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