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Peter Reckell Says On A Return To DAYS: "We Are Talking Again, Trying To Work Out A Deal For The 50!"

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Days of our Lives turns 50 years young in November of this year, and as the big 5-o approaches many fans are hoping some beloved favorites will return in time for the celebration or make an appearance in story, somehow.

One of the biggest names ever associated with DAYS is Peter Reckell who played anti-hero Bo Brady for decades.

While discussions have been on and off for a few years now, and Peter has kept his ardent fans updated all the time on Twitter as to the status of discussions or negotiations with the show, this weekend he tweeted what looks to be a very positive step in the right direction for Reckell’s Bo to come to Salem for the 50th anniversary of the show.

Peter tweeted: “We are talking again, trying to work out a deal for the 50! I need your love, support, and positive energy!!!”

So, how much would it mean to you if Peter was to come back to Days of our Lives in time for the 50th anniversary?  Do you think a deal will be worked out this time?  Share your thoughts below!

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At this point i no longer care if Bo returns or not but at the same time it would be nice to see him and many other vets return for short visits and story arcs for the shows 50th…cant work it out with PR then get John Stamos…lol

The writers have sort of let us forget about Bo. It would be good to see him back in Salem. I did not watch DAYS during the heyday of Bo and Hope but I know they were “the thing.” If Bo does come back, he would stay if in the person of Reckell or another actor. Or supply a good enough short-term story that allows Hope and the many fans some closure.

Boy, does Reckell look good!

I recomend if a deal does not work out with Peter Reckcel brief return as Bo Brady, why not to and reach out to Bo Brady number Robert K. Kelly who replace Peter from 1992-1995. They are plenty of old footage with him as Bo since he was a contract player those years as Bo and with Bo number two they could try and reach out to Lisa Rinnina (Billie Reed) and Chrystal Chapman (Dr Carly Manning) Robert K. Kelly as Bo with those two ladies had some good stories with them as well as with K Alphonse (Hope Brady) .

I actually liked RKK better as Bo…so i wouldnt mind him making a guest appearance!!!

As much as I loved when RKK played BO, I don’t see him being asked back, if the “Deal” with Peter doesn’t work out. Peter is DAYS history. RKK filled in the blanks for 3 years. Peter will either be wiling to make this deal happen, or if not, no need, leave Bo out of it.

If GH couldn’t afford Stamos I don’t think Days could even afford his autograph at a Full House convention. But yeah, I agree that whether or not PR returns isn’t going to make or break Days. Good writing is the #1 thing lacking over there and the only thing that will save the show.

I mention Stamos jokingly because of the problems he had with GH over that shows 50th…lol…Good writing is Days biggest problem right now but since they tape so far in advance it will be some time before we see if new writers can fix the problem or we’ll be seeing that show’s finale ‘DAYS’!!!

You are gone stay gone and let the new regime brighten the decade ahead…DON’T BE A VICTORIA ROWELL because you can’t put ham and roast beef on the same sandwich..I don’t know what he was thinking when he left..was it old mans pilot season..was something getting rebooted..what is with these soap actors…

There is no point in bring Bo back for a short-term stint. He’ll just screw up Hope’s life the way Robin screws up Patrick’s on GH every time she “honors” the show with her presence.
I’m liking Hope with Aiden, and Bo would also screw up Ciara’s head again, and I don’t need to see any more tantrums from her! lol

Robin doesn’t screw up Patrick life that is on the writers not working with the actress schedule like they do others who weren’t even from GH, if truth be told the writer tried to ruin Robin to move Patrick on. Robin and Kim are GH legacy not Patrick. Robin has ties to MANY GH characters. Kim stated many times she is willing to do both and if others like MoB, TG, Ro H, ME and even the new ones like BM get to do GH and other things then Kim can do both. Many of us wait for anytime the writers and FV DECIDE to bring Robin back. Same goes for Bo played by the only Bo and that’s Peter Reckell.


UMMMMM…damien..the only ratings grabber will be an Sami/EJ return..the true ratings grabber will be an Ali Sweeney return altogether…James Scott or not..Sami can return EJ’less and blow the ratings out the roof just WAITING for EJ…I like BO but it’s like a Patch return..after a month..put a PATCH on the STORY…

At this point, I would rather see RKK reprise Bo. Its so exhausting seeing these teasers about PR, and frankly, it isn’t fair to the fans!!! They should’ve had Bo presumed dead, or maybe Aiden will been have working with the Dimeras and Bo is being held against his will!! I find it hard to believe Bo would just leave Hope and Ciara. I have never bought that story.

