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General Hospital's Head Writer Ron Carlivati & Cast Member Jason Thompson Express Thoughts On The Exit Of Anthony Geary!

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This morning news traveled like wildfire after an exclusive interview was posted at TV Insider where now eight-time Daytime Emmy winner Anthony Geary revealed he is leaving his iconic role of Luke Spencer on General Hospital at the end of his current contract this June.  Geary related he felt that he had now completed everything he wanted to with the character after 37 years in the role.

After Twitter was abuzz with the news, leaving many longtime fans of the series and the soap genre devastated (even though it was highly expected Geary might leave the ABC soap opera), two important men currently working on General Hospital, series head writer Ron Carlivati and the Daytime Emmy nominated actor Jason Thompson (Patrick), shared their thoughts via social media on having the opportunity to have worked with the talents of Geary.

Ron Carlivati tweeted: “It’s been an honor & a privilege to write for Anthony Geary & Luke Spencer. We’re taking them both on a hell of a ride before he goes… #GH”

Jason Thompson tweeted:  “The opportunity to work with a legend like Tony Geary, to learn from him, to consider him a friend..beyond anything you hope for as an actor. I don’t think any one person is as big as the show itself.. But if one person is close..It’s this man. #TonyGeary. The honor is ours. #GH”

What do you think about what Carlivati previewed in his tweet? With Laura (Genie Francis) on her way back to the series, will the long time iconic duo say a final goodbye to one another?   What did you think about the admiration Thompson and other GH cast members have for Tony Geary? Comment below!

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Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

I dont think u will see any Luke and Laura, hes made it clear thats in the past. It will be Luke and his Spanky.

Harry
Harry

I think you’re wrong. I do think Laura will be part of his exit strategy. I am not suggesting that Luke and Laura will be reunited because they most probably will not.
However, she is an integral part of his past, and therefore, part of his present and hence, his future.

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

It will be more on Lulu and Traci, less on Laura. She isnt his future.

Fanny
Fanny

I agree with HARRY. Show the past the respect it deserves so
the future can be ushered in the same fashion.
My HOPE is for a Laura & Stephen reunion , their second act…
Lulu, Nik, Rocco and Especially Spencer, could only benefit
from Laura’s loving /compassionate nature.

P.S. And if Jonathan & Nathan pop in to say HELLO,all the better…

Harry
Harry

Eileen, I did not say Laura was his future but she will be part of his exit story line as will Traci. I am not sure why folks keep getting mixed up on this concept as it is very simple.
Traci most likely will not be part of his future either as Jane is staying on.
Fanny, would love to see JJ and Nathan again. I would also love Robert Scorpio to have a few exchanges with his old mate, Luke. Now those two enjoyed a classic bromance.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Agreed, Harry. Most of us think that’s what it looks like. Whether Laura leaves at the same time as he remains to be see. But, there will not be a Luke and Laura.

Ren
Ren

I just don’t get why so many people are acting like this is the worst thing to ever happen to General Hospital.

It’s not like he has been on the show consistently for 37 years like Erika Slezak was on One Life to Live for 41 years.

Luke was off the show from 1983 to 1993 and if memory serves me correct, the show spent half of that time period as the No. 1 soap and a lot of folks have fantastic memories of that era (Frisco and Felicia, Anna and Duke, etc.). This show will not suffer without him.

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

I liked reading Michael Logan’s interview. But, I skipped over the part where he described how he thought Luke would exit, because I just want to watch the whole thing unfold. Geary has really done some great work this past year. If this is how he exits GH, I think he should be satisfied that he is going out still at the top of his game. I hope his 3rd act brings him a lot of fulfillment and peace. Hopefully, he’ll sneak on to some PBS productions in a great character role and surprise me.

Mama
Mama

There’s a large contingency of us “General Hospital” fans whom are thrilled to see him leaving.

Luke has been a miserable, miserable character for a good ten to twelve years now.

Don
Don

I have to admit, I wasn’t that crazy about him for sometime with 3 month vacations. But to give the devil his due, he was spectacular in his last big story line that he just wrapped up.

Neva
Neva

L&L have children together they have always respected each other. Of course Laura should be a part of him leaving. That being said it don’t have to mean they walk off in the sunset together. Whatever they do will pull at our heart strings.

su0000
su0000

Putting Luke and Laura together after decades have passed, is crazy..
The magic would be long behind them,..
Luke fell in love with Tracy, it needs to be Tracy..
anyways;
Luke has been somewhat of a loner and should leave alone, that would be befitting..

