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Janet Di Lauro

Joseph Mascolo's Days of Our Lives Exit Interview

By May 31, 2012

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Joseph MascoloJoseph Mascolo is at his all-time candid best, when he discusses his Days of Our Lives exit in the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest. As viewers know, his character, Stefano, ends up shot "dead," this week.

Among the subjects Mascolo dishes and disses are the Stefano/Kate breakup, Stefano being responsible for Lexie's death, and the worst story twist penned by former Days head writers Darrell Ray Thomas, Jr. and Marlene McPherson: undoing Stefano and EJ's father and son relationship.

"When they wrote that, I couldn't figure it out," contends Mascolo. "As a matter of fact when James Scott (EJ) saw the business that Elvis wasn't Stefano's son, we both went, 'No, that's wrong.' We didn't want it that way."

Mascolo was opposed to the Stefano/Kate split, too, noting that the couple "were solid and in love. I thought breaking them up was such a bad move."

Another convoluted story point that greatly displeased the actor was making Stefano responsible for Lexie's brain tumor. "When Stefano got blamed for this business with Lexie's illness, I got very angry," admits Mascolo, noting that the father and daughter had always "had an absolutely pure relationship."

Pick up the latest issue of Digest to read the whole, no-holds-barred interview.

Photo Courtesy: NBC/Mitchell Haaseth

Comments

May 31, 2012 at 4:24 pm
(1) robert says:

he better not be leaving for good,not like this i realize that at 83 he may want to cut back a little but they spent the last 5 years destroying his character then when they finally start bringing him back to the way he was they kill him off ?????

days needs him he is the reason i stayed a loyal viewer for 30 years if/when the time comes that he never ever comes back well they might as well send days the way of other soaps because im done

May 31, 2012 at 4:34 pm
(2) Mel says:

I am glad he is finally going away over 20 years of this show has been devoted to stefano kidnapping destroying lives that’s ridiculous to spend more than 20 years on a one person.
Stefano’s kids his family has always been on top ever since the beginning of them being here they never suffer. If you ask me its way past the time that he needs to die …..
Ej should be dying too. I don’t understand how he has done all that he has done but still haven’t reaped be fair…

May 31, 2012 at 4:36 pm
(3) dylan johnston says:

I agree!

May 31, 2012 at 5:12 pm
(4) julie says:

Not sure what the new writers are thinking with all these cuts , but it may be the downfall of Days getting rid of Stefano, Madison, and Jack & Melanie. idiots.

May 31, 2012 at 6:29 pm
(5) Mary Lorrie says:

I started watching Days when I was 25. I am now 70. Stefano is THE anchor of the show. It was stupid to have EJ not his son and also the breakup with Kate. Were the writers 12? there is a total lack of writer talent on this show, and it will be destroyed with all the exits. It will be like a long old friend dying….

May 31, 2012 at 7:16 pm
(6) K. Ames says:

I’ve watched DOOL since 1967.

I totally agree with Joe Mascolo’s views on the Kate, EJ and Lexi storylines. He knows better than the “new” writers; he’s been playing Stefano for longer than they’ve been writing for the show. I enjoy his character and am sorry to see him go. I too hope ‘The Phoenix’ rises again.

May 31, 2012 at 8:18 pm
(7) LUMILY says:

I am Joe’s long time fan,and I will miss him ,but I know he will be back this year :)
out of all the people going now,I will miss Stefano/Joe the most,
hurry back old pal.

May 31, 2012 at 8:50 pm
(8) Miller says:

I don’t think Stophno should be able to return when he is suppose to be dead. Why not just leave him dead this time. You didn’t bring back little Zack from the dead or anyone else that is good. Why bring back the missirible man.

May 31, 2012 at 10:01 pm
(9) Krissy says:

If they get rid of Stefano, who’s going to be the evil in Salem? Is it just going to be a constant boring show of people being in love? gag.

May 31, 2012 at 11:52 pm
(10) Janelle says:

It’s actually not that hard to bring some new evil to town. Days has had tons of other bad guys over the years. Shall I start a list? The difference is that Stefano is a much richer character than a normal “bad-guy-of-the-month”. And one of the characteristics of Stefano is his uncanny knack for still being alive even after facing certain death. Other characters CAN come back, but The Phoenix definitely rules in this department, and doesn’t require nearly as good an excuse as anyone else.

Now, I’m all in favor of Stefano returning in a little while, but I respectfully disagree that he’s the glue of the show. He’s a villain. This show existed before Stefano became an icon and would continue to exist very well after his departure if it became permanent. The Hortons & Bradys are the glue to this show. The Hortons were the family that started the show in the first place, and the Bradys joined them a little while down the road. There’s a reason why the “HORTON Town Square” is the place to be. Tom & Alice Horton were the lifeline of this show. They were the history. They were love. They kept everything going in the right direction. With both of them gone, I believe that has passed down to Bo & Hope as the couple to keep everything going in the right direction. THEY are the glue that holds the show together. All they need is a good script, because lately the writing for them hasn’t been much more promising than the writing that was mentioned above for Stefano.

June 1, 2012 at 10:33 am
(11) Sheryl says:

I really hate to see Joe go. I have loved his character for many years! I hope it’s a temporary break and he comes back (you never know with Days)!!!!

June 1, 2012 at 10:55 am
(12) Voice of Reason says:

I cant believe the man is 83…he is so vibrant!

June 1, 2012 at 11:30 am
(13) Booberry says:

Stefano even beat out John Gotti. You can say that Stefano is “The Teflon Don” now.

June 1, 2012 at 11:51 am
(14) Cathryn says:

Days is on such a roller-coaster. It is hard to stay loyal even for a fan like me since 1965. The frequent writer change is destroying the show.

June 1, 2012 at 1:02 pm
(15) Process Denied says:

I will certainly miss him. I thought Ian was going to replace him as a villian and he was going to hook up with Kate, and Madison was going to turn up dead, but I guess I was wrong. Who will it be?? I hope they don’t have EJ go all evil. I like him on the fence.

June 1, 2012 at 2:11 pm
(16) Lori says:

I’ve too been watching for many, many years. Steph has came and gone and came back again. He is and always will be Days top villian in my book. There have been many others, but he has far been the best. I have been a fan of Joe’s for so long, even remember him playing a role on Jaws! Ya’ll remember him on that right? lol Good luck Sir Joe, hope to see you back soon.

June 1, 2012 at 2:42 pm
(17) NTL says:

I hope this is the true end of Stefano. He’s a great actor, he had his place on Days, but it’s been played out…since his 3rd or so ‘rising’. I’ve watched Days since 1971, and nothing has irritated me more than the lack of development with his character. It’s like listening to a broken record, same ole tune. (that applies to others too, but he had real potential) Victor was always a good example of a villain. Bad to the bone…with a soft spot for more than 1 person and some sense about him. Stefano had become a cartoon character long ago and it was embarrassing seeing it drag out. Joe Mascolo deserves more than what was given to him. I hope it’s retirement time for him now, or maybe a few great guest spots on prime time. I would love to see him again, but with quality material.

June 1, 2012 at 3:48 pm
(18) Maurine Morris says:

I have been watching since before Doug and Julie were an item. Brady;s weren;t even thought about for many years later. It was all about Tom and Alice Horton and their kids and families. Joe Didn’t come on for many years later. Joe is a great actor and I agree with everything he said about his storylines but I am sick of the way he keeps putting the screws to John and all the rest. So lets rest of him for awhile. And if you are taking Jack and Jennifer take that daughter of theirs also. Sick of Jack and Jennifer together, Rather see her with Daniel. And it is just a matter of time that DOOL will be gone as well as the rest of them. Then we can watch every talk show and cooking show they have on.NOT!!!!! only so many things you can cook a different way and so much health advice and beauty advice.

June 1, 2012 at 5:36 pm
(19) BONDIE says:

well if you watched today we never got to see stefano get shot, so the phoneix will risen from the ashes again. he is probably in hiding with the cia.so i for one am glad stefano will in all likelyhood be back.what a boring show we would have without stefano, victor and ej. ej could step in and take over since no one but lexie knows he isn’t stefano’s son.
yes when days started it was all about the hortons. tom and alice and all the kids. everybody was a doctor except alice but she still worked at the hospital when she wasn’t baking something. smething was always happening.
you would have thought when they dedicated the town square to them they would have built somrthing at the hospital since alice was probably never in a mall in her life. i forgot they really don’t do anything
at the hospial because even the doctors don’t really work there.
thank god ian is gone and maybe he will take gabi with him, oh wrong again they are going to let molly quit so gabi might have something to
do maybe you can send her to acting school. what a waste.

June 1, 2012 at 6:04 pm
(20) Joanie says:

I can not believe Stefano is leaving the show. He makes the show. They finally brought him back and now he is leaving- He is a great actor and his character really balances out the show. sad day, it will necver be the same without him…

June 1, 2012 at 6:05 pm
(21) Beth says:

I will no longer watch Days if Stefano is gone

June 1, 2012 at 9:47 pm
(22) Rajon says:

I have been watching days of our lives from 1993 when i was only 6
and one thing that remains constant was stefano dimera has kept me watching days of our lives now that he gone i know i wont tune in. for me he has been the best television character ever and he Joe plays stefano really well. im trully stunned and shocked that the writers thought of this way to remove stefano words cant explain how stunned i am. Recently ive also been shocked that they made EJ not his son then how does that explain the EJ looks exactly like Santo Dimera surely he still is a Dimera And Why Does Ian have phoenix emblem on his stick im presuming he is also a Dimera, and what about the yvette Stefano had possesion of it and was seen talking to the Jeweller so that mystery is not solved also what about the money sent by Alice to Africa im sure that also linked to Stefano somehow and finally Chad came to the Dimera fold where does he go from here!

June 1, 2012 at 10:23 pm
(23) lisa says:

Days will not be worth watching without him…

June 1, 2012 at 11:01 pm
(24) star says:

I can’t believe that he is going away. Neither can I believe Carry, Austin
or Madison and Ian or Jack. What are you thinking. Who will Victor get at. Meggie needs to make more appearances on the show also.

June 2, 2012 at 1:36 am
(25) Kay says:

Stefano and EJ are the best part of the show…..this gabi, chad thing is ridiculous! Too many actors coming and going..Sami is really annoying now……at least let the PHOENIX RISE AGAIN!

June 2, 2012 at 8:04 am
(26) FYI says:

days first aired november 8.1965.

June 2, 2012 at 1:07 pm
(27) LittleMo says:

I was the “younger woman” in a May’Dec relationship; I was 18, he was 37, engaged when I was 19 and he was 38. He was killed by a drunk driver 1 mile from my house on his way home the night he proposed. I’m 56 now and, though I lived a normal life, never met another one like him. So I quit watching DOOL when they broke up Daniel and Chelsea. I have a friend who still watches and when I heard about this I rememver thinking that if I hadn’t stopped watching before, I would stop watching now. As for the people here saying it was time for Stefano to go, you’re not getting it. DOOL was centered originally around the Hortons, then the Brady, DiMera, and Kiriakis families joined. There are anchors to every show and Stefano was right up there with Alice and Tom Horton and Caroline and Sean Brady. It’s part of what made actually learn to hate the show because in Daniel and Chelsea they had the chance to have another “Doug and Julie” for the next generation and Ken Corday blew it. But why he would have re-hired 2 people for a writing position when he just fired them a few months ago from a producing position is anybody’s guess. And for the answer to ratings to be kill of Stefano – he’s one of the roots of the show. I watched DOOL for 35+ years and when Daniel and Chelsea split it felt funny not to be turning on NBC at 1 in the afternoon but when I hear things like this I get more and more sure that this isnt’ the show I loved for so many years.

