“Days Gone By,” Soap Opera Digest, April 21, 2009

DAYS GONE BY Soap Opera Digest, April 21, 2009 By Stephanie Sloane February 17 marked the last day Steve and Kayla appeared in Salem.  Actors Stephen Nichols and Mary Beth Evans, who returned to the show in 2006, were notified of their characters’ departures by Executive Producer Ken Corday, who also told them that they had already taped their last episode.  Since then, the Digest offices have been inundated with flowers, fruit baskets, cookies, candy, stuffed animals and balloons from fans in support of their favorite duo.  Here, the actors talk about leaving the show the second time around. Digest: Were you surprised to hear the characters were being written off? Stephen: Yes and no. Yes, because I was surprised that they allowed two of the most beloved characters in the history of the show to just fade into the background and then eventually away. No, because the support and story had not been there since Ed Scott [former co-executive producer] was let go which, by the way, was a huge mistake. Ed’s departure sent morale on the set on a downward spiral. Mary Beth: I don’t think I was surprised, I was kind of disappointed because I really love that show and I have always been very sentimental about Kayla and the Brady’s and Patch, so that part I didn’t necessarily want to lose. But I wasn’t surprised...

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