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Freddie Smith Reveals That He and Chandler Massey Will Be Exiting DAYS

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In a shocking and special videotaped message and posting on Wednesday from DAYS Daytime Emmy-winner, Freddie Smith (Sonny); the actor shared that he, along with his longtime on-screen scene partner, Chandler Massey (Will), have been reportedly released from their contracts at Days of our Lives.

Freddie relates that the two are currently wrapping up their final episodes, as of now, with the long-running NBC daytime drama series, which was just officially renewed for another season by NBC.

According to Smith, what he posted with the video said:  “I know it’s a bit shocking, but it’s true. Will and Sonny’s last episode is projected to air September ”

Remember, DAYS tapes months ahead of air.  Smith says he will not divulge how Sonny and Will leave the canvas.  He also says that Massey will join him for a special podcast tomorrow to discuss the situation further.

Within the video, Smith shares his thoughts on being part of the power couple of WilSon that has meant so much to so many fans of the series and the LGBTQ community.  He adds on the upcoming departures: “It was not our choice.  We were looking forward to staying on and keeping the story going.”

In a tweet today, Chandler Massey added: “Wish it weren’t coming to an end, but I will be forever grateful to everyone who went on this journey with us.” While Smith shared: “I will miss Salem so much!! Thank you all for the incredible love and support throughout the years. I really feel we told a love story that will live on forever.”

Watch the video below where Freddie talks about his exit at DAYS and his thoughts on it.

Now let us know, what do you think about Freddie and Chandler exiting Days of our Lives? Share your sentiments in the comment section.

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Elm1951
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Elm1951

Unbelievable – well this is the end of the only male gay couple on our soaps…………

Steve
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Steve

Um… Lucas and Brad are still hanging on by a thread.

Satan
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Satan

And yet, I don’t see them surviving the fallout, once Lucas realizes his “son” is actually his nephew’s son, and that Brad knew about it all along. Actually Lucas already knows this, but a head injury made him forget it. Once his memory returns, Brad is probably toast. Sad for Lucas, as there doesn’t seem to be any other options for him in Port Charles (the nurse, Felix?? was that his name?? seems to be long gone.)

Steve
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Steve

I do agree that Brad (despite being on the show for 7 years) is not viable as a long term character. Felix isn’t the answer as the character is rather milquetoast.

Perhaps someone like Brando will surprise us and be on Lucas’ team.

Satan
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Satan

Well, depending on who Brando works for, that could present some interesting conflicts. Logically, he’s either an undercover cop, federal agent, or working for this new criminal Cyrus.

Lucas is a Jerome by birth, and he has two sisters married into the Corinthos organization (not to mention Brad’s lineage to the Chinese mob of the old Asian Quarter storyline) so his life is already a mob balancing act as it is.

GramS
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GramS

Will and Sonny haven’t had a good storyline since before Chandler came back. Seems to me that the writers have no idea how to write for this couple. I’m sorry to see them go.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

The writers do know, but co-executive producer Albert Alarr strikes every “Wilson” storyline down. He has said some of their proposed storylines are too gay.

anne
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anne

I think Albert Alarr wanted Sonny and Will gone long ago

Satan
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Satan

Wow… this is a virtual replay of the way ReRon destroyed characters on GH. Write nothing but steaming piles of dragonshit storylines for them for months on end, and then force them out completely.

Will being a Horton & a Brady and Sonny being a Kiriakis, this couple represents a big part of carrying Days forward into the next generation. Add to that the fact that they were the first gay couple on the show, which was a pretty big deal at the time it happened.

Huge mistake to screw them over like this.

Rachel Murgia
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Rachel Murgia

What are they doing to this show? All the favorites are being let go. This stinks. Fans will be dropping like flies. Hate these changes.

anne
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anne

I would not be surprised if letting Freddie Smith and Chandler Massey, along with Galen Gering, go is in response to NBC orders to cut the costs of production

mike
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mike

Who is the idiot who who fired them? I came back to Days when Chandler returned, I’ll leave again when he does.

