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Doug Davidson Clarifies Status With The Young and the Restless

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Over the last 48 hours tweets surfaced that indicated from his responses that Y&R Daytime Emmy-winning actor, Doug Davidson was no longer a part of the  CBS Daytime drama series, The Young and the Restless.  It was a shock to the system for longtime viewers of the series

The Daytime Emmy-winning actor has been the longest running current cast member of the series having made his debut as Paul Williams in 1978.

In an interview with Soap Opera News the actor clarified his tweets and his status with the series: “My contract was not renewed in January, and I went on recurring status, but as it stands now I have only 2 shows left to air and no new dates. So finally when I was asked point blank, I explained my situation. I’m not there.”

Davidson on Monday had answered fans tweets that began this speculation that he was let-go from Y&R.  One fan tweeted: “They haven’t let you go, have they?” Davidson replied, “It seems so.”  This could be based on the fact that the beloved Davidson doesn’t see any future driving story for Paul, based on the way he says the show is leaning when he remarked to another fan, “They’re doing away with history.”

When asked by another fan, if he would consider going to another soap? Doug said “My history and loyalty is with Y&R.”  However, he also made it clear that he is available to return should he be asked.

Stephen Nichols (Steve, DAYS and ex-Tucker Y&R) tweeted to Doug:  This is an absolute travesty. What is going on over there? This man has not only acted his ass off at for 40 years but is a man of the utmost integrity. I am saddened by this news. Much love, Doug!”

Davidson also told Soap Opera News as to his future:  “I explained last night, The Young and the Restless has been my home for 40 years, hard to imagine anything else right now. Let me dust myself off, find my bootstraps and see what the future holds.”

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Bonnie Crozier
Bonnie Crozier

Paul should continue to have a story line

Lisa Carlile
Lisa Carlile

I agree with you

Celia
Celia

Absolutely, Bonnie. Everyone is almost gone!!!!! Not Paul, too, Please!!
A good storyline would be Paul investigating Tessa. What a sham. I don’t think she was really attacked…..she is scamming everyone!!
Get Tessa, Paul !!

Tricia Black
Tricia Black

I agree. Paul should continue to have a story line. Doug Davidson only for the part!

Bonnie Crozier
Bonnie Crozier

Paul is essential to the show!

Susan
Susan

This Sucks, I have watched y&r for 30+ Years. I have grown up with Paul and would love to grow old with Paul. Might have to reconsider watching y&r. So disappointed that they treat people like this.

JMK
JMK

AGREE 100%….SINCE JEAN COOPER PASSED AWAY, SO MANY CHARACTERS WE HAVE BECOME FOND OF DURING MANY YEARS ARE NO LONGER WITH THE SOAP…WE FANS KNOW THEM ALL.JUST LOOK AT THIS PAST YEAR…..ALL THAT IS LEFT ARE THE NEWCOMERS AND TOTAL REPEAT STORY LINES. I HAVE LOST INTEREST FOR SOME TIME AND THIS SHOWS THE WAY THEY ARE GOING…PRETTY SOON YOU WILL HAVE ONLY NEW CHARACTERS WHO NO ONE CARES ABOUT…..SO SORRY TO SEE DOUG DAVIDSON GO…HE IS THE Y&R….GO TO GH…YOU MAY SEE DOUG DAVIDSON THERE SOON IN THEIR POLICE DEPT…I HOPE. SHAME ON YOU Y&R!!!

Lisa Carlile
Lisa Carlile

I feel the exact same way JMK I am angry too and think he would make a great addition to General Hospital

Donna
Donna

I said the same thing in my post. I started watching G.H. when the old Billy and Phylis left Y&R. That show is so much BETTER. I hope to see Paul on there also.

Shay
Shay

For longtime GH fans, it most certainly is NOT! The current decimation of Y&R is akin to what we’ve been witnessing for years on our favorite soap, but I’m not surprised as a former “Phyllis” aficionada that you think it’s great since MS’s Nina has totally eaten the show I once loved. Quite frankly, there has not been a single moment since she showed up in Port Charles that I haven’t wished her to take another tumble down the stairs and end up back in a coma….in Genoa City!

Jbj
Jbj

As a lifelong GH fan, I actually beg to differ. Nina is one of my favorite newish characters, and I appreciate Michelle Stafford’s range and talent more on GH than when I watched Y&R. I initially considered her stunt casting, but she has brought a richness with her performance that transcends even her more questionable storylines.

Shay
Shay

Fair enough, Jbj…Let’s just say I can wholeheartedly agree with your initial assessment…”stunt casting!” The difference is that I don’t see that there has been a whit of progression from that aspect of Nina’s existence in the least. What we still have on the GH canvas is a character who has absolutely no true bio-link to any of the great families of Port Charles, and as such, has no reason for being there. Even her origins were tenuous when she was a disturbed outsider who was married to a guy whose brother was a vampire wannabee on “Port Charles,” and once he was done in, so should have she faced a similar end…either prison/the insane asylum for killling him or her own death/return to comaland would have been apropos. Instead, we have been spoon-fed one contrived Nina-centric storyline after another in order to justify her continued presence and as far as I’m concerned, the case has never been made as to why she is so necessary to the show and its future scenarios when there are much more deserving female legacy characters of the same approximate age who should be afforded a greater spotlight. (And for the record, this is not simply a matter of MS bashing….I feel much the same about Maura West’s Ava…another “intersoaper” who has usurped the rightful place of other GH vets, despite being attached to a minor family once associated with Port Charles’ past.)

