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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
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 better storylines to keep us watching
That’s just my opinion

JOYCE GRIMM
JOYCE GRIMM

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

Anne
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
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
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
anne

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

Laurel Toyne
Laurel Toyne

I totally agree!

Anne
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
.Paula Jaworski

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

chris
chris

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

mike
mike

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

anne
anne

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

Dee
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
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 identity of the whole. These 2 qualify. Yes, many have come and gone and come back over the years, but when it comes to firing an actor and ending a character, some should never be. This includes Will and Sonny. It was a mistake for an executive in charge to think this cast change was a small matter. And the least NBC Days of Our Lives could have done to trim the budget, but keep integral cast members, was to place these 2 on recurring staus.

Roberta
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 going to now either. There are a few other veterans (with show 5+ years or more) that can be let go to keep one or two of these young men and prevent Camila from leaving. Could also, bring back either Stephanie or Joey.

Steve
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
laynie

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

DeeDee
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
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
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
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
Sandi Kuykendall

My post should have said DOOL. Autocorrect ##

Sharyn Lee-Anne from Australia
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 characters is crazy.

Betty Hunt
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
Patty Pucci

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

Teresa McAlister
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
Karen Blair

Hope so they are both good actors and should not leave

Violet Lemm2
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
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
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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Production is predicted to resume after two weeks. As of now, this will not impact viewers at all as the series tape weeks ahead of air. Obviously, since the COVID-19 pandemic is ever-changing updates to this may happen along the way if production does not swing back in full a month or so from now.

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