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Brandon Barash Takes To Twitter To Clarify His Departure From GH Was His Choice!

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When we first confirmed yesterday that General Hospital favorite Brandon Barash was leaving the ABC soap as Johnny Zacchara fans were not sure if it was his decision to leave, or if the powers-that-be at GH wanted to write the character off the canvas.   In addition, Barash’s original tweet contained a humorous remark that he was departing for a career in the NBA.

Today, Brandon took to Twitter to clarify his original tweet which confirmed that he is indeed leaving, and it was his own choice, and no, he is not joining the NBA!

Barash related: “To clarify: A) Yes, I’m actually leaving. B) Don’t be mad at GH, it was my call. Mad respect for @valentinifrank &co 3) Lakers cut me.WTF?!”

So GH fans, how do you feel about Brandon’s departure now that you know it was his decision to exit?  Weigh-in!

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One word….Depressed!

Please be well.

Two words Debbie, ME TO !

Barbara T! Where you been? 😀

well, I wish him good luck with whatever he does… and you know with Johnny safely tucked away in prison… he could always make a return someday!

I’m sad he is leaving, but they wrote his character in a corner. I can see him wanting to spread his wings and be open to other projects. It will be interesting to see if JFP picks him up for Y&R.

I am stunned, but i still have mixed emotions about his leaving. Seems like there has to be a reason why actors are leaving voluntarily and also being fired…something doesn’t add up to me!!! i am thinking that GH’s 50th anniversary will be their last….. 🙁 It’s sad to see so many go in such a short time.

SB Jason left and he was thinking of leaving a couple of years before he left, his contract was up and he didn’t resign.. It was time for him to get out and find new beginnings.. He told all many times why he wanted to leave.
BB Johnny’s time came for to try new things and not grow old on a soap opera.. He is happy about his decision, I wish him well..
Young handsome talented men in their prime have a built in gene to explore and grow do new things, maybe midlife crisses lol ..and not work on soap until they are 70 🙂 It’s normal and both are not the first to leave a soap at their ages and find new dreams..
it is 2 whom left GH, not many or a bunch .. lol
Steve was let go.. It’s show business soap actors are let go, it is common..
I think the 3 will do very well with their experience and talent!!
🙂

ohh Lulu/whomever, is gone too.. forgot about her, I never payed much attention to Lulu..
wow she had an uneventful quiet exit .. Poor girl 🙁

SB has always said that he wanted to leave to spend more time with his family, and a couple of months later he is on another show….Robin, Jason, Johnny, Lulu, that might not be a lot to you but it is for some GH fans J/S

I’DLIKE THIS TO MEAN THE END OF THE MOB S/L.
HOWEVER I DID LIKE BRANDON AND WISH HIM THE BEST.

I haven’t even wrapped my head around this one….

i didn’t post on the first…. Announcement….. !!!! ?????

He’s a man…. of the male species… who masculine’ ly… acts…. au naturale….

he’s sexy… treats women…. sexily… and emoted a spirit…

you can’t not help but think about him…..

how ooh la la is that……. is he.

he has a presence that captivates.

I commend GH for keeping him for a year longer. They wrote him in to a corner with killing AZ and Cole and Hope. But, you felt his remorse and liked the potential Johnny and Kristina pairing. Johnny was also Hot with Carly and Olivia. Maybe he will be back someday.

I hope he comes back to, I agree with everything you said.

I think GH should have done something to change his mind

They did, I am sure they tried to keep him. He just wanted to go, He will be missed, I know I am disappointed that he will be gone to, Johnny was a lovable interesting character.

LOL and all the blaming that it was RC’s fault that he let BB go (it would be FV not RC) and ABC would regret letting BB go and whatever else blame RC stuff ..
When an actor leaves a soap he tells the fans why she/he is leaving, every time, and some call them liars and don’y believe them, sigh ..
When an actor is fired/let go they say they were let go ..
When actors leave an AB soap/GH it’s not a ABC/RC conspiracy LOL 🙂 🙂

I am looking forward to seeing Brandon in other series or wherever he may go. An exciting time for him to fly ..
heh too bad not the NBA lol (we all knew that was poosh, yes )

Everything is a conspiracy. 😉 After all, RC was killing off legacy character Steve, remember? We now know how that turned out. LOL. I do think it is sad that an actor needs to clarify because fans jump to conclusions and blame a writer & EP who have turned the show around. You know what they say about those who assume …

“ABC would regret letting BB go” It’s so cute that you still think that ABC cares about the fans!

I hope this clears up things and stops fans from jumping to conclusions too quickly and playing the blame game. Johhny may have killed on the show but that doesnt mean the writers pushed the character into a corner. Other characters have done the same and are still around. They can always bring him back later if they want and the actor agrees. Its been done b4. Todds killed and hes going nowhere. We always miss certain actors when they leave but we still move on.

I really, really liked Brandon and I especially liked his role with Kristin Alderson (Starr). But.. all good things must come to an end at some point… I wish his luck in the future. Maybe we will see him back

One way to grow as an individual is to move on. More power to Brandon!
I do think he should take a plubic relations class. 🙂

First steve burton leaves Gh then no more Lulu soon now Brandon! What the heck is going on here????

