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50 December 20th, 2016 John-Paul Lavoisier Departs Days of our Lives With His Final Appearance!

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On Tuesday’s December 20th episode of NBC’s Days of our Lives, John-Paul Lavoisier will exit the show as Phillip Kiriakis.  Although the news that the actor had been written-off surfaced months ago, his on-air wrap up airs today.

On yesterday’s episode, Phillip, after being drugged by Deimos (Vincent Irizarry) and surviving it, asks Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin) to come away with him and they will start a new life together. Chloe says though she cares for him … she’s not in love with him. Phillip understands and tells Chloe that if she ever needs him, he will come back to Salem for her.

Now, Phillip will have a chance to have it out with his Uncle Deimos before he exits Salem!

As for Lavoisier, he will be seen in the upcoming online series, Ladies of the Lake. Of course, OLTL fans remember his work fondly as Rex Balsom,a role he played for ten years from 2002-2012.

Lavoisier’s DAYS cast mate, A Martinez (Eduardo) played tribute to JP via social media relating: “Today, Tuesday, the wonderful John Paul Lavoisier takes leave of Salem – for now. #DOOL #ClassAct #ProsPro #likenobodyelse

So, are you sad to see Phillip and JP exit the Salem canvas? Share your thoughts below.

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  1. Iakovos says:

    Sorry this did not work out. Always liked the actor on OLTL. Seems DAYS has trouble with integrating new characters for these fan favorites. I hope the ship can be righted so we can balance the legacy and consistency of the serial with the new directions these fresh faces to Salem are created to travel.

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    Celia replied

    Agreed Iakovos. It’s not only sad , but also, irritating how many of our outstandingly superlative faves have opened the door to Salem, only to exit with their tails tucked between their legs,( metaphorically speaking).
    As yourself, I have always adored John-Paul. Godspeed!!

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  2. Dee calise says:

    Wish they keep John Paul. He so hot and sexy awesome. Philip too ….

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  3. Karen Clark says:

    I’m going to miss Paul. Not so much, Philip.

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  4. Llanviewer717 says:

    I was very excited when I learned that John Paul was joining Days. I loved him as Rex on One Life to Live. Unfortunately, Days failed to give him anything meaningful to do.

    Thank you for your effort John Paul and I wish you very much success in the future.

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  5. Claudio says:

    Looking forward to Anna Dimera returning to Days. January 9 is Leann Hunley first airdate. Welcome Back Leann. John Paul is a terrific actor, but was miscast as Phillip. Loved him on OLTL as Rex. Please Days bring back my madam, Vivian Alamain. I love louise Sorel she is a wonderful actress.

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    Celia replied

    Hi, Claudio,
    Oh, my gosh….I was not aware Anna was returning. I love, love, love her. I never got enough of her. She is en par with Vivian.
    I’m with you….I would love to have her back, as well. I really get a kick out of Vivian. The ‘baddest’, most wonderful character/actress, in my estimation.
    For now, Leann will have to do….sooo exciting!!

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    Claudio replied

    Hi, Celia, yes looking forward to Anna Dimera. Leann Hunley is a wonderful actress. my madam Vivian Alamain hopefully will be back very soon. I also love Hattie played by Deidre Hall. She is so funny lol, calling Roman Brady MR Roman.

    Patrick replied

    @Claudio ; @Celia.

    ie: this is a thread ( copy and paste ) it’s from a TV Guide interview with Louise Sorel….

    Our Madam: Exclusive: Louise Sorel Exits Days of Our Lives

    by Michael Logan | Jun 2, 2011 4:01 PM EDT

    I remember reading this… and she clearly said… she’d never return. argh! I can’t not agree… as much as I LOVE HER TO BITS TOO.

    here’s just an excerpt

    excellent read… just like the divine actor and character.

    TV Guide Magazine: Perhaps you’re better off not knowing why this happened.
    Sorel: I don’t know if it matters at this point. What if I did know the reason? Then what? At one point, one of the actresses on Days was told she was interfering with the ratings and hurting the show, so certain things were not being written for her. Who needs to hear that? Listen, actors are by nature gypsies. We pick up and move on. I realize in the long run that I’ll look back on this and it’ll just be one of those things. I would never go back to Days after this, even though Gary said, “You might be back someday.” I just can’t do it. I love the character. I love the people I’m working with. But I can’t deal with it anymore.

    for all it’s worth…. Louise Sorel… just by being present… brings about giddy… high brow … FUN… feisty… clever… wit to no end.