Robert Kelker Kelly aged better; at this point bringing back Bo would only screw Hope up. If they have to – bring back Kelker Kelly

Exactly! And he would probably do it for cheaper.

I don’t like the way Mr. Reckell seems to involve the fans in his business negotiations. He should negotiate with the show in private and then, if a deal is reached, share the good news with fans. He deliberately puts pressure on the show to meet his terms by raising fans’ expectations. That being said, it would be nice to see him on the show — but it will have to be a very smartly crafted arc. Not like GH’s Robin unsatisfactorily popping in and out. If it’s a short-term appearance, the writers need to decide the fate of the character of Bo once and for all.

I could not agree with you anymore! This is not the first time he has tried to drag fans into this… I cannot believe there is a problem in the negotiations in the first place…in the hey day of Hope and Bo I see the relevance, but they have moved on, rightfully so after he left, so perhaps he’s holding out for a BIG paycheck instead of giving the fans what we deserve…closure.

It’s not like when he left he was tremendously in demand…. probably not a good idea to hold the show hostage at this point…because we stopped caring long ago.

I hear you. I felt part of that problem may have been the storyline that they gave him/them when the pulled Marlena and John a part. I would still like to have a few stronger matriarch/patriarch couples – Marlena/John, Victor/Maggie (actually Kate/ Stefano – liked them together), would like Julie/Doug as well, but they seem to only want to appear sporadically – then have other storylines and sub-storylines, relationships, etc. weave in and out of their lives. Would like models like Friday Night Lights, Cedar Cove where you have a stinger Maine couple (who like all couples have issues, but they work through them), then they have storylines that revolve around relationships and issues of people in the community. I know they do this on Days, but it seems to be all over the place, it needs more cohesiveness. They have central characters who anchor the show who are the stalwarts, and then they have other sub-plots.

If $$$$$ is involved. …..cya BO!

Well I hope management can work out a deal not only with PR but many previous stars of the show. A 50th wouldn’t be much fun it they couldn’t mine the rich history of the show with clips and guest spots. I cannot imagine Bo really has a place in Salem anymore, but it would be nice if Bo and Hope could have a proper confrontation and goodbye. The way they ushered him off the show was just sad, and PR and the character deserved better, this might be a chance to right that wrong.

Days needs to use its rich history everyDAYS and not just for its 50th, and because they have lost focus on their rich history is the main reason they remain in fourth place and loosing viewers!!!

DOOL isn’t the only soap losing viewrs so is GH.

I can’t believe that B&B is still on the air….I watch it on my DVR and I Fast forward through most of the show now…not just the commercials….I know its popular overseas, but to me this show is awful!


My pet peeve: General Hospital is NOT losing viewers!!!

1. Y&R 5,138,000 (-228,000/+71,000)
2. B&B 3,809,000 (-237,000/+79,000)
3. GH 3,242,000 (+53,000/+347,000)
4. DAYS 2,443,000 (+21,000/-302,000)

GH ratings have risen 3 wks in a row: New ratings here show they’re Up 53,000 from the week before and UP 347,000 from 1 yr ago!

DAYS gained viewers in these latest ratings, 21,000, but down 302,000 from 1 yr ago. Not bad considering they were down 583,000 just 4 wks ago! I predict next weeks ratings for Days will rise even more because of the JJ/Eve reveal, the social media buzz it caused. But for Clyde & the elephant caper, Days has improved much over the last weeks.

Young and Restless is down around 443,000 viewers in 2 wks! GH has NEVER, EVER lost that many viewers since Cartini came on & I’m over people saying these things!

Bo & Hope definitely need that closure, confrontation and goodbye as you stated, Mary SF. I would love to see it involve Ciara and the return of Jason Cook as Shawn D. I think the show would benefit in uniting the family, and incorporate believable and valid explanations revealed as to why Bo really left Salem, and why he must say have a proper Goodbye upon his next exit.

Don’t know why the DAYS brass was so Reckell crazy. Robert Kelker Kelly was just as good in the role.

I want Peter back for good…just to knock smiley-faced Aiden’s smug look off his pie-shaped face.

i would love for Peter to reprise his role as Bo Brady! Bo and Hope has always been my favorite super couple.

It would be great to see him back, especially if TPTB could orchestrate a few scenes with Caroline, Roman, Kayla and Bo.

I think Peter Reckell is missed as “Bo Brady” on Days Of Our Lives. He certainly needed a huge break from it all. He wanted to move to Oregon and have more time to be with his wife and children. I would be happy to see him on the 50th Anniversary episodes if he wanted to come back for a limited time.

I’m all for a Bo return for a limited run, as well, with Peter Reckell in the role, if it all works out. It’s time that the writers put closure on the Bo & Hope relationship. It would be great if Jason Cook (Shawn D) could come back to reprise his role, too.

Jason Brooks
Michael Muhney
Trevor St. John
Brandon Barash
Josh Kelley
Corbin Bleu
Ted King

just to name a few

haha-ha, what do you want to do with those seven actors?
just to a name a few…what? additions to Days?


savor , tease

Jason Brooks for the WIN… dang he was at his finest as Peter Blake
Michael Muhney.. should be a DiMera… Peter , EJ… would work stupendously
Trevor St. John… dang… the women love him… so do I
Brandon Barash… brings so much bubbly ooh la la and returns… whet
Josh Kelley… can he get any sexier
Corbin Bleu… salivate game on… entreat and i’m ON he CAN ACT and NICE
Ted King… without doubt one of my FAVES… dang i love him with SKYE.. but i’d take him with Kayla

one more

Jason Cook… Shawn Douglas… OK top of the line…

????..AND HUHHHH…AND ????…Shows have to evolve…shows need new whatever you look at…HEHE…me too..look at J.J. we all like eye candy…but if it sits in the bottom of your book bag for TOO long…NO THANKS..unless it’s Ali Sweeney…I CANNOT WAIT FOR A SAMI RETURN…MAKE HER LIKE COOKIE LYON FROM EMPIRE..she went out to Hollywood and got involved in the Rap Music scene and has been making money…LOL..who else but SAMI..could pull that off with all the I wanna be GHETTO sass..AND I WILL BE..THAT’S MONEY..and look who all hangin’ around me KATE…

OF ALL the scenarios Sami could get away with even though she know she can’t..she’d be stupid enough to just GO WITH IT…

Ah, yes, let’s get Jason Brooks back! He was awesome as Peter. I doubt it can happen though because of the wrench he threw into holier-than-though Melissa Reeves’ marriage last time. She’s half the actor that Brooks is, but unfortunately, that uptight witch has too much history with the show, and her husband would make her quit if Jason Brooks were to return.

I’d love to see Peter Reckell back too. He was never a great actor, but he and Kristian are part of the show’s heart and soul, and he was the biggest sex symbol in the show’s history.

Unfortunately, Jason Brooks is very unlikely to return to the role.
I’m sold on Robb Derringer as new Peter Blake, I’ve also heard the suggestion of Ted King as a possibility, too. It’s time DAYS brought Peter back via a Kristen visit!!!

JP…y-e-s…that would be TOTALLY AWESOME if Jason Brooks were to come back to DOOL…HELL YEAH!!!!! To me, Jason Brooks is ONE H-O-T DUDE!!!!! And…he can TRULY A-C-T…EVEN BETTER!!!!! But you know what would make me EVEN HAPPIER…if that self-righteous and prissy-filled Melissa Reeves were to leave DOOL!!!!! I mean…I am S-O SICK of Jennifer’s annoying and even more meddling attitude…BEYOND B-L-E-C-H!!!!! To me, NO MORE JENNIFER=Y-A-Y!!!!!!

Have a good one, JP. Peace.

Would love to see Bo back. In fact, would like to see as many vets back as possible. Always like seeing all the vets on the show. Think that is what is needed to bring some of us back to the show now. Understandably and good that they bring in some new people from time to time for new energy and change, but since the show is a bit in the doldrums right now, two lead actors (Scott, Sweeney) just left , storylines are a bit lackluster, think it is time to bring back the vets to jump start the show and get it going again. I know times change, they are trying to go after a younger audience, but right now the new formulas are not working with ratings going so low, so maybe it is time to go back to some old formulas for awhile anyways, and bring back the vets from the golden era of Days. There is something familiar and comfortable about them that brings you back to watching the show. Still like when I see Marlena and John together. It gives a foundation to the show. The vets make you want to tune in and watch. Like seeing the vets on the screen. Like seeing old family and friends. If you do not have an attachment to the characters you are not drawn in to watch. With Days it is part of the nostalgia that keeps you watching. Without that the show is lost. Bring Bo and the vets back! The time is right now. Without them there is no reason to turn the show on.

I agree about seeing old family and friends…. however…I have to disagree with the John and Marlena story. I used to really like john…something happened and I just got so sick and tired of him…. I was glad when he went off the radar for a while….I think it was about negotiations….but just not into it anymore.

Get Marlena involved with someone new…

Yawn. I love Days and I want it to stay on the air. In order for that to happen it needs interesting actors and storylines- not self indulgence. Please stay away Peter- your Days are done.

Peter Reckell always manages to remind viewers that the soaps are a business, first and foremost. He’s a party pooper!

