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Eileen Davidson Speaks For The First Time On Her Return To Days Of Our Lives!

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

The Young and the Restless loss is truly going to be Days of our Lives gain.  As has been confirmed, Eileen Davidson is now set to reprise the role of Kristen DiMera, and who knows who else from her many roles that came with Kristen ( Susan Banks, Sister Mary Moira, Thomas, shall we go on?).  We loved them all, and now DAYS fan will get to see Kristen’s return and the talented Davidson on the NBC soap.

Davidson chatted exclusively with The Hollywood Reporter and said, “I’m thrilled to embark on this new adventure at Days and excited to revisit Kristen and who knows who else! Not to mention my old friends in the cast and crew.”  Eileen will reprise the character she played from 1993-98 starting October 11th!

A bit of the back-story; Kristen, the foster daughter of Stefano DiMera, was presumed dead after a body matching her description was found floating in a pool. The real Kristen, however, was left on an island after being sold to a harem.

So what do you think will bring Kristen back to the fold?  And, who else would you like to see Eileen reprise? Obviously, Susan Banks, but any others?  Let us know!

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Scott
Scott

WELCOME BACK TO DAYS OF OUR LIVES EILEEN!!! So excited to have you back where you’ll actually be used to your full potential!

Barbara.
Barbara.

Yes, welcome back to where you belong! And a show that appreciates you and your talents!

dreadstar
dreadstar

hi there

JAY
JAY

WELCOME BACK MY FAVORITE OF ALL TIMES, I WAITED PATIENTLY MORE THAN TEN YEARS FOR YOU TO COME HOME, DAY AFTER DAY, MONTHS AFTER MONTHS AND YEAR AFTER YEAR. WHEN YOU LEFT Y AND R AND WENT TO B AND B IN 2007, I WAS EXTREMELY DISSAPOINTED WITH DAYS PRODUCERS FOR NOT BRINGING YOU HOME. BUT NOW, I CAN’T SAY HOW MUCH HAPPY I AM WITH YOUR CHOICE TO RETURN HOME WHERE YOU BELONG. I AM BIG Y AND R FAN, BUT I LOVE YOU AS KRISTEN DIMERA. YOU WERE MADE FOR DAYS OF OUR LIVES, YOUR BEAUTY, UR TALENT. YOU ARE TRULY A DAYS LENGEND. I AM SO HAPPY THAT ALL THE CAST OF 90’S ARE RETURNING TO DAYS, I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE ALL THEIR FACES WHEN YOU RETURN TO DAYS FOR THE FIRST AIR DATE. I AM SURE WE WILL GET GOOSE BUMPS. WELCOME BACK KRISTEN . WE LOVE YOU , DAYS OF OUR LIVES AND EILEEN DAVIDSON, TO ME MEANS ONE WORD. WELCOME HOME BACK!

Maart
Maart

Great news! I loved Kristen!!

Stephanie
Stephanie

As long as the writers don’t use it as a device to build a wedge between John and Marlena, I am all for it. I would much rather see John and Marlena working together to thwart any manipulations Kristen tries then to try and make this into a triangle story. I’d like to see Susan come back and mess with EJ though.

Eileen Fan
Eileen Fan

YEAH!!! Love Eileen Davidson.

Now we need to bring Steve (Patch) back. Not that I don’t like Tucker on Y&R, but I much prefer Patch and it was nice to see Kayla today.

mo
mo

I have long wondered how Kristen faired in that harem. I guess now we’ll find out. I hope Susan returns too. Since EJ is on the show, only makes sense to have Susan. I hope Stefano returns.

Def is Y&R’s loss, but thrilled Eileen is coming back to Days!

Jaime
Jaime

Personally I hate what Gary Tomlin does. He basically trashes couples that were successful before he arrived. Having Kayla act so out of character in leaving Steve because he actually took a job with the ISA something he always did in the past and she was fine with made me ill. Tomlin only trashes the best. His vision is not something I can tolerate. Have not liked his work on Days at all!!!!!

And this from someone who used to love this program.

Jaime
Jaime

Steve Johnson is and was the BEST OF DAYS.

