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Ella Lentini Makes Her General Hospital Debut As Betty ‘The Nanny’: What Were Your First Impressions?


Here’s the question! How does GH’s Ava Jerome (Maura West) always wind up with all these nasty young women attempting to destroy her life at Wyndemere?  While we most recently had Esme Prince (Avery Pohl) making Ava’s life more than miserable, now La Jerome finds herself with yet another major problem.

Enter, Betty Rutherford (Ella Lentini), the implanted nanny from Mason (Nathanyael Grey) and company to keep Ava and Sonny (Maurice Benard) in line, and on Monday’s July 24th episode of General Hospital, Ava meets Betty.

The young woman enters Wyndemere and meet Giles the new butler. At that point, once Giles exits, Ava looks over Betty’s resume. Betty says the butler is gone so basically let’s cut the crap. Betty states that she and Ava know this job is hers and there is nothing Ava can do about it.


Betty wants Ava to sell how good she is at being a nanny to Sonny, and if she fails, there will be major consequences. With that, Betty drops a hint to Ava about how long has it been since she has called her mother.  Betty suggests she give Delia a call to check on her.  Ava gets concerns so she calls her mother. While talking to Delia, she learns from her mother that she is going away for the weekend with a man she just met (Oh-oh!).  An upset Ava, knows that one of Mason’s goons is definitely keeping taps on Delia. She then tells Betty she will refuse to cooperate if they don’t back off of her mother.

It is then, Betty slaps Ava hard in the face reminding her who is calling the shots here. Just then, Sonny arrives on the scene, not understanding what he just walked in on.

So, what were your first impressions of Ella Lentini and the character of Betty Rutherford? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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I was hoping Ava was going to make good use of the parapet ! But for now.. just glad Sonny had walked in.

I never thought I would see the day where Ava took a slap… maybe the other side of Esme will reappear and safe Ava in a moment of danger..

Betty vs Esme could be lots of fun.

Ava’a mother is always welcome

Hopefully by now Ava realizes that nobody ever dies falling off that parapet. She’s thrown several mortals overboard herself, so who should know better?

I suspect our new fake nanny won’t be around long though. I’m guessing she has a 13 week cycle and then she will be relocated down here to Hell. Sonny’s not going to allow anybody to threaten one of his kids.

She doesn’t look like a “Betty Rutherford” to me though. You can bet your soul that’s a fake name!

She sounds like she came from Leave It To Beaver or some other sit-com.

So she’s Lumpy Rutherford’s granddaughter?

I agree

Glad Ava told everything to Sonny. It’s time to end Mason and company. Too many story lines going on.

First impressions are that she is a much better actress than BOTH replacements GH hired for Molly, so I wish she was in that role instead of this character, who will likely not have a pleasant ending considering she’s going up against both Ava and Sonny.

If she does stick around, I’m willing to bet that somewhere down the line, Betty and Esme will end up being sisters. The resemblance is uncanny, their personalities are very similar, and it’s no coincidence that they’re both in Ava’s orbit.

I agree, Jimmy; I think she’s terrific. Maybe the recent recast disasters are coloring my opinion, but not by much. Hey, she more than held her own with Maura West in her first scene — THAT’S an accomplishment. I want to see more.

Is this the same Ava Jerome who thought nothing of offing Connie, blaming AJ and switching Morgan’s meds?

She should’ve crushed Mason like the cockroach that he is months ago.

Has the Ryan ordeal made her soft?

Exactly, she would have stomped her like a Grape. After all…She IS a Jerome!!!

OMG! I agree wholeheartedly. I miss the old Ava, she didn’t let anyone push her around. I want the old devious Ava back.

I was thinking exactly the same thing. She’s getting soft.

Remember They have her mom. I believe that otherwise Ava would’ve slapped her back.

I think this whole thing with her thinking she really killed Nicholas has done her in. She’s just waiting for it all to hit the fan and bite her in the butt, taking her away from her daughter. It’s like they also changed Austin in mid stream into a real jerk, I can’t figure him out, is he really against Mason or with him?

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You’re right, Violet. Reducing Ava to a frightened cat is a violation of her whole character. And I frankly think that the character of Austin Gatlin-Brothers or whatever he’s called has been a train wreck. If an actor as good as Roger Howarth can’t make him interesting, then it’s a writing issue.

I’ve always been a big fan of Roger Howarth even as Franco but somewhere in mid-stream as Austin when Mason and Ava entered the scenes they changed him, so don’t know what’s going on.

