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DAYS Wally Kurth On The Exit Of Freddie Smith and Chandler Massey: “These Two Wonderful Actors & Terrific Young Men, Consistently Gave Their Best”

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If anyone is familiar with the scene-work done by Days of our Lives’ Daytime Emmy winners, Chandler Massey (Will) and Freddie Smith(Sonny), it’s Wally Kurth (Justin).

For DAYS fans, and as we discussed in our recent interview with Wally, they have watched this soap vet give the performances of his daytime career alongside of Massey and Smith in the storyline that found Adrienne (Judi Evans) killed in a car crash, and Will sent to prison for it.

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With the news last week of the departure of Chandler and Freddie from DAYS (from the actors themselves), fan outcry has begun with a petition to keep Will and Sonny on the show, and now a very public support from Kurth, who thanked these two talented actors for all they have meant to Days of our Lives over the years.

In a post on social media, Wally tweeted over the weekend: These two wonderful actors and terrific young men, consistently gave their best and it made @nbcdays the best it’s ever been. I will truly miss working with them. And I look forward to their return. @ChandlerMassey @freddiemsmith”

What do you think of the sentiments Wally shared on Freddie and Chandler?  Do you think WilSon will be back on the canvas, eventually, after they exit on-air in the fall? Comment below.

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Sandi
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Sandi

They are awesome actors and gave their very best to DOL. it’s real shame how they found out they were letting go by reading their scrips not by the ones in charge. Very disrespectful to not only them but others leaving too. And they won awards for their acting on DOL. A lot of us fans have been watching for many years and are disappointed in how things are now. I feel the time jump was just an excuse to let great actors go. I’m sure it is budget issues but at least be up front about it Really need… Read more »

JOYCE GRIMM
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JOYCE GRIMM

KEEP THYEM & KEEP THE FANS HAPPY & REALLY LISTEN TO US !!!!!!!!!!!! KEEP RAFE TOO !!!!!!!!!== GREAT ACTORS !! WAKE UP, WRITERS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anne
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Anne

It is not the writers fault here. They are more than likely following orders from NBC daytime. NBC wants the budget cut which means actors on Days are going to be written out. So goodbye Rafe, Sonny, Will, Jennifer, Jack, A.J, Abby and hopefully that psychopath Gabi.

Mary Ann Malick
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Mary Ann Malick

Who the heck is going to be left that we want to watch? I have watched since the very beginning and watched many changes. Unfortunately I feel the writers are trending toward another generation which is fine but remember we still enjoy the older actors too.

Mary Ann Malick
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Mary Ann Malick

Yes I agree. Rafe definitely needs to stay too. Have the writers ever tried to bring Bo back. I realize he died but how many times have they brought back someone who has passed???

anne
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anne

There is just one problem. Peter Reckell may not want to come back to DOOL

Laurel Toyne
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Laurel Toyne

I totally agree!

Anne
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Anne

I agree that Freddie Smith and Chandler Massey should have both been told before the script came out that they were both being let go. And it is because of financial issues.I think the first warning of that is when Thaao Penglish and Leann Hunley were told they would not be coming back.

.Paula Jaworski
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.Paula Jaworski

I don’t know if they will return. But i truly hope they do

chris
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chris

keep the good actors that’s why the fans watch!! You have already lost fans with the stupid time jump

mike
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mike

How can the powers that be on the show think this is a good move?

anne
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anne

This is what happens when the network tells the producers to cut operating costs.

Dee
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Dee

I don’t get why we are losing three awsome actors? Whats wrong with Ron and Mr.C.
Please bring back rafe sonny and will. Soon

Nickolas
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Nickolas

I was fully expecting both actors to be re-signed,and the characters to remain on the show until its end (which may happen sooner rather than later anyways). I was surprised and disappointed to learn they were cut from the cast. To many fans these particular 2 characters are not and will never be disposable dead weight on the canvas. They are special fixtures in the history of the show. Every actor and every character on a soap opera has their fans, but some rise above that basic reality. There are some characters who are just an integral part of the… Read more »

Roberta
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Roberta

Sad how they found out, where is the sense of humanity anymore? As for Wally, he is a nice guy and ok actor, but to be honest they should ship Justin out of town and keep one of these two. He has a contract on GH full time and other than a forced pairing to create angst with Steve/Kayla (which is all the writer knows by the way) his character really isn’t needed. I’ve watched the show off and on for 30+ years with mom and he has never really been a character that has helped drive ratings. He isn’t… Read more »

Steve
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Steve

Wally actually has a contract with DAYS that allows him to recur on GH. He’s been used frequently on GH during the DAYS shooting hiatus.

