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Ingo Rademacher Wraps His Run as General Hospital’s Jax

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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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K

If it had been me I would have let it gi!! He chose not to do that I have no idea his medical history ets but he is off the soap so let it go

Arrow
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Arrow

Will miss him . Hate to see him go . I hope he will be able to come back again at one point !

anne
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anne

Ingo coming back will only happen if he fully vaccinated, there is a story line for him and if GH wants him back at all.

Margherita
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Margherita

Goodbye!!! Don’t let the door…..

Steve
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Steve

Politics and vaccination withstanding, Jax should’ve departed a while ago. Other than being there for Joss, he serves little purpose.

If the vaccination wasn’t an issue, They could’ve easily bumped Ingo to recurring.

So, Jasper Jacks, welcome to the Port Charles never-to-be seen father club. Jeff Webber, Frisco Jones and Lucky Spencer have a space for you at their table.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Steve, I agree with your comments. No surprise there… Many times over the years, I have wished for the return of Jeff Webber. Maybe on the series finale, someone will mention him…

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Hey Jamesj… 😉 They have mentioned him. Remember recently Liz got a call from him…then tore up a pic of him. Seems to me he may be heading back.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Thank you, Rebecca1! That is good news, worth tuning in…

Jimmy
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Jimmy

I wish the circumstances were different because Jax is a great character and Ingo does a good job portraying him, but alas that is not the case. It seemed like a pretty final exit for the character, given that he said he wouldn’t be returning anytime soon. I’m just glad they didn’t kill Jax off. Let’s hope Jason doesn’t meet that grim end either if the rumors are true about Steve Burton’s impending exit (which I hope they’re not)!

anne
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anne

I believe that Steve is gone

whynot
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whynot

Please…just a year or two from now when he can’t get work anywhere else, he’ll be back.

Ellen Edvardsen
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Ellen Edvardsen

Anti vaccine, transphobic. Who would want to be around him and work with him? No one that I would want to know.

Sal Piscioneri
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Sal Piscioneri

I would work with him anytime.

Sharon
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Sharon

Ingo has come and gone a lot over the last 20 years on General Hospital I have a feeling that he will be back one of these days because I hear the mandate has been lifted on ABC they’re not making people get the shot anymore as I feel getting the shot is a personal thing

John
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John

The mandate is suspended for Disney World in Florida because of state law.

Satan
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Satan

That’s because MoRon Deathsentence is an idiot who doesn’t care how many mortals die in his state.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Thumbs up, Sat…agree.

anne
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anne

No the vaccine mandate at ABC Los Angeles has not been lifted.

Thad Bosley
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Thad Bosley

Ingo’s ignorance knows no bounds. So glad to see him removed from the GH canvas. Hey pal… go become a full-time lifeguard and do something worthwhile instead of spreading your noxious bile.

Michael
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Michael

Thankfully he’s gone.

richard w griffin
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richard w griffin

The reason I like Jax is that he tells Carly off! He’s almost the only one who tells her she’s wrong which she is 100$ of the time. She is so incredibly self-righteous and awful. She puts her children in danger every single day and somehow doesn’t see this as a problem. She is selfish, a terrible mother and a horrible friend. She puts Jason ahead of everyone, including her precious Sonny. Jax points all of this out, which makes him for me a valuable character, since almost everyone else enables Carly (and Sonny) on a regular basis. As far… Read more »

Valeria
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Valeria

I hate he got taken off for standing up for his constitutional right to choose. That doesn’t make people anti Vaxers it’s just saying what we have been hearing for a while “My body my choice”

Steve
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Steve

And Disney/ABC has a right to set policies for their employees. Their company their decision.

anne
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anne

Ingo was given the choice

sandi
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sandi

Yep! I work for one of the top 5 tech companies, and we all have to be vaxxed or leave. It’s our choice.

Delonjo
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Delonjo

It’s really a tragic ending to a character that began with a thunderbolt of energy. They didn’t even care enough to write a dramatic ending. Oh well…

Frank
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Frank

I personally like him on this series but he should understand one thing imagine if his newborn daughter contracted coronavirus from someone thru him,I wonder how he would feel if anything happened to his daughter how would he feel? Would he believe in shots????

richard w griffin
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richard w griffin

The problems I have with this is: since fully vaccinated people can still get sick how does this policy make any sense? Also: why do the other three shows not have a vaccine mandate? I can see both sides of this. I am fully vaccinated, by my own choice, but I know people who honestly don’t believe in vaccinations – it’s a slippery slope and I can see both sides of it.

