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42 June 19th, 2014 Daytime Emmy Nominee Eileen Davidson Reveals More On Her Deal With Y&R On Home & Family! There Still Can Be Some DAYS In Her Future!

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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?

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  1. Steven says:

    I’m glad that her new Y&R contract allows her to visit DAYS (when needed)!
    That tells me that DAYS has left the door open for Kristen to return (after the 12 weeks).

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    dmr replied

    Me, too. Eileen is so incredibly talented! I absolutely adore her on DOOL!

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    MBmomof3 replied

    Me too. I just love her portrayal of both Kristen and Ashley. As a fan of both DOOL and Y&R I am so pleased to know she is available for both roles. Congrats to Eileen and her fans!

  2. Llanviewer717 says:

    Glad to hear that Eileen’s contract allows her to appear on Days from time to time. I haven’t see Christina Ferrare in years. She looks great.

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  3. Joyce says:

    Eileen Davidson just signed a two year contract with Y&R with the option to also do some scenes on Days. That stinks. Billy Miller could not get a contract to do some other things while on Y&R and they turned him down and he left the show along with 1 1/2 million viewers. How exactly does that work FAVORETS I guess.

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    Mama replied

    Perhaps. But she does have seniority over him. Eileen Davidson was on the show for 27 years before Billy Miller came aboard.

    She deserves SOMETHING for that.

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    Ashleigh replied

    Wow, Joyce, I basically just left the exact same comment as you before reading yours! Great minds think a like! :)

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    Mo replied

    I don’t know what Billy was asking for, but it is a shame they couldn’t work out a contract. He is sorely missed on Y&R. Hopefully nuBilly can breathe new life into the character.

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    harry replied

    David Tom is doing a wonderful job–he is Billy Abbott. I can’t help but think that the powers that be are watching the latest tapes thinking,’We’ve made a terrible mistake.’ He has really stepped back into his shoes and has found his stride. Dumb mistake.
    About Eileen–she astounds me with her ageless beauty and has managed to sustain it without visible signs of plastic surgery or botox injections. I can only hope the writers hand her some decent material. Last time I saw her on Y&R she was hitting on Stitch, who is young enough to be her son, and he politely rejected her overtures. She’s too good for that. I smelled JFP all over that scene as she loves to humiliate female characters played by actresses for whom she does not care. Just ask Genie Francess.

    Travis T Thomas replied

    The difference is that YR & Days can work together to make that happen because they are both owned by Sony. Billy Miller was doing a lot more Primetime so YR wont have any control over shooting schedules, and Primetime shows are not going to work around his YR schedule either.

    If he booked a role in advance thats great because a writing team can work around that. But for quicker turn around roles from audition to shooting, its not so easy to make that happen in a blink of an eye. For instance everytime they brought him back for Ringer, his YR storyline kept getting interrupted. It truly does effect shooting schedules. The only way this could truly work was for him to book shows on CBS where in house they can make it work like Victoria Rowell had when she shot YR and Diagnosis Murder at the same time. Same network, Same house, Same Goals. But for a different network, they could care less about his YR shooting schedule.

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    k/kay replied

    @T Thomas very good points made on your post and if everybody is truly a fan of Billy Miller be happy for him. If he really wants to do other things besides Daytime he needs to get out there and be free to do it.

    KansasGuest replied

    You are absolutely correct, Travis. Miller’s situation cannot be compared at all to Davidson’s. First, Davidson proved herself to be a draw decades ago playing the same roles on DAYS & Y&R. She has established fan bases w/each show, & more importantly, the professional reputation & relationships to back that up. They know what to expect from her & that she will deliver because of her track record.

    Miller OTOH wants to have his cake & eat it, too. If he wants to be available for bigger jobs, he should have done what many former soap actors do & leap! It could pay off in spades like it did for Julianne Moore, Marisa Tomei, Nathan Fillion & Alec Baldwin. On GH, Bradford Anderson & Julie Berman decided it was their time to go last year. So, off they went, with the best wishes of the GH brass. A clean, honest break is best IMO for viewers & TPTB because it allows them to write better stories. For instance, as much as GH fans like Robin, the consensus has been that it has been lousy for her character to go bouncing in & out of PC like a yo-yo. Sometimes a producer really does need to do what is best for the character & the soap; not the actor. Kimberly McCullough may have wanted to give Robin closure. But, her directing priorities & the story twists need to justify Robin’s absence because of them have gutted the character horribly.

