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Kate Mansi Makes Statement Confirming Her Exit From Days of our Lives!

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While all the rumors and reports have been circulating for months, Kate Mansi finally broke her silence via her Instagram account on Wednesday making her official statement on her status with NBC’s Days of our Lives.  Mansi has confirmed that she is indeed exiting her role as Abigail Deveraux.

Mansi related:  “I’ve kept quiet as long as I could, but since it seems news has leaked, I feel I owe it to you all to set the record straight. Alright… here it is:   After much thought, I’ve decided the timing was right for me to set sail from Salem. I must say that I have thoroughly enjoyed every single beautiful and messy moment of being Abigail, and will always treasure our time together. I want to be very clear in saying that this was not a decision I took lightly. It was important for me to see Abigail through the most recent storyline, as well as through the show’s historic 50th anniversary celebration. I can confidently say that I poured everything I had into Abigail, especially this last year, and cannot wait for you to see what’s coming! I also want to express how very proud I am to have had the privilege of being a part of this incredibly hard-working daytime community for the past five years. I am grateful beyond measure to the DOOL family, which I feel extends beyond our set, to you, the amazing, and unwavering fans. I thank you for all the support and love you’ve shown Abigail and me.   Oh​,​ and one more thing… STA​Y TUNED!​​ I PROMISE you, you won’t want to miss what’s coming​!​ XO KM”

So, now that you have heard it from Kate, what do you think about her decision to exit the series?  Will you miss her performances?  Now that the role will most likely be recast, who do you think should play the part? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Lorenzo
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Lorenzo

I love Kate Mansi, I am going to miss her. She is a wonderful actress. Kate will air, until end of May. Brittany Underwood call her right away. She would be terrific as the new Abigail. Kristen Alderson sorry she is not right for the role.

Ana
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Ana

Kristen Alderson would be great in this role she reminds me of sammy

Jeremy
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Jeremy

Oh no! I too love love love Kate as Abigail, she’s such a great talent, and I’m a bit shocked at her departure, her chemistry with Billy Flynn (CHAD), is off the charts. She delivered such excellent scenes with Rob (ex-Ben), she is a gem, and I am definitely surprised she is leaving DAYS. Chat & Abby are the IT couple. IF they show is going to recast, for me, I’d love to see the uber brilliant girl from OLTL KELLEY MISSEL. IF DAYS could lure her from the East Coast that would be Amazing. I’ll definitely miss Kate Mansi… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

Abs has become a central character… in order to keep storyline generating… they need a surefire hit… to not miss a beat… I’ve wanted Kelly Missel for the longest time. I sincerely and truly congratulate… Kate Mansi… for stepping up to the plate… she more than carried DAYS through the transition… of new production… and elevated the nu Writing Team scripts… Chad and Abs… for new story… more than took the audience … they are .. as you said… the new IT couple. so.. I am hoping … DAYS takes extra caution… and hire a solid actress… to play Abs…… Read more »

clh
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clh

There is a soap God!

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

Abigail will mysteriously disappear and Andre will be behind it…ok, im kidding…just recast…good luck to KM in wherever she goes!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Torn– was never a huge fan of her portrayal of Abigail, but the last few months she won me over and her chemistry with the actor who plays Chad is great, so the timing sucks for me because I was just starting to like this couple and invest in them long term– now there is going either be a break up or recast which never works as well. Abigail and Chad was the last bit of light on the show– even Hope has turned dark. Well good luck to her, lets pray they don’t kill the character off.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I feel exactly the same way, Mary. Abby was at the bottom of the barrel for me months ago….the dregs of it. But, she has proven herself….her acting ability obscured any resentment I had for the character’s past peccadillos. I do believe there will be a recast. It may work….Kate is still green and not so entrenched in the soap for us not to accept a newcomer. I suppose it all depends on whom it is and her new storyline. Also, I would think it also depends how her personality will fare with Billy Flynn’s…what a man, what a man!!!!… Read more »

Leona
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Leona

I have watched DOOL for years, especially the last 5 years. Kate has done a wonderful job as being Abigail. I am happy to see that her and Chad are together once again. Wishing her nothing but the best in her future.

