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Kelly Monaco Addresses Billy Miller’s Departure From GH

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In a post via her twitter account, General Hospital’s Kelly Monaco (Sam) shared her heartbreak on her longtime scene partner, Billy Miller’s (Drew) exit from the ABC daytime drama series.  This was the first time that Kelly addressed the situation in a public forum.

Miller came on to GH back in 2014 as Jason Morgan, following the departure of Steve Burton, who then wound up on Y&R.  When Burton returned to GH in 2017, Miller’s part was then turned-in-to, Jason’s twin, Drew Cain.

Through a great portion of Miller’s run on GH, he was paired romantically on -screen with Monaco and the duo were, and have remained, one of the most popular duo’s in daytime.

Monaco expressed the following in her message: “I feel like I have to address this situation. #BillyMiller ‘s untimely departure from #gh. Honestly, I can not come up with the words to describe how I feel about this decision… a decision that may not be what our audience thinks to be true. I’m heartbroken… more to come.”

Share your thoughts on Kelly’s message via the comment section below.

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best to wait for full story…but as for GH the Shiloh story has grown tiresome and needs to conclude…the mind switch story is why soaps do not attract more viewers…it did have it moments tho…i thought the weather story in the early 8os and the alien story a bit much as it is but this isnt Dr Who…yes, its a soap but still it needs to be more down to earth like the more popular CBS soaps

Love Billy Miller great actor wish he wasn’t leaving he was a great Drew Cain. He will be missed.

Billy Miller is a great actor should remain on the show get rid of shilo

Oh, but we still have the Juilliard Bootleg/Parking Lot hire, nuJordan, nuTJ, Shiloh, & Kim ZERO.

Although Billy was great as Billy on Y&R, I like the man playing the Part currently.
He was a past GH character, I remember.

Sad to see Billy leave GH- he is nice to look at and great actor.
I remember him as Billy on Y&R & is was great also. I like the current man playing Billy Abott. Past GH cast member.

I love Billy Miller and think he’s a real talent. I hope he’s leaving to pursue bigger and better things. That said, why must Kelly Monaco post such cryptic messages which incites Miller’s fan base without really offering any real news? It’s a bit irritating.

To all GH executives are you trying to get GH cancelled. You have turned all lead actors into zombies

Absolutely and all these new characters it’s sad drew for example was front and center and gaining in fans and then we have Laura Wright’s boyfriend why? We could have kept Billy miller! Now we have this tad guy coming ??? And Kendra get rid of them and new Jordan useless! New Nina just doesn’t fit the role … no way is she a fashion icon it’s sad really I’ve been watching 47 years what other show has lasted that long? None! Abc stop ruining our show

I love Billy Miller but he got screwed by GH. They as much said “you have no standing here” when they took away the part he was hired to play. Y&R said the same thing to Gina Tognoni when for no good reason, they let her go because Michelle Stafford wanted to return. I hope Gino and Billy find great parts better than those they were screwed out of.

I’m sure Billy knew what the risks were when he took the gig. Recasts of leading characters on a soap (or any TV show, really) are always a risk for everyone involved. By the same token, if Billy wanted to stay in daytime, he could probably walk right back into Y&R tomorrow and get back the job he had over there.

The problem with how GH handled the situation isn’t that they restored the real Jason. It’s the fact that they created a new character, Drew Cain, and then refused to tell his story, even though they wrote at least a basic outline of a backstory worth exploring. Ironically, this is now finally being done in the stupidest way possible, even as Billy’s final air date approaches, with him taking a back seat in his own story, to Frank’s most over-propped pet, Frodd. Or Drodd, as he is now known. Not to mention tying it all in with the never ending cult dragonshit story. I want Shiloh in Hell by Labor Day, damn it!

I concur.

Well, she does have her own job to protect, so she can only say so much. But then she could have just said nothing at all, I guess.

Jill Marie
She was probably just pissed at the time at the injustice of why or how he left and couldn’t contain herself. The last statement she made is the one I am most interested in, says she can’t describe the way she feels about a decision that was made that we, the fans may not feel to be true. I am still trying to figure that out, so hope we get some more answers.

