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Arianne Zucker ‘fired’ from Days of our Lives: When is her final episode as Nicole Walker?

Arianne Zucker as Nicole Walker on Days
Arianne has been on Days for over two decades. Pic credit: Peacock

Days of our Lives star Arianne Zucker claims she has been effectively fired from the Peacock soap, ending her run as Nicole Walker.

The shocking news came as Arianne filed a lawsuit against Days over various allegations, including sexual harassment.

As Monsters and Critics previously reported, Arianne says she filed many complaints against former executive Albert Alarr with Sony’s HR department to address several alleged issues from March to July 2023.

Albert was fired in August 2023 after news that female staff members at Days of our Lives filed complaints of sexual harassment and a toxic work environment against him with HR.

Now, amid her new lawsuit, Arianne has alleged she was retaliated against when it came time for her to renew her contract.

Arianne’s contract expired last month and was not signed amid negotiations, which she alleges were not done in good faith after her claims against Albert.

All of this means that Arianne believes she was effectively fired and, with a lawsuit against Days, likely won’t be back playing Nicole anytime soon.

When is Arianne Zucker’s final airdate as Nicole Walker on Days of our Lives?

The timing of Arianne’s lawsuit comes just as Nicole resurfaces in Salem this week. Days spoilers reveal that EJ (Dan Feuerriegel) finds a way to bring Holly (Ashley Puzemis) back to Salem for treatment.

It turns out Nicole and Holly were written out temporarily due to behind-the-scenes drama last summer involving the allegations against Albert. After he was fired, Arianne was brought back until her recent contract negotiations last month.

Based on the fact Days films six months in advance, Nicole and Arianne will remain on screen until the summer, probably late June or early July.

Should things get resolved with the lawsuit and Arianne is asked back and wants to return, Nicole could be written out again temporarily.

However, that seems unlikely to happen, considering everything that has occurred backstage. Arianne will probably never return to the Peacock soap, but will Nicole?

Will Days recast Nicole amid Arianne Zucker’s firing?

Arianne originated the role of Nicole back in 1998. The actress and character have come and gone over the years, with Arianne always being the one to reprise Nicole.

Depending on how the writers send off Nicole, Days fans can’t help but wonder if the character will be recast. That all depends on what storylines are wrapped up for Arianne’s run ends.

Nicole has a pivotal role in two storylines right now. The first is Holly being in a coma from her drug overdose, while the second is the baby switch story.

At some point, Eric (Greg Vaughan) and Nicole must learn that baby Jude is their son. If that hasn’t come out yet when Arianne’s final airdate arrives, which, let’s be honest, probably won’t, then Nicole will need to be recast eventually to wrap that up.

Right now, though, Days fans will have Arianne and Nicole on-screen for months.

What do you think about Arianne’s allegations of being fired and the lawsuit?

Days of our Lives airs weekdays on Peacock.

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Kevin
Kevin
2 months ago

Hate to see her go. One of the Best!!

Doris Osborn
Doris Osborn
2 months ago

This sucks. Arianne Zucor is my favorite actress on Days. Hope they decided not to fire her. I don’t think anyone else can replace her.

Patricia
Patricia
2 months ago

I think it’s disgusting that day’s would fire her instead of protecting her! I have been a loyal fan for fifty one years. That loyalty may come to an end because of this. Shame on days of our lives for letting the disgustingness of a man go on for so long without repercussions. Shameful!

Carol C.
Carol C.
1 month ago
Reply to  Patricia

I agree. Just fire the guy and get on with it. I’ve watched Days since it came on until I couldn’t get Peacock. I guess I’m not missing anything. You know not everyone has the money for these expensive cable channels.

Deborah
Deborah
9 days ago
Reply to  Patricia

I agree whole heartedly.

Irene
Irene
4 days ago
Reply to  Patricia

I agree with Patricia. Only Ari can play Nicole!

Sandy
Sandy
2 months ago

Without Ari as Nicole, there isn’t much left for me. The on again off again Love story between her in Eric have kept me watching for all these years.. Sorry DOOL, you may be losing this fan.

Jake Greene
Jake Greene
1 month ago
Reply to  Sandy

The show is losing many, many other fans. Shame on Ken Corday.

Joyce Rideout
Joyce Rideout
11 days ago
Reply to  Sandy

I agree

Gail
Gail
2 months ago

Days loss. She is probably the best actress on Days

Susan
Susan
2 months ago

Zucker shouldn’t be fired, that isn’t right at all

Suzanne Garon
Suzanne Garon
2 months ago

I feel they should’ve treated her much better. She’s an important actor and has a couple of great story lines running so if she’s not coming back PLEASE recast her!!good luck Ari!!

Willetta
Willetta
2 months ago

No…Arianne Zuker
No… “original” Gabi Hernandez
No need to keep watching……. SERIOUSLY WHO’S NEXT? Seems like Days may be Nearing an End.

