Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Kristian Alfonso Says She Was Asked to Take Months off of “Days of our Lives” After 37 Years, So She’s Not Coming Back


“Days of our Lives” star Kristian Alfonso has given the reason she’s leaving the show after 37 years: disrespect.

Alfonso told Entertainment Tonight that when it came time to re-sign her contract, the show asked her to sit out for “four -t0-five months” until she could be launched in a new storyline.

“And at that moment I thought to myself, you know what, it’s time for a change, and it was the perfect moment to make that decision,” she told ET. “I was taken aback when he said that they wanted, he and [co-EP] Albert [Alarr] wanted to take me off camera for four to five months. It was not something that had ever been discussed but that’s what it was… I just thought, you know what, it’s time to really write a new chapter. I’ve had an incredible run there.”

Alfonso has announced her departure without filming a finale. She’s shot episodes through the fall. She has no idea how they will handle her exit.

“In the storyline, I still have scripts that were supposed to be shot,” she told ET. “Of course, everything is being probably rewritten because of COVID and guidelines that they have to adhere to. But that was not supposed to be the end.”

Maybe she and executive producer Ken Corday, the cheapest man in show biz, can work something out. Realistically, at one one point down the line her character would have to return because the actor who’s played her father for fifty years, Bill Hayes. is 95 years old.

But the reality is, she’s rich, she’s famous, popular, and done. She could work at Hallmark steadily. Any of the other three soaps will jump at the chance to stunt cast her. Fans of “The Young and the Restless” are already clogging social media with ideas.

Alfonso’s departure is not alone at Days. Executive producer Greg Meng was just forced out after 31 years. About a half dozen other actors have been let go, all long term and popular, too, because of Corday’s budget cuts. But she was the longest-tenured.

I have to laugh when I read about Corday’s budget cuts. He and the Bells, who created “Y&R” and “Bold and the Beautiful,” are very, very rich. The estate of William and Lee Bell just sold two properties in Los Angeles totaling over $50 million. No soap actor has ever lived so grandly.


Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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