Renee Jones Leaving ‘Days of our Lives’

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Mitchell Haaseth/NBC

has made one of the most daring decisions of her life. The “” actress has decided to quit acting and leave the NBC daytime soap after a 20-year career that has spawned one of the longest and most successful pairings in daytime with her character Lexi Carver and ‘ Abe Carver.

“Like they say, life is not a dress rehearsal! I am so excited about this decision. It’s been on my mind for over a year. I am so grateful to Days for 20 years of steady employment — it’s been a fantastic opportunity — but I finally had to stop and ask myself, ‘What really makes me happy? What really brings me joy in life?’ And it’s not acting,” said the actress in an interview with ‘s . “I just don’t want to do this anymore. I was raised on a farm in Georgia and I want to get back to that silence, that solitude. I want to spend all day enjoying nature, experiencing God. Every so often production at ‘DAYS’ will go dark for a couple of weeks and I feel relived. I feel free. I’m like, ‘Wow, there’s a whole other world out there!’ Acting now feels like a chore and I need a break — maybe for a good long time, maybe forever.”

In addition to her time at “DAYS,” Jones has appeared on “,” and episodes of such shows as “” and “.”

For more from Jones on why she’s leaving “Days of our Lives” and the next chapter of her life, head on over to TV

Jones’ exit storyline is scheduled to air in June.

  • Well, Lexie – I mean Renee =D – I’ll miss your character – but you’re right – after 20 years – you deserve what your heart wants – and if that’s quietude in Texas – then God bless you.  I wish you gr8 happiness…

  • So sad, I adore Lexie! Yet, more important is Renee following her heart and do what gives meaning, joy, and peace to her life. Sidenote: Days never utilized Lexie’s full potential!

    God Bless you Renee and all you will do!

    • CJ

      Your really going to be missed, Glad they decided to write Lexie off, because nobody could replace her!!!!!

  • Janice L Cook

    Best wishes to You Renee, You are doing what so many of us never do:” muster the courage to appreciate the true beauty and serenity that life has to offer.”  One of your favorite Georgia fans.  

  • Chocolite

    Everyone deserves to have their own opinion, no matter how warped it may sound to others. Imo, anyone who cannot appreciate the dignity and depth in which Renee brought to every aspect of her character is just blind and obviously doesn’t appreciate real talent anyway. Renee, you will be extremely missed, and I really hate that you are leaving. However, I’m so proud of you…for always doing an excellent job and staying true to yourself and your beliefs, in the process, for taking care of your finances so that you can make this move, and for not being afraid to follow your heart’s desires. May God continue to bless you in all that you do. Again, you will be sorely missed.

  • Shawty

     As is said, “Do you!”.  Sadly, you and your character will be missed!  It’s also a huge shame people of color are still rarely seen on soaps or on TV in general as it is–which adds to the disappointment (“Yes, I said it; yes I did!”–Michael Baesden).  Funny, I was hoping for more story lines for the Carver family…

    I read you once lived in Mt. Vernon, NY.  I suggest you should have a plaque among MVHS’s wall of fame along with E. B. White, Art Carney, Dick Clark, Terri Williams, etc.  🙂

    May God bless you, Renee.

  • Sassydeblynn

    I am happy for you Renee but, sad as a “Day’s of Our Lives” fan.  Your character on Day’s was beautiful on the inside and outside but, now I know  you are that way in real life too..  God’s Blessings on you..

  • Sabrinadk1

    Well as everyone else said I’ll miss you. If I hadn’t just read a bit of your story I’d still believe your related to Lizley Uggums. Have a wonderful time to yourself and family.

    truely a sincere fan,


  • Barbara Verria

    Renee, I watched your last scene today, and was almost crying. You are a wonderful actress, and always made acting look so easy and comfortable. I know you worked very hard to make your scenes  so believable,, and you always succeeded. I will miss you on Days, that show won’t go too far without you. God bless you and enjoy the rest of your life. You are a beautiful and smart women. 

  • Renee, thank you for 20 fantastic years!  You’re an extremely talented lady!  I will truly miss you on Days, but I totally understand where you’re coming from.  I want to move to north central Georgia myself.  I tell people all the time that peace and quit is very underrated.  Good Luck Sweetie!  God Bless