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Lexi Ainsworth Addresses Her Exit from General Hospital: “I Know That This Has Ultimately Freed Me For What I’m Meant to be Pursuing”

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Thursday night on her Instagram, Lexi Ainsworth addressed her followers and General Hospital fans on the news from earlier today that Kate Mansi would be taking over the role of Kristina Davis Corinthos. The role of Kristina had been played by the Daytime Emmy Award-winning, Ainsworth, on and off since 2009.

From the sentiments expressed in her video, Ainsworth, who has been working on other aspects of her career and interests, shared it is one of the reasons she is leaving the ABC daytime drama series, but that is was also a decision between her and the show.  In addition, Lexi revealed there is a major upcoming storyline for Kristina that she will not be a part of.

Lexi shared: “I wanted to let you guys know that after 10 transformative years, both personally and for my character, that I will be leaving General Hospital. I was looking forward to this upcoming storyline because it was inspired by a personal experience of mine. But I’m currently working on my own story from my point of view which has been thus far cathartic and hopefully inspiring to other women.”

The popular actress also noted, “While General Hospital has remained a top priority, I have been interested in pursuing new career opportunities that align with my evolving interests and goals.  I’m confident that this mutually beneficial decision will lead to new endeavors where I will continue to grow and expand my talents beyond the industry.”

She ended her video thanking the fans for their enduring support, and added, “As I leave General Hospital, I will continue carving out a space for myself where I am an active part of the creative process.  As much as it is hard to say goodbye, I know that this has ultimately freed me for what I’m meant to be pursuing.”

In speaking on what immediately comes next, Lexi revealed, “I have an episode of NCIS that will be airing this month on May 22nd.” (Programming note: CBS has confirmed that Lexi’s episode actually will air this coming Monday, May 8th)

Watch Lexi’s special message on her GH departure below.

Now, share your well-wishes and thoughts on Lex’s departure from GH in the comment section.

 

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I guess I’m a little dense. Is she leaving on her own accord or were she and the show unable to reach an agreement for her to continue as Kristina? It wasn’t clear in her statement.

I will miss her and wish her well.

It sounds like a bit of both. Lexi clearly wants to pursue other endeavours, and since it sounds like GH will be utilizing Kristina more in the coming weeks/months, Lexi probably didn’t have the time/willingness to commit to a heavier workload that would prevent her from other projects. It sounds mutually beneficial, although I will definitely miss her portrayal of the character.

You’re not dense. She’s being diplomatic and professional (how refreshing) so it’s not 100% clear. But at least it seems obvious she wasn’t fired. It sounds like they couldn’t agree on terms, possibly the time commitment required for the story, so they mutually parted ways. It happens with no bad guy on either side. Appreciate her saying anything (since the show can’t comment on personnel issues) and look forward to her future projects.

supposedly it’s mutual but probably has to do with her outside projects.

I feel slightly a little better after hearing her address the situation, nevertheless I’m still sad to see her go and hope she returns one day down the line.

Lexi’s very careful with the wording. “Mutually beneficial” does not mean it was a mutual decision.

Lexi & Maurice play so well off each other. We’ll see if Mansi can have that same appeal.

Assuming Mansi will be on contract. History can repeat itself. Mandi might grow tired of the role and Lexi will come back to make sporadic appearances.

I wish her the very best in all her future endeavors. She did a great job on GH!

Bless her heart she is from my home state she will be fine she has a great future and the best thing that ever happened to her was putting GH behind her!

Loved her as Lexi, she was “Daddy’s girl” I hope the best for her , at her age, she’s got the world in front of her.

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Ryan Paevey Makes Statement on Why He is Stepping Back from Acting While Being ‘Grateful to General Hospital for Giving a Green Actor a Chance’ and ‘Hallmark for Changing My Life’

GH and Hallmark fan favorite, Ryan Paevey (ex-Nathan West) wanted to clear the air after numerous reports and rumors had him quitting acting altogether and what that meant for any future projects in Hollywood he may have had planned.

Paevey released an exclusive statement to Heavy.com where he shared what is going on in his life. Back on June 19th, Ryan deactivated his Twitter and Facebook accounts and he may have deactivated his Instagram account on Friday as well, or as of this writing.

For Ryan, the decision to change his current life’s trajectory came after a series of events; chief among them moving closer to home to take care of his ailing mother who is battling lung cancer and social media scammers.

