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Kimberly McCullough and Finola Hughes Interview – General Hospital

In a heartfelt, emotional, and nostalgic chat with Michael Fairman, and in her final video interview with On-Air On-Soaps as a cast member of General Hospital, Kimberly McCullough says farewell to decades as Dr. Robin Scorpio Drake alongside her on-screen mom, Finola Hughes, who just returned to the series as Anna Devane.

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Doe
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Doe

I’m so glad you had this last interview with Kimberly and Finola, Michael. I also have followed Kimberly since she was a child, and what an amazing career she has had.She will be missed as a kind of pioneer of her own. So much has been with Kimberly being the center piece of many, many stories. I wish her good luck with her new endeavors……

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I saw Kimberlerly when she first appeared on Gh… With Shawn Doneely, anna Devane, robert Scorpio, etc…..Those were the good old days on GH!!!!!!!! Luke & Laura marrige……..

countrymom56
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countrymom56

I agree

Tonia
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Tonia

I have loved Kim/Robin since their first day on GH. They grew up onscreen in front of me. I was a young teenager and it was nice to see a child like Robin being written into the show as she was. I understand Kim wanting to leave and wish her the best and will continue to follow her career in whatever path it takes her. However, I will deeply miss Robin she is so much a part of GH. I am sad that we never got to see Robin and Jason reunited. They were so amazing and I always held… Read more »

Mary H
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Mary H

Good Luck Kimberly!! You will be missed on General Hospital!

Endeliz
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Endeliz

VERY Sad to say Goodbye… Good luck can not wait to see the films that you create !

B
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B

My favorite interview by far!

Lisa
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Lisa

I was totally tearing up watching this interview… I really am going to feel such a loss when Robin leaves the show. I’ll miss you Kimberly.

heidi
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heidi

Thank you Michael!!! Love Finola so glad she is back for however long would love to see her more! Love the two of them together and have since the beginning! This is going to be so sad!

Deborah Doucet
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Deborah Doucet

Great interview!Love you Kimberly and Finola!Good luck Kimberly,will miss you.Have been watching GH since you started.Was dreading the final episode!Will look for your interviews on you tube.Thank you!

heidi
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heidi

Forgot to say how much I have been enjoying Kimberly’s interviews over and over again! My favorites are Steve Burton, Jane Elliot and John York. Thank you Kimberly… and Michael for introducing us to them. Want more! Can’t wait to see one with Finola and Tristan! Wish she could do one with Kirsten Storms! Want one with everyone on GH! Those will be great to watch for years! Thank you!

Diane V
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Diane V

Since I have watched GH from the beginning, I have watched Kimberly grow up. I will miss her. I wish her well. Hopefully, I will get to see her in Tampa at the end of March. NGFL was accepted in the Gasparilla Film Festival. As a fan, I will show her support any way that I can.

Kristin
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Kristin

I have been waiting for this interview, Michael and it didn’t disappoint. It was a wonderfully sentimental walk down memory lane. I’m going to miss Robin Scorpio-Drake and more importantly Kimberly McCullough on our GH screen. I look forward to watching her become an even more amazing director. Heck yeah Soap Fans Rock!!

cathy
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cathy

love Kimberly and Finola and my favorite interviews have to be with Jason Thompson because you can see how close he and Kimberly are. For me this is bittersweet that GH resorted to killing Robin a character I grew up with. There was many ways to write Robin out but death isn’t it. I much prefer Robin, Patrick and Emma leave for Robin’s birthday trips. No couple will even compare to Scrubs and you can blame Kimberly M and Jason T for that. Bringing back all the vets (who Kimberly starred with) won’t make it better.GH died today.GH missed opportunities… Read more »

Moviegal
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Moviegal

It was actually Kimberly McCullough’s decision that her character should die – and she presented it to the show, not the other way around. She felt that, as a legacy character, it would be best this way and there wouldn’t be a need for a recast.

