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Victoria Konefal Confirms Her Exit From Days of our Lives

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As the rumors circulated they were today proven true.  Victoria Konefal (Ciara) has left Days of our Lives as a full-time cast member with the long-running NBC soap opera.

In a statement to Deadline, Konefal shared: “I cherish every moment I have spent working on Days of Our Lives. It is an honor and a privilege to work in an environment filled with so much talent and passion in every direction. The experience and knowledge I’ve accumulated over the past three years is irreplaceable, and I’m forever grateful for it. I would love the opportunity to continue working with my castmates in the future, but at this time I will not be returning as a full-time cast member. To the cast and crew, it was an absolute pleasure working with you. To the loving and unwaveringly supportive fans, thank you. Thank you for joining me on my journey of finding Ciara Brady. It was a beautiful one. Cheers to some of the best days of my life.”

However with that statement, it does appear Konefal has left the door open for her to return as Ciara in a guest-star type of appearance or in a arc of a storyline- time will tell just how that pans out.

Konefal joined the show as the new Ciara Brady back in 2017, and became popular as part of the tortured duo known as “Cin’ along with Rob Scott Wilson (Ben) who’s on-screen nuptials aired this week on the show.

Since Days taped so far ahead of air before the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown and has episodes through Mid-October in the can, it would appear Konefal would make her on-screen exit during that time, since she will not be returning to the series, when it begins production again, which is projected to start on September 1st.

Konefal joins the list of departures since the beginning of this year which now include: Casey Moss, Chandler Massey, Freddie Smith, Galen Gering, Greg Vaughan and Kristian Alfonso.

So, sad to see Victotia exit as Ciara? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Mika
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Mika

Days must have really had some huge budget cuts along with its renewal to explain why do many actors chose to leave.

soapfan
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soapfan

So when DAYS laid off the whole cast before they were renewed and then said no, no we didn’t lay off the whole cast, I guess they were playing word games. They just didn’t bring everyone back (or actors said “to hell with this instability”). I think the exits that will hurt the most are Greg Vaughan and Victoria Konefal. They are good actors and their characters have lots of story possibility. It’s too bad.

Satan
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Satan

ReRon tried to kill General Hospital, but failed. Looks like he might get away with killing Days.

Seriously, who the HELL will still be there when the new episodes start airing? So far, the only person verified to NOT be leaving is the racist homophobic bigot whom nobody else will want to work with……

Elm1951
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Elm1951

Ron has nothing to do with actors leaving – that would be Ken Corday the executive producer…….

Satan
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Satan

Well…. if you’re an actor, and the writers are writing a steaming pile of dragonshit… or in some cases, aren’t writing for you at all, that certainly doesn’t encourage you to stick around, does it? All I’m saying is that there’s a predictable pattern here when ReRon takes over a show. 1) Storylines are reduced to repetitive & ridiculous plot points, which are usually rigged to favor newbies over longtime cast members. 2) Ratings turn to shit (which is really an achievement when you’re literally the only TV with original episodes on the air for several MONTHS) 3) Fan favorite… Read more »

sonniorsolita
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sonniorsolita

Satan, while I don’t disagree with your analysis of the outcome, I think you are attributing too much power to Mr. Carlivati. What’s happening at Days is just part of the lifespan of soaps. As ratings decline, the network interferes with the writing more and more, desperate for stunts or anything to draw attention. At the same time, the budget gets cut so casts get trimmed and longtime actors with big paychecks are asked to take salry reductions so some leave. To fill the air time, there’s more reliance on new actors are are paid less. Fans get short shrift.… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

Thank you for saying’ @DAYS is the most consistent

it really is.

viewer88
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viewer88

Dear sonnior solita, DOOL, …the writing was on the wall when RC took over ‘the writing’. It is interesting that all of the actors that publicly pacified the public after their contracts were cancelled, are gone come October. The problem with our soaps, is that the viewing public don’t want to watch ‘stupid shit’ and the corporate agenda is to ‘stupidify’ the public. If you think DOOL is the most exciting soap, you are under the RC spell. Ripe for killing. It’s scary to think and know, that RC hasn’t yet even contemplated what a failure as a human he… Read more »

Angel
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Angel

So agree with that poster. As long as they keep that intolerant, America-hating, racist bigot Linsay Godfrey, there is no hope for DOOL. The only thing saving this show is the grace and talent of Melissa Reeves.

Satan
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Satan

Whatever you’re smoking, pass the bong over this way.

Mary
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Mary

What has Linsay Godfrey done that makes you think she hates America. The only way Melissa Reeves should ever be allowed to remain on Days is if she publicly apologizes for her insensitive statements.

