The daytime community is still in shock over the news that Kristian Alfonso will not be returning to Days of our Lives when the NBC soap opera resumes production this September. The actress shared that she is saying goodbye to the role of Hope Brady in order to focus on the next stage of her life. Fans have shared many opinions about this shocking casting development (as seen on Soap Central's Twitter feed), but the consensus from Alfonso's DAYS castmates and other soap opera stars is the same: they're sad to see her go, but supportive of what must have been a very tough decision.
Check out how various stars have reacted to Alfonso's exit news below, and don't forget to share your opinion about her departure from DAYS in the Comments section at the end of the article.
Robert Scott Wilson (Ben Weston): Iconic. Kristian, it was an honor to share the stage with you. From day one you welcomed me with open arms and I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to tell stories alongside you, especially these last few months. I'm rooting for you. Here's to your next chapter! 🥂 #BostonStrong"
Greg Rikaart (ex-Leo Stark, DAYS; Kevin Fisher, The Young and the Restless): "Congratulations, Kristian! I will always be particularly grateful to you for you the kindness and warmth you showed me from day one. How lucky everyone at DAYS and the fans have been all these years. Enjoy all the next adventures."
Kyle Lowder (ex-Rex Brady/Brady Black): "Kristian, I still remember the first time I met you. My first day of work on the show, 20 years ago this month. You were so gracious and welcoming to me, as terrified as I was at the time as a green 19 year old kid. Thank you for that day, and all the days since. You are one of the greats, professionally AND personally. I will miss seeing your face in Salem. Thank you for all that you have done for DAYS, and for me."
Paul Telfer (Xander Kiriakis): "So lucky that I got to work with you -- wishing you the very best for all your future endeavors and successes!"
Alison Sweeney (Sami Brady): "So much love and respect for you @kristianalfonso!"
Wally Kurth (Justin Kiriakis): "You were there when I first started my TV journey. Always supportive and with a ready smile. To your next chapter! I will always remember the laughs we shared on stage."
Lauren Koslow (Kate Roberts): "An inspiration to us all -- love to you GF."
Martha Madison (Belle Black): It will never be the same."
Freddie Smith (Sonny Kiriakis): "It was an absolute pleasure to share the stage with you @kristianalfonso -- your professionalism, talent, and work ethic has inspired me so much! Anytime we'd see each other at work, you would always greet me with a big hug and smile asking how myself and [my fiancée] Alyssa were doing. That meant the world to me. Thank you for your kind words and advice throughout the years. I'm excited to see your next chapter!"
Victoria Konefal (Ciara Brady) Well said mama😍 proud of you."
Mary Beth Evans (Kayla Brady): "I love you sister."
Chrishell Stause (ex-Jordan Ridgeway): "You are the epitome of class wrapped up in the most beautiful shell!! I absolutely loved being able to work with such an icon!! Wishing you nothing but the best in whatever your next chapter is."
Brandon Barash (Jake Lambert, ex-Stefan DiMera): "What a pleasure it's been! Miss you already! Congrats on that next chapter!"
Stephen Nichols (Steve Johnson): "Gonna miss your smiling face, Baby. What an amazing run. But... I think you'll be back. Lots of love."
Lamon Archey (Eli Grant): "Best of luck Kristian! It was always a pleasure working with you. You'll definitely be missed."
Charles Shaughnessy (ex-Shane Donovan): "Classy as always! You have brightened so many lives, mine included! Now go do some well-earned day-drinking!!"
Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Summers, Y&R): "You are a beautiful shining light!"
Linsey Godfrey (Sarah Horton): "I love you so much, Mama. You're such sunshine and joy at work. I will miss you so much but I'm grateful for every minute I got with you and for our friendship."
Sal Stowers (Lani Price): "It's had truly been an honor getting to know you and working with you. Thank you for all your beautiful words of wisdom and being such a dear friend to me. I love you."
Missy Reeves (Jennifer Horton): "Love you to the moon and back. I can't wait to see what's next."
Darin Brooks (ex-Max Brady, DAYS; Wyatt Fuller, The Bold and the Beautiful): "Congrats! All you guys were my first family on TV! Lots of love to you on the next adventure!"
John McCook (Eric Forrester, B&B) "@kristianalfonso has been a beautiful light on DAYS for many wonderful years..All good thoughts to her at this moment!!"
Kate Linder (Esther Valentine, Y&R): "Kristian -- you are not only talented but very giving and caring as well. I look forward to seeing what your next chapter holds for you. I know that it will be truly amazing. Sending you my love."
Guy Wilson (ex-Will Horton): "I worked with her for two years. She's an absolute class act and a powerful performer."
Krista Allen (ex-Billie Reed): "Wow! -- I'm sending you all the love! Thank you for making my time on the show so awesome. I loved being the Billie to your Hope. There have been 3 Billie's -- but there will always be only ONE Hope. You're a legend KA."
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