BREAKING NEWS: Melissa Claire Egan LEAVING All My Children!




 A rep for All My Children just confirmed that Melissa Claire Egan is leaving All My Children! Egan announced via Facebook that she's decided to exit the scene-stealing role of Annie Lavery Chandler after four years on the soap. See her statement below:

My dear fans,

After 4 and a half incredible years as a member of the All My Children cast, I have made the extremely difficult decision to leave the Pine Valley family that I have come to love and respect so much.

It has been an amazing 4 and a half years for me! I have had the privilege and honor of working with the most talented and fun cast, crew, producers and directors imaginable. I have learned so much from them and am forever indebted. To wake up each morning and love going to work is a true blessing for which I am unbelievably grateful!

But after much soul-searching, I feel that it is time to spread my wings and open myself up to new challenges and adventures.

And you, my beloved fans??Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciate your support and encouragement over these past four plus years. You have inspired me to give my all to the ?complicated? character of Annie Novak McDermott Lavery Chandler Chandler (hehehe, it's always fun to say that ), and I hope to have lived up to your expectations. You will always hold a special place in my heart, and I hope you will wish me well in my future endeavors!

With much love and gratitude,
Melissa

 I think I'm going to cry, and I don't wanna be the one to tell poor Luke, oh wait, I just did!


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I don't believe she wanted to leave on her own.
I believe some weird s**t is going on at ABC....

What a horrible week for soaps..

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Oh no - whats next. What a Bad Bad day this was. At least she wasnt fired. But her acting and beauty has been a refreshing addition to amc - I wish you much luck Melissa.

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What the hell!! Nooo! Annie and Jr are the ONLY good thing about that show. I'm finished with AMC!

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Damn, that's horrible news. MCE did the impossible, she made Jacob Young watchable. She'll be missed.

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ihave lost the reason to continue watching AMC. My JANNIE heart is breaking. AMC will most likely make her go criminally insane trying to kill JR and Borissa. and Jacob Young will be romantically paired with BORISSA and then eventually be back-burned.

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jlafferty - You think? I wonder now. Im so tired of all this these last few days. We have mourned alot of people lately. Is this worth it?

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giogio...

I truly believe this.
Brian Frons is like on a warpath or something.
I dont believe Melissa wanted to leave on her own.
She announces this around the time two other ABC stars were fired?
Something weird is going on..

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There is SUMTHIN' in the drinking water at ABC Daytime!!

AMC really can't afford to be losing popular actresses right now. I know it was her choice to leave, but still...............

Melissa is one of the bright spots in this otherwise DULL AS DISHWATER excuse of a show. They need to get rid of Killer Kreizman, hire a decent story and RECAST Crazy ANNIE with a decent actress who will have great chemistry with Jacob Young!!

Keep this story going. Jannie doesn't have to die. But they need to act fast and make the right choices!!

Damn, I'd hate to see this show canceled, but that's where it's headed. It's damned near unwatchable now!!!

DC, you should do a wishful casting for an Annie recast!!

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Im with you Jlafferty - I will never believe anything anymore that I read about anyone getting fired or leaving after the Tea Delgado and David Hayward Lies- Thats all it was - Lies

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Yeah I don't believe anything ABC says anymore...

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Wishful casting Heidi Mueller as Annie Lavery

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WHAT is going on at ABC????? I really think Melissa is extremely talented and IF she is indeed leaving on her own then dare I say that this will open up room in AMC's budget to hire Becky Herbst??????

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There's something happening here
What it is ain't exactly clear
There's a man with a gun over there
Telling me I got to beware

I think it's time we stop, children, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down

There's battle lines being drawn
Nobody's right if everybody's wrong
Young people speaking their minds
Getting so much resistance from behind

I think it's time we stop, hey, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down

Lyrics: Buffalo Springfield
Song: For What it's Worth

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5M_Ttstbgs

Whether fired or leaving, I think this pretty much sums up the shite going down in Tinseltown, no??? Where's the folks telling us it's 'just a soap' now???