    Claudio … thank you for the footnote… on when the delicious Anna Devane RETURN.

    Patrick replied

    that should read

    OUR Madam ( copy and paste – thread )

    Exclusive: Louise Sorel Exits Days of Our Lives
    by Michael Logan | Jun 2, 2011 4:01 PM EDT

    PS: DAYS… when the light fades… in to the annuls of suds

    MUST bring back…. Louise Sorel.

    Patrick replied

    argh… dolt unmomento

    Anna DiMera : January 9, 2017

    YES

    Celia replied

    @Patrick.
    Thanks, Patrick. I had no idea. The excerpt is very ‘opaque’; so, we can’t really discern its ‘nature’, but it is very telling that something did go on behind the scenes. It just wasn’t really talked about, am I right?…..By the same token, it sounds similar to Michael Muhney’s ‘ordeal’….except, that is a different ballgame, different players.
    Lord only knows, eh? As, I’m sure, Cllaudio is, I am very disappointed. I love these types of characters and their ilk….also, Kristen DiMera, Faison and Dr. O. These actors are brilliant, and the characters they play shine a light on stage.

    Claudio replied

    Now I will break out the booze lol. I am devasted now, I will never see my madam Vivian on Days again. Ok I will try to get over it. It will be hard Celia. I love dr. o on Gh. The lady can sing. I remember when she sang Peggy Lee classic is all that there is to love. The lady is talented. Patrick thank you so much, in telling us the news about Louise Sorel. Celia and I are updated. Merry Christmas too you Celia and to Patrick .

    Celia replied

    Thank you, Claudio…..
    Joyous Christmas to you, as well, and a healthy New Year.

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    Susan replied

    Anna (LeAnn Hunley) will be returning to with both Carrie and Austin in tow.

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    Patrick replied

    I want this ready made family so much. Roman acts ! I could truly see a reconciliation with the bombshell that is the one and only, Anna. Carrie is the new reigning Brady heroine. Rafe is excitable. They were magic. Im even ready to welcome Austin the man. A readymade family with so much tour de force. The best

  6. Kim nester says:

    They should rehire him back

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  7. John Gordon says:

    I hate to say it but his character added zippo to the show – I am sure he is a very proficient actor, I am not saying otherwise. The writing on this show is so terribly lame it would be difficult for any actor to breathe life into these inane, monotonous scripts. The writing team at Days of our Lives must think we are still trapped in 1985 with these stale storylines.
    They could really “rev things up” and be innovative with Paul, Sonny and Derrick, but no no, they probably won’t – instead we will have New Abby groaning and whining for the umpteenth time that she can’t let Chad know she’s still alive…..Yawn….

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  8. Mo says:

    He was never right for the role.

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  9. Tay says:

    Well, I’ve always been disappointed that J Kenneth wasn’t brought back even though I like JP. He’s done a great job despite little help from the writers/producers concerning his story. Such a waste of a talented actor & a Kiriakis character. Always liked Philip & Chloe so riding off together would have been sweet. Too many characters at Days playing background dancer to everyone else’s story.

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  10. Tomas Torquemada says:

    They gave him nothing to do. Not one thing. He came in with the the Belle Sean Phillip Triangle, take 16,824,752. Imagine the surprise when that played out storyline went nowhere.

    Phillip never interacted with characters not named Sean Belle Chloe or Kate. It was sad.

    DOOL stockpiles talented actors and then gives them literally nothing to do. I can’t imagine this will change while Corday continues to control the destiny of this beloved and rudderless show

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  11. Linda says:

    I was shocked today. I did not know he was written off. Yes I am very sad to see him leave. He was very attractive to watch everyday. Lol. Seriously, if a better script was written for Phillip, maybe he could have stayed on longer. I will miss him.