Luke and Laura are 80’s has been, too much time has passed, it would be meaningless..

I know all who saw the couple decades ago, live in lala-land over them, but they are no longer a viable couple, they have been apart way too long, in love with other people, lived their lives without each other…
it would be awkward to throw them together at the end, ridiculous..
* Luke needs to leave by himself, the disappearing loner her has always been ..

Timmm
Timmm

Amen! Laura will probably only be on short term and Tracy will possibly find someone else? Luke will probably go on some kind of a spiritual journey.

Harry
Harry

Sigh. Su00, I truly do not mean to single you out because you’re not the only one who is expressing the sentiment that Luke and Laura cannot be reunited.
Even us old Luke and Laura fans don’t think it’s going to happen nor should it happen so I am tired of hearing folks rant about the past being the past when no one is suggesting otherwise.
What I think and should happen is Laura will be present while Luke goes through the backward journey which involves exploration of his own self. These two are still magic together and their final chapter will be bittersweet with their final adieu. Perhaps their goodbye scenes might render a tear or two from not only those of us who were there when these two star-cross lovers first fell in love, but perhaps from you young whipper snappers who were not old enough to witness the stars exploding. So please stop telling Luke and Laura fans that we cannot relive the past. Most of us know that. We just want a final bow which is worthy of this couple’s history–that’s all.

Harry
Harry

Timm, I think Genie is not short term. I heard secondhand that she said at some fan function that she would no longer agree to come back to GH on a short term status.
I think Laura will have some kind of closure with Luke and both she and Traci will be Lukeless. I think the two of them should become business partners.
God knows they’ve been in the Luke trenches and lived to tell about it.

su0000
su0000

awww Harry, it’s always a pleasure exchanging with you..
I can understand how the watchers of Luke and Laura back in the day would be sentimental.
but-
Laura, to me and possibly a million others do not know Laura..
Laura left GH in 1987…

All who started watching GH after 1987, would not care or feel the sentiments of the ones who were fans of Luke & Laura at that time..
Still, we will all cry together ….. when Luke walks into the sunset 🙁

Fanny
Fanny

HARRY,
The sentimentality behind your words touched my heart…

ruph waters
ruph waters

Well said, hope the writers go this route.. anything else would be ridiculous

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

No, no, NO! This is a soap, this isn’t realism. If ANY soap couple should ride off into the sunset together, it is Luke and Laura. She is, and always has been, his “angel”. It isn’t that long ago they renewed their vows. I couldn’t care less what Tony Geary says, the show has abided by his wishes too many times, with disastrous results (making Ethan Luke’s kid resulted in Holly having cheated on Robert at a time we all believed they were blissfully happy together. Not to mention Luke&Laura were blissfully happy as well. And then the show tried to retcon it into – oh no, Luke ALWAYS cheated! And Laura simply went along with it! I am NOT buying it at ALL). MOST of us soap watchers want the fairy tale.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

First of all, some loves never die. Which is why, even in “real life” we hear of people in their 80 s, widows and widowers, finding their high school sweethearts. So this statement that it was decades ago means nothing, when it comes to love. IF Luke and Laura still loved each other and reunited, it would be perfectly believable and realistic.

With that said, the only reason I don’t want or see a romantic reunion between Luke and Laura is because of the love and bond between Luke and Tracy. Though they didn’t capture the hearts and TV ratings that L&L did…theirs is a current, strong bond. Tracy has saved his life more than once, she is devoted to him, and him to her. So, the only unrealistic thing about Luke and Laura reuniting would not be how long ago they were…but that Luke’s feelings and commitment to Tracy are too strong.

Luke and Laura will always be connected: as past lovers, ex husband and wife, parents. They will always love each other with hearts and souls…but they’re not romantically united anymore. Life, circumstances separated them…Luke moved on to another great love…in his older years.

Perhaps Luke wii reminisce about his past and viewers past and present will get to relive or see for the first time their love story in flashbacks…and then he’ll wistfully leave the scene…

abruzzfan
abruzzfan

I agree su!

Margie
Margie

Message from La-la land, this Luke and Laura fan thinks Genie could bring it if it’s written, but I want more for her than the disappointing old curmudgeon. I want more for Tracy too. I both women get a beautiful story. I think I already said goodbye to Luke about five years ago.

