Days of Our Lives casting leaks tease more shakeups. Nadia Bjorlin is supposedly out and now Lucas Adams (Tripp Dalton), Olivia Rose Keegan (Claire Brady), and Greg Rikaart (Leo Stark) are all names are swirling as also on the chopping block. Are there more firings coming to DOOL?
NBC renewed the soap – but given these casting rumors, maybe a lower budget was part of the new deal. And remember, just because someone is out at Days doesn’t mean they won’t be back in the future. The soap is a casting revolving door.
Days of Our Lives: Nadia Bjorlin Out as Chloe Lane
Last night, an inside source leaked that Nadia Bjorlin is out as Chloe Lane on Days of Our Lives. While the specifics have yet to be revealed, it sounds like she has been cut as a contract status actor. That could mean a drop to recurring or a total exit.
While Bjorlin could come back in the future, this news still comes as a shock to many. In fact, it sounds like she’s going to have some major storylines just in time for February sweeps.
However, that doesn’t change the fact that the DOOL writers seem to be stuck on what to do with Bjorlin as Chloe Lane. She has a ton of history on the show but with the end to her relationship with Lucas Horton (Bryan Dattilo) and the custody battle fizzling out, she’s at loose ends.
— StattB&B ♋ (@SteffyWyatt) January 22, 2019
DOOL Spoilers: Renewal Brings Casting Cuts?
NBC recently renewed Days of Our Lives for season #55. Networks slash budgets routinely, as all soap fans know. This is an issue for a show like this because Salem has a vast character canvas, much broader than other network soaps.
If DOOL does have a tighter budget for its new seasons, Ron Carlivati may be forced to make cuts to contract players. Moving people off the canvas or back to recurring is the sure way to come in under budget.
Some names we’ve heard include Lucas Adams, Greg Rikaart, and Olivia Rose Keegan.
— Leah Moulder (@Leahmo34) January 17, 2019
Olivia Rose Keegan, and Lucas Adams Mentioned in Leak
The casting cuts leak offered three more names of actors that may be on the chopping block. Claire Brady (Olivia Rose Keegan) and Tripp Dalton (Lucas Adams) are about to heat up romantically, but both their names are swirling as possibilities for axing.
But then again, Days of Our Lives does send couples riding off into the sunset sometimes. For instance, Abigail Deveraux (Kate Mansi) and Chad DiMera (Billy Flynn) are leaving DOOL soon – together. There may be a similar plan for Tripp Dalton and Claire Brady down the road.
Days of Our Lives: Greg Rikaart Leaving as Leo Stark (Again)?
As for Leo Stark (Greg Rikaart), he’s already been killed off DOOL once. So, who’s to say RC won’t axe him again? However, given that his mom is coming to town soon, Diana Cooper (Judith Chapman), his exit doesn’t seem likely to happen ASAP.
Days of Our Lives shoots far in advance, so any casting cuts won’t be seen on our TV screens for months to come. That would give Carlivati time to play out Leo Stark’s mommy issues.
Maybe Greg Rikaart as Leo rides out of Salem with his mama if they work things out. Since he’s not getting a happy ending with either Sonny Kiriakis (Freddie Smith) or Xander Cook (Paul Telfer)! We’ll update DOOL fans when there’s more on these potential casting shakeups.
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