They , didn’t give him a romantic partner. What a waste of a talent

Leave Billy in General Hospital.. Y&R are trying to get him back as Billy…
totally not right.. we dont want him to come back.. we love Jason as Billy

I liked Billy Miller a 100 times better than the emotionless robot Steve,,
Billy brought emotions to the Jason character and he handled a gun just as well.
Billy/Jason was wonderful with his mother Monica…
When Steve came back to GH then it was ”to hell with Billy Miller”

Billy was stabbed in the back by Steve coming back and the writers put all their powers into Steve/Jason, the robot.

I wish Steve would walk out of GH again and Keep Billy ..

Billy Miller is a great actor. He deserves a great role to play!

Couldn’t agree more! Love Billy Miller! He and Kelly Monaco have much better chemistry than her other pairing.

Let’s face though Billy did do the role of Jason Morgan justice, Steve Burton will always own the character of Jason Morgan and will always be the preferred pick on that role.. but your right GH fell terribly short on the character out of Drew Cain, Billy’s an awesome actor they should of really missed the mark on not allowing him to play out that storyline.

Billy Miller was screwed. So, he’s hired to be a Jason recast, but…. they changed that story when Steve Burton returned. Well, that’s ok, because at least there will be a steamy love triangle between he, Sam and Jason, right? No, Sam couldn’t decide between the two and dumped them both, only to reunite with Jason. But at least Kim could be a possible love interest because at last he has a family with her and Oscar, his son. No, they killed off Oscar and had Kim get together with Julian. Well, enough of that, he is a business man who owns Aurora Media…until Jax takes over the Crimson portion of it. Surely he will finally get his memory back – dangled over we viewers since Jason’s return. No, his memories are implanted in to Franco. Seriously GH? Waste of a fantastic talent. Good lucky Billy Miller, take Kelly Monaco with you to Y&R.

That’s a great synopsis of how Billy Miller was mistreated at GH. They really wasted some fine talent.

I love the relationship his character has with Elizabeth. If Franco keeps Drew’s memories I could see these 2 together as before when he played Jake Doe back in 2015. There would not be any undermining their relationship by either Carley or Sam. Elizabeth’s kids already love Drew!

Spot on assessment of TPTB, namely the writers, not knowing how to write character or proper story. Why don’t we all just watch the digital series Chabi in Paris and forget what the networks have done to daytime drama? Yeah…I’m definitely NOT watching that either LOL.

And as for the lukewarm executive response to rebooting One Life and AMC, even ABC knows the train wreck GH is and have ZERO interest in rebooting anything. Period. You’re not fooling me. They’ll do it with the worst relic writers they can find and it will be a bust again. No thanks ABC.

I am truly upset. I hate this love him so on GH. Makes me so mad.Hate some of story lines.

So bummed Billy Miller leaving! Watching GH less and less. GH only soap I do watch! Personnel changes (Nina) aren’t working for me.

…may not be what our audience thinks to be true. Do tell!

I’m thinking she should be glad for Billy Miller to take advantage of any other role that would offer him more of a challenge–and, most importantly, a character that he could sink his acting chops into; TPTB jerked him (and his character on GH) around badly. Here’s to a role to match Billy’s skills. Too bad, GH, you blew it royally.

If Kelly Monaco is so distressed, she can walk out the door with him. Her character and barely audible voice are long past their shelf life. Tired of seeing her just moping around.

Can we all be honest for just a minute ?? MB only wanted to work with SB so once Sally showed SB the door over at Y&R he campaigned to get him back! Anybody remember how Greg Vaughn got treated when he played the role of Lucky ? Yep only Tony Geary stepped in for JJ to come back ! For once try running a show and tell the actors to do their job and quit letting the nuts run the asylum! Ugh

I agree with you. He played a great part in Gh. And he played it good. I was so happy you two had gotten married and sad when you split. Felt so bad for Drew . He played the part so well when his son died also. I think you and Billy should be together in real life.I had heard that you two hang out off the show. I bet if you do you have fun together. Well enough said Good luck Billy!!! Well miss you! As well as your casts on the show! And fotmr you Kelly break a leg!!!!

I really wish Billy was staying, I think he really does an amazing job of the role.

Can we FINALLY have him back on Y&R??

Why couldn’t they have given Billy Miller the memory storyline a long time ago? Why didn’t he get a love interest? General Hospital’s ratings are so bad, why do they keep making these poor decisions about storylines and characters?

Please explain why Billy Miller is leaving. He is awesome and he storyline ties with the Franco memories is intriguing. Now doesn’t seem the best time for leaving…. there’s lots more story there……

As most agree GH PTB has totally lost its damn mind. Losing BM is honestly my last straw. He is a FANTASTIC actor and has more talent than many of the actors that take up screen time.
I have watched the actors on their social media posts,,brag, fist bump each other and not one,,with the exception of Kelly have this mans back. Between the AWFUL storylines that are drug out forever,, the attitudes of the actors in real life makes me sick. As soon as BM is done on screen,,I’m out.

I did read that on his social media, Kin Shriner (aka, Scotty…) publicly issued warm farewell and best of luck wishes to Billy. Just goes to show that not everyone on GH is totally devoid of class! But you are so right about the cliquish atmosphere surrounding most of the current GH cast and their juvenile highschool-styleTwitter antics, which seems to have trickled down from the top dogs over these past few years. Those who won’t play the same game simply don’t last.

We have new Jordan who is unimpressive lulu who just can’t act at all and this new Nina? Now we have two more out of work soap “stars” w tad and Dustin bad decision by the powers that be , Billy had a fan base! How many Jason Thompson’s and Dominic’s have to leave before they start writing stories for the cast we have? I likebilly so much more then Laura Wright’s boyfriend but he gets tons of screen time…

To get rid of Billy now that he’s got a following and people are emotionally attached it’s almost as dumb as the outdated ratings system that doesn’t take into account those who watch online

Bad enough losing Billy, but not even a goodbye to anyone, including his little girl Scout. Guess they didn’t want to prolong the agony of long goodbyes. I kind of figured when the elevator closed on him, that was our last time we’d see him…on G.H.

I want Billy Miller back

I.willl him

Billy Miller came on to GH as Jake Doe, where he was paired romantically with Elizabeth (BH), he became Jason Morgan about 2 years into his tenure at GH and was paired with Sam (Kelly Monoco) for a little over a year, at which point he became Drew Cain for his last two years, certain Fan bases commonly confuse their supposed “real” life relationship (which they deny) with their “reel” relationship on the program. It was written physically very sexually, but often lacked the maturity, intimacy and chemistry that Kelly Monoco had with Steve Button’s, Jason. Billy was quoted as saying that he did not research the iconic character before taking on the role, created and played brilliantly by Steve Burton, that Frank V and Bully were trying, in fact to make him more like Jason Quartermaine, which is why the character as played by Billy Miller never, aside from a small fanbase was embraced by the larger audience and with that, the powers that be brought Steve Burton back to reprise the role. They created a new character for Billy Miller, but you could see from his acting or lack there of, that he was unhappy at GH and the opportunity given to him. I will say that losing a three time (on Y&R) emmy winning actor is a lose for GH, but losing an inflated ego that refused to act because he lost a character, he played for maybe 13 months out of his five years tenure on this show, is no loss. Loved BM on Y&R. Not the same actor in GH. So happy Steve Burton is once again playing Jason Morgan and hoping they recast Drew, there is a ratings goldmine of storyline between Drews past and the twin storyline that will be a breathtaking ride for the audience if given to an actor that wants the part and is written well . Love GH

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General Hospital’s Steve Burton Reveals the Emotional Scene He Almost Could Not Get Through

On a recent episode of General Hospital, Jason received a message from his mother, Monica Quartermaine (Leslie Charleson) via a note. The effect it had on Jason’s portrayer, Steve Burton turned out to be quite visceral.

As GH fans know, although Jason’s bio-mom was Susan Moore, he was raised and adopted by Monica. Speaking on his Daily Drama podcast with his co-host and GH co-star, Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), Steve shared some insight on the difficulties he had getting through that scene.

Burton shared that in the key moment, “Brooklyn (played by Amanda Setton) came in and that’s where she gave me (Jason) the letter from Monica. That was a very hard scene for me to do. That was a tough one. That was the one time I was almost going to call ‘cut!’  It read ‘Jason, I believe in you.’ I was literally going to walk off the set.”

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To clarify and in the story, Monica was saying “I believe in you” and that she knows Jason didn’t shoot Dante (Dominic Zamprogna). Steve added, “It was tough, man. Emotionally, it was a tough scene. It was overwhelming in the moment.”

