Days of our Lives Deidre Hall (Marlena) and Drake Hogestyn (John) who were just part of a major press tour throughout Canada to promote the Days of our Lives Better Living coffee table book chatted with the Edmonton Journal.
During their conversation about longevity on the soaps, the upcoming exit of series star Alison Sweeney (Sami) was discussed. Deidre said the cast is “devastated” that she is leaving. Sweeney has been with the show for more than two decades!
Deidre, who plays Sweeney’s on-screen mother also expressed: “When Alison Sweeney joined the show, she was such a wide-eyed kid and has taken over sort of the lead role on the show and works every day, and her scenes are long and complicated and demanding and she has just said, ‘My kids need me now, I can’t keep doing it.”‘
“You can’t get that time back,” added Drake Hogestyn. “All my kids, I watched them grow up in the bed. I’d come home and they’d all be asleep, I’d kiss their foreheads, I’d get three to four hours of sleep, I’d wake up and I’d kiss their foreheads again.”
The ever popular duo also said that they understand that Alison wants to be there for her kids, and they note she can still return to the show.
So, what do you think Alison Sweeney departing DAYS will be an incredible loss for the NBC soap? Do you hope she eventually will return? What do you think about Deidre and Drake’s thoughts on Ali’s decision to focus on her family? Comment below!