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NBC Renews Days of our Lives For 55th Season

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Those sands through the hourglass are not about to run out anytime soon, with news today that NBC has renewed Days of our Lives for a record 55th season for the network.  That means DAYS is picked-up through September 2020.

In a a statement, Bruce Evans, Executive Vice President, Current Programming, NBC Entertainment said: “With writing that manages to weave together Salem’s history with current realities, Ken Corday and his team have ushered the show’s legacy into a new era that resonates with both longtime and new viewers. The actors and crew have such a tremendous respect for ‘Days’ and what it means to fans. We believe that level of commitment shows through and touches our audience year after year.” 

DAYS executive producer, Ken Corday expressed: “It’s a great day in Salem! The sands in the hourglass will continue to flow for yet another year. We’re grateful to NBC and Sony for their continued support of the show and, of course, to our dedicated and passionate fans, we owe it all to you. Thank you for taking us through our 55th season. We can’t wait for you to see what we have in store.”

Steve Kent, Senior Executive Vice President, Programming, Sony Pictures Television, added: “Ken Corday and his cast and crew continue to build on the strong legacy of dynamic storytelling and intriguing characters in Days of our Lives. We are proud that audiences both in the U.S. and around the world will get to enjoy this award-winning series for another year.”

Days’ 53rd season saw a 4% increase in total viewers from September 2017 to September 2018 compared to the previous twelve months. According to NBC, that is 2.55 million vs. 2.45 million in live +7 per Nielsen Media Research.

Days of our Lives is produced by Corday Productions, Inc. in association with Sony Pictures Television. It is executive produced by Corday, Greg Meng and Albert Alarr, with Ron Carlivati as head writer.

The soap aired its 13,500th episode in 2018. The show first premiered as a half-hour drama in 1965 and expanded to an hour 10 years later.

So, excited to hear there is more DAYS ahead? Comment below.

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Ginny Bowen
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Ginny Bowen

Grear! Now being Bo Back!!!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Exactly!

blake
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blake

That would be amazing. I’d also love to see a Bo/Hope/Rafe triangle.

Satan
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Satan

Not even Ron Carlivati can kill this show… but not for lack of trying.

Helen
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Helen

Ron saved DOOL from being cancelled, he is doing a terrific job.

su000
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su000

Hi Helen,
RC saved GH, also
GH was a breath away from being canceled and RC brought it back, saved it.

Satan
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Satan

GH still hasn’t recovered from the damage that Ron & his pal Frank inflicted on the show in February 2012. Bringing Steve Burton back was at least a step in the right direction, but as long as they keep forcing useless characters like Frodd “Baldwin” and Whiny Heiny (complete with fake ties to long time GH characters) they can’t truly recover.

blake
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blake

It’s not Ron C’s fault GH is still bad, GH was bad before and after he left. It’s been like 5 or 6 years now.

Ryan
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Ryan

Very true Su000

Boop
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Boop

I know that Ron wrote the show so that Michael could cut his ties with Sonny after he purposely shot A.J. General Hospital probably couldn’t wait to re-unite Sonny and Michael because the relationship returned to Michael calling him dad. What person in his right mind calls a person dad who kills his real father? G.H. writes Sonny with everyone gravitating to him with love on top of love. I’m almost at the point where I’m about to quit watching again because the show presents a mobster as a paragon of virtue and makes Julian , Franco, Ava , Valentin… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

That’s what I said, Boop. …..Michael has had a memory lapse for a couple of years. And, Carly is completely fine with it. It is incredible how Ava, Valentin, Julian, and others are maligned ( as they should be), while Sonny’s “sins” are always forgiven …..why? …..because he genuflects with our 0h-so-sad, defrocked priest? He cries, he shows emotion, he loves his father and family!!!! What a good guy! Such a loving, noble hear! “The head never rules the heart, but just becomes its partner in crime”. (Mignon McLaughlin. That’s Sonny in a nut shell. These writers pick and choose… Read more »

