After a six-year run with Passions, Kelli McCarty
) has announced that she will exit the soap this summer. This will mark the third change in the actress' status with the NBC soap.
McCarty, who was crowned Miss USA in 1991, joined the cast of Passions in 1999. At the time, McCarty appeared in recurring capacity. The actress won praise from network execs and the show eventually extended her a contract offer. In September 2002, McCarty was inked to a contract with the show. Two years later, the actress dropped to recurring status - where she has been ever since.
"[Show execs] gave me the thumbs-up to pack up and get out of there, so that's what I'm doing," McCarty revealed.
McCarty revealed that she has already filmed her last in-studio scenes. However, that doesn't mean that fans have seen the last of the actress.
"We have two days on location next month, but [May 27th] was my official last day on-set."
When McCarty was downgraded to recurring status last year, her on-screen mother, Kathleen Noone
) was also taken off contract. With McCarty exiting the show, it was initially unclear how Noone's future with the program with be affected. It has since been revealed that Noone will also exit the show
McCarty's final airdate is July 15th.