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Kristian Alfonso, Thaao Penghlis, A Martinez & Dena Higley Pay Tribute To DAYS Icon Joseph Mascolo!

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On Friday, DAYS fans watched in another shocker as Hope (Kristian Alfonso) finally turned the tables on her all-time rival Stefano DiMera (Joe Mascolo), by shooting him “dead” with three bullets.

Now, everyone knows that the “Phoenix” always rises, but we also know that his portrayer, the iconic Joseph Mascolo, has had continued health battles over the last few years.  Based on some touching tribute tweets on social media over the weekend, it looks as if Joe’s time with DAYS had concluded.  We will find out this week on-air if that holds true.  With that, one of the most original villains of all-time has left the building.  Mascolo played the head of the DiMera clan for 34 illustrious years.

Longtime cast members: Kristian Alfonso and Thaao Penghlis (Andre), new cast member A Martinez (Eduardo)  and DAYS co-head writer Dena Higley shared their thoughts on Joe via Twitter.

Kristian Alfonso tweeted when answering a fans on Hope shooting Stefano, and on working with Mascolo:  “They were very difficult scenes to shoot.  I will miss working with Joe, love him, loved working with him.

A Martinez added:  “Joe Mascolo. Well done, sir.”

Thaao Penghlis:  “My many memories of Joe Mascolo. We came from the same classes & gave the DiMera’s a life. The saga continues. ”

Dena Higley:  ” Love to namedrop. John Houseman taught me acting. Charles Walters taught me directing. Joe Mascolo taught me class. Love U Joe!”

So, what do you think about the comments made by Mascolo’s co-workers?  If it is the end of Stefano, will you miss Joe on DAYS?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Mo
Mo

Sad to see Stefano go. They should have kept him alive like B&B did with Sally.

Hope this is the end of the deaths on Days. Days of Our Dead.

Carolina
Carolina

Days of Our Funerals

Kelly
Kelly

Somehow I doubt this is the end of the deaths on Days.

Ces
Ces

Days is in kill mode. Sad to see Stefano go due to Joe’s declining health. Stefano has been a wonderful villain for years. I wish him well

Brian
Brian

Of course Stefano fans will miss him but if the actor is not healthy, he needs to stay home and take care of himself and enjoy his final days. He certainly isn’t getting any younger. RIP Stefano! I just wish that they could have done it a bit different, but oh well.

Mark
Mark

Wonderful actor. He will be truly missed. I hope enjoys his retirement. Bless you Joe Mascolo!

Belle
Belle

I hope that it isn’t so! I know that Joe has been fighting health issues ;however, I am also hoping that if he has to leave , some part of the DiMera family will remain in Salem because the show won’t be the same. A character such as Joe’s is needed to keep the show in flames. Chad would have to change into a person as Pacino did in the Godfather to become a true DiMera which at the moment he’s not.
I’m the type of person who believes that no matter who your family is , one should remain loyal to that family. Chad nor E.J. has those qualities. Therefore, the writers need to many Tony the man.
Out of all I’ve said, Joe Mascolo , I’ll miss your presence on the show. Plus, I hope that the Phoenix will rise again if that’s what you want. You’re the only one to know whether or not your health will permit you to continue to work. May God bless you!

mary
mary

Andre (Thaao Penglis) who is Stefano’s son will be remaining in Salem. You think that Chad, after discovering Andre hypnotized him into breaking up with Abby in order to go after Belle to get money back, should still remain loyal to the family? Andre robbed Chad of precious time to be with both Abby and his son.

Kelly
Kelly

Always enjoyed seeing the character of Stefano on Days!! Enjoy retirement Mr. Mascolo! Will miss you:(

Laura
Laura

I will truly miss him! He is a wonderful actor and has been such a huge part of DOOL. I have been watching for 48 years and he really added some great stories when he joined the soap. Enjoy retirement!

