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Arianne Zucker To Exit Days of our Lives!

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Say it isn’t so! Days of our Lives is about to say goodbye to one of its mainstays, Arianne Zucker (Nicole). The popular and critically-acclaimed star told Soap Opera Digest in an exclusive exit interview out this week, that she has decided to depart the long-running NBC soap opera.

Zucker has played Nicole since 1998, where she stayed with the series until 2006.  She then returned again in 2008 and earned three Daytime Emmy nominations for her work in the process.

According to SOD, Arianne will exit the show when her contract expires in late April.  As to her decision, the actress noted: “Two years ago, I was contemplating making the shift. I know there are a thousand girls who would take my job in a second, for me, it is my time to go.”

For now fans can expect to see Arianne for several more months on-screen since DAYS tapes six-month ahead.

So, what do you think of the Arianne Zucker bombshell? Sad to see her go? How do you think, or hope DAYS will decide to write-off the character of Nicole? Comment below!

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Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Nicole goes to prison for the murder of Deimos…or she runs off with baby Holly!!!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Unlikely either of those situations to be happening.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Deimos will be murdered. no matter what and their will be many suspects..maybe by Chloe but could frame Nicole who goes to prison so Chloe can keep the baby or she leaves with Holly!!!

Anne
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Anne

I disagree! I think it’s entirely possible that Nicole runs off with Holly; her biological child. I think it would teach Chloe the true meaning of payback. In any case, I am going to miss Nicole.

Celia
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Celia

The latter is exactly what I’m thinking, Jimmy. Nicole takes off with the baby.
I am saddened by the news. Arianne is one of my favorite soap stars. And, ‘Nicole’ is a household ‘ name for most of my family. ( It’s also my niece’s name, LOL).
Life is everchanging….I can only wish her the best.
Good Luck, Arianne. Blessings and may good and happy things always accompany you in whatever you do. You are a beautiful person, inside and out!!

jake hernandez
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jake hernandez

Re-Cast! or bring back Jen Lilley and Theresa! huge hole left in the show

Celia
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Celia

Agreed. Love Jenn, also. And, she did leave a void.

Anne
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Anne

I would love to see Jen Lilley come back. However, she gave birth in October 2016 so I don’t know if Jen would be willing to return to work when her little one is only 5 months old. They could re-cast both Theresa and Nicole.

elm1951
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elm1951

jen lilley is a foster parent – she did not give birth……………………

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Jen never gave birth; she because a foster parent, and has been fostering an eight-month old since October.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Jen Lilley left the soap on her own accord, in order to pursue other acting opportunities, but she never ruled out a potential return, should timing and story be right.

cdee
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cdee

She took the baby today.. she should just go away someplace with the viewer knowing she has her baby and is at peace.. Chloe should deal with it and NOT hunt for her either. Only Brady will know where she is later on.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I don’t care how Nicole is written out. It could be perfect and I will be sad. Ms. Zucker is wonderful!

Chloe
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Chloe

I soooo wish Ari wasn’t leaving. She’s one of the best! As for Nicole, I hope she gets Holly back & has a happy ending.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

THAT’S REALLY TOO BAD…NO SAMI…NO NICOLE…the more DAYS moves forward the more wrong happens.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

For me, this is a loss for Days of Our Lives that could turn into a gain for another soap opera. Arianne Zucker is a leading actress, however, she is treated as a supporting one, and that’s beyond unfortunate. I would love for The Young and the Restless or General Hospital to snatch her up, and for them to cater to Arianne’s grand talent. As for the role of Nicole, I wouldn’t be surprised if she is written out for a period of 6-8+ months, and then is either ushered back with Arianne, or the soap ends up recasting with… Read more »

Claudio
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Claudio

I am very sad that Arianne is leaving days, she is a wonderful actress. She left before, and came back 2 years later. Days needs to call Alison Sweeney and ask her, if she wants to return to the show. I know Alison quit DOOL. They need to call Louise Sorel and bring back my madam Vivian Alamain with her side kick Ivan.

Robert
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Robert

No No No, I am devasted by this news. Are they going to recast Nicole Walker?

Leeza
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Leeza

This is terrible news, I hope they don’t kill her off. I know Deimos will be murdered, let Chloe kill Deimos. Chloe is very annoying, I love Nadia. but her character sucks big time right now.

boes
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boes

Nicole gets her baby back from batshit crazy Chloe and moves away from Crazy Town to raise Holly with her sister.

