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Jen Lilley Delivers Power Performance As Theresa Leaves Salem On Days of our Lives!

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She hit all the right notes of playing Theresa’s (Jen Lilley) inner turmoil, resolve and strength, and heartbreak, on her final air show on Days of our Lives!

For those who have witnessed Jen Lilley’s portrayal of former wild child, bad girl-turned-mother, who made the ultimate sacrifice for her child and the man she loves, it has been a tour de force performance all along the way.

In story, Theresa is exiting Salem with drug lord Mateo, who wants her back and is threatening harm to Brady and her son, Tate if she does not comply.  In a twist, Theresa is also helping her dad Shane (Charles Shaughnessy) and the ISA nab the guy for his criminal activities.

Lilley, who announced her exit from the long-running NBC series months ago, wrapped up her time on DAYS on Friday’s episode with quite a stellar line-up of goodbye scenes. Chief among the stellar scenes had Theresa looking at Brady Black (Eric Martsolf), the man she loves straight in the eye when he asks her, “There’s something you’re not telling me. What is it?”  When she offers nothing, Brady tells her to tell him she doesn’t love him.  Theresa’s reply … she is not sure she ever did! Crushing.

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To continue her charade to protect Brady and Tate, she really goes in for the low blow by telling Brady she’s outta there and not to leave the light on.  After she exits the Kiriakis mansion, Theresa sobs.  In that sequence of scenes, Lilley displayed a multitude of emotions from the cover-up to the raw truth of her situation, and the consequences of her actions.

And in another memorable scene it is Lilley and long time veteran icon, John Aniston (Victor) who broke our hearts.  When Theresa arrives at the Kiriakis mansion to pack her things and take some mementos with her, Victor informs her that the nanny just put Tate down so she can spend some final minutes with him.  Next, Theresa implores Victor to help Brady get through this.  She doesn’t want him using drugs again. Victor hopes she can get the goods on Mateo to put him behind bars forever, so everything she is sacrificing is worth it.  Victor tells Theresa how proud he is of her, adding “You’ve come a long way.”   Theresa is overcome.  Victor tells her he will always consider her part of the Kiriakis family. In Greek, he tells her to come back to them soon.  They share an emotional hug as Theresa then goes to share her last goodbyes to her son.

At the end of the episode, Theresa meets with Mateo and walks off out of Horton Town Square as Shane makes a call to someone to tell them, “They are on the move.”  Fade to black and the final performance of Jen Lilley on DAYS.

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Lilley tweeted on the overwhelming response to her final episode: “Thank you for the outpouring of love today #days fans!! I love each and every one of you!” Prior to the airing of the episode, Jen shared: “I don’t think I’ve fully processed that today is my last day airing on @nbcdays. I’m so grateful for every moment we’ve shared!” To her on-screen love interest, Eric Martsolf she said, “Oh how I miss this wonderful man.”

So, what did you think of Jen Lilley’s final bow on Days of our Lives as Theresa? Share your comments below!

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Anne
Anne

I hated this storyline. Cruel and preposterous. As though anyone’s family would supprt such deception and willingly abandoning a baby? There were other ways for this actor to leave.

mark
mark

I agree they shoulda killed her off

Celia
Celia

Agreed, Anne….the presumption of leaving one’s baby is outrageous and inconceivable for any mother; unless said mother is a heartless b**ch.
However, aside from the ridiculousness of the story, so typical of any soap, Lilley delivered a stunning performance. I am very partial to Jen, I love her to pieces as an actress, so, I tend to sing her praises at every opportunity. To put cream and cherry on her skillful acting, Jen is, also, gorgeous!!
I only hope we will see her again, either on Days, or elsewhere……whatever her endevors, I will be watching.

davlestev1
davlestev1

seriously? Theresa came in with years of bad baggage dragging behind her..it’s easy to see how mateo or any other loser she left hanging from her pre-salem days would come back to haunt her. He probably isn’t even the worst of them and her lying butt probably has another kid out there somewhere. With a well developed and portrayed anti heroheroine anything is is possible. She’ll be back..they scored a coup re casting abby so..on the other hand when all was said and done brady seemed relieved and gave up too easily..jmo.

davlestev1
davlestev1

on a brighter note anne leaves the hospital and becomes jen’s assistant at the spectator..hee hee i can’t wait for that pairing..don’t know how it comes about but it does.

Nicholas
Nicholas

jen lilley chose to leave the show , this is her decision . i am glad they didn’t kill off theresa . Days is really good at the moment . can’t wait for monday !

Celia
Celia

Absolutely, Nicholas. It is never a good idea to kill off a viable actor/character. Just look at Will. Many of us WANT him back. However, the good thing is that even when dead, there’s always hope of a return, in soaps. LOL.

ChandlerFan
ChandlerFan

If they bring back Chandler Massey as Will, then I will start watching the show regularly again. Until then, I will check-in occasionally, and likely check-out within a few minutes of boredom.

I fear that if they do bring Chandler back, they will fill his time with inane nonsense, rather than meaningful character growth. It will irritate me if they waste Chandler’s acting talents, but I’ll still watch anyway.

Although Chandler seemed to work well with any of the other actors on the screen, he seems to shine most in his scenes with Marlena doling out wise grandmotherly/psychiatrist advice.

If the only way to make Will’s character acceptable and palatable to the show’s core audience of squeamish blue-haired matrons is to have him primarily interacting with his mother and grandmothers (or showing how his actions affect the elder females in his life), then I could live with that.

Celia
Celia

@ChandlerFan.
Everything you said. When I think of ‘Will’, I think Chandler….love him forever.

Jackie Cullinane
Jackie Cullinane

Jen’s performance throughout these last few weeks has been amazing, but Friday’s performance was Award winning. It was impeccable. The scene with Victor was phenomenal and heart breaking at the same time. She is an amazingly talented actress. What Victor said in Greek , I say ditto.

Tim S.
Tim S.

Ageed! Great Acting and I did like the storyline.. We all need to remember it is a soap and we need to get a few wild soap stories out there. I liked how we finally realized why she did not go by her real name.. that now makes sense. .even though that was figured into this exit storyline. Great writing by the writers in my opinion…

tony
tony

Jen is a treasure and they masked horrible story points with her tour de force performance and stellar dialog from all the script writers this week, particularly Kreitman’s first script on Thursday, and of course, Carolyn Culliton’s Friday script. Couldn’t the head writers have connected Matteo to Eduardo and that budding story or instead of having Zander as the third wheel of the baddies who broke out of jail, they could have had Matteo getting out on a technicality and gunning for theresa and connecting him to Orpheus and Clyde. The lack of creating in creating an umbrella storyline is mind boggling given the writers had just launched their stories nine weeks ago.

Kelly
Kelly

Z
Loved this storyline ending!! Now she could always come back

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Jen Lilley did a fine job, but I don’t want Theresa back unless she’s the mean bitch that I loved!

Celia
Celia

Yeah, 4ever, my friend. But, mean with a good heart. One who loves her man with powerful conviction. LOL.

Mateo
Mateo

DAYS lost another major talent with the loss of Jen Lilley. She was one bright spot in a really terrible show. I swear their desire to relive the 80’s is awful. The stories have ZERO depth. The couples they are focusing on are total snoozes. For once and for all — John and Marlena are not 25, they are well into their 60’s and 70’s and need story lines that focus on this. They are not secret agents or government employees. Patch and Kayla — sweet lord they are so boring. In the 80’s they fit together but now they are comic book characters in a comic book that you drip water on the page so their thought bubbles get blotted out. I know he is wearing the same leather jacket he wore in 1988. Time to grow up already. Hope going to prison, maybe realistic for what she did but now we will have the typical story of a prisoner getting beaten up by some gang chick with the Marlena doppelganger Hattie saving her. I swear these story lines aren’t even being written, they are just being re-acted by the same actors. DAYS needs to throw someone in a grave or bring back Satan or find a new serial killer. These pathetic excuses of stories are just awful. The Theresa story was only good in that it gave Jen Lilley a chance to act up a storm. But the excuse they made to get her out of town was just awful. The way it’s going now the next ax to fall on DAYS will be them hiring Jill Farren Phelps and Chuck Pratt to produce and write. Then that final nail will go in. It is sad because for awhile DAYS was cranking out some decent stories. Sami and EJ, Will and Sonny and Paul. Kristen. Eve and Jennifer. Theresa and Ann ganging up on Jennifer. Now we get a pirate who doesn’t want to grow up and some old codger with his psycho…oops I meant psychiatrist wife who wants to be a modern Lone Ranger. (C’mon Marlena, the theme from The Exorcist is playing, let’s get going one more time)….

