Daytime Emmy Award-winning actress Crystal Chappell has been let go from Days of Our Lives, as confirmed by Soap Opera Digest and her husband Michael Sabatino's Twitter account. Chappell posted, "Want you to know, as I understand it, DOOL has decided not to renew my contract." She also confirmed in another Twitter post, "P.S. Not the new writers decision." Her contract expires in August.
DAYS fans recall that Chappell returned to the show as Dr. Carly Manning, a.k.a. Katerina Von Leuschner in October 2009 after a 16-year absence. She killed her abusive husband, Lawrence Alamain, then fled to Salem and sought help from her former love Bo. It didn't take long for her to fall back in love with Bo and back into his bed. It was soon revealed that she had a daughter, Melanie Layton, as a result of a one-night stand with Dr. Daniel Jonas. Predictably, Vivian Alamain sought revenge on Carly for killing her nephew and even attempted to kill Melanie. After Bo and Hope reconciled, Carly soon became hooked on drugs to ease her pain. It appears she is now falling for Daniel, who is dating Jennifer. No word yet as to how the character will exit Salem, but many fans were hoping she would find love with Daniel again.
Soap fans may be aware that not only is Crystal Chappell an award-winning actress, but she is also the producer of the hit web series Venice, which premiered on December 4, 2009. Chappell also revealed in a TV Guide interview with Nelson Branco that she is also working on a new web soap opera called The Grove, which she is co-writing with her husband and former DAYS star Michael Sabatino.
Best of luck to the beautiful and talented Crystal Chappell in her future endeavors. She will definitely be missed on DAYS by many fans. To keep up with Chappell, visit her official website, follow her on Twitter, or "like" her Facebook page.
Crystal Chappell as Carly Manning
Mitchell Haaseth / 2009 NBC Universal