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DAYS Confirms the Character of Will Horton is Coming Out!

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In the midst of persistent speculation, and seemingly some brakes put on along the way, it has now been confirmed by Days of our Lives that it is indeed Will Horton (Chandler Masseey) that will be revealed as another gay character on the canvas, following Freddie Smith (Sonny) who joined the show this past summer.

EW.com released this statement from Chandler Massey, about Will’s upcoming coming out story: “I’m thrilled to be able to portray my character in an empowering way that will show his struggle to accept who he is. It is my hope that this storyline will inspire others to be true to themselves as well.”

“DAYS Co-Executive Producer, Greg Meng explained, “Will’s sexual orientation will become obvious to the viewers as well as family and friends but his journey toward self-acceptance is expected to unfold over the next few weeks, the show says. We are excited to have the encouragement and support from both NBC and Sony to tell the inspiring story of a young man learning who he is as he defines and creates his relationships with others.”

EW.com also states that for now, the show won’t say whether Will eventually hooks up for Sonny.

So are you looking forward to Will Horton’s coming out story? Let us know!

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I’m glad they waited until Marlena arrived, to tell you the truth. The scenes with those two so far show that chemistry is not something only a romantic couple must have. The day Massey and Hall shared the scene at Horton Square where she reminded him he had mentioned something in emails he wanted to talk about–nothing cane out, but the scene was still amazing! Can’t wait for more. (Too bad Will’s dad won’t be around, too!)

Awesome! About time! I’m really looking forward to this storyline.

I am escatic about this storyline, it’s about time Days has done a storyline like this. I hope it paves the way for other soaps to do it this kind of story. (Like OLTL with Jack Manning)

I am tired of every single show jumping on the bandwagon. In every show the topic of homosexuality ends up being the exact same.

Yea, Ellen because all of the straight couple storylines of mixed up DNA tests, surprise pregnancies, marrying every family member, surprise family members company to town are so original! LOL

believe me, its not original. its the same storyline used on every single show that introduces gays. big deal. generic storyline for soaps now.

Not really a bandwagon , Ellen . It’s life for some of us . like it or not , we exist EVERYWHERE . Now the fictonal town of Salem has a couple of gays ! About time ! Who in the world of 2011 doesn’t know or is somehow connected to a homosexual ??? You calling this storyline a bandwagon gives me the impression that your interaction with the current world is stiffled and naive .

never did i say i was against it, if you read the second part you’ll see i said in how it is presented. its getting old now.

Maybe that’s because the “topics” we deal with are universal human “topics” experienced by everyone regardless of sexual orientation. We’re all the same inside, but equally as important we all form a diverse society and that it’s important that diversity be represented in every aspect-soap operas included.

actually, no.

One thing that is “same old, same old” is prejudice. Maybe this storyline will raise your consciousness and dispel some of your opposition to gay and lesbian characters being integrated into shows that had been straight-only. I’m actually going to start watching for the first time-just like I did when “Luke” came out on ” As The World Turns.”

I’m looking forward to this storyline. I love his relationship with Marlena and I’m looking forward to whom he comes out to. For me I hope he come’s out to Marlena as Deidre and Chandler have such wonderful chemistry together.
Can’t wait to see whom Will trusts enough to share his secret:)

This looks like a good storyline compared to the other awful storylines they have at the moment. EJ and Nicole have literally bored me to tears!

Maybe this could be the storyline that fills the void for those of us who followed Luke and Noah so closely on ATWT.

This is great, I was wondering what was going on with Will. Could tell he was checking that guy out during the town square opening.

Homosexuality is a fact of life not a bandwagon topic. It should be discussed. If this story line can help anyone, then it is wonderful. The fact that these are characters from major families is commendable. I’m looking forward to it. Hopefully they will bring Lucas home to help his son!

its political correctness

LUCAS LUCAS LUCAS
help your son Will HORTON

This storyline will be pointless without Lucas. They need to bring back Bryan Datillo. Will will need his father and I’m sorry but Rafe is not his dad. I don’t understand why Lucas is the only one who has not come back of the original 6 who were rumored to be coming back this past summer. Do the writers dislike him that much? Lucas/Lumi still has a lot of devoted fans. I don’t understand why they won’t bring him back.

Ejami is maybe the most popular potential pairing this show have had in years but years after years these writers NEVER give them a chance so Lucas not being here is not surprising as a wasted potential for a good story..Rafe seems to be the ‘new’ Lucas sadly..except Lucas was an interesting character whereas Rafe is the epitome of BORING..no wonder you are LAST in the ratings Dool..no wonder..you are not smart to say the least.