June 2, 2012 at 5:49 pm
(28) LouisianaDaysFan says:

Joseph Mascolo is a great actor. Like the Stefano character or not, you have to admit he is a true actor. In his early 80′s I applaud his decision to retire. I also agree with his displeasure in the writing of the story lines he mentions. We can only be thankful these are FORMER writers.

June 2, 2012 at 8:11 pm
(29) 63 year old says:

Allison Sweeney – If Allison leaves the show, it ends!!! She is the show!

June 3, 2012 at 12:50 am
(30) Debbie says:

I have watched Days since it began. Some of the worst plots were around Stephano. So sorry to hear Lexie leaving. She’s doing a great job. Love Days:(

June 3, 2012 at 10:28 pm
(31) Sue says:

Sure, Days suspends credibility on a daily basis, but that’s what makes it fun. If you can’t buy into it why watch? Stefano and EJ are great fun to watch, and EJ is the best thing to happen to Days in many years. (Should have won that Emmy last time) But I really keep watching Days hoping for the day when Kristin gets out of that harem and comes back for revenge! Now’s the time, but without Stefano? Too sad.

June 4, 2012 at 2:36 pm
(32) sammi15 says:

Ive been watching days for as long aa i can remember and i am outraged by this tradgey of Stephano being off the show. I understand Joesph’s decsion but I am very sad to see Stephie off of one of my favorite shows. Stephano will always be remembered.

June 4, 2012 at 3:33 pm
(33) The Hamburglar says:

I can’t believe the screws-ups by those baboons scribbling out scripts! Those moronic writers ruined the DiMera name for good! I love Stefano and hope he rises once again for revenge, maybe to bitch-slap those writers for taking his children from him! We need Dr. Rolf to revive the Phoenix. God knows this show will die too w/o him. And to the comment about Sami being important, I hate that brat! She can gladly die.

June 4, 2012 at 4:59 pm
(34) Jessica says:

I’ll honestly be glad to see him go. I’ve been wishing for years that he would leave the show as I hated his character. I have nothing against the actor or the man himself, just the character. He’s a bully, a murderer, plain out a horrible human being (the character that is). I’ll definitely be glad to see him go. It really didn’t surprise me, in my 20 years of watching the show that he was responsible for Lexie’s illness but I was saddened by the writers making EJ no longer his son as devoted as EJ has always been to Stefano.

June 4, 2012 at 6:16 pm
(35) Marsha says:

The scene prior to Stefano being shot was brilliant. Why can’t the rest of the writing be as good ?
Will was more convincing and looked better in these last few episodes than he was in his “coming out” episodes.The show needs a stable couple to follow in the footsteps of Alice and Tom.
Stop the repetative story lines of who is sleeping with whom, whose baby is it, and I want your boyfriend. If Gabi has talent it certainly was not displayed in her story lines..

‘coming out”

June 4, 2012 at 6:52 pm
(36) Felice says:

I have been watching Days since I was in kindergarden. I am now 35. I stoped watching in 2006 when the show started taking an awful turn. I just so happened to catch the show last week and noticed they had brought back Shane, Lucas, Austin, Kerri, and many of the characters that I grew up watching. Now that I hear of the exit of Stephano and Lexi, I must go back on hiatus. Days will not be able to substain itself without their “old favorites.” They will be just like All My Children and all of the other founding Soaps. They better figure out a way to recreate themselves and fast or our hour glass is finally going to run out!

June 4, 2012 at 8:32 pm
(37) brian says:

i love stefano. i hope he return to reck havoc on everyone in salem he is so much better evil character than victor. i wanna know what music that was it was such fitting exit for stefano. i think it was either kate or ian that murdered him but it could b someone that was a damn good shot or marks man. like a cop lol

June 4, 2012 at 9:22 pm
(38) Cassandra says:

I agree with everything Joe Mascolo said in his exit interview. Breaking up Stefano and Kate, big mistake. Making EJ not Stefano’s son, big mistake. Killing off the best thing on the show, big, big mistake. No reason for me to watch anymore. I’m walking.

June 4, 2012 at 9:31 pm
(39) BettyCrocka says:

I’m shocked they’ve killed “Steffi” I’ve been watching since 1969 and my favorite storylines have always centered around the DiMera Family. I even have a dog named “Lexie Jean” and when she ignores me when I call her I say … Alexandra DiMera Carver Jean come here now ;-) . I can only hope that the Phoenix will rise again. Even at 83, a part time Steffi would be better than no Steffi at all. Hopefully Chad will takeover business and he and EJ will butt heads. Chad needs to be the next “bad” DiMera.

June 4, 2012 at 9:40 pm
(40) Phyllis says:

I have been watching Days since I was 13 years old. I am now 60. I can watch it for years and leave it for years (as I have done) and can catch up in only a few weeks. Didn’t watch it for about 7 years. Have been watching again for about a year and didn’t take me long to refresh my memory.

As far ask I am concerned they can take Will off for good. He is not a good actor. He’s a baby. I love Melanie. Wish she was staying. Yes Stefano makes the show. I figured it would be soon before he would be leaving. Kate was talking about his diabetes to much. Figured he leave by dying due to his health. Guess it wouldn’t be as dramatic though. Glad Ian is leaving. I DO NOT LIKE him at all. I think that either Ian or Lexie killed Stefano. Who knows. Guess we’ll find out soon. To be continued. LOL!

June 4, 2012 at 9:47 pm
(41) LoyalFam says:

Murdered, huh?? I don’t believe it. He’ll be back. Though the feud between EJ and Chad ought to be fun – all the ‘mystery’ of EJ’s real father should be a good time. Chad is getting stupid, tho. Kinda bores me. Could John be EJ’s father? hmmm Then EJ and Brady can battle it out. Crazy, crazy fun. Just please: no more self-sacrificing, overbearing, creepy Sami – I’m just worn out with her insane behavior. Grow up already. Or join a circus. Is “Lexie” really leaving the show?? That’s been a real tear-jerker. Hate to see her go. ….sorta. So. When are we getting back to Victor and Maggie? I LOVE those two! Ya can’t beat a feisty redhead!!

June 4, 2012 at 11:09 pm
(42) Stephanie says:

While Stefano is a tough character to take. He is a key and vital part of the entire show. Without Joe Mascolo’s Stefano there, the show will be nothing but a bore. He was gone before and the show stunnk without him. The honchos at Days are trying to keep the show alive and on-air – getting rid of Stefano will do the opposite. Mark my words, honchos and behind-the-scenes staff, “your” days are numbered – because the show will fail. Boring never keeps any viewers in place. Get him back. Get hhim to stay. He has a very large fan base who don’t want to see him go. Otherwise, all you staffers had better start looking for other jobs!

June 5, 2012 at 2:37 am
(43) Seminole says:

I’ve been watching Days since 1967 and the best thing for Days was Stefano. If you think Hope ,Bo, John and Marlena can keep Days on the air wait and see. Days is like a sinking ship and soon will be no more. I love Jack and Jennifer and now their sending them packing, Lexie will soon be gone these writers are crazy. Good bye Days….

June 5, 2012 at 8:13 am
(44) Sandi says:

If they could not put some “real life” theories into this show, it is better that Stefano was killed. How stupid was it that he taunted and physically harmed so many people without even a trial. The police of Salem have looked like jerks for so long it’s embarrassing. The last straw was when he kidnapped Rafe, AN FBI AGENT, created his double, and never was charged with anything. Rafe an FBI agent, remembered his kidnapping, the double was shot, but did not disappear his body was there for all to see, and somehow Rafe never arrested or charged Stefano with a crime. Come on, I know this is a SOAP and drama comes with a SOAP, but let’s get a feasible story line here. They should have at least made him face trial and found him not guilty or let him get off on a technicality. It became so boring with all his crimes because you know he was going to get off with no repercussion. Also what happen to the Bad Agent that helped Stefano blow up the safe house. COME ON ALL don’t you want some diversity here. I say good riddens to the character.

June 5, 2012 at 9:20 am
(45) mana says:

We are right in the middle of the coin story line, so this is just wrong!! I agree with Jo, the writing has soo much to answer for these days, they keep rewriting absolute truths and its so frustrating to long term devotees!! I love my soap and I accept it for what it is, I don’t want it to be reality tv coz to me they are all the same and I like more romance in my programs!! It took me a long time to warm up to Molly, but I’ll be sad to see her go, can’t say I was sorry to see Salem’s best coma actor (Chloe) go though, but Lexie and Stefano I will def. miss. To me JM is an icon of the show, but he’s done stints on the bold and left days before so I just hope he isn’t abandoning days forever. I wanted Kate and Stefano to have a baby too!! (I know how old they are) I wish they hadn’t brought Ian and Madison in to the show at all!! LOVE SAMI, I have to say, she could shoot them all and I’d forgive her, love Ali Sweeney and love sami, I’m completely invested in her quest for love, can’t get enough of her, put her drama in every scene and I’d be perfectly happy…coz romance and drama are what we love about these shows!!

June 5, 2012 at 11:29 am
(46) jacki says:

I absolutely live and breathe my gorgeous Stefano.. I do not know what to think of his departure and don’t know what I will do not seeing his beautiful face anymore. The writers who did all the BS with Stefano lately obviously have not watched the show for years like me and others. Also a few years back John was proven to be Stefano’s half brother but since John and Marlena returned not a peep of that connection has been mentioned. Why on earth would they kill this character off after destroying his parent/child relationships..

June 5, 2012 at 12:23 pm
(47) Wendy says:

I agree that they need to bring him back and why not work on changing his ways and have him go head to head with EJ. Plus I think they need to prove that EJ is his son. One thing that makes days work is the long time all the actors have put into the show. I love all the flash backs and you can see that it is really them when they were younger.

Now back to Joe …. bring him back after all we all thought everyone died when the bomb blew up and yet they all lived. so perhaps at the hospital they will find a pulse and bring him back.

Also remember when they killed off john and it was stephano that had his doctor bring him back.

Let the PHOENIX RISE AGAIN!

June 5, 2012 at 12:58 pm
(48) luving DOOL says:

I don’t like how they killing Stefano’s character off, and I really don’t ending the family relationships that he has, but one thing about it, with EJ not being his son, that will open up a new story line for EJ to find out who his parents really are. I think that EJ and Daniel will turn out to be brothers and of course as we all know Maggie being their mom, and when the truth comes out, Victor will be their father. Just saying. On another note, I read somewhere that Stefano will be back in three months, so since Mr. Mascolo is retiring, it will have to be some one else playing the character of Stefano.
Mr. Mascolo, thank you for bringing us so many years of the character that you protrayed so well. Mr. Mascolo enjoy your retirement, you like so many others deserve it the opportunity to enjoy life after so many years of hard work! May God Bless you

June 5, 2012 at 12:59 pm
(49) C says:

the drama up to Stefano’s shooting has got to be one of the stupidest story lines since the show began. Like everyone is going to try and kill Stefano in the same night. What are they going to do make it someones dream like they did with Marlena? That sure would make more sense!!!!!!
I agree that the story line of EJ not being his son and Lexi’s brain tumor being his fault is absolutely crazy.
It’s like these writers don’t know how to write anything other than the same old thing over and over again. And we even have new writers.
I could go on and on over the story lines of all the characters come on writers make this more believeable

June 5, 2012 at 1:13 pm
(50) Janine Chapman says:

They had better pick up the story line – Stephano was the only thing they had going on. John and Marlene are boring, as is Stephanie and her list of men. Beau and Hope need a bettr storyline no just work for their daughter. Stephano I agree may need a little R. R, but we need him back.

I am afraid DOOLs is going to exit TV if they do not pick up their scripts for our wonderful story.

