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GH's Kirsten Storms Opens Up About the Recasting of Maxie During Her Absence & Fan Bashing on Jen Lilley!

Photo Credit: Steven Bergman

Photo Credit: Steven Bergman

Daytime favorite, Kirsten Storms opens up in an exclusive interview to Soap Opera Digest in their latest issue (on newsstands now) about her battle with endometriosis, her stop and starts to return to the her role as Maxie on General Hospital, her on-screen replacement Jen Lilley, and if she is ready to handle the stress and pace of performing on a daytime soap again!  Below are a few excerpts from this excellent interview!

Kirsten about the recasting of Maxie in her absence:  “I would be lying if I didn’t say that I was taken aback a bit by it.  But I would prefer that someone play Maxie and be playing Maxie well to keep the character relevant and in the soap world still, because it doesn’t take much for a character to die off and for somebody else to come in and be in a front-burner storyline.  I was definitely sad that I could not be there when Kimberly McCullough (Robin) was leaving during that storyline.  That was the hardest for me to get through, that I wasn’t going to be able to be there and be a part of those scenes because I love her so much.”

Kristen on the Twitter fervor and bashing that ensued when Jen Lilley took over the role of Maxie:  “I don’t know that I would call the people who bashed Jen Lilley supportive fans of mine, because I think those are the people who probably were the first ones to turn around when I got sick and possibly start spreading rumors or lies and saying bad things about me on the Internet.   I won’t claim any of those people who said negative things toward her,  fans of mine.  I don’t approve of that.   I can’t even imagine the situation that she was in and everything she had to go through and the pressure she was under and then having to deal with people seeking her out to say negative stuff about her.   I am grateful that they brought somebody in who could do such a great job of keeping Maxie on the canvas, and never in a million years would I have wanted her to feel like people were sticking up for me, by saying bad things to her.”

What do you think of Kirsten’s comments?  Are you looking forward to her return?  Let us know!

 

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Scott
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Scott

I respect Ms. Storms and her acting abilities, but to me, Jen Lilley IS Maxie Jones. I don’t know if I can support Kristen coming back nearly a year later. I don’t even know if I can stand to watch someone else play the role again.

Lori
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Lori

Scott, If you read Kirsten’s comments, you would realize that you are doing exactly what she was talking about. For those of us OLDER and sometimes WISER we have watched this show for over 25 years and we watched some of the characters be born, grow up, get married, etc. If everyone flipped out each time there was a character change, the show would already not exist. Maxie Jones, the character has faced many changes during the course of the show. Jen Lilley did a good job, filling in during the absence of Kirsten. Those of us who know MAXIE… Read more »

Scotia
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Scotia

Lori, Scott is doing no such thing. He is not bashing anyone. He is just saying he prefers Jen’s portrayal. That’s NOTHING against Kirsten. Just he likes Jen doesn’t mean he is saying Kirsten is horrible.

The people who were bashing Jen were actually BASHING, and were VERY mean, cruel, and personally offensive. Scott didn’t get anywhere near that.

Scott
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Scott

Lori you’re completely taking my comment out of context, which I do not appreciate. I feel insulted that you seem to believe you are wiser than I because of my opinion over the selected actress who portrays a role. I knew Maxie as both Kirsten and Jen, and found that Jen was a far superior actress in the role and actually made me enjoy Maxie for the first time. So please don’t take my comments, make yourself look “superior” or “wiser” and insult me. Thank you.

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

Lori: 1st, your comment to Scott DDN’T even MAKE SENSE. It was a paragraph of incomplete thoughts that lead from one sentence to the other…. to DEFEND the very agruement your were blaming Scott for. Personally, I don’t see what ” older and wiser “, has to do with Scott prefering Jen over Kristen. In my opinion, “that” doesn’t seem like “older and wiser” at all. 2nd, YOU don’t even know “how old” Scott is, which makes you sound a bit ignorant, and less educated. Then you go from older and wiser, to character’s being born, grew up and married… Read more »

kelly
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kelly

I agree with your comment scott. And it is not bashing at all. I have gotten use to Jen as Maxie and personally I think she plays the role better. I use to love Kristen but once Jen took over, Maxie was just a different person and it was the Maxie I prefered to see. I really hope they find something for Jen to do that includes being on GH.

