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DAYS Deidre Hall On Guy Wilson Taking Over The Role Of Will Horton: "He deserves our energy and appreciation and he has mine completely!"

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There has been no more endearing on-screen relationship than that of Marlena Evans and Will Horton on Days of our Lives!  Through Will’s struggles to come out, it was Marlena who was his confidante and showed him unconditional love and helped him accept who he is.

Those pivotal scenes and the initial storyline were portrayed by two-time Daytime Emmy winner Chandler Massey and soap icon Deidre Hall (Marlena)!  Now that Chandler has left the NBC soap opera and Guy Wilson has taken over the the role of Will, some fans have yet to come around to accepting Wilson in the role created by the beloved Massey.

In a new post on her Deidre Hall Fan Page on facebook, the actress shared a photo of herself and Guy Wilson and offered up this statement to fans of the long running NBC daytime drama:  “So much has been said about Guy, who has taken over the role of Will. For my 2 cents, there is no more difficult job that replacing a cherished character when the creator has chosen to move on. Such is the job that Guy has accepted. Chandler left the show after winning 2 Emmys and our hearts. Guy is a dear man and an exquisite professional. He deserves our energy and appreciation and he has mine completely.”

Once again Deidre shows class personified in her statement on Chandler’s departure and Guy’s arrival.  What do you think of Deidre’s post on giving Guy Wilson a chance to win over our hearts in the role of Will?  Comment below!

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4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

As always, Deidre is showing some class! I’m looking forward to her scenes with Guy. Guy is doing a fine job so far!

Omar
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Omar

Deidre Hall needs a kick butt storyline..She is an amazing iconic actress and needs to be front and center..Maybe reconnect with Roman or a new love interest or some health issues..As for Guy, he is ok, it is so hard replacing a fan favorite who also happens to ben a 2X Emmy winner but lets support this young actor until he finds his own groove and hopefully will make the role of Will his now, but so far its been a little tough to watch.

Patrick
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Patrick

there is so much potential… coming

with John returning
with Kristen returning
with Brady on the skids – “which I Love” he just hasn’t let up… he CAN act

I think Guy is doing just fine… he’s working his way in to his part… i’m certainly not turned off by nuWill and Sonny… I also liked the few scenes he’s had with Sami… it’ll be interesting to see how he is with Marlena… but… the champ she is… she’ll nurture and let it be…. go for it… tell their new story

Patrick
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Patrick

Ms. Deidre Hall: “You, Warm MY Heart”

I’m sending you a hug…. a heartfelt fan sentiment… and adulation… for the woman you are

High praise for your part in the stratospheric rise… that DAYS has become

never left my heart… that being said

It’s without question…. you being in your second home… Salem… is your presence

stefano cute smooth gay guy
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stefano cute smooth gay guy

Deidre hall, what can you say, she is a classy, sassy lady. Deidre is a warm loving, friendly lady. Also she is a wonderful actress. Patrick I agree with your comments, 100 percent. I always read your comments, and you always make my day.

Patrick
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Patrick

that, is a GREAT picture of the two of them

clearly…. their is confidence, admiration, and a collaborative effort

Gramma Marlena and grandson Will

forever

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

Im fine with him as Will…in the coming months itll feel like he’s always been there. Meanwhile, after many months of haunting, taunting, and scheming against Kate, E.J., Sami and even Abigail and winning custody of baby Ari away from Will and Sonny after proving he is still legally married to Gabi who has had a mental collapse and is sent away for treatment, bad boy Nick is found shot to death on New Years Eve! There are many suspects but since Alison Sweeny is leaving the show she’ll be the one found guilty for Nick’s murder!! But did she… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

LOL

percy the bandit… he’s a little on the peculiar… but, nevertheless (it’s his birds)… this is SO Days… to inject with humor and off sides…

miscrambler
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miscrambler

No one could have said it better. So tired of people bashing this young man without seeing how he shapes the character. For my money, he’s done wonderfully thus far. Chandler was a recast, too, if you recall. Did he get this much ridiculous grief just for trying to do a job?

mollie
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mollie

I am with you. Give Guy Wilson a break and a chance. It’s a job and Chandler left by choice. Chill out, enjoy Days and join the escapism that soaps allow.

Not to mention, Guy is doing a good job so far.

Ej
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Ej

Chandler was good, and he is missed, but I think Guy is doing a fine job especially just jumping in the way he had to. It was kind of funny because basically Will (Chandler) went in another room, and then came out Will Guy. At least if some time had passed between switching Wills. Guy even has the same turned up nose as Sammy, and looks like her son. Any way it takes time to get used to a recast, but I think in time Guy will come into his own as Will. He has to be given a chance… Read more »

Jules
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Jules

Guy has my support. I’m really rooting for him in the role. I’m glad it was recast and Will’s story can continue to play out. Though, since his debut, we haven’t seen much of him. I think maybe 5 or 6 episodes of him, tops.

Can’t wait to see some scenes between him and Marlena. Those are always winners.

Troy Parkins
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Troy Parkins

That’s true, have to agree that since he first appeared as Will, the character hasn’t had that much to do other than be a supporting character to others. So, it’s a little difficult to say how well he’s doing in the role. Maybe the producers and writers felt it would be better to ease him into the part so that gradually the viewers become accustomed to him especially since the previous actor who vacated the role made such an imposing impression.

Patrick
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Patrick

Guy Wilson

your presence is just fine

you are in fine company… an accomplished cast and crew

I love it!

Vicky
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Vicky

I appreciate her saying such lovely things about Guy. Of course, Guy has already won me over! I’m so impressed with how quickly he has settled into the role. I can’t wait to see his scenes with Deidre. I bet they will be great together!

Mark
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Mark

Deidre is so classy and so beautiful. I just love her.

Guy is doing just fine. I love Days so much!!

Johnny
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Johnny

What is with the propping of this kid?? Let him play the part and back off!

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

Deidre’s efforts to urge patience and fairness toward Guy in his role as the current Will Horton is understandable and I am sure a demonstration of what makes the cast of Days the “family” that they are. I have read that actors enjoy working there. I am sure this is one of the reasons why. I enjoyed Guy during the christening scenes at St. Luke’s. As an actor, I find no fault in him. However, as stated before, I am not a fan of the gay storyline. I avoid scenes between Sonny and Will, especially if they are “romantic” scenes.… Read more »

Sharonda
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Sharonda

His scenes are confusing with Freddie because that’s the aura he puts out. Whether or not we need to see him and another guy making whoopee is beside the point. I mean if we all thought it was under the sheets and afterwards just laying there without cleaning ourselves up and laying back down is unrealistic. I don’t watch his love scenes either-but because it looks forced and unnatural between the actors-like they are not embracing who the characters are supposed to be-a couple.

Jen (iheartwilson)
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Jen (iheartwilson)

Oh good grief! I thought we were past this insane point of view about gay relationships on Days.

Mo
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Mo

I’m not liking Guy as Will. I’m hoping he’ll improve over time. He needs to loosen up. Be more natural. Not feeling any chemistry between him and Freddie.

Sharonda
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Sharonda

Me neither. I think they could have gotten someone else. It looks like he is struggling with who Will is at this point in his life. I don’t see the playfulness. He looks frigid in his love scenes with Freddie-almost uncomfortable. It’s time for Freddie to move on.

Benjaman
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Benjaman

I agree, far too much acting with his eyebrows and the pursing of his lips is distracting. Perhaps in time he’ll come up to the caliber of those around him.

upasana
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upasana

Thanks Dedrie for being a classy lady as always. I have loved and supposed him from day one and m very proud to call myself a Guy Wilson fan. He is not only a fantastic actor but on top of that he is a beautiful human being both inside and out. Love you both.

upasana
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upasana

*loved and supported him from

Antonella
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Antonella

I am a WilSon hardcore fan from the day 1 and I loved Chandler’s Will to bits but I’m too much in love with WilSon lovestory I am just so grateful the show decided to keep telling their story. So I welcomed Guy and support him with any effort. He’s doing really great and people keeping whining about Chandler’s leaving or bashing Guy for being hired are so clueless and disrespectful. Chandler won 2 Emmys and was ready to move on? Ok, fine and good luck to him but if he can move on I can do the same and… Read more »

lil
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lil

Completely agree with you Antonella. I loved Chandler’s acting but like you said he moved on. Guy seems to be doing very well so far and I see nothing wrong with his acting. Give him a chance people!

