Alison Sweeney is known to many as Sami Brady from Days of our Lives, and to others she’s known for her hosting job on The Biggest Loser.
Last year, the blonde beauty made a decision that would change her life: she decided to leave the soap opera after 21 years.
During a recent interview on ‘Larry King Now,’ Alison explained why she had to bid adieu to a place she called home for more than two decades.
“I was doing two full-time jobs working at ‘Days of Our Lives’ and hosting ‘The Biggest Loser,’” she revealed to Larry. “It just got to be too much. […] Watching my son go into the third grade and my daughter start kindergarten, I realized that I was missing out on a lot and they were missing out on a lot.”
‘DOOL’ Season 31 — Pictured (l-r): Bryan Dattilo as Lucas Horton, Alison as Sami and Austin Peck as Austin Reed.
But leaving the show was difficult for Alison, especially since she had worked so hard to become an actress.
“I’ve been an actress since I was four-years-old, so it’s been my lifelong dream,” said the 38-year-old, who became the host of ‘TBL’ in 2007.
Alison Sweeney in her role as host on ‘THE BIGGEST LOSER’ — ‘Live Finale’ Episode 613
Alison also discussed the subject of feminism, and how it upsets her that there are more men than women working in the industry.
“I was one of those women who used to say, ‘I’m not a feminist,’ but I really liked how it was brought up again this last year because the statistics are uncomfortable,” she said. “The women are not working as much as men. […] Women are TV watchers. We are your audience also, so the idea that you’re not putting women in those positions of power to be effective in the tool of making TV and films that women want to see is an equation that I don’t understand.”
Watch her interview below: