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DAYS: Where’d Drake Go?

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For weeks “Days of our Lives” fans have been asking that question after actor Drake Hogestyn (John Black) tweeted he last taped an episode of the NBC Daytime drama series on March 18 (scheduled to air Wednesday, July 17). In his tweet he said, “Given a chance off the bench, I’m sure I could hit a homer for J&M. #putmeincoach.” Fans were given some hope when Soap Opera Digest reported in its June 24 issue that the actor “has reported back to work after a brief hiatus from the show.” The report was found under the “Stuff We Know (and shouldn’t tell you)” section. Sadly, the mag didn’t actually know as Digest semi-retracted its reporting per the Tuesday, July 9 issue citing comments from Hogestyn’s daughter, Alex, who took to Facebook to say that her father was not filming again. “[The] report is not true. My dad has not been back filming, I wish he was though!”

According to Jason47.com, the definitive “Days of our Lives” fan archive, Hogestyn has been removed from the “DAYS” credits as of the Tuesday, July 2 episode. “Drake Hogestyn (John) was quietly removed from the credits today, signaling that he is no longer on contract,” the website stated. Hogestyn, who regularly follows on screen love interest Deidre Hall (Marlena Evans) in the credits, was also noticeably absent on the Wednesday, July 3 episode.

“Days of our Lives” has yet to issue comment on the status of Hogestyn and his future with the soap.

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  • Linda Brett

    DAYS treatment of their VETS is appalling. Drake’s unrequested disappearing act is the reason why I’m now an ex-DAYS fan. Drake is too talented to be treated this way.

    • Mary Hargett-Hiduk

      I could not agree more, Linda.

      • Linda Brett

        I don’t miss watching this show Mary and the people that see nothing wrong with how FABULOUS actors like Drake are treated, wait until it happens to THEIR favorite actor.

  • cindercity12

    Damn, he’s missed 4 months of filming. Seeing as how DAYS films 4 months in advance, they’ve already filmed the episodes that will air into November. Even if he’s still with the show and they bring him back, if he doesn’t start filming within the next month, he’s not going to make it back onscreen this year.

  • Sheri Beatty

    Don’t like him…I think his acting days are over. He is an over-actor.

    • Linda Brett

      I couldn’t DISAGREE more.

    • PA Drake

      I couldn’t DISAGREE with you more Sheri! Drake is a WONDERFUL actor &TPTB need to respect Drake better than they have recently!!!

  • Mary Hargett-Hiduk

    The way Drake is being treated makes me furious. He was a backbone in the success of Days and they are treating him like crap. TPTB do not have the balls to tell us what is really going on. I will always be a supporter of this dear man and with No Drake, No Days for me.

    • Linda Brett

      I agree, Mary! Drake is loyal to a fault, yet sadly TPTB have never believed in treating the actors on their canvas with respect. I’m at the point where I do NOT care if DAYS goes off the air and TPTB only have themselves to blame if that happens.

  • SARA

    I really hate what NBC has done to Drake. He should be treated better than this. I love him on the show and miss him. I wont be watching without him.

    • Linda Brett

      Thanks Sara! I agree! I have NO desire to see a solo Marlena either.

  • kevingm

    I would love to see Marlena get a new love interest! It’s time that the show brings in a new, sexy and exciting man for Deidre Hall and her character. The character of John and Drake’s acting style is no longer cutting the mustard! He appears to be “going through the motions” and Deidre/Marlena deserves better! The “supercouple” days have become stale and boring and the show needs to quit rehashing the same storylines with the same couples of yesteryear! Hope has been without Bo for several months now and it’s obviously not hurt the shows’ ratings! I say bring back Stephen Nichols (Steve) and pair him with Kristian Alfonso! The entire Brady family, especially Kayla, would freak out when they see Bo’s ex becoming romantically involved with Kayla’s ex! Talk about conflict and drama! EXCITING!!! Both Deidre Hall and Kristian Alfonso have more than proven that they don’t need Drake Hogestyn and Peter Reckell to make their characters viable and interesting! Bring on some new stories and acting partners for these two outstanding actresses!!! They deserve it!!! Keep up the great work, DAYS…you are definitely on a roll!!!!!

    • Linda Brett

      I could NOT disagree more with you and I think it is telling that you’re the only one picking on Drake.

