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Is Bryan Dattilo finally on his way back to Days of our Lives?

Photo Credit: Peter Randolph

Photo Credit: Peter Randolph

So could this finally be the right time for fan favorite Bryan Dattilo (Lucas) to return to the Salem fold?  For all intent and purposes it would seem the timing couldn’t be better, as over the next several months the Horton family be dealing with Will’s (Chandler Massey) coming out, as the character tries to come to terms with this within himself.

It would be interesting to see how the writers decide to write the character of Lucas in this scenario and his reaction to the news that his son, Will, is  gay. Would Lucas be the supportive dad, or the homophobe?

In any case, Soap Opera Digest is reporting that Datillo was spotted earlier this week at the set of Days of our Lives at NBC Studios!

So let us know if you would be excited for a Lucas return? And if so, how would you like to see him deal with his son’s sexuality?

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I would love to have him back! Hes is one of my all time favorite characters. It would be even better if it gave us a Lumi reunion!!

i would love to have him back and i would hope that the writers write lucas as a supportive father of his son become who he really is . I think the writers need to ask Bryan how he thinks the character should respond to his sons comming out also i would love if johnny turns out to be lucas’s

If the character of Lucas returns I hope it’s only for a short time to support his son. Or better still, just call.

I’m DYING for Lucas to come back to DAYS, and there is absolutely no better time than with this storyline. Lucas’s presence is essential right now, they can’t tell this story properly without his perspective. He would NOT be a homophobe though, never. He would be very supportive of his son and his sexuality.

If true, I would be SO happy to see him return! It’s been a long, long wait, I can’t wait for the confirmation. He is so needed in Salem.

DAYS has been so dark for the month of November especially the last couple of weeks. Hearing the news of Bryan’s possible return is like a ray of sunlight. There was never a character needed on any show more than Bryan is needed on DAYS right now. People need a reason to watch, a reason to care about the show since the writers are making it known that they really don’t care that much what the fans want or are interested in. I know I have never been so discouraged in DAYS in my life as I am right now. Bryan’s return will help so much!!

I think he’s needed for the Will storyline and that’s about it. Maybe he’ll bring a bride back from Hong Kong instead of rehashing Lucas/Sami version 348.

I would be delighted to have him back. I love Bryan, I love Lucas, and frankly Sami only seems to be tolerable with Lucas by her side, but I’m not opposed to him having a romantic storyline outside of Sami, I think it’s about time that someone other than Sami shows some true love for Lucas. I think it’ll be great if for the FIRST time Days treats this fan favorite and someone who’s been so loyal to Days with some respect and gives him the storyline that Lucas deserves. If the rumor is true that he is back or in his way back then I’d definitely be excited!

Lucas Horton will be a supportive dad, I would love for Lucas to have a new woman in his life, someone to help him and love him and his kids.
Im just sooooooo HAPPY he is on his way back to Salem. 🙂

I like Lucas and think it would be great to have him back to be supportive of Will. Just keep him away from Sami because she belongs with EJ.

I would love to see Lucas return!! And even better, it would be great to see him reunite with Sami. Sami and BoringRafe have zero chemistry. I’m so hoping they break up & having Lucas around would be perfect timing! I hope Lucas is supportive of Will. I can’t say I am happy about this storyline, but Lucas’ presence would make it more enjoyable.

You’re kidding, right? Days has needed Lucas back for a long while now…it makes no sense that Lucas would not have been there for Will’s graduation, etc. Bringing him back is the best thing Days could do at this particular time.

Glad he’s coming back, Days really is like it was in the early 90s when it was sooo good!

Its always been the right time for Lucas. He should have never been gone in the first place at least Lucas would have never left his children. I’m estatic that he may be back I just don’t want to be letdown. This show is notorious for that.

I quit watching when Bryan was let go (both times). Lucas is my favorite character and without him the entire storyline with Will seems empty. I saw Chandler’s scenes Friday and for the first time in YEARS actually anticipate seeing his scenes Monday. He knocked it out of the park. IMO if done right, Bryan and Chandler could really do some Emmy worthy scenes. Days reboot – while I did try to watch – was an epic fail in my opinion and bringing Lucas back for this storyline would be a HUGE step in the right direction. I’m still at a loss why Bryan wasn’t brought back in September! Come on, Days! Don’t let another chance slip through your fingers! You actually have a chance at something good here!

right time for Bryan Dattilo for me was like yesterday

i will be excited if he is back and it better be for long term
i also i would hope so that the writers will write lucas as a supportive father of his son become who he really is too

Bring Bryan Dattilo back pronto. Would love to see him in the storyline with Will. I’m a huge Lucas fan and would expect that Lucas would have a difficult time with Will being gay, but in the long run, Lucas’s love for his son will always out weigh the doubts he has about homosexuality. This could be a roll that Bryan could sink his teeth into, but please keep Galen/Rafe out of the story line.

