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Genie Francis’ Agent Confirms Drop To Recurring Status On GH: "It Was Not Her Choice To Leave"

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There has been an official word Monday afternoon from Genie Francis’ (Laura) camp in the form of her long time agent Arthut Toretzky, who commented for EW.com on Genie’s contract status with General Hospital.

Toretzky confirmed that Francis has been, in fact, taken off contract and dropped to recurring status with the ABC daytime drama series.  Apparently, GH declined to extend Francis’ contract for another year, but has left the door open for a possibility of a return.

However, Toretzky noted, “Francis will only make her way back to Port Charles if the story and timing were ideal.”  He went on to say, “She did not want to leave the show as a series regular. It was not her choice to leave.”

This past weekend saw General Hospital fans devastated and outraged over the news of the iconic Francis being taken off-contract, and her storyline where she was to run for Mayor of Port Charles abruptly taking a left turn. Daytime Confidential first broke the news.

So, what do you think about hearing from Genie’s agent confirming her being taken off-contract? Comment below.

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Sissy

I was so happy that Genie was finally getting a good storyline and running for mayor!
I am extremely disappointed and am sure I’m not alone!!

Talk about out of touch with what your viewers want!

Rodd

I totally agree with you, Sissy!

Jovin

Off the top of my head, I can think of at least 10 characters who could EASILY leave the show before Genie and leave little to no impact on the canvas. This is NOT to insult or demean anyone…I am speaking solely from the character and show perspective. Ones that could go buh bye, in no particular order….Jordan, Nina, Valentin, Curtis, Stella, Julian, Amy, Griffin, Ava, Kiki, Franco among others.
Hear me out….I like most of these actors and some of the characters, but in terms of what is true and meaningful GH, many of these are just out of place. I LOVE Maura West, who doesn’t? I like her with Griffin, it he is only connected to Duke, who is long dead. The show made a big mistake with him. He should have been Anna’s son! Who cares how or why …. could have been Robert’s, or Duke’s. Genie is not just a legacy character…she is THE legacy character!!

Phil

Like sands through the hour glass…

4ever DAYS

…so are the days of our lives. This is Macdonald Carey and these are the Days of our Lives.

We will return for the second half of Days of our Lives in just a moment!

And hopefully Genie Francis returns, too!

Genie Francis starred in 323 episodes of DAYS in 26 months. Why not 177 more?!

su0000

Recalling all the protests in the past they did no good.
Soaps were cancelled … Vet actors were let go..

We’ve all witnessed; business not emotions.

We will not see Genie back 🙁 🙁 🙁

su0000

And I want to mention;
We still do not the story as to the why Genie was put on recurring and not accepting it..
The story has yet to be told …

nancy dillingham

But we want to know!!

nancy dillingham

Hey again, su0000,
Her manager has told the story: Her contract was not renewed–not even for another year. She was told she would be put on recurring basis. This was not Genie’s preference.
Not complicated to understand. It’s clear Genie was blindsighted and very unhappy about all this. We do know that she tweeted that the fans’ support made her feel better. So obviously she was feeling bad about the whole situation.

Jovin

You’re just plain wrong, Sir! Fan protests have worked many times in the past. It does not make you look intelligent to speak with authority when you are in fact, wrong. Sometimes it is better to NOT say anything instead of having a need to be right but actually be wrong. Rebecca Herbst was rehired after her firing caused massive fan unrest. Massive fan letter writing has brought Michael Easton Back to not only to GH, but also to his old stomping grounds of PC. A decade or so ago, John Black was killed off Days, like really killed! Fans were outraged, and their campaign brought him back alive. Many years ago, Katherine Chancellor on Y and R had a brief hint at a lesbian relationship and the fans responded so negatively with letters and phone calls the idea was dropped and never ever mentioned again. Those are just 4 small examples. There are many more, both on the record and off! Fan support has kept shows from being cancelled! If not for its rabid fan base, Guiding Light would have been cancelled at least 15 years before it left the air. Us FANS would very much appreciate if you didn’t come onto a site that is FOR fans, created by a FAN, and tell us that fan support is not needed or necessary, and has no impact or power. The history of soaps is littered with instances where fans have made ALL the difference!

Harry

Right Jovin. Fan protests also brought back Rebecca Herbst and Michael Easton.
It’s not just that Genie was dropped to reoccurring status, it’s how badly it was handled. Clearly, the poor writers were the last ones to know.

nancy dillingham

su0000, how do you know?

su0000

Hi nancy..

Just a feeling..
It was too quick and unexpected..
I’d bet the farm there is more to the story than we’ve been told which is next to nothing.
Something went down, there was cause an effect ..

That is the way I see it… not a fact, just my opinion.

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

Except, of course, the times when fan protests did do some good–such as when Rebecca Herbst was let go, but then that was rescinded because of the outcry.

I am inclined to agree with you in this case, su0000–I do not think Genie will be back. But you’re mistaken that fan protests never have any effect.

Marko

Fans protested when Rebecca Herbst was let go. They overturned that. Fans DO have a voice.

su0000

hi Marko ..
Rebecca Herbst was brought back and she closed the story and then after she was out, again.

Marko

Incorrect She was let go after she finished her storyline and the complaints received brought her back and she has been there ever ever since.

JMER

Whether Genie comes back or not is not the most relevant point. What would happen if fans never spoke up, never protested, always accepted? What they’ve done is outrageous and they need to be called out for it! And the fact that they’ve done this before with Genie as well as other characters and actors we care about makes it even more necessary to speak out. The fact that it is not only Frank Valentini that has done this on GH in previous regimes, the fact that other actresses have their value minimized on ABC/Disney, these things make it even more necessary to say what we feel. Otherwise we’ll end up with either no show OR no show that we recognize, brings us joy.

