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Maura West Pens Touching Farewell to Exited GH Co-Star Roger Howarth, Shares “Grateful For This Man”

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On Monday, it was confirmed that Roger Howarth has been killed-off General Hospital as Dr. Austin Gatlin-Holt, a role he has played since 2021. Howarth, previously played Todd Manning and Franco Baldwin as well on the ABC daytime drama series over a span of 11 years.

Howarth’s longtime friend and most recent love interest on GH, three-time Daytime Emmy-winning star, Maura West (Ava Jerome), took to her social media account on X to share some final words on working with Howarth during his run on General Hospital.

Posting a GIF of a moment from a scene of them together from GH, West penned: “Grateful for this man.  Expert actor. So funny, smart as hell. Gentle. Creative and collaborative… supportive. Life giving. What’s better?” #frava #jolt

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Now, with word of Howarth’s departure, if you take a look at his official Instagram, Roger actually had paid tribute to West in a post in October, most likely following his departure from the series.

Roger said of Maura: “Beautiful brave talent. Thank you, Maura.”  Maura replied to his post, simply adding, “Love you, Roger!”

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As soap fans know, GH was not the first daytime drama that Howarth and West worked together on. Previously, they appeared on the beloved As the World Turns as Paul Ryan and Carly Tenney Snyder.

Will you miss Maura and Roger together on General Hospital? What did you think of Maura’s touching tribute to her now former co-star? Comment below.

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Two of the finest actors on daytime. Their chemistry onscreen is amazing. They made scenes work even though the Austin character was badly written. That is true talent, in my books. I will really miss seeing them together!

Loved Maura and Roger together

This is where the powers-that-be can take the ball back into their court and morph Roger back into Todd Manning and pair him with Ava.

I would be very interested in seeing how that played out!

I would love that—I loved Roger as Todd and Franco—but Austin did not do the actor any justice.

They were the only reason I watched. They took away half of the best pair of actors daytime has seen in ages. I hope she follows him out because GH won’t last much longer.

Still do not understand how they can let him go

Probably freeing up money for Burtons return next year. I bet Mathinson out next.

If that’s the case then that’s GOOD. On both counts.

I don’t see him coming back.

Ugh. Bringing that lump of stone back again…..just NO

It’s too bad that Jolt’s story was never given a chance. I think they would have been fun to watch.

GH really dropped the ball with Roger, who was always riveting to watch.

I don’t understand why GH would kill off Austin and leave someone like Cyrus. They could have explored the relationship with Ava they had such great chemistry!

What is General Hospital even thinking??? You do away with such a talented actor, yet you keep characters who are of no interest! Whoever made the decision should be the one who was let go.

You are right! I could name a long list.

There are tons of streaming services now Paramount Plus for one which is CBS. Reboot As the World Turns and Guiding Light film them in New York and bring some of these actors back

P&G won’t let that happen. EVER.

Any bets on who killed Roger/Austin? I’d like to think it was Sirus, but somehow don’t think so.

Cyrus himself was meeting with his “sister” Laura at the time, so he’s got a solid alibi. But of course somebody like Cyrus rarely gets his own hands dirty. Mason is in Pentonville & still recovering from bullet wounds, so it probably wasn’t him either.

Might have been Nikolas, since he had lived in that house for a while himself, but it seems unlikely that he would have a motive to kill Austin, who arguably saved his life, after Ava bashed his head in.

Ava might have been angry enough with Austin to do it, but her guns are always defective, so that’s not likely.

Probably just some irrelevant nobody “gun for hire” that Cyrus paid to do the job.

Am thinking possibly Nikolas possibly found out that Austin and Ava have been doing the Nasty and he just didn’t like it.

I would think he would be more likely to take revenge out on Ava for that, if he was going after anybody… especially since he might still be angry with Ava for trying to kill him.

I really hope it’s not Nikolas though, because now that we know the REAL Nikolas isn’t ever coming back, I really couldn’t care all that much about the poor substitute versions of the character.

