Ins & Outs

In the wake of what can only be de­scribed as a me­dia frenzy, THE YOUNG & THE REST­LESS view­ers may have seen the last of Doug David­son, who has played Paul for four decades.

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The In Depth Story: For months now fans have been want­ing to file a miss­ing per­son’s re­port on the po­lice chief, con­sid­er­ing that he has been con­spic­u­ously ab­sent from Genoa City de­spite sto­ry­lines that have in­volved crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity — J.T.’S van­ish­ing act, for in­stance. After Paul’s brief ap­pear­ance with new­comer Rey last month, a proac­tive viewer fi­nally tweeted di­rectly to David­son, ask­ing if he had been let go. “It seems so,” the ac­tor replied. Un­der­stand­ably, David­son’s rev­e­la­tion set off a firestorm among view­ers and sup­port­ers.

As his Twit­ter page ex­ploded with com­ments from con­cerned fans, he replied to many of them, say­ing that he was no longer on con­tract with Y&R and that it was “do­ing away with his­tory.”

David­son fur­ther ex­plained in sub­se­quent tweets that Y&R was “go­ing in an­other direc­tion,” one in which he was “not in­cluded.” He added that

“You have all been so in­cred­i­ble!” the Emmy win­ner told his fans. “Thank you so much for 40 years of love!”

he had “no [ tape] dates sched­uled.”

When asked point- blank if he’d been fired, the fan fa­vorite replied, “That sounds so harsh, but yes.”

The five-time Day­time Emmy nom­i­nee — who took home the Out­stand­ing Lead Ac­tor stat­uette in 2013 — also con­fessed that not re­turn­ing to the sudser where he was the long­est- r un­ning cast mem­ber “does hurt, to be hon­est.” But “it was a great run.”

To his le­gions of fans, the beloved ac­tor sent this heart­felt mes­sage: “You have all been so in­cred­i­ble!” he posted. “It’s been fab­u­lous. Thank you so much for 40 years of love!”

De­spite his pre­sumed exit, when asked by one poster if he’d con­sider join­ing the cast of an­other soap, David­son re­mained true to the show he’s called home since 1978. “My his­tory and loy­alty is with Y&R,” he said, adding that he’s open to some­day re­turn­ing.

Y&R has main­tained its pol­icy never to com­ment on the con­tract sta­tus of its cast mem­bers. But if David­son re­ally is gone, his de­par­ture will be the lat­est in a string of re­cent high­pro­file ex­its, in­clud­ing those of Melissa Claire Egan (ex-chelsea), Mishael Mor­gan (ex-hi­lary) and the soon-to-leave Eileen David­son (Ash­ley).

Just this past May, David­son marked his 40th an­niver­sary with Y&R.

Back in the ’80s, Paul and Michael Damian’s Danny headed up Y&R’S younger set.

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