Aria

Where’s the network response? This is an outrage, how insane that they’re taking this long to respond, they really need to fix this ASAP.

Aria

Omg how insulting I just saw the most current tweet from Frank Valentini and he tweeted Laura has big news, well he’ll yeah, you fired her and insulted Her by offering a dozen episodes per year, seriously! He’s so out of touch with what viewers want, I’m so disappointed in him.

Nikki

That was so insensitive and out of touch.

Harry

It was insenstive of Frank–he sounded completely tone deaf in that Tweet.
Maurice Benard is equally as tone deaf as he Tweeted that it’s not the number of episodes that count, but the air time.
Say what? I may be mathematically challenged but even I know that the number of episodes equals air time. This is especially rich coming from an actor who has dominated GH for over twenty years. I do not blame any actors for what happened to Genie. I do, however, blame MB for Tweeting such an insensitive Tweet instead of offering Genie his support and good wishes.

Rebecca1

Did Maurice say that, Harry? Wow! I recall that he was very upset when Ron came aboard and put him on the back burner for a while; he didn’t have as much air time/episodes! Wonder if his comment was in regard to Genie being put on recurring…because he sure wasn’t happy about his own downward spiral (which apparently didn’t last too long).

J chavo

There are some people in GH that I can barely sit through the scenes when they are “acting”! Maurice Bernard is one, actually, he is the main one. He cannot remember his lines, constantly stops to remember them and they do away with Genie? Too many of them in there that could take a long vacation instead of Genie. I quit watching when she is gone, especially when it’s done in this manner! She can’t say that she doesn’t have a fan base, that’s for sure.

Mary

Obviously, GH and Frank Valentini have forgotten that it was Genie Francis who helped save the show from cancellation in 1978. As a result of Laura’s pairing with Scott Baldwin the summer ratings that year doubled. Then when Laura was paired with Luke the viewership want through the roof. Thirty million Americans, the most ever for a daytime drama, watched the wedding of Luke and Laura. Genie has consistently drawn in viewership over the years. And how to they repay her? By putting her on recurring status. To add insult to injury, Frank Valentini insults Genie. When they call her to come back for Genie should tell them where to get off.

Michael

That’s a real slap in the face to a soap icon.

Grant Putnam

With the addition of Steve, Tamara and now Anders you can see they had to make cuts somewhere. I will go even as far as saying the Mayoral race ‘b-story’ (more like c-roll) might have plot conflicts with the return of Faison. Perhaps his return was not confirmed at the time the ‘Chales St Conflict’ was derived but we know very well that the writers have written themselves out of some recent jams very poorly, allow me to cite:

– Paul Hornsby as the psycho murderer
– Hayden’s revised backstory
– Sam’s brain ‘illness’
– the un-love for Drew (nuJason) by CarlSon
– Robin-Drew retcon
– firing the Oscar1 for not being white enough to play Drew’s son
– Nelle’s revised backstory
– Anna and McBain part 2 (aka Finn)
– that Cassandra nonsense

etc

Jay Walker

Oscar wa recast after Oscar 1’s frst two episodes because that actor got another job. It was in the news coverage of the recast.

Grant Putnam

Should we believe that Oscar1 was written in as Andrew’s son??.

nancy dillingham

And now this Faison nonsense?

Jay Walker

Yes, considering that soaps are plotted out months ahead of time and the recast happened after Oscar 1s 2nd appearance, yes I do. Soaps frequently cast kids that don’t even have a passing resemblance to the actors playing their parents. To me, Oscar 2 looks more like Nathan than Jason.

Maureen Lynch

I’m beyond disappointed with this decision especially since she had a good upcoming storyline. Growing incredibly frustrated with GH and personnel decisions. Genie deserves far more than GH and ABC have treated her. Shame on them!

Kevin C

Thank you for confirming that it wasn’t her choice and it’s a disgrace of what happen and feel so bad for Genie but I know things will be ok for her…Since all the outrage maybe GH will see what a mistake they made but I don’t think they care at all about what us fans think…

nancy dillingham

They’ve long ago demonstrated they don’t care about fans–but Genie does.

Buddy Lee Brown

I think it changes not one thing about Us boycotting everything ABC/Disney, including “GH” and the Sponsors, Primetime, ABC World News…
Because they have treated her like crap for way too long, and #GenieIsGH… If they do not reverse the call on the field, sadly, that is exactly what I intend to do…
#ImWithGenie…
I happen to know that Laura Wright, Nancy Lee Grahn, Maurice Benard, Leslie Charleson, Kin Shriner are all Friends of Hers, and Maurice, Laura Wright, Nancy Lee all pull a lot of weight over at Prospect Studios and should talk to Frank about this… BUT, I am pretty certain, from what I learned over all the Friends I talked to over the Weekend, that this came from above Frank’s pay grade, so to speak…

Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco
Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco

You know, a lot of people come on here an post “insider” information and claim this relationship and that- even many of the soap websites post false or misleading “scoops” as clickbait. I don’t mean to be rude in the slightest, but I am not buying it. How would all your friends on the inside at ABC feel about your calling for a boycott? I looked for your petition and could not find it. There are endless Buddy Brown profiles on Facebook, by the way.

