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Chandler Massey's Last Episode Of Days Of Our Lives Aired Today!

Photo Credit: Adam Campbell

Photo Credit: Adam Campbell

Hard to believe, but it is true that today ended the amazing four year run on-screen for Chandler Massey in the important role of Will Horton on Days of our Lives.

During his time with the NBC soap opera, Chandler took home two Daytime Emmys in a row in the Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series category, which when you have seen his work and the performances he gave in Will’s entire coming out story, it was truly a performance that will be remembered.

In addition, Chandler was the perfect actor to match with the inspiring writing of this important story to the LGBT community, and for DAYS to continue to stay strong with their vision to have a young same-sex young male couple on the canvas, when other soaps that are still on the air, have thus far not tackled.

In addition to playing the many inner-conflicts of a young gay man trying to come to terms with who he is, the show also made Will a father to his bio-daughter Arianna Grace.  And although how that whole situation came to pass was met with some pushback from fans, in the end it paved the way for more story for the character and his boyfriend, Sonny (Freddie Smith).

Next, Guy Wilson takes over the role of Will Horton next week on the January 8th episode, which will be the next time we see the character on-screen.

We know many of you have been touched by Chandler’s performances, and are sad to see that this was his final airdate.     What will you miss most about seeing Chandler as Will? And, will you open your hearts and give the new Will a chance so this important story on the soaps can continued to be told?  Comment below!

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I have loved every minute of Chandler’s portrayal of Will Horton, he has handled the role of a young man coming to terms with his sexuality beautifully and respectfully. I am really sad that I won’t see him on the show any more but wish him good luck in his future career.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO IM NOT GIVING A CHANCE TO THE NEW WILLL

isabellle… change can be good.. it is time for a change..

Isnt GH starting to tackle a young same male sex couple: Felix and Brad? They may not be as intesting as Will and Sonny yet but they still are at the begining of becoming a couple!
And im willing to give Guy a chance…afer watching soaps for 50 years ive seen many recasts in my time…the good and the bad!!! And ive given them all a wait and see chance!!!

I will never forget Chandler Massey as Will Horton but look forward to Guy Wilson’s DAYS!

He will be sorely missed. He gave Will Horton life and depth.

So sad to see Chandler leaving the show, he was and is an amazing actor. Good Luck to Chandler and his future. I have been watching the show for at least 20 or more so yearss! Actor’s come and go on most soap’s that is par for the course. The storyline with Will nd Sonny was handled with amazing grace, people are slowly coming around to the idea of the same sex couples, can not come fast enoug for lot ofthe audience watching this show. I fell in love with te charactersof Will and Sonny. It will be hard to see anoter actor in the role of Will. Guy has big shoes to fil. Anyway I want to say that I have so enjoyed watchingyour storyline evove over the years. I will miss you on the show, GOOD LUCK CHANDLER

I loved Chandler as Will, I will truly miss his presents on days…….I will try and give the new person a chance! But he has some big shoes to fill good luck new person!!

It’s a total farce to have Guy take on the role as Will. ESPECIALLY with what is in store for Will & Sonny in the coming months (IF the rumors are true)!

That’s the problem. They could not have Chandler leaving in the middle of the upcoming storyline. It makes sense. People will like Guy by the time the storyline starts.

It would have made more sense to keep Chandler for the duration of this very important milestone in soap history, instead of axing him just days before they started taping for it.

I won’t watch. I can’t. Sue me! It breaks my heart that I am basically letting Freddie down, but I can’t watch him play Sonny standing there with dude in front of him instead of Chandler. Doesn’t work for me and even less so in the events that are coming up. Why is this such a problem if some of us decide not to watch? It’s not like we are cutting a piece off of GW’s ear!.. Geez!

Totally agree with you it makes no sense what they did. Shows they didn’t try hard enough to keep Chandler or had a personal agenda against him and would rather an insensitive 35 year old looking person playing the role. Noone is cutting of Guy Wilsons ear but days ripped fans hearts out so they don’t have to watch at all. Some will some wont deal with it. There are better things in life anyway but it is what it is just hope people wont be disappointed in the long run as then they will have no choice but to cut Freddie loose too

He set a huge standard, and I will miss Chandler as Will. But I am excited to see Guy in the role and have high hopes that he will continue to build on Chandler’s amazing work. I thank Chandler for what he brought to the role, the show and the gay/daytime communities at large, but the show goes on. Looking forward to next Wednesday!

I won’t miss Chandler at all. I was never a fan of his acting choices.

