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Rumor Report: Is Peter Reckell Getting Ready to Exit Days of our Lives?

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If this were to happen, this would be a serious blow to the Days of our Lives brand!  According to Soap Opera Digest this morning, they are reporting that they have been hearing that Peter Reckell (Bo Brady) has been quietly telling his castmates that he is getting ready to leave the series!

Reckell, according to SOD, has reportedly been in protracted talks with the soap to work out a new deal. “We do not comment on contract negotiations.  We hope that Peter stays with Days of our Lives,” said a spokesperson for the series.

Let’s just hope this is a case of negotiations being dragged out like we have seen with other SONY actors such as Eric Braeden and Melody Thomas Scott of Y&R.  If Reckell were to leave, we could also understand from his perspective that having played the role since 1983, and staying with the show through all its turbulent ups and downs, he might want to step away from it.   If Bo were to be given some great story worthy of Reckell’s talent, that might have also helped!

Stay tuned on this developing story!  And, let us know what you think of the possibility of a DAYS without Reckell?

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If this is true,it wouldn’t be the first time that Reckell has left the show.He was gone from 1992-1995,and Bo was played by Robert Kelker Kelly during that time.If he does decide to leave,they should kill off Bo.

No, please don’t kill Bo.

I heard at another sight that its a money issue they want him to take another pay cut, however this isnt the first time for him so who knows what will happen now.

Soooo not happy about this rumor. Peter is a great actor plus Bo and Hope are a huge part of the show. We’ve spent ages waiting for them to be reunited. It finally happened and now he might leave? 🙁

Good grief, say it isnt so , Whats going on? Everyone is leaving ,days of our lives cannot allow this to happen give him what he wants, Let him pull a luke spencer for 3 months It works for general hospital nothing wrong with time outs.

Never watched days of our lives…I am not familiar with this soap…Can’t give any more comments on this………..I was stickly a AMC, OLTL, & Gh watcher…

Only reason I started watching days of our lives, We lost all my children so I turned it on to support the soaps, Its ok but not as good as general hospital. Nothing has replaced one life to live, there will never be another soap that good, I miss all my favorite characters, they cant be replaced .Anyway,If watching days, on nbc helps bring the ratings down for abc/disney ,I will continue to let abc know I wont watch their crappy programing and will watch other networks. I want to save the soaps.

Gh was sooooooooooo good today(Mon.)……What about John McBain hugging Sam & Jason walks in on that…..Did you see the expression on his face!!!!!!!!!!!! And Star was arrested !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GH is SMOKIN GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I hope not. Days wouldn’t be the same without Bo and Hope. And who knows how long the show will be on the air. We need as many vets (and less newbies!) as possible until then!

Why should a veteran like Reckell be kept when the kahunas have shown they prefer to hire a flock of newbies that work cheaper? Even though Pete’s a hunk, he’s a 50-ish hunk. Kahunas think young/hot/sexy = ratings. How many times haven’t they tried this tactic, only to see the ratings continue to plummet?? Ratings spike whenever veterans are brought back. But what’s the old saying about a dog who chases his tail not quite knowing what to do with it once he’s caught it . . . once back on the canvas, writers don’t have a clue how to handle the vets. Witness Kayla the chief of staff tending bar at the Brady pub, Justin & Adrienne sitting around discussing how they affirm Sonny’s lifestyle, Jennifer looking pale and wan, pining for Daniel, Carrie & Austin sitting on their hotel room bed attempting makeout sessions, Marlene & John necking on the sofa, etc. etc. I realize that once you’ve written for a character for 40 years, it gets harder—see “Marlena, demonic possession.” But rather than bringing vets back for storylines in a vacuum, just handle it like Doug & Julie: have them come back on holidays & special occasions. Either that, or advertise for more creative-yet-down-to-earth writers!

If it’s Peter’s decision, then we’ll just have to deal with it, but if it’s TPTB, wouldn’t it just figure that the day after we see such a powerful performance
by him that this news comes out. I hope it’s just rumor, I would hate to see any more of our vets go. I will hang in with Days as long as Deidre and Drake are on, but it wouldn’t be the same if Peter left.

I would leave if I was him. This soap is goin downhill It’s sooo bad right now so I would leave in a hurry

I agree! Run for the hills, Peter, before it’s too late!

Anything that comes from SOD I wouldn’t believe they never Full of it. SOD likes to start drama with the fans. If is true Peter( Bo) leaves I will not watch anymore.

