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Drake Hogestyn Exits Days of Our Lives … But For How Long?

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Looks like Kristen’s (Eileen Davidson) machinations has John and Marlena (Deidre Hall) right where she wants them! And next week is a critical point for Jarlena fans when after the trust, and the one thing John values most in this world, honesty, appears to have broken down between the long-suffering couple.

On the heels of that, it will pave the way for the exit of Drake Hogestyn (John Black) as previewed in this week’s Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now.

Hogestyn will last be seen on next Friday, January 18th’s episode of DAYS when John leaves the canvas for a short while.   But how long will he be away?  How will it affect the war between Kristen and Marlena? A DAYS spokesperson could not be reached for comment.

However in this week’s SOD on what facilitates John’s exit, Drake Hogestyn revealed, “John says he needs space and that he’s confused.”

So soapers what do you think of John exiting Salem?  Do you want to see Drake return to the the soap sooner than later?  Let us know!

 

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Michael
Michael

This sucks. Not a big fan of Drake but I love it whenever Marlena and John have pivotal stories- I LOVE Deidre Hall.

Karen
Karen

Deidre and Drake get no respect from TPTB…

Beezie
Beezie

Sorry, everybody, but now that John has left town, let’s have Marlena go look for him .. and let it take a LONG time for her to find him. I think these two have been on DOOL way too long .. and one of the reasons they keep them is because Days is CRAZY about flashbacks!! Their acting skills have NOT improved….Good luck in your future endeavors, Diedre and Drake…..

Linda Aug. 21,2013
Linda Aug. 21,2013

Linda
I really miss John Black and hope to see him back with Marlena soon.
There both great actors. Also miss Bo very much too. Hope to see them all
together again. Not really the same without them.

Sal Piscioneri
Sal Piscioneri

come to GH as Jeff Weber or a Cassadine or long lost Spencer or someone from Jessie Brewer or Audreys family…..

MK
MK

Always thought he would be great as Jeff Webber!

Aaron
Aaron

Yes, I agree, Drake would be AWESOME as Jeff Webber or a recast Ridge on The Bold and The Beautiful!

Desiree
Desiree

Yes, or even a whole new character on DAYS.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I’m prettty sure that this exit is story dictated only, and that it is on a temporary basis. I don’t think DAYS would ditch Drake right now when he’s involved in one of the show’s hottest and most current storylines.

I think he’ll be back soon.

Mary SF
Mary SF

I agree he will be back, but it would be fun if he bought someone else to town with him- perhaps a recast Bo?

Chloe
Chloe

Better yet – the real Bo [Peter Reckell] & Stefano!!

Mary SF
Mary SF

Oh Chloe- I would love PR to come back, but it sounded like he left not under the best of terms with his former bosses. Therefore, I doubt if he would come back unless there was a lot of work behind the scenes to bring him back, but I heard no such rumblings, so I would rather see Bo recast than MIA altogether.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I think Bo would return to town, but Peter Reckell I’m pretty sure has no desire to return to the series. Plus, I got tired of always seeing him with Hope, a character I do not like. Maybe they could lure back Robert Kelker-Kelly and Julie Pinson as Bo and Billie!

Tonja
Tonja

I follow PR on twitter – whenever he’s asked about coming back he always says things like “never say never” or “we’ll see”…sounds like he would come back with the right story line. His character was allowed to go by the wayside and be boring… this character shoule be anything but boring! Bring the 80’s Bo back!

Janelle
Janelle

He’ll come back if the $$$ is good. That’s the real reason he left. He wasn’t willing to take a cut in pay.

Beezie
Beezie

Sorry, folks, but nobody can replace Peter Reckell as Bo Brady. Just wouldn’t be right!!!

JESSICA
JESSICA

IM PRAYING THAT HE DOES COME BACK I LOVE AND THATS A FACT.ROBERT KELKER KELLY WAS A GREAT BO AND HE COULD BE AGAIN.

Karen
Karen

It’s total nonsense!! As usual the J&M fans are screwed…Hopefully he is only away for a week or 2.

Claud
Claud

Sooner rather than later! It was just starting to get good, John and Marlena were getting involved, the momentum was just picking up, not a good time to send off John. Where does that leave Marlena? Why have they been taken out of their own story? Don’t get it.

Mary SF
Mary SF

The way the article is worded it sounds more like the actor needs some time off for personal or professional reasons– been a fan of DH for a long time, so I hope there isn’t any serious problem here- would like to see John Black back in town as soon as it is possible, but more importantly I hope whatever DH is confused about gets sorted out quickly for his sake.

Mary SF
Mary SF

My bad— misread the last line of the article, he was talking about his character John being confused not himself- well that’s a relief- so this is just a story line thing, so if DOOL shoots 3 months in advance- doesn’t the media already know if he is working or how long he was gone for?

Pam
Pam

Mary it’s NOT Drake’s idea to leave at all. Also, John would NEVER act this way to Marlena; from past story lines.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Thanks Pam- realized my mistake about two seconds after I posted my comment. It just goes to show you have actors and characters become so interconnected that for a second I forgot his name was Drake not John. I think John leaving must be some plot device- perhaps the ISA has recalled him to duty for some mission that he can’t tell Marlena. Then while away he will either run into a recast Bo or perhaps this will mark the return of Stefano. It does seem strange he would leave Marlena after all they been through, so the writers must have something up their sleeves.

stephanie
stephanie

Not happy that the writers are having John leave town, so out of character. No atter how angry or upset, he would NOT leave Marlena and Brady with Kristen still lurking around causing havoc…….If the writers and execs need to give vets some time off, I could give them a couple of suggestions…………..Not Drake or Deidre!!!

