You’ve been loyal and supportive, glued to your television sets for the drama, laughter, and tears happening in Pine Valley for all these years.
The sudden cancellation news came as a shock to all of us. I was actually on a plane on my way back home to Maryland when the ABC executives converged upon our studio to deliver the news. But it was Brian Frons, head of ABC daytime who actually delivered the devastating words that we’d be going off the air in September. From what I was told there were gasps, cries, and just sheer disbelief on the studio floor that an institution like this was being permanently dismantled.
When I landed at Washington Dulles Airport, I turned on my cell phone and saw that I had a message from my All My Children make-up artist, Terri Carter. She said, “Debbi, I cannot stop crying!” I was completely baffled and was praying nobody had died or anything. I tried calling Terri back, but it just went to voice mail. But when I walked out of the airport and saw my handsome husband waiting for me, my spirit immediately lifted. But then I noticed that Jeff’s mood seemed a bit off. He wrapped me in his big, strong arms and asked if I were alright. I told him I was great, but wondered what was going on with him. He said, “The show.” I said, “What about the show?” Jeff said, “Baby, do you know the show has been canceled?” I chuckled, and said, “Oh, Honey, that rumor has been circulating for awhile. We’ve been told it’s not true.” And then I immediately thought of the text my make-up artist had sent me. Now I knew why she couldn’t stop crying, and I also knew the story was no longer a rumor.
It’s been several months now since we were told we were getting the axe, and we’ve all had a chance to wrap our brains around the inevitable. Come this September, 2011, the cast and crew of the 41 year-old soap opera, All My Children, will be no more. However, there has at least been a few silver linings. Our show was nominated for an outstanding 13 daytime Emmy Awards, including Best Daytime Drama. And the icing on the cake was that I was once again nominated for Best Lead Actress! The award ceremony will air this Sunday night, June 19th on CBS. Check your local listing for the time in your area.
Whether or not I win, I am over the moon to have been recognized by my peers once again for my portrayal of the beloved “Angela Hubbard”. I know everyone says “Angie”, but “Jesse calls her “Angela”. I love the way Darnell Williams says …”Angela”…so that’s what I actually prefer. Though I know my fans will forever refer to me as “Angie”. At any rate, this whole thing is sort of bitter sweet. While my nomination is exciting, it’s also sad in a way because I know this is the end of an era for “Jesse and “Angie”. Like many of you, I will miss the show, and playing this heartfelt character for a very long time.
~ Love Debbi