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Confirmed! Matthew Ashford returning to DAYS!

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Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Finally! Fantastic news for Days of our Lives fans and those of the beloved super couple Jack and Jennifer! Matthew Ashford announced very late last evening via his facebook, and it has been confirmed, that he is returning to the role he made soap-famous, Jack Deveraux!

Matthew posted this statement: “I wish to make an announcement. I am happy to report that I will be returning to NBC’s Days of our Lives as the character of Jack Devereaux sometime later this month. I do not know any real specifics but look forward to this opportunity to play jack and work with old and new friends. More news forthcoming soon. Thank you for all your support!”

This is tremendous news for fans of the series and Jack and Jennifer who have been lobbying for months to get Ashford back to his rightful place in Salem.  Now that Jennifer played by Melissa Reeves is striking up a romantic relationship with Dr. Daniel (Shawn Christian) you can see where Jack’s return can now figure into this equation, and make for some dramatic and romantic upcoming story, as DAYS plan to re-set itself and re-establish some of its past glory.   Stay tuned.

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Avelina
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Avelina

YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE JACK AND JENNIFER

Cathie
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Cathie

LOVE it to enough of this Jen and Daniel storyline!!!! What a GREAT actor and it will be GREAT to watch him on DAYS again!

Sally
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Sally

It never made sense that Jack Deveraux, who was not John or Bo, who hated the outdoors, would go on a walkabout; it never made sense that Jack who was never religious would do something spiritual as doing a walkabout and then going to India to stay at an ashram. Hopefully there is more to the story. No one has spoken to Jack, only read his out-of-character blogs. Hopefully Jack is in hiding to protect his family, or better still taken hostage. And this time, not by Stefano, but by Lawrence, who was Jack’s nemesis — Jack more than Bo… Read more »

Avelina
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Avelina

I TOTALLY AGREE!. DAYS has been so bad lately and I thought that with no EJAMI, I will not watch again but this gives me hope. I love Matt Ashford and Melissa Reeves- they have the best chemistry!

Karen
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Karen

Oh yes I totally agree. Jenn is not herself… when she returned to Salem I knew that there was something different about her and that was Jack was missing from her life. She is a wonderful actress, don’t get me wrong, but she is better with Matt at her side… they are wonderful together… I truly cannot wait for this to happen…

Nancy Gomez
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Nancy Gomez

I am so happy with Matthew coming back. This helps ease the pain of the canceling of my other two soaps. Welcome Home Matthew We’ve missed you.

Yolanda
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Yolanda

Greatest news. Now I have a reason to tune in again.

Lidia
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Lidia

So excited this amazing actor is returning to DOOL!! Now please bring better writers!!!

A
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A

Zip-i-dee-doo-da! Days has been so awful lately. It’s a ray of light! My favorite “Days” character/actor back on the screen—I just hope the writing is good. I’d like to add my plea that Jack be written as Sally suggests, more pre-1991. Clever & witty, yes. Buffoon—no! Yes, let’s bring back some angst and darkness when he comes back with a good reason for being gone and walks into the current mess. Time for Jennifer to have to regain his trust this time around!

Sally
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Sally

Yes, Jack’s humor was more sardonic and intellectual, and it was a mask. Jack was not a clown, but a darker character. The humor was born out of his cynicism and self-loathing for the horrible things he had done, not because he was a doof. Jack was cultured and sophisticated born out of his upbringing, but he also was socially awkward and slightly nerdy, but not over-the-top so. All this was Matthew’s doing. And back in the 80s and early 90s TPTB worked with this and added it to his character. Despite the terrible treatment Matthew received from 1991 onward… Read more »

LUMI
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LUMI

I just read that Dena is OUT at Days as writer,,,,,
and when Jack comes back I hope he brings Lucas Allie John Black and Tony with him to stay for ever and ever….and I hope Dool brings back writer Sheri Anderson back home so Days want go off the air next. JJ

MJ
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MJ

So excited to see Jack is coming back! I just hate that they are making him out to be some huge creep that doesn’t care about his family!! I haven’t been happy with some of the storylines. I despise the Taylor/ EJ story, PLEASE!! Jack will keep me watching!!

Terry
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Terry

Very happy Jack will make his appearance on Days! Nevertheless, I enjoy watching Jennifer with Daniel…They seem to have lots of chemistry too.

Karen
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Karen

EWWWWW!!!!!!!!! Are you crazy???? I cannot see anyone with Jenn but Jack… Frankie and Jenn were cute but Jenn and Jack are STEAMY HOT… sorry Terry but many more will disagree with you…

Lyn
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Lyn

Glad Matt is back as Jack. They’d better give him a dynomite reason for acting like he did, though or I won’t buy it.

karen boudreau
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karen boudreau

Karen boudreau

anita
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anita

I. Am not falling for jennifer torn crap at all and if she falls for daniel crap then I do not blame jack for moing on to someone else. v

Anita Srinivasan
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Anita Srinivasan

I think that Jack should move on because I am tired of Jennifer leading men on and I am sick tired of her playing this game I am torn stuff if she wants Daniel then let Jack go and let him move on with his life the man suffer enough of her men of the year. Jennifer is one who needs to grow up not Jack. Jennifer deserves that loser Daniel I want see Jack with new love for change and if Jennifer wants then let her be one to win him back on her own. Jennifer needs major therapy,… Read more »

