Told by a reporter that there was a lot of "anguish online" from fans when the show was scrapped last week after three seasons, Burke said: "A lot of anguish for me, also, and all of us at ABC.
"We love Speechless," she added. "It was not without great, great, gut-wrenching consideration that we ultimately made that call. We looked at a lot of factors. Ultimately, primarily, it came down to numbers and feeling like we could shore up the night more strongly with Fresh Off the Boat at 8:30 leading into 20/20."