All My Children and One Life to Live Canceled by Network
Kelly Ripa is heartsick over the cancelation of All My Children, the soap opera that launched her career.
"It was a very sad, sad day for me. You know I joined that cast when I was 19 years old. I met my husband there. We had two of our three children there," said Ripa.
On Live! with Regis and Kelly today with substitute host Mike Catherwood, Kelly showed clips from her time on the show.
Lots of major stars got their starts on All My Children and the other show just canceled by ABC, One Life to Live.
Ryan Phillipe was just 17 years old when he was cast to play the first gay teen ever on a soap opera.
All My Children also made Susan Lucci one of the biggest stars on television. She was famously nominated 18 times for a Daytime Emmy before finally winning in 1999.
In a statement, Lucci said, "It's been a fantastic journey. I loved playing Erica Kane."
All My Children was so big in its day, screen legend Elizabeth Taylor and comedienne Carol Burnett both made guest appearances on the show in 1984.
TV Guide's Stephen Battaglio told INSIDE EDITION, "There was a time when soap operas were very hot and a show like All My Children, it was almost fashionable, there was a certain caché to appearing on it."
Fans are going on INSIDE EDITION's Facebook page in record numbers to express their heartbreak over the cancelation.
"I am horrified!!! Devastated!!! I've been watching since I was 8 years old," writes Linda.
But for all the outcry, the ratings just weren't there.
Battaglio said, "TV has changed a lot in recent years. Viewers have more choices than they used to. Women aren't as available to watch during the day, so the ratings for these shows went down and that's why they were canceled."