I have been thinking the same thing.

Absolutely correct. When did she become this person? She’s never been weak, stupid, or slow. I really don’t like when they do this to a great character period.

Don’t like Betty, Love Ella.

I absolutely HATED Betty immediately! I wanted Ava to push her off the parapet, too. When I feel venom rising within me while watching fiction – especially my beloved General Hospital – I remind myself I’m watching a great actor performing great writing.

I am still furious with the @ABCDaytime fool who canceled All My Children & One Life to Live to replace with shows that were also canceled long ago. Big mistake! I’m retired & have time to watch ABC for four hours (including The View). Now i only watch two hours of their shows & advertising. Sorry for my off topic paragraph.

So you can tell Ella, who plays Betty, that she has done a great job of making viewers hate her right off the bat. Thank her for her great work.

I HATE HER! Hopefully she’ll only be around briefly and Sonny will save the day AGAIN !!

I’m with you on this one can’t wait for sonny to find out what’s happening

Ava should push her off the balcony of windamere

I believe she came on too hard and too quick and she spoiled her own chances because it was done in front of Sonny. Now Ava will admit the truth to Sonny he will be her Ally and they will take down Mason and whatever groups behind him

Over doing it waay too much. Ava has already met her match. No need for this one. Honestly people . Oh, I mean writers.

Ava would NEVER have just taken that slap! She would’ve belted her back even harder! Against character!

I don’t like her at all and why is Ava putting up with that? Why doesn’t she just tell Sonny the whole story. He’ll take care of it. He didn’t like Nicholas anyway.

I really don’t understand what is the point to this whole situation . Ava should really tell Sonny everything about what’s going on. But in a way this her fault because she still doesn’t know that Nicholas is still alive. That Mason has him ( Nicholas) somewhere . And Austin is also involved in all this . No wonder
Quartermines did not want anything to do with Austin.

I want Ava to turn into the bad seed and push the babysitter off the balcony

My first impression was that she could be really nice if she was really nice. She’s also make a better Molly than this older woman they’ve gotten.

Not impressed

Wow! Well, She came on strong from the gate, Like a boss! I hope that Sonny has his game face on for this dilemma.

Looks like Betty may not be long for this . Between Mason and Sonny… Can’t include Ava, cause she’s mia.

I couldn’t stand her. I hope Sonny takes care of her quickly!!!!

Betty is Ava’s worst nightmare from hell. Sonny you have to take the lead and take over this very minute. Please Sonny. Don’t let your beautiful sweet little girl anywhere near.this prianada. You have to come to Ava’s and most especially your beautiful little angel, Avery’s to her rescue and save Avery and Ava’s life. You must deal with Betty that witch and sheer demon.

Actually Ava’s worst nightmare from Hell would be if I sent ConKate & AJ up to visit her. I’ve thought about it, of course.

Of course I can’t send Morgan or Nikolas, as neither of them are actually dead, so they aren’t under my jurisdiction.

Thank goodness Sonny walked in at that very moment.

I want the old school Ava back


I think that new nanny is a b—h. She should be found dead sooner than later. Glad Sonny will have her taken care of. But who is Mason’s boss?

Mason’s boss is the black man that was found dead. The other or maybe I should say the big boss is that cold hearted devil and witch that runs that gambling ring she runs that Curtis knows and has Gladys under her thumb.

Mason has told us two things about his boss:

1) She’s a woman
2) She’s family

Now of course we knew Austin’s mother years ago. Her name was Charity Gatlin. I don’t believe we knew anything else about her family at the time, apart from the son she brought with her. This son had a father who was not Jimmy Lee Holt, and Alan treated the kid for something… my Fuzzy Devil Memory doesn’t really remember the details, but oddly enough Austin had never talked about his brother.

Anyway.. that’s not the point… more relevant here is that somebody who would name their daughter “Charity” might have another daughter named something like oh,,,, maybe “Faith”??

And where would long time GH viewers know the name “Faith” from?

Could Mason’s boss… and possibly his MOTHER…. be Faith (Gatlin) Roscoe??

Yes… Faith was in Hell… but it seems she might have escaped while our demon construction crew was doing some upgrades on the Gates of Hell. Yeah… it happens once in a while, unfortunately.

