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ABC confirms Rebecca Herbst is STAYING at GH!

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News this morning is that ABC has issued a statement and Soaps In Depth posted it briefly.  But, it goes on to say that indeed Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth Webber) is  staying put at General Hospital after months of fan outcry.

The statement issued says in part, “Rebecca Herbst will continue on as Elizabeth Webber. The show is thrilled she will remain on the canvas to portray the beloved character in many more poignant and emotional stories. Fans will be pleased to see Rebecca continue the role she created.”

So there you have it.  Becky is back!  Stay tuned to see how Elizabeth’s story plays out on-air!

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Lynn
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Lynn

So glad that Becky is not leaving General Hospital. I love Becky and her character Elizabeth Webber. I so hope that they will give the actress and her character some great storylines. I miss her on my screen – she is a very important part of General Hospital!! Her loyalty to the show and her fans should not be taken for granted any longer!!

Thank you Michael Fairman for all you do for the soap opera genre as a whole. I enjoy your articles and interviews immensely!!

Saher M
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Saher M

Very well said, Lynn!!

MarkC
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MarkC

Great news. Becky is needed on this show! Couldn’t imagine it with out her!

Saher M
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Saher M

Amen!

Lise
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Lise

I’m thrilled that she is staying now I hope that the writers writer her back in character. I won’t to finally see you be with Jason

Keeks
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Keeks

Really very happy that Becky Herbst is staying on General Hospital. Thank you ABCD. You made the right decision. Can’t wait to see Elizabeth Webber in a truly wonderful story with her boys (and Jason of course)!

Saher M
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Saher M

I am very relieved to hear about the official announcement of Becky’s rehiring, from ABC, one that I’ve been waiting for, ever since Becky’s rehiring was confirmed by the soap media. It is a good way to start the day. But I would like to know more about Becky’s contract status. I wish ABC would make a statement about it.

Saher M
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Saher M

Also, we all know the firing wasn’t about budget cuts, but it was agenda. And we all know the reversal of this decision was due to backlash from the fans and soap media. Trying to say something that is not true, doesn’t work on this viewer, as I already know the truth. So, on that note, good work, on GH’s part to actually listen to the fans.

todd
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todd

Good for GH. It seems that a public outcry actually works in some instances. It didn’t save Kish, but I am happy for Becky. It seems the show does need her, although it is written to be only about Sonny, Carly, and Jason. I gave up on it long ago, but I did enjoy the job Becky did with her character. The show needs someone like her on the canvas. Maybe I will tune back in to see what kind of new story they give her.

Kat
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Kat

It was incredibly wrong for General Hospital and ABC to fire actress Rebecca Herbst in the first place. I will never believe the exit was “storyline dictated” and am pretty stunned that the show bent to the viewers will in this case. I wonder what the misogynistic writers & PTB have in store for Elizabeth Webber now that they have been forced to keep her. ABC should fix the real problems with General Hospital and start at the top with Brian Frons(!) so viewers can actually enjoy their favorite characters like Elizabeth Webber and be overjoyed that a class act… Read more »

Saher M
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Saher M

I completely agree. Thanks, Kat.

Saher M
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Saher M

Plus, I am a bit worried about the part of the statement entailing the “many more emotional, and poignant story-lines” though. I have had enough of Liz being miserable, I want to see her happy, for quite some time. Maybe a new love interest in Shawn, Terrell, Ronnie, or Jax? It could be interesting if TPTB gave those a try. I just want to see Liz happy for a change, and I hope with Becky’s rehiring, there is a change in the course of writing for Liz. Give Becky a storyline of her own, that all of us can see… Read more »

Saher M
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Saher M

Also, I just wanted to say thank you for all th buzz about Rebecca Herbst. BeckyNation really appreciates it.

mrcwagner
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mrcwagner

I am so excited to see RH staying. I have watched her character since the beginning. I hope the writers give her something really great to work with now… something amazing. You can only do so much with what you are given and let’s be honest- the writers have not given her much. She did an amazing job years and years ago with the rape storyline. She has got it in her and the three awards under her belt prove it! C’mon WRITERS! Do something amazing for Becky!!

Crystal
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Crystal

I’m convinced that her firing was a PR stunt. If it was real, TPTB most likely would have stuck with their decison like they have when they fired vets/fan faves in the past or when Days did aftrer firing Drake Hogestyn and Deidre Hall. They had to have known that the fan reacton RH’s firing it would be severe and have have even non Liz fans angry since RH is a vet and vets are important to soap fans.

