Peter Reckell’s Wife CONFIRMS Days of Our Lives Exit!





This is just in-freaking-sane!!!! Pop singer Kelly Moneymaker has confirmed husband Peter Reckell's exit from Days of Our Lives via Twitter. The actor's decision to leave the role of Bo Brady—after reportedly being asked to take another severe pay cut—was first reported by Soap Opera Digest. See Moneymaker's tweets to one of Reckell's upset fans below.
 

 

 




I think it's majorly douchey for Sony TV to do this to Reckell and his fans. The guy already took a huge pay cut a few years back. This isn't how you treat insanely popular veterans when your soap is on the chopping block! 

51 Responses

  1. Avatar of Bloop
    Bloop

    There are a myriad of ways for Days to write Peter out.

    1–Make him Stefano’s killer and he gets carted off to prison.

    2–Bo gets shot and killed.

    3–Bo goes deep undercover and in the process has to have a facelift and ends up back in Salem looking very different (another actor taking on the role of Bo)………..granted, we all know how a re-cast Bo worked out the last time this happened. Robert Kelker Kelly was NOT well received by the fans. So, if they do re-cast, they’d better get an actor with some serious acting chops to play this iconic role that has been a part of Days’ landscape for more than 20+ years.

    Any other ideas folks?

  2. Avatar of sodsince16
    sodsince16

    The problem with Bo shooting Stefano is Will. Bo would look like a creep for letting Will take the fall for shooting Stefano.

    UNLESS – Bo’s working for the CIA to protect Stefano

    That being said I would like his exit storyline to do with Victor; a relationship that is rarely explored.

  3. Avatar of Katiebug9624
    Katiebug9624

    I know some people will say that Peter should take a paycut for the good of the show but I actually don’t blame him for walking. He’s taken a paycut already how about getting rid of some of the dead weight on that show?

    You could recast him I suppose but the long term fans would come unglued…I wouldnt mind seeing Robert Newman for instance he’s who I’ve always wanted the show to recast as Roman but in the end maybe it would be better to just write off both Bo and Hope since this show was so determined to make them a package deal. I just don’t know what they would do with Hope with Bo being gone.

  4. Avatar of soapbaby
    soapbaby

    What?! No. Ugh. Bo & Hope are the fabric of DAYS for me. I really hope something can be settled and that his wife (I am sure well intentioned) is shooting off at the mouth. Twitter apparently makes for lots of thoughtless statements.

    And I thought I read in SOD that Kristian Alfonso re-signed with her statement’ “We are both here to stay.” I was hoping she was referring to her and Peter Reckell. Bo & Hope is my favorite all-time soap couple! At this time, DAYS cannot afford to lose Peter Reckell. It’s not the 80′s or 90′s when soaps were popular enough to recast their veterans without further audience erosion. Just wow.

  5. Avatar of Katiebug9624
    Katiebug9624

    In the end I think Days really shot itself in the foot with there supercouples. Yes they caused the show to really skyrocket in the ratings but they also limited the characters. For instance I enjoyed John/Isabella but we always got him back with Doc.

    I enjoyed Jenn and Peter (don’t attack me!)

    and Carly with Bo (PR’s Bo)

  6. Avatar of appleridge
    appleridge

    Im sure PR is a team player & he took a cut last time but first priority is taht he can support his family. Maybe the cut Days wanted him to take would have put that in jeporady.

    I do wonder if they will recast. I dont know who can do Bo justice. just keep RKK away please.

  7. Avatar of supermanfan85
    supermanfan85

    I think its sad they asked him to do another cut. Its not like he was on all the time anyways, right? Peter deserved better stories and never got that chance. He will do awesome outside of Days. He has proved that just in Venice alone. I can’t wait to see what he has in store for us fans. My dreams? Bo leaves to find Carly… IT WONT HAPPEN cause Days hates us CARBO fans LOL but hey, ITS MY DREAM! ;)

  8. Avatar of Brandibelle73
    Brandibelle73

    It was….and it got a lot better fast. I really felt like it was the show I grew up with. Not just because of the use of the shows history & the vest but the fact that they were taking some chances. Next they fired Marlene McPherson & Darrell Ray Thomas, Jr. (http://daytimeconfidential.zap2it.com/2012/04/04/ousted-days-co-head-writer-marlene-mcpherson-nbc-never-let-us-tell-our-stories )which sent the show back down the highway to hell. I was really excited and enjoying Days again.

