Vaughan like many others was skeptical about the character of Eric being re-introduced as a priest.
However, Vaughan looked at the plot twist as a challenge.
Despite him being away, Sami is "confidant and connection" to their family and the rest of Salem.
When asked about Eric possibly falling for Nicole again, Vaughan said that Eric was a lot older and wiser, and could see Nicole's schemes coming.
He also reconnects with a now-reformed Nicole and even works with his mother's longtime rival Kristen Di Mera to help establish a new school in Salem.
The dynamic leads to a constant struggle between Eric and Nicole, as both still seem to have strong feelings for each other.
Eric falls in love with Nicole Walker; however the relationship ends in heartbreak which leads to Eric's departure.
In 2012, Vaughan stepped into the role and the character is re-introduced as a priest.In the summer of 2000, during an interview Soap Opera Digest, Ackles confirmed that he would soon exit from the series after obtaining a development deal with ABC.Ackles made his final appearance on August 23, 2000.In mid August, Kristian Alfonso posted a picture on Twitter of herself, Vaughan and a few co-stars, with Vaughan wearing a clerical collar which immediately led to speculation that the character of Eric had become a priest.Greg Vaughan revealed in an interview with Soaps In Depth that "Eric had been at a place in his life where his relationships had all gone awry." Eric needs a more clear cut path for his life and goes off to a third world country to work as a photojournalist.Reports also surfaced that the producers considered actor Shane Mc Dermott, who was previously known for his portrayal of Scott Chandler on ABC's All My Children to take over the role, but executive producer Ken Corday immediately shot down the rumors, revealing that there were no plans to recast the role.