Susan Lucci Blasts ABC Head of Daytime for Demise of All My Children
Hell hath no fury like Susan Lucci scorned! The upcoming paperback edition of her autobiography, All My Life: A Memoir, will include a bonus epilogue in which the daytime star lashes out at ABC execs for the death of All My Children. The soap, which was canceled in April, filmed its last episode on Tuesday and will air its final broadcast episode on Friday, Sept. 23.
"I think our being in this position is the result of some very bad decisions by you," she wrote, addressing ABC head of daytime Brian Frons. The excerpts were run in the New York Post Saturday. Specifically, she says Frons installed a new head writer for the show in 2008 — Charles Pratt, Jr. by name — whose writing she called "subpar." (It's not the first time the actress has blasted Pratt either.) Frons also relocated the show from New York to Los Angeles, causing several cast members to exit, and pushed out creator Agnes Nixon.
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Lucci, who has played Erica Kane since 1970, continued that Frons told her in April that All My Children would be replaced with a food series that was "cheaper to make."
"An iconic show was losing out to greed... If Brian Frons could show his bosses that he could save the network 40 percent...he could keep his job even if the rest of us lost ours," she writes. "I watched Brian Frons' decisions destroy the production of our show and the lives of people on both sides of the country."
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And Lucci didn't stop there. Frons appeared "self-congratulatory" when he announced the cancellation to the cast, she says, describing him as having "that fatal combination of ignorance and arrogance."
"I cannot fathom any network executive choosing to alienate millions of loyal viewers in these economic times," she says.
According to the Post, Lucci also says in the bonus chapter that she even considered leaving ABC a message -- "F.U. -- and your little dog too," — before deciding against it.
Is Lucci justified in her feelings? Is Frons to blame for the show's eroding ratings? Or are there other culprits? Sound off.