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Deidre Hall speaks for first time in exclusive interview!

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Deidre Hall

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For the first time since her shocking departure from DAYS at this same time last year, Deidre Hall speaks!  The Days of our Lives legend, who played soaps most beloved heroine, Dr. Marlena Evans has  been named by TV Guide Canada, Entertainer of the Decade for her performances.  Nelson Branco (TVG) caught up with our favorite “doc” for a captivating interview to discuss all things: her firing, James Reilly, Drake Hogestyn and Wayne Northrup, family life, future projects, and the state of soaps.   Here are a few great excerpts!

Deidre on if she was asked to take paycut before DAYS dismissed her: “You should know that I have taken many pay cuts, too, in the past. But I wasn’t even asked if I could take a pay cut before I was dismissed because I would have. Over the years, I had always said to Ken Corday, “This is my home. And this is my family. If you’re in trouble, and need some salary relief, knock on my door because I am a team player. I’m your girl.” There is no question that the show was in trouble and extremely over budget because of years and years of overspending.”

Deidre on Marlena murdering Salem icon, Alice Horton with a donut: “Yes, I did! For me, that was probably the worst day on DAYS! When they told me Marlena was going to kill Alice, I was simply dumbstruck. I was simply undone the day we filmed that scene. When we taped the scene, I took a deep breath and just acted it out. Before that, I was sobbing in my dressing room because Frances is my hero. What a lead to have on a show. If you are acting in a scene with Frances, you better know your stuff — or else! Frances is a living legend. She was everything you look up to — she’s a feminist, an inspiring and talented actor, hilarious and a wonderful, loving human being.”

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Raven Bowens is the New Chanel on DAYS

There has been a casting switcheroo at Days of our Lives.   Precious Way is out in the role of Chanel Dupree and the part had been recast.

Way debuted on-screen back in March of 2021, but now comes word, first via Jason 47’s Facebook page, that Chanel will be played by actress Raven Bowens.

According to Soap Opera Digest, look for Bowens to first air on-screen on the July 6th episode.  Apparently, she has been taping at the DAYS set since April.

Raven has previously appeared on All Rise, Insecure, The New Edition Story and Future Man.

You can follow her on Instagram here.

So, what do you think of the Chantal switch? Comment below.

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DAYS Alison Sweeney Previews the New EJami

Coming up on Days of our Lives, Dan Feurerriegel take over the role of EJ DiMera on-screen, and the character is making quite the timely, or untimely return to Salem now that Sami (Alison Sweeney) has been hitting the sheets with her ex-husband, Lucas (Bryan Dattilo).

Feurerriegel is stepping into the coveted role of EJ made soap-famous by James Scott, who left the series back in 2014 and never returned.

Now the question is can Sweeney and Feurerriegel strike soap gold with their re-imagined duo known as “EJami”?

 

In the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Alison Sweeney opened up about the casting, working with Dan, and the future of EJami sharing: “To be honest, I was nervous when I heard they were recasting EJ.  That’s a big role to fill, I mean, James Scott was definitely a fan favorite and EJ is such a memorable role in the story and certainly in Sami’s life.”

Sweeney said of sharing scenes with Feurerriegel, “Dan has been fantastic. I’ve really enjoyed working with him. He clearly understood the importance of the task ahead.”

As for what fans of EJami may be in for, Sweeney noted:  ” I hope those ‘EJami’ fans see the couple they were so connected to, but of course, in a new, different way.”

So will you be giving the new EJami a chance? Looking forward to Dan’s debut, or are you Team Lumi all the way? Share your thoughts via the comment section below. But first check out this week’s promo for DAYS.

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DAYS Billy Flynn Opens Up To Maurice Benard About His Battle with Addiction on All-New ‘State of Mind’

In a terrific episode of Maurice Benard’s (Sonny Corinthos, General Hospital) State of Mind You Tube series, the actor welcomes another one of the best actors on daytime, Days of our Lives star Billy Flynn (Chad DiMera, Days of our Lives).

What made this so compelling was Billy Flynn’s ability to talk openly, frankly, and with great understanding about his battles with addiction which he notes have been alcohol, drugs, and the cycles he has found himself in within his life and how he was able to break free of them, and the work he continues to do to keep him from falling back into them.

Flynn shares how much of his adult life was greatly impacted by his childhood, and explained to Benard, how he acted out when he was younger. He also shares how his addiction caused issues for awhile with his job at Days of our Lives.

This episode is a powerful one to watch for anyone struggling with issues of addiction, dependency, suicide, having problems at work, and trying to not self-destruct, which so many of us do, once we seemingly get what we what or while we are trying to obtain it.

Bravo to Billy and Maurice for bringing this forward and to the audience.

Watch Billy’a visit on State of Mind below, followed by a bonus segment where Flynn asks Benard some ‘hard-hitting’ questions.

What did you think of what Billy shared with Maurice? Comment below.

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