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John-Paul Lavoisier Done at Days of our Lives!

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Another more recent casting acquisition is exiting Days of our Lives.

According to Soap Opera Digest on Tuesday, former One Life to Live star John-Paul Lavoisier, who returned to daytime as a recast Phillip Kiriakis of Salem, is leaving the long-running NBC soap opera.

According to SOD, Lavoisier will finish taping this month and exit on-screen towards the end of the year.  JP debuted on DAYS back in 2015, and first aired in December of that year.

Just what this means for the role of Phillip remains to be seen.  Is a DAYS recast forthcoming? Could Jay Kenneth Johnson come back to reprise the role?  Will the role just be written off the canvas?

Lavosier spent almost 11 years on One Life to Live as pivotal character Rex Balsom. Prior to his latest gig at DAYS he was featured in two online soap series: Winterthorne and Beacon Hill.

So, what do you think of the exit of Lavoisier?  Did he never catch fire as Phillip? What do you think DAYS should do next with the role of Phillp?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Aria
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Aria

Seems like all dool does is stunt casting but they don’t ever back it up long term

Dylan
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Dylan

WHY…oh why….does this show…and others….keep hiring A List soap stars, ad wastig them????????

Bee
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Bee

I love John Paul Lavoisier!

dmr
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dmr

I never really cared much for the actor when on OLTL, or on DOOL. On OLTL, I thought his character was very immature and annoying. On DOOL, I think he was miscast. Best of luck to him; but, DOOL needs to clean-out Salem-starting with the teen scene. I stopped DVR-ing the show. It’s just been awful.

RichInIowa
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RichInIowa

Agree re Lavoisier. You said it perfectly.

vinee
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vinee

Agree,he has never been a actor more of an ego; and with a number of unemployed former soap actors that could do justice to the role they should be able to recast.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Agree!

Douglas
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Douglas

“Days of our Lives” is just a revolving door these days. Another dumb casting decision.

dmr
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dmr

This was one of the worst casting decisions, IMO. I watched the Chloe & Phillip scenes today (Wednesday) and the character was totally miscast.

Mister Media
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Mister Media

Sadly this is typical of Days at this point. I feel sorry for these actors who are seduced and abandoned by the show. If he didn’t catch fire as Phillip it’s because the writers never struck a match and gave him anything much to do. All that Days is doing at this point is training viewers not to invest an their characters. It’s here today, gone six months from now. I thought he was great in the role. As much as I want to like Days it is becoming increasingly unwatchable, at times literally – turn on some lights so… Read more »

Debs
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Debs

I agree! I’ve been watching on and off for approx. 30+ years. Just when the cast someone with potential and chemistry, they divert the storyline and then write-off the character.
Fans are going to burn-out from the rapid turn-over. Sign actor and develop stories – quit jerking us around!

Kim Simmons
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Kim Simmons

Me too

Rodd
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Rodd

I get that people come in and out of our lives for brief periods at a time in real life but on my soaps, I want them to be consistently there for me. I’m getting whiplash trying to keep up with who’s there, who’s returning and who’s leaving. It’s so confusing. JPL was an tremendous talent to have on DAYS. He and so many others who are leaving will be missed.

dmr
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dmr

& why have a character return in a recast? Makes it even more confusing to me.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Whiplash is a good word for it, Rodd! Hey DAYS, stop the stunt casting and really focus on the characters that matter. And when making decisions, commit to them. It is difficult to commit and to invest in the show when so many come and go, and when favorite talent is announced with fanfare, only to soon be relegated to sorry plots and quick exits. Make it work, DAYS! You have too strong and storied a legacy to let slip away.

Kim Simmons
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Kim Simmons

Sounds like I’m in the minority but I really liked his portrayal of Phillip. Hate to see him go

Phil
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Phil

The character should be written off. There is nowhere for him to go at this point. The cast is way too big to begin with… though I would welcome Kassim DePaiva as Eve back full time anyday!

Mark
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Mark

I hear she’s coming back. Her airdate starts in November.

jacque
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jacque

Phillip was never given a story to catch fire…

Tomas Torquemada
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Tomas Torquemada

AGREE. The writing has been beyond horrible. Did he have a storyline? No, he didn’t. No one does. The pacing is horrible. I watched two characters deliver the one scene three times in an episode. It’s the same scene they did last week and the week before. He’s a talented actor in a role with ties to two families and a fair amount of history. So where’s the story? We got the Belle Phillip Sean triangle. Again. Well, two decades later and that teen era storyline has zero gas in the tank. Quelle surprise. As for there being too many… Read more »

Pamela Davis
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Pamela Davis

Well said.

