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Greg Vaughan To Exit Days of our Lives!

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Photo Credit: Joey Skibel

For those who were speculating that Days of our Lives Greg Vaughan (Eric Brady) was on his way out the door, apparently he is done at DAYS.

Back in August, Greg revealed on social media he has signed a contract extension to stay with the NBC soap opera.  At that time many speculated that it could be just to wrap up story.  And today, according to Serial Scoop, that is indeed the case. The outlet is reporting that the powers-that-be at DAYS decided to write out the character of Eric Brady.

In our latest video interview with Greg alongside Peggy McCay (Video of the Day MF Soaps homepage) from Day of DAYS earlier this month, the actor previewed Eric’s dark turn and a pending romance with Jennifer Horton (Melissa Reeves).

As viewers know, it also looks like the former priest is about to have a battle with the bottle!  Vaughan took over the role of Eric back in 2012.   Greg was also seen on Hallmark’s holiday movie on Sunday night, The Christmas Note.

So, what do you think about the news that Greg is departing DAYS?  How do you think he will exit the canvas? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Chrystie_Delancey
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Chrystie_Delancey

I would rather they get rid of Daniel Jonas.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Well, Christie, I think you’ll be happy.

It’s pretty much a given that Eric’s drinking will lead to him killing Daniel in a drunk driving accident which will land Eric in prison.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

So very sad! Greg Vaughn always comes off as an inherently nice person whatever role he is playing–don’t like to see this “dark turn.”

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

*Chrystie

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Someone mentioned Daniel is killed by a drunk-driven Eric!

Amy
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Amy

I have been waiting for the character of Daniel to leave for years!

tim S
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tim S

He is going also.. soon

Carltini fan
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Carltini fan

Already on the way out.

ces
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ces

oh gawd, me TOO!!

Kelly
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Kelly

They are.

mollie
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mollie

Good riddance to Dr. Dan’s character (nothing against SC). Daniel’s character is SOOOO boring.

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I feel the same as you, Mollie—I do like both actors but they are both being wasted on the show to the point that I don’t want to see the characters. I would rather they both find other projects worthy of what they can do.

Andrew
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Andrew

I saw this coming, what a shame. Greg is a terrific actor. Time for GH, to call Greg and bring him back as Lucky Spencer.

Rosanne
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Rosanne

I feel the same way.. I would love to see him go back as Lucky

Andrew
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Andrew

I agree with you Rosanne, I hope Greg comes back as Lucky Spencer. Thanks for replying, have a nice day.

Michael S.
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Michael S.

Totally agree. GH should bring him back.

Karen
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Karen

YUP Eric will go to Rehab !

Andrew
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Andrew

Yes Michael, Greg needs to come back to GH PRONTO. LOL.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I sincerely hope Greg doesn’t make the mistake of trusting the alphabet people again.

Newmanwins
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Newmanwins

You do realize the people who fired Greg Vaughan from GH (Frons, Phelps, Guza) are no longer with ABC daytime? They are the ones who did him wrong when they approached Jonathan Jackson about returning to play Lucky. One thing was obvious from Lucky’s return last summer and that is this character is needed on the show for Liz and the boys and JJ only came back for those episodes to honor Tony Geary. Frank, Jean, and Shelly need to call GV as soon as possible and offer him a 2-3 year deal to return as Lucky. JJ will probably… Read more »

AJ
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AJ

I’d love him back as Lucky, but as Llanviewer717 said, should he trust the people who fired him because he wasn’t Jonathan Jackson? I didn’t need JJ back on GH – and was anyone surprised that after coming back, he left again. GH had Greg for 6 years and then got rid of him so they could have JJ for 2 years. Had they never fired him, Greg would be going on 12 years as Lucky. In GH’s current defense, it was different people who fired him. A paycheck is a paycheck. Come back to GH Greg!!

Elite Advisors
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Elite Advisors

We all seem to agree!! The character of Lucky the last we saw of him is a complete mess and needs to show up for his family…although I would hate to see him stuck with Elizabeth…ugh.

Rose
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Rose

Oh I agree, since Jonathan Jackson is pretty tied up with Nashville, it’s about time GH invites Greg to come back to the role JJ took out from under him. Although, he might not want the role back!

