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93 August 23rd, 2013 DAYS Spokesperson Reveals Will Horton Has Been Recast! Chandler Massey Tweets Heartfelt Goodbye!

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What a whirlwind Friday night for fans of Days of our Lives!

After learning that Chandler Massey wrapped up his final day at the NBC soap, and has been let out of his contract three months early (he was set to depart the series in December), now comes word from an official DAYS spokesperson via Soap Opera Digest which clearly states the role of Will Horton has been recast and they are ready to move forward with the new actor in the role.

SOD received this statement from a DAYS Spokesperson: “While Days of our Lives is disappointed to lose such a talent, the show understands and supports him (Chandler Massey) in his future endeavors. Due to current storyline and the timely discovery of new talent that the show feels is the right recast for Will Horton, a mutual decision has been made for the changes to taken place immediately. Chandler will always be a part of the Days family and we wish him nothing but continued success.”

Meanwhile, a few hours ago, Chandler Massey took to his twitter account thanking his fans for their support for the last four years in the incredible journey of the character of Will Horton that he was able to play: “Thank you, thank you, and thank you. It has been such an amazing journey, and I am so grateful to have shared these four years with you all. As I move forward from Days, I will never forget the laughs we shared, the tears we shed, & the love we spread. Time to get edumacated!”

So are you glad to know that the character of Will Horton will still be on the canvas and a very present force in Salem? Excited for the reveal of Chandler’s replacement? Or, are you upset DAYS let him leave earlier than anticipated? What can you say about Chandler’s performances during his run at DAYS?  Did they touch your heart?  Comment below!

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  1. su0000 says:

    A smart man !!
    Education/career is forever..,, soaps are not ..

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    Tori replied

    That is so true, I try to tell my younger siblings the same thing about college education, it will benefit them in the long run. I wonder if the new actor they hired look like Chandler? and I really hope he is very talented because I do not want to see a revolving door of actors being cast for this role for lack of talent or lack of chemistry with the cast and the audience. I wish Chandler good in his future plans.

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    Chelle replied

    I miss him so much!!! Best of luck to him but we are loosing out! ❤️

  2. Me says:

    His reasons for leaving and moving on are smart indeed and I’ve got tons of respect and understanding for that! But a tv couple for me works only if both, the two characters and the two actors playing them touch my heart and mind and they did!! I can abandon a tv couple pretty fast if one the characters or actors annoy me for whatever reason. Because of it, all I watch is WilSon with Freddie and Chandler. I watch nothing else at the moment and I used to be a tv junkie!..

    What I want to say is that I’m crushed by the sudden recast. I feel sad for Freddie too because it is very apparent that he and Chandler developed a special bond, trust and respect with tremendous chemistry and force and talent! I will keep watching WilSon because of Freddie! For now I have no curiosity about the new Will/actor at all. I need time to grieve. Both Chandler and Freddie are stunning and beautiful beyond belief! Personality-wise and acting-wise! So very inspiring! This is going to be tougher than I thought..

    Wishing them both well!!

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    Patrick replied

    geez! that’s beautiful.

    this MF site stirs so many emotions… when a soap and/or story – couple – that one actor – and the whole cast comes together….

    you know… the cast at DOOL realize what a coup they have in Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith.

    I need time to grieve. as well.

    I know in my heart… that DAYS – SONY – NBC brought a heartfelt current timeliness true to form… true to life… a beginning in Salem that registered and made an impact on so many fans and the audience.

    This storyline shared the human bond of feeling…. ie: Will understanding his feelings – coming out – standing tall – reaching out – finding his way… ie: w/Sonny, Grandma Marlena, his mother and father (Sammi n’ Lucas)… Grandma Kate.

    Chandler and Freddie’ Will and Sonny made an indelible mark… impacted for the gay audience… that Love sees no color. and that’s simply saying…

    life is color. I celebrate that the production team of DOOL will continue on… and live for all of us…

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  3. Montiralei says:

    Chandler Massey is one of my favorites. While I’ve enjoyed his work on DAYS (and the WilSon storyline), I have to support his decision to leave the show in favor of college. I trust his successor will be an asset to the show and do justice to the role of Will.

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  4. Me says:

    What sucks double is that the show (or whomever!!…) never gave us a joined interview with Freddie and Chandler (and practically no joined photo-shoots either)!.. Not one single one! What on earth is up with that?!..

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    Ann replied

    That’s why there were always silly rumors that Chandler and Freddie did not get along away from the show. Also, some believed that CM’s management did not want him doing that stuff so he wouldn’t be typecast as just Will Horton, a gay character and part of a gay couple. Seriously, you wouldn’t believe the stuff I’ve seen, including some people harassing CM saying he just wants the awards and praise of playing a gay character but not really wanting to kiss another man or associate with gay people. Some nutjobs even say he is gay and in the closet and call him a hypocrite. It’s sad. But it is strange that such a popular couple never did all the requisite photoshoots and joint interviews. They don’t even do fan events together. Only they know the reasons why.

