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Daniel Cosgrove Exiting Days of our Lives?

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Over the weekend at a fan event in Montreal, Quebec Canada, Days of our Lives stars Daniel Cosgrove (Aiden) along with Eric Martsolf (Brady) made a personal appearance at the Fino Restaurant Gourmand benefiting the Amal Foundation.

Apparently, numerous DAYS fans who attended the event related on social media that Cosgrove revealed that he was leaving DAYS at the end of his contract, and some were saying he was let-go by the NBC soap opera.

Cosgrove had been in a love story with Kristian Alfonso’s Hope, but now with the return of Peter Reckell as Bo, it looks like the days of Aiden Jennings could actually be numbered!

Daniel joined Days of our Lives back in 2o13, and since DAYS tapes six months ahead did not make his Salem debut till January of 2014.   As of Monday morning, there has been no official word from Days of our Lives as to the actual status of Cosgrove.

So, what do you think if it proves true that Cosgrove is leaving DAYS?  Would you be upset that there is no more Haiden? Are you hoping for a Bo and Hope love reunion?  Is there going to be a new man in Hooe’s life?   Share your thoughts below!

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Iakovos
Iakovos

While I am sure everyone would love to see Bo and Hope reconcile, I would miss the character of Aidan and Mr. Cosgrove. Is there an endgame to reuniting Bo and Hope? By that I mean is there an on-contract storyline for the supercouple post 50th anniversary hoopla?

Reagan
Reagan

Yeah it seems to me- based on Reckell’s past exit– that this would not be a long term return for him. So why reunite them to break them up yet again. We’re kind of sick of it.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Is Peter staying around…anyway, i didnt mind Hope and Aiden as a couple in the beginning but lately that spark between them has fizzled out so it doesnt matter to me if he stays or goes…they can always pair Rafe with Hope unless Peter stays as Bo and they can write an interesting story for him and Hope ill be fine with that!!!

Shirley Strickler
Shirley Strickler

I would like to see Hope and Rafer together as a couple and also I want him back on the police force.

richard
richard

If Peter Reckell isn’t signing a contract, no need to fire Cosgrove. That would be a waste. I would like Hope to be paired with Rafe, to me Aiden/Hope were lukewarm at best.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Eh.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

This is very upsetting news. I really like Daniel Cosgrove. Aiden and Hope are so cute together. I do wish their relationship had moved along faster. I will definitely miss Aiden. All the best to Daniel Cosgrove.

jb44
jb44

I will miss him, too. I am so over Bo and Hope. I loved them in the early 80’s but not anymore. I loved Aiden and Hope together and kept waiting for Days to write a good storyline for them. I will definitely miss Daniel. I hope he lands a great part on another soap or show. I would watch. BTW I find Days so boring right now. I think they should stop filming so far in advance. We viewers end up stuck with horrible storylines for months. I have watched Days from the very first airing, but I am getting very close to deleting it from my DVR forever. I am tired of fast forwarding most of the episodes!

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I’ve only watched Days a little over a year. Do have any idea why they tape so far in advance? Has it always been that way?

Jeremy
Jeremy

If this is true, I’m shocked, I really enjoy Daniel Cosgrove as Aidan, he is such a great actor, and his chemistry with Kristian Alfonso is so fresh and exciting. I want more of Aidan and Hope. Maybe, he’s leaving while the Bo story plays out? I sure hope Daniel remains with DAYS. He is a gem!!!

Susie Q
Susie Q

Couldn’t agree more!

Patrick
Patrick

soapcentral.com is also reporting that , another one of our faves has excited with little fanfare…. : “… Brendan Michael Coughlin (Tad Stevens) is the latest casualty of Days of our Lives’ cast cuts. ” June 17, 2015

what a drag!

the big mystery seems to be , well two things.

1. are Peter Reckell and Stephen Nichols both on contract ?
2. also… what is the longevity of this show past, Sept, 2016?

if neither Bo or Patch are contracted ? why get rid of Aiden?

I just read a blip that Aiden and Clyde are both being let go… and these two will most likely be inter related… as Clyde more than likely will involve Aiden in his nefarious misdeeds ???

I hope it’s not true… I’ve so enjoyed Daniel Cosgrove… Yum!

Jeremy
Jeremy

@ Patrick,
As much as I love BMC as Tad Stevens, DAYS unfortunately doesn’t utilize this fun-loving actor. He’s really likeable and, if reports are true, it’s not as big of a loss as Daniel Cosgrove. Aidan is very much in story with Hope. We see T once in a blue moon working at TBD. I understand budget cuts are being made to make room for the veterans returning, etc., however, if Daniel was let go, that wasn’t a smart move for DAYS.

