Alison Sweeney, Ellen DeGeneres
Days of Our Lives star Alison Sweeney made a major announcement on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Monday: She's leaving the soap opera after 21 years.
"I decided that it's going to be my last year with the show," Sweeney, who also hosts The Biggest Loser, told Ellen. "I've been on Days of Our Lives since I was 16 years old, and I have never had more than a two-week vacation in that whole time."
The 60 greatest soap opera moments of all time
Sweeney said the decision was not an easy one. "I love my job, I love daytime, I love the fans. I love everything about it," she told Ellen. "I just work so much and my daughter just turned 5 and my son is 9 and I just want to be with them."
Though the actress is not sure when her last episode will air, she insisted she'll be on the show throughout this year. But, she added, she's torn between whether her character Sami should get a happy ending or "deserves some sort of very twisted, like, Breaking Bad ending. She's caused a lot of people a lot of problems."
Watch Sweeney's interview with Ellen below. Are you disappointed that Sami will be leaving Days of Our Lives?