Reports of Beth Ehlers’ departure from ABC’s ‘All My Children’ are true. The actress will depart before the end of the year.
This past weekend, Daytime Confidential reported that Beth Ehlers (Taylor) would be leaving All My Children. This morning, Soap Opera Digest confirmed their reports, and states her character will be off canvas by the time AMC wraps taping in New York this December. Ehlers is the second actor to be let go from AMC, as fellow co-star Aiden Turner was informed last Wednesday, he would not be used past his current contract.
Ehlers joined All My Children soon after her high profile exit from CBS’ Guiding Light in 2008. During her 17 year run on GL, Ehlers played the role of Harley Cooper and earned herself four Daytime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Younger Actress, Outstanding Supporting Actress and Outstanding Lead Actress, with her most recent in 2006.
The actress was initially cast as Liza Colby, though the show later changed their minds and introduced a new character for Ehlers instead named Taylor Thompson (AMC would eventually recast the role of Liza with Melrose Place alum Jamie Luner). Thompson was a lieutenant of the Iraq war who believed she lost her fiancé during combat. Ehlers was to be paired with Ricky Paull Goldin’s character Jake Martin. ABC hoped to capitalize on the popularity of Goldin & Ehlers from their days on Guiding Light.
Unfortunately for ABC, the much publicized "reunion" of these two actors failed and both were given new/former love interests. Taylor reunited with her thought dead fiancé Brot (played by real life Iraq War Veteran J.R. Martinez), while Jake moved into another relationship with Amanda Dillon (Chrishell Stause). It seemed as if AMC was poised to pair Ehlers with Michael E. Knight (Tad) as the friendship between the two characters grew, but nothing came of it.
Controversy arose earlier this year when Ehlers criticized co-star J.R. Martinez and head writer Charles Pratt during an interview with Stardish Radio.