Christina Mauradian
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Christina Mauradian

I am so pissed, sad and confused as well. I just do not understand why, Robin is leaving the soap I wish General Hospital would just let one couple be happy on there for once. Robin will be missed so much by my mother and my myself. I have watched GH sense I was 4 and my mother has watched it sense the beinning.

JC
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JC

Kimberly McCullough is choosing to leaving by her own accord to pursue a career in directing.

countrymom56
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countrymom56

Good Luck Kimberly… you shall be truly missed a lot

Sandy
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Sandy

Michael, as always, when it comes to interviews with our favorite soap stars, you have put together another amazing interview. I love any interview with Kimberly, and with Jason Thompson, but I especially enjoy a Michael Fairman interview! I am sad because I will miss Kimberly working with Jason Thompson on General Hospital, but I know that she will continue to take the movie world by storm, just as she has with Nice Guys, just as he will continue to shine on GH. I wish Kimberly the best of luck in everything the future holds for her! Thank you, thank… Read more »

Andrea
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Andrea

Kimberly, it has been such a pleasure to watch you grow up into a beautiful young woman. I will never forget all the fun we had on the set, and in between. You’re priceless!
Love, Andrea

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1loveabcsoaps

She truly is. Gosh, will I miss her. She got killed off. Robin was such a stoic character, should she ever decide to come back, it would be so fake if its a twin or lookalike. They would have to go the bad dream direction. *Chow

barbara t
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barbara t

thats why they cant kill her,shes hiding somewhere afraid to come out because she has no memory of anything ,she gets a hold of a few dollars ,buys a ticket and flies out of port charles,or my original plot ,gets on grey hound bus.I agree with you ,we dont want a twin or a look alike ,a recast maybe,thats hard because she has been our robin since she was 6 .hopefully we get a clue at the end of week cliff hanger,then I spent the weekend figuring out more ways to save robin.star shows up today,next week the mannings ,I… Read more »

Wanda
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Wanda

Kimberly you will be missed. I will watch GH just tell I see how Jason takes the news. Hope they show Sonny fining out . Best of luck Kimberly you made my afternoons. Hope some day to meet you. Love you and fallow you always.

kathy culpepper
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kathy culpepper

we are so proud of you kim. you will be missed.

S. Butler
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S. Butler

I have watched Kim grow up on GH along with my Grandmother…I Can’t imagine GH without Robin!!! I wish you Kim all the luck in the world, and hope that your happy and sucessfull in your new adventures 😉 I just wish and hope that they give you the recognition and respect you deserve, ie..give Robin the funeral she deserves NOT one with over half the show devoted to Sonny, Jason, Sam, Carly, Johnny etc.!!! Like your death show was…I didn’t think that was fair or respectful to the character or to you the actress!! Again, I wish you all… Read more »

Amber
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Amber

You will be missed Kimberly!!! You’ve always been one of my favs on the show and it’s so sad to see you go *tear. I wish you the best of luck in your career as a director.

Cindy
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Cindy

Will miss you so much Kimberly, enjoyed all the years watching you as Robin, the best of luck to you in everything you do in the future. I love GH, have watched it since I was a little girl back in 1963, since the beginning. So happy to see Finola, miss her too, on the show. I just hope GH can stay on for another fifty years. I will watch ABC as long as GH is on the air. Thanks to you all for the entertainment of GH.

heidi
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heidi

Michael can you post the clip of Robin in Anna’s shoes and earrings… please? I have been trying to find it and vaguely remember it from all those years back and would love to see it! If you can’t post it could you find out how it is labelled? Thank you!!!

Lexi
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Lexi

Wonderful interview Michael! I’m so greatful to have been lucky enough to have not only worked with Kimberly but also to count her as a awesome friend and mentor. I look forward to working with her in her successful new career as director, as I know her new work will be just as amazing. What a legacy!

Karen
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Karen

The interview was wonderful. I was disappointed in Anna’s reaction to finding out her daughter was killed. I expected , Shock, disbelief and hysteria from Anna. She missed out on her daughter for years being away, haven’t spoken to her in a long time and brushes her tears away as quickly as they appeared. “Ok, Patrick go see your daughter.” Does anyone agree with me.?

