Days of our Lives’ Comings & Goings: Patrika Darbo Exits, While Mike Manning Is Out

Soaps Spoilers’ Days of our Lives fall and winter comings and goings 2022 reveal which actors will appear on the Peacock soap, which are leaving, and which of them have changed their contract status.  

Who is leaving Days of our Lives in 2022? Who is returning to Days?

Take a look at the past comings and goings.

To read the upcoming storyline spoilers for the next two weeks, check out SoapsSpoilers’ Days spoilers section.


Patrika Darbo’s Brief Return

Patrika Darbo makes a return as Nancy Miller with Chloe Lane (Nadia Bjorlin) and Stefan (Brandon Barash) in New York City over Christmas. She’ll be seen in one scene and will exit.

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Tamara Braun Exits

Tamara Braun exits her role of Ava Vitali on December 20 as the character is sent to Bayview for mental health issues.

The actress posted an Instagram post about her exit, along with video and behind-the-scenes images.

“Hey all you Days fans!! If you want to see Ava off, tune into DOOL today for her last day in Salem. Thought I’d share some of my memories from the last (almost) two years. Starts at the end and ends at the start with my first nasal swab. Oh Covid!! Thanks for all the love and support you continue to show me. I will miss you all!! Wait, I’ll still be here, you can find me on IG!! 😉 Much love.”


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Mike Manning is Out

Mike Manning is back again as Charlie, in a scene with Ava (Tamara Braun) on October 28! He will return the week of November 7. He’ll be seen well into December, with his last airdate being December 20.

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Marci Miller

Marci Miller left Days as Abigail DiMera on Monday, June 13 when the character was killed off.

She mades a ghostly return on September 28 and 29 with Jennifer (Cady McClain) and then Chad (Bily Flynn), after Chad found her killer. Miller will once again reprise her role as a ghost in December as Chad sees her in a vision on Friday, December 23.

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Cady McClain

Cady McClain makes her return to Days of our Lives as Jennifer Horton.

Viewers will begin to see her on December 23 as Jenn returns from New York City after her stint in rehab.

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Lamon Archey

Lamon Archey makes a return to Salem as Eli Grant to visit family at Christmas. His first airdate with the kids is December 23.

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Watch for him and the twins to put up their own Horton Christmas bulbs on the tree at Alice’s place.

Here’s a teaser photo with Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) and Carver and Jules.

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Kyle Lowder

SoapsSpoilers has learned that Kyle Lowder is back on DOOL as Rex Brady starting Thursday, December 22 in scenes with Kate Roberts (Lauren Koslow). 

He was last seen on October 5 in the storyline that included Kate, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Marlena (Deidre Hall) being poisoned and hospitalized. 

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John Aniston

By now, most know, John Aniston, who played Victor Kiriakis since 1985, died on November 11 at the age of 89.

Since Days of our Lives is taped several months in advance, the last airdate for Victor is December 26. (Gallery) Aniston was a talented actor, an icon, really.

He excelled at delivering those funny one-liners as the patriarch of the Kiriakis family.

He was such a force and will be greatly missed. Our hearts go out to the family, friends and colleagues of Aniston.

Jennifer Aniston posted about her father’s death on Instagram. 

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Tanner Stine

Tanner Stine made his first appearance on the main show as Joey Johnson, Steve (Stephen Nichols) and Kayla’s (Mary Beth Evans) son.

Stine debuted on Beyond Salem 2 and will be leaving the main show this week of October 17 as Joey heads back to Seattle. 

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Gina Gallego

Gina Gallego is back on Days of our Lives, but with a twist.

Last time around she portrayed Warden Jane Smith who was harvesting organs from deceased prisoners until Hope Brady (Kristian Alfonso) put a stop to organ trafficking.

Gallego is back and now portraying Judge Broderick in scenes starting on September 15.

For those who still find her familiar but didn’t watch during her first foray into Salem, she also portrayed Diandra Santiago on Rituals and Santana on Santa Barbara.

Incidentally, the character of Judge Broderick was named after Days breakdown writer, Lorraine Broderick!

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Kevin Spirtas, Patrika Darbo and James Read

With Dr. Craig Wesley left Salem during May Sweeps as Kevin Spirtas’ time on Days of our Lives had come to an end. Spirtas will return once again Tuesday September 20 in scenes with Patrika Darbo (Nancy Wesley) and Clyde (James Read). All three actors will leave Salem in October. 

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Roark Critchlow

Roark Critchlow makes a big return to Days of our Lives according to the above spoiler video as Dr. Mike Horton. He’ll be on for a few episodes and will leave, heading to New York City on Wednesday, October 5.

Critchlow hasn’t been seen in Salem since 2010. To refresh your memory, Mike’s Laura and Bill Horton’s biological son, but he was raised to believe his father was Mickey Horton.

Jennifer Horton (Cady McClain) is his sister and Lucas Horton (Bryan Datillo) is his half-brother. 

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Victoria Grace

Victoria Grace arrives in Salem as Wendy Shin, Li Shin’s sister on Thursday, October 11.

Wendy was first seen on Beyond Salem and had scenes with Lucas Adams (Tripp) and Tanner Stine (Joey).

Beyond Salem can still be viewed on Peacock.

Lucas Adams

Lucas Adams left Days of our Lives once again on Wednesday, June 15, 2022.

Tripp Dalton said goodbye to his family as he headed to Seattle.

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The actor was seen in Beyond Salem 2 for two episodes. There’s no return airdate though he’s involved in the current storyline with Orpheus, which means he’ll be back on our screens soon.

He’ll be making a return to Days for this new storyline involving Kayla. The spoiler photo below shows she’s hospitalized.

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