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Cady McClain to Depart Days of our Lives

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Two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Cady McClain, will be exiting Days of our Lives in the role of Jennifer Horton Deveraux this month.

According to Soap Opera Digest, McClain, who was brought in by the NBC soap opera to temporarily replace Melissa Reeves in the role, will be departing the show on-air on the February 17th episode.

In story, look for Jennifer to leave Salem for Boston.

As for Reeves, no word yet if she is returning to reclaim the part she had played for decades.

Melissa had chosen to stay in Nashville with her family during the Covid-19 pandemic and not travel back and forth to Los Angeles.

Cady first came on to the Salem scene in the fall of 2020 and was quickly involved in a front burner storyline.

Michael Fairman had chatted with McClain and her Days co-star, Rob Scott Wilson (Ben) back at the end of November of last year, where she spoke at length on taking on the role of Jennifer, for a video on The Michael Fairman Channel.  You can watch it below.

So, are you sad to see Cady exit Days? Do you hope Melissa Reeves returns to the role?  Share your thoughts via the comment section.

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I love Cady in the role. She’ll be very missed.

They should keep her, she is much better than Melissa Reeves

I am sad to see Cady leave! I don’t want Melissa Reeves to come back! I would rather see Cady come back and stay on as Jennifer.

I agree I would love Cady McClain come back to Days and stay on as Jennifer

this totally sucks why they would send Jennifer off to Boston, if Melissa is not returning. I LOVE Cady McClain as Jennifer Horton, the role fits her so well and she’s got great chemistry with Jack, too and others. What the hell is DAYS thinking to send her off to Boston. Is Melissa returning, I doubt it. I wonder if this is temporary for the character to be written off for a bit for a longer would make no sense. I want Cady to STAY.

It is probably story related, with her mother being killed by her step daughter Gwen, she may be ironically going to Boston for therapy. I too would rather see Cady stay. Never been a big fan of M.R

I wish Cady the best, she is a fabulous actress and made the impossible work, she replaced Melissa Reeves as Jennifer. This show knows how to shoot itself in the foot. Great actors being sacrificed for dribble. When you have a show that’s writing is heavily plot driven and mediocre at best, the only thing that saves it is good actors. Are we going to see Jack go with her, or is the case of another legacy character being sacrificed for ReRon’s pet Gwen? RC’s legacy will be writing Days into cancellation.

Cady did a great job! Melissa Reeves will forever be Jennifer Horton. Hope she returns to her role.

I don’t watch Days but after what happened with Missy Reeves last year, I don’t want her racist ass back in LA. She really soured on a lot of the current cast members and I’m sure they don’t want her back either.

I am glad Melissa Reeves in returning as I didn’t like Cady at all. I’m sick of conservative people being called racist. The majority of Days viewers are conservative, so take your racism and wokeness elsewhere.

She is racist because she liked a post? Get a life. She has a right to free speech and to like something on FB. She is not a racist, just conservative. At least she has the dignity to not respond to the mean co-stars she had. Also, the person that made the post is black.

Could Cady be the first of DOOL actors written off the show? Or was Cady written off the show to make room for Linda Dano?

Linda Dano is only temporary. She did two weeks of filming. I read somewhere else that Cady had a family thing to take care of. Who knows, maybe she will be back. Here’s hoping!

So glad they are writing her out, as I can only see Melissa Reeves as Jennifer. Nothing against Cady, but she just wasn’t cutting the mustard with me. Hopefully Melissa will be back!

I agree!

They can never bring back Melissa Reeves

Adam, to each his own.

THIS BITES !!!! horror upon horror , should Melissa Reeves return’

what for ? we’ve already seen clearly how Cady McClain enlivens Jenny Bear. Jack is sexual, for one

it’s amazing to watch Jennifer Horton LIVE ? no ?

@Ron C. and whomever Executive Produces’ watching Melissa Reeves waste air time is the stench of dead

if Kristian Alfonso was FIRED’ @YOU YOU YOU @Ron @Ryan @ TPTB you truly see life in Melissa Reeves ? WOW you’ve spiraled and pegged yourself down some

Kristan Alfonso chose to leave. She was not fired.

It makes no sense. Everyone saying wonderful things about Cady in the role , and Missy still in Nashville. Just let Cady play the role. Can Sony afford her?

She was just great in the role and they should keep her.It was a very seamless transition and I like her more than Melissa Reeves as Jennifer,

They likely kept Cady until they could find a way to write Jennifer out for a while. Episodes were written and story arcs implemented that involved Jennifer.

