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GH EP Frank Valentini Weighs-In On What The Future Holds For Elizabeth Webber!

Photo Credit: Kathie Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathie Hutchins

So many fans have been commented that they have been very upset by the lack of story given to fan favorite Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth Webber).   After Becky was fired and then brought back by the last regime, and then nominated for a Daytime Emmy, she has been back-burnered for some time now. Meanwhile Elizabeth has had one failed attempt after another with relationships with Lucky and Jason, both characters are now off the canvas.

General Hospital’s executive producer, Frank Valentini spoke to Deep Soap’s Sara Bibel about what fans can expect for Liz in the coming months. and especially in the romance department!

Valentini revealed,  “I love Liz. I love Becky.  She’s fantastic. But something needs to be built. I think that character’s been bounced around. She’s got three different children from three different men. If she’s going to say, “I love you” to somebody, it’s got to be real and it’s got to mean something. She’s not going to jump right into it. That’s not who she is. I think everyone’s forgotten a little bit what makes Liz the character you most identify with and most want to be. Becky’s got the acting chops to pull it off if you go through every step of the relationship.”

The showrunner went on to say that Liz will not be involved with Patrick or A.J. citing:  “Liz and Patrick are like brother and sister.  It would be creepy if they were together.  Liz has a new love interest on the horizon.”  When prompted if the new love interests initials were A. J., Valentini said a resounding, “No.”

So soapers, who should be the new love interest for Elizabeth Webber?   Let us know your thoughts!

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MK
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MK

So Hoping for a Liz and AJ Pairing. ;(

Hope she doesn’t hook up with Johnny.

Dinah
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Dinah

Need stop writing for Fake Kate, who can’t act

Phil
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Phil

I actually like Kate, and I disagree… She can act, if anyone cannot its the girl playing Kristina. That being said if they wanted to recast Kate, they could bring on Beth Chamberlin….I do agree with you though, I’d rather have more Elizabeth on air.

Brian Tripp
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Brian Tripp

The only other option besides AJ and Patrick would be Johnny. So my guess is Johnny or wait maybe John McBain.

tim
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tim

Good,I agree about Liz and Patrick,that would be weird,and AJ and Liz should be friends,without benefits.

Lin
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Lin

I can’t think of anyone on the show now that I would put with Elizabeth. I’m glad it will not be A.J. or Patrick. If Nicholas came back, maybe with him. I’m thinking of the single men on the show and no one is the right age and personality for her. They also keep getting rid of the men leaving less men to go around. The actor who played Steve was let go for some reason. Steve Burton (lied) and left. There are few men to go around. You need more men on the show.

Ces
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Ces

agree!

Patrick
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Patrick

ditto! not enough men folk to go around… for all these fiesty Women! I’ve posted this before… perhaps if they plan on bringing Duke and Robert back…. reason i liked Joe Scully, Jr…. for Tracy…. they can’t all be fighting over Luke.

i’ve always thought… that Sam and Patrick should gravitate toward one another… both very similar circumstances…. both of their “true” loves are “gone” ?!?!

Lin
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Lin

That actor who played Joe Scully, Jr. was very good and kind of sexy in his way. they should not have wasted him on such a short term role. They should have used some one else and had him come later as an interest for… whoever. I don’t agree about Sam and Patrick though. I don’t see them meshing and.. if Robin comes back (who knows if they will let K.M. do bits here and there forever, and she wants to be a director. They may eventually recast or who knows) I don’t want Sam hurt again. I can see… Read more »

Cath
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Cath

I’m hoping Valentini is playing with words here, because AJ’s true initials would actually be AQ or AJQ. AJ & Elizabeth have already generated a lot of chemistry in the only 2 instances they’ve shared scenes so far. I’d be a shame to waste that chemistry and not build on it.

ray schichtel
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ray schichtel

Well. Personally shes a strong woman capable of being a single mom and a great friend to many. But if she was to get involved. I like frisco jones. Granted he sticks around when he comes back.