      • Linda Brett

        Forget that post, I just saw WHO you are, which means NOTHING you say holds water, sorry.

    • Mary Hargett-Hiduk

      You are so full of hot air. Maybe you do not like Drake but there are a lot of us who love and respect him. TOMSELL has been out to kill the character. Drake has been dedicated to Days since his arrival in ’86. I love him with Deidre. It is time to bring back our vets and bring Days back to what it use to be. Drake has been so written out of character!! If you have nothing nice to say about Drake then why not keep your mouth SHUT!!!

      • Linda Brett

        Mary, ignore him, he and his posse go all over the Internet bashing Drake every chance they get. He is a bully.

      • kevingm

        I’ve been a loyal fan of DAYS for over 30 years. I am a fan of the show, not just the fan of a certain actor like some people appear to be. Whether or not an actor is a nice guy in person has nothing to do with what the actor brings to the story.. I also have the right to post my opinion the same as you do…so let’s try to keep it on a mature level. If nothing on the show ever changed, we would still be watching Bill/Laura, Doug/Julie, etc. while wearing bell bottomed jeans and holding peace signs. Those characters and actors were awesome in their heyday but times change and some fans would like to see something new and exciting. If people want to see the same characters doing the same thing year after year and not have any conflict in the story, why not quit watching DAYS and watch reruns of Leave It to Beaver??? Ratings are on the rise and they won the Best Daytime Drama Emmy this year (first time in 35 years!) so apparently the powers that be at DAYS are doing something right.and they deserve all of the positive things happening! DAYS is must see TV…with or without Drake Hogestyn!!!

        • BC59

          And I agree totally with you, kevingm!

    • Sarah

      I am not a great fan of John Black and DH acting but it is not fair to say that and dismiss him like that. While Days is quite great right now, there is still some weak aspects like the obvious bad writing, lack of pov for the John’s character compare to the others in the story involving him. Of course Marlena and Hope can be characters outside of their long term love interests but the same can be said to male characters like John and Bo (although Bo is gone and it was the actor’s choice, by the way PR/RK with the Bo character proved it more than once with very popular pairings with Billie and Carly).

      • sarah

        I would add that, while Drake has never been Laurence Olivier (well actually neither soap actors are..lol) back in the day he was full of charisma which made him a very popular leading man..Now he has aged but maybe with better writing he could bring it again..i can’t really have a straight opinion because to me the writing has been particularly unfair and bad for his character. I love Kristen and ED acting but almost all this story was from Kristen’s pov, and a bit from Brady and Marlena’s never John..

  • Laura Champlain

    This is why Peter Reckell is now on GH and hopefully Stephen Nichols will be reprising the role of Stefan their soon. Disgusting how the vets are treated and their so much more fun to watch then these younger no talents!

    • kevingm

      Peter Reckell is on GH??? I don’t think so.

      • Laura Champlain

        Check the GH rumor mill,it’s said he was just cast as Evan Jerome,the long lost father of one of the main characters Sam. It’s pretty much a done deal. Also there’s a good possibilty Stephens coming back as well in the fall. :)

        • sarah

          good but here if this rumor become a reality (which is pretty possible, Cartini love to cast..there is too much characters right now on GH with no real stories, it is too heavy) Peter will be a newbie not a vet..

    • Bex

      As if GH treats their vets any better.

      • sarah

        yep lmaoooooooo
        on GH vets are even more wallpaper these days..

  • EmilyM

    If someone thinks Drake’s acting hasn’t been up to par it is because of the way the writers have written his character sooo out of character for John. All the loyal fans do not deserve this and Drake does not deserve this!!

    • kevingm

      Sorry, but I have to disagree. The material was there but Drake’s performances were not. He has been the weakest link throughout the entire Marlena/John/Kristen/Brady storyline. Deidre Hall, Eileen Davidson(especially) and Eric Martsolf have been exceptional in their roles lately…Drake, not so much.

