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James Scott On His Decision To Leave DAYS: "I Just Felt, And Have For Some Time,That I Needed A Break!"

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After last Friday’s shocker that Days of our Lives James Scott (EJ) was wrapping up his eight years with taping his final episode on May 2nd, the extraordinarily popular received an outpouring of support from his fans, as well as those who were sad and disappointed.

As soap viewers know though, James had been giving careful consideration to departing the series for quite some time and rumors began surfacing that he might depart the long-running NBC  soap opera over a year ago at some point in time.

In James latest interview with Soap Opera Uncensored where he is named “Sexiest Man Alive for 2014” an honor he also won back in 2011, he discusses his exit.   Many would have James named ‘sexiest’ on their list every year!

James offered up on his decision to depart DAYS: “As you know by now I announced my leaving the show. It was a hard decision, and one I made almost a year ago. I have nothing but fond memories of my time with DAYS, and would like to reinforce that my decision was personal and had nothing to do with the direction of the show or my storyline. I just felt, and have for some time, that I needed a break. Ken Corday graciously said that the door would always be open for me to return, and if that were to happen in the future, I would be very happy to return to a place that will always be very close to my heart. “

What do you think about James latest statement on his decision to leave DAYS?  Do you hope he will return someday? And what do you think about him being named “Sexiest Man Alive 2014”?  Agree?   Weigh-in below!

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Mo
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Mo

Sad to see him go, but I understand the need for a break.

He is the perfect choice for Sexiest Man Alive. ‘People’ mag, take note!

Carole lee
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Carole lee

I agree that he should be sexiest man alive!! Wish he never left the show. But how can
He return to the show if he is deceased???? Really ??
Lol!!!

Jackie Williams
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Jackie Williams

James Scott is sexy indeed he deserved to be named Sexiest man Alive. Kristen did inject something in Ej’s body, Stephano is up to something..Or..Maybe Ej paid off his killer to fake his murder so he wouldn’t do time for tax invasion. He could return from the ‘dead’….

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

He comes back, he comes back but if he doesnt the show will survive without him…after watching Days since the begining(when i was home from school or not hangin with friends) ive seen many comings and goings, especially in 1980 when many cast members were let go…and Days is still here!!!

Kim
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Kim

I will miss my 2 fav. characters.
He can come back as long as he brings Allison(Sami) with him.
I love those 2 together. Ejami!

Mariana
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Mariana

There is no Days without James and he is my favorite actor and I will truly miss him

Johnny
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Johnny

It was on the air for 41 years before him and without him. It will be fine.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

49 years for Days…you might have mistaken it for Y&R which is 41…Days has survived many cast changes, especially since 1980 when many cast members were let go and quit during the shows revamping…

Johnny
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Johnny

It was 41 when James started playing EJ 8 years ago though. That’s what I said.

andrew hass
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andrew hass

After 8 years been on DOOL i can understand James Scott needing a break.Now in a few months he might be willing to come back after he takes some time off to do other stuff in his life.

Patrick
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Patrick

I think this as well…. with Eileen Davidson on the scene… and Joseph Mascolo … Kristen and Stefano… delivering… as only they can… EJ simply capped off, how much we, the audience, loved the DiMera family

I hope he gets all the time he needs

and simply returns… that open door… means so much to so many

JaneDigby
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JaneDigby

James is definitely the sexiest man alive (aside from my boyfriend, OF COURSE!) I wish James nothing but success whatever he does in the future.

The “door is always open” sounds like exactly what was said to Ali Sweeney.

Patrick
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Patrick

ditto.

these two… bar none… have unequivocally… escalated… DOOL to new heights.

this is the best time… for both… to take that MUCH deserved time off

I’ll be the first in line..to adamantly state… the welcome mat is theirs

what better time.. to map the canvas and feature… just how solid and “A” game.. DOOL brings to US

chryssy4932
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chryssy4932

Absolutely. welcome mat will always be open to both James and Ali. Don”t know If I’ll be a daily devotee anymore though. Those two were my definite characters in the show. Glad Eileen Davidson is back though! and wonder how Stefano is going to react to his son’s ” demise”. This ought of be good. So bored with the Ben/Jordan/Abilgai;/ Rafe story though. they better bring in some new characters and story lines or i’ll quit wartchig aferr 35 yesrs.

