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Kelly Sullivan Says Farewell To General Hospital and "RIP Connie!"

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As General Hospital fans around the country today are watching the demise of Connie Falconeri, it marks the end of the line for Kelly Sullivan, who for two years impressed the television audience with her portrayal of Kate Howard/Connie Falconeri in the DID storyline and as a love interest for Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and much more!

As viewers on the west coast just watched Connie take her last breath, Sullivan took to Twitter to say: “RIP Connie. It was a great two years! Thank you for your love and support, it means so much. Long live GH!”

We expect today lots of people on Twitter to also share their sentiments to Kelly on a job well done.  So now the question is, who do you think shot and killed Connie? Are you looking forward to how the story will play out? Or, upset that Kelly has finished her run? Or, both?  Comment below!

 

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Libby
Libby

Thank you, Kelly Sullivan. Best wishes in all you do.

kara anderson
kara anderson

I will miss her as well

Ghlover
Ghlover

Sonny killed her in my opinion. He waited way too long before calling 911 :p …We can always blame Sonny 😉

Elise
Elise

Hahaha, I kept thinking the same thing! I know it’s a soap, but come on, the girl is dying and you just hold her hand, talking to her and not calling 911 until 3/4 of the show is done? What is that, like 5 minutes of realtime before he actually tries to get help? They could’ve EASILY had the same lines, except he calls first, THEN he tries to keep her awake!

stephen parker
stephen parker

Agreed.

Shelby
Shelby

It was stupid on Sonny’s part, yes. But the show had their reasons for making it this way. For one, Kelly wanted to leave the show so they can’t make it where it looks like she should have survived. And second, They needed Sonny to leave and go after a.j. Directly after calling the cops before they got there, so they had him talk to her first because it would have been lame if they didn’t even say I love you one last time. And perhaps Sonny could tell it as too fatal a wound so he might as well spend her last minutes talking to her instead of on the phone because she had no chance.

kara anderson
kara anderson

I think not

Finally
Finally

Haha…

It definitely took him a long time…..but why was he fumbling around with the phone ( didn’t know the number – 911) and couldn’t get out want he needed….I guess Sony is not use to calling 911…LOL… he handles and gets rid of his problems…

kara anderson
kara anderson

that was not fare you let her dye on the floor

kara anderson
kara anderson

that is so right

Mary SF
Mary SF

Usually I am cynical about deaths on soap operas, and even knowing Connie was going to die– the scene where she actually did, moved me to tears. Any actress who can get this harden soap watching vet to get mushy deserves a round of applause.
Thank you KS for the scene and for giving it your all even when you knew it meant you got fired. Kudos to GH for doing it so well– it is a shame we lost Connie– but at least she went out with with a bang– no pun intended.

kara anderson
kara anderson

your so right mary sf

Christy
Christy

well, one of the Jeromes’ or AJ… or could it be a scene from old movie (Orient Express) where they each take a turn killing her? 😉

JustSaying
JustSaying

AJ is probably Ava Jerome’s initials. But it would be funny if it was actually AJQ.

Michael
Michael

That’s a good point.

Elhu
Elhu

Agreed, I think it is Ava Jerome, but AJQ will take the rap for awhile. Many thanks for a great 2 year run Kelly, you did an amazing job. I wish you all the best in the future, and hope to see you on a soap again, they would be foolish not to pick you up.

kara anderson
kara anderson

that was not fare

Jeffrey Anderson
Jeffrey Anderson

So long,Connie, may R I P 🙁
real life for Kelly Sulivan “Good Luck for your future endovor”

PZ
PZ

Seems to me someone really disliked this actress (maybe many disliked her) so they violently wrote her off without a chance of ever coming back to symbolize how permanent it is.

kara anderson
kara anderson

good question about connie I agree with that

kara anderson
kara anderson

that was right

Debbie Harris
Debbie Harris

Kelly Sullivan is a wonderful actress and made Kate/Connie her own! I will miss her on GH .

I think Ava Jerome killed Connie because she knew too much . And to get back at her for the Kiki newspaper article.

su0000
su0000

I believe that Franco witnessed it all..
And Franco will now own Ava and possibly Julian because Franco will have the knowledge/secret to destroy them!

Go Franco !!!!!

