'Like sand through the hourglass so are the days of our lives.'
This is a phrase that Kristian Alfonso had become quite familiar with after starring on NBC’s soap opera Days of Our Lives for 37 years and now she’s finally decided to take a bow, Daily Mail reports.
The hit TV series, which is set to kick off production for season 56 in September, will now exclude the 56-year-old actress who touched millions of lives with her onscreen character Hope Williams Brady.
According to US Magazine, Kristian revealed that lots have changed about the long-running soap series throughout the years.
“I’ve been there for an incredibly long time and am hugely grateful that I was able to be a part of the Days of Our Lives family for as long as I was,” she said.
“But in the last few years, Days of Our Lives isn’t the Days of Our Lives as I know it.”
Speaking during an interview on ET online, the actress explained that the producers wanted her to pause the show for four to five months, thereafter she’d be brought back on screen with a storyline that involved a Navy SEAL (US Navy Sea, Air and Land team member).
“It wasn’t something that had never been discussed, but that’s what it was. And to come back in five to six months or four to five months — whatever that time frame was — I just thought, ‘You know what? It’s time to really write a new chapter,’” she said.
“I don’t plan on returning and popping in as others have done in the past. I think that chapter is closed and a new one needs to be started. I felt a sense of relief. It’s been a roller coaster of emotions. I have no regrets.”
While Kristian shot her last episode, which airs in October, before production shut down due to Covid-19, she revealed that she thought about exiting the show in 2016 after she lost her dad, PEOPLE reports.
“I first thought about leaving the show in 2016 for reasons I’d rather not specify," she said in an interview.
“It was around the time I lost my dad. That’s the first time I really thought, 'You know what? It’s time for me to go.'”
It was on 7 July that the star broke the news of her departure to her followers in an Instagram post and expressed her thanks for their devoted support over the years.