Eileen Davidson Left RHOBH to Focus on Her Scripted Soap Roles
Days of Our Lives is having a casting bonanza these days, with familiar faces returning to the fold from Alison Sweeney to Chandler Massey and Eileen Davidson. With Davidson adding another to show to her already busy schedule, something had to give.
She is, of course, sticking with her role as Ashley Abbott on The Young and the Restless, but her days on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills are over — for now. The first hint of her exit happened when Camille Grammer shared a photo of the Season 8 cast and recurring guests in Las Vegas. Davidson was nowhere to be seen.
Davidson responded to fans’ questions on Instagram by confirming that she was out of RHOBH for Season 8 because she had too much on her plate.
"After a lot of thought, because of my crazy scheds at YR and DOOL, I've decided it's best for me and my fam to step away from being a housewife for now," she wrote on her Instagram page. "But ya never know! I might be popping in to see what the ladies are up to from time to time! Thanks for your love and support guys!!!!"
Davidson is definitely leaving the door open and every Housewives franchise fan knows that the women should never say never to a return. Viewers have seen cast members like NeNe Leakes and Bethenny Frankel come in and out of the series only to return when Bravo producers realize their magic is missing.
While Davidson didn’t stir up the drama as much as Frankel or Leakes, there is still a possibility for a Season 9 return. The producers would probably love to get Davidson back in the same room as her frenemy Lisa Vanderpump.
For now, Davidson is focused on scripted material, which means her regular Y&R gig on CBS and her temporary return to DOOL. For any actress, being this much in demand is a fabulous problem. RHOBH isn’t going anywhere, so I’m betting we see a Davidson return sooner versus later.