Susan Lucci speaks out in new memoir edition about 'All My Children' end
Susan Lucci has voiced her opinion about the end of "All My Children" in an epilogue for the newest paperback edition of her book "All My Life: A Memoir."
The show is set to air its last episode on September 23 and another soap opera, "One Live To Live," will broadcast its series finale in January 2012, Disney/ABC Television group, parent company of OnTheRedCarpet.com, announced on Thursday, April 14.
Both shows have been on the air for more than 40 years.
Lucci says in an epilogue to her book that she personally criticized ABC head of daytime programming Brian Frons by telling him: "I think our being in this position is the result of some very bad decisions made by you, Brian."
Lucci said Frons averted his eyes from her during the conversations.
She also added that in 2008 a new head writer was brought in to the show and delivered "subpar" material for the drama and that Frons pushed out the soap's creator Agnes Nixon. She also describes Frons as having "what, for me, is that fatal combination of ignorance and arrogance."
ABC and a spokesperson for Susan Lucci had no immediate comment on the report.
In April, shortly after the show's end was announced, Lucci said in a statement obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com that she had a "fantastic journey" on the show and added, "I've loved playing Erica Kane and working with Agnes Nixon and all the incredible people involved with 'All My Children. I'm looking forward to all kinds of new and exciting opportunities."
In July, Lucci said in an interview that the show's end "came as a surprise" but that "if you came to the studio, you'd never know anything happened because everybody's just cooking on all speeds."
"For everybody involved, it was sad that they didn't know ahead of time," Lucci added. "People sold home in bad markets, rented and uprooted children. So that part is really awful. But what are you going to do?"
Aside from "All My Children," Lucci has also appeared on shows such as "Dallas, "Hope & Faith" and "That's So Raven." She released a "All My Life: A Memoir" in March.
"All My Children" celebrated its 40th anniversary in January 2010. Lucci joined the cast full time in 1970.
"All My Children" and "One Life To Live" have each earned more than 40 Emmy Awards. "All My Children" and took home an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series in 1992, 1994 and 1998. "One Life To Life" won the award in 2002.