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DAYS Clyde's Last Ride: James Read Shares Heartfelt Message To Fans On His Final Airdate!

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Another character has left the Salem canvas on-screen! Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives marked the end of the line for treacherous Clyde Weston (James Read), who caused quite a bit of havoc in Salem, to say the least!

While DAYS tapes six months ahead, actor James Read ended his run several months ago, but took time today to mark his final airdate with a special message sent out via his Twitter account!

Read related: “Clyde’s Last Ride – Had a fabulous time in Salem – thank you for watching and for all your kind words and support! Rock on, Days!”

With James leaving the canvas, and Chrishell Stause (Ex-Jordan) having exited some time ago, that leaves only Rob Scott Wilson (Ben) currently on-screen from the Weston clan who is still shaking up the town as the necktie serial killer!  But how long will it be before Ben is found out?

Share your thoughts on the exit of James Read on today’s DAYS! Will you miss Clyde’s evil deeds? Comment below. But first: watch two parts of Tuesday’s Days of our Lives that feature: Ben admttiing to his father that he is the necktie serial killer in part one, and then the father/son goodbye in part two, where Clyde tells Ben he will keep take his son’s secret to the grave!

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Mary SF
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Mary SF

One would think Clyde would have been around for the entire story of Ben descent into madness– perhaps had some tidbit from Ben’s past that might explained why Ben snapped. I mean a person doesn’t go from a sane human being to a cold blooded killer because his girlfriend screwed around on him. He could have framed Chad for a number of crimes other than murder and got the same results, so that murdering people comes from something else and it was my hope Clyde would have those answers. Enjoyed his last scenes with Ben, just think this was the… Read more »

Kelly
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Kelly

I am going to miss Clyde. I hope that James Read is nominated for an Emmy.

B.J.
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B.J.

I think James Read is a great actor too, and I’m sorry they couldn’t work him into the permanent landscape. He was capable of so much more. 🙁

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I agree so very much with you, Mary. A few days ago I did suggest that perhaps Ben’s first killing was that of his mother. Clyde knew about it, but shielded his son. Ben could have blocked it out. I know it’s far-fetched, but, as you so aptly say, one does not go from being a sane person to a murderous fiend overnight.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

I agree. A big mistake to take James Read out of Days. He’s a terrific actor. The scene today with his son Ben was riveting and emotional. I agree that he should be around for Ben’s falling apart and final conviction. What a story that would be! Moreover, I think he should be the one to turn his son in to authorities. How powerful and perhaps would afford an opportunity to further humanize Clyde and elicit some sympathy for him.

Anne
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Anne

Of course! This leads me to fear that this story will drag on in unsatisfying ways.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Absolutely so, Anne. As I have already intimated Aiden will be caught with his hand in the cookie jar as he tries to kill Hope. He will be blamed for the killings, dragging the story on and on and on.

jb44
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jb44

I, too, am going to miss James Read. He is a great actor. It appeared at one time they were going to rehabilitate him through his sessions with Marlena. Another actor I am upset about leaving is Daniel Cosgrove. I think Days is making a big mistake by letting these fine actors go. I have watched this show since the very first episode and I, for one, am not happy about having all of the old characters back.

denisefan
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denisefan

Hopefully, the police will believe Aiden is the necktie killer when he is caught trying to strangle Hope. Ben will harbor the secret for a long while, marry Abigail and create angst for Chad.

Kelly
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Kelly

The identity of the neck tie killer is supposed to be revealed during the week of the 50th anniversary. The actor who had the role of Ben has apparently left Days there will be no creating angst for Chad for a long while. I think what will happen is that Ben’s pathological jealousy will finally overwhelm him with the end result being Abigail ‘s life on the line. In Ben’s mind it will be “if I cannot have Abigail then no other man can either.”

blake
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blake

That makes sense, I figured all of this would be wrapped up right before the anniversary so that there can be celebration and happy times.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

We sure think alike, Kelly. …..except that Rob is leaving Days, isn’t he? After Aiden is arrested for the murders, Ben will take this opportunity to leave. He has the best excuse. He will join his father in Florida for moral support during Clyde’s trial. I can only hope he takes goody-two-shoes, virginal Abby with him.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Sorry, I forgot to add that Ben will try to convince Abby to leave with him. When that fails, I do agree, he will attempt to kill Abby. I got the same vibe as you did, when Ben told Clyde that it was Chad who said, ” If I can’t have Abby, nobody will.” That is precisely how Ben, himself, feels.
I am not into Abby….never was. But, she seems to have become the apple of the town’s eye; when not too long ago she was the scourge, the Jezebel of Salem and repudiated by everyone. How soon we forget.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Hello there, Friend! Thanks for your reply later in this discussion! I couldn’t reply directly to you there, so I am doing it here.

