Alison Sweeney Leaving DAYS OF OUR LIVES After 21 Years as Sami Brady (Video)

After spending 21 of them as Sami Brady on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Alison Sweeney is getting ready to go. Sweeney is leaving DAYS at the end of the year, she reveals in an interview airing Tuesday on THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW.

"I'm celebrating my 21st year … and I decided that it's going to be my last year with the show," she says. "I have worked so much, and my daughter just turned 5 and my son is 9, and I just want to be with them."

No timetable has been set for Sami's exit, nor does Sweeney know what will happen to her character.

"It would be awesome to have some kind of happy ending," she says. "But then, I also think Sami probably deserves some sort of very twisted, like Breaking Bad ending."

Sweeney says she's never had more than a two-week vacation since joining DAYS in January 1993. She became the host of THE BIGGEST LOSER in 2007.

"For seven years I've done both shows," she says. "I'm really just excited to be with my kids and be with my husband and, I don't know, have fun. And I write. My second book's coming out. I love directing and just, you know, finding things to do."

Watch Sweeney make the announcement on ELLEN in the video clip below:

15 comments:

  1. I wish the Days actors wouldn't publicly announce they are leaving so far in advance.

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    1. I'm thinking she wants to put it out there that she's going to be available for other lifestyle/talk hosting gigs of a less time-consuming nature than the near-daily grind of soaps. New ones that could be on the drawing board right now usually take more than a year to develop.

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    2. THERES ONLY ONE SAMI AND HOPEFULLY DAYS WILL CREATE A GREAT CLIFHANGER FOR YOUR DEPARTURE!!!!!?????? YOU AND DEE RE GREAT AT PERFORMING TOGETHER AS MOM AND DAUGHTER!!!!!!!

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    3. ^^Totally agree Ali & Deidre are like the best mother & daughter duo out here in soaps! Cant wait to c how her & D last scene together gonna be:) Good luck to Ali & im hopeful she will be bac

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  2. Im sad to see her leave DAYS i love Ali & her character but i can respect that she wants to spend time with her family just hope she goes out with a BANG!!

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  3. Yeah! No more Sami Show! Maybe it can be Days of OUR Lives again.

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    1. "Amen!" and "Hallelujah!" She's the WORST actress on the show! And that magical "'Ejami' chemistry" so highly-touted by her fans? What a load! "Congratulations," James Scott! You're FINALLY loosed from the Samantha Gene "Sami" Brady "ball-and-chain!"

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  4. What is fascinating to me is that DAYS right now is doing some reallly good storytelling and is arguably the best of the four soaps left. But even with its regaining popularity, respect with EMMY awards including Best Drama so many cast members have either left or announced that they are leaving. I would think this would be the time a cast member would want to stay.

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    1. Good luck and Congrats to Ally and her family, down deep I hope you change your mind,if not thanks for being the best of Days and helping them get back to the top it wouldn't have happened if you and JS didn't make us believe in EJAMI. I agree with some posters who say Days is the best show on right now but that's not saying much, EJ and Abby are crap and the story wouldn't be interesting if Sami weren't involved no one would care that EJ is getting his rocks off with the feeble minded Abby, because of this story I don't DVR anymore I catch up through recaps and wont watch until Sami gets to play, like it or not she is the focus because she is never boring, she kept things moving/interesting, Abby cant do that. So congrats to Ally again, you will be missed.

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  5. I will miss Sami and all her antics

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    1. Shelly, she'll be back. The favorite characters always do ;-)

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  6. Is she gone yet? It’s going to be a long year. To bad she has to leave when she is involved in one of the worst SL’s “Ejami” in her career!

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  7. ����very sad to see her go! But I understand. Hope they don't kill her off like Lexy, so if she wants she can come back!

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  8. I love you Sami and I hate to know that you are leaving the show, good luck!!!

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  9. First EJ now Sami...I can't deal! I know you have lives outside of Days but we love you & you will be missed!! Don't know how I can stay loyal to Days when all the characters I'm loyal to are leaving�� #FanOf25Years

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