Deadline says she "tried to gouge the producers for more money while also asking to work fewer hours and get a commitment for a primetime series."
Lucci took a very publicized pay cut a few years to stay with the soap.
In light of her decision this time, Prospect Park may reevaluate its short-term strategy for the two soaps and put its muscle behind the higher-rated ONE LIFE TO LIVE, while moving ALL MY CHILDREN to the back burner.
Prospect Park’s original plan was to re-launch both OLTL and AMC online in the first quarter of 2012.
Last week, Lucci told TVGuide.com that she did hope to continue with the soap. "My heart is there," said Lucci, who has played Erica Kane since 1970. "I think it's a very, very exciting possibility. I think that Prospect Park, the men involved there, have a wonderful, successful track record ... It could be very exciting."
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