10 Soap Opera Stars Who Were Unfairly Fired
The land of soap operas can be a dramatic scene both on and off the camera. The storylines are full of intrigue, manipulation and of course some backstabbing and more-often-than-not we see life imitate art. The world of daytime drama can seem like a revolving door, where some soap stars appear on one show one day, only to be seen on another the week after. Sometimes this is due to contract negotiations going south while other times it’s because an actor or actress has been fired. Soap opera star firings can be justified, but not always. Below are ten examples of soap opera stars who were unfairly fired.
10. Cady McClain – The Young and the Restless
Talented 30-year soap opera veteran, Cady McClain, entered the land of Genoa City on The Young and the Restless in 2014 as Kelly Andrews. While Cynthia Watros originated the role, it didn’t take long for this two-time Daytime Emmy winner to get her feet wet and turn the part into her very own. Sadly, with only a year in the part, her character took a dramatic turn and went a little crazy. She ended up dying in 2015. According to a Soap Opera Digest interview, Cady alleged that when producer Chuck Pratt came on the show in 2014, there was a general feeling that roles would be cut. McClain did not have a contract with the show, so she was the first to leave when all was said and done.
9. True O’Brien – Days of Our Lives
True O’Brien celebrated a tremendous Daytime Emmy win in 2016 that may have been a tad bittersweet for her. The talented DOOL actress was killed off in late 2015, thanks to Salem’s ‘necktie killer’ storyline. While Days had introduced a lot of new and interesting characters in 2014 and 2015, it seemed like they had decided to go in a direction that fostered their older and more established characters — the individuals in Salem who contributed to the popularity of the show in the early ’80s and ’90s. While Paige was a fan favorite, O’Brien was given the ax and Larson became another victim of the necktie killer.