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43rd Daytime Emmys: Watch Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series Nominated Reels!

It’s the mostly hotly contested race at this year’s 43rd Annual Daytime Emmys, and now NATAS has released the five nominated performances in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.  Who will win the gold on May 1st? Nominated are: Tyler Christopher (Nikolas) General Hospital, Anthony Geary (Luke) General Hospital, Justin Hartley (Adam) The Young and the Restless, Christian LeBlanc (Michael) The Young and the Restless, and Kristoff St. John (Neil) The Young and the Restless.

Of the nominees: Geary has won 8 times.  If he wins this year in his final turn as Luke Spencer, he will take home his record 9th Emmy tying him all-time in Emmy acting categories with Cloris Leachman. For LeBlanc, he has won three times previously, and as for St. John he has won twice before, but never in Lead Actor. A win would make him the second performer in Daytime Emmy history to have won in all three acting categories: Younger, Supporting, and Lead.  That distinction is currently held by Heather Tom (Katie) of The Bold and the Beautiful. As for Tyler Christopher and Justin Harley, a win by either of them would be their first.

So who should take it? Christopher’s Nikolas, who is overcome with grief and concern when his son is badly burned in a fire at Wyndemere?  Geary’s dual roles as Luke and his father Tim Spencer in the 52nd anniversary episode of GH, where Luke remembers he accidently killed his mother and murdered his father?  LeBlanc’s Michael, who is dealing with his diagnosis of prostate cancer, and who hires a hooker to have sex with, but bares his soul instead? Hartley’s Adam, who finally had to let the cat out of the bag to his wife Chelsea, that even though he has had complete resconstructive surgery and has been posing as another man, he is her believed-to-be-dead who came back for her?  Or, St. John’s Neil who lets it rip on his family high above the skies for Hevon’s affair behind his back, which eventually turns him back to the bottle?

Watch the nominated performances after the jump and then let us know your choice for this year’s Outstanding Lead Actor in the comment section below!

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Soaphound
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Soaphound

This may be a close race to many, but for me it’s an easy call. First, I didn’t find anything extraordinary about Christian LeBlanc or Kristoff St. John’s work this year. LeBlanc is consistently excellent but that cancer story just didn’t hit me right. Mr. St. John is always competent, but, to me, he holds back and I find a certain coldness in his work. Maybe distance is a better word. And the same goes for Tyler Christopher, though I do think this reel represents some of his best work to date. That leaves Geary, who was truly great (again)… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

#1. I am THRILLED… absolutely LOL giddy… that the majority of posts… Justin Hartley , here ye… for… THE WIN ! an accolade so deserved “however” out of sight out of mind… does not… lessen the equally sublime.. Michael Muhney just had to throw that in TRULY I am torn… OUT THE DOOR… and from the get go… Justin Hartley tho not solely instrumental in giving Y&R all its worth… you’d never know… he STIRS Tyler Christopher: in all of year 2015 … gave a whopping of a performance.. after performance.. and REELED like no get out… the best in… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

ie: Michael with the cancer “scare”
ie: Neil with the temporary “blindness”

alive and well.. and ??? backburner… or not given their right… Lead scripts worth their REEL

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Difficult?…nope-Tony Geary of course but ive seen all and they all are outstanding here-however, i still have to go with Geary!!!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

OMG they were all superb, all unique and outstanding in their own way. Again, I said this before I will say it again, we the viewers are the winners because we get to watch these moments every day on our soaps. I would love Christian to win, I thought that scene with the hooker was one of best I have seen on television ever. Tyler’s was great too, and I think it would be wonderful if he won, but I’m think TG will be hard to beat– it is his to lose– so maybe the Academy members will think 8… Read more »

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Tony

Justin Hartley was consistently outstanding no matter how great or bad the material. he’s a natural like Dustin Hoffman or George Clooney. Bigger than a soap star. Geary was Geary; he overacted most of the year and if the writing hadn’t been so strong he may have come across as cloying. LeBlanc and St. John has bad material much of the year and couldn’t make it work. St. John was particularly painful to watch during the blindness story. Tyler is super solid but not out of this world like Justin. I say Justin!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

NOT ANTHONY GEARY! He was so disrespectful of EVERYONE (writers, fans, Genie Francis) and so very unprofessional. And he singlehandedly destroyed the legacy and history of the most romantic love story of all time–Laura and Luke–as well as doing violence (pun intended) to the history of the Spencer family.