    Stephanie replied

    Jill Farren Phelps didn’t like Billy Miller. It’s well-know they didn’t get along. He was no FOJ. She had no intention of re-signing him to a new contract. He didn’t disrupt Y&R one bit last year. Now that the show’s ratings are in-trouble, she’s in a panic and thinks Eileen Davidson will help revive Y&R. She won’t. When a show runs off talent like Michelle Stafford, Michael Muhney, and Billy Miller, it’s going to have a negative impact on the audience. Phelps didn’t like those three actors at all. So a lot of viewers have left and the key female demos are way down. JFP is getting exactly what she deserves. Karma.

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    harry replied

    I wish you folks could get over Billy Miller. He’s gone, it’s done, deal with it. It ws partly fans inability to get over his leaving which has led to the swift and undeserved dismissal of David Tom who is owning the role of Billy Abbott.
    I loved Billy Miller too, but I no longer miss him.

  4. aria says:

    she’s probably got the best gig in all of daytime. two soaps, the different fan base, two juicy characters. don’t watch either show, but still hey when someone got it going on you got to give them their prop.You go girl. congrats…

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    4ever DAYS replied

    If you can find the time, check her out as Kristen on DAYS! You’ll be glad you did!!!

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    dmr replied

    Eileen is incredible as Kristen Dimera on DAYS! I hope she takes home this year’s Lead Actress Emmy!

  5. Ashleigh says:

    I don’t get it. Why do they give her the freedom to go to a competing soap, but not Billy Miller to persue other side jobs? This stinks. I loathe JPF. I guess it’ll be nice to have Ashley back though.

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  6. Mark says:

    I love her on any show! She could read the phonebook and id watch

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  7. Mo says:

    Glad she can still come to Days, but it won’t be for a long periods if she’s got story on Y&R.

    I would like to see Ashley with Stitch. After Victoria goes back to Billy and has his baby, Stitch will need someone.

    Ashley also needs to straighten out Abby. Get her away from Tyler, with whom she has no chemistry. I tend to blame that on the actor who is pretty wooden. Pretty faces (and abs) are only good if they can act.

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  8. jonboy says:

    Just glad to have a familiar face on this show being overtaken by newbies.

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    MBmomof3 replied

    Me too. I read that Beth Maitland will be returning too. Maybe this show will become recognizable once again. Now if only the writing would improve…

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  9. Annie says:

    I watch both shows and would have preferred Days for the long term deal because Kristen is just so much more interesting than Ashley, but hopefully the new regime at Y&R will realize the kind of meaty stuff she can do and use her, instead of having her wring her hands over Abby or Victor.

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    4ever DAYS replied

    She probably chose to Yawn & Rest to gain the strength needed for her DAYS to come!

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  10. Joyce says:

    The more I think about it you at Y&R waited until Billy Miller signed on with General Hospital before giving Eileen Davidson the kind of contracts that Billy asked for and didn’t get. That is REALLY UNFAIR and I hope others will think twice before signing with Y&R so they don’t get screwed like Billy.

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  11. jaybird369 says:

    Let me get this straight…in her new 2 year contract with Y&R, Eileen Davidson is allowed some OUTS (or whatever) to do some episodes (here and there or whenever) of DOOL?!?!? Yet…TPTB REFUSED to do the same for Billy Miller when he asked for some OUTS in his contract?!?!? In more ways than one, that TOTALLY BLOWS!!!!! Bottom Line Here: HYPOCRISY 101 AT LARGE!!!!! Dumb.

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    KatieR replied

    they originally refused to share Eileen with Days too but then Sony went over YR and fired her b/c they felt and rightly knew she could have a much larger impact at Days. It’s just nowhere near the same situation. The mere fact that Sony owns both shows and wants the best for each means that YR really has no choice but to allow her time at Days if they want her on contract.

    In any case I wish she were at Days fulltime, but alas I understand why she doesn’t want to. It’s just sad with Stefano barely on, EJ leaving, there is no DImera family come November except nuChad who has yet to be seen. A thoroughly depressing thought. Kristen should be running that town, moving everyone like Stefano’s chess pieces.

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    Patrick replied

    “… Kristen should be running that town, moving everyone like Stefano’s chess pieces.”