Totally saddened !!! I luv johnny and will be missed if gh try to replace him won’t be the same

Totally saddened !! I luv johnny and no one can take his place

Still upset I believe it is these stupid storylines from GH writers and the lack of decent storylines for the main characters that is making these people leave.If it doesn’t improve this 40 year fan will not be watching Sorry

I’m bummed, but I totally understand.

Hopefully, if he ever wants to return or they recast, they will have him redeemed and still remorseful. I love the character of Johnny and saw much potential.

Good Luck BB…

Wish you could stay, wish you good luck in the future.
My the force be with you.

When an actor leaves his employment/soap, she/he has given it much thought. Most have stated they were thinking about trying other things and about leaving for 1-2 years. They wait for their contracts to end and have all their ducks in row and leave.
Them leaving is a not an instant decision ..

Actors are people with personal lives that are full of opportunities, dreams wants and needs and if they want out for whatever their reasons they plan for their departure..
To blame it on this or that and accuse people of conspiracies and lying, is nonsense.

It is none of our business what they do with their lives and I do feel BB told FV and RC he would not be signing back on and they talked and therefore he was written as he was being written for his exit for quite awhile / set up to leave by doing things to be sent to prison etc..
BB would never just leave without lots of notice, he would tell FV and RC his intentions well before it was told to us.. Most likely he told RC FV he would be leaving a year ago. seems logical to me 🙂

Best of luck to you man, I’m sure we’ll all be seeing you again….doing something bigger and even better.

I will miss Brandon’s smile and wish him all the best
Brandon will be missed by all fans.
Xxoo

His character was written into a corner and he is lying if he says that didn’t factor into his decision to leave. Everybody switches and tries new things but that had to be in the back of his mind “where are they going to take Johnny? he’s a child killer, who killed his dad, what can he do, who does he have?” If my job was a dead end and I decided to quit it’d still be a fraction of my employers fault.

not happy about that! Since these new writers have come onto GH I think the show is terrible! What’s with the vampires? And it was terrible seeing Jason leave but now Johnny! And this whole BS with Kate and Connie….. lets get real pick one charactor and lets move along! I’d prefer Connie over Kate that’s for sure! The show is getting so boring that I fast forward the whole show. Hope it gets better soon, otherwise GH will be RIP as well. Cheers!

honestly! ?

i watch DAYS and GH…. what show… has me thinking about? DAYs..

Judy = i have to agree with you to a great extent…

if it wasn’t for the excitement… of reliving the GH of ole…. the TRUE stars… who ignite passion…. and the 50th?

1. Molly w/ Rafe. Spinelli/Ellie. Kate without Connie. and BIG surprise… Mac/Frisco/Felicia.

The above is what keeps my attention. That’s not much GH…. I’m excited about Bobbie’s return.

2. Laura and Scotty…. w/Luke….

it seems a lil’ juvenile… Laura wants to run to Luke because he’s with Anna…and saw Anna kissing Duke… and Scotty knows….

it’s like Laura needs something other than just Luke to showcase Laura. They need to show Scotty and Laura fighting… in real adult drama…. why is she engaged to Scotty… he deserves a woman…. he deserves Laura… They should have fleshed that out…

it’s like we’re going to have all these returns’ …. Anna… Duke… Tracy… Luke…. Bobbie… is Laura with Scotty or Luke…

3. Sabrina…. the honest… nursing student… that Patrick is championing… leading up to her Cinderella reveal… that she’s replacing Robin… and Patrick, is so charmed by her… that….?????

4. Steve and Olivia…. heh… we knew this was coming… no let down. Olivia, IMO is a keeper.

5. Tracy and the Lila Relish… this could be a real coupe…. especially if it saves ELQ… and gives us, the fans, an insight in to the layer that Edward and Lila are showing Tracy… the orphan… that the revelatory… LOVE and Fa;mily that binds…. the last bequeath to their last remaining Quartermaine….

6. AJ… he had me convinced from the start, that he’s a quartermaine…. however…
to solidify this…. they need to show MUCH MORE SCENES with MONICA… that bonding… and yeah, i agree with the fans… the infighting w/Tracy… is FUNNY. he’s believeable as Michael’s father… so… this all has me wondering… who’ll, in the end… head up ELQ… i wanted it with either/or…. AJ or Tracy… so, this is a good story.

7. WRITERS… for the heck of it… just saying…. let’s show Mac… yeah, he told Kevin… Felicia “will” come to the realization… that it’s Mac she wants… and he’s waiting… ???? studly…. FIGHT FOR HER… the good guy… who’s taken for granted… YOU LOVE HER… you’re not going to be usurped…

i’m hoping … that Bobbie and Scotty reignite, spark, and give Laura… something other than Luke…

wow… no Carly story…. without Todd… I hope Carly has an intimate goodbye with Johnny.