Timmm
Timmm

This news is so big. I tried to tell people who had a problem with the Fluke story to concentrate more on the actor and less on the story. I knew this day was sooner than later and I enjoyed every scene Mr. Geary was in. Yes the Fluke story has holes but the black and white episode cleared up some of his behavior and we have all summer to understand more of what has been going on in Lukes head. As for the holes in the story or the dots that dont connect, leave it go and enjoy this living legend’s swan song!

Harry
Harry

Timm, the Fluke story left a bad aftertaste with me. I am hoping his exit strategy will wash out that aftertaste and remind us all of why we fell in love with Luke in the first place.
I think it’s going to be good.
I want to be sad that he’s leaving–I don’t want to be one of those people who say,”Don’t let the door hit ya!”

Fanny
Fanny

Harry, A HOME RUN! On every post.
You’re putting the rest of us to shame.

Neva
Neva

I agree with you Harry. I look at it this way Tony is a great actor and not matter what story he does he makes you believe it. You don’t have to like what Luke has done but Luke is not Tony. I love nothing better then to watch this man act. He sure deserved that Emmy.

People should not get Tony mixed up with a role he plays.

Fanny
Fanny

Timm, the last line in your post was perfectly stated.

Heath
Heath

Since Jane Elliot is not leaving the show, Luke and Tracy are not ending up together. It would be nice for Laura to save Luke and they reunite, even if the saving is now his mental state. Jane and Tracy hopefully have more years and story to come, and another love interest for Tracy too!

kelly
kelly

Except that Genie Francis has said that she want to agree to come back to GH on short term status anymore. So how can Luke and Laura reunite as Tony Geary is leaving.

LIsa
LIsa

Luke and Laura aren’t exiting together. We still don’t know if or when Genie starts filming. Both actors have stated that Luke and Laura’s romance has been over for a long time. It would be nice if they shared a scene before Tony leaves.

kelly
kelly

I’m not surprised that Tony Geary is leaving GH after 37 years. I recall reading somewhere that he hasn’t been happy with Luke’s story lines for years. I think a large part of the problem is that Tony Geary never thought of Luke Spencer as ever having children. And he certainly never thought of Luke being permanently tied to a house. If Tony had his way it would have just been Luke and Laura as happy wanderers. Then there’s the issue of Tony’s back surgeries. Not to mention flying back and forth between LA and Amsterdam. I can see how he might be fed up with that.

Sam
Sam

Genie has already started filming. It would be nice to let Laura stand in the mental hospital all of sound mind and in her full power and glory and watch as Luke is strapped down on a gurney in his crazed mental state and wheeled off into eternity to be locked up in some sanatorium. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

SUSAN M.
SUSAN M.

Maybe they will go out in the sunset together. That would be good if that would happen because they have been threw the years a big chunk of GH . That would be a good ending for these two loved characters. I wish him well.

The Substitute
The Substitute

Knock Knock Knockin on Genoa City’s Door!

Karen
Karen

All Luke and Laura fans want is a decent ending to the greatest love story of all time. In the past years, Luke has lost the humor and the edginess that we grew to love–he has gone too dark. I have been a fan of Tony/Genie’s since they started.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

You got that right, Karen!

aria
aria

oh for crying out loud, Genie and Tony will share many scenes together, and No the characters will not end up together, nor will he end up with Tracy. OK, geez, now everyone is playing writer for the show. its not going to be a fairy tale good bye, Luke and Laura are not going to ride into the sunset, i’m sure they will have the characters resolve whatever issues they have, and they will promise to always love each other for the sake of their children etc etc etc, and then luke will do the same with Tracy. i’m sure they will work on bringing back his two sons to say goodbye, or maybe he’s going to join them on their self discovery journey they’ve been on.

Kevin
Kevin

Yes, Laura & Luke will interact before he leaves – sentimentally so & as magical as they ever have in the past. I wonder: will this leave Tracy with some direction again, e.g., to vie for control again of ELQ?; will Lucky also make a special visit to see Luke off the canvas??

janet
janet

Tony ‘s ego has ruined Luke for me. They and he turned him into a murdering fool. with no sorrow. TG don’t let the door hit you where the good lord split you. Genie welcome back. I hope FrankenRon are not dumb enough to bring her back and destroy her again. I liked L&L together for a while but I like Genie sooo much better than Tony. TIIC have given Tony all he wanted, Jane, drinking , dark and dangerous , ran over Jake and wouldn’t admit he is a drunk, or was wrong. Left Lulu in a brothel, wouldn’t listen to his family. Who needs him ? Tony got everything HE wanted, he can’t leave soon enough for me. I don’t even blame FrankenRon for this , this is all on Tony leaving the show and leaving a very bad taste in my mouth. I guess Ron will make sure he ruins all the L&L history.

