‘RHOBH’ alum Eileen Davidson is leaving ‘Young and the Restless’ again

Eileen Davidson is bidding farewell to Genoa City. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alum announced that she is departing The Young and the Restless once again.

“Yes I am leaving my second home @YandR_CBS in September,” the actress, 59, tweeted on Wednesday, June 27. “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!!!”

She added that she made the decision so she can have “a little more control” over her day-to-day life.

Davidson originated the part of Ashley in June 1982. She first exited the long-running soap opera in December 1988. Brenda Epperson assumed the role of the headstrong character until 1995 before being recast by Shari Shattuck. Davidson returned in March 1999 and has continued in the role ever since. Ashley also briefly crossed over to the sister show The Bold and the Beautiful in 2007 and 2008.

The former Bravo personality has been nominated for four Daytime Emmy Awards throughout her career. She won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series twice: first in 2014 for Days of Our Lives, on which she played Kristen DiMera, and again in 2018 for The Young and the Restless.

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PASADENA, CA - APRIL 29: Eileen Davidson attends the 2018 Daytime Emmy Awards Press Room at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on April 29, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - MARCH 28: Actress Eileen Davidson visits Hallmark's 'Home & Family' at Universal Studios Hollywood on March 28, 2018 in Universal City, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 28: Actress Eileen Davidson arrives at Peggy Albrecht Friendly House's 28th Annual Awards Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 28, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 06: Actress Eileen Davidson attends the premiere of 'Sharknado 5: Global Swarming' at The LINQ Hotel & Casino on August 6, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Caesars Entertainment)
WESTWOOD, CA - JULY 23: Actress Eileen Davidson attends the premiere of Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation's 'The Emoji Movie' at Regency Village Theatre on July 23, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Tara Ziemba/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - JULY 23: Actress Eileen Davidson attends the premiere of Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures 'The Emoji Movie' at Regency Village Theatre on July 23, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)
CENTURY CITY, CA - APRIL 08: Actress Eileen Davidson attends the Grand Reopening of Macy's Westfield Century City on April 8, 2017 in Century City, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Actress Eileen Davidson attends 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' TV episode debut at PUMP Restaurant on February 21, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured (l-r): Lisa Rinna and Eileen Davidson -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31: Eileen Davidson visits at SiriusXM Studios on January 31, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 02: Actress / Reality TV Personality Eileen Davidson attends the premiere party for Bravo Networks' 'Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills' Season 7 at Sofitel Los Angeles At Beverly Hills on December 2, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 10: Eileen Davidson attends 'The Young And The Restless' Live Script Read And Panel at The Paley Center for Media on November 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Renard Garr/Getty Images)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS -- Episode 718 'Diamonds Under Pressure' -- Pictured: (l-r) Lisa Vanderpump, Dorit Kemsley, Eileen Davidson, Kyle Richards, Lisa Rinna -- (Photo by: Isabella Vosmikova/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 29: Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott), Eileen Davidson (Ashley Abbott), and Gina Tognoni (Phyllis Abbott) on The Young and the Restless. THE YOUNG THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS Airs Weekdays (12:30-1:30 PM, ET; 11:30 AM-12:30 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS -- Season:7 -- Pictured: Eileen Davidson -- (Photo by: Richie Knapp/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 10: Eileen Davidson attends the CBS, CW, Showtime Summer TCA Party at Pacific Design Center on August 10, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS -- 'Reunion' -- Pictured: (l-r) Lisa Rinna, Eileen Davidson, Kathryn Edwards, Erika Girardi -- (Photo by: Isabella Vosmikova/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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Davidson also starred on seasons 5, 6 and 7 of RHOBH before her exit in 2017. “After a lot of careful thought, I’ve decided because of my crazy schedules at The Young and the Restless, as well as Days of Our Lives, it’s best for me and my family if I step away from being a Housewife for now,” she said in a statement at the time. “But you never know, I might be popping in from time to time just to see what the ladies are up to! Thanks for your love and support guys!”

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