Kathy Lewis
Kathy Lewis

While Drake is off screen I will not be watching at all! Drake is an exceptional actor and is the reason I tune in. Until he returns my TV will stay off!!

vik
vik

I agree..that story is just getting going. Why would he now leave? Kristn just cracks me up and her wreaking havoc in salem is putting some DRAMA into the town.

Brittany
Brittany

Do you even need to ask Michael? Of course we want him back soon! They can’t let that witch Kristen tear them apart. And Days is insane for letting that loyal, talented man go ANYWHERE!

Ric
Ric

the plot would be wasted without JB as the basis for KD revenge. Must be a vacation due DH, hopefully he and JM (stefano) will be back soon and rev up the drama

Patrick
Patrick

what’s the deal with Stefano? when is he back on the canvas full-time? I had thought he’d a been back when Kristen returned. I miss him and Kate… would like to see all the DiMera’s living at the manse.

Gary
Gary

TPTB needs to get it together days is going down hill fast… they need to bring more vets back if not the show will continue to lose ratings

Patrick
Patrick

makes one wish.. DOOL did the same thing as GH… and brought in NBC stars from Another World.

I can’t falter GH fans… and OLTL…. if DAYS had been on the bandwagon… as well.

Debi Clarridge
Debi Clarridge

Days has a large and loyal fan base. What those in charge fail to realize, older people have watched days longer then the younger actors have been alive. Drake is one of our favorites, We have spent years not Days of Our Lives watching and being a part of his story lines. It is not fair to the seniors that have tuned into this daytime drama to lose, the most beloved actor in our age group.
Please reconsider Drakes swift return, you owe it to your loyal older followers. We are no longer teens, we need John, Marlena, Victor, Caroline, Etc………..to remain as important characters, they are the generation of our time………..Thank you, Please bring Drake back ASAP. Debi Clarridge, Lancaster, Ohio

Patrick
Patrick

I didn’t see this coming.. as well….. ???? it has to be a vacation… and or personal leave… as DH has had this in the past. I hope and wish him well personally….

John and Marlena… Victor, Maggie, Caroline, Kate… LOVE YOU.

I have to agree… this storyline and/or triangle was just heating up….

Pam
Pam

Patrick, it;s NOT Drake’s idea to leave. He LOVES the show!

Ann
Ann

They shouldn’t be writing him out in the FIRST place! I think the show can only BENEFIT from bringing him back front and center SOON, rather than writing him as leaving town and “running away,” which is NOT something John Black would do! Drake is the most underrated and least appreciated actor in daytime, despite what a gracious and accommodating person Drake is with everyone in real life. I hope last week’s episodes have opened some eyes to what a terrific actor he really is – something his fans have always known. He doesn’t deserve to be benched for ANY amount of time – especially since DAYS was only renewed for one year! If they have ANY hope of getting their ratings up and staying on the air, THEY NEED DRAKE! Come on, DAYS – it’s not rocket science! The fans know more about what’s good for your show than YOU do, apparently! Bring John back to town to deal with the John/Marlena/Kristen storyline where he belongs!

Cheryl
Cheryl

Amen, Sister! John Black is one of the best if not the best actor on Days and once he’s gone, that’s it for me!

CINDY BISCORNER-MEAD
CINDY BISCORNER-MEAD

YES I want Drake/John to return!!! ASAP!!!! Get rid of Kristin for good!!!

Annie
Annie

I think it Sucks that John is leaving Days! he is embattled in a good story line with Marlena and Kristen! He would never do that to his family!

Denise
Denise

I am really hoping Drake returns very soon. It would be really stupid if the writers make him stay away from Marlena. this Brady/ Kristen storyline needs John (Drake) in it or else the whole story would not work well. Drake is a great actor and he would never leave Marlena, Please don’t keep him gone for more than a couple of days.. We need Drake!!!

Annie
Annie

Days is gong down hill fast! I like all the vets ! They should bring back Peter and Drake and Joe ! I have been watching Drake since 86. I grews up with him being roman! I don’t really want to watch the Teens and Daniel and Chloe and Jennifer. I think he needs to come back and make up with this wife and stop Kristen and brady needs to go away! I think the VETS make the show! Bring Drake ASAP!
Annie Bradshaw
Twin Cities , Minnesota

Rod
Rod

Bye Bye John. Can Marlena go too!!! Snooze!!! They don’t have the IT any more!!
Clearly my answer is later much much much later ! Wong miss those scary face expressions

Annie
Annie

Why I think Days is going down hill fast because of all the Teens ,Sami and Rafe and EJ . I think the VETS make the show . Like Peter and Kristian and Dee and Drake ! YOu should also bring back Joe Mascolo!

Michael
Michael

How about he NEVER returns!? DOOL needs to recast the role of John. Drake can’t act to save his own life.

christine
christine

You are very wrong Michael. Drake is a wonderful actor. He has proven that more times than i can count. I want him back ASAP.

Helen
Helen

I agree, Drake is a very powerful actor, always has been. These bashers hate his personality in real life too, say he is too active and talks with his hands too much. Ignore them, I have for years.

Pam
Pam

Michael, Drake is a wonderful actor & one of the better ones on DAYS. He’s VERY loyal to the show as well! TPTB do NOT appreciate Drake or his talents apparently or they wouldn’t push him out of his own storyline! Drake is even better in person! He appreciates his fan base. That’s a FACT! No one could play the role of John Black besides Drake. He NEEDS to be back to work tomorrow!

Annie
Annie

I argee with the ladies Micheal. We want him back ASAP!

Linda
Linda

Well, all I’ll say about this is I’m leaving WITH John. Thank you Michael very much for letting us know January 18th is when John leaves town because now I don’t have to bother watching on January 21st! Drake Hogestyn has always been a phenomenal actor, but last week he raised the bar and has been nothing short of stupendous. He can play ANY emotion – hurt, sarcastic, angry, disgusted, and compassionate and is a kick ass emotional actor as well! Drake is by far the most underrated and often unappreciated actor in DTTV, so for a week it was such a pleasure to see Drake given material that showcased the fact the man has incredible acting chops but I should’ve KNOWN it wouldn’t last and Drake would be dumped on again. I have no desire to watch a show that doesn’t include Drake so bottom line is I just WON’T watch DAYS. It isn’t like TPTB care what we think anyway because if they did, they wouldn’t BENCH Drake again after he just got off the bench in October. I also feel this “Kristen” storyline will now crash and burn without Drake in it. Once again TomSell dropped the ball, what else is new.

Dee
Dee

I couldn’t have said it better Linda! It’s as if you read my mind. Perfectly written. And yes, Thank You John for posting when Drake’s final air date will be.

Dee
Dee

ooops, I meant to say Michael for posting the final air date. My bad! : – (

Annie
Annie

I argee with Dee and Linda! We want Drake back! Ken Corday doesn’t have a clue to what he has in the Vets! Let’s go with the Teens and the characters who are good in own right but bring back Drake and Peter and Joe Mascolo ! His parents would be rolling over in there graves if he need it was destroying the greatest soap !

Desiree
Desiree

WONDERFUL POST, LINDA! Very well written, send this to the soap opera press.

Dmitri
Dmitri

He’llbe back. This is just like Dan’s exit last year, it was only short-term. I agree about Jarlena not getting the airtime they deserve, or any of the vets for that matter. The vets either get short-term storylines already used in the past (Kristen’s return) or random short scenes (Lucas and Billie). I’m tired of the Sami Show. Bring back DAYS!!!

Patrick
Patrick

WHAT A HEADLINER?!?! This just Smarts…. this is not good for the uphill grind DAYS is in… the one storyline that’s keeping FANS interested.

if this is for personal reasons… Drake… take care… and come back to your 2nd Home.

Desiree
Desiree

Nope, Drake is fine, he never asked for time off.

Mary Hargett-Hiduk
Mary Hargett-Hiduk

It makes no sense at all why they would take Drake out of the mix. This is not the John Black of old. He would have understood Marlena’s reasoning and stood by her side. He would be there to fight Kritter with Marlena and try to make Brady understand the evil of this woman. TPTB and writers, WAKE UP. Listen to your loyal fans and get John back in Salem pronto. D&D have been a part of our lives for so long, PLEASE bring them back together. It is my understanding they are filming three months in advance so it would seem to me sites as this one would know if Drake is back to filming.

Isabella
Isabella

Drake leaving has now given me a reason to leave Days. Drake is a really fabulous actor and really the only reason I continue to watch Days. This show has gone down the toilet, it isn’t the show my grandmother got me hooked on and quite frankly I’m shocked it was even renewed. My last day tuning in will be Friday until Drake is on my screen again.

Helen Kent
Helen Kent

Well, as a long-time fan, this is the news that broke the camel’s back. I accepted when Peter left because not only is Drake a gifted actor but he also plays a very realistic hero, but I will not accept losing Drake too. I’m on vacation from watching DAYS unless Drake comes back.

Aaron
Aaron

I see how this works now at DAYS, get rid of actors like Drake who are wonderful actors and continue to fill the cast up with actors that can’t act, what are TPTB thinking? This move is also my ticket out of Salem. I’d appreciate a heads-up Michael so I know when to tune back into DAYS once Drake is again on the canvas. He makes the show, he isn’t your typical cardboard actor and when he acts he does it with feeling. I have a long list of actors on DAYS that could leave and I wouldn’t blink an eye but of course Drake wasn’t on that list. I’ve been meaning to stop watching since Tomlin started killing this show with his awful writing and Drake leaving has now cemented my decision.

Mary Hargett-Hiduk
Mary Hargett-Hiduk

can we compare our lists, I bet we would match!!

Desiree
Desiree

James (EJ), Eric (Brady), Shawn (Danny), Chandler (Will), Freddie (Sonnie), Alison (Sammy) Galen (Rafe) that is my dream GET RID OF list yet they’re all Tomlin pets so they’ll be with DAYS until the show dies.

Amy
Amy

I agree with everybody on that list.

Alex
Alex

That is my list too, get rid of Eric especially.

cecile
cecile

I want John back sooner than later. This is what soaps do for me–I like the happily ever after fantasy. It sure beats other programs that are constant failures in relationships. John and Marlena should be able to work things out. No one is perfect and forgiveness is a necessary part of a marriage.

Sandy
Sandy

What is the purpose of writing Drake off? He finally gets a storyline and then, is let go. I do not like the character of Kristen. There has to be another way, to write a good story for John and Marlena. And where is Stefano? I thought he returned to the show.

Sheila
Sheila

These writers have a lot to be desired when it comes to story line. Drake should never have been written out in the first place. I agree, these writers get rid of the experienced actors and think we want to see people everyday that are so stuck on themselves and those who think the world evolves around them. Tired of seeing the 40+ woman act like she’s a teenager and minding everyone’s business. They really need to take a good look at the younger set of cast and realize they can’t act no matter how hard they want them in the storyline. This is another fan that will leave when Drake does. What we need folks is to let the writers go.

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

Sooner, of course, are they idiots at that show, or what?

Ellie
Ellie

HUGE idiots!

Desiree
Desiree

ENORMOUS idiots! TPTB of NBC and DAYS are totally clueless regarding what fans want to see.