The Substitute
The Substitute

Just know tons of people out there agree with you I was done in 2013 with comparing their relationship to a sweatshirt.

Blake
Blake

I hope that with Luke gone Laura is back for good. I think she will help send him off the show but she will stay after that.

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

I think Laura will be a part of his exit but not the focus of it. One thing is sure, he is going out on his own terms. Good for him.

downtownla
downtownla

I may be in the minority here but I have always preferred Laura with Scotty, even during the hey day of Luke and Laura. Laura and Scotty were first loves that the Spencer siblings tried to destroy. I was very happy to see them (Laura and Scott) back to get on one of her recent returns. I still think there’s more to explore between those two.

sandie
sandie

I realize Luke is a beloved character and I do applaud his work as of late,,,,BUT,,,I watched the Daytime Emmy’s and I will say that I was absolutely appalled by the arrogance he had on stage with Jeannie Francis,,,he looked as if he could just chew his arm off with her beside him,,,that in my honest opinion,,was the most disgusting additude I’ve ever seen. The Luke and Laura made him a household name and for his behavior around her is completely appalling,,,,, so,,the sooner Luke goes bye bye,,the better,,good ridance.

su0000
su0000

Luke and Laura were not together on GH after Ginie left in 1987 for a reason..
Tony did not want to be tied to her and her to him . Life goes on and moves on for actors, they are actors not a real couple..
They are individuals and did not want to be known as a pair..
They both had to move on with their careers as individuals, not being a half of Luke and Laura..
At the Emmys luke and Laura felt and looked forced together, very stiff, but very gracious .. their magic is long long..
they were a fictional couple a couple portrayed by two actors who were paid to be a fictional couple, not a real couple, they owe each other nothing, it was their job for pay..

sandie
sandie

I did not sat they were a couple in real life,,,I was making a statement on his behavior,,,like it or not,,the Luke and Laura story made him who he is today,,at least show the woman respect. She was very gracious towards him,,,bye bye Luke

Deborah Henderson
Deborah Henderson

Luke has two sons out there, to spend time with and have an old fashioned Spencer adventure with. One that may include Laura. I still see Laura as his soul mate. But he did have other important women in his life like Holly and Red.

dawnhaze
dawnhaze

It didn’t surprise me much that Tony Geary was retiring. He has taken longer and more often vacations in the last few years.

What bothers me right now is them shooting and (hopefully not) killing off Duke. I love him and Anna together. Hopefully the writers will reconsider and not let him die.

Christy
Christy

I figured that seeing how Luke’s jail sentence was changed to going to a mental treatment facility, perhaps Laura is coming back to see if he can go to her treatment facility.

Christy
Christy

I hope the flashbacks / Luke memories of all these years on GH, lasts a lot longer than a couple of minutes.

Dig up all that old footage! All the women he was involved with – remember that he was with Felicia for awhile – even when Faison had them together as hostages (Luke had tried to free Felicia, and caught himself); remember when Alexis had a crush on him; Holly and Tracy of course… the Laura(s).

his kids when they were little; all the Luke & Laura fleeing and sailing back into Port Chuck with Lucky in that cadillac.

all the mob stuff

the nightclubs / bars he owned

oldschmoople
oldschmoople

I think If there was enough time Luke should be convicted and sentenced to death and Laura can sit in as his last wish so she is the last face he sees before he dies Epic !

Neva
Neva

I am so sad to see him leave. But we must do what we need to. I wish him the very best.

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At the Corinthos home, Lucas stands up and announces to Michael that Wiley is actually his believed to be dead son, Jonah. Carly’s (Laura Wright) mouth drops and then she takes over getting to the root of the truth of the baby switch.

Brad is cornered and left with no choice but to fess up. He explains how Wiley died when he was no longer breathing, and how he was driving with him, when he ended up on the route where Nelle left Michael to die in the car he was driving (Michael recalls this bit of Intel in a flashback).