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

Kelly, I didn’t want to say it, but I am certainly glad YOU DID! If you look on the page posted (July 23rd )I spoke about how she CHANNELED Kristen’s ENERGY from the start, and VOICE, convincing me one day while on my latop listening (not watching Gh). I didn’t want to say it on that July 23rd post because, I didn’t want people writing me back (they like to argrue on this site over small stuff) BUT, I’m glad U said it: AND…………………………. I toooooooooo, prefer JEN in the role. I too thinks she plays the role BETTER. There… Read more »

Appleridge
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Appleridge

i love ABC Soaps
Stop Bashing Kirsten. Jen knew it was temp when she started and Kirsten was ill. There is no EGO there & ABC was in their right to bring KS back. Take your hate & go elsewhere

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

Hey Scott: Is this the Scott that has gotten into a few ” bashes”” wih Barbara t, the OLTL , oltl, OLTL, (everything) fan., lol. Is this the same Scott? Anyway, (Scott) I agree with your assessment of Maxie, and I agree with it 100%. I NEVER liked the character of Maxie, I was just use to Kristen. For me, Jen made the character watchable, and I actually enjoyed (like you) for the FIRST time in the history of the show, I ENJOYED watching Maxie. And I made my opinion on the matter very clear, agreeing with Kelly, who agreed… Read more »

Appleridge
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Appleridge

Kirsten is a class act

Robert Coplin
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Robert Coplin

I agree she is a class act.I wish GH could put Jen Lilley in as another character or some other show would hire her as she can act.

Barb
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Barb

Jen Lilley did such an awesome job portraying Maxie and is an amazing young lady and I am happy I got to know her.. I only wish that Kirsten would have been more supportive of her during all the pressure by the not so happy fans as I know she did check into twitter!. Yes, Kirsten is lucky to still be able to play Maxie as she had a good point, they could have killed her off. I am happy she has made an amazing recovery in a short period of time. Good luck to both Jen and Kirsten! GH… Read more »

NiqueAlexis
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NiqueAlexis

She did when she finally came back on twitter in Jan. She reached out to her & told her to ignore that ish.

Stephanie
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Stephanie

I actually like both of them. I think think that Jen did an amazing job filing Kirsten’s shoes when they were needed. GH didn’t want to completly kill Maxie off so they found someone. I think that Kirsten’s fans should be greatful of that.

I am going to miss Jen however I am happy that Kirsten is coming back! Maybe they will find another part for Jen!

Barb
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Barb

Thank you Stephanie I am so happy to hear that!

Gayle
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Gayle

I agree, Stephanie!

Cat
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Cat

Hi. I agree, it did take me a while to get used to Jen & I do prefer Kirsten’s being Maxie as I have known her as Maxie forever but Jen did her best & I hope to see her if not on a soap on tv somewhere are she is a good actress. I am excited to see Kirsten back she has been missed but a minor replacement helped not miss her as much.

GHfan
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GHfan

I agree with you too Stephanie!! I like both of them, but I’m glad Kirsten is back… I wish Jen all the luck, and I noticed that some think that Kirsten didn’t do anything when Jen was being bashed, but she was very ill and I’m sure sticking up for Jen was the last thing on her mind, but when she came back for that short period on Tweeter she did say it for her to ignore it… I’m glad she better! I’ll keep my figures crossed that GH will find something for Jen to do!

candy bigleman
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candy bigleman

Jen came in and did a great job as Maxie. Its hard enough to come into a much loved roll. I’m glad that Kristin is back and health is better. As well wish Jen the best of luck.Thanks for the great job you did keep’n Maxie real!

Juliette
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Juliette

I applaud Kirsten for her comments. Bashing has become a way of life on Twitter these days. I’m looking forward to have Kirsten back as Maxie, but I do thinkJen Lilley did a good job filling in for her. I also agree that it was important to keep Maxie up front and enter on the GH canvas until Kirsten could resume her role. There have been many recasts on GH over the past year. I think Jen Lilley is the best of the recasts. I hope to see her on screen again. However, I can hardly waitto see Kirsten’s Maxie… Read more »

SZima
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SZima

The online bashing is everywhere, not just Twitter. I have made non-biased remarks and been called out on them just because I said I liked a certain character. It’s getting to the point where I don’t even want to comment anymore, but I’m not ready to quit yet!

