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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 Head Scribe, Ron Carlivati, Shares On Marlena’s Possession 2.0: “We Decided John Needs To Get On To This Sooner Than He Did In The Original, Because That’s What The Audience Would Expect”

As viewers of NBC’s Days of our Lives are watching the revisiting of the classic possession storyline revisited with its 2021 version 2.0, the stage is being set for plenty of devilish drama, now that good doc, Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) is once again in the grips of evil.

We have already seen her with yellow eyes, conjuring up some demonic plans, and of course, the devil trying to pull the wool over the eyes of Marlena’s husband, John Black (Drake Hogestyn).

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Back in the 1994/95 version of this storyline, Father John emerged and exorcised the demon from Marlena, so he knows a thing or two about being possessed, and the horrors it caused to Marlena, and the town of Salem 25 years ago, and as we have seen John is very, very concerned about all this talk of Marlena being possessed by the devil from the script that Johnny (Carson Boatman)  is set to make into a film on Sami’s life story.

Current Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati, spoke with Soap Opera Digest in their latest issue on newsstands now, about his plans and the creation of the 2021 possession storyline. Ron revealed that John is not going to be in the dark for long, sharing: “John has been through this, so the devil isn’t going to be able to pull the wool over his eyes the way he did the first time.”

Carlivati also added: “Even though all soap opera stories, I would argue, depend on some characters being a little bit dumb, in this case, we decided John needs to get on to this sooner than he did in the original because that’s what they audience would expect.  Look for the story to move along at a pretty good clip. We are not rushing, anything by any means – we are having so much fun with the story, but it was important to us that John not look stupid here so he starts to suspect something is wrong with her pretty soon.”

So, are you glad that John will not be completely dumped? Will Father John return to save the day? Are you enjoying the story thus far? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Then, check out our recent interview with Ron all about the creation of DAYS limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem still streaming on Peacock.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena Becomes Possessed … Again!

On Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the devil had his way with his favorite person, Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)! In story, leave it to Marlena to save Doug (Bill Hayes) by giving herself up to Satan!

As Doug revealed himself to be Satan while in a therapy session with Marlena in her office, a shook Marlena tries to comprehend what is happening! When the devil says if Marlena won’t accept him in, she will punish Doug, he does just that.

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Poor Doug is left writhing in pain and on the floor, crying out for help! When we come back to the scene Marlena is not exactly right near his body, but sort of overlooking what is happening. Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) rushes into Marlena’s office to find Doug as Marlena stares blankly. Eventually, she calls for help.

After Doug is put in a hospital room and is monitored, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Tripp (Lucas Adams) can’t find anything wrong with him. Meanwhile, Julie finds Marlena at the nurses station and asks what happened with Doug during their therapy session.  Marlena flashes back to what led to Doug writing on the floor, and clearly something is way off with Marlena, because she has now become possessed.

Later, Julie sits by Doug’s hospital bed as he opens his eyes, as he tells his beloved wife, “He left me and went in to her.”  A confused Julie is left to ponder what on earth Doug could be talking about.

When Marlena comes home to John (Drake Hogestyn) – who is already concerned with Johnny (Carson Boatman) being set on making a movie of Sami’s life story which includes points on Marlena’s original possession – she tells him Doug collapsed in her office. When the two hug, Marlena slowly opens her eyes  revealing that they are glowing yellow.  Yup! We are off to the races. Marlena is now once again possessed.

So, what did you think about the scenes between Deidre Hall and Bill Hayes? Are you enjoying the revisiting of the infamous ‘possession’ storyline thus far? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Kicks-Off Possession Storyline Revisted with ‘Doug’ Twist Cliffhanger, Followed by Fall Preview

Did the ‘Devil’ make them do it? Doug Williams  (Bill Hayes) is Satan? In what can only be described as major surprise twist on NBC’s Days of our Lives, for weeks, fans have thought they were about to embark on another dementia or Alzheimer’s storyline on the soaps with another beloved character.

However, Days head writer, Ron Carlivati ,and his writing team came up with a way to make it seem like this may be Doug’s fate only to use the long-running character as the impetus to bring the classic possession storyline back on the air some 25 years later.

It all goes down after Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) calls Marlena (Deidre Hall) to ask him to see Doug, after his MRI and other tests proved inconclusive for dementia, etc, to see if Dr. Evans can assess him.  The phone call to Marlena happened after John (Drake Hogestyn) was discussing the past, since Johnny (Carson Boatman) is ramping up to a shoot a movie on Sami’s life, that will include the time that Sami walked in on John and Marlena having sex, which caused Sami to act out for years and years.

 

However, and this is key, John tells Marlena that moment in time also left her alone and vulnerable to the darkest time in her life – alluding to when she became possessed by the devil – and Marlena was clearly having difficulty admitting that or going down that road of remembrance, when the phone call from Kayla saved her from digging deeper into the past.  Well now, John and Marlena may never have that conversation as she is primed to once again become possessed.

Meanwhile, Johnny is reading Will’s script for the Sami movie, and is shocked to read in it that Marlena was once possessed by the devil, as John takes out a dusty box with his Father John collar, a bible, and a news clipping of Marlena being possessed.  John is feeling that this movie will bring bad things on to all those he loves, especially Doc, and he looks to be right!

Now at her office with Doug, he admits he knows something is wrong.  He acts out and does strange things and does not know why.  Marlena brings up why Doug locked Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) in a freezer by accident. Doug gets adamant saying: “That was no accident. I locked that bitch in there on purpose.”  Marlena is shocked at his word and tone.  Then as Doug laughs, he says, “I’m not Doug.”  Next thing you know, the lowered voice of Satan comes out of Doug’s mouth and he tells Doc, “It’s been over 25 years Marlena. But did you really think I wouldn’t come back for you?” End of episode.  Great cliffhanger!

Now, check out the fall preview released following the airing of Friday’s episode by NBC below, which teases more demonic moments on Days. Then let us know in the comment section, what you thought of the ‘Doug’ twist as the possession storyline begins?

Plus, make sure to cast your vote in ‘Michael’s Poll’ of the week on the revisiting of this classic tale now in 2021 below the preview.

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