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Kristen Alderson "Why I Decided To Leave General Hospital" Video Message To Fans!

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As she had promised, Daytime Emmy winner Kristen Alderson tonight posted a very special video message to her fans offering an explanation and her side of the story as to why she decided to not re-sign with General Hospital end continue in the role of Kiki Jerome.  The actress is finishing up her time at the ABC soap opera this month.

On this the day that the last episode of One Life to Live aired on ABC three years ago, Alderson next was able to take the character of Starr Manning to General Hospital.  However, after the Prospect Park legal entanglements, ultimately Kristen’s could not longer play Starr, and GH created a new role for her that of Kiki, the daughter of mob gal Ava Jerome (Maura West) and daughter to Dr. Silas Clay (Michael Easton).  Below are Kristen’s sentiments shared in the video on her departure.

Kristen Alderson: ” I have had the best time over the past three years.  And this decision is purely spur of the moment, kind of an epiphany that I had that I have been in this amazing soap bubble since I was six-years-old, and now I am twenty-three, and I have never done anything else, or pushed myself, or challenged myself to do other things, and not necessarily in the industry, but things in life like … taking a class here or there for something other than acting, and getting back into singing, which you guy know I love to do …  so that would be really exciting.  And who knows where this road is going to take me?  But, this had all happened very quickly, but I am prepared for the worst, and I am prepared for any failures.

I am prepared for all the excitement it will bring, and it’s just a new chapter in my life, and I couldn’t be more grateful to the support you guys have given me, and all of the love.  I love you guys so much.  I’ve always cared about you.  I’ve grown up with you, you’ve grown up with me, and I am always going to be a part of your life.  I will be tweeting and instragramming … and you know I will! ‘Thank You’ to Ron (Carlivati) and Frank Valentini, and everyone at ABC for all of your support, and ‘Thank You’ to the fans … you are the best in the world.  Soap fans are family, and you always will be be.”

Watch Kristen’s goodbye message after the jump! Then share your thoughts on what she had to say in the comment section below!

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Meg
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Meg

GOOD LUCK SHORTY ,YOU’LL DO WELL IN WHATEVER YOU DO,!

Kristy
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Kristy

I love the ‘shorty’ reference 😀 I ditto that!
I am going to miss you on GH! Happy for you to be trying new stuff!
Good luck!

su0000
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su0000

Yaaah!
you go Kristen!
get out before you grow old in a soap opera with a face-lift a wig and/or a 100 hair extensions and a pound of botox!
Explore and find your dream!!
I wish you the best!

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

I grew old watching soap operas…i didnt get a pound of botox but ive gained several pounds of weight…lol

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hey, Su….are we possibly talking about Sharon???? I know how much you love her….LOL.
Yup….I concur. Kristen will succeed in whatever she decides to do with/in her life. Why? She’s a beautiful human being; inside and out. Good fortune to her….not necessarily in monetary value; but a rich life.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

SonnyCorinthos was holding her at gunpoint..or MonicaQuartermaine was…that video looked pretty suspect…OMG…HEATHER!!!!!!

Conni
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Conni

I can understand why she wants to do it, and I wish her the best! But she will be missed!

debbie
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debbie

I agree.

louisa
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louisa

She should go to college!

Lou Piikes
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Lou Piikes

Going to college is probably her best bet. Leave Hollywood alone and focus on your academics Kirsten.

BrenKay
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BrenKay

Wishing you all the best in everything you do! We will miss you!

Susan tenentes
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Susan tenentes

Yes we will miss our little shorty tons. I hope they don’t kill her off, so she can come back, if she wants to. We love you kristen, I have been watching you, since you were six

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Same here, Susan. I have this sneaking suspicion that she and Chad are no longer in ‘paradise’. Could that be one of the reasons she is leaving? Just a thought.

Gail Ann Brodeur
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Gail Ann Brodeur

Good luck to u, u r an amazing actress and imsure u will do great!

Pam
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Pam

Good Luck Kristen. Take on the world and shine brightly. May you take on new adventures and show yourself what life can offer. Love Ya !!!

