Looks like the paperback version of Susan Lucci's autobiography All My Life: A Memoir is set to bring a bittersweet smile to millions of heartbroken ABC soap fans. According to the New York Post, the All My Children leading lady puts ABC Daytime president Brian Frons on full blast for his decision to cancel AMC in the book's new epilogue, citing his hiring of "subpar" pal Chuck Pratt to write for the show, moving AMC to LA and other disastrous moves on Frons' part, like forcing out creator Agnes Nixon.
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.”
All My Children is ending its broadcast run on September 23 and that day The View will feature an hour-long tribute episode to the iconic ABC soap. According to TV Guide, Susan Lucci will join Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd as a co-host during the episode. It will feature never seen footage and interviews. AMC creator Agnes Nixon will be a guest, while current and former cast members–including Cameron Mathison, Rebecca Budig and Vincent Irizarry–will also appear.
Will she stay with All My Children, or will she leave? It is the question on everyone's mind. What will daytime legend Susan Lucci do once the show she's called home for 41 years leaves ABC this month? TV Guide spoke with La Lucci where the soap diva stated:
My heart is there. I think it's a very, very exciting possibility. I think that Prospect Park, the men involved there, have a wonderful, successful track record ... It could be very exciting, especially with Agnes and Lorraine.
ABC soap's grand dames are telling the truth and shaming the devil (aka ABC Daytime Chief Brian Frons) as their soaps prepare to leave the network TV airwaves. In a touching, two-page spread in the Aug. 29-Sept. 11 issue of TV Guide Magazine, Susan Lucci (Erica) reveals to Michael Logan her questions about what lead to ABC cancelling All My Children:
"I don't have the answers, but I certainly have a lot of questions," says the star. 'Was there disdain for daytime drama on the part of [ABC Daytime chief] Brian Frons? Did he every really like what we did at All My Children?"
Just before ABC turns the lights off on All My Children and they ride off into the Prospect Park sunset, SOAPNet will air a 48 hour marathon of your favorite romances and Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) moments. Starting Sept. 17 at 7, the network will kick things off with "I Love Lucci" a five-episode marathon of some of Erica's most memorable storylines. READ MORE
Susan Lucci Offered, "Basically The Same Salary She Currently Has at ABC" to Stay With All My Children!By Jamey Giddens on August 18, 2011
Prospect Park is continuing to show they're playing for keeps. According to Deadline the production company has made daytime soap opera's biggest name Susan Lucci a contract offer essentially equitable to what she currently makes at ABC, to continue with All My Children as it moves online and to other platforms. Lucci is reportedly mulling over the fantastic offer. Looks like the ball is in La Lucci's court!