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Is Kelly Sullivan OUT at General Hospital?

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Photo Credit: Michael Tammaro

One of the best actresses we have seen in daytime soaps in a long time and who should have also been nominated for a Daytime Emmy this year, Kelly Sullivan is said to be out at General Hospital! 

According to Soap Opera Digest, they are hearing this from multiple sources that Kate’s integrated persona, Connie will be exiting the canvas.

Sullivan took over the role originally played by Megan Ward and made it her own with a stunning portrayal of DID, caused by the character’s rape at a young age rom Joe Scully Jr.!

So GH fans, what do you think of the news of Kelly Sullivan departing General Hospital? Share your thoughts!

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KateK
KateK

Hope this is false. I love Kate. She has brought so much to the role.

Jules
Jules

Her good friend Jen Lilley confirmed it on twitter.

I have no thoughts on this news myself. Haven’t been a fan of GH in years.

Chaz
Chaz

Even though she is Olivia’s cousin she has no other ties since they stupidly killed off her son. I wasn’t thrilled with that actor but they could have recast and continued story with them.

Dani
Dani

You’re so right. She has no “real” ties to PC and killing her son and also Joe Skully Sr. was a HUGE mistake. GREAT actress but this crappy DID storyline was too much (Boring on OLTL with Jessica and just a disaster with Connie). She’ll go on to bigger and better things like Y&R : )

jimh(leave it to beaver fan)
jimh(leave it to beaver fan)

Trey and Joe were boring…and she’ll go on to other things, your right about that…hopefully theyll balance the show out…too many characters at the moment…

Tali
Tali

I always like Megan Ward better and I have quit watching GH because they were OLTL stories with different actors/actresses. I just watch OLTL now! Good Luck to Kelly Sullivan.

Theresa
Theresa

is it her choice or theirs…. at first I didn’t like her because I was a Megan Ward fan, but then I warmed up to her…. & liked her…

Pamela
Pamela

No comment, let me just say this is one of the biggest mistake I’ve witness in my 30 years of watching #GH and I can not fathom the show without Kelly Sullivan’s talent….

Nicole
Nicole

BRING BACK MEGAN WARD. ANC NO LIV AND SONNY

des10261991
des10261991

It is very upsetting to say the lease.. We have people on the show now. Where these writer’s took from one show to another ,and made it there show..I think the writing stinks and after 30 years the show stinks..ABC will not have anymore soaps on…Very Sad 🙁

Sandi
Sandi

I am pretty sad, actually. Originally, I wasn’t happy with the recast, I thought “too young, too unlike Megan” but I really think she did a spectacular job with the role. I am loving Olivia and Sonny though, but not at the cost of KS. 🙁

Becky Z
Becky Z

I completely agree. Didn’t like her at first and too young. But once she morphed into alter Connie I thought she did such a phenomenal job, how could you not like her – what a hoot! It’s a shame and yet I’m not sure what they would do with her from here. Hope she moves onto something worthy of her acting skills.

Pinky
Pinky

Best actress? Ummm no. She has no ties to GH canvas. Good bye. Won’t miss her at all.

anna
anna

Okay actress, but the character is very expendable. They should have brought back Megan Ward in the first place.

danny
danny

They’re recasting with Kassie DePaiva.

danny
danny

My bad. Misinformation. They’re actually bringing her on as Lisa Niles so that Lisa can be their new romantic leading lady.

mama3
mama3

My guess is it will be a recast with Michelle Stafford in the role.

Iakovos
Iakovos

Wow! This is a juicy thought, mama3. Wouldn’t that be something? That said, I did like Kelly Sullivan and the promise of her storyline and her past with lover and son. Still, the DID plot did feel like a retread to me as it was so prominent and integral on ONE LIFE TO LIVE. I appreciate soap conceits as much as the next fan but too may doppegangers, evil twins, baby switches, and resurrections will bore me after a while. I love GENERAL HOSPITAL but I would like to see the show move away from the obvious. The show certainly has talent to spare though. Love Maura West!

mama3
mama3

I love Maura West too. Her character is the first one I have really liked and has potential. Kelly Sullivan really grew on me too, but she has been written into a corner in my opinion. The storyline with her son had potential, but they had to make way for everyone else. I have watched GH for ages and feel like there are too many characters and not enough time spent on the story development. It’s days before we see certain characters and then who cares about the story. I miss Spinelli and Maxie and fear they are the next to go. I was most excited for the Vets around the anniversary show, but feel like it was just a ratings boost. I really hope it gets better.

