TMZ

Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

ABC Accused Of Stiffing 'General Hospital' Creators

4/26/2011 4:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"General Hospital" is one of the longest running daytime soaps in the history of television ... and the children of the couple who created the show claim they've been screwed out of a major part of their cut.

0426_general_hospital_ex

TMZ has obtained a lawsuit filed by the estate of Frank and Doris Hursley -- the couple who created the show back in 1963.

According to the lawsuit, the Hursley's daughters claim their parents struck a deal with ABC way back when ... to reap 10% of all profits from the syndication of the show ... but ABC hasn't honored the deal.

The daughters allege ABC has cooked the books for years -- and has failed to pay the full amount owed to the creators.

The Hursley children do not specify how much money they believe ABC owes -- but they want a judge to force ABC to open up its books to an audit ASAP.

67 COMMENTS

No Avatar
1.

tmz@frog.cc    

Actors of Happy Days were also screwed out of merchandizing $$$.

1278 days ago
2.

HarryPalms    

Shavon should get on this for psychological injury.

1278 days ago
3.

Stormy    

I'M DOING THE HAPPY DANCE!!

1278 days ago
4.

MoonDust    

I smell a cancelation coming soon . . .

1278 days ago
5.

rosie    

Harvey
Can you help us try to save our soaps???? Please you have a lot of power and reach millions of people!!!

1278 days ago
6.

bknight    

I hope the Hursley daughters get them for everything they possibly can! Talk about turning the tables on an evil empire. ABC/Disney you so deserve this!!!HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

1278 days ago
7.

Janet    

I hope they win! ABC needs to be accountable to everyone! Including the loyal soap opera fans! Wouldn't be surprised if they were skewing the viewer demographics to get AMC and OLTL cancelled bc Frons says that he can train the viewers like dogs to like his new replacement shows.

1278 days ago
8.

Fozzie    

seeing they are going to cancel gh in september 2012 those kids better hop to it to get some cash.

1278 days ago
9.

Jae Helps Japan    

http://jaehelpsjapan.tumblr.com my 4yr old is raising money for Japan support his cause by purchasing an item :)

thanks

1278 days ago
10.

Nancy Wizner    

Loving ittttttt! Suffer ABC, just like we have been. Save our Soaps!!!

1278 days ago
11.

NM    

This only proves, that FRONS cares about one thing, his pocket book and his EGO!!! I hope they sink ABC for this!

1278 days ago
12.

leah    

Well hell u just should asked the fans if ABC and Disney were not honest... they have serial killer Frons sabotaging the soaps. They Karma is a bitch ABC and that Rat Disney.. will go down too.. hopefully the union in Florida will continue to protest and join the soap fans...someone needs to shut these people down.. call them on their lies... FIRE FRONS BOYCOTT DISNEY BOYCOTT ABC . We only watch the soaps on ABC when the soaps are done we change the channel.. I will not watch prime time ABC-because they cancelled the soaps...
PS Frons is a serial killer-hates soaps. cancelled other soaps when he worked for other net works...

1278 days ago
13.

Liam    

GH is not the longest running in the history of television. It is the oldest one currnently the air. Both Guiding Light and As the World Turns ran much longer.

1278 days ago
14.

bring back recent posts    

..I'm surprised they are just looking into this now!.....lawyers should have been onto this with the estate accounting..more too it..hope they get what they deserve!

1278 days ago
15.

Mims    

Harvey, what do you care? You were making fun of ALL the soaps on your show last night. Your staff is a bunch of jackasses and you are their king.

1278 days ago
| 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Most Recent | Next 15 Comments

Around The Web