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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Lucas Says Goodbye To Salem, While Julie Recalls Coming Back To Town

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In a very touching episode of Days of our Lives, Tuesday brought with it an emotional goodbye from exiting fan favorite Bryan Dattilo (Lucas), and the soap paying homage to Susan Seaforth Hayes’ 50th anniversary to the day as Julie.

It begins in Horton Town Square where Julie next to the plaque dedicated to her grandparents, Tom and Alice Horton, has a flash back to phone call with Tom five decades ago.

Meanwhile, now broken up with Chloe, and ready to leave Salem to be with his daughter, Allie, Lucas tells Will he is leaving and that he is happy Will and Sonny found their way back to each other.  The two hug it out, and tell each other how proud they are of one another.  Next, Lucas goes to visit his mother, Kate.  In a touching exchange played by Dattilo and Lauren Koslow, viewers were treated to Kate’s pain of the mistakes she made as a mother, and Lucas being forgiving of her.

At Doug’s Place, Julie and Abigail try to figure out how to bring down Stefan and Gabi.  Julie promises to not tell anyone that Abigail is not mentally ill saying. “Your secret is safe with me.”  Next, Chloe happens upon the scene and Julie quickly sees Chloe break down in tears.  She then reveals to Julie, that she and Lucas broke up.  Julie gives Chloe a tissue and some words of advice – the gospel according to Julie – that they were not meant to be, and that Chloe will find true love. After all, after Julie’s other failed relationships, once she was with Doug she found her soulmate, so she knows it can happen.

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Julie flashes back to speaking with Alice when she worries that Tom would not want her to return to Salem.  For Julie had been in San Francisco, and where she brings up putting her son up for adoption, but how she later raised him and how happy that Eli is her grandson.  She even recalls when JJ got her and other ladies in Salem accidentally high on pot-filled donuts!

When Lucas turns up at the Horton’s everyone is saddened and shocked that he has decided to depart Salem   Julie says Salem will always be his home.  JJ hands Lucas his ornament now, breaking the Christmas tradition early.  Lucas hangs his ornament in another emotional moment.

Next, we see Lucas waiting for a taxi, with his suitcases at Horton Town Square,  He gazes at the Tom and Alice dedication plaque and says, “I’ll be back. someday.” Hankies!

Alone now with Julie, Doug brings out a cake celebrating how it is 50 years since Julie returned to Salem permanently.  Cue the montage … as Doug’s voice is heard singing “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World”, one of the duo’s signature songs, as clips of their love affair played throughout.  We fade to black.

DAYS honored Susan Hayes and gave Brytan Dattilo some heart-tugging moments as he left the canvas as the beloved Lucas.  So what did you think of the episode?  Sad to see Bryan exit?  Happy to see the show wrote in a way to honor Susan’s 50th as Julie? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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This is so sad. Why Lucas had to be written off the canvas is beyond me. He carried the show for a little while not too long ago. Sorry but I’m disgusted.

Tears flow easily whenever a “Horton” family member ornaments their place on the tree. that being said… it’s a dang shame… he’s been on the show upwards of 25 years ????

I daresay , it was the start of Ron Carlivati portrait of Lucas alcoholism AND not dealing with the death of Lucas and the aftermath of the reuniting of father and son… that cemented RC place back in daytime. yeah, it was Hattie and Bonnie that started his script. Bryan Datilo brought it home. His legion of fans both in and around this show means , he’s a big deal. His impact is not unnoticed

I wonder what is going on with Billy Flynn ? My man… I certainly do not want him flying the coup… it’s my suggestion that RC and TPTB HIRE Jade Harlow to lead with. such a natural enticing sensual energy to MOVE .

it’s a bit jarring I must say ie: Kate Mansi back as Abs… I will forever laud this woman for her work prior to her exit WITH Billy and Rob. she deserved that much to all of our surprise and delight EMMY WINNER. the thing about Marci Miller… SHES got THEATRICAL ALL OVER HER PRESENCE. BIG … it was like watching her at the theatre… should she do broadway she’s going to
STAR. Marci made ABS her own. watching kate Mansi in a gabby mode. oh oh.. this will not do. so alas, i’m left wondering what my Chad the Man has in store

Lucas Horton… many happy returns


Someone posted that he’s returning in May. If that’s true he’s already started taping or will at the beginning of the new year.

He did great with the whole Baby Bonnie story. That was good. I really enjoyed it. Of course, I love Bonnie (Judy).