Jacque
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Jacque

Exactly!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Coronation Street is my favorite soap….

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I really thought he was a very good Phillip—I hope he lands something else soon. It was great seeing someone from OLTL get a gig on another soap. I miss all those actors but at least I have seen some of them move on to other things.

Melissa
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Melissa

Sorry to hear this. I don’t watch Days but I like this actor very much. I hope he lands on his feet in another role soon.

Michael
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Michael

I’m just … wow. Shawn, Belle, Phillip – all characters that work when in the hands of a writer that has at least some imagination. And yet, all three have been in B-stories (at best) since being brought back to the canvas. And instead of finding something compelling for them to do, they write them in stories that see little time, are inadequately fleshed out, and then – they get written off.

Jimmy
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Jimmy

DAYS is making some terrible casting decisions lately. I’m not a fan of this at all. JPL is a great actor and fits the role of Philip really well. I think it’s a mistake letting him go, just as it was a mistake to fire Brandon Beemer and Martha Madison. Shawn, Belle and Philip are important characters to the Salem canvas and I see no reason why the shouldn’t stick around.

James
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James

Actors are lucky to get an acting gig lasting an entire season but only some can say they’ve got jobs that kept them afloat for nearly a year or longer and an even rarer few who have got acting gigs that lasted nearly an entire lifetime . Sad to see John Paul go but I wish him the best of luck. I’ve only seen glimpses of him as Philip and while I’m a fan of his previous Rex Balsom role in OLTL, I don’t think he was able to grow into the role in the time he was able to… Read more »

Mateo
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Mateo

He was awful on DAYS and looked tired. There was no chemistry at all with sour faced Belle. Sorry that an actor has to lose a source of steady income but there is a LONG list of actors on DAYS who need to hit the road Jack.

Tim S.
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Tim S.

I agree.. def not a good casting role for him. He is talented but just not the right role for him.

Celia
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Celia

LOL, Mateo. For the longest time I could not put a name on Belle. You did it !!!!!! Yes, she always looks like she has eaten lemons.
I feel badly for John-Paul. I loved him on OLTL, always bringing humor and a sense of joie de vivre on the table.
Days is walking on shaky legs. How long before it needs a wheelchair?

Roz
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Roz

I agree he was not a good fit. I felt like I watching Rex Balsom from OLTL instead of Phillip Kiriakis. He played the role in the same manner as he would Rex it did not work for me. I hate to see anyone lose their job,and I wish him the best. I just hope his next role is a better fit.

Tim Clarke
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Tim Clarke

I agree about Belle, she does not possess anything magnetic or even interesting – get rid of her – write her out and send her Ex boring husband with her and Phillip too LoL –
Sorry, My apologies to long time fans but the show STINKS right now – it is an exercise in tedium just to endure.

Celia
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Celia

@Tim Clarke.
Sadly, Tim, I cannot disagree with you. You speak the truth.

Mandy
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Mandy

He was NEVER right for the role, and I never quite got used to him as Philip. Too much goofiness, weird facial expressions and overacting. However, I’d rather have Philip on-screen than not. I’ll hold out hope that they are recasting until I hear otherwise. Shawn/Belle/Philip is the only reason I’ve watched the last few months. HUGE mistake if they are getting rid of all three permanently. (Still hoping that bringing back Shawn & Belle was the SOD blind item from a couple of months ago.)

Celia
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Celia

Another wasted talent. Talk about DOOL tossing actors around. What is being done to John-Paul was done to Melissa Archer, Kassie DePaiva and so many more outstanding actors who have earned their status on these soaps.
I don’t think John-Paul ‘caught fire’ as Phillip because of the insipid storylines given him, which, may I add, were going nowhere.
Gimme a break!!!! Not happy.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

Thank you Celia for mentioning Melissa Archer and Kassie DePaiva. You are so right. I’m glad I’m not the only viewer who sees a pattern here.

Celia
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Celia

That’s how I see it, Llannviewer. It’s pathetic!!!! It’s as if ALL the OLTL actors are jinxed.
Nothing can replace OLTL and its cast for me. Glad we share the same thought.

