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Kristian Alfonso Reveals What Led To Her Days of our Lives Exit

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On Thursday night, iconic Days of our Lives star Kristian Alfonso (Hope) gave more details to Entertainment Tonight of just what led to her departure from the show she called home for 37 years.

Alfonso is one of the most soap-famous actresses in the genre and a long and enduring fan favorite with viewers, so when she announced earlier this month on Instagram that she was exiting and moving on to a new chapter in her life and career, fans were stunned.

Interviewed by former General Hospital star and current ET anchor Matt Cohen (Ex-Griffin). Kristian opened up further about her exit from the show.  You can watch her segment from ET here.

In her discussion with Cohen, Alfonso said she made the choice to step away from DAYS, after she was informed by executive producer Ken Corday that they were planning to write her character off of the show for four to five months. Although she was told that her character would come back and have a storyline, she then decided it was sign for her to move on,

Kristian told ET: “At that moment I thought to myself, you know what, it’s time for a change and it was the perfect moment to make that decision. I was taken aback when he said that they wanted to take me off camera for four to five months. It was not something that had ever been discussed but that’s what it was, and to come back in five to six months, or four to five months — whatever that time frame was — I just thought, you know what, it’s time to really write a new chapter. I’ve had an incredible run there. I’ve had so many amazing friends and memories. I cannot say enough how I’ll miss so many people working there and working with them, but they are in my life and we do socialize, but like I said, I think it’s time.”

Alfonso also acknowledged she’s had a “roller coaster of emotions” since her decision, but ultimately, she doesn’t have any regrets.   She added: “I don’t know if I will continue in this business, but possibly. I have been getting calls and some interest on some projects, so we’ll see.”

As to why she came forward with more details on her exit from the soap, Kristian expressed: “I felt that I owed it to the audience.  The viewers who have watched for so long, I didn’t want to hide anything. I’ve always been upfront, very honest, sometimes I get in trouble for being so honest. … But I just felt that I really wanted to share what my decision was. I didn’t want it to be a shock or a surprise when all the sudden, you know, Hope just appears in the attic or she’s off looking for someone or maybe she’s taken a trip or she’s, I don’t know what they would come up with. …  I had really thought about leaving, mulling it over I’d say probably for the last few years.”

Always one to be positive, Kristian leaves DAYS with, as she put best: “So many milestones in my life happened on that show and I have so many incredible memories.”  She added on her amazing run on the show: “I truly worked my tail off but I was very lucky to get the opportunity. Did I ever think that I would be on a show for so many years? No, I didn’t. I didn’t realize that, no. I never took anything for granted. Ever. Ever, ever.”

So, what do you think about what Kristian revealed led to her departure from DAYS?  Will you miss seeing her on-screen? Comment below.

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carol1952
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It wouldnt surprise me one single bit that they were planning to write Hope off.SHe really didnt have much of a story plot.I say give it a few months she will be in a Lifetime movie.That seems to be where a lot of Days stars land up. Off topic have you noticed you dont see Kate Mansi that much?Well a few weeks ago she was in a brand new Lifetime movie.If you are a Kate fan she sure has been in a lot Lifetime movies so has Nicole Anyway if they can find a descent story about Hope maybe she… Read more »

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Oh ya Marci Miller was also in a Lifetime movie.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Also, when Abby returns, Marci will be playing the part.

carol1952
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carol1952

I actually liked Marci so did my best friend.I think Kate is doing more movies that is why she left.

Celia
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Celia

As “popular” as Alfonso may be, personally it is no great loss—-my opinion.
It was amazing for me seeing Sweeney, today—hopefully, she has a gift for Rafe—-she had his baby and kept it a secret.

Jimh
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Jimh

Hey,are you the same Celia…i had to leave this site cause someone hacked my computer using my Jim name and using my email address as well..found over 100 comments/posts from the hacker on different sites and seen he even made comments here under the name Jim that wasnt mine under other posts/stories that was not my own opinion and there is no delete button to take them off here so many will think they are mine…i will stay with Jimh…i need escapism but other sites i belong too were getting too political and full of hate at each other and… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Hi, Jimmy—it is I—-sorry you had to go through all that. I went through the same thing when I was posting as CeeCee—
I can’t say I blame you for having doubts —-it’s a different world, my friend. We are regressing into the Wild, Wild West. Lawlessness at its best–or should I say, worst.
Be safe, Jimmy–we need to hang on and believe in Divine❤️ power.

