he knows.  He is very earnest and passionate. Billy means what he says and he doesn’t always make the right decisions, but he is doing it because he is trying to do what is right.   I love that about him. He is a flawed, wonderful character.

What was your audition process like to get the role primo of Billy; your reel and then a test?

BURGESS: There was a review of my reel, but then I did come in to test for it.  I wanted to meet the people I was going to be working for, and it was really nice when I did.

So, what did you think of Burgess’ comments?  What has been your initial impression of him in the role of Billy Abbott? Will you give it some time to let the audience get adjusted to seeing him as Billy … and let him settle into the role?   Let us know!

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Cassie
Cassie

I want Billy Miller. This is just ridiculous. He seems very kind, and generous and he’s an okay actor but there is one Billy Abbott. Billy Miller.

Pan
Pan

The show died when Billy and Michael left that day. This new guy playing Billy could use some black mascara, lol. Are there any Llily fans? How has she stayed on the show so long??? I think they should make Mariah the real Cassie.. with all the weird stuff they do, maybe this is the plan. Ian could have stolen her from the hospital years ago. Keep Sharron crazy… she’s so boring when her and Nick are in love. Nick has always been such a whiney xxx character @@, lol. Jill and her Aussie husband locking each other in the basement… really, really… make them stop.

Kim Huck
Kim Huck

LOVING NEWEST BILLY THANKS

rose in michigan
rose in michigan

I agree..100%

Monica Junge
Monica Junge

They might as well kept Tom, I like him better than this one.

Sue Catton
Sue Catton

I liked DT to after the Billy Miller, and I get that there are changes that have to take place on any show, but “new guy” doesn’t seem to fit the roll, he doesn’t even look like a Billy with red hair and goatee, I myself don’t think that he’s gonna last, and for some other characters that have left ie: Phyllis, JT, Mac, etc. the show just hasn’t been the same over the last year, although I love Y&R and I will watch as long as I’m on earth
So I was just sayin

Deb
Deb

I agree! Billy Miller is the best! You are ruining the show by getting all these replacements!!

Tiff
Tiff

I miss Billy. But I love the original David Tom. What the hell is going on with Y&R. This new guy can not replace either one of the Billys. Get David Tom Back!!!!

Scott Millican
Scott Millican

And what were they supposed to do? Not re-cast the Billy Abbott role?

Billy Miller left, wouldn’t resign with Y&R, so the producers of the show had no choice but to replace him with another actor.

That is what people don’t get, these actors like Billy Miller, Michelle Stafford, etc, etc. They left when their contract is up. They obviously have no interest in continuing with Y&R, otherwise they would have resigned, or there are things going on behind the scenes that they just cannot accept. Either way, the character lives on without the actor that made the role famous.

Just deal with it and move on. Don’t like it, you have a choice not to watch it.

wolfsmistress
wolfsmistress

Scott, Miller wouldn’t re-sign because Y&R refused the one thing he asked for … outs to be able to do other projects. Other co-stars have them, including Steve Burton, JFP’s golden boy, but he and Elizabeth Hendrickson (both of whom were NOT hired by Jill Farren Phelps) asked for outs and were refused. After not being able to get outs, which other co-stars DO have, and it being the ONLY renegotiation point on both Miller’s and Hendrickson’s parts as the sticking point to leaving, it falls COMPLETELY on Y&R’s shoulders for not honoring something that could have so easily been worked out. No extra money, no big demands, just “may I have time off so I can do other projects?” And getting a big fat “NO” for their efforts.

Deal with it? Sure, the fans are doing just that, by having the show constantly try to get someone to replace the actors who were so marvelous in the roles they can’t, seriously, be replaced satisfactorily.

So who’s to blame? Miller and the other actors who only wished to have outs, like their co-stars, or a show who flat refuses to let them have those outs, their only request, and then they quit and the show scrambles to find replacement actors to fill their shoes, usually poorly?

Sounds to me like it’s the show’s fault, all around here…
wolfy

Celeste
Celeste

Burgess Jenkins is a terrible replacement as Billy! He looks much too old, is not a good actor, and does not fit Billy’s personality AT ALL. How did this guy get selected for the job? Seriously!! D.Thom was not great, but Jenkins is awful in this role. Billy Miller was absolutely the right personality for the character. PLEASE, Y&R…..bring in a better actor for Billy! Jenkins is definitely NOT in the right role, IMHO.

Carrie Johnson
Carrie Johnson

I LOVE NEW BILLY

SusieQ
SusieQ

David Tom was much too young did not work for me. The new Billie Jenkin although not our beloved Billy Miller I think will work. Please make him a little more fun loving.

jcfree
jcfree

I agree with you..

jackieroberts
jackieroberts

Really wish Billy Miller would come back…..but very exited that David Tom is gone!!!!