      • PA Drake

        How can you possibly say that Kevin? Drake Hogestyn is the best thing going on #DAYS! Drake is the nicest actor & the most loyal despite the way TPTB treat him lately!!The Head Writing team of #Tomsell have ruined years of wonderful acting & storylines! They apparently don’t know how to write a family storyline! In my opinion not only John Black has been out of character but others have also ;for example Jennifer, Marlena etc.! It’s SO sad that with this writing team DAYS won’t make it to 50 years on TV!! Many long time DAYS fans are disgusted with the meaness now & the lack of romance & humor that they had back in the 80’s & 90’s for example. What a shame!
        It appears to me that you have never met Drake in person or you wouldn’t say such mean things about him! Drake does a WONDERFUL job with what ever scripts he is given to memorize as well!

        • Linda Brett

          I agree PA Drake! Also, from where I’m sitting Deidre and Eileen didn’t have their characters nearly destroyed by two HACKS who call themselves writers like Drake did. It is nice to see so much negativity surrounding DAYS and a petition out to fire TomSell’s incompetent asses. Drake never fails to bring his A Game to whatever script he is given!

        • Linda Brett

          TomSell were out to destroy Drake’s character the minute they starting writing (and I do use that term lightly) – remember how they had John rescue people off-screen? Even though it has been established he never fails to rescue the lives of men, women, children and even enemies. They have never gotten what makes John tick and are too green to write for established characters like John so they fill the show up with a whole bunch of newbies that few people even care about. It is clear TomSell have PETS and don’t write DAYS as an ensemble.

    • Linda Brett

      Emily, I couldn’t agree more with everything you said! Drake has played John or an incarnated version of John for 28 years, and within not even a YEAR TomSell have destroyed EVERYTHING Drake built from the ground up. I can not even imagine the devastation Drake went through having to say TomSell’s BS lines. My heart breaks for him, he does not deserve this shabby treatment.

  • Susan

    Well according to AT&T uverse Peter Reckell is still on Days, tired of all the straw grasping. Any long time viewer knows this team of writers has destroyed the show. They are going to have to do something when Will, Chad and Gabi leave. To comment on anyone’s acting is just mean when what they are given is crap. I mean seriously what long time fan thinks Brady would sleep with Kristen, marlena would snoop and keep quiet about it or John would walk away. It’s garbage.

  • BC59

    When All My Children ended and I switched over to Days, the first thing I noticed was the overly brooding acting of Drake. Probably a very nice guy (I saw an interview with him at the Indy 500 and his pleasant persona was completely opposite John Black), but the portrayal was odd, I thought. Also, have to say that Days has been very good lately and deserving of the Emmy. Will hate to see Chandler Massey leave, however.

    • Linda Brett

      After how Drake has been treated since 2006 he has every right to be devastated over what TPTB have ALLOWED the writers to do to John. It can’t be easy to see a character he has put his heart and soul into, totally decimated by a bunch of untalented hacks who should’ve NEVER have been hired BACK on DAYS. They clearly don’t know who John is and now Drake is paying the price for their total incompetence as writers.

    • kevingm

      You hit the nail on the head, BC59!!! Totally agree!!!

  • Linda Brett

    Personally, I don’t believe ANYTHING in this article. It is all speculation and hearsay BESIDES Drake’s Tweets. Until DRAKE says he has left DAYS, I’ll continue to take this article and anything else reported online with a HUGE grain of salt.

    Looks like I get an unrequested SUMMER off from watching DAYS. I have no desire to watch a show that doesn’t involve Drake and solo Marlena sucks.

  • Christy Pronto

    They are making a huge mistake. Deidre and Drake are magic together!!!!

  • Shawn

    Deidre Hall shines without Drake, it has to be said. The best thing to happen to Days during Hogan’s run was killing John off because it showcased raw drama and unprecedented acting by Dee. They should have never brought John back from the dead. Drake is a stand up guy, and seems genuinely nice, but he has NEVER been a strong actor, whether with good writing or not. People make like the pairing of Marlena and John, and they’ve earned the adoration, but out of the actors on the show, Drake is on the bottom in terms of ability, and “that’s a fact’.

  • Jae

    I would love to see Marlena with somebody totally new. Not Roman. Not John. Maybe somebody else from her past…

  • Kel

    Drake has done nothing but be loyal to Days. This treatment is deplorable. The fans want him and Deidre together. If they are trying to lose fans, this is the way to do it.

  • Yvonne Taylor

    I have been waiting for John’s return. I have been watching days of our lives for twenty five (25) years, Marlena and John make a beautiful couple.