Mike
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Mike

This is sad. It was Will and his coming out story that made me a regular viewer of Days and while I’m surprised, I’m not surprised (hey, this show wrote Marlena and John off for a few years – ANYONE is clearly expendable on DAYS). Thing is, this is DAYS – they could easily be back in six months or a year. I think in some ways, Will and Sonny were cursed. Too ‘special’ to the show as their first gay couple to actually tear apart for long, and the only gay guys in town unless the show brings in… Read more »

michael arrigo
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michael arrigo

I have been a DOOL fan since 1965(yes,Iam old).Chandler and Freddie are two of my favorites,cannot believe they will not be on show.Let’s hope it’s only a short hiatus because,if they don’t come back eventually,DOOL will lose a long-time viewer.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

OUTRAGEOUS! Two of the show’s best, and bravest, actors gone? Casey Moss leaving also? Wow, the dreamboat factor just hit a major iceberg. Two core family characters cut reminds me of Y&R’s current crisis…abandon the best in favor of the new. Not sure that’s what’s happening here, but whatever it is stinks. It also reeks of homophobia. On the plus side, maybe they can move to GH or Y&R.

Patrick
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Patrick

Here Ye ; Here Ye “…dreamboat factor just hit a major iceberg ” “No shit” !!!!! NO! Freddie Smith… if Casey Moss… AND ^^^^ as posted !!!! Galen Gering well… that still leaves me : dag their dreamboat HUGE. Justin, Eric, Brady, Xander, Ben, Chad NONETHELESS – my faves being.. JJ – Rafe’alicious – Sonny so.. the “sting” is on cache low… sacrifice it’s a wonder to me how much it hits that these actors have personal lives.. and who knows how much their nest egg meets. LOVE THE SHOW… the upheaval to the respective cast, crew, hardened fan… oy

Thomas
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Thomas

I am so disappointed in how this show has treated these characters under head writer Ron Carlivati. In the last 3 years, I have finally fallen out of love with Days of Our Lives. Now with my last 2 reasons to continue watching this series being removed, I will no longer be watching after the fall. Both actors and characters deserved so,so much better. I’ll check back in if and when these 2 characters return, or Ron Carlivati is replaced.

Lew S.
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Lew S.

Hmmmm, writing out a number of fan favorites? Not very smart! DePaiva, the actor who plays JJ, possibly Galen Gering, Judi Evans and probably more to come. I miss the days when soap writers would give interviews and explain the upcoming plans for the shows. I gave insight into future plots and leave you wondering wtf!

Lew S.
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Lew S.

And not leave you wondering wtf??

matt
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matt

Quit crying please…you are not the first or last to be written off a soap … Just ask Bill and Mike Horton…

Colin
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Colin

Lol. How true!!

Jimh
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Jimh

I think they ‘WILL’ be back and there will be ‘SONNY’ DAYS once again!!!!

Patrick
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Patrick

this IS a’ “bloodbath” @the expense of being renewed

HIT

argh! the heart stop ; empty OUT! fits of anger… why should Hope, Nicole, Jennifer, time and again be given reprieve
if the show wants new viewers.. they certainly don’t know ^^^^ WHY? the acting ; by Kassie DePaiva; Judi Evans, Freddie Smith, Chandler Massey are god send…. on so many levels of parlay AND whet the audience fervor, no?

having no lay of the land, AND waiting out this superlative mind field of ;

GOD … for acting, crew, and audience’ hold

Patrick
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Patrick

9 years of “WilSon” grand buffet; these two my life on screen ? WHAT ? Fine’ally Freddie Smith: “you” are one of my favorite male Lead OKAY – so beyond your dazzle GOOD looks.. your acting consummate Camera loved you too I don’t know… with Judi Evans let ; Wally Kurth enjoying his two show ; how long is John Anniston Victor .. well that’s forever in our heart No Chandler No Freddie, ; that’s a gaping “whole” a quality super couple who could ACT period. which is why this is a downer I will be curious… or rather numbed… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

