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The NBC sudser Days of Our Lives said Monday that it will replace Chandler Massey, who shot his last scene Friday as Will Horton.

“As Chandler Massey announced back in June, he will be leaving the show to further pursue his education and other entertainment opportunities,” according to a show statement. “While Days of our Lives is disappointed to lose such a talent, the show understands and supports him in his future endeavors. Due to current storyline and the timely discovery of new talent that the show feels is the right recast for Will Horton, a mutual decision has been made for the changes to taken place immediately. Chandler will always be a part of the Days family and we wish him nothing but continued success.”

Massey won two daytime Emmys for playing a gay character on the soap that he joined in 2010. He released this statement on his last day at work: “I’m done. It’s bittersweet. These four years have been so amazing. I’ve built a family here. I’m so grateful to everyone for these amazing four years.”

Last February, Massey’s character finally kissed another man — a first for the NBC sudser. Will came out of the closet in 2011.