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Marlena And John Get Axed From Days

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Here's some news that's sure to send housewives across the nation into waling fits of despair.

Even daytime TV is feeling the economic pinch!

Days of Our Lives' stars Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn are getting the axe, victims of the show's recent massive budget cuts.

That's right, they've been laid off!

Famous for their portrayals of the popular Marlena and John, the tempestuous lovers will "be happily reunited after a long period of angst and separation and will be off-screen after January for an unknown period of time," according to exec producer Ken Corday.

Corday adds that it was a "very tough decision to make."

Days fans won't take this quietly!!!

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123 comments to “Marlena And John Get Axed From Days

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  1. 1

    My poor mum , she has a crush on Drake!

  2. crtny says – reply to this



  3. 3

    That is CRAP! I am now and always have been a DAYS fan, but I AM PISSED! Who is next - Bo and Hope? That would piss me off even more I think - Get rid of all these peons - like Nick and Melanie - hell get rid of Kate (her character is dying anyway) - she is not a real fan fave anymore anyway! They are bringing on tons of new characters and getting rid of the important ones that are the backbone of the show! SHAME ON YOU DAYS - SHAME ON YOU!!

  4. 4

    who cares…..abc all the way

  5. 5

    Wow, that's really boring news.

  6. 6

    Bring back Dr Drake Ramorei!

  7. 7

    Wow, that sucks. They have been on the show forever!!!

  8. 8

    Well really, how much longer were we going to have to watch these two with the same old shit?

  9. 9

    So sad!

  10. 10

    why them?? there's other characters that they could get rid of!

  11. 11

    So long as its not Bo & Hope im good….Please Please bring back the OLD Brady. Whats up with all the Passions rejects???? Good bye John Black…miss you and all you strange looks!!

  12. 12

    Marlena is a staple to Days and fans will be sorry to see her go. But Drake needs to use this time to take some acting lessons

  13. 13


  14. 14

    Good, the fucking NCB took my Passions and fuck the Days and this old crow. John is still cute, but she is a hag.

  15. 15

    Bring back Blackie Parrish!

  16. 16

    that shit is still on?

  17. 17

    I agree with macombiehomie - Get rid of Kate instead. While your at it get rid of that guy from passions. IF YOU ARE LAYING PEOPLE OFF YOU SHOULDN'T HIRE PEOPLE ON! Especially if you are going to lay off two of the most beloved characters. They were in the middle of a huge storyline. What a waste of time.

  18. 18

    Oh hell no. they belong together. I loved that couple….

  19. 19


  20. 20

    Yawn…what a talentless twit! You should be ashamed of yourself for posting such a boring story.

  21. 21

    Who next? Victor Newman!

  22. 22

    who wants to hijack an oil tanker with me?

  23. 23

    Those two sold alot of Douche!

  24. 24

    Im seriously shocked,not sad but shocked….i cant stand watching marlana and john they have to be the cheesiest actors even for a soap, but how he hell an you get rid of 2 of you main characters that makes no sence, if they want to save money get rid of maxs dumb ass sister, kate,lexie and abe there are plenty of story lines that can be cut and no one would care. id be happy if they brought belle and shawn d back but the original ones. im saying lets go with marlena being posessed by the devil again that shit was awesome, that hwat got me watching it in the first place.

  25. 25

    Re: missmoonriver – the most beloved characters probably have the most beloved salaries too! could probably keep and hire for what they are paying those fools…….

  26. 26


  27. 27

    holy smokes. i'll miss them!

  28. 28

    They may as well just turn off the lights.

  29. 29


  30. 30

    Days of Our Lives has been going downhill for a while now. Trust me, Days fans are outraged by this travesty and are speaking out. Many Days fans are threatening to stop watching the show altogether if Days goes through with this.

    THIS is stupidity of the highest order. Instead of rightly firing the crappy writing team, who is producing garabage, they are firing the most talented of their vets - watch the ratings slide in the coming months.

    They can't even write for supercouple Sammi and E.J. on the show, and now they're doing this. STUPID!

  31. 31

    You know, that show owes its ass to those two — pretty crappy of them to use and abuse the talent that made them number 1. The show is based on the family legacy ideals and yet they can't afford the FAMILY???

  32. 32

    I love Marlena! Hate to see them both go though, guess it was time for change.

