Jen Lilley Announces Departure from ‘Days of our Lives’

DAYS OF OUR LIVES -- Season: 48 -- Pictured: Jen Lilley as Theresa Donovan -- (Photo by: Justin Lubin/NBC)

Days of our Lives star Jen Lilley, who joined the cast in 2013 as Theresa Donovan, has announced she has ceased filming on the soap and will last air in six months.

The actress’ announcement comes amid reports that she quit the series. In message published on her Instagram page, Lilley writes, “It is with bittersweet sentiment that I find myself making this statement 6 months too soon. First, I would like to say your comments, support, and well wishes regarding my recent departure from the iconic daytime drama, Days of Our Lives, have melted my heart. Second, I have never enjoyed playing a character so much. I absolutely love Theresa, and the idea of not playing her pains me.”

Jen Lilley goes on to say that she’s leaving the show on great terms, and her decision to vacate the role of Theresa came down to “time and sacrifices” to keep the character front and center. With the demands of the production schedule, it wasn’t possible for her to pursue other projects. The actress adds she’s “taking time right now to be with my family, advance the charitable causes I believe in, and pursue additional career opportunities.”

Since debuting in 2013, Lilley’s Theresa has been front and center, first as a polarizing vixen then as a heroine determined to lead a better life for her child. It is unclear whether DAYS intends to recast the role going forward.

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