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Gina Tognoni Wraps Her Run At Y&R; Cast Attends Goodbye Party In Her Honor

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After five years, and a Daytime Emmy for her performance in the role of Phyllis Summer, Gina Tognoni completes her run on The Young and the Restless.  Over the past few days, Tognoni has been sharing a countdown on her social media as she wraps her time in Genoa City.

As fans know, Tognoni is exiting as Michelle Stafford is set to reprise the role on the CBS Daytime drama series.

Yesterday, fans saw on social media several emotional and sweet moments from Tognoni’s wrap party which was thrown in her honor.  Peter Bergman (Jack) made a speech on his departing co-star as did others.

Tognoni has been a dynamo on daytime from the moment she stepped foot on to the screens on One Life to Live, then to Guiding Light (where she took home two Emmys for her work as Dinah Marler), and then back to CBS and on to The Young and the Restless.

Share your well-wishes and congrats on a job well-done to Gina in the comment section below!

And always in daytime, we won’t say goodbye, we will say, “see you soon” as we know this lady will appear in another great role in the future, and any series daytime or primetime would be lucky to have her as part of their cast.

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Denise A Daniel
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Denise A Daniel

YR made a humongous mistake. It’s mind-boggling.

Sandy
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Sandy

Just so wrong!

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I definitely agree with you Denise.

A giant thank you to Gina for her outstanding work. I wish you the very best in the future.

Margaret
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Margaret

Agree 100%. Absolutely love Gina as Phyllis, she has done an excellent job and really made it her own. She also has great chemistry with Josh (Nick). She will be missed. Would love to see her on another show soon.
Maybe some show will offer a job on a night time show.

Patty
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Patty

Agreed.

Margherita
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Margherita

Agree!

soapqueenforever
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soapqueenforever

I agree with you Denise. In the beginning, she kind of annoyed me. Not her personally, I just hate recasts. Then when they paired her with Jason Thompson as Billy, I was really loving it, because I thought they had wonderful chemistry together. Even after their final breakup, I was still loving her. She plays bitchy beautifully. Now it’s going to be like getting use to a new recast all over again. I just hope the rumors about Jason Thompson aren’t true. I like the pairing of him and Amelia as well. My theory is, that the powers that be… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I guess it depends on which fans they are supposed to listen too. Many fans never liked her in the role or JT as Billy–so they are thrilled to have MS back and would be even happier to see Billy Miller back. I fall somewhere in between, like you I don’t like recasts. I get at times they are required, — if GT wanted to leave and MS was available to take the role back that was different otherwise it is unnecessary. The same with Jason, if he wants to leave and they can get BM back that is one… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Very well said, Mary—-you target every essential point. As you say, we all have our faves. Gina Tognoni ( gorgeous picture of her—her eyes are beautiful-luminous) is a seasoned, well-versed, well controlled actress—-she’s tops. Nonetheless, she cannot compare to Stafford in my eyes. Michelle created the role; she gave Phyllis the nuances and that “refined” bellicose behavior that made fans, such as myself, love her and dislike her at the same time. The problem for me was that Gina changed Phyllis’ personality—-while that transformation was accepted and worked for some; the steadfast followers of Stafford remained faithful with, sort of,… Read more »

Jimmy
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Jimmy

I agree about the chemistry that Gina and Jason had, but it’s jarring to think of Phyllis and Billy together if they were still being played by Michelle Stafford and Billy Miller. The actors were great, but Gina never embodied Phyllis the way Michelle Stafford created her, and the same goes for Jason Thompson.

Marlene Ward
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Marlene Ward

Phyllis can have any man on that show and make it work. She is brilliant! Amazing and just what any show needs.

Ray
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Ray

I wish she could come to DOOL.

Phil
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Phil

She’d make a great Teresa… just saying

Celia
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Celia

Hey, Phil,
Gina is too old to play Teresa, who is supposed to be in her early thirties…..much, much younger than her sister Eve.
However, it’s a soap and the impossible becomes a reality.

Mary
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Mary

I had never thought of Gina as Teresa but you are right. Gina would be perfect.

Lisa
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Lisa

Gina did a wonderful job making this role her own.
I’m disappointed she was “kicked to the curb”.
I’m certain she’ll find something worthy of her acting chops soon enough.
I’d love to see her in a role on The Good Fight It’s one of my fave shows.

Charlene Smith
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Charlene Smith

I could swear that is her on the commercial 4 The Good Fight..

Rodd
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Rodd

She’s a class act and will be missed. I hope one of the other shows grabs her quickly.

fanmale
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fanmale

Gina is a great actress, but she was always too young to play Phyllis, especially because of the age of the character of Daniel, even though he is not currently on the show. Having said that, it’s difficult to imagine how Y&R is going to basically press the rewind button to change Phyllis back to the way she was five years ago when Michelle last played her. Time will tell if the show successfully erases five years of the character’s history.

