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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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Debbie
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Debbie

One word….Depressed!

David Jones
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David Jones

Please be well.

Barbara t loves One life to live
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Barbara t loves One life to live

Two words Debbie, ME TO !

Christy
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Christy

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!

Patty
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Patty

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.

Cindy
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Cindy

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.

su0000
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su0000

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… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

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 🙁

Cindy
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Cindy

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

MEG
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MEG

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

Patrick
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Patrick

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.

MK
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MK

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.

Barbara t loves One life to live
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Barbara t loves One life to live

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

Beti
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Beti

I think GH should have done something to change his mind

Barbara t loves One life to live
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Barbara t loves One life to live

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.

su0000
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su0000

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… Read more »

Tracy
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Tracy

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 …

Joliefan Forever
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Joliefan Forever

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

jim
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jim

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.

Stephanie
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Stephanie

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

Leticia
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Leticia

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. 🙂

susan M.
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susan M.

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

Tia Wisher
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Tia Wisher

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

Tia Wisher
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Tia Wisher

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

Sandee
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Sandee

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

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

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…

terry
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terry

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

su0000
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su0000

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… Read more »

Torrey
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Torrey

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

Maggie
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Maggie

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

Phyllis
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Phyllis

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.

Judy
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Judy

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!

Patrick
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Patrick

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… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

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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Make sure to catch General Hospital and former All My Children and NYPD Blue star, Kim Delaney (Jackie, GH, Ex-Jenny, AMC) tonight on Saturday, February 20th when her highly-anticipated Lifetime movie debuts beginning at 8pm EST/7pm CST which marks the cable network’s 400th original movie.

In The Long Island Serial Killer: A Mother’s Hunt for Justice, it tells the story of Mari Gilbert’s search for the truth behind what happened to her daughter Shannan, a sometime escort who disappeared after a ‘date’ on Long Island.

After Shannan (Katharine Isabelle, Hannibal) fails to come home, her mother Mari (Delaney) knows something is terribly wrong. Pleading to police to take her concerns seriously, she keeps pushing the police for answers. Mari’s insistence that her daughter not be overlooked eventually leads to a horror hidden on Long Island for more than a decade – 19 bodies of young women discovered buried in shallow graves along Ocean Parkway in the area of Jones Beach State Park. Though the search for the killer is still ongoing, Mari’s passionate dedication to giving her daughter and other forgotten women a voice, and the attention they deserve, has kept the case alive with hopes of a breakthrough soon. The movie not only follows a mother’s tireless search for the truth, but it also digs deep into the murders, including Shannan’s, that have gone unsolved for so long.

Delaney’s film, executive produced by Deborah Norville, is based off real life-events that transpired in the early 2010’s where the crimes were never solved.

In an interview with 98.1 WOGL Radio’s Glenn Kalina, Delaney shared: “There is hope in the film… but you also want an answer… what happened to all of these girls?  My character just was relentless trying to find her (daughter) or find answers where she was.  They found a bunch of other bodies, and what they learned was that they were all escorts… and then they learned there was a possible serial killer.”

Check out a promo for the movie below.

Will you be watching Kim in her starring role in The Long Island Serial Killer: A Mother’s Hunt for Justice? Let us know in the comment section.

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Last week, ABC Daytime fans were thrilled to see some of the archival footage and performances from the ABC Daytime: Salutes Broadway Cares benefit concerts by those who were once in the mighty soap programming block that included: All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital. 

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The 2021 online event, which kicked-off on February 11th and streamed for four days, featured new content with daytime favorites including: Susan Lucci, Cameron Mathison, Anthony Geary, Kelly Ripa and more, plus performances from the past benefits, and an original dance performance from Finola Hughes (Anna Devane) on the set of GH.

John Dietrich, who directed each of the ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares concerts, wrote and directed the stream. It was presented in partnership with ABC Owned Television Stations’ websites around the country with support from Good Morning America and The View.

According to Broadway World, in total, the ABC Daytime Back on Broadway event raised $130,565. The streaming total includes a matching donation of $50,000 made by Broadway Cares supporters The Dream Alliance.  Now, when combined with the seven-year run of the annual concerts, the ABC Daytime stars have raised $2,020,565 for Broadway Cares.

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What did you think of the ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway streaming event? Did you enjoy seeing the performances? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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On Thursday, Benard teased a trailer for the upcoming big day sharing: “Are you ready for my birthday celebration? This year I wanted to do something for my fans on my birthday. It was fun to see a lot of my friends acting outside of the box and I hope you enjoy it too.”   The actor revealed this birthday video will premiere on March 1st.

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