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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”

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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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OG Steve
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Sadly, it looks like we’re nearing the end of Kelly’s current run as Britt. So talented (a well deserved Emmy) and beautiful, she has the potential to go far in the entertainment world. Wishing her much success on one hand, but selfishly not too much so she comes back to Port Charles in the future.

Lizzytish
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Lizzytish

How can she come back if you’re killing her off. So absurd.

OG Steve
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OG Steve

Where does it say they’re killing her off? Right now, they’re just saying Britt has started to show symptoms. It doesn’t mean an eminent death.

There’s almost always a way to bring a character or a performer back. I’m reminded of Whoopi Goldberg’s line in Soapdish when the producer told her they were bringing back a decapitated Rod Randall – “how am I supposed to write for a man without a head?”

Lew S.
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Lew S.

Exactly!

Celia
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Celia

Right on, Steve—-I feel confident Britt will be back—I have this gnawing suspicion Dex is a medical doctor–military, perhaps? A most jarring twist would be that he will combat Britt’s disease and win–pardon the pun.

SoapFan
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SoapFan

I’m going to miss Britt.

Linda Moeller
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Linda Moeller

I hope they don’t kill off Britt. Kathleen Gati is a powerhouse actress but they’re destroying her family.

OG Steve
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OG Steve

Doubt they will kill Britt. She’ll likely go out of town for treatment. They can always bring her back (Kelly or recast) and say Victor was behind a false diagnosis and she had symptoms close to Huntington’s, but not the disease.

As for Gati… Who would have thought that a character who kept beloved Robin Scorpio captive and put Robert in a year’s long coma would become a fan favorite. Pairing Liesl and Scott was a great decision by the writers. Nina’s not going anywhere, and she’s likely to need Aunt Liesl once the truth about Willow comes out.

Wendy
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Wendy

She may not die off but she’s leaving the show. She’s going to one of the night time crime shows

Margherita
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Margherita

Love Britt and hope that this storyline does not end in her dying but instead brings her to a medical facility in Switzerland to help her manage her health condition as Kelly pursues additional opportunities.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Margherita
In case you and others don’t know Kelly has already started appearing on this season’s Station 19, Thursday nights, playing a fireman’s widdow.

Margherita
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Margherita

Hi Violet – I am aware of her current role on Station 19, thus my mention of pursuing additional opportunities. I just don’t want Britt to die in case Kelly would like to reprise her role later in the future.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Margherita
I guess I thought you meant additional opportunities in the future. I miss her already, she interacts so well with every character she’s involved with and now I’m especially liking her with Dr. Austin Holt. He and Maxi are a disaster.

Brenda
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Brenda

Britt is one of the most entertaining characters on the show thanks to Kelly Thiebaud. She has made so much of this role since her return. Perfect partner with Kathleen Gati, who is another gem. Happy for Thiebaud but very sad to see Britt go.

Timmm
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Timmm

I think she goes off screen to a medical facility, recommended by her mother and along the way she eventually finds Jason and returns. It might not happen for 2 or 3 years but it could happen and thats how I would write Britt off.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Timmm
Makes sense, there’s always that word remission that covers just about every illness. It’s saved many a life on the Soaps!

Su000
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Su000

Yup– soap writing 101
been there and done that, so it’s most likely..
I just said much the same..
A great many see that coming, for sure.

A. Clarke
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A. Clarke

You are hired!

Ghostwriter
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Ghostwriter

Honestly, the writers are idiots. Yet, I can’t stop watching. I just keep hoping it gets better and right when it could They drop the ball. Some things are just drawn out too long. They didn’t have to kill off Jason. Loved him but just replace a close looking match. Why kill off Franco to bring him back to the same show as someone else. Just idiotic! They write things like they forgot what they wrote in the past. I was waiting for the truth to finally come out that she really didn’t have Huntington’s disease because Victor arranged for… Read more »

Linda Moeller
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Linda Moeller

Perfect! That’s how it was headed and then they switched things up. I still think Victor has set this all up. I’m also thinking Austin and the new doctor are part of it. Hope so. Kelly and Kathleen are awesome.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Kathleen and Linda
A lot of wishful thinking here. Although we can attribute a lot of things to that old buzzard Victor I don’t think he can work magic! Britt has been having physical symptoms for a few years now and progressing. She’s a Dr.herself, and knows what’s real or not. Austin is a good guy, and is only being blackmailed by the so called cousin to treat bad guy’s gunshot wounds, etc.I hate losing Britt too, but she’s already started her new show, and I guess this will be the start of her exit shows at GH.