Mo
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Mo

I hope they will recast the role.

Kathryndenise63@gmail.com
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Kathryndenise63@gmail.com

I HOPE & PRAY THEY KILL HER OFF!!! I CANNOT STAND THE CHARACTER!!!!!!!!

Cindy sousa
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Cindy sousa

I’m going to miss Kate. She is a terrific actress.I wish her all the best.and I hope one day she will be back

deb
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deb

I willl miss Kate Mansi as Abby. Ms. Mansi made me love the Abby character and I wish she was staying but I understand she wants to spread her wings and do something different. I wish her the best. Hopefully some of these nut jobs who tweet the actress horrible things because of the character having an affair with EJ, will finally get a life and realize she was only doing her job. Some fans can be such lunatics.

Chrystie_Delancey
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Chrystie_Delancey

Yes, deb, some “fans” can be such lunatics. Some cannot separate actor from character as judged by the comments on the Michael Weatherly news page, not to mention other columns in the past.

It really makes me wonder just how SICK the citizens of the world are. Mental health is definitely a blessing.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

As always, when there is the opportunity for a young female recast, my first choice is Kelley Missal. She is an impressive protagonist….rebellious child, sensitive sister and dependable friend. Kelley is just glorious in my eyes; able to handle any challenge.
The runner-up would be Lyndsy Fonseca (original Colleen-Y&R). ….not only is this girl gorgeous; she is one noteworthy talent.
Good luck, Kate……tante belle cose e buona fortuna !!!!!!!

Reagan
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Reagan

Really sad to see Kate go. In my opinion, she is one of the best actresses on the show! I can understand why she wants to move on & try other roles… but it is our loss! 🙁 I do hope they find the right recast for her!! Best wishes to Kate. Dani from OLTL would be a consideration but I think she’s too young.

Bil Thompson
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Bil Thompson

She most certainly IS one of the best actresses on this show – as inane as it often is, with this nonsense right now about the heart transplant – comical really – but she makes Abigail seem very real despite some of the ridiculous dialogue these poor actors are forced to read. I will really MISS her in the role and if they re-cast Abigail, which seems likely, she will have to do a really great job because Miss Mansi had some great scenes with the actor who portrayed Ben as well as the current Chad. I know, I know,… Read more »

Anne
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Anne

Kate has been terrific, and her work has woven her deeply into the Days canvas.

Please don’t kill Abigail.

Kathryndenise63@gmail.com
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Kathryndenise63@gmail.com

They are going to kill her off! Makes sense the way Days is going. DAYS IS DEAD!!!!!

Paul
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Paul

I hope they give the character a long rest or even better, kill her. I’m so tired of the hypocrisy exhibited by Abigail, the town mattress.

However, good luck to Kate in her future endeavors.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I am so sorry to hear this confirmation. Kate Mansi has done outstanding work in this role. I will miss her so very much. She is a wonderful actress and I wish her the very best in her future career.

I hope TPTB aren’t going to send Abigail and baby Thomas off into the sunset. I agree with Lorenzo. Brittany Underwood would do very well as Abigail.

tim S
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tim S

OUCH!!! I get a little frustrating with some of these actors/actresses that don’t know what a good job/deal they have. How many actors have left and end up coming back. The grass is not greener in the other acting studio.. I can understand if the writing was poor, but wow.. my gut says she should stay for a few more years and take advantage of the work…. try to find some other jobs out there and ask for a leave…. Of course I know nothing about her situation.. She is a great actress and really as happy with her work… Read more »

Chrystie_Delancey
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Chrystie_Delancey

tim S, maybe Kate knows something we do not. There still has not been word of a renewal from Sony and NBC. In the end it is her life to live as she wants to.

Kathryndenise63@gmail.com
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Kathryndenise63@gmail.com

DAYS IS HISTORY NO QUESTION ABOUT IT! MARK MY WORDS, THE SHOW IS HORRIBLE & THE RATINGS SHOW IT. I FOR ONE WILL BE SHOUTING WITH HAPPINESS & DELIGHT WHEN IT IS. POSSIBLY EVEN BACKFLIPS!