Barbara
Barbara

I know the Phoenix is gone but I can’t believe he won’t rise again.. Joseph Mascolo, you are unforgettable and irreplaceable.. Enjoy your retirement. It is well earned.

virginia
virginia

I agree but I wished he had to go on trial for his crimes . He should have been sent to prison for LIFE. I am interested in what’s going to happen to Hope and Rafe.

soapie
soapie

DOOL just keeps getting worse. Not sure if they can pull it out of this downward spiral. Death, doom, and gloom. Kids that noone recognizes or cares about. The best actors leaving the show. I will be next to go unfortunately. Instead of it being a joy to tune in, it has turned into an utter bore fest focusing on death.

Mister Media
Mister Media

His final scenes were amazing. I gasped when he laughed after being shot the first time. I’d love to know if that was scripted or his choice.

Lela
Lela

We will definitely miss him and I wish him the very best. He was the main villian that we all loved to hate. Although NO ONE will ever be as good as Joe Mascolo, we need Stefano DiMera’s in dool. No one can ever replace our Stefano DiMera (Joe Mascolo). 🙁

Maxine Quillen
Maxine Quillen

of all the actors on Days he was my favorite and i will miss him wish he didn’t have to leave . hope his health improves there will never be anyone that could replace him

Richard
Richard

They should’ve had him ride off with more of a bang and had him pulling the strings from Dimera Island and keep his memory alive aka Sally on bold and beautiful. But to have Hope kill him?? Should’ve been his Queen of the Night, Marlena. Days is awful.

cassie
cassie

I want to see clips. Why didn’t they send him off better than that? He deserves more than a wrap in a white blanket. Shame on Days. But maybe they will show us clips. I hope so.

Ces
Ces

One of my very favorite storylines; the Prism story – when Marlena shot Stefano at the Ice show. I agree, I would have loved Marlena pulling the plug on him if anyone.

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

Farewell Stefano Dimera !!!!!! Salem will never be the same.

Timmm
Timmm

Another DT legend you would have to consider if you were etching out Mount Rushmore. I hope he can enjoy his time left with his family.

Melissa
Melissa

You sir, will FOREVER be an icon! You will most assuredly be missed. The one reason I watched the show is because we love to hate you…May the Phoenix rise again…God Bless

sandra Boyd
sandra Boyd

Phoenix will rise again,you can not let adre run the Demira family business…..

Diana
Diana

Stefano will truly be missed. Joe Mascolo you were a great actor and I enjoyed watching your stories. Sorry your not feeling well. But hope one day we can be surprised by a visit.

Ann
Ann

Joe was my favorite actor on Days. Will miss seeing him on the show but his health is more important. Best wishes to Joe on his retirement. He definitely was a character you loved to hate, but I can say I never hated him. Awesome he was.

Susan
Susan

I am going to miss Stefano .

Chris
Chris

Truly one of the best villains on television. I watched Stefano do battle with Roman Brady in the 80’s, John Black in the 90’s, and The Brady Dimera fuel in 2007. Now to see his final curtain call, I am in disbelief, but knew it had to happen someday. What a great character and what a great actor.Thank you Mr. Mascolo.

Dylan
Dylan

Love the actor. I hope his health battles get better. But ENOUGH Stefano already. Move on! The man is in his 80’s, at some point he would get tired of murdering people and causing grief and misery to everyone around him!

Wiliam
Wiliam

JM is a good actor, but he’s no McDonald Carey who truely was the heart (and voice still is) of Days.! Let the 87 year old man take care of his health and God willing be able to make future appearances now and then.

jb
jb

He is the man you love to hate. A great actor. All the best to you, Joseph.

Ann Marie Buffa
Ann Marie Buffa

I have been watching Days for almost 50 years now and loved Stefano’s character. He is a great actor who will be missed no matter what they do or who they bring in to some sort of replace him. The best is he is Italian and that makes my day because I am also. Love you Joe, God Bless and I wish you Good Health.