I would love to have him back on the show too.. Have been fan to him for the past 18 years. and would make this fan very happy if Lucas comes home. and he should be there for Will and only Lucas should be there for him.. and not Rafe..””That is all that matters, cause Will is our son. And If anyone is gonna be here for you its gonna be me! If anyone is gonna help you through this, and hold your hand and be supportive, I’m gonna do it! Not him!”

100 reasons for Lucas and Bryan to come back
100. Lucas is an uncle yet again; he needs to see his nephew Parker.

99. Kate has too much on her plate these days, with dealing with Vivian and patching up her marriage with Stefano. She needs someone who knows Hearth and Home (Salem) to step in and keep it going. That would be Lucas.

98. Salem needs a little laughter as everyone is going through some tough times. Bryan Dattilo’s Lucas can interject that as only Lucas can.

97 Jennifer is having a rough time and losing her heart (literally). She could use the support (and possibly blood) of her brother Lucas.

96 Abby might be getting involved with a Dimera! Uncle Lucas has lots of life experience with that family to impar

95. Mother Kate needs help dodging Vivian’s wrath.

94 Brother Philip needs help learning to be a dad.

93 Cousin Nathan is dealing with the aftermath of trying to get over his true love with a poor substitute who lied to him – Lucas knows a thing or two about that.

92 Cousin Hope got beat up in prison!! Lucas could swap stories with her on that.

91 Sister Jennifer is lost without Jack, distanced from her children – Lucas could offer much needed support and understanding.

90 Since we know that Hearth and Home needs a high level executive in

Hong Kong, we’re sure that Austin and Carrie are willing to take on the challenge so Lucas can be closer to their niece and nephew. Surely Lucas can do much of his job in Salem anyway, where it’s easier to touch base with the founder, Kate.

89 Son Will has been through enough without his dad around – Lucas needs to be there for his son as he is transitioning into a man.

88 Daughter Allie has been tossed around and greatly ignored, as well as traumatized over her brother’s illness – Lucas NEEDS to be present to give her some stability and love.

87 Caroline just had a stroke; it’ll take her months to fully rehabilitate. Who is going to care for Allie while Sami is tending to Johnny? Her dad can!

86 Daniel was cheated on by Chloe – Lucas should be there to remind Daniel that he shouldn’t be so high and mighty.

85 Nicole’s sister Taylor is coming back to town – Lucas was her friend back in the day.

84 On (1/24) episode, Kate told Philip that she regrets not allowing Lucas and Bill to get to know each other. Us viewers also regret that we never saw much Lucas and Bill interaction, especially since we enjoyed them together at Alice’s funeral. It would also be great to see Kate explore that part of her past if both Lucas and Bill returned to Salem.

83 EJ has gotten away with hurting Lucas family too much – it’s time for Lucas to come back and protect the ones he loves like he used to.

82 Sami hasn’t been Sami since her best friend has been out of her life. Reason enough to have Lucas back.

81 There are not enough Hortons in Salem!!! Bring back a fan favorite with history and ties to the current canvas!

80 Bryan has fans that miss him!

79 Lucas has fans that miss him

78 Lumi have fans that miss them

77 Lucas can deliver snarky humor like Victor can, Days needs more of it.

76 Lucas can deliver real truths, Days needs it bad

75 His reaction to watching Victor and Maggie together is MUST SEE TV!

74 Lucas needs to come back so he can help Sami pick up the pieces of her life “every time it falls apart” and it’s fallen apart now big time.

73 Bryan Dattilo is awesome! We want to see more of him on our screens…shirtless or fully clothed

72 Children love Lucas (and Bryan) and Days has lots of little ones that could use a caring role model.

71 Very few people in Salem have ties to all major families like Lucas does. He’s a Horton, has children with a Brady, has a brother that’s a Kiriakis, has a mother who is married to a Dimera, his son is dating a Hernandez. It should be really easy to incorporate him into ANY story.

70 Philip was always the closest to Lucas. Now that he’s a new father, Lucas, his best man, should help him become the best father he can be and remind him that this isn’t the only child he has.

69 Remember Alice Caroline Horton (Allie)? Lucas does. He needs to come back to take care of her. Especially now that the Dimeras are threatening to kidnap her!

68 Nicole has been told to give up drinking. As her old drinking buddy, Lucas should help her find her sober side.

67 Sami has been allowed to hurt others with no remorse. Lucas always reminds Sami to think of others instead of herself.

66 All the characters have gone through tough times. Bryan Dattilo’s Lucas is the guy that makes them laugh, at him and themselves

65 A shirtless Lucas is never a waste of television.

64 A fully clothed Lucas is never a waste of television.

63 Lucas covered by a toaster is never a waste of television

62 There aren’t enough men in Salem wearing suits with all of the doctors and cops in town recently we need another man who can really wear a suit and make the women drool while doing so. That’s Lucas.

