was he there? i thought alan started at p&g in 1997. according to imdb, both melanie and mary ellen left the show in 1992.
but, it is true that when actors who were on the show prior to he arrival want to let it rip, he lets them go — witness rosemary printz. came across thoughts about the roots of her feud with irna phillips — have to scroll down a bit.
In a way, I do agree with this sentiment but it won't likely be China in years to come but a country where even cheaper labor can be exploited like Vietnam and Thailand. In fact, this is already happening. In a decade, or so, it is unlikely to be China though.