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Kristen Alderson On Her Final GH Scenes With Roger Howarth: "Roger And I Were VERY Happy We Had Those Scenes Together."

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Monday marked the final episode of Kristen Alderson in the role of Kiki Jerome on General Hospital.   As viewers know, Alderson decided to exit the series and the role will next be played by Hayley Erin.

In her final scenes, Alderson acted with her long-time scene partner, Roger Howarth (Franco). But while Kiki and Franco are not biologically related on GH, when on One Life to Live, and early on during their time on GH, Alderson played Starr Manning, and Howarth was Todd Manning.  This was prior to the Prospect Park lawsuit entanglement.

As a nod to their time when they were on-screen father and daughter, the GH writing team wrote-in that while Franco was still suffering the effects of LSD, he spoke to Kiki as if he was his bio-daughter, and even talked about the difficulties he has had in his relationship with her mother.  But he wasn’t referencing Ava Jerome!   One Life fans know it was Blair he was referencing.

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After the scenes aired today Kristen tweeted: “Roger and I were VERY happy we had those scenes together. Thanks @carlivatiron & @valentinifrank #shorty”   She also tweeted:  “Now I think today is really my last air date on @GeneralHospital … Thank you again for all of the overwhelming support & love.”

Ron Carlivati clarified on Twitter that when GH knew Kristen was exiting the show, they wrote-in the scenes between her and Howarth!  The head scribe tweeted: “We rewrote them after we found out Kristen was leaving. Her scenes in this episode were originally with Morgan. #GH

And in a beautiful and emotional moment at the end of the episode which felt like Howarth saying his farewell to Alderson, he said in a speech: “You’ll find something that you love to do and do it. And don’t ever marry a man unless you trust him.  Most importantly, believe in yourself.  I want you to have an OK life.  I think you deserve that.”  Alderson’s Kiki then says, “You don’t have to do this.  I’m not saying goodbye forever.”   To which Roger replies: “Maybe you are.   So just in case  …  goodbye.  You’ve been a gift to me.  I won’t forget you.”   It was Howarth at his best!

What did you think of the scenes between Kristen and Roger?  Were you sad to know this was the final airshow of Kristen’s?   Share your thoughts on the final moments below!

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geez Michael. I nearly cried again reading this 🙁 the scenes were awesome.

Indeed. Me too!

I could not agree more! Stop wasting Roger. He is the best!

it was excellent n very emotional i truly hate to see her leave

That was so true about michael

It was a touching and poignant heartfelt moment…those tears were real…RH and KA couldnt fake those…now that was a well written award deserving scene!

I couldn’t agree more Jimh. I watched them on OLTL when Kristin first started at 6 years old.

it was amazing i truly m going to miss her it was sad n for real

Agreed! Have watched them both for a very long time and even with many missed episodes this last one of theirs, together, was touching!

They were great.

That was indeed a beautifully written and acted scene. It was very bittersweet and a farewell gift to OLTL fans who still miss their show.

I have love your acting since you were a young Starr..Please come back soon i will be watching everything you do from here.I want all my soaps back miss every one.At one life to live and amc Keep you head high i wish the gh starrs and fans could have heard your singing voice a lot more..Love you ..

I actually did cry, Judy. The dialogue between Roger and Kristen was from the heart. They have shared such closeness as Todd and Starr….such life-lasting friendship, and perhaps as close as a father-daughter relationship two actors working together could possibly share.
It was so sad to see their loving exchange; to hear the affectionate praise for each other. Their mutual respect was palpable…I was moved beyond words. The scene was real and honest ….I was present in the makeshift hospital room.
I feel as if I’m losing a friend…watching Kristen/Kiki standing in that doorway as she bid her ‘last’ farewell to Roger/Franco was so touching, my heart broke.
Bye, Kristen….you will be missed so! Luv-ya, girl. All the best.
I do hope Roger stays for the duration.

Hey, Mr. Fairman? Could you consider installing a “like” button in here similar to the one on Facebook? I don’t want to litter your comment section with a bunch of “I agree Jim!” or “Well said, Shay!” or “You are right on, Rebecca!” comments.
That said, I really like Cee Cee’s post. It’s eloquent and poignant and worthy of the aforementioned scene.

Yep! I appreciated the multiple levels that the dialogue was reflecting: Franco & Kiki; Todd & Starr; Roger & Kristen. The emotion was genuinely heartfelt, certainly – nice work again, Mr. Howarth. Best wishes following your dreams, Kristen: “Go get ’em, kid!”