Mike
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Mike

It is really sad to see such talent leave, I only hope he returns to GH or could be a recast Billy Abbott (Y&R)

mollie
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mollie

YES! Billy Abbott. He is a good actor who could carry the role, great looking, charming and funny….great idea. SO much better than re-casting Billy with the actor who played Patrick Drake on GH (as was the scuttle butt). HE is a complete miscast.

So, yes, GV for Billy Abbott 🙂

Timmm
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Timmm

Jason Thompson doesnt look like an Abbott BUT he is a good actor. It may work out. Better than Burgess!

AJ
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AJ

He was already on Y&R as DIego.

mrsnoahdrake
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mrsnoahdrake

Jason Thompson (Patrick – GH) is going to be the new Billy Abbott. They have not announced it yet.

Elite Advisors
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Elite Advisors

That sounds like rumors…I love Jason and thought they wasted his talent lately. I hope EJ recast on DOOL

Timmm
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Timmm

WOW! Mike I was thinking Lucky at GH but he would work as Billy for sure.

Lew S.
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Lew S.

Once again, another missed opportunity. DAYS has really improved, but every storyline cannot be based on upon something like that was done in the 80’s. In order to succeed, the show must be mult-generational. Vaughan is a good actor and totally wasted.

Mister Media
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Mister Media

So…I’m thinking that means that Lucky is coming back to General Hospital?

Lisa
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Lisa

Greg is such a warm hearted human being and I wish he had a role that really got him… So deeply sad to see him leave Days! But maybe this opens the door for a new character on GH, B and B or Y and R!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Then hopefully he returns to GH as Lucky…

Elhu
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Elhu

I was thinking the same thing Jim. Would love him to return to GH as Lucky!

Tay
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Tay

Sad he is leaving. With Sami, Will, & Carrie all off canvas it seems a shame. He certainly shouldn’t be killed off. Take a hiatus to see Carrie & get his life together. Then bring him back with a real story.

ces
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ces

may as well have them all off including Belle too— hell, John & Doc weren’t even invited to the Brady Pub for T-Day – what the hell?

mrsnoahdrake
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mrsnoahdrake

I wondered about that too! And what did Adrienne and Lucas do for Thanksgiving? Was Doug there? I didn’t see him.

Patrick
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Patrick

that surprised me as well… seeing Belle and Claire show up… to see her soon to be ex-husband ?

although, I liked Marlena reaction when Belle showed up at the door… it’s going to be nice to see Marlena reacting to someone “new” what with Will gone

I had hoped to see more magic and spark… with John and Marlena… so far not much has surfaced

I really do not see much in the way of even caring about Johns past ? what’s the point?

DAYS production: hello !?!?

give Paul a love interest

Cesca
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Cesca

Doug wasnt there. Lucas with Kate maybe? No turkey for them! 20 years later, does anyone care @ John’s parents at all? I sure dont. Lazy storytelling and no imagination for the Days writers to come up with something. I dont like this Belle.

Reagan
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Reagan

I’m with mrsnoahdrake… where the hell was Lucas & Adrienne?? I loved John & Marlena back in the day, but now that I’m older his acting just rakes on my nerves. It would be interesting to see if she could strike up some chemistry with Roman. Or bring back original Roman AS Roman and not that stupid Alex North crap. Just my opinion.

Linda
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Linda

I don’t think he should go .I wanted him and Nicole back together and Danielle back with Jennifer but since he has to go then put him back in the church as a missionary over in India

Kimberlee Davis
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Kimberlee Davis

I hate that he is leaving! Greg is so personable and is an awesome actor! Shame on Days!!!!!

Vicki Black
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Vicki Black

I’m sad. Another great actor falls prey to writers.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

A romance with Jennifer?? A dark turn? Why can’t one character on this show have a happy ending? Let Eric go back to the priesthood instead of dragging the character through the depressing theme that the 50th year is turning out to be.

mollie
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mollie

A romance with Jennifer is a death knell….Jack, Daniel now Eric. Jennifer must bore them to death or make prison preferable. Jennifer needs some better writing that gives her something INTERESTING to do.

