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Janet Di Lauro

Chandler Massey Off Days of Our Lives

By August 23, 2013

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chandler masseyIt's over. Chandler Massey is off Days of Our Lives. The actor taped his last scenes as Will Horton on Friday, August 23.

"Thank you, thank you, and thank you. It has been such an amazing journey, and I am so grateful to have shared these four years with you all," tweeted Massey. "As I move forward from Days, I will never forget the laughs we shared, the tears we shed, & the love we spread. Time to get edumacated!"

Massey told gaystarnews.com that NBC and Days agreed to let him out of his four-year contract early, so he could focus on school and pursue other acting opportunities. The pact was set to expire in December.

He also revealed that the soap plans to recast the role of Will.

"I think it's a good move," said Massey. "I'm biased, because I fell in love with Will and Sonny, and I want Will and Sonny to be together."

Massey, who joined Days in 2009, first revealed that he was planning to leave the soap at the 2013 Daytime Emmys, after he snared his second Younger Actor in a Drama Series trophy.

In a statement released to Soap Opera Digest, a Days spokesperson noted that while the show was "disappointed" to lose a talent like Massey, it supported him in his future endeavors. In addition, it confirmed that a recast was forthcoming.

However, Massey's pal, actor Charlie Sheen, offered another spin on his young friend's soap exit; suggesting that he may have been fired from Days on Twitter. Sheen also tweeted, "NOW his career begins! he's a winner. period the end. his TWO EMMYS speak to that fact loud and clear."

Photo Courtesy: Getty Images/Mark Davis


August 23, 2013 at 11:40 pm
(1) barbara says:

I am soooo sad to see Chandler go, I love him as my own family, no matter who they get to play him, it will never be good enough. So many people leaving the cast that i amreally finding with each loos, a piece of me goes with them. I am slipping away fron DAYS after yrs of watching. I wish Chandler the best and I LOVE YOU Chandler <3 <3 <3

August 24, 2013 at 12:05 am
(2) Tabitha says:

So he REALLY is gay and not just portraying one? He reported to GAY star news and he fell in love with Will and Sonny, so it doesn’t sound like an ACT to me

August 24, 2013 at 1:45 am
(3) Willa says:

NO , Chandler Masssey is not gay… i read both Freddie and Chandler are straight…. only do characters on Days of Our Lives….

August 24, 2013 at 6:50 am
(4) Anne says:

Is it true what Charlie Sheen said…did Chandler get fired?

August 24, 2013 at 7:50 am
(5) BLONDIE says:

BOOHOO Chandler I hate to see you go you were so good I am not sure how a re-cast will work. If they hadn’t brought in the Bryan character as a friend he might have been good for the Will part, you will be missed. I saw you on TV when you were in Columbus, Ohio for the Gay Pride Parade and the Red,White and you kept saying no you weren’t leaving then I saw the commercial you did and I thought well maybe he is. You will be missed.

August 24, 2013 at 11:03 am
(6) cathym says:

I’m so sad to see him go, best of luck, don’t stay gone for too long, please come back when you are ready to be back.

A replacement for Will is better than killing him off, at least he can always come back. We will have to get used to the new Will, at least Sonny and Will stay together and continue their wonderful love life together.

We still don’t know about Gabi, if she will be replaced. I don’t think Will will want to be away from her daughter, he will want to be there for her always and be a good parent, not dysfunctional like he was raised. Sammi was always and still is a good mother to Will, but he has been going left to right his whole childhood, for sure he will want Ari to have a good stable home with her parents in her life.

August 24, 2013 at 4:16 pm
(7) cathym says:

Sorry, I meant to say “his daughter” not “her daughter”.

August 24, 2013 at 5:10 pm
(8) Jane says:

Tabatha sounds kinda crazy! The actors who portray Will and Sonny are not gay. Maybe they are BI. What difference does it make?

