All good things must come to an end. Cady McClain is leaving DAYS OF OUR LIVES where she has played Jennifer Horton Deveraux since October 2020. The soap tapped McClain to step into Jennifer’s shoes when portrayer Melissa Reeves opted to remain with her family in Tennessee and not return to California during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The character of Jennifer has been recast before, with Reeves herself taking over for a series of child actors beginning in 1985 and then Stephanie Cameron assuming the role from 1995-98 when Reeves left the soap. McClain, best known for playing ALL MY CHILDREN’s Dixie, is no stranger to recasts herself, having played AS THE WORLD TURNS’ Rosanna and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Kelly.
During her run on DAYS, McClain has had some very juicy story to play as Jennifer discovered that while she was lingering in a coma, Jack had cheated on her with Kate and then later learning that Jack had a long-lost daughter, Gwen, who was out for revenge! When the recast was announced back in September 2020, there was no way of knowing how long it would last, but Soap Opera Digest is reporting that Jennifer will leave Salem and head to Boston with her last airdate slated for Wednesday, Jan. 17.
Boston is where Jennifer’s mother, Laura, has been living, so it would seem likely she’ll head to Massachusetts following her mom’s death. Will Jennifer ever return to Salem? And will McClain or Reeves be the one playing her? Only time will tell, so stay tuned!