When MR announced she wouldn’t return right away, Ron likely had to wait for a somewhat logical point to usher Jennifer off the canvas for a while.

GH did the same thing with Brook Lynn when Amanda Setton went on an extended maternity leave. Brook Lynn was critical to ongoing story for a few months. Briana Lane did a great job filling in, but departed when the writers were able to send Brook Lynn out of town for a period.

Guess they are sending Jennifer to Boston to handle her mother’s affairs. I think that’s where Laura was from.

Yes I don’t think she does the role justice

I’ll miss Cady playing Jeniffer. Good luck to her in the future.

I loved Melissa in the role but she was so surrounded by controversy outside the role that it made it hard to watch.

Cady has done a wonderful job in the role and made it her own. I wouldn’t mind if she stayed.

Sad to see them both go.

Cady McClain has been an absolute joy! An actress of her superior talents has greatly enhanced DOOL for months. Pity that she is leaving…

Not at all upset that Cady is leaving, she was okay, love to see new actor take the role!


Melissa Reeves is poison. Cady was doing a wonderful job and should return.

Cady was boring and did nothing for the role. She had zero personality. Typical political crap, spreading inaccurate information about people who don’t share the same opinion as you, suddenly they are poison. What a joke.

AMEN Laurie63

Hoping this is a short-term exit and that she is back in the role ASAP! Also hoping NBC releases her portrait for the fifty-fifth anniversary, as well as others!

Political matters or other factors should not play into the fact Melissa Reeves will always be Jennifer Horton, I tried so hard for Cady to engage me, unfortunately, she didn’t.

So totally agree, Cady might be a fine actress but her portrayal of Jennifer was totally lack luster and boring, there was zero chemistry w/ Jack or anyone else. The political stuff gets blown out of proportion and generally not portrayed based on fact, typically if it’s a conservative view point it gets slanted to the negative, instead of finding out the facts people just turn against you. It has no place here, Melissa is the one and only Jennifer and should be the one playing the part.

I couldn’t agree more! They fail to realize not all of their audiences are liberals!! Keep politics out of daytime dramas!

Totally agree Tatiana!

Cady’s portrayal of Jen was the first time I was interested in the character in YEARS.

Nice nod to AMC with the pancakes.

I gave up on this show a couple years ago. I always meant to tun in to see Cady as Jennifer, but I missed her.
After all the “real life” crap written about Melissa, I thought it was a good move to replace her, and I thought Cady was a good choice. Sounds like others liked Cady in the role too!

I really loved Cady on GH as Nina and really would welcome her return , especially with latest SL.

I hope Cady McClain not Missy Reeves return to Days of our lives as Jennifer either May June or either this Summer 2021

I have watched DOOL for years Cady had big shoes to fill and I think she did an amazing job. I really enjoyed her. I wish her good luck.

What is wrong with all of you people? I am very happy to see her go and I am praying that Melissa Reeves comes back! I think you all are just saying that yoy like Cady because you don’t like melissa’s political views. Grow up people! And admit that Melissa is the much better actress!! Cady and Matthew Ashford have zero chemistry! UGH!!

“What’s wrong??” You know, people can have differing opinions. They may be very happy to have McClain, hope that Reeves never comes back, vice-versa or anything in between. What you “think” motivates people is pointless, since you don’t know them. And that rich part about “admit that Melissa is the much better actress” – as if it’s impossible others could have a different opinion than yours? Pretty extreme ideas on your part.

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Steve Kent Reportedly OUT as Sony Pictures Television VP in Charge of DAYS and Y&R

On Friday, reports surfaced that Steve Kent, Senior Executive Vice President of Programming at Sony Pictures Television, is no longer with the company and overseeing the Sony soap operas, Days of our Lives and The Young and the Restless.

According to Soap Opera Digest, a set side source reported that Kent’s last day was last Friday, April 12th, which was one day after what would have been his final appearance in his Sony VP role at the Days of our Lives 15,000th episode on set celebration.

During that ceremony, Kent gave a brief speech giving kudos to DAYS for its incredible milestone. Days is a co-production of Sony Pictures Television and Corday Productions, while Y&R is produced by Bell Dramatic Serial Company in association with Sony Pictures Television.

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Kent started his soap opera career as a producer for CBS’ defunct Capitol and then as the supervising producer of NBC’s Santa Barbara from1984 to 1993.