Christine
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Christine

Thank you, Michael. 🙂

I am glad that Kirsten is returning now that she is feeling better and I think Jen Lilley did an amazing job in her absence.

I have never understood how some people can be so hurtful and then of course there are those who cannot separate character from actor, but that is a whole different story. I do give tremendous praise to these actors for rising above all the hatred that comes their way.

Joan Faist
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Joan Faist

Definitely looking forward to Kirsten’s return. She is a powerfull Maxie, love the character. Loved Kirsten on Days too. Hope all is well with her health.

Debbie Harris
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Debbie Harris

I think Kirsten Storms said it well. Jen Lilley did an admirable job playing Maxie in KS’s absence and it kept the character of Maxie alive on GH. People were very ugly to Jen Lilley. It wasn’t her fault that KS was out sick!
I am Very Glad Kirsten Storms is well and coming back to play Maxie on GH!! Can’t wait for her scenes to air!!

Guest1
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Guest1

I’m so glad to see Kirsten back on GH as Maxie. JL did a good filling in, but I’m glad Ms. Storms is feeling better and will be back on our screens.

Greta
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Greta

Kirsten’s amazing. Jen Lilley did a good job, but Kirsten just is Maxie to me. I can’t wait for her to be back on my TV screen again.

Pav
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Pav

I liked them both, but as far as I’m concerned, KS has more chemistry with Spinelli than JL does. I do wish JL the absolute best, and thank her for a top-notch performance. And woohoo to KS for calling people out on being mean.

Erica P.
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Erica P.

I LOVE Kirsten as Maxie but I truly felt bad for the way SOME people treated her replacement. She was there to do a job and she did it the best way she could. IKirsten is a class act and I commend her for her comments concerning the people that were so unkind to Jen. I wish her nothing but the best.

Kristyn
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Kristyn

I have been a supporter of Kirsten Storms but I gotta tell you, Jen Lilley has played the role of Maxie so well, I don’t know that I could get use to Kirsten Storms coming back and taking over that role again. I agree with Scott saying that Jen Lilley IS Maxie Jones because she’s really IS. Either way it goes, I respect and support both Jen Lilley and Kirsten Storms so whatever gets decided on that, I’ll be okay with.

Beth
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Beth

That the GH casting department found a more than capable actress to substitute for KS is a wonderful stroke of luck, especially in light of the amount of story that was on the boards for Maxie. I, for one, was dubious about JL but I can honestly say I found much to like about her interpretation of the role, to say nothing of the outside the set/social media mine fields she had to negotiate. (And not by her choice.) She worked with the hand she was dealt and she did so with class, grace, and dignity. She more than earned… Read more »

debbie
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debbie

That was well said Beth. I totally agree. Glad you were lucky to meet her. What some people said about JL was unfair. i hopw she continues on with her acting career, with much success.

Mary
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Mary

I praise Kirsten for her appreciation to her counterpart and although I wasn’t a true fan of Jen she at least kept the role alive so that kirsten could come back. I think for that alone the girl should be commended . Let’s be real on how hard it is to step into a role and keep it going! Most of all I’m really impressed how Kirsten has handled this and her view on the whole fan thing! Applause for seeing it from all sides!!

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

I am SO happy to hear Kirsten is well enough to return to GH. Very classy to stand by Jen. I wish them both well and look forward to seeing them both in the future!

