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Andrea Bogart talks about her exit from General Hospital!

Photo Credit; Steven Bergman

Photo Credit; Steven Bergman

As every soap fans who watches General Hospital knows by now the character of Abby Haver played by Andrea Bogart since October 2010 was killed off this week, leaving Abby’s on-screen love, Michael Corinthos (Chad Duell) grief-stricken.

The beautiful  and sexy Bogart, spoke candidly with Soap Opera Digest in their latest issue on newsstands now about her thoughts on GH’s decision to get rid of Abby from the canvas.

Bogart stated, “As an actor you can tell when something’s going on.  I felt a shift in the writing and I know soaps. You can feel when there’s a struggle about what to do with your character.  I haven’t worked much in the last month or two. There’s been less and less and less screen time for Michael and Abby for a while now.  So, on my last day, I went around and paid gratitude to everyone who was a part of my being there.  I’ve never felt anything but love from the fans and everyone here. I know it was story-related and nothing I did (Laughs).

Honestly for Chad Duell (Michael), I just pray that something good comes for Michael because he’s gone through so much (laughs)!  This business is a giant roller coaster and General Hospital was truly a gift for me.”

So how do you feel about Abby being killed-off?  Who could you see in Michael’s future now? Let us know!

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Linda
Linda

I feel the waterworks coming on this show. With Abby dead, Robin ill and Sam recovering, the halls of General Hospital will be decked with used tissues this year.

Trisha
Trisha

Hate that GH killed Abby I loved her and Michael together.

lisa658
lisa658

I’m afraid that Michael will know become totaly involved this Sonny’s organization. He and Sam can now relate to each other, and will not feel so alone & isolated (that is a positive for both); however, Michael’s anger might get the best of him if he keeps blaming himself for Abbey’s death.

Emily
Emily

I liked the Abby/Michael pairing. Seems like a waste to kill her off. I know that there is too much talent floating around at GH for them to not be able to come up with more story ideas than killing off Abby. But GH sure has been going through a lot of new people lately.

amb2kool
amb2kool

i absolutely HATE that abby was killed off. i dont see anybody in michael’s future.

Deb
Deb

Michael gave an awesome performance when he saw Abby dead. The actor was awesome. Puhlez let this character grow & change and become a better human!!
Good luck to Andrea!!! I seen her on some primetime shows and she is very good.

PaulaKate Prince-Meserole
PaulaKate Prince-Meserole

Gosh! I didn’t see that one coming.
Whatever we didn’t know Abby’s upbringing, was cleared up in no uncertain terms with the phone call to her mother that Michael made.
It was a sad commentary on Abby’s life of neglect by her mother and the desertion she suffered at the hands of her father. That call was quite succinct in filling in all the gaping holes for any questions we the viewers might have had about her childhood.

I will miss Abby. Not knowing before last week the relationship or lack thereof that she had with her mother, I have always seen her character as a great example of a young woman coming from what I figured must have been an impossible situation and one who really gathered up her life-lemons and turned them into something positive and productive.

Amanda
Amanda

I wish Andrea all the best, she is so gracious and a wonderful actress. Her character and pairing with Michael is one of my favorites and I feel as devastated as Michael. I hope with the new head writer coming to GH, that they will find a way to bring Abby back — her death could’ve been orchestrated by Franco or Anthony Zacchara or even Helena if she remembers that Michael is a Spencer and wants to start a new war. Michael’s been through so many ups and downs over the past few years, that to lose his best friend and woman he loves is going to leave him spiraling.

kay killgore
kay killgore

With her death please don’t tell me they are putting Michael in between Jason and Sam. I heard there was going to be a 3rd party come between them and it is not Liz. Big mistake if they do this. What little I have watched I felt Abby was leaving also. But was she ever a contract player?

Karen Sue
Karen Sue

Hello???? 3rd party….FRANCO! He raped Sam and Sam will probably be pregnant…

Keyanna
Keyanna

It sucks that GH had to kill her off. They could have done so much with her character and Mabby but they choose not to. Hopefully a change will come with the new writers.

Karen Sue
Karen Sue

I never thought that the relationship between Abby and Michael should have happened in the first place. It just wasn’t realistic for me…I can see Michael giving in and going away to college, earning a Business degree and coming back in a year or two and taking Sonny’s business over and running it in a more civilized manner…if THAT kind of business can be civilized. They are fashioning Michael’s character too much after Sonny’s…it needs to stop…I can see Morgan coming back and his and Michael’s relationship being too much like Rick and Sonny’s…

Dan
Dan

I’m sure Andrea Bogart is a nice person, and I wish her the best, but I couldn’t stand the character of Abby, and her annoying, whiny voice. So I’m glad they killed her off.

Her and Siobhan were two of the new characters that GH tried to shove down our throats this year, and I didn’t connect with either one of them. And I think a lot of viewers felt the same way, judging from the people I talk to. I’m glad GH recognized that and decided to move on.

Plus, this hopefully means more air time for the characters that we actually have something emotionally invested in.

Brian T
Brian T

I never cared for Abby but the actress is great. I think she was a pointless character. The show needs legacy characters that are connected to the canvas and related to the core families.

Gail
Gail

I really liked Abby, although I was hoping she would move on from Michael and maybe be paired with another GH character at some point. I was even hoping her “death” was part of the Franco mind games and she wouldn’t really be dead. I am going to miss her. She was a really good actress and I LOVED her voice, by the way! I wish her all the best.

Sun45
Sun45

I’m sure Andrea Bogart is a good person, but I nerver connected with her character and I just wasn’t invested in Abby emotionally like with other characters. I always thought Abby was a pointless character who should have been gone along time ago but I do wish AB much success in her career.

aria
aria

I’m sad they killed of Abby, it was depressing, no more killing off people, this show needs to be more fun/happy

April Neilson
April Neilson

I was shock to hear she died, but I guess that’s just the soaps for you! I liked Abby.

JustSaying
JustSaying

GH’s loss.

Doe
Doe

I think the new writers had already in place where they will be going with some of the characters. So, they have already kind of showed us who will be gone. I would suggest that police woman who can’t decide which way to wear her hair, should be gone. I’m not liking the Ethan story with the woman at Windermere floating around. I don’t care about that story. The writers should do a lot of trimming of people. Too bad it had to be Abby. It will be interesting what happens now that Sam has told Michael about the rape. Personally, I would like the Franco story to be over.

Amy
Amy

GH is so depressing and killing off abby was absolutely pointless. I love the character and there was so much story to tell with her. If they didn’t want to write for mabby anymore they could’ve paired her someone else. Andrea bogart is so talented and beauitful and General hospital was so lucky to have her. They always get rid of the good ones. There are so many other useless characters that they could’ve gotten rid of instead of abby. I hope the new writers bring her back!

lily
lily

Bring Abby back. They bring “dead” characters back all the time so it’s not unrealistic for soaps. I don’t even want to watch GH anymore. Abby grew to be a favorite of mine.

Lisa
Lisa

Really sad that GH pointlessly killed off a Abby, and the Mabby couple whom have countless of fans, the vocal and nonvocal. Was this the really the best creative idea that the PTB could come up with?? Abby could’ve been paired with someone else as well. Andrea couldn’t have been costing GH big money and fans, and she was hardly even on anymore during the big ratings dive. Just another, again, unwise decision by GH for thinking all the new people they showcase now are so much more important than Abby, Mabby, Andrea Bogart and countless of fans.

I thought more than enough characters many fans like were needlessly or unceremoniously let go of. I’m hoping the new people in charge can be counted to do better creatively and bring back Abby. The character was a highlight and a bright light for me and others when tuning to GH. Those attributes definitely came through because of Abby’s portrayer.

Lisa
Lisa

Really sad that GH pointlessly killed off Abby, and by extension, the Mabby couple whom have countless of fans- the vocal and nonvocal. Was this really the best creative idea the PTB could come up with?? Abby could’ve been paired with someone else as well. Andrea couldn’t have been costing GH big money and fans, and she was hardly even on anymore during the big ratings dive. Yet another unwise decision by GH for thinking all the new people they showcase now are so much more important than Abby, Mabby, Andrea Bogart and the countless of fans.