mark
mark

I wish they would bring back sami too and those big gothic storylines

John Gordon
John Gordon

The storyline of Theresa’s exit was beyond ridiculous – I couldn’t even finish watching it the other day (I guess it was Friday’s episode) – combined with that stupid wedding, please. Maybe I have just seen one too many soap plots and after a while they are all EXACTLY the same idiotic formula. Bad girl turns good, turns her life around, becomes self-sacrificing like Mildred Pearce, it’s all redundant after a while.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

The thing that really sucks about this is that Jen really had this character nailed down and it will be very tough to get another actress to follow in her footsteps should DAYS decide to recast. The soap world is/was lucky to have her because she can do a very good job playing anything she’s handed and I am talking about both her roles because she did an awesome job filling in for Kirsten Storms as Maxie on GH when Kirsten was ill. With luck, we’ll see her in something else very shortly!!!

Susan
Susan

I would much rather have had Shane and Victor arrange for Theresa to go into hiding until they could deal permanently with Matteo. That the writers would have a Mexican drug lord force Theresa to abandon Brady and her son to return to Mexico with him is awful.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

I was very dissapointed in the outcome and goodbye to Jen Lilley. She promised months ago it would be sad but make us laugh also. Don’t know about anyone else, but I sure was not laughing. Where was her beloved grandmother Caroline, with some sort of goodbye. Hope she is well in real life. I am sure we all wish Jen good luck and we know it was her choice, but I really think it could have been done in a more realistic way.

John Gordon
John Gordon

Caroline was busy making sandwiches but did call Theresa to wish her a good trip…..okay I just made that up but this show is so stupid what’s the difference.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Yes, and drugs are stupid too, but after more than fifty years of watching these shows, I guess I am hooked, a soap opera junkie, or whatever.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

Bravo to Jen Lilley for all of her scenes over the past 2 weeks and especially on Friday. As others have mentioned, I wasn’t thrilled with the ridiculous story; but, Jen did an excellent job playing what she was given. She portrayed the perfect amount of pain and guilt over leaving her family along with the resolve to make this break work. Jen had done a great job with Theresa growing from selfish, scheming wild-woman to a committed partner for Brady and mother to Tate.

Thank you and congratulations Jen. I wish you the very best life has to offer.

Patricio
Patricio

This actress deserved a better story! That said, her talent will shine through sub par writing. When she was on GH She took over a cpmlex role played by a beloved actress and made it her own.

Best of luck!

penny
penny

Zzzzzz.

Larysa Kramer
Larysa Kramer

You were brilliant! I felt your pain over the last couple of weeks and in that final moment you had me tears. Best of luck and I really hope you come back to days.

Joyce
Joyce

I think she played all her rolls quite well. When she was evil n causing trouble we all wanted to hate her n think some one should get rid of her. When she was lying or covering up her actions you wanted to say ” can’t some one see that she is lying”. What is wrong with the others that they can’t see what she was doing! I was horrified when Kristin stole her baby n claimed it was hers, what an awful thing for someone to do or even think of doing. You have some evil writers there! Wow!! Her last performance I thought was very, very thoughtful n kind. To give up your child n the man you truly love in order to help others get Mateo with the evidence they need to put him away I thought was so sad. I admire her for putting her family first that was totally an unselfish act. She was kind, n tormented that she had to do this. I don’t blame her for not telling Brady because he would have done just what she said he would do…go after Mateo n her. He would have ruined everything. She was so brave . She was hurting so bad when she played the part she did around Brady. She showed real love for her family. She showed how she really wanted to put Mateo away once n for all. It is too easy to just kill someone off to get rid of. But her performance showed real character, someone is doing something she hates to do with a real scumbag just for the RIGHT reasons. I applaud you for your final episode. You are very talented.

Judy Ursini
Judy Ursini

Definitely a great actress that surely will be missed, wish we new why she is leaving and if we will get to see her performe on some show or movie in the near future, thank you Lilley, for the best performance on Days of our Lives!

