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GH's Frank Valentini on Rumors of Brandon Barash Exiting Series Tweets, "Not Happening!"

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After a whirlwind weekend with speculation abound that General Hospital bad boy, Brandon Barash is being shown the front-door or being “killed-off” as Johnny Zacchara there finally has been some “official” word.  The head honcho over in Port Charles, executive producer Frank Valentini tweeted that Brandon is not going anywhere! Valentini tweeted, Hey, what’s with all these rumors about Brandon Barash leaving? NOT HAPPENING.”

Over the weekend, fans started an Twitter petition to save Brandon’s job when hearing of the exit rumors.  His scene partner and castmate Kelly Sullivan (Kate/Connie) retweeted a link to Barash who then stated “No idea if I’m being written off.  Kelly Sullivan is being a good friend and scene partner. That being said, I accept any hand I’m dealt.”

On-Air On-Soaps spoke to Kelly Sullivan today about the Twitter incident and much more in an upcoming new feature with the talented actress coming later this week!

So what do you think about Brandon staying on board at GH? Happy? Let us know!

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David Larsson

I wish we could get another scene of him playing the piano. That first time he did it a few years ago was lovely.

barbara t
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barbara t

He does play the piano beautifully .

barbara t
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barbara t

Good,I like Johnny and his crazy grand father and hopefully they can get claudia back,(shes leaving days of our lives soon ), they can be a happy dysfunctional family again, but not in the mob any more.Today was a good day on general hospital ,The look on Sonnys face after he caught Johnny and kate(connie) in bed was priceless ,Cant wait to watch it on soapnet again tonight.

toscanti
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toscanti

I trust the new leaders at GH to do the right things!!!!

Jen
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Jen

I heard this over the weekend from a very trusted source who takes a lot of flack for her scoops, but is more often than not proven correct. I’m hoping it will be a “come back from the dead scenario”. He’s a great actor and GH castmember, but Carletini is a very talented team, so I trust their decisions.

SallyV
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SallyV

As that outher source always says…”Nothing is written in stone.” With soaps that is so true and I hope to god Brandon is staying!

david
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david

I love Brandon as Johnny and want him to continue. I hope he will be reunited with his mother Claudia now that Sarah Brown is leaving DOOL. It was great watching Sonny find Kate in Johnny’s bed today. I love Johnny messing with Sonny’s mind

barbara t
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barbara t

We think alike I said the same thing, look above.I would love to see claudia come back.and I loved sonny finding johnny and kate (connie) together IM watching it again on soapnet.I cant believe we wrote the same thing.

kay killgore
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kay killgore

I have not watched the tape yet will tonight going fishing for a week so you guys keep up the watching on the one soap I feel is trying to turn it around. Look these guys are not stupid Johnny is very important I am just uncomfortable with this organ donor storyline I am not sure that would be something Johnny would be involved in. But look their are rumors going around that little Jake did not die that he is trying to reverse that I trust these guys I feel they care for the show he does like twists… Read more »

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

Hey Barb: Reached out to you, didn’t hear back from you. I’m not on as much due to a hectic schedule, but I still check in and read up on everyday events.

Sheryl
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Sheryl

Thank goodness he isn’t leaving,because GH won’t be the same without him.

ricardo
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ricardo

i love brandon as johnny. he has really grown on me. i am glad he is staying on general hospital. brandon is so cute and addorable. i have always had a crush on brandon.

aria
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aria

what a relief, i’m hoping he will stay, they will get Sarah Brown back and add Tamara Braun, to play a relative, i.e. maybe sister to claudia, and then all hell will really break loose in port charles.

david
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david

BRILLIANT IDEA: Brown and Braun playing sisters. Johnny would have a mother and an aunt. The three of them together would be incredible.

barbara t
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barbara t

GOOD IDEA

heidi
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heidi

Great… could the rumor have been abbout Kelly Sullivan?

Elhu
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Elhu

I had not heard the rumor, but I am very happy it is not true? Brandon Barash is a good actor, and I enjoy Johnny on GH, especially his interaction with the females and his crazy grandfather! While it does not look too promising at this moment, the Johnny/Carly pairing is growing on me. Speaking of Brandon, does anyone know if he and Natalie Hall (Colby from AMC) have gotten married yet, I know they are engaged?

barbara t
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barbara t

I’m glad he is staying to ,and I like his crazy father/grandfather, anthony, as I always say ,has a way with words so he is a keeper to.

lisa
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lisa

Brandon/Johnny can stay …give that crazy dad/grandfather of his the heave ho.

Jan
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Jan

I just watch him and wonder isnt this getting old? I dont know,maybe if I saw him in another part???

mike
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mike

I don’t think Sarah Brown could come back now. How could she play Brandon’s mother?

david
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david

Sarah acts magnificently and viewers suspend disbelief blindly.

Marisa
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Marisa

I love Brandon as Johnny. I hope he stays and I hope Sarah Brown returns as Claudia.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I don’t really care for Johnny……………….What happen with Robin inthat hospital she is being held…No more on that has been said!!!!!!!!!!!! Sorry but I like John McBain over Johnny any day……Johnny doesn’t do anything for me…Johnny’s character is a bit boring……………….Need to change it or something…. I wouldn’t miss him……….This is my opinion………………..I like J. McBain’s character so much BETTER…. He’s my kind of guy…

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I miss OLTL & GH doesn’t fill up that gap completely for me…No Viki , Bo, Nora ,Roxy ,Clint,Natalie,Even Nigel.The list goes on………….I am and will alway’s be a A loyal OLTL soap fan……………………And when I see them on GH it makes me happy inside……………………………

barbara t
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barbara t

Susan m, you said it best ,It makes me happy inside to.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I am a soap lover………………….Like my STORIES a whole lot… Won’t watch anything else on daytime programming.. And that’s the truth……..

Joe
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Joe

I too want Claudia back!!!! Hire Sarah Brown Frank V! 🙂

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GL Alum Kimberly J. Brown Joins the Cast of General Hospital

Another daytime favorite is coming to General Hospital.  This time its Kimberly J. Brown (Ex-Marah) of Guiding Light fame.  She last appeared on the soaps during her from 1993-1998 and then a brief return in 2006

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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General Hospital and ‘H.R. Pufnstuf’s’ Billie Hayes Dead at 96

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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