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The December 9th SOW article on Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn's firings quotes "setsiders" who say that Deidre and Drake were fired "sans any negotiation". They then quote two anonymous actors, one who relates it to the "world economic crisis" and says though Drake and Deidre mean so much to the show, "it's not personal", and "another Days star" who says he/she wishes there could have been some way to resolve the budget without cutting these two.

SOW then says that actors "on the high end of the show's payroll" are being asked to take 40-50% paycuts. An 'insider' tells SOW that Peter Reckell, Kristian Alfonso and Alison Sweeney were asked. According to this same 'insider', the mood there is "grim", and people are wondering who will be the next to go.

SOW then speculates on who might be next, citing Stephen Nichols and Mary Beth Evans as possibilities.

They then discuss Jay Kenneth Johnson, saying that he "reportedly cleared out his dressing room" after contract negotiations didn't work out, but that he came back to finish out his contract, which ends at the end of the year. They do not know if he will continue after that, but "in the meantime, the show has begun the recasting process".
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