Vicki
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Vicki

Again, would love to see Melissa Archer on GH. This needs to happen!

Marianne
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Marianne

Agreed. Wonderful actors. Personally would love to see Melissa Archer on GH.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Celia…I get what you’re saying here. I really do. Yet, I look at it like this: This is DOOL…not ‘DOOL Meets OLTL’. Just saying……….

Later, my friend.

SuziQ
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SuziQ

I really liked him in this part. Brought a very unique “vibe” to the show. I wish he wasn’t leaving. Really good actor.

clh
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clh

Is Days ‘ intention to be cancelled, they have the absolute worst decision makes ever. They didn’t even write decent story for him to begin with.

Darren
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Darren

He was miscast as Phillip, loved him as Rex on OLTL. Days is in serious trouble. The ratings are falling to all time lows. They need to make more changes. Bring back Vivian, Ivan, Anna Dimera and Calliope Jones. Bring back the original Phillip, Kenneth Johnson.

louisa
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louisa

He has not had a chance to catch fire! What a waste. Very disappointed in Days. JPL is amazing!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

He showed promise when he first came on but Deimos stole his thunder and his Philip did not make the impact i had hoped he would-i blame the writing!!!

Tomas Torquemada
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Tomas Torquemada

100% agree. He had no pages. What he did have was awful. Not drunk driving former priest awful but perilously close

Benjaman
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Benjaman

So typical of DOOL. Bring these established actors on with such fan-fare and in no time at all they are shown the door. So sad.

Pamela Davis
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Pamela Davis

Agreed, what is disguised as casting designed to keep viewers involved seems actually to be sabotage. Or, perhaps, more generously, writers and producers who really don’t care much about the product, and are just phoning in their participation. In my opinion, DOOL would benefit from an experiment in hiring involved fans and giving them some real input. There are more good ideas and perceptive insights in fan commentary than in the current scripting. Of course, this isn’t a complete novelty, given the soap’s history. In my decades of intermittent following of this show, I have often given up and later… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Send him to Y&R and send Jason Thompson back to GH!

Barbara from Atlanta
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Barbara from Atlanta

I thought the same thing. I don’t watch DAYS and know very little about this actor. However, he has more of the “Billy Abbott look” (as established by the prior actors in the role) than Jason Thompson.

I’m not buying Thompson at all as Billy. He might have made a good Adam as he has dark looks similar to Victor but Billy he ain’t.

Timmm
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Timmm

Jason is a great actor and I had faith in him based off that BUT, time is up, its a bust!

PS: Speaking of Billy Abbott look-a-likes, PLEASE drop Travis! He is awful with Vicki!

Susan
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Susan

@Barbara – In my opinion Young and Restless changed Billy Abbott’s look because they wanted to change the character completely. Before the accident, that almost took his life, Billy would never have thought of having an affair with his brother’s wife. I bet there is a lot more Billy is going to do next. So I doubt that Jason is leaving. However, I want Travis gone asap. That Travis is up to something and it’s not good. One day Victoria is going to wake up to discover the damage that man has down to her life and to her father’s… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Thank you, Barbara. I have been lamenting this litany from day one. Jason Thompson does not know Billy Abbott. He has not figured him out. While Billy Abbott ‘walked’ around with a devil-may-care attitude; he was never the arrogant, dog in the manger, spoiled brat , ” I-wanna-rearrange-your-face” kind of guy. Jason has no allure/charisma.
I must disagree with Susan……Billy did have an affair with his brother’s wife before the accident. Her name is Sharon.
Nonetheless, Barbara. I never would have thought of it….But, yes, I can see how John-Paul could have fit into Billy’s Mercury ‘winged’ shoes like a glove.

JSP
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JSP

JPL would make a good Billy Abbott

Timmm
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Timmm

He looks like a cross between Miller and Thompson!

boes
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boes

Send Jason Thompson ANYWHERE AT ALL, I agree, just away from Genoa City. But do NOT send JPL to Y&R, unless he’s getting a job in janitorial or food service. NOT on screen. Please, God….