MB

Genie isn’t just a Vet, she isn’t even just a GH icon, she is GH. I know she hasn’t been utilized much in the last few years, but two things. One, she is loved and treating her like garbage is offensive. And two, a lot of people were excited about her getting involved in the Charles Street story and running for Mayor. It was a good sign for her fans and long time viewers in general and one of the things, like Burton’s return, that had people engaged and watching. Laura was obviously important to the writers as well, but Frank does what Frank does.

nancy dillingham

Seems like deja vu all over again–and Hollywood all over again. Sexism all over again. Guess TPTB weren’t out marching for women’s causes Mon.–instead some of them were in their “dens” tweeting. Disgusting!

Bostonnc

I am so freaking angry. I just deleted GH from my DVR programming. Historically GH has treated Genie poorly — with her return post-Geary, I thought things were different. They aren’t. It sounds like the backlash has been intense. Keep the pressure on…and turn GH off…until Laura is back on contract.

nancy dillingham

Yes!

Kay

Frank strikes again. Genie is a big part of the rich history of GH. Viewers are tired of all Frank’s pets hogging the screen. We want to see our legacy characters front and center not a flock of newbies. This is just more evidence that the powers that be at GH are totally out of touch with their viewers.

Cathy

I agree can’t all the fans start a petition or boycott the show and see how Frank likes it we need to do something

Jimh

I no longer will watch….they can find tons of stuff to write for certain characters year after year but not for her?….how about Kevin and Laura buys a house that developer wants..whatshisname?….first he tries to make it look like their new house is haunted…when that doesnt work he makes several attempts on their lives ect….connect the guy to other characters than just Sonny and Julian!!!!!!!!

LLL

What is going on at GH? Genie Francis doesn’t deserve this treatment. I have no words.

Bostonnc

If you want to fight Genie’s firing, call GH’s comment line and leave a message: ‭(323) 671-4583‬.
Take action!

Satan

Fire Frank. Fire Frodd. Nuke Nina. Assassinate Ava.

Bring back General Hospital, enough of the Zombie OLTL dragonshit.

Shay

And annihilate Alexis!

Satan

Well, at least Alexis has been around since the 1990s. I’m not about fan base wars here… just saying if a bloated cast is a budget issue, then take out the newbie trash first.

Natasha’s bastard brother Val though… he’s fair game. He was nothing more than fan fiction a year ago. Should have stayed that way.

Patrick

OMG – I swear… watching Laura asking Alexis to run in her place for Mayor

oh “heck” no… just a big resounding NO

@GH… we have a BAD enough time just watching her mindset grapple with her personal life… what makes you think the audience and ALL of Port Charles want to see her grandstand “her” morals and virtue played out every stinkin’ day

no thanks

I don’t know… I certainly hope it’s not true that even Julian may get in to the race.

Just let it be handsome Ned

I for one miss Mayor Lomax as played by Sheri Belefonte… yeah it was “casting” stunt …but she worked

@GH – get it together on so many levels.

Shay

I hear you, Patrick!!!!!! Without Laura to assume the moral highground in this tale, the rest is all just a contrived, lame storyline that has no excuse for being…Remember how it all began with the whiny Molly and her apartment woes….most people would have had enough sense to move after the first incident and with her mother as her legal loudmouthpiece, Little Miss Lansing could have broken her lease agreement pronto!!!! However, that convenient solution would have totally negated the so-called justification for the omnipresent Alexis to hang out at Charlie’s with her endless pontification and simultaneous lustfest for Julian! Basta, basta!!! The sooner this ridiculous Laura-less scenario is wrapped up, the better, now that the only acceptable outcome is for Ned to claim victory….and given the sordid escapades of Alexis and her many mafia men, opposition research should be a snap for the Quartermaine campaign!!!!

Shay

I take your point, Satan, but when you consider the more worthy legacy characters who receive much less time and attention than this quite disposable player whose main point in life is lusting after an abusive ex and telling everybody else how to live when she cannot even handle her own existence with a modicum of propriety and dignity, then “years served” on the GH canvas doesn’t mean a hill of beans! And as you observed regarding Valentin’s status as a Cassadine b@$+@#&, well, he’s right on par with his sis, “Natasha” in that aspect.

K/kay

It’s ok Genie will be fine she has been treated this way time and time again ! But she has a time magazine cover and a people

Tristan

I think Frank Valentini in his ignorance and arrogance has made an almost irreparable mistake. The GH brand has taken a huge hit. The only way to right the wrong is to drop that despicable tool Valentini to “recurring,” and bring Genie back full time. Nothing else is acceptable.

AJ

I stopped watching towards the end of the Guza/Phelps reign. I came back for the 50th Anniversary. I’m done again. I have today’s episode sitting on my Tivo. I’ll record the rest of the week. If they make this right and hire her back, I’ll continue, otherwise, my Season Pass is canceled and I. Am. Done.

Justin

Me too. I stopped watching when Alan Quartermaine was killed off, then came back when Guza/Phelps were gone. I’m done and this time probably for good. I don’t think they’ll cave in to fan pressure this time. The ABC execs and Frank are too in love with the show being the Sonny and Jason hour.

Mo

I didn’t know TIVO still existed.

AJ

It’s funny you say that. My friends say the same thing, then when they see how much better it is than other DVRs, they’re believers!

Mister Media

Shameful! As others have said, I hope she gets scooped up by another soap where she will get the respect she deserves. This must have been due to budget considerations, but it is ill-advised and will cost the show a LOT of good will.

nancy dillingham

Just what we already feared and really expected. They’ve treated Genie shabbily for years and years. She is the consummate professional and actor.

LauraCollinsFan

Genie’s performances are my favorite to watch. My heart sank when I read the news. I hope TPTB reverse their decision as they did with Rebecca a few years ago.

jeffrie

I for one have taken GH of my dvr and will no longer watch!Proves to me GH does not get that we longtime viewers want from our show!I am positive this will backfire on gh and abc and that is where the best story watching will be behind the scenes!Boycott take to twitter fb and any other means and let them know bring back Genie and give her a storyline deserving of such a soap icon!!!!