Jbj
Jbj

I’m sorry who are these “female legacy characters of the same approximate age who should be afforded a greater spotlight”? The Guza era admittedly decimated the older legacy characters and slowed the influx of younger ones (particularly those not related to Sonny), but there aren’t that many 40-something legacy characters left to mine who are essential. The ones who are “essential” aren’t easily recast and the actors who play them don’t want to be full time. In other words, when Vanessa Marcil or Kim Mccollough return, it feels even more like stunt casting. There are definitely characters and/or actors I would love to return full time, but that does not prohibit me from being entertained by some of the so-called newbies.

Jbj
Jbj

Oh and by the way, given the show’s current nod to GH history…if I or my mother (with our viewership going back 40 years) had a choice between more Felicia or more Nina…Nina would win. Mac on the other hand…

Celia
Celia

Hello, Shay….long time no see, LOL.
I guess we will never see eye to eye where Michelle/ Nina is concerned.
You already know how I feel……Muchelle is my favorite soap star….infallibly so!!
I think it’s a matter of how the character and most likely, how the actress herself, rubs you!! I can understand that.
However, for any actor/actress who is afforded ( to use one of our favorite words) the chance to be part of the cast in another soap, as Michelle, should bear no relevance to any familial links to anyone on the show.
Michelle Stafford is meritorious of any accolades she receives….she is that good. I think she’s killing the role.
I have said this so many times before…..yes, it would be great if we could keep all past cast members….but, soaps are revolving doors. Imagine if new people ( especially the younger crowd) were not brought in? Stale is stale is stale. Yes, many have no real talent ….they learn as they go along….as on Y&R, LOL.
I doubt if having family on the show is a prerequisite?
I admit I am guilty of saying the same thing…..especially Y&R, where talentless novices…..actors/actresses step into insipid roles. But, there’s no point perpetuating that fact.
I try to give them a chance until I can’t take it any longer and I feel my hair turning gray at my young ‘ripe’ age. LOL.
The same goes for Maura West—-Ava is the balance between good and evil, albeit she is sometimes confused what her role is, thanks to the writers.
Nonetheless, evil always wins where she’s concerned.
Sure, I would love to see more of Felicia, Mac and Laura…..but, we cannot blame the actresses/actors who are fairly new…..that’s on the PTB.
With the exception of DOOL, I find GH and Y&R to have lost touch with core issues….have become lackadaisical.
Thus, if it were not for such talents as Michelle, Maura, Eric Braeden, Peter Bergman, all acors/actresses at DOOL, and Jon Lindstrom, these shows would have no leg to stand on……fading fast, mia cara.
❤️

Shay
Shay

Hey there, CeeCeeGirl! Thanks for the response! For the record, my last three or four replies to you have failed to post, despite multiple efforts, and that includes on at least two different threads, so I was not intentionally ignoring you! But first (belated) things first…best wishes to Elle on the blessed arrival of her little ladies!!!! Twins for a twin…that is sooo cool! As for our differences of opinion on some of GH’s current characters??? Yes, we shall continue to amicably agree to disagree on certain ones…although we do concur on the dear Billy Miller, save for my disappointment about the current direction of Drew’s rather less than pleasing existence… However, you absolutely nailed it when you noted that there is much which rubs me wrong where Nina is concerned…I was never impressed with the manner in which she was introduced to Port Charles and given such prominence—-over more established characters—from the very fore and which continues to this day. Then, to put it delicately, MS’s signature acting style just doesn’t appeal to me…I prefer skillful subtlety and a natural sort of finesse like that displayed by Finola Hughes and Genie Francis, whilst Nina’s presence thrives on melodrama punctuated by regularly scheduled meltdowns that rival the eruptions of Mt. Vesuvius!!! Just not my thing….LOL. And Ava Is quite simply stale for me…she has had ample opportunity to redeem herself and when she came close, I could almost tolerate her, but it’s always back to square one for this vicious vixen with an eye for the young’uns…I’m so not smitten with this default setting…after this long on the GH canvas, some demonstrable personal growth would be appreciated!!! That’s why I prefer Laura and Anna…they have real histories with marked maturations which have gradually played out for the audience over decades…and even though more recent writers have done both of their characters a damaging disservice, we still have a real sense of whom these ladies are and how we can actually relate to them through their glorious pasts. That is what I find missing—and objectionable—in all the newbies…a lack of care and detail to establish their psyches and backstories in any meaningful way, shape or form…give me the tried and true legacy players anyday….Later, mia amica!

Celia
Celia

Oh…and Billy Miller!! Cannot forget my beautiful Billy!!

Lisa Carlile
Lisa Carlile

Me too I am right there with you and I feel the same about not watching Y&R

Harry
Harry

I remember when his co star was president Ford’s son.

Ron
Ron

harry– the good ol’ days! And the officer, Selina (right?) And the secretary who carried the torch for him: Lynn.

Timmm
Timmm

Soaps seem to be emptying their “Soap” cash in efforts to walk away with very little loss when daytime goes with Gunsmoke and Bonanza all day long! Doug is a great guy and a damn good actor. He can easily be hired at ABC or NBC.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Did GH’s Frank Valentini become executive producer of Y&R when we weren’t looking?…

Shay
Shay

Touche’, Gentleman James! That has to be the best comment of the decade! My compliments!

