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243 January 10th, 2013 Drake Hogestyn Exits Days of Our Lives … But For How Long?

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Looks like Kristen’s (Eileen Davidson) machinations has John and Marlena (Deidre Hall) right where she wants them! And next week is a critical point for Jarlena fans when after the trust, and the one thing John values most in this world, honesty, appears to have broken down between the long-suffering couple.

On the heels of that, it will pave the way for the exit of Drake Hogestyn (John Black) as previewed in this week’s Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now.

Hogestyn will last be seen on next Friday, January 18th’s episode of DAYS when John leaves the canvas for a short while.   But how long will he be away?  How will it affect the war between Kristen and Marlena? A DAYS spokesperson could not be reached for comment.

However in this week’s SOD on what facilitates John’s exit, Drake Hogestyn revealed, “John says he needs space and that he’s confused.”

So soapers what do you think of John exiting Salem?  Do you want to see Drake return to the the soap sooner than later?  Let us know!

 

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  1. Michael says:

    This sucks. Not a big fan of Drake but I love it whenever Marlena and John have pivotal stories- I LOVE Deidre Hall.

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    Karen replied

    Deidre and Drake get no respect from TPTB…

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    Beezie replied

    Sorry, everybody, but now that John has left town, let’s have Marlena go look for him .. and let it take a LONG time for her to find him. I think these two have been on DOOL way too long .. and one of the reasons they keep them is because Days is CRAZY about flashbacks!! Their acting skills have NOT improved….Good luck in your future endeavors, Diedre and Drake…..

    Linda Aug. 21,2013 replied

    Linda
    I really miss John Black and hope to see him back with Marlena soon.
    There both great actors. Also miss Bo very much too. Hope to see them all
    together again. Not really the same without them.

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  2. Sal Piscioneri says:

    come to GH as Jeff Weber or a Cassadine or long lost Spencer or someone from Jessie Brewer or Audreys family…..

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    MK replied

    Always thought he would be great as Jeff Webber!

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    Aaron replied

    Yes, I agree, Drake would be AWESOME as Jeff Webber or a recast Ridge on The Bold and The Beautiful!

    Desiree replied

    Yes, or even a whole new character on DAYS.

  3. Scott (ATWT Fan) says:

    I’m prettty sure that this exit is story dictated only, and that it is on a temporary basis. I don’t think DAYS would ditch Drake right now when he’s involved in one of the show’s hottest and most current storylines.

    I think he’ll be back soon.

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    Mary SF replied

    I agree he will be back, but it would be fun if he bought someone else to town with him- perhaps a recast Bo?

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    Chloe replied

    Better yet – the real Bo [Peter Reckell] & Stefano!!

    Mary SF replied

    Oh Chloe- I would love PR to come back, but it sounded like he left not under the best of terms with his former bosses. Therefore, I doubt if he would come back unless there was a lot of work behind the scenes to bring him back, but I heard no such rumblings, so I would rather see Bo recast than MIA altogether.

    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    I think Bo would return to town, but Peter Reckell I’m pretty sure has no desire to return to the series. Plus, I got tired of always seeing him with Hope, a character I do not like. Maybe they could lure back Robert Kelker-Kelly and Julie Pinson as Bo and Billie!

    Tonja replied

    I follow PR on twitter – whenever he’s asked about coming back he always says things like “never say never” or “we’ll see”…sounds like he would come back with the right story line. His character was allowed to go by the wayside and be boring… this character shoule be anything but boring! Bring the 80′s Bo back!

    Janelle replied

    He’ll come back if the $$$ is good. That’s the real reason he left. He wasn’t willing to take a cut in pay.

    Beezie replied

    Sorry, folks, but nobody can replace Peter Reckell as Bo Brady. Just wouldn’t be right!!!

    JESSICA replied

    IM PRAYING THAT HE DOES COME BACK I LOVE AND THATS A FACT.ROBERT KELKER KELLY WAS A GREAT BO AND HE COULD BE AGAIN.

  4. Karen says:

    It’s total nonsense!! As usual the J&M fans are screwed…Hopefully he is only away for a week or 2.

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  5. Claud says:

    Sooner rather than later! It was just starting to get good, John and Marlena were getting involved, the momentum was just picking up, not a good time to send off John. Where does that leave Marlena? Why have they been taken out of their own story? Don’t get it.

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  6. Mary SF says:

    The way the article is worded it sounds more like the actor needs some time off for personal or professional reasons– been a fan of DH for a long time, so I hope there isn’t any serious problem here- would like to see John Black back in town as soon as it is possible, but more importantly I hope whatever DH is confused about gets sorted out quickly for his sake.

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    Mary SF replied

    My bad— misread the last line of the article, he was talking about his character John being confused not himself- well that’s a relief- so this is just a story line thing, so if DOOL shoots 3 months in advance- doesn’t the media already know if he is working or how long he was gone for?

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    Pam replied

    Mary it’s NOT Drake’s idea to leave at all. Also, John would NEVER act this way to Marlena; from past story lines.

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    Mary SF replied

    Thanks Pam- realized my mistake about two seconds after I posted my comment. It just goes to show you have actors and characters become so interconnected that for a second I forgot his name was Drake not John. I think John leaving must be some plot device- perhaps the ISA has recalled him to duty for some mission that he can’t tell Marlena. Then while away he will either run into a recast Bo or perhaps this will mark the return of Stefano. It does seem strange he would leave Marlena after all they been through, so the writers must have something up their sleeves.

  7. stephanie says:

    Not happy that the writers are having John leave town, so out of character. No atter how angry or upset, he would NOT leave Marlena and Brady with Kristen still lurking around causing havoc…….If the writers and execs need to give vets some time off, I could give them a couple of suggestions…………..Not Drake or Deidre!!!

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  8. Kathy Lewis says:

    While Drake is off screen I will not be watching at all! Drake is an exceptional actor and is the reason I tune in. Until he returns my TV will stay off!!

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  9. vik says:

    I agree..that story is just getting going. Why would he now leave? Kristn just cracks me up and her wreaking havoc in salem is putting some DRAMA into the town.

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  10. Brittany says:

    Do you even need to ask Michael? Of course we want him back soon! They can’t let that witch Kristen tear them apart. And Days is insane for letting that loyal, talented man go ANYWHERE!

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  11. Ric says:

    the plot would be wasted without JB as the basis for KD revenge. Must be a vacation due DH, hopefully he and JM (stefano) will be back soon and rev up the drama

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    Patrick replied

    what’s the deal with Stefano? when is he back on the canvas full-time? I had thought he’d a been back when Kristen returned. I miss him and Kate… would like to see all the DiMera’s living at the manse.

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  12. Gary says:

    TPTB needs to get it together days is going down hill fast… they need to bring more vets back if not the show will continue to lose ratings

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    Patrick replied

    makes one wish.. DOOL did the same thing as GH… and brought in NBC stars from Another World.

    I can’t falter GH fans… and OLTL…. if DAYS had been on the bandwagon… as well.

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  13. Debi Clarridge says:

    Days has a large and loyal fan base. What those in charge fail to realize, older people have watched days longer then the younger actors have been alive. Drake is one of our favorites, We have spent years not Days of Our Lives watching and being a part of his story lines. It is not fair to the seniors that have tuned into this daytime drama to lose, the most beloved actor in our age group.
    Please reconsider Drakes swift return, you owe it to your loyal older followers. We are no longer teens, we need John, Marlena, Victor, Caroline, Etc………..to remain as important characters, they are the generation of our time………..Thank you, Please bring Drake back ASAP. Debi Clarridge, Lancaster, Ohio

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    Patrick replied

    I didn’t see this coming.. as well….. ???? it has to be a vacation… and or personal leave… as DH has had this in the past. I hope and wish him well personally….

    John and Marlena… Victor, Maggie, Caroline, Kate… LOVE YOU.

    I have to agree… this storyline and/or triangle was just heating up….

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    Pam replied

    Patrick, it;s NOT Drake’s idea to leave. He LOVES the show!

  14. Ann says:

    They shouldn’t be writing him out in the FIRST place! I think the show can only BENEFIT from bringing him back front and center SOON, rather than writing him as leaving town and “running away,” which is NOT something John Black would do! Drake is the most underrated and least appreciated actor in daytime, despite what a gracious and accommodating person Drake is with everyone in real life. I hope last week’s episodes have opened some eyes to what a terrific actor he really is – something his fans have always known. He doesn’t deserve to be benched for ANY amount of time – especially since DAYS was only renewed for one year! If they have ANY hope of getting their ratings up and staying on the air, THEY NEED DRAKE! Come on, DAYS – it’s not rocket science! The fans know more about what’s good for your show than YOU do, apparently! Bring John back to town to deal with the John/Marlena/Kristen storyline where he belongs!

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    Cheryl replied

    Amen, Sister! John Black is one of the best if not the best actor on Days and once he’s gone, that’s it for me!

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  15. CINDY BISCORNER-MEAD says:

    YES I want Drake/John to return!!! ASAP!!!! Get rid of Kristin for good!!!

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  16. Annie says:

    I think it Sucks that John is leaving Days! he is embattled in a good story line with Marlena and Kristen! He would never do that to his family!

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  17. Denise says:

    I am really hoping Drake returns very soon. It would be really stupid if the writers make him stay away from Marlena. this Brady/ Kristen storyline needs John (Drake) in it or else the whole story would not work well. Drake is a great actor and he would never leave Marlena, Please don’t keep him gone for more than a couple of days.. We need Drake!!!

