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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
Meg

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

Kristy
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
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)
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
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
davlestev1

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

Conni
Conni

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

debbie
debbie

I agree.

louisa
louisa

She should go to college!

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

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

BrenKay
BrenKay

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

Susan tenentes
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
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
Gail Ann Brodeur

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

Pam
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
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
Kim

Wishing you the best…..

Patty
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
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
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
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
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
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
Maria

I’m going to miss you..good luck

debbie
debbie

Best wishes, God bless.

Madalyn Shughart
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
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
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
deb

Perfectly stated. I so concur. Godbless Kristen.

kim
kim

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

Phil
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
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
Veronica Lynn Bottini

Good Luck to you 🙂
You will be missed

Nick D.
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
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. GH. Seemed kind of sudden as even she said in her video.
On the other hand, maybe she contemplated the move made by Kelly Thiebaud and realized Kelly gave herself four years on a soap and moved on…maybe Kristen realized she’s been on four times
as long and should take the plunge. Time will tell…if she winds up on another soap in the near future.
Either way great girl/actress. Will miss her on GH; I actually liked her as KiKi… Best to you, Kristen.

Jeremy
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
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
Rebecca1

Good point, Jeremy. Could be that as well.

KansasGuest
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 – for 17 years. The young lady needs to see what else is out there in life other than working on a soap! Good for her for not continuing to play it safe & spreading her wings. I wish her the best.

Rebecca1
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. What IS negative and insulting are your comments to those of us who wonder if there’s any more to the reason. but, as you said, soap fans just love their drama. They like to initiate animosity…

Harry
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
Rebecca1

Well thank you, Harry. Vanilla or chocolate?

Mitchell1660
Mitchell1660

Yeah, how about just taking her word for it?

Ginny
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
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
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
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
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
Linda

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

CeeCee
CeeCee

What a great, encouraging thought, Linda!

Liz
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
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
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
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
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
Narcisa

I will miss you Starr!

Narcisa
Narcisa

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

cheryl
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
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
Max

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

Ellie Greene
Ellie Greene

Wish you the very best

brian
brian

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

Mahalla
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Monica

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

SZima
SZima

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

Monica
Monica

God bless!!

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Another big name is headed to the cast of General Hospital on the heels of the upcoming departure of Michelle Stafford.  Daytime Emmy winner, Cynthia Watros had been cast as the the new Nina Reeves.  Fans of Guiding Light remember her star turn as Annie Dutton, and she was last see on on daytime in the role of Kelly Andrews on The Young and the Restless (2013-2014).

As previously reported, Daytime Emmy winner, Michelle Stafford is headed back to her old stomping grounds of The Young and the Restless to play her signature soap role of Phyllis Summer.  She will replace her own recast, Daytime Emmy winner, Gina Tognoni.  Both actresses are said to be finishing taping their current runs on their respective shows in May. Watros will begin her GH run in Port Charles in June,

GH’s EP Frank Valentini tweeted on today’s casting news: “It’s a bittersweet day. I love @TheRealStafford and wish her all the best. I’m also really excited about @watroswatros joining the #GH family and continuing Nina’s legacy.”

PEOPLE.com broke the casting change.  Stafford has been with GH since 2014.  As for Watros, she opted to leave her role on Y&R to join the cast of MTV’s Finding Carter.  She is also known for her run on the hit ABC drama, Lost and other notable primetime series and films.

Michelle Stafford’s on-screen GH love interest, James Patrick Stuart, tweeted on the news: “Cynthia Watros … Big fan.”

So, what do you think of the casting of Cynthia Watros as the new Nina Reeves? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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A very topical short film in the post-Harvey Weinstein scandal and the #MeToo movement made its debut recently.  The film, She & Her directed by General Hospital production associate Nate Hapke, and written and co-produced by Y&R script and story coordinator, Rosie Grace, explores the complicated friendship between three women as they attempt to find their voice and tell their own stories in Hollywood.

The short stars the one and only Carolyn Hennesy (Diane Miller, GH) in the role of Poppy Sinclaire, a jaded ex-actress whose past comes back to haunt her when a young up and comer encourages her to publicly share her story of Hollywood abuse.

Hennesy’s co-stars include: Gwen Hillier who now is in front of the camera after working as a casting associate at GH.  Gwen has appeared on Transparent and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and the other part of this trio is Mackenzie Breeden.

During its world premiere of She & Her (March 30th at the Harmony Gold Theatre in Hollywood) The Young and the Restless’ Brytni Sarpy (Elena) and Kate Linder (Esther) were on hand to lend their support; as was former GH star, Chloe Lanier (Ex-Nelle).  (Hapke is pictured below flanked by Lanier and Sarpy).

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Following the film’s screening, the cast and crew took to the stage for a Q&A.  The cast was engaged through a lively discussion about the making of  the film, and the ways in which the filmmakers tackled topics such as  sexual assault, without exploiting the sensitive issue..

Following this LA premiere, She & Her will be embarking on its festival run, screening at venues all over the world.

Screenings will be announced on the official She & Her Facebook and  Twitter pages.

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In story on GH, the character of Elizabeth’s longtime friend, Terry, is transgender, and is played by trans actress, James.  In addition, GH has been shedding light on the bullying of  a young boy through the storyline involving Elizabeth’s young son, Aiden, who is experiencing trouble from his fellow students at school.

GH expresses these important facts and their challenge in the video: “Nearly 80% of LGBTQ students experience verbal harassment in school. This silent video is in support of youth & all those organizing the on 4/12 in their schools – we challenge you to make a video & tag 3 more friends!”

GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) is the leading national education organization working to create safe schools for ALL students.

For more on the “Day of Silence” check it out here.  

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