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Is Richard Simmons Returning To General Hospital For The Nurses' Ball?



80’s exercise guru Richard Simmons just may be headed back to General Hospital for the 50th Anniversary celebration as part of the Nurses’ Ball.  Will Simmons get all the attendees on their feet and lead them in a makeshift aerobics class?

Today, Richard posted to his facebook page and image of himself wearing a very special purple warm-up jacket with a statement that teases, “I’m sending you a big smile. I have a secret and you’ll know soon.”

As long time GH fans know, Simmons would lead the hospital staffers and the town of Port Charles in some aerobic classes to blow of steam and to lose some weight and stay in shape! Of course, there were many scenes between the women in the class, that were bitchy or funny!

Watch this retro GH clip after the jump from 1982 when Lesley Webber (Denise Alexander) leads an aerobics class for her friends with the help of Simmons!

What a blast from the past this would be if Simmons participates in the big anniversary bash! What do you think of Simmons relating he may be back for the Nurses’ Ball?

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Check out Lesley LOL! Get down you sexy thing LOL

Oh and I spy Claudia-btw how about asking her and her hubby Brian back?

I met RS a few times back in the 90’s. He was a always a nice guy. I’d love to see him back for the Nurses Ball!

this scene is a trip, wow, everyone from tiffany, lesley, audrey,heather anne logan, ruby, audrey wow wow wow. and susan moore, this is a classic scene for sure.

Great scene!! I actually remember this. Frightening. lol.. 🙂

YES! Perfect. It’s not the 80’s without Richard Simmons.

Richard and any GH vet would be warmly welcome back for the shows 50th. Its like a family reunion and it woulnt feel like a reunion without any of them. Hope those who are there talk about those, with flashbacks, who unfortunately couldnt be there and those who are no longer with us. Any reunion i attend is usually like that. How many i miss. I also miss nurses in those white uniforms. Today i can barely tell a nurse apart from a lab techician or even a patient. Anne, Leslie, CLaudia, Brian, Joe, Tiffany, Sean, Jeff, Terri(Jeffs sis)Rose, and as far back as Angie Costello from 1963, ect. would be nice to see on the shows 50th. And i dont feel thats asking too much. Also all the women looked fit in the video. How come the men werent included, there health shouldve been important too. Whatever happen to Heathers mom Alice Grant? I miss Lukes and Bobbis late Aunt Ruby and had always hoped she had turned out to be their biological mother.

I also wish Susan or even Diana could come back as ghosts to haunt Heather. And I wish they could bring back the two actresses who played Heather b4 Robin M. and have current Heather in mental hospital with each of them as patients claiming to be the real Heather Webber.

That would be AMAZING! Lets do it!

Alice died of a heart attack in 1983. But the actress is alive. Angie Costello came back for the 30th and shared memories with Steve about him and Jessie. (That was the only mention of Jessie’s death).

I 4got Alice died, and now thst you mentioned it i remember Angies visit during the 30th. I did tune in 4 that episode. Thanks for the reminder.

Of course he is returning! That guy can’t keep a secret.

What a GREAT blast from the past!!! So fun. Love seeing all the gals from the early 80s.

Thanks for posting this great clip! I wanted to watch the next episode! Can someone remind me as to the history of the characters of Alice and Dan? It’s been awhile.-Thanks!

Alice Grant was Rick & Lesley’s housekeeper. She was also the mother of GH’s very own current day psycho – Heather Grant-Baker-Webber. Alice died of an aneurism in 1983. Dan Rooney was the hospital administrator. Mr. practical. One of those supporting roles that grounded the show to a certain level of reality. LOL. He had romantic involvements with nurse Jessie Brewer & Ruby Anderson. Not sure when he left the show. As for watching the episode that follows this one: You can visit my YT channel for the next group of footage I have, but just forewarning, most of my material is edited to the Webbers. I do have some full episodes, and there are many other posters in youtube land who cover their favorites from the golden years. Here’s the link to the clip that follows this one on my channel:
Enjoy! 🙂

see charleson and zeman (that was her, right?) before surgery is both revealing and sad.

Charleson still looks good, in my opinion.

yeah, um they both really did a number on their faces.

