During the publicity tour for her new memoir, Susan Lucci (Erica Kane) denounced talk of All My Children's cancellation as a nasty rumor. When ABC unceremoniously canceled the show on April 14, many fans wondered if Lucci had somehow been complicit in the coverup or if the woman, who is arguably the most familiar face in daytime television history, had been kept in the dark.
Now the Emmy-winning actress has offered a stunning revelation that doesn't appear in her tell-all book: she was told that her 41-year run on All My Children would be ending just five minutes before the show's cancellation was officially announced.
Lucci admitted that she sensed something wasn't quite right when she saw "a lot of very seriously dressed executives" on her way to her meeting with Frons.
After musing that he'd had similar meetings, Leno asked Lucci the million dollar question: Why would a show that is still doing well and still has millions of fans be "killed?"
"I asked at the time that I was called up to the office, I asked this... Mr. Brian Frons what they were replacing us with," Lucci added, struggling to find Frons' name. "And he said they were replacing us with a reality show that would cost 40 percent less to produce."
Leno also asked Lucci how the fans had reacted to the news, noting that shows have, in the past, been saved by letter-writing campaigns and viewer outcry.
Lucci shrugged, saying that she didn't know if anything could be done to alter ABC's decision, but offered strong words of thanks to the show's fans.
"Our fans are on fire," Lucci said with a wide smile. "They were online instantly and they [have been] there for us."
As for what's next for Lucci if All My Children cannot be saved, the actress declined to answer when Leno asked her about the rumors that she could join the cast of Desperate Housewives.