6 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 six examples of soap opera stars who were unfairly fired.
6. Martha Madison – Days of Our Lives
The firing of Martha Madison is quite fresh in the minds of many Days of Our Lives (DOOL) fans, as it happened rather recently. In the spring of this year, Madison (Belle Black), co-star Brandon Beemer (Shawn Douglas Brady), along with a couple of other DOOL cast mates were given the proverbial boot. No real justification around the situation, but reports have surfaced that new writers Ryan Quan and Dena Higley were just looking to stir things up when it came to storylines and wanted to add a few fresh faces to replace the old. What is quite odd about this firing is the fact that Belle only recently returned to Salem in late 2015 during DOOL’s 50th Anniversary celebrations, and was just really starting to get her foot back into the soap opera.
5. Maura West – The Young and the Restless
Why would anyone want to give the ax to an actress that has been able to gather three Daytime Emmys during her soap opera career. Seems pretty peculiar, but that is exactly what happened to Maura West in 2011. While she landed the role of Diane Jenkins on The Young and the Restless (Y&R) in 2010, shortly after she appeared on As The World Turns, West did not even make it a year on Y&R before Jenkins was abruptly killed off. While it may seem unjust, perhaps Y&R’s idea was to have a ‘Who Dunn It’ storyline to keep viewers tuned in. Unfortunately though, West and Y&R fans became a victim in all of this, and Maura was unfairly fired.