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BREAKING NEWS: DAYS Cast Cuts! Sarah Brown, Matt Ashford, Patrick Muldoon & Christie Clark OUT!



The ever changing drama behind the scenes at Days of our Lives has taken another turn and now there are cast cut casualities!  Soap Opera Digest is reporting this afternoon that Sarah Brown (Madison), Matt Ashford (Jack), Patrick Muldoon (Austin) and Christie Clark (Carrie) will all be exiting the Salem canvas soon, and that an insider reveals there will be more cast cuts in the near future!

The series which is trying to save itself from low ratings already announced last week that they have fired head writers, Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas for Gary Tomlin, Christopher Whitesell and Lorraine Broderick.


What do you think about the decision to cut, Sarah Brown, Matt Ashford, Patrick Muldoon and Christie Clark?  Who else do you think may be in the line of fire?

On-Air On-Soaps never likes to hear anyone losing their jobs especially in this tough economic downturn of daytime! More on this developing story as details become available!


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i love carrie wish she saw staying

Hark! Is that the sound of the death knell, baying out on the morn?

I fear that Lorraine Broderick is being brought in as the closer, here. And with the breaking news about Matt Lauer’s contract… Well… We’d all better start preparing…

Poor Matt Ashford that guy has been fired and hired from DOOL so many times he should write a book on “Why Do They Treat Me So Badly.” Ken Corday has it in for that guy way back when I watched DOOL this guy was getting beat up and the sad thing is he is a good actor.

i agree thanks for saying what we are all thinking .

Other than Matt Ashford, I’m thrilled! Days has way too much dead weight and needs to trim its sails. Can Jack take Abigail with him too, please?

Lol, I agree with you, take Abby with him

Sarah Brown just can’t get a break… she’s so talented and get’s brought in for a story and then sidelined or such. Carrie and Austin seemed to be short lived and I wonder if they had known that. Jack leaving just as he and Jennifer are supposedly getting back together must mean Jennifer is doomed to go. DOOL just can’t stay on one track very long and it’s sad for all. I hope they all find other projects!

Sarah is the bests,she is a very talented actress.

I hope that general hospital picks her up again so she can join her crazy family,anthony and johnny.On dool they didnt show her as a crazy female like when she played carly,but most of all claudia.Hopefully we hear she will be on contract soon,shes a good actress and is free again to come back to port charles.


How many times are they going to write off Matt Ashford’s Jack????? Abandoning his family yet again!?!?! COME ON DAYS!!!!

And Austin and Carrie? AGAIN, as soon as Aurie start to pick up steam together, they’re gone!?!?

SO, beyond disappointed with this move. You had a cast cut not one year ago, and brought back these favourites. And now just like that you cut them???

I’m sorry for Sarah Brown, too, but her character just never took off. I wanted to like her, and I wanted to root for her, but she was so boring and useless.

What about Gabi? Rafe? Roman? Daniel? Even Abigail? Talk about useless! And yet Jack, Austin and Carrie are given the pink slip. Not cool DAYS! I love you DOOL, but what a foolish, foolish move.

Couldn’t agree more with you that Gabi, Rafe, Roman, and Daniel are useless. Abigail is annoying as well. So what are your thoughts about Daniel and Jennifer again (possibly) and is Kayla and Abe going to get together?

Hmmm…… I kind of like the idea of Abe and Kayla. Of course Kayla and Patch/Lexie and Abe are the supercouples, but Lexie is gone forever and Steve just isn’t returning anytime soon. This pairing will give us a chance to see these legacy characters in ways we never have before (not to mention needed airtime) so I’m open to the idea. Do they have chemistry? Will they work well together? That remains to be seen, but I’m all for giving them a shot and testing those waters.

As for Daniel and Jennifer, I’ll be completely honest – I was not liking them in the beginning, but I actually ended up thinking they were really cute together. When Jack came back, I felt like Jennifer just wasn’t connecting with him the same way they had in the past. So shock of all shocks (for me!), I was rooting for Jen and Daniel there, even though my head knew Jack and Jen belonged together. Then when they fell apart, I was for J&J all over again, even with the little airtime they had. Now with Jack gone again (whaaa!!) I’m just sad they never gave J&J a real chance, and am kind of bitter that they’ll give one again to Dannifer (go figure!). Frankly however, I’ll take Dannifer over Daniel and my favourite character, Nicole. Talk about an AWFUL and CONTRIVED pairing! To save my Nicole, I’ll take Jenn and Dan again I suppose.

What do you think?

I would take Jennifer and Daniel any day. Wow they are great together. Nicole sucks! Give Daniel and Jennifer a chance they were so good together. They were so fun to watch. Nicole deserves EJ!!

Not Matthew Ashford already! Too unstable at Days.

Looks like a bit of a war to me. MarDar come in and clean up SLs that Higley (and that means Tomlin and Whitsell) created, and now TomWhit come back and undo what they’ve done. Getting rid of Matt? Really? Again? For the millionth time? Either news of Missy’s departure will follow shortly, or they’re putting her back with Dannifer, which was a creation of the previous hacks. Sarah was brought in by MarDar, now TomWhit say see ya. Carrie and Austin? Nevermind to you. Nope, expect to see more of the younger cast — again — because Tomlin made it very clear that he isn’t interested in having too many people over 40. Please. Circling the drain we are. Just cancel it already and put us out of our misery!

GREAT NEWS for GH. Bring Sarah back to GH as Johnny’s mother. Together they can go after Sonny and Anthony. Sarah on GH again would be a dream come true.

agree, she was soo good as both carly and claudia, and i think her returning to GH would be awesome, hope this really happens.

I think that will be a horable thing to do…..I can see Austin & carrie maybe….but, Madison…..when she is just getting started…..NOT a good move if you ask me…too many cuts will result in no moe wanting to watch the show…..for your getting rid of the good ones….

I couldn’t agree more !! When if ever does Brady get a break, Madison is the best thing that could have happened to him and for Days !! NOT A SMART MOVE TO GET RID OF MADISON JAMES

I do agree with you.Madison is the best.I say keep her.

omg !!!! hmmm how will they go? Serial killer? i was getting used to the lineup and likeing it, poor Matt Ashford he was barely given a S/L 🙁

I would like to see Rafe, Ian, Jeenifer, Abby and Gaby exit. I love the pairing of Brady and Nicole and EJ and Sami. Lucas needs to go back to Hong kong and marry Autumn. Since Renee Jones is leaving, I wonder will Abe be on canvas? I also see Joe Mascolo taking his retirement.

This is the worst thing can happen to days. First they bring them back and now they are getting rid of them. What a waste. Why do I keep watching this show when they keep taking people I love to watch each days away. I been watching this soap since 1980….

I guess NBC can’t afford to pay the actors after signing Matt Loser for $100 Million.

Who the HELL deserves $100 million? Makes me sick.

No One DESERVES $100 million!! NO ONE!

Unfortunatley sports figures make more then that.It is disgusting.

This is some pity, down luck for DOOL. Just as they rebooted the show 7 months ago, returning some legendary actors/characters, this is what happens? Already? Just as Carrie was going to spice things up with Rafe, Jack got his wife back after that whole mess he was in, and Austin’s stalker. I wonder who’s next down the list? And for Sarah Brown’s Madison leaving the canvas, I really sensed a new power couple with Brady. DOOL really needed that. Well fans, as the saying goes, “And so are the day’s of our lives,” behind the set of DOOL. smh

I for one will not watch anymore I like madison, Jack, Austin, and Carri Ive watched since I was in grade school with my mother and still have some old episodes on VHS tapes. what they need to do is change the episodes with John, Hope and Stephano I hated it way back when and I still hate it Bo and Hope are a couple and always should be just like Jack and Jennifer, John and Marlena

I won’t miss any of them, but I’m not a long time DOOL fan. I’m sure many who are may be upset.

It makes me sad, especially for Austin and Carrie. But if that’s what needed to save Days from cancellation, then so be it.

Days of Our Lives is in serious danger of cancellation for 2013. So anything that can be done to save the show should be welcomed,even if it means losing some of the favs.

Poor Sarah Brown–crapped on by Brad Bell and now Ken Corday. Her story flatlined as soon as we found out she was married to Duke Lavery.

And Lord God–Matt Ashford is one of the best things to ever happen to the show and he is consistently treated like dirt. In the process, DOOL’s last real supercouple, Jack and Jennifer, get destroyed. Rolling my eyes. Fire the kiddie brigade or something…keep Matt around!

I agree Tom. Matt Ashford was an asset. They need to get rid of John/Marlena, EJ/Sami and all the other billcrap. J and J made the show




Bad enough all the “familiar ” places are gone in exchange for ridiculous Horton Square and the Brady Pub…..the backdrop for ALL scenes. Now they choose to cut familiar faces too. STRONG DISLIKE to many of the recent decisions and changes made.

Jack is nothing but a clown and a jerk & I won’t miss him a bit. Madison turned me off with all the lying she did to Brady, right up to not mentioning she had a husband when Brady proposed. And frankly, they never seemed to talk or have any kind of relationship together except in bed. I like Austin & Carrie and will miss them.
I hope that they won’t write out John & Marlena again. Or Lucas, Brady, Bo, Hope or any of the DiMeras.

i agree love the dimeras, joe mascolo rocks days and has for yrs, love bo and hope will not miss jack but hate he is losing his job and madison was boring to begin with, did however like austin and carrie being back in salem

but think marlena and will storyline is getting old let him come out to all of salen
and move on with another stroyline

This sucks! Ken Corday doesn’t care about the fans! I don’t even think he cares about the actors. I no longer have faith in aything he says!

Well bring Matt and Sarah back to GH! And I’ve always thought Christie would make a great recast of Sarah Webber.

I don’t know who you are but I have the same first name and last initial – and just the other day I too was thinking that Christie could actually look like Elizabeth’s sister, Sarah. Weird.

I can’t believe Matt Ashford is getting written off AGAIN!

Kill of Jennifer and keep Jack.

What are they thinking?

There not thinking at all,thats the problem ,jacks out the door,madison gone and lexi, sad,but she will be gone to .I havent been watching days for very long but those 3 characters I liked most of all,I think days is making a big mistake .

I agree.

I hate it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I sick and tired of you guys shitting on Matt Ashford what is the reason now ? I feel sorry for Missy Reeves always same damn story lines.

I cant believe this! I knew it. Bringing back Gary Tomlin and CHris Whitesell who destroyed DAYS in the first place is the biggest mistake that Ken Corday could do. I love MAtt Ashford, Christie Clarke and Patrick Muldoon. I have decided to NEVER watch DAYS again despite the fact that my fave couple EJAMI may get a reunion. So we get a Jenn/Daniel reunion is that it. Is this how Ken Corday is going to treat the long time fans of DAYS? Then Im not going to watch. Gary Tomlin has decided to control the writing and the behind the scenes action as well. Why not get rid of Galen Gering who with all due respect CANT act. His pairing with Alison Sweeney is what Gary Tomlin wanted. Ken Corday and Co should take some pointers from Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati who actually care about what the GH fans want. So long DAYS.

omg, hope GH can get sarah brown to come back, thats where she belongs anyway, she’s to good for dool.

Sarah Brown must keep getting written off for a reason. She’s been cast on how many soaps in the last few years? I hope they never bring her back to GH.