Mary SF
Mary SF

And wouldn’t it be great if KS dyes her hair red and becomes the new Phyllis on Y&R

k/kay
k/kay

You know what when I first read this I thought the same thing MS recast big mistake sorry! Kelly Sullivan made the role her own plus I thought she had good chemistry with Maurice. If they bring Michele Stafford over as a recast I will think the EP’s of Y&R & GH are acting like school children. Enough!

Beth CP
Beth CP

I’ve come to admire and ultimately very much enjoy what KSul brought to the now dual role of Connie/Kate. I wish the comining triangle with Olivia and Sonny had come earlier in her tenure but here’s hoping that her exit will be handled believably. The regrettable thing about her character is that the DID hamster wheel she’s been on has run it’s course and without her son to help keep her on the canvas, the ties to Olivia and Sonny aren’t so strong that she’s “necessary”. Still, she’s done some excellent work . As distasteful as the plot point rape re-visit was she was exceptional in those scenes and I’ll always wonder why she wasn’t nominated for her performance in that lead capacity. I will be happy to follow what she does in the future. Godspeed, Miss Sullivan!

Jessie
Jessie

Can’t say I’m going to miss her. She hit a few good notes in the DID story, but overall did nothing for me as a GH viewer

louisa
louisa

I suppose acting is subjective, but come on…best actress? She might be a nice person to you, but as far as what we’ve seen on screen? No. I would put her in the category of one of the worst, over-the-top actresses on soaps. Embarrassing. This is good news for the show because she alienated many viewers.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

She is a wonderful actress–and, you’re right, she should have been nominated and should have won an Emmy. After all, she carried the show for months–and then the writers just dropped her storyline and she disappeared. However, the writers took her character (s) too far, as is their wont on GH, and she became a parody of herself. Too bad, indeed.
She deserves success, and I hope she will find it.
GH has a disconcertingly bad habit of beginning storylines and then interrupting them–as they did when Luke and Laura went hunting Cassadines. Then we didn’t see Laura for weeks–momentum was all gone by then. And now the finally had a scene together–but Luke just looked uncomfortable and hardly looked at Laura–what’s that all about.
Surely he is going to warn Laura that she and Lulu might also have been poisoned????
But, no, he didn’t say a word to Laura when she asked if he were ok.
So it’s the same old GH, chopping up storylines, losing momentum, violating characters (like marrying off Laura to Scotty–huh????). Will TPTB never learn?
These wonderful actresses deserve better. They play second fiddle to the OLTL characters that FV and RC insist on using every day or so at the expense of other characters with a rich history that the fans relate to.
I am guessing the ratings are now in the pits after such deception.

Michael S
Michael S

They are probably clearing the way for Michelle Stafford and Peter Reckell to come on-board. As far as I am concerned Lisa LoCicero can follow. Nothing against her or Kelly just that I really don’t see the need for either character on the show.

carla
carla

Great actress. Im sure she will continue working elsewhere. Thats the way it works in the land of soaps.

GHLover
GHLover

I also believe Michell Stafford will take over the role….

Rod
Rod

Absolute WORST NEWS EVER!!! Kelly is so amazing!!!! I’m in tears!!

Rod
Rod

GH RUINS CHARACTERS!!! You should have NEVER KILLED TREY!!! Keeping so much story open for Kate/Connie JUST DISGUSTED. GH IS ON MY LAST NERVE close to saying bye bye. Guess DOOL is my favorite soap now

toscanti
toscanti

Love Kelly in the role, however if Michelle Stafford is an option; I am all about that. Would love to see MS up against Maura West again and the other amazing actors at GH! Best of luck to Kelly Sullivan.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Have to say I haven’t been all that impressed with Maura West, to me she overacts. Her character seems to have major affectations that I just don’t get into. Kate/Connie is an easy choice for he chopping board if RC is looking to pare the cast, but that is a reflection of the writing instead of the actress. I thought she was quite accomplished in her role.

