‘Young and the Restless’ Exclusive: Doug Davidson Reveals Truth of Y&R Exit

The Young and the Restless star Doug Davidson confirmed his exit today and Soap Dirt reached out on Twitter to get his thoughts on his exit. It’s a sad day for Y&R fans now they know that the actor has been let go at the CBS soap from the iconic role of Paul Williams.

Doug Davidson on Young and the Restless Exit

Y&R fans were horrified to learn on Tuesday that Doug Davidson is off the soap. We reached out to him on Twitter today via Direct Message to let him we were heartbroken to see his legacy character exit. Doug replied back to SD on DM and below is the conversation between us on his exit.

Soap Dirt: “Hello Doug – we are so very sorry to hear you are leaving Y&R. Your fans are heartbroken and appalled. They would love to know the truth. Could you clarify in your own words what happened?”

Doug Davidson: “I’m heartbroken too. I really wasn’t making a formal announcement. I had many viewers asking me what was going on. So I told them.”

“I’m heartbroken too. I really wasn’t making a formal announcement.”

Y&R Contract Details – Davidson on Recurring Since January

Young and the Restless spoilers from this exclusive chat revealed that he knew there was trouble in the water for nine long months!

Later in our Twitter DM session, Doug Davidson said, “My contract was not renewed in January and I have been recurring since then.”

However, it now seems that’s over as well and Y&R fans will be disappointed to hear what he shared next.

The legacy soap actor told us via tweet: “But now pretty much nothing. I have 2 shows that haven’t aired but beyond that I know nada.”

Doug Davidson Thanks the Bells for the Opportunity

As always, Doug Davidson remains a class act and even when sharing this unhappy news, he honored Young and the Restless creators William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell.

Another part of Davidson’s direct message session with SD revealed he said, “I am eternally grateful to the Bells and the show.”

Given that Doug’s scene partner is their daughter Lauralee Bell, you can imagine how close he feels to the showrunners.

Davidson’s Message to Young and the Restless Fans

Davidson also extended his love to Y&R fans saying in his tweet with us: “The viewers are so incredible, their love and kindness is indescribable. I can’t express what they mean to me.”

He spoke about the fans further writing: “They have been there so often for me and I have truly tried to be there for them, not only onscreen, but as Doug too.”

Doug Davidson is much loved by fans that will sorely miss him. Soap Dirt thanks him for sharing his thoughts about his exit with us – and we eagerly await, along with Y&R viewers, to see what the future holds for him. Unfortunately, with Eric Braeden gone for a month and other shakeups, it’s a sad day in Genoa City.

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Kelly Joyner

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