Then, Brad explains how Nelle appeared with her newborn baby and claimed the whole thing was engineered by Nelle …  and how he was so upset and panicked, that he went along with her plan.

Michael lets Brad have it for all of his lies and machinations, and the pain it has inflicted on so many people for over a year and half.  How on earth could he do that? Carly also lays into him.

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Meanwhile, Sasha (Sofia Matteson) has urgently called Chase (Josh Swickard), who leaves “Wiley” and Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) behind, and heads to the Corinthos’ where he hears the whole sad truth about the baby switch.

With Chase gone, Nelle goes looking for “Wiley” who is with Willow, and the two get into a major throwdown catfight.  Nelle comes out the victor and goes to get her baby ready to leave town with her son.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Talks on Valentin’s Downfall and Potential Rise to Power

After all his bravado, machinations and lies to keep the woman he loves, and believing he was the rightful heir to the Cassadine fortune, suddenly it all came crashing down for Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) on recent episodes of General Hospital.

Payback can be a bitch, but for Valentin; who’s past has been fraught with numerous physical and emotional tribulations since his childhood, he now finds himself at the lowest point in his life; losing Nina (Cynthia Watros) who’s now taken up with Jax (Ingo Rademacher), realizing he is the biological son of the evil Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers), and not Mikkos, and having all his best laid plans and misdeeds backfire.  (Remember, he shot and “killed” Nikolas, and set up the ruse that led Sasha to pretend she was Nina’s bio-daughter.)  Now, enter Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), who could very well hold the ticket, to Valentin’s rise to wealth and power all over again.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with James Patrick Stuart to get the lowdown on: those heavy and emotional scenes opposite Constance Towers, working with Cynthia Watros as his newest Nina, if Valentin might really kill Jax the next time he thinks about it, and what about a potential relationship between Anna (Finola Hughes) and Valentin?

Not many can play bad as good as James in this industry.  He does it so effortlessly and still brings out the humanity in the guy that has t-r-o-u-b-l-e written all over him.  Here’s what James had to share about all of Valentin’s recent dramatic moments, a tease of what’s to come, and much more.

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Valentin’s world has imploded at the moment.  When did you initially find out that he was going to turn out to not be a true Cassadine heir?

JAMES:  Well, there were some clues dropped by Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) back when we did the gallery auction where Helena’s portrait went up in flames.  Frank looked at me and goes, “Hey, Jack Nicholson it up.  Have some fun!  You’re not going to be feeling pretty good for a while.”  (Laughs)  I’m like, “Oh … what are the plans?”  He pulled me aside and goes, “Yeah, you’re going to lose Nina, but you’re going to try to take over ELQ.  That’s when I started to go, “Wait a minute!  That sounds to me like Valentin’s losing his money.”  (Laughs)  With the character of Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) coming back; it’s pretty great.  I think the writing was on the wall there.  I put it out on twitter the other day.  I said, “Look what they’ve done to my boy.”  Somebody chimed in, “They gave him a storyline!” (Laughs)

Who doesn’t love to see you, James Patrick Stuart, play tortured soul?  They audience loves to see you get the opportunity to go to those depths in your performances.

JAMES:  It’s been really interesting for me.  I’ve had a lifetime of playing bad guys because the line was always shorter. (Laughs)  Everybody wants to be Tom Cruise, but the Alan Rickman’s of it all, to me, were what was so interesting.  Early on, you play one dimensional kind of twisting of the mustache, tying a woman to the train tracks.  After a while, you start to watch the truly great actors.  They start to take you on a ride.  If you’re paying attention, you start to feel what it would be like to be that damaged, and that’s why you do it.  Then you start to see the vulnerability. To me, I thought, “This is a great time in my life because I’m ready to do that.” A lot of people say, “I don’t understand.  I feel like that makes no sense. because why would I root for a person who behaves like this?” and that to me, I feel is the greatest compliment of all.

So much happened recently to Valentin in one fell swoop; he overhears Nina telling Ava (Maura West) she kissed Jax, then he envisions shooting Jax and then he is drinking himself into oblivion and he gets a “visit” from Helena!  But … the scenes between Valentin and Helena really summed up the bitter truth for him, wouldn’t you say?