I really like your theories regarding Clyde and Ben. they make total sense.

And I really like how you conduct yourself here, CeeCee. You are always a polite, classy breath of fresh air!!

PS: I am not posting as much these days, as DAYS is the only soap I am currently watching, down from all 4 soaps just a few months ago. Please take care. 🙂

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@ james75.
Why, thank you, my friend. You are the definition of ‘classy’, I must say. I try to speak my mind without stepping on any toes. However, I am not so docile, James. I will defend my stance, politely, of course, but with conviction. That’s because I am the product of two forcefully strong-willed, Wall St. attorneys. LOL….it’s the Viking blood in me. Enjoy Days….later, and you take care, also.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

No, Abby and Chad “forever.”!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@nancy d.
Lol, Nancy. I respect that. The problem is I love, love, love Billy Flynn. I abhor Abby…always have. Once a Jezebel, always a harlot. But, I know Chad and Abby will end up together; it was meant to be. Plus, the baby will be Chad’s…done deal. Nonetheless, this couple will have to run through Impossible excruciating obstacle courses to get to that pinnacle of happiness…oh, joy!,….and happy day! Lol.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@jimh.
Of course, Jimmy. Clyde was experimenting with Laura’s head and he took the potion meant for Laura himself. He then decided to follow her to Salem. But, my beautiful angel Laura wants nothing to do with him…oh, I don’t know Jimmy. That’s all I got. LOL. Except that I had my flu shot today and I am shaking and so achy, I can barely type. I just want to sleep. As a teacher, I have to get one. What bothers me is that doctors say, it’s all in our heads. Ha!

Beth
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Beth

I wish that DOOL had cast James Read as Bill Horton instead of a new character with no ties to the established cast. His character was doomed the second they had Jordan accuse him of molesting her as a young girl. There’s no coming back from that. James Read is a talented actor and a classy guy and I’ve been a fan of his since North and South. I wish things had been different but I wish him well. And as seems to happen on DOOL, he was absolutely brilliant in his last scenes with Rob Wilson. Considering both Clyde… Read more »

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

He wouldve made an interesting Bill Horton but Bill should look older than his neice Julie!

Kelly
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Kelly

@Beth – I’m wondering if Clyde is the only one who molested Jordan as a young girl. Where was Ben in all of that?

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I don’t know, Kelly. Ben is supposedly much younger than his sister. Plus, didn’t Jordan take Ben away to protect him from Clyde? It could be Jordan was afraid of Clyde molesting Ben. I know it’s sick to even contemplate, but there was so much mystery around these two. It never really was resolved, was it? She just picked up and left. Also, I was under the impression Jordan was going to be recast. It’s starting to sound like GH, where things are left ‘pending’.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

How about James Read on GH as a love interest for Laura? Are you listening GH? After all, they played together on North and South, and I have a feeling James would be perfectly cast opposite Genie Francis. They both appear very nice in real life, and I’m sure they work very nicely off each other in “reel” life. How about it?

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

He could be a doctor who treated Laura for her mental illness and fell in love with her!

Sheila
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Sheila

I’m just sorry to see another choice actor let go from DOOL. Some fans seem to be unable to separate reel from real and whined and complained loudly that “Clyde” must go. Well he’s gone. A good soap needs a good villain and that is exactly what James portrayed. Joe is not going to be around much longer and nor is John, who better to become Salem’s crime boss? Andre you say? Hell no he is too weird. I like him but no thanks. There is nobody in the Kiriakis family stepping up to be boss and Chad is good… Read more »

Kelly
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Kelly

I disagree! Nothing would make me happier than to have Andre become a crime boss . Thaao Penglis is too good in the role. What is needed is another henchman operating under Andre’s orders. To bad Bart was killed off because he was the perfect foil.

Rachel
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Rachel

James Read would have made the perfect villain, who carried many secrets with regards to Hope and John years in captivity. I am not sure where they plan to take Andre but, I think having multiple bad guys who man of the vets characters for their own personal reason, would be very , James Read and Thaao would have would have pulled that off with BRILLIANCE…. Who cares about Bart, he was a total amatuer by comparsion. Clyde is no more a Hillbilly from Popular Bluff than… Ok, Yeah I do love Bart too, but mostly because the humor he… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hi, Sheila
LOL… After I read, “hell no, he is too weird”, I was laughing so hard, I lost my concentration. HaHa.
I guess it’s a matter of taking to an actor. I just abhor Clyde and Stefano. On the other hand, I love Victor K. However, you are right, there must be a villain in every story…..where there’s good, there must be evil. Even old Willie would agree to that……this premise is age-old. Clyde was the perfect foil for any one representation of good, despite my negative feelings towards him.