June 5, 2012 at 1:16 pm
(51) Adrienne says:

So sad to see Stefano go. He has always been one of my faves and it just wont be the same. I could lie and tell u I wont be watching anymore but since i havent stopped since 1972 I wont be stopping anytime soon. The writing over the years has definitely changed but it is what makes it a soap. I have seen so many come and go and well then come back again. lol. I love Joe but I understand we all need a break in life..He deserves to relax a little and enjoy himself in his final years. I wish him the best and would love to see the Phoenix return one day! even if its just for a little while :)

June 5, 2012 at 2:05 pm
(52) Christine Love says:

Sorry to see Stefano go, but I will continue to be a loyal Days fan as I have been since the show first aired when my grandmother got me interested in watching.

June 5, 2012 at 3:03 pm
(53) Bob Banks says:

Joe Mascolo (Stefano) is the best thing that ever happened to DOOL.
He is absolutely the best actor on the show and the only reason I watch.
All the other actors combined on DOOL can’t measure up to Stefano’s appeal and professionalism.What a fantastic career.
Joe, i wish you and long happy and healthy life !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

June 5, 2012 at 3:40 pm
(54) Dawn says:

I hope Stephano is gone for good.. Im sick of him.. Its been going on and on for long time.. Its getting tired.. need something new and more action.. I hope hes dead for good.. its ridiciolus if hes alive again then I will stop watching…

June 5, 2012 at 4:17 pm
(55) Barbara says:

Oh what are the writers thinking, or are they even. To do what you have done to the show is awful.
I agree about Stefano, but come on the show does need and evil person.
If you were smart, you would make it so that Stefano, is really alive, And because everyone was trying to kill him, he used his double that he used to use some of the time. Of course no one knew of this, not even Ej. And yes Ej is really the son of his. You writers should make Ian the bad guy, He knew about the paper about Ej and he forged it after it was a the mansion. As far as the person who shot Stefano, it should be either Carolyn, or Lexie. Because Lexie did love him, but with all the bad things he has done, Lexie wanted him gone so that after she is gone, she would be sure that he would never hurt anyone again. And lets face it, it would be along time before the cops would be able to figure it out. You could still do this. Their is alot of things that the writers could do to put more pep in the show. What you have done to Kate, if awful.

June 5, 2012 at 4:35 pm
(56) Warner211 says:

I would like to see that Stefano knew that he was not well, so he faked his shooting and goes off to a secret lab where his “younger” self is located, a clone if you will, in his mid 30′s, to go back to Salem & step into his role and continue causing all of his enemies all kind of terror. In Stefano fashion of course. I always thought they (the writers) would do something like that. Stefano’s legacy would continue with a younger version of himself. Now that would be a great twist!

June 5, 2012 at 8:58 pm
(57) Shirley says:

Sorry to see Stefano ( Joseph Mascolo ) gone.
I watched the show first when it came on.
It feels like one of the family is gone.
Hope to see him return very soon.

June 5, 2012 at 9:39 pm
(58) jillian says:

Lexi , his daughter did it!!!

June 5, 2012 at 10:15 pm
(59) Yolanda says:

I hope Stefano is only going on vacation and will be brought back. I also dislike them making EJ no longer Stefano’s son. I feel the feud between the families make the show interesting. By the way, I think Caroline Brady shot Stefano or was it Stefano’s double??? Hmmmm!

June 6, 2012 at 11:33 am
(60) shygirl says:

I agree with NTL, LouisianaDaysFan, and Sandi. MR. Mascolo is the best actor on the show with the most “presence” as an actor, but the writers have ruined his character. He can only do so much with rotten material. The best scenes are when he shows some “heart” as it makes him fascinating and well rounded. But over the years they have made him despicable and not a fully developed character. I keep saying the show needs more grit. As a nurse, the hospital scenes are ludicrous. The cop scenes are laughable. And everyone is too rich for their own good. There are no struggles except which place to drink lattes and who to sleep with/ break up with/ have an ill conceived pregnancy with/ who to threaten to murder….etc I hate the show but I have watched for years and I will probably ride this train til it derails and goes over the cliff.

June 6, 2012 at 2:15 pm
(61) Angela says:

Shut the front door! I had NO idea Joseph Mascolo was 83. I am in shock. I knew he wasn’t 55 or anything but gee. I’m not sure his character is really dead — but wow. I’m in awe. I’ve watched him for decades. I guess I’m older than I thought too.

June 6, 2012 at 3:49 pm
(62) Linda James says:

The best part of Days..let’s face it everyone has been
the hope that the Phoenix will always rise again. I have
been a fan of Days since 1971. I love everyone on the
show…but to have S. DeMira gone now is wrong. It’s bad
enough that Lexis is dying..now the Phoenix too!!! No kidding,
start cutting where you should be cutting..not the characters
that keep us fans still watching our beloved Days.

June 6, 2012 at 4:25 pm
(63) Jenn davis rice says:

I have been watchin the show since I was 3 yrs old( 1983) and I have torn feelings about stefano leaving. He is a terrible person ans hurts so many lives but then again I feel that the show will b boring without him! Stefano is like a cat! I put money on it, he WILL be back!

June 6, 2012 at 6:46 pm
(64) TARA says:

WHAT A SHAME, WHAT ARE YOU PEOPLE THINKING ! STEFANO IS DAYS! WHEN HE LEFT BEFORE, THEN MARLENA AND JOHN, LUCAS I WAS DONE. I’VE BEEN A FAN SINCE 1976. I QUIT WATCHING IT UNTIL I HEARD STEFANO WAS BACK. THE OLDER FANS ARE STILL THE ONES WHO STUCK BY YOU ALL THESE YEARS, AND WHEN YOU REMOVE MAIN CHARACTERS, IT’S LIKE TELLING US WE’RE TOO OLD, GOODBYE! WE OLD TIMES ARE A PART OF THE DAYS FAMILY. WHEN I SAW MARLENA , JOHN, CARRIE, LUCAS AND AUSTIN IT FELT WONDERFUL. I WISH THAT MIKE COULD OF BEEN BACK TOO. WHAT WOULD REALLY BE GREAT IF YOU BROUGHT BACK PETER AND KRISTEN, NOW THAT STEFANO IS GONE, BRING THEM ALL BACK FROM THE ASHES, ADD TONY AND YOU’ REALLY GET THINGS GOING AGAIN! JUST LIKE YOU DID!

June 7, 2012 at 12:43 am
(65) dee says:

Getting rid of Stefano is the end of days. We watch the show to see what Stefano and EJ are up to. What a stupid, stupid move undoing the father son relationship. Obviously the writers are way out of tune with the viewers. Stefano and Kate were perfect together! It’s amazing how well Joseph Mascolo knows what the viewers want. They should have listened to him. I don’t think I can watch the show until they bring Stefano back and redo the father son relationship.

June 7, 2012 at 9:34 am
(66) Daphne says:

I started watching days when i was little because my granmother always made me come inside at that time. This was before the Salem strangler was revealed. I can remember Don, Marie, Renee, Pete, Melissa and Roman was Chris the bartendar. I have been a fan a long time and suffered thru some story lines, but this was wrong to end Stefanie this way, and EJ and Nicole. James and Arianne have the chemistry to make a super couple like Reckell/Alfonso. I hope the writers can turn this around.

June 7, 2012 at 9:39 am
(67) Daphne says:

Correction. It’s wrong to end Stefano this way..(I love my phone’s spell correct ).

June 7, 2012 at 9:51 am
(68) Daphne says:

I Have watched you play Stefano DiMera for as long as I can remember. I have loved and hated your Character. We will miss you. Days has lost a very talented actor.

June 7, 2012 at 5:33 pm
(69) SHIRLEY TYLER says:

I HAVE WATCHED DOOL SINCE THE VERY FIRST DAY, BUT I HAVE JUST ABOUT HAD IT WITH THE BORING MESS IT HAS BECOME!

JACK, JENNIFER, ABIGALE, AUSTIN, CARY, BILLIE, KATE AND GABY AND THE STUPID STALKER STORY ARE ALL BORING, BORING, BORING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE DUMP THEM ALL AND GET BACK TO MAGGIE AND VICTOR, JOHN AND MARLENA, BO AND HOPE, NICOLE AND WHOMEVER, WILL AND ANYBODY, EJ AND ANYBODY.

June 7, 2012 at 5:38 pm
(70) maggie says:

I love it when people get all wrapped up in a show like it’s your family or it’s real events taking place! That being said, all soaps need a great villian – the one who wrecks havoc on the good people in the show and the one that never seems to want to stay dead. I have loved Stephano’s role, gotten angry when he seemed to always to get away scot free, felt warm and fuzzy when he showed true emotion when he discovered Chad was his son…A lot of juicy and exciting memories. Other good actors have taken leave of the show – most eventually come back. Sephano is 83 and he looks great but everyone deserves to retire. I think the show can survive without him if the writers do an expert job in finding new exciting storylines.

June 8, 2012 at 9:46 am
(71) Nancy says:

He is going to another soap guys….he wanted a something different in his contract and when they wouldn’t give in, he said he was leaving…I found this on another site…it was part of an interview he did recently.
Joseph Mascolo, who reigned for many years as Stefano, Days of Our Lives’s number one villain, has switched camps: he’s signed on to Bold & Beautiful to play the role of Massimo Morone, a powerful import/export magnate with ties to the show’s matriarch, Stephanie Forrester (Susan Flannery). “Supposedly, he’s not going to be a villain, but he is going to be pretty tough,” previews Mascolo. “He’s a rather international kind of character – a powerful kind of businessman, so it should be interesting. He speaks English. There’s no accent. Other than that, I don’t know too much about him. This has happened so fast. Now, we’ve got to see how we flesh it out.”

June 8, 2012 at 4:44 pm
(72) nancy says:

just because most other ones are leaving i know better stephano and the actor that plays him is not leaving he is too imoprtant to days of our lives just because he is the heart and soul of evil dool would be boring without the dimeras every soap operas always need the evil and evil doers stephano will come back he always does for more havoc

June 8, 2012 at 4:53 pm
(73) nancy says:

why don’t they keep stephano they should dool would be boring without joesph mascolo he should be undead to reveal his own real killer that killed him

June 8, 2012 at 9:25 pm
(74) connie says:

Joe Mascolo is one of my favorite actors! I always looked forward to seeing what Stefano schemed to do next. In my opinion, the icing has definitely been removed from the cake.

June 8, 2012 at 10:57 pm
(75) sandy says:

PLEASE PLEASE BRING JOE BACK HIM AND VICTOR ARE AWSOME TO THE SHOW!!!!!! LET JOE RISE AGAIN!!!

June 9, 2012 at 1:41 am
(76) djgchi says:

I’ve watched Days Of Our Lives since I was 12 years old. I’m now 52 years old. I’ve remained loyal most of the time over the years despite ridiculous, hideous storylines that seemed Star Trek inspired and, at times, too, hen the writing and storylines have been utterly ridiculous. The current writes are some of the most amateurish and have no respect for the history of the characters of the show. It’s been severely testing my patience to watch for the last year, If Stefano has truly been killed off (and you know what I mean), count me out as a viewer for good. I kind of think that the show has been begging to be cancelled with the ridiculous plotlines, lack of character integrity and poorly writtne dialogue for the last year or so. This may just nail the coffin shut on Day Of Our Lives and it’s very well-deserved. Stupid idiots! Enough is enough. E.J. is not Stefano’s son and Stefano is dead? Somebody please, just go ahead and give the ax and cancel this hideous remnant of what was, for many years, a credible and terrific show!

June 9, 2012 at 11:14 am
(77) Robert Hillman says:

How ridiculous is the reality of Days of Our Lives. In a recent episode, everyone just strolls into Stefano’s house to confront him at gunpoint. Huh? Where’s the butler? Isn’t he supposed to screen visitors, especially with someone with as high a profile as Stefano? And when people were just wandering around the house, didn’t the butler hear anyone? Is he deaf? And are the garden doors that easy for entry? How real is EJ’s role as mayor? He spends all of his time wallowing in his misery. Does he ever work? What mayor do you know that just strolls around town and has verbal arguments in public with various characters? And why hasn’t someone blown the whistle on EJ? Is Horton Sqaure an indoor mall? If not, why are characters dressed for fall in the summer and summer in the fall and winter? I could go on and on but heck, it’s just a soap opera and I still say that Nicole is mesmerizing to look at. Sami needs to lose weight(doesn’t she host Biggest Loser).

June 10, 2012 at 5:59 pm
(78) julie says:

i hate to see stepheno go to but chad will step in and take over that was what step wanted as for EJ he will be jon blacks son and i think nikkis baby should turn out to be Bradys even though her and EJ made a good couple! as far as Sammi she needs to be taken of the show what a terrible person she doesnt need her kids she will just use em for her means! I think Lexi shot her dad and is her son really Abes ? But i am gonna miss Stepheno i just wish he wouldn’t keep going after the same ones. I don’t like victor or maggie. I think Ein is the one who had cabin rig up so steph would get blamed for it. I don’t like what they are doing to brady! They need to get rid of dr Dan. Nikki and Ej made a good couple and her and Brady now all who was against nikki want her! Give it a break! Dr Dan and Cleo need bk together and Parker to be Dr Dans

June 11, 2012 at 3:59 pm
(79) Arlene says:

Please Stay

June 11, 2012 at 4:07 pm
(80) JB says:

Not a good move – coming in and cleaning house. Haven’t they learned anything from the past and what happened with other writers ?
Somebody smarten up…

June 11, 2012 at 5:20 pm
(81) Sharon says:

I agree with Robert……Stefano was one of the MAIN reasons I watched Days. I love the guy. Class act all the way.

June 11, 2012 at 5:31 pm
(82) Alexa says:

Is days crazy? Killing off stefano and the stupid story lines they gave him recently. Days can either get yet another batch of new writers or look forward to cancellation. Other current stupid story lines: rafe and Carrie, rafe and Nicole, Sami running countess wilamena, Sami and lucas, just about all the current ones. If they want to axe characters let them ax the ones that do nothing for the show: gabby, Carrie and Austin, Kayla, just to name a few.

June 11, 2012 at 5:41 pm
(83) 07alexa says:

Oh and btw I think it was lexie who shot stefano.

June 11, 2012 at 5:46 pm
(84) Katie says:

I never believed that Stephano would truly die. I could see the anger and intent to rid themselves of Stephano build amongst the movers and shakers of Salem and had a feeling the show was building toward a “Who Shot Stephano” type of storyline. Still, I thought it would be a vacation break for the actor, who would soon return to cause mayhem and misery. What I found more difficult to take was breaking up Stephano and Kate, who had a loving and supportive relationship. Frankly, I never really liked Kate, but pairing her with Stephano and having them fall in love and truly understand each other was brilliant. In all the years I’ve watched Days, Stephano never had his own love. It was wonderful to see them together. For the past few years, the “romances” on Days have felt forced and unbelievable, but Kate and Stephano were sweet and heartfelt. I believed in them, even though I could not support their evil schemes.
I also do not like the ” EJ not Stephano’s son” storyline. I adored Days and never missed an episode back in the day when Kristen, Susan, and Stephano were hell-bent on keeping John and Marlena apart. So don’t rewrite history by trying to tell us that Stephano did not artificially inseminate Susan with Dr. Rolph’s help. Elvis IS Stephano’s biological son! By the way, would love to see Kristen/Susan back!
I do not for a minute not believe Lexie killed her father. Celeste could have done it or maybe Ian. It would be a shame to waste the potential story of Ian’s relationship to the DiMera family.
Good luck, James Mascolo and thank you for the many entertaining years of villany. I will miss you every day!

June 11, 2012 at 6:17 pm
(85) Yvonne says:

Stefano, your villainous, evil ways were the scourge of Salem, but you will be so sadly missed. Rise again soon, Phoenix!

June 11, 2012 at 6:39 pm
(86) Rhonda Crawford says:

What a ridulous attempt at I don’t think they know get some serious assistance from the core the casts of days that has kept this fantastic soap so alive for so many years to come. there is so much that Jack has to do with Jeniffer and Kayla and Steve along with John marlena Bo an Hope These actors and actress have had there characters do the most ridulous and unbelievable things and make it believable thats acting stop tearing apart Salem let’s have a happy ending we haven’t seen one in like forever and by the way I adore Lucas but Sami is for EJ he strong and thinks and knows what Sami is up to those characters togeather can really shake Salem up while Jack and jen can give such dedicated laughter and loyalty I hoope they start up a paper again Jack don’t go Stefano EJ will be your so for Chad just doesn’t cut it
Thankyou for making Salem a place to watch and tune into

June 11, 2012 at 7:02 pm
(87) barbara says:

stephano is the glue that makes the whole show worthwhile. i think he’ll be back, but if not, i’ll go!

June 11, 2012 at 8:01 pm
(88) dee says:

DOOL is known as todays top soaps. Stefano, EJ and Sami is the three main charactors what make Days exiting to watch. To replace any of them is a slap in the readers face. The Phenox needs to be risen, who will be the nightmare of Salem? Victor cannot play that roll like Stefano, and Ian is to boring and not as bold.

June 11, 2012 at 8:21 pm
(89) Barbara says:

Thank you Mr. Mascolo for yrs of enjoyment. If you do go to B &B I will follow. Your comments were right on & it’s a shame that none of the PTB listened. The pairing of Kate & Stephano made them both more human. Should have been a front burner storyline watching them go from arranged/ forced marriage to falling in love. And EJ not being Stephano’s son? Huge mistake.
Where is following the history?!

June 11, 2012 at 9:15 pm
(90) Ail says:

I have watched Days since DAY ONE and I have also been a fan club President, YAHOO clubs moderator, and columnist for several DOOL sites, and I am SORRY, but Joe/Stefano (spell it RIGHT PEOPLE!) needs to GO! I don’t care HOW law-abiding and Christian the Bradys et al are…I would’ve killed the man myself if I were one of the characters on DOOL! It is RIDICULOUS to allow him to return from the dead so many times, and after there was SOLID EVIDENCE he was dead *remember his ashes on the mantle? I was ON THE SET when they said they were his DNA!) as well as the limo crash, falling off the cliff etc etc etc! ENOUGH! We can have another villain (like EJ because no one but Lexie knows he isn’t Stefano’s son!) become evil. As well as Ian (ick!) and the former pimp from Australia. And do we have to have a super villain? Just like Vivian Alamain before him, they are TOO EVIL and SADISTIC to not be dead, esp. when no one in the damned Salem police dep. nor the ISA can ever nail them for
their evil doings. Think about it, he held people in CAGES and islands! I was SO HAPPY when someone FINALLY shot the SOB!

June 11, 2012 at 11:24 pm
(91) Robert Hillman says:

More hard-to-believe stuff from the episode of June 11, 2012. EJ is denied entry into his own home as it’s a crime scene investigation. How stupid is EJ breaking into his own house? How does he know that when he opens the garden door Rafe isn’t waiting for him. And when Rafe sees something suspicious(the doors to the living room closed)he enters and looks around. How hard did he look? EJ pops out from an obvious hiding spot. Finally, if Rafe were really a good detective and suspected someone might be in the house, instead of slamming the door and leaving, he should have slammed the door and STAYED. EJ would have thought Rafe left and then, as EJ eventually did, come out of hiding. Had Rafe stayed, he would have caught EJ red-handed. Hey look, I know this is only a soap opera and lots of stuff makes no sense, but is a little bit of reality too much to ask? And really, how long are they going to drag out Lexi’s misery? I like her. Come up with some miracle cure in Europe, send her off for awhile, get her contract settled(if that’s the issue)and bring her back. I really miss Stefano and his confrontations with EJ.

June 11, 2012 at 11:46 pm
(92) doolfan427 says:

I use to enjoy this show. I really like joe acting. In real life no one dieds that much or never stays in jail for all trouble he’s cause. I know it’s a soap. but really. I’m glad to see Carrie and Austin go, their storyline have been boring. Austin looks like a grandfather, did he forget to act? Please kill the storylne with Gabi, send her back to take care of mom for good. Horrible actress. With up with Rafe and Brady. I miss Brady. Ian thank god he’s gone too BTW take kate with him. Billie what’s her story, she looks older then mommy dearest. Go back to England to your daughter. Nicole and Ej are great together. As is Sami and Lucas, I remember her and him starting on Days. Please don’t take him away like Jack. The show is not call the Sami show, we have too many actors& actresses on this show. I see they’re trying hook up Abe and Kayla. I don’t know yet about that storyline. Even John and marlena are boring. Chad why are you here again. Love Molly storyline in the beginning[ remind me of young sami]. Kill her by giving Gabi stupid story. Where is Maxie and the hospital?? They seem to fade into Twight Zone. Where’s Victor and Maggie, I thought they were cute together. After Lexie dies take Celeste and her son back where they came from. Since you plan to get rid of Jack take jennifer along with Abby. They are all boring. What have you done Bo & Hope? I really never like them anyway but keep them together. Stop bringing on all new actors that can’t act, or the writters don’t know how to write. I see grave soon for DOOL, Ken Corday what have you done to your parents show. You mess up royally. Next year I guess I’ll have more time to clean . No cooking,Doctors or decorating show for me.

June 12, 2012 at 1:53 am
(93) Debbue says:

All I can say is, that if Joseph is truly retiring, they need to do a tribute to him like they did Alice. he may be a villain, but he IS/WAS an integral part of the show for years.

It would be funny to find out that the person whose name is encoded on that coin turned out to be EJ’s real father and find out that all along they were brothers. That’d be a real twist. Then, all he’ll have to do is put on the ring of the Phoenix and continue where Stefano left off.

I’m really sorry to see Melanie leave, but she’s young and got her start and now wants to further her acting career, so I wish her good luck.

Sami and Lucas should get back together and Rafe should find another officer to succeed Bo and hope in later years as the “couple” everyone loves.

Have a happy retirement Joseph! Molly, good luck!

June 12, 2012 at 2:13 am
(94) doolfan427 says:

Joe you will be missed, your a great actor. But stefano has done way too much not to be in jail for life & return from the dead enough already. Yes, I know it’s only a show. I watch just as John start the show. I don’t like what the writers done to destroy all the characters. save money by getting rid of deadbeats, Gabi & her stalker, Chad. If Jack is leaving Jennifer needs be w/him Abby recast/ go. BTW take your boyfriend & his mother. Lexie wants to go, smart women will miss her. she looks great for age, need her secret. Thank goodness Ian gone, take kate w/ you. I’m tired watching her mess up kids lives. Billie why are you here? Work on depends Ads, or better yet become a mom to your girl. You look older then mom. Sorry to see carrie go, but Austin not .Acting is horrible go to Europe & have a baby. Nicole wise up & get back with EJ, you 2 are good at begin bad. Sami your a mess. Learn to be mom, so kids won’t turn out like you. Get Lucas back you 2 belong together. Unless the writers screw up. Ship Lucas to where ever[ actor that can act] Where is Brady at? Where is Victor& maggie they’re so good, kill storyline with Maggie, daniel & Molly. writers wise up of days watchers know the history. John is Stefano 1/2 bro, To see if EJ is John son. Great storyline between John, Brady & EJ. John & Marlena storyline stinks, as does Hope & Bo. Need spark & fun again. Where is Maxie & the hosptial? I enjoy her dry sense of humor. Seems always doom & gloom. Anybody happy? Bring Justin & adrienne back ,2 that know how to act. Will, great actor can show many emotions. Hope you can move lines faster w/Sonny. Roman needs a women. Today show are u trying to get Abe & Kayla together. Mr Corday why did you kill days? Writers need learn history of the show. every 1 will be out of a job. I won’t watch cooking, decorating. I’ll clean &do errands. Good luck, but I see the grave next year beacuse of writers too, horrible acting,& story writing.