Reenie
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Reenie

You will be missed on GH no doubt about that. Taking a challenge/step in a different direction is not a bad thing, you grow and learn and become a better person in the end. As always wishing you and your family all the best in life. Good luck to you and your brother as well. Hope to see both of you happy and successful in your endeavors.

Kim
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Kim

Wishing you the best…..

Patty
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Patty

Wishing you the best of luck the world has to offer you. Hopefully GH makes your exist with that open door, that you can always come back if you wanted to. You will be missed thats for sure.

Filmfan
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Filmfan

What a beautiful, articulate young woman you’ve grown up to be! As one of the millions who watched you grow up I wush you God speed!

Jason
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Jason

Great character and actress. Being a fan of ABC soaps, it was great to watch her grow up on tv. She brought new life, to General Hospital. Good luck with you future endeavors.

LaVonne
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LaVonne

DITTO!! I will always love you, “Starr”…..I’ve missed you, “Blair”, and “Todd”…..grew up watching them together, and watching you grow UP as a person and an actress!!

Joe McGlinchey
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Joe McGlinchey

Dear Kristin:

Oh My God you will be so missed it won’t feel like a good day without our daily dose of Starr in the sky. lol. Idk have or use Twitter so I hope you still will Facebook too. Wishing you all that life has to offer you.

Much Love, Joe

Honeysonlygirl
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Honeysonlygirl

Im so sad to see you go but I know you will do great things! I have known you since you were little Star on OLTL. Thank you for letting us watch you grow up all these years. I’ll be seeing you on Instagram! Keep posting

Maria
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Maria

I’m going to miss you..good luck

debbie
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debbie

Best wishes, God bless.

Madalyn Shughart
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Madalyn Shughart

Loved the acting chapter aka the early years
Can’t wait for the next chapter, the singing years
Loved you on OLTL and GH. Looking forward to
Hearing you accepting your first Grammy.♡♡♡

Robin
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Robin

kristen alderson good luck everything you do i miss you on gh i watch you on oltl and gh. gl what you do singing all something

Paula P
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Paula P

Good Luck and God Bless!! I have been watch you since you were little girl on OLTL ,you have grown Into a lovely young lady! I’m sure you will do great in anything you put you heart and mind into!! God Speed Kristen!! Xoxo

deb
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deb

Perfectly stated. I so concur. Godbless Kristen.

kim
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kim

Such a fan you will do well what ever your path will take you you will be missed from Canada

Phil
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Phil

If she wants to go to college great, but not necessary. I would love to see her make it as a singer. I think she is talented enough. If she gets the urge to join a soap again and GH isn’t available, I hope she goes to DAYS.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

College not necessary? First time I’ve ever heard that advice…LOL. Actually, she can do both..a college education is never a loss.

Veronica Lynn Bottini
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Veronica Lynn Bottini

Good Luck to you 🙂
You will be missed

Nick D.
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Nick D.

I don’t think it really was her decision, I think it was the network’s. Ultimately I think it was a mistake – Kiki served her place in the storylines and Alderson always put in a solid performance. However it seems as though she has decided to take the dismissal as a challenge and given that attitude I am sure it will tun out to be a blessing in disguise. Onward and upward, Kristen!

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

I kind of get that impression, too. She’ s known Frank and Ron since she was a little girl and they chose her as one of the few to live on in GH. It might have been a salary dispute and whomever is in charge didn’t feel the character at this point warranted more money or perhaps wanted her to accept a salary cut. Out of respect and friendship to Kristen, they may have allowed this”version” of events to be the official story. I’m rarely on Twitter and haven’t been for a while but she seemed to love working at.… Read more »

Jeremy
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Jeremy

ya, maybe…it was a mutual parting between her and the network? and, instead of going recurring status, she opted to depart the role.

samantha
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samantha

how about just taking it at face value and not trying to make it into something other than what Kristen herself says it is………….

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Good point, Jeremy. Could be that as well.

