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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 »

Days Of Our Lives

Who is DAYS Gwen Really? What is Her Vendetta Against Abigail All About?

We have a new psycho in Salem, and she is played to perfection by Emily O’Brien who has been bringing her brand of quirky evil to the NBC soap opera as Gwen.  Soap fans, of course, remember her as Jana Hawkes on The Young and the Restless from 2006-2011.

Ron Carlivati and his DAYS writing team certainly have some tricks up their sleeve where Gwen is concerned as viewers recently found out she was behind slipping Abigail (Marci Miller) the drug months ago causing her hallucinations.

Photo: JPI

But Gwen is even much darker than we think, when several key clues and moments were revealed on Friday’s episode of DAYS when she went to visit her conspirator in prison, Dr. Rolf (William Utay).

During the exchange, we learn Gwen has been getting the mind-altering drug from one of Dr. Rolf’s concoctions.  She reveals to him that their plan has hit the proverbial snag.  The drug did not dismantle Abigail as she had hoped.  We also learn while she was in the mental institution – Bayview – that is how she tracked Rolf down by researching the drug he had created.

And it appears, Rolf hates Abigail too, citing he always saw her as  thorn in Stefano’s side.  It is then Gwen says he wants another dose of the drug to “melt Abby’s brain!”  Rolf says without anyone else to take the fall for it, he can’t come up with it.

He suggests to her to alter her plan and to instead destroy Abigail’s life piece by piece … and go for the long game instead of the short term – take everything that is near and dear from her including her husband, children, home, everything.

But, what does come to light is that even Dr. Rolf does not know why Gwen wants to destroy Abigail.  That is when Gwen shares she has very good reason to hate Abigail, and he, along with everyone else, will find out why when the time is right.

So, what are your theories?  Who is Gwen?  Is she a character with plastic surgery?  Could she be a sister no one knew Abigail had?  A former mental patient who Abby knew when she was getting help a few years back? And what is her gripe with Abigail all about?  Comment below!

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Kassie DePaiva, Nathan Purdee & Taylor Purdee Talk ‘Killian & The Comeback Kids’, One Life to Live & Eve’s Reign of Terror on DAYS

It’s ‘all in the family’ + a dear friend that makes the film Killian and the Comeback Kids something that soap fans will want to see. In it, daytime veterans, Kassie DePaiva (Ex-GL, OLTL, GH and Days) and Nathan Purdee (Ex-Y&R and OLTL) are featured in the new movie directed, written and starring Nathan’s talented son, Taylor.

One Life to Live fans will get a kick out of that Kassie and Nathan play a married couple in the film.  In story, a millennial (Taylor A. Purdee) comes home to live with his parents in a depressed rural town after getting a college degree in the big city. The film illustrates the issues facing many of America’s youth today, which could not be more apropos for the times we are living with many children moving back in with their parents. However, the movie shares an uplifting message filled with original music from Taylor’s folk-rock band, The Cumberland Kids.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Kassie, Nathan and Taylor to get the inside scoop on: collaborating together on this project, revisiting Llanview with some memories and thoughts on the cancellation of the beloved soap, plus Kassie’s last turn on Days of our Lives as an unhinged Eve Donovan – a performance that just may garner attention come Daytime Emmy time next year.

This conversation was filled with candor, humor, and a parent’s love for their child. Killian and the Comeback Kid is playing in selected theatres and dates including tonight Friday, September 25th in Atlanta, and October 2nd in Chicago. For more movie info go to the film’s website here And now here’s what Kassie, Nathan and Taylor shared.

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I was really intrigued by the film. Taylor, how did you lure your dad to be in the movie?

TAYLOR:  Oh my gosh, it was the craziest negation ever.

I bet! (Laughs)

TAYLOR:  When I was a kid, Roberta, my mom, made me promise to always write him roles.  So, it was kind of obligatory.

KASSIE:  That is so funny!

TAYLOR:  It’s true.

Had you met Kassie before, or was this the first time? 

TAYLOR:  I knew Kassie from when my dad and her were doing One Life to Live together.   Five years before I was filming this movie, Nathan texted me, “Hey!  Kassie and Jim (DePaiva) are right by your dorm room.  You should go see them!”  So, catching up as an adult was so nice.  I had a non-parentally controlled grown-up hang-out with her.

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What was the journey this film, Killian and the Comeback Kids, went on as far as from the writing of it, to production, to its completion?

TAYLOR:  Well, the front half was surprisingly quick.  I think writing it through to having it finished was about 18 months, and there were about 6 months of, “how’s it going to come out,” and then, we thought we knew what was going to happen, and we were all getting ready for it to hit in movie theatres in the spring when the world ended, and that’s how we got here three years later.