Paula Page
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Paula Page

I completely agree. He was a complete a$$ to Genie Francis. Geary would not have risen to fame without her – and he hates that. I believe the writers, directors, & other actors, particularly young Luke, young Patricia, & Laura Wright, deserve the praise for those scenes. Not Geary. Playing an a$$ is second nature to him……I am afraid, though, that he will win. Tyler Christopher, however, worked extremely hard & deserves praise.

Judy
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Judy

I personally think people are not understanding the history of Luke. I have watched the show since the beginning. Yes I am that old. To me the story has come full circle for Luke. The reason why he was the way he was and why even though he loved his family he could stick around for long periods of time feeling within that he was so much like his father and not wanting to bring it on to his family. I love Anthony I was not liking the way he acted but I fully understood the reason for the story… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

I couldn’t disagree with you more, Judy. I, too, as I’ve posted many times, and in this thread, have also watched the character of Luke from the beginning–and he was NOT the same character in the end. (Yes, I, too, am that “old”). The way he explained the upbringing of him and his sister “Barbara Jean” is NOT the way he explained it later–most notably as portrayed in the highly-touted (not in MY book) 52nd anniversary show. Luke and Bobbie, in the beginning, were STRONG characters who survived, and overcame, a horrible childhood with an alcoholic father, NOT THE VICTIMS… Read more »

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Harry

I have to agree with Nancy and applaud her post. Moreover, I have to go one step further and express what I imagine is an unpopular opinion. I thought Tony was engaging in major scene chewing. His acting was over-the-top, loud and so embarrassing that Talk Soup made fun of him not once, but twice. The best actors show how their character is feeling and they do so with a whisper of nuance they don’t scream it from the rafters the way Tony Geary did during his exit story. This opinion comes from someone who has greatly admired his body… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

Love him or hate him;
Anthony Geary (Luke) General Hospital
Is the winner, no doubt, and he deserves it !

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

No way, su00-Tony USED to work hard and really put his heart into the role of Luke–he was funny, quirky, inventive, energetic/frenetic–then he just got jaded and sloppy. I believe that each performance is a NEW one–one does not get a pass simply on his name or past honors. Let another “hungry” actor win this time. (TG was eager and hungry when Gloria Monty brought him on–he had been kicking around a while playing bit parts on Quinn Martin productions and had played a rapist–curiously enough–on Y and R for about 6 mo. or so,). Curiously enough–again–I have never, ever… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Now Nancy, be fair. Geary has reason to be bitter–he is paid well over six figures and the man was forced to take over three month long paid vacations every year. Poor baby! No other actor in daytime history has been paid that much for working basically part time.
He has reason to be bitter–he’s been spoiled rotten.

Patrick
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Patrick

argh! I was hoping to add venom

LOL… he took a “cut” in pay for well written scripts to pedestal far away from… it’s Laura Webber husband

Nikki
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Nikki

I have to say I have watched them again & again and although my two favorites are Justin Hartley & Anthony Geary. What I think should happen and what I feel will happen are two totally different things. 1st. I believe the best acting out of all of them is Justin Hartley followed closely by Anthony Geary but I think because he retired from the show and it’s his last trip up on stage for G.H. Anthony Geary is going to get it which in my opinion is very wrong because I would like to see people watch the reel… Read more »

Paula Page
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Paula Page

Geary probably won’t even attend.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

A great thing, for all the others attending, I’ll bet–LOL! But, despite his protestations, I believe that TG hungers for that spotlight–he pursued it with such tenacity in the very beginning.