I’ve loved watching Aidan and Hope’s loving and playful relationship blossom, and it would be unfortunate if the past two years watching the relationship between them grow is just thrown out the window.

su0000
su0000

Jeremy-
Perhaps Daniel will show up in another soap 🙂

Jeremy
Jeremy

Hi lovely, su0000,

IF Daniel Cosgrove is indeed exiting DAYS… I think GH should snatch him up as a Ned recast. As much as the role is Wally Kurth’s, I would love to see Daniel Cosgrove as a Q. We need Ned in story, Olivia will return and, I really would love to see Daniel Cosgrove as new-Ned. He can keep the role warm while Wally is on-contract at DAYS. Hopefully, GH will read my suggestion and nab Daniel as Ned Quartermaine recast.

Jeremy
Jeremy

*Ned Ashton

Bonnie Canter
Bonnie Canter

I love Aidin he is a great actor

Sharron Tipton
Sharron Tipton

I’m sorry he’s leaving…..However, I think there are many things in his past that haven’t come out, maybe they will before he leaves (maybe that’s why he’s leaving). Question – why are they aging his son if he’s leaving??? We’ll see what the writers do. I hope Hope doesn’t go back to Bo, she needs someone better, maybe Rafe??

Cat
Cat

His character is just rather bland. I’ve always found Hope to be annoying so I’d be quite happy for her character to have much less air time.

CeeCee
CeeCee

You have my vote, Cat.

blake
blake

I like Daniel Cosgrove but I didn’t care for him with Hope so this is good news, they can make room for another vet..

I also read on DC that Shawn that plays Dr. Daniel Jonas might be leaving soon.

dmr
dmr

Who would be the new “Salem Hero” if Dr. Dan left? Hahaha

blake
blake

lol true. The man who can do no wrong!

Patrick
Patrick

I so hope… that Shawn Christian is let go… he just sucks the life out of every character… except for his scenes with his young son… Parker

rita good
rita good

don’t like aiden, should go, bo and hope belong together, if bo dosen’t stay, then hope should be with rafe.

Tony
Tony

I agree with you Rita, Hope needs Rafe or Bo Brady. Days needs to bring back Leann Hunley as Anna Dimera. Aiden was boring and put me a sleep lol.

Tony
Tony

I meant put me to sleep. lol

Reagan
Reagan

I don’t think Hope is the only character on canvas that Aidan could have been paired with. But… let’s be honest. If they are bringing all these vets back we know someone is going to get cut. It’s a budget thing.

Mary
Mary

I love Aiden. Daniel is a very cordial individual and I hate seeing him being treated this way. Don’t get me wrong I like Peter but his character, Bo, has blown his right to be with Hope. Bad move as far as I am concerned. There certainly are a lot of other characters that could leave the canvas and would not be missed by me.

CH ELEGANT ENTERTAINMENT
CH ELEGANT ENTERTAINMENT

At our recent Days event here in Montreal at Fino Restaurant there was rumour about @DanielCosgrove leaving #days. Please note nothing was confirmed directly by him at the event
Thank you! CH Elegant Entertainment.

Patrick
Patrick

I hope this, “rumour” is just that

if they need to clean up shop …. bye bye Clyde, Ben, Daniel…. to start

matt
matt

Please note that the people at CH Elegant Entertainment are just trying to do damage control. Daniel Cosgrove spent much private time with fans away from the listening ears of those running the event. He was indeed clear about his departure with more than one fan in attendance. This in not a rumour. Daniel was very specific that he had already finished taping. Eric Martsolf also made mention of Daniel’s exit.

Kathy
Kathy

There is no reason for the people at CH Elegant to do damage control for something that was never said! As much as Daniel had time to spend with his fans he also had much time to spend with the organizers. Unfortunately things that he said were taken out of context and should not have been spread all over the Internet! These issues are for Daniel Cosgrove to speak about publicly not the fans nor the organizers of any event….as far as we know he has not done that as of yet! All the rumours that have been going on are just that rumours! And unless a formal statement from Daniel Cosgrove had been seen somewhere in writing it is all here say!

matt
matt

Sorry you feel that way Kathy but Daniel did not mince any words about his departure. He was very clear and very honest with his fans about what was going on, which was greatly appreciated. If by official you mean standing in front of everyone and making an announcement, then no he did not do that. However, he did speak about his exit from Days on both Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon with more than one person attending the event. There was no mistaking what was said and certainly no room for it to be taken out of context, especially by so many different people. The organizers of this event were not privy to these conversations, therefore they are not in a position to say that these things were never said. I will agree that Daniel did spend time with organizers and their close friends. Unfortunately that time was at the expense of those fans that attending the event. Lastly I will just add that his departure has already been confirmed by other cast members on social media. It is clear that the character of Aiden will be exiting in November and by Daniel’s own admission, it was not his choice.