Heather, turning herself in…. was touching… we know she loves Steven Lawrence… when will she resurface… since she’s not at fern cliff…. ??? at the Emmy’s accepting her best supporting actress…. I hope so.

——————-

it’s kinda hurry up and wait… for the outcome of lulu, dante, and Maxie… till Emme Rylan starts….

I forgot to add… the “vampire” story… in my defense… it didn’t help that i didn’t like ME’s acting… was it done this way… to be campy? LOL? not masculine enough? Sam was writhing in her “wedding” gown… at the sacrificial shrine… that 3rd bite…. telling…. as she “fights” Caleb, the vampire, and silently eyes McBain to come to her rescue?

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General Hospital’s Adam J. Harrington Weighs-in On John and Carly, and How it’s ‘Starting to Get Very Complicated”

On recent episodes of General Hospital, Carly (Laura Wright) came to John “Jagger” Cates (Adam Harrington) rescue as he was beaten down in an assault. Carly put on her “nurses cap,” sort of speak, and got John to his hotel room and watched over to him, to make sure he didn’t lose consciousness.

GH fans also got their first glimpse of what may be a new romance for Carly, if she and John continue to bond.  If John and Carly were to have a relationship, it would certainly have a ripple effect with Jason (Steve Burton) and Sonny (Maurice Benard).

Adam J. Harrington shared his view on the scenes and what might be next between the two. Speaking to Soap Opera Digest, Harrington shared, “I thought it was written in a way where there’s an understanding and a respect between them both. I don’t think there was any moment where she was not aware that he’s an FBI agent, and there was no moment that he wasn’t aware of her history and relationship to other people in the town. I really liked it. I was really looking forward to shooting it with Laura and we had a really nice time shooting it.”

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When Carly and John part ways, it seems there were some romantic sparks, as Harrington puts it, “Isn’t that interesting that sometimes with people, the one moment they actually show how they feel is when they know there’s an escape hatch. They know they’re about to walk away. So, it’s almost safe in that moment to do it. I thought that was really special about how (the writers) handled John and Carly. Even the music in that scene was beautifully done.”

Where is this all heading? Conflict! Internally and professionally, and as Adam explains, “Who Carly was to John on paper as just a tool to be used as bait is starting to get very complicated.”

What would you think of a John and Carly pairing? Would you prefer him with Anna, or neither of them? Let us know via the comment section and take our poll below.

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General Hospital’s Steve Burton Reveals the Emotional Scene He Almost Could Not Get Through

On a recent episode of General Hospital, Jason received a message from his mother, Monica Quartermaine (Leslie Charleson) via a note. The effect it had on Jason’s portrayer, Steve Burton turned out to be quite visceral.

As GH fans know, although Jason’s bio-mom was Susan Moore, he was raised and adopted by Monica. Speaking on his Daily Drama podcast with his co-host and GH co-star, Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), Steve shared some insight on the difficulties he had getting through that scene.

Burton shared that in the key moment, “Brooklyn (played by Amanda Setton) came in and that’s where she gave me (Jason) the letter from Monica. That was a very hard scene for me to do. That was a tough one. That was the one time I was almost going to call ‘cut!’  It read ‘Jason, I believe in you.’ I was literally going to walk off the set.”

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To clarify and in the story, Monica was saying “I believe in you” and that she knows Jason didn’t shoot Dante (Dominic Zamprogna). Steve added, “It was tough, man. Emotionally, it was a tough scene. It was overwhelming in the moment.”

Steve went on to detail to Anderson, “She (Brook Lynn) pushed it to me and I read it and she was walking out and I had to stop her, but I was so emotional I couldn’t even get it out.  And at that point, I’m like, ‘Do I just keep going … or do I just walk off the set right now?’ But, I knew just to stay, because it’s so hard to get back there, once you shut it down. I knew, the next take wasn’t going to be the same.”

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It’s clear that Leslie Charleson is so missed on-screen as Monica by all of her castmates, and that Jason and Monica had a very special mother/son relationship throughout the decades on GH.

What did you think of the moment when Jason got a note from Monica that said, “I believe in you?” Were you touched as well? Let us know in the comment section. You can check out the latest episode of Steve and Bradford’s podcast below.

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George Russo to Appear on General Hospital as Carmine Cerullo

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According to casting news from the ABC soap opera, George Russo will take on the role. Russo will tape his episode next week on April 15th and will appear on the May 15th episode of the long-running daytime drama series.

If George looks familiar he has been in numerous primetime television shows and motion pictures including: The Offer. Winning Time, Grand Crew and Shameless.

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Longtime GH viewers will recall that Lois’ (Rena Sofer) dad, Carmine, was previously showed up in Port Charles on and off from 1994 to 1996 and was played by John Capudice.

Clearly, it seems that Carmine will be a part of Chase (Josh Swickard) and Brook Lynn’s wedding.  Will it go off without a hitch? Are you looking forward to it? Stay tuned.

Who else would you like to see attend the nuptials? Gloria Cerullo (Ellen Travolta), any other blasts from the pasts who should be present? Let us know in the comment section.

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