(Updated quotes from Tomlin and Corday, at end of article, uploaded Monday August 18, evening.)

After weeks of speculation that head writer Dena Higley was on her way out at Days, word has come down that co-executive producer Ed Scott is the one being let go from the NBC soap. According to our source at the show, “This is true. Ed Scott is no longer our Co-Executive Producer, Gary Tomlin has replaced him.”

Ed Scott came to Days exactly a year ago after his long running stint as executive producer at The Young and the Restless. Soon after taking over at Days, Scott seemed to be a breath of fresh air to many of the actors.

In our interview with Julie Pinson (while she was still playing Billie), she stated, “[Ed’s] fantastic. He’s running a really tight ship over here and everybody here notices it in the work. He’s really made his own stamp on things around here and I’m really happy about that.”

Similarly, when we talked to Martha Madison (ex-Belle) right after she left the show in April, she noted, “I know that for the last couple of years we probably haven’t had as strong a production as we’ve had in the last six months.”

Taking over for Scott is Gary Tomlin who has executive produced One Life to Live, “Sunset Beach” and All My Children, as well as directed episodes of “Passions”, “Sunset Beach”, One Life to Live and “Another World”.

About Tomlin’s move, Ken Corday said, “I have decided that it’s in the best interest of the show’s future to make this change in order to improve ‘Days’ both visually and emotionally,” said Ken Corday, Executive Producer. “We at ‘Days’ are grateful to Ed Scott for all of his contributions and amazing energy over the past year. Gary Tomlin brings a long successful history of being an actor’s producer and a writer’s producer to our cast and crew and I know the viewers will see the immediate results of this change for the better.”

There’s no official word as to why Scott has been let go, but Soaps.com wishes him all the best in the future and looks forward to seeing what changes Gary Tomlin will bring to Salem. Tomlin did say, in a press release, “I’m very happy to be back at ‘Days’ where I began behind the scenes in the early 80’s. It’s wonderful to be given the opportunity to work with Ken Corday.”