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Chad Duell Reveals Health Scare That Kept Him Away From Taping Episodes of General Hospital


When Robert Adamson recently replaced Chad Duell again as GH’s Michael Corinthos shortly after he had subbed for him previously; fans began to wonder if the actor had contracted Covid-19 again.

However, in the latest episode of Maurice Benard’s (Sonny Corinthos, GH) State of Mind series, Chad revealed it was a health scare involving his heart that kept him away from taping episodes.


Duell explained to Benard, that he thought he had COVID, but was testing negative: “I had the symptoms of it: the fever, the cough, a weird headache, and I have had COVID a number of times before. On the fourth day, all of a sudden, my chest started hurting unbelievably bad. I felt like I was having a heart attack. Holy crap. It was so painful, I thought if I have COVID, it probably went to my chest. I should go to the hospital.”

When Chad went to the hospital they ran blood tests for his troponin levels to determine whether he had a heart attack, and later performed an angiogram.

According to Chad, the doctors told him that he had, “acute myocarditis, which is inflammation of the heart muscles” that can occur after exposure to a virus. Duell added, “Like Covid and after 3 months after you have had it, sometimes people can get this inflammation of the heart. It’s a long term Covid affect and some people get in their brains.”

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Chad went on to day to share with Benard that the condition, “Goes away on its own. I took medication, but I thought I was dying.  I can’t tell you the pain I felt. I was taking morphine and it wasn’t doing anything.  So I was scared, man.”  He added, “When you think you might die, you start to reevaluate some things … see what’s important.”  As of now, Duell shares, though he has to take it easy, he is feeling better.

In addition, during his State of Mind appearance, Chad reflects on being single for the first time in several years since his break-up with Y&R’s Courtney Hope (Sally).  He shares he has been getting to understand and know himself better though his time without being in a relationship.

Watch Chad and Maurice on ;State of Mind; below. Then let us know, were you surprised to hear of Chad’s health scare with his heart? Comment below.

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I’m glad they caught the problem and hope he continues in good health. But I will say I really enjoyed Robert Adamson’s Michael. He’s a good and subtle actor, ridiculously handsome, and likable. Considering how odious Michael has become, that’s no small feat.

I too enjoyed Robt.Anderson but he just didn’t have that insufferable arrogance that Chad has perfected so well. Sometimes I wonder if I’ll ever like him again.

I’m glad he’s OK but man if you listen to the video, he’s not the sharpest knife in the drawer. If you’re feeling that poorly, GO TO THE DOCTOR.

I suspected he was dealing w/something beyond COVID. Hope he fully recovers & can return to a normal routine.

I’m glad Chad is okay, but state of mind has become unwatchable.

The problem is Maurice; he interrupts all the time and he spends half the time mocking GH.

I agree.

It’s so disrespectful to the viewer. He’s not really into the show now, but that makes us look like fools for investing time in it and can discourage younger actors from wanting to be a part of the show. He could say, instead, “the genre has been great to me; I’ve loved it. Soon I’ll be passing the baton and I know you guys will do it justice…” (lol; well, that’s what I’d say. I’d give the genre and the fans the respect instead of belittling it just because this part of his career is taking a new direction. Don’t disrespect the show or the fans. One REALLY has to suspend disbelief to get into Sonny knowing Maurice is just doing it for the paycheck at this point or to make sure he has enough of an audience for his State of Mind show to be lucrative…

Honestly, this is how I felt about Steve Burton, regarding his attitude about the show. I know he was grateful to have the job but one I heard him say on his podcast that he doesn’t watch “that shit.” I guess its known that he doesn’t watch the show but I felt like crap for investing anytime on it.

Wow! Did he say that? I tried to google it but didn’t find anything. He always seems very savvy about not criticizing GH or ABC. He’s smart that way; not burning any bridges….

But, yes, that’s my point. If an actor on a show doesn’t have enthusiasm for it, or mocks it, then you feel like a sap for watching it! lol…It takes an extra effort to suspend disbelief and just get into the character…blocking the actor and his words.

Yes he does

The only “young person” who’s new on the show that Maurice is working with is the actor playing Dex. The actor playing Rory is new, too, but they don’t have scenes together. So, sounds like he’s ranting about Evan Hofer (Dex). Either way, I think it’s tacky to talk about on his show.

Maurice talks too much; he always brings the conversation to himself and barely lets the person he’s interviewing finish their thought.

Yes..agree! Poor Maurice…hes not knowing when to quit! Hes never really been a favorite actor…one dimentional. And….really tacky to disrespect a show that gave him a million chances over the years and a very good living

Yep; he’s able to sell his autobiography to a built-in audience, one who also follows his State Of Mind show, because of the fans being on GH has brought him. It also allowed him a steady, high income, and a company that allowed him to incorporate his mental health experience into the show…

I agree Maurice should not be mocking GH. He is not a good actor. He cannot get through a scene without fumbling, stumbling and stuttering over his lines. Who else would employ an actor that does this!

