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GH UPDATE: Kirsten Storms NOT returning as Maxie! Jen Lilley stays put!

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Many fans will be disappointed to hear that the previously announced return of Kirsten Storms to her beloved role of General Hospital’s Maxie Jones has had to be put on hold!

A spokesperson for the series told ABC Soaps In Depth, “Kirsten Storms will not be able to return as soon as originally hoped and announced. Jen Lilley will continue to play Maxie Jones for the foreseeable future.”

Next, Lilley took to twitter to say, “I’m sad Kirsten is still sick. Rest up love! I’ll keep Maxie kickin 🙂 xo Here’s to a bit more time on my favorite soap!”

Here’s sending good vibes Kirsten’s way!

 

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aria
aria

i hope she’s ok.

ricardo
ricardo

kirsten we all miss you. please get well soon. its not the same with out you. i loved you as belle black on days of our lives. maxie love your character. you are a great actress kirsten. please come back soon.

Liz
Liz

I hope Kirsten gets well soon. She is missed, however, I’m finding Jen Lilley’s Maxie very entertaining. She’s doing a great job.

toscanti
toscanti

Get well Kirsten, hope all is ok. Thank God Jen Lilley is the replacement, not Storms but the next best thing. I can not imagine any other actress carrying the role in the true to fashion Storm way like Jen has been. Great job Jen Lilley, keep up the good work.

shana
shana

Kirsten my thoughts and prayers are with you!

ethel
ethel

something just doesn’t feel right with this announcement…………..

RICKIE
RICKIE

My thoughts exactly, Ethel.

Debi
Debi

I hate to agree with you, but I must. Something smells funny.

heidi
heidi

Please feel better real soon!!! We want you back as our favorite Maxie! Take care!

LUMILY
LUMILY

I read that she coming back to Days Of Our Lives as Belle Black and I hope she dose,we lov and miss her.

gloria
gloria

I would love to see her back on Days as Belle!

Scott
Scott

IF she were to go back to DAYS, I wouldn’t want it as Belle. I’d want Martha as Belle.

steve
steve

Get well soon, miss you so much.

Sue
Sue

I really hope Kirsten gets well also. It’s sad someone so young has problems. It was very classy of her replacement to tweet that. She’s doing a good job jumping in a role. Working on a soap isn’t easy.

Scott
Scott

Not upset by this. Sure, she’s not feeling well, but I always felt like she’d never come back. This is probably her trying not to go back. Besides, Jen Lilley is a much better Maxie and made me fall in love with her!!!!!! Keep Lilley, ditch Storms.

Jenna
Jenna

Ouch! Those comments are pretty harsh. I read that she is suffering from endometriosis. Though I have never had the misfortune to suffer this, PLENTY of other women have. It’s nothing to take lightly. It sounds like she is really in pain.

GH is extremely lucky that they found a replacement for her who hit the ground running.

You should read this: http://wubtub.blogspot.com/2011/10/kirsten-storms-battles-endometriosis.html

Scott
Scott

Listen, I know Kirsten is sick. But I’m still not upset by this news. I find Jen Lilley a much more enjoyable Maxie. With KS I hated the character, with JL I actually love Maxie.

People need to STOP thinking I don’t know why she’s out at GH. I know why. I feel for her, I do. But I know when to cross a line between talent and liking and their personal problems.

barbara t
barbara t

I like jen lilley ,alot, but no one is maxie but ks,and what she is out sick for is hell,and I hope she gets well soon ,she has been sick for a very long time.as far as jenn lilly ,to bad they couldnt find somewhere else to put her when ks comes back,and why are they turning lulu into a drunk,Im not liking the drinking,then again Im not liking any of the stories on gh,cant wait till february ,support general hospital the ratings are sinking big time ,but then again there are so many people who are not getting counted ,unless you are watching it when its on,nothing else is counted,I have no idea how to solve that problem.scott I think you should google endometriosis,its that bad.

Scott
Scott

I have said this before… THIS IS NOT ABOUT HER ILLNESS. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH IT!!!! Stop trying to make it seem like it is because I’ve clearly stated it is NOT.

barbara t
barbara t

like jenna said those comments were really harsh ,I thought so to,and kristan storms does want to come back ,if you seen her facebook page you would see that .to me she is maxie ,and when she is well again she is coming back to play her.I like jenn lilley to ,but she is a fill in at this time ,and doing a very good job ,Ive also gone to her facebook page to tell her so,anyway can we just get along here.I just want general hospital to not get killed by abc,and whatever makes that happen so be it.we are running out of daytime soaps,and thats not good.

