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Eileen Davidson Posts Message To Fans On Her Departure From Days of our Lives!

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After Days of our Lives fans were stunned last evening about the breaking news that Eileen Davidson has already completed her taping at the NBC soap and is done for now with the role of Kristen Blake DiMera, the talented beauty took to her facebook page this morning to deliver a short but sweet statement t0 her fans and followers on the situation of her exit at DAYS.

Eileen posted: “Hello! I just wanted to confirm that I have indeed left DOOL. My last day was July 16 but I will be airing until November. I’m taking some time off to enjoy my family however I am not retiring. Not really sure what’s next for me work wise. But I am looking forward to figuring it out!  Thanks to all of you for your support and love. I’ve had an incredible time on DOOL this year…. Eileen”

So what are your thoughts on the situation after you read Eileen’s message? Do you think DAYS should have kept Eileen at this juncture? Do you think Kristen’s story had no where to go?  Was this the plan along for Eileen to do just a short term visit to the NBC soap after exiting Y&R?  Weigh-in!

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I’m not sure it matters what I think DAYS “should have” done, since between the Twitter message she left (where she makes clear she wasn’t let go), Ken Corday’s message, and this one, it’s pretty clear its her choice. She’s been front burner since her return, playing several times a week for a year and who knows what is going on at home that she feels she needs to focus on. I can imagine Kristen is as exhausting a character as Ashley (in recent years, with no real story) was creatively stifling and I think that being there for family is an important priority at various times in our lives. I wish her well, hope she returns to DAYS, eventually, but not until she (and her family) are ready.

Well, I can’t really say Ashley had no story in recent years, she was gaslighted, had her baby taken away when she learned Faith wasn’t hers, married Tucker, got cheated on by Tucker, divorced Tucker, and dealt with her daughter. I’d say all alot of story there.

The Tucker story was a D story at best and the Adam story was in 2008 ! Ashley Abbott was almost an extra these last years the total opposite of Kristen being total front burner and driving the stories, face it.

Well as her long time fan i wish her the best. Those scenes where she was in Erics office fighting with Jesus was cool as hell!

That was the absolute best scene Kristen arguing with Jesus! I will miss her when she’s gone!!! Awesome actor/character!!!

I wish Eileen all of the best. But, to be totally honest, she would be stupid to go back to Y&R. They wasted her there for such a long time and it will be no different if she returned. Especially, when JFP got her pet newbies hogging screentime.

I agree with you 100%..Why go back there anyway? It’s become incredibly boring with characters who have nothing to do with the Y & R story, plus with so many new actors taking the roles of older characters, I don’t even know who is who.

I disagree that she shouldn’t go back to YR, but I DON’T think she should go till JFP is inevitably replaced. I think she’d just shoot herself and her character in the foot to trust that team right now. Best thing she can do to protect the integrity of Ashley is to wait it out.

Yeah They wasted her there the character of ashley has alway been a bad bad tragedy since the 80’s

Still sad, no matter why she’s leaving. Kristen Blake has been such a joy to see on my screen and her portrayal since returning has been spot on. Hopefully she’ll consider coming back to DAYS after the holiday season! I’d hate to see Kristen gone!

I was ready for Kristen to leave Salem, TomSell wrote her into a corner with the rape of a priest. I did not think that she was redeemable when she arrived back in Salem after all that she had done from 1993-1997 anyway. The only good thing she did was to he John exorcise the devil out of Marlena. To bad that soon after this she turned into the devil herself!

I wish her well…

Come back to YR! We need the Abbotts back at the breakfast table, and in the Jabot boardroom.

The poor Abbotts don’t even having dining room anymore thanks to JFP. LOL. But perhaps if ED comes back JG will write a scene where Ashley opens that damn closed door that took the place of the entrance to the dining room from the living room in the Abbott house.

I think Eileen’s run was for a short time, not long term. She was busy that’s for sure but I’m sure that they wanted all they could get out of the character. I was concerned about Kristen’s return but I found it to be fabulous! Even my husband got caught up in her story line. I’m sure her exit will be an exciting one!

I think you’re right about this being a short term role.

