This comes months after the announcement that 2014 will be the last year for co-star Alison Sweeney on the show as Sami Brady.
“We are saddened but supportive of James Scott’s decision to leave the show after eight years to take some personal time and pursue new projects,” said NBC/Corday Productions in a statement to Soap Opera Digest. “His contribution to the show has been tremendous and we wish him the best always.”
In the same release Scott said, “I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to NBC, Sony and Corday, particularly Ken Corday, for the amazing 8 year run on Days of our Lives and for graciously supporting me in my decision in leaving the show to take personal time. To the unbelievably loving fans, I can’t begin to express my gratitude for your love and support over the years. I will miss you immensely”.
James Scott—who rarely uses Twitter—has also reached out to fans on social media:
Thank you for all your kind words and support! It’s been an amazing journey and I am so grateful for all the love from you all!
— James Scott (@IamJamesScott) May 3, 2014
Because of the advanced shooting schedule, James Scott will appear on our screens until October.
Michael Fairman recently published an interview with the Scott, who admits to having an experience with a hallucinogenic called Ayahuasca with shaman in the Peruvian jungle, which he described as “the single most positive experience of my life,” and that, “It sounds wacky when you say it, but it was truly the most important thing I have ever done. I came back a very different person.”
Could the experiences James Scott had in the jungle lead him to the conclusion that he should leave Days of our Lives after 8 years?
What do you think of James Scott leaving the show? Do you think they should recast EJ DiMera, or kill off the character completely? Doesn’t James Scott doing hallucinogens in the jungle sound like a Days of our Lives plot?
When is Days of our Lives on TV? In Canada, Days of our Lives airs weekdays at 1.00 et/pt on Global
Where can I watch Days of our Lives online for free? GlobalTV.com/daysofourlivesstreams full episodes of Days of our Lives online for free, or watch with the Global Go app on your iOS or Android mobile device. Episodes are typically posted the day after the initial on-air broadcast.