"Top to bottom, it was just not handled the right way. Everybody was mad because everybody was kind of lied to," 'Days of Our Lives' star Jen Lilley said of finding out she was being replaced by castmate Emily O'Brien on the long-running soap.
After playing Theresa Donovan on the long-running NBC soap on-and-off since 2013, Lilley said she thought the network was bluffing when she learned that Emily O'Brien would be taking over her role.
"Top to bottom, it was just not handled the right way. Everybody was mad because everybody was kind of lied to," the 39-year-old actress told Soaps.com in August.
Lilley's return as Theresa Donovan was first reported in mid-August, with the character coming back to Salem for Victor Kiriakis' funeral. Victor was famously portrayed by John Aniston, who died in November 2022 at the age of 89.
What was supposed to be a three week shoot turned into a 12-week commitment. But that arc came to an abrupt end when Lilley found out that O'Brien would be replacing her for the actual funeral.
Calling it a "horrible situation," Lilley claimed that former co-executive producer, Albert Alarr, broke the news to her mid-shoot.
After Lilley allegedly told Alarr, "Listen, you told me Theresa's going to do X, Y and Z, and I haven't gotten the scripts. I only have one more for Monday, and I have two weeks left [on set]," she claims he responded with some shocking news... Theresa wasn't going anywhere, Lilley was.
"Oh no, Theresa is still going to do all of that... We're going to do it with a different Theresa," Alarr said, per Lilley.