I also think they’ve written her into a corner, so it’s almost mandatory that she leave. You don’t do something as despicable as “rape” a priest and walk away smelling like a rose 🙁

That being said, I LOVED her run and she’s the main reason/character that kept me watching DOOL. I was fairly new to the show when she started, only watching part-time, and she make the show Must See! Once she’s gone, and Chandler Massey leaves (another favorite) I may go back to part-time.

I hope she misses DAYS as much as the fans will miss her, but the writing
will keep me watching DOOL and I will never become a YawneR.

I went back to DAYS when Eileen went back to it (I stopped DAYS when she left last time), so, I’ll probably leave it again when her air-time finishes. She’s an incredible actress and, having met her, she is a wonderful human being. I wish her well. (I’d like to see her return as Ashley on the Y&R, though.)

Eileen had quite some great scenes on DOOL. Was quite entertaining. She will be missed. I also loved her very much on YR. I wish u all the very best Eileen in your future endeavors. Good luck. Xoxoxo

I’m not a huge fan of her Days characters, I wasn’t watching for her original stretch. but she’s quite good on the show. I don’t care one way or another if she stays or goes, but I do like Eileen and wish her the best of luck.

Eileen Davidson (Kristen) was very talented person and we’ll miss her on Days and Days will never be same w/out her. Brady finally found his soul-mate who was Kristen Dimera now that has been taking away from her. Wish you all the best in your future endeavors. Please come back because Days will never be the same w/u.

‘soulmate’ euh..i like Brady and Kristen for the most part (although the relationship is kind of shallow, only based on sex..well most of the time) but soulmate is pushing a little, Brady has a soulmate every new 6 months..come on Kristen and John’s relationship was stronger actually although we knew that Kristen will always end as the loser and Marlena the winner..

I hope she joins GH!!!! Yeah to Ava’s sister!!!

HELL TO THE NAW

Do you know something that we dont know???

euh just NO

I would love to see her join The Bold and The Beautiful as an enemy of Brooke Logan. Have her bring some fight back to the show.

interesting concept

That kind of already happened. Ashley was on the show, and she was involved with Ridge and Rick. It wasn‘t really a good fit and she was brought back to Young and the Restless.

been there done that and it was a flop ! I love ED but not all her characters work in every soaps.

i will miss eileen as kristen blake dimera. i hope everything is ok at home. poor eilleen she needs a break. hopefully she will be back at days of our lives really soon. maybe early next year. i wanted susan back. like susan always said. kristen is mean mean mean lol.

Oh no. This sucks. Eileen is so awesome- I was hoping for lots more from her. Corday should have offered her the sun, the moon, and the stars.

To me, it sounds like the decision to leave was Eileen’s and not the Execs at Days. Although we enjoy these soap actors very much, we must also remember that they are human.

Eileen Davidson is such a great actress, it is conceivable that she might need time off to regroup. Eileen plays multiple characters (Or pretends to be someone else other than Kristen), and no one really knows what it takes for her to play such a complex woman such as Kristen. I respect Eileen’s decision, and am sure if she wants to return, the Days family would gladly welcome her with open arms.

I don’t feel like this is a permanent departure. When the time is right for her, I believe Eileen will return to Days.

As far as the story goes, it is conceivable that Kristen would have to leave Salem at some point. She has broken the law. So she could end up going to prison, or have to leave town to avoid going to prison.

wow i just started watching days because of eileen davidson,,,i dont think the show will hold my interest with her gone,,,this is not a good month for soaps michelle stafford leaving y and r,,,connie /kate going from general hospital….what the hell is going on daytime????.

I hope she goes back to Y and R and they give her a story and a love interest. Ashley is a vital character on that canvas. She was wicked fun as Kristen, but that character is just too whacked and unbalanced to have long term viability. You can‘t really rape a priest who is 20 some years younger than you and expect to be around for the long haul. LOL. I just REALLY hope they don‘t bring her back in 9 months to tell a who‘s the daddy story between Eric and Brady. Kristen is a generation older than both of them, and was involved with John. The whole thing just got kind of icky and creepy.

she will coma back with Brady or Eric’s baby..more Eric imo..and it will be EPIC !

