For nearly 15 years, Eakes has played Macy on the CBS soap The Bold and the Beautiful. Recently, Eakes' B&B alter ego was felled by a falling chandelier and she landed in a coma. According to a B&B setside source, the show's head writer and executive producer Bradley Bell was unable to come up with addition story for Eakes' character. The plan was to keep Macy in a coma until the show could devise a new storyline for the character.
Eakes learned of the casting call for Krystal and asked show execs to be let out of her contract. While under contract to The Bold and the Beautiful, Eakes would be barred from auditioning for another soap. Bell is said to have reluctantly agreed -- and even privately hoped that Eakes would not land the role on All My Children.
During a recent photo shoot of the entire B&B cast, Eakes was asked to leave. The request to have the actress leave halfway through the shoot caught many of her co-stars by surprise. The request was apparently made so that Eakes would not appear in publicity photos on the event that she exited the show. Eakes joined the cast of The Bold and the Beautiful in 1989.
Eakes will have to relocate for her new gig on the ABC soap. The Bold and the Beautiful tapes in Los Angeles; All My Children films in New York City.
According to All My Children's head writer Megan McTavish, Krystal is slated for an eventual romance with Tad Martin, played by Emmy winner Michael E Knight. In addition, Krystal is Pine Valley newcomer Babe's mother.
A first airdate has not yet been released by ABC. Likewise, a final airdate for Eakes on B&B has not yet been announced by CBS. Eakes tapes her first AMC scenes on November 5th and airs on-screen for the first time on December 5th.