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Marcus Coloma Did Not Film His Final General Hospital Scenes Due to ‘Health Issues’; Plus More Details On His Departure

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On late Tuesday afternoon, a rep for Marcus Coloma (Nikolas) offered up a statement on just how Marcus Coloma wrapped up his time on General Hospital.

It has been previously reported that once Coloma learned he had been let go he refused to film his final GH scenes as Nikolas Cassadine.  However, he would last be seen on-air in late January.

However, according to Deadline, Coloma, and ABC and General Hospital, came to an agreement “that he should not film the remaining few days of the year” following “health issues with his recent Covid exposure”.  That exposure has kept him away from being at the set recently.

In addition, Coloma’s rep is claiming that Marcus was not fired from the ABC daytime drama series, but simply his contract had run out.  Coloma reportedly signed a three-year deal back in 2019 which was now fulfilled by the network.

Deadline shared the letter in full (below) which is addressed to Coloma’s fans and colleagues:

Dear Friends and Fans of Marcus Coloma, “As mentioned in a statement provided by ABC, we wanted to confirm that Marcus ‘will no longer be playing the role of Nikolas Cassadine. His last airdate will be at the end of January.’ Marcus has wrapped his 3-year contract with General Hospital and has thoroughly enjoyed working on the show with such a talented group of actors, writers, producers and directors. Unfortunately, due to health issues with his recent Covid exposure, the network graciously agreed that he should not film the remaining few days of the year.

Marcus has been thrilled to bring nearly 300 episodes of the iconic and complicated character of Nikolas back to life. “I was immediately taken with the family feel of the ensemble cast,’ said Coloma. ‘And I fell in love with the extremely passionate fanbase. Their outpouring of love and excitement, week after week has been unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before. I will always be grateful for their kindness and support.”

So, what do you think about these clarifications from Coloma’s rep noting that Marcus did not tape his final scenes due to a recent Covid exposure and he was not fired, but his contract came to an end? Comment below.

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OK, well I suppose if your contract is not renewed it is perhaps not technically the exact equivalent of being fired. But really it’s splitting hairs. The upshot is the same: Those in charge either didn’t want him personally or the character of Nikolas on the show anymore. And that’s showbiz, as they say.

It was nice of him to give a shoutout to his fans and say something flattering about his castmates — after unfollowing them all on social media. One thing’s for sure: His publicist has earned his paycheck today with some professional damage control.

I’ve seen it widely reported that MC unfollowed his castmates, but I think that’s all been blown out of proportion. Who someone follows is private. I think someone just made that up and it took off. My social media is locked down, I’m sure an actor on a soap where the “fans” can (& are) horrible human beings, is locked down too

Sorry but don’t believe it. Plus your REP makes a statement? Marcus is on social
Media all the time with live videos. He could have spoken his own words there. He previously said he couldn’t comment due to something ?? Contract runs out is nothing big at all.


I agree. Why did it take 2 weeks for PR to come out with this story? I smell damage control. Oh what a tangled weave…

Many months ago on social media Marcus mentioned that his GH contract was up soon. So, from what is now known, GH did not renew the contract. That’s not the same as being fired and I hope more people understand that. Also, Marcus is a great person and is active on Instagram so I’m sure with his great acting skills and large fanbase, he will find new employment quickly.

Not renewing someone’s contract is the exact same thing as firing them. “We don’t need you anymore”.

It is the same as being fired if Nikolas isn’t being killed off.

It sounds like a face saving cover story to me. I think GH and ABC are being very generous to him by letting this be the official story.

Like I said before, I will miss him as Nikolas. I liked what he brought to the character. I will accept a recast as long as they don’t bring Tyler Christopher back and if they do end up going that boring route please do not revisit the huge snoozefest that is Nik and Liz!

Question remains. Will GH kill Off Nikolas Cassadine, recast, or bring back Tyler Christopher who is the Original Nikolas Cassadine.

My odds:
60% recast (new actor, not counting temporary time by Adam Huss)

30% Tyler Christopher returns by May sweeps

10% kill off (dead-dead like AJ, Emily and OG Georgie)

Although Genie would knock the grief plot out-of-the-park, one would think Frank wouldn’t make that mistake again.

Would love to have Tyler Christopher back playing Nicholas!