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  18. Annie says:

    Days is gong down hill fast! I like all the vets ! They should bring back Peter and Drake and Joe ! I have been watching Drake since 86. I grews up with him being roman! I don’t really want to watch the Teens and Daniel and Chloe and Jennifer. I think he needs to come back and make up with this wife and stop Kristen and brady needs to go away! I think the VETS make the show! Bring Drake ASAP!
    Annie Bradshaw
    Twin Cities , Minnesota

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  19. Rod says:

    Bye Bye John. Can Marlena go too!!! Snooze!!! They don’t have the IT any more!!
    Clearly my answer is later much much much later ! Wong miss those scary face expressions

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  20. Annie says:

    Why I think Days is going down hill fast because of all the Teens ,Sami and Rafe and EJ . I think the VETS make the show . Like Peter and Kristian and Dee and Drake ! YOu should also bring back Joe Mascolo!

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  21. Michael says:

    How about he NEVER returns!? DOOL needs to recast the role of John. Drake can’t act to save his own life.

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    christine replied

    You are very wrong Michael. Drake is a wonderful actor. He has proven that more times than i can count. I want him back ASAP.

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    Helen replied

    I agree, Drake is a very powerful actor, always has been. These bashers hate his personality in real life too, say he is too active and talks with his hands too much. Ignore them, I have for years.

    Pam replied

    Michael, Drake is a wonderful actor & one of the better ones on DAYS. He’s VERY loyal to the show as well! TPTB do NOT appreciate Drake or his talents apparently or they wouldn’t push him out of his own storyline! Drake is even better in person! He appreciates his fan base. That’s a FACT! No one could play the role of John Black besides Drake. He NEEDS to be back to work tomorrow!

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    Annie replied

    I argee with the ladies Micheal. We want him back ASAP!

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  22. Linda says:

    Well, all I’ll say about this is I’m leaving WITH John. Thank you Michael very much for letting us know January 18th is when John leaves town because now I don’t have to bother watching on January 21st! Drake Hogestyn has always been a phenomenal actor, but last week he raised the bar and has been nothing short of stupendous. He can play ANY emotion – hurt, sarcastic, angry, disgusted, and compassionate and is a kick ass emotional actor as well! Drake is by far the most underrated and often unappreciated actor in DTTV, so for a week it was such a pleasure to see Drake given material that showcased the fact the man has incredible acting chops but I should’ve KNOWN it wouldn’t last and Drake would be dumped on again. I have no desire to watch a show that doesn’t include Drake so bottom line is I just WON’T watch DAYS. It isn’t like TPTB care what we think anyway because if they did, they wouldn’t BENCH Drake again after he just got off the bench in October. I also feel this “Kristen” storyline will now crash and burn without Drake in it. Once again TomSell dropped the ball, what else is new.

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    Dee replied

    I couldn’t have said it better Linda! It’s as if you read my mind. Perfectly written. And yes, Thank You John for posting when Drake’s final air date will be.

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    Dee replied

    ooops, I meant to say Michael for posting the final air date. My bad! : – (

    Annie replied

    I argee with Dee and Linda! We want Drake back! Ken Corday doesn’t have a clue to what he has in the Vets! Let’s go with the Teens and the characters who are good in own right but bring back Drake and Peter and Joe Mascolo ! His parents would be rolling over in there graves if he need it was destroying the greatest soap !

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    Desiree replied

    WONDERFUL POST, LINDA! Very well written, send this to the soap opera press.

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  23. Dmitri says:

    He’llbe back. This is just like Dan’s exit last year, it was only short-term. I agree about Jarlena not getting the airtime they deserve, or any of the vets for that matter. The vets either get short-term storylines already used in the past (Kristen’s return) or random short scenes (Lucas and Billie). I’m tired of the Sami Show. Bring back DAYS!!!

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  24. Patrick says:

    WHAT A HEADLINER?!?! This just Smarts…. this is not good for the uphill grind DAYS is in… the one storyline that’s keeping FANS interested.

    if this is for personal reasons… Drake… take care… and come back to your 2nd Home.

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    Desiree replied

    Nope, Drake is fine, he never asked for time off.

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  25. Mary Hargett-Hiduk says:

    It makes no sense at all why they would take Drake out of the mix. This is not the John Black of old. He would have understood Marlena’s reasoning and stood by her side. He would be there to fight Kritter with Marlena and try to make Brady understand the evil of this woman. TPTB and writers, WAKE UP. Listen to your loyal fans and get John back in Salem pronto. D&D have been a part of our lives for so long, PLEASE bring them back together. It is my understanding they are filming three months in advance so it would seem to me sites as this one would know if Drake is back to filming.

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  26. Isabella says:

    Drake leaving has now given me a reason to leave Days. Drake is a really fabulous actor and really the only reason I continue to watch Days. This show has gone down the toilet, it isn’t the show my grandmother got me hooked on and quite frankly I’m shocked it was even renewed. My last day tuning in will be Friday until Drake is on my screen again.

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  27. Helen Kent says:

    Well, as a long-time fan, this is the news that broke the camel’s back. I accepted when Peter left because not only is Drake a gifted actor but he also plays a very realistic hero, but I will not accept losing Drake too. I’m on vacation from watching DAYS unless Drake comes back.

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  28. Aaron says:

    I see how this works now at DAYS, get rid of actors like Drake who are wonderful actors and continue to fill the cast up with actors that can’t act, what are TPTB thinking? This move is also my ticket out of Salem. I’d appreciate a heads-up Michael so I know when to tune back into DAYS once Drake is again on the canvas. He makes the show, he isn’t your typical cardboard actor and when he acts he does it with feeling. I have a long list of actors on DAYS that could leave and I wouldn’t blink an eye but of course Drake wasn’t on that list. I’ve been meaning to stop watching since Tomlin started killing this show with his awful writing and Drake leaving has now cemented my decision.

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    Mary Hargett-Hiduk replied

    can we compare our lists, I bet we would match!!

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    Desiree replied

    James (EJ), Eric (Brady), Shawn (Danny), Chandler (Will), Freddie (Sonnie), Alison (Sammy) Galen (Rafe) that is my dream GET RID OF list yet they’re all Tomlin pets so they’ll be with DAYS until the show dies.

    Amy replied

    I agree with everybody on that list.

    Alex replied

    That is my list too, get rid of Eric especially.

  29. cecile says:

    I want John back sooner than later. This is what soaps do for me–I like the happily ever after fantasy. It sure beats other programs that are constant failures in relationships. John and Marlena should be able to work things out. No one is perfect and forgiveness is a necessary part of a marriage.

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  30. Sandy says:

    What is the purpose of writing Drake off? He finally gets a storyline and then, is let go. I do not like the character of Kristen. There has to be another way, to write a good story for John and Marlena. And where is Stefano? I thought he returned to the show.

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  31. Sheila says:

    These writers have a lot to be desired when it comes to story line. Drake should never have been written out in the first place. I agree, these writers get rid of the experienced actors and think we want to see people everyday that are so stuck on themselves and those who think the world evolves around them. Tired of seeing the 40+ woman act like she’s a teenager and minding everyone’s business. They really need to take a good look at the younger set of cast and realize they can’t act no matter how hard they want them in the storyline. This is another fan that will leave when Drake does. What we need folks is to let the writers go.

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  32. Eileen Hargis says:

    Sooner, of course, are they idiots at that show, or what?

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    Ellie replied

    HUGE idiots!

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    Desiree replied

    ENORMOUS idiots! TPTB of NBC and DAYS are totally clueless regarding what fans want to see.

  33. Pam says:

    Drake Hogestyn doesn’t get the respect he should from TPTB. Drake is very loyal to DAYS. It’s a real SHAME! The current head writers don’t seem to know how to write for a complex character like John Black. Drake has fans of ALL ages & his fans are legion. For example, Drake now has over 10,000 followers on Twitter. I don’t understand why they would keep one of their lead actors off the show. IMO Drake should NEVER have been let go in the past & shouldn’t be now! Drake is my favorite actor on DAYS since he started in 1986. I have been watching DAYS for 40 years now. Maybe they should replace the writers instead of the actors like Drake. Pretty much all the time now the romance & humor have gone out of DAYS like in the 80′s & 90′s.Where are the Super Couples for example? Drake & the rest of the VETS are under appreciated for sure! IMO Drake Hogestyn doesn’t need to be gone anytime at all!

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  34. christine says:

    I want Drake back ASAP. You told us this would be like it was be for a family helping each other and romance. I have not seen any of this since John was in jail. Please get this story ine with Kristen over with soon. Brady was only 5 years old when she left. This is sick to see him with some one that was going to be his stepmother i think it is gross. Please get some writer that can write like Sheir Anderson. Now she can write a good John and Marlena story with out any problem. What Happen to the Days 2.0 YOu said we would get.

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  35. Tamera says:

    SOONER for me, I love Drake and he acts circles around the men on DAYS. If anybody should leave town it is the other Black, Brady who with his barechested look every day seems to think he is God’s gift to women (he isn’t).

    I’ll return to watching once Drake is back, my blood pressure needs a break from this crappy show anyway so thanks Drake for giving me this DAYS vacation.

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    Dee replied

    I agree Tamera!

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    Ces replied

    I don’t really love looking at a red waxed chest. I’d take Drake’s anyday :)

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    Ellie replied

    ROTF, ditto, Brady and his little boy chest makes me sick. Drake is a gorgeous man and his body is beautiful. TomSell are jealous because they can only dream of looking like Drake does.

    Annie replied

    Me too Tamara! I don’t need to see any waxed chest. I need to see Drake!

    Ces replied

    haha!!! glad I’m not the only that likes chest hair. lol..

    Desiree replied

    ROF at “little boy chest” HAHA!

    Desiree replied

    LOL, I love Drake’s chest hair too, finally, a real man on DAYS, not an over-waxed man wannabe.

