DAYTIME EMMYS: Kathy Griffin Fuels the Susan Lucci/Sarah Michelle Gellar Firing Rumor - Soap Opera Network
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Everyone loves a comeback, and it’s no different in the case of the rumor that the Queen of Soaps, (ex-Erica Kane, “”), managed to get (ex-Kendall Hart) fired from the sudser back in the 90s. Though the rumor is quite ancient in the daytime industry, it’s getting a second life on sites like Us Weekly and Perez Hilton thanks to a comment made as host of live webcast on Sunday, June 22.

The Bravo comedian announced that she ran into Gellar at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday, June 21, and asked if she had ever starred on a soap opera. “She said, ‘What?! Don’t you know I was on All My Children?! I played Erica Kane’s daughter,'” Griffin recalled. “I know, right? So get this s—. I go, ‘Really? What was it like?'”

She then went on to explain that it was not a pleasant experience for Gellar, thanks to Lucci, who reportedly got the actress fired. “[Sarah] goes, ‘I’ll tell you exactly what it was like: I won for best young starlet of tomorrow and it was the one year that Susan Lucci wasn’t nominated.’ And by the way,” Griffin added, “There should be a hush across the room right now because I know you guys can tell that I’m going to say some s— I shouldn’t say.”

The comedian then claimed, “Anyways, she told me that Susan Lucci couldn’t stand her, and after she won the Emmy, Susan Lucci had her fired before the show ended!”

As daytime fans know, Gellar was nominated for her first Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series in 1994, the same year Lucci was not nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress — the icon’s first time not receiving a nom since 1981. One year later, Gellar won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress, and while Lucci was nominated, she didn’t see her first Emmy win until her 19th nomination (in 1999).

To wrap up her “insider info,” on the “” and “” stars, Griffin concluded: “You’re not going to get that at the Emmys or the Grammys this year, only right here folks! You’re welcome Daytime Emmys! Of course none of that can be confirmed—it can only be alleged under the umbrella of the first amendment under comedy and satire.”

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  • Nick DeLuca

    It’s good gossip but that wasn’t the proper forum for it. Susan may not have been there this year but she’s a legend in the genre and it’s not right to disrespect her in front of her colleagues in that particular setting. It’s tacky, but then so were the red carpet girls and all of the “f-bombs,” so I guess they’re going for “lowest-common-denominator” level of appeal.

    They might want to try holding themselves to a slightly higher standard next year – there’s no shortage of airheads, curse-words, and gossip available for free all-you-can eat every day online – nobody’s tuning into the Daytime Emmys in search of that. People are looking for an entertaining, well-produced, witty celebration of the genre. This wasn’t that.

  • denverdean

    It’s still good reminder why La Luch isn’t as perfect and sweet as she’d like us to believe. It was so clear she was jealous of SMG and it also explain the hiring of AM – anyone remember what she looked like when she was first hired? Definitely not a threat in SL’s mind.

  • Andrew Hass

    If Susan Lucci had a hand in Sarah Michelle Gellar being let go from AMC in 1995 then i’m disappointed in her.However i think we have onlt heard one side of the story.So maybe we shouldn’t judge Lucci until we hear her side.As for Gellar i’m not saying she’s lying but maybe she’s a little jealous that Lucci’s career is doing so well right now.

    • Joel

      Sarah starred in one of the most major and successful television series. And i wouldn’t call Lucci’s career great, especially compared to Sarah’s.

      • Andrew Hass

        What i wrote is that Susan Lucci’s career is doing well now because she has a prime time show Devious Maids which i think is doing good ratings wise.As for Sarah Michelle Gellar it’s been 20 years since she left AMC and as you pointed out her career didn’t suffer as a result.So i’m wondering why she is bringing it up again now because everyone else including Susan Lucci may have moved on from it.

        • Joel

          SMG isn’t the one who directly brought it up, it was Kathy who did on the Emmys. SMG had no control of Kathy saying such things.

          • Andrew Hass

            You are right that it was Kathy Griffin who brought it up in the Emmys but in the article it said it was Sarah Michelle Gellar who told Griffin about Lucci getting her fired.So i’m wondering if SMG actually thought Griffin keep quiet about what she said about Lucci or would bring it up at the Emmys?So SMG had no control over what Griffin did with the info but Gellar is responsible for giving her the info.

