DAYS of Our Lives star Kristian Alfonso has announced her departure from the show.
The 56-year-old, who is known for playing Hope Williams on the NBC series, revealed that she won’t be returning when the daytime drama resumes filming in September.
The Massachusetts native, who made her debut on the soap opera in 1983, thanked her costars and everyone involved with the long-running series.
“Days of Our Lives has been a vital part of both my personal and professional journey,” Alfonso, 56, said in a statement on Monday, via Instagram.
“I am forever grateful to NBC and the late [producer] Betty Corday, who took a chance on me many years ago and changed my life.”
She continued: “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.
Kristian, who started her career as a figure skater, added that it’s “now time for me to write my next chapter.”
Alfonso said that she has already filmed her final episode and once the series resumes production in September, she will no longer be a part of the cast.
“To the incredibly loyal fans of Days, many of you have been with me on this journey from the beginning,” the Daytime Emmy winner concluded. “I cannot thank you enough for your generosity, love and support. I could not have done it without YOU!!!”
Kristian joined the show in season 19, taking two short breaks in 1987 and 1990.
She returned to the series in 1994, after a storyline left fans thinking she had died.
Her character is best known for her romance with Bo Brady, played by Peter Reckell.
She became a prominent detective with the Salem Police Department and killed Stefano DiMera (Joseph Mascolo).
Alfonso’s final episodes were shot before Days of Our Lives’ production was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic in March.
The soap is set to resume filming after being renewed for season 56 in January.
She is married to Danny Daggenhurst, since 2001.
Together they have son Jack, 18, and she also shares son Gino, 30, with first husband Simon Macauley, and has stepson Spartan who is Danny’s son from his first marriage.