Pam
Pam

Drake Hogestyn doesn’t get the respect he should from TPTB. Drake is very loyal to DAYS. It’s a real SHAME! The current head writers don’t seem to know how to write for a complex character like John Black. Drake has fans of ALL ages & his fans are legion. For example, Drake now has over 10,000 followers on Twitter. I don’t understand why they would keep one of their lead actors off the show. IMO Drake should NEVER have been let go in the past & shouldn’t be now! Drake is my favorite actor on DAYS since he started in 1986. I have been watching DAYS for 40 years now. Maybe they should replace the writers instead of the actors like Drake. Pretty much all the time now the romance & humor have gone out of DAYS like in the 80’s & 90’s.Where are the Super Couples for example? Drake & the rest of the VETS are under appreciated for sure! IMO Drake Hogestyn doesn’t need to be gone anytime at all!

christine
christine

I want Drake back ASAP. You told us this would be like it was be for a family helping each other and romance. I have not seen any of this since John was in jail. Please get this story ine with Kristen over with soon. Brady was only 5 years old when she left. This is sick to see him with some one that was going to be his stepmother i think it is gross. Please get some writer that can write like Sheir Anderson. Now she can write a good John and Marlena story with out any problem. What Happen to the Days 2.0 YOu said we would get.

Tamera
Tamera

SOONER for me, I love Drake and he acts circles around the men on DAYS. If anybody should leave town it is the other Black, Brady who with his barechested look every day seems to think he is God’s gift to women (he isn’t).

I’ll return to watching once Drake is back, my blood pressure needs a break from this crappy show anyway so thanks Drake for giving me this DAYS vacation.

Dee
Dee

I agree Tamera!

Ces
Ces

I don’t really love looking at a red waxed chest. I’d take Drake’s anyday 🙂

Ellie
Ellie

ROTF, ditto, Brady and his little boy chest makes me sick. Drake is a gorgeous man and his body is beautiful. TomSell are jealous because they can only dream of looking like Drake does.

Annie
Annie

Me too Tamara! I don’t need to see any waxed chest. I need to see Drake!

Ces
Ces

haha!!! glad I’m not the only that likes chest hair. lol..

Desiree
Desiree

ROF at “little boy chest” HAHA!

Desiree
Desiree

LOL, I love Drake’s chest hair too, finally, a real man on DAYS, not an over-waxed man wannabe.

rea
rea

Once again these so called writers have found a way to infuriate all of the John and Marlena fans. It makes NO sense to have John leave at this time. Days needs to find writers that are willing and able to write for all the characters, not just a chosen few and that know the rich history of these long time favorites.

Deidre and Drake are the heart and soul of Days and should be treated with the respect that they so richly deserve. They are not just the super couple of Days, but of all of daytime. There is not another couple that has been together as long as they have and been
through as much as they have!!

Drake should return ASAP to put an end to all this Kristen mess.

christine
christine

You said it rea. They have both been in the 1 spot in We love soaps for so long. Drake has been in the 2 spot a few time but not many. We all want our super couple back together ASAP. John would never leave Marlena in less she ask him to and she sure did not ask him to leave this time. Get new writers that can write a story that has not been done be for. This old stuff is getting boring.

christine
christine

Mr Evans you said in a interview on VTV News you hope to make it to 2015.I will tell you this that if Drake and Deidre do not stay on this show the rating will drop. See all of us that love John nd Marlena do not like the way these storys are going . First John would not walk out on Marlena for any reason in less she tells him to leave. You said we want romance and love. Well John and Marlena have more love for each other than you can shake a stick at. They have been tought much to be together and your writers just pull them a part over some thing dum. This Brady and Kristen story makes me sick. He was 5 years old when she left town. Please get some writer that know what happend back then and know the story.

Helen
Helen

Here we go again, didn’t Drake just go through this in 2007 and in 2009? This stupid Kristen/Brady storyline didn’t actually get good until they put Drake in it yet they’re letting him go for a few weeks? Drake has always been a very powerful actor and he becomes magnificent when he is given scripts that show off his acting talent which is what took place last week. How TIIC could even think of getting rid of somebody that knows the acting craft and is the face of DAYS I’ll never understand. My prayer to the Soap Gods is he is only gone a few weeks but knowing Salem time, it will be much longer. Like several have said already, I’m going to take this opportunity to turn off the show and wait for DAYS’ best hero to get back to Salem. Salem is a boring place without John and Drake and I don’t plan on wasting my time watching something I don’t enjoy.

Esther
Esther

I have been a Days fan for over 30 yrs. and a huge Drake fan. I think TPTB need to do their homework when it comes to John’s and Marlena’s history. John would NEVER turn his back on Marlena and leave her alone especially with Kristen around! He would’ve stood by his Doc and planned a way to get Brady away from Kristen and send her out of Salem!

Days fans are loyal and we are not afraid to voice what we want! Drake is a lead actor and is seldom given the spotlight as he deserves. He deserves to be in lead story lines, he’s earned it! He is a superb actor and he proved so last week. He was on fire! The fans want MORE Drake! We want the super couples, the romance, the crazy antics, the stuff that Days is known for!! Our beloved vets! Bottom line – Without John there is no Days! John and Marlena ARE Days!

Cindy White
Cindy White

WOW! Talk about weird – I went to the doctor yesterday and was told DAYS OF OUR LIVES is making me sick. It has greatly affected my BP and overall stress level. I was told to give it up for my health and being that I love watching Drake, I decided to break doctor’s orders and continue to watch it. With this news this extraordinary actor will be of my TV set for weeks or months, I can now obey my doctor and give up DAYS. I gave it up every time he was let go and didn’t start watching it until he returned in 2011. You bet your sweet tush I’m going to give it up again if this show even thinks about letting such talent get away.

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

Cindy, you dont need to stop watching Days, you need to find urself another doctor! Any dr who would tell u a tv show is bad for ur health is a quack!

