After over 20 years last week Alison Sweeney wrapped up her run as Samantha Gene Brady! For those who watched the NBC soap opera for those two decades, they have seen Alison grown before their eyes from a teenager to a woman who became the centerpiece more often than not of the series.
Alison will be seen on episodes into the fall, since DAYS tapes so far in advance, but when it was time for the on-set farewell party on Friday, she was in for a surprise when none other than Wayne Northrup (Ex-Roman), Christie Clark (Ex-Carrie) and Patrick Muldoon (Ex-Austin) where in attendance to wish her well and congratulate Ali on a job well-done!
The actress/author/host told Soap Opera Digest about the party on Friday: “That gathering and Ken Corday, executive producer. talking and seeing everyone there meant so much to me, in particular that people who came so far, like Wayne, and Christie flying all the way down form Northern California, and Patrick picking her up at the airport.” Sweeney also revealed, as one would expect that knowing this was the end of her run: “My last day was such an emotional day,” It was so difficult and sad, but also really wonderful and special. ”
Deidre Hall, who for years has played Alison’s mother, Marlena on DAYS for decades wrote on her own facebook page on Friday. “Dearest Ali. I don’t know how we will get through today, much less all the Days to follow. For years I have stood arms-length from you, finding our light, watching the greatest show of all. It has been your breathtaking journey to womanhood. I am unspeakably proud. My love and respect for you go beyond words. You are the daughter I never had. I always knew you would walk, I never dreamed you would fly. Clear skies, little one. Deidre”
So, this week Alison Sweeney is no longer taping at DAYS, hard to imagine! What do you think of Wayne, Christie and Patrick showing up for Ali’s swan song? And the words in Deidre’s post to honor Alison? How do you feel knowing that Alison has officially left the building to continue with her other projects and spend more time with her children? Share your thoughts below!