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Nov 19 2008, 12:07 PM
I think you are right jane, and it's something that (understandably) people are losing sight of. Depending on where the contract cycles are, it wouldn't make economic sense to cut certain people right now. They'd still have to be paid through the end of the next cycle. Drake's contract is up in January and I presume Dee is on a six month cycle which would be up in January, or maybe February. So, by sending them off in January, the show only maybe has to pay Dee another month.

I fully expect other cuts to come as the contract cycles come up. That's why Corday is talking about how hard the next 5 months will be.

Just for the record, I'm not necessarily supporting his decision. Just expanding on why I think the decision came as quickly as it did for Dee and Drake and a possible reason why other cuts did not come first. It's possible that when these other contracts cycle through and the cast is significantly trimmed, he might bring Dee and Drake back if they can make the numbers work. But I do believe the reality is that he had to trim the budget immediately and because of the way the contract cycles work, he'd couldn't just fire a bunch of other people to keep Dee and Drake. He would have still had to pay those folks for a least a few months, most likely. And that wouldn't have done anything to help the budget.
I understand that you and others are trying to see why this decision was done, but its the the way he has gone about this, by simply firing these two popular vets the way he has, over the phone, not offering to discuss his plans with them or to at least explain the budget crunch to them to see if they are will to make sacrifices, he simply insults them hugely by firing them, insults a significant fan base by pushing BS in magazines, and risk them (the DH's and those J&M fans left) not coming back at all simply because he behaved as if he just met Deidre and Drake.

Deidre was backburned from January 07 to June 07 and never complained, while during that same time period Drake, MBE and others did so publicly and loudly. Drake was fired and John killed off and he complained loudly and often. Deidre held her tongue and sold the show whereever she went, calmly stating that everything would work out. She did more to keep the J&M fans holding on from October 07 to January 08 than KC, Hogan Sheffer, and Drake combined.

I just don't think she deserved to be fired like someone who just joined this show last year and has not shown it some loyalty. I think she would have agreed to be put on recurring until they got their heads above water because she has stated she wants to remain until the end. That offer simply was never made. Noone is saying Days is not in a tough position or that hard choices must be made, but assinine and insensitive choices are being made and those who want to be overly objective are ignoring those facts.

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