June 12, 2012 at 8:58 am
(95) Dee says:

Without Stefano the show will go under. He makes the show!

June 12, 2012 at 11:24 am
(96) Candy says:

They got a lot of viewers back by bringing back our favorites. I see they are letting some go again. I stopped watching every day when it went to mostly stories with the younger crowd, and they got rid of the favs. I’ve been a fan since the 60′s. I’ve been watching every day again, but it’s starting to look like it’s going to get boring again- getting rid of ones that always have good story lines. They have ruined Stefano’s relationships all the way around and he helped keep the show exciting.

June 12, 2012 at 1:32 pm
(97) Gwen says:

Days has been ridiculous for years now, Bo and Hope, Jen and Jack, they were good in their “DAY”, now with the Stefano story going on forever and a day it is silly nonsense, not even entertaining. Most of the cast can not act and that is why they are where they are. Sweeney has been awful all her career and she is lucky to have the reality show she has. I for one will be glad when this soap goes down the drain.

June 12, 2012 at 2:01 pm
(98) Shirley Wildes says:

Boy Howdy !!! Here we go again !!!! Come on now Stefano has got to be pulling a good one. He like Victor make Days what it is. Keeps the excitement going. They need to have him rise again as I am going to write to Ken Corday again on the terrible change that has been made. I have watched the show over 40 years. Some that are on the show need to gooooooo!!!!!! Not Stefano as he is one destinguished actor and shows pride in his acting. The stalker episode is boring as what one goes to the extreme for attention. That along with some of the other parts they have on the show need to be gone as all the bedroom episodes. Damn!!!!! There’s other stuff that they can put on the show. The show is making the actresses look like ho-dogs as they switch so much. Get back to the Days of Our Lives like the old days. Make it more family orientated and get the show on the road. Let the show have respect and morals. The Phoenix needs to rise again kidnap Lexie and let the old doctor Stefano had find a cure for her. Good to see the older actors & actresses come back to the show but keep them as the couple that the show learn to love. Rafe & Sami were good together not Carrie. That’s just a repeat of Marlena back in her days of being in love with two men at a time. Speed up the storylines and get better material. Good luck and carry on writers at Days.

June 12, 2012 at 4:34 pm
(99) doolfan427 says:

OK, I’m readings some of my comments, never write at 2 in the morning. All I can say give story to our main cast . Please stop bringing in new people that can’t act and get rid of writers that don’t know history of days. Before you hire a writer , see if they can pass a test on history of days.

I’m sure us loyal viewers can do better. better yet hire us before they print the storyline so we can say nay or yea. I really don’t think they care of NBC . They’re looking what to replace it. Hope not, but I got this feeling, and they are most 95% right.

Still tired from last night. Have to reread everything I wrote. God help me.

June 12, 2012 at 10:14 pm
(100) ann says:

Stefano has to come back…of course we see him dead but they never show his body and of course the half corn that he has where will that storyline go. I hate to see Lexie leave, I thought Abe would be gone first and the would spruce up her role. Someone has to do something about Sami (I like her role) but it’s all about Sami get her a good relationship and tone her down…As for who shot Stef…I questioned if Lexie did it (wouldn’t that be a twist) you know in all the suspects they did do a scene I questioned twice one of Abe reading her note saying she was going to bed early and then when they did a recap kindling voices of everyone blasting Stefano and then they go back Lexie and Abe’s home and there is the note seen again….am I over thinking this…Really if they don’t bring Stefano back someone has to really step up…I’ve watched this soap since I was in grade school and now i’m 50++++

June 13, 2012 at 12:46 pm
(101) Janiebell says:

‘Lexie ” plays her latest part so great it is almost “rill” {dieing daughter, mother of an Austic son, wife of a formercop and Mayor, daughter of a murdered dad}. She is great.

June 13, 2012 at 2:38 pm
(102) LG says:

It is ridiculous what’s going on at Days. Whether Joseph Mascolo is retiring or going to another soap opera-I definitely don’t like this. Stefano Dimera is a character we all love to hate. E.J. not Stefano’s son-what the hell is that nonsense about?! Why the hell do that to fans after we have invested so much in their relationship? Also,with Stefano dead (apparently) & Lexie also dying & E.J. no longer a Dimera(supposedly) we’ve only got that wimpy looking Chad guy as a Dimera-this totally sucks! I love John,Marlena,Bo,Hope etc. etc.,but, with Stefano gone & E.J. supposedly no longer a Dimera-this show loses a lot of the dynamic that made it so interesting. Regardless of whether E.J. is a Dimera or not-I hope he remains on Days for the remainder of its’ run. He is one the best actors Days has ever been lucky enough to have!!! Just a few more things- Why bring back Matthew Ashford just to get rid of him again? If he goes there’s no reason for Jennifer or her annoying daughter to stick around. Am I the only fan who is sick of this whole Gabi,Chad, crap-so annoying! Billie looks older than Kate! Carrie has aged well,but,Austin has not!! We need more of the Victor/Maggie storyline. & where the hell is Brady?! So sad to see Lexie go-hard to believe her age,as,she is an insanely beautiful,sexy,attractive woman!! Will definitely miss her! For some reason-I’d be surprised if Lexie killed Stefano. I mean-through the years,being repulsed by her father’s atrocities & apologizing to everyone for his evil actions-this woman somehow STILL LOVED HER FATHER. I would be quite surprised if it turned out to be Lexie. Anyway,we’ll see what the future has in store for Days,but,one thing is certain-the writing needs to improve & fast!!!

June 13, 2012 at 3:33 pm
(103) Suzanne says:

I am banking on Stefano’s “death” being phony – he is always fun to watch and adds a lot of punch to the show. My theory is that Billie shot him, most likely as part of a set up. My second choice is Lexie, her motive being to protect others she loves from the consequences if they killed him. If she did it, I think he was prepared for an attempt on his life so again, he isn’t actually dead.
The twist of EJ not being his son is stupid — are we supposed to conveniently forget that EJ looks EXACTLY like Stefano’s father in the old photos? They need to fix that up and re-establish EJ as a DiMera.
My 2 cents!

June 13, 2012 at 6:48 pm
(104) B says:

I’m thinking (and this may be way out there) that the 2nd half of the coin could belong to a twin brother of Stefano’s and he’s who is dead, not Stefano and perhaps EJ is the twin’s son. But, who knows! All I know, is it will be strange without Stefano.

June 13, 2012 at 8:17 pm
(105) Lori W. says:

I have been watching Days Of Our Lives since 1974 as a teenager. I love “Days” because it is not your “typical” soap. I love the fact that Stefano was brought to the show as a villian….he is a wonderful actor and I never get tired of watching him. They have had other wonderful actors also but PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE bring Stefano Dimera back as he really is the glue to the show. EJ is a good actor also but he doesn’t even compare to the villian Stefano is. Thank you for shaking up the story lines but unless you keep it interesting with the murders, muggings, and the other things that make it interesting and not your typical soap with all the lovey dovey stuff it will just be like any other soap box opera. If I wanted a lovey dovey soap box opera I would just watch reruns of “The Love Boat.” Stefano has boosted ratings for your show a ton in my opinion so please cooperate with him and give him a raise if you need to but BRING HIM BACK! Thank you for your time. Oh Thank You also for bringing back John and Marlena…but please bring back Bo too(Peter Reckell) as I have heard Bo is leaving also.

June 14, 2012 at 1:32 am
(106) Rita says:

What a big mistake to let Joe Mascolo leave Days. He is the best. Why on earth destroy story with his break with Kate and EJ . I’m about done.

June 14, 2012 at 3:12 pm
(107) Doris says:

Stefano is the strongest character on daytime tv. – he should have never been allowed to leave. Days is missing a strong love connection between two solid actors – EJ and Sammi. In the past it was John and Marlena – they are old now seeing them kissing on camera constantly is like watching your parents kiss constantly – ewww. Develop the relationship between EJ and Sammi – you are totally missing a ratings boost with their chemistry.

June 15, 2012 at 2:30 am
(108) susan says:

also have watched days since beginning and this is what will happen: Joe M. will come back as santo stephano’s long lost twin brother who will also be ej’s father…Ian needs to be the killer of stephano,, the writers need to think of a fabulous mystery that will keep us interested. Bring back some of the Hortons… where are Mike, Bill and Marie? will be glad to see melanie, madison and jack go. they can take abby, gabbi, will and chad with them. the stalker story line is too stupid for words. There has to be a group of writers somewhere who can make an interesting show. I have stopped watching days before when it gets ridiculous ( Marlena’s possession) and I will stop again unless it gets better.

June 15, 2012 at 7:18 pm
(109) Deb T says:

Why not write out Sami too….. Come on Days you are taking away all the good ones

June 16, 2012 at 1:59 am
(110) Kim Willard says:

I have been watching Days of Our lives my entire life and just like Tom and Alice Horton were the backbone of the soap, Joseph Mascalo (Stefano) is the same. Without him, the soap will go down hill quick. They are letting the good actors get away,,without Bo and Hope, I am not sure I will continue to watch as faithfully as I have over the past 35 years. They bring back Marlena and John, and give them such lame story lines, that they are almost boring..bring back the old Marlena and John who were so much in love and interesting characters,,,I miss the days of old and the new characters just dont have the wow factor to hold my attention.

June 16, 2012 at 8:03 am
(111) Days Fan says:

I tend to agree with Kim’s comments. Without Stefano,Days just won’t have that certain oomph. Her comments regarding John & Marlena are spot-on. I also love the 2 of them & I was thrilled when they came back. However,now that they are back-the writers don’t know what to do with them. Such lazy ass,lame & uninspired writing is totally killing their characters! It seems the writers on Days are intent on completely destroying this show. One of the stupidest things they did was the whole “EJ isn’t Stefano’s son” storyline. Where did these writers come up with that nonsense? After so much time of watching their relationship develop (whether you like EJ or Stefano or not) it seems absolutely preposterous that all of a sudden they are not related! This just seems like some ridiculous plot twist that has no basis for being & absolutely no reason to be happening. Just wanted to mention that I will miss Lexie dearly. Stefano gone,Lexie dying, Bo also a goner-some of my favorite characters are leaving Days,&, yet,some of the most annoying characters are kept on-why? I think it is fair to say that many longtime Days fans (myself included) are going to be turned off by all these (mostly bad) recent developments. If & when the ratings for Days slide even more-the writers will have noone to blame but themselves. A once proud soap opera is being taken apart piece by piece. It is sad what has been done to this show-it really is.

June 16, 2012 at 11:49 am
(112) Beth says:

Please bring Stefano back to life. I’ve watched this show for many years and I enjoy see Stefano and EJ. TO THE WRITERS: BRING HIM BACK TO LIFE AGAIN AND STOP PLAYING THIS GAME OF KILLING HIM OFF!

June 17, 2012 at 11:04 am
(113) intheknow says:

Dont be suprised to see a certian ‘ MASSIMO MARONE” back on the Bold and the beautifull return very soon. Ridge and Nicks long lost father making a comeback.