No thanks Tomlin, your shows I can readily dismiss

Mo
Mo

Yes, having the probs with Kayla and Steve is weird. And I always hate it when Days trashes Jack and write him off. No way would Jack act the way writers have had him act towards Jen. He wouldn’t leave her. There could be good story for Jack and Jen if they were bothered in writing it. Why not get rid of boring Cameron who doesn’t ad squat to the show?

Jules
Jules

STOKED! Been waiting for this news since the LAST TIME YR fired ED and speculation she’s return to DAYS, only for her to somehow end up on B&B for 30 seconds. Can’t wait to see ED interact with James Scott!

Jules
Jules

BOO to October though! 4 months away! The time between taping and airing is getting wider and wider. Next month, they’ll be taping Christmas!

Barbara.
Barbara.

I know, it is strange to tape that far ahead. I’m sure the cast and crew love it since they get long breaks (but have to tape more when they do tape).

It’s funny to see the actors that were fired still on the show months later.

Jules
Jules

I find it a little excruciating actually. Knowing months ahead that a character’s storyline is coming to an end, but having to endure them in the meantime (for better or for worse) is really hard and disruptive to my soap watching. I guess I could go spoiler free, but like I could ever stick with it lol.

Patrick
Patrick

Jules…. I like that word… Excruciating….

Agonizing… to have to fret… about… the casting… the writing…

Just saying…. for better or worse, we’ll all be there… for the Premiere… Oct. 11th.

tasneem
tasneem

Yeah can’t wait Eileen is a talented actress no matter wat soap she can acts and if MAB and the folks at y&r can’t see then I’m glad 2 watch her on Days wow how long is this hopefully forvever

dionne
dionne

Love love love her!!! I hope they bring her back as the female stefano and really tap into her evil side. Hope the writers don’t mess this one up too.

GRANDMAOF 8
GRANDMAOF 8

WHAT HAPPENED Y&TR FIRE HER AGAIN !!!
OH WELL SHE WASN’T MISSED AND WON’T BE MISSED THIS TIME!

TS
TS

I am glad that she was fired! Lets hope Days does good writing for her this time like last time.. I missed her! Welcome back Kristen!

GRANDMAOF 8
GRANDMAOF 8

THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS ROCK
YOUR LOSS
BYE BYE

Snazza
Snazza

Great news!! I would mainly love to see the Susan character revived. I use to do a mean mean mean impersonation of Eileen as Susan lol 🙂 Looking forward to it , although being in Australia we are so far behind again that i might be waiting awhile!

TS
TS

Can you get a Youtube of that impersonation and share it with all of us!

Patrick
Patrick

What, is there, left, to say? Eileen Davidson, has been with us… fans, and daytime, alike, since, 1982.. She’s been honing her profession… when she first graced our “screen” – on Y&R. She even starred on Santa Barbara.. for almost 2 years. Gosh! The Actors, who starred on that show, reads like a who’s who… daytime alumni.. tour de force.

I hope DAYS… does, her justice.

i’m (LOL) remaining “vigilante”. DOOL… DON’T SCREW THIS UP!

Please, writers, with all due respect…. this is a coup that bodes well… for “many”.

As much, as, i’d like to see “Susan”… I hope they, wait on her, till, we see, how the writers are crafting Kristen’s persona. Course, for those, fans, who watched her, the first time around… with ED.. acting skill, she could say the same things…. and she’d still get laughs.

just, as, importantly, this is the best way to bring more life to John and Marlena…

I hope, DEB… a fan and poster… is right… that John… could very well, be… EJ’s father.

if you may recall… Kristen, tried… to get pregnant, with John… and when, that failed… she tried… LOL… to get Susan to impersonate HER… as Kristen… beguiling, fetching… new, hot about town… Susan… as Kristen… to bed Mr. John. This was all happening, as Kristen and Marlena, were held captive… together… by, Susan… ? was it? The best, and funniest storyline, IMO…of DAYS.

it could work, out, that they’ll tell the audience, and a mickeyed John… that he is in fact, EJ’s father… and just doesn’t remember.

Rob
Rob

Maria Arena Hack’s loss is Days’ gain.

That woman wont be happy until the show is called “Daisy Carter” and sinks to number 4 in the ratings.

