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DAYS Spokesperson Reveals Will Horton Has Been Recast! Chandler Massey Tweets Heartfelt Goodbye!

Photo Credit: Adam Campbell

Photo Credit: Adam Campbell

What a whirlwind Friday night for fans of Days of our Lives!

After learning that Chandler Massey wrapped up his final day at the NBC soap, and has been let out of his contract three months early (he was set to depart the series in December), now comes word from an official DAYS spokesperson via Soap Opera Digest which clearly states the role of Will Horton has been recast and they are ready to move forward with the new actor in the role.

SOD received this statement from a DAYS Spokesperson: “While Days of our Lives is disappointed to lose such a talent, the show understands and supports him (Chandler Massey) in his future endeavors. Due to current storyline and the timely discovery of new talent that the show feels is the right recast for Will Horton, a mutual decision has been made for the changes to taken place immediately. Chandler will always be a part of the Days family and we wish him nothing but continued success.”

Meanwhile, a few hours ago, Chandler Massey took to his twitter account thanking his fans for their support for the last four years in the incredible journey of the character of Will Horton that he was able to play: “Thank you, thank you, and thank you. It has been such an amazing journey, and I am so grateful to have shared these four years with you all. As I move forward from Days, I will never forget the laughs we shared, the tears we shed, & the love we spread. Time to get edumacated!”

So are you glad to know that the character of Will Horton will still be on the canvas and a very present force in Salem? Excited for the reveal of Chandler’s replacement? Or, are you upset DAYS let him leave earlier than anticipated? What can you say about Chandler’s performances during his run at DAYS?  Did they touch your heart?  Comment below!

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su0000
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su0000

A smart man !!
Education/career is forever..,, soaps are not ..

Tori
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Tori

That is so true, I try to tell my younger siblings the same thing about college education, it will benefit them in the long run. I wonder if the new actor they hired look like Chandler? and I really hope he is very talented because I do not want to see a revolving door of actors being cast for this role for lack of talent or lack of chemistry with the cast and the audience. I wish Chandler good in his future plans.

Chelle
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Chelle

I miss him so much!!! Best of luck to him but we are loosing out! ❤️

Me
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Me

His reasons for leaving and moving on are smart indeed and I’ve got tons of respect and understanding for that! But a tv couple for me works only if both, the two characters and the two actors playing them touch my heart and mind and they did!! I can abandon a tv couple pretty fast if one the characters or actors annoy me for whatever reason. Because of it, all I watch is WilSon with Freddie and Chandler. I watch nothing else at the moment and I used to be a tv junkie!.. What I want to say is that… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

geez! that’s beautiful. this MF site stirs so many emotions… when a soap and/or story – couple – that one actor – and the whole cast comes together…. you know… the cast at DOOL realize what a coup they have in Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith. I need time to grieve. as well. I know in my heart… that DAYS – SONY – NBC brought a heartfelt current timeliness true to form… true to life… a beginning in Salem that registered and made an impact on so many fans and the audience. This storyline shared the human bond of feeling….… Read more »

Montiralei
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Montiralei

Chandler Massey is one of my favorites. While I’ve enjoyed his work on DAYS (and the WilSon storyline), I have to support his decision to leave the show in favor of college. I trust his successor will be an asset to the show and do justice to the role of Will.

Me
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Me

What sucks double is that the show (or whomever!!…) never gave us a joined interview with Freddie and Chandler (and practically no joined photo-shoots either)!.. Not one single one! What on earth is up with that?!..

Ann
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Ann

That’s why there were always silly rumors that Chandler and Freddie did not get along away from the show. Also, some believed that CM’s management did not want him doing that stuff so he wouldn’t be typecast as just Will Horton, a gay character and part of a gay couple. Seriously, you wouldn’t believe the stuff I’ve seen, including some people harassing CM saying he just wants the awards and praise of playing a gay character but not really wanting to kiss another man or associate with gay people. Some nutjobs even say he is gay and in the closet… Read more »

Libby
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Libby

Chandler has made a lasting place in the life of Salem. It is time for him to spread his wings. Godspeed to Chandler in all he does.

