Fans of DAYS OF OUR LIVES were upset when Arianne Zucker announced that she was leaving the soap after 18 years as Nicole Walker. But recent mentions of the character have many wondering is Nicole coming back to DAYS? In a recent interview with Soaps In Depth, the actress admitted that she was grateful to the show for not killing her off so she could still return to Salem one day! “I love the fact that my line was ‘As God is my witness, I will be back!’” Zucker confided. “I mean, that’s kind of great.” And now it's being reported that the actress has returned to work at the soap and Nicole should be returning sometime in the fall!
Because the actress has been keeping very busy with projects like the Lifetime movie Web Cam Girls, she allows that any return to daytime would require some very careful schedule maintenance. “I keep booking these movies and I’m really enjoying them,” Zucker explained, “so I know it’s tough on the schedule for DAYS and it’s not fair to your fellow actors to just take off on such short notice."
But she also notes that that there is still a lot of story to tell with Nicole and Brady and Eric. “Yeah, plenty! Plenty of trouble to get herself into, making bad choices as usual!”
"If only I could figure out a way to have you both..." Nicole mused. (Photo Credit: XJJohnson/jpistudios.com)
What Happened to Nicole on DAYS
Nicole made her debut back in 1998, arriving in Salem with dreams of being a model. She fell in love with Eric Brady, who convinced his sister, Sami, to give the newcomer a modeling contract and put her on the cover of Bella Magazine. Smitten with the blonde, Lucas tried to steal Nicole away from Eric. She agreed to marry Lucas in exchange for five million dollars, but when Victor took the money away from her, she realized her horrible mistake. She then cozied up to Victor and married him next, faking his death to enjoy his fortune as the grieving widow and pursue his grandson, Brady. In order to keep Brady for herself, Nicole tried to disfigure his first love, Chloe, but Sami exposed her scheme forcing Nicole to run away to Los Angeles.
Returning a couple years later, Nicole tried to insist she was still married to Victor but then learned that marriage and her one to Lucas were invalid because she was still married to her abusive first husband, Trent! After sleeping with EJ, Nicole became pregnant, but when she miscarried, she continued to fake the pregnancy so he wouldn’t leave her. She tried adopting Mia’s baby to claim it as her own, but her lies were exposed and she was sent to prison.
A toast to the most dysfunctional relationship ever! (Photo Credit: Paul Skipper/jpistudios.com)
Anna helped get Nicole out of jail, and helping EJ run for mayor of Salem brought them back together again. But she dumped him after learning he’d cheated on her with Sami! Nicole learned she was pregnant again, and Rafe stepped in to claim he was the daddy to protect them from EJ. But sadly, Nicole lost this baby as well and forced a fight with Jennifer so she could fall down a flight of stairs and blame her for losing the baby. After the truth was exposed, a distraught Nicole tried to take her own life but was stopped by Daniel and Rafe.
When Eric returned to Salem as a priest, the fact that he was now a priest made Nicole wary of the feelings she still had for them. Although they briefly became engaged, Nicole dumped him for Daniel, but he died in a tragic car accident that Eric was responsible for. Chloe had agreed to act as a surrogate for Daniel and Nicole and while the first attempt failed, the second worked. But Chloe claimed the baby as her own because Nicole had gotten involved in a relationship with Deimos Kiriakis, and she didn’t want the child anywhere near that villain. After the truth came out, Nicole absconded with little Holly, and nearly went to jail for kidnapping. But Chloe agreed the girl should be with her mother, and Nicole was reunited with her daughter.
"Let's get out of here!" (Photo Credit: XJJohnson/jpistudios.com)
But as Nicole continued trying to put her life back together, she still found herself torn between her feelings for Brady and Eric. So to avoid all the drama, she simply left town! But she promised to return one day, and fans can look forward to seeing what's next for Nicole later this year! For more DAYS news, keep reading Soaps In Depth magazine!