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Molly Burnett Confirms She is Leaving Days of our Lives!

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

We know soap fans have heard rumblings of this, but today via Soap Opera Digest, Molly Burnett (Melanie)  of Days of our Lives has confirmed she is leaving the series, as it time for the talented Daytime Emmy nomination actress to spread her wings.   Burnett will be exiting the series at the end of June.

Burnett talked to SOD about what working at DAYS has meant to her and leaving her TV family.   “Going in, I knew it was a four-year contract and look, it’s been the most amazing experience.  Everyone is so loving and so wonderful and so supportive. It’s going to be so hard … I mean, this is my family. I came out here and I knew nothing, I knew no one and DAYS just kind of opened its arms and took me in. I look at it as four years of the best training any actor could have ever been given.”

In regards to what’s next for Molly she revealed  “I just want to go explore; see what’s up with this whole world.”  With already some primetime guest spots under her belt, we think we will be seeing a lot of Burnett on television and film projects.  

On-Air On-Soaps wishes Molly all the best in her new endeavors!  Soapers, will you miss Molly as Melanie Layton?  How do you think she will be sent off the canvas come June?   We have some a few thoughts that crossed our minds,  and one of which had us pondering if her exit could have anything to do with Blake Berris (Nick)  coming back to the show? Let us know!

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Jessi
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Jessi

I love Molly and Melanie but I have to admit i haven’t seen Days since CC left. I loved her with Crystal and i know she will go far cause she is a great person. Way to Go Moll! U’ll do great!

Stephanie
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Stephanie

Sorry to see Molly, and Melanie go, but I am glad it was her choice. Maybe she shot Stefano! ha ha. I thought the same thing about Nick’s return, makes sense. I really hope that they don’t kill her off.

carol
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carol

I will be sad to see her go.I always like Melanie very good actress.Good luck Molly

Sheryl
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Sheryl

Good luck Molly in whatever you do ,we will miss you on Days.

kim delmotte
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kim delmotte

i will miss her

Dmitri
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Dmitri

great actress, nice and pretty person, and i am sad to see her leave. I loved Melanie she was one of my favourites. I wish Nathan came back for her. Maybe she will go to him???

Patrick
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Patrick

Now who will Sammi pass the torch too? IMO. i thought it was Mel. ala: Marlena to Sammi to Melanie. I agree with Jessi ^ Molly hasn’t really done anything.. since Crystal Chappelle…. Her Mother… Dr. Carly Manning… left… and her scenes with Maggie dissapeared. She’s just so likeable… Cute. Dare I say… That hot about town lil’ Vixen Abby. Jennifer better bump back in to town. with Peter in tow.

Steve Ungrey
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Steve Ungrey

Well, not surprised at this news. I think this closes the door for me on Days of our Lives for good. In between the actors choosing to get out while the getting’s good… and those who weren’t so lucky… I wish Days nothing but the best. I just do not think it will be around past next year.

lew
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lew

Good for her! She will be missed.

Ann
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Ann

I agree Steve, I do not think Days will last beyond its current contract and that it is a smart move by Molly to leave now while she is so young. Hollywood seems to have a bias against soap actors anyway, but especially the ones who spend many years on soaps. Good luck to her.

Chris
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Chris

Sad to see Molly leave, but she is so talented and beautiful I am positive she has a very bright future ahead of her. We are lucky here in Oz we will still have her for at least another 14 months or so .. I have watched Days for 33 plus years, we need good story lines for the awesome characters and actors this show has. Days gives me the best hour of my day every day.
Good luck Molly, you are a sweetheart, wishing you all the good things life has to offer .

Patrick
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Patrick

Nice read. Well said… She really is a sweetheart. i’ve watched DAYs as well… for almost as long. there were so many, actors who’ve come and gone.. that had that it factor… animal magnetism… Just downright likeable…. i wish they’d bring back Leann Hunley. she just oozed… charisma. for the millionth time… write story for justin and adrienne… now.. here’s another two who have TALENT. what are they doing in the kiriakis manse? hiding with Maggie? another two who had the it going on was madison (sarah brown) and Brady… they really screwed madison by having her in the office… Read more »

ricardo
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ricardo

molly burnett i am going to miss you as melanie. you really grew on me. you are a great actress. i wish you the best of luck in the future molly. hopefully you get a prime time series. you will be great in whatever role you play. movies would be good too. you are leaving at the right time. the way it’s looking days of our lives won’t be around after next year. hopefully i am wrong and days gets renewed. i love days of our lives but everyone is getting frustrated on the stupid stirylines. the only storyline that… Read more »

Mo
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Mo

Sorry to see her go. I like Melanie and Molly. The last few months she really hasn’t had any story. I think they should recast the role, but it will be hard to find someone who has the kind of connection Molly and Suzanne have.

kim delmotte
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kim delmotte

the new kristina on general hospital i guess i have to give her a change not the same miss the other girl

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

A talented, adorable young lady. She has a bright future ahead of her. Good luck Molly.

bert
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bert

sorry she is leaving but noticed less of a role for her lately. wish her the best. she is a sweet girl and good actor

Jules
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Jules

Best of luck to her. I hope she goes for comedy because that really is her strength.

