Is Will Horton leaving Salem after all? Well not entirely. Exiting two-time Emmy winner Chandler Massey, who plays Will Horton on NBC’s “Days of our Lives” has taped his last scenes as Will as of last week. The role will be recast. Massey, who first announced his departure from the show at the Daytime Emmys, was scheduled to wrap taping when his contract ended in December but finished 4 months early instead. Massey’s scenes as Will will continue to air through December.
“As Chandler Massey announced back in June, he will be leaving the show to further pursue his education and other entertainment opportunities,” the show said in a statement. “While 'Days of our Lives' is disappointed to lose such a talent, the show understands and supports him in his future endeavors. Due to current storyline and the timely discovery of new talent that the show feels is the right recast for Will Horton, a mutual decision has been made for the changes to taken place immediately. Chandler will always be a part of the 'Days' family and we wish him nothing but continued success.”
Will’s storyline has become a hit with fans and the Daytime industry alike as a gay character actively involved a relationship with Sonny while co-parenting his child with ex-girlfriend Gabi. The triangle storyline proved to be one of the most compelling in recent years.
The actor plans to attend UCLA this fall. "It's been such a privilege working on "Days," I can't even tell you," Massey told reporters backstage at this year’s Daytime Emmys. "It has literally changed my life forever. I came to Los Angeles and enrolled in UCLA and I think after this is up. I want to go back to school. I want to graduate...I want to have a degree. I just want to keep looking forward." The actor is considering a major in Mandarin Chinese or a double in International Business.
Will he follow other former Daytime actors and pursue other acting roles outside of soaps while getting that education?
"Yes, I think I will," he said. "I haven't really thought about it completely. I'm not 100 percent decided to tell you the truth. I know that before anything else, I want to get a degree. I don't know, we'll see. I have been putting my education on hold for days I had just been going to the extension and taking a class of order but now I get to jump into it."
The actor recast in the role has yet to be announced but is rumored to begin taping the week of September 9th when the show resumes production after a two-week break.
“Days of our Lives” airs weekdays on NBC.
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