Today is a day that the soap opera world will never forget, and the legions of fans who followed the lives of the citizens of Springfield and it’s enormously popular cast. Guiding Light’s cast and crew were told on April 1st of last year that the 72-year-old soap was canceled. Thought of as first as an April’s Fools joke, it turned out not to be, but a cruel irony delivering a knockout punch to its fans and its stars.
On-Air On-Soaps spoke with Crystal Chappell today whose role as Olivia Spencer was front and center until the bitter end. Crystal with heavy heart shared her thoughts on the one year anniversary of the show’s announced demise. ”It is a sad and heavy day for me. I am very aware of it, and how ridiculous is it that it was on April Fool’s Day. And, people didn’t believe it and we had cast members calling other cast members that the show is being canceled and they said, “Oh yeah, right, ha ha.” But it’s heavy. I miss all the people, and I had the opportunity to tell a great story, and I think they told it beautifully, and at the end of the run I got to work with Jessica Leccia (Natalia), and it’s really magical when two women in a loving respectful way can tell a story that is important to so many people. I will light a candle for Guiding Light today.”