Antonella
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Antonella

Thanks lil for taking the time to read and reply 🙂 I’m so glad there are so many people around who feel the same way.

Jen (iheartwilson)
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Jen (iheartwilson)

Guy Wilson was a wonderful choice for a recast of Will Horton. From photos and vines of Guy with various cast members seen on Twitter, it looks like he already fits in and is loved by them. That means just as much to me as Guy’s enthusiasm for playing Will. I think it shows on screen. He’s doing a great job.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I am torn on one hand I find nothing objectionable about Guy’s take on Will, but on the other hand I find nothing exceptional about it either. He reminds of me of vanilla ice cream, I like it, but I don’t love it.

Troy Parkins
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Troy Parkins

Interesting analogy – simply stated and to the point, Mary. Eventually they need to give the character more screen time, it appears that for the time being he is in a supportive role. I do not sense tremendous chemistry between him and Sonny rather than a gratuitous embrace here and there ~ suffice to say that he is competent actor thus far.

k/kay
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k/kay

A sweet thing to do and Deidre if you would convince Wayne Northup to come back to Days as Roman I just might start watching this show after a decade. Every time I see a picture of him I think what wonderful chemistry he had with Hall. Sorry Josh Taylor will always be Chris K to me.

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

I miss Wayne too! Josh is not on much, but when he is, I do think of Chris K. On the bright side, Drake H. is coming back as John Black.

We may not have Wayne as Roman, but you are depriving yourself of a great show. There are many good things happening on DAYS! Give it try!!!

angela
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angela

I agree Guy Wilson is doing amazing job as Will.Chandler Massey also did amazing job as Will.I watch days of our lives for years and the Will and Sonny Storyline is the best I seen yet on Days.The only other couple I liked besides Will and Sonny was Ej and Sami.I get tired of people bashing Guy Wilson for taking over the role as Will because Guy is doing a remarkable job as did Chandler.I watch interviews that Guy did and he seems like a really nice and sweet Guy I wish him notthing but the best.He is just as… Read more »

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DAYS Head Scribe, Ron Carlivati, Shares On Marlena’s Possession 2.0: “We Decided John Needs To Get On To This Sooner Than He Did In The Original, Because That’s What The Audience Would Expect”

As viewers of NBC’s Days of our Lives are watching the revisiting of the classic possession storyline revisited with its 2021 version 2.0, the stage is being set for plenty of devilish drama, now that good doc, Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) is once again in the grips of evil.

We have already seen her with yellow eyes, conjuring up some demonic plans, and of course, the devil trying to pull the wool over the eyes of Marlena’s husband, John Black (Drake Hogestyn).

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Back in the 1994/95 version of this storyline, Father John emerged and exorcised the demon from Marlena, so he knows a thing or two about being possessed, and the horrors it caused to Marlena, and the town of Salem 25 years ago, and as we have seen John is very, very concerned about all this talk of Marlena being possessed by the devil from the script that Johnny (Carson Boatman)  is set to make into a film on Sami’s life story.

Current Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati, spoke with Soap Opera Digest in their latest issue on newsstands now, about his plans and the creation of the 2021 possession storyline. Ron revealed that John is not going to be in the dark for long, sharing: “John has been through this, so the devil isn’t going to be able to pull the wool over his eyes the way he did the first time.”

Carlivati also added: “Even though all soap opera stories, I would argue, depend on some characters being a little bit dumb, in this case, we decided John needs to get on to this sooner than he did in the original because that’s what they audience would expect.  Look for the story to move along at a pretty good clip. We are not rushing, anything by any means – we are having so much fun with the story, but it was important to us that John not look stupid here so he starts to suspect something is wrong with her pretty soon.”

So, are you glad that John will not be completely dumped? Will Father John return to save the day? Are you enjoying the story thus far? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Then, check out our recent interview with Ron all about the creation of DAYS limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem still streaming on Peacock.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena Becomes Possessed … Again!

On Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the devil had his way with his favorite person, Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)! In story, leave it to Marlena to save Doug (Bill Hayes) by giving herself up to Satan!