Sarah StJohn
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Sarah StJohn

Glad to see Greg on Hallmark, but sorry he is leaving Days. They should have left him with Nicole. They were a good couple, far better for her than the dull Dr. Daniel. I also hope he might reappear on GH, although they have very poor story lines just now. Maybe if they kick Valentini out, and bring Lucky Spencer back to PC.

mollie
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mollie

Please, not GH for Greg Vaughn. He’s too good for that show!
Would love to see GV re-cast as Billy Abbot on Y&R.

boes
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boes

He’s a pretty wonderful guy, but his character hasn’t been written for very well at all. Eric is pretty much a cardboard cutout.
A wasted opportunity.

Blake
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Blake

I agree, I’m not really upset about this.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Seems like when things are so good, DAYS is making changes. Of course, these were put into play months ago with NBC’s extreme lead time for DAYS, but this one hurts. I like the actor. I like the character.

Ces
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Ces

Except all the new teens I am SO not interested in watching! Even when they had teen stories back in the 80s, characters like Jennifer, pete and Melissa were older. Pretty sure not many want to see a romance for Ciara!
Meanwhile days is on a killing spree.
Thought nicole & eric made a promising couple at one time til she got with that drip Dr. Jonas

Annie
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Annie

finished with Days. Hopes it gets cancelled. Give me a break with some of the plots coming up. John looking into his past. Been doing this for the last 20 years. Sad. Looks like the Herdandez family is taking over the Brady’s See ya Days.

Dwight Schrute
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Dwight Schrute

He was never utilized that well on Days.

I’d rather see him on a new soap rather than go back to GH. He was treated so poorly there when they dumped him simply because they could get JJ back for a few months.

Timmm
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Timmm

Different bosses back then and now I think the network realizes JJ has his sights permanently set on other dreams.

Paul
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Paul

Another example of a good actor that was given garbage for story purposes. As a result, his exit can’t come soon enough for me. I’m tired of his angry outbursts and his whining/crying. At the point he accused Nicole of raping him, there was very little to ever root for. I hope the actor is snatched up quickly by another show that will utilize him to his potential.

Reagan
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Reagan

Since Jonathan Jackson is busy with Nashville, maybe they will bring him back on GH as Lucky. Or write him a new fresh role on GH… a long lost Q as the spawn of Jimmie Lee.

Mateo
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Mateo

Good riddance. All that man does is have a continual scowl on his face. I hope General Hospital stays far away from this tragic excuse of an actor. He is one of the worst characters on DAYS and one of the most awful actors all together. He spent the last two years yelling at Nicole, Serena and every one else. If he wasn’t yelling or pouting he was screwing someone. Good riddance, adieu, so long, farewell GOODBYE.

Reagan
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Reagan

Poor writing for sure.

PGP
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PGP

Totally should have recast ed this role! Wonder where this will leave Nicole once Daniel leaves?

Elite Advisors
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Elite Advisors

Interesting thought…. Nicole is dating Daniel is real life, so with the lack of story, doubtful she would be interested in sticking around….

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

What a terrible decision by TPTB. Greg is a fine actor who does a wonderful job. There is such story potential for Eric. This makes me very sad. I wish Greg much success in his future.

Blake
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Blake

I’m actually not that upset, hopefully they will recast Eric.

Reagan
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Reagan

Who are you thinking, Blake? It would be interesting to see what Brandon Barrash would do with the role. (Though I had hoped they would bring him in as one of Justin’s other sons or as Theresa’s brother Andrew.) I doubt Jason Thompson would be interested in going to Days, but he could be the recast.

Blake
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Blake

I’m not sure. Since Greg is saying that Eric is going to the dark side. I’m afraid he will end up doing something bad like drunk driving and killing someone and go to jail since it seems they are writing Eric off.

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

So sorry to hear this, Nicole & Eric are one of my favorite couples. Don’t understand why they never got a real chance.

mrsnoahdrake
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mrsnoahdrake

Greg Vaughn’s talent has been wasted on DAYS. I was hoping to see Nicole and Eric get back together once Daniel died, but no such luck!
Looks like they will pair Nicole with the new guy – Daniel’s friend.
I really liked Greg with Kelly Monaco as Lucky & Sam, but don’t think they will go there again on GH for a long time. Back to Jasam vs. Liason! Sigh! It gets old.

Timmm
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Timmm

Well if Jason stays with Liz and Patrick is leaving, Lucky and Sam version 2.0!

Patrick
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Patrick

of… thee 5 actors who were so overused… prior to this new writing team… and the demise of Will and Sonny

Daniel, Eric, Brady, Nicole, and Jennifer…. over kill !