Michael
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Michael

If only Lindsay Hartley wasn’t too old…even Kim Matula would be good

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

I wish Kate well–but I surely will miss her presence. Abby and Chad have a great love story, the kind fans just love, filled with sturm and drang. Hope Days will “do it up right for the fans; I feel that they will, based on their work so far and on what Kate says in her farewell statement to fans. Bon Voyage!

Omar
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Omar

Who is left on the cast!!!?? Everyone is leaving or fired..All core and important characters..It seems this show will not be renew and ending a historic run..So sad..I just been very gloom and doom lately, no major upgrade from the last writing regime..Ratings were up due to 50th and return of fan faves..I hope I am wrong and will continue to watch even if the show is so subpar.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

I absolutely love Kate Mansi and have thoroughly enjoyed her portrayal of Abigail over the past four years, and I cannot wait to see what it is she does next. Had a feeling she’d be leaving, due to her returning to being a brunette and that in Soap Opera Digest she mentioned her deal with the soap was coming to an end, and was unsure if she’d re-sign. I wish her the best, and while I wouldn’t want it, I hope the show does recast so we can continue the stories that Abigail is bound for!

Chrystie_Delancey
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Chrystie_Delancey

She looks so much more appealing with her brunette hair. I started liking the character a little bit more when she went back to her darker hair. Then with the ordeal Abigail suffered with Ben and how Chad never gave up on her, she won me over.

Michael
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Michael

Oh no! Hands down age I’d one of the Best actresses on daytime . I really hope she has a good agent because she is a true talent. I’ll miss her portrayal of Abigail but I plan to follow her career

blake
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blake

I really liked her as Abby, but I hope we get a great recast with her.

Richard
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Richard

Kim Matula would be an awesome Abby, but I want her back in LA with Liam and battling Steffy. Kelly Missal from OLTL would be perfect. Gorgeous ans she can act!!!!

Katzie
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Katzie

considering there’s not alot of work for actors these days due to reality tv, I was surprised that KM decided to leave. She’s a good actress and I wish her well. You’d better re-cast well, Days, Abby is an important character.

stevie g
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stevie g

Have loved Kate Mansi’s work as Abigail over the last couple of years. Last year with EJ and Sammi and this year with Chad and Ben. The poor girl is probably exhausted after everything the writers have put her through recently. On my wish list now is to bring back the young lady who played Abbey as a teenager. ASHLEY BENSON, if she is available. I heard her night time show is finishing up. Hope she is asked back and would like to return to day time.

code85
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code85

They do not need kill off character , recast the charactewith either Kristen Alderson ( Ex- Starr and Kiki or Kimberly Matlua ( ex- Hope) B&B

Becky
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Becky

So sad she played Abigail so good gonna miss her smile good luck in your future

Kathryndenise63@gmail.com
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Kathryndenise63@gmail.com

Please neither of those actresses never cared for either of them on any soap. And why re-cast when there will be no soap (DAYS) for her to go too!

code85
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code85

Well aren’t we negative and counting your eggs before they hatch. There no word yet of Days will be renew or cancel.

Belle
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Belle

Bring in Kristen. Is Bree Williamson too old?

Jeanene
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Jeanene

God bless you hun! You will be missed as well it is always hard to replace the current actor, I know DOOL will do the best. .always hard getting use to a replacement but in time it will all work itself out. .The best of luck to you hun!
Hugs n love ♡

Helen
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Helen

Like many others I have grown to appreciate the talent of Ms. Mansi. I wish her nothing but the best. I’ve enjoyed DOOL from day one!! Would hate to see it go ~~ however, maybe the time has come.

Michael
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Michael

Kelly Thiebaud (Britt, GH) I’m sure she will have great chemistry with Chad

Andrea Meyer dembski
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Andrea Meyer dembski

Today I felt like I lost a part of me when you left. You are an AMAZING actress Kate, I honestly can’t fathom the idea of you not being “Abby ” Anymore, but I know you’re on to bigger things. Take care and know you have tons of followers that love you!

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DAYS Alison Sweeney on Working with Bryan Dattilo: “28 Years Later, Some Things Never Change. Still Laughing Between Takes and Grateful to Have Such a Talented Supportive Co-Star”

This week, Days of our Lives viewers have witnessed that Sami Brady DiMera (Alison Sweeney) and Lucas Horton (Bryan Dattilo) hit the sheets, and Lumi fans everywhere rejoiced!

On and off, for almost three decades. Alison Sweeney and Bryan Dattilo have played the relationship between these two exes who share children together to the hilt, because Sami and Lucas’ history is well … complicated.

But, what will happen if and when EJ finds out that Sami had sex with her ex? Stay tuned.

In the meantime, Alison took to her Instagram and shared her thoughts alongside photos of her and Bryan, then and now.

Over the years, Bryan had remained one of Alison’s good friends.

Sweeney expressed: “I have always had such fun working with @bryan.dattilo !! 28 years later, some things never change. Still laughing between takes and grateful to have such a talented, supportive costar. Thanks @nbc for this great archive photo! And so grateful to @nbcdays for the incredible opportunity to play Sami.”

What did you think of the scenes where Sami and Lucas slept together and its aftermath thus far? Comment below.

 

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Kevin Spirtas Talks ‘After Forever’s’ Digital Special ‘Riley’s Unforgettable School Project’, The Loss of Michael Slade, and a Chance to Reprise DAYS Craig Wesley

The coronavirus pandemic has put to the test many content creators on just how they would keep their projects moving forward in ways they never dreamed of. However, out of that situation has come some of the most compelling, unique series, specials, and features currently streaming for viewers. One of which is Riley’s Unforgettable School Project, brought to you by the team from the six-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning series, After Forever.

Former Days of our Lives star, Kevin Spirtas (Ex-Craig Wesley) has starred in and created the first two seasons of what has become the most honored Emmy-awarded LGBTQ-themed drama series on any platform.  Along with his ‘After Forever’ writing/producing partner, the late Michael Slade (DAYS, OLTL, Passions, Another World), the two also conceptualized and delivered this latest documentary-style offering now on Amazon Prime Video.

What makes Riley’s Unforgettable School Project so noteworthy is not just how they were able to execute the series based on fictional 11-year-old Riley’s virtual school project and utilize its cast, which includes: Spirtas, Cady Huffman, Jamison Stern, Lenny Wolpe, Erin Cherry, Anita Gillette, Christopher J. Hanke, and Finn Douglas, but that it was made while Slade was succumbing to his battle with cancer, and that this special marks the final script from this talented writer.

 

Michael Fairman TV spoke with Spirtas about making the special during Covid-19, how the death of Michael Slade has made a lasting impact on his life, what After Forever has personally meant to him, and how an official third season is still in the works, and … if he would consider a return to Salem and Days of our Lives, should they come a-calling.  Here’s what Kevin had to say about it all.

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I think the entire story of this digital special has become even more meaningful with Michael Slade’s passing. What was the genesis of the concept? You wanted to continue the telling of the story of After Forever … but we are all in the middle of a pandemic?

KEVIN:  Yes and… when we filmed season 2, we had the scripts for season 3 already completed. It was our hope and desire to film them at the same time, back-to-back, so that we would have had all of our cast and crew together, and we could have gotten through it because we’ve always imagined this story being told in a trilogy so to speak – a beginning, middle, and end to Brian (Spirtas) and Jason, (Mitchell Anderson) and Brian’s healing or his steps towards healing through grief.  Schedules turned out that they couldn’t really work out for us to hold all the people and hold all of the sets for that amount of time.  So, we thought, “We’ve got the scripts for season 3 ready.  We’ll come back to it in the following year,” and that was always the intention, and then the pandemic hit.  So, it was shut down immediately that we weren’t going to do anything, but we wanted to stay current, and instead of going back in and telling the third installment of After Forever as a Covid-19 story as well, Michael and I sat down and looked at a way of staying relevant and current with a story within COVID, and there was born the idea to do this documentary style story/special about the characters of After Forever told through the lens of the character of Riley, the 11-year-old boy, who is now being homeschooled during the pandemic. He gets an assignment to do a project about the most unforgettable person he has ever met, and he, of course, chooses his best friend, the late Jason Adams, and he enlists all of Jason’s friends and family to join in.  Michael actually said, “What if we tell a story about Riley being homeschooled?” And, not only is Riley a technical genius at 11-years-old in the story, but Finn Douglas, who plays Riley, is a technical genius.

