How Days’ Ex-Head Writer Dena Higley Found a Silver Lining in a Tough Break


In the wake of her sudden ouster from the head writer position at “Days of Our Lives,” Dena Higley took to social media to point out something she won’t miss now that she’s no longer at the NBC sudser.

Thank You for Not Being a Friend

Higley posted to her Facebook page and Twitter account a silver lining in her third firing in 14 years from Days, which the show announced Monday. She pointed out that reading the harsh Tweets from critical fans of the show was helping her assuage the bummed out feelings many of us have fought after being let go from a job. Perhaps focusing on what she won’t miss about her job is a method of coping with its loss!

Scroll down to see her post and some of the harsh messages of Days fans–along with those of a much kinder flavor.

Higley made herself unusually accessible to fans during her tenures in different writing positions at Days. This left her open to receiving a great deal of harsh messages directed at her, openly and unapologetically.

Fans often blame head writers for shows’ taking turns they don’t like. Additionally, people generally use the anonymity afforded by the Internet as a license to behave in especially unkind ways.

On the Other Hand…

Leaving herself open to fan feedback has a bright side as well for Higley. Though she didn’t mention it, the outpouring of positive, supportive messages the scribe received on her Facebook page hopefully buoyed her spirits as she processed the latest twist in her Days career.

Higley’s supporters posted images and words expressing their appreciation of her work and their hope that she doesn’t take her departure from the show too hard.

After all, it can’t be too easy to pour yourself into writing for an hour-long show five days a week, only to have it snatched away suddenly and publicly.



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Akbi Khan has been watching and loving soap operas for 31 years and writing about them for the last four. She also loves sitcoms; musicals; laughter; going dancing; spending time with family and friends; fighting for animal rights, ethical environmental stewardship, civil liberties preservation, and LGBTQ rights; and evolving along a spiritual path. She has a Master’s in rhetoric and composition. Akbi is 39 years old and lives in Ellicott City, Maryland.

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