Greg Vaughan is the one I would have preferred to have stayed…

once again… it’s a big fan loss… as they never developed him past the Priesthood!
NOW I really will miss … “Father Eric”

DAYS production… do not kill off another beloved family member

Ron
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Ron

Why are all the good looking guys leaving Days? Greg is so damn handsome. The writing for his character has been terrible. Hated the Serena storyline. Poor Nicole without both men. Guess that’s why they casted the new guy who looks like Shawn.

Annie
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Annie

Really sad. I only watched because of his story with Nicole. I guess all the years I have been watching soaps, I don’t understand them. As an example why do some soaps keep characters for years, but can’t find room for a guy like Greg Vaughn. He had so much potential. I wish him the best of luck. He seems so sincere and so great with his fans. Hate to see a person get fired.

Rj
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Rj

Wow, Days is a revolving door! Sorry, GV will be going.

Les
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Les

I really like this actor and there was such potential for the Eric character. Too bad!

damien
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damien

first i get excited about jason cook only to find out he s only temporary…
now eric out too?!
eric was my fave lead male…i thought the show was slowl burning him and nicole to be reunited?!… big mistake, eric s strong and silent approach was so rare to watch.
i ll miss him on the show… to many drastic changes… no more will and sonny, no jj and paige… and now no eric… i think maybe no more days for me…

Misty Ochoa
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Misty Ochoa

I hate that he’s leaving. Such a nice actor. He will be missed..

Cami10
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Cami10

I wish Greg should stay in days of our lives. He is good actor . wish him good luck !

val
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val

Here we go again. ays just can’t seem to find the right demographic mix. They need actors in that 30 to 40 age range. If they wanted to get rid of a Brady it should be barnacle Roman not Eric.

helen Debruler
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helen Debruler

Recast him keep Eric on the show

Brenda
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Brenda

With all the actors leaving and new ones coming in I’m on the way out the door. Have only been watching about 3 years and since all the ones I am used to leaving what is the use of watching. Bye, bye Days

elm51
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elm51

his talents were terribly misused at dool – his storylines were awful – greg spoke out several times about how dissatisfied he was with the storylines – i totally understand why he didn’t sign a new contract………………what a waste of a talented actor!

Jel Jones
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Jel Jones

Nicole spent a year crying for Eric while he was a priest. Now suddenly Daniel is her one true love and Eric a mere friend. The story isn’t believable. Days can write good stories and then totally miss the ball with others. The Aiden story as someone who would kill Hope also didn’t sell. I love Days but I think their new path will not end well for the show. Many of the characters that left or leaving held audiences. I’m not interested in grown up Ciara, Joey, Theo, Daniel’s friend, Rafe’s father or Bell’s family. Characters like Paige, Will,… Read more »

Annie
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Annie

So agree with everything you said.

Patrick
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Patrick

this is going to be a hard sell from here on out

thee past 3 months ; dont get me wrong; was so much cause celebre

what a FANtastic TREAT

I’m worried by all the departures of immense talent…

taking Wally Kurth and Judi Evans OFF CONTRACT?

OK… wrong thread… I’ve loved Greg Vaughan… on DAYS … (yes) for his LOOKS and with Eileen Davidson (because they never wrote for him)

I definetely enjoyed his acting skill and mindset at GH as Lucky

it’s all a terrible waste… he could have been revived and helped this show

Ghlover
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Ghlover

I want him back on GH and back with Sam!!!!

Timmm
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Timmm

ABC, I stuck with you through Fluke, I am sticking through this long drawn out Jason reveal, PLEASE sign Greg Vaughan to play Lucky Spenser again! He was so good in a near impossible recast. Can you imagine how great it would be to mix Lucky into all the drama surround Liz AND with his sister Lulu! Plus, Laura would have all her kids together again. Come on, its Christmas!

Mo
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Mo

Greg has been boring since he started. He was not a good choice for a recast. I’m sad to see the character of Eric go as I think he has potential, but not in the current reincarnation. Let him go and maybe they can bring the recast character back in the future.

The writers didn’t really help Greg as story after he stopped being a priest was pretty non-existent.

Sandy J.
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Sandy J.

