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94 November 30th, 2015 Greg Vaughan To Exit Days of our Lives!

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For those who were speculating that Days of our Lives Greg Vaughan (Eric Brady) was on his way out the door, apparently he is done at DAYS.

Back in August, Greg revealed on social media he has signed a contract extension to stay with the NBC soap opera.  At that time many speculated that it could be just to wrap up story.  And today, according to Serial Scoop, that is indeed the case. The outlet is reporting that the powers-that-be at DAYS decided to write out the character of Eric Brady.

In our latest video interview with Greg alongside Peggy McCay (Video of the Day MF Soaps homepage) from Day of DAYS earlier this month, the actor previewed Eric’s dark turn and a pending romance with Jennifer Horton (Melissa Reeves).

As viewers know, it also looks like the former priest is about to have a battle with the bottle!  Vaughan took over the role of Eric back in 2012.   Greg was also seen on Hallmark’s holiday movie on Sunday night, The Christmas Note.

So, what do you think about the news that Greg is departing DAYS?  How do you think he will exit the canvas? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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  1. Chrystie_Delancey says:

    I would rather they get rid of Daniel Jonas.

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    4ever DAYS replied

    Well, Christie, I think you’ll be happy.

    It’s pretty much a given that Eric’s drinking will lead to him killing Daniel in a drunk driving accident which will land Eric in prison.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    So very sad! Greg Vaughn always comes off as an inherently nice person whatever role he is playing–don’t like to see this “dark turn.”

    4ever DAYS replied

    *Chrystie

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    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Someone mentioned Daniel is killed by a drunk-driven Eric!

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    Amy replied

    I have been waiting for the character of Daniel to leave for years!

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    tim S replied

    He is going also.. soon

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    Carltini fan replied

    Already on the way out.

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    ces replied

    oh gawd, me TOO!!

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    Kelly replied

    They are.

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    mollie replied

    Good riddance to Dr. Dan’s character (nothing against SC). Daniel’s character is SOOOO boring.

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    James R. Poissant replied

    I feel the same as you, Mollie—I do like both actors but they are both being wasted on the show to the point that I don’t want to see the characters. I would rather they both find other projects worthy of what they can do.

  2. Andrew says:

    I saw this coming, what a shame. Greg is a terrific actor. Time for GH, to call Greg and bring him back as Lucky Spencer.

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    Rosanne replied

    I feel the same way.. I would love to see him go back as Lucky

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    Andrew replied

    I agree with you Rosanne, I hope Greg comes back as Lucky Spencer. Thanks for replying, have a nice day.

    Michael S. replied

    Totally agree. GH should bring him back.

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    Karen replied

    YUP Eric will go to Rehab !

    Andrew replied

    Yes Michael, Greg needs to come back to GH PRONTO. LOL.

    Llanviewer717 replied

    I sincerely hope Greg doesn’t make the mistake of trusting the alphabet people again.

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    Newmanwins replied

    You do realize the people who fired Greg Vaughan from GH (Frons, Phelps, Guza) are no longer with ABC daytime? They are the ones who did him wrong when they approached Jonathan Jackson about returning to play Lucky. One thing was obvious from Lucky’s return last summer and that is this character is needed on the show for Liz and the boys and JJ only came back for those episodes to honor Tony Geary. Frank, Jean, and Shelly need to call GV as soon as possible and offer him a 2-3 year deal to return as Lucky. JJ will probably never come back to play Lucky again on a full time basis so give Lucky back to GV who was very good in playing an older version of Lucky.

    AJ replied

    I’d love him back as Lucky, but as Llanviewer717 said, should he trust the people who fired him because he wasn’t Jonathan Jackson? I didn’t need JJ back on GH – and was anyone surprised that after coming back, he left again. GH had Greg for 6 years and then got rid of him so they could have JJ for 2 years. Had they never fired him, Greg would be going on 12 years as Lucky. In GH’s current defense, it was different people who fired him. A paycheck is a paycheck. Come back to GH Greg!!

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    Elite Advisors replied

    We all seem to agree!! The character of Lucky the last we saw of him is a complete mess and needs to show up for his family…although I would hate to see him stuck with Elizabeth…ugh.

