'All My Children' final episode set for September 23 - see details
The final episode of "All My Children" will air on September 23 "in a manner that respects the show's legacy and honors its history," ABC said in a statement to OnTheRedCarpet.com.
The ABC Television network said in April that the show and another one of its soap operas, "One Life To Live," would go off the air in less than a year. They debuted more than 40 years ago.
Several former stars of "All My Children" will appear on the show's final epi sodes, including Josh Duhamel, Eva La Rue, Thorsten Kaye, Carol Burnett, Kate Collins, Jennifer Bassey, Melissa Claire Egan and Leven Rambin, ABC said in its statement to OnTheRedCarpet.com, made on Thursday, June 30.
"Final episodes will celebrate the stories of the families that fans have grown to know and love over the years," the network said.
Ratings have fallen for many soap operas on different networks in recent years amid a changing society, which sees more women in the workplace during the day, and the rising popularity of reality, game and talk shows.
"That show gave me my life," Ripa, 40, told WABC Television, the sister station of KABC Television, OnTheRedcarpet.com's parent company, about "All My Children." "It gave me everything. It was the best training ground."
Ripa played Hayley Vaughan on "All My Children" between 1990 and 2001. She then went on to star in the ABC comedy series "Hope & Faith," which also launched the career of Megan Fox, and was later confirmed as Regis Philbin's new co-host on "LIVE! with Regis & Kelly."
Ripa said she began acting on "All My Children" when she was 19. On the set, she met her first adult friends, including Mark Consuelos, who played her on-screen love interest Mateo. The two married in 1996 and are parents to Michael, Joaquin and Lola.
"One Life To Life" is set to go off the air in January 2012. Both it and "All My Children" have each earned more than 40 Emmy Awards.
The soap operas are set to be replaced with talk shows. "The Chew," a one-hour lifestyle series, is set to debut on September 26, ABC said in a statement.
"Bringing together a diverse panel of co-hosts that includes restaurateurs and 'Iron Chef' stars Mario Batali and Michael Symon, entertaining expert Clinton Kelly, 'Top Chef' alum Carla Hall and health & wellness enthusiast Daphne Oz, 'The Chew' brings viewers smart and intelligent talk that engages the audience in a daily dose of food, life and fun with conversations about everything from cooking, holidays and home entertaining to food trends like food trucks and urban gardens," the network said.
Another show, tentatively called "The Revolution," will debut in January 2012. The series deals with health and lifestyle transformations and will feature "American Idol" alum Kimberley Locke and celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak.