Allison Sweeney is Leaving Days of Our Lives

Balancing work and motherhood is not easy.  Allison Sweeney is a busy working mom balancing her role on Days of Our Lives and hosting the Biggest Loser.  It is true, Sweeney’s days are numbered.  After 21 years of playing Sami Brady, Sweeney has decided to leave Days of Our Lives.

Sweeney told Ellen DeGeneres,  ” … I’ve been on ‘Days of Our Lives’ since I was 16 years old and I have never had more than a two-week vacation in that whole time. I mean, it’s so awesome. I love Sami, I love Salem, I love my job, I love daytime, I love the fans, I love everything about it.”   The actress went on to say, “[But] my daughter just turned five and my son is nine and I just want to be with them and enjoy my last year,” Sweeney continues. “I’m going to be on ‘Days’ all this year. … We don’t have a specific time yet [for when I’m leaving], but I’m going to be on all this year and we’ll see what happens.”

Sweeney 37, who plays a grandmother on Days, has been a front burner actress for most of her time on the show.  What a huge loss for the show.  One cannot blame her though.  When Ellen asked about her post Salem plans she said, “And I’m really just excited to be with my kids and be with my husband and I don’t know, have fun. And I write. My second book’s coming out. I love directing and just you know finding things to do.”

Thank goodness we will still have some time to enjoy the always-crazy antics and life of Sami Brady.  When Ellen asked her how Sami’s story should end she stated, “It would be awesome to have some sort of happy ending, but I also think that maybe Sami probably deserves to have some sort of very twisted Breaking Bad ending. She’s caused a lot of people a lot of problems.”  I personally am hoping for the happy ending, how about you?

What are your favorite Sami moments or stories?

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BY: Carol Boorom / @CBoorom


  1. Pat Jackson

    I have watched Days of Our Lives for over 20 years and Samantha has always been a major character on the show and a Great Actress!
    I am curious IF the writers will replace her OR kill her off, not sure which is more appealing or interesting.
    Wish her all the Best and hope she enjoys her children and family life!

  2. Val

    I have been watching Days for 24 years now and have always loved the Sami moments. I personally think she has gotten such a bad rap over the years. I feel like I can relate a little to her story. We are both close to the same age and my life (like hers) has put me through so many roller coasters. I hope they neither replace her or kill her off. I hope she just moves away and maybe later come back for an appearance. Good luck Alison and have fun with your family.

  3. Carol Snyder

    Keep Sami, DUMP the new Will. Actually I don’t care since I quit watching with the Sonny & Will storyline. Day’s is a worthless show now due to that junk

  4. Cathie McCammon

    I have watched Days of our Lives since the beginning. I’ve seen them come and go. But Sami is the one character to leave that would sadden me. She is GOOD at this role and I don’t think anyone else could replace her. Although I completely understand he reasons, her family should come first. All my best to you Allison Sweeney!!!

  5. Cathie McCammon

    I have watched Days since the very beginning. I’ve seen them come and go. Allison is Good at this part and I don’t see how anyone can replace her and do her part justice. I wish you all the best Allison, I know your family comes first..Have a great life, you will be missed!!!

  6. Pat Watkins

    I would have to see Sami killed off the show since she is an integral part of Days. Let her move away like Carrie and maybe she will be able to come back from time to time for visits.

  7. Diane

    What devastating news! I love watching Days mostly because of Sami! Days will not be the same without her…..I see an end coming not just for Sami!

    However….I completely agree with the reasoning behind why she wants to leave. Good luck when you do!

  8. Gina

    I have been a days fan since I as a little girl , I am 43, so I would say I’ve been watching days for a very long time. Sami has always beeen my favorite. I will miss you Allison Sweeney, but I am happy for you as family does come first. There will never be anyone who could play that role like you. Best of luck to you! :)

  9. Patricia

    I too have watched Days since the beginning but since the gay love scenes it makes me sick. Why did the writers have to ruin such a good program? I am seriously considering leaving the TV off for that 1 hour now. As for now, I’ve just been covering my eyes when those two are on screen. WHERE IS WILL??? He was so cute & a good actor & a perfect son for Sami.

  10. Lawanna Myers

    I love Sammanthas role. She should leave biggest loser instead. I want her and Ej to get married and live happily ever after.We need to see more of her and Ej they make the show. We need Bo and hope back together again too.

