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Chandler Massey Leaving Days of Our Lives?

By June 22, 2013

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chandler masseyIt's not the news "Wilson" fans want to hear, but it looks like Chandler Massey (Will) will be leaving Days of Our Lives when his contract expires in December.

Massey revealed that he isn't planning on re-signing with the soap, after his second Daytime Emmy Award win. To find out what he wants to do next, his thoughts on Freddie Smith (Sonny), James Scott (EJ) and more, read his full interview, here.

Photo Courtesy: Adam Campbell/ACP


June 22, 2013 at 6:11 pm
(1) Penny says:

This really stinks!

June 22, 2013 at 6:26 pm
(2) Annie says:

What a loss for Days…he is so talented. I hope he has further success in his future. Good luck Chandler.

June 22, 2013 at 7:06 pm
(3) Laurence H says:

Oh, he’ll be back. Sorry, Chandler, but let’s be real. If it weren’t for the fact that you are good looking, played a gay role, and had an equally good looking partner to get the gays and Republicans all hot and bothered, your Emmy mantle would be empty. I have yet to see one of the DOOL younger cast actually crack primetime and make it there…because they’re hired as pretty faces, and that’s about it. Don’t buy the hype, Chandler…stick to what you know.

June 22, 2013 at 10:17 pm
(4) maggie vinnedge says:

i wish you will keep will on the show for a little longer he is good and it is just getting started with gabe and the baBY

June 22, 2013 at 10:33 pm
(5) mp says:

When Chandler Massey playing Will in the show who will be the father of Arianna Grace. Will Gabi be a single mother with Sonny or her husband Nick.

June 22, 2013 at 11:47 pm
(6) Sammy says:

Good luck Chandler. Not gonna lie, I’m happy he is leaving. Not a good actor at all. Like Laurence said, if he wasn’t playing an over-hyped gay roll, he wouldn’t have one Emmy let alone two. None of DAYS “young” actors have the It Factor but at least Blake is a good actor. Chandler, nope.

June 23, 2013 at 12:02 am
(7) Jim R says:

Thank goodness! Chandler is a horrible actor who only took the role this far because Will is gay.

June 23, 2013 at 12:13 am
(8) Ricky says:

Can I do a happy dance now that Mr. I-don’t-know-whether-to-laugh-or-cry Massey is out? Sorry fans of his but he is a bad actor that I won’t miss at all. Now, please let Freddie be next out the door.

June 23, 2013 at 12:14 am
(9) Winey says:


June 23, 2013 at 6:47 am
(10) David E says:

At least you were cute to watch with the vixen smile of wonderment. Sonny is like an old maid. I say bring in your friend “T” (Brendan Coughlin) to replace you. Not only is he cute but he can act. Good luck in your next venture.

June 23, 2013 at 3:30 pm
(11) Vicki in Monterey says:

Mandarin Chinese? Marvelous…I think anything that Chandler put his mind to, he could excel at. I’ll miss him on-canvas, but maybe he’ll return someday after he “tests the waters” – good luck, God Speed!

June 23, 2013 at 4:31 pm
(12) BLONDIE says:

Chandler Massey has been here in Columbus,Ohio since friday has been in many interviews,asked on every interview if he had any plans on leaving Days and every time the answer was NO. He loves playing Will and has no desire to leave. In none of his interviews did he day that he wasn’t signing a new contract. I was great having him here and I do hope you make it back for RED WHITE AND BOOM July 3rd. Thanks Chandler.

June 23, 2013 at 4:31 pm
(13) BLONDIE says:

Chandler Massey has been here in Columbus,Ohio since friday has been in many interviews,asked on every interview if he had any plans on leaving Days and every time the answer was NO. He loves playing Will and has no desire to leave. In none of his interviews did he day that he wasn’t signing a new contract. I was great having him here and I do hope you make it back for RED WHITE AND BOOM July 3rd. Thanks Chandler.

June 23, 2013 at 5:52 pm
(14) ANNAMARIE says:


June 23, 2013 at 6:27 pm
(15) Jack Spratt says:

Must be hard for Chandler to know what his next move should be. He’s is such a motovated, perfectionistiv person, he’ll definitely “go for it”, but at the very least, he can use UCLA as a bargaining chip for more money from NBC. Personally, I predict Chandler will in fact leave for his education and then come back to DAYS if something bigger and better hasn’t come along. I wouldn’t underestimate his acting ability if given the right role in the right project. He has potential to spread out into a bigger Hollywood career and he needs to explore that, but so much depends on luck and timing. He is one of my favorite actors ever!