I hope they bring Sarah Brown back as coo coo claudia.she was good ,she played carly for a very long time ,shes a good actress I think dool got rid of her is because they are cleaning house,their loss general hospitals gain(I Hope).

Maybe they’ll bring in some of the cast and writers from AMC! That might be just what the show needs!

This is a crying shame. I have finally gotten a hold on Salem life after losing OLTL and ATWT and AMC. Now this? This constant and abrupt shifting does a fan no favors. I hate to think it… is daytime drama really dying? Those trusted for its care seem unable to do the job.

Carrie can’t leave I love her and I love Madison.
I wish they would stay. Now Brady won’t have anybody 🙁

I can’t believe this! I was always wondering if Jack and Austin should leave, and they should. But Cafe must exist! And so must Bradison!

I’ve been a fan through thick & thin but I’m about done. It’s not even fun anymore because we can’t even get attached anymore. I’m losing faith in Days!

I am a HUGE life long Days fan. To a certain extent, I love- or have loved- all of the above performers at one time or another. Sarah Brown was great/legendary on GH. Ashford was fantastic, once upon a time, as part of the Jack/Jen super couple. Many, many, many years ago Muldoon was a HOT Austin. However, with the exception of Christie Clark, NONE of the above actors have been effective in their roles or story lines.
Sarah Brown was indeed legendary as the original Carly on GH. Although she did a serviceable job on Days, her character was unlikeable, unbelievable, and uninteresting. She has absolutely no chemistry with Brady Black. Then, when the writers made the characteristically formidable Brown portray a weak and subservient version of Madison, they ultimately destroyed anything interesting about her character.
Once upon a time, Ashford was wonderful as Jack. He and Melissa Reeves had terrific, fun chemistry, and they had lots of offbeat, endearing story lines. Unfortunately, Ashford has just not been an interesting screen presence in a very long time. He “pushes” for emotion and does not come across as believable in any of his emotional scenes with Reeves. On one hand, its great to see a once beloved character back on the canvas. On the other hand, it has been painfully obvious that whatever “worked” between Ashford and Reeves so many years ago, is no longer registering on screen. Each time Ashford returns the writers try to recapture his former glory, and each time both the writing and the actor fail in the attempt.
When Muldoon originated the role of Austin Reed, he had movie star looks and appeal. When the actor left Days it would have been a forgone conclusion to assume that he would have moved on to prime time or big screen glory. Sadly, this did not happen. I was surprised to hear that Muldoon was returning to Days, and originally I looked forward to watching his scenes. Ironically, he seems to be a better, stronger actor than his previous jaunt in Salem. However, his storyline and even his work comes across as flat, and well…dull. I’m not sure if its simply because he no longer physically resembles the “hot boxer” that he originated when he created the role, or if it’s just that the writing is dull and repetitive.
The only “firing” that I strongly disagree with is that of Christie Clark. This is the second time that they have brought her back on canvas, only to misuse her talents. Clark is a strong actress, and still beautiful after all these years. Her character has connections to many characters in Salem beyond Austin. They are making a HUGE mistake in letting her go.
I do not agree that the above “firings” are reflective of the current soap climate. I don’t believe that NBC is looking to replace Days. I think that firing actors, or writers, because the show is not moving in a strong direction is a smart, proactive decision.
For many months I thought that Days had improved its story lines. I LOVED the Will Horton coming out story, and the return of my all time fave- Deidre Hall. However, in the past few weeks I noticed that the Will/coming out story line has become repetitive and anti-climactic. Massey and Hall have been superb in their scenes. However, after SO MANY months of angst, it seemed silly that Will would finally admit to Marlena that he is gay, in such a tepid, quiet manner. Also- since I’m gay, I had a strong emotional investment in the Will storyline. However, I’ve begun to wonder if the straight audience can relate to, let alone be entertained, by the Will/gay angst story. The novelty of the storyline was initially compelling. The raw kiss between Will and his pool ‘buddy’ was shocking for daytime. I thought- wow- they are really going to push the envelope here, and create some interesting dynamics. However, just as quickly, it seems that the writers got scared and backed away from telling this story in an authentic, meaningful manner.
I’m looking forward to the new writers, and the upcoming story lines- as long as they keep Marlena/Deidre Hall on the canvas!

I agree with many of your points. Besides what you said about Madison, it also doesn’t help that the decision that she makes only lasts for a week or two before she goes in the other direction. Poor writing for a great actress.

I slightly disagree about the Will story. I think it has been a well told story for the most part, and I think the audience can and does enjoy it if multiple message board are any indication. If anything, it seems to be one of the few stories the audience truly enjoys right now. That being said, there has been a recent story ‘hiccup’ in that after so many months of angst – Will just sort of calmly comes out. Being that the story is only on once or twice a week, perhaps they were just trying to speed it along, but after so painstakingly leading up to the moment, it feels like we skipped a few pieces.

I think the overall problem though is that the most of the stories on Days have no ‘build’ to them. Once upon a time, stories would have beats that moved slowly – you could stay in one beat for months, so that the characters would settle in, the new status quo would be established, characters would react to it and adjust – and then the next beat would come along and because it had been built and settled in, you could appreciate the change and realize the importance of each beat in the story. But lately the beats on Days are just flying by. Example – Abigail falls for Austin, let’s Austin think they slept together, then Carrie finds out, then Abigail turns the screws, then Abigail admits the truth – all the while Carrie is getting closer to and then pulling away from and then getting closer to and pulling away from Rafe. This kind of story would have played out over months, maybe even a couple of years once – now, it was what, six or eight weeks? There was no time between changes and evolutions in the story to actually adjust to any new status quo because it was changing the following week. You can’t invest in a story that passes by you like a speeding car, and the only reason you feel anything is squarely on the acting of the people involved – and they can’t do all the heavy lifting all the time, especially when they are having to sell the audience on an emotion one week, that turns the opposite the next week, and back again the week after. And ALL Days stories are pretty much like this – change, change, change again – and a month has passed. Stories need to breath to mean something, to have impact, to draw audiences in and actually capture their imagination. Days is moving way to fast these days to breathe at all.

the only storyline i enjoy on there is the Will story. it’s the main reason i started watching this show again & it started strong & then when they rebooted the show it kinda got pushed to the backburner but pulled out once in awhile. then Will had the hot kiss & then weeks with nothing going on really. he finally came out to Marlena & then Sonny & then Gabi this week but the way they talk they’re not gonna focus on him & any pairing but EJ working with him & showing him the business side of things & since this is the most talked about story on message boards & such you’d think they’d concentrate more on this story than any of the others especially when everybody complains about seeing the same story for the 10th time.

I think it is an absolute joke that they have cut Matthew Ashford. Seriously they have low ratings because they have created stupid storylines for so long. They started going downhill when they originally fired Matt and other great actors. Keep Matthew Ashford and the ratings wil improve. Get rid of the stupid EJ/sami characters. I am now officially done watching DAYS! I only came back to watch Matt and Missy. Honestly Days has become a joke and hopefully they will eventually have such low ratings that the show is cancelled.

Wow! What a creative recipe for killing a show. Really?!? Haven’t TPTB learned anything from all the shows we’ve lost over the past 10-15 years? Building up the returns like DAYS did, only to shuffle them back out the door so soon shows me poor planning. DAYS is very heavy with a talented cast, but this is sad news. I wish them well.

this is a nightmare for us fans. firing christie clark patrick maldoon i am very upset and crying. a big mistake that days of our lives will regret for the rest of there lives. poor matthew ashford fired again how ridicoulous/ matt if i were you never come back to days of our lives. what a stab in the back. lisa rinna will be fired soon. i love lisa but no storyline for her. get rid of stefano for good. sick and tired of the stupid princess gina storyline. keep brady lucas sami nicole hope bo kate and roman. i have a bad feeling days will be cancelled in 2013. no one is watching because same recycled storylines.

Agreed! I hope Matt and the rest NEVER come back because I guarantee you Gary and Chris will not LAST.

I started watching Days again last fall when I learned Deidre, Drake, Matt, Patrick, and Christie were coming back. Excited that they were rebuilding the core families, but then they started this Carrie/Rafe pairing, which was so uncharacteristic that I began fast-forwarding through Carrie scenes unless they involved Marlena and John. I even began to cheer for Madison and Brady, they could have gone so many directions with her secret, but her being secretly married to Ian….Pul ease! Hopefully the writers can be creative enough to keep John and Marlena together and still have exciting stories for them so they don’t disappear as well. If Deidre and Drake go again, so do I.

I agree with Stephanie above. Madison being married to this Ian…why was he brought into it in the first plae? But why does Madison have to leave now when Ian will give a divorce to her and she will be with Brady (spoilers)? The recycled storylines with boring Gina/Pawn and EJami will be what causes the drop of ratings, not these people! Their attempt to make more money and get more viewers backfired.

Lexie is already leaving, and when everything comes out about EJ, Abe will be mayor. I honestly think the old timers should go, as well as Gabi. Gabi has recycled material with this obsession to split Chelanie up, we have seen that with Caustin and Sami. Doug and Julie are not shown much, Bope and John are SO boring, Roman serves no purpose…If DOOL wants viewers, show Maggie and Victor more often and kill off Ian! Here is what I would have happen:

Stefano kills Ian for sleeping with Kate. Kate wants to go to marriage counseling. Will and Sonny hookup, Lumi happens, Nathan comes back and steals Melanie from Chad, Chabigail reunites. Maggie finds out Victor’s secret, but forgives him, EJole get back together and raise their baby. Gabi leaves Salem, Carrie divorces Austin and marries Rafe, Bradison get married, John leaves town, Stefano goes to jail, EJ loses the election and is heavily fined for his crimes. Austin moves back to Switzerland and Jack moves somewhere like Portland or something to write a magazine of newspaper. I think MA has been treated badly by writers, but Jack really serves no purpose and should leave. Austin is unlikeable and Carrie and Rafe belong together anyway.

This is the worst news EVER. getting rid of Matt Ashford REALLY? Why not get rid of Galen Gering who with all due respect CANT act at all. Oops I forgot Gary Tomlin is back on board to control not only the writing but also the behind the scenes action. Why not get rid of Melanie and Chad and those who serve no purpose to the show. Matt, Christie and Patrick are vets of the show and get treated this way. First and foremost I watch movies and Im a movie fan but I really had hope for DAYS that they may be the only soap left on air. I laughed at myself because DAYS will not last till the end of the year. It has become unwatchable and it has been totally destroyed by Ken Corday who promised to keep the legacy of his parents alive.
EJAMI has never been given a chance and EJOLE just bore me to tears.
Jenn/Daniel pairing will now be in the works and I cant bear to watch it anymore. This is not the way to treat anyone and Ken Corday and Co need to take pointers from Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati who really know what their fans want. This could be a blessing for Sarah Brown who deserves better than DAYS.
Ken Corday needs to take a long look at himself in the mirror and decide what he wants because NO ONE but him took DAYS into the ground!

EJole is the best EJami sucks

Then please explain the ratings? EJOLE are so boring that I actually watched the paint dry in the house and that was more entertaining

EJ raped Sami, and was also responsible for the imposter Rafe raping her. How is that romance? EJ and Nicole are in love and care about each other. Yes he cheated on her, but it is not as bad as raping someone.

