Doug Davidson Exits ‘The Young And The Restless’ After 40 Years: ‘Diminishing My Role Was The Plan All Along’

Doug Davidson has spent the majority of his life on “The Young and the Restless”. For the first time in four decades, Davidson will no longer play the role of Detective Paul Williams on the long-running soap opera.

“My contract was not renewed in January. I went on recurring but just until they had new people in place,” he told Soaps.com. “I have only two shows that haven’t aired and no dates. So, as far as I know, I am gone.”

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In a separate interview with Soap Opera News, the actor said he received almost “no information and no communication.”

“It feels as diminishing my role was the plan all along, which is their prerogative.”

The 63-year-old actor also opened up to fans on Twitter.

He reaffirmed his departure from the show to several of his followers.

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Davidson ultimately thanked his fans for their unwavering support and well wishes.

Davidson earned five Daytime Emmy Award nominations for his role, including Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 2013. More than 11,000 episodes of “The Young and the Restless” have aired since 1973.

“The Young and the Restless” airs weekdays on Global where you can also watch full episodes.

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