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GH’s Michael Easton On ‘A Christmas Carol’ Episode: “I Was Humbled To Be Part Of Such A Talented Ensemble”

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If you caught Monday’s very special episode of General Hospital, you saw that Michael Easton (Finn) took on the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol”.

In this standalone holiday installment of the ABC daytime drama series, Easton along with many GH cast members including: Roger Howarth, Kathleen Gati, Eden McCoy, Maura West, Rebecca Herbst, William Lipton. Wes Ramsey, Jane Elliot, Leslie Charleson, Wally Kurth, Finola Hughes, Tristan Rogers, Chad Duell, Katelyn McMullen, Josh Swickard, Briana Nicole Henry, Donnell Turner, Kirsten Storms, and more, participated in the telling of this classic tale.

Over the last 24 hours since its airing, fans have sent much love and kudos Easton’s way for his fantastic performance as Scrooge.  But Michael, always one to make sure credit is given in total to all those who work so hard in front of the camera and behind the scenes, wanted to make sure the holidays did not come and go without acknowledging their contributions to the episode   From the costumes, to the writing, to the directing, this was certainly different than a conventional GH episode.

Easton took to his Facebook page on Christmas Eve where he shared this message:  “THANK YOU… I appreciate all your kind words regarding “A CHRISTMAS CAROL”. I was humbled to be part of such a talented ensemble. But again the real stars were the writers (the script was incredible), the directing team (Phideaux worked magic) and our amazing crew (the show was filmed in a single day). I would ask if you enjoyed this special episode or a particular element of it (the costumes, lighting, set design, makeup and hair, etc.) let the producers or the network know…The crew works so hard over the course of the year and they rarely receive the recognition they deserve.  God bless everyone.”

So, what did you think of the Christmas Carol episode of GH? Did you enjoy Easton’s performance? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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Rizz McBain
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Rizz McBain

It was a great episode. The cast and crew did an amazing job.

Carolyn
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Carolyn

The Christmas Carol Story was outstanding. I was glad to see so many of the GH cast in it.Michael was a great choice for Scrooge. Like he said there are so many people to thank That helped pull this off. The writing team definitely improved it shows. Great work to the Producer- Frank V.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Oh pish posh! No, seriously I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I also thought that everyone in the Scrooge cast was very well suited to his or her role. God bless us, every one.

Jimh
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Jimh

As The World Turns when they did the Upstairs Downstairs Christmas and Now GH’s A Christmas Carol should be put on DVD and thats a way soaps could make money!!!

aria
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aria

dvd are unfortunately out the way of the dinosaur, but download I know I did, I got my episode on iTunes

Jimh
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Jimh

well, i doid mean when ATWTs first did the ep but i dont even buy devs anymore and selling my collection!!!

Harry
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Harry

What about 8 tracks?

Dan
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Dan

I usually catch up on GH on the weekends on Hulu, but since I happened to be home on Monday, I went out of my way to watch this show as it aired. What a fantastic job they did. Michael Easton was outstanding as Scrooge, Jane Elliot as Marley’s Ghost, what a treasure she is, Kathleen Gati was wonderful as always, Maura West owned the screen without saying a single word. Kudos to the entire cast that performed on the show. The costumes, set design, special effects as they weaved in an out of dream sequences, the music, writing, the… Read more »

aria
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aria

I love the episode, gh should do a period episode, they’re really good at it, everyone was great.

Shari
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Shari

I LOVED this SO much!! What a great Christmas present to the fans to watch these amazing actors give us a fresh take on a classic. Thank you!

Mary Anne Wilt
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Mary Anne Wilt

It was a fantastic show. All the actors made their parts come to life. Michael was perfect as Scrooge. The costumes were remarkable. The filming of how they had the ghosts appear and disappear. It kept a huge smile on my face the whole way through. Kudos to all involved both in front of and behind the cameras.

Linda Evans
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Linda Evans

Loved it! Bravo to the entire amazingly talented GH team. Hope it becomes an annual classic.

(Thanks ABC for supporting this special.)

brian
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brian

Outstanding ! As always, I still enjoy GH very much… hope the show goes on for many more years to come.

Satan
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Satan

Worst thing about it was airing it on Monday, then following it with a rerun on Xmas Eve, no show on Xmas, and then airing the episode on Thursday which was supposed to air BEFORE the Scrooge McVampire thing. It probably wouldn’t have even been noticeable, except for Tracy’s appearance in the episode…. and then seeing her “surprise return” at the end of Thursday’s show… which wasn’t much of a surprise. When the Impeachment thing through off the schedule, the first thing that should have gone out the window is the obligatory Helliday rerun episode. Should have aired them in… Read more »

rose
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rose

I was working afternoons Christmas week, but was able see the last half of GH Christmas Carol. I loved it! And everyone in it, the scenes and costumes. Wish there could be more of this kind of hopeful storytelling on GH which has been way too dreary for too long a time. Wishing you all a very good New Year and beyond!

Timmm
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Timmm

Michael did well, Jane stole the episode! What a treasure!

R. Johnson
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R. Johnson

Wow, It was a fabulous show. I started watching GH when it first came on the air in 1963. I was 14 at the time and do the math, I am 70 now. I worked 25 years for the government and could only see it on my days off or holidays when we were off. I have been retired for 10 years now and do not like to miss it. It’s such a good show and so much fun to watch and needless to say very entertaining.