61 Lucas walking around wrapped in a towel is must see TV.

60 Lucas has tattoos that supposedly no one knows about; maybe Lucas can tell them why he got them.

59 We never really got to see Nathan and Lucas, cousins, and former roommates, bond. Now that Nathan will be leaving soon, maybe Lucas can come back and give him a nice farewell, and wish him luck on his future plans.

58 Kate’s world can fall apart at any minute. She’s married to Stefano and we all know what that may bring. She needs Lucas to help her stay above ground as they say.

57 Sami doesn’t need someone to help her cover up a crime, she needs someone to help her scheme to get away with it, and her partner in crime is Lucas.

56 Taylor is going to need a friend and there is no better and more loyal friend than Lucas.

55 Lucas should be in Salem to help Aunt Maggie sort out her feelings especially when it comes to Victor.

54 Lucas should be in Salem to remind Caroline that switching paternity paperwork only leads to heartache.

53 Having been in a messy relationship with a woman (and a child involved), Lucas is the best man to help Philip and Nathan through their trials and tribulations with Stephanie, Melanie and Chloe.

52 Johnny has had a very rough year. Lucas loves Johnny as if he were his own. He should be there for Johnny now.

51 Allie shouldn’t have to choose between being with her father, Lucas, and being with her twin, Johnny. Bring Lucas back to Salem so Allie won’t need to choose one over the other.

50 Will has starting a relationship with Gabi; Lucas should be there to give him some pointers.

49 Stefano is going back to his megalomaniacal ways; Lucas should be around to protect all those he loves.

48 Lucas should talk to Rafe about Sami and the problems with enabling her.

47 Rafe and Lucas have shared very few scenes and no dialogue. It’s time Rafe met the real competition.

46 Lucas should be back to remind Sami that everything Rafe can do, Lucas did first.

45 Lucas should talk to Gabi about Will and what a great kid he is.

44 Lucas should come back to Salem to talk to Will about the birds and the bees.

43 Will helped his mother cover up her crime, Lucas knows a thing or two about that and could really be a support system for Will at this time.

42 Next year’s Christmas celebration at the Horton’s will have one more Horton if Lucas is back in town.

41 Lucas should be back to remind Roman that he was strong enough to handle Sami too.

40 Lucas should be back to remind Roman that Roman liked him too and didn’t object to him marrying Sami.

39 Lucas should be back to celebrate his son’s high school graduation this summer.

38 The twins will be getting out of preschool soon and attending Kindergarten. Allie & Johnny should go to the same school as they are twins. Lucas should come back to Salem for Allie’s first day of Kindergarten.

37 Fans miss the General!

36 Fans miss the General and Scami.

35 Sami needs the Alice Horton Chocolate Chip cookie recipe to be able to bake the twins’ favorite cookies. Lucas has the recipe.

34 When Lucas left in Feb. of 2010 HH ratings for Days were at 2.3, now it’s 1.7. Why not try bringing Lucas back to see if ratings go up a bit?

33 Lucas should come back to Salem to find the gun that EJ says he has, which we know he doesn’t.

32 Sami’s husband is going through a rough time after his accident. Since Sami is virtually alone trying to figure out what is going on with Rafe, Lucas can come back to support and help her.

31 Since Allie appears to have a major issue with Rafe, Lucas should return to Salem to get to the bottom of the problem and protect the ones he loves.

30 Too many bad things have happened to Lucas’ loved ones since he left town for him NOT to return.

29 Salem residents mention Lucas frequently so he must be missed by them as well.

28 Days needs a little romance, who better to deliver that than Lucas. Remember that wonderful proposal to Sami when Lucas sang “When a Man Loves a Woman”? Days’ audience does!

27 Days needs characters that can understand the pitfalls of life, and can still get up on both feet after life hits them hard. Lucas is one of those characters.

26 Since he had Will at such a young age, Lucas has always had an ease in communicating with children. I would love to see him interacting with Ciara, Johnny, Allie, Theo, and all the under 5 more.

25 The twins that play little Allie love Bryan, and Bryan has said that he missed them too. It would be great to have these three that miss each other working together agai

24 Dan has kicked Chloe out of their apartment. Lucas should get the pleasure of kicking Daniel out of Lucas and Sami’s former apartment.

23 Dan cheats, Bo cheats, Philip cheats, but Lucas never has. We need more than one man in Salem that doesn’t believe in adultery, right? Lucas is that man.

22 Lucas is honest. We need more honest men in Salem.

21 Lucas has chocolate brown eyes that can melt any woman’s heart, especially female viewers of Days of our Lives. Bring Lucas back for the female viewers!

20 Since we don’t want the male viewers to get jealous, bring Lucas back for the male viewers too!

19 It’s not in Lucas’ character to leave his family behind in search of greener pastures in China. Come on! Bring Lucas back to Salem!