Faith Roscoe has also teamed up with Lorenzo Alcazar in the past. And it’s my theory that Alcazar is the man behind “Pikeman”, as this “mysterious” organization has the same agenda Alcazar always did – they want to smuggle weapons through Sonny’s territory. Alcazar is believed to be dead, but he never actually was. When Jason was sent to “get rid of him”, they left the ending very ambiguous. You saw a big roll of carpet being carried out of Alcazar’s house, but no blood or other things you might find at a crime scene. And then months later Spinelli was able to track Alcazar’s bank accounts being accessed from somewhere in South America. My theory is that Jason allowed Alcazar to leave Port Charles alive for the benefit of his “sister” Skye, who was married to Alcazar at the time, and their baby daughter Lila Rae. Jason told Alcazar he could live, as long as he agreed to never come back to Port Charles again.

Now that Jason himself is presumed “dead” (though we all know better) Alcazar might not feel so obligated to honor that promise. But of course he couldn’t just walk back into Port Charles and announce himself & his intentions openly. So he created “Pikeman” as a front. And he might very well have planted a mole in the Corinthos organization ahead of time, which I believe may be “Dex”.

Are Faith & Alcazar already working together, or is that going to be the eventual result of whatever information Skinhead Mason thinks the fake nanny will find in Sonny’s penthouse?

So essentially, you’re predicting two simultaneous returns from the dead of long gone monsters? That sounds a lot like something your beloved Ron would do, lol.

I’m fairly certain AGH mentioned his brother was on the spectrum around the time Leo was diagnosed. Now, that could’ve been another brother.

Well, as I said, there’s no proof that Alcazar was ever dead… but collusions of “super villains” isn’t just a ReRon thing. How many times did Helena & Faison collaborate with each other… and each of them with other villains for that matter?

I do remember Austin talking about his brother being on the spectrum…or at least hinting at something like that. But I still don’t remember what Alan treated him for, back in the day.

So pointless to have her!!

I think she could be related to Brenda because Brenda and Betty look alike

Yes Susan, that’s what I thought the moment I saw Betty, that resembles Brenda. When she slapped Ava I wanted to jump through the screen and wreck her. Ava is one of the slim reasons I even watch this show. She’s my very favorite character. I too want my old Ava back. .

I too thought she looked like Brenda & that’s why Mason or whoever is in charge got her as the nanny.
Maybe she’s too young for a romance with Sonny?

I thought she was pushy

Already not a fan. After slapping Ava, that’s a non-starter for me. She already needs to go. Bring back Pilar.

Well said! The story line is ridiculous!

I totally agree. It’s stupid. And I probably will stop watching. I do that every now and then thank you very much.

Ava needs to come back cause the old Ava would have slapped her back

She’s obviously really good at playing a snotty, lil, bitch, lol. Cute looking; I think she reminds me of Vanessa Marcil when she was younger; not sure. Can’t quite place it… It’s a shame they cast her for such a short role; I assume Sonny will get rid of her soon enough. Good actress.

Great actress!


Hope Sonny kills her off quick don’t like her mason or Austin!!!

I suspect fake nanny is only around for a 13 week cycle. After that, she’s likely to be a dragon stable attendant here in Hell.


Too aggressive, didn’t like her. My Ava would have smack her back!

Betty the nanny is terrible. I would not want her for my nanny. She is evil
SONNY COULD tell she was a fraud⁰. Throw her out with Sasha motherland and Esme

I really didn’t care for her character, I suspect they’ll kill her off… Hopefully

Eva you better mop the floor with her, nobody slap you girl, and get away with it! Show me what you got Eva.

She’s to sneaky.

I Don’t like these stories on gh right now,don’t care about these stories bring back Monica give her a storyline. She’s headed to Quartermaine now, not right, she just disappears, and nobody talks about it Scotty and Liesel where are they bring them and give them a story don’t care about all these new actors coming on

She should have been cast as Molly.

Hated her right from the start. The real Ava wouldn’t let someone slap her across the face and talk down to her. Ava isn’t afraid of anyone. Don’t ruin her character.⁸

It would be something if Austin was the main man in the organization and Mason didn’t even know due to the fact that Austin disguised his voice
Perhaps Austin is the one that wants Sonny’s territory and shipments….

Didn’t even read this story. She is Mason class and therefore irredeemable. I can’t wait for her life to be if not forfeit, at least righteously punished by the hopefully returning Godfather of Pt. Charles along with ALL those who are associated with her

Don’t like Betty. Come up with better story without her.

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WGA and AMPTP Reach Tentative Deal to End Writers Strike

Looks like we are close, very close, to the writing teams at your favorite soap operas returning to their jobs with news on Sunday that finally the WGA and AMPTP have reached a tentative deal. What remains is the fine print, and having the WGA vote to ratify their contracts.