Joyce Rideout
Joyce Rideout
11 days ago
Reply to  Willetta

I agree

Janet
Janet
2 months ago

Bring her back. From what I’ve read Albert had been abusive and degrading to many of the female actors for years. Kudos to Adrianne for speaking up, and she should not be punished for doing so. Nicole will not be the same without her and that would be a shame. Shame on the producers for trying to cut her pay and for FIRING HER. Work this out.

Audrey Leonard
Audrey Leonard
2 months ago

She should have had their full support but this definitely shows she didnt. I hope she does everything that needs to be done. SO WRONG of the producers.

Pamela
Pamela
2 months ago

She should not be fired. She is a great actress.

Coco
Coco
2 months ago

It’s a bunch of BS… Nobody can replace her.

Marcia
Marcia
2 months ago

If Ari leaves and Nicole is recast, I will be gone too. I’ve been a loyal follower for over 25 years and have seen many come & go, but Ari not being Nicole will be the straw that breaks this camels back. Bad enough when they kept bouncing back and forth with Abigail. Then Teresa being recast by an actress already there as Gwen! And Ben Weston too?!? Come on 🤦‍♀️

Lisa
Lisa
13 days ago
Reply to  Marcia

I absolutely hate it when they use a character that used to be somebody else.

Mindy
Mindy
2 months ago

I think if she does not come back, I will be less interested in watching the Soap I’ve been watching since College and I’m 61. My 34 year old watches and loves Nicole and always has… keep bringing on these dull Characters and I will stop watching and drop Peacock and continue not to watch NBC as it continues to go downhill along with Meet the Press; what a joke! Bring Nicole back, pay her what she’s worth and smack that toxic environment down!

Deborah
Deborah
9 days ago
Reply to  Mindy

Yes. The only reason I pay for peacock is because of Days. But it’s getting less interesting all the time. Getting rid of Nicole may be the last straw.

Tne
Tne
2 months ago

It is her right to file the sexual harassment case. They shouldn’t retaliate against her. We always look forward to seeing Nicole on air. Without her and others that left it’s not Days of our Lives. Are you getting rid of everyone? Might as well shutdown!

Helen Davis
Helen Davis
2 months ago

Good for her stand up females don’t have to take this harassment please bring her back

Debra
Debra
2 months ago

No one should have to put up with being sexually harassed ! When will people of both sexes get that ? If she is recast we will
Miss her ! She is a good actress and has become a staple on days ! We love Nicole and it would be hard to accept any other actress except Arianne playing Nicole . I am happy they recast EJ though .

Anna
Anna
2 months ago

So sorry this has happened. She is a wonderful actress on Days. Would love for her to return.

Gina Martin
Gina Martin
2 months ago

Don’t bring her back as someone that’s already been on the show. Don’t like Ben and Alex playing the same person, or Theresa and Gwen playing same. Get new people. Been watching for over 60 years.

Deborah Wood
Deborah Wood
2 months ago

They need to keep her on Days she is a very good actress and plays the part on Nicole very. They need to keep her and her and Eric back together. Very unfair of Days to write her out because of her making complaints against a person of being sexually harassed.

Sadie
Sadie
24 days ago
Reply to  Deborah Wood

Don’t the actors and actresses belong to a union??? Why aren’t they standing up for her?

Sandy
Sandy
2 months ago

I won’t be watching anymore even if Nicole is a recast.. All the DOOL women cast should strike! Put Ken Corday back in his place, like his mom would do if she were still with us. I’ve been watching since day one, never missed. But with Ari gone, so am I.

Anita
Anita
2 months ago

Keep her on the show

Susie
Susie
2 months ago

Days is crazy arianne did right u go girl

Sheila
Sheila
2 months ago

Arianne Zucker shouldn’t be fire for standing up for herself! Leave Arianne as Nicole did what she needed to do Albert should been ashame and fire for good. Bring Arianne back as Nicole and let her and Eric be togather!@

Sharon Daly
Sharon Daly
2 months ago

I hate when you retaliate on someone reporting a serious issue. She’s been a great actress and hard to replace her. This switching with people to be another one is awful. Gwen should have just left the show. Now she’s Teresa! Some role switching doesn’t work. Hopefully Nicole comes back with same actress! I’ve been watching Days since I was young with my mother. It’s getting so off track with morals and family values!

Kathleen
Kathleen
2 months ago

Bring Arianne Zucker back! This is ludacris. Where’s the support for Arianne? This certainly shows very poor taste. I may not watch the show anymore. I’m discussed.

Jill
Jill
2 months ago

I think it’s horrible what they did to her. I will miss her on as Nicole, but I don’t blame her one bit for sueing. She was a victim and shouldn’t have been fired. Arianne is an awesome actress and she will be cast on something much better without the toxic environment. Shame on DOOL

Sadie
Sadie
24 days ago
Reply to  Jill

And where, tell me, is the Union representatives??? Why are they not fighting for her. That is why we join unions, for their protection.

