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It seems that there are fans going nuts about rumors circulating over the possible departure of one very well known (but hardly respected) actor on Days of our Lives. Magazines, even gossip mags, are throwing out the possibility that Drake is not going to be long for the show and will be (at the latest) leaving in December at the end of his contract (or sooner).
For the record, both main magazines, Soap Opera Digest and Soap Opera Weekly are reporting Drake is not leaving the show anytime soon and plans to renew his contract. Furthermore, other rumors abound that his character will be part of a large story in the fall. On the other hand, more gossip comes out that Dee Hall isn’t going to be sticking around either but her camp has been painfully quiet on the subject.
So could it be true? Could both DHs be leaving? Since coming back from their long summer hiatus, Hogan has not written much for either of them except for a few OTT and cheesy scenes that should be forgotten immediately. Drake and Dee make the most money on the show and given the show hasn’t been writing for them as of late, what’s the point of paying their salaries simply to gasp over letters once every other week?
Fans say they need their own story complete with John being the hero and Marlena being the heroine, the whole show should revolve around them and allow them to shine. Naturally the very idea of that happening would require much “fart acting” and airgasms that would no doubt sink the show back into the world of absurd and delusional storytelling. Don’t believe me? Watch this.
The truth of the matter is, the DHs have been unable to act in realistic (well as realistic as soaps can be) styles for years. Hogan, though light on romance, has improved the plots on Days a good deal and if it’s a question of keeping Hogan and letting the DH’s go, I’m certainly all for that. Their departure would free up budgets so much that maybe we can have bedroom sets back, a few more younger actors in the much needed young thirtysomething range as well as letting the others veterans shine on a more daily basis. Perhaps we can have gatherings again on the show, a large gala style party where a mystery either begins or ends and the purse strings loosen enough to allow dressing for the occasion.
And certainly no falling back on fans to send in decorative furnishings.
So will their absense hurt the show? Really I doubt it. The DHs were gone last summer with no impact on the ratings or longterm impact on their return. The fans of this couple are honestly proud they do not watch the show when they are missing and even when they do appear they insist they FF or simply download their clips. If I was TPTB, I’d cut them loose. Also, Drake has made it clear over and over again he wants out. He announced so at the big Days event this summer. He made some very belittling comments about his costars in an interview then insisted he was the savior of the show in another. I used to love Drake because with the exception of his bad acting, I thought he was a real guy with heart. Now it seems hanging out with Deidre Hall has inflated his ego’s the size of hers (and though I do think her acting has dived in the last decade, I do admit she at least had talent in the 80s and early 90s.)
So if new producer, Ed Scott, can manage to cut either or both of the DHs loose, I will support him as I do agree it’s the best thing for the show. However, until then, I’m not holding my breath.