Karen
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Karen

not right

Mary
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Mary

So, it has obviously been decided that Horton/Brady/Dimera/Kiriakis story lines will be permanently altered. Just look at all the actors who have been essentially fired.

Tammy K
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Tammy K

This is a nightmare! Kristian chose to tell us why she left, & we respect her decision, but I don’t think everyone else was fired. As for Victoria, & Greg,..they stated it is their choice, as well. #NotHappy What’s going on over there? Coronavirus already destroyed so many lives, but some lost jobs,that they can’t return to. #PilotSeason maybe has everyone exploring options?

Satan
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Satan

It’s not really pilot season, if nobody’s filming pilots. TV production is just now starting to exist again in California, and the soaps were probably first out of the gate because they’re supposed to be on the air year round. I don’t know if the networks have started producing their fall seasons yet, and their premiere dates are already set, some of which aren’t even bothering to start new seasons until January 2021. So I doubt any of these actors are going to have much luck finding new pilots right away, if that’s their motivation for leaving Salem. I suspect… Read more »

Momo
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Momo

I’m so sad. I’m really going to miss her. She is fabulous, beautiful, and great with Robert.

Patrick
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Patrick

where’s – MY – Ciera “Alice”

the 2nd coming of Erica Kane LIVE

God these daughters of Hope… ACT their arse off… so adorable, so vixen, so out and about… fret not… just angst some

Lauren Bole
Victoria Konefal

be well… I LOVE you

yeah, it’s cheesy… they could be mine. i’ve given up on rethinking … why us FAN are a heart beat away from close to

this requires a heart wrench… to stop some ache

sonniorsolita
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sonniorsolita

People seem quick to blame the show or the headwriter for these departures, but a good number of these actors have said they are leaving of their own choice. And for those who have been cut or are leaving because their pay has been reduced — that would fall on the producer, not the writer.

view88
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view88

It seems that the “people” you are talking about are either actors or audience … creatives.

The writer, can’t get beyond ‘comic strip’

RC would be happier living in an ashram with Oprah, if they don’t kill each other…

ben will be found alive, by will, and they will become lovers, because…

anyone can do stupid shit like dat.

clb
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clb

The writing is on the wall. Cast reductions and budget cuts will bring this soap down. And only 1.9M viewers should lead to no more renewals for DOOL. I never really watched but remember how the same issues led to extinguishing my favorite Guiding Light. Another long-time soap may end. Sad for the Cordays.

Rodd
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Rodd

Dear God! Who will be left? I can think of others I’d rather see go then this bunch.

It’s sad, but I wish the exiting stars much happiness in their futures and wish the show much health as it will need it to continue forward.

Carolyn
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Carolyn

so very sad. How are they going to keep Days on th air with so many people leaving.

Boop
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Boop

I hope that it’s one of the plots from years ago when all of the characters were killed – only to return to life.

Karen
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Karen

I can honestly say but I have been watching Days of Our Lives ever since I was in diapers. I have seen cast come and go. It breaks my heart to see so many of them leave they’re so talented. I wish them all good luck in their endeavors. As sand in The Hourglass so are the days of our lives.

the other lis
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the other lis

So many people leaving. The budget is so severely limited it feels like Guiding Light right before it was cancelled. The handwriting is on the wall even though I think the writing is in a good place. Time marches on though. Unless they find a suitor who can bring in more resources I don’t think the show will be on much longer.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

The only way I do believe this soap could survive past its September 2021 renewal is if Ken Corday sold the soap (LOL!) to someone like NBCUnversal, and they put an actual budget into this soap.

Satan
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Satan

It would be more likely in that case that he sold it to Sony Pictures, who are already a part owner. Of course Sony also owns both of the CBS soaps, so if that were the case, they would probably want to move Days to that network, to keep their paperwork easier. This would really suck, because CBS doesn’t have any free streaming options anymore. As opposed to NBC’s new Peacock service which is actually doing really well in streaming Days so far (most days, I’m only subjected to one ad during the show, some days none at all. Can’t… Read more »

Roberta
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Roberta

Keep Ciara and hope their

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

They are getting rid of so many people, they might as well start a whole new show and I think that’s exactly what they plan on doing!

Jimh
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Jimh

Same thing happened in 1980 when many actors were let go or quit during a Days transition period!!!…it actually backfired!!!!

Linda
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Linda

Really Days why not get rid of the whole cast! Ciara and Ben are really good together you could have taken this story line into so may different directions. I have been a fan of the show for 20 so years . Not a happy camper right now

carol1952
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carol1952

Oh no I really like her.What a shame what Days is doing to these people.I hope she does come back soon.

