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Days of Our Lives Comings and Goings

By June 18, 2013

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drake hogestynHere's the latest comings and goings casting news from Days of Our Lives.

Although an item in the new issue of Soap Opera Digest says that Drake Hogestyn (John) is back at work at the soap, he is not. Hogestyn is currently off the canvas, as first reported here on May 28. He taped his last scenes on the soap on March 18. Hogestyn's daughter, Alexandra, confirmed the information on his Facebook page. "My dad has not been back filming, I wish he was though!" she posted.

Michael Benyaer has begun a recurring stint as Dr. Chyka. The character will be Kristen's cohort in crime as she plots revenge against. Marlena.

Larry Sullivan is also slated to appear on several episodes as George Durant. He'll share scenes with Eileen Davidson (Kristen) and Greg Vaughan (Eric). Primetime fans may recognize Sullivan. He's appeared as Officer Andy Akers on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation in 2012 and 2013.

Photo Courtesy: NBC/Mitchell Haaseth

Comments

June 18, 2013 at 9:39 am
(1) cathym says:

So sad about Drake, they shouldn’t make him and a few other actors for example Stefano, Jack, Vivian, etc., go back and forth like this, it’s like they trick them to come back only to introduce stupid story lines for the other actors who are still there, love all of the actors on Days, they’re all good, they just need good solid stories, i still watch every day, and don’t fool anyone to come back only to let then go again, it’s not right.

June 18, 2013 at 11:22 am
(2) Former DOOL Viewer says:

Why do they treat the performers that I like, Matt Ashford, Bryan Dattilo, Peter Reckell & Drake Hogestyn, like crap? I wish they’d send James Scott, Shawn Christian etc. on a permanent vaction. Maybe then I’d get my old show back and actually enjoy being a viewer again.

June 18, 2013 at 12:08 pm
(3) Linda says:

I guess they are gradually trying to shed all the “older” actors while bringing in the newer ones. When you’ve been watching Days as long as I have (40 something years) it’s hard to let go of the ones you “grew up with” so to speak. I hate to see anyone go..

June 18, 2013 at 12:16 pm
(4) JoAnne Selmon says:

I have watched Days for fourty (40) years.The show has gotten so bad
it makes me want to vomit.It has turn into 10290 just for young kids show.How can you have a Priest on the show and have unmarried girl have a baby by a gay boy and his boy as lovers on the show.Days started out as a family show.My God it has turned into a porn,sex, show everybody sleeping with each other.I won’t let my little grandchildren watch the show.If it doesn’t change we will not be watching Days of our Lives any more.We will greatly miss the show.

June 18, 2013 at 2:28 pm
(5) dianajo says:

Drake gone again? I am tired of the writers doing this. Do you wonder why you FINALLY received the daytime Emmy award again after 30 some years???? It is because you have brought back some of our favorites. Keep taking them off and you will be back on the bottom of the ratings, again!

June 18, 2013 at 2:31 pm
(6) Carrie T. says:

I didn’t see the status of Meredith St. John. (Annie Milbauer). I hope she stays in Salem!

June 18, 2013 at 3:55 pm
(7) Linda says:

Drake taped his “last” show on March 18th BEFORE he was benched, he has NOT, NOT, NOT, NOT, NOT left DAYS. I’m currently not watching this show either, I’m on hiatus until Drake is OFF the bench. I miss him but do I miss DAYS? HELL NO! DAYS should be ashamed of themselves for treating such a talented actor so shabby.

June 18, 2013 at 3:58 pm
(8) Jason Kent says:

I made Friday my last day watching DAYS. I’m not supporting what TPTB have let this show become. I agree with Linda, I guess DAYS won’t be happy until their strongest actors like Drake are gone and I refuse to tune into Romper Room hour with the little kiddies.

June 18, 2013 at 4:01 pm
(9) Enza says:

ROF Jason, I agree, I’ve stopped watching as well but going with your Romper Room theme, “I see Helen, and Roger, and Paula and DAYS OF OUR LIVES going off the air” yep! So long piece of crap show, the new viewers won’t stay loyal to your show like the older viewers have but so what, right?

June 18, 2013 at 4:11 pm
(10) Nicole says:

Since I’m only in my 20′s, I guess I’m what would be considered a new viewer. However I have grown up watching Days and want the veterans to have a strong presence. They’re the ones who made the show great. Also, I agree with JoAnne about how some parts of the show has displayed a moral decline. I fast forward through many parts of the show I find objectionable.