And didn’t Finn perform and write the song “Forever There” contained within the special?

KEVIN. Yes. He is this incredible musician.  Michael thought, “What would it be like if we asked to have the character of Finn sing a song for Jason?”  I said, “Well, what kind of song would we have him sing?”  Finn could play anything, I’m sure, because he’s self-taught, he plays by ear – guitar, piano, and drums.  Michael said, “What if we ask him to see if he could write a song?” and when we heard this song, we all called each other and we all got on Zoom and went, “Can you believe this song?  Can you believe this came out of this 11-year-old?”  It’s pretty incredible.  Michael did a gorgeous job of weaving the stories in and out and how they just sort of dove-tailed into each other, and then it was framed by Riley opening the project and ending the project.  During the Zoom reading we wanted to hear the song out loud.  We said to Finn, “Would you want to sing the song?”  We all just watched everybody on that Zoom call just fall apart.  It was just so beautiful. He’s an amazing talent.

Where is your character within this?

KEVIN:  I still stand in the center of the story of Jason because my character, Brian, was married to Jason, and it sort of connects us all, and through Riley’s understanding of how we all connect to Jason, is how we are all sort of spread out throughout the story.  Michael jokingly said, “You know, you’re not going to be the star of this special,” and I said, “I don’t think it’s about being the star.  It’s really about the storytelling.”  The beauty of Riley’s Unforgettable School Project is that we get to see moments of each person’s relationship with Jason, which Riley sets out to say, “Answer these three questions: What did you like most about Jason?  What did you like least about Jason? And what’s your favorite memory?”  Those three things, cut back and forth is where we all kind of fit in.  Nobody has more of a story than the next person, and it’s all telling honest portrayals of how they’re dealing with their loss of their good friend, or their child, or partner.

It’s a very inventive idea during Covid-19 to continue it in a way where you weren’t having to go shoot a full season of episodes.

KEVIN:  Well, we couldn’t. I have to say, Allison Vanore, who not only produced this special, but she also stepped up saying, “I’d love to direct this,” and I said, “Yes, please!”  She knows the characters.  She understands the story because she’s been a part of it for the last two seasons.  Allison also has this extraordinary amount of knowledge and expertise with the camera and what was needed for a remote shoot, and to also be able to organize filming 13 people in 2 different countries and 5 different cities… that’s just the technical side of it, but having that in our back pocket, knowing that it was a remote shoot, we had to send the camera, the computer, the ring light, and the microphone to each person’s house.  We had to location scout over Zoom.  We had to do wardrobe over Zoom.  It was all this big puzzle putting it together, and once you look at that board of storytelling and how we were going to do it, it kind of fell into place.  I feel blessed that a) we still had Michael with us, at that point, and b) Allison had the know-how to do this.  We all feel that at least this pandemic didn’t keep us from doing what we love.

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In terms of the contribution of Michael Slade in this special, was it the construction of the story, and how was he able to work and write this during his illness?

KEVIN:  Michael’s contribution to the special was no less than the contribution to season 1 and season 2, and the future of season 3, because the scripts are written.  We did everything on Zoom, and we worked around his schedule of treatment.  We scheduled 2 people per day, and we spread them out over two weeks.  He was very present, and when there would be a day where he would say, “I’m going to be an hour late, let’s just push that call time,” I would ask, “Is this too much right now?  We can shelve it; we can stop it.” He’d then say, “Absolutely not, otherwise cancer will win.”  He was determined to stay focused and to stay active because it took his mind off of what was happening to him.

