“All My Children” star Susan Lucci minces no words about the soap’s cancellation in a new chapter of her memoir “All My Life,” that will be included the paperback edition, which will be released on September 13th. The New York Post obtained an advanced copy, and reports that Lucci places the blame for the show’s demise on ABC Daytime President Brian Frons, claiming that his decision to hire Chuck Pratt as headwriter in 2008, and marginalize the show’s creator Agnes Nixon, hurt the show creatively, resulting in lower ratings. According to The Post, Lucci writes, “I watched Brian Frons’ decisions destroy the production of our show and the lives of people on both sides of the country.”
Lucci also reveals that, after she learned of the show’s cancellation, she told Frons, “I think our being in this position is the result of some very bad decisions by you.” She claims that Frons has, “a fatal combination of ignorance and arrogance.”
ABC issued a response, stating, ““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.”
Prior to the show’s cancellation, Lucci was always AMC’s biggest cheerleader, speaking enthusiastically about every one of Erica’s storylines and romances, even when the show was at its worst creatively. While other daytime stars have recently engaged in lengthy, ugly contract disputes, Lucci quietly accepted a pay cut that only became public knowledge because Nixon mentioned it in an interview. Lucci will co-host “The View” on September 23rd, an hour before the soaps’s ABC finale airs. If she is as candid about her opinions as she is in her book, it could be a riveting hour of television.
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