June 23, 2013 at 7:03 pm
(16) Jane says:

Wow, some of the comments are so mean spirited. Kinda sad people hate just to hate.

June 24, 2013 at 9:37 am
(17) EJK says:

Chandler Massey is one of the best actors on DAYS and projects “star quality” which is inself a big plus. Think Deidre Hall and consider how she lights up the screen.Chandler in the best sense will become the new James Dean given a good role. Also Freddie Smith was a great gift to DAYS as Will’s love;they really work well together and they created an award winning show.Let’s marry ‘em up.It’s timely and will offend everyone and get great ratings.
Congrats to the writers for last Fridays show with Kristen drugging and raping the shy Eric, very funny, J.J. getting caught once again and getting away with it (Mom says he is a good boy, Thank you Moms everywhere) and both Sonny and Will finally standing up to E.J. and Sami. Will he spill the beans on all his family’s murders? Don’t do it Will, you have an interesting family so keep it going.

June 24, 2013 at 10:27 am
(18) cathym says:

#17 EJK, I agree. I’ve been watching Days since the mid 70′s, never missed a day, good or bad stories I still watch and enjoy. If everyone would look at Days on the bright side and make good comments Days will be on forever. When it isn’t on for a couple of days because of sports I feel like my day is not complete, there is something missing, and yes, I do have a full life and a family.

There is good and bad in everyone and everything, I choose to look at the positives in life and in people, the good sides, and for those who say bad things about the actors on how they act and how they look, it’s not nice to say bad things about anyone, it’s bully. We don’t know for sure if the actors read our comments through the internet, but if they do think of how they must feel reading mean things about them and wanting them out of Days. If Chandler and Freddie were bad actors they wouldn’t be nominated and Chandler would not win twice. They are fantastic actors, they are convincing and they seem real, like they are not even being taped. I honestly thought that Sonny was telling his real life story when he opened up to Will about when he told his parents that he is gay and how he knew he is gay, so if that’s not good acting then I don’t know what is, and Gabi is beautiful girl and a fantastic actress.

June 24, 2013 at 2:19 pm
(19) Samantha says:

Wilson – supercouple. I love how Chandler talks about Freddie. Chandler & Freddie are adorable together.

I’m waiting a Wilson wedding.

June 24, 2013 at 4:14 pm
(20) Michelle says:

Chandler took Will from a background character to a front running character. You can’t do that without having some acting chops. I will miss him if he leaves, but leaving for school is a wise decision if he keeps doing small jobs to stay in the public eye. He will be easily forgotten if not. Days will always take him back if he changes his mind.

June 24, 2013 at 4:26 pm
(21) Kay says:

Chandler has said that he may leave Days at the end of his contract but he is not “100% sure” so there is a chance he may stay. I am not going to get upset if he does leave because he is planning on furthering his education. I wish him luck as he continues to look for work outside of Days. I hope Freddie Smith stays though. I think his contract doesn’t end until April 2015. Not sure if they will recast the role of Will or what they will do, since Will Horton is a part of the history of the show. We will have to see how the show handles this, if Chandler does eventually leave. Since they tape so far in advance (4 months+) we will still see scenes of Will and Sonny through April 2014 so at least we will still get to enjoy the couple. Once he completes his education, who knows maybe he will come back to Days. Otherwise, maybe we will see him in primetime or even on the big screen since he has done several films in the past few years. Good Luck to him as he decides on his future.

June 24, 2013 at 6:56 pm
(22) mark says:

WOW !!!!!! : ( Now both Chad and Will are leaving DAYS !!!!!! : ( Something has really got to be wrong on the set now. What is going on with the men leaving DAYS !!!! : ( Also, I am assuming Rafe is still in a coma ????? It seems like we haven’t seen him in weeks. WOW ! I think DAYS has turned into the Eileen Davidson show myself. I am getting tired of her. I wish she would leave. I HATE WHAT THE WRITERS HAD HER TO DO TO POOR ERIC. : ( That was simply crazy. I think Crazy Kristen has lost it.

I think Days has turned out to be the new desperate housewives with everyone broken up. The only married people on the show now are Maggie and Victor and Justin and Adrianne. Whew !!!!!

June 24, 2013 at 7:23 pm
(23) Bettina Braun says:

I hate to see Chandler go. They have had some really bad actors playing Will, but Chandler was good. I will be happy if the gay story line goes with him though!

June 24, 2013 at 7:28 pm
(24) Amy says:

Simply replace him. Many can be replaced. In a week after he will be forgotten. Fickle is the name of the game.

