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246 September 11th, 2013 Guy Wilson Cast As The New Will Horton On Days Of Our Lives!

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So just who is the actor who is taking over the coveted role of Days of our Lives‘ Will Horton from two-time Daytime Emmy winner and fan favorite, Chandler Massey? That would be Guy Wilson!

In an interview tonight on the Blog Talk Radio series, Lather Up With Littany, DAYS star Jen Lilley (Teresa) revealed the casting info during a discussion of the difficulties and challenges being a recast on a daytime soap opera, especially of a popular character.  Lilley was speaking of her experience replacing Kirsten Storms as Maxie Jones on General Hospital.

Lilley went on to say, “I am very worried for Guy Wilson, who is replacing Chandler (Massey), because I love Chandler.  It’s really hard to be a recast, and I can understand from an audiences point of view also why it’s hard.  It’s tricky.  I always give the analogy of my favorite show:  If anyone but Michael C. Hall played “Dexter”, I would freak out.   I hope people will be nice to Guy Wilson, because there is a scary thing built into being a recast because of the audience, and the awesome fan base.  You guys are so loyal!”

This evening, Guy Wilson commented very briefly on his Twitter account when fans contacted the actor asking if it was indeed him who is the same Guy Wilson, Jen Lilley was referring to, in which Wilson tweeted, “Oh man.”  Wilson had also hinted that something big was happening for him career-wise on his facebook page yesterday when he cryptically posted, “Some exciting news… can’t talk about it just yet… but stay tuned…”

As far as Guy Wilson he has quite the impressive television and motion picture resume including guest stars turns on: Breaking Bad, Bones, NCIS  (where he played a gay role also), Castle and Cold Case.  Wilson has also had an experience on a daytime soap opera playing a teenaged Luke Spencer (Tony Geary) on General Hospital back in 2006.

Look for Days of our Lives to soon make the official casting announcement of Wilson as Will Horton! As fans know who have been following this story thus far know, the new Will Horton will not be seen on screen till at present time early 2014, since Chandler will be seen in the role till the end of the year.

So soap fans, what is your initial reaction to the casting decision of Guy Wilson as a replacement for Chandler Massey? Comment below!

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  1. Patrick says:

    ” I hope people will be nice to Guy Wilson, because there is a scary thing built into being a recast because of the audience, and the awesome fan base. You Guys are so loyal!”

    OH NO! I don’t even know who he is… BUT.. have to respond quickly…

    Jenn Lilly… is so right on the money…

    RECAST.. takes some doing….

    leave well enough alone… till we see him in act

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Notice his last name is ‘Wilson’…same nicname fans gave Will and Sonny!

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    BTripp replied

    I noticed that right away and love it! I think he looks great and I want to see him act.

    Johnny replied

    But his first name is GUY…not gay. Wish I could say the same for Will.

    Julie replied

    I’m disappointed! I thought he was doing a GREAT job. I wish they would bring him back!!

    4everDAYS replied

    JL may be in hot water for running her mouth! I hope all is
    OK because I love her as Theresa!!!

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    Breck replied

    I thought about when Greg Vaughan accidentally announced Jen Lilley’s casting early! It happens when shows film 4 months in advance, actors (many of whom don’t watch the show) forget that you’re not even airing yet (and may not have even been announced)!

    SL Jasmine replied

    Other than if Chandler wanted to personally leave- I am disgusted that he put so much into the role to be replaced by someone of the physical characteristics yet as the new Will- I am not saying he Guy looks “gay”- but one has to remember the previous storyline- I cannot imagine that Abigail would have dated more or less had sex with Guy! It doesn’t ring realistic to me- Plus- I like the fact that Chandler was “straight looking” at least more so- His frame larger and better suited for his partner- The fact that Chandler- unlike Guy- who has played “gay” characters- had to build the Will role from scratch (haven’t played a “gay” character” before) If DAYS could have saved Chandler through negotiations etc— AND DID NOT- I’m disgusted- Honestly- as is I am no longer interested in the Will union- Another thing- (I’m watching now) GUY does not look as if he fits physically as the SON of Lucas and Sammy- He looks like a lil child (character wise) to be their son and even in the entire mix- Will was at the peak of rocking mode in the previous months as Will- You could see however the slowing down for writing interesting copy for his role- Won’t be surprised if Abigail will be replaced next to fix the ill matched Abigail/Will history visual if nothing else-
    Comments are not a personal attack on Guy or his acting abilities! Best luck at either rate to the future careers of Chandler and Guy!

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    bonnie replied

    Abigail never had sex with Will-Chad was her first, and EJ her second. Gabbie and Will were the ones who dated and eventually had sex.

    Molly replied

    Chandler Massey left the show because he wanted to go to college. Initially the character was going to be written off but they went with a recast instead

    Tracey replied

    I agree , I do not like Guy playing the role of Will , and I also am no longer interested in that part of the show. Chandler is an outstanding actor and I will miss him, but like I said I could care less about Will and Sonny now!

    Rebecca S. replied

    Very disappointed. I really came to like Will. Thus guy isn’t attractive enough for Sonn.y. Where did old Will end up? Geez.
    Switch the Will’s up and get a man for the job, not a greasy skin and bones facsimile. Please listen to your fans!

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    lee replied

    same here its thursday and havent watched all week till today ,Im like oh hell no

    Susan replied

    I agree and very much miss the other Will who was very good looking and a Great Actor. This new Will is never going to make true watchers happy. I also like Sonny who is also very good looking and he never would have chosen this new guy who is not good looking. I now do other things when they are on screen. Bring back the other Will and give this new guy another story line.

    Sherry replied

    I was completely shocked today when I was watching my soap days of our lives, to see that Will Horton was not there anymore and that they had replaced him with this guy. It really really really really upset me actually but, I guess that’s how it goes. They did it once for Nicole’s sister Taylor and then again for Cameron Davis; and I never would’ve thought in a million years they’d do it to Will Horton–but I am disappointed–I mean I’ll give this guy a shot for sure… love to see him act but it just doesn’t feel the same to me. Plus, I really wonder how Samantha is going to react when she notices that her son doesn’t look like her son anymore but has the same name (jks) but that is just my point. It totally makes me feel like stopping watching the soap entirely when things like that happen. Now, what I really want to know is, what happened to Will Horton a.k.a. Chandler Massey? And why did he have to leave the show and be replaced?! I absolutely adore him.

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    bonnie replied

    I think he wanted to leave-he had to be replaced by someone-and Bo and Nick are already gone, but still somewhat in the storyline-and messages from Cameron also-not sure about this new guy-but time will tell.

    April Klepper replied

    JFKI don’t like the new Will at all just saw him today & was shocked a new one was playing the part. You were changing Will a couple of other times & finally got it right with this last Will. He even had looks like Sami to make it more realistic to pass as her son. This new Will no way for one he looks too young for the part. Massey Chandler to me was the best Will you ever had & I am going to miss him. I don’t think I could ever get used to this new guy.

    Autumn replied

    I was so appalled to see a new “Will.” And this one does not fit with Sonny at all. In fact, I haven’t seen any real acting with him. Chandler at least played the role believingly. I’m not sure this guy ever acted, even though it is shown that he has, beyond a school level. It will take a lot to convince me he is Will, Lucas and Sammy’s handsome son (which this guy is not by any stretch of the imagination). I think it is wonderful that Chandler wanted to go on to college but I think the timing just stinks. I am no longer interested in this line on the show. If they never show Will again (this actor as Will), it won’t be too soon for me. Just when you get someone who fits a role and makes it work, DOOL gets rid of them. I don’t know that I can ever believe that Sonny, who is awesome so don’t get rid of him! belongs with this actor.

    Angela replied

    I just want to know why he was re-casted. What was wrong with the other one?

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    Tracey replied

    I think many people will no longer be interested in the Sonny & Will part of the show. Chandler was perfect for the role of Will and this Guy seems weird and strange…he just don’t fit in the role…sorry but i will be fast forwarding through any of his scenes

    Deb replied

    I am very disappointed in the “new” Will and will not be watching Days any longer.I seldom watch it now and it used to be my favorite soap.There is too much “tolerance” in the world today of those who choose to live in sin of different kinds,greed,money hunger,envy,power,ect. Seems strange Will would quit the show to go to college–surely he would make more money on Days

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  2. Matt says:

    I think they made a great choice. He’s a strong actor. Looking forward to seeing what he brings to the role.

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  3. LittleMo says:

    Will Horton will NEVER belong to anyone but Chandler Massey. Days was beyond stupid not to find a way to accommodate Chandler’s schooling schedule. I am so done with this show – they lost a fabulous couple because the chemistry was with Freddie and Chandler and not just anyone in those roles. I stopped watching Days a while ago and came back b/c of WilSon – after this I won’t be back again.

