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Peter Reckell Addresses Rumors: He Is NOT Returning to DAYS, and NOT Going to GH!

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Daytime icon and favorite Peter Reckell, who is so beloved as Bo Brady on Days of our Lives, is sorely missed by viewers and the industry since he departed the NBC soap some time ago.

Today, Reckell took to his Twitter account after being  his loyal fans and followers wanted to know what is going on with all the rumors they were hearing, about a possible return to Salem, or if he is heading to ABC’s General Hospital!  Reckell tweeted about a return to DAYS:  “Ken (Corday) and I talked ,and as before we could not come to in agreement.”

Reckell tweeted in regards to being considered for a role on General Hospital, or another role on a daytime soap: “As for the rumors about other soaps, including DOOL, over the last year, those were started by people who thought they could benefit from them. The doors that are opening for me are not in daytime TV. Thanks as always for your generous love and support. 🙂 🙂 :-)”

So are you disappointed that DAYS and Reckell could not come to an agreement to have Bo back on the canvas?  Are you disappointed that Peter is not going to GH in a new or recast role?  What should DAYS do now? Recast Bo Brady? Try to work out a deal with Peter, no matter what?  Share your thoughts!

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Aria
Aria

GH already has to many people in their cast so no lost there.

Tali
Tali

I was hoping for him to be recast as John McBain on OLTL since it doesn’t look like Michael Easton will grace the canvas! Good Luck to Peter Reckell in whatever he does!

Joan Faist
Joan Faist

Work out a deal now to have him return to Days . We miss him so much. I know whatever Peter is asking is not that outrageous.

Bettyrj
Bettyrj

I totally agree! Bo is missed! Hope and Ciara need to have Bo back! Come on, Corday! Get Peter back! We need a fair and unbiased cop in Salem!

robin
robin

Bo Brady is the heart and soul of Days. He must be allowed to return on his terms. Period!

danny
danny

I am extremely disappointed that Corday can only promise story lines to one actor and for one character–Daniel. Forget what the fans want. More new characters coming and no room for Bo. It sucks.

Skp53
Skp53

I agree. They need Bo back!

JEM
JEM

DAYS has a whole lot that could be cut…Will, Sonny, and the whole gay ensemble for starters. But beyond that…there is a lot of dead weight. Rafe and Gabi come to mind. They just played one of the most absurd episodes ever…a cop funeral with 3 people in attendance, and this cop was a hired killer who we didn‘t know or care about. And they can‘t find room in the budget or on the canvas for Bo? It is a slap in the face to long time viewers, and to Reckell. Like others have said, we don‘t know where the talks are breaking down, but we are certain his demands are not unfathomable and outrageous. The days of soap stars making diva demands have long been a thing of the past, and they all know it. That said….I really dont think Bo should be recast. Kelker kelly could never do it now, and I dont see any other actor doing it either, as it would have to be a pretty beloved, big name actor to pull it off. And if they had the money for a big name star, why not just go with Bo…Peter Reckell??

Patrick
Patrick

The days of soap stars making diva demands have long been a thing of the past, and they all know it.

legit. and it’s true.

this is directed for all… and I happily retort…

“…Will, Sonny, and the whole gay ensemble for starters.”

honestly… we’re talking two characters… and we’ll see how DAYS deals their production sans Chandler Massey.

Glenn Hubbard
Glenn Hubbard

JEM,

I agree with you about the whole homosexual part of the show. We mute that part and talk among ourselves when that stuff comes up. It feels cheesy and forced anyway. It seems so many shows are on some kind of indoctrination kick for radical social causes. Bo is a good and inspiring character.

Yvonne
Yvonne

Days can not get rid of the Will Nd Sonny characters. But the writers do need to masculine up Sonny more. When he came into the show he was a world traveler and adventurer, now he’s all wimpy. If you are to keep the characters stick with the characters initial characteristics.

Peter R
Peter R

I think it is terriblle they wont work with Peter He is one of the actors that has made this show.
Days will go down when they start not appreciating there good actors
Diann

Roseann
Roseann

I really think Days should reconsider having Peter stay on as Bo, we already are upset with the fact Alison Sweeney has left as Sami. PLEASE PLEASE GIVE HIM THE MONEY HE WANTS, HE IS WORTH IT.
THANKS,
ROSEANN

Mark
Mark

The role should be recast—-they should have already done it!

Mark
Mark

I agree. It’s not fair for K. Alfonso. She needs a storyline.

Mark
Mark

I agree—it’s not fair to Alfonso—it’s really limiting her story line. They should either kill him off or recast.

Sharon
Sharon

Can not replace Peter!! That is his part and no one elses. They replaced him once before it it was just not the same as it was when they tried to replace Kristen!! If he is asking an unreasonable amount then oh well!

Skp53
Skp53

He should be back on DOOL, but I was looking forward to seeing him on GH too.

clyde
clyde

if Peter Reckell is not returning to Days Of Our Lives, who’s gonna play Bo Brady ?

Mark
Mark

Kill him off. That would at least give K. Alfonso a storyline!

Corinne Speirs
Corinne Speirs

Why not Robert Kelker Kelly who replaced him the first time he left. I think he did a great job. We need a Bo back!

