Days of Our Lives cast team up calling for Producer's firing. Read more here...
Soap Opera News recently reported on the Deadline exclusive, regarding a nine-week internal investigation at Days of Our Lives launched by the show’s distributor, Sony Pictures Television. The probe was in response to misconduct allegations made against the show’s longtime director and co-executive producer, Albert Alarr.
Acknowledgment of the investigation has been made, however despite the story’s coverage and public interest, no further or specific details about the allegations or the investigation have been made public by Days, Peacock, Sony Television, or Corday Productions.
Fans of the show and the public, in general, have remained hopeful that the matters in question would be addressed and/or news of change or action would soon be forthcoming. Nevertheless, given an updated Deadline report that as of August 2, 2023, Alarr remains in his position of leadership at Days, that does not appear to be the case.
Soon after the initial news story broke, it was announced that production had been paused on the soap. The hiatus has now been extended another week. Although it can’t be said with certainty, the last-minute extended hiatus may have been in response to a petition signed by more than 25 cast members (at the time of Deadline’s article) that calls for new leadership.
The petition reads “As a result of said actions of the current [co-] executive producer Albert Alarr, mentioned in the report, many of us feel — and will continue to feel — very uncomfortable and distraught should he stay involved with the show…We all want to make the most of this significant moment, not just for us in entertainment, but for our loyal viewers and the culture as a whole.”
It also calls for Alarr to be replaced with another director/producer who has the cast’s “respect and trust.”
In Deadline’s subsequent reporting new allegations against Alarr have emerged. Some include;
The outlet reported that a few months ago an actress was walking off the stage with her male co-star, dressed in “a spangly, somewhat tight-fitting ’70s-style jumpsuit and a David Bowie-style flock-of-seagulls haircut” when Alarr walked on set and said in a loud voice “Hey, you big d*ke.” The comment took people off guard, “evoking gasps among the actress, her co-star, and the crew.” The scene referenced here is said to be airing next week.
Deadline reported another incident, corroborated by three sources, wherein Alarr jokingly told an actress on her last day, in front of several employees, that she should just come up to my office and f*ck me.”
Another individual came forward stating that “During love scenes, [Alarr] has been inserting himself into them like, ‘Let me show you how to do it’, which, even in and of itself as this is awkward and uncomfortable.”
The situation at the sudser remains fluid as events continue to evolve and in the absence of any official statements, no one knows at this time what the ultimate resolution will be, if any. Cast, crew, and staffers are “upset” about the lack of “communication and of action.” One staffer told Deadline, “It’s just so disheartening. That silence is so deafening. The silence from the show, the silence from Ken.”
One actor encapsulated the current situation at Days this way, “Actors and some crew are having to band together and call for change because it just doesn’t seem as if it’s happening.”
We will continue to follow this story as it unfolds and provide updates when and where appropriate.
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