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Peter Reckell Tweets & Confirms He Is Leaving Days of Our Lives In Heartfelt Statement!

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This had us with a lump in our throat the minute we started reading this! Just a few hours ago, Days of our Lives superstar, Peter Reckell confirmed via his Twitter account that he is indeed leaving the series and putting to rest for now his beloved character of Bo Brady.

Rumors had been running rampant over the last several months that Peter had told his cast mates that he was intending on leaving and last week, Peter’s wife, Kelly Moneymaker also seemed to confirm it on her Twitter page.  But we had not heard officially from the man himself, Reckell, until now.   Here is Reckell’s statement below to his followers and longtime DAYS fans below.

Peter Reckell:  “Days of Our Lives has been my home, my life, for almost 30 years. Bo is a character that developed from my soul, and has touched many lives, but none more than my own. I took my place in the hierarchy of the show, in the storyline, moving others aside, in the eighty’s.  Now others have moved into the place I once held. I have been very fortunate to have had such a long, meaningful run.  But now, with a torn heart, I have to say goodbye to the people, family, the character, that I love. You have to know this has not been easy. I do not want to give up Bo, and with luck, in the future, will be able to return to the character that I fought so hard to preserve.  Thank you for being the most supportive, forgiving, loyal viewers there are. You have given me strength in difficult times.  You are the reason DOOL is still standing and will continue for years to come. Thank you for all you have given me and the character I love!”

So what message would you like to send Peter’s way on his decision to leave the series?  How do you feel about his decision?  Do you think the powers-that-be should recast Bo? Or, just write the character off the canvas, until which time they can find story in which Reckell may want to come back for?

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What we can say is; Peter Reckell is one of the good guys in this industry.  And, he will be terribly missed.   He made Bo Brady a classic anti-hero, and we know this decision was not made easy and we are sure with a very heavy-heart.

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Jewell
Jewell

Sorry to hear him go.. But best of luck to him. No they should not recast him that is like recasting Tad Martin.

Jules
Jules

A very classy statement. If he has to go for whatever reason, he’s leaving with dignity and pride and a lot of gratitude. He’s setting a great example.

I was so hoping the rumors were false and that Peter and DOOL would find a way to make things work. Hope is not the same character without Bo, so I don’t know what will be done there.

No more exits PLEASE (with exception to Gabi and Rafe, who can go yesterday)! Start bringing back beloved vets! Start with Eileen Davidson and rehire Matt Ashford!

Jani
Jani

I am so sorry to see ( Bo ) Peter leave days. He and Hope were like cookies and cream. Each complimented each other and Hope’s roll with out Bo is like she is lost.

I would not see Gabi and Nick go .. they tend to turn my stomach and Rafe ( well I just really like him ) Kristen can go too!

When Bo took his mother to a place to help her with her memory, I thought maybe she was not coming back, but never expected it to be Bo!

Whatever you do from here on in Peter the very best of luck to you.

God Bless ( A Brady forever ) ….

CINDY BISCORNER
CINDY BISCORNER

It just breaks my heart to hear that you are leaving DOOL. You are and always will be my favorite character on the show. I just can’t imagine Day’s without you on it. I know you have left before and it was just strange when you weren’t there. Too many “Bradys” have left the show already!!! I pray that the powers that be would give you a meatier storyline and you will reconsider and stay. Please know you are beloved character and wonderful asset to DOOL and you are loved and will be sorely missed. You are an awesome actor and I hope to see you in the very near future on another great show….should you really end up leaving DOOL!!! God bless you and your family Peter (Bo). We all love you <3

Lila Snow
Lila Snow

Beautifully said! You have gone thru 2 billies, carly, but you and HOPE are the most loving, romantic couple- even thru the Princess Gina days you two belong together!~ there is NO HOPE for DOOL if you leave!

melissa
melissa

Sad….and I do not even watch DOOL..Really miss OLTL and AMC so.And as a fan
I know how hard it is to lose a character and worse yet your show.Wish him well and hope he returns for his fans.

Barbara Weiss
Barbara Weiss

Peter, I have loved you since the 80’s when you were involved with Stephen Nichols as “Patch”. I was young then, not as young as you, but those were the days when we were taping Days on three VCR’s on the chance we might miss an episode. I still enjoy watching you and am so sorry to see you leave. Maybe the powers that be will realize what they are loosing and give you a story line that you truely deserve. Good Luck in whatever you do. I know you will be a success. 🙂

Blake
Blake

Sad that Sony is pushing these vets out over huge budget cuts. Same way they did with Eileen at Y&R, and they tried with EB and MS at Y&R. Hopefully they will work something out with Peter.

