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Michael Easton Gives GH Exit Interview Via Fans Burning Questions!

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As Michael Easton fans know, the actor over the weekend and announced via his facebook page that he would give his fans, an opportunity to ask him questions that would indeed be be his exit interview since being killed-off of General Hospital as Dr. Silas Clay.  Easton in his post said there will also be a part two forthcoming, since so many fans sent messages to Michael to be answered.

Here are a few of the questions and Michael’s answer that apply to his exit from the ABC soap opera and more from part one.  Check out the excerpts below!

Originally watched OLTL and I just feel like after it was cancelled they used you, Roger and Kristen to lure the One life audience over to GH to boost ratings and now that they THINK they have us there (they don’t) they’re cutting you guys loose one at a time. – Tammie

EASTON: I’d like to think that’s not the case. Either way, we’re big boys and girls, we signed on the dotted line, we were compensated and knew what we were getting into.

How could Ron have done this to you? It was widely reported that you were one of his favorites. – Rose

EASTON:  Not sure who reports these things but I don’t think that could be further from the truth. That being said I like to give the benefit of the doubt and I believe Ron will re-emerge from this experience as a wiser and even better writer.

Classic Cartini move (assuming this is one of Ron’s desperate final acts). With ratings falling month after month instead of taking responsibility for some poor storytelling they start firing actors as if to imply it’s their fault. I just checked the episode counts and in this case they’re letting go a great actor who worked the second fewest episodes of anyone under contract in that time. Does that make any sense to you? – Elaine

EASTON: Someone’s always coming and going. It doesn’t have to make sense. It’s like “Logan’s Run”. It’s just my time.
Things look really bleak for GH right now. Is it headed for cancellation?

EASTON:  Every show, every character, for that matter, is one inspired storyline away from turning it all around. A wealth of hard working talent remains in that building and if anybody can make it work they can.
What do you think about Michael’s responses and that he has given his fans an opportunity to be a part of this exit interview from GH?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!
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I am so upset over this whole Michael Easton debacle! To let such a dynamic actor go
is a mistake! I for one, will miss his talent !!! What a mistake this is!!!!

I am holding out hope that the lawsuit ABC has with Prospect Park gets resolved so that we can have the actors GH took from OLTL and put them back in the roles they played on OLTL. It has been a bitter pill to swallow watching Michael, Roger Howarth, and Kristen Alderson being these other characters when they were first brought on as their original OLTL characters. They played those characters to perfection but when they were morphed into Silas, Franco, and Kiki, I could never watch these actors without seeing them as their OLTL counterparts. With any luck, this mess with Prospect park becomes a thing of the past because we know PP is going to lose.

I highly doubt that will ever happen especially since they changed head writers.

Well, that was the most boring interview ever, let’s hope part 2 is more revealing! Does Michael really expect us to believe that he has absolutely no opinion about his storyline, Ron’s writing, or the future of this show?

It was not an interview, actually..
Those were quotes from his facebook, he is answering question on his facebook..
not an interview lol

suooo, sometimes I think you post just to hear yourself talk.
The title of this blog does read Michael E’s exit interview. I am correcting your correction.

More questions are posted on his facebook page if you are interested.

I like that he took the higher road, maddiehayes. It speaks volumes of his character.

I am sure he has had his fair share of harsh words in private, but I respect him being the bigger man. He sure deserved better.

I agree. Classy!

This is a colossal mistake by GH. Michael Easton is a fan favorite and an amazing actor. Ron stopped writing for Silas shortly after Silas breakup with Sam. Ratings were high last year when Silas was on more and Silas and Sam were a couple. How can they day this is a move to help ratings when he was barely on to affect ratings . Terrible decision that I hope can be reversed by Shelley Altman and Jean Passante.

I think the person who said they used the OLTL actors for ratings touched on the right subject but their conclusion is wrong. The ratings never came with them. GH had a marginal increase when Cartini took over, it was for several reasons, curiosity and yes the OLTL crossovers. But within two months, April 2012, the GH total viewer number was at 2,250,000 viewers, lower than Guza and in Demos as well. The ratings floundered at between 2.3 and 2.4 million for months and only showed real increases when AJ returned, Duke was rescued and there were other vet returns for the 50th and Nurses Ball. The ratings plummeted again when the OLTL actors came back as new characters, along with Julian and Ava and only increased with Robin’s return.