Sami consented to the sex and I recall that EJ called “Samantha” while he made love to Nicole in an elevator. You can only bring up the rape because thats all youve got. All the time EJ was with Nicole he still loved Sami and the dreams he had about her proved it. EJ would have dumped Nicole like a hot potato had she given him the time of day or even told him that she was pregnany with Sydney.

EJ fell in love with Sami, yes. But he still raped her. Even if you don’t consider that rape, he was still responsible for the imposter Rafe raping her last spring. EJolebis true love.

EJ may have done that to Sami but she put a bulletn in his head and she consented to the sex so that doesnt make it a rape. That happened years ago and thats the only thing that non-EJAMI fans can think of. Nicole took his daughter away from another women and is psychotic. EJAMI true love.
Each to their own I guess- I respect all fan bases.

You just pointed out the reason why EJami should not be together. She shot him, in the head, when he was drunk and passed out! Nicole has changed, and EJ is trying to in order to please her. I think what Nicole, Sami and EJ have done is terrible, but even Ali Sweeney said that she works best with BD, and EJami cannot work! As a former fan of EJami I can respect your ship, but I juat believe that a romance where rape occured is nasty and unrealistic.

No! Not Matt Ashford again! His Jack is my favorite soap character of all time. Why can’t they keep him and give him some air time?

gh can always bring matt ashford back as tom hardy, son of audry hardy……………

Jack Carrie Madison Austin goodby and good luck,
I hope Abbie gos too along with Jenn and Rafe and Billie

and EJ and Stefano can go and stay gone,this show needs to get back to
The Horton Family and yes Lucas is a Horton and keep it that way. 🙂

I have thought for several weeks that “Days” has too many characters on the canvas. When Billie and Lucus came back, it seemed to make it feel even more crowded. I am sorry to see Madison/Sarah Brown leave because she is a powerhouse actress. I have hated the writers have made her such a coward every time she is around Ian. If Ken Corday is reading, here are a few suggestions: 1) Bring back Chloe and Cary 2) Show more scenes with Maggie and Victor. They have more chemistry than any of the young couples. 3) Put Jennifer and Daniel back together and stop dressing Melissa Reeves like an 80-year-old woman. 4) Bring back the Eric Brady character for Nicole 5) Stop with the old stoylines (i.e. Princess Gina) 6) Make Hope a more glamorous character. You have one of the most beautiful woman on daytime, so make her the older face of Kate’s cosmetic company (i.e. Ellen DeGeneras and Diane Keaton). 7) Cut the cast by eliminating characters that have overstayed their welcome (Abe, Roman). 8) Age the character of Sierra 9) Bring back Kirsten Storms as Belle and Brandon Beemer as Shawn 10) If Billie is going to stay, bring back Chelsea.

Number one suggestion should have read “Chloe and Carly.”

OH MY! Not sad at Mads leaving. Surprised Christie and Patrick are gone since they just came on and seemed set to stay awhile. Sad to see them go. Matt too as I like Jack. So is Jen leaving too? Guess Carrie and Austin will return to Switzerland. I think there are others who could go and leave some of these.

I tired of this back and forth. People come on, then Days gets a new writer or whatever and direction is changed. Give us good story!

patrick muldoon can’t act period. Austin peck by far was the better austin. Bringing Pat back was a huge mistake. He is to old for the role. That was the writing team first mistake the second was the Abby sl. I love caustin and so wish they keep Christie and bring back Austin peck. The writing of Jack was all over the place. Yes fire the writers but why do the actors have to suffer its not their fault that the writing sucks. Keep the actors change their sl days u are loosing fan. You would give fans if u keep actors. I can undestand PM getting the booth but Christie. Rafe and Carrie make a cute couple. She is needed on the show. This is heart breaking because Carrie and austin (peck) were the only reason I have ever watch. Sorry Greg meng Christie Carrie is not the problem it was patrick and his version of austin reed. Why should she loose her job just because patrick had to go.

Cutting Sarah Brown is the biggest mistake! She is one of the energetic interesting characters on the show! No offense but their are a few characters that i fast forward through. So if you have to make budget cuts Sarah is not the way to go!!

I do agree with you.She actually makes the show as far as I am concerned.What can days be thinking?Do they have there heads so far up there rearends they aren’t thinking straight?II wll miss Sarah and I am not all to happy about them letting her go.I did look forward to watching her perform,Sorry Sarah that this had to happen to you,you deserve better.

I agree let go of Justin and Adriane already, Kayla too they are all dead weight ! Madison and Brady have CHEMISTRY

I did figure that something had to be up when they weren’t giving Sarah much of a story plot.This whole thing just sucks.I want Madison and Brady together..

well now GH can bring Matthew Ashford back ! He’d fit in even better now that he’s GH & OLTL alumni. He was Drew Ralston on OLTL 1982 – 1983, Tom Hardy on GH 1995 -1997, and then again on OLTL as serial killer Dr. Stephen Haver from 2003 – 2004.

And boy, he and Kristina Wagner had some hot scenes together when Tom Hardy was dating Felicia!

Ms. Brown could come back again as a 3rd character – but let’s not make her a mob related character this time! ha!

I have been a Days fan forever and Christie Clark has always been my favorite actress on Days. She has been especially good in her role recently; It seems such a mistake to let her go. Please bring her back soon and often.

So stupid to get rid of Carrie, Madison, Jack and Austin! Carrie has always been one of my favorite characters ever too! Madison has so much potential! She and Brady are hot together, and she has great chemistry with Sami and Kate too. It was stupid to bring Ian on for her, that is a bust.

Carrie and Austin shouldn’t be let go. If the actor of Austin is the issue then bring back Austin Peck as Austin.