Anita
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Anita

Well if Jennifer going to keep kissing Daniel and sleeping with him because I am not falling for crap I hate her I find her disgusting bitch. I really want see Jack paired up with someone else more fiesty and fun and also make Jack more sexy and not sexless I want him to get some loving too and if it is not with that whore Jennifer then let him be with Billie or Nicole I stop making Jack all about slut Jennifer she is pathetic whore deserves that loser Daniel. Jack deserves better but I want him to be… Read more »

Anita
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Anita

I want jack to find out that Jennifer slept with Daniel after three months and had sex too and feel really hurt that he cannot trust her anymore and tells her to stay with Daniel. I am sick tired of Jennifer playing games with men at all I hope she gets dump by both men I think she deserves what coming to her she treats men like crap and she thinks she is perfect and she is not. Her and Daniel deserve each other I hope when Billie comes she is pair up with romantically this time and let Jennifer… Read more »

Anita
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Anita

Abby is nut case she needs tell her slutty mother that she needs to work things out with Jack stop playing games leading Daniel on like that. Her father never was unfaitful to Jennifer he runs away or something but he always love Jennifer it is her mother who has major abandonment issues and I do not want that to pass to Abby or Jack jr either. I think Abby should work things out with Jack and help him and also tell him to move on he deserves better. Jennifer is one who is slut she does deserve Daniel because… Read more »

Anita Srinivasan
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Anita Srinivasan

Jack is popular character with/out Jennifer and he does not need Jennifer to have story either and he chemistry with most of the cast why are they wasting him on that bitch Jennifer I really do not care if she is Horton or whatever but she is not the same Jennifer we used to love and yes Jack has changed I am glad that he is not playing games or anything he wants his family back but Jennifer is not making things easy for him. I really want Jack to find out what she is with Daniel 3 months date… Read more »

Anita
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Anita

I hate when they ruin Jack so they can please that loser Daniel for Jennfier it is disgusting. I am not fan of Jennifer anymore she is ruined in my eyes. I really think they need to let Jack move on without her and get his life back and his children and the paper back and new love and let Jennifer suffer with Mr Perfect then find out that he is not saint at all he is sleaze and let Jennifer feel like real loser for trusting him and not Jack who has been very good and honest with her.… Read more »

Anita
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Anita

I do not think Jack is acting immaturely either if anybody acting immature it is Jennifer and Daniel both act like stupid teenagers and they were both rebound too. I think Jack should move on and let Jennifer stay with Mr boring they deserve each other I am not Jennifer fan anymore unless she gets her brain reexamine again. I think that Billie and Jack or Nicole should get paired up. They have let Jack be more mature and get away from Jennifer for awhile.

Anita
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Anita

I really want Jack to get out this stupid love triangle with Jennifer and Daniel I do not think she not worth fighting for anymore. I want Jack move on for real there were plenty of women for him and he has chemistry with them too I am tired of the writers making Jack just about Jennifer all the time, I want Jack to have life without her too stop making him sexless too make him sexy and hot for women notice and let Jennifer see that Jack can move on without her and new love. I am sick tired… Read more »

Anita
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Anita

I do not want Jack to take Jennifer back until she admits her flaws this time because she is not worthy of him either I am tired of Jack getting the blame for everything and she just let him take it well Miss Perfect deserves to be with that loser Daniel I want Jack to move on with his children and the paper and maybe hook with Nicole for awhile and if Jennifer admits her flaws and learn to trust Jack and she has to earn the trust back with Jack as well then they can get back together. I… Read more »

Anita Srinivasan
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Anita Srinivasan

I want see Jennifer lose Jack to someone else I mean if she cannot fight for Jack then she is not worthy for Jack. I hope Jack has sex with Nicole if that is case. I never see Jennifer without man at all. Jennifer deserves to be miserable with Daniel she can have loser to herself. Jack deserves better.

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

I want see Jennifer lose Jack to someone else I mean if she cannot fight for Jack then she is not worthy for Jack. I hope Jack has sex with Nicole if that is case. I never see Jennifer without man at all. Jennifer deserves to be miserable with Daniel she can have loser to herself. Jack deserves better.

Anita
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Anita

Jennifer deserves that loser daniel I hope he cheats on her she deserves everything that is coming to her I want Jack and Nicole pairing too let Jennifer pine for Jack for once not other way around. I know Jack will always love Jennifer but he can have another women too fall in love with her since Jennfier is with that loser I want Jack to have someone too. We have hot romance for Jack.

Anita
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Anita

I am sorry to say this but I think that Bo, Hope and Jennifer are three hypocrites they think they never did anything wrong especially Jennifer after three dates she slept with Dr loser. I hope they all free like real losers when they fine out what Jack was up too. I really want see Daniel be outed for sure. I want Jack to be with Nicole during Christmas maybe kiss her too not make Jennifer jealous but have real relationship with women not 40 year old teenager like Jennifer whines like bitch. Jennifer deserves that loser and his baby… Read more »

Anita
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Anita

I hope once Jack gets better he will not forgive Jennifer this time I mean she gave him hell now I want Jack to give her hell for moving quickly and divorcing him without knowing all facts and that he is moving on and getting out of this love triangle with Jennifer and should stay with Daniel if that is what she wants and he is not going to beg for her anymore he is done suffer enough. I wnat him get his colife back and the paper and new women either Nicole or Billie and let Jennifer suffer with… Read more »