Nancy
Nancy

I like that theory. Did not think of that.

stephen parker
stephen parker

This theory is excellent! GH writers take note 🙂

AG
AG

AJ is also Ava Jerome

kathy
kathy

yes why did he wait so long to call 911 but of course aj is the one that looks guilty at the moment..i will miss kate/connie she is awesome

Maggie
Maggie

Agree Ava did it especially because Connie figured out julienne ect and was going to tell him about. That’s why she was helping aj to drink. Not sure if I’m gonna like the story line for aj. He needs to have something good happen. Getting sick of watching all this you will never change bit when he has and why bring him back if he doesn’t change? Hope the answer comes out quick cuz I believe we are right so I’m like get to it already I will be bored with it, so I will be watching to hope max keeps her baby and how that could destroy a lot and hoping now that Silas is a new character they will finally fix him up with Sam. To bring him back as a new person and not let them get together wonky make any sense. Guess sometimes I don’t like all the stupid drama in soaps just like real life. Did Kelly want to leave? She is a great actress and with her looks I hope she goes to t.v rather than another soap.

kara anderson
kara anderson

I think Ava did it not aj

kara anderson
kara anderson

that is right

Rosanna
Rosanna

sad to see Kelly go, she will do well in other adventures, its just the nature of the business, and im not in show business but I have seen this so many times on many tv shows, as fan I do not like it but it is what it is!!! will miss Kelly she was a fantastic actor and made me laugh when she portrayed Connie when the character was in DID mode, thanks Kelly, and will look forward to seeing you in new advewntures!!

Tristan
Tristan

Fantastic actress!! Real loss for GH and for this viewer!! Actually, I don’t really understand the decision, but of course I wish Kelly Sullivan well. “Thank you,” Kelly, for the great performances!!!!

carol
carol

I totally agree — one of the best actresses I’ve seen in a long time. Didn’t care for her too much at the beginning but am really sorry she’s gone. They could have easily gotten rid of someone else instead. I will really miss both the actress and the Connie character.

su0000
su0000

I go with;
Ava as the killer..
Most likely a struggle, garbing the gun and the gun was fired..

AJ will be blamed and he will go through a change of character during it all..
I also believe that Franco will be involved as witnessing what actually happened ..

This is where Franco will be brought into a story..

Mary SF
Mary SF

Do you really think Ava– who is a member of a ruthless crime family would shoot someone point blank range and then leave without checking to see if her victim was actually dead and thereby unable to ID her? I don’t think Ava would be that sloppy, it isn’t her style. Her style is cunning and careful– goading a drunken AJ into killing Conne is what Ava would do and did– no don’t think the killer is Ava— if GH wants a good mystery it has to be someone not so obvious.

kathy
kathy

agreed

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

She wrote A.J. in her blood but that could easily stand for Ava Jerome. Kelly Sullivan would make a great Kristen Dimera on DOOL…please!!! loved her chemistry with Derek/Julian…they wouldve made a hot couple!!!

Mary SF
Mary SF

I still think Ava is way too obvious — if this is supposed to be a murder mystery it isn’t a very good one if Ava is the killer. I watched the character in her scenes after the murder and she didn’t strike me as a woman who just killed someone– she didn’t seem the least bit rattled. Are there any former characters that had the initials AJ, or maybe she was trying to write something else and it didn’t come out right? There has to more to this than Ava. If it wasn’t one of Connie’s alters in strange suicide/homicide my next guess is The Quartermaine’s maid– the Dominator. She is very protective of AJ and Morgon, maybe she thought she was helping them. Anyway if it is Ava I will very disappointed because it was way too easy and if you going write a murder mystery you should at least have a bunch of suspects to choose from.

Mary SF
Mary SF

The more I think about it, the more I am convinced it was the maid. Her initials are AG, so Connie could have been trying to write out a G but it came out looking like a J. AJ had to get to the office somehow– he didn’t drive and wasn’t in any shape to call a cab or walk. So it was Alice who drove him to Crimson. She waited in the car and when AJ was taking so long she went up to office– she overhears all the horrible thing AJ suffered because of Connie, so when AJ passes out, she rushes in grabs the gun and kills Connie for him– then takes AJ out of there and home– Okay that sound plausible– I am going to go with Alice as Connie’s killer.

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

There was a murder mystery on GH 30 years ago: Diana Taylor, who was killed by Alice Grant, Heathers mother. Annes name was written in blood…so maybe this time too an Alice committed the crime…RC is clever enough writer to include nods to the shows past so maybe he is doing it here as well…i agree its gotta be the maid who did it!!!

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

Alice couldve grabbed for the gun and it accidentally went off…she panicked and run off with A.J. leaving a dieing Connie on the floor!

Shay
Shay

If Alice wanted to kill anyone, she could do it with her bare hands….she’s not called “The Dominator” for nothing!!!!!! She “don’t need no freaking gun!” LOL….

Snowman
Snowman

I’m, going with Ava, too. It is AJQ who would be too obvious. Ava was upset that her secret about Kiki’s paternity had gotten out so she had reason to want Connie dead. AJ will be the prime suspect for a while and may even be convicted and sent to Pentonville but the truth will come out eventually and he will be freed.

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

It seems to be Ava…however, i think RC will shock us, and itll either be Monica, Alice or Connie herself but as Kate…we got have a mystery whovdunnit, and it might not be Ava…but what if A.J. really did do it…that would be something none of us would expect.!!!

Maggie
Maggie

I think it would be stupid to bring him back and have him do it. Forgot about Alice, but if Aj does get put away for it how could she keep quite when she did what she did for him. I thought potentially Franco too but I don’t understand why he would. I hope they get his story line going soon. I think he is a great actor

Kelly go to night time tv or movies!!

david
david

Good news connie is dead. now please let aj die soon.

Nancy
Nancy

Loved the performances. Wish Kelly the best! Sad to see her go. Writing and storytelling is boring and uninventive with this whodunit so predictable

Aria
Aria

I hate it, this sucks ! I hoe they don’t drag out the story and or let the killer get away. But it sucks cause it most likely another central character that they’ll have to get rid off .

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

I think the killer will turn out to be Alice the maid just like Mary F mentioned…

Jake
Jake

I hope it’s not a long whodunit story. I want AJ and Liz to work out.

Maggie
Maggie

Agree it will be a bum kill and the way gh had to let the actors go and bring them back as new ones if they aren’t smart could hurt them in long run. And it is time she finds happiness

Linda
Linda

Thank you Kelly for 2 great years of Connie/Kate. As for who killed Connie I think it was Ava Jerome.

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

I agree with Mary F…Alice the maid killed her…..

Mary SF
Mary SF

Ava is a member of a crime family— I think it would be sloppy and stupid of her to shoot someone point blank range and not check to see if Connie was dead before leaving the building– any mob daughter would know you don’t leave a witness alive to ID you later. No– don’t think it was Ava.

Shay
Shay

Ava also tends to be easily thrown and over-emotional….she is not the cool and collected cucumber she pretends to be….especially when she has already tossed back a few. The more I see of her, the less impressed I am with her abilities…she’s really just a “B-Movie Queen” in disguise. I can see her falling apart very easily….especially when “the plan” starts going awry…..

heidi
heidi

I agree that it is Ava or Julian and Franco saw it happen.

Thanks Kelly… you were fabulous!

su0000
su0000

It wasn’t Jillian, he was at the hospital when Connie was facing her death..

but Franco saw it happen, I really believe that..

((will soon find out))

carla
carla

Who ever it is dont drag the mystery to long and ruin the momentum.

Li
Li

I am disappointed that GH killed her off. I wanted her to be able to come back when needed . Kelly Sullivan played the parts of Connie and Kate fantastically! She will be missed on the canvas. I hope we can solve the “who dunnit” soon…

Helen
Helen

I think Ava did it or someone connected to her. The suspects I had in mind were Ava, Franco, even Morgan. May not be any of them. AJQ looks the most likely one but that would be too simple.

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

What if it was Monica, Alice or Connie herself but as Kate?

Helen
Helen

Hi, I didn’t think about them but it is not likely. Monica and Alice don’t use guns besides AJ was the one who had the gun. Monica and Alice wouldn’t do it knowing AJ would be a suspect. The way Connie was shot, I don’t think she could have done it to herself. Where would she have gotten the gun unless as someone mentioned that she and AJ were fighting and the gun went off. In that case AJ would be guilty because his intention was to kill her.

Beth CP
Beth CP

I will miss her vivacity and versatility in the dual role of Connie/Kate. This regime dropped the ball with the integrated personality when they failed to capitalize on the chemistry between her and Jane Elliot. They could easily have spun these two off to work together as powerhouse female business entrepeneurs that offered story balance for the hospital and re-emerging mob segments of the canvas.I treasure having had the opportunity to meet her in person and I look forward to whatever happens next for this lovely and very talented artist. GH is the poorer for absence.

Denise McMann
Denise McMann

I have to be honest, when KS first came to GH to play Kate Howard, I was not happy about the choice. However, within weeks of her coming on the show I was a fan. She truly made Kate/Connie her own and I enjoyed watching her over the past two years and I am very sad to see her go. I also agree with many of the peeps here that it was Ava who killed her and not AJ.
Wishing Kelly the best of luck and I am looking forward to meeting her in FL this fall at the Fall Get Away events.

