Like sands through the hourglass, Kristian Alfonso has slipped away from Days of Our Lives — and the actress’ co-stars are filling their social media feeds with tributes to the departing soap opera vet.
On Monday, Alfonso announced that she would not return to NBC’s daytime drama when it restarts production in September. She began playing the role of Hope on the soap in 1983.
“Days of Our Lives has been a vital part of both my personal and professional journey,” the actress said in a statement. “I am forever grateful to NBC and the late Betty Corday, who took a chance on me many years ago and changed my life. I have built some lifelong friendships with my extraordinarily talented castmates. Days has one of the hardest working crews in all of television, many of whom have become part of my extended family. I feel blessed and honored to have been invited into people’s homes for over three decades.”
She added that she filmed her final episode “several months ago.”
After news of her exit broke, Alfonso’s co-workers, past and present, immediately began posting public well-wishes on Instagram. So TVLine’s Salem bureau gathered a sampling of those fond memories, congratulations and predictions — including the one from the co-star who thinks Alfonso will definitely be back — in the rundown below. Scroll down to see what past and present Days of Our Lives cast members had to say about Alfonso’s farewell, then hit the comments with Hope-ful thoughts of your own!