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DAYS Ken Corday On Head Writing Change: "The Shows From This New Regime Will Not Start Airing Until After The Olympics, In Late August."

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Last month was key for the next leg of the 50-year-old iconic soap opera Days of our Lives.   After finally getting its reneweal pick-up by NBC for the 2016-2017 season, there was also a major shift in the head writing department on the heels of then co-head writer Josh Griffith’s decision to depart his position with the show.

Upon Griffith’s exit, DAYS named longtime staff writer, Ryan Quan to be Griffith’s successor.   Ryan will now co-head write the show along with Dena Higley, who remains in her position.  Currently, Days of our Lives is on a five week hiatus from production that will assist in bringing the show closer to the difference in airtime and filming.  The series has currently shot shows six months ahead of air.   In the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, DAYS longtime executive producer, Ken Corday spoke out about the writing changes.

Ken related: “Josh chose to move on and write his next novel and we decided to promote from within and bring Ryan Quan up.  He and Dena will write the show. I have seen the story they have and am very excited for it to air. The shows from this new regime will not start airing until after the Olympics, in late August. We need to do something big to jump-start the show in August after the Olympic break, which we will do.”

The executive also was asked if there were further changes ahead with the new writing regime where he noted, “Not major changes … some are developing, as we speak.”

In addition, Corday praised Josh Griffith for his work and taking the show into its 50th anniversary and giving it strong stories and ratings, while increasing the demo during this key point in the show’s history.

So, what do you think the new head writing regime needs to do jump-start the show following the Summer Olympics?  Are you glad the show has taken a lengthy time off to enable new story ideas to be generated? What are your thoughts on Ken Corday’s comments on the writing change?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Angela
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Angela

I am not holding my breath that they will write for the Days of Our Lives that I know and love. I feel that the cast is bloated with pretty, but untalented newbies, that have not been able to create the passion and adoration as in the past. The cast doesn’t have to semblance of emotion that it used to. Now “supercouples” are created over a few weeks and then ripped apart to join with the latest guest actor/actress with a big name behind it, only for that character to be written horribly and then leave. Bring back the history… Read more »

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I agree…i hate that they brought this Summer in…all they had to do is bring back a daughter Maggie already had….Sarah could return suffering mental illness and causing problems…we havent heard from her in ages!

Yvonne Hawse
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Yvonne Hawse

And then there’s Melissa, not sure what happened to her and Pete…so many characters could have been brought back. Why two kids whom Maggie gave up, supposedly?

Tay
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Tay

YES!! Why not bring Sarah or even Melissa back???

Patrick
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Patrick

well said… about Summer… it’s gotten to the point of ad nauseum

Daniel LORD Jonas… till death do us part

seriously! REALly…. argh!

can you imagine if Nicole and Theresa new business venture… DJ Wears.. or whatever… his picture and haloed persona will haunt us

Summer.. does bear a striking resemblance to Maggs… and it’s a delight to “know” that she’ll have a familial connection… but still hanging on to Daniel OUR Lord AND Savior

argh!

davlestev1
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davlestev1

What stories are you talking about

Lew S.
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Lew S.

Angela, AMEN!! I hope this isn’t another one of Corday’s, we realized what was wrong and we are going back to the true DAYS – REALLY!! How many times can he say that and expect the audience to buy into? He’s got an excellent cast; utilize them wisely and give us compelling stories.

Regina
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Regina

Find a way to bring back Peter Reckell and Bo permanently. Maybe star with a Hope/Rafe/Bo triangle. Then make Hope and Bo the next Tom and Alice. Keep them having exciting drama and always on the front burner and the ratings will skyrocket like they did when Peter brought Bo back for the 50th. Bo and Hope are what brings ratings.

Lou Piikes
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Lou Piikes

Get rid of the teen seen will be a positive start for the new writing team. Stop giving Maggie new family members. Bring Sara back to Salem to give Maggie something to do.