It was nice to see the old clips of Julie and her parents. And nice to celebrate Susan’s 50 years on Days. While I understand having Doug sing with the montage at the end, he should not do solos in the future.

It was sad to see Lucas go. Hopefully he’ll be back soon.

He is. He’s been back on-set filming already.

The old clips were of Julie’s grandparents, Momo. Seeing Tom and Alice way back then was nice, as was seeing Julie.

I thought Bill Hayes’ voice was mesmerizing, especially at 93 years of age.

He is actually a fine singer but being in his 90s things somewhat change…and those were her grandparents Tom and Alice and not her parents!!!!

My bad. You’re right—her grandparents.

As far as I am concerned, that beautiful white-haired 93 old man can do whatever the hell he wants. Considering he’s 18 yrs older than his wife, I think he’s aged wonderfully.

Oh I don’t think we got the montage and solo from Doug in Australia.

Susan would say “You are mean,mean,mean picking on an old man’s singing”. LMAO.

I’m going to really miss Lucas, even though it seems to me that Show never really invests in his character. His goodbye scenes with Kate were really good, likewise his scene with Will. Bryan Datillo and Chandler Massey have always brought out the best in each other IMO.
Julie, on the other hand……while I appreciate the character’s longevity with the show, I think Julie, while being really sentimental is also mean as a snake and proudly dumb as a rock. The nonsensical scene where she was nice to Chloe was such b.s. Julie isn’t a nice person, never was, just a bossy know-it-all. Doug has my sympathy.
But it was a good excuse for some Tom and Alice flashbacks and those are always welcome!

Gabi pushes Julie down a flight of stairs after Julie learns Gabs secrets…Julie in hospital and in a coma…Christmas Eve miracle…Doug sings to his beloved Julie..’The Most Beautiful Girl In The World!’,,,and Julie wakes up…however Julie suffers a memory loss…she thinks its the 70s and that she is still married to Scott Banning and Gabi is her rival Susan Martin whom she hates-lol

What a great episode. Ron really knows how to blend history with the present. Julie has her nose in lots of current character business and it was absolutely fabulous that the show spent the money for those flashback scenes. Bill and Susan are wonderful and if you haven’t read their memoir–you really should. Fantastic tie-in with Lucas leaving and Ron really does great work with bringing family together in scenes.

Come on you guys. What are you writers doing? Give these characters a good story line so they stay. You are loosing more of the ones that have been here for ever. Why not give him a happy ever after kind of story line and keep him, and bring back Bo, Jack, Steve, EJ, Sami, and get rid of Stephan and the creep who is jacking around Sonnie and Will. Let everyone live a happy normal life for a while. Then let Loni and Eli get pregnant , someone else have a wild and crazy wedding, Abe finally retires and Bo becomes commissioner, normal kinda stuff. This soap is getting very boating. I fast forward through so much of it. Like anything Jennifer, Abagile, Lani, Clair, Julie. Because they are whining, crying, or to damn mean and nasty to others to listen to. Hope has no chemistry with Rafe. Loni has no chemistry with Eli. She is rude to everyone. She talks down her nose like she is better than everyone and is is not white. Clair is not all that like she thinks she is. She can’t sing so shouldn’t please. And thank you.

Valorie, what an unusual spelling for your name. Starting at the top, I am sick of dead people returning. We have enough living people on now to deal with. I can’t speak for anyone else, but I believe that Bo wouldn’t be happy to see “fancy face with someone else. I know Jack is supposed to return, but after getting crushed in an elevator, I wouldn’t thing there would be much to salvage. I agree about Lani being snooty, but I don’t agree with you, that how dare she, when she isn’t white? Is that what you were trying to say?

It was great seeing the old clips of Julie, Doug, Alice and Tom. I love the showing of old clips like they did with Frances Reid, Alice and Tom on the anniversary.

Nice how they tied in Julie returning to Salem with Lucas leaving Salem.

Someone posted that Lucas is returning in May, guess he’s already started taping.

I am sorry to see Bryan Dattilo go. When TPTB gave him something meaningful to do, he did a great job and I enjoyed watching him. During the few years I’ve watched this show, it seems Lucas has always gotten the short end of the stick. I am glad the character is taking a positive stand and leaving on his own terms.

Thank you Bryan Dattilo for your great work. I wish you much success and happiness in the future.