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    MM replied

    After meeting Chandler last month I can say that he wanted to leave Days, whether they were accommodating to his school schedule or not. Sorry you feel the need to stop watching WilSon because he’s gone though. I think the show will continue to good by WilSon and Guy has big shoes to fill but, I’m sure he will do just fine. I have total faith in him.

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    LittleMo replied

    I have a friend who also met Chandler in Atlanta and that’s not what he told her. I do know that things are not the way they have been presented.. Filming on a Friday and being told OVER THE PHONE he was done and not to come back? Not allowed to even say goodbye to anyone? Not get going to school – registered for 2 on-line classes, nothing on campus yet? And some totally different information from another friend I trust implicitly. This was not what it seems.

    4everDAYS replied

    CM may not have wanted to be accommodated. Many recasts
    have been successful. You just might accept Guy Wilson in the
    role because you love Will and Sonny. They live on…

    Good luck Guy Wilson and long live DOOL!!!

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    Helen replied

    Well we know is NOT a true DAYS fans! Been watching since 72 and still love character, whether they are recast or not!

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    Johnny replied

    A fickle gay person????? Who woulda thunk it??

    ron replied

    Will Horton was Chandler’s great feat and his alone…Wilson existed because of his unique contribution to the relationship…without him Wilson ceases to be…we will be measuring scenes in the future unfortunately against what has taken place and Freddy has an enormous burden to recreate what was…can’t be done because this is a new face and new personality…it must be a different chemistry and this new relationship will reflect the bad judgment of people in power who could have managed the situation better. Fans are basically jealous and selfish…they want things to go on forever as it was…many will just drop out. Being an actor, and a good one, won’t be enough to fill the hole. Sorry.

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    4everDAYS replied

    Wilson existed because of the writing!!!

    Breck replied

    I think that’s going a bit too far. Been watching soaps since the 80s and plenty of characters seem unrecastable until they are successfully recast. Including great, influential characters. Sometimes the recast becomes as popular or more popular than the original portrayer and THEIR eventual recast becomes controversial (think 3 of the 4 Carly’s on GH).

    People who initially HATED Tamara Braun replacing Sarah Brown (who voluntarily left the role) on GH came to love her (not everyone, but enough that there was a meltdown when TB left that about killed HER recast, who didn’t last six months before the current and longest running Carly, Laura Wright, was cast…and the character remained popular and front burner throughout all 4 recasts).

    DAYS Judi Evans–who was heavier, older, and less delicate than the original actress–replaced a popular-enough actress in a popular-enough role on AW and proceeded to turn the role of Paulina Cory into a powerhouse fan favorite she would play until the end of the show, taking it places no one imagined the character could go. Y&R’s Jess Walton also replaced a popular actress in a popular role and redefined it to become the definitive–if not orginal–portrayer in the pivotal role of Jill for decades to follow.

    Alternatively, some recasts never *quite* work as well as the original but do good work keeping the character alive until an original portrayer is willing to return, such as the two very nice actresses who played Y&R’s Ashley Abbott in between Eileen Davidson’s stints.

    Truth is, we don’t know what’s going to happen. But to assume that the character, couple, and show can’t survive without a single actor and refuse to watch in advance of even giving the new actor a chance to settle in doesn’t seem that smart–and it might cost you the chance to fall in love with the character and couple all over again! Give it a shot, you never know…

    Johnny replied

    Actually Breck…Cali Timmins who played the first Paulina is older than Judi Evans. However…I LOVED and laughed out loud at your so diplomatic description of Judi’s Paulina as being “less delicate”. Talk about understatement. LOL. It just goes to show that recasts can work awesomely when everything aligns. And when they don’t they just don’t and its usually no ones fault despite the best of intentions. An example is Blair from OLTL…she was first played by an Asian girl…and was recast with a blonde blue eyed Southerner from Oklahoma. That Blair has gone on to becoming one of the most popular and enduring characters on the show over 3 decades. On the other hand…there have been some “dead ringer” look alike recasts that royally tanked…think Stephanie Cameron as jennifer Horton on DAYS. There is no rhyme or reason or science to recasting…it simply either works or it doesn’t. This is why DAYS, in particular, has to be extra careful. They tape so far ahead so they can’t get the fan feedback on a recast for MONTHS…whereas other shows have the luxury much sooner.

    Me replied

    4everDAYS – that’s your opinion about the writing. But it’s a two-way street. If you have good writing but actors that suck, there is no magic. Any other two actors may not have had so much impact as Freddie and Chandler have/had. To me, both (the actor and the storyline/writing) are important. In the case of WilSon – and this is only my opinion – I very much believe that Freddie and Chandler made this work, even when the writing didn’t. I watch tv series and films also because of the actor/s. There are films that I will never ever see, because there is an actor or actors in it that I can’t stand. Whether the film wins 10 Oscars or is a blockbuster, it doesn’t change the fact that I won’t go watch the film. So for me, WilSon is Chandler and Freddie (I’ve never watched DAYS before the coming out storyline started, so I have no idea about who the previous actor playing Will was and whether he ws any good). They both created the couple – took them 2 years. How can a recast recreate that chemistry, intensity, beauty and magic with Freddie in a matter of days/weeks?

    John-Paul replied

    You seem to forget Chandler was a recast …… many soaps have recast popular characters with and with out success. Be happy DAYS didn’t kill the character off.

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    Me replied

    Repeating that Chandler was a recast means nothing to me. I’ve started watching with the coming out story, which was with Chandler and have never seen his predecessor, nor do I wish to as I don’t wish to watch his successor. But I’ll probably force myself to watch, to support Freddie.

    LittleMo replied

    All that means is that the actors who played Will before Chandler weren’t the right casting. Chandler was because he didn’t just playh the part – he IS Will. You can applaud re-casts til the cows come home and pigs fly but even if the character is still plausible that doesn’t mean a re-cast was right – it just means that the person who left didn’t “own” the character. No one but Alison Sweeney could play Sami, no one but James Scott could play EJ, only Joe Mascolo could play Stefano, etc. And I don’t care how good they would have been, NO ONE but Frances Reid and MacDonald Carey could have played Alice and Tom Horton. The chemistry between Freddie and Chandler is what made the couple and no one can find that with anyone. People who think Chandler was the low end of that copuple need to re-watch Will’s coming out process – that was a fabulous performance. Days screwed up big time.

    Mika replied

    Very few characters are not replaceable. Days has survived after replacing many of the main or original actors and in many cases the replacements are even better. No show is one actor ever.

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    Me replied

    That’s probably true (only) for soap watchers.

    John-Paul replied

    Days recast Mickey Horton years back and it took time to get used to John Ingles. Even the actress who plays Adrienne played Bonnie on Days only to return 10 years later as Adrienne which she originated. In ten years Chandler will be forgotten just like all the aged kids cause they will make him 40 in another year like soaps do. Had Chandler not been attractive this wouldn’t be an issue, he was not that great of an actor, yes Emmy wins but look at who he was up against. It is because of his scene partners that he looks like a good actor. That blue ribbon panel is so outdated

    Guest replied

    Talk about recast mix-ups, who remembers the John Black/Roman Brady switch-ups?

    Tc replied

    Talking about recasts, the gal that was recast for Belle was horrible, the recast for Austin was just as bad! Wanted to stop watching when that weird charter Kristin showed up again (remember her wearing false teeth and glasses oMG). Chandler did a fabulous job with his character, very believable in some areas, like coming out. Not sure what the true story is, but good luck to his replacement. We have to remember people that these guys are actors…not real life!

    moto62 replied

    the character of will has been played by a few actors over the years. when he was a child, then later as a teenager and now as an adult. will has always been an important character with good storyline no matter what age or actor had the role. the recast will work because of the character not the actor.

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    Catherine replied

    Where did Chandler Massey go and why? Really going to be difficult to replace Chandler’s smile and beautiful happy blue eyes. This new Will does not exude any personality or any chemistry with Sonny! He is rather bland and expressionless. Why does DOOL keep trying to fix”What ain’t broke!” I have watched DOOL since the very first episode. Have seen many an actor come and go repeatedly. Only the very talented and special can grab audience attention quickly. This new Will doesn’t have IT!

    Bill Braendel replied

    No way they can replace Chandler, he won 2 emmy’s! He and Freddy had something special that no one can replace….So sorry to see him go! The show will not be the same. I am sick thinking about January coming!!!!

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    Marilyn Cohen. replied

    I have watched DOOL since it’s inception. I love the show;will not stop enjoying it due to a change in actors. Chandler looked too young and immature for the role of Will. Guy Wilson will do great,I am sure. Good luck to him! Think Teresa’s actress is very good.

  4. Nk3play2 says:

    LoL Jen Lilley talks too damn much!!! But wow he definitely looks like Alison Sweeney’s son!!!

