Ambyr Childers (Colby Chandler) has left All My Children and the show has quickly moved to recast the role of Colby. The news is somewhat surprising since Childers has made major inroads with fans in recent months. Still, the rumblings that a new Colby would be hitting Pine Valley have been around for a few weeks.
"Due to other opportunities that have come quickly into my life, I will no longer be playing Colby Chandler on All My Children," Childers said in a statement. "This decision took heartfelt consideration and after weighing my options as an actress, the decision seemed to become more apparent to move on within my career."
Childers did not elaborate on the new opportunities she is pursuing. Meanwhile, an AMC spokesperson hints that Childers was forced out of the show, saying that "storyline dictated the change" made to the role.
Earlier in the month, All My Children put out a casting call for the role of "Edie." The audition scene was a tweaked version of a scene between Colby and Dre, prompting more than a few raised eyebrows. A show spokesperson denied that the casting call was a secret search for a new Colby.
Childers joined All My Children in July 2006 as the spoiled, bratty daughter of Adam Chandler and Liza Colby. The character was not received well by fans, but the writers eventually toned down Colby's teen angst and Childers was able to win over viewers.
Stepping in as the second "grown up" Colby is newcomer Brianne Moncrief. Moncrief is relatively new to professional acting and is best known for a guest-starring role on The Sopranos in 2007.
Childers puts in her last appearance on May 6. Moncrief debuts the following day on May 7.