Kris
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Kris

I personally did not like Jen’s acting much as Maxie,but I did not bash her. I like her,just not in the role of Maxie! Kirsten IS Maxie!! Im so happy Kirsten is returning. She has been very missed and is a very powerful actress and fun to watch as Maxie. Jen is a strong woman and upheld tremendous courage against the bashers and in filling those stilettos of Maxies 🙂 Thank you Michael!!

heidi
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heidi

Perfrectly stated! Totally agree!
Kirsten IS Maxie!!! I am a huge Spixie fan! Love them both!
Jen did a wonderful job and she is very talented… but I am so glad Kirsten is coming back!
I wish them both continued success and good health!
Let’s get Spixie back ASAP!
Welcome back Kirsten we missed you!

debbie
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debbie

Spixie..haha..love it! =)

Beverly
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Beverly

I look forward to Kirsten returning. She’s been Maxie for so long. I think that her fill in has done a wonderful job but she’s just not the Maxie we all love. I don’t agree with all the negative remarks about her. She was asked to fill in and she did her job. She should be commended for the work she did. I wish her all the best but I’m looking forward to Kirsten coming back.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Each woman is good as Maxie Jones. I was saddened to see Storms go but Lilley did a fine job.

I remain baffled about why fans are haters sometimes. Actors fall ill, want to leave a job, or try something different. What is important is that the characters remain true and continuing on the canvas. I would prefer that. So many times an actor goes and so, too, the character. Why? In really only a few cases is that necessary. I would prefer a recast to a death and preposterous resurrection,or a silly treat-the disease-abroad thread.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Ms. Storms came off as a class act in this interview. I look forward to Kirsten’s return as Maxie, but wish Jen Lilley well. They are both talented, beautiful young ladies with bright futures.

I suffered from Endometriosis, as did my 2 sisters. It is a horribly painful, life-altering condition for many women. I am glad she is feeling better and wish her continued good health.

Christy
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Christy

I remember when Anna Devane was played by someone else – so glad that didn’t continue and they got Finola back… I’ll be glad Kristin comes back and mostly that she feels well enough to do so.

Jen kept the character alive and in the stories, but thankfully for Kristen Jen couldn’t fill her shoes!

Patrick
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Patrick

Oye! You’re kidding…. right? I can’t imagine…. anyone, but, Finola, Ms. Hughes… as the much lauded… police commissioner. it looks like… Anna and Luke are parting ways… I wonder who’s in Anna’s future? what about? Joe Scully, Jr.? OK, I know… theirs not much older MEN on the canvas… that being said… i think he has a sort of je ne sais quoi (uncountable) 1.An intangible quality that makes something distinctive or attractive. A french term for ooh la la. I haven’t witnessed such good story (on any soap, for so long)… simply the best….Robin and Patrick… with mom Anna.… Read more »

Theresa
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Theresa

I grew to really care about JL..I never was a basher..that’s not kewl or respectful for being a fan of KS.
Glad KS is coming back I have missed her and I think it will be intersting to see how KS can meld her Maxie and JL’s Maxie into one.

Lynn
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Lynn

such a class act that she and Farrah Fath felt the need to mock Jen Lilley fans who were trying to get #WeLoveJenLilley trending a couple of weeks ago.

Sorry but this is just lip service

LisaZee
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LisaZee

I missed the mocking tweets. I do follow Kirsten. Farah showed her personality on Dirty Soap and it wasn’t pretty. I was one of the fans trying to get #WeLoveJenLilley trending. The lady is an awesome actress and a wonderful person. She treats her fans like gold. She has been doing other projects while on GH so I’m sure she will do just fine.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

I was a big fan of Farah Fath until I saw her on Dirty Soap. I still enjoyed Rex, GiGi & Shane on OLTL, but I hope they don’t bring her to GH.

Karen
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Karen

I’m glad Kirsten is back. Jen did an amazing job as Maxie and I thank her for taking such good care of Maxie. I will miss her but she’ll find something soon because she is a good actress. I hope Kirsten will communicate more with her fans after all of this. I don’t think she really did that in the past.

MCBAMJASAM
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MCBAMJASAM

kristen is back!!!!

Yeah!!!