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    Breck replied

    I wouldn’t be too hard on her. Even Greg Vaughan, hardly a fame seeking guy–and a multi-soap vet to boot–screwed up and announced Jen Lilley’s casting early. DAYS tapes so far in advance that people have been working with these actors on a day to day basis for weeks and forget that the actors isn’t in the public consciousness. I felt bad for GV, too, since he was relatively new to the DAYS family but he didn’t get in trouble and neither should JL. Remember, most actors don’t watch the show or read the soap mags (would you follow your job when you’re not there?) and many don’t even get the script pages for characters that aren’t their own (depending on the show). While it’s obvious to us who is airing and who is not at a given time, when you’re deep into filming January or February’s scenes on DAYS, it’s easy to forget where they are with the air show or what has or has not been announced yet.

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    Me replied

    There are only 9 years difference between Alisson and Guy. Pretty freaky to me and TPTB messed up big time! In more ways than one!

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  5. guest says:

    He seems good actor from what I’ve seen so far. Now I just hope that there is chemistry between him and Freddie, Allison and Bryan. Welcome aboard and good luck. His last name is Wilson. obviously, he was meant to play this role.

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  6. cynthia says:

    hes a cutie give him a chance I did with jen lilley when she played maxie and it was good she did a great job

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  7. Lew says:

    He is a good actor. I have seen him in other programs before. I wish him all the best in the role.

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  8. bibi7 says:

    Laissons- lui sa chance…

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  9. Rose says:

    Difficult how I feel about this…and well i like him. But I really liked Drew Garrett as Will Horton. His last name is wilson. LOL wow. I’m laughing but…. Please wilson fans , Give him a chance! Hope the Newwill will be good.
    I’m very curious about what will happen to Guy Wilson’s character of Will.

    I really don’t miss Chandler Massey. He has made ​​a fantastic choice. It’s his life, his future. Gone and not coming back, he’s never coming back. Too Bad!

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  10. tk says:

    No surprise here.

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  11. Lee says:

    I’m very disappointed that Days did not at least try to work something out with Chandler Massey. He deserved it. We deserved it. I only started watching due to the buzz about WilSon. I do hope no one is rude to a new actor as it is out o his hands. I wish him the best. But I won’t be watching to know if he does well myself. Had Days done things differently and Chandler left at the end of his contract, I would. Not rejecting a new actor, but am rejecting Days!

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    Breck replied

    How do we know they didn’t try to work things out? CM has made it clear he was ready to go and he’d already informed them. It looked for a bit that there was some reconsidering, but the show moved in the direction of a recast. While the timing kind of stunk, it made sense from a contract perspective (they only have the opportunity to release someone every 13 weeks, so it was that day or December). A soap is always bigger than one character and one actor. They have to make business decisions as well as personal ones. It’s your choice what you watch/don’t, but I doubt Chandler Massey would feel good about people stopping watching the show and he wants Wilson and what they represent to stay front and center and prove taht a gay couple can draw viewers and ratings.

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    Fox replied

    If Days had tried to work something out to accommodate Massey’s schedule, it more than likely would have resulted in less episode counts, which in the long-run equates to lackluster storyline and/or stops and spurts. Not good.

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    4everDAYS replied

    In order to reject DAYS, you would have to be a fan. Your comment
    screams WILSON FAN ONLY!!! Goodbye.

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    lee replied

    Absolutely a Wilson fan only. DAYS IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH WITHOUT WILSON!
    Lol
    Hence no jemmy in practically a lifetime until now. (With very little competition)

    So proud of being only a Wilson fan.

    Ha ha ha. So funny with your feathers ruffled.

    Almost Heaven replied

    I will be willing to give him a chance but no one will ever replace Chandler. Everyone has grown to love him as the original Will. And I do wish Chandler all the best in whatever he should choose to do in life. But it is really hard to be the replacement for another star. I wish they could have worked out something with Chandler. Or they could have brought in this young man as another love interest for Sonny. I hope it all works out for everyone

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  12. Daisy says:

    He sounds like an experienced actor and should do well with Freddie. Plus he’s super cute.

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  13. Tori says:

    I am willing to give him a chance and when I say chance,I mean more then just his first scene. I can imagine people are going to be ugly and try to discredit him before they see him in action. I figured the producers must have tested him with Freddie and Alison to see if there is chemistry and they must have liked what they seen.

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  14. Sandra says:

    I’m with u on this Littlemo Chandler and Freddie r amazing tg. I won’t be watching when C goes. The producers could have done more to keep C. I love Freddie but I can’t see him with another actor.

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    4everDAYS replied

    You do not know what they were WILLing to do for CM.
    They knew what they had, but the show must go on with
    or without you. I hope you choose “with”!

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    Breck replied

    According to Eileen Davidson (who declined special treatment) and Alison Sweeney (who has the most customized schedule accomodations for a leading woman in soaps today), DAYS is VERY willing and works hard to work with their top actors, even when it inconveniences other actors and schedules (the reason Eileen wouldn’t accept special treatment, according to multiple interviews with her). It was clear Corday didn’t want CM to go–he even considered not recasting at all–so I suspect there were overtures to keep him. But if you want to go to college full time (especially if you want to return in your sophomore/junior year where your classes get more specialized) it’s awful hard to also play a leading role on a soap opera. If you wanted to go 1/2 time, sure, but not full time, which CM made clear at multiple fan events was his plan–he wants his degree and he wants to learn Mandarin Chinese. He was okay with a recast, I think we should at least be open to it ourselves.

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    krissy replied

    Amen!

    Me replied

    Corday didn’t want CM to go? Give me a break! The dude changed his mind just coz he wanted to and to piss off people.

    Why is there talk about both sides (Chandler and TPTB) blindsiding the other with their attitude? How ridiculous and unprofessional does that come across, if there is any truth to it? Something is just weird about this. And do we actually know for sure that Chandler wanted out early? He said he was glad things turned out like they did, but I’m not sure I buy all that. Just my gut feeling.

    None of my doubts will bring back Chandler, so I guess I should drop this. But I can’t. :)

    Fox replied

    In terms of accommodation, CM’s agent also could have pulled him aside and introduced him to one of the four Berlitz Language centers in the L.A. area These places are not only very accommodating and self-paced, but they’re open 7-days a week, into the evening. And while learning Mandarin, he probably could have thrown in Cantonese and a couple of other dialects to boot… lol!

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  15. Mo says:

    Looks like Jen let the cat out of the bag. I’m not feeling Guy right now. Chandler owned the role of Will, but I will give Guy time to win me over. Most of all, I like the character and want to see Will in Salem. But Guy has big shoes to fill!

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  16. Paul says:

    We should all give this actor a fair chance at playing Will and see what he has to offer

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  17. Mary SF says:

    Well when your last name is Wilson– it does seem like fate to be cast to play the Will half of WilSon. LOL. The success of a recast depends on a number of factors. How long did the original actor play the role? How long was the time gap between departure and recast? How popular was the original actor in the role? Guy Wilson is the unfortunate position of having a number of these factors against him for the get go. I am on the wait and see mindset. I have seen some recasts bomb, others were better in the role than the original — he just has to be prepared to accept there will be a number of fans, no matter how good he is, will never accept anyone in that role but Chandler. I just hope he doesn’t take that too personally.

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  18. 4everDAYS says:

    I feel as if this is a do or die situation!!! Give him a chance!!!

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  19. R S says:

    Just as long as he knows how to go kiss like the mean it. I love gay actors if they do it right.

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  20. Scott (ATWT Fan) says:

    Doesn’t LOOK like Will. That’s my only gripe. I’m sure Guy is a talented actor, as DAYS has always been amazing in their casting department. We just need to give him time. I just worry about his chemistry with the important people in Will’s life, especially Sonny and Sami. Those are the two he needs the most chemistry with.

    Hopefully Chandler can come back in the future, but I have to support his decision to go forward with his education. I would’ve preferred Kevin G. Schmidt (ex-Noah, Y&R) in the role, but I am willing to go ahead and give Guy the chance to impress us.

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    4everDAYS replied

    You mean he does not look like Chandler. I think he looks
    like the character should. He has a nose like AS. He has
    ears like CM.

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    Fox replied

    ita – And ny first reaction was he really looks like he could be Sami’s son.

    Breck replied

    I think he looks very much like he could be Marlena’s grandchild and Sami’s son, even Eric’s nephew. He bears a stronger resemblance to the Bradys than CM. What he definitely does NOT look like, though, is CM (other than being blonde). But I find that if a recast has chemistry and can act, I tend to not notice how they look after the first few weeks. Heck on OLTL, they recast an asian character with a blonde woman from Kentucky–all legit arguments about how insulting it was to asian viewers aside–it was ultimately a very, very successful recast (Kassie DePaiva still plays Blair to this day–and they had a lot of fun when they flashed back to the original Blair, with KDP reaching for a mirror with a confused look on her face). Other characters have been recast significantly older or younger–it’s all about whether the storyline, acting talent, etc. are there.

