Alison Sweeney Announces Days of Our Lives Departure

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Alison Sweeney is leaving her fake family for her real family.

During a visit with Ellen DeGeneres that will air today, the veteran actress announced that she is leaving Days of Our Lives after more than two decades on the series.

Alison Sweeney with Ellen

"I have never had more than a two-week vacation [since I began Days]," Sweeney said of a job that started back in 1993. ""It's [been] awesome. I love Sami, I love Salem, I love my job, I love daytime, I love the fans, I love everything about it."

But Sweeney has an understandable reason to walk away.

"My daughter just turned 5 and my son is 9, and I just want to be with them and enjoy my last year," she said assuring fans that she is "going to be on Days all this year."

The star's exit is set for late 2014, though the exact date is yet to be determined.

Sweeney originated the role of Samantha "Sami" Brady and joked about how she'd like to se her go out.

"It would be awesome to have some kind of happy ending, but then I also think Sami probably deserves some sort of very twisted like Breaking Bad ending," she joked.

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Days of Our Lives Quotes

Lucas, I raised you to be a better liar than that.


Deimos: I believe that the younger generation in this family have been handed everything on a silver platter, and they don't appreciate it.
Maggie: By younger generation, you must mean Sonny.
Deimos: All right, fine. Let's start with Sonny. I'm trying to work with him, Maggie. I've just given him a very important position in the company and instead of being grateful for the opportunity, he's being an oversensitive, temperamental pain in my neck. But at least he's still here. Brady, on the other hand, he's taken off, abandoned the family, Titan. He's left me all alone to deal with the Hernandez family on my own.
Maggie: Well, there's an easy solution to the Dimera and the Hernandez families. Just bow out.
Deimos: I do that and I lose face.
Maggie: With whom?
Deimos: With everyone. Except Nicole. She's taken off too.
Maggie: And to think I naively thought that maybe I'd gotten through to you the last time we had a serious conversation. Let me ask you a question. Has doing things your way gotten you anywhere?