Shirley Miller
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Shirley Miller

I agree, Karen. I really thought Anna would show more hysteria, tears upon learning that Robin had died. Maybe when she and Robert were involved in a lot of thrilling escapades, she has learned to control her feelings better. Also, she could be in shock and once Robert arrives and someone is with her to stay with Emma, she may break down. If not, it does seem very strange to me also!!!

auotb
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auotb

I dont think Robin is dead.This is a soap after all.Heres hoping!!!!

barbara t
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barbara t

Im with you, in the robin isnt dead,I hope we are right.

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

“did you read my post that says if you watch the soaps on the net your not counted in the ratings, ”

Yes, I got that post and responded to it yes’t. U should have many responses in your inbox.

barbara t
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barbara t

yes I got it,I had a shit load of them ,I think I answered them all ,its a slow day,and I have a bad headache.I will be glad when this day is over ,seems everything on the I d channel is a repeat till tonight.I hope that no one is dead in the crash.I heard cole may be dead ,but until I see it I wont believe it.also went to wikpedia and I looked up robin scorpio at one place they said she was7 the other on the same page said 6,I would like to know .really hate to see… Read more »

barbara t
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barbara t

and I woke up with another headache today.I wonder who will survive the crash,Im hearing cole is gone,here he survives a bullet and now he may get killed in a car crash,talk about bad luck,they should have kept him with marty and patrick. will find out today.and I hope there is more news about robin.

Shirley Miller
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Shirley Miller

It was wonderful to see Anna (Finola Hughes) back on GH but soooo very sad to see the way the writers handled the demise of Robin (Kimberly). I have watched Robin since she was a little girl on the soap – one of her finest performances as a little girl was in the Asian episode. I can’t believe that Robin would have left the lab to see her Mum & daughter when she was in the midst of seeking a life-saving cure for Jason. She was just too dedicated a Dr for that. It seems that the fire in the… Read more »

Jane
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Jane

I just don’t know why GH writers and producers felt the need to kill Robin’s character off. Just not right!

barbara t
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barbara t

stay tuned, I dont think she is dead,clue,fire was to hot for anything to survive,like melting a human body,I say the explosion made her loose her mind and forget who she is,robin would never leave her baby or patrick,at least thats what I hope.My version ,she hops on a greyhound bus and leaves town.so the robin character can always come back.it doesnt have to be a greyhound bus.

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

Barbara said: “yes I got it,I had a shit load of them ,I think I answered them all ,its a slow day,and I have a bad headache.”

You didn’t have to answer them all, some of them I was replying to you, Barb. LOL Yesterday, I had a headache, today it’s you with one.

Norma
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Norma

I love them both!

heidi
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heidi

I too have seen GH on and off since the first few years. I have sen Robin grow up before my eyes. It is interesting to have heard Robin say that they changed how she was exiting four or so times. I get the impression with everyone involved that they all do not like this way and you can tell in the acting and how it is being handled on screen beginning with Robin. When she left the lab she was not playing it well and with Patrick too… it just wasn’t right. And… Anna… agreed she has not handled… Read more »

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

” Oh… forgot to say how strange it was to see Monica the Chief of Staff tell Sam she just heard about Robin’s death and that is all the Chief of Staff has to say about a horrific accident in the hospital and the loss of an incredible doctor??? Get real please! ” Yes Heidi: I noticed that too, BUT there was sooooo many inadequacies that I didn’t just FOCUS on that, because there was so much WRONG going on. But when U don’t know that (at that time) you are just trying to follow along to give them the… Read more »

barbara t
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barbara t

that was strange,if I was one of the characters in port charles and I was a friend of robins I would be pulling my hair out in panic that my friend is gone ,its like no one cares ,well Im not blaming ron hes just getting started ,gh is low in the ratings again this week thats bad.did you read my post that says if you watch the soaps on the net your not counted in the ratings,something else I learned today.