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Hello there, Sweet Shay! Thanks a million for your kind comments and support. I’m not sure how “gentlemanly” this particular comment was, but you get my point. And, in a sense, I am speaking up for the veterans of soaps, in particular GH, who were mistreated, relegated to cameos, or fired outright. Best to you, Friend!

Shay
Shay

@James…You needn’t take yourself to task for simply stating an honest thought that no doubt likewise occurred to numerous (ex and currently frustrated) GH-ers who are sadly all-too-familiar with the emotions being expressed by longtime Doug Davidson/Y&R fans…My heart goes out to them since this is a commonly-experienced situation in the community of Port Charles, and has been for countless years now, particularly during the Valentini regime…it certainly is not a successful model for rewarding or sustaining viewer loyalty, and if recognizing that fact every now and then by seizing an opportune moment to deploy a spot-on, clever quip aimed at those wielding the proverbial hatchets, well, so be it! That is what happens when one’s favorite soap and its beloved characters are treated so shabbily and dismissively….negative feedback! There was nothing “ungentlemanly” about the pointed message that you sent, my friend….just one that was clear, concise, and no doubt, applauded by many others who agree with your observation! Take care…

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Thank you so much, Shay! 🙂 And you have eloquently delineated the overriding situation at GH, now also being thrust upon the viewers of Y&R. I’ve always respected tenure (a hallmark of loyalty), especially when it is combined with high-quality performance. Doug Davidson illustrates the epitome of those attributes. And as you attest, many a GH actor has been dealt the same poor treatment. As our friend Reed states, the loyal actors and viewers deserve better. Take care.

Shay
Shay

You’re most welcome, James, and further kudos for your more expansive comments regarding older players on soaps. Even as a tweener, I thoroughly enjoyed the contributions of senior cast members during daytime’s heyday, too!…I always found them to be comforting and stabilizing forces within the fictional communities we visited on a regular basis…as often mentioned, Lee and Gail were my favorite go-to adults in Port Charles, along with Edward and Lila, and I challenge anyone to surpass both the dramatic and comedic antics of AMC’s Palmer, Phoebe, Langley, Myrtle and their contemporaries in Pine Valley….they were portrayed by consummate professionals and earned their places in the spotlight….sadly, their kind will probably never again be seen, most especially in the soap opera arena! There are also many other fine examples of fondly-recalled senior characters too numerous to mention from beloved programs past, but suffice to say that these seasoned performers offered not just great acting acumen, but a soothing maturity and familiarity that remained a hallmark of many decades of daytime drama. Alas, today too many of the those of a “certain age” behave just as, if not more, shamefully and disgracefully than their own children and grandchildren! (Yes, Alexis Davis, I’m looking at you!!!) Furthermore, I completely relate to the excitement that you felt during GH’s 50th year celebration…it was what initially brought me back to the show after a lengthy Sonny/Franco-imposed absence, and it featured countless nostalgic thrills for those of us who recalled the soap’s glory days, but sadly, once the emphasis became Llanview and newbie-centric, the show totally lost its plot, as well as all those good vibes that were engendered during its golden anniversary year….hence it’s been downhill ever since, save for a traditionally-oriented, character-based storyline here and there. At any rate, I find the popular trend of relegating established soapsters either to the backburner or plain out the door just as objectionable as do you, even though candidly speaking, all are not created equal…Yes, some are actually very dispensable, but others clearly are not in the opinions of the viewers, as evidenced by the mighty brouhahas that have transpired when certain individuals have been unceremoniously dumped by showrunners who think they know better! Given the fact that soaps always had the unique aspect of featuring multi-generational families which continued on with new additions to keep things fresh, the currently popular fashion of discarding legacy roles in favor of casting totally unrelated characters tossed willy-nilly into the previously accepted mix is turning off more viewers than it is attracting. It’s not their youth, previous soap popularity or “newness” that are the issues…it’s the simple notion that they don’t fit into the history of the show and, as such, stick out like sore thumbs…particularly when they are force-fed on the audience in a heavy-handed attempt to ingratiate them to longtime fans. (And quite frankly,, GH is the absolute worst when it comes to committing this cardinal soap sin….) Whilst there is plenty of blame for this genre’s… Read more »

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Shay, I thoroughly enjoyed your further well-thought-out and -constructed comments! Just a quick nod of appreciation to you for saying your “piece!” Glad you see that whole GH50 year as I do (did). It was an exciting time and had me (once again) riveted. But as we note, the typical, often despicable, status quo resumed…. As Rebecca and others note, the business model of appealing to the younger demographic is at the forefront in the minds of producers. Yet inherent in that model, I suppose, is a desire to cut costs by firing a highly paid veteran and then hiring a young model, ‘er newbee, at a lower rate.

And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention how much I enjoyed reading your appreciation of GH’s Lee, Gail, Edward, Lila, and AMC’s Palmer, Phoebe, Langley, and Myrtle, all of whom were terrific actors and treasures to the genre.

We need more treasures in life, my Friend….

Soaphound
Soaphound

Oh Jamesj75, what are these people thinking (not)? Don’t they realize that loyal soap watchers THRIVE on history and longtime characters? We’re not short attention-span teenagers. We cherish stories well told with characters we know and love…or love to hate. Clueless is the only word that comes to mind regarding these folks in charge. We should have seen the signs when they could never find a decent story for Noah Newman, son and grandson of GC’s core family. And now Paul. They’re really testing my mettle. Shauna? Nate? More Charlie and this obnoxious Rey? Give me a break!

