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James Nigbor OUT As General Hospital's Little Jake, Recast Forthcoming!

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Looks like little Jake Spencer has been recast on General Hospital! According to the James Nigbor twitter account, run by the young actor’s parents, James has finished his run as Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) and Jason’s (Billy Miller) son.

Today in a tweet with images of James as Jake through the years, it read:  “This is for my son James. You will always be our Liason baby. Thank you to all the fans for loving my boy.”

When a fan followed up with a tweet saying: “Thank you for sharing him with us. I hope we see more of him on GH,”, the Nigbor account added, “I’m sorry but he has been recasted. Thanks for all your love and support.”

When another fan responded,  “Jake’s been recast?”  The answer back was, “Yes but we feel truly blessed to have been apart of GH and for him to have had this opportunity.”

Within the Nigbor tweet exchange, it was mentioned that “the 29th” was James last GH episode.  

So, what do you think about the news that James Nigbor is no longer playing little Jake? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Vicki Black
Vicki Black

Good move, although sad for him.

Gail S
Gail S

I tried to submit Eric Martsolf for favorite hero but would not let me. :/ even though I love him as bad by too 😀

James Scott favorite Hottie and Baddie – hands down!!!

Patty
Patty

I’m adding a post here since I can’t create a new comment, for some reason.

Although I recognize the need to create categories for voting, right now so many of these characters could actually be listed in their opposite category. In no way, can Rafe, Bo, Roman and Brady be classified exclusively as Heroes, given their motivations and actions in the story line currently. At the same time, to classify EJ as a baddie exclusively overlooks all the character’s positive motivations and actions.

Perhaps having voters order these characters on a continuum of good / bad would generate the information you’re attempting to collect? Seems as if it would work better this time around. It would, at least, acknowledge how “grey” DOOL creates its characters.

JustMe
JustMe

I disagree. Bo Brady is definitely exclusively a hero. Bad boy with a heart of gold. Nothing in his current storyline contradicts his hero status. He’s never tried to kill or rape anyone or kidnap any children or anything a “baddie” would do. His bad boy side is small things like getting into fights. No big deal. He’s all about protecting those he loves. He is not a grey character in any way, shape, or form.

EJ, on the other hand, is exclusively a baddie. I haven’t seen an ounce of good in him. His “positive motivations” lead him to horrible actions. No grey area. And this is why I don’t understand why people want someone as evil as him to be with someone as good as Sami. He’s bad for her. I’ll give you Sami as a grey character because of her past, but I only know Sami as the good person she is now. Very flawed, but still good. EJ always has and always will be a bad guy. I can see him getting even worse. Sami should be with a good guy. Someone who won’t rape her or kidnap her kids. Doesn’t necessarily have to be Rafe (though right now he’s pretty much her only option…unless she starts dating Daniel after he finds out about Chloe), but it sure as heck ain’t EJ.

Patty
Patty

JustMe:

You’ve missed the point of my post. Interesting that you seem intent on reducing the discussion to one more “batlle” in the never-ending triangle of Sami / EJ /Rafe, something not remotely intimated in my original post. Again, the point of my post was to say that many characters, especially the ones I listed, are better viewed as grey characters, not black or white. What is interesting then is to identify what the ratio of hero and baddie (using Fairman’s terminology) is necessary to create that particular character. What we end up with then is actually a character much more in line with those we encounter in Real Life. After all, not one of us is entirely good or bad.

You bring up Sami as a “good” character, thus opening a discussion of her. At this moment, I think it difficult to defend your assertion that she is a “good” character. After all, she has attempted to murder her ex-fiancée, the father of two of her children, in cold blood by shooting him in the head when he was unconscious, thus, defenseless. She shows no remorse, only regret, that she failed to accomplish her mission. Let’s also not forget that she withheld the information which started this whole chain of events – that she was pregnant with EJ’s child. Nor did she tell him until after that baby died. I could continue her list of transgressions ad nauseaum, but that would detract from my original thesis, that these characters are a mixture of both hero and baddie.

I encourage you, this time around, to re-examine each character in terms of his actions. I think you will find that it is not difficult to accept my original premise. I do hope though that you can distance yourself from your previous assumptions to attempt an impartial assessment.

rachel
rachel

this photo of rafe and ej fight so lame no metter what days want take a very good look no one care love or want rafe! this is a fact! {well is 10 fans do care) and onther thing hes long thet sites keep puse rafe on us we hate him we dont love him!
puse it will be a fail!!

Pixie
Pixie

Everyone has a right to their own opinions so it isn’t necessary to put others down because they have a different opinion. Rafe/Galen already has more than 10 votes proving that he has more than 10 fans. I know a lot of people who do care about Rafe, as well as EJ, Bo, Brady and all the other actors on the show. I believe that Days of Our Lives knows that ALL of their actors have fans and I know they love that. We don’t all have to like/love the same characters or actors. It is OK.

jilian
jilian

James is the best! we love ej dimera

lovin_safe
lovin_safe

Why because Rafe has the upper hand over EJ. Ej is only good at fighting when it’s a woman or teenager! He is a pathetic piece of work! At least the ratings are going back up when SAFE is on the screen, and not down like this summer when it was Ej and Sami! Makes a person go Hmmm………….

rachel
rachel

becuse it is treu the rating ar still bad and the demo suck the best demo days had in 3 yaers was from may to july tjis yaer gess who wasent there! i grenty you thet small nombers love rafe believe it or not! and the rating was up when ej wock up so give me a braek!
all the other soap the ga crazy abaut the bad guys they rules in cbs and abc there is no difrent on nbc or days

ejami
ejami

Whether you like them or loathe them, EJ and Sami are an evocative couple that gets everyone talking. That is the making of a great soap couple. They have chemistry for “Days” (hehe) and a rich backstory. Those are the makings of a winning storyline and strong viewership. It’s very counterintuitive to leave the vast EJAMI following waiting for 5 years. If viewers are what they are after, they need to give them what they want eventually and in this case sooner is better. Leaving an audience FFing through scenes in hopes of an EJAMI crumb here and there is surely not what they are going for but that is what they are doing. Give EJAMI a chance. Show the love. Heck the show is only renewed through Sept. 2011. There isn’t much time left at this point.

