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Johnny Wactor on Brando’s GH Demise: “I Have Been Blown Away By The Reaction From The Fans, I Had No Idea That You Guys Cared So Much About My Character”

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It’s been an emotional week for General Hospital viewers following the death of Brando Corbin; which meant that actor Johnny Wactor has wrapped his run on the ABC daytime drama series.

On Thursday, Wactor shared his ‘thanks’ to all the loyal GH fans who took the journey with him and his on-screen alter-ego via a video post on his Instagram account.

Johnny expressed: “It’s been a couple days since the demise of Brando Corbin in Port Charles as we know it.  And I have to tell ya, I have been so blown away by the reaction from the fans.  I had no idea that you guys cared so much about my character. I’m so grateful for the outpour of questions and support. I’ve always said, that the fans of General Hospital are the greatest fans in the world and I truly believe that and this is just further evidence of that.”

Social media was abuzz when Brando suddenly died following successful surgery after being attacked by the ‘hook’.  Some fans felt Wactor’s presence will be sorely missed; while others shared that they felt Brando was not a necessary character.

Wactor took all of the comments like a champ and in his video message added: “Whether you were excited to see Brando Corbin killed off, or outraged and have questions, man, I’m just so lucky to have been on this show, truly.”

As he concluded his ‘thank you’s’, Johnny let GH viewers know he does have some other projects that you will see him in very soon, sharing: “Thank you so much for letting me bring Brando Corbin to life.  Thank you for caring, and thank you for all the support and the well-wishes for my future endeavors, whether that’s back in Port Charles at some point, or another show, or other films … which there’s some coming.”

Lastly, Johnny added, “I’ll miss ya, and you enjoy the rest of the week.”

Watch Wactor’s heartfelt message below.

So, where do you stand with the decision to kill off Brando? Glad the character is off the canvas, or sad to see him go? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

 

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Kevin C
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Kevin C

Johnny Wactor IMO is a wonderful actor and I will miss him and his character of Brando. I was very upset that Brando was killed off of GH. I LOVED him and Shasha together. I wish Johnny nothing but the best in his future endeavors. By the way Johnny, THANKS for the kind message and video. YOU will be missed.

Kevin C
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Kevin C

Apologies for misspelling of Sasha’s name…Love Brando and Sasha…Johnny Wactor aka Brando for sure will be missed.

Denis Adam Pompa
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Denis Adam Pompa

Bring him back!

Margherita
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Margherita

Johnny mentioned the possibility of a GH return a couple of times during his video. I’m hoping that is a possibility, for Brando and Sasha truly had/have the opportunity for being a great soap couple, love, intrigue, mystery, and FUN!!!

Steve
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Steve

The epitome of class and kindness. Best of luck to JW in his future endeavors.

Carrie
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Carrie

Brando was a sweet character. I will miss him. J.W. did a great job and I wish him well.

rose
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rose

Johnny…Sometimes the nice, more decent characters in soaps can get overshadowed by those characters who make the most noise and drama. But believe me, your role as Brando, and the way you played it was a welcome relief and made up for some of the crazy things going on at General Hospital. So I am not happy you are gone, especially the way the way the writers did it. Good luck in the future.

Julie Alderman
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Julie Alderman

Very sad to see him leave the show. Really liked him. Like to see him come back. Thank you for the video.

Ik
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Ik

I really liked the character and actor. He was caring of others yet fearless. Watching his relationship grow with Sasha was beautiful. They both deserved that deep love they found together. I was looking forward to watching their love grow.

brian
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brian

GH does seem to bring talented, wonderful new actors to the screen.. then just as the actor becomes popular and gains a fan base… GH always turfs them !

very sad to see Johnny Wactor be the latest to have this fate

Margherita
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Margherita

So true! Like Nathan:(

Greg
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Greg

I think Johnny is a terrific actor and am genuinely surprised that the show would let go of such a talent. What a loss to the fans of GH!!

