In what appeared to be a move to cut costs, the producers of the long-running Days Of Our Lives have fired two of the soaps' biggest stars, Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn, the New York Post reported today (Wednesday). In a statement that the newspaper said was "obviously written to spare the feelings of loyal fans," NBC said, " Days of Our Lives has decided to rest the characters of John Black and Dr. Marlena Evans. ... After a year of separation, John and Marlena will finally reunite before exiting the canvas in early 2009." Hall has appeared on the soap since 1976; Hogestyn, since 1984. It is the only daytime drama currently airing on NBC.