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GH’s Laura Wright on Carly Becoming Owner of ‘Kelly’s’ From Bobbie: “This Whole Beat Was Written Before Jackie Zeman Passed Away”

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In a preview for upcoming episodes the week of July 24th on General Hospital, Carly (Laura Wright) is about to embark on a new chapter in her professional life, when she becomes the owner of Port Charles’ long-established waterfront diner, Kelly’s.

In story, Bobbie has signed the deed to the local eatery over to her daughter.  Now, while many GH fans may be thinking that this move was made because of the recent passing of beloved veteran, Jackie Zeman (Bobbie), that is not the case.

Laura Wright filled-in Soap Opera Digest (in their latest issue on newsstands now) when she explained: “This whole beat was written before Jackie passed away. They have not had the character of Bobbie die and Carly doesn’t inherit Kelly’s from the character, which would have been a beautiful thing, but this was a choice made by the writer’s awhile ago.”

Apparently, Carly buys the diner for one dollar with the aim to pay her mother back the full market value in due time. With Carly in trouble with the SEC and owing them millions of dollars, seems like this move is the anchor she will need in her life to get by, plus keeping the Spencer’s as part of the legacy of Kelly’s.

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Longtime GH viewers know that Kelly’s was introduced as a set and a centerpiece of Port Charles drama back in 1980. It was originally owned by the characters of Paddy Kelly and his wife, Rose. Later, Luke Spencer became a waiter at the diner, after Rose hired him.  Sadly, Paddy was killed and Rose decided to leave town, and sold the diner to Ruby Anderson (Luke and Bobbie’s aunt). When Ruby died, she left the diner to Luke and Bobbie.

So, what do you think of this story move to have Carly become the new owner of Kelly’s by purchasing it from Bobbie? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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I think it’s a great move.

Carly does not owe the SEC billions, I believe it is 5 million.

The article say’s millions, not billions.

When I read it, it said billions with a “b”.

The writing on this is akin to Divine intervention, as the story moves, I’m sure they will incorporate Bobbie’s passing as related to this and in general. Sad but poignant, and historically just right.

I’ve watched GH for over 60 years. I’ve known Bobbie from when she first arrived in PC. I really loved her character
and will really miss her. Jackie “thanks for the memories”.
I am actually excited to see what the scab writers can do! Couldn’t get much worse than what we’ve been watching.

I certainly hope they focus on Bobbie and not turn it into a tribute to Carly.

Poor Carly, reduced to slinging hash, my, my. Nina enjoyed gloating but I,d really love a good cat fight and watch them beat the crap out of each other. I know, what an awful thing to say.

Carly seems quite happy “slinging hash” and oddly enough, not looking to beat the crap out of anyone.

I couldn’t agree with you more.I have been watching the show since 1977 when I was 11 years old.Bobby was such a wonderful character it was love at first sight with her and Ruby,and then the whole Luke and Laura scene.The stories were always edge of your seat,and now are very boring, and I’m seriously worried about the shows longevity going forward. You will be missed by so many Jaclyn Zeman. I’m so sad that we lost her and Epiphany in the same year .Loved you both so much.

Omgoodness yess this is so very sad , I’ve been watching since I was 8 and these untimely deaths are heart breaking.. Did you see a couple of weeks ago Elizabeth was by the wall at the hospital Looking at the pictures and Bobby’s picture was there, and she wasn’t even announced to have been passing yet That broke my heart. Epiphany was so strong and full of life, she’s so sadly missed.
I bet you she met
Bobby at the pearly gates
And they’re hanging out together now With the rest of the GH crew that had passed before them …

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As long as there’s no major changes to the set – it’s the oldest one still in continuous use. Kelly’s has been modified and shrunk a bit through the years (including changing the rear entry to the courtyard on the right of the screen). For a while, there was a basement set nightclub underneath.

There was a poor recreation of it at the Soap Opera Cafe at Disney California Adventure. I was so disappointed I couldn’t actually eat at Kelly’s (although there were seats at The Valley Inn).

Unfortunately, Steve, I’ve read on forums that Carly is going to try and make Kelly’s a hot spot, an upscale chic bistro. Carly will likely permeate Kelly’s with her gigantic ego. She will have the Carly burger with Carly fries, The Carly Grilled Chicken sandwich with aioli on a ciabatta roll, and of course, the infamous BLT will become CBLT ( Carly’s BLT). For vegetarians, there will be the Nina’s Just Impossible Burger. Honestly, Kelly’s is a Port Charles landmark started by an Irish American family, Paddy and Rose Kelly, to serve fishermen, blue collar workers and GH hospital staff. I recall the bells of the dock softly tolling in the background as characters conversed, thereby establishing setting. You don’t hear the dock bells anymore but overall, Kelly’s has remained the same. Now that bossy, invasive ego maniac, Carly will offer her own brand of gentrification to Kelly’s. Let’s call it Carlyification. I don’t like it.