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  36. rea says:

    Once again these so called writers have found a way to infuriate all of the John and Marlena fans. It makes NO sense to have John leave at this time. Days needs to find writers that are willing and able to write for all the characters, not just a chosen few and that know the rich history of these long time favorites.

    Deidre and Drake are the heart and soul of Days and should be treated with the respect that they so richly deserve. They are not just the super couple of Days, but of all of daytime. There is not another couple that has been together as long as they have and been
    through as much as they have!!

    Drake should return ASAP to put an end to all this Kristen mess.

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    christine replied

    You said it rea. They have both been in the 1 spot in We love soaps for so long. Drake has been in the 2 spot a few time but not many. We all want our super couple back together ASAP. John would never leave Marlena in less she ask him to and she sure did not ask him to leave this time. Get new writers that can write a story that has not been done be for. This old stuff is getting boring.

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  37. christine says:

    Mr Evans you said in a interview on VTV News you hope to make it to 2015.I will tell you this that if Drake and Deidre do not stay on this show the rating will drop. See all of us that love John nd Marlena do not like the way these storys are going . First John would not walk out on Marlena for any reason in less she tells him to leave. You said we want romance and love. Well John and Marlena have more love for each other than you can shake a stick at. They have been tought much to be together and your writers just pull them a part over some thing dum. This Brady and Kristen story makes me sick. He was 5 years old when she left town. Please get some writer that know what happend back then and know the story.

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  38. Helen says:

    Here we go again, didn’t Drake just go through this in 2007 and in 2009? This stupid Kristen/Brady storyline didn’t actually get good until they put Drake in it yet they’re letting him go for a few weeks? Drake has always been a very powerful actor and he becomes magnificent when he is given scripts that show off his acting talent which is what took place last week. How TIIC could even think of getting rid of somebody that knows the acting craft and is the face of DAYS I’ll never understand. My prayer to the Soap Gods is he is only gone a few weeks but knowing Salem time, it will be much longer. Like several have said already, I’m going to take this opportunity to turn off the show and wait for DAYS’ best hero to get back to Salem. Salem is a boring place without John and Drake and I don’t plan on wasting my time watching something I don’t enjoy.

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  39. Esther says:

    I have been a Days fan for over 30 yrs. and a huge Drake fan. I think TPTB need to do their homework when it comes to John’s and Marlena’s history. John would NEVER turn his back on Marlena and leave her alone especially with Kristen around! He would’ve stood by his Doc and planned a way to get Brady away from Kristen and send her out of Salem!

    Days fans are loyal and we are not afraid to voice what we want! Drake is a lead actor and is seldom given the spotlight as he deserves. He deserves to be in lead story lines, he’s earned it! He is a superb actor and he proved so last week. He was on fire! The fans want MORE Drake! We want the super couples, the romance, the crazy antics, the stuff that Days is known for!! Our beloved vets! Bottom line – Without John there is no Days! John and Marlena ARE Days!

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  40. Cindy White says:

    WOW! Talk about weird – I went to the doctor yesterday and was told DAYS OF OUR LIVES is making me sick. It has greatly affected my BP and overall stress level. I was told to give it up for my health and being that I love watching Drake, I decided to break doctor’s orders and continue to watch it. With this news this extraordinary actor will be of my TV set for weeks or months, I can now obey my doctor and give up DAYS. I gave it up every time he was let go and didn’t start watching it until he returned in 2011. You bet your sweet tush I’m going to give it up again if this show even thinks about letting such talent get away.

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    Eileen Hargis replied

    Cindy, you dont need to stop watching Days, you need to find urself another doctor! Any dr who would tell u a tv show is bad for ur health is a quack!

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    Amy replied

    Maybe her doctor is a former DAYS fan. :P

  41. Bill and Jason says:

    My partner, Jason and I have been long-time DAYS fans but we’ve always gravitated toward Drake. He is a FAB actor and his character shading, mannerisms and soap nuances are brilliant. We enjoy watching how he works a scene. With that said, DAYS has become so piss poor in terms of writing and over-all production that we actually find ourselves taping the show and only watching back scenes Drake is in. This John, Kristen, Marlena, Brady storyline was just picking up steam yet they go and remove Drake from it. This decision not only has us scratching our heads but also feeling really angry because Drake deserves to be treated well and respected and this show is doing anything but. It is no longer about escaping our lives, now it only gives me a headache so this casting move has now forced our hands. We’ll tune back in once we hear Drake is airing again, but not before that.

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  42. Angela says:

    Drake is my all time favorite actor since 1994 so I’m done with DOOL until they bring him back. It isn’t hard at all to walk away since this soap is a former shell of itself. I think NBC were on crack when they renewed it for a year. It reminds me of somebody who cheats on a test but gets an A+ yet they didn’t deserve it. DAYS is like that too. There is so much wrong with this soap but TPTB do not listen to our complaints. Getting rid of Drake for a few weeks is their first of a long list of mistakes they continue to make. He is a wonderful actor and you won’t meet a nicer man yet they continue to use him to promote DAYS yet won’t give him storyline. I’ll watch his last show and after that I’m through watching until John returns to Salem from wherever they sent him.

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    Desiree replied

    Yep, I agree, it is a pleasure to stop watching. Drake is an awesome actor, he doesn’t deserve the disrespect being show to him by his so called “family” at DAYS.

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  43. Debi Clarridge says:

    Patrick and Michael, please do not let your jealousy make you bias. Drake is a vetran actor and deserves what that title brings with it.
    I agree, if the writers would listen to the viewers opinion, maybe the ratings wold go back up.
    Unfotunately, Peter Reckall, made the decsion to retire, on his own behalf.
    Drake has always played this character and to replace him wold be Days final downfall.
    I will start watching again when the bring Drake back, left them the last time, will leave them again.

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    Debi Clarridge replied

    Sorry, spelling error. Would and they typing to fast.

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    Desiree replied

    ROTF at how the Drake bashers are all MEN! Like I said they couldn’t be more transparent and it is getting so old.

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    Amy replied

    LOL, yep, all the Drake bashers say the same thing too, just under different names, you’d think they’d be more creative. The reason Drake has had staying power for 25+ years is because the man CAN act!

    Debi Clarridge replied

    Agree, 100%. We need him back.

  44. K8 says:

    I want him back, It is why I watch to see the Best super couple ever do their magic!!!!

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  45. Dee says:

    Being a long fan of Drake’s, I am once again hurt by the fact that his talent and passion for his work is being put on the back burner. When he and Deidre Hall were brought back to the show this time, a lot of the true die hard fans came back with them. The chemistry between Deidre and Drake is like fireworks. They both care deeply for each other, but more so for the show. They bring grace and royalty to the day time canvas. In a time when “Soaps” are becoming a thing of the past, I would think that the writers/producers of a well loved soap would want to do what it took to keep fans tuning in each day.

    I hope that this is a short term absence for Drake and that “the powers that be” realize what an asset he is to DAYS and what a loyal fan base he has and with that fan base comes a lot of viewers that won’t be watching the show as long as he is off the air.

    Having met Drake numerous times, the one thing that you take away from an encounter with him is that he truly cares for his fans. He appreciates their loyalty and does his best to make them feel as if he wouldn’t be where is he if it wasn’t for his fans. I know I will be watching on Friday the 18th, but can’t guarantee I will watch after that.

    We will miss Drake immensely.

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  46. Ces says:

    Perhaps Drake is filming something outside the show? One of the reasons I returned to Days last year (after a 9 years hiatus!) was because Drake & Dee returned so I hope this time off for him. Love John Black, always have!

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    Desiree replied

    No, he isn’t, that was confirmed already. Drake didn’t ask for any time off. He does have another job outside of DAYS but this other job doesn’t require leave time from DAYS. TomSell hate John and Drake suffers because of it.

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    hospitalitea replied

    I hope this is the reason he is not on, that he has another project or movie in the works or a nightimenon soap type character he is working on

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  47. Carol P says:

    We want John to never go! He’s the reason I watch the show!!!

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  48. Robbie says:

    I’ve been watching Days since it began. I was six then. I lI’ve the show but it’s becoming a teen soap with a few extras. I love Drake and John. The show isn’t the same without him. Please bring him back. We need our vets. Not many young people r as loyal or in to soaps as older viewers. If Drake is leaving I hope he goes to GH. It is awesome now.

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  49. No1_ILoveLucyFan says:

    So we’re stuck with the forced pairings of Jennifer and Daniel who are about as exciting as a wet tissue. Gabi and Nick who have NO history nor interest. Sami and who-the-____-CARES-anymore–I love LOVE Ali Sweeney, but lets face it, Sami is supposed to be in her mid 40′s and she’s still acting like a teenager when it comes to men? How hard is it to choose between a man who treats you with respect and love (Rafe) and the man who raped her (EJ)?!?! Seriously?!!. Without John & Marlena as the foundation couple – much like Tom & Alice were – the show is a complete travesty. Days back in the day had J&M, Bo & Hope, Patch & Kayla, Abe & Lexie, Kim & Shane…now it’s got people who meander about suckin down coffee and whining about complete nonsense. Nothing against the other actors & actresses but I have NO interest in watching Days without John and Marlena.

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  50. Vikki says:

    If he doesn’t come back there will be a lot of viewers gone. He and Deidre were let go once and brought back because the fans want them. We want a great storyline. We were robbed during the NuJohn storyline ending when they were let go. They have been so much of the show and that needs to continue!