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At Sony, before his role overseeing the soaps, Kent was Senior Executive Vice President of International Productions for Sony Pictures Television International department.

If reports are true, the question becomes who has taken over his position, and would oversee DAYS and Y&R from the Sony side? Share your thoughts on this developing story via the comment section below.

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(WATCH) 2024 Daytime Emmy Nominations Special Live!

After exciting morning for your favorite daytime stars when they were revealed to be nominees for the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards comes tonight 10th annual Daytime Emmy Nominations Special.

Beginning at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT, several of the nominees will talk with Michael Fairman on their reactions to the news they have been nominated for a Daytime Emmy, share what scenes they submitted that landed in the top five or six in their respective performer acting categories and much more.

Scheduled to appear are: Days of our Lives nominees, Tamara Braun (Ava), Eric Martsolf (Brady) and Linsey Godfrey (Sarah), The Young and the Restless nominees: Allison Lanier (Summer), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis), Courtney Hope (Sally), Bryton James (Devon), The Bold and the Beautiful’s John McCook (Eric), General Hospital nominees, Finola Hughes (Anna) and Alley Mills (Heather), and The Bay’s Mike Manning (Caleb).

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The 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be broadcast live on CBS and streamed on Paramount+ on Friday night, June 7th and emanating, once again this year from the Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

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For a full list of this year’s nominations click here.

Now, watch below as the stars chat it up as we celebrate their Daytime Emmy Nominations. If you have a potential question you might want posed to any of our guests, drop it in the comment section below and we just might ask it on air.

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51st Annual Daytime Emmy Award Nominations: CBS Soaps Score Most, Eric Braeden, Dick Van Dyke, Guy Pearce Receive Nods

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) have officially announced on Friday, the full list of nominees for the 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

While Thursday brought with it four reveals of the nominees in the Outstanding Daytime Drama, Talk Show Host, Lead Actor and Actress categories (as presented by various entertainment news programs), today’s nominations include all the other categories not previously announced.

The Daytime Emmy Awards telecast is set to be presented live on Friday night, June 7, at 8 PM EDT /delayed PT, on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+. This will mark the 18th time that CBS has broadcast the Daytime Emmys.

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In addition, The Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy Awards will be presented on Saturday, June 8 at t9 PM ET/6 PM PT and streamed on The Emmys apps and at The ceremonies will take place at the Westin Bonaventure Los Angeles.

Television icon, Dick Van Dyke has received his first-ever Daytime Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Guest Performer category for his touching portrayal of Timothy Robicheaux on Peacock’s Days of our Lives. The nomination makes Van Dyke the oldest Daytime Emmy nominee in history at 98-years-old.  In addition, motion picture and TV star, Guy Pearce, is also nominated as Guest Performer for his longtime role as Mike Young in the reboot of Neighbours.

Speaking of Neighbours, the Australian soap opera also received its first ever Daytime Emmy nomination for Daytime Drama Series now that its a revival can be streamed on Amazon Freevee. In addition, The Young and the Restless iconic, Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) received his first Daytime Emmy nomination in more than 20 years in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category.

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In the Daytime Drama series categories, CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless each scored 12 nominations more than any other show. Leading the acting nominations was B&B, who landed 7 performers in the various categories, a first in its 37-year history.

In a statement, Adam Sharp, President & CEO, NATAS expressed, “We are happy to once again honor the creative talent both in front of and behind the camera of America’s favorite Daytime programs. We look forward to celebrating the icons who enliven the days of audiences across the country.”

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Brent Stanton, Head of Daytime, NATAS added, “Producing the Daytime Emmys is a labor of love for all of us at NATAS. The huge popularity of these shows continues to be must-see viewing for their fans.” NATAS also revealed that Lifetime Achievement Honorees, Hosts, Presenters, and Silver and Gold Circle honorees will be revealed at a later date.

The Daytime Emmy Awards recognize outstanding achievement in television programming honoring work in a variety of categories, including daytime dramas, talk shows, instructional programming, hosting, culinary, and legal/courtroom programs. In 2021, NATAS and the Television Academy jointly announced plans to realign the Daytime and Primetime Emmy Awards to be organized by content genre, as opposed to program airtime.

The 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be produced once again by NATAS and Associated Television International (ATI). Adam Sharp and Lisa Armstrong are executive producers from NATAS, while David McKenzie executive produces from ATI.