          • xdrewxnl

            Oh yes, the very cunning and manipulative Sarah Michelle Gellar tried to revive her career by gossiping with Kathy Griffin, in hopes that she would mention the conversation while hosting the daytime emmys – an awards show that wasn’t even televised and was streamed online… riiight.

          • Joel

            Why? Because she was asked a damn question? The ONLY thing Gellar is responsible is speaking her own truth. Nothing else.

          • Andrew Hass

            Yes SMG was asked if she was ever on a soap by Griffin and she answered it.However the question did Griffin ask for more details or did Gellar just gave them?Plus it’s been almost 20 years since SMG was on AMC and she’s had a successful career since then.So i’m wondering why it still matters to her whether Lucci had her fired or not.

          • Joel

            I’m sure Kathy pushed for more information, probably hoping for dirt to give.

          • Andrew Hass

            Whether Kathy pushed for more information or not Gellar i’m sure has been in show business long enough to know what Griffin was up to.Plus this is just what Griffin said Gellar told her.So maybe it’ll turn out Gellar told her other stuff regarding Lucci but Griffin just used the juiciest stuff.Plus i like i wrote in other posts.It’s been close to 20 years since whatever happened happened on AMC.So maybe it’s time for Gellar to move on because there’s nothing she can do about it now.Plus in the article Griffin said Lucci wanted Gellar fired before the show ended.Gellar left AMC in 1995.AMC ended their run on ABC in 2011.So that’s 16 years in between.Plus i’m sure in 1995 AMC was in no danger of being cancelled.

          • Joel

            I’m actually done talking to you. You seem so deluded to blame an actress, who I’m sure is over something, given that her career is on the over-all better than some sub-par actress who got her fired from a show.

            And you need to watch the video and know Kathy’s humor… the cancellation she was referring to was the 2011 one, not anytime in 1995. She was being funny, but I’m sure that has gone right over your head like everything else in this “conversation”.

          • blake3b

            Exactly!!!

  • Mika

    Even if it were true, who cares? It was 20 years ago. There is always going to be actors who wield power.

    • Andrew Hass

      I agree.Plus maybe when she was on Buff The Vampire Slayer Sarah Michelle Gellar wielded some power over her fellow actors because she was the star of the show.Plus just as you point out and i have too it’s been 20 years since that happened and both Sarah and Susan Lucci have had great careers since then.

  • Guest

    I think it becomes very obvious who the movie Soap Dish was loosely based upon and how these soap divas often acquire some of the traits of their TV persona.

  • http://unknown.com Bexx

    Kathy is so tacky! I’m really confused why anyone still cares about this?

  • blake3b

    Love it, glad that Susan is being called out for doing that. They pretended like everything was fine when everyone knew the truth.

  • Sally VanDyke

    Regardless of who said what to whom, I think it was incredibly tacky/rude of Kathy to make comments about a 20 year old rumor. But then, Kathy Griffin is the QUEEN of tacky, so that’s probably why she was hired…to make the show as tacky as possible and be the butt of the criticism the next day. It NATAS thought it was hard to get a reputable network to air the show this year, they sealed their fate and will never get it on a network again after this horror.

    • Andrew Hass

      I agree.Plus maybe Sarah Michelle Gellar thought her conversation with Griffin would remain private between them and not have Griffin reveal it to everyone.

      • Sally VanDyke

        Andrew, I’m pretty sure SMG knew exactly what she was doing. Kathy is known for her schtick and her use of salacious gossip. If Sarah didn’t know what was up, she’s a lot less brighter than I give her credit for.

  • oreozipper

    Guys, read through the whole story. It was a -joke-, she said none of this could be confirmed and it was under the umbrella of comedy and satire. SMG had been wanting to leave for months at that point to do movies and producers told her she could leave the night after she won the emmy. Unless SL knew before everyone else SMG was going to win (and in a totally different category than her), it’d be impossible for her to have gotten SMG fired. KG is a comedian, using an old rumor for a joke.