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  12. Pam

    Most of these young actresses find out that they are just flashes in the pan when they leave the shows that gave them the fame in the first place.allison Sweeney is no different.i think if all she wants is to spend time with her family then she needs to quit Biggest Loser not Days.Days has been on for years,Biggest Loser could be cancelled tomorrow .Rethink your decision Allison, stay with Days

    1. Ntombie

      Oh please give this woman a break,she has gave up everything to grow and keep up with any direction they point her need to cut her some slack…DOOL is “famous” because of her not the way around.

  13. Rhonda Kelley

    I been watching Days for years going on now more than 35yrs. I watched when TV was only in B&W . As for the Gay scene I don’t care to see it on day time tv. If you want to have a Gay couple fine put not so much sex. Going to miss Sami. But understand family comes first.

  14. Robin

    I will miss Allison Sweeney. I have watched her since she started on Days. I just hope Days doesn’t replace her. I hope they just have her character leave, not killed off, so that maybe Allison Sweeney could return once in a while for the future, it would be nice.

  15. Angela

    I have also been watching Days since I was about 8 years old…I am now almost 42. I remember when Sami and Eric were born and the show won’t be the same without Sami. I agree that it would be good to keep her character alive so she can come back for visits to Salem or possibly return to the show in the future…however; even if they do “kill her off” this could still happen since dead people always return in Salem! LOL.
    As for the comments on Sonny and Will I finally got used to the gay couple story line but Sonny and Will’s great personalities helped me to really begin to like them. That being said; the “love” scenes are totally disgusting and aren’t needed. I haven’t come across a single comment from anyone saying they enjoy watching Sonny and Will in love scene mode. I really like the sitcom ‘Modern Family’ and the gay couple in that show are absolutely hilarious, they never make out or show gross love scenes yet they still come across as having great chemistry. I don’t have to worry about having to close my eyes when I watch Modern Family! My 19 year old son watches Days and he is very open to others and their gender/sexual preference, but even HE grosses out at Will and Sonny’s love scenes! If you want people to accept the gay story lines don’t try to force it so much. Just let the couple be fun and happy, not gross and half naked in bed.

  16. brittany Ceballos

    I’ve Watching ”Days of our Live” Since 1993 and I love (Alison Sweeney)Sami I am going to miss her and Have meet Her Several Time go Luck in all you do……. Brittany Ceballos # 1 Fan

  17. Cyndi Babish

    I’ve watched Days of our Lives since I started watching it with my mom when I was little. I remember when Sami came on the show. I can understand in my head why she wants to leave – hectic schedule and all – but my heart dropped when I read more of the article only to find she was leaving at the end of the year. I, too, hope the readers don’t kill her off and leave the door open for her to come back if she wishes. Also, the dilemma of what will happen to the kids. Will EJ take Sydney and Johnny and Lucus take Allie? Sami will leave a huge hole in the fabric of the show and the writers will need to bring on some new characters now to begin weaving them into the story line.

    And this is a special request of the writers, please let at least one couple have some regular happiness on the show. Tom and Alice Horton were the last ones to be truly happy and it worked for them on the show. Since Jennifer now appears to be the “matriarch” of the Horton family, please give her someone (hopefully Daniel) with whom to develop a strong loving relationship. It becomes tedious to watch every day and see that there is no one who is happy. It would also be nice to see Eric and Nicole have a chance at the real love they’ve been carrying in their hearts for years. Of course, that means that Marlena will be unhappy that he’s given up his “calling” and followed his heart. Too bad, Marlena!! How many times have you folowed your heart and look where you are now; John Black is off to parts unknown, his name is barto ely ever mentioned, and you are very unhappy. And for the love of God, please GET RID OF ANN MILBAUER!!!!!. I want tp choke her each and every day.

  18. Name (required)carolyn

    I have been watching DOOL since the beginning also . I love this SOAP, theres not one that can take DOOL place . And Allison I will truly miss you when you leave , hope you get to come back. I also miss the others that have left or will be leaving. I watched Sammi and Eric on a Hallmark movie and you guys were awesome. Love love Dool. You guys are no. # one.

  19. Downiegirl

    I too, have been watching Days of Our Lives for many years, 45 to be exact. I really was heart broken to hear of Sami leaving the show. I agree with others that maybe the show could work around with her and bring her on from time to time since she is a grandmother now on the show. Kinda like they do with Julie and Doug and others they have brought back from time to time. I wish Allison all the best, she will surely be missed!!

  20. Name (required)Kathleen Moore

    I am 65 years old. My mom started me watching it a few years after it first came on. When my daughter was in Pre-school, it was two days a week. I would pick her up 15 minutes early so we didn’t miss the beginning. I like how MacDonald Carrey’s voice is still there. Sami and Rafe I think were the closest acting to be real. NOW let me tell you about Stepheno. NO lets not. I am a true fan.

