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General Hospital Posts Biggest Year To Year Gain Of Any Daytime Program! Scores Biggest Gains In Key Demos Of Any Daytime Drama!

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There was great ratings news to share today via an official press release from ABC!

After the ratings for the week of June 2nd to June 6th, General Hospital posted the biggest year to year gains of any program in daytime in Total Viewers (+24% – 3.1 million vs. 2.5 million) and of any daytime drama in Women 18-34 (+24% – 216,000 vs. 174,000), Women 18-49 (+22% – 680,000 vs. 557,000) and Women 25-54 (+20% – 909,000 vs. 757,000)!

General Hospital ranked as the week’s #1 program in daytime among Women 18-49 (680,000/1.1 rating – tied on rating) and placed an ultra-competitive #2 in Women 25-54 (909,000/1.5 rating), rising to 8-week highs in the target demos – since week of 4/7/14.

Also impressive, GH spiked to a 21-week high in Total Viewers (3.1 million) – since week of 1/6/14 – with the week placing among the series’ Top 5 weeks in nearly 6-and-a-half years (dates back to 1/28/08).

Congratulations to the hard working men and women in front of the camera and behind the scenes of the ABC daytime drama!

So, if you are a fan of General Hospital what do you think of the impressive numbers and year to year increase?   Share your thoughts below!

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su0000
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su0000

CONGRATS!! GH!

The staff at GH are doing an awesome job..
All their efforts have paid off in a huge way..

I predict;

Y&R will be eating GH dust, sooner than later .. 🙂

((the sponsors who mainly bring us our soaps care mostly about the demo numbers, and GH has them ..))

AJQ
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AJQ

Yeah, great job. I love the PR spin by ABC. GH is up 24% from this time last year when it had only 2.5 million viewers. Anyone remember what happened this time last year? The OLTL 3 came back, a complete disaster replete with relish stories and DVD’s, and the ratings plummeted. So RC/FV and company drive the ratings down a few hundred thousand viewers, and a year later they rebound from their own mess, and it’s a huge gain. OK. I assume some of the increase is curiosity for Michelle Stafford and some people migrating from Y&R to check… Read more »

Evan
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Evan

The only spin here is coming from you, AJQ, or GH50, or whatever name you’re going by this week. GH is doing great and you can’t stand it, cause it shoots a big hole in your spin that the show is going down the tubes. “RIP GH”, wasn’t that what you wrote a few weeks back? LOL, GH couldn’t be healthier!

David
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David

I see GH50 or should I say AJQ cannot handle when there is good news for GH. Keep on crying, ABC has no reason to spin PR. If they were not happy with the numbers they simply would not send out a release but hey if it makes you happy to post your hate go for it.

Matthew
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Matthew

Aww snap. You got served!

Nick
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Nick

Evan, if you can’t tolerate any statements/opinions that are less than 100% positive about GH without being rude in return, then I suggest that you go somewhere else or do something else with your free time. This is not a GH-cheerleader thread, and AJQ above has every right to express himself here. Oh yeah, this commenter did something terrible: He actually had the audacity to not gush about how wonderful GH is or kiss Ron Carlivati and Frank Valentini’s behinds! Yes, all things considered, GH is doing fairly well in the ratings now, especially considering how things looked for the… Read more »

GH50
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GH50

Hey Evan, GH50 here, If someone else is using some of my opinions or former ideas and content, good for them. You seem to think you’re very smart, trying to make a connection and imply that only one person can have the same views, but if you can quote directly from one of my previous posts, then I guess someone else can too, makes sense right? Thanks for also twisting a quote of mine. When I said “RIP GH” I was talking mainly about the quality of the show. It was a post about Nina and the need to bring… Read more »

DidjaNoit
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DidjaNoit

You are right AJQ, but I don’t think anyone is really paying attention to the actual numbers, other than us. GH has 216k in the 18-34 age group, 680k in the 18-49 demo, and that’s a good thing?? It is an improvement over last year’s ratings for Cartini, but there is no way to spin less than a million viewers in the key demos as a step up for GH. General Hospital stayed on the air because of the numbers it drew in these demos, usually making up half or two thirds of the total viewers. Like you said, the… Read more »

Nick
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Nick

David, the way I responded to Evan above goes for you too. If you cannot tolerate someone posting a comment that is the slightest bit negative or critical about anything related to GH without being rude in return, then I suggest that you get off this thread right now. If you truly think that any commenter who conveys any bit of constructive criticism about the show or analyzes the ratings numbers in a less than 100% gushing way is spewing “hate” about GH, then YOU are paranoid and YOU’RE the one with the problem, not anyone else. I’m sure many… Read more »

