It's the joyous news many fans have been waiting for! Matthew Ashford is returning to Days of Our Lives as Jack Deveraux this summer. The news was posted on his official Facebook page:
"I wish to make an announcement. I am happy to report that I will be returning to NBC's Days of our Lives as the character of Jack Devereaux sometime later this month. I do not know any real specifics but look forward to this opportunity to play Jack and work with old and new friends."
Soap Opera Digest has also confirmed the news as well and has stated that he is returning for a big story.
Longtime DAYS fans recall that Matthew Ashford emerged onto the scene back in 1987 as the third actor to play Jack Deveraux. His character was eventually paired with Jennifer, and the couple became one of the most popular in the history of DAYS. Many fans were upset when the show decided to let him go in 1993, and Jack left Jennifer because of his feelings of guilt over Abby's aplastic anemia. Jack was recast the following year with Mark Valley, then Steven Wilder took over the role in 1997. However, fans made it known that Matthew Ashford was the only one meant to play Jack.
Matthew Ashford resumed the role in 2001, and fans were dealt a harsh blow when Jack was killed by the Salem Stalker in 2003. It turned out that Jack, along with other Salem residents, were indeed alive and well on Melaswen, an island replica of Salem. Jack and Jennifer were reunited, but Jack was presumed dead again when they got separated and he was being held prisoner in the DiMera castle.
Jack eventually escaped and made it back home to Salem, reuniting with Jennifer again. However, it wasn't long until he discovered that he had an illness and didn't have much time to live. He faked his death and pushed Frankie and Jennifer together, wanting her to be taken care of after he was gone. He found his long-lost brother, Steve, and the two returned to Salem together just in time for Jennifer and Frankie's wedding. Frankie found a cure for Jack's illness and Jack and Jennifer were reunited again. The couple left for London together in September 2006. Ashford made a brief appearance in April 2007 when Abby was in New York City.
Many fans were delighted when Melissa Reeves returned to the show last year as Jennifer, but Jack was apparently on a walkabout, and he didn't even contact Jennifer when she was recently on the brink of death. How will Jack's return affect the growing relationship between Daniel and Jennifer? Hopefully we all get a good explanation of exactly what Jack has been doing and why he hasn't contacted Jennifer. Regardless, it will be must-see DAYS with Jack Deveraux back on our screens! More details will be posted about his return as they become available.
Pictured: Matthew Ashford (Jack Deveraux)
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