This is welcome news to the television, streaming and motion picture industry that after five months of a strike has put the 2023-2024 TV season in deep water.

In a statement, the Writers Guild shared, “We have reached a tentative agreement on a new 2023 MBA (Minimum Basic Agreement), which is to say an agreement in principle on all deal points, subject to drafting final contract language. We can say, with great pride, that this deal is exceptional — with meaningful gains and protections for writers in every sector of the membership.”

As the deal goes through its final stages, the writers are still technically on strike, but picketing outside studios and shows has now been suspended.

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Among the writers’ demands that they fought for are: higher residuals from streaming shows, minimum staff sizes to prevent the use of “mini rooms” and protections from the use of AI.  The hope within the entertainment industry is that the new deal for the WGA will move along a new contract for SAG-AFTRA (actors) with the AMPTP.  As of Monday, SAG-AFTRA is still on strike.

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As for your favorite soap operas, during the strikes, the shows were written by non-union writers or “fi-core” writers who gave up their union benefits in order to continue working.

The next steps in process will see the WGA negotiating committee vote on “whether to recommend the agreement and send it on to the WGAW Board and WGAE Council for approval,” tentatively scheduled for Tuesday.  Another vote by the board and council could lift the strike “restraining order”and allow scribes to “return to work during the ratification vote”.

So, are you happy to know that the writing teams from your favorite soaps are about to return to work and helm the scripts and the vision of the shows? Comment below.

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Shore previously took to social media and on X shared a side-by-side of him and Simmons. Accompanying the post, Pauly expressed: I’ve noticed the reactions to me playing #RichardSimmons in a biopic. I heard he’s living in Big Bear. We’ve been playing phone tag (yes, he has a phone). I’m trying to make it happen, you guys. In the meantime, hit up all the big producers. I’ll see you at @TheAcademy 2025!”

However, TMZ’s sources are reporting on Saturday that Simmons is not in favor of Shore playing him in a film or anyone else, or any biopic on his life.

The outlet shared that Richard’s reaction was that he was aware of the effort behind a biopic, mostly spear-headed by Pauly. but that he just doesn’t want to be involved. Simmons also added that he likes Pauly a lot, but he’s not biting, despite the public’s urging on social media about the idea of a movie on his life.

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Born Milton Teagle “Richard” Simmons, he became part of the public conscious back in the 70’s and 80’s with exercise studios and the ability to help his clients lose weight; many of them were celebrities. Simmons himself, admitted to at one time to being overweight, and getting into fitness helped him maintain a healthy living style and he wanted to help others.

Later, he began a four-year recurring run on General Hospital playing himself from 1979-1983.  Simmons returned to the show in 2013 for the Nurses’ Ball to taunt Lucy (Lynn Herring). He also was host of the Emmy-award winning, The Richard Simmons Show, which focused on personal health, fitness, exercise, and healthy cooking.  Over the last several years, Simmons has withdrawn from public life.

What would you think of a Richard Simmons biopic and if it included some moments in front of the camera and behind the scenes of what went down when he appeared on GH? Do you think it will ever happen given Simmons current position on the matter? Let us know in the comment section.

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Promising news for General Hospital’s John J. York (Mac Scorpio). The actor who went public with his health battle shared Friday on Good Morning America that a life-saving blood stem cell transplant donor may have been located.

An emotional York told GMA, “I believe they found a match, perfect match, which will make me cry.  So we’re going to start our testing and do all that kind of stuff coming up here in about a week, and then I believe the transplant will happen, fingers crossed, in November.”

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York went on to explain the difficulties he faced in trying to find a match: “Many of my family members were tested and most of them were 6 out of 12; apparently there’s markers that have to be reached. So they were on standby.”

When asked just what the GH fan favorite would want to say if given the opportunity to speak to the donor that appears to be a match, in tears, John expressed: “Thank you for saving my life. For letting me spend more time with my wife and my daughter and my son-in-law and my grandchildren and seeing this beautiful blue sky.”

John has played Mac Scorpio for 32 years and until recently had kept his battle with these two blood cancers private, but came forward to clarify why he is taking time away from GH, and how he is been trying to find a life-saving donor match.

Watch York’s segment from GMA below.

Now, share your thoughts and well-wishes as John awaits the test results from his potential donor, to hopefully undergo this life-saving transplant in November via the comment section.

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