Stephen Nichols

Flashback: Kayla Says Goodbye To Salem

You're fourteen, male and have just openly wept in front of your mother during the middle of the day at the end of a daytime soap opera. You have witnessed sad occasions on your favorite soap before, for example the death of Hope Williams Brady, Isabella's cancer and Bo's touching eulogy at Hope's funeral, but nothing even comes close to what you have just witnessed on your show, Days of Our Lives. You get up from the couch a touch embarrassed, but see that your mother has been crying just as much. How does one become overcome with such grief? You have grown up with Kayla Brady Johnson and all her trials and tribulations with Steven Earl Johnson in Salem. This time she is saying goodbye and doesn't know "if and when" she'll be back... READ MORE

DAYS May be Improving, but Ken Corday is Still a Blithering Idiot

Memo to Days of Our Lives' publicity team. Put a muzzle on your figure head. Althought DAYS has been getting better these last few months— thanks, we hear, to the vision of  co-excutive producer Gary Tomlin, along with co-head writer Chris Whitesell's ability to make up for Dena Hackley's shortcomings—every single time Corday opens his yap to insult his own show's fans it only confirms what a complete and utter tool Corday really is. Here's what the Soap Opera Slayer had to say to disgruntled fans of the two most popular couples in DAYS history— John and Marlena and Patch and Kayla— in this week's Soap Opera Digest:

"For the ardent John and Marlena and Patch and Kayla fans, great, you can still see them at their luncheons,. That was then, this is now." READ MORE

Which Ousted DAYS Vet Passed on The Young and the Restless?

Apparently this former Days of Our Lives superstar saved his pennies for a rainy pilot season. According to The Suds Report, the actor-in-question turned down a role on daytime's hottest soap, The Young and the Restless, because he wasn't trying to feel the paper they were offering up. Who do you think the mystery man was?

DC #356: Days of Our Lives Emergency Episode

Days of Our Lives fired Thaao Penghlis, Stephen Nichols and Mary Beth Evans and the unexpected news brought Luke, Mike, Jamey and Jillian together for a second Days of Our Lives emergency episode in the past six months.

They discuss the impact the firings of these veteran actors will have on the show. They talk about what this means for the remaining actors over forty still on the show and speculate who Ken Corday might axe next. They answer a reader's question of which is worse, to watch vets like Nichols and Evans get fired and keep the Days of Our Lives sets or have the show end up with a production model like Guiding Light. Luke asks if these latest firings could all be apart of Corday's scheme to get Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn back later in the year. Mike, Jamey and Jillian weigh in on if they think it is a realist possibility.

Fans of Patch and Kayla call in with their reaction to the surprising firings and vent their frustrations at the decisions by NBC, Corday, Dena Higley and the other executives at the show.

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Would You Like Stephen Nichols and Mary Beth Evans to Return As Stefan Cassadine and Katherine Bell?

With the not so shocking news that Days of Our Lives has fired Stephen Nichols and Mary Beth Evans I have to ask, would you like Nichols and/or Evans to return to General Hospital as Stefan Cassadine and Katherine Bell?

The week of August 18, 1998 was the week I started watching General Hospital. It was that week that Katherine Bell appeared alive at Stefan Cassadine's trial and it is that storyline that hooked me on the show. It was also my first introduction to Nicholas and Evans. I would absolutely love it if one or both of them returned to General Hospital. Unfortunately, all the You Tube clips of the trial I could find have their embedding disabled so the above clip is from Stefan's 2003 death.

Would you like Nichols and Evans to return to General Hospital?

Days Firings Reaction: Call 917- 677- 9757

Call the Daytime Confidential Hotline at 917- 677- 9757  to share your thoughts about the firings of Stephen Nichols, Mary Beth Evans and Thaao Penghlis. We're recording a special reaction podcast tonight and your comments will be added on at the end.