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  5. Libby says:

    Chandler has made a lasting place in the life of Salem. It is time for him to spread his wings. Godspeed to Chandler in all he does.

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  6. Robert Seganti says:

    I believe people liked the storyline so much that they have overrated this actor.In many,many scenes he has an inappropriate smirk on his face.I would be unhappy to lose the character but as for the actor-a recast is fine by me.

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    Housewife replied

    I soo AGREE with you. Never thought he should have won the awards. He was always creepy with that weird*ss grin. It always showed through as him being uncomfortable with the story line.

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    Patrick replied

    I agree with you up to a point….

    I thought he had the “smirk” when the storyline.. became “fully” gay… and he had to act like a couple… in love no less… with Freddie Smith.

    however… I thought Chandler’ Will… eventually became more comfortable with his take.

    be that as it may… an actor’s comfort level… even in this day and age..irregardless… playing a gay character day in and day out… not like a feature film… where.. an actor.. for that 2-3 month shoot.. can assuage the audience and his or her fans… to put themselves in that mode and “accept” the role with maturity and grace.

    hence… a person as young as Chandler Massey… applause and thank you… for contributing your part to Days Of Our Lives.

    I honestly posted a while back.. that even IMO Chandler Massey didn’t come across as comfortable with fully embodying his character.

    and I can accept that… losing Will and Sonny is another thing…

    dang! wouldn’t it be great if Kevin Schmidt, ex-Noah… would accept this?

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  7. gidi says:

    i like how chandler do his job,it will be hard to get new actor.NBC and DAys decided to cut whe they find replacment . I hope chandler have success in all he does

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  8. jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    C.M. chose to leave, Wills been recast(maybe itll work,plus C.M can return in future…maybe) its not the end of the world so lets move on and enjoy our soaps!

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  9. Marlene Brown says:

    Not a smart move on Days part, sorry to see such a talented and integral part of days leave. Once again they are just letting talented actors walk away. I loved the character of Will and Chandler brought this amazing character to life. I wish Chandler the best in life, he will certainly go far. As for Day’s, I have been a loyal fan for practically since the first show and it seems Days gets talented actors and just let them walk away. Losing Bo was heartbreaking and left such a void in the show and losing Chandler will do the same. I sincerely hope this was entirely Chandler’s idea to leave and seek out bigger and better things and not Days making an executive decisions (as you know, most of Days executive decisions have nothing at all to do with the fans}. You go Chandler and you go out there and there are so much more opportunities waiting for you. The fans love you and you will be missed. Sorry Days, but major stupid move on your part. Do you even try to keep good actors anymore? I can see a massive exit coming and the end of Days. Someone better sit down and take a look at this or it will be the end of Days. Sorry for my rant but there has to be a lot m ore going on in the background that so many talented actors are so unhappy and leaving.

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    Jules replied

    It was entirely Chandler’s decision to leave. He wants to pursue an education, and wih DAYS’s crazy filming schedule, he couldn’t do it. Ken Corday would have offered him the tars to stay, but ultimately respected CM’s decision. DAYS is now simply moving forward with the character with a new actor because they were left with no other option.

    Frankly I see the fact that so many younger actors leave after their contract is up at DAYS a real testament to how much they learn, and how confident they feel they have developed in their craft and can move on to experiment with different things because of the show. They don’t leave because they’re miserable, they simply feel confident enough to take flight.

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    LittleMo replied

    Sorry don’t agree . The young ones get a taste of success and can’t wrap their heads around the idea that while they feel like big fish now, they’re in a very small pond. Look what happened to Darrin Brooks (Max). He’s back on another soap. None of the cast that has left the show has been heard from except Rachel Melvin (Chelsea) and that was limited and more west coast, certainly nothing international. And don’t be so sure this was entirely CM’s decision. I’ve seen more than a few people posting both here and in other interview comments that Corday thought chandler was “waffling” on his decisoin to stay or go . If the boss wanted to offer him anything to stay, why didn’t he? They could have scaled him back to recurring, tailored his filming schedule to accommate school, or any number of other things. Allisons Sweeney shoots a whole other series and other cast members film other projects. It doesn’t look like this is as simple as it was presented to be.

    Jules replied

    That’s not entirely true:

    Ashley Benson (ex Abigail) stars on “Pretty Little Liars”, was just in a feature film called “Spring Breakers” and is just overall on the rise.
    Taylor Spreitler (ex Mia) stars on “Melissa and Joey”.
    Jenson Ackles (ex Eric) is now on “Supernatural”
    Shelley Hennig (ex Stephanie) was on a show called “The Secret Circle” on The CW
    Eric Winter (ex Rex) has been in a lot of things since DAYS- “Brothers and Sisters”, “The Mentalist”, “GBC”, all big roles on many episodes. He was also in a commercial with Britney Spears for one of her perfumes

    And these examples are just at the top of my head…..

