BREAKING NEWS: Renee Jones QUITS Days of Our Lives!


Say it ain't so, dah-lings?! TV Guide's Michael Logan is reporting Days of Our Lives' Renee Jones is saying au revoir to Salem. Before you get out your pitch forks and torches, the actress says it was all her idea to leave the soap opera — and acting period! 


TV Guide Magazine: Actresses don't quit show biz. Show biz quits them!

Jones: Like they say, life is not a dress rehearsal! I am so excited about this decision. It's been on my mind for over a year. I am so grateful to Days for 20 years of steady employment — it's been a fantastic opportunity — but I finally had to stop and ask myself, "What really makes me happy? What really brings me joy in life?" And it's not acting. I just don't want to do this anymore. I was raised on a farm in Georgia and I want to get back to that silence, that solitude. I want to spend all day enjoying nature, experiencing God. Every so often production at Days will go dark for a couple of weeks and I feel relived. I feel free. I'm like, "Wow, there's a whole other world out there!" Acting now feels like a chore and I need a break — maybe for a good long time, maybe forever.

Just how is Jones being ushered off? She gives the skinny to Logan and them some.

TV Guide Magazine: She recently started having mysterious headaches. Cue the organ music! Are they giving her a brain tumor?

Jones: Inoperable! When I broke it to [the Days execs] about my decision to leave it was very harmonious. I said, "Guys, it's been amazing and I appreciate all that Days has done for me, but I am ready to go." They were very understanding and really wanted to honor my character with a great exit story and asked if I would be opposed to having her die. I said, "Not at all. But I don't want to be in a coffin." And I had one other stipulation. I didn't want a horrible cancer death. I was worried about my mother because my sister died of cancer a few years ago and my mom watches the show religiously and I didn't want her to have to watch that. So they came up with the idea of a brain tumor. There will be lots of crying, lots of goodbyes but it will be very beautiful. The writers have done a fabulous job.

To find out if Lexie will stay dead click here.

27 Responses

  1. Profile photo of MichaelKnight

    She makes it sound like she was worked to death (no pun intended) and was just exhausted (i.e. Jonathan Jackson). I forgot she was even on the show that’s how “much” she worked. But good luck to her, I can appreciate wanting the simple life back in GA, but I’m sure we’ll see her again in 2 years when she changes her mind and needs to make a living.

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    Aww man, I was just getting into Days good and she was one of my favorites! I understand her though, if her heart isn’t in it(why can’t you tell me soooooo?)er…I mean…if her heart isn’t in it, she would not be happy doing it.

    I wish her the best! Now they can do that Abe X Nicole pairing I always wanted (J/K!)

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    Scooter Smith

    Bourgeois, I think she meant a 3 month death bed saying goodbye to everyone, getting weak and stuff. This will probably like “wait I have a tumor? how long do I have?” and dead in a week or two. This will probably be like Robin’s death on the GH, where it just happens and then her friends and family do the heavy lifting when she is gone.

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    [quote=soapbaby]So far, I am in agreement with the above comments.

    @angrierblakman: Quoting Atlantic Starr endears you to me even more so!

    Lol, I knew somebody on here was gonna’ catch this! I couldn’t resist!

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    I don’t blame her for wanting to go back to Georgia. I have lived in a big city (Houston, Texas) and I have lived in the country where I live now and I will take the country hands down. Clean air, birds singing, fresh maters from my garden. Now that is the life. :)

    I don’t think she talking about working too much, I think she just wants out of the that rat race way of life and back to something more peaceful and enjoyable. Oh and there are more ways to make a living than acting.:)

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    I am in agreement with all of you about the brain tumor not being cancer.One of my friends at work had a daughter-in-law who had one,and in the end it was really drawn out and sad.Maybe she will have a stroke or something to end it quickly.As for not being in a coffin,alot of people are cremated,than have a memorial service.

    I,too,will miss Renee.Best wishes for everything she wants.

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    TV Gord

    I think what she means is she doesn’t want to waste away in a hospital bed on screen. With a brain tumor, she can decide to travel the world with the time she has left, so it gives her an exit without playing out a bunch of scenes that would be painful for her mother to watch.

    I wish her well. It reminds me of Marcy Walker’s decision to walk away from acting and do something else with her life. It’s refreshing whenever I hear of someone who doesn’t feel the need to chase that brass ring of fame, because it’s not always what it’s cracked up to be.

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    Wish her luck. But to be honest, if she was on Days for 20 years then that is reason she can do whatever she pleases. I am not that familiar with the actress. I only watched Days hit and miss in the last few years but stopped when they dropped Carly, Melanie, Chloe, and that whole group. Now I watch here and there because of the storyline with Sami’s son. Other than that, I don’t care what Bo/Hope/and others do. I don’t remember much story around her although she was still earning money.

    Actors on the soaps that long make good money. Although many are abandoning ship now that the salaries are being lowered. If they were frugal with their incomes they can retire.

    I just reread my post, hope I don’t sound too synical.

    Still wish her well.

  9. Profile photo of soapbaby

    So far, I am in agreement with the above comments.

    @angrierblakman: Quoting Atlantic Starr endears you to me even more so!

    @BN: I totally agree with you. I read the article and thought, “How is dying of a brain tumor not dying of cancer?” Also, it would seem harrowing in the same manner for her mother to watch. Not sure of the logic on that.

    So, I guess I’ll never get the return of Evil Alexandra DiMera! Darnit.

    Any way, I adore Renee Jones and wish her the best. The pace of life in Los Angeles is very different than Georgia, I can relate. Best of luck to her. I feel her talent was never properly utilized on DAYS and I would have loved to see her in primetime or feature films but oh well. I always felt she was one of the stronger actors on DAYS, if not the strongest.