I point this out, not to knock the actors or their fans, but to state a simple truth that exists and speaks to the current state of GH and Michael’s dismissal.
Actors do have fans that follow them, but they do not represent a large enough number to make a difference, and in the case of GH, there have been so many of them that core GH viewers have lost interest and tuned out.

It is extremely difficult for people to want to start watching a brand new show and have to invest the time, especially in a five day a week soap which also requires a lot of catching up to do with characters and history. It is a big investment and one that people don’t just make readily, and not for one actor who is part of a cast of 30-40 and on a couple of days a week for seven minutes at a time.

The experiment didn’t work and ME is now the first to go.

I agree a lot of what you are saying. And for those that did join GH, many did not like the storylines and left; no one group saved this show from being cancelled and no one writer did either. A lot of factors contributed to GH staying on as long as it has. And no, a lot of people do not have the time to get re-invested in another show and former GH fans who came back found the show too different than before. Either way, I found ME’s answers direct, to the point and he is not going to bash anyone. That’s not his style. I wish him the best.

I have been “off the grid” for a bit, so I’m just catching up on these threads, but I agree with you. A similar thing happened when Another World was cancelled. P&G own it and ATWT, so they had a couple characters from AW move to ATWT when AW was cancelled in hopes of luring former AW viewers to ATWT. It worked because I was one of them, but I found my beloved characters from AW were never written in the same way on their new home. Eventually those AW characters were written off ATWT– I continued to watch ATWT for a big afterward but it really was never “my soap” so I stopped. And as a fan of AW I would have prefer to remember those crossover characters as they were on AW then see ATWT destroy them. So I think the same thing happened here. As you said crossovers are an experiment that never worked– not back then or now.

Good Luck and everybody thanks he was jumping on RC at least he knows the guy’s name hello TG. I think he was trying to tell RC write a good story and quit arguing with viewers on Twitter as my Dad use to say not everybody is going to like or love what you do. He really had not had story for some time and he and MS had 0 chemistry sometimes it works sometimes it does not.

What a classy guy! One of a kind. No wonder he is a fan favorite. general Hospital made a huge mistake!

Michael’
” we’re big boys and girls, we signed on the dotted line, we were compensated and knew what we were getting into.”

ALL soap actors are apt to be let go at anytime, unless you are the core stars and yet they can be let go..
I’d bet 100’s of soap actors since the 70’s have been let go and many were fan favorites..

Michael’
” Someone’s always coming and going. It doesn’t have to make sense. It’s like “Logan’s Run”. It’s just my time.”

It really sucks it you was Michael, he is one of my favorites..

We will be seeing Michael again, sometime some other place..

RC does not have the power to fire anyone, he just needs to write them out when they are let go ..
I’m sure he did not like having to write Michael out, they go back a long way..
What can ya do. soap actors/characters come and go .. it just is sad when a personal favorite 🙁

0oohhh!

I luv luv luv Caleb Morley and John McBain ..!

Caleb and John! wow huh !

10. I don’t want to sound selfish but will you still be doing your event August 9th? Please don’t cancel. I’ve waited three years to meet you. – Kathleen

Michael’
I’ll be there. It’s for a good cause and I’ll bring a fine bottle of Irish Whiskey so we can have a proper wake for Silas and McBain.
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oohhh no a wake ! I do not like that but.. no wake for Caleb 🙂

How very gracious of him to respond personally… I wonder if
he will move back to New York, now that GH is a thing of the
past. Or stick around Los Angeles in hopes another role catches
his fancy?

His answers were heartfelt, direct, and to the point. He was very up front about thibgs. He was gracious as I have always known him to be. I sent questions that weren’t answered in this part. Hopefully they will be in Part Two.

doesnt appear that he is a fan of Ron’s either. Shocking!