Or she is assumed into heaven, body and soul, to sit at the right hand of Daniel.

Ricardo
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Ricardo

I love Arianne, I will miss her so much. I hope she comes back to Days in the future. Days need to rehire Leann Hunley as Anna Dimera. Sign her to a contract. Also recast Laura Horton with Erika Slezak ex Viki OLTL.

Sandy
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Sandy

Aw Nicole you are such a main character with so much passion that you will be sorely missed. If you are recast, they are some big shoes to fill. Wonder what you will be doing?

jaime
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jaime

Glad! Nic
Glad! She become an annoyance! The downward spiral began when she demanded the daniel story trashed Eric!

Ray
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Ray

I feel Arianne took over the lead actress role when Allison Sweeney left a few years back. With Theresa off the show, there doesn’t seem to be an heir apparent to take over for Arianne. Although DOOL received a renewal, it seems less fun to think about the future no seeing Arianne’s face.

Louise
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Louise

I’m probably the only person on the planet who is delighted to see the character go, I wish Ari all the best in whatever she pursue in the future. She can definitely act. I just never saw the point of bring her to Salem in the 1st place.
Eric however, I really enjoy what is currently being written for him and Jennifer Horton. But I fear he will be stuck with Nicole in her attempt to kidnap Holly. IF that is the case, for me it’s going to be a tiring story for the next several months.

Michelle
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Michelle

Oh gosh that is such a good prediction. Eric helping her hide out with the baby. And you are right, that is going to be tiring. I can’t imagine how drained Greg and Ari were at the end of every day. Such dark stories they were given.

Michelle
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Michelle

I like her, but I’ve gotten really bored with Brady always rescuing her. Maybe Ari has become bored with it too. I wish her well. Yes, she can definitely act. I hope she lands something fantastic.

Mister Media
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Mister Media

A new head writer will mean even more departures and, of course, some new arrivals. They had better oil up that infamous Days revolving door!

gwill
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gwill

NOO.. one of the best actresses and best characters on the show! Say it ain’t so. I get it, and wish her well but NICOLE WALKER is one of the greatest DOOL characters ever!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I’ve always loved her as Nicole, but I’m happy she’s going because I hate when the performers dictate storyline, which is what she did…over and over again!

mark
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mark

I love ari don’t leave!!!!!!

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

No way in Hell—I can’t believe this!!! Why would she leave? Nicole is such a fun character to watch and if she isn’t there, it could get boring in Salem. I really am at a loss for words. If this is true, then I hope she does well in whatever chapter in her life she opens but I will always miss Nicole. Ari brought alot of color to the character and she can’t be replaced. Not in my eyes anyway.

Libby
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Libby

I will miss Nicole and Ari Zucker. She is a very talented actress. I hope Nicole gets her baby- finally. She and the baby leave withor without Brady or Eric. I want a happy ending for Nicole.

Soapluv2010
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Soapluv2010

Adrianne had to be tired of the writers making her character so stupid and the lead female role which definitely should have gone to her character when Allison left – going to Hope and 80% of the airtime along with it.

Steven
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Steven

Please bring back Alison Sweeney or any good actress please bring her back now we love Sami and ej but the writer says it good thing that Nicole left cause thing will change in good ways

Mo
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Mo

I’m sad to see Arianne and Nicole leave Days.

damien
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damien

damn…just as eric returns?! i was really hoping that ron was going to write a beautiful reunion story for them where nicole realises her true love is really eric( not daniel) and she forgives him
i guess its eric and jenny now. im ok with that , jenn and eric have hot chem. and to be honest nothing will top eric the priest and nicole his assistant love story. that was beautiful imo

Angel
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Angel

Noooooooooooooooo!!!!!! I couldn’t deal when she left in 2006! Just give her a happy ending for once…

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

This is clearly unfortunate news for fans of DOOL. To me, this character is the best thing about the show!

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Brother…EXACTLY!!!!! And…once Arianne Zucker does leave DOOL, the show is gonna sink EVEN FURTHER into STORYLINE SILLINESS!!!!! YIKES!!!!!

Later, Brother.

Esmerelda
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Esmerelda

Don’t wait to see Nicole go and want to see her get to raise her daughter holly

Tinker
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Tinker

Oh Ms. Sucker, please don’t leave, I was praying for Nicole to get Holly and some how through soap opera magic that Daniel would return and Nicole and Daniel would raise Holly together and be a happy family.

Tinker
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Tinker

Oh Lord Ms. Zucker, please, please forgive me, I accidentally hit the s instead of z in your name. Please, please, please forgive me, because I think you are a FANTASTIC actress and I would never say anything bad about you. I also have to applaud you in the way you handled Mr. Trump. Please, Please don’t leave Days.

xmascarol
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xmascarol

Oh rats I really liked her playing Nicole,but she has to do what she thinks is right I know that I will miss her. Recently I saw her in a lifetime movie she was excellent in that.I was hoping that her and Brady would become an item.Good luck and may God bless you.Hope to see you in more movies ,it is a shame days is losing actors like crazy

xmascarol
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xmascarol

I am so sad to hear this ,I loved watching her play Nicole just the other night she was on Lifetime a lot of Days stars seem to be In lifetime movies,Actors having been leaving Days a lot as of late. Good luck in whatever you decide to do. I will miss you and one more thing i was so hoping that Nicole and Brady would get back together ,Rats

lecia
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lecia

She is a good actress but her character was never allowed to be happy and she was always looking for love and never finding it. I supposed she got tired of the same old girl rom the wrong side of the tracks-baby stealing story lines. With her departure, hopefully Days will get another femme fatale. Hint to the new writers: Go younger.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Poor Nicole. She was never given much happiness, was she? Never given a man she loved to hold on to. Never given the child she always yearned for. Losing her mother to the Rafe imposter, hired by Stefano. While married to EJ, he betrayed her with her own sister. Now, Chloe wanting Nicole’s daughter for herself, Deimos, being an excuse to keep Holly. If that was me, I would have jumped off a bridge years ago!

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DAYS Alison Sweeney on Working with Bryan Dattilo: “28 Years Later, Some Things Never Change. Still Laughing Between Takes and Grateful to Have Such a Talented Supportive Co-Star”

This week, Days of our Lives viewers have witnessed that Sami Brady DiMera (Alison Sweeney) and Lucas Horton (Bryan Dattilo) hit the sheets, and Lumi fans everywhere rejoiced!

On and off, for almost three decades. Alison Sweeney and Bryan Dattilo have played the relationship between these two exes who share children together to the hilt, because Sami and Lucas’ history is well … complicated.

But, what will happen if and when EJ finds out that Sami had sex with her ex? Stay tuned.

In the meantime, Alison took to her Instagram and shared her thoughts alongside photos of her and Bryan, then and now.

Over the years, Bryan had remained one of Alison’s good friends.

Sweeney expressed: “I have always had such fun working with @bryan.dattilo !! 28 years later, some things never change. Still laughing between takes and grateful to have such a talented, supportive costar. Thanks @nbc for this great archive photo! And so grateful to @nbcdays for the incredible opportunity to play Sami.”

What did you think of the scenes where Sami and Lucas slept together and its aftermath thus far? Comment below.

 

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Kevin Spirtas Talks ‘After Forever’s’ Digital Special ‘Riley’s Unforgettable School Project’, The Loss of Michael Slade, and a Chance to Reprise DAYS Craig Wesley

The coronavirus pandemic has put to the test many content creators on just how they would keep their projects moving forward in ways they never dreamed of. However, out of that situation has come some of the most compelling, unique series, specials, and features currently streaming for viewers. One of which is Riley’s Unforgettable School Project, brought to you by the team from the six-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning series, After Forever.

Former Days of our Lives star, Kevin Spirtas (Ex-Craig Wesley) has starred in and created the first two seasons of what has become the most honored Emmy-awarded LGBTQ-themed drama series on any platform.  Along with his ‘After Forever’ writing/producing partner, the late Michael Slade (DAYS, OLTL, Passions, Another World), the two also conceptualized and delivered this latest documentary-style offering now on Amazon Prime Video.

What makes Riley’s Unforgettable School Project so noteworthy is not just how they were able to execute the series based on fictional 11-year-old Riley’s virtual school project and utilize its cast, which includes: Spirtas, Cady Huffman, Jamison Stern, Lenny Wolpe, Erin Cherry, Anita Gillette, Christopher J. Hanke, and Finn Douglas, but that it was made while Slade was succumbing to his battle with cancer, and that this special marks the final script from this talented writer.

 

Michael Fairman TV spoke with Spirtas about making the special during Covid-19, how the death of Michael Slade has made a lasting impact on his life, what After Forever has personally meant to him, and how an official third season is still in the works, and … if he would consider a return to Salem and Days of our Lives, should they come a-calling.  Here’s what Kevin had to say about it all.