KansasGuest
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KansasGuest

@Samantha – Fans of soaps & tv dramas just love their…well…drama, don’t they? It’s not enough for them to watch it on screen. They have to extend it to off-screen, behind-the-scenes, & in actor’s personal lives. I tend to do what you do, Samantha. Believe the statement. She didn’t have to put one out at all. That she did is worth something. To brush it aside & say she was pushed out is insulting to the actress. Look, she’s financially secure – unlike a lot of 23-year-old’s – and she’s worked with these two professionals – FV & RC –… Read more »

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Samantha and. KansasGuest…I can hear you ! So can Jeremy and NickD. We all like her and wish her the best just as you do. I, as many, have watched her since she was a little girl, I was thrilled when she continued on with. GH, actually like her as KikI, and am sad we’ll be losing her in the role. That doesn’t mean we’re not allowed to speculate if there was some behind-the-scene reason…I’m willing to bet she and her friends speculate on some things too whether it be other actors, friends, business associates, etc. doesn’t imply anything negative.… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Bravo, Rebecca. Thank you for saying it so well. I was too tired to react.
Will you be my ghost writer?
Pass me the bon bons please.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Well thank you, Harry. Vanilla or chocolate?

Mitchell1660
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Mitchell1660

Yeah, how about just taking her word for it?

Ginny
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Ginny

I’ve watched you since a little girl on one life to live and you are AMAZING!! although you will be sooooo missed on GH I wish you the best honey with whatever you do. Good luck!!

Thomas
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Thomas

I am happy for her to wake up and go try her dreams ,shevis way too young and such a great singer she very pretty i think she could be a great pop star or major actresses. If Nathon Fallon can cross over and become a prime time hottie she can too

Kristy
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Kristy

I just want to say that I have watched you grow up right before my eyes. You are a beautiful and an awesome actress. Wish the best in your music career. Can’t wait to hear some music….I got a little teary eyed when I found out that you were leaving GH. But I’m not mad that you want to pursue other things. So, I wish you the best of the luck…going to miss you but I’ll be seeing you in other things. Best of luck to you and Chad.

Betty
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Betty

I am so sorry you are leaving I watched you since you were a little tike. Best of luck n I wish you all happiness n will miss you

Michele
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Michele

Good luck with all your inspirations. I watched you grow up and you turned into a amazing young beautiful women. Go after your dreams♡♡ good luck you will be missed ♡

Linda
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Linda

This is not the end, this is the beginning. Good Luck Kristen.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

What a great, encouraging thought, Linda!

Liz
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Liz

Kristen u r the best I hope gh leaves it so u can come back if u want and I hope I will see u on something eles ur the best loved u since oltl

A Baptiste
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A Baptiste

So beautifully put, she covers it all with such intelligence and balance– she is truly special, bright, and deserves new adventures. God bless this gracious “star!”

Diana
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Diana

good luck in your future it’s a great world out there have fun in what ever you choose and much happiness to you

Barb
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Barb

I truly enjoyed your time on GH and wish you the very best in your future endeavors. Now’s the time of your life to explore everything and anything. Go do it! You will be missed on GH.

Debbie Harris
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Debbie Harris

I will miss seeing her on GH. Wishing her well in whatever she chooses to do next! Hope one day she will be back.

Narcisa
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Narcisa

I will miss you Starr!

Narcisa
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Narcisa

Wishing you all the best Starr ( Kristen) you go back to school!

cheryl
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cheryl

Good for you go too college have some fun enjoy yourself you have been working since you were little take a break your an awesome actress you have a great voice you will be missed but you have to do it now when your young good luck your fan since you came on OLTL Cheryl

Cathy Marino-Thomas
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Cathy Marino-Thomas

Kristen,
I’ve been watching you since you were a little girl. Thank you so much for all of your wonderful performances. I loved Starr!!! Felt like she was a part of my family. You and Roger had a special magic together. I’m sure he will miss you too!
All the best in your future endeavors. It takes a lot of courage to do what you are doing. I applaud you for it.
Regards!

Max
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Max

Will miss you Kristen….. Sending so much luck and good wishes to you!

Ellie Greene
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Ellie Greene

Wish you the very best

brian
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brian

Best of all to you…you will be missed greatly.

Mahalla
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Mahalla

So sad to see You go, you’re one of my faves. I started watching GH when Starr, John and Todd switched over, then I got stuck on it and watch it every single day. I miss OLTL, but GH is my fave now. Good luck in your new adventure In life. Hope all goes well for you!

