Susan Lucci ready for new opportunities after AMC

Actress Susan Lucci attends the 7th Annual ABC & SOAPnet Salute Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids Benefit closing celebration at The New York Marriott Marquis on March 13, 2011, in New York.
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Susan Lucci

(CBS) Losing a job - and a job playing deliciously evil Erica Kane at that - after 41 years has to be difficult. Susan Lucci seems to be taking the cancellation of "All My Children" pretty well.

"It's been a fantastic journey," said Lucci in a statement. "I've loved playing Erica Kane and working with [show creator] Agnes Nixon and all the incredible people involved with 'All My Children.' I'm looking forward to all kinds of new and exciting opportunities."

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Lucci recently released a memoir called "All My Life."

Other stars and former stars of the soaps are making their feeling known, too. "This is like losing a member of your family," said Kelly Ripa, according to Deadline. Ripa was a cast member and met her husband, castmate Mark Consuelos, on the show.

"A moment of silence for a disappearing genre," tweeted Nathan Fillion. "OLTL & AMC, we'll miss your hard work and talent." Fillion played Joey Buchanan on "One Life to Live," which was also canceled.