Celia
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Celia

Absolutely—the irony is, fanmale, Phyllis was chaperone in a few events which Billy Abbott ( who is about the same age as Daniel, her son) attended…..along with the rest of the gang at the time David Tom played Billy.
Therefore, her affair with him never made any sense to me. I completely felt strangely removed from both Gina and Jason as a couple…..never hit the spot!!

Karen
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Karen

She will be so missed. She did a phenomenal job as Phyllis. I wish her nothing but the best in future endeavors. Cannot wait to see her in the future she is a class act.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Karen,
I agree with you. She’s so good, that all I have wanted to do lately, is slap the hell out of her, and I love her, and will miss her, especially with Ms.Stafford returning along with M.S Egen and Elizabeth Hendrickson.

Lou Ann pugliese
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Lou Ann pugliese

This is total carp what they did to her

Karen
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Karen

Totally agree and I was a Michelle Stafford fan. I think they made a big mistake.

Randy
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Randy

Just Castor as Avery phyllis’s sister for Christ sakes

Barbara from Atlanta
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Barbara from Atlanta

I somewhat agree. In hindsight, this was a really missed opportunity. Tognoni would have been excellent as Avery.

Celia
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Celia

What a great idea, Randy….never thought of it. But, yeah….that would work!!

carol young
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carol young

Gina, I have so enjoyed every scene you have been in on Y&R! I will miss you greatly as Phyllis!!! You are such a superb actress and I know you will have a continuously fabulous career!! I hope to see you soon on another great project!! I know everyone, especially me, were so surprised and saddened by you leaving the show!!!! Have a wonderful life beautiful lady!!!!

Patty
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Patty

Sending happiness and hugs. Looking forward to cheering you on, wherever the road takes you.

mike
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mike

She became Phyllis and made the show better. This will go down as one of the dumbest moves in daytime TV history.

Damien
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Damien

Y n r should ve been classy and rested the Phyliss character for a minute. Then return her with Michelle Stafford. To fire one amazing talented actress to replace her with the original who quit under suspicious circumstances is simply insensitive and careless. Instead of spending $$$ to accomadate Michelle and bring back Chelsea, I would ve prefered that $$ go to keeping Mia and Arturo around atleast to wrap up the story properly insteading of rushing it aswell to bring back Mishael Morgan who was done dirty by killing off her character. I hate when upperbrass treat popular actors… Read more »

Lorie Buck
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Lorie Buck

I don’t know why she have to leave for. They could find her another part to play on the show.

Barbara from Atlanta
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Barbara from Atlanta

I’m gonna get creamed for this but…………………. Tognoni was very good as a fill-in for the original Phyllis. I wish her well. However, I’m very glad that Stafford is coming “home.” If it hadn’t been for Stafford, Phyllis would have never been the great character she became on the show. Something really was missing in Phyllis without Stafford around. Tognoni did a very admirable job in the role. I commend her for it. However, she definitely could never replace Stafford in the part. Tognoni really needs to focus on finding work on a nighttime show, playing a character that she… Read more »

Mary
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Mary

Gina’s acting ability is far superior to that of Michelle’s. Gina made Phyllis someone to actually admire. As for Brenda Dickson returning as Jill, you cannot possibly be serious. My mother showed me an old episode of Y&R with Brenda Dickson. How she got a copy I don’t know. But watching that episode all I could think of was to thank God that Brenda Dickson is no longer Jill. Watching Brenda Dickson was as exciting as watching paint dry.

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

Brenda had a real screen presence that I thought made her hold her own fairly well in scenes with powerhouses like Jeanne Cooper and Julianna McCarthy, but I found her quite limited as an actress; she did “bitch goddess” really convincingly (which, I’ve been told, is because it wasn’t much of a stretch for her) and not much else, and consequently, she was OK in small doses but it was very easy to get tired of her, and her amusement value wore off easily. Jess Walton is a far better actress and on the whole I have found her far… Read more »

Marlene Ward
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Marlene Ward

This goes WAY BACK, but wasnt Deborah Adair the first Jill, I loved her potrayal of Jill. Manipulative, kinda like an early day Phyliss!

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

She was actually the third Jill, Marlene. Brenda Dickson originated the role in 1973 when the show premiered; when she left (in the late 70s or early 80s), she was replaced briefly by an actress named Bond Gideon, and then Deborah Adair stepped into the role for a few years, until she left for a nighttime TV career. When Adair left, Dickson came back for a while, and then when she and Bill Bell clashed (as I understand it), she was replaced with Jess Walton.