    As for Darrin Brooks who you specifically mentioned, he also had his own show on SpikeTV that lasted for 3 seasons. He booked it fairly soon after DAYS.

    While I do agree in the sense that a lot of actors quit after the contract thinking their hot stuff and can conquer the world, I a) would like to still believe that they’re still grateful for their start and know how lucky they were to have had it and b) certainly do not believe CM falls into the category whatsoever.

    And no, it was entirely CM’s decision to leave. People can speculate all they want, but they’re wrong and you shouldn’t buy into it. In the press room at the Emmys he made it clear it was his choice to pursue other things, namely his education (you can youtube it yourself). He’s made it explicitly clear in his many interviews since, including one posted on this very site. Corday too wanted him to stay, as he said outright in an interview also posted on MF-OAOS. People will always run with something but as the saying goes, don’t believe everything you read, especially from people who simply have no way of backing up what they believe. Make believe stories to comfort their feelings of sadness does not a fact make. He was going to leave no matter what. We don’t know what Corday offered to accommodate Chandler, so assuming he didn’t is also presumptuous. Had Eileen Davidson not shared how much DAYS tried to work with her to come to some agreement on a schedule, we wouldn’t have known Corday tried there too. Just because Chandler hasn’t come out and said it doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. You don’t think Corday knows what he has in CM? The only 2 time Emmy winner for DAYS? A person who single handidly brought more viewers and media attention to the show? An actor who has changed the way people look at DAYS- no longer as the kooky soap that has their characters possessed, but rather as a true to life, grounded soap that can tell really respectable and beautiful stories. Say what you will about Corday, but I don’t think he’s THAT stupid as to not offer the kid the sun and the moon.

    But this whole point is moot because Chandler. wanted. to. leave. Period. No amount of “tailoring” or “accommodating” would have tempted him to stay. Believe it or not, sometimes those kinds of offers do not factor into a person’s decision of what they want to do with their life. He wants an education, with no other distraction. Kudos to him. And when he does venture out to other opportunities, kudos to him then too.

  10. Rodd says:

    Chandler will definitely be missed, but not forgotten. Wish him nothing but the best.
    Will Horton is a very important character on DAYS, so I hope the recast is up for the challenge and that the fans give the new actor time to find his footing.

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  11. Antonella says:

    I wish Chandler all the best but I’m very fine with the recast. WilSon are the reason I watch the show and I’d be very upset if they weren’t on my screen because one of the actors is leaving. So, I’m going to keep enjoying the ride and welcome the new actor!

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  12. miscrambler says:

    He’s an extremely talented young man and his work on DOOL with both Freddie Smith and Deidre Hall, especially, has been compelling, gripping and has raised the bar for actors in this genre. Also, he’s smart and he understands the importance of putting his education first. I’ll be sad to see him go, but applaud the reason why. Additionally, Chandler has been very vocal about wanting the character to continue and wanting the WilSon pairing to continue adding that, especially as a legacy character, Will is of more value to the canvas of Salem than is any one actor. As long as they keep this important gay storyline at the forefront, I’ll keep watching and supporting the show.

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  13. misty says:

    its gonna be a shame to see him go, but wish him good luck in his future endeavours

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  14. Daniel Lewis says:

    It’ll take awhile for the news to sink in but in the long run, at least Will and Sonny’s relationship will still be a part of the show. I wish Chandler all the best and I’ll try to accept whoever DAYS brings to the role of Will Horton! Sad he is leaving but glad that WilSon will continue!

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  15. Michael says:

    It does surprise me however that Days moved really fast in recasting the role of Will. Now, we probably won’t see the new actor until January at least.

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  16. SZima says:

    I hate to see Chandler go, but his story is front and center, so I’m glad they have already re-cast the role.
    Good luck to Chandler. Glad he realizes the importance of education!

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  17. Bradley Hennigh says:

    I’m sad that Chandler Massey is leaving the show. However at the very same time I completely support his decision to continue his education at college. It has been an amazing nearly four years that Chandler was on the show. Chandler had the rare ability to portray those very painful emotions of his character leading up to and after his character came to terms with the truth about himself. From the start of that story line until his character came out I saw myself in his character because I’ve been there. It’s going to be very interesting to see who the new actor, that would take on the role of Will Horton, is going to be. I also wish Chandler Massey the best of luck in the future. It’s going to be interesting to see Chandler taking on new roles as an actor and I’m looking forward to seeing that some day.

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  18. Scott (ATWT Fan) says:

    So sad to see Chandler go, and would love to see him back on the show.

    Whomever replaces him as a hard and rough road ahead of them, Chandler has become truly iconic in this role. He’ll need to have chemistry with a lot of the cast, and most importantly Freddie Smith! I’d love to see Kevin G. Schmidt (ex-Noah, Y&R) as nuWill. I think he’d be an awesome fit into the role. He could really excel in it, plus, he’s an awesome actor and would fit in really well with the other younger actors on the series.

