"Days of Our Lives" to Cast New Actress in Abigail Deveraux Role, Kate Mansi Leaving

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Days of Our Lives is reportedly hiring a new actress to fill the shoes of Kate Mansi, who is leaving the daytime drama. Known for her lengthy role as Salem favorite Abigail Deveraux, Days of Our Lives fans can relax knowing Abby won't be killed off, but will simply be replaced by a new face.

Right now on Days of Our Lives, Abigail Deveraux is front and center in the soap opera's story line. She recently gave birth to baby Thomas after being held hostage by her ex, Ben, in a remote cabin. Since returning to Salem, Abby learned her baby isn't Ben's but rather he is Chad DiMera's instead. The intense encounters between Abby and Billy Flynn's Chad have viewers wondering if a romance will blossom or if Chad will spontaneously combust and disappear into Days of Our Lives oblivion.

Several characters have done just that as of late. Bo Brady (Peter Reckell) returned to Days of Our Lives just long enough to rekindle his marriage to Hope Brady--only to die of cancer before Christmas. Dr. Daniel Jonas (played by Sean Christian), son of Maggie Horton Kiriakis, is presently hooked up to life support following a tragic car crash, waiting to have his organs harvested.

Fortunately Abigail Deveraux won't go the way of Bo Brady and Daniel Jonas, but it's never easy for fans to adapt to a new actor playing an old character.

No word has yet been released about who will play Abby once Kate Mansi leaves Days of Our Lives, so fans will have to simply watch and wait.

Kate Mansi has filmed enough footage to continue her role as Abby until May or June. That means this summer on Days of Our Lives, the new Abigail Deveraux will make her debut.

What's your take on a new actor playing an old role? It didn't work so well on Days of Our Lives when Will Horton's original actor left and a new replacement resumed his role.

Might this mark the beginning of the end of Abby on Days of Our Lives?

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.