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Rebecca Budig Chats On Her Departure From GH, Michael Easton, And Her Emotional Final Scenes!

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One of daytime’s most popular actresses, Rebecca Budig, has left the building and General Hospital.  Fans of Budig’s were shocked and saddened to learn the news that she had been let go by the ABC daytime drama series, just when it seemed like her storyline with Michael Easton (Finn) was becoming more and more intriguing, while making “Fayden” a new favorite on-screen duo.

Rebecca, who became soap-famous with her roles as Greenlee Smythe on All My Children and Michelle Bauer on Guiding Light, returned to the soaps in 2015 in the newly created role of Hayden Barnes on GH.  Through her time in Port Charles, viewers and Budig would learn more about her back-story as it was filled in by the writers.

On emotional episodes over the past few weeks, Hayden’s ex returned to Port Charles attempting to extort money from her, while holding a horrible secret over her head.

Last Friday, Hayden walked out on her relationship with Finn just as they were set to wed.  Those moments signaled Budig’s exit from the show.  However, in true soap opera fashion, the door has been left open for the character to return, but will she?

On-Air On-Soaps sat down with Rebecca following Michael Easton and Roger Howarth’s (Franco) General Hospital Fan Club Weekend gathering to get her thoughts on her departure.  Budig had made a very special appearance, which had the fans in attendance all abuzz and overjoyed.  Here’s what Rebecca shared in our candid conversation.

You delivered some powerhouse performances in your final weeks on General Hospital.  The episode in which Hayden learned her ex-husband is out of jail and wanting payback was riveting.  How was that to play? 

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REBECCA:  I had 103 pages that day in the script.  Matt Corboy was the actor I was working with who played Jared, Hayden’s (aka Rachel Berlin) ex-husband. Matt is a phenomenal actor, and had never done daytime soaps before.  I went to his dressing room, and he said, “I have 57 pages to learn!”  I said, “I have 103!  So, let’s work on this.” (Laughs)  He is like, “Oh, my God!  How am I going to do this?”  I replied, “We are going to run the lines, and we are going to know them, and then we are going to go out on set and do them!  It will be awesome!”  He was finally like, “O.K!” (Laughs)  We got through it, and he was great.

When you saw in the script that Hayden had hit a little girl while driving, were you shocked?

REBECCA:  Yeah, at first.  However, I totally believe it was something she could have done.  It was painful to think that she did that.  So, I connected with it, and it resonated with me.  Thank God!  It was heartbreaking.

It was great to see Hayden crumble, because Hayden doesn’t usually allow herself to go there.  For the audience, it was nice to get to see you have the opportunity to show your acting chops, and play deep, emotional despair.  Viewers don’t often get to see you do that kind of work with the characters you have played on daytime. 

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REBECCA:  With Hayden there just wasn’t a lot written like that, and it was not the fault of the writers.  It was just I came on during the writer change, and so it’s been kind of difficult. In the story, she finds out she ruined this kid’s life.  Heavy stuff.

Those were some meaty scenes, as well as your final scenes with Michael Easton.

REBECCA:  Listen, everything they wrote after I found out I was leaving was amazing.  Not that it wasn’t before … but I actually loved what they wrote too, for Finn and Hayden.  Maybe I loved that, because it was true for me.  I was terrified to have a baby in my real life.  I had waited so long until I was older to have a kid, and it’s life-changing.  I really loved that in the relationship between Finn and Hayden, because to me it was very honest.  I loved that they were characters that were a bit awkward and weird, because people are like that.  In soaps, it’s rare that they write something like that, and so I really love that they wrote our relationship in that way.

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You and Michael Easton had developed a special on-screen relationship, and had worked to get it to a place that left the audience rooting for Hayden and Finn as a couple and wanting more.  Many fans feel that they invested in the love story only to have it abruptly yanked from them with Hayden’s exit.  When the news broke you were leaving the show, you received this outpouring of support on social media.  There was this outcry to “Bring Rebecca back.”   When you saw that, how did it make you feel? 

