Days of our Lives Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

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Chris Haston/NBC

“Days of our Lives” star Alison Sweeney will announce on the Tuesday, January 21 edition of “The Ellen Show” that she will be departing the NBC Daytime drama series after portraying the role of Samantha “Sami” Brady for 21 consecutive years. Sweeney’s contract is set to expire in December 2014, according to published reports.

“I decided that it’s going to be my last year with the show,” said an emotional Sweeney to host Ellen DeGeneres on her future at “DAYS.” Sweeney added, “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.”

Talking about why she’s decided to leave, Sweeney says, “I just have worked so much and my daughter just turned five and my son is nine, and I just want to be with them and enjoy my last year!” She continues, “I’m going to be on ‘DAYS’ all this year.”

When asked when we can expect to see her last air, she states, “We don’t have a specific time yet, but I’m going to be on all this year and we’ll see what happens.” With Sweeney’s departure, fans will be most interested in learning how her character will depart Salem, but Sweeney doesn’t know yet. “I don’t know! It would be awesome to have some sort of happy ending, but then I also think maybe Sami deserves some sort of twisted, like ‘Breaking Bad’ ending. I don’t know,” she says with a laugh.

Based on “DAYS'” filming schedule, Sweeney is expected to continue airing on the series well into next year.

Note: The soap is awaiting word on whether it will continue airing beyond September 2014 as NBC is currently only contractually committed to the series via its deal with Sony Pictures Television and Corday Productions through that time.

To watch the full “Ellen” interview, click play below.

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  • sands of time

    I’m glad to see that bitch go!

  • sands of time

    EJabby rules!

  • sands of time

    Days of our Lives will soar to #1.

  • Andrew Hass

    I can understand Allison wanting to spend more time with her family.However her contract doesn’t expire until December.Which means she could change her mind about leaving and the show make her an offer to stay by giving her more time off.However i respect Ali’s decision to leave because after 21 years on the show she might have figured she might have done everything she could with Sami.

  • sands of time

    I hope they snuff Sami!

    • Kelly25

      You stated your opinion three times already. I think people got it: you are a Sami hater. Doesn’t change the fact that there are hundreds of thousands enthusiastic Sami and EJami fans out there!

      • Bexx

        And you are one of those obsessed weirdo shippers. Get over it already. Good riddance!

      • sands of time

        I’m not a Sami hater. I’m a hater of any character that is on too much. There should never be one central character.

  • Bexx

    As badly as I’ve seen some DOOL fans trash Sami, I’m guessing this isn’t a huge loss.

    • Kelly25

      You say you don’t watch DAYS, so why can’t you just keep your bs comments to yourself?

      • Bexx

        How is that BS? You have a problem with the truth? FYI public message board, I comment on what I want.

  • Mindy34

    So sad! I’m a big fan and don’t understand why they can’t find ways to keep decade-long stars like her and Eileen Davidson by making their lives easier.

  • DAYS fan since 2000

    gosh, first chandler massey, then camila banus, now alison sweeney… who’s next??
    days should be careful not to drive too many outstanding actors and their fan bases away now that the show is in such a good shape and is drawing the best ratings in many years!

  • Suzy Q

    I am a little sad because Sami Brady was my favorite character for years, but after they paired her romantically with her rapist I lost all respect for her. She’s been an airhog for too many years now so I can’t say that I’ll miss her. Best of luck Alison.

    • JKH

      Remember Ubercouple Luke and Laura? THE most watched daytime wedding of all time. Did you lose respect for her, too? All shows need someone to stir the pot and cause trouble. She’s right up there with Erica Kane, Vivian Alamain, Dorian Lord, Tina Clayton, and Reva Shayne. Just saying….

  • Jt

    She deserves a break. Hard to imagine the show without her