June 17, 2012 at 7:24 pm
(114) Carlin Fa'Fua says:

What a disapointment ive been a huge fan of days of our lives especially because of stefano dimera ive tuned in since 1993 and watched clips of him back in 80s he is the best character and actor i believe. Now ive enjoyed in recent years seeing a more softer side of stefano at times having been married to kate they broke that up, then made E.J not his son longtime viewers wont forget that e.j was made from stefano’s scientist and susan banks with stefano dimera impersonating Elvis hence the name ej dimera now how do you explain he is not a dimera i hear rumous Ian McAllistair may well be or John but the point is and reading these comments EJ being a dimera is much better for the show, why didnt stefano do a paternity?,and what about the Yvette coin last viewers he called a foreign jeweller and he is getting looked into to what happens there now? also the secret bank account alice has in Africa i think doug & julie went to look into what secret lies there must be linked to Stefano? also just went chad came and embraced stefano about being a Dimera where does this leave chad, while back Ian has a phoenix emblem on his stick is a dimera and stefano didnt get revenge on him for kate cheating on him on with Ian lots of interesting stories could have a developed but as usual writers seem not know a great story when it develops. Stefano Dimera i hope you come back or at the least your name lives on.

June 18, 2012 at 3:38 am
(115) Huh says:

Ok, so here’s the deal. Sources say Stefano isn’t dead, it’s just a ploy to get more ratings, and he’s coming back onto the show in a few months. Also, it is going to be revealed that E.J. is John and Susan’s son. All those years ago when Susan was running around pretending to be Kristen (who was with John at the time), John and Susan (who looked exactly like Kristen) had sex, but John did not know it was Susan. Therefore, this storyline about E.J. not being Stefano’s son makes perfect sense. This is what Alice Horton was holding over Stefano’s head (i.e., the brown envelope). Susan will be returning soon (played by the same actress, as she has been let go from Y&R to do this), and all will be revealed. Furthermore, there is going to be more to the story about Hope as well, the fact that she was still married to John is not really the thing that Stefano had as a secret, it’s not a big enough secret. Sources tell me it’s that Hope and Bo’s son, Zack, is alive and was never kiilled in the hit and run by Chelsea. It was all orchestrated by Stefano. If viewers can remember when that happened, it was very bizarre, because the babysitter said Zack ran out into the street in the middle of the night, and none of it made any sense. Even Bo and Hope said that didn’t make any sense at the time and questioned it. Therefore, I believe Zack is going to return soon (teenager now). Furthermore, the Days writers have done a few things right, in that they are getting rid of Madison, Ian, and Melanie. They need to keep Carrie, Austin, and Jack however. Here is who they NEED to get rid of IMMEDIATELY: Rafe, Gabby,and Nicole.

June 18, 2012 at 3:04 pm
(116) MaryLou says:

It is time for the Stefano character to go. It is utterly ridiculous that one man would work his entire life to destroy these people. This is small town USA where they all reside. These are not people with big money, great power positions…..I agree with him re the EJ not being his son and the destroying his marriage to Kate; the “coin” thing was also beyond ridiculous. It is time to retire this character and get on with more “realistic” types of situations.

June 18, 2012 at 4:02 pm
(117) Vicki in Monterey says:

I’m just sad – my DOOL “Family” is being destroyed one after the next…Renee – okay – time to enjoy her life after DOOL – but Stefano gone? Melanie? B O for heaven’s sake – probably all having to do with the bottom line – money – so we keep meeting new characters in the 18-25 demographic that just are NOT DOOL! I just don’t get it – and again…I’m just sad =-(

June 18, 2012 at 6:28 pm
(118) Karen says:

I’ve been watching this show for more than 40 years and Stefano is the classic keystone character…he even cracks my husband up who would never admit to watching soaps. I seriously hope the writers bring him back with a brilliant storyline…only Stefano could pull this offf…maybe EJ knows he’s alive and that’s why he bailed out Will.

June 19, 2012 at 6:04 pm
(119) marcia wright says:

Somebody please save our show. Its the oonly one I watch. Lately it has been really overloadded with junk. it needs ironic couples . Don’t like the mess going on with Melanie and Chad. They should be together. Need someone for Abe now.
Please rescue the show.

June 19, 2012 at 9:49 pm
(120) evickers53 says:

Please, does anyone know the music that was playing at the time Stephano got shot?

June 20, 2012 at 12:55 am
(121) dennis says:

bring back stefano don’t be stupid. he’s the best bad guy ever. fire the new writers don’t fire the stars. also keep bo on the show no matter what. him and hope are the greatest couple of all time bar none. pay him anything he wants. also the young people on the show could use a change. and don’t even try to let ej or that whimpy chad try to run stefano’s business. you would really look stupid. bring back the king of bad STEFANO.or me and a lot more people are done.

June 20, 2012 at 1:29 am
(122) john says:

I can’t believe they would get rid of the best guy on the show! who wants to watch wimps like that jack? stefano and Ej are the only reason i would watch it. Nobody has a voice on any television shows or movies like his. I even imitate his voice during the show! Him and Ej planning mischief is the best part!! I even liked fake Rafe Now the show is becoming too politically correct. We get enough of that in real life.The funniest thing i seen joe do was grab will and say to him “you want me to kill you right on this spot?!!” I laughed at that for 15 minutes! My mother has been watching the show since it started and even she said she might quit watching it now with big stefano gone.Corday needs to QUIT CUTTING CORNERS.

June 20, 2012 at 1:58 am
(123) tommy says:

I love Joseph Mascola..He’s the most under rated actor of all times..I’ve watched Days for 40years..The one person whom has kept me watching Days of course is the greatest actor of all timers stefano Dimeara…When and if i find out Joseph mascola is really gone for good I’ll stop watching days..And btw I thought Stefano was in his late 70′s not 83 as some people posting here have been saying…Please bring sign stefano for another 30 years, afterall, Joseph’s father in real life lived to be 106……

June 20, 2012 at 2:04 am
(124) john says:

I can’t believe that stefano is gone. Who wants to watch wimps like that jack? He and EJ are the only reason i watched the show. If he wanted to leave the show and not come back then they should have just had him die of old age.Nobody has a voice like that on television or movies these days that’s what i liked about him,i even imitate his voice during the show! EJ and him planning mischief are the best part.Remember fake Rafe? even he was funny to watch! The show is becoming too politically correct,we get enough of that in real life. Best thing i seen stefano do was grab Will and say “you want me to kill you right on this spot”?! I laughed at that for 15 mins! Even my mom who has been watching the show since it started says she might even quit watching the show now. corday needs to QUIT CUTTING CORNERS!

June 20, 2012 at 12:24 pm
(125) Lissi says:

As per usual,the stupid decisions continue on Days. How in the world do you get rid of one of the greatest bad guys EVER!!! They have all these annoying,sweet,blah blah blah young people on Days-it’s enough to make me wanna puke! These annoying young people stay,but, someone with charm & substance such as Stefano Dimera is shown the door ?-Makes no sense at all! I had no idea he was 83. The man definitely does not look his age! We need Stefano! That Chad guy is wimpy. He doesn’t look like he could run an ice-cream truck-much less the Dimera empire. It was hilarious after Stefano’s death how Days tried to make it look like EVERYONE did it! Apparently,on this particular night everyone visited Stefano’s mansion ( all his security apparently vanished for no reason) & threatened his life with a gun that was conveniently left just laying there. Preposterous!!! As a Days fan you really need to suspend belief over & over again. Obviously,all these people didn’t kill Mr.Dimera. It’s just a ploy to try to build some type of mystery for the show. The bigger mystery to me is-how do so many people enter/sneak into the Dimera mansion without anyone (security/butler/etc.etc.) raising an eyebrow? These writers are beyond ridiculous! If you are going to do a “Stefano murdered” storyline-at least make some attempt at making it appear somewhat plausible & realistic. I think killing Stefano off may also end up killing the ratings on this show. Fact is Days is now a shadow of its’ former self & the writers should be the ones held responsible for that. Chad running the Dimera empire? I chuckle just thinking of that! They have totally ruined this show. It makes me so sad,it really does.

June 20, 2012 at 2:23 pm
(126) David½ says:

Stefano will be coming back, and as for some of the other characters leaving the show, Molly Burnett (Melanie) and Renée Jones (Lexie) chose to quit themselves, Renée not being happy in acting and Molly wanting to try her hand at something new (prime time), so you can’t really blame Days for letting them go… What I think is sad is that Peter Reckell (Bo) is leaving, don’t care much for either Madison or Ian, agree with everything Joe said in his exit interview, especially the part about not being EJ’s father, they’re too much alike, plus EJ looks exactly like Santo (both played by James Scott), sooo, how is that!? Besides, my favorite characters right now must be Marlena, Sami, EJ and Will, I’ve always loved Marlena and Sami, and I must admit, Will was the reason I returned to watching this show (: Back in the days there were several other characters I loved as well including Bo and Hope, but these days there storylines have turned boring, and Shawn-D and Belle, Chloe and Brady (when he was still played by Kyle Lowder), Tony/André, Mimi, Rex & Cassie, etc. but they unfortunately all left the show :S

June 20, 2012 at 2:47 pm
(127) Lisa says:

I realize that Stefano has always played a key role in the days story line, but quite frankly I got tired of the Dimeras always getting away with their dirt. I would have liked seeing him being written out by him going to jail for many years and if they insisted on bringing him back, bring him back as a reformed man. I kind of liked when it looked like, for a while he was going to maybe change his evil ways. I ques I’m not one for a lot of continuous negative drama and like seeing harmony but to think that some viewers like seeing evil out of people all the time makes me wonder how some peoples minds operate……Another problem I have is society constantly shoving homosexuality down our throats. Now days had to write a gay line into the show. Just about everything on tv now has to incorporated homosexuality into it. I have a few gay relatives, that I don’t shun but I don’t acknowledge their status either. I try to just ignore it. No matter how society tries to make everyone accept it, you either do or your don’t regardless how far it’s pushed on us. To each his own but bottom line, in God’s eyes it’s wrong.

June 20, 2012 at 4:11 pm
(128) Jean says:

I’m not sorry at all that Mr Mascolo is leaving the show. His character has been too much the center of the show for too long. I hope this time his character stays dead and the part is not recast.

June 20, 2012 at 11:50 pm
(129) brtdeh says:

Well now, I’ve seen a lot of crazy things from DOOL but this takes the cake. I was so excited to have new writers, now I can’t figure out what they are doing. I don’t think they have watched DOOL and I truly can’t believe they are fans of the show or they wouldn’t screw story lines up. I’m glad to see some people have questioned the Santo Dimera link. Big mistake on the writer’s parts if EJ isn’t Stefano’s son, unless of course they can figure out a way to make him John’s real son… John is Stefano’s half brother isn’t he? That would make sense then and EJ would still be a Dimera which would explain both his good side and his evil side! Why the shake up in steadfast characters on the show. They need new blood and new character lines but not at the expense of the basic families of Salem. New characters need to be developed and support the older characters and story lines.Some people have to die and stay dead but that’s where supporting characters have to step into those Shoes! EJ and Chad need to balance the Dimeras with Good and Evil for Lexi and Stefano. Leave Bo and Hope alone. My goodness, show some kids on the show! Sami isn’t the only one with children. Show them all interacting, as families. EJ and Nicole were perfect for each other just like Kate and Stefano. Sami and Lucas belong together, otherwise, Keep her with Rafe.

June 20, 2012 at 11:51 pm
(130) brtdeh says:

I don’t like Carrie’s wishy washy character. Enough with the Gabi and Chad stuff. She was a good character and seemed level headed before. The writer’s have ruined her character. I don’t like the Gay Will character. No hint of this until just recently… doesn’t make sense. We need available single characters to mix and mingle instead of having Sami marry all the male characters on the show. Oh, and Nicole needs to quit making the rounds too. Variety, real life situations sprinkled with a little unbelievable (and on location sometimes) now and then would be wonderful…. Stop the product ads in the show or at least make them more natural and believable. I could say so much more. I only wish it would actually get read by the writers and producers. You should listen to the fan base. Don’t push us away with poor choices, and bad story telling.

