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DAYS Chandler Massey: "If they decide to bring someone else to play Will, I won't be upset and bitter. I want what is best for WilSon!

Photo Credit: Adam Campbell

Photo Credit: Adam Campbell

A few weeks ago On-Air On-Soaps posted an interview with Days of our Lives executive producer, Ken Corday, where we asked him about what the NBC soap’s plans were for the character of Will Horton since two-time Daytime Emmy winner Chandler Massey (Will)  is departing the series come December after four years!  Corday responded, “The door will always be open here to Chandler.  We are not going to recast Will, but I wish him well in the big pond.”  And that left many fans to ponder if that is the right thing to do since WilSon, Will’s on-screen love story with Sonny (Freddie Smith) is an important couple for the show!

Gay Star News spoke with Chandler Massey about the comments made by Ken Corday in our interview and he related, he was “flattered’  that they would not recast the role and that Massey is welcome back any time.  But Chandler added, “Whatever they decide to do, I’ll support it,’ he says. ‘The character is more important than the actor. He’s a legacy character born on camera. I wouldn’t be bitter at all if they go and recast”

In terms of where the story for the duo of WilSon will go when Chandler leaves the series he expressed, “I don’t want Will and Sonny to break up. I want them to be together forever and go off and get married. If I’m in school and not able to get back and they decide to bring someone else to play Will, I won’t be upset and bitter. I want what is best for WilSon.”

So we ask you DAYS fans, what is best for WilSon? Should the soap recast the role of Will Horton? Should Sonny and Will remain together, but have Will sent away for some reason? Would you recast Will and if so with who?  How best should the show handle Chandler’s exit when such an amazing talent leaves?

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Enrique Buenrostro
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Enrique Buenrostro

For a WIll recast, I would get Drew Garrett (ex-Michael Corinthos III, GH)

David
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David

Great idea, Enrique! Hate to see a recast, but that could work. ( BTW- good job on More OLTL.)

Jake R.
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Jake R.

That is a good idea! They def. look very similar, and he wasn’t too bad of an actor. I just looked him up on iMDB though and he’s apparently doing a TV (?) show called “Never Fade Away” so who knows if he’s avail.

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

C.M. is the one and only Will but if they do a recast your pick is the only one i agree that could work.

CINDY BISCORNER-MEAD
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CINDY BISCORNER-MEAD

NO I wouldn’t want to see them recast the role of Will. I just don’t think I could get used to anyone else…Have him go away for awhile and then come back!!! Have him and Gabby go off together and raise their little girl….for now!!!

KathyT
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KathyT

I love Will and Sonny. I don’t want them broken apart. I wish Chandler could do both…go to school and work on the show. A recast…I don’t know if there would be the chemistry Chandler and Freddie have. This is a beautiful story and I don’t want it to end. Best of luck Chandler and best of luck Days.

Phil
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Phil

He isn’t the original Will!

KathyT
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KathyT

I know but he is the only one that has worked with Freddie. I think they have great chemistry. I do think Will is a necessary character so I guess I’d have to accept a recast. I don’t want to see the end of Will and Sonny.

IowaMan
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IowaMan

Will Horton belongs to Massey – and only Massey. There are many roles that can be recast. This is NOT one of them.

Chloe
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Chloe

I hate to see Will recast but I hate the idea of WilSon being broken up even more. If they write will out but leave him and Sonny as a couple, we’re going to have another Bo & Hope [Bo’s in the next room, Bo’s in Cali, Bo’s away visiting Shawn & Belle, Bo’s on business, and now Bo’s apparently dropped off the face of the earth]. It’s not realistic. We can’t have half the cast off-screen because we’re so attached to the actors that we don’t want to replace them. That’s not to say that I want either Will… Read more »

Susan
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Susan

I agree!

Jodee
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Jodee

I will be so upset! He is perfect as Will – SO BUMMED!

Daisy
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Daisy

I love Chandler’s Will. That said, I’d rather have a recast than lose the Will and Sonny relationship. It has been done so beautifully so far. The show really needs Will and Sonny!

BR
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BR

Will is the kind of legacy character…a Brady and a Horton, related to nearly everyone in town, that means so much to a canvas. Not to mention his social importance as a gay character. If they can recast GH’s Carly, no one is unrecastable. You just have to do it right. I hope they recast Will, but do it very carefully.

