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GH’s Maura West Responds to Rumors of Ava Being Killed-Off: “You’ll Have to Watch and See What Happens”

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Three-time Daytime Emmy-winning actress, Maura West is considered one of the all-time greatest to ever appear in the soap opera genre. In addition, she has remained a popular fan favorite from both her performances as Ava Jerome on General Hospital, and before that as Carly Tenney Snyder on As the World Turns.

Recently, GH viewers noticed that there had been a shift in the character of Ava, where she seems to be back to more of her scheming ways while adding an even larger stack of enemies along the way.

There has been online speculation that perhaps GH is setting up a ‘whodunit’ with Ava as the victim, and if that were to be the case, how could the soap want to lose such a valuable asset as the mighty West? Unless, that’s not what’s going on here.

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Michael Fairman TV caught up with Maura last Friday night on the red carpet at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, where we shared that the “fans are worried they are going to kill-off Ava.” West responded, “Are they?  You’ll have to watch and see what happens. That’s all I can tell you.”

Speaking on Ava’s behavior of late, Maura shared, “One of the things I like about her, that I’ve always liked about her, is that one of her major character defects is that she’s reactive. She doesn’t take a pause and think. She reacts out of anger, passion, whatever it is. She’s very quick to react and that’s what she’s doing.”

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West also shared what it has been like to work more closely with Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos) in recent months, since Ava has been staying with Sonny at his Penthouse.

Maura revealed, “Oh, it’s been awesome. I really enjoy it. I really, I really do. He (Maurice) brings something out in me as an actor, a stillness and a quietness that I love. He brings it out in Ava as well. She moves less, and it brings out another part of what I do.”

Check out our Daytime Emmy red carpet chat with Maura West below, and for more 51st annual Daytime Emmy interviews with the stars visit the Michael Fairman Channel.

Now weigh-in: Do you think GH is truly going to kill-off the character of Ava Jerome, or do you think there might be an attempted murder of the character, or none of this will be proven to come true? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Maura knows how to tease story very well.

I severely doubt that (being unnominated) she would have attended the show and sat close to Frank if she was indeed departing.

Phew!

Point well taken.

I agree; with General Hospital, she’s only attended when nominated, so I was surprised to see her the other night. That, to me, suggests she is not going anywhere.

I’ve seen people hyphothesize that she’s being painted into a corner and thus will be killed. Since when does being painted into the corner mean you’re done on a soap? Look at Nina, she’s coming back just fine – and actually am liking her more lately.

I agree about Nina too, she seems to thrive on Carly’s leftovers.

I think Roger is coming back as Todd to be paired with Ava

It would be more than about time since ABC came out victorious after the Prospect Park debacle.

I doubt it very much.

GH needs to stop killing off characters for a while, especially of murder or of the latest fatal disease. not everything has to end in death, Ava can have enemies and it doesn’t have to end with someone needing to kill her. Love her scenes lately with Nina and Alexis, a good oh girl fight would be fun.

Getting rid of Maura, killing off Ava, would be a huge mistake. I’d like to think they wouldn’t do it, but nothing would surprise me. Especially with the rumors going around that they were ordered to cut budget, which has in turn led to the rumors of Maura West and Michael Easton leaving the show. Unfortunately, no amount of Emmys, positive press, or anything can change the realities of the TV industry today, particularly at a time when GH is not exactly doing well in the ratings. But rumors are just that, rumors, not confirmed facts.

So as Maura said in the interview with Michael, I will indeed watch and see what happens.

Maura West is among the better assets GH has, and it would be foolish to lose her and the character. But since no one really dies on GH…

She’s so funny–I can just hear her saying that, too, complete with Maura West-trademark vocal inflections and facial expressions.

The only thing that gives me a little bit of pause here is that they did let Roger Howarth go not long ago. I would otherwise have pointed out that it’d be insane for them to even think of getting rid of a character portrayed by a very popular actress with such a large fan base, but I’d have also said Howarth had a job for life (or as long as GH survives without being cancelled), so what do I know?

Killing off Ava (And thus, getting rid of Maura) would be a VERY foolish move on GH’s part. Unfortunately, they’ve made many such moves over the years. (Yes, I’m talking about killing off Franco and getting rid of Roger; sending Obrecht and Lucas on their merry way, etc.)

Also, GH has had many terrible characters that were ripe for a great whodunit and they’ve always dropped the ball. (Thinking of Shiloh, Cyrus and Ryan in particular.) Why in the world would they plan one for one of their greatest assets like Maura West? They’d be nuts to let her go. Now, if they had an ATTEMPTED murder story in mind, that would be one thing, but NOT for reel. (Yes, I mean reel vs real.)

I’d sure hate to see Brian Craig return , only to get involved with Ava again. She’s never been anything but trouble for any man she’s been with.

Bryan Craig is not returning as Morgan Corinthos, nor is the role being written back in.

I certainly hope you are right. He was nothing but a trouble maker his first go-around. With his various girl friends, Ava, his always causing his parents problems, etc.

Going to admit I am one of those who said there might be a chance at a “Who Killed Ava” arc. However, hopefully, Ava will never actually be killed off. GH is currently lining up an impressive grouping of suspects to do the dirty work: Alexis, Joss, Nina, Carly, Kristina, Jason, and once he finds out about those meds – Sonny. Although we all know her demise would happen at the hands of Valentine Cassadine. The PCPD would land on Sonny as the main suspect.

Whenever a soap starts the methodical process of gathering potential killers – we all know what happens next. Telltale sign: the words “I’m going to or I want to – Kill you!” being chanted in front of lots of witnesses usually seals the deal.

Being the She-Devil Ava certainly is – she can fake her death again – or get lost and come back.