Hey Guys I have not watched this show in years but did it ever occur to somebody that Ellen was not making a homophobic statement maybe just maybe she might have been suggesting writers just throw something against the wall and try to make it stick. The case of writers for soap operas has been established they are not like the old days and just maybe you might want to consider she thanks they will screw this up also. Hey Ellen I never respond when I get attacked so yes you can thank me! Ha!

I am not so sure how I feel about Will being gay, but now that we know they are going that route, what a perfect opportunity to bring back Lucas. The story line just won’t be right unless they bring his father back to support him.

I’d be happier if there were some signs that Will was gay prior to this storyline coming out of nowhere. It just feels to me like Will is ‘turning gay’ rather than that he was gay all along. Not that I expect 100% realism on the soaps (LOL), but I at least expect that of a storyline of this magnitude.

People do not “turn” gay. When you say you wanted some signs that he was gay earlier, why should that be when in real life, many people do not release “signs?” In real life many guys date girls exclusively and they are still gay. They just repress it or sweep it under the rug in theor own mind. Which is probably what Will has done until recently now that he has become friends with a gay person.

Maybe the show will show that. So far they haven’t.

First of all the idea that Will is gay has been totally obvious for a long time. In fact if you didn’t know, he and Chad have so much chemistry, they gave themselves a couples name Chill! Second of all, you seem to have absolutely no idea how it works to come out. The first person you have to get on board with it is yourself. Coming out to oneself is sometimes the hardest part. Noone wants to be different as a teenager. So sometimes people repress those feelings until they are mature enough to deal with them. Not everyone springs from the womb ready to proclaim their sexuality! I was in my late 20s before I came out to everyone. It starts out as a very private issue that people do not usually discuss unless there is some sort of indication that the person is going to be totally accepted. Will has dated this one girl, who has been the agressor most of the time in the relationship.It is totally believable and within a normal situation for a young man to date and even have sex with a girl before he comes out. In fact it is also normal for the boy or girl to get married and have children before coming out. So your idea of realism is totally not on par with reality

First of all, I am gay and have been my entire life (I’m 39) so your need to educate someone you don’t even know on the coming out process, something I’m well aware of or the realities of others coming out, another thing that I’m well aware of, was unnecessary.

I was commenting on the fact that I felt that this plotline came out of nowhere. Maybe after it plays out I’ll feel differently. But thanks for reemphasizing to me why I normally never comment in online forums. If I had the power to remove the comment (something this site apparently doesn’t give the option to do), I would.

I am sorry if I missunderstood your comments but I stand by my defence of this story. There has been plenty of subtext and ground work laid for this story. For anyone to say it came out of nowhere is to have not been paying much attention. Chad and Will for two years have been playing this crush situation. Then the writers got on board and after Chad got a girl, then Will got into this uneasy uncomfortable relationship with Gaby. He has been half hearted at best and very uncomfortable with this relationship. The sex between them has been blah and when they did do it, it was after alot of pressure being put on him. He doesn’t really think of Gabi as his girlfriend obviously because he didn’t introduce Gabi as such to his grandmother. He also didn’t mention her or anything about himself to her in his emails. Something has been going on internally with him for a while. So to say this is coming out of nowhere is just inaccurate.

Hi Mark, I totally agree with you and couldnt have said it better.

I’m bi-racial and I would love to see an interracial couple on the show. There are so many racist people who watch soap opera’s who believe that race mixing is wrong. It’s 2011 and people care more about the color of someone skin then the state of the economy.

true. interracial relations are still the most controversial, even more controversial than homosexuality. the fact that days can’t even do a storyline on that should be a warning that the gay storyline ain’t gonna pan out. pc police will be on their way picketing days in no time when they realize how limited in scope this will be.

I am very excited to see this storyline unfold. I have been watching Days for 15 years and to finally have a character to be able relate to is a wonderful thing.

I have been watching this show for the last 40 years and will continue to watch it til the day it ends or I am gone, and that won’t be for a long time. This show is what real life is like for people. I love all the cast of days and I think Will should come out…I have known for a long time he was gay and the story line will once again be great. I do not find Rafe boring as one person had said I think he is just a different person than Lucas and I am sure Lucas will return to help his son, although Will loves Rafe as well. They are all great actors and actresses on this show and I say thanks for all the years of hard dedicated work to keep us all with you 🙂

Debbie, i, too have been watching Days for 40 years. My mother and i used to watch it together. i am very proud of Chandler Massey who plays Will as he comes from my home town, Atlanta, GA. I think he is a tremendously talented young man and good looking to boot. i have to admit that i am tired of Sami always screwing (pun intended) up her relationships. She has a great man in Rafe but can’t stay away from EJ long enough to realize it. or maybe she doesn’t want a good man. Anyway i too will continue to watch until it goes off the air, or until i do.

