Kate Mansi only has a small number of days left in the soap opera world. The actress will leave “Days of Our Lives” in the spring.
After four years on the NBC daytime drama, Mansi, 27, made the decision not to renew her contract to play Abigail Deveraux. “After much thought, I’ve decided the timing was right for me to set sail from Salem,” Mansi revealed on Instagram. “I must say that I have thoroughly enjoyed every single beautiful and messy moment of being Abigail, and will always treasure our time together. I want to be very clear in saying that this was not a decision I took lightly. It was important for me to see Abigail through the most recent storyline, as well as through the show's historic 50th anniversary celebration.”
Her character is currently in the middle of a major plotline. Abigail finally revealed to Chad that Thomas is his son, but Chad has been brainwashed by his family. It sounds like the storyline will conclude before Mansi leaves. The Wrap reports that her last episode will air in May.
Mansi is looking forward to new projects. “Days” was her first big gig, and she teased that she has new projects on the horizon. “Oh, and one more thing... STAY TUNED! I PROMISE you, you won't want to miss what's coming!” she added.
NBC hasn’t revealed if they will recast Abigail. Several other actresses have played the part, including “Pretty Little Liars” star Ashley Benson. We Love Soaps reports that a new casting call sounds similar to Abigail’s character, so it’s possible they’re searching for a replacement.
“Days of Our Lives” airs weekdays on NBC. Check your local listings for times.