Wednesday, February 17, 2010 4:13 PM ET | By Angela Rosa
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” star officially announces his retirement.
Confirming what numerous internet publications, including Soap Opera Network, have been reporting for some time, ABC Daytime has announced through SOAPnet that David Canary, 71, is retiring from “All My Children” this March after giving audiences twenty-seven years of wonderful performances as Adam and Stuart Chandler.
The talented actor had these parting words for his many disappointed fans: “My career on All My Children has given me more than words could ever convey both professionally and personally. I have cherished each and every moment. I would like to thank all the fans who have tuned in throughout the years. Their love and support has meant the world to me. I truly feel that I will leave the show in great hands. The viewers will be happy with how Adam departs the canvas and I know that leaving JR (Jacob Young) as head of the Chandler household will continue to provide the show with many great stories to come.”
Although Canary will finish taping in March, expect to see Adam Chandler air through April of 2010. ABC is still keeping specific details of the exit mum, but it appears that SON’s initial speculation that Brooke’s return was designed to usher Adam’s exit is correct. SOAPnet tells the audience to “expect to see a scandalous end to his marriage with Annie (Melissa Claire Egan) and a reunion with an ex-wife.”
In news that may ease some of the sting from the loss of this powerful actor and character for the soap and its many fans, Canary assures that “this is not the last you’ve seen of Adam Chandler. I will be back to check up on the Chandler Clan.” Before his scheduled departure, look for Canary to bring back the deceased Chandler brother, Stuart, for some poignant scenes this March.
“All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings. “AMC” now also airs online at ABC.com and can be accessed 24/7.