Last week, “Days of Our Lives” executive producer Ken Corday announced that multiple actors would be let go from the show to make room for the returns of several stars, including Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn. Soap Opera Digest has learned that Nadia Bjorlin, who plays Chloe, Tamara Braun (Taylor) and newcomer Bren Foster (Quinn) have been fired. They join Crystal Chappell (Carly) and Louise Sorel (Vivian), whose departures were announced last week.
Bjorlin debuted as Chloe in 1999. Conceived as a “Daria“-esque teen who hid her beauty behind glasses and sarcasm, the underdog character struck a chord with viewers, and was the vertex of an immensely popular love triangle. Bjorlin left the show in 2003, made a short term return in 2005, then rejoined full time in 2007. In her most recent incarnation, Chloe was written as a scheming tramp who had given up her dream of becoming an opera singer. Bjorlin’s departure is not a complete surprise, given that her character’s love interest left the show several months ago and Chloe has few connections to other characters on the canvas. Still, Bjorlin is one of the show’s better known actresses. New headwriters Marlene Clark Poulter and Darrell Ray Thomas Junior could have found a way to rejuvenate tha character.
The other two departures are logical cost-cutting choices. The character of Taylor has only been on the show in this incarnation for a few months. A strange storyline that had her and the villainous E.J. (James Scott) falling in love at first sight did not appeal to most viewers. The casting of Braun, who won a Daytime Emmy for playing a different character on DOOL, was an attempt to salvage the character, who was originally played by Natalia Livingston. Her departure signals the welcome end to a storyline that was not working. Foster has been on the show for an even shorter period of time. Viewers just learned that the character he plays, Quinn, is Vivian’s long lost son. With Vivian leaving the show, there does not seem to be much reason to keep him on the canvas. Given that the show’s budget mandates that some characters have to go, DOOL is making intelligent decisions about paring down its cast.