TnT 2.0 Forever
TnT 2.0 Forever

Co-sign your post! Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time that Maria Arena Hack (I love your name for her, fits her perfectly LOL) has does this and it will not be the last. I’m just happy to see that Eileen Davidson is moving on and doing well.

Iakovos
Iakovos

Fairly new to DOOL. Sold into a harem. Really? I believe DOOL needs to claim some reality and maybe put aside some of this over-the-top nonsense for awhile. The best eps since I have been watching have been those dealing with the young gay man and the death of Lexie. No devil possession. No international arms dealers. No resurrections from the dead. No hazy ambiguous business conglomerates.

kay/kay
kay/kay

That was James Reilly’s doing that is when I quit watching. He is also the guy who gave us Passions which replaced my beloved Another World! I am happy for you guys who enjoyed her character to over the top for my tastes. And no I am not being Mean,mean,mean LOL I will miss her at Y&R!

kelly irons
kelly irons

Oh Yea if anyone has any of ED of YR moving back to Days’ old clips from her many portrayals and characters while on Days the last time, Please do share….I had no idea how talented Eileen is until she got to show her comedic side. She is so one dimensional on YoungRestless and of course we know that is the writer’s fault. It’s no wonder she has not won an Emmy, she is not well written for, never ever. Ok, so my grammer is terrible tonight, but you get the idea. Pull out some clips..again PLEASE.
thank you.

dreadstar
dreadstar

this is a great community ..

dreadstar
dreadstar

hello everyone

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Chad and Abby Share An Emotional Goodbye And Leave Salem Hitched

On Thursday’s episode of NBC’s Days of our Lives, tears were shed not only by the characters on the screen, but by the audience at home … plenty of them if you have been checking out social media since this installment aired.  For in it, viewers had to say goodbye to Chad (Billy Flynn) and Abby (Kate Mansi) as they left Salem to start their new life with their children in Paris.

However, before they make their exit, Chabby fans finally get to see their favorite duo tie the knot in a heartfelt and touching ceremony right in the Horton family living room.  While it was spur of the moment, it could not have been more poignant.  Leave it to Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) to officially preside over the nuptials, JJ (Casey Moss) to play his guitar while his sister walked down the living room aisle to her man, and even Jack (Matt Ashford) showed up to do the right thing to be there for his daughter.

What would a Chabby wedding be without personally written vows, right?  Abigail tells Chad: “When we first fell in love, God, we had no idea of what we were getting ourselves into.  They say that when you meet someone and fall in love, you’re drawn to them, because they have something you need and we’re here today because I need you.  I need your courage, your faith, and love.  I’m so beyond grateful at a second chance with you and a family with our beautiful children. You are the love of my life, Chad. There’s nothing I want more than to spend the rest of my days with you.”

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In a touching moment, Chad is overcome with tears and expresses to Abigail; “You’ve always fought for your health, and for us, and I’m in awe of the woman I fell in love with. I’ll cherish you. I will protect you. I’m yours, and I’ll never doubt you again, because a love like ours really does only come once in a life.”

They exchange rings and Julie pronounces them husband and wife.  But this happy moment is also bittersweet when Chad says, “We hate to marry and run.”  Chabby has a plane to catch to take them to Paris.   Chad looks around the room and at all the special people in his life, and tells the group how special they all are to him.  In that scene, it definitely gave the feels that it was also Billy Flynn saying farewell to his castmates.

Of course … before they leave town Chad and Abby visit Stefan (Tyler Christopher) and Gabi(Camila Banus)is there.  They give them the news that they are leaving for France and are married.  In a moment alone between Abby and Stefan, he apologizes to her. Stefan notes how much he loved the other part of her (Gabby with a “Y”) and knows that she loved him too.  Abby says, “I know”.  Meanwhile, Chad says goodbye to the portrait of his father, Stefano vowing to be back someday.  After Chabby exit the DiMera mansion, Stefan has a meltdown and throws the chest board while Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin) walks in on the scene.

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And finally, in the 10-hankie moment beautifully played by Billy Flynn, Kate Mansi and Melissa Reeves (Jennifer), Chad and Abby at the Horton house to say their final goodbyes to Doug (Bill Hayes) and Julie, Jack, JJ, and Jennifer.  Abigail tells her mother to never give up on her dad.  Chad is in tears as Jennifer tells him she will miss him,  He says, “I will miss you, too”.

