Ever since it premiered in 1965, DAYS OF OUR LIVES has seen more than its fair share of comings and goings as its cast has changed over five decades.
However, there have been quite a few casting stories that shocked fans, like the decision to recast Chandler Massey with Guy Wilson only to kill off the character of Will, or watching Peter Reckell's Bo die in Hope’s arms, or Alison Sweeney deciding to leave the role of Sami Brady after 20 years.
And going back, longtime fans will remember the storyline that killed off a slew of characters and reveal that the serial killer was Marlena! Or the time that fans fought back at the soap’s plan to kill off the beloved Dr. Evans!
Take a look through our gallery of some of DAYS’ most shocking recent casting stories, and then let us know which ones left you stunned!
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In the early '90s, DAYS headwriter at the time, the late James E. Reilly, was so taken with the talents of Eileen Davidson as Kristen that he scripted a wild second role for her, the wacky Susan Banks, a Kristen look-alike who eventually schemed to take over Kristen’s life! In addition, he added three other roles for the actress: Sister Mary Moira, Thomas, and Penelope. Playing all those different characters earned Davidson a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in 1998.