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Emme Rylan On Her Final GH Scenes: “Laying There Emotionless While My Amazing Costars Cried Over My Comatose Body Was One of the Hardest Acting Challenges EVER!”

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If you watched Tuesday’s episode of General Hospital, you witnessed an emotional and heartbreaking episode where friends, family, and loved ones had to say their goodbyes to Lulu Spencer (Emme Rylan) before she is transferred to a long-term care facility to be looked after following her brain injuries and surgery which left her in a coma.

This was to mark the last scenes of Emme Rylan who has exited the series after being let-go.  In story, viewers watched as Nikolas (Marcus Coloma), Maxie (Kirsten Storms), Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), Tracy (Jane Elliot) and a grief-stricken Laura (Genie Francis) sat by Lulu’s hospital bedside telling her they will be waiting for her to wake up, as the agonize over the gravity of the situation.

On Wednesday, Rylan took to social media to tell her fans how difficult it was for her to tape those scenes, when she expressed: “Laying there emotionless while my amazing costars cried over my comatose body was one of the hardest acting challenges EVER! They don’t exactly have you practice that in acting school (Thank u to everyone that noticed).”

In response former GH star Ryan Paevey (Ex-Nathan) who also went through a similar on-screen situation when his character was killed-off tweeted back to Em: “I 100% agree and understand, haha.”

The episode gave  Genie Francis a fantastic palette to play and reminded everyone why she is one of the greatest icons of the genre.

So, what did you think of Emme’s statement on trying to get through those difficult scenes as played by her co-stars?  Share your thoughts below.

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Jimmy
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Jimmy

All of the performances this week were phenomenal, but Genie Francis really stole the show. Laura is the beating heart of GH and Genie turned in one powerful performance after the next. Stories like this are made for her acting chops, and I really hope she wins an Emmy for her work this week. No one brings the tears, heartbreak and rage like she does. I’m also very thankful they aren’t killing off Lulu. I’ve never been a fan of Emme Rylan in the role, and the way they’ve written the character these last few years has gotten on my… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

So agree, Jimmy! Genie is the beating heart of GH–and a luminous actor.

Phil
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Phil

JMB will give me a reason to fast forward some scenes. I was not a fan! I preferred Emme in the role.

Johnny
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Johnny

Thank you!!! I like JB juat fine….but she was very overrated!!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Jimmy
Stephanie Gatschet? What a surprisingly good choice. Loved her on GL, but I wonder about her age, will have to check, she might be a little older for the role of Lulu.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Jimmy, just checked the ages, Stephanie is 37 and Emme is 40.

SZima
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SZima

Does anyone know why Emme left the show? I never did read any explanation.

Lisa C
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Lisa C

It wasn’t her choice to leave, she was let go.

Me
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Me

Wasn’t her choice.

Momo
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Momo

She was let go. From what I understand, it was not her choice.

Lee
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Lee

It is my understanding she was fired. Terrible way to treat the daughter of Legacy parents!

George
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George

Emme was let go, they fired her.

Michael Teale
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Michael Teale

There was really no reason given other than ABC amd GH brass probably wanted to free up money that all 4 actors had. Again, just speculating.

Mary
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Mary

I think it all comes down to money. Fire Emme and then at a later date hire another actor to take on the role of Lulu for less money.

Maureen Lynch
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Maureen Lynch

Genie Francis was phenomenal in her scenes. I’ll miss Emme especially since they brought Dante back. In all honesty, I don’t understand the number of people that were let go. Is it $$$ or a change of direction? Disappointing.

Steve
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Steve

It was budget related. An overinflated contract cast of 32 is tough to maintain in normal times, let alone Covid. Ryland and deVry are the only 2 contract players dismissed so far. With Lulu gone, there is no need for Dustin on the canvas. And Dev was a character that was never fully explored, despite being on the show for 2 years. Neither Mark Lawson, nor Ashton Arbab were on contract, so there’s no real savings there (as recurring, they have no guarantee, benefits and only get paid on the episodes in which they appear.) As for Dante, Lulu’s departure… Read more »

Louie Y
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Louie Y

Wow! Just when I thought GH couldn’t get any better than what it did with Mike’s death, the last couple of episodes proved me wrong! Outstanding performance and writing all the way around. Not sure why she is leaving, but wish her well. Side note Genie Francis and Maura West you need to enjoy them because these kind of daytime actresses come along only one in a lifetime.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Give me Genie: West, not so much! A bit strident.