Tay
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Tay

Yeah these teens are certainly not the group of talent back in the late 90s w/ Shawn, Belle, Chloe, & Phillip. They were actually good & interesting. The guy playing Theo is actually the only one that seems comfortable

Anne
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Anne

Once they kill every character, or have them kidnapped by a maniac, what direction will Days take?

margaret annis
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margaret annis

why are they turning all the people in salem bad and murderers i have watched this show since the begining to bad they are turning everyone into stephano

Sara
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Sara

I agree with Angela. The newbies havent worked before so why load the show with them?
This year was better than the last few years because i got to see the couple i love but the show needs stories and not episodes. Once you start a story be sure to finish it. I’m for one still waiting for John and Marlena’s wedding…:(

Tay
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Tay

As long as they keep Mary Beth Evans around & in a good story, I’ll be happy (for the most part.) The Brady family has been key since the 80s when the show was at its glory days. Poor Roman is a joke with no real storyline since when? Josh Taylor has showed acting chops back in the day, but now we can hardly understand a word the poor guy says! Kimberly could visit more w/ Teresa but Patsy now lives in Jacksonville with little to no interest in moving back to LA. Bo is gone & sweet Caroline only… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

“if” DAYS… was, smart it’d hire… Kimberly Brady Donovan… for a short story arc… just to give the audience something to feast on… after all the dire death knell Patsy Pease is such a delight… and is so natural… in front of the camera… the few times DAYS was smart enough to welcome her back… she just lit up… the whole screen and the family as a whole… what a dream casting … and must return… she’d be I read in a SOD issue… that .. when she does make cameo visit to salem… Jenn Lilly … what a dream… Read more »

Ray
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Ray

This is another disadvantage of writing six months in advance. After reading Corday’s comments, it almost feels like another “reboot.” I have noticed the ratings have fallen from 2.1 to 1.8 in the past several weeks. I love this show and have followed it for years, but did anyone think that it would be a fun ride for the audience to see Paige, Will, Bo, Serena, Daniel, Stefano all die within five months? The deaths have not had any long-term fallout (hoping this reignites the Dimera/Brady/Horton feud). It is painful that so many of these characters have been written out… Read more »

Ray
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Ray

I am not sure why #8 turned into an emoji. LOL

Donna C
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Donna C

Everything has been going really good with relevant, plausible dialogue and storylines, It’s goften a little slow lately and director who did amazing work through time Bo came back must be gone. Devastated with Stefano death. ‘Hoping against Hope ‘ that he’ll rise again if/ when Mr. Mascolo recovers, Thaoo is essential to the show as Andre or Tony. Every time his been. written out, it’s a sign that bad writing is on the way. And ridiculous storylines, Don’t know why Mr Corday historically adapts such a passive role and allows things to go south, again and again, over the… Read more »

Donna C
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Donna C

PS.. Think the addiction story between Jennifer and Eric is very realistic and believable. There’s a great chemistry between them, Sorry he’s leaving, Love the actor’s portrayal of Eric. Hope he’ll be back.

Patrick
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Patrick

BRAVO !!!! @Donna C

well said ; I gavel this

“…Don’t know why Mr Corday historically adapts such a passive role and allows things to go south, again and again, over the years.”

I will continue to cheerlead this show… but evenso… the blame game has to go ON… I truly blame “Ken Corday” productions…

I’ve just had it ; with what seems like a lackadaisical leadership… what a disrespect to his parents legacy and history

Patrick
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Patrick

i’m going to start with; #5 5) I would like to see Dario have a triangle romance with Nicole and Chloe. this could really work well… and to the advantage of DAYS familiarity Nicole and Chloe as adversarial… no matter that they bonded with Daniel death this is familiar territory… that days desperately NEEDS for the audience to even want to tune in and… if the Hernandez family is going to be a prominent family.. may as well see what Dario can do I’d love to see Nicole mature and be seen as an adult now… to graduate her acting… Read more »

Mateo
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Mateo

DAYS suffers from boring stories. This whole Summer thing. Lord what a snooze fest. Now she is most likely Maggie’s daughter. Ridiculous. Brady and Theresa, already falling apart after all that effort to bring them together? The teen stories are yawnfests because none of them can act. Patch and Kayla are done as front burner characters. The whole scenario is so based in the 80’s. Can the writers make up their minds as to exactly who Hope is? Is she a villain or a heroine? She is floating between both styles without any conviction. Nicole is already gonna “get friendly”… Read more »