18 Lucas loves fire extinguishers, he can put out all the fires in Salem, very quickly!

17 Camping trips aren’t the same without Lucas!

16 Picnics aren’t the same without Lucas!

15 Ciara has suffered a lot for one little girl; she could use her cousin Lucas

14 Sami needs to laugh out loud more. The last time you saw her laughing was likely with Lucas!

13 Bryan’s cast members miss Bryan on set and working with him. Bringing Bryan back would solve that

12 Lucas can tell Brady about trying to escape by using alcohol; it doesn’t lead to anything good.

11 Rafe needs competition from a man that Sami refered to as the “love of her life”

10 Lucas needs to remind sister Jennifer that her new “love” Dan is not always a good man

9 Chloe & Nicole need another ex husband in town to make their new adventures even more complicated.

8 Abby needs her uncle. (Especially if she’s messing with DiMeras!)

7 Hope needs her cousin

6 Maggie needs her nephew

5 Jennifer needs her brother

4 Kate needs her son Lucas

3 Sami needs her bestfriend

2 Allie needs both parents. Lucas/Allie should return home & stay

1Will needs support soon. Lucas loved Will before he knew he was his & was always a supportive dad

Lucas should have never been gone in the first place. his children need a parent who remembers them, and cares and puts them first.

Bring Lucas back and reunite Lumi!

yep bring BRD/Lucas Horton back to stay till the end of Days,
He is missed by his #1 fan “ME” 🙂

The ratings have bottomed out it is clear the majority do not want EJ.. Bryan will bring viewers back that were ousted by the Ej sicko show..rapists and grief sex is a big NO !
Lucas would be very supportive of Will and love him no matter what.
But the bigger issue is that in the past ..swept under the dirty Dimera rug it was written that Johnny and Ali were Not Dimera, the stem cells did NOT match to save Stefano. This has to be. and should be re-visted. Nothing could make the ratings soar higher than Lucas fighting for and winning his son from the Dimera’s !!

yes, I really want Bryan Dattilo back on my screen. I have not watched since the day he left and won’t watch until he is back on my screen. Please bring back Bryan Dattilo, Lucas needs to be there for Will and Allie, both his children. He also needs to be declared the father of Johnny, oh the drama that would cause to have both the twins be Lucas’s, as it should be. Please bring back Bryan Dattilo as Lucas Horton and reunite the Horton family. Lucas, Sami, Allie and Johnny. That would make this Lucas, Bryan and Lumi fan very happy!

It would be fantastic to have Byan back on the canvas. One of the best things about Days is that their major actors over the years come back time after time. I’d love to see Lucas get all uptight and outraged over Will’s coming out story. (Politcal correctness does NOT make for good daytime drama.)
BTY- Massey (Will) has been fantastic lately. I loved his big dramatic reaction to Gabby’s rejection and ending of their relationship. I hope they play out this story slowly and show all the complexities involved in the coming out process.

I’d be so beyond happy and filled with joy if Bryan returned as Lucas. He should have never been let go in the first place. He’s a Horton, hes very important to the history of the show. His son Will needs him during the dark stuff that he’s going through. His little girl Allie needs her daddy. and his Soul-Mate Sami needs him to make some sense of the MESS she’s once again created for herself. Lumi belong together like Bo & Hope, John & Marlena, Jack & Jennifer and Carrie & Austin belong together. They are part of the long line of SUPERCOUPLES. With word that his sister is coming home, and his brother Austin came back earlier this year, Lucas needs to come back. Kate needs all her children back in Salem especially Lucas. There is still so much for Lucas to do in Salem! Please oh please say Lucas is returning. If days is really serious about turning the show back into the show we know and love then it won’t be complete till Lucas comes home! Lumi 4ever!

Would love to see Bryan return. The show has a void without him! Watched him for years and years. I miss the days when Lucas was in Salem. Don’t care if he’s not written with Sami. Actually at this point it’s probably best that he’s not. I just want Lucas back. Dattilo is a great actor.

I have stopped watching till Bryan comes back!!!!!!!!!

I’d tune back in to see THIS return! I’d like to see Lucas really blown away by Will’s coming out. Hey, if he was perfectly fine with it, that’d be very unsoap like! Things are never that easy. I don’t want to see Lucas written as a jerk though, and there is a difference.

Most of all, if Lucas returned I would tune right back out if they didn’t do right to the Will/Lucas relationship that they’ve been butchering (I’ve seen scenes, although I no longer watch the show regularly). Rafe is not the first “real father figure” Will has had. Lucas is and always will be. I need the writers to get this right.

If BD comes back, there is really no need for GG – plain and simple. BD can take over the co parenting duties with sami (only) and maybe find himself some sweet loving via madison or even gabi (since dool is exploring the older man young girl crush via abby and austin, lucas should be able to dip into that honey bowl). No Sami or Carrie or even Nicole pairing, Lucas has been there and done that too many times it will be insulting and depressing to send the guy back for another round of pride-destroying “romance”. This time around I would like Lucas to have some sense, sensibility and smarts (which does not mean lippy, irritating and self righteous). If the writers and production intend to bring Lucas just to occupy space by making him a spineless, witless and annoying character please skip and wait until BD can be given something worth his talent and skills – we have already GG/Rafe to contend with, no need for a second serving of mediocre and terrible character development, thank you very much.