Kathy
Kathy

First of all I was at the event and think that the fans had ample time to spend with both Daniel and Eric… Your comment about the organizers taking time away from the fan time is false! I’m not sure how u can blame the organizers, considering one of them was ready to drive us over the border should Daniel not have been able to make it. They had no control about the incident with the passport and still offered to do anything possible to rectify the situation! The only time during the evening that they took him away from us was to take a picture with the organization which they were desperately trying to raise money for…. I’m sorry but that to me is acceptable….also as far as I am concerned once the evening finished the organizers took the guys out to chill and relax and enjoy the rest of the night which is also acceptable considering the long drive Daniel made to get there and all the work Eric did to make up for it. Any fan who cannot understand that needs to get a reality check…not sure what Daniel supposedly said but I was there for all of it and although he did state that he was not filming this summer and he doesn’t know what the future holds for him, he NEVER said he was leaving the show and anyone who states that is fabricating it….if other cast members have mentioned in on social media then that’s their right but we as fans have no right to say anything unless it is officially announced by the actor! Plus one more thing….actors sign confidentiality agreements with their employers, if by any chance anything was said (which it wasn’t) true fans should have kept it to themselves and not spread it all over the Internet in order for the actor to get slack from the employer. Any fan who doesn’t realize that also needs a reality check!

Kathy
Kathy

Oh and one more thing! I didn’t have tickets to the bowling the next day and although they did not have to, the organizers generously offered us to come to the bowling for free to make up for the time lost due to Daniels tardiness! I’m sorry but that is very generous on their part and if any fan has anything negative to say about them then they need to get their heads checked! On that note good night!!!!

matt
matt

I haven’t a clue what you are speaking of in regards to “chilling” with Daniel and Eric, nor do I care. In regards to information being circulated on social media, this again goes back to private conversations that took place. I will not go into that any further. What I will repeat is that no one from CH Elegant was present during these conversations. Regardless of how many times they claim to have been, it doesn’t make it so. Furthermore, those in show business and the soap opera world in particular are experienced enough to know that should they not want information regarding storyline or casting decisions leaked, it is best not to say anything. I am a bit confused by your posts. Are you a CH Elegante organizer or a fan that diligently monitors responses to their account? As a fan that was simply attending the event, you appear to have the inside track. One of those close friends I mentioned in my previous post perhaps? There seems to be a bit of flip flopping in which you reference this event, while at the same time calling for reality checks for others. In any case, Daniel’s true fans will continue to support him and speak out against the decision by Days of Our Lives to remove his character from the canvas. Thank you for the discussion on the matter but this concludes my participation.

matt
matt

Kathy, it’s very interesting that bowling is being brought into this discussion, given that that event also started an hour later than advertised and seemed to take even longer than that to actually get underway. Fans were told this was due to interviews taking place which were delayed due to organizer socializing the night before. In addition to that, the karaoke event was also very late in getting started due to poor planning re: noise allowances. It was unfortunate that one DJ hired for the event was left to carry each piece of sound equipment down to a dark basement area of the restaurant to set up once again. The cocktail party was 30 minutes late starting as well and finished 30 minutes earlier than advertised. Disappointing for many fans that attended. Will not be attending an event by this organizer again.

michelle
michelle

I was at this event and unfortunately I have to agree with Matt. Eric and Daniel were awesome but the organization, venues, food and everything else was subpar in my opinion. Daniel did mention leaving Days and there were a lot of people that heard it and asked him questions about it. He answered honestly. In this day everything goes viral sadly but I don’t think either side is to blame entirely. I blame Days for making this horrible decision to begin with. Daniel is a great actor and he did an amazing job with what he was given. I think Aiden had a lot of potential and should have been kept around Salem. I think Days is making a huge mistake by letting Daniel Cosgrove go. He has A LOT of fan support.

