Effin' A! All My Children leading lady Susan Lucci is finally spilling the T-E-A about how and why her iconic soap was destroyed. Lucci reveals to TV Guide Canada how she really feels about having her soap hub ripped out from under her. Here's what she said about Chuck Pratt—a long time friend of ABC Daytime Chief Brian Frons—whom most critics and fans feel put the final nail in the soap's coffin:
“Because I have thought about this very question for quite some time. My feelings are that Brian Frons was handed a very healthy daytime line-up when he arrived and then he hired Chuck Pratt to be head writer. Chuck said to all of us in a big team meeting that he didn’t care about characters. He said, ‘I will not be writing character-driven storylines. I don’t care.’ In individual meetings with him, people would come out weeping and distressed because he would [dismiss their characters and histories]. Almost immediately, our ratings dropped. As actors, we did everything we could to save and respect our characters and their histories; although on paper nothing was there for us to work with. The producers listened to the fans in the focus groups, and fans are sophisticated because of columns like yours and talk shows and so on, and they knew the writing was the problem. Chuck Pratt taking AMC down didn’t happen over night. And he was allowed to stay for two years. And unless it was Agnes or Lorraine, no one could dig us out of this hole.”
To read Lucci's passionate comments about how it was really Agnes Nixon who Frons threw under the bus, click here. Thanks Gush900 for the tip!