Robert Seganti
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Robert Seganti

I believe people liked the storyline so much that they have overrated this actor.In many,many scenes he has an inappropriate smirk on his face.I would be unhappy to lose the character but as for the actor-a recast is fine by me.

Housewife
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Housewife

I soo AGREE with you. Never thought he should have won the awards. He was always creepy with that weird*ss grin. It always showed through as him being uncomfortable with the story line.

Patrick
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Patrick

I agree with you up to a point…. I thought he had the “smirk” when the storyline.. became “fully” gay… and he had to act like a couple… in love no less… with Freddie Smith. however… I thought Chandler’ Will… eventually became more comfortable with his take. be that as it may… an actor’s comfort level… even in this day and age..irregardless… playing a gay character day in and day out… not like a feature film… where.. an actor.. for that 2-3 month shoot.. can assuage the audience and his or her fans… to put themselves in that mode and… Read more »

gidi
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gidi

i like how chandler do his job,it will be hard to get new actor.NBC and DAys decided to cut whe they find replacment . I hope chandler have success in all he does

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

C.M. chose to leave, Wills been recast(maybe itll work,plus C.M can return in future…maybe) its not the end of the world so lets move on and enjoy our soaps!

Marlene Brown
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Marlene Brown

Not a smart move on Days part, sorry to see such a talented and integral part of days leave. Once again they are just letting talented actors walk away. I loved the character of Will and Chandler brought this amazing character to life. I wish Chandler the best in life, he will certainly go far. As for Day’s, I have been a loyal fan for practically since the first show and it seems Days gets talented actors and just let them walk away. Losing Bo was heartbreaking and left such a void in the show and losing Chandler will do… Read more »

Jules
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Jules

It was entirely Chandler’s decision to leave. He wants to pursue an education, and wih DAYS’s crazy filming schedule, he couldn’t do it. Ken Corday would have offered him the tars to stay, but ultimately respected CM’s decision. DAYS is now simply moving forward with the character with a new actor because they were left with no other option. Frankly I see the fact that so many younger actors leave after their contract is up at DAYS a real testament to how much they learn, and how confident they feel they have developed in their craft and can move on… Read more »

LittleMo
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LittleMo

Sorry don’t agree . The young ones get a taste of success and can’t wrap their heads around the idea that while they feel like big fish now, they’re in a very small pond. Look what happened to Darrin Brooks (Max). He’s back on another soap. None of the cast that has left the show has been heard from except Rachel Melvin (Chelsea) and that was limited and more west coast, certainly nothing international. And don’t be so sure this was entirely CM’s decision. I’ve seen more than a few people posting both here and in other interview comments that… Read more »

Jules
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Jules

That’s not entirely true: Ashley Benson (ex Abigail) stars on “Pretty Little Liars”, was just in a feature film called “Spring Breakers” and is just overall on the rise. Taylor Spreitler (ex Mia) stars on “Melissa and Joey”. Jenson Ackles (ex Eric) is now on “Supernatural” Shelley Hennig (ex Stephanie) was on a show called “The Secret Circle” on The CW Eric Winter (ex Rex) has been in a lot of things since DAYS- “Brothers and Sisters”, “The Mentalist”, “GBC”, all big roles on many episodes. He was also in a commercial with Britney Spears for one of her perfumes… Read more »

Rodd
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Rodd

Chandler will definitely be missed, but not forgotten. Wish him nothing but the best.
Will Horton is a very important character on DAYS, so I hope the recast is up for the challenge and that the fans give the new actor time to find his footing.

Antonella
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Antonella

I wish Chandler all the best but I’m very fine with the recast. WilSon are the reason I watch the show and I’d be very upset if they weren’t on my screen because one of the actors is leaving. So, I’m going to keep enjoying the ride and welcome the new actor!

miscrambler
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miscrambler

He’s an extremely talented young man and his work on DOOL with both Freddie Smith and Deidre Hall, especially, has been compelling, gripping and has raised the bar for actors in this genre. Also, he’s smart and he understands the importance of putting his education first. I’ll be sad to see him go, but applaud the reason why. Additionally, Chandler has been very vocal about wanting the character to continue and wanting the WilSon pairing to continue adding that, especially as a legacy character, Will is of more value to the canvas of Salem than is any one actor. As… Read more »

misty
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misty

its gonna be a shame to see him go, but wish him good luck in his future endeavours

Daniel Lewis
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Daniel Lewis

It’ll take awhile for the news to sink in but in the long run, at least Will and Sonny’s relationship will still be a part of the show. I wish Chandler all the best and I’ll try to accept whoever DAYS brings to the role of Will Horton! Sad he is leaving but glad that WilSon will continue!

