Updated: October 5.

NBC has released this first glimpse of Kristen's (Eileen Davidson) return to Salem. Take a look.

Original article: July 5.

Rumors have been swirling for months that Eileen Davidson would be returning to the role of Kristen Blake but The Hollywood Reporter has finally received official confirmation from NBC.

The character has not been seen on "Days of our Lives" since 1998 but will be back in Salem this fall. This will bring another DiMera back into the fold and could cause some serious upset. No word yet on what, or who, will be bringing her back to town. Since leaving Salem, the actress and author has been appearing as Ashley Abbott on "The Young And The Restless" and "The Bold And The Beautiful."

Look for her to be back in town on October 11.

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