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Drew Garrett on thoughts after firing and fan groundswell of support!

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Drew Garrett, General Hospital’s dismissed Michael Corinthos, hails from the Palm Beach Gardens area of Florida.  And, their local news station just did a piece on their local hero’s plight; from the efforts of fans in facebook to get him back on GH , to Drew’s outlook since being let-go.  Here are some excerpts:

Drew Garrett on his thoughts on being let-go:  “Whether I stayed on the show one year or four years or two years, it was a great experience regardless and a great tool for my career.”

Drew Garrett on the efforts by fans to bring him back to GH: “I’m trying to stay 100 percent confident, because you got to in this kind of business. But it’s hard not to when you have so many people providing you so much support.” 

LeAnn Skeen on her facebook efforts: It’s not silly. Fans get really upset about TV shows. And the executive producers really need to respect what the viewers want.”

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What is the reasoning for letting this very good actor go? I just don’t get it! Why do they take the best actors who get them to the crux of the best story and then fire them? Just give me a damn good reason! He has done a wonderful job for GH……

Drew, I’m really hoping that the people that made this decision about your role on the show will reconsider. There has been a tremdous outpouring of support and encouragement by your fans and we are all ready to rally around you and do what it takes to keep you on as Michael. You are so talented and in demand. I don’t understand why they would do this. We have all connected to you in some way and that is why the fans are having such a hard time letting go. It takes someone special to make a person feel something, and you do that. You make us feel and want to see what you’ll do next. You are a rare find in daytime anymore. My best wishes to you in all you endeavor. I am forever a fan!

I am not pleased at all that Drew was let go, and agree that the powers that be for ONCE need to listen to what the fans want. Drew is not the first actor to be treated like disposable waste, Tamara, Ted, Greg, Stuart to name a few were treated horribly after having given years to their characters. Love the mob character, but have grown incredibly tired of mob centered GH. Was looking forward to seeing DG’s character Michael getting a love interest, getting mixed into the crowd, and the Quartermaines for a change. Drew G more than proved that he was capable, and has terrific chemistry with everyone. Another dumb move IMO.

Like everyone else, I was totally stunned hearing this news. I reserved judgment and kept up-to-date with the GH cast on twitter and other sites. From what I’ve learned, Drew worked with Ingo on Friday, March 19, then worked on the 22nd and was told not to come back on the 23rd. Chad Duell on Facebook reported on the night of the 22nd that he got a lead on GH and then reported to the set on the 23rd. I’d like to know when he auditioned for the role and who with. Lexi Ainsworth was one of three up for the role of Kristina and had a final audition with SB. It took months for Dominic to be cast, with a final audition and approval from MB. It’s obvious Chad is someone’s pet or GH just wanted a “pretty boy.” MB stated he would put personal feelings aside and do his job, but I doubt the cast can have much respect for CD. Did DG cause problems and not get along with the women on set? I don’t think MB, SB, NLG, LW, DC, etc. would have been so upset to see him go, nor would Lexi have cried herself to sleep if they weren’t so close. What ABC/GH did was wrong, unfair and callous. CD may not have known what went on behind the scenes, but now he does. I’m angry but mostly outraged at ABC/GH’s disrespectful and shabby treatment of Drew Garrett. He deserves a huge apology and a welcome back to GH in the role he so masterfully created.

I am bummed about Drew Garrett being let go. He brings an edge to the character of Michael and I think they may are making a mistake in recasting him. But what do I know, I’m only a loyal GH fan since the 70’s. I believe most of these recastings are based on “office politics” just like anywhere else, not on the merits or talent or popularity of the actors they so readily dismiss and replace. Unfortunately the powers that be don’t really listen to the fans/viewers until the ratings take a big drop. Yep, I am not happy about this.

I am so disappointed that they recasted the character of Michael. Drew Garrett made that part is own. He took over the part that Dylan Cash had for so long. He trully reacted like a kid that was angry and confused at times, due to his TBJ. I felt that he did hold his own with Maurice, Laura and Steve. And his interaction with Kristina, Morgan, Jax and even Dante was excellent. I feel that the higher ups at General Hospital drop the ball on this recast. I have been a loyal fan for 38 years, and I will no longer care what goes on GH. For years GH has had stroylines that were up and then went down, and I stuck with them, even when the stories were a little off, but I’m so disguised with the way this situtation was handled, why should I care to continue watching. The ratings for GH, haven’t been all that great, and then to pull a stunt like this, is not going to help, in my opinion.

Drew was doing an excellent job. He was perfectly cast. Why the change? We want him to continue playing Michael on GH. I wish him all the best.

I was so upset when I heard Drew was let go, I was so use to seeing him on the show and he was doing a great job.

Drew Garrett has done a wonderful job. I can’t imagine why he is being replaced.