It was in that moment that any of us that have ever had to say goodbye to our families and move far away from them, or come back to visit them and then leave again, can relate.  Saying goodbye is often heartbreaking when you leave behind the ones you love.  But, Chad and Abby got their happy ending … for now. However,t his is a soap opera, so you never know how long happiness will last, or when they might be back in Salem.

Kudos to the performances of Billy Flynn, so raw and real, and Kate Mansi playing Abigail with depth and dignity to wrap up the story.

So, what did you think of the Chabby goodbye? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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THIS WEEK: Billy Flynn and Kate Mansi Exit DAYS As Chabby Says Their “I Do’s” In Heart-tugging Moments

By now, Days of our Lives fans have learned that this week marks the end of the run, for now, of Billy Flynn and Kate Mansi as Chad and Abby.  But before they exit look for wedding bells to ring as Chabby remarries.

When Marci Miller decided to depart the role of Abigail, Kate Mansi returned to the role she played before Miller to finish the arc, which would have potentially left Abby to leave town and Chad to be without her, since Mansi signed on to just complete the storyline,

DAYS head writer Ron Carlivati told Soap Opera Digest  (in latest issue on newsstands now) the thought process of having the duo leave together: “While it was kind of agonizing to make the decision that Chad will exit the canvas with Abigail, I decided that was the best thing for the couple, it was the best thing for the fans and it was the best thing for the show. The way that they exit is very, very open-ended. It’s not like someone is going to die. They leave happy and the door is completely open for them to come back. As much as I’m sure some people will be sad to see them go, I think they’ll be happy to see them go together. It just seemed so unfair to not give them a happy ending. And I just didn’t see how that happy ending would work if Chad stayed in Salem and Abigail left.”   He added: “Obviously, if the time is right, the story is right, and the people are available, they’ll be back.”

Looks like we all need to get out the hankies after checking out the latest NBC promo for Chad and Abby’s wedding and farewell.  You can watch it below.  Then let us know if you are sad to see Billy and Kate exit DAYS, and if you hope they will be back sooner than later via the comment section below.

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Drake Hogestyn Chats On John Black’s Latest Predicament With Diana and Leo On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

The complex life of John Black (Drake Hogestyn) just got even more complicated on NBC’s Days of our Lives; thanks to the arrival of his ex-flame Diana Colville (Judith Chapman) and the bombshell that bad boy Leo Stark (Greg Rikaart), who has been causing so much trouble for Will (Chandler Massey) and Sonny (Freddie Smith), is actually his biological son!  Boy, John certainly has had some kids he never knew about pop up (remember, Paul Narita is John’s son, too).  But, is this all a tale spun by Diana, or the truth regarding Leo?

Longtime DAYS vet, Drake Hogestyn sits down with host, Michael Fairman on an all-new installment of NBC’s Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast.  During the conversation, Drake talks about his surprise learning from the script that Diana Cooper was indeed his ex, Diana Colville.

The beloved actor reveals that at one point he thought Genie Francis (Laura, GH) might be coming back to reprise the role, but now that it’s Judith Chapman he is having a great time acting opposite her.  In addition, being a true historian of DAYS, Drake takes the listeners on some fun facts that they may not have remembered. Later, Hogestyn reveals why he and Deidre Hall (Marlena) have found such success as DAYS’ enduring John and Marlena.

Michael commends Drake on his Daytime Emmy Pre-Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his emotional turn following Marlena being shot at the Jarlena nuptials, and the family saying their goodbyes believing she was going to die, especially she the good doc had a DNR request on her legal forms filed with the hospital.

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In the backstage segment of the podcast, Eric Martsolf (Brady) takes Fairman on what a typical production day is like for him and others in Salem: visiting the wardrobe department, stopping to talk to the stage manager, and chatting it up with co-stars along the way including: Lauren Koslow (Kate) and Linsey Godfrey (Sarah).

The new episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast is currently streaming on NBC.com here, and will be available for download via iTunes on Monday.

So, do you think John will do next now that Diana is working her way back into his life, and Leo is his son?  Will he tell Marlena what is going on?  What did you think of the sentiments shared by Drake in the interview? Comment below.

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