It was her choice to leave so I don’t think Days could have done anything. I understand her wanting to take time with her family. Don’t like it as I want her on Days, but I understand it. I do hope she will return to Days, if even for not airing as much. Days needs Kristen and Eileen.

Although I like Eileen & her acting, I am happy to see her character of Kristen go. Her raping of a priest is too much. They did all they could with the character of Kristen. On to better things now. Let’s hope they can get Drake back on Days & a better storyline for him with Deidre. Like a John & Marlena reunion!!!!!!

That would be the silver lining!

I’ve been watching DOOL since 1981 (I was 11) and although actors come and go, they usually return to Days at some point. Let’s just hope if they ever bring Eileen back, they don’t pull the same “beyond belief” stupid stunt they pulled bringing Roman back. (The actor that now plays Roman of course was not the original Roman, but he used to play Chris Kosachek, a totally different character on DOOL). That torqued me. Us LONG time fans would have rather seen a new actor play Roman than believe Chris K was now Roman. Sheeeeeeesh. For all you people that want to quit watching the show…. be a fan. “Kristen” doesn’t make the show, she adds to a great cast and years and years of new and great story-lines (minus the Marlena possessed, now THAT was ridiculously stupid)!
DOOL fan4life

So agree. I do think she is a great actress and she shaked some things up, but I really was hoping to see more of Drake and Deidre.

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Jason Cook Recalls Landing His Soap Roles as DAYS Shawn-Douglas Brady and GH’s Matt Hunter

Daytime fans remember Jason Cook when he became wildly-popular as Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Bo’s (Peter Reckell) son, Shawn-Douglas Brady on Days of our Lives from 1999-2006. He later made a brief return in the role in 2015 for the series 50th anniversary.

After departing DAYS, Cook was offered a role on General Hospital as Dr. Matt Hunter, the younger brother to Dr. Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson) from 2008-2012. However, during his time on the soaps, and after, Cook has been focusing on his behind the scenes roles and passion as writer and a director of feature films.

Last week, the Michael Fairman Channel welcomed Jason, along with two of the stars of his latest film, Four for Fun, Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-AMC, B&B, GH). During the conversation, Cook revealed his continued admiration for the soap medium and the actors who work in it, and how it came to pass that he landed his parts on Days of our Lives, and then on General Hospital.

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Cook spoke on becoming the on-screen son of soap opera’s most iconic couples, Bo and Hope: “I auditioned for Fran Bascom. She was the Days of our Lives casting director at the time. I was never a great auditioner, I don’t think. She made me feel really comfortable. I remember that screen test. And then, I remember when I got the part, I was actually working at a company at a desk job. I got the call at work and I just screamed, and at the time I didn’t quit my job. But then, I got that contract when I was 19-years-old and it totally changed my life.”

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But, was Jason aware how key to the show being Bo and Hope’s son would be? “Yeah, my older sister was a fan of the show. She definitely let me know that I better not mess it up, because I was gonna ruin her favorite couple,” he shared. “I remember she printed out the family tree and it looked like a physics diagram. It was so complicated. A lot of detailed work went into it. But, I was excited.”

After being a known entity with a large fan following, eventually Cook made his way to a new role on General Hospital. Jason explained, “GH was fun. That was a situation where Brian Frons (ex-ABC Daytime President) brought me over there. I just told him I didn’t want to be like or want to do Shawn. He’s like, ‘Well, what do you wanna do?’ I said, ‘How can I screw things up around here and shake things up?'”

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From that conversation things began to formulate. Cook revealed, “We started talking about the TV series House. I think in soaps, there’s an assumption if you’re going on a show that everybody wants to be the hero. I was like, ‘I don’t want to (be). I want to screw everything up.’ And then, they wrote it in that Matt Hunter burns the hospital down within like six months. I was like really proud about that. The other part that I loved about that character is that Matt, and his older brother Patrick (Jason Thompson), were both neurosurgeons. And if you (an actor) resigned your contract (with the show) you go to Patrick, you see Patrick. And if you don’t resign your contract, you see my character, because my character was going to kill you every time.”