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  21. Iakovos says:

    I prefer a recast rather than have a storyline abruptly end or go off point or sully the integrity of the character and the others surrounding him. Actors come and go and while some do “own” a role, I would rather my story continue if at all possible. Chandler Massey is indelibly Will Horton,and will be remembered for that. But DAYS without Will and the powerful storyline he shares with Sonny, the relationships he has with so many Salem residents, and his use as a catalisyt for many plot points is just to valuable to lose. The new actor surely was carefully and thoughtfully chosen and deserves audience support. Chandler Massey chose to go and while I am not sure DAYS was right in lopping off the klast 13 weeks of his contract, I have to accept the decisions made. If I do not like it, I can stop watching, of course, but stories go on.

    Sometimes I miss the days when we did not have advance knowledge of cast changes, story points, and spoilers, or the opportunities for fan demand. I think it must make it so difficult for those behiond the scenes to plan in advance, to surprise, and the to focus on the show.

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    4everDAYS replied

    They should gag Jenn Lilley and torture her character with
    prison escapee, Vargas!!!

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    Breck replied

    Wow, yeah, remember when you would just turn the TV on and it would say “The part of Smartypants Elderbeesmythe is not being played by Jill Smith.” And you’d say “WTH?” and then just go with it…

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    kay replied

    I agree with this post. I support the Will and Sonny storyline and am happy that it will continue. I hope the fans will stop being so critical and give him a chance to show us his version of Will Horton.

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  22. Antonella says:

    I have already said this: Chandler decided to leave and even if the show handled his leaving very bad, the guy was not interested in WilSon anymore. That’s why I have always been ok with the recast. Chandler won 2 Emmys and got popularity thanks to this show and frankly he left appearing a little bit whiny and ungrateful. The show treated him like crap at the very end and it was unfair but I’m not so devastated because he got what he wanted: leaving the show and the character. So, as a hardcore WilSoner, I feel disappointed he didn’t want to stay a bit longer for the character and the pairing who were just at the beginning of their amazing ride as a supercouple. Not to mention the fact Freddie was/is still in the show. That is the reason I wish Chandler all the best but still think he made a bad decision and was not fair to complain about the pace of the show or the “low acting” in soap operas. Really man? ok, best wishes for the school (not very sure that was the real reason he wanted to leave, though) and your life but WELCOME to the new actor because I want WilSon to keep enlightning my screen and if Chandler is not on board anymore, well… peace.

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  23. Phil says:

    Good! Now recast Will and Bo, pronto!

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  24. Sandra says:

    I wish all the best to Guy I’ve nothing against him personally he’s an actor who has been given a great opportunity, but I still won’t watch. Whoever wants to continue to watch, more power to you. I just can’t watch another acting in the Will role. I’d have rather they had Wilson split and introduce a new love interest for Sonny, maybe a dimera cousin of Chad and Ej. Sorry but that’s just how I feel about it.

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    Breck replied

    Fair enough, but how sad that will be for the couple, the show, and the fact that DAYS was willing to take a risk on building a gay supercouple out of core family characters. These are the reasons Chandler Massey has asked his fans to give the recast a chance and agrees with the show’s decision to keep Will on the canvas. I know we’re sorry to see CM go, but who knows what lies ahead? We can only watch and find out! And continue to reward DAYS for telling this story instead of doing what two of the rumors suggested: ride off into the sunset with Sonny, ending their story forever or falling back in love with Gabi and leaving with Ari to live offscreen. Both would have been horrible. I support the show for trying and look forward to seeing what they do.

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    ron replied

    I agree, despite my own misgivings about DOOL’s thinking…it’s too easy to paint the scenario we would like to see, but that’s not what happens to an ongoing saga…admittedly DOOL is not some movie with a happy ending…and it has been doing a great job in presenting hot button issues and cannot be a screen story out of left field…the gay storyline was refreshing and it’s what got me first interested…my regret is that I invested so much in the characters that changing gears is not going to be easy…my bad…but I’m willing to see where the recast goes…Freddie deserves support from all fans and he has the task of making it work too…spiriamo

    Me replied

    I’m with you on that! I watched WilSon because of Freddie and Chandler. If they hadn’t been so stellar I would have stopped watching long ago coz seriously, the writing for Wilson sucked at times! I still think they should not have gone the baby-route. Will and Sonny are too young! I’m in love with Wilson because of how brilliant the actors are! No superlative is good enough! I’ve never watched DAYS before early last year, therefore Chandler being a recast of Will or not is not relevant. To me, only Chandlr is Will. Only Chandler created WilSon with Freddie. Not any other actor/recast. I don’t know what I would have done when the recast had been announced when it should have – meaning when they had let Chandler stay until the end of his contract, and I don’t know what I’ll do now – whether continue to watch or not – with the way TPTB treated Chandler and the whole situation. Sucks big time!! I feel I owe it to Freddie to keep watching coz he is an amazing human being! But it’s going to be very very very difficult! Freddie and Chandler had over 2 years to build and strengthen their chemistry working relationship and trust. As much as I think Freddie to be the total proessional I feel bad for him, coz the burden to make this work is now very much all on him. Double! Triple!

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    jack spratt replied

    I was thinking….it could be that they were originally not going to recast Will but had to, finally, for storyline integrity. That’s my hunch…. Anyway, I agree bringing in another love interest for Sonny would be good for we fans who want to keep our Wilson memories intact, but there must have been something magical about Guy that made Corday do an about-face and decide he could let CM go early. CM wanted to go because he believes his press and thinks his acting skils are on par with his looks, that maybe he can be the next James Dean. My hunch is that he’ l finaly end up on another soap. I also suspect CM is not too crazy about playing a gay character, which he never signed up for but was finaged into doing by DOOL. He wants to get his feet wet and see how big he can get. Let’s wish him well but also give Guy a chance!

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  25. Fox says:

    Does he have the requisite Will Horton chest? .. lol!

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    sonniorsolita replied

    I laughed out loud at your chest comment. My first thought was, “I wonder if the actor will be living in the gym to try to match Chandler’s physique!”

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  26. Ann says:

    I feel sorry for him. I’ve seen the way these ‘Wilson’ fans bully each other on twitter and message boards about any and everything. Many of these fans have an unhealthy attachment to Chandler and this pairing and have become a bunch of crazy, possessive, over-obsessive people. In their eyes no one can replace CM so Guy had better beware.

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    4everDAYS replied

    I’ve seen that soooo long now. I agree! A lot of those fans
    are Wilson fans only. They do not care about DAYS in general.

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    Me replied

    Well, for me only Chandler is Will. Call me crazy, possessive and over-obsessive, I don’t mind. I am not a soap watcher. Never have and never will. I pick and choose and chose to watch only WilSon. For me a recast is impossible. It’s like changing life-partner and pretending you have the same person in front of you. Someone said DAYS was willing to take the risk of building a super couple, but it never happened. There is/was too much drama and they never really let Will & Sonny be happy, for some short time at least. It’s an episode here and an episode there, but it’s exhausting. I’m all for drama, but this is overkill. What I mean to say is that as much as DAYS *tried* to build a super couple, for me WilSon worked not so much because of the writing (which at times really sucked), but because of Chandler and Freddie and how they created, made come to life, made us like and root for them no mather what and convinced us heautifully, that Will & Sonny are truly in love. They are both amazing! I don’t want to see Freddie playing Sonny all in love with an actor that is another person – from one episode to the next. I know it won’t for me. It kills me, because I want to support Freddie. I don’t know what I’ll do in January, whether to watch or not.. I’m very much torn over this.. It’s not about Guy Wilson at all. For now I don’t care who the replacement is. I just don’t want one. I know it’s a done deal, with Chandler having left, but it’s my right not to cheer for this recast. I’m also bitter about how they handled Chandler’s departure. I obviously don’t have a clue about what exactly happened, but something was not right about how they treated Chandler. I know I know I know I knooooow TPTB fired (yeah, Chandler wasn’t fired blah blah..) cast in the past or whatever, but that is NO reason to do it again. And again. If there was a fault commited by the actor, then that’s another story. But that wasn’t the case with Chandler. Telling the press that he has plans to go back to school after his 4-year contract ends, is nothing surprising. Of COURSE he would have plans for after his contract ends. He cannot wait for TPTB to let him know if they want to keep him or not, to think ablut and plan his future.

    There is very probably more to this story and I’m probably being very naive and don’t have a clue about how things in Hollywood work, but my opinion about this, is that it was horribly handled and nobody’s opinion was considered. Not the actors’, not the fans’.

    Whatever.

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    4everDAYS replied

    I can tell you this much:
    CM had a big mouth on emmy night. He made his impending
    departure announcement public before talking to DAYS, a big
    mistake considering they tape four months ahead. TPTB did
    not punish him. They had to end the viewer angst. If he was
    not let go early, he would have spent the rest of his DAYS talking
    about his expected departure, which could cause more viewer
    backlash.

    And let’s not forget the fact that CM’s agent is also Charlie Sheen’s.
    That tells me a lot!

    The new Will had to be scooped up right away or possibly not be

    available when needed.