Harry
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Harry

Yep–and Nancy, rumor has it Geary has been seen on the set filming for the Nurse’s Ball

Rose
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Rose

I’m going with Justin Hartley, not just for his admitting to Chelsea (who was also very good) that he was really Adam. But for me he came from roles like Oliver Queen ( Green Arrow) Smallville, to Revenge, to have to take over an important role on Y&R that also had a lot of baggage associated with it. And he did convincingly, and without skipping a beat. Next Tyler. He’s come a long way as Nicholas. And when he’s finally given a storyline line where he gets to show how he’s grown, he should get a lot of credit for… Read more »

Ashland Cripton (a.k.a. Connor)
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Ashland Cripton (a.k.a. Connor)

Agreed. Laura Wright, who portrayed Luke’s mother Lena, did such an amazing job in that one scene that I can clearly remember… And will always be near and dear to me, myself, and my heart. Great and wonderful and fantastic supportive / supporting acting, does help to breed other actors in scene do good. Everybody carries each other, in their own ways.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

She got robbed!

Paula Page
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Paula Page

I agree. The writers, director , and “supporting” actors (Laura Wright, young Luke, & young Patricia) were the real stars. Honestly I didn’t recognize Laura Wright at first, she was that effective transforming herself. Geary strong armed TPTB to write a story for him and they responded with a great April 1st 2015 story – though I have to say I didn’t appreciate the rewriting of history. When Luke came on the scene in the late 70’s he was an introspective young man trying to better himself @ Port Charles University. Sure, he had an alcoholic father. But he also… Read more »

Mateo
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Mateo

For sentimental value I am going with Tyler Christopher as Nik Cassadine on GH. Those scenes were top notch. He hasn’t been that vulnerable or real in a long time. He sometimes doesn’t hit the mark but in these scenes he consistently hit all the marks he needed to. He deserves the win. Anthony Geary was very good, if not excellent, in the scenes submitted but I have to say after his attacks on Ron Carlivati as writer I have a lot less respect for his work. Ron made Anthony Geary’s exit from the show a priority and we had… Read more »

Nanci
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Nanci

Definitely Justin.

Dan
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Dan

With all due respect to some of the comments here, these aren’t Emmys for being a good person, they’re Emmys for great acting, so what kind of person Tony Geary is, or the way people feel about how he left the show should have no bearing whatsoever on whether he deserves the award or not. Regardless of any of that, and regardless of how many Emmys he’s won in the past, when I watch these submissions, everyone was very good, but I feel Geary was on a totally different level from everyone else. I thought it the day I watched… Read more »

Rose
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Rose

Hi Dan…Just a thought….I think you’re right about the b/w 52nd as an outstanding Best Show, regardless how viewers felt about Fluke and Ron. But it was an ensemble of incredible young actors, Laura, Bobbie, and the b/w concept that pulled it off…not just Tony’s acting. He wasn’t just a stand alone like the other nominees. That’s why I want to seem them get their chance when they finally had something to work with.

Dan
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Dan

I agree with you, it was a great job by everyone. The actor that played young Luke in particular did a phenomenal job, in my opinion. The Outstanding Drama Series nomination is a reflection of everyone’s effort that went into putting that show together, the actors, writers, production team, everyone. Tony’s nomination is a reflection of his individual effort, and one that I think he is very deserving of. Hopefully he gets his award that night, and everyone else that participated in that show gets theirs in the form of a win for Best Show. I think all are very… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

Hi Dan..
Anthony Geary/Luke Spencer General Hospital is the King.
None better than Tony..
He will take home his 9th emmy ..

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

No way! The only King I know of was the King of England–lol!

Dan
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Dan

Right on Su!

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Justin Hartley and Kristoff St. John.

Anthony
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Anthony

Well it looks like Anthony Geary again – and deservedly so, BUT if he has any class at all he will most definitely thank Ron Carlivati for the story arc and for the writing. A wonderful piece of GH history for years to come.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

I wouldn’t hold my breath on that on, Anthony (ANTHONY????) Not Anthony Geary???? LOL!

Paula Page
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Paula Page

If he does, he’ll thank Ron begrudgingly.

