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General Hospital Alum Sean Kanan Recalls How AJ Quartermaine’s Ignorance Was Difficult to Portray in Stone’s AIDS Storyline

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On June 22, 1995, General Hospital showcased its second ever Nurses’ Ball during the middle of the Stone HIV/AIDS storyline that has now become a classic.

It was at the ball that the character of AJ Quartermaine, played by current B&B star, Sean Kanan (Deacon) was used by the writers to have a character voice what many in the audience may not have been clear about in just how someone contracts HIV/AIDS.  During the scenes, Stone (Michael Sutton) admits to AJ, Jason (Steve Burton), Alan (Stuart Damon), Monica (Leslie Charleson), Keisha (Senait Ashenafi) and Lily (Lilly Melgar), that he has AIDS with Robin (Kimberly McCullough) by his side.

On Thursday, a fan posted a clip from that scene and tweeted, “The Storyline That Changed My Life & Led Me To Volunteer As Much As I Could For The AiDS/HIV Community!TY”‘

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After seeing the clip, Kanan came on to his Twitter account to share his feelings on the challenging scene from the past. Sean shared, “This was personally a very difficult storyline for me to play. Having tons of gay friends as well as relatives I was conflicted. My character, AJ Quartermaine exuded ignorance and a lack of self-evolved understanding. Ultimately I embraced the story because it was the story that was so important rather than my character. I am still very proud of the work the show produced about a socially relevant and humanistically important subject.”

In the writing of the scene, AJ says the following lines to his family after Stone and Robin leave the table: “Who knew he was gay? I didn’t know. Well, what then, drugs? Jason, it’s almost impossible to get AIDS from a woman … sometimes, I’ll grant you that.  But it’s far more likely to get transmitted in other ways.  I mean, think about it.  Stone is practically attached to the hip of Robin for a very long time now and he certainly didn’t get it from her.”

What did you think about the sentiments shared by Sean in 2023 on the actions of his fictional character of GH’s AJ Quartermaine back in 1995?  Let us know in the comment section below.

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I think it was fine and realistic for the time it was written. Not many knew about it, many thought it was a “gay” disease, and it doesn’t seem like “AJ” was trying to be cruel; but was uninformed.

One of the best ever daytime storylines from any soap! Relevant, timely, real… We could use more of such.

It was a story of the times and was brilliantly told, thanks to the brilliance of Wendy Riche (executive producer) and Claire Labine (head writer). And, to think, they originally wanted AJ to be the one battling AIDS, but ABC rallied against it, because of the fact AJ was a Quartermaine.

If a Devil remembers correctly, from something Sean Kanan said himself in a previous interview (possibly an episode of “State of Mind”) the original plan was to have AJ be the one. The problem was how he would have been infected. AJ was a hardcore alcoholic, but not an IV drug user. So the logical implication would be that he had a drunken hookup with some random person, and like most drunken hookups, didn’t practice safer sex.

Problem with that idea is the question of who he would have had this drunken hookup with. Even then they knew that transmission of the virus from women to men was statistically rare, and did they really want to “go there” with AJ being into guys, even if it was only when he was wasted?

Of course they wanted this to happen to a “legacy kid” so it would be a major story. So they chose Robin… by way of Stone. Stone was more or less a blank canvas, so they could give him any backstory they wanted, and if my fuzzy devil memory is correct, they went with the past drug use.

The networks (ABC in particular) were very protective of legacy characters until the 2000’s. In addition to the AJ-Stone switch, ABC rejected an Audrey gets Alzheimer’s storyline and had OLTL switch the gay coming out story from Joey Buchanan to Billy Douglas.

After Frons, Phelps, et al, took over it was suddenly okay to kill multiple Quartermaines and longtime characters such as Dixie Cooney and Gabrielle Medina.

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Cameron Mathison Takes You Behind the Scenes of Photo Shoot as Host of New Game Show ‘Beat the Bridge’

General Hospital’s Cameron Mathison (Drew Cain) will soon step into his new role as game show host when Beat the Bridge bows on June 10th and will be seen weeknights at 6 pm on the Game Show Network. As previously reported, Cameron is also staying put in Port Charles.

Ahead of the summer series premiere, Mathison took part in a photo shoot for the game show and as the face of the game. Looks like Cam is about to become a 2024-version of classic game show host, Wink Martindale!

Taking to his Instagram, Cameron shared some moments and images from the photo shoot and how they came to be. Many will be used as publicity photos for the show as it ramps-up its tune-in over the next several weeks.


Along with the behind the scenes images and video, Mathison wrote, “Making me look good🙃 Take a look behind the scenes at a photoshoot we did for Beat The Bridge📸 (Especially the massive hangtime I get at the end lol) It’s all coming your way very soon! Beat The Bridge premieres June 10 at 6p only on Game Show Network👊🏼👊🏼👊🏼”

Several of Cameron’s friends, and former or current co-stars, also commented on the photos and the BTS view, such as soap icon Susan Lucci (ex-Erica, All My Children) with whom Cameron worked closely with as his Pine Valley alter-ego, Ryan Lavery.  In fact, as AMC fans know, at one point Ryan and Erica were an item. Lucci wrote, “SOooo handsome, talented, charming, and kind—that’s Cameron🥰👏👏👏”

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Meanwhile, Cameron’s current castmate, Kate Mansi (Kristina, GH) commented on his athletic moves in the shoot, sharing, “Woooaaa Gene Kelly over there 🔥”

While in the middle of his busy work schedule at GH and for Beat the Bride, Cameron took time to appear in last week’s Daytime Stands Up – A Benefit for Stand Up For Cancer – We All Have a Story.  During his segment, Mathison appeared with Y&R’s Colleen Zenk (Jordan) and both spoke on their battles with cancer. For Cameron, surviving kidney cancer, plus the star spoke on the loss of their mothers, both to cancer.