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    Rose replied

    Oh I agree, since Jonathan Jackson is pretty tied up with Nashville, it’s about time GH invites Greg to come back to the role JJ took out from under him. Although, he might not want the role back!

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  3. Mike says:

    It is really sad to see such talent leave, I only hope he returns to GH or could be a recast Billy Abbott (Y&R)

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    mollie replied

    YES! Billy Abbott. He is a good actor who could carry the role, great looking, charming and funny….great idea. SO much better than re-casting Billy with the actor who played Patrick Drake on GH (as was the scuttle butt). HE is a complete miscast.

    So, yes, GV for Billy Abbott :)

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    Timmm replied

    Jason Thompson doesnt look like an Abbott BUT he is a good actor. It may work out. Better than Burgess!

    AJ replied

    He was already on Y&R as DIego.

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    mrsnoahdrake replied

    Jason Thompson (Patrick – GH) is going to be the new Billy Abbott. They have not announced it yet.

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    Elite Advisors replied

    That sounds like rumors…I love Jason and thought they wasted his talent lately. I hope EJ recast on DOOL

    Timmm replied

    WOW! Mike I was thinking Lucky at GH but he would work as Billy for sure.

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  4. Lew S. says:

    Once again, another missed opportunity. DAYS has really improved, but every storyline cannot be based on upon something like that was done in the 80′s. In order to succeed, the show must be mult-generational. Vaughan is a good actor and totally wasted.

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  5. Mister Media says:

    So…I’m thinking that means that Lucky is coming back to General Hospital?

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  6. Lisa says:

    Greg is such a warm hearted human being and I wish he had a role that really got him… So deeply sad to see him leave Days! But maybe this opens the door for a new character on GH, B and B or Y and R!

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  7. Jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    Then hopefully he returns to GH as Lucky…

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    Elhu replied

    I was thinking the same thing Jim. Would love him to return to GH as Lucky!

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  8. Tay says:

    Sad he is leaving. With Sami, Will, & Carrie all off canvas it seems a shame. He certainly shouldn’t be killed off. Take a hiatus to see Carrie & get his life together. Then bring him back with a real story.

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    ces replied

    may as well have them all off including Belle too— hell, John & Doc weren’t even invited to the Brady Pub for T-Day – what the hell?

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    mrsnoahdrake replied

    I wondered about that too! And what did Adrienne and Lucas do for Thanksgiving? Was Doug there? I didn’t see him.

    Patrick replied

    that surprised me as well… seeing Belle and Claire show up… to see her soon to be ex-husband ?

    although, I liked Marlena reaction when Belle showed up at the door… it’s going to be nice to see Marlena reacting to someone “new” what with Will gone

    I had hoped to see more magic and spark… with John and Marlena… so far not much has surfaced

    I really do not see much in the way of even caring about Johns past ? what’s the point?

    DAYS production: hello !?!?

    give Paul a love interest

    Cesca replied

    Doug wasnt there. Lucas with Kate maybe? No turkey for them! 20 years later, does anyone care @ John’s parents at all? I sure dont. Lazy storytelling and no imagination for the Days writers to come up with something. I dont like this Belle.

    Reagan replied

    I’m with mrsnoahdrake… where the hell was Lucas & Adrienne?? I loved John & Marlena back in the day, but now that I’m older his acting just rakes on my nerves. It would be interesting to see if she could strike up some chemistry with Roman. Or bring back original Roman AS Roman and not that stupid Alex North crap. Just my opinion.

  9. Linda says:

    I don’t think he should go .I wanted him and Nicole back together and Danielle back with Jennifer but since he has to go then put him back in the church as a missionary over in India

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  10. Kimberlee Davis says:

    I hate that he is leaving! Greg is so personable and is an awesome actor! Shame on Days!!!!!

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  11. Vicki Black says:

    I’m sad. Another great actor falls prey to writers.

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  12. Mary SF says:

    A romance with Jennifer?? A dark turn? Why can’t one character on this show have a happy ending? Let Eric go back to the priesthood instead of dragging the character through the depressing theme that the 50th year is turning out to be.