June 21, 2012 at 1:07 am
(131) DOOL FAN says:

I think the biggest problem with Days nowadays is the lack of consistency. Granted, new writers may wish to shake things up,but,what’s going on is way too much. Where to begin? How about EJ supposedly not being Stefano’s son. That’s the type of thing that came out of left field. In reading the article above-even the 2 actors themselves thought that shouldn’t happen. Also,this whole Gaby & Chad thing is beyond annoying. They need to stop that. I also always thought that EJ & Nicole may actually remain a permanent couple. I suppose it could still happen since she’s carrying EJ’s child. Although the whole “cheating with Sami” thing seems to be something Nicole will NEVER forgive. I agree about Chad being a weakling. It looks like you could knock this guy over with a feather. Several fans have mentioned who they’d be happy to leave Days,so, I will try to do the same. Let me think umm-Ian,Gaby,Madison,Abigail,Chad . I wouldn’t miss any of those. I wish something could have been worked out with Peter Reckell. The Bo Brady character is someone I shall definitely miss. I know she decided to quit,but,Lexie is someone I will definitely miss (a whole lot). I truly hope Drake Hogestyn & Diedre Hall are around for good this time. They are two of my favorites as are Bo & Hope. Oh by the way-one I forgot to mention in terms of characters I wouldn’t miss-Rafe. I’ve outgrown him. He should go away. Well,anyway we’ve lost the dastardly Stefano Dimera. But fear not, we’ve still got the scary (in a not intimidating way at all) Chad Dimera. I quiver in my boots,yep, I’m trembling…

June 21, 2012 at 7:06 pm
(132) michelle says:

Last time you let Joe/Stefano go ratings dropped and the show was almost cancelled.It seems like most long time fans agree with what he said in his exit interview.I am a long time viewer of DOOL and this is the second time in my life I have ever written to any show ,the previous time was his last temporary departure.Joe/Stefano is the best part of Days,without him the show is bound to be cancelled like the rest.Joe/Stefano is a wonderful actor,I loved the character,the accent,his commanding presence plus he is very handsome . This soap has taken enough of my time for too long,farewell to the awesome Mr.Mascolo and farewell to DOOL for me.

June 21, 2012 at 11:45 pm
(133) nomoredays says:

Been an avid fan of Days since 1983. What the new writers have done to the show is a shame. One can barely watch the awful story lines and when one appears to be going in the right direction they derail it.

Lisa Rinna? Really? I’m sure she’s a nice person but not only can’t she act (and accused Joseph Mascolo of not being able to) but her face barely moves making it difficult to catch any expression, and, she looks older then Lauren Koslow, Were Krista Allen or Julie Pinson not available?

Let’s hope the Phoenix rises again, however, I won’t be watching!

June 22, 2012 at 4:52 am
(134) Brian says:

I agree with Robert, one of the only reasons I watched Days was because of Stefano, he is such a terrific actor. I also agree the last 5 years with him they ruined it but they were starting to bring back the “old” Stefano and now they kill him off. I will not watch anymore until I find out they bring him back.

June 22, 2012 at 10:48 am
(135) alan says:

I don’t know if he is dead or not probably had a double so he could go to Italy about that coin. EJ will try to take over and then the Stephano will be back to wreck havoc on EJ and the town. By the way I think he shot his own double to throw the whole town into confusion.

June 22, 2012 at 3:21 pm
(136) vg says:

I wonder if he was shot by Lexie. He was trying to get custody of Theo from Abe.

June 24, 2012 at 2:36 pm
(137) doolfansince5 says:

days of our lives will never be the same without stefano,lexie and now Bo, i have watched this show every since i was little and my whole family watched this show but sorry to say i can not continue to watch after all these long year actors have called it quits….

June 24, 2012 at 10:20 pm
(138) Claudio says:

I want him to come back …he is good for the show and a great actor

June 25, 2012 at 4:10 pm
(139) Glenda Schleef says:

If Stefano would ever come back, they could do it that he had somebody else protray him, get shot, Stefano went into hiding and then at some point appear again. Or as evil as he is and the power he has: he could have staged this, paid off Dr. , emergency team, lawyer and funeral director, given medication that makes u appear dead and come back at a later date. The writers could be creative…Just a thought..

June 26, 2012 at 7:17 pm
(140) JoAnn says:

I am SO sad about Stefano leaving the show. It won’t be the same without him. What Day’s really needs to do is get rid of John and Marlena! I CAN’T STAND them!!! I’ve been watching the show since the mid 1970′s. So I’ve been watching it for a long time! Will definitely miss Lexie as well. So glad they’re getting rid of Jen and Jack. But don’t understand why the writers would really shake things up by killing off Stefano? May the Phoenix RISE AGAIN! I just hope these stupid writer’s make some good decisions and make Chad the up coming VILLAIN! It’ll be BORING otherwise! Who know’s maybe EJ is really Stefano’s son. Maybe someone planted the seed to make it look like EJ wasn’t Stefano’s son? I can alway’s dream…lol. Other than that, I still LOVE day’s! I just don’t like some of the present changes!!! So….GET IT RIGHT WRITER’S!!!!

June 26, 2012 at 9:54 pm
(141) Carlin Bojean says:

ok straight to the point you haters that have commented on stefano leaving would be good for the show use a brain its cause of him the ratings were good and stories were great cause he is the centerpiece of the show. now EJ not being his son is ridiculous they would need to explain why he resembles santo dimera stafano’s father and maybe there is a connection with Ian McAlistair as he has a phoenix walking stick also those that think John Black maybe his father well that means sami and ej are related how because john’s mother colleen brady is a brady and sami well you know she is brady how do explain use some common sense people? Now i would hope stefano is alive was stupid how all those suspects came and went into the house during the night of shooting also the killer checked his pulse maybe ensure he is dead or to ensure he was in state where he looked dead who knows i would hope he is not dead would be a very dumb way to let his legacy go. Now he was getting the yvette coin checked with somone maybe he has gone into hiding cause last we saw was the jeweller guy was digging up info on the coin where does it leave this story? and finally chad came into the dimera fold would have been great to have a few stefano moments mold him into a dimera. thoughts people?

June 27, 2012 at 12:00 am
(142) L. Mercado says:

I totally agree that it was totally absurd how everyone suspected of murdering Stefano just happened to get into his house on that particular night. Just one question-did Mr.Dimera’s security detail take the night off? That particular bit of writing was beyond ridiculous. Everyone threatened Stefano with a gun that was just laying there-how extremely convenient. The reason Days is suffering is because of the ridiculous writing. Hope these writers eventually get their act together.

June 27, 2012 at 5:26 pm
(143) Latosha says:

It’s a soap opera! It’s supposed to be dramatic and over-exaggerated at times. For a show to go on for decades and decades and more decades, you have to do some pretty creative things. But at some point story-lines would have to be re-created. When you bring on new characters, you can create new story-lines. But when some characters have been on there for longer than some viewers have been alive, it gets tricky. If “Stefano” is really gone, I think it ended horribly…very horribly! I know the man cannot be on the show forever, but they should have groomed someone to take his place. Maybe that’s why Ian is there…not sure. I also know that you can’t please all the viewers. So the writers are going to do what they feel is best to keep the show going. Maybe they want to try something new and have “Stefano” come back stronger than ever. Maybe they want to groom the younger actors into more adult like story-lines. Eventually everyone is gonna get old or in real-life not renew contracts and move on. So DOOL is going to have to start somewhere and make changes. After all, we want always be around to watch, another generation will come in.

June 27, 2012 at 6:08 pm
(144) Vicky says:

If Joseph Mascolo is (or will be) on another soap opera soon-what?(if anything) do the writers have planned? Will someone else be portraying Stefano Dimera( I wouldn’t like that).To me, noone can play Stefano as well & in such a sinister fashion as Mr. Mascolo did. Noone could compare to his charm. While I personally dislike Stefano, I still feel Days needs him on the show as a sort of balance to all the nauseating goody two shoes characters on the show. Stefano was always a wonderful villain. Before his “death”(apparently)-Stefano was really starting to return to his really evil,nasty ways & I love that. When Days does that whole “EJ and/or Stefano changing their ways thing”- I definitely don’t like that. If you’re gonna have a villain-make him purely evil. This whole villains with feelings type of thing is enough to make me wanna puke. I see Victor nowadays & wonder what happened to him? While I enjoy him being with Maggie-doesn’t it seem as if Victor has been neutered or declawed? Also,why so many young people on Days? It’s not the fact that they are young which bothers me as much as the fact that most of the young characters are annoying beyond belief! I hope Eileen Davidson/Kristen returns to Days. Now there was someone who went over the edge in terms of being mean/evil! Even Samantha Brady is not as nasty as she used to be. What’s happening to Days? With so many sugary characters & Stefano being eliminated-where will the drama come from? Soap operas should have good AND evil. Days seems to have less & less evil & more & more good. If it keeps getting any sweeter-I may end up with cavities. Stefano,ye shall be missed!!!

June 27, 2012 at 8:52 pm
(145) karen hartley says:

Ted Corday, don’t give into the hollywood hip, stay true to your principles, you dont have to have gay lovers, to get your show renewed for another year! Also, we love to hate Stephano, bring him back, rehire Bo and add Shawn Douglas back to the cast! After all these years, I have watched Days since I was 15 years old, you going to go bananas on all your true and loyal friends, 3-4 generations ! Go figure!

June 28, 2012 at 12:40 am
(146) Dylan says:

I love Stefano DiMera! he better not be gone for good, hes one of the best actors ive ever seen in the world! please bring him back!!!! days is getting realy boaring again without his evilness! joe mascolo if your eading this please come back, days needs you or it will go down the toilets just like the rest of the soaps!

June 28, 2012 at 2:34 pm
(147) CAROLE says:

Via con Dios, Stephano! Will He welcome you or——-send the Phoenix back to Salem???????

June 28, 2012 at 8:51 pm
(148) paki says:

I have watched for 30 years. Stefano is spectacular. I love him to death! It will be sad to not have him around. I wish he would have been a little more evil in the last few years or so he was more laughable and not scary like he used to be. Whenever someone went to see him, the people were scared to death to approach him and he had that scary laugh. I love the laugh. We haven’t heard that for a long long time. THey should bring him back as a ghost and have him haunt everyone. ha ha

June 29, 2012 at 5:05 pm
(149) LVX says:

OMG!! I can not stand this show without Stefano its just ssooo boring without him!! I hate all of the stupid young kids on the show now and the fact that they are getting rid of all the older good characters! But seriously the show really sucks without Stefano I sure hope they bring him back sometime soon and get rid of all the stupid kids!! I have been a loyal days fan for LOTS of years and i have to say Stefano makes the show, he gives the show the most interesting plot lines!! In all the years I have watched DOOL i have never seen it as lousy as it is right now!! The writers need to get their act together fast and bring Stefano back and make days like it used to be, lately its like not even the same show!!!

June 30, 2012 at 12:09 am
(150) Becky says:

Bring Stefano back and get those writers for Days to do a much better job! The writers need to redo the relationship with Stefano and EJ, and put them both back as father and son. And the writers need to put Stefano and Kate back together again, as they both have really good chemistry with each other.

If Stefano doesn’t come back on Days, it is goodbye to Days of Our Lives for me.

Producers and writers should read these emails and get in touch with what the viewers want to see. Without the fans, the writers will continually go downhill at Days.

June 30, 2012 at 1:40 am
(151) Lori says:

Looks like Days is going down the drain. All the old time people are getting kicked out or are leaving for greener pastures. The good old boys are leaving to fast. What gives?

July 4, 2012 at 6:59 pm
(152) catherine says:

Hi I have been watchil DOOL for over 26 years now. I have had fights with my fiance over this show. He wants it gone & I told him if that happens I will be a very grumpy person. Loosing Stefano/Joe will be a devastating blow to the show, yes Alice &Tom were the glue but Stefano & Victor were the 2 that were the best at being bad & if the phoenix dies then who will becoming the vilain EJ ? please I hate that EJ is the mayor, that self-absorbed little brat. The show is heading downwards loosing so many good actors. Soaps were a way commercialize laundry detergent which then progressed to being entertainment for stay at home mothers which is what I am. Keep Days on, get better storylines soon or the ratings will prove the demise & replace a great show with a stupid talk show or reality competition show, like we need more of hose crappy shows. I love Days & love Bo & Hope. Das

July 9, 2012 at 2:38 pm
(153) frances buck says:

I didn’t like your taking out Stefano out of your story ,noe EJ not been his son. Try giving it another shot

July 11, 2012 at 10:55 am
(154) marilyn says:

I am mad bring stepano dimera back and let him and EJ be father and son.And do not let BO leave what will HOPE do.I have been watching days of our lives for 20 years.bring phillip back and bosdaughter is melaine and chad getting back together,

July 13, 2012 at 1:21 pm
(155) Billie McCulley says:

I started watching Days in March, 1967. These people are like my friends by now. I get unhappy with some of what they do, but still watch it every day, TIVO it when I’m gone. I hated seeing Stefano and Kate break up and dislike Ian intensely. Sad to see so many people I love leave the show, like Lexi and Melanie. But I’ll stay tuned nonetheless.

July 15, 2012 at 5:21 pm
(156) Barb says:

Bring Stephano back soon. Get rid of Billie and Gaby. Watched days for about thirty five years……….barb

July 16, 2012 at 11:13 pm
(157) Tom Amodeo says:

I’ve watched Days since the first day, when I was in school. Over the years the writing has come up with some fine story lines. But, now, the stories are failing to establish suspense and emotions. The writers are grasping at straws trying to put life into the series, The comings and goings of actors doesn;t help. If you don’t tune in for a few weeks and then watch a show, you haven’t missed much. Years back, you had better watch every day or you were lost. RIP Days!

July 23, 2012 at 4:08 pm
(158) Aretha says:

I absolutely loved Stefano and Kate. The writers must have bumped their heads…..you have to see the ratings slowing going down after you broke up State and now you killed off Stefano. I know since this insanity has happened …I haven’t watch it every since. I don’t even DVR it anymore….yall done lost your minds. I am talking about the writers that is. You all need to be writing about how you are going to bring the Phoenix back and join him with Kate again.

July 23, 2012 at 11:05 pm
(159) Sue says:

I have watched Days since the very first episode and have loved it though thick and thin – but the day I heard Beau was leaving the show was the day I stopped watching – they are killing off and sending away many wonderful characters and it makes me sick the way the story is going – so after several decades of watching the show I’m done. I wonder if they have thought about getting rid of the writers and stop this nonsense of characters coming in for a few months and then sending them off again – and not paying them what they are worth after 30-40+ years on the show. Maybe if they got rid of the writers they could afford the actors.

July 24, 2012 at 1:22 am
(160) jancann says:

It has never made the least bit of sense that not a word was mentioned
that Stephano was going to be killed. Sure for many years the cast
has tried to get rid of him. If indeed he is gone, I think it was one of the worst goodbyes to one of the main characters who kept suspence,
and all that camed with it, who truly helped to make the show that it was.
Like him or love him, he was a magnificent actor that DOOL ARE GOING TO REGRET FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE TIME IT IS ON. Shame on
the writers for such a pitiful bit of his loss. I refuse to believe that he is
really dead, but that might be hopeful wishing. I hope not.
Get rid of Ian, Austin,Gabby, all the dead beats that one knows they
have had no real acting skills. It wouuld be ok with me if the got rid of John & Marlena, they make me rather ill. Not in the least what they use to be, Stop concentrating on the teenagers who watch DOOL, as our age group is who has been with this soap throughout the years. Writers if you keep messing up this show, shame on you.

July 27, 2012 at 4:44 pm
(161) chris says:

mel i think u should be kidnapped by stefano and be held underground of salem stfu bioch the writer s of salem is doing a great job and stefano will rise again so keep your thoughts to yourself !

July 27, 2012 at 8:59 pm
(162) graci says:

dool needs the stefano charac tor. It will be a boring show. It is gettiong boring already. So much silliness.

July 29, 2012 at 11:41 am
(163) yaslina says:

Graci, I agree with you. Some of the writing on Days has gone waaaay beyond silly. I look at that whole Daniel-Nicole thing & think to myself-”has this guy slept with every woman in Salem?” I’ve always gotten this creepy vibe from him. When he was with Chloe I couldn’t buy them as a couple because I sorta viewed him as her father because of his age. Also,this Gabi stalker stupid nonsense-how many stalkers/vigilantes have there been in Salem’s history?! Writers-come up with something new instead of recycling old storylines!! If a stalker (or anyone) would take Gabi far away-I would be so grateful-the girl is extremely annoying! Horrible actress! Even though I’ve enjoyed Will turning the tables on EJ & making him squirm-the whole thing is very unrealistic. More realistically EJ would have taken care of Will in some nasty & permanent way. Not giving a damn whether he had proof he wasn’t a “true” Dimera. I mean seriously-could any of you imagine Stefano letting Will get away with this?

July 30, 2012 at 1:49 pm
(164) Faye Mounce says:

Without Stephano, Days ain’t Days.

July 30, 2012 at 6:15 pm
(165) Emma says:

Days could not survive without Stefano! The latest story lines with all those “kids” are boring and many of my friends have stop watching the show. BRING STEFANO BACK SOON!

July 30, 2012 at 8:26 pm
(166) las says:

What Melanie gone? Bo? Stefano? Good night nurse is there goingto be any one we recognize?

August 4, 2012 at 1:31 am
(167) tommy says:

Joseph mascola is my all time favorite actor..no one else even comes close to him..I’m not the kinda guy whom would watch a day time soapera, but when joseph mascola is on days of our lives I will never miss it..Even if I’m on vacation at the ocean when days comes on I’m leaving the ocean to go watch days..When i was in college i’d schedule my classes around days just so i could watch Stefano..I feel like I’ve scheduled my life around watching Stefano Dimeara..I would love to meet joseph mascola and have my px made with him it would be the high point of my life..I’m probably one of Joe’s biggest fans ever…No one else on the planet could play the role of stefano dimeara except big Joseph mascola…Joseph Mascola has been the most under rated actor of this generation…

August 6, 2012 at 4:47 pm
(168) David says:

I just started watching DOL this year, 2012, to see the storyline of Will coming out but got hooked on Stefano and EJ. I love Stefano the best. If he’s gone, I’m out, too, as I can’t stand the never ending incestuous romances on the show. At least by recording it on DVR I can skip to the characters I like. BRING BACK STEFANO!! And let EJ get some revenge!

August 6, 2012 at 5:22 pm
(169) Linda McFarland says:

Stefano BETTER COME BACK!

August 6, 2012 at 9:39 pm
(170) Lynn says:

Get Mascolo back!

August 16, 2012 at 1:12 am
(171) jeannie says:

ive been watching days for 44 years if u think back EJ belongs to john :-)

August 16, 2012 at 11:01 am
(172) TIC TAC says:

This is especially for the Days fans. I edit episodes/storylines of DOOL characters. First i’ start with the story of the DiMera’s. My motivation is to let you take a trip down memory lane, through the history of Stefano Dimera who recently died in the series. But will he come back from the dead again? At least he has left many classic DOOL material of high class acting scales, what will be interesting to review. The DiMera’s Story actually means: The DiMera His Story. And it is all based on the HiStory of Stefano DiMera and the people who are involved with with his actions. Out of respect to the actor Joseph Mascolo. Thanks to NBC, the production team of Days of our lives and to YouTube afcourse. Cheerz to the past, present and the future of Days!

August 16, 2012 at 2:01 pm
(173) Fran says:

Days is getting so sad I’m not sure I want to continue watching. I’ve been a loyal fan for years, but with all the sadness and deaths I feel it’s time to quit. Stephano was one of my favorite characters, and Jack and Lexie were just adorable. Madison was just starting to grow on me, and now she’s gone too. There are other ways for a character to leave the show without it being so painful to the viewers. I just don’t know what the writers are thinking. Do you want everyone to stop watching Days?

August 17, 2012 at 8:45 pm
(174) Nope says:

Opposite. The only real way to write off a character is to kill them off. It’s more real. Instead of a person like Adrian (Bonnie) playing different characters, or recasting (like phillip or Bo). Killing them off gives the show that 1% of reality that it desperately needs. Otherwise, just forget about real life and let marlena possess everyone. Why not? Blah.

August 22, 2012 at 2:46 pm
(175) Barbara C says:

What’s up with the plot line on DOOL. Do you really want people to believe Stefano was shot and now he’s back?. The writers have really lost it. Bring back the old writers and restore this soap to it’s original granduer.

August 24, 2012 at 4:37 pm
(176) Rita says:

Never let Stefano leave again. He is a BIG part of the show. I love him and Kate together. They are magic. May be reason to keep watching DOOL

September 7, 2012 at 9:47 am
(177) Elaine says:

What happened to Ian after his confrontation with Stefano? Didn’t they arrest him? They just never showed him again.

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October 9, 2012 at 11:28 am
(179) Beverly says:

I know that Stephano didn’t die, his double did…. So why does EJ get off scott free…he DID kill a man thinking it was Stephano….the police don’t care that a man is dead? Only that it wasn’t Stephano?

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November 28, 2012 at 7:30 am
(182) Rob M. says:

Joseph has been a mega force behind the success of Days of our Lives. With him now being 83 he most likely would like to slow down somewhat. With his contribution to the series over the years I strongly feel the Writers need to soften Stefano’s image even more and when it comes time for his permanent departure have him leave, die etc. with diginity and not killed as a cold blooded monster. We all know that age mellows so why not in Stefano’s case. I am quite sure fans of Day’s and Joseph’s would be delighted with this outcome! Stefano has been burdened with neing a so called “monster” for many years lets give him very dersrving reward. When his end does finally come; hopefully not for a long time; let him leave as a hero possibly saving John or Marlene’s life!

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December 31, 2012 at 6:53 pm
(183) stephen cook says:

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January 14, 2013 at 10:25 pm
(184) sherry says:

Miss Joe. I hope they bring his character back. I loved to see all the problems he created.; I loved Kate and Stefano together. Hopefully they will bring him back, or maybe Stefano could have a “brother”!

February 28, 2013 at 8:01 am
(185) Peter says:

Stefano can’t go, he is the only member of the cast with a genuine smile. Joe, you are the best actor ever to walk the stage. God bless you for the wonderful entertainment that you have given the world.

June 5, 2013 at 1:22 pm
(186) Rose says:

I have watched “Days” since I was a kid, back when everyone called it ‘Doug & Julie”. Then it was “John & Marlena” for so many wonderful years. Lots of plot twists, interesting characters who came and went, exotic locations, great love stories … but NOW? I cannot begin to figure out what the writers of this show have on their minds. Drawing in a younger crowd? The ones who have watched daily, supported the show for so many years, and stayed loyal to “Days of Our Lives” surely should be remembered.

I miss the good old days, and if Joe Mascolo is leaving “Days” for good, a cornerstone of the show (villain or not!) goes with him. “Days of Our Lives” is a leader in the field of daytime drama, and I fear what will become of it if the writers continue on their “Alice in Wonderland” direction. :(

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