Kate Mansi Leaving "Days of Our Lives" Role as Abigail Deveraux

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Kate Mansi, known best for her role as Abigail Deveraux on the daytime drama Days of Our Lives, has confirmed she is leaving the show. Even though rumors preceded her confirmation, the actress took to social media Wednesday to inform fans that yes, what they've heard is true.

“I’ve kept quiet as long as I could,” Kate Mansi wrote, "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," she added. "STA​Y TUNED!​​ I PROMISE you, you won't want to miss what's coming​!​ XO KM"

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Kate Mansi's character is front and center right now on Days of Our Lives. After being held hostage by Ben, the man she believed was the father of her baby, she escaped thanks to Chad DiMera (Billy Flynn), and shortly thereafter learned that Chad is baby Thomas's father instead.

Fortunately fans will still get to watch Kate Mansi as Abigail Deveraux for a while longer, as she has filmed enough Days of Our Lives footage to carry viewers through May or maybe even June. It also sounds like a new actress will take over the role of Abigail when Kate Mansi gets done.

Are you a big Abigail Deveraux fan? Do you think Days of Our Lives is making the right decision by recasting the role with another actress?

Will you miss Kate Mansi or do you think adapting to a new Abigail will be easy?

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.