has not been let go," a spokesperson for the long-running Days of Our Lives
told soapcentral.com last month. This was the reassurance fans of the actor got when rumors began flying rampant that the man who's played John Black for over two decades was about to be fired from the show.
Last week, Drake Hogestyn's 21-year run on Days of Our Lives
finally came to an end as John Black became the victim of a fatal hit and run accident.
Fans of the long-running soap and of Hogestyn and his character are about as shocked and saddened as Marlena (Deidre Hall
) Evans is about John's passing. Perhaps if the show hadn't issued the statement refuting news of Hogestyn's dismissal, his death on the series would have been more expected.
Throughout the year, Hogestyn had reportedly voiced his discontent over the lack of storyline involving his character. He even let it slip during one fan even that he may be on his way out of the soap.
"At some point, everybody is going to leave the show," Hogestyn said at a fan event in June. "I have six months left on my contract, so… After 20 years of throwing fan club gatherings, this is the final mission. The reality of it is, sooner or later, you're at the tail [end] of your talent cycle, whether it be here or somewhere else."
Of course, in the realm of television, dead may not necessarily always mean forever dead.
In other news, cast members still alive and kicking on Days of Our Lives
will make a special appearance in Hartford, Connecticut on Saturday, October 27. Lauren Koslow
(Kate Roberts), Darin Brooks
(Max Brady), Martha Madison
(Belle Black), Judi Evans (Adrienne Johnson; ex-Bonnie Lockhart), Matthew Ashford (ex-Jack Devereux), Brandon Beemer
(Shawn Douglas Brady) and Nadja Bjorlin (Chloe Lane) will be at the Downtown Hartford Marriott in Hartford on Saturday for the benefit of the Childhood Cancer Lifeline. Tickets for the meet and greet scheduled from 12pm to 4pm are priced at $70 each while an evening with the stars from 7pm to 11pm will set you back $90 per head.
-Rosario Santiago, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Soap Central, Soapdom
(Image Courtesy of Sony Pictures)