  27. MR says:

    Fans need to get over it. I also met Chandler a couple of weeks ago. He was quite clear that it was always his plan to leave as he wants to pursue other things, most especially finishing school. He even said that him staying in a limited role is not something he would have considered. Chandler wants the story to continue with Will and Sonny getting married and having a family together. Guy Wilson seems to have a substantial resume. It will be hard to tell if it’s a great casting move until he airs but I have high hopes. I just hope he has good chemistry with Freddie Smith. Chandler did some amazing things playing Will. But the story to me is more important than the actor. I think it’s great that Days decided to recast instead of doing away with the role. Though, quite honestly the story is only as good as the writing, which has been sub par for Will and Sonny ever since they moved in with Gabi. I don’t care who plays Will, if Days doesn’t start writing Will and Sonny as a real couple. I am not asking them to have sex all of the time. But not allowing them to show any type of affection beyond a smack on the lips every few weeks is so unequal. It’s as if this show took a million steps backward with how brave they were a year ago. So again, I don’t care if they hired the best actor out there. Unless Days wants to write Will and Sonny as actual human beings, Will is going to be a failed character not matter what. Here’s hoping Days changes something with this new actor taking over this role.

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    Me replied

    We knoooooooow that Chandler planned to leave, but is this a reason to tell him at the end of a working day, goodbye, get lost, you’ll be replaced effective immediately! CRUEL! I don’t care if it’s typical Hollywood stuff. Time to change!

    And until about mid August, there seemed to be still the possibility that Chandler could have been convinced to stay on a little lnger. Just sayin’.. It’s NOT him who is going to say that they treated him like dirt! He’d shoot himself in the foot. So, I think fans can take over that role, as other cast colleagues will keep quiet too and that’s not surprising. I mean out of all young folk on DAYS almost all are gone. Makes you wonder about what’s going on on set and behind closed doors…

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    4everDAYS replied

    It’s all in the contract. He is a small fish in a big sea.
    Are you saying he should have special treatment? Why?
    Because he won two emmys? Because he’s your favorite?

    TPTB make decisions based on what is best for the brass and
    the fans as a whole. Let me be snobby by saying a true fan of DAYS
    has more input than a fan of an couple actors/characters.

    Do not get me wrong. I think CM is great. Will Horton is great!
    Wilson is great! They are part of something bigger; Days of our Lives.

    Me replied

    No, I’m not saying he should get special treatment and I don’t give a da*n about Emmys to be honest. I was overjoyed that both Freddie and Chandler got nominated because it got industry people’s attention – can’t hurt.

    I don’t agree that TPTB make only the decisions that are best for the fans. Nope, far from it. And I don’t have a problem with you insinuating that I’m not a true DAYS fans, coz you are probably right. Won’t stop me from commenting here, because I am a fan of WilSon, Freddie and Chandler.

  28. 4everDAYS says:

    New fans (Wilson fans only) hurt themselves by putting all their eggs
    in one basket, or should I say not enough eggs. They could have had
    other characters hold them over until they were won over by the new
    Will. The Wilson only fans are suffering from their own actions. That’s
    what snobbery does.

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    Me replied

    Snobbery? Seriously?!…

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    4everDAYS replied

    I meant to say Wilson only fans.

    Me replied

    I AM a WilSon only fan.

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  29. Sandra says:

    It’s amazing to me that a lot of fans are practically condemning other fans because they don’t want a recast. Like I said before whoever wants to continue to watch, more power to you. But don’t do exactly what u r condemning other fans for. It’s like you want us to feel bad because we don’t share your view, yes there are some fans that take things too far but do not think we are all the same. I haven’t said anything to make those of you who want to continue your support feel bad or said anything negative. Unlike many of you so doesn’t that make you just as bad as the fans you’re talking about. Be more understanding and stop trying to make fans feel like their opinion isn’t allowed.

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    4everDAYS replied

    The point I am trying to make is some viewers were never
    fans of DOOL and never wanted to be anymore than just
    Wilson fans.

    They down DAYS about everything they can, but love
    Wilson.

    Clips of Days of our Lives with Wilson does not make a
    person a DAYS fan. I think that makes them a snob.

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    Sandra replied

    That is the most ridiculous comment. Just because I only watch Wilson that makes me a snob. I watch what I’m interested in. And fyi we don’t get days in the UK just like other international fans we get to watch Dool on youtube. I really shouldn’t have to justify my viewing habits to someone who is showing snobbery to Wilson fans. Why should it bother you whether I watch Days as a whole or just Wilson. If you like watching Days good for you knock yourself out mate. But don’t judge Wilson fans because u have a holier than thou attitude. This is my last comment on the matter.

    Me replied

    I agree with you Sandra. Why are we snobs if we only watch bits of DOOL. I for one am not living in the US either and can watch it only with what I get on YT. WilSon is enough for me.

  30. sonniorsolita says:

    Did “Harry Potter” fans stop watching the movies when a new actor took over the role of Dumbledore? (Yes, I know Richard Harris died). Or do James Bond fans or Batman fans stop watching when those movie franchises get new actors in the title role? Mostly, they don’t — because they are fans of the stories and the characters. It’s understandable, if you are a fan of only Chandler Massey, to stop watching because he’s gone. But be honest about what you are. If you are truly a fan of the Sonny-Will storyline, which was created by the Days writers, you will watch regardless of the actors. And if you are a fan of “Days” as a whole, you will watch regardless of which actors come and go. If you watch programs and movies only to see a particular actor, you are going to have a lot of disappointments in life!

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    4everDAYS replied

    Spot on!!!

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    Sandra replied

    I really don’t care what u think of Wilson fans. I find it funny that everyone is getting so worked up over this. I have no problem with all of you continuing to watch Wilson with the recast. Why does everyone have a problem that I don’t. You are all sounding like the fans that u are complaining about. There are all types of fanatical fans that includes you. You’re just the other side of the coin.

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    Sandra replied

    Btw with the films you mentioned people are not as attached to the characters. In that genre it’s expected to have a change of actors just like doctor who you know at some point the actor will change. Wilson is a different kettle of fish it’s based on relatable subjects you become more invested in the character / actor. Chandler put his mark on the character of Will he was the first Will to play opposite Freddie the original Wilson people have taken them to their hearts. So yes we have a deep attachment to Chandler as Will. I will not make any apologies about it I’m entitled to feel what I feel and if ppl have a problem with it, we’ll that’s just it, it’s their problem.

    Me replied

    I agree with you again Sandra. I don’t understand why people are so upset when someone says they won’t continue watching WilSon with the recast. To each their own. I’m terribly torn, because I want to support Freddie. But I can’t handle a recast. It’s just something I’m not used to. For long-term soap watchers this is a recurring phenomenon, I find recasts very weird. In addition I’m not over-joyed with Chandler’s replacement. But maybe that’s a good thing, coz I think Chandler made Will and WilSon what it is (to me) and I can only picture him and Freddie as WilSon. Sue me! TPTB won’t care (as they never do!) about me keeping watching or not, coz I don’t contribute to the ratings anyway (am from outside of the US). So, stuff this!

    4everDAYS replied

    I do not have a problem with Wilson fans. I’m a Wilson fan! My
    problem is with WILSON ONLY fans who try to pass themselves
    off as being DOOL fans knockiñg DAYS.

    Me replied

    Well, I am a WilSon only fan, but I’m not knocking DAYS. I just prefer not to watch it (except for WilSon).

  31. 4everDAYS says:

    I’m sorry to all the Wilson only fans in the UK. DAYS had a great
    SL in England that culminated with the wedding of Bo and Hope!

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  32. Stylish says:

    I don’t like this outcome and I don’t think it’s going to work either. I’m a bit different here in that I wasn’t particularly hung up on Will and Sonny PERIOD! But I also don’t think this recast is going to click very with Sonny either. JMO. Sonny clicked sooooooooooo well, I thought, with that tall, dark, and handsome guy named Brian. It was smoldering chemistry. Chemistry between 2 MEN, not between a MAN and a BOY. I find myself wishing that they had just written Will out and let Sonny build something with Brian. I would’ve even accepted Brant Daugherty (Brian) coming back as a new character if they wanted to tie him to one of the show’s families.

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    guest replied

    Sonny and Brian were definitely hot but Brant wasn’t available much although I think that the show could have used him more when they had him. I would love for Brian to come back (maybe revealed as a dimera) and for BriSon to happen. We really don’t know and won’t know whether this guy (ha) will click with Freddie. Wilson chemistry has been locking but maybe Guy will have that with Freddie where Chandler didn’t so much. We just have to wait and see.

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    Ann replied

    I thought Days dropped the ball with Brian when Brant was around. He and Freddie have amazing chemistry and he certainly had no problems kissing another man. Daytime soaps in this country just are too afraid to do a real triangle with gay men because they could’ve had a hot one with Brian involved in the Wilson storyline. I don’t know if Brant wants to do more Days in the future but Wilson certainly need something because they are sooo boring! Snooze-worthy.

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    jack spratt replied

    CM as Will was everyone’s fantasy gay boy. I’ve been around quite a lot, There’s not a gay or straight guy like Will anywhere in reality….We, like Sonny, could only fantasize about giving up everything in life for an angel-like Will. Will’s boyish looks were almost unearthly. Now, with the recast, we are back in the realm of reality. Brian and Sonny, they were real men, not a Rafaello painting. And that’s exactly what we’l get with Guy Wilson, Reality. We have to accept WilSon at the new level of real men. So I agree with you.

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  33. ace says:

    Here’s Guy from an NCIS episode, from 2 years ago, if anyone’s interested in seeing him act.

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    ace replied

    I didn’t know you couldn’t post video links on here. Sorry… my bad.

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  34. Lisa Himes says:

    I have watched Days of our lives since I was a little girl. I am 38 now. I’m a very loyal fan Never miss a episode.I just cannot see Chandler being replaced. He is Will Hortan. I just cannot see anyone else playing his part. I wish Wilson the best of luck. I’m sure he will do a great job. It is nothing against him, I just can’t see anyone being able to replace Chandler. Why is Chandler leaving anyway?

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  35. Jerome says:

    When it comes to recasting, i believe that everyone is entitled to their own options but personally I think that all characters either a recast or a new character should be given a chance to prove themselves. Just think when One Life to Live recast Roger Hayworth role as Todd Manning with Trevor St. John people didnt like it. But eventaully grow to love St. John as Todd. Just give him a chance is all I am saying. He could surprise everyone.

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  36. ken says:

    I very up set I love chanlder Massey playing the part of will Horton he is my favorite on there also sonny they make a great team and I dont want to see and another guy to take his place why on god green earth would even think about doing a recast take away one of your strong players out of the picture grant you chanlder has that face that draw young people to watch days if he goes there goes your public your rating will go down you ask your self what happen — and someone will say dud you change Will Horton from Chanlder Massey to Guy Wilson get the old guy back which is Chanlder and that s my 2 cents and really I can write days script cause when I see something oh my I will perdict what will happen and 5 to 6 weeks it happens just like I stated it and I will let u know this I know who took the raxor from raff room it was Maxise the Nurse

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  37. ken says:

    one more thing why is Chanlder leaving Days I know he is in too Tennis so is he making a career of want too try please give him my best and I love watching him will he plan to come back after a couple or more years down the road it would be nice if that would happen

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  38. Ed says:

    Grow up, people, it’s a freakin’ t.v. show!

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  39. Jerome says:

    People need to realize that everyone leave a soap opera…as a matter fact…leave tv shows in general in order to further their career or education. Chandler stated in an interview that he wanted to go back to college to get his degree. I personally do not blame him. Its only a tv show. You should be watching the show for the storylines and writing not just because of one character.

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  40. Ta Mara says:

    Days will continue to be an awesome show regardless of who becomes Will, he isn’t a main character but a supporting one. This said it would have been nicer to have one just a tad younger so that Sammy’s son was truer to his actual age as Guy is a bit old for the part but that is show biz I guess.

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  41. j.scott says:

    I think this is a big mistake! Couldn’t they find someone as good looking as old Will…..

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  42. Tony says:

    He looks a little young for the part, but I wish him well.

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  43. JB says:

    PLEASE don’t let Chandler Massey go!!! He is the perfect Will, the show will not be the same. You can not keep letting characters go if you want to win!!!!

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  44. Chas says:

    Great young actor.. Already has the day time res for the roll … Look forward to seeing him …. I’m sure the fan base will welcome him at his new role

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  45. Ted Olson says:

    I am sure this new actor will be fine in the role, viewers need to just give him an
    honest chance. He certainly appears to be a competent and accomplished young actor, and Chandler Massey is vacating the role, so fans over a period of time will
    adjust I think to the new actor taking over the part of Will.
    We need to keep Wilson as a large part of Days of Our Lives.

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  46. Carle says:

    Chandler put his heart and soul into the role, Being a married gay man myself, I can really relate to ‘WILSON’. However, I agree with some other comment on this page that the writing and storyline as lately for these 2 as been subpar. And no 2 gay men would put up with such a stuck up girl like G-A-B-B-Y !! Come on — get real! She is a bitch and Will should through her ass out.

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  47. April O says:

    I LOOOOOOOOOVE Chandler Massey…..LOOOOOOOOOOOVE HIM…..Right now it makes me sad that he will be leaving, and I can’t right now accept the new guy……but if he and “Sonny” have a good conection and their story gets better than I will get use to it…..I will probably cry when Chandler is gone for good :’(

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  48. April O says:

    I WILLLLL cry when Chander leaves……

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  49. kelly kreimer says:

    I know recasts are difficult but I just don’t like the choice…. he looks more like one of JJ’s friends than a 20 something dad. He looks so much younger than the actors he will play opposite of… sorry.

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  50. Donna says:

    I do not think Chandler is a good actor. I am glad that there is a new Will. Chandler was always grinning, even when it was supposed to be a very serious moment. I can’t believe he won two awards. Who does the judging? I guess they are looking at other things. Glad to see him go.

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    antonio replied

    are you on drugs donna. chandler is a wonderful actor. he won 2 emmys. go get your head examined lady. you must be an alien. lol

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    4everDAYS replied

    I think he is a good actor with a grinning problem. I also think the publicity surrounding the sexuality of Will helped Chandler win the emmys. The writing back then was great!

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  51. dana says:

    I know it’s early but can’t they chance the story n make them just friends?

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  52. dana says:

    For a while until Chandler comes back :-)

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  53. Jarra says:

    I Will miss the Old Will :(

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  54. Grace Ippolito says:

    Let’s give him a chance. I have been watching Days since Sami was a teenager and Chandler has done a great job as Will for so long, we fand need to be patient and give the new Will a fighting chance. Good luck Guy, and good luck to you, Chandler, in whatever road you choose

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  55. Karen says:

    Not say I’m sad to see him go.Now if this “boyfriend” would go too I’d watch the show again. Getting tired of seeing all the gay kissing….And having to make sure my kids aren’t seeing this on daytime TV.I don’t watch LOGO for a reason, stop pushing this on us on reg. TV ! Not all your fans(DOOL) think this is so wonderful too see !

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    jenni replied

    AMEN!!!!!

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  56. Mark says:

    Donna something is seriousley wrong with you, Chandler is the best actor in Days, and he and Sonny are the best and happiest couple on TV. I hate this, and i hate the network for not finding the way to keep Chandler in Days. They broke my heart, and im done with Days. Guy will Never, Ever, fill the role the way Chandler did. This was a BIG mistake, and the network just KILLED Days.

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    4everDAYS replied

    Mark, You clearly are a Wilson only fan. That’s cool. I’m a Wilson fan too. I’m also a fan of DAYS in whole. One actor’s departure has never killed a soap and never will.

    Chandler wanted to go. They could not force him to stay. They chose to let him go early because of an upcoming storyline. They thought it would be best to start guy in the beginning rather than have Chandler leave in the middle.

    I agree with DAYS and that is no insult towards Chandler Massey. It just makes sense.

    Do yourself a favor by giving your favorite couple a chance. The transition would be easier if you were already a fan of the whole show. You would have others to focus on while warming up to the new guy/Guy playing Will, part of Wilson/Wilson being his last name. LOL!

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  57. Wade says:

    Do not like the recast of Will at all….Nothing against Wilson but Chandler IS Will Horton….

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    4everDAYS replied

    There are several whom make a character. Writers, directors, producers and actors, including costars. When Freddie as Sonny grabs Guy and looks into his eyes and says “Will..” he will be Will.

    Give him a chance. Give Freddie a chance. Give yourself a chance!

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  58. Anton Remlinger says:

    I a, an 83 year old gay man, and until (I heard of the Will and Soinny story line, I had not watched a soap in 20 or more years. Since watching
    Chandler and Freddie, I’ve become obsessed with the two of them. They, to me are excellent actors, the kisses are real,l the looks in their eyes are real, everything about them is realk. I should know,l for I had a relationship[ for 23 years, and what these two guys were doing through, happens to be a look back in my life. The new guy is cute, but there is no masxulinity attaqched to him and that’s what Freddie and Chandler portrayed. Dunno whether I’ll continue watching.

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  59. Days Watcher 14 says:

    I will give him a chance ! I’m not going to stop watching just because they recasted Will. Will miss CM but have no other choice but to get used to a recast. Days is a show I have been watching since I was 8.

    Take Brady, for example, EM made the role of Brady his own even though it was hard to be a recast. KL was a very good Brady but EM worked hard to make the chraracter his own and succeeded in my point of view. So people, give him a chance too ! Recasts can grow on you too….

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    4everDAYS replied

    Absolutely and Merry Christmas!

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  60. EG says:

    So why is Chandler Massey leaving the role?