    Yes, Yes, and MORE yes

    Eileen Davidson : quote : said she had the best year of her life… ???? when she came back to Days of OUR Lives. I’m besotted with her for that.

    then she took time off… that’s good… happy for her personal life

    then she comes back for 3 months… and now she’s off to Genoa City

    ghost town…. b movie : no oomph or pizzazz : lacks stirring : where’s the spell

    the scripts are nowhere

    I will record just fridays when she premieres

    4ever DAYS replied

    NOTICE!!!

    Eileen’s DAYS are NOT just some episodes here and there! Watch her 3 month stint on DAYS! Kristen is not a supporting character! Her visits to DAYS are momentous!!!

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  12. PatF says:

    People really can’t comment on her contract versus Miller’s because you don’t exactly know what each was looking for.

    Each contract is different folks.

    He may have wanted more money, etc. Chill out.

    Plus it’s Eileen!!!!

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    4ever DAYS replied

    LOL!!!

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    DidjaNoit replied

    Thank you! Finally a voice of reason, lol. You’d think there were a bunch of soap fans sitting in on the contract negotiations for all these actors, the way some people are so certain about the terms and conditions each actor/actress wants. That’s why everyone involved uses lawyers, because it’s contract law!

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    harry replied

    Yes, I agree. Can we please read an article about Y&R’s actors without injecting Billy Miller into the subject? Really, I am so sick of the subject of Billy Miller and really, if you want to cry for justice as far as Y&R soap actors are concerned, cry for David Tom.

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  13. nicole says:

    Agreed. What Miller is asking for is the ability to audition for pilots. Which means as a producer is harder to plan around if he lands something. What Eileen seems to want is a steady schedule she just wants more time to spend with her family. Plus if Days needs her they can plan that in far enough advance.

    Unlike with what Miller wanted you cant write/ produce for amajor character with the fear that he will walk in and announce that he landed another role and will need 2 weeks off to film in the middle of a major story.

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    Whitney S replied

    BALONEY. BM didn’t disrupt anything last year. This is just fantasy for people to justify the double-standard JFP applies to Steve Burton and Eileen Davidson and not Billy Miller. It’s well-known she didn’t like Billy Miller. He was no FOJ, so he got the boot. Now that Y&R is sinking, she’s desperate and ED is brought back. Big news is that ED isn’t going to save Y&R. Ashley is a crashing bore character. Her character on DAYS is dynamic. The one on Y&R, not at all.

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    nicole replied

    Well known by who? Gossip, there is no proof that JFP did or did not like Miller. I have my theory and you have yours. Unless Miller or JFP said in an interview somewhere. It is all a theory.

    And I tend to think that some fans assign more emotion to these things than either of the participants. I would bet that to JFP and to Miller it was/is just business.

  14. Patrick says:

    I”m envious for fans of Y&R

    steaming livid

    comeuppance

    epic fail : I presume

    LOL

    Salem’ites : stand ready : prevail

    Days will overthrow Y&R

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  15. Polly says:

    All my DAYS watching friends and I are just counting the minutes until her return. It will be a welcome breath of fresh air!
    Personally, I cannot watch another wrung-out breakup between Daniel and Jennifer (OMG—writers, really? Just poke me in the eyes with a sharp stick) or Eric/Nicole. I could yawn myself to death. Fine, Eric–go back to the priesthood, just go and do something! Even the Brady/Teresa scenes are painful, but at least Martsolf keeps it interesting. His wrung-out agonizing breakup scenes are all with Jon, anyway! LOL

    Kristen, Kristen, please deliver us from the summer doldrums!

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    Patrick replied

    LOL

    “…(OMG—writers, really? Just poke me in the eyes with a sharp stick) ”

    gouge mine out till it’s over…. The crusade is over… endearing the dullest couple in Days history is spent… lost …. damned… tarnishing… sexless … coma

    Daniel and Jenn need to be orbited right outa salem.

    once again godlike Daniel is given the last take… and/or scene to ruin a fine impressive fan prop for Camila Banus… Gabi… as she exits in fine form. I applaud her reel… I’ll miss Gabi…. I was overcome by Rafe… he was the bomb… a man emotional over his sister…. when he was done talking to his mom… about the state of Gabs life…. the look of forlorn… emotion overcome… as he hung up and took a sip of his beer… was priceless… I knew Rafe had it in him… bravo!

    any way: Rafe is telling Hope he’d like to be the one to tell godlike Daniel… about Gabi misdeed misfortune at having been caught… her keeping secret Melanie’s kidnapping by Alex… Rafe : “if you can find it in your heart to forgive me”

    that was enough… fan uproar… damnation !