Robert Kelker Kelley portrayed Beau ok but never measured up to Pete. I also do not like this Austin…

i just think he is in negotiations……………

Peter deserves a way better story than what he is given. He can’t show off his true talents and that to me is very sad! Clearly he does the best on what he is given but there is so much more story to be told with Bo! I think he should leave just because nothing has changed and the show BTS has gotten from bad to worse with all these hires to fires and returns and giveaways… its insane! Now I am not sure to believe SOD b/c we all know they tend to jump the gun with rumors… but if it is true… I will miss Bo but Peter deserves better. For BO’s exit… GO FIND YOUR TRUE LOVE CARLY MANNING IN EUROPE! 😉

Bring back Carly!!

When was the last time Peter had a good story? The Alice box caper was a big old pile of crap! Days totally disrespects Peter and his talent. They refuse to write for him even when a juicy story is staring them in the face. They favor Kristian Alfonso being front and center – horrid acting and all – in her own storylines (Nighttime Hope, Princess Gina) all the time. As a fan of Mr. Reckell’s, I’m sick of it. So, if he decided to leave, can’t blame him one bit. Days seems like a very dysfunctional place to work.

I LOVE Days, and- to a certain extent, love Reckel and his decades long portrayal of Bo Brady. However, I’m trying to find a diplomatic way to state that his departure may not be a “blow to the Days brand” after all. Soap operas share a distinction unlike any other genre. Part and parcel of the pleasure of watching soaps year after year, decade after decade, through the ups and down, the great stories, as well as the lousy ones- is the consistent presence of the characters we love, played for many years by the actors that we have grown to love as well.
Yesterday, watching General Hospital and enjoying the long missed work of Kristina Wagner as Felica, I was reminded of the special place that soaps have in our hearts. Watching the latest exploits of long time characters and beloved actors that inhabit their roles is fundamentally the reason for being a long time soap viewer.
Indeed, there are moments when I still enjoy watching Bo and Hope together. However, in the case of Reckel, I have long felt that he is just plain “tired” of his role. His original creation of Bo Brady as a tough, hot, renegade has long been replaced by a characterization of a loyal, loving husband trying to protect his family from the random trials and tribulations in Salem. Noble- yes. However, dramatically his acting is well… boring. Alfonso still has some spark within her portrayal of Hope. Perhaps Reckel will fair better with a more dramatic, compelling storyline. If not, however, the current portrayal of Bo Brady will not bring the much needed viewers back to the daily soap opera watching grind. It’s time for Bo/Peter to get back on that motorcycle and bring some fire back to his character.

gotta say I agree! Bo was always the renegade!! Now he lives in plaid shirts (whateve happened to his tight t-shirts?) short hair, and not much of an expression on his face!! He does not resemble the Bo Brady I got hooked on years ago at all!!! If Reckell really is being asked to take another pay cut, that would be hard for anyone to say “well ok” to, but unless they spice up this character again and make him exciting and fun…there’s not much point for him to stay!!!

Bo & Hope…. Supercouple…… I agree… they will always be forever etched in our heartstrings…. that being said… beloved characters… actors we’ve grown up with… year in and year out. The perfect couple…. exists? My opinion… BO IS MORE ALIVE… STIMULATING! ooh la la! with CARLY! period. Bo is alive… Bo has a pulse…. is driven… when he’s with Carly…. Peter Reckell and Crystal Chapelle… were not perfect… they made me watch them. Let’s see Bo and Hope… go thru real time drama… with problems… marital discord… an affair. Lets see the two of them try relating with other people… we know, they’ll find their way back to each other… just saying…. that happy couple belong together mode…. its not like they have a lot of family to keep busy with… currently, they have their lil daughter…. kaylas the only other one… and she’s stuck at the pub. cousin jenn… she needs Peter…. Kristen’s brother. I too, read in the soap digest… and understand, that it’s about taking another Pay cut…. Peter Reckell… we’ve loved you from the start.

IF RECKALL LEAVES, OR ANY OF THE MAIN CHARACTERS, I WILL NO LONGER WATCH DAYS OF OUR LIVES !

carly manning was not & never was his true love it has &always will be hope !!!!

I just posted on another site that perhaps peter Reckell sees the writing on the wall that Days could be doomed.
I think that the character of Bo was a most interesting character , first as the rebel on a motorcycle flirting with spoiled Horton princess, then as a single father to a most adorable Shawn D and having viable love interests with Billie and carly

i think Petere reckell’s acting during the whole terrible Zack death was stellar. He OWNED it

I love Peter Reckell and think he is incredibly talented so I don’t blame him one bit if he leaves. The show refuses to write stories worthy of his acting ability and when they actually had a great storyline at their fingertips DOOL blew it to go back to tired old HOBO. If I were him I would be sick of being stuck in circular storylines and chained to one acting partner. Peter deserves better – so if he leaves on his own terms then I am happy for him. If that is the case DOOL will get what they deserve because they have shown him very little respect.