REBECCA:  When I saw that, all I felt was very humbled by it, and incredibly flattered. It felt really nice that people cared so much about me as an actress.  There are no words to really describe it.  For a longtime, I really didn’t know how people felt.  For a longtime I don’t think people really bought Hayden.  They didn’t really love her, and I get it.  I was struggling with it too, by the way.   We were all struggling with it.   We were all going, “Who is she?   What is she doing here?  (Laughs)  Why is she on the show?” (Laughs) Even for me, it was hard to find a hook into this character.  Slowly, I found a hook for her, especially with those scenes they wrote when I was leaving. I really started to find a hook in her, and so it was the best feeling in the world to feel like people cared, and that they loved us, and it was so nice.  The message that Michael Easton wrote and posted on his Facebook page after learning the news of my exit was just beyond.  It was almost like a love letter.  It was the sweetest thing I think anyone has ever written about me, ever in my life. 

When all was said and done, how was it working with Michael Easton? 

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REBECCA:  Besides, him being the ugliest and most difficult actor to work with? (Laughs) When I found out I was leaving from Frank Valentini (EP, General Hospital), I didn’t want to tell anybody at first, because I just wanted to go to work and not have to worry about anyone.  Then I said, “I am going to tell Michael.”  He is like my dance partner.  I went down to the dressing room and told him.  Michael was very surprised to hear my news.  He took me to lunch, and bought me a drink … or two (laughs).  Michael Easton has changed my life.  Our friendship has inspired me to do things in my life, and he is a really great guy.  You don’t come around people like that very often.

Would you say working with Jane Elliot was another highlight of your time on GH, and the relationship that developed between Tracy and Hayden?

REBECCA:   I love Jane, and I just saw her.  She has been nothing but supportive after finding out I was exiting the show. 

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There were rumors popping up during General Hospital Fan Club Weekend that you are heading over to Days of our Lives.   What was your response to that with the fans?

REBECCA:   I had fans coming up to me going, “I know you can’t say anything, but ….”   I replied, “I swear on my daughter, and that is my life.  I am not going to DAYS.”  No one has called me. 

What did you think of the writing of the final scenes between Finn and Hayden? 

REBECCA:  Kate Hall wrote those final scenes between Michael Easton and me, and I have ties to her, because her dad, Peter Simon, played my father on Guiding Light.  I just think Kate is really good and really talented.  Those final scenes were really real.  I texted Kate and I said, “Did you write those scenes?  She said, “Yeah”, and I said, “I knew you did.”   She is such a good writer.

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We all hope lightning in a bottle strikes twice for us in our lives.  With your leading men on the soaps on All My Children, did you ever imagine it could happen again for you in your daytime career? 

REBECCA:  It was a great time in my life working on All My Children.  I never thought I would connect with another actor like I did with Michael, like I did with Josh Duhamel (Ex-Leo, AMC), or Cameron Mathison (Ryan, AMC).  It’s very rare when this kind of magic happens, and it’s a bummer when it ends.

So, what did you think of the final scenes between Rebecca Budig and Michael Easton as Hayden and Finn? What are your thoughts on Hayden leaving the canvas and Budig being written-off? W0uld you like to see Rebecca return to the GH canvas sooner than later? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Rose

Such heartfelt, gracious words for her onscreen “dance partner”, co-stars, fans, and the show. Rebecca added talent and class to GH. Will miss her. Looking forward to seeing what’s next for her.
Thank you, Michael.

Debbie Corte

I agree. Rebecca is definitely a class act!

Margo

Rebecca is a class act exactly in the way that Michael is. I truly hope that Frank Valentini is going to right this wrong and is already planning on re-hiring Rebecca. It is completely illogical that GH would ignore the loyal viewers’ pleas to bring Rebecca back, as well as the thousands of names on a petition for her. I am so hoping this is not the end of Fayden.

Gigi

She was awsome, I am really going to miss her. Wish she wasnt going off.

Jimh

Not a big fan of Hayden but why dump her and bring in a newbie

nancy dillingham

My thoughts exactly. And, I note that she has chosen her words very carefully about leaving. Hmmmml.

AJ

I would guess because Rebecca’s salary was the issue, nothing to do with actual story.

Andi

She had a four year contract. She was in year one.