4everdays
4everdays

Some stars demand too much money and producers have to make smart
decisions. Pay big money for one person or the same amount of money
for several actors and there is no change in the ratings. I agree with
Ken Corday. You have to protect the bottom line.

4everdays
4everdays

And yes, I miss Peter Reckell as Bo.

4everdays
4everdays

Does anybody recall the last time Wayne Northrop, Patsy Pease,
Mary Beth Evans and Peter Reckell were togather as the Brady
siblings? Were they ever?

JEM
JEM

Wayne Northrop left in 1984, and returned in 1991. If they ever were together as the siblings, it would have been briefly in 1991, because that was right around the time when Mary Beth left after the disastrous attempt was made to pair her with Shane. Peter and Patsy also left circa 1992, after Kim‘s multiple personality story and when Robert Kelker Kelly Replaced Peter. Of course, since 1997, Roman has been played by Chris Kositchek, whoops, I mean Josh Taylor. Kim has shown up periodically and Kayla presumably still lives and works in Salem. Same as Bo. Thats an interesting question…I‘m not quite sure how to even punch that into YouTube. Lol.

Susan M.
Susan M.

I can remember when they were all on DOOL at the same time. That was when the show was really good and not about who is sleeping with who. I really enjoyed the days when there was an actual story going on. Now it just seems that it the same thing over and over with different couples, sex, sex and more sex. Get back to the good stories. A little mystery that actually gets solved before it gets monotonous. I can miss a week and still know what is happening. AND I say bring Peter Reckell back. He is one of the good characters and the only person that can do it justice. DO NOT KILL HIM OFF, it won’t be the same.

Gisele
Gisele

Put bo back on days it’s been really boring need some exciting like the olding days

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Time to recast or kill off the character but only if there is no more chance he and Corday cant work things out. An important legacy character like Bo shouldve never been off the canvas.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I really like Peter Reckell, but GH’s cast is really over-sized already. I miss him as Bo, but wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

DOOL really needs a love interest for Hope (or some storyline). I would like to see her with Lucas. Any reason Hope and Lucas couldn’t work? Are they somehow related? I’ve watched for a long time, but I’m not a super-fan with all the history like some posters on here. I would just like to see more Hope and more Lucas. But DOOL has been sooooo good lately. Love it!

Jake
Jake

They are cousins…plus I do not see the chemistry

JEM
JEM

Hope and Lucas????? If you need a daily dose of incest, check out GH or B and B. LOL. Hope and Lucas are cousins and even if they weren‘t, the age gap is jarring.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

That’s why I asked if the characters are related. thought I was clear on that.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Recast, Recast, Recast— this madness of Bo “being out of town” has gone on long enough. I love PR as much as the next guy– but honestly they have recast Bo successfully in the past– no reason they couldn’t do it again. If they don’t recast soon– then yes, kill Bo off– we all know in soap land death is only as permanent as hair dye– it can always be undone– but limbo land is getting annoying and the character deserves better to languish in no man land while the tptb get their act together.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

agree.

Bo Brady
Bo Brady

NO WAY CAN THE DAYS RELACE BO WITH SOME OTHER YUTS !!!!!!! IT IS HIM OR NO ONE !!!!!!!

R.P Johnson
R.P Johnson

As much as I hate to admit it, I don’t miss him. I wish Hope hope more of a storyline. I think the show is doing fine without him. I would rather see the next generation of “DOOL,” especially if the show casts some brothers and sisters for Sonny and Teresa.

4everdays
4everdays

We already see JJ’s older sister, Abby and Theresa has a brother named
Andrew. Theresa and Andrew have a half sister named Eve: MY ALL TIME
FAVORITE!!!!!!!!!!!!

4everdays
4everdays

Eve and franky could be grandparents without SORAS. It has been that long.

JEM
JEM

No doubt. Eve is pushing 50. They were teenagers along with Jennifer. Jennifer graduated in 1987, so in real time, that makes her 44 on the show. Eve was a gross character. She was a hooker, and scarred up, and sleeping with a greasy pimp. Yuck!!

SZima
SZima

I’m with you…don’t miss Bo either. But they should kill the character off so Hope isn’t talking on the phone to NOBODY forever. It’s beyond ridiculous!

Joshua
Joshua

He will never win an Emmy staying on “Days of Our Lives.”

SZima
SZima

He doesn’t deserve one.

4everdays
4everdays

Hope and Lucas are first cousins(Hortons). Hope’s mom, Addie and Lucas’
dad, Bill are sister and brother.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Thanks for clarifying that.

Daysfan
Daysfan

I think DOOL should kill Bo off. It is clearly a money issue. Peter has a family to support and is entitled to ask for what he feels he’s worth, but these are hard times for soaps and unfortunately the money isn’t what it used to be. I would hope that he would return to DOOL at some point because I can’t imagine it ending without Bo and Hope.

Nina
Nina

They have specified that it is not a money issue. I think that Bo doesn’t agree with the gay story line because that’s when he left when that started. Wish they were done with that. DOOL was doing just fine wtihout that crap!!!!

Christian
Christian

Amen to that. Lets be done with thst story line!

