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Kristian Alfonso Departs Days of our Lives After 37 Years

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In a bombshell announcement, Days of our Lives enduring and ever-popular star, Kristian Alfonso (Hope Williams) has decided to make her exit from the NBC daytime drama series after more than 37 years in her role.

Kristian made her debut as a teenaged Hope Williams in 1983 and quickly rose to popularity and became soap-famous; along with her on-screen romance to Bo Brady then played by Peter Reckell. Together as one of soaps most all-time popular duos and separately, Alfonso has remained one of soap opera’s most notable performers.   There were only two times throughout her time in Salem, that Kristian took breaks from the show; during one of them she starred on CBS’s Falcon Crest.

According to Deadline who broke the news; in a statement to the outlet, Alfonso shared, “I feel blessed and honored to have been invited into people’s homes for over three decades. However, it is now time for me to write my next chapter.”

And it appears its already a wrap for Alfonso, who will not be returning to the series when the show is planned to return to production in the fall and come early September.

Kristian added:  “I will not be returning to Days when it resumes production in September.  I’ve already filmed my last episode several months ago.”

In a heartfelt post on her Instagram account, the actress gave special thanks to the late Betty Corday (mother of DAYS EP Ken Corday), and of course, her millions of fans who loved her as Hope throughout her time on the soap.  You can read it in full below.

 

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So, what do you think about Kristian Alfonso’s exit from Days of our Lives?  Are you heartbroken to see her go? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Ric
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Ric

The character needs a rest. She can pop back in and out like Alison. Wish PR was back to leave with her.

Linda
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Linda

Now I understand why she has been getting closer to Rafe. She’s going to leave with him.

Patrick
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Patrick

I’ve noticed this too? not thinking tho that Hope would be leaving… who would even think that? so yes, this is a bombshell. after DAniel Cosgrove … man @DAYS really thru this out… with all the psycho nilly willy… including his talented “son”. Chase and Aiden had a lot of charisma and w/Hope…. spades. WASTE I never thought Rafe and Hope were that good together… per @RAY the writers never gave them any thing to interact . this forced pairing… never clicked. I don’t know who is responsible for writing… but they truly lost it big time by not rehiring… Read more »

Lou Piikes
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Lou Piikes

I guess a Bo Brady return is out of the question now.

Claudio
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Claudio

Wow what a shocker, did not see this coming lol. Maybe Kristian can get a role on Y&R as Jack’s new love. Will miss her as Hope Brady.

Gloria
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Gloria

What a great idea-to see her on Y&R with Jack would be the bomb!

Christine Milligan
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Christine Milligan

Your comment is exactly what I came on here to say! It’s the first thing I thought of. She is a great actor and you know she would stay for the long haul. Jack needs someone real bad!!lol

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

There hasn’t been much with Hope lately. Did not enjoy her attempted association with John not her Princess Gina. I have noticed she is looking better lately, perhaps because she’s getting away from all the craziness that used to be DOOL. Good luck to her in the future.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Have read s lot of spoilers lately concerning Hope, Rafe Ciara, Ben and others.Sure how they all aren’t true.

Michele
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Michele

So heartbroken. Watched her since she started. I’m going to miss her!! Was hoping her and Rage back together

Ray
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Ray

When I think of DOOL, I think of Hope and Marlena. This is tough news to read if you have been a fan since the early 1980s. Kristian and Peter Reckell was, and will always be, the most exciting couple in the history of soaps. It is sad she has been stuck with so many stories that have fallen flat with the audience since Peter left the show five years ago. I thought she had great chemistry with Daniel Cosgrove, but the writers had to make him crazy. I thought Hope and Rafe had a lot of promise, but I… Read more »

Mary
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Mary

I wish Kristian well. After 37 years on DOOL Kristian has obviously decided that she wants to do something else. I hope that the long time fans accept her decision.

Shasta
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Shasta

I saw that her and Rafe were getting close again, and I thought to myself what if they get back together and she leaves with him as Galen Gerring is leaving the show. So will see if I was right.

whynot
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whynot

Oh please. I give it a year (if DOOL is still on the air then) and she’ll be back. Temporarily, permanently, whatever – they always come back.

SZima
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SZima

LOL ‘why not’, I was gong to say about the same thing! Does ANYONE ever leave Days for good?
During the short time I watched, many people came and went, and in the 1+ year since I quit, there have been so many returns, departures and returns again!!.
How does anyone keep track?