Steve went on to detail to Anderson, “She (Brook Lynn) pushed it to me and I read it and she was walking out and I had to stop her, but I was so emotional I couldn’t even get it out.  And at that point, I’m like, ‘Do I just keep going … or do I just walk off the set right now?’ But, I knew just to stay, because it’s so hard to get back there, once you shut it down. I knew, the next take wasn’t going to be the same.”

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It’s clear that Leslie Charleson is so missed on-screen as Monica by all of her castmates, and that Jason and Monica had a very special mother/son relationship throughout the decades on GH.

What did you think of the moment when Jason got a note from Monica that said, “I believe in you?” Were you touched as well? Let us know in the comment section. You can check out the latest episode of Steve and Bradford’s podcast below.

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George Russo to Appear on General Hospital as Carmine Cerullo

Coming up, it looks like Brook Lynn’s (Amanda Setton) grandfather, Carmine Cerullo is headed to Port Charles.

According to casting news from the ABC soap opera, George Russo will take on the role. Russo will tape his episode next week on April 15th and will appear on the May 15th episode of the long-running daytime drama series.

If George looks familiar he has been in numerous primetime television shows and motion pictures including: The Offer. Winning Time, Grand Crew and Shameless.

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Longtime GH viewers will recall that Lois’ (Rena Sofer) dad, Carmine, was previously showed up in Port Charles on and off from 1994 to 1996 and was played by John Capudice.

Clearly, it seems that Carmine will be a part of Chase (Josh Swickard) and Brook Lynn’s wedding.  Will it go off without a hitch? Are you looking forward to it? Stay tuned.

Who else would you like to see attend the nuptials? Gloria Cerullo (Ellen Travolta), any other blasts from the pasts who should be present? Let us know in the comment section.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Drew and Nina Get Physical; Were You Surprised or Did You Expect it to Happen?

On the Tuesday, April 9th episode of General Hospital, Drew (Cameron Mathison) and Nina’s (Cynthia Watros) explosive relationship just turned up the heat another notch.

In story, Nina who was responsible (although she doesn’t see it that way) for Drew being sent to prison for insider trading when she tipped off the SEC, let out her feelings to him about how to get back in the good graces of her daughter, Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) and Michael (Chad Duell). In doing so, she asks him for his help with it.

For months, the two have had nothing short of contentious moments, where Drew has not let Nina off the hook for what he did to him, or to his ex Carly (Laura Wright). Fast-forward and when alone in the Crimson office, Nina brings up wanting to stick it to Carly again.

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As they banter back and forth, Drew can’t figure out why he should help Nina at all with any of her manipulations. Suddenly, as he tried to exit, his shirt rips and exposes his bare chest and abs, and Nina get quite an eyeful. From there, things become physical and before you know it, Drew and Nina are making out and having their version of hate-sex.

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Cameron Mathison spoke to Soap Opera Digest on the shocking turn events, sharing, “I didn’t see it coming at all. I really didn’t. I think the audience did. Cynthia did some appearances and I guess the audience was ‘You and Drew, there’s some sexy chemistry there.’ I was like, ‘Wait, what? Really?’ I didn’t even get it. So I love it that it was very unexpected. The writers saw it, too. And, I love that it’s not a typical way for two people to be … physical. I was gonna say intimate, but there’s not a lot of intimacy there. And then as soon as it’s over, it’s back to arguing and giving each other crap again. It was really cute and really well done.”

As the fallout for their office room romp will air on the Wednesday April 10th episode, just how will the two deal with the fact that they had this fiery passionate moment in the weeks and months ahead? Will this be Nina’s new plot to get at Carly to be seen with her ex? Will Drew and Nina never speak of this again? (Well, this is a soap opera, after all, that’s pretty doubtful), or is this part of a major reset for some of the characters on the canvas now that Patrick Mulcahey and Elizabeth Korte are co-head writing the show?

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Speaking on the aftermath of the tryst, Mathison added, “The two of them are both like, all right, let’s forget about that and move on. It’s like a weird kind of aggression attraction. There’s obviously attraction there, but I don’t think either of them expected it, and I think they’re both totally shocked and surprised by it. I think Drew gets a kick out of it whereas Nina is a little embarrassed by it.”

Now let us know, did you see this coming? Did you think Drew and Nina would have sex? What do you think of the story turn? Comment below.

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