One Life to Live’s Kassie DePaiva: “I Wanted More Than Anything Not to Have Been Cancelled by ABC”





One Life to Live star Kassie DePaiva has offered up an emotional statement on her official website in reaction to Prospect Park's decision to abandon their efforts to save the ABC Daytime soaps. The popular actress, who has starred as Blair Cramer on the serial since 1993, also gave her thoughts on ABC's decision to dismantle their soap lineup and get rid of cable channel SOAPnet.

Words just don't express how sad I am at hearing that Prospect Park has dropped the deal to move forward with ONE LIFE. I think what upsets me the most is how this whole deal has been handled from the get go. I wanted more than anything not to have been cancelled by ABC. I find it mind boggling that a company can spend 45 years building the strongest brand in daytime…launch a cable network to support it and then decide to cancel both broadcast and cable airings, leaving the beloved fans with nowhere to turn for that brand.


 

DePaiva went on to talk about what it was like for Prospect Park to show up, seemingly saving the day, only to communicate with the OLTL company sparingly. For more of DePaiva's statement. including how it felt to learn of Prospect Park's decision to ditch the soaps they licensed from the media, and how the actress feels about OLTL showrunners Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati, click here.

28 Responses

  1. Profile photo of Ryan-Scott
    Ryan-Scott

    It’s just horrible.

    ANOTHER thing that I think is really fucked about all this is when the OLTL crew was shooting on the last day many of them thought it was “Goodbye for now. See you at PP!” which we all know isn’t the case.
    It’s very sad to me.

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    josser

    My best wishes to Ms. DePaiva, her family, and the rest of OLTL’s cast & crew.

    I know many fans are upset but we should remember that the OLTL folks have are out of a job in a terrible economy with little opportunity in the New York area because of media downsizing. Frank V. was trying to save as many jobs as he could. DePaiva and other were willing to take another round of pay cuts to continue the OLTL.

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    josser

    Ryan-Scott,

    You’re right. Since they were told that they would have new jobs, they didn’t look for new work. That means that 6 months of job search was wasted. Fans forget that most of the 600 people who work because of OLTL are middle and working class. Many have families, mortgages, rent, tuition, and other bills to pay. Since they get their health insurance through their unions or guilds, they will lose coverage after a while.

    Think about 600 jobs have gone poof! That’s on top of the 1,800 jobs NYC lost with the end of GL, AMC, and ATWT shooting there. Unlike jobs on a regular TV show, soap jobs are year round.

    For the life of me, I don’t understand the unions and ABC didn’t fight for a slice of NY state’s tax incentives for film and television. Night time TV shows like the Good Wife and SVU get a huge subsidy from the state. Daytime got squat.

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    giogio

    She broke my heart with this. Im glad someone is speaking about it from the heart, where we can finally understand where they are at. The poor AMC actors havent said anything but a few sentences. They have been so quiet. They probably were sworn to secrecy by the invisable forces Prospect Park, thinking they were signing with them. ABC –Dirty Filty Beasts. I appreciate what Kassie said. ABC and all their people are the perfect example of bad people. As I have said before, there CANNOT be such a terrible terrible financial issue that 3 40 year plus soaps needed to go. Bull. Just Bull. I hope someone’s head will roll for this.

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    julianka

    There’s an interview in this week’s Soap Opera Digest with Melissa Archer (Natalie) which of course was done before Prospect Park pulled the plug last week. She was SO optimistic about moving on with the show online. I feel bad for all of them who expected to continue doing OLTL.

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    Restless Vixen

    Oh, my heart just breaks for the folks at AMC and OLTL. I think Kassie DePaiva’s statement really captures the disappointment they all must feel, first for being cancelled, then to get their hopes up just for the PP deal to fall through. This is not disgruntled, or bitter or batshit ranting and raving – it’s just honest perspective. They have lost the most out of this, and I feel tremendous compassion for the casts and crews of both shows.

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    soapbaby

    Cast and crew members hearing about Prospect Park’s not moving forward with the shows online from the media says everything there is to know about Prospect Park: the company is no better than ABC. There is no good reason why any company would not communicate with it’s clients/potential employee directly regarding job security.

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    giogio

    Does anyone know what we can do to help the actors, crew and anyone who is out of a job at AMC and OLTL because of this. What can we do so they are compensated? This was nasty. Are there any campaigns etc happening. Any ideas. We need to make some noise for our actors.

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    Restless Vixen

    [quote=The_Moustache]I hope all the actors from All My Children and One Life to Live sue those A-HOLES from PP and take them to court for damages/emotional distress/etc,[/quote]

    I understand your POV, but what would a lawsuit accomplish? These people were already out of work care of ABCD. I think Prospect Park really tried to save these soaps. This was risky for all parties involved, which is why I think some actors chose not to sign on with PP. But since ABC had already given them the pink slip, the actors had nothing, relatively, to lose (except maybe audition time or looking for other work, which a lot of them should have done anyway). More importantly, if PP (*giggle*, sorry I’m 12) couldn’t get the money to air these soaps online, what money could the actors from both shows actually win in a civil suit? I think it would be a waste of time and money (because legal fees aren’t cheap) for these actors to go after Prospect Park.