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Hello Soaphound! So glad you replied to me on this issue. It frankly doesn’t make sense to me why such decisions would be made. Your use of “clueless” is indeed apropos. If nothing else, it’s bad PR! Similar to letting Genie Francis go (repeatedly) from GH. You make great points all the way around. Your critique of the emphasis on non-core families is spot on. Take care…

Reed
Reed

Pow! Another classic from you, James! And to think, I wasn’t even going to read this thread. Have never watched Y&R, so don’t know whereof I speak, but what a nice outpouring of support by the fans. And so they should call-out TPTB on their shabby treatment of the veterans whom have served as the foundation of these shows for decades. Regimes come and go, but to be able to turn on your show and see familiar faces after 40 years, that’s special and something only daytime soaps can deliver. And while some of these actors have enjoyed great longevity, let’s not forget the commitment fans have made to these shows over the years, aging right along with them! Both segments deserve better.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Hello Reed! Thanks a million for your generous words and support! GH was (I emphasize “was,” past tense) my all-time favorite soap with my strictest decades-long allegiance. I also watched so many others over the years, including Y&R for several years. Doug Davidson, an excellent actor, certainly didn’t deserve this treatment, but we have seen this type of treatment many times over the years, certainly with GH. Valentini wasn’t even the first GH producer to exhibit disdain for veterans. As you eloquently point out, viewers like to “be able to turn on your show and see familiar faces after 40 years, that’s special and something only daytime soaps can deliver” and it gives viewers comfort “aging right along with them.” I often wonder how people who work in the industry can so often be out of touch with their audience, notably their long-term viewers. And your closing is exceptionally insightful: “Both segments deserve better.” Best to you, Friend!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hey Jamesj75. Unfortunately, that’s the very problem. Soaps don’t care about fans who are “aging” nor about the vets aging “along with them.” As we know, they need younger viewers and many of them don’t know or care about “the vets.” Look how Su0000 reacts when a vet returns or an old story is resurrected; she’s happy for the fans who appreciate it but she could care less. Wasn’t her time, doesn’t know the actor or the character and keeps hoping they’ll bring in new, younger writers with fresh modern ideas.

This isn’t to say Su is wrong for her opinion; she can’t like or miss what she didn’t know. But that’s the voice that execs are listening to; those who verbalize that sentiment and those whose eyes they can’t attract to the show. Advertisers want a certain demographic and TV execs need to appeal to that demographic.

Between the push for diversity, example on GH bringing in Aunt Stella and growing a relatively new family and bringing in younger characters, while getting rid of vet characters like Mac, Felicia, Lucy, Scott, Scorpio (not bringing back Lucky), killing off AJ, etc.

There’s no loyalty to the actor or the longtime fan. But if we’re objective, there’s no loyalty to older employees in ANY profession. Out with the old, in with the young has been a business model for years. And it sucks.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Hello Rebecca! Thanks for weighing in on this! And, as usual, you make total sense. I do understand the viewpoints of Su and others. I certainly understand the need to attract younger viewers. Yet it’s a shame that advertising/target demographics/business models have such a stranglehold on what airs on TV.

I remember being so excited when GH turned 50 and all the great things they did to commemorate that milestone — for a solid year! But honestly, they threw their long-time viewers a few bones and went back on their typical track soon enough.

Maybe I’m an aberration, but even as a very young man, I appreciated longevity, tenure, and my elders, in the soap arena and elsewhere. For example, I remembered (in the 1980s) thinking, “Hmmm, why are Steve and Audrey hardly ever on anymore?!”

Rebecca, your last paragraph is certainly insightful, though sadly true. And I’ve witnessed firsthand examples in daily life when older people are relegated to backburner, or even off the stove altogether. But I still think that we can go against the grain, we can make our voices heard. Thankfully, we have this terrific platform whereby we can do just that! (I wanted to end on a more positive note…) Take care.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hi James; I think the thing is we’re all “preaching to the choir.” Losing characters we’ve come to know and love packs an emotional wallop; just as losing shows entirely. And, in my mind, it’s not just with soaps. It’s with prime time shows, too. There have been many characters killed off or shows cancelled in which I’ve invested my time and emotions. It just stings that much more when we watch a soap day in, day out, for two centuries 😉 On a philosophical note, I just find it fascinating…the power of the imagination and the ability to suspend disbelief. To love (or hate) fictional characters so much that we come to depend on always having them in our lives. So much so, that even when the actor who plays that character goes on to do something else and we get to see the actor again, we still miss the character. I enjoyed the two seconds I got to see Sean Kanan on Days (by the time I started watching he was basically gone) but it didn’t take the place of him as AJ. I’m watching Ingo over at B&B but I still miss Jax. We lose some of the older actors because they either pass, ala “Edward” and “Lila” or retire, “Luke” and “Tracy.” As for other “seasoned” actors, they’re victims of the supposed soap profit drought; trimming the actors who make higher salaries and hiring younger ones who will take less. Back when soaps had many more millions of viewers they could afford to pay the higher salaries, invest in sets and still make a profit. There’s just no way they’ll ever regain the viewership they lost. The irony is they’re not going to gain viewership by adding younger characters because how would younger viewers even know about them? Soaps don’t advertise themselves! If they REALLY wanted to up their ratings why wouldn’t soaps be advertised during the evening hours, and online, as well? Show “pretty pictures of younger characters” of the demographic they’re trying to attract? How do you grow an audience without advertising? The older fans have faded out for various reasons and they’re not the target anyway. Why not announce its presence to a broader TV audience? Get the actors on shows that younger viewers watch. Get them interviews in magazines, involved in music events, etc where the audience they covet, hangs out. All they do is publicize within the soap community. Soap sites (hi, Michael; love ya 😉 soap magazines. How does that reach out to new viewers? It doesn’t. But IF the ratings grew in the desired demo and more advertisers bought space, we’d get our vets back because like a chain effect, more money to invest in the mult-generations of years gone by. Sadly, it may be because they’re just letting soaps die a slow death. They’re not investing. They’re not making efforts to grow the audience. What they’re doing is keeping it on as long as it’s still lucrative enough,… Read more »

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Hello Rebecca: Thanks so much for your further well-delineated and -articulated insights. Preaching to the choir can be such a comfort sometimes…. Just a quick reply here.

I agree with virtually all you’ve stated. I’ve been similarly disappointed in prime time shows that are cancelled as well as situations in which actors are fired or decide to leave. Why didn’t they consult with us first?!?! 🙂

Perhaps, as you suggest, “they’re just letting soaps die a slow death.” If that is the case, I hope there can be more dignity in that process.

While they’re still alive and kicking, your suggestions for advertising are keen and should be considered. Soaps used to advertise in prime time. Soaps used to do much more in the way of promotion in general. But as you stated, soaps used to have many millions more viewers and, consequently, additional profit. Still, for any business model, you have to understand, appreciate, and cater to your customers — while you still have them. And so, we gleefully give our feedback here. And the world turns… (Not well versed in poetry, so I went for a cheap pun! Two, if you count “versed!”)

rebecca1
rebecca1

LOL, James. “And the world turns…” Good “placement!”

Rodd
Rodd

A travesty, indeed! Terrible news for Y&R fans and the show, itself.

Diann N Seaver
Diann N Seaver

I am deeply sadden to hear this news! I have watched Doug (Paul Williams) for 40 years!!! May discontinue my Y&R vigil!!!

Kevin C
Kevin C

This is horrible news and again CBS/Sony, Mal Young should be ashamed of themselves of how they let this beautiful classic daytime drama go so deeply down the drain…I WILL STOP watching for this show is no longer Y&R that I watched from 1975-2006…I started watching again when Sally Sussman and Kay Alden were rehired and I was sadden by Sally and Kay being let go and I thought I would hold on to see what will happen…This news of Doug Davidson like Stephen Nichols said is a travesty and with Eileen Davidson leaving and the history of this show is not being respected…On another note, what a joke to have Jaime Lyn Bauer and Janice Lynde back during the 45th anniversary to be on for less than 5 mins, a waste of these actesses time…I wish nothing but the best for Doug Davidson and all the beautiful actors/actresses and the behind the scenes crew but until I hear that they have turned this once classy show back to what it should be, this long time fan is turning the light out on Y&R…

Doreen Harkema
Doreen Harkema

The thought of #YR continuing without Doug as Paul Williams is crazy. I’ll tell you right now fans will not stand for it.

Karen Ross
Karen Ross

I agree with you, Paul as police chief cannot be replaced.
The history of the character goes so far back, this makes me sad and angry.

Lew S.
Lew S.

Bad move by Mal Young! Judging by today’s episode, Rey will be the law in GC. I feel very bad for Doug Davidson. He deserves better than that. So, he removes Greg Rikkart, Rlizabeth Hendrickson, Doug Davidson and Mishael Morgan. Holds the door open for Eileen Davidson and Christel Khalil and we barely see Christian LeBlanc and Tracey Bregman. Doing a great job Mal! I see a new head writer and EP heading to Y&R, in the very near future.

Dee Mazur
Dee Mazur

Y&R should be ashamed!! Very unfair to Doug! Longtime viewer and will probably stop watching.

Lew S.
Lew S.

Oh, and let’s not forget slowly dismantling the Abbott family. I guess the focus will be on Rey and his two siblings.

Mary SFIM
Mary SFIM

This is disgraceful. If they were letting the character Paul go then at the very least they should have written a glorious story to usher him out– his longtime presence on the show, his loyalty, his character all deserved better than being usher out the door without so much a moment of recognition for his years on the show– I honestly hope fans will raise such a stink over this— if a character has no story it because the writers are too damn lazy to think of one– this might be the straw to break my Y&R habit. Like Doug, I been watching out of loyalty, but if this is how loyalty is rewarded by those who work there, then my loyalty means nothing to them– If there is a boycott of the show, sign my up– love to see CBS finally lose that number one spot they take for granted. Didn’t they learn anything at what happened at ABC when GH let Genie Francis go?
If you want to kill the show, have some balls CBS and do it, don’t pull this crap, on employees who made you want you are. Doug is too much of a class act and a gentleman to say this, so I will– whoever made this decision is an A-hole.

su000
su000

Doug Davidson has Not been Officially let go, he is recurring, as of now.
I highly doubt he will be let go.

STOP THE PANIC !!

Mary SFIM
Mary SFIM

According to everything on line and what Doug himself has said in social media, he was let go — I am not PANIC, so there’s no need to shout at me with all caps. I am a human being who was upset at the way another human being was being treated.

You can blissfully believe whatever you want, but removing a long time contract player to recurring without so much a discussion with him or her– is disrespectful- and in the world of soaps behind the scenes– the same thing as saying you’re fired– just not as honestly, just in case getting rid of you affects our bottom line, then we want you back.

Whether or not Doug is or isn’t on the show doesn’t affect my life– but I am investing time watching a show that I don’t like anymore more out of loyalty– and your response to my response, just shows to me it is time to stop wasting my time.

Lorenzo
Lorenzo

Lol we Y&R fans will not take crap from Mal young fire the sob right now, makes Jill Phelps look pretty good right now lol. She was terrible, but Mal is way way bad and pathetic. Y&R is falling fast and they need to make changes now, before facing cancellation.

Disappointed
Disappointed

Y & R (Sony) sucks just like the writing and stupid/weak story lines.
I have watched the show since the beginning and it has never been the same after Bill Bell and when Sony took over and of course the death of Jeanne Cooper:(

kalamaty
kalamaty

Crazy A-F! I’d like to think that the YR showrunners (are you listening, Mal?) have the good sense to appeal to ALL of their demographics… not just the YOUNG of the Young and the Restless! The history of the show and the long-time characters should always be part of the canvas. Always. Period.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

I see that the news above is from Soap Opera News, but after reading from a couple of other outlets, that says Doug has no intention of going back, which I hope is correct. After forty years of wonderful service, I hope he tells them, especially Mal Young, what they can do with their job!
I will be looking forward to an interview with Michael, which we all know will give us the true story.

Justin
Justin

I know GH is overloaded with actors right now, but if they need a new Jeff Webber…grab him now before Y & R wants him back!

Shay
Shay

Or Jimmy Lee Holt! Then again, let’s not give Frank any ideas…you know how much he loves snapping up those intersoapers at the great expense of GH’s legacy characters!

Timmm
Timmm

Him and Liz Weber could pass as father and daughter. You know Alexis would sniff him out! Jimmy Lee would be cool but remember what Valenti did to Paul Hornsby!

Shay
Shay

@Timmm….There seems to be this inclination that everytime a soap actor of a certain age is available that he is mentioned by some poster here as a Jeff Webber recast! I even plead guilty to doing so myself on a few occasions, but more often than not, I find the suggested males wanting for that role, My most basic requirement for replacing the original Jeff, aka McGyver’s Richard Dean Anderson, is that the male in question shall be believable as the ex-husband of both Monica Quartermaine and Heather Webber. Somehow, I cannot picture “Paul Williams” in that role, although given his fair-haired good looks, I can definitely envision him as an older and wiser Jimmy Lee Holt. In terms of Paul Hornsby, Richard Burgi was an excellent choice to step into the shoes of that particular character and he should never have been written out in such a lame, careless manner. The guy had the talent, charisma and classic leading man mojo to remain in Port Charles for as long as he desired. Getting rid of him was a big mistake, HUGE mistake!!! As far as Alexis sniffing out anyone, I think she is still getting high on those Julian pheromones, although I hope that the writers won’t be sending her back to his bed…been there, done that, and none too successfully. End of!!!…Next????

JMK
JMK

Someone grab this wonderful actor…please.

mike
mike

Y&R is a mess,no longer interesting to watch. A show that has forgotten it’s history and is trying to rewrite it,but badly.

Chris
Chris

Bring Paul back, then let him have a place to live with Chris instead of that office. What’s wrong with Y/R?

Linda Evans
Linda Evans

Paul Davidson brings his all to every scene and whatever this strange mystery is unraveling, he could have and should have played a major role.

I so hope this decision is reconsidered. It’s a BIG mistake!

fanny
fanny

It is a travesty.. Shameful. Who’s next???

Alan
Alan

The show’s got to make cuts somewhere to pay for all the additions to Arturo’s family…

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

Glad to see I’m not alone when I have repeatedly said that the show is not recognizable anymore. Bill Bell must be rolling in his grave. What was once the biggest jewel in the crown for so long has now become nothing but fool’s gold.

su000
su000

Doug Davidson has Not been Officially let go, he is recurring, as of now.
I highly doubt he will be let go.

STOP THE PANIC !!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

But people will panic because it’s what they do best, and it gives them reason to bitch and moan even more than they already do. Y&R fans are quickly taking the place of GH fans as most annoying.

Celia
Celia

Right, Scott. I care not if I miss an episode or two of GH….but, I never miss an episode of Y&R. I always manage to catch up.
And, GH is not a level or two above Y&R. So, what the hey with the comparisons? GH has the most holier-than-thow protagonists this side of the Mississippi !!!! Four years of watching have yet to bring me to my knees.
Perhaps it’s the fact that Y&R is the IT show for me….and, regardless of my not-so-sweet comments, at times, I will never give up on my show….until the end!! Forge onward!! LOL.
Certainly, I’m disappointed to see Paul exit, without “preamble” … stupid decisions by stupid ‘hierarchy’.
So, I agree with you, Scott.
I hope “Paul” will remain a viable character; I truly do. I have a feeling he will….just so he could ‘get’ Tessa and Nikki. Well, Phyllis, too. LOL.
I’d love to see Nikki’s snobbish nose drop a few notches. Can’t keep sniffing the air indefinitely…….
And Phyllis? Never mind…..LOL.
❤️

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

❤️ Thank you, Celia! Beautiful name, by the way!