June 18, 2013 at 4:13 pm
(11) Sara says:

Very sad news about Drake. I love him as John Black and always will. Drake and Deidre are magnificent together! chemistry that cannot be replaced. Ever. I’m a younger VIEWER and would rather watch VETS like Drake and Deidre all day long and that is a fact! :) Bring back Jarlena. #DAYS

June 18, 2013 at 4:32 pm
(12) mark says:

: ( : ( I can’t believe this about Drake. wow. and soap opera digest for lying. just wow.

With all of these people on the cast of Days I really wish Days would consider doing a spin off and starting a whole new show on NBC since it finally won an award for best show finally.

I think Soap Opera Digest is a waste of money now anyway. It is almost $5 an issue now including tax. I may not get it anymore now. I f u subscribe to it it comes late anymore and now if you look for it in grocery stores it comes late as well. Here in TN sometimes I don’t see it in the stores until Saturday afternoons. whew.

Also wondering about 2 characters on Days. What has happened to Sydney and Kaylas son Joey. They are never mentioned anymore. Thanks.

June 18, 2013 at 7:59 pm
(13) EA says:

Joanne Selmon, I can somewhat empathize from what you said but just know you’ll get even more miserable of what’s to come, that’s for sure. Soaps have had the “Sex thing” in them for a very long time and they’re just catching up with gay storylines since it’s a fact of life that’s gone on forever. And I don’t think soaps were meant to be “family shows.” Ultimately I just hope you feel violence is a lot worse than what Days does.

June 18, 2013 at 8:12 pm
(14) Bandianni says:

Drake Hogestyn a good actor??? Really. He is terrible. Always distorting his face and giving one syllable grunts and answers. Yes, I know that’s the script, but must he always look either constipated or like he has a bad case of gas?? And as to all of you who hate the story lines and the way DOOL is going…change the channel.

June 18, 2013 at 10:01 pm
(15) Owen Laren says:

Drake Hogestyn is a very gifted actor and in my humble opinion he can do better than DAYS. I’ll be now tuning out, Drake “leaving” gave me a reason to dump this show for good.

June 18, 2013 at 10:05 pm
(16) Helen says:

Bandianni that is the poor scripts that often portray John as more super human than human. Drake does a fantastic acting job with what he is given. It isn’t easy to play a super hero that the writers totally exaggerate.

Owen, I’m with you. I found out Friday was the last time we’ll see Drake for a while so I made last Friday my last day watching DAYS. Two days without it and don’t miss it.

June 18, 2013 at 11:05 pm
(17) Sally says:

Bandianni that is cold. If you’re going to bash Drake for mannerisms he does in real life too, bash Deidre for gasping every other word or acting like she is having an orgasm on set. Bash James for his over-blinking, Chandler for over crying and over smiling, Freddie for looking like he is always forgetting his dialog and ditto for Joe, Kristian for using her eyebrow to act too much. See how stupid I sound? Exactly. Leave Drake alone. He is far from a “terrible” actor and gets points for not hauling off and kicking Tom/Sell in the ba**s for what they’ve done to his character. If anybody is terrible it is these so-called writers and I use that term loosely.

I love DAYS but I’ve seen the show when Drake is off and it isn’t a show I want to tune into. Drake has a real uniqueness to his acting and it is something I enjoy watching. Seeing the show today, I’ve come to the realization is is over in my life. Good bye DAYS, I won’t be supporting you any longer.

June 18, 2013 at 11:07 pm
(18) Kelker says:

Good bye, DAYS. You don’t care about Drake and other VETS so I don’t care if you stay on the air.

June 18, 2013 at 11:11 pm
(19) Benny says:

Drake Hogestyn is dumped on again, when is this going to stop? This guy is one of the strongest actors on DAYS and he has done amazing things with a character that is not easy to portray. I’m finished with DAYS too, I just can’t take this roller coaster ride anymore.

June 18, 2013 at 11:15 pm
(20) Jerry Peters says:

I already made Friday my last show as well. A Drake and John free show is just like watching any other show. John was an awesome character and Drake deserves better than this awful writing that had John so OOC. He is a fabulous actor. I’m also done regarding SOD, I’m not buying that junk anymore if all they can do is lie to fans.

June 18, 2013 at 11:31 pm
(21) Cathy says:

See ya DAYS, I’ve had it. You’re taking away all the best actors like Drake and hiring more newbies we don’t need. My last show was today, I have no words anymore.

June 18, 2013 at 11:33 pm
(22) Nelsen says:

I’ve said all I’m going to say on the subject in the last three threads Janet posted on this same topic in January, a few weeks ago and now again. Drake is a powerful actor even with the scripts he was handed. It is a huge mistake to bench him and it will cost the show dearly. In my case it cost them another fan.

