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Lexi Ainsworth and Ashley Jones Written Out At GH, But Is It Permanent?

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Pristina fans were in an uproar all last week following key episodes in the love story and same-sex romance of Kristina Corinthos-Davis (Lexi Ainsworth) and Parker Forsyth (Ashley Jones).

In story, the duo decided to head to Oregon after Parker was dismissed by the university and lost her job, and Kristina wanted to leave town with her.  Of course, Alexis’ (Nancy Lee Grahn) disapproval of their relationship didn’t help matters.  According to the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest, the characters will remain off the canvas for now, and for the foreseeable future.

Interestingly enough, Ashley Jones came back to GH in August to reprise her role, while currently Ainsworth has been filming episodes of TNT’s Major Crimes.  Earlier this year, Lexi Ainsworth also picked up a Daytime Emmy in the Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series category.

Neither Jones or Ainsworth has made any official comment on social media this past week as to their status with GH, and what the future may, or may not, hold.  However, Ashley Jones answered a fans tweet inquiring as to if Parker will be back? She replied: “Time will tell (hopefully sooner than later)…hang tight;)”

So, how do you feel about the Pristina story being written-out? Do you hope Ashley and Lexi return? Comment below!

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Angelinna
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Angelinna

I am 100% sure they will be back. And that this is due to schedule conflict as Nathan said it. It will be interesting though how will they bring them back. We all hope is for holidays family dinner, somehow? Anyways Pristina fans will continue to support and be loyal to these two characters and story that we love so much!

K
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K

I don’t want Parker or Kristina written out of General Hospital. Yes, I want Lexi AND Ashley to return to General Hospital. At this point, they are a couple and I want to see them together on the show traversing the landscape as do other “soap” couples. They have a steadily growing global Fan base. What is it going to take for this couple to get equal treatment? Pristina’s love story and budding romance makes for the drama that brought me to watch General Hospital in the first place. This couple has earned the right to have ample screen time… Read more »

Sam
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Sam

I’m sorry but this story needs to go! The pairing is HORRIBLE. And no, not because theyre lesbians….the pairing just doesnt work…not rootable, no chem, look like mother and daughter

It’s gotten me to the point that i was happy to see them go, and i LOVE Lexi. But just no. You can bring Lexi back but please make it minus parker

Jennifer
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Jennifer

totally agree

Bonnie
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Bonnie

I totally agree

SW
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SW

Same

James
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James

True

Reb
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Reb

I totally agree also. Christina played the role better as a straight actress better than a gay one. The story line with Parker is trash. I disagree pairing Val with Christina is extremely horrible. I feel if u are going to play as gay characters u should start off that way. Gh is a well known soap and should already know to cast that way. Drop the Chris and Parker horrible ….

Fanny
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Fanny

Ditto

Celia
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Celia

Agreed, Sam. It’s all about the pairing. The ‘blahest’ couple next to Sam and Jason. I definitely to not mind gay couples on soaps or on any show; not in this day and age. It is their right as human beings…just not these two. No gravitational pull. Furthermore, bigotry has nothing to do with it, if this is what’s implied. It could have been a straight couple; I would say the same thing….as I say about many straight couples on the soaps I watch. No electricity!!!! So, please, to those who want to make this about homosexuality on soaps?…..let’s not… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

I apologize for confusing Lexi’s name. So sorry!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Thank you, Celia, first for understanding my humour and secondly for explaining it to others. Maybe I should’ve been more direct to begin with though, since it’s a serious subject that doesn’t seem to get a fair deal. You probably haven’t seen my reply to Kristi because it’s stuck in moderation, but I already explained my stand to her. I would hate to think I caused a rift between posters, especially since I could’ve been more clear to begin with. As for GH and it’s failures to sustain quality material for the gay community, we can only hope it gets… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Distinctly

rebecca1
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rebecca1

agree with you, too.

Jovin
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Jovin

Lexi Ainsworth used to really impress me. Maybe it has been the writing this go round, but she has come across as mean, hostile, judgmental, shrill, annoying, and self centered. I shouldn’t expect anything less from the spawn of Sonny!! However, I thought the writers were going to take a different path, one that is more current. That of a young girl who was bitter from experiences with men, and decided to take a tumble with a woman, but then ultimately get back together with a man. THAT is edgy and topical and controversial. I know many people of both… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Applause, Jovin.

Maya
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Maya

“That of a young girl who was bitter from experiences with men, and decided to take a tumble with a woman, but then ultimately get back together with a man. THAT is edgy and topical and controversial”. I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry at your commentary on these matters. Do you honestly think women who have had bad relationship/s with a man/men just decide on a whim to give lesbianism a whirl? I’m a lesbian with a large, predominantly straight, circle of friends. 80% of these have had at least one bad experience with a man. Many have… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Well put, Jovin, and thank you for your remarks on my post, too!

Harry
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Harry

I just read all of the comments and one thing folks have not mentioned is that we viewers were not privy to watching Kristina fall for her English professor. Too often on GH, important events, integral to the story at hand, happen off camera. We saw this with Silas crying on and about his wife Nina, whom we had not even met yet. Maybe if we had been part of the Parker/Kristina story since it’s inception we could be more enthusiastic. I think it might have been interesting to watch Kristina watch her English professor lecture on the great Romantic… Read more »

Kristi (KrispyOz31)
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Kristi (KrispyOz31)

@ Harry I very much enjoyed reading your post. Although the s/l resonated with me, I can understand why it didn’t for others. Firstly, for the very reason you highlighted. Second, limited screen time. Less than 45 minutes is simply not anywhere near enough time to present a story to the GA. Morgan’s s/l received more air time and he’s dead. Third, haphazard storytelling-some good writing but then some damn awful writing. The s/l needed to move forward from 2016 and it simply didn’t. If the showrunners intend moving forward with this s/l they need to fully commit, otherwise leave… Read more »

K
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K

I completely DISagree with both of you. #Pristina are a pair now.

Celia
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Celia

Well, glad this pair IS off the show.

K
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K

“Mack on young girls”? Just the fact that you would write something so wildly inaccurate shows that your opinion cannot be taken seriously. Parker, with very little screen time, has been played to perfection by Ashley Jones who has been on tv for quite some time.

K
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K

Well, prepare, because they WILL be back.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

What an injustice TPTB have done to whatever plausible story there could have been. So poorly written from beginning to end. Provided no motivation whatsoever for the character Kristina that Lexi plays. And they have written the teacher/professor character so horribly that no one could possibly fathom her motivation either. And no they are written what is “expedient” to allow Lexi to do another part. Fie! And it leave an all-so-familiar bitter taste in my mouth. No thought of the viewer at all–once again. My TV has been on sometimes during GH time slot, but I find myself not caring… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Correction: “And NOW they are WRITING . . . “

Kristi (KrispyOz31)
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Kristi (KrispyOz31)

I disagree with your assessment on the writing for the most part. In 2016, despite limited screen time for Pristina, GH managed to create an organic, richly layered and beautifully crafted love story between two women. The writing was so, so good! The dichotomy between “sense” and “sensibility” is one of the lenses through which their relationship was (and continues to be) explored and, from a personal point of view, I loved every minute of their complicated relationship. It would have been a true testament to their commitment and understanding of a queer woman character had GH continued to explore… Read more »

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

I have to say Laura’s bores the heck out of me, too. She adds nothing to the show at this point. Yes, I loved her at one point. But she’s so dour all the time…and I mean all the time…just doesn’t hold my interest when she’s on. I do love Kevin and I think he’s wasted with Laura at this point. (though he’s never on…not sure if that’s his choice or the producer.) I really wish they’d just focus on Jason’s return at this point and the circle of characters that will be effected by him. Everything else just seems… Read more »

Francesca Bruno
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Francesca Bruno

Genie Francis is the most versatile actress on soaps. So much talent.
I have admired and loved her since she first joined General Hospital.
I understand your devotion, Nancy.