Steve
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Steve

Those vaccinated individuals who get breakthrough cases are far more likely to have minor symptoms than those not vaccinated. The opportunity to pass along the virus in an environment of fully vaccinated people is exceptionally smaller than a mixed crowd.

GH is fully owned by one corporation (Disney). The other soaps have a combination of entities (Sony, Corday, Viacom/CBS, Comcast/NBC) involved in production/distribution. Not as easy to dictate policy in that environment.

bob
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bob

Bye, Felicia!

Donny
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Donny

I always have liked the character, but after the Nina story arc he’s been lost. I don’t pay attention to anyone’s political affiliations, I’m here for the characters not the actors. Hopefully he’ll return when there is a good story for the character, maybe involving Brenda.

Cho liu
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Cho liu

Shame on California, shame on GH and Shame on Nancy Grahn for pushing this Vax mandate… especially since it doesn’t work!!!
Ingo is better off as he was not being used well anyway.

anne
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anne

OMG! Bernadette please stop with the Qanon nonsense. Pay VERY CLOSE ATTENTION- people ARE DYING from Covid. The powers that be at ABC Daytime are allowed by law to set the conditions for employment.

Did it NOT occur to YOU that other actors on the show told the producers of GH that they would not appear in any scenes with unvaccinated Ingo and Steve? As for losing a ton of views-my grandmother and aunts don’t care if you stop watching the show.

Debadoo
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Debadoo

GH sux They prefer bullies like Nancy . I hope your cancelled.

Janet
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Janet

GH will be off the air soon. They are making very poor decisions firing Ingo and Steve. They can go to another soap on networks that don’t require vaccine mandates. Many GH fans will follow.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

No we won’t. I’m not going to stop watching a show for two guys who are doing nothing to help stop the spread of this virus.

sandi
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sandi

I liked his character, but he made the choice to leave his cush job over a little vaccine where in the US … 440 million jabs have been done.
My grandfather worked in coal mines to support his 3 children?? What a wimp! How old is he??

Edie kyack
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Edie kyack

I thought it was a normal exit for him as he always traveled between Australia and Port Charles for business as Jax. Maybe he’ll be back one day, who knows. I’ll miss him, curious to see if they’ll replace him eventually.

Steve
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Steve

Brenadine’s last sentence would get her suspended from other platforms or at least marked with a falsehood disclaimer.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

I agree; I don’t know why Michael allows disinformation here. I pointed that out before. It’s one thing to have a different opinion; it’s another to give false info about the vax and the virus.

Steve
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Steve

Ingo = Anti Vax

Resulting in…
GH & many viewers = Anti Jax

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GH Alum Sydney Mikayla Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination, Decision To Exit & Her Former Co-Stars

It’s been quite the banner year for Sydney Mikayla (Ex-Trina Robinson, GH) thus far, and she topped it off with her second Daytime Emmy nomination, when a few weeks ago she landed in the Younger Performer in a Drama Series category.  That means, Mikayla will be vying for the gold statuette, but also against some of her dear friends and former co-stars from General Hospital.

Back in March, Mikayla revealed she was leaving the ABC daytime drama series to focus on college full-time where she is a freshman at UCLA. With Sydney’s departure came recasting the role of Trina and the part went in to the capable hands of Tabyana Ali, who is currently appearing on the soap and carrying on the Trina Robinson torch.

As the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards are just around the corner (they air live next month on June 24th on CBS), Michael Fairman TV caught up with the very busy Mikayla, to get her take on all things Emmy including: the scenes she chose for her nominated reel, working alongside with Nicholas Alexander Chavez and creating what would become the popular “Sprina”, the factors that led to her departure and more. Here’s what Sydney shared below.

 

Your former co-stars and fellow ‘Younger Actor’ nominees, William Lipton (Cameron) and Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Spencer) appeared on my Daytime Emmy Nominations livestream special, and both share how thrilled they were that that you got nominated.  I know you’re friends with them, but they just could not have spoken more highly of you.

SYDNEY:  That’s so sweet!  I’ve loved working with them for so long.  It just feels so great to know that they said that.