Very funny Harry. Humble pie is definitely not on her new menu. (Speaking of pie, if I hear Hummingbird Cake one more time, I’m gonna throw something at the TV).

I’m skeptical about what is mentioned in forums as a lot of it is just speculation. We can start any rumor (say Dex is the offspring of Lila Quartermaine and Casey the Alien) and somehow it would circle around the web.

Now indeed, humble pie would not be on the menu. I actually looked up recipes for Hummingbird cake, and it sounds pretty good. However, I couldn’t find one recipe that called for bourbon. I guess it’s a secret recipe. I hope you’re right about it just being a rumor about Carly giving Kelly’s a makeover. Look what they did to the Quartermaine mansion. The infamous staircase is on the wrong side!

They “value engineered” the Q foyer and living room. The older version was one of the largest sets on the show and time consuming to set-up. The new set’s now a bit smaller. They moved the front door to screen right because rear stage entry is harder to film.

What annoys me are questionable architectural choices. Does the entry to the left of the Q living room fireplace lead behind the stairs?

OG Steve,
I’m tending to believe what I read somewhere that he’s Jason’s son. I’m of the few that like Dex, it’s that pain Joss that I can’t stand, she’s worse than her mother.

Dex being Jason’s son is extremely unlikely. He’s about the same age as Morgan Corinthos, which is why I have thought he could be Morgan, despite the awkward situation that would create in the family now that he’s banging Joss, along with his shifting loyalties between Michael and Sonny. From what my Fuzzy Devil Memory recalls the woman Jason would have been with at the time would be Courtney Matthews. Granted, this would create drama because it would make Dex & Spencer brothers, and of course they hate each other. It would also make Sonny his uncle. Only problem is that Courtney was only pregnant once. After she & Jason broke up. And literally died the day Spencer was born.

Still think he’s a brainwashed and surgically altered Morgan. And being used as the ultimate “agent of chaos” against his own family by whomever is running this “Pikeman” group (probably Lorenzo Alcazar).

Is there any way that Dex and Spencer could be twins? You know how Soaps love to make one twin disappear. Dex could have been given to the family that he told Sonny treated him so badly.

Considering Courtney literally gave birth to Spencer on her death bed, it would be a little difficult for nobody to notice another baby. Also Dex is a few years older than Spencer, otherwise he couldn’t claim to be a military veteran (despite not having a clue how to use a gun, from what we have seen of him).

At least when they made Drew Cain up out of thin air to explain the existence of a “spare Jason”, they had the plot hole of Susan giving birth to Jason out of town, so technically nobody from Port Charles would have seen a second baby being born. No such circumstances existed around Courtney’s tragic story of birth during a pandemic.

Satan and O G Steve,
Thanks for all the info. You explained everything very well, I wasn’t watching during that time..

Courtney gave birth on camera to Spencer while hospitalized during the encephalitis outbreak. She died the next day and most viewers cried happy tears that our long suffering was over.

Awful, Carly will rise again and all you haters go watch something else!

Diane, how dare you call me a Carly hater?!! I really resemble that remark.

Who cares what you like? Like it or not, she owns Kelly’s and can do what she wants.

Finally something that makes sense!

Please do not forget we need closure on Bobbie

That probably won’t come until a few months after the writers strike is settled. Bobbie can be mentioned occasionally until the main writing staff returns with a well-planned story (and no scavenger hunt).

Yes I know they tape ahead ,but I pray they do a tribute to Bobbie as well.She was an icon.

This is a great move!! Always have loved Kelly’s since it’s first day. And Carly can live upstairs. Hoping they update that It would be perfect!

I would love it if Carly moved upstairs! And we would never see her again.

I agree it’s a good move, story-wise. But another Carly-centric tale? I guess Sonny will soon develop a taste for BLTs too.

Well, Sonny already owns his own restaurant…. which never seems to have any customers.

Which is odd, since he supposedly makes the best Marinara sauce on the East Coast.

Gentrification becomes Carlyfication.

Too much carly on gh. Give other characters equal time.

I agree

If my Fuzzy Devil Memory is correct, didn’t there used to be a bar in the basement of Kelly’s? It was originally an old “speakeasy” from Prohibition days, and they discovered it decades later and opened it as a bar. And then got shut down after Faith Roscoe shot up the place…. or something like that.

I say Carly should reopen this bar. And keeping the Spencer family traditions going, I say it should be a new version of Luke’s blues club.

lol, I just posted a similar question before I saw your post, ok, good to know I wasn’t making something up in my head.

Carly owning Kellys
Great idea
I’m all for it
We need new story lines

Like it!!! Carly needs a break too!

God forbid Carly get a job where she has to actually answer to a boss. She’s been unemployed for over a year and did nothing to seek employment. Metro Court was handed to her just like Kelly’s will be handed to her.

And we need a break from Carly!

So funny, as much as we can’t stand her, all we do is talk about her, unlike that poor boring Portia who never doctors anyone, too stupid I guess, just bothers people.

I actually like Portia; the one thing I didn’t like was when she brought Oz Haggerty out of his coma too soon. He may have been sleazy but he wasn’t evil; he wasn’t a murderer. And by taking him out of that coma (to help with Trina’s defense) she risked him dying or waking up with physical and/or brain, damage. Uggg; saw that happen on Homeland to a beloved character; I cant’ shake the horror at what happened to him every time I think of that show. But I digress, lol. A doctor takes an oath; I’m surprised the show let a “good” character go there….and TJ, Curtis, and Jordan go along with it. Hated that.

Sounds good to me.

isn’t there also a basement that they used for a nightclub? or am I off? it was way back, but supposedly there’s extra space they had that they used for a club? right?

Yes, that goes back. Carly will turn the place into a money maker. Plus when they finally give Jackie her due she’ll also own the brownstone. We need closure for her soon this strike could go on for ever.

I miss the brownstone.

I seem to remember they brought the brownstone back a few years ago. Michael had acquired it through some sort of ELQ real estate grab, and he & Morgan were remodeling the place.

After a couple of months they dropped the story and it was never heard of again… or at least that’s how my Fuzzy Devil Memory recalls it.

So Bobbie or Carly wouldn’t be the current owner, but at least it’s still in the family if Mikey’s the owner.

The shortly lived revised brownstone is where Nina took Avery from Ava after inducing her labor.

That set was not the original brownstone, but just a reworked version of the old Webber/Jones/Scorpio house that Lisa Niles burned down (and has now been restructured as Elizabeth’s home.) The staggered staircase is the clear giveaway.

I love this idea

There’s a lot of story lines going on I’m glad that they’re going to keep it going. I wish they would listen to the fans about what we need to see. There’s a lot of great ideas on the Facebook page. Being a True Believer for 60 years

Hopefully they won’t change the set, and hopefully this doesn’t mean we’ll see even more of Carly then we already do. I’ve also read she might go back to nursing school which would really suck; her presence in the hospital which is the hub of the show, her presence where Willow works just as Nina is trying to bond with her daughter, would be more obnoxious than Carly’s presence already is.

Oh dear Lord! That would be horrible. The silver lining would be Lizzy would be her boss! Carly would probably put a gigantic portrait of herself next to Dr Hardy and Nurse Jessie. Then she will put another gigantic portrait of herself on the entry area of Kelly’s. Carly is here, there and everywhere.

We used to say ” all over just like you know what”))

The last few days, everyone that comes in tells Carly the “love what you’ve done with the place” thing, but so help me, I’m not seeing it.

I like the idea of Carly owning Kelly’s, it keeps the history going, we ‘oldsters’ remember Ruby and all her background. She helped Bobby to be a nurse and the rest is history

Awesome , and she can reopen the club in the basement

I’ve been watching GH since it began. My husband was a union trucker his entire life and I’m not a fan of picket crossing . I do understand though that this is necessary if the series is to continue. What can I do to stand in solidarity with the writers and producers? Who do we contact to help you?

I think it’s a great idea. Carly needs a purpose.

I think it’s GREAT!!

It’s great!!

I love this idea of Carly taken over the diner , But what really would be funny is having her daughter Joss Actually Wash dishes , wash floors and change bed sheets and serve people with a smile And not a fake one, because she’s just a spoiled entitled brat, and she’s selfish. It’s going to be easy to watch lol

Great idea!

when was Bobbie’s will read? When did Carly become Kelly’s owner?

