Kristian Alfonso Speaks Out on Her Days of Our Lives' Exit! Read More Here ----->>>
The soap world was shocked recently when Soap Fans United broke the news first that Days of Our Lives’ Kristian Alfonso (Hope) would be exiting her iconic role after 37 years. The actress has now sat down with Entertainment News to discuss her decision to say goodbye to Salem.
She revealed that she was told by Executive Producer Ken Corday the show was planning on writing her off the show for four to five months before bringing her back into a new storyline. "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,” she shared. “I just thought, you know what, it's time to really write a new chapter. I've had an incredible run there.”
Alfonso noted that she had been considering leaving the show for the last couple of years but having the time during the COVID-19 quarantine really finalized that decision. "Through all of this horror of COVID, it's the first time in my life I was actually able to exhale because I've been so busy with my life and really enjoyed just being home and really doing nothing. Maybe cooking. But just enjoying my family, my friends. Catching up. I don't know if you realize or not, but I used to have a jewelry line also on top of working on Days Our Lives and I miss it."
The actress also spoke on whether or not she would stay in the acting business stating, "I don't know if I will continue in this business, but possibly. I have been getting calls and some interest on some projects, so we'll see." But she did share how her new chapter will not include any visits to Salem. "I think that that chapter has closed and a new one needs to be started.”
Kristian acknowledges that while she has no regrets about leaving this choice has come with a “roller coaster of emotions.” Days of Our Lives’ opened doors for her and led to so many friendships along the way. “I never took anything for granted. Ever. Ever. Ever,” she told ET. You can read her full interview here.
Thank you, Kristian, for 37 years of wonderful memories!