Mateo

I can only hope that Valentini is held to the fire for this really awful decision. Look, stuff like this happens in daytime all the time. It doesn’t appear that the powers that be never learn their lesson. It’s time for the executives to learn a lesson. Someone made a decision that another actor would be a better value. And sad to say they were wrong. I just want Genie Francis to know that she is loved, valued and cherished by her fanbase. I am one of them. She is dynamic. She is powerful. She is class all the way. It’s time for people to let it all out and express that. The one who should be taken off contract and out of the power seat is Frank Valentini for his poor casting choices and poor story decisions. I salute you Genie Francis. You are a class act all the way!

nancy dillingham

Class act who must be hurting something terrible.

Harry

Nicely said, Mateo.
I say it’s time for Frank to go. He pays way too much attention to his pets at the expense of more deserving vets like Genie Frances.

Jamesj75

You’re absolutely right, Harry, about Valentini’s “attention to his pets.” THAT is the problem…

James R. Poissant

Unreal. Someone really needs to get his or head checked. I’m mortified. And disgusted.

Michael

Just terrible. Genie Francis is more than a soap legend. She is an incredible actor whose work idefines acting as a craft and art form. GH has not written her a credible storyline in years. Finally, she had something with the Mayor story. The problem was that she and Lindstrom had zero chemistry. They should have scrapped the boring love story and wrote Laura as an independent woman and local politician. Shame on Frank V and ABC for screwing up. Again.

Alan

Absolutely disgraceful treatment of one of the genre’s biggest stars. Genie’s Laura was in large part the reason GH wasn’t cancelled back in the late 70s and later helped set viewing records with the wedding of Luke and Laura. Sadly, I don’t think Genie has ever been given the same credit for the show’s success as Anthony Geary despite the fact that his character most likely would not have been as successful without his pairing with Laura (who had been on the show long before Luke Spencer showed up).

For a genre that bases so much of its ratings success on a female viewership it seems ironic that one of the most beloved — and recoginizable — actresses would be treated so badly.

Michele Chambre-Shelbourne
Michele Chambre-Shelbourne

Genie Francis is an icon on General Hospital. Her character Laura kept General Hospitals ratings up. Genie Francis is a very talented actress and does not deserve this kind of treatment. Frank Valentini made a incorrect choice. Without Genie Francis the ratings will go down.

Patrick

repeating myself : “Where is the love, you said you’d give to me”

Love truly exists on Daytime. Laura and Spencer married Kevin. WOW

Mac and Felicia – always a dream

Ned and Olivia – he’s a lot of man

FOR ALL THE LACK OF WRITING FOR; anyway

when YOU DID venture into the rest of the cast… and the audience would at last get a morsel… a dream sequence, glimpse’ , a remember when… a let in to ALL THE REST

I for one… look past.. the dullard focus… and either knew… we’d one day get to see the rest of the cast… or , what? knew they were on the chopping block… to expand the Corinthos lot in life ?

Sonny / Carly / Jason / Sam / Michael / Nelle / Finn … ARE NOT good actors

it’s such a quick fix and lame excuse for laziness and weak character driven show

with no appeal or long lasting reason to tune in

Laura and Kevin and Spencer are a ready made family that was on the horizon… WE WERE ALL JUST WAITING for their honeymoon to end and on with the festivities

I bought in to this 3 some. because it was easy to see how much Laura and Kevin and Spencer piqued curiosity and the obvious natural ease in which Laura and Kevin shared a love for each other and with Spencer.

@GH severed for all intent and purpose have blindsided the audience and until the focus – the focus – starts changing… this is dead on arrival every day

Shelly
This is the straw that broke the camel’s back for me. We’ve heard rumors & innuendos concerning the backstage politics & the disparity of the female actors contracts/salaries versus that of their male counterparts, which we now know is a common practice for General Hospital, but to have confirmation of it blatantly thrown in our faces in the midst of the #MeToo & #TimesUp movements in addition to Vanessa Marcil & Sarah Joy Brown’s disclosures about Pay inequality, by bumping The Queen of Daytime down to recurring status in the midst of one of the most interesting storylines currently playing on GH not to mention potentially one of the most socially relevant stories they’ve done in a decade? Unacceptable. Did Frank think we wouldn’t notice? Wouldn’t care? The arrogance of a hireling daring to flaunt his parade of OLTL actors, industry friends, and friends of friends is obscene. GH is barely recognizable anymore, yet he believes that this show can go on living after he’s ripped the heart out of it? It defies logic. This is not OK for any reason or by any stretch of the imagination. Genie should be able to write her own ticket on this show but instead, in the year 2018, she’s being treated worse than a dayplayer on the show that she helped save from cancellation almost 40 years ago. I refuse to watch or support a show that continues to treat women in such a disrespectful manner while bending over backwards and jumping through hoops to give men any and everything they want in the way of salaries and benefits. What TPTB have not understood and what we have failed to make them understand is that women don’t watch soaps for just the men! We watch them for the women who remind us of our sisters, mothers, friends. We bond with them over love, life, family, struggles, triumphs, tragedies… SOAPS ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE A PLATFORM FOR LESSONS IN OR EXAMPLES OF MISOGYNY AND GENERAL HOSPITAL IS RIFE WITH IT!! IN FRONT OF THE CANERA AND BEHIND THE SCENES. Genie Francis deserves a place of honor on this show. She deserves to be held in high esteem. Frank is renting out space in the house that SHE built (to borrow a phrase from our friends at Daytime Confidential). He has NO RIGHT to take that away from her or General Hospital fans. She is beautiful, vibrant, and still so unbelievably talented and WANTED!! We still want her on this show. Not just for nostalgia but because she still has so much to contribute and still has the ability to make us FEEL! Genie Frances doesn’t just go through the motions & exercise of her craft. Her performance demands you watch & listen with your heart. I hope the executives of ABC listen with their hearts and do something about the injustice that’s been done to this most beloved actress. It’s unfair to her, it’s unfair to the women who have supported this… Read more »
nancy dillingham

So well said, Shelly!