I also agree with your take on this subject. Regardless of my 50 plus-year- old mentality, I am open minded, not unfavorable to gay storylines. I welcome all subject storylines.
However, I agree with the majority of the viewers.
Ashley and Lexi did not come through as a true couple to me.

Different strokes for different folks.

Nancy Ferger
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Nancy Ferger

I agree also

Harry
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Harry

Rebecca, I could not disagree with you more.
Laura is NOT boring, Well, not to me, anyway.
I like her as this lean, mean fighting machine.
However, she deserves her own story.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Harry…I wrote you a response that didn’t post…basically we’ll have to agree to disagree on this. (LOL..we’ve done it before! 😉 I’m just not enjoying Laura this time around. I loved her back in the day…she was the epitome of hearth and home and warmth…the solid foundation for Lucky and Lulu who eventually cracked. Great story lines revolved around her and she brought her A game. But her return, while nice, isn’t the reason I tune in. Her character doesn’t draw me in. I’m much more interested in the two Jasons…I’m loving Anna and Finn, Nina and Valentin, I even… Read more »

Dr Helen Ruth
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Dr Helen Ruth

I totally agree. They definitely look like mother and daughter. It’s also troubling that a college teacher would be sexually involved with a very young student.

Amimom
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Amimom

Lexi is 24/25 and a graduate student, who has been married and divorced. She’s not an 18 year old freshman. Let her grow up.

Dr Helen Ruth
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Dr Helen Ruth

To Amimom: She is not a grad student. She was expelled from undergrad studies and dropped out of her PCU courses.

Maya
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Maya

Dr Helen Ruth. Did you watch their scenes? I believe you didn’t. Kristina was aged, as they regularly do, and is a graduate student, or at least was until the she withdrew from business school to be with Parker. Kristina stated it very clearly in recent scenes, not two weeks ago.

Heather
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Heather

Total agree on this one they look like mother and daughter.

Rhonda
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Rhonda

Amimon, do you mean Lexi the actress or Kristina the character is 24/25 years old and is a graduate student? Because if it’s the former, I have to point out that she never received her undergraduate degree. She was expelled and then later dropped out. In addition to their age differences, I have to point out that Kristina comes off as psychologically damaged. It’s hard not to shake off the feeling that Parker took advantage of the situation using her status as a professor, not to mention th 20 years or so she has on the poor girl. While I… Read more »

K
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K

They do not look like mother and daughter. Only someone that does not want,to see their story would compare two,consenting adult women in love to incest. They are gorgeous together. Stop with the fetishizing of lesbianism.
It is disrespectful. Do you think Sonny and Emily lookes like father and daughter? Even,if so, ill bet you never put that comment anywhere. Or Morgan and Ava….mother and son? Please spare me.

Maya
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Maya

This is not the dark ages. There’s 14 years difference in age. They’re both consenting adults. Sexual relationship did not commence when teacher/student.

Judy
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Judy

Agree completely

Sabrina Shaw
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Sabrina Shaw

Totally agree

Rissa
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Rissa

ITA, Sam. I didn’t think any pairing could have less chem, or be more boring, than Michael/Nelle. But somehow Kristina/Parker are worse.

Phil
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Phil

Here I was hoping that Kristina and Parker would get really close and then have Parker’s ex come to Port Charles in the form of Crystal Chappel! I hope Lexie comes back as Kristina! Love her! Otherwise Days could use a new Stephanie Johnson!

Maddy
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Maddy

Totally agree, looks like mother and daughter….

Mari
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Mari

Agree with Sam’s post. Awkward as heck pairing. They very much looked like a mother and daughter. Yuck!

JustSaying
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JustSaying

This^^^^. Part of the reason why I stopped watching the show consistently.

Jillie
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Jillie

Totally agree!

SZima
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SZima

I have never been a fan of this couple…for ALL the negative reasons listed. It never made sense that a much older woman would be the least bit interested in an extremely immature young girl.
Do NOT bring Parker back.
Bringing Kristina back is fine, but either put her with a woman closer to her own age, or have her decide she likes men after all.

Mary
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Mary

By far the BEST soap country on daytime.. Beautiful actresses with massive chemistry & also telling a wonderful realistic May December relationship story.Hey haters, May December relationships really do exist! Where were you all when there was Sonny & Brenda, Luke & Laura (Laura was a teenager & raped by Luke!…Kris is an adult), Ava & Morgan, Ava & Griffin

Lisa
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Lisa

If they come back, bring Parker back with an actress much closer to Kristina’s age, please!

Janet Hernandez
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Janet Hernandez

I completely agree. Parker way too old and looks like her mother. It’s a terrible storyline and makes no sense. Parker looks like a pedophile with Christina. Yuk!

Bonnie Merriman
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Bonnie Merriman

I was so grateful this storyline is being halted. I have been riveted by Lexi’s acting in the past, but paired with Ashley, she looks like a petulant teenager, not a woman in love. Neither actress is cast right for this storyline. Frankly, they look ridiculous together. It just does not work at all.I have same gender couples as friends of mine. Each couple looks like a plausible couple. Kristina and Parker just don’t. Cut while you can.

Sandy
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Sandy

In the real world ,teacher would be jailed,no matter she over 18,and it like mother daughter.,at pair her with someone her age,

Kristi (KrispyOz31)
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Kristi (KrispyOz31)

Haha! In what country? Both are adults! Kristina is a graduate student, not in high school. Parker is a professor in a different department. GH really needs to do better research. It is not against any school policy for teacher student relationship if both are in different departments. Nor would anyone be jailed unless sex between two consenting adults has become a crime and no-one bothered to tell me.

Rhonda
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Rhonda

Krisit, you’re right of course. They aren’t breaking any laws.
That said, think how we’d feel if Parker were a man

Celia
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Celia

I doubt it, Sandy. Kristina is not a minor. Two consenting adults….no jail.
However, that’s not even the point, albeit, I do understand the resentment.
I think what turns many off is the homosexuality part of this, which to some makes it sordid.
If that’s the reason, then we need to get off our high horses.
As I said; personally, this couple did not do it for me…and, not because of the gay factor.

K
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K

Replying “yuk” makes your foolish behavior so evident. Your opinion has no basis in objectivity and therefore is void. I hope they return to Port Charles and stay.

Kristi (KrispyOz31)
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Kristi (KrispyOz31)

Janet Hernandez, please refer to the dictionary to educate yourself on the term pedophile. Terribly irksome when individuals use a term that is not applicable to a situation. Furthermore, your “yuk” commentary is woeful!. Rhonda, I’m not sure what you’re implying with the ‘man’ comment? Worse if it was a man? Both should be viewed the same in my opinion. FYI, I would have no issue with a 25 woman and a 40 old man. Nor would I have any issue with a 25 woman and a 40 year old woman. Love is love. Both are consenting adults. There is… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

@Rhonda….If Parker were of the opposite sex, there’s no question misandry would be reigning supreme on this thread. We’d be getting lectured chapter and verse on older men in senior positions who inflict themselves upon innocent young girls…especially in an educational/collegiate setting where the power dynamic is so skewed toward those in authority.

Angelinna
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Angelinna

I am 100% sure they will be back. And that this is due to schedule conflict as Nathan said it. It will be interesting though how will they bring them back. We are all hoping is for holidays family dinner. 🙂 Anyways Pristina fans will continue to support and be loyal to these two characters, actresses and story that we love so much.

Jab Bailey
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Jab Bailey

The age difference happens in real life ..and on General Hospital ..all the time…with heteosexuals..

Jenn
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Jenn

Good.

Dont like the pairing at all.

Susan
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Susan

I agree. No chemistry

K
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K

I disagree. They have great chemistry.

Jmrl
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Jmrl

Agree. I’d love to see her paired with Valerie, it has the added bonus of giving both a little more storyline. It’s the circumstances of Kristina and Parker’s start that I don’t like. She was her teacher and is a lot older.

K
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K

Kristina and Valerie are friends and will never ever be anything more.

Alberto
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Alberto

First Lucas and Brad, now Kristina and Parker. What is GH trying to tell us?

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Are you suggesting GH is trying to tell us they have too many characters to write for, Alberto?

Celia
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Celia

LOL, 4ever….as usual I did not miss your sarcastic humor. I love you for it. You are a joy to read. We both know what Alberto means. But, I hope TPTB are not ‘disintegrating’ gay couples because they’re gay. I would not accept that. It looks that way, though, does it not? Let’s hope it’s a temporary absence…..as I said, different actresses, please. I’d like to see Lucas and Brad back. This couple had that ‘je ne sais quoi factor’…..especially Brad. He has that comedic ‘thing’ about him without even trying. I don’t know; to me he looks like he… Read more »

Jovin
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Jovin

Far too many!!

Kristi (KrispyOz31)
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Kristi (KrispyOz31)

Ridiculous question! You know very well what Alberto is imaging! Given your question, are you suggesting LGBTIQ representation doesn’t matter? Or is it that you simply prefer to have an “ignorance is bliss” policy on such matters? Or perhaps you’re simply stupid and devoid of any emotional intelligence?

Celia
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Celia

@Kristi.
With all due respect, Kristi, if you were familiar with 4ever’s writing, you’d know he jests. You are new, yes? I do not recognize your name. I suppose it does take a keen intellect to read between the lines. Ha!!
Now, you may attack me with an arsenal of offensive words, but, we do not insult each other here. Those who have continuously done so, in the past, will eventually suffer backlash.
You dare much by assaulting others’ intelligence. Not nice!!!!!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Both stories terribly written and not believable for one moment. If I were a gay couple, I would find myself screaming louder that any other viewer of these mockeries of any true or real-life similar situation.

Kristi (KrispyOz31)
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Kristi (KrispyOz31)

You’ll get over it, Celia!

K
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K

Val and Kris have great friend potential and that is all.

Hannah
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Hannah

K byeeee!!!!

Hate them and kristina is an immature brat. not sad at all

K
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K

Love wins. Take your hate elsewhere or at least try to add something of value to the conversation. And name calling says more about you than the fictional character Kristina played by Emmy winner Lexi Ainsworth.

Hannah
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Hannah

Wth? Can take people not liking the couple so you resort to insulting real people? Newflash! Kristina is NOT REAL. But yes she’s horrid despite lexi being a good actress

Francesca Bruno
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Francesca Bruno

Please separate the character Kristina from the actress Lexi.
Kristina is the brat Hannah is referring to not Lexi.

Lexi, not Kristina plays one of the best privileged brats on daytime, that’s why she won.

K
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K

I never insulted anyone. And I know Kristina is not real thus my original post which says FICTIONAL CHARACTER. See? I can post in ALL CAPS too. (This is a reply to Hannah.) Kristina is a great 3 dimensional character.

Kristi (KrispyOz31)
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Kristi (KrispyOz31)

Beautiful nuanced performances and phenomenal chemistry. It would be utterly remiss of GH to lose Emmy winner Lexi Ainsworth and Emmy worthy Ashley Jones, and truly heartbreaking for the #Pristina fandom. The storyline should continue, and we believe it will, with a focus on their relationship and character development. Ashley Jones and Lexi Ainsworth deserve better. The fandom deserve better. Queers women deserve better.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

I see no nuances in the performances; the actors can’t write their own material, for heaven’s sake. They are “bound” by the lack of substance in the writing they are given. Pity the poor actors! I do!

Kristi (KrispyOz31)
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Kristi (KrispyOz31)

I wholeheartedly disagree with your assessment of their performances. Conflicted Parker is one hot mess, and confused Kristina desperately trying to navigate her sexuality… well, an Emmy win for this role is testament to how strong her performance really was. Another thing, irrespective of problematic writing, I’ve seen many a performance where actors have shined in roles. Writing most certainly does not dictate performance in all cases. I’ve addressed your criticism on the writing in a reply to your many other negative comments.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

My question was meant to be humorous and as a way for Alberto to not shy away from stating the obvious. I think it wouldn’t hurt to say point blank “GH seems to be not caring to write for same-sex couples” just as you seem to go for the jugular. If you see my username and know anything about the storylines on DAYS, including the usage of gay characters, you would realize there was no harm intended with my post. I think it’s good for the soaps to be microcosms of everyday life with fair representation for all.

Kristi (KrispyOz31)
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Kristi (KrispyOz31)

Yes, we can agree that “GH seems to be not caring to write for same-sex couples” – let’s leave it at that.

Haley
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Haley

In all honesty, i couldnt care less. These are two recurring characters that was a horrible coupling to begin with, theyre cringeworthy to watch together. Dont get me wrong i really love Lexi but if we have to deal with Kristina/Parker to have her, no thanks

Cathy
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Cathy

I agree, they just look like mother/daughter. Its not right. don’t need her and I think Ashley jones is not so great in that role, and I bet her x wife reported her. Good.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

“Cringworthy”: a succinct summary.

Celia
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Celia

Brava !!

Celia
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Celia

@Shay.
Agreed, Shay, if it had been a male professor having an “eye” for a female student, regardless of being of age or not; the backlash would have been ten times worse.
Khristi is right when she says both men and women should be held by the same standard.
However, society does not “spin” on an even keel, does it? No fairness. I truly believe that the double-standard will be here for a looong time.
It will take another two generations to see some balance.

Jennifer
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Jennifer

I hope so!!!

Emily
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Emily

Pristina is a beautiful storyline that should continue. We need to see Parker meeting the rest of Kristina’s family. It’s nice to have representation on daytime.

Jovin
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Jovin

Name ONE way in which this storyline has been “beautiful”! Lol. Of the many adjectives we can use for this, beautiful is not the first in my mind!

JasonLovesGH
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JasonLovesGH

LOL Ur hilarious!

Patrick
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Patrick

two people… found each other… despite the vast “differences” your mind is shut

two consenting adults.

LOVE is beautiful.

I am going to miss this story. I thought .. through all the schmuck that Steve Burton and the Corinthos dullard clan… are

I would at least have this adult story to lean on.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

But not that kind of “representation”!

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Emily…In what way is their story “beautiful?” I’m seriously curious as to what you find beautiful about it. They’re barely on, they’ve never been a couple, they had one night and they’re constantly discussing if they should be together. Other than that, Parker sounds like she’s talking to a student or a daughter. There’s been no bonding, no shared anything except one night and some flirtations off camera when Kristina was her student. Beautiful was Romeo and Juliet. LOL…Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (they WERE a beautiful thing to watch!). Krissie and Parker? So no.

Patrick
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Patrick

I thought for sure.. that Shelley and Frank were going to flesh out this story. the one story… that is relevant to the audience… should have played out.

dag! it’s two lesbians who are 15 years apart.

both consenting adults.

period

i’m saying this mostly @Jovin.

when this story first broke… months ago… it was met with everlasting appeal

Shanna
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Shanna

Hate to break it to ya haters but they will be back

Celia
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Celia

No hate here…only opinion-minded fans, Shanna. I never use the word….how can I hate someone I do not know?
You and others like the coupling….your right to do so, but you must allow others to express theirs. All good….no hard feelings.
I think many of us, just oject to the way the story was written, and with the fact that this love affair did not generate any simpatia for the performance. My opinion….asked for, and given.

Celia
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Celia

@Francesca Bruno.
Hi, Francesca,
I agree. I love Genie ( Laura). I loved her on Days and Y&R….and, now, I love her on GH.
I hope Kevin proposes again….she looks so happy…at last !!

Karen Clark
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Karen Clark

I don’t like this story at all. Having a teacher and student in a sexual relationship is wrong regardless of the genders. Glad to see the story leave the screen.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

You’re right. I am a teacher and the s/l just perpetuates all the sensational, unfortunate stories that have played out on the news. I don’t like it.

K
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K

They aren’t student and teacher. They never were when they were together. Get the facts correct. Start there.

Sandy
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Sandy

Really hope to see Kristina and Parker back on General Hospital. Love the chemistry between these two actresses. Lexi Ainsworth and Ashley Jones are incredible together.

Shanna
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Shanna

They will be back….there’s more story to be told.

Mary
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Mary

Pristina better come back! Fans fought all year to get beautiful, talented Ashley Jones back. GH made an exceptional change in Parker & Ashley brilliantly showed many layers of Parker. This is a realistic S/L. May December relationships are all over! Anyone who is against them b/c of age, are idiots. I’ll send at least 10 friends who have been married 20+years & with age spans 15 yrs or more!! Age is for wine & cheese Not matters of the heart

Mateo
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Mateo

I have never been one to be the alarmist but after watching how they made Brad a total criminal so that they could conveniently write the couple out and now Parker and Kristina. So in addition to the scandal of them being gay we have to punish them. I’m not surprised. All soaps think they are so progressive when they introduce a gay character. Some soaps just stay away from the topic altogether but most soaps take the plunge and work hard to get the gay characters into the mainstream. Then the midwest reacts and they suddenly have to punish… Read more »

K
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K

Well said Mateo. Soaps need to be held accountable. Excellent post.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

And you have every right to be tired of this mockery of a gay relationship. And I agree: let them show a gay couple with inner strength as you say and let them face social issues in a realistic way. I agree with you wholeheartedly.

Jp
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Jp

ABSOLUTELY

JasonLovesGH
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JasonLovesGH

Excellent post!

Celia
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Celia

Again, Mateo, your “account” and so carefully, well-phrased thoughts, soar!!

Trish
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Trish

Pristina’s fans are sure they’ll be back soon. We love them and will always support them no matter what. Now that they’re finally got together, there are more to tell. Their SL deserves to be continued.

Satan
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Satan

This storyline has been doomed from day one. Had no problem believing Kristina could be gay/bisexual/whatever she’s labeling herself as these days. But the choice of Parker as a girlfriend?? Nope. Krissy has “daddy issues”, not “mommy issues”. Her falling for another female student while away at college would have been more credible. Hopefully this will be a case of Kristina taking a break while Lexi does her prime time stuff and then she will be back. Don’t really care if Parker comes back or not. I thought Kristina and Valerie were a better match anyway…. even if Valerie still… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

@Satan…On the contrary, I’ve long maintained that this character has screaming “mommy issues!” Kristina’s choice of Parker as an object of affection clearly demonstrated that she required a far more stable, nurturing and comforting maternal figure than the one she had at home, otherwise she would have been “experimenting” with plenty of ready and willing female collegians that fell within her own peer group had she been so inclined ! Furthermore, from the get-go, I’ve found Krissy’s suddenly shifting proclivities rather perplexing and disingenuous….no one was more boy crazy than the teenaged version, not to mention, the simmering sexpot that… Read more »

Jovin
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Jovin

Awesome, articulate, appropriate!!!

K
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K

The role is Lexi’s so she will not be recast. If you look at the date at Kelly’s vs. the showdown with hwr mother you can see how well Lexi played those contrasting scenes.

robbie
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robbie

Valerie enjoyed playing gay a little too much, IMO. And they look great together

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

I agree, robbie. I (as I’ve laid claim to on several posts) really did think Valerie would be a good match for Krissie and said so before they even went there.. Unfortunately, they haven’t utilized the beautiful actress who plays Valerie and as such haven’t given her a relationship…I just thought this would be a great way to get her on the canvas and showcase these two actresses with a natural chemistry.

Celia
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Celia

Yes, robbie. They looked so good together and acted so naturally, I almost forgot it was staged for Parker’s benefit.
That’s what I’d like to see. I am not saying to make Valerie gay ( albeit, not a bad idea), but introduce a light-hearted relationship….and then slowly go into the depth of social issues—the struggles gays face etc. I think Parker and Kristina were just slammed into each other too soon. No breathing room.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

I agree, Satan. Kristina has always had daddy issues (not “mommy”. the only issues Molly and Kristina had with Alexis was her push to make them excel…her strive for what they saw as perfection) …In terms of love, Kristina felt rejected by Sonny, unloved, second best (as did Morgan) since they both felt they were in the shadow of Michael. Kristina’s issues with Sonny were so emphasized, which is why they showed her going from an abusive relationship with Keifer to an unrequited infatuation with Nathan…and her manipulative cries for attention. So, to suddenly do a complete turnaround was a… Read more »

K
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K

I fast forward through most heterosexual couples.

Kat
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Kat

They really need to come back and soon. GH messed up last year let’s not do it again. #Pristina has chemistry that is on fire. They are magical together. Honest attraction, connection and chemistry. Tired of them being treated unfairly when the others get much more screen time. They should both be on contracts and maybe the fandom wouldn’t be disappointed again. Age shouldn’t matter to all the haters look at Ava/Griffin, Ava/Morgan, Sonny/Emily Luke/Laura, Sonny/Brenda. I think you get the HINT.. #Pristina fandom has skyrocketed and we waited long enough for them to be together ONSCREEN. Ashley and Lexi… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Where are those scenes? The ones TPTB have presented have been scant and lacking in any substance whatsoever.

Linda
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Linda

I feel like GH dropped the ball again on this coupling. Definitely want Ashley and Lexi back as Parker and Kristina a/k/a #Pristina. Love is love and as long as both are consenting adults, age doesn’t mean a thing. For those who complain by saying she was Kristina’s professor, nothing happened between them when they were teacher/student.

Anna
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Anna

Storyline needs to go! There is no chemistry between the two.

Helen H
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Helen H

I don’t understand why GH was pushing this storyline. Brad and Lucas relationship was enough. Parker having a relationship with Kristina was inappropriate. Why couldn’t GH bring back the young man that Kristina had a brief relationship with earlier in the year.

Hannah
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Hannah

I agree I would rather see Brucas

Maya
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Maya

Helen H, one gay couple was enough? The gay couple that nobody sees? Yes, I can see that representation is plenty enough with Brad and Lucas! Let’s bring back the young man so that EVERY Port Charles resident actually seen in the canvas is heterosexual, and the enough gay couple off the canvas. Settled!

Hannah, why are you agreeing with Helen? The one who is advocating that Brucus is enough, off the canvas, rarely-if ever-seen?