Jim Preston
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Jim Preston

I agree with Mateo – Brady is already boring, he doesn’t need any help from this Anne wanna be Summer – this week’s episode included the dreariest collection of old clips of Stefano. Die already and be done with it, geez – I honestly, sincerely could not continue watching it – I only have a short evening to watch these shows on an Ap (the NBC ap) and I thought, good grief I’ll never stay awake watching this. My dead turtle moves faster than this show. If Ben escapes from the Sanitarium, that will at least be interesting because he,… Read more »

Tay
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Tay

It’s unfortunate as Mary Beth Evans and Stephen Nichols are capable of great work. The show needs Kayla with the dwindling Brady canvas, but she needs the right material. I agree that they just don’t seem to know who they want Hope to be.

Patrick
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Patrick

I could see… Rafe and Hope… carrying that secret… about Hope “murdering” Stefano… that these two… in the heat of the moment… just felt they had no choice… this could have been good stuff…. if Kristian Alfonso was able to carry out new layers for her character… but alas… she just doesn’t have the longevity and brevity to go forward.. past romance and familial bonding so… I could see why they brought in Roman… THIS took me by surprise… dirty cops in Salem…. woah! the good denizens who withstood all the DiMera over the past 4 decades.. must now cover… Read more »

Tay
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Tay

Patrick – I too am frustrated that they killed Ava off. Even aside from the Steve/Kayla story there was potential. I think she and Joey had almost as much chemistry as the JJ/Eve deal. But even more so, Tamara is a great actress who could have taken evil Ava all over the canvas. Regarding the Aiden/Kayla connection, I liked the idea of that pairing much better than when it looked like they were going to try to put Kayla & Abe together. Here’s my question… would Mary Beth go for Kayla being paired with anyone but Steve? MB is amazing… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

@Tay… we are watching the same show LOL… ie: Tamara Braun is bringing IT.. and she’s rocking with full throttle just how much she brings to the canvas… and is perfect foible to intercede any and all happiness or chance Steve and Kayla may have… that’s all the writers need to keep this threesome going.. especially with Aiden coming back…. I wonder who he’ll be? I hope they try to pair Kayla up with Daniel Cosgrove… if you were watching way back when…. their was instant palpable chemistry when Kayla and Aiden met… at the hosp…. MBE even talked about… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

When the show got renewed the fact was they had half a year worth of episodes already in the can, so basically all NBC did was give the show a six month extension before making a final decision to cancel it or not. It doesn’t bode well that they put Ryan in as the head writer, it sounds like they just needed a body to hold the steering wheel before the car goes off the road for good. So they are either taking this time to figure out how to save the show, to make one honest kick at the… Read more »

kevin
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kevin

I gave up on DOOL…It’s not the same show and it’s so dark. The background music is the worst…I know things need to change and I do like change but only if it’s for the better and that’s not the case with DOOL…

Patrick
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Patrick

August, 2016.. is a long way off… to … alas… wait this out.. for , the (ok call me long suffering Salemite) retooling and return of all that is; Salem the NBC Olympic games; August 5 – August 21, 2016 therein the debut of the retooling of DOOL.. w/Dena Higley and Ryan Quan I read .. what I hope.. is an optimistic impression… the latest SOD issue has an article featuring Ryan Quan it was enlightening to read that he’s spent his entire career.. as he puts it.. is an avid soap opera fan… and has spent his entire career… Read more »

Stephen
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Stephen

On Air On Soaps says above that “Corday praised Josh Griffith for his work and taking the show into its 50th anniversary and giving it strong stories and ratings, while increasing the demo during this key point in the show’s history.” AND NOW FOR THE REALITY : The ratings released today, for last week, show that the show is DOWN in every reported demographic, DOWN in total, DOWN in households, DOWN in share, FROM LAST YEAR. And this is right in the middle of Josh Griffith’s, thankfully cut-short, tenure! So much for that then! Any gains Days had gotten for… Read more »

Maxie1215
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Maxie1215

When I watched Will die, I knew I was watching the show die. The contempt and obvious presumption the audience would enjoy his death and suffering was shocking and disgusting. It said everything about the character of the writers and who they think the audience is. The grim, hateful amorality of the show since comes as no surprise. I still can’t believe NBC renewed them, and I don’t think any resurrection of Will (as rumored) can undo the inherent homophobia that they infused the end of the Will and Sonny story with on purpose.