Congratulations to all the men and women in front of the camera and behind the scenes for their recognition as we take a look at who will be going for gold come June. Here are the nominees below starting with the Daytime Drama Categories.

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The Bay

The Bold and the Beautiful

Days of our Lives

General Hospital


The Young and the Restless


Tamara Braun, Days of our Lives

Finola Hughes, General Hospital

Katherine Kelly Lang, The Bold and the Beautiful

Annika Noelle, The Bold and the Beautiful

Michelle Stafford,  The Young and the Restless

Cynthia Watros, General Hospital

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Eric Braeden, The Young and the Restless

Scott Clifton, The Bold and the Beautiful

Thorsten Kaye, The Bold and the Beautiful

Eric Martsolf, Days of our Lives

John McCook, The Bold and the Beautiful

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Jennifer Gareis, The Bold and the Beautiful

Linsey Godfrey, Days of our Lives

Courtney Hope, The Young and the Restless

Allison Lanier, The Young and the Restless

Emily O’Brien, Days of our Lives

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Robert Gossett, General Hospital

Bryton James, The Young and the Restless

Wally Kurth, Days of our Lives

A Martinez, The Bay

Mike Manning, The Bay

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Linden Ashby, The Young and the Restless

Ashley Jones, The Bold and the Beautiful

Alley Mills, General Hospital

Guy Pearce, Neighbours

Dick Van Dyke, Days of our Lives


The Bay

The Bold and the Beautiful

Days of our Lives

General Hospital

The Young and the Restless

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The Bay

The Bold and the Beautiful

Days of our Lives

General Hospital

The Young and the Restless


General Hospital

The Jennifer Hudson Show

The Kelly Clarkson Show

The View

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The Bold and the Beautiful

Days of our Lives

Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade

The Kelly Clarkson Show


African Queens: Njinga

Days of our Lives

General Hospital

Start Up

The Young and the Restless


African Queens: Njinga

The Drew Barrymore Show

General Hospital

The Kelly Clarkson Show

The View

The Young and the Restless


African Queens: Njinga

The Bold and the Beautiful

The Jennifer Hudson Show


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African Queens: Njinga

The Drew Barrymore Show


The View

The Young and the Restless


“Shine” General Hospital

“Unexpected Truth”Unexpected

“We’re Home” Reconnecting Roots


The Jennifer Hudson Show

The Kelly Clarkson Show

Tamron Hall

Turning The Tables with Robin Roberts

The View

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Access Hollywood

Entertainment Tonight



Be My Guest with Ina Garten

Family Dinner

Selena + Chef: Home for the Holidays

Valerie’s Home Cooking

What Am I Eating? with Zooey Deschanel


Hot Bench

Judy Justice

Justice For The People with Judge Milian

The People’s Court

We The People with Judge Lauren Lake

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Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg, Alyssa Farah Griffin, Sara Haines, Sunny Hostin, Ana Navarro, The View

Kelly Clarkson, The Kelly Clarkson Show

Mark Consuelos, Kelly Ripa, Live with Kelly and Mark

Akbar Gbajabiamila, Amanda Kloots, Natalie Morales, Jerry O’Connell, Sheryl Underwood, The Talk

Tamron Hall, Tamron Hall


Lidia Bastianich, 25 Years with Lidia: A Culinary Jubilee

Valerie Bertinelli, Valerie’s Home Cooking

Eduardo Garcia, Big Sky Kitchen with Eduardo Garcia

Emeril Lagasse, Emeril Cooks

Sophia Roe, Counter Space

Buddy Valastro, Legends of the Fork


Frank Caprio, Caught in Providence

Kevin Frazier, Nischelle Turner , Matt Cohen, Cassie DiLaura, Denny Directo, Will Marfuggi, Rachel Smith, Entertainment Tonight

Deborah Norville, Steven Fabian, Lisa Guerrero, Ann Mercogliano, Jim Moret, Les Trent. Inside Edition

Robert Hernandez, Star Jones, Divorce Court

Judge Judy Sheindlin, Whitney Kumar, Kevin Rasco, Sarah Rose, Judy Justice

What do you think about the nominations for the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards? Who do you think deserved to get in that did? Who do you think got snubbed? Who are you happiest to see receive a nomination? Let us know via the comment section below.

Make sure to be with us live starting tonight Friday, April 19th at 8pm ET/5pm PT for the Michael Fairman Channel’s 10th anniversary edition of its Daytime Emmy Nomination Special 2024, featuring some of the just announced daytime drama nominees. 







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