Stars and Fans React to AMC and ‘One Life To Live’s Cancellation

Susan Lucci (ABC)

Susan Lucci (ABC)

All My Children,” “One Life To Live,” “General Hospital,” Susan Lucci and Erica Kane were all trending on Twitter Thursday afternoon. Yes, contrary to ABC’s press release announcing the soaps’ cancellation which stated that ““We are taking this bold step to expand our business because viewers are looking for different types of programming these days,” a whole lot of people are upset that the beloved soaps were canceled in one fell swoop. AMC is leaving the airwaves in September, to be replaced with a cooking talk show named “The Chew.” (It rhymes with “The View.” Get it? Someone obviously thought it was clever.) “One Life To Live’s” finale airs in January, replaced by the weight loss themed “The Revolution.” ABC daytime: replacing soaps with mixed messages about food.

Here is what some of the stars and fans have to say about this sad news. “One Life to Live” alum and “Castle” star  Nathan Fillion tweeted: “A moment of silence for a disappearing genre. OLTL & AMC, we’ll miss your hard work and talent.”

Erica Kane herself, Susan Lucci, told Soap Opera Digest ““It’s been a fantastic journey. I’ve loved playing Erica Kane and working with Agnes Nixon and all the incredible people involved with ‘All My Children.’ I’m looking forward to all kinds of new and exciting opportunities.”

Her former TV daughter Eden Riegel tweets, “Saddened and shocked by the news of AMC’s cancellation. It’s the end of an era. I love you, AMC.”

“General Hospital’s Lisa LoCicero shared this sad tidbit via Twitter: “Having lunch with husband as AMC cast was filtering in one by one.. I assumed it was a fan event.”

Tika Sumpter, ex-Leila “One Life To Live”: “Wow, even though I am no longer on #OLTL it makes me sad to know it’s cancelled.”

Catherine Hickland, (ex-Lindsay “One Life To Live”): “The actors were not even told before the press! What a class act. Too bad it’s all third. What a TOOL!”

Kim Zimmer (Echo, “One Life to Live”, Reva “Guiding Light”) wrote on Facebook: “With this devastating, news I have to say tho not surprised, it’s still so sad to think that a genre of television is disappearing. One that is so important to the employment of so many diverse groups of people. I’m deeply heartbroken by this news!”

Fans also took to social networking sites to vent their feelings. Some are angry. Tweeted angelofmusic27 “Brian Frons’ statement makes me want to go down to his office and slap him hard up across the face. Such a TOOL!! Others spoke about what the show meant to them: Gigles13 wrote “All My Children @edenriegel and @Theehendrickson (BAM) helped me come to terms with my sexuality. Upset by the cancellation!” Numerous people suggested that Oprah Winfrey, who just dedicated an episode of her talk show to her favorite soap stars, bring the soaps to her cable channel, OWN. IntoDust77 wrote, “Oprah should take #AMC and #OLTL. She GETS the connection & 3 million people a day per show would be a huge hit for OWN!”

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