In an exclusive with Michael Logan of TV Guide Magazine, ousted Days of our Lives fan favorite, Chandler Massey (Will Horton) spoke about his sudden departure from the series after having a few days to come to terms with the fact that he was let-go three months early from his contract.
According to the details presented by TVG: “Chandler was summoned at the end of his work day to the office of Greg Meng, the soap’s co-executive producer. During this meeting, Meng informed Massey, who had been planning to depart the NBC soap when his contract expired in December, that he would have to leave immediately because a replacement had already been hired. Massey exited the studio sans fanfare — no farewell party, no goodbyes, no nothing — and sources close to the young actor say he was devastated and in tears. ”
Now there is controversy over did DAYS to the right thing by letting Chandler go earlier? Or, did the actor put them in this position to start with? TVG reveals that the character of Will is going to be involved in a romantic triangle, and if a replacement has been found, why not make the switch sooner than later? Thus having to hold the new actor for months and paying him, without working him, is a loss of money for the series. On the flip side, their is the issue that Chandler apparently did not tell DAYS first, but the media at the Daytime Emmys that he was leaving at the end of his original contract in December. Thus causing them to quickly have to decide what to do with the character. All in all, technically Chandler was fired by DAYS, since he will not be paid for the 13 weeks he had left on his contract.
Regarding the fact that he will have no swan song cake and on set wrap party, Massey told TVG, “Even if I’d left the way I thought I would, a party was never on the table. I don’t like that sort of thing. I never want any fuss. But I’m going to miss everyone like crazy. I had so many incredible mentors at the show and made so many great friends.”
So what do you think about how the situation was handled? Do you think DAYS should have let Chandler continue playing the role of Will through to December? Do you think since the evitable was going to happen, and Chandler was exiting they did the best thing financially and for the long term success of Will’s story, by bringing in the new actor to inherit the role, sooner than later? Weigh-in!