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  51. Steve says:

    As an openly gay male who has always enjoyed Drake’s portrayal of “John Black” DAYS has now made it easy for me to turn off the TV. Drake stands out as an actor because he is his own person and doesn’t try to copy what his co-stars do. Drake is picked on for bringing to John the same mannerisms he has in real life and I just give the finger to people like that because the SAME people (you know who you are) go all over YouTube making fun of Drake as a person. Just because you guys spew your hate all over message boards and the Internet WON’T make any of us love Drake less so KNOCK IT OFF. He is a lead actor that has EARNED his title thanks to the fact he is an awesome actor. He also has staying power, something bad actors do not have. He has played 13 character back to back because TPTB know he sells everything so STOP IT with the “bad actor” talk because you guys only come off looking like a bunch of idiots since a bad actor is NOT who we see in the portrayal of John. Friday is my last day watching, I won’t be giving DAYS my support until they bring Drake back and give him the leading story he deserves. The only “Black” that should be leaving is Brady.

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    k/kay replied

    Right on Steve! I have not watched Days in years but I always liked his portrayal I hated when they changed it and made him not Roman after all and how many times did they change who he was I guess last I heard he was Stefano’s brother. .

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    Ellie replied

    I agree, Drake’s acting talent is a cut above the rest. To make TomSell’s scripts enjoyable, an actor has to be talented, LOL!

    David replied

    I love Drake’s acting, he is the one actor on this show that doesn’t LOOK like he is sleep walking through his scenes. I’m never seen a more tired looking cast than the DAYS cast, they are totally whipped.

    k/kay replied

    David I agree I saw about 10 minutes of Days about two weeks ago I was in a salon and the girls had it on the character of Jennifer looked totally washed out no lipstick nothing and ED’s hair is way too blonde and she looked washed out. Need to talk to the makeup dept. I guess.

    Desiree replied

    AWESOME post Steve! I agree, I wish they would have Drake come back as a whole new character, let him get a fresh start on DAYS. This character can fall in love with Marlena so fans still get Drake and Deidre paired but I’d like to see Drake given the opportunity to not only show off his range as an actor but also his sense of humor.

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  52. Leanne says:

    GOOD BYE DAYS! I only watch if Drake/Jarlena are on (I haven’t watched DAYS since Monday when they were on) so it is a piece of cake to just turn the TV off until Drake returns again. You guys don’t care about Drake or his fans so I’m not about to support a show that treat their best actors like Drake like sh##. So long DAYS and thank you Drake and Deidre for the Twitter soap opera you guys have going on which I look forward to every night.

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  53. Enza says:

    As a general DAYS fan since the early 80s, this article has put me over the edge. TPTB are taking away daytime GREATS like Drake (the man has amazing acting chops) so I’ve had it. Once John leaves Salem I’ll be turning the channel to GH, I’ve heard they treat their vets as they deserve to be treated.

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  54. Donna says:

    i hope drake hodestyn(john) comes back sooner rather than later….:)

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  55. Donna says:

    ooops what i meant drake hogestyn (john)…come back sooner than later..

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  56. Val Sweeten says:

    When Days TPTB hired Tomlin back, the man who nearly destroyed Days and who is known as the “vet killer” I knew Drake was in trouble since not only is Tomlin ageist but he doesn’t seem to like great actors either so the fact Drake is a very strong actor put him in danger right away. I’m a DAYS fan that adores the show as a whole but John is my favorite character. With Drake not on, it will go back to being the same soap it was from January 2009 to early September 2011 and I can’t go through that again. One actor leaving shouldn’t break the show but in Drake’s case when he isn’t on there is for sure something missing from DAYS and it doesn’t feel like home. Could be because he has the ability to sell any scene or maybe even because he is an icon on DAYS or maybe even it is because John is by far the most unique character on daytime TV played to perfection by Drake. I’m not sure but I will be taking a break from watching DAYS until Drake returns.

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  57. Ellie says:

    I’ll make this short and just say GOOD BYE DAYS. They’re dumping their most powerful actors and to dump an actor with Drake’s range as an actor is insanity. In the words of John, “I’m so done” good luck DAYS, I won’t support a show that isn’t loyal to the actors.

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    Dee replied

    Perfectly said!

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    Amina Adams replied

    The main question DAYS fans want answered is, how long will Drake be away?

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    Desiree replied

    All we know at this time is this was an unrequested vacation for Drake. He didn’t ask for time off, it was forced on him.

  58. Phil says:

    Good riddance! Drake lacks so much in the acting department! I am not just talking about mannerisms either. He is over the top! Bring back Wayne Northrop as Roman and pair him with Marlena again! Deirdre Hall is too much to get rid of! Also, please no Drake on GH…the actress playing Kristina is bad enough!

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    No1_ILoveLucyFan replied

    You are completely clueless.

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    Desiree replied

    LMAO, that is a fact, totally clueless and wouldn’t know a great actor if he snuck up and bit him in the ass. He says the SAME thing all over the Internet, they all do, if it wasn’t so sad it would be hilarious. I talked to a Drake basher once and asked why they bash Drake when the man CAN act. I found out MOST of them are Wayne fans that blame Drake for Wayne’s firing. They feel if Drake wasn’t so popular, Wayne wouldn’t have been let go multiple times.

    hospitalitea replied

    I completely agree. Drake is wonderful, I hate what the writer (Tomlin) are doing to him. Bring him back ASAP

    Phil replied

    Wow! Clueless? Because my opinion does not match yours? I know Drake will be back, just wish he would stay gone. I was a huge fan of John and Marlena in the past, but I just don’t see it anymore. I am sorry if I have upset you, but he lacks in the acting department IMO! It is obvious when he is thrown in a scene with such powerhouses as Eileen Davidson, James Scott or even Chandler Massey.

    Desiree replied

    NO COMMENT! I’m through replying to you all over the Internet. You Drake bashers are all the same…NOT worth commented to.

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    Amy replied

    ROF, James Scott is not an actor, he is only an annoying, over-blinking piece of eye candy. The fact that you call him an “actor” now explains why you bash Drake. Drake doesn’t walk through his scenes, mumble every word, over-act or spit out huge chunks of spit when John is angry. I wish DAYS would fire James ass like AMC were smart to do. This man only brings down the show and it is no shock as to why it has been free falling in the ratings since 2006 when James OVER-TOOK the show.

    Alex replied

    I agree, 2006 is when things got really bad on DAYS. James Scott is so far stuck up Tomlin’s ass that we’re never going to be free from him. I can’t stand his “acting” it is horrific and hate when DAYS glorify rape.

    Louise replied

    GO Desiree, I agree! Drake is DAYS MVP, I fricken love that man! Talk about scene stealer, he even made James watchable which isn’t easy.

    Louise replied

    LOL Amy, James is also overrated, there isn’t a more annoying actor on the show, I nearly stopped watching when he was hired since he ruined AMC with his bad acting.

    Nancy Micgowan replied

    I agree regarding James Scott, I hope he chooses to leave in March when his contract is up. I’ve watched DAYS for a long time and I’ve never seen a more awful actor on DTTV. Talk about over-rated.

  59. Annie says:

    We need Sheri Anderson back on the show! At least writing for them! These writers have NO CLUE about Days!

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    hospitalitea replied

    I would like to see her come back too, I am tired of writers who ignore John and Marlena’s history together

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    hospitalitea replied

    While they are bringing back people, bring back someone as Belle, since KS is not available, bring someone new on, but someone really good not the girl who was Belle for about 3 minutes

  60. Roger says:

    What is going on at DAYS? Why are they removing not only their best actors but also fan favorites? Is it age discrimination? Maybe it is time for an age discrimination lawsuit. Drake is very talented as an actor and DAYS are damn fools to even let him go for a few weeks. I’m a reporter in South Africa that witnessed first hand the riots having Drake there caused. No offence to Galen or Ari but it was mainly “John Black” that the fans were screaming. Everywhere he went while here, the fans went nuts and made it very clear they love not only John but Drake. I think there is something very wrong with you if you don’t like Drake; he is by far the nicest soap opera actor and celebrity out there. Yet another horrible choice by the monkeys at the helm and not only does the show suffer but the fans suffer too. You do not fire an actor as talented and popular as Drake, this actor can not be recast because he has totally made the character of John his very own. John is different and unique. Some don’t like that uniqueness of having a former mercenary be the show’s hero and family man but to me, this character is the best character on DAYS, he isn’t your typical “Brady” or “Rafe” character that most soap operas have a dozen of. As is already stated, Drake’s acting is perfect, the fact he puts layer after layer on his character is awesome. The fact you can’t see Roman, Forrest, Father John or Mercenary John in JOHN just proves that Drake is a very gifted actor who frankly DAYS don’t deserve to have on their canvas. Let them have their carbon copy characters like EJ and Danny; I don’t care because if they make the mistake and cut Drake again, I won’t be watching anyway. My loyalty to DAYS will be thrown out the window as fast as they threw Drake under the bus in an effort to turn Brady into the next John Black which BTW failed!

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    No1_ILoveLucyFan replied

    “Monkeys at the helm”. That is an insult to monkeys.

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    Desiree replied

    ROTFLMAO! I agree!

    hospitalitea replied

    You are so right, get someone in there that can really write a storyline, someone from the 90′s

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  61. Murphy says:

    Drake does things with a scene, I have yet to see any actor on this present show do. He is king of soap nuances and character shading, it is amazing to watch him in action. He puts his whole body into his acting and makes full use of props too, he must have to go back to his dressing room and take a nap before he heads home because what he does with a scene really looks exhausting. I love DAYS but I love what Drake brings to this show more, so my last day is also Friday. If they do the right thing and bring him back FAST, I’ll watch DAYS again.

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    Jan Bergan replied

    I agree Murphy, Drake stands out above the cutouts on DAYS. John has to be over-the-top because the character is a former mercenary and had a horrible childhood, so everything he has learned, he has learned by himself and just through living a day-to-day life. This character is very dark and full of mystery, by far the best character on DAYS.

