James Scott (EJ DiMera) Leaving Days Of Our Lives

ejJames Scott is leaving Days of Our Lives, ending his eight-year run as EJ DiMera.

Soap Opera Digest, which first reported the news, says that Scott taped his final scenes on Friday, May 2nd, 2014, to air towards the end of the year. Scott’s frequent scene partner, Alison Sweeney, announced her own upcoming Days departure in January.

In a statement to Soap Opera Digest, NBC/Corday Productions said, “We are saddened but supportive of James Scott’s decision to leave … to take some personal time and pursue new projects. His contribution to the show has been tremendous and we wish him the best always.”

Scott, in his own statement, extended “a heartfelt thank you to NBC, Sony and Corday [Productions], particularly Ken Corday… for graciously supporting me in my decision…. To the unbelievably loving fans, I can’t begin to express my gratitude for your love and support.”

Prior to joining Days as aged-up EJ in May 2006, Scott portrayed All My Children‘s Ethan Cambias.

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