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DAYS: Gabi's Confession To Murdering Nick! What Did You Think Of Her Admission Of Guilt?

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On Monday’s episode of Days of our Lives, viewers finally learned who shot and killed Nick Fallon (Blake Berris) three times with a stunning confession from Gabi (Camila Banus)!  Saving the day for Will Horton (Guy Wilson) who admitted to the crime, Gabi cleared him with her split second admission of guilt in front of the Salem PD.

After the room cleared and with EJ DiMera (James Scott) as Gabi’s counsel, and even though he advises his client there are ways to get around this rap, Gabi says she did it!  Later in front of Hope( Kristian Alfonso), EJ and the DA, Gabi relives the night of the murderer but first admitted she hired Andrew to stalk her to help her win the love of Chad DiMera in 2012!

Nick knew about it and had been blackmailing her all along!  And that was just for starters in her explanation of the twisted relationship between Gabi and Nick.  In 2014,  when Gabi overheard Will and Sonny (Freddie Smith) talking about the gun they were hiding in the closet when Sonny thought of killing Nick, Gabi says  she was in the next room.  She decided she would take the gun and wanted to kill Nick for his next plot which was moving up the court date for custody of Arianna!  She did not want Arianna ripped from her family and had it with Nick!

Next came the chilling account where Gabi admits to shooting Nick three times in the park.  Then even after being shot, Nick following her!  After she admits the whole murder scene, she apologizes to Hope, who is not having it.   Hope tells Gabi sternly that Nick did not have to die.

So, what did you think about Gabi’s admission of guilt? Was it a satisfying conclusion to the story?  What did you think of Camila Banus’ performance?  There is one more secret yet to be revealed per the teasers before Camila and Gabi exit the series!  What do you think that will be? Let us know your thoughts below!

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I thought she was amazing. Camila Banus has really come a long way in her acting abilities. (I remember her for her forgettable role on OLTL). I never thought I’d say this, but I’m going to miss Gabi!

Wishing you all the best Ms. Banus. Onward and upward! (But please don’t forget your soap roots 😉

Gabi is innocent…she will go off to prison or a mental hospital…i perfer the latter…i still believe Percy did it but killed Rick Fallon…Nicks twin…and Nick is still ALIVE! ALIVE! HE’s ALIVE! I remember when the show tried to trick us into believing Marlena was murdered by the Salem Strangular but it was really her twin sister Samantha Evans played by D.H.’s real life twin Andrea Hall Lovell and i believe, hopefully, they might do the same twin thing with Nick…even if it was never mentioned he had a twin!!!

I think Gabi will remain the shooter but that doesn’t mean Nick will stay dead.So instead of going to prison for muder Gabi will go for attempted murder.Plus i don’t see the show going the route of saying it wasn’t Nick that got shot but a twin or something instead.

is Ben Jordans brother…or husband? are they pretending to be siblings?

I believe Jordan and Ben are siblings. They are both running from someone and something. Perhaps Jordan is hiding from an abusive husband who was killed by Ben. Another scenario would be that they are both running from an abusive father. The crux of this never-ending mystery is, are they also running from the law? I also suspect that there may be a possible link between these two and Paige.

Nonna, i wrote that sometime ago that i think Jordan has run off from an abusive husband kind of like the movie ‘Sleeping With The Enemy’…and i still believe Eve is their mother if the are siblings…but no matter the story i find it way too draggy at the moment!!!

That would be tough to explain since he was on the phone with Marlena and identified himself as Nick! Blake Berris has left the show! Nick is dead accept it!

Maybe he is, maybe he isnt…if he is ill be fine with it but i dont have to accept it…this is a soap and so if he was on the phone and identfied himself as Nick…i was on the phone and identified myself as me daddy to get rid of annoying telemarketer…it wasnt really me dad…maybe it wasnt really Nick but if he is surely dead this time so be it!!!

I think it is a great way to write the character off, and we are treated with some great performances from Camila I kind of wish she wasn’t leaving! Kudos to Days, I think it’s the most entertaining soap right now, I am a fan of Y&R but DAYS is just rockin’ it lately.

No idea what the last twist will be before Gabi leaves Salem…

I think the twist is we will see the real killer…a shocking twist is Will really did it but i doubt the WILL go there!!! My guess above remains the same!!!