  9. Avatar of gato1
    gato1

    Amen Katie Bug! They may as well write Hope off, viewers wont accept her with another love intrest. I say turn her into Gina full time and mess with John and Marlena.

  10. Avatar of pumpkin
    pumpkin

    I liked Carly with Bo. I think Bo/Hope are boring. But I am not longtime Days fan. It is the longtime fans that do not want to see the couple split.

    Of course, I could rant and rave about how this is the problem with daytime. The character must be written off because daytime fans do not, as a rule, accept recasts no matter how good the replacement is. I say never. I have seen some have survived for a few years but it has never worked.

    This is unique to daytime. Primetime does not have to address the issue. They just add similar character or come up with similar concepts to keep shows going. Daytime does have this problem.

    Daytime was originally supposed to portray several families of one town focusing on the day in and day out drama. There are four left now fighting for an audience. It is what it is. Lets face it, it was just announced he is leaving and whoever dares to take the actor’s place is ridiculed. Think about it. I think it is partly why the soaps have problems.

    I just feel that if a story is good, acting good, give it a chance.

    If the story/characters/actors are terrible. Valid complaint. ie, Before GL was cancelled they had no budget so they featured Ashley/Grady/inappropriately deaged Daisy every day. Fans left in droves. GL should have been cancelled at that point and finish with the stellar cast/characters being on everyday to the very end. TPTB wanted out and pulled money. It would have been better if they supplied a solid budget for a solid roundup the last year. After cancellation they cleaned the show up but it was too little too late. I will forever think cbs/p&G should have said we are done and wind up GL with dignity. Spauldings Bauers and Lewis families deserved better than they got. I see the networks also screwing the last soaps standing.

    I do have to add that for the longtime fans Reckell leaving is not a good sign. Sorry to those who were diehard Bo/Hope fans. I do realize the letdown.

  11. Avatar of Jon
    Jon

    Actually I thought Robert Kelker Kelly was pretty well received; it was Kristian Alfonso who had the problem with him! His Bo & Lisa Rinna’s Billie were quite popular if i remember correctly.

  12. Avatar of pjc722
    pjc722

    Let’s hope that if the show now knows that Peter Reckell is leaving that they script a truly believable exit for him. SOmething where the fans get complete closure (like with Lexie) but it leaves the door BELIEVABLY open for his return (unlike how the Phoenix will rise again as we have seen so many times before).

    Days, as with most soaps, is on life support. It had a MAJOR reboot no more than a year ago to much fanfare and it did nothing to tweak the ratings but did wonders to the main set of the courtyard but not much more everywhere else. A slew of old characters were haphazardly brought back besides John and Marlena and given little story to act in or develop from and were then left to languish. So if Bo is going to be leaving the canvas and not recast (doubtful in this fan-required atmosphere) than the show truly needs to script a great farewell for him and the fans because we might not get the chance to see him again.

    It sucks that Sony did this without considering the horrible younger set of actors on the show and the lame stories they have besides Will. All the rest have loose if any ties to the main families on the show and actors/characters who have no spark or energy (sorry, I’m talking about Maggie’s new found son, Daniel and his new found daughter, Melanie) should have been let go and that money used to pay Bo. Roman is another character that should have been dropped and his salary added to Bo’s. Roman is no longer central to the story but his death would add an enormous amount of story to the landscape of Salem. Yes, he is a Brady and Sami’s father, but his parental duties these days are slim and without the matriarch or patriarch on the show, the Brady’s are just a bunch of unwed siblings hanging out at Mom’s place.

    You could truly strip down this cast a great deal and have a truly viable cast for story that would be compelling and than pay the stars more money to be on the show. The producers of these shows will never look at the show and change the way the stories and cast are presented and will always stick with the same old format used since the 50s.

