After being with the show in her role as Carlotta Vega since 1995, Patricia Mauceri has suddenly left the show, leaving ABC to confirm to, “The role of Carlotta has been recast with Saundra Santiago.”

Saundra actually appeared on One Life to Live back in 2004 as Angelina Parades/Isobella Santi, had a three year stint on Guiding Light as Carmen Santos and played the role of Jean Cusamano from 1999 to 2007 on the HBO hit series “The Sopranos.” looks forward to seeing Saundra making her transition into her new role!

The news sprang to life over the weekend, and although won’t comment on rumors as to why the actress left, or was let go, we do want to wish Patricia the very best and thank her for making Carlotta a character who we all loved!