Mary
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Mary

For me Maura West is the only reason to watch GH.

Louie Y
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Louie Y

I like them both, as for Maura West I believe she has won 3 emmy’s and been nominated for about 6 or so. She too me will always be amazing and can play any range. She was great on As the World Turns too!

Damien
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Damien

Now pls return to y n r where you are very missed as Abby Newman

SZima
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SZima

NOOOOO! I didn’t like Emme as Abby. I like Melissa Ordway as Abby!
I haven’t heard anything about MO leaving Y&R, have you?

Phil
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Phil

I doubt she will go back there. Maybe she could join DAYS

rose
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rose

Story mentioned Ryan Paevey (Nathan) sent an understanding tweet to Emma since GH killed him off, too. For those of us who watch the Hallmark Channel for feel-good relief we see him there as he has bounced back as the love interest in many of their stories.

Steve
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Steve

Just to be clear, Paevey made the decision to leave GH. Emme was let go.

And yes, he has established quite a nice niche as a Hallmark regular.

Michael Teale
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Michael Teale

Gawd, I don’t think that I would’ve gotten thru those final scenes just laying there like Emme did.

John
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John

I’m sure covid has a major influence on the budget. They’re cancelling shows because of production costs. I was kind of surprise they left Liz out of this. She’s known her since she was a child and was her sister-in-law.

Jonny
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Jonny

How about Kate Mansi as the new Lulu if Emme or Julie don’t return. I think Mansi definitely has the spunk to be Lulu Spencer

Phil
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Phil

Please no! I didn’t care for her as Abby. That said, last I read she doesn’t want to do a soap full time.

Srmiazga
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Srmiazga

Genie is everything, the fact the show is not centered around her and her family astounds me. Sonny and Carly are not the heart of the show

Rodd
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Rodd

Fantastic performances! Emme will be missed! I hope they bring her back quickly.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Rodd
Don’t hold your breath. If they wanted her bad enough, they would have kept her and not let her go.

jennifer
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jennifer

Genie Francis gave an acting master class in this week’s episodes. What an absolute thrill to watch. They ought to just give her the Emmy now. No one has or is going to come close to that performance.

jennifer
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jennifer

Dominic Zamprogna was great too. His face conveyed so much in those scenes. I like the dark, pained Dante he is bringing.

jennifer
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jennifer

Genie Francis gave an acting master class in this week’s episodes. She is an absolute joy to watch and so talented. Give her the Emmy now – no one has done/will do better this year.

DMRR
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DMRR

Sorry, I will not miss this version of Insipid Lulu. However, I do wish that the Parking Lot Poet was comatose instead.

bob
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bob

Genie Francis gave an acting master class in this week’s episodes. What an absolute thrill to watch. They ought to just give her the Emmy now. No one has or is going to come close to that performance.

Jean
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Jean

Why on earth would they let her go, she has been a long time favorite on the show. They bring Dante back just do do this?? That is wrong on so many levels. Terrible what are the writers thinking. They leave Scott Baldwin on. He is the worst actor & take Lulu away. I have been watching this show since the beginning. Yes I am older than dirt. I have seen people come & go however this shouldn’t have happened bad timing. Where Dustin was eliminated and Dev too.

Nik
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Nik

It was a sad scene but a great one. I just hope they’ll bring her back in the future the same way they did Michael.

Wink
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Wink

The Powers That Be need to listen to your real fans. The fans that will tell you when you make stupid decisions like letting go of Emme and Will. Trust me when I tell you, the harpees that are already talking recasts will watch whatever drivel you write for them because they are sheep. But if you start letting go legacy characters and established actors for less expensive (lets just say it: cheaper) then you get what you get. Soaps are not the powerhouses they used to be. As fans we have made concessions for cost cutting measures. Keep cutting… Read more »

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GH’s Parry Shen Delivers the ‘Power Performance of the Week’

How many of us have lost, or had to say goodbye to our best friend? Somehow fate or illness intervenes and cuts short someone you share so many memories with.