Kristen and Sam will blossom

kathleen johnson
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kathleen johnson

i love kristin as maxie jones but i think that jen did a great job replacing her
especially with the spinelli scenes and robin getting killed i thought she did a fantastic job and now kristin is coming back both of them are great actresses are great at the role hope you both have great success

Cathy
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Cathy

I agree with Kirsten about her Maxie not being there for Robin/Kimberly’s storyline. KS and Kimberly have a great vibe as sisters/cousins and are so believable as family. While JL did a great job, KS and KMc are close in real life and it plays better.I want to see Robin and Maxie when Robin is found alive. I miss the realness that KS and KMc bring to scenes. I will never forget them when Georgie died. Good luck to JL but I have a feeling she is not going to need it. She took a job and did it better… Read more »

aria
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aria

Kirsten is a class act,hope they can keep jen that would be great, if they can make us buy some of the current dumb storylines they have going on then surely they can do something to bring in jen and have us buy her as a new character. I think it would be better if Kate had a daughter instead of a son and then Jen could easily play Kates daughter.

SZima
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SZima

I’m excited to have Kirsten back. Jen did a fine job under the circumstances, and it’s terrible the way people bashed her, but I’m one of those who didn’t care for her…as Maxie. Every scene she did, especially the ones surrounding Robin’s death, I kept wondering how Kirsten would have played it out.

I wish Jen well. She’s a talented girl and I read where she’s in an indy movie, so I hope her career continues to grow.

Traci
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Traci

I’m excited Kristin will be returning. While the Maxie character is selfish and obnoxious on the surface I think Kristin brings vulnerability, humor and playfulness to the role. I prefer her portrayal because she made me care about a character I had just thought of as a “brat” before plus I think her chemistry with everyone from Spinelli, Lulu, Johnny even Jason worked well, I enjoyed her scenes even when I have hated a particular storyline and I’m hoping to see her tangle with Todd and Heather. I did think Jen had her moments in a couple of the quieter… Read more »

Laura
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Laura

KS is so fake when fans were tweeting WeLoveJenLilley she was making fun of them and then telling them they can’t handle jokes.

DomSmythe
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DomSmythe

BOTH actors did very good jobs, but longtime soap fans tend to be loyal to original characters. and kirsten stores is an extraordinary actress who brought an originality to her character. so i’m glad she’s well and glad she’s back. the most poignant part of this interview, for me, was her comment about the great kimberly mccullough. in deed, robin’s “death” storyline was a major, major GH storyline spanning many years of history. maxie and robin are cousins, but sisters in spirit and the two actors had awesome chemistry. i was very sad kirsten wasn’t present when kimber left :((

Caroldee
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Caroldee

Both are good actresses but Kirsten was the original and the new Maxie actress Jen had her hands full trying to keep up. SHE DID IT..brilliantly I might add. I liked her version even better. I say it is sad that she will have to leave her JOB and find work on some other soap which does not deserve her. She was outstanding. Long time watcher from back in the 60’s so I know what I am talking about.

Eva S
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Eva S

Well Said Kirsten!
I thought she did a wonderful job! It is surly hard to portary you,your a excellent actress. I cant wait to see you back,,,Miss ya 🙂

Cathy
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Cathy

All I can say is that I’m glad Kirsten took the time she needed to deal with her health issue. I dealt with the same thing for years and finally took drastic measures to be rid of it once and for all. It’s not something that can be rushed through once a woman is diagnosed. As far as Jen Lilley taking over the roll of Maxie, GH did what they needed to do to keep the character alive in the storyline. Whether it was her or another actress, if you are a true fan of Kirsten/GH, you will support whatever… Read more »

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

I think what would help on all comments on all topics is that when u post and someone comes back immediately with a different opinion from urs, you would not take it personally and get ur feelings hurt and get all indignant that someone doesnt agree with you. Everyone has a right to voice their opinion, its about the show, the character or the actor. The post isnt or shouldnt be about the poster! Grow a little thick skin, folks and argue or agree to disagree!

Lynn A
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Lynn A

Sorry, but I didn’t like JL as Maxie at all! I don’t think she had chemistry with any of the cast. Very happy KS is back! Can’t wait to watch the Maxie scenes again!

SS
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SS

Jen did her best handled the dialogue well it wasn’t very good dialogue though she has a very high pitched voice and Maxie must have had over a dozen whining monologues. I had people who didn’t watch the show over at my house complain about how whiney she was I had to and still do sometimes put the tv on mute for her scenes. It’s great that Kirsten’s back and seeking Jen out to bug her was so wrong and horrible.