Maybe under the new writing regime it’s something that would be conceived; the perception of Bo over the past few years has been quite disgusting. I wouldn’t mind him coming back in a recurring capacity, where he pops up every now and again.

I feel like for #DAYS50 the new regime have a large task ahead of them. I’d love to see a lot of classic faces come back to the series; there are so many characters that could be ushered back to the scene, even if for a temporary multi-week stint, though some I’d love to be brought back on a permanent basis. And maybe even a few new characters and / or faces, that would be something, wouldn’t it? And maybe some characters could be written out of the series, to get rid of some dead weight!

Belle (Martha Madison)
Shawn Douglas (Jason Cook)
Carrie (Christie Clark)
Austin (Austin Peck)
Bo (Peter Reckell)
Carly (Crystal Chappell)
Sami (Alison Sweeney)
Mike (Roark Critchlow)
Laura Spencer (Susan Flannery or Jamie Lyn Bauer)
Sarah Horton (Terri Conn) [RECAST]
Taylor Walker (Natalia Livingston)
Madison Brown (Sarah Joy Brown)
Billie Reed (Julie Pinson)
TBA Role (Michael Muhney) [NEW]
TBA Role (Martha Byrne) [NEW]

hey Scott, I too, would love to see Shawn & Belle return to Salem, with Martha and Jason Cook, too. Along with, Christie Clark as Carrie, though, I’m not sure which Austin would be best to bring back. I’d definitely love to see Crystal Chappell return, along with Billie Reed, though I would prefer Lisa Rinna followed by Krista Allen. And, Vivian Alemain!!!

The last time Rinna appeared as Billie it did not feel right to me; not familiar with Ms. Allen’s portrayal, either. I just know I enjoy Ms. Pinson’s acting ability and feel like she’d bring more depth to the role of the character once again if she were to return, especially as part of the Salem Police Departure, or part of a bigger storyline.

Scott, may I add to your list:

Lexie Carver (Renee Jones)

Renee already has stated she’s done acting and done with Days of Our Lives, so I did not include her for that specific reason. Plus, I’d want to see them pursue Abe with someone new, like Maxine more or even maybe Kayla.

#1. you forgot Louise Sorel … Vivian Alamain

that’s OK

dang… honestly… the #1… person I’d like back… for continuity history…. and further Salem’ites…. Jamie Lyn Bauer…. Laura Horton

Michael Muhney would attract legions of fans out of the woodwork… NEED HIM

Martha Byrne is a VERY INTERESTING choice… and intrigue PULL … BIG!

I really would love to see Christie Clark… I honestly think she’d rise to the challenge and forefront and dethrone Alison Sweeney as the new heroine

Jason Cook…. Roark Critchlow… for the WIN

more than any thing.. it’s simply time for MBE’ Kayla to LIVE on our screens

it’s time for Judy Evans’ Adrienne to personify… and magnify…. her character

where is my Rafe’alicious

RECAST Guy Wilson

bring back Shane and Kimberly Donovan… w/Andrew

bring back Peter Blake

Billy Warlock too as Frankie Brady…Billy is married to Julie Pinson…maybe Billie and Frankie could shock both Jen and Eve by returning to Salem as a married couple???


Jason Cook

Martha Madison

Peter Reckell

Christie Clark

Austin Peck

I would love Vivian and Ivan to return for some comic relief, and Shane and Kim as well. Get rid of all of those deadwood characters eating up the show.

I really don’t miss Bo. I’m glad Hope has a storyline and I like her with Aiden. I wouldn’t mind Bo returning very briefly for the big 50th celebration, but only to say goodbye…and then please STAY gone. I hate this “will he/won’t he” stuff.

Why is he trying to work out a deal? You would think for a show that made him and kept him employed for 30 years, he’d happily come back for the 50th regardless of the “deal”. He is obviously demanding money and that’s fine, it’s a business but why let the fans know? I think the only time he should tweet is when he has a deal done not while negotiations are taking place!

Couldn’t agree more! He wanted out and now he’s gone….it was all about money…so if you play that game, you had better be prepared for the consequences… Hope, and the fans have moved on.

Peter R… be careful how you gamble.. and stop dragging fans into this…. we’re no longer that invested in you.

Jazz…Oh, I agree…TOTALLY!!!!! I mean…what EXACTLY is Peter Reckell’s, uh, ‘deal’ here?!?!? Is he trying to prove something????? Also, it seems to me that Mr. Reckell is arrogantly trying to use soap fans (in general or whatever) as bargaining chips or something…N-O-T COOL AT ALL!!!!! Bottom Line Here (well at least for me, anyway): At this point, I NO LONGER CARE if Peter Reckell returns to DOOL for the show’s 50th Anniversary (or whatever) in November. Nope. Don’t care. Next……….