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What was on your Emmy reel submission that landed you the nomination?

SYDNEY:  I was a little bit nervous this year, more than last year, because last year was the first time that I ever had a storyline.  So, for this year, I was definitely like, “I’m not really sure how this is going to go,” because there’s just so many new elements that were happening with everything that was going on, for example: Trina getting a more acclimated relationship with her mom, and then we had Cyrus (Jeff Kober) come in for a little bit.  I chose the best moments that really showcased my acting, even though it wasn’t a cohesive storyline from start to finish on my reel.  I’m really glad it worked!  I was a little more on pins and needles for this one, and ultimately, it turned out great.

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Was Nicholas Alexander Chavez in any of the scenes you submitted?

SYDNEY:  He was! I got to show that soft side of Trina, which I really didn’t think we got to see, especially in my first Emmy reel, and her being vulnerable.  We never see Trina really make a mistake, so that was really fun.  Not that her relationship was a mistake, but more that we never get to see her slip up or say the wrong thing, or just put herself out there, and put her heart on the line. I enjoyed being able to play that and then being able to put it in my reel.  Nicholas just made it so easy … what an amazing co-star.  He just made me feel so comfortable.  It was just really fun to do and to include.  I also had scenes with the teen scene …there’s five of us! Of course, I had to include Trina’s standoff with Esme (Avery Pohl).  I think, it was actually the last clip I put in on my reel.

Which was a great scene!

SYDNEY:  Yes, and Avery is so sweet, but she plays evil so well.  So, that was also so incredible to do, just that standoff of: ‘Who’s going to win!?  Trina?  Esme?  What’s going to happen?  What’s going to go down?’  No one knew, so that was really fun, too.

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Did you include scenes between you and Eden McCoy (Joss) as bff’s Trina and Joss on your Emmy reel?

SYDNEY:  Oh, of course, of course! It was some of those heartfelt bestie moments of her just kind of consoling me, and making sure everything was okay between Trina and Esme. I like those heartfelt moments that Trina had with one of her closest friends on the show, and a great friend in real life, as well.

When you found out you were nominated, who was the first person you called … or was your phone blowing up and you were receiving lots of congrats?

SYDNEY:  This year, with being on a college campus and being in person for the first time, it’s really easy to get sick.  So, I was not feeling too great. I was sleeping in my dorm when the nominations came out.  I still keep in contact with my makeup artist from the show, Ali, and she’s so sweet.  We were texting, and she was like, “By the way, congrats”, and kind of kept texting me, and I’m like, “Congrats for what?” I looked, and I was like, “Oh my gosh!  I got nominated!”  So that was pretty funny, and I screamed through my whole dorm!  I posted a video on Instagram because I wanted to keep everyone in the loop, and I really do feel so grateful.  I feel all of the support from my friends, and family, and the fans of the show. I always try to make a video every year to try to just be grateful, or say ‘thank you’ because I really want to key everyone into this journey.  It was a little bit of a shock, but definitely in the midst of not feeling too well, it was the highlight of my day, for sure!  Now, I am feeling that heat of finals at school, but I am so excited. The Emmy definitely breaks up the stress a little bit, so I’m very grateful.

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Was there somebody you called to let them know you were nominated, though?

SYDNEY:  I actually called Nicholas and William, first, to say congratulations.  William had called me before I had woken up, and then I called him back, and then of course, I called my mom and dad.  It was also a surprise to them.  I think it was just because I had been so laser-focused on school that looking at the Emmy nominations really wasn’t the priority this year.

Could you believe how popular ‘Sprina’ became so quickly?  They weren’t even a bonafide duo yet!

SYDNEY:  I could not!  I was really shocked, but I was excited to see how much the fans loved it, and how much the fans kind of lived through it. That in turn, gave us more of that ammo to really build that story and build that tension, and to always kind of play those moments in between.  Nicholas did a really great job of that, and of challenging me to always have that subtext, under the lines.  I was really shocked to see how quickly the popularity of Sprina blew up, but I’m grateful that the fans loved it for as long as they.  I hope that they continue to love it with Tabyana Ali playing the part.  She is such an incredible actress and powerhouse.

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You were so popular in the role of Trina, and now Tabyana is bringing her take on the role.  Do you check in on GH? 

