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Nelson Branco Clarifies Strasser's Contract Drama

TV Guide Canada's Nelson Branco called Robin Strasser to clear the air about her intense contract negotiations with the ABC soap opera.


"Robinis worried that the word 'quitting'  will make it seem like she is leaving One Life to Live for some flimsy excuse and that is not the case," says Branco. "I think it is very obvious she wants to stay on the show, but cannot accept this insulting paycut."

According to Strasser on her hotline:

I know that it is a bigger paycut than other actors have been asked to take. And anybody who has been asked to take a larger paycut was making two or three times as much as I was. In 2002, when Frank Valentini broke the blacklist and got me back on the show, that necessitated me taking a 63% paycut. What I am seeing is something that feels disprespectful, something that feels inequitable, I know it to be inequitable, and it makes me feel discriminated against."

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According to Branco, because of his story in today's Suds Report—which was derived from Strasser's own words on her hotline yesterday— ABC is doing everything they can to come to an agreement with the actress.

"They are trying to do everything they can to keep her," says Branco. "Brian Frons is on vacation now, so she has been asked to take a break from talking until he returns. Initially ABC offered Strasser no negotiations, but now they are willing to go back to the table."

Branco continues on to say, other soaps have contacted him already to find out if Strasser is truly about to become available.

"In her own words, Robin says she is a 'bargain basement diva' meaning she is affordable and a team player," says Branco.

Be sure to check out next week's soap opera coverage from TV Gude Canada for more on this developing behind-the-scenes daytime drama!