Barbara Weiss
Barbara Weiss

Peter, I am so sorry to see you leave. You are one of favorites, have been for almost 30 years. They had better not recast you, because I will be waiting for your return. Good Luck and Success in what ever you do. 🙂

Stephanie
Stephanie

It broke my heart a little as I read this on Twitter this morning. I wish Days could have enticed Peter to stay, I’ll miss Bo. It’s especially hard since Kristian Alfonso is staying, so that means a Bo and Hope separation. Coming on the heels of Matthew Ashford, Christie Clark, Patrick Muldoon, and Renee Jones exits makes it that much harder to swallow. I have been watching Days since before Bo showed up in Salem. I hope he’ll be back. I wish Peter well with what is next for him!

Ceridwyn2
Ceridwyn2

Best of luck to him. They did replace him once many years ago with Robert Kelker-Kelly, so it is doable, but as I haven’t watched Days in abt 2yrs, can’t say that I’d missseeing him on there.

He did fantastic on Venice, so look forwardto what else Peter does.

Annette Li
Annette Li

Sad to see him go. Like most fans, I’ll surely miss seeing him as Bo. Hope he’ll come back someday! The writers should write him off the show, until whenever an exciting, new storyline comes along, in which he’d definitely want to return for!

ricardo
ricardo

they asked peter reckell to take another pay cut. peter refused to take another pay cut. i don’t blame him for leaving days of our lives. i will miss him as bo brady. it might be cheaper for days of our lives if they recast bo brady.

Patrick
Patrick

I have to stop, and think, about, WHAT Bradys, Hortons, & DiMera’s… are still on the show. ?!?!?! isn’t this the core of NBC’s DAYS, DOOL?

Kayla, Roman, Caroline – Brady

Jennifer, Maggie, Hope – Horton

EJ? – DiMera

I’ve already posted…. I’m heartsick…. about Peter Reckell.

Toast to “Fancyface” – Ciara – Shawn D. and his Mom Caroline.

I don’t even know what to “type”…. Thank you Peter Reckell…. for 30 years of outstanding acting.

Jessi
Jessi

Bo IS Days and its sad to see him leave. I understand though where Peter is coming from and wish him nothing but that best!

Iakovos
Iakovos

This is sad news even though we knew it coming. I know not every character can be front and center, but every character can be meaningful, vibrant, and vital. Seems daytime lately is forgetting this in matters of money and ratings. Characters and the actors who portray them are the draw, along with cohesive strong plots (and I am not talking about cliches!). Today’s world offers so many stories and experiences to esplore in the body of a middle-aged sexy man as Bo Brady, and I am not talking spy capers and international folderol. Legacy characters are particularly important to the daytime canvas. Maybe Reckell one day can return to DOOL and Salem? We hope so.

EN WESTERMAN
EN WESTERMAN

I have watched DAY’S OF OUR LIVES since the first day it aired. I am verry sad that Petter Rechell will no longer be there. He and Christin were such a joy to watch togather. PLEASE tell us that she will continue to be appart of the show. I wish him the very best of luck and hope the producers realize how much his part in Day’s is so important to the fans. Day’s will no longer be the same without him…..

Shelley
Shelley

Another sad day to see one of my DOOL favorites exit! 🙁
I wish Peter the best of luck in whatever endeavors he wants to pursue.
Hope is not the same without Bo and vice-versa; however, I do not want to see a replacement Bo. Peter Reckell IS Bo Brady!

carly fan 2
carly fan 2

PETER [BO BRADY] YOU WILL BE MISSED JUST AS I MISS CRYSTAL [DOCTOR CARLY MANNING] LOVE YA PETER [BO BRADY] LOVE YA CRYSTAL [DOCTOR CARLY MANNING] MISS YOU BOTH BEST TO ALL YOU DO

Emily
Emily

DOOL and Bo & Hope is what got me hooked on soaps!!! I was 13 yrs old and my friend watched it all the time. I never understood soaps til I sat w/her and watched. B4 I knew it….Peter Reckell played Bo w/such intensity and believability. I got the sense that there was a lot of Peter in Bo. I was hooked on DOOL, Bo & Hope, super couples and romance, romance!!! In the 80’s DOOL had super couples galore and they all had great chemistry, but my fav was Bo and Hope. Love Peter and Kristian, stil watch’em. I wonder if long time soap couples are that diff from real life married 1’s? All the best to Peter Reckell.

Phil
Phil

Recast….I DON’T want to see another Bo and Hope break up….I know many don’t think the role is recastable, but it was done before…I am sorry, but Bo is not on the short list of DAYS characters who should never be recasted.

NeeNee
NeeNee

Peter has left the door open to return, by his statement that “I do not want to give up Bo, and with luck, in the future, will be able to return to the character that I fought so hard to preserve.” Perhaps this started out as a financial issue, but it sounds like he was boxed into a corner. Corday is smart enough to know that you never say “never again” to one of the few remaining core characters.

Here’s hoping Peter Reckell takes some time off and can come back to a re-energized storyline. I’m betting that Bo is the victim of some kind of violence and is presumed dead, much like FancyFace Hope was back when she ostensibly fell into Ernesto’s vat of acid years ago. Kristian Alfonso was on one of the night-time soaps then, and traded Days for that. But we all know that didn’t last and so she returned. Ditto Deidre Hall. New technology has really upset the apple cart of traditional programming, not to mention the abyssmal economy. Let’s hope that next year at this time we have new faces at the helm that will bring back our economy AND values!!!

kelly
kelly

i cannot believe that peter reckell is leaving dool… Bo and Hope are dool and without both of them this show will sink and go under.. I for one have watched for 16 years every day and have never missed an episode.. And it saddens me so much today after reading the news bo is leaving i had to erase days from my dvr.. i love Bo and Hope they brought me so much joy everyday… Days in this time of needing every faithful viewer you have u cannot afford to upset your loyal fan base by getting rid of the people who make dool what it is.. get rid of all the new people u keep hiring and keep Bo Brady on my screen at any and all cost.. until that day comes you have lost me as a viewer and many others i know as well……

Sue
Sue

I still find it hard to belive this is happening. This may be an end of an era. It’s a long shot that he would return to Days.

This s a big blow to Days. Peter was one actor that got better and better with age. The scenes where Bo talks about or remembers Zac bring me to tears.

I’m really going to miss one of my favorite characters and actors on daytime. Peter your the best.
xo

Cafe222
Cafe222

Peter Reckell is the only Bo Brady to me. Can’t believe Days let him get away.
Peter is incredibly talented and I know he will do fine in the future. I wish him nothing but the best.

Cafe222
Cafe222

Can’t blame him for leaving – Days has not used him to his full potential for quite some time.

Jared
Jared

Very disappointing news. Another great moving on. Please no recast, especially if it is RKK. I couldn’t stand it the first time around.

sheryl
sheryl

Going to miss Peter, Good luck in whatever you decide to do. We can’t believe all the people leaving Days we hope Days won’t be taken off the air like AMC and OLTL. You are all going to be misses very much.

Patrick
Patrick

So much is happening, behind the scenes at DAYS… if you’ve been a fan follower, in what seems like forever… and DOOL… is a staple… and one watches, for their own reasons… it’s gut-wrenching… a rude awakening… i’ve been watching for nearly as many years as Mr. Peter Reckell.. has been involved… with the legacy that DAYS is… to the Genre… we’ve all loved… and still support.

the hardest part to take… heck.. DEAL with… is when, and viably so… that it’s always the changing of the guards… Peter came in and took his place… and contributed… and now.. he’s leaving the door open… and leaving room for another “generation”…

this wouldn’t be so hard to bear… if the writing… was up to par… reason… we love our actors… and are so sure… that if given the chance… ie: writing… these actors… are more than capable, and want to be with “us”. well, that’s my “rationale”.

OK… if i don’t make sense… i have to share my take… in an ideal world… the production costs… would keep us all happy.

I can only hope they keep the door open for Mr. Reckell, to return… to his “Fancyface”.

SUSAN
SUSAN

NOT SHOCKED, DAYS IS NOT WHAT IT USE TO BE

ALL SAMI, SAMI, SAMI, PLS NO MORE SAMI,

JOE MASCOLO GONE NOW PETER RECKELL, WHO IS NEXT
PROBABLY WILL NOT WATCH ANYMORE AFTER 47 YRS OF DAYS
BEEN LOYAL FAN OF BO AND HOPE BOUGHT FIRST VCR TO RECORD DAYS
AND MY OTHER SOAP GH, NOW PETER IS LEAVING AND JOE IS GONE
SO DAYS IS ON ITS WAY OUT SORRY TO SAY

Tonya
Tonya

You’ll be greatly missed. I hope in the near future if you would be able to come back.

Kathy Richardson
Kathy Richardson

It is because of Bo and Hope that I have watched DOOL so long-probably 35-40 years. I watched them when they first met, she married Larry, was rescued by Bo, and all in between. It is the love that Bo & Hope share that makes me hopeful that someday I would find that kind of love. It will NOT be the same without Bo. I know it had to be a difficult decision, and Peter has his reasons, I just don’t have to like them. Peter has grown into a wonderful actor and will be missed so much I cry just thinking about it. I’ve had many dreams–literally, that I’ve met Bo and Hope in person and wish it were true because I really do love them both. I do wish Peter the best, I only wish the powers that be would have given him what he wanted so he’d stay because it won’t be the same. It’s like peanut butter without the jelly. May God bless you Peter, and hopefully you’ll be back to DOOL because you and Hope are my hero’s.

gabster1
gabster1

I no longer watch the Sami show but wish Peter all the best. I never saw the Bope appeal and always considered Hope to be a whiny thing who pouts and stomps her feet when denied her way. Bo was always at fault for something or other. She never grew up at all. See you in Venice and the Grove, Peter!