Bonnie Misquaddis
Bonnie Misquaddis

I agree that they should get rid of the gay stuff and also Brady doing coke too. The show don’t need stuff like that being advertised one a good soap like DOOL. I would love for Bo to return cause him and Hope make the show. There is not much excitement happening they are losing their true audience that havebeen warching for years now m Bring Peter bsck and get bsck your audience.

4everdays
4everdays

Hope should be with Justin as others pointed out.

4everdays
4everdays

I want to see Adrienne flip out over and over. Judi Evans is great!!!

Hilary
Hilary

I think the answer to this and so many other actors whose characters are not only MIA from the canvas but SORELY NEEDED TO DRIVE STORY is to pay them what they’re worth, write good, compelling stories that are character-driven and make sense for their history, and properly characterize them so that we don’t look at them in the SL’s and say, “huh?” That’s the answer. Pay Peter. Pay Stephen. Make room for them on the canvases. Give us the legacy people we’ve grown to care about. That’s what I think.

Larry Welch
Larry Welch

Oh well then…no Bo anymore?? I think now is the time for a visit to see how Hope is doing…No?? I’m sure she’d love to see her old ‘Beau’…Patience has its virtues…

4everdays
4everdays

I may have to stay away for a while. I’m starting to flip out over all the
possibilities. The show has a great many ducks in a row. I love DOOL.

R.P Johnson
R.P Johnson

With Nicole, Sami, Kristen, Brady Will and EJ, the show is the best it has been in years. I can’t wait to see if Chishelle to start!!!

Daisy
Daisy

Good luck to him but they need to recast or kill him off. Its not fair to Kristen A. She’s a great actress and needs a storyline…and not some stupid Stefano deal either!

Jeffrey Anderson
Jeffrey Anderson

I was surprised when I read this articles.. Best Wish for our good friend/fan to Peter Reckell whatever he want to go.

cissy
cissy

would love it if they would bring back Robert Kelker Kelly.loved him as BO.

JEM
JEM

Almost every single character on this show has been presumed dead at one point. There is very little emotional impact when this show tells a death story. But a Bo presumed dead story would work…it would affect the entire canvas…allow every cast member the chance to shine…especially Kristian…I still say she was robbed of an Emmy the year that twisted satanic freak Jim Reilly made the decision to kill off her son. She plays grief exceptionally well…and it would give her a big story…and eventually allow Hope to move on. I cannot see a successful recast at this point, and Peter is not returning, so it is one of very few viable options.

Sandy
Sandy

I do miss Bo and I am sure Hope does too. She just seems to be floating between scenes a little lost. Recasting him seems like a good idea. I wonder what Peter Reckell’s next move will be and where he will end up? I sense the money plus his status were a big issue for him and he is not settling for less. Good luck but I sense a little arrogance here.

Mad/hatter
Mad/hatter

They had a recast one of the best in the industry Robert k Kelly but you shit all over him because once again you let actresses go bat shit on you. So to bad that they do not have a storyline next time accept a great actor who is ten times better looking etc. the only actress who met him even half way was Lisa Rinna. If you are without a storyline oops who cares!!!!

Patrick
Patrick

you know… add… in how wonderful and absolutely beautiful, sensuous, sexy, alluring… captivating… i have plenty of superlatives… to equate Crystal Chapelle.. and equalling splendid… was Lisa Rinna.

two women… who… had it… loved Bo… just as much…. dag!

I loved these women….

so.. if the rumour mills are true… and I can truly see this happening… behind the scenes eschewing…

sorry fans… but… I can at one time see that this happened…. KA is likely to have ruminated her will….

man… honestly… Crystal Chapelle… spoke volumes… she’s a hot staggerinly loaded with talent woman….

she had the same behind the scenes at Guiding Light… she was HOT with Josh… and they had to let her go.. or pair her with someone else… Reva was not having it.

STAR turns happen….

however…the bottom line is what shows should be about.

I do hope that Hope… has a chance with possibly Rafe or Vargas… i thought these were intimated well with.

fan from beginning
fan from beginning

Recasting Bo Brady I feel would notwork. Some characters are owned by the actor and for better or worse, PR owns BB. The chemistry between Bo and Hope has nothing to do with looks- it has to do with the history between KA and PR. I have always loved when they would show history clips of the 2 of them from times passed. Also all 3 actresses that worked with RKK were not happy with him personally. CC even went so far as to say that when she heard PR would reprise his role as Bo years back she stated that she was VERY pleased to hear that. I’d love to see PR back. I never thought that Days could take 2 characters as Jennifer and Daniel and make a “hot” romance so boring. Just goe to show that the true chemistry between Jennifer and Jack was what made her truly shine. I miss the comical side the 2 of them had with each other.

Michael
Michael

Thank goodness Reckell isn’t returning to Days. I used to love Bo/Hope but Reckell’s portrayal had been lacking in recent years. Sorry- buy he was boring. When I read that he couldn’t come to terms with Corday, I detect money issues. His days are done- and it is time to pas the reins over to more interesting and timely talent.