Saher M
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Saher M

It wasn’t a PR stunt. Even DC reported that RH was fired and that she broke down on set, with this. It was the fans who brought her back to GH, even though ABC not surprisingly refuses to admit this. Overall, as a Becky/Liz fan, I am happy she’s back.

notme
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notme

Now that the precious Rebecca is back, other actors on the show are either getting fired or put on recurring status, Ingo (Jax), won’t have much airtime because of Rebecca, if her role because bigger I won’t watch GH anymore.

NuShooz
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NuShooz

I don’t watch the show nearly as much as I have watched in the past. But hearing Becky was being fired surely didn’t get me excited to commit again. I’m thrilled that she has a job. If this a large part of her livelihood, I would suggest she not sink her heart back into this. GH has cut so many loose and I’ve said it time and time again. The actors on this show really need to support each other in times such as these. Take a page from Susan Lucci for petesake. There is going to be more backlash… Read more »

karenlinda
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karenlinda

i am happy she is staying she is good at what she does however i am sick of sonny son mick wanting to be a mobster please change his story line

alexis paige baker
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alexis paige baker

you look so pretty i am 22 years old biggest fan of general hospital i can wait

be like you someday you got amazing clothes i can’t wait see you in person

what you said about that p s love paige baker

Breaking News

DAYS and GH Director Joe Behar Passes Away at 94

Joseph Behar was heavyweight director in daytime drama having worked on both Days of our Lives and General Hospital and now comes word of his passing. Behar passed away on June 26th at the age of 94.

According to his obit, he died at his home in Manhattan Beach, California.

Joe spent the the bulk of his career directing Days of Our Lives and General Hospital.  He actually directed the pilot episode of General Hospital back in 1963, then came back the ABC daytime drama series 30 years later to direct it for more than 10 more years,.

Along the way, he won 5 Daytime Emmys for his work on GH, and had won six overall throughout his career. He continued directing until his retirement back in 2005.

Behar’s career started on the Ernie Kovacs Show and he also directed Let’s Make a Deal. and more.

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He is survived by his wife, Carolyn and his sons, Jeffrey, Steven and Greg Behar and his grandchildren, Alex, Mallory, Niko and Lydia.

Watch an interview with Joe via the TV Academy on his career including working with Frances Reid (Ex-Alice, DAYS), the pace of directing in daytime and more below.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Joe and his family in the comment section.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Releases His New Album ‘Clean Slate’

On Thursday, the highly-anticipated nine song set from General Hospital’s James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine) dropped  on Apple Music

The album entitled “Clean Slate” features the tracks: “Look Out Below”,  “My Funny Friend”, “Can U Feel Me?”, “World of Good”, “Don’t Tell Me”, “I Burn For You”, “Always Love You”, “Another Time”, and “My One and Only Love”.

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Fans of General Hospital, always love when James performs at the Nurses Ball’ but now here, Stuart delivers several original songs with his unique vocal style that make it unmistakable JPS.

Check out a preview of the album below.

Now, let us know if you will be adding “Clean Slate” to your playlists and more via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Austin Reveals His True Identity

Leave it to many GH fans who guessed right as to just who Roger Howarth’s new character of Austin will turn out to be!  On Tuesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, we learned the last name of the character who is related to the Quartermaine’s.

For weeks, Austin has seemed to be fixated on Michael Corinthos (Chad Duell) and the Q’s and now with this cliffhanger of a reveal we know why.

At a key family business meeting at the Q’s, Scott (Kin Shriner) who now seems in cahoots with Austin for a piece of the Quartermaine pie, brings Austin to the gathering.

 

When Austin arrives, Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) looks none-to-pleased!  She clearly knows the guy.  When Michael struts up to Austin asking who he is and what is he doing here … Austin introduced himself as Austin Gaitlin-Holt.  Michael and everyone else look a bit perplexed as we fade to black.

However, GH history buffs know that Jimmy Lee Holt was the son of Edward Quartermaine and his mistress Beatrice LeSuer.  Jimmy Lee did some pretty reprehensible things while he was in Port Charles.  When he left he married Charity Gaitlin.  Upon the death of Edward Q. back in 2012, Jimmy Lee was left out of his inheritance.  Therein must lie some of the story…. and now Roger Howarth fans eagerly await to see how this new doctor in town and Quartermaine turns out to be.  Will he be a bad boy, or a misunderstood good guy?  We shall see.

So, what did you think of Austin being revealed to be Austin Gaitlin-Holt? Share your thoughts in the comment section, and also cast your vote in our poll on Roger’s new character below.

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