Celia
Celia

Thank you, too, Scott. But, you are the one who always tries to stop the wheels from running into a ditch….. all of us run amock sometimes. I guess we become desillusioned; yet, I am a positive person by nature. I love my Y&R.
Thank you, also, for ‘overlooking’ my typos. ‘Thou’, not ‘thow’, LOL….
My thanks for complimenting my name. ❤️

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

We are all prone to typos every now and again, it happens! As for stopping the wheels, I merely try and not engage in major negative battles. Life is too filled with B.S., and soaps are meant as an escape, so when discussions about them become a bit too much, I remove myself from the equation.

su000
su000

Also–
Eric/Victor is leaving for Germany for a month, so that will be 2 straight months with No Victor..

On the GH side word spreading is Patric/Valentin Cassidine may leave GH ( heh a coveted Cassidine and he has been totally wasted/seldom played, so ya he’ll be leaving. 🙁

and– Doug Davidson will Not be let go, wait for it.

Celia
Celia

Don’t let me down, SuzieQ, LOL.❤️

joe
joe

This was kept incredibly quiet. I noticed the character of Paul was rarely used, but I never knew when on recurring you are only hired for a set number of episodes then you are gone. Sadly, time marches on with soaps, and I’m sure as a vet of 40 years, his salary was high, and he was used sparingly. Sad to say goodbye to the Williams family, once so prominent, now gone. It will eventually happen to the Abbott’s too sad to say.

Sylvia
Sylvia

Apparently Mal Young has no need for Doug Davidson in his version of Y&R’s future. Hopefully, CBS & Sony will finally see that Mal Young is an unmitigated disaster for Y&R and send him back to London on the next jet out of LAX. Y&R has never been worse and that’s saying a lot after the likes of Jill Farren Phelps and Chuckie Pratt ran the show into the quicksand.

jeaninegirard
jeaninegirard

What the heck?!?! I haven’t watched for a long time with the show being in the shape it is in. They dump him to bring on the Rey / Arturo family. Who cares about a new family when the other families are in disarray or decimated. Rey sitting at Paul’s desk, it’s only a matter of time until this guy is fast-tracked to Police Chief. I was interested in seeing the actor that plays Rey come on the show, but not at the expense of Doug Davidson and recent others!

Shay
Shay

Sounds like this Rey person is in the same accelerated training program as GH’s Jordan….join the cop shop today, run it tomorrow! And more’s the pity, since Jordan is the worst and most ineffectual commish the PCPD has ever experienced!

Darla
Darla

I can’t believe that the show has done this to Doug!!! I started watching a show the day it started and I have watched it ever since. I can’t believe they’re getting rid of people like Paul, Victor, Lily, and others who have been on the show for a long time. A lot of us said that we would like to see new blood but not at the expense of the best actors on the show. We want new blood to interact with a current actors not with a bunch of new ones that can’t act like Rey, Summer, Alturo and the new Kyle. If you keep removing all the good actors that we have come to love over the years there will be no Young and the Restless because we will all boycott you! bring back the good actors and leave the others alone that have been there for years.

Patrick
Patrick

this – is – the first outlook that daytime is ending

I thought this with Stephen Nichols… and further cemented – Doug Davidson

there are glimpses… that i’m proud of;

take: Valerie and Kristina, @GH

Kristina: you kinda rock it

Valerie: this “thing”

HOT GIGGLY SOIREE BEFORE IT ENDED, BIG

hot @Charlies’

Harry
Harry

Today we had that big headed man with a tiny body taking reign over Paul William’s office. Yes, I am talking about Rey, whom I do not like and whom I do not think can act. I posted about this else where but this is an utter travesty. No one knows or likes Rey but everyone knows and loves Paul Williams.
Geez, Y&R, why?

Celia
Celia

Yeayyyyy, Harry…..I started off by not liking Rey ( carry-over from DOOL)…. then, I sort of relented.
Well, let me tell you: C’est finis—I am done with this guy. Back to the urge of wanting to kick him in the arse.
Same goes for Tessa. I just can’t seem to get a good vibe. I felt the same ‘pang’ about Zach.
Now, the entire Rosales family will end up in GC…..don’t trust Arturo and his HAIR either. Ha!!

Momo
Momo

Writers get paid for characters they create so maybe that is why the focus is shifting to the Rosales. I don’t like it. Paul can still appear and hopefully he will. He has not had much to do lately and with Kevin gone and other cops characters, his time diminished. Sad to be on a show for 40 years and be treated this way.

JKJ
JKJ

Sad news.

Lisa Carlile
Lisa Carlile

Very angry that Doug Davidson was let go. Yesterday was my last time watching Young & Restless until they bring Doug back! I can’t believe the show did this to him after all the time he’s put into this show

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Is it sad news that he’s a recurring player? Yes, but it makes sense. He wasn’t being used and honestly, hasn’t really been that major of a player since the 1990’s. I love Doug, I do, but throwing a tantrum like a 12-year-old is not a good look for him. When the time comes, I’m sure Paul will be making appearances. Until then, maybe Doug might just find another gig. It’s possible. Mike Horton, maybe?

Damien
Damien

Not sure what you re talking about Scott…
But first off he s not throwing a 12 year old tantrum but Doug has been on the show the longest of any of the vets so he deserves the respect and the right to voice his opinion because with the exception of bill bell he probably knows the show better than anyone especially the so called headwriters like Mal Young who have the nerve to put him on recurring/ disappearing into soap abyss..
Secondly up until only the early 2010s Paul was very much used unlike you mentioned as the 90s. He was Heathers dad, mourned the loss of his son Ricky which he murdered, was Dylans dad in his search with Nikki, involved with Nikki and Nina too and even the Jamie story with Fenn and Summer. …Paul has always been involved in Genoa city in one way or another…so get your facts straight!
Doug Davidson is a brilliant actor so if he cries foul hes got the right and hes speaking on behalf of longterm diehard y n r fans who trust him!