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    Patrick replied

    ditto!

    geez! someone else posted…about Kevin Schmidt as well…. and I so agree.

    ex-Noah… has that sensitive demeanor… and likability…. plus… his looks would compliment Sonny.

    Oh! Geez! this smarts….

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  19. toscanti says:

    Best of Luck Chandler, would love to see Van Hansis ex-Luke ATWT take on the role. He has the acting chops to be successful with the role.

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    Ann replied

    Van is too old and too well-known as Luke Snyder. Plus I don’t think Van would want to do this role again…been there, done that.

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  20. Ann says:

    I already feel bad for the recast. He’ll forever be compared to Chandler and come up lacking to many. I know some will give the new guy a chance, but I’ve seen several people say they will not accept a new Will and won’t continue watching Days. Others say they’ll give him a chance but don’t think anyone can match CM’s talent or chemistry with Freddie.

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  21. Jared says:

    I agree Kevin Schmidt would make a great recast. Meanwhile, wishing Chandler the best! Mr. Massey turned the role of Will int one of the more vital and interest characters on the show, so in a way, the re-cast is a compliment.

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  22. Cindy says:

    I feel sorry for the recast. Soap fans can be very unkind to recasts.

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  23. fred says:

    i love chandler massey i love watchimg the sex scenes with him and should not let him go!!!!!

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  24. LittleMo says:

    My opinion is very different and I’m sure will get a lot of flack but I think Chandler is being a total jerk. He could have gone to school and continued on the show. Even if his role or his taping schedule was reduced from contractual ot recurring status to accommodate a school schedule it would have kept him on as Will. Chandler took on a role that is part of a couple and what he does has a direct effect on the other part of that couple – Freddie Smith. Many people have played Will Horton but it was the chemistry between Chandler and Freddie that garnered the fan base and yet Chandler apparently doesn’t care in the least. He gave no thought to what would happen if this pairing took off and how his decisions would affect Freddie. Regardless of what Days says or what anyone else may think, this entire story line is dead in the water. You could never re-cast Bella and Edward in Twilight b/c nobody Kristen S. and Rob P. made those roles, no one but Jennifer Lawrence could ever play Katniss Everdeen, no one could take Kate Winslet’s place as Rose in Titanic, etc. And Chandler is the one who became Will Horton. As for the “heartfelt” thanks and all the “thank you, thank you, thank you” – keep it Chandler – don’t believe a word.

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    Ann replied

    This is a business and every actor has to do what he/she feels is best for their career. It’s not their job to worry about everyone else on the show or the fans. It’s HIS life and he can choose to do what he wants with it.

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    LittleMo replied

    Actually you are dead wrong. These people are what they are, have what they have, earn what they earn, have the opportunities they have BECAUSE OF THE FANS WHO WATCH THE SHOW!!! This tells fans that now that we’ve served our purpose we don’t matter and that will incur repercussions not only for any actor big-headed enough to feel that way but for the show they are on as well as someone else. When an actor takes on a role that is half of a pairing he/she absolutely DOES owe something to the other half of that pairing as Chandler does to Freddie. The pairing of Will and Sonny was phenominally successful which means that Freddie is going to pay for every decisoin Chandler makes and that price may end up being very high . Just as Joe Mascolo owns the role of Stefano, Alison Sweeney owns the role of Sami, etc. Chandler owned the role of Will and the re-cast is not going to work, especially not for very long.

    Mary SF replied

    The examples you have given are from film which is vastly different that daytime drama- films are often remade and I am sure if they ever redo Twilight or Titanic whoever plays those characters will be just fine. Daytime drama is more like a long running Broadway play– where actors even leads come and go, but the show carries on.
    It is hard to comment yet on whether the recast will have the chemistry with Freddie or not– obviously whoever they auditioned and got in there must have tested with him.
    Obviously it is not ideal when one half of a super couple- gay or straight is recast, and it is never quite the same as the original duo, but CM is young and young people are very self focused– in the end he was thinking what was best for CM and not what was best for Days. Yes it is disappointing, but usually, these young actors careers either take off outside daytime drama or they come back after realizing it is better to be a big fish in a small pond than a small fish in a large one.

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    LittleMo replied

    I’m sorry but do not agree . And Days tried this with Bo – he was re-cast years ago and it didn’t work at all. They also tried with Shawn Brady when Frank Parker wanted to retire. Even with you analogy could you honestly see anyone but Alison Sweeney playing Sami? Anyone but Joe Mascolo playing Stefano? Anyone but John Anniston playing Victor? Anyone but Peggy McKay playing Caroline?

    su0000 replied

    Chandler doesn’t want to keep up the demanding pace with soap filming and go to collage at the same time to make you happy, nope….
    Chandler is not living his life to please a fan lol sorry .. :)

    he is doing the right thing to get an education and career/ cant be a soap actor all his life, they come and go, no security ..

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    LittleMo replied

    The security comes with staying. People make fun of Alison Sweeney but she joined the cast when she was 16 and stayed for what is now 20+ years. Same with Kristen Alfonso (Hope). Joe Mascolo, John Anniston, Peggy McCay, etc.all stayed. Your support characters might be able to absorb a re-cast but not someone who is or becomes central to a story.