I agree. a great scene. classic Ron, RH and KA.

No…………….I love Kiki. At first I wasn’t sure but now I am so sad to hear she is leaving. You’ll be missed Kirsten!

MICHAEL Quartermain you are so mean to carly and sonny

I LOVED the scene and it was such a great nod to OLTL. I rewatched it a few times!

It was awesome and sooo beautifully delivered from a “father” to his “daughter”, recalling their relationship they had since she was a very, very young girl. It was obvious that RH meant the words even though they were written for him and the tears were genuine. I cried too for it ended a long, long loving relationship between two actors that have spanned the time. And yes, I agree with Magic, I, too, loved that scene/moment and it was an fantastic nod to OLTL.

Because I have watched One Life to Live and General Hospital from inception, I knew those farewell scenes were written for Todd And Starr, and that poignant moment reflected everything I knew about them from the moment she was born to Todd and Blair on One Life to her exit as Kiki Jerome. Howarth is a brilliant actor, in my opinion in line with the likes of Deniro and Brando to name a few. Give him the break he needs and let him shine! Kristen, you will be missed!

It was brilliantly written and acted. I watched OLTL for over 40 years and still miss it so much. I so hope that Kristen returns someday. I will miss her.

Ditto! One of the best Exit Scenes ever! I cried my eyes out watching Todd & “Shorty”

I know that’s right!

It felt in someway a final goodbye to those characters on OLTL. It was we were saying goodbye the the final Cramer woman.

I teared up watching this scene! I realized that Franco was channeling Todd in these scenes, and I was watching the last scene thru blurry eyes. I watched Kristen grow up from a little girl, have a tv daughter and lose her. She was wonderful as Starr and it’s only the mess with prospect park that turned her into Kiki, which unfortunately never connected with the fans. I will miss this beautiful actress but know she has a wonderful future, and I can’t wait to see her in other things!!

Kristen has been around a long time and is a pro. Maybe it was the name KiKi that just never quite “fit in.”

I was outright crying! Both RH & KA were so good and it reminded me all over again of how much I still miss OLTL. Loved that Rin & crew did that for her

I wanted him to say “Go get em’, Shorty” at the end instead! They may have been portraying Franco & Kiki, but we were watching Todd & Starr….& then at some point Todd & Starr became Howarth & Alderson exchanging their goodbyes/best wishes. I loved it. I wish they would have had more screen time together. I cried.

Me too!! I was so hoping for that!

The Shorty comment would have been great! Roger felt that in the bottom of his soul!
Great comment, M

Even if he could have said something like “Don’t ever let anyone call you short” to get around any potential difficulties with Prospect Park.

Yes, Yes!

My gut told me that was her final scene. I’m glad the writers did that for Kristen & Roger. It was just really sweet. When she blew him that kiss, I was like, “Even if it’s not her last day, that’s her last moment with him.” It really was so good! Good job Ron & Frank!!

I loved that scene! I cried, rewound, re-watched and cried again. So glad RC wrote that in.

This was one of the best scenes and such an emotional one for those of us who go back to the early days of OLTL. What great actors but more importantly, what great friends these two are. I hope whatever she is leaving for is worth it! Loved her ever since OLTL!

I loved Franko’s (Todd) & Kiki’s (Starr) scenes together today. I kept thinking about thier many years of history together. Since she was a very little girl. I couldn’t help but have tears in my eyes. Father and daughter for ever.

The writing on this show often frustrates me, but these scenes were gold. They were good if you didn’t know the actor’s back ground but still paid tribute to a relationship that many of us still miss. Kudos Ron and thank you.

Absolutely LOVED the scene today. All us OLTL fans knew Todd/Roger was saying a heartfelt goodbye to Starr/Kristen!!

thought they did a great job. Thought the emotion between the two was real.

Perfect.

it was a very touching scene, i cried, they work so well together, will miss Kristen, she is a wonderful actress, hope she returns, hope that Roger and Kristen will be together again one day too.

You could tell that it was their final scene. It was such a touching tribute to the both of them, their chemistry as father & daughter is evident (One life to live). The small tear out the corner of Roger’s eye was genuine and heart felt, I was sad that I will not see them together in this special way. I’m a long time OLTL fan from when Kristen first came on the scene. I will miss her & wish her the best in her next project. xo

I loved it and I got it. I knew exactly what Ron was doing. It’s his love and genius of soaps that’s gives us the joy of what’s left after the genre’s decimation. It’s time for Vicki and/or Dorian to check in at GH. Maybe as patients or donors to the hospital…something. Everyone else had their moment. Or one stint of Erica Kane…selling something, lol.