Michael
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Michael

It does surprise me however that Days moved really fast in recasting the role of Will. Now, we probably won’t see the new actor until January at least.

SZima
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SZima

I hate to see Chandler go, but his story is front and center, so I’m glad they have already re-cast the role.
Good luck to Chandler. Glad he realizes the importance of education!

Bradley Hennigh
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Bradley Hennigh

I’m sad that Chandler Massey is leaving the show. However at the very same time I completely support his decision to continue his education at college. It has been an amazing nearly four years that Chandler was on the show. Chandler had the rare ability to portray those very painful emotions of his character leading up to and after his character came to terms with the truth about himself. From the start of that story line until his character came out I saw myself in his character because I’ve been there. It’s going to be very interesting to see who… Read more »

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

So sad to see Chandler go, and would love to see him back on the show.

Whomever replaces him as a hard and rough road ahead of them, Chandler has become truly iconic in this role. He’ll need to have chemistry with a lot of the cast, and most importantly Freddie Smith! I’d love to see Kevin G. Schmidt (ex-Noah, Y&R) as nuWill. I think he’d be an awesome fit into the role. He could really excel in it, plus, he’s an awesome actor and would fit in really well with the other younger actors on the series.

Patrick
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Patrick

ditto!

geez! someone else posted…about Kevin Schmidt as well…. and I so agree.

ex-Noah… has that sensitive demeanor… and likability…. plus… his looks would compliment Sonny.

Oh! Geez! this smarts….

toscanti
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toscanti

Best of Luck Chandler, would love to see Van Hansis ex-Luke ATWT take on the role. He has the acting chops to be successful with the role.

Ann
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Ann

Van is too old and too well-known as Luke Snyder. Plus I don’t think Van would want to do this role again…been there, done that.

Ann
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Ann

I already feel bad for the recast. He’ll forever be compared to Chandler and come up lacking to many. I know some will give the new guy a chance, but I’ve seen several people say they will not accept a new Will and won’t continue watching Days. Others say they’ll give him a chance but don’t think anyone can match CM’s talent or chemistry with Freddie.

Jared
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Jared

I agree Kevin Schmidt would make a great recast. Meanwhile, wishing Chandler the best! Mr. Massey turned the role of Will int one of the more vital and interest characters on the show, so in a way, the re-cast is a compliment.

Cindy
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Cindy

I feel sorry for the recast. Soap fans can be very unkind to recasts.

fred
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fred

i love chandler massey i love watchimg the sex scenes with him and should not let him go!!!!!

LittleMo
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LittleMo

My opinion is very different and I’m sure will get a lot of flack but I think Chandler is being a total jerk. He could have gone to school and continued on the show. Even if his role or his taping schedule was reduced from contractual ot recurring status to accommodate a school schedule it would have kept him on as Will. Chandler took on a role that is part of a couple and what he does has a direct effect on the other part of that couple – Freddie Smith. Many people have played Will Horton but it was… Read more »

Ann
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Ann

This is a business and every actor has to do what he/she feels is best for their career. It’s not their job to worry about everyone else on the show or the fans. It’s HIS life and he can choose to do what he wants with it.

LittleMo
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LittleMo

Actually you are dead wrong. These people are what they are, have what they have, earn what they earn, have the opportunities they have BECAUSE OF THE FANS WHO WATCH THE SHOW!!! This tells fans that now that we’ve served our purpose we don’t matter and that will incur repercussions not only for any actor big-headed enough to feel that way but for the show they are on as well as someone else. When an actor takes on a role that is half of a pairing he/she absolutely DOES owe something to the other half of that pairing as Chandler… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

The examples you have given are from film which is vastly different that daytime drama- films are often remade and I am sure if they ever redo Twilight or Titanic whoever plays those characters will be just fine. Daytime drama is more like a long running Broadway play– where actors even leads come and go, but the show carries on. It is hard to comment yet on whether the recast will have the chemistry with Freddie or not– obviously whoever they auditioned and got in there must have tested with him. Obviously it is not ideal when one half of… Read more »

LittleMo
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LittleMo

I’m sorry but do not agree . And Days tried this with Bo – he was re-cast years ago and it didn’t work at all. They also tried with Shawn Brady when Frank Parker wanted to retire. Even with you analogy could you honestly see anyone but Alison Sweeney playing Sami? Anyone but Joe Mascolo playing Stefano? Anyone but John Anniston playing Victor? Anyone but Peggy McKay playing Caroline?

su0000
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su0000

Chandler doesn’t want to keep up the demanding pace with soap filming and go to collage at the same time to make you happy, nope….
Chandler is not living his life to please a fan lol sorry .. 🙂

he is doing the right thing to get an education and career/ cant be a soap actor all his life, they come and go, no security ..

LittleMo
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LittleMo

The security comes with staying. People make fun of Alison Sweeney but she joined the cast when she was 16 and stayed for what is now 20+ years. Same with Kristen Alfonso (Hope). Joe Mascolo, John Anniston, Peggy McCay, etc.all stayed. Your support characters might be able to absorb a re-cast but not someone who is or becomes central to a story.

Lew S
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Lew S

WOW!

C
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C

So he should base all career and life decision he makes…around you?

LittleMo
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LittleMo

Every performer of any genre owes their good fortune to their fans because it’s the fans who watch the TV show, buy the movie tickets and merchandise, buy the music, go to the concerts, etc. When that performer is part of a pairing like this they owe something to the other half of the pairing. We saw a re-cast for Bo did not work at all and even when Frank Parker (Shawn Brady) wanted to retire and was re-cast for a couple of years that didn’t work well, either. Just like Joe M “is” Stefano and James Scott “is” EJ,… Read more »

Noelle
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Noelle

These are fans opinions. Haven’t you really loved a character in their role and then be upset when they left it??

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Perhaps it is because I come for a theater background that I know every actor is replaceable, even the examples you cited in your response to me, such as AS as Sami, JA as Victor, PM as Caroline. Of course that doesn’t mean I would like to see someone else in the role and the powers that be on daytime dramas know that, so if an actor has been on a soap ten or more years they don’t generally recast, they usually write off the character in some way that leaves it open for the actor to come back or… Read more »

Jules
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Jules

I’m with you Mary. Especially that last paragraph. Very well said and right on!

Jack Spratt
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Jack Spratt

As a UC school graduate in Asian Studies (same as Chandler), let me assure you that Chinese is a very demanding language to learn. I could barely do a small part-time job as an undergrad. UCLA is no walk in the park. C made the right decision.

Rolando Vera
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Rolando Vera

I wish Chandler well in his future endeavors, his brilliant acting touched many.
He has a bright future ahead of him and a good head on his shoulders.
I definitely think we will see him win another Emmy next year. His recent scenes with
Sonny’s mother after she surrenders the video showed that this actor is true to his craft.

Patrick
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Patrick

The EMOTIONAL parts of ALL this…. grandma Marlena, mother Sammi, “Will”, Arianna Grace. that DAYS culminated in powerful story.. is the big prize… the layers… of continuity…. the rich history… days succeeds in… the generational familial bonds… that make up what serial is and what the fans and audience treasure. i’m emotional and teared up just posting this. Will’s emotional upheaval…. gramma Marlena’s heart pulled/bursting/pulsing for her grandson…. Sammi’ denial? defiant acceptance… daring anyone to fault her child. and alas… full circle… with the fine acting choices of both Freddie Smith and Chandler Massey… Will’ family…. Sonny and Arianna Grace.… Read more »

joy tadych
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joy tadych

I am happy gthey are replacing hm cause I did not wnat to see WIlson storlyine end or have them break up I so wish they wouldof let him stay on tillhis contract was up. I would of loved to see him till april.,I think chandler does an awesome job and he is phemouniamal charactrer i wish him wiell in college and his career and hope he knoes howmych we all love him and gald to see the storline carry on

joy tadych
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joy tadych

i will continure watching and give this new peson a chace.. yes chandler and freddie haave the chemisty lbut some one else cna come in and fillhis shoes they may not be better but could be but i think they could do agreat job and u may be surprised at who can do parts.. please do nto stop watching and give this new person achnace you may find out u may like him just as much.. he will have grat shoes to fill lbut i am w illing ot watch lcuase i love th s troyline ‘

