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DAYS Co-EP Greg Meng Opens Up About The Departure Of Chandler Massey!

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Photo Credit: Adam Campbell

There had been much controversy over the one day Chandler Massey was playing Will Horton on Days of our Lives, and the next day it was over, and he was told by DAYS executives that he had just filmed his last episode.  So, what happened from the DAYS perspective?

The Backlot spoke to Greg Meng, the co-executive producer of Days of our Lives who has been the man behind the introduction of the first gay male characters (Sonny and Will) and their love story in the long running history of the NBC soap.  Meng speaks on Chandler’s departure and his replacement in the role Guy Wilson.

Meng said on Chandler’s departure: “It’s real simple. There was a lot of accuracy and inaccuracy in the press.  Chandler is not on the show right now. We have an incredible actor on board that is able to take the reins from this role that Chandler did an amazing job creating.  And we found somebody who’s extremely talented… but more than talented, he’s so sensitive to this role and so sensitive to the story and the relationship and all that stuff.  So we feel that we were very, very lucky to find somebody who wanted to take the reins. It’s an extremely difficult thing to do because Chandler had created such a wonderful role here, played it so sensitively and everything.  So we think we found him, and we are very lucky to have somebody that will take those reins that Chandler handed to him and go forward with that. No ugliness, no weirdness. It was all done within the family, with Chandler and everything based on his future plans and based on where we needed to go with the story. I even told Chandler, I said laughingly, ‘This is your fault because you’ve created such an amazing character here and the storyline is so amazing and we’ve got major places to go with that and we can’t lose momentum.’ He was always fine with that, but he’s got plans. So it all worked out very well. It’s just gotten some misinterpretation out there.”

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Meng said on Guy Wilson’s arrival: “You obviously look for some sort of physical similarity on some level. You’re not looking for a cookie cutter because these are human beings and actors, and they have to make the part their own. But it’s beyond just looks. It has a lot to do with the sensitivity to the story and what we want to do with it and the eagerness of an actor to really get inside that storyline. And even more importantly the chemistry between whatever other key characters are important with that role…I’m telling you, [Guy Wilson’s] not only doing Chandler justice with what he created in this role, but he’s inside it. I’m telling you, you will love him.”

So, what do you think about Greg’s comments regarding Chandler’s exit on DAYS and the casting of Guy Wilson in the pivotal role of Will Horton? Let us know!

 

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

Lets just move on…PLEASE!!!

Johnny
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Johnny

They should have cast Philip Seymour Hoffman as Will! Has anyone seen him play Truman Capote?? He plays gay AWESOME!

Cindy
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Cindy

I think he’s a bit old to play Will.

Cindy
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Cindy

I think most of this article is crap. Chandler, after all he has done and been to Days, said himself that he was unceremoniously let go without any farewell or even a fare they well. Damage control is a nice spin and I’m sure the new kid is awesome and I look forward to seeing him in the role. But Chandler was bitch slapped, on purpose, no matter how you wanna color it. That’s all.

Cindy
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Cindy

“fair thee well”, not “fare they well”. My brain and my fingers got twisted up.

Cindy
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Cindy

And evidently, still are. FARE THEE WELL.

Jack Grandeur
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Jack Grandeur

Yes, you are quite correct, it’s just PR crap in plain English. It’s of no consequence to me if an actor has decided to “move on” and vacate an
interesting role – but this is just damage control nonsense.

Johnny
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Johnny

Were you there?

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Writers create characters – Actors play them. I seriously doubt CM was there in the writer’s room when it was decided Sami should get pregnant as a teenager and the father would be Lucas, but she would pass the kid off as Austin’s. He was most likely in diapers himself, so please he did not create the character Will. And he wasn’t the first actor to play Will and he won’t be the last. He did a great job bringing to life the vision of the writers who penned Will’s coming out story line and he had good chemistry with… Read more »

Johnny
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Johnny

Very very true.

Joan Faist
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Joan Faist

Sorry to lose Chandler but Days could have given more notice to him that he was being replaced early. It must have been horrible to be told after taping one day that it was his last day. Chandler certainly deserved better. Loved him as WIll. Always will!!!

Jack Grandeur
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Jack Grandeur

Happens every single day to regular people out there in the real world. Thousands of “ordinary people” are told that “you’ve done a great job, we wish you well, company is having problems…blah blah blah…we have to let you go” etc.
Chandler had already given his notice, the producers just wanted to get more
mileage out of the character. Such is the way of the world – re-cast, move on.

Johnny
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Johnny

Exactly. No reason for controversy.

Tori
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Tori

I think it will be years before we will hear the truth because everyone knows it’s career suicide to talk badly, even if it’s the truth, about your former employer. I have no doubt if Chandler choose to return to acting he will be even more successful but my gut tells me his people have told him to keep quiet, about what really happened, for the sake of his potential too return to acting after college.

Johnny
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Johnny

I sincerely hope that people will still NOT be going on about this in years to come.

Hilary
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Hilary

This told us absolutely nothing about what was accurate or inaccurate. Sorry Greg Meng, but this falls short.

