Zap2it: You’ve left and returned to “All My Children” several times. Now that you’re back for its online life, how do you assess how soap operas have gone?
Vincent Irizarry: This is such an important genre. It has a history that goes back to the beginning of broadcasting. “Guiding Light” was the longest-running show in broadcasting, and you think about not only the millions of people who have been entertained by the genre but also the probable millions who have been employed by it throughout all these shows.
When I first started on “Guiding Light” in 1984, I think there were 12 or 14 soaps at the time. As the years went on, we started to see them get whittled down, and it’s tough.
Zap2it: What’s your recollection of the time when ABC canceled “All My Children” and its Online Network mate “One Life to Live”?
Vincent Irizarry: I don’t know why it happened the way it did. From all appearances, it seems like it was terribly mishandled. Being there at the epicenter while it was happening, it was confounding to all of us. We were like, “What is going on?” It was really disheartening to see [“All My Children”] come to that end, and it just seemed so unnecessary. It never should have happened.
So all of us on the show are grateful, and the audience is just overwhelmingly excited that this has happened. This is due in great part to them, because of the fact that they were so vigilant; they were such staunch loyalists of the show.