‘Days of our Lives’ spoilers: Stephen Nichols Phased out?

Days Of Our Lives fans can expect Salem to be rocked by the exit of another DOOL superstar. According to She Knows Soaps Stephen Nichols, who plays Steve “Patch” Johnson has not been taping any new scenes since April of this year.

Contract negotiations

DOOL fans may or may not have heard the rumors that Nichols contract negotiations with the show had not been going well recently with the show only wanting Nichols to tape a couple days a week. Stephen wanted more time than that and it seemed to be a major sticking point between the two sides. Now it appears that DOOL fans may lose our beloved Patch from Salem for the foreseeable future if the two sides refuse to reach an agreement.

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Taking Steve Johnson off of Days canvas is such a dangerous move because he is such an integral part of the fabric of Days Of Our Lives. He and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) are one of the longest lasting super couples on Days. He is also linked to John Black (Drake Hogestyn) in business as the two own the Black Patch Private Detective Agency and his sons Tripp Dalton (Lucas Adams) and Joey Johnson (James Lastovic) are almost Salem royalty.

Steve is involved in an important plotline

Steve is tied to many of DOOL’s stories whether directly or through family ties. For example, he is playing a role in the storyline between Kayla and Stefan DiMera (Tyler Christopher). Kayla is spying on Kate DiMera (Lauren Koslow ) to help Stefan take her down and in return, Stefan is supposed to give Steve access to a bionic eye that will help him regain his sight.

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Salem will definitely be a much duller place without Steve and fans will not be happy that Stephen Nichols is being phased out of Days. He is a powerful presence who will be missed in Salem. We wish Stephen Nichols the best of luck in his career and we hope that he decides to return to Salem and Days as he has in the past.

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Rayne Nevermore

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