After nearly 20 years in the series, actress Arianne Zucker is saying goodbye to “Days of Our Lives.”
In a recent report from Soap Opera Digest, Zucker voiced out her intention to leave the show.
“Two years ago, I was contemplating making the shift,” Zucker confirmed as her contract ends this April. “I know there are a thousand girls who would take my job in a second, for me, it is my time to go,” she continued.
The 42-year-old actress first appeared in the long-running daytime soap opera in 1998. She takes the role of Nicole Walker, the waitress-turned-villain-turned-heroine. She left the NBC show in 2006 to pursue other acting jobs, but she returned in 2008.
The show brought the actress two Daytime Emmy nominations for Best Drama Supporting Actress in 2010 and 2013. Then, in 2014, she was nominated for Best Drama Lead Actress.
The California-born actress made headlines in 2016 after a video recording was leaked of then-presidential hopeful Donald Trump. In the 2005 video, Trump was interviewed by Billy Bush of “Access Hollywood,” and the former was reportedly giving vulgar comments about women.
In the video, Trump was on the set of “Days of Our Lives” for a guest appearance. Bush and Trump seemed to look at Zucker. Without knowing that his mic was on, Trump said, “I’ve gotta use some tic tacs, just in case I start kissing her. You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss.”
“I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything,” he added.
In October 2016, Zucker posted a comment addressing the controversy. The actress emphasized that there are some people in authority who tend to abuse their position. “I choose to stand tall with self respect,” she stated.