Trish
Trish

Love Miller. . Got used to David Tom I didn’t think he was to young I don’t understand that at all! I know Miller isn’t coming back but bring back Tom at least! This new one no!!!!!

Cynthia
Cynthia

I agree that they should have Billy Miller back if possible or David Tom. I just don’t care for the new guy. I don’t see that there should be a problem if these actors take on other jobs when they are on hiatus or their character is not on. Many people have more than one job. I have been a fan since day 1, and it is hard to get used to different people in roles.

Eileen
Eileen

Noooooooo!!!!!! David Tom was Awful!! Not sure yet about this new Billy. So far he doesn’t fit the part of Billy Abbott but he’s better than DT. Billy Miller was spunky and sexy and fun…. so far this new Billy not so much! Do something with his hair and loosen him up a bit! I think Gina Tagnoni is going to be the only recast they get right. I think she is going to be a perfect Phyllis.

Deb R
Deb R

give the new Billy a chance! Miss Billy Miller think he was the best yet, Have been a fan since it started people come and go just part of life.

Cyn
Cyn

I want Billy Miller back! They should have worked with him to get him resigned. Too many character changes lately. This show needs more stability and continuity with its cast!

Christine
Christine

These last two Billie’s that replaced the Billy we all loved! It’s just not the same!! I was very disappointed watching these two Billy’s ! I feel that your ratings are going to fall! Too many changes us right! No one likes to have to get to know the Billy I or swapping actors out for different actors! I’m really bummed I just don’t get that enthused when I know actors are leaving and swapped out for a new one!!! It really makes me sad. Because I’ve watched your show since I was a teenager! But now I don’t get excited to see what’s going to happen, the thrill us gone and I’m very sad

patsylou d'riera
patsylou d'riera

I LOATHE burgess Jenkins!….I do like “Stitch”

Random
Random

nope, no one will work except Billy Miller.

Kathy Smith
Kathy Smith

I agree that the role of billy his sucked since billy miller left

Maurice
Maurice

I agree

Harry
Harry

No, David Tom did not suck. You Billy Miller fans need to let him go and move on. He is replaceable. Tom did an amazing job under incredibly challenging circumstances.
You all did not give him a chance. Learn from your mistakes and give this new guy a chance.

Tiff
Tiff

Just get David Tom BACK!!!!

Shelatermiester
Shelatermiester

I SO agree!! All the gripes about David Tom were totally unfounded! He was doing a great job!! Billy Miller left because he wanted to. The show didn’t get rid of him!So far, I am wishing David Tom was back. But change is constant on soaps and I have nearly always ended up liking the new actors they bring in after they have had a chance to really settle into their role.

Salhoward
Salhoward

I agree. David Tom was not that bad. Billy Miller is gone. So be it. I don’t like this new Billy (Burgess) at all. His looks donothing for me. I much prefer David Tom. Get rid of this one and bring David back.

jackie archambauly
jackie archambauly

David Tom started the roll as Billy Abbot.
…Billy Miller was good,too…was glad to see David Tom back…not crazy about the new “Billy”….I agree, people didn’t give David Tom a chance.
Bring back David Tom!!

Pina
Pina

I disagree. David Tom looked like a child, not the flawed man his character is. I like the new Billy (Burgess). That’s what a man looks like. Yummmm.

Kira
Kira

My personal opinion is that David Tom was doing an adequate job playing Billy. He and Miller both had similar youthful looks so I don’t get this whole Tom is too young excuse. Miiller fans will never accept anyone new, and that goes for the new guy too. I personally find Burgess to be a poor casting choice. He looks too old and talks with a mild Southern accent. What Wiscinsin native talks like that? I give him 5 months tops and then I’m sure he will be out the door too, joining Tom.

Sissy
Sissy

Welcome Burgess!

I think he’ll do great and I hope people will give him a chance to settle in and make it his own.

su0000
su0000

There is no one that can now make Billy Abbott their own..
Billy Miller is Billy Abbott and the character belongs to Billy Miller..

(they should not have recast )

Derrick
Derrick

Get over it! BM made the decision to depart his role!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

He’ll be another epic fail.

Sharon
Sharon

You are dead wrong, I was very sad when they fired David tom, But the new Billy is sexy and the man can act. I am happy I gave the new actor a chance. You sound very negative all the time, on these posts. Please go take your meds, you will feel better.

Scott Millican
Scott Millican

Actually David Tom is the one that originated the Billy Abbott role, not Billy Miller.

In either case, Billy Miller decided not to resign his contract with Y&R, and leave for greener pastures. So what is Y&R supposed to do? Not use the character? Of course not, everyone is replaceable. If they don’t want to work there, fine, replace them.

Real Deal
Real Deal

Actually, Billy Miller wanted to stay. Jill Farren Phelps wanted him gone. He wanted the same contract he’s had for years, but she used a lame excuse to cut off negotiations and sign David Tom. She burned Miller, just like she did Muhney. She wanted Steve Burton as Y&R’s lead. That’s why Miller is so bitter.

wendy
wendy

I am liking the new Billy.Burgess welcome.
Get rid of Cane and Lily!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

David Tom shouldnt have been replaced…this nuBilly ill wait and see…i havent watched as much as others because i just never really connected to this show but i still tune in on occasion

Harry
Harry

I agree, Jim. David Tom was really rocking it these last few days.

Wayne Lawless
Wayne Lawless

David Tom was nailing the role in the past many weeks. It’s sad to let him go. He had a manly sensitivity in the role that will be missed.

Deb
Deb

David Tom could not replace Billy Miller! They need to get rid of Abby. The old one was better!

Tiff
Tiff

David Tom is the first adult Billy y’all. He set the the bar

Eileen
Eileen

Are you kidding???? David Tom was horrible
as Billy. He made too many stupid faces and
just didn’t cut it. He had 6 months to convince
everyone he was Billy and according to
all the comments the majority of the fans
Didn’t like his acting either. I’m giving the
new guy a chance to convince me. There
will never be another Billy Miller! Sure miss
him and MM. ;-((((

Avelina from Santorini Greece
Avelina from Santorini Greece

Agreed. They didn’t even give David Tom a chance and I for one don’t think anyone will work except billy miller.

su0000
su0000

Burgess’ is better than DT..
but he is nowhere near being a Billy Miller..

there can be only one Billy Abbott and that is Billy Miller
Billy Miller owns the trademark on Billy Abbott …

((without BM, they should not have attempted to recast ..

Harry
Harry

No, Billy Miller does not OWN the trademark on the character of Billy Abbott.
Now taking the initials of BM into meaningful consideration, you need to get take some fiber and let it pass.

mary smith
mary smith

I watch every day and CAN NOT stand this guyas Billy Abbott. You need to find some else or bring back Billy Miller, Billy Miller is worth any dollaramount he wamts, as obliviously he CAN NOT be REPLACED.

Linds
Linds

I have only watched one day but I thought he did a great job slipping in there. He seemed like he did understand the character. chemistry with AH was better than it was with David Tom – although DT had really good chemistry with MCE (chelsea). I liked Billy Miller. I liked David Tom. I was anti DT being let go.. so I had every reason not to be very open minded with BJ.. but I decided to be and he pleasantly surprised me. Lets see where this goes. I know one thing – we have had way too much turn over with Billy Abbott and we need some consistency! So unless Miller somehow wants to come back some day and this guy wants out, no more Billys! 🙂

Jimmy
Jimmy

I like him so far! In terms of the tole, I think he’s better than David Tom was, but that’s not to say DT is a bad actor; he’s not. I just don’t think he fit into the role like he did when he was previously on the show anymore. Billy has changed so much since then, but it didn’t seem like DT had. So, welcome Burgess Jenkins!

mollie
mollie

Well said. I agree 🙂 to all.

Penny
Penny

Billy Miller left the show of his own accord. He will not be coming back. His fans need to get over it. No one is irreplaceable.

Stop criticizing David Tom and now Burgess Jenkins.

David would have done well if he had been given good material to work with and if they had kept him away from Amelia Heilne who has chemistry with no one, not even her own husband who played J T Helstrom. David Tom did very well with every other actor/actress on the show.

Burgess Jenkins seems to fit right in and looks as if he could make the role of Billy his own. I hope he will have limited screen time with Amelia Heinle.

Jimmy
Jimmy

Don’t get me wrong, I agree that David Tom is a fine actor, but the thing is, after having such a powerhouse like Billy Miller as Billy, and then replacing him with an actor who didn’t seem to fit in the role the way he did 15 years ago when he last played him, it didn’t quite work for me. Nothing against DT as an actor, I just think he wasn’t right for the role. Burgess Jenkins is a fresh face and he’s doing well so far IMO (granted he’s only been on for two days).

However, I don’t agree with you about Amelia Heinle. Her scenes that won her an Emmy were very powerful and I think she rocked them. She’s a very good actress who had phenomenal chemistry with Billy Miller. That’s what I think fans were hoping for with David Tom, but it didn’t happen. That’s another reason I think DT wasn’t accepted, even though he’s a fine actor.

Suzi
Suzi

I agree totally. It is all about chemistry between two actors.

Derrick
Derrick

I know right! I’m liking BJ as Billy!

Harry
Harry

Penny, I agree with your every word. Fans in their rabid adulation of an actor who has moved on can be incredibly cruel to the recasts. These are human beings who need employment and who deserve fighting chance.

Tommie
Tommie

I think he is nice to look at, but it’s gonna take some time to adjust.

Bart
Bart

I saw NuBilly on today’s show (6/25) and he was pretty good – it’s still a wait & see period with me…

David Tom was not a good fit for the adult Billy Abbott – still sounds like a whiny teenager.

