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Alison Sweeney Leaving 'Days of Our Lives' for Family

January 21, 2014 (3:05 pm) GMT
The 37-year-old actress, who joined the show when she was only 16, said she wanted to enjoy her time with her husband and their two kids.

After more than two decades going through "", is ending her run. The 37-year-old actress announced on "" on Tuesday, January 21 that she would be leaving the soap opera this year.

"I'm celebrating my 21st year and I decided that it's going to be my last year with the show," Sweeney told . She was only 16 when she joined the show as Samantha "Sami" Brady. She has also been the host of "" since 2007.

"I have never had more than a two-week vacation [since I began Days] in that whole time and yeah," the mother of two said. "It's [been] awesome. I love Sami, I love Salem, I love my job, I love daytime, I love the fans, I love everything about it."

The Daytime Emmy winner said she wanted to focus on her kids. "My daughter just turned 5 and my son is 9, and I just want to be with them and enjoy my last year," she reasoned. The actress is married to California Highway Patrolman David Sanov and is mother to Ben and Martha. She added later, "I'm really just excited to be with my kids and be with my husband and ...have fun. And I write, my second book's coming out and I love directing!"

Although she will be on the show all this year, she admitted that she had no knowledge on when her final episode yet. "It would be awesome to have some kind of happy ending, but then I also think Sami probably deserves some sort of very twisted like '' ending," she said. "She's caused a lot of people a lot of problems."

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