EMB
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EMB

When JL first started, it seemed like the bashing and negativity was causing her to try to film as KS would. Say things like her, move like she might. As JL spent more time and I guess got comfortable, I think she really made the Maxie character her own. In a way she gave Maxie a softer side. All the boat/ LIsa niles murder stuff the acting wasn’t that great but from the start of Robin’s death, she really started shining, esp the scenes when she was in jail. I think thats great they would hold KS’s job for her… Read more »

Rose
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Rose

As the saying goes, opinions are like a-holes everybody has one.Enough said since it’s all been said already.Besides too many fans are just plain mean-spirited and petty and should be ignored.It’s a good thing that Emmys are awarded to the actors by their own peers and not the fans.

debbie
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debbie

Kirsten so good to see you back at GH. I enjoyed the replacement, she did a great job. yet it just wasn’t the Maxie I was use to. You and Spinelli have a chemistry. I would love to see you back together. Yet it’s fun to see the devilish way you have trying to get him back. In the end I hope your characters end up together. As for your illness that took you away from GH. I know what you went through. I too was diagnosed with the same thing. Every month it was so painful. I dealt with… Read more »

Ashley
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Ashley

I love seeing Kristen as Maxie, because like others have said she IS Maxie. I didn’t bash Jen, but I would be lying if i said I enjoyed her performance. I found her portrayal of Maxie to be a bit too whiney and over dramic. I think that Kristin could pull off that aspect of Maxie’s characters (because Maxie is Whiney and over the top at times) and make it something funny and energetic. While Jen just made it annoying, I did not care for the character of Maxie while Jen was playing her, and the idea of people saying… Read more »

LivingInANitemare
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LivingInANitemare

I never cared for Jen as Maxie!! & was so glad when Kirsten came back (I also know what she went through except it took awhile & many unnecessary tests before finally being diagnosed… It’s not a fun thing to deal with..) I will admit she filled in for her when it was necessary instead of killing her off or sending her away for a extended amount of time but that is as far as I can go with it… I never got used to her playing Maxie she was always so whiney yes Maxie’s character may be like that… Read more »

Samantha
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Samantha

I am sorry but as person who suffers from endometriosis and has undergone multiples surgeries throughout the last year alone I have managed to maintain a fairly regular schedule. This story being touted about Ms. Storms is a load of garbage! It is extremely offensivive to those of us who have shown great strength and courage in our own lives to see some wimpy pseudo starlet make a mockery of our own struggles. You should all be ashamed of yourselves. This actress either has something else she is suffering from, was fired, or no one can quite figure out what… Read more »

Shoshana
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Shoshana

Thanks for finally talking about > GH

Virginia Harrington
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Virginia Harrington

All I know I don’t want Maxie to die and I want Keirston to stay playing Maxie And put maxie and spinalli back together

Virginia Harrington
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Virginia Harrington

Please don’t let maxie die keep storms and pur spinelli and maxie back together

Tammy Berlonghi
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Tammy Berlonghi

I’ve been a fan since zenon, girl of the 21st century! ! Love you Kirsten. Get better. Stay strong. Can’t wait for u to come back. Muah!!!!!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Helena, Jennifer Smith & The Ice Princess: What Did You Think of Luke Spencer’s Memorial?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital brought the highly-anticipated story around the apparent death of Port Charles iconic, Luke Spencer (Tony Geary), although many fans, and even some of the cast of the show, are not sold that Luke is “dead” dead.

During the show, characters spoke of some of the history of Luke in Port Charles, most especially Luke’s sister, Bobbie played by Jackie Zeman.  Throughout the years, Zeman is at her best when she is given material through the writing of the show to connect to the history of Luke and Bobbie.  She did so when Bobbie was remembering how Luke came to Port Charles to help her break up Scotty and Laura, in a discussion with her daughter, Carly (Laura Wright).

