Wow! Talk about some serious drama going down over at Days Of Our Lives! The tabloid Globe Magazineis reporting that Joseph Mascolo who plays the ultimate and extremely popular soap villain Stefano DiMera was FIRED after the writers decided to put his character into a coma at the beginning of February Sweeps with no plans for bringing his character back for a final exit story.
This is sure to anger many fans who were hoping for the Phoenix to rise once again considering the lengths to which Days Of Our Lives executives went to lure the actor back to his most popular role last year. This is such a sad state of affairs, considering how former headwriter Hogan Sheffer had written the story of Stefano's resurrection with EJ's involvement, followed by the discovery of John being his half-brother. So much potential of a DiMera power struggle within the family now seems to be lost as new headwriter Dena Higley has gone in a totally different direction with the show.
This is what the Globe article mentioned about the firing:
"Longtime soap star Joseph Mascolo is furious after Days` bosses axed him from the show out of the blue-and did it with a cold phone call. "A show exec called and simply told him his contract isn't being renewed,"says an insider. 'He's furious and in a state of shock. He flew into a rage over the phone.'
The 73-year-old actor who plays baddie Stefano DiMera first joined the NBC drama in 1982 and worked there nearly 20 years until 2001, when he joined the Bold and the Beautiful for five years. He returned to Days last June reprising his popular role.
The storyline put his character in a coma for the past month. "Joe believed DAYS would be his swan song" says the insider. 'He's been at the center of a strong storyline since he came back. What's worse is he's not even being brought out of the coma for a major finale. He's worked his last day on the show. "
Joseph Mascolo has played Stefano DiMera on and off Days Of Our Lives since 1982. His other most notable role was on Bold & The Beautiful where he played Massimo Marone from 2001 to 2006.