Connie
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Connie

I will certainly miss James and would love to see him return in the future. Sexiest man alive, hmmmmm!! Yes, yes, yes!!!

Greta
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Greta

I needed a break from EJ as well. Wish James Scott all the best though. Maybe I’ll be ready for EJ to return in a decade or so.

Rachel
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Rachel

James Scott can portray emotions better than any actor that I have ever watched. I have watched days intermittently since it began but have watched it continuously since James Scott was introduced on the show. I will miss his character but I am sure I will be watching him in other adventures. He is a great talent.

barbara
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barbara

i agree w u ..James is the ultimate actor & I wil stop watching DAYS as soon as he is gone 🙁 I will follow his career 4ever.

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

I will follow DAYS 4ever.

FlowerchildIrene
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FlowerchildIrene

James is an AMAZING Actor !!!!!! One of the best on DOOL , He will be missed !!!!!!!!!! I REALLY HOPE HE go on to MOVIES !!!!!!!!!!! I know he is engaged and needs his own personal time , I wish HIM Best in all his personal endeavors , AND YES< HE IS HOT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Janet Hallmark
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Janet Hallmark

You are. Truly a very SEXY MAN …. You are. More SEXY. Then George Clooney I tune in to watch you & Alison. … Each day I am loyal Days Fan. You will be deeply missed by me & all your Fans. Days. Will not be same without you & Alison. I hope you will come back to the show & not stay away too long. I have watched Days. Since the 60’s I am 62. Yrs old. Days is the only soap I watch. Good luck to you. In your future projects. You will be greatly missed … I… Read more »

shannon
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shannon

I wish James Scott the very best. He is a very talented actor. Frankly, Days won’t be watchable without EJ!

Gigi
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Gigi

James Scott as sexiest man alive is a no brainer! I am sad to see him leave Days but totally will follow him wherever he ends up. I’m sure he will have a great career because he is so talented. I’m glad Corday has left the door open for him to come back…same as Alison. They are a dynamic duo and I’d love to see them both come back even if it’s for short story arcs. Either way I wish James all the best.

barbara
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barbara

yes he is the sexiest man alive, every day, every year, and the BEST actor on DAYS..I will miss him & follow his career wherever he goes.

Mo
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Mo

His going is a huge void for Days. He was the leading man. Who is going to take his place?

Dmitri
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Dmitri

Days is an ensemble show, there aren’t any real ‘leading characters’. Granted, Daniel was on the show just as much as EJ was in recent times. Days will likely start focusing even more on Dannifer…blech.

Jessiebeth
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Jessiebeth

Since Allison Sweeney is also leaving the show, I already saw it coming… It wouldn’t be right for either of them to be coupled with someone else from the show… it just wouldn’t be the same… So sad to see him go… SEXIEST MAN ALIVE IS VERY DESERVED of this actor because that is exactly what he is… Show will not be the same without him = (

Seriously
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Seriously

Um, Alison and James have been with other people on the show more than they have been with each other! LOL
One silver lining to all of this? We will never have to hear from “Ejamis” ever. EVER. AGAIN.
LOL
Also, of the almost 50 years that the show has been on, he has only been on for 8. I think they’ll be alright. ; )

Patrick
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Patrick

LOL

you may have a point… altho… for DAYS press… I don’t mind ALL the Ejami Fans

these two rank right up there

with:

OLTL FANS
Michelle Stafford Fans
??? hummm… Jason, GH fans ???

you get the drill

I will always celebrate Michael Muhney

Dmitri
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Dmitri

Yes!! Totally agree!!