Patrick
Patrick

for storyline purposes… ie: for the sake of Hope.

let Bo have a mid-life crisis… have him jettison accross the u.s…/world… and end up with Carly.

this would be an easy out… for his eventual and has to return…. in.

he has a breakdown from being on the police force… and has a breakdown… something.

he’s still pivotal and the clammoring fans will reason… and await his return.

dmrjmd
dmrjmd

No; I am not disappointed either way. On DOOL, Bo was written as a key stone cop with an ego. No reason for him to have an ego as a cop or a detective. Not sure if he has ever solved a crime. The Salem PCPD are written to be inept.

debbie
debbie

Make him an offer that he can’t refuse. Days needs him back with Hope. We want to see more of both of them. The show would be complete, love John and Marlena! The first stars on Days mean so much to the people who have been watching all our lives, like myself. You have some loyal fans to watch that long!

Rhonda Scott
Rhonda Scott

I so agree with you Debbie! Days just isn’t the same without him. I have saw some say Hope should be with Rafe….ugh, so not a couple there! It’s Bo & Hope all the way!

Cathy
Cathy

DOOL should work on a deal with Peter. Noone can replace him! Bo & Hope together always! Work it out!

Karin
Karin

Give Peter what he wants and bring him back to Days!!!

MK
MK

he is Not going to GH or Days. I could see him on B and B as Ridge.

Bosgirl
Bosgirl

I hope he NEVER goes back to Days. I’m holding out for primetime. I hope someone will bring Peter to us during primetime hours. I’ll NEVER watch Days again. They ruined Bo and Hope and the reason I had been watching for years.

Debbie
Debbie

I think they should recast the role of Bo. As much as he loves Hope and Ciiara he would never stay away this long. If they are not going to recast him, they need to hook Hope up with Rafe,

Jake R.
Jake R.

Where is Bo supposed to be, anyway? I remember he was taking his mother for Alzheimer treatments out of state, which I thought was a novel way to write them both off the show. Then Caroline came back less than a month later without Bo.

Re: Hope-I’m a somewhat new “Days” viewer (since the gay storyline started), but I know a little of the history of the show. In my opinion, I like the chemistry she has with Abe, but I thought for awhile there they were trying to pair Abe with Kayla (I think that’s her name?) after Lexie died and Patch (Steve?) disappeared.

gail
gail

Yep, devastated, but I move on from such things fairly well…. Hope your future is good to you, and as you wish it to be. Hope to see you around, but enjoy your life. Enjoy your family. DOOL’s writers can’t seem to do it well without ya for some reason? 😀

Rhonda Scott
Rhonda Scott

Yes, I’m very disappointed that DAYS and Reckell could not come to an agreement to have Bo back on the canvas? He is greatly missed by so many DAYS watchers!

Vicky
Vicky

ABSOLUTELY DOOL should work out an agreement with Bo!! They can come up with something to keep him on board, and save our super couple Bo and Hope. Come on DOOL! Seriously….too many soaps are biting the dust and you should do everything you can to keep the fans watching!

Mary
Mary

I AGREE, I REALLY MISS HIM. WE NEED SOME STABILITY IN CHARACTERS TO KEEP US WATCHING.

paula
paula

I WANTED PETER TO BE SAM’S DAD ON GH VERY DISAPPOINTED. I LOVE HIM

SANDY
SANDY

PETER QUIT BECAUSE OF NO STORY LINE. NOT BECAUSE OF MONEY.

Julie
Julie

Days has always been it’s own worst enemy. They have some good storylines, but often run them into the ground, and others that have promise get swept under the rug. They could try and get a deal with Robert Kelker Kelly, who played Bo quite well some time back, but I also think they could work out a deal for Peter if they wanted to. I am quite sick of the Teresa/JJ thing already, both of those sorry little twits should be slapped silly. And as for the gay storylines, they are here, we know it, but I am getting a bit tired of having it always shoved in my face. Anyway, there needs to be a serious return to the roots of the show, and that would solve a lot of the mess.

Samantha
Samantha

the producer need to come to an agreement with peter because the show needs him

all54christ
all54christ

Honestly, when I was young–I did anything possible to stay caught up and not miss a show. Those were the days…super couples, crazy interesting story lines, exotic locations…I pulled up the “I Need a Hero” on youtube when Bo came back in black leather and a motorcycle. I can still remember that in high school! My teen daughters used to watch it with me…but then the story lines tanked, everyone’s kids left, and old characters just disappeared. I miss the old days. Sick of Sami and all her drama–really girl? Get a clue. EJ? You aren’t enough of your dad. Rafe–loved you on Passions, same with the guy who plays Eric (Ethan from Passions…BTW loved him with Theresa, but that show took major risks)? Loved Bo and Hope but their story lines are boring. John and Marlena? Awkward. Jennifer? No Jack. Remember Isabella? Roman? Kim and Shane? ISA? Eve and Franky? Patch and Kayla? Julie and Doug? Those were the DAYS… I don’t even like many of the new characters and some of them are really creepy. Stop trying so hard to appeal to newer fans and keep the old ones. My obsession passes on to my kids and its not much of a passion anymore.

You can’t kill off Bo. That would just dishonor him and his character. Its better that he is off doing the honorable thing. You can’t replace him–that’s like replacing Marlena or Hope. Somethings needs to change…writing? I think yes. Days needs to be resuscitated…or its just DAYS til its done.

Linda
Linda

No re-cast. He will be missed but time to move on!!!!!