Rich
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Rich

If/when she decides to come back,”Days of Our Lives” should recast Paige with Kristen in the role. That way,she’d be reunited on screen with her former TV mom,Kassie DePaiva.

Timmm
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Timmm

She is a fine young women. I give her credit for not playing it safe and riding the coattails of her soap experience. 23 years old. She has a whole big world filled with dreams and possibilities. Go out, have fun, learn and live life. Someday she could return, stronger, wiser and bring more different experience to her character. Good luck Kristen.

Mary
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Mary

Hi Kristen ,

Wishing you all the best , I have watched you grow to an amazing young lady on One Life To Live .. I wish you nothing but the best on your new journey .. You will be missed ❤️❤️❤️ xoxo

Layla Kalich
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Layla Kalich

I hope that her spur of the moment epiphany pays off for her. Although it wouldn’t of been easy she could of taken a class while on a soap. Its a hard world to make it when all she has ever done is appeared on a soap. GH has many hiatuses. Perfect time for her to spread her wings. Hope this gives her want she needs.

Evelyn Franzese
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Evelyn Franzese

Good Luck to you in all your endeavors. We have been fans of yours since One Life to Live. We love when you sing . You have a beautiful voice. We will be looking forward to the next amazing chapter in your life. Evelyn and Michael Franzese

Marcia
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Marcia

Thank you Kristen for your heartfelt message. I will miss you and best of luck of what you find down that road! I know you’ll do well.

Monica
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Monica

Good Luck! Enjoyed the great many years you have acting… We love ya!!!!!

SZima
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SZima

I wish her well. I understand needing a break from soaps. I won’t be missing Kiki though!

Monica
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Monica

God bless!!

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GH’s Chad Duell and Y&R’s Courtney Hope Tie the Knot in Steampunk Style Wedding in Front of Castmates and Loved Ones

Overnight, images began to circulate, as well as plenty of congratulations abound, for General Hospital’s Chad Duell (Michael) and The Young and the Restless’ Courtney Hope (Sally) as the two officially became husband and wife on Saturday night.

As we previously reported, the couple were set for their nuptials this weekend, and from what has been posted, Chad and Courtney had a steampunk-themed and styled wedding, and both wore red.

Many of their castmates and colleagues were in attendance including: General Hospital’s Maurice Benard (Sonny,), Laura Wright (Carly), Wes Ramsey (Peter), Eden McCoy (Josslyn), Katelyn MacMullen (Willow), and series executive producer, Frank Valentini, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke), Annika Noelle (Hope), Patrika Darbo (Ex-Shirley) and Katrina Bowden (Flo), and The Young and the Restless’ Tracey Bregman (Lauren), Hunter King (Ex-Summer), and more.

The outdoor evening nuptials held in Malibu, California were shares on Courtney Hope’s Instagram story, and Laura Wright also posted several photos of the attendees on her IG.

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Pictured with Eden McCoy and Wes Ramsey, Wright enthused on the big night for her TV son, Chad Duell: “Tonight was an amazing night #TilDeath #GHBaby #Dope #Daytimefamily #steampunk”

In addition, Katherine Kelly Lang posted the first dance of newlyweds, Chad and Courtney, on her IG. 

Now, share your congratulations to Chad and Courtney via the comment section below.

 

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Stars React to Alec Baldwin Fatally Shooting Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins & Injuring Director, Joel Souza, In Prop Gun Mishap On Set of ‘Rust’

UPDATED: Over the last 24 hours, the entertainment world has been stunned, by the horrific incident that took place on the set of the western drama Rust, while it was shooting scenes in New Mexico.

What is known is that Alec Baldwin (Ex-The Doctors, Knots Landing) discharged a prop gun that killed Director of Photography, Halyna Hutchins and injured director, Joel Souza.  The film also stars Frances Fisher (Ex-Edge of Night) and Jensen Ackles (Ex-Days of our Lives). Baldwin is also a producer on the film.

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According to Variety, the prop gun contained a “live single round,” according to an email sent by IATSE Local 44 to its membership.

