Don Diamont, the American actor who played Brad Carlton in “The Young and the Restless,” has recently opened up about his unexpected firing from the show. Diamont, who had been a long-running cast member, was let go after the character of Brad Carlton was killed off in what he described as a “lackluster storyline.”
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Diamont shared his thoughts on why he was fired from the show. “I guess there was some palace intrigue, but I don’t really know. A new head writer was brought in and she just saw fit to get rid of Brad Carlton and Colleen Carlton, his daughter,” he explained.
Diamont went on to describe how the writer created a backstory of how Carlton was really a Navy SEAL named George Kaplan who was running from his enemies. “He was an extremely good swimmer, which was why it was so stupid [that he died drowning]. If anybody was trained to handle that situation, it was him,” Diamont added.
According to Soap Central, Diamont’s firing may have been due to the show cutting costs during economic woes, as he was a long-running cast member. However, his unemployment was short-lived, and he soon made the transition to “The Bold and the Beautiful” as Bill Spencer, Jr.
“I absolutely genuinely love this character. Little did I know that on the other side of Brad being killed off ‘Y&R,’ that on the other side, this character was waiting. It is an absolute thrill,” he told Soaps. Diamont has played “Dollar Bill” since his 2009 hiring, but years later, he returned to “The Young and the Restless” as his current character.
Diamont’s firing from “The Young and the Restless” was a shock to many fans, who had grown to love his character over the years. However, his move to “The Bold and the Beautiful” proved to be a successful one, as he has been playing the role of Bill Spencer, Jr. for over a decade now.
The real reason behind Diamont’s firing from “The Young and the Restless” may never be fully known, but it is clear that he has moved on and found success in other roles. Fans of the actor can continue to follow his career on both “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Young and the Restless.”