  13. Avatar of soapbaby
    soapbaby

    @Jon: I share the same recollection regarding Robert Kelker-Kelly’s Bo! He and Lisa Rinna (Billie) were very popular, as was he and Crystal Chappell (Carly) for a short time. Robert Kelker-Kelly was widely accepted as Bo at the time but of course he resembled Peter Reckell and he can act AND he was familiar to NBC daytime viewers because he had previously played Sam Fowler on Another World.

    I think at this stage in the game, it’d be pretty hard to digest a recast for Bo Brady. And I agree with KatieBug about the place for Hope. With no Bo, I’d rather Hope and Bo sail off into the sunset on The Fancy Face!

  14. Avatar of david46208
    david46208

    @Katiebug9624: Right on the money there! AMC survived the losses of Jenny/Greg, Angie Jesse etc. 80′s. They also could pair and create new couples such their making the Erica/Dmitri, Noah/Julia even my not so favorite Kendall/Zack.

    On the other hand I’ve always said that one of the issues with Days overall and in the long run would be that too many characters are tied to being in a “couple.” 9 out 10 times when we hear about the need for returning characters it is always about trying to recapture some supercouple magic from the past. That time is done and over with. Days failed with many of its characters to write them in ways inwhich they can stand on their own two feet minus a popular pairing.

    I do see that characters like Sami, Marlena, Kate, Victor, Maggie, EJ, Stefano, EJ, Abe and the soon-to-be-dead Lexie, were the few characters who could stand on their own. So there are some. But a show survival or storyline should not be predicated on characters always having to be in these “supercouples.”

  15. Avatar of Soap_Stud
    Soap_Stud

    I will miss Peter Reckell and would prefer Bo exit the canvas than have a recast. It won’t make me stop watching and I do not think it means Hope should be written out too. While I can appreciate the financial difficulties the soap has I support Peter’s decision not to take an additional paycut. Everyone has their limits as to the sacrifices they are willing to make.

    This should be a whole new chapter for Hope. Perhaps Cierra should be SORAS’d and not be happy that mom is dating again.

  16. Avatar of Cornfed
    Cornfed

    Thank you Jon! RKK was insanely popular in the role…I was obsessed with Reckell in high school and even *I* loved RKK and Lisa Rinna — never missed a damn day! But sorry to see Reckell go if this is true…

  17. Avatar of Jon
    Jon

    It’s amazing when you think that Kristian Alfonso’s Hope is the one major character in daytime history that I can think of who has NEVER had a “true love” other than her Bo. I don’t think she’s ever had a story (except as Gina, of course, but that’s not Hope) where she even marginally had real feelings for anyone other than Bo. Not Larry, not Patrick, not Franco and I can’t even THINK of anyone else.

  18. Avatar of SoapArmageddon
    SoapArmageddon

    I love Kristian Alfonso to pieces, but my love is not blind. My girl has a limited acting range and an almost zero ability to click with anyone else besides Reckell.

    That said, they ought to at least try and see if she can do the thing with someone else, but definitely not a re-cast Bo.

    And no to RKK. Just NO. If she doesn’t like him, that’s good enough for me.

  19. Avatar of Bloop
    Bloop

    [quote=Darlotto99]my money is on he goes to Y&R maybe as a recast for Sam[/quote]

    Are you seriously deluded Darlotto?! Sam was never intended to be a long term character. So no, I don’t want Sam back.

  20. Avatar of Yoryla
    Yoryla

    I’m not happy about Peter leaving, but I have to say in the long run it might be better for him. I mean, let’s face it, he hasn’t had a juicy storyline in ages. Bo & Hope aren’t the front-and-center of the show anymore, Sami & people close to her are. This ridiculous Alamainia storyline proved it (have they ever even gotten remarried???).

  21. Avatar of cheesehead91182
    cheesehead91182

    This a really dumb move on Days’ part. Bo is such an important peice of the show and has driven story on this show for almost 30 years. If the producers were smart they’d realize that Bo/Hope and John/Marlena are the new Tom and Alice and should build the show around them and have them dealing with their family drama.

    Also if they are worried about money their are tons of other characters to get rid of. Days cast is way too big, you can go weeks at a time without seeing characters or storlines being featured. It was been weeks since we’ve seen Billie, Brady, or Madison. Jack and Jennifer just showed up last week after being off screen for several weeks. If they cut the cast they could afford to keep Peter Reckell.

    As for who to get ride of:
    Chad
    Gabbi
    Billie
    Lucas
    Maggie
    Victor
    Kayla
    Abe
    Jennifer
    Abby
    Cameron
    Daniel

  22. Avatar of cheesehead91182
    cheesehead91182

    This a really dumb move on Days’ part. Bo is such an important peice of the show and has driven story on this show for almost 30 years. If the producers were smart they’d realize that Bo/Hope and John/Marlena are the new Tom and Alice and should build the show around them and have them dealing with their family drama.

    Also if they are worried about money their are tons of other characters to get rid of. Days cast is way too big, you can go weeks at a time without seeing characters or storlines being featured. It was been weeks since we’ve seen Billie, Brady, or Madison. Jack and Jennifer just showed up last week after being off screen for several weeks. If they cut the cast they could afford to keep Peter Reckell.

    As for who to get ride of:
    Chad
    Gabbi
    Billie
    Lucas
    Maggie
    Victor
    Kayla
    Abe
    Jennifer
    Abby
    Cameron
    Daniel

  23. Avatar of ChrisGa
    ChrisGa

    I too remember RKK being well-received–in fact, I seem to remember him being a hugely popular recast–before being uncerimoniously dumped so Reckell could return(oh, that Kristian Alfonso; who knew…wait, better stop, lest I get chastised from higher powers for making something regarding a less than glowing comment about her). Sad to see Reckell go though I do find Bo and Hope boring at this point. That being said, I def wouldn’t have wanted him paired back with the increasingly plastic(and I mean that in EVERY way)Billie and I don’t see anyone else on the canvas currently that would seem a logical fit. Frankly, I wouldn’t be surprised if he wasn’t the last vet to get gone in the near-future; isn’t it about time for Corday to fire Hogestyn and Hall again? I’ll be shocked if their return this time reaches the year mark(which would sadden me for Hall as the Will/Marlena dynamic is one of the increasingly few things this show does right of late).

  24. Avatar of ChrisGa
    ChrisGa

    [quote=cheesehead91182]This a really dumb move on Days’ part. Bo is such an important peice of the show and has driven story on this show for almost 30 years. If the producers were smart they’d realize that Bo/Hope and John/Marlena are the new Tom and Alice and should build the show around them and have them dealing with their family drama.

    Also if they are worried about money their are tons of other characters to get rid of. Days cast is way too big, you can go weeks at a time without seeing characters or storlines being featured. It was been weeks since we’ve seen Billie, Brady, or Madison. Jack and Jennifer just showed up last week after being off screen for several weeks. If they cut the cast they could afford to keep Peter Reckell.

    As for who to get ride of:
    Chad
    Gabbi
    Billie
    Lucas
    Maggie
    Victor
    Kayla
    Abe
    Jennifer
    Abby
    Cameron
    Daniel[/quote]

    I agree with most of your list with the exception of Maggie(and by extension, I guess Victor) and Lucas(that character is the best he’s possibly ever been of late). The rest can high-tail outta there.

  25. Avatar of Darlotto99
    Darlotto99

    lol if they get a actor like Peter Reckell to join the show no reason why the character can’t come back. tons of characters have been recasted and have worked out

  26. Avatar of Y2Jin99
    Y2Jin99

    I know alot of long time viewers are upset but in this dying soap era and economy how can he really expect a huge raise? His character bores me to tears anyway. I won’t miss him at all. Cya!

  27. Avatar of shirls429
    shirls429

    Peter Reckell’s leaving is better than a recast,i liked Bo with Carly anyway,they had a better conection. Lets Hope Days gives Kristian Alfonso(Hope)a great storyline in her quest to find another partner. I think they should have her conect with someone in her work place whom they partner her up with. Good luck to Peter and please give Kristian a great storyline.