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I think the entire story of this digital special has become even more meaningful with Michael Slade’s passing. What was the genesis of the concept? You wanted to continue the telling of the story of After Forever … but we are all in the middle of a pandemic?

KEVIN:  Yes and… when we filmed season 2, we had the scripts for season 3 already completed. It was our hope and desire to film them at the same time, back-to-back, so that we would have had all of our cast and crew together, and we could have gotten through it because we’ve always imagined this story being told in a trilogy so to speak – a beginning, middle, and end to Brian (Spirtas) and Jason, (Mitchell Anderson) and Brian’s healing or his steps towards healing through grief.  Schedules turned out that they couldn’t really work out for us to hold all the people and hold all of the sets for that amount of time.  So, we thought, “We’ve got the scripts for season 3 ready.  We’ll come back to it in the following year,” and that was always the intention, and then the pandemic hit.  So, it was shut down immediately that we weren’t going to do anything, but we wanted to stay current, and instead of going back in and telling the third installment of After Forever as a Covid-19 story as well, Michael and I sat down and looked at a way of staying relevant and current with a story within COVID, and there was born the idea to do this documentary style story/special about the characters of After Forever told through the lens of the character of Riley, the 11-year-old boy, who is now being homeschooled during the pandemic. He gets an assignment to do a project about the most unforgettable person he has ever met, and he, of course, chooses his best friend, the late Jason Adams, and he enlists all of Jason’s friends and family to join in.  Michael actually said, “What if we tell a story about Riley being homeschooled?” And, not only is Riley a technical genius at 11-years-old in the story, but Finn Douglas, who plays Riley, is a technical genius.

And didn’t Finn perform and write the song “Forever There” contained within the special?

KEVIN. Yes. He is this incredible musician.  Michael thought, “What would it be like if we asked to have the character of Finn sing a song for Jason?”  I said, “Well, what kind of song would we have him sing?”  Finn could play anything, I’m sure, because he’s self-taught, he plays by ear – guitar, piano, and drums.  Michael said, “What if we ask him to see if he could write a song?” and when we heard this song, we all called each other and we all got on Zoom and went, “Can you believe this song?  Can you believe this came out of this 11-year-old?”  It’s pretty incredible.  Michael did a gorgeous job of weaving the stories in and out and how they just sort of dove-tailed into each other, and then it was framed by Riley opening the project and ending the project.  During the Zoom reading we wanted to hear the song out loud.  We said to Finn, “Would you want to sing the song?”  We all just watched everybody on that Zoom call just fall apart.  It was just so beautiful. He’s an amazing talent.

Where is your character within this?

KEVIN:  I still stand in the center of the story of Jason because my character, Brian, was married to Jason, and it sort of connects us all, and through Riley’s understanding of how we all connect to Jason, is how we are all sort of spread out throughout the story.  Michael jokingly said, “You know, you’re not going to be the star of this special,” and I said, “I don’t think it’s about being the star.  It’s really about the storytelling.”  The beauty of Riley’s Unforgettable School Project is that we get to see moments of each person’s relationship with Jason, which Riley sets out to say, “Answer these three questions: What did you like most about Jason?  What did you like least about Jason? And what’s your favorite memory?”  Those three things, cut back and forth is where we all kind of fit in.  Nobody has more of a story than the next person, and it’s all telling honest portrayals of how they’re dealing with their loss of their good friend, or their child, or partner.

It’s a very inventive idea during Covid-19 to continue it in a way where you weren’t having to go shoot a full season of episodes.

KEVIN:  Well, we couldn’t. I have to say, Allison Vanore, who not only produced this special, but she also stepped up saying, “I’d love to direct this,” and I said, “Yes, please!”  She knows the characters.  She understands the story because she’s been a part of it for the last two seasons.  Allison also has this extraordinary amount of knowledge and expertise with the camera and what was needed for a remote shoot, and to also be able to organize filming 13 people in 2 different countries and 5 different cities… that’s just the technical side of it, but having that in our back pocket, knowing that it was a remote shoot, we had to send the camera, the computer, the ring light, and the microphone to each person’s house.  We had to location scout over Zoom.  We had to do wardrobe over Zoom.  It was all this big puzzle putting it together, and once you look at that board of storytelling and how we were going to do it, it kind of fell into place.  I feel blessed that a) we still had Michael with us, at that point, and b) Allison had the know-how to do this.  We all feel that at least this pandemic didn’t keep us from doing what we love.

