It’s so hard to say goodbye, and while fans of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS are sorry to see Eileen Davidson leave the soap, her co-stars are also going to miss her very much. Davidson has been playing Ashley Abbott on and off since 1982, so she has seen plenty of castmates come and go herself, but this time around it’s her that everyone has to say goodbye to.
Davidson has already explained her decision to leave the soap, and even shared emotional Instagram videos of her final days on the set. Y&R also sat the actress down to look back at some classic clips of Ashley from when she first started all the way up to her recent storylines and she broke down in tears as she bid the fans farewell.
Browse through the gallery below to see the stars’ heartfelt farewells to their departing friend
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Yr Traci Ashley
Beth Maitland (Traci)
"From the moment we met on the set these many years ago, we were sisters. Ups and downs, life events and comings and goings, we were always returning to the foundation of those days, and I will forever be blessed by the times I have shared with Eileen."
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Melissa Ordway (Abby)
"I have been a huge fan of Eileen Davidson since I can remember. Growing up, I loved watching her play Ashley Abbott. She was so beautiful and talented. When I met her, she exceeded my expectations. Eileen is so kind, gorgeous and wonderful. Her talent is so undeniable and she makes everyone lucky enough to work with her a better actor. I feel so lucky to have gotten to work with her and to call her my friend."
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Marla Adams (Dina)
"I love Eileen so much. We’ve had so many wonderful scenes together. When I returned to the show, we did a scene in the Abbott Living Room and at the end of the scene Eileen cried. I knew then that we would make magic together. I will miss her, but respect her decision and hope to see her soon."
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Jason Thompson (Billy)
"Professional, kind, talented, beautiful, caring, funny, I could go on.. A bright light who would say 'Good morning' to the entire crew every day before the first scene was shot. I will miss Eileen, the Abbotts will miss Eileen, the fans will miss Eileen... Billy will miss Eileen, most of the time... We love Eileen."
Yr Ashley Lauren
Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren)
"I have known Eileen since my first day. I have always loved working with her as she is as talented as they get, funny as hell and sensitive in the way of always asking how things are going. I will miss her much but she lives down the street from me, so chances are good I will see her in the hood! Love you Ei!"
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Eric Braeden (Victor)
"Miss Eileen Davidson already!"