This is great! Cannot wait to see how this will all unfold!

I heard that Sonny and Chad are going to be fighting over Will after he tells them he is gay. Chad will then reveal he is also gay, and that he’s in love with Will. Sonny will tell Will the same, and the triangle will begin. It has been speculated that the three of them will be in a relationship all together, when Will cannot decide whether he wants Sonny or Chad. They will all agree to just be together as a threesome, and will move in together, much to the dismay of Victor and Lucas, who will return soon. Also, I have heard that it will be revealed that EJ is John’s son. Also, Madison, Rafe, Gabbi, Melanie, and Daniel will be written off the show (no great loss on any of them).

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Days of our Lives wins WGA Award for Daytime Drama Series

Sunday night, April 14th in concurrent ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York City, the Writers Guild of America is handing out their 76th annual WGA Awards in the fields of motion picture, television, news media, and radio/audio.

In the Daytime Drama category, Peacock’s Days of our Lives was the winner, taking home its fourth WGA Award in this category in a row.

The DAYS winning writing team consisted of Head Writer Ron Carlivati Creative Consultant Ryan Quan and Writers Sonja Alar, Jazmen Darnell Brown, Joanna Cohen, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Cheryl Davis, Kirk Doering, Christopher Dunn, Jamey Giddens, David Kreizman, Henry Newman, Dave Ryan, and Katherine D. Schock.

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The team from Days of our Lives bested the only other team in the category from General Hospital, which consisted of former GH head writers: Dan O’Connor, Chris Van Etten Writers Ashley Cook, Emily Culliton, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Shannon Peace, Stacey Pulwer, Dave Rupel, Lisa Seidman, and Scott Sickles.

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As previously reported, a show spokesperson for Days of our Lives shared that the episodes submitted for the competition were #14663, #14678 & #14679, and mostly centered around the death, and the funeral of Victor Kiriakis played by the late John Aniston.

This week, DAYS head scribe, Ron Carlivati, confirmed that, and told Michael Fairman TV on the decision of the scripts the team submitted: “I like to have some humor, but it was also the funeral, and then there was Sarah (Linsey Godfrey) giving birth, and then Vivian’s (Louise Sorel) crashing the reading of the will.”

You can follow along with the live updated list of all the winners from tonight’s WGA ceremonies here.

Michael Fairman TV will have more on DAYS WGA Award win as it becomes available.

So, what do you think of Days of our Lives winning the WGA Award writing award for a Daytime Drama series for the fourth year in a row? Comment below.

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Matthew Ashford and Melissa Reeves Talk Return to DAYS for Doug’s Funeral, Susan Seaforth Hayes, and Their Enduring Friendship

Last week, Days of our Lives celebrated the taping of their 15,000th episode which is tentatively scheduled to air on December 3rd. The story will feature emotional and heart-tugging scenes of Doug Williams funeral and honor his portrayer, the beloved Bill Hayes, who passed away on January 12th at the age of 98.

While the actors, producers, and crew took a lunch time break to pose for some pictures and speak with the press, they knew they would have to get back to taping the funeral, which was going to make it a tough day, but also cathartic for all who loved Bill Hayes.

Several returns have thus far been announced including; Melissa Reeves reprising her signature role of Jennifer Horton (a part she first played in 1985), and Matthew Ashford as Jack Deveraux. Reeves had last appeared on the show back in 2021, and she was replaced by Emmy-winner Cady McClain in her absence when Jennifer was in storylines. In real-life, Melissa had moved full-time to Tennessee along with her husband, Scott Reeves (ex-DAYS, GH, Y&R). Now, and as previously reported, Reeves will first appear back on DAYS for the Thanksgiving episodes with the Hortons.

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Michael Fairman TV caught up with Matt and Melissa during the 15,000th episode celebration to get their take on: being back for these special episodes, how it has been working with and watching Susan Seaforth Hayes portray Julie’s grief over losing Doug, and how they have supported each other through the years. Check out what they shared below.

Melissa, you are back on the set of Days of our Lives for this very emotional and special moment in the series history. How does it feel?

