This had us with a lump in our throat the minute we started reading this! Just a few hours ago, Days of our Lives superstar, Peter Reckell confirmed via his Twitter account that he is indeed leaving the series and putting to rest for now his beloved character of Bo Brady.
Rumors had been running rampant over the last several months that Peter had told his cast mates that he was intending on leaving and last week, Peter’s wife, Kelly Moneymaker also seemed to confirm it on her Twitter page. But we had not heard officially from the man himself, Reckell, until now. Here is Reckell’s statement below to his followers and longtime DAYS fans below.
Peter Reckell: “Days of Our Lives has been my home, my life, for almost 30 years. Bo is a character that developed from my soul, and has touched many lives, but none more than my own. I took my place in the hierarchy of the show, in the storyline, moving others aside, in the eighty’s. Now others have moved into the place I once held. I have been very fortunate to have had such a long, meaningful run. But now, with a torn heart, I have to say goodbye to the people, family, the character, that I love. You have to know this has not been easy. I do not want to give up Bo, and with luck, in the future, will be able to return to the character that I fought so hard to preserve. Thank you for being the most supportive, forgiving, loyal viewers there are. You have given me strength in difficult times. You are the reason DOOL is still standing and will continue for years to come. Thank you for all you have given me and the character I love!”
So what message would you like to send Peter’s way on his decision to leave the series? How do you feel about his decision? Do you think the powers-that-be should recast Bo? Or, just write the character off the canvas, until which time they can find story in which Reckell may want to come back for?
What we can say is; Peter Reckell is one of the good guys in this industry. And, he will be terribly missed. He made Bo Brady a classic anti-hero, and we know this decision was not made easy and we are sure with a very heavy-heart.