June 24, 2013 at 8:04 pm
(25) raymone says:

It can’t be easy being Sami s son, and Chandler does it so well! Can’t be easy being a DiMera and yet Casey does it well, too. It would be wise of Days to keep both actors. What a SHAME.

June 24, 2013 at 8:10 pm
(26) Barb says:

I , as a LONG time Days fan, have liked Chandler playing Will and am sorry to see him go. He is a cute kid.
Of all the young people, I like him the best.
However,I can see how a young guy like he is wants to see if there is anything else for him while he’s still hot … from his Emmy award.
But, the business is fickle, it’s not always your talent,because there are a lot of pretty, talented faces out there…. but, being in the right place at the right time. I hope, for him, that this happens.
Have we seen Peter Reckell doing anything… recently…LOL…at all?
Did we see Peter Reckell do much of anything that last time he left? No…that’s why he came back. But…..
I wish Chandler well.

June 24, 2013 at 8:54 pm
(27) tommy says:

Maybe Days will wise up and drop this Fag lover crap.

June 24, 2013 at 9:41 pm
(28) Lynn says:

Will is a great actor in Days . I will miss him in Days , a lot can change between now and Dec 2013.

June 24, 2013 at 9:47 pm
(29) Lynn Streeter says:

He will be be missed in Days . He s a great actor . May be things will change by the time Dec of 2013 comes all along he might stay with days.

June 25, 2013 at 12:23 am
(30) Margaret says:

Hate to see him go also very good actor…………So Sad

June 25, 2013 at 2:00 am
(31) Gina says:


I will certainly miss your character as Will. Especially at a time when Will, J.J., the lady actor (sorry I forgot her name right now) and the baby are just arrived home from the hospital.. I was looking forward to seeing how all of you would get along. I have seen you grow as an actor since you arrived. Now your a man and I adore your character. At first I wasn’t sure I’d care for two men together. Yet, as time went on, I grew to love Will and Sony’s caring for each other.
I can see why you’d like to explore different avenues of acting. But I sure will miss you. Best wishes.

June 25, 2013 at 2:11 am
(32) Gina Busateri says:


I’m certainly going to miss you. Your my favorite young male actor. Your leaving at an especially wonderful time. I was looking forward to watching Will, Sonny and (the young woman that had your characters baby),.Sorry I forgot her name. I wasn’t sure I’d like a story line of two men together, Yet, Will and Sonny have developed an awesome relationship. You two have chemistry and really care about one another.
Yet I know it’s time for you to carry on, and find different parts to play. Best of luck to you.

June 25, 2013 at 2:16 am
(33) Gina Busateri says:

Sorry, I made an error. I meant to say, Will and Sonny. I said J. J.instead.

June 25, 2013 at 9:44 am
(34) OMSAM5 says:

Chandler is a wonderful actor…he will be missed. He plays the role exceptionally well and certainly deserved the Emmy. I will be sorry to see him go as he adds much to the soap.

June 25, 2013 at 10:37 am
(35) EJK says:

To # 27 TOMMY, If the “fag love” is eliminated,then what will be left is your brand of ignorance and bigotry which you so eloquently espouse in a few well-chosen hate-filled words.
The peculiar brand of stupidity you represent encourages bullying, discrimination and childrens’ suicides.
The bitter hate inate in you is far from the caring and thoughtful remarks of the vast majority of DAYS viewers. We may all have different favorites with the characters but keep a civil tongue; this is a good and very successful “drama” that entertains and occasionally teaches.

June 25, 2013 at 2:12 pm
(36) cathym says:

#35 EJK very well said, I agree completely.

June 25, 2013 at 7:11 pm
(37) Joanne says:


June 25, 2013 at 7:43 pm
(38) picorachel says:

I was upset when I heard the news that Chandler Massey is going to leave the show! I really enjoyed watching the characters Will and Sonny. I liked how they supported each other, and those close to them. I have watched the show for years, and it’s hard when the actors want to leave, or are told to leave. You get used to seeing them on the screen. I admire him for following his passion, and wish him the best!

June 26, 2013 at 7:08 am
(39) DeDe says:

I think Chandler Massey has grown into his role as Will, when he first came on he was young and now he is a young man. It’s usually his Mom who gets him into some kind of mess not him. She has a way of getting drawing him in. I will miss the Will, Sonny and Gabi and little Ariana story.

June 26, 2013 at 2:03 pm
(40) Peter Q says:

THANK GOD! HE IS A REALLY AWFUL ACTOR. Maybe while gone he can get some acting lessons. Just because he has two emmys doesn’t mean he is a good actor. It means he has the gay mafia behind him. The guy doesn’t know if he should laugh, cry, smile or smirk in a scene, really hard to watch. The show is much better off without him.

Eileen also needs to go, so sick of seeing her so much. It isn’t DAYS OF KRISTEN’S life.

June 26, 2013 at 2:05 pm
(41) Nelsen says:

Notice how the people who think Chandler can “act” are fans? LOL! I agree, he has never been a good actor at all, very green and still green.

June 29, 2013 at 7:46 am
(42) Nina Anderson says:

i do not enjoy so much kissing between Sonny and Will. If we must watch the same sex relation surely you can do away with so much
physical contact

June 30, 2013 at 7:52 pm
(43) F6o_om says:

My fav young actor 😠 u will nt leave ☝

July 1, 2013 at 12:02 am
(44) Squirrely says:

So sorry to see you leave. Education is a great thing. Will you be going back to UCLA or to UGA? Please hurry back. Some of us in Georgia will really miss you.

July 5, 2013 at 9:21 pm
(45) Leah says:

The thing I like about Chandler Massey is that he bought the character of Will alive. Under Chandlers guidance Will had an attitude, mixed it up and wouldn’t take anyones bull. Not from his mother, Stefano or EJ. I wonder if Days will recast this character as Will has become a central and important part of the show now. Have to say I like the dynamics of Ejami and Wilsons relationship now. Its so good and makes for good viewing…. All the BEST for the future Chandler!

July 7, 2013 at 4:41 pm
(46) wildflower says:

Not only is chandler (possibly) leaving but so are casey and camilla. I think because Wilson is so popular with the fans, they will unfortuanately have to recast. Which saddens me because freddie/chandler play off of one another so well. I just dont see that happening with another actor.
Also with camilla leaving, i think Will will follow her and Arianna leaving Sonny behind. So maybe they will create a new love interest for Sonny. But again i think Wilson is too important to the show to not recast meaning they may recast gabi too in order to keep these characters in Salem.
Anyway, such a sad day. Without Wilson, there is no point to watch!!

July 13, 2013 at 8:21 pm
(47) teresa says:

they finally get a good character to play the parts and then they quit. WHY!!!, so will Gabbi and Sonny fall in love will Sonny go straight . I hope they don’t replace Chandler Massey i hope he comes back soon,
wish they wood get a life for Kristen instead of her menipilating peoples lives, can’t wait to see whats in store for EJ wonder whats up Stefanos sleeves for him will Sammi end up pregnant again. I think Nicole and Brady should adopt a baby together.or let that poor girl have a baby since she would love tove to have one and it was stupid that they let her carry her pregancy out that long and make her lose the baby so I would like to see Nicole end up with a baby

July 16, 2013 at 7:31 pm
(48) Billy says:

Thank the soap gods, his acting sucks.

July 17, 2013 at 2:09 pm
(49) Stephanie says:

I want to cry :’( Will is my favorite character and the only reason why I watch the show with my mom :’(

July 19, 2013 at 1:26 am
(50) Lori says:

I like Will. He is good with sony & great with Gabi. But the writers to have him resing he cotrack, And get him and Gabi back together, there is still love between the to of them. GET WILL UNGAY ROLE BACK. For the sake of the show. And get christen off the show she is mean as mean can be. And get Sami back to Refe. Or I just might stop watching days if this stuff dose not happed. I have been watching days ever since I was 5 years old when it first was a half hour show with my mom who is now passed on. And the docters were this all started the days storys. So I can only hope this will happen. Or I gone from watching.

July 19, 2013 at 6:35 pm
(51) LEE says:

the show won’t be the same without you, you have just begun with this whole new story line!!! you can’t leave!!!!!!!

July 23, 2013 at 12:25 pm
(52) Lisa says:

All these young actors have no gratitude for the fans and the show and leave to try and go onto movies and prime time. I personally don’t think Chandler is a good actor he only won Emmys because of the gay theme and not that many soaps around for competition. I’m kinda glad he’s leaving.

August 3, 2013 at 9:19 pm
(53) Marietta LaRose says:

This can’t be true . When Will is on screen I can’t stop smiling. All i can say is “NO NO NO”.

August 5, 2013 at 6:20 am
(54) latte 123 says:

If this is true that sucks. Chandler is one of the most talented young actor I’ve seen lately and the way he plays Will is incredible. Days fans will miss him but his career is just ahead of him. I cant wait to see Chandler on big screen. He will do great. I know so.