MELISSA: Oh, my goodness. I am honored. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else but to be here for Bill. He was like my real-life dance partner. He taught me how to ballroom dance. And to be here for Susan, of course, who’s just been our sweet hero this whole week. We’re just following her lead. She’s just been this incredibly strong example for us in the midst of this trial and season of her life. She is like just lifting us all up with her. It’s been incredible.

I was at Bill Hayes memorial service which was truly incredible and I know at the time you were in Tennessee. It was moving and celebratory of his life, all at the same time.

MELISSA: That’s all I have heard. I have to watch it on You Tube. They said it was just a real celebration of his life and I love that.

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This must be difficult for Susan Seaforth Hayes depicting the death of Doug, when she is still grieving the loss of her beloved husband. (Susan pictured above with the returning Stephen Schnetzer who plays her on-screen brother, Steve Olson).

MELISSA: I’m sure Susan has those moments at home by herself, but she’s so good at being a leader and leading all of us. We’re following her, you know, and she’s like, “This is how I want to feel today.” And we’re just going along with her, you know? It’s so sweet.

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How is it to see Matt Ashford again live and in-person?

MELISSA: You know, Matt and I can go years without talking, or seeing each other, and then the minute we see each other we’re chatting away.

MATT: Melissa was out on set doing a scene yesterday on the phone talking to a stage manager; as she was telling some really tough news on the phone. I’m like crying in the background, literally, I’m off-stage crying.

MELISSA: And then we get like back into normal life, and we’re like, okay, “What’s happening? What’s happening with this … or what’s happening with that?”

I had read, Melissa, that you were in touch with Matt about if there night be a possibility for you to reprise your role as Jennifer for these special episodes?

MELISSA: Yes. Well, Matt was like, “Hey! Would you want to come back? “And I was like, “Matt, you know, I would always come back. ”

MATT:  Every time I come here to Days of our Lives, they ask, “Where’s Missy? How’s Missy?” Everybody backstage says, “I miss her.” All of the crew is asking about her and saying, “It would be nice to see Missy. Nothing wrong with you Matt, but …”  They said, “Where is she?” I said, “She wants to come!”

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There are some beautiful photos of Missy and Bill and Susan thorough the years that I found. It just reminded me of just the deep and entrenched history we all have had with the show, personally and professionally.

MATT: Missy is roughly the age where Francis Reid (ex-Alice Horton) was when she started the show, which is just crazy.

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I’ve always said Missy was going to be the next generation Alice. Do you feel that Jennifer is the heir apparent matriarch of the Horton family?

MELISSA: Yes. I mean, this has been greatest blessing of my life, and that would be great. I told Ken Corday (executive producer, Days of our Lives) when I was 17 that this show would be my life. Ken always told me, “This is your home,” and I’ve always felt like that.

How have gotten through the scenes watching Susan Seaforth Hayes as Julie go through the loss of Doug?

MATT: Susan is bringing her best performance life for her and Bill. I mean, she’s a showbiz baby. She always has been one hundred percent, and she’s doing it for him, and this is who they’ve always been. So, you’re seeing this amazing performance colored by her life. She has her private life as Susan, but she has enough plugged into Julie that she’s done amazing work. The director, producers and writers are giving her room to live in these moments and it’s quite wonderful.

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Have you already broken down in tears during the taping?

MELISSA: Yesterday, but today’s taping of the actual funeral I think they want us to try and be just more celebratory.

MATT: I mean, it is a beautiful long life for Bill Hayes and his character of Doug Williams, and so it will be about that. Then, you get a bunch of us together in the church pews, and there’s going to be hijinks.

MELISSA: We all have been through the waves of grief. You have that awful cry and then all of a sudden you feel okay.  There are those family situations we are portraying where you’re like, “What do we do? What do we do now? You know, no one knows what to do. But, it’s so sweet. I’m looking forward to seeing how the scenes all turn out.

So, are you glad that Matt and Melissa are back for the 15K episode and Doug’s funeral? From what we can tell, it’s going to be quite an emotional journey for Days of our Lives fans, and especially the performance of Susan Seaforth Hayes, 

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Ron Carlivati Talks on Decision to Make Days of our Lives 15000th Episode About Doug’s Funeral, and Previews Chances for WGA Award

This week, Days of our Lives celebrated the taping of their 15,000th episode. In of it itself, that is an incredible accomplishment for the long-running soap opera currently streaming on Peacock.

However, this on set gathering was a bit different. Though the show is celebrating their achievement, they are also in the middle of taping scenes surrounding the death and the funeral of Doug Williams, played by the late Bill Hayes, who passed away on January 12th of this year at the age of 98.

As previously revealed many longtime favorites are back to honor Bill and the character of Doug including: Gloria Loring (Liz), Melissa Reeves (Jennifer), Matthew Ashford (Jack), Maree Cheatham (Marie), Victoria Konefal (Ciara) and Stephen Schnetzer (Steve) to name but a few.

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Michael Fairman TV was in attendance and spoke with Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati to gain some insight into how the 15,000 episode was crafted and the decision to honor the character of Doug Williams and Bill Hayes as its epicenter. In addition, Ron weighed-in on this Sunday’s April 14th WGA (Writers Guild of America) Awards, where he and his writing team are facing off with General Hospital for the daytime drama prize. Here’s what Ron shared below.

Was this your idea to make the 15,000th episode centered around Doug’s funeral and passing?

RON: It was. When you’re looking at it, and laying out the calendar for the whole year and you see 15,000 is coming up, we’re like, “What are we going to do?” And then, we got the news that Bill had passed away and something kind of clicked. I was like, “We should honor Doug on that show.” So then, we started to kind of build around that … when does he pass away? How does he pass away? Who could come back? You know, it’s a lot.  I’m very pleased with the returns that we got as there’s so much that you could do. We wanted everybody we could get. So, we put together a wish list and Janet Drucker (co-executive producer, Days of our Lives) made it happen.

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You have Melissa Reeves back as Jennifer, when the role was last played by Cady McClain. What has it meant to have Missy back for these shows?

RON: It was so nice to see Missy Reeves. I think Cady has done such a good job, but on the 15,000th episode to see Missy as Jennifer, it’s a big deal. So having her was great, and overall, the milestone was a big undertaking, because you want to live up to it. You want the 15,000th episode to be good. Now, it has a lot of real emotion that you’re playing. because for the cast and the crew they’re honoring Bill Hayes just as much as we’re honoring Doug Williams.

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Was it hard for you and the team to write this episode?

RON: Yes. I’ll tell you why it was hard to write.  When I wrote, for example, Asa’s (Phillip Carey) death on One Life to Live or Victor’s (John Aniston) on DAYS, Asa is a different type of character. Like, you could have characters going, “Oh! I’m glad he is dead.” You could have different points of view, but with Doug, you’re not having that. Every person loves this man. No one had a bad relationship with him. So, you’re challenge as a writer is how do you make it that not everybody’s saying the same thing and doing the same thing. And so, we tried to find ways to make the episode about all the familial relationships and yet, how do you make it about Doug and yet broaden the scope.

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I had spoken to Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie), a week after Bill’s memorial, for an interview. She said that she felt very fortunate that you did include her on discussions of how you would tackle Doug’s passing. How did that conversation go?

RON: First, I attended Bill’s funeral, which was incredible. I said to so many people it was an emotional service, but it was hard to be sad at this. The guy had an incredible life and it was an incredible celebration. And so, you’re sitting there watching this knowing that you now have to write something similar. And how do you write something that lives up to what you just witnessed? I wanted to talk to Susan to get her thoughts about, you know, how much do you want this to be about keeping Bill separate from Doug. How comfortable are you sharing your grief. She was incredible to talk to. It was a great chat.

You’re in the middle of taping these major scenes for the 15,000 episode to air in December. How do you think it’s going? Have you seen any of the scenes?

RON:  I haven’t seeing anything. I mean, we were still making changes to the script up till this morning!

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The Writers Guild Awards are this Sunday, April 14th and once again this year there are two daytime drama nominees, General Hospital and Days of our Lives. How are you feeling about your chances this year?

RON: It is often just GH and us in the category. I’ve won three years in a row, so I’m kind of feeling like it’s their turn.

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What episodes did you submit for contention? If I recall, they had to do with Victor’s memorial.

RON: The episodes we submitted were centered around Victor’s funeral. I think one has story with Vivian (Louise Sorel). We had some fun stuff, we had some emotional stuff at Victor’s death, and I am pretty sure that our submission was three episodes right around that time.

Did you make the decision to go with those episodes because there was a mix of humor and drama?

RON: I like to have some humor, but it was also the funeral, then there’s Sarah (Linsey Godfrey) giving birth, and then Vivian’s crashing the reading of the will. So, we had a lot of fun and it’s hard sometimes to pick three that tell a story, as opposed to submitting for the Daytime Emmys, where the writing team only submits two shows. So, we shall see how it goes on Sunday.

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So, are you looking forward to the emotional 15,000th episode of Days of our Lives? Do you think DAYS will take home the WGA writing award for daytime dramas for the 4th year in a row? Comment below.

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