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Stephen Nichols On His DAYS Exit: “I Know That There Are Still Years Of Steve And Kayla’s Story Left To Be Told. I Hope We Get To Tell That Story.”

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Days of our Lives favorite Stephen Nichols (Steve “Patch” Johnson) broke his silence on Thursday addressing his departure from the NBC daytime drama series in a touching post on his Instagram account.

Nichols expressed: “For me, Days of Our Lives is home and I want to be there … I love the people, I love Steven Earl Johnson and I love what Mary Beth and I have been able to create together. I was excited to see what this new team would bring for us and for all of Salem. I’ve been in this business long enough to understand the rotation of stories, and I get that we can’t always be at the forefront. And despite my disappointment in the lack of story this past year, I’ve always worked hard and we’ve always tried to find the moments in whatever we’ve been given. I think we did that. Whenever I see a scene or montage you guys post, I am so touched and I remember just how much story we told for so many years and how rich it was. I’m so grateful for that. And I know that there are still years of Steve and Kayla’s story left to be told. I hope we get to tell that story. Your unwavering support tells me you hope that too. Thank you and much love, Stephen”

According to the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Nichols opted to leave the series when both sides could not agree on a new deal.  Look for Nichols to last air sometime in the fall.

So, what do you think about Stephen’s sentiments on his departure from DAYS?  Are you hoping the NBC daytime drama brings ‘Patch” back sooner than later? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Karen
Karen

It is a huge mistake for Days to let Stephen leave and take Steve with him.

Tim S
Tim S

I am glad to see Patch go before they started having him write poetry and read it at the Brady Pub!! You can’t have all old characters and no new characters who are younger to keep the ratings for the show.. I am excited to see Matt come back…. time to see how that goes….

blake
blake

I agree with you Karen. Steve is great on Days, and he is great with Kayla and Tripp. I really hope Sony would loosen the purse strings and bring Stephen Nicols and Steve back soon!

Joyce
Joyce

Agree. Still hoping they can make a deal!!!!

Ray
Ray

It seems Steve is not one of Ron’s favorite characters. I agree there is still a lot of story for Patch and Kayla. I would like to see the Patch removed once and for all when his sight is restored. I hope Steve is around when Joey gets out of prison. Also, I would like to see Stephanie recast. She would be a great addition to the Abigail/Gabi/Eli/Lani/Chad storyline.

Joyce
Joyce

Agree!!!!

Mel
Mel

I think it was a terrible decision on behalf of the Days team, Steven Earl is an ICONIC part of Days history, and foundation to the show. Younger characters come on, get some confidence and move on to bigger things. So the show needs their history on the screen, it’s why many tune in. He is why I returned to Days in 2015. I’ve always been a Stayla fan, and this was supposed to be their time with their children and grandchildren. Their wedding was beautiful, Shelley Henning returned, I had hoped for a Stephanie recast. But I did not expect this. The chemistry between the two actors Stephen Nichols and Mary Beth Evans is palpable still and one would think would be soap gold. He wants to be there, the fans want him there. But a guarantee of 1 or less/ days per week does not keep viewers vested in the stories. He deserves to be respected for the incredibly talented actor he is and the show should be thanking their lucky stars that he wants to be there. I will not watch days, I have started to faze it out. A dead man rolled up in a rug, as a cartoon, a new character raping a mentally ill woman, a serial killer redemption there are lines that should not be crossed, it bothers me more perhaps because of the state of the country, and the needless killings. Days seems to glorify this violence, and violence towards women. Yes, I realize it is a soap, but it is also 2018. Give me my Stayla love and passion over any of this.

Christie Laming, MD
Christie Laming, MD

YES!!!

Kevin C
Kevin C

So totally agree Mel…I haven’t watched DOOL in a while for to me it’s like Y&R for DOOL hasn’t felt like DOOL in years and IMO it still doesn’t for I do not care for Ron’s writing…OK, DOOL background music is the worst of the 4 daytime dramas and it’s extremely annoying and when I did try to watch it I couldn’t concentrate on the storyline due to the background music…When Marty Davich composed the music for DOOL, those were the DAYS…I so miss the good ole DAYS…70’s, 80’s and part of the 90’s…I loved the super couples, Doug & Julie, Bo and Hope, Shane and Kimberly, Patch and Kayla, Justin and Adrienne…

blake
blake

Agree Mel!

blake
blake

It’s actually Sony that is responsible for this. They are doing the same with the Y&R actors.

demal
demal

It’s actually not Sony in this case. It’s Greg Meng and Ron Carlivati. It’s clear SN didn’t like what they offered, but he was still willing to talk and come to some agreement. He did not walk away from this … he wanted to be there, still wants to be there. I hear he actually came around to their crap deal, but too late, they backed out. The poor writers had already worked over a weekend to write him out, they weren’t coming back to write him back in. I mean seriously … they were able to write out an icon in a weekend? Speaks volumes about their integrity, care for the legacy Days or care for what the fans want at all. It was all an excuse to get rid of someone Ron wasn’t interested in writing for. It’s so sad to see what Days has come to. I mean I get that some fans like this hokey, campy stuff … but can’t they find some balance. Mix that over the top stuff with a little love and romance? Why does it have to be one or the other?

