Following ABC’s announcement that the network has decided to cancel two daytime soap operas, All My Children (in September) and One Life to Live (early next year), Kelly Ripa, the Live! with Regis & Kelly host who starred on All My Children from 1990 to 2001, has spoken out about the series’ demise.
Said Ripa in a statement released to EW: “This is like losing a member of your family. All My Children was more than a job — it was my family. It was there that I met my husband; it was there when my first two children were born; it was there where I met many of my life-long friends. It was the greatest training ground ever. I feel heart sick.” While starring as Hayley Vaughan on the series, Ripa began dating now-husband Mark Consuelos, who played Vaughan paramour Mateo Santos Sr.