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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Leo Revealed to be Craig’s Boyfriend

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Monday’s Days of our Lives officially confirmed, what many suspected, that Craig Wesley’s (Kevin Spirtas) new boyfriend is someone we all knew.  And voila! It was in the form of Leo Stark (Greg Rikaart).

It all goes down when Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin), with Brady (Eric Martsolf) in tow, are waiting to meet the new man in Craig’s life while trying to calm her nerves over it.  Chloe has been upset what this has done to her parents, Craig and Nancy (Patrika Darbo), and their marriage falling apart.

While the three of them are sitting at a table waiting for the man to join them, Craig is antsy cause the guy is a little late, but he keeps singing the guy’s praises especially his humor! Chloe says humor is a good trait to have in a relationship.

Then, when Chloe points out she doesn’t even know Craig’s new man’s name, Brady turns and is shocked to see Leo Stark enter the room and heading straight to their table.

It is then Leo goes to hug Craig and tells him “Happy Valentine’s Day”.  Thus, Chloe and Brady come to the stunning realization that Craig’s boyfriend is trouble-personified in Leo Stark.

On his return to DAYS, Greg Rikaart spoke to Soap Opera Digest (in their latest issue on newsstands now) and shared: “I found out that I was coming back to be the love interest of a character who had been there. That relationship would, of course, have ramifications for other characters on the show, who are not at all pleased about Leo’s return and also his involvement with that character. There become multiple efforts from many different people to try and sabotage that relationship, much to Leo’s chagrin.”

So, what are your thoughts on Leo and Craig together in Salem? Comment below.

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JJ
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This is a very distasteful storyline on all levels. It completely trashes Nancy’s character. Making Leo Craig’s love just cheapens whatever they were attempting with telling this story.

Total disrespect to history and throwing the overweight, confident woman under the bus.

Total fast forward material!!

Momo
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Momo

Wait until Nancy meets/sees Leo!

cathy
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cathy

i like Sonny and Will’s relationship. not Allies and Chanels. with regards to Greg and Leo. not so much. I think Leo is conning Craig and he is too blind to realize it, don’t think it will work out. I think Craig is going to be really hurt and used by LEO.

Satan
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So they had a potential here to tell a serious story about a man coming out later in life (as opposed to Will or Allie in their late teens) and instead they use it to prop the idiotic Leo Stark.

Leo’s actually good for comic relief now and then, like in the Peacock “special episodes”, but who’s going to believe he’s in a “serious relationship” with Craig??

Steven
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Steven

100% it could have been an awesome serious storyline of real life problems and now it’s just a cartoon just like almost everything else with days these days…. I wish I liked the other soaps but days is my only one and it’s getting so bad.. the only reason I watch is because I love all the actors.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Maybe Craig has some kind of brain tumor, I’ve read of stuff like that being the reason for people doing the unthinkable. He’s supposed to be a smart, knowledgeable physician , but he isn’t thinking with his brain.

Satan
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Satan

ReRon hasn’t used the brain tumor excuse on Days yet, so that’s always possible. I expected him to give that excuse to Ben… since he’s copied the Frodd redemption formula otherwise.

Never heard of brain tumors changing sexual orientation…. or did you mean the severely impaired judgment in choosing a boyfriend??

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Satan
I meant the latter. How could someone of Craig’s caliber even look at this P.O.S with any seriousness?

Momo
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Momo

I don’t believe that Craig would really fall for someone like Leo. I do think Leo is funny and am glad to see him back. It’s just odd that Craig would want to be with a guy like Leo. I could see maybe an affair, but not leave his family.

Violet Lemm
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Momo
I feel the same. I can see maybe a fling to see what it’s like with this bafoon, but anything serious is unbelievable. I did not see Craig years ago so I know very little about him. I can sure see why he’d want to step out on that harpy of a wife but to hook up with Leo is just crazy!

Momo
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Momo

Craig and Nancy were in-step when they were first on. They were both in on him trying to get Chief of Medicine or whatever post it was and were not against playing dirty. They were high school sweethearts or college sweethearts. So they have a long history of being in love and being together and being in sync.