Su000
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Su000

Hi Violet–
I doubt she will die..
When it comes to soap people many were to die from their illness but are still breathing..Y&R Victor’s heart transplant they don’t last forever..
Nikki and her MS seems to be gone..All cancer near-death people are alive.
And the list goes on and on. Sure someone knows the list lol
Missdianosious is common in soaps, also.
Anyways, time will tell if she will actually die.
Perhaps she will go to Switzerland for a new miracle cure..
Therefore she’d be gone for a season..

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

SuOOO
Hey! Hope you have/had a great Thanksgiving! Iam going out this year with a friend, just couldn’t handle the hustle and bustle of some family and their friends, in-laws, etc. Maybe that’s cold, but this year I needed something more quiet.
About Britt, sorry I got off track. I don’t think we will see her die on the show, that would be too final. Whatever happens I hope we see her again, she’s a wonderful character. What makes me most upset is that we lose Brit and have to have that horrible Victor shoved down our throats.

OG Steve
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OG Steve

Hey Ghost Not going to deny the writers make some boneheaded decisions but in the case of Jason and Franco, there are other circumstances… While Jason could have been sent to prison or put in a coma (like Lulu), a recast wasn’t possible. Jason is a high-profile role that commands an experienced actor. Most would probably pass on the role after seeing how the show treated the last Jason recast (Billy Miller). Somewhere down the road, Steve Burton will come back and the other actor would be cast aside. As for Franco, the writers (and Frank Valentini) had planned to… Read more »

Sally from St Louis who loves the world
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Sally from St Louis who loves the world

Ohhhh that was so painful to watch, but what brilliance from those two ladies!! Knowing Kelly is leaving breaks my heart, but I pray there is some sick twisted plot, where Britt doesn’t have Huntington’s (one can wish folks!) and it’s all a set up for some crazy reason that will bring Kelly back to us! UGH, my heart can’t take this!

Alex
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Alex

I love the chemistry between Kathleen and Kelly! They are my favorite parent/child combo on GH. Their scenes together make you feel as if they are mother and daughter!

rose
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rose

Alex…I so agree with you on Kathleen and Kelly’s chemistry. I will really miss that.

Debra Davis
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Debra Davis

I really like Britt. I was still holding on to the possibility of Jason coming back, and he and Britt getting together. The writers really did a number on those two. I am going to miss Britta. PS. Please writers, don’t kill her off

Celia
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Celia

This scene was heart-wrenching for me—Kathleen and Kelly are two formidable thespians—-there is no other pain which can compare to that of a mother losing a child.
I will miss “Britt”—-Let’s hope she will return —miracles do happen on soaps—it’s a constant.❤️

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Harrison Wagner, Son of GH’s Kristina Wagner and Jack Wagner, Cause of Death Determined

General Hospital’s Kristina Wagner (Felicia) and former GH and B&B star Jack Wagner (ex-Frisco, ex-Nick) have been mourning the loss of their beloved son, Harrison Wagner, since he passed away this past June at the age of 27.

Harrison was found in a parking lot and his cause of death was initially deferred.  Now, according to a report from PEOPLE.com, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner officials have updated Harrison’s death as an “accident,” with Fentanyl and Alprazolam (the generic name for Xanax) as the official cause.

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Following his passing, Kristina and Jack created the Harrison Wagner Scholarship Fund to assist other young men who battle addiction to be able to afford getting into a recovery community.

Just a few days ago on December 1st, Kristina remembered her son on what would have been his 28th birthday with a touching Instagram post. It included a video clip of Harrison dancing along with the words: “Sometimes I feel like a pinned butterfly. There’s no second chance. There’s no see-him-again. There’s no nothing. He’s not coming back. It’s final. But life goes on. How do I spend the rest of my own without Harrison in it? What does it mean to be ‘all right’ after the death of your child, your blood? The pain will never go away. Today is Harrison’s birthdate. I had the privilege to know him for 27 incredible years. Harrison was larger than life, but beneath his commanding presence was vulnerability and compassion. He understood his own defects and worked hard to turn them around, to strengthen his positive attributes. He was a good listener and stood up for others when they couldn’t speak for themselves. He is missed. Happy Birthday, Harrison. To all bereaved parents: May you find peace. Let’s stick around and see what’s in store for our extraordinary lives.”

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Jack and Kristina have two sons together, the late Harrison, and their eldest son, Peter (age 31).  The actors were previously married from 1993 to 2006.

We continue to offer our condolences to Jack, Kristina, and Peter through this difficult time, and hope that from Harrison’s passing, that the scholarship fund in his name, will help others.

Share your thoughts on the closing of the case on Harrison Wagner’s death, and send your continued condolences to Jack and Kristina via the comment section below.