Michael
Michael

Even if Mascolo has to reduce his working schedule, I’m not sure of the reason behind killing off this long time character. They could have kept Andre as head of the Dimeras and just had Stefano on once in a while. Francis Reid stayed with the show in a reduced capacity for many years. Also- I am really not liking Crazy Hope- they are writing Alfonso into a corner. They are systematically destroying long time characters with desperate writing. More to the point, is Corday even involved with the show anymore? I wionder why he has never groomed any if his children to take over the reins just like his mom did with him so many years ago. I have LOVED Days for years and I am beginning to worry about the show’s future. Also- the show needs to hire a new casting director- stat. I am nonplussed that TPTB can not see that the new hires- Ciara, Claire, Theo, Aidan’s son whatshisname just cannot act. At all. Don’t these people watch the dailys?I really hope that someone else casts the new Abby, when the very talented Mansini departs the role.

Ces
Ces

Ha, agree Michael on the Casting of this show. The tween set are horrible. Ciara’s voice grates on my every last nerve.
I’m not sure what Frances had, if anything, just aging .. but Joe has had diabetes for years so maybe it is best for him to take care of himself offscreen. I wish him well.
Agree on Hope — she’s too *hard*, too I’m not sure what, but other than her stupid Princess Gina storyline, I’m not liking this Hope at all or Kristian’s acting for that matter.

Patrick
Patrick

it’s so telling… most “all” posts… can’t help but comment on how …. ??? out of character… Hope is…

AND… I will readily admit this is so true! Hope, outside of romance and bonding… is not a good fit…. ??? is this telling of how one note… Kristian Alfonso reels?

I have to think so… IE : Ces… outside of the stupid Princess Gina storyline… no one likes Hope any other way…

argh! AND… i’m so in agreement (w/ Blake) I agree with him… as I too , now, recall… how it’s been said… she’s Ken Corday’ pet.

which only riles me that much more… as I’ve read… that it is KA and Melissa Reeves who got Jason Brooks and Robert Kelker-Kelly blacklisted from the show.

let me tell you… these ladies… albeit Grans Jewels… had better rethink their belong…

either / or… could easily be let go… and the fans outcry…. well??? there are certainly better actresses who could easily take

hint hint : Kassie DePaiva and Jame Lyn Bauer

the dialogue was so suspect… between Stefano and Hope

the contrived and tough words… Joseph Mascolo had to script… to pull at the already fragile… hopeless Hope. did her in? oh gawd! Rafe to the rescue

is Hope back to square 1 ? when she had it in spades with Aiden and the original Ciara ?

i’m not giving any prop to Hope

Ces
Ces

Great post Patrick. Glad you agree and we can’t all be wrong right?
I used to love Kristian & Missy both but Kristian’s acting hasn’t improved, in fact between her & Missy, they are actually the shows weakest links. Missy’s acting in yesterday’s show was hard to watch; I guess she has spent too much time on the farm. I strongly believe that Matt & Peter made those women better!
I believe you are right @ RKK and Jason Brooks. I think Scott told Missy to quit or tell Ken to fire Jason so she could return to the show. That’s when she started her change of personality/holiness.
This whole Rafe/Hope story will blow up in their face! Cops killing and hiding a body? Hope killed Stefano 3x at close range while he was sitting!

Pam Davis
Pam Davis

As much as I used to hate the character, I always loved the actor. He was THE villain of all villians, but he loved his family without question. Although by loving them, he ran their lives! I will always miss him! I was shocked to find out that he is 85 years old. He certainly doesn’t look it. Love you, with much respect, sir!

Ray
Ray

I am still shocked that this is the end of Stefano. I have written before about rushed storylines and this is yet another example. Where was the buildup to Hope going temporaily insane? Stefano has been on the show for 30+ years and all he gets is one day to say a few things about Bo and Hope blows him away? I didn’t buy it.

