Arianne Zucker leaving ‘Days of Our Lives’ after almost 20 years: ‘It is my time to go’

A spokesperson for “Days of Our Lives” has told The Wrap that actress Arianne Zucker will be leaving the NBC soap opera after her contract expires this April. “Two years ago, I was contemplating making the shift,” she said. “I know there are a thousand girls who would take my job in a second, for me, it is my time to go.”

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Zucker joined the cast of “Days” in February 1998 as Nicole Walker, who has evolved from a villainous schemer to a heroine on the long-running NBC soap. Zucker has played the role continuously except for a period from 2006 to 2008 when she left the show. For her performance on the show she has earned three Daytime Emmy nominations, two for Best Drama Supporting Actress (2010, 2013) and one for Best Drama Lead Actress (2014).

The actress also gained notoriety recently for less-than-ideal reasons. She’s the actress whom Donald Trump spoke crudely about in his infamous recorded comments in which he bragged to Billy Bush about grabbing women without their consent.

NBC recently renewed “Days of Our Lives” for another year, which will take the show through its 52nd year on the airwaves. “Days” is also aiming for more Emmys this year. Zucker is not among this year’s pre-nominees, but “Days” nevertheless boasts 15 acting citations across six acting categories. And it has won Best Drama Series twice in the last four years (2013, 2015).

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