Patrick

Hi Shelly – REAL’ly Nice Read

this is hitting home or registering with me on so many levels.

especially, when some one posted.. that Sarah Joy Browne.. even with: 3 emmy wins… was not even making any where near the amount… let’s say: what Maurice Benard and Steve Burton and Michael Easton and even Chad Duell, make.. heck the whole lot.. what is Billy Miller truly worth ?

In this genre… where it’s the women who make the show go ’round. and HECK YEAH, I’ll go with what you posted… OF COURSE we watch for the menfolk. CUTE is as CUTE as you get. if you do not ACT. there is no point in your being on this show. there are too many other MEN who want your job. the corinthos lot all stink . yes, it’s time for Carly to go… lets’ drag Sam out of here. w/Nelle.

this stink will not go away. Frank Valentini.. has dug a hole

Ageism… happens

veteran cast and endearing characters WHO – are – the reason – we tune in in the first place… etched in our heart and mindset. Laura is invaluable in this respect
you’ve got to cover the bases and give back across the board.

this MOB BS expletive is so lame. even I know it’s easier to write for.. and then it’s back to square one with the dullard clan.

JMER

Hallelujah! What you said is right on and let’s not forget Greys Anatomy’s Ellen Pompeo who wrote an entire essay in the Hollywood Reporter about how ABC/Disney discriminated against her for years with her pay always being less than costar Dempsey’s when she played the lead and title character. In the past year, she signed a new deal that will make her dramatic television’s highest-earning actress so I would hope some could see the parallels with Tony and Genie in this situation and believe in more for her and the others who have issues due to ageism, sexism, racism or other reasons.

Watching the soaps

Hot rumor on twitter

Julian is running for mayor against Ned instead of Laura.

A picture leaked from the set of at a recent taping.

WDV should be taken off contract over GF.

Story was good. Story now ruined.

Harry

This is what I feared. The day they had that scum bag, wife abusing Julian giving Ned, an all around good guy who treats women with respect, the what for, I had a hunch he’d run for mayor after Laura dropped out.
This will be insult to injury for me. Not only do they drop Genie’s contract to give room to newbies like Julian, Kim and Laura Wright’s boyfriend, they prop up the murdering, wife beater Julian at Ned’s expense.

Shay

Well, Harry……It’s even far worse than that….NOW we’ve had real insult to injury…..and just as CeeCee and I predicted!!!! Seems the actual method to the utter madness of dumping Genie and packing Laura off to Europe was to “pump up” NLG’s obnoxious character of Alexis, yet once again! What a lunch-losing moment that was!!!! It also immediately brought to mind that famous quote which began with “If a woman can’t run her own house…” Enough said….other than, “GO NED!” (Make Port Charles Great Again….)

Watching the soaps

Franco Finn Ava Julian Nina should GO.

Laura should STAY.

Shay

All those….except for Finn! (Alexis can have his bus ticket out of Port Charles…..)

LauraCollinsFan

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Randy

i hope genie for once and for all tell general hospital to kiss her ass,,if she chooses to do another episode of this piece of crap show then she will lose my support and respect,,ive watched general hospital ever since the david hamilton murder…but this past weekend when this news broke i took g,h off my dvr,,and even if genie returns i wont,,im so sick and tired of the disrespect trhey have given her over the last 30 years,,,so genie hold your head up high and just leave to other projects,and please please do not return to general again,in fact spit in there faces as they have you,,

M Jennings

Totally idiotic! Just realized I can live without General Hospital even though I am a viewer for close to 40 years

nancy dillingham

Yes, me too!

Mo

I don’t watch GH, but this is a shoddy way to treat someone of Genie’s history.

Justin

I vow to never watch that broken soap opera again.

Mary

This is another move to get rid of the age group who grew up with Genie. I believe the producers are trying to change the audience to the 18-49 group. I personally will not watch the show if only 30 somethings and below become the key players. I have watched the show since April1, 1963 and will have no reason to continue watching if my age group is not represented. I believe the writers are looking to write throw away stories that do not reflect the original format. I do not watch night time “soaps” because they are not based on continuity nor viewer loyalty.

JK

MARY…WELL WRITTEN. US PEOPLE OVER 49 DONT MATTER!!!!! WE ARE THE ONES WATCHING THEIR SHOWS AND BUYING SPONSERS PRODUCTS….AND WE DO NOT MATTER ONE BIT…I LOVE IT….. GENIE FRANCIS A CLASS ACT AND SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN TREATED THIS WAY…..

nancy dillingham

The 18-49 do not watch GH like the viewers of 40 plus years—which makes us (gasp!) a “bit” older. So sue us! Better yet, we’ll drop GH like a hot potato and then see who watches.

Nancy Hirsch

GH was rolling along so nicely. The new writers seemed to be really improving and moving the story lines along. So what happened? I know Genie Francis has left and returned before but her current story looked so promising. She would have been a great mayor. I hope Alexis runs…and wins. Or maybe there should be co-mayors. Why not. it is a soap opera. And Faison…only returning because Jason wants to know why he was taken. Anders Hove is terrific, but Faison will soon be done. And Nathan. On we go.

