Monday, June 17, 2024

Soap Update: “Days of Our Lives” Fires EP Albert Alarr After Investigation, Actors Petition, and Fan Outcry


“Days of our Lives” executive producer Albert Alarr is out. He’s been fired by Corday Productions after accusations of misconduct and bullying, a petition frm 25 actors, and fan out cry.

“Days” owner Ken Corday issued this message to his cast and crew:

Dear Days Cast and Crew,
Effective immediately, Janet Drucker will be elevated to co-executive producer of Days of Our Lives, replacing Albert Alarr, who will be exiting his role.
Moving forward, we will be implementing additional HR protocols, including an increased HR presence as well as channels for reporting any concerns. It is imperative that we have a safe and inclusive workplace environment.
Production will resume, as planned, on Monday with new leadership in place. As a reminder, we still have a pre-planned hiatus set for the week of August 14th.

This news will come as a relief to the actors as well to the fans who rallied to their support. Alarr apparently had been terrorizing the “Days” cast for years, focusing on the actresses. His wife works at the show as a writer, it’s unclear if she’s out, too. We also don’t know if she was observing the writers’ strike or had gone fi-core.

“Days of our Lives” has always been run as a private entity at NBC and Sony TV, with Corday invoking his parents’ legacy. He’s made a lot of bad decisions over the years which is the reason why the soap is  now streaming on Peacock and lost its broadcast berth on NBC. Actors have been coming and going the last several years at an alarming rate, and now we know that at least some of that had to do with Alarr.

Many actors, both former and current, had been pushing for Alarr’s ouster. We’ll check and see their responses to this news.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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