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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
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
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
Lisa

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

lieueitak
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
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
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
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
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
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 knew about the safe! Just like a apt over Crimson Lights! Really??? This soap had only one direction to go and that’s down

Ken Lasky
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
Meg. Reddekopp

All the Best ,

Meg. Reddekopp
Meg. Reddekopp

Thx Michael ,

Crickett
Crickett

Good bye Ashley! Enjoy your family!

Iakovos
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
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
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
Maddy

Amen

Carrie Davidson
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
Gloria

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

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Freddie Smith and Chandler Massey Interview – Day of Days 2018

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Freddie and Chandler also talk about being a soap power couple on-screen, and reveal some of their favorite scenes, and chat up the new DOOL app and their fun content within it.

Watch below our latest chat with Freddie and Chandler.  Make sure to check out all the Day of Days 2018 interviews with the cast of DAYS on The Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube,  Make sure to “subscribe” to view all the features and videos/

Now, let us know what you thought of the conversation with Freddie and Chandler below, and what was your favorite part of it, via the comment section below.

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Rob Scott Wilson and Victoria Konefal – Day of Days 2018

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Watch Rob and Victoria’s interview below.  To check out all the conversations with the cast of DAYS from Day of Days 2018 visit The Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube and “subscribe” to see all the features.

What is your favorite part of #Cin dishing their latest storyline and on-screen romance?  Let us know via the comment section below.

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During their discussion, Melissa talks on working with Kassie DePaiva as Jennifer’s arch-rival, Eve, the upcoming highly-anticipated return of Matthew Ashford as Jack, Jennifer’s failed relationship with Eric Brady (Greg Vaughan), the departure of her on-screen daughter, Marci Miller and the arrival of Kate Mansi reprising the role of Abigail, who will continue in the storyline.

In addition, Melissa gives more details on her new coffee growing business in Nashville with her husband, former GH and Y&R star, Scott Reeves and much more.

Check out Melissa’s interview below. Make sure to catch the complete set of Day of Days 2018 interviews with the cast of Days of our Lives on The Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube. Make sure to “subscribe” for access.

Let us know if you are looking forward to Jack’s return, and how it will impact Jennifer in the comment section below.

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