In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Kristian Alfonso opened up about her decision to leave Days of Our Lives after 37 years on the soap opera.
According to her, executive producer Ken Corday told her that they were planning to write her character, Hope Brady, off the soap for four to five months. After that, her character would return and have a storyline with a Navy Seal. This made her realize that she needed to move on.
“And at that moment I thought to myself, you know what, it’s time for a change and it was the perfect moment to make that decision,” she said. “I was taken aback when he said that they wanted, he and [producer] Albert wanted to take me off camera for four to five months. It was not something that had ever been discussed but that’s what it was, and to come back in five to six months, or four to five months — whatever that time frame was — I just thought, you know what, it’s time to really write a new chapter. I’ve had an incredible run there. I’ve had so many amazing friends and memories. I cannot say enough how I’ll miss so many people working there and working with them, but they are in my life and we do socialize, but like I said, I think it’s time.”
Now that she’s decided to leave, she has no plans to ever return. “I don’t plan on returning and popping in as others have done in the past,” Alfonso said. “I think that chapter is closed and a new one needs to be started.”
Although quitting Days wasn’t an easy decision, she has no regrets. Her character will be exiting the show sometime in October; however, it is still unclear how Hope will be written out. When filming resumes in September, Alfonso won’t be returning, as all of her scenes have already been filmed.
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