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  61. Maureen says:

    I just cant believe chandler is leaving….Im so upset by this….It has taken a long time for me to accept his role as a gay man, and I have to say, he and Freddie have done it well. I wish him luck in his future endeavors, but Ima gonna miss him terribly. We will see how this new Will will be,,, don’t know the actor, have seen him on some shows, but wasn’t impressed…

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    Bonnie Beck replied

    I will give the new WILL a chance because his character has a good story line.

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  62. jenni says:

    I’m not thrilled about the re-cast. I absolutely love Chandler. I know he needs to be replaced but with Guy Wilson? Really??? Maybe it’s just me but they could have picked someone equally as handsome. No offense, but Guy doesn’t hold a candle to Chandler. I just saw a pic of him with “Sonny”. They just don’t look like they mesh very well. Sorry, not trying to be hurtful just speaking the truth. I wish Chandler well and will miss him tremendously. I also wish Guy luck too. He’ gonna need it!!

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  63. sarah says:

    I think it is horrible. He and Sonny have such chemistry. Plus he actually looks like he is Sami son. They are changing or may replace BO not two the same year.

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  64. joni morlin says:

    I am happy that Chandler Massey is guy Wilson on days I like it so much let it stay this way for a long time now don’t let give of it this time e

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  65. joni morlin says:

    It will be Chandler Massey be guy Wilson as casting it will be a blast for me and for Freddie smiththis will be fun to watch every thiNh their and I hope every thing will be like it was with Massey being guy Wilson

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    joni morlin replied

    This will be a happy thought that Massey will be guy Wilson just watch is eyes blink it will be Massey for sure

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  66. Anthony Willimams says:

    I am NOT watching Days anymore.
    This new actor isn’t cutting it!! For this role- this actor is not fitting.
    BRING BACK the old Will! Many were able to connect with him-he was and is a great actor.
    You will lose many viewers bc of this.

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  67. Bill says:

    Chandler Massey and Sonny were perfect together and I was beginning to think they were true lovers in in real life. When they kissed it seemed so real and natural. Good luck to the new Guy. Hope Sonny feels good about the change. Bill

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  68. Marie says:

    Don’t like the change of Will Horton, when you watch daily they become real people, bad choice to change. Also they are draggig out the Story-line wilh Jay Jay and the drug line. Need to speed up or will loose some regulars.

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  69. Sandi says:

    WHAT A SHOCK as I watched today. How can anyone replace the original Will?

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  70. Mom & Daughter says:

    We were watching and very shocked to see a new person playing Will. I thought Sonny was cheating on him at first! I hope he can play the part but it’s going to be sad not seeing Wills beautiful face :(

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  71. kathy says:

    BAD! this guys acting is horrible as Will Horton!!

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  72. Days fan of 40 yrs says:

    Can’t believe they changed wills character!!! This new guy doesn’t cut it….BRING THE OLD WILL BACK

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  73. E. Crawford says:

    What a big shock !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They should at least found another goood looking actor with blond hair and blue eyes!!!!!!!!!! This new actor is plain and not strikingly good looking. Bad form!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  74. Louise Libbey says:

    I’m sorry,but I hate cast changes. I love Chandler!!!! I love Will and Sony! I hope the new Will grows on me.

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  75. Susan Coffman says:

    I sorry but he doesnt fit Will’s charachter. Chandler has been playing Will Horton for too long to have him replaced. I understand if Chandler wanted to move on. But if it was the Show’s decision, I think it was a bad choice…

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  76. tammie says:

    Very sad with this recasting

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  77. tammie says:

    Will was one of the loved characters no one can fill those shoes

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  78. Ieisha says:

    Hi i am a very loyal days if our lives fan ive been watching for well over ten years ive seen a few characters changed throughout the years and i always wonder why?? Ive also seen temporary character changes as well so is this a permenant change?? I have to admit it always takes some geting use to atleast a few months before i stop analyzing the new person and comparing them to the old person

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  79. Toni says:

    I’m not very happy I have watched this show since it’s first day on the air, it’s never the same when a character is recast. You watch a character evolve and grow with the role and when they have a good storyline they lose their part. I know it might have been his choice but it is never the same couldn’t Will have gone to California to work on his writing. That is one thing that I loved about Days of Our Lives even if someone was gone for years they almost always brought the same actor or actress back to play the same role you never had to try to figure out who they were suppose to be!

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  80. Little bit says:

    Don’t like it. Why did the old Will leave?

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  81. Teriwurster says:

    Oh no! I just saw today’s episode with a new Will! I loved Will! This sucks.

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  82. Kathy Johnson says:

    I am just horrifed and extremley disappointed in the change. Would like to know why will’s character was recast. The new guy seems not to fit the bill. I feel it was a big mistake.

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  83. Fmag0610 says:

    Why would y’all replace chandler…he was fantastic as the role of will and this guy Wilson May be talented but he can’t ever play will as chandler did…bring him back!!!!

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  84. Libby says:

    I want Chandler back, this is all too weird. First Bo leaves, now Will is replased, who is next????????????????????????????

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  85. Cara says:

    I am somewhat of a newbie to watching days but I am really upset that they’ve replaced Will. I was surprised to turn on the TV and see someone who doesn’t look or have the acting ability of the Will I’ve grown to love… before anyone jumps on me for saying that I will give this person a chance but it just was a shock… I love this show and I DVR it everyday but if they start changing people like Hope or Sammie I’m done

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  86. Caroline Johnson says:

    I wish they hadn’t changed the will character. But things happen and we all know that Chandler couldn’t stay on the show forever. It was only a matter of time. I hope they don’t replace Freddie. The only thing I would have liked for will’s character is that they chose a little older guy to replace chandler. This new guy seems a little young for sonny. I have to admit that its hard to get back into days of our lives but I’m sure I’ll get by the surprise and start to like the new guy.

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  87. Ingrid says:

    Why did you change the character of will Horton the old will horton was so good I hope that the new will Horton will meet the old ones acting ability on will he was great will miss him on the show

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  88. Ingrid says:

    I want chandler back and Bo what’s going on why is everyone leaving and so think it’s awesome how u put the twist of Abigail and ej love that twist it’s preety neat

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  89. Nancy Petracco says:

    I am mot a happy camper. Loved Chandler .He is such a great actor.my whole family is very disappointed.

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  90. pck says:

    So far the new Will has not shown much in the role. I realize this was a strong character for a new actor to put to life.

    Will reserve judgement for a couple of weeks. The new actor doesn’t seem old enough to carry off the part.

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  91. Lynn says:

    I’ve been a Days fan since 1971 or so and I was VERY shocked to see a different actor playing Will Horton. NOT THE SAME and VERY DISAPPOINTING!! No offense to Guy Wilson, but PLEASE find a way to bring Chandler back. He is the ONLY Will Horton!!!

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  92. Rodger says:

    I do not like the new Will at all he is creepy and does not fit the roll at all

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  93. Mary DeBoer says:

    absolutely hate the new Will — at 65, I have watched DooL since I was a kid — BAD decision!!!!

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  94. DOOL Fan since 1980 says:

    This new Will is a terrible replacement. he has none of the charisma, physical characteristics, or acting ability of our beloved Will. Why do they make such inappropriate replacements? Why don’t we have Bo come back as some scrawny, wimpy, blond? Really? Soooo disappointed. No offense to Wilson; it just wasn’t a good casting decision.

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    d corley replied

    Agree totally

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  95. helen bergeron says:

    please bring the old will back. this will does not have the personality of the old will

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  96. gene says:

    Give the guy a chance to perform before you write him out. There have been many Wills before Chandler Massey and with any luck there will even more over the next decade or two.

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  97. Carolyn Robison says:

    Very poor casting. The new Will Horton does not fit the image of a normal looking gay person. This new Will looks whimpy . Sonny and the original Will were breaking new territory with a male gay couple. This scenario is hard enough for some to watch without puttiing someone in Will’s part who without a doubt looks gay–whether he is or not.

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  98. Ruth Schoonover says:

    Nothing like his character at all. Could you not have done better? Very,very disappointed. I have watched this show since it’s beginning and saw characters change but they were at least in close proximity of the ones they replaced. Thinking about dumping my long time favorite show.

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  99. Dawnel Lowery says:

    Not happy at all with Will leaving and the replacement just doesn’t have it :(

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  100. Gennifer Holley says:

    My mother and I absolutely detest this new guy as Will Horton. Dear Lord, couldn’t you have chosen better???? Maybe you should have talked further with Chandler instead of placing in someone who just does NOT have the chemistry that needs to be there to sell the story. Maybe it’s time to just turn off Days of Our Lives, permanently.

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  101. d corley says:

    Why was he replaced? Been on a long time..really lijed him much better than new guy

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  102. Danielle says:

    Nope. As if this is even happening. I don’t like him already, he’s all sorts of wrong for the part, I want Chandler Massey back. Those two MADE the show. Sonny and Will were the only reason why I kept watching the show. They made things seem so real and I would brag to all my friends on how I’m silly jealous of a tv relationship. Sorry dude, but you’ll never be Will

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    Mike Johnson replied

    I agree!! I am pissed!!!!!

