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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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SonniOrSolita
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SonniOrSolita

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.

TVJeff
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TVJeff

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

Barbara
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Barbara

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.

em
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em

exactly.

Harry
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Harry

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…

Liz
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Liz

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.

whynot
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whynot

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

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

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

TMJ
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TMJ

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.

Phil
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Phil

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!

Mark W. Noonan
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Mark W. Noonan

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

OG Steve
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OG Steve

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.

Chris
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Chris

Would love to have Tyler Christopher back playing Nicholas!

Shelly
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Shelly

All about covid

OG Steve
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OG Steve

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… Read more »

TVJeff
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TVJeff

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.

OG Steve
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OG Steve

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.

Harry
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Harry

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.

em
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em

on Instagram he’s still following kin n marcus

SoapFan
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SoapFan

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.

Beverly Dorn
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Beverly Dorn

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

Lyn James
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Lyn James

nope.

brian
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brian

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.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

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.

Scott (ATWT fan)
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Scott (ATWT fan)

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.

Tracey
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Tracey

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.

Bryan Salton
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Bryan Salton

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

Jacqueline
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Jacqueline

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… Read more »

Cheryl Taylor
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Cheryl Taylor

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

em
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em

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.

thad bosley
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thad bosley

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.

Eric Klein
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Eric Klein

I wish Tyler Christopher would reprise nikolas

Peggy
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Peggy

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… Read more »

SoapFan
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SoapFan

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.

Michelle
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Michelle

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.

Remy
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Remy

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.

JJ
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JJ

Covid? Lol. Covid is a cold.

Harry
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Harry

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

OG Steve
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OG Steve

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.

Satan
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Satan

Right… and Hell is just a sauna.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

JJ,
You sound like an ignorant idiot!

NanaAngel
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NanaAngel

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.

Sari Rubin
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Sari Rubin

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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Marcus Coloma On His GH Exit: “I Don’t Know Why That Decision Was Made, But I Don’t Feel Any ill Will and I Didn’t Feel I Got Fired”

This week, GH fans saw Adam Huss returning to the ABC soap opera as Nikolas Cassadine to finish out the rest of the scenes originally intended to be played by Marcus Coloma who ended his three-year run on the show a tad early.

As has been previously reported, Coloma came down with Covid-19 as his final tape days neared, and a decision was made for him to not return to finish off his last run of episodes.

With all the rumors and stances taken by everyone involved, Coloma was the special guest on this week’s episode of the That’s Awesome Podcast hosted by Steve Burton and Bradford Anderson and discussed his departure from the long-running daytime drama series.

Marcus expressed that when he took the role on GH, he was excited to be in that kind of environment (working on a soap opera), and only signed on for three years.  However, as time went by it became more difficult to reconcile leaving when his contract was up, sharing: “You fall in love with the crew and everybody along with it. So, two and a half years in, this decision that was so clear in the beginning is getting complicated.”

The actor added that while, “I knew the end was coming, it wasn’t like GH was saying, ‘Hey, Marcus, we want you to stay.’  There was no negotiation … and all I can say to that is I don’t know why that decision was made, but I don’t feel any ill will and I didn’t feel like I got fired. It just felt like … there was maybe an understanding that I was going to be there for three years. The big surprise is how much it hurt. Even though I knew I was going to leave.”

In the end, Coloma reflected that this may have concluded as it should, adding, “I really do have some big goals and those goals would have never been realized if I would have stayed. That’s not to take anything away from GH because I admire everything about it.”

Watch the episode of That’s Awesome featuring Coloma below.

Then weigh-in, what do you think of Marcus’ thoughts on his exit as GH’s Nikolas Cassadine? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Adam Huss Back to GH as Nikolas Cassadine

With Marcus Coloma’s last appearance as Nikolas Cassadine on last week’s January 26th episode of General Hospital, the soap opera brought back Adam Huss to finish out the dark prince’s storyline.

According to Soaps.com. Huss aired today on the January 31st episode of the ABC daytime drama series and will finish out the scenes that were written to be portrayed by Coloma.

Adam previously subbed for Coloma back in September 2021 and again in November 2022.

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After it was announced that Coloma was leaving GH, the network and the series agreed that it would be best that Marcus did come in to tape his last episodes since he was recovering from Covid-19 at the time.  Thus, we are seeing those episodes featuring Huss now airing in early February.

So, glad to see Adam back to wrap Nikolas’ current storyline? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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General Hospital Alum Annie Wersching Dead at 45

In very sad news on Sunday, actress Annie Wersching, who starred in the series 24, Bosch and Timeless, and portrayed Amelia Joffe on General Hospital, passed away this morning from cancer.  Annie was only 45-years-0ld.

Deadline broke the news of Annie’s death.  In a statement, Wersching’s husband, actor Stephen Full, shared: “There is a cavernous hole in the soul of this family today. But she left us the tools to fill it. She found wonder in the simplest moment. She didn’t require music to dance. She taught us not to wait for adventure to find you. ‘Go find it. It’s everywhere.’ And find it we shall. As I drove our boys, the true loves of her life, down the winding driveway and street, she would yell BYE! until we were out of earshot and into the world. I can still hear it ringing. Bye my Buddie. ‘I love you little family…’ ”

Wersching’s first major role came as Amelia Joffe on General Hospital.  She played the role from May to September of 2007.  Amelia came to Port Charles to seek revenge on Sam McCall (Kelly Monaco) and wound up lovers with Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard).

Later, she went on to star as Renee Walker in Seasons 7 and 8 of 24.  She also appeared in The Vampire Diaries, Runaways, Extant, and The Rookie.  One of her last roles was in Star Trek: Picard which came two decades after she made her screen acting debut in an episode of Star Trek: Enterprise.

Annie is survived by her husband and children children Freddie, 12; Ozzie, and Archie, 4.

Share your condolences and remembrances for Annie in the comment section.  But first, check out some scenes from her time on General Hospital below.

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