I think it was an amazing and heart-wrenching performance. The actress played it beautifully with all the guilt, despair and defeat on display at the right times. I hope she submits it for emmy season next year.

So…a viable legacy Horton character was sacrificed so a Hernandez come lately would have a good exit story?? Really??

Yup. And I feel bad for Jessica and Marie. Such a waste.

Yup. Oh gee…attempted rape. Big crime there. Sonny on GH murders people in CD blood and somehow he is a leading man.

Well his crime was being a homophobe which is MUCH more evil than killing people who “deserve to die.” Which appeared to be Gabi’s defense.

I liked Gabi’s confession and i think Camilla Banus did a good job with the scenes.Plus at least she’s leaving the show with a bang so to speak.As for the secret my guess is she tells someone what she,Sami and Kate did to Nick last November.

Camilla was AMAZING! I watched her scenes twice, and cried just as much the second time. We knew from spoilers it was her, but wow, she just knocked her scenes out.

phenominal acting and writing BUT what other teaser confession I am not aware???/

Wonderful episode…………

I guess she was playing it as she was scared and frantic but the acting in those scenes with EJ seemed like the laziness of someone who was clearly ready to leave. She hasn’t seemed to care much at all in the last few months. So I’m glad she’s gone.

I think she is leaving with a bang, no pun intended! Gabi has never been my favorite character; but, I wish the actress the best of luck! I wish she would take nuWill with her, though. Ugh. I find him nauseating. I like Sonny solo, not with nuWill. I am really tuning in for when Eileen Davidson returns as Kristin Dimera! I absolutely adore Eileen!

She did a fantastic job. What an exit performance. Bravo CB!

I knew that Camila Banus was leaving months ago, most of us who regularly come here to On-Air-Soaps or read Soap Digest, etc., did. But, with that said, NEVER did it cross my mind for Gabi to kill Nick. I was in utter shock. Usually soaps are never so bold, even when an actor is leaving, to make them the killer, especially not someone as connected as Gabi (Rafe’s sister, Will’s baby mama, Arianna’s mother, etc.). I think it was a BRILLIANT move! It makes Gabi seem so much more stronger and knowledgeable than we were led to believe of the months that Nick has been back. She still is sweet and compassionate and remorseful, she really did love Nick at a point, but she did what she had to do for her family, despite the consequences.

And, also, this has really been a stand out point for Camila. I think she has grown a lot from when she initially started on the show and it’s sad to see her go, but I think going out with your best work is a great way to leave a mark and, also, leave an impression for people wanting more, in case you ever decide to come back (perhaps she learned that skill from Eileen Davidson who is a master at that. 😉 ) I really hope to see her name on the nominations list for next year’s Emmys for these confession scenes.

I thought she played most of her scenes well – some of the moments though did lack emotion, a fact that several viewers here have noted as well.
Everyone on this show is so noble, Will ready to take the rap for Sonny, Will’s father ready to take the rap – everyone on the show is noble…except Nicole LoL. Nicole could lie her way out of anything but she’s not truly evil, just misguided. If Eric goes back to the Priesthood Nicole should then become a Nun and keep an eye on him.

“…Everyone on this show is so noble”

LOL… I like that word… much better definition.. then self-righteous… or from gods ear to … the horton and bradys

which is a trait that we have all become “keen” on… LOL

Oye! the dastardly comes out in me.. when it’s at the expense of so much FUN

and that’s

Eileen Davidson, Kristen “DiMera”
Blake Berris, Nick… what a talent
Jenn Lilly, Theresa… love the uninhibited and the vibe she gives

you know the drill

LOL… love the part of Nicole joining the convent… if she can’t snare “Father” Eric, even after making LOVE… as these two first LOVES can’t seem to find matrimony and lessening Nicoles wanton … Eric is starting to take on too many of Mom Marlena’s traits

course, I feel this is ALL just filler… but good stuff… till Kristen comes back… as this further adds intrigue… for and with Brady… on ALL the upheaval on the horizon

geez! it seems like a lifetime ago.. that Eric “left” and or was banished from the priesthood doesn’t it

it just so smarts… speaking of Noble… and laureate… christened next to godliness Daniel…

I’d just love… it … if for once… and we’ve seen it… all of the 3 muskateers.. have lambasted daniel at one time or another (Brady, Eric, Nicole)… but… he prevails… and finds his way back in to the mix… he’s the busybody… who just grates…

Don’t we all need a break from : Daniel and Jenn

just once… I’d like to see the collective cast… take a HIT.. a big one… and angst on that

reign the best in Salem… LOVE EM’ Kristen, Nick, Theresa, and Nicole

ie: the last sentence…

JJ was so near.. close enough to love his dastardly… his troublesome nature… took a big nosedive… he may as well join the golden circle….

actually not… he is such a good actor… a natural ease about him that’s so welcome

another tidbit… : I think.. Jenn really does like JJ… and is actually jelous of his time with Paige… course.. you can see that with Bev as well… but then JJ is worth it

I think… JJ and Theresa will find there way back… once the big wigs… start back… and that’s Kristen, Eve, Brady, Eric, Nicole…. sigh… I can’t wait to upchuck… when Daniel and Jenn get in on the act

Love OUR Days

*another tidbit… : I think… *Theresa really does like JJ

My heart breaks for Gabi..she did the only thing she thought she could do to protect her baby. I will miss Camila Banus and wish her the best.

Glad this episode, and particularly these scenes are getting recognized. Camilla has only become a better actress as time has passed, and she really gave it her all here. I thought the writing was compelling and her acting choices evenly matched it. She was wonderful.

It was so obvious Gabi was the killer, but I wish they could have milked it a little more. The set up was fantastic, what with nick’s voicemail, the gun, the first (and only) real tip off that Gabi was frightened of nick just days before he was shot, and viable and legitimate suspects. But c’est la vie- the actress is ready to fly. Best of luck to her. The character had a roller coaster with her popularity, and though I usually liked Gabi, another less Hernandez is a good thing.

Fantastic acting, and IMO, the best acting I’ve seen on DAYS in a long time. Gabi’s confession was well written, too, but I bought 100% that she was disoriented and in shock from what she’d done, and from her confession, too, as she realized she may not see her daughter again for a long time. I have to say, DAYS isn’t as showy as some soaps which, say, fly to the Middle East to drop a guy out of a helicopter into the Persian Gulf, but it is very, very good soap, and so much better written than some of the campier shows out there.

I like when an actor/actress leaves with a stellar performance like this, and Camilla Banus was perfect. I wish her luck in the future.

I just saw a little of her performance today crying with Ej, but I thought she did a good job. Haven’t seen much of this lately, but I was wondering if she was the real killer. Since she is leaving , she may be.

Very heartfelt emotional scenes. Camila did a wonderful job with the material. I hate to see her go.

I’m new to Days and am enjoying the show very much.

Eve settles in Salem when Kassie DePaiva premieres on DOOL June 18th!!!

power house women are BACK ON

Michelle Stafford : GH, Nina
Eileen Davidson: DAYS, Kristen
Kassie DePaiva: DAYS, Eve

LOL power houses…. big show… lovely… all right on

it’s gala premiere time !

JUST please… oh emmy gods…. Days of OUR Lives : repeat repeat… emmy win best Serial….

ps: that would be 14 days… till

let the countdown begin

I just finished watching the Monday and Tuesday episodes. Truly compelling!!! Tomorrow promises much the same! Camila worked it!!! The murder of Nick and subsequent departure of Gabi will have many ramifications to come!

If you haven’t watched, you need to! Watch the episodes of yesterday, today and tomorrow and realize how far reaching this will go!!! DAYS delivers once again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is WHY, i am loyal fan for the past 3 years..Riveting acting and storylines..OLTL fans must tune in when our beloved Kassie DePaiva makes her debut.

I am going to catch up on all the stories

I thought she was fantastic, and I only wish Camilla Banus had been given more opportunities to showcase her talent like she’s done in the conclusion to this storyline. She’s been heartbreaking.

DOOL – best soap on the air!

Great scenes.. Thank you Camilla you definitely went out with a bang!

All I can say to Camila is BRAVA! You are making an amazing, acting, exit!

I was crying as Gabs was helping Will on how to raise their, daughter, Arianna… what she responds to

as they sat together at the police station… yesterday

farewell my lovely Gabs…. let it not be said… SO much of your tenure at DAYS made it… with your part

Gosh darned it….

the whole shebangs with baby Arianna… Will/Sonny

I LOVED, YOU and NICK : it was an amazing run… that should have continued… i really believed you two loved each other… and so I went with the story to this ending

heck… who wouldn’t have not worked at Carolines pub… with that cute fun HOT romance brewing…. Nick and Gabi….

emoting tearful…

I still love Rafe’alicious

Take Care : Camila : DAYS needed you… so much happened for the audience

It was heartbreaking. I got choked up. So sad to think about her and Ari not being together.

Camila is on my 2015 Emmy list!

Camila is Emmy worthy, but the Emmys are becoming worthless!

I know. It’s sad.

I still think that MAYBE she THINKS she killed Nick but the shots she fired didn’t really get him, so maybe she will get off with “only” attempted murder – and the actual bullets that got Nick were from another source. Just when was it ever revealed that Gaby was such an expert on-target shot – although I guess she shot him at relatively close range. Just a theory…..if they want to bring her character back somewhere down the road this theory may be helpful…LoL…well ya never know.

great idea…. “…she THINKS she killed Nick”

you know… I really have to prop Gabs

where would this trio be… with out ? Gabriella… WITH Will and Sonny and hers too… Arianna Grace

the indelible mark.. this trio plus Ari… have fleshed our real…. so LOVED this storyline

to further down the line and venture… that we’d LOVE a Gabs reunion… why not? I’d tear up… group hug… and radiate more LOVE for Arianna Grace

it’d be a beautiful thing

I just watched the shows and am thinking Camila will get an Emmy nomination next year. A great week of work. One thing that bothers me is that Abigail is the last of the generation of Melanie/Chad/Gabi/Chelsea. I wish Melanie would come back. Jordan looks too old and Paige looks too young to be Abigial’s core friends. I would also love to see Chad Dimera come back a little older, wiser and more mature.

I knew Gabi would kill Nick as soon as this shooting storyline was revealed, because she was leaving around the same time. BUT, I thought there would be 2 or 3 shooters-maybe Percy and/or the hitman also shot Nick. I will miss her. Camila has grown as an actress and even though I hated Gabi at times, I love her now and will miss her.

I am also glad that she confessed to hiring Andrew, as that story has been buried for far too long.

the very last scene… on Wednesday’ ep : was between Gabs and Abs….

I didn’t quite catch what was going on… but… it seemed to me like something is going on with these two… like they may have an understanding… I don’t know

seemed quite fishy to be

I could be wrong

I was never the biggest fan of Camila Banus, but as I sometimes like to say: She acted her FACE OFF in this week’s scenes. She was a revelation to me and delivered on the material better than I ever thought she was capable. It really made me sit up and take notice, and I’m glad to have the opportunity at this site to give her props because it might be my fave performance of the week out of all four remaining soaps. Banus has been SOLID this week.

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DAYS Blake Berris to Chat Live on the Michael Fairman Channel as Everett & Bobby’s Story Heats Up

The tale of Everett Lynch and Bobby Stein is starting to reveal itself on Peacock’s Days of our Lives, which puts returning cast member, Blake Berris front and center in story.

On Monday’s, February 26th episode of DAYS, the results of Everett’s CAT scan indicate he suffered a traumatic brain injury which jives with his story that he was in a car accident and spent in a year in a coma, or does it?

Stephanie (Abigail Klein) and Everett are reeling that Everett as Bobby Stein was married to Jada Hunter (Elia Cantu) and treated her badly. While Everett claims he doesn’t remember anything about his time as Bobby, despite his fingerprints matching those of Robert Stein’s, Marlena (Deidre Hall) ponders if he could be suffering from PTSD, which might explain his memory loss.

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Everett wonders if he has a brain tumor, but Marlena points out that they would have found it on the CAT scan. While there is no obvious reason for his memory loss, Kayla wonders if he is faking his amnesia? Marlena tells Everett that she is a psychiatrist and they should set up sessions immediately. Will it be revealed that Everett and Bobby are split personalities living inside one man?

