Peter Reckell On Leaving DAYS OF OUR LIVES: 'This Has Not Been Easy'

DAYS OF OUR LIVES star Peter Reckell finally spoke out about his exit from the show and his longtime role as Bo Brady. He shared his thoughts via Twitter:

Days of Our Lives has been my home, My life, for almost 30 years. Bo Is a character that developed From my soul, And has touched many lives,But none more than my own. I took my place in the hierarchy of the show,in the storyline, moving others aside, in the eighty's [sic]. Now others have moved into the place I once held. I have been very fortunate to have had such a long, meaningful,run. But now, with a torn heart, I have to say goodbye to the people, family, the character, that I love.

You have to know this has not been easy. I do not want to give up Bo, and with luck, in the future, will be able to return to the character that I fought so hard to preserve. Thank you for being the most supportive, forgiving,loyal viewers there are. You have given me strength in difficult times. You are the reason DOOL is still standing and will continue for years to come. Thank you for all you have given me and the character I love!
What do you think of Reckell's statement? Do you expect Bo Brady to be away from Salem for very long? Share your thoughts in our Comments section below or message board.

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32 comments:

  1. I have been a Days fan all of my life. I have seen all his weddings to Hope. I definetly will miss him & hope he returns quickly b/c it just will not be the same in Salem without him. He is Hope's soulmate & it just wouldn't feel right to have her married to anyone else.I don't know what is causing the departure I just hope everything works out.

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  2. Bo and Hope are the Tom and Alice of this show and TPTB should do whatever it takes to keep Peter! Get rid of unwanted story lines like Ian and Gabi (PLEASE!!!) and give their salaries to him.

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  3. this is the worst..... Bo and Hope went through so much they need to keep him not cut his pay. DO NOT LET HIS ABSENCE BE FOR LONG, hey writers the cast we want to see you get rid of, WRONG MOVE, Bo is the hottest middle aged man, and was the hottest when he was young, get rid of others, now that you have cleaned house, and with Renee Jones retirement there is money, take care of the oldies but goodies, watched since DAY ONE, but maybe not after Bo leaves.

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  4. You've got to be kidding!!! Why are we getting rid of the really good actors on this show? Gotta be money--right? Why not get rid of some of the stupid kids!!! GEEZ--I've watched since day one and am not liking what is happening.

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  5. Bo and Hope are the foundation of Days since Tom and ALice left. Why would Days jeopardize this. They are going to lose viewers!!! Bo and Hope have made the show what it is.

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  6. too bad go be a dad and then we can recast ya ba bye

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  7. they keep trying to hook viewers with new actors and new story lines...they keep messing with the great old school cast that is why I pay so little mind these days. Austin is a blip in the story..big mistake...Rafe is getting on my nerves..glad to see lucus back. Please give EJ a girl that will stick for at least a whole six months. Melanie..do I need to even break that down? Get Chloe back....Chloe a whore? Really? Good move to have John and Marlena back...more in that kind of direction is what is needed.Rumor Kristen is coming back that is good too!! Get Bo to stay and things will get on a better course!!

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  8. I agree with iieeef: The Bo & Carly storyline was one of the most underappreciated romances on the show. The only reason I watched the show after awhile was because of their superb love, passion, and compassion for themselves & others. I am going to pretend he ends up with Carly, his true soulmate. :)

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  9. Days and I are the same age, I don't remember a day not watching it. In college I had to buy a vcr so I could tape Days. Bo and Hope were and are the main reasons I watch Days. Please don't let Peter leave. Last time that Peter left, the recast was HORRIBLE! I have no connection to the new cast. I don't care that Melanie is in danger, nor do I care that Will is gay. Please don't mess with Bo and Hope.

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  10. Once Bo is not on the show I will not be watching Days of our lives again. Bo and Hope are the reason I watch. I am so sad to watch him leave. Days really made a big mistake not working on keeping him. This shows has really went down hill. I have watched this show for 20 years.

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  11. NOOOOO! I have loved the Bo character since Peter first came on the show. Days will not be the same without him. Sadly, Days is making too many changes and I'm afraid their effort to gain better ratings is actually taking them in the other direction. Gotta keep those main characters! I will miss Bo, that's for sure.

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  12. Bo and Hope are the next Tom and Alice. It won't be the same without them together.If he leaves it doesn't show a lot of promise in the future of Days and the rest of the original cast. Very disappointing!

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  13. No BO, say it ain't so!!!! We love Peter Reckell as Bo. He and Hope are the future base of DOOL. Get it together writers. I love some of the new characters and families grow young 'uns and there stories always take over the summer. Good for the show. But we need our family around us and without the original Horton/Brady couple, I think we are in trouble.