Steph
Steph

I understand you need controversy to keep things interesting but let that happen among all the new younger characters on the show. I am 47 and have been watching Days beside my grandmother since the age of 10. Women like to live vicariously thru these characters and we need a steady couple like Bo and Hope who can keep that dream alive that “True love does exist” so Days needs to keep that alive. We also really enjoy seeing all the Holiday celebrations with characters and parties where everyone dresses up so please start adding these back into Days for the veteran cast and let the younger ones do what they need to do to attract the younger viewers.

Marsha
Marsha

After watching DOOL for 45 years, or more, I felt Hope and Bo were to be the next couple to carry on the Horton legacy that has been in limbo since Alice Horton died. Please Peter and Ken, work things out! Hope and Cierra need Bo back!

PAT IN UTICA
PAT IN UTICA

I love Peter as Bo, but if he does not want to come back they should recast his role to someone who does want to be there. they have done this before and should do it again, so Hope and Bo can get on with the show.

peterman
peterman

get peter back because him and hope kept the show going,if not i dont watch

Cynthia P
Cynthia P

I have been watching Days of Our Lives for almost 30 years. My favorite couple was Bo & Hope. That is why I have been watching ever since. I was sadden to hear that Bo was leaving and will not be returning. My mom watched Bo in As the World Turns when he played in that soap opera. It will be hard to replace him! I wish him lots of luck.

pat
pat

Get peter back as bo brady. He is greatly missed. Work out a dealwith peter. I have been an avid and loyal watcher of dool and peter was a good part of it.

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Coming up next week on Days of our Lives, prepare for drama, drama, and more drama! From the looks of the latest promo for the NBC soap opera, the action takes place at Marlena (Deidre Hall) and John’s (Drake Hogestyn) surprise one-year wedding anniversary soirée, where things could take a deadly turn!

But with the Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) masquerading as “Nicole” plot reaching new heights, Anna DiMera (Leann Hunley) and Tony DiMera (Thaao Penghlis) back in Salem, and the promo telling viewers “For one guest, the party, is over” followed by Sonny (Freddie Smith) yelling, “She’s got a gun!” and Brady’s (Eric Martsolf) ending line, “Oh, my God!” there is plenty to conjecture.

Also seen in the teaser is Kate (Lauren Koslow) trying to rip off the face of Susan Banks (Stacy Haiduk), and Stefan (Brandon Barash) and Gabi (Camila Banus) getting hot and heavy and Eric (Greg Vaughan) yelling, “No!”

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Kristen’s goal is to infiltrate Salem, remind Brady of the love and passion they shared, take over DiMera Enterprises, and who knows what else!  And everyone who stands in her way, better watch out as we have seen! We are speaking to you (the late) Ted, and (once kidnapped) Kate, et al.

Fans of the NBC daytime drama series have followed the tortured relationship between Kristen and Brady for years and through many plots; Kristen was first played and brought to life by Eileen Davidson, and for well over a year now by Stacy Haiduk.  Not only has Haiduk reprised the role of a frustrated, vengeful Kristen, she is also playing at times multiple roles: the wacky and often misunderstood, Susan Banks, Kristen playing Susan, or Kristen pretending to be Sister Mary Moira.

As for Daytime Emmy winner, Eric Martsolf, this latest story arc puts him front and center as viewers watch to see if what Brady senses, and the clues, and the feelings he is having, bring him to the conclusion that he has been duped by Kristen, and that her horrendous scheme – pretending to be Nicole (Arianne Zucker), and dumping Nicole’s longtime love Eric (Greg Vaughan) to be with him have a result that is unexpected or catastrophic!

Michael Fairman TV sat down with Stacy and Eric for this conversation about: all the plot twists, and playing the drama and the humor of the situations they find themselves in as actors in a wild story that only head writer Ron Carlivati could pen and keep the audience on the edge of their seats in the process. Check out this oh-so-fun, direct, and enlightening chat with two of DAYS most shining stars.

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Eric, what has it been like working in this part of your storyline; where there’s the character of Kristen in its many forms: Arianne Zucker playing “Nicole” (but it’s really Kristen), Kristen as Susan, and the real Kristen, etc?

ERIC:  It’s been a nightmare Michael.  (Laughs)  I don’t know who I’m sleeping with anymore.  I’m at the point where I go home at night, and I just tug on my wife’s cheek just to make sure that she is not my ex-girlfriend from high school.

When you first heard of this storyline, and that it was going to facilitate how Arianne was going to come back to the show… and that it was supposed to be Kristen in a Nicole Walker prosthetic mask with a voice alternator, what went through your mind?

ERIC:  I think in the back of Ron’s Carlivati’s (head writer, DAYS) mind, he was thinking to himself, “This dude started his soap career on Passions, he’s okay with this kind of thing,” and honestly, nothing surprises me anymore.  When you’re thrown into that supernatural, crazy reality, doesn’t-live-here sort of atmosphere for you first soap gig, you don’t sweat a mask and a voice modulator.  That’s just par for the course.  My biggest problem was the body thing … that Brady is not able to distinguish one body from the other, because I would as Eric.  My God, I know every inch of my wife’s body.  So, it’s difficult to get my head around that, but at the same time, I’m going with the whole “love is blind” thing here. (Laughs)

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(Laughs) I was going just going to say that Brady would absolutely know Kristen’s body from how passionate their relationship has been in the past, as well, he would Nicole’s body from his relationship with her.