I could care less. We’ve moved on from Bo and Peter. If he were just to return for a few eps, not worthwhile, although Ciara would love to see him.

Unless Peter is wanting to come back at a cheap salary for the 50 Annivserary celebration…. Days needs to use the money on new talented actors …. Don’t care about Peter.. he has moved on and so have all of us!!!

I am 65 years young and have been watching DOL for many years. I would love it if Bo came back. Maybe he could rescue Hope from her current love interest. Fans would love it !!!!!!!!!

Bo is coming back!


She doesn’t even have to return on the 50th. She can return in December, January or in the Spring, long as sh returns.

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Soap Favorites Jason Cook, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young Visit the Michael Fairman Channel

On Wednesday night, February 28, Four for Fun, the movie written and directed by former Days of our Lives and General Hospital star, Jason Cook (ex-Shawn-Douglas; ex-Matt, respectively), which stars Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-JR, AMC, Lucky, GH, and Rick, B&B), will have its premiere as part of The Golden State Film Festival.

If you’re in the Southern California area, tickets for the festival and to see Four for Fun showing at 7:30pm PT can be found here.

In the premise of the film, a dinner party between two couples experiencing eleven different endings, all of which points to the same conclusion – the best possible life comes from the one lived the most in the present. Sarpy and Young play one of the couples and actors Donovan Patton and Annika Foster, play the other.

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After its premiere at the festival, on the next night, Jason, Brytni and Jacob will visit You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel for a livestream conversation about the making of the film, working with each other, and a discussion on their numerous soap opera roles and much more.

It all begins on Thursday night, February 29th beginning at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT. Make sure to join us in the live chat, so you can ask your questions and share your comments with this talented trio.

Photo: FourforFun

Check out the trailer for Four for Fun below, followed by how to watch the livestream interview.

Then, drop any questions you would like us to pose to Jason, Brytni and Jacob in the comment section, and we just might ask it live on Thursday night.


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DAYS Blake Berris to Chat Live on the Michael Fairman Channel as Everett & Bobby’s Story Heats Up

The tale of Everett Lynch and Bobby Stein is starting to reveal itself on Peacock’s Days of our Lives, which puts returning cast member, Blake Berris front and center in story.

On Monday’s, February 26th episode of DAYS, the results of Everett’s CAT scan indicate he suffered a traumatic brain injury which jives with his story that he was in a car accident and spent in a year in a coma, or does it?

Stephanie (Abigail Klein) and Everett are reeling that Everett as Bobby Stein was married to Jada Hunter (Elia Cantu) and treated her badly. While Everett claims he doesn’t remember anything about his time as Bobby, despite his fingerprints matching those of Robert Stein’s, Marlena (Deidre Hall) ponders if he could be suffering from PTSD, which might explain his memory loss.


Everett wonders if he has a brain tumor, but Marlena points out that they would have found it on the CAT scan. While there is no obvious reason for his memory loss, Kayla wonders if he is faking his amnesia? Marlena tells Everett that she is a psychiatrist and they should set up sessions immediately. Will it be revealed that Everett and Bobby are split personalities living inside one man?

Blake Berris is set to chat about the latest storyline developments and more, when he visits the Michael Fairman Channel on Wednesday, February 28th beginning at 3 pm ET/Noon PT.  Make sure to join Michael and Blake in the live chat for your turn to share your questions and thoughts on the story.

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Days of our Lives fans first met Blake when he played the character of Nick Fallon who was eventually murdered in 2014. Later, Nick made a few return appearances from ‘the grave’, in 2021 and 2023. Recently, Blake returned to the show in his newly-minted role of Everett Lynch at the end of October of last year.

Blake will talk about portraying Everett/Bobby, plus working his co-stars, and being a dad to his three boys, and more.  You can catch the livestream below.

Now, let us know, what is your theory about Everett Lynch and Bobby Stein? Looking forward to hearing what Blake has to say? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Days of our Lives Legendary Susan Seaforth Hayes Talks on the Horton House Fire Storyline, Mourning the Loss of Husband Bill Hayes & His Near-to-Final Performances

It has been an emotional time for longtime fans of Days of our Lives and beloved veteran, Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie Williams). On-screen, the iconic Horton home was burned to the ground in what appears to be a storyline-dictated decision that shocked many. In real life, Susan is mourning the loss of her husband and DAYS enduring favorite, Bill Hayes (Doug Williams), who passed away at 98 in January. Over the weekend, during the 2024 SAG Awards In Memoriam tribute, Hayes was remembered along with other motion pictures and television stars whom we lost over the past year.