I agree 100%

It’s so sad to see Chandler leave, but I do wish him the best in his future. I’m looking forward to seeing what Guy will bring to the role of Will, and what 2014 has in store for WilSon!

Chandler Massey is extraordinary person and actor. He will be successful in any walk of life. Proud that he is going back to college to obtain his degree. I feel privileged to have met him and his parents at DAYS coffee table book in Spring 2011. Godspeed, Chandler.

I just love that the new actor’s surname is the pet name people use to describe the characters as a couple!

I didn’t know yesterday was his last day. I’m going to miss him. He really made me love Will.

I thank Guy Wilson looks to old to be Sammy’s son.Maybe if he gays it up more then Chandler I may Stay .I’ve never been a fan of Soaps anyway ,Days is the only soap I do watch.Being a gay man who was married to a woman and had four kids ,I know what it was to come out.One of my Daughter that went to school in Norcoss,Georgia .She said almost everyone thought Chandler was gay .But thy may be wrong.When I came out Everyone said no way.But 18 years later I’m still with the love of my life.When Washington DC made it legal ,He and I were Married on June 16 ,2010.And we live in Maryland.So with that said we will see what this Guy Wilson will bring to the table.NBC my have really massed up the hole show.If Guy acts to Straight it will not work ,Good Luck Guy you have your work cut out for you to do.!!!!!!

He’ll be fine in the role I’m sure – I don’t really think it’s THAT demanding a part, it’s not like it requires a heavy accent and it’s not as if he will be portraying a demented serial killer – Will is pretty much the guy next door and his sexual orientation really isn’t an issue since the character is pretty much “out” – I’m sure this new actor will make the role his own.

Sorry Chandler will not be on any more. I really liked his performances, but I wish him the best. We will miss him. With that said, since he is choosing to leave, look forward to seeing the ‘new’ Will since he is an important character that is needed on the show. It always takes time to adjust to a new person, but overtime we may. Hope we see Chandler in other venues. He has a bright future ahead of him.

It’s funny cuz Will’s story is what drew me into Days in the first place. But now I won’t miss him. He’s been phoning it in for some time now, especially the scenes where he found out Gabi Kate and Sami did. He was dreadful in those scenes, so looking forward to some better acting.

Im not giving Guy Wilson a chance. Why should I? He hasn’t kept his mouth shut online since he got the role . No bigot deserves to be part of a gay wedding. Hypocrisy at its absolute worst and totally insulting to Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith. All they had to do is give fans a reason why they got rid of Chandler right before the biggest moment in soap history was going to happen. But nope that’s impossible for Ken Corday or Greg Meng to do so never mind, Guy has a job who cares, Freddie has a job good luck to him but whatever just don’t expect gay people who can’t get married to be thrilled when someone who has no concept of gay rights can swoop in on a role that someone else made his own and get married that quickly. Well done Ken for continuing your tradition of making your fans hate you.

Who said the new Will is a bigot? What is your source on this?

I am so upset about this. I stopped watching days for years until this storyline of Will and Sonny came about. And I have a been a faithful watcher again since . I just saw Guy for the first time as Will and I’m not buying it . Maybe I can’t see anybody but Chandler as Will. I’m not sure but I know this (Guy) ain’t doing it for me for sure. They should definitely bring back Chandler if it’s possible. If not try another actor or they may have lost me again.

it still didnt say why, he left. ok it totally shocked me i didnt know chandler was leaving, this new guy well just doesnt fit.

I not like the new will.

the new guy that took over for Chandler just isn’t the same….Why did Chandler leave…I liked him…I HATE when new characters come into play

I am very saddened that Chandler Massey left Days of our Lives……his role was believable as we watched him grow into that person. This new actor leaves me
cold……..he shows absolutely no emotion on his face although he strongly delivers his lines…..it just isn’t he same Will Horton!!!

I will give the new guy a chance as Will, but I do miss the former Will and wish he would be back. Also Cheryl and Jordan are a snooze. After watching DOOL for 47 years, I may quit.

No offense to the new Will character but I don’t like the switch at all. I’ve been trying to give him a chance on the show but it seems awkward now. I don’t enjoy the show near like I have for the past 25 years so time will tell if I continue to be a follower or not. I think changing actors for his character was a HUGE mistake!!!!

I WILL MISS CHANDLER HE IS INNATURAL HE IS AMAZING & WILL BE MISSED! CAN YOU TELL ME WHERE HE WENT?

So dissatisfied. ..and disappointed 🙁 come back Chandler! !!

Bring back Chandler Massey

I had no idea this was going to happen until I heard an actor I didn’t know being called “Will”. I feel like I have actually lost a friend; I’m sad and disappointed. I realize this is how things go, but it will take me a while to adjust to the new actor.