Matthew Place
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Matthew Place

Wow! Just wow. You nailed it big time. I know people who refuse to watch DOOL for all the reasons you just stated. If they don’t address what they did and right the wrongs, many fans/viewers will NEVER return. Great post.

Kaylie15
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Kaylie15

The ratings continue to plummet…kill, kill, kill, rape, kill, rape, kill. Even the good guys are vicious killers but the people they kill “deserve” it. Will’s death was a homophobic pander, and it showed the moral bankruptcy of the writers and the show. Then someone decided the cute kid that Ciara bullied and then befriended should grow up to rape her. Truly disgusting thought process there. The writers presume the viewers a bad people – bigots, slut shamers, body shamers and haters who excuse any behavior from their favorites and spit on anyone they don’t like. There is no morality,… Read more »

Elle
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Elle

I am just happy the show is still on!!! If we start complaining about the show being bad….we could get another stupid talk show or Jerry Springer show!! Then I want be watching anything on Daytime!! I wish they would bring more soaps back on!!!

Matthew Place
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Matthew Place

Not complaining will not save any TV show, certainly not DOOL. Only better ratings will save the soap. Complaining is the only way to get a change (hopefully for the better), not complaining and being complacent is just waiting for the inevitable cancellation. Fans of cancelled soaps, particularly GL, refused to complain on some boards, there were no real changes near the end of its run — and look what happened.

kevin
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kevin

Exactly…unfortunately TPTB do not listen to the fans…I really they need to personally meet with die hard fans and respond. Oh how I miss Douglas Marland and William Bell…they knew what to do…They would be sadden of what has transpired.

kevin
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kevin

Sorry for the typo…I really THINK they need to personally meet with fans and listen to what we have to say but we know that won’t ever happen.

Tay
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Tay

I’m reading a lot of comments on here about the rape story line. Yes, rape is horrible and hard to see happen to anyone. The reality is, however, that it happens to thousands of women (& men) every day. If done right, stories about rape can draw attention to the need to support women who have been attacked as well as providing knowledge to people who just don’t get it. Rape on soaps is not a new thing. Luke and Laura. Todd and Marty. Jack and Kayla. Bill & Laura Horton. I could go on and on, and some of… Read more »

StephanieT
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StephanieT

Yes, rape is often and terrible… But they could have given the story line to a better actress. Not to some zombie-speaking lifeless girl who has no facial expressions or intonation in her voice! Every time Ciara speaks I cringe at the awkwardness of it all! The rest of the new teens actually aren’t bad and they are able to be dynamic. Unfortunately it is hard to feel sorry or empathy for someone who is acting hardly human.

Tay
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Tay

Agree. That’s kind of what I said in my post about Ciara.

Maxie1215
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Maxie1215

I think most people here know that rape is a soap stable, and it can be done well. It’s just that it’s an important topic that should be written with sensitivity and respect. Days has done it in a nasty and exploitative way that is being done as a cheap ratings stunt with no comprehension of what victims go through and no respect for the characters. Chase had tremendous potential and an interesting backstory turning him into a rapist was short-sighted and just mean-spirited. Sadly, the actor who plays CIara isn’t up to the story either. There’s a core of… Read more »

Tay
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Tay

That’s what I said in my post about Ciara. And I agree that most people know rape is a soap stable, but posts on twitter, message boards, and almost all the articles on Michael’s site have a handful that don’t express hate for the story line because of how it’s done/who’s in it but just simply because think it’s too dark. So I guess I was trying to say don’t be shocked that they explored another rape story or fight it being a story line in daytime… just address how they could do it more effectively.

Vicky
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Vicky

Get rid of the teens! Ew! They were great kids but not teens! Then bring back Sonny but not with Paul. Smeone new. Most of my famliar characters are gone. This is not the show I started watching and I have a very hard time paying attention to this boredm. And Kate Mansi ?) is leaving, too? This show just stinks IMHO, I’m sorry to say.