Congratulation Ms Seaforth Hays. I love your work. Even before i started watching days, I knew of Doug and Julie, because my Mum used to watch the show. I also remember Susan and Bill’s appearances in Australia for The Logies and The Don Lane show when I was a kid. Because she’s often now shown as a busybody, young people watching today may not realise what a heroine Julie was in her day and so very beautiful.

Yes, you might consider her a heroine, but when I first saw Julie years ago, she drove her family crazy, and I’ll just say she was hell on wheels, always getting into trouble with some boy or whatever. Claire is a lot like Julie was.

Very nice tribute to Susan.I just wish that Julie would learn to mind her own business,the thing I hate about the Hortons is they think there s–t doesnt stink and they can never do anything wrong.
I knew that Bryan was leaving I think it was because lack of story.

One thing I do have to give Julie credit for is that she is helping Abby with getting back at Gabby

Sad to see “Lucas” go…..hope he returns!!
This is the only show whose storylines still make sense…mostly, anyway; albeit the inconsistencies annoy me…..Julie has only two grandchildren: Scotty and Eli.
At what point did she become Ciera’s and Claire’s grandmother?
TPTB are rewriting history….AGAIN!!

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51st Annual Daytime Emmy Award Nominations: CBS Soaps Score Most, Eric Braeden, Dick Van Dyke, Guy Pearce Receive Nods

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) have officially announced on Friday, the full list of nominees for the 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

While Thursday brought with it four reveals of the nominees in the Outstanding Daytime Drama, Talk Show Host, Lead Actor and Actress categories (as presented by various entertainment news programs), today’s nominations include all the other categories not previously announced.

The Daytime Emmy Awards telecast is set to be presented live on Friday night, June 7, at 8 PM EDT /delayed PT, on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+. This will mark the 18th time that CBS has broadcast the Daytime Emmys.

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In addition, The Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy Awards will be presented on Saturday, June 8 at t9 PM ET/6 PM PT and streamed on The Emmys apps and at The ceremonies will take place at the Westin Bonaventure Los Angeles.

Television icon, Dick Van Dyke has received his first-ever Daytime Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Guest Performer category for his touching portrayal of Timothy Robicheaux on Peacock’s Days of our Lives. The nomination makes Van Dyke the oldest Daytime Emmy nominee in history at 98-years-old.  In addition, motion picture and TV star, Guy Pearce, is also nominated as Guest Performer for his longtime role as Mike Young in the reboot of Neighbours.

Speaking of Neighbours, the Australian soap opera also received its first ever Daytime Emmy nomination for Daytime Drama Series now that its a revival can be streamed on Amazon Freevee. In addition, The Young and the Restless iconic, Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) received his first Daytime Emmy nomination in more than 20 years in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category.

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In the Daytime Drama series categories, CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless each scored 12 nominations more than any other show. Leading the acting nominations was B&B, who landed 7 performers in the various categories, a first in its 37-year history.

In a statement, Adam Sharp, President & CEO, NATAS expressed, “We are happy to once again honor the creative talent both in front of and behind the camera of America’s favorite Daytime programs. We look forward to celebrating the icons who enliven the days of audiences across the country.”

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Brent Stanton, Head of Daytime, NATAS added, “Producing the Daytime Emmys is a labor of love for all of us at NATAS. The huge popularity of these shows continues to be must-see viewing for their fans.” NATAS also revealed that Lifetime Achievement Honorees, Hosts, Presenters, and Silver and Gold Circle honorees will be revealed at a later date.

The Daytime Emmy Awards recognize outstanding achievement in television programming honoring work in a variety of categories, including daytime dramas, talk shows, instructional programming, hosting, culinary, and legal/courtroom programs. In 2021, NATAS and the Television Academy jointly announced plans to realign the Daytime and Primetime Emmy Awards to be organized by content genre, as opposed to program airtime.

The 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be produced once again by NATAS and Associated Television International (ATI). Adam Sharp and Lisa Armstrong are executive producers from NATAS, while David McKenzie executive produces from ATI.

Congratulations to all the men and women in front of the camera and behind the scenes for their recognition as we take a look at who will be going for gold come June. Here are the nominees below starting with the Daytime Drama Categories.