Susan
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Susan

I disagree!. JPL is a very good at what he does. It’s not his fault that the writers on DOOL had no idea what they were doing. An actor is only as good as the script he is given. And the writing for Philip was terrible. DOOL brings in great talented actors and thens wastes the opportunity in a hurry. JPL was wonderful on OLTL because the writers there knew what they were doing.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I’m not surprised. They never did anything with him. Having enjoyed his performance on One Life to Live, I was looking forward having John-Paul on Days. I’ve been totally disappointed with the material he was given. From where I sat, Phillip was a peripheral character reacting to the Victor/Deimos feud and to, another wasted character, Belle. Why does DOOL hire these experienced, known actors and then do nothing with them? I’m sorry to see John-Paul go because he is a talented actor. But, he’s probably better off if he wants to do anything with his talent. I wish him nothing… Read more »

Tim Clarke
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Tim Clarke

Good bye and good luck to this guy, he added zippo to an already weak show.
Also, I can’t stand the character of Belle, and her with Phillip plus her ex-husband, it all adds up to = who the heck cares.

Michael S.
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Michael S.

Days doesn’t seem to know how to leverage it’s named casting. They bring these well named stars from other soaps but then either don’t use them or get rid of them. Previously working on OLTL seems to be the kiss of death on Days.

Ken
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Ken

I am so tired of this **** What is the problem? Dena needs to get a drink of water and sit down somewhere. Her writing has been proven to be bipolar at best. I need some answers. Why is Days of Our Lives having so many problem with retaining writers and then hire back the ones who throw it in the toilet to begin with. When is the Days going back to its traditional filming? Do us all a favor and take your medication and sit down somewhere and write relevant stories. Where is William Bell when you need him?????

Mo
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Mo

JP did not catch fire as Philip. I like him, but this was not a good fit for him.

If Jay returns as Philip, okay. Otherwise maybe leave Philip off. I would like Philip and Victor to reconnect.

I thought Chloe and Philip were going to reconnect so don’t know what this means for Chloe’s story.

Lou Piikes
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Lou Piikes

JPL was totally miscast as Philip Kiriakis just like KDP was miscast as Eve Donovan.

LujackLvr
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LujackLvr

John-Paul Lavoisier is the poor man’s Dennis Cole. I never cared for Kassie DePaiva as Eve [Charlotte Ross will always be Eve to me but she has moved on to bigger–if not better, like marrying & raising a family out of the spotlight] things…but then again, I still remember Kassie in her first daytime role when she went by her maiden name, Kassie Wesley, as GUIDING LIGHT’s Chelsea Marie Reardon, in 1986.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Wow! Never thought of it–but you are right–he DOES look like Dennis Cole!

Susan
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Susan

@LujackLvr – who is Dennis Cole?

LujackLvr
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LujackLvr

Susan, Dennis Cole was a big TV actor in the 1970s. He starred on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS as Lance Prentiss in the late ’70s [before or after John McCook, it does not say–but if memory serves me correctly, Dennis was the second Lance[?] before the Brooks/Prentiss families were wiped out of Genoa City to make room for the Abbott & Newman families that still populate the show today. Dennis was also married to Jaclyn Smith for about three years during her CHARLIE’S ANGELS run as Kelly Garrett & I remember him guest-starring on that show once or twice… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Thank God he was the worse Philip ever. I wish soaps would stop trying to cast big names, and start casting for the actor that actually fits the role– if the original actor is unavailable, then recast, but try to at least match the age and personality and keep the history of show in mind when recasting– just because someone was popular on another soap and role that doesn’t mean they are right for every role

Pamela Davis
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Pamela Davis

Good point.

Jp
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Jp

I don’t think the character caught on. Terrible storyline. Another wasted talented being let go.

Jp
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Jp

Another wasted talent being let go.

Tim Clarke
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Tim Clarke

The actor, no offense to his talent, didn’t connect with the audience and I’m not exactly sure why except that the writing has been absolutely atrocious. Every time he tries to smooth things over with Victor, I never feel a sense of connectivity between them, and Jon Aniston is a great actor so it can’t be that.

