'All My Children' Ends 41-Year Run With a Cliffhanger

September 24, 2011 Updated Sep 24, 2011 at 12:23 PM EDT

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'All My Children' Ends 41-Year Run With a Cliffhanger

September 24, 2011 Updated Sep 24, 2011 at 12:23 PM EDT

All My Children aired its final episode on ABC on Friday, and the venerable soap opera closed its 41-year run with, what else, a cliffhanger.

ABC had announced plans to cancel the soap earlier this year, although a production company says it plans to air online versions of the shows starting next year, according to a story on People.com.

The cast was headed by longtime star Susan Lucci, and the show also helped launch the careers of Kelly Ripa, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Josh Duhamel among others.

Read the People.com story HERE.