Days of our Lives fans can prepare to say goodbye to one of Salem’s most beloved residents. Soap Dirt reported earlier that the character of Steve Johnson was being phased out.
We can now confirm Nichols is officially leaving the show. According to She Knows the actor and Days producers could not reach an agreement and it became official that Steve Johnson would depart Salem on June 27.
This is the latest in Days actor departures. These include Christopher Sean, Bryan Datillo, and Marci Miller just to name a few. While some actors have left the show on good terms to pursue other acting opportunities, others have left due to issues with money and TV airtime.
Johnson is a core part of the Days family
Steve Johnson his wife Kayla Johnson (Mary Beth Evans), his sons Tripp Dalton (Lucas Dalton) and Joey Johnson (James Lastovic) are a core part of Days. Now that it is official that Steve is leaving Salem it is going to leave a gaping hole in the storyline for this family. With Joey in prison that leaves just Kayla and Tripp and Steve is really the glue that holds the family together,
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How will Steve Johnson exit?
There is also the question of how Steve will exit Salem. Right now he is in the middle of a great storyline where Kayla is working to get a bionic eye from Stefan DiMera (Tyler Christopher) to help Steve regain his sight. However, Steve will surely not be happy when he learns what Kayla did. Will he leave her and take off on a mission after regaining his sight?
Scheduled exit date
Days fans will soon find out as Nichols final scenes are scheduled to air in September 2018. While splitting up Stayla will upset a lot of Days fans it would make sense. It also leaves the door open for Nichols to return to the show in the future should he and Days producers come to a contract agreement.
DOOL fans wish Stephen Nichols the best in his future ventures and we hope that he is back in Salem soon.
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