Kelly Ripa on 'All My Children' cancellation: 'This is like losing a member of your family.'


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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.

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  • mary lou

    I love both soap opera. I hope they will make dvd Tv show of these two soap opera.For forty years is along time. And i would like to see from the beganning the history of this program

    • stephanie

      i would like to see this soap opera, all my children too.

    • CAMI

      hey how bout a email petion letter writing or phone campaign to get the damn studio to listen to us as the viewers we should have a say

      • golfgirl

        I’m in, let me know where I can sign it.

      • Jerri

        Count me in too….

    • cami

      any intreset in campain to get the soap studios to listen to those who should have some say in these cancelations
      lets get petion drive letter via email any interest

      • dana

        Please listen to the viewers. These shows should continue.

    • send a message

      send them a bar of soap in protest to:

      ABC Daytime
      320 West 66th Street
      New York, NY 10023

    • Cindy

      I am sorry to see AMC go away. I have watched for 37 years. I started watching when I was a freshman in college and still enjoy it today. When Tad first came on the show, he was about 4 years old. Now he has gray hair. I feel like I am losing many old friends.

      • Diave VonHabsburg

        I am in a wheel-chair,All my Children lets me get outside and live!! Now you want to take that away too??? I have watched AMC since the day it started! When in school I taped it!

  • stu

    cancel her talk show & my day is made!!!

    • Jane

      Go away, troll.

  • Terry

    it’s a shame because the soaps were like paid training for young actors….Julianne Moore, Kathleen Turner, Meg Ryan, Kevin Bacon, Nathan Fillion, the list goes on and on. Not to mention the good paying stable crew jobs that will be lost

    • jmm

      That’s very true about the jobs – those two soaps must employ a ton of people in the background!

    • Carrie

      True. So many famous movie and TV stars got their start on soaps. Add Demi Moore and Kim Delaney to the list. Sarah Michelle Gellar and Josh Duhamel were both on AMC. It’s sad that the cast and crew all recently moved from NY to L.A. for the show and it’s now being canceled.

    • cami

      typical studios
      i want to start a campain to get the studios to listen to the viewers who pay their wages and pay good money to keep their show on and w that if any interest contact me or from your areas of living get everyone u know who watches these 2 soaps get the studios to look and see what we want as the viewers and not what the studio heads want

      • Simona

        I totally agree, I have been watching Both All my Children and One life to Live for ever, (my mom, aunts, and uncles too), Please listen to the soap fans and do not cancel these shows, it would be a great loss to many people.

  • Rebecca

    AMC isn’t just a TV show. It’s a legacy.

  • Michael

    Crap now we get more Glee and teenager crap

    • Cristin

      Or more “lifestyle” reality shows…anyone want to watch “The Chew”??? Um, no.

      • Christie

        Thanks heavens someone else feels that way! What a stupid name for a show and a little Mario Batelli goes a really, really long way even with co-hosts. I hope Brian Fons gets his assets kicked in the ratings when these replacements debut.

  • Debra

    Devestating – Have the lifestyle and the cooking fans go to those channels. Let us closet soap fans continue to escape just a little bit of reality by giving us a choice in the matter. This will be like grieving friends we have made throughout the years of viewing these shows. Today is my birthday so happy damn birthday to me(just kidding, all my loved ones)! CHANGE YOUR CHOICE TO REMOVE OUR SHOWS, PLEASE-THANK YOU!

  • Jess

    I wonder if Kelly will do one last appearance. I hope another network picks up AMC. This is heart breaking to us fans.

    • Flip

      I am sure she will appear once more for the finale.

    • Lisa

      I agree. All My Children and One Life to Live…air on ANOTHER network. WE WILL FOLLOW YOU and ABC can go down the tubes.

  • Colleen Lannon

    This is extremely sad. I have been watching AMC since 1970. These poor actors relocated to California and now find themselves out of a job. Susan Lucci/Erica Kane is the best thing on AMC. She will be missed. Maybe a cable network will decide to pick up these two soap operas. Please reconsider this decision.

    • alex

      I’d be so pissed if I were one of the actors or crew members that moved all the way to the west coast, only to then lose your job.

      • Jim

        That’s what I keep thinking about! Most of those folks had been living in or around NYC for decades. Then they get forced to move their families cross country, go to all the trouble to find houses & schools for their kids, &, like a minute later, ABC pulls this crap. Hope those cheap replacements bomb big-time.

  • Susie Claudio

    This will be a big mistake to take these shows off the air. I’ve watched AMC since the beginning and do not like reality tv at all. I record it and watch it in my leisure time to escape for a little while. Please reconsider your decision..

    • Jennie

      I tape this show too-LOVE it!! been watching ALL my life. Bad decision to take it off the air!!

  • Linda

    I have been watching AMC for 30 years and am just heartsick that it has been canceled. Not another cooking show or talk show — please. Enough, enough of that bull. ABC, please, please reconsider. What will we do without Erica Kane??? If the networks keep cutting all the good programs, they might as well shut down too. There is not going to be anything worth watching anymore! Please rethink this decision — this is a bad mistake.

    • Jennie

      I’ve been watching (started out as listening) since the womb!! ALL my life!!! Reality shows are NOT where it’s at, too much already!! I can’t believe it. WHO did they poll to make this decision??!!

      • Teeters

        I blasted HATE reality shows! No exceptions. I hate every single one of them and just wish they’d go away!

  • toni

    i won’t watch either of the new shows food shows and losing weight give me a break like we need more of these kinds of shows.

  • DJ

    Kelly Ripa is one of the CUTEST women I have ever seen and I’m in my mid 40’s.

  • Dana

    Not only am I SICK over this devastating news but I am thoroughly disgusted at the ‘reasoning’ behind this decision. Are you kidding me? I’m almost embarrassed for ‘these people in charge’. How can any network executive claim that they will be catering to the ‘shift in their audiences tastes’. Do these people even know who their audience is? None of what they are saying makes sense, no matter how you try to rationalize it. And as so many have pointed out, the shows they THINK the people are leaning towards, THAT is what the other channels are there for. The networks are saturated with ‘those types’ of shows (health/food/reality). Can we not hold onto any traditional television? Canceling these two iconic shows is just the beginning of stripping away, not only American tradition, but also a legacy that so many hold dear and have for so many years. Why destroy that? For what? It makes absolutely no sense! Shame on ABC.

    • Vanilla Thunder

      Very well said, Dana. We definitely don’t need yet another “reality” (I am using this term very loosely) show! I feel like original programming is being destroyed, and a part of me is very sad and disappointed that these two shows will be gone forever.

  • Kathleen M. Condon

    I am deeply sadden at the lost. Perhaps we all need to have something else more real in our own lives, However, given the times in which we all endure right now it was nice to view into someone’s else’s life for awhile.
    Haven’t really been a 30 year watcher, but have been watching for some time. Guess all there going to be left will be redemption island? since it doesn’t look like there will be any football either. What will we do?

  • ==

    Soap Operas will become the “thing in the past.” Reality TV will take over the networks

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