It was quite a shock for Days of Our Lives fans last week when Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith revealed that they read in a script that their characters would be leaving the popular NBC soap. Apparently, it wasn’t just the actors and their fans who were taken by surprise — so were their co-stars.
Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith To Exit
The young actors have been rather popular, playing out the tender love story of Will Horton and Sonny Kiriakis in Salem — on and off for almost a decade. They have worked hard on the challenging material and their co-workers have taken note.
Wally Kurth, who plays Smith’s dad, Justin, took to Twitter to explain his own thoughts about their leaving by responding to Massey’s Tweet that confirmed his exit and to share his belief that this is not the last that Salem will see of the popular duo.
“These two wonderful actors and terrific young men, consistently gave their best and it made @nbcdays the best it’s ever been. I will truly miss working with them. And I look forward to their return. @ChandlerMassey @freddiemsmith,” he wrote.
It should be noted that much of the time, actors worry about the safety of their own jobs and don’t often speak out when others are let go. Kurth’s kindness didn’t go unnoticed. James Reynolds, who has played Abe Carver on and off for almost 40 years, used Kurth’s Tweet to share his own thoughts about the situation.
“I’m on board with Wally, these two young men are wonderful people and thoughtful actors. Life will be good for both of them. @wallykurth @ChandlerMassey @freddiemsmith @daysofourlives @nbcdays #DAYS,” he wrote.
For fans who are sad about the exits, the two young actors will continue to be seen on the show through the middle of September. Will they return after that? Stay tuned. Days of our Lives (DOOL) airs weekdays on NBC. Check your local listings for airtimes.
I’m on board with Wally, these two young men are wonderful people and thoughtful actors. Life will be good for both of them. @wallykurth @ChandlerMassey @freddiemsmith @daysofourlives @nbcdays #DAYS https://t.co/cGY1L93q1v
— James Reynolds (@JreynoldsJames) February 16, 2020