Blake Berris is set to chat about the latest storyline developments and more, when he visits the Michael Fairman Channel on Wednesday, February 28th beginning at 3 pm ET/Noon PT.  Make sure to join Michael and Blake in the live chat for your turn to share your questions and thoughts on the story.

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Days of our Lives fans first met Blake when he played the character of Nick Fallon who was eventually murdered in 2014. Later, Nick made a few return appearances from ‘the grave’, in 2021 and 2023. Recently, Blake returned to the show in his newly-minted role of Everett Lynch at the end of October of last year.

Blake will talk about portraying Everett/Bobby, plus working his co-stars, and being a dad to his three boys, and more.  You can catch the livestream below.

Now, let us know, what is your theory about Everett Lynch and Bobby Stein? Looking forward to hearing what Blake has to say? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Days of our Lives Legendary Susan Seaforth Hayes Talks on the Horton House Fire Storyline, Mourning the Loss of Husband Bill Hayes & His Near-to-Final Performances

It has been an emotional time for longtime fans of Days of our Lives and beloved veteran, Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie Williams). On-screen, the iconic Horton home was burned to the ground in what appears to be a storyline-dictated decision that shocked many. In real life, Susan is mourning the loss of her husband and DAYS enduring favorite, Bill Hayes (Doug Williams), who passed away at 98 in January. Over the weekend, during the 2024 SAG Awards In Memoriam tribute, Hayes was remembered along with other motion pictures and television stars whom we lost over the past year.

Since the Peacock streaming soap opera tapes months ahead of air, the Horton home fire and its aftermath are currently playing out in all-new episodes with more on this story featuring Susan to come. Bill Hayes also appeared in several of these episodes making it all the more touching and heartfelt.

When Julie came back to the Horton home to see what remained of it after the fire, Days of our Lives fans were treated to a heart-tugging episode that streamed last Wednesday, February 21st. In it, newly-taped scenes of a young Tom (Zach Chyz) and Alice (Sydney Kathrann Smith) Horton telling the story of how they came to live in the house to raise their children, juxtaposed with Julie and Doug (and members of their family and friends), surveying what’s left of the beloved house, brought many a tear.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Susan Seaforth Hayes for this very candid and heartfelt conversation to get her feelings on the Horton house fire, and being given the opportunity to have a storyline at this point in her storied career. In addition, Susan provides some insight on what it was like for her ailing late husband to tape scenes at DAYS shortly before his death, what the series plans to do about writing off the character of Doug while honoring the legacy of Bill Hayes, and how she knew she had the greatest love affair that anyone could hope for in their lifetime, which in turn, has inspired all of us.

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I was shocked when they decided to burn down the Horton house. Were you at first devastated … and did you know that there would be a big story surrounding it?

SUSAN: I did not know how big a story was with it. I knew that many years ago, another regime had planned on trashing the set and getting rid of the set because nobody cared about the Hortons anymore. It was stopped by one person, and I was eternally grateful for that. This time I thought, “Oh, my goodness! I guess I’ll be meeting people for a cup of coffee at the Horton Square. No home, no roots, no reason to be called in,” and thinking that’s the end of Julie. That’s the end of Doug and Julie. Then, when they began to structure a story around it, I think all of this came up during the writer’s strike. So of course, I was curious to see how this was going to turn out. I enjoyed the aftermath, because in the aftermath, and a little bit before the fire, if you saw the show, I get to talk a bit about the history of the household and the people in it.

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In the special episode that aired last Wednesday, Julie gave Leo (Greg Rikaart) the family tree history of the Hortons for his story in the Spectactor.

SUSAN:  I’ve had a couple of good long soliloquies about the past. I’m fated to be the character that does that because I’m the one still standing. I must say, I do enjoy doing them. Emotionally, all I have to do is rerun some of the actors and my own family in my mind and the emotion starts to come, you know, the emotion starts to flow.

Julie talks to Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) immediately after the fire. She is upset that the Horton family Christmas ornaments are gone. Fans were not happy that they could possibly have burned up. Thank God! There was a happy ending when they were located and unscathed, or there would have been hell to pay! 

SUSAN: I knew that they were in the prop room and that they still existed. But how much they were going to put a story around their loss, I did not know. We don’t get to ponder the plot. We just get to show up and start doing it. I think on this particular matter, something as important as a structure of the original set of the show, there’s been quite a bit of interest. So, I can appreciate that.