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Here is what Ryan shared: “Hey everyone…so first and foremost, I am a bit apprehensive that I even have to make a statement like this. I am certainly accustomed to a certain degree of gossip, but the past few weeks in particular have gotten out of control with speculation from third parties that have taken my words and expanded upon them to meet their narrative, or flat out misrepresented my words or misconstrued their meaning. I have always been an open book, and one who speaks his mind truthfully and directly, and it is unfortunate that we live in a world where social media makes it very easy to twist one’s words; I am often unaware it is even happening until someone from my team messages me in a panic, and so I feel it best to make a formal statement through HEAVY.”

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GH’s Dominic Zamprogna Opens Up on Concerns that Dante Was A-Goner: “There’s Any Number of Ways Comas Can Go”

When Detective Dante Falconeri was shot by a Pikeman henchman, and Jason (Steve Burton) was revealed alive and well, it put actor Dominic Zamprogna in a coma, and a bad one in soap terms, at that. For awhile there, it was touch and go for Dante.

The good news is Dante pulled through and is now back to his old self, and just in time for Dominic Zamprogna’s 15th anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series, which is June 22nd.

Dominic spoke to Soap Opera Digest on his milestone, and reflected back on the fan response from earlier this year when it may have appeared he was exiting the show for a second time.

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Zamprogna shared, “It’s nice to hear you say that people were worried about me – when I went into Frank’s (Valentini, EP, GH) office and he told me I was going into a coma, I started to worry about me (laughs)!”

From working on GH for a decade and a half now, Zamprogna has seen his fair share of comas, and in fact, his then on-screen wife, Lulu Spencer Falconeri was written off the show having never awakened from her coma.

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“There’s any number of ways comas can go,” said the popular GH star. “People joke, ‘Oh, you’ve got easy work.’ And it’s like, ‘Yeah, as long as it’s an on-screen coma! I don’t want to be in an off-screen coma, because then I’m not on the show!” But honestly, that means the world because we all care what people think about us, you know? And if people are happy to have me around, it feels good, obviously. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t.”

So, are you glad that Dante is still alive and kicking? Did you think the show might write-off Dante after he was shot a few months back? Is it time, as Dominic head towards his 20th anniversary with the soap opera, for the powers-that-be to bring Lulu out of her coma? Should Dante and Sam (Kelly Monaco) eventually tie the knot? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Mac Comes Home

You probably needed the hankies during today’s Wednesday, June 19th episode of General Hospital, for it marked the return of fan favorite John J. York to his role as Mac Scorpio.

This was to be York’s first episode back on-screen since he underwent treatment for two blood cancers and revealed his health diagnosis and battle publicly back in September of 2023.

The scenes involving Mac gave viewers all the feels, and it looked as if reality and the soap blurred, especially in York’s scenes with his on-screen children, Maxie (who Max raised) and grandchildren, Georgie, James, and Bailey Louise, and wife, Felicia (Kristina Wagner).

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Since Mac was out of town supposedly down in South America helping a ‘friend’, some things have changed, including Spinelli (Bradford Anderson). having moved in with Maxie and the kids, to which Mac does not disapprove.

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In the meantime, Cody (Josh Kelly) is a man in conflict when he has second thoughts about not telling Mac he is his biological son.  When James shows up Maxie’s with Cody in tow, he lays his eyes upon the just-arrived-back-in-town Mac. The two share pleasant “hellos.” Later, back at the Quartermaine stables, Cody tells Tracy (Jane Elliot) the long and winding road story of not knowing who is father was for most of his life. Cody shares he finally found his father in Port Charles, but his father doesn’t know he has a son. Tracy thinks Cody now has a chance to re-set some things and should come clean.

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Meanwhile, Felicia keeps getting calls from Maxie while she is work at General Hospital and does not pick up. So, Felicia is unaware that her husband is back. Eventually, Felicia arrives at Maxie’s and is in for a big surprise when Mac appears and the two hug and share a kiss.

After the episode aired, and seeing the reaction from GH fans, John J. York took to his account on X. York expressed, “WOW!!! I’m just so humbled by your warm, kind and gracious words as Mac returned to PC! Your support has been monumental! I have a feeling, things are about to get interesting!”

So, what did you think about Mac’s homecoming on GH? Were you touched just seeing John J. York back in action on the ABC soap opera? Comment below.

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