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Days of our Lives (Global/NBC) — Drake drama: real or rumour? Shocking claims revealed!
Pandemonium went into overdrive late last week when several industry insiders claimed top daytime hunk Drake Hogestyn (John) was unceremoniously fired by NBC — a fate the actor hinted at several months earlier. A Days spokesperson denies Hogestyn, whose contract expires in March 2009, was let go, but several reliable sources tell TV Guide Hogestyn’s future is still in question as the sudser debates killing off John Black to save money in its quest for survival.

However, it seems that the Hogestyn hoax is only a suspicious part in a much larger mystery at the soap that some are calling an agenda at sinking a rival series! One very reliable source suspects, “something has been up on the set ever since they hired [former Y&R top honcho] Ed Scott and [casting director] Marnie Saitta.

“And there’s been a positive vibe, which on this show, is suspicious! For some reason, out of the blue, NBC has renewed hopes for our show. Network execs have even visited the set recently and were in a happy mood. All we can surmise from gossip is that NBC knows Y&R is slipping creatively and thinks this is the first time in history a show could overtake them [since they’ve been No. 1 in the ratings], which is why they hired Ed, who was unfairly ousted from his job for [Lynn Marie Latham]. He’d love to personally avenge his dismissal by proving he can make a show on the brink of cancellation the No. 1 show in daytime!”

Another source agrees, adding that Scott has brought everyone’s morale up and demanded excellence from the cast and crew. So whatever the case for the renewed hope at Days, all we can say is, bring it on, Ed — because we’re on your side; Y&R stinks. However, perhaps Days could put a moratorium on “killing” off major characters only to bring them back alive in the next scene. We’re just saying.

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