Mo
Mo

I think Jen and everyone did a great job, but I really despise the storyline. They should have recast the character.

Brady has horrible luck with women.

John Gordon
John Gordon

If they wanted to keep the character, they could have done a re-cast rather than come up with this absurd exit storyline.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

I agree with you on that. I would almost rather they killed her off. As it is, if she ever returns in the future, the character will most likely be re-cast anyway.

Sharon Kolb
Sharon Kolb

Sorry you are leaving Days, Jen! I will miss you and Brady and your scenes together. Is there a chance you will be coming back someday? Hope so! Whatever you do I want to wish you good luck!

Libby
Libby

Jen Lilley have a wonderful performance. I cried during Baby Tate goodbye scenes.

I did not like this overall storyline. However, it gave Jen a diverse and powerful reel for her to take with her. Days does not always graciously give that opportunity. Jen Lilley was “all in” of her support of show from her first day.

Some of the early writing for Theresa was disappointing. so, by giving this rather odd send off story fixes some of the things for her and her time at Days.

Jen Lilley will be successful as a Mom and as a leading actress. She is an honorable and talented person who gave more to Days than she was given at the show on several key stories.

Godspeed to Jen Lilley. Looking forward to her many upcoming projects.

Lee
Lee

I’m certainly glad she was killed off. Wonderful actress! Hope she comes back to Days but wish her all the luck in her future !

Lee
Lee

Correction…. glad she Wasn’t killed off !!

June Kearsing
June Kearsing

I thought jen played a wonderful part. She is quite the actress . I hate to see her gone .maybe some time in the future she will come back. I,m glad she did not get killed off. My best to Jen

nancy
nancy

Awesome and memorable performance…..Jen Lilley deserves an Emmy for her performance these last few days……Jen you played this departure so believable that had my husband and I sitting with our mouths open and saying she is really playing this to the max…..we were feeling your pain along with you and then the moment with ‘Victor’…….this did bring tears to my eyes. Well Done Jen…….hope you will have a wonderful life and hope to see you in the future strutting your stuff. Love you girl.

Marie Harbaugh
Marie Harbaugh

I really never liked her and I never liked her and Brady together . I love him and Melanie together they had such charisma .

penny
penny

Some characters are so easily forgiven and some characters who are decent and respectable get shyt on and just disappear without a trace.

Michelle
Michelle

I like Theresa and Brady. I am sad to see this pairing end. Best wishes to Jen and I’m glad the writers didn’t kill Theresa off.

Mo
Mo

Brady, Tate, and Theresa should have gone into Witness Protection if that guy was really such a threat. It just doesn’t make sense. Just a way to have Theresa leave and Brady melt down…again. Poor Brady.

Allen saint james
Allen saint james

From my perspective
Im not sure anyone has to “act” ones age. What does acting ones age mean? How does one know if they are acting their age? Ageism? Steve and John have always been hero’s. They are characters born within Days heyday period history when action/adventure
Storylines were dominant. “Saving The day” plots are deeply imbedded not only in the shows dna but also in characters ofJohn and Patch. They’ve explored both couples struggles with aging and trying to escape the danger and chaos of Isa jobs. I think women of mature ages can still be written as as damsel on distress without ignoring the wisdom or know how of the the women in peril.

Ray
Ray

Jen has been amazing. I am glad the show did not kill off the character. Chances are, Theresa will return at a later date. I do not want to want to see another character come back from the grave. It was Jen’s decision to leave the show. Brady is too important to the core characters to leave. I want Brady to take some time off before he is paired with Nicole, Chloe or whomever.

I also agree it is time Marlena and John act age appropriate.

John Gordon
John Gordon

I think that Marlena and John should be discussing their Medicare coverage, and not these absurd teeny bopper storylines – it’s embarressing to watch them “cope” with problems that would normally be associated with a young married couple.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

I am I the only one who doesn’t care about dumb Joey and his even dumber girlfriend having a baby? Am so sick of these teens, playing at being grownups and their problems.

John Gordon
John Gordon

No trust me you are not the only one who grows tired of the teen storyline. Most of the viewers are, I dare to say, 40+ in age – I could be wrong on that point, but I find Joey’s character rather one dimensional and uninteresting.

