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BREAKING NEWS: Kimberly McCullough Leaving General Hospital!

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Seems like the rumor mill was correct and now Soap Opera Digest is reporting on their official Facebook page that it is confirmed, that indeed, Daytime Emmy winner and long time fan favorite, Kimberly McCullough is leaving General Hospital as Dr. Robin Scorpio Drake.

According to the post, “Kimberly McCullough has decided to pursue her dream of directing full-time, so she has decided to leave General Hospital as storyline dictates,” says a show spokesperson. “Expect a poignant and must watch storyline for Robin and Patrick.”

In addition the news reports that Kimberly will air into the early months of 2012! This announcement comes on the heels of the news that Jonathan Jackson (Lucky) has also opted to leave the series, all of which does not bode well for a show that needs its strong performers in a fight to the finish to try and stay on the air as 2012 is the key turning point to whether it lives on or gets cancelled like the other ABC Daytime Dramas.

So what do you think of Kimberly’s decision? Let us know!

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John
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John

Good for her, to get out before the show gets cancelled. And once it does get cancelled, don’t look for Prospect Park to do anything, because they can’t even save themselves!

Jan
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Jan

She’s gotta do whats right for her.

kay killgore
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kay killgore

Run, Run, Run!!!! The end of an era and yes I am sad but it is what it is!!!! They are jumping off the Titanic!!!!

Grant
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Grant

This is sad news! Robin and Patrick have been and continue to be one of the best things about GH…

Aaron
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Aaron

I’ve seen these comments on multiple sites about actors leaving a sinking ship. Yes, daytime is unfortunately a dying genre, but why would these actors decide to leave now? Why not just ride it out and collect a stable payday as long as they can? Let’s face it, many of the cast of GH will not be getting regular acting roles when the series comes to an end. It just doesn’t make financial sense, to me at least, for them to leave the show now. Kimberly wants to go into directing full-time, that’s fine, but it couldn’t wait 6 months… Read more »

Sun45
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Sun45

Good for her although this is sad news I’m happy for Kimberly I didn’t no Kimberly wanted to direct full time. I like the idea that she wants to direct full time we need more women directors. Good luck to you Kimberly your number one fan.

Elhu
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Elhu

I wish Kimberly the best of luck, and while I understand she is doing what is best for her (as it should be), as a long time fan of all three ABC Soaps, I am so very sad to see this wonderful genre disappearing, and would love to see everyone stay in place at GH, because if everyone starts jumping ship, they have no shot at survival on ABC. Again, I do not blame those that leave, as you must put your own career first, but I hope most decide to stick it out, and see if it can survive… Read more »

lisa
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lisa

This is bittersweet news…Kimberly and Robin have grown up before our eyes on GH and she’s had some pretty terrific storylines over the years.
But it’s very exciting -the prospect of her directing full time.
Good for you Kimberly.

adriana8900
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adriana8900

im a huge scrubs fan and won.t be watching gh after robin is off gh rip gh your next to get axed

adriana8900
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adriana8900

michael us scrubs fans request a interview with your our of favorite supercouple we will always remember scrubs love story on gh

Blake
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Blake

Best to jump off the sinking ship while you can, it must be bad behind the scenes for these veteran actors to bail.

adriana8900
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adriana8900

kimberly and jason thompson message to scrubs fans From @whitewatercrew (about 20 mins ago): Thank you for your tweets. I have read ALL of them. I wish I had words for the type of gratitude I feel for all of your support……for so many years. Personally, I feel like it’s the right time for me to pursue my dream of directing episodic TV as well as writing…and directing feature films. I am heartbroken as well. To leave Robin, a character that is a huge part of myself and my life. GH is my family and you (the fans) are like… Read more »

aria
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aria

I”m so sad about the news of Kimberly leaving GH, and acting as well, I wish her nothing but the best, however, i’m sad because this means the end for her wonderful character, and now theres no chance of Robert and Anna returning full time. I really feel like GH is dying out slowly, and will end with no chance of going out w/ a bang, especially if its stars start leaving before it ends.

JustSaying
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JustSaying

Wouldn’t have been funny if she directed GH? Hell, she could have written for it as well.

Best regards Kim.

Char
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Char

I will be sorry to see you leave the show as I have watched you since you were a little girl. If your story line is to die due to aids it will truly be sad but fitting. I am only guessing on this but wish you the best in your up coming adventures.

