8 Characters ‘Days of Our Lives’ Can’t Risk Losing (PHOTOS)

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Days of Our Lives - Drake Hogestyn as John Black

John Black (Drake Hogestyn)

As one of Days’ longest-running characters, John has survived a shooting, a stabbing, a brainwashing, and being hit by a car.

Days of Our Lives - Deidre Hall as Marlena Evans

Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)

Throughout the decades, Hall has won five Soap Opera Digest Awards and two Soapy Awards, and she has received three Daytime Emmy nominations.

Chandler Massey as Will Horton as Days of Our Lives

Will Horton (Chandler Massey)

“He has such a fun and wonderful dynamic with all characters,” one fan said of Will.

Days of Our Lives - Freddie Smith as Sonny Kiriakis

Sonny Kiriakis (Freddie Smith)

Sonny and Will recently topped a poll of fans’ favorite Salem couples.

Days of Our Lives - Paul Telfer as Xander Kiriakis holding a banana

Xander Kiriakis (Paul Telfer)

“Xander continues to be one of THE BEST characters on #Days in years,” a viewer tweeted on November 11.

Days of Our Lives - Camila Banus as Gabi Hernandez

Gabi Hernandez (Camila Banus)

Beloved for her performance as Gabi, Banus posted a Periscope video on November 12 to assure fans that she hadn’t been fired.

Days of Our Lives - Robert Scott Wilson as Ben Weston

Ben Weston (Robert Scott Wilson)

Never mind his years as the Necktie Killer. Ben has redeemed himself with his romance with Ciara Brady.

Days of Our Lives - Victoria Konefal as Ciara Brady

Ciara Brady (Victoria Konefal)

“Look, I don’t believe in real-life true love,” one fan tweeted on November 13. “But I definitely believe in fictional true love and how much #Cin [a.k.a. Ciara and Ben] love each other.”

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Are the Days of Our Lives numbered? Cancellation buzz is building now that the entire cast has been released from their contracts ahead of an “indefinite hiatus.” The good news is that the long-running soap has enough episodes filmed to last through 2020 and that NBC is eager to keep the drama going.

Meanwhile, cast members have taken to social media to assert that the show hasn’t been canceled, and a source tells TVLine that all this contract upheaval may be a ploy for Corday Productions to get the actors back with “new contracts at a reduced rate.”

Judging by fan reactions online, though, we’d advise the production company to pay top dollar for the Days stars in the gallery above. Scroll through to see these actors and their fan-favorite characters.