Phil
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Phil

She would make a great Teresa recast on DAYS

Shari
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Shari

Wishing Gina all the very best! She certainly made “Phyllis” her own and what a great job she did. I also hated recasts but she certainly changed my mind big time. Gina you are fabulous and can’t wait to see you in your next role.

Sherri
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Sherri

I’m finished with YR precisely because of this horrible, disrespectful move. Gina Tognoni has been successful on three different shows with three different characters on two different networks. She’s won three Emmys and the respect of the writers, producers, and cast members with whom she worked. To treat an actress of this caliber so callously is inexcusable. I will follow Gina wherever she goes. Any show and cast would be lucky to have her and they’ll inherit her fans as well.

Kay
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Kay

MS said she was done with the role ! The story is they did a survey and supposedly viewers disliked Gina thought she was too young who knows I gave up a long time ago understanding daytime I taped KSJ memorial but have no desire to be a regular viewer again just been thru too many HW over there.

Kay
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Kay

It has got too be so awkward have a cake after you fire somebody !! Would you not want to sneak out the back door?

Adam Pompa
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Adam Pompa

The folks at CBS are stupid besides those running Y&R – how could you let go this awesome actress go, she’s the best of the best in daytime for our generation. I am sad of her departure, I tuned in to see her daily, her acting is totally awesome! CBS wake up! how dare you do this to her.

Clb
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Clb

Another CBS mistake! I wish we could bring back Guiding Light and cast Gina as one of the leads. Otherwise, Gina could go to GH and make that show an acting powerhouse.

Lew S.
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Lew S.

You don’t do this to an actress of her caliber. Just wrong!

Patrick
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Patrick

I am certain – that her 5 year run – cached she in no way took over , her recast assignment I could never get past her stymied cold demeanor… ???? Phyllis never once smiled, laughed, shrieked, had laugh out loud un momento ? I don’t know that Michelle Stafford WILL RING ‘it” IN with Jason Thompson… AND will the past SURGE as RED ring UP any thing AGAIN with just Jack. JUST, what ? Phyllis “maturity” DID RING over and over again… @GH w/Jason Patrick Stuart true to art : Michelle Stafford has all the trappings of ; Phyllis… Read more »

Jimmy
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Jimmy

I have mixed feelings about this. While watching Y&R and characters like Victor, Jack, Nick, Victoria and other long-term characters come on screen, I always identify them by their character name. I’d never think “oh Eric Braeden is on,” or “oh there’s Peter Bergman.” It’s always by character, because that’s how I associate them, by putting their character name to their face. But ever since Phyllis was recast, I have always identified her as “oh, Gina Tognoni is on now,” not “hey, there’s Phyllis!” Same goes with Jason Thompson as Billy. It’s been difficult for me to accept these actors… Read more »

Barbara from Atlanta
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Barbara from Atlanta

I totally agree with this.

su000
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su000

Good-
I need a change..
Phyllis has Not smiled nor laughed in 6 months or more it seems..
I tired of Phyllis’s snottiness months ago.
this Phyillis can make yah grind your teeth..
Watching her is like a never-ending Groundhog Day- same ol’ bitchen, a total daily rerun personality. ..

Hopefully, a new/different Phyillis will bring something different.

Gina is a fantastic actress she will be into something new quite soon.
00ohh dear lawdy she could land in GH ..

Mark
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Mark

I wish they had kept her dyed her blond and recast her as Phyllis’ sister Avery!!!! Way to talented to just let go of.

Linda
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Linda

Gina Tognoni. I wish you the best in your future endeavors. I also feel that the Y&R execs made a huge mistake. Gina, you will be missed!

Amelia Stone
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Amelia Stone

I will miss you so, so much. Hope to see you soon on TV or in a movie.

Momo
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Momo

Thanks for your performances. I’m sorry Y&R decided to treat you this way. Good luck!!!

Mary
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Mary

I no longer care what Y&R does from now on. Firing Gina is the final straw.

Tony
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Tony

She would fit well on Days, I think

Marlene E Ward
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Marlene E Ward

you are awesome! Best of wishes to you as you conquer another show! Will miss you and your brilliant antics!

Marlene E Ward
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Marlene E Ward

gonna miss you and your brilliant antics!

Tom
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Tom

It’s one thing to replace an actor when you have too. It’s another thing when you just do it because you can. Once Stafford is back, I will fast forward through her scenes. Never liked her as an actor and especially not as Phyllis.

Momo
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Momo

When is her last airdate?

joseph ott
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joseph ott

i thought know one could replace the original phyllis i was totally wrong i grew to like GINA very very much she put her heart and soul into the character i am sad to see GINA leave i dont approve what y&r did they totally threw GINA under the bus i have been watching y&r since i was 9 YEARS OLD will continue to watch however i will always remember the injustice that GINA received on the y&r ALL THE BEST TO YOU GINA YOU DID A FANTASTIC JOB AS PHYLLIS JOSEPH M. OTT, A.S.,B.A.,M.A.,C.C.H.

