Is Drake Hogestyn Leaving ‘Days Of Our Lives’ For Good?

Drake Hogestyn/Credit: 'Days Of Our Lives' YouTube

The recent storyline surrounding John Black has Days of Our Lives fans wondering if Drake Hogestyn is leaving the soap for good. Keep reading to find out what we know about the shocking rumor.

John Black Leaves Salem

John Black (Drake Hogestyn) had a showdown with Konstantin this week that ended with Steve (Stephen Nichols) shot and Konstantin dead.

The character is usually the hero of the story, but there was a moment when he almost turned evil as the Pawn. He quickly recovered but dropped a bomb on Marlena (Deidre Hall.)

Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn/Credit: 'Days Of Our Lives' YouTube
Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn/Credit: ‘Days Of Our Lives’ YouTube

He’s leaving town to look for closure in Greece.

John Black has had quite a complicated history on the soap. From being a mercenary to a priest to a thief, John has been through many transformations over the years. But could his latest departure be his most permanent one yet?

Is Drake Hogestyn Leaving Days Of Our Lives For Good?

Drake Hogestyn joined Days of Our Lives almost 40 years ago. This isn’t the first time that rumors of his departure fromĀ Days Of Our Lives have surfaced. In 2009, the much-loved characters John Black and Marlena Evans, played by Hogestyn and Hall, left the show in an unexpected twist. The decision signaled the end of an era for the soap, which had relied on the popular supercouple for many years. However, the fan favorites eventually returned to the show, bringing their characters back to the canvas.

Drake Hogestyn and Deidre Hall as John Black and Marlena Evans/Credit: 'DOOL' YouTube
Drake Hogestyn and Deidre Hall as John Black and Marlena Evans/Credit: ‘DOOL’ YouTube

The potential departure of Drake Hogestyn is a big deal for DOOL fans. John Black has been a central character on the show for decades, and his relationship with Marlena has been a driving force behind many of the show’s most memorable storylines. If the actor is indeed leaving the show for good, it could mark a major change for the series and leave a void that would be difficult to fill.

There hasn’t been any announcement about Drake Hogestyn’s status with the show. However, there is hope he isn’t leaving for good. Monsters & Critics points out that he was part of the soap’s celebration of its 15,000th episode. The episode is also a tribute to actor Bill Hayes, who played Doug Williams for over 50 years. Hayes passed away in early 2024.

Do you think Drake Hogestyn could be leaving DOOL, or is John just leaving Salem for a bit? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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  1. John is a very important part of salam . It would seem strange if one of the oldies but goodies left just like that. I hope he is just taking a vacation and we will see him back soon

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