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Michael Blake Kruse Exits General Hospital as Rory Gets the ‘Hook’

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On Friday’s General Hospital, try as they might, Finn (Michael Easton), Portia (Brooke Kerr) and Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) were unable to save the life of Dr. Rory Cabrera after he coded.  Thus, the ‘hook’ killer claimed another victim.

At least, the big-hearted officer got to have one last goodbye with his girlfriend, Trina (Tabyana Ali) before he passed on, leaving a guilt-ridden and devastated Trina behind.

But the death of Rory on-screen, means we have to say goodbye to actor Michael Blake Kruse who debuted in the role of back in March, and has been a spoiler, or shall we say, a thorn in Spencer Cassadine’s (Nicholas Alexander Chavez) side, since Rory was capable of sharing his feeling with Trina, while Spencer kept tripping himself up.

Kruse shared his “Rory’ post-mortem and goodbyes via social media on Saturday.  Michael expressed: “Many thanks to everyone who sent me supportive messages in light of Rory Cabrera leaving the GH Canvas. I enjoyed playing the character and valued his essence.  Yes, he was unsophisticated and naive but at least he was genuine.  In particular with Trina, he was always sincere and had her best interests at heart. That has to count for something Sprina fans.”

Michael went on to say about his GH alter-ego: “Rory was a mediocre cop, at best, but Port Charles isn’t the easiest down to police. He was also equipped with a holster from the 70’s, no radio, and no bullet proof vest.  Above all, I had the pleasure of working with some incredible people and have a newfound respect for everyone involved in daytime tv.  It’s easy to critique but not easy to create. All my love and appreciation to the fans who have been supportive along the way.”

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Prior to the statement, Kruse took to his Instagram Story on  Thursday night and Friday with a post announcing his exit. In it, he shared a photo from the ABC soap opera dressed in Rory’s officer blues with two x’s over his eyes with the tag: “R.I.P. Rory… You gotta be quicker than that.”  Throughout his time on GH, Michael always showed grace and humor on social media.

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Friday’s GH also featured a heartbreaking performance from Tabyana Ali as Trina goes through sorrow and grief upon Rory’s death.

During his GH run, Michael has also been one busy actor appearing on Chicago P.D. and shooting roles in motion pictures and more.  So, be on the lookout for more of Kruse in the months to come in several projects.

What do you think of GH deciding to kill-off Rory? With the information that supposedly Esme was at Wyndemere at the time of the murder, who do you think is now the prime suspect, if it’s indeed a woman with a hoop earring as new evidence indicated?  What did you think of Taybana Ali’s performance? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Michael
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Michael

I thought the character was unnecessary.

whynot
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whynot

It’s beyond ridiculous that at GH, patients are wheeled out right in the middle of the corridors for everyone to talk to and cry over, as well as people discussing PHI with virtually anyone that walks in off the street (“How’s he doing?” “Well, he has…”). But what I noticed was Gregory Harrison giving a look for just a split second, as if he knew something.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

whynot
I guess We were thinking the same thing.

OG Steve
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OG Steve

The character became expendable after the actor landed more lucrative roles and went recurring. Rory was a little more than a background player with little character development. Kruse did a decent job with what he was given. Rory was neither a doctor or detective as written in the first paragraph. As for Ali – maybe I’m just not seeing it. Wasn’t moved by her performance. It’s tough to portray grief at such a young age. It wasn’t as bad as Kiki’s reaction to Silas’ death, but Hayley Erin greatly improved after. Here’s hoping history repeats itself. On a positive note,… Read more »

Jill
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Jill

OG Steve, I’ve really enjoyed reading your insightful, spot on comments. I agree with your every point. However,I want to point out that Michael Eastman has not been allowed to have any sexual chemistry with his love interests since coming to GH. I did not realize he and Lizzy had not been intimate until she said so when discussing the paternity of her fake baby. ME is incredibly adept at steamy sex scenes as seen with his work on OLTL. There was one scene where Detective Michael McBain had sex with his boss, police chief Evangeline, against the walls of… Read more »

OG Steve
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OG Steve

Hi Jill
Thanks for the kind words.

Good comment on Easton and the lack of chemistry with some of the GH women. I’d argue that he and Kelly Monaco had some when John McBain (Michael was his doctor brother who married Marcie) first appeared in PC.

And yes, Easton exuded lots of chemistry with Renée Elise Goldsberry who played Evangeline. More not so much with Melissa Archer’s Natalie.

Easton does have great onscreen bonds with Finn’s onscreen family. He also does the friendship route very well with Alexis and Tracy.

Rodd
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Rodd

I’m sick that they killed Rory off but happy that MBK has so much going on outside GH. Best of Luck!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Rodd,
Loved him on Chicago PD but was hoping for a permanent role now that Jesse Soffer is gone.

Lester Wright
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Lester Wright

Olivia Jerome is the hook …. Ava sister that hate her and sonny

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Lester Wright,
You could be right, but haven’t seen her in years so why the heck would we be interested now, and don’t remember but did she hate her sister enough to try killing her?