Amy
Amy

Maybe her doctor is a former DAYS fan. 😛

Bill and Jason
Bill and Jason

My partner, Jason and I have been long-time DAYS fans but we’ve always gravitated toward Drake. He is a FAB actor and his character shading, mannerisms and soap nuances are brilliant. We enjoy watching how he works a scene. With that said, DAYS has become so piss poor in terms of writing and over-all production that we actually find ourselves taping the show and only watching back scenes Drake is in. This John, Kristen, Marlena, Brady storyline was just picking up steam yet they go and remove Drake from it. This decision not only has us scratching our heads but also feeling really angry because Drake deserves to be treated well and respected and this show is doing anything but. It is no longer about escaping our lives, now it only gives me a headache so this casting move has now forced our hands. We’ll tune back in once we hear Drake is airing again, but not before that.

Angela
Angela

Drake is my all time favorite actor since 1994 so I’m done with DOOL until they bring him back. It isn’t hard at all to walk away since this soap is a former shell of itself. I think NBC were on crack when they renewed it for a year. It reminds me of somebody who cheats on a test but gets an A+ yet they didn’t deserve it. DAYS is like that too. There is so much wrong with this soap but TPTB do not listen to our complaints. Getting rid of Drake for a few weeks is their first of a long list of mistakes they continue to make. He is a wonderful actor and you won’t meet a nicer man yet they continue to use him to promote DAYS yet won’t give him storyline. I’ll watch his last show and after that I’m through watching until John returns to Salem from wherever they sent him.

Desiree
Desiree

Yep, I agree, it is a pleasure to stop watching. Drake is an awesome actor, he doesn’t deserve the disrespect being show to him by his so called “family” at DAYS.

Debi Clarridge
Debi Clarridge

Patrick and Michael, please do not let your jealousy make you bias. Drake is a vetran actor and deserves what that title brings with it.
I agree, if the writers would listen to the viewers opinion, maybe the ratings wold go back up.
Unfotunately, Peter Reckall, made the decsion to retire, on his own behalf.
Drake has always played this character and to replace him wold be Days final downfall.
I will start watching again when the bring Drake back, left them the last time, will leave them again.

Debi Clarridge
Debi Clarridge

Sorry, spelling error. Would and they typing to fast.

Desiree
Desiree

ROTF at how the Drake bashers are all MEN! Like I said they couldn’t be more transparent and it is getting so old.

Amy
Amy

LOL, yep, all the Drake bashers say the same thing too, just under different names, you’d think they’d be more creative. The reason Drake has had staying power for 25+ years is because the man CAN act!

Debi Clarridge
Debi Clarridge

Agree, 100%. We need him back.

K8
K8

I want him back, It is why I watch to see the Best super couple ever do their magic!!!!

Dee
Dee

Being a long fan of Drake’s, I am once again hurt by the fact that his talent and passion for his work is being put on the back burner. When he and Deidre Hall were brought back to the show this time, a lot of the true die hard fans came back with them. The chemistry between Deidre and Drake is like fireworks. They both care deeply for each other, but more so for the show. They bring grace and royalty to the day time canvas. In a time when “Soaps” are becoming a thing of the past, I would think that the writers/producers of a well loved soap would want to do what it took to keep fans tuning in each day.

I hope that this is a short term absence for Drake and that “the powers that be” realize what an asset he is to DAYS and what a loyal fan base he has and with that fan base comes a lot of viewers that won’t be watching the show as long as he is off the air.

Having met Drake numerous times, the one thing that you take away from an encounter with him is that he truly cares for his fans. He appreciates their loyalty and does his best to make them feel as if he wouldn’t be where is he if it wasn’t for his fans. I know I will be watching on Friday the 18th, but can’t guarantee I will watch after that.

We will miss Drake immensely.

Ces
Ces

Perhaps Drake is filming something outside the show? One of the reasons I returned to Days last year (after a 9 years hiatus!) was because Drake & Dee returned so I hope this time off for him. Love John Black, always have!

Desiree
Desiree

No, he isn’t, that was confirmed already. Drake didn’t ask for any time off. He does have another job outside of DAYS but this other job doesn’t require leave time from DAYS. TomSell hate John and Drake suffers because of it.

hospitalitea
hospitalitea

I hope this is the reason he is not on, that he has another project or movie in the works or a nightimenon soap type character he is working on

Carol P
Carol P

We want John to never go! He’s the reason I watch the show!!!

Robbie
Robbie

I’ve been watching Days since it began. I was six then. I lI’ve the show but it’s becoming a teen soap with a few extras. I love Drake and John. The show isn’t the same without him. Please bring him back. We need our vets. Not many young people r as loyal or in to soaps as older viewers. If Drake is leaving I hope he goes to GH. It is awesome now.

No1_ILoveLucyFan
No1_ILoveLucyFan

So we’re stuck with the forced pairings of Jennifer and Daniel who are about as exciting as a wet tissue. Gabi and Nick who have NO history nor interest. Sami and who-the-____-CARES-anymore–I love LOVE Ali Sweeney, but lets face it, Sami is supposed to be in her mid 40’s and she’s still acting like a teenager when it comes to men? How hard is it to choose between a man who treats you with respect and love (Rafe) and the man who raped her (EJ)?!?! Seriously?!!. Without John & Marlena as the foundation couple – much like Tom & Alice were – the show is a complete travesty. Days back in the day had J&M, Bo & Hope, Patch & Kayla, Abe & Lexie, Kim & Shane…now it’s got people who meander about suckin down coffee and whining about complete nonsense. Nothing against the other actors & actresses but I have NO interest in watching Days without John and Marlena.

