Alison Sweeney is leaving 'Days of Our Lives' after 21 years
Like sand through the hourglass, these were 21 years of Alison Sweeney’s life. For over two decades, weddings, murders, affairs, babies, cat fights, mistaken identities, uncanny mishaps and long, dramatic gazes into the distance were almost all the Days of Our Lives star had ever known. And now, 21 years of tuning in and loving to hate character Sami Brady are coming to an end.
(Insert betrayed Whyyyyyy? here.)
The 37-year-old actress broke the news on the Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday, the New York Daily News reports.
“I’ve been on Days of Our Lives for 21 years. I’m celebrating my 21st year and I decided that it’s going to be my last year with the show,” Sweeney told Ellen. “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. It’s awesome. I love Sami, I love Salem, I love my job, I love daytime, I love the fans — I love everything about it.”
The married mother of two and Daytime Emmy Award winner also has been hosting The Biggest Loser for the past seven years, so maybe she deserves a bit of a break.
So why is she finally walking away and simultaneously crushing the souls of Days faithful everywhere?
“My daughter just turned 5 and my son is 9, and I just want to be with them and enjoy my last year,” she said.
Sweeney is also an author and plans to release her second book soon. Plus she says she loves to direct, so who knows what’s in store for the future.
Now the question remains: How will Sami ride off into (or crash and burn in) the sunset?
“It would be awesome to have some kind of happy ending — but then, I also think Sami probably deserves some sort of very twisted like Breaking Bad ending,” she said. “She’s caused a lot of people a lot of problems.”
Sweeney will remain on the show all this year, and then… dramatic pause… dramatic music… more dramatic pausing…
Our guess: Longtime nemesis Kate Roberts finally gets her deadly revenge on Sami. And then naturally Sweeney will come back as her evil twin whom no one ever knew about. Because fangirl denial.