It’s the end of days for soap hunk Greg Vaughan. As reported by Serial Scoop, the handsome actor has wrapped his role as Eric Brady on Days of our Lives and will last air spring 2016. News of Vaughan’s exit came during his interview with Serial Scoop. “I’ve actually wrapped up my storyline and am no longer contractually on the show anymore. But the story is creatively going somewhere spectacular in my opinion. All the pieces start [slowly] coming together, making a great storyline and show.” Vaughan revealed it was not his decision to depart the soap, but is pleased with how his character exits.
Vaughan was cast on Days of our Lives in 2012 as Sami’s (Alison Sweeney) twin brother and son of Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) and Roman Brady (Josh Taylor). Unlike Eric’s last visit in Salem, Vaughan’s Eric returned to town as a priest haunted by incidents that happened in Africa. It was through Eric that Nicole (Arianne Zucker) began her path to redemption, though the man of the cloth existed as the forbidden object of affection for his former girlfriend. An unsuspecting Eric was later drawn into the decades war between Marlena and her arch-nemesis Kristen DiMera (Eileen Davidson) when Kristen drugged and raped Eric on video tape! After the video surfaced during Kristen and Brady’s wedding, Eric was subsequently removed from the priesthood. Nicole and Eric’s relationship would be shattered after Nicole destroyed evidence that would’ve proven Eric wasn’t a willing participant in Kristen’s sex scheme, thus ruining hopes of a reconciliation for the popular couple. Vaughan’s next story was the much-panned plot that saw Eric war with Nicole while reconnecting with retconned ex-love Serena Mason (Melissa Archer) as she secretly searched Salem for an elephant statue.
Vaughan began his daytime soap career in 2002 as The Young and the Restless’ Diego Guittierez. He departed Y&R in early 2003 but would later assume the role of Lucky Spencer on ABC’s General Hospital from 2003-2009. He departed the series amidst controversy when he was replaced with the role’s originator Jonathan Jackson. The actor’s also had notable primetime roles in series Beverly Hills 90210 and Charmed. He recently starred in the television film The Christmas Note on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.
My Take: Greg Vaughan is a true leading man and I’ve enjoyed him in the role of Eric Brady. The cast of Days is an ever changing environment which has never been more true than this past year. No doubt this is sad news for his many fans. Vaughn is talented, handsome and charismatic, I suspect his fans won’t have to wait too long before seeing him in another exciting role.
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