I thought more than enough characters that many fans like were already needlessly or unceremoniously let go of. I’m hoping the new people in charge can be counted to do better creatively and bring back Abby. The character was a highlight and a bright light for me and many others when tuning to GH. Those attributes definitely came through because of Abby’s portrayer.

aria
aria

Lisa i agree and to answer you question, Andrea wasn’t a contract player so she only got paid when she was on the air, so i doubt it was about costing money, sounds more like a creative decision by the now fired Jill phelps or the demoted Garin Wolf.

Lisa
Lisa

Thank you, Aria. 🙂 I knew Andrea wasn’t on contract but I wasn’t sure how things worked for non contract players. So that means she wasn’t costing them much money and she obviously wasn’t costing them fans. She’s gotten more fans! It’s really a terrible “creative” decision to get rid of her. So uncreative. If it was Phelps and Garin’s decision, I’m more than happy they’re gone now. I hope the new guys care more about fans and bring Abby back.

linda
linda

big mistake killing her off. they lost a good and new refreshing story line. whats up with those writers? she will be missed.

linda
linda

I totally agree

auotb
auotb

please new writers bring back Lucky,Nicholas & Jax get rid of that new cop get rid of the Zacharras & PLEASE transfer John McBain to Port Charles. Maybe then GHs ratings will go up and the stories would be watchable again

heidi
heidi

I like auotb’s idea of transfering John McBain to Port Charles! I also share bringing Nicholas and Jax back. I would love to have them find a way to keep JJ. I will miss the Michael & Abby relationship I wish Andrea the best! I still hope they don’t kill Robin off… rather send her to a clinic that is doing experimental treatments in some far off place. I love GH and want it to succeed and stay on for years.

aria
aria

heidi i agree with you on everything.

Brenda
Brenda

I love Abby and Michael together. They are the main reason I watch the show. Now Michael will be miserable and end up joining the mob. I don’t like this story line at all. Bring back Andrea.

Summer
Summer

🙁 GH continues to be so disappointing! I love Abby and andrea bogart. The character and mabby had so much potential. The writers are uncreative idiots. I hope they find a way to bring her back

Jeff
Jeff

Well let’s hope that ron carvolti and frank valenti can do a better job!

Marye
Marye

I agree. Bring her back, please. she was a fresh young actress that gave the show engery. now Carley is the same , all the time. she needs to live her life & leave those men alone. please bring Abby back.

aria
aria

isn’t it kind of funny that a show thats was run by a women (jill Phelps) love killing off women(lisa, abby) and or raping them( sam ?) I pray they don’t do this to Robin, it would be just to hard to take, and unnecessary. I prefer if Robin just disappears.

Nancy Jenkins
Nancy Jenkins

Absolutely sickening that GH would kill off Abbey, she and Michael were sweet together. Whenever someone is finally happy on this show, why do you have to ruin it? Abbey and Michael were so cute and suppoertive of each other. I hate that you would kill her off. Michael has had enogh crap.

linda
linda

What a disappointment GH is becoming, I have watched since before Luke and Laura and to kill off Abby just is stupid!!!! What are they thinking, it was a great story how she got out of stripping and now killed off…… Ugh….

Jeff
Jeff

Well it would be nice if they would give micheal and her fresh original story i’ve said it once i’ll say it again the mobster stuff is like beating a dead horse. While it was a good story in it’s conception about the rape of micheal in prison once again it just fizzled out they could have done some really good story with it but instead they have micheal follow in the steps of dear mob daddy sonny.. I think that it was Jill Farren Phelps that wanted the show to focus on the mob but i think it took away from other good characters. It would be a shame for ABC to get rid of all of it’s soaps but with General hospital it won’t be a suprise. I mean people want different stories to get into and well The mob is old to me and alot of other people.

lisa
lisa

It’s too bad. Abby and Michael were good together.
I wonder if they’re going to link her death to Franco.

Marye
Marye

I am very upset with the new writers. Abby was good for the show. beautiful and a great actress. they could have taken the story line much further. especially with her new job and paralegal. She & MIcheal were good together. bring her back .please

Tammy
Tammy

Abby was good for Micheal, they were good together.What is wrong with the writers? GH needs new storylines and HAPPIER storylines.