For more on the interview, make sure to check out the replay of the livestream conversation below with Jason, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young.  Now let us know, did you enjoy Jason as Shawn-D and Matt on GH? Do you hope someday he might return on-screen to the soaps? Let us know in the comment section.

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EXCLUSIVE: Jacob Young, Joan Collins and Nadia Bjorlin to Prague to Film ‘Murder Between Friends’

On Thursday night during the Michael Fairman Channel’s livestream interview centering around Jason Cook’s (ex-Shawn, DAYS and ex-Matt, GH) latest movie Four For Fun which stars Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-JR, AMC, ex-Rick, B&B and ex-Lucky, GH), revealed another upcoming film project with some very familiar faces.

Jacob Young shared an exclusive that he is set to direct, produce and star in a Agatha Christie-like murder mystery feature film aptly tiled Murder Between Friends.

Speaking on the upcoming project, Jacob said, “I’m flying at the end of the March to Prague to direct, produce and star in a film with Joan Collins (ex-Dynasty). Nadia Bjorlin (ex-Chloe, Days of our Lives) is in it, and Toby Alexander Smith from Eastenders (ex-Gray Atkins). Plus, a couple of my Broadway friends and a very well known Czech actress (Hana Vagnerova).”

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According to Jacob, the production start date is April 1st. He added on the premise of the film, “It’s very Agatha Christie sort of ‘Knives Out’ without having a hundred million dollars to shoot it, but still will be a lovely film nonetheless.” Young said the plan is to finish all principal photography by April 17th.

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IMDb has more on the film. It shared that former All My Children star Trent Garrett (ex-Asher Pike) is listed as co-directing the feature. Mark Rozzano is listed as writer of Murder Between Friends.

So, what do you think about this upcoming feature from Jacob that will feature Joan Collins, Nadia Bjorlin et al? Share your thoughts in the comment section. 

Then below, check out the full livestream conversation with Jason Cook, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young on ‘Four For Fun’ and their notable soap roles.

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Days of our Lives Star Blake Berris Chats On the Everett Lynch/Bobby Stein Mystery, Working with His New Co-Stars, and the Last Christmas Episode with Bill Hayes

On Days of our Lives, the return of Blake Berris is making for some very intriguing drama, with the audience guessing just which way the story will go.

When Berris arrived back on Days of our Lives, after previously playing Nick Fallon, he was taking on the new role of Everett Lynch, who has a past with Stephanie Johnson (Abigail Klein) and Jada Hunter (Elia Cantu). Only, as it has been revealed, the past he had with Jada was under the name “Bobby Stein,” who from what we can tell was far from a nice guy.

Blake visited the Michael Fairman Channel for a livestream interview this week, where fans in the live chat were weighing-on what could be the truth about the guy – is he a split personality suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder? Did the accident that cost him a year of his life in a coma, never happen? Recently, someone set fire to the beloved Horton house. Fans are suspecting it would have been “Bobby” who is working for Clyde Weston (James Read). Others believe that Everett/Bobby could actually be Clyde’s son. With upcoming therapy sessions with Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) about to start, things are about to get more juicy in Salem.

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Here are just a few excerpts from our conversation with Blake on a myriad of Everett/Bobby subjects. Make sure to check out the full interview for more.

Did you know that they were going to make Everett Lynch a Jewish character? This is only the second time in the history of the show that they have even had a Jewish character on the canvas. Didn’t they reveal this at the Horton family Christmas episode?

BLAKE: No, they never asked me. I am half-Jewish on my dad’s side. There was never like, ‘You’re Jewish, right? We can call you Jewish on the show?’ At the Horton Christmas, “They made a real point of it, yeah.”

And now the new ‘character’ is “Bobby Stein” …

BLAKE: “Right, and that suggests more Jewish, and then Lynch must be coming from somewhere else, maybe the mother. I was so curious because I think the show has been historically, I’m gonna say, Catholic more than like Wasps. With the Bradys there’s this sort of Irish influence, and then the DiMeras, that’s Italian. So, we’ve got Catholics sort of on both sides that are dominant. Now I, “represent”.

