Susan Lucci attacks ABC Daytime boss in book
After four decades of playing Erica Kane on ABC's All My Children, you'd think Susan Lucci would be bitter about the network's cancellation of the show. And you'd be right, because she's decided to add an epilogue to the paperback edition of her book, All My Life: A Memoir, in which she savages ABC Daytime honcho Brian Frons. We'd expect nothing less from Erica.
In the new commentary, Lucci reveals she berated Frons for ending the shows, saying she told him, "I think our being in this position is the result of some very bad decisions by you," the New York Post reports. She added that she was disappointed in the move by the network because "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 ... I watched Brian Frons' decisions destroy the production of our show and the lives of people on both sides of the country."
She complained about his hiring of a new writer who oversaw "subpar" storylines, and added that when Frons told the cast he wanted to replace AMC with a cheaper cooking show, he was "self-congratulatory" and "has what, for me, is that fatal combination of ignorance and arrogance. ... I cannot fathom any network executive choosing to alienate millions of loyal viewers in these economic times."
The network was nonplussed by the announcement of the new passage, telling the Post, "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." But it makes perfect sense, you see, to end things on a note this melodramatic.
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