Poor Jack and Jennifer, Jack always gets fired by idiots that don’t seem to know how to write for them. Seems the new set of writers aren’t interested in figuring out how to write for these interesting characters.

Yet bores like Gabi, Chad, Melanie and Ian are still on????

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Jackie Cox Talks On Latest Return to DAYS, An Offer for Dimitri, and Life as a Performer In and Out of Drag

On the Monday, December 4th episode of Peacock’s Days of our Lives, Jackie Cox is back and hell hath no fury like a drag queen scorned! With revenge the order of the day on Leo Stark (Greg Rikaart), Darius Rose (Cox out of drag) arrives in Salem with a plan.

As Dimitri (Peter Porte) is about to turn himself into the authorities to save Leo’s skin, Darius gives Von Leuschner a talking to; letting him know that Leo deserves to rot away in prison, and so, to help Dimitri out of town, Darius has a tempting, and yet outlandish way to do just that!

Cox first appeared on Days of our Lives during the limited-series Beyond Salem in 2021 and then on to the mothership in 2022. The drag artist and Rupaul Drag Race alum took time out from his busy touring schedule of his holiday show, Jackie and Jan’s Jingle Jam (coming to a town near you), to speak with Michael Fairman TV all about his recent return to the long-running soap opera, playing ‘soapy’ versions of Jackie/Darius, and if there’s more story to come.

In addition, Jackie talks on the often misperceptions of the art of drag and drag performers, working with his DAYS co-stars since first appearing on the series including: Rikaart, Porte, Billy Flynn (Chad AKA Belinda Chinashop), and much more. Check out our chat with the incomparable Jackie below.

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You get asked back to DAYS, once again. Were you shocked that you got the call to return?

JACKIE: You know, what’s so funny is ever since my appearance on Beyond Salem a couple years ago, the fans kind of picked up on this little connection with me and Leo. Which then, Ron Carlivati (head writer, Days of our Lives) kind of expanded into my storyline last year where I came and broke up Leo’s wedding with Dr. Craig Wesley (Kevin Spirtas). What’s amazing is the DAYS fans now think they have seen me in places in the story that I’m not. Like, I was one of the prime suspects for the murder of Abigail DiMera, or I’m somehow helping Leo with other things. (Laughs) The fans have amazing imaginations of their own. I think Ron and the team picked up on that a little bit and have kind of found different ways to work me back into the storyline, which is so cool. I’m there, even when I’m not. That’s so fun for me.

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As viewers saw on Monday’s episode, you are not in scenes with Greg Rikaart but Peter Porte. Was that a surprise for you coming back to tape a new episode?

JACKIE:  When they called me to come back, I thought I’d be working with Greg again as I have been very much a part of his storyline. However, it was really fun working with Peter, because we didn’t get to work together much on Beyond Salem, even though we were both there. It was fun to kind of like build a connection to Dimitri, because I think that’s such an interesting character.

Were you ever a fan of Days of our Lives before you were even on it?

JACKIE: I would pop in and out when I was a kid when I was homesick. My mom would let me watch a little bit. So, I remember the Stefano of it all, and Hope, and all of those storylines are still in my ether somewhere from when I was young.  Coming into it now, and to see where the storylines have expanded into even more is great. The world is bigger now than maybe it was in the nineties. So, the fact that you have a drag queen dealing with an immigration problem, and getting back at her ex, I think is so wild to me. I couldn’t imagine that kind of a storyline happening back then, but it’s so cool to see now.

DAYS, at times, had shown a lot of forward-thinking to its audience that I don’t think you’d necessarily see on the other current soaps. The way they’ve had you, and other gay, or sexually-fluid characters or romances, or introduced drag into the storylines – all these things they had implemented along the way to make the soap, in its current form, a little more progressive leaning. They are also not on network TV anymore, but on a streaming platform, which gives this most likely an assist, as well.

JACKIE:  What I love about it is, sometimes people just don’t think that we exist. You know what I mean? Maybe drag queens are something they just heard about and they don’t know what we are. I think what’s great is this character is me in my real life. I am Jackie Cox. I am a drag performer who goes around the country to different places and performs and stuff. So, for that to also be my character, it’s not like, “Why is she a drag queen?” It’s like, “Well, that’s just who she is.” I just happen to be there and I know that the daytime audience is so diverse. I love that they get to just see a little bit of my real life brought into Salem in this way. You can’t deny the fact I am Darius Rose and Jackie Cox.

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It looks like Darius had a plan to ‘help’ Dimitri?

JACKIE: I don’t know if I’m as much helping Dimitri as if I have ulterior motives. I’m pretty frustrated with Leo. He is this charmer and he always gets what he wants. But I think at this point, I’ve had it with him and his schemes. He didn’t get that emerald. He didn’t give me the money from the Beyond Salem. He left me for Dr. Craig Wesley and I’m tired of it. I want to get back at him. Now that I find out he has this hot new little boyfriend, I know just how to do it because Dimitri better watch out, because he has not yet dealt with Jackie Cox yet. I have quite the persuasive offer you’ll see during the episode, and in the performances. I do think you see Dimitri really consider me and consider what I have to offer, which is to steal him a way, and help him escape to Canada with me.

We see you as Darius and Jackie in the episode, but there is a reason for that.

JACKIE: Yes! What’s fun for the audience is, I think, is there’s this tease during the episode, which is, “How are we going to get Dimitri out of here?” So, we take a page from the old drag book of tricks, which is walk right out the front door and let them look right at you, because drag is an amazing disguise. I think that Dimitri should have, could have chosen to be a fabulous drag queen and leave with me, and we could run across the Canadian border together and done cabarets in Montreal! (Laughs).

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So, this is what Jackie/Darius wants to pull off in the episode?