Harry
Harry

I am surprised that many of the comments have expressed longing for Billy Miller. Sure, he was good but he was replaceable and he was beautifully replaced by David Tom. I accepted Miller’s departure, thought he had been phoning it in for the last couple of months anyway. David Tom found his stride and I was really seeing him as Billy Abbott–he came off cheerful, slightly tormented, mischievous and loving–all the attributes we have come to expect from Billy Abbott. It was a HUGE mistake to dismiss David Tom.
This new actor is perfectly fine and I wish him all the best. However, watching today I felt incredibly mixed up and a little bit dizzy (I mean, more than usual).

deborah morgan
deborah morgan

Burgess is ok so far. Who was the genius that let David Tom go? He was spot on with Billy’s personality. He had the passion and fire that Billy Miller had when he had the role of Billy Abbott. David Tom was awesome.

Sandra cahoon
Sandra cahoon

Really ? Billy and Amelia have the most outstanding chemistry of any couple on daytime t v in a long time. Other than Nikkei and Victor. Please pay these actors their worth. We need all our soaps back. Young and Restless needs to keep the fantastic actors and actresses it has. THAT uswhat makes it

Penny
Penny

I didn’t find Billy to be any great actor, He was alright but not amazing as his fans seem to think. He’s replaceable. His toothy, fake grin drove me crazy. Amelia Heinle has chemistry with no one, not even Billy Miller. I’m still wondering why she won an Emmy and why she is still on Y&R. She is one of the weakest actresses on Daytime Soap. She’s no Heather Tom. She will never be Victoria Newman to me.

As to Eric Braeden he’s a one note, mumble, mumble actor with no talent. Same lines everyday because he can’t remember any other lines – You got that!

Dianna Stai
Dianna Stai

I have never cared for AH, either. As far as Mariah being Cassie, I think the plot is to have Sharon had twins back then and they never told her that. One was “stolen” by a nurse or doctor, probably nurse as she doesn’t remember a father, and the mother turned to Ian Ward’s cult. I think they should do a DNA test on Mariah and that would show them she IS related to Sharon and Cassie.

Mary E Ferguson
Mary E Ferguson

I would definitely be doing a DNA the identical looks are just too curious to let it go…

Louise Murray
Louise Murray

I like this new Billy, I like that he is close to the age for his part. I am willing to give him a chance.

Louise Murray
Louise Murray

Welcome

Mo
Mo

I’ll give him a chance.

Liza
Liza

No questions about his on-screen MOTHER, Jill?

Wouldn’t Jess Walton be one of his co-stars?

You forgot to ask about her when interviewing the writers too? I take it your’re not a Jess Walton or Jill fan?????????

sharon Dunbar
sharon Dunbar

I like you a lot better than the Tom actor!!!!

Iakovos
Iakovos

Recasts are part of daytime drama. I miss actors in their roles, too. And Billy Miller — who I adore — was himself a recast. That’s how it goes. today’s daytime drama world seems so crazy… lower budgets, faster productions schedules, so many online spoilers and reports… the fact the character stays and the story goes on is a plus for fans of the genre and this show.

KK Davis
KK Davis

David Tom was not the right choice the first time or the second time he got the chance to play Billy Abbott. This new guy looks as if he could be Peter’s Bergman’s brother, which is something I suppose. I wish this Burgess guy luck, he is going to need it.

Timmm
Timmm

Your right, the new Billy looks like him and Peter could be brothers. Billy Miller looked more like the original Jack, Terry Lester, and they could have been brothers. It may work out. I know that Burgess going one on one with the Mustache is more believable then when David Tom tried it.

Don
Don

I DOT THINK HE WOULD BE BELIEVABLE IN FRONT OF THE MUSTACHE HE DOES NOT HAVE THE BAD BOY STYLE THAT BILLY MILLER HAD THAT IS THE TRUTH AND THE MAN SEEMS TO LOOK TOO OLD FOR THE PART DOES NOT FIT FOR THE ROLE OF BILLY BUT WOULD BETTER FIT IN A DIFFERENT ROLE ON THE SHOW THOUGH

Andrea
Andrea

First off. Billy Miller is the only Billy Abbott for this girl. But I’m aware that there is nothing I can do about it. So we move along to Burgess I think he seems like a nice guy his acting is better than DT so that’s a good start but where is the charisma???? The Billy Abbott I know can charm a women into bed with just a glance. As he should be able to do since He’s the baby boy of a very wealthy family. He should have a playboy esq. demeanor, handsome & charming! The biggest mistake they’ve made is not giving people enough time to adjust one day BM is there the next DT & now BJ. I just don’t think nuBilly will ever b the BM version of BA that we have all grown to love. And if we can’t have BM there had to have been a cute guy out there with some acting chops and the smoothness that can fill this role until a miracle happens & we get BM back!!

Linda Cusano
Linda Cusano

Love him.. What a difference between
him and David Tom..

