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GH's Burton & Duell emergency replacements for Maurice Benard fan appearances!

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After a few days of working out schedules, General Hospital’s Steve Burton (Jason) and Chad Duell (Michael) are boarding the plane and heading east this weekend for originally scheduled fan appearances with Maurice Benard (Sonny).  The appearances set for Levittown, NY, Point Pleasant, NJ, and Trumbull, CT will now have Burton and Duell as the headliners.

So what happened?  As many know, and as Maurice himself discussed on his recent appearance on the On-Air On-Soaps Holiday podcast, the soap icon was heading east for the first time in eight years to see his fans and to concur his fear of flying which had prevented him from traveling in the past due to panic attacks.

However now event organizers have announced that Benard whose first appearance was set for Orlando, Florida had a panic attack and did not get on the plane to fly to the East Coast. Thus actor has rescheduled his appearances in Florida, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey for July 15, 16 and 17.

ABC Soaps In Depth reported, “Although the actor hasn’t flown in years, he’d been working himself up over the past several months to conquer his fear and fly the friendly skies — with his family seated in first class alongside him. However, after his children had boarded the plane headed to Orlando, Benard stepped on board and saw that the aircraft wasn’t as large as what he’d been used to and began to feel claustrophobic. At that point, Benard told his wife, Paula, that he needed to get off the plane. I hope I can make it up to everyone someday,” says Benard, who will drive across the country for his appearances this summer.

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Joss
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My heart goes out to Maurice. Having to manage an anxiety disorder is difficult. It’s a shame that his doctor’s couldn’t have found medication to assist him.

I hope Steve Burton & Chad Duell have a safe trip. They certainly show their humanity by caring enough to step in for Maurice.

All around, these folks are good people.

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I used to suffer from panic attacks. I have since conquered them. I’m not sure how I did that, but I don’t get them anymore. But, when I did, I would have pretty severe ones. For example, I would be in the middle of the grocery store, feel like I was being closed in, and I would have to just leave my cart. I had one so badly one time I thought I was having a heart attack. My late-husband took me to the emergency room. It was just severe anxiety and panic. They can be debilitating and one of… Read more »

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GH’s Kathleen Gati on Liesl Learning Britt is Sick: “This Was the Most Painful and Profound Episode I Have Filmed in 10 Years”

This week in a preview of a heartbreaking episode of General Hospital, Liesl (Kathleen Gati) will learn her daughter, Britt (Kelly Thiebaud), now has developed symptoms of Huntington’s Disease and its progression is making Dr. Westbourne very sick.

In story, look for Britt to confide in her mother, noting that that the disease is beginning to overtake her body.

Liesl’s portrayer, Kathleen Gati shared with Soap Opera Digest (in their latest issue on newsstand now), just how mutter will react to the news.

Gati expressed: “I have to say this is the most painful and profound episode I have filmed in 10 years.”  Kathleen has played the role of Dr, Liesl Obrecht since 2012.

She goes on to say, “Liesl puts her doctors hat on to give hope to herself and to Britta, encouraging her that they are both well-trained doctors and can find a way to help Britta.”

However, that’s not what Britt wants to hear.  She needs her mother, and the support and comfort from her, at this devastating time in her life.

Kathleen shares it’s at that point that Liesl realizes she needs to stop all the medical talk and just be there for her daughter.

So, are you looking forward to the scenes between Britt and Liesl?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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GH’s Marcus Coloma Reveals COVID Kept Him Out of Episodes But Returns On-Air Next Week

Viewers who have been watching this week’s episodes of General Hospital have seen Adam Huss stepping-in for a second for Marcus Coloma in the role of Nikolas Cassadine.

Many fans wanted to know what caused the temporary switcheroo.  Now, Coloma has taken to his Instagram doing a little dance and revealing the nature of why he was away and when he will be back.

Marcus shared in the video: “Why Aren’t You GH?  Got Covid a month ago.  I’m coming back for you, baby. Next Week”

In the accompanying post, the actor expressed: “So here’s the deal.  Thank you for all the lovely love.  I should be back on the screen next week.”

Coloma has played the role of Nikolas Cassadine since October 31st, 2019.

Glad to know Marcus is feeling better and on his way back to Port Charles? Comment below.

 

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Robin Mattson Shares Why She Didn’t Return as GH’s Heather Webber

In late October, General Hospital fans were in for a shock when the character of Heather Webber returned to the canvas, in the form of ex-B&B star, Alley Mills.  Many viewers wondered why the previous Heather, soap vet Robin Mattson, did not return to tape new episodes.

Late last week, Mattson shared via her Facebook page an explantation as to why she was unable and unavailable to reprise her signature role on the ABC daytime drama series.  Robin revealed she is recovering from knee surgery and will soon undergo hip replacement surgery.

Mattson’s full post expressed: “As nice as is to be missed and so many of you have wondered what happened to me, I just want to let you know that I’ve been recovering from my knee surgery and today I’m going to have hip replacement surgery. Thank you all for your love and support! Looking forward to a fast recovery! Love Robin ❤”

Robin is the third actress to play the role of Heather.  She came on to GH back in 1980.  Later, she exited to play Gina on Santa Barbara and Janet on All My Children, and also had stints as B&B’s Sugar, ATWT’s Cheri, DAYS Lee Michaels, and even Delia on Ryan’s Hope.  The actress also continued to play GH’s Heather on and off through 2016.

So, glad to hear from Robin? Enjoying Alley Mills as Heather? Send your well-wishes and a speedy recovery to Robin via the comment section below.

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