June 18, 2013 at 11:38 pm
(23) Jarlena Rocks says:

I love Jarlena and have tried to watch the show to support Deidre, but I can’t anymore. It feels so empty with this extraordinary actor gone and it is clear Deidre misses him too. It is less painful just to stop watching. Sorry Deidre, I tried.

June 19, 2013 at 12:49 pm
(24) Tracy says:

Don’t blame the writers for Drake’s being written out. A good actor can take a rotten script and make it great. Hogestyn has looked like he was sleepwalking through his last few storylines. I for one will not miss him.

June 19, 2013 at 2:11 pm
(25) Wendy says:

Drake is an awesome actor who loves his character so much! I don’t blame him for finding it hard to act out scenes he knows will make his character look like anything less than the hero he has always been. Keep in mind that when it was scripted for John to hit Marlena when John was in mercenary mode, this wonderful man went to TPTB and asked if John could just give Marlena a little shove instead. I’ve never seen any other actor on DAYS who strives to keep his character’s integrity alive like Drake does.

My loyalty to DAYS has now ended, I’m just keeping GH on my lineup until Drake is back. TPTB are taking away too many of their best actors and Drake is proof of that.

June 19, 2013 at 2:16 pm
(26) Zena says:

Drake’s last show was Friday? I’ve seen many actors come and go during my 35 years of watching DAYS, but Drake leaving has now made me throw in the towel. There was a cold feeling about the show when he was off it from 2009 to September of 2011 and even now with him off nearly the whole week, it doesn’t feel like “my” DAYS. He is a great actor who doesn’t deserve to be used and abused by TIIC.

I’m going to switch to Bold/BEAUTIFUL because it is on in the same time slot as DAYS here. They get my viewership.

June 19, 2013 at 2:20 pm
(27) Chandler Rocks says:

So, they take Drake away and bench him and we’re stuck with Deidre who has had so much plastic surgery she can’t even emote? THIS SUCKS. I love Chandler but I love Drake more so a Drake free show doesn’t interest me. Tomlin is the one who needs to go, DAYS has never looked worse.

June 19, 2013 at 2:26 pm
(28) Janice says:

Well, this news bites, another brilliant actor shown the door and more actors who CAN’T act signed to contracts, I guess this is how “NEW” DAYS will operate.

Well, I’m finished supporting DAYS as well. Drake and John made DAYS stand out because Drake isn’t a one-note actor, but with him even just benched for a short time, the show feels different and that isn’t a good thing. I’m also ending my subscription to SOD since they totally lied about Drake taping.

June 19, 2013 at 2:37 pm
(29) Nicole says:

Why why why would they get rid of Drake??? John and Marlena have always been my favorite couple. I was ecstatic when I found out they were coming back on. However, ever since the Kristin story line (which had great potential but has not turned out so well thus far) it seems like John has been completely out of character. His words and actions do not match up to the John I’ve known all these years. Come one writers, you said you were giving character driven storylines and you lied! I want John and Marlena back the way they are meant to be, together! Btw, I’m a younger viewer. So if you’re trying to woo the younger viewers with more new characters and liberal storylines. It’s not working! Not that I don’t like the young ones too (love Nick and Gaby, wish Melanie was back), just not at the expense of the veterans.

June 19, 2013 at 2:38 pm
(30) Ann says:

Drake deserves WAY more respect than this show has given him the past several years, and I’m also boardinig the Drake train leaving Salem now that he’s off-screen for who knows HOW long?

I wish Janet would quit posting these Comings and Goings about Drake when he’s only officially “benched,” not really GOING. It just gives the bashers one more place to bash him so their favorites will SUPPOSEDLY look better. NOT! Drake has been DAYS’ best actor for nearly 30 years, and the bashers aren’t even watching his fabulous acting because of their prejudice against him for some unknown reason. Like most mothers teach their kids, “If you can’t say anything NICE, don’t say anything at all.” It’s really sad that people have to just spew their hate every chance they get, rather than moving on if they don’t want to watch a particular actor or show. Give it a REST!

Drake, we’ll always love and appreciate you and all that you’ve put into John Black, and the people who DON’T recognize your talent are blind!

June 19, 2013 at 3:36 pm
(31) Linda says:

(((Sigh))). Every time it looks like Days may be getting their act together, they blow it again. I’ve watched for over 30 years and have been a real fan of so many of the actors and actresses who’ve starred on it. But the last few years, it’s been a struggle to keep watching the show. They killed Jack off and tried to shove Daniel down our throats. Bo is gone. Jennifer is a different person. They better be making major changes soon to take it back to what it used to be or I won’t be watching and I’m sure that there are many others who won’t be either. Please get your act together, Days and give us back our show.

June 19, 2013 at 3:49 pm
(32) Gwen says:

I WILL NOT WATCH DAYS WITHOUT DRAKE ON IT. THAT IS A FACT, GOOD BYE DAYS!

June 19, 2013 at 5:15 pm
(33) Tammy says:

Here we go again,geeeeee is Dee next and other Vets,Bo’s(Peter) gone,the only one should be gone is Fake Roman(he is really Chris K.).I wish Drake/John is the really Roman(**oh so many stories can be done with that**)…..Day’s isn’t the same with out Drake/John/Roman,I will only keep up with Day’s because of Dee(when she is on) and hopes that Drake will be back soon and John/Roman and Marlena are in solid A stories and up front…. Please Bring Back Drake/John/Roman and put Jarlena back together and Forever.. Day’s need Solid Couple and Not bed hopping characters!!!!

June 19, 2013 at 5:57 pm
(34) Lillian says:

Drake’s last day, was my last day watching. I just can’t stomach this show anymore.

June 19, 2013 at 6:01 pm
(35) padrake says:

Drake Hogestyn is a FANTASTIC actor!! He doesn’t deserve the treatment he has been getting from the head writers. If they bench Drake again Tomsell needs to be pink slipped for the OOC stuff they write for “John Black”. What a shame!!! Bring Drake Hogestyn BACK now & leave him alone. NO more benching! If NBC is so out of moneey they need to have bake sales & yard sales to make more money!!!

In my opinion the reason DAYS won Best Daytime Soap Sunday night was because Drake & the other vets were brought back. They have been treated terribly lately. Why bother bringing them back if they are going to bench them, or worse, a few months later. I miss Christy Clark & Patrick Muldoon as well! I was SO excited when the VETS came back last Fall! Now, I’m not & that’s a fact!! I’m so disgusted with DAYS now & their headwriters. They are ruining all the “old” characters the way they write now. It’s such a shame also!! I have been watching since the Summer of 1972;such a difference! They don’t write enough romance or humor anymore for sure! It’s SO sad! They need to go back to the Horton’s & Brady’s like in the 80′s & 90′s. If TPTB don’t change headwriters ASAP DAYS won’t make it to their 50th Anniversary & that’s a FACT!

June 19, 2013 at 7:11 pm
(36) Erica Smith says:

I started watching DAYS again after a two and a half year break, because Drake Hogestyn came back to DAYS. I adore him as an actor, he never fails to light up the screen with his acting perfomance. If this article is true and Drake is benched all summer, it now means I get a summer off from having to watch DAYS. I’ll follow Drake no matter where he goes, he is terrific!

June 19, 2013 at 7:14 pm
(37) Rod says:

I’m an open gay man and I’ve always enjoyed Drake’s portrayal of John. It is very real, flawless and always exciting. Even though I’m gay it doesn’t mean I like watching the gay story so since Drake is off all summer, I’m taking this opportunity to cut my ties with Days. It just is no longer a show I want to support and they’re insane to remove an actor of Drake’s caliber.

June 19, 2013 at 7:16 pm
(38) Travers says:

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO NOT DRAKE!

#%&* DAYS, I’m gone too.

June 19, 2013 at 7:17 pm
(39) Susan says:

They, TomSell, are killing this show. Don’t They realize how many 25+ year veterans of the show are still watching. We are not interested in bad acting teenagers with STUPID storylines. Come on how dumb are you going to make Jennifer? How ABSOLUTLY disgusting it was to sit there and watch everyone treat John like crap. Give me a break Abe wouldn’t cold shoulder him and Roman telling him to stay away from his fily when John is the one who supported Will and raised Sami and Eric. I won’t watch until They start respecting decades of character development. Horrible

June 19, 2013 at 7:19 pm
(40) Isabella Bentaley says:

As you can tell by my name, my mom named me after Isabella because she was a big John and Isabella fan but she loves Drake even more as do I. With this news of the removal of this gifted actor, add my mom and I to the list of ex-Days fans.

June 19, 2013 at 7:24 pm
(41) Peter and Kelly Kent says:

My wife and I are finished as well. Since January this #$%&*( crap has been going on where it is PICK ON DRAKE. My wife loves watching this wonderful actor and as a guy, I have so much respect for Drake for his portrayal of John because he is a character even guys enjoy watching. Thank you Drake for being such a class act. DAYS don’t deserve you, Pal. Leave this wreck and go to a show that deserves you. My wife and I will be behind you.