Nancy wasn’t like she is now. I guess thinking (and then finding out) your husband is cheating does that to you.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Momo I did not watch Days at the time you mention. I only know what I’ve read and seen in flashbacks, Ghoul Girl, etc. Iam very old and old-fashioned, so it’s very hard watching scenes with Leo and Craig. At first sight , Nancy seemed much older than Craig and when I checked their ages, was not surprised that she is 74 and he is 62. Maybe back in the day they looked equal in age but to me this makeover Bonnie has done, doesn’t help the age thing. Craig’s little boy toy is still young and whatever, that doesn’t… Read more »

Heidi
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Heidi

Craig looks better with Leo than his ridiculous wife nancy!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Heidi
I think you’re right!

Chaz
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Chaz

Big fan of Greg Rikaart on both Y&R and Days. Sadly, Y&R under utilizes him and has basically reduced Kevin to almost and under 5. Yes, Leo is over the top which is a lot of fun to watch as Greg stretches his acting abilities. I’m hoping that they keep the humor in Leo but tone it down so he can become a viable character for additional appearances. And, I hope they take the grifter out of him and allow a real relationship with Craig even if it doesn’t last. I get the people who are upset and feel that… Read more »

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THANK YOU, CHAZ. I’ve adored Greg since the early YR days. To me, he’s got it all– terrific, versatile actor with a sense of humor, great smile, gorgeous hair, and never afraid to speak out on his beliefs. Leo is the ideal bad boy and let’s face it, Craig’s “love” life won’t be boring with Leo in the boudoir.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Soaphound and Chaz
While I agree with you both I love Greg too from all the years on Y&R. He started out bad with the terrible things he did to Lily and Collen, wasn’t she the one he tried to burn up?,but after Michael came he calmed down and turned good. I loved his first wife but detest her as Gwen on Days. I think most of us love Gloria but personally, I can’t stand Chloe, I had always hoped he and Mariah would get together.

The other Lis
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The other Lis

Craig is too good for Leo. I want the Wesley family to become a new addition to the show and for Craig and Nancy to become friends again eventually. I hope Craig finds love and peace with a different and decent guy after Leo breaks his heart.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

I don’t want to offend anyone but I also do not think that my being able to turn off the show makes it OK. I do n’t think it is the right time of day to be showing this adult material. It is not appropriate for young children who are watching with parents or other adults. Also, I bet the Cordays, Irna Phillips, et all are turning over in their graves.I myself was appalled , especially at Greg Ricartt/Leo Starks disgusting performance on Mondays show. Maybe it was meant to be funny or cute, but not to these old eyes.Yes,… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

I can’t stand the Devil days but the normal ones are pretty good, case in point , the double weddings . Leo was sure thrown for a loop when he received pre-nup papers from Craig, which I thought was an odd choice of serving them. Wouldn’t this be something that would be discussed face to face? I don’t care if they get married or not, in fact for someone as intelligent as Craig to not be able to see through this Shmuck, deserves him!

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Sal Stowers Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’ As She Exits Days of our Lives

You know the song and the adage, “Save the Best for Last”, well, that is exactly what Sal Stowers (Lani Price Grant) did, when she had viewers of Days of our Lives in tears during her final scenes on Friday’s episode of the long-running NBC soap opera.

Stowers, who along with her co-star, Lamon Archey (Eli), opted not to renew their contracts with the series, which then facilitated their exits. Thus, viewers were in for one last emotional ride during their departures.

Now, while Lani admitted she killed TR, and quickly got a plea deal, she was then ready to be transferred to an out-of-state prison facility to serve out her time.  While all of this happened in short order, for the back-half of Friday’s episode you needed to have the hankies ready. That’s because of Stowers heartfelt goodbyes with her co-stars, which also played out for her on-screen alter ego, Lani.

In story, Abe (James Reynolds) joins Paulina (Jackée Harry) and Lani in the Salem PD interrogation room. With tears welling up in his eyes, Abe hands Lani some documents to sign.  After she realizes what they are, Lani says, “You want to adopt me?” Abe says, ‘yes’, and lets her know that she’s his daughter in every way that counts.

