Alison Sweeney Leaving ‘Days Of Our Lives’ After 21 Years

Tue, January 21, 2014 11:31am EDT by 28 Comments
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Will you miss Sami Brady on ‘Days?’ Drop a comment with your thoughts on Alison’s departure!

After spending more than two decades scheming on the streets of Salem, Sami Brady is finally taking a one-way trip out of town. Alison Sweeney, who plays the gorgeous deviant on NBC’s Days Of Our Lives, confirmed her departure Jan. 20 during a special appearance on Ellen.

“I decided that it’s going to be my last year with the show,” Alison said, shocking the studio audience. “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.”

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Clearly, this wasn’t an easy decision for Alison to come to, especially with the show’s legions of devoted fans to consider. Still, she decided it was in the best interest of her growing family.

“My daughter just turned five, and my son is nine, and I just want to be with them and enjoy my last year,” Alison told Ellen. “I’m going to be on Days all this year. … We don’t have a specific time yet [for my departure], but I’m going to be on all this year and we’ll see what happens.”

Sami Brady’s Final Episodes: How Will She Leave ‘Days Of Our Lives’?

So, how will Sami make her grand exit out of town? Alison said it would be great to see Sami have “some kind of happy ending,” but after everything she’s done, she “probably deserves some sort of very twisted, like Breaking Bad ending.”

“She’s caused a lot of people a lot of problems,” Alison explained. “Sami has certainly caused her fair share of drama over the last 21 years.”

HollywoodLifers, will you miss Alison on Days? Drop a comment with your favorite Sami moments below!

— Andy Swift

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Kurt

Posted at 10:52 PM on October 19, 2014  

I loved when Sami was Stan the man, or when she was pregnant with Lucas deceived made into Austin’s kid, actually is Lucas’ kid. Also the cat fights with Nicole Walker too.

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Mimi. barrios

Posted at 12:21 AM on October 12, 2014  

I cried when ej died,now when sami leaves i will ball up and cry like a baby.it jyst wont be the same.i will come home for the past 16 years and sit and watch my show.faithfully. i love you all at Salem. I wish i could be a part of the set just for one day.sami and ej.i loce you guys

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LoveSammy

Posted at 11:24 AM on September 4, 2014  

I am going to … This is so terrible. I have been watching her for as long as I’ve Lived. I will miss her. She wasn’t trouble, she was the Show. First Stephanie on Bold and Beautiful, now Sammy on Days of our Lives. Why couldn’t it be Kate? Though she’s fun and so stupidly devious. Lol. I Love you Alison Sweeney. You have made History.

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Tina in Ontario Canada

Posted at 8:44 AM on September 4, 2014  

Bring back Mike Horton, April n her gorgeous brothers Amelio n ??? Austin n Carrie N most definitely Bo but Alison I wish u all the best in all that u do. Now go n take that all deseved family vacation ASAP. I’m sure there r plenty I’m missing seeing as I’ve been watching for like 40yrs. Best of luck to u as well James Scott.

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Lynn

Posted at 3:51 PM on July 30, 2014  

I don’t know how you are going to exit, but I hope it is really good. I will miss you. There is no one else like you on the story. You make EJ and he makes you. I really do understand the family thing. I know EJ will never be the same without you. You guys fell in love the first time you saw each other. No one can top that!

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Joyce Bates

Posted at 10:47 PM on July 19, 2014  

I don’t won’t Sammie back can’t stand her to evil and her part trying to fight everybody and they got it where she win!!!To much wrong in that show if you gonna do a show make it right if you do wrong well wrong comes back!!! Put Chole back on I miss her yes she made a mistake but who haven’t!!! Don’t put Sammie back let someone take her out EJ’s father!!! Sing: Joyce,,,,

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Charles Daniel Lewis

Posted at 3:44 PM on July 17, 2014  

Sami u will

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Heidi Scott-Hager

Posted at 6:45 AM on July 14, 2014  

I’ve watched Days since I was a kid…and Sami is by far my favorite character! Alison is by far THE BEST actress! Alison….. please don’t rule out coming back! We’re your fans and we love you! Enjoy your well deserved vacation….and Come Back Soon! We’ll miss you! Thank you for years of enjoyable and awesome entertainment!

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Susan Bell

Posted at 3:51 PM on July 5, 2014  

E.J. and Sami make Days of Our Lives. I do not miss
An episode unless it has been interrupted by a special report . I set my DVR for it to record.everyday. Days will have to do something very special to replace them and it will not be Jennifer and Eve.

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Vgower

Posted at 1:36 PM on June 24, 2014  

Oh going to miss her so love her part as sammi no one is going to be able to fill those shoes. Hope she she take a break and comes back. As ej I will try and fill her shoes. So darn cute..

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Lisa

Posted at 6:54 PM on May 2, 2014  

She’s leaving EJ leaving and Gaby is leaving to will done left , tell me who’s gonna be next’s Hope .

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J.C.

Posted at 1:45 PM on April 21, 2014  

I have watched Days since I was a young teen, grew up watching you as young Sami. We seem to be losing more characters lately and I’m not going to be as interested in watching. I’ve made it through losing Eve and that drama, I didn’t really miss Jack but I do miss Bo . I miss Austin and Carrie, made it through that. Even made it through (half watching) Marlena’s posesion. I really don’t know if I will continue without Sami. I thought the Sami & EJ couple would replace the BO & Hope couple, even becoming the grandparents like Alice Horton matriarch. Can’t recast Sami, would never be the same. I don’t even like the recast of Will, but it is what it is.
Final comment, I really wish you would go back to being blonde, I don’t think brunette looks as well on you Ms Sweeny. It ages you, and make up isn’t as attractive either. And I hope you enjoy your new life after Days, but if you decide to return it wouldn’t be the first time someone arises from the dead.

