It has been confirmed that the Canadian actor Jason Thompson has joined the cast of “The Young and the Restless” as Billy Abbott, a role which was previously played by actor Burgess Jenkins before he was let go from the show. The former General Hospital star who has recently announced that he and his wife, Paloma Jonas are expecting a baby, has just wrapped up filming his last episodes on the ABC show as Dr Patrick Drake, a role which he had played for over 10 years. He will be making his first on screen appearance on the CBS television series “The Young and the Restless” as the new Billy Abbott in January 2016.
Thompson first became popular among fans after landing a role on the soap opera show the “General Hospital” in 2005 as the handsome doctor. After years of portraying the role, he decided to leave the soap show for another one . It wasn’t an easy decision for him, in fact it was a very difficult one, but he had to do it, because he felt like now was the right time and he wanted to try something new and different. According to sources, the three favorites to replace Jason on GH are Michael Muhney, Jeff Branson and Chris McKenna who have previously starred on Y&R in the past. It’s unknown if any of them will win the role, but whoever ends up winning the role, will have to be as good as Jason was in order to fill his shoes as the handsome doctor. Jason will be last seen as Patrick in early 2016.