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General Hospital’s Michael Easton Pens Touching Farewell to Gregory Harrison

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Following the on-screen death of his on-screen father, Gregory Chase played by Gregory Harrison, longtime soap vet, Michael Easton (Finn, GH) shared his feelings on a touching Instagram post.

Easton summed up getting to know Gregory Harrison, and to play emotional scenes with him for the last three years. In story, Gregory succumbed to ALS, a disease in which there is no cure.

Sharing several photos of himself with Harrison. Easton expressed, “Gregory Harrison. One of the finest actors I’ve ever had the privilege of working with and an even better human being. I learned so much from you, my friend, and it was an absolute honor to get to share a stage with you these past three years. Your talent, grace and powerful presence will be greatly missed around the studio. @gnhsurf @generalhospitalabc #gh #fathersandsons”

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In addition, Josh Swickard (Chase), Harrison’s other on-screen son told Soap Opera Digest on Gregory’s exit, “Sometimes when you’re working on a show like this and someone plays your dad, it spills over. He really felt like a father figure to me in so many ways. Still does. He’s such a good human being. He’s been around the block in life, in Hollywood, and then some, and he’s just a wealth of knowledge. And he’s a humble human being.”

Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis, GH) also took to X and shared her sentiments on her time working with Harrison. Grahn said, “Was hard to say good bye to working with my friend, Gregory Harrison. What a treat to share the stage with this guy, and getting to know him was a gift. I truly love & respect everything about him. And I know he’s seeing this. He doesn’t post, but likes to read mine.”

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Fans of GH caught on the Monday, May 20th episode some very heart-tugging scenes between Gregory and Finn, where they each tell the other how proud they are to have been each others father and son.

Watch below the heartbreaking moment and the touching portrayal by Michael Easton when Finn finds his father has passed away.

So, what do you think about the words written by Michael Easton and he says farewell to the exited Gregory Harrison? What did you think of his performance on today’s GH? Comment below.

 

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Too soon, wanted more of him with Tracy

I wish they hadn’t killed of the character, his chemistry with Jane and Nancy was so beautiful to watch,and what I love about it was that not the typical love story soap opera triangle, it was a man who had two beautiful friendship with these two opposite strong will women.

People can live with ALS for quite a while. Not sure what the hurry was in writing him off except for May sweeps. Too bad for the fans.

My sister died from ALS. Much more happens to a person with ALS. They didn’t show the real bad stuff

He certainly brought out the best in every relationship.

I’m still crying…

It brought back memories of my father dieing. Very emotional show today

Brought back memories for me too. Very true-to-life heartbreaking scene. Michael Easton’s performance as the grief-stricken son grabbed my heart through the screen… In real life he’d cared for his mom who eventually passed, and it seems likely that scene brought all those emotions back for him too.

So sad. I loved his character. He is a great actor and I wish he could have stayed on longer.

I agree. I never wanted them to do this story to begin with; I’m not a fan of fatal diseases stories and GH has been writing them back-to-back. They never did that in the past; not to this extent. But unfortunately they did, and it was incredibly poignant and well done. I’m glad, like with Britt and Franco’s story, we didn’t have to watch them suffer and deteriorate. That is way too heavy, too depressing, and not the “escapism” that many of us watch soaps for. Great loss for the show of a fantastic actor and character, in my opinion the best new character they’ve brought on in years.

I am crying still. So sad to write him off. Wished he could’ve been on for longer. Was a breath of air to the GH family. Heartbreaking for so many. Little violet losing Grampa it was like when my daughter lost her Grampa she was about same age as Violet.

True gut punch. I’m hoping they don’t do flashbacks; I’ve run out of tissues….

I will miss him so much. I’ve enjoyed his wonderful acting and good looks, which seems to improve with age. I thought he was so good looking especially as Gonzo on M.A.S.H and Trapper John. Good luck with whatever comes next Gregory, it was such a joy having you here on GH.

been watching GH for years – probably one of the best episodes I’ve seen in a long time. “A” game all the way around…Sorry to see Gregory go – they should have given him something curable, His chemistry with both sons and with Tracy and Alexis was amazing.

I was hoping Finn could’ve found a way to help his Dad. Such a sad ending. It’s a big loss for GH. The actors & fans will really miss him on the show. He was a very kind man full of compassion. You don’t see much of that on TV or in life anymore. So much violence and turmoil today sadness. We need more joy in this world. I think Mac is a good person to bring back to GH they need a good man like Gregory was on the show.

Mac is coming back. John York who plays Mac was very ill. Thankfully, he’s on the mend and is back filming his scenes.

I would have like to have seen his relationship with Tracy develope. Such a loss of a possible great story by letting his character die so soon

Well, leave it to GH to strike gold twice! When Max Gail was on I couldn’t help but watch everyone of his scenes. The actors on GH loved him! Then, GH does it again, Gregory Harrison! He might be grasping a gold statue soon? He is terrific. He has all the charm you would ever want. Him and Jane Elliot were pure gold! She must be pleased to be back on GH and be front and center with so many talented actors. Her and Greg had such wonderful chemistry. Every scene they did was a master class! Thank you Gregory and stay put Jane!

His final scene where Finn is helping him get ready for bed is so touching and sweet. His memories just before falling asleep are so beautiful and then you know what’s about to happen. The music too brings tears. And Violet’s voice saying “Goodnight Grandpa” is so precious and heartbreaking.

Aside from my dislike of lengthy addiction stories, Finn’s reaction to losing his father doesn’t track for me. Finn keeps replaying their argument in his mind? Why?! His father gave him the most beautiful words of love and praise the night before his death. His father also gave him a very heartfelt apology and tried mitigate any regrets Finn may have had. Finn (anyone) couldn’t have asked for better closure and resolution. Also, if Gregory HAD to die, what a blessing he went peacefully in his sleep and didn’t have to suffer with worsening ALS symptoms any longer. Gregory was already dreading losing his faculties and feeling like a burden. He was spared so much pain. Anyway, I agree with those who wish he could have just been misdiagnosed and saved by Finn, and gone on to have a romance with Tracy.

I meant to say the writers, in my opinion, severely missed the mark here. In my opinion, you can’t write the most beautiful ending to a father/son relationship, then have Finn react as if their beautiful conversation didn’t even happen.

Why?? Such a not good ending at all!!! I kept hoping Finn or one of the doctors would discover Gregory was MISDIAGNOSED. And to make Finn relive the harsh words was cruel. His dad APOLOGIZED AND TOLD HIM HE LOVED HIM ! Not only that but you had Finn totally BLOW HIS SOBRIETY!!!!!? SERIOUSLY?? To put it bluntly YOU SO CALLED WRITERS SUCK!!!!!Whats next you GOING TO MSKE HIM ABUSIVE TOO ??? BELIVE IT IR NOT SOME PEOPLE ACTUALLY DONT EVER LOOSE THEIR SOBRIETY!! They go to meetings they bust their asses to stay sober yes they have slips!! BUT YOU MADE FINN TOTALLY BLOW HIS ON PURPOSE!!!! REALLY WHY!!! NOT ONLY IS YOUR SO CALKED GOOD STORY GONNA EFFECT FINN BUT VIOLET AND CHASE!!! NOW THEY COULD NOT JUST LOSE A GRANDPA AND DAD BUT A BROTHER AND FATHER TOO!!! Like I said writers YOU S U C K!!!!!!!!

Writers did a sorry job of research. ALS is nothing like they showed. My husband died from ALS I know.

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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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