Liz
Liz

Stephen made it clear he wants to be there& was willing to talk.the show didn’t care enough to keep him, thats the whole truth. They stalled negotiations and never came back to talk. He didn’t ask for more. He asked not to have less. I support beloved actors not accepting less than they already have,when what they have is already lower than they’re worth. Shame on DAYS. There should ALWAYS be room for this icon/daytime legend on this show. They should have done their utmost to keep him. Not only are we losing him & his talent, we are losing the beloved supercouple of Steve & Kayla. This show has MAJOR issues balancing its cast, but throwing away the best of its cast is no way to deal with the issue. Days is showing complete disregard for the viewers and a hardworking, immensely talented actor who WANTS to be there and is WANTED by the audience.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yes, shame on Days. Feel so bad for Stephen and Mary Beth.

Rayland
Rayland

Mr. Nichols wants to be there. Viewers want him there. We don’t want to lose Steve and Kayla. I have never seen 2 actors more suited for each other and 2 actors who put everything into their scenes. They never take their work for granted. It shows onscreen. I hope the powers that be see this. I will hope everday that someone at Days will sit down with Stephen and work out something so we don’t lose Steve. The Johnson family is important to Salem

blake
blake

Totally agree!

Joyce
Joyce

Most definitely!

Barbara
Barbara

Yes, I totally agree. Was totally shocked to hear Stephen was leaving. I realize that they have to sort of rotate their characters, but I do hope they can bring Steve and Kayla back together again, and bring His daughter back and Joey into the picture, along with Tripp.

Iris Cohen
Iris Cohen

This is the saddest news ever. I knew it was coming and I am heartbroken. I have been a loyal viewer of Days of our Lives since 1986. It was really Stephen Nichols who captured my attention. I believe I have seen all of his scenes on Days and have seen his 1985 clips on YouTube. I am very much hoping that this situation over his contract can still be resolved. I can’t imagine Days without him and I don’t want too. The actor is so dedicated to his craft. He is so kindhearted and immensely talented. I don’t understand how Days does not understand his value to the show. Stephen wants to be there and his fans want him there. I really hope Ken Corday and Greg Meng work this out with Stephen. I want Steve and Kayla on Days forever.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

My sentiments exactly.

ILoveMySnK
ILoveMySnK

We need Steve in Salem. Days needs Stephen as he is always a ratings draw. But vStephen with Mary Beth is nothing short of Soap gold and I’d think it’d be any surviving Sosp’s dream to have not only an iconic couple but a very much loved super couple on its show. Fans love Steve and Kayla. Corday himself has said that fans always want more of them. And we do. The sooner Days brings Stephen back, the better for all.

Jimh
Jimh

Im almost done with GH once when Nelle’s story wraps up and Days is now the only serial i watch…i do not like the loss of Patch…hopefully he will return later!!!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I don’t watch GH without Genie. Can’t watch Days without Stephen. Sigh! What will Mary Beth do? She’s lost her acting partner.

Jimh
Jimh

Back burner once again…

Christie Laming, MD
Christie Laming, MD

Stephen’s statement was perfectly…Stephen. He’s not only an amazing actor, but an amazing person. He has portrayed this character for years, despite not always agreeing with the direction. He put his heart and soul into Patch and the results are undeniable.
Days currently is sensational and lackluster. There is no depth, no meaning, no build. An actor of his caliber can bring beauty to a sensational, lackluster SL. However, he, as well as we, see the possibilities for the future. Days can do better. It HAS done better. Soap Operas are not obsolete and they are not reality TV. They show people true love, patience, loyalty. That the good guy will usually win in the end. They give us someone to root for and fall in love we.
We HAVE fallen in love with Steve Johnson, and most certainly Stephen Nichols. We will fight for him, for this couple, and even for this show…but Days needs to meet us part way.
Let’s be done with hopping into beds, baby daddy drama, and SL’s that wrap in 1-2wks. Let’s remember what made Days great. Love. Family.
Please Days. #daysneedspatch #stayla #makesoapsgreatagain

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Love and Family–yes!

Janet Bristol
Janet Bristol

I completely agree!.. well said!

su000
su000

This “Patch” guy-
why did he not have plastic surgery to repair his eye?
they work miracles

Perhaps he never took care of it so all could continue calling him “Patch” (that is stupid lol)

((I wish he would return to Y&R; Tucker
but that will not happen, ohh well))

Satan
Satan

Actually he did. He had a glass eye installed sometime late in his first run in the early 90s. It didn’t fit well with the character… so there was another “accident” and the patch was back.