JAMES:  Yes.  In the “Helena” scenes, it all basically is revealed.  It all comes down in a moment where he “sees” her.  I think he realizes with the DNA test; he’s not the person he thought he was, but he certainly had no idea that he had her blood in his veins.  The truly tragic moment of the evening is when it dawns on him that he has a daughter with Helena’s blood in her veins.  Now, he would kill her a thousand times over in that moment.  He can’t do it.  He’s fighting phantoms.  That’s the bottom below the bottom, and things got worse than he ever thought they would get.

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Does Valentin have any idea then, who his biological father could be?

JAMES:  I don’t think so.  I don’t believe so.  I know I don’t.  I think once he realizes that Helena is in fact the mother, I think he’d rather just go into oblivion.  I think at that point, he’s out of answers.  Enter Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) …which is wonderful because I think the world of Nancy, and she saves the day.   Alexis basically talks him out of hurting himself, telling him to count his blessings that he is not a Cassadine, etc, which was a really sweet moment.

I assume, when you have this kind of material to play, it must be exhausting, but exhilarating at the same time?

JAMES:  I think that’s exactly right.  As an actor, I think you want to do this stuff.  Maura West and I compare notes all the time.  I think it can be kind of emotionally draining.  You do feel it, and I felt it when I had spent a lot of time with Nina and Valentin, and when the actresses changed, and we brought Cynthia Watros in.  I worked twice as hard to make sure that Cynthia’s landing was as easy as possible, and I really grew attached to the Nina and Valentin connection.  So, when Jax steps in, Cynthia’s love life means nothing to me, I don’t care about that, but Nina’s love life means a lot to me!  And it bums me out, and I don’t know that I’ll actually be watching any future love scenes between them as much as I love them both!  I have a deep attachment to the Valentin connection to Nina.  So, the lines get burred because we just play these characters so long.

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JAMES:  In real life, Constance is such a sweetheart, and she’s so grateful to be there.  She was so ready to work, and rehearse, and play, and find the stuff, and she was great.  I’d been in scenes with her before.  Last time, we didn’t really talk to each other.  I was with the hump.  I was being Valentin pre-surgery.  It was some sort of moment in a graveyard, but this time we actually got to interact with each other.

You look at Valentin, and he’s not had the greatest life.  Do you bring his entire back-story into your performance; such as when he was deformed with the hump and how he had to literally reconstruct his life both in the physical and in emotional ways for many years?

JAMES:  Absolutely.  It’s the brokenness that he’s making choices from.  He was never truly and authentic person to begin with which is why his love fell apart.  He’s always been faking.  He’s always been putting on a show.  That’s not sustainable in matters of the heart.  It was unbelievably easy for Jax to swoop in, because it was inevitable that things were going to fall apart.  Of course, that anger and that brokenness were what lead him to want to kill Jax.  There’s no question.  He was prepared to do that.  If you look in the eyes in the fantasy sequence in the shooting, he just wanted to watch him die.  He wanted to watch the light go out in Jax’s eyes.  He was so furious … and even more tragic is … that was all he could think of, and somehow, he realized in that moment that wouldn’t work, because he’d lose his daughter.

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Anna and Finn (Michael Easton) just kind of busted up.  Do you think Anna and Valentin will hookup? There is a connection and a history between the two of them whenever they seem to be in proximity of one another.

JAMES:  Personally, I’m waiting for that.  I hope so!  There is a finesse and elegance to that woman, and not only that, there is an effortless to the connection between Valentin and Anna, if one can say that about one’s own coupling.  I love to look at it!  I think we go together like a wink and a smile.  I just find that chemistry really great.  I think that’s mostly Finola, though.  She can probably have chemistry with most anything.

Valentin was going to leave Port Charles with Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez), after Nikolas revealed all and the fallout began.  Interestingly enough, it was Anna who came to Valentin’s side and tried to talk him down from fleeing with his daughter and showed such compassion for him!

JAMES:  Wasn’t that great?  She was the one who got him.  She was the one who was able to calm the beast.  There was no one else he would have listened to.  In the moment in the police station, after Charlotte had been kidnapped, and there is that moment where Anna has that bruise, I thought it was such a tender moment.  I just said, “If I kiss my finger and touch your wound?” and she’s like, “Do it.”  It was just this moment where we had been bitter rivals and enemies for so long, but he just adores her so much it’s undeniable that he sees her wounded and wants to make it better.  It’s floating out there waiting to be done.  I know that everybody knows it.  It’s just a matter of what the right away to go about in the writing would be.