Shay

I’d support Faison for mayor before Alexis….well, I’d support anyone before Alexis!!!

jaybird369

Shay…me, too. Yep.

dmr

I thought it was only fitting that Laura would be running for Mayor-her character seemed to be coming full circle, then, this happens. Disgusted. I have never been a fan of Valentini-always thought he was a phony. Yesterday, I watched a classic episode from the early 80’s where “Think of Laura” played in the background, and I loved it. The cast was smaller, MUCH MORE TALENTED, and the storylines and writing were MUCH MORE INTERESTING than today’s drivel.

Mike F

Her contract gave her a lot of money per episode so she averaged only about one episode per week. Increasing her storyline meant she was going to be paid a lot of money and GH didn’t think she was worth it. She should have been paid at least as much as Jane Elliott. Laura had become more of a supporting character. Tamara Braun is more of a lead actress

Mike F

Tamara Braun’s character is more of a lead actress and they could do a lot more with Kim than Laura. They probably paid Tamara the big bucks and she is a great actress. I think Genie wanted to get past the whole Luke and Laura Spencer thing. I think that’s why she married Kevin so that she would be known more as Laura Collins. Unfortunately she wasn’t able to shine as this character as GH thought more about the other actors and actresses.

Justin

yes, please, let’s make way for Tamara Braun’s brand new character that I have no and many viewers have no interest in. Are you saying that they couldn’t do anything with the character of Laura? Laura has history with or is connected to almost every character on that show.

Shay

Exactly, Justin! If you’d combine the resources GH has just squandered on the new Braun character, the actress who plays Jordan and Laura Wright’s boyfriend—-A contract player, really?—then there would have been more than adequate funds to provide proper emuneration to an icon the caliber of Genie Francis. Seems quantity is much more important than quality in Port Charles these days!

Laura

Insane and ridiculous timing. Viewers were thrilled to see Laura in a healthy relationship, and running for Mayor, and key in several other stories. Laura IS General Hospital. There are a lot of viewers that will find this a last straw and stop watching. Are they trying to kill the soap? I am stunned at the stupidity of this move. Goodbye GH.

nancy dillingham

Yes, “killing” it! “In Port Charles with a gun, a knife, etc., etc. —No, make that a firing, a tweet, the stroke of a pen, the dagger though the heart of Genie Francis.

Barb

Tweet #GenieIsGH to Frank V and let him know we are angry he let her go and we want Genie back as Mayor of Port Charles or another good storyline. Keep the hashtag trending. He needs us to keep watching.

Barbara from Atlanta

For the GH fans, I’m sorry about this development. Francis should remain as a visible presence on the show.

As a Y&R viewer, I hope that this does NOT result in Francis ultimately returning to the role of Cane’s mother!! Nothing against Francis but anything that justifies the need to show Cane on the air is not desirable. Rather than adding family members to Cane, I would prefer to see him move back to Australia and never return to Genoa City.

blake

No wonder GH is the worst soap on, what a sh** show

brian

SAD, SO VERY SAD !

I GIVE UP ON YOU ABC TV !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Max Daddee

Totally disgusted by this news. It’s an insult to GH fans and Genie. Very, very poor decision. I can’t support this show anymore by watching it. I’m totally disgusted by this. Looking forward to seeing a soap with some integrity give Genie a contract. I’ll tune into that one.

rose

Laura/ Genie always gave the appearance of consistently being at least one decent person in Port Charles. She may have had some weak moments and baggage, but she never seemed to stray from being a positive figure in a city which dearly needs at least one. Well maybe you can add Anna to this list as well.

And then what do they do yesterday? Bolster Sonny’s time and story yet again. Does he have to be part of everything?

Catherine Climpson

I think it stinks that Genie Francis has been put on recurring status. Her character of Laura just got married and was really happy and now this? I don’t think it is fair to the fans to have our favorites taken away from us. How can she have a storyline with her husband if she is on recurring? That is just rotten.

Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco
Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco

I adore Genie Francis and have been a fan for decades. I am not happy about her having the remainder of her contract pulled and being treated poorly. I was really furious over the weekend. I saw her tweet thanking Robin Strasser-actressed supporting actresses. Then I thought- I didn’t hear a word from her when they did the exact same to Rebecca Budig-only she was not offered recurring. Monica and Bobbie were taken off contract years ago and have hung in their on recurring-I think she should have done the same-while looking for another job if she wanted to. I think it was a big mistake to bring her back and basically make her mama bear and marry Kevin. She became Ruth Martin or Kate Martin,even- and the shows are not putting these beloved actors on contracts anymore. It is a shame, but fiscal reality.
I would have liked Genie to have found her own way when she returned 2 years ago. I don’t understand how she has any money to support herself-i don’t remember her last job-Luke never seemed to have a job-she was in vegetative state for years-who paid for her care? She never went to college yet is placed on GH board and interviewing Nelle for a job there? Same with Mayoral race- Ned is only candidate who has not killed someone and made a success in business.
Love Kevin Collins. But he is not compelling. Could be, if they would utilize his psychiatry degree and interactions with disturbed patients. I did not find his romance and marriage with Laura sweet-what I saw was Danger Danger Will Robinson. If she does come back, they are going to have to do something different to make her story more compelling-she certainly has the chops-she is a really good actress and pleasure to watch- but not as granny or mama bear -those characters are the ones getting 12 eps per year.
Things also change. Monica and Bobbie I am sure were just as pissed off as Genie but have still managed to be on the show on a pretty frequent basis-would love to see them receive a story of their own but doubt it.
Genie is a huge part of GH- but there have been many years when Genie was not GH and was on Y&R or Days and also had some primetime successes. So what was GH then-not GH?

