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The backstory on Thom Bierdz’s surprise return to “The Young and the Restless”

Thom Bierdz’s stunning return to The Young and the Restless last week is apparently more than a one-shot deal.

Thom has spent his time painting (he’s pictured above at a charity event with Debbie Reynolds and Ruta Lee) and writing but is clearly ready to do some acting again and where better than the show where he spent three years playing Phillip Chancellor III?’s weekly Gays of Our Lives column had some scoop on how Thom’s return came to be:

So how did the show pull off such a major reveal without it being tipped beforehand? According to The Suds Report, Bierdz, who came out in the years after he left Y&R, contacted producers about making a return to the show. They jumped at the chance, signed the actor to a year contract and got to work on a story. Bierdz then made a top secret return to a closed Y&R set to tape the scene shown last week.

Reportedly, no one in the cast knew about it until it actually aired. Kudos to the show for pulling off such a feat in the age of Internet spoilers.

Wow! A one-year deal! Congrats to Thom! Just for kicks, I’ve posted below an interview he gave to a soap mag more than 20 years ago.

Thom Bierdz 2 by DannH.


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7 Remarks

  1. I, also, send my congratulations to Thom. Can’t wait for his continuing appearance on the show. He’ll bring alot to this show. Thanks for the behind-the-scenes info.

  2. I am thrilled to know Thom is coming back to Y & R! This is great for the show. Now they have to keep him on longer than a year!

  3. Congratulations to Thom. I agree with Gregg that he needs a contract longer than a year. He did a wonderful job portraying Phillip Chancellor III in the late 80′s. I was devastated when Phillip was killed off. Thank you Ms. Bell for bringing him back into my home and life.

  4. I read Forgiving Troy and i have a whole new respect for Thom. I am looking forward to his return to Y & R.

  5. I loved Thom as the young Phllip and am excited about Thom’s return to Y&R…..I am in the middle of his book and it is truly amazing!!!

  6. July 8th, 2009 at 6:38 pm
    Margie Ross says:

    I am so sorry to see they are having Philip be gay. Does everyone in the soaps have to be gay? Disgusted!

  7. I met Thom online about 2 years ago, and am glad to see him on Y & R thank god finely there are more gays on soaps today. To Margie Ross …. honey get a life there are more gays in show business today than you think !!

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