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I was thinking, ‘Did they decide to burn the house down, because they were finally retiring the old Horton home set?’ What was the purpose of it?

SUSAN: They’ve done everything to make quicker set changes, which is remarkable and very efficient right now. The set designer said, “I’ll be interested in your input,” which was nice. The one thing that I loved that had been done, didn’t work. You couldn’t shoot into it. It was a federal mirror over the mantle. I loved it. The size was perfect. I was just delighted. And then, we tried to shoot it, and because of the roundness of the mirror, you got a perfect view of camera one and camera three. So, it came down.

This is Julie’s project to renovate the home. She’s determined to bring back all the memories and redo it?

SUSAN: Absolutely, which is another nice note to play for my character. She’s determined to make the house something that her grandparents would recognize and still feel comfortable in.

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What did you think of the episode that just aired where the show incorporated flashbacks of a young Tom and Alice Horton?

SUSAN: Well, I set it up. They had their own their own lovely scenes. I read them, and I’m sure the audience was charmed.

What do you remember when you first came to DAYS, and you were in that house, in that set?

SUSAN: What did I notice about the set? I noticed that it was a strange shade of green. (Laughs) It was explained to me that that dull color meant that your face would pop on color TV. I understood that. I loved the little window up the staircase. I’ve always loved that. And at one time, there was a model of the house that sat on the set on its own little pedestal, a little playhouse of the exterior of the house. Whenever the house was on (and remember this is when we were a half-hour and practically live, but not live, because there was no editing), there would also be the sound of a barking dog whenever we reached the Horton house neighborhood. We never saw the dog, but I’m sure his name was “Spot”, and I’m sure he belonged to someone.

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You shared so many scenes with Frances Reid (Alice) and MacDonald Carey (Tom) in the Horton living room set and up till they passed. Did they get along well with Bill? Looking back, how was your relationship with them?

SUSAN: They loved him. Well, Mac and Billy had worked together before in theater. Mac was very kind to me at the beginning and helpful. Frances was as well. As Frances got older, she got a bit testy. When someone says, “You’re not going to read the line like that … are you?” It catches your attention. (Laughs). I got peeved at Frances from time to time, but her intent was always to make everything as good as it possibly could be. I saw her come back from her stroke. learn to talk again, learn to do it all again. Not do it easily, but to do it at all was wonderful, and the same with Mac. In his last shows, he was very frail, but we’re actors. We liked being there.

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During the taping of the episodes surrounding the Horton house fire, Bill was mostly in them with you. How was Bill doing at the time you taped these scenes?

SUSAN: He was okay. He was up for it. He had difficulty moving at that point. So, they restricted his movement a lot. Bill always enjoyed coming to work a lot, and it was extremely difficult for him because he was blind, and didn’t move very well. And now, to do a scene with people who may or may not, have rehearsed with you, who may or may not, give you the exact cue, and when they are attempting to have you look each other in the eye, you can’t see who’s eyes they are, that was the hard part. The easy part was working with him, which was lovely and was a gift. It was a gift from Corday Productions that he was able to work within three weeks of his death, which I thought was super and extraordinary.

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That is amazing. Did Bill understand everything that was going on at the time of the tapings?

SUSAN: Absolutely. He understood what was going on. He just couldn’t see it or touch it.

The timing couldn’t have been easy for you with Bill’s declining health, and that the show was going to burn down the Horton home where you shared so many scenes and memories.

SUSAN: Well, it hasn’t been my greatest stretch. But I knew that life would be like this. I’ve had five decades of an absolutely wonderful, blessed marriage and a chance to work and a chance to live in my own home and travel, all good. And now, we’re going to have the epilogue. And the epilogue is the hard part, seeing rapid change around you and losing the people that were the center of your life. I’ve just been very fortunate to have cultivated some wonderful friendships, and to have a wonderful large family of Hayeses.

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You do realize that you and Bill were the gold-standard of what we all should be lucky enough to have in our lives. What an incredible, beautiful, passionate, loving marriage that the two of you had. You don’t see marriages like that anymore. We were all just in awe of the two of you. To us, it was the greatest love affair. You got to have that which is so extraordinary.

