'Indefinite Hiatus': Entire 'Days Of Our Lives' Cast Released From Contracts
The entire cast of long-running, soap opera 'Days of Our Lives' have reportedly been released from their contracts, it has been revealed.
According to TVLine, the entire cast of the daytime soap -- which has been on air since 1965 -- were told not to return, as the show would be going on an "indefinite hiatus" at the end of the month -- though there's no word yet on whether or not the show will be cancelled.
Among the current cast starring in the show's 55th season are Jennifer Aniston's father John Aniston, 86, who plays Victor Kiriakis, Kristian Alfonso as Hope Alice Williams, Nadia Bjorlin as Chloe Lane, Mary Beth Evans as Kayla Brady, and Deidre Hall as Marlena Evans.
And while the show films eight months in advance -- meaning that there are enough shows to air until 2020 should it be cancelled -- longtime fans of the hugely popular series have taken to social media to voice their concerns over the shock news, with one user writing, "I think I speak on behalf of every Days Of Our Lives fan when I say.. “WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON”?!"
Meanwhile, Chandler Massey -- who plays Will Horton on 'Days' -- insisted that the show was not being cancelled, but rather was pausing production in order to save money.
"We’re not being cancelled," he wrote on Twitter. "We are pausing production because we are so far ahead of schedule (and it saves us $). Days will still air during the entire hiatus, so you won’t miss anything!"
An insider who spoke to TVLine agreed, labelling it as a "business move".
“It’s actually a shrewd — if cynical — business move,” they told the publication.
“If Days gets picked up, [Corday] can offer the actors new contacts at a reduced rate and with a ‘take-it-or-leave’ it attitude. Worst case scenario, they lose half their cast. Best case scenario [for Corday], everyone agrees to return at a lower salary.”
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