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    Jay Kenneth Johnson Gives the Scoop on Days of our Lives.

    Wednesday, December 17 2008

    Jay Kenneth Johnson (NBC)
    First, we heard reports that Jay Kenneth Johnson cleared out his dressing room and quit Days of Our Lives amidst heated contract negotiations. Next, we heard that the show was auditioning actors to replace him as Philip. Finally, it was reported that he had returned and resigned with the show. So what’s the real story? went straight to the source and got Jay Kenneth Johnson’s first response to the situation.

    It seems the reports that Jay resigned with the show are correct as he told us, “First of all, I AM still working at DOOL, and very happy to be there. I look forward to the upcoming stories that are planned.”

    Sadly, the same can’t be said for a few of his co-stars including heavy hitters, Deidre Hall (Marlena) and Drake Hogestyn (John) who are slated to be leaving the NBC soap in early 2009. In regards to all the upheaval on the show, as well as on daytime in general, Jay stated, “As you know, the show has made some cutbacks, but Gary Tomlin (Days’ Co-Executive Producer) is doing a great job, dealing with ‘uncharted’ territory, so to speak.

    “Soaps in general, have never been in this position.... having to make cutbacks, etc, etc. The actors, producers, and the entire crew are all affected somehow, and we're doing the best we can, and learning as we go.”

    So he’s back and looking forward to the future of Philip Kiriakis, but what about the rumor that started this whole thing? As he shared, “Regarding the whole, ‘clearing out my dressing room', story...totally blown out of proportion. I don't feel the need to get into specifics, but I was unhappy with how the story was reported.” is happy to know that Jay will continue to portray the always intriguing Philip Kiriakis and hope to see him and Days of our Lives on the small screen for a long time to come.

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    Posted by Days_and_YR_Fan at Wednesday, December 17 2008 07:43 AM

    I am happy that Jay is still on DOOL as long as Chelle won't return but I missed Chelle though...

    Chelle stands for: Claire, Shawn and Belle Short form

    Posted by Kimber21 at Thursday, December 18 2008 04:48 AM

    Im so happy hes staying!! him and steph are so cute together i hope the writters keep them together for a while

    Posted by firebird85 at Saturday, January 03 2009 10:40 PM

    I am glad he is staying with Days but the Stephanie pairing is so lacklustre.

    Posted by judymac2 at Monday, January 19 2009 10:24 AM

    I think the writers are badly wrong by firing John and Marlena. That's like taking away Alice Horton. They are what makes people watch the show.Take away someone like Max's
    Sister or Chloe. Maybe even Mickey.
    You don't take away your best characters, you might take away enough of the unimportant people to make their payday.
    That is not good business practice to fire your best characters.
    I hope they don't live to regret it. Maybe they should consider cutting their salaries. I have been watching this show since 1965 but I am considering seriously about not watching now. The show will never be the same.

    Posted by judymac2 at Monday, January 19 2009 10:28 AM

    I too miss Belle and Shawn. I wish they would return,but I am upset about John and Marlena. Fire Chloe or the little red headed sister.

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