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Part Two: Soap Vet Thom Bierdz Talks About His New Revealing Memoir

The Young and the Restless Thom BierdzThe Young and the Restless

Thom Bierdz, who played Phillip Chancellor III on The Young and the Restless from 1986-89 and again in 2009, has written a tell-all memoir titled Young, Gay and Restless.

The tome is now available for or by going to Thom Bierdz’s website. In the first of this two-part interview, Bierdz explained why he was writing the book and what the climate was for him in the 1980s as a gay actor on daytime.

In part two, below, Bierdz addresses Phillip’s surprise resurrection in 2009 after dying on-camera and theorizes as to why his character exited once more so soon after his return.

Note: Young, Gay and Restless contains nude photographs and sexually explicit language.

Read on to hear more from the actor, who has written a provocative and revealing memoir!

Were you told why your story ended in 2009? It was such a shock to see that Phillip was alive and another shock when he left town again not long after.
I wish I knew more information. Maria Arena Bell [executive producer/head writer] seemed to be gung-ho about it. When we had conversations what was to be expected, I thought she and I agreed that there’d be a gay romance [for Phillip] and that also she was going to promote my paintings because that’s how I was making my living.

Phillip was going to be a painter [too], but we were going to push that off for a little while.

My understanding is that it was going to be a thicker role than it turned out to be. I don’t know why it was diminished. Other than I’m just assuming, you know, maybe some angry mail [came in] at a homosexual mention on a soap opera. Maybe that scared them off?

Do you still watch the show? Camryn Grimes (Mariah) won an Emmy for playing a storyline in which her character’s been questioning who she is and what she wants out of life. There’s support…but also backlash.
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