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39 May 2nd, 2012 Rumor Report: Is Peter Reckell Getting Ready to Exit Days of our Lives?

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If this were to happen, this would be a serious blow to the Days of our Lives brand!  According to Soap Opera Digest this morning, they are reporting that they have been hearing that Peter Reckell (Bo Brady) has been quietly telling his castmates that he is getting ready to leave the series!

Reckell, according to SOD, has reportedly been in protracted talks with the soap to work out a new deal. “We do not comment on contract negotiations.  We hope that Peter stays with Days of our Lives,” said a spokesperson for the series.

Let’s just hope this is a case of negotiations being dragged out like we have seen with other SONY actors such as Eric Braeden and Melody Thomas Scott of Y&R.  If Reckell were to leave, we could also understand from his perspective that having played the role since 1983, and staying with the show through all its turbulent ups and downs, he might want to step away from it.   If Bo were to be given some great story worthy of Reckell’s talent, that might have also helped!

Stay tuned on this developing story!  And, let us know what you think of the possibility of a DAYS without Reckell?

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  1. tim says:

    If this is true,it wouldn’t be the first time that Reckell has left the show.He was gone from 1992-1995,and Bo was played by Robert Kelker Kelly during that time.If he does decide to leave,they should kill off Bo.

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    David replied

    No, please don’t kill Bo.

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    barbara t replied

    I heard at another sight that its a money issue they want him to take another pay cut, however this isnt the first time for him so who knows what will happen now.

  2. Chloe says:

    Soooo not happy about this rumor. Peter is a great actor plus Bo and Hope are a huge part of the show. We’ve spent ages waiting for them to be reunited. It finally happened and now he might leave? :(

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  3. barbara t says:

    Good grief, say it isnt so , Whats going on? Everyone is leaving ,days of our lives cannot allow this to happen give him what he wants, Let him pull a luke spencer for 3 months It works for general hospital nothing wrong with time outs.

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    Susan M. replied

    Never watched days of our lives…I am not familiar with this soap…Can’t give any more comments on this………..I was stickly a AMC, OLTL, & Gh watcher…

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    barbara t replied

    Only reason I started watching days of our lives, We lost all my children so I turned it on to support the soaps, Its ok but not as good as general hospital. Nothing has replaced one life to live, there will never be another soap that good, I miss all my favorite characters, they cant be replaced .Anyway,If watching days, on nbc helps bring the ratings down for abc/disney ,I will continue to let abc know I wont watch their crappy programing and will watch other networks. I want to save the soaps.

    Susan M. replied

    Gh was sooooooooooo good today(Mon.)……What about John McBain hugging Sam & Jason walks in on that…..Did you see the expression on his face!!!!!!!!!!!! And Star was arrested !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GH is SMOKIN GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Blake says:

    I hope not. Days wouldn’t be the same without Bo and Hope. And who knows how long the show will be on the air. We need as many vets (and less newbies!) as possible until then!

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  5. NeeNee says:

    Why should a veteran like Reckell be kept when the kahunas have shown they prefer to hire a flock of newbies that work cheaper? Even though Pete’s a hunk, he’s a 50-ish hunk. Kahunas think young/hot/sexy = ratings. How many times haven’t they tried this tactic, only to see the ratings continue to plummet?? Ratings spike whenever veterans are brought back. But what’s the old saying about a dog who chases his tail not quite knowing what to do with it once he’s caught it . . . once back on the canvas, writers don’t have a clue how to handle the vets. Witness Kayla the chief of staff tending bar at the Brady pub, Justin & Adrienne sitting around discussing how they affirm Sonny’s lifestyle, Jennifer looking pale and wan, pining for Daniel, Carrie & Austin sitting on their hotel room bed attempting makeout sessions, Marlene & John necking on the sofa, etc. etc. I realize that once you’ve written for a character for 40 years, it gets harder—see “Marlena, demonic possession.” But rather than bringing vets back for storylines in a vacuum, just handle it like Doug & Julie: have them come back on holidays & special occasions. Either that, or advertise for more creative-yet-down-to-earth writers!

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  6. Stephanie says:

    If it’s Peter’s decision, then we’ll just have to deal with it, but if it’s TPTB, wouldn’t it just figure that the day after we see such a powerful performance
    by him that this news comes out. I hope it’s just rumor, I would hate to see any more of our vets go. I will hang in with Days as long as Deidre and Drake are on, but it wouldn’t be the same if Peter left.

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  7. Nicole says:

    I would leave if I was him. This soap is goin downhill It’s sooo bad right now so I would leave in a hurry

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    CK_One replied

    I agree! Run for the hills, Peter, before it’s too late!

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  8. maria says:

    Anything that comes from SOD I wouldn’t believe they never Full of it. SOD likes to start drama with the fans. If is true Peter( Bo) leaves I will not watch anymore.

