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32 January 31st, 2014 Susan Lucci Talks Shocking Cancellation Of All My Children On Oprah’s Where Are They Now?

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It’s still painful to watch and hear the iconic Susan Lucci talk about the demise of All My Children and how she found out the long running ABC soap opera had been canceled.

Lucci recalls it once again for her appearance on tonight’s new episode of Oprah: Where Are They Now? series airing at 9PMEST on her cable outlet OWN.

So, if you’re wondering how it feels to lose a job you’ve had for 41 years, you want to watch this segment.  And while La Lucci is doing just fine these days with her myriad of new projects from Deadly Affairs to Devious Maids, the special does account that Susan still went through a lengthy grieving process over having her role of Erica Kane come to stop!  She also reveals her fears of never working again, and moving on post-life AMC!

Watch a clip with Susan discussing AMC’s untimely ending after the jump!  Then, let us know, do you still get choked up every time you hear a beloved cast member from Pine Valley talk about the demise of the soap?  Let us know!

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  1. Scott says:

    It’s hard to believe Erica maybe GONE for good!

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  2. Scott (ATWT Fan) says:

    It was a shock to get a third and fourth cancellation in a third year. I miss AMC (ABC more than Hulu). By the time Lorraine came on, it was too late for the series, but the writing was strong and stories were amazing. But everything happens for a complete reason, and I see now why ABC did cancel both AMC and OLTL. But right now, I’m happy with the daytime lineup. And the memories of AMC will always live on!

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  3. Llanviewer717 says:

    I remember the shock as if it were yesterday. I had been worried about the fate of my favorite show, OLTL, for several years because it was clear to me that the alphabet network had stopped supporting it. I was absolutely stunned when both shows were canceled. I know it doesn’t matter to them, or anyone else for that matter; but, I will never forgive the alphabet network or the mouse company for this diabolical betrayal of their loyal viewers and their loyal employees.

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    MBmomof3 replied

    I agree. No ABC/D for me.

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    Mary Moore Fergen replied

    I totally agree! I still get tears in my eyes when I think of AMC and OLTL, or see something that pertains to them. I will forever grieve for these wonderful shows, and will never forgive ABC for their greed and treachery! I am glad that GH is still doing so well, but I worry about it since I no longer trust ABC/D.

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  4. Lisa J. says:

    It still makes me cry. I miss both the shows and the characters so much.

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  5. jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    All My Children was boring and low rated when cancelled…i hate to see any soap go but its cancellation wasnt a shock to me when better soaps have been cancelled!!!

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    gloria replied

    You said it.

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    Harry replied

    Jim, I started watching AMC way back in the seventies when I was just a small child. Yes, I am one of those I-watched-my-first-soap-when-perched-on-my-grandma’s-knees kid–this akin to being a latch key child, I guess. Back in the day AMC was smart, romantic with literary allusions. Agnes Nixon was well versed in Shakespeare and the Romantic Poets and infused their works into her work. Even though I was just barely 10, it was Phoebe, and her hatred of that “Kane woman” or that “Donna Beck person” who fascinated me. I also adored Brooke English, Myrtle Fargate, Palmer Courtlandt, Adam Chandler, Tadd Martin, Jenny and Greg, Nina and Cliff and Jessie and Angie. Sure, Erica was fun but she was never the reason why I watched and I am kind of tired of Erica Kane being portrayed as the face of AMC. There was an over reliance on Erica which I felt helped bring down the show–not Susan Lucci’s fault. It seems during the last 10 years of AMC that the writers were trying to ruin the show–Tadd Marin acting horrifically out of character, Erica’s aborted fetus coming back to life to torment her as an embittered adult, the awfully stupid Fusion women, and finally, that boring, generic Ken doll named Ryan Lavery. You see, I missed AMC before it was cancelled and like you, I was not surprised or sad. I had already grieved the first soap I grew to love as it bore no semblance to its former self. It’s kind of like when a love one is taken off life support–you’re sad but you already grieved the loss of that person.

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    su0000 replied

    yes.. that last years of AMC were actually terrible..
    When AMC became near wasted I turned into OLTL.
    I was surprised that OLTL was much better.

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  6. MBmomof3 says:

    Sad. But love her on Devious Maids.

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  7. Susan English says:

    I have been working every day since AMC and OLTL,’sshelving to get ABC interested in reprising these two iconic soaps! We need to get Pp and Abc to settle the lawsuit and get them out of legal limbo. As far as I am concerned, PP can produce them, but they should air on ABC as well as the internet . Bring Back love in the Afternoon!

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  8. Ricky Ortega says:

    The cancellation of AMC is still so shocking. Erica Kane is an iconic character who was played by an icon herself, Susan Lucci – who is well known internationally. All my Children was something more than just a show, it was special to me because it was shared by my Mother. So many memories and so many reasons the show should have continued and still be on television. For it to have left the way it did after 41 years, All my children deserved better. Susan Lucci’s recollection on the cancellation is and will always be: heartbreaking.

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  9. Darlin46 says:

    I haven’t watched anything on ABC since the last episode of All My Children. My tv never goes there. I really miss the show.

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  10. Barbara from Atlanta says:

    I appreciate Lucci’s devotion to AMC but she still is working and visible. When are we ever going to see any type of interview with Don Hastings, Eileen Fulton, Kim Hayes, or Elizabeth Hubbard about how they felt on the cancellation of ATWT? These folks have been invisible since ATWT was cancelled and, in the case of Hastings and Fulton, dedicated far more years to their shows than Lucci did to AMC.

    Lucci’s fans can still see her on television, albeit not as Erica. However, the fans of the ATWT veterans don’t get much.

    This is a fine piece. However, I would prefer if a site like this would do a little bit to cover these ATWT veterans. It is like this 54-year old show basically was forgotten by the soap sites and most comments the minute it was cancelled.

