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Former NYU Professor Sues James Franco for Defamation Stating: "Whoever Was In Clint Eastwood's Chair At The RNC Was More Present Than Mr. Franco In My Classes!"

Photo Credit: Jay Clendendin/L.A. Times

Photo Credit: Jay Clendendin/L.A. Times

Remember the reports that film star, and Hollywood Heights and General Hospital guest star, James Franco failed one of his classes at NYU?  Well, now it appears that a lawsuit had emerged from the disgruntled professor who failed Franco, giving the Oscar-nominee a “D” for playing hookey and missing 12 out of the 14 classes.

José Angel Santana told the New York Post that Franco is “a bully,” and that “He uses the bully pulpit of his celebrity to punish anyone who doesn’t do his bidding.”   Santana is seeking unspecified monetary damages in the Manhattan Supreme Court civil action against Franco.  The ex-instructor already sued NYU, and had blasted Franco for making “disparaging and inaccurate public statements.”   Santana, insists he was only doing his job while other star-struck professors “bent over backwards to create a Franco-friendly environment.”

Franco had told reporters Santana was “awful,” adding, “I didn’t feel like I needed to waste my time with a bad teacher. No teacher will ever be fired from NYU for giving a student a ‘D.’  He wasn’t fired, he was asked not to come back after three years because they didn’t think he was a good teacher.”

Santana claims the actor had access to teaching records — but defamed him despite knowing the professor had “overwhelmingly positive student evaluations.”    The angry professor also told the NY Post, “Whoever was in Clint Eastwood’s chair at the Republican National Convention was more present than Mr. Franco was in my classes!”

So what do you think soapers? Does the professor have a right to sue?  Let us know your thoughts!

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Tali
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Tali

How stupid! I’ve had professors that other students liked, but I thought they were awful – no teaching ability! I’d hate to think they could sue me for it, afterall I did pay the tuition for a class I never understood nor received credit for.

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

If Mr. Franco is making disparaging statements about this professor – then the professor has every right to sue. If I truly felt a professor was that bad, I would drop the class – not just stop showing up. That is a very immature reaction.

Dawn D
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Dawn D

Nope.

MK
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MK

How dare steve Burton ruin his career by doing a project with this loser that destroyed GH!

ethel
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ethel

james franco is a pompous @$$ & steve burton is so down to earth it will be like oil & water……………..i just don’t get!

Christy
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Christy

so teachers can sue a student for not showing up? that’s news to me.
so can students sue a teacher for not showing up too?

sounds like someone wants attention………. and/or money!

Tom
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Tom

Let’s face it–Franco has been abusing his celebrity left and right and this is just the latest offense. I highly doubt he was held to the same standards as the rest of us poor saps who’ve worked hard to complete college.

kay/kay
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kay/kay

James Franco is an empty suit just like Hmmm???

Pari
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Pari

People are just too sue happy. Mr. Franco thinks the guy sucked as a teacher, that’s his opinion. I guarantee if one of the professor’s less wealthy students had said the same thing (and I’m sure some of them have) he wouldn’t have bothered suing them. This guys see dollar signs plain and simple.

SZima
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SZima

Sounds to me like this professor just wants the media attention. He got fired because he was a crappy teacher and I’m sure the suit will be thrown out. People sue for the silliest shit these days. I have no love of Franco, but I do think way too many people out there are looking for the quick buck and will sue just about anyone over just about anything.

Hmmmm…I need to put my thinking cap on. I could sure use a little influx of cash right now!

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DAYS and GH Director Joe Behar Passes Away at 94

Joseph Behar was heavyweight director in daytime drama having worked on both Days of our Lives and General Hospital and now comes word of his passing. Behar passed away on June 26th at the age of 94.

According to his obit, he died at his home in Manhattan Beach, California.

Joe spent the the bulk of his career directing Days of Our Lives and General Hospital.  He actually directed the pilot episode of General Hospital back in 1963, then came back the ABC daytime drama series 30 years later to direct it for more than 10 more years,.

Along the way, he won 5 Daytime Emmys for his work on GH, and had won six overall throughout his career. He continued directing until his retirement back in 2005.

Behar’s career started on the Ernie Kovacs Show and he also directed Let’s Make a Deal. and more.

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He is survived by his wife, Carolyn and his sons, Jeffrey, Steven and Greg Behar and his grandchildren, Alex, Mallory, Niko and Lydia.

Watch an interview with Joe via the TV Academy on his career including working with Frances Reid (Ex-Alice, DAYS), the pace of directing in daytime and more below.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Joe and his family in the comment section.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Releases His New Album ‘Clean Slate’

On Thursday, the highly-anticipated nine song set from General Hospital’s James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine) dropped  on Apple Music

The album entitled “Clean Slate” features the tracks: “Look Out Below”,  “My Funny Friend”, “Can U Feel Me?”, “World of Good”, “Don’t Tell Me”, “I Burn For You”, “Always Love You”, “Another Time”, and “My One and Only Love”.

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Fans of General Hospital, always love when James performs at the Nurses Ball’ but now here, Stuart delivers several original songs with his unique vocal style that make it unmistakable JPS.

Check out a preview of the album below.

Now, let us know if you will be adding “Clean Slate” to your playlists and more via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Austin Reveals His True Identity

Leave it to many GH fans who guessed right as to just who Roger Howarth’s new character of Austin will turn out to be!  On Tuesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, we learned the last name of the character who is related to the Quartermaine’s.

For weeks, Austin has seemed to be fixated on Michael Corinthos (Chad Duell) and the Q’s and now with this cliffhanger of a reveal we know why.

At a key family business meeting at the Q’s, Scott (Kin Shriner) who now seems in cahoots with Austin for a piece of the Quartermaine pie, brings Austin to the gathering.

 

When Austin arrives, Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) looks none-to-pleased!  She clearly knows the guy.  When Michael struts up to Austin asking who he is and what is he doing here … Austin introduced himself as Austin Gaitlin-Holt.  Michael and everyone else look a bit perplexed as we fade to black.

However, GH history buffs know that Jimmy Lee Holt was the son of Edward Quartermaine and his mistress Beatrice LeSuer.  Jimmy Lee did some pretty reprehensible things while he was in Port Charles.  When he left he married Charity Gaitlin.  Upon the death of Edward Q. back in 2012, Jimmy Lee was left out of his inheritance.  Therein must lie some of the story…. and now Roger Howarth fans eagerly await to see how this new doctor in town and Quartermaine turns out to be.  Will he be a bad boy, or a misunderstood good guy?  We shall see.

So, what did you think of Austin being revealed to be Austin Gaitlin-Holt? Share your thoughts in the comment section, and also cast your vote in our poll on Roger’s new character below.

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