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Gregory Harrison Wraps His Run on General Hospital

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Gregory Harrison, who has played Gregory Chase on General Hospital, has left the series.  As viewers saw, on the May 20th episode Gregory remembers his life, then seemingly went to asleep.

However, on today’s May 21st episode, is it revealed Gregory, who suffered from ALS, passed away in his sleep. Harrison brought with him extensive television and movie credits from Trapper John M.D., Falcon Crest and more before coming to GH.

Harrison joined the ABC daytime drama series in a recurring capacity back in November 2020 and signed a contract back in June of 2022.  A rep for the show confirmed to Soap Opera Digest that Gregory’s exit was storyline-dictated.

 

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In story, Gregory Chase was the estranged father to Finn (Michael Easton), as they had a complicated past. He also had a younger  son Harrison Chase (Josh Swickard). Gregory was also the grandfather to Violet (Jophielle Love). One of his last wishes was to see Chase and Brook Lynn (Amanda Set tie the knot.

Over the past few months before the character’s demise, he became close with Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) and Tracy (Jane Elliot).

The death of Gregory Chase will certainly rock Finn and Chase’s world.

So, sad to know Gregory Harrison has departed General Hospital? Comment below.

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Bravo to Mr. Harrison for a job well done!
You will be missed

Finally a logical, real character with no crime background, not filled with violence and rage and they kill him off, far too early. Even with ALS there could easily been another year storyline. Maybe he should have gotten a third opinion regarding the hip replacement surgery no one knew he had… it was about the same time as Heather…

I am so sorry to hear this news. From what I saw, Gregory Harrison did an excellent with that character. I loved the interactions between him and his sons and with Alexis and Tracy. I’m sure Mr. Harrison will definitely be missed.

Gregory Harrison is a Class act and he will certainly be missed on General hospital…. I really hate to see him go.

I had high hopes they could have done something to reverse his medical condition. He really was a great character.

I wish they could have kept Gregory on the show!!!! He will be missed

this was so sad, they need to give us viewer a break from killing off characters from heartbreaking diseases, its just to much, I don’t want to tune in to GH to watch characters dying off from Alzheimer’s or ALS then hear whispers that Ryan might be resurrected from the dead after we all saw him get killed off, or have heathers horrible crimes explained away. oh and I almost forgot have Jason come back from the dead for the 100th time. Just put a freeze heartbreaking disease already at least for a couple of years.

Just like real life

Agree; soaps should be about escapism. GH never did these horrific back-to-back fatal diseases until Valentini and Van Etten. Way too much; one after another. Horrible. Let’s hope with the return of Van Etten this dark streak doesn’t continue. Utterly depressing.

Actually, in the 90s, GH had Maxie’s Kawasaki Syndrome followed by Stone’s AIDS diagnosis then Monica’s breast cancer. As great as all those stories were, the network apparently noticed the severity. Stories were circulating of a plan that Audrey was going to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, but the network killed the storyline.

We do need medical storylines on GH, but not always dire diagnoses.

Don’t worry Ryan’s not leaving Hell ever again!

He will be missed

What a beautiful character to watch. He had such wonderful relationships with family and friends. He was a joy and will impossible to forget. We will all miss you

Very disappointed. His character was amazing. Disappointed in the writers.

It wasn’t the writers. He wanted to retire!!!

Gregory Harrison did such a great job at GH. He will be missed. Loved him since watching Trapper John MD.

Everything he has done is amazing and he needs to be recognized.

This totally caught me by surprise. Not the fact that Gregory died, this was always how the story was going to end the minute they gave him ALS, barring a storyline re-write. I just didn’t expect it now. I figured they had more story to tell. But I’m glad they did it this way, rather than make us watch Gregory continue to deteriorate for another year. And like he said, he completed his bucket list. He got to officiate his son’s wedding. It wasn’t gonna get any better than that.

They didn’t broach the subject in today’s episode, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we find out that he offed himself, rather than put himself and his family through more suffering.

Gregory Harrison is a great actor and a class act, I’m sorry to see him go. There was so much more potential with the character, exploring the relationships with Tracy and Alexis. But it wasn’t meant to be.

Brilliant and touching writing with the scene where Gregory’s life flashed before his eyes, including them apparently using real pictures from Gregory Harrison’s life. When I saw that, I knew he was a goner. And then Michael Easton brought it today when Finn discovered his dad’s body. I needed some tissues for that one.

Hate to lose the character, but they did a wonderful job with the scenes. One thing during Frank Valentini’s tenure, he knows how to bring the emotion and get the tears flowing with touching and poignant scenes when someone dies. Thinking of Edward Quartermaine, Oscar, and Mike specifically.

Sobbing since the wedding after Chase honored his father during his vows. I will miss Gregory Harrison on the show, what a wonderful job he did! I was so hoping the character was simply going to sleep I was not expecting the exit.