Since the Peacock streaming soap opera tapes months ahead of air, the Horton home fire and its aftermath are currently playing out in all-new episodes with more on this story featuring Susan to come. Bill Hayes also appeared in several of these episodes making it all the more touching and heartfelt.

When Julie came back to the Horton home to see what remained of it after the fire, Days of our Lives fans were treated to a heart-tugging episode that streamed last Wednesday, February 21st. In it, newly-taped scenes of a young Tom (Zach Chyz) and Alice (Sydney Kathrann Smith) Horton telling the story of how they came to live in the house to raise their children, juxtaposed with Julie and Doug (and members of their family and friends), surveying what’s left of the beloved house, brought many a tear.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Susan Seaforth Hayes for this very candid and heartfelt conversation to get her feelings on the Horton house fire, and being given the opportunity to have a storyline at this point in her storied career. In addition, Susan provides some insight on what it was like for her ailing late husband to tape scenes at DAYS shortly before his death, what the series plans to do about writing off the character of Doug while honoring the legacy of Bill Hayes, and how she knew she had the greatest love affair that anyone could hope for in their lifetime, which in turn, has inspired all of us.

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I was shocked when they decided to burn down the Horton house. Were you at first devastated … and did you know that there would be a big story surrounding it?

SUSAN: I did not know how big a story was with it. I knew that many years ago, another regime had planned on trashing the set and getting rid of the set because nobody cared about the Hortons anymore. It was stopped by one person, and I was eternally grateful for that. This time I thought, “Oh, my goodness! I guess I’ll be meeting people for a cup of coffee at the Horton Square. No home, no roots, no reason to be called in,” and thinking that’s the end of Julie. That’s the end of Doug and Julie. Then, when they began to structure a story around it, I think all of this came up during the writer’s strike. So of course, I was curious to see how this was going to turn out. I enjoyed the aftermath, because in the aftermath, and a little bit before the fire, if you saw the show, I get to talk a bit about the history of the household and the people in it.

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In the special episode that aired last Wednesday, Julie gave Leo (Greg Rikaart) the family tree history of the Hortons for his story in the Spectactor.

SUSAN:  I’ve had a couple of good long soliloquies about the past. I’m fated to be the character that does that because I’m the one still standing. I must say, I do enjoy doing them. Emotionally, all I have to do is rerun some of the actors and my own family in my mind and the emotion starts to come, you know, the emotion starts to flow.

Julie talks to Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) immediately after the fire. She is upset that the Horton family Christmas ornaments are gone. Fans were not happy that they could possibly have burned up. Thank God! There was a happy ending when they were located and unscathed, or there would have been hell to pay! 

SUSAN: I knew that they were in the prop room and that they still existed. But how much they were going to put a story around their loss, I did not know. We don’t get to ponder the plot. We just get to show up and start doing it. I think on this particular matter, something as important as a structure of the original set of the show, there’s been quite a bit of interest. So, I can appreciate that.

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I was thinking, ‘Did they decide to burn the house down, because they were finally retiring the old Horton home set?’ What was the purpose of it?

SUSAN: They’ve done everything to make quicker set changes, which is remarkable and very efficient right now. The set designer said, “I’ll be interested in your input,” which was nice. The one thing that I loved that had been done, didn’t work. You couldn’t shoot into it. It was a federal mirror over the mantle. I loved it. The size was perfect. I was just delighted. And then, we tried to shoot it, and because of the roundness of the mirror, you got a perfect view of camera one and camera three. So, it came down.

This is Julie’s project to renovate the home. She’s determined to bring back all the memories and redo it?

SUSAN: Absolutely, which is another nice note to play for my character. She’s determined to make the house something that her grandparents would recognize and still feel comfortable in.

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What did you think of the episode that just aired where the show incorporated flashbacks of a young Tom and Alice Horton?

SUSAN: Well, I set it up. They had their own their own lovely scenes. I read them, and I’m sure the audience was charmed.

What do you remember when you first came to DAYS, and you were in that house, in that set?

SUSAN: What did I notice about the set? I noticed that it was a strange shade of green. (Laughs) It was explained to me that that dull color meant that your face would pop on color TV. I understood that. I loved the little window up the staircase. I’ve always loved that. And at one time, there was a model of the house that sat on the set on its own little pedestal, a little playhouse of the exterior of the house. Whenever the house was on (and remember this is when we were a half-hour and practically live, but not live, because there was no editing), there would also be the sound of a barking dog whenever we reached the Horton house neighborhood. We never saw the dog, but I’m sure his name was “Spot”, and I’m sure he belonged to someone.

