The Young and the Restless (Y&R) has been on the air for over four decades and in that time, fans have fallen in love with many different characters who have graced the show over the years. Viewers have seen heroes take on the bad guys; Genoa City residents endure tragedy; and couples fall in and out of love. While characters do come and go, audiences always hate seeing favorites leave. While this is simply a part of soap opera life, below is an overview of some Y&R characters we wish never left.
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12. Paul Williams
Paul Williams has been on-again/off-again in the land of Genoa City since 2018, and it’s been a shame. While he’s undeniably an iconic character on the show – the longest standing one on the soap when he was in storylines – Williams was never given a proper exit both times he has “left” the Y&R. In the fall of 2018, actor Doug Davidson’s contract was not renewed, and Paul Williams was simply erased in storylines. While he would return in 2019, earlier in 2020, Davidson reported that he was not given a return date for filming. Actor Doug Davidson recently lamented on the fact that CBS just pushed him aside, which (if true) is pretty disrespectful.