It’s such a shame that the character of Gregory Chase is gone. GH needed a leading patriarch who wasn’t a mob boss and could layer the show with senior gravitas. Gregory was a character with morals and compassion and wisdom; something sorely lacking in many of GH’s characters. He was a pillar character in so many ways. Loved his relationships with everyone with whom he had scenes. The ALS story was really something they just couldn’t make disappear without disrespecting all those who are fighting this in real life. But, man!, I’m going to miss both Gregorys.

Gregory did an outstanding job with the material his was provided. However, Mr Chase was not a legacy character. The true patriarch you seek is Ned. Younger than Gregory, but truly the anchor for the Q family.

I agree with you; Gregory Harrison was excellent in the role. The character Gregory was one of the few things the writers, past and present, got right. He was a good-looking man “of a certain age” which is missing from the show. At present, Tristan Rogers is the only actor/male character in his 70s and unfortunately, he’s barely on. I and others have been wondering if he’s well health-wise. Gregory was a great romantic lead for either Alexis or Tracy; he had great chemistry with both but the show eventually seemed to drop the Alexis/Gregory pairing and struck gold with Gregory/Tracy. They had such a warm, charming, relationship; each being just what the other needed. And you’re exactly right; he had morals, compassion, and wisdom. A totally refreshing character;a calm demeanor and a stable person in the midst of the many unhinged characters in Port Charles. The Chase family in general is a breath of fresh air; the two brother, Violet, Gregory. And what a great addition he would have been in the Quartermaine home; I could envision him and Tracy with the family as she went in for a snarky comment and he gave her a loving, “don’t say it,” look.

It’s truly a shame that the previous writers decided to write yet another devastating disease/loss story. Though it was beautifully done, it was hard to watch, depressing, and what did we gain? Nothing; we lost a great character. The show needs to lighten up; bring back family, romance, levity; they could have had it all with this character, instead they chose darkness again.

You said it wonderfully.

Thank you Carrie.

Wow, perfectly said! I wasn’t even a huge fan of the character at first. I wasn’t a non-fan, Ijust didn’t know what they were doing with him or why I cared. I loved the actor, however. He struck such a warm balance despite that. Then they really went somewhere with him and I became a fan. Everything from there is precisely a co-sign from me…

Thanks BringRobertBack (Scorpio?) I love Robert, too. I hope Tristan Rogers is well. He seemed rather frail the last few times he was on and that was a while ago…

Let’s hope the GH powers-that-be got the obsessive devastating disease- of-the-month out of their system.

Is the actor choosing to leave or was he told he was leaving? Big difference. I love the character, he’s done great.

I loved Gregory Harrison’s character. He was great to watch. Sad that he is leaving. Maybe he can have a twin brother.

?????

I’ll miss him and his interactions with his granddaughter!

VERY, VERY BAD AND STUPID MOVE GH!!!!!

The story should never have been written; I was in absolute shock that on the heels of most of us hoping Britt had been misdiagnosed (before she was killed off) they followed her story up with yet another devastating disease. I vowed not to watch it if the story followed and detailed the stages and his deterioration. Depressing, dark, dismal, one horrific disease story after another which I had hoped would end with the firing of the writers and that the new writing team would not continue. Now with Van Etten being back (a horrible decision) I fear he may bring his doom and gloom back with him.

The story though, a much as I HATED it, was excellently done. Gregory Harrison and Gregory Chase were actual perfection, and it is our loss and GH’s loss that they got rid of such an excellent actor and character. Unfortunately, there was no way after too much time had passed to change course.

I personally would love for them, in time, to cast Gregory Harrison in another role. And since this is the soap genre and anything goes, I’d love him to be not only a look-a-like twin or cousin, (as opposed to a story where it’s the same actor but in-story no one sees the same face) and I’d like him to have a similarly charming, warm, intelligent personality. Or, write a story whereby we find out Finn was in the hospital, had suffered delusions and this nightmare as his mind took him on a journey about his father, his guilt at having been estranged all these years, his worst fear that he’d lose his father….only to awaken and realize that all that had happened had been his worst fear playing out in his mind only. Have Finn in a good emotional place, Gregory back, a Wizard of Oz resolution where Finn, aka, Dorothy, wakes up and everyone’s “back home….”

Too much? I don’t care; I’d love to suspend my disbelief to have “Gregory” back. 😉

Didn’t want Gregory chase to leave great great actor should have gave him a raise on general hospital wonderful actor should have kept him on the show. If Brooklynn and Chase had a kid on the show now he can’t get to know the baby.life is cruel

You should bring him back

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General Hospital’s Jophielle Love Talks On Violet’s Emotional Scenes with Finn, the Loss of Gregory, and Taylor Swift

During General Hospital’s recent episodes surrounding the death of Gregory Chase (Gregory Harrison), who succumbed to complications from ALS, many in the cast delivered touching performances; including Jophielle Love (Violet).

In story, Violet learns of her grandfather’s passing when she comes home from school and her father, Finn (Michael Easton) sits her down to explain that Gregory passed away in the middle of the night. Violet’s reaction was one of devastation and tears.

