HomeTagsComings & GoingsJay Kenneth Johnson Clears out Dressing Room Luke Kerr November 14, 2008 22 Comments Soap Opera Digest is reporting that contract negotiations between Days of Our Lives and Jay Kenneth Johnson have broken down and the actor has cleared out his dressing room. Reportedly, Days is looking to recast the role. This news comes after word was announced that Days of Our Lives has been renewed but that the show would be making some "onscreen changes." 22 Responses AlistairCrane November 14, 2008 Dammit! JKJ is the show’s best young actor. Just another reason not to watch…*sigh* Log in to Reply season1217 November 14, 2008 Oh Lord! Is Dena going to recast w/ another ex-Passion’s actor?! ________________________ //**No one on the corner has swagger like us!**\\ Log in to Reply CtFireWitch November 14, 2008 NOOOOOOOOOO! Not JKJ! OMG, Nicole losing the baby is bad enough, but Philip leaving? My heart is heavy and I’m feeling very low….. Log in to Reply AlistairCrane November 14, 2008 Dear season1217, Dena Higley is the show’s head writer. She has no input in casting–that is the duty of the casting director and the executive producers (Gary Tomlin and Ken Corday). The only Passions star who could’ve played Philip is Eric Martsolf, but he’s Brady now. Log in to Reply season1217 November 14, 2008 Dear AlistairCrane, Thank you. But just to make sure let me get this straight. Dena’s only responsible for the disastrous writing and not the disastrous casting? ________________________ //**No one on the corner has swagger like us!**\\ Log in to Reply MeghannOC November 14, 2008 This is not good! I love him as Phillip, though I haven’t been too crazy about his story lately. If he leaves then just let the character leave… I know recasts are a part of soaps, but Days does it waaay too much. IMO Soaps should recast in only certain situations, not for every actor who leaves the show. Log in to Reply momsmistchief November 14, 2008 JKJ is going to be missed. As Philip he played a good rising young Kiriakis. What the show needs to do is exile itself from some of the newer young castings as they all seem to be bimbos with nothing going on between their ears. I want characters like Phil that are savvy as well as sexy and not a lot of trouble making air heads. Days is overloaded with youngsters that are one dimensional and just look good. Log in to Reply AlistairCrane November 14, 2008 season1217, Yes–Dena’s only responsible for headwriting the show, nothing else. JER, however, had a special producing credit during his last tenure which allowed him to play a part in the casting process (essentially approve and select casting choices). Log in to Reply Simple C November 14, 2008 This sucks….Phillip has been getting on my nerves lately, but I don’t want him to be recasted… Log in to Reply SusieQ November 14, 2008 Well, I think the look on his face in this picture sums up how I felt when I first heard this today. Honestly, this sucks the big one! Other than Days being renewed, I don’t think Days had done anything to make me excited about the show since May! JKJ’s a nice guy and a great actor, I’m sure he’ll find something else where they treat the actors with more respect than Days has been lately. Log in to Reply snowi November 14, 2008 Not the Dimples!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m so bummed out right now. JKJ was one of the reasons I’ve hung on so long with Days. This is so depressing. JKJ’s out and I have to suffer through Passion’s actors now? Thank the lord for James Scott, but this sucky writing is even destroying my enjoyment of EJ as well. Log in to Reply Luke Kerr November 14, 2008 This is going to be heresy to many but I preferred the last Phillip. I’m with ssjohn on this one, I’m not sure there is a point of Phillip at the moment on the show. Log in to Reply AlistairCrane November 14, 2008 Why are you insulting Passions actors? That’s so rude and disrespectful. Eric and Galen are VERY talented. Log in to Reply snowi November 15, 2008 Because I don’t like them. JMO, no reason to get huffy about it. Luke..I see your and ssjohn’s point. Poor Philip has recieved the short end of the stick at Days lately. My god, look at the “leading ladies” they have stuck him with this year. Log in to Reply gush900 November 15, 2008 nbc needs to get rid of the newbies and keep jkj happy Log in to Reply snowi November 15, 2008 Preach it gush!!!!!! Log in to Reply season1217 November 15, 2008 So not only is AJ not dead or evil but he also turned by the hands of time? LOL! ________________________ //**I’m so hood!**\\ Log in to Reply Jillian Bowe November 15, 2008 I’m a bit torn on this…. I like Jay he’s really grown up before our eyes and has come into his own acting wise. I would like to see a show utilize his skills and we are just dreaming up where he should land.. If he were to some how land GH it would be a coup on their parts and he can finally be in a real storyline and get his acting abilities molded and schooled a bit more. However, we all know that GH is notorious for snagging other shows golden gems only to back burner them or screw them over completely. Log in to Reply Becca Thomas November 15, 2008 season1217, I figure they have Jason perennially stuck at about 30, why not de-age AJ by a decade when he comes back to rule Port Charles and kill Sonny? I enjoy my delusions. I’d be fine with Lucas too, though being optimistic that current GH would write a decent storyline for a gay character is probably just as delusional. Argh. Log in to Reply Becca Thomas November 15, 2008 (So sorry, my computer is possessed tonight.) Log in to Reply MarylandgirlUSA November 15, 2008 Alright it is time for Dena to GOOOOOOOOOOOO This is getting really bad. Come on don’t these Days execs see the BIG picture? Hellooooooo people! See us on ‘Days Chat’ at Myspace http://www.myspace.com/DaysofourLiveschat Log in to Reply mrsnoahdrake November 18, 2008 So this explains why there were no clips of Jay from DAYS on the RS cruise. Jay did reveal that he auditioned for the role of Lucky but it went to JJ. Jackie Z. commented that if he ever decides to leave DAYS, he could come over to GH one day as the actor playing Lucky keeps changing. Obviously she didn’t know that he had left DAYS. The cruise was the 13th – 17th. Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply You must be logged in to post a comment.