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It's official: Erica Kane will not live on in the web-only continuation of All My Children. Soap opera icon Susan Lucci has decided that she will not stay on the series, even though production company Prospect Park reportedly offered to match her network salary.
Lucci, 64, refused to take the lucrative contract, which would have enabled her to keep playing the role she's inhabited for 40 years. According to Deadline, Lucci pushed back, asking the new producers for even more cash and also "asking to work fewer hours and get a commitment for a primetime series" to boot. When Prospect Park declined, Lucci gave her flat-out "no."
Because Lucci will not be involved, Deadline reports that the company will likely make One Life to Live the priority for a 2012 online launch, putting AMC "on the backburner."
The Daytime Emmy winner hasn't exactly been silent about her feelings since ABC's long-running soap was canceled. Not only has she discussed how emotional filming the final televised episode was (it will air Sept. 23), she also released an epilogue to her autobiography, All My Life: A Memoir, where she blames the network's Daytime President Brian Frons for the series' demise.
"I watched Brian Frons' decisions destroy the production of our show and the lives of people on both sides of the country," she wrote, adding that he was "that fatal combination of ignorance and arrogance."