No word yet on how Patch and Kayla would be written out, but we really, really hope it doesn't involve either of blowing up again (that's how Patch "died" the first time). They deserve a little happiness after all those years apart.
UPDATE: According to the February 24 issue of Soap Opera Digest, Stephen and Mary Beth have already taped their last scenes and will slip off the canvas later this month.
Executive Producer Ken Corday gave this quote to the magazine: "They're leaving the show. They're not leaving Salem. They're not dying. They're just not going to be on the air. You might see one or both of them pop up on other episodes, but it's not going to be a significant exit."
How do you feel about Patch and Kayla fading into the background?