August 24, 2013 at 8:13 pm
(9) mark says:

: ( : ( : ( I am about over it myself, will leaving, chad dying, and I hate seeing Sami in jail. still hating theresa. UGH ! will probably still keep on watching though. Also, I hated to see Vargas go. : ( : ( I was wondering what was going on with him and and the writers had to put him up wth theresa. UGH. I loved Fridays episode. I wish Hope could have put Theresa in jail or really sent her to rehab. UGH. Also who was that little girl that had kristens test ??? Was that Sydney or Ali ???? I had forgotten what those little girls looked like they haven’t shown them in so long. lol.

August 25, 2013 at 7:59 pm
(10) mewp12 says:

I have watched Days since 1966. I was excited t-when TPTB decided to bring back John and Marlene. But since they are never seen it would have been just as well for them not to. The spark has gone out of this show. Will and Sonny were the bright spot. Why is it every time the writers can’t think of anything they do some bad to Sami. Very redundant.

August 26, 2013 at 8:19 pm
(11) LoriB says:

So Charlie Sheen is suddenly an authority? How can you be fired when you’ve already given notice? Which, by the way, while I have loved Chandler’s portrayal of Will,, I thought it was unprofessional and tacky that he announced he was leaving at the Emmys, Emmy in hand, while the show was winning Best Drama.
Oftentimes when a person says they’re leaving they are told to leave early, at the convenience of the employer. I’m thrilled that they found another Will and hope he’s terrific. Corday said they wouldn’t recast and the part is way too important to not to.

August 26, 2013 at 8:23 pm
(12) Judi says:

Glad the character Will will be recast. Soaps do it all the time. They should do,it with Bo, so Reckell sees he can be replaced as all actors can be. Ok writers the kiddies have gone back to school, let’s throw the delinquents in rehab jail and move on with the adults and help Jen get some backbone. What a wuss of a mother and who would want this weak woman as a love? Geesh

August 26, 2013 at 8:24 pm
(13) David says:

Please let Tyler Sellers (Brent) take Will’s place.

August 26, 2013 at 8:47 pm
(14) George Boyd says:

EVAN A RECAST could never take Chandler’s place he was so loved by all of us watching this soap I do wish him good luck and excellent health as he continues on his adventures in life. We all love you man take care and stay well and keep in touch periodically through twitter or Facebook

August 26, 2013 at 8:56 pm
(15) Vicki says:

Well – recasts sometimes work out just fine – but Chandler was and will always be remembered as the first Will. Good luck to his ‘ edumacated” journey …I’m sure he’ll excel at this, too. And I’m sure we’ll see his handsome face in the public eye again someday.. God speed, Chandler.

August 26, 2013 at 9:04 pm
(16) Sharon says:

The way Jennifer jacks Daniel around, it’s no wonder he’s about to explode. Reminds me of a very old song ‘First you say you will, then you say you won’t…”
Jennifer is in for a very rude awakening. Her son is a full blown drug dealer/criminal and belongs behind bars before he hurts someone.
Jack is spinning in his grave.
I love Chandler and his wonderful talent playing Will Horton. We’ve seen him grow the last couple of years and he truly shines. So does Sonny and I love their story and I don’t want to see the writer’s ‘un-do’
them. I guess I will get used to his replacement. I actually liked Bo’s replacement (Robert Kelker-Kelly) better than I liked Peter. Hope is holding her own but do something to wrap this up – make him dead or replace him so we don’t keep doing the phone thing.
Kristen will never change. What she did to Eric is deplorable and Brady might try to kill her when he finds out – that is if there’s anything left of him at all!
If Sami turns on EJ, well I’m so stunned that she would even think of doing that that I can’t think of anything to say about it. It would reduce him to rubble probably and open the door for Stefano to take the reins back of his empire. Look out Salem.
BTW, I’m a nearly 70 yr old lady who has watched DOOL nearly since its inception.
Have a good day all.

August 26, 2013 at 10:40 pm
(17) ummm anaonymous says:

methinks Chandler left his role because he isn’t gay, and althogh he loves a challenge, subconsciously, it WAS a challenge and he was acting but ya know… lines get blurred and he needed to flee the scene before he got typecasted.

but bravo to young mr massey. take your emmy’s … and dont let the dust from the door… as you make your exit, stage right.. tarnish those emmy’s.

i wish him much love. Peace CM.


