Ending months of speculation, an All My Children spokesperson has confirmed that model-turned-actor Justin Bruening (Jamie Martin) will exit the show. Bruening has opted not to renew his contract with the ABC soap and his exit does not appear to be linked to the show's new writing team.
While Bruening is not the first actor to play Jamie Martin - he's actually number seven (eight if you count a pair of twins) on the roster. He is, however, one of the longest-running Jamies in AMC history. Bruening came aboard All My Children at a time when the show needed to "age" the character of Jamie; Jamie was aged from a high schooler to a college student. Other actors to have held down the part include Sean Marquette (1994-1998), Zachary Kady (1998-2001), Todd Harrison (2001-2002) and Micah Alberti (August 22, 2002 to August 2003).
Bruening is married to co-star Alexa Havins (Babe Chandler). Astute viewers will notice that the show's current storyline has Jamie and Babe once again getting closer. It is widely expected that this storyline could have facilitated an exit for both stars. However, soapcentral.com has learned that AMC is planning to recast the role of Babe in the event that Havins does, in fact, exit the show. Officially, there is "no comment" from ABC about Havins' impending exit, but a set source says that it's virtually a done deal that Havins will exit when her contract expires.
Bruening has already taped his final All My Children scenes. He will last air on Friday, August 24. At the current time, the show will not recast the role of Jamie.