Shay
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Shay

@Hannah…I think many of us would agree we would rather see “Brucas!” They made a much more interesting and enjoyable couple because we were already familiar and engaged with them first as individuals. Lucas was a beloved character born from GH legacy families and his compelling, poignant backstory was one with which longtime viewers were previously apprised, thus no “filling in of the blanks” was required where he was concerned. And Brad? Whilst his initial predatory behavior was admittedly a bit off-putting in the beginning for some of us, he eventually became a fan favorite for his comically sly chicanery… Read more »

Mary
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Mary

Pristina left for Eugene, Oregon not Portland,
They will be back…fandom will riot as we’ve waited longer than other fandom for their favorites to return . No fandom has been more disrespected than Pristina… prejudice against same sex & May December relationships

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I thought Kristina and Val had way better chemistry than her and Parker– that aside I thought the pairing deserve a shot on screen– so much of hers and Parker’slove story took place off screen while Kristina was away at college Soaps still tend to make gay themes a single story line instead of incorporating gay characters as part of the fabric of the show–

Celia
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Celia

Yes, Mary….weren’t Val and Kristina fun to watch???? Breath of fresh air. Parker is all about doom and gloom. Completely different way of thinking. Her aura s**ks. Furthermore, at the risk of being labeled ageist, which is soooo redundant, the age difference has everything to do with it. As Shay so poignantly brought out, Kristina has “mommy issues”, ergo the need to ‘glue’ herself to a mother-figure in Parker. I find Parker extremely dull, prim and proper which negates her actions, as a teacher. Again, this has all to do with the writing….it was as different as night and day… Read more »

K
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K

How can Kristina and Val have more chemistry in a few minutes on screen together than Parker and Kristina? It is laughable how people are trying to justify their dislike with fictional information.

JK
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JK

SO GLAD TO HEAR THIS. NO MORE FAST FORWARDING EVERY DAY.THESE CHARACTERS ADDED NOTHING TO THE SHOW!

K
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K

Typing something in caps doesn’t mean your comment has credibility.

Kristi (KrispyOz31)
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Kristi (KrispyOz31)

Seriously! How could you possibly argue these characters added nothing to the GH canvas when you readily admitted, in writing, that you fast forwarded through their storyline? This would be difficult to make a judgement, right?! I also find it remarkable that you fast forwarded “EVERY DAY”! If you actually watched the show, highly implausible, you would have full knowledge that both characters and their storyline were given very limited screen time. 5-10 minutes per week-at best. I repeat: at best! The mind boggles!

JK
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JK

WOW!!!!!

Celia
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Celia

….nothing to get over….it’s a soap; I have a sense of humor and a life!!
Go Yankees!!!! Yeah!!

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

It shouldn’t be that boggling Kristi. I barely ever fast forward and I suddenly find myself doing it through the relentless discussions about Morgan between Sonny and Carly (which I originally defended finding their grief very realistic). Now, they just cut into airtime with redundancy when the much more interesting story is Jason’s return. As for Parker? I fast forward her immediately. I just simply find the storyline boring…and the couple cringe-worthy. Not because of age, not because of gender…they just come off as mother/daughter, teacher/student when they’re together. Their “vibe” is different, their conversations are uninteresting and center mostly… Read more »

Kristi (KrispyOz31)
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Kristi (KrispyOz31)

@ Rebecca1 It is indeed mind boggling to comment on something if you’ve fast forwarded through it. If you don’t like the s/l, that’s perfectly fine, but to comment when you’ve not watched hardly makes someone’s opinion valid. That would be like me saying, “I didn’t watch Wonderwoman but it’s shite”, then expecting my opinion to be a true measure. I would expect an intelligent reader to differentiate a valid opinion versus one that is null and void.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Hi Kristi…not so. I and anyone else who fast forwards has obviously watched enough of a particular story to know they don’t like it and have no interest in it. It would follow that the decision to fast forward was made AFTER coming to that conclusion by initially watching the story line in question and seeing enough to know they’re not into it/them. I can see getting annoyed if you feel that a character (s) represent a life choice that is important to you…and if you feel that these characters in particular are being dismissed because of who/what they represent.… Read more »

Steelesimmons
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Steelesimmons

I think they need to let Kristine come back because she is Sonnys daughter. If they choose to pair her with another female partner it needs to be someone closer to her age like 25 just a little bit older instead of 45 or 55. Parker look as if she should be paired with Alexis instead of Kristina. Now Parker and Alexis would make a great storyline Alexis is available!

Shay
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Shay

Amen on the Alexis suggestion….her track record with men is soooo hideously pathetic, perhaps it’s time for a past-midlife shifting of the old sexual gears, eh????

Francesca Bruno
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Francesca Bruno

It is so inspiring to see Alexis out of the boudoir for a change.
Let us leave her clothed for a bit.

I was getting pretty tired and disgusted by the character’s behaviour. I am glad she’s out of that hole.

Changing a male bed partner to female may do the trick, Shay.
Can they teach an old dog new tricks?

Jimh
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Jimh

maybe Alexis is secretly attracted to Parker and thats the real reason she objects Kristina seeing her???

Khris
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Khris

Um, no. Alexis is NOT GAY. Lol. And she will be back with Julian

Hannah
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Hannah

Alexis is not gay, and she’s gonna be with Julian

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Khris, Hannah…of course, you’re right. Alexis is not gay, she doesn’t need to “shift her ‘old’ sexual gears”…just the same Alexis bashing from the same poster. However, if she WERE gay, LOL, as Steelesimmons said, she would look great with Parker! 😉

Celia
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Celia

HaHaHa…..good idea, Steelesimmons. You and Shay ( one of the most colorful descriptive and stellar poster/fan on these sites, LOL) could discuss this issuev from here to kingdom-come…..her favorite subject is Alexis.

K
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K

I know because it is so hot when your lover holds a knife to your throat. *Eyeroll*

Dee
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Dee

I love Kristina and Parker. I believe their love story is something daytime needs. Love is love. An age doesn’t matter. GH please don’t waste chemistry or talent. Lexi and Ashley shine and I want to see it. I have no doubt they will return. # pristina.

Tom
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Tom

If I hear the name Parker one more time, I think I will scream!! Good riddance!! Pair Kristina with Valerie!!

K
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K

Parker. Did you say it out loud or in your head and then scream?

Celia
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Celia

It is spiteful comments like yours which keep other posters from expressing their views.
You do not own this site. It is an open forum…..as the intro states ( paraphrasing)… ” …how do you feel about Pristina being written out?….”
So, why are you objecting to what is asked of us?

Timmm
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Timmm

I’d rather hear the name Parker than Morgan!

Tomas Torquemada
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Tomas Torquemada

Timmm, Agreed!!!!

LOL.

More Lucas and Brad, STAT!

Sue M.
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Sue M.

I do not care for either one..,

Sue M.
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Sue M.

No loss to GH!!

K
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K

Big loss to GH.

Jimh
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Jimh

Sorry but they lacked chemistry…Parker was a snooze…Alexis should had an affair with Diane-that would work!!!

Steve
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Steve

60 year old women do not suddenly become lesbians. Alexis likes her partners to be bad anyway

Jimh
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Jimh

First…i dont think either is 60 yet…and second, i have seen some women come out over 60…it does happen!!!

Lala
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Lala

I agree they lacked chemistry and the acting part not genuine it was very boring to see them as a couple.

I agree

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Jim…that is so funny…lol. And EVEN MORE INTRIGUING!!!!! AW, HELL YEAH!!!!!

Later.

su0000
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su0000

They were/are a stupid couple..
All they did was have Alexis freakout on them, that was the plot.

Parker and Kristina were never a love story.
The never had a deep heart wrenching connection, they were very bland.

A lesbian cougar and a young cub and still their story was empty.
The age difference was never brought upfront, the old lesbian taking an exploring young inexperienced coming out lesbian under her wing was never explored.
The whole of their story was empty.