Those disjointed questions and answers shed little on the current situation both with the talented Mr. Easton and the current state of GH. Get away from the mob – go back to the hospital. Please Mr. V! You made OLTL a masterpiece.

The mob is exciting, the hospital is blah..
not a lot that can happen in the hospital without shooting people to be sent there lol

Who is the 1st you want to die under Patricks hands for a very short story ..
Or- perhaps Laura can get a horrible disease and go into a coma ..
or Monica will have a heart attack, that is a hospital story too:)
I like the mob, a lot .. 🙂
if there is shoot out then the hospital will get busy aha!

Su…I agree with you on hospital business being “blah” if that’s all GH is about. I like some of the drama there when it’s tied into other stories, but not hospital stuff on it’s own. Sort of ironic since the show is called General Hospital. In fact I have never watched any of the doctor/hospital shows on night-time prime time. Ugh! for me. Don’t mind Sonny, etc and the mob. Just don’t want the writers to overdo these stories. Would like more of the Q’s, high finance conspiracies, the Cassidine’s…

sigh

Hi Rose..
You would like more of the Q’s, high finance conspiracies, the Cassidine’s…

RC did try for a ”high finance conspiracies” but there are no players
If RC did not bring in Dillon it would just be Tracy as Q’s,, and Michael that RC tryed to make a Quartermaine (he is reue Corinthos
And- he needed to turn Nikolis into a ‘true’ Cassidine to even have a real Cassidine on GH ..

there are 2 Q’s(Tracy n Dillon) and 2 Cassadine’s (Helena n Nikolis) 0hh and Spencer..on GH..

I wish you the best, Michael. I wish that one Life to Live had remained on t.v.; however, that wasn’t meant to be
Walk into whatever God has for you with eagerness!

michael easton is pure class, i’m sure they can bring him back hopefully as john mcbain down the line, or maybe the new writers can start by cleaning up the mess RC left and make it all a dream…

I caught myself thinking the tone of the responses from Michael could just as well have been from John McBain or Silas. And that the characters he played were in part an extension of himself. All three sound similar..polite…a little world-weary, like Bogart…no b.s…with more to the answer than they are willing to reveal. Just a feeling…

Michael’s firing was a bad decision and ones fans of Michael’s are trying to have reversed. If anyone is interested in helping us, please go to the Petition and sign to fight for Michael, a fan favorite and veteran ABC Daytime Actor.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/914/044/258/bring-back-michael-easton-to-general-hospital/

michael easton is such a classy individual – i read every question & answer on his facebook page……………some are saying it was boring but i don’t think so – i believe his answers were very appropriate plus he is not the type of person to give negative responses.
why would he bash tptb at gh??? he would be cutting his own throat because other head writers & producers would never consider hiring him.

There are petitions on the internet to bring back Michael Easton. The last time I checked, there were close to 3,000 signatures and that was just on “one” of the petitions. There are several out there. I am going to sign “ALL” of them.

JUST GOOGLE:

“BRING BACK MICHAEL EASTON PETITION”

Please take the time to sign. A lot of people like Michael and we want to see him back.

Hope ABC and PP make up soon. Then they could bring back Michael as John McBain. Heaven knows Port Charles needs all the savvy cops they can get.

What’s the latest word with ABC and PP. I hope they come to some sort of an agreement so we can have our character back.

They need to settle with Prospect Park and bring back John McBain.

Not a favorite character of mine,but as an actor and human being….pure class

Maybe the Prospect Park lawsuit has been resolved, and TPTB are planning to bring back Michael Easton as McBain. If they were going to make that switch, recasting one (Kiki), killing another (Silas) and possibly sending the third to jail (Franco) would be a good way to go about it. Imagine Franco going off to jail, devastating Nina. Then Todd comes back. Instant triangle between Nina (who is drawn to him) and his ex-almost paramour, Carly. Starr and McBain can follow when appropriate, which would cause trouble for Michael/Sabrina and Sam/Jason. Doubt it’s happening, but I sure hope that’s the plan.

Not bad!