Donna Cigna
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Donna Cigna

It’s totally a shame when actors are left out of a show. Time to rethink what soaps would be like without dedicated viewers.

Tonya Dixon
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Tonya Dixon

The best be bringing them back or they will be losing some viewers. I have loved will since he was born on the show. I have loved Sonny since him and Will became a couple. They are great actors.

anne
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anne

Sadly, I don’t think Sonny and Will are going to be brought back. My grandmother says that this a repeat of the mass firing of actors in 1980.

Satan
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Satan

I’m sure it’s crossed Wally’s mind that with his wife & son gone, he’s likely to be the next one on ReRon’s chopping block. Fortunately for him, he’s already working at GH if that happens.

Steve
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Steve

While I have plenty of issues with Ron’s writing, it’s Corday and the producing team that dictate contracts – not the writer.

Kudos to Wally for making the modern soap opera production model work for him.

Joyce
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Joyce

I have one question.WHY. Love these guys for a long time. Please bring them back.fans enjoyed them. Your going to lose fans from this I think.

laynie
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laynie

If they DO NOT RETURN, DAYS will lose many a viewer

DeeDee
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DeeDee

I agree. I have been watching since Jan. 1968 when I quit work to have my first child. If Rafe, Will, Sonny go, I go!!! Get rid of HOPE……..get rid of Stef/Steve. I wish they would give me a year to run the show!!!! Give Julie and Doug a vacation!!!!!! Get rid of Kristin!!!!!!! Keep Ben and Ciara!!!!!

Cyndi
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Cyndi

I thought the jump was a good move but now I am disappointed with loss of. So many people. When sonny and will are gone so am I

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I agree with you Cyndi. Time jump was an appealing and intriguing idea. But I do not like to see my favorites written off the show. DAYS is looking a little too much like GH lately. And GH was looking a lot like OLTL. Where are the Bill Bells and Agnes Nixons of this generation? Good storytelling is not a lost art.

Paula
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Paula

It’s ridiculous how new Producers come and change things up not for the good of the show but for their own egos and bottom lines. I mean how dumb is it to say to yourself, “ I need to rock the boat. I know! I’ll fire two of my award winning socially aware actors. “ as my Daddy used to say, If it ain’t broke, Don’t fix it!!!

Sandi Kuykendall
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Sandi Kuykendall

My post should have said DOOL. Autocorrect ##

Sharyn Lee-Anne from Australia
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Sharyn Lee-Anne from Australia

I truly hope the powers that be at Days realise what a huge mistake this has been to let Freddie and Chandler go. Not only do this pair have a huge fan base. But they shared such an important story of a same sex couple and I feel helped so many people through following their journey. They both are amazing actors and I feel they have so much more to give. I sincerely hope Days listens to its fans. I have been watching this show my entire life and ridden all the waves. But getting rid of these two iconic… Read more »

Betty Hunt
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Betty Hunt

They take off the good ones and leave the worst one why not just leave things alone and let them still have a role its not fair you are losing a lot of followers for the cuts that have been made

Patty Pucci
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Patty Pucci

Keep them! I’ve been watching Days for more than 40 years. I’m devastated.

Teresa McAlister
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Teresa McAlister

These two are amazing actors and I think Days of Our Lives is making a huge mistake by taking them off of the show.

Karen Blair
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Karen Blair

Hope so they are both good actors and should not leave

Violet Lemm2
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Violet Lemm2

I love Wally’s work on both shows, but I kind of wish Justin would forget about Kayla. As Steve/Stefano said on today’s show, she is whiney, and I’m sick of hearing her go on and on. Oh, and please someone, chop off her ugly bangs!

