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April 10, 2012 at 2:36 pm #422210
SOD confirms that Christie Clark (Carrie), Patrick Muldoon (Austin), Matthew Ashford (Jack) and Sarah Brown (Madison) have all been fired.
SOD says this is just the begining of major cast cuts coming for the show.
SOD did state that DAYS has not confirmed the exits, so no official confirmation from the show yet.
Stay TunedApril 10, 2012 at 4:09 pm #422212
Remember when Sarah Brown was supposed to be the next big thing to come out of daytime. Well her primetime career went nowhere and now she’s been canned by B&B, GH, and Days. Yike!
It seems like Carrie, Austin and Jack are always fired when a new regime takes over. Jennifer would probably be out if Reeves wasn’t such good friends with Corday.
Gering, Martsolf, Burnett, and the hairy doctor are the real problems on Days rights now.April 10, 2012 at 7:43 pm #422214
SighApril 11, 2012 at 12:35 am #422215
Nothing left for Sarah Brown but Y&R.
-MorganApril 11, 2012 at 7:16 am #422216
Apparently, this has been confirmed now, which just sucks. GloFish is right, new regimes DO always want to get rid of Carrie, Austin, and Jack, and who even knows why.
I guess we knew firings were comings, and some are understandable. Sarah Brown is a huge name and has been great as Madison, but I don’t feel like the character needs to stick around, and I don’t even mind her having been a short-term addition. I know there are a lot of hardcore fans who love Matthew Ashford, but I also think that he doesn’t quite click with the audience as a whole, or at least that’s my impression. There’s a core group that adores him, but for a lot of people he’s kind of meh. And once Jack and Jen get together, they can be kind of annoying.
But Carrie and Austin are another matter entirely. They’re interesting characters who are part of core families and obviously have a lot of story potential and are involved in a great story right now. And particularly, Christie Clark has been excellent since her return. She started on DAYS in, what, 1986? She’s as much a veteran as Melissa Reeves and Drake Hogestyn, moreso than, say, Wally Kurth and Judi Evans. She’s playing a character who is a genuine good girl with depth and intelligence, making her interesting and fun to watch. I can’t see any angle where cutting her makes sense.
The ray of hope that I’m clinging to right now is that when Michael Logan interviewed Greg Meng about these changes, and they talked about how cast members were indeed being let go, he also said that they really want to keep things open to the possibility of some of them coming back down the road. It makes me think the decisions are made but maybe not set in stone, so I’m going to be sending some people some strongly worded letters.April 11, 2012 at 7:49 am #422217
I just read this on SOD, so I guess the door’s not closed for Christie Clark depending on who knows what. I’m sure fan uproar can’t hurt, so I encourage anyone who feels strongly about it to let NBC, Ken Corday, Greg Meng, etc. know.
After Digest broke the news yesterday that the cuts had begun in
Salem, reactions from the stars — and one mom — appeared on Facebook and
Twitter. “As you’ve probably heard, the news came out today that my
character (and I) will be leaving the show,” posted Matthew Ashford
(Jack) on Facebook. “That’s the way it goes in this business…. as
always-thank you to everyone for your support.” After a dinner with
co-stars Galen Gering (Rafe), Shawn Christian (Daniel) and Arianne Zucker (Nicole), Patrick Muldoon (Austin) tweeted of his and co-star Christie Clark‘s (Carrie) exit, “#DAYS been great 2 us. It will always be home. We all feel sick.” On Drake Hogestyn‘s (John) Facebook fan page, Clark’s mother, Cathy O’Connor Clark,
wrote: “Hey guys just wanted to say I’m in mourning. I’ve known since
last Tues, that they let Christie, Patrick and Matt go. It’s really sad.
Christie has been soooo sad. She felt like she did a great job, and
couldn’t believe it…. I’m so sad to see her so sad. Please write in if
you’d like. Cuz they told her there was a possibility she could come
back.”April 11, 2012 at 11:42 am #422218
The ray of hope that I’m clinging to right now is that when Michael Logan interviewed Greg Meng about these changes
Is this the same interview where Meng uttered those misogynistic and homophobic comments about women not wanting to watch the gay romance between Will and Sonny? He can go f*ck himself as far as I am concerned.April 11, 2012 at 1:34 pm #422219
Uh, that’s not cool. I didn’t see those comments, but I didn’t read the whole interview. I just saw part of it posted on Daytime Confidential.April 12, 2012 at 7:29 am #422220
Having now read the whole TVGuide interview, I didn’t find Meng’s comments on Will’s storyline offensive, homophobic, or misogynistic. Most of what he said was complimentary, and since the brass are scrambling to try to raise ratings, I think it’s only fair to say that neither Will’s story nor any other one they’re running right now is having the desired effect of getting their target demo to watch every day. My concern, though, is that they’re misinterpreting whatever research they have by concluding that the lack of romance is hurting viewership. Romance is great, but all last fall they were bombarding the audience with a ton of candlelight dinners, fun coupley excursions, heartfelt relationship conversations, and of course love scenes set to cheesy original songs. I feel like that didn’t get them anywhere, so thinking that the lack of romance with all these couples breaking up is a big part of the problem just seems like a bad kneejerk reaction.April 12, 2012 at 9:09 am #422221
[quote=”EmmyLoser”]The ray of hope that I’m clinging to right now is that when Michael Logan interviewed Greg Meng about these changes
Is this the same interview where Meng uttered those misogynistic and homophobic comments about women not wanting to watch the gay romance between Will and Sonny? He can go f*ck himself as far as I am concerned.[/quote]
With that comment, Greg Meng sounds like one of those out of touch hacks hired over the last 15 years to systematically and officially kill off a given soap.