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Chandler Massey DONE at DAYS! Daytime Emmy Winner Let Out Of Contract Three Months Early!

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Photo Credit: Adam Campbell

While were many were hoping that come December, somehow Days of our Lives and Chandler Massey(Will Horton) might somehow work out a deal for him to extend his contract, that appears to be dead in the water.  The two-time Daytime Emmy winner, who had made be known he was going to leave come December to go to school and pursue other acting opportunities has done so, but early!

According to the story that broke this evening from Greg Hernandez of the Gay Star News, “Chandler Massey officially finished with the role of Will Horton on NBC’s Days of Our Lives today on Friday, August 23rd.”  The 22-year-old actor revealed that NBC has agreed to let him out of his four-year contract more than three months early so he can focus on school and pursue some other acting opportunities.

Massey will continue to appear in episodes of Days of our Lives through the end of December because DAYS is filmed so ahead of their airdates.  On-Air On-Soaps also this evening confirmed the news through Chandler’s personal publicist, Jeff Ballard.   According to the star, who has become beloved for the role of Will Horton, the role will be recast!

So soap fans, what do you think about Chandler departing DAYS early? Are you glad the show will recast? Are you devastated the Chandler is off the show as of today? Weigh-in on this breaking story!

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Mary SF
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Mary SF

I don’t mind recasts, but I generally like a bit of time if possible between the different actors so the transition is less jarring. In this case the character is very central to many stories so I understand the need to recast especially since he is leaving earlier than expected, but ideally would have preferred a month or two between them. However, they obviously have someone line up otherwise they wouldn’t have let him go— do we know who is replacing him?

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Recast…no longer bothers me…If C.M. wants to quit to do other things its his decision but the show still needs Will Horton so i say lets see what a different actor can do in the role…i remember back in the early 70s when Denise Alexander left her popular role as Susan Martin on this same show and her replacement(4get name at the moment)…imo…did a fine job taking over the role…

CINDY BISCORNER-MEAD
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CINDY BISCORNER-MEAD

I DO NOT LIKE IT ONE BIT!!! IUNDERSTAND THAT CHANDLER WANTS TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL, BUT COULDN’T SOMETHING BE WORKED PUT WHERE HE COULD BE RECURRING AND STILL GO TO BACK TO SCHOOL??? i REALLY HATE TO SEE HIM LEAVE DDOL’s…:(

Robert Lee
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Robert Lee

Boo!

denise
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denise

Miss him already.

David
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David

I hate to see him go but I understand its time to move on for him. He’ll show up again and we’ll say, “I remember him when he was on Days.”

Ann
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Ann

Supposedly they already have a recast so I’m curious as to who this will be.

Jerome
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Jerome

I would like to see Drew Garrett a.k.a Michael Corinthos from General Hospital or Kevin Schdimt a.ka. Noah Newman from Y&R.

Patrick
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Patrick

kevin Schmidt is an excellent choice.

gloria
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gloria

Good thinking Jerome. Either would be great choices!

Me
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Me

I absolutely hate the idea of a recast. I don’t watch soaps really, got no experience with recasts. I’m only watching for the storyline and for both Freddie Smith and Chandler Massey. Top-notch! I totally understand that Chandler wants to move on but I had actually hoped that he’d reconsider and stay a few months longer (jjust so to let them have the story wrap up nicely and then get a new love-interest for Sonny (even though that scenario sucks too..) and not leave EARLIER!.. This is going to be difficult! Feeling sad for Freddie!.. Wishing Chandler tons of success… Read more »

James McDonald
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James McDonald

There is no doubt Chandler Massey is a fine actor and I am sure we will see more of him in movies and television if that is the direction he wants to go into. As for the character of “Will”, don’t you think it’s time they could hire an established gay actor for the role, if the character of Will is to continue being gay? Perhaps another reason for the departure in the back of Massey’s mind is he doesn’t want to act gay and do the kissing scenes anymore. My point being, perhaps a serious gay actor would be… Read more »

RockSolid
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RockSolid

Talk about a homophobic comment. MANY STRAIGHT actors EARN their accolades and success by playing “GAY” characters. Are you psychic?

DifficultDiva
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DifficultDiva

Glad for Chandler.
It’s just sad that Corday/DAYS thought that Chandler was waffling on his choice to move on.
I just hope that all the viewers will give the new guy, cast to portray Will Horton a chance.

Matt
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Matt

I will miss Chandler, but the role of Will Horton is too important to be written off of the show. There are so few gay characters on Soaps (much less ones that are part of an extremely popular couple).
Recasts are not always a bad thing. Chandler, himself, was a recast. Since Will is such an iconic (& award-winning) character, it’s going to be a much sought-after role. That always brings out the best talent.

DifficultDiva
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DifficultDiva

For folks who can remember when recasts were introduced in all sorts of ways: check out this clip from Santa Barbara.

Rodd
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Rodd

I will miss him as Will, but wish him nothing but success in whatever he does in the future. He brought such wonderful qualities to the character of Will and for that, I will forever be grateful.

bc
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bc

Didn’t b&b do the same for jacob young when he still was a young actor? Then he hopped from gh to amc and back to b&b.

Brett
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Brett

I will miss him so much but wish him well.

Norene Wittlin
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Norene Wittlin

I wish him well and encourage him to pursue his education. I hope the replacement can do at least half as well as he did.

Mo
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Mo

Sucks! Maybe he wanted to leave now so he can start the fall semester at college. Will miss him. Who is the recast?