I do wish she hadn’t referred to DOOL as “training”. I hate when actors do that and what it alludes to. DAYS provided her with 4 years of employment, salary, consistent story, lifelong friendships, her current boyfriend, opportunities to moonlight on other shows, and 2 Daytime Emmy noms. Bit parts and odd jobs “train”. This was THE job.

Steve Ungrey
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Steve Ungrey

Jules, I respectfully disagree. 🙂 Not jumping to Molly’s defense, but in a sense when you’re an up-and-coming actor everything is a training ground. If you’re working your butt off in summer stock productions, it’s kind of a training ground for the lights of Broadway. If you take bit parts in movies, it’s training for if you can become a bigger, more marketable star. I think she’ll always have a soft spot for Days, simply because of the things you mentioned above. I do wish she would take a dramatic role just to see how she’d do with the part,… Read more »

Randi
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Randi

I’m totally going to miss Melanie Jonas! She is a natural!!! I sure hope she lands major roles soon! Anyone looking for great casting should snatch her up expeditiously! !!!

ruby
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ruby

Very Very Sad, I think that Melanie is my favorite Character. I love How well molly can play her, I hope they don’t try the quick switch with another girl. like they have done a few time. Like with (Abigail) But I wish her good luck with other projects that she has in her future 😀

sandra
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sandra

Molly, We’ll be watching you “Spread Your Wings”… Got to watch that Gorgeous, Sweet Smile !!!
I’m gonna tell you what I told my girls as they were leaving “Mommie’s Nest” for college…
“Stand, Hold out your arms, Close your eyes, Feel the Wind against your Face, KNOW that You are Riding on GOD’S Wings”…

Dawn
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Dawn

I am so sorry to see you go. You are one of the ones a adore the most one the show. Best wishes to you in finding your dreams.

cassandra williams
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cassandra williams

Ill be sad to see molly go i really loved her character,but there’s a lot out there in the world for her to do.good luck and take care.

Marianne
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Marianne

I think it is ashame that you are takeing her off she is really a good actor, as well as Will I think you should find away to keep her on so what is her 4 yr contract is up. You need to get rid of the guy Kate had an affaire with I can’t even think of his name that show how important he is to the show. I tape the show and It is pretty bad when certain actors come on and you catch yourself fast fordwing looking for a part that looks like it might be interesting.… Read more »

Carol
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Carol

I am sad to hear that Molly is leaving the show.I will miss her.Good luck in whatever she decides to do.

Marge
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Marge

So sorry to see Molly leave the show. What a talented, beautiful, young lady.
Her smile and electrifying personality will be sadly missed. Wishing her nothing but the best in her life.

gail bruno
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gail bruno

LOVE Melanie. She is a great character. Don’t kill her off so she can return. Have to see her go.

Mike
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Mike

Hate to see Melaine leave the show. She belongs there. Days is ruining itself by eliminating all the old & good actors. Stop changing writters so the stories play out and not being changed in mid story. Good luck Molly, we’ll miss you.

Carol
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Carol

I agree with you,I really like Melanie.

Bryan
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Bryan

Melanie (molly) has brought so much to the role.. so sad to see her go.. wishing her the best of luck!!

pghgrl54
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pghgrl54

I have been watching DOOL for years and years and I’m so sad to see so many of the great Actors/Actresses leaving. I will not be watching the show anymore. 🙁

Susan
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Susan

I am sad to see Molly Burnett go as I loved Melanie, especially her scenes with “Dan” and “Maggie.” I sure hope she comes back someday and best wishes to her for the future. 🙂

Chris
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Chris

I started watching DOOL about a year ago. I’m not in agreement with everyone’s high opinion of Melanie. I find her acting to be quite painful to watch: the childish wrinkling of her nose (someone must have told her it’s cute), her attempts to show emotion with exaggerated facial expressions, the way she bites her lower lip in order to look pensive – so many bad acting habits that are usually seen in community theatre. She’s 30 years old but somehow feels the need to act the part of a 14 year old. Too bad it’s now September and she’s… Read more »

Bec
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Bec

love the character of melanie..hate to see her go. but wish her the best. I have to agree >If Days doesn’t get their *stuff* together, I think we will be losing the best daytime soap ever on tv as far as I’m concerned.

Patty
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Patty

I hate seeing Molly Burnett leave days. I just love her role, she is just the cutest little thing and does such a great job. Gonna miss her.

mary
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mary

I have been a fan of Days for 40 years, but the last few weeks especially THIS Week having Will KISS his boyfriend is DISGUSTING!!!!!! You have turned many of the fans away from your show. You are sending the wrong message out to the young ones, future fans, watching the show. Speaking for myself I can not watch DAYS while they are on.

Nora Roberts
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Nora Roberts

Melanie is a breathe of fresh air on the show…very sad that she is leaving…other favorite Rafe Hernandez, sure hope he doesn’t leave.
With Bo leaving also, man thesis not good.

If you can figure out a way to keep Melanie or bring her back,that would be awesome.

Dawn
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Dawn

Not so worried about Bo leaving….he didn’t do much for the show. However, Melanie, was truly a breath of fresh air. She has much to offer elsewhere though, she needs to be on the big screen. She is an awsome actress!

Jen
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Jen

Bo was a kind of shady exited that insults the intelligence. I cannot imagine that soap opera jobs are growing on trees. At least come up with a good reason.

Frank Felly
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Frank Felly

My wife and I hate to see Melanie leave Days, she is one of the brightest additions to
Days in some time. Apparently she is leaving because Nick has returned to Salem.
Best of luck to you Molly!

Chris
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Chris

You gotta love EJ! I’m probably supposed to loath this character but, for me, it”s quite the opposite. Maybe because he’s not afraid to tell the truth. Hang in the EJ!

cindy
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cindy

I so agree!

KATHY
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KATHY

DAYS KEEP GETTING RID OF THE BEST PEOPLE PRETTY SOON IT AINT EVEN GOING TO BE WORTH WATCHING!!! BRING OUR PEOPLE BACK CARLY CARRIE ….ALL OF THEM……..

Dawn
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Dawn

Double LIKE on that!

Jen
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Jen

So sad, Molly is the best female actress oin the show, and I loved her personality. It will not be the same without her.

Dawn
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Dawn

I hope to see Molly Burnett in Movies! She is an outstanding actress! Sure is way above daytime soap acting! Good Luck Molly, I can’t wait to see you on the Big Screen. Keep up the excellence in your profession! Dawn Staats

floretta
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floretta

I love her on the show, she was the reason why I started to watch the Days again. I would hope Molly comes back it would have been awesome to see her and Chad get married and have it out with Gabbi so mad she got away with that aweful deed.

Jenn
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Jenn

With Carly, Carrie and Phillip and Melanie and Nathan gone and bringing back a diff character as Eric and the changing of Taylor, I have been losing interest. However, EJ, Sami, and Brady(who was swapped for the better) are some great constants in the show.

penny toca
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penny toca

That is so sad but I wish her well no matter what she does in her adventures. God bless

penny toca
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penny toca

Best wishes and God bless. Enjoyed every scene and will miss you. Come back and visit. Hugs

Audrey Snyder
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Audrey Snyder

I can’t believe Molly is leaving again!!! She just came back!!! So many of the original characters left. I have been watching Days since I was 17( I am 57 this month) and I’m so dissapointed on the good ones leaving. Francis Reid played on there until her passing. Well good luck Molly and I hope you think about coming back to days and staying awhile

Jen
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Jen

Days was stupid to get rid of Molly. They have made more stupid moves, but this is up there. The story line having her leave is implausible IRL as well.

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DAYS Wally Kurth Delivers ‘The Power Performance of the Week’

Mark our words! Next year, Days of our Lives Wally Kurth (Justin Kiriakis) will once again be nominated for a Daytime Emmy for this week’s emotional and deeply-touching work on key episodes of the NBC daytime drama series.

As viewers saw, this was to be the happy nuptials of Justin and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans), who found love again after losing the previous loves of their lives.  They were dear friends to begin with, who through a set of horrific circumstances, found comfort with one another which eventually turned to love.

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Problem was; Justin overheard Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) and Hope (Kristian Alfonso) before the ceremony discussing Steve’s (Stephen Nichols) feelings for Kayla and that he wants her back; something Kayla is unaware of.  So what will he do?  The noble thing and tell her the truth, or keep it to himself and marry her anyway?

As the Intel of what he learned weighed heavier and heavier on Justin, in the most dramatic of moments (when he was to say his “I do’s”), Justin stopped the ceremony and bared all to Kayla: that Steve wants her back and how Steve saw him propose to her and that is why he backed off.  Armed with the knowledge and that her friends and family kept it from her, Kayla does not know what to do.  Justin helps made it easy and clear for her when he questions her … if they would be standing here getting married, if Steve had told her his true feelings before Justin proposed to her?

Justin goes on to say to Kayla that maybe she has been avoiding her true feelings for Steve, because she did not want to hurt him.  Then Justin tells Kayla that he visited his late wife Adrienne’s (Judi Evans) grave, and told her that if things were different, and if she was alive they would still be married, and Kayla would be their dear, dear friend.

