Susan Lucci says her time playing Erica Kane on "All My Children" has been a "fantastic journey.
The show is set to air its last episode in September 2011 and another soap opera, "One Live To Live," will broadcast its series finale in January 2012, Disney/ABC Television group, parent company of OnTheRedCarpet.com, announced on Thursday, April 14.
Both shows have been on the air for more than 40 years.
"It's been a fantastic journey," Lucci, 64, said on Thursday in a statement obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com. "I've loved playing Erica Kane and working with Agnes Nixon and all the incredible people involved with 'All My Children. I'm looking forward to all kinds of new and exciting opportunities."
Aside from "All My Children," Lucci has also appeared on shows such as "Dallas, "Hope & Faith" and "That's So Raven." She released a book called "All My Life: A Memoir" in March.
"All My Children" celebrated its 40th anniversary in January 2010. Lucci joined the cast full time in 1980. Lucci had last month expressed her optimism regarding the future of the show, which had recently been the target of cancellation rumors.
"All My Children" and "One Life To Live" have each earned more than 40 Emmy Awards. "All My Children" and took home an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series in 1992, 1994 and 1998. "One Life To Life" won the award in 2002.