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Soap Star Names Names, Says ABC Executive’s ‘Bad Decisions’ Destroyed Iconic Show and Ruined People’s Lives

Sep 6, 2011  •  Post A Comment

"All My Children" star Susan Lucci has added an epilogue to the paperback edition of her book, "All My Life: A Memoir," in which she describes how she blasted ABC Daytime chief Brian Frons, reports the New York Post’s Page Six.

“I think our being in this position is the result of some very bad decisions by you," Lucci says she told Frons. Lucci has played Erica Kane on the show since 1970.

Lucci claims Frons placed a new head writer on the show in 2008 who oversaw "subpar" writing and pushed out the soap’s creator, Agnes Nixon, the story says. Lucci adds that Frons told her in April "All My Children" would be replaced by a food show that was cheaper to produce, the piece adds.

“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 wrote, according to the story. “I watched Brian Frons’ decisions destroy the production of our show and the lives of people on both sides of the country.”

An ABC representative said the network was "sorry she felt the need to write this epilogue to an otherwise incredible career.”

2 Comments

  1. What ABC has failed to realize is many people, myself included, do not watch talk shows & reality TV. I watch “All My Children” and “One Life to Life” specifically because it is NOT reality. It’s a chance to spend some time with old friends and escape my reality for awhile. And “The Chew”!?! Could they find a more idiotic name?

  2. Whether you watch soaps or not, Lucci has no reason to lie, and I can completely buy the fact that this was all Frons’ fault.
    However the blame also lies higher up, with the execs who told Frons to either cut the price of the show severely or get rid of it.
    Quite frankly, I suspect he was told to do both.

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