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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 »

General Hospital

Denise Alexander Responds to Outpouring of Fan Support on Her Return to General Hospital

Longtime fans of General Hospital were over the moon when it was revealed that Denise Alexander was on her way back to the ABC daytime drama series to reprise her role of Dr. Lesley Webber, mother of Laura, played by Genie Francis.

With Laura’s story with her new found half-brothers central to the current storyline, it’s a perfect time for Alexander to be back in Port Charles.

Tricia Sheldon, a fan of General Hospital who loves the vintage years of the show and more as she notes on her Twitter account, was able to reach Alexander, who is not on social media.  Sheldon showed her the outpouring of love the actress received, and the excitement on her on-screen imminent return.

In turn, Denise wrote a message to Sheldon to share publicly.  Part of which read   “Wow! I am breathless! What a wonderful surprise!  I am beyond grateful for all the kind and amazing and funny and sweet and caring and supportive and truly delicious messages. I have never felt so appreciated  and it brought tears and laughter reading each one.”

Alexander added, “I do not have a clue as to how to communicate on the Internet on Twitter.”  She then noted, “I would love to reach each and every person who wrote about that first day back. But I don’t even know what the rules are.  I’ve a vague sense that there is a limit to how long a message can be,but do not know how to reach anyone. Is there any way you could forward at least my thanks to everyone?”

Denise closed with,  “I love each and every message, and am full of gratitude.”

You can view the communication and Denise’s heartfelt message below.

Now let us know what you thought of Denise reaching out to all of the fans, and how grateful she is that viewers are excited to see her back on-screen via the comment section,

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Watch the Replay: GH, DAYS, Y&R, B&B & OLTL Stars at Michael Fairman’s Virtual Birthday Party for SAG-AFTRA Foundation Covid-19 Relief Fund

Earlier this week on Monday night, several of the stars of General Hospital, Days of our Lives, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, and One Life to Live, took part in a virtual livestream “party” for Michael Fairman’s 60th birthday.

The event was held virtually to help performers in need who have been deeply affected by the Covid-19 pandemic by letting viewers know where to make a donation to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Covid-19 Relief Fund.

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Participating throughout the 90 minute livestream were: The Young and the Restless, Jason Thompson, Sharon Case, and Christian LeBlanc, General Hospital’s Maurice Benard, Laura Wright, Wes Ramsey, and Chloe Lanier, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Katherine Kelly Lang, Days of our Lives’ Rob Scott Wilson, Eric Martsolf, Galen Gering, Arianne Zucker, Shawn Christian, Santa Barbara favorite, A Martinez, One Life to Live’s Kristen Alderson and Eddie Alderson, and Studio City’s Sean Kanan.

You can catch the replay of the birthday benefit event below or on The Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube.

Throughout the evening, the actors shared stories of how they got their SAG card, played a game of Michael’s trivia, and revealed stories about themselves and other “party” guests in a wonderful display of community and camaraderie at all went down live!

Since March of 2o2o, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation has given out more than $6.2 million in emergency aid to over 6,500 SAG-AFTRA performers and their families facing hardship and uncertainty during this pandemic. Thousands of SAG-AFTRA artists have found themselves in dire need of assistance to help pay their rent, buy groceries, cover health care premiums and other bills.  You can still make a donation of any dollar amount to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Covid-19 relief fund here. https://members.sagfoundation.org/donate 

Now, check it out below, and let us know if you enjoyed the virtual birthday party livestream via the comment section.

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All My Children

‘ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway’ One-Night Only Streaming Concert With Favorites from AMC, GH and OLTL

Beloved stars from All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital will reunite for ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway, a one-night-only streaming concert benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.   The free streamed event can be viewed on the Broadway Cares website beginning at 8 pm Eastern on Thursday, February 11.

Additionally, the event can be seen on Broadway Cares’ YouTube Channel, ABC-owned television stations’ 32 connected TV apps on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku and each of the eight stations’ websites around the country, including abc7ny.com and Good Morning America’s Facebook page..

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The star-studded lineup will include performances by All My Children’s Bobbie Eakes, Melissa Claire Egan, Vincent Irizarry, Eva La Rue, Susan Lucci, Cameron Mathison, Eden Riegel, Chrishell Stause and Walt Willey, One Life to Live’s Kristen Alderson, BethAnn Fuenmayor, Kathy Brier, Kassie DePaiva, David Gregory, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Catherine Hickland, Mark Lawson, Hillary B. Smith, Jason Tam and Brittany Underwood; and General Hospital’s Bradford Anderson, Brandon Barash and Anthony Geary..

For the February 11 streaming special, viewers can expect to hear a bevy of Broadway classics and jazzy standards.  The streaming event will be directed by John Dietrich, who also directed each of the live stage performances.

Dedicated fans also will have the opportunity for one-on-one virtual meet-and-greets with their favorite soap stars on Saturday, February 13.  Further information on tickets and the lineup of special guests  will be announced later this month.

From 2005-2011, the stars of ABC Daytime took the stage at New York City’s Town Hall one night each year for ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares. The evening featured dynamic production numbers, heartfelt ballads and hilarious skitsNow, 10 years after that final performance, the iconic ABC Daytime actors revisit their performances as they help raise money for those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

When the event began in 2005. it was for a one-night benefit concert to celebrate All My Children’s 35th Anniversary. With overwhelming support from fans, the event continued for six more years and included cast members from One Life to Live, General Hospital and co-hosts of The View. Over its seven-year run, ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares raised an incredible $1.85 million.

“This event is truly one of a kind,” Broadway Cares Executive Director Tom Viola said. “We are so thankful to the stars from ABC Daytime for joining us again as we relive moments from this delightful tradition, while helping to provide lifesaving medication, healthy meals and emergency support to those struggling during this ongoing pandemic.”

“It was such an incredible privilege and joy to join my fellow co-stars to perform in the seven ABC Daytime Salutes concerts to benefit Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS,” said former All My Children star Susan Lucci. “There are no fans like ABC Daytime fans. Their love and support continue to astonish us.  We can’t wait to share these special performances with them and help raise money for so many in need during this difficult time.”

Lucci also shared her excitement on her Instagram account expressing: “We’re getting the fans and cast back together!!! Join us on Thursday, February 11 at 8pm for “ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway”—a fabulous online event revisiting seven years of singing, dancing and plot twists, featuring your favorite ABC Daytime stars. And it’s all to help Broadway Cares support our friends and neighbors who are struggling during this pandemic. Watch the stream at
broadway-cares.org, to join the fun! I hope to see you there!”

So excited to hear about the ABC Daytime Back to Broadway event? Let us know in the comment section, and check out the announcement from The View’s Whoopi Goldberg below.

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