heidi
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heidi

Agreed… I loveabcsoaps! Thanks! It is such a shame and a missed opportunity. Ron and others had been tweeting and FB’ing that this was supposed o have been such a great week and tune in… very disappointing in terms of Robin’s death. Might be better with the Cassadine storyline moving forward and the car crash with AZ and Starr & Cole. I would hope RC can rectify the Robin storyline next week with Emma and Robert and a funeral. I am hoping Anna deals more appropriately with Robert or maybe with Emma… In any case I will be watching and… Read more »

Lynda
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Lynda

Kimberly, you will truly be missed, I have watched you since you started. Your HIV role in the soap has truly touch lives, 2 very close friend of mine have used how you handeled it to incorp it into there lives.. Good luck with all you do and know we love you.

peggy
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peggy

this is really sad

sue
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sue

robin will be missed when u little i watched u and then same good luck and prayers r with u

Patty
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Patty

Thank you for this interview with Kimberely & Finola!! I REALLY enjoyed it. I like so many other GH followers have watched these 2 characters since they started on GH about 27 years ago. My lovely grandmother & I were avid GH watchers way back when… and now you are sprouting your wings to other avenues which is great. Kimberely seems to be a wonderful person as she has been to me ALL these years on GH. She is so intelligent and I wish her nothing but the very BEST with her career. I hope to hear more interviews about… Read more »

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Daytime Emmys To Remain Virtual For Upcoming 2021 Ceremony

With an uncertain situation of when live events can get back to normal, or as they have been in the past prior to the coronavirus pandemic, The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) announced today that it plans on keeping next year’s Daytime Emmys award show virtual, to allow for the 2022 awards cycle to stay on track.

In fact, all of NATAS’s award ceremonies including: the News and Documentary Emmys, Technology & Engineering Emmys and the Sports Emmys will also remain virtual next year.

The Daytime Emmys became the first major award show to air a virtual presentation that others followed back in late June of this year and aired on CBS.

In a statement, NATAS chairman and CEO Adam Sharp expressed on the organization’s decision:“The current timetables articulated by manufacturers project mass availability of vaccinations for the entire U.S. population by mid-summer 2021, potentially permitting a return to more traditional in-person ceremonies later in the fall. However, we have determined that delaying our 2021 events to possibly allow for a compressed calendar of in-person Emmy ceremonies late in the year would result in unacceptable delays to our awards cycle for 2022. Instead, we have decided to remain “virtual” in the format of our ceremonies for 2021 while relying on a substantially pre-COVID awards calendar. In so doing, we believe we will be best-positioned to return to a full, on-time, traditional schedule of in-person ceremonies in 2022.

The dates currently under consideration for the 48th annual Daytime Emmys which would be via two or three nights of presentations are: a combination of dates from Friday, June 25, Saturday, July 17 and/or Sunday, July 18.

For those entering the competition, the entry deadline is February, 17, 2021 with  the nominations not to come till May or June.

So, what do you think about the Daytime Emmys going virtual again for 2021? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Port Charles Learns a Bomb Caused the Explosion as Lives are Forever Changed

This week’s General Hospital has reminded us all of why we love daytime drama and why GH possesses some of the finest performers in the genre.

Wednesday’s episode featured several emotionally-charged and gut-wrenching moments as loved ones find out the fate of several people in crisis, or have to deliver terrible news in the wake of the bomb explosion at the Floating Rib, which already had taken the lives of Dev (Ashton Arbab) and Dustin (Mark Lawson).

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As we begin, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) has a passed-out Lulu (Emme Rylan) in his arms and brings her to Portia (Brook Kerr), who sends her for tests.  And in true soap opera fashion, just as Lulu was presumably going to tell Dane she still loved him and wanted him back (following Dustin’s death) … he never heard what she had to say.

 

Laura (Genie Francis) fills in Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) that Dev did not make it, and then Liz decides to tell her son, Cameron (William Lipton) the heartbreaking news while he is recovering from his injuries.  When she does, Cam is overcome and devastated as his mother holds him in her arms.  Meanwhile, Carly (Laura Wright) is filling-in Trina (Sydney Mikayla) and Josslyn (Eden McCoy) about Dev’s untimely death.

