DAYS of Our Lives star Billy Flynn has slammed the show for killing off his onscreen wife, Abigail (played by Marci Miller).
The 37-year-old actor, who plays Chad DiMera on the soap, has broken his silence on Abby’s recent death.
In a new interview with Soap Opera Digest, Billy opened up about his character Chad finding his wife Abigail murdered on Days of Our Lives earlier this month.
He admitted that “it’s very sad” that the writers decided to kill off the legacy character.
Especially, Billy added, because he “didn’t think they were going to do [that] to Abigail.”
Although he’s not happy about his onscreen wife being killed off, Billy confessed he prefers this option to the alternative.
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He continued: “That being said, I think it’s the only way to do it moving forward.
“You can’t just keep writing her off.
“I would rather have them do this than continue to make her go crazy and torture her in all these crazy ways.”
Though Billy does think it was the best option, he said it’s still “been one of the hardest storylines I’ve had to do.”
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He explained: “I’m having a harder time with this storyline than I’ve had with storylines in the past.
“I don’t know whether that’s because I miss Marci or personally how I feel about them killing Abigail.
“Or it could be 100 different reasons. Part of the reason the storyline is hard is because you feel like you have to do it justice.”
Last week, Abigail's portrayer herself, Marci, blasted the show for killing off her character.
In an interview with Soap Opera News, she called out the soap for getting rid of the legacy role.
Head writer on DAYS, Ron Carlivati, told Soap Opera Digest that they chose to kill Abby off after Marci decided not to sign a new full-time contract and would be leaving.
Still, she said there were plenty of ways for the soap to handle her not being able to work full-time, aside from killing off the character.
"I just had a really hard time with the decision honestly,” she said of her decision to leave, before adding of the show, “I mean, there are a variety of opinions about how to handle this.”
Referring to another of Abby’s portrayers, Marci said: “I have no idea what Kate's [Mansi] schedule looked like or anything but I honestly thought that they would recast and should recast.
"That was my opinion.
“I felt like they should have recast the character with a woman who was going to be able to stick around for a good amount of time to continue to tell that story.”
Marci said she was absolutely “floored” when she learned they decided to get rid of Abigail instead.
Abigail “Abby” Deveraux first appeared on the show in late 1992 when she was born to parents Jack and Jennifer Deveraux.
She’s been played by a few different actresses over the years, but Marci was her most recent portrayer.
Marci started in the role in 2016 before taking a couple-year hiatus as previous Abby actress Kate returned to the gig from 2018 to 2020.
Following Kate's DAYS departure, Marci came back to DOOL and had been playing the role ever since.
Marci said it completely caught her by surprise when she was told of about her character’s upcoming death.
“Didn't see it coming at all,” the actress admitted. “That was not what I expected.”
And Marci wasn't alone in feeling this way.
Viewers were left furious after Abby, a legacy character, was killed off the show.
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Fans slammed the series for choosing death instead of a recast and are threatening to “boycott” the daytime program because of it.
One angry fan tweeted: “This is a HUGE mistake! Soap Opera Rule #1 : YOU DON'T KILL OFF A LEGACY CHARACTER!”
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