SUSAN: I know, and it was all Bill. I mean, any idiot could have been married to Bill Hayes and been deliriously happy. The guy was so perfect in every way that you really would have to pick something and blow it out of proportion to ever complain about any of his traits of character. He was just all good character, goodwill, and good humor. I just followed along and tried to live my life for him, with him, and follow his style, which I hope to carry on. I hope to be as good to people as he was to people, and, not be selfish.

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I always remembered how the two of you would come to the studio with your suitcases, ready to work no matter what material, large or small, they gave you. You showed up. You just had such great work ethic and you don’t see that as much anymore.

SUSAN: At the moment, it’s hard to find it everywhere. I think it’s probably generational. You cannot get too angry at people that are still holding up their phones in the one rehearsal that we have. I think it’s more convenient to receive your work electronically, but somehow it doesn’t seem quite as real. You don’t have a script in your hand anymore unless you print one up yourself.  Sometimes you haven’t met the person you’re working with. Well, that’s not unusual, but no rehearsal at all, that’s kind of marvelously new.

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Does Julie lean on anybody for emotional support as she tries to rebuild the Horton home. Who’s there for her?

SUSAN: As far as I can tell, nobody. I’m supposed to be the wise woman, and Marlena (Deidre Hall) is supposed to be the other wise woman. I haven’t had any scenes with Marlena for help. I would think Marlena would be the person I would be going to for grief counseling, for friendship, for all of that. I haven’t seen it in the scripts, yet. I’m still deeply entwined with Chad’s (Billy Flynn) storyline.

How is Billy Flynn to work with?

SUSAN: A pleasure. Billy Flynn has grown a lot as a human being and as an actor since I’ve known him. I’m really enjoying his company and really enjoying doing scenes with him. We rehearse and then we get on other subjects and laugh and talk and inform each other. We’re interested in a lot of the same things. He’s a new parent. He’s really devoting himself to that, to that experience in the best possible way. So, I’m lucky.

Do Julie and Chad try to figure out who set the fire?

SUSAN: Oh yeah.

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I kept thinking about how Julie got burned in the kitchen fire years ago and her face was scarred, At the time, your mother Elizabeth Harrower was writing DAYS and wrote that for Julie. Did you hate that story?

SUSAN: Well, I know where the story came from. It came up from something in mother’s own life. I knew the people involved, and I wasn’t crazy in love with the idea. Then, when it was supposed to go for six weeks and went on for months and months, I was concerned. Mainly, I was concerned that my face was going to be affected because of the appliance, the scars, that I was wearing. I was told by a dermatologist, “You’re going to have a little beard after this. Ripping your face every single day to get this off is going to be hard on you.” But, I seem to have survived.

Has the show even addressed with you how they plan to handle writing-off the character of Doug Williams, and how they want to honor Bill?

SUSAN: Only in the smallest way. I had a conference call with the producers and our head writer last Friday. I was informed about the immediate, immediate future. I’ve also been promised that they’re going to keep me busy. It’s a cast of over 40 people. I’ll be happy to show up and to be included.

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I was just hoping that whatever they decide to do with the character of Doug that they were going to run it by you, first.

SUSAN: They have, and they have been very sweet about it.  I’ve got to tell you, this regime, they have a sign up on the wall now, that says, Things we expect on this stage.”  The first one at the top of the list is “kindness.”

Have you watched your work back all these years? I know some actor’s never like to watch the scenes they taped.

SUSAN: I think you learn by watching yourself, if you have an open mind, and if you are not hypercritical, or dismissive. I cannot be dismissive of a character that has given me such a wonderful life. I’m still interested in Julie, perhaps I wouldn’t have been if I’d been on the show for three years and never returned to it. But I’m quite interested in her now, and what she has to offer as a member of this ensemble.

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Julie’s ties to the whole history of Days of our Lives from this point on are very important. How do you feel about that?

SUSAN:  There are those that don’t care about the history of the show. I know that. I know there are those that only care about continuing with something snappy to keep eyes on the screen through action, adventure, drama, death, kidnapping, missed opportunities, all that, which I suppose that’s what the audience craves. But, that’s not just what the show can do. What the show can do so well is character. There’s a lot of people over 70 who are still on the show now. I’m the oldest one, but I’m not the only one. We’re coming up on the 60th anniversary. I don’t think the show is worn out. And if it is, it’s had a remarkably successful six decades.