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^^
Rebecca Herbst won't be on another ABC soap if Brian Frons has anything to say about it.

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Does anyone think that Rebecca Herbst could step into the stilettos of "Psycho Annie"??? That would reunite her with Jacob Young and keep her employed at the same time!!!!

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Why is it only actors that are leaving ABC? I will stand up and cheer when some executive heads start rolling.

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jlafferty, in regards to Becky and Fronz, me thinks you speaking the truth, dear!!!

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@giogio ;; Hopefully that's the case. She need to stay imean think about it Annie leaves. JR goes back with Borissa, Not exciting because Jacob Young will only be seen once a week. Scott isn't even part of they're story because he's part of The ON-GOING Greenlee and Ryan mess.

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GHfan...

yeah, I'm not a Liz fan, and apparently neither is Fronzie...

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I'm officially done with the show! I hate this more than I can even say. There really is no reason to keep watching...none. Now JY just needs to follow suit and join MCE on a different show. Neither one of them has had a pairing this hot, nor do I think they ever will.

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Lord, what in the name of Alice Horton is going on in daytime this week. I'm scared to log on tomorrow. LOL
Annie needs to be recast, damn that.

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Michael Bruno once said that it's best for actors to leave soaps before they hit 25 if they want to have a shot at hitting it big in primetime or film. Melissa is 29 years old, so it's really now or never for her. I think she's made the right decision. AMC is horrible.

I am sure that Alicia Minshew will follow suit next...........

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See the problem with daytime right now, is we have higher ups that could give a rats ass about this genre. Brian Frons, Barbera Bloom etc.

If I were running things, I would be trying to make the shows better, not trying to put my personal agendas forward.

They don't have a big budget, okay fine. They need to figure out a better way to make money.

I don't know if this would fly or not, but what I would do is, crossovers. I would have OLTL crossover with Castle, AMC crossover with Private Practice or something, and GH with Greys. And I would make them like a 2 part type thing, The first part you have to watch the primetime show, the second part, you would have to tune in to the daytime.

Now I dont know, maybe thats a stupid idea, and would cost alot of money? Who knows, I am not gonna pretend like I know things about business but I think they should be at least TRYING to help save this genre. Not systematically destroying it.

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I think the timing of these 3 exits from 3 ABC soaps all in one week are TOO coincidental. If the next press release I read is that Melissa Claire Egan is taking over the role of Elizabeth Webber I will be OVER IT!

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alstonboy4315 wrote:
There is SUMTHIN' in the drinking water at ABC Daytime!!

Where is the something in the drinking water at CBS Daytime? There are a few folks I'd love to see…move on to bigger and better things Smile .

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OMG...she was the MAIN reason to watch. I LOVE her and Annie both, this is TERRIBLE news! Omg! Sad

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double post Sad

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Marcelle--

It's hard out there, though. Many actors can't make the jump and leave their shows to move on to bigger and better things. They have mortgages to pay and families to support, so they end up becoming "lifers." Lifers are actors who have "committed" to a lifetime of working on soap operas.

It seems that the only way to get hired these days is to get a spray tan, pump your face full of Botox and join the cast of a reality TV show.

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Wow there is something goin on at ABC. My only reason left for watching AMC is now leaving so I hope she goes and joins the rest of the former AMC cast at Y&R. She and Billy Miller worked really well together. I loved Annie from day 1..sane,crazy, not so crazy, crazier again..etc. My guess is she'll step out into La La land for a bit and give it a shot. The only way they'll get me back to AMC is to bring back Alexa Havins but we all know that isn't happening.

If I was a betting woman I'd bet that Missy's real life bff Chrishell is leaving too..

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According to Soapcentral.com she taped her last scenes on JAN 11, 2011. Meaning this wasn't sudden this mostly likely has been in the works since they made her "Crazy Annie" again.