Dariclone
Dariclone

lovin_safe ratings dropped because of the stories because Ken opened his big mouth, I’m working on network Believe what you want to believe, but what you see is not the real ratings!
this is what you need to see but it’s not real!

2snapsInACircle
2snapsInACircle

Rachel. Your opinion doesnt mean a thing. Galen is gaining fans everyday. Just because EJ fans relentlessly tell their members to vote in every poll out there and spamming is encouraged doesn’t mean he’s the winner.

Kiren
Kiren

HAH! How exactly is GG gaining fans every day? I know EJami are because the member count at FL goes up by a couple EVERY DAY.

And Galen’s fans don’t vote relentlessly? The only difference is that James still comes out the winner. And yes Rami fans do vote relentlessly on spammable polls, I’ve seen it happen before my very eyes.The percentage(daysofourlives.com poll) rises more than thirty times in one minute constantly, for several minutes. So don’t try and act all high and mighty.

lovin_safe
lovin_safe

Then why in 08 before GG was hired were they talking of canceling the show? In 09 when Rafe and Sami were together the ratings came up every week or stayed the same. Then this summer when the show focused on Ej and Sami the ratings dropped to last place a lot of the time. And how they are gaining a little every week! I think it’s because viewers want romance and SAFE can delivery it, they act like billions of couples down to earth viewers can relate to them. Maybe even see themselves in SAFE.

I have seen Ej votes totals go from 6000 to 25000 overnight, so all fan bases spam, but spamming doesn’t mean that actor wins, or he is the most popular! A lot of viewers I know don’t vote because they are not accurate if you have to cheat then it’s not winning!

rachel
rachel

what plant you live hun? i got news for you believed or not galen and safe didnt done anthing to the show and you will get the proop soon the show got onther yaer to see how the new writing stuff will be and the ratings was up in september when galen was gone the story moved and ejami was shown a lot! for fact ejami bring the demos this is a fact like i said i will not try to proop you nothing i will just tell you they fantasy youlive in is a lie the network see other ratings not what we see!they heve onther ratings thet more corect! and this summmer lol what i sew ejami was togethor and days got the best demo in 10 weeks from may to july the best demo gess who wasent there by thet time! i got news for you and remember thet very good the daily ratings can be sukes but if the demos ar good the show will not care! now ask yourself thet haters was to luke and laura to but still it dosent butter to 30 milion watch thier weeding! but wait and see ok i sew a chat wite ken literly he said i was worng in his word what i want to see on screen this is not what the fans want his words i gess this is is wey to tell us i em sorry i told you in june the rating drop becuse of me lol! you can take the daily ratings they dont do anthing but the demo counted and demos ar ejami!~ i will also remind you thet comcest will take over nbc in december so wait and see

heppy holiday:)

laurind paine
laurind paine

i would love to see Bryan Dattilo

Kiren
Kiren

but he’s not on the show..?

Kiren
Kiren

James S.(EJ. D.) is definitely the best Hottie
I chose James S.(EJ D.) as the best baddie but now I wish I chose Victor. SO I retract my vote for EJ and give it to Victor 😉
Loving Bad Eric M.(Brady), so Bo is favorite hero.

Good Poll MF!

Tina
Tina

Love the polls – James Scott rocks DAYS – love Peter Reckell too – he was my first soap love. 🙂

Liza
Liza

Thank you for doing this. I wish I go to DOD but it’s nice knowing our voices will be heard by having you tell the actors/actresses directly. I only wish there was another category for the females…favorite heroine/villian. Thanks again…and have a blast at DOD! Can’t wait to see your coverage.

PS
Please get some tidbits on the EJAMI romance for us! 😉

Pixie
Pixie

Thanks for the polls, Michael. I love Galen Gering and Peter Reckell so the hero one was a tad bit hard…..lol…..but in the end Galen’s Rafe is my favorite hero, but Bo is my favorite all time hero of Days. Voted for Galen for Hottie and Hero.

Judy T
Judy T

Galen Gering is definitely the best Hottie on Days! He is by far the most handsome and sexiest man on the show……but let’s give credit where credit is due…James Scott is by far the best Baddie ever….he gets my vote for the most sadistic and cruelest bad guy on Days.

Karen
Karen

You mean EJ gets the vote for favorite baddie, because James is the actor and not the character. Your reply sounds like your labeling the actor at sadistic and cruel imo. I get that some EJ and Rafe fans don’t get along, but it annoys me when the lines between actor and character is blured.

Judy T
Judy T

Of course, I mean the character of Ej is the best baddie!…….I would never say James Scott is sadistic and cruel……..don’t even know the man….he’s probably a very nice person….I don’t believe in speaking poorly of the actor, he is very convincing as the hateful and heartless Elvis…… we Galen fans are well aware of how hurtful those who dislike the character of Rafe can transfer their feelings to the actor…..he has endured many personal insults and bashings…..I don’t approve of such doings……we are here to discuss the characters………I’m sure Mr. Scott knows that we don’t think he is like the character he portrays!

jamesfan
jamesfan

Love James he Is why a huge number watching days of our lives !dool never received so many buzz as she got when ej Come!

Judy
Judy

James Scott is the best at everything. You should have put him in the hero category too.

Karen
Karen

Thanks for the poll Michael!
It was hard to pic between James (EJ) and Shawn (Dan) for favorite hottie, but in the end I chose James because the man has the whole package IMO.

Favorite baddie was a toss up between Victor and Stefano, so I did just that and tossed a coin with Stefano being the winner lol.

Bo (Peter) is the best hero on Days and no one else comes close.

Cory
Cory

Michael
Thanks for doing these polls. I’m assuming you’re going to do some more for the beautiful women of DOOL!!!! Will be voting in those as soon as they are up!!!!
Keep up the great stuffs Michael!!!!!