June 19, 2013 at 7:28 pm
(42) Amy Stolens says:

Thanks a lot, DAYS. I just told my little four-year-old and ten-year-old daughters that John Black is not going to be on DAYS and they went crying to their bedrooms in tears. WAY TO GO, you just lost two DAYS fans in training. SMH.

June 19, 2013 at 7:39 pm
(43) Susan Barker says:

NOT DRAKE, OMG, NO! Janet, please tell me he is only benched. I’ve tried to watch DAYS because I’m a big Deidre fan too, but without her leading man, Deidre joins the rank of actors I enjoy FF through. I’m done giving this show my support since going by how they keep hurting Drake who is every level of fabulous, they really don’t care about their longtime fans at all. I’m getting out before this show totally sinks.

June 19, 2013 at 7:43 pm
(44) DAYS SUCKS MONKEY BALLS says:

I love Drake, he is one of the best in daytime. I flip the bird to DAYS and wish them a lot of luck during SUMMER OF SUCK. I tried watching this show the last three days that Drake wasn’t on it, and it has lost its heart. Drake is to DAYS what MacDonald Carey was. I’m out too.

June 19, 2013 at 9:07 pm
(45) Doris says:

Drake is only benched. He will be back to save Marlena from Kristen’s current scheme. I’m not worried. Days has been the best it’s been in years lately, especially now that we have EJami – totally loving Days right now.

June 19, 2013 at 9:16 pm
(46) Spoiled Cry Baby In Michigan says:

“DRAKE’S LEAVING SO I AM NOT WATCHING DAYS ANYMORE!”

WAAAAAAAAAH!!!

” I DON’T LIKE THIS STORYLINE!”

WAAAAAAAH!

I DON’T LIKE THAT STORYLINE!”

WAAAAAAAH!

WAAAAAAAH!

WAAAAAAAH!

Come on people. Drake will be back eventually so stop crying.

To all the people who said that they are not watching Days anymore, you all will wont watch for only a week and all of you will back.

June 19, 2013 at 9:35 pm
(47) Spoiled Cry Baby In Michigan says:

By the way people, would all of you like cheese to go with your WHINE?

June 19, 2013 at 9:55 pm
(48) Denise says:

Its only been a couple of days now without Drake and I am missing him immensely. I really hope he isn’t gone too long. He is the reason I started watching 20 years ago and never miss a show. Bring back John Soon.

June 20, 2013 at 1:25 am
(49) Amy says:

So Drake not being on is suppose to encourage us younger people who watched him growing up to tell are friends all about the show. You mean how Days just won a Emmy yet prefer not to have its best actors on while hiring tons of newbies. Oh yeah how the writers are messing with characters that I grew up with.

June 20, 2013 at 1:51 am
(50) Kathy says:

I actually turned off DAYS on Monday as well. Thanks for the heads-up that that was Drake’s “last” show for a while. He comes back, I do too. Until then I’d rather enjoy this terrific actor on YouTube when he had writers that liked John.

June 20, 2013 at 1:58 am
(51) Linda says:

“Spoiled Cry Baby In Michigan” you don’t know Drake’s fan base at all. When Drake’s fans say we’re not watching DAYS until he returns, we mean it. Most of us are loyal to only Drake and I will NOT sit back and support a show that has now benched Drake THREE times since June of 2012. When Drake left in 2009, I went two and a half years NOT watching DAYS. I didn’t start watching again until September of 2011 when he returned to the show. I have NO emotional attachment to this show. To me DAYS is only a show Drake works on and up until TomSell started he was respected.

June 20, 2013 at 2:04 am
(52) Jill and Amy says:

My wife Amy and I are long-time DAYS fans but I do agree with what is said here, Drake does make this show. He has phenomenal acting talent and a real sweetness about him that comes through in John. When he isn’t on, the show does for sure feel empty. None of the storylines hold our interest and even though we are gay, the gay storyline doesn’t interest us. DAYS needs their hero John and until they unbench Drake, we’ll find another show to watch. DAYS just isn’t worth watching anymore and neither one of us can stand Marlena without John.

June 20, 2013 at 2:07 am
(53) Louise says:

Linda, I agree with everything you said. I’ve been an ex-DAYS watcher since Monday as well and have no interest in watching it again unless Drake returns to my screen. My life is better without it.

June 20, 2013 at 2:12 am
(54) Canadian Girl loves DAYS says:

I’ve always loved DAYS but I can’t support the decisions TPTB keep making. Benching an actor as awesome as Drake is will bite them in the ass this summer. My daughter was hooked on the John, Marlena, Kristen storyline and now that Drake was bumped from it, she is nolonger watching the show. Anyway, I’ve been DAYS free for three days and have started watching GH instead. I can see why people rave about this show. Once TPTB start treating their powerhouse actors like Drake with respect, I’ll be back, until then it is only GH for me.