WOW! I feel honored! This is actually my video that I posted on YT… I think it would be great to see Richard Simmons come back and help Lucy & Sabrina with the nurses ball 2013. Richard & Lynn Herring together would be a hoot. Now – the BIG question is… WHY hasn’t Denise Alexander (Lesley Webber) been announced as a returnee??? After Rachael Ames (Audrey Hardy), Denise holds the record for tenure on the show in a reoccurring role – 40 years people!!! Laura’s back — trying to decide which X-hubby to choose, and LuLu’s having a baby (sort of)… There’s no way that Grandma wouldn’t show up and put her two cents into the mix. I stopped watching GH cold turkey.. 29 yrs ago when they killed Lesley off with little regard, and only recently started watching again on line. I hope the writers & producers don’t disappoint by leaving Denise out of this full circle celebration. It would be so WRONG!

Perhaps Denise was asked.. Not all want to or can return 🙂

Agree… Life situations can cause a previous cast member to decline gracefully. I respect that. Buy Denise has done mutiple radio interviews over the past several weeks for her current role in the web series “The Inn” and she has come right out and said that she would love ot be a part of the reunion but had not yet been approached…

OMG! this brought back so many memories!

What fun… thanks Michael!!! So great to see some of those ladies from the past. It would be fun to RS back for a cameo.

Richard was part of the GH fabric – it’s only fitting that he should make an appearance.

Why they didn’t bring back Susan Brown is beyond me.

YUP.. Agree! Another long-time vet that was on forever!!

Nice clip! Good to see Audry , Dr.Hardy, Ruby,Leslie… Richard looks thinner now & not
so full in the face.

Mr. Simmons looks ill here awfully thin almot too thin. Back in the 90’s I owned a business in a shopping mall and he was there doing his exercise thing he seemed to be very sincere helping people with weight problems. Holding some kinda of convention in the middle of our mall I just remember looking out the door of the shop trying to figure out what all the fuss was about. He did pull in the crowds.

Ummmm … Keep Richard … bring back Lesley!

oh *squeal* te he he

Michael, sometimes I think the PTB read my comments – I was saying Richard Simmons coming back would be so fun!

Yes, that would be so nice to see him doing his thing in the halls of General Hospital again, It would be fun.

It’s great to see them recognize Richard for the 50th, but I too heard the interviews as of a couple of weeks ago Denise hadn’t been asked!!! Are you kidding me? The show was a hair’s breath of being canceled in ’79 and Gloria Monty is rightfully given credit for changing the look of daytime TV, BUT it was the break up of Rick and Lesley and Alan and Monica that brought it to number 1, BEFORE the pairing of Luke and Laura. For her tenure at GH as well as Days of Our Lives and Another World for that matter, Denise Alexander repeatedly won the top ten in popularity polls for the soap mags of the day and the audience overwhelmingly wanted Rick and Lesley back together. To not ask a soap legend back for the 50th anniversary would be such a travesty!

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Donna Mills, Linda Gray, Nicollette Sheridan, Morgan Fairchild, Loni Anderson to Appear in Lifetime’s 80s and Soap-Themed Holiday Movie

Wowza! Now here’s a line-up of soap opera and primetime favorites all in one movie! Coming up for the holidays, Lifetime has revealed they have an 80s and soap-themed film starring: Donna Mills (ex-Knots Landing, General Hospital), Linda Gray (ex-Dallas), Nicollette Sheridan (ex-Knots Landing and Dynasty), Morgan Fairchild (ex-Falcon Crest, SFT, DAYS et al) and Loni Anderson (ex-WKRP in Cincinnati).

Filmed earlier in 2023, Ladies of the 80’s is said to follow five soap opera divas (how fun and perfect!), as they reunite to shoot the final Christmas episode of their long-running soap opera!

In story, the producer, Alex (Travis Burns) and director Nell (Taylor Ann Thompson), who happen to be old college friends, do their best to keep things on the rails but as the ladies come together, old rivalries resurface that threaten to tear the production apart. With the show nearly canceled before it even begins due to the ladies’ famous diva behavior, they reluctantly agree to set aside their differences and past secrets to “act” as if they all still love each other.  When old sparks reignite between Alex and Nell, the ladies become eager to play cupid and conspire to bring the couple together.  

But wait, there’s more! In addition to the five leading ladies, the cast also includes: Days of our Lives favorite Patrika Darbo (ex-Nancy), Alec Mapa, and Donna Mills’ real-life daughter, Chloe Mills, plus 80s heartthrob, Christopher Atkins.

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There is even a Ladies of the 80’s theme song, performed by none other than 80’s pop star, Tiffany!

