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Is Doug leaving Days Of Our Lives? Bill Hayes, 96, gets less screen time

Mafalda Costa September 28, 2021
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Doug Williams first appeared on the American soap Days Of Our Lives in 1970. He has always been played by actor Bill Hayes, 96, who earned two Daytime Emmy Award nominations for his work in 1975 and 1976. Most recently, Doug’s mental health has become a central part of his role. Is Doug leaving Days Of Our Lives?

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Who is Doug from Days Of Our Lives?

Doug Williams first appeared on the American soap Days Of Our Lives in 1970.

Born Brent Douglas, Doug is the half-brother of Byron Carmichael and the father of Hope Williams and Douglas LeClair.

Doug is the ex-husband of Kim Douglas and Lee DuMonde and the widower of Addie Horton. He is currently married to Julie Williams.

According to Soaps In Depth, while enjoying married life with Julie, Doug saw his business, Doug’s Place, nearly going out of business due to competition from a casino run by Larry Atwood.

When Julie became distant, Doug accused her of having an affair with Larry, but she confessed he’d actually raped her.

Following Larry’s death, Julie was accused of his murder. Thankfully, during the trial, it was revealed that one of Larry’s disgruntled employees had killed him and Julie was freed.

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In the early 2000s, Doug was murdered by the Salem Stalker – luckily, nothing is forever in Salem and Doug soon resumed his life alongside Julie.

In 2017, Julie teamed up with Chloe to buy and reopen Doug’s Place. The following year, Doug was by his wife’s side as she suffered a heart attack and required a transplant.

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Is Bill Hayes leaving Days Of Our Lives?

Doug has always been played by actor Bill Hayes, 96, who earned two Daytime Emmy Award nominations for his work in 1975 and 1976.

In 2018, Hayes was given the Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award for his immeasurable contributions to daytime television.

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According to TV Soap Videos, since Tuesday, 7 September, Doug’s mental health has become a central part of his role, as the character began to show signs of dementia.

Since then, Roman Brady (Josh Taylor) has become increasingly involved in Doug’s mental state and was the one look for him following his disappearance.

On the other end, Julie seems to be in denial about Doug’s “problem”.

Most recently, Doug has been getting visits from the devil himself, who is determined to send him to his grave.

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The soap might be writing Doug out, just as they did with Caroline Brady (Peggy McCay).

Even though there haven’t been any confirmed reports on the actor’s health, the last time we saw the 96-year-old on screen he exhibited slower speech and limited physical movement.

It doesn’t mean anything is wrong with Hayes, but does suggest his health is declining.

We will have to keep watching to find out the details of Doug and Julie’s new story.

What have fans been saying?

Days Of Our Lives might be trying to write Doug out, but fans are still very much in love with the 96 years old actor.

Here’s what they’re saying:

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Mafalda Costa is a second year BA Journalism student originally from Portugal. Her main passions if life are music, arts and culture, while she's particularly knowledgable on cinema and anime.