Celia
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Celia

Su hath spoken…and, I agree!! You go SuzieQ.

K
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K

In what universe is late 30’s old? Your homophobia is showing…..

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

suOOOO…really? an “old” lesbian? Ashley Jones who plays Parker is 41 in real life. Whether she’s that age or a bit younger on the show I don’t know but that is not old unless the person perceiving her is a teenager. I She’s old ER than Kristina. Yes. That’s not what makes them cringe-worthy to some. I personally think, and feel, it’s because Lexi LOOKS like she’s 12, even though in realtiy a 14 year age gap isn’t unrealistic. If Kristina was played by another 20-something year old actress…say Kelly Thiebaud back…(back in 2012) Kelly was 26 when she appeared… Read more »

Alan
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Alan

This pairing was never going to get any screen time — neither one was a mobster, violent, or integral to supercouple Sonny/Jason.

Celia
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Celia

I am so enjoying these, short, arrow-sharp comments…Jimh, Timmm, Tom, Alan, Jay, 4ever ( did I miss anyone?–mainly the male-species, LOL). To the point, as always, Alan. Bravi, everyone!!

Tom
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Tom

I don’t care about the age thing, the teacher/student thing, or the disapproving mother thing. I looked forward to their storyline and I sincerely want to see more of Parker and Kristina. Hell, why not have some of GH take place in Oregon? Just give us, the people, what we want.

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

What the hell is the problem with trying to tell this story? It seems the few attempts that were made all got shuffled so we really haven’t gotten far with these characters in the story. Don’t know why there would be any kind of problem because all the shows do it now. Everyone realizes it’s 2017.

Celia
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Celia

You are right, of course, James. At the risk of sounding repetitious, it does seem that gay-stories are truncated at the knee, as it were; too often and too soon.
But, honestly? I really think that most objected, still do, to the pairing, not the story.

Maya
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Maya

Most objected to the pairing, Celia? You mean the homophobic GA? Hate speech is everywhere on social media, particularly rampant on fb. Yes, there is some ageism commentary, yours included, I note in one of your posts you consider the age factor problematic despite both being consenting adults and willing participants. But what you and other members of the GA fail to recognize is that this pairing is hugely popular. Negativity on twitter (the benchmark of social media) is minute, and Twitter impressions (again, the bench mark of social media), from every corner of the world, across a 4hr period,… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

@Maya. Hi, Maya, Thank you for your reply. I’d like to make clear that I do not participate in Social Media…..I am not on Facebook, I do not have a Twitter account etc. I consider such things “dangerous”. MF is the only forum to my liking and of which I am a part. I do not think I have said anything derogatory about the age factor between “Kristina” and “Parker”. What I did say is that age does have a lot to do with it when it comes to generational views. I should have expanded my interpretation. But, love is… Read more »

Maya
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Maya

@Celia You consistently preach the need to respect the opinion of others, yet you insult me with sarcasm and suggest I wrote a “sermon”. Like you said to another poster, “You dare much…’. Yes, a little sarcasm in response to yours. You also imply I am perhaps lumping you with the “gay-bashers and bigots”. If I felt that was the case I would have simply stated it. Full disclosure, I tend to give people the benefit of the doubt, but I do wonder why you feel the need to consistently state in several of your posts that you’re not in… Read more »

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

I don’t think Christina and Parker “left the building” because of a problem telling the story. I just think the majority of viewers aren’t taking to these two as a couple. Of course there’s no way of knowing unless they actually did a survey but even on this site there are many, including me, who find this coupling uncomfortable to watch. And I’m ALWAYS an advocate of individual choice and have no problem with age difference AT ALL…but these two, as written, just seem way off the mark. Perhaps if they’re written differently IF they come back together they’ll win… Read more »

Mimi
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Mimi

For those who say they don’t have chemistry are wrong. I love pristina. No! Don’t bring someone else in as Parker. Ashley and Lexi are perfect for this storyline. I just hope they don’t get rid of it because of haters!

Lisa
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Lisa

I find the two of them to be a complete snore – no chemistry…no loss.

Donna Jackson
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Donna Jackson

My parents had an age difference between them they were married for over thirty years my sister and husband had an age difference they were married for over forty years age has nothing to do with love as long as the two are consenting adults who are we to judge. Nathan Varni announced on Twitter that the Pristina storyline is on hold for now while Lexi is filming on Major Crimes after that Parker and Kristina will be back on GH my wife was once my teacher and she is older than me stop the hate love is love don’t… Read more »

susan wk
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susan wk

Definitely want to see this pairing back! Ashley and Lexi are incredibly talented and play their roles with class and sensitivity. This is a very relevant and realistic story line. It resonates with many and should be told! I love GH but sometimes they play to much to the outrageous and unrealistic fantasy stories and not enough real life!
Here’s hoping Parker and Kristina make their way back to Port Charles before Thanksgiving and decide to stay!!

Amimom
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Amimom

Parker and Kristina’s story is similar to a lot of people. Age is not a factor. You don’t HAVE to be with someone your own age to make it work. Look at a lot of celebrity couples as examples. Pristina does not have to follow some perfectly laid out plan. This is what makes it a soap. The fact that the actresses can convey a paragraph of dialog in one look is real chemistry. Ashley and Lexi have it in spades. They’re both straight, and took on these rolls knowing that they might be hated not for their acting, but… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Great post, Amimom. I appreciate and respect your logic and your explanation without insulting anyone for having a different view from yours. Kudos.

Kristi (KrispyOz31)
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Kristi (KrispyOz31)

Kudos, Amimom! “The fact that the actresses can convey a paragraph of dialog in one look is real chemistry”. This!

Amy
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Amy

Pristina needs to come back to GH…..ASAP! Lexi and Ashley have such great chemistry and they have such an awesome SL on GH. It needs to continue. Hope they come back and their SL continues right were it left off, soon 🙂 #Pristina

CB
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CB

Ashley has been a great addition to GH. A proven soap vet who has more than earned her spot on the canvas. This couple is bringing a global audience to GH via their online YouTube videos. If you want to run a show, you gotta bring in new viewers, and this couple is dong just that. Happy for Lexi that she has the prime time gig, but bring Pristina back ASAP.

Khris
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Khris

No loss…AT ALL!! Over the storyline

Celia
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Celia

Oh, Lord!!

Suzie
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Suzie

I hope they bring them back. GH is writing about modern drama. Both of these ladies are great actresses,so I hope to see them return!

Tracy
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Tracy

I am glad GH is writing Kristina and Parker off. Parker was too old for Kristina and she was her teacher. Kristina has always had relationships with men and all of a sudden she’s gay and hooked up with a mom figure? That doesn’t make sense. GH should have had Kristina experiment, enage in some rebellious stuff but instead we got bratty Kristina and mommy Parker. No thank you. This story was poorly cast and poorly written. I’m glad GH is cutting their losses. Now if they’d only do the same thing with Nell!

Carolyn G.
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Carolyn G.

I did not care for the storyline or the pairing of a young girl with an older woman. It was disturbing to me. I am interested in the Steve Burton return to GH…those segments have my attention. The actor brought me back to the program.

K
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K

It is disturbing to me that a female is having sex and children with a male that she believes to be someone else because he is an imposter.

Rissa
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Rissa

Thank goodness! I hope Parker is gone for good. She was awful.

I wouldn’t mind Kristina back someday. But, hopefully, if she comes back, she’s less cruel and mean-spirited. Then GH can pair her with Valerie. Those actresses had chem.

K
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K

Val and Kris have friendship “chem” in the 3 minutes of screentime they had. Plus, why did Val kiss Kris without even asking. That is very offputting. Parker and Kris had chemistry since day one. Just watch the picnic scene.