June 20, 2013 at 2:14 am
(55) Davy says:

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD bye DAYS. Huge John Black fan here and Drake is FAB in this role. He is the only character us guys can relate to so I’m leaving too.

June 20, 2013 at 2:16 am
(56) Betrice says:

I only have three words to say about DAYS benching this great actor…FU DAYS.

June 20, 2013 at 10:55 am
(57) No1_ILoveLucyFan says:

The benching of Drake – AGAIN – is just the latest in a laundry list of reasons why this show is utterly unwatchable. John and Marlena have been through thick & thin so many times, they should be married on-screen, have a tremendously romantic honeymoon on-screen and be portrayed as the foundation couple of Salem much like Tom and Alice Horton were back in the day. Watching the writers try to destroy John Black to prop up their other characters only proves that their ability to write is based upon shredding history and disrespecting the intelligence of the long-time audience. I get that they want to appeal to new/young viewers, but in doing so, are losing a great number of people who made this show what it once was. I, for one, am done with Days – I won’t watch a show that isn’t of interest to me. And before you squawk that “They’ll cancel if you don’t watch!”, don’t waste your time. They’ve been renewed through 2014 – PLENTY of time to find new writers who know & respect the history of the show, characters, storylines & fans and are capable & willing to write storylines for the characters, NOT re-write characters for their storylines. So IF they get cancelled, they’ll only have themselves to blame. Deidre, Drake, Kristian, Peter Reckell, Matt Ashford & the other cast members DESERVE better than what they’ve been given, and the fans deserve more than that as well. G’bye, Days. Until you’re showing who & what I want to see, I have ZERO interest. Oh, and I’m smack dab in your target demographic!!!

June 20, 2013 at 4:17 pm
(58) anne says:

I stop watching May 30th,the last day Bryan Dattilo/Lucas was on.
I love DH/John,but I have to say.his acting is off,
someone said he is having trouble hearing now?????

I love Days and have watched sence it came on,but no more,
the sl are to dark and all the charecters are not themselfs????

June 20, 2013 at 7:13 pm
(59) Days Fan In Queens,NY says:

Too bad Drake is being benched again but Im sure he will be back soon. Have faith fellow DOOL fans. I know one thing I will definitely miss his ” I smell a fart” look on his face which I find quite amusing.

June 20, 2013 at 7:40 pm
(60) Evan says:

I’ve been a long-time watcher of DAYS for 40 plus years. I’ve seen many actors go and continued to watch, but with this announcement of Drake being benched, I’m taking it upon myself to leave as well. Several people have said when Drake isn’t on, there is an empty feeling but I think of it more as a dark, black hole. He is a wonderful actor and he gives the show that warm and fuzzy feeling. Without his John, DAYS is just another boring show full of characters I can find on any other show. Marlena also isn’t watchable without John. Goodbye DAYS.

June 20, 2013 at 7:43 pm
(61) Kitty says:

Anne, I don’t agree. Drake is for sure struggling with how OOC John is but he is still doing a FAB acting job. Drake is nearly deaf in his one ear from an accident which is why sometimes he turns his body to the side when talking to somebody so he can hear better.

June 20, 2013 at 9:10 pm
(62) Mindy Peters says:

All the actors on DAYS have that “did somebody fart? look on their faces because the scripts smell so bad. Drake has the best facial expressions, he says more with one look than another other actor does.

June 20, 2013 at 10:25 pm
(63) Carol says:

No Drake, No Days for me. Drake is a fantastic actor and the show is not the same without him. I am so sick of these stupid story lines, so much evil, no good relationships anymore. I know there has to be some problems to keep it interesting, but there is nothing to root for anymore, because everyone is torn apart.

June 21, 2013 at 2:35 am
(64) anabella says:

I haven’t watched DAYS since Drake’s last show last Friday and won’t be tuning in until he comes back. John is the one character on this stupid show who actually wasn’t boring, played by Drake who is simply amazing and they bench him. Guess it is true DAYS only bench their best actors. I won’t support this travesty.

June 21, 2013 at 2:37 am
(65) Vince Manning says:

I have nothing else to add besides I’m finished with DAYS as well. Drake was their strongest perfomer, yet they bench him.