    Daniel: “I can’t say anything right now, till I talk to my daughter”

    balk! who cares ! Shawn Christian cannot I repeat… can not ACT ! he’s so stiff… lost within his own eyes darting to and fro lifeless…

    “Father” Eric : Greg Vaughan is forgiven… he’s gorgeous easy on the eyes stimulate. at this point its no longer hurry up and wait

    the church left ‘him” banished his priest hood…. it’s time for him to man up and step up to the plate…

    Nicole for gods sake… was his 1st love.. and he hers. no respect for AZ’ Nicole’ performance… isn’t she riveting…. the pain she renders for the audience is pulling at the heart

    it’s not fair to her… how the three amigos (Eric, Brady, Daniel)… her man friends at one time or the other have disrespected her… thank goodness Rafe is still her friend. they’ve made love… proclaimed to all of Salem… at least Eric is preaching to all of Salem… as Nicole took the fall and blame for hottie Dr. Chyka

    I fear this isn’t going to resolve itself… at least with eric and nicole gettting together till after ED” Kristen has given us her story arc. I still think he’s worth the wait. but… if Eric can’t make a decision… it’s making them both look too lame and one note dumb and dumber… MOVE us with your hot pairing

    I really have to point out… and I don’t mind doing it… if the story is lax lame and lulling the audience attention span… then I savor the actors … for their individucal performances…. I love Eric Martsolf and Jenn Lilly… take after take… they real their unique uninhibited real

    I simply adore these characters… do they belong together… I think fan majority knows with you… it’s not going to take… it’s filler till the bombshell Kristen happens… just like its standstill for Eric and Nicole….

    I think a lot is going to happen…. and circumvent Eileen Davidson return

    I’m really hoping Kristen comes back with a baby…
    I’m hoping Eve kicks ass with Jennifer Horton… and supports Theresa…

    it’d be through the roof if Eve was to illicit some romance with Justin and Adrienne has to pull out all the stops to keep whats her

    for the love of serial…. writing team… feature Kayla and Hope vying for the affections of hottie Aiden…. a Brady and Horton woman… eclipsing simmering with tantalize how beautiful these women are…. it’s a big story

    please bring back Sheryl for commands attention Lucas!

    are Rafe and Kate back ? I loved them the first time around… what a great piqued reminder how steamy they are… the jordan and ben mystery has to be the longest drawn out story in all of days history.

    too cute for words… T and Abs… not nuBen… he’s not man enough ?

    pressing for DOOL

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  16. Max says:

    Eileen deserves to win the Emmy. There is no character on the soaps like Kristin Dimera. So twisted and so vulnerable at the same time. Most are just twisted or just evil but Kristin has so many levels and such dept. Great job Eileen!

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  17. Izabel says:

    Yes! Love ashley’. Finally y&r makes a good decision. If I had it my way I would allow other fave actors from y&r return or pop up periodically to the show and juggle 2 roles at once.. It can be done apparently? *phyllis? *b miller? *Chloe?
    Anyway, hope for the best of her return.
    Also, where is kyle?? And what did they do with tracy?? LOL

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  18. Nick D. says:

    This is the contract that Eileen has been wanting.

    She doesn’t want to do Days full time for whatever reason – even though she clearly loves the role of Kristen. I think she used the fact that Days needs her so badly (even in a very limited capacity) as leverage to score the contract for Y&R (also a Sony soap), where she prefers to work as her main gig.

    Although Eileen says that the contract “allows” her to shoot some eps. of Days here and there, I think it is far more likely that the contract requires her to shoot a certain # of Days episodes over the 2 years span.

    This is the best outcome for Eileen (who clearly prefers Y&R) and Sony (who I’m sure loves her on Y&R but NEEDS her very badly to prop up Days). It is great to be so in-demand and there is no actress who deserves the popularity more than Eileen does – whatever that star quality is, she has it in spades. If Eileen doesn’t win the Daytime Emmy this year then there is truly something wrong with the process. Luckily, she is well liked by the people at Y&R and B&B as well as Days, so I’d say that she has a great shot at getting the votes necessary to win.

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