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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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The Kelly Clarkson Show Renewed For Two More Seasons

NBCUniversal revealed that their ongoing relationship with Grammy and Daytime Emmy winner, Kelly Clarkson had expanded further with news today that the company has renewed The Kelly Clarkson Show for two more seasons thus cementing her place in the daytime television landscape.

The renewal will keep Clarkson on through 2023.

In a statement, Tracie Wilson, executive vice president of NBCUniversal Syndication Studios said: “One ray of sunshine in this wildly unpredictable year is that we get to continue to deliver to stations and fans a show that brings people together.”   She added, “This wouldn’t be possible without the heart and humor of the talented and dedicated Kelly Clarkson and our production team, led by the incomparable Alex Duda, both of whom are masters of storytelling. It’s easy to see why Emmy voters, critics and viewers have become such loyal fans of the show.”

Previously in 2019,  the talk show was renewed for a second season shortly after it delivered the highest-rated talk show debut in seven years back

The show currently airs on more than 200 stations in 100 percent of the United States.

Clarkson had been filming episodes of her show from her home in Montana during the summer, but then for the start of the fall season in September returned to her Universal Studios set to host the show without an in-studio audience.  In addition, Kelly is also currently see as a coach on NBC’s hit singing competition, The  Voice.

So, glad to hear Kelly will be staying put on your daytime screens for a few years to come? Comment below.

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Tamara Braun Returns To DAYS; What Did You Think of The Entrance of Ava Vitali?

Friday’s cliffhanger episode of Days of our Lives brought with it the highly-anticipated re-entrance of mob moll, Ava Vitali as Tamara Braun returned to the NBC daytime drama series in her Daytime Emmy-winning role.

Braun was last seen on General Hospital as Dr. Kim Nero, but now back on DAYS, Tamara gets to play a trouble-making bad girl, in one of the most soap-famous roles of her career.  She originated the part back in 2008.

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In story, it is revealed during the episode that Phillip Kiriakis (Jay Kenneth Johnson) is in cahoots with Ava, and the expectation that he is supposed to launder mob money through the company and get Xander (Paul Telfer) out of the way.  She gives Phillip a steely threat – that he owes her from saving him from all of his debt, and in return it’s time for him to pay up!  Ava then recalls how she vouched for him with her cousin Angelo and how she is in Salem to make sure he delivers on what he promised.

The talk turns to everyone thinking Ava is dead.  She says it needs to stay that way.  Phillip asks if she planning on trying to rekindle things with Steve (Stephen Nichols) … and what about Joey, who is falsely imprisoned thinking he murdered her.  Is she going to let him rot in jail?  She says she has to remain on the down low, but he needs to take care of Xander and fast.

After Phillip exits, Ava texts someone an update and then thinks twice about letting Steve know she is alive, although we see, from her flashback of their night of passion, that she is heavily on her mind.

Much trouble ahead for Kayla (Mary Beth Evans), Tripp (Lucas Adams), Steve, Phillip, Xander and who knows who else with Ava snooping around Salem.

So, glad to see Tamara finally back on DAYS? What did you think of how they are tying a back-from-the-dead Ava to the story?  How do you think Ava ended up alive and well? Was Dr. Rolf (William Utay) somehow involved? Share your thoughts and your theories via the comment section below.

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OLTL Alum Renée Elise Goldsberry Lands Lead Role in Tina Fey’s New Comedy for Peacock

We all remember her fondly when she rocked the role of Evangeline Williamson on One Life to Live, and now years later this Tony and Grammy Award-winning star has been cast in the lead role in a Tina Fey comedy series!  We are speaking of the one and only, Renée Elise Goldsberry.

The Hamilton alum will star opposite Sara Bareilles in Girls5eva, about a 1990s girl group that gets another shot at stardom.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Goldsberry will play Wickie, the glamorous, big-voiced star of the group back in the day. Her solo career has hit a ditch, but she’s determined to use a new opportunity to retake her rightful place as pop royalty.”

In a statement, Goldsberry expressed:”This wickedly talented team is creating something brave and new  I’m grateful I get to be in the room with them. I honestly can’t think of a better way to transition out of this year and into the new one than laughing with strong and beautiful women.”

In the log lines for the series: Girls5eva centers on the members of a one-hit wonder group from the 1990s. When a young rapper samples their hit, they reunite to give their pop star dreams one more shot. They may be grown women balancing spouses, kids, jobs, debt, aging parents, and shoulder pain, but can‘t they also be Girls5eva?

The show from Tina Fey, Robert Carlock and Meredith Scardino will bow on NBCUniversal’s streaming service, Peacock.  No date yet has been given for when production will begin or when it might premiere but we will keep you updated.

So, what do you think of the news of Renée landing yet another feather in her talented cap on a comedy series that sounds right up her alley? Comment below.

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