Eddie
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Eddie

Another example of a DOOL mistake. James Read is an accomplished actor whose talents were wasted during most of his time on the show. With John Anniston and Joseph Mascolo both reaching the point where Victor and Stefano will no longer be viable kingpins, it makes sense that TPTB bring him in to set up a new crime family in Salem. At first it seemed like that’s where his character was headed, but his scenes were so poorly written. Only here at the end with JJ and Ben do his scenes carry any real substance. So instead of building for… Read more »

Kelly
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Kelly

On the plus side, Clyde was sent elsewhere not killed off. So he can be brought back.

Mo
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Mo

That’s the plus side? I think Florida will give him the death penalty and he’ll languish on death row for 20 years before busting out and showing up at Days’ 70th anniversary.

Jules
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Jules

I could see legions of long time, loyal fans objecting to this newbie being the new big bad in town. People did not take too kindly that this nobody guy could kill off EJ DiMera or take down Victor’s empire. If he stayed long term with a purpose like that, I could see fans and critics going mad with anger.

Margie
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Margie

Can someone tell me what Clyde was trying to tell Ben when the police came in?

Eddie
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Eddie

There was a witness to some crime Ben committed in Florida. The witness was in jail himself, so Clyde got a friend of a friend to murder the guy so he couldn’t testify against Ben.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I bet what happened in Florida was another murder Ben committed (blocking it out) and Clyde took the blame, compounding the crime with yet another….WOW! What a travesty. So glad I don’t live in Salem….LOL

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

“So glad I don’t live in Salem”…words to live by. lol.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Theory #2: I thought it had to do with the truth behind what happened when Ben and Jordan were kids and the death of their mother.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Exactly, James. I have been saying this ad nauseam. I think Ben killed his mother. Another thought came to me. Ben witnessed Clyde strangling his mother with a necktie. Ergo, Ben’s instinct to kill mimicking the crime over and over…..which leads me to believe there may be many more unsolved murders of which we are not aware. I know, I know, I sound a little nutty, having my imagination run away with me…LOL. Sorry! Good Night, my dear James.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

CeeCee, I like your thinking on Ben witnessing Clyde murder his mother with the necktie. Uber creepy in a soapy way.

Mo
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Mo

Ben said something like, since I told you what was bothering me, are you going to tell me the truth about Florida? I had to rerun it back a couple times to get it. Clyde said yes and started to tell him before the cops broke them up.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Thanks for clarifying that point, Mo! I appreciate it.

Yet it goes without saying that much has gone without saying in DOOL. So much has been left dangling with regard to Clyde.

Margie
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Margie

LOVE James Read. Clyde was one scary guy, and I think Days is crazy not to keep him. 🙁

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

maybe he will return one day

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

It would be nice if there was closure for the EJ fans.

Ellen Scollon
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Ellen Scollon

i’m going to miss you. you are such a good actor. best wishes for the future. miss you mr Read.

Ray
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Ray

I love a lot of what is going on right now with the show. But, Clyde’s exit happened WAY too fast. Why did he leave without having to face the music about killing EJ, a goodbye scene with Kate and one last scene with Victor? I love the fast-paced storylines, but slow down and let the arcs come to a logical ending. Clyde being sent to Florida so quickly leaves a lot of storyline on the table.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I agree with you Ray. Clyde was involved in so many things that have just been left hanging. He was responsible for EJ’s murder. I know he didn’t actually shoot EJ or order him killed; but, it was Clyde’s man that did the deed while Clyde was present. He’s the drug lord. He ordered the attack on Sonny. He threatened Victor’s entire family. He manipulated the paternity test that Abigail had. That is a long term item that should be left undiscovered for some years. All of the that has just been left without a resolution. That’s bad story telling.… Read more »

Tivette
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Tivette

I could be wrong, but I thought it was EJ’ s body guard gone headcase because of Clyde’s manipulation and goading that turned him into making the mistake of accidentally pulling the trigger and then running so Stefano wouldn’t get him and then Clyde had to get rid of him as he could not be weighed down with the guy who was too frightened to be controlled…wasn’t that it?

James is a great actor that played a guy you loved to hate!

sheryl
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sheryl

We are all going to miss you good luck in whatever you decide to do, you are a great actor

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

I was one of those viewers clamoring for Clyde to go. However…

1. It’s unforgivable that he wasn’t able to divulge his secret to Ben about what really happened when Ben’s mother died.

2. It’s a shame that his responsibility for EJ’s murder did not come to light, particularly given that Sami is currently in town.

3. It would have been nice to see Clyde and Kate in one final scene together.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

I agree. A lot of loose threads left hanging. I thought James Read was amazing from beginning to end though.

Mateo
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Mateo

The exit of Clyde is proof positive that the writers in power now don’t know how to end a story. They write some decent beginnings and middle points but the endings are all awful. Will’s funeral is proof. And now with Clyde just being shoved out of the canvas. No closure. The one thing I have to give kudos for on today’s episode was the beyond the limit acting between James Read and Robert Scott Wilson. The look on Clyde’s face when he found out that his son, Ben, was the killer was so painful and chilling at the same… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

I don’t know…. I realize the nuWriting team… is expediting… and cleaning house…. of story and actors not “in their arena” but it smarts…. ie: Clyde, Eve, Aiden, … all incredible talent… that were NEW characters… DAYS production is bringing back whats old is new again very familiar characters with SORAS teen kids… and balancing… what? three generations… Victor, Stefano, Caroline… Maggie the thing that bothers me… is watching the same ole same ole… with… Daniel, Nicole, Jennifer, Eric, Brady… they still have brought nothing to the canvas… two months plus with the new Production team with writing. fans are… Read more »

Jules
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Jules

He was excellent on his last day today. Today with Ben, he just crushed it playing a loyal, misguided, loving father. I truly felt his pain hearing his son’s confession. As a matter of fact, ever since the new writers took over, Clyde has been much scarier- a much more believable villain. The thing I hated was how they “caught” Clyde. That he couldn’t tell JJ was wearing a wire, especially after he already suspected he was a narc, was so pathetically written. That’s paint-by-numbers storytelling…way too convenient, quick and clean. I’m not saying something big should have taken him… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

2 things…. all the posts praising James Read Talent. I’m tickled for all the ladies “swooning” over James Read… throw me in total agreement with; “…ever since the new writers took over, Clyde has been much scarier- a much more believable villain ” he doesn’t even need to be with Kate…. he was lauding his performance right up their… and yeah… not necessarily the magnitude of a Stefano or Victor… but nonetheless…. I like what soap i’m still holding out hope… diehard Michael Muhney or some other strong character is brought on to carry the DiMera and it’s obvious… that… Read more »

Steven
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Steven

Those final scenes between Clyde and Ben were so powerful.

When Ben confesses to murdering Will and Ben saying Clyde would be proud of him (covering his tracks). The look on Clyde’s face was like “Oh my god, what have I done to my son!”. After hearing Ben murdering Will disturbed Clyde. It was like he was admitting (to himself) that he’s responsible for Ben’s psychosis.

Patrick
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Patrick

ditto

wow

“…Those final scenes between Clyde and Ben were so powerful. ”

I watched yesterday eps after the fact…. and was stunned !

emmys all around

James Reads’ scenes: were full of heartache and sad…. and then it looked like he wanted to snap his neck and put him out of his misery

and when they had to part… as they hugged for their own father/son bond

blew it out of the water

Patrick
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Patrick

nonetheless : I like what soap – disregard

nonetheless he showcased his character with armor

Patrick
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Patrick

Robert Scott Wilson : ex-Price is Right : ex-Petey, nuAMC

standing ovation

this father / son duo let it be known

RSW’ is still emmy reeling Ben…. even with his confession to dad… he’s still not coming across as the serial murderer… just playing it so close to his mindset… and yeah…. telling someone… may even up the ante on all the reaction and ACTING Robert Scott Wilson has….

he’s layered his performance(s) and has taken off

Chloe
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Chloe

I wasn’t particularly a Clyde fan but I, too, have been a fan of James Read since North and South. Other actors have come back to play a second role [Josh Taylor, etc], so why not James? I’d love to see him come back as a romantic lead.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I watch a few episodes of REMINGTON STEELE on my visits to Martha’s Vineyard….(different networks with different programming). James Read had such a presence and looks…he surely changed. I will not miss Clyde. Sorry, don’t shoot me. I dislike the character with a vengeance. My opinion, guys. LOL.

Katzie
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Katzie

Remington Steele actually starred Pierce Brosnan

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Katzie.
I did not say James Read played Steele. I said he was a regular on the show. I believe his character was of an investigative reported. I know Pierce was the star. However , thanks for the info, albeit unnecessary.

blake
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blake

I actually saw today’s episode live and I assumed Clyde would stick around. Being as bad as he is I thought that he would have gone out a different way than JJ framing him, but I think this leaves an opening for him to come back. I want Clyde to ultimately be killed off but visits here and there work also. Like he could escape and be back for bits and then go back. And Ben with no family around means he won’t be around Salem too much longer. You just know that Chad will be the one to take… Read more »

elm51
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elm51

i am so disappointed that we didn’t see kate experience any repercussions from all the evil that clyde did – after all she was responsible for bringing clyde to salem – tptb could have at least let her realize what havoc clyde caused …………………….

