As news reports began circulating that Stacy Haiduk is leaving DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Kristen’s portrayer took to social media to address her fans directly. “So yesterday you all read that I was leaving DAYS!” she shared on Instagram. “But let’s not write Kristen DiMera off quite yet! Is anyone really gone in Salem? After all, I am the Phoenix!”
The character of Kristen DiMera was introduced back in 1993 and was originally played by Eileen Davidson. In 2018, the role was recast with Haiduk, who soap fans remembered from her roles as Hannah on ALL MY CHILDREN and Patty and Emily on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS. In her time on DAYS, Haiduk also portrayed Kristen’s look-alike, Susan Banks. But it was a recent storyline surrounding the time jump that allowed a softer, more sympathetic side of the vixen to emerge. Well, at least until she stabbed Victor in a fit of rage!
“This heartfelt journey of Kristen, Brady, and Baby Rachel has been so amazing,” the actress gushed. “These two characters have worked so hard this past year to be together! From the pages of the writers to us actors, I am truly blessed and grateful to all you fans who came on this journey. I love your support and enthusiasm. Thank you so much! Love and light!”
Characters come and go from Salem all the time — heck, even death can’t keep some people away! While there is no confirmed information on when Kristen might be making an exit or how (Go to jail? Go on the run?), you can rest assured that like her father, Stefano, she is one DiMera who is never gone for long!