Satan
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Satan

The whole thing with AJ’s (third) death was just one example of Ron’s crappy writing, and his personal vendetta against Sean Kanan, for whatever reasons. Having Ava (another one of his pets) shoot AJ to save her own ass from being prosecuted for killing Connie Falconeri (who stupidly wrote the initials “AJ” in her own blood, which in itself was a ripoff of the mid 70s murder of Diana Taylor, but that’s a whole other story) would have been a reasonable story. But Ava’s $1.98 WalMart special gun jammed up when she tried to kill AJ and of course AJ… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Although I was partial to Sean Kanan, I grew to love Billy Warlock’s version, as well. AJ was always the underdog I rooted for and I’m still angry to this day that they took a long awaited step forward to right the wrong that the untouchable three (Carly, Sonny, Jason) did to AJ and then undid the whole thing by killing him and having Michael return to the fold as if AJ never existed. The story goes that Sean and Ron had it out over the story they gave AJ…that they once again made him a victim, had him accused,… Read more »

Satan
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Satan

And of course the “ridiculous relish story” was all a vehicle for ReRon to rebrand his OLTL Manning pets as Frodd & the Twit (thanks to the Prospect Park lawsuit). I would have rather seen a legitimate power struggle for ELQ among the legitimate Quartermaines myself. Hell, there could be another one even now since Jason’s return, along with the existence of Drew & Oscar, should call for the re-shuffling of the whole deck as far as ELQ stock goes. Michael’s kid too, for that matter, though most of the mortals up there are still in the dark about that… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

They are decimating the core characters/families. I still say I like the show, but it’s just not GH. It’s another soap. I DID watch the vintage episodes this holiday season and they were such a great trip into the past. And, not that I needed a reminder, but the CAST was there; not the new characters that are part of the “new” show. As for the Quartermaine’s, they have systematically eliminated them. The recent episode with just Monica and Ned of the original Q clan (with Michael and Olivia) was just sad. I saw the ghosts of Lila, Edward, AJ,… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

You’re right about that, rebecca…..Michael is THE direct Q heir, if I’m not mistaken. Sarcasm aside; it’s not so far-fetched.
Monica is the resident lady of the manor; but that could change, upon the whim of the writers…..or if Leslie is “pushed” into retirement.
Michael could very well move his mother and her lackey in the Q mansion. How about Jason and Sam?
Imagine all of them living under one roof?! Entertaining!!

su000
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su000

that AJ /whatever his mane is walked out of GH not giving enough notice to write him out in any other way (quickly) as was done..
I liked he was killed lol

rebecca1
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rebecca1

You didn’t “know” AJ, su. That’s the bottom line. You can like or not like whichever character you choose, but you’re not speaking from a place of history or character familiarity. And he didn’t “walk out.” It was “suggested” he do so. Meaning, they gave him no choice. Which was disgusting. He’s part of the history of the show; not Ron and Frank. They should have respected his character’s history, Sean Kanan’s role on the show which longtime fans remember dating back decades ago. They wouldn’t be thrilled if OLTL had survived and new writers decided to just get rid… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Boop; you have literally expressed my exact sentiments. Exact!

blake
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blake

Agree Helen, he really is. Days is on fire!

Boop
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Boop

I loved One Life when Ron was writing.

Boop
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Boop

The show is fine too me. You can’t make me doubt Ron, Satan!

Carol
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Carol

Wonderful news. As far as I am concerned Days is number one in my book.I never miss and episode and I never will. Glad to see Eve back now bring back Vivian and that will make me happy.

Satan
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Satan

Eve isn’t back. That abomination is not Eve Donovan and she never will be. As far as Vivian goes, we know she survived her alleged shooting by Kate, and was in the same warehouse where Jack & Elvis were brought back from the dead. So we can assume she will turn up eventually. As long as Louise Sorel is available…. no need for another horrible recast in that part. (ReRon would like nothing more than to give another job to one of his OLTL pets)

Carol
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Carol

What ever happened to Gabby? She use to be so nice now she is well the devil herself. I hope Julie does open her mouth and says something to the police about Gabby. She has turned into a real a-hole. Sorry about that but that is the way I feel.

blake
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blake

I feel the same way Carol, seems most people do. The actress who plays Gabi contact is up in April so she may not resign since she’s on some prime time show, here’s hoping!

Carol
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Carol

I did see that she is in a Lifetime movie and believe she plays a killer unless I am wrong since they didnt actually show the complete clip of her.From what I saw she is worse then Gabby. That is where x Days stars seem to end up in a Lifetime movie. However Kate Mansi was in a couple of them and believe me she isnt a angel either. Get this the guy who plays Ben for some reason I cannot think of his name well he played a serial killer in a movie It was called stalked by a… Read more »

Boop
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Boop

Gabby has always been a snake.

