Rebecca Budig returning to "All My Children"

January 16, 2008 7:03:26 PM PST
NEW YORK (AP) - Three fan favorites are coming back to ABC's "All My Children." Rebecca Budig returned Wednesday as Greenlee Smythe, a role she originated in 1999. Budig left the daytime soap opera in 2005.

The show recast the role last year with Sabine Singh, but - by popular demand - Singh stepped aside for Budig.

"Fans were quite vocal," said "All My Children" spokesman Michael Cohen. "They wanted Rebecca back as Greenlee. ... When the timing is right, as it was now, Rebecca was available so we brought her back."

Budig, who is married to Bob Guiney of ABC's "The Bachelor," hinted that her return could generate some couple shuffling if she has no chemistry with her character's present beau, Aidan Devane (portrayed by Aiden Turner).

Darnell Williams and Debbi Morgan are also moving back to Pine Valley as married supercouple Jesse and Angie Hubbard.

Morgan returns Friday and Williams comes back Jan. 25. They first joined the show in the early 1980s. Williams left in 1988 after Jesse apparently died in Angie's arms; Morgan departed in 1989.

"(Jesse) had to fake the death in order to protect his family," Williams said.

Well, that answers that.