Lisa Rinna will bring Billie Reed back to Salem in March 2012. Days of our Lives has now confirmed the actress' return to the NBC soap. Rinna, who has become a reality television star, last appeared on DAYS in 2003.
NBC has now confirmed that Lisa Rinna will, in fact, be headed back to Days of our Lives. Word of Rinna's return to daytime first leaked just before Halloween
when the Huffington Post
reported that the NBC soap was looking to cast a high-profile star to generate additional interest in the show.
"I am so thrilled to be back and excited to be acting again," Rinna told the Hollywood Reporter
. "I have done reality shows, talk shows and I thought, what a great way to come back and play a character that I love to play so much. Feels very full circle -- like a new old chapter."
Rinna debuted as Billie Reed in 1992 and remained with the show for three years. She returned for a short-term engagement from July 2002 to January 2003. Since leaving Days of our Lives, Rinna has gone on to find even more celebrity as a host of Red Carpet coverage at awards shows and as a contestant on several reality programs. Rinna was also an Emmy-nominated co-host of the soap-skewing talk show, Soap Talk
Though it's been nearly nine years since Rinna made her last appearance on Days of our Lives, that's not the last time that fans caught a glimpse of Billie. Julie Pinson
was the last actress to step into Billie's shoes, playing the role from 2004
So why bring Billie back into the fold now?
"Lisa is doing a James Franco," a source told the Huffington Post
, referencing Franco's ongoing special guest star role on General Hospital. "There is something full circle about bringing her back to the role that made her famous and now harnessing her celebrity to secure the future of the show."
Details of Rinna's story are still being kept under wraps. NBC would only say that Rinna's story will be "explosive" and involve interaction with on-screen mom Lauren Koslow
) and former soap lover Peter Reckell
Rinna reports back to work this week, and her scenes will air March 8.
: Due to a pre-emption, Rinna's first airdate will now be March 9.