Kevin Kent
Kevin Kent

Andrea Bogart is a loss for the show. She co-stars in our movie Life’s An Itch. I just want to says she is one of the finest actresses in the business. Her performance in our movie is second to none. We’re back to shooting in January and will wrap by the end of the month. The movie starring Andrea will be out in Spring.

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"Candie " Haver
"Candie " Haver

Ron Carlivotti et.al. will not do a better job. He and the new regime will quickly sink the ship. He is a big part of the demise of OLTL. These executives do not have a “heart” for the soap opera genre; it really translates to dollars and cents for them. While that is a given business practice, in order for the medium to “work”, one has to really understand the core of soap opera storytelling. To kill “Abby” ?????????? this is beyond comprehension of the rational, sane mind. The depths and heights that “Mabby” could have gone are innumerable. I saw them growing together spiritually, financially, moving out of an apartment into a home. I mean really making a life together. Abby could have grown and spread her wings within the Port Charles community (so many options for her). It would not have been farfetched. I mean it is soap opera afterall.

barbara t
barbara t

ron carlivotti did the best writing for oltl,its the best soap on ,if anything he will make gh better than it is now. and I dont think he started writing for gh yet,or anything we are seeing at this time.I wish he was still writing for oltl,he is not the demise of oltl he was the best writer.abc killed the soaps ,they choose to put crap tv shows on and kill the soaps ,and katie couric will be the demise of gh not ron carlivotti.

Gloria
Gloria

I could not agree more. OLTL is the best show on tv period. Ron & Frank & everyone associated with that show did a great job. Every single day this show is GOOD. I laugh out loud, my eyes well with tears, it is such a good balance of serious & funny. Everyone is connected to Viki in some way & this show is just pure pleasure to watch & my heart breaks to think of losing it. I keep up with GH for old times sake but do not watch every day. It is pretty awful right now. And yes, Katie Couric will kill GH. It is just a matter of time before we hear the announcement. I mean her show starts in September. What will be her timeslot? And how much are they paying HER? Wouldn’t it be great if the Chew/Revolution (ugh) fail & ABC begs to get our soaps come back?

Susan
Susan

I think killing off Abby was a really dumb move she wasn”t on General Hospital that long. her & Michael just started their relashionship she never even told him she loved him. There was definately more time for a great storyline. I think it was cut way to short. I love Abbey she will be missed alot.

Christine
Christine

I definately didn’t see this coming & without any kind of warning! GH could have done this better. I liked Michael/Abby together. They/Abby deserved a better storyline! GH was dumb for doing this!!! 🙁 🙁

mkm
mkm

I loved watching Abby and Michael evolve as a couple and people. I was looking forward to Michael”s growth and healing with Abby. I love the realistic portrayals of young adults at GH. I have encouraged many teens to watch the show. Abby will be missed.

bonnie
bonnie

I think its a shame that gh got rid of Abby. Michael and Abby where my fav couple and they had tons of chemistry . I hope the new staff will have the imagination and the ability to use talented actors. They need to develop characters not just keep on bring in new people every month . I feel gh drop the ball on this one by letting such a talent go

donna
donna

I hate that they killed Abby off. Really liked the actress and the Michael and Abby relationship and where it could have developed into.

Gina
Gina

I never liked the Abby/Michael thing. By the way, I remember when Michael was born. He was 11 when he was shot and in a coma and woke up at age 17? I know, it’s a soap, but Michael doesn’t work for me either. Both good actors but boring on GH. Jason is #1!

Leslie
Leslie

I didnt see that coming killing off Abby(Andrea Bogart) I hate that they killed her off Michael and Abby were good together. Please bring her back now Michael is out of control Im not liking him write now. Trying to get back into the mob bussiness. You can still bring her back, it can be Franco sick games Michael and Abby are good together bring her back

Angelique
Angelique

I am so sad that they killed her off. I wish they wouldn’t have done that. There was a lot of different stories they could’ve done.

Dawn
Dawn

Abby (Andrea Bogart) played a great part and grounded Michael (Chad Duell). I hate to see her leave GH. They could’ve gone in a different direction.
It’s the soaps so maybe she is just hidding out to protect her from Franco, Bring Abby Back!!!

