Kristian Alfonso Reacts to Days of Our Lives Firings

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Unsurprisingly, Kristian Alfonso, who's played heroine Hope Brady since 1983 on Days of Our Lives, says she and fellow castmates were shocked that long-time co-stars Drake Hogestyn and Deidre Hall were let go last week. 

"Everyone was aghast when we heard about Dee and Drake," the actress said. "Drake came up to me the other day and said, 'It's been so great working with you.' I said, 'Don't you dare say goodbye to me.' I felt tears starting to well."

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At least Days of Our Lives will stay on the air until 2010.

"We are picked up for 18 months," said Alfonso. "I've heard there are going to be more financial cuts, and not just our show."

Indeed, NBC has said it will cut $500 million in operating expenses over the next year.

"It's happening everywhere. I'm thankful every day I walk through those doors. The economy is a disaster right now."

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Days of Our Lives Quotes

Getting older is not for sissies.

Victor

Shawn-Douglas Brady: You know what? For the first time in my life, I'm glad that my dad is biologically a Kiriakis.
Belle Black Kiriakis: Why would you say that?
Shawn-Douglas Brady: Because, otherwise, we would be related. Your grandmother is a Brady, remember?
Belle Black Kiriakis: Oh, my god. I never even thought about that. Actually, that makes me more of a Brady than you.