WTF Wednesday: Jay Kenneth Johnson

Jay Kenneth Johnson, despite having been very good in the role of Philip Kiriakis, often sported some, uh, questionable hairstyles on the show. For example:

But still. Great-looking guy, right? And I’ve been thinking that we really could use Philip back in town. Well, until now.

Take one more look at the Jay you remember before you dare to look behind the cut and see what he looks like now…





They say there’s a first time for everything, and here it is: the first time anyone has actually looked worse without the Days of Our Lives styling team.

Also, per his IMDB, he hasn’t worked much at all since leaving Salem in 2011. Maybe he wants a job again and w can say Philip became some kind of wacko shut-in after finding out Parker wasn’t his kid?


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15 Comments on “WTF Wednesday: Jay Kenneth Johnson”

  1. Farah Says:

    Why would you do that to that pretty face?!??

  2. eramer Says:

    You had me terrified he was gonna have a new botched plastic surgery face!! He looks ridic, but at least it’s something changeable, I guess.

  3. Jamie Says:

    He could come back as one of Clyde’s backwater goons.

    I always preferred my Philip in the form of Kyle Brandt (looks wise).

    • mykleraus Says:

      I almost made a joke about him being a Jeremiah recast, ha!

      And I kind of liked Kyle Brandt, no joke. It was a different character, but he really eased into it by the end of his run.

      • Jamie Says:

        Jeremiah! I couldn’t remember his name.

        I liked Kyle Brandt (and I still think he’s smokin’ hot!) as Philip, but agreed, he was an entirely different character during his run. I don’t think he would have worked otherwise.

      • mykleraus Says:

        I liked him, but yeah, it’s one of those recasts where you have to divorce that period from what came before and after for the character. I could see how they justified the casting by saying Philip had always been the popular jock, but JKJ was more the pretty boy, Tom Brady quarterback. I bought the military service with KB, but it never felt like it fit JKJ’s Philip at all.

  4. underyourwing Says:

    nice looking man…now letting his freak flag fly. right on brother….

  5. Erin L. Says:

    This hobo chic trend has GOT to end!!! It has taken too many victims and now its eating Jay’s beautiful jaw line!!! Bring him back on the show and let Nicole have at him with her sexy straight razor.

  6. Andie Says:

    No!!! Why does he hide that beauty under all that hair?! 😩 He kind of looks like he is cast to play Jesus or post Vietnam Lt. Dan in an adaptation of Forest Gump.

  7. […] waiting to leave the show, doesn’t seem to maintain a connection with anyone there, and has made some interesting choices with his appearance of late, so a recast seems to be in order. The character of Philip is needed, though I’m a little […]

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