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Congratulations on your Supporting Actress nomination.  You have been racking up a lot of these recently, having been nominated in the same category two years ago, and also receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award along with your husband, Bill Hayes at the 45th annual Daytime Emmys in 2018.

SUSAN:  It’s really nice to be nominated, because I’ve had a few gap years.  I’ve had, what? 25 gap years between the recent nominations.

What scenes did you ultimately chose that landed you the nomination?

SUSAN:  I submitted when Julie dies.  I submitted the farewell montage scenes with Bill Hayes, and they were very moving to us… and we’ll see.  I did not submit anything snappy, or bitchy, or hysterical.  I’ve lost against hysterical every time.  Comedy has never worked.  So, I am going to try the heart and soul of soup opera: not bitchiness, but loss.

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SUSAN:  It was very difficult.  I mean, these are the things that make us so connected to the characters and the show.  This is a place where we can show the public what love means to us, which is everything.

They were beautiful scenes.  Do you remember when you did them, if you felt good about them at the time?

SUSAN:  No… no.  I didn’t know.  Everyone on the set seemed happy.  We are blessed to have feedback from out producers now, and they didn’t say, “I think you can do it better,” and, “Another take,” not that we would have anyway, because there is never time to do another take.

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How did you find out that you were nominated? 

SUSAN:  One of the producers, Randy Dugan called me, or I wouldn’t have found out for a couple of days,

What are your thoughts on this being a virtual Daytime Emmys ceremony because of COVID-19?  We don’t know anything about will play out yet or what that will look like, but it is back on network TV.

SUSAN:  It’s going to be a wonderful surprise.

So, if they have the shot of the nominees, do you think you’d be dressed in comfortable clothes or more formal?

SUSAN:  Well, I’d certainly wear my best earrings if I were at home, yeah.  If my grandson can arrange us to get on the internet (we have a grandson living on our property, and he’s our live-in techy), we will get dressed up, and sit there, if that’s the way to do it.

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DAYS did very well receiving 22 overall nominations and a lot of your co-stars got nomination as well.

SUSAN:  Yes, an excellent year for nominations for our show.

How many times have you been nominated now? 

SUSAN:  This makes six.

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Would it mean a lot to you to get the award?

SUSAN:  The Lifetime Achievement meant a lot.  It wouldn’t be bad to win this year.  I’ll say that.  It would be sweet for the show, since I am now the oldest living cast member of the original family – the original, original.  I’m not the original Julie, but close enough.  So, I think that would be some validation for the longevity of this original storytelling.  People look at the show and say, “Are you part of the DiMera family or the Brady family?”  I say, “I’m part of the Horton family!”

What did your husband Bill say when he found out you were nominated?

SUSAN:  (Yells) Billy, what did you say when you found out I was nominated?

BILL:  Yay!!!

SUSAN:  That’s about right. (Laughs)

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What a guy!

SUSAN:  I know!  What a guy, what a guy, what a guy!

I was really happy to see your name among the other well-deserving nominees.

SUSAN:  I know you are because I know you care.  Who knows what will happen? It isn’t going to ruin our lives you know, one way or another.  But it was very nice to receive this acknowledgment from my peers.

So, are you glad Susan received a nomination for her work in her emotional storyline? Do you think she should finally receive the Emmy for her performances? Comment below.

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Michael Fairman TV talked with Chandler to get his reaction to the news that he is once again a Daytime Emmy nominee, and here’s what he had to say about it all.

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I thought it was great that you received another Emmy nomination.  What do you think?

CHANDLER:  Yeah.  I thought it was pretty great too, actually.   I was surprised.  I wasn’t keeping up on when they were announcing the nominations.   I was thrilled that Wally (Kurth) and Paul (Telfer) also got nominated too in the same category.  So, hopefully, DAYS, has a decent shot to take it home.

What did you end up submitting that ultimately landed you the nomination?

CHANDLER:  I went with some scenes that aired on December 16th of last year (I just looked that up), where Will basically breaks up with Sonny when Sonny comes to visit him in prison.  I liked those because they were sort of subtle.  I just found myself drawn in when I watched it, and it wasn’t big or dramatic, but it felt like two real people sharing their pain.  So, that’s why I chose it.