Rebecca
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Rebecca

I really wish people would stop staying that Parker is to old for kristina age is just a number it doesn’t matter as long as 2 people are happy together that all that matters I really love the hole Parker and Kristina story line and I hope that they come back a Happy couple

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

LOL…just to clarify there’s a Rebecca and me, Rebecca1. I do agree with you, Rebecca, that age doesn’t matter when it comes to love (as long as both involved are of legal age/consenting adults) however I disagree about this couple. They didn’t work for me, at all. Not once. Would rather see Kristina with Valerie (who, ironically, I mentioned would be a good match for her before the show went there with the “pretend” kiss.) Just thought since they just put Valerie on the back shelf and we haven’t seen much of her that she might come out as bi…

Liz Flores
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Liz Flores

Get some one closer to her age not her teacher for goodness sake, gross me out, but don’t get rid of her,character , this story could help so many people

General Hospital

GH Alum Sydney Mikayla Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination, Decision To Exit & Her Former Co-Stars

It’s been quite the banner year for Sydney Mikayla (Ex-Trina Robinson, GH) thus far, and she topped it off with her second Daytime Emmy nomination, when a few weeks ago she landed in the Younger Performer in a Drama Series category.  That means, Mikayla will be vying for the gold statuette, but also against some of her dear friends and former co-stars from General Hospital.

Back in March, Mikayla revealed she was leaving the ABC daytime drama series to focus on college full-time where she is a freshman at UCLA. With Sydney’s departure came recasting the role of Trina and the part went in to the capable hands of Tabyana Ali, who is currently appearing on the soap and carrying on the Trina Robinson torch.

As the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards are just around the corner (they air live next month on June 24th on CBS), Michael Fairman TV caught up with the very busy Mikayla, to get her take on all things Emmy including: the scenes she chose for her nominated reel, working alongside with Nicholas Alexander Chavez and creating what would become the popular “Sprina”, the factors that led to her departure and more. Here’s what Sydney shared below.

 

Your former co-stars and fellow ‘Younger Actor’ nominees, William Lipton (Cameron) and Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Spencer) appeared on my Daytime Emmy Nominations livestream special, and both share how thrilled they were that that you got nominated.  I know you’re friends with them, but they just could not have spoken more highly of you.

SYDNEY:  That’s so sweet!  I’ve loved working with them for so long.  It just feels so great to know that they said that.

Photo: ABC

What was on your Emmy reel submission that landed you the nomination?

SYDNEY:  I was a little bit nervous this year, more than last year, because last year was the first time that I ever had a storyline.  So, for this year, I was definitely like, “I’m not really sure how this is going to go,” because there’s just so many new elements that were happening with everything that was going on, for example: Trina getting a more acclimated relationship with her mom, and then we had Cyrus (Jeff Kober) come in for a little bit.  I chose the best moments that really showcased my acting, even though it wasn’t a cohesive storyline from start to finish on my reel.  I’m really glad it worked!  I was a little more on pins and needles for this one, and ultimately, it turned out great.

Photo: IG

Was Nicholas Alexander Chavez in any of the scenes you submitted?

SYDNEY:  He was! I got to show that soft side of Trina, which I really didn’t think we got to see, especially in my first Emmy reel, and her being vulnerable.  We never see Trina really make a mistake, so that was really fun.  Not that her relationship was a mistake, but more that we never get to see her slip up or say the wrong thing, or just put herself out there, and put her heart on the line. I enjoyed being able to play that and then being able to put it in my reel.  Nicholas just made it so easy … what an amazing co-star.  He just made me feel so comfortable.  It was just really fun to do and to include.  I also had scenes with the teen scene …there’s five of us! Of course, I had to include Trina’s standoff with Esme (Avery Pohl).  I think, it was actually the last clip I put in on my reel.

Which was a great scene!

SYDNEY:  Yes, and Avery is so sweet, but she plays evil so well.  So, that was also so incredible to do, just that standoff of: ‘Who’s going to win!?  Trina?  Esme?  What’s going to happen?  What’s going to go down?’  No one knew, so that was really fun, too.

Photo: JPI

Did you include scenes between you and Eden McCoy (Joss) as bff’s Trina and Joss on your Emmy reel?

SYDNEY:  Oh, of course, of course! It was some of those heartfelt bestie moments of her just kind of consoling me, and making sure everything was okay between Trina and Esme. I like those heartfelt moments that Trina had with one of her closest friends on the show, and a great friend in real life, as well.

When you found out you were nominated, who was the first person you called … or was your phone blowing up and you were receiving lots of congrats?

SYDNEY:  This year, with being on a college campus and being in person for the first time, it’s really easy to get sick.  So, I was not feeling too great. I was sleeping in my dorm when the nominations came out.  I still keep in contact with my makeup artist from the show, Ali, and she’s so sweet.  We were texting, and she was like, “By the way, congrats”, and kind of kept texting me, and I’m like, “Congrats for what?” I looked, and I was like, “Oh my gosh!  I got nominated!”  So that was pretty funny, and I screamed through my whole dorm!  I posted a video on Instagram because I wanted to keep everyone in the loop, and I really do feel so grateful.  I feel all of the support from my friends, and family, and the fans of the show. I always try to make a video every year to try to just be grateful, or say ‘thank you’ because I really want to key everyone into this journey.  It was a little bit of a shock, but definitely in the midst of not feeling too well, it was the highlight of my day, for sure!  Now, I am feeling that heat of finals at school, but I am so excited. The Emmy definitely breaks up the stress a little bit, so I’m very grateful.

Photo: ABC

Was there somebody you called to let them know you were nominated, though?

SYDNEY:  I actually called Nicholas and William, first, to say congratulations.  William had called me before I had woken up, and then I called him back, and then of course, I called my mom and dad.  It was also a surprise to them.  I think it was just because I had been so laser-focused on school that looking at the Emmy nominations really wasn’t the priority this year.

Could you believe how popular ‘Sprina’ became so quickly?  They weren’t even a bonafide duo yet!

SYDNEY:  I could not!  I was really shocked, but I was excited to see how much the fans loved it, and how much the fans kind of lived through it. That in turn, gave us more of that ammo to really build that story and build that tension, and to always kind of play those moments in between.  Nicholas did a really great job of that, and of challenging me to always have that subtext, under the lines.  I was really shocked to see how quickly the popularity of Sprina blew up, but I’m grateful that the fans loved it for as long as they.  I hope that they continue to love it with Tabyana Ali playing the part.  She is such an incredible actress and powerhouse.

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You were so popular in the role of Trina, and now Tabyana is bringing her take on the role.  Do you check in on GH? 

SYDNEY:  Don’t cancel me, but no! (Laughs) I don’t have time to watch TV!  I’m very serious.  I’ve just had so much going on here.  I’m also part of clubs, and leadership is also something that’s very important to me.  I love planning things, and when you’re planning things, that also takes up your time.  So, doing that along with school and just trying to keep my GPA up, I just don’t have the time to check in on it.  I think that was kind of part of it for me too.  On a spiritual level, I always believe that you can’t receive other things in your life, great things, acting or otherwise, until you are able to let things go, and so for me, I knew when I was leaving, I really would have to leave mentally and physically. As much as I love General Hospital (and I really cannot wait to see everyone in person, I really can’t wait to have that big reunion!), I really don’t feel like any part of me is still clinging on to General Hospital. I’m so grateful that the audience has also received Tabyana so well, because that’s exactly what I’ve always wanted.  So, I’m really happy for her, and I’m really happy for both of us.  I think we are both in a great place.

Was making the decision to leave GH a difficult one for you?

SYDNEY:  Honestly, no.  I always kind of knew in the back of my mind that it would have to come at some point because as much as I love General Hospital, I’d really been working for college for all of my life.  I wish someone had told me that colleges really don’t look at anything past high school because I was working really hard in elementary and middle school too!  But that’s my point, I’ve always had this dream of, “I’m going to go to college.  I’m going to get that second education.  I’m going to do really well.  I need to get my degree, and possibly even get my doctorate.”  We’ll see if I even want to go that far, but I know for sure that going to college and getting that bachelor’s was really important for me.  So, I knew that took precedence over anything else in my life.

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What are you studying?

SYDNEY:  Right now, I’m studying sociology.  That might change.  Honestly, as a freshman it’s just been really general classes, still kind of general science, general math.  We’ll see as time goes on if I still want to stick with sociology. So, that’s also been really fun, and just meeting people, and experiencing the college life.

You’re in a gender-neutral acting category at the Daytime Emmys …   Outstanding Younger Performer. How do you feel about that because you’re actually competing against your former castmates, Nicholas and William, in the same category?

SYDNEY:  Coming to college, you meet a lot of people who are non-binary. I’ve always wondered how that would work when we are going to have more actors who identify as non-binary as our generation starts to get older and as we start getting cast in these movies. I actually think we are kind of moving towards the future and in the future, it will all be smooshed together for all of the categories.  We are going to eventually do away with the Best Actor and Actress because a lot of people don’t identify as either.  I think either way, whoever wins is going to win.  I’m just really glad to be nominated, and it works for me!

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If a role came up in a movie or project that interested you, would you do it, or are you just only concentrating on your studies?

SYDNEY:  We’ll see kind of where life takes me.  It would definitely depend on so many things, of course, but if an opportunity were to present itself, it would definitely just be by a case-by-case basis.  Of course, I’m definitely open to doing things in summer too. During the school year, like I mentioned, it’s really important for me to get this degree.

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Is there any favorite moment you had from your time on General Hospital as Trina that you wish you could have included in your Emmy reel, but didn’t?

SYDNEY:  There were so many good moments!  If I could include any moment, I would include one of the blood scenes.  I had never worked with fake blood, and it was sticky, but ultimately a good experience.  I was acting, but there wasn’t much of me talking.  It was more everyone being concerned for me, like, “Why is she covered in blood?  What’s going on?”  So, I don’t think I included that as much, but if they just wanted me to include amazing makeup, then I could have put it in there!  So, it’ll always be in my heart.  It’ll always be in my personal reel, and I hope that counts for something!

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I’m assuming you like picking out a dress, and then walking the red carpet?

SYDNEY:  I do!  It’s actually funny because I don’t usually enjoy hair and makeup on a day-to-day basis, but I do think I enjoy the creativity of doing my own look for the Emmys.  I get to be somewhat a little different, like a super awesome version of myself.  I wonder, for celebrities who have to go to red carpets every week if they really like it, but for me to do it a few times a year, I really love it.  I love choosing the aesthetic that I’m going for.  This year, I’m definitely trying to do something classy and stylish.  I’m super excited for you guys to see because I’m beaming even as I talk about it now!

The Daytime Emmys are back to being in-person, after two years of being virtual.  Didn’t you have to tape an acceptance speech last year when you were nominated, in case your name was called?

SYDNEY:  Yes!  It was so funny, one of our producers, Nneka Garland, called me, and she was like, “Oh, it’s going to be in person,” and it just like, snapped for me: “Oh, this is going to be live!” I’m looking forward to that this year.  I’m looking forward to seeing everyone, giving everyone real, in-person hugs!  I can’t wait!

So, are you rooting for Sydney to take home the gold in the Outstanding Younger Performer category at this year’s Daytime Emmys? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GH’s Michael E. Knight Chats On: Taking on the Role of Martin Grey, Friendship with James Patrick Stuart, and All My Children’s Tad

Last Thursday night during a livestream interview, General Hospital’s Michael E. Knight chatted with Michael Fairman on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel about returning to daytime in the role of legal eagle Martin Grey, and mixing it up with some of the most famous notables and actors that currently and historically have graced the screens on the ABC daytime drama series.

In case you missed it, the replay of the conversation with three-time Daytime Emmy winner is now available.  During the chat, Knight reveals what is has been like to play the on-screen half-brother of Genie Francis (Laura), if he enjoys the courtroom scenes in which Martin had to defend some of the most notorious in town including Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), and more.

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Fans of GH are also enjoying the romantic pairing of Lucy Coe and Martin, pairing Knight with another soap vet, Lynn Herring.  Michael shares that it’s nice to see, and appreciates, the writers creating a fun relationship for a couple that is middle-aged instead of always seeing the younger sets escapades all of the time on daytime TV.

All My Children fans, of course, recall Michael’s memorable performances through the years as Tad Martin, where he became synonymous with Pine Valley.  After AMC came to its conclusion in 2011 on ABC and 2013 with Prospect Park, Knight finally returned to soaps in 2015 in the recurring role of Dr. Simon Neville on The Young and the Restless before joining the cast of GH in 2019.

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During the interview, Michael shares behind the scenes stories of working with his on-screen parents, Mary Fickett (Ruth) and Ray MacDonnell (Joe), his enduring on-screen love story with Dixie (Cady McClain), and the heyday of AMC in story, with his on-screen sister, Jenny played by Kim Delaney. When Michael came to GH, viewers recall he actually got to share an inside moment with Kim and the fans, when Martin met Jackie Templeton, then played by Delaney.

During the livestream, Michael recalled several of Tad’s wives, and when one fan asked if Cady McClain might come to GH as Dixie, and that maybe she could be a woman from Martin’s past, Knight shared that it could be interesting.

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In a surprise appearance later in the livestream, James Patrick Stuart (Valentin, GH), who has an enduring friendship with Michael, and happened to be at Knight’s house, shared some memories of his time as Will Cortlandt on All My Children. Now decades later, things have come full-circle for the good friends as they share screen-time on General Hospital as Valentin and Martin.

Stuart is a Daytime Emmy nominee this year for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category at the upcoming 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards, and we took a moment to congratulate him on being acknowledged by his peers for the second year in a row.  Currently, James is pulling double duty shooting his Disney+ show, Villains of Valley View, while also taping GH.

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Watch the replay of the livestream with Michael E. Knight below.

Then let us know, are you enjoying Martin and Lucy together? What do you think of the idea of Cady McClain coming to GH? Do you want to see more Valentin and Martin scenes? And, what are your favorite memories of Michael’s time as Tad on All My Children? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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General Hospital Tapes 15,000th Episode; Featuring Genie Francis with Almost Every Single Cast Member Appearing in It

On Thursday, ABC’s General Hospital reached yet another milestone in its illustrious history. The daytime drama taped its 15,000 episode.

During the tape day, the cast, crew and creatives posed for a photo on set to mark the occasion with cake.

GH’s 15,000 episode will air next month on June 17th.

ABC 7’s entertainment guru, George Pennacchio was on set with a first-hand report, interviewing the likes of Genie Francis (Laura), Maurice Benard (Sonny) and the show’s executive producer, Frank Valentini.

From the sounds of it, the 15K episode will center around the character of Laura, and according to Valentini, “It will be happy, it will be sad, it will be dark, it will be scary, it will be fun, it will be thrilling and it will be exciting, but most importantly it will have almost every single cast member in it.”

Check out the segment and on set report from Pennacchio below.

Now, let us know if you are excited to see the 15K episode of GH via the comment below and congratulate the long-running soap for another historic milestone.

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