Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn Fired!




Days of Our Lives fans worst nightmare is coming true. Soap Opera Digest is reporting that both Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn have been fired. Corday told the magazine, "The couple will be happily reunited after a long period of angst and separation and will be off-screen after January for an unknown period of time. It was a very tough decision to make."

This news comes after Days of Our Lives was renewed  on the condition that onscreen cuts be made. I guess we now know what that quote meant in the Variety article. This is a sad, sad, sad day.

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Days Renewal, Firings & Departures


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Apparently Days doesn't want to go past 2011 and that frees up NBC to do a straight 5 hours of Today because people can't get enough of Kathie Lee!!!

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i don't even watch days of our lives, but this is horrible

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Holy Shizz! Wow! I just don't know what else to say.

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No this isn't DAYS fan's worst nightmare, i think this is soapfans worst nightmare.

EVERY SINGLE SOAPFAN knows of John/Marlena.

They know that Marlena was possesed by the devil and the whole mess.

This isn't someone you just toss to the wolves and this couple isn't someone you write a temporary sunset ending for.

But in reality will we the viewers actually notice a difference with them being gone? John and Marlena have been on and off our screens all year so will the few 'Jarlena'less months be really that much different?

I doubt they will stay gone long, or well i refuse to believe they will.

This is a horrible executive decision and I don't care that you are trying to save the show, you don't save the show by destroying whatever fanbase you have left.

DAYS as it is right now is doomed and I really expect Guiding light to kick its butt in the ratings here shortly.

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I think I'm in shock... At least they're saying an "unknown period of time" - that gives me *some* hope...

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This is what you call self-destructive behavior. This show is the Britney Spears of daytime.

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I may have to try watching it. Diedre Hall was the one of the reasons that I stopped watching. She gives me the creeps for some reason. She'll be back though so maybe not.

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Nbc should just cancel days then

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This is really a shame. No wonder they have been barely shown these past weeks. I bet Stehpen Nichols and Mary Beth Evans are next. Sad

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What's the point of the renewal, then?

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VERY SAD, THEY BOTH DESERVE SO MUCH BETTER. WHY DID THEY BOTHER BRINGING HIM BACK? WELL I HOPE ANOTHER SOAP PICKS UP DAY'S LOSS.

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Kathie Lee... ugh. Shoot me in the eyes with a bb gun.

I give it 6 months before both of them are back and we're missing some other popular DOOL stars.

Why get rid of J & M and recast Phillip?

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What's the point of the renewal, then?

To keep fans whatching while they get whatever little money they can get before destroying the soap.

I doubt if days will be renewed again, this wasnt even a 2 year renewal so i don't see it lasting Sad arg i am upset just pissed lol.

@Luke-- any chance of a emergency / special episode of DC "NBC" edition to just talk about the fallout of D&D being fired and the effect this will have not only on DAYS but on the industry?

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"I bet Stehpen Nichols and Mary Beth Evans are next."

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As true as that statement will probably be, it still hurts.

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Next week: Susan Lucci canned! So sad...

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Well Ken should just call it a "Day" and cancel the show b/c these two basically are the show along w/Kristian and Peter.

I think it's crap when you can get rid of a couple of ppl. that are half the cost of Drake and Deidre's check.

Ken's parents must be rolling in there graves 24/7.

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This is truely, truely the death toll on Days. I've become a lapsed veiwer, but I still know what's going on. This is, pardon my french, fucked up.

I agree that Patch/Kayla will be next. Bo/Hope will soon follow, Lucas most likely. It'll be Sami and non-acting newbies from here on end. This is disgusting.

No matter what state AMC is in, was in, ever in, they would never fire Susan Lucci, she is the show. The same applies to John/Marlena, Hope/Bo on Days.

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Haven't you guys seen the writing on the wall. It was happening during Hogan Sheffer's tenure there. When Ken corday mandated that the veterans not be written for the show TANKED in the ratings. It called insanity when you keep making the same decisions expecting a different result. I am so disappointed but not shocked as this is NBC were talking about here.

The fact is that NBC no longer wants to pony up the money because not only is their daypart failing so is the primetime lineup. Jeff SUCKER (Zucker) in his infinite wisdom all ready put a wreath on the coffin of this show by stating Soaps are dead. I guess this is the last gasp he was waitng for.

I have to say that Dena Higley is not the right headwriter for this show right now. They need someone who can work magic with the anemic cast they will soon have. I have a suspicion that Peter Reckell and Kristian Alfonso better make sure they can take a paycut because their the next victims in the crosshairs.

It's funny because this show is really an island, Melaswen even. It's the only one on this network who has Martha Stewart in some markets as a lead-in. It's just not going to work out well in the end.

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I don't watch days. I used to watch it whenever AMC had commericals and then go back to AMC. This is horrible for the days fans. I'm so sorry folks!

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Next week: Susan Lucci canned! So sad...
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That better NOT happen!!!!!

