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General Hospital's Maurice Benard Posts Special Video Message To Fans!

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Today on his You Tube Channel, General Hospital’s Daytime Emmy winning actor, Maurice Benard  (Sonny Cortinhos) has posted a very special message to his fans for their strong support about his latest storyline where Sonny has been off his meds for bipolar disorder, and encouraging people that if you see anyone with the signs or symptoms to get them the help they need!

Over the past several episodes. Sonny has really been on downward spiral which has also given viewers  another wonderful opportunity to see some stellar performance from Benard, which come Emmy time, just could be in the running!  It all started after his fiancee’ Connie was killed, and Sonny went off his meds and contemplated suicide, and from there his erratic behavior culminated in Monday’s episode where Sonny had a public meltdown at Kiki and Morgan’s Party.

In the video message Benard relates: ”I want to thank everybody for their support during this Sonny off his meds/bipolar storyline.  It was pretty difficult but fun at the same time.  Soaps do a really good job at bringing awareness to these kinds of causes because you can do it on a soap in real time.   So, if you know anybody, who you think is suffering from any kind of mental illness, all you have to do is call your local mental health association.  Some of the symptoms are racing thoughts, not sleeping, crying, anger, different things like that … a lot of things you saw Sonny doing on TV.  But it’s very important that someone get treatment and get help, and with treatment and help you can live a productive life, as you see I have.  I have been on my medication straight for 20 years and everything’s been fine.  So thank you again, and on to the next!”

Watch Maurice’s message to his fans on his recent storyline below! Let us know what you thought of his performances and the thoughts conveyed in his video.

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su0000
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su0000

I love Sonny/Maurice!!
He has given his all, most his life to GH and his fans!!
A great actor and man!!

hope evett
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hope evett

Thank you, Maurice, for having the courage to speak out through your character of Sonny and through your own life of how vital it is for people who exhibit these symptoms to seek out the help of mental
health professionals before it’s too late to save a life from either suicide or homelessness. I admire
how you’ve taken control of your life and have been pro-active in helping others with this debilitating
mental illness.
Boise, Idaho……

Marva
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Marva

he was A W E S O M E

ethel
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ethel

i love how he has always been so open about his own personal struggle and i must say maurice did an awesome job with this story line……..

Anne
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Anne

he’s so great, I’m gushing.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

I think he has been superb in this storyline. Also, sharing his personal struggle so openly for so long really helps break the stigma of mental illness and I am sure has encouraged others to seek help. Very inspiring.

karen rinehart
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karen rinehart

WELL , SONNY YOUR STORY LINE IS VERY IMPORTANT TO EVERYONE AND THERE CHILDREN . MY GRANDSON HAS THIS PROBLEM AND IT WASN’T A PRETTY SIGHT IN FACT DOWN RIGHT SCARY TO WATCH . OVER THE YEARS NOW THEY CAN LIVE A NORMAL LIFE , SO THANK YOU FOR YOUR GREAT ROLE ON THIS SICKNESS…./////

carla
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carla

Emmy winning performance. Doesnt get much better than that.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Well at least GH treats the subject realistically and with respect unlike Y&R who uses the condition as a gimmick to get a character like Sharon to do things she would not normally do because the writers have no imagination. Thanks for treating the topic seriously GH and for MB for using it as teaching moment to help others.

Patrick
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Patrick

i have to post again…. Sharon….. Sharon Case. it’s alarming… in your face…. this shouldn’t be happening…. Where is the Sharon… who… like… Maurice Benard… and countless others… who have given their lives… careers… making daytime their home… with us… Sharon… was not atypical… was so relevant… and moved; us, in the audience…. that the wrong side of the tracks… crossed… and she found love… made a life with… and questionable… OK it’s serial… but… she persevered… endured… and I related to I just can’t believe the writers at Y&R think this is OK… which is my cross.. but… the… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

anyway… MarySF

I’m glad that posts are sharing… points of view… that, are on queue…

relative

which was my first… thought… upon reading your’

Joan Faist
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Joan Faist

MB is a class act no doubt about it. Love him. Great story line for him but then he is always the best.

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

I for one knows what its like…i have struggled off and on with depression for years(have gotten help)…several family members have too!!! Maurice is doing a wonderful job!!!

Patrick
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Patrick

Jim.

you are an integral part of this site….

it wouldn’t be … without your sense of humor and storyline ideas.

honestly… most vent, praise, are up in arms… livid… angst ridden….

and it’s theirs…

thank you for sharing… that it’s OK to have trials and tribulations…

the stigma… differences shed… are not unlike

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

Thank you, Patrick…this site wouldnt be the same if you werent a part of it…always love reading your comments!!!