Celia
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Celia

Yup….something else I’ve always maintained. Gabi has had her eye on Chad since forever…tried her best and worst to get her hooks into him…..And, she did ; for a while, anyway….

Claudio
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Claudio

Thank you NBC, for renewing Days. No one stays dead in Salem, please bring back Vivian and Ivan her sidekick. Also bring back Bo Brady and LeAnn Hunley as Anna Dimers

Carol
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Carol

That is what I say bring back Vivian and her sidekick they made us laugh at times.

Celia
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Celia

Hi, Claudio,
Happy New Year…..I was just telling Patrick that Vivian MUST be alive……that would add the cherry to the renewal.
Would Peter ( Bo) come back? Imagine THAT love triangle!! I’d love to have Anna back, as well….Roman needs a love life!!….And, Carly Manning—–adore her… There are so many to mention. Melanie is another character—-and, if Casey Deidrick would resume the role of Chad ( when Flynn departs?), then, all’s well in Salem!!
❤️

Claudio
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Claudio

I meant Anna Dimera lol

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Renewed through September 2020! That’s 20 more months of DAYS…at the very least!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

With this renewal, DAYS will pass ATWT’s length and will most likely reach 55!

Loving DAYS…Turn to the soap gods and away from Satan!

Satan
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Satan

Away from me?? I used to be ON Days, for Hell’s sake! Remember when I possessed Marlena?

Floyd
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Floyd

Great News! Love that Susan Seaforth Hayes is getting air time!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yes, go, Susan!!!!

Celia
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Celia

I love watching old game shows on BUZZR—-I recently watched PASSWORD with both Susan and Bill ( the 70’s, or early 80’s, I think?)….what a beautiful pair; especially Susan—-absolutely gorgeous!!

Ray
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Ray

Great news for the cast, crew and fans. There are a few things I would love to see in the coming year. First of all, the return of Steve Johnson. Second, the redemption of Gabi. Third, a big love story for Kate. Fourth, the return of Stephanie and Joey. Last, a few new sets, something new other than Horton Town Square, the park, Brady Pub, the Horton living room and the Kiriakis living room. I would like to see Kayla’s house (where they lived when Ava was on the show). I love Ben and Ciara, Jennifer and Jack, and am… Read more »

Enrique
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Enrique

Yes for sure, they really need to show some new sets

Momo
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Momo

YAY!!!!!! Days is awesome!!!!

Richard Signorelli
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Richard Signorelli

great news!!!!!!!!!!!!!never miss a day of days!

Iris Cohen
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Iris Cohen

It’s amazing news. I also feel we got the renewal even earlier this year, so that is a relief. But now the priority should be to re-sign Stephen Nichols and ask him to come back to Days.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

And bring back Stephen Nichols; he needs to see his brother!

Satan
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Satan

Indeed! It was Jack who found Steve when he turned up after being dead for 17 years, and helped him regain his memory. Time for big brother to return the favor.

Lew S.
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Lew S.

Excellent DAYS!!

Lisa Fath
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Lisa Fath

This is fabulous news. Days keeps getting more & more intriguing along with heartfelt characters and stories. Keep up the wonderful work ! Congrats to all involved. Lisa Fath

Cid Weinberg
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Cid Weinberg

Good job, NBC! Was just bantering about the soap genre with a friend from high school online! Cough. Cough.
30 year reunion coming up. Days still connects us from long ago.
Never change your classic opening or classic closing credits.

Jack and Eve were the topics of conversation.

Robbie
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Robbie

While I am a GH viewer, I am thrilled that DAYS viewers will continue to see their show for at least one more season. My 99 year old grandma still watches daily despite being nearly blind. I believe her “stories” are a big part of her staying sharp and engaged daily, so God bless everyone involved in DAYS production.

Patrick
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Patrick

I wonder if Frank Valentini @General Hospital NOTES the impressive gains of his fellow colleague. Do Shelly and Chris know or aspire to try … WHAT the eff is going on with him. it’s staggering to know the catapult the accolade the fan rejoice @DAYS is celebrating Ron CArlivati : “Thank You” @Ken Corday production… light that candle in honor of your parents Ted and Betty Corday, who have given you every thing you “are”. MIND THE STORE KEN. this has rocketed back. the love and respect the camaraderie the order of things the Passion is all their. LOVE THIS… Read more »

su000
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su000

hi Patrick..
Now, the question is-
will GH get its renewal?

