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ESPN Sports Personality and ‘General Hospital’ Guest Star, Stephen A. Smith Reveals COVID-19 Nearly Took His Life

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In a harrowing account of coming down with Covid-19, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, who also has a recurring role on General Hospital as Brick, revealed his battle over the holidays that led to him being hospitalized because of the severity of his symptoms.

On Monday, Smith returned to his co-hosting gig on ESPN’s First Take and it was there he shared what happened during his breakthrough case of Covid.  Stephen had been fully vaccinated. Smith said that he had tested positive late in December and wound up in the hospital with pneumonia in both lungs over New Years.

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Stephen A. discussed the details, expressing:  “I had 103 degree fever every night. Woke up with chills and a pool of sweat. Headaches were massive. Coughing profusely. And it got to a point where right before New Year’s Eve, I was in the hospital into New Year’s Day. That’s how I brought in the New Year.”

He went on to say about contracting Covid-19: “For me personally, it hit me differently. (Doctors) told me, had I not been vaccinated, I wouldn’t be here. That’s how bad I was. I had pneumonia in both lungs. My liver was bad, and it ravaged me to the point where even now I have to monitor my volume, get to the gym every day … I’m still not 100% with my lungs, but I’m Covid negative … I’m on the road to recovery.”

On a happier note, Smith shared how glad he was to be back at work after testing negative: “I’m ecstatic to be back. I’ve missed being at work. I’ve used more sick days in the last month than I’ve used in my 28-year career in this business.  And I can’t tell you how lucky and sincerely blessed I am to be sitting here with you guys today because two-and-a-half, three weeks ago, I didn’t know if I was gonna make it.”

So, glad to know Stephen A. is on the mend from a very scary bout with Covid? Share your thoughts in the comment section

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“And they told me had I not been vaccinated, I wouldn’t be here. That’s how bad I was.”

That’s all that needed to be said.

That’s it exactly. Thank you.
On another note, I love this guy. Whenever he appears on the screen, I’m watching. Glad he was smart enough to obtain the vaccine and because of it, this great talent is still with us.

That is an adverse “vaccine” reaction. Not covid.

JJ – pay very close attention here. I know this will seriously strain your brain. This was absolutely not, repeat absolutely not, an adverse vaccine reaction. This was Covid. Since you are vaccine resistant I hope you STAY isolated in your home so that you do not endanger the health of others.

What medical training qualifies you to make a random diagnosis? Been reading the dark web too much?

Follow the science.

It’s called common sense. Remember that? From 2 years ago?

Science?? A double vaccinated person still comes down with the disease he was vaccinated against….and you’re still trusting that “science”??

Maybe go back to REAL science. Pre 2020 science. Not CNN science. Take the pie plate off your head…form a coherent thought independent of your TV…and get on with it.

You people are terrifying!!

JJ – you and your fellow Qanon friends are the people who terrifying! I find your refusal to be vaccinated and your continued spewing of information from the dark web proven to be false morally reprehensible.

The only thing that can be done is to exclude you and friends from coming into contact with other people. That means no going into theatres, restaurants and other public areas for you.

I love Anne, and I don’t care who knows it.

As someone who woke up this morning to a positive test (after being vaccinated and boosted) I’m in much better shape than a few non-vaccinated acquaintances who have been sick for several weeks.

You’ll never understand how this type of vaccine works. Facts matter. Ignorance can have devastating consequences.

Steve, I hope you have a very, very mild case.

Your points are well taken: ” Facts matter. Ignorance can have devastating consequences.”

On a related matter, it seems this site has had a few hiccups the last couple of days. Posts appearing one day, then gone the next. Posts that were supportive (and not at all harmful) not published.

JJ clings to frantic ignorance and fear mongering, and yet tells others that they’re terrifying. How’s your campaign for Trump and JFK Junior going? Good luck with that, and please tell Elvis and Jim Morrison I said hello.

JJ has a “medical” degree from Trump University, apparently.

You know, Satan, it always amazes me that people who follow science warnings and care enough about others enough to wear masks are all “stupid, gullible, duped by the media, etc.” But why do we never hear about where folks like JJ get their “facts”? Why are their sources unimpeachable and sacrosanct? Seems like mass hypocrisy to me. The minute some Internet crackpot gets on social media with a diatribe, their opinions are instantly validated, regardless of the facts.

I think most of them get their “facts” from Farcebook. Or “alternative facts” as former Trump mouthpiece Kellyanne Meth-Tweaker used to call them.

only the stupid and unvaccinated would go to see stonecold and the jackal!!

So sorry that Stephen was so sick. Thank God he had those C0VID shots under his belt. I really enjoy him on GH, he’s so sauve and sexy too. I wish he had a better part.can just imagine if he was Sonny’s adversary instead.

I love Brick and wish he was given a bigger and better part. Can you imagine if he was Sonny’s adversary?