Linda
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Linda

I hope once Jack gets better he will not forgive Jennifer this time I mean she gave him hell now I want Jack to give her hell for moving quickly and divorcing him without knowing all facts and that he is moving on and getting out of this love triangle with Jennifer and should stay with Daniel if that is what she wants and he is not going to beg for her anymore he is done suffer enough. I wnat him get his colife back and the paper and new women either Nicole or Billie and let Jennifer suffer with… Read more »

erica
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erica

I hope once Jack gets better he will not forgive Jennifer this time I mean she gave him hell now I want Jack to give her hell for moving quickly and divorcing him without knowing all facts and that he is moving on and getting out of this love triangle with Jennifer and should stay with Daniel if that is what she wants and he is not going to beg for her anymore he is done suffer enough. I wnat him get his colife back and the paper and new women either Nicole or Billie and let Jennifer suffer with… Read more »

erica
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erica

I hope once Jack gets better he will not forgive Jennifer this time I mean she gave him hell now I want Jack to give her hell for moving quickly and divorcing him without knowing all facts and that he is moving on and getting out of this love triangle with Jennifer and should stay with Daniel if that is what she wants and he is not going to beg for her anymore he is done suffer enough.

Anita
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Anita

I am really sick of this storyline with Jack and Jennifer. They need something refreshing like when Jack comes back to normal i want him serious and darkside and new romance for himself and get his children and paperback but I do not want him to win Jennifer back at all let her be with Daniel since she slept with him and moved quickly then she needs suffer the conquences and see Jack move without her be happy.

Penny
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Penny

I want jack to find out what Jennifer did with Daniel while he was struggling in the cave and also I do not want him to take her back until she proves herself to him that she loves Jack and wants him not out of obiligation. I want see Jack move on without her finally getting new women for him he deserves it. JJenennifer deserve that loser Daniel. I hope Jack kisses Nicole or someone new durning Christmas Mistletoe let Jennifer see that jack actually moved on without her feel his pain. I think Jennifer needs suffer and stay with… Read more »

Penny
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Penny

I want jack to find out what Jennifer slept with Daniel after three dates while he struggle in the cave and dump Jennifer and find happiness with someone else because that is what that hypocrite deserves to be miserable with Saint Daniel. Jack deserves better than her. Jennifer is worst that Nicole. Jennifer is town whore.

Anita
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Anita

I am sick tired of everyone judging jack at least he know he is not perfect and the man has been through hell and Jennifer is one who is slutty wife who moved on quickly with Dr Sleaze when he stole Chole from Lucas and she still dating him. Jennifer is stupidest female on the show now I hope Jack really gets therapy and stay away from Jennifer and Daniel. I do not want Jack to forgive her for divorcing him and sleeping with that loser. Jennifer deserves to lose Jack to another women let her stay with that pathetic… Read more »

Anita
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Anita

I hope that once Jack gets therapy and all he will move away from Jennifer and get his life back with his children and the paper and new love interest and let Jennifer watch Jack be happy with his life without her and let her suffer big time with Dr sleaze and I hope he cheats on her too because that is exactly what she deserves for stringing two men along. I hope Jack for New Year kisses new women for him either Nicole or Billie or bring back Greta who really loved Jack because I want Jack/Matthew Ashford to… Read more »

vijaya
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vijaya

I hope that once Jack gets therapy and all he will move away from Jennifer and get his life back with his children and new love interest.

Anita
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Anita

Jack is most popular character than Jennifer she is one-note character has no value and boring as hell. Jennifer maybe Horton but she was never popular with other men than Jack. I think Jack and Nicole would be cool let Jennifer suffer with Dr Daniel and have Frankie come back both them can pine for her and let Jack be happy with Nicole on the show or Greta or Billie keep him away Horton Slut Jennifer I hate her. Jennifer will never change either. I hope Jack gets away from her and this stupid love triangle she deserves to be… Read more »

Anita
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Anita

I hope that Jack and Daniel come to conclusion that Jennifer is the problem and she is one to get hurt in this love triangle. I hope they both dump her sorry Horton slut self and move on with their lives. Jennifer does not deserve either of these guys at all she needs therapy for herself. Jennifer cannot be trusted at all. I want Jack to be with someone else and Daniel to find someone else they both deserve better and Hope should tell Jennifer that she should not have play games with both men or she will end up… Read more »

Anita
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Anita

I am sick and tired of Princess Jennifer act I hope when Billie comes to town that she hooks with Jack because I do not want Jennifer near Jack anymore until she gets some therapy and earns Jack’s trust again. I do not want Jack to forgive her either let her suffer with Daniel. I hope Bo and Hope side with Jack after Jennifer abandons him and goes to Daniel because I am sick of her behavior.