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    David replied

    I agree! The basher bashing Drake for being over the top, ah DUH that is how the character is WRITTEN. Until these bashers have walked in the shoes of a soap actor, they need to SHUT THE HELL UP! So sick of them and their garbage. Drake does not deserve the bashing he gets, FU DRAKE BASHERS.

    Amy Fallon replied

    I agree, awesome actor, that is something I saw when I first saw him on screen. He must spend a lot of time going through scripts and picking out nuances that can be added to a scene.

    Desiree replied

    I agree, Drake is an awesome actor but DAYS don’t deserve him. I hope he moves on to a show that cares not only about him but about their cast.

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  62. Jan Bergan says:

    I’ve had it, good bye DAYS, I’ll be leaving with Drake. He is a joy to watch on my screen and he is a VERY talented actor – totally wasted on DAYS IMO.

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  63. David says:

    DAYS has been my soap since day one. I’ve never stopped watching when an actor or actress has left, but after witnessing what Salem was like for two and a half years when Drake wasn’t on, I don’t want to repeat that time. With John gone, DAYS becomes a place with the same characters, I could take a cookie cutter and make more of those characters but there is only one John and Drake does an awesome job with what has always been a very complex role. You really have to be a fantastic actor to bring John to life and Drake excels at this. I’m on break from watching after Friday, Michael, please let us know if you hear of a return date for Drake. Thank you.

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  64. Amy Fallon says:

    Well now, DAYS knows how to take a dump on 2013 eh? As a NEW Drake fan, I’m devastated. I started watching this show on September 26, 2011 because I happened to be channel flipping and saw the end of DAYS and right away gravitated toward Drake’s scenes. I stayed with the show only watching when Drake was on (I have no desire to watch Marlena without John) and have now become a huge Drake fan. I only watch when he is on so it is easy for me to wave bye to this show until Drake is back. Thanks for shitting on our year TPTB.

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  65. Jimmy says:

    GOOD BYE DAYS! Yet another daytime great shown the door and I’ve had it. Only on DAYS could you be benched even when you’re a brilliant actor like Drake is. Good luck with your youth obsessed show. I’ve been watching the show faithfully for 30 years but their treatment of Drake and Matt (two of DTTV’s best actors) has convinced me it is time to just end my loyalty to this show. I won’t miss how “Gay” DAYS has become either, if I want to watch two men kissing, I’ll turn on BRAVO, why FORCE it on DAYS fans? Anyway, I’m done. I hope NBC’s TPTB are happy because they’ve destroyed what once was a fabulous show. I’d love to see Drake on The Bold and The Beautiful, DAYS don’t deserve his loyalty or mine. CYA DAYS, I really won’t miss you at all. May General Hospital continue to kick your ass in the ratings, you guys deserve to be in the last place so here’s hoping that is where you stay until they pull the plug.

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  66. Desiree says:

    I’m a general fan of DAYS, but getting rid of this gifted actor is just too much for me to take. Michael, please post to us or Tweet to us when you find out when John returns to Salem, that is when I’ll start watching again. I’m looking forward to my break from DAYS actually, this isn’t the show my mom, grandmother and aunt hooked me on back in the late 70s and I’m still scratching my head regarding how they got a year renewal. Oh well, bye DAYS starting on Monday January 21st, I’m not a Deidre fan so I won’t be watching for her. I love John and Marlena but since Drake is one half of this couple, I’m just going to stop watching all together. I wish TPTB could see how many people will be again boycotting this show once John heads out of Salem, the ratings don’t begin to tell the story of how many people started watching when DAYS brought Drake, Deidre, Matt, Christie and Patrick back or how many left when they and now Drake were let go. I won’t support a show that sees nothing wrong with treating extraordinary and powerful actors like Drake, like total dog shit.

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  67. hospitalitea says:

    I will not be watching DAYS again until they give Drake and Deidre a real storyline again
    Ken Corday should get rid of the current writers.

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  68. Marie says:

    They need John in Salem reconciling with his wife and son – not running away from his problems! That’s totally out of character. Drake is a way too talented actor to be put on the back burner for any amount of time – bring him back quickly!!!

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  69. hospitalitea says:

    Just give us more Drake and Deidre. They have since 1986 been one of magictal elements that made DAYS worth watching….with both of them together overcoming anything and everything the show will no longer be worth watching….so don’t let Drake stay away to long….Corday get rid of those bad writer who are ignoring thes history of the show and give us some writer who can write storylines and scripts like those written from 1993-2003

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  70. Janice Brown says:

    Deidre, I love you, you are one of my favorite actresses but I’m leaving once your leading man, Drake does. You’ll just be put in a supporting role anyway when he is gone and I’d rather not see you disrespected too. As has been pointed out already, DAYS only has a few great actors left and this actor with the beautiful blue eyes and killer smile is one of the best.

    It was just confirmed that Drake didn’t ask for time off, which means he wasn’t even benched since benched actors are still seen but Drake won’t be. Like was pointed out, it seems if you can ACT on this show, you’re treated like crap. If you’re loyal to the show you’re treated like a second-rate actor. NBC calls on Drake to promote the show yet they sit back and do noting while Tomlin benches John or gives him two short scenes that this actor has to drive all the way from Malibu (which is over a two hour drive) to perform filler scenes. Even when John is on that day Drake is mostly off screen and the Christmas show was by far one of the worse Christmas shows DAYS has ever done.

    I’ll end this with three words…GOOD BYE DAYS.

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  71. Isabella says:

    Must feel really great to be one of Tomlin’s “Pets” on this show that don’t have to know how to act, as long as they look pretty for the camera and turn HIM on they’ve got a job. Drake on the other hand is by far the most disrespected actor on DAYS yet the man is absolutely brilliant. The acting levels he displayed last week from the beginning of the week to the end is levels of acting you don’t often see on daytime TV, yet John is being written out and Drake’s future is in danger on this show? What the hell is wrong with TPTB on this show? I was barely hanging on anyway but this decision has forced my hand and I’ll be leaving DAYS too once Drake does.

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  72. Maggy says:

    WHY DAYS, WHY? Why are you taking all of the great actors away? After 35 years of watching Days I’m gone too. Poor Drake doesn’t deserve this crap. One vacation after the next for him and the sad thing is he never asks for this time off. Get rid of that ass#### Tomlin not a man that knows the acting craft and always brings his A Game.

    Goodbye Days.

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  73. Mark CD says:

    I’ll keep it short and just say I’m hoping on the “leaving” train too and so is my wife, daughter and neice. Drake is an awesome actor and John is one of the most complex and rewritten characters on soaps, yet Drake proves he has the acting ability to play the many turns this character takes daily. BRAVO Drake but FU DAYS.

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  74. Ronny (ex-DAYS fan) says:

    I’m joining the “leaving with Drake” group. As DAYS fans we can only be expected to take so much and getting rid of an actor of not only Drake’s caliber but who also is by far the nicest and sweetest man you’ll ever meet in your life, proves TPTB have NO clue what they’re doing. I don’t know who made this horrible choice to write out Drake, but personally I think it is the last straw for a lot of people. I just read Drake’s website and it says this man turned down other projects, two being prime time roles on a sitcom, because when it came time to sign the contract and he was told he has to leave DAYS, Drake refused to do that and walked away from roles any actor would die to have, in order to stay with a show that has taken dump after dump on him since about 2006. Not many actors would allow themselves to be used and abused like this show has abused him really badly since 2006 when everything at work fell apart for Drake. He not only was nearly killed in real life in 2007 but he was also being stabbed in the back daily by the crap heads in charge of running things at NBC.

    This is a man who was so happy to be back at work with his friends and that is so popular that it took him three hours to get from his car to his dressing room because EVERYBODY was hugging him. As soon as he got into NBC he kissed the floor because he was so happy to be back at DAYS. It is because he loves the show so much that he allows himself to be disrespected to the degree Drake is disrespected and I am so sick of it.

    Anyway, I’ll close by saying if January 21st is when John leaves town, I’m gone too. I’m a general DAYS fan but I FEEL the difference in this show when Drake isn’t on and it is a show I’d rather not tune into.

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    suzan replied

    I hope John on days of our lives doesn’t return he was kind of weird he didn’t care about no one but his self that’s why him and marlena made a good couple all she thought about was John John John!!!

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  75. Betrice says:

    I’m going to try very hard not to swear and simply say WTF is going on at DAYS? Drake is the one actor on this show that can sell anything they give him because of his acting ability. Give him a high emotion script and he breaks hearts, give him a dramatic script and you’re on the edge of your seat, give him a script nobody can believe and he makes it believable. I’m a new fan of Drake and John. I started watching during the Embezzlement storyline because his acting made me feel like I was peeking through the window of somebody that was in a lot of trouble with the law.

    John has been written very out of character lately (who hasn’t) yet it is not possible to be mad at this character because of how Drake plays this character. Everything from the stolen glances at Marlena when he doesn’t think she is looking, his pressed lips when he is trying to hold his emotions back, the single tear down his face that is brought on from an actor that feels the script and his mannerisms that make it seem like John is totally out of control. He can make you swoon one minute and in the next moment make you gasp because John really does have a DiMera temper and when it comes out, look out.

    Drake showed last week that when you give him material, the man acts circles around everybody, I put him up there with GREAT actors on daytime that can even make a Tomlin script look really great.

    Like I said, I’m a new DAYS fan so because of this it will be quite easy to turn off DAYS once John leaves town. I will be following Spoilers just in case they do have Drake on, but I won’t be supporting a show that seems to see nothing wrong with treating an iconic actor like Drake like he doesn’t matter at all.