There have been so many terrific actors on many shows whose talents have been wasted [Michael Easton comes to mind first], and Greg Vaughan is just the latest. I join others in hoping to see him return to G.H. as Lucky, but he might be better to try his hand at primetime. He’s certainly talented enough. I wish him the very best in his next roles, and hope to see him on my TV screen again soon – daytime or nighttime. If it’s the latter, someone wiser than TPTB at Days could give him a starring role in a new… Read more »

SixBells
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SixBells

Oh, good, another depressing story about addiction and (reportedly) murder (re: Daniel).

😐

I remember the days when Days knew how to weave heavier stories with lighter stories, drama with comedy. It wasn’t all so bleak then. Now, it’s re drying to a one-note dirge. It’s utterly depressing, and I’m sad to see them go this direction again. Killing off sizable portions of the cast in short order is not goin to do them many favors. *sigh*

Rockefeller
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Rockefeller

PLEASE GH and FRANK VALENTINE get Greg back as Lucky ASAP!!!!! Ive been waiting years for for an opportunity for him to leave DAYS and go back to GH! Lucky is my fav male on GH and Greg was my fav Lucky!!!! 🙂 Although I loved them all! But Jonathon still looks like a child and Greg was the adult Lucky IMO!
Without Anthony Geary they dont need Jonathon Jackson 🙂

Jeff
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Jeff

Good, now he can come back to GH!! Much more believeable as a cop than Jonathan Jackson IMO.

Tim Welles
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Tim Welles

Well, I don’t have anything against the actor who portrays him but Eric is about as exciting as dry white bread. If this show wants to survive, and at this point even that is something worth deliberating, they need to do something EDGY and different. Move on from this “Mary is pregnant but the real father is John” bit and come into the 21st century. Have Eric decide that he likes to wear woman’s clothing at night or have Abigail so completely zonked out by Ben’s treatment that she develops a dual personality complex and goes out at night in… Read more »

Linda K.
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Linda K.

This really saddens me about Greg leaving. I have always loved his character as Eric. Why can’t Days leave well enough alone? Why don’t they get rid of characters like Theresa, Eve, and Eduardo and Ben? To me these characters have no consequence to Days anymore. They should keep the people that really matter to the fans like Eric, Bo, and Sean.

xmascarol
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xmascarol

I really like Greg but his character was so boring and going nowhere.It is ashame they couldnt find another woman for him.I wish him well.Oh yes I was so surprised when I saw he was leaving because I thought he just signed on for a longer period of time

Jo-Anne
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Jo-Anne

I am really sad that Greg vaughan is leaving days. He is my favourite character. I hope he will end up with Nicole before he leaves. I will truly miss him

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Kevin Spirtas Talks ‘After Forever’s’ Digital Special ‘Riley’s Unforgettable School Project’, The Loss of Michael Slade, and a Chance to Reprise DAYS Craig Wesley

The coronavirus pandemic has put to the test many content creators on just how they would keep their projects moving forward in ways they never dreamed of. However, out of that situation has come some of the most compelling, unique series, specials, and features currently streaming for viewers. One of which is Riley’s Unforgettable School Project, brought to you by the team from the six-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning series, After Forever.

Former Days of our Lives star, Kevin Spirtas (Ex-Craig Wesley) has starred in and created the first two seasons of what has become the most honored Emmy-awarded LGBTQ-themed drama series on any platform.  Along with his ‘After Forever’ writing/producing partner, the late Michael Slade (DAYS, OLTL, Passions, Another World), the two also conceptualized and delivered this latest documentary-style offering now on Amazon Prime Video.

What makes Riley’s Unforgettable School Project so noteworthy is not just how they were able to execute the series based on fictional 11-year-old Riley’s virtual school project and utilize its cast, which includes: Spirtas, Cady Huffman, Jamison Stern, Lenny Wolpe, Erin Cherry, Anita Gillette, Christopher J. Hanke, and Finn Douglas, but that it was made while Slade was succumbing to his battle with cancer, and that this special marks the final script from this talented writer.

 

Michael Fairman TV spoke with Spirtas about making the special during Covid-19, how the death of Michael Slade has made a lasting impact on his life, what After Forever has personally meant to him, and how an official third season is still in the works, and … if he would consider a return to Salem and Days of our Lives, should they come a-calling.  Here’s what Kevin had to say about it all.

Photo: AfterForever

I think the entire story of this digital special has become even more meaningful with Michael Slade’s passing. What was the genesis of the concept? You wanted to continue the telling of the story of After Forever … but we are all in the middle of a pandemic?