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In terms of the contribution of Michael Slade in this special, was it the construction of the story, and how was he able to work and write this during his illness?

KEVIN:  Michael’s contribution to the special was no less than the contribution to season 1 and season 2, and the future of season 3, because the scripts are written.  We did everything on Zoom, and we worked around his schedule of treatment.  We scheduled 2 people per day, and we spread them out over two weeks.  He was very present, and when there would be a day where he would say, “I’m going to be an hour late, let’s just push that call time,” I would ask, “Is this too much right now?  We can shelve it; we can stop it.” He’d then say, “Absolutely not, otherwise cancer will win.”  He was determined to stay focused and to stay active because it took his mind off of what was happening to him.

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It would be lovely moment if you both were to win a Daytime Emmy for this project. 

KEVIN:  It’s our last collaboration together as a team, as I said, season 3 has been scripted, and it is on the calendar to get made.  We are just waiting for the COVID restrictions to lift a little bit and everyone to get vaccinated.  Michael was really hit hard with cancer – to stay healthy was so challenging for him.  Sadly, he didn’t make it to see the final edit of the special, and he died four days before we launched, but he had seen the cuts before that and was very approving of it, and had made some decisions, and offered some suggestions, and if God gives him an Emmy for this, it’s not because he died.  It’s because it’s great work.  It just happens to be that the work that was involved in this particular special was very tricky.  It brought up everything, like life itself to have to deal with.  Here we are dealing with the loss of a colleague, the loss of a friend, someone’s brother, someone’s son, this is life imitating art, imitating art imitating life. I can’t tell you the darkness that I went through just experiencing the need to stay focused on getting everything edited, and everything ready, and everything aligned for a release of this project that we had put into motion.  On top of it, our editor lost his mother just before Michael passed, and Allison’s mom was sick at the time, as well.  It took a lot of heavy deep breaths with Michael’s death, and the pandemic, and the loss has, for me, on a personal level, sent me back to really questioning my spiritual muscle and to help remind me that we have to come out of this better than we went into this.  I had many dark nights of the soul this last year, and December was probably the darkest.  I feel like I’m just kind of coming out of it now with the spring revealing itself.

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It must have been extraordinarily difficult for you to also go to New York during a pandemic and also knowing Michael did not have much time left.

KEVIN:  I will say this: I am grateful that I was able to stay in touch with my heart and my instinct and go out to New York to let that be my remote location.  Yes, maybe there was some risk involved.  I wore my mask; I was Covid-19 negative, and I was determined to be fine.  Once I got to New York, I would visit him very protectively with our masks and our gloves, and I’d sit across the room, and then I’d go back to the house I was at.  It was a gift that I was able to see him at that time.  We had some good talks then about how he was feeling, and I think he was still being optimistic, and then once we got the project in the can there was maybe this psychic letting go. That’s when everything really started to reveal itself as this could be the end.  I did go back to see him when he was in hospice.  I think I was there the last two days that he really was able to really stay coherent.  He would close his eyes and be at peace and quiet for a minute, and he would finish a conversation and sort of close his eyes, not to sleep and not to go away, but I remember watching him going, “Look how peaceful he is,” and then he’d open his eyes and he’d remember that he is in this body that has been given a time limit of life, and he’s on his way out.  I’d watch the fear go back in his eyes.  At one point, he did say, “I’m so scared,” and I just held his hand, and I said, “I’m scared too.  Let’s be scared through this together.”  I don’t know how to navigate grief like that.  We are all going to be in a position at some point where we are going to be on the other side of the hand holding.  The wonderful thing is that we were able to have honest communication about our feelings.  I thanked him for everything that he has done for me and how he believed in my talent and creativity and our partnership.  I will always take that with me.  I waved my finger at him, and I said, “Listen.  Now, we wrote a series about a man talking to his deceased husband.  You’d better talk to me!”  So, we laughed about that.

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You’ve done a lot of things in your career from Broadway to television, and of course, daytime fans know you best as Dr. Craig Wesley on DAYS.  How does the entire After Forever project stack up to you within all that you have done?