Satan
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Satan

She hates Ava, but she doesn’t even KNOW any of the other victims. Also she’s locked up, so not a likely suspect at all. She barely knows Sonny, for that matter. And the only valid purpose Olivia Jerome could serve right now is to explain how she found a gravely wounded Morgan Corinthos after he was a victim of the bomb she placed in her brother Julian’s car, and how she arranged for somebody to nurse Morgan back to health, though with a new face and a new identity programmed into his brain. And she probably better serve that purpose… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Satan,
If you are referring to Dex, I read he is possibly a long lost son of Sonny’s, but Morgan, who knows?. I have to say I do like Dex better than Morgan, but there again Ava’s involvement had a lot to do with that.

richard w griffin
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richard w griffin

Really upset with GH over this decision but glad to hear he has lots of other projects!

I think the hook killer will be Eileen. Or Esme’s nanny, but we don’t know her at all so that would be weird….

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Who is Eileen?

OG Steve
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OG Steve

Eileen is the deputy mayor that’s doing Victor’s dirty work. Hopefully, it’s not Heather but ADA Jennifer Arden (annoyed that she lost the Trina case).

Shari
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Shari

Sad to see him go. He was a sweetheart!

Michaela
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Michaela

Yea unneeded character.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Michaela,
In your estimation maybe, but are those of us that thought he was a very worthwhile character.

Celia
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Celia

I was not moved—I am usually attuned to how deaths on soaps/movies affect the immediate characters, as I tend to cry over the slightest mishap—-I usually feel it to my core—-but, “Trina” left me numb—nothing. Why? The acting was less than mediocre—Just my opinion. I am thrown by the accolades given to Tabyana. Forgive me, but the scene was terribly executed and uninspiring—she’s not a good actress. Her performance did not touch me—- It definitely cannot compare to the truly heartbreaking attainment by Eden ( Joss) when Oscar died. The girl was outstanding—she mourned without overacting—-her pain pierced my heart.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Aye-aye-aye, Celia. I don’t know what to think. I bought Ms. Ali’s performance but I’m used to overacting (three 100% Italian grandparents and a Scottish/Irish fourth). But the big problem remains… Spencer. These two just DON’T, WON’T, CAN’T possibly make it — they simply don’t click. It happens even to great actors; Maura West was a trainwreck on Y&R because she was always mismatched. And Avery Pohl’s Esme will act Trina right off the T.V.! BTW, Spencer needs to get his post-prison hair cut or styled. And poor Cameron’s long locks seem out of character. The Elizabeth pregnancy/affair with Nikolas… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

LOL, Soaphound—I’ve been smack in the middle of Italian, familial drama and gesticulation since I was six—-I’ve known my husband and family that long—The difference is, it comes naturally for Italians and I love watching all their gestures—sometimes no words are necessary—just watching their facial and body expressions tells a story—-or the verbal expressions such as ..bo’ ( or boh); macche’; “ma vai a spasso” etc. are something else!! The Scottish? My grandmother is a riot with a sort-of-clean potty mouth to boot.LOL. As I said, Ali is a little green—-she tries too hard—that’s the problem. But, be that as… Read more »

Jill
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Jill

I thought I was the only one who thought the actress who currently plays Trina wasn’t up to the task. She is heavily lauded and beloved on soap Twitter, and so I figured I just wasn’t getting it. And I want her to be GREAT! But she tends to always disappoint me.

Celia
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Celia

LOL, Jill–doesn’t it feel great you’re not the only one who does not place this opaque actress on a pedestal? She does not shine. But, mostly, she does not educe empathy…at least, not from me.
I’m not a Twitter ‘member’, or on any other social media venue except for this,—however, she probably has many fans who like her.
Nonetheless, it feels great on my part, as well, that I’M not the only one. I doubt I will ever like her—she just doesn’t have the right “make up” —only my opinion.

Gloria
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Gloria

Agreed with all you said. Serious overacting by Trina. She dated for Rory for how long? And didn’t love him anyway. This Trina does not do it for me. This character has dominated the show all year it seems. I am over her love life storyline & the Hook. Joss & Oscar-wow. I can still get emotional over Eden’s performance.

Celia
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Celia

Yeayyyy!! You see what I see, Gloria!! NuTrina is so off kilter for me–I cringe whenever I see -her .Cheshire cat smile, and beyond. And, yes—I am done with her constantly taking center stage, as the damsel in distress—“look at me, look at me—it’s all about lil ole me….and the Hook’s gonna get me…” . I could appreciate it if it were Esme—she’s just so outer-worldly ( pardon tge pun). Then, there’s Mrs Robinson ( excusez-moi, hmmm DOCTOR Robinson),who is a doc with tools of the trade in all aspects of medical specialties—as is Finn. I don’t like Carly, but,… Read more »

rose
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rose

Celia…I like Drew! :))). Not Carly. And am bored with Spencer and Liz with their daddy problems ruining their lives. Grow up. Get over it! Other than that mini-rant :)))

Celia
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Celia

LOL, Rose—well, we agree on Carly—“me no like” her either. I’ve never been into Mathison–even opposite Sweeney ( Hallmark), whom I love!!!
As far as Spencer, I get what you’re saying—yeah, and all the drama with Liz, too. The never-ending-daddy- issues story.–Merry Christmas–❤️.

rose
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rose

Hi Celia…Well, more drama on GH. Now to find a new Nickolas. It’s going to be busy. I’m going to concentrate on Christmas. You have a Merry one as well.