Anita
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Anita

They need stop making Jack look like fool and sexless loser to Jennifer too. I really want him to get new love interest and get his life back after he is cured and find out what she did with Daniel and divorce Jack without knowing all the facts she had sex with Daniel. Jennifer is one who needs to lose everything because I am sick and tired of her Saint Acts that she is pulling. Bo and Hope need to realize that Jack is not the problem here it is Jennifer who lying to everyone especially herself who she wnats… Read more »

Anita
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Anita

I am tired of this show making Jack look like fool for Jennifer. I cannot stand Jennifer anymore I hate her she is reporter if she wanted Jack back so badly then she use her reporting skills to find him but instead she went on and dated that Dr sleaze and divorce Jack and slept with Daniel now she stuck in this stupid triangle. I hope both men dump her she deserves it. I want Jack to really have edge and go back to the darkside and not forgive Jennifer this time she gave him hell let her have taste… Read more »

Anita
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Anita

I am not fan of Jennifer right now she is acting like cruel bitch and so is Abby she needs get over it. Her father suffering so badly enough he does not need two whining women in his life to give more hell. I want Jack to bond with Abby not Jennifer she can suffer with Daniel all she wants and I want see Jack move on after visting the Veterans and all I do not want him to suffer with Jennifer whining let her go to Daniel and let Jack be happy with someone else for awhile maybe Madison… Read more »

Anita
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Anita

i hope when Billie come back to town that she hooks up with Jack and Jennifer can have that loser Dr for herself and wish that she was with Jack instead and Jennifer has always been jealous of Billie so this would be great to see Jack and Billie interact again I hope turns into more than friendship I would love see Jennfier turn green with envy and Daniel probably wants Billie too whatever Jack wants Daniel wants so he maybe go after Billie but Billie does not want him at all. I think there is going to be Jennifer/Jack/Billie/Daniel… Read more »

Anita
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Anita

Jennifer is one who need to beg for Jack to forgive her but I do not want Jack to accept Jennifer back right away I want him mad and hurt that she moved on quickly with Daniel and slept with him because there is no excuse for her behavior and she calls herself reporter that is a joke. Daniel can have Jennfier I want someone better for Jack that wants him and accepts him and I do not think Jennifer loves Jack the way she claims to be. Jack deserves better she can rock in hell for all I care.

Anita
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Anita

I do not want Jack to be Jennifer’s lap dog anymore I cannot stand her at all. I want Jack away from Jennifer for awhile let her stay with Daniel have her Perfect life with him then she will regret changing Jack. I want see his sister Adrienne and others to support him and let Jennifer get stuck with Daniel.

Anita Srinivasan
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Anita Srinivasan

Jennifer needs to honest about her feelings for Jack instead of leading him on thinking they have future together. Jack is not coward it is Jennifer. If she wants to be with Daniel then she needs to let Jack go and let him be able to get life back and the paper and new love but she just stringing both men along so she can have both attention on her.

Anita Srinivasan
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Anita Srinivasan

Jennifer needs to be dumped by both men then that will teach her not play games with men”s affections. Jack and Daniel deserve better than her. Jennifer is not real she acting like bitch shrew. I do not care if she is Horton she does not treat men like that.

Linda
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Linda

I do not want see Jack with Jennifer for long time he needs get away from her, Let Jennifer suffer with Daniel and get what she deserves for treating Jack badly. I do not want Jack to beg for her anymore she is not worth it I am disappointed in her character. Jack deserves better. Jack and Billie.

Linda
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Linda

I want Jennifer get rude awaking when she chooses Daniel that Jack is heartbroken and leaves her and gets on with his life and Daniel decides to cheat Jennifer and Jennifer crys and gets mad at Daniel and Jennifer wants Jack back but he does not take her back this time tells her it is over between them.

Anita
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Anita

They need stop treating Jack as sexless loser he deserve better treatment than this. I find Daniel as pathetic loser and he is not that sexy either sleeping with his patients I have no respect for his character.

Anita srinivasan
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Anita srinivasan

This show is not going anywhere with Jack not there and the writers have no interest in showing him I feel this show will be cancelled. If Jack/Matthew Ashford come back I do not want him to take Jennifer back so quickly she has been unfaithful witch and shrew as well and I think it is time that Jack and Jennifer break up I think they need send Jennifer off with Daniel since she did the deed with him and everything they are both ruined already and pathetic and give Jack new love maybe Billie they can be new Supercouple.… Read more »

barbara t
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barbara t

I like jack, he is my favorite on dool ,I also dont want him with jenn ,I havent been watching long enough to call jenn a shrew ,Is she ?but Im not sure if I like her or not ,the games that she was playing when he did come back I didnt like .so hopefully a new love interest for our favorite man is in the future,and seeing more of him would be nice to.

Anita Srinivasan
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Anita Srinivasan

i really mad that Ken Corday fired Matthew Ashford again one my favorite characters we are stuck with boring pathetic Jennifer again with sleeping with another loser again. I really hope they hope they do not kill jack off again so princess Jennifer can move on to her next loser in bed I cannot stand Jennifer anymore she should leave Salem with Jack because she is boring and she not good parent to Abby she will just be statue or prop for Abby or Bo and Hope her storylines are boring. Please tell me when Jack last day i am… Read more »

Anita
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Anita

I wonder maybe Matthew Ashford should go to General Hospital at least they hire vets and he can reprise his role Tom Hardy. I really cannot stand Gary Tomlin I do not trust him with Matthew Ashford (Jack) if they plan to bring Jack back I do not want it to be about Jennifer either or sending Missy Reeves out when contract expires she had her happy reunion in 2006 I really cannot stand Jennifer anymore I hate her. I want to see Jack back with new women for him or hook him up with Nicole they would be good… Read more »

Days Of Our Lives

Kassie DePaiva, Nathan Purdee & Taylor Purdee Talk ‘Killian & The Comeback Kids’, One Life to Live & Eve’s Reign of Terror on DAYS

It’s ‘all in the family’ + a dear friend that makes the film Killian and the Comeback Kids something that soap fans will want to see. In it, daytime veterans, Kassie DePaiva (Ex-GL, OLTL, GH and Days) and Nathan Purdee (Ex-Y&R and OLTL) are featured in the new movie directed, written and starring Nathan’s talented son, Taylor.