Nathan, tell me about the role you play; because Kassie and you are husband and wife in the film.

NATHAN: Well, yeah, you kind of covered it! (Laughs)  I play her husband, and she plays my wife, and I appreciated the casting situation.  It’s interesting how Taylor chose Kassie because he did say that he wanted someone who was close to his mom’s personality.  I couldn’t think of anybody else other than Kassie because the only difference is Kassie is taller, but they both are such loving, caring people.  They always want to mother you and make sure you’re fed, and you’re safe, and you’re happy, and neither one of them knows the word, “no,” when it comes to the people who they’re taking care of.  I love Kassie anyway, so good for me.

KASSIE:  Yeah, they cut our love scene, and I don’t know what that’s about. (Laughs)

Kassie, what do you remember from when you first met Nathan?  You were at One Life, right?

KASSIE:  No, when I first met Nathan, we were in San Antonio, and we were doing an appearance.  I met Bobbie Eakes (Ex-Krystal, AMC and Macy, B&B) for the first time then too, but I was on The Guiding Light, and I was singing, and Nathan was there.  Nathan and I sat beside each other.  I honestly felt like I had known Nathan my entire life.  We were drinking margaritas and talking, talking, talking, talking, talking, talking.

NATHAN:  Yep!

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KASSIE:  Nathan and my husband, Jim are very good friends.  I have to say, Nathan was so lovely when I was going through my cancer journey.  He came to see me every week, sometimes twice a week when I was in the hospital, and he would come up, and he would hang out with Jim.  I will never, ever forget how lovely he was (it makes me tear up right now) to be there with support for my husband and myself as we went through that.  So, when Nathan asked me to be his wife in the film, I thought, “Well, hey, you practically live with me now, so that sounds good.”

So, Taylor, how did they do on-screen as husband and wife?

TAYLOR:  They’re fantastic.  We’ve only had one test screening, but one of the most consistent things audiences tell me is that they’re not just great together, but they each have such a quiet, brooding depth to them that you can’t help but imagine the back-story that they’re not talking about

KASSIE:  That’ll be the sequel!

TAYLOR:  Killian and the Comeback Kids 2: They Comeback Kids Comeback.

KASSIE:  They’ll come back again!

NATHAN:  Thanks for planting that seed in his head, Kassie.

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TAYLOR:  It was important for me to try to synthesize a mixed-race couple.  So, it was really great to be able to have them, not just be so great together, but there was also the issue of we had to have a little girl who looked like she could not just be my sister, but also both of their daughter.  Creating a family from scratch was great because Nathan and Kassie already had the rapport.

Did you watch them on One Life to Live together? 

TAYLOR:  Yeah!  I was in school most of the time, but I would go to set, and over the last 10 years, friends would send me YouTube clips from the show because for some reason none of the soaps are streaming.  There’s not like a soap Netflix!  It kind of needs to happen!  Soaps, they’re epic; there are decades worth of episodes and shows.

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In this film, music is the backdrop.  It’s your music and your band that is featured?

TAYLOR:  Yeah, my best friend growing up and I were staring to write folk music around the time when I was deciding what script I wanted to make into a film.  We wrote the soundtrack, all the music that people sing, and the underscore, which was surprisingly the most fun part of it all.

Kassie what did you think of Taylor’s music?

 ASSIE:  I think it’s wonderful.   I love music. It’s totally in the heart of me, and I just think that this movie is so timely. Kids these days are having to deal with not knowing what their future is going to be.  In the film, my son comes home, and he is trying to find himself, and he throws himself into his art and his music.  I just think there are a lot of people right now who are going through that.  I think it is extremely relatable, even more so than when you wrote it, Taylor.  I think people are looking for some type of connection, and I think this little movie is a good start.  It’s about people pulling together, and it’s got a strong rooting factor, and you want people to succeed, and it is great.  It takes you on a really nice journey.

You have some dates coming up where the film will play in a movie theatre- one is on September 25th in Atlanta and then another one on October 2nd in Chicago.  Taylor, how do you feel about making appearances for the film during the pandemic? You’re going with masks on? 

TAYLOR:  Oh yeah.  We will be in a bubble; we are just getting into a car and sticking together.  I and John Donchak, who plays opposite me through the whole film, are going to all of those dates, and my co-songwriter, who also appears in the film, will be in Atlanta, if not at both premieres.

NATHAN:  And let me add, please, they’re going against my wishes as a parent, but he is 28- years-old, so all I can say is that we are hoping for the best because we want him to be safe.  He is very determined and passionate about it, so he’s got our support.

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Taylor, in your story, why does Killian come home and live with his parents? 

TAYLOR: His plan at the time is that he has just graduated from a pricey university, and he is supposed to go off with his bandmate on a modest music tour.  He comes home to get his stuff and see his parents after graduating, but his bandmate drops out, and so the plan falls apart, and that’s how he gets stuck in this town and everything is just kind of falling apart. The plan that he had for his life after college gets pulled out right out from under him.

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Nathan, when Kassie and you were on One Life for years, you weren’t there when it ended, as you had already left the show.  How did you feel upon learning it had been canceled by ABC?

NATHAN:  I was so disconnected by that time.  I just knew it was ending, and it wasn’t the first soap to go.  I saw it happening when the other shows started being canceled due to, I could be wrong about this, but I put the blame on reality TV.  By that point I had moved on in my personal and private life.  I was doing a lot of theatre then, traveling back and forth from North Carolina, really trying to keep busy, and fighting off the depression of not working full-time.  I missed Jim and Kassie the most, but I was thrilled that I could bump into them at any time and visit with them.  I kept in touch with Hillary B. Smith (Ex-Nora) and Bob Woods (Ex-Bo) and also, Timothy Stickney (Ex-RJ); in fact, Timothy Stickney’s wife did Taylor’s hair for the film.

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Kassie, how do you feel years later about the cancellation of One Life to Live?

KASSIE:  I still miss it.  I loved it. The hard part about this show in particular being canceled is –one – that there wasn’t closure on it.  It kind of happened randomly, and there was still a lot more story to tell.  They kept it going on General Hospital, where they’ll bring some characters there.  So, it’s still in peoples’ minds. The second part is the friendships and the family connections that you’ve made over the many years that you’re there. Nothing lasts forever, that’s for sure, but as you were saying, there’s no streaming of these shows, but if you catch an episode on YouTube, One Life to Live, truly stands alone.  It just has great stories, great characters, and there is connection there that is very real.

Kassie, your last go-around at DAYS was just epic.  Did you guys see it?

TAYLOR:  I did see pieces of some of it.  I caught some of the “super villain”!

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Eve went in guns blazing, evil as all get out, but so heartbreaking at the same time while she was torturing Ben (Rob Scott Wilson).  What did you think about all of that, Kassie?

KASSIE:  I was really hesitant to watch it because I remembered how “super villain” I was.  I remember getting on the plane, and Jimmy said, “How was it?” and I said, “I’ll probably never work again a day in my life. I’m like this (evil laughs) muah-ha-ha, muah-ha-ha kind of character.”  I mean, you hated what Eve was doing, and you were supposed to, but I think that they did a great job with production values, and it was reasonable what she was doing because she was going off the edge. It’s great to be able to sink your teeth into something that is so out-there and completely different from your own life.  I mean, it was exhausting.  Every day, I would come home and just be like, “Oh my God, give me a cocktail.” Eve had justification for her revenge, even as wrong as it was, and she needed to be heard, and she needed closure, and she made a bunch of wrong moves, and did a bunch of bad, bad, bad things, and now, she is probably in a mental institution somewhere, so…

You and I were on set of DAYS and I was going to interview you.  If I recall, at that point, you did not even know what the story arc was.

KASSIE:  No, I didn’t. When I arrived and looked at the script, I’m like, “Well, who blew up that wedding?”  Then, all of the sudden, “Oh, no!  I blew up the wedding.  This is bad!  I probably am not going to be coming back on this show again.”  I look at story and go, “Uh-oh.  There’s a shut door.”  I like open doors and open windows.

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Taylor, what is your project? Are you continuing to write?  What do you see in the future for yourself?

TAYLOR:  This is my life for me.  The next thing that I think we are releasing is actually something that I made before this because everything is backwards, which is a documentary (very different) about Central American politics, which I’m hoping is out next year.  In terms of new scripts, everybody is a bit torn.  I kind of want to do a biopic of Lee Grant, or I want to do a blues/punk version of something inspired by The Shining.

Well, those are very polar opposite!

TAYLOR:  Yeah, aren’t they?

NATHAN:  Now you see what I’m living with. (Laughs)

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Nathan, you must be proud of Taylor, and it must be very cool to see your son have these multi-faceted talents.