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

That is my reaction too. I thought that was a promising beginning–and then it went nowhere. Knowing that there were accuracies and inaccuracies doesn’t help if you don’t tell us which were which. I do get that there are probably aspects he can’t talk about, but the impression I’m left with is that he’s got something to hide and he knows it. If that’s the best he can do, maybe he should have just left it alone. I don’t think he helped his case very much; if anything, his dodging the questions just makes it look as though TPTB were… Read more »

Rodd
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Rodd

I agree. Greg’s comments were so full of fluff and said absolutely nothing to clarify what was already out there. When I read quotes like his, I have to wonder if there is something wrong with the person’s ability to put cohesive, thoughtful sentences together. Do they always talk in circles? And if so, how do they ever get anything accomplished? Clearly, when someone talks likes they are avoiding the truth by talking all around the question; never directly answering it. I don’t blame Chandler or Guy for this mess. I wish both of them well and wish Mr. Meng… Read more »

ethel
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ethel

i still don’t know what actually happened & probably never will – sorry greg meng but you totally tapped danced around the question.

on the other hand i truly hope the fans give guy wilson a chance to prove what he can do as actor and not start saying hateful things about him.

Patrick
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Patrick

“…because you’ve created such an amazing character here and the storyline is so amazing and we’ve got major places to go with that and we can’t lose momentum.;” it’s with adulation – a heavy heart – an uplift for – angels weep – a resounding YES – all systems go…. I have a voice…. THE LGBT has a voice. an equally stunning forum thru which my life… and yours… is flying It’s just gotten some misinterpretation out there.” for the love of (our) “Days of OUR Lives” – lets keep this train moving… the momentum forward… the heartfelt moments… and… Read more »

Johnny
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Johnny

I want 1500 milligrams of whatever you’re on.

Patrick
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Patrick

i’m in cohoots… with: “Gramma Marlena” to look after our “wills”

Michael
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Michael

I loved Chandler in the role; however, in the real world most people that threaten to quite their job publicly get fired. Period. Chandler is young, hot, and talented- and he learned a valuable life lesson while he still young enough not to repeat a similar mistake in the future. Next.

Johnny
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Johnny

Exactly! Its like…..PEOPLE!! The dude already quit!!! Where is the juicy scandal here??????

Me
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Me

There is no need for a scandal! Why would you want one?!

And Chandler ‘threatened’ to quit his job? Please!..

What is needed is the truth. From TPTB and their real reasons for firing Chandler.

Yolanda Arenas
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Yolanda Arenas

I know that we didn’t get the truth about Chandler’s exit. Greg Meng didn’t just tap dance around the question, he avoided it all together. This article told us nothing. If you read between the lines, he was unceremoniously dumped. When you’ve made a character iconic and won awards for the role and they don’t even throw him a going away party, that means TPTB feel betrayed and fired him before he could quit.

Johnny
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Johnny

He had already quit!!

Yolanda Arenas
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Yolanda Arenas

Even though he quit, he wasn’t supposed to leave until much later. Also, if one is on a show that long and not to get a send off, just “There’s the door, see ya.” There’s more to the story.

Jules
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Jules

I trust Greg, and I believe Guy Wilson is a good match for the job. With the clips I’ve seen, Will seems like he’s in more than capable hands.

Dwight Schrute
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Dwight Schrute

Reporter really didn’t do his job on this one and shouldn’t have allowed Meng to get away with his spin. There were reports of Chandler in tears yet he indicates Massey was fine.

Day’s has had a tradition of giving a departing actor an on set cake on their last day. I don’t fault them for finding a recast and letting him out of his contract early but the way they dumped someone who brought them lots of publicity. He got two Emmys for them, something they rarely receive and the treatment he received was pretty shabby.

Jared
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Jared

I am looking forward to Mr. Wilson’s portrayal of Will Horton.

Zy
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Zy

The more he or others in days talk, the more I call them BS. Let CM move on stop talking about him, he sure isn’t .

Rj
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Rj

Well, there was not any info about why Chandler was pushed out so fast after he gave his notice of leaving, but understandably in Greg ‘s position he focused on the positive and moving forward. I think there should be a soap opera about the behind the scenes of a soap opera. It would be more exciting than current soap operas. 🙂

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

I don’t understand how this new guy could possibly do a better job than Chandler Massey, who won an Emmy! I wonder what the REAL story is.

Sandra
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Sandra

For a start of it wasn’t Meng or Corday that wanted a recast, it was Sony who demanded one for fear of losing advertisers as they realised how popular Will and Sonny were. Secondly ayes Chandler quit but he was initially going to work til the end of his contract at that time they hadn’t found a recast because they didn’t want one it was only when Sony intervened that they conveniently found Guy Wilson who by the way wasn’t someone unfamiliar to Dool as they stated. The whole thing stinks to high heaven but as ppl have said that’s… Read more »

Sandra
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Sandra

There’s one more thing it seems from reading various comments on several sites, that soap actors and fans are treated with such contempt and viewed as inferior in some way. In the UK soap actors are treated like royalty they have a hard job working 20hr days memorising pages and pages of script doing back to back episodes. Soaps have been around forever and have been the mainstay drama on tv. It’s unheard of to treat their actors the way they do in the US. I’m not trying to be controversial for want of a better word it’s just an… Read more »

Lee
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Lee

You cut off the book promotion part…lol.the whole thing is a total PR written piece. Backlot should have charged Meng for the ad. And it’s also bullshit. If things went down the way Meng said so then Chandler would have been out there? It’s because he wants to work. Whether Guy Wison is good or not is irrelevant. No matter what something stinks.

Forrester2
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Forrester2

I’m surprised that so many contributors here see hypocrisy as part of the recast, and insincerity on the part of DOOL producers. Chandler himself announced he wanted to leave the show to pursue college and whatever. Fine. So obviously DOOL had their work cut out for them finding a top-notch replacement. They found someone right away they feel will fill the bill, so they eagerly wanted to move forward with the replacement. It’s all business — not a slam to CM. Both sides get what they want. CM will always find work if and when he decides to return to… Read more »

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