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As everyone is gathering at the Haunted Star to pay their respects to Luke, Curtis (Donnell Turner) arrives to support Laura (Genie Francis), Felicia (Kristina Wagner) and Anna (Finola Hughes) arrive together, Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Ava (Maura West), as well as Spencer (Nicholas Alexander Chavez  also show up. It is through Nikolas’ conversation with Laura that we learn why Luke’s sons, Ethan and Lucky, can’t make the funeral and, of course, we know why Luke’s daughter Lulu can’t make it because she is in a coma!

Victor (Charles Shaughnessy) shows up and snipes at everyone and then leaves.  Tracy (Jane Elliot), who has arranged the memorial, is with an urn supposedly filled with Luke’s ashes and Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) finds her on the deck of the Haunted Star and talks her into giving her planned eulogy.

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Meanwhile, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) finds his dad, Sonny (Maurice Benard) drinking at Charlie’s, and later Scott (Kin Shriner) and Robert (Tristan Rogers) stop in and heated words are exchanged between Sonny and Scott. Victor shows up and instead of Scott and Sonny pummeling each other, they get into a fight against Victor.

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As Scott and Robert are about to be on their way to the Haunted Star, Scott stays behind because of his past with Luke.  Then, Sonny tried to patch things up with Carly before they head to the memorial.

Back on the yacht, Anna and Felicia find a note and a flash drive, after hearing a commotion on the yacht.  When the note says “play me”, none other than Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers) addresses Luke’s friends and family from apparently the great beyond.  As Helena spews her venom against Luke, Laura has enough and pulls the plug on Helena’s video speech.  Tracy looks concerned, like she may want to hear whatever else Helena had to say.

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Next, Tracy does her best in short order to eulogize Luke.  That is juxtaposed with Scott trashing Luke.  Later, by herself on the deck, Tracy spreads Luke’s ashes over the waters of Port Charles. Back on the pier, Scott relishes Luke being gone, and that he is still standing saying, “You lose you son of a bitch!” Just then Luke’s ashes blow in into his face.  When Bobbie arrives, and see Scott full of ashes, she asks what happened.  Scott says, “I caught the bouquet,” an obvious nod to the Luke and Laura wedding of the past, where Scott returned at their wedding and caught the wedding bouquet.

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Back on the Haunted Star, Tracy then has a gift in hand for Laura, but she tells Tracy if that’s the Ice Princess she does not want anything to do with it, and tells Tracy to keep it.  Spencer sees this go down and his interest on the diamond is instantly piqued.

Back at Charlie’s bar, Victor has an ominous toast to Luke saying, “The good people of your fair city are in for a big surprise!”

At the Haunted Star, dressed in black with black veil, Jennifer Smith reveals herself to a shocked Laura.

So, what did you think of Luke’s memorial episode? Favorite parts of it? Least favorite? Share your thoughts in the comment section. But first, check out Helena’s videotaped speech and Tracy’s eulogy to Luke below.

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(WATCH) GH’s Genie Francis Shares: “I Just Have a Hard Time Believing, In My Heart, That The Great Luke Spencer Died in an Accident”

Today’s Friday episode of General Hospital, is set to feature the funeral of the iconic Luke Spencer (Tony Geary).

While family and friends will gather on the Haunted Star to memorialize him, what been teased by the ABC daytime drama is it will also set a whole storyline in motion.

ABC7 entertainment guru, George Pennacchio, spoke to several of the GH cast, who are involved in the episode including: Luke Spencer’s long-time love, Laura played by Genie Francis.

Francis exclaimed on the whole story: “I just have a hard time believing, in my heart, that the great Luke Spencer died in an accident.  No one stays dead on a soap. I don’t know how many times I’ve been dead. Really!”

Genie added: “I feel like they’re setting the stage, really, for a wonderful comeback and I’m going to keep my fingers crossed for that.”

Luke’s longtime friend played by Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) shared: “And has it actually happened? I mean, frankly, we have a little urn about this big that’s supposed to contain him and that’s it.”

And Luke’s sister, Bobbie, played by Jackie Zeman, also weighed-in if Luke is really a-goner: “Sometimes you get these little red herrings so, as you know, George, you know, you never really know.”

Watch Pennacchio chat with the GH stars below.

Now weigh-in, do you believe Luke is very much alive and well? Held captive, or “dead” dead? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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