Michael Fairman TV caught with Jophielle on the red carpet at the recent 51st annual Daytime Creative Arts and Lifestyle Emmy Award ceremonies, where she was a nominee for Best Original Song for the song she co-wrote, “Shine.” The track was first heard back on a December 2023 episode of the ABC daytime drama series and is currently available on Spotify and other music streaming platforms.

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When talking about the departure of Gregory Harrison, and Violet’s reaction to her grandpa’s passing, Love shared, “Well, I was very tired from the taping of the three-day wedding, so I already had the tears in me. I knew that I was always going to see him (Gregory Harrison) in real life, but I was also very, very sad he was leaving the show. He was such a delight to work with.”

When Violet saw how difficult it was for her on-screen dad, Finn, to cope with with the death of Gregory, Love shared, “It’s hard for Violet, but Michael and I, we still see each other and he’s always happy (in real life). But, those scenes were hard. I was comforting him.”

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Receiving her first Daytime Emmy nomination as songwriter was a thrill for Jophielle: “Well first of all, I was jumping up and down and Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) came and told me while I was on set. I was just so excited.”

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Since pop superstar, Taylor Swift, started at a very young age as a singer and a songwriter, does Love see herself as a mini-Taylor? Jophielle emphatically stated, “I’m a mini Me“.  As to what she thinks of the record-setting Swift’s music, and if she likes her work. Love shared, “Yeah, yeah … so, so…”

What did you think of Jophielle’s performance during the passing of Gregory? And her comments here on Gregory Harrison, Michael Easton and Taylor Swift? Comment below.

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General Hospital Issues Statement Condemning Racist Attacks Directed at Tabyana Ali

After continued online racist comments directed at General Hospital cast member, Tabyana Ali (Trina), the series has issued its own statement on the situation across all of its social media platforms on Tuesday.

Ali, who back on June 9th took to X to stand up to the racist remarks sent her way, has been facing the same situation since joining the soap opera back in 2022 as a recast in the role of Trina Robinson.

Throughout her time on the ABC soap opera, Tabyana had been one-half of the popular young love story of “Sprina” along with Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer).

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Now General Hospital is standing up and alongside Ali, with its statement which read: “General Hospital does not tolerate hatred or bigotry of any kind. Racism has no place in Port Charles. GH is for everyone.”  Since its posting, the ability to comment has been turned off on the GH Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts.

While the statement does not specifically name Ali, according to Soap Opera Digest, ABC has been communicating with Ali and her representatives about how best to navigate the situation. Once the statement was issued, Ali took to X and said, “I appreciate you so much ABC/GH.”

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Back on June 9th, Ali opened up about the “hate” directed at her and then added, “To anyone that hates me, that’s absolutely fine. I don’t know you and you don’t me, but regardless I’m sending you peace, safety and prosperity.”

Several of Ali’s GH co-stars have posted the statement on their Instagram accounts including: Kirsten Storms (Maxie), Jacqueline Grace Lopez (Blaze) and Kate Mansi (Kristina).

What do you think of General Hospital’s statement that racism has no place in Port Charles? Are you glad they stood up for Tabyana, and moving forward for any form of racism related to the show and its cast? Comment below.

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John J. York Shares His Emotional Journey from Cancer Back to ‘General Hospital’ with ‘Good Morning America’

General Hospital fans are counting the hours till tomorrow, and the June 19th episode of the ABC daytime drama series, where they will see the highly-anticipated return of longtime veteran, John J. York (Mac Scorpio).

York has been through a physical and emotional rollercoaster fighting two blood cancers, myelodysplastic syndromes and multiple smoldering myeloma, and receiving a lifesaving blood stem cell transplant after months of trying to locate a match donor.

Now, on the other side of it, York sat down with Good Morning America this week ahead of his first episode back on GH, where not only do we see the moment he steps through the door at Maxie’s (Kirsten Storms) and is welcomed by her, Georgie, Spinelli (Bradford Anderson) and he will also meet the new young children playing the role of Bailey James, twins Riley and Miley Polonki.

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Speaking with tears in his eye on coming back to work at the set of GH, York expressed, “Everybody has been very welcoming. Very welcoming, and here I go right off the bat (begins to tear up). I can’t tell you how nice it’s been to get the support that I have gotten.”

When asked by GMA’s Zohreen Shah, what he missed the most about being away from GH, while undergoing treatment, York shared, “I just felt so attached that I didn’t feel I missed anything. I just took a little break and a little vacation, I guess, and had to go through something, and now we’re here kind of on the other side of it.”

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The story for Mac heats up on today’s June 18th episode of GH, when in a preview for the show, Cody (Josh Kelly) talks to Sasha (Sofia Mattsson) and finally admits he is having regrets about the time he wasted with Mac, after seeing how Chase (Josh Swickard) has been grieving the loss of his father, Gregory.  Will he fess up when Mac steps back into action and tell him that he is his biological son? Stay tuned.

Check out John’s emotional appearance on Good Morning America below. Are you looking forward to seeing Mac back in action on GH starting tomorrow? Comment below.

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