Francis on Lucci's Pay Cut: "They Want To Send a Message to All of Us"
Daytime legend Genie Francis spoke to TV Guide.com's Matt Mitovich about reprising her role in the sequel to her hit Hallmark movie The Note, for The Note II: Taking a Chance on Love (airing this Sat. at 9 pm ET), and of course the subject of her signature role as General Hospital's Laura Spencer came up, as well as a rather frank discussion about the state of daytime as a whole. Here's what Francis had to say about the firings of her former Days leading man Drake Hogestyn and Deidre Hall, and her one-time AMC costar Susan Lucci's paycut being made public:
TVGuide.com: As we speak today, Drake Hogestyn and Deidre Hall are making their final appearance on Days of Our Lives. What's your take on the budget cuts crunching the daytime genre right now? Francis: I know that [ABC Daytime] made a public announcement of having negotiated [All My Children icon] Susan Lucci's money down, which I thought was in poor taste. It's odd that they would announce that. But I think the reason is they want to send a message to all of us.
TVGuide.com: "If Lucci can do it, you can do it."
Francis: Yes — the days of big checks are over. And I can understand that. [Soaps are] a part of the business that appears to be dying, and I don't know if it will be able to carry on or know some sort of a next chapter."