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PhoenixRising05
Aug 23 2008, 12:08 AM
I do want to touch on the point about the cast and crew kissing Corday's ass.

I think it's more or less a situation of keeping the door open in case they are fired or quit. Just look at how Days either fires people or loses them and brings them back, even if the left under bad circumstances. I never in a million years thought Missy Reeves would be back after what happened and she was. RJ was brought back twice in one year. Joe tore Corday to shreds and still came back. Sure, it's because Corday acts before he thinks but I do think he's very loyal and very nice to the people who work for him. We know he's loyal as hell to Higley, despite the problems it's causing. I would kill to have a boss like that who would make that many sacrifices for me. Yes, I know it's killing the show but if I was the one benefiting from it, damn LOL.

We hear the cast and crew talk about him positively all the time. Hell, even people away from the show for years, do the same, even if their exit was ugly. Up until recently, the atmosphere at Days was always friendly, no matter what the state of the show. This is the first time tension bled into the set the way it has (at least that we know of) and my hope is that things stabilize soon and return back to that close-knit, family atmosphere because I think Corday is the reason the place became like that and has stayed that way and I think it's that atmosphere that keeps cast and crew coming back.
I have to disagree with one part of that - about the tension on the set.

I remember Ann Marcus talking about on some TV show how tense things were backstage in the late 70's with the Pat Falken Smith debacle. Some of the cast was on her side over Betty Corday.

Also I can remember magazines in the late 70's alluding to how tense the set was with the women who were jealous over Susan Hayes with her mother writing the show. Brenda Benet and Susan Hayes really didn't get along.

And before that there was the feud between Kaye Stevens and Susan Hayes.

the in 1980 the mood on the set was very bad with all the firings and the new folks coming on.

Those are times that I do know about.
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