Lisa Greenway
Lisa Greenway

Hottest Guy is without a doubt for me James Scott as EJ Dimera
Baddie is Joe Mascolo as Stefano/tho Lauren Koslow (Kate)gives him a run for his money
Hero is without a doubt,for this longtime viewer as Bo Brady,played by the wonderful Peter Reckell

Dariclone
Dariclone

james scott amazing

Sasha
Sasha

I heart Michael Fairman

lovingit
lovingit

This is not to bash but I honestly don’t get why they consider Rafe a hero. He is not like any hero I’ve ever seen in 25 years of watching DOOL. He certainly is no Bo, Shane, John not even close and DOOL has never had a hero I didn’t like until now (if Rafe is a hero). I really wish they would stop putting him in that category as I think it’s an insult to the DOOL hero’s of the past. And if saving a life constitutes a hero than that would make EJ one to LOL!

JSFan
JSFan

I agree. I haven’t seen one thing on screen that would make me think of this character as a hero. I was shocked to see the character of Rafe on the hero list.

LUMI
LUMI

Bryan Dattilo/Lucas Horton is the BEST on or off Days Of Our Lives,bring him back

Krissy
Krissy

Rafe is the hottest for sure. I think Nicole is the best baddie and I had a hard time choosing between Rafe and Bo for the best hero.

2snapsInACircle
2snapsInACircle

Galen Gering is the hottest hero ever on Days. JMO.

No one can come close to Stephano’s fury.

Bootsie
Bootsie

EJ is the man! Love, love, love him. Such a richly drawn character, but as someone else mentioned, we need our EJami or at the very least, stop the silly fighting between the two. It’s gotten old. I hate they killed Ari cuz I could’ve seen her w/ EJ and that would’ve been great conflict btwn the four. I want to see EJ content for a while w/ his children, whether he’s w/ Sami or not. Back to the poll: I must admit I love almost all of the men on Days. This show has the best group of hotties on daytime (probably tv in general).

marilyn
marilyn

Would have voted for James Scott in all three categories if he was listed. To me he is a hero also. He has done some bad things but he has a heart and a conscience. He is not Stefano. James Scott has it all, the looks and the acting skills. He outmatches anyone he acts with. Love him or hate him, he is one fine actor.

Sasha
Sasha

Favorite Days Hottie is JAMES SCOTT (EJ DiMera)

Favorite Days Baddie is ALISON SWEENEY (Samantha Brady)

Favorite Days Hero is JAMES SCOTT (EJ DiMera)

EJ’s DEFINITELY SUPER HOTT, SUPER FINE, SUPER SEXY, and SUPER GORGEOUS!!! WOW!!!

Sami has always been super bad! Love the villainess vixen queen! Her & EJ are amazing and awesome together! So much fun! They are so made for each other! She’s even badder than EJ. EJ doesn’t even come close to Sami and what she has done both past and present and what she’s capable of. Sami has always been a villainess! She’s right up there with Stefano, Vivian, Kate, and Victor. Just ask her how many “villan,” “villainess,” and “vixen” awards she has. She’s a true baddie! And does it so extremely well! No one does villainess, vixen-nism, baddie, and wickedness like Sami and Alison Sweeney does it. She was awesome and fierce when she was like that! A legendary villainess and bad a** that Sami Brady was! Love my favorite villainess and baddie queen Sami! No one does it like her!

And EJ DiMera!! What a awesome Hero he is! EJ’s my favorite Days Hero! EJ has done so much to save and protect the love of his life Samantha, their family together, and even sacrificed himself and his very own life, literally, just to save her and their children. He’d do anything for Sami and their children and would do anything to protect them and has! Including given up his own life and taking crap from her hypocritical family members all the time, who EJ has also helped and saved numerous times as well. My favorite hero EJ!!!!! (and Bo too! And Shawn D. as well!)

JSFan
JSFan

EJ DiMera is a hottie, a baddie and definitely a hero in many ways.

Jordan
Jordan

I put my vote in for Jay K Johnson as the best hottie on Days. Philip is charming, complex, passionate, and drop dead gorgeous.

Ruthie
Ruthie

James Scott

Hottie, baddie, and hero.

sara
sara

James scott is everything ( THE BEST ACTOR ON DAYS)

annie
annie

James for Hottie and Hero, Joe for villain

too bad not a category for worst actor,

sheree
sheree

James Scott as Ej DiMera is the ultimate hottie, baddie and hero all in one!! Nothing he ever does is predictable or ordinary, he keeps on amazing me with all his diversity and complexity. He is tall dark and handsome, passionate and has amazing strength to go after what his heart desires, resorting to some cunning devious schemes. His unconditional love for his precious Samantha and his beautiful little rugrats redeems his darkness and makes him their hero. Constantly fighting to protect them, keep them safe and always making sure they have his love. I hope soon Sami will realize that Ej is the perfect man for her, she does not need to be anyone else with him. He loves her no matter what. I hope this year will be a story of redemption of love for Ejami.

Aliza
Aliza

Spot on totally agree. Thats what brought me back to watching days, Cheering for Ejami all the way.

Krista
Krista

Couldn’t have said it better myself. It was James Scott’s protrayal of EJ Dimera and the Ejami pairing that brought me back to this show in 2006 and kept me watching and waiting for that moment when Ejami finally get to be a couple! James Scott is not only, by far, the hottest man on the show, he is also a very talented actor who brings the character of EJ Dimera to life in every scene. It is because this character has such depth and diversity that EJ can easily fit into the category of either baddie or hero depending on the moment. Few characters on this show have that kind of versatility. There are certainly many good looking men on Days, but by far James Scott (EJ Dimera) far outranks them all as the best hottie!

2snapsInACircle
2snapsInACircle

Hey Kiren, just because FL has new members everyday doesn’t mean they are EJAMIS. Did it ever accure to you that many are Safes/Lumis just spying? HAHAHA

annie
annie

and no one knew that? silly girl

Dariclone
Dariclone

like you?
pretend that we like a couple we do not like ,there are places for people like you and there are a lot like you!
but the truth is that even if you do not admit it You love ejami poor women!

annie
annie

Jenesais you give yourself away, the real question is why bother to spy unless you ar really worried that EJami will happen and it will. hahahahaha

Aliza
Aliza

You poor spies i guess you have nothing better to do with your time then to spy on others. I guess one should feel pity for you as your lame choice of couples just doesn’t do it for you . FL is an awesome place.

NotReally
NotReally

LOL looks like someone hit a soft spot. Why the nasty remarks to someone who admits they spy. You all should have nothing to worry about, right?