Danielle
Danielle

I do hope that Bo does stay on DOOL I would hate to continue watching the show without him. That’s like taking sammie off the show or even EJ. This show is losing it touch.

Susan Copeland
Susan Copeland

Please tell me this is so wrong! Bo and Hope make my day! All I can ask is that I can ask is that the powers to be to do everything within their power to get him to stay. I just can’t think of “Days” without him. Please, please Peter don’t go! We love you!

Sarah
Sarah

Like so many others, I had a lump in my throat as soon as I saw Peter’s first tweet regarding his exit. Peter created one of the most popular character’s in television history. Over the past 29 years I have watched Days.I have enjoyed several of his pairings. Unforunately, the writing was on the wall when Days failed to give Peter the storyline he so richly deserved – a dynamic triangle with Hope and Carly. For many years Bo had been nothing more than a handbag for Hope. The return of Carly was an opportunity for Peter to be front and centre again. But Days inexcusable failure to create an excellent storyline for all involved demonstrated they no longer valued Peter’s worth. As sad as his departure is, I for one can not blame him for choosing to leave. I wish him nothing but the best for the future. To those “fans” who have claimed he’s disloyal for not resigning to remain onscreen with Kristian, remember, he has given us 29 years of loyalty. There comes a time when enough is enough and I praise Peter for taking a stand.

Laura
Laura

Peter, you will be very missed, I have been watching the show when it first aired and in black and white I might add, watching you a sexy long hair motorcycle rider and your beautiful co star Hope, grow as kids on the show to super stars of today. It is bitter sweet to see you leave the show. I hope in the future you will make a stop when your daugther marries.
You have touch our hearts and there will never be another Bo Brady- your loyal fan
Laura

Fran
Fran

So sorry to see you leave Peter. I was wishing it wasn’t true, I have watched DAYS since it started and loved the Hortons & Bradys. You and Kristan are my super couple and you should not be replaced. There is noone else to play Bo. I hope they wise up and call you back because the ratings will go down. Ken, there are other people you could let go. Let some of the young ones go and keep Peter.
The story of Gabi going after Chad is overdone. PETER SHOULD NOT BE REPLACED.
I wish you luck and hope you will come back to a good story.
Wise up writers and Ken Corday.

Lis
Lis

Such terrible news. Right when I thought the story lines were starting to come together. Bo was always one of my favorites….what does this mean for Hope? Dont tell me it is going to be like bringing Kayla back and not having Steve….it just doesnt make sense. I agree with a former post.. Gaby can go…. Give us a really good super couple again….haven’t seen that in a while

RJ
RJ

Peter please don’t go! You were my mother’s favorite and she watched because of you. Now with Renee gone, how can us the loyal fans continue to watch without you there? What is Hope to do without you? Please reconsider and please make the right choice and stay with the show. Like so many of us know there are others who should go, and won’t be missed.. You are not one of them. We know the show isn’t where it should be, but as one of the oroginal’s the show is better because of you.

Kallie Dalene
Kallie Dalene

I responded to the last message where someone said that Bo is her mother’s favorite. Bo is also my mother’s favorite. She’s in her 90s and won’t be hapy seeing him go. Peter has to do what’s right for him. Mom won’t like to see him go but she’ll be okay.

My father died in 1994. He LOVED watching Days. Mom and Dad watched it together. My dad watched it until a month or two before he died. I hadn’t liked soaps very much but this made me realize how it puts some joy and excitement into the lives or some.

I don’t mind seeing Sami a lot. She adds some interest to the story. I like Rafe a lot because I like to have some real heros. You gotta have heros like John and Marlena. (You gotta have villins, too.)

JANICE
JANICE

I HAVE LOVED BO FROM DAY ONE I REALLY FELLED IN LOVE WITH HIM WHY LEAVE? WE NEED THE LONG COMERS ON THE SHOW THE CHARACTERS WE ALL GROWED TO LOVE RECAST BO DON’T TAKE HIM OFF LET HIM TAKE A BREAK AND COME BACK THE NEW BO MUST BE FINE LIKE THE VERY FIRST BO ON DAYS I WILL MISS YOU GOOD LUCK WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