Sandy
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Sandy

He just didn’t gel in the role of Philip K as well as the cast of characters of days, they wrote his Philip K role very bad to where nothing he did not said made any sense at all and his hair style they had for his role of Philip K didn’t help him nor the character. Best of luck to you and I wish you the best in your future, sorry days did not work out but they at days are on a slow sinking ship.

damien
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damien

no wonder jason cook never conyinued on a shawn.
he has behind the scenes experience and he saw the writing on the wall with this clown troupe thats the days executives. no vision. no story. ….and a year ago corday was promising big things. wat a load of shit. days is directionless.
something major behind the scenes has to happen to get it back on track or bye bye days

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

The release of JPL could actually indicate direction, damien. DAYS could’ve decided to do away with Shawn, Belle and Philip in order to focus on Sonny, Paul and possibly Will. Also Jay Kenneth Johnson may be returning as Philip. Most viewers seem to want JKJ back.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I forgot to agree with you though, damien. It does seem directionless with all the changes.

brian
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brian

seems most of the OLTL actors are free again….maybe it’s time for OLTL V3 !

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

Oh, how I wish that would happen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tim Clarke
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Tim Clarke

I second that emotion – bring back One Life to Live or All My Children or both in a combination. Please do something, this show is so lackluster I could fall asleep.
Also, I am not enthralled at all by Deimos, the younger brother of Victor. The storyline of his taking over Victor’s house and being involved with Nicole (because she resembles his old flame) just isn’t going anywhere. What was the point of him being rescued by Chloe?

Boes
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Boes

Now that I could go for times 100!

louisa
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louisa

Seriously. Just bring back OLTL! JPL was amazing as Rex Balsam.

Alexis Gouzoules
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Alexis Gouzoules

I suggest they utilize this great guy on #Gh and make him the new Lucky!!!!!! He is a great actor and could pull Lucky off!

Boes
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Boes

Only if they decide to cast him as Lucky’s corpse – and even then I doubt if this ham could keep from mugging it up.

He should be practicing “Do you want fries with that”. He’s the OLTL equivalent of Cameron Matheson, thong and all.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

NO, NO, and NO! Not as Lucky! PLEASE!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I like John-Paul too and had we didn’t already have a fantastic Dylan on GH (I’m blanking out can’t remember his name but I love this actor) I could see John-Paul more as Dylan than Lucky.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

had should be if

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

JPL hasn’t been on long enough or in a big enough storyline for me to decide if I like him or not.

It’s hard to imagine Jay Kenneth Johnson returning as Philip because it was said that he is living like a caveman. He weighs 300 lbs and has long hair and a beard like ZZ Top! I guess ZZ Top is better than Zzzzzzzzz, LOL!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

🙂

Deb
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Deb

He is a great actor. They’ve let go of a lot of great actors to focus on young actors who can’t act and characters nobody cares about. The 6month lead time does nothing to help the situation by the time a character catches on they are gone. I would love to see him show up on GH.

Lew S.
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Lew S.

Note to all ex-OLTL actors: Stay away from this show!!

Tim Clarke
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Tim Clarke

LOL – honestly that is good, solid advice – and please extend the warning to ex cast members of All My Children.

Penny
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Penny

I wish JP all the best!

Lala
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Lala

People are coming and going on that show like paper work.Never seen it so much.What is going on?

Helen
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Helen

A talented actor terribly miscast.

blake
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blake

Days just needs to retire. She’s at the point of Peapack, NJ Guiding Light and Goutman As The World Turns.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

I look at it like this: John-Paul Lavoisier was the W-O-R-S-T Phillip Kiriakis EVER!!!!! Oh..and ENOUGH ALREADY with the re-casting of the PK character!!!!! DOOL needs to FINALLY write out the character altogether!!!!!

Just saying……….

Susan
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Susan

NO! DOL needs to hire better writers who know and understand the history of the characters they are dealing with. Days brings in talented actors and then wastes their talent almost as quickly as they appear on scene. The writers did to JPL the exact same thing they did to KD. If I could, I would grab hold of Vincent Irizarry and tell him to run away from DOOL ASAP before the writers also destroy the character of Demios.

boes
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boes

Days has used him badly and didn’t seem to have a coherent idea of what to even use Philip for. All Show has him do is moon over Belle, get drunk and imitate Veronica Lake with all his hair tosses.
Plus, JPL just isn’t a good actor. His acting tics which were bad enough on OLTL have only gotten worse. He’s not leading man material. He would be best used as an infrequent background character, brought out every now and then for comic relief.

Marisa Cannata
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Marisa Cannata

they should bring back Jay Kenneth Johnson I liked him as Philip as a matter of fact I miss him. so I do hope they do bring him back.