Robert in Jersey City
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Robert in Jersey City

Recast it so we don’t lose a major gay character on daytime TV.

Remember on OLTL when the guys slept together then vanished shortly after…

gloria
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gloria

If he will be shown till December-this means that the scenes we are watching today were taped, what 4 mos. ago, in April or something? Why (& how) does Days tape so far ahead? Does every soap? I used to think it was a 2 week lag-like what we seeing was taped 2 wks. ago-not 4 months!

krissy
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krissy

Days is the only show that does the advance taping. They do it to save money

C
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C

This is actually a soap first, yes, recasting a gay character? That’s actually kinda cool. They’re approaching it like any other character. Will’s got too many ties with the core families to just disappear. The show could have used this as an opportunity to drop Will AND Sonny (by having them ride off into the sunset together), but didn’t.

Jules
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Jules

Yes! I thought the same thing! Will is so integral to the canvas the show didn’t just allow him to leave with the actor. I think that’s awesome that they’re not abandoning the character, and such a testament to a) NBC/Sony supporting gay characters on their show, b) the stellar work CM has done in bringing the character to life, c) the outstanding writing they’re giving the character and d) the amazing reception from the critics (soap and non-soap) and audiences.

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DAYS Brandon Barash On Stefan’s Resurrection: “You’ll See Some Revenge, Corporate Takeovers, Losing a Memory … Maybe Gaining of Memories”

Dr. Rolf is at it again on Days of our Lives! While Jake DiMera has met his maker, apparently his twin brother, Stefan O DiMera is coming back to life.  That sets the stage for Brandon Barash to reprise his original DAYS role.

In a brand new interview with his on-screen brother, Dan Feuerriegel (EJ) on the Days of our Lives You Tube Channel, Barash talks on what viewers can expect once Stefan is completely back in action, and how he feels about taking on the darker twin once again.

Brandon teased: “You’ll see some revenge, corporate takeovers, losing a memory … maybe gaining of memories.”  With Stefan back in the DiMera mix, look for the two brothers to not always see eye-to-eye. Barashs shared that they’ll be, “Butting heads for sure”.

Meanwhile, will Stefan and his true love, Gabi (Camila Banus) reunite once she knows he is alive? Barash weighs-in on that and more ‘burning’ questions.

You can check out the chat below.

Now, let us know, are you glad that Stefan O DiMera is back on the Salem canvas? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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BREAKING NEWS: Days of our Lives Ending Its Run on NBC, Moving to Peacock Starting in September

In a major move, Days of our Lives, the longest-running scripted series of all-time on NBC, is exiting the television network and will now be in its new home on the NBCUniversal streaming platform, Peacock.

The shift marks the end of DAYS’ nearly 57 year-run on broadcast television. Days of our Lives debuted on NBC back on November 8th, 1965.

Look for all-new episodes daily of the series to begin on Peacock starting on September 12th, along with the show’s library already available to stream for Peacock Premium subscribers.  According to a press release from Peacock, “The historic move to Peacock creates the ultimate destination for daytime fans to access the library, new episodes and Peacock Original Days of Our Lives: Beyond Salem in one place.”

In its place, NBC will fill the daytime drama’s current timeslot with NBC News Now, an hour-long news show anchored by Kate Snow, Aaron Gilchrist, Vicky Nguyen and Morgan Radford. According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC affiliates will also have the option to add local news to the hour.

In a statement, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming chairman Mark Lazarus shares: “This programming shift benefits both Peacock and NBC and is reflective of our broader strategy to utilize our portfolio to maximize reach and strengthen engagement. With a large percentage of the Days of Our Lives audience already watching digitally, this move enables us to build the show’s loyal fanbase on streaming while simultaneously bolstering the network daytime offering with an urgent, live programming opportunity for partners and consumers.”

NBC’s decision means it leaves only three daytime soaps on American broadcast TV: General Hospital, The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful. 

DAYS has found recent streaming success with its limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapters 1 and 2, which introduced the viewing audience to the Peacock platform.

To watch Days of our Lives on Peacock, you will need a premium-tier paid subscription at $4.99 per month. The service offers an an ad-free experience at $9.99 per month.

We will have more on this developing story.

So, what do you think of NBC removing DAYS from its daytime line-up, while moving it to their owned-streaming platform, Peacock? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Brandan Barash Shares Reaction to Jake’s Death on Days of our Lives: “It Was Fun Getting To Know You”

This week on Days of our Lives, Jake (Brandon Barash) met his untimely demise, when he was shot by a mugger.  Thus, signaling what would seem to be the end of the line for the character.

However, on today’s episode of the NBC soap opera, Jake visited a grieving Ava (Tamara Braun), so perhaps there is more than a ‘ghost of a chance’ that Barash is sticking around.

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As previewed exclusively last month during our virtual interview with DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati …the Salem scribe revealed there would be another death in Salem, following the murder of Abigail Deveraux DiMera (Marci Miller), and the character would be ‘dead-dead’.

However, speculation is running wild that with the return of Dr. Rolf, that perhaps Jake will be resurrected … or Barash will once again play Jake’s twin, Stefan O. DiMera!

On Instagram, Barash had some fun with Jake’s demise with comparison side-by-side photos – one of which features Barash as Jake covered in blood, and reading the Handbook for the Recently Deceased!

Barash captioned his pic: “How it started/how it’s going. #ripjake It was fun getting to know you. 🙏🥃”

So, what do you think about DAYS killing Jake? Do you think Brandon will be sticking around Salem? If so, as who? Comment below.

 

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