Vikki
Vikki

If he doesn’t come back there will be a lot of viewers gone. He and Deidre were let go once and brought back because the fans want them. We want a great storyline. We were robbed during the NuJohn storyline ending when they were let go. They have been so much of the show and that needs to continue!

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom Reveals TV & Film Production Restart June 12th; But May Not Include LA County

There was some significant signs that Hollywood and the state of California’s show business production looks to be gearing up for a restart after all TV and film production was halted a few months ago as the coronavirus pandemic hit the state, our country, and the globe.

The reopening for production may not include L.A. County, however, which is the epicenter of the state’s show business production.

According to Deadline: On Friday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state could begin TV and film production as early as June 12th.  While the California Department of Public Health released the following guidelines:  “Music, TV and film production may resume in California, recommended no sooner than June 12, 2020 and subject to approval by county public health officers within the jurisdictions of operations following their review of local epidemiological data including cases per 100,000 population, rate of test positivity, and local preparedness to support a health care surge, vulnerable populations, contact tracing and testing. To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, productions, cast, crew and other industry workers should abide by safety protocols agreed by labor and management, which may be further enhanced by county public health officers. Back office staff and management should adhere to Office Workspace guidelines published by the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Industrial Relations, to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.”

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For LA County,  on Friday, the same day the guidelines were announced they saw a slight increase in hospitalizations, which could cause delays in getting production started.  “This has been a slight increase over the last three days in the number of people hospitalized,” said Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer, “and we’ll need to make sure that we’re not starting to see a significant increase in the number of people requiring hospitalizations.”

Newsom has said modifications to regional guidance would be allowed so long as there are attestations at the county level that there are adequate plans in place should a rise in COVID cases be seen again.   As of May 18, when L.A. filed its attestation, the county had a stable or declining number of patients hospitalized for COVID-19.   However, there has been an uptick in cases as of Friday which could effect the production restart in Hollywood as well as the noted uptick in hospitalizations; all of which are measures in the protocol guidelines that need to be on the decline for things to move forward.

So the question remains: if there is a surge in Los Angeles in COVID-19 cases production could again be delayed getting started back up and running? So what do you think about the June 12th date for the state of California to start TV and film production? Do you hope your favorite soaps get back into production as soon as possible, or do you want to make extra sure that all your favorites will be safe and sound when they tape new episodes?

 

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Wally Kurth Talks on His Daytime Emmy Nomination For DAYS As Justin’s World Is Turned Upside Down

You kind of know when you are handed the ball in the world of daytime drama, and it’s your turn to shine, especially when you get meaty material that runs the gamut of emotions. And this past Emmy season, Days of our Lives’ Wally Kurth delivered the performances of his soap career (although we suspect there is some more to come in 2020!) in the role of the grieving Justin Kiriakis.

For Wally not only played grief, but starting life anew in a romantic entanglement that can be all too familiar when someone tries to move on after the loss of the love of their life. Add to that, the complication that his son’s husband, was believed to be the person who caused the accident that killed his wife, Adrienne (Judi Evans), and with that the deck is stacked for an emotional fallout that landed Kurth in the running for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at this year’s 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards to air on CBS on Friday night, June 26th, albeit in a virtual presentation.

While Wally is getting many accolades for his work on DAYS, let’s not forget the double duty he pulls on General Hospital, where this week his Ned Ashton. This week Ned is front and center during the encore presentations of the GH’ Nurses’ Ball episodes, which feature Wally singing his heart out in numerous memorable performances through the years.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Kurth to get his thoughts and insight into his well-deserved acting nomination for DAYS, plus to find out his favorite GH Nurses’ Ball performances, and much more. Here now is what Wally had to say about it all.

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I am so thrilled about this nomination because you know, I willed this to happen.  I was like, “It’s got to happen!” (Laughs)

WALLY:  You actually were saying that, and you have been very supportive and positive.  I appreciate it.

What did you end up submitting? I believe I gave you “Power Performance of the Week” honors on my site for some of them, too.

WALLY:  I do try to put together a little story in my submissions for Emmys.  I think that’s kind of important because if you’re asking someone to watch 8 or 9 minutes of just you… I didn’t want to just (not that I had this material) but bludgeon them with one sad, sobbing scene after another.  I wanted to give them a whole range of Justin and a little story.  So, I did start off where Justin was asking Adrienne to marry him, and Justin is very happy, and it’s all good, and he gets down on his knee, and you see her, and it’s like, “This is something really good,” and I also wanted to include a scene with Judi Evans in my reel.  Then, I cut to where it’s a year later, and Justin is with Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) in their apartment. They are already living together, and they are discussing the anniversary of their marriages, and about the sadness of Adrienne, and she’s talking about Steve (Stephen Nichols), and then she brings up having to tell me that Adrienne died.  So, that was obviously in a flashback that happened six months earlier; where Justin is obviously very upset, and scared, and doesn’t want to hear it, and breaks down, and Kayla comforts him. Then, I did the continuation where Justin tells Kayla how much she has meant to him, and how he felt like he wasn’t going to survive, and how she came to his aid in a way to make him feel like he really has something to live for.   Then, at the very end, I did two scenes with Will (Chandler Massey) in the jail which is where Justin confronts Will, who obviously Justin thought was responsible for killing Adrienne.  It was a really lovely, really well-written scene where Justin tells him, “You’re a son to me, and you can be disappointed with a son, and you can be hurt by a son, but you never stop loving him.” I think it showed a nice range of the anger, the hurt, the happiness (because Justin tells him about Kayla), so you get an idea of what happened to Justin last year.  I thought it was a good collection of scenes that told a little story, and you could see the range of what Justin went though.  Evidently, it worked on some level because I got nominated.

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In the scene with Will, doesn’t Justin also tell him, “Don’t give up on life?” in a very hankie-inducing moment?