The Stevie Wonder glasses really aren’t working for him either but the bigger problem right now is a hack writer who only favors newbies & the guys he wants to see with their shirts off.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Hello su000! Did you drop a “0” when we weren’t looking?…

My feeling is that the producers and the actors didn’t see eye to eye…

I also enjoyed Nichols on Y&R as Tucker. However, I much more enjoyed his work on GH as Stephan. You might not have seen his work there, but he was paired with Genie Francis as Laura: yet the writers would infuriatingly bring Laura and Stephan to the brink of happiness and then move in a different direction. GH also did the same thing with Stephan’s interaction with Katherine Bell, played by Mary Beth Evans.

Kevin C
Kevin C

Stephen Nichols has always been one of my favorite actors in daytime for I watched him on DOOL, GH and Y&R…Stephen in my opinion is the only one that can play Patch and I loved his story on DOOL with Kayla…I wish Stephen nothing but the best…

Lea
Lea

Sorry to see him go yet again. I’ve been watching Days since 1987 and have always loved Steve and Kayla. It seems obvious that the show for whatever reason doesn’t want or know how to write for Steve and Kayla at this stage of their lives and that’s unfortunate.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Have they thrown Mary Beth away also????

blake
blake

No, it seems she is still on the show. I hope for good and that they’ll bring back Stephen Nicols too!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Good! Me too! Thanks!

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

And why couldn’t they come up with a deal?

blake
blake

It’s Sony. Look what happened with Eileen Davidson at Y&R.

Tori Dawn
Tori Dawn

I am so heartbroken over the fact that Stephen is gone. I’m sad for many reasons. The first being that Stephen Nichols is one of the greatest talents that the soap genre has ever had. He and Mary Beth have a connection on screen that is unmatched. Their talent is endless, but their hearts and their generosity towards their fans is what is the most amazing.
As a younger viewer of the show, I personally look for characters and couples that I can aspire to….and Steve and Kayla definitely fit that ideal. I don’t want to see teenagers fighting over a contest. I don’t want to see a rape victim/mentally ill person being blamed for what she endured. I don’t want to see someone who was forced into human trafficking not even being thought of as a victim….and I don’t want to see her begging for a man to have sex with her. I want to see characters like Steve, Kayla and Hope who have gone through adversity, and have grown from it. Instead of the constant couple swapping and bed hopping, I’d like to see a more mature love. I want to believe that once we have found someone that we can be happy and passionate even when we are older. Steve and Kayla’s story has proved that to me. I hope and pray that Stephen will be back on Days soon. He wants to be there and the fans want him there.

Carlton Mack
Carlton Mack

Family and Friends need you and Your son Tripp and Your wife Kayla Need you Please come back Future soon

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Heartbreaking–Steve and Kayla are the heart of Days. 🙁

Kate
Kate

I could care less about Ben, who they brought back for no reason. I want to see Steve, and where is Roman?!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

They’re going down the same sad route as GH re Ben. How can you bring back a cold-blooded murderer? No fans for that route, I should think. At least, not this fan!

Satan
Satan

Yep. ReRon is going all Frodd 2.0 with Ben. Wouldn’t surprise me if he tries to involve Ben in the DiMera Industries vs Titan wars somehow, like that ridiculous relish storyline on GH.

weesie
weesie

As one of the older viewers of Days, by that I mean I’ve been watching days since it’s creations in 1965. Since the days of the family the Horton’s Tom and Alice and their children. I spent time with my 1st born child in my arms watching “Those Good Old Days”… where family meant everything. And then came the Brady’s action adventure fun, and the families joined together. I want to spent some down time like in the 80’s when I could watch some fun, adventure, love and romance in the afternoon. yes there were times when things did happen.. but not like today, Oh, NO, not like today!!! I’m so weary of all this violence, sex, killings, and meaningless vengeance towards others. If I wanted to see that I would just turn on the news. That’s exactly what Days Of Our Lives is becoming…I’m so sad… And speaking of sad… I’m so sad and heartbroken over the fact that Stephen Nicholas is gone due to stalled negotiations over his contract. According to what I read Mr. Nichols wants to return to Days, however, I don’t understand why Ken Corday and Greg Meng won’t sit down with Mr. Nichols and work out an agreement that is agreeable and beneficial on both sides. Stephen is an immensely and brilliantly talented actor. Besides his acting ability Stephen is a kindhearted and generous man who gives willingly of his time to help others in need i.e. in LA Soup Kitchen, helps young people who want to become actors, donates to the Missions, and many more. Tell who doesn’t want to have that kind of person as part of their acting cast. Got me? I’m still questioning ~ just who is making the decisions @nbcdays is it Ken Corday, Greg Meng, KentSony, Ron Carlivatiron and his writing team, just who??? Whoever it is has just made a big, I mean HUGE mistake!!!