I can’t handle this new character, he is not the same..He puts too much into the character and it is obvious. I think we need a recast on this character and get rid of this guy..He is a crappy actor and does not go with Sonny well..

I was very moved by Chandler and wish they would bring him back. I empathized with my own experiences and was moved to tears upon occasion. He is passionate sensitive and winsome. I wish him an extraordinary career wherever he goes.

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In story, Diana was sent to the slammer, for back in 2019 she tried to murder Marlena (Deidre Hall), and at the time she admitted (or claims) she falsified the DNA tests that originally proved the John Black (Drake Hogestyn) was Leo’s father. Leo turned his back on his mother and has not seen or spoken to her again.

However, recently Leo has visited Marlena as his shrink to try to get to the bottom of why he is the way he is. Upon Marlena’s suggestion, she advises him to see his mother.

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Speaking with Soap Opera Digest on her upcoming key scenes, Chapman expressed, “Diana was not happy about him going to Marlena for help and Leo is like, ‘Yeah, Mom, I’m figuring this out because you messed me up so much in my life.'”

Judith teased,“She (Diana) stays in control so she’s not breaking down but her facade definitely cracks. By the time we finished the scenes, everybody who was in earshot started applauding. I thought it was just a token, ‘Oh, welcome back, Judith,’ but it was because Greg and I apparently knocked it out of the park. The director came out, threw her hands up and was like, ‘You did it, you did it!’ Greg and I hugged and just clung to each other for 15, 20 seconds.”

Make sure to tune-in to the Tuesday, June 25th of the Peacock streaming soap opera to see the showdown between Leo and Diana.

So, do you think Leo is John’s biological son after all? Do you think Diana will reveal something else that will help Leo figure out why he does the things he does? Are you excited to see Judith and Greg in scenes again, after years as Y&R mother and son, Gloria and Kevin, and then on Days as Diana and Leo?

Check out our recent Daytime Emmy Red Carpet interview with Greg below. Then, let us know your theories in the comment section.

 

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Cherie shared her emotions on finally being able to talk about being the new Gabi Hernandez DiMera. She expressed, “WOW ✨🎬 My heart is filled with immense gratitude over the opportunity of a lifetime. I am GABI HERNANDEZ DIMERA on the iconic DAYS OF OUR LIVES ⏳❤️‍🔥 It has been an absolute dream working on DAYS.”

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As for her time so far at DAYS, Jimenez added,”These past 7 months I have worked harder than I ever have and now I get to share it with the world. Everyday I walk onto set I am in awe that I’ve been given the opportunity to live my dream. I get to work with the most phenomenal & hardworking cast and crew I’ve ever had the honor to work alongside.”

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The tape captured a hot mic moment between Trump and then ‘Access’ host Billy Bush inside of their bus which featured lewd remarks about Zucker between the two men.

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Zucker shared of her on set experience with Trump from 2005, “I had a great experience. He was lovely, and I had no idea anything behind the scenes was happening. So, it never affected me.” Next in October 2016, Arianne says she it got a call from her manager at the time when the Access Hollywood tapes came to light and that is when she first heard about the situation.

The actress and life coach reflected back, “Everybody has spoken poorly about somebody in their lifetime. I don’t care who you are, everybody has, it’s just people get caught on camera doing it. Unfortunately, that happens all the time. And if you’ve ever gone to a fraternity party, these things happen. So (when she later read the taped comments) I’m going, ‘sounds like something my fraternity guys I know would say.’ But I just didn’t see it in the way that people were seeing it.’”

Expressing why she never made an official comment when the press were asking for one, Arianne revealed, “I didn’t make a comment though, because I was in fear of losing my job. So I didn’t say anything.”  She added, “I felt attacked by the media because I knew all they wanted. I mean, the biggest thing was to get Trump off the ballot. I was like, that is not my job.”

Later, Arianne explained she felt she received no protection from the situation. “I got no apology from my place of employment. I really got no apology from NBC. I felt I had no protection. ”

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DAYS fans are counting down and not happily that about six weeks from now, on July 29th, when Zucker makes her on-screen exit from Days of our Lives. After being fired for standing up to Corday Productions for on set sexual harassment and discrimination charges, the actress formally filed a lawsuit she has brought against her former employer which includes charges of wrongful termination.

Zucker said on her upcoming departure from DAYS, “I will not say how I leave the show. I do respect that we don’t want to share that. We want the fans to be excited and enticed.” However, Arianne confirmed that the character of Nicole is not ‘killed-off”.

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