Laura
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Laura

I CRIED FOR 2 MURDERERS! Some of the best acting and most powerful writing in daytimes history-the final scenes between Clyde and Ben most deserving of a Daytime Emmy EVER. The next person to criticize soap acting needs to watch these scenes then back away from me slowly…

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

I’m with you, Laura!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

You have said the two magic words, Laura; acting and writing. The marriage between writing and acting needs to work. It did here; big time. My sister is in love with Days…fanatically so. God forbid anyone interrupts its programming or anyone calling her on the phone. However, she was so taken; so overwhelmed by the scene between Ben and Clyde that she actually paused the show and called me to tell me she was stunned by the performance. Little Petie Cortlandt (Ben, lol) is all grown up….he has arrived. I cannot believe what a good bad guy he is playing…(… Read more »

Laura
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Laura

Thank you, Cee Cee, for your eloquent explanation which says it all! The writers and actors pulled loving emotions out of characters the viewers had forgotten they had and did so very effectively. This scene had better not go unnoticed by the nominating committee for Daytime Emmies or I will stage
a sit-in!!! Haha

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Thank you, Laura, my friend.
And, I agree, this scene deserves notice and a very loud, clamorous applause by one and all. All of Ben’s scenes were executed with skill and in a timely, almost robotic manner; as macabre as they were.

Mo
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Mo

For security reasons, inmates are not told when they’re being transferred.

Wish they’d been some last scenes at some point between Kate and Clyde. Even if she just told him to go to hell.

I think a lot of people, myself included, never liked Clyde and especially not after he killed EJ. And now his son has killed Will. Like father, like son.

Carol
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Carol

While James Read did a good job, it was an unnecessary storyline and character. Some of beloved Days characters could have been given more storyline like Josh Taylor and Bill and Susan Hayes.

Laura
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Laura

I cried for 2 MURDERERS! Some of the best acting and most powerful writing in daytimes history. The final scenes between Clyde and Ben most deserving of an Emmy EVER! The next person to criticize soap opera acting needs to watch these scenes then back away from me slowly…

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I agree, Laura. True fatherly love, however misplaced. We were presented with so much steadfastly strong parental love, albeit so devastatingly dark.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Sorry the Weston family could not be integrated into Salem. A new family is not a bad thing, but when so much is stacked against them, then maybe it is best. Good actors though and talents like that are missed. Seems misguided that bad things happen only to new families and characters. Will give DAYS credit for killing off Will. dDd not care for the recast but I loved the character and all Will stood for until he was written poorly. Thought Will’s death brought forth so much from the actors and promise of new story turns. Anniversary time is… Read more »

Tim Welles
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Tim Welles

I sense that the writers are keeping their main focus on much more established characters and no longer seem to be developing new people….which somehow causes one to pause and realize that, perhaps after the 50th Anniversary, the show will close. I don’t know for certain but it almost feels like are doing a “wrap”.
Maybe Caroline can tell us since now her dreams prove her to be a psychic.

Laura
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Laura

Ha-ha. Good one!

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Unfortunately, I get the same feeling.

Patrick
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Patrick

“… no longer seem to be developing new people ”

it really is like a slap in the face

had DAYS production team realized they erred on so many levels….

would they have cared to write for new characters and enliven Salem with new blood and new arenas of TALENT pool to draw from and reinvigorate the same ole characters

I’m going to miss… Eve, Aiden, and Clyde… heck Ben paired with Paul!

something NEW and energized

Tim Welles
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Tim Welles

He did a great job in the role and was more convincing than some of the other
actors on this show. Clyde wasn’t supposed to be likeable and James R. certainly made sure he wasn’t.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Agreed. He made me love to hate him. Great job!

damien
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damien

the new writers had tunnel vision when turning things around for the 50th , the jj and clyde drug storyline was hot especially with kyle… things were just getting good! loved seeing jj and mom jennifer shaking in their boots! paige got axed to quick and it would ve been bittersweet to see jj and paige just about to get back together before her murder
clyde was just getting his groove on before the writers cut him….

ces
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ces

Goodbye — Clyde is so creepy!!

Katzie
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Katzie

I am overwhelmingly disappointed in Clyde’s ignominious exit. I was waiting for him to go out in a “blaze of glory”, after having been found out for his previous crimes. And why was he panting so hard that day in the park when he ran into Jennifer? So much about Clyde was never explained. I just think his character deserved a better exit storyline than that one. James Read was awesome tho.

