Soaps Dish: James Scott Exits Days of Our Lives

"Days Of Our Lives: Better Living" Book Tour In New York CityJames Scott is exiting NBC’s Days of Our Lives, wrapping an eight-year run as EJ DiMera.

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Soap Opera Digest, which first reported the news, says that Scott taped his final scenes on Friday, to air throughout the fall (due to Days‘ rather remarkable lead time). Scott’s frequent scene partner, Alison Sweeney, announced her own upcoming Days departure in January.

In a statement to SOD, NBC/Corday Productions said, “We are saddened but supportive of James Scott’s decision to leave … to take some personal time and pursue new projects. His contribution to the show has been tremendous and we wish him the best always.”

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Scott, in his own statement, extended “a heartfelt thank you to NBC, Sony and Corday [Productions], particularly Ken Corday… for graciously supporting me in my decision…. To the unbelievably loving fans, I can’t begin to express my gratitude for your love and support.”

Prior to joining Days as aged-up EJ in May 2006, Scott portrayed All My Children‘s Ethan Cambias.