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Ripa on 'AMC' cancellation: It's like losing a family member

Fans aren’t the only ones upset about ABC’s recent announcement that soap opera staples “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” will soon come to an end. Former “All My Children” star Kelly Ripa admits she’s “heartsick” over the news.

Two of the longest-running soap operas, "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," have fallen victim to high production costs and a shrinking audience. NBC's Brian Williams reports.

“This is like losing a member of your family,” the “Live With Regis and Kelly” co-host said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly. “‘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 lifelong friends. It was the greatest training ground ever. I feel heartsick.”

Ripa left “All My Children” in 2002. During her 12-year stint on the show she played the on-screen wife (and ex-wife and wife again) of real-life husband Mark Consuelos.

TODAY's Meredith Vieira, Carl Quintanilla, Al Roker and Natalie Morales reminisce about two long-running soap operas that have been axed by ABC — and recall Meredith's appearance as a wedding planner on "All My Children."

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