‘Days of Our Lives’ star Jen Lilley exiting as Theresa; read explanation why

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We’ve written a good bit as of late about exits from popular daytime soaps (main Kirsten Storms for the time being from “General Hospital”), but unfortunately the exodus continues with Jin Lilley from “Days of Our Lives” on NBC. Fans of hers may have known for a few days now that she is departing as Theresa Donovan, but we know have a deeper understanding as to precisely why it is happening.

Speaking in a lengthy post on Instagram (which you can read more of here), Lilley makes it clear that there is no off-screen scandal or reason why she is not coming back to the show. Instead, it’s more a result of her wanting to explore some other things, which is not always easy to do when you are a part of a show with such a rigorous schedule:

“… I hate to dissatisfy our love for black and white explanations, but there’s no one to point your finger at here. Days of Our Lives and I are parting company on the best of terms. It came down to time and the sacrifices required to keep Theresa on the front burner. Given the demanding production schedule a soap requires, that just wasn’t possible with the other commitments and opportunities I wanted to pursue. As we all know in the world of soaps, good bye for now isn’t always good bye forever, who knows what the future has in store for Theresa. I am taking time right now to be with my family, advance the charitable causes I believe in, and pursue additional career opportunities. While I’ve missed so many moments in my family’s lives back east, I have built a west coast family at Days of Our Lives, and they haven’t seen the last of me! I’ll be stopping by the set from time to time with baked goods and bear hugs. Lastly, cheer up! There are 6 more wonderful months of Theresa to enjoy. And I can honestly say that each month, the storyline gets better! My exit will have you on the edge of your seat, laughing, crying, cheering, screaming, clapping, and bewildered…”

If that is not a great tease for an epic departure, then what is? We’re mostly excited above all else that longtime fans of the character are going to get a worthy send-off, and there’s always hope to see some more of Theresa down the line. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens, but for now we have to give Lilley a ton of credit for being so open about her decision.

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