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Eileen Davidson Farewell Y&R Interview: From Her Exit Storyline, To Her Co-Stars, And Her Decision To Leave

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In a candid and heartfelt conversation, The Young and the Restless exiting Daytime Emmy-winning star, Eileen Davidson sat down with Michael Fairman to discuss her decision to exit the series after playing Ashley Abbott on and off since 1982.

Eileen’s final episodes are now airing on the CBS daytime drama series.  Just how will it end for Ashley?  How will she leave the canvas?  How sad will be her goodbyes?  Y&R fans are counting down now to just a few more airshows that feature Eileen.

During this interview for the Michael Fairman Channel, Eileen clarified many points that the audience has wanted to know about or come to understand, in particular, what led to her making the decision to call it quits, and would she ever return and how would she feel if the series recast her role.

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In regard to what went into her decision to depart Genoa City, Eileen expressed: “It’s something I gave a lot of thought to.  Not something you can just go, ‘Gee, this week I want to leave!’  I was really thinking about it for over a year ago.  I talked it over with my husband and he was very supported of me.  My son is in high school and my stepson had left the nest and it had gone by so quickly.  I was like, ‘Wait! What happened?’  I was spending a lot of time in my car commuting; like two hours a day, and a lot of time in my dressing room, because our days are longer here than they used to be, and a myriad of reasons went into it.  It was not just one simple thing.  It was actually a whole bunch of reasons.  Even though I won the Emmy (Eileen won Lead Actress back in April of this year) I had pretty much decided long before then.  (Winning the Emmy) That was like “Oh, my God!”  That actually made me feel my timing was really right … I get this incredible nod right before I’m leaving.”

The emotional part of leaving the place she has called her home away from home for Davidson is saying goodbye to her beloved co-stars including; her on-screen big brother, Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott).  As Y&R viewers know, over the years Jack and Ashley’s relationship, and Bergman and Davidson, have shared plenty of screen-time together.  Eileen also gives a very special thanks to the fans who have supported her through the years and who have followed Ashley’s journey.

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Davidson expressed on her final storyline revolving the “Blood Abbott” clause and how it all ties up, “It’s such a great way to go.  It’s so awesome how this whole thing comes up, and you realize how being an Abbott has affected her to her core.”

Now below watch Eileen’s farewell interview filled with clips from her performances and time on Y&R, and more heartfelt topics of conversation.

Then in the comment section below; tell us what you have thought of Ashley’s exit storyline?  What do you hope happens for Ashley? What was your favorite part of this interview and the sentiments shared by Eileen?  

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AVP
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AVP

If I never hear “Blood Abbott Clause” again, it will be too soon. BEST of luck to Eileen-that gorgeous lady will be missed!

Timmm
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Timmm

They really did a good job casting the “Flashback Abbotts!” Y&R has been good because they are focusing on who WE love! Eileen, enjoy your son, enjoy your time away, you will be back. Peter said so!

Lisa
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Lisa

Wonderful interview. Please don’t stay away forever Eileen. Good luck.

lieueitak
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lieueitak

I will miss Eileen more than words can say, but I respect her dedication to her family and wish her the best. Selfishly, I guess I’m a bit relieved too, because with Eileen leaving, I no longer feel the need to consistently keep up with the increasingly and frustratingly terrible Sony soaps.

chaz
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chaz

Understand her reasoning….shame it comes at a time where they are utilizing Ashley and Eileen’s talents to the fullest. Too bad it once again puts the brakes on an Ashley/Neil pairing. I thought the first time around…and this time…it would have made for an interesting coupling….also giving Ashley a new group of people…Neil’s family to interact with as well as the dynamic of Neil vs Victor because Victor is upset with Neil’s business decisions and Ashley then supporting Neil against Victor.

Beatrice
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Beatrice

I am going to miss Eiĺeen Davidson so I wish her the best I really liked it when she said that stupid Kyle led Billy down with his gambling I wished in the heck Kyle can leave anytime I do not like him he is the one that started this crap with the document so good bye Ashley.

Marilynn Monnier
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Marilynn Monnier

Sad that Eileen is leaving. She should follow her heart though. Great storyline and great acting. I wish her well. I hope she’ll return.

roseofsharonwht
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roseofsharonwht

I have always loved the character of Ashley, Eileen plays her the best I don’t think I could see someone else in that role. Eileen I wish you and your family all the best. I will miss you and Jackey’s sibling spat’s.

Maddy
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Maddy

Then you never saw Brenda Epperson who played her for eight years had chemistry with every man they paired her with ! ED left and came back in 1999 and really never was able to catch on with romantic partners ! Beth Maitland has thrown it out of the park. I hated John calling Ashley beauty poor Tracey nothing worse then being treated like you were a nobody the flashbacks stupid ! I hate rewrites if Ashley had been given the patents then why years ago if John knew that why did Victor take the company! And nobody for years… Read more »

Ken Lasky
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Ken Lasky

A truly beautiful person, and incredible actress. “Everybody needs a little time away”…….enjoy it, and can’t wait to see you return. Oh, is there a NEWMAN BLOOD clause?

Meg. Reddekopp
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Meg. Reddekopp

All the Best ,

Meg. Reddekopp
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Meg. Reddekopp

Thx Michael ,

Crickett
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Crickett

Good bye Ashley! Enjoy your family!