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John J. York Returns as General Hospital’s Mac Scorpio and Shares, “Expect The You-Know-What to Hit the Fan”

General Hospital fans were overjoyed when John J. York (Mac Scorpio) revealed he was back on set and taping all-new episodes of the ABC daytime drama series.

The beloved GH star was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) and multiple smoldering myeloma, two blood and bone marrow disorders, back in 2022.  Later, he underwent treatment for the cancer in September of 2023, which took him off the show while he went through a blood stem cell transplant and the recovery.

Now, those who have waited for Mac to finally get to the truth – that Cody Bell (Josh Kelly) is his biological son – may finally get their wish!  Speaking with TV Insider on his imminent return (he is back on-screen this coming Wednesday, June 19th), York shared on what’s about to go down, “Expect the you-know-what to hit the fan and let the dust come down and settle where it will, so get ready.”

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York also prepped viewers that he will look a little different when he first seen back in Port Charles, due to his cancer treatments, “My hair grew back nice. I was not sure how my hair would look because I was bald. Now it’s short, like a military cut.”

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Speaking on his own health and life, John shared, “With the MDS, if everything goes well with the bone marrow transplant, that should be handled. With the multiple smoldering myeloma, smoldering being the key word, it just kind of stays there in my system. There is a small chance that it could turn into full-blown leukemia at some point, but the goal is for me to die of old age before I die of any kind of blood cancer. I feel fantastic and all the blood tests that I take once a month have all pointed in the direction that things are all going in the right direction, which is really good.”

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Are you looking forward to the moment that Mac realizes Cody is his son? What do you think his reaction will be as he has been duped all this time? Happy, as we are, that John is back on-screen on GH? Comment below.

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THIS WEEK on General Hospital: Anna Tries to Get Evidence on Valentin; But Will Her Love for Him Get in the Way?

In previews for the action this week on General Hospital, it looks like things may be reaching a critical point for Jason (Steve Burton), Anna (Finola Hughes) and Valentin (James Patrick Stuart), among others.

Valentin has been running Pikeman, Anna suspects it and wants to find die-hard evidence against him, but she is conflicted because she still loves the guy. Will she be able to stay the course and figure out all that Valentin had perpetrated including switching out Sonny’s meds?

In the latest promo for the ABC soap opera,  Jason shares, “I’m running out of time.” He wants to go to Cates (Adam J. Harrington), but Anna wants him to hold up a minute, when she says, “I’m having dinner with Valentin,” adding “I will get the evidence we need.” But can she? Will she?

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At the recent 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards Michael Fairman TV caught up with Finola Hughes to ask her at this present time, just how does Anna feel about her ex, Valentin Cassadine? To which she replied, “There’s a lot of conflict. C’mon, what does she do? She loves him, but he’s been lying .. again.  We’ll see.  It’s been really nicely written, so I think you (the fans) will enjoy it.”

Also this week in official teasers from GH:

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2024

Mac Scorpio returns! Cody confides in Tracy. Stella encourages Chase. Alexis gets big news. Natalia and Sonny bond. Brook Lynn ponders her options

THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2024  

Carly warns Jason. Sam is livid. Finn lashes out. Nina confides in Maxie. Gio learns more about Trina.

FRIDAY , JUNE 21, 2024

Jason faces a big decision. Carly makes a shocking realization. Maxie and Spinelli are concerned. Sam is on the warpath. Tracy fields an emergency.

Now below check out this week’s promo for GH, followed by our chat with Finola. Do you want to see Anna and Valentin to get back together? Do you hope Valentin pays for his crimes? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Bryan Craig Wishes General Hospital’s Maurice Benard ‘Happy Father’s Day’; Is He Trolling Us … or is This the Ultimate Return Tease?

Sunday is Father’s Day, and it’s the time when many soap stars and celebrities take to social media to give love and shout outs to their dads.

In an another post that got General Hospital fans to take notice, two-time Daytime Emmy-winner Bryan Craig (ex-Morgan Corinthos) dropped a blast from the past photo of himself alongside Maurice Benard (Sonny). Accompanying the photo, Bryan wrote: ‘Happy Father’s Day” Maurice Benard.

The post on X comes on the heels of a previous response by Craig to a post on Frank Valentini’s (executive producer, General Hospital) comment to On the Red Carpet, where he revealed that this summer, “A former cast member is coming back. And I think that the audience will go crazy for HIM.” In response, Craig teased, “Who could it be…”

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Now on Sunday responses to Craig’s post were met with varied responses from GH fans from “Stop playing with us” to “Now you’re just trolling us, lol. We really need you back right now.”  Still others took it as a potential confirmation that Craig is the mystery man on his way back to General Hospital stating, “I hope you’re going to back to GH!” to “Can’t wait!”

Craig last appeared on GH from 2013-2016 and made a brief return in 2018. Since departing GH, Bryan has appeared in numerous TV and film projects including: Freeform’s Good Trouble and ABC’s Grand Hotel.

So, is Bryan Craig yanking GH viewers chain, or is he slyly teasing us, because he knows he is the one returning to the ABC soap opera? Weigh-in on your theories below.

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