Chandler Massey, who plays gay heartthrob Will Horton, filmed his final scenes on ‘Days of Our Lives’ last week, only he didn’t know they were his last until he was summoned at the end of his work day to the soap’s co-executive producer.

Massey had been planning to depart the NBC soap when his contract expired in December to focus on school and pursue some other acting opportunities. Hence, NBC has agreed to let him out and a replacement had already been hired but has yet to announce the name of the replacement, who won’t begin work until after the soap returns from a two-week production hiatus in September.

“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.

‘TV Guide Magazine’ spoke with Massey, and said: “I’m actually glad things went down the way they did.

“I appreciate the producers for letting me out of my deal early because I can now pursue other opportunities I couldn’t under contract. And, really, I want what’s best for the show and the character. I’m honored to have played Will’s coming-out story, and really proud of the Will and Sonny romance. It’s important that they pass the torch to another actor and continue the story.”

He’s 22.

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Chandler Massey, who plays gay heartthrob Will Horton, filmed his final scenes on 'Days of Our Lives' last week, only he didn't know they were his last until he was summoned at the end of his work day to the soap's co-executive producer. Massey had been planning to depart...