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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

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GL Alum Kimberly J. Brown Joins the Cast of General Hospital

Another daytime favorite is coming to General Hospital.  This time its Kimberly J. Brown (Ex-Marah) of Guiding Light fame.  She last appeared on the soaps during her from 1993-1998 and then a brief return in 2006

According to Soap Opera Digest, she will make her GH debut next week in a mystery role.

Kimberly worked with two GH powerhouse actresses during her tine on Guiding Light. 

She noted to SOD about her time in Springfield: Cynthia Watros (Nina, GH, Ex-Annie Dutton, GL) was my stepmom for a bit, and Laura Wright (Carly, Ex- Cassie, GL) played my aunt.”

Brown has appeared in numerous primetime television shows and motion pictures over the last few decades.

Now the question becomes, who will Kimberly play on GH? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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General Hospital and ‘H.R. Pufnstuf’s’ Billie Hayes Dead at 96

She was one-of-a-kind, and now actress Billie Hayes has passed away at the age of 96.  Hayes’ family announced her death from natural causes on April 29th at Cedar-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

Hayes was best-known for her unforgettable role as Witchiepoo on the 1969-70 Saturday morning live-action children’s classic H.R. Pufnstuf from Sid and Marty Kroft.

However, daytime fans will remember that then General Hospital executive producer, Gloria Monty, hired Hayes to play the recurring role of the street-smart international spy, Brighton O’Reilly, back in the 80’s series hey day.

GH’s Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) took to Twitter to mourn the loss of Hayes on Monday sharing; “My dear wonderful Billie Hayes has died. Sadly I only got to work with her on GH but it was a magical relationship. Right away Gloria Monty saw something unique and ran with it. I cannot tell you how her passing saddens me.”

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In story, Brighton O’Reilly was shot and killed by Victor Cassadine back in 1981. Billie told Soap Opera Digest back in 2003 about her time as an agent on GH, and her exit from the series: “I asked Gloria why she killed me off, and Gloria said, ‘To tell you the truth, Billie, we really hemmed and hawed at it. But I decided to do it for selfish reasons. I knew if I killed O’Reilly there’d be such an abundance of sympathy and love for Scorpio that his stock would go up. And he’s my new leading man!’ I understand why Gloria knocked me off, but I would have loved to have gone on with it because I feel it could have been developed into a fascinating character.”

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Sid and Marty Kroft also took to Twitter and expressed:  “Margaret Hamilton (Wizard of Oz) once told us that Billie Hayes was “one of the best witches ever” We couldn’t agree more. Rest in Peace dear friend.”

Billie’s career spanned decades including Broadway, television, motion pictures and voice-over work. In addition, she founded the Los Angeles-based animal rescue nonprofit organization Pet Hope, a cause she had championed since adopting a puppy abandoned in the basement of Broadway’s St. James Theatre during the run of Lil’ Abner in which she was featured in the role of Mammy Yokum.

Share your remembrances of Billie Hayes and your condolences for her family and loved ones via the comment section below.

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John Reilly ‘General Hospital’ Tribute Episode Set to Air May 21st

Details have emerged on the upcoming John Reilly tribute episode of General Hospital.  The popular star passed away back on January 21st and the ABC daytime drama series had promised they would deliver a special show dedicated to the man who played Sean Donely starting back in 1984.

According to Deadline look for GH enduring stars: Genie Francis, Kristina Wagner, Finola Hughes, Jon Lindstom and John J. York to all appear in the special episode, along with Reilly’s real-life daughter, Caitlin Reilly, which had been previously announced.

The story will involve the mourning of WSB agent Sean Donely, which will set Felicia Scorpio (Wagner), Malcolm “Mac” Scorpio (York), Anna Devane (Hughes), Laura Collins (Francis) and Kevin Collins (Lindstrom) into a mystery involving Sean’s daughter, Annie (Caitlin Reilly).

General Hospital EP Frank Valentini shared in a statement: “John Reilly was an incredible actor and a large part of the 58-plus-year legacy that is ‘GH’. This episode is meant to honor him and his contribution to the show’s rich history. With so many fan favorites returning, new and longtime viewers will enjoy it. We had a lot of fun filming and I am grateful that we were also able to include his daughter. Viewers will hopefully also enjoy one more surprise return – it is just too amazing to spoil.”

Mark your calendars for May 21st when the special episode is set to air.

So, looking forward to seeing the John Reilly tribute episode, and who do you think will be the big ‘surprise’ noted by Frank Valentini? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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