Rose9
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Rose9

So sad to see him go. But we only get one life and he has to do what is best for him. I will miss seeing him on my screen nearly every day. He is absolutely the sexiest man alive! No contest! But he is also so amazingly talented. James and Ali have been fantastic to watch together over the past eight years. I will miss their talent, dedication, and hard work. They always brought a smile to my face when I got to watch them. Soaps are the best stress relief when I get home from a tough day… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

James Scott : extraordinaire

he has always bowled me over

Leslie
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Leslie

Good for James!!! He’s a smart and talented guy, and it’s time for him to be exploring bigger and better opportunities.

Sexiest man alive? You bet!

pspcindy
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pspcindy

I think James gave Days eight wonderful years. EJ DiMera is my favorite character. But I understand his need to rest and perhaps try other things. It will be wonderful if James does land in primetme or in the movies. I know he has a movie in pre-production so hopefully that will be on our screens in the coming year.

The sexiest man alive to me has been James Scott for years now. Glad Nelson returned the honor to him.

Patrick
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Patrick

it’s the MOST amazing thing

I was watching AMC when he first started… and he was let go or had run it’s course

and lo and behold… he lands in Salem

8 years of STAR Power

how do you go beyond that

I treasure his belong on DAYS

Cory
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Cory

Thanks for the James Scott update Michael!!!!
I could never fault James for doing what he thinks is best for him. But because James is such a great actor. I can’t help but feel a wee bit sad. I so look forward to possibly seeing him on my TV screen every week day!!!
But I know James will come back with big and better things!!!!
Enjoy your break James. This fan thinks you so deserve it!!!

Patrick
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Patrick

it’s with tears of joy and sadness… but.. well lived

we lived thru and shared his craft

MAN… the stuff he brought to DOOL

I can’t thank him enough

his portrayal is already in the history books and echelon of fan BEST

PABWECG
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PABWECG

I love James Scott, and I know he’d been thinking for a while of leaving, and I respect his professionalism, both on and off screen. However, with his comment about the EJ-cheating story line feeling like “a bit of a slap in the face” to him and Ali as actors, I have have a hard time fully believing him when he says that his decision to leave had nothing to do with the direction of the story. He made his decision almost a year ago. Gee, that would have been just about the time he’d have received the scripts for… Read more »

the brother
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the brother

he will return in 2015….as a new character…on GENERAL HOSPITAL….as the new love interest of Dr. Robin Scorpio-Drake…and be Patrick’s biggest rival.

AMANDA
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AMANDA

Personally, I can’t imagine Days without EJ and Sami of course. They are without a doubt the BEST duo on Days. No other duo comes remotely close to the extraordinary chemistry these 2 share on screen.

Hopefully, both will return at some point, but if Alison is not interested, I would certainly welcome James back. He is the BEST leading man on Days, who captured a HUGE fan base.

Best wishes to James with future adventures.

Btsybee
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Btsybee

He will always be the “SEXIEST MAN FOR ANY YEAR’ in my books. His talent, his abilities at this work, his caring of others including his dogs etc., environment, command of the English Language, his manners at interviews etc., and most of all how he remains such a private person. I love the latter about him and hope with more success that he can maintain that quality. To have a PRIVATE LIFE in acting business is very difficult but since I have watch and read his interviews for 8 years now I believe he can succeed in both areas. I… Read more »

Tricia
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Tricia

I had made up my mind when AS announced in January on the Ellen show that she was leaving that Sami’s last day would be my last day. EJ & Sami were the reason I started watching again after an almost 20 year hiatus from days. Almost 8 years ago my television was on and I looked up & saw the two of them I was hooked! Without Sami there would never be an Ejami & I couldn’t have watched Days pair EJ with someone other than Sami. I am selfish because I was hoping James would leave when AS… Read more »

Seriously
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Seriously

James and Ali have been with other people more than they have been with each other. You must not have been watching very long.
And it is kinda pathetic to want an actor to leave his job over a fictional couple, especially if you “never planned to watch again!” LOL
Thank God that after October we never have to hear from Ejamis EVER AGAIN. LOL

Tricia
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Tricia

Pathetic? Seriously??? Fictional???Yes I realize this is all FAKE! Hello Its a SOAP OPERA???? Ding ding ding DONG! Doesn’t change what a viewer wants! Don’t worry because after EJ & Sami are gone from Days you whoever you are don’t have many days left. Ejamis will be gone and you will never have to hear from us again! Guess what we won’t have to hear from you either because you will be gone too! Ejami made the show! I watched for a very long time but all the other pairings paled in comparison.