SYDNEY:  Don’t cancel me, but no! (Laughs) I don’t have time to watch TV!  I’m very serious.  I’ve just had so much going on here.  I’m also part of clubs, and leadership is also something that’s very important to me.  I love planning things, and when you’re planning things, that also takes up your time.  So, doing that along with school and just trying to keep my GPA up, I just don’t have the time to check in on it.  I think that was kind of part of it for me too.  On a spiritual level, I always believe that you can’t receive other things in your life, great things, acting or otherwise, until you are able to let things go, and so for me, I knew when I was leaving, I really would have to leave mentally and physically. As much as I love General Hospital (and I really cannot wait to see everyone in person, I really can’t wait to have that big reunion!), I really don’t feel like any part of me is still clinging on to General Hospital. I’m so grateful that the audience has also received Tabyana so well, because that’s exactly what I’ve always wanted.  So, I’m really happy for her, and I’m really happy for both of us.  I think we are both in a great place.

Was making the decision to leave GH a difficult one for you?

SYDNEY:  Honestly, no.  I always kind of knew in the back of my mind that it would have to come at some point because as much as I love General Hospital, I’d really been working for college for all of my life.  I wish someone had told me that colleges really don’t look at anything past high school because I was working really hard in elementary and middle school too!  But that’s my point, I’ve always had this dream of, “I’m going to go to college.  I’m going to get that second education.  I’m going to do really well.  I need to get my degree, and possibly even get my doctorate.”  We’ll see if I even want to go that far, but I know for sure that going to college and getting that bachelor’s was really important for me.  So, I knew that took precedence over anything else in my life.

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What are you studying?

SYDNEY:  Right now, I’m studying sociology.  That might change.  Honestly, as a freshman it’s just been really general classes, still kind of general science, general math.  We’ll see as time goes on if I still want to stick with sociology. So, that’s also been really fun, and just meeting people, and experiencing the college life.

You’re in a gender-neutral acting category at the Daytime Emmys …   Outstanding Younger Performer. How do you feel about that because you’re actually competing against your former castmates, Nicholas and William, in the same category?

SYDNEY:  Coming to college, you meet a lot of people who are non-binary. I’ve always wondered how that would work when we are going to have more actors who identify as non-binary as our generation starts to get older and as we start getting cast in these movies. I actually think we are kind of moving towards the future and in the future, it will all be smooshed together for all of the categories.  We are going to eventually do away with the Best Actor and Actress because a lot of people don’t identify as either.  I think either way, whoever wins is going to win.  I’m just really glad to be nominated, and it works for me!

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If a role came up in a movie or project that interested you, would you do it, or are you just only concentrating on your studies?

SYDNEY:  We’ll see kind of where life takes me.  It would definitely depend on so many things, of course, but if an opportunity were to present itself, it would definitely just be by a case-by-case basis.  Of course, I’m definitely open to doing things in summer too. During the school year, like I mentioned, it’s really important for me to get this degree.

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Is there any favorite moment you had from your time on General Hospital as Trina that you wish you could have included in your Emmy reel, but didn’t?

SYDNEY:  There were so many good moments!  If I could include any moment, I would include one of the blood scenes.  I had never worked with fake blood, and it was sticky, but ultimately a good experience.  I was acting, but there wasn’t much of me talking.  It was more everyone being concerned for me, like, “Why is she covered in blood?  What’s going on?”  So, I don’t think I included that as much, but if they just wanted me to include amazing makeup, then I could have put it in there!  So, it’ll always be in my heart.  It’ll always be in my personal reel, and I hope that counts for something!

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I’m assuming you like picking out a dress, and then walking the red carpet?

SYDNEY:  I do!  It’s actually funny because I don’t usually enjoy hair and makeup on a day-to-day basis, but I do think I enjoy the creativity of doing my own look for the Emmys.  I get to be somewhat a little different, like a super awesome version of myself.  I wonder, for celebrities who have to go to red carpets every week if they really like it, but for me to do it a few times a year, I really love it.  I love choosing the aesthetic that I’m going for.  This year, I’m definitely trying to do something classy and stylish.  I’m super excited for you guys to see because I’m beaming even as I talk about it now!

The Daytime Emmys are back to being in-person, after two years of being virtual.  Didn’t you have to tape an acceptance speech last year when you were nominated, in case your name was called?