Julian
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Julian

Yes, the people over at GH seem very interested in having Jack Wagner back on GH. Nonetheless, Valentini confirmed that Frisco is coming back. His exact words were “Yes. I think it’s going to happen. We’re very excited. He’s got a lot of things going on, so it will be a limited thing for now. We’re working with his schedule”.

Limited thing for…now? This opens the door for Frisco to pop up again!

Violet
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Violet

Yuck. Frisco is too old for Elizabeth. She needs a hot man her age.

Kelly
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Kelly

Someone needs to tell him to quite repeating the Jasam fan mantra about Liz having 3 kids with 3 dads. So does Carly and Alexis. It seems to be in the water around Port Charles but no one ever mentions them, only Liz. Other than that, I like what he said about Liz especially about her being the character you can relate to and want to be. For so many years Laura filled that role and then Liz started to take her place but Guza never embrace that type of female character. He liked the B’s and Ho’s more. So… Read more »

k/kay
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k/kay

Amen Kelly i am soooo sick of the name calling of her character. Carly sent her son Morgan off you know the one she had with the wanna-be-mobster. She gets away with everything but has the nerve as everyone else in town to call Liz the whore. Like I said before if you don’t want to write for her then send her to Y&R.

ellen8
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ellen8

I have never thought of Liz as a loose woman. Ok she has 3 kids by 3 men. So what. Liz has never been portrayed as loose. Its jst the haters that use that word to describe her w no reason other than hating her.

And I understand the dislike of a character because I “hate” on Aj and Duke. But I don t call them names. I jst want them to die LOL.

Violet
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Violet

I agree so much with you, Kay, and Ellen. She’s not a whore who jumps in bed with anyone.

TruthTeller
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TruthTeller

Felix!! Lol

louisa
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louisa

Elizabeth is one of the only female characters on GH with any class. Despite the multiple baby daddies, the actress keeps Liz a cut above. She is more like Laura than anyone else, as poster Kelly pointed out. I’m glad to hear Frank V. recognizes she is a character many relate to.

Maybe they will bring in a new love interest for her? I still think she might be good with Patrick.

So happy Laura is returning. And yeah, Fake Kate can’t act. She needs to go.

ellen8
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ellen8

i love Konnie. i also love Liz. More of both please.
Kelly Sullivan is awesome as DID character. i would love to see Becky act in a story line as deep as that.

Alley
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Alley

If Johnny stays out of the mob I wouldn’t mind a Elizabeth/Johnny pairing. I adore BB and feel Johnny has been wasted on the likes of Carly. But I also saw some chemistry between AJ and Elizabeth, so I could get on board with that as long as Elizabeth isn’t getting involved with AJ because he bears a resemblance to Jason.

Lin
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Lin

I can’t see a good person like Elizabeth with A.J. If Johnny will turn his life around- and not be sent up the river, I could see him possibly with Elizabeth.

Alley
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Alley

Both AJ and Johnny have done things that would be considered bad so I’m not adverse to either of them. If AJ really has changed then in my opinion he is also a candidate for Elizabeth. That said, I prefer Johnny because I’m a big fan of BB.

Barbie
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Barbie

JoLiz has been a fantasy of mine for years. Johnny has been on the show for 6 years without getting that full on invested love story. I think he and Liz would be magical. BB is the best actor on the show IMHO so RH would have a great acting partner. WIN WIN

ellen8
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ellen8

Agree. Agree. Ive wanted JoLiz for some time. Johnny has been used to prop other characters too long. I want Johnny to return to the piano and be that guy who never wanted to be in the mob. Johnny with Carly was a waste of time.

lisa
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lisa

Someone new for Elizabeth….please !!

Lin
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Lin

agreed!

Violet
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Violet

I third that call!

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

I don’t see her with anyone on the show right now. Either have Matt Hunter get out of prison or bring on a new character for her. Just let him have ties to the show somehow.

Lin
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Lin

Oh Matt and Elizabeth would make sense and I’d be happy to see that.

su0000
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su0000

Liz has been zeroed out and they need to rebuild her..
Perhaps a new doctor or rich patient will brought in for Liz..