Miranda
Miranda

They were cute together, but come on. They HAVE to get Michael into the mob business! Sonny and Jason are getting older. The only mobster left would be Johnny, and then it just wouldn’t be General Hospital! Not that I agree with cute young men becoming mobsters lol, but that’s kind of the point of the whole show!

brielle
brielle

I love Michael and Abby even if they wanted to break them up they should have kept Andrea she was great and I loved her character. Miss Abby alot

penny
penny

I am disappointed that Abby was killed off. There is lots more that can be written about her charcter! She needs to be brought back, telling that the accident was staged! You can take it from there.

barbara
barbara

yea ,great ideal there penny, bring abby back ,

coleen
coleen

I loved Mabby! I was so stunned and saddened that the show killed off Abby. She was my favorite character on GH. I watched their relationship develop and turn into a great love story. Andrea Bogart and Chad Duell had such great chemistry together – they just heated up the screen! I was so upset over the show doing this and considered not watching GH, but I’ve decided to hang in a little longer to see what happens with Michael. I am seriously hoping the new writers will correct this horrible storyline mistake by bringing Abby back, whatever it takes. Maybe have her “death” be a set up by someone and she’s being held somewhere against her will. If GH is indeed ending soon, the end game should have Abby returning to PC so she and Michael can have their happy ending! Good luck and best wishes Andrea, can’t wait to see your movie “Life’s an Itch” this spring. You rock!!! 🙂

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ABC’s daytime drama, General Hospital turns 57 today, and remains the current longest-running soap opera on the air.  GH debuted back on April 1, 1963.

The show was created by the husband-and-wife team of Frank and Doris Hursley.  Originally, the soap was not given a name of a particular town in which the drama of the hospital was set in.  However, that all changed in the 1970’s when GH was set in Port Charles.

GH expanded from a 30-minute show to a 45-minute show on July 26, 1976 and eventually went to a full-hour where it has remained back on January 16, 1978.

Throughout its decades on the air, GH was the impetus for two spin-offs; Port Charles, (which aired from 1997-2003) and primetime’s GH: Night Shift (2007-2008),

The show went through many ups and downs over its history, but things changed dramatically for the better, when by the end of the 1970’s and facing cancellation, ABC brought in executive producer, Gloria Monty to steer the ship.  Monty created supercouple Luke and Laura played by Tony Geary and Genie Francis, and opened the show up with exciting location shoots, and from then on GH has remained a firm mainstay in the daytime line-up.

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Share your congratulations and well-wishes to the cast, crew, and creatives at General Hospital for 57 years of drama, romance and intrigue via the comment section below.

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Now, starting this Friday, om the April 6th, the ABC daytime drama series w will air repeat episodes every Friday through May 22.

These encore presentations will be called “Flashback Fridays,” and each episode will feature an introduction from a  General Hospital cast member.

To kick things off, this Friday, the series will air a repeat of last year’s 56th-anniversary episode, with an  intro by Laura Wright. GH fans will recall that episode centered around the reading of the late Gail Baldwin’s will.

According to The Wrap:  :At the time of the production break, the ABC soap had enough episodes pre-taped to carry originals into May.”

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Over the past few weeks, Kelly Thiebaud has been in action on-screen on General Hospital as the the trouble-making, complicated, Britt.   Since returning to the canvas, viewers learned that: Britt has been paroled from her previous crimes, seems to say she believes and actually likes her half-brother, Peter August (Wes Ramsey), has confronted her mutter in jail (Liesl Obrecht played by Kathleen Gati), whom Peter framed, and showed up at Brad’s (Parry Shen) hearing to be there for her bestie, who has been in hot water for the baby switch of Wiley.

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In the March 30th issue of Soap Opera Digest, Thiebaud said of her return:  “Frank Valentini reached out to me the beginning of the year and mentioned that the writers wanted to bring me back for a bit.  I said,’Of course, I will,  I would love nothing more than that!”‘ I just really connect with Britt and have a blast playing her.”

So let us know, have you been enjoying the return of Kelly as Dr. Britt Westbourne, thus far? What do you think Britt is up to? Comment below.

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