Amelia
Amelia

I heard the same things at this appearance from Daniel. It is a terrible shame but it is true that Aiden is leaving. I really love the character and don’t wish to see him leave. I think Days has one thing on its mind and that’s vets. As much as I love these older characters, I really think there should be a mixutre of old and new for all fans to enjoy. My fave part of going to this event was meeting Daniel and Eric. Both great guys. My 2nd fave part was playing with the dog that was running around the restaurant during the karaoke. I think this little guy belonged to one of the organizer’s friends but I thought it was strange. I’ve been to lots of Days events but never saw that before. The lady sitting beside me was afraid of dogs and was not happy about it. It did make for some interesting pictures though. I hope I get to see Daniel and Eric again but not under those circumstances. The whole thing was a bit unusual.

elm51
elm51

i feel the same way mary!

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

Mary, I agree with you! What I do not understand…. Peter is back for a very short period of time….. it is not a long term gig…he has been very vocal about that. So what happens when he leaves yet again? Bad decision DAYS!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

How can you say Peter has been very vocal about his return not being long term? Please point me to the confirmation that I must have missed. Or are you speaking about his statements BEFORE he reached a deal with DAYS?

Just because he said he would never be long term again, does not mean he wouldn’t change his mind.

He could have signed on for 3, 6 or even 12 months and already agreed to extend his stay. We don’t know, do we?

Now, I’ve challenged you to prove me wrong. If you can prove it’s short term, then where’s the proof? If you can’t, then I advise you to quit making statements as if they’re facts or using older statements that others can misconstrue as being new statements by PR.

Taelyn
Taelyn

I think you are experiencing “Wishful Thinking” Ive heard that Peter IS on Contract.. I mean thin k about it.. hat is there to “Tie up” after a couple years away Only to leave again? Coming home to die?? Walking away from Hope then leaving again? Peter would not waste His time.. Or upset his fans that way.. He knows that to come back then leave again right away would only open up a wound.
Im not saying his path back to Hope will be easy.. Much will depend on the back story of his absence… But Im sure it will be one where he could not come home for some reason, and was unable to contact her.. REALLY Unable.. But Bo and Hope will reunite, Thats a given.

Im sorry TPTB felt DC had no place in Salem without Hope.. I could have seen him paired elsewhere.. But Im sure he will find work pretty easy. He is a good actor, I was never a Haiden fan.. But I know he has a strong fanbase.

Kathy
Kathy

Matt! Your blubbering and going off on the organizers is just proof that u have no class and no idea what you’re talking about! Firstly, I am a huge Daniel and Eric fan and didn’t know anyone from that organization before this event…therefor u stating so is false and before u accuse people of things u should really check your info out first! Secondly, I did get to speak to the organizers of the event in the evening a few times and found them to be very nice and thoughtful! U stating that u would not attend anymore of their events, well maybe they wouldn’t want you there anyways! Not sure which fan u are but I did notice a few fans that had no class at all during the event and no matter what the organizers did to rectify the situation those fans were not happy! I also noticed some fans a little (wacko) I guess by your responses above u were one of those! Sad actually! This will also be my last conversation on this thread! I will definitely be attending more CH Elegant events and am sure to have a great time just like I did the last one! I don’t have any more insight information than u have, all I know is that although there was slight unforeseen glitches at the event that is not a reason to bash nor state derogatory things against the organizers! Especially the fact that they are doing this all from the goodness of their heart and from what I understand don’t make any money on any of the events they organize! Shame on you for being so selfish and going off on an organization that is doing good in this world, if anything u should maybe take a lesson or two from them! On that note I hope u have a great life! God knows with your attitude and negativity u will need all the help u can get!

Susie Q
Susie Q

Enjoyed this pairing of Hope and Aiden and have been very upset of late that they have been on the back back burner. If this rumor proves true, now they are firing him for lack of interest when they have not written a plot for them to have interest in! Very unhappy about this….

Sue
Sue

To be honest, I was always a huge Bo/Hope fan….right from the beginning. But it’s out of character for Bo to leave his family this way….and I believe the writers are the ones who dropped to ball on this. For whatever reason, Peter left his BO character behind. IMHO…he should not have been invited back for the 50th. We all know he’s not coming back permanently, so he’s coming back to put an end to his ‘story’??? Aiden’s son is supposedly being aged along with Ciara’s character. I’m not getting this whole thing. I’m sorry about Daniel Cosgrove. From having the chance of a great storyline with Kristen, he’s now on the back burner. Kind of ticks me off. If he’s leaving, I wish him the best. If it’s just rumor, then I hope the new writers find a great storyline for him….

Tom Jenkins
Tom Jenkins

I like the actor, sincerely I do but the character is a little on the uninteresting side. I think it would have been more enthralling to have him be a real psychopath as I thought the direction for his character was turning. Instead, he’s Mr Nice Guy, I mean Salem has enough of those. They needed to do something inventive with his character, not just help at School functions. Maybe he needed an evil twin brother from Scranton to pop up and confuse Hope – I’m kidding to a certain degree but really they needed to make his character more compelling. This show needs some new writers.