Would be very glad to have Lucas/Bryan back. Seems the timing would be right to have him come now during the storyline of Will coming out. I would want him to be supportive perhaps, at first it would be an adjustment, but then he comes to realize that he loves his son and wants him to be happy.

May sound strange, but also down the road would like to have EJ/Lucas team up on something in a ‘buddy’ way not mean or angry. In the past, EJ and Lucas actually had good chemistry and at times were funny together. Would like to see this again.

First of all, I disagree with Vicky…I think Days is amazing right now. They are paying attention to vets, giving us old fashioned soap stories, and love centered ones. Last I knew, this is what fans wanted. I know this fan is very pleased with what he sees. As for Lucas coming back, heck yeah. This story cannot be told properly without his father, who I could totally see being more supportive than Sami. I am also interested in seeing how Will’s friends react namely Chad. I know when my friend came out. I wanted to support him, and I did, but still wasn’t sure how to act. Now I realize its no different except he likes guys and I like girls…i hope days explores this realism

Bryan needs to come back. Lucas is sorely needed in Salem! has CONFIRM that Bryan Dattilo/Lucas Horton id indeed returning,he began taping 12-5th.
his kids need hin,and Im so happy he is back,and I hope he stays till the end of Days,
Merry Christmas to all his fans and to ME ME ME 🙂

Bryan is back look for him in Late feb or early march

rumor going around that the shawn d brady character would be coming back but expect a recast though

The 100 reasons Lucas should return is cool. I never knew LUMI had such a following.

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DAYS Blake Berris to Chat Live on the Michael Fairman Channel as Everett & Bobby’s Story Heats Up

The tale of Everett Lynch and Bobby Stein is starting to reveal itself on Peacock’s Days of our Lives, which puts returning cast member, Blake Berris front and center in story.

On Monday’s, February 26th episode of DAYS, the results of Everett’s CAT scan indicate he suffered a traumatic brain injury which jives with his story that he was in a car accident and spent in a year in a coma, or does it?

Stephanie (Abigail Klein) and Everett are reeling that Everett as Bobby Stein was married to Jada Hunter (Elia Cantu) and treated her badly. While Everett claims he doesn’t remember anything about his time as Bobby, despite his fingerprints matching those of Robert Stein’s, Marlena (Deidre Hall) ponders if he could be suffering from PTSD, which might explain his memory loss.


Everett wonders if he has a brain tumor, but Marlena points out that they would have found it on the CAT scan. While there is no obvious reason for his memory loss, Kayla wonders if he is faking his amnesia? Marlena tells Everett that she is a psychiatrist and they should set up sessions immediately. Will it be revealed that Everett and Bobby are split personalities living inside one man?

Blake Berris is set to chat about the latest storyline developments and more, when he visits the Michael Fairman Channel on Wednesday, February 28th beginning at 3 pm ET/Noon PT.  Make sure to join Michael and Blake in the live chat for your turn to share your questions and thoughts on the story.

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Days of our Lives fans first met Blake when he played the character of Nick Fallon who was eventually murdered in 2014. Later, Nick made a few return appearances from ‘the grave’, in 2021 and 2023. Recently, Blake returned to the show in his newly-minted role of Everett Lynch at the end of October of last year.

Blake will talk about portraying Everett/Bobby, plus working his co-stars, and being a dad to his three boys, and more.  You can catch the livestream below.

Now, let us know, what is your theory about Everett Lynch and Bobby Stein? Looking forward to hearing what Blake has to say? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Days of our Lives Legendary Susan Seaforth Hayes Talks on the Horton House Fire Storyline, Mourning the Loss of Husband Bill Hayes & His Near-to-Final Performances

It has been an emotional time for longtime fans of Days of our Lives and beloved veteran, Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie Williams). On-screen, the iconic Horton home was burned to the ground in what appears to be a storyline-dictated decision that shocked many. In real life, Susan is mourning the loss of her husband and DAYS enduring favorite, Bill Hayes (Doug Williams), who passed away at 98 in January. Over the weekend, during the 2024 SAG Awards In Memoriam tribute, Hayes was remembered along with other motion pictures and television stars whom we lost over the past year.

Since the Peacock streaming soap opera tapes months ahead of air, the Horton home fire and its aftermath are currently playing out in all-new episodes with more on this story featuring Susan to come. Bill Hayes also appeared in several of these episodes making it all the more touching and heartfelt.

