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GH’s Wes Ramsey Makes Statement on Criticism, Social Media, and Professionalism

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General Hospital’s Wes Ramsey, who portrays polarizing character, Peter August on the ABC daytime drama series, responded to a recent take on his role from cast mate, Tristan Rogers (Scorpio) when a video made its way through social media.

The video was from a Cameo appearance, where Rogers offered an assessment of the Peter August storyline and expressed that while he knows Ramsey is a strong actor, he felt he was “wrong for the character” being that Peter was the son of the evil Faison played by Anders Hove.

Rogers also came to the defense of Ramsey and shared: “Don’t be too hard on Wes Ramsey. He’s got himself into a horrible storyline, and the storyline is the fault of the show. What they’ve literally done is they’ve painted themselves into a corner, and they don’t know how to get out of it.”

Currently, Peter’s story is front and center on GH with his wedding to Maxie (Kirsten Storms), and the fallout from all of the character’s dirty deeds.

Now Ramsey took to his Instagram account to address what transpired and his thoughts on the perils of social media, professionalism and acting, expressing: “Actors are storytellers, shapeshifters, chameleons. We’re also in the business of cultivating trust bc that’s how the best work is brought to life. We have to trust our imaginations, our instincts. We have to trust our fellow actors, because without them, there’s no scene to play. In the collaborative efforts of bringing any show to life, we also have to trust our directors each day to steer the arch of our story (like a conductor with a symphony) & trust our writers who are tasked with composing the symphonies we play out. I came up in a world of classical theater, where trusting the play, text, story is essential to the tightrope balancing act of making magic.  You will never hear me critique (on any public platform) the people responsible for the creative opportunities I enjoy each day. Without the trust of my writers, directors, producers & fellow actors, it would be impossible to live out my dreams. My job (& my only job) is to bring fearlessness, playfulness & passionate conviction to what has been created for me. My aim is to stretch myself (beyond the limits of where I think my boundaries may lye) each time I’m entrusted with material that allows those boundaries to be tested.

 

Every actor must believe they are the right person for their part or they will never achieve their potential, let alone surpass it. I was raised a gentleman & have two wonderful parents to thank for that, however, my polite personality (while rendering me easy to get along with on set) should have little bearing on my caliber of performance nor my castability as a professional.  I am leery of the pitfalls of social media & believe there are advantages to maintaining some mystery (even as a public figure) but I will always defend & protect what I hold dear (my job & my career) when they are publicly challenged, especially by those closest to me, whom I love & respect. Please know I bear no ill will. As a society, we are all still learning the full ramifications of living in an internet dominated culture. To all my many fans out there who offer encouragement & support, I hear you & am grateful for you. I’m having a blast… 🙂. Onward we go.”

Share your thoughts on Wes’ statement on playing the role of Peter August and more via the comment section below.

 

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Louie Y
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Louie Y

TR said nothing wrong about the show, story or Ramsey. TR spoke what many fans are feeling. He said Ramsey was in a bad story that writers wrote into a corner. He also said he didn’t fit role not that he was a bad actor. Though opinions differ on that. Ramsey needs to rise above and realize perception is he got job because of who his girlfriend is.
Could you and other media outlets expend as much energy on the Ingo, Maurice and Nancy issue?

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Wes Ramsey did not get the role because of Laura Wright, and the online bullies need to stop persistently stating this and calling him names because of said-belief.

Marilyn
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Marilyn

What is the Ingo, Maurice and Nancy issue?

Patrick
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Patrick

I certainly understood it… Wes Ramsey is wrong for the role.

Susan Grekin
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Susan Grekin

Agree

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Me thinks he doth protest too much.

Steve
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Steve

Exactly, Violet.

Regardless of what one thinks of Ramsey’s acting abilities or how he got hired, the point is the character is not working and needs to go.

I’m guessing the writers thought by finally revealing that Peter is not Anna’s son fans would be satisfied. That’s just the first step needed for a character who cannot be redeemed.

With a few exceptions, Chris and Dan are doing a fine job as head writers. The Peter character is a fail and Frank needs to realize that.