JACKIE: Oh yeah, and also me, in my real life, (Laughs) I wouldn’t mind doing a cabaret in Montreal. That sounds like a good life to me. I think coming to Dimitri with this offer, which is: “Come with me across the border. Let’s get away from Leo. You haven’t been hurt by him the way I have, but I know you will be.” I think for the Darius side of me, you get to see a little bit of the softer side, in a sense. I really am hurt by Leo and the things that he’s done to me, and had been keeping me from – getting a green card in this fantasy version of my life. I really want to get back at him. What I love about Peter as an actor is, as we were working through this scene, we were able to find all these other levels. I kind of build this little connection through our episode of maybe I’m offering him something that he hasn’t even thought of before, a different kind of life where he’s not this Almanian crook, but maybe he can be a free gay man, maybe drag queen in Canada with me. That’s what’s on the table and the audience sees that. Unfortunately, he doesn’t choose me at the end, but that’s not going to stop me from putting on a fabulous look and walking outta there, anyway.

So then as he leaves, is Darius hurt by all of this?

JACKIE: I’m a little hurt. I don’t think my revenge cup is full at the end of this episode. There’s still a burning little desire for me to get back at Leo by the end of this and maybe a desire for me to just get back into Salem and see if I can find Dimitri again. Let me tell you honey, looking at Peter Porte is not very hard and maybe there’s more men in Salem for me … yet. (Laughs)

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Ya never know! What was your takeaway from previously working with Greg Rikaart? Had you known Greg before taping Beyond Salem?

JACKIE: No. Greg and I met right then, and it was so much fun. Right away in those first couple of moments, we decided we needed to up this whole backstory, like just the two of us, and then it ended up on the show: that we were from New York, and we were in cahoots together, and then apparently we got married. and all this kind of subtext we worked in. For Greg and my character on DAYS, it was not about us being hot and heavy with each other. It was more about seeing each other as partners in crime very much from the beginning. So, that’s where the hurt for me comes in. I thought Leo was my main ride or die, but clearly he is not.

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Ron Carlivati has a penchant for writing these types of campy stories. Did you speak with him at any point, and talk about the fact that you would like to do more appearances on DAYS?

JACKIE. Ron did just come to my Christmas show in New York a couple weeks ago. We had a little chat. I can’t say much, but I didn’t die at the end of this. So, there’s always room to come back!  There’s always room for more Jackie.

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Do you find there’s lot of misconceptions about drag queens and people that perform in drag?  Do you think there’s an underlying misunderstanding of it within our culture?

JACKIE: There are a lot of misconceptions. A great example of it for me was last year when I came to Craig and Leo’s wedding. Once I got out of drag, Craig, wasn’t sure how to address me. I just was very clear with the pronouns I prefer out of drag. That was just something that was a matter-of-fact conversation that could happen between any two people. I think sometimes, everyone is scared of what they don’t know or they don’t understand, or are afraid of having a conversation that they think is going to be really horrible. I think the average person, no matter who you are, no matter what side of the political spectrum you are, no matter what gender or sexual orientation you are, everyone just wants to get along in general and have a decent experience walking around the world. I think if you see people like me and my character who’s a drag queen, who’s younger than for example, Dr. Craig Wesley’s character, having just a quick little conversation and then we move on … it’s not a big ‘falling on the sword’ moment. There’s nothing horrible happening. Drag can be a performance. It doesn’t actually matter who you are. Drag is just an expression, and if you love it, great. And if you don’t, you don’t have to come to my show. It’s okay.

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What did you think about Belinda Chinashop (Billy Flynn), Sonny Delight (Zach Tinker) and Amanda Bottom (Chandler Massey) in the drag show scenes in Beyond Salem? Did you give the guys any pointers, or were you just stunned at how good they were?

JACKIE: We had just shot my drag stuff with them before, and they were like, “We’re doing this later this week.” I was like, “You guys will be fine. Don’t you worry.” They had amazing makeup artists come in and help them, which was great. I think that’s the biggest part. Billy Flynn told me, it was so fun for him to get to do it. I love that. Next time I come to Salem, I think there needs to be a reason for me to get Belinda Chinashop back out of the trunk.

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You went to college at UCLA in their theatre department, didn’t you?

JACKIE: Sure did. I went to UCLA with Blake Berris (Everett). Blake and I were in the same theater program together and he booked DAYS I think right after college or while we were in college. It was amazing. He started so young. Now, we’re on this show together! How funny! We were like, “Oh my, God. This is amazing.” Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see Blake when I was there this time this time. Hopefully, the timing works out next time. I don’t think Ron Carlivati even knows that we went to school together.

Were you determined once you left UCLA to become a successful performer? What trajectory were you on at that point?

JACKIE: I went to UCLA and I really focused in on theater because I love theater so much. I didn’t actually really do much film or TV, even though it’s the school of theater, film and television. I loved the theatre. Then, after school I moved to New York because that’s where theater is. I got to New York and I realized that the theater industry was not for me, at least at that time. This was 15 years ago or so. It wasn’t quite as progressive, even in the theater industry, as it is today. I mean, to be on Broadway, you kind of had to be this big strapping hunk back then. I didn’t really find a place for me there. I did find it in New York with drag, and that really unlocked something in me. I kind of started building this career as Jackie Cox. I’ve been doing drag now for 13 years. So, for me to come back around to what I maybe kind of started doing in the first place is very interesting. We will see what happens.

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Now, would you want to take on more roles as yourself, as Darius?

JACKIE: That’s the thing. These days, writers are actually writing material that really connects to who I am. I really want to play more characters, bringing myself to the role is something that’s important to me. So, whether it’s drag, whether it’s a character, whether it’s incorporating some of my Middle Eastern heritage in there, those are all things that I want to bring to life, whether it’s in or out of drag. It’s all on the table. It’s definitely something where I still want it to have that authenticity, to have that reason where it’s me, the actor, not just someone who hasn’t lived it.

