An official spokesperson from “DAYS” is confirming that the weekend rumblings are indeed true! In a move that will shock long standing viewers and fans, Deidre Hall (Marlena) and Drake Hogestyn (John) have been let go by the show.
“Days of our Lives has decided to rest the
characters of ‘John Black’ and ‘Marlena Evans.’ After a year of separation, ‘John’ and ‘Marlena’ will finally reunite before exiting the canvas in early 2009,” is the official statement from the show.
Executive Producer, Ken Corday also told Soap Opera Digest magazine, “The couple will be happily reunited after a long period of angst and separation and will be off-screen after January for an unknown period of time. It was a very tough decision to make.”
As we reported last week “DAYS” was finally given its renewal by NBC through September 2010. but many industry insiders have speculated the Deidre/Drake dismissal is part of budgetary strategies to cut the shows highest paid stars and keep middle-tier paid cast members to survive the economic crunch within the daytime industry and for the shows survival.