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70 April 9th, 2012 Matt Lauer Signs New Deal with TODAY! Could it impact the future of DAYS?

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The Today’s Shows, Matt Lauer has signed a new deal with NBC that also could give the favorite morning show a fifth hour designed specifically for Laurer, or he could end up with his own daytime show that ultimately could spell some concern for NBC’s only soap left on the air, Days of our Lives!

According to TV Guide, “Lauer’s new agreement keeps him in the co-anchor chair of the morning show for four years and includes a program development deal, which could give him an ownership stake in a syndicated show outside of Today, The contract could earn him in the neighborhood of $100 million, according to people familiar with the deal.

One idea already being kicked around is spinning off Lauer’s regular segment “Today‘s Professionals,” in which he spars over hot-button issues with a panel that includes Star Jones, Donny Deutsch and Dr. Nancy Silverman! The segment could also be developed into a fifth hour of Today.  With Lauer signed, Today will try to strengthen its hand in other ways, Ryan Seacrest, who had discussions with NBC about taking over Today had Lauer left, will have a role on the program as part of his new deal with NBC Universal; he’ll also cover the Olympics for NBC in prime time. “

So how many hours of one show can anyone sit through? What if Lauer got his own timeslot and the network canceled DAYS?  Let us know your thoughts!

 

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  1. Maddie says:

    I really hope this doesn’t happen. We don’t need more of the TODAY show. I really wish networks would realize soap operas are worth investing in!

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    kim delmotte replied

    me to .. such a big fan of the soaps from canada

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  2. barbara t says:

    There are just so many hours you can spend watching and listening to the news ,If nbc cancels days of our lives ,there just as dopy as abc/disney,Soaps are not dying the networks are killing them they want to change the whole format of daytime viewing ,well its not going to work for me I wont watch ,I will turn on the I d channel,the last thing I want to watch is matt laurer talk for 5 hours erika slezak,susan lucci ,finola huges yes, matt laurer hell no.

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    lipstickcat replied

    Why do they have so much money to waste paying these idiots but no money to keep the soaps? There’s too much mindless talking already on T.V.! We need more scripted shows not stupid reality shows or more news!

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    barbara t replied

    I cant figure it out ,the big guys want the money in there own pockets ,there willing to pay for these talk shows but for a good scripted drama they dont want any part of them anymore. Im a news junkie myself but there is no way I want to hear it for 5 long hours.with the same person,boring.Now 5 hours of soap operas I will watch.

    barbara t replied

    I think that the networks are wanting to save money but I also am beginning to think they are getting lazy and dont want there afternoons filled up with drama ,they can hire a mouth piece cheap,there not worth the money there going to get paid but it puts more money in the big wigs pockets but at the same time these use to be great networks are no more.the afternoons were loaded with great soaps and one by one they were canceled I dont think they care,they should because the shows that have been taken over where the soaps use to be are all garbage there is nothing special about them and there is nothing special about abc,nbc and cbs there lost in a sea of other trash you can find all over the place.Seriously I hope this all comes back and bites them in the ass.

  3. Violet says:

    Oh Lordy. Just what we need–MORE Today show added to the 27000 hours a day its already on the air. I truly can’t believe people actually sit through all that nonsense! Hoda and CL? Are they drunk all day or what? Completely stupid, vapid women who give intelligent ones a bad name. I used to love me some Matt Lauer, but another hour of that show is two hours too many.

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  4. Derrick says:

    Oh god…………….
    I hope it doesn’t take DAYS timeslot!

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    Heather replied

    The timeslot of Days is the only that is available. All the other timeslots belongs to the affiliates and they’ll never give it back to the network.

    Just pray that Today doesn’t get a fifth hour. Because if it does, then it’s good bye Days of Our Lives.

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  5. Mel says:

    Oh dear God! Do I really need another hour of the Today Show? Of course if those panels get as plastered as Kathy Lee and Hoda it would be a great watch, but we all know we never get that lucky.

