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Hudson West Cast As General Hospital's New Jake!



The new Jake has finally been revealed!  Following the decision to replace James Nigbor as Jason and Elizabeth’s young son, General Hospital was busy with a casting call behind the scenes.

Now Soap Opera Digest is reporting that Hudson West is the new Jake, and will make his on-screen debut very shortly on the upcoming April 25th episode of the ABC daytime drama series.

And you may have seen Hudson’s most recent television performance in the hit FX series:  American Crime Story: The People V.  OJ Simpson.  In it, he played the son of district attorney, Marcia Clark who was prosecuting the case, played by Sarah Paulson.

So are you looking forward to seeing Hudson take on the role of little Jake?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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  1. Pam

    April 12, 2016 at 11:51 am

    No I’m not looking forward to it. I Love James Nigbor as Jake.

    • Anthony

      April 12, 2016 at 4:50 pm

      Completely agree. James conveyed joy, sadness, contentment and an undercurrent of menace. Just what the character needed.

      • JD

        May 29, 2016 at 4:02 am

        I liked Janes – he seemed a lot like Jason, but when he returned he just looked like he was reading lins in a school play. This Hudson is wonderful.

  2. Timmm

    April 12, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    He is a cute kid. I saw him in the OJ TV series and he was a good little actor. GH must have plans to ramp up the part of Jake where James just didnt have the experience to handle the material. This kid probably can. I think they will dig deeper into what happened to Jake while he stayed with Helena and I think him and Franco will get closer.

    • Ricardo

      April 12, 2016 at 1:08 pm

      Yes he is a cute kid, I will give him a chance. He seems like a good nice kid. I saw his acting, he was terrific.

  3. Kathie

    April 12, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Nothing against Hudson, like the kid in the other shows BUT loved James and will miss him. He was prefect for the role and played it so well 😉

    • Michelle

      April 13, 2016 at 2:58 pm

      I agree! He was such a cute toddler and when they killed him off, I ugly cried. When they brought him back WITH the same actor I was thrilled. So yeh I’m not happy but will give him a chance.

  4. Jimh(leave it to beaver)

    April 12, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Too early to judge the replacement…but i liked James and how creepy he played Jake-like Damian from the Omen and those alien children from Village Of The Damn…new kid resembles Danny Cooksey from the old Different Strokes series…now dont say, ‘What you talken about, Jimh’- because its suppose to be’ Willis’-lol

    • Ces

      April 12, 2016 at 3:11 pm

      Lol!! He was creepy kind like Joss #1 & #2.

      • CeeCee

        April 13, 2016 at 1:29 pm

        I know, Ces. I assume the role called for creepy and quirky, as in, Joss, at the time.
        This new kid has such a sweet , kiss-me, little face. It will be hard for me to make the transition if his disposition turs out to be just as sweet.
        Could that be the reason for the recast? TPTB wanted to eradicate that ‘cold stone’ image once and for all?
        One could say the same for the Max character on Y&R. The boy is such a good little actor….plays the nasty, recalcitrant brat to high heaven……So much so, the character is not very endearing.

      • Michelle

        April 13, 2016 at 3:00 pm

        Yeh I wasn’t a fan of children of the corn Joss. Haha!

      • Shay

        April 14, 2016 at 12:46 am

        @CeeCee….Well, at least I can celebrate the fact the GH showrunners have finally cast a new blond male actor….even if he is a few decades younger than I had in mind!!!! LOL.

    • su0000

      April 12, 2016 at 4:36 pm

      I liked the eeriness of James Nigbor .. he that special something.
      I dont want a Dennis the Menace on GH, I like James Nigbor/lil Jake. ..

      • Ces

        April 13, 2016 at 5:09 pm

        CeeCee – yeah, maybe they want to shift Little Jake into a normal child, not that creepy little evil thing drawing horrible pictures.

        LoL Michelle!! I thought GH couldn’t top Joss 1 but they came back with an even creepier Joss 2.
        Where do they find these kids? Definitely not from the same playground they found Brooklyn & Nicholas from.

    • Shay

      April 14, 2016 at 12:35 am

      Exactly, jimh (I mean, “Willis!”…..LOL.) Like you, I loved James Nigbor’s eerily calm and quiet demeanor….the spookiness of the kid really worked for me, since he was supposed to be a “Cassibot” ala Helena’s handiwork . Until we see what “New Jake” is purported to be about, it would be hard to judge this recast…..yes, he is a very cute little buckaroo, but I just hope he hasn’t been brought in to create another bland child character like Joss 3.0. Her predecessor was soooo good (and bad….) which is what gave her a fun, unique personality that truly made her believable as Carly’s offspring!!!! I’m still missing that bad seed of a girl….

      • Jimh(leave it to beaver)

        April 14, 2016 at 5:00 pm

        I liked her and miss her too…maybe tptb could r.a.s.(reverse age syndrome) and bring back Child Of The Corn Joss…also, wouldnt it be cool if Charles Grant returned to acting and came on GH as Hayden’s father???