Michael Easton is a class act on And off screen given the right material. I thought things were finally hearing up for his character and that was what I was looking forward to…sigh. I will miss ME!!!!!!!

The difference between this exit interview and Tony Geary’s is frightening. ME has my respect because he’s clearly a true professional. That being said, I didn’t enjoy his character on GH and wish him all the best in his next job.

Hate to see him go. I think this is a mistake.

This Q&A was just like the character “Silas”, BORING! Those of you who bitched about Tony Geary’s exit interview can go pound salt! At least Mr. Geary told it like it was and didnt beat around the bush!

Timm, Geary would hate me for suggesting the following, but would you say Tony Geary is the Donald Trump of daytime actors?

I like that Harry. Although, I am more inclined to belief Tony before The Donald!

This is a disaster. I agree with the person who said these people were just used to draw a crowd and now 1 by 1 they are leaving – – Will Roger be next? Well, I was always a GH watcher and also a OLTL fan so it was so great for me to have them show up on GH. We’ll miss you Silas and OMG that GREAT HAIR of yours.
Of all the people they could have gotten rid of (just sayin).

Thanks for the link. Read the whole q&a….very interesting. I will really miss Michael Easton on daytime. Wish him all the best.

I love part one of Michael Easton’s interview. He’s a classy guy and extremely talented. General Hospital made a huge mistake writing out Silas. Easton did a great job with both McBain and Silas and he deserved better writing. There should have been numerous hospital stories for Silas. Easton is a big talent in daytime and the decision makes no sense. GH should bring him back.

From how he answers fans question, he was not too happy with his character and in the actors world if you are not too happy you ask for your contact to break with a penalty or if the actor don’t agree with writers or producers will they give the actor their walking papers just like any Joe blow out in this wo rld we live & work in so it goes, Michael also sound like he has future plans for his self he be just fine with out GH it happen to the best of actors

Anna should come back, oust the corrupt Mayor. Anna becomes Mayor because Felicia realizes she’s too busy helping Mac run the Floating Rib to really do the Mayoral position justice. Jordan goes away on some Special Ops assignment. McBain comes in and runs the PCPD.

I enjoyed reading the full ques/answer on FB. It was nice of him to indulge the fans and answer as many questions as he could. He didn’t have to. As usual, I love how he expresses himself, well spoken, thoughtful and humble. A very stand up guy, talented actor. I think he accepted the writing on the wall b/c he’s been in the business for awhile and knows the nature of the beast. He rode a great wave on OLTL. I was hoping to find out if he’s open to other soaps in the future, but there’s other parts to the question/answer session, so hoping it’s a “yes”!
Had a chance to see the OLTL actors when the show was ending but got really sick. My friend saw him at Comic Con in NY and she asked him for a pic and he kindly obliged. Looking forward to reading more and hoping 1 of my favorite soap stars comes on my screen soon. Cheers Mr. Easton!!:)

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General Hospital to Air Encore Episode for Memorial Day

Coming up on Monday, May 27th, ABC’s General Hospital is the only daytime drama slated to air an encore presentation of a previously aired episode. The episode that is said to have originally aired on October 5, 2023.

The episode features the following storypoints: Spencer and Trina return from a private tour of the MET’s archives. They make love again and lament that this is their last day in New York. Trina thanks their hotel room before leaving with Spencer.

Cody, having kicked open the door, stops Montague from hurting Sasha. Dante arrives with Mac and other cops. Montague is placed under arrest and charged with attempted murder. Cody and Sasha leave Ferncliff together.

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Sonny confronts Gladys for her lies as Sam witnesses. Sonny accuses Gladys of using Mike, then Brando, then Sasha. After Sam goes, Sonny tells Gladys she’s leaving town and returning to Bridgeport. Sonny implies Gladys will die if she ever leaves Bridgeport. Sonny has Frank escort Gladys away without a single bag.

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Charlotte listens from a hiding spot as Val explains to Anna he bought this house after Anna’s place burned down so he, Charlotte, and Anna could live in it. Val kept it from Anna because he didn’t want to get her hopes up. Val explains Charlotte needs his attention, so Anna can’t move in yet. Charlotte thinks back to reading Victor’s letter that says she must defeat Anna.

