‘Days of Our Lives’ Fans Devastated Over Cancellation Rumors, But Kristian Alfonso Says, ‘We Are Not Going Anywhere’
Has the hourglass finally run out? Soap opera fans feared that it had after hearing that the long-running NBC soap Days of Our Lives had been put on indefinite hiatus. The reports surfaced on November 12, as TVLine reported that the entire cast had been released from their contracts.
Days is one of just four daytime soaps still on the air, along with General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, and The Bold and the Beautiful. But fans worried about the fate of Jennifer, Jack, and the rest of the residents of Salem may not need to panic, as sources are saying that despite the hiatus, the show will likely be back for another season.
‘Days’ fans are not happy their soap might be canceled
Days is currently in its 55th season, and fans — some who’ve watched the show for decades — were understandably upset when they heard it might be ending.
“[S]eriously, #Days is the longest running show on NBC and got me through my teens & breakups & was my constant. They aren’t allowed to ever cancel that show without my permission,” tweeted one fan.
“If #Days gets cancelled, I’ll be down to 2 soaps. Please don’t leave Days Of Our Lives,” wrote another Twitter user.
The ‘Days of Our Lives’ cast addresses the rumors
With fans panicking about the future of their beloved soap, some cast members turned to social media to clear the air.
“We’re not being cancelled,” tweeted Chandler Massey, who plays Will Horton on the show. “We are pausing production because we are so far ahead of schedule (and it saves us $). Days will still air during the entire hiatus, so you won’t miss anything!”
“We are still here!” Kristian Alfonso, who has played Hope on the show since 1983, shared in a video she posted on Instagram. “We are not going anywhere … Don’t listen to rumors.”
An angry Camila Banus (Gabi Hernandez) went live on Twitter to address the rumors, which she called “B.S.”
“I have not been fired from Days of Our Lives,” she said. “That is ridiculous. None of my co-stars have been fired from the show … [It’s] fake, false news.” Like Massey, she explained that the show was ahead in production and that they were simply going on their usual holiday break a bit earlier than normal.
New episodes of ‘Days’ will air through the summer
According to TVLine, the show has enough episodes completed to last through summer 2020. An insider told the publication that releasing the cast from their contracts was a business move. If the show is renewed for season 56, the cast will have to negotiate new contracts with producer Corday Productions, possibly at a lower salary.
“If Days gets picked up, [Corday] can offer the actors new contacts at a reduced rate and with a ‘take-it-or-leave’ it attitude,” an insider said. “Worst case scenario, they lose half their cast. Best case scenario [for Corday], everyone agrees to return at a lower salary.”
NBC reportedly has no plans to cancel the soap. “The show will almost definitely get renewed and this was not news to literally anyone on the show, nor is anyone truly concerned,” a source told People.