Days of Our Lives (DOOL) spoilers reveal that a casting decision for Jennifer Horton recently threw fans for a loop. Just when many viewers had accepted Cady McClain’s portrayal of Jennifer Horton Deveraux, the news broke that she was on her way out! McClain has already wrapped filming and will last air on February 17 – at least for now.
Of course, Days tends to have a comings and goings door that constantly revolves. Just because someone leaves doesn’t mean that person will be gone for good! There’s always a chance McClain will return after Jennifer takes some time to grieve in Boston following Laura Horton’s (Jaime Lyn Bauer) death.
However, we should consider the possibility that Days is sending Jennifer away so she can eventually come back with a different face. Will Melissa Reeves return as Jennifer down the road? Although McClain was arguably a successful recast, plenty of fans still prefer Reeves’ classic version of Jenn.
You may recall that Reeves chose not to return to Days of Our Lives following the pandemic-related shutdown last year. It would’ve meant a lot of traveling from Reeves’ home in Nashville to Los Angeles, so Reeves made the decision that was right for her family and made safety the priority.
It’s possible Reeves is almost ready for a comeback – or perhaps has at least been in talks for one. It just seems silly to get rid of McClain without a good reason to do so.
Why give a successful recast the boot, especially when DOOL could’ve milked a lot more drama out of Laura’s deadly outcome and all the Gwen Rizczech (Emily O’Brien) chaos?
Maybe the reason is Days intends to bring Reeves back at some point. When Kate Mansi left the part of Abigail DiMera and went off to Florida for treatment for her hallucinations, DOOL let the character rest for a while. The break made it less jarring and easier to accept Marci Miller back in the role later.
Days of Our Lives might be going for a similar strategy here by sending Jennifer off canvas until Reeves can finally reclaim the part. Whatever the case, it’s tough to imagine Jack Deveraux (Matthew Ashford) sticking around indefinitely without his wife.
Jack needs Jennifer in some form, so let’s hope Reeves will indeed return sooner or later.
We’ll provide updates as other DOOL details roll in. Days spoilers say there’ll always be a place for Jennifer in Salem, so stay tuned to see if Reeves ultimately comes home!
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