Linda Cusano
Linda Cusano

Love him. He’s gonna b a great Billy.

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

He is a pro. Knows the right things to say. Time will tell.

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

WHEN are u fans going to get it? There IS NO bringing back Bilky Miller. He was offered the role back replacing David Tom and HE SAiD NO!!!!!!!!!!!! He doesnt want to and isnt coming back.

Timmm
Timmm

Y&R screwed him and he is headed to ABC!

Molly Shelton
Molly Shelton

I don’t leave remarks on these issue’s, but wanted to on this subject. I really liked Billy Miller, he had the personality of Billy Abbott nailed. David Tom was a terrific actor, I was getting used to him but my adjustment with him as Billy took awhile because he seemed so young. Burgess Jenkins has been good for the two days I have seen him, but he seems older than Billy Miller and David Tom. The fluctuating age differences is boggling to me. That’s where the adjustment comes in, for me anyway. I’m sure, as time passes, all adjustments will be made.

Kathy Sweet
Kathy Sweet

I like the old Billy much better.

meg ,
meg ,

as long as they don’t hook him up with CHELSEA AND KEEP HIM AWAY FROM CONNOR.I’M FINE ,HES BETTER THEN DT,

linda
linda

He’s not Billy Miller, but I like this guy! Hope he can do the job………

Laurene
Laurene

“The chemistry is wonderful” Excuse me??

Brenda
Brenda

I do not like this new Billy..I don’t think he can act, I have been watching Y & R from day one, and am seriously considering quitting the show. I hate it when they replace the actors, usually I can deal with it, but this guy I CANNOT!!.. don’t know why, I loved Billy Miller, and David Tom. just my opinion

MPMAJOR
MPMAJOR

David Tom was not given enough time to resettle back into his former role as Billy Abbott. I will always remember David Tom’s Billy and he is the original Billy, too. I don’t get the excuse that DT’s Billy was too young looking and the reason he was replaced. The character Billy Abbott is suppose to be younger than the fortyish Victoria. Billy Abbott not only was younger than Victoria, bue he always been immature in his behavior, too, and tended to act before thinking all his life. I think it is ironic that there was a lot of complaints about DT’s Billy being too young looking for Victoria and now this new Billy looks older. Will A.H.’s Victoria finally act her age now? She started acting like a teenager when she met BM’s Billy and all thru their courtship and marriage. Victoria never acted like a teenager when she was married to others, Ryan, Cole, Brad, J.T.

Jared
Jared

Thank you for your post expressing reason amongst all this cult of Muhney and Miller. I don’t recall the daytime Titan Y&R being so driven by vocal minorities of fans who idolize the portraying actors more than the show itself. What’s worse is that the show runners perhaps listened to these people’s opinions. If this is the state of daytime drama, let them cancel them all. David Tom was gelling again, and the truth is that Victoria is too old for Billy. The character wasn’t even born until 1993, I believe. Victoria had already been married once or twice by the time he was born. And this nonsense about him being too young for the recast Kelly? That’s ridiculous. She’s a new character in whom I’m not personally invested. Why sacrifice a legacy character for this new unrelated character? I just don’t get it.

Mary E Ferguson
Mary E Ferguson

he was born in 93 same year I had my son who is 21 this year…Billy July mine NOvember…and victoria was around the block a few times by then….with Brad, ryan, some other guy … and JT was a teen with Billy and then married Vicki …

Mary SF
Mary SF

LOL– you’re right, Victoria even when she was a teenager never acted like a teenager. She was barely home from boarding school and she was running a cosmetic company for Victor– that character acted like a fifty year old woman when she was barely out her teens. So the fact she finally got a chance to loosen up and act like kid was refreshing and fitting for her character— after having to be so serious and business like so early, she got a chance to lighthearted and laugh– which was part of the chemistry I like with her and Billy—as for the age difference, Victoria was born in 82, Billy in 93, which means Billy should only be 21– this why SORASing characters always messes with the history of the show– if they kept the timeline in tact, Victoria would have never hooked up with Billy in the first place, problem solved.

Charlene Hoekman
Charlene Hoekman

I myself will give him a chance to get comfy as Billy Abbot. It will be a hard sell after Billy Miller, but I will give him a chance it will just time for him to get into the part. Just remember Billy had this personality that had a personality that no one really liked it it made him into who he is today. Welcome to the Young and the Restless show us what you can do as Billy please.

Cris
Cris

I agree with the majority. Billy Miller IS Billy Abbott. Nobody can replace him. I feel bad for DT but he just didn’t cut it. I guess we have no choice but to give Burgess a chance. I have only seen two episodes with him. But Billy Miller is really missed. Bring him back PLEASE!!!!