Shay
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Shay

Amen to that, CeeCeeGirl! (And hello! Good to see you back again…) I’ve been wondering how you’ve been faring in your new environs and meaning to get in touch, then….Voila! Suddenly, there you were! “Hope” all is well with you and yours…..no KA pun intended! (Hey, she had an incredible daytime run…whether or not you shall miss the character, it remained a pleasure to see the fairer half of one of soap’s most legendary ‘80’s supercouples survive for nearly four solid decades on the DOOL canvas!) Anyway, I’m still fighting the good fight against all those negative forces currently befalling… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Hiya, Shaybelle—-sorry I did not answer you sooner. I haven’t been checking in— All is well on this side of the Mississippi—–very hot weather—kids in te pool all day, keepig me on my toes. How ae you?? As far as teaching, nothing is set yet considering the tumultuos chaos . Now, the Teachers’ Union is making obnoxious demands. Kids need to be in school,Shay…-so many factors involved……emotionally, physically and psychologically. Going against the grain/norm is not indicative for healthy chid-development. I heard through the grapevine that GH is airing new episodes starting Monday ( the 3rd). Soooo glad!! I miss… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

P.S. Will you be still be teaching in your new locale? I meant to ask about that in my previous post…Despite the uncertainty surrounding the upcoming school year due to the current health crisis, I truly hope you will be because the country desperately needs more excellent educators like you, CeeCeeGirl!!!!

Shay
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Shay

Awwww…that is totally despicable, Jimh!!!! So sorry that you’ve had your privacy invaded by nasty, unconscionable people who obviously have way too much spare time on their hands…(Sounds like the same kind who are causing mayhem in the streets and destroying private/public property that doesn’t belong to them! Seems nothing triggers these miscreants more than those of us who actually appreciate a calm, civilized life and have respect for manners, morals and the rule of law! ) I imagine your good-hearted disposition, highly-evident wit and optimistic determination—despite numerous personal adversities—really irk those miserable sorts who cannot stand to see anyone… Read more »

Jimh
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Jimh

Nice to hear we are all back…

davlestev1
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I can’t say I’m surprised after that princess Gina debacle involving Steve as Stefano. What a horrific story line. All the comings and goings smack of a lack of creativeness on the Head Writer’s part. And what do they do? Fire the long serving Executive Producer Greg Meng as if it were his fault. Sure there have been preemption’s, especially in California due to the coronavirus. But,to have viewing numbers for Days original content to fall well below repeats of other Soaps (CBS,ABC) speaks of a wider problem. And it ain’t Greg Meng.

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Ummmm….why did I just receive an email saying I’ve been subscribed as a new member here, and had to confirm it? LOL. OK. I confirmed it. Strange.

Rob R
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Rob R

Actually in demographics that influence advertising (Women 18-34 and Women 25-54), DAYS has been No. 1 since the others went into repeats, and actually beat GH during its last two weeks of originals.

viewer88
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viewer88

lol, it’s alway been RC, taking kickbacks to kill…
the looney thing is coronavirus,
it hit nyc, then LA, next stop, Deleware?

too Cool!

Connie
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Connie

Hope has not had a good story line in a long time . She is too good of actress to just be put on back burner . To me her and Rafe had no chemsary . I wish her best at anything she does but I sure don’t blame her for leaving .

gwendolen
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gwendolen

YES. I will miss her (Kristen) …and Jennifer (Melissa). I grew up with these ladies and I must say…it really saddens me…now..this is just a “soap”. but like I said…I grew up watching them. so. I hope they come back at some point. and they really do deserve a great story line. they are a classic for “days” thank you both….

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Stars React to Alec Baldwin Fatally Shooting Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins & Injuring Director, Joel Souza, In Prop Gun Mishap On Set of ‘Rust’

UPDATED: Over the last 24 hours, the entertainment world has been stunned, by the horrific incident that took place on the set of the western drama Rust, while it was shooting scenes in New Mexico.

What is known is that Alec Baldwin (Ex-The Doctors, Knots Landing) discharged a prop gun that killed Director of Photography, Halyna Hutchins and injured director, Joel Souza.  The film also stars Frances Fisher (Ex-Edge of Night) and Jensen Ackles (Ex-Days of our Lives). Baldwin is also a producer on the film.

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According to Variety, the prop gun contained a “live single round,” according to an email sent by IATSE Local 44 to its membership.

On Friday, Alec Baldwin made a statement via Twitter on his Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation Twitter feed, expressing: “There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”

Yesterday, The Sante Fe Sheriff’s Departments originally shared that “Hutchins, 42, and Souza, 48 were shot when a prop firearm was discharged by Alec Baldwin.  Ms. Hutchins was transported, via helicopter, to University of New Mexico Hospital where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel. Mr. Souza was transported by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical center where he was undergoing treatment for his injuries. This investigation remains open and active. No charges have been filed in regard to this incident. Witnesses continue to be interviewed by detectives.”

This morning, Frances Fisher revealed in a twitter conversation with Patricia Arquette, that director Joel Souza had been released from the hospital.  Meanwhile, photographs of a distraught Baldwin emerged following the shooting.

