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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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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……

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……..

I agree

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 out hope that the writers would give us that magic again but well such is soaps. Besides who knows maybe one day Kim may decide she wants to return to GH again.

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

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

My favorite interview by far!

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.

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!

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!

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!

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.

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!!

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 with Scrubs and Emma sharing more scenes together. Even before Anna, Robin and Emma should have shared more scenes. GH will never be good again

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.

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.

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

Good Luck Kimberly… you shall be truly missed a lot

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 you, thank you for this fabulous interview, Michael, Kimberly, & Finola!

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

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

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 shows up today,next week the mannings ,I cant wait.

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.

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

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 the best!! Take care Kimberly McCullough (Robin Scorpio Drake) and God Bless!!! Thank you for making GH what it is today!!! You are dearly loved and will be missed greatly!!!

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.

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.

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!!!

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!

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.?

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!!!

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

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

“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.

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 her leave ,she was always one of my favorites.

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.

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 lab could have been prevented as real hosps should have fire extinguishers or something to put out fire. I would have preferred it if the writers had had Robin move to a new City where she would be working in a big Research Lab helping to find cures for diseases, etc. Even if Robin is dead, she can return as soap stars are reincarnated all the time – so if Robin wants to return – even for a short time – she can. I just wish the writers had not been so desperate for ratings they decided to kill her off – at least we think that although we have not seen body. Great to have Anna back – Robin returns soon – and I hope they both stay in Port Charles for a long time. Bye for now Robin – I know we will see you again in Port Charles – just wish you had not died on GH – my personal opinion!!!

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

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 the robin character can always come doesnt have to be a greyhound bus.

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.

I love them both!

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 it well and yet yesterday at the end we started to see a bit more of an expected reaction. From the interviews with Jason T we know there will be a scene with Robin supposedly after she dies… at least I think that. Maybe that will bring different reactions that will seem more appropriate. Mac (John York) did have the most realistic and appropriate reaction so far. Here’s hoping she is not really dead and yet also hoping people start acting like she really is gone and we see some real emotion and anger handled and directed in the right way and give Robin the emotion that is deserved in the situation. Let’s hope they do a god job when they tell Emma her Mommie is gone! I wish I could say great job to all but not yet! Wish we were privy to the other choices for he exit… would be interesting to see what we all would have preferred. I know this way would not be my choice! 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!

” 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 benefit of the doubt.

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.

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 I hope everyone sticks with GH… I don’t want to lose it! I do think RC and FV will make it great eventually!!!

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.

this is really sad

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

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 her in the near future. I will always love you Kimberely. You remind me of my beautiful daughter who is amazing in every way possible. Best of luck to you Kimberely and I hope you find every happiness in the world…

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Daytime Stars We Lost Remembered in 2024 SAG Awards In-Memoriam Tribute

On Saturday night at the 30th annual SAG Awards streaming on Netflix, several stars from the world of soap opera were remembered in a very moving In-Memoriam segment.

Honoring those actors we lost this past year, and set to the song “How do I Say Goodbye” by Dean Lewis, the screen was filled with so many heartbreaking losses.

Those who were remembered in the tribute included: Bill Hayes (Doug, Days of our Lives), Ellen Holly (Carla, One Life to Live), Nicolas Coster (Lionel, Santa Barbara et al), Tyler Christopher (Nikolas, GH, Stefan DAYS), Billy Miller (Billy, Y&R and Drew, GH), Sharon Farrell (Flo, Y&R), Arlene Sorkin (Calliope, DAYS), Kamar de los Reyes (Antonio, OLTL), Jeffrey Carlson (Zoe/Zarf, AMC) and Mark Goddard (Ted, OLTL).

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Other notable stars who passed away and were included in the tribute were: Chita Rivera, Andre Braugher, Suzanne Somers, and Matthew Perry.

Before the video package was played, actress Naomi Watts took to the stage and shared, “We have lost so many extraordinary actors in the past year, but because they touched the world with their talent, we all share their loss. To those of us who worked with them, alongside them, we feel their loss and their absence deeply.”

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She added, “Of course their memory will live on in our recollections of the precious time we shared together — and through their work, their performances captured in countless frames of images, ever ready to dance across the screen and come to life again, if only for a while.”

What did you think of the In-Memoriam Tribute at the 2024 SAG Awards and seeing a lot of familiar faces being included who represent the soaps? Comment. below.

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David Gail, Former ‘Port Charles’ Star, Cause of Death Determined; Mother Speaks Out on Dangers of Pharmaceutical Addiction and Fentanyl Epidemic

David Gail, who played Dr. Joe Scanlon on Port Charles (1999-2000), and who also appeared on Beverly Hills 90210, cause of death has been revealed. The actor passed away on January 16th at the age of 58.

According to the toxicology report, Gail died of anoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, which is a brain injury caused by a a lack of blood flow, following resuscitation from cardio pulmonary arrest due to the drug intoxication. The report also revealed that drug intoxication with amphetamines, cocaine, ethanol and fentanyl, were also involved.

Gail’s mother, Mary Painter, spoke to Deadline on the findings and opened up to what led to David’s ultimate passing. Gail was found unresponsive by emergency personnel who attempted to save his life. Eventually, he was put on life support where he remained for several days till his death.

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In her statement, Painter shared, “It breaks my heart to learn that my son died this way. David became reliant on medicine many years ago, after multiple surgeries on his hands and wrists. He lived in enough pain to prevent him from working for almost a decade, with relief only achieved through full disability, physical therapy and pain medicine.”

She then added, “He struggled to stop taking pharmaceuticals and did before turning toward a more Eastern pain management including acupuncture and natural medicines. I can only assume that his former opioid dependence played a part in self-medicating from uncontrolled sources.”

David’s mother expressed a very important social message for our time about addiction that she hopes other parents remain aware of: “David’s death shines a light on the countless innocent victims of pharmaceutical addiction and the fentanyl epidemic that has taken so many of our sons and daughters. Please keep David and others battling pain or dependence, in your thoughts and prayers.”

Gail’s other TV credits included parts on: Savannah, Matlock, Murder, She Wrote, Doogie Howser, M.D., and Perfect Opposites.

What do you think about the poignant statement offered up by the late David Gail’s mother, Mary Painter? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.


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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Spinelli Serenades Maxie Then They Kiss! Are you in Favor of a ‘Spixie’ Reunion?

Spixie fans finally got their wish, sort of, on Thursday’s February 22nd episode of ABC’s General Hospital.

While Spinelli (Bradford Anderson) and Maxie (Kirsten Storms) have been each others orbit and married to other people, have had children, and been each other’s best friends, it’s apparent that they belong together, or do they?

In story, Spinelli took to the stage on Karaoke night when he, Maxie, Cody (Josh Kelly) and Sasha (Sofia Mattsson) went out together.  When Spinelli sang, it featured a touching solo performance by Bradford Anderson, where Spinelli wears his heart on his sleeve for Maxie.

Maxie is all smiles watching Spinelli sing, and afterwards he walks towards her. The two talk about his living situation and how he would do anything for her. Maxie says she always knows she can count on him. She admits she loves listening to him sing to her, and she loves having him around. Spinelli says he considers her more than a friend. The two eventually share a kiss, but Maxie runs away.

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The pick-up of the story happens on next week’s Tuesday, February 27th episode when in teasers, Maxie and Spinelli get closer.

Looking at the history of Spixie: they first got together from 2008-2010 when they were engaged. Then, in 2013 the duo had a one night stand. Next, they dated again in 2015, and flash-forward to 2024, and it looks like Maxie and Spinelli might be willing to try their romantic relationship one more time.

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So, do you hope Spixie gets back together, or do you want Maxie and Spinelli with some other characters on the Port Charles canvas? Let us know. But first, check out the scene where Spinelli sings to Maxie below.

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