After months of reports that Susan Lucci’s decision to turn down an offer from production company Prospect Park to join the proposed on-line version of “All My Children” are the reason why the show is not moving forward, the star has taken to Facebook to set the record straight.
According to Lucci, Prospect Park paused its negotiations with her, not the other way around. She noted that she had been in negotiations with the company since September. “I made it clear that I would be ecstatic to be a part of ‘All My Children’ in a prominent way if they committed to producing the series for another year. I have not heard back from Prospect Park since then, in fact, I learned of their decision not to move forward with ‘All My Children’ at the same time you did, through the media.”
On September 6th, Deadline reported that Lucci turned down an offer that was identical to her ABC contract because “she tried to gouge the producers for more money while also asking to work fewer hours and get a commitment for a primetime series.” Another spin on that story, it seems, could be that Lucci responded to the company’s initial offer with a counteroffer, as is standard in entertainment industry contract negotiations.
The article coincided with a release of a new chapter of Lucci’s memoir in which the actress blasted ABC Daytime President Brian Frons for canceling the show show after years of mismanagement. That same article claimed that, because of Lucci’s decision, Prospect Park was considering backburnering “AMC” and putting all its efforts into launching the on-line version of “One Life to Live.” Last week, Soaps In Depth reported that the company was putting “AMC” on hold. Prospect Park has made no statements regarding “AMC’s” future, or the status of negotiations with Lucci.
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