Patrick
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Patrick

^^^^ ! GRANS JEWEL ! Kristian Alfonso Ms. Alfonso, this thread deserves RESPECT bottom line : just how much , her salary, affords MORE character (s) which is truly what I want with Jenny Bear,back to coma,Melissa Reeves; MORE salary die please LET ME SAY : never had I LOVED Hope MORE; when she was with Mr. Daniel Cosgrove… dang they were HOT HOT HOT! the romance spilled out of my telee… AND , when our little Cierra Alice was … Lauren Boles… LOL what a marvel of a little girl… perfect for Kristian. chemistry w/both not to say she… Read more »

k/Kay
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k/Kay

Patrick rumblings that it was a salary dispute who knows! Not sure if you ever heard this but when she first started she to a certain co star was too full figured she had to deal with that just like Genie Francis well you noticed she lost the weight never put it back on their were times when I watched the show that I was concerned that she was getting too thin . I always thought she was a gorgeous lady I wish her well if the show does get canceled they would probably bring her back ! Hope you… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

Yeah, Ken Corday CLEARLY – needs – to explain to his audience just what transpired with Greg Meng

^^^ “If NBC or Sony is not going to give the show adequate funding to put on a quality show, than maybe the writing is on the wall ”

this has certainly crossed my mind.

with heart pull and wrench in hand. hoping for the best

Su000
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Su000

WHOA!
37 years– on the same show..
wow- that’s crazy!
That’s a total lifetime-
birth to date; a lifetime..
She needs to move on lol

Satan
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Satan

Well.. that makes Days kinda “Hopeless”, doesn’t it??

Given the previous news of Rafe’s departure it seems to be a good bet they’ll split town together.

Bit of a bummer… they killed Bo off, and bringing him back with some sort of Rolf zombie serum just to immediately write him out again would certainly be a waste of time. But the idea of Rafe & Hope riding off in the sunset just seems so….. wrong somehow. And even more so if it’s by boat (does the “Fancy Face” still exist, by the way??)

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Hey Satan, not so bad if they exit on the Love Boat.

Satan
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Satan

Not even Doug & Julie are going to want to be getting on a cruise ship any time soon! Those things were giant floating germ laboratories even before the Cheetoplague!

Steve
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Steve

I know the cast is too large already, but KA would be an interesting Lois Cerullo on GH.

Mary
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Mary

I agree

Satan
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Satan

I don’t see her as Lois at all.

Though she couldn’t be anymore miscast than the previous Lois recast was.

Without Rena Sofer, that character didn’t really fit in.

If Kristian were ever to show up in Port Charles, I’d rather see her as a new character. Perhaps some long lost Quartermaine or Cassadine relative we haven’t seen before. On the other horn, maybe not a Cassadine, because we wouldn’t want her to use that ridiculous “Princess Gina” accent ever again!

carol krajewski
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carol krajewski

She sure will be missed! Best of luck to her. She can always pop back
in ! Wow! just wow!

Momo
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Momo

I liked her story as Princess Gina, but since then she has not had much to do. I’ll miss her, but maybe she can come back every now and then.

Joel
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Joel

Good for her. She’s put in enough years, if she can fully retire, she should.

Ruth Yarbrough
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Ruth Yarbrough

Yes you have been a great asset to Days I admit I loved you and Bo best my prayers for your journey in the future. God Bless you

Rodd
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Rodd

I wish her well, but man!, is she ever going to leave a whole in the Horton family canvas. SO may Hortons have been dispatched this year. Not liking the thinning of the main family and trying to make it seem bigger by having “add-ons” at the Horton family Christmas party. We can see right through that. Kristian is the only one who can play Hope. I would love it if she’d pop back in from time to time. Now Ron and Ken need to add more Hortons back on the scene to fill the void left by the departures… Read more »

angela
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angela

Wish KA the best!!! If she is still in acting, Jack needs a good love interest on Y/R she is gracious and elegant enough to fit right in at Y/R..wishful thinking. Seriously, the first episode I ever saw of the show was when Kayla went to Stockholm to help Steve when he was shot. Hope and she were having a talk and Hope told her not to give up on Steve and that he was a lot like Bo. Loved the connections between friends & family. Bope/Stayla become my instant favs. Thanks for the memories.

Patrick
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Patrick

shoot… I still say… Jacks LOVE INTEREST ex-Beth Raines Spaulding… Beth Chamberlain. from Guiding Light

her soft sultry tantalize with JUST Jacks’.

Gloria Shaw
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Gloria Shaw

I would like to see her do a Hallmark movie act opposite Ryan Pavey. She can be the new Taylor Hayes on B&B or YR for Jack or Billy.

carol1952
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carol1952

i do Hope that she decides to come back one day.

Cindy
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Cindy

I no longer watch DOOL but I did watch it with my mom back in the 80s when Bo & Hope started going together and all the trouble they would get into…. I read that Kristian Alfonso is leaving DOOL… her last episode will be in Sept. That made me so sad and I really got thrown off the cliff when I found out Bo died 5 years ago! That said, I went on Youtube.com and found old scenes of Bo & Hope back in the 80s….when they first met, her 18th bday party, Bo kidnapping her from her wedding… Read more »

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