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  103. Sharon says:

    I miss the old Will already! Come back Chandler Massey!

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  104. Sharon says:

    I agree with several comments above, not a good decision!!!!

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  105. Debi says:

    Don’t like new will AT ALL he doesn’t look the part and was just as bad in bones…try again DAYS

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  106. Mike Johnson says:

    he is not Will Horton! Chandler Massey is Will Horton! There is no chemistry between the new actor and Sonny! We want Chandler!!!!!

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  107. Norma Unruh says:

    Not liking new actor so far. Why was this change made? Why can’t well enough be left alone?

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    Norma Unruh replied

    Not liking Guy Wilson playing the part of Will Horton, at least not yet. Hope he will grow on fans of Chandler.

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  108. sam says:

    Not happy with the change of the will Horton character. Please bring Massey back.

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  109. Marilyn Brickley says:

    Bring back our old Will. New guy just not right for the role, sorry.

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  110. jackie says:

    unless he wanted to quit the show I don’t see why something couldn’t be arranged. Do not like this new Will at all! have to change channels when he comes on he just doesn’t have what Massey has to play the part. if this keeps up this soap will end up being cancel too. bring Massey back PLEASE!

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  111. Doug says:

    Disappointed… It’s just not the same.

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  112. Carol Thomas says:

    Chandler was born to play that role, he’s great at it. Please give him a better offer and go after him back. The new Will isn’t cutting it! Sorry new Will……

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  113. Elissa Collins says:

    I am very dsappointed that the long time Will Horton isn’t there any more. The new guy just isn’t the same , I will miss the orginal and can’t stand the thought of not seeing him any more.

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    Elissa Collins replied

    please try to bring the orginal Will Horton back. I have watched this show for as long it has been on the air and where is Bo?

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    Meeka replied

    I agree with Elissa. Please bring the old Will Horton back. The new Will just doesn’t give off the facial expressions or the reactions I’m use to with Massey. I can’t seem to take him serious or connect with him. It’s just not the same without him. I miss the original Will already. Please come back and soon.

  114. Patti says:

    Massey is a much better dhoice for the role of will, just won’t be the same. as good as massey was why was he replaced?

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  115. Tony says:

    Wow, the actor just started, I can’t believe some of the hateful comments. Being a gay man myself, I think he’s doing great playing one on TV. Give him some time. I am a huge fan of Chandler Massey, but he chose to leave. Guy Wilson has to be given some time to make it his own.

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  116. Kay says:

    I don’t like Guy Wilson playing Will. I don’t think he is believable. I think they should recast the role again. Or better yet bring back Chandler Massey!!!

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  117. hankins says:

    I want Chandler Massey back playing the role of Will Horton, I do not like your new selection of who will be playing this role.

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  118. cat says:

    Sorry, not liking this guy at all………………………….

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  119. Kristy says:

    It’s a bummer that Will is gone I really liked him I don’t think this guy fits looks wise but he does have acting skills and I feel like eventually he will grow in people

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  120. Jackie f says:

    Yes it is hard to get use to a new person, but best of luck to guy in his new role.

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  121. Diane says:

    I would like to have Chandler Massey back. He is a great actor and has play the role of Will Horton very well. He will be missed.

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  122. Jan Lopez says:

    What a shock and dissapointment….a big let down…why the change ?…what is the reason Chandler was replaced ?

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  123. Not impressed says:

    What a shock to see this attempt at a new Will! I don’t think they planned this out very well at all. This new guy is a terrible actor and doesn’t fit at all. I guess if days are planning on making Will a new up coming drag queen then this new guy will work. There is no way I could believe that this version of Will would of struggled with being gay or would of slept with gabby. As if Gabby would date this Will or even think about sleeping with this guy. The old Will and Sunny were a great match and looked great together now they don’t look like they belong together at all and I’m hoping he will leave Will for his hot friend. I really hope they find a better replacement or I will find myself skipping the only scenes I use to look forward too on my PVR. I have not had any issues in the past with character changes but this one is terrible! I almost wish they would of killed off Wills character and kept Nick if this is the best they can do!!

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  124. Alexandra KC MO says:

    I do NOT like his replacement… I don’t believe the replacement has any acting skills whatsoever. As I know it’s probably very hard to take over a role and learn that character. Just as in the movies you see a decline in viewers because they replace main character roles. I’ve been watching DOOL since it wasn’t in very good color with my grandmother and I hate when they have so many role switch outs. I will still watch the show been watching it for a very long time. DOOL is the only soap to catch my attention. Just wish characters would not get switched so much. So all in all me and my grandmother have been screaming at the tv for the original Will to come back. It’s just not the same!!

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  125. Kay says:

    Sorry, I wish this actor the best, but he is no sweet little baby face smiley Will. Good luck to both actors though.

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  126. Barbara G, NYC says:

    Chandler looked like he was Sammy’s son. Wilson does not. In any event I wish them both good luck in their endevors and love the show!

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  127. Phillip says:

    Guy has taken on a major challenge because the fans love Chandler Massey very much. I wish Guy the best but who knows if fans will accept him in the role as Will Horton!!

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  128. M Brower says:

    I have been watching Days since 1980 and seen a lot of changes. This is the worst casting choice they have made and it does not work. I am not happy with the gay story line either but I turn my head. But that is they way of the world and apparently Days wants to accommodate the gay viewers more than their longtime loyal fan base. I think it would have been better to bring in new characters instead of casting Will and Sonny into the gay storyline.

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  129. Cathie says:

    I think this SUCKS!!!!!!

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  130. Darlene says:

    I’ve been watching DOOL as long as I can remember. I’m not connecting with the new Will.

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  131. john says:

    The new Will is not a strong enough replacement physically. Guys acting ability although comendable does not capture the charachter of Will Horton in my opnion. Miss on this one for Days.

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  132. Sally says:

    Horrible mistake. Can’t stand to even look at the new Will. How could DOOL be so far off the mark?

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  133. Rose Futrell says:

    What a loss. For. Days, chandler Massey. Is. A. Very. Talented. Young. Actor. I’m gonna. Miss. Him. Tremendously. Good luck. Chandler. I’ll. Be looking. For. You. In. The. Future. Rosierose

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  134. J Carter says:

    I DO NOT LIKE THIS NEW WILL HORTON. What happened to the other one???

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  135. Susie says:

    I don’t care that someone else is playing Will, I just want to know why

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  136. Mary says:

    I’m sorry to see Chandler Massey is out. Can’t say I care for the new Will. I don’t think he does the character justice. I’ve been watching Days since it began. I was in grade school. I used to get home from school and watch it with my Mom. What a terrific show. I watch it daily.

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  137. Billy says:

    I can’t tell yet. Guy seems clumsy as Will Horton. Maybe as he gets used to the role he will improve, but for now he doesn’t seem the right fit.
    Chandler Massey was also better looking which made him seem a better fit for the opposing Sonny Kiriakis role played by Freddy Smith. Wilson gets these weird facial expressions which are completely unattractive and a little strange.

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  138. Linda Covington says:

    I absolutely do not approve of the new guy trying to play WILL. I will never like him in this role. I have watched Will grow and finally almost accepted him and Sonny. Will is a great actor and I watched when he received an award for this role. He even get along so well with the baby, as if it really was his. I have watched Days from the beginning and have never been as upset in a role change. Why did the real WILL leave?

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  139. Louis says:

    No longer interested in the Will Sonny story line….Day’s is becoming quite boring!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  140. Ann Falkenberry says:

    I think it stinks!!!!!!

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  141. ANN says:

    I don’t like the new will. Bring the old one back.

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  142. Skygal says:

    I like the old Will better. Bring him back

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  143. Salvo says:

    Although I wish Guy Wilson the best, I really miss Chandler Massey. The new “Will” does not seem yo have the same on-screen chemistry with Sonny. The love scenes don’t seem as genuine as with Chandler and Freddie, Will and Sonny. Oh well!! I miss you Chancker.

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  144. Mike Jones says:

    Nobody can replace Chandler Massey,he was the best Will Horton that ever was,and ever will be,Chandler was Awesome,and a great actor ,and you all done him wrong,and I’m very upset about it,Guy Wilson will still never be Will Horton,he’s great,and I Love his acting very much,and you all are very heartless doing Chandler that way,I hope you all are happy with the way you done himDas of our Lives is a heartless soap,and I’m through with you.

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  145. joni moelin says:

    Ii just think that guy Wilson don’t have chemistry with Freddie and no Christmas he does not act the part of will Horton like he should but chandler Massey has more chemisistry and charisma with sonny and his baby giri and he all so has his dignity. To show us the way he will act his way to be will Horton and get revenge. On nick and habit I think they will end up in jail for the kidnapping of Melanie jonas

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