Erica could help Lucy resurrect her cosmetic company. Add a little glamour and humour to a very dreary Lucy and Port Charles.

As a life long fan of OLTL and GH I was moved to tears by these scenes! Bravo

I watched the scenes with Roger & Kristen. ..thought about it and realized it was a farewell for all of their time together – so I watched it again. I had tears in my eyes. I love those two. I’ll miss them together. I wish Kristen so much success and Roger, please don’t ever leave us! I was thrilled when you came over to GH.

Never fortunate enough to have children, but I felt the way others are saying they felt about all this. Watching her grow up from a terrific child actor to an even more wonderful young adult actor. It feels like my tv daughter is going off to experience the World. As it should be. I grew to like her as Kiki but yes, she will be Shorty in my heart. The scenes were wonderfully written and acted.

As a GH viewer, I loved this episode with scenes with Kristen and Roger, back in the day, my Grandma would watch OLTL and in the other room, I’d watch AW. Anyways, I really enjoyed the crossover of Blair, Todd and Starr on GH briefly a few years ago, and I was really hoping Kristen’s last scene would be with Roger and, somehow would incorporate the OLTL characters, intertwined into story with Kiki and Franco. Thank you GH for giving Kristen her final scenes with Roger, they were so deep and full of history between this two actors and their working relationship. What a send-off for Kristen. At this moment, I wish the role of Kiki wasn’t being recast.

It was fabulous! You could feel the love, warmth and respect between Roger and Kristen. It was obvious, even with Roger’s eyes welling up that he was speaking to Kristen. A wonderful, unforgettable moment! Sad to have Kristen leave after watching her grow up on OLTL, but it usually happens sooner or later. I wish her all the best and I hope to see her back in something soon. It would be wonderful to hear her sing again! She’s beautiful and talented!

I will miss Kristin Alderson so much. I watched her on OLTL since she was a tiny little girl and then on GH. I hope Kristin will join GH again one day after she explores other things. She is a wonderful actress!! 🙂 Roger and Kristins last scene today made me feel sad because I knew it was the last time I would see her unless she returns eventually. I dont blame her though, she has been on soaps for many years and she is a young woman. Go get ’em, Kristin!! 😉

Thank you Roger and Kristen for the walk down memory lane today. I am still saddened by your departure Kristen. I will miss seeing the two of you sharing scenes. Kristen you look so much like my daughter Emma who passed away over 6 years ago. She had the same spunky fire for life that you brought to the roll of Starr and Kiki.
Hopefully today was just saying see you later someday. Maybe Roger and Kirsten can have their own prime time show some day as a father daughter investigation team that would be great. The father daughter chemistry is there to make any show you two would do together a success.

Kiki and Franco, bah….let’s face it folks, it was Starr and Todd and we love them and miss them. Kudos to the writers and to Alderson and Howarth. All gave the fans, at long last, what we really wanted from them … to have Starr and Todd, if only in parting.

It’s too bad there wasn’t a parting like this for OLTL. It’s still unfinished business. Or maybe…we can only hope something will rise out of the ashes. Hope springs eternal, especially if you’ve seen as many come back to life on GH.

I agree with you Rose. So much unfinished business and so many storylines left hanging.. Viki and Clint, Tea and Victor, John and Natalie as well as Todd and Blair. To put it bluntly it sucks!

I have watched these scenes twice already. Roger and Kristen did some amazing work in these scenes. These scenes were a great farewell for their fans. I have always loved their onscreen bond these two actors have shared and I will miss seeing them onscreen together.

🙁
RC and team can go deep and serious when it is called for, and the ”goodbye” was very touching and heartfelt.. (a Kleenex moment)
Done excellently and righteous…

I see a great career ahead for Kristen ..

I absolutely loved Roger and Kristen ‘ s scenes today. It brought tears to my eyes remembering them as Todd and Starr Manning my two favorite characters on One Life to Live. How wonderful of General Hospital to do that for them and for us!!

I loved the scenes today with Roger & Kristen it was very heartfelt and I had tears as I do now reading it again . Us OLTL fans got it. All the best Kristen you will be missed!!

Fantastic scene. There were so many layers to this and both actors hit every note perfectly. Tugged at my heart.