    Lew S replied

    WOW!

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    C replied

    So he should base all career and life decision he makes…around you?

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    LittleMo replied

    Every performer of any genre owes their good fortune to their fans because it’s the fans who watch the TV show, buy the movie tickets and merchandise, buy the music, go to the concerts, etc. When that performer is part of a pairing like this they owe something to the other half of the pairing. We saw a re-cast for Bo did not work at all and even when Frank Parker (Shawn Brady) wanted to retire and was re-cast for a couple of years that didn’t work well, either. Just like Joe M “is” Stefano and James Scott “is” EJ, Chandler Massey “is” Will which is what made him different from the actos who played Will before him. It was the way he and Freddie clicked that made it work so well. Freddie Smith is gong to pay a very high price for this and it’s not fair. When CM signed this contract he was old enough to understand what a commitment was and what might happen if the pairing of Sonny and Will took off. and yet there was no consideration given to anyone else here at all.

    I used to wonder why Ken Corday didn’t put more muscle behind the younger cast members, especially since anyone with even one working brain cell figured out Will and Sonny are the reason Days won for best drama after a 38-year drought. After this fiasco it finally hit me – the young ones don’t stay. it’s not like it was when Steve and Kayla first started – though both eventually left and returned, they stayed for years, not just one contract term . Same with Joe Mascolo. He’s left several times over standing up for the character of Stefano but he has stuck it out for the duration, too. Ditto Peggy McKay. And as much as people like to make fun of her, Alison Sweeney was 16 when she started with the show and she has stayed for 20+ years. The young ones now use it as a spring board and you can tell in the quality of the show. I watched days for nearly 40 years, almost from the very begnning and there isn’t the loyalty to other co-workers or fans that there used to be.

    Noelle replied

    These are fans opinions. Haven’t you really loved a character in their role and then be upset when they left it??

    Mary SF replied

    Perhaps it is because I come for a theater background that I know every actor is replaceable, even the examples you cited in your response to me, such as AS as Sami, JA as Victor, PM as Caroline.
    Of course that doesn’t mean I would like to see someone else in the role and the powers that be on daytime dramas know that, so if an actor has been on a soap ten or more years they don’t generally recast, they usually write off the character in some way that leaves it open for the actor to come back or the role to be recast much later.
    But as always on soaps the main attraction is actually the story and if the story requires a character and the actor who played that role is no longer available or unwilling then they will recast and most viewers understand. Personally right now I would love them to recast Bo– the character is needed– so as much as I like PR in the role– I rather lose him than the character.
    Also, casting directors are pretty skilled at their jobs– many leading characters in a number of soaps were recast successfully, over the years. The one example that comes to mind are the roles of Victoria and Marley Hudson on Another World. Three very different but equally talented ladies played those dual roles over the life of that character, Ellen Wheeler, Anne Heche and Jensen Buchanan. All three did a wonderful job and never once did I ever have trouble accepting each one in the role.
    So my point is yes, the longer an actor plays a role the harder it is to recast that role, but in the end even a role like Alice Horton can be played by someone else other than Francis Reid if someone was to make a rebooted Days based on the early shows or a movie of those shows. If that happened they would need an Alice, so someone else would play that role.

    Right now Days has this very good story line that features two characters that happen to be gay. Their sexuality isn’t the story line, like most gay characters on soaps have been in the past– they are fully rounded characters in story lines about other things who just happen to be gay as well. If Days wrote out Will, they might have to write out Sonny too— or introduce a new character who isn’t already tie to the core families and stories. For me neither those options will not help those two characters, but recasting Will keeps as is– no new character to bring in, no history to come up for a new character and they get to keep Sonny. Is it perfect? no, but since CM has free will, like all of us do, he has the right to do what he wants with his life. If he wants to go, he wants to go. Give the recast a chance and hopefully in time you can forgive CM for leaving

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    Jules replied

    I’m with you Mary. Especially that last paragraph. Very well said and right on!

    Jack Spratt replied

    As a UC school graduate in Asian Studies (same as Chandler), let me assure you that Chinese is a very demanding language to learn. I could barely do a small part-time job as an undergrad. UCLA is no walk in the park. C made the right decision.

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  25. Rolando Vera says:

    I wish Chandler well in his future endeavors, his brilliant acting touched many.
    He has a bright future ahead of him and a good head on his shoulders.
    I definitely think we will see him win another Emmy next year. His recent scenes with
    Sonny’s mother after she surrenders the video showed that this actor is true to his craft.

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  26. Patrick says:

    The EMOTIONAL parts of ALL this….

    grandma Marlena, mother Sammi, “Will”, Arianna Grace.

    that DAYS culminated in powerful story.. is the big prize…

    the layers… of continuity…. the rich history… days succeeds in… the generational familial bonds… that make up what serial is and what the fans and audience treasure.

    i’m emotional and teared up just posting this.