One Life to Live fans will get a kick out of that Kassie and Nathan play a married couple in the film.  In story, a millennial (Taylor A. Purdee) comes home to live with his parents in a depressed rural town after getting a college degree in the big city. The film illustrates the issues facing many of America’s youth today, which could not be more apropos for the times we are living with many children moving back in with their parents. However, the movie shares an uplifting message filled with original music from Taylor’s folk-rock band, The Cumberland Kids.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Kassie, Nathan and Taylor to get the inside scoop on: collaborating together on this project, revisiting Llanview with some memories and thoughts on the cancellation of the beloved soap, plus Kassie’s last turn on Days of our Lives as an unhinged Eve Donovan – a performance that just may garner attention come Daytime Emmy time next year.

This conversation was filled with candor, humor, and a parent’s love for their child. Killian and the Comeback Kid is playing in selected theatres and dates including tonight Friday, September 25th in Atlanta, and October 2nd in Chicago. For more movie info go to the film’s website here And now here’s what Kassie, Nathan and Taylor shared.

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I was really intrigued by the film. Taylor, how did you lure your dad to be in the movie?

TAYLOR:  Oh my gosh, it was the craziest negation ever.

I bet! (Laughs)

TAYLOR:  When I was a kid, Roberta, my mom, made me promise to always write him roles.  So, it was kind of obligatory.

KASSIE:  That is so funny!

TAYLOR:  It’s true.

Had you met Kassie before, or was this the first time? 

TAYLOR:  I knew Kassie from when my dad and her were doing One Life to Live together.   Five years before I was filming this movie, Nathan texted me, “Hey!  Kassie and Jim (DePaiva) are right by your dorm room.  You should go see them!”  So, catching up as an adult was so nice.  I had a non-parentally controlled grown-up hang-out with her.

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What was the journey this film, Killian and the Comeback Kids, went on as far as from the writing of it, to production, to its completion?

TAYLOR:  Well, the front half was surprisingly quick.  I think writing it through to having it finished was about 18 months, and there were about 6 months of, “how’s it going to come out,” and then, we thought we knew what was going to happen, and we were all getting ready for it to hit in movie theatres in the spring when the world ended, and that’s how we got here three years later.

Nathan, tell me about the role you play; because Kassie and you are husband and wife in the film.

NATHAN: Well, yeah, you kind of covered it! (Laughs)  I play her husband, and she plays my wife, and I appreciated the casting situation.  It’s interesting how Taylor chose Kassie because he did say that he wanted someone who was close to his mom’s personality.  I couldn’t think of anybody else other than Kassie because the only difference is Kassie is taller, but they both are such loving, caring people.  They always want to mother you and make sure you’re fed, and you’re safe, and you’re happy, and neither one of them knows the word, “no,” when it comes to the people who they’re taking care of.  I love Kassie anyway, so good for me.

KASSIE:  Yeah, they cut our love scene, and I don’t know what that’s about. (Laughs)

Kassie, what do you remember from when you first met Nathan?  You were at One Life, right?

KASSIE:  No, when I first met Nathan, we were in San Antonio, and we were doing an appearance.  I met Bobbie Eakes (Ex-Krystal, AMC and Macy, B&B) for the first time then too, but I was on The Guiding Light, and I was singing, and Nathan was there.  Nathan and I sat beside each other.  I honestly felt like I had known Nathan my entire life.  We were drinking margaritas and talking, talking, talking, talking, talking, talking.

NATHAN:  Yep!

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KASSIE:  Nathan and my husband, Jim are very good friends.  I have to say, Nathan was so lovely when I was going through my cancer journey.  He came to see me every week, sometimes twice a week when I was in the hospital, and he would come up, and he would hang out with Jim.  I will never, ever forget how lovely he was (it makes me tear up right now) to be there with support for my husband and myself as we went through that.  So, when Nathan asked me to be his wife in the film, I thought, “Well, hey, you practically live with me now, so that sounds good.”

So, Taylor, how did they do on-screen as husband and wife?

TAYLOR:  They’re fantastic.  We’ve only had one test screening, but one of the most consistent things audiences tell me is that they’re not just great together, but they each have such a quiet, brooding depth to them that you can’t help but imagine the back-story that they’re not talking about

KASSIE:  That’ll be the sequel!

TAYLOR:  Killian and the Comeback Kids 2: They Comeback Kids Comeback.

KASSIE:  They’ll come back again!

NATHAN:  Thanks for planting that seed in his head, Kassie.

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TAYLOR:  It was important for me to try to synthesize a mixed-race couple.  So, it was really great to be able to have them, not just be so great together, but there was also the issue of we had to have a little girl who looked like she could not just be my sister, but also both of their daughter.  Creating a family from scratch was great because Nathan and Kassie already had the rapport.

Did you watch them on One Life to Live together? 

TAYLOR:  Yeah!  I was in school most of the time, but I would go to set, and over the last 10 years, friends would send me YouTube clips from the show because for some reason none of the soaps are streaming.  There’s not like a soap Netflix!  It kind of needs to happen!  Soaps, they’re epic; there are decades worth of episodes and shows.

