Kristian Alfonso Shades Days Ahead of Exit: It's Not the Same Show Anymore

Days of Our Lives Cancellation Rumors

Kristian Alfonso is shedding additional light on her decision to exit Days of Our Lives after nearly four decades of playing Hope.

In a new interview in the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest, the daytime legend echoes the explanation she had given Entertainment Tonight earlier this month: she quit Days after her bosses suggested pulling her from the show for five months. But in the Soap Opera Digest Q&A, she cryptically added, “In the last few years, Days of Our Lives is not the Days of Our Lives as I know it.”

Alfonso also confirmed that she shot her final episode last winter before Days shut down production due to the coronavirus — and before she made her decision to leave. As a result, Hope will exit with a whimper vs. a bang. “I would have liked to have given the fans that have been so devoted to Days all of these years a final goodbye,” she admits, “and not, ‘Oh, she’s out looking for someone,’ or ‘She’s upstairs cleaning her room’ or ‘She’s taken a trip.'”

But Alfonso — whose final episode is slated to air Oct. 15 — insists she will not be returning to give Hope a proper sendoff. Not now. Not ever. “I’m not coming back,” she maintains to Digest. “I’ve had a great run and so many wonderful moments on the show and worked with so many wonderful people. It’s time for me to start a new chapter professionally. The time has come.”