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Always loved Ashley Abbott and Ms. Davidson who gave her life. Ashley was complicated and genuine and classy. Yes, it was daytime drama but Ms. Davidson is gifted to take it to a higher level. Ms. Davidson made it so wonderful to watch Y&R these last 35 years. Thank you, Mr. Fairman and Ms. Davidson for this interview opportunity. I greatly enjoyed it.

Tonya Good
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Tonya Good

Smart lady to choose family over career!! I wish I had of done the same before it was to late. #Godspeedprettylady

Mary SFIM
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Mary SFIM

Whenever a writer has to rewrite a soap’s history in order to make their story line work that is never a good sign. This whole exit story line was filled with holes it would take too long to list them. I could forgive that if the story had been compelling enough, but it wasn’t– wish ED well, but personally, I think she got out just in time.

Maddy
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Maddy

Amen

Carrie Davidson
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Carrie Davidson

Awww! Sad to see to go! But also understand there comes a time when we need to spend more time with our love ones! God bless you and good luck!

Gloria
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Gloria

It sadden my heart to see her go
She is a great actress.

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B&B’s Kimberlin Brown and Tanner Novlan Talk on Sheila’s Motherly Love for Finn and the Next Move Against Steffy & the Forresters

The Bold and the Beautiful’s mother/son duo of Kimberlin Brown (Sheila Carter) and Tanner Novlan (Finn) chatted with Michael Fairman during a virtual interview for the Michael Fairman Channel; about the return of soap super-villain Sheila to the CBS daytime drama series, and its impact on newlyweds Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) and Finn, and their newborn son, Hayes.

When daytime fans learned that Brown was returning to B&B, they were very excited to see back on-screen as one of the greats, who’s character has caused so much trouble for the residents in both Genoa City 0n The Young and the Restless and in Los Angeles on The Bold and the Beautiful with her various crimes, deceptions, and plots over the years.

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However, this time, viewers learned that Sheila is the biological mother of good doctor, Finn and her entrance into the story (at the wedding reception for Finn and Steffy) threw disruption into the lives of the Forresters and for her the son she never-got-to-know that she gave up at birth.

During this entertaining and candid conversation, Kimberlin and Tanner reveal many behind-the-scenes tidbits including: what went down during the  taping of the scenes where Finn learns Sheila is his mother as she steps out of the shadows, the confrontation at the wedding when the Forresters learned this shocking bit of intel, how Sheila plans to continue to manipulate and weave her way into her grandson and son’s life, and how she sees her vendetta with Steffy as an off-shoot of her vendetta with her grandmother, the late Stephanie Forrester (Susan Flannery).

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In addition, Tanner weighs-in on Finn’s apparent ignorance of Paris’ (Diamond White) growing attraction to him, how that might trigger a Sheila/Paris partnership, or the possibility that Sheila does the unthinkable and somehow gets Steffy hooked back on opioids, or makes it looks like she has. There were many theories bantered about, and the actors share their speculative thoughts.

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Now below, check out the interview with Kimberlin and Tanner.   For more celebrity interviews make sure to subscribe and check out the Michael Fairman Channel here.

Then let us know, what possible plot do you think Sheila might concoct to get revenge on Steffy and the Forresters? Let us know your favorite part of our conversation with Kimberlin and Tanner via the comment section.

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Ron Carlivati Talks on the Creation, Scenes & Cast of ‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem’

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‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem’ Stars Talk the ‘Making of’ the Limited-Series & the Moments They Loved

Five of the cast members from Days of our Lives limited-series on Peacock, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem, chatted with Michael Fairman as a wrap-up following the conclusion of the streaming of all five episodes.

Joining Michael in a special conversation on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel are: Eileen Davidson (Kristen/Sister Mary Moira), Charles Shaughnessy (Shane/Drew), Peter Porte (Kyle/Dimitri), Zach Tinker (Sonny) and Rob Scott Wilson (Ben).

During the conversation, the actors share stories of the making of the series, and give insight and behind the scenes tidbits on their scenes including: how Eileen and Lisa Rinna (Billie) played recreated the ‘Amsterdam’ showdown from their time together on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, but as their Days’ characters of Billie and Kristen, how Peter learned to do the Tango from Dancing with the Stars Louis Van Amstel and Lisa Rinna, plus the drag show scenes where Zach became “Sonny Delight”, and more.

In addition, Charles Shaughnessy talks on how the series harkened back to the 80’s and 90’s campy action-adventure heyday of and the opportunity to work again with Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn as John and Marlena, while Rob fills-us in on trying to keep it together when working in scenes with soap vet Adrienne Frantz, when Ben and Ciara find themselves at a swinger’s party.

The interview is filled with many laughs, and candid moments that fans of the limited series will enjoy, especially the intel offered up by the cast.

Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem continues to stream on Peacock! Make sure to check it out if you haven’t, or rewatch it a second, or third time if you want to see more series like this in the future.

Below check out the interview with Eileen, Peter, Charles, Zach and Rob and make sure to subscribe to the Michael Fairman Channel for more celebrity conversations.

Now, share your favorite moments from Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem, and this video interview, via the comment section here.

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