SYDNEY:  Yes!  It was so funny, one of our producers, Nneka Garland, called me, and she was like, “Oh, it’s going to be in person,” and it just like, snapped for me: “Oh, this is going to be live!” I’m looking forward to that this year.  I’m looking forward to seeing everyone, giving everyone real, in-person hugs!  I can’t wait!

So, are you rooting for Sydney to take home the gold in the Outstanding Younger Performer category at this year’s Daytime Emmys? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GH’s Michael E. Knight Chats On: Taking on the Role of Martin Grey, Friendship with James Patrick Stuart, and All My Children’s Tad

Last Thursday night during a livestream interview, General Hospital’s Michael E. Knight chatted with Michael Fairman on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel about returning to daytime in the role of legal eagle Martin Grey, and mixing it up with some of the most famous notables and actors that currently and historically have graced the screens on the ABC daytime drama series.

In case you missed it, the replay of the conversation with three-time Daytime Emmy winner is now available.  During the chat, Knight reveals what is has been like to play the on-screen half-brother of Genie Francis (Laura), if he enjoys the courtroom scenes in which Martin had to defend some of the most notorious in town including Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), and more.

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Fans of GH are also enjoying the romantic pairing of Lucy Coe and Martin, pairing Knight with another soap vet, Lynn Herring.  Michael shares that it’s nice to see, and appreciates, the writers creating a fun relationship for a couple that is middle-aged instead of always seeing the younger sets escapades all of the time on daytime TV.

All My Children fans, of course, recall Michael’s memorable performances through the years as Tad Martin, where he became synonymous with Pine Valley.  After AMC came to its conclusion in 2011 on ABC and 2013 with Prospect Park, Knight finally returned to soaps in 2015 in the recurring role of Dr. Simon Neville on The Young and the Restless before joining the cast of GH in 2019.

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During the interview, Michael shares behind the scenes stories of working with his on-screen parents, Mary Fickett (Ruth) and Ray MacDonnell (Joe), his enduring on-screen love story with Dixie (Cady McClain), and the heyday of AMC in story, with his on-screen sister, Jenny played by Kim Delaney. When Michael came to GH, viewers recall he actually got to share an inside moment with Kim and the fans, when Martin met Jackie Templeton, then played by Delaney.

During the livestream, Michael recalled several of Tad’s wives, and when one fan asked if Cady McClain might come to GH as Dixie, and that maybe she could be a woman from Martin’s past, Knight shared that it could be interesting.

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In a surprise appearance later in the livestream, James Patrick Stuart (Valentin, GH), who has an enduring friendship with Michael, and happened to be at Knight’s house, shared some memories of his time as Will Cortlandt on All My Children. Now decades later, things have come full-circle for the good friends as they share screen-time on General Hospital as Valentin and Martin.

Stuart is a Daytime Emmy nominee this year for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category at the upcoming 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards, and we took a moment to congratulate him on being acknowledged by his peers for the second year in a row.  Currently, James is pulling double duty shooting his Disney+ show, Villains of Valley View, while also taping GH.

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Watch the replay of the livestream with Michael E. Knight below.

Then let us know, are you enjoying Martin and Lucy together? What do you think of the idea of Cady McClain coming to GH? Do you want to see more Valentin and Martin scenes? And, what are your favorite memories of Michael’s time as Tad on All My Children? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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General Hospital Tapes 15,000th Episode; Featuring Genie Francis with Almost Every Single Cast Member Appearing in It

On Thursday, ABC’s General Hospital reached yet another milestone in its illustrious history. The daytime drama taped its 15,000 episode.

During the tape day, the cast, crew and creatives posed for a photo on set to mark the occasion with cake.

GH’s 15,000 episode will air next month on June 17th.

ABC 7’s entertainment guru, George Pennacchio was on set with a first-hand report, interviewing the likes of Genie Francis (Laura), Maurice Benard (Sonny) and the show’s executive producer, Frank Valentini.

From the sounds of it, the 15K episode will center around the character of Laura, and according to Valentini, “It will be happy, it will be sad, it will be dark, it will be scary, it will be fun, it will be thrilling and it will be exciting, but most importantly it will have almost every single cast member in it.”

Check out the segment and on set report from Pennacchio below.

Now, let us know if you are excited to see the 15K episode of GH via the comment below and congratulate the long-running soap for another historic milestone.

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