Greg
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Greg

I also wanted to say thank you to Johnny for such a classy and heartfelt good bye message. WE don’t often get this from a departing actor. What a classy guy. Hope they find a way to bring him back!!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Greg
Thinking the same thing, that he cared enough about his many fans to offer that heartfelt message. It was very much appreciated, and tells you his worth in so many ways. Why are we losing so many good characters while the vile ones just get to stay and wreak havoc?

Soaphound
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Soaphound

This is exactly the kind of head-scratching move that makes daytime viewers crazy. With a show dense with unlikable peripheral characters, why kill off one of the nice ones? And now Diane gets an all too infrequent appearance just to get “the hook”? Bad form, guys. Really bad form.

Tonya Cook
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Tonya Cook

I can’t take GH no more, now I just pass on by it, they are killing off all of the best people because they want to cancel the show, so be it.

Harry
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Harry

Johnny had a natural, subtle and quietly charming essence about him which was effortless. You found yourself rooting for both Brando and Sasha. But the writers decided to drench this couple in tragedy. Viewers kept waiting for their story arc to arch upward to a happy place but instead, it went darker and darker. There was no pay off for the couple, and by extension for viewers.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Diane Poised to Be Attacked by the ‘Hook’; Elizabeth Knew Finn’s Late Wife, Reiko?

On Friday’s cliffhanger of General Hospital, Diane Miller (Carolyn Hennesy) looks to be the next victim of the mysterious ‘hook’.  We won’t know till Monday how it plays out, but things are not looking good for the legal eagle in a preview for the airshow.

In story, Diane dropped by the garage that Brando worked at, looking for Sasha (Sofia Mattson).  At first, she bumps into Sonny (Maurice Benard) who is not pleased with Diane for trying to take him down on the witness stand during Nina’s hearing.  She shares she was helping her clients Michael and Willow as best she could.  Sonny says it was personal for him and he can’t forget what happened.

Next, Diane tells Sasha that she’s serving as her interim lawyer since Martin is unavailable and is there to discuss her guardianship. Sasha is scared that she’ll wind up behind bars now that Brando is gone.  Diane assures Sasha she will file a continuance to keep the process going to keep her out of jail. Diane asks where the guardianship papers may be, and Sasha tells her to check Brando’s office.

Dex (Evan Hofer), who is looking suspicious (but it has to be a red-herring, right?) is going to take Sasha home per Sonny’s orders, but Sonny also tells Dex to lock up when Diane is finished with her business.

Later, Diane in the dark, goes to Brando’s office to find the guardianship papers. Next, a figure appears in the doorway with the hook.  This time the ‘Hook’ looks to be of smaller stature leading many on social media that the person behind the violence could be Esme.

In other developments, Elizabeth Webber’s (Rebecca Herbst) convoluted storyline, just got even more convoluted.  Liz looks at the photo she’s drawn and suddenly has a flashback revealing the woman’s face at the bottom of the stairwell.  She then tells Finn (Michael Easton) that after her recent session with Kevin, she recalls seeing the woman’s face. Conveniently, Finn was just talking about his late wife, Reiko with Gregory (Gregory Harrison).  So, when Liz talks to Finn, she sees a woman’s face on Finn’s phone.

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Finn explains that the picture is of his late wife, Reiko.  He tells Liz he is working on a case that reminded him of Reiko, and he mentions being in the Mariana Islands with her. That makes Liz frantic and she decides to leave. Next, she heads home, where she locates a photo of her and her sister, Sarah. The photo is titled, “Elizabeth and Sarah, Mariana Islands, 1997.”

So, do you think Diane will perish or survive the attack by the ‘Hook’? Who is the ‘Hook”? What on earth is going on with Liz’s storyline? Share your thoughts and theories in the comment section below.  But first, vote in our latest ‘Michael’s Poll’ below by voting on which character is the culprit behind all of the bloodshed?

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Brando Dies … But Not From His Wounds

On Tuesday’s episode of General Hospital, poor Sasha (Sofia Mattsson) was hit with yet another punch to the gut.  After losing her baby, Liam, back in December of 20201, she has now lost her husband, Brando (Johnny Wactor), in s shocking turn events that played out in Brando’s hospital room.

Finally coming to (following being ‘hooked’ by the mysterious figure) after surviving hours of surgery from his wounds, he goes coughs up blood and then goes into a massive seizure right in front of Sasha.

Panicked, Sasha calls for help, where Portia (Brook Kerr) and her team run in to try to save Brando.  Next, we get a montage of the love story of Brando and Sasha, which is never a good sign on soap operas – as it more often than not – signals the end of the line for a character.

After Portia is completely rattled by why Brando is dying when the surgery is a success, eventually he passes away.  Portia comes out of his hospital room and tells Sasha they did everything they could.  Just then, Brando’s mom, Gladys (Bonnie Burroughs) along with Nina (Cynthia Watros), come by and all the women are struck with heartbreaking grief.  Sonny (Maurice Benard) happens upon the scene and asks Portia what happened and she reveals there were sudden complications.

Wanting a moment alone to say goodbye to his cousin, Sonny (Maurice Benard) tells Brando to take care of Liam and Mike when he sees them in heaven. Sonny also promises to take care of Sasha and Gladys. Next, Sasha wants Sonny to go into Brando’s room with her, and they are joined by Nina and Gladys, who all stand over his bedside in tears.

Elsewhere, Portia finds Finn (Michael Easton) to look over Brando’s medical reports and case, and relates that Brando’s symptoms don’t track with what happened to him when he was brought into the ER and what happened in surgery.  She ponders if there is a more sinister explanation for his death, hoping Finn (even though he is an infectious disease doc) can help shed some light.

What did you think of GH’s decision to kill off Brando Corbin? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

Check out the final moments of Tuesday’s General Hospital below.

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Chad Duell Reveals Health Scare That Kept Him Away From Taping Episodes of General Hospital

When Robert Adamson recently replaced Chad Duell again as GH’s Michael Corinthos shortly after he had subbed for him previously; fans began to wonder if the actor had contracted Covid-19 again.

However, in the latest episode of Maurice Benard’s (Sonny Corinthos, GH) State of Mind series, Chad revealed it was a health scare involving his heart that kept him away from taping episodes.

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Duell explained to Benard, that he thought he had COVID, but was testing negative: “I had the symptoms of it: the fever, the cough, a weird headache, and I have had COVID a number of times before. On the fourth day, all of a sudden, my chest started hurting unbelievably bad. I felt like I was having a heart attack. Holy crap. It was so painful, I thought if I have COVID, it probably went to my chest. I should go to the hospital.”

When Chad went to the hospital they ran blood tests for his troponin levels to determine whether he had a heart attack, and later performed an angiogram.

According to Chad, the doctors told him that he had, “acute myocarditis, which is inflammation of the heart muscles” that can occur after exposure to a virus. Duell added, “Like Covid and after 3 months after you have had it, sometimes people can get this inflammation of the heart. It’s a long term Covid affect and some people get in their brains.”

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Chad went on to day to share with Benard that the condition, “Goes away on its own. I took medication, but I thought I was dying.  I can’t tell you the pain I felt. I was taking morphine and it wasn’t doing anything.  So I was scared, man.”  He added, “When you think you might die, you start to reevaluate some things … see what’s important.”  As of now, Duell shares, though he has to take it easy, he is feeling better.

In addition, during his State of Mind appearance, Chad reflects on being single for the first time in several years since his break-up with Y&R’s Courtney Hope (Sally).  He shares he has been getting to understand and know himself better though his time without being in a relationship.

Watch Chad and Maurice on ;State of Mind; below. Then let us know, were you surprised to hear of Chad’s health scare with his heart? Comment below.

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