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Kimberly McCullough takes to Twitter to address her decision to leave GH!

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The news that Kimberly McCullough (Robin) the long time beloved favorite of General Hospital has opted to not stay with the series in 2012, has sent some shockwaves through the soap industry, because it signifies another huge loss of talent for GH as it battles to stay on the air, and because the genre is losing another one of its finest performers.

This afternoon, McCullough to to her Twitter account to address her decision to leave the series and to say “thank you” to her many fans and followers

Kimberly tweeted, “Thank you for your tweets. I have read ALL of them. I wish I had words for the type of gratitude I feel for all of your support for so many years.  Personally, I feel like it’s the right time for me to pursue my dream of directing episodic TV as well as writing and directing feature films. I am heartbroken as well. To leave Robin, a character that is a huge part of myself and my life.  GH is my family and you (the fans) are like my extended family. I hope you will come with my along the journey. I’ve enjoyed getting to know so many of you.  If if wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t have been able to make NGFL, a film that ultimately gave me the courage to leave the nest and step behind the camera.  In the coming months Jason Thompson and I will pour our heart and soul into the story that is given to us.  I can promise you that much.  Everything else is out of our control. I am sad too, but I intend to make the best of it.  Again, thanks for the love and opinions and support. I appreciate it more than I can ever express. Stay tuned.”

Jason Thompson (Patrick) also took to his Twitter account to post his sentiments on the imminent departure of his long time scene partner and dear friend from Port Charles tweeting:  “As Kimberly McCullough always does with grace, dignity, heart and courage.  To you, the fans who have supported us for years..with love, thank you! As we do everyday..we’ll put everything we have into what’s next.  It goes without saying that it won’t be the same without my better half. But I couldn’t be more proud of Kimberly! xxoo”

Hankies! This is so sad! Let us know your thoughts as it looks like this is the end of Scrubs!

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Chantal
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Chantal

Now, I know, GH is going off the air for sure, it cannot survive losing both KMc and JJ months apart with no other veterans to come back to our beloved soap. It is losing its legacy. So long!

Kate
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Kate

This is truly a devastating blow to the GH canvas. I wish Kim all the best, but it’s truly heartbreaking to see her and Jonathan Jackson, two actors who many have grown up watching — and who, themselves have literally grown up on GH — gone. Between McCullogh and Jackson’s exits, it feels like GH has just lost a leg, and this further speaks to the rumblings of “the writing on the wall” for GH’s potential cancellation :(. If this was an issue of storyline for both of them, I feel the writers really should have worked with these actors… Read more »

aria
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aria

I pray that they don’t kill the character, I love both Robin and actress Kimberly McCullough, i wish her the best, but seriously I don’t think I can take it if they kill the character of Robin. So heres hoping they do something believable enough for us fan to take. I hope Kimberly isn’t retiring from acting, this is just so sad.

ethel
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ethel

i have been a fan of kimberly since she first stepped onto the gh canvas – she is so talented & such an awesome actress – gh is losing a big chunk of their talented staff!!
i know she will do an excellent job in whatever the future holds for her – she will be missed big time!

Sue
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Sue

Wow. Not good for GH. I guess her contract is up and she didn’t want to stay till the end. They’ll probably kill off the character in a mob hit meant for Sonny. This means less hospital stories, more mob.

Brenda, Jax, Lucky, Robin………sad to see what is happening.

adriana8900
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adriana8900

kimson are the main reason i watch gh so after there is no more scrubs on gh i will stop watching scrubs forever

cathy
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cathy

I won’t be watching Robin die and Patrick move on to someone else. Emma belongs with Robin. They could write Robin and Emma off in a way that when GH ends, She and Emma can reunite with Patrick.

adriana8900
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adriana8900

rip scrubs and gh goodbye they are going to get cancel now for killing robin off

sharon
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sharon

While I am excited for Kimberly from a professional standpoint, I am heartbroken over the loss of such a talented actress on GH and its implications for Scrubs and the character, Robin Scorpio. I personally don’t see GH lasting much longer on ABC and it would have been nice to see Robin and Patrick ride off into the sunset together when the show ends or potentially goes online like I hope OLTL will. But, now it seems like they will kill off Robin and I would not be surprised if GH goes air shortly after that. I will miss Kimberly… Read more »

cathy
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cathy

I am devastated at the thought of GH klilling Robin. I find it an insult to me and the actress. JJ said that they were keeping Lucky alive because he is important. I feel Robin and Kimberly are just as important. Robin was a life line to many who suffered with HIV/AIDS and to just end her life so Patrick could go on hits me wrong. GH could have Robin AND Emma missing and presumed dead. I don’;t want to see Patrick’s new love interest which SID is already pushing with ROBIN’S baby, a baby Robin always wanted. Sorry but… Read more »

david
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david

Soaps on ABC are dead and they are not coming back to life. Kimberly, in an act of self-preservation, is simply leaving a sinking ship before it goes under. Very sad.

dan
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dan

The show ran successfully for years without Jon J. & Kim M., I don’t see why they still can’t. Nothing special about them.

Adela
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Adela

I read that they are indeed killing off the character of Robin Scorpio-
Drake. He HIV status is being upgraded to AIDS. By killing her off that closes the door to her returning in the future. Couldn’t they just have her being guilty of killing of Lisa Niles and send her to prison until they can bring back Kimberley.

However with all this being said I also believe that ABC is going to take GH off the air.

Sherry
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Sherry

I wish Kimberly all the best with her new path in life, she has been on the show since being very young, she will be missed. She has shown us the different acting roles that she has played, very much talent, miss you already, I have been a long time General Hospital fan for many years.

Gail Wharton
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Gail Wharton

very , very sad that she is leaving. She is a key player and one that breathes fresh air …maybe there will be a returm=n…or better yet, reconsider !

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

I dont mind that Robin is leaving. I mind if she is leaving and killing off the character. That is bothersome. If she didn’t drop in but every 3months for 2 days, she could check into GH, that way if she career didn’t work out, she could come back as Robin, and not be some lookalike, twin, or some other ridiculous character.

barbara t
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barbara t

here is where I will fill you in on general hospital,I know you dont like kate but I think she is going through a personality change of some kind ,then again having a relationship with sonny will do that,ethan has to get rid of that boring cassandra,I dont like her,Im glad she is on the way out the gh door,however I wish they could talk ethan to stay.just give him another story far,far away from her.robin,Im so upset she is leaving ,she is the story on gh that I love ,and I will say it again,PLEASE DONT KILL HER,send her… Read more »

kay killgore
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kay killgore

I heard that Robin is presumed dead in a mob related explosion therefore if GH survives and she wants to come back, she can.

barbara t
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barbara t

anything is better then killing her off ,I would also like a clue or see her walk away,just dont want to see her die.that is to much drama over a character I care about, give her amnesia.let her walk off into the sunset,not knowing who she is.I really wish she would change her mind and stay.

barbara t
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barbara t

well, all that changed today,Its not mob related ,unless she gets blown up a second time,she better not be dead,let the fire be so hot they cant find any human remains of any kind because its to dam hot,I hope we get to see her walk away ,not knowing who she is ,but thats a problem to ,she has to take care of her health problems,I dont care ,just dont kill robin,in case she wants to come back.broke my heart her telling patrick to go.

alli2449
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alli2449

She can’t leave soon enough for me, she was a better actress at 5 then as an adult. Seen her in other series also. I hated when they brought her back. There is no chemistry between Her & Patrick (Jason). Never was a believable pairing.

Ronald Walter Klimmek
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Ronald Walter Klimmek

I will really miss Kimberly McCullough. I wish they would find another pretty and talented star like her so that viewers don’t lose the character of Robin Scorpio. I really wish Kimberly McCullough would stay.

Ronald Walter Klimmek
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Ronald Walter Klimmek

I love you Kimber. I will follow you wherever your stardom takes you because I love you very much. I wish you would reconsider your decision and saty on GH.

Laverne Chopps
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Laverne Chopps

Why did the character die? She could have just been off the camera. There aren’t many whole families left in GH.

Ladyfuzzy
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Ladyfuzzy

Since the first time you came on as that cute little daughter of Anna and Robert I was hooked. I used to take care of a little girl on chemo with ringlets like that. She didn’t make it. The fact that you did let me believe that angels like that would go on. You have to do what you have to do but your loss is the “jumping the shark” episode for me. Take care and make lots of memories with your family. Blessings.

Yvonne Redfearn
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Yvonne Redfearn

I have been watching GH since my teen years and now I am in my 40’s. I have watched many soaps but I can truly say that Robin Scorpio-Drake (Kimberly Anne McCullough) is/was my favorite character in soap opera history. There will never be anyone like her. Her character will be missed. I am still fighting back tears. I wish Kimberly infinite success in all she does.

c robinson
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c robinson

BRING ROBIN BACK FROM THE DEAD, BACK TO PATRICK AND EMMA. IT IS A SOAP YOU CAN DO IT

kris
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kris

OK did anyone see yestedays gh at the end the lady in the coma in the hospital bed looks like Robin DIDNT DIE but wats wit that whos behind it lisa? but they claim she died as well anyone think something is odd WOW
im 4 bringin back robin

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GH’s Wes Ramsey Makes Statement on Criticism, Social Media, and Professionalism

General Hospital’s Wes Ramsey, who portrays polarizing character, Peter August on the ABC daytime drama series, responded to recent take on his role from cast mate, Tristan Rogers (Scorpio) when a video made its way through social media.

The video was from a Cameo appearance, where Rogers offered an assessment of the Peter August storyline and expressed that while he knows Ramsey is a strong actor, he felt he was “wrong for the character” being that Peter was the son of the evil Faison played by Anders Hove.

Rogers also came to the defense of Ramsey and shared: “Don’t be too hard on Wes Ramsey. He’s got himself into a horrible storyline, and the storyline is the fault of the show. What they’ve literally done is they’ve painted themselves into a corner, and they don’t know how to get out of it.”

Currently, Peter’s story is front and center on GH with his wedding to Maxie (Kirsten Storms), and the fallout from all of the character’s dirty deeds.

Now Ramsey took to his Instagram account to address what transpired and his thoughts on the perils of social media, professionalism and acting, expressing: “Actors are storytellers, shapeshifters, chameleons. We’re also in the business of cultivating trust bc that’s how the best work is brought to life. We have to trust our imaginations, our instincts. We have to trust our fellow actors, because without them, there’s no scene to play. In the collaborative efforts of bringing any show to life, we also have to trust our directors each day to steer the arch of our story (like a conductor with a symphony) & trust our writers who are tasked with composing the symphonies we play out. I came up in a world of classical theater, where trusting the play, text, story is essential to the tightrope balancing act of making magic.  You will never hear me critique (on any public platform) the people responsible for the creative opportunities I enjoy each day. Without the trust of my writers, directors, producers & fellow actors, it would be impossible to live out my dreams. My job (& my only job) is to bring fearlessness, playfulness & passionate conviction to what has been created for me. My aim is to stretch myself (beyond the limits of where I think my boundaries may lye) each time I’m entrusted with material that allows those boundaries to be tested.

 

Every actor must believe they are the right person for their part or they will never achieve their potential, let alone surpass it. I was raised a gentleman & have two wonderful parents to thank for that, however, my polite personality (while rendering me easy to get along with on set) should have little bearing on my caliber of performance nor my castability as a professional.  I am leery of the pitfalls of social media & believe there are advantages to maintaining some mystery (even as a public figure) but I will always defend & protect what I hold dear (my job & my career) when they are publicly challenged, especially by those closest to me, whom I love & respect. Please know I bear no ill will. As a society, we are all still learning the full ramifications of living in an internet dominated culture. To all my many fans out there who offer encouragement & support, I hear you & am grateful for you. I’m having a blast… 🙂. Onward we go.”

Share your thoughts on Wes’ statement on playing the role of Peter August and more via the comment section below.

 

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WATCH: Maurice Benard & Friends In ‘The Birthday Bash’ – The Movie

Now here’s a way to celebrate your birthday! Having lots of fun with your friends filming a project and making your directorial debut! That’s just what two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos, General Hospital) has done.

On his “State of Mind” You Tube Channel, Benard dropped the birthday video which includes many of his friends and family members.

Benard shared: “You’ve probably heard me say that this year I wanted to do something for the fans on my birthday. Well now the time has come to reveal my special project. It was fun to see a lot of my friends acting outside of the box and I want to thank each of them for being so willing to join me in this adventure no questions asked.”

Look for: Maurice Benard, Carlos Avila, Victoria Gotti, Ian Buchanan, Réal Andrews, Steve Burton, Majid Raees, Dominic Zamprogna, Kin Shriner, Joshua Benard, Paula Benard, Jeff Kober, Bryan Craig, Brooklyn Rae Silzer, Jim Warren and Buddy the Goat to all make appearances.

Watch Maurice Benard & Friends in “The Birthday Bash” below.  Then let us know what you thought of it via the comment section.

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Maurice Benard’s Birthday Kicks-Off With GH Co-Stars, Colleagues and Friends Delivering Special Messages

Ahead of his previously announced special birthday project dropping on You Tube today at 3pm EST 12noon PST, General Hospital’s Maurice Benard (Sonny) got a morning birthday surprise put together by his wife, Paula.

In the viral video now circulating on Instagram and social media, many of Benard’s longtime pals, colleagues, co-stars and friends, taped some virtual messages for the two-time Daytime Emmy winner honoring on his big day.

Included in the celebration are notables such as: Vanessa Marcil (Ex-Brenda), Steve Burton (Jason), Laura Wright (Carly), Kelly Monaco (Sam), Stephen A. Smith (Brick), Max Gail (ex-Mike), Vernee Watson (Stella), Lisa LoCicero (Olivia), GH EP, Frank Valentini and many more.

Check out below.  And make sure to watch live Maurice’s “Bad Boy Stories” video in a few hours via the link notated above.

Now, post your birthday wishes to Maurice via the comment section here.

 

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