Lamon Archey (Eli) is back on DAYS for a stint. What has it been like to work with Lamon as his on-screen grandmother?

SUSAN: I think he’s terrific and visually he is so beautiful, so appealing. I think both Eli and Lani (Sal Stowers) are very appealing as characters. I’m delighted to be connected to Eli as a family member. That was a lucky break for me.

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Do you think DAYS fans are going to continue to be emotional in the aftermath of this fire and all the story that comes out of it? Do you think we’ll be touched by what Julie goes through to get the remains all cleaned up for a new house?

SUSAN: I think anybody in America who’s gone through a disaster, and have unfortunately had the disruption of their home, will be sympathetic and interested in how it all turns out. It’s a nice note to play. We haven’t had to do that very often. We just go from one lovely apartment to another without much discussion. I think this is the one set that meant a lot to people. I was very sorry to lose “Julie’s Place,” as it turned into kind of a sandwich shop. I still loved having a business, a tangible place to be, and an alternate place for people to meet.

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Upon reflection, what was your favorite scene with Bill? Was it when Julie and Doug got married on-screen, or was it something else that was much more intimate?

SUSAN: I think our last scene is going to be more important, emotionally. I think the first wedding was beautiful, but the material around the time of our second wedding, when Brenda Benet (ex-Lee) came back on the show and Doug stood up to her and says, “I’m not going to be manipulated anymore,” was also strong. There has been a lot of very important times – when Doug was killed-off by James Reilly, and we met in the tunnel of light. That was a day. That was a difficult day, which I certainly can’t revisit right now emotionally. When Julie found out Doug had run off and married her mother, Addie, that was a day. It was a day because, I went to the producer at the time, Jack Herzberg, and said, “Is this it? Am I not going to work with him anymore?”And he said, “Right! That’s it. You’re not working with Bill Hayes anymore.” We were not married at the time, and I thought I was going to go through the floor! That wasn’t a happy day.

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In terms of Bill’s final day on the set with you, did you know that it was his last, and what would turn out to be his last scene?

SUSAN: Well, they didn’t know. But I knew. I had been allowed to rewrite it. So, I can’t tell you Bill’s last line now, of course, but I will in time.

What do you think about the sentiments shared by Susan on her late husband, and this storyline? How do hope the show properly honors Bill and Doug Williams when the series writes-off the character? Are you enjoying the Horton house fire story arc or does it upset you too much? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Daytime Stars We Lost Remembered in 2024 SAG Awards In-Memoriam Tribute

On Saturday night at the 30th annual SAG Awards streaming on Netflix, several stars from the world of soap opera were remembered in a very moving In-Memoriam segment.

Honoring those actors we lost this past year, and set to the song “How do I Say Goodbye” by Dean Lewis, the screen was filled with so many heartbreaking losses.

Those who were remembered in the tribute included: Bill Hayes (Doug, Days of our Lives), Ellen Holly (Carla, One Life to Live), Nicolas Coster (Lionel, Santa Barbara et al), Tyler Christopher (Nikolas, GH, Stefan DAYS), Billy Miller (Billy, Y&R and Drew, GH), Sharon Farrell (Flo, Y&R), Arlene Sorkin (Calliope, DAYS), Kamar de los Reyes (Antonio, OLTL), Jeffrey Carlson (Zoe/Zarf, AMC) and Mark Goddard (Ted, OLTL).

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Other notable stars who passed away and were included in the tribute were: Chita Rivera, Andre Braugher, Suzanne Somers, and Matthew Perry.

Before the video package was played, actress Naomi Watts took to the stage and shared, “We have lost so many extraordinary actors in the past year, but because they touched the world with their talent, we all share their loss. To those of us who worked with them, alongside them, we feel their loss and their absence deeply.”

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She added, “Of course their memory will live on in our recollections of the precious time we shared together — and through their work, their performances captured in countless frames of images, ever ready to dance across the screen and come to life again, if only for a while.”

What did you think of the In-Memoriam Tribute at the 2024 SAG Awards and seeing a lot of familiar faces being included who represent the soaps? Comment. below.

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