Jimmy
Jimmy

This isn’t surprising, seeing as DAYS is returning to its roots and legacy characters for its upcoming 50th anniversary. And with the recent and upcoming departures of newer characters like Jordan, Serena, and Xander, it wouldn’t be surprising if Aiden was the next to go. And after him I could see the show getting rid of Clyde (hopefully) and Ben. Needless characters who are pretty boring do not a good soap make.

Plus, with Bo returning, I assume that reuniting him with Hope is the endgame, though if Peter Reckell isn’t staying on-contract, I don’t see the point of axing Aiden. Daniel Cosgrove is a good actor and will be missed on the show, if he does go. But, just like with Serena, his character didn’t really pop, even if the actor is good.

Tim S.
Tim S.

Not an Aiden fan with Hope.. .would like someone else ..maybe Patch… aka Stephen…. hmm a good love triangle between the three.. forget Bo….now that I write this.. Bo needs to be with Hope.. too much history.. Bo and Hope forever!!

boes
boes

I hope not. Daniel Cosgrove has been great, and his Aiden character is practically the only actual grown-up maile on the show. And he and KA are so good together.

I loved Bo and Hope together for a long time, but I’d rather see her with Aiden these days. And I think Days benefits a LOT from having Cosgrove in the mix.

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

Lets wait and see what really happens.

mark
mark

I think he is so handsome but this was a waste of talent. They didnt really know what to do with him and it was bland.

Christine
Christine

Why not keep Aiden and send Clyde and his boring son on the next wagon back to the hills. Aiden can be with Paige’s screwed up mother. I cannot think of her name at the moment. Oh! Oh! Oh! , If Zander is leaving the show why not let him take care of Clyde for Victor then maybe Victor will let Zander stay, I think he is great!!!! And please put me out my misery with the dumb face look that Will gives when he is busted.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Well I thought it was fishy that Days had no money that they asked PR to take a pay cut and he decided to leave instead and now suddenly the money fairy has shown up and there is cash to get all these big names back– I suspect another serial killer might hit Salem come fall in order to get rid of some characters to afford all these returns– perhaps Aiden could be the killer –he does seem like he has some deep dark side to him–LOL

Seriously, if he decided to leave on his own then I respect his choice; if he was let go because his character no longer had a place in the grand scheme of things- well that happens, but if he was let go because of the budget then that sucks, one actor shouldn’t have to lose his gig, so another actor can get his.

Polly
Polly

TeamBope Always

Joy
Joy

fdirst I like adian and hope so sad to see him leave if it is true but i donot think hope and bo will be a couple cause we do not know how long he is staying o n d ays nad i think hope and rafe are oing to hit it offa nd as for luas and adrienne and justin not sure how that will happen do like adrineea nad justin but he idd cheat first and has beofre i would not mind htem getting back i would just feel sorry for lucas as for erica and nicole it ink they are destine to be togehter nad will and sonny not sure how that is gonne end

Jason
Jason

I want Hope with Rafe. I think they deserve a year or 2 while Bo kisses Hopes ass for a loooonger ass time

Rose Simmons
Rose Simmons

I don’t like it when we get used to seeing a couple In love with great chemistry together then out of the blue they break them apart it’s not fair I love Aiden with hope and besides Bo won’t be staying he’s just making a guest appearance for the 50th anniversary Aiden is a better man for hope my new favorite couple and he’s younger and better looking sexy man .

Mo
Mo

Wouldn’t totally surprise me. After the mystery of his wife’s death was solved, Aiden hasn’t been too interesting or had much to do.

Gmbenet
Gmbenet

Before making a judgment, I would like to know exactly what Daniel said, word for word. Sometimes what a person says can be misunderstood or misconstrued. So as far as I am concerned, there is not enough information given here to draw a conclusion one way or the other.

Willa Sargent
Willa Sargent

YES BOPE ALL THE WAY I HAVE BEEN A 32 ADVOCATE FOR BO & HOPE!! SO MAGICAL WITH PETER AND KRISTIAN TOGETHER!! I AM SORRY IF DC WAS LET GO…

KIm
KIm

I will really miss Daniel / Aiden and Haiden. They were a spectacular couple with real chemistry. It is sad and I will not be watching Days anymore because this is just wrong.

kelly
kelly

Is this DOOL’s message that Peter Reckell has decided to stay on as Bo long term?

