This week marked the 43rd anniversary of Doug Davidson’s debut on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS as Paul Williams. And while the actor hasn’t been seen on screen since last November — although technically, he is a recurring player and could appear at any time — Davidson’s legions of supporters didn’t let the date come and go without telling him just how much they love him.
On May 23, the soap posted a gallery of photos to its Twitter page to mark the occasion of Davidson and Paul’s debut, writing that “Genoa City was never the same.” In reply, the actor wrote, “Thank you so much for the opportunity.” But when the fan favorite’s staunch supporters clamored for him to be brought back to the soap more frequently, Davidson shared that his gig at Y&R “has ended” and a return is “not going to happen” — and that he looks back on his time in Genoa City with nothing but fondness.
“Honestly, gang, I had a fabulous run and I have no regrets,” Davidson wrote, adding that none of it would have been possible without Y&R creators William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell taking a chance on him back in 1978. “The Bells were fabulous, and I am forever grateful to the family.”
Davidson added that thinking ahead to the future, he is “fine and happy, although I’d love to see my kids. COVID [travel restrictions have] made that impossible. Soon, I hope. In closing, thank you so much.”
For nearly every fan who responded that they loved his work and missed seeing him on the screen, Davidson gracefully thanked them for their kind words and show of support. And when one longtime viewer wrote that if any character should have been written out of the soap, it should have been Jordi Vilasuso’s Rey, Davidson was quick to come to his co-star’s defense. “Naw,” he replied. “Don’t take it out on Rey. He’s an awesome guy in real life.”
Cheers to 43 years, Mr. Davidson! We too are still holding on to hope that we will see you in Genoa City more often!