One of the nicest and least-Hollywood type performers we know, Renee Jones (Lexie Carver) of Days of our Lives has decided after twenty years to quit the NBC soap!
Citing that her passion for acting is just not there anymore and that she would like to concentrate on other aspects of her life, including that she would love to do charity work, especially something along the lines of helping sick children, Renee gave the exclusive to TV Guide which also teases how the DAYS exec will deal with Renee’s departure and on paper this looks like we may need to prepare for some five-hankie episodes! Here are a few excerpts!
Renee on Lexie finding out that she has an inoperable train tumor and how that figures into her exit storyline: “When I broke it to [the Days execs] about my decision to leave it was very harmonious. I said, “Guys, it’s been amazing and I appreciate all that Days has done for me, but I am ready to go.” They were very understanding and really wanted to honor my character with a great exit story and asked if I would be opposed to having her die. I said, “Not at all. But I don’t want to be in a coffin.” And I had one other stipulation. I didn’t want a horrible cancer death. I was worried about my mother because my sister died of cancer a few years ago and my mom watches the show religiously and I didn’t want her to have to watch that. So they came up with the idea of a brain tumor. There will be lots of crying, lots of goodbyes but it will be very beautiful. The writers have done a fabulous job.”
Renee on if she thinks the writers and the producers will actually leave Lexie truly dead!: “That’s what I said [to the execs]! How will we know Lexie’s really gone? Practically everyone in Salem has come back from the dead! They said, “We will do something that guarantees it.” And they did. I can’t tell you what it is, but it is definitely the end for Lexie.”
What do you think about Renee’s decision to leave daytime? And, the decision to kill Lexie? Let us know!