Patrick
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Patrick

Jesus. Nicely said. Will needs to continue with Sonny. and apart is part historical? LOL… my life on days… it needs to be getting used to. Will’s take… is time for him to firm up. I could see, the family drama… Sammi’s unjust… whimsical behaviours while I steady mine… LOL. anyway… Sonny deserves 50% of the magic… that happened.. and he’s on. bring on strong and good time.. is Justin and Adrienne… aren’t they catch up. you.. know.. i’ts Sonny’s turn to share with the world… buildup, angst of gay world. and Freddie Smith got it. and when Will is… Read more »

Erick
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Erick

BR: “No one is unrecastable.” So true. GH’s Carly’s the prime example, but Days also recast Roman (twice), Kate, Austin, Brady, Eric, Shawn, and Belle, and most of those recasts have lasted longer and done better than the originals. (Then again, they tried recasting Jack and Jennifer, and we know how well that went over.)

gloria
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gloria

You are so right. I’ll think no way I’ll get used to this re-cast person & then before you know it I forgot all about the original. Funny how that happens. And sometimes I will just detest a certain character then a few months later I come to love them. Soaps are so great that way-the ebb & flow-just go with it! I always hate to see a character I love leave but it always works out ok. As long as we HAVE OUR SHOWS!

Sandy
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Sandy

Don’t recast Will as the tenderness he portrays in his character role will be hard to find. There is a reason he won 2 Emmys in is short career. Maybe Chandler could come back now and then so the storyline could continue

4everdays
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4everdays

For high voltage drama, I would have Adrienne plan the death of Sami
and Will must save his mom, but Sonny is killed by mistake and Will
and Gabbi leave with the baby. Stefano would turn out.to be the one
behind the plan!

Susan
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Susan

That is a great storyline

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

Great storyline idea…i usually think of stuff they could do but yours i like the best. But i dont know about killing off Sonny…maybe he’d slip into a coma and when he awakens he has absolutely no memory of Will. Will realizes he has no future with Sonny after trying for weeks to get him to remember him, and Sonny tells Will he dosent love him so Will leaves town with Gabi and the baby, unaware Sonny faked his amnesia to protect Adrienne…Sonny is the only person who knows his mother was the person responsible for what happen to him,… Read more »

4everdays
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4everdays

I absolutely love your storyline!!!

Patrick
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Patrick

the only thing for sure that I like…. is the re-pair’ing of Justin and Hope….

I understand… it was short lived the last time…

well… Justins playing the field… and this HOT connection.. will fuel, Adrienne. and immediately bring this HOT.

They worked the first time.

carlos
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carlos

no veo justo que sonny tenga que perder la memoria para que desaparezca el personaje de will, estoy de acuerdo que sonny muera para que will se baya con gabi y su hija ya la historia no será la misma para Freddy el y Chandler hacen bonita pareja y tiene química.

carlos
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carlos

la historia no será la misma sin Chandler el y freddy hacen bonita pareja tienen química no concibo otra persona para sonny prefiero que sonny muera y asi will se vaya con gabi y su hija para que le den sentido a l historia.

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

Thanks…but you deserve the credit for this…your idea is what inspired mine. Now, if the writers and producers would stumble across these ideas and use them…this would be awesome.

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

I new i shouldve taken a second language back in my school days…lol Si

gloria
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gloria

NO WAY- I LOVE SONNY. No killing of any of these people! You have a great imagination though, ha.

LeeAnn
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LeeAnn

Bad move, great acting gig that he is fortunate to have. Smart move is to stay and be employed !!

GB
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GB

yes, going to college to study mandarin chinese and international business is really dumb. no future in that at all…

LeeAnn
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LeeAnn

@ GB,, my opinion is just that my opinion. I also think he is a good actor, Great ? no way,, almost every scene he has that goofy smile. Again, just my opinion before you jump all over me, So many study international business, so lets hope he saved his money. I bet he is back at Dool or another show in 12 months.

gloria
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gloria

Lee Ann, funny you mentioned that. His scenes almost always end with that goofy smile which I have wondered about. He is almost too much of a pushover. But I love him & I totally agree he should STAY WHERE HE IS & RAKE IT IN. The world is so uncertain if you have a great acting gig-KEEP IT.

GB
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GB

i have two words for you: mayim byalik (can’t be bothered to go check the spelling, so apologies if i got it wrong). after Blossom, she could have gone and done all sorts of mediocre things to capitalise on the success (“rake it in”, as you say – and primetime pays more than a daytime soap) of a sitcom that she, after all, was the star of. she didn’t. if she’d stayed in showbiz, she probably would have done a couple of sitcoms that would have flopped and by now she’d be doing reality shows and Hallmark movies (not that… Read more »

Brett
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Brett

PLEASE STAY CHANDLER!!

IreneNJ
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IreneNJ

Will and Sonny should become a standard and always be there and sure, recast Will

Rosie
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Rosie

I want Will and Sonny to leave together. I hope they are happy together forever!
Maybe he will come back in the future. (after college graduation.) I don’t think he should be recast.
Wish Chandler massey all the best in his future career!