Evan
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Evan

Hey Nick, did I miss where you were elected the policeman for this page? Where do you get off telling people to stop posting here? There’s only one man that can do that, his name is Michael Fairman, and he runs the site. You talk about other posters being disrespectful and rude, and here you are doing the same thing that you accuse others of. Seems to me like you’re the one that has the problem here, not anyone else. @GH50/AJQ: That was a very clever line about me going back to who I report to and working the boards,… Read more »

harry
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harry

Dear Evan and David:
Having read many of GH50’s posts, I developed an ear for his/her tone of voice. AJQ has a different narrative voice. Moreover, it’s not like ALQ wrote anything insulting or outlandish so why would GH50 bother changing names in order to fool people? Finally, GH50 strikes me as the kind of person who doesn’t need to resort to changing names in order to make an assertion.
The one thing these two commentators have in common is they make a lot of sense.

Troy Turner
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Troy Turner

Hey Nick (or whoever you choose to call yourself),

Don’t you ever get tired of repeating yourself after 3 years now? Just take your anti-soap agenda, and go home will you?

Nick
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Nick

Hey Troy, No sorry, I won’t “go home”. Don’t give me orders. Why should I, simply because YOU don’t like that I didn’t post cheerleader-type comments? This is a free country and a public board. Don’t YOU ever get tired of spouting the same old, tired, (dead-wrong) nonsense/garbage ad-nausem after three years now and exposing yourself everywhere as a complete buffoon?? It must be a gift. Well, we’re beyond tired of your pathetic act on these sites, so it works both ways. In case you’re unaware, in this world and especially on Internet boards like this, you’ll find commenters with… Read more »

harry
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harry

Well, Troy the boy, maybe Nick wouldn’t have to keep repeating himself if people didn’t resort to name calling or other sophomoric antics when someone dares to voice a critical opinion about GH. I for one think Nick the Knife rocks, and he is absolutely right on here.

Troy Turner
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Troy Turner

Nick,

It just galls you that I (and others) can see through your anti-soap agenda, doesn’t it? You’re the one that’s been chasing soap lovers all over the Internet for the last 3 years trying to stifle soap lovers-when YOU are the one that’s been proven wrong at every turn. The old saying goes “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, everyone is NOT entitled to their own facts.” Face it, your facts and agenda are wrong. Give it up, and go home

Angela
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Angela

Two Words…Michelle Stafford

David
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David

Michelle Stafford was probably part of it but there was also a lot of other stuff going on as well.

Nikki
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Nikki

SO proud to be a General Hospital fan! Not just because of this impressive achievement and their growing numbers, but because of the quality of the show. This past year has been the best it’s been in YEARS and I love watching it every day. Is every storyline, every choice, perfect? No, no soap or primetime show is, but the majority, the show as a whole? The strong dialogue, the action, the drama, the rumor, the romance, the twists and turns? The amazing acting, the returning actors, the use of the ensemble cast? It’s all been brilliant and I love… Read more »

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Im glad the ratings are good but im also a bit suprised…im still watching and find it sometimes entertaing but the writing is often confusing and dumb. Anna and Jordan should not be seen discussing the mob in a public park where they can easily be seen, how and why did Rafe suddenly become a drug addict and where has he been all this time, the babys death did bring some grim realism to GH but it wasnt well acted and the baby looked too fake(yeah, i know they couldnt use a real baby), the hitman leaving a room full… Read more »

Matthew
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Matthew

You got a problem with Jordan looking like Michelle Obama?

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

No…i have no problem with her looking like Mrs.Obama…i was just commenting on her resembalance…i just feel she doesnt act like a real undercover agent…which i have a problem with…my family voted for Obama!!!

Matthew
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Matthew

Thanks for clarifying that this in the only assessment you made in your comment that you don’t have a problem with. I thought the same thing, there was a moment when the drug bust went down on the pier that Jordan looked identical to the FLOTUS.

Timmm
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Timmm

The only way Y&R recovers is to bring back Michael Muhney. Thats it! Viewers of Y&R are pissed. Some I would think are peaking at GH since they snagged Michelle Stafford. Go GH and please write good stories with our veteran actors and include the Q’s!

Jeffery
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Jeffery

It’s all Maura West’s fault. Damn her for gluing my eyes to the screen every time Ava appears! What she said in her recent TV Guide interview is right. The writers pack each episode with so much action and plot development that no viewer can afford to miss a single episode. Congratulations to all. Fifty-one years and still going strong!

mgb357
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mgb357

when will the network programming wizards take notice?