Monica
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Monica

good luck to both of you in everything you do thanks for being amazing Characters xoxo your fan Monica

Monica
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Monica

good luck to you in everything you do thanks for being a amazing actress xoxo your fan Monica

darla
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darla

i think it really sucks she hated the fact her parents was not there for her and now she going to do the same to her little girls

heidi
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heidi

Love Steve Burton and loved the interview!!!! Watched all of them and she is really going to be missed by all of us! Great interviews and best of luck Kimberly!

kay killgore
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kay killgore

I am going to miss her I just watched the interview with MB and personally I think his acting has improved 100% with the nuKate.

christine
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christine

NOT HAPPY ABOUT IT!!!

deedeepri
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deedeepri

I AM SO UPSET , I ACTUALLY CRIED I HAD A SPECIAL NICKNAME THAT I CALLED ROBIN IT WAS (PEANUT) . THE FIRST TIME WAS WHEN SHE WAS 6-7 YEARS WITH THE FRONT MISSING TEETH . NOW THERE IS NO WAY THAT SHE CAN COME BACK , BECAUSE THERE IS NO WAY THAT SHE WOULD HAVE AN EVIL TWIN .

Lisa Weiner
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Lisa Weiner

I feel terrible that actress Kimberly Mccullough is leaving General Hospital because after all is she is a great actress. I certainly wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors. Lisa Weiner

Kathryn Scott
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Kathryn Scott

I seldom get to watch GH because I work full time, but this young lady was one of my favorite characters on the show. Her storyline through the years has been good and I’ve enjoyed the role she played in her marriage. I hope GH can survive with both Lucky and Robin leaving the show. It’s a good show and I enjoy the characters who have been with the show for many years.

Sherry Johnson
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Sherry Johnson

I’ve been a fan more than 2 decades and have grown very close to most of the cast. I can almost assure you if Robin, Jason, Sonny, Carley, Dante’, Lulu and Michael leave GH will be history. Knowing Jason is gone I doubt if I watch it anymore!!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Nina Helps Sonny After Realizing He is Off His Meds

Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, will no doubt lead to Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Nina (Cynthia Watros) becoming closer, because she was witness, went through, and helped the mobster get help while he was having a manic episode after being off his meds for bipolar disorder.

A disheveled Sonny was outside insulating the kids’ treehouse, didn’t sleep all night, is not eating, and tells Nina – who stayed the night at the Corinthos’ home on the couch – that he feels great.  Then, he tells Nina to stop telling him what to do and to stay out of his way.

Nina panics and calls Britt (Kelly Thiebaud) at the hospital worried that Sonny is off his meds, and she needs medical advice on what to do about it.  Britt tells Nina it’s important to get Sonny to a doctor and not argue with him, but to get him to acknowledge he is having a manic episode.

After the call, Nina asks Sonny not to leave and to explain bipolar disorder to her. He replies it’s like a nightmare but that’s not what’s happening now. Then, he grabs her wrists hard as she stands at the door, as he wants to leave, and Nina tells him, she is hurting her.  Sonny has a moment of realization and insists he does not hurt women. Sonny asks Nina if she is now afraid of him?  She tells him she isn’t. All of a sudden, Sonny feels exhausted.  He sits with Nina and starts to cry and admits he has been off his meds.  She gets him to agree that he needs to see Dr. Sullivan and get a refill.

Sonny and Nina arrive at GH, and Britt shows them to an examining room. Nina wants to make sure he’s OK, before she exits, but Sonny wants to make sure he did not injure her wrists. Nina says she is OK, but you could tell she is emotional from the entire encounter she went through with Sonny.

Maurice Benard took to Twitter within the last 24 hours stating about the storyline which is throwing Sonny’s love life in turmoil and working opposite both Laura Wright (Carly) and Cynthia Watros: “I go where ever it is best for the show and fortunately right now this story is doing well, even better than well, now you may not want to hear that. You already know I love Laura and Cynthia. I keep saying this is between history and change, I think after 20 years change is good.”

So, what did you think of the scenes between Nina and Sonny? Do you agree with us that Nina seeing Sonny having a manic episode will draw them closer together? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Helena, Jennifer Smith & The Ice Princess: What Did You Think of Luke Spencer’s Memorial?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital brought the highly-anticipated story around the apparent death of Port Charles iconic, Luke Spencer (Tony Geary), although many fans, and even some of the cast of the show, are not sold that Luke is “dead” dead.

During the show, characters spoke of some of the history of Luke in Port Charles, most especially Luke’s sister, Bobbie played by Jackie Zeman.  Throughout the years, Zeman is at her best when she is given material through the writing of the show to connect to the history of Luke and Bobbie.  She did so when Bobbie was remembering how Luke came to Port Charles to help her break up Scotty and Laura, in a discussion with her daughter, Carly (Laura Wright).

