Fan Fave James Lastovic Out at Days of Our Lives!

DAYS OF OUR LIVES — Season: 50 — Pictured: James Lastovic as Joey Johnson — (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

A trusted industry source confirmed that James Lastovic, who plays legacy character Joey Johnson on Days of Our Lives, is no longer at the soap.

Lots of Rumors

The same day Lastovic’s mother tweeted that she didn’t understand why the writers had let him go, March 22nd, the young thespian was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Younger Actor.

We heard nothing official about this surprising comment for a while. Rumblings about lots of cast changes have been shaking the ground in Salem for weeks now, however.

The arrival of Head Writer Ron Carlivati several months ago likely contributed to some changes behind the scenes at the NBC sudser.

At Least One Is True

“As has been rumored since late March, James Lastovic (Joey) will be departing “Days of Our Lives” this summer,” reported trusted Days source Jason47 on his Facebook page.


He added that Lastovic will last air as lovable, if at times troubled teen, Joey, in August. This puts Lastovic’s approximate last day of taping at around late March, because of Days‘ 6-months-ahead taping schedule. The actor told our friends over at Soap Central that that day he taped “some pretty emotional scenes” at that time.

We at Soap Cities wish Lastovic the best in his future endeavors. And you never know–we may see him in Salem again sometime, right readers?

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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.

Discussion6 Comments

  1. John Hutchinson

    It would be nice to know if the folks leaving DOOL were not renewed or if they are choosing to leave… it seems that some of the best actors on the show are leaving and I’m wondering if this is because the new writers do not have a clue how to go forward with their story lines…

  2. This sucks. I like Joey. He is a good actor. I liked him better than ditsy Claire, Ciara, Jade and even Tripp. At least Ciara and Jade are gone now. I rate him right up there with Theo. Both very good actors. I will miss Joey.

  3. michelle morgan

    Sad! Sad! Sad! He is really growing, was hoping hr would stick around. He will do great in his next adventure!

  4. Joey is one of my faves on the show! I’m so sad! If possible, DOOL, read comments everywhere and see if possibly renew James contract. He’s a FABULOUS actor!!! I hoped to see him continue with a DOOL legacy like Sammy and EJ. So saddened by this news. 😢

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