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It would be lovely moment if you both were to win a Daytime Emmy for this project. 

KEVIN:  It’s our last collaboration together as a team, as I said, season 3 has been scripted, and it is on the calendar to get made.  We are just waiting for the COVID restrictions to lift a little bit and everyone to get vaccinated.  Michael was really hit hard with cancer – to stay healthy was so challenging for him.  Sadly, he didn’t make it to see the final edit of the special, and he died four days before we launched, but he had seen the cuts before that and was very approving of it, and had made some decisions, and offered some suggestions, and if God gives him an Emmy for this, it’s not because he died.  It’s because it’s great work.  It just happens to be that the work that was involved in this particular special was very tricky.  It brought up everything, like life itself to have to deal with.  Here we are dealing with the loss of a colleague, the loss of a friend, someone’s brother, someone’s son, this is life imitating art, imitating art imitating life. I can’t tell you the darkness that I went through just experiencing the need to stay focused on getting everything edited, and everything ready, and everything aligned for a release of this project that we had put into motion.  On top of it, our editor lost his mother just before Michael passed, and Allison’s mom was sick at the time, as well.  It took a lot of heavy deep breaths with Michael’s death, and the pandemic, and the loss has, for me, on a personal level, sent me back to really questioning my spiritual muscle and to help remind me that we have to come out of this better than we went into this.  I had many dark nights of the soul this last year, and December was probably the darkest.  I feel like I’m just kind of coming out of it now with the spring revealing itself.

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It must have been extraordinarily difficult for you to also go to New York during a pandemic and also knowing Michael did not have much time left.

KEVIN:  I will say this: I am grateful that I was able to stay in touch with my heart and my instinct and go out to New York to let that be my remote location.  Yes, maybe there was some risk involved.  I wore my mask; I was Covid-19 negative, and I was determined to be fine.  Once I got to New York, I would visit him very protectively with our masks and our gloves, and I’d sit across the room, and then I’d go back to the house I was at.  It was a gift that I was able to see him at that time.  We had some good talks then about how he was feeling, and I think he was still being optimistic, and then once we got the project in the can there was maybe this psychic letting go. That’s when everything really started to reveal itself as this could be the end.  I did go back to see him when he was in hospice.  I think I was there the last two days that he really was able to really stay coherent.  He would close his eyes and be at peace and quiet for a minute, and he would finish a conversation and sort of close his eyes, not to sleep and not to go away, but I remember watching him going, “Look how peaceful he is,” and then he’d open his eyes and he’d remember that he is in this body that has been given a time limit of life, and he’s on his way out.  I’d watch the fear go back in his eyes.  At one point, he did say, “I’m so scared,” and I just held his hand, and I said, “I’m scared too.  Let’s be scared through this together.”  I don’t know how to navigate grief like that.  We are all going to be in a position at some point where we are going to be on the other side of the hand holding.  The wonderful thing is that we were able to have honest communication about our feelings.  I thanked him for everything that he has done for me and how he believed in my talent and creativity and our partnership.  I will always take that with me.  I waved my finger at him, and I said, “Listen.  Now, we wrote a series about a man talking to his deceased husband.  You’d better talk to me!”  So, we laughed about that.

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You’ve done a lot of things in your career from Broadway to television, and of course, daytime fans know you best as Dr. Craig Wesley on DAYS.  How does the entire After Forever project stack up to you within all that you have done?

KEVIN:  Former DAYS casting director Fran Bascom, sought me out and offered me this 2-day role on Days of Our Lives, and those 2 days turned into 8 years, and unbeknownst to me at the time, the final 3 months of that contract of those 8 years, Michael Slade was brought in to write.  We didn’t cross paths at that point, but years later, when we did cross paths in New York, and then After Forever was born, that was that universal crossing point.  I am most proud of the fact that we were able create something fresh, and real, and personal to ourselves that we didn’t have to cater to any “powers that be” that had their vision and their tinkering, that they thought that it could be better in this way or that way.  Then for After Forever to gain such recognition, within the film festivals, and the Emmys, and then, just after Michael died, we won the GLAAD award for Special Recognition this year.  We don’t even fit into one of their categories!  They found a way to acknowledge this project.  If another Emmy happens again, that might be another one to put up on the shelf for After Forever that would be beautiful, and I couldn’t have done it without Michael.