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  9. DaysFan says:

    Robert Kelker Kelley portrayed Beau ok but never measured up to Pete. I also do not like this Austin…

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  10. ethel says:

    i just think he is in negotiations……………

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  11. Jessi says:

    Peter deserves a way better story than what he is given. He can’t show off his true talents and that to me is very sad! Clearly he does the best on what he is given but there is so much more story to be told with Bo! I think he should leave just because nothing has changed and the show BTS has gotten from bad to worse with all these hires to fires and returns and giveaways… its insane! Now I am not sure to believe SOD b/c we all know they tend to jump the gun with rumors… but if it is true… I will miss Bo but Peter deserves better. For BO’s exit… GO FIND YOUR TRUE LOVE CARLY MANNING IN EUROPE! ;)

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  12. Tara says:

    Bring back Carly!!

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  13. Jill says:

    When was the last time Peter had a good story? The Alice box caper was a big old pile of crap! Days totally disrespects Peter and his talent. They refuse to write for him even when a juicy story is staring them in the face. They favor Kristian Alfonso being front and center – horrid acting and all – in her own storylines (Nighttime Hope, Princess Gina) all the time. As a fan of Mr. Reckell’s, I’m sick of it. So, if he decided to leave, can’t blame him one bit. Days seems like a very dysfunctional place to work.

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  14. Michael says:

    I LOVE Days, and- to a certain extent, love Reckel and his decades long portrayal of Bo Brady. However, I’m trying to find a diplomatic way to state that his departure may not be a “blow to the Days brand” after all. Soap operas share a distinction unlike any other genre. Part and parcel of the pleasure of watching soaps year after year, decade after decade, through the ups and down, the great stories, as well as the lousy ones- is the consistent presence of the characters we love, played for many years by the actors that we have grown to love as well.
    Yesterday, watching General Hospital and enjoying the long missed work of Kristina Wagner as Felica, I was reminded of the special place that soaps have in our hearts. Watching the latest exploits of long time characters and beloved actors that inhabit their roles is fundamentally the reason for being a long time soap viewer.
    Indeed, there are moments when I still enjoy watching Bo and Hope together. However, in the case of Reckel, I have long felt that he is just plain “tired” of his role. His original creation of Bo Brady as a tough, hot, renegade has long been replaced by a characterization of a loyal, loving husband trying to protect his family from the random trials and tribulations in Salem. Noble- yes. However, dramatically his acting is well… boring. Alfonso still has some spark within her portrayal of Hope. Perhaps Reckel will fair better with a more dramatic, compelling storyline. If not, however, the current portrayal of Bo Brady will not bring the much needed viewers back to the daily soap opera watching grind. It’s time for Bo/Peter to get back on that motorcycle and bring some fire back to his character.

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    Barb Harnedy replied

    gotta say I agree! Bo was always the renegade!! Now he lives in plaid shirts (whateve happened to his tight t-shirts?) short hair, and not much of an expression on his face!! He does not resemble the Bo Brady I got hooked on years ago at all!!! If Reckell really is being asked to take another pay cut, that would be hard for anyone to say “well ok” to, but unless they spice up this character again and make him exciting and fun…there’s not much point for him to stay!!!

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    Patrick replied

    Bo & Hope…. Supercouple…… I agree… they will always be forever etched in our heartstrings…. that being said… beloved characters… actors we’ve grown up with… year in and year out. The perfect couple…. exists? My opinion… BO IS MORE ALIVE… STIMULATING! ooh la la! with CARLY! period. Bo is alive… Bo has a pulse…. is driven… when he’s with Carly…. Peter Reckell and Crystal Chapelle… were not perfect… they made me watch them. Let’s see Bo and Hope… go thru real time drama… with problems… marital discord… an affair. Lets see the two of them try relating with other people… we know, they’ll find their way back to each other… just saying…. that happy couple belong together mode…. its not like they have a lot of family to keep busy with… currently, they have their lil daughter…. kaylas the only other one… and she’s stuck at the pub. cousin jenn… she needs Peter…. Kristen’s brother. I too, read in the soap digest… and understand, that it’s about taking another Pay cut…. Peter Reckell… we’ve loved you from the start.

  15. MARSHA WAIT says:

    IF RECKALL LEAVES, OR ANY OF THE MAIN CHARACTERS, I WILL NO LONGER WATCH DAYS OF OUR LIVES !

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  16. MARSHA WAIT says:

    carly manning was not & never was his true love it has &always will be hope !!!!

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  17. love the soaps says:

    I just posted on another site that perhaps peter Reckell sees the writing on the wall that Days could be doomed.
    I think that the character of Bo was a most interesting character , first as the rebel on a motorcycle flirting with spoiled Horton princess, then as a single father to a most adorable Shawn D and having viable love interests with Billie and carly

    i think Petere reckell’s acting during the whole terrible Zack death was stellar. He OWNED it

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  18. D says:

    I love Peter Reckell and think he is incredibly talented so I don’t blame him one bit if he leaves. The show refuses to write stories worthy of his acting ability and when they actually had a great storyline at their fingertips DOOL blew it to go back to tired old HOBO. If I were him I would be sick of being stuck in circular storylines and chained to one acting partner. Peter deserves better – so if he leaves on his own terms then I am happy for him. If that is the case DOOL will get what they deserve because they have shown him very little respect.