Steph
Steph

This is so very sad. Aiden and hope finally clicked. Hope’s passion for life – after years of dismal behavior and a lifelong fan (me) despising her — then along came Aiden.

This choice sickens me. Why bother to have given Hope ANYONE if they are just going to trash them…?

Steph
Steph

In addition, I don’t even want Bo back. Their story is long in history – who the heck cares about him anymore?

Claudia
Claudia

Is it true that the young actress that plays Ciara is being let go? She is so good – We’ve watch her grow up. I suppose they are doing the sudden age thing, but why not let her grow into the teen handful she is destine to be.

Steph
Steph

I hate to answer this like this, but I honestly couldn’t stabd Ciara until just recently. For years- and I’m taking in I consideration she was young and inexperienced- but it seemed she over-acted and felt like she was almost reading or being told what to say. The same – but FAR worse – goes for Chase. But. I do admit, Ciara did grow on me.

I don’t know why bringing back Bo would bounce Ciara – um.. That’s their child 🙂 DUH?

But Bo had his choice. Hope had finally stopped her brooding and whining about him being gone, and she was happy with a good guy FINALLY.. Bo just has no room on the soap.

And on a more passionate subject – having Melanie gone for good- that’s heartbreaking. I am truly sad that she returned for her six month contract and left.

There are so many things wrong now with people leaving.. After all, I’m still missing the “real” Will who would never be such a pathetic jerk.

Just my opinions though 🙂

Dawn H
Dawn H

I like Aiden and will miss the character, but am really happy to see Bo and Hope, and are pulling for their reunion. They are my favorite all time super couple!!!!

Kim R
Kim R

I will miss Aiden. Daniel and Kristian had wonderful chemistry.
They always get rid of the good ones.

vicky
vicky

I like hope and aiden together and Daniel cosgrove is a good actor.They alredy got rid of james scott and they seem to be getting rid of all the good people on days.

Charlene
Charlene

Please return sparks to relationships BO/HOPE.
Resign Peter R to at least 1-2? Years ..
Aden/hope dry romance!!

Donna
Donna

Well, I don’t want Aiden to stay if he is going to kill Hope and as I see it right now that’s his plan in order to get out of debt with Stefano. I want Bo and Hope back together at least for a while. If Peter is not staying I agree with other fans. Hope and Rafe would make a wonderful couple, but with the exit of James Scott (EJ) and Sami the Soap needs a power couple and Bo and Hope are just that couple. The writers need to take heed to the fans and write a story line that’s believeable.

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DAYS Susan Seaforth Hayes Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination For Julie and Doug’s Emotional Storyline

When you think Days of our Lives, what would it be without the legendary Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie) and her real-life and on-screen husband, Bill Hayes (Doug Williams)?

This past Emmy season, the beloved duo got a chance to shine, when they were put through a ‘heartbreaking’ predicament – Julie’s heart gives out, she is in need of a transplant, and things take a turn for the worse.

What would life be like for Doug without his Julie? How would she say goodbye to him? Fans clearly felt the sentiments overflowing from this real-life duo capturing the essence of their characters in such a raw and realistic way. So much so, that Susan landed a Daytime Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Supporting Actress category for her work.

Already a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient along with her husband, Bill back in 2018, will Susan finally get an award for her acting for her decades of beautiful work on the long-running NBC soap opera? Fans will need to tune-in to CBS on Friday, June 26th to find out with the virtual presentation of the 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards.  But for now, here is our conversation with Susan.

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Congratulations on your Supporting Actress nomination.  You have been racking up a lot of these recently, having been nominated in the same category two years ago, and also receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award along with your husband, Bill Hayes at the 45th annual Daytime Emmys in 2018.

SUSAN:  It’s really nice to be nominated, because I’ve had a few gap years.  I’ve had, what? 25 gap years between the recent nominations.

What scenes did you ultimately chose that landed you the nomination?

SUSAN:  I submitted when Julie dies.  I submitted the farewell montage scenes with Bill Hayes, and they were very moving to us… and we’ll see.  I did not submit anything snappy, or bitchy, or hysterical.  I’ve lost against hysterical every time.  Comedy has never worked.  So, I am going to try the heart and soul of soup opera: not bitchiness, but loss.

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Can I ask how you got through those scenes with Bill, because it was so touching?  I don’t know how you did it.

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SUSAN:  It was very difficult.  I mean, these are the things that make us so connected to the characters and the show.  This is a place where we can show the public what love means to us, which is everything.

They were beautiful scenes.  Do you remember when you did them, if you felt good about them at the time?

