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    Mark Hapka Returns To Days Of Our Lives?

    Thursday, June 16 2011


    Hapka returns! (NBC)
    Original post June 9, 2011.

    Update:

    Mark Hapka has let Soaps.com know that his Facebook page was indeed hacked. He has since changed his password. We confirmed that this was a message sent from a third party to appear to come from Mark's account and since Mark and I chat regularly and have a trusting relationship, we did not second guess him, nor did we feel the need to confirm with a publicist.

    Update June 16, 2011.


    Moments after Soaps.com reported that Days Of Our Lives' Francisco San Martin was let go, we heard from Mark Hapka (ex-Nathan) via Facebook with news that he was returning to the show to reprise his role. Since we are familiar with the actor and have interviewed him on occasion, we saw no need to confirm with the studio, nor his rep. Since the studio doesn't always confirm everything requested, we reported the news and followed it up by asking him what his tape date and airdate would be.

    Soaps.com heard back from the actor today, a week later, who claims to know nothing about the earlier message where he informed us of his imminent return and asked that we not name our source. Is this a case of somebody hacking into the actor's Facebook page, or a publicity stunt? We'll likely never learn the truth but wanted to inform our loyal readers that as it stands now, Mark Hapka will not be returning to "Days Of Our Lives." If this should change, we'll inform you.

    We regret to have had a hand in getting your hopes up. As you know, we never report without confirmation from either the actors or the publicists and we did confirm with the actor.


    A Horton returns.

    Soaps.com sources tell us that Hapka's making a return to the show. He'll return from Baltimore a stronger person, persistent to get Melanie (Molly Burnett) away from Dario Hernandez (Francisco San Martin).

    Mark Hapka portrayed Nathan Horton on "Days Of Our Lives" since June 16, 2009 and in January of 2010, the actor was unceremoniously let go. Soaps.com interviewed Hapka about the surprising twist, who told us, "It was creative differences and a "writers choice" for Nathan's "departure". Apparently the twist in the stretched out storyline of Melanie and Nathan's soul connection was that when finally given a chance to be together...somehow they don't."

    Things can change and they're about to. Soaps.com will report on Mark's first airdate as soon as information becomes available.



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    USER COMMENTS

    Posted by monson2002 at Thursday, June 09 2011 10:43 AM

    Out of all the Hortons like Mike or Laura they bring this
    kid back give me a break Dena ruined him , he and Melanie were babyish characters and unless they make a MAJOR change
    in Nathan's personality I'll consider watching him .

    Posted by MollyDolly at Thursday, June 09 2011 11:00 AM

    This is one of the returning fan favorites? Pfffttttt.....This kid was on the show for 7 months and I'm supposed to care that he's coming back? Just as I suspected Corday is once again doing the old "bait and switch."

    Posted by lisamarie2010 at Thursday, June 09 2011 11:10 AM

    Yay!! I want Mark to stay for a long time...welcome back but only for a while...

    Posted by cspellec at Thursday, June 09 2011 11:39 AM

    Really! I didn't like him the first time. Get rid of Cloe? and still have Dario and Gabi. I'm really not getting the casting changes so far.

    Posted by JTsahottie at Thursday, June 09 2011 12:48 PM

    Not really the strong Horton presence I envisioned. If they were going for a cheap actor I'd gone with Nick Fallon. So much better.

    Posted by JTsahottie at Thursday, June 09 2011 12:49 PM

    my bad I meant Blake Berris that played Nick Fallon

    Posted by cjs58 at Thursday, June 09 2011 01:08 PM

    Nothing against this guy, but Nathan is not what I'd consider a strong character. He has no moral center. I don't know how good of an actor Mark is because the writing for him was crap. Maybe that will change now. I hope so, but putting him in a love triangle with Melanie and Dario (the latest Hernandez with no personality) isn't going to cut it. Better, smarter story lines are the answer here, not recycling characters or plots.

    Posted by hootaboi at Thursday, June 09 2011 03:16 PM

    No. No No!!!!! I Can't stand Nathan or Hapka one of the Reasons Hapka was fired Last time is b/c of his attitude on set. I could go on but I won't actor bash..But on the bring side, at least Dario is leaving (thank god)

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