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Susan Lucci Explains Why She Added Scathing Chapter to Memoir

Date September 06, 2011
Susan LucciSusan Lucci has added a juicy new chapter to her memoir, slamming ABC daytime executive Brian Frons for canceling 'All My Children.' "I watched Brian Frons' decisions destroy the production of our show and the lives of people on both sides of the country," she wrote.

But why did the Emmy-winning actress do it? Her publisher, HarperCollins, asked...

Susan LucciSusan Lucci has added a juicy new chapter to her memoir, slamming ABC daytime executive Brian Frons for canceling 'All My Children.' "I watched Brian Frons' decisions destroy the production of our show and the lives of people on both sides of the country," she wrote.

But why did the Emmy-winning actress do it? Her publisher, HarperCollins, asked her to.

"The book had gone to print well before the cancellation and they felt my story wasn't complete without my response to the show going off the air," Lucci told TV Guide Magazine. "They wanted my honest and raw reaction to it. At first I didn't know what to say or even think. I was so upset and angry and stunned that my eyeballs were spinning in my head. But I sat down with my co-writer, Laura Morton, and we talked it through. And it is indeed raw. Very raw."

The new chapter is included in the paperback edition of Lucci's memoir 'All My Life,' on shelves Sept. 13.

'All My Children' leaves ABC on Fri., Sept. 23, being replaced by 'The Chew,' a food and lifestyle program, on Mon., Sept. 26. The historic soap moves online in early 2012 and may even wind up on cable. Before the finale, many former 'AMC' stars, including Carol Burnett and Sarah Michelle Gellar, will return to Pine Valley.

Lucci has not said whether or not she'll remain with the series after it migrates.

"I wake up in the middle of the night and this cancellation still seems so surreal," Lucci told TV Guide. "Is it really over? How could ABC have let us go like this for a cooking show?"

Tell us: Will you pick up a copy to read the full chapter?

Carol Burnett returns to 'All My Children' as Verla Grubbs.

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