  33. 33

    I used to love them…….but frankly now all they do is squint……..and John talks funny…….don't like it one bit. Glad to see them gone. (Been watching Days since I was 11.)

  34. 34

    Re: Luckygem0205 – I agree……get rid of Abe and Lexi's storyline……..ugh. Get rid of Max's sister and Kate too. Bring back Carrie, Austin, the real Brady and the real Belle. John and Marlena would be fine if they didn't squint all the time, that gets annoying, that's the only reason I'm not sad to see them go.

  35. 35

    It is a mistake. Phillip is leaving also. I wonder who will be next? I think it is a mistake but if the show will keep on going than I believe they will come back. When they leave they will probably move away somewhere and then come back to Salem in a couple of years.

  36. Eleni says – reply to this


    It's about freakin' time!!!! They're probably the most annoying couple there!

  37. 37

    Wow! Marlena and Johan ARE Days of Our Lives, that's just crazy!!

  38. 38

    FINALLY! I always hated them. I wished they'd be "killed off" so at least we know they won't be be coming back. At least for a few years.
    but i don't watch the show anymore so i guess it doesn't matter anyways

  39. 39

    I watch Days everyday but Im not too sad those are the ones that got the axe. I always fast forward their parts anyways.

  40. 40

    I wouldn't blame the economy on the fact that there is very little left you can do with this couple. I mean how many times can they be seperated and reunited or possesed or have amnesia or have stefano abduct one of them or have roman come btwn them. Seriously not everything is because the economy.

  41. 41

    I've watched this show for over 40 years and could not possibly care less if these two characters never show up again.

  42. 42

    I stopped watching back when MArlena became possessed with the devil and John actually performed the exorcism…lol. That whole network is out of it….especially when they had that silly Passions show on. Good ol days, when I didn't want to do my college homework……I prefer reality, and a little Y & R!!

  43. 43

    Days should really take a look at the writing/producing department when making cuts these days. Story lines are getting dropped left and right and characters are completely written the wrong way! None of the current story lines make much sense!

  44. 44

    Re: ohmyal – LOL Friends!!!!

  45. 45

    hopefully they bring in some newbies to liven up the show…
    These two were a DRAG!!!!!!!

  46. 46

    I never watched Days, but how long can the same characters be front and center on a soap without them becoming tedious? I wish General Hospital would dump Maurice Bernard (king of bad acting) and Steve Burton (king of one facial expression). They completely dominate the show and their stories have been the same ones on repeat for last 5-10 yrs. GH is in total ruins because of all their mob crap, I have recently stopped watching its gotten so bad.

  47. 47

    Why not get rid of the black family? They're hardly relevant to any of the storylines anyway

  48. 48

    It sucks that it's THEM that's leaving, but seriously.. they need something exciting with the newer people. John and Marlena have done pretty much everything on the show, what more can these 2 go through? Fans need to fall in love with the younger ones so that the show WONT end.

  49. 49

    I have watched since i was 10 and I have to say i'm getting annoyed with the two of them anyway. and since when does days need Passions rejects? get them off my days!!

  50. 50

    They're bringing in crappy Passions stars, but getting rid of Deidre??? Makes no sense!! Drake is an awful actor and I won't miss him, but not Marlena…she's a Days staple….so sad.

  51. MP says – reply to this


    I used to watch Days years ago…John and Marlena are the heart of the show. They should just take it off the air now.

  52. Lene says – reply to this


    I'm fucking 17 years old, and i love days.

    Bring on the vets.

    Bring on the vets.


    and max and Chelsea ofcourse. :) :D

  53. 53

    They had to bring John back from the dead again because fans refused to let him just be dead…. i doubt it will be permanent. They'll be back.

  54. 54

    what?? theyre taking off john?!! hes the most entertaining one on the show. hes so dramatic and no one can raise and eyebrow quite like him. even when he was acting like a robot he was still the funniest guy there. marlena ehh shes ok. i would just be happy if they kept john. who else is going to jump from a helicopter into shark infested waters if not him?? there goes my hero lol

  55. 55

    i almost cried when i seen this! :(

  56. 56

    the show is unwatchable.
    so boring, so stupid, so nonsensical, the plots are amazingly convoluted.
    most soaps are unwatchable.