On Friday, Alec Baldwin made a statement via Twitter on his Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation Twitter feed, expressing: “There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”

Yesterday, The Sante Fe Sheriff’s Departments originally shared that “Hutchins, 42, and Souza, 48 were shot when a prop firearm was discharged by Alec Baldwin.  Ms. Hutchins was transported, via helicopter, to University of New Mexico Hospital where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel. Mr. Souza was transported by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical center where he was undergoing treatment for his injuries. This investigation remains open and active. No charges have been filed in regard to this incident. Witnesses continue to be interviewed by detectives.”

This morning, Frances Fisher revealed in a twitter conversation with Patricia Arquette, that director Joel Souza had been released from the hospital.  Meanwhile, photographs of a distraught Baldwin emerged following the shooting.

Photo: New Mexican

The news of the Baldwin prop gun incident, isn’t the first time something like this has happened. Jon-Erik Hexum was killed on October 18, 1984, on the set of the TV show Cover Up when he accidentally shot himself in the head with a gun loaded with blanks. Then, in 1993, Brandon Lee, the son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, died from a prop gun accident on the set of The Crow by a cast member.

As the news made its way through the entertainment community and mainstream news, several soap stars shared their reactions to the fatal shooting accident.

General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan) expressed: “Feeling so sad for everyone involved in the tragedy on the #RustMovie set. I do know the film was staffed with experienced, thoughtful professionals. Please, let’s wait until we have the facts. Nothing positive will come from passing judgement or casting aspersions before then.”

General Hospital and Dynasty’s Emma Samms (Holly, Fallon) shared on her friend Jon-Erik Hexum’s death: This AWFUL tragedy on #Rust is unfathomable to me. If all on-set protocols were being adhered to, how, on earth, could it have happened? After what happened to Brandon Lee and my dear friend Jon-Erik Hexam, the firearm protocols became incredibly strict. I was told (when I was with him at the hospital afterwards) that Jon-Erik had been working with a completely empty gun all morning. A blank (still very dangerous) was loaded and then immediately there was a delay. Exhausted, he was allowed to fall asleep – loaded gun in hand. hey woke him, but there was immediately another delay. Jon-Erik put the gun to his head, forgetting it now contained a blank, (because he had just woken up) and jokingly pulled the trigger. He was not the kind of person to play around with a loaded gun. #fortherecord”

We will continue to post reactions and update this story.

What are your thoughts on the fatal shooting on the set of Rust? Comment below.  How can this not happen again, so everyone is safe in this working environment when ‘dangerous’ props are called for or used to make a movie or a TV show?

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Courtney Hope Gets Marriage Advice From Her Y&R Co-Stars Ahead of Her Wedding to GH’s Chad Duell

This weekend, The Young and the Restless Courtney Hope (Sally), is set to walk down the aisle and marry the love of her life, General Hospital’s Chad Duell (Michael).  The nuptials are to take place this Saturday, October 23rd according to the wedding planner Zola.

Ahead of the popular soap duo’s vows, Courtney asked some of her Y&R co-stars advice, but as their characters in a very cute Instagram video on The Young and the Restless IG account with the accompanying text: “Marriage advice you don’t normally hear… as told by the #YR stars 😉 A special thank you to our real-life bride-to-be @TheCourtneyHope for asking! 😂”

Participating are: Peter Bergman (Jack), Amelia Heinle (Victoria), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis), Mishael Morgan (Amanda), Christian LeBlanc (Michael, Eileen Davidson (Ashley), Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe), and Christel Khalil (Lily).

In terms of advice, Amelie Heinle told Hope, “As Victoria Newman, I would say that you need to marry a man that is not going to be around for very long, and especially if he has a lot of money.”

Christel Khalil offered up some Lily marital suggestions: “Don’t let your husband let you think that he’s dead and that you’ve slept with a ghost!”

As for Courtney and Chad, the couple had been dating for five years, and this past Valentine’s Day, they became engaged.

Please share your well-wishes to Courtney and Chad as they embark on their life together via the comment section below, and let us know what you think of the marital advice given to Hope from the citizens of Genoa City.  

You can check out the video below, and then take a look back at our interview with the duo on the red carpet back at the 46th annual Daytime Emmys Awards.

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