As Doug revealed himself to be Satan while in a therapy session with Marlena in her office, a shook Marlena tries to comprehend what is happening! When the devil says if Marlena won’t accept him in, she will punish Doug, he does just that.

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Poor Doug is left writhing in pain and on the floor, crying out for help! When we come back to the scene Marlena is not exactly right near his body, but sort of overlooking what is happening. Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) rushes into Marlena’s office to find Doug as Marlena stares blankly. Eventually, she calls for help.

After Doug is put in a hospital room and is monitored, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Tripp (Lucas Adams) can’t find anything wrong with him. Meanwhile, Julie finds Marlena at the nurses station and asks what happened with Doug during their therapy session.  Marlena flashes back to what led to Doug writing on the floor, and clearly something is way off with Marlena, because she has now become possessed.

Later, Julie sits by Doug’s hospital bed as he opens his eyes, as he tells his beloved wife, “He left me and went in to her.”  A confused Julie is left to ponder what on earth Doug could be talking about.

When Marlena comes home to John (Drake Hogestyn) – who is already concerned with Johnny (Carson Boatman) being set on making a movie of Sami’s life story which includes points on Marlena’s original possession – she tells him Doug collapsed in her office. When the two hug, Marlena slowly opens her eyes  revealing that they are glowing yellow.  Yup! We are off to the races. Marlena is now once again possessed.

So, what did you think about the scenes between Deidre Hall and Bill Hayes? Are you enjoying the revisiting of the infamous ‘possession’ storyline thus far? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Kicks-Off Possession Storyline Revisted with ‘Doug’ Twist Cliffhanger, Followed by Fall Preview

Did the ‘Devil’ make them do it? Doug Williams  (Bill Hayes) is Satan? In what can only be described as major surprise twist on NBC’s Days of our Lives, for weeks, fans have thought they were about to embark on another dementia or Alzheimer’s storyline on the soaps with another beloved character.

However, Days head writer, Ron Carlivati ,and his writing team came up with a way to make it seem like this may be Doug’s fate only to use the long-running character as the impetus to bring the classic possession storyline back on the air some 25 years later.

It all goes down after Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) calls Marlena (Deidre Hall) to ask him to see Doug, after his MRI and other tests proved inconclusive for dementia, etc, to see if Dr. Evans can assess him.  The phone call to Marlena happened after John (Drake Hogestyn) was discussing the past, since Johnny (Carson Boatman) is ramping up to a shoot a movie on Sami’s life, that will include the time that Sami walked in on John and Marlena having sex, which caused Sami to act out for years and years.

 

However, and this is key, John tells Marlena that moment in time also left her alone and vulnerable to the darkest time in her life – alluding to when she became possessed by the devil – and Marlena was clearly having difficulty admitting that or going down that road of remembrance, when the phone call from Kayla saved her from digging deeper into the past.  Well now, John and Marlena may never have that conversation as she is primed to once again become possessed.

Meanwhile, Johnny is reading Will’s script for the Sami movie, and is shocked to read in it that Marlena was once possessed by the devil, as John takes out a dusty box with his Father John collar, a bible, and a news clipping of Marlena being possessed.  John is feeling that this movie will bring bad things on to all those he loves, especially Doc, and he looks to be right!

Now at her office with Doug, he admits he knows something is wrong.  He acts out and does strange things and does not know why.  Marlena brings up why Doug locked Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) in a freezer by accident. Doug gets adamant saying: “That was no accident. I locked that bitch in there on purpose.”  Marlena is shocked at his word and tone.  Then as Doug laughs, he says, “I’m not Doug.”  Next thing you know, the lowered voice of Satan comes out of Doug’s mouth and he tells Doc, “It’s been over 25 years Marlena. But did you really think I wouldn’t come back for you?” End of episode.  Great cliffhanger!

Now, check out the fall preview released following the airing of Friday’s episode by NBC below, which teases more demonic moments on Days. Then let us know in the comment section, what you thought of the ‘Doug’ twist as the possession storyline begins?

Plus, make sure to cast your vote in ‘Michael’s Poll’ of the week on the revisiting of this classic tale now in 2021 below the preview.

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