Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos have a special connection to "All My Children" and recently opened up to OnTheRedCarpet.com about how they feel about the end of the series' TV run.
Ripa played Hayley Vaughan on "All My Children" between 1990 and 2001. Ripa began acting on "All My Children" when she was 19 as Hayley Vaughan. On the set she met Mark Consuelos, who played her on-screen love interest Mateo, in 1995. The two married in 1996 and are parents to sons Michael, 13, and Joaquin, 8 and daughter Lola, 9.
These days, Ripa is likely best known as Regis Philbin's co-host on "LIVE! with Regis & Kelly."
"We're bummed," Consuelos told OnTheRedCarpet.com correspondent Jacob Burch in a satellite interview on Thursday, September 22, about the show's end.
"All My Children" will air its final episode on ABC on Friday, September 23, after more than 40 years on air. "One Life To Live," another ABC soap opera, will end its television run in January 2012. Both shows are set to continue in some format online after a production company bought the rights to them months ago.
The couple made their comments in an interview to promote their upcoming series "Dirty Soap." The two serve as executive producer on the series. "Dirty Soap" premieres on September 25 on E! at 10 p.m. and follows the lives of daytime soap stars like "General Hospital" actress Kelly Monaco and "Days of Our Lives" star Nadia Bjorlin.
"It was a launching pad for so many careers there, and for us, it was a launching pad for our lives," Ripa said about "Ally My Children." "I mean, we really got married and had our first two children there. It was beyond a career for us. It was our lives together. It's a very hard day for us."
Consuelos added that when the series moved its filming location from New York City to Los Angeles, the show lost its magic for him.
"That was where it died for me. It was such a fixture in New York City and we used to get such great actors, not that you wouldn't get great actors in LA, but you get the theater actors that would come in and do day player parts and it was such a fixture on the Upper West Side," Consuelos said. "For me, I've been mourning the loss of that show for the last couple of years."
Recently, it was revealed that the show's star, Susan Lucci, wrote a new epilogue for the paperback edition of her memoir where she voiced her opinion about the series end. She released "All My Life: A Memoir" in March.
The actress claims she personally criticized ABC head of daytime programming Brian Frons by telling him: "I think our being in this position is the result of some very bad decisions made by you, Brian."
Lucci said Frons averted his eyes from her during the conversations.
She also added that in 2008 a new head writer was brought in to the show and delivered "subpar" material for the drama and that Frons pushed out the soap's creator Agnes Nixon. She also describes Frons as having "what, for me, is that fatal combination of ignorance and arrogance."
ABC and a spokesperson for Susan Lucci had no immediate comment on the report.
Reporting by Jacob Burch, special contributor to KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).