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GH Preview – Week of May 28, 2018

GH: Will Drew Discover His True Past?

Coming up on General Hospital, Drew (Billy Miller) searches for his memories and decides that he wants Andre (Anthony Montgomery) to prepare to move ahead with the high-risk request to strip him of Jason’s (Steve Burton) memories so that he can retrieve his own.  Will Drew be able to get his life back?

Then, though Carly (Laura Wright) did not intentionally push Nelle (Chloe Lanier) down the stairs, Diane (Carolyn Hennesy) convinces her that her best chance at freedom is to enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.  As a result, Carly expects to be sent to a mental institution rather than prison, but what will happen? Here are more teasers for next week’s General Hospital.

Monday, May 28

An encore presentation for Memorial Day.  Episode 14035. Original air date: 4/13/18

Tuesday, May 29

Carly snaps

Wednesday, May 30

Peter has leverage

Thursday, May 31

Valentin tries to defend himself

Friday, June 1

Jason offers words of encouragement

So, do you hope Drew regains his memories once and for all?  Has Carly got herself in so much hot water that the only place for her to go is straight into a mental institution when she’s perfectly fine?  Share your thoughts on the most intriguing storylines on General Hospital via the comment section below.

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GH’s Laura Wright and Wes Ramsey Talk Their Love Connection & The Demands Of Daytime

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After presenting for the first time together, at the 45th Annual Daytime Emmys since they’ve been a couple, Laura Wright (Carly) and Wes Ramsey (Peter aka Henrik) of General Hospital have certainly been in the throes of a romantic, fun, and cherished relationship. The two former stars of Guiding Light reconnected last year at Emmy time. Now, sharing their over one year anniversary, Michael Fairman TV caught up with Laura and Wes to get some insight into what makes their relationship work amidst the hustle and bustle, and pace of both being on a network television daytime drama series, and with the pressures of Hollywood where often relationships between two actors seem to start hot and heavy but then fizzle out.

If you caught this week’s GH, you witnessed that the town of Port Charles has found out that Peter is the notorious Cesar Faison’s son, and the ramifications that will be felt for weeks and months and potentially years to come. Meanwhile, Carly is in all sorts of trouble, thanks to naughty Nelle (Chloe Lanier). Nelle is making Carly look awfully unstable and what happens next could change Carly’s life forever.

So, what do these two lovebirds have to say about their relationship and their passion for working on the soaps? Check out what they had to share below. 

Wes, you had met Laura originally years ago on Guiding Light.

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Wes: Yes, 15 years ago in New York.

And what did you think of her then?

Wes: Well, I was smitten, but I had to keep it to myself.

You had to keep it under wraps, huh?

Wes: Yep!

Laura: I was married then.

Wes: She was pregnant with her second child.

Laura: And he’s a good Kentucky boy.

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Wes: Uh-huh! But we would run lines in the green room and I would try very hard to make sure she didn’t catch me staring at her… too often. But we laughed, and had great conversation.

Laura: I would always say, “Wes, will you run lines with me?,” because I would want to run my lines.

Wes: We never had story together, but she always knew I was game to hang out with her for a moment.

It’s good when you’re in a relationship with someone and you can laugh with them. You seem to be able to do that a lot!

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Laura: Oh, gosh. I think that’s all we do.

Wes: Yes, yes, yes, yes…

Laura: Like, we belly laugh. It gets to the point where people would think we were ridiculous. We’ll say things and just think it’s the funniest thing ever and people would be like, “You guys have a problem …” and we’re like, “Yeah.” (Laughs)

Laura, and then he comes back into your life years later…

Wes: That’s right, it was Emmy weekend 2017.

Laura: I totally was not expecting it at all. Even when I gave him my number I walked away going “huh…”

You mean you thought he wouldn’t call?

Laura: No, I didn’t feel that… because he hit on me hard. He’ll tell you that.

Wes: I still am hitting on her.

Laura: I remember I walked away quick after he got my number. I was like, “Oh, my God … I gotta go.”

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Wes: There was an assertiveness on my part that was for sure 15 years in the making. I did not expect to run into her. I also did not expect for her to tell me that she was recently single. In that split second, it was one of those, “stop the presses!” moments. Like, you need to give me your number, I’m taking you to dinner.

Laura: I go, “Oh, be quiet! Are you like, 32, because I can’t do that.” (Laughs)

Wes: And I said, “Far from it.”

Laura: He’s like, “I’m getting ready to be 40.” And I’m like, “I can do that!”

Then, on top of all of this, Wes, you land a primo role on General Hospital. That of Henrik aka Peter, Cesar Faison’s son.

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Wes: Yes, a dream come true.

Laura: I’m going to jump in and say it’s a role that he worked all on his own for. He had to screen test against 8 plus guys, 3 different auditions, 2 different days.

Wes: That’s true.

Laura: I can’t say strong enough that the best actor got the role. Meaning, Wesley is so talented and has the ability to give this character the depth, and emotion, and layers that it needs to tell the story that needs to be told. I just think he’s incredible.

So, did you know from the get-go who you were going to be playing?

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Wes: I did not.

Laura: I did! (Laughs)

Wes: I’m thrilled that the writers have been giving me such incredible material to dive into.   Each month that goes by, it becomes more and more complex, and more and more layered and intense. I love the depth… I love the conflicts… I love the humanity… I love the desperation… I love the psychology behind it. It’s a very interesting story and a great journey to tell.

Laura: I was getting ready to say, where you mentally have to go to be the son of Faison and Anna Devane (Finola Hughes)! To blend that together is amazing. It’s incredible to watch.

