Francis on Lucci's Pay Cut: "They Want To Send a Message to All of Us"

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Daytime legend Genie Francisspoke to TV Guide.com's Matt Mitovich about reprising her role in the sequel to her hit Hallmark movie The Note, for The Note II: Taking a Chance on Love (airing this Sat. at 9 pm ET), and of course the subject of her signature role as General Hospital's Laura Spencer came up, as well as a rather frank discussion about the state of daytime as a whole. Here's what Francis had to say about the firings of her former Days leading manDrake Hogestyn and Deidre Hall, and her one-time AMC costar Susan Lucci's paycut being made public:

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TVGuide.com: As we speak today, Drake Hogestyn and Deidre Hall are making their final appearance on Days of Our Lives. What's your take on the budget cuts crunching the daytime genre right now?Francis: I know that [ABC Daytime] made a public announcement of having negotiated [All My Children icon] Susan Lucci's money down, which I thought was in poor taste. It's odd that they would announce that. But I think the reason is they want to send a message to all of us.

TVGuide.com: "If Lucci can do it, you can do it."

Francis: Yes — the days of big checks are over. And I can understand that. [Soaps are] a part of the business that appears to be dying, and I don't know if it will be able to carry on or know some sort of a next chapter."