Denise Heard
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Denise Heard

You know when clyde weston, first arrived in Salem I didn’t really care for him that much at all. But as time went by, and he started wrecking havoc on salem, then it started to get more exciting. But today’s storyline played out with him falling into salem’s trap of trying to kidnap chad’s son and ended up getting caught, that right there was the icing on the cake. And he went into the room he thought Thomas was in and saw a baby doll in the crib and thought he had won. And now this sow brings his contract… Read more »

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Kevin Spirtas Talks ‘After Forever’s’ Digital Special ‘Riley’s Unforgettable School Project’, The Loss of Michael Slade, and a Chance to Reprise DAYS Craig Wesley

The coronavirus pandemic has put to the test many content creators on just how they would keep their projects moving forward in ways they never dreamed of. However, out of that situation has come some of the most compelling, unique series, specials, and features currently streaming for viewers. One of which is Riley’s Unforgettable School Project, brought to you by the team from the six-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning series, After Forever.

Former Days of our Lives star, Kevin Spirtas (Ex-Craig Wesley) has starred in and created the first two seasons of what has become the most honored Emmy-awarded LGBTQ-themed drama series on any platform.  Along with his ‘After Forever’ writing/producing partner, the late Michael Slade (DAYS, OLTL, Passions, Another World), the two also conceptualized and delivered this latest documentary-style offering now on Amazon Prime Video.

What makes Riley’s Unforgettable School Project so noteworthy is not just how they were able to execute the series based on fictional 11-year-old Riley’s virtual school project and utilize its cast, which includes: Spirtas, Cady Huffman, Jamison Stern, Lenny Wolpe, Erin Cherry, Anita Gillette, Christopher J. Hanke, and Finn Douglas, but that it was made while Slade was succumbing to his battle with cancer, and that this special marks the final script from this talented writer.

 

Michael Fairman TV spoke with Spirtas about making the special during Covid-19, how the death of Michael Slade has made a lasting impact on his life, what After Forever has personally meant to him, and how an official third season is still in the works, and … if he would consider a return to Salem and Days of our Lives, should they come a-calling.  Here’s what Kevin had to say about it all.

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I think the entire story of this digital special has become even more meaningful with Michael Slade’s passing. What was the genesis of the concept? You wanted to continue the telling of the story of After Forever … but we are all in the middle of a pandemic?

KEVIN:  Yes and… when we filmed season 2, we had the scripts for season 3 already completed. It was our hope and desire to film them at the same time, back-to-back, so that we would have had all of our cast and crew together, and we could have gotten through it because we’ve always imagined this story being told in a trilogy so to speak – a beginning, middle, and end to Brian (Spirtas) and Jason, (Mitchell Anderson) and Brian’s healing or his steps towards healing through grief.  Schedules turned out that they couldn’t really work out for us to hold all the people and hold all of the sets for that amount of time.  So, we thought, “We’ve got the scripts for season 3 ready.  We’ll come back to it in the following year,” and that was always the intention, and then the pandemic hit.  So, it was shut down immediately that we weren’t going to do anything, but we wanted to stay current, and instead of going back in and telling the third installment of After Forever as a Covid-19 story as well, Michael and I sat down and looked at a way of staying relevant and current with a story within COVID, and there was born the idea to do this documentary style story/special about the characters of After Forever told through the lens of the character of Riley, the 11-year-old boy, who is now being homeschooled during the pandemic. He gets an assignment to do a project about the most unforgettable person he has ever met, and he, of course, chooses his best friend, the late Jason Adams, and he enlists all of Jason’s friends and family to join in.  Michael actually said, “What if we tell a story about Riley being homeschooled?” And, not only is Riley a technical genius at 11-years-old in the story, but Finn Douglas, who plays Riley, is a technical genius.

And didn’t Finn perform and write the song “Forever There” contained within the special?

KEVIN. Yes. He is this incredible musician.  Michael thought, “What would it be like if we asked to have the character of Finn sing a song for Jason?”  I said, “Well, what kind of song would we have him sing?”  Finn could play anything, I’m sure, because he’s self-taught, he plays by ear – guitar, piano, and drums.  Michael said, “What if we ask him to see if he could write a song?” and when we heard this song, we all called each other and we all got on Zoom and went, “Can you believe this song?  Can you believe this came out of this 11-year-old?”  It’s pretty incredible.  Michael did a gorgeous job of weaving the stories in and out and how they just sort of dove-tailed into each other, and then it was framed by Riley opening the project and ending the project.  During the Zoom reading we wanted to hear the song out loud.  We said to Finn, “Would you want to sing the song?”  We all just watched everybody on that Zoom call just fall apart.  It was just so beautiful. He’s an amazing talent.

Where is your character within this?