All about covid

If the Covid exposure claim is real, why did he abruptly stop following his cast mates? Why is this statement coming out weeks later?

In soaps, not being offered to have your contract renewed is the equivalent to being dismissed. To use semantics and say he wasn’t “fired” is just a technicality.

Wondering if the months long shutdown in production in 2020 caused contracts to be extended by a few months. Coloma started airing in Nov 2019 and his last air date will be Jan 2023.

Marcus obviously wants to find new work and doesn’t want a reputation as being difficult. Let’s just wish him well.

Where is proof that he stopped following his cast mates? Or are you just spreading gossip spread by others. My social media is locked down – I’m sure his is too. We don’t know who he follows or doesn’t follow.

Not gossip – an easily checkable stat that was widely mentioned on other sites.

On Twitter you can easily see who someone follows – the account doesn’t show if you mark it private. Just checked and Marcus has stoped following anyone.

And, yes, as Em checked, he’s still following Kin and Mo on IG as they regularly make videos together.

It’s just a fact that Marcus stopped following his castmates. I believe the first reports that Baby Wah Wah threw a tantrum upon learning his contract wasn’t renewed and refused to film his last scenes to be true. Why did it take 2 weeks for his PR agent to come up with the real story? Clearly, they’re trying to rebuild the bridges Marcus burned.

on Instagram he’s still following kin n marcus

Weird how in Marcus Coloma video he released talking about his departure from the show sounded more like he was fired kinda thing than this article is letting on to believe.

Think it’s an excuse to cover up letting Marcus go


Sounds like ABC could create a new soap called “Behinds the Scenes”

With all that has happened to the once beloved ABC soaps… they would have lots to write about. I do however, appreciate that GH is still on the air.

I do remember back in an interview he did in June it was said his contract was up in a few months…but he was hoping it would be renewed and said it was up to the powers-that-be, so I knew it was because his contract wasn’t renewed. If he’ll no longer be playing Nikolas, unless they’re killing the character off, (which I hope don’t do. Then-writer Carlivati getting rid of AJ was hideous), then it’s the same thing as firing him.

No offense but he isn’t important enough to have a PR team, plus, his social media activity shows other than what this statement says. This is damage control for him to try and take the narrative time, but it isn’t working for me. Can’t cover up the unprofessionalism of walking off-set and refusing to film.

If they are keeping the character than why recast! Marcus did an amazing job! So much storytelling for his character also. Definitely more to this story. I’m very disappointed this happened.

I love marcas so much I am going to miss watching him playing nikolas I want to see Adam Huss to take over the role and I want him back and on contract and on the opening can you please help me out thank you so so very very much

He fulfilled his contract and it wasn’t renewed so it’s not exactly the same thing as getting fired but they chose not to renew it so they chose not to hire him again. He did fulfill his contract and I hope maybe he will show up on one of the CBS soaps. I have a feeling that his contract was not renewed because they are bringing back Tyler Christopher I know many say they will never do that but I’m not so sure about that especially if the fans want it. TC had mental health struggles which he admitted, he got help for and now he’s trying to stay on the right path. I think he deserves another chance.

I hate to see him go. He made that role his own. Bring him back!

the statement was by his pr team. and with him not finishing his scenes his pr had to come out with something because i heard he was very angry that Disney didn’t renew his contract. he n covid 2 months ago. his pr team have to protect his career.

Exactly. I give ABC a small amount of credit for allowing Marcus to use this “health issue” ruse to cover what actually happened. Career saving indeed.

I wish Tyler Christopher would reprise nikolas

GH sucks we all know nutty Esme is going to shove him off a cliff and we’ll be told he died but they’ll bring in the guy who replaced this nic when he was sick or Tyler.. GH writers need to pay those 2 year olds that’s writing for them more money GH you need new writers for years, new producers, new owners, then maybe GH could be saved. You drag out so much BS and take FOREVER to finish the storyline or it doesn’t get finished. You have literally ruined sonny’s character, he is nutty Nina’s twin. You could send him and her to outer space on a one way ticket. Sonny’s character has been dumbed down so bad I don’t see a comeback. Send them away

Why would he delete all the GH people from his social media like that? That’s what tip everyone off that he may have been let go. I don’t understand why nobody clarified when the original announcement was made that he had not refused to film his final scenes. People have been talking about this for a few weeks now.

