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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.

Harry
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Harry

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.

JJ
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JJ

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

anne
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anne

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.

Steve
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Steve

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

Follow the science.

JJ
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JJ

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!!

anne
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anne

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.

Harry
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Harry

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

Steve
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Steve

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.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

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.

Harry
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Harry

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.

Satan
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Satan

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

Soaphound
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Soaphound

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.

Satan
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Satan

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

Greg
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Greg

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

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

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.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

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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Bryan Craig Teases His Role in Upcoming ‘Joker’ Sequel

Former General Hospital star and two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Bryan Craig (ex-Morgan Corinthos) has been quite busy these days with his continuing role on Freeform’s Good Trouble and now the biggest tease of all!

Craig took to his Instagram account and posted an intriguing pic, which from all indications mean he has landed a part in the upcoming motion picture Joker sequel Folie à Deux! (“Madness for Two”).

Because details on the upcoming film have been top secret, Craig erased his character’s name on his cast parking sign when he posted the image.

What we do know is that the upcoming Joker sequel will see the return of Joaquin Phoenix in his Oscar-winning role as Arthur Fleck. The cast includes Lady Gaga as Harley Quinn, plus Brendan Gleeson, Zazie Beets, and Catherine Keener.

The film is due out in 2024.

Looking forward to seeing Bryan in Folie à Deux? Comment below.

 

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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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