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OTRC: Susan Lucci optimistic about 'All My Children's future

"All My Children" star Susan Lucci appears to be optimistic about the future of the long-running soap opera, which has been the target of cancellation rumors.

ABC spokespeople have not confirmed reports that have said that the network may replace the show, which began airing in 1970, amid declining ratings. Lucci, 64, plays one of its most popular characters, Erica Kane.

"We'll see, as long as we have these loyal, passionate fans in our corner, including Oprah (Winfrey), who had us on just a few weeks ago for her final season and said she only wants people on who she wants to talk to, is a gerat vote of confidence," Lucci told ABC daytime talk show "Good Morning America" recently in an interview to promote her new memoir, "All My Life."

"The fact that the network moved us from New York to our brand new digs in L.A. was a big financial vote of confidence," she added. "And we just received a letter from the vice president in charge of finance congratulating us on what great shape we're in."

There is currently no change to the ABC daytime schedule. "All My Children" has received 60 Daytime Emmy Awards and more than 250 nominations.

The household rating for "All My Children" between 2000 and 2001 was 3.4. Between 2009 and 2010, the rating was about a 2.0, the Hollywood Reporter said.

Well-known "All My Children" alumni include Josh Duhamel, Amanda Seyfried, Melissa Leo, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Christian Slater and Kelly Ripa.

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