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  14. agree with the majority here. also been watching Days for over 20 years. totally disliked the other Bo replacements. they just didn't fit. do what you can to keep Peter. the show is going to suck without him.

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  15. I have been watching for 27 years!! Love Peter and feel awful that he is leaving! Would love if there were some way for writers to keep him!! He is worth it !! He has proven this to us..the loyal viewers!!! Please please reconsider this terrible decision!!!

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  16. Without Bo there is no show. When Bo (Peter Reckell)leaves I will be departing as well. I have been a loyal fan for 30 years but the new changes are just too much. If it isn't broken, don't fix it.

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  17. Peter Reckell needs to stay.I have been watching him over 30 years& was named after Deidre Hall.Please writers...reconsider this decision.We love Bo& Hope!

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  18. Bull Crap,he shouldn't be leaving the show,especially if it's not his choice to leave,I can't believe that they would give him the boot,WTH kind of bull is that,he has been on the show for 30 years,he's obviously reliable,I am not impressed about this at all

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  19. Hate to be the minority, but I tune in PRAYING this is the day he leaves. HE CANNOT ACT. He is an aging pretty face. Would you want someone with his mind handling a case for you? Heck, half the cast are terrible. But blame that on the grade school group that write these stories. People walk in and out of the jail like it's a restaurant door. Marlena, heal thyself...then work on monotoned John. Sorry, this is to be about Bo leaving. Is it today??

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  20. I have been watching Days since it came on when I was four years old. The Bo and Hope story line was a big part of Days getting a boost in ratings back in the early 80's. I would hate to think that they are letting him go because of money. I know plenty of others that deserve the ax more than Bo Brady! Peter Reckell is a great actor and he is Bo Brady! He's always played the part to perfection. He has been overlooked for years at the awards and that is a shame to me! He is Bo Brady! By the way, I think he looks darn good to be 57 years old!!! Bring Bo back!!!!

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  21. ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS THE WRITERS HAVE "LOST THEIR MINDS". I HAVE BEEN WATCHING DAYS SINCE IT BEGAN. MY MOM WAS A FAITHFUL WATCHER UNTIL SHE DIED IN 2001. WE STARTED WATCHING IT TOGETHER. I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO WATCH "FOR HER" BUT IT SEEMS LIKE THAT WILL BE HARD TO DO. WHAT WILL "FANCY FACE" DO? I HOPE THE WRITERS WAKE UP & SEE WHO IS REALLY IMPORTANT. THESE NEW YOUNGER ACTORS DON'T HOLD A CANDLE TO BO AND HOPE. I RECORD THE SHOW AND FAST FORWARD THROUGH ALL THE HORRIBLE ACTING DONE BY THE YOUNGER GENERATION. I HAVE A HOPE THAT THEY WILL BRING BO BACK WHEN THE RATINGS FALL,FALL,FALL.

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  22. I will NO LONGER watch Days. The writers are screwing everything up and I am through with all my favorites leaving.. BYE DAYS

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  23. This really stinks! They need to get rid of the gay story line and young actors who can't act and give Peter a raise to keep him. This new story line with the gay guys is making me sick and I have watched as long as I can remember. May not watch any longer

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  25. I hope that Bo doesn't stay away too long. I have been watching Days since I was a little girl and I am now 43. I remember when Bo and Hope were young teens. Bo and Hope are a team and meant to be forever. I will truly miss you Bo and I hope it is not permanent. Wish you luck.

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  26. I'm so sick of the young kids who can't act... keep the older ones who have a little chemestry. Uggg, its obvious he didn't leave because he wanted to.

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  27. I will miss Peter Reckell as Bo, I've been watching the show since I was 12 years old when he and Kristen Afonzo started their relationship. I just hope everything is ok in Peter's life and he didn't leave because of health reasons. Peter, I hope you return some day; the show just isn't the same without you.
    -Robin

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  28. I also have been watching Days for over 30 yrs. Can't believe they got rid of a fine actor and character so we call all watch "gay" love scenes. Sickening. I don't watch anymore. The last thing I need is to be watching two men in bed!

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  29. When is the Bo issue going to be resolved...watching Hope without him is like something broken....with all the soaps leaving the air....isn't it wise to keep the people we love seeing....big mistake Days! Bring Bo back and have him bring Sean and Belle with him!

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  30. watching Days for over 20 yrs. also, hate the GAY stuff...I know its out there but don't throw it in my face....don't watch anymore...losing Bo, is like not Alice and Tom... Bring him back

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  31. You keep the little gay boys and lose Bo. Are you crazy? The one little gay cant act for smiling. So many people have already stopped watching the show. Day's will be the next soap to melt.

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