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WALLY:  Yes.  “Don’t give up.  Don’t give up on life,” which is really positive… even though he started the scene like, “I don’t even want to talk to this guy.”  Justin is there talking to Ben (Rob Scott Wilson), and Will kind of surprises him. So for Justin it;’ like, “Now I guess I’ve got to talk to Will about this,” and so he is still angry, he is still hurt, and you’re right, at the end, the scene has sort of transformed him in a way.  So, all of that stuff was just really nice, really nice scenes to get to play and very emotional.

I’ve watched most everything on the soaps from the performances to the storylines, and that one scene with the two of you was one of the best scenes I have seen in long time.  It was just so good from the writing to the execution of it. 

WALLY:  Oh yeah, I can’t even imagine a scene that was as good. Thank God that scene aired in December.  My story really didn’t get started until October/November, and all of those scenes that I included were from October, November, and December.

So, what did you think then when you found out that Chandler, along with you, and Paul Telfer (Xander) are all in the Supporting Actor category together?

WALLY:  I love it.  How great is that?  I love both of those guys.  I mean, I am such a fan of both of them.  Chandler kind of gets nominated every year, so I wasn’t surprised there.

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Well, he had one year, as he pointed out to me (laughs), that he didn’t get a nomination. But, Chandler has been pretty much a perennial nominee every time he submits!

WALLY:  Yeah, Chandler just delivers.  He is a really an outstanding actor Paul, I think is great.  I love the character.  I was kind of surprised and happy for him because sometimes his character gets overlooked; just like the bad guy with the smarmy smirk and the great English accent.  So, there you go.  It’s terrific.  I think people saw more to his performance, and they should.  He works on a lot of different levels, and Paul brings a lot to the game.

And obviously, you know James Patrick Stuart (Valentin, General Hospital), since you work on that show too, and he is also nominated in your category. 

WALLY:  Yeah, and I have been a big fan of his too.  So, I was really delighted.  I called him up and left a message.  I love James.  We did a thing last year together where we went back east and played some music in some clubs,   I always think that James should be nominated.  He does such an exceptional job at bringing that character to life.  That’s not an easy thing to do either.  It’s kind of like a Xander character, and so, it is nice to see my fellow actors see the complexity in their performances and appreciate it.

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Last week’s DAYS airshows contained scenes where Justin confronts Orpheus (George Delhoyo), over killing Adrienne, and Justin also goes to visit Adrienne’s grave.  I think you have another run of shows next year to submit for the Emmys (Laughs)

WALLY:  I do like to include the big four emotions that an actor has to play:  happy, sad, angry, and fear.  That is a scene where you get to see Justin really angry.  So, I will probably look to that as you get to see the anger part of the character, which I think is important.  You don’t get to see Justin very angry and lose it like that.

No, and that’s what was so great about it.  George was a great scene partner, though.

WALLY:  Oh, he was great.  George and I had a great time.  It was really awesome.  I mean, it was a challenge because it was very tricky, especially when Steve (Stephen Nichols) and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) came in because you know; there is a part of the character that is just like, “Please, just let me shoot.  Just let me fire a bullet and just put it over his head or something, or maybe his hands are shaking so much that he misses the target!”  I don’t know, but you do just want to let him shoot, just one bullet.  (Laughs) Another moment that I really, really loved – and I’ll probably include it next year in my submission -was that scene with Suzanne Rogers (Maggie) at the hospital.  They gave me a beautiful speech to tell her that she should be her judge and jury and sentence herself to death, a beautiful speech about how she reminded me of Adrienne.  It brought out a different side of Justin that you don’t usually see.

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When I spoke to Chandler about this nomination he related to me, “I am so happy for Wally because I feel like he is often underrated.” You have always been the guy on soaps who is always delivering consistent work, but now you’ve been given a story.  So now everyone can see what you can do or are reminded of it.  It’s hard without a story on the soaps; especially playing the Emmy game.

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WALLY:  It’s true.  What did Maurice Benard (Sonny, General Hospital) say?  “If it ain’t on the page, it ain’t on the stage.”  It’s really true.  Let’s face it, you can only do so much, and that’s why I don’t get too competitive.  If I lose, that’s totally fine.  I feel like I’ve already won.  Being recognized by my peers, that’s it.  Being nominated is awesome, and honestly, after this, so much of it is the material and what the actors got to do.  It’s sort of out of your control, you know.   I am happy for all of my fellow nominees.  It’s all good at this point.  I’m really, really happy.

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You’ve been nominated once before, right?

WALLY:  Yes. I’ve been nominated once before, two years ago on General Hospital.  It was the year that Jane Elliot (Tracy) left.  In story, Tracy leaves, so there was all of that emotional stuff to play.  That was the year I also submitted myself for Days of Our Lives too, and I was really proud of that work.  That year saw Adrienne having to choose between Justin and Lucas (Bryan Dattilo), and she chose Lucas.  There were just some really nice scenes there that they wrote for Justin and Adrienne, and she was dealing with cancer.  Anyway, I got nominated for General Hospital, and I learned from that year that I am never going to nominate myself in the same category for both shows.  That’s just stupid.

Well, you’re everywhere.  You’re on the Nurses’ Ball encore episodes right now on GH,  

WALLY:  Oh, isn’t that funny?  All of these Nurses’ Balls, it’s hilarious.

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Are you watching them?