      • Shay

        April 14, 2016 at 9:25 pm

        @Jimh….I’d welcome Charles Grant back in any role, even though I cannot stand Hayden and don’t see the point of introducing her family just to further justify her existence on the GH canvas. As far as I’m concerned, she has more than served her purpose, and I’d like to see Nik send her sorry butt back to Beecher’s Corners, pronto!….LOL.

  5. maddiehayes

    April 12, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Not happy. This kid is the same age as James. Why not keep the same boy who’s played Jake from the very beginning? Because this kid is a better actor? Doesn’t sentiment mean anything on this show?

    • Ces

      April 12, 2016 at 3:12 pm

      Sentiment? Previous Jake couldnt act. Hoping this one can.

      • maddiehayes

        April 13, 2016 at 11:54 am

        Couldn’t act, huh? He won the 2016 Young Entertainer Award for best performance in daytime. Beating out every other kid on every soap. You may think he can’t act, but don’t speak for everybody.

      • Ces

        April 13, 2016 at 5:07 pm

        must have been a weak year! LOL! chill …

      • tatiana

        April 14, 2016 at 11:18 am

        I agree. He wasn’t a good actor and frankly, most children are not good actors. His timing was terrible. I can’t imagine he won an award unless the rest of the children in the category were just as bad. I am not slamming him but its very unusual to find a child actor who is actually good. Kimberly M as Robin was sensational, the actors who play Emma and Spencer are also amazing (especially Spencer) but most children are very wooden and hard to interact with like the child who plays Cameron on GH or the children who play Lily’s twins on Y&R. Sorry, but I find it surprising that anyone thought James was a good actor.

      • Ces

        April 14, 2016 at 2:57 pm

        Well said Tatiana. Very few child actors can act but GH has had some amazing kids as you mentioned. Kimberly was an adorable little actress when she first arrived on GH and so is little Brooklyn. Some kids just have IT from the get go! 🙂

    • Shay

      April 14, 2016 at 12:43 am

      @maddiehayes…..Thanks for bringing to our attention the fact that young Mr. Nigbor won acting accolades for his portrayal as “Little Jake.” I thoroughly enjoyed the character as he was presented by this junior gent, and given the immense trauma that Jake supposedly endured at the hands of Helena, it made perfect sense that he would be mostly subdued and withdrawn with occasional bouts of terrifying behavior, so James seemed just right for the role in my mind. I’ll reserve judgment on the recast until we see what is in store for the character, but I’m still disappointed that young Mr. Nigbor is no longer with GH….same as the previous Joss, even though I know it was her decision to leave for greener pastures!

      • CeeCee

        April 14, 2016 at 11:28 am

        I agree, Shay. I was certain little Jake was going to be aged; but, the revelation that the recast is about the same age, leaves many of us in a quandary. Why?
        I liked the way James played the role, as well. That Damian-like quality lent a spooky aura to him, for which I thought, the character called.
        So many strings left untied. Is this when we find out what really went on with Jake in Helena’s hands?
        And, speaking of loose strings, what’s happening with the portrait? What say you, Shay? Is it possible that hidden within that portrait of Helena rests a hidden treasure. It’s just a matter of Nik ususing his brains…..perhaps Helena left him mountains of money…..he just needs to look for it in the portrait.
        From the beginning, I found the portrait intriguing. The writers would not just throw that in for good measure. That picture houses either the eye of the tiger or Midas. Lol.

      • Shay

        April 14, 2016 at 7:59 pm

        Well, CeeCee, I suppose until the new “Little Jake” debuts, we’ll only be able to speculate about his character’s future developments. I do so hope we at least get some answers as to what that poor child endured in Helena’s care…talk about loose strings!!! As for that tantalizing portrait of the “Ice Queen,” I’m all for getting back to the mysterious clues that it so obviously holds. Perhaps now that Laura is back on track in deciphering the “Helena Code” she’ll revisit that spooky painting for further elucidation of the “Dragon Lady’s” message from “the grave,” or hopefully, otherwise “undisclosed location!” LOL.

  6. Loves GH

    April 12, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Very cute, but James is Jake…….. 🙁

    • Anthony

      April 12, 2016 at 4:54 pm

      Agree, James was fine – but at least GH didn’t age him 5 years like Jocelyn. Still don’t see how GH writers will have her interact with kids who used to be her age. Dumb.

      • Ces

        April 12, 2016 at 5:36 pm

        yeah, makes no sense why Jocelyn was aged. Hoping she goes back to Australia and stays there No real point for a character that age that we want to watch on TV.

  7. penny

    April 12, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    The original Jake was stone cold like his original dad. This new Jason is not stone cold (as far as the look that Steve Burton portrayed) so I guess they want this new Jake to reflect this new Jason, scary but not as stone cold.

