Eileen Davidson to exit The Young and the Restless

Posted Wednesday, June 27, 2018 1:13:24 PM
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The Young and the Restless is losing another high-profile actress. Eileen Davidson (Ashley Abbott) has made the decision to leave her Emmy-winning role.

It's a revelation that will make the identity of Jack's father pale in comparison. Eileen Davidson (Ashley Abbott) is walking away from The Young and the Restless.

"I am leaving my second home @YandR_CBS in September," Davidson shared on Twitter. "I've been so blessed to be able to play Ashley Abbott and work with the amazing people on the show and have nothing but gratitude and love for all!"

Davidson is said to be exiting the top-rated CBS soap because of a desire to spend more time with her family.

"Time for a little more control over my day to day," Davidson added in her tweet along with heart and kiss emoji.

In initially reporting Davidson's exit, Daytime Confidential also cited the show's "no raises policy" as another possible reason that Davidson walked, an apparent nod to claims that the show's production company and distributor, Sony Pictures Television, has taken a hard line on salaries during contract negotiations.

Davidson has been playing the role of Ashley off and on since June 1982. Earlier this year, Davidson took home the Outstanding Lead Actress trophy at the Daytime Emmys.

Fans have already been suggesting that Davidson return to Days of our Lives, which, somewhat ironically, is also produced and distributed by Sony. There's just one rather large problem -- and you can read all about that here.

A spokesperson for The Young and the Restless did not immediately respond to a request for comment. However, the show has a longstanding policy of not commenting on contracts.

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