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You shared so many scenes with Frances Reid (Alice) and MacDonald Carey (Tom) in the Horton living room set and up till they passed. Did they get along well with Bill? Looking back, how was your relationship with them?

SUSAN: They loved him. Well, Mac and Billy had worked together before in theater. Mac was very kind to me at the beginning and helpful. Frances was as well. As Frances got older, she got a bit testy. When someone says, “You’re not going to read the line like that … are you?” It catches your attention. (Laughs). I got peeved at Frances from time to time, but her intent was always to make everything as good as it possibly could be. I saw her come back from her stroke. learn to talk again, learn to do it all again. Not do it easily, but to do it at all was wonderful, and the same with Mac. In his last shows, he was very frail, but we’re actors. We liked being there.

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During the taping of the episodes surrounding the Horton house fire, Bill was mostly in them with you. How was Bill doing at the time you taped these scenes?

SUSAN: He was okay. He was up for it. He had difficulty moving at that point. So, they restricted his movement a lot. Bill always enjoyed coming to work a lot, and it was extremely difficult for him because he was blind, and didn’t move very well. And now, to do a scene with people who may or may not, have rehearsed with you, who may or may not, give you the exact cue, and when they are attempting to have you look each other in the eye, you can’t see who’s eyes they are, that was the hard part. The easy part was working with him, which was lovely and was a gift. It was a gift from Corday Productions that he was able to work within three weeks of his death, which I thought was super and extraordinary.

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That is amazing. Did Bill understand everything that was going on at the time of the tapings?

SUSAN: Absolutely. He understood what was going on. He just couldn’t see it or touch it.

The timing couldn’t have been easy for you with Bill’s declining health, and that the show was going to burn down the Horton home where you shared so many scenes and memories.

SUSAN: Well, it hasn’t been my greatest stretch. But I knew that life would be like this. I’ve had five decades of an absolutely wonderful, blessed marriage and a chance to work and a chance to live in my own home and travel, all good. And now, we’re going to have the epilogue. And the epilogue is the hard part, seeing rapid change around you and losing the people that were the center of your life. I’ve just been very fortunate to have cultivated some wonderful friendships, and to have a wonderful large family of Hayeses.

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You do realize that you and Bill were the gold-standard of what we all should be lucky enough to have in our lives. What an incredible, beautiful, passionate, loving marriage that the two of you had. You don’t see marriages like that anymore. We were all just in awe of the two of you. To us, it was the greatest love affair. You got to have that which is so extraordinary.

SUSAN: I know, and it was all Bill. I mean, any idiot could have been married to Bill Hayes and been deliriously happy. The guy was so perfect in every way that you really would have to pick something and blow it out of proportion to ever complain about any of his traits of character. He was just all good character, goodwill, and good humor. I just followed along and tried to live my life for him, with him, and follow his style, which I hope to carry on. I hope to be as good to people as he was to people, and, not be selfish.

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I always remembered how the two of you would come to the studio with your suitcases, ready to work no matter what material, large or small, they gave you. You showed up. You just had such great work ethic and you don’t see that as much anymore.

SUSAN: At the moment, it’s hard to find it everywhere. I think it’s probably generational. You cannot get too angry at people that are still holding up their phones in the one rehearsal that we have. I think it’s more convenient to receive your work electronically, but somehow it doesn’t seem quite as real. You don’t have a script in your hand anymore unless you print one up yourself.  Sometimes you haven’t met the person you’re working with. Well, that’s not unusual, but no rehearsal at all, that’s kind of marvelously new.

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Does Julie lean on anybody for emotional support as she tries to rebuild the Horton home. Who’s there for her?

SUSAN: As far as I can tell, nobody. I’m supposed to be the wise woman, and Marlena (Deidre Hall) is supposed to be the other wise woman. I haven’t had any scenes with Marlena for help. I would think Marlena would be the person I would be going to for grief counseling, for friendship, for all of that. I haven’t seen it in the scripts, yet. I’m still deeply entwined with Chad’s (Billy Flynn) storyline.

How is Billy Flynn to work with?

SUSAN: A pleasure. Billy Flynn has grown a lot as a human being and as an actor since I’ve known him. I’m really enjoying his company and really enjoying doing scenes with him. We rehearse and then we get on other subjects and laugh and talk and inform each other. We’re interested in a lot of the same things. He’s a new parent. He’s really devoting himself to that, to that experience in the best possible way. So, I’m lucky.

Do Julie and Chad try to figure out who set the fire?

SUSAN: Oh yeah.

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I kept thinking about how Julie got burned in the kitchen fire years ago and her face was scarred, At the time, your mother Elizabeth Harrower was writing DAYS and wrote that for Julie. Did you hate that story?

