Soap fans were already reeling from the news that “Days of Our Lives” stars Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith will no longer be on the show when their co-star Galen Gering announced that he too had been cut from the show — and on his birthday, no less.
On Thursday, the actor — known for playing Rafe Hernandez on the soap — responded to people who had been sending him birthday greetings and also revealed that his contract was not renewed.
“I’ve always seen birthdays as a day of reflection, an opportunity to look back at where I’ve been and where I’m going. So, it’s oddly befitting that today also happens to be my last day at Days,” Gering wrote.
“Man…I have such great memories from the last 10 years,” he added. “Thanks for the memories Days of Our Lives. Like sands through the hourglass….”
View this post on Instagram
Thank you all so much for the incredible birthday wishes. I’ve always seen birthdays as a day of reflection, an opportunity to look back at where I’ve been and where I’m going. So, it’s oddly befitting that today also happens to be my last day at Days. Man…I have such great memories from the last 10 years. Onscreen I’ve fought for marriages and fought evil twins. I’ve put people in prison and been imprisoned. And offscreen, I’ve made friendships that I will have for a lifetime. All the while, I’ve been so fortunate to have the love and support of the greatest fans in the world. I hope you know how thankful I am to have had you at my side. With that said, the journey continues and I hope to bring you along for the ride. Thanks for the memories Days of our Lives. Like sands through the hourglass… Love Y’all ✌️
Gering’s post came one day after Smith took to Twitter to reveal that he and Massey would not be returning to the show, which declined to renew their contracts to end the journey of the long-running soap’s gay couple Sonny and Will.
“Chandler and I were released from our contracts… It was not our choice,” said Smith in a candid video he posted on Twitter.
“[We] were looking forward to staying on and signing our contracts and keep the storyline going,” he told fans. “I do understand that there’s a lot happening with ‘Days of Our Lives’. For the past five or six years, it seems like every year we don’t know if we’re going to get picked up. And this year, with talks of streaming services, there’s so much going on.”
In November 2019, there was a collective “WTF” issued by fans of “Days of Our Lives” when news emerged that the show had been renewed for a 56th season — while releasing the entire cast from their contracts.
At the time of the show’s renewal, The Wrap reported that if the show did come back, there would likely be some salary cuts, which likely factored into Massey and Smith being released from their contracts.
Because “Days of Our Lives” is shot several months in advance, fans have some time to prepare for the departure of Will and Sonny, which will reportedly take place in September 2020.