When Julie came back to the Horton home to see what remained of it after the fire, Days of our Lives fans were treated to a heart-tugging episode that streamed last Wednesday, February 21st. In it, newly-taped scenes of a young Tom (Zach Chyz) and Alice (Sydney Kathrann Smith) Horton telling the story of how they came to live in the house to raise their children, juxtaposed with Julie and Doug (and members of their family and friends), surveying what’s left of the beloved house, brought many a tear.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Susan Seaforth Hayes for this very candid and heartfelt conversation to get her feelings on the Horton house fire, and being given the opportunity to have a storyline at this point in her storied career. In addition, Susan provides some insight on what it was like for her ailing late husband to tape scenes at DAYS shortly before his death, what the series plans to do about writing off the character of Doug while honoring the legacy of Bill Hayes, and how she knew she had the greatest love affair that anyone could hope for in their lifetime, which in turn, has inspired all of us.

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I was shocked when they decided to burn down the Horton house. Were you at first devastated … and did you know that there would be a big story surrounding it?

SUSAN: I did not know how big a story was with it. I knew that many years ago, another regime had planned on trashing the set and getting rid of the set because nobody cared about the Hortons anymore. It was stopped by one person, and I was eternally grateful for that. This time I thought, “Oh, my goodness! I guess I’ll be meeting people for a cup of coffee at the Horton Square. No home, no roots, no reason to be called in,” and thinking that’s the end of Julie. That’s the end of Doug and Julie. Then, when they began to structure a story around it, I think all of this came up during the writer’s strike. So of course, I was curious to see how this was going to turn out. I enjoyed the aftermath, because in the aftermath, and a little bit before the fire, if you saw the show, I get to talk a bit about the history of the household and the people in it.

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In the special episode that aired last Wednesday, Julie gave Leo (Greg Rikaart) the family tree history of the Hortons for his story in the Spectactor.

SUSAN:  I’ve had a couple of good long soliloquies about the past. I’m fated to be the character that does that because I’m the one still standing. I must say, I do enjoy doing them. Emotionally, all I have to do is rerun some of the actors and my own family in my mind and the emotion starts to come, you know, the emotion starts to flow.

Julie talks to Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) immediately after the fire. She is upset that the Horton family Christmas ornaments are gone. Fans were not happy that they could possibly have burned up. Thank God! There was a happy ending when they were located and unscathed, or there would have been hell to pay! 

SUSAN: I knew that they were in the prop room and that they still existed. But how much they were going to put a story around their loss, I did not know. We don’t get to ponder the plot. We just get to show up and start doing it. I think on this particular matter, something as important as a structure of the original set of the show, there’s been quite a bit of interest. So, I can appreciate that.

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I was thinking, ‘Did they decide to burn the house down, because they were finally retiring the old Horton home set?’ What was the purpose of it?

SUSAN: They’ve done everything to make quicker set changes, which is remarkable and very efficient right now. The set designer said, “I’ll be interested in your input,” which was nice. The one thing that I loved that had been done, didn’t work. You couldn’t shoot into it. It was a federal mirror over the mantle. I loved it. The size was perfect. I was just delighted. And then, we tried to shoot it, and because of the roundness of the mirror, you got a perfect view of camera one and camera three. So, it came down.

This is Julie’s project to renovate the home. She’s determined to bring back all the memories and redo it?

SUSAN: Absolutely, which is another nice note to play for my character. She’s determined to make the house something that her grandparents would recognize and still feel comfortable in.

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What did you think of the episode that just aired where the show incorporated flashbacks of a young Tom and Alice Horton?

SUSAN: Well, I set it up. They had their own their own lovely scenes. I read them, and I’m sure the audience was charmed.

What do you remember when you first came to DAYS, and you were in that house, in that set?

SUSAN: What did I notice about the set? I noticed that it was a strange shade of green. (Laughs) It was explained to me that that dull color meant that your face would pop on color TV. I understood that. I loved the little window up the staircase. I’ve always loved that. And at one time, there was a model of the house that sat on the set on its own little pedestal, a little playhouse of the exterior of the house. Whenever the house was on (and remember this is when we were a half-hour and practically live, but not live, because there was no editing), there would also be the sound of a barking dog whenever we reached the Horton house neighborhood. We never saw the dog, but I’m sure his name was “Spot”, and I’m sure he belonged to someone.

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You shared so many scenes with Frances Reid (Alice) and MacDonald Carey (Tom) in the Horton living room set and up till they passed. Did they get along well with Bill? Looking back, how was your relationship with them?

SUSAN: They loved him. Well, Mac and Billy had worked together before in theater. Mac was very kind to me at the beginning and helpful. Frances was as well. As Frances got older, she got a bit testy. When someone says, “You’re not going to read the line like that … are you?” It catches your attention. (Laughs). I got peeved at Frances from time to time, but her intent was always to make everything as good as it possibly could be. I saw her come back from her stroke. learn to talk again, learn to do it all again. Not do it easily, but to do it at all was wonderful, and the same with Mac. In his last shows, he was very frail, but we’re actors. We liked being there.

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During the taping of the episodes surrounding the Horton house fire, Bill was mostly in them with you. How was Bill doing at the time you taped these scenes?

