EXCLUSIVE: Greg Vaughan Leaving 'Days of our Lives'

Greg Vaughan at the Days of our Lives 50th anniversary party.
Throughout his career, Greg Vaughan has played memorable characters in film (Poison Ivy, The New Seduction, Children of the Corn V), primetime television (Charmed, Beverly Hills 90210) and daytime drama (General Hospital, The Young and the Restless). The busy actor has wracked up an impressive list of credits, including his latest starring role for Hallmark in last night's world premiere of The Christmas Note. In 2012, Vaughan joined the cast of NBC daytime drama Days of our Lives as photojournalist-turned-priest Eric Brady. He now reveals to Serial Scoop that Days has elected to write out his popular character.

The character of Eric Brady has led a very complicated life. He left Salem in 2000 (played then by Jensen Ackles) as a photographer and returned 12 years later as a priest (played by Vaughan).  In 2013, Eric dealt with the aftermath of being drugged and sexually assaulted by Kristen DiMera (played by Eileen Davidson), with Vaughan turning in one mesmerizing performance after another as the tortured character questioned his path in life. Since that time, Eric has been busy managing his longtime friendship/relationship with Nicole Walker (Arianne Zucker).  He also welcomed his ex, Serena Mason (Melissa Archer), to town only to see her murdered months later. He has now returned to his photography roots, and to the bottle.

Vaughan revealed in August that he had renewed his contract with Days. It turns out it was just a short-term extension to wrap up the character's story.  It wasn't his decision to leave his popular character behind.

Vaughan spoke with Serial Scoop about his exit from Days, and what's ahead. Check back soon for our exclusive interview.

* INTERVIEW: Greg Vaughan Previews Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Holiday Movie 'The Christmas Note'

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