  21. jodie

    As a days fan I’m sad to see any of those we grow to love leave the show, but I know it’s just a show getting emotional to see allison Sweeney leave! Hope after a few years she will make a reappearance in the future! Best of luck to allison sweeney the one and only best to be sami!

  22. shannon

    allisin pppppppppppppppppppppplllllllllllllllleeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaasssssssssssssssssssssssssssseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee dont leave leave he iggest losser but stay on days till it looks liek it may go off the air ppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppplllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaasssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  23. JoAnn W.

    I hate to see Allison leave the show but I wish her luck. I’d rather they not replace her so in the future she could come back for visits maybe. As far as Will & Sonny goes they don’t bother me at all & never have. I don’t want JJ to get into trouble but Teresa needs to be taught a lesson. Ann needs to go. I’m still mixed for Nicole & Erick, rather to keep him in the church or let him & her together. But what ever happens I want the show to stay on the air.

  24. Crystal

    So hate to see Ali leaving the show, but I definitely understand. Would love to see Sami reuinted with Lucas and then have both leave the canvas (preferably married), Lucas is her one true love…

  25. Lucy67

    I agree it is sad to see her leave. I hope they don’t do a limbo storyline ending where she gets kidnapped or something. I hope they don’t drag on EJ’s love affair with Abbi. It was ok to in the beginning but now it’s boring. Sami will probably find out and move to Chicago because she has been going there a lot. Please keep EJ!!! I fast forward all love scenes Gay or not!! Best wishes to Alison. Do not replace her character because no one would be able to match her.

  26. Barbara Campbell

    Best of luck to Allison Sweeney. I can’t imagine anyone else playing the role of Samantha Brady, but the character is such a good girl/bad girl role that I hope they replace the actress and don’t kill her off or write the character off. I’m sure in time, I would love the new actress playing the role, just as any other character that has been recast. There are a lot of good actresses that could use the income as well, I’m sure.

  27. brenda

    I love SAMI!!! I have been watching since DAY #1–I watched with my mom as a little girl!! I understand why Allison wants to leave but please don’t kill her off let her come back from time to time!!! I love your book, it was AWESOME!!! please stay!! maybe they can cut your time back or something to work with you!!!

  28. Barbara

    love Allison,please don’t kill or replace her no one will match all she has done she is the best,i can see her finding out about the affair EJ is having and her breaking it off and leaving salem to clear her head then that way she can make apperances from time to time like Julie/Doug . Gabby’s role for her not sure. Will/Sonny like them on show but don’t like love scene UGH. Dool needs a loving family maybe Jenifer/Daniel get back together raise Dainel’s son and even adopt a child,after all the show started with the Hortons,Ido miss BO not being on the Show hope this is not permenant and he comes back soon,maybe Hope can have an affair and BO comes back and stop it just in time.Eric/Nicole well what ever happens there happens.JJ/Teresa I would like to see JJ turn good and Teresa get caught do time and keep her as good girl/bad girl like Kristin was.Rafe need a good role for him.Nick/ Abby well not a good pair.Brady/Kate /Marlena Lucas/ Abe/Roman/Stefeno ????? Victor/Maggie well everone loves Maggie she is the mom of moms love her.
    Love the show, HUGE FAN I go way back 70’s

  29. christy jordan

    well ummm…. where to start my family has been watching days our whole lives I remember sitting on my grandmas knees and her making us be very quiet cause it was on and now my children even watch lol we all love sammi she is the best since I can relate to a lot of her scenes that she plays I feel as if she knows how I feel at times lol in some ways days is part of our family. in which we all talk about and share at family holidays it is very sad that my favorite character is leaving, but I also can relate to waiting more time with her children and family life so I wish you all the best and I hope for a happy ending I belive you deserve it

  30. Karen

    going to miss Sami. But on to another subject. I’ve been watching from the beginning. I wish these writers would come up with enough so that we would not have to watch the same characters have the same conversation for 2 days or more. Sometimes most of the show is just about one conversation where they keep interrupting each other so they can’t just get on with it. It is so boring to keep watching the same conversation go on and on and on. Come on writers, we are getting tired of this…

  31. Sherry

    I too have been watching DOOL forever and I hate to see Sami go and I hate what they have done to BO and Hope and I hate what they have done to John and Marlana and I absolutely hate the sickening gay love scenes. The writers have ruined days with all of this crap of no one EVER being happy and in love more than a day or two. I understand Sami wanting to leave days as there is a lot of us wanting to leave days now

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