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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
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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
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Carolina

Days of Our Funerals

Kelly
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Kelly

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

Ces
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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
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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
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Mark

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

Belle
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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… Read more »

mary
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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
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Kelly

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

Laura
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Lou Piikes

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

Timmm
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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
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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
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sandra Boyd

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

Diana
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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
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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
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Susan

I am going to miss Stefano .

Chris
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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
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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
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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
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jb

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

Ann Marie Buffa
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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
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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… Read more »

Ces
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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
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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… Read more »

Ces
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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.… Read more »

Pam Davis
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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
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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… Read more »

Ces
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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
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xmascarol

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

Bella
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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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As Doug revealed himself to be Satan while in a therapy session with Marlena in her office, a shook Marlena tries to comprehend what is happening! When the devil says if Marlena won’t accept him in, she will punish Doug, he does just that.

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Poor Doug is left writhing in pain and on the floor, crying out for help! When we come back to the scene Marlena is not exactly right near his body, but sort of overlooking what is happening. Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) rushes into Marlena’s office to find Doug as Marlena stares blankly. Eventually, she calls for help.

After Doug is put in a hospital room and is monitored, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Tripp (Lucas Adams) can’t find anything wrong with him. Meanwhile, Julie finds Marlena at the nurses station and asks what happened with Doug during their therapy session.  Marlena flashes back to what led to Doug writing on the floor, and clearly something is way off with Marlena, because she has now become possessed.

Later, Julie sits by Doug’s hospital bed as he opens his eyes, as he tells his beloved wife, “He left me and went in to her.”  A confused Julie is left to ponder what on earth Doug could be talking about.

When Marlena comes home to John (Drake Hogestyn) – who is already concerned with Johnny (Carson Boatman) being set on making a movie of Sami’s life story which includes points on Marlena’s original possession – she tells him Doug collapsed in her office. When the two hug, Marlena slowly opens her eyes  revealing that they are glowing yellow.  Yup! We are off to the races. Marlena is now once again possessed.

So, what did you think about the scenes between Deidre Hall and Bill Hayes? Are you enjoying the revisiting of the infamous ‘possession’ storyline thus far? Comment below.

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However, Days head writer, Ron Carlivati ,and his writing team came up with a way to make it seem like this may be Doug’s fate only to use the long-running character as the impetus to bring the classic possession storyline back on the air some 25 years later.

It all goes down after Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) calls Marlena (Deidre Hall) to ask him to see Doug, after his MRI and other tests proved inconclusive for dementia, etc, to see if Dr. Evans can assess him.  The phone call to Marlena happened after John (Drake Hogestyn) was discussing the past, since Johnny (Carson Boatman) is ramping up to a shoot a movie on Sami’s life, that will include the time that Sami walked in on John and Marlena having sex, which caused Sami to act out for years and years.

 

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Now, check out the fall preview released following the airing of Friday’s episode by NBC below, which teases more demonic moments on Days. Then let us know in the comment section, what you thought of the ‘Doug’ twist as the possession storyline begins?

Plus, make sure to cast your vote in ‘Michael’s Poll’ of the week on the revisiting of this classic tale now in 2021 below the preview.

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