Days of our Lives
will be saying goodbye to another cast member in the coming weeks.
Soapcentral.com is reporting that Julie Pinson
, known for playing Billie Reed on the NBC soap, is being written out as part of the show's continued efforts to slash its budget. There is also talk that the decision to write Pinson's character made by the show's interim writing staff, who are standing in for the regular writers while they are on strike.
It is not clear at this point just how Pinson's departure will be reflect in the series, the writers could decide to leave a window of opportunity open for the character to return, as they have done so several times in the past.
The role of Billie was originated by Lisa Rinna in 1992. Rinna left Days of our Lives
in 1995, with Billie leaving Salem in order to let Bo (Peter Reckell
) and Hope (Kristian Alfonso
) be together. The following year, Billie returned to Salem, and the actress tasked to take over the role was Krista Allen. Her stint lasted until 1999, and Billie was last seen skipping town once more.
In 2002, the show's writers decided to bring Billie back into the show again, but it seemed Rinna's tight schedule would not permit her to reprise the role. Allen declined to go back to the Days of our Lives
, reportedly claiming that she no longer wanted to work in daytime television. Fans threw Julie Pinson's name into the mix, as she bears a strong resemblance to Rinna. However, the show was able to talk Rinna into coming back, and the actress remained with the series for another six months before permanently leaving. In early 2003, viewers watched as Billie left Salem to join the ISA in London.
Julie Pinson finally took over the role in 2004. Prior to joining Days of our Lives
, Pinson appeared on the ABC daytime drama Port Charles
, in which she played Eve Lambert. She stayed with the show for five years, after which she had a brief stint on another soap, The Young and the Restless
NBC has yet to announce a final airdate for Pinson. A spokesperson for the show told soapcentral.com that the actress “is still at work” and that they “do not comment on contracts.”
-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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