With the behind-the-scenes changes at Days of our Lives and recent chatter that the show will be axed in 2009, it is no wonder that some nervous fans are beginning to speculate about the fates of some of the show's stars. The star garnering the most attention from the rumor mill of late is Drake Hogestyn (John Black).
Over the past year or so, Hogestyn has been vocal about his displeasure with his lack of storyline. For soap viewers unfamiliar with Days of our Lives, Hogestyn's character spent much of his on-screen time in a hospital bed in a coma. In May, his character regained consciousness, but he has seen little in the way of airtime since. The actor's displeasure with the way things were going slipped out at a recent fan event, where the actor seemed to imply that his exit from the show was imminent.
With Hogestyn's dissatisfaction so well known, a rumor has hit the Internet that incoming co-executive producer Ed Scott warned the cast and crew, "If you out, you're out." While no one will confirm that Scott even uttered those words, if true it would seemingly be an advisory to the show's cast to keep their opinions to themselves.
This has not been an easy year for Hogestyn off-screen either. As 2006 drew to a close, a fan trespassed onto Hogestyn's property and terrorized the actor's family. The fan apparently believed that Hogestyn was possessed by the devil and wanted to perform an exorcism on him.
A spokesperson, meanwhile, for Days of our Lives insists that Hogestyn has not been fired even as the covers of two soap magazines question the actor's future with the show.
"Drake Hogestyn has not been let go," a show spokesperson told soapcentral.com in September.
Despite the rep's assurance, Hogestyn's character dies from injuries sustained during a hit-and-run accident on October 17th. But being that this is Days of our Lives, there is always a chance that dead doesn't really mean... dead.
Hogestyn joined the cast of Days of our Lives in January 1986.