Okay, something is mighty fishy in Pine Malibu. In this week's Soap Opera Digest it was revealed that David Hayward, the wildly popular villain played by soap legend Vincent Irizarry, was being killed off All My Children and that Irizarry was "out". Now comes news that Irizarry is currently still in contract negotiations!
Daytime Confidential was contacted by a representative for Irizarry letting us know that—with the actor's approval—she had posted an update on his Official Facebook Page clarifying his status with the soap opera. Here's that update:
Hello everyone -- We can now confirm and tell you that Vincent is still in negotiations, as the end of his contract is up shortly. The show has added this plot twist, but as I expressed below, please continue to tune in and make your thoughts, wishes, and voices known. Like many of you, I feel there is much more of David's story that needs to unfold and we would love to continue watching Vincent's amazing portrayal of the most complex character on the daytime canvas!
Vincent passed on at how touched he has been by the overwhelming support and outpouring of messages that he has received over the past few days from all of you. Vincent writes, "I can't say enough how appreciative I am of all the comments on websites and message boards that have been written in support of my work and my character. There would be no doubt to me whatsoever, if I do return to AMC, it will be in greater part because of this wonderful outpouring from all of you who love the show and David as much as I do. I am forever grateful to all of you..."
Color me confused. If Irizarry isn't out, then why did ABC tell Digest he was? Here's what Digest wrote in this week's issue:
For the better part of 13 years, David Hayward has been one of daytime's chief love-to-hate villains. This week, he takes his last breath — and his popular, Emmy-winning portrayer, Vincent Irizarry is out.
The article in the magazine, on newstands now, goes on to quote David "Killer" Kreizman saying the decision was "storyline-dictated." Sigh. If it's one thing that makes Uncle Jamey crosser than a pig during a mud shortage, it's people lying to and/or using the press to play dirty pool during contract negotiations. That is beyond unfair to the fans who still watch this stuff five days a week! To borrow from Good Times' Wilona Woods, I don't do windows, and I don't do help networks strong arm actors! Grrrrr.