RIP, AMC and OLTL: Stars From Daytime and Primetime Sound Off on ABC's Scrubbed Soaps

The final stage of grief — Acceptance — is still a ways off for the casts, crews and viewers of All My Children and One Life to Live, the pair of long-running soaps ABC has decided to cancel as of September and January, respectively. But the first stage, Denial, seemingly is behind us, if only because rumors of the possible (evil) twin killing swirled weeks ago.

In the wake of ABC Daytime boss Brian Frons handing down the official word, here is what some soap stars present and past — as well as a few primetime peers — had to say about the saddest news to hit the TV biz in a while. Some shared regrets, some shared thanks, some shared memories… and Robin Strasser, bless her, as usual shared just a little bit more.

Erika Slezak (Viki, One Life to Live): “Please tell all our fans how deeply sorry I am to be losing this wonderful show that has so much heart and so much life. I will miss my work, my friends, my OLTL family so very much. I consider this to be a terrible loss to the television community and especially to the New York community.”

Susan Lucci (Erica, All My Children): “It saddens me that All My Children is canceled. I’ve loved playing Erica Kane and working with Agnes Nixon and the incredible people at AMC…. To my loyal fans, thank you for the outpouring of spirit and support. Your kind words mean so very much to me.”

Michael E. Knight (Tad, AMC): “He sends his love to the fans, whom he adores,” ex-wife Catherine Hickland (ex-Lindsey, OLTL) tweeted. “He is grateful to you all.”

Bobbie Eakes (Krystal, AMC): “To all the wonderful AMC and OLTL fans: thank you so very much for your support over the years. We will always be grateful.”

Stephanie Gatschet (Madison, AMC): “Its a sad day in Pine Valley. We’re all still trying to absorb the news… Thank you all for your support! AMC has the best fans ever.”

Christina Lind (Bianca, AMC): “It’s a very sad day in Pine Valley. Thanks to all for your support… and for eye sex when no eye sex was to be found.”

Robin Strasser (Dorian, OLTL): “It’s an enormous sense of loss, a cavalier and utterly irresponsible decision. They’re not thinking straight.”

Gina Tognoni (Kelly, OLTL): “It’s a terribly super sad day. I am grateful for the opportunity One Life had given me over the years, it is a piece of my heart. Love you.”

Melissa Archer (Natalie, OLTL): “Thank you all of you for your kind words. Show is still going for now, and we are gonna make it rock till the end!”

Bree Williamson (Jessica et al, OLTL): “Thank you so much for your support. I feel like Sarah marshal when ‘crime scene’ was canceled…. Unfortunately I am not sure there is anything anyone can do.

Kim Zimmer (Echo, OLTL; Reva, Guiding Light): “Devastating. Not surprised, but it’s still so sad that a genre of TV is disappearing. I’m deeply heartbroken by this news!”

Kristen Alderson (Starr, OLTL): “Of course we are all very devastated about the news,but are very grateful we have time to process it.”

And from soap alumni and primetime peers….

Castle‘s Nathan Fillion (ex-Joey, OLTL): “A moment of silence for a disappearing genre. OLTL and AMC, we’ll miss your hard work and talent.”

Live with Regis & Kelly‘s Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley, AMC): “The cancellation of AMC and OLTL is a very sad day for me.” Ripa went on to tweet several photos from her AMC days.

The Office‘s Rainn Wilson: “RIP, One Life to Live, the show that gave me my first TV gig in 1997 — Casey Keegan, homicidal stand-up comic.”

Better With You‘s Jennifer Finnigan (ex-Bridget, The Bold and the Beautiful): “So sad to hear about OLTL and All My Children being taken off the air…. So many lost jobs. TV is changing so much, it’s scary.”

Community‘s Yvette Brown: “No Lucci on daytime? I’ve never lived in a time when that’s true.”

Dancing With the Stars‘ Marlee Matlin: “Who imagined that the Welcome to Pine Valley sign would ever come down? All My Children axed. Goodbye, Erica Kane. You were GREAT. I remember how excited I was to meet Ruth Warwick, aka Phoebe Tyler and Susan Lucci, THE Erica Kane. Wonderful AMC memories.”

Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis, General Hospital): “I know this will come as a shock, but I’m actually at a loss for words. Been sitting here since morning and still can’t think of anything profound to say about loss of daytime heirlooms. Guess I’ll just keep drinking. First toast; Soap fans are the f’in best fans on this planet! Clink. Second toast; Cheers to AMC and OLTL for entertaining us for 43 years, five-days-a-week of ass-kicking soap. We appreciate you and salute you.”

Laura Wright (Carly, GH): “Wow, I can’t believe this news – this is a sad day. My heart goes out to the cast, crew and production of AMC and OLTL. Yes, let’s fight for GH! And I hope we see some familiar faces!! Very talented people on these shows!”

Gossip Girl‘s Michelle Trachtenberg (ex-Lily, AMC): “RIP, All My Children.”

CSI: Miami‘s Leven Rambin (ex-Lily/Ava, AMC): “RIP, All My Children. The end of an iconic era and huge part of my life. What a travesty!”

Eden Riegel (ex-Bianca, AMC; now Heather on The Young and the Restless): “I am saddened and shocked by the news of AMC‘s cancellation. It’s the end of an era. I love you, AMC.”

Laura Allen (ex-Laura, AMC): “Thank you, AMC, for giving me and so many friends our start. Farewell, Pine Valley.”

Ron Raines (Alan, Guiding Light): “To all my colleagues of AMC and OLTL: Onto the next adventure. From one who has found life to be just fine after GL. I do miss GL, though.”

Kelly Monaco (Sam, GH): “I am sad to hear about the cancellations of AMC and OLTL. Hopefully we can fight a good fight and make the remaining daytime dramas must watch TV!”

Yes, Kelly — hopefully.

Please, share in comments any other and newer quotes you have come across from other daytime stars and alumni.