NATHAN:  Of course, I’m proud of him and it’s great, but it’s strange because watching Taylor develop into the person he has developed into and continues to, made me realize that I hadn’t had the type of courage he has.  I had my dreams and certain things that I was very courageous about in my life.  I certainly don’t see him doing some things the way I did them, because he has more common sense than I do when it comes to life choices. His courage just blows my mind.  Most of my closest friends are professional musicians, and many of them, if I were to namedrop, you would know who they are, and they’ve had successful careers, and I’ve always looked up to them and admired them, but I was never that guy.  I just wanted to be a musician because I knew them and we were friends, but I didn’t have the discipline to do what they did, and I certainly didn’t have the God-given talent.  I play a little bit of keyboard and a little bit of saxophone myself, but I have to play one song 757 times before I even start to feel comfortable with it, and Taylor can sit down and start strumming on his guitar, and the next thing you know, he’s written a whole song.  It just blows my mind how creative and talented he is.  He has been surrounded by creative and talented people all of his life. He has absorbed a lot from the different people and the different opportunities he’s had, and I look at him sometimes, and I even say it to my wife, “Who is this kid?”  I like to share this story.  We went to see Taylor do Hamlet.  I’m guessing he was 15 or 16-years-old at the time. I’m watching him doing Hamlet, and I’m sitting in the chair, and I’m crying because I’m thinking to myself, “Oh, my God, he is so good!”  I told Taylor, “I would not tackle Hamlet on a football field, yet alone on stage.”  It made me realize that we had a force to be reckoned with.  He’s pretty amazing.  The bad news for him is that I always tell him the truth, and I lied to him once, and he called me out on it, and I promised that I would never lie to him again.  So, be careful what you ask me because I will tell you the truth from this point on.

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KASSIE:  Taylor was also the director of this film, which I mean, “What the hell!”  This guy is doing everything.  He was deciding on the shots, he was deciding on the lighting, he was deciding this and that, he was editing the script, I’m like, “Holy cannoli!”  He’s like, “No, I want her to wear that shirt; I want her to do this.”  You would do the scene, and he’d come over and talk to you a little bit.  I mean, he was just awesome; Taylor brought so much insight to my character because I’m like, “What’s my relationship, and who are all of these kids?  Are we a loving family?”  We did it very quickly, too.  Taylor, look at what you’ve accomplished, and it is such a beautiful piece of art!

TAYLOR:  From a more functional standpoint as a director, one of the really great things about having the two of them was that Kassie came in half-way through filming, and we’d been working with the young actor/musicians a lot.  Some of them, it was their first big job, but pretty much all of them had worked before.  On Kassie’s first day, they didn’t know what they were in for.  She just rolled onto set, and all of the sudden, the stakes and bar of how to be an actor just changed.  From that point on, when Kassie and Nathan started to work with the band, we knew those were going to be fun days because there was going to be acting involved.  Everyone else just had to come up to their level, which was great for me because it gave me so much more to edit with.

Taylor, who are your musical influences?   

TAYLOR:  That’s a really good question.  My musical obsession for the last few years has been this guy, named Josh Ritter, who is kind of a singer/songwriter/folk guy.  My real-life band, The Cumberland Kids, is named after one of his songs.  Also, Weird Al Yankovic, has been a massive inspiration for me and my songwriting partners.

So, your vibe is this folk-rock.

TAYLOR:  Yeah, that’s what I’m writing mostly.  My listening is kind of all over the place, but definitely that is what I’m writing.

Kassie, who do you like listening to?

KASSIE:  It all depends on what cocktail I have in my hand.

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NATHAN:  Let me chime in on that too! I like jazz, blues, and country music, but imagine what my house was like because I have a lot of instruments here, always with the hope that Taylor would at least become interested in music.  I have congas, bass guitar, keyboards, you name it, and for a while, he wasn’t interested at all, and one day, I woke up and he was playing an acoustic guitar.  Then, the next thing I know, he is writing and singing folk music.  I’m thinking, “Wait a minute!” It was an important lesson for me that just because you want something for your children, doesn’t mean that is what they want for themselves.  We never pushed acting on Taylor.  He chose it on his own.  It’s exciting for me mostly because it was his choice.

KASSIE:  He’s a natural.

And speaking of that, Taylor, in the trailer nothing came across forced or pushed.  Obviously, we are all talking you up here, not that you need it.

NATHAN:  I’ll tell you this, Michael.  During the shoot, Taylor insisted on calling me “Nathan”, and I had a problem with it, but he basically told me to get over it because it’s his set, his movie, and while we are shooting, I’m “Nathan”, and he’ll call me dad later.  I’m still struggling with that but he was the boss.

TAYLOR:  It’s hard to walk that line and not make it weird for your crew, you know?