As of now, there is no-one for Liz.. She needs someone who is awesome and will do her justice..

aria
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aria

Oh God please, or in this case Frank, just give her a storyline already and put her in the forefront where she belongs and stop using the old Regime excuse not to have her on screen, enough with the excuses and make her front and center Now.

Lin
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Lin

Amen!

Christine
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Christine

So it is someone on the canvas already? Hmm, it would be great if it were Johnny because Elizabeth could really bring out the best of him. He would be a lot like Xander and that could be fun. I can’t imagine how Johnny is going to get out of this current mess, but I am sure Diane can get him off. If that frees him then he could work with Liz. I just don’t see the greatness between Carly and Johnny for some reason. I really liked Johnny when he was with Lulu so I think Liz would be… Read more »

David
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David

Brittany?

Violet
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Violet

Yes, Brit. That skanky Brit doctor throwing herself at Patrick at every corner. And now he’s falling for it! Gross!

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Miss Herbst will have her moment again. I think it is wise her character has been quiet for a time. When a storyline comes along then we will be very excited. I do hope Elizabeth will be able to enjoy some genuine slow-moving rich romance and maybe give us a little comedy at trying to raise children alone. How about a romantic story for a working mom with a lighter touch, huh?

ellen8
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ellen8

I like this

Ella
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Ella

I really like the idea of Liz & AJ & think a relationship between them could be imperfect and yet work really well. The problem as I see it with Lucky and Jason was that Liz thought of them as ideal loves and the relationships just never measured up. Perhaps she can have a more grounded relationship? That could turn epic if done right.

ellen8
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ellen8

I have one thing to say about AJ. He must die.

Carol Crowell
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Carol Crowell

You have Ratings for shows, what happened to the 60 plus years? I am 66 years old and I have been watching Gh from day one. My sister is 71 and I know there is a lot of older people who watches the Soaps. I guess the Seniors are not important!! Some Seniors that is all they have is the Soaps, now they put on all of the junk shows. I have nothing more to say but I hope you can have the ratings for older people………………

ellen8
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ellen8

Agree Carol. And they market to the younger demographic like they have money to spend.
( Shhhhhhh….. dont tell them our secrets. i ff thru ads anyway. ) However as for the show GH gives us some respect by keeping older actors with story lines….. unlike most reality and prime time.

Please
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Please

What a load of garbage as if Liz is the only character with baggage. RMFE Other female characters have been passed around like blunts and moved on from one relationship to the other and yet when it comes to FINALLY writing for the character of Liz it’s the same spiel GMAFB

ellen8
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ellen8

Liz baggage ? What character doesnt have even more than Liz? Certainly Carly Tracy Sam. and list continues. Show wouldnt be a soap if characters didnt have baggage. Saying a character has baggage is a mute point isnt it?.

Lynette
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Lynette

LOL, How about Liz and Coleman? yuck!

Donna Lawson
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Donna Lawson

Elizabeth should be with Nicholas !!!!!!!!!!! Or bring the old Lucky back.

Donna Lawson
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Donna Lawson

Something needs to get really interesting with Elizabeth, Sam and Sonny.

Elaine
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Elaine

Please let Elizabeth team up with Nicholas and get him away from that horrible Britt. They have no chemistry at all!! Also, how many lives does Jerry Jacks have anyway? LOL! I love Sebastian Roche, so he can keep coming back in my opinion. Been watching GH for decades, also OLTL. Sad that OLTL might not be coming back to Hulu. Keep up the good work at GH.

Corburn Lee
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Corburn Lee

RH fans consist of Ryan Noble and his pen. I think she should be happy to have a job. GH have given RH many s/l and she has done well with none. Everyone wants to know about all these fans, that’s claimed she has, but if you look into it,they the fans a re pen fans. ^ fans that has 500 email addresses and Ryan Noble(who work with TVSource,SID,SOD)who have done nothing but pimp RH.Everyone time she is on front burner, fans cut the soap off, simply because she is boring!RH popularity is created and others have figured it out… Read more »

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According to Soap Opera Digest, she will make her GH debut next week in a mystery role.