Once again it is circling the drain and it needs to clean house!
GH needs; out with the old in with the new, desperately.

stevie g
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stevie g

So glad its my favorite soap worldwide, (i watch one Aussie, one UK and one US soap)and at the moment my favorite show period.

Rodd
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Rodd

Congratulations to everyone involved with DOOL! It’s really firing on all cylinders.

Celia
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Celia

Be still mine heart!! Best news…..
Looking forward to another year of excellent producing, storytelling and acting!!
I just wish TPTB would wave their magic wand and turn Xander into an Ok guy; if not a good one.
Xander could be the hero in demolishing Leo’s devilish plans. He could pretend to be his partner-in-crime and expose him for whom he is. Imagine the rewards from ‘unkie’ Vic!!

Patrick
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Patrick

Xander is “wickedly” a good actor, as well, no? he’s a stand up guy.. who know’s he carries the show with…. so he takes it in stride that he’s asked to “disrobe” his shirt.. lately, plus… he was in a speedo today… I was laughing so .. at Greg Rikhaart’ Leo antics and schlepping drool over Xander. it was FUN’ny. so yeah, your idea that if Xander could right the Kirakis family with the unfortunate downfall of Leo… would be choice… altho, i’m so looking forward to OUR “Gloria” dancing in Salem. another Y&R mishap lands @DAYS !!! hoorah perhaps… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

I love everything you wrote, Patrick…..every idea is en pointe. I love Xander—what a sight!! HOT!! Agreed—the fact that Tolfer keeps making an appearance is very telling. He’s not just gorgeous; he’s one amazing actor to boot. I can watch him all day long!! And, the interaction between Xander and Leo was priceless—there’s a definite connection; not sexually—but something!! Brothers?? Hmmmm…. Vivian is his mother? LOL….too much sisterly/brotherly love?? Greg is amazing!! He could very well be “sanctified” along with Xander. ….I had no idea Greg had that comedic gene in him, LOL…..I’m loving it all—Days is on fiya!! Gloria—yeah—miss… Read more »

Jimh
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Jimh

Xander off camera was probably told by uncle Vic to help him do exactly that

Jimh
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Jimh

Wish they hire Doug Davidson as David Banning-who did not die-and could be a new love interest for Kate!!!

Celia
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Celia

Hmmmmm- I like that, Jimmy. Do you think Kate will be ‘good’, again? LOL……this charecter has had continuous ebbs and flows—-back and forth; like a pendulum between good and evil. Which way will she swing next?
Doug does deserve to be on our screen…..I blinked and he was gone…..
❤️

Jimh
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Jimh

Yes…Kate will be good again-good at being evil-lol

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Another renewal…no mystery there…lol.

Andrew Hass
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Andrew Hass

I’m happy that Days Of Our Lives has been renewed for another year at least but not surprised either because i’m sure we have heard rumors or something if NBC was even cancelling the show.

Beverley
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Beverley

Awesome

blake
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blake

Great and well deserved news! Let’s all do the Hattie dance and drink champagne out of the bottle like Vivian, Marlena and Kate to celebrate!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

And now DAYS is ahead of GH in total viewers and all the demos! DAYS is also ahead of B&B in two demos!!

As The World Turns

As the World Turns and Guiding Light Favorite, Lisa Brown, Passes Away at 67

(UPDATED) In just more heartbreaking news in the soap world in 2021, we have lost another beloved performer.  Lisa Brown, who was so noteworthy for her spunky and emotional turns as Guiding Light’s Nola Reardon from 1980-1985, and later as Iva Snyder on As the World Turns from 1986-1994, has died.

Brown passed away this week on November 24th at the age of 67 following a brief illness.  The news came via the As the World Turns Facebook Fan Group and Soap Opera Digest.

This comes just two months later following the death of her former on-screen love interest Michael Tylo (Ex-Quinton, Guiding Light), who passed away in late September.

Those that followed Lisa’s career know she also starred in the Broadway Musical 42nd Street, while still playing Nola each and every day on Guiding Light.

She is survived by her children: James “Buddy” Nielsen, and daughter Victoria from her first husband Tom Nielsen (Ex-Floyd, GL) in addition to her two grandchildren, Penelope Ruiz-Nielsen and Brayden Hopf, and her second husband Brian Neary.