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The Bay

The Bold and the Beautiful

Days of our Lives

General Hospital


The Young and the Restless


Tamara Braun, Days of our Lives

Finola Hughes, General Hospital

Katherine Kelly Lang, The Bold and the Beautiful

Annika Noelle, The Bold and the Beautiful

Michelle Stafford,  The Young and the Restless

Cynthia Watros, General Hospital

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Eric Braeden, The Young and the Restless

Scott Clifton, The Bold and the Beautiful

Thorsten Kaye, The Bold and the Beautiful

Eric Martsolf, Days of our Lives

John McCook, The Bold and the Beautiful

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Jennifer Gareis, The Bold and the Beautiful

Linsey Godfrey, Days of our Lives

Courtney Hope, The Young and the Restless

Allison Lanier, The Young and the Restless

Emily O’Brien, Days of our Lives

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Robert Gossett, General Hospital

Bryton James, The Young and the Restless

Wally Kurth, Days of our Lives

A Martinez, The Bay

Mike Manning, The Bay

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Linden Ashby, The Young and the Restless

Ashley Jones, The Bold and the Beautiful

Alley Mills, General Hospital

Guy Pearce, Neighbours

Dick Van Dyke, Days of our Lives


The Bay

The Bold and the Beautiful

Days of our Lives

General Hospital

The Young and the Restless

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The Bay

The Bold and the Beautiful

Days of our Lives

General Hospital

The Young and the Restless


General Hospital

The Jennifer Hudson Show

The Kelly Clarkson Show

The View

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The Bold and the Beautiful

Days of our Lives

Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade

The Kelly Clarkson Show


African Queens: Njinga

Days of our Lives

General Hospital

Start Up

The Young and the Restless


African Queens: Njinga

The Drew Barrymore Show

General Hospital

The Kelly Clarkson Show

The View

The Young and the Restless


African Queens: Njinga

The Bold and the Beautiful

The Jennifer Hudson Show


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African Queens: Njinga

The Drew Barrymore Show


The View

The Young and the Restless


“Shine” General Hospital

“Unexpected Truth”Unexpected

“We’re Home” Reconnecting Roots


The Jennifer Hudson Show

The Kelly Clarkson Show

Tamron Hall

Turning The Tables with Robin Roberts

The View

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Access Hollywood

Entertainment Tonight



Be My Guest with Ina Garten

Family Dinner

Selena + Chef: Home for the Holidays

Valerie’s Home Cooking

What Am I Eating? with Zooey Deschanel


Hot Bench

Judy Justice

Justice For The People with Judge Milian

The People’s Court

We The People with Judge Lauren Lake

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Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg, Alyssa Farah Griffin, Sara Haines, Sunny Hostin, Ana Navarro, The View

Kelly Clarkson, The Kelly Clarkson Show

Mark Consuelos, Kelly Ripa, Live with Kelly and Mark

Akbar Gbajabiamila, Amanda Kloots, Natalie Morales, Jerry O’Connell, Sheryl Underwood, The Talk

Tamron Hall, Tamron Hall


Lidia Bastianich, 25 Years with Lidia: A Culinary Jubilee

Valerie Bertinelli, Valerie’s Home Cooking

Eduardo Garcia, Big Sky Kitchen with Eduardo Garcia

Emeril Lagasse, Emeril Cooks

Sophia Roe, Counter Space

Buddy Valastro, Legends of the Fork


Frank Caprio, Caught in Providence

Kevin Frazier, Nischelle Turner , Matt Cohen, Cassie DiLaura, Denny Directo, Will Marfuggi, Rachel Smith, Entertainment Tonight

Deborah Norville, Steven Fabian, Lisa Guerrero, Ann Mercogliano, Jim Moret, Les Trent. Inside Edition

Robert Hernandez, Star Jones, Divorce Court

Judge Judy Sheindlin, Whitney Kumar, Kevin Rasco, Sarah Rose, Judy Justice

What do you think about the nominations for the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards? Who do you think deserved to get in that did? Who do you think got snubbed? Who are you happiest to see receive a nomination? Let us know via the comment section below.

Make sure to be with us live starting tonight Friday, April 19th at 8pm ET/5pm PT for the Michael Fairman Channel’s 10th anniversary edition of its Daytime Emmy Nomination Special 2024, featuring some of the just announced daytime drama nominees. 







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Stephen Schnetzer Talks On His Return to Days of our Lives and Working with Susan Seaforth Hayes In Emotional Episodes

Who says you can’t go home again? In the case of Another World favorite, Stephen Schnetzer (ex-Cass Winthrop), he has proven that it is true, and you can go back to your soap roots and where it all started for you.

Last week on April 11th, Schnetzer, along with several other key returns were on set at Days of our Lives taping all-new episodes of the Peacock streaming soap opera, centering on the funeral of Doug Williams (the late Bill Hayes), and as part of the iconic soap opera’s 15,000th episode.