Mo
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Mo

This show needs a lot of help. All the crime and darkness is not what I want to see. Finally Ciara told someone about the rape, but why didn’t Claire tell Hope!!!! If all the teens left, Salem would be crime free and then we could get rid of that ridiculous police force. August is a long time to have to suffer through these bad stories and bad acting (teens, I’m referring to you) and I’ve heard Ken say he’s excited before, so I’m not holding my breath for anything too new. I do think it is a good idea… Read more »

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DAYS Alum Molly Burnett Promoted To Series Regular on ‘Queen of the South’

Wanna know where you can find Salem’s Melanie Layton, sorta?  You can watch her killing it on USA’s drama Queen of the South.  That”s where former Days of our Lives star, Molly Burnett has just been upped to series regular for the show’s upcoming fifth season.

According to Deadline who broke the news, Burnett will continue to play her complex and delicious role of Kelly Anne.

Soap fans Molly as Melanie on DAYS from 2008-2016 and when she stepped into play the role of Maxie Jones for Kirsten Storms on General Hospital in 2016.

Queen of the South is based on the bestselling book La Reina del Sur by Arturo Pérez-Reverte. It tells the story of Teresa Mendoza (Alice Braga), a woman who is forced to run from the Mexican cartel and seek refuge in America.

Burnett’s Kelly Anne is a frequent member of Teresa’s drug operation, has already killed her abusive husband, was an informant, and had a cocaine habit.  When viewers last saw Kelly Anne she was finding her sobriety and her way back into the Teresa’s operations in New Orleans.

Since exiting Days in 2014, Burnett has also been seen on  CSI: Cyber, Relationship Status and True Blood. 

So intrigued to watch Molly on Queen of the South? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Returns To Production After Temporary Halt Amid COVID-19

UPDATED:  According to Deadline  the cast and crew of NBC’s Days of our Lives will actually be returning tomorrow, October 20th to begin taping ahead of schedule after a positive Covid-19 test shut production down originally scheduled for two weeks.

The outlet cited, “Following a thorough investigation including contact tracing, quarantines, testing, and a deep cleaning of the studio, the health and safety experts at Days of our Lives have determined that it was safe to return to production before the end of the two-week period. As a result, the show will be back on set tomorrow Oct 20.”

The word of the early return initially got out Monday, although at that time unconfirmed by the show, apparently, via a posting by Lauren Koslow on her Instagram account where she is pictured in a Kate Roberts outfit in her dressing room.

Koslow shared: “Stepping into Monday in alice + olivia black velvet,” She also tagged the post #dressingroomselfie and the words. “Stay strong.”

She also added a quote from poet Maya Angelou: “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”

So, happy to hear it seems like DAYS is back … once again? Comment below!

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Kristian Alfonso Bids Farewell to DAYS as Final Episode Airs Today Sharing; “Thank YOU From The Bottom Of My Heart For Welcoming Me Into Your Homes All Of These Years”

Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 marks the final appearance of Kristian Alfonso’s iconic run as Hope Williams on NBC’s Days of our Lives, a role she played on and off for more than 37 years.  Make no mistake about it, Alfonso was a staple of Salem and the DAYS family since she made her debut back in 1983.

However, over the summer viewers learned she would not be returning to the show when the series began production again in September, after she was told they were planning on resting the character of Hope for five months or so.  A decision that prompted Kristian to make a decision to leave the show for good and start a new chapter in her life.

To celebrate her run and to say a thank you to everyone at the show and her enduring fans, Kristian posted a video on her Instagram account of some backstage moments through the years to the tune of “I’ve Had The Time Of My Life”.  She accompanied her post with these words of thanks to everyone that has been by her side every step of the way:  “Being today is my last airshow, I wanted to share some of my favorite memories onset & behind the scenes I hope you enjoy it.  Thank YOU from the bottom of my heart for welcoming me into your homes all of these years.  And making me a part of your lives #xoxo ❤️  Thank you Ken & @nbcuniversal @nbc for a #beautiful #ride . #❤️ #😘”

 

So, are you sad that Kristina will be gone for DAYS on-screen after today?  Share your thoughts om this, her final airdate, via the comment section below.

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