August 26, 2013 at 10:49 pm
(18) karen richards says:

chandler will be sorely missed i love him as if he was one of my grandchildren, good luck chandler may God bless your future

August 26, 2013 at 11:31 pm
(19) barblu says:

i think massey is fabulous. he’ll prob have a great career as a star actor. but he held the show for me, so i don’t know whether i’ll continue as a dool fan. theresa is too, too much and i hope she’ll go somewhere, anywhere but on days. i love dan and jen, hope they can send jj away soon.

August 27, 2013 at 2:48 am
(20) Angela says:

Only DOOL would let go of a mega-talent like this kid! It goes to prove that they let the good ones go and keep the awful ones, like the Jennifers, Hopes, Julies, Johns, etc cuz they can’t act so no one else wants them. They just grew into older roles cuz they stayed there long enough to rot and make a bundle. Will, please take some of these annoying talentless folk with you! I hate Sammi but she has at least learned to act a bit since she’s been played the same part practically since birth! I’m so sick of all the air time they give to Jennifer, who has all of 2 expressons! They have no range and that sickening romp with the donuts on bookclub night proved it I was embarassed for them all! THEY CAN’T ACT!!! Good luck Chandler Massey, you will be deservedly missed, you don’t deserve to be around these misfits!

August 27, 2013 at 2:59 am
(21) Debra says:

Aw-w come on Angela. The WRITERS were adding depth of character for Jennifer and then they dropped the ball. The book club scene was CHARACTER ASSASSINATION not bad acting. It was ridiculously funny but it gave every character there a kick in the pants. No respect or dignity there. This is typical of the younger generation of today. No MORALS OR RESPECT AND WANT TO CHANGE EVERYTHING SO THEY GET AWAY WITH ANYTHING. This country is in bad shape morally and the soap reflects the ridiculous STUPIDITY of the WRITERS.

August 27, 2013 at 3:08 am
(22) DaOnenOnlyDeb says:

Today was the BEST acting day I’ve seen out of Chandler…. GO, LEARN & PLEASE RETURN!!

August 27, 2013 at 3:14 am
(23) robert says:

now we don’t need no more fag’s on the show it is so sick
it sick looking at to guys kissing thank god I still have my vhs vcr

August 27, 2013 at 4:03 am
(24) jeanie says:

Chandler, really sad to see you go – Days just won’t be the same without you! Please don’t anyone else leave – I love all of you!

August 27, 2013 at 9:06 am
(25) LoriB says:

Ummm Anonymous (no time to type all your dumb “mmmm’s): Yes, playing gay will get you typecast. Look what happened to Tom Hanks, Sean Penn, Heath Ledger, Daniel Radcliffe, Julianne Moore. Their careers were destroyed, right? Such ignorance.
By all accounts Chandler is straight, enrolled in school and planning to live in the dorms this fall and spend next semester abroad in China.
Live in the real world.

August 27, 2013 at 9:48 am
(26) days for 40+ says:

Have watched Days since I was born. Third generation …just want to say Chandler, you will be missed! Best wishes ! Also love Sonny /Will !

August 27, 2013 at 6:41 pm
(27) Linda says:

I hate to see you go Chandler. No mater who is picked to play Will it is not going to be the same. You are a great actor, your awards speak for themselves. Good luck at school, and whatever you do in acting.

August 27, 2013 at 11:33 pm
(28) disapointed says:

Will and Sonney were the greatest match of 2 people in a relationship..They had chemistry that no other actor replacing will have with Sonney.It was so believable and natural..To let him go is a shot to the show and my watching,,Every day I cheered for them and the connection they had with each other and the show..Poor,poor choice to let him go..I cheared everyday with how they were together and worked life out..I wish him the best but now a whole group of us are going to stop viewing the show..Seems like the best are leaving and the show is going downhill fast….shame

August 27, 2013 at 11:35 pm
(29) disapointed says:

Will and Sonney were the greatest match of 2 people in a relationship..They had chemistry that no other actor replacing will have with Sonney.It was so believable and natural..To let him go is a shot to the show and my watching,,Every day I cheered for them and the connection they had with each other and the show..Poor,poor choice to let him go..I cheared everyday with how they were together and worked life out..I wish him the best but now a whole group of us are going to stop viewing the show..Seems like the best are leaving and the show is going downhill fast….shame not a duplicate so let this post

August 27, 2013 at 11:40 pm
(30) Deb says:

I think Chandler Massey is really talented and, hopefully, there will be more roles out there for him either in prime time or movies. DOOL didn’t “let him go” . He said it plainly at the Daytime Emmys that he was leaving to go back to school. I also was kind of surprised he put it out there right then. I don’t know about the recasting of him. It doesn’t seem to have worked in the past when a character was very ingrained in viewer’s minds for quite a long time. I can still remember how that was years ago when they recast Roman (who was originally played by Wayne Northrup). That’s how long I have been watching. I’ll never forget the day I called the DOOL set (don’t remember how I got the number) and Wayne answered the phone! I couldn’t believe it. He was just leaving for the day, and he was so gracious and down to earth. I guess he rode off into the sunset never to be seen again. Of course the actor that replaced him has now been on for years, but he bore no resemblance at all to the original Roman. It’s the same with Bo/Peter. When an actor portrays a character for so many years it’s just hard to look at someone else who doesn’t look or sound anything like the other person — yet here they are acting opposite someone they supposedly have been in love with for years. One last thing — I am sick, sick, sick to death of Jennifer and Daniel fighting because she is the most in denial woman/Mother I have ever seen about her stupid, irritating, juvenile-delinquent son!! I think I dislike him more than any other character that’s ever been on Days. No successful, good-looking doctor (who probably has women running after him) would keep begging and running after someone that can’t even put her own son in his place. Also, as I remember someone else commenting once — why does a successful doctor who (apparently) can do any kind of surgery anywhere, anytime — live in a little dinky apartment?

August 28, 2013 at 12:25 am
(31) Snook says:

I wish Chandler the best and will miss him a lot. He was not the first to portray Will because his character was aged from a child to a young adult and I think two other actors did those earlier parts. As for Gabi, I like her but she has lost it since she and her ex slept together. I hope she doesn’t lose it and that Rafe can give her some guidance. Also Kate. I am sick of this JJ/Jennifer/Daniel storyline. It’s past time for Jen to see her son for what he is and trying to do to her life. Daniel is the best thing for her. Writers PLEASE our pain and end this plot. I hate to see Jen so gullible and stupid where JJ is concerned. How could she think taking a break from Daniel would solve JJ’s adolescant behavior.

August 29, 2013 at 2:29 pm
(32) Anne says:

I wish Chandler Massey well. He seemed to be playing Will a bit “goofy” lately, so I guess it is time for him to move on. I hope that Freddy Smith gets to act with a new Will who makes the transition seamless. Some of the new characters (JJ, Theresa) have clunky, bumpy runway takeoffs and have been cringeworthy. So, good luck to the “new” Will, whomsoever he may be. Freddy will make his job easy-he is one of the best characters and best actors on the show.

August 29, 2013 at 6:35 pm
(33) Joanne says:


August 30, 2013 at 1:14 am
(34) Daphni says:

I really hate that all the young great actors are leaving Days of our lives!!! I have been watching since I can remember from age 5! I hope that both of them just take a break away and come back! I do wish them the best of luck :(

August 30, 2013 at 11:28 am
(35) Deb says:

I wonder if the writers are just trying to get on our nerves with all of these actors/actresses that are just absolutely fast-forward worthy! We all seem to agree — JJ, his long-haired friend, Theresa, etc. As I have said before, Chandler is a good actor but I know what you mean, Joanne, about the smirk and, as Anne said, acting “goofy”. I know he is just following the script though. So many times, however, these daytime actors leave for greener pastures only to find that there’s not much out there for them. Susan Lucci is one of the few of late that has been able to do this, but she has been around for a long time and for years she did TV movies that were shown in primetime while she was still doing AMC. Of course years ago a lot of now famous actors and actresses got their start in daytime — but you don’t see that much anymore. I don’t mean to be crude but I am tired of the gay storyline, and seeing two men with their hairly legs entertwined in bed just doesn’t do it for me personally so, in that regard, I’m not sorry to see Chandler/Will go because since the storyline has evolved with him being gay he can’t go back to being straight so ON THIS SHOW he is typecast now.