SUSAN: He was okay. He was up for it. He had difficulty moving at that point. So, they restricted his movement a lot. Bill always enjoyed coming to work a lot, and it was extremely difficult for him because he was blind, and didn’t move very well. And now, to do a scene with people who may or may not, have rehearsed with you, who may or may not, give you the exact cue, and when they are attempting to have you look each other in the eye, you can’t see who’s eyes they are, that was the hard part. The easy part was working with him, which was lovely and was a gift. It was a gift from Corday Productions that he was able to work within three weeks of his death, which I thought was super and extraordinary.

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That is amazing. Did Bill understand everything that was going on at the time of the tapings?

SUSAN: Absolutely. He understood what was going on. He just couldn’t see it or touch it.

The timing couldn’t have been easy for you with Bill’s declining health, and that the show was going to burn down the Horton home where you shared so many scenes and memories.

SUSAN: Well, it hasn’t been my greatest stretch. But I knew that life would be like this. I’ve had five decades of an absolutely wonderful, blessed marriage and a chance to work and a chance to live in my own home and travel, all good. And now, we’re going to have the epilogue. And the epilogue is the hard part, seeing rapid change around you and losing the people that were the center of your life. I’ve just been very fortunate to have cultivated some wonderful friendships, and to have a wonderful large family of Hayeses.

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You do realize that you and Bill were the gold-standard of what we all should be lucky enough to have in our lives. What an incredible, beautiful, passionate, loving marriage that the two of you had. You don’t see marriages like that anymore. We were all just in awe of the two of you. To us, it was the greatest love affair. You got to have that which is so extraordinary.

SUSAN: I know, and it was all Bill. I mean, any idiot could have been married to Bill Hayes and been deliriously happy. The guy was so perfect in every way that you really would have to pick something and blow it out of proportion to ever complain about any of his traits of character. He was just all good character, goodwill, and good humor. I just followed along and tried to live my life for him, with him, and follow his style, which I hope to carry on. I hope to be as good to people as he was to people, and, not be selfish.

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I always remembered how the two of you would come to the studio with your suitcases, ready to work no matter what material, large or small, they gave you. You showed up. You just had such great work ethic and you don’t see that as much anymore.

SUSAN: At the moment, it’s hard to find it everywhere. I think it’s probably generational. You cannot get too angry at people that are still holding up their phones in the one rehearsal that we have. I think it’s more convenient to receive your work electronically, but somehow it doesn’t seem quite as real. You don’t have a script in your hand anymore unless you print one up yourself.  Sometimes you haven’t met the person you’re working with. Well, that’s not unusual, but no rehearsal at all, that’s kind of marvelously new.

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Does Julie lean on anybody for emotional support as she tries to rebuild the Horton home. Who’s there for her?

SUSAN: As far as I can tell, nobody. I’m supposed to be the wise woman, and Marlena (Deidre Hall) is supposed to be the other wise woman. I haven’t had any scenes with Marlena for help. I would think Marlena would be the person I would be going to for grief counseling, for friendship, for all of that. I haven’t seen it in the scripts, yet. I’m still deeply entwined with Chad’s (Billy Flynn) storyline.

How is Billy Flynn to work with?

SUSAN: A pleasure. Billy Flynn has grown a lot as a human being and as an actor since I’ve known him. I’m really enjoying his company and really enjoying doing scenes with him. We rehearse and then we get on other subjects and laugh and talk and inform each other. We’re interested in a lot of the same things. He’s a new parent. He’s really devoting himself to that, to that experience in the best possible way. So, I’m lucky.

Do Julie and Chad try to figure out who set the fire?

SUSAN: Oh yeah.

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I kept thinking about how Julie got burned in the kitchen fire years ago and her face was scarred, At the time, your mother Elizabeth Harrower was writing DAYS and wrote that for Julie. Did you hate that story?

SUSAN: Well, I know where the story came from. It came up from something in mother’s own life. I knew the people involved, and I wasn’t crazy in love with the idea. Then, when it was supposed to go for six weeks and went on for months and months, I was concerned. Mainly, I was concerned that my face was going to be affected because of the appliance, the scars, that I was wearing. I was told by a dermatologist, “You’re going to have a little beard after this. Ripping your face every single day to get this off is going to be hard on you.” But, I seem to have survived.

Has the show even addressed with you how they plan to handle writing-off the character of Doug Williams, and how they want to honor Bill?

SUSAN: Only in the smallest way. I had a conference call with the producers and our head writer last Friday. I was informed about the immediate, immediate future. I’ve also been promised that they’re going to keep me busy. It’s a cast of over 40 people. I’ll be happy to show up and to be included.

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I was just hoping that whatever they decide to do with the character of Doug that they were going to run it by you, first.

SUSAN: They have, and they have been very sweet about it.  I’ve got to tell you, this regime, they have a sign up on the wall now, that says, Things we expect on this stage.”  The first one at the top of the list is “kindness.”

Have you watched your work back all these years? I know some actor’s never like to watch the scenes they taped.