KEVIN:  Former DAYS casting director Fran Bascom, sought me out and offered me this 2-day role on Days of Our Lives, and those 2 days turned into 8 years, and unbeknownst to me at the time, the final 3 months of that contract of those 8 years, Michael Slade was brought in to write.  We didn’t cross paths at that point, but years later, when we did cross paths in New York, and then After Forever was born, that was that universal crossing point.  I am most proud of the fact that we were able create something fresh, and real, and personal to ourselves that we didn’t have to cater to any “powers that be” that had their vision and their tinkering, that they thought that it could be better in this way or that way.  Then for After Forever to gain such recognition, within the film festivals, and the Emmys, and then, just after Michael died, we won the GLAAD award for Special Recognition this year.  We don’t even fit into one of their categories!  They found a way to acknowledge this project.  If another Emmy happens again, that might be another one to put up on the shelf for After Forever that would be beautiful, and I couldn’t have done it without Michael.

For the Daytime Emmys this year, what category have you entered Riley’s Unforgettable School Project?

KEVIN:  We are not a series this year, we are a daytime fiction special, and the “Daytime Fiction Special” category is a special class.  It’s anything that’s digital in the construct of less than 40 minutes.  NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) is being bombarded with so much content, they’re trying to find ways to put categories together.

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So, now, when we last saw Days of Lives’ Dr. Craig Wesley, where was he? (Laughs)

KEVIN: (Laughs) He was in a flash from the past or something in the DOOL app’s Last Blast Reunion series. I had a fun time working with Patrika Darbo (Nancy) and Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe), once again.

So, if they were to want Craig to come back to DAYS, would you be all for it?

KEVIN:  Hell yes!

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Now, what story would you want to be told involving Craig? 

KEVIN:  When Craig was first on the canvas in Salem, there was a lot of mustache twirling and a lot of hand wringing.  He was always plotting; most of the time with Nancy.  It was kind of this high drama, evil villain storyline being told, but when the writers created an opportunity for us to be on after those first three months by bringing on Chloe without a father, there was something real about it.  It may have been told under the construct of soap opera storytelling, but there was a reality-based story about, “You have a daughter, and we are just now finding out about it?”  Then, finding a cure to her health was another realistic story, and finding out that Craig was her real father.  Anything that’s reality based is what I’m getting to.  I would welcome any job that brings me back and gives me an opportunity to dive into something real.

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Would you welcome the opportunity to play a gay character on daytime; in a medium where there are very few represented in storylines?

KEVIN:  I’d have no problem with that.  Do you know anybody who is starting that?  Let’s do it!  (Laughs) First of all, there’s nothing to hide anymore.  There’s nothing to pretend you’re not anymore.  I would think that bringing in a storyline that deals with anything outside the norm that we are used to seeing would be interesting.  How many times can you retell a story?  How many times can you set the same story up with another couple?  So, why not be diverse and have a stylized story being told through the lens of a gay person.

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In closing, so many go through life without acknowledging people who had an impact them.  We don’t give pats on the back, often enough, and especially in Hollywood, where people can be very self-involved.  You have already paid tribute to Michael Slade in our discussion, but what gift from him is your personal takeaway?

KEVIN:  The gift that Michael really gave to me is to remember to be kind to myself and to others, and to acknowledge and salute the person who is in front of us, because we don’t know when we will have, or if we will have, another moment to do that.

Now below, check out the trailer for Riley’s Unforgettable School Project.  Then let us know, what do you think of its concept? Kevin’s thoughts on the passing of his collaborator on the project, Michael Slade? And, do you hope DAYS brings back Dr. Craig Wesley? Share your thoughts via the comment section.

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REPORT: Dan Feuerriegel is DAYS New EJ DiMera

Could Days of our Lives finally found their new EJ? Rumors have been circulating on the internet for weeks that the character of EJ DiMera may finally have a new face and a new actor portraying and heading back to Salem, especially since Sami (Alison Sweeney) is back on the canvas.

The role was previously played by longtime fan favorite James Scott, who had made it very clear he would never return to Days of our Lives.

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Now according to Daytime Confidential and their report from setside sources, the new EJ will actually be played by former Spartacus actor Dan Feuerriegel.

The Australian-born actor has been seen in Starz’ Spartacus franchise in the role of Agron.

According to the report, look for the new EJ to make his debut sometime this summer.

DAYS fans know that in story, EJ was brought back form the dead, from the serum from Dr. Rolf, but then was injured in an explosion and had reunited with Sami and had been recovery in Europe.

So, if this reports turns out to be true, what do you think of the new EJ? Comment below.

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