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Isabel Durant Exiting Days of our Lives

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Claire is set to exit Salem next week on NBC’s Days of our Lives ending the run of Australian-born actress Isabel Durant.

Isabel took over the role from Olivia Rose Keegan, who had previously won a Daytime Emmy for her work.

Durant began on DAYS back in the fall of 2020, after Keegan played the role for the five previous years.

According to Soaps.com, look for Claire to get an offer she can’t refuse and head out of Salem on the upcoming Friday, August 20th episode of the NBC sudser.

So, will you miss Isabel as Claire? Comment below.

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Satan

Word here in Hell is that Theo won’t be going back to South Africa alone. At this rate, there will be more Salem natives on the African continent than actually in Salem before too long. And since we all know (from spoilers about the Peacock spinoff) that Ciara’s amnesia will be cured miraculously any day now, well why the Hell wouldn’t Theo want to take one of his actual ex-girlfriends with him?? Kind of a bummer though… I actually liked this version of Claire. Even if she was literally older than her own mother should be (a 28 year old,… Read more »

Phil
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Phil

That’s not how it works. When a character is SORASed their birthdate changes.

Phil
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Phil

I really liked her take on Claire. The character was more likable and more mature as played by her. I will miss her and wish her the best of luck!

Carrie
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Carrie

I really like Isabel’s portrayal of Claire. If she must go, I’m glad they are not doing another Claire re-cast. Maybe she can return one day. Wishing her the best.

Delonjo Barber
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Delonjo Barber

She’s a wonderful actress but she was never Claire. It just did not work.

Phil
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Phil

To each their own! I prefer her to the original Claire.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Disappointing. As right as Beyond Salem seems to be going (for the most part), Days of Our Lives keeps getting it wrong.

Moto62
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Moto62

Personally, I like her. She did a great job playing a more mature Claire. I hope they bring Claire back to Salem soon no matter who plays her. I’m pretty invested in the character and will miss her storyline.

Jeremy
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Jeremy

This is a bit of a shocker, maybe not. Though, I felt like DAYS was truly invested in the “Claire” character by recasting the role. While I am not a fan of Isabel Durant’s Claire, at all. I wish her the best. She tried. I do hope this paves the way for the return of Emmy award winner, Olivia Rose Keegan to reclaim her part as Claire later in the year. On-contract, too. Return to DAYS Olivia!!! You were brilliant as Claire Brady.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Jeremy,
So sorry, but did not like O.R.K in the role of Claire. Any reasons would be hurtful or insulting to her.

Jeremy
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Jeremy

So, why bother and comment on my post?

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Jeremy
Oh, I don’t know , I guess I just felt dissagreeable that day.

Phil
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Phil

I respectfully disagree! Isabelle was much better in the role! Olivia chose to leave!

Jeremy
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Jeremy

I’ve already read your other posts and opinions on your preference of the actress in this discussion thread. Also, do note that the current actress’s name is spelled… Isabel!!!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Phil,
Watch out he’s after you too, and be sure and check your spelling from now on, ha,ha.

Patrick
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Patrick

I believe we will see “our” Ms. Keegan, ala revolving door. which is what i truly thought, as she had landed a “recurring” role ? and for time off. KUDOS to @DAYS for all the in and outs… truly trying to mine the past and present co-workers. Olivia Rose is a mindset , untapped… oh she just captivates AND REELs her own I wish Isabel the best… she got her “feet wet” so to speak ?!?! hopefully nested, and cache herself. take care dag! okay , out the door 1. Olivia rose Keegan… doors open 2. I’d like to see… Read more »

carol
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carol

What a shame I really liked her.I wonder who if any will replace her.

Jennifer
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Jennifer

Yes, will the old Clair be coming back?

Jennifer
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Jennifer

Yes, I like this Clair. I wish her best of luck. Are they bringing the old Clair back?

Phil
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Phil

No, “Old Claire” chose to leave.

Momo
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Momo

She did okay, but Olivia was better. Sad to see Claire leave though.

Fginaspy
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Fginaspy

I will miss Isabel Durant’s Claire. I hope I see her in other projects.

Pat Keadle
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Pat Keadle

She is such a great onscreen presence. Why on earth couldn’t she have become a major character?
Perhaps she could return soon with news of finding ( SOMEONE OR SOMETHING) that DOOL simply cannot live without. Even a look-alike character would be good.