August 8, 2013 at 5:47 pm
(55) barbara says:

I love Chandler, I know that he wants to finish his education & i support him, I am just hoping tht he will hav he time to do DAYS PT, we cant loose him, we have loved him since he stepped into this part. It breaks my heart to see storyine changing already for his departure, he is lovingly steering Sonny away from him, DAYS took a risk w this storyline & im glad tht w the controversary they recvd from some, they went on with the storyline. NO ONE can replace Chandler, a gr8 actor, whom we all have grown to love, he is young, handsome and I’m tearing up writing this 2 you, I will cry IF he leaves permantely. We have already lost 2 many other characters tht we have watched over the yrs leave this show, after ev1 we loose, i loose interest more & more w DAYS. PLS, Chandler, dont leave this part, even if they have u traveling w the baby, YES, you cant leave ur daughter & I do not want DAYS 2 replace you w another Will <3

August 14, 2013 at 2:37 pm
(56) dareesa says:


August 22, 2013 at 11:51 pm
(57) fk says:

ejk u do not have to call tommy names for voicing his comment about his thought on will and sonny. they tell u to leave your commens- i hate to see chandler go too- mayby sonny can get a girl

August 23, 2013 at 10:52 am
(58) NicoNYC says:

you are the BEST-GREAT–GOOD actor. It was the best love story with Will and Sonny. Good luck in the future.

September 20, 2013 at 10:56 am
(59) Francesca says:

EJK…you have a sick sense of humor, to say the least. You must have all Catholics and mothers everywhere in an uproar. You give the writers praise for having Kristen rape a priest while under the influence? Are you a Sadist and an atheist? Crawl back into your pit of vipers. I am no prude, but what Kristen did is sacrilegious!!!!!!….no matter what religious denomination a person is. That was a sinful and shameful act!
As a mother, I resent your comments on JJ and his involvement with drugs. If you do not get the moral of this storyline, then you are dumber than you appear…and that’s saying a lot, and not much. You simply do not get it, do you. Keep thinking the way you do and get your cheap thrills and two-bit laughs over something so serious in our society, then you will see how far you get, you fool. This storyline on JJ emphasizes the turmoil drugs can generate in an otherwise good family…I wonder who raised you.

September 20, 2013 at 12:27 pm
(60) Francesca says:

Again, EJK…Please try to learn how to construct a sentence.”innate” has two n’s and is an adjective. Do not try to impress by inappropriately using terms and words that you think make you appear smart. You are a malaprop. As an English major, I can certainly and without question say that.
Also, practice what you preach. You understand nothing about protagonists and their roles. If you did, you would not utter such idiocy by calling others stupid, albeit I agree that DOOL is one of the best soaps .

September 26, 2013 at 8:57 pm
(61) april says:

i will definetly stop watching days when he leaves. the whole jennifer, daniel and jj crap is so beyond old and so many, many of my family members and friends think the same. we will all stop watching the soap and switch to a soap that knows how to keep the good ones and get rid of the old. will is good. the old crap, jennifer, daniel and jj…..get over it….its the same crap every show….get rid of jj or jennifer….we are so sick of daniel constantly getting crapped on when he already had enough with klohe….like anyone really wants to see a drug addict screw with him anymore……change the script before we all change the channel to a different soap that isnt boring with the same crap over and over again……writer must be bored!! hope to see a change asap!!

January 13, 2014 at 2:14 am
(62) Melissa says:

I wish you the best but it “will” be weird to see someone else in your place… Just like “Bo” we as viewers come to love the characters…and the actors that play them…. to see someone that is not our people is not good…but if your contract is not good I understand it is all about what is best for your future…I “will” miss you …

January 14, 2014 at 12:20 pm
(63) Katy L says:

Laurence H. is so right, he will be back, when you start in soap, you will stay in soap. You have a good role and maybe the only one. I hope you will find what you are looking for. Best of luck.

January 17, 2014 at 1:54 am
(64) Idania WOOKEY says:

Please bring Will back!!!

January 22, 2014 at 12:00 pm
(65) Cheryl says:

So sorry to to see Chandler go. This new Will is not working for me, and now Sammy is leaving too. I may just stop watching.

January 25, 2014 at 11:55 am
(66) BC says:

Hate seeing Chandler leave Days, myself & co-worker enjoyed his acting and seeing him as Will. Not real sure we like the new Will. Wish you well Chandler, come on back!!

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