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GH stars react to Becky Herbst's dismissal via Twitter!

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Over the week the stars of General Hospital and castmates of Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth Webber) who was given her walking papers after 14 years with the series, voiced their outrage, disappointment and shock at the decision of the powers-that-be to write-off Liz and thus Becky is out of a job. Many took to their twitter accounts to share their thoughts. Here is a round-up of just some of the tweets.

Jonathan Jackson: “I’m heartbroken over the news about Becky. She is absolutely irreplaceable; an incredible actress and a phenomenal person. I’m confident the future has brilliant things in store for her! Right now, I’m just speechless and deeply disappointed.”

Kelly Monaco : “So sad and devastated by the loss of Becky, an amazingly talented woman, from the GH cast. It makes me worry about the future of Daytime.”

Tyler Christopher : “In my many years on General Hospital dozens of actors have come and gone in one fashion or another. I have never been as shocked as I am now over Becky being let go. Elizabeth Webber has been an intricate part of Nikolas Cassadine since nearly the inception of the Characters. I will miss that, and my friend.”

Steve Burton: “Hello everyone, most of you have heard the horrible and awful news about Becky. My heart breaks as I even have to tweet this. One of the best and most beautiful actresses that has been on this show. Beside that, she’s a friend and that hurts. Some show will be lucky to have her. May god bless them through this transition. Much luv to Michael and Becky.”

Clearly from the amazing posts we have received all week at On-Air On-Soaps the fans are not happy by this decision and neither are the actors on the series. So what gives? Perhaps, massive budget cuts coming?

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Solange
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Solange

I’m upset that she is leaving and will not watch anymore. She goes I go

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

I have heard from multiple sources that the reason Becky was fired was because Brian Frons did not like her character (apparently he’s a Jasam fan) or the fact that the fans supported her. Well, he just shot himself in the foot if this is true. It sounds like many of Becky’s fans plan on boycotting GH. Last night, Stardish Radio did a 2 hour show about the situation, and there will be another one tonight about the firing of both Becky and Brittany Underwood of OLTL. It will be at 9pm EST.

Kelly
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Kelly

Well, I understand cutbacks…but the wrong actress was cut. Rebecca Herbst is a veteran actress portraying a legacy character with great storyline potential, despite what TPTB stated. The show has become unrecognizable with all the new characters that I am not invested in. But I was invested in Elizabeth Webber and her story. This is a bad decision on the part of ABC/GH.

Jacqueline
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Jacqueline

If it was massive budgets cuts then why hire all these new people? Cut back on the people they show constantly put more stories to those who havn’t had one in a long time. GH should take a look at its history and embrace it. Not dismiss it. The “hospital” in General Hospital is slowly disappearing. They should take a good look at Y&R. They are getting the ratings.

Anne
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Anne

I was shocked and saddened by the firing of Rebecca H. This may be the final nail in the coffin of what was once an amazing, exciting, dynastic soap opera. Killing Georgie, Allen, Emily, Justus…all big mistakes. Now getting rid of Elizabeth…I think TPTB are intentionally destroying GH. She’s a nurse…it’s called General HOSPITAL!

Pair her with Jax if Lucky and Nik have moved on. That would really chap Carly’s behind 🙂

Karen
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Karen

Letting Rebecca Herbst go is by far one of the single worst decsions GH has ever made. Elizabeth is the most relatable characters on the canvas. Daytime is a dying genre, and if they believe getting rid of veteran/legacy characters will help bring in a younger crowd and therefore add some legs to the longevity of the show, they are sadly mistaken. Ask the average 18 year old if they watch daytime and they’ll laugh at you and tell you their days are spent in class and watching the DVR of Glee from the night before. But if you ask… Read more »

Emma
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Emma

A terrible decision by the part of General Hospital. Just like firing Stuart Damon and Lindze Leatherman were horrible decisions (and killing of Emily). But, then General Hospital has had a history of firing actors who play characters that make up the historical fabric of the show. I’m not sure why. And I am sure that General Hospital’s budget is a mess, given the hiring spree that they have been on over the last six months, and the fact that they completely botched Vanessa Marcil’s return last year. It is sad that yet another actor is fired because of Jill… Read more »

Laura
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Laura

Soaps – all of them, but especially GH – won’t last more than 10 years. Reality Shows are giving us better drama a lot cheaper. Sad but true.

GH has become so horrible that I can’t help but feel like it’s on purpose. There is no way they are this stupid.. it’s just impossible, right? They must be sabotaging their own show.

Christian
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Christian

I too am walking Michael. Can’t take one more minute of what Guza/Frons/Phelps are doing to a once riveting soap. Rebecca Herbst is stunning and charismatic, and has so much potential. I hope she lands somewhere worthy of her talent and dedication. She gave a lot, and from all reports was never a diva, always gracious and called GH her second home. She will be missed. I have watched since 89′ and was watching when Becky arrived in Port Charles as the fiesty “Lizzie” and she was my favorite from then on. Having Jonathan back to complete the original permanent… Read more »

Megan
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Megan

So agree. Storyline dictated? Is Guza a writer or not? Did he inherit a show with history or not? It may not be fair to the new characters, but this firing coming upon the heels of killing AJ, Alan, sending off Dillon and having Tracy run around after Luke–I think Guza is more interested in wiping out any trace of the old soap than he is in writing a good soap. With Liz gone, I have quite as well. I stopped watching as soon as news broke. I just want her to end up in a place that will respect… Read more »

Cassandra Crisp
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Cassandra Crisp

I’m beyond heart-broken by the news of Rebecca’s firing. GH has just cut out the core of their show. Becky is and will always be a gracious actress who gave them 14 years of loyaly to this daytime soap only to be kicked in the gut for her charming work ethic. GH will suffer in every avenue of their precious demographic. Fans of Becky will not hang around to watch them further destroy the character of Elizabeth Webber, show disrespect to Becky and rub salt in a widely open cut. As a fan of Rebecca and the beautiful character she… Read more »

Saher M
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Saher M

co-signing this post!!

Ann
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Ann

What GH needs is a new head writer and a new EP!!! And quite frankly, ABC needs a new head for their Daytime Division. Anytime those in charge think they need more than the fans and that fans can be “taught” what to like-shows that they are out of touch with what the fans really want!!!

Sara
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Sara

This freaking sucks! I only watch General Hospital because of Elizabeth Webber! And since she is not on anymore you can bet i am NOT WATCHING ANYMORE! Brian Frons, you are a freaking DUMBA** if you think fans are going to continue to watch the hell hold that you consider a SUPPERCOUPLE jasam.. they are horrible together! SO BYEEEEEEE! You can kiss my butt Frons you freaking retard! I will never watch general hospital unless becky is on! understand???

Caroleena
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Caroleena

When GH abandoned Rebecca Herbst they abandoned the one character left on the show that in any way reflected who I am and could relate to. So in announcing to the world “Elizabeth” story isn’t worth telling, they told this fan, me, I’m not worth it.

While I respect the stars and their kind words for Becky, their characters don’t hold the heart of the show for me… “Elizabeth” did.

Farewell GH… it was nice while it lasted.

mike
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mike

Somebody wake up and take a look at what this Executive Producer and Writer are doing to this show, They are breaking it down piece by piece, soon it will be just a pile of rubble.

leah
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leah

I want to believe this can be turned around that if GH fans, write, write, write the show and unlike the show on Facebook and like the Save Rebecca Herbst Page on Facebook and sign the Twitter petition…that if the voices are loud enough the decision can be overturned and Becky kept on the show !!! They undervalue their audience and they undervalued Becky…I believe the fans are stronger than any power that TPTB hold and I am not giving up on Becky and Elizabeth’s future on GH.

Emma
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Emma

Leah, no offense, but I don’t want BH to stay on a show that clearly has no use for her. And GH has a history of keeping actors after fan protest and then isolating them and reducing their role so as a viewer I am begging them to let the actor go. Ghost Alan? Edward reduced to almost nothing. I would rather BH be given the opportunity to find a job where the writers like and respect her character and will write for her. The only way I’d ever want BH back on the show is if there was a… Read more »

kim
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kim

If this about budget cuts, why did they hire that no talent vanessa marcil, who still thinks she’s in her early twenty’s. She is so freakin annoying and she’s destroying the show. Get rid of her and keep Rebecca.

Shelley
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Shelley

I don’t believe they are doing this, there are so many more stories to tell about Elizabeth!!! This sucks!

Betty Voshell
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Betty Voshell

People are just guessing what the reason was for firing Becky. Budget cuts, Frons or Guza didn’t like her character, etc. You can guess all you want, the only people that know for sure are TPTB and they ain’t talking. We have to remember, this is a business. We may never know the real reason.

Megan
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Megan

It is not business to get rid of a popular character. There is quite a bit of evidence, actually, from many sources, that this firing is personal. Becky was popular among her castmates, and extremely popular among the fans. There are many fans who liked both Sam and Liz, that says something about those two characters. To say it is a business decision makes you very trusting of PR reports. Is it good business to get rid of a very popular character? And I mean VERY popular. This is a dying industry, but perhaps Guza’s endgame is simply to finish… Read more »

Inez
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Inez

Cosign Megan. This has backstage politics written all over it and many know why she is really gone. We’re not talking about some nobody character and actress. We’re talking about someone who is STILL extremely popular with the fans and still had MUCH story to tell. They just weren’t willing to write it. Many fans had been begging for her to have a story for months and she won in a LANDSLIDE of those most in need of a story for 2011. How do they repay us, but getting rid of her. Real nice. GH has already been going down… Read more »

Nicole
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Nicole

I am heartbroken and angry over the news my favorite character and actress of all-time has been fired. This is one of the most shocking and stupid moves I have seen any soap make. Becky’s last day on GH will also be mine, and I look forward to loyally watching Becky on whatever show she’s on next.

andrea R.
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andrea R.

I am deeply heartbroken over Becky being fired. She was basically the reason I continued to watch that train wreck of a show. I too, can no longer watch them assassinate Elizabeth’s character. It has been over 20 + yrs but I’m done!

Megan
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Megan

I am one of the many fans extremely upset over Becky Herbst’s firing. I stopped watching the show last week. It may sound extreme, but her firing was the last straw for me. I haven’t liked the mob focus of GH for the last few years, especially its Sonny-Jason focus. The last thing I want to do to escape is to follow a bunch of mobsters in gun battles. I think her firing is incredibly disrespectful both to her and her many fans. She is so popular! To say that it is storyline dictated, well guza is just admitting what… Read more »

Dannada
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Dannada

I’ve heard it said that the show(s) can hire 3 newbies for the price of 1 vet. With GH they got rid of their “vets” a long time ago. The actress playing Monica (LC) is recurring. Alan was killed (so Stuart Damon has been let go). The “new” vets are people like Liz, Jason, Sonny, –our faves. Anthony G takes 2 long vacations a year and it seems like that may be what’s saving his job. Fans have been asking for more Bobbie and Mike. Fans want Laura to come home. I guess we now know that will never happen.… Read more »

Lynne
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Lynne

What a horrible unjustice to throw Becky Herbst out of GH. Have been a fan since I have watched the show since I was very small. As soon as Becky leaves, so will I. Maybe GH higher ups need to stop giving contracts to new people, and rewrite their scripts to keep our favorites in. Suddenly Becky doesnt fit in? Lucky gets a new girl, Nicholas gets a new girl, Becky gets a pink slip. Shame on you GH. So many actors/actresses leave their beginning for greener pastures, but she stuck it out with you and all you give her… Read more »

Lynne
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Lynne

Please check out general hospital happenings, as they have posted the phone and snail mail of the higher ups at GH, and maybe if enough of us complain, we can save her job! Also dont forget twitter!!!

Cassie
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Cassie

My heart hurts by this news. I am very angry! I have loved Liz since she and Sara first came to pc. notice Sara’s character didn’t last. I related to Liz. She and I are the same age and we were preggo together her with Jake born in may and my son was born in june. what will happen to the children? Will they be without a mother or will they go too? I started watching gh when I was 3 with my mother and grandmother so its like a part of my family and a link to my late… Read more »

diana
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diana

Are you kidding me? We haven’t even been blessed with a possible reunion between her and Lucky when they realize Lucky is baby’s father. Actors are only as good as the writing and Becky shouldn’t be penalized because the writers blew it big time!! Get rid of Brooklyn or that Irish pain in the butt to save money..Lulu is the new whinny better than thou pain in the butt as well. This is the thanks she gets from coming back from maternity leave? Sounds fishy to me…maybe she should get a lawyer!! Maybe all these co-stars that are so sad… Read more »

Dee
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Dee

Couldn’t have said it better myself!!

gina
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gina

What a horrible joke!! While I have always been a Brenda fan we all know Vanessa will get bored with GH and leave again.. Then what? The writers will be trying to get Becky back and she will have another job. Its a sign of the times..there is no moral code or respect for a person who has proven over and over again how dedicated they are to their craft. Just hirer somebody younger or cheaper and the hell with the experienced vets. I enjoy the “new” Michael but remember how crappy GH was to Drew? After a stunt like… Read more »

Amy
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Amy

Can’t believe this news…..the show keeps getting worse and worse. So sick of JaSam, and to kill of fJake.
what a joke ……. learn how to write. What are the ratings now?????? I know they aren’t good, cause I don’t watch the show anymore.. I can’t get into the new story lines and characters.

Rhonda
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Rhonda

I will miss Elizabeth how could they do this I love that Elizabeth is one of the original actors they have I am not watching general anymore

Rachelle
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Rachelle

I stopped watching the minute I found out. Literally in the middle of an episode. It is further a slap in the face that they are ruining Elizabeth Webbers character and degrading and embarrissing with the horrible story line of Jealous Liz. I feel horrible for Rebecca Herbst to be treated in this manner, as well as, having to go through a horrible story line. There are now rumors that they plan to kill off Jake, so that Jason will change his mind about having a baby with Sam. It’s pathetic, that Frons and Guza have to go to such… Read more »

Dee
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Dee

The writing was on the wall for Rebecca the minute Kelly Monaco renegotiated her contract and apparently wanted a JaSam storyline again. Not to blame Kelly, but it’s the writers who write for actors they like, and not for the characters that we have invested in that are at fault. Now the thought of being stuck watching this contrived “miracle baby” storyline is just so painful!! That’s the best they can do?? How insulting is it as a viewer, that we are to believe Jason would ever forgive Sam for watching his child (or any child) be kidnapped?? And to… Read more »

laurie
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laurie

I doubt very much that its an actor/actress that dictates what the writers are going to write about. Or they would actually agree to ones demand on who they want to work with and who they dont. Jason and Liz has been tried so many times, and it just never worked out. Their screen chemistry is just not there to most, and their characters are just not compatible to say the least. They were NEVER really together. Its insulting to other viewers to listen to the Jason/Liz fans minimmize the love story of Sam and Jason, yes and actual Love… Read more »

Dee
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Dee

No one ever said Elizabeth was a saint…remember her roots? She was the troubled bad ass little teen and her sister was the saintly one. And it’s not an actor who dictates what the writers write; they write for actors. Many actors negotiate storylines in their contracts. Regardless, it’s not going to bring back a great character with substance and family roots o the show. Jason and Liz fans are not “minimizing” JaSam’s “love story” but probably feel more cheated than anything. Just look at those old scenes where you can really appreciate their history. Your point is so right:… Read more »

laurie
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laurie

Actually, if you read all the comments, yes, that is exactly what people are saying that she is a saint, they arent gonna watch any more, she is the heart of this show, really, the heart of this show? Which doesnt speak well for other characters. I have watched the old clips, Ive watched for a long time, and like I said Liz and Jason were neve really together. I know what their story is Ive watched it from the begining. In my opinion, they dont belong together. The love story between Sam and Jason was ruined for a what… Read more »

Dee
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Dee

Laurie it IS only your opinion. This isn’t about sainthood, and that’s what it seems you are inferring from the posts. Both Sam and Liz were NEVER saints on the show. That’s the beauty of television, we watch characters grow and evolve. It’s just a forum for people to express their views about what we have invited into our living rooms for years. We have grown up with so many characters. I personally cannot stand how they’ve written Elizabeth and a lot of other characters for that matter, Sam included. It goes back to how the writers are all over… Read more »

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She is not often on social media, but when she does show up, it delights so many of her enduring fans. General Hospital’s Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth), who yesterday celebrated her birthday on May 12th, took to Twitter to share warm ‘thank you’s’ to a few fan factions who sent her some lovely gifts in honor and support of their favorite soap star.

Herbst expressed: “Yesterday was such a beautiful day! THANK YOU for all your sweet Birthday messages! #Friz & #Liason showered me with the most gorgeous flowers, cakes & goodies. And #Friz donated $2500 to #SmileTrain.  I felt very loved. I’m so grateful for each & every one of you. …XO”

Of course, the Friz fans loved Liz with Franco (Roger Howarth) and the Liason fans are those who love Liz with Jason (Steve Burton).

Now with Roger Howarth returning to the show – in what is at this juncture still a mystery as who he will play – will Rebecca be paired with Roger in story again, or not this time?  Do you think Liz might end up romantically with Finn (Michael Easton), or is there still a chance that down the line Liz and Jason could get back together, or could Liz meet someone new? Only time will tell!

For now, Herbst was thankful for the money donated to the Smile Train charity and all the wonderful gifts and messages that came her way.

So, what did you think of Becky’s thank you message?  Who are you hoping Liz winds up with romantically in the future?  Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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When Portia comes to the boxing gym for a workout and comes upon Jordan hitting the boxing bag hard over the the incident with Cameron in the hospital garage, it spurs a greater conversation.

Jordan tells Portia about the situation that arose with Cameron and a gun, and Portia says she heard about it.  Jordan knows if Cameron’s skin was a different color, she may not have been able to de-escalate the situation and talk her officers down, if she had not arrived on the scene in the nick of time.

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Later in another scene, Trina reminds Cameron how they, along with Joss (Eden McCoy) were pulled over by a cop last summer when they were driving around the backroads.  She goes on to say when Cameron questioned why they were being stopped, it scared her.  She feels if Joss and Cam were not there, she would have likely been pulled out of the car and pinned to the ground by the cop.  Trina notes she put aside her fear and never said anything to them, because they would never understand.  Trina tells Cam he needs to realize how lucky he was the other night when nothing happened to him after his run in with police.

You can watch the conversation below in scenes with Briana Nicole Henry and Brooke Kerr.

Then let us know, did you like how GH wove this social message into the story?  Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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