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I remember those.  Those were heartbreaking because he had to get Sonny to let him go.

CHANDLER:  Yes.  He said he has a new prison boyfriend, and that he’s doing really well in prison, so he doesn’t want to be tied down. (Laughs)

You’ve had Freddie Smith as your scene partner for so much of your run on DAYS.  What did he give you in those scenes that helped you, or even further enabled the performance that you gave?

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CHANDLER:  Freddie always gives everything.  He is a consummate professional, so he really commits every time.  I think it is more that we are just so comfortable with each other that we are not afraid, and that there is no hesitation between the two of us, so we just are able to do the work.  We usually know we are there to listen to, and support each other. in the scenes.

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Was your entire submission from the prison scenes or did you include something else?

CHANDLER:  It was just that.  I know I could have included something else, but I like to keep it sort of short because I feel like as a judge, I know within a few minutes.  It’s not that I get bored, but it really only takes a scene or two, and then, you’re like, “this is something special.”  You can recognize it pretty quickly.

So, you have won three Daytime Emmys. This is your first nomination in a few years, right?

CHANDLER:  Yeah, I didn’t get nominated the year before.  I had a gap year… to my family’s great shame. (Laughs)  They were not pleased with me.

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This is your second nomination in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Daytime Drama Series category.

CHANDLER:  Yes. I was nominated in ‘Supporting’ for the first time when I came back to DAYS, and then submitted for “Lead” the next year, didn’t get nominated, and then went back to ‘Supporting’.  I learned my place.  I went back to ‘Supporting’ for this year.  (Laughs)

It’s such a game though, right?  .

CHANDLER:  Yeah, you’ve got to be smart.  I just thought, “What the heck?”  Freddie and I were like, “Maybe there’s a shot that if we pick different categories, we can both get nominated,” but then, after that didn’t work, I said, “Screw that… going back to ‘Supporting”

Now, you’ve been through Emmy night before, and this is obviously going to be a virtual Emmy’s.  Now, if they did a six-shot of all of the nominees, what would you wear?  Would you be dressed up?  Would you be casual?  What would you see yourself doing?

CHANDLER:  That’s a good question. I think maybe… I’ll do a little of both.  I’ll go the middle ground.  I’ll be in my finest bathrobe, a silk bathrobe so it’s casual but also still sort of fancy.

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There you go.  (Laughs)  Is this nomination all the more special for you in that you are no longer working at DAYS? 

CHANDLER:  Oh, totally.  Every year is special, but you know, I’m not on the show anymore, so it’s a nice reminder that the work that I did had an effect on people, and it won’t be forgotten for at least a few more hours.

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I saw the fan outcry and show of support for you and Freddie, when viewers got wind that you were exiting the series.  It was sad and heartwarming at the same time.  The WilSon fans are so behind you guys.

CHANDLER:  Yeah, if only they knew what horrible people that we were in real life, then they wouldn’t be this way, but thankfully… (Laughs)  Yeah, it’s really nice, but it is sad.  I started in 2009, and that was over 10 years ago, and nothing lasts forever.  I had a really, really great run, and so did Freddie.  I am very satisfied and don’t feel jipped, or like, I was entitled to anything more than I got.

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Obviously, your co-nominees, Wally and Paul you worked with many times.  What can you say about them?

CHANDLER:  I think that both men deserve definitely to get second and third place.  (Laughs)  I have known Wally for a while now.  I love him.  I think his work is phenomenal.  I think he is really, really underrated.  Paul, I don’t know as well, but I think obviously his work speaks for himself.  If only he were physically attractive, I think that would really, really help his career.

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I know, it’s a shame.

CHANDLER:  Unfortunately, he is kind of schleppy, you know?  (Laughs)

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Did Freddie reach out to you after you received the nomination?  

CHANDLER:  Oh yes, he sent a text congratulating me, and we talked about it.  It was nice.  I feel like our stories are so intertwined, the scenes we submit are mostly with each other.  So, it’s really kind of a shared accolade.

So, will you be rooting for Chandler to cap off his career on DAYS with an Emmy win on June 26th during the virtual ceremony on CBS? What did you think of the nominated scenes he submitted? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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