Bo and Hope both need to leave they r SO boring! They tale up all of the time in DOOL with ridiculous Gina/Pawn stories and safehouses.

Hope is the one that is boring… the other characters are fine on their own… JMO of course lol

Yeah, but Bo doesn’t do anything. I thought he and Roman would be interesting with the Marconi scandal, but of course Bo ending up in the coma was Stefano’s doing! He can never just have a story about investigating any other criminals unless they are involved with Stefano. Still, I think that Hope and Roman are both more boring than Bo, and they should leave DOOL before he does!

It’s strange because I love Bope, yet Bo was more interesting when he was dating Carly.

I love your comment 🙂 … i just think over all the stories are very bad

I love Peter Reckell. He’s a great, natural actor, always took it seriously and gave it his all. Miss the leather jacket and motorcycle. I 1st fell in love w/Luke and Laura and then Bo & Hope. Got all the magazines, tried to watch’em all the time on DOOL. “I need a hero, holding out for hero…” Loved the 80’s Louisiana scenes and their 1st London wedding. Peter Reckell still looks great too. Sounds like negotiations but wish him all the luck in the world.

Please give this guy a great story. I have watched DOOL on/off forever. He is one of the best vets, and can actually act. Lose some of the deadweight if you need to keep him, but give him and “Fancy Face” a story worthy of their chemistry. Thank you.

Oh, yesterday he was telling Hope how he had seen their deceased son when he was in a coma. Maybe you could explore that somehow. I know some of the viewers hate the supernatural stuff, but I LOVE IT!

Couple of years ago when Bo got that conk on the head, falling off a ladder while decorating the Christmas tree, he ended up with temporary “supernatural” abilities. He had visions of events before they happened. Now I think that eventually ran its course.

So in my opinion, we’ve already had a little supernatural storyline with Bo. Zack “visiting” occasionally is okay, but PLEASE don’t make him actually alive! I don’t have enough fingers/toes to count all the Days characters who have come back from the dead over the decades!

Almost 30 years since Bo first came on Days, that has to be hard for writers to keep finding ways for Bo to remain on the front burner. On another site, I posted that perhaps some of the “vets” could go on recurring status like Doug & Julie, who visit on major holidays and certain plots. That won’t satisfy the fans of Bo & Hope, I know, but it would be better than ridiculous storylines.

I love Bo and hope he stays on the soap,but he is all most 60 now,maybe he wants to be with his family more, or they just doing this to us fans every time a contract is almost up,Mels is up in June and Im sure we will see it soon too.
Roman is almost 70 Stefano is 80’s Victor in his 70’s,but we are all getting older,
but we love our vets on our soaps.so we need to keep them.

I wish we could just find out what’s happening with this… I love Bo and Peter Reckell, he’s the best actor on the show. I miss the old rebel Bo, I’ve never been a fan of Bo Brady the cop. It doesnt make sense for the character. I can’t imagine it’s terribly exciting or challenging for Peter to play these lame cops and robbers storylines with Alfonso, again and again and again… If they’re not offering him anything better and are cutting his pay on top of that, why would he stay? I would be upset not to see him on my TV regularly though.

I certainly hope Peter stays, but if he does go, NBC, that is what you get for intefering with the show! NBC should back off Days and let the people there do their jobs!

NBC, your track record as a network is not good. Days of Our Lives is the only daytime show I watch on NBC. As far as nighttime goes, I haven’t watched NBC on a regular basis since the early 1990s. You simply do not have anything I care to watch. So back off NBC.

so true barbara,i miss amc and mostly oltl ,just glad to have some “oltliver'”s on gh ,after abc canceled amc and oltl i started watching all the soaps on tv,just isn’t he same without vicki and dorian and the rest..sob…

I couldn’t fathom watching days without seeing Peter Reckell, come on and stay… sobbing.

Bo and Hope (original actors) are a mainstay couple. I truly hope Peter Reckell reconsiders and continues on in his role as Bo Brady. Not sure if I’ll continue to watch the program in the event he leaves. Also, are they going to replace the character Melanie Jonas? Why on earth are they dismissing Jack and Madison? All i can say is thank goodness they’re getting rid of that awful Ian.

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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.

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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.

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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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