Helen
Helen

The same here. When KS first came I thought she was really snooty but she really did a good job with the character(s). Megan Ward I don’t think could have played the split personality role though Megan was good in her role at the time.

Bearzy
Bearzy

RIP Connie! 🙂

Marisa
Marisa

Good luck Kelly. You are a very talented actress. I will miss you on the show. I especially enjoyed your cake stabbing scene. I thought you had a lot more potential on the show minus Sonny. Wishing you the best of luck in the future.

Robert
Robert

Ava did it. She came to the office and saw AJ chicken out on shooting Connie, he drops the gun she picks it up and shots Connie. Something tells me Ava is the real seriel killer not Franco!

Mary SF
Mary SF

A daughter from a ruthless mob family would not leave the scene without making sure her victim was actually dead— first rule in a hit– don’t leave any witnesses alive who might have seen you do it. Don’t think it will be Ava— goading AJ into wanting to kill Connie was more her style, which is what she did. Usually the killer is someone you least suspect which is why I am going with Alice the Quartermaine’s maid. Her initials are AG, which Connie was trying to write by it came out AJ instead. She loves Mr. AJ and would do anything for him, maybe even kill Connie — if they had a butler I would go with him, but since they don’t I will go with the maid Alice.

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

But what if Monica shot Connie…Connie might have wanted to spell out A.J.s mother but died b4 she could finish…this way RC could fool us all…Monica wouldnt see A.J go to prison so she’ll blurt out the truth at his sentencing but she’ll go free because the gun went off when she took it from him so itll be ruled an accident!!!

Rodd
Rodd

Kelly is a fantastic actress! I will miss her on GH and hope she shows up soon on another show.

My first impression is that Ava did it or had it done.

The smirk on Connie’s face right before she died was very interesting. Was she pleased that she left a clue????

Conspiracy Theorist
Conspiracy Theorist

She saw Trey.

Dana
Dana

I am gonna miss Connie/Kate … I liked her better when she had the split personallity I am gonna miss her

Diane Dunn
Diane Dunn

Kelly is a great actress but I thought the scene was poorly written. I agree with the person above, Sonny killed her by not calling for help immediately. And really? he doesn’t immediately repeatedly yell, who did this? who did this to you? The actors did what they were told to do very well… I just think the writers missed in on this one. Much of it was done well, but then the obvious things ruined it for me. For one – after being shot in the abdomen, lifting up her head in that odd position she was in would have been too difficult – I found all that really strange. Just my opinion for those that disagree, that’s fine, I am glad you liked the scene better than I.

My husband took a liking to the character of Connie he is a good sport and lets me watch “my friends|” first when we watch TV at night, and it was fun to have him really interested in her scenes… so sad she is gone.

This too shall pass, I wish Kelly the best moving forward.

Mary k
Mary k

I really love Kelly , she is a beautiful, talented actor. I will miss her smile. I loved her bad girl Connie scenes, I think Alice did it because Ava is to obvious. Hope to see Kelly on a show soon. Rip Connie or come back soap style.

Ulrike
Ulrike

Ava Jerome shot & killed Connie ! AJ probably passed out, she took his Gun & killed Connie

Dan
Dan

Sorry to see Kelly Sullivan go, she did such a great job as Kate/Connie over the past two years, especially last year with the split personality storyline, and the fact that she didn’t get nominated for an Emmy was one of the biggest snubs in recent Emmy history. I’m sure she will have a lot of success in whatever else she does in the future.

From a GH perspective, her death opens the door for what should be a compelling story in the weeks and months to come. The show has been on fire the past few weeks!! If you’re not watching, or you tuned out during what was a pretty lackluster June and July, now would be a great time to check back in.

GEOFFREY
GEOFFREY

i dont think she was suppose to die though…….but anyway RIP connie and you did an amazing job….

Nick D.
Nick D.

DAYS should scoop her up. Maybe as a cop – Hope’s partner. They could be a tough-ass crime fighting due and also buddies a la “The Heat” (KS is the gritty cop, Hope is the prim and propper Sandra Bulock character). KS even gets Hope to come to terms and admit Bo has abandoned her (like Sandra Bullock opening up avout being adopted).

The subtext, however, is that Hope suspects that KS’ character is actually a dirty cop but she can never prove it. Meanwhile, KS meets Brady in their 12 step programs and right when she’s about to say I do with Brady her secret is exposed when Hope comes in with the evidence!