I gave the “new Michael” Chad Duell a chance, but I’m not impressed. Drew Garrett was excellent in the role of Michael Corinthos and this has to be one of the worst recasting mistakes in daytime history. I think Duell the Disney Boy had some connections, and someone at ABC cashed in a favor to someone. Either way, I’m done with watching General Hospital. Best of luck to Drew Garrett!

I agree 100% this new micheal ( well not so new anymore) just isn’t doing it for me.

Drew is a grerat actor, who cares what the viewers want, they can’t tell between a good actor or actress, they always take some of the best ones of there, don’t make sense, just like they did Ugly Betty that was a great show, always want to put these other crapy shows, like drew he is sexy, nice looking, and he had a great personality, and i know he will do good in the near future, and most of all he is a great actor i love you drew man, i wish you the best of luck and im looking forward of seeing you i n movies or other soaps take it easy buddy.

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General Hospital’s Rena Sofer Remarries Sanford Bookstaver

Congratulations are in order for Rena Sofer (Lois Cerullo, General Hospital) and her longtime love, TV director and producer, Sanford Bookstaver. The couple re-tied the knot over this past weekend in a wedding ceremony.

In a post on her Instagram, Sofer shared the details, expressing, “This weekend on what would have been our 21st wedding anniversary I got to Re-Marry my best friend Sanford Booksaver once again!”

The GH star and Daytime Emmy-winner added,”The journey we are about to begin is the most exciting adventure, in a new state and town, but most thrilling is that we get to do it together as husband and wife!”

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Alluding to their time apart, Rena noted, “The three years we spent apart were humbling and heartbreaking but vital to us finding each other again. The love I have for you now is the foundation of my life. I can’t imagine another moment NOT walking through life with you hand in hand and our hearts entwined. You are the love of my life, and it’s not ‘oops we did it again, but I’m so grateful we did it again!❤️❤️❤️”

Previously, Sofer was married to GH and Days star, Wally Kurth (Ned and Justin, respectively) from 1995-1997, and the two share a daughter together, Rosabel Rosalind Kurth. Rena and Sanford were previously married from 2005 to 2017 and share a daughter together, Avalon Leone.

Share your well-wishes to Rena and Sanford as they embark on the next chapter of their lives together as a married couple via the comment section below.

 

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GENERAL HOSPITAL Preview: Alexis , Finn, and Kristina Face Life-Altering Moments

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Will Alexis finally be reinstated as a lawyer? Will Fergus and Alexis actually hit it off since Lane and Nancy Lee Grahn played the beloved Mason and Julia Capwell on Santa Barbara, and Davies was previously on GH as Dr. Cameron Lewis?

Meanwhile, a pregnant Kristina (Kate Mansi) is reeling after seeing her father, Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) lose his grip and threatening to kill Jason (Steve Burton) and Dex (Evan Hofer). Will her unborn baby be in danger?

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Finally, Finn’s (Michael Easton) sobriety is really tested and it all seems to be inadvertently caused by the Cerullos. First, at the wedding reception of Brook Lynn and Chase, Carmine hands Finn a glass of champagne after his daughter Violet’s performance. Not paying attention, he takes a sip of champagne during a toast.

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Now, Carmine and Gloria send a bottle of bourbon to Finn with their “warmest regards.” However, Finn can’t stop himself from pouring himself a drink.  Will Finn finally give in, and we are off to the races with another addiction storyline for the good doctor? Stay tuned.

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Now, let us know. What do you think will happen with Finn, Alexis and Kristina on this week’s GH? Share your theories in the comment section.

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General Hospital’s Maurice Benard Defends Sonny Going Postal, “It Could Definitely Happen”

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For months, Sonny has been taking less than his prescribed dosage of medication to control his bipolar disorder.  The mobster has no idea that he has been duped by Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart), who is the one that set this dangerous situation in motion, in an effort to eliminate Sonny and eventually Jason from interfering in Pikeman taking over the territory.

One fan questioned the validity of Sonny’s reaction to Dex and Jason after the pei, when he took to X and expressed, “People off their medications don’t necessarily go around hitting people and being out of control. This was the WRONG message to send. I don’t expect anything from Frank Valentini and General Hospital anymore, but you could’ve (and should’ve) stopped it cold.”

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GH has portrayed Sonny’s battle with mental illness and the importance of keeping on your meds, plus the issues surrounding it for years. However, some fans have not been pleased by this latest plot point.

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The pick-up of the story begins tomorrow on Monday, May 20th where teasers for the episode share: Sonny is horrified. Blaze consoles Kristina (who walked in on her dad threatening Jason and Dex) and Jason summons Carly.

So, what did you think of the plot point of Sonny threatening to kill Dex and Jason, after beating up Dex, given his growing paranoia? Comment below.

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