Blake
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Blake

I will miss him as Will, and his chemistry with Sonny. Hopefully the recast will be a good one. I wish Chandler the best, he will be missed!

Mo
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Mo

Are you kidding me? Why let him go early? Glad the character will stay, but I don’t think the recast is going to be so awesome to let Chandler go.

Margaret
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Margaret

I started watching Days back in the day when it aired in my country(i’m from holland)and I started watching it again on youtube when the Will and Sonny storyline was on. i think the Chemistry between CM and FS is great and as I am sad to see Chandler go.I wish him wel and all the best in his future career. I am glad they chose to recast the role off Will.so this storyline wil continue,imo thats better than to see it end and (maybe)see Sonny move on with someone else or even worse to have Freddie leave as wel.… Read more »

richard
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richard

This could workout well for Days bc Michael from GH was recast amidst a very dramatic storyline and the current actor playing Michael is great!!! Maybe they can find the old Michael from GH!!! Lol

Lisa
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Lisa

I have been a DOOL watcher for most of my life ( off and on 42 yrs) have watched the show go through a lot of changes by far the best coupling (Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith) I hate to see him go expectially as quick as he is. There will never be a better super couple then CM and FS. They were awesome. I honestly do not know if I will be able to watch with Chandler gone. But Freddie will get my continued support for his role and his other endevours. I will miss you Chandler and will… Read more »

Susan
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Susan

I love the character that Chandler Massey has portrayed. I have been truly impressed how well he grew in this role as a gay man. I will miss him and I hope that his replacement can live up to the role. It will take some time to get used to a new person in the role. I do, however, hope for only the best for Chandler Massey. To begin with, when he first went into that role, I was not too impressed but “wow” he became one of the main reasons I watched the show. Good Luck to Chandler and… Read more »

Faith
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Faith

Sick at heart – the chemistry between Chandler and Freddie will be hard to duplicate and I’m not sure I want to watch another will Horton . That being said, I can understand letting him go now – school starts this month. I was getting turned off by the drawn out storylines (Kirsten/Brady; Dan/Jennifer even Sami/EJ) so perhaps it is time to stop watching – I quit watching about ten years ago and only started again because of the EJ/Sami/Rafe storyline and stayed on for the guys – I think Days is dying.

dmr
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dmr

Chandler Massey will be tough to replace. Similar to Julie Marie Berman on General Hospital, Chandler is a two-time Emmy winner (JMB has won three). Tough for us viewers to get used to another face taking over a popular role. Good luck to Chandler with this education! Smart young man!

Phil
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Phil

I hope they recast Gabi too! I don’t want Gabi to be killed off and I would hate to see her take off with or without the baby. Besides there is still story for her.

Kara Tomsa
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Kara Tomsa

Hate to see him go

Simisooner
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Simisooner

I was impressed with Chandler’s talent early on. In fact, I thought he was exceptionally talented, even wondered if he used method acting. I will watch anything he is in that I know about. So now, I guess I should follow him on twitter. I have been watching this show for 40 years. If he ever comes back to DOOL, KOOL. If not, I think Hollywood should scoop him up quick! Chandler, you are an excellent actor. I, selfishly, wish you continued success….so I can see you!

Geoff Clack
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Geoff Clack

Love Wilson !!! Chandler has made it clear he would be cool with Will being recast. If I remember reading correctly; he acknowledged the value of Will for the legacy of the program. If the show has found a new Will that can continue the great romance of Wilson with Freddie Smith; then lets give the new guy a chance !!! I am sure the new person was tested thoroughly for chemistry with Freddie. As the new guy is half of a super couple with Freddie; Wilson who we all love !!! I would like to point out Chandler was… Read more »

Jack Spratt
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Jack Spratt

I liked Chandler because of his pretty hair, face and body, and he was an intelligent, classy, straight-looking guy submitting to kisses by another great-looking straight guy. So HOT! Uh, his acting was good, too…. But there are guh-zillions of attractive actors in these United States.,,give the new guy a chance!