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Alexis

Posted at 4:06 PM on April 14, 2014  

If she’s leaves I’ll never watch it again iv watched it for over 10 years from the time I was 6 and now I’m 17 she’s my favorite person on the show. I love Sammy. It’s a shame she’s leaving bc she and ej are my favorite couple. I’ll be so done with the show if she leave FOREVER!

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Gary

Posted at 7:05 PM on March 18, 2014  

Good riddance to Sami She can’t be off the show fast enough for us Days has turned into The Sami Brady Show. My wife and I are sick of her.

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Ashley

Posted at 1:40 PM on February 28, 2014  

WAAAAAHHH-HAAA-HAAAAAAA!!!!! HEARTBROKEN to say the least…Days WILL NOT be the same without Sami! What a BORING place Salem will be without her!! :_(____

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janet fritsche

Posted at 9:46 AM on March 7, 2014  

I agree…..

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David

Posted at 9:56 PM on February 6, 2014  

I have been watching days since i was seven years old. Sami will be missed. My family watches the biggest loser now. And my kids know her as both sami and alison. Because i called her sami all the time when we first started watching biggesg loser. I hope they bring sami back every now and then. Especially during the christmas seenz. Good luck alison.

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David

Posted at 10:07 PM on February 6, 2014  

There was a comment to recast the character of sami brady. 99.9% of the time if u recast the person playong the character stinks. Samantha Brady will always be allison Sweeney. No one can replace her.

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janet fritsche

Posted at 9:48 AM on March 7, 2014  

she cannot be replaced.. listen up writers…

 
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Kareena S. Hopkins

Posted at 6:07 PM on February 8, 2014  

I agree it wold be nice for Sami to return for some Christmas like Julie does. Sami will be missed but no I don’t thing she should be recastt.

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Shirley Crawford

Posted at 1:45 PM on January 30, 2014  

Sami I will certainly miss you on Days. It just won’t be the same. Will you reconsider???

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RITA DOHERTY

Posted at 3:11 PM on January 29, 2014  

ALI I HAVE WATCHED YOU SINCE YOU STARTED SAMI BRANDY ON DAYS OF OUR LIVES. i HAVE WATCHED THE SHOW SINCE IT STARTED AND I HAVE SAW THE BEST AND THE WORSE LEAVEAND I HAVE TO SAY YOU WENT THROUGH A LOT AS A YOUNG GIRL ON DAYS. YOU WATCHED YOUR MOM CHEAT ON YOUR DAD WITH JOHN…LOL ” LOVE THOSE ACTORS AND ACTRESS,” AND I WATCHED YOUR DEAT SISTER TAKE AUSTIN RIGHT OUT FROM UNDER YOU…I HAVE SEEN SAMI HATE LUCAS AND THEN FALL IN LOVE WITH HIM, HAVE HIS SON WHILE SHE WAS A KID HERSELF …..AND LOVE THAT SON. SAMI MAY HAVE HER SCEEMS BUT I LOVE HER. SHE HAD RESPECT FOR HERSELF WHEN IT COME TO SLEEPING WITH MEN…LOL SHE ONLY HAD A VERY FEW LOVERS. EVERYTHING SAMI GOT HERSELF INTO, THINGS ALWAYS WORKED OUT SO SHE COULD SLIDE RIGHT OUT. I LOVE THE PART WHERE YOU HAVE TWINS BY LUCAS AND EJ, ONLY SAMI COULD DO THAT….THEN THERE WAS YOUR BEAUTIFUL GRACE….RIP. SHE WAS STOLEN SO NO ONE GOT ATTACHED (HE-HE) BUT THROUGH IT ALL SAMI HAS BEEN MY FAVOERITE AND I WILL MISS YOU SO BAD MAKING MY DAY THROUGH DAYS OF OUR LIVES. I REALLY HATE TO SEE YOU LEAVE BUT I ALSO HAVE KIDS AND I KNOW HOW FAST THEY GROW UP AND YOU REALLY DON’T WANT TO MISS ALL THAT.
LOVE YOU ALI AND LOVE YOU SAMI BRADY…….ALWAYS RITA

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bj derrow

Posted at 5:06 PM on January 25, 2014  

They shouldn’t get rid of her character. They should recast her. I have grown up watching days. Please recast her.

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Bernadene Ehlers

Posted at 12:52 PM on January 22, 2014  

Aaaaaaag no, I will am very sad that you are leaving days of our lives sami, i wil mis you very much sami xxxxx. You are the best actress in days of our lives, I am your number one fan, You will be dearly missed my dear sami, i am from south africa i am MRS BERNADENE VAN DER MERVE, I hope you yourself can replay, please take care, i will mis you very much xx

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Nuper Kim

Posted at 12:04 PM on January 21, 2014  

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Tina Meyers

Posted at 11:15 AM on January 21, 2014  

Good Riddance!

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Andy Swift

Posted at 11:17 AM on January 21, 2014  

Is this Kate?!

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shelia duvall

Posted at 2:05 PM on October 14, 2014  

I hate that Sami & EJ are leaving. The show won’t be the same without them. even if they bring different ones back in their place. It still won’t be the same. I don’t like this Chad that they brought back!

 
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