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    Jay Kenneth Johnson Leaves Days of our Lives! (Update - he's staying?)

    Thursday, November 20 2008

    Jay Kenneth Johnson (NBC)
    Update November 20: A show publicist has told us,"Jay is still on the show as Philip Kiriakis." So while we don't know what the inside story was, he's there to stay. More updates when we learn more.

    November 14:

    The good news is Days has been renewed (read more about that here). The bad news is the show is already losing some of it’s cast. just learned that Jay Kenneth Johnson (Philip) has left the show after his contract negotiations broke down. Since Days was renewed, it was stipulated some major changes would have to be made and actors being axed or asked to take pay cuts was apparently part of that. We don’t know for sure why Johnson has left the show, but word is Days is looking to recast the role.

    Johnson played Philip from 1999 – 2002 and then returned in January 2007 to reprise the role of Victor and Kate’s son. Although successful in business, Philip has never really been lucky in love. Since Jay’s return, Philip has had flings and flirtations with Belle, Chloe and Morgan, but none of those relationships really took off. He’s been hanging out with Stephanie lately, leading us to wonder if she will be his next romantic hopeful, but alas, it will apparently have to be executed with another actor. is sad to see Jay leave Days, but wish him well on his future endeavors.

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    Posted by bghwme at Friday, November 14 2008 05:05 PM

    Oh Man! I really liked Jay as Phillip, too. Those gorgeous eyes...I will miss him.

    Posted by firebird85 at Friday, November 14 2008 06:11 PM

    What is wrong with Days. Another big mistake!

    Posted by janil at Friday, November 14 2008 06:41 PM

    noooooooooooooo i really love jay as philip i really hope days will find a way 2 get him back

    Posted by SusieQKY at Friday, November 14 2008 08:20 PM

    I hope they reconsider and give him what he wants to stay. I like him much better lately. I do like him with Stephanie. I think they should lighten him up a little though. I hope he decides to stay.

    Posted by Dayzer at Friday, November 14 2008 11:24 PM

    This is a major loss for Days.. Ofcourse had they given him a decent storyline he likely would have been more willing to take a paycut, as I know its part of being a Soap Star. Instead, they have had him flit from one love to another and even dream about a 17 year old .. that is SO not philip. They should have paired him with Chloe.. Period. I think they should NOT recast the role at this time and instead use the money to try to keep Stayla, and give them a storyline the is worthy of this super couple.
    They can cut corners elsehwhere... namely
    Roman,Mickey, Melanie, Nick, (Since he has been ruined)Anna Dimera, who has NO STORY,Dr Dan, And Kate (They could go to Hawaii together..) Caroline can be reocurring like Doug/Julie.
    They should keep Stayla, and return Celeste and Rolf on reocurring as well.. Without Phil we will need Victor. But its all moot if they dont get a writer who knows how to write complelling stories that include ALL the major and new talent.

    Posted by DOOLNO1FAN at Saturday, November 15 2008 06:44 AM

    What in the world??! Surely, they do realise that the only reason why a lot of people watch this show is because of people like Phillip! No one can play that part better! I mean, just think of all the times they've changed Phillip, Days just had to bring him bach because the rest were rubbish! Boy, this will be a huge mess up!...I won't be suprised if the show doesn't go on till 2010 because the ratings will totally go down with this!!....

    Posted by dolfanforlife at Saturday, November 15 2008 05:12 PM

    Jay wish you the best of luck on your future acting carrer, You were my favorite hands down. I will miss you as Philip on Days. But I have no doubt about your talent and that you will be picked up quickly for a role.

    Posted by firebird85 at Saturday, November 15 2008 07:20 PM

    Dayzer, you make some valid points. I hope TPTB are listening.

    Posted by Kerriwyn at Saturday, November 15 2008 10:47 PM

    Horrible move. This guy has FLOURISHED and he breathed life into a role which I have ALWAYS hated! I LOVE watching this Phillip do his scenes these days. What the HELL are the people in charge of my show really thinking?
    And this rumor about Drake leaving? I sincerely hope, being a life-long fan of Days, that this isn't true.
    AND the new Brady? PLEASE, the first minute he was on scene was all it took for me to hope he's axed immediately.
    Seriously, Days producers, casting coaches, whatever...GET A CLUE!

    Posted by Jadin at Sunday, November 16 2008 12:11 PM

    Great!!! Another favorite actor leaving. I love Philip.. I agree with some comments below. Get rid of the ones that are soooo boring to watch I have to FF...Abe, Lexie, Roman, Mickey, Maggie,Anna, Daniel, Sorry Kate...Love Tony but he doesn't have a storyline either!! Come on what is wrong with Days!!!

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