    How is david46208 holding up?

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    I am happy for Ms. Jones; she made a decision to place her needs and desires first, which is something many of us fail to do. I have been in a miserable job before where I was not being fulfilled. Whether it was exhausting work or not, it killed my spirit daily. So she doesn’t have to be exhausted (like Jonathan Jackson) to know when it’s time to value her needs. I’m jealous. And I am extremely sad to see her go. She was one of my top three favorite characters (Lexie, Sami, and Marlena)!

    Loved her dynamic with Joe Mascolo (Stefano) and James Scott (E.J.). It sucks that the Dimeras are losing their moral center AND femininity in one fell swoop. Sorry, Kate and Nicole ain’t that! And if they make Sami a Dimera (again), I just might be done!!!

    Nevertheless, go in grace and peace, Renee Jones!

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    very sorry to see Renee Jones leave as I have enjoyed her on Days, feel she is very talented and also love her chemistry with James Reynolds and Lexie and Abe as a couple. I respect her for her decision, but I hope she changes her mind in the not too distant future and decides to come back to Days. :)

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    I haven’t been too big a follower of DAYS but I am impressed with Renee Jones’ performance as Lexie. From what I saw of her and her character’s husband, Abe, I think they made a beautiful couple who deserved to be happy. Call me a romantic fool but I think that’s what they bring out of us. I may not react well to change but I have to respect her decision to open herself up to a new world of possibilities; and I share in lostfan’s hopes that she will change her mind and come back. DAYS, NBC, don’t let Lexie become a casualty of the soap opera genere.

  13. Profile photo of Miry

    Aww, sad to see her go but they should have recast her character! (I don’t want Renee to go, but if she must then she shouldn’t have taken her character with her!). We are losing 1/3rd of the AA cast!

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    I hate to see Lexie die, but I support Renee’s decision and wish her very well. Jones has always been, IMO, one of the stronger actors on the show. I have been entertained and moved by her work for years. Best of luck, Renee! Thanks for all the great years on the show.

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    I know David46208 is gonna have a FIT when he reads this!!!

    Poor guy!

    I have grown up with the wonderfully ageless Renee Jones, who doesn’t look a day over 35 even though she’s almost 50………

    But without Tanya Boyd on the canvas, and with the show’s inability to give her decent story, it’s probably for the best. How many of us have the opportunity to follow our passion in life? Good for her!!

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    I was surprised by the recent 180 Lexie did about Abe. Don’t get me wrong, I was glad about the 180 because I thought her reaction to the election debacle was over the top and out of character, but it was still out of the blue. Then the sudden headache after the make-up sex. Right then my soap senses were tingling. I knew that she was a goner.

    I’m sad to see her go, but I wish her the best and I’m glad that she was able to leave on her own terms.

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    That sucks, I really like the actress and I like Lexie. And of course that’s one less african american actor on the show. And it sucks cause Abe and Lexie are an awesome couple and are one of the rare couples that keep getting back together like Bo and Hope and John and Marlena.
    I’m glad she’s doing what she wants to do and enjoy life. But selfishly I hope she comes back in the future!

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    alstonboy, Renée is over 50. I think she’ll be 54 this year.

    Those are some good farm genes!

    I really hate to see her go; but if the work is not as rewarding as in the past and/or her priorities have changed, then she’s doing the right thing. I wish other actors (some of them right there at SONY), who just seem to be in it for the money, would take their cue from her.

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    Camp is not a sustainable model

    @everyone: Nooooooooooooooooo!

    She is my favorite actress in this whole genre! I was looking forward to her becoming evil again. This is going to be so sad. I feel like i’m losing a reason to keep watching soaps. This is bad just bad…

    But it is her decision. So we got to honor it. I might have settled for a recast…Paging VR! But I don’t want to see her go. I just don’t.

  20. Profile photo of JasamForever

    @SoapArmegeddon-Are you serious? Renee is 54. Wow. She looks great. I was thinking 40 or so. I wish her the best. I have enjoyed her on Days. I wonder what will happen to Abe?

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    Good for the actress for following her heart and her soul and wanting a more simple life! GOOD LUCK!

    As for the character, it’s sad because DOOL is good half the time and dull and moronic the other half. The Will?Marlena interactions are amazingly real and heartfelt while the BO/HOPE/JOHN/STEFANO stories are set in dull fantasy. I understand that the show wants to bring back some of the old days but they do nothing but make the show stale. I mean, Bo is fighting for his life and barely anyone is paying vigil on her. I mean, his mom, Caroline was working in the bar?! As well, John and Hope can’t call out from ALMANIA and are stressed yet no one in Salem is concerned … even with Bo fighting for his life.

    Then you have the CARRIE/AUSTIN/ABIGAIL/RAFE/NICOLE/EJ/SAMI (and possibly LUCAS) love PENTAGRAM going on that really is too much to handle. Having Lucas back to spar with Sami in a fun/sarcastic way brings out wit the show needs but EJ walking around saying his mayor and all that is just not worth the effort.

    My point is that there is sooo many small stories going on that the death of Lexie will be anti-climatic because when people die on a soap their connections to other characters should be seen more than they are and her they are not.

    I forgot about the BRADY/MADISON/Whatever her evil abusive Husband;s name is story. No, I just want to forget it.

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    I do wish Renee well & God speed, but because I lived through seeing my own mother work through, survive, thrive, & ultimately recover from & live a fully healthy & wonderful life from benign & successfully operable brain tumor surgery from 1964 until her passing in 2008 at the age of 92, I will not be able emotionally to bear watching Dear Renee die on camera on DOOL in the coming weeks & months.

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