Angela Pontorno
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Angela Pontorno

When Michelle Stafford left Y&R, I didn’t think anyone could fill her shoes. Boy was I wrong!! Gina Tognoni did an OUTSTANDING job playing Phyllis. I’m so sorry to see her go. I loved her in the role. Best of luck to you Gina! Really going to miss you. Y&R’s loss will definitely be someone else’s gain.

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Another loss for the soap world and its extended family.  Arlene Dahl, who had a notable career in film and television, and who appeared on both One Life to Live and All My Children, has passed away at the age of 96.

Her son, former Falcon Crest and The Bold and the Beautiful star, Lorenzo Lamas (Ex-Lance and Ex-Hector, respectively), shared the news via his Facebook page: “Mom passed away this morning in New York. She was the most positive influence on my life. I will remember her laughter, her joy, her dignity as she navigated the challenges that she faced. Never an ill word about anyone crossed her lips. Her ability to forgive left me speechless at times. She truly was a force of nature and as we got closer in my adult life, I leaned on her more and more as my life counselor and the person I knew that lived and loved to the fullest. My sympathies go to her loving husband @marcrosennyc who, for the last 37 years, made her life so wonderful and joyous. Love you mom forever ♥️ #ArleneDahl #Moviestar #legend #mom #RIP”

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Dahl came on to One life to Live as Lucinda Schenk Wilson, the selfish and manipulative mother of Mimi King played by Kristin Meadows.  Arlene made appearances on the ABC soap starting in 1981 and eventually was offered a one-year contract that took her through till 1984. A decade later, Dahl came on to play Lady Lucille on All My Children for a short time.

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On One Life to Live, Arlene mixed it up with Phillip Carey’s Asa Buchanan and Jeremy Slate’s Chuck Wilson.  Dahl is also well-known as one of the regular panelists on the game show, What’s My Line?

While still working in TV and films, Arlene branched out into beauty and cosmetics, eventually becoming an executive and beauty columnist.

Throughout her life, Arlene was married six times.  She had been married to Marc Rosen since 1984 and they remained together till her death.  She is survived by her son Lorenzo, two other children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Watch Arlene with Phillip Carey in scenes from OLTL below.

Then share your condolences to Arlene’s family, and share your remembrances, via the comment section.

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(UPDATED) In just more heartbreaking news in the soap world in 2021, we have lost another beloved performer.  Lisa Brown, who was so noteworthy for her spunky and emotional turns as Guiding Light’s Nola Reardon from 1980-1985, and later as Iva Snyder on As the World Turns from 1986-1994, has died.

Brown passed away this week on November 24th at the age of 67 following a brief illness.  The news came via the As the World Turns Facebook Fan Group and Soap Opera Digest.

This comes just two months later following the death of her former on-screen love interest Michael Tylo (Ex-Quinton, Guiding Light), who passed away in late September.

Those that followed Lisa’s career know she also starred in the Broadway Musical 42nd Street, while still playing Nola each and every day on Guiding Light.

She is survived by her children: James “Buddy” Nielsen, and daughter Victoria from her first husband Tom Nielsen (Ex-Floyd, GL) in addition to her two grandchildren, Penelope Ruiz-Nielsen and Brayden Hopf, and her second husband Brian Neary.

 

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Brown’s on-screen ATWT daughter, Martha Byrne  (Ex-Lily) simply tweeted, “My heart is broken.”

On Friday, Lisa’s son, Buddy Nielsen, posted a touching tribute to his mother, where he revealed that she passed away due to cancer.

Buddy shared: “My Mom passed away the day before Thanksgiving after a very quick battle with cancer. This all happened really fast and wasn’t expecting it. I’ve been MIA as I’ve been back and forth between LA and NJ as she has been in and out of the hospital the last couple weeks. This dream we live, we are all subject to the suffering, aging and death. It’s not to be morose but to understand that we have finite time and must take care with what we do and how we do it. To be able to be with someone at their last breath is truly beautiful. We must not fear death as without it we would never be born and experience the 10,000 joys and 10,000 sorrows. Our existence is both small and vast all at the same time. We are tiny but immense. I know she is here but no longer in her physical form, what we do in love we leave in death. My beautiful daughter and unborn son are her legacy.”

Share your condolences to Lisa’s family, and let us know of your remembrances of this wonderful actress who gave us so many memorable moments throughout her career via the comment section below. But first, watch Lisa in some of her classic scenes from ATWT and GL.

 

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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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