KEVIN:  Yes and… when we filmed season 2, we had the scripts for season 3 already completed. It was our hope and desire to film them at the same time, back-to-back, so that we would have had all of our cast and crew together, and we could have gotten through it because we’ve always imagined this story being told in a trilogy so to speak – a beginning, middle, and end to Brian (Spirtas) and Jason, (Mitchell Anderson) and Brian’s healing or his steps towards healing through grief.  Schedules turned out that they couldn’t really work out for us to hold all the people and hold all of the sets for that amount of time.  So, we thought, “We’ve got the scripts for season 3 ready.  We’ll come back to it in the following year,” and that was always the intention, and then the pandemic hit.  So, it was shut down immediately that we weren’t going to do anything, but we wanted to stay current, and instead of going back in and telling the third installment of After Forever as a Covid-19 story as well, Michael and I sat down and looked at a way of staying relevant and current with a story within COVID, and there was born the idea to do this documentary style story/special about the characters of After Forever told through the lens of the character of Riley, the 11-year-old boy, who is now being homeschooled during the pandemic. He gets an assignment to do a project about the most unforgettable person he has ever met, and he, of course, chooses his best friend, the late Jason Adams, and he enlists all of Jason’s friends and family to join in.  Michael actually said, “What if we tell a story about Riley being homeschooled?” And, not only is Riley a technical genius at 11-years-old in the story, but Finn Douglas, who plays Riley, is a technical genius.

And didn’t Finn perform and write the song “Forever There” contained within the special?

KEVIN. Yes. He is this incredible musician.  Michael thought, “What would it be like if we asked to have the character of Finn sing a song for Jason?”  I said, “Well, what kind of song would we have him sing?”  Finn could play anything, I’m sure, because he’s self-taught, he plays by ear – guitar, piano, and drums.  Michael said, “What if we ask him to see if he could write a song?” and when we heard this song, we all called each other and we all got on Zoom and went, “Can you believe this song?  Can you believe this came out of this 11-year-old?”  It’s pretty incredible.  Michael did a gorgeous job of weaving the stories in and out and how they just sort of dove-tailed into each other, and then it was framed by Riley opening the project and ending the project.  During the Zoom reading we wanted to hear the song out loud.  We said to Finn, “Would you want to sing the song?”  We all just watched everybody on that Zoom call just fall apart.  It was just so beautiful. He’s an amazing talent.

Where is your character within this?

KEVIN:  I still stand in the center of the story of Jason because my character, Brian, was married to Jason, and it sort of connects us all, and through Riley’s understanding of how we all connect to Jason, is how we are all sort of spread out throughout the story.  Michael jokingly said, “You know, you’re not going to be the star of this special,” and I said, “I don’t think it’s about being the star.  It’s really about the storytelling.”  The beauty of Riley’s Unforgettable School Project is that we get to see moments of each person’s relationship with Jason, which Riley sets out to say, “Answer these three questions: What did you like most about Jason?  What did you like least about Jason? And what’s your favorite memory?”  Those three things, cut back and forth is where we all kind of fit in.  Nobody has more of a story than the next person, and it’s all telling honest portrayals of how they’re dealing with their loss of their good friend, or their child, or partner.

It’s a very inventive idea during Covid-19 to continue it in a way where you weren’t having to go shoot a full season of episodes.

KEVIN:  Well, we couldn’t. I have to say, Allison Vanore, who not only produced this special, but she also stepped up saying, “I’d love to direct this,” and I said, “Yes, please!”  She knows the characters.  She understands the story because she’s been a part of it for the last two seasons.  Allison also has this extraordinary amount of knowledge and expertise with the camera and what was needed for a remote shoot, and to also be able to organize filming 13 people in 2 different countries and 5 different cities… that’s just the technical side of it, but having that in our back pocket, knowing that it was a remote shoot, we had to send the camera, the computer, the ring light, and the microphone to each person’s house.  We had to location scout over Zoom.  We had to do wardrobe over Zoom.  It was all this big puzzle putting it together, and once you look at that board of storytelling and how we were going to do it, it kind of fell into place.  I feel blessed that a) we still had Michael with us, at that point, and b) Allison had the know-how to do this.  We all feel that at least this pandemic didn’t keep us from doing what we love.

