After five years of playing the role of Abigail Devereaux, Kate Mansi is exiting the role. The popular actress took over the “Days of our Lives” role from Ashley Benson, who currently airs on FreeForm’s “Pretty Little Liars.”
Abigail has definitely been through much turmoil in Salem. After being stalked (thanks to her former friend Gabi Hernandez), fell in love with Carrie’s husband Austin,had an affair with EJ DiMera, and now kidnapped by her fiancee Ben Weston, one would hope she would get a happy ending. Of course, the man she truly loves, Chad DiMera, just broke from a brainwashing curse, and has learned the baby she carried was really his! What more can this girl face?
After being first reported by Serial Scoop, Mansi took to her official Instagram to let the fans know about her decision to leave the Daytime Emmy winning soap:
“I’ve kept quiet as long as I could, but since it seems news has leaked, I feel I owe it to you all to set the record straight. Alright… here it is: After much thought, I’ve decided the timing was right for me to set sail from Salem. 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. I can confidently say that I poured everything I had into Abigail, especially this last year, and cannot wait for you to see what’s coming! I also want to express how very proud I am to have had the privilege of being a part of this incredibly hard-working daytime community for the past five years. I am grateful beyond measure to the DOOL family, which I feel extends beyond our set, to you, the amazing, and unwavering fans. I thank you for all the support and love you’ve shown Abigail and me. Oh, and one more thing… STAY TUNED! I PROMISE you, you won’t want to miss what’s coming! XO KM”
While Kate Mansi is officially done taping, look for her to still air as Abigail until May. No word has been made if the role will be recast.