Ron C. is seriously , going to have to , address this , blood let

whos coming ; whos going

like never before to curtail or stampede

fallout ; rally ; this is difficult to fan

it’s still 6 months to wait

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

Does anyone see the common thread here? The big name characters are being written off. It’s about money. The show had to pitch the idea of a much decreased budget and this is how they got the reprieve back when they were supposed to have been cancelled a few months ago. A part of me feels now that they should have wrapped up all the storylines and let the show die in a happy way. I don’t see how all these exits will keep DAYS going beyond that year extension they just got.

Renee Barbee
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Renee Barbee

A complete SHOCK! This is NOT good.

Gnarls Darwin
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Gnarls Darwin

I mean, the only reason I’ve ever bothered to watch this show is Will & Sonny. It’s bittersweet, because I know they have so much story to tell – and I’d love to see it play out on screen – but a certain executive producer has held them back for years now. I hope the show can rectify two mistakes as soon as possible here.

Momo
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Momo

Would have been nice if this hadn’t been spoiled. I am sorry to see them go. I’ll miss them.

Steve
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Steve

Being that the show continues to tape 7 months ahead of airing, not spoiling is near impossible. If they waited until the story aired in September, DAYS would be taping episodes for May 2021 then, with storylines likely planned out until contract renewal time. As these are popular characters, releasing the story at this time allows for fan outcry to bring them back in a timely manner.

Davy
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Davy

Very sad.

Rodd
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Rodd

This is such a shame! WilSon’s story became very ho-hum over the past year or more. They really weren’t given any meaty story to play since that Leo guy left town. And even that wasn’t very deep. If the word is true and that new-ish producer put the ax on any story pitches for them, then he’s the one who needs to go. Of course, there are many others gone or going that I’m not pleased about. Practically all the time-jump stories leave me wanting it all to be a dream. Maybe this will be just another dream. On the… Read more »

Colin
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Colin

This show has a lot of dead weight…these two included. I like when they freshen up the show every so often. It’s not like they wont be back! They cut a bunch of contracts back in 2003 with that Stalker storyline. That was just a big money saving crunch. They cut about 10 vets for nearly a year….some of them only returned on a very recurring basis…they saved alot of money. I love DePaiva, but she played a poorly written, islanded character with little to no rooting value. It was time for her to leave. Ron’s writing is SO predictable…Justin… Read more »

Lola Gibson
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Lola Gibson

As I posted about Rafe/Galen. I think Days is making a BIG mistake. Letting you 3 go doesn’t sound like a good business decision considerering how popular you are with us fans. Going to miss all of you and hope you do get to come back.

Lola Gibson
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Lola Gibson

Oh and I forgot about JJ/Casey. That’s 4 main characters leaving. Big big mistake on Days’ part. I’ve only been watching when Will, Sonny, and Rafe are on cause I hate the Hope/Gina & Stefano/Steve storeyline. Its just so far out there. But again best of luck!

Angela
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Angela

What are the idiots in charge of Days doing? The head writer should be fired first..he can’t develop characters & creates stagnation. All he knows is tiresome triangles for angst, sci fi body swapping, etc. Keep those two & jettison the ridiculous Justin/Kayla pairing. They can go to GH & pick up their roles as Ned/Katherine. MEH chemistry there too but hey Wally has a full time Contract with GH. Then u can open up money to keep some talent such as Chandler.

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According to his obit, he died at his home in Manhattan Beach, California.

Joe spent the the bulk of his career directing Days of Our Lives and General Hospital.  He actually directed the pilot episode of General Hospital back in 1963, then came back the ABC daytime drama series 30 years later to direct it for more than 10 more years,.

Along the way, he won 5 Daytime Emmys for his work on GH, and had won six overall throughout his career. He continued directing until his retirement back in 2005.

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