    Will’s emotional upheaval…. gramma Marlena’s heart pulled/bursting/pulsing for her grandson…. Sammi’ denial? defiant acceptance… daring anyone to fault her child.

    and alas… full circle… with the fine acting choices of both Freddie Smith and Chandler Massey…

    Will’ family…. Sonny and Arianna Grace.

    this is rich history for the Brady’s. A big part of Salem.

    Will’s struggles and acceptance.

    Will and Marlena –
    Will and Sammi -
    Will and Sonny -
    Will and Gabi/Arianna Grace -

    DAYS success is celebrated… and there’s so much to love about Salem.

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  27. joy tadych says:

    I am happy gthey are replacing hm cause I did not wnat to see WIlson storlyine end or have them break up I so wish they wouldof let him stay on tillhis contract was up. I would of loved to see him till april.,I think chandler does an awesome job and he is phemouniamal charactrer i wish him wiell in college and his career and hope he knoes howmych we all love him and gald to see the storline carry on

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  28. joy tadych says:

    i will continure watching and give this new peson a chace.. yes chandler and freddie haave the chemisty lbut some one else cna come in and fillhis shoes they may not be better but could be but i think they could do agreat job and u may be surprised at who can do parts.. please do nto stop watching and give this new person achnace you may find out u may like him just as much.. he will have grat shoes to fill lbut i am w illing ot watch lcuase i love th s troyline

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  29. Blake says:

    I will miss him as Will, and his chemistry with Sonny. Hopefully the recast will be a good one. I wish Chandler the best, he will be missed!

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  30. Mo says:

    Are you kidding me? Why let him go early? Glad the character will stay, but I don’t think the recast is going to be so awesome to let Chandler go.

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  31. Margaret says:

    I started watching Days back in the day when it aired in my country(i’m from holland)and I started watching it again on youtube when the Will and Sonny storyline was on.
    i think the Chemistry between CM and FS is great and as I am sad to see Chandler go.I wish him wel and all the best in his future career.
    I am glad they chose to recast the role off Will.so this storyline wil continue,imo thats better than to see it end and (maybe)see Sonny move on with someone else or even worse to have Freddie leave as wel.
    As for the actor who is going to portray Will I hope he also wil have great chemistry with Freddie and I am curious who it is going to be.
    So good luck to him and i hope it works out wel.
    We just have to wait and see and hope for the best.

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  32. richard says:

    This could workout well for Days bc Michael from GH was recast amidst a very dramatic storyline and the current actor playing Michael is great!!! Maybe they can find the old Michael from GH!!! Lol

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  33. Lisa says:

    I have been a DOOL watcher for most of my life ( off and on 42 yrs) have watched the show go through a lot of changes by far the best coupling (Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith) I hate to see him go expectially as quick as he is. There will never be a better super couple then CM and FS. They were awesome. I honestly do not know if I will be able to watch with Chandler gone. But Freddie will get my continued support for his role and his other endevours. I will miss you Chandler and will always love the original Wilson.

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  34. Susan says:

    I love the character that Chandler Massey has portrayed. I have been truly impressed how well he grew in this role as a gay man. I will miss him and I hope that his replacement can live up to the role. It will take some time to get used to a new person in the role. I do, however, hope for only the best for Chandler Massey. To begin with, when he first went into that role, I was not too impressed but “wow” he became one of the main reasons I watched the show. Good Luck to Chandler and hope he is successful in his future. I truly hope that we will sometime in the future see him again in some role in whatever media he chooses.

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  35. Faith says:

    Sick at heart – the chemistry between Chandler and Freddie will be hard to duplicate and I’m not sure I want to watch another will Horton . That being said, I can understand letting him go now – school starts this month. I was getting turned off by the drawn out storylines (Kirsten/Brady; Dan/Jennifer even Sami/EJ) so perhaps it is time to stop watching – I quit watching about ten years ago and only started again because of the EJ/Sami/Rafe storyline and stayed on for the guys – I think Days is dying.

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  36. dmr says:

    Chandler Massey will be tough to replace. Similar to Julie Marie Berman on General Hospital, Chandler is a two-time Emmy winner (JMB has won three). Tough for us viewers to get used to another face taking over a popular role. Good luck to Chandler with this education! Smart young man!

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  37. Phil says:

    I hope they recast Gabi too! I don’t want Gabi to be killed off and I would hate to see her take off with or without the baby. Besides there is still story for her.

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  38. Kara Tomsa says:

    Hate to see him go

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  39. Simisooner says:

    I was impressed with Chandler’s talent early on. In fact, I thought he was exceptionally talented, even wondered if he used method acting. I will watch anything he is in that I know about. So now, I guess I should follow him on twitter. I have been watching this show for 40 years. If he ever comes back to DOOL, KOOL. If not, I think Hollywood should scoop him up quick! Chandler, you are an excellent actor. I, selfishly, wish you continued success….so I can see you!