Unless Tyler Christopher is coming back letting him go is a bad move in my opinion. He did a great job with the character! I’m sad to see him go.

Rather have performed 3 years instead of being let go. He was hired to do a task under contract and completed the obligation specified under contract.

Wish him well moving forward.

Covid? Lol. Covid is a cold.

Well, JJ, over a million people who had COVID would like to have a word with you. Unfortunately, they cannot because they are dead.

OMG. Tell that to the families of the millions who died worldwide. Or, those like Emma Samms and the many still suffering long term effects.

Maybe you got it and luckily had a mild case. Not all were so fortunate.

Right… and Hell is just a sauna.

You sound like an ignorant idiot!

Non of this makes sense. Renew his contract. Not fire him. Marcus Coloma wouldn’t take to social media and say he is sad over this. Something else is going on. If he couldn’t go to work because of Covid, then he can film his parts when he goes back to work. Come in on the weekend like the rest of working society. If you’re missing days,the PTB shouldn’t mind. It’s not like you’re taping more scenes. It is too fishy for me. Something behind the scenes is going on. If he got fired, then Marcus is not bound by policy.

Why would Marcus unfriend his cast mates on SM everything went down like his reps stated. Anyway, As you wrote in the worsts of 2022, NC has fallen farther than Esme off the parapet of of crappy storylines. Is the character off the show or being recast?

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Chase Proposes to Brook Lynn; Kristina and Blaze Share a Kiss

Finally, many GH viewers got their wish, when on the Monday, December 4th episode of the ABC daytime drama series, Chase (Josh Swickard) got down on one knee (a few times) and proposed to Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton).

At first, Brook Lynn balked at his attempt as she believed Gloria (Ellen Travolta) and Lois (Rena Sofer) were pressuring him to do so. When she tells Chase marriage is off the table he pulls out an engagement ring. Chase reveals he was planning on proposing at Christmas, so he had the ring ready to go. A romantic Chase shares that he doesn’t want to waste one more day as he clearly knows what matters now … her!  With that, Chase gets back down on his knees and proposes again, and this time Brook Lynn says, “yes!” The two seal the deal with a kiss!

Molly (Kristen Vaganos) breaks the news to TJ (Tajh Bellow), that she now wants to accept her sister, Kristina’s (Kate Mansi) offer to be their surrogate, after all the failures they have been through in trying to find a candidate that will stick.  While TJ voices his concerns, he eventually comes around and tells Molly, “Let’s have a baby,” and now seems excited about the prospect of Kristina being the answer to their prayers. They seal the deal with a kiss!

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Kristina and Blaze (Jacqueline Grace Lopez) get together with a bottle of champagne, since Blaze’s latest song just hit number one on the charts. During their conversation, Kristina asks what is Blaze’s real name? She reveals it’s “Alison”.


Later, Kristina opens up about her past and her abusive relationship with Keifer, her short marriage to Trey and then how she went away to college and fell for her professor Parker Forsythe (formerly Ashley Jones).  She then reveals Parker went back to her ex. However, Kristina’s takeaway was she realized she was clearly into women. That leaves the moment open for Blaze to make a move on Kristina and the two share a kiss.

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So, three kisses moved the stories forward on this episode of GH. Which are you most happy about? Chase and Brook Lynn getting engaged? GH moving forward with a same-sex romance for Kristina and Blaze, or TJ and Molly coming together to agree to let Kristina be their surrogate? Three kisses, three different stories.  Let us know via the comment section below.

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Daytime Emmy Lead Actress Nominee Luncheon; The Tradition Continues

On Sunday, it was Mishael Morgan’s (Amanda Sinclair, The Young and the Restless) turn to host the annual Lead Actress nominee luncheon, for this year’s talented woman who are going for gold at the upcoming 50th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on Friday night, December 15th on CBS.

Morgan took home the Daytime Emmy in this category in 2022 becoming the first Black actress in the now 50-year history to ever win it. In a tradition that was started by four-time Daytime Emmy winner Susan Flannery (Ex-Stephanie, The Bold and the Beautiful), the winning actress from the previous year has to pick up the tab, choose a restaurant and host a fun afternoon gathering for this year’s crop of nominees.

Attending the festivities were 2023 Lead Actress nominees: Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea, The Young and the Restless), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, The Young and the Restless), Sharon Case (Sharon, The Young and the Restless) Finola Hughes (Anna, General Hospital), and Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy, The Bold and the Beautiful).