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It was happening during Hogan Sheffer's tenure there. When Ken corday mandated that the veterans not be written for the show TANKED in the ratings.
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What does that mean? You mean when the veterans weren't written for the show then it tanked in the ratings?

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I've got a great idea! Why don't they get rid of all the Bradys and the Hortons too... Uhm, and blow up the hospital. And we don't need that Sami girl, she's never been all that important to the show. And Stefano? Who's that? Clearly the heart and soul of the show is Melanie! She'll save DAYS!

*UGH* I'm getting angrier with every minute that passes Sad

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I haven't watched DOOL is 20 years or so, and even then I was not a Marlena fan. I actually disliked her. But still, this is just insane news. It would be like getting rid of Viki and Dorian on OLTL. Marlena is a symbol of what DOOL is, for better or for worse. It just says to me that no one is safe on any soap, no matter what their status on the show.

That said, I can't imagine TPTB would have done this unless they absolutely had to. But I worry it may be as successful for DOOL as the new production process has been for GL--not at all.

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Call me cynical but I just cant believe this is a permanent thing. Someone else used this word, but its surreal.

When I get asked by non-soap fans how I could possibly watch this genre, I tell them in part that its like comfort food. There is something that feels consistent about soaps - seeing these people over the course of time. Do the main stars shift over time - sure, the torch has to get passed because the stars may WANT to retire or have less on screen time, but its a gradual thing. Will Sami eventually be THE star of the show - if it survives yeah - but right now and for the last 2 decades the one name that everyone associates with Days is Deidre. I dont even watch Days and I know that.

IF they go heavily with Bo and Hope, perhaps it wont be as bad, but if they fill the whole with newbies, they might as well have cancelled the show altogether.

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I've got a great idea! Why don't they get rid of all the Bradys and the Hortons too... Uhm, and blow up the hospital. And we don't need that Sami girl, she's never been all that important to the show. And Stefano? Who's that? Clearly the heart and soul of the show is Melanie! She'll save DAYS!

*UGH* I'm getting angrier with every minute that passes

Oh thats it????

No Daisy sorry you are missing the rest of the storylines.

EJ yea he's gotta go, Nichole, seeya, Passions guys adios.

The show is Melanie but she can not carry the show on her own, its time for some big stunts, two actresses and two characters will return.

Charity Rahmer as Belle Brady (Dimera Black Kiriakes), and The Actress that played Willow will return in a shocking storyline .

The show is going to crap so why not? oh give the character on screen endings? Nah they will just go off screen one day and never return, closure who needs it?

i am going to go before i get even more pissed and want to strangle Ken and Dena even more then i do right now.

Btw good post EET, and i do agree but since I started watching DAYS in 06 it has been the Sami/Ej / Teens show ;-/

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Seriously? SERIOUSLY!?! I haven't watched this show since Jason Cook and Kirsten Storms left, but I know plenty of people that still do. Ridiculous. As annoying as their characters are, they ARE days of our lives. Why can't they take the money out of the writing staff. Pay a bunch of teenagers who write better fanfics than these overpaid "professional" writers could ever dream up?
Lets send them all over to GH - that soap needs a good psychiatrist - and Maxie needs her mamma back!

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Wow...I don't watch DOOL but even I know who these two stars are! This is crazy! I am so mad for you Days fans and honestly, more than a little nervous for the rest of the soap world. If they can fire Deidre and Drake, who else isn't immune that we thought would be??

And to the person who said that it was like the Britney Spears of daytime, that is a strange and eerily accurate description...and it sends chills up my spine wondering if it's going to bleed to other networks.

*fingers crossed that this insanity is only at NBC studios*

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Ha. With this happening. It's a wonder if Days last another 6 months. Much less till the end of the renewal. What a freaking idiotic move on Corday's part.

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I Officially Quit Days! THERE IS NO WAY THEY SHOULD BE DOING THIS!!! They fierd Drake last year and they knew it was a mistake! Now They do it to Deidre! DEIDRE HALL, A ICONIC SOAP STAR!!!!
Here is a though fire all of the other bulls**t actors like hmmm (melanie, nick, chelsea (whom i like), Stephanie & Max (whom i like as well) but too bad. I would rather see them cut the shows cast in half then destroy its legacy. Here is another thought to save money, cut Days to a half an hour, and cut the cast to just the veterans. At least give us that, because i know without a doubt that Days will be cancelled after this contract.
Once they are gone, i am done with Days. And if they fire other actors like Stephano, Bo & Hope, Patch & Kayla, Lexi & Abe, Maggie, or anyone else i dont know what Days would look like!

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I althoug I haven't been watching days for that long, I done after Marlena/John are off the show.. Now I have a felling GL ratings will go up, For Days will go to the bottom, and with GA ruturning...

GL/AMC/ATWT/GH/B&B/Y&R/Days Fans!!!!!!!!!