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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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Stars React to Alec Baldwin Fatally Shooting Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins & Injuring Director, Joel Souza, In Prop Gun Mishap On Set of ‘Rust’

UPDATED: Over the last 24 hours, the entertainment world has been stunned, by the horrific incident that took place on the set of the western drama Rust, while it was shooting scenes in New Mexico.

What is known is that Alec Baldwin (Ex-The Doctors, Knots Landing) discharged a prop gun that killed Director of Photography, Halyna Hutchins and injured director, Joel Souza.  The film also stars Frances Fisher (Ex-Edge of Night) and Jensen Ackles (Ex-Days of our Lives). Baldwin is also a producer on the film.

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According to Variety, the prop gun contained a “live single round,” according to an email sent by IATSE Local 44 to its membership.

On Friday, Alec Baldwin made a statement via Twitter on his Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation Twitter feed, expressing: “There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”

Yesterday, The Sante Fe Sheriff’s Departments originally shared that “Hutchins, 42, and Souza, 48 were shot when a prop firearm was discharged by Alec Baldwin.  Ms. Hutchins was transported, via helicopter, to University of New Mexico Hospital where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel. Mr. Souza was transported by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical center where he was undergoing treatment for his injuries. This investigation remains open and active. No charges have been filed in regard to this incident. Witnesses continue to be interviewed by detectives.”

This morning, Frances Fisher revealed in a twitter conversation with Patricia Arquette, that director Joel Souza had been released from the hospital.  Meanwhile, photographs of a distraught Baldwin emerged following the shooting.

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The news of the Baldwin prop gun incident, isn’t the first time something like this has happened. Jon-Erik Hexum was killed on October 18, 1984, on the set of the TV show Cover Up when he accidentally shot himself in the head with a gun loaded with blanks. Then, in 1993, Brandon Lee, the son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, died from a prop gun accident on the set of The Crow by a cast member.

As the news made its way through the entertainment community and mainstream news, several soap stars shared their reactions to the fatal shooting accident.

General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan) expressed: “Feeling so sad for everyone involved in the tragedy on the #RustMovie set. I do know the film was staffed with experienced, thoughtful professionals. Please, let’s wait until we have the facts. Nothing positive will come from passing judgement or casting aspersions before then.”

General Hospital and Dynasty’s Emma Samms (Holly, Fallon) shared on her friend Jon-Erik Hexum’s death: This AWFUL tragedy on #Rust is unfathomable to me. If all on-set protocols were being adhered to, how, on earth, could it have happened? After what happened to Brandon Lee and my dear friend Jon-Erik Hexam, the firearm protocols became incredibly strict. I was told (when I was with him at the hospital afterwards) that Jon-Erik had been working with a completely empty gun all morning. A blank (still very dangerous) was loaded and then immediately there was a delay. Exhausted, he was allowed to fall asleep – loaded gun in hand. hey woke him, but there was immediately another delay. Jon-Erik put the gun to his head, forgetting it now contained a blank, (because he had just woken up) and jokingly pulled the trigger. He was not the kind of person to play around with a loaded gun. #fortherecord”

We will continue to post reactions and update this story.

What are your thoughts on the fatal shooting on the set of Rust? Comment below.  How can this not happen again, so everyone is safe in this working environment when ‘dangerous’ props are called for or used to make a movie or a TV show?

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Courtney Hope Gets Marriage Advice From Her Y&R Co-Stars Ahead of Her Wedding to GH’s Chad Duell

This weekend, The Young and the Restless Courtney Hope (Sally), is set to walk down the aisle and marry the love of her life, General Hospital’s Chad Duell (Michael).  The nuptials are to take place this Saturday, October 23rd according to the wedding planner Zola.

Ahead of the popular soap duo’s vows, Courtney asked some of her Y&R co-stars advice, but as their characters in a very cute Instagram video on The Young and the Restless IG account with the accompanying text: “Marriage advice you don’t normally hear… as told by the #YR stars 😉 A special thank you to our real-life bride-to-be @TheCourtneyHope for asking! 😂”

Participating are: Peter Bergman (Jack), Amelia Heinle (Victoria), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis), Mishael Morgan (Amanda), Christian LeBlanc (Michael, Eileen Davidson (Ashley), Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe), and Christel Khalil (Lily).

In terms of advice, Amelie Heinle told Hope, “As Victoria Newman, I would say that you need to marry a man that is not going to be around for very long, and especially if he has a lot of money.”

Christel Khalil offered up some Lily marital suggestions: “Don’t let your husband let you think that he’s dead and that you’ve slept with a ghost!”

As for Courtney and Chad, the couple had been dating for five years, and this past Valentine’s Day, they became engaged.

Please share your well-wishes to Courtney and Chad as they embark on their life together via the comment section below, and let us know what you think of the marital advice given to Hope from the citizens of Genoa City.  

You can check out the video below, and then take a look back at our interview with the duo on the red carpet back at the 46th annual Daytime Emmys Awards.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Carly Admits To Sonny She Was Falling Back In Love with Jason

On Friday’s episode of General Hospital, Carly (Laura Wright) and Sonny (Maurice Benard) finally had the “talk”.  You know, the one about what Sonny really walked in on the night he “returned from the dead” on Carly and Jason’s (Steve Burton) wedding night?  Yeah, that one.

Sonny has already had a conversation with Jason, where Jason admitted he was starting to fall again for Carly, even though they were originally getting married to show a united front for the five families.

Now coming to confront Carly, Sonny is at first greeted by her with “Mike’s” cowboy hat, where she says the man he was in Nixon Falls is a mystery to her. Sonny tells her he spoke with Jason and so Carly is compelled to admit that she and Jason would have slept together on their wedding night, if Sonny hadn’t shown up alive and in the bedroom!

Sonny’s clearly upset about his best friend and his wife getting so close and rekindling their old feelings. Carly tells Sonny that, at first, Jason and she were just going through with the wedding for show, but later, they decided to make it a real marriage, and were falling in love.

When Sonny poses the question to Carly, if she has any residual feelings for Jason, she says they have gone back to being best friends, and how much she loves Sonny.  Carly points out that Nina (Cynthia Watros) did this to them – she kept them apart for nine months – and so much has happened that it’s been difficult for them to be together as it was in the past because of it.

In the end, despite what Nina had perpetrated on them, Carly and Sonny come to an agreement that they need to rebuild their relationship.  But the cowboy hat looms as we fade to black.

Clearly, the Jason and Carly relationship and almost consummating it on their wedding night, is not sitting well with Sonny; plus Sonny seems to continue to not really tear into Nina for her deception as much as someone would if he didn’t also have feelings for her.

So, what do you hope happens next? Do you want Sonny and Carly to work things out? Do you hope Sonny sleeps with Nina? If he does, and Jason goes back to Britt (now that they are going on another adventure together to locate Liesl) is Carly ultimately the odd woman out?  Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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