Susan Grekin
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Susan Grekin

Agree he was terrible at crying we literally laughed out loud! To keep him when they’ve let way better actors go it’s wrong

rose
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rose

I have always liked Wes since he became Peter August on GH. Period. And have sympathized with why Peter has tried to find a place in his life based on the family cards he was dealt…if not his methods. And in the soap world liberties are taken all of the time yet, if not in real life, we still look forward to the likes of Helena and Dr. O. In reading not-so-nice comments about him over the years, I can’t help but think he has inherited some commenters dislike for how they think he got the job because of their… Read more »

Sandi
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Sandi

I agree with you Rose in that I have always liked Wes since he became Peter August on GH. Period. I think he is so sweet with Maxie!

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

We now know that’s not happening, Rose. Killing Franco in cold blood? No coming back from that.

rose
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rose

Hi Rebecca 1…I have to agree with you. He’s really been written into a corner. It’s a hard show to watch for me right now. No happy storylines for anyone. Surprisingly the only story that I am interested in is Sonny, Phylis and her husband.

Satan
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Satan

No redemption for Whiny Heiny. He’s more obviously marked for death than Rapey Charlie was on Days a couple of weeks ago. If GH was back on a normal airing schedule, I’d expect him in Hell by the end of Friday’s episode. But after all the preemptions in January & February, that might be a few days late.

We’re ready for him down here!

Rodd
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Rodd

I think Wes is a terrific actor. I dislike the character of Peter August a great deal. That being said, I think Wes makes Peter understandable in his conflict of wanting to be better but never really leaving his evil deeds in the past.

Harry
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Harry

Bah ha ha! That Tristan Rogers cracks me up. He says exactly what other actors are thinking but don’t dare for fear of being written into an elevator with no floor. Rogers is spot on right here. The writers really did paint Peter into a corner. Moreover, the pairing of Maxie has been a colossal flop. Not only do these two seem to have no sexual and romantic chemistry, they don’t even to seem to like each other very much. Tristan Rogers did Wes Ramsey a favor defending him against the horrifically bad writing with which he was afforded. I… Read more »

Susanne
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Susanne

Haha I love this comment!

rose
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rose

Harry…It can sometimes be amazing to some who the heart’s of others can love. Even if you think Peter and Maxie are a mismatch, what else is new on GH and other soaps. The romantic in me is looking for a Peter redemption story.

Harry
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Harry

Rose. Duly noted. I’m sorry. I posted my comment before I saw your comment. I would have been more sensitive and respectful to your feelings had I seen your comment beforehand. It’s not that I don’t think Wes Ramsey is a huge talent because I do. Like, Tristan Rogers, I think he’s a strong actor. But I also agree with Rogers when he asserts that this character is badly written. And it seems to me that he was just thrown to Maxie as a plot driven device. I stand by my comment about this couple-they just don’t seem to be… Read more »

rose
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rose

Harry…You are always respectful, one of the main reasons I read your comments. I’m doing well under the circumstances. Agree there have been some bright spots so far in 2021. Looking forward to more. Well I am off to watch another soap opera…Oprah’s 2 hr interview with Harry and Meghan. Keep well.

Satan
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Satan

Tristan Rogers knows first hand what bad writing can do to a soap character, even a beloved veteran like Robert Scorpio himself. Those of us with functional memories will remember what complete dragonshit was written for him by Ron Carlivati. Scorpio was just one of the classic GH characters who were thrown under the bus to plug ReRon’s endless parade of newbies & OLTL castaways. Jason Morgan was another. Both characters were finally redeemed, but it took YEARS to do so. (the relationship of Jason & Sam, sadly has NOT ever recovered from ReRon’s assault) And though the idea of… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Satan
I usually agree with most of your comments, but feel I have to say, no ask, what is it you dislike so much about Roger Howarth or is it Franco, before and after? I liked him as Paul Ryan on ATWT, but did not see him as Todd Manning. I know other fans don’t like him and it’s hard to understand. The guy deserves credit for having to act opposite the simpering, butter won’t melt in her mouth Elizabeth. To each his own, right?

Satan
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Satan

I really don’t have anything against Roger Howarth himself. If they had brought him on GH as a new character, and not immediately tried to force him as a “lead”, throwing veteran characters under the bus for his benefit, he probably would have been alright. Todd Manning never belonged on GH at all, that goes without saying. But as bad as that first year of Frank & ReRon shoving them down our throats was, then (thanks to the legal fiasco with Prospect Park over the web version of OLTL) then they rebranded him as “Franco”, even though he was still… Read more »

Shari
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Shari

It wasn’t Ron who destroyed Jason and Sam, Kelly Monaco did that when she couldn’t get over Billy Miller!!

Satan
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Satan

The destruction of Jason & Sam began when the OLTL regime took over the show in February 2012, and ReRon forced another one of his stupid OLTL transplants (McBain)in between Jason & Sam, while having their child stolen by two other OLTL transplants (Todd & his screaming banshee of an ex-wife, whatever her name was). By the time that idiotic storyline ended, Jason, Sam, and baby Danny had literally 24 hours together as a family before they literally shot Jason in the back and left him for dead.

Billy Miller had nothing to do with any of that.

Steve
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Steve

Jason & Sam are no Alan & Monica or Steve & Audrey. Similar to Luke & Laura, this couple had an expiration date. Just look how energized the scenes with Jason & Britt or even Sam & Dante are to see how much more potential there is with these characters.

Like you, I have plenty of beefs with Ron’s writing, but ratings actually went up with the initial influx of OLTL characters/actors. High enough, to avoid cancellation when a time slot was needed for the disaster of a talk show led by Katie Couric.

Boop
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Boop

Since you will or want to accept Peter in Hell ; accept Carly , Jason , and Sonny , too! Thank God if you do ! I’ll appreciate it!

Satan
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Satan

Oh, they will probably all be here eventually. But not right now… or GH is over. Nobody wants that, right?

Boop
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Boop

If I wanted G.H. cancelled , I would stop watching it since I’m not a fan of either of the characters who I named. My desire is for G.H. to write the other characters as strong as Carly , Jason , and Sonny. The writers present Nina and other players as people afraid to confront them. Let’s get real , with this show ; there should be more characters challenging that group. I know that I would be fired on the first day because there isn’t any way those three would confront me without be shown that they have the… Read more »

Satan
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Satan

The problem with the Nina character is that she was originally written as a complete psycho wackjob, and just as useless as Frodd or Whiny Heiny. I actually don’t mind the current version of the character, but they’re probably dragging her down by attaching her to Nelle (who ironically resembles the original Nina, both physically and mentally, but not so much this version) And if Nina goes after Michael & Carly & tries to take Wiley away from his family, based on her mistaken idea of what happened to Nelle, it’s not going to end well for her. Not to… Read more »

Boop
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Boop

All I want the writers to do is to make the characters stand their ground with mobster , his family , and friends. The show is too one-sided. All of the fans need to be pleased at times. Factually , I’m pro Nina as you are pro mob and family. We’re not changing our minds. Trust me; it takes all that he has for Satan to change my mind in reality!

Carrie
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Carrie

To hell with cancel culture. Tristan, you helped skyrocket the ratings 40 years ago saving the show from cancellation. You know the show’s history inside out. Say whatever you want.

Annie
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Annie

T.R. Has alway’s been my favorite actor on GH. What he said was true. He did not get the job because of Laura Wright. They were on Guiding Light together. Wes always seemed to be such a nice guy for an evil part. I believe he would have been better in another role. Seems that Wes is peeved with T.R. I still can’t get over the fact that they let Stuart Damon go. That was a big mistake.And for heaven sake bring back Lulu! That just made no sense.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Annie
I also liked him on GL and Laura as Reba’s younger sister. Especially love the wild, beautiful, curly hair, which we sometimes see in personal photos but never in her role as Carly.
I do not like the pairing of Maxi and Peter, no chemistry, no nothing. I do not miss Lulu, who was also on GL as Lizzie Spaulding. She plays Lulu as a silly ding-bat who is hard to take seriously.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Yes, Violet, I also liked Wes and loved Laura on GL, still my all-time favorite soap. And you’re right about poor Emme. She’s a good actress but Lulu has become a talking troll doll, with apparently the same hairdresser.

Shari
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Shari

Totally agree with this comment, Carrie and with Tristan Rogers. No one knows more about the soap world than he does and his view of the “Peter” character is spot on!

Lea Nolan
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Lea Nolan

Love Tristan! He tells it like it is!

Satan
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Satan

Unfortunately it seems that Val the Bastard intervened to save Whiney Heiny’s life today. Yeah sure, he probably would have spilled what he knew about Heiny anyway, but just the timing of WHEN he spoke up seems really deliberate. Because Dr. Ooblech pulled out her pen, walked over to Dante and was about to click the pen… which of course would have prompted Dante to “complete the mission”… which in this Devil’s opinion would have been the preferred outcome. But old Valentin – being somewhat familiar with WSB brainwashing techniques – probably put 6+6+6 together at this point – given… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Boy, that tire iron or whatever has gotten a lot of action in the past few days. How much can Peter’s head take? If this is the end for him thanks to Franco, my big question is, what will Dante do next time someone clicks a pen within earshot? If he can be de-programned, will we get a new and improved Dante back or will he be this same sad sack of a guy, so desperately in need of a facial trim and haircut?

Satan
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Satan

Even without the brainwashing, I doubt Dante is going to be all that worried about his personal appearance, at least until his wife wakes up from her long nap (hopefully in the form of Julie Berman) Using a pen as a trigger for brainwashing, that seems so random for a supposedly world class spy organization like the WSB. Dante spends most of his time hanging around the hospital, the offices of Aurora media, and the Metro Court hotel. There has to be clicking pens in those business environments every day, you would think. Sure, a lot of paperwork is digital… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Dante is starting to look like a hippie muppet. His beard is taller than he is.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Thank you Harry.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

It’s funny, Harry, but though I hate heavy beards, I generally prefer longer hair on men to those unflattering buzz cuts. But…Dante and Michael just aren’t making it with longer hair, whereas Chase and (the late) Julian look (ed) incredible. Dante looks like he’s channeling DiCaprio in THE REVENANT and Michael just looks greasy and unstyled. It’s even more reason to dread the coming Dante and Sam I Am coupling.

Satan
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Satan

Not seeing the muppet there, but I did think Leslie Webber looked like a Hobbit on her most recent visit to Port Charles. Maybe she can bring Gandalf with her to take down Cyrus the Virus next time?

Kay
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Kay

Social media is meaner then a snake and everyone is addicted to it I saw Tr he looked like he was drunk hair sticking straight up ! Hollywood you have jobs your business has not been destroyed your families are not in peril by politics people who are drunk on power so please just shut up! We are out here trying to help people and praying for our nation just stop attacking each other on the keyboard ! Lies are being told ! Pray for this nation

Kay
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Kay

Sorry I came on so strong but I’m angry at TR he is working and still complaining about the storyline I can tell him right now their are lots of people who lost their job or morons burned their business down or stole from them etc WR was classy about being thankful that he is working . I don’t think WR is the only actor who ever got hired from a parking lot so did Doug Davidson over at Y&R and he lasted 42 years .

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

May
Poor Doug, they have been disrespecting him for many months now. I think he should tell them all go go to hell!

Suzi
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Suzi

He’s just not a good actor I wish they’d kill off his character… he’s no where near as good as others who have been let go. Will Devry Billy Miller etc stop trying to throw every out of work soap person on gh there may be a reason they’re out of work

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Amen, Suzi. The two handsomest, sexiest guys, Billy and Will, are gone and we’re left with Peter and the obnoxious T. J., who actually punches innocent men in a HOSPITAL!

Satan
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Satan

“Innocent” would be a bit of a stretch there…. Brando did shag his girlfriend after all. Of course Molly didn’t bother to mention she had a boyfriend, and she only cheated because Jordan lied to her about the reason TJ was AWOL, and implied that he was done with her.

So does that mean TJ should have punched his mama?? Just kidding, a Devil would never advocate violence against women. He definitely should have punched Cyrus the Virus though, since ultimately he was to blame.

SZima
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SZima

Is Wes thin-skinned or what? This is much-ado-about-nothing. Tristin said only nice things about Wes; he was critical of the way the character is written and thinks Wes is too nice for the part.
Meh, got over it!

Bill
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Bill

This is a non-story. Not only was Tristan not bashing Wes, Wes was not directly addressing Tristan. What Tristan said is true, and I admire him for taking a stand on it AND defending his fellow actor against bad writing.

Nick
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Nick

I just watched Franco die on GH, and seeing this article now, I cannot believe that Roger Howarth and so many talented actors are gone from GH, and Wes Ramsey is still drawing a salary. All I can say is that Laura Wright has tremendous pull on the show, as much as Maurice Bernard and maybe more. I know that this is not the kind or politically correct thing to say, but its the truth. I hope that another soap gives Roger an amazing offer.

Satan
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Satan

OK we all know Whiny Heiny is going to die. Hopefully he will be Cerberus’s new chew toy here in Hell by the middle of next week. The only question is…… with 66.6% of Port Charles now having legitimate motives to kill the son of a bitch, who should actually do it? When you kill somebody, you always run the risk of dying yourself in the process, whether it’s a mutual elimination with the target, or the cops catch you in the act or afterwards. Or you actually are prosecuted & found guilty, and shipped off to Pentonville. So that… Read more »

Carrie
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Carrie

Great suggestion regarding Heather!

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Joseph Behar was heavyweight director in daytime drama having worked on both Days of our Lives and General Hospital and now comes word of his passing. Behar passed away on June 26th at the age of 94.

According to his obit, he died at his home in Manhattan Beach, California.

Joe spent the the bulk of his career directing Days of Our Lives and General Hospital.  He actually directed the pilot episode of General Hospital back in 1963, then came back the ABC daytime drama series 30 years later to direct it for more than 10 more years,.

Along the way, he won 5 Daytime Emmys for his work on GH, and had won six overall throughout his career. He continued directing until his retirement back in 2005.

Behar’s career started on the Ernie Kovacs Show and he also directed Let’s Make a Deal. and more.

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He is survived by his wife, Carolyn and his sons, Jeffrey, Steven and Greg Behar and his grandchildren, Alex, Mallory, Niko and Lydia.

Watch an interview with Joe via the TV Academy on his career including working with Frances Reid (Ex-Alice, DAYS), the pace of directing in daytime and more below.

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On Thursday, the highly-anticipated nine song set from General Hospital’s James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine) dropped  on Apple Music

The album entitled “Clean Slate” features the tracks: “Look Out Below”,  “My Funny Friend”, “Can U Feel Me?”, “World of Good”, “Don’t Tell Me”, “I Burn For You”, “Always Love You”, “Another Time”, and “My One and Only Love”.

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Fans of General Hospital, always love when James performs at the Nurses Ball’ but now here, Stuart delivers several original songs with his unique vocal style that make it unmistakable JPS.

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Now, let us know if you will be adding “Clean Slate” to your playlists and more via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Austin Reveals His True Identity

Leave it to many GH fans who guessed right as to just who Roger Howarth’s new character of Austin will turn out to be!  On Tuesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, we learned the last name of the character who is related to the Quartermaine’s.

For weeks, Austin has seemed to be fixated on Michael Corinthos (Chad Duell) and the Q’s and now with this cliffhanger of a reveal we know why.

At a key family business meeting at the Q’s, Scott (Kin Shriner) who now seems in cahoots with Austin for a piece of the Quartermaine pie, brings Austin to the gathering.

 

When Austin arrives, Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) looks none-to-pleased!  She clearly knows the guy.  When Michael struts up to Austin asking who he is and what is he doing here … Austin introduced himself as Austin Gaitlin-Holt.  Michael and everyone else look a bit perplexed as we fade to black.

However, GH history buffs know that Jimmy Lee Holt was the son of Edward Quartermaine and his mistress Beatrice LeSuer.  Jimmy Lee did some pretty reprehensible things while he was in Port Charles.  When he left he married Charity Gaitlin.  Upon the death of Edward Q. back in 2012, Jimmy Lee was left out of his inheritance.  Therein must lie some of the story…. and now Roger Howarth fans eagerly await to see how this new doctor in town and Quartermaine turns out to be.  Will he be a bad boy, or a misunderstood good guy?  We shall see.

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