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  6. rachel says:

    sadly i think days will end 2013 i love days but time is diffrent cw network decide to go online since eceh episode got 2 milion this is not much to hold a network so they move for the intrnet ipad and suce,well it was clear to me when abc started thet nbc will go to beside now comcast in control and they known as hard

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    Heather replied

    Actually CBS (not NBC) is the one that started this trend of cancelling soaps operas (GL & ATWT) for junks shows.

    ABC and NBC are just following the footsteps of CBS.

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    PGP replied

    Well one could argue the point that when NBC cancelled AW, Santa Barbara and Passions it started the trend… AW was also on a creative upswing when it was cancelled.

  7. Christine says:

    It’s just LauER, not the extra “er,” but I guess maybe he needs that extra “er” if he wants anyone to sit through yet another hour of the TODAY whow. I already stated in a previous post that I quit watching after they aired the video from the murderer in the Virginia Tech shootings.

    Ultimately, it will depend on whether Sony AND NBC want to continue with DAYS and where there is room for it.

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  8. Chloe says:

    First of all, I have never liked Matt Lauer. I think he’s boring and void of personality. If [Heaven forbid] they cancel Days to give him the timeslot, my “dislike” will morph into something a lot stronger. I’ve watched Days since 1968 & will definitely NOT EVER, EVER EVER watch anything that replaces it.
    To those that enjoy watching the Today “marathon” every day, good riddance to them. But the rest of us deserve to enjoy our favorite shows, too, without Today wiping them off the face of the earth.

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  9. RJ4 says:

    I happen to like Matt Lauer and like shows that discuss hot topics from different perspectives (although sometimes I am not impressed with the panelists), but I wish Days could get its act together (think out of the box and be more creative) and develop better quality drama and storylines that would deal with more compelling and contemporary issues (like the Will/Gay storyline), and it could stay on the air also. Matt could have his show, and if Days could improve, it could stay on also. I fear if Days does not improve, the sand will run out of the hour glass with all of these other shows in the race.

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    Avelina replied

    I like Matt Lauer also. I agree with your comment about the fact that if DAYS does not improve their writing and soon and their ratings do not go up then they will be off the year come end of the year. The writers at DAYS keep forcing us to watch couples that are just NOT working and refusing to give EJAMI a FAIR chance. Try something new because if they dont then I wont be sorry that they have gone off the air.

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  10. Dorothyg says:

    I don’t know anyone who wants to watch Matt Lauer for 5 hours. he’s so full of himself.

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    Jeffrey replied

    I hope that Matt can hold on for bathroom after his 5 hours show get done.(hee hee)

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  11. Daisy says:

    OMG NO! He’s a bore. The shows a bore!

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  12. Mandy says:

    Well, with the crap that Days is spewing out right now, the show I’ve been watching for 30 years has become unwatchable. I don’t even watch anymore. Something needs to change. The re-boot sucks. The storyline sucks. They brought back crappy characters. I want to see Chloe, Shawn D., Belle, Mimi etc, back, and more DiMera action. The younger set needs to go. They are terrible.

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    Avelina replied

    Agreed!!!!!!

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    PGP replied

    More Dimera action? How much more can ya get? Personally, I’ve had enough Dimera action. Stephano vs. John is well over done… To the new headwriters coming to Days, go watch GL from early 90s….tell compelling storylines like that.

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  13. Feisty says:

    Days is just now starting to bring Ejami to viewers! Gods FORBID ANYTHING interrupt that! Ejami have been waited and longed for for over six years.
    NBC needs only ensure that this time they are delivered and Days’ ratings will be too good for even the thought of cancellation.

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    Avelina replied

    I hope EJAMI get their chance because EJOLE are awful and are soooooooo boring, I have gone crazy on my nail biting. I cant wait for EJAMI but sadly with Gary Tomlin who loves SAFE we may not get our EJAMI.

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    Feisty replied

    I am praying that there’s been a direct order to fly with Ejami already! It almost doesn’t matter what they write, just put them in scenes together, daily! (Ok, none of that Sami wants someone else or EJ makes her tell their son she doesn’t love him shlt!)
    Ejami WOULD bring Days so much buzz! Viewers EAT them up! I know, I’ve watched my whole life and NOTHING can get me this excited on a soap!