Maurice is a little full of himself as well as when he’s playing Sonny. He just plays a guy giving everyone his advice whether they want or ask for it. El Patron’,can’t find right punctuation for this. Anyway, I think you get what I mean.

Hi Violet; LOL; I guess art imitates life with Sonny/Maurice.

If you want to see Maurice’s range as an actor try finding Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter tv move 1991. Brings new meaning to CRINGE.

Hey Rebecca! My feeling is he is talking about the hugely talented Nicholas Chavez (Spencer) who is the breakout star of GH. Spencer and Sonny have had scenes together.

Hi Harry! Long time… You could be right! I didn’t think of Nicholas Chavez. Seems though, that Maurice is very friendly with Marcus Coloma who plays Nikolas, and in turn Marcus is very friendly with Nicholas Chavez…so he doesn’t have a problem with him. Rumor has it that Maurice is very particular about his scene partners and feels a need to tell them how to play their roles…and he’s used to being looked up to….

On another note, I know that Chavez is getting heaps of praise and I’m probably in the minority, but I’m not as thrilled. While he’s obviously very good-looking, and is a good actor, I just think he’s way over-the-top in many scenes, and he shouts too much. I really think he’d be way better if he toned it down. He can be poignant without raging all the time.

LOL; Wes (Peter) used to get criticized for being too Shakespearean. I think Nicholas is, as well. I can see the two of them on stage enacting Macbeth. lol

Poor Chad I hope he is feeling better! That is so scary.

I wonder who on the show “newer younger persons” that Maurice is referring. Apparently someone is not showing the regular elders respect..
Actually that has nothing to do with a show it’s that way in real life now. Many of the younger generation thinks they are due the privileges … entitled? Not!

Not all but many in this younger generation has no respect for older adults.

Scary. Glad he’s ok now.

That’s terrible so sorry you had to deal not to mention your brake up I don’t like Sally and you can do better next time . Make a deal with yourself that you don’t get with someone who can live with out you and find someone who love you forever and can work out thing instead of leaving . Know yourself better don’t make a promise you can t keep . Trust me kids can’t deal with this either . Be true to yourself before your can be true to another person. Life can flip on a dime . Always be ready to leave this world as a truly truthful person and be proud of ever you do . Everything you do will effect you and your loved ones don’t hurt people and don’t let them hurt yourself . Forgive and then forget . Move on in a healthy way .

Are you the resident marriage counselor? I bet Chad has been waiting and hoping that a fan would come along with all this much needed advice. First of all you don’t know Chad nor Courtney whom you claim to dislike. Iam not crazy about “Sally” either but she and Courtney Hope are two different people who are probably not alike at all. Chad seems to be doing better so cool your jets,lady.

Sharyl…a “brake” is on your car and to break up is hopefully what you are trying to say. And, I don’t think you can fit another cliche in you response.


Maurice has become too arrogant to watch anymore. I quit watching his YouTube series. Have respect for the show that made you as popular as you are. Maybe ABC Disney and GH should do some serious contemplation when his contract next comes up for renewal.

One can only imagine what he truly stews and festers over… scared to death ? Take some acting lesson, you clearly have no way with women, no acting skill. Can’t go out without catching covid, ” I have had covid a numbers of times. Jeepers. You’re way too old to be hiding behind, hot mess’ sonny and Carly. OH well, your show stinks with or without you.

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‘General Hospital’ Reignites Scott’s Feud with Sonny Over His Past Misdeeds of His Late Daughter, Karen Wexler

In what now seems like many moons ago, Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) was a small-time mobster who owned a strip club in Port Charles. He enticed a young Karen Wexler (Cari Shayne) to work as a stripper at the Paradise Lounge.

But things got worse from there! Sonny convinced Karen that stripping was her idea, and he eventually got her hooked on drugs and into his bed!

Karen’s father, Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner) has never forgotten what Sonny did Karen and for years wanted to take him down when he was the D.A. Fast-forward and on Wednesday’s February 28th episode of GH, Scott visited Karen’s gravesite on her birthday.


However, Scott had a visitor at the gravesite when John “Jagger” Cates also showed up to pay respects to his ex-wife.  This was the first time Scott laid eyes on the new incarnation of “Jagger’ on-screen as played by Adam J. Harrington.

Scott realizes he might have an ally to put the screws to Sonny after John reveals the pain and sorrow he still has over what Sonny did to Karen. Speaking to his former son-in-law about the break-up of his daughter’s marriage to him, Scott pipes up that Sonny, “walks around like he’s the mayor.” Then, Scott shouts to John, “Make him pay! Take him out!”‘

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In Karen’s backstory: after getting help, Karen was reunited with “Jagger” and left Sonny. The two married and left Port Charles. Karen returned as medical student and had divorced “Jagger” in 1997, and the character landed on the General Hospital spinoff soap opera, Port Charles. Eventually, Karen was struck by a car and died. Three actresses played the role during Karen’s history: Cari Shayne, Jennifer Hammon and Marie Wilson.