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So, you’ve worked opposite two acting dynamos in the role of Nina – Michelle Stafford and now, Cynthia Watros.  Was the transition difficult for you when Cynthia came to GH?

JAMES:  It wasn’t.  It was scary because Michelle Stafford wasn’t just one in a million, I mean, she is one of a kind.  The last thing in the world that I would ever want to consider doing myself was recast that actress.  So, my deal was (and I’ve said this to Cynthia) I said, “I have no control over this.  All I can do is make the landing as easy as possible for Cynthia.”  We did a lot of photoshoots together, and I had flowers waiting for her, and I did everything possible to make sure that she knew that she had a friend and that she had somebody that was going to make it as easy as possible.  It was rough because a lot of the trolls on social media were just awful to her… just brutal, and she goes, “I have thick skin.  I can take it,” and then a week later, she goes, “I’ve closed all my social media accounts!”  (Laughs)  It’s been fun to watch those guys turn around and go, “You have a really special person.”  That wedding stuff was just incredible!  She came so prepared and she knocked it out of the park.  Cynthia has been wonderful.  I love them both.  I love her the reddest, and I love Michelle the bluest, and together I love them the purplest.  (Laughs)

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It’s interesting that all the women in his life such as Anna and Nina, all have a soft-spot for Valentin; even though they don’t necessarily want to be with him.  These ladies are just drawn to this dysfunctional guy.

JAMES:  Don’t you think?  Is it that you want to help him, you want to fix him, you see the potential, you want to help him despite himself?  I think that’s what it is.

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Do you think Valentin’s still going to try to win Nina back, or is that done? 

JAMES:  I don’t know.  I do know that the Valentin I know will never shake Nina, and when he loves, he loves forever.  He can be simultaneously in love with Anna whenever she’s near.  I don’t believe he ever truly got over Nina hearing his story and his brokenness and still loving him twice as hard.  Years ago, there was a moment where he said to her the stuff that he’s never said, and Michelle beautifully kissed my tears away and said, “You’re beautiful” to me.   I think in that moment his fate was sealed.  I think he knew that this was his woman forever.  So, I just don’t think that that goes away.  I think he will always carry a torch for Nina, for sure.

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Do you see Valentin becoming darker and darker now that he had found out he is Helena’s offspring?

JAMES:  Well, yes and no.  I remember watching these scenes and we’ve done a lot of this stuff, and you know how easy it is to sort of go, “Let’s go dark, let’s go dark, let’s go more dark,” and after a while, I go, “You know, maybe he does learn something.  Maybe there’s hope for this guy after all.”  Of course, more bad stuff will happen to him, and he will do more bad stuff, because that’s just who he is.  A leopard can’t change his spots, and those are his survival instincts, but there are some new colors, and it’s all a direct result of all of just these horrible things that have happened to him… mostly learning that he is part Helena and he can’t undo that.

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We saw that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) called and then goes to see Valentin, because she wants to sell her shares of ELQ.  So, obviously he has the potential to become really rich here which is what would give him his power back.  How do you think that will go over with the rest of the Quartermaines? (Laughs)

JAMES:  (Laughs) A lot of the Quartermaine actors have been asking me that in the hallways of General Hospital!  Isn’t that interesting how he’ll just sort of switch families? (Laughs)

Of all the people, just as Valentin’s life is in the gutter and he is at his lowest, who should show up with a sort of lifeline, Nelle! How will he go about attempting to gain control of ELQ?

JAMES:  Valentin knows he has to get the majority shares to gain a control of the company, and he has to do it fast before people see that he’s doing it.  So, that’s where Michael E. Knight (Martin Gray) has been.  He’s gallivanting the states rapidly accumulating shares.  (Laughs)

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It’s been so fun seeing you and Michael Knight on-screen and on a daytime soap together again, as so many remember you as Tad Martin and Will Cortlandt on All My Children.  How has it been getting the chance to work with Michael?

JAMES:  My God, are you kidding me?  He taught me!  He’s the guy who taught me.  I didn’t know how to do this.  Nobody instinctively knows… this is a very unique art form.  It’s more Jazz than anything else, and he showed me how to do it!  Walt Willey (Ex-Jack, AMC) showed me how to do my hair, and Michael Knight taught me how to break down a script!  And, what’s so funny is he is still doing it.  In a scene on GH, when he threw in that line, “From now on, you pay in advance,” I just about fell on the floor!  I thought, “There he is!  That’s the Michael I’ve always known and loved.”