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  76. Deidra says:

    I heard about Drake’s vacation that he never asked for yesterday, and was so outraged that I decided to hold my postings until today. Drake is a very gifted actor and he doesn’t deserve to be treated like some newbie that never took off with the audience. Drake is loved in every part of the world, believe me, I live in South Africa and I saw the riots for this man and how everybody was screaming “JOHN BLACK” everywhere he went and how the fans went nuts when he told the crowd that a maid in the hotel walked in on him totally naked because of a joke Galen played on him. Drake is hugely popular and he gets an enormous reaction no matter where he goes. DAYS TPTB are fools to bench Drake even for a short time. So help me if they even think of firing him again, I’ll be SO gone just like I’m gone until Drake gets back again. I’m a new Drake fan and can not picture this show without him so I won’t.

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  77. Jill and Amy Smith says:

    In the words of John, “I’m so done” with DAYS. People are talking about the straw that broke the camel’s back and that is me too. Make viewers believe that Drake got through the last bloodbath only to backburn Drake for MOST of 2012 and have John leave town for weeks just so they can backburn Drake again or fire him, is that the plan?

    Drake is a exceptional and outstanding actor, any show would be lucky to have him on their show and if DAYS TPTB don’t smarten up and start using his talents, another network will be only too happy to.

    Once John leaves, goodbye DAYS for me too.

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  78. Kelker says:

    I adore Drake, like everybody is saying, he is a fabulous actor. I’ve watched this show since the beginning but no more, I’m turning my TV off in protest for Drake. Watching DAYS from January 2009 – September 2011 was hard enough when we didn’t have Drake’s talent, adorable smile and grin lighting up DAYS and so I can’t imagine losing him again. Michael, please give us a date to when Drake will be back on again okay?

    Out of respect for Drake, I can’t support DAYS while he isn’t on this show. Having this very handsome-blue-eyed hottie benched for the second time WHILE the same writing team have been scribing, is just too much to take. Yes TomSell, we get it, you hate the character of John, well, the feelings are mutual regarding the crap you guys put out on a daily bases and CALL it a script.

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  79. Katie says:

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    Bye Days, no Drake, no watching this show for me, sorry.

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  80. Deb says:

    So Drake is leaving again? This man is a stellar actor who can make Tomlin’s sucky scripts actually enjoyable (takes great talent to do that) yet he is being shown the door? I don’t care if it is only for a few weeks, John should not be leaving period when his family needs him and Drake shouldn’t be forced to take more time off after he was forced to take from April – July off when his character was backburnered from the end of May until October. I have no interest in watching this Kristen/Brady storyline if Drake isn’t a part of it. Sorry DAYS, looks like you just lost another viewer once John leaves town, not that you care.

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  81. Sandy Smith says:

    Who was it that said Drake leaving is the straw that broke the camel’s back? I feel the same way. Drake’s last show is the last time I’ll be watching too. Also, this wasn’t Drake’s choice meaning he didn’t ask for time off, he was just given it so that is not acceptable. Drake is a really great actor, he doesn’t deserve the shit he keeps getting at work and I won’t be supporting a show that continuously treats him so shabby.

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  82. Steven says:

    NO WAY! John can’t leave even just for a few weeks. He is the best male character on this show played by one of DTTV’s greatest actors. I hope there will be SPOILERS for when Drake will be back on DAYS because that is when I’ll tune back in. Looks like next Friday is my last day watching too, plus Salem weeks could be months for us. Bye Days until Drake is back.

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  83. Margaret says:

    OMG, if DAYS OF OUR LIVES does the unthinkable and fires Drake again, my 30 year loyalty to DAYS is history. Why do TPTB only pick on the GREAT actors like Drake? Did they not see that when Drake was in South Africa to promote DAYS there were riots over this man? He is hugely popular and loved and DAYS not only need an actor as fab as he is but they also need Drake around to keep up the morale of the show. From what I’ve heard it STINKS when he isn’t on the show since he is so loved by the cast.

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  84. Disgusted says:

    These comments are making me cry, we can not lose Drake again after JUST getting him back in 2011, please DAYS, don’t do this to us again. Like has already been mentioned here, Drake is a real gift to this show. He is a rare find that not only is gorgeous but he knows the acting craft. Please DAYS don’t allow us to lose an actor with Drake’s acting talent. Start treating Drake as he deserves to be treated and bring John back to Salem and give Drake a lead storyline with Deidre.

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  85. Peter Kent says:

    I’ve watched this show with my wife since 1981 and this latest news about Drake has made us come to the decision together that once Drake leaves, that is the end of our support for this show. We can’t sit back and give our support to a show that would treat an actor of Drake’s caliber who is an icon on this show, like he is trash.

    I just wanted to thank Drake for continuing to be loyal to a show that since 2006 has been nothing but disloyal to him and continues to not only disrespect him as an actor but John as a character. I hope Drake goes somewhere where his acting talents will be respected.

    We’ll continue to “Follow” Drake to whatever place of employment that is blessed to have him and will be switching the channel to GH once John leaves town.

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  86. Vinny says:

    AHHHH, I get it now, DAYS OF OUR LIVES don’t WANT actors on the canvas who can actually ACT and sell the BS that TOMSUCK continue to shove down our throats. Drake is an awesome actor that makes TOMSUCK’S scripts look Emmy worthy so THAT is why he is dumped on, used, abused and benched. I get it now.

    Drake, you are a fabulous actor that DESERVES better than what this joke of a show has become.

    Head for the lifeboats big guy because this ship is sinking.

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  87. Lindsey Logan says:

    BYE DAYS! Drake returning to the show in 2011 is why I did too so I’ll be leaving until he is back.

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  88. Troy says:

    Oh no frickin way, not Drake too! Drake is a very talented actor, loved by everybody, does this show have something against great actors? This Kristen storyline really picked up steam when they put Drake in it last week – it can’t survive unless Drake is in it. Sorry, I’ve held on as long as I can, I need a break from this show so Drake leaving is my incentive to. I’m going to watch GH because they’re really treating their vets like gold there.

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  89. Gwen says:

    I completely agree with those who say this is completely out of character for John to just leave town because he is confused and needs space! After all he and Marlena have been through in 27 years, he would never just leave!! The current writers, on the other hand, are very confused and need to wake the heck up, or just altogether leave since they are writing John and others completely out of character.

    Plus, Drake Hogestyn is a classy gentleman who sets a wonderful example to other actors because he knows how to treat his fans. Not only is he one of the nicest actors I have ever had the pleasure of meeting, but he is one of the nicest human beings on the planet. He is someone who truly loves and appreciates his fans, whom he refers to as “friends.” The four hours I waited in line to meet him in Cincinnati years ago were well worth the wait! Let’s hope that the writers or folks in charge of DAYS come to their senses and realize what and who is missing! I am not sure how this show got renewed for another year unless aliens have taken over!

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  90. Soap Fan says:

    Gary Tomlin & Whitesell-Days Writers, and Bruce Evans-Senior Vice President of Current Series at NBC are ruining Days of our Lives by selfishily turning it into “their vision” of what they want to see, featuring only their favorites, & featuring stories they want told. These Self Centered, Self Serving, Egotistical Men along with TPTB at Days who are either too afraid or to busy playing along & kissing butt to save Days from cancellation, are invariably going to be the Death of Days!
    They lost sight of the fact that they work for us “The Audience”, “The Loyal Long Time Viewers” and They are either not listening to “Us” or just plain ignoring “Us” when it comes to what We Want to See on Days which is – A Balanced Show, featuring our long time resident Characters on Days, along with the Veteran Fan Favorite Actors who play them, in Character Driven storylines & Plots, with the Character acting, reacting & written “in Character” and honoring & following the history of the show characters & core families, interacting with other characters on the show, which would include new characters occassionally who are slowly & overtime woven in the fabric of the show, not forced on to our screens & monopolizing the storys & airtime. & most importantly WE WANT ROMANCE, WE WANT TO SEE ROMANTIC INTERACTION BETWEEN OUR FAVORITE COUPLES THAT IS SOAP OPERA 101 That is why Soap exist in the first place Your Mostly (even to this day) Mature, Female Audience wants to see Romance, not just sex for sex sake, & couples falling in & out of bed with no romance involved. These current Days Writers (with the blessing & maybe with the insistance of NBC’s SVP) can’t or don’t write Romance, they write plot driven storylines & ignore the show history & write charcters so that they are doing things out of character & they force feed us their favorite characters, actors & stories by having them on the screen the majority of the time, while our favorite character are given scraps of scenes here & there Or these character scenes are play out “off screen” so we don’t get to see them, it is just imply that they happen, And worst yet our favorite Characters & Favorite Actors & Actresses are just written out of the shows, for long period of times, or worst yet just Let Go, for NO FREAKING REASON other than they are Not in Favor with the 3 Tomlin, Whitesell & Evans who appear to be Large & In Charge at Days right now & who are the one to Blame for the Days Audience Tuning Out & Off in droves, & the ultimate Cancellation & Death of Days!!!

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    Louise replied

    If this is true, Drake is in a huge amount of trouble. :(

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  91. Gwen says:

    Also, how many years have we seen the “Sami torn between two men” storyline?? By the time Sami FINALLY chooses which man she wants, she’ll be 80 and her man will need Viagra! Then she’ll go back to the other man she didn’t choose! Sorry, but any one of these loyal fans could come up with better storylines than what is on now!!

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    hoBspitalitea replied

    Yep this is getting so old, nothing interesting with Jen and Daniel, Sami, Rafe and Ej are old and boring, maybe Eric and Chloe would be interesting, perhaps Brady would get jealous and realize his mistake with Kritter. John and Marlena are still the only Supercouple left on Days, so if they really break them up I am so DONE with DAYS

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  92. Soap Fan says:

    For those of you have written & wondered if maybe Drake Hogestyn is being written off Days for awhile at his request due to Vacation or Personal Time Off. NO, NO, AND NO Drake has Never Ever Requested Time Off like that in the Past & currently is NOT requesting Nor Does He WANT to Written Off the show at this time.