Watch Scott and John talk about their vendetta against Sonny Corinthos in key scenes from GH below. Now let us know, do you think Sonny should pay for his manipulation of Karen Wexler many years ago? Comment below.

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General Hospital’s Kate Mansi on Her First Scenes with Eva LaRue: “It Was So Tense and Uncomfortable, Which Was So Fun For Us.”

This week, General Hospital viewers have witnessed the arrival of Eva LaRue as Blaze’s (Jacqueline Grace Lopez) mother, Natalia. When Natalia blew into her daughter’s life, she also caught Kristina (Kate Mansi) in bed. The next moment, Mansi and LaRue played the awkwardness of the scene.

In the story, and at that point, Natalia apparently didn’t have a clue that her daughter is gay, so finding Kristina is her daughter’s room was puzzling to her.

Kate Mansi spoke to Soap Opera Digest on her introduction to soap veteran LaRue, who has appeared on All My Children as Maria Santos and won a Daytime Emmy for her role as Celeste Rosales on The Young and the Restless.

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“She just came in like such a freaking pro,” shared Kate on LaRue. “She was so good. It was such a funny first introduction for our characters – it was written so well and it was so tense and uncomfortable, which was so fun for us.”

The two actresses instantly created a bond. As Mansi explained, “Right away, we were doing these funny one-liners back and forth (between scenes). Blaze said something like, ‘Kristina is more than my friend, she’s my partner,’ and then they’d call, ‘Cut!’ and Eva and I would look and each other and we’d be like, ‘She means writing partner,’ or she’d be like, ‘Yeah, yeah, she means producing partner, right?’ We were just dying laughing.”

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On Wednesday’s episode of GH, Natalia learned Blaze was gay, but isn’t quite believing her, thinking she had been somehow influenced by Kristina.  In the key scenes, Blaze tells Natalia that Kristina is more than her friend. She’s her girlfriend. Blaze asks if her mother heard what she truly said, and Natalia claims she did, but then starts cleaning up the place as a method of trying to cope with what she just heard.

Things get testy when Blaze says, “Kristina and I…” Next, Natalia cuts her daughter off, firmly saying, “There is no Kristina and you!”

So, did you enjoy the tension-filled scenes between Kate Mansi and Eva LaRue? Are you liking where GH is heading with the story of a disapproving and religious mother, trying to come to terms with her daughter and her girlfriend’s sexuality? Comment below.

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Maurice Benard Reveals All My Children’s Lee Meriweather and Daughter’s Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

At the beginning of the latest episode of General Hospital star, Maurice Benard’s (Sonny Corinthos) State of Mind series, he delivered some heartbreaking news with a purpose.

Kyle Oldham, the daughter of former All My Children star, Lee Meriwether (ex-Ruth Martin), who previously made a guest appearance on Benard’s show, returned for a new interview which will be coming soon.

During their conversation, Oldham shared that her beloved mother has Alzheimer’s. Sadly, according to Benard, Kyle also revealed she has been diagnosed with the disease as well.

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Maurice expressed, “We talked about her mother and having Alzheimer’s and it was an amazing interview. And then Kyle said, ‘I gotta tell you something. I have Alzheimer’s.’”

Apparently, Kyle has agreed to come on State of Mind, periodically as the effects of Alzheimer’s take a hold of her to help educate others. “We decided that she was gonna come in … she was gonna call me and tell me as she progresses,” Benard shared. “She was going to come in again so the audience could see with their eyes what Alzheimer’s does to someone.”

Benard’s guest for this current episode of State of Mind was Vernee Watson (Stella, GH), who along with Maurice, was part of the Alzheimer’s storyline on the ABC daytime drama series that saw Mike Corbin (Max Gail) eventually pass away.

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As for Lee Meriwether, not only is she known for her role on AMC, but also for her roles as Catwoman in Batman: The Movie, and The Courtship of Eddie’s Father, and for the television series, Barnaby Jones, the New Andy Griffith Show and The Munsters to name only a few.

In soap operas, Meriwether was cast in The Young Marrieds years prior to her time on All My Children where she replaced Mary Fickett in the matriarchal role in the Martin family. She played the role from 1996-99, 2002-03, and 2007-11.

Meriwether’s daughter, Kyle Oldham, has been an actress and spokesperson herself through the years. She appeared on The Price is Right for over 14 years until she couldn’t anymore after going through multiple surgeries in her adult life.

You can check out the full episode of State of Mind with Maurice an Vernee below.

Share your thoughts on the sad news of both Lee Meriwether and her daughter Kyle Oldham, battling the effects of Alzheimer’s disease in the comment section below.

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