Javen
Javen

My goodness, on top of Stefano this is a real shock and not a good one. If “Bo” does not like his character then the writers need to get busy and fix this. The role can’t be recast. It has been to long for that to work. Give the man what he wants and let’s keep going. We need Bo, Hope,Stefano, Kate, Marlena, EJ and Sami . They are all vital to this soap. Sometimes, plots just don’t go well and all that has to be done is WRITE it differently. People don’t think about how hard it is to write a story five days a week and we need to give them more credit ,but, if people start to rebel and leave the show this must be addressed and fixed . Bring in more minor actors and play around with that but leave our main actors in place. They are the icons of Days. I will agree that Bo has been put in a position of boredom and has been unexciting lately, but he can be revived and made exciting again. Give him back his fire and sex appeal and he will stay. Let Bo and Hope act like we know them to be–not so old and matronly. Writers, start writing! Javen

diane
diane

I do understand your decision. many of us are unemployed because of the economy. many of us my age(57) if lucky to find another job have had to take huge paycuts. I understand as an actor you want good storys to play. I don’t know if you need to find something else or won’t be acting at all. I think bo & hope have reached a status that should be stable. I love when the 2 of you are working together and read each others thoughts. Other people could have the big stories in which the 2 of you can be involved. i sincerely hope you will reconsider. You and hope (characters have always been my favorite) sometimes just knowing you bring joy to your fans life could be enough. please don’t go. your fan diane.

Myra Jefferson
Myra Jefferson

The show put a new Bo in the part back in 91 or 92 and that did not work out for Peter to come back into now. I think the show should not part anymore acters in the part. They are not right because they did not make the Bo Brady like Peter did from the start. His been on there for years. That is a lot of time and writing plus film people never for get. I lot of these shows try to write things but you can’t if they are done and taped that is for ever. Good luck.

jean taono
jean taono

I have watched Days for many years and have loved it, especially Bo, Hope, Marlena and John. These characters provided great stability. Then, things started to change, for the worse. Bo brings so much to the show and will be very missed. How foolish on the part of the network! I wish him and his family the very best. Thanks for the special memories.

Tommie Bjorensen
Tommie Bjorensen

I am so sad and want to cry. It has been Bo and Hope my favorites. I have
watched it years and years, almost the whole time you have been on. My
Mother was 87 when she passed and could not see but loved listening to the
show. And could pretty well figure everyone out. But like me Bo and Hope
were our favorites. Of course I wish you the best Peter (Bo) but it will not be
the same without you. And what is hope gonna do. Love you and will miss
you terribly. I hope you let us know where you will be. Tommie B.

Elaine
Elaine

I think if Days would have given Bo a good story line he would still be at DOOL ! What will Hope do without him? Do not replace Bo !!! I hope he isn’t gone for long, and will be back with a good storyline for Bo and Hope to be reunited!! I will no longer watch DOOL til he comes back. Please come back, Peter Reckell !!

Terry laval
Terry laval

I cannot believe you are Leaving days. You are my all time favorite. Days will not be the same without you for sure. I will greatly miss your appearance on days and I hope they Do not replace you. You are bo Brady and you made his character unique and special. Good luck to you Peter and hurry on back to days. Luv ya Bo Brady and I will miss your handsome smile.

Linda
Linda

How can they possibly recast Bo? That just would not work. Peter has been there for too long. He is Bo. Bring him back. ASAP.

Marilyn
Marilyn

I have been a fan of days for 45 years and I will really miss Bo I hope they don’t decide to recast no one could ever take Peter’s place

Broughton
Broughton

I HATE RAFE!

Jo
Jo

Peter I am sorry to see you and hope to see you come back some day. Are you leaving before they cancel DOOL?

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Wally Kurth Talks on His Daytime Emmy Nomination For DAYS As Justin’s World Is Turned Upside Down

You kind of know when you are handed the ball in the world of daytime drama, and it’s your turn to shine, especially when you get meaty material that runs the gamut of emotions. And this past Emmy season, Days of our Lives’ Wally Kurth delivered the performances of his soap career (although we suspect there is some more to come in 2020!) in the role of the grieving Justin Kiriakis.

For Wally not only played grief, but starting life anew in a romantic entanglement that can be all too familiar when someone tries to move on after the loss of the love of their life. Add to that, the complication that his son’s husband, was believed to be the person who caused the accident that killed his wife, Adrienne (Judi Evans), and with that the deck is stacked for an emotional fallout that landed Kurth in the running for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at this year’s 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards to air on CBS on Friday night, June 26th, albeit in a virtual presentation.

While Wally is getting many accolades for his work on DAYS, let’s not forget the double duty he pulls on General Hospital, where this week his Ned Ashton. This week Ned is front and center during the encore presentations of the GH’ Nurses’ Ball episodes, which feature Wally singing his heart out in numerous memorable performances through the years.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Kurth to get his thoughts and insight into his well-deserved acting nomination for DAYS, plus to find out his favorite GH Nurses’ Ball performances, and much more. Here now is what Wally had to say about it all.

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I am so thrilled about this nomination because you know, I willed this to happen.  I was like, “It’s got to happen!” (Laughs)

WALLY:  You actually were saying that, and you have been very supportive and positive.  I appreciate it.

What did you end up submitting? I believe I gave you “Power Performance of the Week” honors on my site for some of them, too.

