The biggest secret that’s not really a secret is out! Soap vet and fan favorite Eileen Davidson returning to ‘Days of our Lives’!
The Hollywood Reporter confirmed exclusively today that the actress will be playing Kristen Blake upon her return. "I’m thrilled to embark on this new adventure at Days at excited to revisit Kristen and who knows who else! Not to mention my old friends in the cast and crew," said the actress to THR. Davidson will first air October 11.
In May, after rumors began to spread that she was leaving The Young and the Restless, the actress confirmed she was fired by tweeting, "Last week I lost my childcare. This week I lost my job! It all works out because I don’t need a babysitter if I’m not working." Surprisingly, no official reason was given for her termination.
Though reports of the actress’ inevitable return have been rumored since her firing in May, it was actually Nelson Branco’s Soap Uncensored that broke the news its June 26 issue (Issue 26, No. 34). In it, Soap Uncensored reported, "At first, Sony wanted Davidson on both DAYS and Y&R. However sources say that the Y&R writing team refused to share Davidson with DAYS and forced Sony to make a decision, ultimately leading to her Y&R firing." For more on the details on her exit, pick up the June 26th issue of Soap Uncensored.
The actress previously played Kristen Blake from 1993-1998. During her tenure at DAYS, Davidson earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress for playing five characters (Kristen, Susan, Sister Mary Moira, Thomas and Penelope).
Davidson was also let go in 2006 by then-executive producers Lynn Marie Latham and Josh Griffith. She would go on to join sister soap The Bold and the Beautiful from 2007-2008 before returning to Y&R in the summer of 2008.