Susan
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Susan

After watching the terrible job the writers are doing on DOL why would Jay Kenneth Johnson ever consider returning to DOOL?

Tad
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Tad

How is that JPL got fired for not being a good fit for the role, but the horrible so called actors that play Joey and Ciara are considered good fits for their roles and are still on the show?

Helen
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Helen

I could not agree more. It’s painful to watch the Ciara character deliver lines. Which she cannot. The Joey character is marginally better.

Mo
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Mo

Yesterday was very painful as Ciara had a lot of scenes. Why was she smiling when Chad went off on her?

I fast forwarded through Jade/Joey. Wish they’d stayed in CA off-screen.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I don’t see where it says he wasn’t a good fit, Tad. He could’ve been let go for the return of Jay Kenneth Johnson.

The Joey and Ciara performers may have been let go. Some exits are kept secret longer than others.

louisa
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louisa

Agree! JPL is so much better than the teens! I can’t even watch them.

Susan
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Susan

@ Tad – JPL got fired because DOL decided he wasn’t right for the role? Well how about firing the writers who didn’t know how to write for the character of Philip.

Rochelle
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Rochelle

He was great on OLTL, & if he is looking for work GH should hire him . He & Bree can catch up

Michie jones
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Michie jones

So true! The history of these characters and being part of main families is infuriating that they can’t write better story lines for them! Why bring Aiden back if you can’t let him and Hope find their way back to being in love. Rafe and Hope have no chemistry! Fast forward those scenes!! Hate that they’re writing Ciara as a manipulative tramp! What girl that’s been raped a few months ago is going to start daydreaming about any guy, especially a married man at least 10 yrs her senior!

Mo
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Mo

And who is married to her cousin!!!

Alexis Gouzoules
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Alexis Gouzoules

Wow….your too kind. Don’t hold back.

Drake
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Drake

Days is starting to concern me. All shows hit lulls but when is someone going to say enough is enough and do a serious restructuring of this show. I really think Ron Carlivati could turn DOOL around to the couldn’t-miss-an-episode days of the 90s

Omar
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Omar

Drake, I am so with you!! I agree, Ron C will help this show big time by shifting its mood from gloom and doom to over the top melodrama, romance and comedy relief!! And bring back some core characters killed off by the last couple of head writers who have destroyed this show!

mike
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mike

They tried to make him Phillip rather than let him recreate Phillip and it did not work. If they had let him infuse the character with some of his personality he would have caught on.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Rodd, I LOVE your comment! The very fact that there is no security in real life, that people we get close to come and go for various reasons, is part of the allure of soaps. Familiar faces who never leave. People we invest in who are always there. That’s why the sudden disappearance of the soaps that were abruptly canceled left such a gap. On another note, I’m a fan of John-Paul.

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We don’t think there could have been a dry eye in the house when Sonny visited Mike’s hospital bedside, and told him that it’s OK for his dad to let go, and not have to stick around for him.  Max Gail, as per usual, was also so touching in these scenes.

Benard did not overplay a beat, and for anyone who has had a parent die of this dreadful disease, you could relate to what Sonny went through in the more than capable hands of this two-time Daytime Emmy winner.

Over on Days of our Lives, what a return for Kassie DePaiva in her role as Eve Donovan! This time, she has come back unhinged and at an emotional rock bottom, so much so that she had abducted Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson), had him taken to an abandoned warehouse, strapped him up, tortured him with an assist from Dr. Rolf’s protege, Vincent (Michael Teh), and came up with this twisted plot to have Ben turn back into the “necktie serial killer” and kill his bride, Ciara (Victoria Konefal).

Why, you say? Well, because Eve’s daughter, Paige was one of Ben’s victims and it has been eating Eve alive this whole time. She is a mama grieving for her daughter so deeply that she can’t understand why Paige is dead and he is left on earth to roam around free and find love and happiness… and we find out she was gutted when Ben got a last-minute reprieve when he was recently sentenced to death by lethal injection.

DePaiva played this arc of Eve’s story as a soapalicious villain, but when you really deconstruct it, Eve is just in so much pain… and all of that came through even in the darkest of scenes.  And … there is yet more to come!

Kudos to Maurice and Kassie for being named Michael Fairman TV’s “Power Performances of the Week”.

So, do you agree with our picks for Maurice and Kassie? What did you think of their work? Comment below.