WALLY:  I do try to put together a little story in my submissions for Emmys.  I think that’s kind of important because if you’re asking someone to watch 8 or 9 minutes of just you… I didn’t want to just (not that I had this material) but bludgeon them with one sad, sobbing scene after another.  I wanted to give them a whole range of Justin and a little story.  So, I did start off where Justin was asking Adrienne to marry him, and Justin is very happy, and it’s all good, and he gets down on his knee, and you see her, and it’s like, “This is something really good,” and I also wanted to include a scene with Judi Evans in my reel.  Then, I cut to where it’s a year later, and Justin is with Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) in their apartment. They are already living together, and they are discussing the anniversary of their marriages, and about the sadness of Adrienne, and she’s talking about Steve (Stephen Nichols), and then she brings up having to tell me that Adrienne died.  So, that was obviously in a flashback that happened six months earlier; where Justin is obviously very upset, and scared, and doesn’t want to hear it, and breaks down, and Kayla comforts him. Then, I did the continuation where Justin tells Kayla how much she has meant to him, and how he felt like he wasn’t going to survive, and how she came to his aid in a way to make him feel like he really has something to live for.   Then, at the very end, I did two scenes with Will (Chandler Massey) in the jail which is where Justin confronts Will, who obviously Justin thought was responsible for killing Adrienne.  It was a really lovely, really well-written scene where Justin tells him, “You’re a son to me, and you can be disappointed with a son, and you can be hurt by a son, but you never stop loving him.” I think it showed a nice range of the anger, the hurt, the happiness (because Justin tells him about Kayla), so you get an idea of what happened to Justin last year.  I thought it was a good collection of scenes that told a little story, and you could see the range of what Justin went though.  Evidently, it worked on some level because I got nominated.

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In the scene with Will, doesn’t Justin also tell him, “Don’t give up on life?” in a very hankie-inducing moment?

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WALLY:  Yes.  “Don’t give up.  Don’t give up on life,” which is really positive… even though he started the scene like, “I don’t even want to talk to this guy.”  Justin is there talking to Ben (Rob Scott Wilson), and Will kind of surprises him. So for Justin it;’ like, “Now I guess I’ve got to talk to Will about this,” and so he is still angry, he is still hurt, and you’re right, at the end, the scene has sort of transformed him in a way.  So, all of that stuff was just really nice, really nice scenes to get to play and very emotional.

I’ve watched most everything on the soaps from the performances to the storylines, and that one scene with the two of you was one of the best scenes I have seen in long time.  It was just so good from the writing to the execution of it. 

WALLY:  Oh yeah, I can’t even imagine a scene that was as good. Thank God that scene aired in December.  My story really didn’t get started until October/November, and all of those scenes that I included were from October, November, and December.

So, what did you think then when you found out that Chandler, along with you, and Paul Telfer (Xander) are all in the Supporting Actor category together?

WALLY:  I love it.  How great is that?  I love both of those guys.  I mean, I am such a fan of both of them.  Chandler kind of gets nominated every year, so I wasn’t surprised there.

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Well, he had one year, as he pointed out to me (laughs), that he didn’t get a nomination. But, Chandler has been pretty much a perennial nominee every time he submits!

WALLY:  Yeah, Chandler just delivers.  He is a really an outstanding actor Paul, I think is great.  I love the character.  I was kind of surprised and happy for him because sometimes his character gets overlooked; just like the bad guy with the smarmy smirk and the great English accent.  So, there you go.  It’s terrific.  I think people saw more to his performance, and they should.  He works on a lot of different levels, and Paul brings a lot to the game.

And obviously, you know James Patrick Stuart (Valentin, General Hospital), since you work on that show too, and he is also nominated in your category. 

WALLY:  Yeah, and I have been a big fan of his too.  So, I was really delighted.  I called him up and left a message.  I love James.  We did a thing last year together where we went back east and played some music in some clubs,   I always think that James should be nominated.  He does such an exceptional job at bringing that character to life.  That’s not an easy thing to do either.  It’s kind of like a Xander character, and so, it is nice to see my fellow actors see the complexity in their performances and appreciate it.

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Last week’s DAYS airshows contained scenes where Justin confronts Orpheus (George Delhoyo), over killing Adrienne, and Justin also goes to visit Adrienne’s grave.  I think you have another run of shows next year to submit for the Emmys (Laughs)

WALLY:  I do like to include the big four emotions that an actor has to play:  happy, sad, angry, and fear.  That is a scene where you get to see Justin really angry.  So, I will probably look to that as you get to see the anger part of the character, which I think is important.  You don’t get to see Justin very angry and lose it like that.

No, and that’s what was so great about it.  George was a great scene partner, though.