None of us want Ava to really be axed off the show – she is way too delicious and our favorite villainess character. But this is a Soap – and Ms Kelly might just need some well-deserved time off.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Mac Comes Home

You probably needed the hankies during today’s Wednesday, June 19th episode of General Hospital, for it marked the return of fan favorite John J. York to his role as Mac Scorpio.

This was to be York’s first episode back on-screen since he underwent treatment for two blood cancers and revealed his health diagnosis and battle publicly back in September of 2023.

The scenes involving Mac gave viewers all the feels, and it looked as if reality and the soap blurred, especially in York’s scenes with his on-screen children, Maxie (who Max raised) and grandchildren, Georgie, James, and Bailey Louise, and wife, Felicia (Kristina Wagner).

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Since Mac was out of town supposedly down in South America helping a ‘friend’, some things have changed, including Spinelli (Bradford Anderson). having moved in with Maxie and the kids, to which Mac does not disapprove.

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In the meantime, Cody (Josh Kelly) is a man in conflict when he has second thoughts about not telling Mac he is his biological son.  When James shows up Maxie’s with Cody in tow, he lays his eyes upon the just-arrived-back-in-town Mac. The two share pleasant “hellos.” Later, back at the Quartermaine stables, Cody tells Tracy (Jane Elliot) the long and winding road story of not knowing who is father was for most of his life. Cody shares he finally found his father in Port Charles, but his father doesn’t know he has a son. Tracy thinks Cody now has a chance to re-set some things and should come clean.

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Meanwhile, Felicia keeps getting calls from Maxie while she is work at General Hospital and does not pick up. So, Felicia is unaware that her husband is back. Eventually, Felicia arrives at Maxie’s and is in for a big surprise when Mac appears and the two hug and share a kiss.

After the episode aired, and seeing the reaction from GH fans, John J. York took to his account on X. York expressed, “WOW!!! I’m just so humbled by your warm, kind and gracious words as Mac returned to PC! Your support has been monumental! I have a feeling, things are about to get interesting!”

So, what did you think about Mac’s homecoming on GH? Were you touched just seeing John J. York back in action on the ABC soap opera? Comment below.

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General Hospital’s Jophielle Love Talks On Violet’s Emotional Scenes with Finn, the Loss of Gregory, and Taylor Swift

During General Hospital’s recent episodes surrounding the death of Gregory Chase (Gregory Harrison), who succumbed to complications from ALS, many in the cast delivered touching performances; including Jophielle Love (Violet).

In story, Violet learns of her grandfather’s passing when she comes home from school and her father, Finn (Michael Easton) sits her down to explain that Gregory passed away in the middle of the night. Violet’s reaction was one of devastation and tears.

Michael Fairman TV caught with Jophielle on the red carpet at the recent 51st annual Daytime Creative Arts and Lifestyle Emmy Award ceremonies, where she was a nominee for Best Original Song for the song she co-wrote, “Shine.” The track was first heard back on a December 2023 episode of the ABC daytime drama series and is currently available on Spotify and other music streaming platforms.

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When talking about the departure of Gregory Harrison, and Violet’s reaction to her grandpa’s passing, Love shared, “Well, I was very tired from the taping of the three-day wedding, so I already had the tears in me. I knew that I was always going to see him (Gregory Harrison) in real life, but I was also very, very sad he was leaving the show. He was such a delight to work with.”

When Violet saw how difficult it was for her on-screen dad, Finn, to cope with with the death of Gregory, Love shared, “It’s hard for Violet, but Michael and I, we still see each other and he’s always happy (in real life). But, those scenes were hard. I was comforting him.”

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Receiving her first Daytime Emmy nomination as songwriter was a thrill for Jophielle: “Well first of all, I was jumping up and down and Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) came and told me while I was on set. I was just so excited.”

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Since pop superstar, Taylor Swift, started at a very young age as a singer and a songwriter, does Love see herself as a mini-Taylor? Jophielle emphatically stated, “I’m a mini Me“.  As to what she thinks of the record-setting Swift’s music, and if she likes her work. Love shared, “Yeah, yeah … so, so…”

What did you think of Jophielle’s performance during the passing of Gregory? And her comments here on Gregory Harrison, Michael Easton and Taylor Swift? Comment below.

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General Hospital Issues Statement Condemning Racist Attacks Directed at Tabyana Ali

After continued online racist comments directed at General Hospital cast member, Tabyana Ali (Trina), the series has issued its own statement on the situation across all of its social media platforms on Tuesday.

Ali, who back on June 9th took to X to stand up to the racist remarks sent her way, has been facing the same situation since joining the soap opera back in 2022 as a recast in the role of Trina Robinson.

Throughout her time on the ABC soap opera, Tabyana had been one-half of the popular young love story of “Sprina” along with Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer).

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Now General Hospital is standing up and alongside Ali, with its statement which read: “General Hospital does not tolerate hatred or bigotry of any kind. Racism has no place in Port Charles. GH is for everyone.”  Since its posting, the ability to comment has been turned off on the GH Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts.

While the statement does not specifically name Ali, according to Soap Opera Digest, ABC has been communicating with Ali and her representatives about how best to navigate the situation. Once the statement was issued, Ali took to X and said, “I appreciate you so much ABC/GH.”

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Back on June 9th, Ali opened up about the “hate” directed at her and then added, “To anyone that hates me, that’s absolutely fine. I don’t know you and you don’t me, but regardless I’m sending you peace, safety and prosperity.”

Several of Ali’s GH co-stars have posted the statement on their Instagram accounts including: Kirsten Storms (Maxie), Jacqueline Grace Lopez (Blaze) and Kate Mansi (Kristina).

What do you think of General Hospital’s statement that racism has no place in Port Charles? Are you glad they stood up for Tabyana, and moving forward for any form of racism related to the show and its cast? Comment below.

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