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Steve Burton and Bradford Anderson Share Disagreement with Each Other Over Vaccine Mandate; Will Continue ‘Stone Cold and the Jackal’ Shows In 2022

On the latest episode of their That’s Awesome podcast with Steve and Bradford, released over the Thanksgiving holiday, General Hospital’s Bradford Anderson (Spinelli) and Steve Burton (Ex-Jason Morgan) took some moments to address how Steve’s decision to not adhere to the ABC and GH Covid-19 vaccine mandate (which caused the two-time Daytime Emmy-winning star to be let go from the show) would affect their live shows, podcasts, content moving forward, as well as if it has caused a riff in their friendship.

When addressing listeners of the podcast, Anderson shared the the two would continue on with their projects, but that he disagreed with Burton’s decision to not follow the GH vaccine mandate.

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Bradford expressed: “If you know us, and know are brand, if you will, it’s built on friendships, and like all friends, we have disagreements.  I disagree with Steve’s decision and he knows that. But over are years of friendships, we have had plenty of discussions about this and other topics, and sometimes we agree and sometimes we don’t, but at the end of the day we are still friends.”

Steve added: “We usually don’t get into decisive things on the show.  Look, I have a right to believe in what I want, and you have a right to believe in what you want, and that’s what makes this country great and we have never been about division.”  In addition, Steve was clear that he has not agreed to any interviews at this time on the subject of his exit, and that he is already moving on, sharing: “I am just grateful for my time at General Hospital and the people and the friendships I have made there, especially with the fans.  I have had an incredible life. Listen, I’m OK. I’m at peace. I ‘m moving forward and I am excited about it.  Like I said in my video, when one door closes, multiple doors open, and that’s what happened already.  I’ve gotten a lot of requests for interviews that I don’t want to do, because I don’t want division … that’s the bottom line.”

Look for Anderson and Burton to hit the road in 2022 and continue with their successful Stone Cold and the Jackal live comedy show and appearances.

What did you think about how Steve and Bradford addressed their disagreement on the vaccine mandate within the podcast? Will you be seeing Steve and Bradford live if they come to your town in 2022? Comment below.

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Steve Burton Confirms His Exit From General Hospital

Steve Burton has spoken and after so much speculation, the two-time Daytime Emmy-winning star has confirmed he is out as General Hospital’s Jason Morgan.

In his post on his Instagram account on Tuesday, Steve shared that he was let go by the ABC daytime drama series due to their vaccine mandate and that even though he applied for medical and religious exemptions those were denied.  Thus, he has to exit his role.

In story, viewers saw on Monday, that Jason is MIA from being under the rubble of the cave that collapsed in Jason’s attempt to apprehend Peter August (Wes Ramsey).

In his post, Burton shared the following: “I know there has been a lot of rumors and speculations about me and General Hospital and I wanted you to hear it from me, personally. Unfortunately, General Hospital has let me go because of the vaccine mandate. I did apply for my medical and religious exemptions and both of those were denied, which, you know, hurts, but, this is also about personal freedom to me. I don’t think anyone should lose their livelihood over this. But with that being said, you know me. I’ll always be grateful for my time at General Hospital I love it there. I grew up there. I grew up with some of you, so I will always be grateful and I believe when one door closes multiple doors open. That’s always been my perspective, so I am excited to see what the future brings. ”

Steve went on to say, “Maybe one day when these mandates are lifted, I can return and finish my career as Jason Morgan. That would be an honor, and if not, I am going to take this amazing experience, move forward and be forever grateful. I have got to say, that I am forever grateful for your love and your support over the years. It means so much to me. Thank you. I don’t know when my last airdate is. It may have aired or it might be tomorrow or the next day. I am not sure. I want you guys to have an awesome Thanksgiving. I know it is hard, maybe, in this type of situation to be thankful or grateful, but we have so many things to be thankful about. Being grateful really is the key. Love you guys.”

The popular actor began his run as GH’s Jason Quartermaine back in 1991. Later in 1995, after a car accident he had a major personality shift and became Jason Morgan. Burton went to Y&R to play Dylan McAvoy for a four-year stint from 2013-2017, before heading back to his home at GH.

A source close to the show told Deadline that Burton’s last tape date was October 27th.

You can watch Steve’s video announcement below on his GH departure.

So, how do you feel about Steve being let go from GH? Do you hope Steve can return at some point? Share your thoughts via the comment section below,

 

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Ingo Rademacher Wraps His Run as General Hospital’s Jax

During today’s Monday, November 22nd episode of General Hospital, Ingo Rademacher made his exit as Jasper Jacks.

The actor who is out at the ABC daytime drama series for not adhering and disagreeing to the GH and ABC Covid-19 vaccination mandate, saw his character written-out when Jax shared his final scenes with Laura Wright’s Carly and Cynthia Watros’ Nina.

In story, Jax ran into his ex-wife Carly and informed her he was leaving Port Charles immediately to deal with business in Sydney, Australia.  He adds, he is not planning on coming back to town with this sentiment.“I’m kind of on the outs with everyone in Port Charles right now.”

Things are not be left on good terms with the exes, when Carly spouts, “You know, Jax, I thought I made it clear … my life is none of your business.” After some back and forth about their daughter Josslyn (Eden McCoy), Jax says that he is, “Happy to stay out of your life.”

Later, Jax visits Nina at Charlie’s Pub, and warns her to be careful about getting even more deeply involved with Sonny (Maurice Benard), and she deflects that there is anything going on between them, and telling Jax that her and Sonny don’t have a future together.

Rademacher’s Jax is now off the canvas of the series.

So, what did you think of how GH wrote out Jax and Ingo’s exit from the show? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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