Jules
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Jules

I HATE Sonny, never ever liked him. But I have ALWAYS liked Maurice. He’s always come across as such a giving, gracious and grateful actor. I applaud his courage in speaking out for bi-polar and mental illnesses. There is still so much stigma attached to bi-polar disease and other mental health disorders and I really admire his bravery in putting a face and being one of the first to give a voice for the illness and providing hope to people who are suffering. I don’t know what’s going on with Sonny and I don’t think I could care less if… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

@Jules.

I just read yours… after already posting to jim… above…

well said…

putting out their… words… help

L.
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L.

Thank you, Maurice, for being so open and honest in your portrayal and sharing information on this disease. It has to be difficult and taxing. Mental illness still needs to have light shed on it to bring it to the forefront, especially for young adults; it is rampant. There is always hope and help to be found. I applaud your courage, and am happy you are healthy!! You are a fabulous role model and actor!

heidi
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heidi

He is doing a great service with this message and his openness and honesty about his situation and his very strong performances with his bi-polar disorder. Well done Maurice!!!

Mary
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Mary

Maurice is so great with what he does.He’s letting people know about His disease and to help people going through it.Love you as your actor and love you with your life.Keep up the good work.

Betty Amos
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Betty Amos

I to am bipolar. Sonny leaves such an impression on me. I know how it is. You get to feeling better and you think you don’t need the meds, then the world falls out from under you. Hang in there and lets both continue to do what we know we need to do. I love General Hospital!

hope evett
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hope evett

Don’t give up or let go, Betty. You’re not alone in this struggle. Someone close to me has been struggling with this for more than twenty years. He’s lost to us;but we still hold onto the hope he will return to us some day. It’s my hope you’ll be one of those bi-polars who really does know what “we need to do.” Best wishes for a healthy and happy life now and always.

dmr
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dmr

Maurice Benard is an amazing actor! I have loved him since his short stint on All My Children as Nico Kelly. As much as I think (part of ) the storyline was ridiculous, the dumb Michael, Kiki/Starr, nuMorgan part, everything else was well-written and well-acted, beyond my expectations. Maurice has chemistry with every talented person on the show, to name a few, Laura Wright, Maura West, Kelly Sullivan, Tony Geary. He brings his “all” to each and every scene. From someone who also struggles with depression issues and medication issues, the highs and lows really hit home. Thank you, Maurice!

hope evett
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hope evett

Good night, all, and sweet dreams.
Enjoyed every comment on bi-polar issues. Well done!

hope evett
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hope evett

Thanks for the opportunity to read all of these comments. Very helpful. educational and compelling.

Al
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Al

Even when I can’t stand some of the things his character does, MB always comes across as a class act. He’s been doing a really good job with this current storyline.

Sanie Alton
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Sanie Alton

I thin u are a great actor! I often wondered how this story line was effecting you. I’m glad it didn’t . There is a rumor that you are leaving G.H.!!!!!!! hope not!! I for one would not want to watch it!

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GH’s Chad Duell and Y&R’s Courtney Hope Tie the Knot in Steampunk Style Wedding in Front of Castmates and Loved Ones

Overnight, images began to circulate, as well as plenty of congratulations abound, for General Hospital’s Chad Duell (Michael) and The Young and the Restless’ Courtney Hope (Sally) as the two officially became husband and wife on Saturday night.

As we previously reported, the couple were set for their nuptials this weekend, and from what has been posted, Chad and Courtney had a steampunk-themed and styled wedding, and both wore red.

Many of their castmates and colleagues were in attendance including: General Hospital’s Maurice Benard (Sonny,), Laura Wright (Carly), Wes Ramsey (Peter), Eden McCoy (Josslyn), Katelyn MacMullen (Willow), and series executive producer, Frank Valentini, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke), Annika Noelle (Hope), Patrika Darbo (Ex-Shirley) and Katrina Bowden (Flo), and The Young and the Restless’ Tracey Bregman (Lauren), Hunter King (Ex-Summer), and more.

The outdoor evening nuptials held in Malibu, California were shares on Courtney Hope’s Instagram story, and Laura Wright also posted several photos of the attendees on her IG.

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Pictured with Eden McCoy and Wes Ramsey, Wright enthused on the big night for her TV son, Chad Duell: “Tonight was an amazing night #TilDeath #GHBaby #Dope #Daytimefamily #steampunk”

In addition, Katherine Kelly Lang posted the first dance of newlyweds, Chad and Courtney, on her IG. 

Now, share your congratulations to Chad and Courtney via the comment section below.

 

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Stars React to Alec Baldwin Fatally Shooting Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins & Injuring Director, Joel Souza, In Prop Gun Mishap On Set of ‘Rust’

UPDATED: Over the last 24 hours, the entertainment world has been stunned, by the horrific incident that took place on the set of the western drama Rust, while it was shooting scenes in New Mexico.

