The two-time Emmy winning actor tells Gay Star News that the show has agreed to let him out of his four-year contract more than three months early so he can focus on school and pursue other acting opportunities.
The role of Will is going to be recast, Massey said. He will continue to appear in episodes of DAYS until January 2, 2014.
"I'm done. It's bittersweet," said Massey who won his second Emmy for the role in June. "These four years have been so amazing I've built a family here. I'm so grateful to NBC and everyone for these amazing four years It's been my privilege and honor to work there."
"I think it's a good move ]to recast]," Massey said. "I'm biased because I fell in love with Will and Sonny (Freddie Smith) and I want Will and Sonny to be together."
"As Chandler Massey announced back in June, he will be leaving the show to further pursue his education and other entertainment opportunities," said a spokesperson for the show. "While DAYS OF OUR LIVES is disappointed to lose such a talent, the show understands and supports him in his future endeavors. Due to current storyline and the timely discovery of new talent that the show feels is the right recast for Will Horton, a mutual decision has been made for the changes to taken place immediately. Chandler will always be a part of the DAYS family and we wish him nothing but continued success."
Massey tweeted, "Thank you, thank you, and thank you. It has been such an amazing journey, and I am so grateful to have shared these four years with you all. As I move forward from Days, I will never forget the laughs we shared, the tears we shed, & the love we spread. Time to get edumacated!"
We Love Soaps conducted a viewer poll to find out what fans wanted to happen with the role of Will after Massey left DAYS. The answer with the most votes, albeit only 27%, was to recast the role without much of a time gap between Massey and the next actor.