HomeTagsComings & GoingsBREAKING NEWS: Jay Kenneth Johnson and Shelley Hennig BOTH Leave DAYS! Regan Cellura January 18, 2011 34 Comments Another day, another DAYS exit. Soap Opera Digest is reporting that both Jay Kenneth Johnson (Philip) and Shelley Hennig are leaving Days of Our Lives. The actors have decided to leave on their own accord with Hennig telling the mag, "It just feels right," says Hennig of why she’s taking off after four years. "I have been preparing for this for awhile, so I have said my mental good-byes. I will miss the faces I see here every day, but everybody has been really encouraging and has embraced my decision…. I feel like I’m going out with a bang after last week’s air shows and I feel great about it creatively and I am thankful to the writers for giving me that. It’s been a lot of fun to play and I wouldn’t change anything." Hennig will tape her last episodes early next month. No word on when Johnson will film his final scenes or if the role will once again be recast. 34 Responses Trish8148 January 18, 2011 I bet they going to recast Phillip? Who is you pick for the role? Also it looks like Carly will be getting a story very soon. Log in to Reply jlafferty23 January 18, 2011 WOW!! what is happening over at DAYS. This has backstage drama written all over it. I think I am just about done with this show. Shelly Henning has never impressed me before, but last Monday, WOW!! And Why Jay? He is part of a core family. There are barely any Hortons let, the younger cast is dropping like flies. Carly Manning does not a have a freakin story!! They bring Crystal Chapell back and they dont use her? They bring Jennifer back without Jack? This show is a mess! Yeah, I think it’s time to take a break from DAYS Log in to Reply appleridge January 18, 2011 Just Dont Bring Kyle Brandt Back As Phillip. What About Brett Claywell As A Recast Are They Recasting Stephanie? Log in to Reply gato1 January 18, 2011 I can’t really blame them for leaving. Hmmmm how about a wishful casting Jamey for Phillip? They WILL recast,right? Log in to Reply Regan Cellura January 18, 2011 I start watching again and Nathan leaves just as I say I like him and Stephanie. Now stephanie and Philip are gone. What name will Jillian give me now? Character killer? Log in to Reply Regan Cellura January 18, 2011 It doesn’t seem as they are recasting Stephanie. I can only ASSUME they would recast the role of Philip with a new son and pregnant soon-to-be ex-wife. Log in to Reply Jillian Bowe January 18, 2011 @Regan: I didn’t say a word…. BUT!!!………….. Log in to Reply Trish8148 January 18, 2011 Top Dream Pick Justin Harlty. Real List: Ex Zandler GH or Claywell Log in to Reply jlafferty23 January 18, 2011 They tried to recast Philip already and it didn’t work. Well IMO it didn’t, I couldn’t stand that recast. Log in to Reply DynamiteKiddo January 18, 2011 We’re losing tremendous assets in Johnson, Hennig, and Hapka. This younger set had such infinite potential. What a shame. Log in to Reply appleridge January 18, 2011 I Bet They Recast Phil Not sure about Steph There are a lot of Early 30ish actors can do Phil Justice Log in to Reply watchingallday January 18, 2011 This bothers me WAY more than MH leaving. I’m with Jlaferty23 about SH, she was always just pretty and an okay actress, but when after this paternity reveal, I think she has been the best actor out of all involved. Her telling Melanie off and FINALLY realizing how she had debased herself for Nathan yesterday was great. I have always like JKJ as Phillip. Kyle Brandt, I did NOT enjoy! I find it pretty sad that the weakest actor in that age group MB is still there, yet the better performers who portray core family members are leaving. Log in to Reply Katiebug9624 January 18, 2011 What! This is so dissapointing…I guess they could recast Phillip I would love to see ex Zander in the role, I think he’d fit pretty good. They can just let Stephanie go, Abby is coming back so she can fill that spot Log in to Reply Trish8148 January 18, 2011 Poor Dear, I hope they remember Shelley next year come emmy time. I’m over the Molly hate since she is so much better than before through she seems bullett proof. Log in to Reply Katiebug9624 January 18, 2011 Jillian, Regan ya’ll have any info for us? Log in to Reply Nicole_CJ January 18, 2011 I think Days should wait to recast Phillip. Phillip’s exit story should have hime leave town to find his son with Mimi and later when he gets back to salem have him take that kid from Melanie. Log in to Reply days4ever January 18, 2011 I am happy to hear that Stephanie is leaving (Even though I love Shelly). As far as Jay leaving, that is very hard to hear. I think he is over it though too. The s/l’s right now are terrible for everyone and I wouldn’t be surprised if more stars didn’t sign (James Scott/Ali Sweeney). Why not use the great actors who really want to be there like Abe/Lexi, Bo/Hope, Carly/Daniel, Adrienne/Justin, Brady/Nicole, and Victor/Maggie. What is poor Melanie going to do now? Is she going to be paired with Chad or Dario (Rafe’s brother)? I think Chad and Mel would be super hot!!!!!! Log in to Reply jockteen10 January 18, 2011 I hate stephanie but i gotta say i’m going to miss shelly hennig. She was an amazing actress. As for JKJ he is the only one i can imagine right now as philip but who knows if they find the right recast…. Log in to Reply rozzberry January 18, 2011 Geez, the younger cast are dropping like flies. Unless I am getting my actors mixed up, I thought JKJ signed a new deal not that long ago. Oh well. Anyways…I agree that Phillip will probably be recast. SH wasn’t amazing, but still very watchable, especially the last week. I like JKJ enough too. It’s something