WALLY:  Yes!  I watched parts of them the other night, especially my performances. It looked good; actually, they were really good.  I’m always kind of surprised like, “Wow! The dances … the singing … the production!”  I always feel like there should be more people at the Nurses’ Ball.  Shouldn’t there be more people in the seats? (Laughs)  But other than that, good stuff, good story.  It was fun to see the beginning of Ned and Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) as well, you know that first year where she and Sonny were just breaking up on the red carpet at the ball, and the next year, Ned and Olivia are already together.  This week they aired where I sing with sweet little Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma), the Elton John and Kiki Dee duet, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”

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Do you have one favorite Nurses’ Ball number you performed of all-time?

WALLY:  You know, someone has been posting old Nurses’ Balls from the 90s, and I forgot that I sang “Forever Young” with Amber Tamblyn (Ex-Emily), and that was so sweet.  I also loved singing “Somewhere over the Rainbow,” in the very first one or the second year, we did it. Some of my other favorites include: “I Feel Good,” with the Quartermaine boys, and Robert Palmer’s “Simply Irresistible” – that was fun because I got to put my own vocal stamp on it, and I remember performing George Michael’s “Faith.  It was fun singing that with Lisa.

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So, we know that this year will be a virtual Daytime Emmy ceremony, and we don’t know what that will look like yet.  So, how would you dress for it, if they had a shot of you from home during the broadcast on CBS?

WALLY:  I definitely am going to wear a suit and a tie.  I think that’s important to try to give the Emmys the dignity that it deserves.

So, thrilled that Wally received a Daytime Emmy nod for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series? What were your favorite moments of his last year? Are you enjoying seeing his performances on the encore GH Nurses’ Ball episodes? Comment below.

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DAYS Susan Seaforth Hayes Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination For Julie and Doug’s Emotional Storyline

When you think Days of our Lives, what would it be without the legendary Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie) and her real-life and on-screen husband, Bill Hayes (Doug Williams)?

This past Emmy season, the beloved duo got a chance to shine, when they were put through a ‘heartbreaking’ predicament – Julie’s heart gives out, she is in need of a transplant, and things take a turn for the worse.

What would life be like for Doug without his Julie? How would she say goodbye to him? Fans clearly felt the sentiments overflowing from this real-life duo capturing the essence of their characters in such a raw and realistic way. So much so, that Susan landed a Daytime Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Supporting Actress category for her work.

Already a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient along with her husband, Bill back in 2018, will Susan finally get an award for her acting for her decades of beautiful work on the long-running NBC soap opera? Fans will need to tune-in to CBS on Friday, June 26th to find out with the virtual presentation of the 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards.  But for now, here is our conversation with Susan.

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Congratulations on your Supporting Actress nomination.  You have been racking up a lot of these recently, having been nominated in the same category two years ago, and also receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award along with your husband, Bill Hayes at the 45th annual Daytime Emmys in 2018.

SUSAN:  It’s really nice to be nominated, because I’ve had a few gap years.  I’ve had, what? 25 gap years between the recent nominations.

What scenes did you ultimately chose that landed you the nomination?

SUSAN:  I submitted when Julie dies.  I submitted the farewell montage scenes with Bill Hayes, and they were very moving to us… and we’ll see.  I did not submit anything snappy, or bitchy, or hysterical.  I’ve lost against hysterical every time.  Comedy has never worked.  So, I am going to try the heart and soul of soup opera: not bitchiness, but loss.

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Can I ask how you got through those scenes with Bill, because it was so touching?  I don’t know how you did it.

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SUSAN:  It was very difficult.  I mean, these are the things that make us so connected to the characters and the show.  This is a place where we can show the public what love means to us, which is everything.

They were beautiful scenes.  Do you remember when you did them, if you felt good about them at the time?

SUSAN:  No… no.  I didn’t know.  Everyone on the set seemed happy.  We are blessed to have feedback from out producers now, and they didn’t say, “I think you can do it better,” and, “Another take,” not that we would have anyway, because there is never time to do another take.

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How did you find out that you were nominated? 

SUSAN:  One of the producers, Randy Dugan called me, or I wouldn’t have found out for a couple of days,

What are your thoughts on this being a virtual Daytime Emmys ceremony because of COVID-19?  We don’t know anything about will play out yet or what that will look like, but it is back on network TV.

SUSAN:  It’s going to be a wonderful surprise.

So, if they have the shot of the nominees, do you think you’d be dressed in comfortable clothes or more formal?

SUSAN:  Well, I’d certainly wear my best earrings if I were at home, yeah.  If my grandson can arrange us to get on the internet (we have a grandson living on our property, and he’s our live-in techy), we will get dressed up, and sit there, if that’s the way to do it.

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DAYS did very well receiving 22 overall nominations and a lot of your co-stars got nomination as well.

SUSAN:  Yes, an excellent year for nominations for our show.

How many times have you been nominated now? 

SUSAN:  This makes six.

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Would it mean a lot to you to get the award?

SUSAN:  The Lifetime Achievement meant a lot.  It wouldn’t be bad to win this year.  I’ll say that.  It would be sweet for the show, since I am now the oldest living cast member of the original family – the original, original.  I’m not the original Julie, but close enough.  So, I think that would be some validation for the longevity of this original storytelling.  People look at the show and say, “Are you part of the DiMera family or the Brady family?”  I say, “I’m part of the Horton family!”

What did your husband Bill say when he found out you were nominated?

SUSAN:  (Yells) Billy, what did you say when you found out I was nominated?

BILL:  Yay!!!

SUSAN:  That’s about right. (Laughs)

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What a guy!

SUSAN:  I know!  What a guy, what a guy, what a guy!

I was really happy to see your name among the other well-deserving nominees.

SUSAN:  I know you are because I know you care.  Who knows what will happen? It isn’t going to ruin our lives you know, one way or another.  But it was very nice to receive this acknowledgment from my peers.

So, are you glad Susan received a nomination for her work in her emotional storyline? Do you think she should finally receive the Emmy for her performances? Comment below.

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