Ann
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Ann

Will and Sonny leave together? That would not be fair to Freddie! I will never understand so called fans who want an actor to lose their job just so they can have their “happy ending”. Ridiculous.

Antonetta Nocito
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Antonetta Nocito

Good Luck Will. you will be missed. you are a great actor.

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

He sounds like a classy guy.

Susan
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Susan

I would say recast because there is the baby there and I don’t think the will sonny affair is the big deal.

EngradyPind
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EngradyPind

Recast the character with an actor who doesn’t stand around with that insipid, sh*t-eating grin on his face all the time. Will has lots of story potential, with or without Sonny, since he is the son of Sami, my least favorite character on the show. Sami is a mess and there are times when Will is the only one who can deal with her. As for the Will-Sonny pairing, it is a good one but logically it cannot last. It is not a “forever” pairing. They are too young. They might get back together later in life, but right now… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

I honestly, think WIll knows this… but.. he knows he’s doing right… and will realize it’s the same desire as them… which is you. Will… has a defense mechanism he realize’s and knows is wrong…

this will make him stronger.

Samantha
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Samantha

Awww, Chandler wants Wilson together forever. Love Chandler, Freddie, and Wilson.

blake
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blake

I say recast so the show doesn’t lose Will and Sonny

4everdays
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4everdays

I do’nt believe for one second his departure is for school only. The two
emmys went to his head, but I still wish him luck. Would he stay if DOOL
showed him my storyline? I’m all for emotional blackmail!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

You don’t know that. You can’t say it isn’t school related or that Emmys went to his head. Chandler has always been down to earth.

Patrick
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Patrick

you know… it’s my honest opinion… he doesn’t like playing this role this much. he’s been given so many accolades… and his style of acting.. in any moment… is key to living sharing good story.

can i let go that fast… prop 8, doma… yes.. boisterous as it was… the midwest and south keep needing remindment.

it needs to continue on. Sonny aftermath… till the recast and/or return happens.

mepariseau
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mepariseau

I would prefer to see a recast of Will. He is too important a character to have disappear. Back in the early 90’s (I think), Bo was recast and it worked very well. The biggest thing they need to do is make sure there is chemistry between who takes over as Will and Sonny. WilSon deserves to stay together.

Lisa
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Lisa

I wonder if he will admit about shooting EJ and then he goes to jail. Sami still gets off and she goes after Adrienne’s neck. It will be war with the old Sami. What a day that would be since Adrienne is so rectal right now

Patrick
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Patrick

so much of the writing is good. watching all of them interact with something… is beholden to a treasure… I study and elevate myself to…. heck.. Nicole, overwhelmed by the kindness. why i thought she needed Fay. I loved her mom, with. Treat.

I hope Will and Gabbi simply get overwhelmed by all the family and life around them… and know, they can leave and give life a quiet shelter.

tha’ts how I’m seeing their playing field… on equal turf.

Adrienne’s heart is in the right moment… it’s Sammi’s, that tumultuous’ly enervates.

Cindy
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Cindy

With Chandler leaving, the only way to keep them together is for Freddie to have to leave too, and that isn’t fair. So yes, recast Will. (Or convince Chandler to stay!!!)

kristin
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kristin

Totally agree, yes Freddie is an amazing actor and he need to continue to have a story line and not have it die down just cause Chandler leaves, But good luck to Chandler, wish he would change his mind!!!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

While I wouldn’t wish Chandler to depart the role of Will Horton, potentially hoping he’d remain on recurring, I wouldn’t rule out a recast of the character to keep him tied into the series and to Sonny. As for recasting, the idea of Drew Garrett does not appeal to me. I would prefer to see the likes of Van Hansis (ex-Luke, ATWT) or Kevin G. Schmidt (ex-Noah, Y&R) take possession of the role. What is chosen to be best for the series, I’d welcome anything. I love Will and Sonny and would not wish to see them split apart. And… Read more »

Ann
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Ann

Van is too old and too well known as Luke Snyder.

Ann
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Ann

Will and Sonny cannot and should not stay together when Chandler leaves. Like someone else mentioned, that would be another Bo & Hope situation. This is a soap where characters break up everyday and move on to new love interests. Wilson should not be treated any differently because they are a gay couple. When Will leaves for whatever reason, I say don’t recast but instead bring in someone new for Sonny next year. One day if CM returns then Wilson could reunite but I don’t think he’s coming back, I think he’s saying the things the fans want to hear.