On last Thursday’s episode of General Hospital, Dr. Britt Westbourne’s (Kelly Thiebaud) family and friends gathered for her memorial at the GH chapel.  However, viewers knew of the special connection between Britt and her bestie, Brad Cooper (Parry Shen).

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Devastated at losing Britt, upset that she never told him she about her diagnosis with Huntington’s Disease, and mourning her death, Brad comes to her former office, where Britt was the Co-Chief of Staff at the hospital. After exchanging heartfelt moments with Britt’s mother, the grieving Liesl (Kathleen Gati), and Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner), Brad (with a paper bag in hand) spends some time alone in Britt’s former office, which has now been cleaned out.

Next, Brad takes out a carton of ice cream (for those who know the back-story, Britt and Brad would sit together each with ice cream and watch the red carpet at the Nurses’ Ball on TV and hoot and howl at the residents of Port Charles), and thus begins a very emotional and five-hankie moment, where Brad recalls all the key moments in their friendship.

Parry Shen was so touching in this scene, that if you have been a fans of Britt and Brad’s friendship, we are sure you shed some tears.

Later, during the memorial, Brad is pained listening to the others eulogize Britt, and when it is his turn to speak, he does his best to get through it and pay homage to his best friend.

We will miss the Brad and Britt friendship as will many GH viewers for it was one-of-a-kind on the soaps – two originally, not so nice people, doing bad things and finding common ground with each other, and eventually turning their lives around and being there to support each other.

For all of these scenes mentioned above, Michael Fairman TV names Parry Shen’s work, the Power Performance of the Week.  You can check out a clip featuring Shen below.

Now, let us know, what did you think of Parry’s Performance during Britt’s memorial episode? Comment below.

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Marcus Coloma On His GH Exit: “I Don’t Know Why That Decision Was Made, But I Don’t Feel Any ill Will and I Didn’t Feel I Got Fired”

This week, GH fans saw Adam Huss returning to the ABC soap opera as Nikolas Cassadine to finish out the rest of the scenes originally intended to be played by Marcus Coloma who ended his three-year run on the show a tad early.

As has been previously reported, Coloma came down with Covid-19 as his final tape days neared, and a decision was made for him to not return to finish off his last run of episodes.

With all the rumors and stances taken by everyone involved, Coloma was the special guest on this week’s episode of the That’s Awesome Podcast hosted by Steve Burton and Bradford Anderson and discussed his departure from the long-running daytime drama series.

Marcus expressed that when he took the role on GH, he was excited to be in that kind of environment (working on a soap opera), and only signed on for three years.  However, as time went by it became more difficult to reconcile leaving when his contract was up, sharing: “You fall in love with the crew and everybody along with it. So, two and a half years in, this decision that was so clear in the beginning is getting complicated.”

The actor added that while, “I knew the end was coming, it wasn’t like GH was saying, ‘Hey, Marcus, we want you to stay.’  There was no negotiation … and all I can say to that is I don’t know why that decision was made, but I don’t feel any ill will and I didn’t feel like I got fired. It just felt like … there was maybe an understanding that I was going to be there for three years. The big surprise is how much it hurt. Even though I knew I was going to leave.”

In the end, Coloma reflected that this may have concluded as it should, adding, “I really do have some big goals and those goals would have never been realized if I would have stayed. That’s not to take anything away from GH because I admire everything about it.”

Watch the episode of That’s Awesome featuring Coloma below.

Then weigh-in, what do you think of Marcus’ thoughts on his exit as GH’s Nikolas Cassadine? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Adam Huss Back to GH as Nikolas Cassadine

With Marcus Coloma’s last appearance as Nikolas Cassadine on last week’s January 26th episode of General Hospital, the soap opera brought back Adam Huss to finish out the dark prince’s storyline.

According to Soaps.com. Huss aired today on the January 31st episode of the ABC daytime drama series and will finish out the scenes that were written to be portrayed by Coloma.

Adam previously subbed for Coloma back in September 2021 and again in November 2022.

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After it was announced that Coloma was leaving GH, the network and the series agreed that it would be best that Marcus did come in to tape his last episodes since he was recovering from Covid-19 at the time.  Thus, we are seeing those episodes featuring Huss now airing in early February.

So, glad to see Adam back to wrap Nikolas’ current storyline? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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