Ava did not try to kill him. She tried to keep the idiot from harming her daughter. As for wanting to get revenge on Ava for sleeping with Austin, what business is that of his? She can bang ten men if she wants to, they are divorced. Unlike him screwing a girl young enough to be his daughter, knocking her up while married to Ava. At least Ava had the decency to wait until they were divorced to be with Austin.

Couldn’t wait for the week-end to be over and they haven’t even addressed his murder yet. Ehat a bunch of losers!

I’m thinking they didn’t want to put a damper on the Quartermaine Thankspizzagiving celebration by having the death of a family member hanging over their heads, even one whose existence was barely acknowledged by them.

Which is a bit hypocritical, considering they threw Jason under the bus (Again) on Thanksgiving week two years ago.

My friend first penned #jolt because no one else could come up with anything else good for a ship name, so when Maura started using it to describe Austin and Ava she was giddy like a school girl. We were devastated last Friday because we are Roger fans first and foremost. I have not watched THAT show since. I won’t because after tuning in after a long hiatus stopped watching soaps for a 10 year stint but found out Roger was coming back as Todd and it peaked my interest in the show but vowed if Roger leaves so do I. I am keeping my word

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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.”

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Are You For or Against Kristina Being the Surrogate for TJ & Molly’s Baby Knowing the Storyline Implications Down the Road?

As many GH viewers have predicted, things have swung back around to Kristina (Kate Mansi) seemingly being the most viable option in Molly’s (Kristen Vaganos) mind to carry her and TJ’s (Tajh Bellow) baby as their surrogate.

If you recall, Kristina offered a few months back and was shut down by Molly, and then TJ, as the couple then went looking through agencies to find a surrogate to carry their baby to term. The surrogate they found, Andrea, told TJ she lost the baby in a miscarriage, which was confirmed by a doctor at Mercy Hospital, and she won’t go through trying to have a baby again. Leaving the couple devastated. But, is her story suspicious?

Last week on General Hospital, Molly was overwhelmed when having to look through a file to start the process of finding a surrogate and identifying the right candidate all over again and it brought her to tears. Kristina found her in the park, and that led the two to have a heart-to-heart conversation. While the two sisters have come to an agreement, now it comes to convincing TJ that this is the right move.


However, fans of the show can see how complex this will be for everyone down the line. If Kristina’s relationship with Blaze (Jacqueline Grace Lopez) moves further down the line, will she be so willing to give her sister the baby? Could there be an ugly court battle for the little one between two moms vs. TJ and Molly?  Will Kristina having their child, bring TJ and Kristina actually closer together, and cause rifts in Molly’s relationship with her man and her sister? What does the long-running soap opera have in store in the storyline by making Kristina the ultimate surrogate? Or, could Kristina lose the baby, only to find out that Andrea, the original surrogate has TJ and Molly’s child? So many possibilities.

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Soap Opera Digest spoke to Kristen Vaganos on where Molly’s head is at with the situation. Vaganos shared, “I think there’s a little bit of desperation there, wanting to take a route that might be more trustworthy. (Surrogacy is) such a hard process to put trust and hope into because anything can happen. And Molly is a control freak! She wants to control as much as she can, so having a relative involved is, I think, comforting in a way.”

In terms of how Molly will re-approach TJ with Kristina being the prospective surrogate, Vaganos added, “Molly knows that it’s going to be an uphill battle, convincing him. Kristina’s track record with TJ is what it is. But it’s another leap of faith that Molly wants to take, and she just wants TJ to be on board with her. Plus, I think that TJ will really trust Molly’s opinion because Molly knows her better than anybody, and Molly would be the first person to doubt Kristina, to make sure to double-check her work. So if Molly says that she really feels strongly about this and thinks it’s the right decision, I think that’ll go a long way. I think TJ will take that to heart. But unless he’s on board with it, too, it’s a nonstarter.”

So, how do you see this playing out and what do you want to see? Are you in favor of Kristina being the surrogate for Molly and TJ’s baby? Are you for or against it, and what it could mean for long-term story implications? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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