If you missed the daytime star-studded event for a good cause, which featured Cameron, you can watch in full below.

Now let us know, will you be checking out Cameron beginning June 10th on Beat the Bridge? Share your thoughts in the comment section, but first check out how Cameron fares with GSN game show trivia in a promotional segment below.


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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Tracy Learns Gregory Died from Cody; Finn and Chase Share Their Grief

Friday’s May 24th episode of General Hospital featured some very touching scenes.

First, when Tracy (Jane Elliot) returned to the stables for a ride, she is met by Cody (Josh Kelly). He tells her she is needed in the house. Tracy doesn’t think anyone needs her there.

Tracy relates how Chase (Josh Swickard) and Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) are on a plane to Florence. Cody tells her that they couldn’t get on that plane. Cody can only say, “He’s sorry.” It’s at that moment Tracy is hit with the realization that Gregory passed away.

Cody tells her what he knows of Gregory’s passing, but Tracy says that she knew this was eventually going to happen, but this feels so sudden. Cody is sorry she had to hear the news from him.  Tracy says, she’s not. She poignantly thinks Gregory must have been a lot like Cody when he was younger. Tracy goes on to say they both have an open way about them as he doesn’t miss a thing, doesn’t talk much, doesn’t push people around, and that he gives people a lot of grace. Cody is moved. Tracy decides she needs to head out.


Next, Tracy comes to the hospital and meets with Stella. Knowing Stella (Vernee Watson) is a patient advocate, Tracy tells her if anything comes up for Gregory’s death regarding bills or anything she can handle with her hands or her checkbook, to let her know. Tracy reveals that she doesn’t want Gregory’s family to worry about anything right now. She goes on to say to keep her name out of it.

Stella tells Tracy this is her loss to and its OK for her to grieve. Tracy shared that Gregory changed her, and she doesn’t want to let him down, at least not so soon.

At Finn’s, Chase tries to console his brother. Finn tells Chase he also lost his dad, but Chase can see how hard finding Gregory dead has hit Finn; given he has been drinking. Finn tells Chase that the person he found in that bed didn’t look their dad.  He cries that he didn’t want this to happen and Chase hugs his brother tight and says neither did he.

Sitting down together, the two brothers have a heart-to-heart. Finn realizes he handled the entire situation the wrong way and even pushed Elizabeth away.  Chase says there is no correct way to grieve. Finn feels such guilt over how many times in their lives he hurt their father, and now he threw his sobriety away, which Gregory was proud of him for.

Chase says he rebuilt his relationship with their dad, and he can do the same now with his sobriety. Finn asks Chase to get rid of the liquor bottle and so Chase takes care of it.  When Violet (Jophielle Love) and Brook Lynn return, Finn tells Brook Lynn he is so sorry that she and Chase had to miss their honeymoon. Brook Lynn assures him she is here for him for whatever he needs. Next, Finn says he needs a meeting and Chase says he thinks that is a good idea.


Meanwhile, in Albany, Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) is having all sorts of trouble in her attempt to get her law license reinstated during her her hearing vs. Fergus Byrne (Lane Davies). The judges will render their decision within 30 days and notify the parties. Will she head back to Port Charles, find out about Gregory, and wind up at an AA meeting with Finn?

In this episode, the always fabulous Jane Elliot touched out hearts in her scenes as well as Josh Kelly, Michael Easton and Josh Swickard.

So, what did you think about Tracy’s reaction to Gregory’s death? The scenes between Finn and Chase and what will happen to Alexis next? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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General Hospital to Air Encore Episode for Memorial Day

Coming up on Monday, May 27th, ABC’s General Hospital is the only daytime drama slated to air an encore presentation of a previously aired episode. The episode that is said to have originally aired on October 5, 2023.

The episode features the following storypoints: Spencer and Trina return from a private tour of the MET’s archives. They make love again and lament that this is their last day in New York. Trina thanks their hotel room before leaving with Spencer.

Cody, having kicked open the door, stops Montague from hurting Sasha. Dante arrives with Mac and other cops. Montague is placed under arrest and charged with attempted murder. Cody and Sasha leave Ferncliff together.


Sonny confronts Gladys for her lies as Sam witnesses. Sonny accuses Gladys of using Mike, then Brando, then Sasha. After Sam goes, Sonny tells Gladys she’s leaving town and returning to Bridgeport. Sonny implies Gladys will die if she ever leaves Bridgeport. Sonny has Frank escort Gladys away without a single bag.


Charlotte listens from a hiding spot as Val explains to Anna he bought this house after Anna’s place burned down so he, Charlotte, and Anna could live in it. Val kept it from Anna because he didn’t want to get her hopes up. Val explains Charlotte needs his attention, so Anna can’t move in yet. Charlotte thinks back to reading Victor’s letter that says she must defeat Anna.

So, are you looking forward to seeing this encore presentation of GH on Memorial Day? Let us know via the comment section below.

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