I would have liked to have seen him die in the hospital and have Andre and Chad there. We could have seen a more human side of Andre. It could have shown Chad losing his father and realilizing once and for all that he did not want to be a DiMera. I would have also liked to have seen some flashbacks of Stefano thinking about all of his bad deeds, his great scenes with EJ, Tony, Anna, Megan, etc., and a final discussion with Marlena and Kate.

Too many missed opportunities.

Ces
Ces

I like your idea and wish Days would have gone that route. No ending to Stefano & Andre? No final scenes with Drake or Dee? We did get jipped.

xmascarol
xmascarol

Joe we will miss you,God Bless you and I hope you feel better.

Bella
Bella

I hoped to see something on social media about Joseph from James Scott. I loved watching the two of them on Days. James hasn’t been on twitter for a long time. I also hoped to see pictures of him at the Days 50th party, but he was absent.

Did he just get weird and run off or something? I heard he got married sometime in 2015. I’d love to see him back on Days (of course, alongside Ali Sweeney), as well as Johnny.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Chad and Abby Share An Emotional Goodbye And Leave Salem Hitched

On Thursday’s episode of NBC’s Days of our Lives, tears were shed not only by the characters on the screen, but by the audience at home … plenty of them if you have been checking out social media since this installment aired.  For in it, viewers had to say goodbye to Chad (Billy Flynn) and Abby (Kate Mansi) as they left Salem to start their new life with their children in Paris.

However, before they make their exit, Chabby fans finally get to see their favorite duo tie the knot in a heartfelt and touching ceremony right in the Horton family living room.  While it was spur of the moment, it could not have been more poignant.  Leave it to Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) to officially preside over the nuptials, JJ (Casey Moss) to play his guitar while his sister walked down the living room aisle to her man, and even Jack (Matt Ashford) showed up to do the right thing to be there for his daughter.

What would a Chabby wedding be without personally written vows, right?  Abigail tells Chad: “When we first fell in love, God, we had no idea of what we were getting ourselves into.  They say that when you meet someone and fall in love, you’re drawn to them, because they have something you need and we’re here today because I need you.  I need your courage, your faith, and love.  I’m so beyond grateful at a second chance with you and a family with our beautiful children. You are the love of my life, Chad. There’s nothing I want more than to spend the rest of my days with you.”

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In a touching moment, Chad is overcome with tears and expresses to Abigail; “You’ve always fought for your health, and for us, and I’m in awe of the woman I fell in love with. I’ll cherish you. I will protect you. I’m yours, and I’ll never doubt you again, because a love like ours really does only come once in a life.”

They exchange rings and Julie pronounces them husband and wife.  But this happy moment is also bittersweet when Chad says, “We hate to marry and run.”  Chabby has a plane to catch to take them to Paris.   Chad looks around the room and at all the special people in his life, and tells the group how special they all are to him.  In that scene, it definitely gave the feels that it was also Billy Flynn saying farewell to his castmates.

Of course … before they leave town Chad and Abby visit Stefan (Tyler Christopher) and Gabi(Camila Banus)is there.  They give them the news that they are leaving for France and are married.  In a moment alone between Abby and Stefan, he apologizes to her. Stefan notes how much he loved the other part of her (Gabby with a “Y”) and knows that she loved him too.  Abby says, “I know”.  Meanwhile, Chad says goodbye to the portrait of his father, Stefano vowing to be back someday.  After Chabby exit the DiMera mansion, Stefan has a meltdown and throws the chest board while Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin) walks in on the scene.

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And finally, in the 10-hankie moment beautifully played by Billy Flynn, Kate Mansi and Melissa Reeves (Jennifer), Chad and Abby at the Horton house to say their final goodbyes to Doug (Bill Hayes) and Julie, Jack, JJ, and Jennifer.  Abigail tells her mother to never give up on her dad.  Chad is in tears as Jennifer tells him she will miss him,  He says, “I will miss you, too”.

It was in that moment that any of us that have ever had to say goodbye to our families and move far away from them, or come back to visit them and then leave again, can relate.  Saying goodbye is often heartbreaking when you leave behind the ones you love.  But, Chad and Abby got their happy ending … for now. However,t his is a soap opera, so you never know how long happiness will last, or when they might be back in Salem.