June 21, 2013 at 7:00 am
(66) Taelyn says:

Im DISGUSTED.. And so Angry. Not Only are TPTB making a HUGE Mistake in not using or “Benching” Drake.. To make matters worse.. They first Destroyed yet ANOTHER Super Couple before doing it. Just like they did to Jack and Jennifer.. These Days exec’s are so out of touch with what the fans want to see its truly UNREAL

There stupidy is boundless, and their cruelty to the Fans and viewers who LOVE these Vets, Is UNFORGIVABLE.. Ill have no trouble not watching, I barely watch now, as Ive hated the ridiculous stories so much.. I was just hoping that This would lead to a Huge Story for Drake to earn back Marlena’s Trust and renew the Romance.. Silly Me to think that.
The dipwads are too concentrated on Jennifer, who Ive come to Loathe thanks to them, and Dr Tan.. So Wont watch, And will instead pretend this return didnt happen, and they are still overseas.. Madly In Love !!

June 21, 2013 at 7:08 pm
(67) Toilet Clogger says:

“BRRRRAAAAAAAPPPHHHHHAAAT”

Excuse me I just farted.

Sorry I couldnt resist.

LOL!

June 22, 2013 at 1:09 am
(68) Justin and Phil says:

My boyfriend and I are gay and the character we both love is John. Drake is a magnificent actor, for sure one of the best in daytime TV. We gave up DAYS last Monday as well, but we will be keeping an eye on the “comings” for when Janet announces Drake is back on the show. That is when we’ll watch again.

June 22, 2013 at 8:39 am
(69) Linda says:

Days is getting better…must have hired some new writers…Back when soaps first came on air there there were a lot of stay-at-home board moms… Soaps were a huge hit in general… I was 16/17 yrs. old. I fell in love with the show and it’s characters. I’m now 66 yrs. young. Thanks to DVR I can keep up regardless of my schedule. You can’t please every one with your story lines….I remember the original cast..the Hortons….so long ago…Bo and Hope were the draw for young viewers. Even now I wish the Bo character would come back…One of the greatest love stories ever…Bo and Hope… Story lines are getting better…Keep up the good work…

June 22, 2013 at 3:48 pm
(70) Stephanie says:

Thought Drake Hogestyn signed a two-year contract. Are those two years over?
Am so sick and tired of the evil on this show. Kristen is evil personified. Now the writers think this is great – that’s what they want. And now that Days has won “Best Daytime Drama” perverted Corday (wants to see Sami & EJ gett on) and the writers will be even more evil. We watch these soaps for enjoyment. We live in a dangerous, evil and crazy world – we don’t need it on our TV programs.
Also: Actors like Drake Hogestyn and Peter Reckell are two that put this soap on the map and they treat them like scum. If Days is wanting to bring in only young actors – that’s not how real life is – all ages surround us and make and enhance our ives.
What good is it if they won the Emmy but have viewers who aren’t happy with what they’re doing to Days and are no longer watching?
There is something wrong with Corday who wants to live our his fantasies through Days. He is really sick. He gets a boner every time he sees the characters Sami and EJ or is it he just wants to see Sweeney nd Scott get it on?

June 22, 2013 at 5:01 pm
(71) elaine says:

so very sorry to see Drake is gone…I sincerely hope it is not for good!

June 23, 2013 at 12:06 am
(72) Jerald says:

ROF Stephanie at your last line!

I’ve been Days free for a week and it feels great but once Drake is back on Days, I will follow. Until that time, let my Days vacation commerce.

Drake is a gifted actor and unlike so many, not overrated at all. In fact he is underrated so I won’t get myself started on that topic.

June 23, 2013 at 7:23 am
(73) The Grim Reaper says:

By the sound of the comments I’ve been reading on this and other DOOL topics by many disappointed fans, it sounds like who should be gotten rid of are the writers that are driving this show into the ground. II agree on the Romper Room comment. With all the petulant kids that take up the screen (Ciera, JJ, and to an extent Parker) the show is becoming trivial. And to replace the best villain ever, Joe Mascolo aka Stefano, with his daughter Kristen is a disservice to his great talent. I do love Kristen’s character, but don’t diminish Stefano’s presence. Just that one scene with him conducting out of joy thinking he had Rafe emasculated was sheer genius. So I guess the writers get it right every now and then. I’m tired of Will and Sonny whose story line initially drew me in as a fan. But with Sonny acting like an old maid and Will caught between worlds wanting to be a father, without a wife, it’s hot working. I’m glad DOOL finally won an Emmy after 37 years but it might be the case of the sympathy vote like they give actors about to expire, a quick Oscar before they lose the chance to be recognized. I say take a better look at the writing. It is not working.