NATHAN:  I get it.

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KASSIE:  It’s weird for me because when he would go, “Robbie is going to do this, and Nathan is going to do that,” I’d go, “Who are Robbie and Nathan?  Aren’t they your mom and dad?”

TAYLOR:  While I was writing the script I called him over, and I said, “Dad, I wrote you a really good role, and I think we are actually going to do this.  I’m giving you a once in a lifetime chance to name your own character.  Do you want to name him after a Greek hero, or one of your siblings?”  He didn’t take his chance.  So, you know what?  It’s “Nathan” now.  It’s easier for everybody.  We don’t have to break the method acting fourth wall.  (Laughs)

Do you think you would work with Nathan and Kassie again? (Laughs)

TAYLOR:  Oh, my God, are you kidding?

NATHAN:  That’s my contract: Kassie has got to be in it.  So, let me say this about Kassie, you had mentioned something about how much she has been working, and I look at Kassie as the James Brown of daytimes soaps.  She is the hardest working woman in daytime television. 

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She is pretty spectacular. Kassie started on Guiding Light, had a long career on One Life, and then went to General Hospital, then to Days of our Lives.  It’s been amazing that we have been able to see her have a comeback in more ways that one.

KASSIE:  Nathan has jumped from soap to soap as well, and when you’ve done it, you just think it’s over.  It’s not like your regular acting profession jobs when you go out and you know you’re going to audition for twenty-five things and get one role for a short amount of time.  When you go in day in and day out and are creating all of this stuff on a soap opera, and then it ends, you go, “Well, now what am I supposed to do?”  I haven’t been on a set in 6 months, and I feel like I won’t ever work again.  Soaps are just a totally different head trip and so it can be really hard.

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Nathan, do you have a favorite Hank Gannon moment from One Life to Live?

NATHAN:  Oh wow.  Man, there were so many of them.  I can tell you the funniest, to me, maybe not so funny to Hillary B. Smith though.  I think it was during a live show. This was during the time when I had a lot of dialogue.  But this particular day, I had one line, and the line was to Hillary and it was, “How are you feeling?” and her response was, “Well, I’m feeling the way I always feel, and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah”.  So, during the entire day, I’d see Hillary, and I’d say, “Hey, how you feeling?”  Maybe nineteen times before we started shooting, “Hey, how you feeling?” and she’d had about enough of it.  So, fast forward to “5, 4,3,2,1 action”, and now, I say, “How you doing?”  If you could see the look in her eyes, it is like, “I will kill you.”  So, she says, “You know how I’m doing.  I’m doing what I’m always doing,” so she could get her line out.  So, once again, she saved Nathan’s ass with that.  One stupid line … and I blew it.  I just remember that one because I just know Hilary wanted to strangle me.  She probably still wants to.

And on that note (laughs) I wanted to thank you all so much for this. I hope you find success with this little gem of a film, Taylor.

So what did you think of the comments made by Kassie, Nathan and Taylor on their film?  What did you think of Kassie’s recent performance on DAYS? What’s your favorite Blair or Hank moment from the history of One Life to Live? Share your thoughts and comments below,  But first, check out the trailer to Killian and the Comeback Kids.

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Greg Vaughan Shares Farewell To DAYS & Scene Partner Arianne Zucker: “Never a Dull Moment, Laughing or Crying, She was the Party, Always with a smile!”

Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives had Eric Brady saying a sudden farewell to his loved ones before he departs Salem for Africa to help those in need.  That marks the on-screen departure of Daytime Emmy winner, Greg Vaughan who will last be seen on Wednesday’s episode.

As DAYS fans were aware, Greg wrapped his run months ago on the NBC daytime drama series, but since before the Covid-19 pandemic DAYS taped almost seven months ahead, Eric’s on-screen exit is airing this week.

Over the past two days, Vaughan took to his Instagram to share some sentiments, ‘thanks you’s’ and some photos of some of his favorite memories with his castmates expressing, “Seeing it’s the last week I’m airing on @nbcdays …I wanted to share some great captured memories this week with my incredible fans & castmates.”

The actor also posted a special photo album of pics with his longtime on-screen partner and love interest, Arianne Zucker (Nicole).  In that, he posted this message: “To my Ride or Die partner Ari!! Never a dull moment, laughing or crying, she was the party, always with a smile! Love ya #ERICOLE”

So, will you miss Ericole? Are you sad to see Greg exit Days on-screen? Share your thoughts via the comment section below … AND what were some of your favorite performances of Greg during his time on DAYS.

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