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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?

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
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

CINDY BISCORNER
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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… Read more »

Lila Snow
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

EN WESTERMAN
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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
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

Phil
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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
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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… Read more »

kelly
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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… Read more »

Sue
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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
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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
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Cafe222

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

Jared
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

SUSAN
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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
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Tonya

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

Kathy Richardson
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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… Read more »

gabster1
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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
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

Laura
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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
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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… Read more »

Lis
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

JANICE
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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
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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… Read more »

diane
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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… Read more »

Myra Jefferson
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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… Read more »

jean taono
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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
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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… Read more »

Elaine
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Broughton

I HATE RAFE!

Jo
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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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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena Becomes Possessed … Again!

On Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the devil had his way with his favorite person, Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)! In story, leave it to Marlena to save Doug (Bill Hayes) by giving herself up to Satan!

As Doug revealed himself to be Satan while in a therapy session with Marlena in her office, a shook Marlena tries to comprehend what is happening! When the devil says if Marlena won’t accept him in, she will punish Doug, he does just that.

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Poor Doug is left writhing in pain and on the floor, crying out for help! When we come back to the scene Marlena is not exactly right near his body, but sort of overlooking what is happening. Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) rushes into Marlena’s office to find Doug as Marlena stares blankly. Eventually, she calls for help.

After Doug is put in a hospital room and is monitored, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Tripp (Lucas Adams) can’t find anything wrong with him. Meanwhile, Julie finds Marlena at the nurses station and asks what happened with Doug during their therapy session.  Marlena flashes back to what led to Doug writing on the floor, and clearly something is way off with Marlena, because she has now become possessed.

Later, Julie sits by Doug’s hospital bed as he opens his eyes, as he tells his beloved wife, “He left me and went in to her.”  A confused Julie is left to ponder what on earth Doug could be talking about.

When Marlena comes home to John (Drake Hogestyn) – who is already concerned with Johnny (Carson Boatman) being set on making a movie of Sami’s life story which includes points on Marlena’s original possession – she tells him Doug collapsed in her office. When the two hug, Marlena slowly opens her eyes  revealing that they are glowing yellow.  Yup! We are off to the races. Marlena is now once again possessed.

So, what did you think about the scenes between Deidre Hall and Bill Hayes? Are you enjoying the revisiting of the infamous ‘possession’ storyline thus far? Comment below.

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Did the ‘Devil’ make them do it? Doug Williams  (Bill Hayes) is Satan? In what can only be described as major surprise twist on NBC’s Days of our Lives, for weeks, fans have thought they were about to embark on another dementia or Alzheimer’s storyline on the soaps with another beloved character.

However, Days head writer, Ron Carlivati ,and his writing team came up with a way to make it seem like this may be Doug’s fate only to use the long-running character as the impetus to bring the classic possession storyline back on the air some 25 years later.

It all goes down after Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) calls Marlena (Deidre Hall) to ask him to see Doug, after his MRI and other tests proved inconclusive for dementia, etc, to see if Dr. Evans can assess him.  The phone call to Marlena happened after John (Drake Hogestyn) was discussing the past, since Johnny (Carson Boatman) is ramping up to a shoot a movie on Sami’s life, that will include the time that Sami walked in on John and Marlena having sex, which caused Sami to act out for years and years.

 

However, and this is key, John tells Marlena that moment in time also left her alone and vulnerable to the darkest time in her life – alluding to when she became possessed by the devil – and Marlena was clearly having difficulty admitting that or going down that road of remembrance, when the phone call from Kayla saved her from digging deeper into the past.  Well now, John and Marlena may never have that conversation as she is primed to once again become possessed.

Meanwhile, Johnny is reading Will’s script for the Sami movie, and is shocked to read in it that Marlena was once possessed by the devil, as John takes out a dusty box with his Father John collar, a bible, and a news clipping of Marlena being possessed.  John is feeling that this movie will bring bad things on to all those he loves, especially Doc, and he looks to be right!

Now at her office with Doug, he admits he knows something is wrong.  He acts out and does strange things and does not know why.  Marlena brings up why Doug locked Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) in a freezer by accident. Doug gets adamant saying: “That was no accident. I locked that bitch in there on purpose.”  Marlena is shocked at his word and tone.  Then as Doug laughs, he says, “I’m not Doug.”  Next thing you know, the lowered voice of Satan comes out of Doug’s mouth and he tells Doc, “It’s been over 25 years Marlena. But did you really think I wouldn’t come back for you?” End of episode.  Great cliffhanger!

Now, check out the fall preview released following the airing of Friday’s episode by NBC below, which teases more demonic moments on Days. Then let us know in the comment section, what you thought of the ‘Doug’ twist as the possession storyline begins?

Plus, make sure to cast your vote in ‘Michael’s Poll’ of the week on the revisiting of this classic tale now in 2021 below the preview.

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