EJK
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EJK

Well, Congrats to Jack Spratt for laying it all out as it is, perhaps too bluntly for some but true.Let me add I am a new watcher unlike everyone else here but without WilSon there is very little to be said for this comic soap.The other guys are played naïve and stupid and the women are just plain crazy. I swear I have never met a mother as clueless as Jennifer or men as dense as Dan and Brady. I realize this is the story line but it insults common intelligence. Am I wrong?

Jack Spratt
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Jack Spratt

I agree, but it’s good entertainment. DOOL is comical in that, jus as when watching stand-up comics, we enjoy seeing and hearing people whose lives are worse than our own, who make fun of themselves, because it makes us fel better. So that seems key. I do think Chandler is special but there was an element of “I may be gay and having a tough time but I have more self-confidence than Will.” At the same time, we’re captivated by Chandler’s good looks that are right off a painting by Raffaello. I’m hoping for another great-looking Will but with more… Read more »

Bil
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Bil

I wish Chandler the best. I had not watched DOOL in years. I started with the casting of Freddie Smith. I agree that Chandler will be hard to replace, but it has been done many times in the past. Sometimes the recasts work out better. Victoria Wyndham was not the first Rachel, Melody Thomas Scott was not the first Nikki, Sharon Case is the third Sharon, Robin Strasser was not the first Dorian, Tom Hughes was recast eleven times. This list could go on. I look forward to seeing the new Will.

carol
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carol

I really hate this seeing Chandler go but it was his own idea I really did like him a lot and the gay story plot doesnt bother me at all. I guess we will just have to get use to this new guy. I will definately miss Chandler.all I can say is good luck to him no matter what he does. where i live they moved days to noon.

carol
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carol

Does anyone know why Chandler is leaving? I certainly will miss him well but he will be missed.I only hope that this new guy is half as good as he was.I just cannot picture anyone else playing Will it wlil certainly take a while to get use t the new one.

Engela
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Engela

I’m happy that he wants to further his career but I’m actually kind of mad. Will is the only one of the few charcters on “Days” that is constantly being replaced and just when you get comfortable with one another one comes in, like Dylan and now Chandler and it’s really getting frustrating now

Larry
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Larry

You know I have read all the comments made . I just have to say yes I am going to miss the face of Chandler playing Will . Good luck to him. But to be honest he was a horrible actor . I just hope the person that takes his place , is as much as a great actor as Sonny ( Fredde) acting . I got so tired of seeing Chandler missing his marks . At best he is a B related actor . With the right actor with Freddie the Will and Sonny’s love story can go down… Read more »

Daniel
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Daniel

I just can’t. I’ve been binge watching Days with Sonny and Will and it hurts so bad knowing Chandler isn’t going to be there anymore. I’ve literally watched 4 years of soaps in about 4 days and I’m completely hooked on Chandler. I don’t think I’d be able to watch Days without him unfortunately. :/

David
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David

I have watched DOOL since I was about five years old. I am a Chandler fan and have to remind myself that he to was a recast and was not to welcomed by the fans of Dylan Patton, but Chandler won over all hearts with his acting ability and then by given the story of a life time (some like it and some do not) but one thing ever should be able to agree with is he did it and did a great job. He will be surely missed but not forgotten because if it wore not for him the… Read more »

Cheryl
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Cheryl

Personally, I think Chandler is crazy for leaving Days, and leaving Days for college?! I know that’s what he wants to do, but, come on, really?! I would have given just about anything to be on Days when I was younger. And I know a lot of people that feel as I do. But it’s his life, Chandler was one of my very favorite characters, and I loved his gay relationship storyline with Sonny, and I just can’t see anybody else playing the role of Will (Chandler) . So in closing, I will miss you so much Chandler, but I… Read more »

Kathy
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Kathy

Don’t like the new will.