Mister Media

The actors took a pile of c**p and turned it into gold, which is business as usual on GH. As much as I wanted to invest in this “story”, it was 100% contrived and inorganic. When Hayden said, “Not a day has gone by that I haven’t thought about what I did to that girl”, all I could think was, “except for all the days that you’ve ever been on screen and haven’t thought about it”. File this one under “wasted opportunity”, as the real story here should have been about the family tie with Liz. I just don’t understand what this writing staff doesn’t get about letting a story play out organically and in a way in which the fans would so obviously wish to see. Sadly, this character was poorly drawn from the start; brought on without a through-line, tossed about willy-nilly and ultimately squandered. The same can be said of Valentin, Nina, Ava and others, all portrayed by heavy hitter actors who have to overcome sloppy story telling to make their mark. It’s to their credit that they manage to do so. GH has the best cast on daytime and that’s what keeps me watching as I tolerate the insult to my intelligence and sense of aesthetics that is the writing. Long live GH!

Margo

Well said, Mr. Media and I couldn’t agree more. Frank Valentini had said that “Hayden’s story had come to a natural end”? With Hayden’s tie to Elizabeth and the Webbers, as well as the future baby with Finn, her story on GH was just beginning. There was nothing “natural” about her end.

Fanny

@Mister Media….Couldn’t agree with UUUUUUUUUUUU more.
Sophomoric writing at best & that’s on a good day!!! These 2 head
writers R by far the Worst of the lot…It must be quite disheartening
for some of the BEST ACTORS in daytime television to realize..this
is as good as their going to get.. Then again everyone needs to put
food on the table.

Debbie Corte

It’s very rare when two actors have as much chemistry as Rebecca Budig and Michael Easton have both on and off of the screen. I think GH really made a big mistake letting Rebecca Budig go

Madrene Boyle

Rebecca delivered an emmy worthy performance with those final scenes, as did Michael. We fans are beyond unhappy that this has happened. Thanks Mr. Fairman for giving her the press we fans need to bolster our efforts to get her back to GH. Nothing would make a million fans happier then to see #Fayden back together.

Kim Thompson

I agree with wanting Rebecca back! However, I felt the final scenes did nothing for giving fans closure. I honestly had no idea Rebecca was leaving. So, as I viewed the scenes, I was expecting that Finn was eventually going to find Hayden. I didn’t take their disagreement and Hayden leaving with a “let me know when you figure it out” as the end of their story. So disappointed in this decision by GH!

Madrene Boyle

Since I did now that Aug 11 was her last airdate, I felt she delivered a powerful exit performance. I agree, this s/l was woefully thrown together & completely out of character for Hayden, Finn & also Curtis. It was a shoddy exit arc which I feel was slapped together to provide her exit. There was definitely no closure. Many fans r constantly tweeting our displeasure at her firing. She is expected on screen 1 more time, not sure when though. Fingers crossed that she and baby Finn will be back to PC.

Madrene Boyle

Forgot to mention what undeniable chemistry Rebecca and Michael have. It shows in every scene they are in. We love you Rebecca. #Fayden Army will not stop

Deborah Neal

Finn and Hayden such naturals what a wonderful touch to their relationship a pregnancy II was crushed about the exit of Rebecca (Hayden). I heard a rumor that Rebecca, could be returning that would be so exciting, some rumors some rumors come true. How exciting that would be.

Lois

My writing on the subject – WHY I FELL IN LOVE WITH THE LOVE STORY OF HAYDEN AND FINN:

https://www.facebook.com/KENSGAL22/posts/1907592606146618

aria

who do we need to knock some sense into and bring back Rebecca? i know its something they are going to want to do, lets just hope Rebecca isn’t doing dool or Yr, BB, goodness grief this was one stupid move by Gh, the other one being bringing back Steve Burton and not Christopher Tyler.

Margo

Aria, please call the GH Comment Line (323) 671-4583. It’s not too late to fight for Rebecca’s return. I also agree about Tyler. I am very sad that GH would not give in to his contract demands, causing him to accept an offer at DOOL.

Max Daddee

Excellent question aria raised.Letting Rebecca go was a huge mistake and disappointment. So much lost potential with a storyline that could include her growing closer to Liz. Further development of her relationship with Finn. All that’s been trashed to bring in Steve Burton and now a female actress newbie. No thanks, GH, I have no interest in either of those two.

Connie

I think the writers need a kick. They have thrown away a great opportunity to top the ratings. It could of come close to Luke and Laura. Now no one will top that memory. But, it would of come really close. The ratings, the fans would of watched country wide!!!! Dumb dumb dumb writers!!!!

Patrick

“…I think the writers need a kick. ”

I copied that they need a bitch slap. just saying….

when the focus is so much Corinthos’ ….. dag! it’s gotten to the point that I am sick of seeing “Sonny ” hogging all the screen time. SO OVER HIM

Timmm

Michael Easton is no where near the actor Tony Geary was!

Fanny

@Timmm…BIBLE ‼️‼️‼️

Connieonnietreanor@gmail.com
Connieonnietreanor@gmail.com

I totally understand what you’re saying however, no one can be an equal to Luke and Laura. Duke and Anna, Robert and Anna and Frisco and Felicia are close but definitely not equal.

Shay

That’s true, Connie, but your aforementioned supercouples still rate far superior to the GH pairings of convenience to which we are currently subjected!

Scott5

As a (former) viewer I as well never found that “hook” with Hayden but I love the actress. I don’t think Hayden was ever needed. I’m hoping that one day RB can return but as someone else. Emily, Sarah Webber, someone who is already connected to the history of the show.

Jessie

Agreed

Jackie

Rebecca is such an amazing actor and the chemistry between her and Michael was magical. It is hard for some of us to grasp that there are people on the canvas that do not bring much to the table while Rebecca and Michael keep us interested, intrigued and invested in the storyline. The best thing ABC could do is get through the new stuff and then let “Finn” do a search for “Hayden” and his baby and bring them home. Fingers crossed!

Erin

General Hospital (Frank, Nathan, writers, etc) made the BIGGEST mistake in letting Rebecca go. They had a goldmine of an actress and HUGE potential with her character, Hayden. It’s too bad they could not pull themselves away form the fixation on Sonny, et al, to really do justice to Rebecca’s character.

The scenes the writers gave Hayden & Finn in the last few weeks is what they should have been writing all along. In fact, it is those kind of scenes, the emotional investment, the story pacing – that moves things along – that is sorely missing from GH right now and is a significant factor in its poor ratings. I wish the ABC network and TPTB on GH would take a look at the feedback and fanfare that “Fayden” have received in the past month or so and realize they need to retool and refocus on the relationships and characters in this show. Give it some depth!

They also need to bring Rebecca back to GH. She was an outstanding screen partner for Michael Easton (one of his best in his career) and they have just thrown it away. There is also so much story to tell with Hayden’s familial connection to Elizabeth and the entire Weber family. I pray that Frank, Nathan, the GH writers and ABC can rectify this HUGE error in judgement before it’s too late.

Nancy

I think they all know we, the majority of the fans, are not happy with Rebecca Budig’s exit from the show. So how do I feel as a fan??? ANGRY!

Carol

Since the door has been left open for a Hayden return, I hope it happens soon.

su0000

u’m very disappointed the Rebecca was let go….
shame on RC or whomever..

patty

Hopefully, TPTB will bring back Hayden !!! There is so much more of her story to be told and Budig is an amazing actress !!! Thrilled that Ms Jones (Parker) is back !! Can’t wait for her and Kristina’s story to unfold. !!!!!!!!

Susan

Love her and her role. The writing team needs to bring her back. Who really cares about Payton and sonnys daughter. Can’t even remember her name.

Edith

Thanks for this interview Michael. What a great actress and I was very sad that GH let her go. I would love if GH would bring her back. I didn’t like Hayden at first but she really grew on me. I loved the chemistry of Rebecca and Michael had on screen. I hope to see her soon on my screen and would love her to return on GH.

Marianne

Very upset that Hayden is leaving just when she got a good SL – becoming friends with her sister, romantically involved with Finn and starting a family, etc. Really wanted Curtis’s wedding gift be to “take care of Jared”! Hopefully, she comes to her senses and returns to Finn (ie TPTB wake up and bring her back!) soon.
If it’s a money thing would rather Steve Burton not come back, Jordan leave, Stella leave, Franco not come back, Nathan move to Portland and stay there with Maxie, etc.

Kevin O.

I enjoyed this actress and her portrayal of Hayden. I will definitely miss her presence on the show.

Patrick

SHE, doesn’t sound like she’s “leaving”.

perhaps, after all… because she was hired by Frank Valentini… this is the best way to assuage the audience and or production… that a little stint of a vacation will lessen the blow that she was even given a 4 year contract… while so many others are FIGHTING for 1 year contract.

