Why Did Brad Carlton Leave ‘Young and the Restless’ – What Happened to Him?

Young and the Restless featured Brad Carlton (Don Diamont) out of the blue this week, leaving many viewers asking about him and what happened to the deviously handsome guy. Here’s a look at his fate and whether he could come back to the CBS soap opera.

Who Was Brad Carlton on Young and the Restless?

This week is the 12,000th episode of Y&R, and the show celebrates with a load of flashbacks. In those lookback scenes, we spied Brad Carlton. Remember, Traci Abbott (Beth Maitland) brought him up since he’s Abby Newman’s (Melissa Ordway) adoptive father. With her much-anticipated wedding this week, his name’s dropped.

We got a Young and the Restless flashback of Brad joking with Ashley Abbott (Eileen Davidson) about what Abby’s name should be. But, he wasn’t just with Ashley. You might recall his passionate romance with Traci, too. In fact, Brad fathered Colleen Carlton, Traci’s only child on Y&R.

Brad Carlton married Traci twice on Young and the Restless. He also wed her sister, Ashley, and Victoria Newman, too. And hunk Brad also bedded Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott). He caught all the ladies’ eyes with his looks and charm – including Sharon Newman (Sharon Case) and Lauren Fenmore (Tracey E. Bregman) too.

Young and the Restless: Brad Carlton (Don Diamont) - Victoria Newman (Amelia Heinle) - Traci Abbott (Beth Maitland)

A Look at Don Diamont’s Run on Y&R

Ex-Navy Seal Brad Carlton served as an executive at both Jabot and Newman Enterprises over the years. He was on Young and the Restless for over a decade from the mid-80s to the mid-90s. After a short absence, Diamont was back for a second decade run from 1998 until his death in 2009 on Y&R. But the milestone episode this week brought him back for a bit.

Of interest is Diamont popped up on Bold and the Beautiful as Brad Carlton a few times in the 1990s. Later, of course, he became a full-time contract star on B&B as Bill Spencer, Jr. after Young and the Restless killed off his character. As you may know, the two CBS soaps sometimes swap characters, but this was a new role.

Brad began on Y&R as a beyond-hot groundskeeper at the Abbotts, where he caught Traci’s eye. That got him a spot at Jabot. Later, he worked at Fenmore’s and Ra-Tech. Then, on Young and the Restless, Victor gave him a spot at Newman for awhile. But, Brad’s best work was done in the bedroom, not the boardroom.

Young and the Restless: Brad Carlton (Don Diamont) - Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman)

What Happened to Brad on Young and the Restless?

Despite Brad Carlton running around with most of the women in Genoa City, he had a heroic streak thanks to his Navy past. So, he died a hero’s death on Y&R. Noah Newman fell through the ice and was in mortal peril. But Brad was driving by and dived in to save the young man. Then, Brad died saving him.

So, Young and the Restless bid farewell to Brad Carlton in 2009. Of course, soaps bring people back to life, but there was no doubt Brad was dead, so it seems unlikely he’d return. They recovered his body and held a Jewish funeral for him. However, Brad could come back as a ghost again.

That’s something common on Young and the Restless. Otherwise, it doesn’t seem likely that Brad Carlton will be back unless we see him in more flashbacks. But, if you really miss Don Diamont, you can tune in at B&B to see him as super-sexy and sassy Bill, who’s bedded most of the ladies there too.

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