Kudos to the performances of Billy Flynn, so raw and real, and Kate Mansi playing Abigail with depth and dignity to wrap up the story.

So, what did you think of the Chabby goodbye? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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THIS WEEK: Billy Flynn and Kate Mansi Exit DAYS As Chabby Says Their “I Do’s” In Heart-tugging Moments

By now, Days of our Lives fans have learned that this week marks the end of the run, for now, of Billy Flynn and Kate Mansi as Chad and Abby.  But before they exit look for wedding bells to ring as Chabby remarries.

When Marci Miller decided to depart the role of Abigail, Kate Mansi returned to the role she played before Miller to finish the arc, which would have potentially left Abby to leave town and Chad to be without her, since Mansi signed on to just complete the storyline,

DAYS head writer Ron Carlivati told Soap Opera Digest  (in latest issue on newsstands now) the thought process of having the duo leave together: “While it was kind of agonizing to make the decision that Chad will exit the canvas with Abigail, I decided that was the best thing for the couple, it was the best thing for the fans and it was the best thing for the show. The way that they exit is very, very open-ended. It’s not like someone is going to die. They leave happy and the door is completely open for them to come back. As much as I’m sure some people will be sad to see them go, I think they’ll be happy to see them go together. It just seemed so unfair to not give them a happy ending. And I just didn’t see how that happy ending would work if Chad stayed in Salem and Abigail left.”   He added: “Obviously, if the time is right, the story is right, and the people are available, they’ll be back.”

Looks like we all need to get out the hankies after checking out the latest NBC promo for Chad and Abby’s wedding and farewell.  You can watch it below.  Then let us know if you are sad to see Billy and Kate exit DAYS, and if you hope they will be back sooner than later via the comment section below.

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Drake Hogestyn Chats On John Black’s Latest Predicament With Diana and Leo On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

The complex life of John Black (Drake Hogestyn) just got even more complicated on NBC’s Days of our Lives; thanks to the arrival of his ex-flame Diana Colville (Judith Chapman) and the bombshell that bad boy Leo Stark (Greg Rikaart), who has been causing so much trouble for Will (Chandler Massey) and Sonny (Freddie Smith), is actually his biological son!  Boy, John certainly has had some kids he never knew about pop up (remember, Paul Narita is John’s son, too).  But, is this all a tale spun by Diana, or the truth regarding Leo?

Longtime DAYS vet, Drake Hogestyn sits down with host, Michael Fairman on an all-new installment of NBC’s Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast.  During the conversation, Drake talks about his surprise learning from the script that Diana Cooper was indeed his ex, Diana Colville.

The beloved actor reveals that at one point he thought Genie Francis (Laura, GH) might be coming back to reprise the role, but now that it’s Judith Chapman he is having a great time acting opposite her.  In addition, being a true historian of DAYS, Drake takes the listeners on some fun facts that they may not have remembered. Later, Hogestyn reveals why he and Deidre Hall (Marlena) have found such success as DAYS’ enduring John and Marlena.

Michael commends Drake on his Daytime Emmy Pre-Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his emotional turn following Marlena being shot at the Jarlena nuptials, and the family saying their goodbyes believing she was going to die, especially she the good doc had a DNR request on her legal forms filed with the hospital.

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In the backstage segment of the podcast, Eric Martsolf (Brady) takes Fairman on what a typical production day is like for him and others in Salem: visiting the wardrobe department, stopping to talk to the stage manager, and chatting it up with co-stars along the way including: Lauren Koslow (Kate) and Linsey Godfrey (Sarah).

The new episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast is currently streaming on NBC.com here, and will be available for download via iTunes on Monday.

So, do you think John will do next now that Diana is working her way back into his life, and Leo is his son?  Will he tell Marlena what is going on?  What did you think of the sentiments shared by Drake in the interview? Comment below.

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