ERIC:  Since Kristen did finally just succeed – let’s use the word in “seducing” him, and using her wonderful feminine wiles as only Kristen has to get Brady in to bed, there was also another twist.  What plays after that is that he notices the tattoo that’s been removed, and she plays it off as scarring from the fire.  What’s going through his mind as he is making love to Nicole is a “Kristen train”.  He can’t get Kristen out of his mind, and the guilt that he feels about that is horrendous.

Right! Brady is thinking: “Why am I feeling this when I am supposed to be with Nicole!?”

ERIC:  Right!  Brady has been waiting for a relationship for God knows how many years now – at least a successful one.  He is so eager to have this work, even though he has been concerned about how Eric (Greg Vaughan) would feel about this.  In Brady’s mind, Eric is done with Nicole.  He’s good.  He loves Sarah (Linsey Godfrey).  This is fair game.  Brady and Nicole have always been close … they’ve been close before … so, for him, it’s, why not give it a fair try?   However, he finds himself now thinking about another woman the whole time.  That’s rough.

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Do you think in the back of his mind, that this whole time, he possibly knew that “Nicole” was Kristen?

ERIC:  Well, you just have to wait.  There will be a reveal eventually, obviously, but until then, let the games play on.

So, once Brady and “Nicole” have sex, he keeps thinking about Kristen?

ERIC:  Constantly!  She just plagues his mind.  I think he’s realizing that his affection for Kristen is anything but dead and is very alive, and I think this is Kristen’s master plan from the very beginning.  She knows that she pervades his soul, and once she does reveal herself, I would guess he would probably be surprised, maybe a little angry, but in the end … you can’t deny what your heart and your body wants, right?

One of my favorite recent scenes had Brady half-naked and Kristen as Susan getting into his room, because she was looking for the MIA Nicole mask she so desperately needed.  She finds herself gawking and lusting after Brady under her disguise, and he tries to remove himself from the situation and says, “Susan, I’m going to get in the shower…”

ERIC:  Yeah! And, “It’s not going to happen, baby.”

What was that like doing that scene?

STACY:  I loved it!  I thought Eric was brilliant in it.  I watched it, and I thought, “Oh, my God!”  (Laughs) It is one of my all-time favorite scenes.

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ERIC:  Kristen is a tiger.

STACY:  She is a tiger.  She’s got a goal, and she is going to go after that.  She has obstacles that are going to come in-between her goal, but she will go after whatever she wants.

When Stacy comes in to Brady’s room as Susan, were you not laughing?

ERIC: No!  I thought she was hot. (Laughs)

STACY:  He did … he loved it.  You liked me, didn’t you baby? (Laughs)

ERIC:  I don’t think anybody can deny that Stacy Haiduk’s portrayal of Susan Banks is ridiculously good.  Everything from her delivery … to her facial expressions.  I think it is amazing.  I mean, it is corny, and it is fun, and soaps need characters like that once in a while to lighten the load of the heavy dialogue and the drama.  It’s a welcomed addition.  So, I love playing scenes with Susan.

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Eric, you always have been able play the straight-man so well in comedic scenes with impeccable timing,

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STACY:  You’re brilliant, Eric.

ERIC:  You guys are being very nice to me.

STACY:  You are.  I remember on the day how much fun we had, but then, seeing it back and the crap that I was giving you, and just the stuff you were giving back was so beautiful, and innocent, and so alive.  It was so funny.

Does Kristen think that now that she finally got Brady into bed that she won … that she got what she wanted … even if she had to don a “Nicole” mask to do it?

STACY:  Well, no, because she still can’t be really Kristen.  I think she is grateful that she gets to be with him.  That’s one of her biggest goals: to be with Brady and she wants to have him fall back in love with her again.  But for her, now it’s all about, “How do I reveal myself so that he doesn’t get scared away?”  That’s the toughest part for her.  Kristen’s love is so deep that it goes beyond this mask.  So, how is it going to be when he sees her?   Is he going to freak out?  What’s going to happen?

ERIC:  Did you think Kristen would be a little pissed off and think, “Oh my God.  He did go for Nicole?”

STACY:  Yes!  I do, because she’s like, “Finally, I got him!  But wait a minute … did I get him because I was Nicole … or because I was Kristen?”  As Kristen, she always believes there is something deeper between them and a deep connection.  That remains a driving force to her.

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ERIC:  That’s why I love these characters so much, because of you and the history of Kristen with Brady.  She’s always wanted him as much as he has wanted her.  She’s always wanted to be loved.

STACY:  Yes … and very much so.

ERIC:  Kristen had always wanted to be a part of the DiMera Empire, just as Brady has always wanted to be a part of the Kiriakis Empire, and they’ve always wanted love.  They’ve never had it.  They believe in the back of their minds that anything is attainable.  So, I can see why Kristen would just forgo the Nicole disguise and just go, “He wants me.”

STACY:  Kristen wants to believe that Brady knows it.  She says to herself, “He knows it’s me inside and behind the mask.  When he finds out, he will fall back in love with me.”

Now that she actually had sex with Brady, wouldn’t that make Kristen even more insatiable to be with him? Like, “I’ve got to have him!?”