    Dmitri replied

    So u would rather have a rapist with his victim, Avelina? EJole is true love, EJami is filthy and disgustng. People who love their spouse/girlfriend/boyfriend do NOT rape them!

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    Feisty replied

    Your comment beneath notice? ~~You bet! ;)

    Dmitri replied

    Whattaya mean beneath notice?

  14. okiecarol says:

    100 million dollars —–all I can ask is “WHY” ?

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    barbara t replied

    Good question

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  15. Jeffrey says:

    oh,oh..that’s SMELL AS spell T-R-O-U-B-L-E for Days of Our Lives, pls just leave Days alone.. we got enough problem for more talk shows.
    I saw it from website,but can’t tell u where I found it…..it say here:ABC is “quietly” informing affiliates that The Revolution has been cancelled.
    Alas, this does not mean that GH automatically moves into that 2 p.m. spot, but it’s a beginning.
    As far as ratings, all the ratings focused on was comparing The Chew to All My Children thus far, but that was an interesting read. While The Chew is doing acceptably, it’s eroding in the wrong demographic.
    ABC made a big mistake. Let’s hope it doesn’t go on making more.

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  16. iluvssw says:

    I don’t watch Days but as a fan of the soap genre who just lost AMC and OLTL and have been on edge over GH’s future, I can relate to how Days fans must feel. All I can say is they better be making their voices heard, there are so many FB groups out there supporting all soaps. They can also go to savethesoapgenre.com to find some simple tasks they can do.

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  17. meary ruth rose says:

    rediculous !! news figurs are just reading the news not ACTUALLY doing anything else..just like sports figures are wayyyy over paid!! this better not kncok days of our lives off the air or soap fans will boycott nbc too!! right?/any one with me ??

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  18. Linda says:

    I recently started watching Days as a somewhat replacement for AMC. To lose another soap would suck. The networks say soaps are too expensive. If that is true how can NBC justify giving Matt Laure $100 M. Makes no sense at all.

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  19. Blake says:

    I hope this doesn’t mean the end for Days. The show does not need to be cancelled, especially with another Today show hour, ugh! They have a great cast especially right now, they just need better written stories and hopefully Lorraine Broderick will be bringing kick ass stories to the show. And hopefully the ratings will get better so NBC will want to keep Days around.

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  20. Jen says:

    I would hate to see DAYS cancelled simply for Matt Lauer. I mean I like the guy and all but how many hours does the Today show really need to take up? Either way I don’t think it would be fair to cancel DAYS because of it. Put DAYS in an afternoon time slot like it is for me if they really need to add an extra hour for Matt.

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  21. Grace says:

    I don’t watch DAYS any longer but I don’t want it to go off the air. We need to be saving the genre!! Do we need a 5th hour of the Today Show, REALLY? Don’t ge me wrong, Matt is pretty much the ONLY reason I watch The Today Show when I can. But NBC needs to leave DAYS where it is!! Learn from ABC, don’t follow in their disastrous path!!!

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  22. moshane58 says:

    Give me a break.I watch the Today show because of the boycott on ABC and after the first hour I am done.Matt Lauer interupts the people he interveiws all the time.Can’t stand him.But not watching ABC.Ann Curry is boring to.Guess I’ll find another morning show maybe CBs.Not putting up with this non stop talk shows channels.Done NBC.

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    barbara t replied

    If they cancel days of our lives to put this clown on for 5 hours , looks like you will have to watch cbs that will be the only network left,this bozo it not worth no 100 million dollars for 4 years,good grief if katie couric hears this she will be flipping out pulling all her hair out ,shes only getting 20 million, the rat channel is cheap compared to what this jerk is going to get. What a waste of money.Id get into how there are people out of work and loosing there homes and cant eat,but that is another story,these people are not worth all that money,Im glad I dont watch these over paid big heads or any of there stupid shows.