SUSAN:  No… no.  I didn’t know.  Everyone on the set seemed happy.  We are blessed to have feedback from out producers now, and they didn’t say, “I think you can do it better,” and, “Another take,” not that we would have anyway, because there is never time to do another take.

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How did you find out that you were nominated? 

SUSAN:  One of the producers, Randy Dugan called me, or I wouldn’t have found out for a couple of days,

What are your thoughts on this being a virtual Daytime Emmys ceremony because of COVID-19?  We don’t know anything about will play out yet or what that will look like, but it is back on network TV.

SUSAN:  It’s going to be a wonderful surprise.

So, if they have the shot of the nominees, do you think you’d be dressed in comfortable clothes or more formal?

SUSAN:  Well, I’d certainly wear my best earrings if I were at home, yeah.  If my grandson can arrange us to get on the internet (we have a grandson living on our property, and he’s our live-in techy), we will get dressed up, and sit there, if that’s the way to do it.

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DAYS did very well receiving 22 overall nominations and a lot of your co-stars got nomination as well.

SUSAN:  Yes, an excellent year for nominations for our show.

How many times have you been nominated now? 

SUSAN:  This makes six.

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Would it mean a lot to you to get the award?

SUSAN:  The Lifetime Achievement meant a lot.  It wouldn’t be bad to win this year.  I’ll say that.  It would be sweet for the show, since I am now the oldest living cast member of the original family – the original, original.  I’m not the original Julie, but close enough.  So, I think that would be some validation for the longevity of this original storytelling.  People look at the show and say, “Are you part of the DiMera family or the Brady family?”  I say, “I’m part of the Horton family!”

What did your husband Bill say when he found out you were nominated?

SUSAN:  (Yells) Billy, what did you say when you found out I was nominated?

BILL:  Yay!!!

SUSAN:  That’s about right. (Laughs)

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What a guy!

SUSAN:  I know!  What a guy, what a guy, what a guy!

I was really happy to see your name among the other well-deserving nominees.

SUSAN:  I know you are because I know you care.  Who knows what will happen? It isn’t going to ruin our lives you know, one way or another.  But it was very nice to receive this acknowledgment from my peers.

So, are you glad Susan received a nomination for her work in her emotional storyline? Do you think she should finally receive the Emmy for her performances? Comment below.

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On Monday, the two states with the most television and film production in the United States (California and New York) received a plan from many Hollywood studios, producers and the entertainment and production guilds of a plan and outline to be able to rejigger and restart production of your favorite shows and films.  This includes the soaps: General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of our Lives.

Via Deadline: In an effort to get the industry moving-forward again where jobs were lost or put on hold, and production were completely stalled out-of-the-blue, the guidelines submitted by “The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force (the “Task Force”) is asking for consideration and adoption for the resumption of motion picture, television, and streaming productions in an environment that minimizes the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19,” says a report for Governors Gavin Newsom of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York.

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You can read the details of the report here.  While there has been no word from the Governors and their offices if they have seen the report, bets are that several more steps will be needed before anyone would head and report back to a set yet.

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As one would expect, limiting contact, social distancing, regular temperature checks, ways to handle props, and a COVID-19 compliance officer for all productions are part of the proposal.   As well as virtual writers room meetings, avoiding filming on-location as much as possible and filming in front of large audiences.

So, glad to know that this major step has been taken to try to get production back on track in Hollywood and New York? Comment below.

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DAYS Chandler Massey Chats On His Bittersweet Daytime Emmy Nomination

He’s won three Daytime Emmys in the Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series three years in row in 2012, 2013 and 2014, and now Chandler Massey is going for gold for the second time in his career in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series which in a field where he is competing with two co-stars from Days of our Lives among others.

Massey has long been a stand out performer, giving nuanced and emotional portrayals in the angst-ridden life of Will Horton and the love of his life, Sonny Kiriakis (Freddie Smith).

Back in February of this year, DAYS fans learned that Chandler and Freddie had taped their last episodes, and since the NBC soap tapes more than 6 months ahead of air, that the two will still be on the air into the fall.  That has made this moment of recognition for Massey all the more poignant.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Chandler to get his reaction to the news that he is once again a Daytime Emmy nominee, and here’s what he had to say about it all.

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I thought it was great that you received another Emmy nomination.  What do you think?

CHANDLER:  Yeah.  I thought it was pretty great too, actually.   I was surprised.  I wasn’t keeping up on when they were announcing the nominations.   I was thrilled that Wally (Kurth) and Paul (Telfer) also got nominated too in the same category.  So, hopefully, DAYS, has a decent shot to take it home.

