And in one of the most shocking weeks in daytime history, and we are only two weeks into 2011 folks… All My Children scene-stealer, Melissa Claire Egan (Annie) announced today via her facebook page that she is indeed leaving her role at AMC and making a move in her career, and On-Air On-Soaps also received confirmation this afternoon from an AMC spokesperson.
The talented Egan who has had one of the most juicy roles in soaps, made the following statement: ”My dear fans, After 4 and a half incredible years as a member of the All My Children cast, I have made the extremely difficult decision to leave the Pine Valley family that I have come to love and respect so much. It has been an amazing 4 and a half years for me! I have had the privilege and honor of working with the most talented and fun cast, crew, producers and directors imaginable. I have learned so much from them and am forever indebted. To wake up each morning and love going to work is a true blessing for which I am unbelievably grateful! But after much soul-searching, I feel that it is time to spread my wings and open myself up to new challenges and adventures. And you, my beloved fans??Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
I can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciate your support and encouragement over these past four plus years. You have inspired me to give my all to the ?complicated? character of Annie Novak McDermott Lavery Chandler Chandler (hehehe, it’s always fun to say that ), and I hope to have lived up to your expectations. You will always hold a special place in my heart, and I hope you will wish me well in my future endeavors! With much love and gratitude, Melissa”
Wow! Another blow to AMC and the ABC Daytime list of stars! More on this developing story over the next several days.