Ces
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Ces

I vote for Jason Thompson! OH wait, he was robbed again — okay, I think Tyler Christopher’s reel was good and it would be kind of cool to see him win vs. Tony Geary. While I do love TG’s work and he is deserving of another Emmy, honestly, this story wasn’t exactly my favorite that he has played so … I wouldn’t give him the statue for this one.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yes, both Jason Thompson and Kimberly M.
Jason Thompson was robbed also. HE, unlike Tony Geary, is “still hungry” and gave his all–WITHOUT any grandstanding.

Jay Trotter
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Jay Trotter

Love him or hate him but Tony has the best reel out of the five with Tyler coming a close second.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

For Harry re Tony Geary: Do you think he’ll sing “My Way” again at the Nurses’ Ball? LOL!! And I love that comment: “He has reason to be bitter–he’s been spoiled rotten.”
🙂

Michele
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Michele

Range, versatility, depth, consistency – Anthony Geary
My sentimental favorite who has grown exponentially into a riveting actor – Tyler Christopher

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Nina Helps Sonny After Realizing He is Off His Meds

Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, will no doubt lead to Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Nina (Cynthia Watros) becoming closer, because she was witness, went through, and helped the mobster get help while he was having a manic episode after being off his meds for bipolar disorder.

A disheveled Sonny was outside insulating the kids’ treehouse, didn’t sleep all night, is not eating, and tells Nina – who stayed the night at the Corinthos’ home on the couch – that he feels great.  Then, he tells Nina to stop telling him what to do and to stay out of his way.

Nina panics and calls Britt (Kelly Thiebaud) at the hospital worried that Sonny is off his meds, and she needs medical advice on what to do about it.  Britt tells Nina it’s important to get Sonny to a doctor and not argue with him, but to get him to acknowledge he is having a manic episode.

After the call, Nina asks Sonny not to leave and to explain bipolar disorder to her. He replies it’s like a nightmare but that’s not what’s happening now. Then, he grabs her wrists hard as she stands at the door, as he wants to leave, and Nina tells him, she is hurting her.  Sonny has a moment of realization and insists he does not hurt women. Sonny asks Nina if she is now afraid of him?  She tells him she isn’t. All of a sudden, Sonny feels exhausted.  He sits with Nina and starts to cry and admits he has been off his meds.  She gets him to agree that he needs to see Dr. Sullivan and get a refill.

Sonny and Nina arrive at GH, and Britt shows them to an examining room. Nina wants to make sure he’s OK, before she exits, but Sonny wants to make sure he did not injure her wrists. Nina says she is OK, but you could tell she is emotional from the entire encounter she went through with Sonny.

Maurice Benard took to Twitter within the last 24 hours stating about the storyline which is throwing Sonny’s love life in turmoil and working opposite both Laura Wright (Carly) and Cynthia Watros: “I go where ever it is best for the show and fortunately right now this story is doing well, even better than well, now you may not want to hear that. You already know I love Laura and Cynthia. I keep saying this is between history and change, I think after 20 years change is good.”

So, what did you think of the scenes between Nina and Sonny? Do you agree with us that Nina seeing Sonny having a manic episode will draw them closer together? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Helena, Jennifer Smith & The Ice Princess: What Did You Think of Luke Spencer’s Memorial?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital brought the highly-anticipated story around the apparent death of Port Charles iconic, Luke Spencer (Tony Geary), although many fans, and even some of the cast of the show, are not sold that Luke is “dead” dead.

During the show, characters spoke of some of the history of Luke in Port Charles, most especially Luke’s sister, Bobbie played by Jackie Zeman.  Throughout the years, Zeman is at her best when she is given material through the writing of the show to connect to the history of Luke and Bobbie.  She did so when Bobbie was remembering how Luke came to Port Charles to help her break up Scotty and Laura, in a discussion with her daughter, Carly (Laura Wright).

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As everyone is gathering at the Haunted Star to pay their respects to Luke, Curtis (Donnell Turner) arrives to support Laura (Genie Francis), Felicia (Kristina Wagner) and Anna (Finola Hughes) arrive together, Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Ava (Maura West), as well as Spencer (Nicholas Alexander Chavez  also show up. It is through Nikolas’ conversation with Laura that we learn why Luke’s sons, Ethan and Lucky, can’t make the funeral and, of course, we know why Luke’s daughter Lulu can’t make it because she is in a coma!