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In this film, music is the backdrop.  It’s your music and your band that is featured?

TAYLOR:  Yeah, my best friend growing up and I were staring to write folk music around the time when I was deciding what script I wanted to make into a film.  We wrote the soundtrack, all the music that people sing, and the underscore, which was surprisingly the most fun part of it all.

Kassie what did you think of Taylor’s music?

 ASSIE:  I think it’s wonderful.   I love music. It’s totally in the heart of me, and I just think that this movie is so timely. Kids these days are having to deal with not knowing what their future is going to be.  In the film, my son comes home, and he is trying to find himself, and he throws himself into his art and his music.  I just think there are a lot of people right now who are going through that.  I think it is extremely relatable, even more so than when you wrote it, Taylor.  I think people are looking for some type of connection, and I think this little movie is a good start.  It’s about people pulling together, and it’s got a strong rooting factor, and you want people to succeed, and it is great.  It takes you on a really nice journey.

You have some dates coming up where the film will play in a movie theatre- one is on September 25th in Atlanta and then another one on October 2nd in Chicago.  Taylor, how do you feel about making appearances for the film during the pandemic? You’re going with masks on? 

TAYLOR:  Oh yeah.  We will be in a bubble; we are just getting into a car and sticking together.  I and John Donchak, who plays opposite me through the whole film, are going to all of those dates, and my co-songwriter, who also appears in the film, will be in Atlanta, if not at both premieres.

NATHAN:  And let me add, please, they’re going against my wishes as a parent, but he is 28- years-old, so all I can say is that we are hoping for the best because we want him to be safe.  He is very determined and passionate about it, so he’s got our support.

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Taylor, in your story, why does Killian come home and live with his parents? 

TAYLOR: His plan at the time is that he has just graduated from a pricey university, and he is supposed to go off with his bandmate on a modest music tour.  He comes home to get his stuff and see his parents after graduating, but his bandmate drops out, and so the plan falls apart, and that’s how he gets stuck in this town and everything is just kind of falling apart. The plan that he had for his life after college gets pulled out right out from under him.

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Nathan, when Kassie and you were on One Life for years, you weren’t there when it ended, as you had already left the show.  How did you feel upon learning it had been canceled by ABC?

NATHAN:  I was so disconnected by that time.  I just knew it was ending, and it wasn’t the first soap to go.  I saw it happening when the other shows started being canceled due to, I could be wrong about this, but I put the blame on reality TV.  By that point I had moved on in my personal and private life.  I was doing a lot of theatre then, traveling back and forth from North Carolina, really trying to keep busy, and fighting off the depression of not working full-time.  I missed Jim and Kassie the most, but I was thrilled that I could bump into them at any time and visit with them.  I kept in touch with Hillary B. Smith (Ex-Nora) and Bob Woods (Ex-Bo) and also, Timothy Stickney (Ex-RJ); in fact, Timothy Stickney’s wife did Taylor’s hair for the film.

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Kassie, how do you feel years later about the cancellation of One Life to Live?

KASSIE:  I still miss it.  I loved it. The hard part about this show in particular being canceled is –one – that there wasn’t closure on it.  It kind of happened randomly, and there was still a lot more story to tell.  They kept it going on General Hospital, where they’ll bring some characters there.  So, it’s still in peoples’ minds. The second part is the friendships and the family connections that you’ve made over the many years that you’re there. Nothing lasts forever, that’s for sure, but as you were saying, there’s no streaming of these shows, but if you catch an episode on YouTube, One Life to Live, truly stands alone.  It just has great stories, great characters, and there is connection there that is very real.

Kassie, your last go-around at DAYS was just epic.  Did you guys see it?

TAYLOR:  I did see pieces of some of it.  I caught some of the “super villain”!

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Eve went in guns blazing, evil as all get out, but so heartbreaking at the same time while she was torturing Ben (Rob Scott Wilson).  What did you think about all of that, Kassie?

KASSIE:  I was really hesitant to watch it because I remembered how “super villain” I was.  I remember getting on the plane, and Jimmy said, “How was it?” and I said, “I’ll probably never work again a day in my life. I’m like this (evil laughs) muah-ha-ha, muah-ha-ha kind of character.”  I mean, you hated what Eve was doing, and you were supposed to, but I think that they did a great job with production values, and it was reasonable what she was doing because she was going off the edge. It’s great to be able to sink your teeth into something that is so out-there and completely different from your own life.  I mean, it was exhausting.  Every day, I would come home and just be like, “Oh my God, give me a cocktail.” Eve had justification for her revenge, even as wrong as it was, and she needed to be heard, and she needed closure, and she made a bunch of wrong moves, and did a bunch of bad, bad, bad things, and now, she is probably in a mental institution somewhere, so…

You and I were on set of DAYS and I was going to interview you.  If I recall, at that point, you did not even know what the story arc was.

KASSIE:  No, I didn’t. When I arrived and looked at the script, I’m like, “Well, who blew up that wedding?”  Then, all of the sudden, “Oh, no!  I blew up the wedding.  This is bad!  I probably am not going to be coming back on this show again.”  I look at story and go, “Uh-oh.  There’s a shut door.”  I like open doors and open windows.

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Taylor, what is your project? Are you continuing to write?  What do you see in the future for yourself?

TAYLOR:  This is my life for me.  The next thing that I think we are releasing is actually something that I made before this because everything is backwards, which is a documentary (very different) about Central American politics, which I’m hoping is out next year.  In terms of new scripts, everybody is a bit torn.  I kind of want to do a biopic of Lee Grant, or I want to do a blues/punk version of something inspired by The Shining.

Well, those are very polar opposite!

TAYLOR:  Yeah, aren’t they?

NATHAN:  Now you see what I’m living with. (Laughs)

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Nathan, you must be proud of Taylor, and it must be very cool to see your son have these multi-faceted talents.

NATHAN:  Of course, I’m proud of him and it’s great, but it’s strange because watching Taylor develop into the person he has developed into and continues to, made me realize that I hadn’t had the type of courage he has.  I had my dreams and certain things that I was very courageous about in my life.  I certainly don’t see him doing some things the way I did them, because he has more common sense than I do when it comes to life choices. His courage just blows my mind.  Most of my closest friends are professional musicians, and many of them, if I were to namedrop, you would know who they are, and they’ve had successful careers, and I’ve always looked up to them and admired them, but I was never that guy.  I just wanted to be a musician because I knew them and we were friends, but I didn’t have the discipline to do what they did, and I certainly didn’t have the God-given talent.  I play a little bit of keyboard and a little bit of saxophone myself, but I have to play one song 757 times before I even start to feel comfortable with it, and Taylor can sit down and start strumming on his guitar, and the next thing you know, he’s written a whole song.  It just blows my mind how creative and talented he is.  He has been surrounded by creative and talented people all of his life. He has absorbed a lot from the different people and the different opportunities he’s had, and I look at him sometimes, and I even say it to my wife, “Who is this kid?”  I like to share this story.  We went to see Taylor do Hamlet.  I’m guessing he was 15 or 16-years-old at the time. I’m watching him doing Hamlet, and I’m sitting in the chair, and I’m crying because I’m thinking to myself, “Oh, my God, he is so good!”  I told Taylor, “I would not tackle Hamlet on a football field, yet alone on stage.”  It made me realize that we had a force to be reckoned with.  He’s pretty amazing.  The bad news for him is that I always tell him the truth, and I lied to him once, and he called me out on it, and I promised that I would never lie to him again.  So, be careful what you ask me because I will tell you the truth from this point on.

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KASSIE:  Taylor was also the director of this film, which I mean, “What the hell!”  This guy is doing everything.  He was deciding on the shots, he was deciding on the lighting, he was deciding this and that, he was editing the script, I’m like, “Holy cannoli!”  He’s like, “No, I want her to wear that shirt; I want her to do this.”  You would do the scene, and he’d come over and talk to you a little bit.  I mean, he was just awesome; Taylor brought so much insight to my character because I’m like, “What’s my relationship, and who are all of these kids?  Are we a loving family?”  We did it very quickly, too.  Taylor, look at what you’ve accomplished, and it is such a beautiful piece of art!

TAYLOR:  From a more functional standpoint as a director, one of the really great things about having the two of them was that Kassie came in half-way through filming, and we’d been working with the young actor/musicians a lot.  Some of them, it was their first big job, but pretty much all of them had worked before.  On Kassie’s first day, they didn’t know what they were in for.  She just rolled onto set, and all of the sudden, the stakes and bar of how to be an actor just changed.  From that point on, when Kassie and Nathan started to work with the band, we knew those were going to be fun days because there was going to be acting involved.  Everyone else just had to come up to their level, which was great for me because it gave me so much more to edit with.

Taylor, who are your musical influences?   

TAYLOR:  That’s a really good question.  My musical obsession for the last few years has been this guy, named Josh Ritter, who is kind of a singer/songwriter/folk guy.  My real-life band, The Cumberland Kids, is named after one of his songs.  Also, Weird Al Yankovic, has been a massive inspiration for me and my songwriting partners.

So, your vibe is this folk-rock.

TAYLOR:  Yeah, that’s what I’m writing mostly.  My listening is kind of all over the place, but definitely that is what I’m writing.

Kassie, who do you like listening to?

KASSIE:  It all depends on what cocktail I have in my hand.

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NATHAN:  Let me chime in on that too! I like jazz, blues, and country music, but imagine what my house was like because I have a lot of instruments here, always with the hope that Taylor would at least become interested in music.  I have congas, bass guitar, keyboards, you name it, and for a while, he wasn’t interested at all, and one day, I woke up and he was playing an acoustic guitar.  Then, the next thing I know, he is writing and singing folk music.  I’m thinking, “Wait a minute!” It was an important lesson for me that just because you want something for your children, doesn’t mean that is what they want for themselves.  We never pushed acting on Taylor.  He chose it on his own.  It’s exciting for me mostly because it was his choice.

KASSIE:  He’s a natural.

And speaking of that, Taylor, in the trailer nothing came across forced or pushed.  Obviously, we are all talking you up here, not that you need it.

NATHAN:  I’ll tell you this, Michael.  During the shoot, Taylor insisted on calling me “Nathan”, and I had a problem with it, but he basically told me to get over it because it’s his set, his movie, and while we are shooting, I’m “Nathan”, and he’ll call me dad later.  I’m still struggling with that but he was the boss.

TAYLOR:  It’s hard to walk that line and not make it weird for your crew, you know?

NATHAN:  I get it.

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KASSIE:  It’s weird for me because when he would go, “Robbie is going to do this, and Nathan is going to do that,” I’d go, “Who are Robbie and Nathan?  Aren’t they your mom and dad?”

