ABC is canceling the soap operas “All My Children” and “One Life to Live,” both programs that have been on the network’s daytime lineup for more than 40 years.
The move leaves “General Hospital” as ABC’s only daytime drama.
ABC’s daytime department president Brian Frons said Thursday that “viewers are looking for different types of programming these days.”
Soap operas have slowly been fading as a TV force, with many of the women who made up the target audience now in the work force. ABC will air two new shows, one about food and the other about lifestyle transformations.
ABC did not immediately say when the soap operas would go off the air.
“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,” Susan Lucci said in a statement released to Access Hollywood on Thursday.
“This is like losing a member of your family. “All My Children” was more than a job.-- it was my family. It was there that I met my husband; it was there when my first two children were born; it was there where I met many of my life-long friends. It was the greatest training ground ever. I feel heart sick,” Kelly Ripa said in a statement to Access.