Ces
Ces

Any chance Oliva and Lisa LoCicero can go with her? I find both actresses to be absolutely annoying to watch. Bring back Vanessa Marcil for Sonny.

ricardo
ricardo

please no vanessa marcil. i used to like brenda barrett. her character become so boring when she came back a couple of months ago. vanessa marcil can do other projects. i love olivia. lisa is a wonderful actress. vanessa marcil will not come back to general hospital.

Ces
Ces

Olivia is always so damn frantic like she drinks 10 cups of coffee a day and always hanging all over Dante; seriously annoying character. If not Brenda, then someone new for Sonny altogether or maybe Maura West.

Karen
Karen

I will miss her! She & Maurice seemed to have a great working relationship. I just hope they let the character go & not recast. Liked her better than MWard.

Margy
Margy

This stinks. Kelly Sullivan is a brilliant actress. Come to OLTL Kelly!!

ricardo
ricardo

I loved kelly as kate howard. mark my words i smell a recast. michelle stafford the nu kate howard.

Patrick
Patrick

Kelly Sullivan…. – God… Even her name is HOT.

She embodies what a soap Heroine is ALL About.

GH is Stupid.

She has that innate ability – sexuality, sensual, emotes all our senses…

she captivates on screen.

Hell – let’s be real…. she was too much for Sonny. She had the potential to be top dog as it were. She bested Carly.

Tali ( not Smith)
Tali ( not Smith)

Stopped watching GH in May, but prior to that Kelly Sullivan’s Connie/ Kate was one of the best and most interesting performers I looked fwd to on the show. If I hadn’t left already I’d be very sorry to see her go.

Sue
Sue

I am hoping they are just teasing us and it’s Connie that is leaving and not Kate. Kelly Sullivan is one of the best actresses on daytime and the show is crazy to let her go.

Stop bringing on so many outside people and use the talented people you already have. That’s who we watch GH for!

Linda Dowell
Linda Dowell

Kelly Sullivan is an Emmy/Oscar/Tony deserving actress – I was always shocked at how amazing she was……and they’re keeping Olivia?

Are they nuts?

Oh yeah, I forgot! There hasn’t been nuts for awhile! It’s back!

B.J.
B.J.

I’m really sad to see one of the most talented people on the show, be sacrificed for the OLTL recast takeover… or the Maura West addition.

I think my GH watching days are numbered… 🙁

Good luck, Kelly, I will be watching for you wherever you go. 🙂

Linda
Linda

Kelly does an awesome job as Connie/Kate. Is Kelly leaving on her own and her role recast? Need more info.

jimh(leave it to beaver fan)
jimh(leave it to beaver fan)

im ok with it…she was good but there is nothing to keep her in pc now…i see a Sonny and Olivia pairing?

Grace
Grace

She is a FANTASTIC ACTRESS and it would be a shame for GH to loose her. There are very talented peopel working at GH, buckle down and come up with a good storyline for “Kate/Connie”.

But if she does go, dear G*D don’t have her go work at Y&R. JFP doesn’t deserve such a talented actress!

su0000
su0000

Kelly should have also been nominated for a Daytime Emmy this year, that is a fact..
She had many powerful scenes, absolutely great..

The awards are phony fluff.. I wish the awards would end, they are nonsense ..

Elhu
Elhu

As many of you, I saw the writing on the wall for this one, once the triangle storyline came up. Once she is out of Sonny’s life, there is nothing else keeping her there, other than her business, which is not enough of a storyline. She is a talented actress, and I am sorry to see her go, if this is true. I do prefer Sonny with Olivia though.