Steven Earl Johnson is ICONIC and a part of Days history ~ and for a little history lesson… when Stephen Nichols was actually hired in 1985 to play SEJ he helped created his own Iconic Legend ~ imagine that and now that won’t even offer him a decent contract. Come on BOYS… it’s time to step by to the bar… it’s time to settle things with Stephen Nichols he wants to come Home to DAYS ~ his fans want him to come home to DAYS ~ the ratings show he’s a value to DAYS

NOW IT’S YOUR TURN TO BRING HOME TO DAYS WHERE HE BELONGS!!!

NO MORE STALLING!!

blake
blake

The blame is on Sony when it comes to the pay negotiations. They just did the same with Eileen Davidson at Y&R, and she just won the Lead Actress Emmy for the show a couple of months ago.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Like you, I’m a long-time viewer–and I agree wholeheartedly with your sentiments. 🙂

Kevin C
Kevin C

So agree weesie on everything you said…it’s extremely SAD that DOOL is NO LONGER the same show that us long time viewers have loved for years…I NO LONGER watch DOOL and it’s been a while since I have… As we all know it’s only a matter of time until there won’t be any daytime dramas/soaps left…and we all know that TPTB really don’t care about what their fans/viewers want for we have asked the so called TOP BRASS over and over what we want for our shows and it goes in one ear and out the next…I really believe if they cared they would actually reach out to us and answer our concerns and questions but they don’t…

Connie
Connie

I’m heartbroken that Stephen is out at Days. He belongs with his Kayla and I’m not sure I’m going to watch anymore. I feel with the poisoning storyline and the blindness we haven’t seen much of him. Wondering if they were trying to get rid of him. When RC came on board I was excited about his writing and the stories but now not so much. They need to quit bringing in all these people that stay for a few episode and focus on the vets that are the backbone of this show.. I think the decision to let Stephen go will be their downfall. Stephen is an amazing actor and person and needs to be treated with so much more respect than they have shown him!

Phyliss Gladney Wood
Phyliss Gladney Wood

Maybe he will return to GH

Momo
Momo

You could tell the stories if you re-signed. Too bad they couldn’t agree to terms.

blake
blake

Another dumb move by Sony. We know their executives are not taking any pay cuts.

I like Stephen Nicols and want Steve back on the show soon! Steve and Kayla are an legendary couple and are still very interesting. I really hope Sony would loosen the purse strings and bring Stephen Nicols and Steve back soon!

Celia
Celia

NO!! Please!! ….this cannot be happening, again!! Days will not be the same without him. Patch and Kayla have always been the IT couple of Salem……I always look forward to their scenes and storylines….
…..now, I’ll be stuck with more Hope? Or the insipid story of Brady and Eve?

Karen
Karen

Soaps have always been escape television. Love, romance, adventure, taking us away from everyday routines and worries, to escape to a world of romance and drama. Now, it mimics the violence and turmoil of our every day reality and can’t compete with the chaos and violence we live with. It just mirrors it. OJ was responsible for the decline of soap viewing and Trump will put the final nail in it’s coffin.

Marsha Hubel
Marsha Hubel

So very sorry to see Steve go. I’ve been watching Days since 1965. Steve ( Patch ) Johnson has been a favorite of mine since day one. Do us fans a favor BRING HIM BACK !!!!

Satan
Satan

Just when it looks like Jack is coming back to Salem, now Steve is leaving?

The Johnson family is turning into Van Halen. They just can’t seem to get all the original members on stage at the same time.

Carol
Carol

I do like Steven but he really didnt have much of a story while I hate to see him go why use him what about twice a week?How about this one years ago I had written to him he sent me letter telling me to keep on smiling.How nice was that? Also sent me a nice picture of himself also sent me a nice picture to,Sorry this has happened.

Carol
Carol

Biggest mistake ever!!!

Frank Mills
Frank Mills

Frankly, his character gets a little tiresome to me. Why does he feel his storyline isn’t at the center of things? All we hear about is his Bionic Eye and what Kayla has done to obtain it (as inane as that is) – Sorry he and Days can’t reach “an agreement” (AKA give me more money) but maybe it’s best to move on. How many times can we see Kayla and Patch break up, make up, etc. ~

Colleen
Colleen

It was a very bad move to take Steve out of this show you will have lost many viewers . Steve and Kayla’s storyline will never end. I maybe heard the is maybe talk of hVing Steve one back that would be the best news for this network. PLEASE BRING BACK PATCH!!! STEPHEN NICHOLAS

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