  57. 57

    Re: HotMommy

    Thats hilarious. I have been commenting on the squint to my wife for years. Marlena always looks like " she is beaming " at him.
    It's the worst show I think I have ever seen though. What a total piece of shit. Curses on Tivo.

  58. 58

    hope they have money saved-been doing that job for how long-drake for 25 years, marlene for 30+? don't know if they are able to act for primetime-so used to the soap

  59. 59

    John reminds me of Ben Stiller in Zoolander. i always watch days as if its a comedy. its not like u can take any of it seriously. ive had some good laughs to that show

  60. Linds says – reply to this


    oye oye oye!!! This SUCKS!!!!!!

    cut some of the "new people!!!!" This completely ruined my day.

  61. Linds says – reply to this


    Re: missmoonriver – Amen SISTA

  62. 62

    This is not BORING news..I'm thankful for Perezzers posting this because without him making the post..I would have had NO idea.. I went to the Days message board at NBC.Com and all of them stated how they 'got the info from perezhilton.com..' WTG Perez!!! On top of shit!!

    I love Drake and I'm pissed!! >:(

    Perez: I do have to agree with some of the other posters though.. Not just housewives watch days! ;) I started when I was 16.. I was not a housewife then.. ALSO a lot of my friends watch it at nite after work! So try not to stereotype pls!!

  63. 63

    Fire the youngster's, they are mindless and their story lines have no substance. Then again, the new John is a wasted story line too. Really odd that they did this too him. I guess it's time for me to change the channel as well. Bye bye Days, bye bye

  64. 64

    UGH!!!! WHY!!!!

    fucking DAYS execs need to get axed!

    it's like All My Children without ERica Kane, Y&R without Victor Newman, GH without Sonny.

    screw NBC!!!!

    and here's hoping another soap gets the uber supercouple on their show!

  65. 65

    thats not fair!!! john gets his memory back and then leaves? i would have liked to see him do a little detective work or something!! THIS SUCKS!! i guess they are probably the highest paid actors on the show so cutting them would mean saving some bucks, but they could have laid off some of the irrelevent characters instead….what about the shows ratings? they should know this is going to decrease its viewers…

  66. 66

    With the firing of Deidre and Drake with only more to come for budgetary concerns, Ken Corday is announcing the death of Days of Our Lives. It is not the actors or crew who have brought Days to the brink of cancellation, but the bad writing, the corruption of beloved characters and the endless triangles. The fans want Days to go back to the basics of romance, suspense, drama and humor. Corday Productions produced a show few people wanted to watch and couldn’t understand why the ratings tanked.

    If money is Corday’s main concern, it is the perfect way to get his attention. These are sweeps weeks. Ratings are calculated and recorded not only daily but hourly,. It’s this rapid return that can be turned to the fans’ favor. For the rest of the week, boycott Days. The storylines suck anyway. If there is a rapid, sudden drop in ratings Corday will be held accountable.

  67. 67

    so they axe a SUPERCOUPLE? you've GOT to be kidding me!!!
    john's son just came back. geez..

  68. 68

    boycott DAYS!
    watch ATWT with luke & noah :D

  69. 69

    Are you kidding me? I haven't followed Days in years, but they were the reason to watch back in the day. Marlena turned into Satan, John was a priest, and then Stefano's son, then all their love triangle turmoil. Days execs better get back to their roots and lay off all the new characters that no one cares about and get Marlena possessed by the devil again.

  70. Lene says – reply to this


    Re: habsfan890

    fuck atwt.



    And ofcourse, Max and Chelsea

  71. 71

    Marlena will be back…it's all a ploy…They go off contract to spur interest & then whamo they're flying back into Salem again…It's happened a zillion times before…

  72. edtor says – reply to this


    I don't know about this Drake guy, but Deidre Hall axed? That is effed up and I hope it comes back to haunt whoever decided to do this.

  73. 73

    Sad… I love them… I was just waiting for John to get his memory back so I could get that happy feeling! I'm pissed with their story lines… they didn't even let Sammie and EJ be together!

  74. 74

    Deidre Hall was Days and Drake Hogestyn was her consort

    Days is finished.

  75. 75

    What the hell, they're still on? I think they were on back when I would come home from AM Kindergarten. I'm 35. Seriously, just retire to Idaho or something.