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49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards: General Hospital, B&B’s John McCook and Y&R’s Mishael Morgan Take Top Honors

Friday night, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ (NATAS) 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards were handed out in 15 categories on a live telecast on CBS and streaming on Paramount+.  When the dust settled, it was ABC’s General Hospital who took the night’s top prize for Outstanding Daytime Drama Series.

This marks GH’s continued record-breaking number of wins in this category and brings it up to 15 victories for the iconic show, which is currently in its 59th year on the air.  GH’s executive producer, Frank Valentini accepted the award on behalf of everyone connected with the show, when Drew Barrymore presented the final award of the night.

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The night also brought with it the historic win of The Young and the Restless’ Mishael Morgan (Amanda Sinclair). The actress became the first black actress in Daytime Emmy history to ever take home the Lead Actress Daytime Emmy.  In the emotional highpoint of the evening, in terms of acceptance speeches and significance, Morgan spoke to the current generation breaking glass ceilings.

Morgan expressed: “We are breaking glass ceilings left right and center and I am so honored to be a vessel and to experience this moment. Everybody out there today, we can do this thing called equality and unity together.”  In her speech, Mishael shared: “I was born on a tiny island in the Caribbean, and I’m now standing on an international stage and I am being honored regardless of the color of my skin, regardless of my passport, for being the best at what I do, Now there are little girls around the world and no matter what the industry, the vocation they can strive to be the best.”

Veteran actor, John McCook who has played Eric Forrrester on The Bold and the Beautiful for over 35 years, finally won his first ever Emmy after four previous nominations in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

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The Supporting Actor and Actress in a Drama Series trophies went to two standouts from General Hospital, Kelly Thiebaud (Britt) and Jeff Kober (Cyrus), while Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Spencer), added another mantle to the GH trophy case with his first win for Outstanding Younger Performer.

Days of our Lives writing team led by Ron Carlivati took home the gold for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series, while GH won for Direction.

The biggest winner in terms of total gold belonged to The Kelly Clarkson Show. When all was said and done, between the Creative Arts ceremonies held last weekend, and last night, the talk show took home 7 awards including: Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show and Talk Show Host. General Hospital followed with five total wins for Daytime Emmys 2022.

The ceremonies featured DAYS Suzanne Rogers (Maggie) anchoring the Lifetime Achievement Award presentation to her longtime co-star John Aniston (Victor), who was not present, with the help of John’s daughter, Jennifer Aniston, who was seen on tape.

Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica, All My Children) made her first public appearance since the passing of her beloved husband, Helmut Huber and introduced the In Memoriam segment.  Grammy-winner Michael Bolton performed his classic tune “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” during the tribute.

Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner were the hosts for the telecast, and with the overturning of the Supreme Court Roe vs. Wade decision on everyone’s mind last night, Turner gave a nod to how she and so many others felt, when Frazier told her how nice she looked in her dress. Nishcelle commented, “I chose this dress. It was my choice.”  That moment received huge applause from the audience in attendance.

Check out the full winners circle list from last night’s 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards below. 

Then let us know, are you happy with the results? Who were you most thrilled to see take home an Emmy? What did you think of the telecast? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

Outstanding Daytime Drama Series

General Hospital 

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama, Actress

Mishael Morgan, The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Lead Performance In A Daytime Drama, Actor

John McCook, The Bold and the Beautiful

Outstanding Supporting Performance, Actor, in a Daytime Drama

Jeff Kober, General Hospital

Outstanding Supporting Performance, Actress, in a Daytime Drama

Kelly Thiebaud, General Hospital

Outstanding Younger Performer in a Drama Series

Nicholas Chavez, General Hospital

Outstanding Writing Team For a Daytime Drama

Days of Our Lives

Outstanding Directing Team for a Drama Series

General Hospital

Outstanding Game Show Host

Steve Harvey, Family Feud 

Outstanding Game Show

Jeopardy!

Outstanding Entertainment News Series

Entertainment Tonight

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host

Kelly Clarkson, The Kelly Clarkson Show

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show

Kelly Clarkson, The Kelly Clarkson Show

Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host

Tamron Hall, Tamron Hall

Outstanding Informative Talk Show

Turning the Tables with Robin Roberts 

 

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