I am a little surprised that all the blow back of her firing .. whilst all the time prior, all the backlash of her being a prop… and YES I seriously will still go their… that she was given every opportunity to blend in and meld with the whole cast. and YET even SOD printed that the pairing of Hayden and Finn were the isolated pairing that just couldn’t find a way to be a part of the cast, as it were.

like I have with Alexis… I will with Hayden…. given the lesser of ??? two evils… I will accept and be mindful of their characters… that it’s at least a distraction from : get this , the dullard Corinthos’. so be it… I do not buy FINN and Hayden… but will tolerate them at the expense of less Carly and Sonny . less Jason and Sam; less Michael and Nelle; less Finn and Franco.

this was all of her in a nutshell… : nicely done

“…It was great to see Hayden crumble, because Hayden doesn’t usually allow herself to go there.  For the audience, it was nice to get to see you have the opportunity to show your acting chops, and play deep, emotional despair.  Viewers don’t often get to see you do that kind of work with the characters you have played on daytime. ”

I will say when she did not show up for her wedding… my heart started racing… as Liz raced up the stairs. and returned with her engagement ring. she’s gone. well done by the production team.

I will be clear… it’s more for just her character , Hayden… come back with the baby… and be a part of Liz life. and Curtis; hopefully, by then… Hamilton Finn will have moved on. he’s just not their.

Jessie

Hope so too. Not a fan of this pairing

amcknots

The actress playing Nina could go. I am sure she is taking up a lot of salary and there is not need or story for her. More viewers favor Hayden/Finn over Nina/Valentin. If it is a salary thing, then get rid of non star actors, Nelle, Jordan, Olivia, the list could go on.

Rhonda

From your lips, amcknots! I detest Nina, and she doesn’t fit in anywhere.
She has no chemistry with the wonderfully mysterious Valentin but guess who does?
Yes, Anna! Anna and Valentin could be GH’s next supercouple–why waste this intensely gifted actor on that drip Nina?
And it’s sad that Michael Eastman finally finds an actress with whom he enjoys a great chemistry and they get rid of her. It makes no sense.

K/kay

Stafford is a big friend of Franks she is not leaving I hate the show so I gave up soaps are a business and when you start making decisions based on personal emotions you lose

Rhonda

You are right, K/Kay.

Shay

Absolutely, k/kay! That’s the sad truth as to why GH is failing big time…this soap has been a refuge for FOF’s for far too long…..it’s not about whom is best for the show or the storylines, but maintaining the spotlight for those favored chosen few of his who have been granted a prime place on the canvas whether their characters warrant such privileges…or NOT!

Michele

She absolutely must come back. Talent like hers is rare. Chemistry like she has with Michael Easton is extremely rare. Believing GH is too savvy to let that go for good.

Iakovos

Have always liked Ms. Budig and credit to her for playing this role with grace, talent, and class. To be honest, I just never cared for Hayden and her story. Hayden is one of the many (of late) characters that have landed in Port Charles with tenuous/incredible ties to legacy families and characters and histories. And I understand well that is part of soaps, I would rather see things happen with the core group I have come to know and love through decades. It just seems it takes so long for these new characters to connect or find their place anymore. Isn’t there a long-term bible that charts the way? And if there is, why isn’t it sacred?

Ray

After being in a corporaterate office for most of my career, I have foundd it rare that people are supportive of each other. It seems very competitive to “climb the ladder.” I was told years ago that you never step on anyone to move up. You let your work speak for itselff and you let your kindness and being a team player shine through.

This interview reminded me of those words. It seems Rebecca is an epic team player. I love that she has/had such great relationshipsips with Josh, Cameron, Jane and Michael. I would love to see Rebecca come to DOOL as a Horton (Sarah?) or go to B&B as a new love interest for Ridge.

The best of luck to Rebecca and cheers to a successful future.

Lili

I am a LONG-TIME fan of Rebecca’s and know just how talented an actress she is. I too think it’s GH’s loss for getting rid of her character. With that said, I actually would LOVE to see her land a prime time role or maybe another movie role! As much as I love soaps and loved watching her on the soaps, I think Rebecca deserves and has earned the chance to be on a prime time series. She is just as talented and in some cases is more so than any of the actresses in prime time right now. For the life of me, I don’t understand why it hasn’t happened already. I wish her all the best, wherever she ends up, but I sure hope to hell that someone in prime time casting has the good sense to snap her up! Hello, Shonda Rhimes….??

Paula

I hate how they wrote Hayden out. Hayden and Finn are one of the very few good couples who respect each other. Rebecca needs to come back sooner, Not later!!!

Jean Williams-Jones

Pleas find and bring her back for Fin

DBallard

Hayden will be miss! Love the character started off shaky but she played the role well. Her work with Easton was well written. I do believe she will be back! #NoDays

Karen

I am going to miss her. She is a staple to Daytime! Why they decided to do this is beyond my understanding. She is my Michelle, My Greenlee, Now my Hayden. General Hospital has made a big mistake.

James R. Poissant

I’ve already told everyone how pissed i am over this so I don’t mind saying it again. This is a stupid move and GH better wake up and see what they did to a story that was working with alot of people. Having Hayden around meant we got to see alot of Elizabeth who is another favorite of mine. We could have had Jeff Webber back. Hayden was the kind of character that could have had so many ties to Port Charles just for being there. I know there’s more to this than what anyone’s saying.

Shirley Jordan

Bring Hayden back ASAP

Sweet Poison
This will probably seem like I’m writing a book here, but I’ve been wanting a way to express how I, and so many fans of Rebecca Budig feel, so here it is. Rebecca’s performance in her latest story has been top notch! I am just blown away by her talent! She has been acting her heart out, and I think it’s a huge mistake she was let go! While I do sometimes get frustrated with this story, and feel it was out of character for Hayden to do some of the things she has done, after reading this interview, I now have a better understanding why Rebecca was drawn to this story about having a baby, and all the fears that go with it, and how she believed it was possible for Hayden to make the mistakes she’s made in her past. I only wish Hayden, could have, had the recent part of her story, (where she’s blackmailed by Jared for accidentally hitting that little girl), a little sooner. That would have been a better way to introduce it, instead of waiting until her exit, (that shouldn’t even be happening). I have to admit the story itself, is very good, on the edge of your seat material, and, everyone involved has been doing an incredible job, especially, Michael and Rebecca. They were given some really great dialogue, and they ran with it perfectly! Their last scene together, is what really pulled me in. They were so on point with their reactions, their anger, sadness, everything! They have amazing chemistry with each other, and obviously a very special bond as friends, and it shows so much in their work! If we are lucky enough to get Rebecca back, I truly hope Fayden’s love story will continue. I love several soap couples on GH right now, but Fayden touches my heart the most. I want to see them rise above all of this sorrow about Hayden’s past. I want them to be able to open up to each other as they usually do, and work together to rebuild their relationship. I don’t like seeing Hayden so insecure about Reiko. Hayden is not the same person she was in the past, and she’s much stronger than that now. There has been so much character growth and I don’t want that completely ruined. I want Finn and Hayden to have the chance to raise their baby together, and eventually get married when the time is right. I fully understand soap couples need to have some kind of conflict, and truth be told that doesn’t bother me, because it would be boring if everything was sunshine and roses. What I don’t understand is why Finn and Hayden has never really had the chance to really explore their relationship. They’ve had everything thrown at them, and now it has to end? I’m sorry but most of us don’t understand or accept this, and trust me, there are a lot of us! LOL. I believe Fayden’s story… Read more »
Scoma60

Michael, Once again I get the impression you dislike Becky Herbst and or her character Elizabeth. You do an exit interview and fail to ask Rebecca about what went down at GH regarding making Hayden & Elizabeth sisters.
We learned they were related 1 year ago yet GH never brought back Jeff Webber to deal with this. We never even learned if he was even told. Then we never saw Elizabeth & Hayden growing close until right before she exits. Instead of playing the beat GH went from 0 to 60 so their sudden closeness rang hollow.. I would have loved to hear her thoughts on this gigantic mistake. On GH we were subjected ad nauseum to mind-numbing talk about Morgan’s death while this story & others were squandered
Once again GH makes a bad decision. Instead of keeping Hayden they keep the God awful unneeded Nelle, Nina, and Amy. They have zero ties to GH & should’ve been gone long ago.