WALLY:  Oh, he was great.  George and I had a great time.  It was really awesome.  I mean, it was a challenge because it was very tricky, especially when Steve (Stephen Nichols) and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) came in because you know; there is a part of the character that is just like, “Please, just let me shoot.  Just let me fire a bullet and just put it over his head or something, or maybe his hands are shaking so much that he misses the target!”  I don’t know, but you do just want to let him shoot, just one bullet.  (Laughs) Another moment that I really, really loved – and I’ll probably include it next year in my submission -was that scene with Suzanne Rogers (Maggie) at the hospital.  They gave me a beautiful speech to tell her that she should be her judge and jury and sentence herself to death, a beautiful speech about how she reminded me of Adrienne.  It brought out a different side of Justin that you don’t usually see.

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When I spoke to Chandler about this nomination he related to me, “I am so happy for Wally because I feel like he is often underrated.” You have always been the guy on soaps who is always delivering consistent work, but now you’ve been given a story.  So now everyone can see what you can do or are reminded of it.  It’s hard without a story on the soaps; especially playing the Emmy game.

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WALLY:  It’s true.  What did Maurice Benard (Sonny, General Hospital) say?  “If it ain’t on the page, it ain’t on the stage.”  It’s really true.  Let’s face it, you can only do so much, and that’s why I don’t get too competitive.  If I lose, that’s totally fine.  I feel like I’ve already won.  Being recognized by my peers, that’s it.  Being nominated is awesome, and honestly, after this, so much of it is the material and what the actors got to do.  It’s sort of out of your control, you know.   I am happy for all of my fellow nominees.  It’s all good at this point.  I’m really, really happy.

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You’ve been nominated once before, right?

WALLY:  Yes. I’ve been nominated once before, two years ago on General Hospital.  It was the year that Jane Elliot (Tracy) left.  In story, Tracy leaves, so there was all of that emotional stuff to play.  That was the year I also submitted myself for Days of Our Lives too, and I was really proud of that work.  That year saw Adrienne having to choose between Justin and Lucas (Bryan Dattilo), and she chose Lucas.  There were just some really nice scenes there that they wrote for Justin and Adrienne, and she was dealing with cancer.  Anyway, I got nominated for General Hospital, and I learned from that year that I am never going to nominate myself in the same category for both shows.  That’s just stupid.

Well, you’re everywhere.  You’re on the Nurses’ Ball encore episodes right now on GH,  

WALLY:  Oh, isn’t that funny?  All of these Nurses’ Balls, it’s hilarious.

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Are you watching them?

WALLY:  Yes!  I watched parts of them the other night, especially my performances. It looked good; actually, they were really good.  I’m always kind of surprised like, “Wow! The dances … the singing … the production!”  I always feel like there should be more people at the Nurses’ Ball.  Shouldn’t there be more people in the seats? (Laughs)  But other than that, good stuff, good story.  It was fun to see the beginning of Ned and Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) as well, you know that first year where she and Sonny were just breaking up on the red carpet at the ball, and the next year, Ned and Olivia are already together.  This week they aired where I sing with sweet little Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma), the Elton John and Kiki Dee duet, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”

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Do you have one favorite Nurses’ Ball number you performed of all-time?

WALLY:  You know, someone has been posting old Nurses’ Balls from the 90s, and I forgot that I sang “Forever Young” with Amber Tamblyn (Ex-Emily), and that was so sweet.  I also loved singing “Somewhere over the Rainbow,” in the very first one or the second year, we did it. Some of my other favorites include: “I Feel Good,” with the Quartermaine boys, and Robert Palmer’s “Simply Irresistible” – that was fun because I got to put my own vocal stamp on it, and I remember performing George Michael’s “Faith.  It was fun singing that with Lisa.

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So, we know that this year will be a virtual Daytime Emmy ceremony, and we don’t know what that will look like yet.  So, how would you dress for it, if they had a shot of you from home during the broadcast on CBS?

WALLY:  I definitely am going to wear a suit and a tie.  I think that’s important to try to give the Emmys the dignity that it deserves.

So, thrilled that Wally received a Daytime Emmy nod for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series? What were your favorite moments of his last year? Are you enjoying seeing his performances on the encore GH Nurses’ Ball episodes? Comment below.

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DAYS Susan Seaforth Hayes Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination For Julie and Doug’s Emotional Storyline

When you think Days of our Lives, what would it be without the legendary Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie) and her real-life and on-screen husband, Bill Hayes (Doug Williams)?

This past Emmy season, the beloved duo got a chance to shine, when they were put through a ‘heartbreaking’ predicament – Julie’s heart gives out, she is in need of a transplant, and things take a turn for the worse.

What would life be like for Doug without his Julie? How would she say goodbye to him? Fans clearly felt the sentiments overflowing from this real-life duo capturing the essence of their characters in such a raw and realistic way. So much so, that Susan landed a Daytime Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Supporting Actress category for her work.

