'Days of Our Lives' reportedly in danger of cancellation for new Megyn Kelly show on NBC

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After 13,000 episodes aired since November 1965, “Days of Our Lives” could officially come to an end. It is reported that the show could be axed after running for 51 years, as the chairman of NBC News, Andrew Lack, had already reserved three potential slots for Fox News journalist Megyn Kelly when she moves to NBC.

There have been numerous speculations about what Megyn Kelly’s new role at NBC could be when she crosses over. Several sources, including cast members themselves, have revealed that “DOOL” could be axed for good to make way for a new show that stars Kelly.

While her new role is still undetermined at this point, Lack has reportedly offered her three new gigs at the network, which includes an opportunity to host her own new program during the daytime.

Show Could End 2017 After Airing Since 1965

“Days of Our Lives” is one of the world’s longest running scripted television programs, as it aired almost every weekday since it first did in November 8, 1965. People notes that the show has been renewed on an annual basis for several years already but, for this current contract, it only carries the show until 2017.

It has also been revealed that the executives themselves have given indications that its days are already numbered. It is even said that the cast have been informed that there will no longer be “Days of Our Lives” in 2018.

It is to be noted that if these rumours are true, this will not actually be the first time that ABC will cancel an iconic and long running soap. Earlier, “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” were ended to make way for shows that include “The Revolution” and “The Chew.”

DOOL Schedule Sits At Prime Show Space

In a lot of viewership markets, “Days of Our Lives” currently sits at a coveted 1-2 p.m. weekday slot, which could be ideal for a daytime talk show. The show has been a bar-setter for most soaps and has produced numerous storylines that include shirtless hunks and daytime divas, even entertaining viewers with catfights and confrontations. 

In a related piece, Soaps She Knows had said that "DOOL" is not in danger of being replaced, although it could not say for certain if a renewal beyond 2017 has been signed. Citing an unnamed insider source, the site quoted, "This is all speculation stemming from the recent NBC News announcement." Stay tuned for more updates on the show’s future.