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

Tue, January 21, 2014 11:31am EDT by Andy Swift 36 Comments
Alison Sweeney
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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.”

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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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