    Drake has Never asked for any Special Perks from the show. Unlike other Actors for example Anthony Geary on GH who want & request to written off their show for the summer, or for Vacation, or Personal Reason etc… etc… etc… Again it is a know Fact and people involved in the Daytime World know that DRAKE HOGESTYN DOES NOT, NOR HAS NEVER EVER ASKED FOR ANY SPECIAL PERKS AT DAYS OR ASK TO BE WRITTEN OUT AT ANYTIME DURING HIS DAYS CAREER.

    The Prior 2 Times Drake was Fired & Let Go from Days of our Lives, were decisions made by The Powers That Be at Days who maybe not so coincidentally at the BOTH TIMES Drake was Fired was none other than GARY TOMLIN!!!

    Gary who we known from his past history, HATES VETERAN ACTORS & ACTRESSES (He was behind all the Firing of the Vets when he was Executive Producer) also believes in Plot Driven Storylines as imposed to Character Driven and the 1 time Passions Exec is Know to Favor Actors & Actreesses like Eric Martsoff & Galen who were once on Passions, & he insist on trying to turn Days into Passions.
    Which is why Days will probably be following in Passions footsteps soon & will be Cancelled.

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    hoBspitalitea replied

    They need ti fire Gary Tomlin for good is is sending DAYS down the path to destructio

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    Enza replied

    OMG, I’m more scared than ever for Drake. :(

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    Alex replied

    Me too. :( :( :( :( :( :(

    Emily M replied

    I agree with you totally without JOhn and Marlena together this show will go down the path of cancellation

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  93. mary griffith says:

    i think days needs john and marlena and if drake is gone, so am i.

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  94. Amy says:

    So Drake is gone again? Well, I’ve watched this show faithfully since 1984 but I’m done until Drake is back. The John/Marlena/Kristen storyline was the one storyline that I looked forward to. Pulling Drake out of it is a HUGE mistake. Drake is a fab actor and his loyalaty to this show is unmatched, yet next to Matt Ashford he is the most dumped on actor too. Guess it is true about nice guys finishing last. Maybe if Drake was a real ass hole he’d be actually respected.

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  95. Amy says:

    Just found out Drake’s last day (for now) isn’t until January 25th as John and Marlena share an emotional goodbye. I’ve moved my last day watching Days to January 25th.

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  96. Lynne says:

    Yes! We love Drake and John/Marlena! He has to come back asap!

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  97. Enza says:

    WHAT????????????????????????????? Leave John alone, good god, Drake is an awesome actor and his John has me interested in this Kristen storyline. If it doesn’t include Drake, I have no interest in it.

    LEAVE DRAKE ALONE, we just got him back dammit.

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  98. Helen says:

    OH GOOD GOD, why does DAYS keep doing this to DRAKE? They need strong actors like this man, he has a huge fanbase and is loved by the cast and crew. John is also the last hero IN Salem.

    Well DAYS, you’ve now forced me to leave too, straw that broke the camel’s back. I won’t sit here and watch as you guys continue to disrespect Drake and other vets. Once Drake leaves Salem, I will too.

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  99. Sally Parent says:

    So once again a fabulous actor is off our screens (not requested by the actor) so TomSUCK can continue to shove their favorites down our throats. There is no Marlena without John so even though I like Marlena too, I won’t be tuning in just to see her. Bye DAYS until Drake is on my screen again.

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  100. Melony says:

    All I’ll say is once John leaves Salem, I’m gone too, I’ll be back when Drake is back. Why are TPTB just picking on DAYS strongest actors?

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  101. Alex says:

    Move over because my big fat ass is hoping on the “leaving with Drake” train as well. I tried to watch this show when this FAB actor was off it for two and a half years, I won’t do it again.

    CYA DAYS.

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    Louise replied

    ROTF, love this post! My ass is on the “leaving with Drake” train too!

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  102. SHARON says:

    I ONLY WATCH DAYS OF OUR LIVES BECAUSE OF DRAKE HOGESTYN. WHEN HES NOT ON, I DON’T WATCH. I’M SO SICK AND TIRED OF THE SAME OLD STORY LINES. SAMI, RAFE,AND EJ. JENNIFER AND DANIEL. AND NOW THIS DISGUSTING BRADY AND KRISTEN. WHY KEEP BRINGING THESE YOUNG ACTORS ON OR BRINGING BACK OLD CHARACTERS WHEN YOU HAVE GREAT ACTORS THERE ALREADY. JOHN AND MARLENA NEED TO HAVE A STORY LINE. IF DRAKE LEAVES SALEM FOR GOOD OR EVEN TEMP. I’M GONE TO UNTIL HIS RETURN.

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  103. annie roney says:

    I cannot believe this storyline. This is not John. There are so many stories out there for him and Marlena. Drake can do it all and has done and can still do it. He is very handsome, sexy, and on the show a great dad, best friend, lover, husband, caring of all, mercenary, priest, dr. I could go on and on, Drake has always given 150% to every he does. He is now a Dimera and a Brady, so there are 100s of great stories to be written for him and Marlena NOT what is being done now. Please if you want to keep us, bring him back and keep him on the front burner. If Drake goes, I go. I 2 other times and I will again. gabeanniepacoattherainbowbridgdrakefans4ever

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  104. Louise says:

    Well now, HAPPY NEW YEAR to you too, DAYS! The IDIOTS in charge know just how to take a big stinky dump on 2013 eh? I’ve always been Pro DAYS, I love this show, have since the 70s but everybody has a breaking point and DAYS, letting Drake go again just broke my heart. I will NOT support any show that has “VET Killer” Tomlin on it and getting rid of Drake who is absolutely extraordinary in terms of acting and personality is not acceptable. On January 25th I’m leaving DAYS too, if we don’t take a stand and stop Tomlin and his group of VET killers from destroying DAYS, nobody will and Drake is just too fabulous of an actor to let go. I’ll come back and say my goodbyes in a few weeks, I’m done.

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  105. Mary Hargett-Hiduk says:

    It is time for Ken Corday to wake up realize Tomlin is killing Days one actor at a time. His parents must be very disappointed in him right about now. Get rid of Tomlin. Bring our Veterans back and put the younger actors in as a fill in s/ls. I love Deidre but without Drake, I AM DONE!!!

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    No1_ILoveLucyFan replied

    ^^^ This!!! ITA, Mary! ^5!!

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  106. Donny and Lennon says:

    Dear DAYS, YOU SUCK! Once again a magnificent actor as Drake is, is shown the door and I’ve had it! As somebody who got hooked on this show 35 years ago, for the first time ever I’m calling it quits. I’ve stuck by DAYS after they’ve made one bad choice after the next but the possible firing of an actor as talented and charismatic as Drake is the end for me. Drake’s last show ends my support for DAYS. Start showing DAYS actors the same loyalty that you guys expect the fans to show you and maybe fans wouldn’t be leaving in droves. I’ll start watching again once Drake’s butt is back in Salem, not before.

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  107. Ashley says:

    I want drake back sooner because we fans need are John and Marlena

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  108. Diana Jones says:

    I have been watching Days for 39 years. I want John to come back!!

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  109. Nathan says:

    I’m just hearing this news today and just want to say WHAT ARE DAYS THINKING? Drake is one hell of a fabulous actor, he dances circles around the men of DAYS yet they’re dumping him? This HAS to be ageism even though this guy is 59 but looks like he is in his early 30s. I’ve a Pro DAYS fans but this casting news has killed me, I’m done with DAYS once John leaves town, it will be a nice break from this show that is now only a shell of its former self.

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  110. Nancy Micgowan says:

    Michael, please let us know if January 25th is the correct date for Drake’s last day for a few weeks. Please also post if you have a return date. When John leaves Salem I do too.

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    Myra Jefferson replied

    Hi Nancy John leaves Salem this upcoming Friday January 18th. There is know return date for him being back on the show yet?

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    Nancy Micgowan replied

    Thanks so much for the information. Looks like next week I gain an hour Monday- Friday since DAYS won’t be airing in this house.

    No1_ILoveLucyFan replied

    According to Daytime Royalty, Drake’s last air date is the 25th. ITA, Nancy – unless Deidre is on, I’m NOT going to watch. We want our supercouples!!!

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  111. No1_ILoveLucyFan says:

    I have to LOL at people comparing Nick and Gabi’s wedding being interrupted by a DiMera with a secret about the baby -to- Belle’s baptism being interrupted by a DiMera with a secret about the baby. The ONLY comparison is the interruption…the DiMera (Stefano) then makes the DiMera (Chad) now look like a clueless surfer-dude and the couple – Nick and Gabi -vs- John and Marlena? HAH!!! You’re kidding, right? John and Marlena have this thing called “chemistry”. They had it then, they have it now. They also had a huge history by the time Belle was born and the scene in which she was conceived was one of the greatest soap scenes of all time, in the midst of the greatest soap storyline of all time (The Affair). Nick and Gabi have known each other for all of 2 months! HAH! I’m done watching unless Deidre is on. Until Drake comes back, she’s the only one on the show I want to see. The rest of them are coffee swilling crybabies who bore me to tears.

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  112. sarah henry says:

    dont leave jonh out in the dark for long love him on soap he makes days

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  113. Jessica says:

    It would be one thing if Drakes exit was actually to create a great storyline for J&M, but I have no confidence in these writers for that to have. Deidre and Drake get absolutrly no respect, it’s heartbreaking. J&M are the shows anchor supercouple and should be treated as such. More Dee and Drake and much more J&M!!!!!!!