So, if you end up with an expanded role of Days of our Lives, would you take it?

JACKIE: Are you kidding? In a heartbeat! My only question to myself and to the writers out there is, am I still going to be me … or is it revealed that I’m not actually Jackie Cox, and that I’m just some delusional fan who thinks I am? (Laughs)

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In closing, how is Jackie when she walks out the door after this episode?

JACKIE: Jackie walks out the door with a renewed sense of purpose, a burning desire to eventually get back at Leo, and maybe a new friend in Salem. Those are the things that I walk out that door with, for sure.

So, did you enjoy seeing Jackie Cox back on Days of our Lives? Should the soap opera continue to weave Jackie/Darius back into the storylines with Dimitri and Leo and company? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Days of our Lives Peter Porte Stars in ‘Yuletide the Knot’ Holiday Movie on UPtv

Sunday, December 3rd, Peter Porte (Dimitri, Days of our Lives) stars in a holiday rom-com on UPtv, entitled Yuletide the Knot. Not only is Porte the romantic male lead, but he is also one of the producers of the movie.

Yuletide the Knot premieres tonight at 7 pm ET. Porte stars opposite Mary Antonini who take on the role of Rachel. Also appearing are Kelly Jakle, Kelsey Scott and Melissa Peterman.

In story, Rachel, a small-town wedding planner (Antonini), is tasked with planning a Christmas ceremony for an influencer couple. But her big plans hit a major snag when she is partnered with the bride’s manager, Logan (Porte), who is actually her first love and high school sweetheart. Will Logan and Rachel soon be kissing again under the mistletoe?

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Taking to his Instagram to share some background on the movie, Porte revealed: “I got the script in 2019 and was excited to come on board as an actor as well as producer. After months of planning, we were headed to Colorado with truckloads of Christmas decor and a start date of March 13… 2020.  Three years, countless pivots, pulled favors, and a pandemic later, my tenacious and wildly talented cast and crew made and sold a movie and I couldn’t be more proud. Let’s all get in the holiday spirit together!”

To locate UPtv stations in your area click here, or you can stream the holiday movie on UP Faith & Family here.

Watch the preview for Yuletide the Knot below.

Now let us know, will you be checking out this holiday rom-com featuring Peter Porte? Let us know via the comment section.


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Lifetime’s ‘Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas’ Brings Epic Food Fight and “Slapfest Coup de Grâce”

Get ready for the feuding soap opera divas, when five actresses known for their signature primetime and daytime roles are brought together in Lifetime’s new holiday film, Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas.

Saturday night, December 2nd on Lifetime (8pm ET/7PM CT) marks the highly-anticipated holiday movie premiere featuring: Donna Mills (ex-Knots Landing), Nicolette Sheridan (ex-Knots Landing), Morgan Fairchild (ex-Falcon Crest et al), Linda Gray (ex-Dallas) and Loni Anderson (ex-WKRP in Cincinnati).

Here’s what we do know! In story, five alums from the long-running soap, The Great Lakes reunite for a live Christmas finale. Uh-oh!  Now take a look at the backstory of the colorful cast of characters (pay special attention to the clever twists on the actresses names!)

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LAUREN EWING (Linda Gray) “Everyone thinks I’m so damn good all the time,” confesses the junk food-loving Lauren of her second act as a lifestyle guru. “I don’t know how Gwenyth Paltrow does it!”

DANA CUNNINGHAM (Donna Mills) Now a sitcom mom, she’s yet to make amends to ex-bestie Juliette after abruptly leaving the soap back in the day. Not that she hasn’t tried: “When I thought the world was going to end in Y2K,” Dana says, “I reached out to her, and she never called me back.”

LILY MARLOWE (Loni Anderson) After replacing Dana on ‘Great Lakes’, Lily never again found a role to win her acclaim. “What do I have to show for (my career)? An arc on  For the People – Shonda Rhimes’ only flop!”

JULIETTE MATHESON (Nicollette Sheridan) “She left me for L.A.,” the party girl turned fashion mogul recalls of Dana’s betrayal. Will their feud derail the entire event?

MARGEAUX ROBERTS (Morgan Fairchild) “Fasten your face-lifts, ladies, it’s gonna be a bumpy weekend!” The sassy grande dame of ‘Great Lakes’ sees the Juliette-Dana beef as the perfect escape from her own domestic drama.

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Now, making this all the more hysterical is the director of The Great Lakes reunion special, which makes the five women live under the same roof, is its former child star Alex, who has gotten his ex-girlfriend, Nell to direct the finale. Meanwhile, in the subplot. the ‘Ladies of the ’80s’ come up with a plan to get Alex and Nell back together.

As with any good soap opera, there is a major food fight. Linda Gray shared with USA Today ,”The food fight was one take. And it was fabulous.” And of course, their is a bitch-fest slap-fest. Morgan Fairchild revealed, “Oh honey, we all got ours in. Mine was a simple, ‘How dare you?’ with a slap. But I was hoping for a punch.”

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The movie’s EP, Larry Thompson, who is a Hollywood manager and has Donna Mills as a client, said that the entire scene peaks with the”slapfest coup de grâce.” What is that exactly? That is when Donna Mills pushes Nicollette Sheridan into a pool in a nod to Dynasty’s Lily bond battle between Dynasty’s Alexis (Joan Collins) and Krystle (Linda Evans).

In case you missed it previously, check out the trailer for Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas below, also starring Patrika Darbo, Alec Mapa, Mills real-life daughter, Chloe Mills, and Christopher Atkins with theme song by Tiffany.

Now let us know, will you be tuning in to the movie for a premise that should delight many a longtime soap fan? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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