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  40. Geoff Clack says:

    Love Wilson !!!
    Chandler has made it clear he would be cool with Will being recast. If I remember
    reading correctly; he acknowledged the value of Will for the legacy of the program.
    If the show has found a new Will that can continue the great romance of Wilson
    with Freddie Smith; then lets give the new guy a chance !!!
    I am sure the new person was tested thoroughly for chemistry with Freddie. As the
    new guy is half of a super couple with Freddie; Wilson who we all love !!!
    I would like to point out Chandler was not the original Will.
    Come on Wilson fans !!!
    If the powers at Days found someone to start immediately; it says something for the
    persons probable talent. Plus, just as important his chemistry with Freddie Smith !!!
    Lets give the new Will and our couple of Wilson our support !!!

    Geoff

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  41. Jack Spratt says:

    I liked Chandler because of his pretty hair, face and body, and he was an intelligent, classy, straight-looking guy submitting to kisses by another great-looking straight guy. So HOT! Uh, his acting was good, too…. But there are guh-zillions of attractive actors in these United States.,,give the new guy a chance!

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    EJK replied

    Well, Congrats to Jack Spratt for laying it all out as it is, perhaps too bluntly for some but true.Let me add I am a new watcher unlike everyone else here but without WilSon there is very little to be said for this comic soap.The other guys are played naïve and stupid and the women are just plain crazy. I swear I have never met a mother as clueless as Jennifer or men as dense as Dan and Brady. I realize this is the story line but it insults common intelligence. Am I wrong?

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    Jack Spratt replied

    I agree, but it’s good entertainment. DOOL is comical in that, jus as when watching stand-up comics, we enjoy seeing and hearing people whose lives are worse than our own, who make fun of themselves, because it makes us fel better. So that seems key. I do think Chandler is special but there was an element of “I may be gay and having a tough time but I have more self-confidence than Will.” At the same time, we’re captivated by Chandler’s good looks that are right off a painting by Raffaello. I’m hoping for another great-looking Will but with more confidence, so the character and we, as viewers, can experience (vicarious) growth.

  42. Bil says:

    I wish Chandler the best. I had not watched DOOL in years. I started with the casting of Freddie Smith. I agree that Chandler will be hard to replace, but it has been done many times in the past. Sometimes the recasts work out better. Victoria Wyndham was not the first Rachel, Melody Thomas Scott was not the first Nikki, Sharon Case is the third Sharon, Robin Strasser was not the first Dorian, Tom Hughes was recast eleven times. This list could go on. I look forward to seeing the new Will.

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  43. carol says:

    I really hate this seeing Chandler go but it was his own idea I really did like him a lot and the gay story plot doesnt bother me at all. I guess we will just have to get use to this new guy. I will definately miss Chandler.all I can say is good luck to him no matter what he does. where i live they moved days to noon.

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  44. carol says:

    Does anyone know why Chandler is leaving? I certainly will miss him well but he will be missed.I only hope that this new guy is half as good as he was.I just cannot picture anyone else playing Will it wlil certainly take a while to get use t the new one.

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  45. Engela says:

    I’m happy that he wants to further his career but I’m actually kind of mad. Will is the only one of the few charcters on “Days” that is constantly being replaced and just when you get comfortable with one another one comes in, like Dylan and now Chandler and it’s really getting frustrating now

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  46. Larry says:

    You know I have read all the comments made . I just have to say yes I am going to miss the face of Chandler playing Will . Good luck to him. But to be honest he was a horrible actor . I just hope the person that takes his place , is as much as a great actor as Sonny ( Fredde) acting . I got so tired of seeing Chandler missing his marks . At best he is a B related actor . With the right actor with Freddie the Will and Sonny’s love story can go down in history as one of the best love story in daytime history .

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  47. Daniel says:

    I just can’t. I’ve been binge watching Days with Sonny and Will and it hurts so bad knowing Chandler isn’t going to be there anymore. I’ve literally watched 4 years of soaps in about 4 days and I’m completely hooked on Chandler. I don’t think I’d be able to watch Days without him unfortunately. :/

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  48. David says:

    I have watched DOOL since I was about five years old. I am a Chandler fan and have to remind myself that he to was a recast and was not to welcomed by the fans of Dylan Patton, but Chandler won over all hearts with his acting ability and then by given the story of a life time (some like it and some do not) but one thing ever should be able to agree with is he did it and did a great job. He will be surely missed but not forgotten because if it wore
    not for him the new Will would not have such a juiciey storyline to walk into. I think ever one needs to give Guy Wilson a chance and remember that he isn’t Chandler and he isn’t going to do everything like Chandler has done.
    Was there rongs done? Yes, but done on both sides. Neither side had handled this situation right, but it is done and they and us have to live with the outcome of this.

    I wish Chandler the best and Guy the best for he has a lot riding on his back this has to one of biggest and most important recast ever, at I think so.