Randy S Martin
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Randy S Martin

Yes I will. But I hope she returns soon

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Isabel Durant! You will be missed! Thank you for your fantastic work! I, for one, was initially disappointed that a new actress (Durant) would be playing Claire. But Durant won me over instantly. She’s a great actress who plays the role believably, and she has great chemistry with the other actors. I have said this before: If DOOL could maintain any sense of consistency from one month to the next, the viewers might be more invested in the soap. Instead, month after month, cast changes are fast and furious. There is never any stability… I hope that better days are… Read more »

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena Becomes Possessed … Again!

On Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the devil had his way with his favorite person, Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)! In story, leave it to Marlena to save Doug (Bill Hayes) by giving herself up to Satan!

As Doug revealed himself to be Satan while in a therapy session with Marlena in her office, a shook Marlena tries to comprehend what is happening! When the devil says if Marlena won’t accept him in, she will punish Doug, he does just that.

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Poor Doug is left writhing in pain and on the floor, crying out for help! When we come back to the scene Marlena is not exactly right near his body, but sort of overlooking what is happening. Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) rushes into Marlena’s office to find Doug as Marlena stares blankly. Eventually, she calls for help.

After Doug is put in a hospital room and is monitored, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Tripp (Lucas Adams) can’t find anything wrong with him. Meanwhile, Julie finds Marlena at the nurses station and asks what happened with Doug during their therapy session.  Marlena flashes back to what led to Doug writing on the floor, and clearly something is way off with Marlena, because she has now become possessed.

Later, Julie sits by Doug’s hospital bed as he opens his eyes, as he tells his beloved wife, “He left me and went in to her.”  A confused Julie is left to ponder what on earth Doug could be talking about.

When Marlena comes home to John (Drake Hogestyn) – who is already concerned with Johnny (Carson Boatman) being set on making a movie of Sami’s life story which includes points on Marlena’s original possession – she tells him Doug collapsed in her office. When the two hug, Marlena slowly opens her eyes  revealing that they are glowing yellow.  Yup! We are off to the races. Marlena is now once again possessed.

So, what did you think about the scenes between Deidre Hall and Bill Hayes? Are you enjoying the revisiting of the infamous ‘possession’ storyline thus far? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Kicks-Off Possession Storyline Revisted with ‘Doug’ Twist Cliffhanger, Followed by Fall Preview

Did the ‘Devil’ make them do it? Doug Williams  (Bill Hayes) is Satan? In what can only be described as major surprise twist on NBC’s Days of our Lives, for weeks, fans have thought they were about to embark on another dementia or Alzheimer’s storyline on the soaps with another beloved character.

However, Days head writer, Ron Carlivati ,and his writing team came up with a way to make it seem like this may be Doug’s fate only to use the long-running character as the impetus to bring the classic possession storyline back on the air some 25 years later.

It all goes down after Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) calls Marlena (Deidre Hall) to ask him to see Doug, after his MRI and other tests proved inconclusive for dementia, etc, to see if Dr. Evans can assess him.  The phone call to Marlena happened after John (Drake Hogestyn) was discussing the past, since Johnny (Carson Boatman) is ramping up to a shoot a movie on Sami’s life, that will include the time that Sami walked in on John and Marlena having sex, which caused Sami to act out for years and years.

 

However, and this is key, John tells Marlena that moment in time also left her alone and vulnerable to the darkest time in her life – alluding to when she became possessed by the devil – and Marlena was clearly having difficulty admitting that or going down that road of remembrance, when the phone call from Kayla saved her from digging deeper into the past.  Well now, John and Marlena may never have that conversation as she is primed to once again become possessed.

Meanwhile, Johnny is reading Will’s script for the Sami movie, and is shocked to read in it that Marlena was once possessed by the devil, as John takes out a dusty box with his Father John collar, a bible, and a news clipping of Marlena being possessed.  John is feeling that this movie will bring bad things on to all those he loves, especially Doc, and he looks to be right!

Now at her office with Doug, he admits he knows something is wrong.  He acts out and does strange things and does not know why.  Marlena brings up why Doug locked Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) in a freezer by accident. Doug gets adamant saying: “That was no accident. I locked that bitch in there on purpose.”  Marlena is shocked at his word and tone.  Then as Doug laughs, he says, “I’m not Doug.”  Next thing you know, the lowered voice of Satan comes out of Doug’s mouth and he tells Doc, “It’s been over 25 years Marlena. But did you really think I wouldn’t come back for you?” End of episode.  Great cliffhanger!

Now, check out the fall preview released following the airing of Friday’s episode by NBC below, which teases more demonic moments on Days. Then let us know in the comment section, what you thought of the ‘Doug’ twist as the possession storyline begins?

Plus, make sure to cast your vote in ‘Michael’s Poll’ of the week on the revisiting of this classic tale now in 2021 below the preview.

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