After Lani and Abe share a tender moment together, Lani turns to Paulina and gives her the greatest gift – acknowledging Paulina as her mother.

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Later with Chanel (Raven Bowens), Theo (Cameron Johnson), and now Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) and Eli present, Rafe shows up to tell Elani that the transfer is done, and Lani can go to the facility in D.C.  That prompts Rafe to share emotional hugs with his two best cops.  It is then that Eli tells Lani he is moving to D.C. to be close to her.

Before Lani heads off, Paulina asks her to say it one more time.  Lani simply, once again, calls her “Mom”.  Elani’s twins, Carver and Jules are there as well, and Lani tells her children she is going on a little trip, but she will never, ever stop thinking of them.

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The final moment of the episode has Lani and Eli giving one last look to their family collectively, before they exit the police station.

Throughout all of the goodbyes, there was never a false note delivered by Sal Stowers.  She always brought the strength, elegance, and determination of Lani Price to her performances, and this time, she did it with heartbreaking moments we will remembers for some time to come.  For all of these reasons, Michael Fairman TV names Sal Stowers work, The Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of  Lani and Eli’s goodbyes to their loved ones? Sal’s performance? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Rob Scott Wilson and Victoria Konefal to Exit DAYS as Ben & Ciara

After all the speculation and reports, it looks like #Cin may be taking it on the road!  According to multiple reports and confirmed by Soap Opera Digest in their latest issue on newsstands now, next week on the Friday, July 8th episode of Days of our Lives, it will mark the final appearances of Rob Scott Wilson and Victoria Konefal as Ben and Ciara.

However, while Ben and Ciara will be off the canvas on a new adventure, #Cin fans won’t have long to wait to see them appear on their screens again, when the following Monday, July 11th they will be part of the first episode of the Peacock limited-streaming series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapter Two.

According to SOD, the exits of the popular characters came about when Victoria Konefal opted now to stay with the NBC soap opera and to continue her desire to spread her wings and do other projects.

DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati shared: “She (Victoria) really just wasn’t available on a regular basis, and in the way our show works and how you have to schedule people, it just became less feasible to keep her in that status.”

The head scribe also added: “The couple is so popular, you want them to have a happy ending. But then that involved writing Rob off the show, who doesn’t necessarily want to leave.”

There has been significant social media and internet buzz over the last few weeks that Rob will actually return to Salem as a new character.  Once such character being bantered about is that of Justin and Angelica’s son, Alexander Kiriakis,  Could that be the trick up the writing teams sleeve to keep Rob on DAYS, or is something at else at play and this is a red-herring?  Stay tuned!

So, what do you think of the upcoming departures on-screen of Ben and Ciara on DAYS? Comment below.

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Sal Stowers On Final DAYS Airdate Shares: “What An Incredible Journey These Past Seven Years Have Been”; Lamon Archey Adds, “Days fans, THANK YOU! We made a SUPERCOUPLE & a SUPERFAMILY #ELANI”

That’s a wrap for both Sal Stowers and Lamon Archey and their on-screen alter egos, Lani and Eli Grant.  Today on the July 1st episode of Days of our Lives,  the couple exited Salem paving the way for the real-life departures of Sal and Lamon who are going on to pursue other TV and film roles.

On her final airdate, Sal tweeted: “What an incredible journey these past seven years have been. To all our #Elani crew and #Days fans thank you for loving and supporting us the way you did. We will miss you much, I will miss you. Xx”

Lamon Archey also added his own tweets, sharing: “#Days fans, THANK YOU! We made a #SUPERCOUPLE & a #SUPERFAMILY #ELANI”

In story, Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) had a special farewell for Eli, and Abe (James Reynolds) adopted Lani so he could be her father again, in very touching moments on the air-show.

Still the departures of Sal and Lamon, who became quite the popular duo as #Elani, will be a very big blow for the long-running NBC soap opera.  But in soap operas, you never know when your favorite actors or characters might return.

So, sad to see Lamon and Sal as Eli and Lani exit Salem today? Comment below.

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