I think the original remark was said to dis Safe fans that FL grows everyday with new members. Clearly all the members there are not rooting for ejami. So to make a statement as if FL is overloaded is ridiculous.

C rael
C rael

EJ is my only reason for watching Days and it would be even better if he and Samantha could be one hot mess together and 4 ever!!!!!

dorothy
dorothy

How can Rafe even be a hero…to who has he been a hero to? protecting Sami from the BIG BAD DIMERAS? Right!!!!!! Like even now Ej wouldn’t hurt Sami. So what else has he done? I know he messed up in the WP dibacle. Zero…not a hero. Samis hero.
Ej on the other hand…in the past has saved Samis life many times…even jumped in front of a snipers bullet while she was on her way to WP. Don’t hear anyone give him credit for the many times he HAS done something worthy.

NotReally
NotReally

Sorry EJ isnt all that. Rafe is way hotter. Even in person Galen is sexier, nicer and is more fan friendly. Galen rocks his scenes too.

sara
sara

James Scott is hot hot hot & very talented actor . His work is amazing . I live in sweden and we are 4 years behind.

NotReally
NotReally

Not really. Wait in 4 years you will be disappointed. He gets worse by the week.

sara
sara

I don’t have to wait sweety! I seen it all but still James scott very interesting to watch & believable acting. sorry but cos James scott now i watch days .

sara
sara

Ejami!!!!!!!!!

Bettyrj
Bettyrj

James Scott as EJ is my hottie, baddie, hero all rolled into one! He still loves Samantha even tho she shot him (he has figured it out) and adores his children. When they lived in DiMansion, they were a happy little family. EJ should have told her about the kidnapping at that time. Would she have retaliated as she did that fateful night? We don’t know. Will she ever forgive EJ? We don’t know but would hope so if we are EJami fans. All I know is, I admire James Scott for his powerful portrayal of the baddie with a soft heart. Go EJ! Get your family back!

lovin_safe
lovin_safe

IT’S RAFE AND SAMI 2ND ANNIVERSARY….2 years ago today Rafe and Sami met for the first time in the SAFE house, and I knew then that theirs would be a beautiful love story! And they haven’t disappointed me! They have romance, love, angst, trust, commitment to each other, and sentimental memories of their time together. They are the next SUPERCOUPLE on days!

sara
sara

sorry but this is sami unstable, stupied, liar & she don’t know what she want , we will see Ej knows the sami not Rafe

Sheree
Sheree

Hi

How ironic I am also in Sweden and I always started watching Days because of James Scott as Ej DiMera, enjoying his wonderful chemistry with headstrong spunky Sami Brady!! I can’t get enough of these two!!lol

Dolly
Dolly

I was so disapointed in GG’s acting. He had to put his head down and cover his face with his hands, because he could not show the right emotions when Ari died. I have noticed that before, he would smirk/smile when a different emotion was needed. But re-watch Fri. GG had to hide his face from the camara.
Ejami, they can really act, and they are great together.
I am waiting for EJ to save Sami from Stefano, sure hope it goes that way.

Michael Jenkins
Michael Jenkins

Galen is just not a good actor, he is pretty bad.

James Scott is my favorite baddie, Rafe never was a hero.

chelsea
chelsea

Poor Mark Hapka only has 13 votes 🙁

Sheree
Sheree

Well James Scott as Ej DiMera is the very reason why I started to rewatch Days!! I watched his first unforgettable meeting with Sami Brady and I was totally hooked! I have followed their lovestory from the very first day and I have never regretted it. Ej DiMera for me is so complex and compelling to watch throughout the years. Just like Sami, he strives to be good but he can’t help fighting for what he wants and will do anything to get it. His love for his children bring out his gentle side and his revellation of falling helplessly in love with Sami his better half made him want to be a better man, his own man. Together, they are out of this soapworld. I hope Days will finally realize how unique Ejami is and write them an exciting lovestory to capture all that wonderful passion and romance!!

sara
sara

I agree with you 100% James scott is just amazing actor. Ejami chemistry just wonderful to watch. Hej

Sheree
Sheree

Hejsan!! Tack för ditt ansvar! Jag håller med James Scott är både snygg och begåvad som skådespelare. Brukar du kolla på youtube Ejami video inslag? Det är hur jag har kommit igång med Ejamis kärleks historia. Ha det bra!

sara
sara

Hej Sheree!
Jag kollar också på Youtube varje dag, Jag hoppas att tv3 börja vissa oss dubbelavsnitt våra bästa år Under varje avsnitt hoppas vi framåt i tiden tills dess att vi når nutid. I’m ADDICTED to this EJamis too. Jag e från Uppsala. O tack du själv , Ha det så bra

Sheree
Sheree

Tjena Sara!!

Jag är också Ejami tokig!!lol Jag håller med att det skulle vara kul att ha dubbelavsnitt av Våra bästa år!! Är du en medlem på Ejami FL webbsida? Det är en jätte kul webbsida. Jag bor i Skara. Ha en trevlig kväll!

susu
susu

James Scott , hot hot hot & I watch days cos of him

anie
anie

I dearly love Shawn Christian, he is so good looking, a wonderful actor and very nice man. he is leading in the votes for hottie but I find it very strange there is not one comment left praising him, Are their trolls being very busy – Michael could this poll be spamed to undermine other fan bases votes. just curious. Thi is not to diminish Sean’s validity as a hottie but does seem a bit odd.

sara
sara

Thank you for saying that . I’m thinking the same , something is wrong here don’t you think? Many james scott fans here commenting but the POLLs!!!!! Ejami fan

susu
susu

I’m thinking the same about the POLLs . I’m James scott fan

Detours
Detours

I happen to agree with the person who said that Sami cannot be seen as a “good” character any longer. She has done too much. Unless we find out some “twist” in this current story and she did not really shoot EJ or there’s something we don’t know, she’s turned into a morally repulsive creature.
Kate has always been right about Sami.

sara
sara

I like to see EJ everyday he is such interesting and believable character. No matter what character playing he is doing it very well James Scott very talented.

