Corday Likens Days Actors To "Spokes On A Wheel"
As if this whole situation with Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn being ousted from the soap opera they helped make iconic wasn't disgusting enough, Days of Our Lives executive producer Ken Corday basically used this week's Soap Opera Digest cover story to lay his soap's budgetary problems at the feet of his actors, as opposed to coping to his shoddy mismanagement and the show's pisspoor storytelling.
"It's a matter of cooperation now on the cast's part. We have to downsize economically first, then physically. If they don't cooperate econimically, then it will be a physical downsizing or a recast."
What is this the Soap Opera Mafia? Is that why Jay Kenneth Johnson's contract negotiation talks and alleged cleaning out of his dressing room was "leaked" the the soap media? Are we seeing the beginnings of a campaign to paint the actors in a negative light, so that if they decide to leave, it makes them look bad as opposed to the show?
Johnson returned from a relatively successful sojourn into primetime for this? Why aren't the soap magazines seeking out comments from the actors as opposed to simply buying the company line? That's what they taught at my J-school.
"No one is above recasting. No one is the center of the wheel. They're all spokes. If we blow a spoke, the wheel will keep turning and we replace it."
Okay...so the daytime superstars who kept this show atop the Nielsens ratings for Women 18-49 for the better part of a decade and helped Corday, Sony and NBC make obscene amounts of money—which is why they were then paid obscene amounts of money, see how that works?— are basically akin to spokes on a wheel? Wow, I wonder if he will even spring for a cake?
Since we're talking spokes on wheels, what if said spokes are friends of the producer? Does that mean they will be granted a reprieve? Or what if said spokes helped get the soap into trouble with the Writers Guild of America by allegedly re-writing scripts, will those spokes be shown the door as quickly?
I only wish Hall would have done what actresses like Kim Zimmer and Erika Slezak have done in the past and spoke out when it was clear their shows were in turmoil, for one reason and one reason only, the writing. But Hall has always been this show's biggest cheerleader and international advocate, even when Stevie Wonder could see there were enormous problems.
Corday didn't have any issue paying his A-List stars gobs of money when the show was making gobs of money because of a combination of the late James Reilly's whacktastic storylines (even the clunkers raised ratings, look it up) and the star wattage of Hall, Hogestyn, Alfonso and Reckell.