Jack
Jack

If Billy MILLER wanted to leave, we must let him go. That’s his choice. I miss him too, but all of these cast changes are making me dizzy. Does anyone else feel like a very BIG reason Y&R won best soap this year was because Michael MUHNEY was so AMAZING every single day??!! As much as I miss MILLER, I miss MUHNEY 500 times more. It also pained me to watch Hunter King take home the trophy at the expense of MUHNEY. I’m ready to pull the plug on Y&R after 38 years of watching.

Mary SF
Mary SF

O shoot, I well just beginning to really like the chemistry between Tom’ s Billy and MCE’s Chelsea– and now that is blown out of the water— you can replace actors but you cannot replace chemistry, no matter how hard they try. And I was looking forward to a romance between Billy and Chelsea, because of their chemistry. Now I will have to wait and see if this new guy chemistry with MCE is as good as Tom’s as to whether or not I am going to enjoy this story of Billy and Chelsea hooking up— which all but certain, because the triangle involving enemies Adam and Billy with Chelsea in the middle is too good to pass up. At this point let Stitch have Victoria because I am more interested in this soon to be triangle than the Ben Vicky Billy one.

NERISSA
NERISSA

WE WANT BILLY MILLER BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOT SUPPORTING ANY OTHER !!!!!! the chemistry is completely off still.

Penny
Penny

He left, He’s gone. He doesn’t care about fans who are pining for him to come back. TPTB asked him back. He refused. Get over it!

Jared
Jared

Don’t include me in that “we”. David Tom is original Billy Abbott.

G. Wright
G. Wright

Truthfully, I don’t like him. I didn’t care much for David Tom taking Billy’s roll. But, I could live with it better than Burgess Jenkins. No one can replace Billy Miller. He was the best! This guy’s looks just aren’t there. And the way he acts aint much better. I’ve been watching Y&R for 35 years now. I’m faithful in watching everyday. But this year was horrible. So many actors leaving. I cried when Phylis was gone. And Michael Muney, he was a lot of the show. And I pray that he comes back. Please slow down on so many changes. I wish Billy Miller was back too.

su0000
su0000

Some characters can not be replaced..

Some characters can not be replaced..

Billy Abbott and Billy Miller is NOT replaceable..

There are times when the great ones leave a soap to let the character die, be gone..

It is going to be much worse with the attempt to replace Michael M as Adam it will horribly fail..
Adman and MM are one, and Adam should have remained dead..
Billy Abbott, Billy Miller’s owned character died the day BM walked off the Y&R set..
It will all explode when a new Adam appears.. I see it coming from witnessing the attempt to replace Billy miller..
CBS/Y&R have buried themselves by attempting to replace two loved icons..
It will not work.. Y&R=Idiots !!

Angie
Angie

Am very disappointed Billy Miller is no longer Billy Abbott. Just saw Burgess for the 1st time on Tuesay’s show so I don’t believe that is enough viewing to determine whether I like him as Billy Abbott or dislike him in the role. I thought Billy Miller did a fantastic job in the role. Maybe Burgess will, too. Viewers, lets give him a fair chance!

Marie
Marie

I couldn’t stand David Tom with his mumbling & hanging bottom mouth. So glad he finally got replaced!! The new Billy is a relief as far as I’m concerned. Love Y&R

Timmm
Timmm

Great observation. Hopefully he took that goofy hat with him!

Marci HI
Marci HI

NO, no, no, no, no ! ! !

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I enjoy Burgess in the role, though, I would prefer to have David Tom still in the role. My only gripe is that he appears to be too old physically and look-wise to be Billy Abbott. That is my only gripe, but I’m very happy he’s joined the series.

Dger
Dger

I only wish he’d shave all that facial hair off, he looks much better clean shaven. I think it might make his chemistry with Victoria come alive.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

/sarcasmbegin.
Yes, because facial hair makes or breaks chemistry. Makes total sense.
/sarcasmend.

mike
mike

Y&R casting dept. scores another DUD. Even John Paul Lavosier would have been a better Billy.

Jared
Jared

Ummmm, David Tom is the original Billy Abbott. Billy Miller was a suitable recast, but the latecomers and history revisionists need to realize that for each of you, there is going to be one of me. I don’t want to be antagonistic, but I blame the vocal minority of Billy Miller groupies for David Tom’s ouster. I won’t speak for him, but from my 40 years of watching and following Y&R, I don’t believe Bill Bell let vocal fan groups influence his decision making. Now, we have this unknown recast, and we all lose. I’m sure he’s a fine person, but I’m just not invested anymore. Just to reiterate, Billy Miller took over David Tom’s role, not vice versa. Please get your facts straight if you’re going to post on a message board.

su0000
su0000

David Tom was a minor, a child Billy Abbott ,
and again later a teenager Billy, for awhile…
DT was never a grown up, the man Billy.
the married man with children who went toe to toe with Victor and gambled and all else that made Billy Miller’s Billy Abbott..

And there were 3 minors/children who played Billy Abbott, not just DT.. 🙂

Dger
Dger

You are so correct. Finally someone that gets it.