Lori
Lori

Although I adore Jay and James, Shawn is the definition of “hottie” to me. He’s not only nice to look at, but he is extremely sensual and passionate in his portrayal as Daniel. His raspy voice and perfect smile complete the package. I really don’t think there’s anyone hotter, especially in his scenes with Nadia.

annie
annie

thank you for your courtesy and doing these polls. Shawn is a handsome man, talented and so very nice. He would make a good choice.

Nep
Nep

Love me some hot delicious Shawn Christian!

sue
sue

Even if Shawn had been the one to shave his head, he would still be the HOTTEST on this show !!

Mari
Mari

Things that make you go hummmm.. Shawn Christian is okay looking, but no way is he the hottest man on this show, James Scott gets that honor. I do have to add that Michael Fairman is quite the hottie himself.

karine
karine

i voted for eric M for best hottie but i also find james scott yummy:)
i voted for ej for best baddie(he makes bad sound good)
and bo for best hero

JSFan4Life
JSFan4Life

Favorite hottie and baddie is James Scott. James is hot but he can act too which makes him the total package. I don’t think I’d be such a big fan if it were just all about looks. He was born to play EJ and excels at playing the bad boy roll. James is a magnificent storyteller. You become captivated and can’t help but root for EJ. He owns the roll of EJ. He’s made EJ who he is and it shines through in each performance. It is because of James and his portrayal of EJ that I feel EJ is the most exciting and interesting characters to watch on Days.

kim
kim

Dool Men are all Hawt…. Shawn,James,Peter, Eric, Galen,Jay,Mark and others guys on there as well, heck all the women are beautiful too. This is one pretty soap but they are all talented as well congrats on to all the winners.

Melissa
Melissa

I thought he really grew as an actor since Sam’s accident, and especially in his scenes with Roger Howarth. I will be sad to see him recast just as he was finding his voice as a young actor. Frankly I worry about all young actors. To have to work in such a high-pressured and at times cruel
industry at such a young age seems somehow to rob them of their childhood.

Patrick
Patrick

I agree… I posted… that …when he was absent from the show… for those 4-5 years… when even at that young age.. did he know his character had died

he had to have been enjoying his OWN childhood… and he just never surfaced or reinvented…

so darned cute! my heart still aches for Liz… and it was a “real” treat to see little Jake… with Roger Howarth’ Franco… bonding

I was looking forward to this storyline… with Liz moving on… you could see the magic “surfacing” with Franco, Liz, Jake… and her other sons

sorry to see him being replaced… I agree with most posts.. he was coming around and finding his way, again

Little Jake is thee BEST !

Timmm
Timmm

Kids NEED to know life isnt all peaches and cream! Look at all these teenagers that are on a successful show and scratch their heads when their show is cancelled! Learn early to set yourself up later in life that somethings dont last forever!

Patricia Nolan-Hall (Caftan Woman)
Patricia Nolan-Hall (Caftan Woman)

I was warming up to the young actor. It has been fun to see the strides he made in the role over his time on the show. Unless it is to age the character I see no reason to make a change at this time.

Jenni Zemlock
Jenni Zemlock

Horrible decision to recast. James is phenomenal as Little Jake. Hope they are Not SORAS him. All the current kids, Jake, Spencer, Cameron Aiden & Emma should age naturally.

SZima
SZima

James is a terrific young actor and I was really glad TPTB brought him back as Jake. I REALLY WANT TO KNOW THE REASONING BEHIND THIS!

I thought he did a super job at playing the creepy-spooky-super messed up child! I think he acted exactly the way a child under Helena’s control for 4 years would have acted.

This just seems like another bone-headed move the new writers are making.

Wayne
Wayne

Totally agree with you– I think -well he did seem creepy weird but once he got to that hospital that I will not name after he was hit by a car- he no longer had that creepy look and his hair was different, too. So is this the new writers making a change or what??

JackieH
JackieH

I totally agree! This kid knocked it out of the park! They should have left Joeclyn and all the other kids alone let them grow up like Robin did! There is no need to soras and fill up the screen with teen drama! There is plenty of time for that let’s focus on the people we have! What a shame!

Timmm
Timmm

I agree Jenni. The aged Joss for no good reason!

Deborah Jones
Deborah Jones

Exactly I said the same thing GH is going to regret letting James go, he was just awarded Universal Studios star award you go James !!!

Melissa
Melissa

Wth what is that all about? James has been doing a fab job as jake (scary) !! They are probably going to make him older!!

su0000
su0000

awww,, I like James Nigbor..
He’s like a kid from a horror movie!
James is unique, he’s got the eerie going on!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

We knew he was your kind of kid…lol

su0000
su0000

Ahhha haaa! you got me, Jimh 🙂

CeeCee
CeeCee

So, does this mean Jake will now be a teen?

CeeCee
CeeCee

There is no ‘teen love’ on GH. If ‘they’ were to SORAS Jake, he could be Jocelyn’s boyfriend. It’s time we see that girl in circulation, on a regular basis…..in a scholastic environment.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Did they age Jocelyn…i missed some eps. but Emma is still little Emma when she visits Anna…oh, well a lot of GH rarely makes any sense these days…lol

CeeCee
CeeCee

@jimh.
Yes, Jimmy, Jocelyn/Josslyn is now a teen. I just wonder why ‘they’ have decided to age Jake.
I’d like to think a fresh storyline with some of these youngsters would be welcomed.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

A teen story is ok if done right with good actors but they didnt do well with TJ and Molly…

CeeCee
CeeCee

I agree, Jimmy. Haley Pulos has a bright career ahead of her….so versatile. In my opinion, her counterpart, Tequan Richmond, is a bleak actor for me. No charisma.
I could say the same for the avalanche of young newbies at Days.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

They could write decent stuff for the children….i see them do it on Britains Coronation Street…and they never soras them…they are allowed to grow up realistically and act like real children…Simon has been acting out…his mother is dead and his father moved away…he lives with his stepmother whom he has physically abused when angered…Simon is 12…he still a troubled kid and his family is trying to help him…he currently left to visit his father…when he returned he is still a 12 year old…i love the realism of this show but it too can have its unbelievable soapish moment…like the dead body buried underneath a bedroom floor and no smell from the decaying corpse after all these months…unless he isnt dead and somehow escaped down the sewage tunnel…lol

CeeCee
CeeCee

Yes, Jimmy. Ideally, children should be able to grow up on screen, as many have.
As I said, there must be something of utter importance going down …..something involving Jake, which a child James Nigbor’s age cannot handle or perceive.
It’s hard to shake the feeling that Helena is, indeed, involved somehow.

