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'All My Children' Drama: Susan Lucci Blasts ABC Exec for Cancellation

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 3rd 2011 4:00PM
All My Children, Susan LucciWith only three weeks of 'All My Children' left to go in the soap opera's legendary 41-year run, the show's stars are finally starting to speak out. Susan Lucci blasts ABC daytime exec Brian Frons in an epilogue to the upcoming paperback edition of her book, 'All My Life,' saying "I watched Brian Frons' decisions destroy the production of our show and the lives of people on both sides of the country."

According to the New York Post, which obtained text from the epilogue, Lucci's criticisms weren't limited to Frons' business decisions -- she also says that Frons appeared "self-congratulatory" when he informed the 'AMC' cast of the decision to cancel the long-running soap, and that 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."

Don't think that this is the first time Frons will hear of Lucci's discontent. The star says she personally told him, "I think our being in this position is the result of some very bad decisions by you," including the hiring of Chuck Pratt as head writer in 2008, moving the show to Los Angeles from new York, and getting rid of creator Agnes Nixon.

Speaking of Nixon, the 'AMC' creator promises that there will not be any lack of drama in the series' broadcast finale, especially since she'll continue with the show as a consultant when it moves online. She told the Chicago Tribune, "We're going to have a hiatus, you know, for three months. And the head of Prospect Park [the production company taking over the shows] said, 'We've got to have a big cliffhanger for that three months.' And so I came up with one which I can't tell you. But they loved it."

So tell us: Will you continue watching when 'AMC' moves online? And do you think Susan Lucci was right in criticizing Brian Frons?

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