to me how the Steph/Nathan/Melanie/Phillip foursome is been dismantled so quickly with all the airtime they all receive. Log in to Reply mango January 19, 2011 JKJ seems uninterested lately. I don’t really know how to describe it. I liked him more during his first tenure with DOOL. I can definitely see a recast here. Log in to Reply alstonboy4315 January 19, 2011 Correct me if I am wrong, but it seems like Jay Kenneth Johnson has left this show about TWENTY times over the years!! Hasn’t he realized by now that he’s NOT going to be the next huge primetime/film superstar???? He’d be better off staying put. Acting jobs these days are pretty scarce. Unless he wants to do Celebrity Rehab……………. But there are soooo many hot late 20-something/early 30-somethings out there just waiting to fill his shoes. I think Daytime Confidential should do a wishful casting for this character!!! Log in to Reply msellersv January 19, 2011 Budget cuts, anyone? Sorry about JKJ, although I have to admit he (nor the character) have been used effectively for most of the past year. I vote to recast Phillip–but give us a few months to get over losing JKJ’s smile. Log in to Reply tylerbo20 January 19, 2011 I hope they kill Phillip off that would give Victor/Kate/Vivian/Chloe some good storyline to grieve for him. ( have him not really be dead but gone) maybe held captive by stephano for years and years bring in a murder myster or serial killer that kills people. its time to clean house steph/phil/nathan i wish they would get rid of brady/mel/daniel soon and bring in better characters/actors marlena/bill/jack/peter/sarah/billie come on now. Log in to Reply BetseyD January 19, 2011 JKJ will always be Philip – to me, anyway! I was really looking forward to a redux of Philip and Chloe. This sucks! Log in to Reply THEBEST January 19, 2011 Becky Herbst as Stephanie…. Log in to Reply josser January 19, 2011 Brett Claywell would not make a good Phillip. He just doesn’t have the right look for the role. Log in to Reply josser January 19, 2011 Jay Kenneth Johnson probably wants to make a run for pilot season. He’s reaching an age where it will be difficult to crossover to primetime or film. Log in to Reply Smallboy January 19, 2011 It’s a horrible news! Jay Kenneth Johnson is philiip. A big lost to DAYS. Great if is his decision. Horrible mistake if is DAYS’s decision. Log in to Reply SoapFan75 January 19, 2011 I feel bad for those passionate Phloe fans. I guess now Chloe’s kid will be Daniel’s. Yuck! So now we have that pairing to look forward to for as long as those actors are on the show now. DOOL is so hard to watch and it just got even more difficult. Although frankly, Shawn Christian could be next and make it storyline dictated. Not surprised by Shelley. DOOL has decided that Melanie/Molly will be the young heroine of the show who gets all of the young male leads to fawn all over her for whatever reason. It was kinda pathetic and extremeley unbelievable to think that Stephanie had to always lose a guy to, ahem, Melanie. C’mon, really???? But putting JKJ with Molly Burnett was not a good move. Philip would not be interested in Melanie. JKJ was barely working anyway so this is really a good move for him. Again, I feel bad for his fans. DOOL just focuses on one storyline no matter how popular the other actors/characters are. Go ahead and give pilot season a try JKJ. Wishing thenm both all the best. Log in to Reply AlistairCrane January 19, 2011 I love Jay as Philip. It was a big casting coup when he came back in 2007. But he, Shelley, and Mark have all been propping the ATROCIOUS Molly Burnett/Melanie for a long time now. Hopefully now that her core connections are leaving the show, Burnett will be fired next. I’ve also been a HUUUUUGE Phloe fan going on 11 years now! I love that they have a child together and I hope the writers don’t retcon that. Since I can no longer stand Days’ current, slutty take on Chloe, she and Philip should ride off into the sunset together with their child. Don’t recast Philip. Leave the role vacant until JKJ decides to return. P.S. I always hated Shelley’s take on Stephanie. Shayna Rose was by far the definitive daughter of Patch and Kayla. Shelley was just another pretty girl. Log in to Reply GamecockMom January 19, 2011 Bring back Kyle Brandt! We need some eye candy on Days. There are no much needed hot men anymore! As far as Stephanie….who cares? She is a pathetic character. I liked her much better racing! Log in to Reply AlistairCrane January 20, 2011 Kyle Brandt is extremely unattractive and not a very good actor. I say: Send Philip to Greece (either with or without Chloe), then bring in one of Justin and Adrienne’s sons to fill “young Kiriakis male” void. They have four sons: Alexander (technically Angelica Deveraux’s biological child, not Adrienne’s), twins Victor II and Joseph, and Jackson. Log in to Reply marknsprmo January 20, 2011 The show needs to take another direction. Bring back some Hortons with their kids to bring on some fresh blood along with soap vets…. I won’t miss either of these two. And I would be happy if they took some of their co stars with them. Log in to Reply GamecockMom January 22, 2011 I am tired of the Hortons. I have been FF’ing past Hope, Jennifer, Nathan, and Maggie. I am especially sick of Maggie and her self righteous BS! She reminds me of Marlena…an equally nausea inducing character. The only thing worse than those Hortons is John Black. I will stop watching if I have to see Drake squinting and mumbling in the future. Send those Hortons off to hang with John and Marlena. They can all be self righteous together. Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply You must be logged in to post a comment.