So, are you looking forward to seeing this encore presentation of GH on Memorial Day? Let us know via the comment section below.

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GH’s Jophielle Love Releases Daytime Emmy-Nominated Song, ‘Shine’ on Major Music Streaming Platforms

It’s been a big week for General Hospital’s young star, Jophielle Love (Violet). First, viewers witnessed her character of Violet learning the news that her Grandpa Gregory (Gregory Harrison) had passed away in which she delivered a touching performance, and now she has released her very first single as a singer and a songwriter.

Love first performed the song entitled Shine during a December 2023 Christmas-related episode of GH. In it, Finn (Michael Easton) along with his family decorated the tree. It was then, Love as Violet, sang her original song, “Shine,” surrounded by her TV castmates.

In addition, the song is in the running at this year’s 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards for Best Original Song. Jophielle took to her Instagram account on the release of the track sharing that part of the proceeds from the single will go to Save The Children, an organization that strives to improve children’s lives.

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Love shared via the IG account run by her mom, “My first original song ‘Shine’ which I sang on General Hospital over Christmas is now available on all digital platforms ! Part of the proceeds are donated to ‘Save the Children’ who helps kids all over the world in the middle of horrible conflicts. We encourage you to donate as well, or … listen to, like and share this song and post! Let’s bring light to the world,… anything helps. More to come soon as Shone is heading to the Daytime Emmy’s, since nominated in the “Best Original Song” category”

Already beginning to aspire to be a young Taylor Swift (as in writing and singing at such a young age), Love’s second song, “True Love” debuted at Chase (Josh Swickard) and Brook Lynn’s (Amanda Setton) wedding when Violet sang it to the newlyweds and for all the enduring couples in attendance.

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Jophielle shared a little video of moments from the taping of Brook Lynn and Chase’s wedding accompanied by her tune, “True Love. You can see it below, and can stream and download “Shine via Spotify here or Apple music

What do you think of Jophielle’s single ‘Shine’? Comment below.

 

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Chase Confronts Finn On His Drinking After Gregory’s Death

The saga of the aftermath of Gregory Chase’s (Gregory Harrison) death continuesdon the Thursday May 23rd episode of General Hospital. At Finn’s (Michael Easton), Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) who knows he has lost his sobriety and has been drinking, attempts to tell the good doctor that she cares about him too much to let him throw away seven years sober.

Finn lashes out at Liz and tells her she doesn’t get to tell him when he is allowed to drink. Liz says she’s looking out for Violet (Jophielle Love) as he in turns looks out for her boys. Finn announces that Liz can stay here and make bracelets with Violet or leave. Next, he opens the door, and she walks out.

Immediately, Liz calls Chase (Josh Swickard) telling him to get over to Finn’s as his brother really needs him.  Meanwhile at the Q’s, Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) gives a tender hug to her dad, Ned (Wally Kurth) because she can’t bear the thought of losing him.

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Now back at Finn’s, he takes another drink and Violet emerges with the friendship bracelet and inquires where did Aunt Elizabeth go? Finn covers for the situation and says Liz got called back to the hospital, but she can show the bracelet she made to her later.

Just then, Chase and Brook Lynn finally show up. Surveying the situation, Brook Lynn can see that Finn has been drinking. She takes Violet for a walk so the two brothers can be alone.

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Chase wants to know what happened, “step by step.” He shoots a look at the bottle of booze and says to Finn, “I mean everything that happened.” Finn tells him that Violet was at school and he came upon their father, dead in his bed.  At the point, Finn also admits he had a drink, maybe more than one, although it’s been such an emotional day he is not sure how many he has had. In addition, Finn did not cop to taking a sip of champagne at his brother’s wedding reception, which started this downfall.

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Now the question becomes, what will Finn ask Chase to do? Cover for him? Help him to a meeting? Will he get rid of his brother quickly so he can continue his downward spiral? Weigh-in and share your theory via the comment section below.

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