Later, with Laura present, Portia tells Lulu’s loved ones that she has a cerebral contusion, and that there is a a traumatic brain injury which has caused swelling on the brain.  Laura and Dante look on devastated.  Portia then says they have already rushed Lulu to urgent surgery.

Julian (William deVry) is with Ava (Maura West) at Wyndemere.  She is attempting to hide him there, while he figures out his next step after planting the bomb.  However, Jason (Steve Burton) shows up looking for Julian now that Sonny found out that a bomb caused the explosion that ravaged the Floating Rib.  From that point on calls are made to ensure Sonny’s family is protected as a mob war is about to go down. Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Jason believe all roads lead back to Cyrus Renault (Jeff Kober).

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Jason leaves Wyndemere before spotting Julian; leaving a distraught Ava to come down hard on her brother … he has two choices…  leave Port Charles, which she will help him do, or stay, and if he stays, she will not help him or be a part of his life.  While they are discussing his next move, they learn Lulu is now in critical condition from the bomb.  Ava tells Julian in no uncertain terms that everything he has done has come with a cost.  Jason shows up at the Corinthos home where Sam (Kelly Monaco), who is not happy about any of this, finds out along with Carl,y that Jason believes he was the target at the Floating Rib.

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As Liz is struggling to hold it together with Franco (Roger Howath) having brain surgery, she speaks with Scott (Kin Shriner), who did not know of his son’s tumor.  She shares with Franco’s dad that Franco is worried he will wake up a very different person.  Liz is told Franco is out of surgery, and is in tears over his hospital bed.  She prays he will be alright and Franco wakes up!

Portia tells Nikolas (Marcus Coloma), Laura, and Dante that Lulu is out of surgery but in a coma, which Kevin (Jon Lindstrom) points out is normal in these situations. Dante goes to sit by Lulu’s bedside and begs her to wake up.

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Then, in devastating news for Laura, Lucas (Matt Trudeau) gives her the real 411 on Lulu.  He tells Laura that Lulu’s brain started swelling the minute she hit her head at the Floating Rib, and that her injury got worse the longer she was not checked out.  Laura achingly realizes Lulu was so worried about Dustin that she never was immediately checked out for head trauma.  Lucas lets Laura know that Lulu’s recovery could take a very long time, if she recovers at all.

Heart-tugging performances throughout the stellar episode were given by: Dominic Zamprogna, Genie Francis, William Lipton, Rebecca Herbst, and Maura West in very intense and dramatic scenes.

So, what have you thought of this week’s episodes of GH? The fate of Lulu? The performances from yesterday’s airshow? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Ashton Arbab Says Farewell To General Hospital: “It Was Such An Honor To Have Worked Alongside Of Such Talented Actors”

Yesterday, viewers of General Hospitals witnessed that as a result of the bomb explosion at the Floating Rib; it meant the end of the road for a couple of characters.  One of those was Dev, and thus ends Ashton Arbab’s over two-year run in the role.

In key scenes, Dev dies in the ambulance ride to the hospital and thanks Sonny (Maurice Benard) for making him a part of the family and tells Sonny to tell Josslyn (Eden McCoy) that he is sorry.  Will Sonny recall what Dev said and pass that on to Joss? Will anyone figure out Dev’s duplicity in keeping Joss and Cameron (William Burton) apart? Stay tuned.

Meanwhile, Ashton took to Twitter on Tuesday and shared these words of praise and ‘thank you’ for his time on the ABC daytime drama series.

 

Arbab expressed: “I am forever grateful to Producer Frank Valentini and Mark Teschner (casting director, GH) for this amazing opportunity. It was such an honor to have worked along side of such talented actors and I’m beyond blessed for your friendship. Most of all thank you General Hospital fans.”

So, what did you think of Dev being killed-off? Will you miss Ashton? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.


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