BREAKING NEWS: Top Days Producer Confirms Thaao’s Exit; Does Corday Hate Hall and Hogestyn?




Rumors
of Tony DiMera’s demise (Or is it Andre?) appear to be true. TV Guide Canada‘s Nelson Branco revealed in his Suds Report that Thaao Penghlis has indeed been fired.

Ratings stunt alert: The Suds Report has exclusively learned from high-level DAYS producers that one half of the Anna-Tony super-couple pairing will die in a  major murder mystery in March. The Suds Report can confirm that Thaao Penghlis (Tony) has been fired. So where does that leave Leann Hunley (Anna)?

In other Days scoop from Suds, Branco reveals shocking details concerning why Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn were allegedly fired from the NBC sudser.

Jarlena-gate: So, why were Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn really fired as John and Marlena? “It’s no secret that Ken [Corday, DAYS’ executive producer] hates Deidre and Drake,” claims a source close to the most-hated producer in daytime. “And, he couldn’t wait to let them go. In fact, he smiled ear to ear when he learned he could get away with getting rid of his two most-hated stars! Look at the proof: he fired Drake last year, and has refused to put John and Marlena on the front burner ever since James Reilly left. DAYS’ slashed budget finally gave him the excuse to fulfill his prophecy. In essence, he knew his hands would appear to be clean, since it was so publicized that he had to find money to save DAYS. Ken could have fired four other actors instead to keep Dee and Drake and appease NBC, but he didn’t. That’s why he didn’t offer them a pay cut. I know for a fact that Dee would have worked on that show for peanuts.” The source goes on to say that Deidre and Drake can’t stand each other, either. “It’s probably best for the show’s morale that they are all gone. It was a nightmare working with the both of them. We’d fight to keep Dee and Drake, though, as long as Ken was gone first. He doesn’t care about DAYS, at all.”


29 Responses

  1. Avatar of season1217
    season1217

    If Deidre and Drake can’t stand each other then damn! They’re better actors than I thought!

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  2. Avatar of salem1975
    salem1975

    Sorry but this story sounds like total make-believe for sensationalism’s sake. Dee and Drake HATING each other? Come on. What baloney. If that’s true, then rescind every Emmy handed out to the Slezaks, Flannerys, Bergmans, and Braedens and give them ALL to Hall and Hogestyn. Corday simply made a business decision most of us strongly disagree with, but to infuse a budget crisis issue with stories of “he hates her” and “she hates him” is just junior high school journalism.

  3. Avatar of season1217
    season1217

    Corday hating Hogestyn and Hall doesn’t sound that far fetched to me. If he gave a damn about them or the show he would have at least, AT LEAST offered them the option of working w/ less pay. Instead he axed them and basically referred to them as spokes on a wheel. That doesn’t sound too loving.

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  4. Avatar of hunterforrester
    hunterforrester

    D&D hating each other is the worst secret in daytime. Ask anyone who works there. And if you don’t believe that, then please stay away from me in a life and death situation because your instincts suck! Do you believe in weapons of mass destruction, too? Yikes.

  5. Avatar of season1217
    season1217

    So all those scenes where they were sucking face the whole time they were literally trying to suck the life out of each other? It all makes scene.

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  6. Avatar of snags
    snags

    I think there is some truth to the story. All the articles I can remember with Deidre Hall promoting Days had her promoting the story, not so much her co-star, Drake Hogestyn. But when Wayne Northrop came back for the Alex North stinker story, she was elated to see him back (They are close friends in real life and he even called her when she was fired as it was mentioned on her website video that was linked here on this site). I’m just saying, I can see that Deidre and Drake may not have been BFFs in real life, but for the sake of the show and for the fans, they have been professional.

    Sorry to see Thaao go, but not totally surprised. Anna has been MIA since I don’t know when. Who’s next? Stefano? After all, EJ keeps running all of the DiMera business these days anyway.

    As for Corday, I think someone needs to buy him out of this show. Or he should just step back and let a REAL executive producer come in and run the show! He can continue raking in the bucks and golf and let someone who cares about the show bring it back to its former glory! But I look at the crew on the show in a new light. The boss is a prick through and through and they stay and work there for the fans. Thank you Days cast for being there for the fans, we DO appreciate it! Sucks to be a fan for 30+ years and to see this crap happen to it. No wonder Frances Reid skipped Christmas with the Hortons! I don’t blame her!

  7. Avatar of season1217
    season1217

    It’s called ACTING.