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As everyone is gathering at the Haunted Star to pay their respects to Luke, Curtis (Donnell Turner) arrives to support Laura (Genie Francis), Felicia (Kristina Wagner) and Anna (Finola Hughes) arrive together, Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Ava (Maura West), as well as Spencer (Nicholas Alexander Chavez  also show up. It is through Nikolas’ conversation with Laura that we learn why Luke’s sons, Ethan and Lucky, can’t make the funeral and, of course, we know why Luke’s daughter Lulu can’t make it because she is in a coma!

Victor (Charles Shaughnessy) shows up and snipes at everyone and then leaves.  Tracy (Jane Elliot), who has arranged the memorial, is with an urn supposedly filled with Luke’s ashes and Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) finds her on the deck of the Haunted Star and talks her into giving her planned eulogy.

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Meanwhile, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) finds his dad, Sonny (Maurice Benard) drinking at Charlie’s, and later Scott (Kin Shriner) and Robert (Tristan Rogers) stop in and heated words are exchanged between Sonny and Scott. Victor shows up and instead of Scott and Sonny pummeling each other, they get into a fight against Victor.

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As Scott and Robert are about to be on their way to the Haunted Star, Scott stays behind because of his past with Luke.  Then, Sonny tried to patch things up with Carly before they head to the memorial.

Back on the yacht, Anna and Felicia find a note and a flash drive, after hearing a commotion on the yacht.  When the note says “play me”, none other than Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers) addresses Luke’s friends and family from apparently the great beyond.  As Helena spews her venom against Luke, Laura has enough and pulls the plug on Helena’s video speech.  Tracy looks concerned, like she may want to hear whatever else Helena had to say.

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Next, Tracy does her best in short order to eulogize Luke.  That is juxtaposed with Scott trashing Luke.  Later, by herself on the deck, Tracy spreads Luke’s ashes over the waters of Port Charles. Back on the pier, Scott relishes Luke being gone, and that he is still standing saying, “You lose you son of a bitch!” Just then Luke’s ashes blow in into his face.  When Bobbie arrives, and see Scott full of ashes, she asks what happened.  Scott says, “I caught the bouquet,” an obvious nod to the Luke and Laura wedding of the past, where Scott returned at their wedding and caught the wedding bouquet.

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Back on the Haunted Star, Tracy then has a gift in hand for Laura, but she tells Tracy if that’s the Ice Princess she does not want anything to do with it, and tells Tracy to keep it.  Spencer sees this go down and his interest on the diamond is instantly piqued.

Back at Charlie’s bar, Victor has an ominous toast to Luke saying, “The good people of your fair city are in for a big surprise!”

At the Haunted Star, dressed in black with black veil, Jennifer Smith reveals herself to a shocked Laura.

So, what did you think of Luke’s memorial episode? Favorite parts of it? Least favorite? Share your thoughts in the comment section. But first, check out Helena’s videotaped speech and Tracy’s eulogy to Luke below.

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(WATCH) GH’s Genie Francis Shares: “I Just Have a Hard Time Believing, In My Heart, That The Great Luke Spencer Died in an Accident”

Today’s Friday episode of General Hospital, is set to feature the funeral of the iconic Luke Spencer (Tony Geary).

While family and friends will gather on the Haunted Star to memorialize him, what been teased by the ABC daytime drama is it will also set a whole storyline in motion.

ABC7 entertainment guru, George Pennacchio, spoke to several of the GH cast, who are involved in the episode including: Luke Spencer’s long-time love, Laura played by Genie Francis.

Francis exclaimed on the whole story: “I just have a hard time believing, in my heart, that the great Luke Spencer died in an accident.  No one stays dead on a soap. I don’t know how many times I’ve been dead. Really!”

Genie added: “I feel like they’re setting the stage, really, for a wonderful comeback and I’m going to keep my fingers crossed for that.”

Luke’s longtime friend played by Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) shared: “And has it actually happened? I mean, frankly, we have a little urn about this big that’s supposed to contain him and that’s it.”

And Luke’s sister, Bobbie, played by Jackie Zeman, also weighed-in if Luke is really a-goner: “Sometimes you get these little red herrings so, as you know, George, you know, you never really know.”

Watch Pennacchio chat with the GH stars below.

Now weigh-in, do you believe Luke is very much alive and well? Held captive, or “dead” dead? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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