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Kassie DePaiva Back as Eve on DAYS; What Did You Think of the Shocking Reveal?

If you caught Wednesdays’s episode of Days of our Lives, you know that Ben’s (Rob Scott Wilson) captor was revealed.  After many theories by fans on social media since Ben and Ciara’s (Victoria Konefal) wedding literally blew up in their faces, with Ben being kidnapped, it all came down to this moment.

Then, in a great entrance; soap veteran Kassie DePaiva made a return to the NBC soap opera as Eve Donovan, the woman behind the kidnapping.

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It all goes down in a warehouse (somewhere yet to be determined to the audience)  where we see Ben strapped to a chair and man dressed in black coming into the room where he is being held introducing himself as Vincent played by actor Michael Teh.

Vincent tells Ben he blew up his wedding and was paid to do so by his employer.   The henchmen also notes that said employer is also the same person who sent the other wedding gift- that was the one that Ben thought Clyde (James Read) to be behind.

Ben wants to be released but Vincent takes a baton and strikes Ben’s leg as he yelps in pain, and then, lo and behold, from the doorway we hear, “That’s enough Vincent.”

Just then, Eve says she will ‘take it from here’ as Ben watches her in shock.  What will Eve’s next move be?  Has she snapped?  Is this payback for what Ben did for murdering her daughter, Paige?  Is Eve working with someone else for money as well to harm Ben and Ciara?

DePaiva tweeted on her return: “I’m baacckk!@nbcdays watch out Ben!”

Share your thoughts and theories on the return of Kassie DePaiva as Eve Donovan on DAYS; Did you think she was behind the bomb? Let us know  via the comment section below.   

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Greg Vaughan Shares Heartfelt Message On His Days Exit: “It’s With Love, Laughter & Tears Of Joy I Leave You.”

It’s been a rough few weeks for Days of our Lives fans with announcements and news of several key departures of the long-running NBC soap opera.  One of which was its Daytime Emmy-winning star, Greg Vaughan (Eric) revealing during an episode of GH’s Steve Burton and Bradford Anderson’s podcast, That’s Awesome that he was wrapped up his time at DAYS.

Now in a follow-up on Sunday, in his own words, Vaughan took to his Instagram account to share this emotions and thoughts on his departure he has called home since taking over the role of Eric Brady back in 2012.

Greg expressed: “It’s with love, laughter & tears of joy I leave you. I believe all things in our life’s path are meant to cross! When I joined the show, I made a list of what I hoped to achieve or give on this journey: my commitment, cherish the friendships & leave an impact! As DOOL continues, as a fan I know it will carry on & rise above it all! My unsung hero, Casting Director – Marnie for her love & passion, craft & commitment you give everyday to the show! I thank you Mr. Corday for your continuous love, dedication & allowing me to be apart of your DOOL’s family legacy! A remarkable Cast & Crew that whole heartedly makes this family soooo beautiful and why I LOVE YOU!!! The best for last, the generations of FANS around the WORLD!!! You make all that we do so rewarding, allowing my dreams to have a greater purpose!!! I THANK YOU & I LOVE YOU”

No final airdate has been given as to when Vaughan’s last episode will air, but as fans know DAYS has episodes in the bank till October.

Vaughan had been begun filming new episodes of the new season of OWN’s Queen Sugar, when production shutdown due to COVID-19,

So, what did you think of Greg’s message to the cast, crew, producers and fans of Days of our Lives? Will you miss him as Eric? Comment below.

 

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It’s with love, laughter & tears of joy I leave you. I believe all things in our life’s path are meant to cross! When I joined the show, I made a list of what I hoped to achieve or give on this journey: my commitment, cherish the friendships & leave an impact! As DOOL continues, as a fan I know it will carry on & rise above it all! My unsung hero, Casting Director – Marnie for her love & passion, craft & commitment you give everyday to the show! I thank you Mr. Corday for your continuous love, dedication & allowing me to be apart of your DOOL’s family legacy! A remarkable Cast & Crew that whole heartedly makes this family soooo beautiful and why I LOVE YOU!!! The best for last, the generations of FANS around the WORLD!!! You make all that we do so rewarding, allowing my dreams to have a greater purpose!!! I THANK YOU & I LOVE YOU ❤️ 🙏🏻 ❤️

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