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What happened to Paul on The Young and the Restless?

Doug Davidson as Paul Williams on Y&R.
Paul has been MIA on YR for a couple of years. Pic credit: CBS

What happened to Paul on The Young and the Restless? That’s the question on fans’ minds as the character remains off-screen despite storylines that could use his Paul Williams (Doug Davidson) detective touch.

Today’s episode of Y&R brought even more curiosity about Paul as his wife, Christine (Lauralee Bell), had a reunion with her ex-husband Danny (Michael Damian).

While Christine mentioned Paul, he was nowhere to be found as she simply spoke of their trip and the couple seeing Danny in concert.

That’s been par for the course for the veteran character, which debuted on the hit CBS soap opera back in 1978.

So why has Paul remained off the canvas for so long, and will he ever return?

Let’s take a look.

What happened to Paul on The Young and the Restless?

In 2018 Doug revealed that The Young and the Restless had opted not to renew his contract and instead put him on recurring status, which means he would be used sporadically.

After Doug’s initial run ended, Paul was occasionally seen in 2019 but was used as a secondary character appearing in less than 30 episodes that year.

The character was used briefly in 2020 as he was part of Eric Braeden’s (Victor) 40th-anniversary special. Paul was also featured in a storyline where Billy (Jason Thompson) was a suspect in the accidental shooting of Chance (then Donny Boaz).

In fact, the last time Paul was on-screen was in Lily’s office in 2020 to question him about the case.

Since then, Paul has been mentioned, but as other vets like Christine, Lauren (Tracey E. Bregman), and Michael (Christian LeBlanc) pop up from time to time, Paul only gets an honorable mention.

Will Paul return to Y&R?

Sadly, the odds of Paul and the talented Doug Davidson returning to the hit daytime drama are slim to none. Doug took to social media in the spring of 2021 to thank fans for all their support and to share he was done with the CBS show.

Doug Davidson done with Y&R
Pic credit: @DougDavidsonYR/Twitter

Doug doubled down on his desire not to reprise the role of Paul this past summer after a fan took to Twitter to praise the actor and character while also hoping they would both return to Genoa City.

“You are so incredibly kind writing such a sweet tweet. I truly appreciate it, but I can’t see things changing,” the actor tweeted.

Doug Davidson Tweet
Pic credit: @DougDavidsonYR/Twitter

Paul Williams and Doug Davidson will forever be cemented in The Young and the Restless history. It’s too bad that behind-the-scenes drama impacted this legacy, especially since Paul’s cop skills could definitely be used these days.

The Young and the Restless airs weekdays on CBS.

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B S W
B S W
1 month ago

I miss Paul.. he should have remained one of the main staples of the show , just like Nicki & the Abbots & Newmans .. not fair to kick him off.

Debra
Debra
1 month ago

I don’t understand why they just didn’t kill him off like they do most that will never return. Always loved Paul but zi can’t stand Christine.

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 month ago
Reply to  Debra

They should kill off Phyllis. I can’t stand her.

Brenda Briggs
Brenda Briggs
1 month ago

What happened to Paul. ???? He was screwed by The Young and Restless Big Shots !!!!! He is a Great Actor, they just needed to give him better story lines. Doug you are Missed Very Much, you are not forgotten, your fans love you and wish you the best in your future !!!!!!!

Kimberly Bustard
Kimberly Bustard
1 month ago

Bring Paul back!!

Mary Locklear
Mary Locklear
1 month ago

Always love the young and Restless they make alot people happy round home in NC thanks you guys for making the elders enjoy there around here NC thanks again, Hope you guys keep on making people happy, on the young and Restless

Carolyn
Carolyn
12 days ago
Reply to  Mary Locklear

Not to happy with young and restless took Paul and Jill off the show need them back show not the same without them bring them back if u can get them

Nancy P atterson
1 month ago

I have watch Y&R since it started in 1978 .But far some reason I thought it started in 1973 because I was pregnant With my first son .My mom said what are you gonna named him And I said Chase and mom said No you not if you do that I think a better name would be Skipper from Y&R.My son is 48 years old and his name is Chase I think Doug is one great actor and it won’t be the same without you.Y&R will never be the same without you .Nancy Missouri

Lynn
Lynn
1 month ago

no it was fair —nothing about it was fair

Joan
Joan
1 month ago

I do not think you writers are being fair about Paul at all! after all he is the Police Chief YOU DUMB BELLS NOT CHANCE!!!!

Carolyn
Carolyn
12 days ago
Reply to  Joan

I agree 💯 % I think we need new writers