  8. Shannon McJet

    April 12, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    Why the need another kid which no one wanted back anyway!Its time Liason(the ones you are trying to pimp)move on!We want to kno who the hell is this dead kid?How did helena get him and when?Who did Liz bury and who organ do Joss have?GH will not survive you people pimping BH!

    • Melissa

      April 13, 2016 at 8:58 am

      I thought bringing Jake back from the dead was such a preposterous plot. And led to oh so many unanswered questions that was completely frustrating for the viewer.

  9. Bonnie

    April 12, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    He is cute abd looks more like Billy. I saw him in OJ also, was not really paying attention.
    Did not care for James as all, he was stiff. Welcome Hudson, I think you will be fine

  10. GHer

    April 12, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Cute kid, hopefully he can act, unlike the other one.

  11. Phil

    April 12, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    I half expected Jake would be aged… I guess not! interesting that they hired a kid around the same age to replace James. Did they not have faith that James could pull off a storyline? Interesting!!!

  12. Aria

    April 12, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    At least he wasn’t sorad like joslyn was.!

    • Elizabeth

      April 13, 2016 at 1:12 pm

      To me it looks like a case of reverse SORASing. The kid looks about 7 at the oldest.

      • CeeCee

        April 14, 2016 at 11:35 am

        You have a good point, Elizabeth…..which makes the reasoning of ‘de-aging’ Jake even more weird.

  13. Lou Piikes

    April 12, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    The kid is a cutie. I can’t wait to see him in action.

  14. noel

    April 12, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    Why are they changing old jake for a new 1? Whats wrong with the other 1?

    • su0000

      April 12, 2016 at 7:44 pm

      Well, some in charge did not like him and fired his lil butt .. 🙁

  15. Belle

    April 12, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    I don’t think that the original Jake was doing a good job.

  16. Fanny

    April 12, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    While playing Opposite Steve Burton, James was the perfect “mini me.”
    I honestly thought they may age Jake’s character, hence needing another
    actor to play the part, however that isn’t the case…………

  17. Michael

    April 12, 2016 at 11:58 pm

    I’ve never seen this kid and will give him a chance.

  18. Iakovos

    April 13, 2016 at 8:27 am

    I am still not thrilled with Jake’s story. The heartbreak of the fatal accident that claimed him and the fallout… only to have it be some scifi silliness by a Cassadine!?!?!?!? Sigh. A GH low point.

  19. Patricia Nolan-Hall (Caftan Woman)

    April 13, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    I always give a recast a chance even if, as I believe to be the case here, it isn’t necessary.

  20. Jen

    April 13, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    I will miss James Nigbor playing Jake, but I will certainly support a new actor. I’m glad there will be more story about Jake and what happened to the character while he was gone.

  21. Jane

    April 13, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    Can’t say I’m looking forward to a new Jake. Todays show was interesting though.
    I really thought Sonny was going to be shot and Anna was going to jail.

  22. Ari

    April 13, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    I will miss James as Jake too. He was perfect for that role. I really don’t understand the decision makers over there at GH. They seem to do everything opposite of what we, the viewer, wants. The value of bringing back the child that originated the role was brilliant, why back peddle now!

  23. Lou Piikes

    April 14, 2016 at 9:54 am

    James’ parents should have invested in an acting coach for their son. Being cute in Hollywood will only take you so far.

  24. Patricio

    April 19, 2016 at 5:21 am

    Is this young actor the son of Maura West? (Ava Jerome) I know her other son Joe West was in the NBC LIVE VERSION OF ” The Sound of Music”

  25. Catherine

    April 29, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    Is it me or does Hudson actually look younger than James? That would be a first in soap opera land, but much more believable since I always thought that James looked much older than the character should be. I was actually surprised when I first saw Hudson in a scene with Jason at the hospital, I thought he was playing Danny. James was a great actor, the only up side I’ve seen in the short term is that Hudson physically looks more like Jason and Elizabeth. Good luck to both young actors, they are both great!

    • carol

      May 16, 2016 at 10:16 am

      Whether he is a great actor or not he is way too young for the part.

      • Catherine

        May 17, 2016 at 4:53 am

        I thought that James looked older than the part, but then since they usually age the kids so quickly (like Jocelyn which is ridiculous, before too long she’ll be older than her brothers), it didn’t surprise me. Perhaps its due to the new story line. However, I do think he looks more like the actors playing the parents. Wonder what they’ve done to Danny since we rarely see him anymore. Now that Jason is back, I wonder if they’ll age the heck out of him too.

  26. Dawn D

    May 16, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    NO this kid looks younger than Aiden.

  27. JD

    May 29, 2016 at 4:03 am

    This kid is great. A little professional and adorable. Just saw him sing at the nurses ball. And anyone else see a young Ryan Gosling in him?


    July 14, 2016 at 8:32 am

    Hudson West is not only adorable but he is a gooood little actor. I hope he has a very success acting career–looking forward to seeing him ALOT more on the screen.

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