Scott
Scott

You can take it as harsh, I don’t care. But saying I don’t know the illness is BULL. Because my comments had nothing to do with her being sick. I feel for Kirsten, I do. I’m a fan of hers but never enjoyed her as Maxie. I find Jen Lilley much more enjoyable in the role and actually made me like the character.

I do not find Kirsten Storms an enjoyable Maxie. Nor do I feel like she fits into the role.

Kristin
Kristin

Yeah, I love the original Maxie. She is a childhood role modle of mine, and I hope she gets better, and I don’t like picking favorites, they’re both great actresses, but Kristen feels more like Maxie to me.

pam cannon
pam cannon

Praying that Kristen recovers soon.No one can play Belle or Maxie like Kristen storms.

Shays
Shays

It’s obvious Kirsten during her recovery thought about the sinking ship that is GH. She probably thinks it’s better to secure a roll somewhere else b4 GH is cancelled. Good for her.

Lori
Lori

I hope Kristin a speedy recovery!! she is missed very much. Maxie is just not the same. Jen is doing OK but she can not pull off Maxie Jones like Kristin can.
Lori

Alicia
Alicia

I don’t see this new chick as Maxie, she doesn’t have the feisty, fire that Kirsten Storms holds, hurry back Kirsten…hope you feel better soon, because this girl doesn’t even compare.

taddison
taddison

Jen’s ok, but is no Maxie Jones! Can’t imagine anyone can play the part as well as Kirsten Storms. The chemistry between Spinelli and Maxie is completely gone – so sad.

Jaydon
Jaydon

I hope that Kirsten is getting better and will return to G.H. (as promised) as soon as she is able to. It’s been such a long time and I worry about her, I hope she isn’t sick much longer. I watched her in her role of Belle Black on Days of our Lives and was happy when she joined the cast of G.H. First I pray that she WILL be all better, that’s first and foremost. Then I will be happily awaiting her return to her role as Maxie Jones. The new girl is okay but in my opinion only Kirsten Storms can REALLY be Maxie. Get well girl and God bless you.

Sharon OConnor
Sharon OConnor

I love her playing this part. She is a fantastic actress. She brings her character to life. The woman that is playing her now, is not feisty, sorry but she lacks the spunk that Kristen brought to the role. Please get better soon, we want you back on the show.

kathy M
kathy M

I have known many with this illness and its not stopped their lives, i am worried that Kristen has the cancer kind and thats why she seems to have dropped off the earth, does anyone KNOW if thats the case? I know it could be seems weird to be out of the spotlight and completely gone from site unless one is undergoing cancer treatments and they are able to get past the cameras with it all. Seems she just disapeared from the cameras as well. Thats really weird. I pray her and her family have reconnected and decided to get along so she wont have to go through this alone, whatever it is, she needs to not be alone. We all LOVE that girl and want her back, and I am really sick of the new girl and the storyline of her just now, i want Kristen back, but i do and can understand if she is more ill than we have been told and she is fighting battles we all know are a matter of life and death. But just the Endo….I dont understand being out of your life and life work this much for it, others have managed to get on with their jobs and life the best they can. She must have one heck of a good ins policy to keep her going this long for sure otherwise.

dvb
dvb

Jen Lilley does an ok job but she cannot and does not take the place of KS, something missing in her performance.

Donna
Donna

Jen has done. A great.job.hope kristen gets better soon

Melissa
Melissa

If she in fact has endometriosis, I don’t understand why it would have stopped her cold. Two of the female pros on Dancing with the Stars(Julianne Hough and Lacey Schwimmer) have also suffered with it but kept up professional dancing, Hough going on to start an acting career as well. I’ve also had friends with it, and while it sucked, they kept living their lives. It seems there is more to this than just that.

barbara t
barbara t

I hear that some women get it worse then others she had a very bad case of it. I hope she is doing better and we find out how she is doing. Remember she was ready to come back then she got sick again? I wish her well. And you could be right maybe there is more to it.

Sandy Baker
Sandy Baker

Wish we coud get more of a real update on her condition. I sure do miss her and have wached GH since the beginning. She is a great actor and to me has not nor can really be replace.

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