Stephen is reprising his first daytime role as Steve Olson, the brother of Julie Williams (Susan Seaforth Hayes). The last time Schnetzer appeared on a DAYS set was during his one and only run on the show from 1978 to 1980. Clearly, viewers will be in for some very emotional scenes when Steve returns to Salem to be there for his sister, Julie in her time of need. In real-life, Susan has been going through her own grief, having just lost Bill back on January 12th at the age of 98.

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Michael Fairman TV caught up with Stephen during the 15K episode celebration ceremony, and during a break from taping the gut-wrenching funeral scenes, to get his thoughts on being part of these highly-anticipated moments that will air later this year in December. Here’s what he shared with us below.

What has this been like for you to work with Susan Seaforth Hayes after all of these years?

STEPHEN: She’s a dream and she’s so bright. We ran lines yesterday and we ended up just visiting for about 45 minutes and just catching up and telling tales about each other’s career. She even dropped off the autobiography that she and Bill did. And being back here at DAYS, every time I turn a corner, there’s another familiar face. When I was on the show 40 more years ago, a bunch of the guys, played softball on a team together. This is really a trip down memory lane as I knew it would be.

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Taping Doug’s funeral must be a hard day for Susan. Are you checking in with her to help hold her up through this?

STEPHEN: I am and I’m checking in with Amy Shaughnessy (Susan’s assistant), and she’s holding her up more than anybody. We’re there for each other.

There will obviously be some major hankie-inducing moments when Steve comes back to Salem to console his sister.

STEPHEN: Oh, wait till you see it in December. It’s going to be great.

Were you surprised you got this call to come back to the show decades later?

STEPHEN: It was out of the blue! I was completely surprised. They should have called me decades ago! That’s what surprised me. When Another World went down, I thought I’d land somewhere else and it never happened. That was more of a surprise.

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Cass is such an identifiable character for you. As well, you and Linda Dano (ex-Felicia Gallant) are so synonymous together as best friends Cass and Felicia from Another World. When fans heard you were reprising your role as Steve Olson on DAYS, they are now hoping there will be more of you on the show to come.

STEPHEN: Steven Olson is a real “Cassian “character. I cut my teeth on Steve Olson and that’s how Cass was introduced. He was kind of a roguish charmer. And then when the character stuck for Another World, they rehabilitated me, and turned me into one of the shows heroes. And that’s what would’ve happened if I stayed as Steve Olson probably. So, Steve is the ‘pre-Cass’, Cass.

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As the story goes, you originally decided to leave Days of our Lives?

STEPHEN: I was never on contract. I was doing a day and a half a week and I got a Broadway play directed by Franco Zeffirelli starring Joan Plowright and Frank Finlay. I was able to it as I didn’t have to break a contract or anything. I cut loose and went back to New York for that.

How well did you get to know Bill Hayes during your first time around on DAYS?

STEPHEN: My first episode was with Bill and Susan, as her long lost brother coming into Salem. They were so good to me. They were so kind. I had been doing eight years of classical repertory theater, never been in front of a camera. I tell everybody, it took me longer than any other actor I’ve ever seen to get comfortable in front of a camera. And they were very supportive at that time in my career. Coming back to honor Bill now in 2024, and to be see Susan, I am just so happy to be here.

Looking forward to seeing the scenes between Stephen and Susan Seaforth Hayes come December and Doug’s funeral and surrounding episodes? Do you hope that DAYS might bring the character of Steve Olson back for a longer stay? Comment below.

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51st Daytime Emmys: Outstanding Daytime Drama Series Nominations

On Thursday, the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards revealed nominations in several key categories via four entertainment news programs: Access Hollywood, E! News, Extra and Access Hollywood.

Three of the four announcements were major categories in the field of Daytime Dramas.

The nominees in the Outstanding Daytime Drama Series category are: The Bay, The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of our Lives, General Hospital, Neighbours and The Young and the Restless.

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General Hospital won this category last year, and has the most all-time wins for a series in this category. For the first time, the beloved Australian-based soap opera, Neighbours is now eligible for competition due to its reboot which streams on Amazon Freevee.

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The 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be handed out in ceremonies in Los Angeles and broadcast live on CBS and streaming on Paramount+ on Friday night, June 7th.

Previous categories announced tonight via the entertainment news outlet included: Lead Actor and Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

So, what do you think about this year’s nominee for the Outstanding Daytime Drama Series? Who do you think should win? Comment below.

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