Fan favorites Crystal Chappell and Louise Sorel are the first of many expected exits from Days of Our Lives.
Fan Favorites Out, More To Come…
The time to save Days of Our Lives is yet again upon us. Executive producer and owner Ken Corday is promising a major shakeup on DAYS in the near future, and cast changes are a big part of that. “You will see, in the course of a month, in the neighborhood of six characters leave Salem and five or six characters return or come to Salem, leading up to a huge September,” he says to Soap Opera Digest. Two of those exits have already been announced.
Fan favorites Crystal Chappell (Carly) and Louise Sorel (Vivian) have been let go from NBC’s lone soap. The two stars returned to the series in 2009 after a rather lengthy absence and stints on other soaps.
Chappell used her the Twitter account of her husband, Michael Sabatino (Lawrence), to share the news with her fans last night. “As I understand it, DOOL has decided not to renew my contract. I’m sad but grateful for the opportunity. I made new friends and got Venice up and running thanks to you. I wish DAYS much success. P.S. Not the new writers’ decision.”
Since returning to DAYS, the Emmy winner launched her much talked about web series Venice (of which she also stars), and is working on a new series, The Grove, with her husband. Given DAYS’ advanced taping schedule, expect for Chappell to air well into the fall.
Meanwhile news of Sorel’s exit came today in a TVGuide exclusive from Michael Logan. In her very candid interview, Sorel revealed that while she isn’t sure if the recent change in head writers was the reason for her departure, “The only thing I know for sure is that I’m gone.” Her contract ends September 13.
The actress had nothing but complimentary things to say about co-executive producer Gary Tomlin, who broke the news to her. “Gary Tomlin did speak with me. He is such a hard worker and has saved the show a lot of money and kept it on the air, all the while paring and paring and paring it down. He was so lovely with me. He didn’t know what to say. He has no power in this situation but he couldn’t have been nicer. He said, “I’ve watched you since Santa Barbara and you’re always 110 percent there. I marvel at what you do.” And that’s worth a lot. He’s not a bulls—-er. He’s very succinct. We don’t chat on the set. We’re not social friends. But he felt awful, and he had the courtesy to express something.