What is known is that Alec Baldwin (Ex-The Doctors, Knots Landing) discharged a prop gun that killed Director of Photography, Halyna Hutchins and injured director, Joel Souza.  The film also stars Frances Fisher (Ex-Edge of Night) and Jensen Ackles (Ex-Days of our Lives). Baldwin is also a producer on the film.

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According to Variety, the prop gun contained a “live single round,” according to an email sent by IATSE Local 44 to its membership.

On Friday, Alec Baldwin made a statement via Twitter on his Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation Twitter feed, expressing: “There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”

Yesterday, The Sante Fe Sheriff’s Departments originally shared that “Hutchins, 42, and Souza, 48 were shot when a prop firearm was discharged by Alec Baldwin.  Ms. Hutchins was transported, via helicopter, to University of New Mexico Hospital where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel. Mr. Souza was transported by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical center where he was undergoing treatment for his injuries. This investigation remains open and active. No charges have been filed in regard to this incident. Witnesses continue to be interviewed by detectives.”

This morning, Frances Fisher revealed in a twitter conversation with Patricia Arquette, that director Joel Souza had been released from the hospital.  Meanwhile, photographs of a distraught Baldwin emerged following the shooting.

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The news of the Baldwin prop gun incident, isn’t the first time something like this has happened. Jon-Erik Hexum was killed on October 18, 1984, on the set of the TV show Cover Up when he accidentally shot himself in the head with a gun loaded with blanks. Then, in 1993, Brandon Lee, the son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, died from a prop gun accident on the set of The Crow by a cast member.

As the news made its way through the entertainment community and mainstream news, several soap stars shared their reactions to the fatal shooting accident.

General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan) expressed: “Feeling so sad for everyone involved in the tragedy on the #RustMovie set. I do know the film was staffed with experienced, thoughtful professionals. Please, let’s wait until we have the facts. Nothing positive will come from passing judgement or casting aspersions before then.”

General Hospital and Dynasty’s Emma Samms (Holly, Fallon) shared on her friend Jon-Erik Hexum’s death: This AWFUL tragedy on #Rust is unfathomable to me. If all on-set protocols were being adhered to, how, on earth, could it have happened? After what happened to Brandon Lee and my dear friend Jon-Erik Hexam, the firearm protocols became incredibly strict. I was told (when I was with him at the hospital afterwards) that Jon-Erik had been working with a completely empty gun all morning. A blank (still very dangerous) was loaded and then immediately there was a delay. Exhausted, he was allowed to fall asleep – loaded gun in hand. hey woke him, but there was immediately another delay. Jon-Erik put the gun to his head, forgetting it now contained a blank, (because he had just woken up) and jokingly pulled the trigger. He was not the kind of person to play around with a loaded gun. #fortherecord”

We will continue to post reactions and update this story.

What are your thoughts on the fatal shooting on the set of Rust? Comment below.  How can this not happen again, so everyone is safe in this working environment when ‘dangerous’ props are called for or used to make a movie or a TV show?

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Courtney Hope Gets Marriage Advice From Her Y&R Co-Stars Ahead of Her Wedding to GH’s Chad Duell

This weekend, The Young and the Restless Courtney Hope (Sally), is set to walk down the aisle and marry the love of her life, General Hospital’s Chad Duell (Michael).  The nuptials are to take place this Saturday, October 23rd according to the wedding planner Zola.

Ahead of the popular soap duo’s vows, Courtney asked some of her Y&R co-stars advice, but as their characters in a very cute Instagram video on The Young and the Restless IG account with the accompanying text: “Marriage advice you don’t normally hear… as told by the #YR stars 😉 A special thank you to our real-life bride-to-be @TheCourtneyHope for asking! 😂”

Participating are: Peter Bergman (Jack), Amelia Heinle (Victoria), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis), Mishael Morgan (Amanda), Christian LeBlanc (Michael, Eileen Davidson (Ashley), Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe), and Christel Khalil (Lily).

In terms of advice, Amelie Heinle told Hope, “As Victoria Newman, I would say that you need to marry a man that is not going to be around for very long, and especially if he has a lot of money.”

Christel Khalil offered up some Lily marital suggestions: “Don’t let your husband let you think that he’s dead and that you’ve slept with a ghost!”

As for Courtney and Chad, the couple had been dating for five years, and this past Valentine’s Day, they became engaged.

Please share your well-wishes to Courtney and Chad as they embark on their life together via the comment section below, and let us know what you think of the marital advice given to Hope from the citizens of Genoa City.  

You can check out the video below, and then take a look back at our interview with the duo on the red carpet back at the 46th annual Daytime Emmys Awards.

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