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Victoria Konefal has come through and exited the Days of Our Lives revolving door on more than one occasion, and now the actress is set to leave the NBC soap once again, as reported by Soap Opera Digest. Having wrapped up filming, fans will last see her character Ciara in Salem on Friday, July 8, when she and Ben leave town to start a new journey.

Though headwriter Ron Carlivati understands that some of the stars who have currently left the canvas have a desire to “spread their wings and seek employment elsewhere,” in the case of Konefal, “she really just wasn’t available on a regular basis, and in the way our show works and how you have to schedule people, it just became less feasible to keep her in that status.”

He also explained that when there’s a story to tell surrounding a couple, “you need these people to be on contract.” Carlivati reflected on when they had to “kill” Ciara off before and shared, “The couple is so popular, you want them to have a happy ending, but then that involved writing Rob [Robert Scott Wilson, Ben] off the show who doesn’t necessarily want to leave.”

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It’s clear that the writers’ hands are tied and they have to face many decisions on how to say goodbye to one half of a couple. He gets that the fans become upset when their favorite person leaves. “But they often do not understand what it means to be recurring.” While Konefal is recurring, it’s not the same as someone who comes and goes occasionally. “It depends on the person and their storyline and all of that.”

Fans will get to see “Cin” resurface shortly on Monday, July 11, when Ciara and Ben arrive on their boat in Montreal for Peacock’s Beyond Salem.

Now that Carlivati has explained a bit about the need to write off Ciara, what does that mean for Ben? He teased, “Salem hasn’t seen the last of Rob.”

Of the challenging situations surrounding the latest couple of exits, he stressed, “It’s really very hard for us. It is always painful to lose one person.” While a few new people will be introduced to the canvas, they are not trying to replace any who have left and Carlivati shared that “the door’s always open for them to come back.”

Before you go, look back on how Ciara and Ben’s love story began in a photo-filled gallery.

— Amy Mistretta