TAYLOR:  While I was writing the script I called him over, and I said, “Dad, I wrote you a really good role, and I think we are actually going to do this.  I’m giving you a once in a lifetime chance to name your own character.  Do you want to name him after a Greek hero, or one of your siblings?”  He didn’t take his chance.  So, you know what?  It’s “Nathan” now.  It’s easier for everybody.  We don’t have to break the method acting fourth wall.  (Laughs)

Do you think you would work with Nathan and Kassie again? (Laughs)

TAYLOR:  Oh, my God, are you kidding?

NATHAN:  That’s my contract: Kassie has got to be in it.  So, let me say this about Kassie, you had mentioned something about how much she has been working, and I look at Kassie as the James Brown of daytimes soaps.  She is the hardest working woman in daytime television. 

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She is pretty spectacular. Kassie started on Guiding Light, had a long career on One Life, and then went to General Hospital, then to Days of our Lives.  It’s been amazing that we have been able to see her have a comeback in more ways that one.

KASSIE:  Nathan has jumped from soap to soap as well, and when you’ve done it, you just think it’s over.  It’s not like your regular acting profession jobs when you go out and you know you’re going to audition for twenty-five things and get one role for a short amount of time.  When you go in day in and day out and are creating all of this stuff on a soap opera, and then it ends, you go, “Well, now what am I supposed to do?”  I haven’t been on a set in 6 months, and I feel like I won’t ever work again.  Soaps are just a totally different head trip and so it can be really hard.

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Nathan, do you have a favorite Hank Gannon moment from One Life to Live?

NATHAN:  Oh wow.  Man, there were so many of them.  I can tell you the funniest, to me, maybe not so funny to Hillary B. Smith though.  I think it was during a live show. This was during the time when I had a lot of dialogue.  But this particular day, I had one line, and the line was to Hillary and it was, “How are you feeling?” and her response was, “Well, I’m feeling the way I always feel, and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah”.  So, during the entire day, I’d see Hillary, and I’d say, “Hey, how you feeling?”  Maybe nineteen times before we started shooting, “Hey, how you feeling?” and she’d had about enough of it.  So, fast forward to “5, 4,3,2,1 action”, and now, I say, “How you doing?”  If you could see the look in her eyes, it is like, “I will kill you.”  So, she says, “You know how I’m doing.  I’m doing what I’m always doing,” so she could get her line out.  So, once again, she saved Nathan’s ass with that.  One stupid line … and I blew it.  I just remember that one because I just know Hilary wanted to strangle me.  She probably still wants to.

And on that note (laughs) I wanted to thank you all so much for this. I hope you find success with this little gem of a film, Taylor.

So what did you think of the comments made by Kassie, Nathan and Taylor on their film?  What did you think of Kassie’s recent performance on DAYS? What’s your favorite Blair or Hank moment from the history of One Life to Live? Share your thoughts and comments below,  But first, check out the trailer to Killian and the Comeback Kids.

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Greg Vaughan Shares Farewell To DAYS & Scene Partner Arianne Zucker: “Never a Dull Moment, Laughing or Crying, She was the Party, Always with a smile!”

Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives had Eric Brady saying a sudden farewell to his loved ones before he departs Salem for Africa to help those in need.  That marks the on-screen departure of Daytime Emmy winner, Greg Vaughan who will last be seen on Wednesday’s episode.

As DAYS fans were aware, Greg wrapped his run months ago on the NBC daytime drama series, but since before the Covid-19 pandemic DAYS taped almost seven months ahead, Eric’s on-screen exit is airing this week.

Over the past two days, Vaughan took to his Instagram to share some sentiments, ‘thanks you’s’ and some photos of some of his favorite memories with his castmates expressing, “Seeing it’s the last week I’m airing on @nbcdays …I wanted to share some great captured memories this week with my incredible fans & castmates.”

The actor also posted a special photo album of pics with his longtime on-screen partner and love interest, Arianne Zucker (Nicole).  In that, he posted this message: “To my Ride or Die partner Ari!! Never a dull moment, laughing or crying, she was the party, always with a smile! Love ya #ERICOLE”

So, will you miss Ericole? Are you sad to see Greg exit Days on-screen? Share your thoughts via the comment section below … AND what were some of your favorite performances of Greg during his time on DAYS.

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Cady McClain IN As DAYS Jennifer Temporarily Replacing Melissa Reeves

Rumors that have been swirling are confirmed true.  Cady McClain is coming to Salem and Days of our Lives to replace Melissa Reeves temporarily as the new Jennifer Horton Deveraux.  The casting news was confirmed by a Days spokesperson, according to Soap Opera Digest.

Daytime fans recall, Cady is a two-time Daytime Emmy winner and has previously appeared as Dixie on All My Children, Rosanna on As the World Turns and Kelly on The Young and the Restless.  McClain has already begun filming as Jennifer.

Reeves, who commutes from Nashville to Los Angeles to tape episodes of Days of our Lives, decided not to return to set when the NBC soap opera resumed production earlier this month due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic,

In addition, Melissa became a grandmother last month with her daughter Emily’s first child, and now soon will welcome her son Larry’s first child later this month, which is another reason Reeves chose to stay put in Tennessee.

So, what do you think of the Jennifer switcheroo? Excited to see what Cady brings to the role? Comment below.

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