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Maurice Benard Surprises ESPN First Take Host And GH Fan Stephen A. Smith!

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ESPN sports reporter/host extraordinaire Stephen A. Smith got the Port Charles surprise of his life on this morning’s edition of his morning show ESPN’s First Take (10AMEST weekdays on ESPN 2), when none other than Daytime Emmy winner and General Hospital stalwart, Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos) came by the studios for an unexpected visit to Smith!

Benard tweeted moments before he stepped on to the sports show set: “Stepping onto the ESPN First Take stage right now. Tune in to ESPN2 to watch. #StephenASurprise”

To which Smith responded via Twitter after the Sonny  shocker:  “Nothing in the world can ruin my day today. My man @MauriceBenardMB from General Hospital came on @ESPN_FirstTake today. I’m in HEAVEN. Haa”

Later Benard tweeted some pics with the ESPN First Take co-hosts Skip Bayless, Cari Champion along with Smith relating:  “Seriously 3 of the sweetest coolest people I had the best time @RealSkipBayless @stephenasmith @CariChampion

Benard is getting set to debut his new film,The Ghost and the Whale, as well as always in the middle of major story on General Hospital!  The question is:  Will Stephen A. Smith show up one day in a scene with his favorite character, Sonny Corinthos and surprise Benard in turn?  What do you think?   Watch the video clip of Benard and Smith from ESPN First Take below! Then, let us know!

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Sandy

It is pretty hard to make Stephen A speechless. Bet he was close!

GH50
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GH50

Steven A. Smith is right, MB is the man. People can hate all they want on Sonny, but MB is such a fine actor and a total class act. He’s been playing the same character for 21 years and he always makes it interesting, finds new subtleties and not so subtelties to the character. There are actors on GH for only a year or so who people claim are great and all they do is chew the scenery the same exact way every single time. This man has been making it interesting for 20 years with enormous talent, range and… Read more »

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pumpkanpie

I so agree with you!! Maurice is so special!! Funny how I have never seen a picture of him in his underwear, and yet, he is still the sexiest man on GH!! 🙂

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Pat

I would love to see him on GH. Enjoy watching him on First Take and was happy to hear he is a big fan of GH as am I. Do it Stephen A…

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I luv Maurice/Sonny!
I watched the movie trailer, it was awesome!
Maurice is a powerful actor..

Tea
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Tea

WOW…Maurice was so great on First Take. Hope he’s on again.

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jeremy

Cool interview. Nice to know hes a 49ers fa, so am i lol 🙂

Troy Turner
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Troy Turner

For veteran ESPN watchers like myself, it’s been no surprise that Stephen A. is a GH fan. But, it illustrates a larger problem that soaps continue to have: the invisible male viewer. There is nothing wrong with your “man card” if you enjoy ANY soap. If GH picks up additional male viewers through this segment, all the better

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DAYS and GH Director Joe Behar Passes Away at 94

Joseph Behar was heavyweight director in daytime drama having worked on both Days of our Lives and General Hospital and now comes word of his passing. Behar passed away on June 26th at the age of 94.

According to his obit, he died at his home in Manhattan Beach, California.

Joe spent the the bulk of his career directing Days of Our Lives and General Hospital.  He actually directed the pilot episode of General Hospital back in 1963, then came back the ABC daytime drama series 30 years later to direct it for more than 10 more years,.

Along the way, he won 5 Daytime Emmys for his work on GH, and had won six overall throughout his career. He continued directing until his retirement back in 2005.

Behar’s career started on the Ernie Kovacs Show and he also directed Let’s Make a Deal. and more.

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He is survived by his wife, Carolyn and his sons, Jeffrey, Steven and Greg Behar and his grandchildren, Alex, Mallory, Niko and Lydia.

Watch an interview with Joe via the TV Academy on his career including working with Frances Reid (Ex-Alice, DAYS), the pace of directing in daytime and more below.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Joe and his family in the comment section.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Releases His New Album ‘Clean Slate’

On Thursday, the highly-anticipated nine song set from General Hospital’s James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine) dropped  on Apple Music

The album entitled “Clean Slate” features the tracks: “Look Out Below”,  “My Funny Friend”, “Can U Feel Me?”, “World of Good”, “Don’t Tell Me”, “I Burn For You”, “Always Love You”, “Another Time”, and “My One and Only Love”.

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Fans of General Hospital, always love when James performs at the Nurses Ball’ but now here, Stuart delivers several original songs with his unique vocal style that make it unmistakable JPS.

Check out a preview of the album below.

Now, let us know if you will be adding “Clean Slate” to your playlists and more via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Austin Reveals His True Identity

Leave it to many GH fans who guessed right as to just who Roger Howarth’s new character of Austin will turn out to be!  On Tuesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, we learned the last name of the character who is related to the Quartermaine’s.

For weeks, Austin has seemed to be fixated on Michael Corinthos (Chad Duell) and the Q’s and now with this cliffhanger of a reveal we know why.

At a key family business meeting at the Q’s, Scott (Kin Shriner) who now seems in cahoots with Austin for a piece of the Quartermaine pie, brings Austin to the gathering.

 

When Austin arrives, Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) looks none-to-pleased!  She clearly knows the guy.  When Michael struts up to Austin asking who he is and what is he doing here … Austin introduced himself as Austin Gaitlin-Holt.  Michael and everyone else look a bit perplexed as we fade to black.

However, GH history buffs know that Jimmy Lee Holt was the son of Edward Quartermaine and his mistress Beatrice LeSuer.  Jimmy Lee did some pretty reprehensible things while he was in Port Charles.  When he left he married Charity Gaitlin.  Upon the death of Edward Q. back in 2012, Jimmy Lee was left out of his inheritance.  Therein must lie some of the story…. and now Roger Howarth fans eagerly await to see how this new doctor in town and Quartermaine turns out to be.  Will he be a bad boy, or a misunderstood good guy?  We shall see.

So, what did you think of Austin being revealed to be Austin Gaitlin-Holt? Share your thoughts in the comment section, and also cast your vote in our poll on Roger’s new character below.

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