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    moshane58 replied

    I only wanna see if there is any breaking news then i’m done.I can’t take ll this reruns talk shows.They could have created more good soaps with that kind of money.Does everyone wanna see another wall street guy taking over.Top 1%.They could have employed 100′s on that salary.He is rude and no better then love myself Katie couric.Hope soap fans on nbc have a fit like abc soap fans.Alot have went to Days over loosing there soaps but you can’t tell it by that stupid Neilsen.

    barbara t replied

    I started watching days,when all my children was canceled,I left days 40 years ago when the time changed and they put it on when one life to live was on so I quit watching,didnt have any taping things back then,I think every one should be upset if nbc cancels days ,hopefully it wont happen,5 hours of news and views with that man will be a waste .Why these networks want to alienate the soap fans I will never know ,But like I keep accusing abc/disney of ,It all comes down to the almighty dollar .Its more money in the higher ups pockets.

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  23. Joe says:

    Not a fan of DAYS, but as a fan of Daytime as a whole, a HUGE OLTL and GH fan, I find this to be devastating news! I miss OLTL and I as other mentioned am worried for the fate of GH. DAYS fans must join the groups and speak loudly! Maybe someone will finally develop an all soap network or chose to air these programs on existing channel.

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  24. shawubble says:

    Luv Matt, but seriously another of the show, I could do without. Added to that even if they do another hour how does that affect Days??? All they have to do is push Days back and we have one less hour of the people’s court. I mean do we really need two. Maybe it is good. Maybe they will break the show in two and show days in between.

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    Heather replied

    People’s Court is a syndicated show.

    Today and Days are NBC shows.

    If Today gets a fifth hour, it will be on the end of Days. Days’ timeslot is the only one that is available. All the other timeslots belong to the affiliates and they’ll never give them to NBC.

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  25. Justamom says:

    KEEP DAYS.

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  26. Michael S says:

    Oh brother! So when did Brian Frons start working back at NBC?

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  27. Kaitlyn says:

    NO NO NO! Time to grab the pitchforks and go after Lauer! I don’t even want to think about Days going off the air! Days is good now and I’m soooo excited about the EJ and Sami scenes tomorrow! These new writers better write one hell of an EJAMI romance and tune up some of the other stories to increase ratings. The ingredients are there for Days- great characters and great actors- but just needs a little mixing and more consistency (but overall it is good right now!) I’ve watched Days my whole life and I can’t imagine it coming to an end!!!! The Today Show is already on for 4 hours and there’s also 3 other talk shows-rachel ray, nate berkus, and anderson. NBC needs to keep Days!

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  28. Tammy Grzenia says:

    I already lost Amc &Oltl please dont tell there might be a chance i will loose Days .i am really starting to hate these money hungry network .

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  29. Tom says:

    My apologies to anyone who watches the fifteen hours of TODAY that are already on the air, but why, God, why? I’d rather be murdered than watch five hours of dreck–seriously, the only things they ever discuss on TODAY are failed celebrity marriages, celebrity tell-all books, and Lady Gaga’s latest outfit.

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  30. david says:

    Another hour of the Today show? Another hour of talk? I can’t stand it. I don’t care how bad some people think Days is (I don’t)–it is much more entertaining than another talk show. Can’t anyone at the networks understand people do not want to listen to anymore talk shows?

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  31. A says:

    If Days continues to suck as it has and continues to showcase bland characters like Dan, Rafe, and Madison while it fails to utilize characters with personality and substance and good story potential such as Jack, I won’t weep to see it go.

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    A replied

    However, I can’t understand why anyone wants more of the Today show, and I’m sorry to see the unique genre of soap opera dying. But in many ways, I feel like soap opera is already dead, at least where Days is concerned. Days doesn’t feel like soap opera to me. It feels like a bunch of choppiness, showcasing depth free characters and relationships with no build. I miss those long, angsty love stories in which I could invest—stories that made me wait for a kiss, that let me watch two characters fall in love, that had that wonderful push/pull. I haven’t seen good romance on Days since Jack and Jennifer’s original love story.

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    Dmitri replied

    I agree with A. Lauer is alright, but he always interrupts people when they are being interviewed. And is another hour of Today or YET ANOTHER talk show really necessary? REALLY?

  32. kay killgore says:

    I am trying to figure out why you guys are getting upset over this! This is a network news that Doctored a tape to start a race war. Why would you beleive anything they say. Calm down it is media hype once again twisting you in knots.

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    barbara t replied

    Kay killgore you are right ,What they did is shameful ,I cant believe there is only one guy out the door over this and I also dont understand why a lot of networks arent even reporting it, guess thats because they all do it .Hopefully in time we will know the truth .Is matt laurer reporting about what there network did? I Doubt it.Who will watch 5 hours of this guy? If it is the last news channel left Standing I wouldnt give it 5 seconds of my time.

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  33. Moviegal says:

    My guess is that the Today Show would run from 7-12, when the local affiliates would take over for their news at noon. They would want some competition for The View, which owns the 11Am Eastern time slot.

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    david replied

    Maybe you are right, but 5 hours of Today? What are these people thinking? I think it is a recipe to guarantee viewers WILL change the channel from NBC to anything else. How LAZY can a network be and still expect people to watch? This is pathetic. And, no, I don’t think this would be any competition for The View. Who wouldn’t change the channel by 11 am?

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    Moviegal replied

    David – most of us will have changed the channel after 5 min. of Hoda and Kathy Lee. – lol

  34. LUMI says:

    we just got back the people I like the most,
    John Marlena Lucas and Shane is coming soon,
    we have news ch for news on 24/7

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  35. GariAnne says:

    NO MORE NEWS, PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Four hours of Today is two too many already. Just a way to fill air time, without viewers to watch.

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  36. GariAnne says:

    NBC wants to save money. Go all radio, again. Save lots of money.

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  37. Michael says:

    I have watched every single episode of Days for almost its entire run. If NBC ever screwed around with Days I would simply turn off the broadcast networks completely, and just watch cable & movies. Seriously sick of the nets, the reality shows, the news/talk shows, etc.

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  38. Gmbenet says:

    I barely watch 30 minutes of The Today Show as it is! I like Matt Lauer, but not THAT much!

    I don’t think NBC would put Matt in the Days of Our Lives time slot. I think they would make him compete with Katie Couric.

    Michael Fairman, do you hate Days of Our Lives? The attitude of your question about Days always seem negative toward the show. When you interview Days cast members, your interviews always seem slanted toward disdain toward the show. Is this intentional? Or do you not realize this is taking place?

    Just because AMC and OLTL bit the dust, that does not mean Days will too. I think Days will make 50 years and beyond!

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  39. moshane58 says:

    NBC is getting as bad as ABC.Cancel your soap and you’ll see the raft of soap fans.Have these nitwits notice CBS is beating everyone because they are keeping there soaps.Everyone will just go there.I can’t get pass the first hour of Matt Laurer and wouldn’t even watch him if it wasn’t for the boycott against abc.All these stupid talk shows are driving your loyal viewers away.We are sick of them.No one cares about them.There are to many of them.Hes not worth it.Get that in your head before you loose all your veiwers.

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  40. Dmitri says:

    This is terrible! Today is boring and not even news, but more like ET (celeb gossip), as someone mentioned above about their broadcasting of Lady Gaga clothing. At least Days has creativity, Today is boring and Kathy/Hoda Lee are SO fake and trashy!

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  41. Rodd says:

    I’m sorry. Did CNN just buy NBC? Do we really need another hour of TODAY? Yawn! I can’t handle the plethora of drivel they produce after the first hour. Love Matt, but please…no more talk shows, news shows, or life-affirmation shows. Oh, and let’s not forget, no more game shows where our soaps used to be. And for Pete’s sake! Leave our DAYS alone!! … I’ll now return you to our regular programing.

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  42. O says:

    now this we lost 4 soaps within the last 4 years and the networks want to cut theothers Days will be the next to go in my opinion even thought the brought Lisa Rinna back to that show and i feel we need to saave the rest

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  43. Nancy says:

    I like Matt Lauer, but, I LOVE Days of Our Lives! If Days gets dropped for another hour of the Today show (even hosted by Matt) I will stop watching ANYTHING broadcasted on NBC!

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  44. Monica says:

    Really??? More news! Please let us continue having fun in the afternoon hours with Days. I have been watching on and off since I was 3.

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