Tracy Shumack
Tracy Shumack

I too have watched for 40 + years and realize that Tom played the role first, but that was back in the early teen years…he was fine then..but as the adult Billy, Billy Miller was better at the part. I just didn’t like Tom in there as the bad boy Billy Abbott. This guy now seems to have a better fit age wise and character than Tom had, but it will take some time to adjust for him as well as the viewers. I just dont think that Tom could pull off the adult version of Billy…the contrast between him and Stitch was overwhelming…

Jared
Jared

But that’s not the point. Stitch and Kelly and nu-Victoria (I’m still a Heather Tom fan/holdout) are the newbies and the recast, respectively. Amelia Heinle is too old for the role of Victoria. Also, David Tom, who did INDEED play the original teen/adult Billy (let’s not count the juvenile fill-in actors who were just there to take space), was the most logical and least jarring actor to resume the Billy Abbott role. Also, David Tom is older than Billy Miller, so none of their reasons for letting him go make sense. There are plenty of problematic characters on this show that need to be recast or eliminated: Abby, Kelly, Dillon, Stitch, Hilary (sp?), etc etc etc. Why get rid of the returning David Tom for another newbie when there are already TOO MANY new faces on this show, many who (bless their hearts) cannot act or are unable to bring their roles to life for whatever reason. They could have easily fixed this by bringing Ashley Bashioum’s Mac back, taking Billy out of Victoria’s orbit, leaving the door open for Heather Tom’s return, which NEEDS to happen, and focus on legacy known characters instead of people I don’t care about like Stitch and Kelly and nu-Victoria. I don’t want to be mean, but I personally blame the loud, yet minority, of fanatical fans who cannot let the cult of Muhney and Miller be gone for good. I’m tired of hearing about it (or reading about it). One was fired. The other quit. If outrage should occur, it should be on behalf of Michelle Stafford, who was essentially the star of the show. Otherwise, people, let it go. Now, no one wins, and we have another unrecognizable pretty face who doesn’t capture the role (so far). Finally, on an unrelated note, what’s the purpose of Dr. Barton Shelby? It’s a stupid soapy name for a show that has a history of using more traditional middle American names (like Nikki, Sharon, Phyllis, Jack, Jill). Also, why isn’t this luscious piece of manhood a recast for Malcolm? Do I need to drive from Vegas down to LA to help these idiots on Beverly Blvd. gather up enough money to buy a freaking vowel? LOL

Mary SF
Mary SF

I agree about a show shouldn’t write based on fan reactions because there is no winning. If they focus on vets people will complain the show is same old, same old; if they introduce new characters they want them to focus on the vets. Change the music and they will be uproar, but don’t change the music people will complain the show is out of date. And characters, my goodness for every character that is liked and equal number hate that character. And there will never be any agreement on who should play who— one of the reasons the soaps have declined because the head writer used to be the producer and they had one vision for the show they wrote for, now they write by committee, focus groups and network brass. The day I saw two characters on Days discussing the virtues of Midol, in the middle of a scene was the day I knew daytime will never rebound back to their glory days.

Jared
Jared

Thank you. A voice of reason. 🙂

D L Rutherford
D L Rutherford

I hope we can adjust to Burgess…but my goodness I don’t think he can act at all. The other actors seem to just crush him with their acting skills. I agree that Billy Miller is missed, Adam is missed, Phyllis is missed, the old Abby is missed, and on and on. Can you tell I don’t like change ? lol

Dger
Dger

I think Burgess should have done some research on the part of Billy Abbott and the show in general. To come into a part and an interview and say “I don’t know all the ins and outs of all that stuff and what went on” , I don’t believe is very professional. At least learn some of the history of the part you’re going to be playing.

Don
Don

Burgess in not a fit for the role of Billy Abbott this is simple as that and sooner or later people are going to see that he would be so much better in a different role on the show but now there is no chance of that happening because it would be too confusing for the viewers.

Amanda Berry
Amanda Berry

Billy Miller did an outstanding job as Billy Abbot, but I do agree that he chose to walk away from the role. He was replaced by David Tom who did play the role of Billy A. previously, and he was doing a great job. The new Billy definitely does not look or sound like either David Tom or Billy Miller. He is a very good actor, but I’m remaining openly indifferent. Its very hard to see so many changes to great actors in lead roles. But I do wish Burgess well, and hope he embraces the role & makes it his own (so to speak), and makes the rest of us Y&R/Billy fans become his fans & become enchanted by his acting skills too!!

carol ann
carol ann

Billy is no longer an important character. Want to rock things??? Let’s bring Adam back (using the actor who was portraying him when the accident happened.

