It’s a big week for Outstanding Lead Actress Nominee Eileen Davidson as she heads into Sunday’s 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, since she is considered one of the favorites to win the gold for her performance on Days of our Lives as Kristen DiMera! And on top of that, Davidson just signed a new two -year deal to return to The Young and the Restless to play Ashley Abbott.
The beautiful and talented star visits Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family today chatting with hosts Christina Ferrare and Mark Steines all about her new contract, what happened when she was originally fired by Y&R, coming over to DAYS, and now returning to the CBS soap. As revealed in her pre-taped discussion with Christina and Mark, her new deal gives her time to visit DAYS too!
Eileen remarked, “I just signed a two-year deal with Y&R again. I left DAYS a year-ago to spend more time with our 11-year-old son, who’s transitioning into the sixth grade. I took some time off and I did a small story arc on DAYS, which I just wrapped up two weeks ago. It’s going to start airing at the end of July for three months where Kristen comes back into town. I know, it’s very complicated (laughs) and now I’m back on The Young and the Restless starting in September for two years … but it’s in my contract that I can do some days on DAYS!”
On feeling wanted again by the show that originally let her go, Davidson said it has to do with the changing of the guard who is now at the helm in Genoa City and the network: “It was really nice. It was very rewarding to know. There had been a changing of the guard there too in the interim, so they were like, ‘Oh, my god. We want you back!’ CBS Daytime was like, ‘Please, come back! ’ They were very nice about it.”
As for her time at DAYS for the year that won her a shot at an Emmy, Davidson commented, “I had the best year of my life … the best material …. a great time with wonderful people … and then I was awarded with an Emmy nomination!”
Watch Eileen’s segment on Home & Family below! Then, let us know, are you happy to hear she can still return to DAYS? What do you think about her new deal? What do you think will happen to Ashley when she returns to GC this time?