Stephen Nichols and Mary Beth Evans have been let go.
I knew this might be coming, and still I feel heartbroken and filled with helpless rage. Mostly, I feel indignant on their behalf. I saw them on Soap Talk right after their return, and they were reminiscing about their last run on the show, obviously relishing the thought of working together again. Stephen Nichols laughed and turned to the camera and said, “Get ready for part two.” It’s painful that all that anticipation come to nothing. There was so much story to tell.
Apparently, they will not be given an exit story. They will just quietly fade into the background of Salem life. At first I was enraged and thought this was disrespectful—that they would just disappear like dayplayers. But then I remembered the exit story that Nick had, and that John and Marlena had, and I figure I’ll count my blessings. At least I will be able imagine them living happily, working their jobs and raising little Joe, and still seeing their family and friends—but never on the holidays, of course.
I really enjoyed their scenes today. Stephen Nichols as always does some of his best work opposite someone lying unconscious in a hospital bed. And I loved the expression on Kayla’s face when she woke up and saw her family all around her.
I wish them all the best.
Here’s to not having to put up with Dena’s writing anymore