Victor (Charles Shaughnessy) shows up and snipes at everyone and then leaves.  Tracy (Jane Elliot), who has arranged the memorial, is with an urn supposedly filled with Luke’s ashes and Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) finds her on the deck of the Haunted Star and talks her into giving her planned eulogy.

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Meanwhile, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) finds his dad, Sonny (Maurice Benard) drinking at Charlie’s, and later Scott (Kin Shriner) and Robert (Tristan Rogers) stop in and heated words are exchanged between Sonny and Scott. Victor shows up and instead of Scott and Sonny pummeling each other, they get into a fight against Victor.

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As Scott and Robert are about to be on their way to the Haunted Star, Scott stays behind because of his past with Luke.  Then, Sonny tried to patch things up with Carly before they head to the memorial.

Back on the yacht, Anna and Felicia find a note and a flash drive, after hearing a commotion on the yacht.  When the note says “play me”, none other than Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers) addresses Luke’s friends and family from apparently the great beyond.  As Helena spews her venom against Luke, Laura has enough and pulls the plug on Helena’s video speech.  Tracy looks concerned, like she may want to hear whatever else Helena had to say.

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Next, Tracy does her best in short order to eulogize Luke.  That is juxtaposed with Scott trashing Luke.  Later, by herself on the deck, Tracy spreads Luke’s ashes over the waters of Port Charles. Back on the pier, Scott relishes Luke being gone, and that he is still standing saying, “You lose you son of a bitch!” Just then Luke’s ashes blow in into his face.  When Bobbie arrives, and see Scott full of ashes, she asks what happened.  Scott says, “I caught the bouquet,” an obvious nod to the Luke and Laura wedding of the past, where Scott returned at their wedding and caught the wedding bouquet.

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Back on the Haunted Star, Tracy then has a gift in hand for Laura, but she tells Tracy if that’s the Ice Princess she does not want anything to do with it, and tells Tracy to keep it.  Spencer sees this go down and his interest on the diamond is instantly piqued.

Back at Charlie’s bar, Victor has an ominous toast to Luke saying, “The good people of your fair city are in for a big surprise!”

At the Haunted Star, dressed in black with black veil, Jennifer Smith reveals herself to a shocked Laura.

So, what did you think of Luke’s memorial episode? Favorite parts of it? Least favorite? Share your thoughts in the comment section. But first, check out Helena’s videotaped speech and Tracy’s eulogy to Luke below.

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(WATCH) GH’s Genie Francis Shares: “I Just Have a Hard Time Believing, In My Heart, That The Great Luke Spencer Died in an Accident”

Today’s Friday episode of General Hospital, is set to feature the funeral of the iconic Luke Spencer (Tony Geary).

While family and friends will gather on the Haunted Star to memorialize him, what been teased by the ABC daytime drama is it will also set a whole storyline in motion.

ABC7 entertainment guru, George Pennacchio, spoke to several of the GH cast, who are involved in the episode including: Luke Spencer’s long-time love, Laura played by Genie Francis.

Francis exclaimed on the whole story: “I just have a hard time believing, in my heart, that the great Luke Spencer died in an accident.  No one stays dead on a soap. I don’t know how many times I’ve been dead. Really!”

Genie added: “I feel like they’re setting the stage, really, for a wonderful comeback and I’m going to keep my fingers crossed for that.”

Luke’s longtime friend played by Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) shared: “And has it actually happened? I mean, frankly, we have a little urn about this big that’s supposed to contain him and that’s it.”

And Luke’s sister, Bobbie, played by Jackie Zeman, also weighed-in if Luke is really a-goner: “Sometimes you get these little red herrings so, as you know, George, you know, you never really know.”

Watch Pennacchio chat with the GH stars below.

Now weigh-in, do you believe Luke is very much alive and well? Held captive, or “dead” dead? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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