In what can only be described as a stunning, unexpected announcement, Days of our Lives star Alison Sweeney has announced this will be her final year on the long-running NBC soap.
The 37-year old actress taped an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, airing later today, during which she announced she will depart DAYS at the conclusion of her contract. .
“So I’ve been on ‘Days of our Lives’ for 21 years, I’m celebrating my 21st year this year. I’ve decided that it’s going to be my last year on the show,” said Sweeney to DeGeneres. “I’ve been on ‘Days of Our Lives’ since I was 16 years old and I have never had more than a two-week vacation in that whole time. I mean, it’s so awesome. I love Sami, I love Salem, I love my job, I love daytime, I love the fans, I love everything about it.”
She assures fans that she will be on the show for one more year, through 2014. Given Days of our Lives production schedule, Sweeney is expected to air well into the fall. The actress will finish taping sometime in May.
Alison Sweeney says her decision to exit is a result of wanting to spend more time with her children, Ben and Megan. In addition to acting and hosting The Biggest Loser, she also directs episodes of Days of our Lives and is an accomplished author..
The actress envisions Sami’s ending as kind of a “It would be awesome to have some sort of happy ending but I also think that Sami deserves some sort of very twisted, like ‘Breaking Bad’ ending.”
Needless to say, this is going to be a devastating blow to Days of our Lives. I can’t imagine Days of our Lives without Sami Brady and Alison Sweeney. Wow.
See the clip of Sweeney’s announcement below: