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‘The Young and the Restless” star Doug David leaving the show after 40 years

‘Young and the Restless” star Doug Davidson is leaving the show after 40 years.

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After 40 years on the long running soap opera ‘The Young and the Restless” star Doug Davidson is leaving the show amid rumors that CBS decided to fire on him.

According to Deadline, fans took to Twitter on Wednesday to questions of the Detective Paul Williams, the actor, if the rumors that he would be dismissed where. He replied with a very vague answer.

“It seems so,” he replied.

He went on to thank fans on social media and, at one point, hinted that he had not asked back due to the show moving in a different direction. However, it is unclear exactly what that means.

Later he gave a statement to Soap.com the explanation that the contract had indeed not been renewed, earlier this year.

“My contract was not renewed in January, I went on recurring, but just until they had new people in place,” Davidson told the outlet. “I have only 2 shows that have not aired and no data. So, as far as I know, I’m gone.”

He also spoke to Soap Opera News noting that the network had not explained what officially to him otherwise than that the non-renewal of his contract on the show, despite his long tenure.

“It feels like a winds my role was to plan,” he said. “That is their privilege.”

Davidson earned five Daytime Emmy Award nominations for his role in the show, which he started in 1978. He won for outstanding lead actor in a drama series in 2013.

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