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Who would have thought that you guys would get to share scenes like that again on soaps?  You just never know in this life who may be wind up back in your orbit.

JAMES:  It’s incredible.  That’s what we say all of the time… “Who would have thought?”  You could never plan something like this and that we’d still be doing it at this point.

Now with Lulu (Emme Rylan) learning that Valentin is not a Cassadine, and Nina apparently moving on to a relationship with Jax, what do you think it will mean for their relationship in raising their daughter, Charlotte?

JAMES:  I think in the short-term, Valentin’s shelved any ideas of getting her out of Charlotte’s life.  He’s sort of putting out the fires in his own personal life.  Charlotte needs a mother in her life, and he’s quite willing to share custody as they always have been.  She seems to be looking at this as an opportunity to paint him as an unfit father, and she wants full-time custody.  So, we’re back to that again.  It looks to me like Lulu is kicking Valentin while he’s down.

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It was so nice to see you, and some of your GH co-stars such as: Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny) show up for Y&R’s Eric Braeden’s (Victor Newman) 40th anniversary on set celebration at CBS.  It was quite the event; speakers galore, and so many from our industry and beyond in attendance.

JAMES:  It was pretty profound.  Eric has always been kind to me.  I only worked with him on one movie, a western, called The Man Who Came Back, and that was probably 12 years ago.  He has been so complimentary of me in interviews and in his book.  So, if he does that with me, I can only imagine how many dear, dear friendships he has.  So, the fact that everybody showed up like that from the president of CBS Entertainment to local councilmen, and that they were willing to do be there for 2 hours was really proof of how much they love him.  Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I don’t even think was working that day, came in for it and spoke at the event. There was so much respect shown for Eric and what he has meant to this medium.

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Your album The Apple Tree was so well-received, and everyone always loves seeing you get the opportunity to sing on General Hospital as well.  Will you continue to put out more music in 2020?

JAMES:  Yeah, that’s the plan.  I have another one that I’m working on.  I have a bunch of songs.  I’m in no rush to get it out.  Unfortunately, I lost Glen Roven, who wrote the cello part for Book of Love, passed away right after the Nurses’ Ball where I played Book of Love, which is really heartbreaking, and then, Michael Sherwood, who helped me with a number of songs on the record passed away right after The Apple Tree came out.  So, I’m a little gun-shy.  But, I’m planning on having something out by December for Christmas.

In closing, what would you say the fans should look forward to in the weeks ahead from Valentin?

JAMES: Look forward to that moment where Valentin is so low that there’s nowhere to go but up!  The comeback is going to be one for the books.

So, what do you think of how Valentin’s life hit rock bottom?  Do you think he will ever win Nina back? Do you think he will takeover ELQ? Share your thoughts on James’ recent performances and his thoughts contained in this interview via the comment section below.

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General Hospital Delivers Super-Sized Promo: The Truth About Wiley To Be Revealed

This week, General Hospital is going full-tilt set to deliver the moment that fans of the show have been waiting for since back in September 2018, when on one fateful night  …

(Cliff Notes version here) Brad and Lucas’s adopted child dies, Nelle gives birth in the woods with an assist from Liesl. Brad and Nelle comes face to face on the road; the two switch babies and keep the long-held secret that Brad and Lucas are actually raising Nelle and Michael’s bio-son. Meanwhile, Willow thinks she is Wiley’s birth mother, having no idea, that her baby died with Brad.

Julian has been in on the secret, and when Brad finally revealed to Lucas the truth about Wiley, it caused their car to crash (Remember: Kendra who in the other car, who was trying to kill Alexis) which has left Lucas with only fragmented memories of that night.

Realizing everything is getting too close for comfort for the truth to come out; Brad accepts a job in Portland and is moving with Lucas and Wiley, while Nelle is selling her shares of ELQ to Valentin to get out of dodge too, so she can follow them, we think.

But in one of the best promo’s we have ever seen for a daytime drama series, as you see below; will Lucas remember and reveal the truth to Michael?

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From the cast credits at the end of the promo, to the setting up of the tale, this is one promo not to be missed.  Check it out below.

Now, let us know, how you think the truth will come to light that Michael will find out he is Wiley (AKA Jonah) biological father and that their was a baby switch? Will it be as teased in the promo, or some other way? Comment below.

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