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  114. Carolyn Estes says:

    I hate to see Drake Hogeston (John Black) leave days!!! Surely hope that he returns real soon !!!

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  115. Debbie says:

    Bring “John” back. After all he and Marlena were the only ones left that had a good marriage. You took Bo off and we need to be able to count on the good couple.
    After all you cast them as soul mates and soul mates stay together.

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  116. LS Wiegand says:

    John needs to stay on the show. I have been watching DOOL since 1974…why do you keep getting rid of the good actors. ALSO…please bring back Stephano permanently again…he is an excellent actor also. :-)

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  117. andy says:

    Don’t leave john. One of my favorite characters

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  118. Max says:

    John should go find Stefano. The show is always a hundred times better when those two are sharing the screen. Bring the Old Man back to town, John. Old style adventures is what we need; no more endless, circular romances. Nobody has had a proper plot on Days in years.

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    No1_ILoveLucyFan replied

    Truth! Corday and TomSell think we want endless love triangles…incorrect! Good, well-developed characters with depth and soul coupled with intriguing storylines that spin-off other storylines. And for GOD SAKE can they PUH-LEEZE mature Sami? She’s going to be a grandmother & at the rate she’s going she & her grandkid will be on the same mental-plane in 11 years!

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  119. renpet7 says:

    Please don’t take Drake away from Days. I won’t watch without him.I hope he comes back to Salem and soon…

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  120. gesela says:

    days just not the same with out john and marlene as a couple get him back asap get him back to marlene please the show needs john back thanks from gesela

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  121. Merilyn says:

    We lost Bo and Hope as a couple and now you are splitting up John and Marlena. Ridiculous!!! Send Kristen back to Young and Restless! She is annoying!!!

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  122. Sandie says:

    I have watched Days for nearly 40 years and I say fire the new writers!!! Are they out of their minds????? The writers of the past couple years had brought back so many of our favorite characters and won awards so why were they fired??? TPTB are freaking idiots!!! HELLO!!! Please bring Drake back ASAP and please give him back some sense, cause the John of the past would have NEVER left Marlena like this!!! Another request, bring back Peter Reckell!!! Days is not the same without Bo!! I like some of the newer characters but the older ones are the foundation of the show and everyone knows without a firm foundation for support the rest will crumble and fall!! Oh btw killing of Jack was a big mistake!!! I love Sami but please let her mature a little and let her stay with one man for a while, preferably EJ. It’d be nice for the writers to let these people have some peace and happiness for a little while!

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    No1_ILoveLucyFan replied

    Truth! Peter Reckell leaving was never about money – he saw the writing on the wall & walked. The door is always open for his return, but I applaud both he & Drake having the integrity to walk away from the writing change to TomSell. The stories need to be written for the characters and clearly, these two don’t understand that concept. Thinking about it…Cameron was there when Jack died & now they’re saying Cameron is a man with a past…I’m REALLY hoping that when tptb at NBC & Sony see that TomSell are hacks, they fire them & bring on writers who KNOW how to write & have a storyline that will clear all of this up – including bringing Jack back…cuz Jennifer with Daniel is a cure for insomnia.

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  123. kathy poole says:

    Please bring drake back sooner than later. I love marlena and john. don’t let christen win.

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  124. Maryann says:

    All the John and Marlena fans need to send twitter comments to ( @nbc @nbcdays @SonyPictures @DeCazotte1 #WeWantJandM ) and let them know we want the romantic John & Marlena together and in front burner stories.

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  125. marilyn says:

    YES, please bring Drake back , SOON :~}

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  126. M. Heizer says:

    He needs to return to the show.

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  127. Jamie says:

    This is one viewer who has had enough of this poor excuse of writing of their veteran characters. What happened to the promised reboot two years ago ? The reboot that would show more of family and character driven storylines. They have ruined the most beautiful love story of all soaps. John and Marlena had weathered every storm, every plot against them. Fans have rooted for them for nearly 30 years and this is the thanks we get? No thank you NBC. You can trash your show but I will no longer watch it happen.

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  128. Pat Carpenter says:

    Drake Hogestyn Is A TERRIBLE Actor, If You Can Call What He Does, “Acting”.
    The Guy Is Embarrassing, We Had Better Acting in My “H.S. Senior Play”.
    He is So Bad, You Think He Is Doing A “Parody” Of Himself. How He Ever Was Hired, In The First Place, Is Beyond Me.
    Why Does He, ALWAYS, Stand SIDEWAYS To The Camera, And Talk To The Other Actors Over His Shoulder, It Looks Ridiculous.
    The Guy Is Good For “Comic Relief”, But, “Earth To Ken Corday”, YOU Should Be EMBARRASED, Go Out There And Find Some “Starving Actor’, Who CAN Act.
    Is ANYBODY Surprised, We Have NEVER Seen Hogestyn On ANY Other Show In Hollywood, Everybody Out There But Ken Corday Knows He Can’t Act!!

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  129. Dee says:

    I wish the writers would stop writing off the actors that have built DOOLs to what it is over the years. It is understandable you need younger actors and storylines for the “new generation” audience, but, what about your faithful fans who have been with you for many years?

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  130. Leanne says:

    I am a woman and have watched DOOl over 40 years. Drake Hogestyn has never ever been a good actor and now he is just terrible, very pathetic watching him. He doesn’t like the storylines he is given so he whines about it, then just sleepwalks through his scenes and makes all kind of faces and calls it acting. Other actors on the show are given much more complex scenes to act that they may not like but they are doing outstanding work and it makes it much more noticeable how bad he is at his so called acting. With his lack of talent he should be very, very thankful for the all the years he is on the show.

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  131. mary says:

    Leave Drake Hogestyn in the show. He is DAYS OF OUR LIVES.
    I will be off days until they bring him back.

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  132. Susan Smith says:

    Drake Hogestyne had been one of the reasons I started watching . He and Dietra are a great couple together. Make them the couple that Alice Horton was. There is no one on this show to look up to now. Please make them that. They are so sexy together.

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  133. Chris says:

    Please bring Drake back VERY SOON. The show needs him. The FANS WANT HIM BACK. WE WANT JOHN AND MARLENA BACK TOGETHER WERE THEY BE LONG.

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  134. Christine says:

    THE FANS want Drake Back VERY SOON. He belong on the show. We want John and Marlena BACK TOGETHER AGAIN VERY SOON>

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  135. Darlene says:

    Please hurry and bring back John. The show is absolutely not the same without John and Marlena as a couple. Also please try to work out some kind of contract with Peter Reckell and Drake Hogestyn so that they will return. Days is not the same without John and Marlena they are so in love with each other and then for the couple to be treated as they were because of that Kristen. Get Kristen out of there and keep John and Marlena and Bo and Hope.

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  136. Jean says:

    I have watched days from day one. I am very upset about drake being let go. I have been with you all the way, but it seems like the writers write the same things over and over again. I am tired of Sammy being in jail. I am also tired of will and sonny, need to move on . Please get some different stories. Please bring John back and give him a good story for a change , so I can enjoy days again. Thanks

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  137. shanna says:

    I ‘ve stopped watching the show until and unless he comes back. Drake and hall’s return was the only reason started watching this show again anyhow, and now they do this??? IMO, Marlena needs John. It’s just not the same without him. Stop focusing on Sammi and EJ, and bring Drake back!

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  138. Drakefan says:

    I’m not watching again until they bring Drake back! Marlena is not the same without him, and I have been a fan of his since I was 13 years old. The only reason I even started watching DOOL again, is because they brought Jarlena back, and I was so happy and now this?? I am wonderinmg if they are not going to “phase out” Hall as well, so they can focus even more on Sammi, if that’s possible. We should start a brink Drake back campaign!:)

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  139. Deborah Jemison says:

    John has to come back he and Marlena have to work it out. Days of Our Lives is nothing without the two of them on the show and together.

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  140. Eileen Cataldo says:

    Drake coming back to the show was the reason I started to watch Days again. If he’s gone ……so am I.

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  141. Lizzie says:

    Please bring John back soon. He’s truly missed. Some changes are fine but leave John & Marlena alone. Also, time to bring Beau back with a new actor if need be. For these the sooner the better. I am a very long term Days lover.

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  142. lea moore says:

    I think the writers passed up a chance for a very good storyline when they didn’t have Marlena turn to Roman for support when Kristen started working on her plan for revenge. I would never want John and Marlena to split up but they do such a good job at longing to be with each other when separated that it would be interesting to see what the writers could have done with it. Instead they write John Black completely out of character, run him out of town and bring on characters nobody cares about….characters with NO history and boring storylines that don’t interact with existing characters well. It’s like watching two different shows in one. They need to give veteran actors better storylines and concentrate on keeping the viewers that has been loyal to the soap for decades instead of throwing new young characters at us to try to reel in younger viewers..there are so many good characters that have family ties to the core Day’s families that should be cast or recast…bring back Shawn and Belle and Clair and JOHN BLACK! The writers are going in the wrong direction!

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    4everDAYS replied

    For me, the problem is not accepting Josh Taylor as Roman. He will always
    be kris Kosotcheck to me. I say they have a better chance if Wayne Northrop
    returns as Roman.

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  143. cassie says:

    I agree. I’m not watching until they bring back John Black and put him with Marlena in a meaningful storyline. It’s just not worth watching without them as central characters.

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  144. L Borges says:

    BRing him back!. They are the reason the show’s ratings are again soaring!

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  145. shakesgirl says:

    Please bring drake back.

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  146. C Snead says:

    His voice was really bad when he left. Sounded like he had throat cancer. Anyone heard?

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  147. Nettie Dubois says:

    I love days and I wish there was not so much change.

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