June 24, 2013 at 9:11 am
(74) Michelle says:

Good lord. What a bunch of crazy nonsense you all are spewing. For the first time in a long while, I am loving the show. I feel bad for Drake, but seriously, he has had his turn as the shows leading man. He and Marlena have HAD their time and now it’s time for their children and grandchildren to have their turns.

The show is pulling in great ratings considering the day and age we are living in. The love story between Will and Sonny has been great. The Nick Fallon story has been top notch. The return of Eileen Davidson has been fantastic and even if the story hasn’t been perfect. More characters have been intertwined in each others stories.

Please go if you must or if youre just not enjoying it anymore cause plenty of other people ARE loving it.

June 24, 2013 at 7:39 pm
(75) Bettina Braun says:

I don’t really think John is a great actor, but he is and has been one of the main actors on Days. I am furious they have dropped him again!
It’s hard to believe they won best drama series when they’ve benched so many of their dearly loved and irreplaceable actors! I personally think they give awards to anything with a gay storyline!

June 24, 2013 at 8:42 pm
(76) JB says:

shame on DAYS

June 24, 2013 at 11:55 pm
(77) GH says:

I grew up watching this show with my mother. So I have watch it about 55 years. I agree that the show is all for the younger audience. I do not appreciate the GAY scene. I think you are setting a bad example for the young kids that watch it with their parents. It is bad enough with all the nudity show during the day. And also Days would not still be on TV if it wasn’t for all the actors like John, Marlena,Hope,Victor and Maggie.I hate to say this but I am going to stop watching this, until you can keep actors like John on the show and improve the story line.

June 25, 2013 at 2:32 am
(78) Days Fan In Queens,NY says:

GH,

I have only one question to ask you. How can you have watched Days for 55 years when it only going ti be celebrating its 48th anniversary this coming November?

June 26, 2013 at 1:44 pm
(79) Billie says:

Drake is one of DAYTIME TV’S greatest actors. It is amazing what he can do with mediocre writing that TomSell write on a daily basis. When he shines even more is when he is blessed to have a great script and IMO that hasn’t happened since Mar/Dar were let go as writers. I can’t stand Marlena so if their plans are just to have Marlena butt into everybody’s business, I’m glad DAYS is off in my house. I don’t have time for horrible storytelling and DAYS is some of the worse and most contrived crap on TV.

June 26, 2013 at 1:48 pm
(80) Ryan White says:

Drake, you are such a talented and gifted actor and you don’t deserve to be treated as bad as TIIC treat you. I’m taking a break from watching DAYS – I tried to support it but without Drake and John it has lost any watch-ability factor it had. I also HATE Marlena and Deidre is not only plastic but overrated in the highest degree.

June 26, 2013 at 1:55 pm
(81) Samson says:

Michelle, not everybody likes GAY OF OUR LIVES and we’re all entitled to our opinions.

Most of us watched DAYS when the writing was brilliant and we refuse to lower our stands like you clearly have.

June 27, 2013 at 1:26 pm
(82) Amelia says:

Having watched Days since childhood it breaks my heart to see what so-called writers have done to the characters we have loved for so long. The latest insult has been the John – Marlena separation garbage, and the invisible, missing Bo. I don’t mind the gay story line; that’s fine. But please, please have some respect for the history of the characters.

August 11, 2013 at 8:04 am
(83) Karen says:

I am done with Days as well. So sad writers are absolutely stupid

August 15, 2013 at 7:54 pm
(84) shanna says:

This makes me so mad. I was so excited at the return of John when he came back and now this?? I’m a big fan of Hogestyn and am wondering if they are also “phasing out” Marlena as well. Lately, everything is about Sammi, and I am tired of it.The only reason I began watching Days again, was because of his and Hall’s return, but mostly Hogestyn. if I were him, I would find another job and tell Days it’s over! I couldn’t agree more with the poster who said Days won the award for best soap because of the return of old faves. I read somewhere,that yet again, Days is making way for budget cuts and are trying to make sure they save plenty of airtime for Sammi. I’m not watching it again until and unless they bring Drake back!

August 26, 2013 at 7:02 am
(85) Robi says:

I just heard about Will Horton and if it is true I will not be watching again. I started watching the show in 1968 and have been upset but a young kid that has won the best young actor Emmy two years in a row deserves better. I think that this move should be reconsidered.

September 24, 2013 at 7:46 pm
(86) Barbara says:

I agree totally with Bandianni – Drake Hogestyn is one of the worst actors in TV history!! Those face distortions are almost comical – especially the eye squint…I am so glad he is gone!

November 11, 2013 at 8:43 am
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