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With seeing the look on Kayla’s eyes, Justin knows she loves Steve.  Heartbroken, but caught in an untenable situation, Justin tells Kayla he is happy for her.  Kayla wraps her arms around Justin as they both cry.  Kayla says she never wanted to hurt him, and when Wally as Justin says, “I know, honey,” it was one of the most honest and ten-hankie moments of the entire scenario.   Justin kisses her, tells the guests there will be no wedding today, and exits the Kiriakis mansion.

The emotional drama continues in the aftermath as Justin is at Kayla’s apartment boxing up all of his belongings and tears up recalling their nights together listening to jazz and cooking dinner.  Sonny (Freddie Smith) finds his dad, and tells him he did the noble thing and that time will heal all wounds, but after Sonny leaves, Justin breaks down a bit further before exiting Kayla’s for good.

And if that was not enough, Justin goes back to Adrienne’s gravesite to update her on the wedding that did not happen.   He talks to her that he understands Kayla and Steve’s deep and enduring love, which was just like theirs was.  Next, Justin thinks he is seeing Adrienne, when none other than Bonnie Lockhart (Judi Evans) reveals she is back in Salem – talk about kicking a guy when he is down!

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Throughout this entire saga, moment to moment, Kurth delivered raw, genuine, adult emotions, in a very complex adult story and relationship.   In fact, the cast and crew thought so, too!  When Wally as Justin told Kayla that he can’t marry her and the speech that followed and his exit from the mansion that followed, all those on set applauded for him.  His work was that moving.   Wally was ably assisted throughout by the outstanding work of Mary Beth Evans in these scenes.

2020, while a difficult year for everyone thus far, has been a particular great year for Kurth on Days; as over the last six months he has really had a chance to shine in this story.  So for all of these reasons and more, Michael Fairman TV gives the “Power Performance of the Week” kudos to Wally Kurth.

Did you love Wally’s performance this week on Days? Did you reach for the hankies? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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DAYS Wally Kurth, Mary Beth Evans & Chandler Massey Take You Behind the Scenes of Kayla and Justin’s Wedding

On Wednesday’s heartbreaking episode of Days of our Lives, viewers saw just how the nuptials of Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Justin (Wally Kurth) eventually wound up!

Justin told Kayla that Steve (Stephen Nichols) still loves her, which put a halt to the proceedings and ended the romantic relationship between the two dear friends, who found love with one another following Adrienne’s (Judi Evans) death, and Kayla believing Steve did not want her back.

Now, The DOOL app has posted a rare behind the scenes view of the making of the wedding – with moments from the key scenes, rehearsals and interviews with the cast involved.

Chandler Massey (Will) weighs-in on Will’s debut as a wedding officiant and how that went south, while Mary Beth Evans and Wally Kurth shared why they loved this storyline so much.

Wally expresses how the last six months have been some of the best storylines of his soap career, while Mary Beth says that Justin and Kayla’s relationship was so adult and that in real life, both actors have known about people who fall in love with their dear friend, after losing their significant other whether it be by divorce, or death, or whatever the circumstance.

If you don’t already have the DOOL app on your mobile device to watch the segment, you can get more info to download here.

We will have more to say on the memorable performances at Michael Fairman TV later in the week.

So, what did you think of Kayla and Justin’s wedding and the fallout? Comment below.

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DAYS Mary Beth Evans & Stephen Nichols with Guest Ron Carlivati Talk Stayla’s Greatest Hits & Approach To Scripts During COVID-19

This week is a pivotal one for Steve (Stephen Nichols) and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) on Days of our Lives.  Will they be reunited once again?

To take a stroll down memory lane of reunions past, Mary Beth Evans along with her longtime on-screen scene partner and dear friend, Stephen Nichols, watched back key scenes from the history of Stayla and offered up a second viewing experience as they commented on the clips.

Later, Mary Beth and Stephen are joined by their surprise guest and it is revealed to be Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati!

In her tweet, Evans announced: “Since we’re evidently leading up to something big on #Days … Stephen Nichols and I thought we’d get together & watch some of our reunions from the past. And, we were lucky enough to have a very special guest join us for a chat! #patchandkaylaforever”

Mary Beth and Stephen then chat with Ron about what changes is he having to make to scripts in the reality we all live in now, the coronavirus pandemic, and how he is taking in to account upcoming safety protocols that will need to be adhered to when Days goes back into production.

As of now, from an article in Deadline last Friday the NBC daytime drama series is aiming for a September 1st restart.

Watch Mary Beth, Stephen and Ron in part one and part two and part three of their discussion below.

You can find that and more on Mary Beth’s PlankBlog You Tube channel as well.

Let us know in the comment section what you favorite Patch and Kayla reunion has been … and if you are looking forward to how Days will look when it goes back into production within safety guidelines for COVID-19?

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