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  12. Scott (ATWT Fan) says:

    I was not a One Life to Live fan, but I always did enjoy John-Paul Lavoisier’s work, so when I heard of his hiring at Days of Our Lives last year in the role of Phillip Kiriakis, I was over the moon excited! And, I can say, he absolutely KILLED it in the role! He really did excel as Phillip and I truly feel it was the storylines he was put into really dictated the exit of Lavoisier. To me, he was and still is, the best Phillip that the soap has had, and should they choose to bring the role back, they welcome him back into the cast, as well. I never understood the hate for him or his portrayal of the role.

    I would love to see another soap pick him up! Maybe General Hospital, either in a recast of a previous role, or in a newly-created role that would suit him.

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  13. D.Lee says:

    Good luck to you! Hate to see you go. Saw 12-20-16 today episode to. S.

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  14. Chloe says:

    Philip is a legacy character & should be in Salem. I don’t understand why they’re writing him out, especially with Victor retiring. He should be the one running the company, instead of Deimos. They could have written a great storyline with Philip battling Deimos for control. And maybe Brady could have helped Philip. That would give him something to do besides mope around moaning for Theresa.
    Sadly, they choose to get rid of great characters like Philip & they keep losers like Joey, Jade & JJ.

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  15. Irene says:

    I thought he grew into the part. I am very sorry to see him go. If they give him good story, he will do it. Sexy but has acting talent. Hope they regret letting him go and bring him back.

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  16. James R. Poissant says:

    He was the right man to play Phillip. I’ve been pissed about his firing for months now. Why did they bother bringing the character back if they were going to let him go faster than when they brought him back? Makes no sense to me.

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    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    Unfortunately, he fell victim of storyline and change of regime. I think Phillip’s return was a bit more on the side of Josh Griffiths, than it was from Dena Higley. And then, working with Ryan Quan, it’s clear the canvas was no longer fitting for him.

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  17. CZ says:

    Love to see OLTL alums getting work. Love Philip Kiriakis. But this was an odd actor/character combination that never clicked for me. Jay Johnson casts a long shadow.

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  18. Jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    He could had been a good Philip but the writers failed to write for him and make the character his own

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  19. Melissa says:

    Maybe if hey bring back OLTL he can go back.

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  20. Chris says:

    John is a very good actor and I’m really sad to see him leave Days.

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  21. jaybird369 says:

    SAYONARA…AND DON’T COME BACK!!!!!!!!!!

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  22. Max Daddee says:

    Great actor, I surely remember John Paul from OLTL. If GH smartens up, they will snatch him up as a regular. Have missed seeing him since the OL days – loved the storyline of Rex and Gigi. Unforgettable…love his energy.

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  23. chris burnside says:

    I will miss Philip.. he is a very good actor and he is sexy.He played his part well with a lot of emotion..

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  24. Shirley Davis says:

    He grew on me, but there is only one Phillip, JAY KENNETH JOHNSON!! They need to bring him back!! i met him in 2010 at the 45th Anniversary of DAYS! A real nice man!

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    Rj replied

    I think John Paul is a fine actor, and he did a good job playing Phillip, but because I was so fond of Jay Kenneth Johnson in the role, it was hard to accept John Paul as Phillip. I wish that Jay would come back. Days could use him. He had good chemistry with everyone, and could be good and bad at the same time. I look forward to seeing John Paul in his other roles as he has a lot of talent. I always think recasts are hard for the actors if someone before them had the role for awhile because we have become attached to the former actor. Best of luck to John Paul!

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  25. Mister Media says:

    If Days stays true to form he’ll be back through the revolving door in 8 – 12 months. Just ask Camila Banus, Greg Vaugahn, Freddie Smith, Daniel Cosgrove, Nadia Bjorlin, Brandon Beemer, Martha Madison, Kassie DePaiva, Christie Clark, Austin Peck, et al.

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    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    Camila Banus, just to justify, LEFT the soap, as did Freddie Smith. They are the only ones, out of the ones you’ve listed, that were not fired from their positions at the soap. So, their leaving was their own decision, as was their returns, as well!

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  26. mike says:

    He could have been great in the role if the writing had been better. I hope the powers that be bring him back again as they are doing with Greg Vaughn. JP can light up the screen if given half a chance.