JMK
JMK

THANK YOU….VERY WELL SAID!!!!!

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

I am echoing JMK’s comment below,having said a lot more and better than I could. I’ve watched Doug/Paul since he was a blond, cute,teenager, it just kills me to see him treated like yesterday’s trash, especially with what they have replaced him with.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Not to offend anyone. I’ve read comments from D.D, that says he was “let go”, and to me, that means fired, not reocurring. I certainly do not feel that this man, after forty years is throwing a “tantrum”, when he was let go, with no warning. Young’s attitude being, here today, get your ass out of here tomorrow!
I just hope that someone will fire HIS ass, before he does any more damage.

Paula
Paula

Paul (Doug) is my favorite actor on Y&R. I have been watching the program since it began. With the leaving of others already, I believe I will not be watching it anymore if it is really true that Doug is also leaving.

Donna
Donna

Okay, I have watched Y&R since day one. If Paul is gone with all the good actors that have left or been let go this year, so am I. This is crazy!! I’m really now a fan of G. H. since the OLD Phylis went on there so I guess I will wait for Paul to show up on G. H. like everyone else is. Just so sad Y & R is throwing the show down the drain…

su000
su000

In an interview with Soap Opera News the actor clarified his tweets and his Status with the series: “My contract was not renewed in January, and I Went On Recurring Status,
and tweets that began this Speculation that he was let-go from Y&R.
((Speculation))

”What do you think about Doug Davidson Being Bumped to Recurring Status on Y&R?
Share your thoughts via the comment section below”

He has Not be let go..
Nothing official..

On-line chatter/gossip can turn an ant hill into a mountain..
We need to wait and see, officially. 🙂

Sherri Brown
Sherri Brown

Yeah I watched Y&R for well over 30 years and decided to stop watching this show and pretty much TV altogether, other than Fox News, because of all the negativity with CBS nothing specifically against the Y&R, but the goings on in hollyrude. Used to have great respect for people who could act, not so much anymore.

blake
blake

More proof that Y&R is circling the drain. May Young is the one that needs to go. Changing the show’s history, getting rid of the Abbott legacy, etc.

How does the #1 soap for many decades get this kind of treament?

K Ross
K Ross

I think they should find out that Paul’s father was Jacks father that would give them on hell of a storyline. Imagine Jack being married to a Patty his own sister.
I’ve watched Doug since his first day and I also believe it a travesty to let him go. They could write him a storyline if they want to.

C.Smith
C.Smith

He’s “chief of police”- how much can they possibly write for him unless they had him have an affair, a drug problem, or adopt a child with Christine (who’s also rarely on)? The story lines are awful on this show! I think like other soaps before, Y&R has run its course.

Tani Sterling
Tani Sterling

Hard to stay on point. Things move on. I love Paul and think he is one who is a “staple” on the program and should remain so.

However, as Chief of Police his role was more administrative than investigative which left him with the responsibility of telling viewers, again and again, “I don’t have enough evidence.” Then he would arrest one of his friends, again and again.

I don’t know how old Davidson is, but it would be somewhat acceptable to be on “standby” whatever that appropriate title may be, should he agree and not be let go for heaven’s sake. He should gain some stature in the community; perhaps as Mayor.

There are too many storylines. None are appealing for me. Part of that may be the overall confusion; not one story appropriately ending, another slowly starting.

Paul was comforting, Mariah moved in with ease. If we asked each other who should remain as a “somewhat consistent foundation” for the program, I wonder how much deviation would be found.

For me, Jack is John’s son. Why did writers allow this question to arise unless Victor has had a hand in the pocket of someone in the DNA lab!

Think I read Paul, Doug Davidson, was a blonde beachboy found and drawn into acting. Some of you must know that story if it is true.

Writers, you must be careful when pulling out old foundations; the structure may begin to collapse!

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Anyone that is interested, can Google Paul Williams history on Y&R, and see that there is a lot left for this 63yr.old we’ve all come to love, over his outstanding career, especially on this show.

Tani Sterling
Tani Sterling

Replying to myself, I certainly look disdainfully upon the thought of Victor and Jack being half-brothers. The program has, in my mind, been somewhat cheapened and more complicated family ties will cheapen more.

Take on the cost of college for the twins; do you only have wealthy ones on the program? Lilly is in jail. Nothing is set up as real! Jack could fall in a sincere love affair but with a married woman. Just who is available for that? The new tax law could end up either laying off a employees in Victor’s company, or perhaps it could be the trade deal. Then perhaps, depending upon what you want to do, everyone could be getting a raise.

Guess I think we viewer’s love the fantasy, but it doesn’t need all sugar and stupidity.

Everybody loves Paul. Guess I strayed, but because I replyed to myself, what was written is not able to be reviewed. Glad Gloria is sill there, but I can’t feel “chemistry” between any of the characters. How about Paul becomes Mayor and falls in love with his assistant. Then, Christine, the Prosecuting Attorney and Paul’s wife, which in itself appears such a conflict of interest, finds Paul in a personal and ethical dilemma. Put him in a struggle between his wife, his love, and his always most honorable position.

Boop
Boop

The Young and the Restless is losing its mind!

robert
robert

terrible move by the show

Chris
Chris

I love your character on the y&r! You’re a great actor and don’t ever doubt that. They could have found you a new role. We will miss you

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