SUSAN: I think you learn by watching yourself, if you have an open mind, and if you are not hypercritical, or dismissive. I cannot be dismissive of a character that has given me such a wonderful life. I’m still interested in Julie, perhaps I wouldn’t have been if I’d been on the show for three years and never returned to it. But I’m quite interested in her now, and what she has to offer as a member of this ensemble.

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Julie’s ties to the whole history of Days of our Lives from this point on are very important. How do you feel about that?

SUSAN:  There are those that don’t care about the history of the show. I know that. I know there are those that only care about continuing with something snappy to keep eyes on the screen through action, adventure, drama, death, kidnapping, missed opportunities, all that, which I suppose that’s what the audience craves. But, that’s not just what the show can do. What the show can do so well is character. There’s a lot of people over 70 who are still on the show now. I’m the oldest one, but I’m not the only one. We’re coming up on the 60th anniversary. I don’t think the show is worn out. And if it is, it’s had a remarkably successful six decades.

Lamon Archey (Eli) is back on DAYS for a stint. What has it been like to work with Lamon as his on-screen grandmother?

SUSAN: I think he’s terrific and visually he is so beautiful, so appealing. I think both Eli and Lani (Sal Stowers) are very appealing as characters. I’m delighted to be connected to Eli as a family member. That was a lucky break for me.

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Do you think DAYS fans are going to continue to be emotional in the aftermath of this fire and all the story that comes out of it? Do you think we’ll be touched by what Julie goes through to get the remains all cleaned up for a new house?

SUSAN: I think anybody in America who’s gone through a disaster, and have unfortunately had the disruption of their home, will be sympathetic and interested in how it all turns out. It’s a nice note to play. We haven’t had to do that very often. We just go from one lovely apartment to another without much discussion. I think this is the one set that meant a lot to people. I was very sorry to lose “Julie’s Place,” as it turned into kind of a sandwich shop. I still loved having a business, a tangible place to be, and an alternate place for people to meet.

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Upon reflection, what was your favorite scene with Bill? Was it when Julie and Doug got married on-screen, or was it something else that was much more intimate?

SUSAN: I think our last scene is going to be more important, emotionally. I think the first wedding was beautiful, but the material around the time of our second wedding, when Brenda Benet (ex-Lee) came back on the show and Doug stood up to her and says, “I’m not going to be manipulated anymore,” was also strong. There has been a lot of very important times – when Doug was killed-off by James Reilly, and we met in the tunnel of light. That was a day. That was a difficult day, which I certainly can’t revisit right now emotionally. When Julie found out Doug had run off and married her mother, Addie, that was a day. It was a day because, I went to the producer at the time, Jack Herzberg, and said, “Is this it? Am I not going to work with him anymore?”And he said, “Right! That’s it. You’re not working with Bill Hayes anymore.” We were not married at the time, and I thought I was going to go through the floor! That wasn’t a happy day.

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In terms of Bill’s final day on the set with you, did you know that it was his last, and what would turn out to be his last scene?

SUSAN: Well, they didn’t know. But I knew. I had been allowed to rewrite it. So, I can’t tell you Bill’s last line now, of course, but I will in time.

What do you think about the sentiments shared by Susan on her late husband, and this storyline? How do hope the show properly honors Bill and Doug Williams when the series writes-off the character? Are you enjoying the Horton house fire story arc or does it upset you too much? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Daytime Stars We Lost Remembered in 2024 SAG Awards In-Memoriam Tribute

On Saturday night at the 30th annual SAG Awards streaming on Netflix, several stars from the world of soap opera were remembered in a very moving In-Memoriam segment.

Honoring those actors we lost this past year, and set to the song “How do I Say Goodbye” by Dean Lewis, the screen was filled with so many heartbreaking losses.

Those who were remembered in the tribute included: Bill Hayes (Doug, Days of our Lives), Ellen Holly (Carla, One Life to Live), Nicolas Coster (Lionel, Santa Barbara et al), Tyler Christopher (Nikolas, GH, Stefan DAYS), Billy Miller (Billy, Y&R and Drew, GH), Sharon Farrell (Flo, Y&R), Arlene Sorkin (Calliope, DAYS), Kamar de los Reyes (Antonio, OLTL), Jeffrey Carlson (Zoe/Zarf, AMC) and Mark Goddard (Ted, OLTL).

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Other notable stars who passed away and were included in the tribute were: Chita Rivera, Andre Braugher, Suzanne Somers, and Matthew Perry.

Before the video package was played, actress Naomi Watts took to the stage and shared, “We have lost so many extraordinary actors in the past year, but because they touched the world with their talent, we all share their loss. To those of us who worked with them, alongside them, we feel their loss and their absence deeply.”

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She added, “Of course their memory will live on in our recollections of the precious time we shared together — and through their work, their performances captured in countless frames of images, ever ready to dance across the screen and come to life again, if only for a while.”

What did you think of the In-Memoriam Tribute at the 2024 SAG Awards and seeing a lot of familiar faces being included who represent the soaps? Comment. below.

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