 

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Brown’s on-screen ATWT daughter, Martha Byrne  (Ex-Lily) simply tweeted, “My heart is broken.”

On Friday, Lisa’s son, Buddy Nielsen, posted a touching tribute to his mother, where he revealed that she passed away due to cancer.

Buddy shared: “My Mom passed away the day before Thanksgiving after a very quick battle with cancer. This all happened really fast and wasn’t expecting it. I’ve been MIA as I’ve been back and forth between LA and NJ as she has been in and out of the hospital the last couple weeks. This dream we live, we are all subject to the suffering, aging and death. It’s not to be morose but to understand that we have finite time and must take care with what we do and how we do it. To be able to be with someone at their last breath is truly beautiful. We must not fear death as without it we would never be born and experience the 10,000 joys and 10,000 sorrows. Our existence is both small and vast all at the same time. We are tiny but immense. I know she is here but no longer in her physical form, what we do in love we leave in death. My beautiful daughter and unborn son are her legacy.”

Share your condolences to Lisa’s family, and let us know of your remembrances of this wonderful actress who gave us so many memorable moments throughout her career via the comment section below. But first, watch Lisa in some of her classic scenes from ATWT and GL.

 

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Steve Burton Confirms His Exit From General Hospital

Steve Burton has spoken and after so much speculation, the two-time Daytime Emmy-winning star has confirmed he is out as General Hospital’s Jason Morgan.

In his post on his Instagram account on Tuesday, Steve shared that he was let go by the ABC daytime drama series due to their vaccine mandate and that even though he applied for medical and religious exemptions those were denied.  Thus, he has to exit his role.

In story, viewers saw on Monday, that Jason is MIA from being under the rubble of the cave that collapsed in Jason’s attempt to apprehend Peter August (Wes Ramsey).

In his post, Burton shared the following: “I know there has been a lot of rumors and speculations about me and General Hospital and I wanted you to hear it from me, personally. Unfortunately, General Hospital has let me go because of the vaccine mandate. I did apply for my medical and religious exemptions and both of those were denied, which, you know, hurts, but, this is also about personal freedom to me. I don’t think anyone should lose their livelihood over this. But with that being said, you know me. I’ll always be grateful for my time at General Hospital I love it there. I grew up there. I grew up with some of you, so I will always be grateful and I believe when one door closes multiple doors open. That’s always been my perspective, so I am excited to see what the future brings. ”

Steve went on to say, “Maybe one day when these mandates are lifted, I can return and finish my career as Jason Morgan. That would be an honor, and if not, I am going to take this amazing experience, move forward and be forever grateful. I have got to say, that I am forever grateful for your love and your support over the years. It means so much to me. Thank you. I don’t know when my last airdate is. It may have aired or it might be tomorrow or the next day. I am not sure. I want you guys to have an awesome Thanksgiving. I know it is hard, maybe, in this type of situation to be thankful or grateful, but we have so many things to be thankful about. Being grateful really is the key. Love you guys.”

The popular actor began his run as GH’s Jason Quartermaine back in 1991. Later in 1995, after a car accident he had a major personality shift and became Jason Morgan. Burton went to Y&R to play Dylan McAvoy for a four-year stint from 2013-2017, before heading back to his home at GH.

A source close to the show told Deadline that Burton’s last tape date was October 27th.

You can watch Steve’s video announcement below on his GH departure.

So, how do you feel about Steve being let go from GH? Do you hope Steve can return at some point? Share your thoughts via the comment section below,

 

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Breaking News

Alison Sweeney Joins Cast of Peacock’s ‘Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas’

After returning on-air this past Friday as Sami, Alison Sweeney will also be appearing in the upcoming DAYS holiday film, Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas.  PEOPLE broke the casting news.

The Peacock streamer will bow on December 16th.  In it, the story will follow Sami’s son, Will Horton (Chandler Massey), as he works to finish writing a screenplay before his Christmas Eve deadline.  Will’s pic is inspired by his own friends and family. However, as only DAYS can do, this story will have many twists and turns.

There is no intel on just what Sami will be up to during the Christmas special.  However, currently on the daytime version of the long-running NBC soap, viewers found will learn what caused Sami’s disappearance months ago… she was kidnapped.

So, glad Alison is on board for the upcoming DAYS holiday film? Comment below.

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