Young & Restless’ Doug Davidson Calls Out CBS Over Radio Silence: ‘Not a Peep From This Group’ — Plus, the Fan Tribute That Surprised Even Him
“It’s the state of television,” sighed the Emmy winner.
Not a day goes by that fans of The Young and the Restless don’t ask Doug Davidson on social media when he’ll be back as Paul Williams. Unfortunately, as he’s said before, “I don’t see me going back, but all of you are so incredibly wonderful. Thank you.”
When a follower lamented that apparently, it wasn’t up to them whether Paul was reinstated, Davidson grew reflective. “It’s the state of television,” he suggested. “I find it remarkable that after 42.5 years [on Young & Restless], I haven’t heard from the network at all. No ‘Thank you for your service,’ a phone call.
“Many gifts from the first 25 years… not a peep from this group,” he added. “I don’t think it’s personal. New era. Still grateful.”
It’s the state of television. I find it remarkable that after 42.5 years I haven’t heard from the network at all. 🤷♂️ No thank you for your service, a phone call. Many gifts from the first 25 years…not a peep from this group. I don’t think it’s personal. New era. Still grateful. https://t.co/BqDblHRi52
— Doug Davidson (@DougDavidsonYR) October 13, 2021
On a lighter note, Davidson was asked by fan Joy Mathys to tape an intro to her Paul and Lauren video tribute — and he did it, along the way finding a surprise or… several! “To be quite honest, there are many scenes in it that I don’t remember,” he admitted. During the height of that storyline, “we were getting used to doing the hour [after being only a half-hour show until 1980], and we had very long taping days” — and even longer scripts, it seemed like.
To keep the wheels turning, “we would forget what we did the day before,” Davidson said, “so we could remember what we were doing that particular day.”
You can check out the video above, then scroll through Paul’s whole life in pictures via the photo gallery below.
Video: YouTube/Joy Mathys
<p>Back in 1978, Doug Davidson was an aspiring marine biologist and model — what? They can go together! — when he was chosen by <em>The Young and the Restless</em>’ co-creator, the late William J. Bell, to play himbo Paul Williams opposite Erica Hope as naughty Nikki Reed.</p>
<p>Paul’s fling with Nikki (soon enough Melody Thomas Scott) went, as one would expect, down the drain after he gave her an STD. When subsequent girlfriend April Stevens refused his request to have an abortion, the beach bum ran off with Nikki and joined a cult.</p>
<p>Eventually, Paul began to straighten up and fly right, focusing more on his career as a private eye than on his hobby of scoring. Heck, the new and improved Paul didn’t even balk when pop star Danny Romalotti photo-bombed his official gumshoe portrait with partner Andy Richards.</p>
<p>There was no quantity of spare ribs and sauerkraut that Paul’s mom Mary could cook that could’ve dissuaded him from marrying mostly reformed bad girl Lauren Fenmore. He thought that in her, he had found not only real but lasting love. If only she hadn’t had that unstoppable stalker…</p>
<p>For a minute there, Paul thought that he and Lauren were going to get a second chance. But then she went and submitted a photo of him in his birthday suit to a centerfold contest, and well… We’ll just let Mary’s expression sum up the odds of that reunion sticking.</p>
<p>If Mary thought Lauren was bad — and she did — Cassandra Rawlins was worse. The seductress first entangled Paul in an extramarital affair, then got him accused of her husband’s murder while she jetted off and canoodled with her spare loverboy.</p>
<p>After his tumultuous relationships with Lauren and Cassandra, Paul finally gave besotted secretary Lynne Bassett a shot… but wound up ending their romance before it had really even begun because suddenly, his eyes were only for Danny’s ex, lawyer Christine Blair.</p>
<p>While Paul’s new bride spent copious amounts of time working on cases out of town, he busied himself by… Oh, Paul, no. He fell back on old habits like carrying on with the first woman who threw herself at him, in this case, off-kilter client Isabella Brana.</p>
<p>Christine’s engagement to Michael Baldwin, the legal partner who once tried to rape her, drove Paul to… Oh, Paul, no. He freaking assaulted her himself. Somehow, even after that, she returned to town — in disguise, no less — and proved just how rotten coconspirators Michael and Isabella really were.</p>
<p>When Lauren’s old nemesis Sheila Carter returned with a new face — that of her pal, Phyllis Summers — Paul did what the police never seemed able to and threw her behind bars. Which was tough to explain to his new girlfriend, Detective Maggie Sullivan.</p>
<p>Having dated just about every other woman in Genoa City, Paul circled back to Nikki just long enough for him to be reminded that, let’s be real, her heart was only truly ever going to belong to her on-again/off-again husband, Victor Newman.</p>
<p>Paul’s investigation of Genoa City newcomer Mary Jane Benson yielded a most unexpected discovery: She was his unstable sister, Patty. “If he’s such a great detective,” you might wonder, “why didn’t he recognize her?” Ah, she had a new face, you see, courtesy of Victor, who wanted to use her as a weapon against archenemy Jack Abbott.</p>
<p>It seemed altogether <em>too</em> much like old times to Nina Webster when — just like Phillip Chancellor had preferred Christine to her — Paul gave her the heave-ho to reunite with his ex. At least Paul didn’t turn out to have really been gay the whole time he and Nina were together.</p>
<p>With Isabella long gone (RIP), Paul had high hopes of establishing a relationship with their grown son, Ricky. Unfortunately, he turned out to be as unhinged as his mother and, in the end, forced his devastated Dad to put him down to save the life of Michael’s half sister, Eden. (It’s OK; we barely remember her, either.)</p>
<p>In 2013, Paul discovered that Heather (his daughter with April) and Ricky weren’t his only children: At the commune with Nikki all those years ago, the two of them had, erm, <em>communed</em>. The result of their trysts was surprise son Dylan McAvoy.</p>
<p>You would’ve thought that being Genoa City’s chief of police would put Paul in the thick of things. But in recent years, he’s been as hard to find as the title character in a <em>Where’s Waldo</em>? book. Everyone from fans to Eric Braeden (Victor) has expressed their dismay over the character and his portrayer’s vanishing act. Yet they’ve remained “missing persons.” Will that change? Tune in tomorrow…</p>
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