If you read the story up above it explains how it was all done off screen, they showed nothing of Carly and her mom, in fact the whole SL was written before Bobbie died.

This 5 million dollar fine storyline is ridiculous. There is NO reason Jasper Jax cannot pay the 5 million for Carly. These writer need to know about realistic storylines and history !!! The writers are insulting our intelligence!! It’s a real turn off which I may do to GH !

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Let’s be honest Tony Geary was the man he had sex appeal and tons of chemistry with every person he had a scene with . Sorry he will not be able to come from Amsterdam to do some closure for our precious Jackie I have watched this dance scene a million times! He just had the it factor and few people do ! Daytime will miss him nobody will ever take his place

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Melissa Claire Egan: “My beautiful friend. I love you. I’m so sad. And I’m so sorry.”

Chrishell Stause: “Still processing this. Too many feelings, but you are gone too soon and I’m so happy I got to work with you all those years, but also call you a friend. I hope you are at peace now ”

Jess Walton:RIP to my precious Billy Miller. You were and ARE  much loved by all of us who knew you”

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Nancy Lee Grahn: “So very sorry to hear this very sad and unexpected news. I would like very much for my beloved General Hospital to have no more of it. #RIPBillyMiller

Eileen Davidson: “I’m so sad to hear of Billy Miller’s passing. His infectious charm and warmth left lasting impressions on all of us who were lucky enough to have him in our lives. I’m gonna miss that mischievous smile. Love you Billy.”

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Jason Thompson” “I’m so sorry and saddened to hear about my friend, Billy Miller. Heartbreaking. He was funny, had a great laugh and very talented. Light and love to his family and friends.”

Brad Bell: “Billy Miller was a great man and a gifted actor. Billy left an indelible mark on The Young and the Restless with his brilliant portrayal of Billy Abbott. He will be sorely missed.”

Stephen Nichols: “Sure gonna miss you, man.”

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Frank Valentini: “I am devastated to hear news of the incredibly talented Billy Miller’s passing. On behalf of the entire (General Hospital) family, our hearts go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.”

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Elizabeth Hendrickson: “Today I should have been sending you a Happy Birthday text BJ. Truth be told i hated calling you BJ but that’s what your closest friends /family called you. I eventually caved. The last couple years we kept in touch through birthdays and monumental moments or when we wanted to vent about “ work”. You gave me a lot of advise. When i understood it always mumbling your words. We always joked about that.
We didn’t text or talk often. But I’m glad the last couple times we did, we had a great banter like we used to. I knew that we always held a special place in each others hearts, no matter what. You were such an amazing friend to your inner circle. They were your family. You would do ANYTHING for them. That’s who really were. As loyal as they came. I’m sad and yes, mad at myself that I wasn’t being a better friend, checking in more often because I was thinking of you recently. I was. I hope you know that we are all here now texting each other, sending pictures and sharing memories of how fucking AWESOME you were. This hole in my heart will never be filled. Goodnight, sweet Billy.”

Scott Clifton: “This is not fair. We deserved so much more of him. Rest in peace, Billy. You’re immortal now.”

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Coby Ryan McLaughlin (ex-Shiloh, GH): “Man… this sucks. Billy and I played on GH together for nearly a year. He was intense, focused, cool and kind. He knew the hamster wheel that I was about to start spinning on all too well, and always made himself available to help the new guy….. Rest easy, man…

Michael Muhney (ex-Adam, Y&R):  “Billy, My fellow Texas brother. You lit up every room with your smile. Your quiet intensity onscreen was second only to your gentle kindness and genuine care in private. We recently shared work on an Apple series, and your encouragements during and after that process, and your kindness over the years are now but a few of the things I’ll hold on to as warm memories of you. What a big heart you had. You were bigger and braver and bolder than this life. You were legend. There is no landing to this final cliffhanger, the wings you’ve spent your lifetime earning have carried you up to that wonderful place in the sky. Happy Birthday Billy Miller.”

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TK Weaver: “Devastated. Hard to find words. You always gave me such good advice. You were always there for me. You were an amazing person. #BillyMiller I’ll never forget you. Please join me in praying for his family and loved ones.”

Greg Rikaart: Generous, passionate, fun, soulful and brilliant Billy. Can you just imagine the reunion between him and Jeanne? I can. Rest well, dear Billy

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Share your remembrances for Billy Miller and his work and performances on Y&R, GH and AMC below.  But first, check out Michael Fairman TV’s interview with Billy following his Daytime Emmy win for Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 2014.


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