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The news of the Baldwin prop gun incident, isn’t the first time something like this has happened. Jon-Erik Hexum was killed on October 18, 1984, on the set of the TV show Cover Up when he accidentally shot himself in the head with a gun loaded with blanks. Then, in 1993, Brandon Lee, the son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, died from a prop gun accident on the set of The Crow by a cast member.

As the news made its way through the entertainment community and mainstream news, several soap stars shared their reactions to the fatal shooting accident.

General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan) expressed: “Feeling so sad for everyone involved in the tragedy on the #RustMovie set. I do know the film was staffed with experienced, thoughtful professionals. Please, let’s wait until we have the facts. Nothing positive will come from passing judgement or casting aspersions before then.”

General Hospital and Dynasty’s Emma Samms (Holly, Fallon) shared on her friend Jon-Erik Hexum’s death: This AWFUL tragedy on #Rust is unfathomable to me. If all on-set protocols were being adhered to, how, on earth, could it have happened? After what happened to Brandon Lee and my dear friend Jon-Erik Hexam, the firearm protocols became incredibly strict. I was told (when I was with him at the hospital afterwards) that Jon-Erik had been working with a completely empty gun all morning. A blank (still very dangerous) was loaded and then immediately there was a delay. Exhausted, he was allowed to fall asleep – loaded gun in hand. hey woke him, but there was immediately another delay. Jon-Erik put the gun to his head, forgetting it now contained a blank, (because he had just woken up) and jokingly pulled the trigger. He was not the kind of person to play around with a loaded gun. #fortherecord”

We will continue to post reactions and update this story.

What are your thoughts on the fatal shooting on the set of Rust? Comment below.  How can this not happen again, so everyone is safe in this working environment when ‘dangerous’ props are called for or used to make a movie or a TV show?

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Natalie Morales Set to Join ‘The Talk’ After Exiting NBC News

Looks like the The Talk table will now be set, as Natalie Morales will be added to the line-up of co-hosts for the CBS daytime afternoon series.

Although CBS would offer no official word or comment after the story on her coming to the series ran in the Daily Mail, Natalie would join: Sheryl Underwood, Amanda Kloots, Jerry O’Connell and Akbar Gbajabiamila on the panel.

This comes after Morales exited NBC News this morning after 22 years for an “unspecified new opportunity”.  However, she will continue to appear on Dateline’s 30th season throughout the rest of year.

The longtime Today Show anchor told staffers she was moving on expressing in a note: “To my Dateline and Today show families, it’s very hard to say goodbye… and we all know in this business it’s never goodbye but see you later. I’m eternally grateful for the support and deep friendships that will remain no matter where our paths lead.  I have so much to be thankful for and for every one of you who helped me get here… muchísimas gracias mis amigos.”

Tom Mazzarelli, the EP of Today also wrote in a note to staff that “Morales been offered an opportunity she’s passionate about and has decided to step away from NBC News after an incredible two-decade career here.”

Natalie previously anchored Access Hollywood from 2016 to 2019 and continued to be the West Coast anchor of Today.

So, what do you think of Natalie Morales, becoming a main co-host on The Talk? Good fit? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Soap Veteran Michael Tylo Passes Away at 73

Michael Tylo, well-remembered for his roles on daytime soap operas, has died at the age of 73.  Tylo, was most-loved in his role as Quinton Chamberlain, in the Quint and Nola (Lisa Brown) romance on Guiding Light, as well for his time on The Bold and the Beautiful (Ex-Sherman), All My Children (Ex-Matt), The Young and the Restless (Ex-Rick/Blade), Another World (Ex-Lord Peter Belton), and General Hospital (Ex-Charlie).

Tylo’s death was announced by Nancy Uscher, Dean of College of Fine Arts at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where Michael was a film professor.  Michael died on Tuesday at Henderson Hospital in Henderson, Nevada, following an illness.

In a statement on the UNLV website, Uscher said of her colleague: “Michael Tylo was a beautiful and caring human being — he was so special.  He was an exemplary friend, colleague, teacher, and artist. He had such a distinguished and rich career, but he was humble about his accomplishments. He loved his family dearly and lived a joyous life, but he left us way too soon. We will miss him greatly, but feel deep gratitude about all that Michael contributed to the College of Fine Arts, UNLV, and the world.”

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As soap fans know, Michael was previously married to Hunter Tylo (Taylor, B&B) and they shared three children together: Izabelle and Katya, and tragically, their late son, Mickey, who drowned back in 2007.

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Michael is also survived by his wife Rachelle, and their daughter, Kollette.

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There has been no word yet on the actual cause of death of Michael’s death, while information about services for Michael are said to be forthcoming.  Michael Fairman TV will continue to update this story.

Watch Michael with Lisa Brown in the wedding of Quint and Nola on Guiding Light below.

Then, share your condolences and remembrances of Michael via the comment section.

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