Since ABC announced in April it was pulling the plug on 41 years of All My Children, it seems Susan Lucci (a.k.a. Erica Kane) has been waiting for just the right moment to lash out at her former benefactors. With the show in its waning days — the final episode is set for September 23 — the New York Post has obtained an updated copy of Lucci's book, All My Life: A Memoir, with a new epilogue in which the soap star holds no punches.
Speaking of ABC Daytime head Brian Frons, she wrote:
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. 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."
Lucci, who blames Frons for pushing out the show's creator Agnes Nixon and moving the show's production from New York to Los Angeles, also writes about the time she almost called up ABC, wanting to leave the message (we presume on Frons's voice mail): "F.U. — and your little dog, too."
Lucci unloads on soap-killer [Page Six/NYP]