SUSAN: Well, I know where the story came from. It came up from something in mother’s own life. I knew the people involved, and I wasn’t crazy in love with the idea. Then, when it was supposed to go for six weeks and went on for months and months, I was concerned. Mainly, I was concerned that my face was going to be affected because of the appliance, the scars, that I was wearing. I was told by a dermatologist, “You’re going to have a little beard after this. Ripping your face every single day to get this off is going to be hard on you.” But, I seem to have survived.

Has the show even addressed with you how they plan to handle writing-off the character of Doug Williams, and how they want to honor Bill?

SUSAN: Only in the smallest way. I had a conference call with the producers and our head writer last Friday. I was informed about the immediate, immediate future. I’ve also been promised that they’re going to keep me busy. It’s a cast of over 40 people. I’ll be happy to show up and to be included.

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I was just hoping that whatever they decide to do with the character of Doug that they were going to run it by you, first.

SUSAN: They have, and they have been very sweet about it.  I’ve got to tell you, this regime, they have a sign up on the wall now, that says, Things we expect on this stage.”  The first one at the top of the list is “kindness.”

Have you watched your work back all these years? I know some actor’s never like to watch the scenes they taped.

SUSAN: I think you learn by watching yourself, if you have an open mind, and if you are not hypercritical, or dismissive. I cannot be dismissive of a character that has given me such a wonderful life. I’m still interested in Julie, perhaps I wouldn’t have been if I’d been on the show for three years and never returned to it. But I’m quite interested in her now, and what she has to offer as a member of this ensemble.

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Julie’s ties to the whole history of Days of our Lives from this point on are very important. How do you feel about that?

SUSAN:  There are those that don’t care about the history of the show. I know that. I know there are those that only care about continuing with something snappy to keep eyes on the screen through action, adventure, drama, death, kidnapping, missed opportunities, all that, which I suppose that’s what the audience craves. But, that’s not just what the show can do. What the show can do so well is character. There’s a lot of people over 70 who are still on the show now. I’m the oldest one, but I’m not the only one. We’re coming up on the 60th anniversary. I don’t think the show is worn out. And if it is, it’s had a remarkably successful six decades.

Lamon Archey (Eli) is back on DAYS for a stint. What has it been like to work with Lamon as his on-screen grandmother?

SUSAN: I think he’s terrific and visually he is so beautiful, so appealing. I think both Eli and Lani (Sal Stowers) are very appealing as characters. I’m delighted to be connected to Eli as a family member. That was a lucky break for me.

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Do you think DAYS fans are going to continue to be emotional in the aftermath of this fire and all the story that comes out of it? Do you think we’ll be touched by what Julie goes through to get the remains all cleaned up for a new house?

SUSAN: I think anybody in America who’s gone through a disaster, and have unfortunately had the disruption of their home, will be sympathetic and interested in how it all turns out. It’s a nice note to play. We haven’t had to do that very often. We just go from one lovely apartment to another without much discussion. I think this is the one set that meant a lot to people. I was very sorry to lose “Julie’s Place,” as it turned into kind of a sandwich shop. I still loved having a business, a tangible place to be, and an alternate place for people to meet.

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Upon reflection, what was your favorite scene with Bill? Was it when Julie and Doug got married on-screen, or was it something else that was much more intimate?

SUSAN: I think our last scene is going to be more important, emotionally. I think the first wedding was beautiful, but the material around the time of our second wedding, when Brenda Benet (ex-Lee) came back on the show and Doug stood up to her and says, “I’m not going to be manipulated anymore,” was also strong. There has been a lot of very important times – when Doug was killed-off by James Reilly, and we met in the tunnel of light. That was a day. That was a difficult day, which I certainly can’t revisit right now emotionally. When Julie found out Doug had run off and married her mother, Addie, that was a day. It was a day because, I went to the producer at the time, Jack Herzberg, and said, “Is this it? Am I not going to work with him anymore?”And he said, “Right! That’s it. You’re not working with Bill Hayes anymore.” We were not married at the time, and I thought I was going to go through the floor! That wasn’t a happy day.

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In terms of Bill’s final day on the set with you, did you know that it was his last, and what would turn out to be his last scene?

SUSAN: Well, they didn’t know. But I knew. I had been allowed to rewrite it. So, I can’t tell you Bill’s last line now, of course, but I will in time.

What do you think about the sentiments shared by Susan on her late husband, and this storyline? How do hope the show properly honors Bill and Doug Williams when the series writes-off the character? Are you enjoying the Horton house fire story arc or does it upset you too much? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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