Great news for Days of our Lives fans: the NBC soap opera has decided to bring Greg Vaughan back as holy man Eric Brady! Official show teasers reveal that Sami's twin brother will be making his way back to Salem on Friday, April 15 -- which, as fans know, is just weeks before the show delves into May Sweeps material.
There's no word yet on how long Vaughan will be back on-screen, but the actor dishes on his return in a new DAYS promo video, teasing that he and viewers will see a brand-new direction for his alter ego.
"[There are] a lot of unresolved issues between Eric, family, and Nicole [Arianne Zucker], obviously," Vaughan explains, adding that in addition to delving into those loose ends, Eric will also be involved with "new people and new faces and opportunities."
Vaughan also teases that there's a big family crisis ahead, full of "a lot more exciting twists and turns," but he doesn't go into detail about what the crisis could be. However, if the drama ahead compares to what played out the last couple of times viewers saw the character, then seatbelts are probably required! When Eric returned in the summer of 2021, he quickly realized that Nicole had cheated on him with Xander (Paul Telfer), and when he came back to town during the holidays, he was tasked with Marlena's (Deidre Hall) exorcism!
Vaughan originally took on the role of DAYS' Eric in 2012. He was briefly written off the soap opera in 2015 but returned when the writers decided they wanted to incorporate Eric back into storylines. In 2020, the actor shocked viewers when he announced that he had decided to walk away from DAYS, citing the then-uncertainty about the show's future and his feeling that his "time was coming to an end, anyways."
Prior to his DAYS run, Vaughan played Lucky Spencer on General Hospital from 2003 to 2009 and Diego Guittierez on The Young and the Restless from 2002 to 2003. His other TV credits include Queen Sugar, Charmed, Malibu Shores, and Beverly Hills, 90210.
UPDATE (April 18, 2022): Greg Vaughan shares his thoughts on his return to Days of our Lives. To read what he has to say, continue reading here.
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