Days of Our Lives’ Robert Scott Wilson Leaving as Ben — But Maybe Not Leaving Salem?
Days of Our Lives fans will soon have to say goodbye to Ben as he leaves the Salem canvas on Friday, July 8, as first reported by Soap Opera Digest, when Ben and Ciara set off on a new adventure to join Hope in Peacock’s Beyond Salem.
Though the couple will resurface briefly on Monday, July 11, when Ben and Ciara arrive in Montreal, this will be the last time we see Victoria Konefal, as headwriter Ron Carlivati explained she’s leaving the soap.
Though Konefal has a desire to explore other projects, Carlivati stated that Robert Scott Wilson “doesn’t necessarily want to leave” and teased “Salem hasn’t seen the last of Rob.”
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It’s an understatement to say that Ben has been a character that many loved to hate. Since his arrival in Salem in 2014, he’s gone from being the Necktie Killer to being redeemed in the eyes of most Salemites as the other half of the fan favorite couple “Cin.”
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It was a long road but Ben was able to win back his one true love — a love that made him a better man — after Ciara had been kidnapped from their first wedding and suffered amnesia. And love won out in the end… not only did she remember their life together, they remarried and decided to start a family. Furthermore, once she became pregnant, they planned to live happily ever after with their baby.
But in soaps, things don’t always go as planned. If you recall, the devil, who had taken over Marlena’s body, convinced Ben that he had changed and was worthy enough to be a father. Little did Ben know that the devil had been manipulating him in order to use his child for his torturous endgame — and continued to keep tabs on him, Ciara and their unborn baby while possessing Johnny — then Allie, who ended up drugging Ben in order to get to Ciara and their baby.
While we’ll have to wait to see what kind of adventures Ben and Ciara’s new chapter brings, we invite readers to go back to the beginning by viewing a gallery featuring photos of Ben’s life in Salem — from murderous villain to virtuous hero.
— Amy Mistretta