Kimberly worked with two GH powerhouse actresses during her tine on Guiding Light. 

She noted to SOD about her time in Springfield: Cynthia Watros (Nina, GH, Ex-Annie Dutton, GL) was my stepmom for a bit, and Laura Wright (Carly, Ex- Cassie, GL) played my aunt.”

Brown has appeared in numerous primetime television shows and motion pictures over the last few decades.

Now the question becomes, who will Kimberly play on GH? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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She was one-of-a-kind, and now actress Billie Hayes has passed away at the age of 96.  Hayes’ family announced her death from natural causes on April 29th at Cedar-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

Hayes was best-known for her unforgettable role as Witchiepoo on the 1969-70 Saturday morning live-action children’s classic H.R. Pufnstuf from Sid and Marty Kroft.

However, daytime fans will remember that then General Hospital executive producer, Gloria Monty, hired Hayes to play the recurring role of the street-smart international spy, Brighton O’Reilly, back in the 80’s series hey day.

GH’s Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) took to Twitter to mourn the loss of Hayes on Monday sharing; “My dear wonderful Billie Hayes has died. Sadly I only got to work with her on GH but it was a magical relationship. Right away Gloria Monty saw something unique and ran with it. I cannot tell you how her passing saddens me.”

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In story, Brighton O’Reilly was shot and killed by Victor Cassadine back in 1981. Billie told Soap Opera Digest back in 2003 about her time as an agent on GH, and her exit from the series: “I asked Gloria why she killed me off, and Gloria said, ‘To tell you the truth, Billie, we really hemmed and hawed at it. But I decided to do it for selfish reasons. I knew if I killed O’Reilly there’d be such an abundance of sympathy and love for Scorpio that his stock would go up. And he’s my new leading man!’ I understand why Gloria knocked me off, but I would have loved to have gone on with it because I feel it could have been developed into a fascinating character.”

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Sid and Marty Kroft also took to Twitter and expressed:  “Margaret Hamilton (Wizard of Oz) once told us that Billie Hayes was “one of the best witches ever” We couldn’t agree more. Rest in Peace dear friend.”

Billie’s career spanned decades including Broadway, television, motion pictures and voice-over work. In addition, she founded the Los Angeles-based animal rescue nonprofit organization Pet Hope, a cause she had championed since adopting a puppy abandoned in the basement of Broadway’s St. James Theatre during the run of Lil’ Abner in which she was featured in the role of Mammy Yokum.

Share your remembrances of Billie Hayes and your condolences for her family and loved ones via the comment section below.

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John Reilly ‘General Hospital’ Tribute Episode Set to Air May 21st

Details have emerged on the upcoming John Reilly tribute episode of General Hospital.  The popular star passed away back on January 21st and the ABC daytime drama series had promised they would deliver a special show dedicated to the man who played Sean Donely starting back in 1984.

According to Deadline look for GH enduring stars: Genie Francis, Kristina Wagner, Finola Hughes, Jon Lindstom and John J. York to all appear in the special episode, along with Reilly’s real-life daughter, Caitlin Reilly, which had been previously announced.

The story will involve the mourning of WSB agent Sean Donely, which will set Felicia Scorpio (Wagner), Malcolm “Mac” Scorpio (York), Anna Devane (Hughes), Laura Collins (Francis) and Kevin Collins (Lindstrom) into a mystery involving Sean’s daughter, Annie (Caitlin Reilly).

General Hospital EP Frank Valentini shared in a statement: “John Reilly was an incredible actor and a large part of the 58-plus-year legacy that is ‘GH’. This episode is meant to honor him and his contribution to the show’s rich history. With so many fan favorites returning, new and longtime viewers will enjoy it. We had a lot of fun filming and I am grateful that we were also able to include his daughter. Viewers will hopefully also enjoy one more surprise return – it is just too amazing to spoil.”

Mark your calendars for May 21st when the special episode is set to air.

So, looking forward to seeing the John Reilly tribute episode, and who do you think will be the big ‘surprise’ noted by Frank Valentini? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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