What did you end up submitting that ultimately landed you the nomination?

CHANDLER:  I went with some scenes that aired on December 16th of last year (I just looked that up), where Will basically breaks up with Sonny when Sonny comes to visit him in prison.  I liked those because they were sort of subtle.  I just found myself drawn in when I watched it, and it wasn’t big or dramatic, but it felt like two real people sharing their pain.  So, that’s why I chose it.

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I remember those.  Those were heartbreaking because he had to get Sonny to let him go.

CHANDLER:  Yes.  He said he has a new prison boyfriend, and that he’s doing really well in prison, so he doesn’t want to be tied down. (Laughs)

You’ve had Freddie Smith as your scene partner for so much of your run on DAYS.  What did he give you in those scenes that helped you, or even further enabled the performance that you gave?

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CHANDLER:  Freddie always gives everything.  He is a consummate professional, so he really commits every time.  I think it is more that we are just so comfortable with each other that we are not afraid, and that there is no hesitation between the two of us, so we just are able to do the work.  We usually know we are there to listen to, and support each other. in the scenes.

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Was your entire submission from the prison scenes or did you include something else?

CHANDLER:  It was just that.  I know I could have included something else, but I like to keep it sort of short because I feel like as a judge, I know within a few minutes.  It’s not that I get bored, but it really only takes a scene or two, and then, you’re like, “this is something special.”  You can recognize it pretty quickly.

So, you have won three Daytime Emmys. This is your first nomination in a few years, right?

CHANDLER:  Yeah, I didn’t get nominated the year before.  I had a gap year… to my family’s great shame. (Laughs)  They were not pleased with me.

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This is your second nomination in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Daytime Drama Series category.

CHANDLER:  Yes. I was nominated in ‘Supporting’ for the first time when I came back to DAYS, and then submitted for “Lead” the next year, didn’t get nominated, and then went back to ‘Supporting’.  I learned my place.  I went back to ‘Supporting’ for this year.  (Laughs)

It’s such a game though, right?  .

CHANDLER:  Yeah, you’ve got to be smart.  I just thought, “What the heck?”  Freddie and I were like, “Maybe there’s a shot that if we pick different categories, we can both get nominated,” but then, after that didn’t work, I said, “Screw that… going back to ‘Supporting”

Now, you’ve been through Emmy night before, and this is obviously going to be a virtual Emmy’s.  Now, if they did a six-shot of all of the nominees, what would you wear?  Would you be dressed up?  Would you be casual?  What would you see yourself doing?

CHANDLER:  That’s a good question. I think maybe… I’ll do a little of both.  I’ll go the middle ground.  I’ll be in my finest bathrobe, a silk bathrobe so it’s casual but also still sort of fancy.

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There you go.  (Laughs)  Is this nomination all the more special for you in that you are no longer working at DAYS? 

CHANDLER:  Oh, totally.  Every year is special, but you know, I’m not on the show anymore, so it’s a nice reminder that the work that I did had an effect on people, and it won’t be forgotten for at least a few more hours.

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I saw the fan outcry and show of support for you and Freddie, when viewers got wind that you were exiting the series.  It was sad and heartwarming at the same time.  The WilSon fans are so behind you guys.

CHANDLER:  Yeah, if only they knew what horrible people that we were in real life, then they wouldn’t be this way, but thankfully… (Laughs)  Yeah, it’s really nice, but it is sad.  I started in 2009, and that was over 10 years ago, and nothing lasts forever.  I had a really, really great run, and so did Freddie.  I am very satisfied and don’t feel jipped, or like, I was entitled to anything more than I got.

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Obviously, your co-nominees, Wally and Paul you worked with many times.  What can you say about them?

CHANDLER:  I think that both men deserve definitely to get second and third place.  (Laughs)  I have known Wally for a while now.  I love him.  I think his work is phenomenal.  I think he is really, really underrated.  Paul, I don’t know as well, but I think obviously his work speaks for himself.  If only he were physically attractive, I think that would really, really help his career.

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I know, it’s a shame.

CHANDLER:  Unfortunately, he is kind of schleppy, you know?  (Laughs)

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Did Freddie reach out to you after you received the nomination?  

CHANDLER:  Oh yes, he sent a text congratulating me, and we talked about it.  It was nice.  I feel like our stories are so intertwined, the scenes we submit are mostly with each other.  So, it’s really kind of a shared accolade.

So, will you be rooting for Chandler to cap off his career on DAYS with an Emmy win on June 26th during the virtual ceremony on CBS? What did you think of the nominated scenes he submitted? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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