Lennyfaye67
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Lennyfaye67

I am 53 years old and my Daddy got watching days as a young girl. I am so disappointed in the show and how they keep being the DEAD back to life. Enough is enough.. And Ben and Cieria really need a really marriage like Bo and Hope. But y’all are to busy bring the DEAD back.. Come on guys this is 2020..
Show us some real stuff. Not bead people returning all the time.

Donna. Olynyk
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Donna. Olynyk

So sorry to see so many leaving days…I will miss all of you.
Hope to see all of you on another soap
Good luck

Nick
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Nick

I THINK THEY SHOULD HAVE LET HER STAY BECAUSE SHE DOES THE CHARACTOR SO WELL CIARA AND BEN MAKE A GREAT COUPLE TOGETHER ON DAYS OF OUR LIVES! WITH OUT CIARA BEN WHOULD NOT BE ABLE TO LIVE WHATOUT HIS CIARA. VICTORIA KONEFAL COME BACK SOON I WILL MISS YOU NOT BEING ON NBCDAYS!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

It is not THEIR decision; she CHOSE to leave on her own decision, or did you not read the article to find this out?

Nick Hernandez
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Nick Hernandez

VICTORIA KONEFAL HAS A GREAT GIFT PLAYING THE ROLE OF CIARA I WANT TO SAY THAT SHE THE ONLY WHO PLAYED BUEATIFULY ONE IN A BILLION IS THAT ONE MADE THE RIGHT THEY HIRED HER FOR ALMOST THREE I WISH THAT SHOULD LASTED INTO INTERNITY

Debi
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Debi

I miss Ciara. Victoria please come back – I need to see Ciara and Ben continue thei live story and have a baby.

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49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards: General Hospital, B&B’s John McCook and Y&R’s Mishael Morgan Take Top Honors

Friday night, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ (NATAS) 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards were handed out in 15 categories on a live telecast on CBS and streaming on Paramount+.  When the dust settled, it was ABC’s General Hospital who took the night’s top prize for Outstanding Daytime Drama Series.

This marks GH’s continued record-breaking number of wins in this category and brings it up to 15 victories for the iconic show, which is currently in its 59th year on the air.  GH’s executive producer, Frank Valentini accepted the award on behalf of everyone connected with the show, when Drew Barrymore presented the final award of the night.

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The night also brought with it the historic win of The Young and the Restless’ Mishael Morgan (Amanda Sinclair). The actress became the first black actress in Daytime Emmy history to ever take home the Lead Actress Daytime Emmy.  In the emotional highpoint of the evening, in terms of acceptance speeches and significance, Morgan spoke to the current generation breaking glass ceilings.

Morgan expressed: “We are breaking glass ceilings left right and center and I am so honored to be a vessel and to experience this moment. Everybody out there today, we can do this thing called equality and unity together.”  In her speech, Mishael shared: “I was born on a tiny island in the Caribbean, and I’m now standing on an international stage and I am being honored regardless of the color of my skin, regardless of my passport, for being the best at what I do, Now there are little girls around the world and no matter what the industry, the vocation they can strive to be the best.”

Veteran actor, John McCook who has played Eric Forrrester on The Bold and the Beautiful for over 35 years, finally won his first ever Emmy after four previous nominations in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

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The Supporting Actor and Actress in a Drama Series trophies went to two standouts from General Hospital, Kelly Thiebaud (Britt) and Jeff Kober (Cyrus), while Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Spencer), added another mantle to the GH trophy case with his first win for Outstanding Younger Performer.

Days of our Lives writing team led by Ron Carlivati took home the gold for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series, while GH won for Direction.

The biggest winner in terms of total gold belonged to The Kelly Clarkson Show. When all was said and done, between the Creative Arts ceremonies held last weekend, and last night, the talk show took home 7 awards including: Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show and Talk Show Host. General Hospital followed with five total wins for Daytime Emmys 2022.

The ceremonies featured DAYS Suzanne Rogers (Maggie) anchoring the Lifetime Achievement Award presentation to her longtime co-star John Aniston (Victor), who was not present, with the help of John’s daughter, Jennifer Aniston, who was seen on tape.

Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica, All My Children) made her first public appearance since the passing of her beloved husband, Helmut Huber and introduced the In Memoriam segment.  Grammy-winner Michael Bolton performed his classic tune “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” during the tribute.

Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner were the hosts for the telecast, and with the overturning of the Supreme Court Roe vs. Wade decision on everyone’s mind last night, Turner gave a nod to how she and so many others felt, when Frazier told her how nice she looked in her dress. Nishcelle commented, “I chose this dress. It was my choice.”  That moment received huge applause from the audience in attendance.

