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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.”

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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
Elm1951

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

Steve
Steve

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

Satan
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
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
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
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
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
anne

I think Albert Alarr wanted Sonny and Will gone long ago

Satan
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
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
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
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
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 a ‘third’ every so often to cause some potential – but not long lasting – problems for the duo. It’s ulitimately a limitation of imagination and willingness, but it has been an issue for them on the show. And although they could always be in other stories, Sonny was never a convincing suited up business man, and Will is a writer only when it’s convenient for the story. Romance and breakups and new partners are ultimately what keep a soap couple or character going over time and if the writers are going to treat them like delicate crystals that you don’t want to put too many cracks in – then there’s no where for them to go. I wish both of them success.

michael arrigo
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
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
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
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.
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.
Lew S.

And not leave you wondering wtf??

matt
matt

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

Colin
Colin

Lol. How true!!

Jimh
Jimh

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

Patrick
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
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 down .. come the REAL TURN around that Ron C and his ship WILL MOVE in September

Patrick
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
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
Renee Barbee

A complete SHOCK! This is NOT good.

Gnarls Darwin
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
Momo

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

Steve
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
Davy

Very sad.

Rodd
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 other hand, budget cuts stink. As soon as the sets started to shrink, I had that de ja vu feeling like when Guiding Light had massive budget cuts and started filming outdoors and in tiny real rooms. It spelled the end for them and I fear the same for DAYS. Hope not.

Colin
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 and Kayla’s (wedding day) will come….and Steve and Adrienne will crash the wedding. Enjoy the comings and goings…..quit whining…..they’re fun. You know you’re not going to quit watching. I have. Since the time jump I have watched three episodes only. It is plot driven nonsense. It is back to that Jim Reilly level of production…where a middle school stage production is better written and put together. I would be embarrassed to put out this product. New writer time!

Lola Gibson
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
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
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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His death was reported and confirmed by Compton’s friends and an article in the Shelter Island Reporter.

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As Edge of Night and longtime daytime fans know, Forrest played Monticello’s district attorney, Mike Karr.  He played this key role from 1971 until the show’s cancellation in 1984.  The show was originally titled “The Edge of Night” and eventually just became “Edge of Night”.   The soap which was steeped in murder mysteries ran on CBS from 1956–1975 and on ABC from 1975–1984,   In addition, Forrest along with his on-screen wife, Ann Flood (Nancy Karr) were one of the most popular duos in daytime.

Not only did Compton appear on EON, but he also had soap roles on As the World Turns, One Life to Live and All My Children.   In primetime, Forrest was best known for his role on Gomer Pyle: USMC opposite  Jim Nabors and Frank Sutton as Lieutenant Colonel Edward Gray.

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Below is LaRue’s touching tribute to John  via Instagram:

 

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May Flights of Angels Wing You to Your Rest my Dear Friend. Your bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. We are devastated-My great friend, co parent partner, and loving father to Kaya. That big belly laugh, bear hugs, bad puns, ability to harmonize to any song, great kitchen table singing-fests, and two steppin bad ass! “Johnny Numbers”, my All My Children soap stud, the great time keeper, Beatles fanatic ( I wish to God we could go back to “Yesterday”)… Kaya and I are beyond broken hearted, so stunned, sorry that my thoughts are a mess. You gave the best most beautifully written tributes, and I am at a complete loss for words right now for you. I hope Heaven has baseball and that your team always wins! The Yankees has just lost their biggest Fan. ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

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