All My Children Writer Speaks on Strike

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All My Children writer Michelle Patrick recently spoke to The Los Angeles Times about the ongoing writers' strike. The focus of the interview?

Patrick's anger at producers and scab writers that cross the picket lines. (Unlike primetime shows, soap operas did not immediately run out of material once the strike began; most spent a year stockpiling scripts in anticipation of the scribes' walkout.)

According to Patrick, All My Children will carry on "because they've got people scabbing in there.  We don't know who.  They shield their identity to protect them from repercussions from the guild.  They work through e-mail, with false names."

Patrick said that on the first day of the impasse, a producer of another soap from a different network called her to ask whether she'd be interested to work as a scab.

"What she said is, 'We could protect your identity.  No one would ever know.  It would be completely secret.  No one would ever find out,' " Patrick recalled as she picketed in front of ABC's W. 66th Street studio, where All My Children is taped.

The inquiry simply infuriated Patrick, who declined the offer.

"The more heinous the producers behave, the angrier I get," the All My Children writer told The Los Angeles Times.

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All My Children Quotes

Ryan Lavery: You want to tell me what the hell you were trying to pull out there?
Kendall Hart Cambias: Did you see Babe? Did you just see what she did? She has the nerve to offer a consolation prize, honorary mommy? What the hell is that? I mean, what could Bianca possibly do with that? Sit and watch Babe be the mother that Bianca will never get to be? It's stupid. It reeks.
Ryan Lavery: Babe was just trying to help.
Kendall Hart Cambias: No, Babe was trying to cover her own butt and make herself look good. She was trying to show what a big heart she has so no one will know what a liar she really is.
Ryan Lavery: What? Where do you get this stuff?
Kendall Hart Cambias: Oh, please don't tell me you can't see it, Ryan, come on. Babe is all about playing the bimbo matriarch of the Chandler clan. When really she a selfish, lying, stupid little bitch.

Erica Kane: You slept with Ryan's brother before you stole the company out from under him?
Kendall Hart Cambias: No, no, I didn't steal it, I didn't steal it. Adam and J.R. did. Ok, but here's the kicker - Ryan tried to convince me earlier today that he's completely over me for good, which, of course, that can't be. I mean, it's impossible, and we are going to prove that. And you know what's so great about you and I doing this together is that you hate Greenlee just as much as I do, so it's perfect! Plus, mother, you are the queen of creativity. You're so creative. I mean, the truth is i'm running out of ideas, but the two of us putting our heads together could be so amazing!
Erica Kane: Kendall, you have to stop. You're talking like a crazy person.