  76. 76

    Nope, not taking it quietly, or happily. Slap in the fucking face is what this is. Those of you that don't watch and don't like them we know you don't get it… but getting rid of Deidre fucking Hall is like firing Susan Lucci from AMC… STUPID!

  77. 77

    This is pretty sad. Trimming 40% of the budget is going to hurt; this first cut is pretty deep.

    Onthe other hand, as long as they keep Steve & Kayla, then all is not lost.


  78. 78

    Shocking. Fucked Up. STUPID.

    and above and beyond all, the final nail in the coffin!

  79. 79

    Good, glad its not Shelley Hennig or Molly Burnett. They are the reason i watch days of our lives. I am madly in love with Molly Burnett, she is my girl and one day i will be with her. Molly is the best actress on days and the most beautiful. Melanie is the best character ever on Days

  80. 80

    Re: Lene

    no, FUCK THE VETS…they are boring and OMG FUCKING GOD, Fuck Max and Chelsea.They are not getting back together.

    Max and Stephanie are end game. Melanie is the best part of days of our lives. I LOVE MELANIE

  81. 81

    I love Molly Burnett(melanie)
    I love Molly Burnett(melanie)
    I love Molly Burnett(melanie)
    I love Molly Burnett(melanie)
    I love Molly Burnett(melanie)
    I love Molly Burnett(melanie)

  82. 82

    Re: MacombieHomie

    Fuck You your fucking piece of shit. Melanie and Nick are the best couple on days. Melanie is the greatest character in the history of days u worthless piece of shit. Why don't you go and fuck yourself ASSHOLE HOBAG WHORE SLUT CUNT.

    Melanie is the best part of days right now, Molly Burnett is the greatest actor in the history of days

  83. 83

    Re: TERRYLovesMollyBurnett

    You are a nut and a stalker who preys everywhere to try and get a sniff of Molly Burnett or Shelly Hennig's underwear. Get a life.

  84. 84

    I love Molly burnett(Melanie) & Shelley Hennig(Steph)
    I love Molly burnett(Melanie) & Shelley Hennig(Steph)
    I love Molly burnett(Melanie) & Shelley Hennig(Steph)
    I love Molly burnett(Melanie) & Shelley Hennig(Steph)
    I love Molly burnett(Melanie) & Shelley Hennig(Steph)
    I love Molly burnett(Melanie) & Shelley Hennig(Steph)
    I love Molly burnett(Melanie) & Shelley Hennig(Steph)

  85. 85

    Serioustly people, Days will survive without John and Marlena…it did before and it will again.

    Now if characters/actors days won't survive without its; Melanie, Stephanie, Chelsea, Max, Nick, Dr Daniel Jonas, Nicole, EJ and Sami especially Melanie.

    Molly Burnett is my girl and she should be honored to be the love of my life. I am madly in love with my Redhead cutie. Molly is the greatest actress in daytime/Days…she is truly a find on days of our lives. She sure is going to win an emmy for this Psycho Nick storyline.

    and I can't forget DIMPLES—Shelley Hennig, she is so adorable when she smiles, i love her dimples when she smiles.


    Shelley will always be my girl and i just love her. She is beautiful and a great actress.

    Rachel Melvin, what can i say about her, she is everything a perfect girl suppose to be. Beautiful smile, beautiful legs, beautiful everything and a great actress.


  86. 86

    Re: nicksaddict

    uhhh u are wrong…that the last thing i think about when it comes TO MY WOMEN(MOLLY, SHELLEY AND RACHEL).

    They are goddesses and they need to be treated like the beautiful goddesses that they are.

    Me/Molly/Shelley/Rachel are the Ali/Noah(the notebook)…we are true love always. Our love is forever

    I would treat Molly, Shelley and Rachel like the beautiful goddesses they are. THEY ARE THE FUTURE OF DAYS OF OUR LIVES AND THE BEST ACTRESSES ON DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

    and i have to get a shout out to DARIN BROOKS…We are boys 4life. We are like BFF, bestfriends till we die.

  87. 87

    Drake Hogenstye needs to move over for the future leading man of days of our lives————- DARIN BROOKS A.K.A Max Brady.

    Who got a emmy nomination in just 5 years on Days—not Drake, Drake has yet to be nominated for an emmy. Darin Brooks was nominated for an emmy.

    GO DARIN, he is the future leading man

  88. 88

    It's sad to see that the misconception that only housewives watch daytime drama is still alive and kicking. I am a Days fan of nearly 23 years, and part of an active online soap community. Our numbers include SAHMs, attorneys, educators, writers, web designers, graphic artists, college students, just to name a few, and all walks of life in between. We encompass the beloved 18-34 demographic and well beyond.

    Many of us have stuck with Days through the years thanks to the talents of actors like Stephen Nichols and Mary Beth Evans, and the characters that we came to love through in depth, emotional stories. Steve and Kayla, Bo and Hope, John and Marlena. They had depth and warmth and history. Adventure and romance. That's the real Days of Our Lives. Not this mess that we're seeing implode now.

  89. 89


    IM FURIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  90. 90

    Re: Que Bochinche!

    SO SHUT THE FUCK UP…i don't watch days for the stinking boring untalented vets. I watch days for Melanie, Stephanie, Chelsea, Max, Dr Dan, Nick, EJ, Sami and Nicole.

    Melanie is the greatest character in the history of days and i love her. Molly Burnett is the cutest and the best actress on days and in daytime.

    She is my girl and i love her.

    Ken Corday listens to me, Terry. NOONE ELSE, whatever i want…corday grants. Look like i am getting what i want, the vets are backburned, lots of teens/Nicole/EJ/DANIEL.

    KEN CORDAY LISTENS TO ME; he listened to me when i wanted a rape storyline for Stephanie. He listened to me when i wanted a adventure for max/stephanie and he listened to me for me wanting an obsessive stalker and he is making Nick one.

  91. 91

    Molly Burnett and Shelley Hennig are the best actresses on Days. THEY ARE THE FUTURE.

    MARK MY WORDS; Molly Burnett is A FUTURE EMMY WINNING ACTRESS. U will see, She has been kicking ass since July 31, 2008. She is the best damn actress on Days. MELANIE ROCKS, SHE IS THE BEST character ever on DAYS

  92. 92

    oooo I bet they have the BIGGEST PAYCHECKS…yikes this is going to suck or be very entertaining can you picture the angry housewives outside the studios kicking ass…now this should be a reality show…

  93. 93

    I love all the vets. I am particularly fond of Steve and Kayla.
    I hope the show quits hiring newbies and remembers the history.
    If they want a good storyline for the young 'uns. Philip and Stephanie is the way to go.
    I love Deidre and Drake and I think this proves no one is safe and I think some people posting have delusions of grandeur.


  94. 94

    Terry,you need a freakin life!! Grow up peter pan!!

  95. 95


    you're insane if you think Molly Burnett is the best character Days has ever had. I'm 20 an I've been watching Days since I was 13 and even I know that's ridiculous. If anything she is subpar and dispensible. Shelley is a great girl, but I'm bias since I know her haha. Regardless, even if you don't like the storylines currently with Marlena and John, they ARE Days, along with Patch and Kayla and Bo and Hope… end of story. They have had the most incredible stories, especially when marlena was posessed, that was so awesome.

    And whoever said Sammie and EJ were a power couple is seriously disturbed… eventually Sammie will end up with Lucas… it's inevitable. Like how Shawn ended up with Belle (which was only a good story line when Kristen Storms and Jason Cook were playing them).

    But I agree with most of the posts, Days is done, which is so sad. It's the only show I actually watch on TV and it really had a few shining years there. Days is gonna have to do some serious damage control if they actually let John and Marlena go.

  96. 96

    Re: bunnygidget – wow, error on my part… I've been watching the show for 13 years… since I was 7, not 13… mixed up my numbers haha

  97. 97

    Meh you know they'll be back on the show eventually. Still so sad!

  98. 98

    Re: TERRYLovesMollyBurnett
    Seriously, Terry. Get Help.

  99. 99

    Perez, you need to add Jennifer Ellison, Mary Beth Evans, Stephen Nichols, Jay Kenneth Johnson, and Shelley Henning to your favorite celebrities list. I was only able to find Gerard Butler in my faves.

    P.S. Sorry off topic Yeah I am still pissed about J&M/D&D

  100. 100

    how could NBC?!
    if they're going to lay-off people, why not do it to
    lame-o newcomers? not classics!
    i'm not even a housewife — i've been watching
    that show with my mother for as long as i can remember.
    this just frickken sucks.

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