You're talking like Ken has a say in who's hired and fired.
- Aug 29 2013, 09:42 AM
Here is a quote of Ken Corday Re: Chandler Massey " KEN: Chandler is a natural, first of all. He plays that character so well as a conflicted man having to go through all the things he went through with his family. And to his credit, he has had a wonderful, wonderful co-star in Freddie Smith, who plays Sonny. It was a perfect storm – a great story idea, a great actor who was able to do it. Chandler deserves all the kudos he has gotten, and it was a well-deserved Emmy this second time around. I wish he would stay. I keep telling him to change his mind, don’t go away. But there comes a time in every young actor’s life when they are pretty much at the top of their game, or getting there, and they to have to take time for themselves to figure out what’s next. I take my hat off to him. The door will always be open here to Chandler. We are not going to recast Will, but I wish him well in the big pond"
This interview was shortly after the Emmys, and based on this interview, I don't think they were blidedsided.