KEVIN:  I still stand in the center of the story of Jason because my character, Brian, was married to Jason, and it sort of connects us all, and through Riley’s understanding of how we all connect to Jason, is how we are all sort of spread out throughout the story.  Michael jokingly said, “You know, you’re not going to be the star of this special,” and I said, “I don’t think it’s about being the star.  It’s really about the storytelling.”  The beauty of Riley’s Unforgettable School Project is that we get to see moments of each person’s relationship with Jason, which Riley sets out to say, “Answer these three questions: What did you like most about Jason?  What did you like least about Jason? And what’s your favorite memory?”  Those three things, cut back and forth is where we all kind of fit in.  Nobody has more of a story than the next person, and it’s all telling honest portrayals of how they’re dealing with their loss of their good friend, or their child, or partner.

It’s a very inventive idea during Covid-19 to continue it in a way where you weren’t having to go shoot a full season of episodes.

KEVIN:  Well, we couldn’t. I have to say, Allison Vanore, who not only produced this special, but she also stepped up saying, “I’d love to direct this,” and I said, “Yes, please!”  She knows the characters.  She understands the story because she’s been a part of it for the last two seasons.  Allison also has this extraordinary amount of knowledge and expertise with the camera and what was needed for a remote shoot, and to also be able to organize filming 13 people in 2 different countries and 5 different cities… that’s just the technical side of it, but having that in our back pocket, knowing that it was a remote shoot, we had to send the camera, the computer, the ring light, and the microphone to each person’s house.  We had to location scout over Zoom.  We had to do wardrobe over Zoom.  It was all this big puzzle putting it together, and once you look at that board of storytelling and how we were going to do it, it kind of fell into place.  I feel blessed that a) we still had Michael with us, at that point, and b) Allison had the know-how to do this.  We all feel that at least this pandemic didn’t keep us from doing what we love.

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In terms of the contribution of Michael Slade in this special, was it the construction of the story, and how was he able to work and write this during his illness?

KEVIN:  Michael’s contribution to the special was no less than the contribution to season 1 and season 2, and the future of season 3, because the scripts are written.  We did everything on Zoom, and we worked around his schedule of treatment.  We scheduled 2 people per day, and we spread them out over two weeks.  He was very present, and when there would be a day where he would say, “I’m going to be an hour late, let’s just push that call time,” I would ask, “Is this too much right now?  We can shelve it; we can stop it.” He’d then say, “Absolutely not, otherwise cancer will win.”  He was determined to stay focused and to stay active because it took his mind off of what was happening to him.

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It would be lovely moment if you both were to win a Daytime Emmy for this project. 

KEVIN:  It’s our last collaboration together as a team, as I said, season 3 has been scripted, and it is on the calendar to get made.  We are just waiting for the COVID restrictions to lift a little bit and everyone to get vaccinated.  Michael was really hit hard with cancer – to stay healthy was so challenging for him.  Sadly, he didn’t make it to see the final edit of the special, and he died four days before we launched, but he had seen the cuts before that and was very approving of it, and had made some decisions, and offered some suggestions, and if God gives him an Emmy for this, it’s not because he died.  It’s because it’s great work.  It just happens to be that the work that was involved in this particular special was very tricky.  It brought up everything, like life itself to have to deal with.  Here we are dealing with the loss of a colleague, the loss of a friend, someone’s brother, someone’s son, this is life imitating art, imitating art imitating life. I can’t tell you the darkness that I went through just experiencing the need to stay focused on getting everything edited, and everything ready, and everything aligned for a release of this project that we had put into motion.  On top of it, our editor lost his mother just before Michael passed, and Allison’s mom was sick at the time, as well.  It took a lot of heavy deep breaths with Michael’s death, and the pandemic, and the loss has, for me, on a personal level, sent me back to really questioning my spiritual muscle and to help remind me that we have to come out of this better than we went into this.  I had many dark nights of the soul this last year, and December was probably the darkest.  I feel like I’m just kind of coming out of it now with the spring revealing itself.

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It must have been extraordinarily difficult for you to also go to New York during a pandemic and also knowing Michael did not have much time left.

