Susan Lucci Criticizes ABC Daytime Chief in New Epilogue
Soap opera veteran Susan Lucci is speaking out on the topic of All My Children's cancellation, with the star sharing her true thoughts in a new epilogue in the upcoming paperback edition of her memoir, All My Life.
Lucci, who has stayed on the long-running daytime soap since 1970 criticizes ABC daytime chief Brian Frons and shares how she berated him in the piece, obtained by the New York Post. "I think our being in this position is the result of some very bad decisions by you," Lucci said.
She also claims that Frons, who assumed his position in August 2002, hired a new head writer three years ago who was responsible for "subpar" writing. Lucci, who has been nominated 21 times for a Daytime Emmy for her role as Erica Kane and won once, also commented on the decision to move the production from Los Angeles to New York and Frons pushing out All My Children creator Agnes Nixon.
In the new epilogue, Lucci wrote that Frons notified her in April that the series would be replaced by a daily food show, The Chew, because it was cost effective. "An iconic show was losing out to greed," she writes. "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."
According to Lucci, after Frons told the cast that the show would be ending, he seemed to be "self-congratulatory." As she described it, Frons had both "ignorance and arrogance," adding that she couldn't think of "any network executive choosing to alienate millions of loyal viewers in these economic times."
In the epilogue, Lucci was tempted to call the network and leave a voicemail, saying, "F.U., and your little dog too," but decided against it.
ABC responded, saying, "We have all the respect in the world for Susan, and are sorry she felt the need to write this epilogue to an otherwise incredible career."
In July, ABC licensed All My Children and One Life to Live to production company Prospect Park so they could live online. The multi-year deal calls for Prospect Park to produce and deliver the soaps in the same format online and on emerging platforms, though it is unclear when the shows will be available online.
At the summer Television Critics Assoc. press tour, Frons introduced the panel for The Chew, but did not field any questions.
All My Children will air its final episode Friday, Sept. 23, while One Life to Live will end next year. The Chew begins airing Monday, Sept. 26.