You used to run lines together on Guiding Light. Do you run lines together now on GH? It’s like a full circle moment.

Laura: We do, and we carpool.

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Wes: Something we were trying to manifest together. We thought it would be a lot of fun to work together one day.

Laura: The last week we worked, we didn’t. He worked all afternoon. I worked all morning. I was like, “Are they doing this on purpose?” I was so mad! I was like, “Why are you in the afternoon everyday?” (Laughs)

Wes: She lost her chauffeur. (Laughs)

Laura: I did! He always drives us to work. I also love when we both have afternoon calls, because we love having mornings together. So, I didn’t get my morning, nor did I have my chauffeur!

So, two actors can have a good relationship? You see so many Hollywood relationships with actors and they go bust. But that’s not always the case …

Wes: Oh, my God, yes.

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Laura: I’m going to say this; I think I can see it being more difficult for daytime

actors, because the work we do is so intense. I know the weeks he’s getting ready to go into, and I’m getting ready to go into. Where we go emotionally and psychologically to tell these stories, on the level that we tell them, as quick as we tell them, you kind of have to become really in a headspace. The fact that we can …

Wes: … the long hours …

Laura: Yes, and exhaustion! You really have to go, “Wow! It’s not about me right now. It’s about us individually as actors.” Thank God, we know the workload. I know what he’s getting ready to go through.

Wes: I have always had so much respect for Laura’s work. On Guiding Light, I’ve always been in awe of what she’s capable of doing. So, the level of respect is obviously there. But also, the understanding whatever it is that you need from a personal assistant in one moment… or a life partner in another moment … or a best friend in moment … or whatever it is in order to get through the day-to-day and the week-to-week, so we can do what we love to do. We know we’re very lucky to have the opportunity to do what we love.

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Laura was such a great co-host on my Soap Nation Live! Daytime Emmy Nomination Specials, in particular when she talks about acting. It’s so rewarding to hear the other actors who are guests on the show listening to what Laura has to say about her craft and respecting the hell out of her.

Wes: Without a doubt. You can’t watch her work and not be in awe. It speaks for itself.

Laura: I just love the journey of going to the places that we go; to bleed for it.

Wes: Leave it all out on the floor.

Laura: I know that process. So, when I see another actor that’s bleeding, I just bow to them, because I know what it takes to go there. I know the work that Wesley does. When I see that he’s spent at the end of the day, I’m like, “Babe, I so get it.” So, I can see where it could be really difficult for people that haven’t been there, because it’s a lot of work and you’re spent. It’s hard! For us, that works.

What do you think of Laura and Wes’ love connection? What do you think of the latest developments for GH’s Carly and Henrik? Comment below.

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GH Nurses’ Ball 2018 Conclusion: Anna Learns Henrik Is Her Son, Maxie Has Her Son, Ava Wows, Mike & Sonny Duet!

In the most moving and exciting episode of this 2018 GH Nurses’ Ball, all roads lead to the truth about Henrik and how he is really living his life as none other than Peter August (Wes Ramsey).  First, Robert (Tristan Rogers) who has punched out by Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) on stage drags him outside of the ballroom for his part in the cover[up.  Robert is worried about Anna’s (Finola Hughes) safety. Nina (Michelle Stafford) confronts her husband about how long he’s known who Henrik is.  She later figures out why he has been trying to whisk her and Charlotte out of the country.

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Onstage Mike (Max Gail) takes a mic, and makes a moment of saying he has Alzheimer’s and then launches into the song he remembers,“The Summer Wind.” As he sings, he imagines being accompanied by a big band as he proceeds to deliver a showstopper.  Suddenly, in reality, Mike is lost and disoriented … scared he stares around at the audience.  Sonny (Maurice Benard) gets up to the stage to help his dad by cluing him into the lyrics.  Sonny sings with Mike and gets him through the song.  They receive a standing ovation.

Ava (Maura West) who is preparing to perform her number comes across a moment between Kiki (Hayley Erin) and Griffin (Matt Cohen) backstage where they are in a hug.  Little does Ms. Jerome know that Griffin was consoling Kiki after her lewd run-in with Dr. Bensch (James DePaiva).   Then it is Maura West, who truly brings down the house for this year’s ball with her Ava’s rendition of “You Don’t Own Me.”  That tune was certainly a nod to all those that Ava feels have wronged her.  Yup! Sonny, Griffin and Kiki we think are some on her list!   Dressed in a white pant suit and accompanied by a bevy of male dancers, West knocked the interpretation of the song out of the park, to make it work for her character and the Nurses’ Ball.

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Elsewhere, Maxie (Kristen Storms) has gone into labor, and Peter is right there safely delivering her baby boy. Maxie is taken by paramedics to the hospital, while Peter calls Spinelli (Bradford Anderson) at Maxie’s urging to let him know what happened.  Spinelli has just found out, through Sam (Kelly Monaco) and Jason (Steve Burton) that Peter is Henrick!

Anna is walking into a trap on the pier as she waits for Henrick. When he appears, he has no idea that Anna is his mother, and thinks it’s all been a set-up.  He points a gun to eliminate her once and for all, but Anna says she has something to tell him.

The Nurses’ Ball concludes with a touching finale of “Champion” featuring: Epiphany (Sonya Eddy), Felix (Marc Anthony Samuel), Bobbie (Jackie Zeman), Amy (Risa Dorken) and the other nurses.

So, what did you think of the final episode of the GH Nurses’ Ball 2018?  What did you think of the musical performances? Do you think Maxie’s baby will be OK? Will Anna be able to tell Henrik that she is his mom? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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