STACY:  The fear is still .. what happens she takes this mask off?  She always says, “I’ll reveal myself, but I have to do it slowly when it is the right time.”  I think there is that built up frustration now for her, absolutely!

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Arianne Zucker really has Stacy’s mannerisms down as Kristen.  It really comes into in scenes where “Nicole” goes off on someone or loses her temper.  Eric, you have worked with Arianne for years on this show.  What do you think about her performances in this storyline?

ERIC:  I have worked with Ari over the years, and I have enjoyed it a lot.  Ari did do her homework.  She did study Stacy’s tape, and she watched her mannerisms, and she took it very seriously.  I know that because she is a hard worker, as much as a goofball as she is, she does work hard, and she wanted it to be good.  I think my favorite parts were the Kristen meltdowns.  You have to understand though; Stacy and Ari get along very well!  They’re kind of two peas in a pod.  So, it wasn’t a big stretch for her to take on how Stacy would play those types of scenes.  They’re both animated, they’re both wild people by nature, and so, it was a good fit.  It was a smart idea from the writers.

STACY:  It was a good fit!

ERIC:  I’ve been out with the two of them, and it’s hard to tell the two of them apart. (Laughs)

STACY:  We are just like two cuddly bunnies.

ERIC:  They’re like flirting with each other, and hugging each other.  You find yourself thinking, “Are they going to start ordering the same food at the same time?  This is getting weird. (Laughs)

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In the recent scene that aired; where Kristen as “Nicole” turns off the light while having sex with Brady, is she worried her plan will now go awry?

STACY:  Yes.  I think she is worried about her body because it is burned.  You know, how they take a tattoo off, and it’s as painful as can be.  Not that I’ve had that done personally.  I like my tats, but I hear it is painful.  So, in the storyline, the burn is that pain that she has and the tattoo. There’s a part of her that thinks,  she has to cover it up, and turn the lights down low.

ERIC:  “Nicole” is sleeping, and Brady is rubbing his hands over her shoulder and touching her body, and as he goes over the burn marks.  He sees a flash of the tattoo!  That is a pivotal moment when he starts to put some pieces together.   He thinks, “Woah! That’s exactly where that tattoo was.”  It’s a slow little rollercoaster ride.

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In the past, Kristen then played by Eileen Davidson, drugged and raped Father Eric.  Stacy, did you ever see that story arc?  Literally the sex scene is playing on the screen at Kristen’s wedding to Brady and then all hell breaks loose.  This to say Kristen is notorious for the ways and the lengths she goes to get her men into bed.

STACY:  Yes! I saw her Eileen do those scenes.

ERIC:  You also saw how close Kristen and Brady were to their dream, to their happiness, their goal, which was they were going to marry each other.  Brady is looking upon his loved ones in this town and thinking, “I know what you all think of her, but I’m going to show you our love on this screen, and once you see the connection that we have here as a couple, you all are going to be convinced that we belong together as well.  This is the happiest day of my life,” and the screen comes up and it’s his brother banging Kristen instead.

Marlena (Deidre Hall) played the wrong DVD!

STACY:  It was so good.  See, I try to find as much info as I can on the character’s past, because all of the time I’m trying to find where these characters have been in their dark and twisted past.

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ERIC:  You’re putting your own stamp on Kristen.  You got a direct call from DAYS casting department, didn’t you … when they were recasting the role?

STACY:  Yes.  You have to understand, I had two really separate characters to play when I was on Y&R.  One was a doctor, and one was this crazy passionate, wild, little minx.

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ERIC:  I will say to find the wild and the beauty in one package is not easy in any town, yet alone Los Angeles.  I’m glad they called you, because you have that.  You have that villainous nature, but you also are able to show a vulnerable side to Kristen that is going to be a lot of fun and interesting to see.

Stacy is one of those people that will leap off of the screen at you and you will remember her.  She is one actress that will have fans talking about their work, like when you played crazy Patty Williams on Y&R.  The audience was on the edge of their seats going, “Oh, my God!  What is Patty going to do next?”

STACY:  I never knew what she was going to do!

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Eric, has Stacy come to you at any point where she been overwhelmed by the task at hand; playing Susan while playing Kristen, etc, and the two of you have a moment where you work through some of the challenges of complex scenes  … and ones where she is playing multiple characters?

ERIC:  We’ve had many moments  to speak of.

STACY:  I always come into Eric’s room, and am like, “I’m scared!”

ERIC:  It’s funny you mention it.  We have had some very emotional scenes, and Stacy – who cares so damn much about this job and portraying this character correctly – that she gets a little overwhelmed, and the material that they give her is overwhelming for any anybody on any level.  I have looked at her in the eyes, and said, “You’ve got this gig.  You are this character.  You are knocking it out of the park.  Just do it.  Just be you.”   I can’t wait for people to see some of the stuff we have shot recently and have been doing.

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Stacy, do you think Kristen can be redeemed? Many characters on daytime … and on DAYS … have done horrible things and later turned over a new leaf.

STACY:  The thing is that villains are bad and all that other crap, but they’ve got a lot of stuff going on inside and insecurities, and they’ve got a heart.  I’m sorry, the villain with a heart of gold, can be very  true.  I never see villains (and I play them a lot) as bad.  You have to find where it comes from … how far does this go … where did that little seed change … and what made them go into the dark, but also, where is the good?  You want to bring the good to it, too.

