I know at one point they tried to bring the original Stefano back. I don't think the talks went as well as they had hoped. He is an important part of the show since the beginning, so they should give him what he wants, salary wise. I hope they don't recast the role. No one could play evil stefano as well as Joe. That would be like recasting Sammy. Theres just no way to emulate someone so sweetly evil!!