Check out the full winners circle list from last night’s 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards below. 

Then let us know, are you happy with the results? Who were you most thrilled to see take home an Emmy? What did you think of the telecast? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

Outstanding Daytime Drama Series

General Hospital 

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama, Actress

Mishael Morgan, The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Lead Performance In A Daytime Drama, Actor

John McCook, The Bold and the Beautiful

Outstanding Supporting Performance, Actor, in a Daytime Drama

Jeff Kober, General Hospital

Outstanding Supporting Performance, Actress, in a Daytime Drama

Kelly Thiebaud, General Hospital

Outstanding Younger Performer in a Drama Series

Nicholas Chavez, General Hospital

Outstanding Writing Team For a Daytime Drama

Days of Our Lives

Outstanding Directing Team for a Drama Series

General Hospital

Outstanding Game Show Host

Steve Harvey, Family Feud 

Outstanding Game Show

Jeopardy!

Outstanding Entertainment News Series

Entertainment Tonight

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host

Kelly Clarkson, The Kelly Clarkson Show

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show

Kelly Clarkson, The Kelly Clarkson Show

Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host

Tamron Hall, Tamron Hall

Outstanding Informative Talk Show

Turning the Tables with Robin Roberts 

 

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Lamon Archey and Sal Stowers Exit Days of our Lives

Coming up on Days of our Lives, both Lani and Eli Grant will be written off the canvas to facilitate the departures of Lamon Archey (Eli) and Sal Stowers (Lani).

According to the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Archey who stepped into the role in 2017, has made the decision to leave the long-running NBC soap opera, and will last air the week of July 4.

As for Stowers, she will last air on Friday, July 1st, and given her current storyline, it looks like Lani, who has confessed to murdering TJ (William Christian), will either be sent to prison, or will exit Salem with Eli.

This would not be the first-time that Stowers has departed DAYS.  After her debut in 2015, she was off the Salem canvas for a six-month break in 2016, before returning to the show through 2022.

We will share more information on Lamon and Sal’s exits as it comes to light.

For now, how do you feel about Lamon and Sal leaving Days of our Lives? Comment below.

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Y&R Daytime Emmy Nominees, Jason Thompson and Melissa Ordway, Test Positive for Covid-19

In some heartbreaking news, two of The Young and the Restless Daytime Emmy nominees, Jason Thompson (Billy) and Melissa Ordway (Abby), both have tested positive for Covid-19 and will now be unable to attend tomorrow night’s 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards to be telecast on CBS.  The actors were in Monte Carlo, Monaco last week for the 61st annual Monte Carlo TV Festival.

Thompson, a previous Emmy-winner, who is up in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category, shared the news via an Instagram video and also expressing in his post: “After 2.5 years of dodging Covid…I finally tested positive! I’m very sorry to say I won’t be attending the @daytimeemmys tomorrow night and that’s a bummer!! To all my fellow nominees and friends, I wish you all the best, have a fantastic night celebrating what we do. To the best fans in the world, like most of you I will be watching from home cheering on our favorites on @cbstv!! Thank you for an amazing year @youngandrestlesscbs and @sonypictures. I’ll be back to work in a week or so to try and earn another invite to the big night!!! Lots is love! ♥️”

Meanwhile, Melissa Ordway then shared she also tested positive for Covid. Ordway is a first-time nominee in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category.  In a heartfelt message, Melissa stated: It has always been a dream of mine to be nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award and to bring my parents to the show. It was about to come true, until I tested positive for Covid yesterday afternoon. I’m so disappointed that I won’t be able to celebrate with everyone on Friday. I’ve cried lots of tears.  Thankfully, I’m asymptomatic. I’m super grateful no one in our home is sick. What a blessing.  To my Daytime community, have the best time. Wish I could be there but I’ll be watching from home and cheering on all of the nominees! Y&R bring home the gold! Love you all! And to everyone at CBS and Sony thank you for everything. So grateful to play Abby. @youngandrestlesscbs.  To my amazing parents, I’m so sorry that this weekend has fallen apart. I was so excited to attend the awards with you. This nomination was because you always believed in me. I love you. To everyone who’s cheered me on, sent me well wishes and love and support, it means more to me than you’ll ever know. I love Daytime and I’m honored to be a part of this talented group! Cheering from my couch! Xoxoxo Melissa”

We send our well-wishes to Jason and Melissa for a speedy recovery.

So, what did you think about Jason and Melissa’s heartfelt posts that they will miss the Daytime Emmys due to Covid-19? Comment below.

 

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