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  19. Dmitri says:

    Bo and Hope both need to leave they r SO boring! They tale up all of the time in DOOL with ridiculous Gina/Pawn stories and safehouses.

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    Jessi replied

    Hope is the one that is boring… the other characters are fine on their own… JMO of course lol

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    Dmitri replied

    Yeah, but Bo doesn’t do anything. I thought he and Roman would be interesting with the Marconi scandal, but of course Bo ending up in the coma was Stefano’s doing! He can never just have a story about investigating any other criminals unless they are involved with Stefano. Still, I think that Hope and Roman are both more boring than Bo, and they should leave DOOL before he does!

    It’s strange because I love Bope, yet Bo was more interesting when he was dating Carly.

    Jessi replied

    I love your comment :) … i just think over all the stories are very bad

  20. Emily says:

    I love Peter Reckell. He’s a great, natural actor, always took it seriously and gave it his all. Miss the leather jacket and motorcycle. I 1st fell in love w/Luke and Laura and then Bo & Hope. Got all the magazines, tried to watch’em all the time on DOOL. “I need a hero, holding out for hero…” Loved the 80′s Louisiana scenes and their 1st London wedding. Peter Reckell still looks great too. Sounds like negotiations but wish him all the luck in the world.

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  21. MBmomof3 says:

    Please give this guy a great story. I have watched DOOL on/off forever. He is one of the best vets, and can actually act. Lose some of the deadweight if you need to keep him, but give him and “Fancy Face” a story worthy of their chemistry. Thank you.

    Oh, yesterday he was telling Hope how he had seen their deceased son when he was in a coma. Maybe you could explore that somehow. I know some of the viewers hate the supernatural stuff, but I LOVE IT!

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    NeeNee replied

    Couple of years ago when Bo got that conk on the head, falling off a ladder while decorating the Christmas tree, he ended up with temporary “supernatural” abilities. He had visions of events before they happened. Now I think that eventually ran its course.

    So in my opinion, we’ve already had a little supernatural storyline with Bo. Zack “visiting” occasionally is okay, but PLEASE don’t make him actually alive! I don’t have enough fingers/toes to count all the Days characters who have come back from the dead over the decades!

    Almost 30 years since Bo first came on Days, that has to be hard for writers to keep finding ways for Bo to remain on the front burner. On another site, I posted that perhaps some of the “vets” could go on recurring status like Doug & Julie, who visit on major holidays and certain plots. That won’t satisfy the fans of Bo & Hope, I know, but it would be better than ridiculous storylines.

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  22. anna says:

    I love Bo and hope he stays on the soap,but he is all most 60 now,maybe he wants to be with his family more, or they just doing this to us fans every time a contract is almost up,Mels is up in June and Im sure we will see it soon too.
    Roman is almost 70 Stefano is 80′s Victor in his 70′s,but we are all getting older,
    but we love our vets on our soaps.so we need to keep them.

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  23. Reckell fan says:

    I wish we could just find out what’s happening with this… I love Bo and Peter Reckell, he’s the best actor on the show. I miss the old rebel Bo, I’ve never been a fan of Bo Brady the cop. It doesnt make sense for the character. I can’t imagine it’s terribly exciting or challenging for Peter to play these lame cops and robbers storylines with Alfonso, again and again and again… If they’re not offering him anything better and are cutting his pay on top of that, why would he stay? I would be upset not to see him on my TV regularly though.

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  24. Gmbebet says:

    I certainly hope Peter stays, but if he does go, NBC, that is what you get for intefering with the show! NBC should back off Days and let the people there do their jobs!

    NBC, your track record as a network is not good. Days of Our Lives is the only daytime show I watch on NBC. As far as nighttime goes, I haven’t watched NBC on a regular basis since the early 1990s. You simply do not have anything I care to watch. So back off NBC.

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  25. meary ruth rose says:

    so true barbara,i miss amc and mostly oltl ,just glad to have some “oltliver’”s on gh ,after abc canceled amc and oltl i started watching all the soaps on tv,just isn’t he same without vicki and dorian and the rest..sob…

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  26. Gwen says:

    I couldn’t fathom watching days without seeing Peter Reckell, come on and stay… sobbing.

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  27. Mary Lee says:

    Bo and Hope (original actors) are a mainstay couple. I truly hope Peter Reckell reconsiders and continues on in his role as Bo Brady. Not sure if I’ll continue to watch the program in the event he leaves. Also, are they going to replace the character Melanie Jonas? Why on earth are they dismissing Jack and Madison? All i can say is thank goodness they’re getting rid of that awful Ian.

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