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In terms of the contribution of Michael Slade in this special, was it the construction of the story, and how was he able to work and write this during his illness?

KEVIN:  Michael’s contribution to the special was no less than the contribution to season 1 and season 2, and the future of season 3, because the scripts are written.  We did everything on Zoom, and we worked around his schedule of treatment.  We scheduled 2 people per day, and we spread them out over two weeks.  He was very present, and when there would be a day where he would say, “I’m going to be an hour late, let’s just push that call time,” I would ask, “Is this too much right now?  We can shelve it; we can stop it.” He’d then say, “Absolutely not, otherwise cancer will win.”  He was determined to stay focused and to stay active because it took his mind off of what was happening to him.

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It would be lovely moment if you both were to win a Daytime Emmy for this project. 

KEVIN:  It’s our last collaboration together as a team, as I said, season 3 has been scripted, and it is on the calendar to get made.  We are just waiting for the COVID restrictions to lift a little bit and everyone to get vaccinated.  Michael was really hit hard with cancer – to stay healthy was so challenging for him.  Sadly, he didn’t make it to see the final edit of the special, and he died four days before we launched, but he had seen the cuts before that and was very approving of it, and had made some decisions, and offered some suggestions, and if God gives him an Emmy for this, it’s not because he died.  It’s because it’s great work.  It just happens to be that the work that was involved in this particular special was very tricky.  It brought up everything, like life itself to have to deal with.  Here we are dealing with the loss of a colleague, the loss of a friend, someone’s brother, someone’s son, this is life imitating art, imitating art imitating life. I can’t tell you the darkness that I went through just experiencing the need to stay focused on getting everything edited, and everything ready, and everything aligned for a release of this project that we had put into motion.  On top of it, our editor lost his mother just before Michael passed, and Allison’s mom was sick at the time, as well.  It took a lot of heavy deep breaths with Michael’s death, and the pandemic, and the loss has, for me, on a personal level, sent me back to really questioning my spiritual muscle and to help remind me that we have to come out of this better than we went into this.  I had many dark nights of the soul this last year, and December was probably the darkest.  I feel like I’m just kind of coming out of it now with the spring revealing itself.

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It must have been extraordinarily difficult for you to also go to New York during a pandemic and also knowing Michael did not have much time left.

KEVIN:  I will say this: I am grateful that I was able to stay in touch with my heart and my instinct and go out to New York to let that be my remote location.  Yes, maybe there was some risk involved.  I wore my mask; I was Covid-19 negative, and I was determined to be fine.  Once I got to New York, I would visit him very protectively with our masks and our gloves, and I’d sit across the room, and then I’d go back to the house I was at.  It was a gift that I was able to see him at that time.  We had some good talks then about how he was feeling, and I think he was still being optimistic, and then once we got the project in the can there was maybe this psychic letting go. That’s when everything really started to reveal itself as this could be the end.  I did go back to see him when he was in hospice.  I think I was there the last two days that he really was able to really stay coherent.  He would close his eyes and be at peace and quiet for a minute, and he would finish a conversation and sort of close his eyes, not to sleep and not to go away, but I remember watching him going, “Look how peaceful he is,” and then he’d open his eyes and he’d remember that he is in this body that has been given a time limit of life, and he’s on his way out.  I’d watch the fear go back in his eyes.  At one point, he did say, “I’m so scared,” and I just held his hand, and I said, “I’m scared too.  Let’s be scared through this together.”  I don’t know how to navigate grief like that.  We are all going to be in a position at some point where we are going to be on the other side of the hand holding.  The wonderful thing is that we were able to have honest communication about our feelings.  I thanked him for everything that he has done for me and how he believed in my talent and creativity and our partnership.  I will always take that with me.  I waved my finger at him, and I said, “Listen.  Now, we wrote a series about a man talking to his deceased husband.  You’d better talk to me!”  So, we laughed about that.

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You’ve done a lot of things in your career from Broadway to television, and of course, daytime fans know you best as Dr. Craig Wesley on DAYS.  How does the entire After Forever project stack up to you within all that you have done?

