“Days of Our Lives” actors are refuting rumors that the long-running NBC soap may be nearing its end.
“We are still here,” star Kristian Alfonso — who plays Hope Williams Brady on the show — said in an Instagram video from set Tuesday. “And I have someone to confirm that,” she continued, bringing “Days of Our Lives” head writer Ron Carlivati into the shot.
“Today is Tuesday, November 12th, and we are still here and we are not going anywhere. You heard it here first, folks. Don’t listen to the news, always — especially that report,” Alfonso said.
TVLine published an exclusive report on Tuesday morning that said producers from “Days of Our Lives” had released all actors from their contracts and that the show would go into a production hiatus at the end of November. Soon after, “Days of Our Lives” began trending on Twitter as speculation swirled about the future of the show, and whether the sands of time may be running out of the hourglass, so to speak.
NBC and Sony declined TheWrap’s request for comment Tuesday, but other current and former actors on the 54-year-old soap are breaking their silence on the situation.
“We’re not being canceled,” tweeted Chandler Massey, who plays Will Horton on the show. “We are pausing production because we are so far ahead of schedule (and it saves us $). Days will still air during the entire hiatus, so you won’t miss anything!”
Former star Eileen Davidson, who played Kristen DiMera, also chimed in with a message of support.
“Sending so much love out to the wonderful people at Days of our Lives behind and in front of the cameras,” Davidson tweeted. “Such a fantastic and talented group of people.”
Though the fate of the series remains to be seen — NBC is expected to decide on renewal plans in 2020 — episodes will continue to air on the usual schedule.