    So Drake spent so much time ACTING like he was in love w/ Deidre that he didn’t have time to ACT in any of his other scenes?:P

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  8. Avatar of ahjau
    ahjau

    We all know that the DH’s are not close friends off set and it’s also no secret that Deidre loved working with Wayne b/c they are personal friends. Acting is a job yes… being professional is a requirement if you are going to last as long as Drake and Deidre. However, there is a difference between buying into John and Marlena romance and buying into the mutual admiration and respect that Deidre and Drake convey. I think it would be pretty obvious during on screen interviews and fan events through the years if they absolutely hated each other. I’m sure there have been times when they haven’t liked each other in the last 20+ years b/c that’s the entertainment business. They have been screen partners for the better part of 23 years. I can’t imagine being around a co-worker (even someone I like) that much!

    If they really hate each other, then I agree with the other posters: Give them a freakin’ Oscar!!

    Just my opinion.

    In other news, I’m sad to hear about Thaoo, but it doesn’t surprise me.

  9. Avatar of ahjau
    ahjau

    Actually, Deidre’s story picked up after John’s death. Marlena was ready for revenge. She delivered Sami’s babies, threatened Stefano on Belle’s wedding day and went to bat against the Salem PD to protect her family. John’s death helped move Marlena in a different direction. Drake/John’s return had the same effect until Higley took over and screwed with the storyline.

    So basically nothing you are saying seems to have any validity.

  10. Avatar of ajpp50
    ajpp50

    I just want to say I hope some man hates me the way Drake hates Deidre. I want a man to hate me so good that when he touchs me I look like I have creamed in my pants and I want him to hate me and tongue me, palm my ass like a basketball. Yes that’s the kind of hate I want. If they truly at each other then move over Meryl and Robert, Drake and Deidre are the best fucking performers in the world.

  11. Avatar of Jamey Giddens
    Jamey Giddens

    just want to say I hope some man hates me the way Drake hates Deidre. I want a man to hate me so good that when he touchs me I look like I have creamed in my pants and I want him to hate me and tongue me, palm my ass like a basketball. Yes that’s the kind of hate I want.
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  12. Avatar of Purple Crayon
    Purple Crayon

    I think someone made all of that up. It sounds too much like various posts I’ve read by fans venting because their faves were booted out the door.

    I don’t believe KC hates the DH’s anymore than I believe they hate each other.

    Although. . .it would explain why Drake slobbers all over Deidre’s face while she has to just stand there and take it.

  13. Avatar of season1217
    season1217

    I’m going to have to go w/ Nelson on this one. What people show you isn’t always how they think or feel. I didn’t think when R. Kelly was bumpin and grindin in music videos w/ half naked women he was actually thinking of peeing on 14 year-old’s or that while watching Michael Richards on Seinfeld he thought the time when blacks were hanging from trees was the good old days.

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  14. Avatar of Jamey Giddens
    Jamey Giddens

    I didn’t think when R. Kelly was bumpin and grindin in music videos w/ half naked women he was actually thinking of peeing on 14 year-old’s or that while watching Michael Richards on Seinfeld he thought the time when blacks were hanging from trees was the good old days.
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  15. Avatar of Martha91
    Martha91

    Isn´t there something called; Don´t believe everything you hear?

    If Drake and Deidre hate each other, then pigs can fly.
    Sorry, but this is just someone who wants to make a noise out of nothing. Have you seen the video of them on the talk show in Australia? Deidre mentions that they were walking arm in arm back to the hotel… hate each other? I DON´T THINK SO.

    Oh yeah, they pretend that they like each other in real life.. yeah, does seem like something they would do, doesn´t it?

    If you believe so.. well.. then I am laughing my ass off over here in Norway!

  16. Avatar of salem1975
    salem1975

    In fact Deidre has promoted Drake in the press often, including recently when he was “fired” the first time in October 2007. Deidre was quoted in SOD as to how moving Drake’s beautiful death scene was. She reportedly cried for 30 minutes after they cut, according to Alison Sweeney and others. When Drake returned three months later as “Nu John,” Deidre was quoted at being amazed at Drake’s ability to create a new version of his character and she went on and on about how exciting it was for Drake to have returned and have this new angle to play. If you remember, Drake and Deidre aired every single day in Jan and Feb 2008. Are they “in love” in real life? Of course not. Is she better friends with Wayne Northrup? Yes. But do Deidre and Drake “hate” each other? Of course not……how ridiculous.

  17. Avatar of kandrahalle
    kandrahalle

    This is so freaking true, I cannot agree more!! I do not now nor I have ever believed Deidre & Drake really hate each other. Why can’t people just leave well enough alone. Leave Dee & Drake alone…..they were are still are the best supercouple in all of daytime.

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