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Taking to her Instagram, Melissa Claire Egan shared: “To be nominated alongside this incredibly talented group of women is a TRUE HONOR!!! Thank you to last years winner, the fabulous Mishael Morgan for hosting an epic Lead Actress Nominee Luncheon today. It’s so nice that they all offered to give me their Emmy if they win!!”

Michelle Stafford took to her Instagram and expressed: “Lead Actress Brunch. This is a real honor. I’m truly honored to be in a group with all of these incredible women. I’ve loved them all for a very long time. We are all so grateful to be working on our shows… to be working in general, as actors. What a spectacular group of women. Mishael (Last years winner) put together a brunch that was BEYOND spectacular with gift bags even!! I mean Mishael, you are an absolute class act. Thank you for the beautiful day 🧡”

Finola Hughes posted her sentiments as well, “Yesterday was the leading ladies lunch for the Emmy’s. It’s a tradition started by the inimitable Susan Flannery. (The previous years winner throws a luncheon for the nominees). Yesterday was a very special lunch. Mishael Morgan raised the bar! The conversation was at once light hearted and deep. This was an amazing group of women, supportive, funny and caring. Thank you all for a brilliant few hours 💕 🌸 ✨”

Posting on their Instagram Stories were Michelle Stafford who gave us a little more behind the scenes of the luncheon, where Mishael also handed out a gift bag to each of the ladies, and Sharon Case who accompanied her photos with the tune “This One’s For the Girls” by Martina McBride.

So, looking forward to seeing which of these talented actresses takes home the Outstanding Lead Actress Emmy on December 15th? What do you think about how the tradition has been handed down for many years that the luncheon carries on? Comment below.

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General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom Shares Heartfelt Message to Mark His 30-Year Anniversary as Dr. Kevin Collins

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 30 years since back on December 3rd, 1993, when General Hospital viewers got the shock of their lives as the ABC soap opera introduced the psychiatrist twin brother of serial killer, Ryan Chamberlain, in the form of Dr. Kevin Collins.

For soap fans that meant we got to see even more of one of the finest actors ever to appear in the genre in Jon Lindstrom. The talented actor started on GH a year and half earlier in June of 1992 as Ryan.

Fast-forward to 2023 and Lindstrom is in the running for this year’s Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series when the 50th annual Daytime Emmy Awards are given out in less than two weeks on Friday night, December 15th on CBS. Could an Emmy on his 30th year playing Kevin and Ryan be in the cards? Stay tuned.

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It has been well-documented that former GH creatives Wendy Riche (ex-EP), Claire Labine (ex-head writer) and Michelle Val Jean (ex-writer) were all instrumental in keeping Jon in Port Charles with a second role as Kevin, when he could have headed to As the World Turns at the time to play the role of Damian Grimaldi, that eventually went to Paolo Seganti.

Taking to his Instagram on Sunday to acknowledge this special milestone, Jon shared via video message, “I woke up this morning to see that today December 3rd, marks 30 years since I debuted as Dr. Kevin Collins on General Hospital. I knew that it had been a long time, but 30 years since the doppelgänger to Dr. Ryan Chamberlain was introduced. It really is remarkable. It’s been a great ride, a great run. it’s like an entire career right there. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. It’s just been great.”

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Lindstrom paid tribute to those who helped create Kevin, expressing, “I have a lot of people to thank about that, let alone people like Wendy Riche and the brass at ABC at the time … Claire Labine who was writing the show back, but Michelle Val Jean was really was the one who I had the pleasure of working with to develop and bring to life Kevin Collins. She’s still a great friend today. So, there’s been a lot of blessings around this for me, and don’t think, I don’t know it. I pretty much drop to my knees every day in gratitude. Thank you world for supporting Dr. Kevin Collins and Ryan Chamberlain, for that matter. I’ll do it as long as they’ll have me.”

Accompanying his video, Jon wrote: “So grateful today for my 30 years of ‘Kevin Collins’ (and ‘Ryan Chamberlain’) on General Hospital, and for the wonderful journey my life has been, for my friends, my the family and incredible opportunities I’ve had. Hope you all have much to be grateful for.”

Share your congrats and well-wishes to Jon for 30 years as GH’s Dr. Kevin Collins via the comment section below.


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