  28. Avatar of soapbaby
    soapbaby

    [quote=Y2Jin99]I know alot of long time viewers are upset but in this dying soap era and economy how can he really expect a huge raise? His character bores me to tears anyway. I won’t miss him at all. Cya![/quote]

    ^^ As soaps are dying and the economy is poor, why does DAYS employ such a bloated cast? A logical solution would be to cut the characters no one cares about or have invested in versus one of the stars that put the show on the map. Loyal, longtime fans who still watch and support DAYS, watch and support BECAUSE of Bo Brady/Peter Reckell.

    Kim Zimmer wrote in her autobiography that the brass at Proctor & Gamble used scare tactics in contract negotiations with her, telling her that if she did not accept another pay-cut, 10 cast members would lose their jobs. She refused to take the cut and no one was fired. Had she given in, she would have been payed less for no other reason than production company’s keeping their money! Everybody’s playing hardball at the expense of the viewers’ entertainment. But I do not blame Peter Reckell for not taking a pay-cut when it’s due to mismanagement by DAYS’/Sony.

    I liken it to professional athletes. People complain about their salaries but no one ever discusses the exorbitant salaries of team owners who are not placing their health at risk, game after game, year after year! Athletes, like actors, are who we watch for!

  29. Avatar of Brandibelle73
    Brandibelle73

    For the record I’ve been in love w/ PR since he started on Days….and I was 10! I think he’s been under-used for the last 5 yrs or more. That having been said, I think I’m one of the few die-hard fans who loved RKK. He had great chemistry w/ Lisa R (maybe even better than PR). I think RKK should be playing a villain somewhere….his short turn as Stavros Cassadine was phenomenal! KA is no Meryl Streep but she does well with what they give her. Well except for that Princess Gina crap; that whole storyline is stupid & her accent ranks up there w/ Philip Casnoff’s Southern accent in North and South. If the genius writers can’t find a way to use her then, depending on how PR leaves, she can leave to spend time w/ Shawn D, Belle & Claire.

    This next couple of comments may piss some folks off but so be it; if the show keeps going the way it’s going it’s gonna get cancelled which is, IMO, what NBC wants. I’m a 3rd gen fan and as much as it pains me to say this, I don’t think I’ll care. They might as well change the name from Days of OUR Lives to Days of SAMI’S Life

  30. Avatar of marybee50
    marybee50

    Brandibelle-You are probably correct in thinking Days will be gone next year.I don’t think NBC is invested in soaps anymore just like ABC. ABC just makes more of a show to try to placate fans,while behind the scenes making plans to replace Gh.

    I’m not letting myself get overly invested in a show again,daytime or nighttime,because of the pain I felt when OLTL was dumped.I’m enjoying the parts of Days I like,FF thru the other parts.Same with Y&R and B&B.

    I would miss the soaps if they go.Don’t and won’t watch talk or reality shows.So that would leave me sports,msnbc,and my music.Oh,and clips of my old shows on youtube.I guess I could live with that.

    And if comments piss people off,that’s their problem not yours.It is how you feel.I know sometimes I don’t feel like I’m making my perspective clear and that I won’t post again,but I do anyway.I’m not as glib as some of our posters,but I do like reading them and responding from time to time.Just don’t like some of the nastiness.

    Anyway,enjoy what you enjoy and let the others go.

  31. Avatar of keanna
    keanna

    Sorry that Peter’s leaving, he might be better off. I would bring RKK back, I remember he was pretty popular, I know the die hards will not accept that, but if it’s for the better of the show recast Bo.

  32. Avatar of david46208
    david46208

    @everyone: Michael Park (ex-Jack, ATWT) would be a good recast if they need to recast the role.

    Yet hopefully they will come to some conclusion with his contract. This may be an attempt to show Sony that they are serious. On the other hand, then best of luck to you. You’re gonna need it.

    *corrected. Thanks soapbaby!

  33. Avatar of Scout
    Scout

    Like sands through the hourglass…

    Know what I get tired of? Supporting a genre where the four remaining soaps are just awful…which really, doesn’t cover how bad these shows are anymore. The same people keep writing the same awful stories and we’re expected to eat it up. If the networks want out of soaps, at least be as honest as P&G and just pull the plug already.

