By Michele Dargan

WHAT has been going on with all of the actor exits on our favorite soap operas recently?????

It seems we need a scorecard these days just to keep up with who’s leaving which soap.

Earlier this month, Mark Hapka, Nathan on Days of Our Lives, got the axe after being involved in a front-burner storyline.

Now we find out that two more Days actors are leaving: Shelley Hennig (Stephanie) and Jay Kenneth Johnson (Philip).

Paula, over at Paula’s Soapbox, discusses the recent DOOL exits and the possible impact on current storylines.

Click here to read her Days blog titled “On the Outs: DOOL.”

Meanwhile in the past few days, there’s been a plethora of exits on the ABC soaps.

Melissa Claire Egan (Annie Lavery/AMC) is leaving. She opted not to renew her contract.

Melissa Claire Egan (Annie/AMC)

THAT is definitely a BIG loss to AMC. Annie added so much to life to the show and Egan was so much fun to watch…particularly when she turned into Crazy Annie!

Egan posted a letter to her fans on her official website.

It says, in part: “After 4 and a half incredible years as a member of the All My Children cast, I have made the extremely difficult decision to leave the Pine Valley family that I have come to love and respect so much.

“It has been an amazing 4 and a half years for me! I have had the privilege and honor of working with the most talented and fun cast, crew, producers and directors imaginable. I have learned so much from them and am forever indebted. To wake up each morning and love going to work is a true blessing for which I am unbelievably grateful!”

And over at One Life To Live, Brittany Underwood (Langston/OLTL) has been fired.

Another BIG loss….I so enjoyed watching Langston grow from the “freak” in high school into a Cramer woman.

Perhaps the biggest shocker of all….

Rebecca Herbst, who has played Elizabeth Webber FOR-ever on General Hospital, was let go.

Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth)

Whhhhhaaaaatttt?????

Although, I have to say, the writers have totally ruined the character over the past several years….they turned Elizabeth…who survived a brutal rape all those years ago…who used to be a strong, kind, giving person…into a jealous, insecure – and I might add annoying – character.

Be that as it may, I still loved to watch Herbst onscreen because of her talent.

Not to mention that the character is steeped in so much GH history!

Paula, over at Paula’s Soapbox, has written a blog about her take on Herbst’s firing and speculates on how Elizabeth will be written out.

Paula also discusses how Elizabeth’s exit will impact the characters in her universe – like Lucky, Nikolas, Jason and her children.

Click here to read Paula’s blog about Herbst’s exit: “Farewell to Possibilities: GH.”

Hey DOOL fans!

Were you expecting a Melanie and Nathan reunion?

Do you think firing Mark Hapka was a mistake?

Were you happy that Nathan finally saw through Stephanie’s lies?

If you want to discuss the latest plot twists to Salem’s residents, check out the new blog “Easy Come, Easy Go: DOOL” posted on Paula’s Soapbox.

And for my GH followers, Paula recently posted a blog about the Crazy Lisa storyline going on waaaay too long with too many twists – the latest being getting Dr. Terrell on staff of GH.

Dr. Lisa Niles

Yes, the latest CR-AZY thing on Dr. Niles agenda is to get Terrell to sleep with Robin – and, I guess, in her sick way – thinks that will drive Patrick to her….

I totally agree with Paula…this storyline has overstayed it’s welcome and this new twist is just – dumb!

Click here to read Paula’s GH post “Crazy Loves Company: GH.”

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Hey Gang!

I’m still working on my interview with Aiden Turner from All My Children and will have that for you tomorrow.

IN THE MEANTIME…..

I want to alert my Days of Our Lives followers that there are two recent blog posts up on my buddy Paula’s site – Paula’s Soapbox – that I think you’ll want to check out.

Although Paula thinks that Days is one of the best soaps on TV, she says that some of the storylines have “jumped the shark.”

Click here to read the full post called “The Dance: DOOL.”

In another recent post, Paula discusses the big reveal about Chloe’s fling and Parker’s paternity.

Paula says it took too waaaay too long for the truth to come out.

Paula writes: “This is my main complaint with Days, they tease their audience too much so that by the time the event that they have been teasing us with finally happens it’s anti-climactic. I think this particular reveal should have happened shortly after Melanie and Nathan left quarantine because I never really understood how they could come so close to death, say their “I love you’s” then go back to their respective mates as if nothing ever happened.”

Click here to read Paula’s entire post titled: My Baby’s Got a Secret: DOOL

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