The actress told Entertainment Tonight in a segment that aired on Thursday that she decided to exit the NBC soap after nearly four decades when exec producer Ken Corday suggested pulling her from the show for five months before bringing her back in a new storyline with a Navy Seal. “I was taken aback,” she said. “It was not something that had ever 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.’
“I don’t plan on returning and popping in as others have done in the past,” Alfonso added. “I think that chapter is closed and a new one needs to be started.”
TVLine has reached out to a Days rep for comment.
Since going public earlier this month with her decision to leave Days, Alfonso admitted to ET, “It’s been a rollercoaster of emotions,” before quickly adding, “I have no regrets.”
In her initial July 6 statement about her exit, Alfonso said, “Days of Our Lives has been a vital part of both my personal and professional journey. I am forever grateful to NBC and the late Betty Corday, who took a chance on me many years ago and changed my life.”
Alfonso’s final episode as Hope, which she shot prior to the show’s coronavirus-fueled production shutdown back in March, is slated to air in October.