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  49. Cheryl says:

    Personally, I think Chandler is crazy for leaving Days, and leaving Days for college?! I know that’s what he wants to do, but, come on, really?! I would have given just about anything to be on Days when I was younger. And I know a lot of people that feel as I do. But it’s his life, Chandler was one of my very favorite characters, and I loved his gay relationship storyline with Sonny, and I just can’t see anybody else playing the role of Will (Chandler) . So in closing, I will miss you so much Chandler, but I do wish you the best of everything!!!! Very Sincerely, Cheryl M.

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  50. Kathy says:

    Don’t like the new will.

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  51. haylee emens says:

    I LOVE CHANDLER MASSEY AKA WILL HORTON HE WAS SUCH A GREAT ACTOR HE WILL BE MISSED I DON,T LIKE THE NEW WILL

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  52. Dianne says:

    I, for one am not happy with the recast of Will Horton on Days Of Our Lives. He was and always will be Will.

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  53. Kathie says:

    I am so sad , I was shocked to see a new wil. U just can’t look at the new wil it’s not him. I will miss u. You r a good actor. Good luck”!

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  54. Noelle says:

    Not happy at all with recast. New actor seems all wrong. Very disappointed :(

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  55. Connie says:

    So upset because I liked Chandler playing the part of Will and for someone else to replace him won’t be the same in the character or chemistry will Sonny!

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  56. Karen says:

    Just want to register somewhere that I really really really don’t like the new actor. I find it hard to watch his scenes. And the poor “Sonny” actor who has to do his scenes with him after having had the original actor (who was lovely and a fine actor)! I feel sorry for him. NBC PLEASE RECAST WITH A BETTER GUY!

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  57. Judy Norton says:

    I’m sorry to see Chandler go. The new guy will take some getting used to, and I realize you may not have a bunch of prospective actors to choose from, but this guy doesn’t do the part justice. I will watch with an open mind, as I imagine it’s harder on Sonny than anyone! Good Luck in him working out in this position,

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  58. Dawn says:

    I am not happy with the new actor at all!!! Sorry Chandler is leaving no actor can replace him.

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  59. Dee says:

    I am truly upset that Will was replaced. Bring him back. The new guy doesn’t fit the roll

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  60. J Carter says:

    Yes I am very disappointed they let him go early. He was a wonderful actor and he played his role as Will just GREAT. He will be missed. I’m having trouble getting use to this new Will. He just doesn’t seem to have what it takes to be WILL HORTON…but will try to give him a change…
    Best of Luck to you Chandler, you will be greatly missed

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  61. Mitchell says:

    I am very disappointed that Chandler is leaving Days. You can’t replace him, that would be like trying to replace Marlena. It can’t be done well! Why is Chandler leaving? I’ve been watching this show since 1975 and I don’t believe I’ve ever been so disappointed except when the show dropped Marlena for a few years. I actually stopped watching for 2 years in protest. This new kid is trying but he is not convincing, but who could be. I want Chandler back NBC, how could you have let him get away.

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  62. king says:

    no i liked the old one, but after many years of being a days fan, i simply don’t like a gay role. an am seriously fixing to stop watching at all as wellas many of my friends. i really don’t think its needed to have gay couples on days or any other show, i truly hope the old will finally got fed up w/his gay roll. h never appeared to be relaxed playing it if so hip hooray for his morals, but every time the scene comes on i change a channel an here of late i have begun to watch greys atomady on lifetime chanel@1:00, thats it hope you try to stop this crap so young kids don’t have to see it as parents are not always in the room of the t,v.

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  63. joyce pearce says:

    The person playing Will Horton is just not Will I have a feeling Days of our lives will be going off the air with all the old cast leaving, Sami is not replacable, no Bo, no John the show is just not going to make it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Do not like this Will @ all

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    brayan ortega replied

    I agree with u they should had never let Chandler go

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  64. brayan ortega says:

    Yes i am sad that Chandler Massey had to leave he was an Amazing Actor he touched my heart he even made me cry he made the role of will Horton fell so real and now that he is gone everything just went down hill No One well ever play Will Horton better then Chandler Massey :)

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  65. Susan says:

    I’m over seventy years old and will forever love young Chandler as Will Horton. No one could ever really replace him. I wish him the best !

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  66. Stephanie says:

    How in the world did you think someone could replace Chandler Massey? He was the sweetest guy ever on Days. The new guy just doesn’t fit in. It seems he is floundering or looking as if he doesn’t know it is his turn. You’re losing all of the good characters. I’ve watched this show forever. I agree that a gay couple was not necessary to make the show interesting. What has happened to morals in our country? Are you ready to name the show Sex? I’m tired of all of the boring characters. Get rid of the characters Ann and Teresa. They need to go big time!!!! Bring back the family show that was on when Alice and Tom were living. Days is beginning to lose its power. The show will really be nothing when Sammy leaves. Also, while I’m spewing, bring back Bo. At least the story line was much better when he was on. Who cares if the good actors are racking up more hours than the people who you want us to live, but it is not working? You want to read our comments….do something about what we say!

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