Already a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient along with her husband, Bill back in 2018, will Susan finally get an award for her acting for her decades of beautiful work on the long-running NBC soap opera? Fans will need to tune-in to CBS on Friday, June 26th to find out with the virtual presentation of the 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards.  But for now, here is our conversation with Susan.

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Congratulations on your Supporting Actress nomination.  You have been racking up a lot of these recently, having been nominated in the same category two years ago, and also receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award along with your husband, Bill Hayes at the 45th annual Daytime Emmys in 2018.

SUSAN:  It’s really nice to be nominated, because I’ve had a few gap years.  I’ve had, what? 25 gap years between the recent nominations.

What scenes did you ultimately chose that landed you the nomination?

SUSAN:  I submitted when Julie dies.  I submitted the farewell montage scenes with Bill Hayes, and they were very moving to us… and we’ll see.  I did not submit anything snappy, or bitchy, or hysterical.  I’ve lost against hysterical every time.  Comedy has never worked.  So, I am going to try the heart and soul of soup opera: not bitchiness, but loss.

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Can I ask how you got through those scenes with Bill, because it was so touching?  I don’t know how you did it.

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SUSAN:  It was very difficult.  I mean, these are the things that make us so connected to the characters and the show.  This is a place where we can show the public what love means to us, which is everything.

They were beautiful scenes.  Do you remember when you did them, if you felt good about them at the time?

SUSAN:  No… no.  I didn’t know.  Everyone on the set seemed happy.  We are blessed to have feedback from out producers now, and they didn’t say, “I think you can do it better,” and, “Another take,” not that we would have anyway, because there is never time to do another take.

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How did you find out that you were nominated? 

SUSAN:  One of the producers, Randy Dugan called me, or I wouldn’t have found out for a couple of days,

What are your thoughts on this being a virtual Daytime Emmys ceremony because of COVID-19?  We don’t know anything about will play out yet or what that will look like, but it is back on network TV.

SUSAN:  It’s going to be a wonderful surprise.

So, if they have the shot of the nominees, do you think you’d be dressed in comfortable clothes or more formal?

SUSAN:  Well, I’d certainly wear my best earrings if I were at home, yeah.  If my grandson can arrange us to get on the internet (we have a grandson living on our property, and he’s our live-in techy), we will get dressed up, and sit there, if that’s the way to do it.

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DAYS did very well receiving 22 overall nominations and a lot of your co-stars got nomination as well.

SUSAN:  Yes, an excellent year for nominations for our show.

How many times have you been nominated now? 

SUSAN:  This makes six.

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Would it mean a lot to you to get the award?

SUSAN:  The Lifetime Achievement meant a lot.  It wouldn’t be bad to win this year.  I’ll say that.  It would be sweet for the show, since I am now the oldest living cast member of the original family – the original, original.  I’m not the original Julie, but close enough.  So, I think that would be some validation for the longevity of this original storytelling.  People look at the show and say, “Are you part of the DiMera family or the Brady family?”  I say, “I’m part of the Horton family!”

What did your husband Bill say when he found out you were nominated?

SUSAN:  (Yells) Billy, what did you say when you found out I was nominated?

BILL:  Yay!!!

SUSAN:  That’s about right. (Laughs)

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What a guy!

SUSAN:  I know!  What a guy, what a guy, what a guy!

I was really happy to see your name among the other well-deserving nominees.

SUSAN:  I know you are because I know you care.  Who knows what will happen? It isn’t going to ruin our lives you know, one way or another.  But it was very nice to receive this acknowledgment from my peers.

So, are you glad Susan received a nomination for her work in her emotional storyline? Do you think she should finally receive the Emmy for her performances? Comment below.

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Hollywood Studios, Producers & Guilds Send Plan To Gov. Newsom and Gov. Cuomo For COVID-19 Production Restart Guidelines

On Monday, the two states with the most television and film production in the United States (California and New York) received a plan from many Hollywood studios, producers and the entertainment and production guilds of a plan and outline to be able to rejigger and restart production of your favorite shows and films.  This includes the soaps: General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of our Lives.

Via Deadline: In an effort to get the industry moving-forward again where jobs were lost or put on hold, and production were completely stalled out-of-the-blue, the guidelines submitted by “The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force (the “Task Force”) is asking for consideration and adoption for the resumption of motion picture, television, and streaming productions in an environment that minimizes the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19,” says a report for Governors Gavin Newsom of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York.

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You can read the details of the report here.  While there has been no word from the Governors and their offices if they have seen the report, bets are that several more steps will be needed before anyone would head and report back to a set yet.

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As one would expect, limiting contact, social distancing, regular temperature checks, ways to handle props, and a COVID-19 compliance officer for all productions are part of the proposal.   As well as virtual writers room meetings, avoiding filming on-location as much as possible and filming in front of large audiences.

So, glad to know that this major step has been taken to try to get production back on track in Hollywood and New York? Comment below.

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