August 30, 2013 at 6:51 pm
(36) Lisa says:

Loved, loved, loved Chandler!! I am a third generation watcher of DOOL. I remember watching the show at the age of 5 years old. That has almost been 40 yrs. The chemistry between him and Freddie was undeniable. No matter who the get to replace him it will never be the same. They were definitely a super couple. I have never seen a better chemistry between two people. Any actor can act but true chemistry between actors or actresses do not happen that often. The reason everyone loves Will and Sonny so much was because of the true connection that Freddie and Chandler had with each other. So what ever Days Executives were trying to do with this sudden change. They left a lot of disappointed fans. This is a soap I have loved for many years and have fond memories of. I really hope they get the message. After the way this whole thing went down. I do not have much love for them or the show any more. I still love Chandler and Freddie. I will definitely follower their careers. They are both awesome and I think they both had real love and respect for each other as fellow actors that is why Will and Sonny was so popular. If they think either one of them could be replaced so easily they are very delusional. It is great to know that both of them loved Will and Sonny so much. Love you Chandler, can’t wait to see what the future holds for you, now go get, “edumacated”

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September 3, 2013 at 6:22 pm
(38) Patricia says:

Shame on you DAYS, Chandler deserved better! It will be your loss! Decisions like this are the reason your Soap took forever to win an EMMY. And Chandler is one of the main reasons you did this year. His screen day will also be mine.

September 6, 2013 at 11:09 am
(39) Farah says:

I am sad to see Chandler go too. I grew to love him,and how he portrayed Will Horton. Good luck in your future endeavors. With his talent I am sure we will see him again soon.

September 9, 2013 at 7:57 pm
(40) shirley says:

Chandler so sorry to see you leave

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September 11, 2013 at 9:55 am
(42) sandy says:

I think TPTB at Dool behaved in an unprofessional manner with Chandlers exit. Freddie and Chandler have a huge fanbase and I think the producers are naive if they think the recast will work… It won’t they should be prepared to lose a lot of viewers.

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September 14, 2013 at 12:11 am
(45) Lisa Himes says:

I really don’t want to see Chandler Massey go. I love his portrayal as the grown, out on his own, just finding himself Will Hortan. I absolutely love the Will and Sonny storyline. Them 2 have such great chemistry together in front of the camera. They work so well together. I’m sorry but I seriously cannot see anyone else being able to pull this character off as well as him. It’s just gonna be so wrong to see someone else stepping in as this character. I really wish Chandler the very best and Hope that he may come back one day after he gets “edumacated”. Love u and wish u the very best Chandler !!!!

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January 8, 2014 at 5:08 pm
(47) Donna says:

I was shocked to see Chandler wasn’t in today’s episode, (1/8/2014).I loved him, he grew into his character so nicely. It’s going to be very hard to get into this new actor. Loved he and Sonny’ relationship as the first gay couple in day time tv. I wish Chandler all the luck in the world. After reading the previous reviews,I can’t believe this was known months ago!

January 8, 2014 at 5:27 pm
(48) Kiesha Keesh says:

Wtf….I want Will back….This is some bull…I’m tired of people changing…still going to watch but I’m not happy at all

January 8, 2014 at 7:37 pm
(49) Cindy and sister Judy says:

We hated it when Will was on Days today (1-8-14) and it was not our Will. We miss him already and can’t take the new guy seriously.

But damn changes always come our way when least expected and this is one of them. We will always miss you Chandler Massey – you really made Will.

Good Luck in you schooling or whatever else you get into. Whatever it is you’ll be great, we know it.

Love & Peace to you always,

Cindy & Judy

January 8, 2014 at 9:03 pm
(50) Mary Ellen Carlin says:

sorry about chandler massey leaving..give the new guy a chance..we will see if he can pull it off ..remember the first actress who played nicoles sister taylor.. she was beautiful and i thought her chemistry with e.j. was authentic..but the actress they quickly replaced her with sucked! no wonder they made her leave town.lets hope the new will can do better. i have been watching dool since 1974..so i think my opinion counts..by the way i dont know what the real bo thinks he can dio better than days.maybe he will end on the hallmark channel movies like patrick mulldoon or god forbid the syfy channel movies.even though i do enjoy the hallmark christmas movies.but every actor or actress cant be meryl streep or brad pitt. but they all need to make money.good luck massey you r no robert redford…yet.

January 9, 2014 at 3:25 pm
(51) Heather says:

The new Will sucks!! It ruins that part of the show for me won’t even watch that part anymore They should have had Chandler Masssey go on a “trip” or something! Chandler Masssey needs to come back as soon as he ready (soon)

January 12, 2014 at 6:45 pm
(52) carla bumbalough says:

I am so disappointed! He is absolutely my favorite person on Days! He cracked me up today when he was slapping himself to try and wake himself up! Its as if he is my real family cause I have watched him since day one when he started. He is a fantastic actor and he is so darn cute! He looks so much like my grandsons but they don’t act! He will be greatly missed and I hope he knows how much he will be missed! No one can take his place! Good luck sweetie with your life! I hope to see you in the movies!!!!!!! Love you!

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January 14, 2014 at 1:45 am
(54) Strout99 says:

Been watching this soap since 1976. I hate that they won’t let us stream same day taping like young and restless does. I hate to see Will go, what a cute, good actor. Lots of boring story lines. Sick of eJ and his weird accent. Young and the restless is so much better! And you can stream!

January 14, 2014 at 3:50 pm
(55) Whit says:

For the love of God, please get rid of Anne! She has to be the most annoying character I’ve ever seen on DOOL, and I’ve got a looong relationship with DOOL. Okay, I don’t want to insult people I know with a longer relationship, but come on, I was the kid playing hooky home from school watching this with my mom when I was in elementary school (34 now ;-) ) I DVR DOOL everyday. Anyway, as much as I DO love it when she is made a fool of (it IS quite funny when she’s put in her place :-D ) she serves no purpose but to annoy

January 16, 2014 at 1:28 pm
(56) dawn says:

I loved Chandler Massey and now this new person I don’t like. BRING CHANDLER MASSEY BACK NOW

January 17, 2014 at 3:25 am
(57) jennifer says:

I was raised on this show as a child myself and I hate seeing actors come and go. REALLY hate EJ sleeping with Abigail… I know bad things and mess ups keep the drama going but the show was based on Alice and the Horton love of her and her husband… there really needs to be another stand up couple for the show!!! Sadly, the new Will is just not the same at all. And playing this Nick card is going on too long. The show does need a better story line and some depth. Some reality and personally some more back drops. Not the same park bench and section of town square daily. I mean it is one thing for someone to always be in the hospital but the same back drops everyday gets old even if they are new to some perspective. So many have left that the show is not holding together. More of the cast needs to come back and stay but as humans they have to enjoy their job and the people they work for. I am sure if the actors could talk the viewers would understand why so many cast members leave the show.

February 7, 2014 at 9:14 pm
(58) kenneth says:

I have been a constant viewer of this soap opera since I now am retired. as a older man, I fell in love with will and sonny. I miss you very much will Horton, but a can t seem to accept the change. It just doesn’t match. You are one talented young man and very proud of all you have accomplished in your young career. thank you for making the afternoon I spend watching the performers. You are blessed, thank you.

February 9, 2014 at 11:15 pm
(59) Carmel says:

I used to like Will but not anymore in the character he is playing now. If it was just hinted at like in some other Soaps (with taste) that would have been more than enough but it has become rather yucky!!!. DOOL has lost the plot. In Life, there is a line not to be crossed. A pity, DOOL has done that. Not interested in DOOL anymore, unless they clean-up the Soap!!! No wonder, most of the older stars are leaving rather than be part of this kind of stuff. Agree with #23 & #33.

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