All My Children's Susan Lucci Claims ABC Exec's 'Ignorance, Arrogance' Destroyed Show
Just days after the soap taped its final episode on ABC, daytime’s queen diva is placing the blame for the show’s demise squarely on the network’s daytime chief, Brian Frons.
According to the New York Post, the paperback edition of Lucci’s memoir, “All My Life,” contains a fresh epilogue in which she recounts how she personally berated Frons, saying, “I think our being in this position is the result of some very bad decisions by you.”
The Emmy winner claims Frons oversaw “subpar” writing when he installed soap vet Chuck Pratt as headwriter in 2008 and pushed out AMC creator Agnes Nixon. She also maintains that Frons told her last spring that the legendary sudser would be replaced by food-based talk show The Chew because it was cheaper to produce.
“An iconic show was losing out to greed,” she allegedly writes. “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… I watched Brian Frons’ decisions destroy the production of our show and the lives of people on both sides of the country… [He] has what, for me, is that fatal combination of ignorance and arrogance. I cannot fathom any network executive choosing to alienate millions of loyal viewers in these economic times.”
In a statement, an ABC rep told the Post, “We have all the respect in the world for Susan, and are sorry she felt the need to write this epilogue to an otherwise incredible career.”
The literary leak comes as AMC‘s new owner, Prospect Park, is attempting to hammer out deals with cast to move the show to the Internet. Meanwhile, as TVLine reported this week, Lucci has been tapped to co-host a special hour of ABC’s The View that will pay homage to All My Children on Sept. 23, the soap’s ABC broadcast finale date. It’ll be interesting to see how Babs and Co. maneuver around this particular hot topic.