Nikki
Nikki

If this were to be true, I can’t say I’m shocked. Kelly is a FABULOUS actress, but making her more Kate than Connie after the D.I.D. storyline was a mistake on GH’s part. Kate’s personality is so bland and, especially to be a love interest for Sonny, she needs to be more vibrant and dynamic. I wouldn’t miss her character and Ms. Sullivan is so amazing that I can see her getting another job in a minute so I wouldn’t be too saddened by this news.

JustSaying
JustSaying

Why not have her recurring like they did with Megan Ward? What happened with her relationship with Coleman? Who’s going to run Crimson magazine? Who is going to own half of MetroCourt? Who is going to be maid of honor at Olivia’s wedding? Will she be shot again at the wedding? Who’s going to keep in contact with Johnny while he’s in prison? Who is going to inform Sonny about Morgan being targeted again from prison?

Chances are the actress chose to leave the show. That’s understandable since they keep killing off characters or sending them away like Kristina was.

Christy
Christy

that’s odd… unless it is the actress leaving and not the character. It seems like Connie is feeling a bit jealous that Olivia and Sonny are close and she feels like maybe she needs Sonny in her life afterall.

and as far as Olivia and Sonny being close , they share a son and they’re both going to grandparents soon, so they’re tied together as long as Dante and Lulu and child (is it the one Britt is carrying?) are in Port Chuck. I didn’t think they’d be boyfriend/girlfriend again.

Christy
Christy

on a side note, if Britt is carrying Lulu’s baby… I’d love for Sonny to figure it out and intimidate her… and when are Anna & others gong to figure out who her mother is and put 2 and 2 together and get Robin and Lulu’s baby?

Cindy
Cindy

She’s a spectacular actress and will be greatly missed. Huge mistake for the show, but, hopefully, a great opportunity for Kelly.

jp
jp

She’s a great actress and will be missed. However, with no real big ties since killing off her son and having an overloaded cast of characters on GH, it will give more air time to other characters.

Pumpkinoodles
Pumpkinoodles

Very sad, but she hasn’t been featured much. I didn’t like her rendition of Kate initially, but she was amazing as Connie. She gave the role heart, soul, made me hate Connie and then feel sorry for her. Anyone who can do that is a great actress.

Rodd
Rodd

I think Kelly is awesome! IMHO, she knocked the DID story out of the park and should have been nominated for an Emmy. One day she was on screen and the next few weeks she seemed to be off with her character getting integrated. I didn’t understand why they didn’t show her struggle with that. However, now that she’s been back I haven’t seen in in any major story; just holding Olivia’s hand and trying to stay away from Sonny.

I’ll miss her, but hope we see her somewhere else very soon. Best wishes to her!

On another note…Someone mentioned that they thought this was part of a cast trimming; there were too many characters on the canvas. I’ll agree with that. If seeing such a wonderful actress go means more air time for the rest on them on the show, I’ll accept that. Just please, no more new or returning characters for a while.

Patrick
Patrick

One of the best actress’ on the show, in fact all of daytime. She followed in the great Erika Slezak shoes attempting to tell a DID story. She more than held her own. What a loss for th how , but I saw in coming. Valentini knows about core famil being th heart of any show. Connie/Kate do not have those family ties.

chrisg
chrisg

what is wrong with them she is an awesome actress they are crazy. best of wishes kelly you will do great without gh. lol

Meg
Meg

I’m sick about this Kelly being forced out. She will be richly missed.

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Check out these other teasers for this week’s GH below, and you can watch the tease for Monday’s episode here.

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THURSDAY JULY 19, 2018 

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Dominic Zamprogna Speaks Out On His Decision To Leave GH, His Final Scenes With Emme Rylan & How Dante Exited The Canvas

A few weeks ago, General Hospital fans watched as one of the series beloved stars, Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) exited the show in scenes opposite his longtime on-screen love interest, Emme Rylan (Lulu).  For nine years, Zamprogna brought authenticity, emotion, and heart to the son of Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero) to life.  While Dante’s journey started out with a bang, literally (thanks, Sonny!), over the years it appeared he was taking a backseat in meatier storylines.  All the while, Dante and Lulu remained one of the more popular duos with the viewers.

After much reflection, Zamprogna decided it was time for him to walk away from a place that became his second home.  His desire now shifted to play different characters in different projects, but it was not without taking many things into account with his life-changing decision.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Dominic to glean more insight into: if there was anything GH could have done to make him sign on the dotted line again, what went down to make those final scenes seem so rushed, how it was to say goodbye to his co-workers in front of the camera and behind the scenes, if he would consider a return at some point, and how would he feel if GH now planned on recasting Dante, and much more.

For us; we recall meeting Dominic for the first times just six months into his time at General Hospital for our first interview together.  We were instantly struck by his sincerity, humor, and his eagerness to learn from some of the best in the business.  Now exiting as a “soap vet“, per se, it is a full-circle moment that we had the time to conclude his GH journey with this conversation.  Here’s what Dom had to say about it all.

What were the factors that contributed to your decision to exit GH?  Was there a pivotal moment where you were feeling, and recognizing, that you were underutilized that you felt you needed to make a change? 

DOMINIC:  When you named me the “Most Underutilized Actor of 2017!” (Laughs) Well, my plan was never to stay forever.  But half-way through my second contract,  Emme Rylan (Lulu) and I were approached by our producer on set, who said words to the effect of: you guys have been on the sideline, time to get you into the game.  That led to the Dante cheating storyline, which gave us story for about a year … which was great!  But as that ended, so did any subsequent storylines, it seemed.  In the year that followed, I started entertaining thoughts of leaving.  By the next year, I started talking about it with my wife, Linda, who had started to notice that maybe I wasn’t happy anymore, and I wasn’t.  That’s not a good feeling, especially if you’re bringing that energy home with you.  Then, I made the mistake of going on social media, which is a terrible place to go sometimes.  But fans were saying the same sort of things I was feeling.  Was it all due to story or lack-thereof?  No.  I was starting to crave playing other roles, and that’s hard to do when you’re under contract.

Were discussions even had with Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) and the powers-that-be about your feelings of dissatisfaction over not being utilized more in storylines?

DOMINIC:  The discussions happened late.  Not until the negotiation process, actually.  I’m no squeaky wheel I guess, but I also don’t feel it’s in my job description to be one.  I did put out a few ideas here and there, but they didn’t happen.  I know other actors have tried the same and it didn’t lead to anything for them, either.  I was a creation of Bob Guza (former head writer, GH), and maybe I was spoiled by the amount of great writing I received while he was there.

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

There had to be some sadness in walking away from GH.

DOMINIC:  Oh yeah… it was sad.  I built that character, and now here I was walking away from it, and essentially my second family.  That’s been the hardest part.  Lifelong friendships were made, and memories.  However, it’s been over a month and a half since I’ve been at GH and I feel happy.  I’ve been up in Canada shooting Tin Star, which has been a great experience.  I’ve stayed in touch with everybody and I miss everybody, in fact, I just spoke to Mo (Maurice Benard) yesterday, and I’m in class with Emme (she won’t leave me alone).  But, I feel like I made the right choice for me at this moment.

To clarify; were you actually trying to work out a deal to stay put, but both sides just could not hammer things out to a satisfactory conclusion?

DOMINIC:  We did try to work out a deal.  After more talks and conversations, I felt maybe we were going to get things done.  I was being told things would change and maybe shift things in the direction we wanted to go.  But at the end of the day, it’s gotta be in writing.  I feel like I’d been told similar things in the past which hadn’t come to fruition.  I was also reminded that it was me who needed to sign my name on that dotted line and live with that decision, and I chose not to do so.

If someone would have said to you: “We have an “A” story for you, and you are going to be driving it,” would you have been more apt to stay?   

DOMINIC:  There was talk about us sitting down and talking about storylines, but that didn’t end up happening, not sure why.  And even if it did, I don’t know that it would’ve changed my mind about leaving, anyway.   But just to be clear: I have no anger towards anybody.  It’s all a business at the end of the day.  Both sides did what they felt was right.  For me, I just felt this chapter had come to an end.

Photo: ABC

When, and how did you tell on-screen scene partner, Emme Rylan that you were leaving?  Was she happy for you and your decision?

DOMINIC:  Emme knew really early on.  Once January rolled around I was like: “I have been thinking for the last six to nine months that I am going to go.”   I wanted her to know, because we have been a couple for five years on the show.  Emme was very happy for me.  I went, “Wait a minute!  Don’t be this happy.  I’m leaving.” (Laughing)  

What happened when you told your on-screen mom, Lisa LoCicero ?

DOMINIC:  She was sad, but she is also said, “You’re in your prime, go see what’s out there!”   I wouldn’t have done this move if I did not get support at home.  My wife is the rock and the one that makes this household go.  Some things outside the show were starting to happen; I had a nice screen-test for a pilot, and then I booked these four episodes of Tin Star.  When you have choices in life; you have power and control over your future.  I think Emme and Lisa as actors realized that.  That’s what made them happy for me … for the future.  The last nine years were exciting.  However, when you can have a little bit more say in what you are doing on a day to day basis, that is empowering.  So, in saying, “no” to something, and saying, “Thank you, but that’s not what I am looking for right now,” that can feel good.

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

It was a shame that through all the regimes that they rarely wrote any scenes between Dante and his father, Sonny.  What was Maurice Benard’s reaction when you told him you were leaving?

DOMINIC:  It has been pretty publicized that he and I were dissatisfied at the lack of  storyline, or scenes together.  Maurice asked the powers-that-be, “Why aren’t we working together more?”  We never had a clear answer as to why.  He didn’t know from one day to the next what was happening with my contract talks.  Mo saw me smiling one day and asked, “So does that smile mean you’re staying?”  And I said, “No, that smile is because I’m leaving.” (Laughs)  I said that more to mess with him, and make him sad.  He said, “As long as you are good financially, then I am all for anybody getting out of here and seeing what else is out there.” Really, Mo talks people into leaving so he can get more screen-time. (Laughs)

Let’s talk about the final airshow, and the story that came out of left field to facilitate your exit.  Was that written quickly to accommodate a shooting schedule or contract completion?  It felt rushed to the viewing audience.

DOMINIC:  Left field is right!  I still had a week and a half left of work when they found out I wasn’t going to re-sign, and within twelve hours I had six exit scenes written.  So, it wasn’t done to facilitate anything but a set (Lante’s house), I think.  My final tape date was May 18th, and Emme and I had scenes on the Wednesday or Thursday before that.  I guess they wanted my last scenes that aired to be with Emme, and that might have been the only scheduling day that worked for the set and the actors, and maybe that’s also why it felt so rushed.  All I could assume is that they didn’t think I was really going to leave so they didn’t plan for it, or they chose to protect themselves in this way, by not making a big deal about it.  I had another week of scenes in the PCPD with Chase (Josh Swickard) and Michael (Chad Duell) that was shot afterward.  But they had nothing to do with Dante’s “secret mission!”

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I thought, “Wait!  Is that it?  Is this Dominic’s final show?  Dante doesn’t say goodbye to his mother… his father … or his son, Rocco?

DOMINIC:  Yeah, that was tough for me.  After 9 years you think you’re going to get a little bit better of a send off.   You also, hope they’re going to honor the character.  Dante wouldn’t leave to go to the 7-eleven without saying goodbye to his mother and kids.   Maurice and I talked about that.  He said, “I guess, they don’t want people to feel really sad.  You and me doing some goodbye scenes, people are going to be devastated.”   I agree with that.  However, I also think it’s a soap and that’s what fans want … good, ole drama.  I would have loved to have had scenes with Sonny, Olivia, and Dante’s kids, but when you make a decision like this, how you leave on-air is not up to you.  Both parties are going to handle it how it’s best for them.   I was very grateful they gave Emme and I something to seek our teeth into. 

They were very sad scenes.  You are one of those actors that can take the material and connect with it while delivering it in a very subtle and heartfelt way.  How was Emme after your final scenes?

DOMINIC:  She was kind of crying the whole time, going “Damn you! Damn you.”   I was having fun with it, because I love making Emme cry.  It’s not a very difficult thing to do.  (Laughs).  We were both pretty teary-eyed, actually.  Then, when we finished the scenes and I looked over and I saw how upset the crew was, that’s what really got me.  Barbara, one of the camera operators actually jokingly apologized; suggesting that if my last shot was blurry it was my fault!  As an actor, when you make the crew feel something it kind of gives you some extra good feels. That was always the best feeling, talking to Craig (our stage manager), or Donna (head of makeup department) after a scene to get the honest truth on how you did.  I’ll miss them.

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Viewers, watching Dante have this flashback about the guy who was responsible for Lulu going overboard the Haunted Star a few years ago, probably needed a moment to connect the dots.  Some viewers were going, “What?  Dante is going after the guy that tried to drown Lulu from two years ago?”

DOMINIC:  When I read that in the script even I went, “What?” Who’s that?”  I had no idea, either. (Laughs)

Then there was this:  Dante was so hard on Lulu for her pursuing her dream as a journalist and how it inadvertently got Nathan killed.  Then all of a sudden in your final scenes, Dante has a line to Lulu in which he says something to the effect of: I understand now – you got to do, what you got to do.  In story, prior to these scenes it was leaning more towards Dante and Lulu were going to break-up over what had recently transpired.

DOMINIC:  Which, who knows?  If Dante had stayed in Port Charles it could have been the direction they were going in.  It certainly looked like they were building toward conflict, conflict, conflict, but with me leaving it was much sweeter to leave on the note that we left on, instead of Dante leaving, because he can’t deal with being around Lulu. This all leads me to believe that they didn’t want to do anything too permanent to give them time to make the proper decisions.

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What was the last day of shooting like for you?  Was it hard to get through?

DOMINIC:  It felt like a regular day, and my final scenes were up towards the end of the tape day. They had a cake afterwards.  Frank briefly spoke and introduced Maurice; who said a bunch of sweet words.  That meant a lot to me.  I said “goodbye” to everybody and took some photos, and that was it.  I already had my room packed up.  Once you’re ready to go, you’re ready to go.  Afterwards, I went out with Ryan Paevey (Ex-Nathan) and Jeffrey Vincent Parise (Ex-Carlos) for some beers and wings at the bar down the street.  It wasn’t until everybody came back after a two-week break that it felt real, because then I was receiving text messages from people saying, “We’re back.  Why the hell aren’t you here?”

The door has been left open for Dante to return.  Would you ever come back?

DOMINIC:  Of course, at some point.  But it might not be my choice, they might recast.  They told me they won’t, but who knows what’ll be done.  Do I think you can just recast a role?  No, I think it’s always a tough sell, but they’ve done it with bigger names/characters than mine.  I would be a little surprised, only because there hasn’t been much story for Dante in the last three years.  For me, as of now, I’ve moved on, and I’m very happy with my decision and my life.  It’s sad in other respects, don’t get me wrong.  I’ve read things that people have said on Twitter, and I want everyone to know I’ve seen it all and it means a lot to me.  People have been beautiful to me.  I’m truly overwhelmed by the love.  I thought there would be more of, “Who cares?” when fans found out I left.   I must have done something right during the years I was at GH.

Did you think when you made the decision to leave they would kill-off Dante? 

DOMINIC:  No, not at all.  I don’t think killing off Dante would be a good idea, especially after they killed Nathan, and also because of the climate we live in with police involved shootings and violence, in general.  In a perfect world as an actor, you crave the opportunity to have one last moment with the other characters that have been important to your character over the years.  That’s all I would have wanted for myself, and Dante.  I’ll take what I got though.  It was extremely meaningful because of what Emme and I had and built.  I feel we got to the heart and soul of those two characters in a pretty short amount of time in our scenes.

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Speaking of Nathan, I think thus far those funeral scenes, which you were wonderful in, and the story arc revolving around his death, are GH’s best bet for an Emmy in the Drama Series category next year. 

DOMINIC:  I agree.  It was so well-done.  We’d all would like to go out like that!  Tragic, but it made for great TV and great soap.  It was phenomenally well-acted across the board.  Lots of Emmy reel stuff for Michelle Stafford (Nina) and Kirsten Storms (Maxie), and Kathleen Gati (Liesl), and hopefully for our directors and crew, also.  They did an amazing job bringing that to life.

This now leaves Josh Swickard as the lone cop now by default on GH.   he PCPD is notorious for being the worst cop shop in the history of soaps! (Laughs) They can’t ever solve a crime.

DOMINIC: (Laughs) I know!  What is Josh is going to do?   Maybe between Chase and Jordan (Vienssa Antoine) they will solve crimes.  Maybe, they’ll bring on a new cop.  Josh is a great guy and I enjoyed working with him.  At the beginning, we had that contentious relationship between the two guys.  That would’ve been fun if it lasted longer, where they had this continual real dislike for one another.  Who knows?  With Dante gone, maybe they will start solving some crimes! (Laughs) Maybe now the PCPD will be the greatest police unit in the USA.

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Over your nine years at GH, would you still consider that your best storyline was coming on to the show and then having Sonny shoot Dante, only for it to turn out that he just shot his own son?

DOMINIC:  Yes, I think you have to.  That was my intro.  They had this story planned eight months before they even cast the role.  To get to that moment, was a classic soap cliffhanger.  I grew up watching soap operas with my grandparents, and if they had been alive for that scene they would have lost it, because it was something that ‘old school’ soap fans would really dig.  For me, doing that story felt so special.  ABC also pumped it with the promotion, and the promos, and the TV spots, and amped it up.  I didn’t feel it disappointed.  It was actually the audition scene that I had to perform to get the part!  Then six months later you get to say these lines that got you the part, and you hope you don’t whiff on the softball.

While putting together and producing the GH 55th anniversary tribute package for this year’s Daytime Emmys, I included that moment between Sonny and Dante.  I remember watching the complete scene before editing it and the dialog was so good.  It still holds up to this day.

DOMINIC:  My manager was at the Emmys that night, and said what a great moment that was.  I meant to thank you for that, because I really appreciated it being in there.

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Are there any other scenes that come to mind that you are most proud of?

DOMINIC:  I also really loved the scenes with Max Gail (Mike). He is a special guy.  There was so much in our scenes; where Dante finds him with Avery in the stables.  Those moments are going to stick with me for a long time.

On June 28th, the airdate of your last episode, you posted a tweet to the fans that read: “The love you guys have given me over the years and continue to give is overwhelming.  It is I that must thank YOU!”  I thought that was extremely touching and very appreciated by the fans.

DOMINIC:  I was thinking, “Man, I have to thank you, because I would not legitimately be here if you hadn’t liked this guy, Dante.”  It was bringing tears to my eyes reading what people were saying, and seeing how much love I was receiving.

Tell me about your role in the British-Canadian production of Tin Star?

DOMINIC:  It’s a recurring role,  I’ve been working on it since March.  It’s something very different from what I’ve been doing the last 9 years.  Can’t give much away, but I play a hired gun type of guy.  There are some great scenes and moments, and I was lucky enough to work with Christina Hendricks, John Lynch, and the legend, Tim Roth.

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Do you feel now that you have had some time away now from GH, and have been playing another role, that the thought of playing Dante for you at this point is like: “Been there. Done that?”

DOMINIC:  I would never say Dante is done forever.  Right now for me, he is.  They left it open, hopefully they left it open for me, but every actor hopes that.  We want our cake and to eat it too!  I want to leave right now, but I want you to want me to come back some day.  No one wants their role to be recast.  But it’s an important character, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see.  Who knows what the future holds.  I left on good terms.  Just so everyone knows; I didn’t spring something on GH on the last day of my contract.  It’s important that I let people know that I didn’t just wake up one day and say, “See ya”.  This also wasn’t about money.  Sure, we want to be paid what we believe we’re worth.  But this in no way was about me asking for the moon, or I was going to leave.  It was a very, very difficult decision.

So, what do you think about how GH wrapped up Dante’s story for Dominic’s exit? Would you like him to return to GH sooner than later?  Do you think the role of Dante was problematic to write for?  What were your favorite scenes of Dom’s during his time at GH? Let us know via the comment section below.

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