Rodd
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Rodd

I agree with su0000, GH is doing an awesome job! There have been so many high points throughout the last few years and I thank RV, RC, the extremely talented cast and crew, and even those in the offices for working so hard to make this the best show possible.

Is there room for improvement? Of course. But day after day, year after year, I am so happy to be watching GH and the fantastic show they all work so hard to present us, the viewers.

I wish them continued success!!!

Omar
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Omar

Great news!!! CONGRATS to the cast and crew and for us fan for supporting the show.

I love the way networks come out all giddy with press releases when their programs show great ratings/gain, yet NOT one of the 3 networks will broadcast the Emmy awards either in primetime or even in daytime, especially CBS and ABC, to SHOW their support for their Daytime line up!!!

Very excited for GH. 🙂

Fanny
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Fanny

With Frank C.@the helm, and Ron as head writer the show has been GREAT.

Lawrence
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Lawrence

Congrats GH. Hiring Michelle Stafford was worth it

boes
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boes

And it’s been a wise financial decision, too. They only have to pay her in animal parts.

Mika
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Mika

Awesome! GH has been my #1 soap for over 30 years!

Elhu
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Elhu

Congratulations !!!!! I am so happy for everyone at GH (and for all of us – the fans, as well). Going from “almost” extinction to being on top of their game, and topping the ratings charts in important categories – WAY TO GO, and kudos to everyone in front of, and behind the cameras!!!!! Here’s to many more great years of incredible stories!!!!!

JulieW
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JulieW

TV Guide’s Michael Logan just tweeted that Billy Miller is going to General Hospital and it’s a done deal. Jill Farren Phelps must be crapping in her diapers. Go GH.

Geena
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Geena

GH continues to collect all the Y&R talent too! BM is apparently heading that way. The gains will keep on coming

Jeremy
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Jeremy

Congrats GH cast and crew!!! 🙂 The best soap opera 🙂

David
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David

Very happy to see the constant improvement in the ratings and numbers like this. You see all the complaining but the constant improvement in numbers and ABC’s press releases prove that to the majority of the audience(i.e. the non internet posters) they are happy with the show. Keep it up Ron/Frnak, cast and crew

Andrew Esposito
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Andrew Esposito

SOOOO VERY WELL DESERVED. NO BETTER SOAP AROUND. THEY WERE ROBBERIES BY THE EMMY’S, WHAT A JOKE !!!

janet
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janet

from abc ???

Charles B
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Charles B

How about that Mr Frons? Not so smart to say that soaps are no longer popular or profitable. Congrats to GH but a big mistake by the Academy to give a nomination to OLTL over GH.

su0000
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su0000

yah.. I do not understand that..
GH has doubled its’ viewers, people are tweeter trending it, fans are excited, GH has arisen and arrived and is breathing down the neck of Y&R, yet it was shunned by the emmy judges..
makes no sense, not at all..

Troy Turner
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Troy Turner

To paraphrase Mark Twain-the rumors of GH’S death have been GREATLY exaggerated

David
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David

Since the 50th and even just before that GH’s demise has stopped being talked about unless your the typical gloom and doom people who only complain about the show.

Troy Turner
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Troy Turner

Congratulations for making my point for me. There is a certain segment of the GH fanbase that secretly wish for the show’s cancellation so they can be proven right. It does my heart good every time to prove them wrong

dfm
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dfm

now ABC needs to bring AMC/OLTL back! even 1/2 each would be good. still 2hour soap block!!

Nick D.
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Nick D.

They deserve these numbers. Ever since the new regime took over it has been must-watch. Why? Because the stories are fast-paced and something big happens almost every day. They don’t keep you waiting weeks or months for the payoff most of the time. They also have many, many stories going on so you don’t get bored of seeing the same 10 characters every day for months on end. Also, the cast is fantastic.

harry
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harry

They don’t keep you waiting? Are you kidding, Nick D? They not only keep you waiting, the stories sometimes are left on the cliff to hang for weeks on end. Yes, the show is fast paced, but it is also disjointed and badly paced. I am convinced that the only people watching have short attention spans. I get bored because the basic storyboard of good storytelling is not utilized–there is no introduction, rising action, climax and resolution. I think those who watch GH on a regular basis are easily pleased and most likely do not plumb the great books because… Read more »

aria
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aria

finally looks like things are paying off, hopefully the show will stay on track. I’m enjoying all the current storylines, loving the new addition Michele stafford , she’s doing a great job,i’m also loving Jordan, and Anna, talk about girl power, Patrick and Sabrina are breaking my heart. Ava, gurl, you in trouble!, lol, Maura West is badass, the only one i’m not rooting for at al is Julian, he’s proven to be a disappointment, i just don’t see him as Alexis great love, so far he’s coming across like a weasel. I don’t see him as either a villain… Read more »

abruzzfan
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abruzzfan

Congrats! GH is great!

Kaffen
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Kaffen

It was Sam Silas and Michelle that’s all…It was a good week…

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Congratulations GH.

Kathy
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Kathy

How about the rest of us who are over 49?? We are the boomers and we have been watching GH since high school! . Why do the ratings people only worry about the younger people watching TV. We are the ones who have the time to watch the soaps. Keep up the good work! I was sad to lose All my Children and OLTL, and I’m glad that some characters from OLTL are now on GH acting as other characters.

KansasGuest
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KansasGuest

Ratings are reported that way because that’s what ad agencies & marketing people need to target their ads. It’s been proven time & again that older people are not as susceptible to advertising as younger people. Ad agencies & marketing companies don’t care about 49+ because in their opinion, they are not seeing substantial returns on their investment when buying ad space for tv commercials. They are the ones who want to know what the age breakdown is of a tv show’s audience, and whether it’s on the increase or decline because they target a specific age group for their… Read more »

moshane58
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moshane58

Regardless what some thing his show has made a big turn around and really good to me. Just think this is Nielsen Box holders. Wonder what the real total viewers are.

Dee Dee
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Dee Dee

That is because they have a great cast. But I think the heart felt performance from Teresa/ Sabrina and Patrick Jason Thompson was simply amazing

boes
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boes

GH has benefited from soap fans who have lost their shows and, loyal folks that we/they are, they’re watching a subpar production, which is better than none. I think it’s a toss up as to which show is worse, Y&R or GH – and it’s a shame. Billy Miller will be a reason to watch, at least until he isn’t. That happens with so much of GH under these two. There can be good parts, good episodes, but the overall show is just a tired cartoon on an endless loop. The B.S. about these “numbers” is so artificial, such a… Read more »

Deb AD
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Deb AD

I’ve been watching soaps for over 35 years, on and off, but started with GH as a teenager during the Luke and Laura years. I have to say, that despite the weak story lines and lack of any real character development on GH, I really love this soap, for it ‘s pure entertainment value. I try to turn off my brain and just enjoy the fun and great performances. Maura West was so boring as Diane on Y&R, yet wonderful on GH. I love the way she devours every scene she is in. Excited that Michelle Stafford has joined the… Read more »

Andrew
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Andrew

Happy for GH. I am grateful for an hour of entertainment that I can rely on day after day, week in and week out. Im enjoying most everything on the show and most every character. I don’t think that there are any characters that I hate (I even like Sonny now that they’ve made him less a hero and more the villain he’s always been). Would like a little more fun on the show and would like to see some of the dropped stories picked up (Milo running Lucy’s healthclub and just who was the mysterious patient that Kevin kept… Read more »

lizzy
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lizzy

What is this Bull ____________ about the Daytime Emmy Awards not being on TV . . . . Daytime is TV. What about the regular Emmy Awards where are we going to see them? This is an outrage. I can understand not running them at night. Didn’t daytime awards use to be during the day. In any case they could be taped and shown at a different time. I am like speechless. Is there anyone else out there that thinks something is wrong with this? HELLO. TV awards not being shown on TV. What’s up with that?

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Nina is going to sneak into Sonnys house and mistakenly stab Carly thinking she was Ava…Ava finds a wounded Carly and picks up the knife just as Sonny walks in…Ava will be arrested for attempted murder…Nina will try to harm Kiki and this is when she’ll learn Kiki is her daughter!

lizzy
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lizzy

GREAT!!!!! Love it. – You should apply for a writer’s job only go to B&B because they really need you I am so over all this Wyatt and Hope and Liam crap. They are stuck in a rut over there. BUT I really love what you are coming up with for GH. Put it in a book form and I’ll be the first one in line waving my charge card.

Ces
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Ces

I’m always happy for GH’s success ….. however, I will still stand by the fact that we have too many cast members and too many stories just drop off or get picked up weeks later which kind of makes a person lose interest.

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Ingo Rademacher Speaks Out On His Dismissal From GH Sharing: “I Was Hoping to Play Jax For Another 10 or 25 Years and Unfortunately, That’s Not Going to Happen”

For the first time since he was fired for not adhering to General Hospital’s and Disney/ABC’s Covid-19 vaccine mandate, Ingo Rademacher (Ex-Jax), addressed his exit from the soap opera via an “official video” message on his Instagram account.

Ingo expressed: “I’m sorry that I didn’t put out this video earlier, but this is about thanking you guys, the fans of the show and also the GH crew and cast. I was on the show for 25 years. They were like my family a lot of the people there. I was hoping to play Jax for another 10 or 25 years and unfortunately, that’s not going to happen. I want to thank you guys for sticking with Jax for 25 years and I’m sorry that I’m not there anymore to play Jax, which is still something that I am trying to process  … it’s just kind of crazy.”

Rademacher also took aim at his former co-star, Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) for announcing on Twitter that he was no longer on the show, before he had a chance to do so, which he says was a huge disappointment to him given that they worked together for 25 years.

He went on to say how he appreciated all the positive comments from the fans adding, “A lot of you come on there to say that you’re vaccinated but stand for medical freedom, I love hearing that, because I believe it should be a choice.”  Ingo continued to express his view, “I don’t agree with vaccine mandates or corporations ever being able to mandate a vaccine to keep your job.”

The actor closed with another nod to the viewers of GH adding, “Thank you so much for supporting me for 25 years. I will have more news later on, but for now, just wanted to thank all of you amazing fans. Thank you.”

You can watch Rademacher’s full statement via his IG post below.  Then, let us know what you thought of Ingo’s long-awaited exit message in the comment section.

 

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guys. I really appreciate it.”

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Kristina Wagner Shares She’s Back On Contract at General Hospital

This past week, General Hospital fans were thrilled with the news that longtime fan favorite, Kristina Wagner (Felicia) was on her way back to the soap opera to tape new episodes.  However on Saturday, the actress shared even bigger news.  She is back on contract at the ABC daytime drama series.

Kristina revealed via her Instagram: “I’m pleased to announce I just finished my first work week on contract with General Hospital. The good people there have made it a well oiled machine. I’m so impressed with the way they navigate the Covid protocols. It’s not easy but we’ll worth it. We’ve got some fun storylines coming up. I’ve been thrown in the middle of a current storyline and I think Felicia’s part in it gives it some color. Stay tuned!”

Earlier in the week on Tuesday via Twitter, Kristina expressed: “Tomorrow I head back to work on General Hospital! Lucky me. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of that family once again. Here we go. More to come. Felicia Scorpio rides again.”

Wagner began her GH role as Felicia Cummings, the Aztec princess back in 1984 and has appeared on and off the show since then.

So what storyline do you think Felicia will get thrown into? Will she return to Port Charles to help Maxie (Kirsten Storms)?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

 

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Laura Wright and Kelly Thiebaud Deliver One-Two Punch as Britt & Carly Grieve the Loss of Jason

When General Hospital goes for the emotional jugular, it is very often top-notch daytime drama, and that was on full display through Tuesday and Wednesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series in key scenes as the news of Jason’s ‘death’ hit Port Charles.

In the wake of Steve Burton’s (Ex-Jason) dismissal from the show for not adhering to the vaccine mandate, it did open up the story and provide for a huge fallout for those who loved the mob hitman.

In the end, it was Carly (Laura Wright) and Britt (Kelly Thiebaud), who seemingly felt the loss the hardest.  Initially, upon learning how Jason ‘died’ helping Britt locate her mother, Liesl (Kathleen Gati), a defiant Carly blamed Britt for Jason never coming home.

In Wednesday’s episode, we saw how Carly and Britt tried to cope with the knowledge that Jason was buried under a rubble in a cave, with no sign of life, or his body found.

Overwhelmed with grief, Carly heads to the footbridge to be close to the spirit of Jason and to mourn him as tears flow.  She is stunned to see Britt show up there, too.  Carly is surprised that Britt even knew about the bridge that Jason had rebuilt thank to a generous donation from him.  Britt tells Carly that she and Jason had a lot of time to talk while they were on the run.  After Carly explains that Jason was her person and had been her other half, Britt offers to leave. S he expresses that she thought coming to the bridge would make her feel closer to Jason.

Then, in a heartbreaking moment, Britt assures Carly that she blames herself for what happened to Jason and hates herself.  Then, Carly has a moment of clarity that Jason would want her to forgive Britt.  Generous thoughts never come naturally to Carly, but Jason always set her straight on how to handle life’s most difficult situations.

In the final moments of the episode, with both women in tears, Britt moves to the center of the bridge with her arm around Carly, after Carly tells her she doesn’t want her to go.  The two stand together bonded over the man they both loved.

These scenes were masterfully played by Laura Wright and Kelly Thiebaud. They were gut-wrenching, powerful, and sad all at the same time.  We think many viewers needed several hankies during these scenes.

So, what did you think of the Carly and Britt bridge scenes …. and the work of Laura and Kelly? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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