Patricia Yates
Patricia Yates
2 months ago

Keep Arianne Zucker in Days of our lives!! You can’t replace her! She is the only Nicole!!

Chon
Chon
2 months ago

Nooo she should never be fired for standing up for herself and others should to. Yes if lawsuit is in place that’s for her protection that this want happen ever again. Yes im definitely against sexual anything if you don’t have my permission to touch grab or whatever, im against it. She been on the show way too long and we love her. Nicole this Nicole could never be replaced in my book. Keep her

Jocelyn
Jocelyn
2 months ago

I am very sad to see Ariane to leave Days. She is an amazing actress and should stay. She is a big role on Days and it’s not fair for her to go.

Carol
Carol
2 months ago

Typical Hollywood horror story about power over women prevailing.

Paula
Paula
2 months ago

They should not be able to fire Arianne especially because there were other complaint. And we love ❤️ her

Trudy
Trudy
2 months ago

She should not get fired for telling the truth. Women are sexually harassed and most won’t speak up because they are afraid that they will get fired or made to live to regret it due to how they are treated. “Days” better think about their actions a lot of faithful viewers are watching. Most of the viewers are woman and have watched for over 50 years. I personally have watched from day one and almost stopped watch after “Days” killed Marlena by the Salem slasher. Only to find out the fans rallied and by Monday it was Samantha that was killed. Well, this another time fans get together and saying don’t get rid of Nicole (Arianne) just because she did the right thing.

J.carter
J.carter
2 months ago

She is the best in that soap makes me not want to watch it anymore.

Sherry
Sherry
2 months ago

Not fair no woman should have to be put through that ever and she should stay she did nothing wrong why should she be punished

Sheila
Sheila
2 months ago

I know very well what it is to be retaliated aganist from principal of a school n Co workers who set people up tell lies cause they think it’s ok to lie and do shit to people on a job cause all u do is work and not pay around I got fired n set up by CO workers and a principal cause he was screwing the pre k teacher in a Catholic school not to mention he’s a married men n a pig low life him n the pre k teacher have no shame not nice to have a pig principal screwing a teacher the whole school knows it it’s like the teacher and her so called friends that are like her are running the school sad part is I never had done anything wrong for this to happen ashamed to say I work for a Catholic school who took there side over me worked there 6 yrs and principal been there 6months so I’m taking them to court from the city mayor office there being in investigated not to mention the pregate teacher abuses children and when I told him that they didn’t want to hear it in a Catholic School it was easy to get rid of me and fire me thank you for listening and I think that she’s doing the right thing in Days of Our Lives if that’s what they’re doing to her they deserve to be accountable for what they’ve done I love her but she plays will miss her I ŵish her luck you will win cause I just won one case now I have another court case I will not stop till I win thank you sher

Debbie Ramsey
Debbie Ramsey
2 months ago

I think it awful. I do love Nichole If Adrianne is not coming back please recast her

Billie mackey
Billie mackey
2 months ago

I think they made a huge mistake. Arianna a absolutely makes this show her beauty and acting skills are the reason I watch this and all of my friends agree

Ginger
Ginger
2 months ago

Her and only a couple of people on Days are able to act. I don’t understand how they could fire her and keep the guys that play John Black and Chad, they are the worst!!!

Chris McKeage
Chris McKeage
2 months ago

I want Adrianne back permanently

Chris McKeage
Chris McKeage
2 months ago

I need glasses l spelled Arianne incorrectly it was auto correct,

Nicole
Nicole
2 months ago

NOT FAIR THAT SHE’S FIRED CAUSE SOMEONE ELSE DOING WRONG THATS NOT FAIR

Mary tyra
Mary tyra
2 months ago

Get her back. Sexual harassment is a real thing and a woman should not be retaliated against for reporting it.

Lorry
Lorry
2 months ago

I never liked her character, so to me, I don’t care. I love Eric, so would love to see him with someone else.

cindy andrilli
cindy andrilli
2 months ago

TERRIBLE!!! She is a great actress. Keep her in and get rid of all your scumbags who are distroying the show This was a good show but is getting worse. Get the good actors back and dump the ones who act like Trump

Val
Val
2 months ago

Bring her back!!!Dont recast with someone else.

Karen
Karen
2 months ago

No one will ever be able to play Nicole the way Ariannne Zucker does. She should not have been fired.

Donna
Donna
2 months ago

I think it’s ridiculous to fire somebody that has been on the show as long as she has.

Cheryl Spiegel
Cheryl Spiegel
2 months ago

No actress can take Adrianne’s place as Nicole!!

Terre Ponder
Terre Ponder
2 months ago

I think it’s very unfair that she be fired have the other ladies concerned been fired after the guilty party has been fired I think she should be hired back have these people lost their mind we need Arianne Zucker as Nicole