Just like her character Sami Brady on Days of our Lives
, Alison Sweeney
is pregnant and due to give birth to her second child. Recently, the 31-year-old actress made a guest appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show
on December 3 and appeared to be going into labor during her interview with Ellen. While an online report suggested that The Biggest Loser
host actually went into labor, a rep for the actress said it was merely part of the show.
"I was a guest on Ellen and they asked me if I would help them play a practical joke. I have learned since then that when they reveal the 12 days of [Christmas] giveaways, they try and set up a stunt that ends up being cut off or not happening because a bell rings and then out comes a dancing character and Ellen gives away these amazing gifts to the audience. So, they asked me if I would start to feel labor pains and asked me to do it coming out of the commercial break,” Sweeney explained to Soap Opera Digest.
“Ellen asked me specifically to sprawl out as much as I could because she had to leap over me, so I did the best I could. I touched my stomach and Ellen was like, 'That's good,' then she started looking around all concerned and it went really well. She jumped over me as I was pretending to do labor breathing and announced the giveaway,” she added.
What viewers didn't know is that after announcing the Christmas giveaway, Sweeney stoop up and immediately started clapping and cheering and made it clear to the studio audience that it was a joke. But since the cameras didn't cut back to her, viewers at home never got off the prank. As a result, many were left confused after the Days of our Lives
actress' convincing performance. In fact, even her mother thought she already went into labor.
“We shot it on Wednesday and it aired Thursday. Then, I'm in the middle of a meeting on Thursday afternoon and I got a call from my mom, but I didn't pick up because I was in a meeting. Then my dad called me 911 and I called him back and he was all concerned and said, 'Your mother is searching for the hospital you're in. Are you OK?' And that was the first I heard of it; I didn't know there was an issue. My mom really got fooled and I said to her, 'Mom, you're pretty much one of the first calls we'd make if I was going to the hospital.' I think it's funny that a lot of gossip sites reported that I was actually in the hospital,” she said.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Soap Opera Digest
(Image courtesy of NBC)