Such a beautiful way to end her time on General Hospital! She couldn’t have left with a better ending!! The two of them together, made an ending that will be remembered forever!! A (on air) father daughter relationship that will last a lifetime (no one will ever be able to replace the love that had for each other on the set of OLTL or GH).

Absolutely beautiful scenes. Broke my heart. I’ve really enjoyed Kristen these past few months. I wish her the best!

I love watching Kristen and Rodger. LOVED THEM AS TODD AND STARR ON OLTL, loved them as franco and kiki on GH. Two wonderfully gifted actors, who have such warmth and friendship between them that we all got to share in it. I will miss Kristen, wish her the best, Roger I hope you stay on GH for a very long time!

I almost was crying also wonderful they both will always be Todd and Star Manning!!

Really sweet scene. Glad they got to have the last scene together.

I loved the scene at the end of the show today with Franco and Kiki. It brought back the sadness I felt whe One Life to Live went off the air. I knew Kristen Alderson was leaving I just didn’t know when. I could read between the lines though that this either was her last scene with Roger Howarth or her last scene altogether. I wish her good luck I’m whatever she does.

As soon as the scene started, all I could think about was Todd and Starr. What a great tribute to both the actors and the characters they portrayed for so many years.
One year when I was at Disney’s Super Soap weekend, I had the opportunity to meet Kristen Alderson when she was very young. She was a joy to meet.. A very humble actress.
I have watched, recorded , read abut GH, since the first episode April 1, 1963 and I’m still a fan. When OLTL started , I became a fan and was very sorry to watch it disappear from our lives. How lucky were to watch not only these two actors but many more..Thanks for the Memories.

I thought the scenes between Kristen and Roger were so moving and OLTL watchers knew that was Todd and his Shorty up there. Bravo to these two great actors who were blessed to have spent their last scenes together!❤️

Seriously??? I cried like a nany!! I have watched both Todd, franco, (roger howarth), and Starr. Kiki, (Kristin Alderson), since her day one debut!!! I may be 56 yrs old, but I have been watching OLTL and GH since grade school, thanks to my Grandmother Lucy, when I came home from school and I amso happy that I did!!!!! Ple contcontinue actacting Kristin,!!! Wishing you all the Best, but sorely Missed!

A very touching and awesome scene.

When she blew him a goodbye kiss that was very emotional . Sad to see her go I’m sure we will see her again will miss you I watched you as little Star Manning

I have enjoyed watching Kiki on GH and Roger….watched them on OLTL….and I will follow her on B&B…which I have watched from their beginning…..she will do awesome with the character of Hope….she is really good…..and the scenes between her and Franco were very touching and he is awesome also……she is a precious girl. GH is my all time very favorite soap, I have been watching it since 1965….love most of the actors on that soap…

This was some of the best writing we have seen in a long time and a thoughtful nod to who Kimi and Franco have been to each other. It was good even if you didn’t know the bsck story…but for those of us who did..exquisite! ! And Kristen and Roger were there ever amazing selves!! Thank you to all for a proper finish for these awesome actors!!

I’m getting teary again just reading this. It felt real, not like acting. Too bad there wasn’t a picture of Blair on the table next to the bed. See, Ron! After all the fluke stuff it was good to see you take a time out and write something with substance. Best to Kristen, and thanks to Roger for this moving scene.

The scenes were incredible! It was such a gift to those of us still mourning OLTL. I’ve always loved, loved, loved Todd (Roger’s version of Todd) and Starr and how she always brought the best out in him. Good luck to Kristen Alderson on her future endeavors.

Please ABC, bring back “One Life To Live?” Bittersweet!

Prospect Park’s attorneys are subpoenaing these scenes as we speak LOL

Bring ’em on! PP was such a disappointment, not only for dropping the ball on AMC & OLTL but for what they did to the plot lines and characters while they had them. I didn’t watch AMC but, as far as I’m concerned, OLTL ended with its next-to-last episode on ABC. That gave me all the closure I need and, apparently, all we’re going to get.

“…I’m not saying goodbye forever.” To which Roger replies: “Maybe you are. So just in case … goodbye. You’ve been a gift to me.”

how classic this is

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Kristen and Roger ..
Many years of love between them .. I felt the love..

That was Roger & Kristen saying good bye to each other….everything about that scene was so heart wrenching….they worked so well together for so long & their tears were real….I cried then & thinking about it I’m tearing up again….. Such a beautiful scene.