Patrick
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Patrick

The supercouple stratosphere… is alive and well, because of:

I would herald to any and all… that James Scott and Alison Sweeney beckoned… MAGIC tour de force belonging captured hithered throughout

They will never be far from our imagination

carol sue preece
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carol sue preece

hope someday EJ Will return to dool.

Mark
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Mark

He will be missed!

barbara
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barbara

i am devastated, sincerely, James is what has kept me hanging onto DAYS for yrs now. I wanted to walk away from DOOLS when they let BO go, I feel the show took a nose dive about that time, many actors leaving, esp the ones i have watched for yrs. NOW with EJ aka James Scott gone, I can no longer stay with this show..He & Allison (Sami) were the reason I tuned in every day. They were the most convincing, passionate couple on this show, you would think they were a real couple in love. Sami is a gr8… Read more »

Barbara Adams
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Barbara Adams

Bo is coming back

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

I understand his decision to depart the series, and I wish him the best. And I do hope he comes back after he’s gotten what it is that he wants to get out of his break from DAYS.

toronto
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toronto

Can i say Adam Recast !!…..James Scott would be an excellent Adam Newman!!

Patrick
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Patrick

I would tune in to : Y&R

as he lays waste to Genoa City… and takes over

Patrick
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Patrick

Long Live the DiMera’

wouldn’t it be something, for Stefano to acquiesce, and or build his empire :

Abs (Horton) is pregnant from EJ

Kristen returns, with child, (from “father” Eric BRADY) or Brady, KIRIAKIS

let it not be said…

I’ve always depended on the DiMera clan to feast

———-

as i’ve always festerd:

all of Salem haloed…

and stampedes :

Kristen
Nick
Theresa

Oye! I gallantly impede, with:

love these actors

keren
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keren

abby is not preggo.

Dwight Schrute
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Dwight Schrute

DOOL Writers –

Once it became apparent he was leaving I hope you were able to script lots of shirtless scenes to help us get over this.

Kay
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Kay

The show has gone to a path of predictable, mind numbing storylines & both really bad characters and casting decisions through the past few years. No wonder audience is ditching the show in crowds.

Two of the most talented & charismatic actors of leaving (James & Ali) there’s nothing left to watch.

Patrick
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Patrick

DAYS continues to mainstay

being in Salem enlivens my televised experience

I happily tune in and share who extrordinary Salem IS

I happily soap box… how relevant DAYS has stayed the Serial histrionics

how could we not miss :

Kayla
JJ
Theresa
Nick
Brady
Eric
Nicole
Stefano
Marlena
John
Maggie
Victor
Justin
Adrienne
Abe
Hope
Aiden

et el

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I don’t know about James Scott, but I think in time they might recast the role– the Dimera – Brady feud has been at the heart of DAYS a very long time, so I can’t imagine them ditching that family altogether. So as long as one Dimera is on canvas, the possibility of EJ coming back is always there– but whether James Scott will play him — who knows. I hope he goes onto bigger and better things– but he might find himself going from a big fish in a small pond to a small fish in a large ocean.

keren
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keren

no to recast. James owns EJ and no one will compare to him.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Unfortunately, that doesn’t matter– if they can recast Ridge on B&B after RM played him for over twenty-five years or Phyllis on Y&R after MS played her for 15– they certainly would recast EJ if story line dictated it and JS wasn’t available. I don’t think they would just yet, but in a year or two, you never know.