Kath
Kath

I doubt that GH is going to “age” Jake. I’m sure it’s to replace the former Jake with a BETTER actor. Come on; the kid playing that role was pretty awful!! There’s no reason to age Jake; they’ll have to age all the kids if they do that. Isn’t it funny how the kids age, but the parents never do? (heavy sigh)…I wish it was like that in real life. lol

Mrs. Brown
Mrs. Brown

What’s up? I couldn’t bear when they brought back a dead child. This kid was good in the part. Just like Jason “Stone Cold”.

Karen74
Karen74

Glad they are getting a new actor! Didn’t like the boys acting even before he was “killed” way back!

Timmm
Timmm

Ice cold!

Johnny
Johnny

James is a terrific actor, big mistake GH…They recast the role, what a joke.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I agree, Johnny. James is such a good little actor. To do this so soon after his return makes no sense; unless there is a vital storyline waiting for an older Jake. Enter Helena, anyone?

Shay
Shay

I hope there is a method to this madness, CeeCee, and it’s spelled H-E-L-E-N-A!! James really captured the essence of this little trainwreck of a Cassadine-reared kiddie…..he looked so eerie, and yet, charmingly cherubic, at the same time. (Like a child star from a ’50’s sitcom or Disney movie……..) Plus, he was super with RoHo…after all this time, Franco had finally found himself a like-minded playmate, and now he’s gone! Bah…..

Judymaae
Judymaae

I am shocked and saddened to hear this. For one thing, the twins have done such a good job playing a disturbed child. Secondly … why would they age him up right in the middle of his big storyline? And third … if this means we’re also going to lose Spencer and Emma … then TIIC at GH are letting a group of very talented and beloved soap kids go. We’ve heard spoilers recently that Emma is coming back to visit Anna. If it’s not Brooklyn … then who cares?

rebecca1
rebecca1

We did hear that it”s Brooklyn. It was established when she left that she’d be making sporadic visits.

Softjohn
Softjohn

What is wrong with GH? They just can’t go recast a role that had so much hype! This is the second biggest mistake they did, next to recasting the role of Jason with Billy Miller. I tell you, this role should have been given to Michael Muhney! He can totally pull off stone cold and he looks a little bit like Steve Burton! I tell you, I will never forgive GH for the biggest mistakes in history in soap history. Well that and ousting Michael Muhney, now that’s something that will never be forgotten any time soon.

In case they forgotten, Nigbor played the character when Luke was leaving, and now they are throwing him out again. This is Drew Garrett being replaced with Chad Duell all over again. I still miss Garrett and hope he is having success outside of General Hospital.

Verna
Verna

The present Jake is a great actor. If they want to “age” him, then they will have to age Spencer, Emma etc; It’s v. difficult to get good child actors . I hope they know what they are doing. Ridiculous!

Timmm
Timmm

I am holding out hope MM is hied as Valentin Cassadine!

I wouldnt worry much about little Jake. He is a kid. I think he picked up the pace and was good with Franco but lets wait and see what GH does before we jump off a bridge!

Drew Garret was a better Michael.

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

So true, that is what made Jake’s return so poignant .. he was played by the same actor! James has done a terrrific job as Jake, this gives me one less reason to tune in.

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

The little actor was a fish out of water when it came to acting. He was not a child actor per se, just a cute kid.

Kath
Kath

You got it, Lou. He was a cute kid with no talent.

betty hudson
betty hudson

this is terrible he has played Jake from please keep him on

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I liked how he creeped me out…stupid GH!!!

Charday
Charday

Me, too. That was his appeal. All the other kids on GH, except Spencer (where’s he been?!?), are boring.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I believe the actor who plays Spenser is off doing another project at the moment.

Lil' Angel
Lil' Angel

Spencer is on a Disney show called Stuck in the Middle. He knew better than to wait around for scripts from the new regime at GH.

Melissa
Melissa

I’m one of the few people who really does not enjoy the little kids on the show. For one, I think they are portrayed as either sickly sweet and perfect (Emma) or obnoxiously advanced (Spencer). Jake was the exception. He seemed like a real kid. A kid with problems, grant you, but still a kid. Cameron is portrayed as a real kid too. Emma and Spencer are portrayed as mini-adults. I never enjoyed watching them very much. It’s nothing against the actors — they are good actors who are clearly giving the writers and directors what they want from their performances. It’s more how their characters have been conceived that rubs me the wrong way.

Kath
Kath

He creeped me out too; with her poor performances.

Susan
Susan

Why????

fginaspy
fginaspy

This is sad news. I like James as Jake and always have.

Joe
Joe

Thank the Lord! Sorry but the kid is flatter than paint. He needed to go.

Kath
Kath

Ah, another honest person. WTG, Joe!

Trudy
Trudy

I’m so sorry for James. I think he was improving as an actor, especially once he didn’t have to play “Stone Cold” anymore. His scenes with Franco were charming.

What does this mean for Becky Herbst? If Jake is recast, then his story is ongoing, so presumably Liz’s story is ongoing. Does that mean that Becky signed a contract, or that GH is recasting her, too? Any news on casting calls at GH?

K Ross
K Ross

Sorry for the kid, but he was so robotic.
Hard today watch, always looking anywhere but the camera.

Kath
Kath

Agree 100%

Soapfan
Soapfan

~ Within the Nigbor tweet exchange, it was mentioned that “the 29th” was James last GH episode. ~

She corrected that on Twitter saying the 3rd (March) was his last air date.

JennF
JennF

I am very sad that he’s leaving. I enjoy him as Jake. I think he’s a fine actor, but I’m not one to judge that. I just hope that this decision wasn’t made because of all the vileness I’ve seen grown adults say about the child and character. I wish him a ton of success.

Kath
Kath

It’s not a matter of “judging;.” you shouldn’t feel badly about that. James is indeed a cute kid, but he’s a horrible actor (and most people don’t want to say so, because he IS a child, but anyone who has seen his constantly poor attempts at a performance, KNOW this is true). Maybe he just wants to be a kid for now, and an actor later on in life. That’s okay. He never looked like he wanted to even be there; always dead-pan, expressionless, monotone, awkward. He possessed NO natural talent at all.

luisa
luisa

Wish him luck, god bless him, but may it was for the best, Disney is better, for theses kids, especially playing a creepy kid, but I still think Jake belongs to Lucky

Mary SF
Mary SF

Well if the tradition of GH raiding Y&R cast and vice versa continues, the only one on Y&R they could steal is the guy who plays Ben’s son Max— who’s creepy too.

All kidding aside if they recast with an older child actor it might solely to be able to have the kid on camera for longer periods of time– there are all kind of rules governing child actors, so the decision to recast might be that reason especially if the role is going to be expanded requiring more air time, and it looks like it is heading in that direction — an older child might be able to handle the increased work load better–and they can keep him on set longer saving time, which saves money.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Makes perfect sense, Mary…didn’t even think of that !!

Kath
Kath

Everything you stated in reference to SARS, in fact, is very true, but sadly, I believe the role was recast because the kid who had it was a terrible actor and the fans finally got to the producers. There was a TON of (not very nice) online comments about young James (in reference to his lack of talent), continuously, since the first day he returned to GH. First, I thought, “Give the kid a chance.” Then I thought, “Okay, he’s been kidnapped that’s why he acts so drifty.” But then, I noticed his blank, non-talented performances went on and on and on. GH was right to get rid of him; he’s awful! Maybe later on in life he can try again; he’s only 9 and he’s got plenty of time.

kaffen
kaffen

Why this actor get so much Publicity
its on Facebook..its on SOS

Just get Jasam a Baby girl..

Patrick
Patrick

I’m especially, SAD

disheartened…that this has happened…

WHAT ON EARTH, is going on, with Rebecca Herbst ????

I truly thought he was finally coming along… especially with Roger Howarth and it was still on… with Rebecca Herbst

argh!

aside from being a cutie patootie…

shucks… my little Jake… will be missed

Norma
Norma

that is terrible he was a great actor and will be missed

Kath
Kath

No, he was certainly NOT a great actor; not even close.

norma
norma

he was a great actor for a young boy and made great creepy faces . he was a cute little guy and I still will miss him

Jane
Jane

Not surprised they are always changing some body, they probably want another Spencer type. We’ll all live.

k/kay
k/kay

You need a young Camryn Grimes or a Johnathan Jacjson or a Kimberly Mccoulligh you have thrown this kid into major story got to have some chops

k/kay
k/kay

Sorry Lordy misspelling of names

Rose
Rose

However you feel about the actor, the whole thing just smells.

Joe
Joe

Yet, another ASSNINE move by abc. Those losers that are in charge cannot be more moronic. James was doing such a fantastic job and was getting his acting chops going and then abc comes in a WACKS him off at the knees. I was so Happy when they brought him (the actor) back from the so called dead.

What is frikken wrong with abc? First the dumbest move ever in history getting rid of All My Children & then One Life to Live. Dropping OLTL from their daytime lineup when it was their highest rated Soap was done by a moron Brian Frons. I will BOYCOTT abc and I will only watch GH and that is ALL. I want to thank abc because now I watch NBC & CBS shows. 🙂 FARK them!

su0000
su0000

Hey Joe,
By watching GH you broke your boycott of ABC .. LOL
You might as well watch all get primetime soaps that ABC offers, some really good ones you’re missing, your boycott is now nil.. 😉

Kath
Kath

I agree – ABC has done some REAL boners, but getting rid of this non-talented kid was NOT one of them. He was a TERRIBLE actor! As far as we’re concerned, this is something ABC finally got right!

Don
Don

I think the will SORAS him and that’s where recast comes in and had to do it at some point and that will allow the show to have more storylines for jake in the future.

robert
robert

i think they are going to age Jake into a teenager. the show doesn’t really have a younger set

Dan
Dan

Damn shame, James was a little cutie and I thought he played the role of Jake very well. Exactly the way you would expect a kid that was supposedly under the control of Helena Cassadine for all of those years to act. They must have something different in mind for the role. I don’t know. Some of the casting decisions Frank Valentini makes really puzzle me. We can’t get Tristan Rogers back on contract, but we need a new Jake, when the current one was doing just fine.

Anne
Anne

He is a wonderful actor. Are the parents pulling him out of the show? We will miss him.

Anne
Anne

I just want to say that I wish that General Hospital would come up with better story lines than mob stories. Maybe have a little happiness once in a while. I think I may start watching The Young and the Restless since it has alot of the old GH characters.

Timmm
Timmm

Anne, over at Y&R, Steve Burton is FINALLY starting to shine and Kelly Sullivan who was Connie/Kate on GH is doing a fine job to. Dont forget Jason Thompson who replaced Billy Miller’s character on Y&R. I have not heard ONE complaint over the recast. Y&R is pretty good right now and you will probably enjoy the change from the mob!

Rodd
Rodd

I think this is sad news. He was just beginning to settle in and now someone else will be brought in to jar the fans once again. I think that’s a bad decision. They should have let the kid grow more.

And if the rumors about aging him are true they’ll be making another big mistake. Fans aren’t stupid. They remember what year certain characters were born and who should be older than who. All the kids on the show, with the exception of Rocco, Maxi’es little girl, Avery, Leo, and Sabrina’s kid were born before I started watching, so I don’t know; but I can tell when things get out of whack with the SOARs. (Hello, Jocelyn!) Doesn’t work well.

Brian
Brian

I like this young actor and think he was doing a great job. He is 100 times better than the guy that plays Theo on Days.

Jay Trotter
Jay Trotter

Rebecca Herbst and General Hospital might have worked out a new deal for her to stay with the show. They are going to SORAS both Cameron and Jake to teenagers and this will be a Liz’s new storyline in dealing with her now 13-14 year old kids. One of them will be paired with Joss and be a nice respectful kid while the other one will be a real hell raiser that constantly gets into trouble.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I intimated as much, Jay. I guess we had the same idea?

Patrick
Patrick

I ssssoooooo hope this; RH and GH work out a new deal !

this would have been “my” last straw… and would have shucked GH

Jake was the bees knees and king of cute

the bonding moments were coming along… I’m so glad at least the posts as a whole are saying as such

I hope GH still continues on with the attraction with Franco…. Liz … “He’s Yours”

I loved the last Joss… now she could be a hell raiser…

did any one catch that movie about Dolly Parton… “coat of many colors”

LOL… I was so surprised to see our little Josselyn in the movie… she was great!

the one who totally knocked my off my chair… was Faith… Sharon daughter from Y&R… AMAZING !

on Y&R.. I thought.. Faith was the odd one…not on “coat of many colors” you could have knocked me over with a feather… the way she acted her little heart out… convincingly so… and I LOVE HER… she can act

fans are right tho… with Spence gone… Emma gone…

wow… this Is going to smart nevertheless… NO JAKE… argh! my heart… w/Liz’

Timmm
Timmm

That was so nice of his parents to reach out to the fans. It was also cool GH used the original Jake when he came back on the show. At first James struggled a bit but he has gotten better and him and Billy Miller were finding a groove as father and son. Either FV didnt feel the same or they are aging the boy? Either way, good luck James and I know you will show up on something new because you have a bright future buddy.

Margaret
Margaret

she later corrected that last air date because he was on 3/3

Trophy Lady
Trophy Lady

GOOD!!!! That kid is a horrible actor. It made no sense to cast him in such an important role and he couldn’t act. There are WAY TOO MANY good child actors out there, so I have no idea why they settled on him. Maybe he’s related to someone at ABC?

Think about it — the kid that portrays Spencer is an EXCELLENT actor. Emma was pretty good, too. I loved little Jocelyn when she was obsessed with “Children of the Corn.” She played her role with such gusto, and you could totally tell that she was Carly’s daughter! It was just a poor choice in casting by choosing this kid to play Jake.

Oh well. Hopefully, they’ll get a much better actor this time around. This kid needs to do some community theater and enroll in some acting classes.

Timmm
Timmm

Keep James and recast Morgan!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Yeeeessss!!

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

That is a very good decision… he is a very cute boy and certainly a good resemblance to his dad…. but he needs some acting lessons if he is to continue on…. from what I read, he had not done any acting since he was a baby at GH so throwing him into a role like this was not ever fair to the kid….

Patrick
Patrick

” I”VE …. GOT … IT ”

DAYS of OUR Lives needs to hire him as Parker…. !!!!! they just aged Parker.. and he’s not bringing it….

Parker is Chloe son…

he’d be great with Nicole as well

come to think of IT… with all the SORAS they did on DAYS… they don’t have kids… either

Abs, Gabs, and Theresa have babies

Angel
Angel

Well, if they age Jake, they have to age Danny, Cam, Aiden, Leo, Avery, Rocco ,Spencer, Emma..otherwise there is no way any story will be believable.So they will all have to be let go too. And with these young kids aged – especially if they go to teens, they have to then age Molly, Kristina, TJ, Michael, Morgan and Kiki.cause you can’t have kids born years after them almost the same age as them. Why isn’t GH thinking before acting? James ( Jake) was the child taken by Helena – he is the one who came home – who better to tell what happened to him during those years than the child who played the part?

Lin
Lin

The little boy does a good job. Some say he acts weird. Duh. He’s supposed to be mentally disturbed after living with Helena. Now will they SORAS all the kids. Horrible. Will they all be fired? Makes no sense.

Lorraine Sardin
Lorraine Sardin

He is excellent for the part of Lil Jake. He even has the look of his character and it will be a mistake to recast him, but good luck!!

Carole Stephenson
Carole Stephenson

I am glad they recast the role. The child they were using seemed purely evil and I felt no empathy for him.

Lovely
Lovely

Can’t believe he was replaced with a younger peppy child. And they still say via Franco he reminds me at that age type line.
Can’t even see it

cyndi
cyndi

I think this is SO sad! You played the part perfectly. Best of luck James!

General Hospital

GH Preview – Week of July 16, 2018

This week on General Hospital the fallout from Michael (Chad Duell) and Nelle’s (Chloe Lanier) nuptials will change the course of several lives including Carly’s (Laura Wright), who has come to bust up of the wedding, by busting out of Ferncliff!

Meanwhile, after those close to Drew (Billy Miller) encourage him to try to date again after his divorce from Sam (Kelly Monaco), he ends up in a surprise encounter with Marqaux (Elizabeth Hendrickson).  Will sparks fly?

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

Let us know in the comment section below what storyline has you most intrigued.

MONDAY JULY 16

Michael is torn.

TUESDAY JULY 17

Valentin puts two and two together.

WEDNESDAY JULY 18, 2018  

Curtis offers Liz an explanation.  

THURSDAY JULY 19, 2018 

Carly faces the consequences of her actions.

 FRIDAY JULY 20, 2018

Obrecht encounters an obstacle.

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Breaking News

GH’s Vinessa Antoine Lands Primetime Series Will Make Canadian TV History!

Fantastic news for General Hospital favorite, Vinessa Antoine (Jordan)! The talented actress had landed the leading role in the primetime Canadian series, Diggstown!

The legal drama is scheduled to air this fall.  In Diggstown, Antoine will play Marcie Diggs, a top corporate lawyer who decides to dedicate herself to a legal aid office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

This casting news will make Vinessa a part of Canadian TV history as the first Black Canadian actress to star in a prime-time drama on legacy network television, CBC.

Antoine spoke to the Toronto Star about her starring role, “When I first read the script I was really attracted to the notion that she was a corporate lawyer and she believed in the system. And when that crashed for her, life nudged her to do something extraordinary. And because I’m a woman of color, so many things connected. She’s complex, not stereotypical, and that’s refreshing.”

However as suspected, and according to the Toronto Star: “General Hospital fans will not be happy to learn that Antoine, who has been with the show since 2014, will no longer be a series regular when she starts shooting Diggstown in August.”

So, excited to hear Vinessa has been cast in a leading primetime series?  Comment below!

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General Hospital

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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