RLeternal
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RLeternal

CM is quitting DOOL. So, there’s a chance that the writers may break WilSon or have one of them die. Never invested time in the WilSon story (except for a few select clips uploaded on U-tube); learned a lesson after the Luke & Reid, and Luke & Noah debacles on ATWT. Although it does not matter to me whatever they decide to do with the WilSon SL; for the faithful followers of Wilson, I hope they recast the character of Will and the WilSon SL continues. Granted Will will never be the same without CM playing that role; but sending… Read more »

kay
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kay

I wish Chandler would reconsider and stay but understand that he wants the college experience. I do not want Freddie to leave the show just because Chandler is. I think they should recast the role and keep Will and Sonny together. Or they could fake Will’s death and give Sonny a new love interest and after awhile have Will come back and have him fight for Sonny (if Chandler is willing to return after college or he decides he can handle both work and college). I love Chandler as Will and the chemistry he has with Freddie may not be… Read more »

Benjaman
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Benjaman

Recasting characters with new actors is to the soap genre as commonplace an evil twin is. Chandler hit the nail on the head when he remarked that Will is a legacy character — I believe that so many of the shows (in recent years) are foregoing recasting roles and simply writing characters off the canvas to the detriment of the long term story potential. Look at the Q’s on GH (although many of those actors were let go so that may not be a sterling example.) Nonetheless, losing another major character, a Horton family character is a bad move in… Read more »

DifficultDiva
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DifficultDiva

GB – Thank you for trying to bring some common and rational sense to some of these folks about Chandler choosing to get his degree, over “Raking it IN” on DAYS. With that degree, Chandler can go anywhere and make a career and future for himself, in another opportunity, outside of the acting industry. He’s furthering his chances at being able to “rake it in” financially wise, by having his degree. Especially now, when he WANTS to complete his degree. Nothing’s holding him back and he can afford to give 100 percent of his focus on that goal. It’s interesting… Read more »

MK
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MK

Recast! They could always get chandler back later. They did this with Bo, Jennifer, Jack, Roman, etc.

One perfect example was JJ as Lucky. After 2 recasts, JJ came back better than ever.

Another was MS as Phyllis, after a recast, MS came back. It keeps story going. ED as Ashley, came back after 2 recasts. So it works.

joy tadych
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joy tadych

i agree they can recast and then bring him back i remember they did it with jack he was in hte shouwer and then they reacast him htey can recast cahndler and if he wants to come back you sen will awa y and hten bring chnsdler back recast or have him part time on so we still see him here and there

Lisa
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Lisa

In my opinion…the best of the situation, in my opinion would be if they wrote Will finally paying his dues for shooting EJ and have him go to prison…that way Will & Sonny don’t break up (Sonny could reference going to see Will), Freddie gets to stay (instead of haivng Will & Sonny run off into the sunset…freddie shouldn’t have to leave just because chandler is…) and that leaves the story wide open for Chandler to return and give us closure to the will & sonny story with maybe a wedding… I honestly don’t want to see ANYONE else portray… Read more »

Alex Cornett
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Alex Cornett

I hope that Corday does reconsider recasting him because now this is the way I feel and I may sound immature because it is just a TV show but I am seriously considering taking a break from watching Days because I think I have an idea of how Corday will end the Wilson storyline and I don’t think I can handle that because on another soap that I watched one of my favorite characters decided to leave and I don’t think I can do that again but I do respect his decision on leaving to go to school.

joy tadych
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joy tadych

I want will and sonny to stay togehter so either have them married and travel for wahile and have will as arecurring acotr for now or reacast I dod not want to see them break up. i love them i would be jhappy with a reacast for sure or like i said have will be on occcsioally i am sure they cna work out something where he can still go to school nad work part time an d be on here and there like other actlors are

kristin
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kristin

I love the Wilson Story line, the Writers have written it so well, and Will and Sonny have such Great Chemistry, Yes Chandler has made Will his own, I am really sadden he is leaving but understand @ going back to school, I do not want Sonny (Freddie ) to be on the back burner cause his partner has left, and it would be really really hard to have the story line just end cause Chandler will leave and not Freddie, So therefore I would love to see a recast on “Will” He is very important character and then the… Read more »

Jim
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Jim

Unfortunately, Chandler gives Will an essence that I don’t think any other actor will be able to completely capture, a sense of vulnerability and innocence that goes to the heart of William Roberts Horton. If Chandler has any intention of possibly returning to the role full time – he has the potential to be a 30-40 year character if he wants it – then let Will and Sonny get married and leave for a while. All characters take a back seat from time to time as storylines change. Sonny can come back full time after the “honeymoon”, Will can make… Read more »

kristin
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kristin

I really don’t want Sonny (Freddie) to be on the back burner or not get air time just cause of Chandler(Will) Leaving, Freddie is an amazing, Phenomenal actor, and hope the Writers will continue to show us that great acting in Freddie, I just don’t want Sonny(Freddie) to get short handed just cause Chandler (Will) is leaving!!!!

Margaret
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Margaret

How about Wes Aderhold(the lizzie bennet diaries)for the recast?

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