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    giogio

    RESTLESS VIXEN – I would think there is plenty of room for a lawsuit- there are loopholes in any situation. How do you thing ABC and PP got away with all this? I would imagine if someone outside of ABC and PP got their hands on all the contracts that were probably drawn up since the beginning, they would find stuff left and right that didnt look good. Because of the dispicable way it was handled I dont know how you cant see that it might just accomplish something for the people who are now out of work. Severence, possibility of additional time for medical benefits. Compensation in some way for years of services, just like anyone of us if we lost our jobs. Something is amiss with the entire situation that is why I believe The Moustache suggested it.

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    giogio

    RESTLESS VIXEN – I would think there is plenty of room for a lawsuit- there are loopholes in any situation. How do you thing ABC and PP got away with all this? I would imagine if someone outside of ABC and PP got their hands on all the contracts that were probably drawn up since the beginning, they would find stuff left and right that didnt look good. Because of the dispicable way it was handled I dont know how you cant see that it might just accomplish something for the people who are now out of work. Severence, possibility of additional time for medical benefits. Compensation in some way for years of services, just like anyone of us if we lost our jobs. Something is amiss with the entire situation that is why I believe The Moustache suggested it.

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    Restless Vixen

    But the question is, after legal fees, would the compensation even be worth it, and that’s if a civil suit is even winnable to begin with? Honestly, I don’t know the answer.

    Anyone can always sue, but do the actors have a case? I’m no legal expert, but how would this be any different than people affected by the recession? Or people who worked for dot-com that never made any real money before that bubble burst? How many average joes who have been lost their jobs because businesses in the last several years have failed, specifically those due to mismanagement, have successfully sued their former employers? If they have solid grounds to sue, maybe they should go for it. But if I were one of the actors, I’d seriously look before I leep.

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    giogio

    RESTLESS VIXEN – People who lost it all in the recession were people who worked for a company that folded. There was no-more so there was nowhere to get any compensation. ABC is a major institution, who is still in existance and own the rights to those shows. I am sure no-one would jump into any type of costly lawsuit unless they knew it could be done. It may be doable, it may not be, but as long as their former employeer is alive and kicking they can look into something.

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    lfad

    How sad. For PP and ABC, OLTL (and AMC) was just another business venture that they decided to dump, to some of us, it was a small island of entertainment for an hour every day. But for the crews, actors and writers involved, this was their life, their source of income. This must be all horrible for them. At least the AMC cast and crew had a feeling things would fall through concerning their show, the OLTL peeps still had hope. I feel bad for them.

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    ABCJunky73

    I personally think it was all a big shame on ABC’s part bringing PP in to “save the soaps” so us soap fans would shut up. Brain Frons and his cronies at ABC and PP, may you rot in hell!! I’ve mostly stopped watching TV with the exception of my local news, The History Channel and OLTL on You Tube!! Major networks are killing TV, taking away daytime dramas for what, failed cooking shows and stupid reality TV!! FU Brian Frons, PP and network TV.

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    josser

    The_Moustache,

    Couldn’t raise the funds to go forward with the project. Sadly, this happens all the time in Hollywood.

    I will say that Prospect Park did a TERRIBLE job marketing their project.

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    basilnsybil

    Best Wishes to Kassie and her family and to the countless families who have called OLTL their home and place of work for many years. What a total lack of class Frank should have been the one to tell the cast and crew. To hold these people to contracts when they knew full well things were not going to work bad faith.Times are tough and to jerk people around is so unkind and shows a awful unprofessional way of doing business.

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    GHfan-4now

    Awww, my best wishes to Kassie and her family and the cast of OLTL. I love Kassie, she’s one of my favorite daytime actresses ever. I can’t even imagine what the rest of the cast is feeling and going through right now. Just a terrible, terrible situation to be in.

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    SoapyBitch

    I am an ABC watcher, but are any of the other soaps available via iTunes?

    I cannot believe ABC didn’t go down that route for a revenue stream. Practically every show is available on there. I would have loved to have downloaded memorable OLTL episodes from these past few years, hell my wallet may not have liked me, but I may have just downloaded daily episodes for posterity. With things now in the cloud, storage is no longer an issue. I know episodes are on Youtube, but I don’t like the quality.

    I just visited KDP’s site and it looks like she has a holiday sale going on. Purchase all 3 CD’s for $20. That may be a tangible way to show your support and / or help her out.

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    visitor101

    Now that this seems to be said and done, I’m not surprised. PP was all talk, had a great game plan–or so it seemed. In the end they didn’t have the money? Um, hello. How or why would ABC sell it’s product to a company with no capital or credit to pay royalties?

    I say we sick the cats on all those rats at ABCD!

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    soapster

    As sorry as I am that these people are out of jobs I think some in this post are going to far, suing and compensation these are actors there is no guarantees for them which is why they get paid the amount they do for the work they do. Just like in primetime when a show is cancelled the cast and crew have to find other work. If anyone of them didn’t look for other work then that is their fault, they knew that the union had not finalized this deal they could have still been looking for some guest spots.

    When you become an actor, writer, director, crew you must go into it realizing that you might not have steady work, that the ones making big money are relatively small compared to those in the field. It is the life of an entertainer, so while I am sad that the show is cancelled there was no guarantee that it was going to last forever those involved should have prepared themselves financially for this day.

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