andrew hass
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andrew hass

I also think in time the show will recast EJ because of who the character is and he has kids on the show.Yeah Johnny and Sydney will probably be leaving too with their parents but they could always return.However the show may know recasting now won’t work and that the viewers may need time to adjust to James Scott been gone.Also before the show recasts EJ they might approach James Scott about returning and that way they can say they asked him about coming back at least.

bettyrj
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bettyrj

I was so sad when I read that James would not be renewing his contract but not surprised because he and Alison Sweeney are such a dynamite couple; I don’t know how it would be for him staying on Days without his co-star . I also did read, some time ago, that James said he did not plan on acting for his whole life; there were many other things that he was interested in. I also read that he said he would love to relocate to New Zealand one day. Who knows? Maybe he will go on to be a… Read more »

keren
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keren

James brought life to DAYS and it will never be the same without him. He’s genius actor that show raw of emotions. I wish him the best and hope to see him again either at DAYS or any other show.

Angela
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Angela

I think both EJ and Sami will be back eventually….so I’m not getting too upset…they all eventually come back! 😉

cassandra holley
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cassandra holley

I do hope james scott returns n the future. Alot of fans including me or saddend bc of his departure from dool. I wish him the best. If possible let ur fans know how ur doing n other projects. If james scott plays n movies or other shows we fans would love 2 watch. Yes james scott is definately sexy 2014 n so on.

Paul
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Paul

I wish James all the best EJ was the only cool character on the show along with Sami their scenes were never dull they such great chemistry whether it didn’t matter whether they were in love or they hate each other Ejami burned up my screen. I also have a hard time in believing this storyline wasn’t part of the reason why he waslked away from the show. He didn’t like it at first and although he did say he love in the end I bet when they had EJ cheat on Sami he lost faith in the writers when… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

IN : Eileen Davidson : Kassie DePaiva

OUT : James Scott : Alison Sweeney

what an easy transition… for intrigue

these 4 actors… are a big part of how colossal : HUGE : entertainment value

especially, during the summer months… and, with hope… JS and AS will have rested and taken all the time off they need… and it’s back to business…. DOOL at its best

Patrick
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Patrick

I think, James Scott, would appreciate this… as he cares about his craft and DOOL

Wally Kurth’ Justin IS the sexiest man alive…. on canvas

I appreciate them both

Patrick
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Patrick

The DiMera family on DOOL

beyond belief : catapulted : stratosphered : mega watt

Stefano
Kristen
Peter
Lexie
EJ
Chad

aplomb… deserving of so much attention

kim
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kim

I think they should write him and Sami off for a while like they are cruising around the world then beg them to come back and play storylines off there children and just have them like maggie and victor please do everything you can to get them back!!!! They will regret it they always do days needs them!!!!

Patrick
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Patrick

I – certainly – hope so

it’s emotional stuff

you think.. how treasured Maggie and Victor, are

why wouldn’t we not see EJ and Sami… alongside with : DAYS forever

Geena
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Geena

One thing I’ll be pleased about is that Days of EJami will finally be over and we can all return to Days of our Lives!! I’m not worried about the show. The return of Kristen will bring a lot of action and hopefully TPTB will wake up and bring back Belle, Shawn and Phillip, wouldn’t mind Chloe either then we’re in business!

Dmitri
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Dmitri

Thank you! Completely agree! I hated EJami even more than Dannifer, and that’s saying a LOT!

william
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william

i always thought he would make a great james bond

LUMI
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LUMI

I never got the Lock,Stock and Barrel,never cared for EJ and happy he is gone,good luck to James and his new move,,,
give me Tony John and my fav: Lucas 🙂

Dmitri
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Dmitri

completely agree!

meeeeeeeeee
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meeeeeeeeee

why after 21 years Alison/Sami wants to leave the show?she should have stayed to Days 50th year,so why now?
I dont buy why she and James are leaving?

andrew hass
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andrew hass

Allison Sweeney has the right to leave anytime she wants.However she did say she would be willing to return even it is just for Holidays or special events.So maybe she’ll be back for the 50th anniversary next year.However right now she just might need a break to spend time with her family with Summer coming up and to do other stuff in her life.

LUMI
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LUMI

never cared for EJ,but good luck to James.
give this fan of 49 years Tony Lucas and John and Im good 🙂

LUMIly
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LUMIly

I will follow Days forever,and all the vets,,, and my Lucas 🙂

Elite Advisors
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Elite Advisors

Too bad he missed the casting call for The Fifty Shades of Gray movie…he would have been perfect!!!

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

I can imagine James Scott in the role of James Bond. He could be a film star. I also would like to see him on Dancing With the Stars!

I’m glad the door remains open for James to return to Days. But since he could also become a film star, who knows what direction his career will take? What would really be cool is if James does become a major film star AND he returns periodically to Salem to reprise his role as EJ. That would be a hoot!

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

I think it would probably be healthy for all the major actors on Days to have a little time off at the end of each contract to rest or pursue other projects that they cannot do during regular taping on Days. We fans don’t really know what it takes for the actors to deliver the great performances that we enjoy watching. They need to “recharge their batteries” every now and then.

I hope the Daytime soaps adopt this as a policy – if they have not done so already.

chryssy4932
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chryssy4932

yes, James Scott is the most talented actor or actress i heve ever seen on any soap opera, And he would be an excellent James Bond. Find it hard that he could come back from the dead though, as Sami has seen him in the morg. but the two had a dynamite chemistry. Hope some day he will be “raised from the dead” and Ali will come back just for all of her shenanigans! ( and I acted on the stage in my younger years), and I can say that James Scott can say a paragraph just with his eyes.… Read more »

Ejamicrazy
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Ejamicrazy

I have not always cared for the storylines that James was given, but no matter what was thrown at him he ALWAYS gave 110%. In my opinion, his talent raised the bar for all the other cast members. I think anyone that was given the opportunity to work with him became a better actor themselves and that includes Alison Sweeney. I’ve loved Ali/Sami since she came on the show over 20 years ago but I have to say that working with James made her a much stronger actress and gave her the opportunity to really explore different sides of Sami… Read more »

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DAYS Head Scribe, Ron Carlivati, Shares On Marlena’s Possession 2.0: “We Decided John Needs To Get On To This Sooner Than He Did In The Original, Because That’s What The Audience Would Expect”

As viewers of NBC’s Days of our Lives are watching the revisiting of the classic possession storyline revisited with its 2021 version 2.0, the stage is being set for plenty of devilish drama, now that good doc, Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) is once again in the grips of evil.

We have already seen her with yellow eyes, conjuring up some demonic plans, and of course, the devil trying to pull the wool over the eyes of Marlena’s husband, John Black (Drake Hogestyn).

Photo: NBC

Back in the 1994/95 version of this storyline, Father John emerged and exorcised the demon from Marlena, so he knows a thing or two about being possessed, and the horrors it caused to Marlena, and the town of Salem 25 years ago, and as we have seen John is very, very concerned about all this talk of Marlena being possessed by the devil from the script that Johnny (Carson Boatman)  is set to make into a film on Sami’s life story.

Current Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati, spoke with Soap Opera Digest in their latest issue on newsstands now, about his plans and the creation of the 2021 possession storyline. Ron revealed that John is not going to be in the dark for long, sharing: “John has been through this, so the devil isn’t going to be able to pull the wool over his eyes the way he did the first time.”

Carlivati also added: “Even though all soap opera stories, I would argue, depend on some characters being a little bit dumb, in this case, we decided John needs to get on to this sooner than he did in the original because that’s what they audience would expect.  Look for the story to move along at a pretty good clip. We are not rushing, anything by any means – we are having so much fun with the story, but it was important to us that John not look stupid here so he starts to suspect something is wrong with her pretty soon.”

So, are you glad that John will not be completely dumped? Will Father John return to save the day? Are you enjoying the story thus far? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Then, check out our recent interview with Ron all about the creation of DAYS limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem still streaming on Peacock.

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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.

Photo: JPI

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

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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