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  27. Sharon says:

    Always wanted Jay Kenneth Johnson back as Philip, but I think that no matter who plays Philip the writers need to remember that Philip’s character lost his leg. I could never get past that. That just never made him Philip to me.

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  28. Connor AvidSoapFan says:

    I really think that John-Paul Lavoisier would have made a WONDERFUL re-cast for the character of Dillon Quartermaine on General Hospital!

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  29. Karen says:

    I am deeply saddened that we are losing a great actor and character , John Paul. Lavoisier. I hope at some poin th Cloe will call him back to Salem and he’ll accept. I will miss him dearly and wish him all the best.

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  30. Jaime says:

    Should have been Irrizarry (Deimos) who was ushered out the door. He is no ratings boast to Days, his character is overly propped to no avail unless you enjoy seeing Days history distorted!

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    jaybird369 replied

    Jaime…EXACTLY!!!!! The final straw (for me) was when he drugged Maggie!!!!! BEYOND DESPICABLE!!!!!

    Happy Holidays, Jaime.

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  31. Jane says:

    The greatest disservice to any actor is to be cast in the wrong role. JP is a strong actor who knows how to deliver his lines. However, weak writing brought about his early demise on Days. Scripts are so sporadic lately, for the most part. Then, the Chabby reveal has been taken to new levels of frustration for viewers. We all know what’s coming next, And why bring back such a weak character as Lani? Viewers were happy to see her leave, and now she’s back??? Why make her the unknown woman JJ had a one nighter with in Miami? Pretty transparent writing! Better get some good writers on this or Days will soon go the way of so many other daytime drama shows. With all the commercials they must be making some big $$$! Spend more on good writers. The actors and viewers deserve it.

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    John Gordon replied

    I feel a little dumb here (well I haven’t yet watched today’s show actually) but I didn’t quite put 2 and 2 together in order to realize that the “mysterious gal” that JJ was “with” in Miami was Lani –
    The writing on this show – holy toledo – it is truly lame. The only storyline that has been presented in a somewhat realistic light has been the current breast cancer (stage II) arc – at least they have tried to make it somewhat believable. The actors on this show are fine, some perhaps more proficient than others, but the writing team needs to look at the calander on the wall and realize it is not 1983 anymore -
    For example, let’s see – Nicole flies to Chicago (which means she went to set #3 that looks exactly like Salem) and her friends warn her “it might be snowing there be careful!” —so any Soap nut KNOWS that she will get of course stuck with what’s her name and will have to help deliver the baby…..and then of course find out that she’s the true mother…uh huh…yeah….okay….that’s only been done to death since ice covered the Earth.
    The writers need to tackle some more topical storylines…..

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  32. Ray says:

    For 2017, here is a few ideas I would love to see. Bring back Jay Kenneth Johnson. Give Shawn a storyline. He is too good looking of a guy to be sitting around a police department. I am looking forward to the Eli/Valerie/Julie storyline. The return of Anna DiMera is thrilling as long as they do not make make her a ding bat that decides she misses Tony so much that she falls for Andre. I would love to see a new David Banning, a love interest for Kate and/or Anna. Anna and Kate could be a GREAT rivalry. I LOVE Marci Miller in the role of Abigail. Camilla Banus is so good when she is given a storyline. Please bring in a sibling for Sonny. Let him be a drug addict and see a real storyline of Sonny helping him through it. Give Hope a new storyline that doesn’t rehash the past. Her entire existence has been Bo, Aiden and Stefano for years. I am not sure Rafe is the answer. Lets see more Nicole and Maggie in the new year. Please hire Colleen Zenk as a new character that shakes things up in Salem. She is too beautiful not to be on our televisions every day.

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  33. Debra m says:

    He was at his best as Rex on OLTL. Loved the scenes with Rex and Bo. Wish by some miracle OLTL could come back.

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  34. Danah says:

    Whoever has made the decision to get rid of John Paul Lavoisier, has made a HUGE MISTAKE!! He was interesting to watch and hands down, the very best Philip of all!! Will miss him! Maybe Days will come to their senses and get him back!!

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