KEVIN:  I will say this: I am grateful that I was able to stay in touch with my heart and my instinct and go out to New York to let that be my remote location.  Yes, maybe there was some risk involved.  I wore my mask; I was Covid-19 negative, and I was determined to be fine.  Once I got to New York, I would visit him very protectively with our masks and our gloves, and I’d sit across the room, and then I’d go back to the house I was at.  It was a gift that I was able to see him at that time.  We had some good talks then about how he was feeling, and I think he was still being optimistic, and then once we got the project in the can there was maybe this psychic letting go. That’s when everything really started to reveal itself as this could be the end.  I did go back to see him when he was in hospice.  I think I was there the last two days that he really was able to really stay coherent.  He would close his eyes and be at peace and quiet for a minute, and he would finish a conversation and sort of close his eyes, not to sleep and not to go away, but I remember watching him going, “Look how peaceful he is,” and then he’d open his eyes and he’d remember that he is in this body that has been given a time limit of life, and he’s on his way out.  I’d watch the fear go back in his eyes.  At one point, he did say, “I’m so scared,” and I just held his hand, and I said, “I’m scared too.  Let’s be scared through this together.”  I don’t know how to navigate grief like that.  We are all going to be in a position at some point where we are going to be on the other side of the hand holding.  The wonderful thing is that we were able to have honest communication about our feelings.  I thanked him for everything that he has done for me and how he believed in my talent and creativity and our partnership.  I will always take that with me.  I waved my finger at him, and I said, “Listen.  Now, we wrote a series about a man talking to his deceased husband.  You’d better talk to me!”  So, we laughed about that.

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You’ve done a lot of things in your career from Broadway to television, and of course, daytime fans know you best as Dr. Craig Wesley on DAYS.  How does the entire After Forever project stack up to you within all that you have done?

KEVIN:  Former DAYS casting director Fran Bascom, sought me out and offered me this 2-day role on Days of Our Lives, and those 2 days turned into 8 years, and unbeknownst to me at the time, the final 3 months of that contract of those 8 years, Michael Slade was brought in to write.  We didn’t cross paths at that point, but years later, when we did cross paths in New York, and then After Forever was born, that was that universal crossing point.  I am most proud of the fact that we were able create something fresh, and real, and personal to ourselves that we didn’t have to cater to any “powers that be” that had their vision and their tinkering, that they thought that it could be better in this way or that way.  Then for After Forever to gain such recognition, within the film festivals, and the Emmys, and then, just after Michael died, we won the GLAAD award for Special Recognition this year.  We don’t even fit into one of their categories!  They found a way to acknowledge this project.  If another Emmy happens again, that might be another one to put up on the shelf for After Forever that would be beautiful, and I couldn’t have done it without Michael.

For the Daytime Emmys this year, what category have you entered Riley’s Unforgettable School Project?

KEVIN:  We are not a series this year, we are a daytime fiction special, and the “Daytime Fiction Special” category is a special class.  It’s anything that’s digital in the construct of less than 40 minutes.  NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) is being bombarded with so much content, they’re trying to find ways to put categories together.

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So, now, when we last saw Days of Lives’ Dr. Craig Wesley, where was he? (Laughs)

KEVIN: (Laughs) He was in a flash from the past or something in the DOOL app’s Last Blast Reunion series. I had a fun time working with Patrika Darbo (Nancy) and Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe), once again.

So, if they were to want Craig to come back to DAYS, would you be all for it?

KEVIN:  Hell yes!

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Now, what story would you want to be told involving Craig? 

KEVIN:  When Craig was first on the canvas in Salem, there was a lot of mustache twirling and a lot of hand wringing.  He was always plotting; most of the time with Nancy.  It was kind of this high drama, evil villain storyline being told, but when the writers created an opportunity for us to be on after those first three months by bringing on Chloe without a father, there was something real about it.  It may have been told under the construct of soap opera storytelling, but there was a reality-based story about, “You have a daughter, and we are just now finding out about it?”  Then, finding a cure to her health was another realistic story, and finding out that Craig was her real father.  Anything that’s reality based is what I’m getting to.  I would welcome any job that brings me back and gives me an opportunity to dive into something real.

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Would you welcome the opportunity to play a gay character on daytime; in a medium where there are very few represented in storylines?

KEVIN:  I’d have no problem with that.  Do you know anybody who is starting that?  Let’s do it!  (Laughs) First of all, there’s nothing to hide anymore.  There’s nothing to pretend you’re not anymore.  I would think that bringing in a storyline that deals with anything outside the norm that we are used to seeing would be interesting.  How many times can you retell a story?  How many times can you set the same story up with another couple?  So, why not be diverse and have a stylized story being told through the lens of a gay person.

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In closing, so many go through life without acknowledging people who had an impact them.  We don’t give pats on the back, often enough, and especially in Hollywood, where people can be very self-involved.  You have already paid tribute to Michael Slade in our discussion, but what gift from him is your personal takeaway?

KEVIN:  The gift that Michael really gave to me is to remember to be kind to myself and to others, and to acknowledge and salute the person who is in front of us, because we don’t know when we will have, or if we will have, another moment to do that.

Now below, check out the trailer for Riley’s Unforgettable School Project.  Then let us know, what do you think of its concept? Kevin’s thoughts on the passing of his collaborator on the project, Michael Slade? And, do you hope DAYS brings back Dr. Craig Wesley? Share your thoughts via the comment section.

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