Wednesday, October 25, 2006
To my dear, dear FOVI-ites and faithful viewers of AMC,
I'm writing this to all of you just hours before I leave to go to the studio to tape my last scene on �All My Children.� I had decided to wait until the end of my run before writing a statement so as not to deflect from the work I still had to produce over these past several weeks while winding down my role of �Dr. David.� There has been a lot of material and I needed to keep my focus during it all and not add further attention to the situation of my leaving; the response to which having been already significant and vocal from many sides.
Let me first say, that yes, of course I was deeply saddened to learn of my upcoming departure, despite the fact that I kind of saw it coming by the way they've been writing David these past 2 or so years. For some curious reason, they couldn't seem to develop any story with him on any level that lived up to what had one time been such a substantive and vital character in �Pine Valley.� Therefore, I can't honestly say that it's been a pleasurable experience as of late. So, for that reason, I welcome the change with a divided heart � the sadness of leaving, with the excitement of moving on to opportunities more satisfying.
But that being said, whatever sadness I may have in leaving my dear co-workers and you, my dear, dear friends and supporters, that sadness will never eclipse the overwhelming degree of gratitude I have for being part of the All My Children family for the past 9 years. Considering the fact that my work as David was initially slated to be a short term, 3 month stint on AMC, how can I possibly have any complaints? In short, for the better part of those 9 years, David had proven to be one of the most exciting, stimulating, challenging and fulfilling roles I have ever had the pleasure of breathing life into. I have had the privilege of working with some of the most talented and hardworking people during those years, who often times made me come of better than I rightfully deserved. It is an experience I will carry with me and treasure always.
To all of you faithful viewers and personal supporters of me and my work throughout these many years, I can't express enough how truly valued you are to me and to my beloved family. You have made an already blessed and precious experience even more so. Your expressed support and appreciation for the work I've been privileged to share with you throughout these years has been, at many times, overwhelming; especially during these past several weeks, since the news broke of my leaving. Your outpouring of gifts, flowers, letters, emails, petitions, etc�has touched me deeply. Ultimately, the great debt of gratitude is owed to you all, not only from me, but from every person who works in or runs this medium: from the studio execs down to the performers. For your faithfulness and support is truly the cornerstone by which Daytime Television stands and prospers. (Sadly, that too often seems to be overlooked.) So, please accept my heartfelt and never-ending expressions of gratitude for allowing me to come into your homes for so many years � thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
As I close this letter to run off to the studio one last time to tape my final scene, I want to share one last truth. These past few days have been somewhat surreal for me while being at the studio working. Although I have a great peace about this transition and my departure from the show, and am truly excited about other opportunities, I have had to deal with the weight of my many mixed emotions as my time there draws to a close. Those emotions don't come as much from leaving the job or the building I'm vacating or even the routine that's going to be significantly altered as of tomorrow � they come from the people I have come to know and love all these many years while working there. They have become a second family to me. They, along with all of you, and even the deeply flawed Dr. David Hayward and the show All My Children itself, will always hold a precious place in my heart and the annals of my life. My blessings overflow.
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