The RH and KA scene was gifted! Gifted actors and writing! Not only was it “Todd talking to Starr” it appeared it also was Roger talking to Kristen. It is a difficult departure for those of us who have watched KA grow up. Kristen I know your STAR will continue to shine.
It’s to bad that they (the writers) never took the time to develope “Kiki” maybe KA would have stayed a while longer.

Emmy Award quality work from both of them.

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General Hospital’s Michael Easton Pens Touching Farewell to Gregory Harrison

Following the on-screen death of his on-screen father, Gregory Chase played by Gregory Harrison, longtime soap vet, Michael Easton (Finn, GH) shared his feelings on a touching Instagram post.

Easton summed up getting to know Gregory Harrison, and to play emotional scenes with him for the last three years. In story, Gregory succumbed to ALS, a disease in which there is no cure.

Sharing several photos of himself with Harrison. Easton expressed, “Gregory Harrison. One of the finest actors I’ve ever had the privilege of working with and an even better human being. I learned so much from you, my friend, and it was an absolute honor to get to share a stage with you these past three years. Your talent, grace and powerful presence will be greatly missed around the studio. @gnhsurf @generalhospitalabc #gh #fathersandsons”

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In addition, Josh Swickard (Chase), Harrison’s other on-screen son told Soap Opera Digest on Gregory’s exit, “Sometimes when you’re working on a show like this and someone plays your dad, it spills over. He really felt like a father figure to me in so many ways. Still does. He’s such a good human being. He’s been around the block in life, in Hollywood, and then some, and he’s just a wealth of knowledge. And he’s a humble human being.”

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Fans of GH caught on the Monday, May 20th episode some very heart-tugging scenes between Gregory and Finn, where they each tell the other how proud they are to have been each others father and son.

Watch below the heartbreaking moment and the touching portrayal by Michael Easton when Finn finds his father has passed away.

So, what do you think about the words written by Michael Easton and he says farewell to the exited Gregory Harrison? What did you think of his performance on today’s GH? Comment below.

 

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Lane Davies on Possibility of Extending His General Hospital Run: “I Would Be Totally Open”

This week, viewers are catching the re-teaming of Lane Davies and Nancy Lee Grahn for the second time on General Hospital and the third time in their careers given their storied history as Santa Barbara’s Mason Capwell and Julia Wainright.

Previously, Nancy and Lane played opposite each other and shares scenes as Dr. Cameron Lewis and Alexis Davis back in 2002 on the ABC daytime drama series. Now in 2024, Davies takes on the role of Fergus Byrne, the brother of the late Neil Byrne, as Alexis tries to get her law license reinstated.

Speaking with TV Insider on his recent return to GH, Davies shared, “I know Nancy was wanting to work with me again. I ran into (former GH head writer) Patrick Mulcahey at (Santa Barbara co-creator) Bridget Dobson’s funeral and we had a lovely lunch together and a lovely visit and I think it was just the synergy of all those things coming together that did it. Patrick saw me and realized that I hadn’t completely deteriorated over the years and thought, ‘Well, this would be fun.”’

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Lane also shared he isn’t closing the door for more episodes of General Hospital down the line were the powers-that-be to keep Fergus on the canvas.

The popular actor expressed,,”I would be totally open, but that’s all up to the writers and fans and producers and network people and I’m kind of out of that loop. But if it happens, grand.”

So, would you like to see Lane stick around Port Charles? Comment below.
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Gregory Harrison Wraps His Run on General Hospital

Gregory Harrison, who has played Gregory Chase on General Hospital, has left the series.  As viewers saw, on the May 20th episode Gregory remembers his life, then seemingly went to asleep.

However, on today’s May 21st episode, is it revealed Gregory, who suffered from ALS, passed away in his sleep. Harrison brought with him extensive television and movie credits from Trapper John M.D., Falcon Crest and more before coming to GH.

Harrison joined the ABC daytime drama series in a recurring capacity back in November 2020 and signed a contract back in June of 2022.  A rep for the show confirmed to Soap Opera Digest that Gregory’s exit was storyline-dictated.

 

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In story, Gregory Chase was the estranged father to Finn (Michael Easton), as they had a complicated past. He also had a younger  son Harrison Chase (Josh Swickard). Gregory was also the grandfather to Violet (Jophielle Love). One of his last wishes was to see Chase and Brook Lynn (Amanda Set tie the knot.

Over the past few months before the character’s demise, he became close with Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) and Tracy (Jane Elliot).

The death of Gregory Chase will certainly rock Finn and Chase’s world.

So, sad to know Gregory Harrison has departed General Hospital? Comment below.

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