Sure it’s the same plot as Madison and Kristen but Days needs someone on the air as compelling as ED now that she’s leaving. If they gave KS a meaty role like that with some comedy, some toughness, and some tenderness/vulnerability the could capitalize on the full range she showed on GH without having to do DID. And it’s a Brady pairing people would definitely root for. Come one DAYS – Kelly Sullivan is a gem. Scoop. Her. Up.! Lilly- put in a good word for her!

jon
jon

GH’s loss. Filmworld awaits you Kelly!

Antonetta Nocito
Antonetta Nocito

Kelly, you will be missed at GH Good luck on whatever you do next.You were great. Loved you everyday on GH,GH will not be the same without you.

Joshua
Joshua

Megan Ward never should have been replaced. She was FLAWLESS and I never bought Kelly Sullivan as Kate.

Karen niffenegger
Karen niffenegger

I will miss on GH. I’m sorry you are gone.

It's me
It's me

I’ve hated the Kate character from the beginning. Connie was starting to grow on me since Sullivan took over but I’m happy to see the character gone.

CHERYL DUNN
CHERYL DUNN

SO SORRY THAT THEY ARE KILLING HER OFF WHY NOT JUST REPLACE HER SONNY WANT B E THE SAME I DON’T THINK AJ DID IT NO IDE A

pam
pam

Where’s the gun AJ took out of the safe?? Ava Jerome is a prime suspect. I think they were both present at Connie’s death

April Huff
April Huff

Wish they aint kill her off. But I believe it was Ava Jerome

Gloria E
Gloria E

Kelly Sullivan is an awesome actress..I bet she already has something going on!!! maybe that is why she was killed off…her last scene really got to me because I had a sibling that was shot & killed a few years ago & it was almost too much…I usually don’t get like that watching those types of scenes….a testament to her acting..I predict Kelly is gonna do great things..

Helen
Helen

I am not the only person who agreed that Sonny took long to call 911 and the ambulance took long to come. I didn’t think that AJ stood for Ava Jerome but I suspect Allan Jnr. didn’t shoot because it is too obvious. Kelly Sullivan did some great acting in the past two years. I wish her well.

Amanda
Amanda

Kelly you are a great actress and you will truly missed on GH I’m so sad to see you go :(. I never seen this coming I can’t believe it. I wish you the best in whatever show you decide to play in next but I was wondering what that is? Lol.. Good luck and again wish you the best and you will be missed 😉

Ellie Caputo
Ellie Caputo

It’s that new blonde who lied about Marco. She killed Connie. Ava Jerome AJ

Carmen
Carmen

So sad to see you go. I am totally bummed. Loved you as Kate/Connie. Especially Bensonhurst Connie. You will be so missed. You are a shining star Kelly Sullivan!

Tee
Tee

Absolutely loved Kelly’s portrayal of Connie Falconeri! And I believe the GH writers, “suits”…made a HUGE mistake killing her off. When she joins another soap opera…she will definitely be a force to reckon with. Finally, will Sonny & Olivia be able to develop their long-awaited relationship…after Connie’s demise?
P.S…Of course Ava Jerome did it!!!!

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Here’s hoping that whatever comes your way Kelly that it will be spectacular! Enjoyed watching you.

centrd
centrd

Two former GH characters with the appropriate initials that may have come back from the dead.

Aleksander Janáček
Amelia Joffe

Aleksander was in a crime family. Maybe he or someone like him was trying to kill Julian and Connie got in the way?

Amelia was crazy, all kinds of possible scenarios there.

I had no idea the Connie character was being killed off. Plus, the show kept getting interrupted for local news, so I didn’t get to see most of the events leading up to it. Bummer, I really liked her…don’t understandt the move. GH has made some really weird moves lately. “Franco” & “Kiki” to name two.

Brooklynite
Brooklynite

All the very best life has to offer–I look forward to seeing you in other venues. You did an awesome job playing Kate/Connie.

Personally I think that Ava killed Connie just as she tried to kill Franco-or maybe it was Franco–after all he is missing and he has reason to hate her since her article broke his heart.-I think that AJ was too drunk. Unfortunately I think it’s going to be a while before it all comes out and I think that Sonny will be the one to figure it all out. Question–how fast will Sonny turn to Olivia for comfort and will she need that comfort too.

Marianne
Marianne

I think Ava Gerome killed her…A J is just too obvious….

Karen shore
Karen shore

I cannot believe they killed off this character. She was definitely one of the better actresses on GH. So disappointed ! There are so many other MENIAL characters that wouldn’t have even been missed.

Kathy
Kathy

She is a fabulous actress, cannot figure out GH wrote her out.

Kelly
Kelly

It is a soap. Nobody ever dies on a soap. She will be missed, but she will be back!

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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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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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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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