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    Michael (not Fairman) replied

    You’re so right, Barbara–it’s almost as though ATWT never existed, comparatively speaking. You just don’t hear much about the cast (long-time vets or otherwise). It would be some slight consolation to find out a little about what the veteran actors are up to. (Of course it could be that they’re very private and don’t want to share–although Eileen Fulton has certainly never come across that way.)

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    Tristan replied

    For what it is worth….The New York Times had a great interview with Don Hastings on the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination, as ATWT was the only network show airing nationally at the time of the announcement. Since it was live, the actors weren’t told because the producers wanted the show to go on. But Don figured something was up. Because it was live the actors kept doing their scenes, even though they were — unbeknownst to them — being interrupted by Walter Cronkhite’s audio break ins. During CBS.com’s rebroadcast — as it happened — of CBS’s TV’s entire four-day coverage of the assassination, all of ATWT that was aired that day was shown. Great stuff. I think Eileen was interviewed as well. The article is certainly still available on nyt’s website and is a really great read. Michael had it on this website as well.

    gloria replied

    You said it! Why are none of the ATWT actors on any other soaps (besides Maura West & Jon Hensley-(briefly on B&B) And Colleen Zenk, Martha Byrne, so many wonderful people-oh this is making me sad. And the GL actors too. Where are they? Enough of Susan Lucci forever.

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    Tristan replied

    Oprah is a huge Lucci fan. That is why the interview with Susan. And, really, Susan has been a great ambassador for daytime. She is someone who should get a pass from fan nastiness, in my opinion. She is the one soap star who is known by her real name by people who do not watch soaps. She is classy and deserves respect, even if you do not like AMC.

    Harry replied

    Tristan, of course you’re right about Susan Lucci being a class act who deserves our support and respect. I just think some people would like the focus not to be just on her, but on all of the out-of-work soap actors who once were fixtures in our daily weekday lives–that’s all.

  11. carla says:

    Still stings whenever I think of the loss of all my children. I have faced the fact that its not returning. I enjoy the remaining soaps.

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  12. su0000 says:

    All things come to an end, everything ends.
    We end/die ..

    I loved AMC and it will always be in hearts, I am grateful to have had enjoyed it five days a week, it was wonderful and my daytime joy ..

    RIP AMC … people have to let AMC and OLTL go ..

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  13. Kate A says:

    Still missing Erika and all the wonderful actors on AMC. I still will not watch anything on ABC. I know that if AMC ever resurfaces, it will be so different from my AMC. I know my AMC is gone forever . I will never forgive ABC. I have stopped crying but I still get very sad.

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  14. Rapids says:

    Susan came out smelling like a rose. I’m surprised anyone was shocked by the cancelation as ratings were bad for several years. I personally think the cast fully expected it to be canceled, with all the rumors, reports and speculation. The last years were not good for this show, let’s be honest.

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  15. David says:

    I still cannot believe two iconic soaps (AMC and OLTL) began and were cancelled during my lifetime. Just seems so improbable but someone had it out for the daytime soaps and pushed their agenda and as a result, they are no more. I still haven’t recovered.

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    Patricio replied

    Great post , David- I still miss these two shows. Being born in the early 60,s I basically grew up with them and was looking forward to enjoying them as my mother and aunts had in retirement. I’ve tried the other soaps but you can’t replace 40 years in Pine Valley and Llanview.

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  16. Lin says:

    I watched every day it was on PP and it was excellent. I am hoping it is not gone for good. I firmly believe ABC made it not as good on purpose at the end so they would have an excuse because they didn’t want to carry soaps. Now, on my computer this segment ends in mid sentence. is something wrong with my computer? The segment was incomplete.

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  17. Harry says:

    Wait, how could Erica Kane been on AMC for 41 years when she is only thirty-nine?

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  18. CarolB says:

    I cried the last time it aired on ABC. I have watched this show since 1970′s and grown with all the characters on the show. When it ended it was like my family was moving far far away and not to be seen again. But now I have watched other soaps that have picked up a lot of my favorites from AMC and OLTL. And I haven’t t missed an episode of “Devious Maids”. I am happy the most of the cast has found work on these other shows but, I still miss “All My Children and One Life To Live”. :(

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  19. Avis Dillon says:

    Still miss AMC. Thot we would at least get short episodes once Hulu took over and I almost joined HuluPlus because of AMC. Now I’m glad I never did, since they gave us a one short short “season” and then cancelled it again. We were promised some of the old characters would be back..in fact it was even set up (like for Tod) to show up and then suddenly NOTHING. Cancelled as abruptly as it was on ABC. And to top off the insult, ABC replaced it with “The Chew”…just what we needed…another food show and what a disgusing name!

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  20. Troy Parkins says:

    I really miss ALL MY CHILDREN, the abc-tv version. I watched every on-line episode of the new AMC as well but I have to be honest and say it was not that compelling as an On Line presentation, though I was very happy to have it back. In fairness, it wasn’t on line long enough to find it’s proper footing. I suppose there still exists the possibility that Prospect Park could re-launch it once again, but it hardly seems likely. My hope has been that ABC would wise up and bring it back even as a half hour lead-in to General Hospital but even that seems doubtful at the moment.

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  21. Brenda says:

    I miss AMC and OLTL… The PP shows were TOO short, just as you would get into something there would be 3 or 4 commercials.. The shows were 25 min They were 1 show 1 week, then the other, then they were every other day, and then 2 days a week… Big deal 40 episodes for each show, and they were supposed to air for 12 months… Yea right.. And they say ABC broke the contract.. From this fact of only airing for 4-5 months, that does NOT equal 12months… Fulfill your contract and BRING THEM BACK as FULL 1 hr shows 5 days a week…

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