All My Children Ends 40-Season Run Today

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It's the end of an era. A really long, cheesy era.

The legendary soap opera All My Children ends Friday after more than 40 years. Originally a half-hour show, AMC premiered in January 1970, it was later expanded to an hour. Thousands upon thousands of episodes followed.

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Earlier this month, Susan Lucci, 64, who has played Erica Kane on the soap since 1970, vented her frustration with the show's end in a new epilogue the star added to the paperback version of her autobiography, All My Life: A Memoir.

Lucci said ABC exec Brian Frons aided its demise by pushing aside creator Agnes Nixon in 2008 and appointing writers who'd provide “sub-par" content.

"An iconic show was losing out to greed," Lucci said of ABC’s decision to cancel the soap opera in favor of a food show called The Chew (starting Monday).

If Brian Frons could show his bosses that he could save the network 40 percent, he could keep his job, even if the rest of us ended up losing ours."

Chew on that, ABC bigwigs.

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