KEVIN:  Former DAYS casting director Fran Bascom, sought me out and offered me this 2-day role on Days of Our Lives, and those 2 days turned into 8 years, and unbeknownst to me at the time, the final 3 months of that contract of those 8 years, Michael Slade was brought in to write.  We didn’t cross paths at that point, but years later, when we did cross paths in New York, and then After Forever was born, that was that universal crossing point.  I am most proud of the fact that we were able create something fresh, and real, and personal to ourselves that we didn’t have to cater to any “powers that be” that had their vision and their tinkering, that they thought that it could be better in this way or that way.  Then for After Forever to gain such recognition, within the film festivals, and the Emmys, and then, just after Michael died, we won the GLAAD award for Special Recognition this year.  We don’t even fit into one of their categories!  They found a way to acknowledge this project.  If another Emmy happens again, that might be another one to put up on the shelf for After Forever that would be beautiful, and I couldn’t have done it without Michael.

For the Daytime Emmys this year, what category have you entered Riley’s Unforgettable School Project?

KEVIN:  We are not a series this year, we are a daytime fiction special, and the “Daytime Fiction Special” category is a special class.  It’s anything that’s digital in the construct of less than 40 minutes.  NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) is being bombarded with so much content, they’re trying to find ways to put categories together.

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So, now, when we last saw Days of Lives’ Dr. Craig Wesley, where was he? (Laughs)

KEVIN: (Laughs) He was in a flash from the past or something in the DOOL app’s Last Blast Reunion series. I had a fun time working with Patrika Darbo (Nancy) and Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe), once again.

So, if they were to want Craig to come back to DAYS, would you be all for it?

KEVIN:  Hell yes!

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Now, what story would you want to be told involving Craig? 

KEVIN:  When Craig was first on the canvas in Salem, there was a lot of mustache twirling and a lot of hand wringing.  He was always plotting; most of the time with Nancy.  It was kind of this high drama, evil villain storyline being told, but when the writers created an opportunity for us to be on after those first three months by bringing on Chloe without a father, there was something real about it.  It may have been told under the construct of soap opera storytelling, but there was a reality-based story about, “You have a daughter, and we are just now finding out about it?”  Then, finding a cure to her health was another realistic story, and finding out that Craig was her real father.  Anything that’s reality based is what I’m getting to.  I would welcome any job that brings me back and gives me an opportunity to dive into something real.

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Would you welcome the opportunity to play a gay character on daytime; in a medium where there are very few represented in storylines?

KEVIN:  I’d have no problem with that.  Do you know anybody who is starting that?  Let’s do it!  (Laughs) First of all, there’s nothing to hide anymore.  There’s nothing to pretend you’re not anymore.  I would think that bringing in a storyline that deals with anything outside the norm that we are used to seeing would be interesting.  How many times can you retell a story?  How many times can you set the same story up with another couple?  So, why not be diverse and have a stylized story being told through the lens of a gay person.

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In closing, so many go through life without acknowledging people who had an impact them.  We don’t give pats on the back, often enough, and especially in Hollywood, where people can be very self-involved.  You have already paid tribute to Michael Slade in our discussion, but what gift from him is your personal takeaway?

KEVIN:  The gift that Michael really gave to me is to remember to be kind to myself and to others, and to acknowledge and salute the person who is in front of us, because we don’t know when we will have, or if we will have, another moment to do that.

Now below, check out the trailer for Riley’s Unforgettable School Project.  Then let us know, what do you think of its concept? Kevin’s thoughts on the passing of his collaborator on the project, Michael Slade? And, do you hope DAYS brings back Dr. Craig Wesley? Share your thoughts via the comment section.

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REPORT: Dan Feuerriegel is DAYS New EJ DiMera

Could Days of our Lives finally found their new EJ? Rumors have been circulating on the internet for weeks that the character of EJ DiMera may finally have a new face and a new actor portraying and heading back to Salem, especially since Sami (Alison Sweeney) is back on the canvas.

The role was previously played by longtime fan favorite James Scott, who had made it very clear he would never return to Days of our Lives.

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Now according to Daytime Confidential and their report from setside sources, the new EJ will actually be played by former Spartacus actor Dan Feuerriegel.

The Australian-born actor has been seen in Starz’ Spartacus franchise in the role of Agron.

According to the report, look for the new EJ to make his debut sometime this summer.

DAYS fans know that in story, EJ was brought back form the dead, from the serum from Dr. Rolf, but then was injured in an explosion and had reunited with Sami and had been recovery in Europe.

So, if this reports turns out to be true, what do you think of the new EJ? Comment below.

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