Shay

Whilst I am personally pleased to see the character of Hayden exiting the GH canvas, your point about “awful, unneeded” other ones is spot-on. That’s been the major problem with this soap for the past few years…too many newbies and nonsensical players that have nothing to do with much of anyone or anything that came before…..it’s gotten to the extreme of the ridiculous with all the useless people that are populating Port Charles! Both Nina and Amy definitely lead that list, along with a whole slew of filler cast mates who have no earthy reason for being there….the showrunners just keep introducing new faces in hopes a few will stick, perhaps with some revisionist histories added to them at a later date for good measure as a means to try and justify their existence, but it really never works. Hayden is a prime example of this practice…her fate was sealed with many viewers long before they finally let her go, because RB was simply another in a long line of big name soap gets that the producers desired and they moved heaven and earth to attempt to carve a niche in the canvas for her, yet once again, failed miserably with their force-feeding efforts. A real housecleaning is sorely due for this show, although thus far, it would seem that TPTB still have no idea who should be going, who should stay and why….they are clueless!

Patty

As a long time viewer, I love General Hospital!!! It’s the best! The show has turned many directions over the years, some great, others not. I have to say releasing Rebecca ( Hayden) was not a great move. We are finally getting a real and excellently acted storyline and it is dropped. ☹️ I just don’t get how you couldn’t see an incredible path for her and Fin and her and Elizabeth, and on and on. Please bring Rebecca back. It’s a waste if you don’t. Bring back #Hayden.

dmr

I haven’t watched the show in a week plus. I was never really invested in Rachel/Hayden or Rebecca as an actress, so I’m not sure what happened during her exit. I tuned in a little yesterday while home, and I heard that she left her engagement ring behind and is nowhere to be found. What a stupid exit storyline-very poorly written. Now, more “newbies” are arriving in Port Charles. Why? It seems as though Rebecca was honest in her interview and had the same frustrations with the character as some of the viewers did.

Timmm

Seems like a nice lady. I preferred she be with Nicholas. Plus, Spencer bonded with Hayden since his mom was never in his life. What I see here is a classic story brewing where she will be off for a bit, Finn will dedicate his life finding her, Hayden will return next year with little Finny! Everyone is happy.

Rodd

I think it’s really a terrible thing that they wrote her off GH. I don’t care who they needed the money to bring on ~ if that’s the real reason. RB is a very strong actress and her character and ME’s character were just hitting their stride; there was so much more story to tell; that i wanted to see explored. it all feels so abrupt, so I’m not a happy camper about this. On the bright side, however, I am glad they left the door open for her return. I hope that happens sooner rather than later.

Diane Fuller

I think they should bring Rebecca Budig back as Hayden!! Her story line was finally growing and everyone was connecting with her. I loved Hayden/Finn!!! They are having a baby!! No way can that storyline just disappear!! The fans are too invested into this couple’s life now, the story cannot end like this. Even Elizabeth and Hayden are acting like sisters now so that has a storyline also!! Please bring Hayden back!!! Rebecca Budig is a great actress, don’t lose her!!

annette

bring her back she is a good actress while others on the show take off every other month

su0000

Hayden was not killed-off , so great hopes for her, and baby, return…

Kaytee

Please bring her back!!!! I really wanted to see her and Finn’s journey continue. Loved them together.

Peggy Mcdaniel

I. hope you she is comes back to to want any. gh. and I.finn before. the baby. is. bborn

Athena

I would love for Rebecca Budig to come back!!! She is one of my all time favorites. I was and still am so sad that they let her go. I keep hoping that the powers that be listen to the fans and bring back “Hayden”

lisa googe

they need to bring back hayden they wrote amazing story for her finn and roxy its a huge injustice to loyal viewers that she has been wrote off bring her back

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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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Ryan Paevey Sends Out Touching Tweet On The Birth Of His TV Son On General Hospital!

On yesterday’s GH, viewers saw the tender moment when Maxie (Kirsten Storms) delivered her baby, who is the bio-son of her late husband, Nathan West.

When Maxie finds out she had a boy to carry on the legacy of her beloved husband, she is overcome.

Ryan Paevey (Ex-Nathan), who left the series earlier this year, took to Twitter upon seeing the episode and the image of the little baby that is his on-screen offspring.

He expressed: “Welcome to the world, little one …. it’s a scary place sometimes, and i so wish i could have been there to show you all the good stuff. Your mother loves you,and will take care of you and teach you …. watch out for her her for me will ya?”

Aaawww.  So many GH fans have been touched by the gesture, and how nice it is that it makes the whole journey and end of Nathan’s West story heartbreaking and bittersweet.

Were you touched by Ryan’s tweet?  Missing him on GH? Comment below

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