In a statement on the project, the movie’s EP Larry A. Thompson shared: “The opportunity to bring together Donna, Morgan, Loni, Linda and Nicollette, five powerhouse women into one holiday movie, has been like finding the perfect gift under the Christmas tree.”

The official airdate of the holiday movie will be revealed shortly in the networks’s A Wonderful Lifetime Holiday movie schedule. Deadline first shared the news.

What do you think of this upcoming soap opera-themed movie featuring Donna, Linda, Nicollette, Morgan and Loni? Comment below.

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General Hospital Preemptions This Week for MLB Wild Card Playoff Games

This week, General Hospital will be preempted on Tuesday, October 4 and Wednesday, October 5, and potentially again on Thursday October 6, due to Major League Baseball’s wild card playoff games airing on ABC.

In the best of 3 games, the Texas Rangers face the Tampa Bay Rays in an American League wild card series, starting on Tuesday with a 3:08PM EST start time. If the series goes a full three games, then Thursday’s GH will also be preempted.

Encore episodes of GH will be seen on the east coast on Tuesday and Wednesday, while all other time zones will be preempted for the game.

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In addition, GH will not be streaming the episodes on Hulu or as is it a nationwide preemption.  That way, everyone will begin to see the all-new episodes on the same day when they resume.

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Hopefully, Thursday, GH will resume with an episode that teases: Spencer and Trina affirm their feelings, Tracy has a slip of the tongue, Valentin surprises Anna, and Sasha is in danger.

So, going to miss GH for the next few days? Comment below.

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Gregory Harrison Talks His General Hospital ALS Storyline, Battling Addiction, ‘Falcon Crest’ on Maurice Benard’s ‘State of Mind’

Film and TV star,  Gregory Harrison is currently appearing on ABC’s General Hospital in the role of Gregory Chase.  In story, Gregory is trying to come to the terms with the fact he has ALS and is now displaying symptoms of the disease that will ultimately claim his life.

On the latest episode of Maurice Benard’s (Sonny, General Hospital) You Tube series State of Mind, the actor opens up about the challenges of playing a character with ALS, how he has battled addiction, his prime role on Trapper John M.D and Falcon Crest and much more.

In fact, it’s actually the the 40th anniversary of Harrison’s solo TV Guide cover as Dr. George Alonzo “Gonzo” Gates on Trapper John, M.D.

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Speaking on his General Hospital storyline, and Gregory Chase’s battle with ALS, Harrison detailed: “He’s a complicated character any way, but we’ve added now ALS into the equation and that’s a really fun technical calibration for me. It’s a relatively quick demise – three to five years, generally for ALS, and it moves along pretty quickly. The body deteriorates pretty quickly and things happen, and there is an emotional kind of reaction to those that my character has. My character reacts to the loss of things and that’s what I am starting to be able to play.”

Harrison added, on how he is playing the nuances of ALS in the scripts he is given, “Where am I going to put in that slip and fall? Where am I going to put in that tremor in my hand? Where I am going to put in  the stumble, or the slur of this word or that word? That’s real technical stuff, but I have to layer that on top of emotional honesty of what’s going on. So, for me, it’s a buffet and I love that.”

Benard and Harrison also delved into the fact that Gregory he has been sober for 36 years. Harrison opened about how addiction changed his personality at a time when his career was riding high: “If I was the kind of person who would be regretful, then I would say that during my prime, I was busy using all my acting skills to disguise my addiction instead of building my career. ”

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As his fame rose, Harrison also started his own production company. He admitted to Benard, that at the time, he was barely getting through jobs and projects: “I could act, but I wasn’t doing as good as I should have been doing. I was just persevering … pouring massive amounts of energy into enduring my addiction … not into the creative artist that I was inspired to be. And then I found my way back.” At one point, Harrison sought help at the renowned Betty Ford Center. Gregory shared that he had to hit rock bottom, in order to build himself back up again.

At the conclusion of the episode, Maurice asked Gregory how he enjoyed being part of the cast of the defunct CBS primetime soap, Falcon Crest, to which Harrison said he loved playing the role of Michael Sharp back in 1990. He compared that character to the likes of Port Charles’ Sonny Corinthos.

Check out Maurice and Gregory’s conversation below.

Let us know, are you emotional invested and enjoying Gregory Harrison’s portrayal of the ALS storyline on General Hospital? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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