    I’m sick to death of watching subpar crap.

  34. Avatar of possum jones
    possum jones

    It’s too bad that he is leaving and not taking Kristian Alfonso (Hope) with him. Her British accent and his Russian accent had to be some of the worst in the business. considering they have been on DOOL for so many years. It is about time that they learned to act. Also, Drake Hogestyn should go. He can’t act out of a paper bag.

  35. Avatar of naughtytomato
    naughtytomato

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I can’t believe Days couldn’t come to some agreement with the actor. This is one actor that got better with age. His scenes when he remembers Zac bring me to tears. I think he is doing great work there.

    They just got Bope back together for the reboot, now they have to kill another character? They are killing Lexie off already. What the heck are they going to do with Hope? Days always pairs people up or they have nothing to do.

    The only good thing is he’s leaving by his own decision and not being fired like the other supercouple a few years ago.

  36. Avatar of sallyv
    sallyv

    I’m not sad to see Peter go. I just started watching this show more recently and, as a new viewer, I have to say I found Bo and Hope extremely boring and FF’d most of their scenes.

    Good luck to Peter though. At his age, and after playing the same role for so many years, it will be tough for him to find other things to do. These daytime actors are paid pretty well, even with the pay cuts, and it’s steady work. As someone who was laid off a few years ago, personally I’d stick with a sure thing and not walk away. But that’s just me…

    I don’t know if Kristen would come alive with another actor or not, but I would hope TPTB would get her off the police force and have her do something interesting for a change. Right now, far as I’m concerned, she could leave with Bo.

    On another note…There really are no couples on this show that are “good” couples. The only two characters I see any chemistry with are Sami and EJ, and they are a non-couple.

  37. Avatar of jphelps
    jphelps

    Days has gone back to being the EJ DiMera show again. Blah. How can you develop new characters when one gets so much airtime and is in every story.

    I’ll miss PR. Bo is probably the last truly relatable male character on daytime and is a decent actor. Of course he doesn’t endlessly cry or whine or scream so he’s boring(rolls eyes). I will say super couples again have killed Days and while most soaps have moved away from this dated concept, it’s only dragged Days down the last 10 years. I liked every pairing Bo was part of Bo and Hope bign my least favorite. I’ll miss him and wish him best of luck.

  38. Avatar of GaryJr
    GaryJr

    Am I only one that thinks it’s kind of douchey the way his wife is Tweeting about it? It comes off more as bitterness vailed as shock.

  39. Avatar of SoapArmageddon
    SoapArmageddon

    Aside from the fact that she’s married to him, it really has nothing to do with her. BTW, I had no idea his wife was a pop “star”. I never heard of her before this post.

  40. Avatar of js3557
    js3557

    I love PR, but I loved RKK as well. I actually met RKK at a fan event when I was in college. He was an absolute sweetheart! He was very funny, warm, kind, and even more gorgeous in person. I was in an auction battle for some signed something or other and lost. He felt bad for me (the poor college student) and came over to hug me and pose for pics with me and my group. He then found me later and gave me an autographed pic and t-shirt. I will never forget him or his kindness.

  41. Avatar of CtFireWitch
    CtFireWitch

    OMG my prayers have been answered! I like PR but I don’t like Bo/Hope. I thought they hated each other anyway. And yes, I think Hope should leave also. Can’t stand her and I don’t care what anyone thinks, ‘higher powers’ or not. The story with Will is the only thing worth watching on the Days of Sami Brady. Once that’s over I’ll stop watching once again.

  42. Avatar of silverfox
    silverfox

    I have been watching DOL forever. This is very disappointing. I don’t think management knows how this is going to affect Days. It is the writers that aren’t giving them interesting storylines and as far as new people taking his place, really:? that isn’t possible. Bo and Hope are great together and it is going to be sad to see him leave. Give him his salary back and an interesting story line. It’s not his fault the writers aren’t creative. If he leaves so will I. I would rather them end the show.

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