Daysout
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Daysout

Sally is awful with Evans Kayla no chemistry at all but also an insult to the entire history of the characters! Ron succeeded in destroying days and making Kayla quite the hypocrite

Sally
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Sally

They are great on the show along with Rafe. So sad the decision was made to not renew the contracts of these 3 wonderful likeable chatacters.

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‘Santa Barbara’ & GH Favorite Judith McConnell Virtual Interview On Tap

You loved her as Sophia Capwell on Santa Barbara, and the troublemaking Augusta McLeod on General Hospital, plus several other soap roles, and now fan favorite Judith McConnell is set for a virtual interview in The Locher Room.

Look for Judith to chat it up with host, Alan Locher on the upcoming Friday, October 23rd edition of the You Tube series beginning at at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m. PST.

As well as being known for her soap roles on SB and GH, Judith also played Valerie Conway on As the World Turns, Miranda Bishop on Another World and Eva Vasquez on  and One Life to Live.

In primetime, McConnell has appeared on Star Trek, Dragnet, Beverly Hillbillies, Mayberry RFD, Green Acres, Mannix and more.

To watch the livestream click here.

So, what has been your favorite Judith McConnell role in her illustrious daytime career? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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B&B’s Kimberlin Brown and Tanner Novlan Talk on Sheila’s Motherly Love for Finn and the Next Move Against Steffy & the Forresters

The Bold and the Beautiful’s mother/son duo of Kimberlin Brown (Sheila Carter) and Tanner Novlan (Finn) chatted with Michael Fairman during a virtual interview for the Michael Fairman Channel; about the return of soap super-villain Sheila to the CBS daytime drama series, and its impact on newlyweds Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) and Finn, and their newborn son, Hayes.

When daytime fans learned that Brown was returning to B&B, they were very excited to see back on-screen as one of the greats, who’s character has caused so much trouble for the residents in both Genoa City 0n The Young and the Restless and in Los Angeles on The Bold and the Beautiful with her various crimes, deceptions, and plots over the years.

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However, this time, viewers learned that Sheila is the biological mother of good doctor, Finn and her entrance into the story (at the wedding reception for Finn and Steffy) threw disruption into the lives of the Forresters and for her the son she never-got-to-know that she gave up at birth.

During this entertaining and candid conversation, Kimberlin and Tanner reveal many behind-the-scenes tidbits including: what went down during the  taping of the scenes where Finn learns Sheila is his mother as she steps out of the shadows, the confrontation at the wedding when the Forresters learned this shocking bit of intel, how Sheila plans to continue to manipulate and weave her way into her grandson and son’s life, and how she sees her vendetta with Steffy as an off-shoot of her vendetta with her grandmother, the late Stephanie Forrester (Susan Flannery).

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In addition, Tanner weighs-in on Finn’s apparent ignorance of Paris’ (Diamond White) growing attraction to him, how that might trigger a Sheila/Paris partnership, or the possibility that Sheila does the unthinkable and somehow gets Steffy hooked back on opioids, or makes it looks like she has. There were many theories bantered about, and the actors share their speculative thoughts.

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Now below, check out the interview with Kimberlin and Tanner.   For more celebrity interviews make sure to subscribe and check out the Michael Fairman Channel here.

Then let us know, what possible plot do you think Sheila might concoct to get revenge on Steffy and the Forresters? Let us know your favorite part of our conversation with Kimberlin and Tanner via the comment section.

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WATCH: GH’s Maurice Benard Duet with his Son Joshua On ‘Elvis’ Classic

When soap fans and those in particular of General Hospital’s Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos) woke up Tuesday morning they were treated to a portion of a duet by none other than the multi-Daytime Emmy-winning star and his talented son, Joshua.

The father/son took to the camera and shared on Maurice’s Instagram a rendition of the Elvis Presley classic song, “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You”

Maurice shared in the video song posting, that the performance was a “Song 4 U The Fans” but added, “Make no mistake there’s only one singer here”.

However, as those who have watched the video know, Maurice can carry quite the tune, too, while Joshua continues to display not only his guitar prowess, but his singing chops, as he had done in previously.  Joshua is continuing to pursue his interests in acting and music.

Watch Maurice and Joshua sing below.

Then let us know what you thought of the video in the comment section and if a duet album should be the order of the day for fans, featuring Joshua and Maurice!

 

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