Tracy Shumack
Tracy Shumack

I am one that is glad that they took David Tom out as Billy…he was okay as a teenage Billy, but he just didn’t have what it took to play Billy Abbott as an adult. I LOVE Billy Miller, and he will always be Billy Abbott to me, but this new guy Burgess seems to be pretty good, and looks more the role of Billy Abbott. He looks age appropriate and a little more like he could play the bad boy role. I hope they bring back the old Adam though as they have lost Phillis and don’t think they can replace her easily. I liked Billy and Victoria together but I really like Stitch and Vicky together now. I think that this mess with Kelly is going to be more on her than Stitch when it comes out. I just hope Dillon and Paul pull through this mess

Mo
Mo

Seeing him for the first time yesterday, I thought, I don’t like him. But Billy Miller isn’t coming back so I’m going to have to try to adjust. It’s going to be hard though.

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Vinessa Antoine Reveals She And General Hospital Have Parted Ways; After Landing Primetime Series Lead

After the fantastic bit of casting news for actress Vinessa Antoine  (Jordan Ashford) over the weekend, today, via her social media accounts, Vinessa has addressed her future with General Hospital.

As viewers know, Vinessa has been cast as the drama series lead in the new CBC production of Diggstown, and it is groundbreaking making her the first black actress to star in a series on the legendary Canadian broadcasting network,   Originally it was presumed that Antoine would go recurring on GH, while she was away filming, but that is not the case as she revealed in her heartfelt message today.  She and GH have mutually parted ways.

Vinessa’s statement: “There are so many people that God put into place who are directly and indirectly responsible for my time at General Hospital.  You know who you are. I thank you. I came into this world as an artist. My job is to create and inspire. I hope that I did that a little in playing #JordanAshford.

I believe that I have taken her as far as I can.  To clarify, as negotiations for #Diggstown were underway, although I am open to stay and play in Port Charles, I was told by my reps that GeneralHospital felt that my character would be off the canvas for too long for me to continue playing her.

With that, we decided to mutually part ways.  It’s time to make room for more women of color in prominent roles on television. I’m grateful to assist in that by starting this new chapter in my journey. I hope you’ll all come along. I feel blessed. Be well. xo”

An ABC rep told Soap Opera Digest that the role of Jordan is being recast.

So what do you think of Vinessa leaving GH for good? Share your thoughts via the comment section below and let’s wish her much success!

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Lauralee Bell On Her 35th Anniversary With Y&R: “My Hope For Cricket Is To Smile The Way She Used To & Chill Whenever Possible.”

Congratulations are in order this Sunday to Lauralee Bell who is celebrating her 35th anniversary with The Young and the Restless.  Hard to believe, it’s been 35 years since the perils of a young Cricket became front and center and those young love stories with Danny (Michael Damian), Phillip (Thom Bierdz) and eventually, Paul ( Doug Davidson).

As Cricket matured, so to was the decision to now call the character by her birth name, Christine.  After all, she became quite the legal eagle! For over three and a half decades with time-off in between, Lauralee has shared memorable storylines with the amazing Tricia Cast, and the late Jeanne Cooper as Nina and Katherine, and let’s not forget Michael Baldwin, played by Christian LeBlanc, to name just a few/

In a few tweets on Sunday, Lauralee acknowledged the day stating: “We all couldn’t do what we love to do without the viewers so thanks to them!”  She followed that up with a tweet filled with photos of herself and her co-stars throughout the years ,and some self-effacing humor stating: “Wasn’t going to post for YR anniversary, because I’m not one to put attention on me but no denying these people have made my life better. Thanks to crew & fans and my hope for Cricket is to smile the way she used to & chill whenever possible”

As viewers know, Lauralee is the daughter of Y&R creators, the late, great Bill Bell and his wife, Lee Phillip Bell.  We are sure Bill is smiling today for Lauralee and proud of this accomplishment.

Share your congrats for Lauralee on this milestone via the comment section below.  Then let us know your most memorable or favorite Cricket/Christine moment on the CBS Daytime drama series.

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GH’s Vinessa Antoine Lands Primetime Series Will Make Canadian TV History!

Fantastic news for General Hospital favorite, Vinessa Antoine (Jordan)! The talented actress had landed the leading role in the primetime Canadian series, Diggstown!

The legal drama is scheduled to air this fall.  In Diggstown, Antoine will play Marcie Diggs, a top corporate lawyer who decides to dedicate herself to a legal aid office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

This casting news will make Vinessa a part of Canadian TV history as the first Black Canadian actress to star in a prime-time drama on legacy network television, CBC.

Antoine spoke to the Toronto Star about her starring role, “When I first read the script I was really attracted to the notion that she was a corporate lawyer and she believed in the system. And when that crashed for her, life nudged her to do something extraordinary. And because I’m a woman of color, so many things connected. She’s complex, not stereotypical, and that’s refreshing.”

However as suspected, and according to the Toronto Star: “General Hospital fans will not be happy to learn that Antoine, who has been with the show since 2014, will no longer be a series regular when she starts shooting Diggstown in August.”

So, excited to hear Vinessa has been cast in a leading primetime series?  Comment below!

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