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    mollie replied

    A romance with Jennifer is a death knell….Jack, Daniel now Eric. Jennifer must bore them to death or make prison preferable. Jennifer needs some better writing that gives her something INTERESTING to do.

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  13. Sarah StJohn says:

    Glad to see Greg on Hallmark, but sorry he is leaving Days. They should have left him with Nicole. They were a good couple, far better for her than the dull Dr. Daniel. I also hope he might reappear on GH, although they have very poor story lines just now. Maybe if they kick Valentini out, and bring Lucky Spencer back to PC.

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    mollie replied

    Please, not GH for Greg Vaughn. He’s too good for that show!
    Would love to see GV re-cast as Billy Abbot on Y&R.

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  14. boes says:

    He’s a pretty wonderful guy, but his character hasn’t been written for very well at all. Eric is pretty much a cardboard cutout.
    A wasted opportunity.

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    Blake replied

    I agree, I’m not really upset about this.

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  15. Iakovos says:

    Seems like when things are so good, DAYS is making changes. Of course, these were put into play months ago with NBC’s extreme lead time for DAYS, but this one hurts. I like the actor. I like the character.

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    Ces replied

    Except all the new teens I am SO not interested in watching! Even when they had teen stories back in the 80s, characters like Jennifer, pete and Melissa were older. Pretty sure not many want to see a romance for Ciara!
    Meanwhile days is on a killing spree.
    Thought nicole & eric made a promising couple at one time til she got with that drip Dr. Jonas

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  16. Annie says:

    finished with Days. Hopes it gets cancelled. Give me a break with some of the plots coming up. John looking into his past. Been doing this for the last 20 years. Sad. Looks like the Herdandez family is taking over the Brady’s See ya Days.

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  17. Dwight Schrute says:

    He was never utilized that well on Days.

    I’d rather see him on a new soap rather than go back to GH. He was treated so poorly there when they dumped him simply because they could get JJ back for a few months.

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    Timmm replied

    Different bosses back then and now I think the network realizes JJ has his sights permanently set on other dreams.

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  18. Paul says:

    Another example of a good actor that was given garbage for story purposes. As a result, his exit can’t come soon enough for me. I’m tired of his angry outbursts and his whining/crying. At the point he accused Nicole of raping him, there was very little to ever root for. I hope the actor is snatched up quickly by another show that will utilize him to his potential.

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    Reagan replied

    Since Jonathan Jackson is busy with Nashville, maybe they will bring him back on GH as Lucky. Or write him a new fresh role on GH… a long lost Q as the spawn of Jimmie Lee.

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  19. Mateo says:

    Good riddance. All that man does is have a continual scowl on his face. I hope General Hospital stays far away from this tragic excuse of an actor. He is one of the worst characters on DAYS and one of the most awful actors all together. He spent the last two years yelling at Nicole, Serena and every one else. If he wasn’t yelling or pouting he was screwing someone. Good riddance, adieu, so long, farewell GOODBYE.

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    Reagan replied

    Poor writing for sure.

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  20. PGP says:

    Totally should have recast ed this role! Wonder where this will leave Nicole once Daniel leaves?

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    Elite Advisors replied

    Interesting thought…. Nicole is dating Daniel is real life, so with the lack of story, doubtful she would be interested in sticking around….

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  21. Llanviewer717 says:

    What a terrible decision by TPTB. Greg is a fine actor who does a wonderful job. There is such story potential for Eric. This makes me very sad. I wish Greg much success in his future.

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  22. Blake says:

    I’m actually not that upset, hopefully they will recast Eric.

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    Reagan replied

    Who are you thinking, Blake? It would be interesting to see what Brandon Barrash would do with the role. (Though I had hoped they would bring him in as one of Justin’s other sons or as Theresa’s brother Andrew.) I doubt Jason Thompson would be interested in going to Days, but he could be the recast.

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    Blake replied

    I’m not sure. Since Greg is saying that Eric is going to the dark side. I’m afraid he will end up doing something bad like drunk driving and killing someone and go to jail since it seems they are writing Eric off.

  23. maddiehayes says:

    So sorry to hear this, Nicole & Eric are one of my favorite couples. Don’t understand why they never got a real chance.

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  24. mrsnoahdrake says:

    Greg Vaughn’s talent has been wasted on DAYS. I was hoping to see Nicole and Eric get back together once Daniel died, but no such luck!
    Looks like they will pair Nicole with the new guy – Daniel’s friend.
    I really liked Greg with Kelly Monaco as Lucky & Sam, but don’t think they will go there again on GH for a long time. Back to Jasam vs. Liason! Sigh! It gets old.

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    Timmm replied

    Well if Jason stays with Liz and Patrick is leaving, Lucky and Sam version 2.0!

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  25. Patrick says:

    of… thee 5 actors who were so overused… prior to this new writing team… and the demise of Will and Sonny

    Daniel, Eric, Brady, Nicole, and Jennifer…. over kill !

    Greg Vaughan is the one I would have preferred to have stayed…

    once again… it’s a big fan loss… as they never developed him past the Priesthood!
    NOW I really will miss … “Father Eric”

    DAYS production… do not kill off another beloved family member

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  26. Ron says:

    Why are all the good looking guys leaving Days? Greg is so damn handsome. The writing for his character has been terrible. Hated the Serena storyline. Poor Nicole without both men. Guess that’s why they casted the new guy who looks like Shawn.

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  27. Annie says:

    Really sad. I only watched because of his story with Nicole. I guess all the years I have been watching soaps, I don’t understand them. As an example why do some soaps keep characters for years, but can’t find room for a guy like Greg Vaughn. He had so much potential. I wish him the best of luck. He seems so sincere and so great with his fans. Hate to see a person get fired.

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  28. Rj says:

    Wow, Days is a revolving door! Sorry, GV will be going.

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  29. Les says:

    I really like this actor and there was such potential for the Eric character. Too bad!

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  30. damien says:

    first i get excited about jason cook only to find out he s only temporary…
    now eric out too?!
    eric was my fave lead male…i thought the show was slowl burning him and nicole to be reunited?!… big mistake, eric s strong and silent approach was so rare to watch.
    i ll miss him on the show… to many drastic changes… no more will and sonny, no jj and paige… and now no eric… i think maybe no more days for me…

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  31. Misty Ochoa says:

    I hate that he’s leaving. Such a nice actor. He will be missed..

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  32. Cami10 says:

    I wish Greg should stay in days of our lives. He is good actor . wish him good luck !

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  33. val says:

    Here we go again. ays just can’t seem to find the right demographic mix. They need actors in that 30 to 40 age range. If they wanted to get rid of a Brady it should be barnacle Roman not Eric.

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  34. helen Debruler says:

    Recast him keep Eric on the show

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  35. Brenda says:

    With all the actors leaving and new ones coming in I’m on the way out the door. Have only been watching about 3 years and since all the ones I am used to leaving what is the use of watching. Bye, bye Days

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  36. elm51 says:

    his talents were terribly misused at dool – his storylines were awful – greg spoke out several times about how dissatisfied he was with the storylines – i totally understand why he didn’t sign a new contract………………what a waste of a talented actor!

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  37. Jel Jones says:

    Nicole spent a year crying for Eric while he was a priest. Now suddenly Daniel is her one true love and Eric a mere friend. The story isn’t believable. Days can write good stories and then totally miss the ball with others. The Aiden story as someone who would kill Hope also didn’t sell. I love Days but I think their new path will not end well for the show. Many of the characters that left or leaving held audiences. I’m not interested in grown up Ciara, Joey, Theo, Daniel’s friend, Rafe’s father or Bell’s family. Characters like Paige, Will, Clyde and Aiden were interesting watchable characters. Letting Ben Weston go is understandable but others just to clear the way for those no one want to watch is not.

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    Annie replied

    So agree with everything you said.

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    Patrick replied

    this is going to be a hard sell from here on out

    thee past 3 months ; dont get me wrong; was so much cause celebre

    what a FANtastic TREAT

    I’m worried by all the departures of immense talent…

    taking Wally Kurth and Judi Evans OFF CONTRACT?

    OK… wrong thread… I’ve loved Greg Vaughan… on DAYS … (yes) for his LOOKS and with Eileen Davidson (because they never wrote for him)

    I definetely enjoyed his acting skill and mindset at GH as Lucky

    it’s all a terrible waste… he could have been revived and helped this show

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  38. Ghlover says:

    I want him back on GH and back with Sam!!!!

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  39. Timmm says:

    ABC, I stuck with you through Fluke, I am sticking through this long drawn out Jason reveal, PLEASE sign Greg Vaughan to play Lucky Spenser again! He was so good in a near impossible recast. Can you imagine how great it would be to mix Lucky into all the drama surround Liz AND with his sister Lulu! Plus, Laura would have all her kids together again. Come on, its Christmas!

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  40. Mo says:

    Greg has been boring since he started. He was not a good choice for a recast. I’m sad to see the character of Eric go as I think he has potential, but not in the current reincarnation. Let him go and maybe they can bring the recast character back in the future.

    The writers didn’t really help Greg as story after he stopped being a priest was pretty non-existent.

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  41. Sandy J. says:

    There have been so many terrific actors on many shows whose talents have been wasted [Michael Easton comes to mind first], and Greg Vaughan is just the latest. I join others in hoping to see him return to G.H. as Lucky, but he might be better to try his hand at primetime. He’s certainly talented enough.

    I wish him the very best in his next roles, and hope to see him on my TV screen again soon – daytime or nighttime. If it’s the latter, someone wiser than TPTB at Days could give him a starring role in a new show next year. Greg would definitely not disappoint!

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  42. SixBells says:

    Oh, good, another depressing story about addiction and (reportedly) murder (re: Daniel).
    :|

    I remember the days when Days knew how to weave heavier stories with lighter stories, drama with comedy. It wasn’t all so bleak then. Now, it’s re drying to a one-note dirge. It’s utterly depressing, and I’m sad to see them go this direction again. Killing off sizable portions of the cast in short order is not goin to do them many favors. *sigh*

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  43. Rockefeller says:

    PLEASE GH and FRANK VALENTINE get Greg back as Lucky ASAP!!!!! Ive been waiting years for for an opportunity for him to leave DAYS and go back to GH! Lucky is my fav male on GH and Greg was my fav Lucky!!!! :) Although I loved them all! But Jonathon still looks like a child and Greg was the adult Lucky IMO!
    Without Anthony Geary they dont need Jonathon Jackson :)

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  44. Jeff says:

    Good, now he can come back to GH!! Much more believeable as a cop than Jonathan Jackson IMO.

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  45. Tim Welles says:

    Well, I don’t have anything against the actor who portrays him but Eric is about as
    exciting as dry white bread.
    If this show wants to survive, and at this point even that is something worth deliberating, they need to do something EDGY and different. Move on from this “Mary is pregnant but the real father is John” bit and come into the 21st century. Have Eric decide that he likes to wear woman’s clothing at night or have Abigail so completely zonked out by Ben’s treatment that she develops a dual personality complex and goes out at night in a dark wig and too much make-up and hanging out at Tranny bars. Then she meets Eric and discovers his secret. Ridiculous? Of course it is but let me tell you it would be a LOT more interesting than this same-old same-old they’ve been shelling out. The writers really sincerely need to come up with some new and innovative storylines!

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  46. Linda K. says:

    This really saddens me about Greg leaving. I have always loved his character as Eric. Why can’t Days leave well enough alone? Why don’t they get rid of characters like Theresa, Eve, and Eduardo and Ben? To me these characters have no consequence to Days anymore. They should keep the people that really matter to the fans like Eric, Bo, and Sean.

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  47. xmascarol says:

    I really like Greg but his character was so boring and going nowhere.It is ashame they couldnt find another woman for him.I wish him well.Oh yes I was so surprised when I saw he was leaving because I thought he just signed on for a longer period of time

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  48. Jo-Anne says:

    I am really sad that Greg vaughan is leaving days. He is my favourite character. I hope he will end up with Nicole before he leaves. I will truly miss him

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