Harry
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Harry

Rose, Drew is so bright, sunny and well… motivational. I fully expect to see him wearing a wireless microphone while ordering the citizens of Port Charles to walk across burning embers. He doesn’t seem so much like Carly’s lover, but more like her motivational therapist. This begs the question- why are the couples on GH so sexless?

rose
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rose

Harry…Can’t figure why he’s even attracted to Carly anyway. It will be interesting if/when he finds out Carly paid off his contact to lie about Willow’s mom. I might call it non-passionate instead of sexless if I read you right. Have a good holiday! :)))

Leslie baby
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Leslie baby

Agree with your comments 100%

Celia
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Celia

Thank you–Happy and healthy Holidays!!❤️

Su000
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Su000

OOOH NO OOOH NO!!!
Now Trina will be with Spencer ..
Trina #1 was perfection with Spencer..
Trina #2 is gawd-awjul with Spencer..ISH-
and they look ridiculous together..
like he’s dating a 5th grader..
worst match ever…
Seriously bad casting..
And-
before you throw a shoe..
Trina #2 is a beautiful girl, a good actress,
and if playing a different role she would be awesome,
but not a good Trina.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

You said it perfectly, Su000. Even Meryl Streep can’t always overcome being miscast. That’s why Bette Davis never played nuns and Audrey Hepburn didn’t play schemers. Just doesn’t work.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Soaphound,
Hey! Just want to wish you the happiest of Holidays and the best New Year.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

And to you, dear Violet. Hope you and yours stay happy, healthy, and warm. Maybe 2023 will bring us the best year in soap opera history. It could happen if they ditch Diane Jenkins!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

SuOOO,
Would like to wish you Happy Holidays, Cali Is finally getting cold and some rain. I just had to agree with you on this Trina. I really don’t care for her, either with Rory OR Spencer. She acts like a 16 yr,old.

Su000
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Su000

Violet..thanks for the greetings! 🙂 I hope Santa will be good to you and bring you all your heart desires. 00ooohh if you have been naughty, coal for you AHAA HA! New Trina has been a horrible casting mistake.. Spencer is a strong actor and needs the same as his partner.. And- I can’t imagine Trina and Spencer kissing, eeekkks no.. Or worse yet- doing the nasty.. They are a dreadful pairing.. A friend, that checks out a lot of soap boards- told me most all are saying much the same as us– I hope Trina will be recast and… Read more »

Jill
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Jill

I agree, SUOO!

Dan
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Dan

Rory had potential as a character, but the writers didn’t do much with him, other than have him sitting shirtless at the pool as often as possible, which I’m definitely not complaining about, lol. And of course his death opens up even more questions, like who was that mystery guy laying dead on the floor that not a word was said about, or why did Rory have the earring? The Hook Killer story has me wondering and guessing, that’s for sure. I thought Tabyana Ali was very moving in portraying Trina’s reaction to Rory’s death. She’s obviously not as experienced… Read more »

Soaphound
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Soaphound

THANK YOU, Dan. I was beginning to think I imagined that corpse! I thought maybe a crew member was caught napping and they missed it in editing.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Dan,
I assumed after by what Jordan said to Dante or someone, it was another cop. That whole scene was crazy. I know Rory went to that apt. because of the address he copied but why did Dante and the others go there? It was like the whole thing was out of sequence or whatever they call it.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Dan,
What a dummy I am. That earring was so big I thought it was a bracelet.

rose
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rose

Violet…You are not too far wrong. If I remember right didn’t Ava say whoever attacked her was wearing jangeling brackets?

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

It was inevitable that Rory a decent guy would be sacrificed for a useless, spoiled, entitled guy like Spencer. What the heck Rory saw in Trina is beyond me anyway. This way she only has to feel guilty for a while, not her fault she didn’t love him but it was selfish leading him on when she knew how much he cared for her, It’s too bad he was dragged out in the hall and put on display so he couldn’t die peacefully with some dignity in his room. Meanwhile the twit Liz is still protecting and holding back information… Read more »

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Violet, they do this with EVERY story…drag it out until we lose interest. How long since vengeful Carly found out Willow’s maternity? And, at this point, the “hooker” could be Oprah Winfrey and I wouldn’t care. The Elizabeth pregnancy story is beyond ludicrous, it’s insulting. Anyway, my best to you and yours for a safe and happy season!

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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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