Days of Our Lives Mob Pop Put On Ice

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Anyone fearing Days would start giving GH a run for it's title of Mobster Central can breathe a sigh of relief as is reporting Joe Penny (Martino Vitali) is being let go. According to the soap site, Vitali, father of Tamara Braun's Ava, will be killed off May 15 by supercop Bo Brady (Peter Reckell). This is the second time in recent Days of Our Lives history that the soap has brought on a name primetime actor (Shirley Jones as Colleen Brady) only to quickly kill them off. What's the point? I know these primetime legends have to cost a pretty penny, why not utilize that money by giving characters like Doug and Julie something to do besides occasionally pop up to make baby talk with Ceara?