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What has it been like working with Abigail Klein?

BLAKE: I think she is extraordinary. We start off sort of frosty, or she’s frosty with me, like she doesn’t want to let me in. And then, for a while things are going really well. I just could not adore Abigail more. She’s such a good actor. I could always rely on her to bring me back into a scene and be there in this emotionally, supportive way.

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Everett and Chad seemed to be becoming friend-ish, when all went awry when at the PCPD interrogation room, Everett let him know about Elia and Bobby Stein, and Chad let him have it for worming his way back in to Stephanie’s life.

BLAKE: Billy would call us the ‘disgusting brothers’ and that’s a reference from Succession, because all of a sudden they’re just so chummy with each other. It’s like all of a sudden we just had this like ‘Bernstein and Woodward’, sort of dynamic duo. I think that Everett really started to think of Chad as a friend and feels sort of disappointed, and he feels, “Oh, it’s that easy? I just needed to have some other identity and now you’re a fair-weather friend?”‘

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In recent scenes, Jada sees Bobby Stein for the first time, and we see you and Elia Cantu share scenes with each other for the first time. What is it like working with Elia?

BLAKE: She’s fire, man. She comes in hot and she tells you the way it’s going to be. I think early on, we were trying to suss each other out and the more we worked together, the more comfortable you get with somebody. I think actors do this sometimes with each other; if there’s spice on screen, you like to keep some of what you have on-screen in your (real-life) interactions because it helps … it helps the work.  Eventually, we just sort of wore each other down and we’re like, ‘I actually totally get you, and you’re great.'”

Did you know that they were going to make Everett Lynch a Jewish character? This is only the second time in the history of the show that they have even had a Jewish character and didn’t they reveal this at the Horton family Christmas episode?

BLAKE: No, they never asked me. I am half-Jewish on my dad’s side. There was never like, ‘You’re Jewish, right? We can call you Jewish on the show?’ At the Horton Christmas, “They made a real point of it, yeah.”

And now the new ‘character’ is “Bobby Stein” …

BLAKE: “Right, and that suggests more Jewish, and then Lynch must be coming from somewhere else, maybe the mother. I was so curious because I think the show has been historically, I’m gonna say, Catholic more than like Wasps. With the Bradys there’s this sort of Irish influence, and then the DiMeras, that’s Italian. So we’ve got Catholics sort of on both sides that are dominant. Now I, “represent”.

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You were on set and in the annual Horton Christmas episode which sadly marked the last for Days of our Lives legendary Bill Hayes, who passed away in January of this year.  What do you recall of that tape day?

BLAKE: It was the Christmas episode when we were watching Susan (Julie) and Bill, say ‘Merry Christmas.’  And there was something about it that just felt like it could be the last time. I mean, it wrecked us all on set. Bill gets so choked up and there was something really profound about the moment. They kiss each other as they have so many times before on the show. It was just beautiful. It felt beautiful to be there for that last Christmas. He’s just such an icon. Every time I’d see him, he was so with it … he knew my name, he knew his lines. What an incredible, incredible man.

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Fans will get to see Everett in therapy sessions with Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)? Would you say she is helping the guy?

BLAKE: Deidre’s always making jokes about Marlena, ‘She’s the worst therapist in the world’ (Laughs) I remember in the first therapy session, we almost couldn’t get through the scenes because it’s just so clear that Everett has a litany of very profound psychological issues that he is going to have to work through. He’ll keep coming back. This guy’s gonna pay the bills!

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Viewers are waiting to see how they mystery of Everett Lynch/Bobby Stein plays out. What can you say as a tease for what’s to come?

BLAKE: As far as a tease, I would say, you have all these characters sort of, trying to wake up the ‘sleeping giant’ in a way. I think it’s safe to say that like if you poke a bear, the bear might wake up.

Watch the livestream chat with Blake in full below.

Now let us know, what do you think is going with Everett/Bobby? What has happened to him in his past? Share your theories in the comment section below, and make sure to catch Days of our Lives next week on Peacock for more to his story.

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