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.
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.