Susan Lucci Blames Exec For AMC Cancellation
All My Children star Susan Lucci unleashes her fury about the cancellation of the long-running ABC soap in a blistering epilogue just added to the paperback edition of her book, “All My Life: A Memoir.”
Lucci, who has played Erica Kane since 1970, blasts ABC Daytime head Brian Frons and describes how she personally berated him, saying, “I think our being in this position is the result of some very bad decisions by you.”
She claims Frons installed a new head writer in 2008 who oversaw writing that was “subpar,” ordered the show moved to LA from New York and pushed out the soap’s creator, Agnes Nixon.
“I watched Brian Frons’ decisions destroy the production of our show and the lives of people on both sides of the country.” --Susan Lucci in the new epilogue to her book, All My Life
Lucci says Frons told her in April that “All My Children” would be replaced by a food show cheaper to make. She writes, “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 continues, “I watched Brian Frons’ decisions destroy the production of our show and the lives of people on both sides of the country.”
Lucci said Frons appeared “self-congratulatory” delivering the bad news to the cast, and he “has what, for me, is that fatal combination of ignorance and arrogance,” adding, “I cannot fathom any network executive choosing to alienate millions of loyal viewers in these economic times.”
She was even tempted to call ABC and leave the message “F.U. -- and your little dog, too,” but never did.
One industry source responded, “Is she bitter, or is this to get more attention for her book? Susan has done extraordinarily well from playing Erica Kane. She has had an amazing career for 41 years. It is too bad it doesn’t end on a high note.” An ABC rep said, “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.” Lucci’s rep declined to comment.