The Harrison Wagner Scholarship Fund notes that if you have a loved one that is in need of help with their substance abuse, please give them call at 888-977-4549 to learn more about the recovery options available.

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GH’s Charles Shaughnessy On Victor’s Villainy: “He’s Just Making Trouble for All of the Fan Favorites! He’s Just Making Their Lives Miserable”

In pretty short order, Victor Cassadine’s re-emergence in Port Charles, and now played by daytime vet, Charles Shaughnessy, has caused plenty of havoc on ABC’s General Hospital.  Shaughnessy, who was much beloved as Shane Donovan on Days of our Lives, debuted on GH back in September of 2021.

You can look at the body count, or the people Victor has under his thumb, to know the impact he is making on the canvas.

In a new interview in the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest (on newsstand now), Shaughnessy weighs-in on being the treacherous Cassadine.

 

Charles shared: “I mean, he’s just making trouble for all of the fan favorites! He’s just making their lives miserable.  He’s the guy who killed Luke Spencer.  He’s the guy who put Anna in jail and tried to break up her relationship with Valentin.  He’s just miserable to Holly. He’s just dreadful! But it’s such great fun, I mean, the more dreadful the better, really. He’s the villain you love to hate.”

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So, how and just when Victor will get his comeuppance is on everyone’s mind in the viewing audience as well as for characters such as: Laura (Genie Francis), Valentin (James Patrick Stuart), Lucy (Lynn Herring), Holly (Emma Samms), Anna (Finola Hughes), Ava (Maura West), Selina (Lydia Look), and many more.

Victor’s evil deeds seemed to reach new heights during the Holly Sutton storyline. Now the question is, who will he go after next, given what would seem to be his quest for the necklace containing diamonds from the Ice Princess?  Stay tuned.

What do you think of Charles’ portrayal of Victor? Who do you hope takes down Victor? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Felicia, Robert & Holly’s Masterplan Revealed Featuring Heart-Tugging Moments from Tristan Rogers & Emma Samms

Wednesday’s General Hospital began where the previous episode left off, with an on-fire, Holly Sutton (Emma Samms), literally! As the action picks up, Robert (Tristan Rogers) covers Holly with blankets to try and douse the flames.  The paramedics announce Holly has suffered second-degree burns over 75% of her body.

When the ambulance takes off, Robert goes with it. Meanwhile, Jordan (Tanisha Harper) and Mac (John J. York) are looking for evidence from the cabin fire … and wonder where the necklace has gone?

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Later, the ambulance pulls over to the side of the road, and one of the drivers is none other than paramedic Felicia Scorpio (Kristina Wagner)! Felicia reveals herself as does Holly, who is perfectly fine, and Robert, who was in on the entire ruse to get Holly safely out of the country and away from Victor Cassadine (Charles Shaughnessy).

Viewers learn in flashbacks how this trio worked together to pull this off: Felicia showed up at the cabin with fire retardant clothes for Holly to wear and revealed how she planned to set the stove to start the fire.  We then learn that Holly and Robert staged Robert’s drugging and mugging, in order for Holly to steal the necklace and leave it inside the cabin for the PCPD to find.  It was Holly’s plan to ensure that Victor would have no further use for her.

Next, Robert gives Holly the keys to a car that can’t be traced; as she is to drive to Canada with a new ID and completely disappear.  Felicia adds that records will show that Holly was taken to a burn facility halfway around the world, freeing her to find out just where Victor is holding her beloved son, Ethan.

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Holly has a surprise in store for Victor on her departure! In a flashback, Holly meets up with Selina Wu (Lydia Look) on the pier and gifts her with one of the jewels from the necklace in exchange for poisoning Victor for her. Holly tells Selina she won’t find her son alive and well if Victor is dead, and assures Selina the poison will not kill Victor, but will be payback.

As the episode comes to a conclusion, and if you are a longtime fan of GH, you probably reached for the hankies in touching and beautifully-played moments between Tristan Rogers and Emma Samms.

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In the story, Holly apologizes to Robert for all the trouble she has caused, but the two share a passionate kiss before they say their final goodbyes. BUT .. you didn’t think Holly would try to get away without one last scheme? She had the necklace in her pocket the whole time, begging the question … was she  going to take it with her? However, Robert knew Holly had the necklace and asks her to hand it over to him, which she does.

For her final moments, Holly walks off into the fog, which could only signify that this guest star turn for Emma Samms has come to its conclusion.

So, what did you think about the twists on today’s episode? Did you think Robert, Felicia and Holly were in cahoots? What did you think of the final scenes between Tristan Rogers and Emma Samms? Comment below.

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