For the Daytime Emmys this year, what category have you entered Riley’s Unforgettable School Project?

KEVIN:  We are not a series this year, we are a daytime fiction special, and the “Daytime Fiction Special” category is a special class.  It’s anything that’s digital in the construct of less than 40 minutes.  NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) is being bombarded with so much content, they’re trying to find ways to put categories together.

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So, now, when we last saw Days of Lives’ Dr. Craig Wesley, where was he? (Laughs)

KEVIN: (Laughs) He was in a flash from the past or something in the DOOL app’s Last Blast Reunion series. I had a fun time working with Patrika Darbo (Nancy) and Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe), once again.

So, if they were to want Craig to come back to DAYS, would you be all for it?

KEVIN:  Hell yes!

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Now, what story would you want to be told involving Craig? 

KEVIN:  When Craig was first on the canvas in Salem, there was a lot of mustache twirling and a lot of hand wringing.  He was always plotting; most of the time with Nancy.  It was kind of this high drama, evil villain storyline being told, but when the writers created an opportunity for us to be on after those first three months by bringing on Chloe without a father, there was something real about it.  It may have been told under the construct of soap opera storytelling, but there was a reality-based story about, “You have a daughter, and we are just now finding out about it?”  Then, finding a cure to her health was another realistic story, and finding out that Craig was her real father.  Anything that’s reality based is what I’m getting to.  I would welcome any job that brings me back and gives me an opportunity to dive into something real.

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Would you welcome the opportunity to play a gay character on daytime; in a medium where there are very few represented in storylines?

KEVIN:  I’d have no problem with that.  Do you know anybody who is starting that?  Let’s do it!  (Laughs) First of all, there’s nothing to hide anymore.  There’s nothing to pretend you’re not anymore.  I would think that bringing in a storyline that deals with anything outside the norm that we are used to seeing would be interesting.  How many times can you retell a story?  How many times can you set the same story up with another couple?  So, why not be diverse and have a stylized story being told through the lens of a gay person.

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In closing, so many go through life without acknowledging people who had an impact them.  We don’t give pats on the back, often enough, and especially in Hollywood, where people can be very self-involved.  You have already paid tribute to Michael Slade in our discussion, but what gift from him is your personal takeaway?

KEVIN:  The gift that Michael really gave to me is to remember to be kind to myself and to others, and to acknowledge and salute the person who is in front of us, because we don’t know when we will have, or if we will have, another moment to do that.

Now below, check out the trailer for Riley’s Unforgettable School Project.  Then let us know, what do you think of its concept? Kevin’s thoughts on the passing of his collaborator on the project, Michael Slade? And, do you hope DAYS brings back Dr. Craig Wesley? Share your thoughts via the comment section.

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REPORT: Dan Feuerriegel is DAYS New EJ DiMera

Could Days of our Lives finally found their new EJ? Rumors have been circulating on the internet for weeks that the character of EJ DiMera may finally have a new face and a new actor portraying and heading back to Salem, especially since Sami (Alison Sweeney) is back on the canvas.

The role was previously played by longtime fan favorite James Scott, who had made it very clear he would never return to Days of our Lives.

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Now according to Daytime Confidential and their report from setside sources, the new EJ will actually be played by former Spartacus actor Dan Feuerriegel.

The Australian-born actor has been seen in Starz’ Spartacus franchise in the role of Agron.

According to the report, look for the new EJ to make his debut sometime this summer.

DAYS fans know that in story, EJ was brought back form the dead, from the serum from Dr. Rolf, but then was injured in an explosion and had reunited with Sami and had been recovery in Europe.

So, if this reports turns out to be true, what do you think of the new EJ? Comment below.

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