“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.”
NBC will be releasing a slew of new primetime programming this fall, all of which the network’s Chairman, Robert Greenblatt, hopes will be bolstered in February on the heels of the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. “The overriding strategy this year was to develop enough strong comedies and dramas to take advantage of the promotional heft of the Winter Olympics and devise two schedules for the upcoming season: one for fall and a slightly different one for midseason. I’m pleased to say that our development groups — headed by Jennifer Salke (scripted) and Paul Telegdy (alternative/reality) — really delivered,” Greenblatt said. “And aside from our Olympics planning, we also wanted to create better flow and compatibility on each night, and deploy our strongest lead-in (‘The Voice’) to maximum effect.”
I’m so excited to be on the cover of Redbook again, this time for their May (Mother’s Day!) issue. This was a really fun one to shoot because my kids are in it with me. That makes it a little more chaotic than a typical photo shoot, but we had a ball.
Do your kids like having their photo taken? How do you get them to stand still (for a second or two, anyway) and smile?!?
PS – don’t forget to tune in to Biggest Loser tonight on NBC at 8/7c. First Lady Michelle Obama is working out with the trainers and contestants in tonight’s episode!
The issue with Sweeney on the cover hit newsstands today.
For more information, head on over to the Redbook Magazine website.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — I am pretty sure if you are on the internet it pretty much guarantees that you have either Facebook’ed or Tweeted. If you are anything like me then you have probably already done both! Well, if you are like Alison Sweeney, then you are ahead of the rest of us. Sweeney, who portrays Samantha ‘Sami’ Brady on “Days of Our Lives” and also hosts “The Biggest Loser,” has jumped on board with a brand new social network media website called “Tout.”
Tout is a new video social media platform whose mobile app enables iPhone and iPad users to shoot 15-second real-time video messages (or “touts”), which they can simply and instantly share on Twitter, Facebook, via email and/or SMS in one click. The users’ Touts are also automatically posted on Tout.com.
Sweeney, whose profile is now the second most viewed right behind Shaquille O’Neal, is touting on daily and has provided her fans with a behind-the-scenes look into her everyday life. So far she has shared behind-the-scene clips at her shows, daily work-outs and much more.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) – Alison Sweeney has been on “Days of our Lives” for nearly twenty years, debuting as Sami Brady in 1993 when she was only 16 years old. Beautiful and an instant hit with fans, the actress felt insecure by her surroundings. “I’ve been on Days since I was 16, and being surrounded by such thin, gorgeous actresses made me so insecure and self-conscious,” said Sweeney referring to her weight issues at the the time in an interview with SELF Magazine in their August issue on stands now.
It was her then boyfriend, now husband, David Sanov who helped her make strives with her continuing struggles. “Dave, my husband, whom I was dating then, finally said, ‘Why do you complain? You’re beautiful already, but if you want to do something about it, do it. You pursue your career, but you don’t attack your weight.’ It was loving but an eye-opener. That was when I turned things around.” That thinking helped Sweeney find a new perspective. Instead of attacking her weight issues she approached it from different angle. “As soon as I made it about being healthy and shifted my focus away from the scale, the weight started to come off,” says Sweeney, who still doesn’t use a scale. “I keep track of my body by how my jeans fit—and how I feel.”
After landing the gig as host of NBC’s primetime reality weight loss program “The Biggest Loser” in 2007, Sweeney took advantage of having one of the shows star trainers and fitness coaches, Jillian Michaels, on hand for weight assistance. “On my first day of Loser, I ended up in the lunch line in front of Jillian and was like, ‘I have to pick stuff before she does?’ At that moment I realized how uneducated I was. I asked her for advice, and she rocked my world. I wasn’t eating the right kinds of calories. I didn’t know about healthy carbs such as brown rice and lentils. Now I eat small meals throughout the day: oatmeal with cinnamon to start, fruit and yogurt as a snack, and vegetables or salad with chicken or tuna, and a healthy carb, like a yam, for lunch. I avoid carbs at dinner and usually have a salad—I love lettuce. I’m a rabbit!”
Learning how to eat was not the only thing Sweeney would take advantage of from working with Jillian. “Once in a while, Jillian will train me on The Biggest Loser Ranch. One night, in the middle of my workout, the assistant director came to get me for a shot. Jillian said to him: ‘No. She has to finish 20 pull-ups; she’s only done 12. She needs this for her self-confidence.’ I did it, and she was totally right. It gives you such confidence to do something you don’t think you can do.”
Sweeney has come a long way since her early years on “Days of our Lives,” which along with “Loser” have helped transform her life and health. “It isn’t about a diet, it’s a life style change. So at the end of a diet you are not saying hey, I lost 20 pounds now I can go back to my old routine. Instead, you can be proud because your living a healthy lifestyle and that is something you can really take pride in.
Alison’s story is a true inspiration and one that many people who have been in the same position could look to, in helping to influence their a change in their own life. For more on Alison’s incredible lifestyle change you can pick up the August issue of SELF magazine in which she appears on the cover, or you can also read more from the issue on the SELF.com website.