The bloodbath begins. Just one week after firing its writing team, ‘Days of our Lives’ has begun its cast cuts, letting go Matthew Ashford (Jack), Sarah Brown (Madison), Christie Clark (Carrie) and Patrick Muldoon (Austin).
Soap Opera Digest reports the stars have were told of their upcoming exits. Sarah Brown disputes that aspect of SOD’s report, tweeting: “Don’t know if it’s true, but, who ever leaked that story should consider that no one wants to find out they have lost their job via Twitter.”
Ashford, Muldoon and Clark returned last fall as part of the series’ “reboot”. Brown’s Madison was the first original character created by then-new head writers Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas, Jr., introduced in October as a love interest for Eric Martsolf. When teasing the returns and addressing some of the problems on the show at the time, Corday said “There’s also an absence of romance. Who are we rooting for? Clear rooting interests need to be redefined. To do that, you need to re-center the show on characters who have been extremely popular for a long time.”
I guess that theory no longer applies. This is only the first of what is expected to be a series of cast purging by DAYS.
A rep for Days of our Lives could not be reached at press time.
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