ERIC:  Let’s face it!  Star Wars is all about Darth Vader and how he became that because it’s intriguing.

Because of the pace in which DAYS tapes its episodes; do the two of you find time to run lines together before you go hit the set?

ERIC:  We are running out of time to run lines.  It’s pretty wild.  Funnily enough, I was recently filming a movie and I was so underwhelmed at the pace of everything.  I’ve gotten so accustomed to moving at this militant style, that as hard as it is, it is preferable to me now.  I almost like it because you don’t have time to overthink what you are going to do, and you end up getting more visceral and natural reactions to the material.  You can overthink a scene, and you can come to a wrong performance that way.  When you burn your fingers on a hot stove, that’s the most natural reaction you are going to get.  You can’t have ten minutes to think about how you are going to scream about that pain.

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But, would you like the pace of shooting the show to be a bit slower?

STACY:  I would like to, but I do think sometimes just jumping in, and going and seeing what happens is great.  I love that.  I do appreciate that.

ERIC:  It’s scary.

STACY:  It is scary.  I would love if we would get to do a rehearsal and then two takes just to see, and then they can mix  together what happens.  Sometimes I am hard on myself as an actress.  I’ve always been.  It’s that jumping in when you only get to do one take.  You have to just give it everything you’ve got.

ERIC:  You can have a second take.  Want me to give you a little secret?  All you have to do is screw up your last line.

STACY:  I can’t do that.   I don’t even need it to be perfect because nothing is perfect.  It doesn’t matter what I’ve done if I sometimes don’t feel it.  I need to feel it when I’m on that set.  I need to feel something because when I shut down, I close myself off.  It’s like an athlete who has just got to  train as hard as they can to reach their goal.

ERIC:  You’re an Olympic swimmer!

STACY:  You’ve got to do it as hard as you can.  You practice, and you practice, and you practice, and you practice, so that when you come to that day, you do the best you can, but sometimes you are disappointed because you didn’t get that one last thing you had hoped for.

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How do you view what happened to Eric with Kristen, who disguised as Nicole, tricked Brady into bed with her?  Some fans commented that that they thought it was akin to a rape.

ERIC:  No, I would disagree with that theory.  I believe there is a high degree of deception in this, but there is a willingness on behalf of Brady.  He’s not drugged.  He’s not being forced to do anything.  Deception, yes.  Rape, no.

Stacy, what do you think?

STACY:  Total deception.  There is no rape.  There is absolutely no rape.  These are willing participants; he just doesn’t know exactly who he is dealing with.

ERIC:  I appreciate the context of how somebody could construe that, and the seriousness of the matter.  I don’t think it really has a place in this particular storyline.

Do you guys think that Brady and Kristen are each other’s star-crossed lovers in a weird, twisted, bizarre way?

ERIC:  I don’t know.  I think they’re magnetism can’t be denied.  I think the hurdles that they’ve jumped through are astronomical.  Will they end up together in the end?  Who knows!  Will there ever be an end?  Who knows!  It’s definitely been one of, if not the most, in-depth relationships Brady has ever had.

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And intense!

ERIC:  Yeah.  They’ve just gone through so much to be together, and when you do that, anybody who is married knows that, that’s where the good stuff is; the wars that you win together and the battles that you go through.  When you come out of the war, and you’re still together, that’s the bond.  That’s what lasts.

What would Kristen do if she couldn’t have Brady in the end?  Would she find a new obsession?  What if she could not nab her man?

STACY:  Wow!  Hmmm. (Laughs)  She’s going to get her man.  She wants her man.  She wouldn’t settle.  She’d keep fighting.  I would say to her, “Kristen, keep fighting the good fight.”

So, do you think Kristen will reveal herself to Brady sooner than later? Will Brady figure out what Kristen has been doing to get to him?  Will Brady turn Kristen away if he knew she was alive and back in action  … or would he fall back into her arms? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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Daytime Emmys To Merge Younger Actor & Actress Category Into One As Gender-Inclusive Categories Are On The Rise

The upcoming 47th annual Daytime Emmys are already making some changes to key categories and specifically this one that affects daytime drama performers.  Word from Variety is that NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) is going to announce that they are combining the Younger Actor and Actress categories into one gender-neutral category

Not only will the Younger performer category be gender-inclusive, but network soap performances will be combined with digital drama series performances for the category.  Previously, for this past Daytime Emmys, NATAS had changed the Guest Performer in a Drama Series to be gender-inclusive.

This category was initially created in 1985 when it was called the Outstanding Ingenue and then from there tweaked into Outstanding Juvenile Female and Male, and more recently that morphed into the Younger Actor and Actress categories.

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Former GH star Hayley Erin (Ex-Kiki) and former DAYS star, Kyle Pettis (Ex-Theo) will now be the last female and male to win the two separate categories with this new move for 2020.

Fans of film and TV have noticed that on several award shows on MTV: their Movie and TV Awards and their VMA’s, there are several gender-inclusive categories, as well as the Television Critics Association Awards who for instance doles out Outstanding Individual Achievement in Drama in comedy.

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So, what do you think of the change; that there will now be one Younger performer category at the Daytime Emmys? Comment below.

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