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REPORT: Nicholas Chavez Not Returning to General Hospital

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For those who were holding out hope that Daytime Emmy winner and fan favorite, Nicholas Chavez would be returning to General Hospital after filming his leading role in Ryan Murphy’s Monsters anthology, it looks like those hopes have been dashed.

According to a report from TV Line, although unconfirmed from General Hospital or a representative for Chavez, the actor will not reprise his role as Spencer Cassadine on the long-running ABC soap opera and continue the love story of Sprina opposite Tabyana Ali (Trina, GH).

Chavez was cast as Lyle Menendez over the the summer of 2023 for the second season of Murphy’s limited Monsters series on Netflix. In the upcoming season, the series will focus on the the case of Lyle and Erik Menendez, the two well-to-do Beverly Hills brothers accused of murdering their parents in 1989.

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After word from Chavez casting was revealed, GH fans were concerned over the fate of the Sprina story, a spokesperson for GH shared,  “We support Nicholas’ endeavors and look forward to having him return to General Hospital once this project is wrapped.”

In story, the series “killed off” Spencer when he went overboard with Esme to the steely waters below after being injected with a drug, thanks to Esme and falling into the Seine River in France. However, his body was never recovered, and believed to have drowned or washed away. Thus, leaving an opening for Spencer to return in the form of Chavez or be recast down the line.

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TV Line shared that ‘multiple sources’ are confirming that Chavez is not returning to the ABC soap opera, which is what many had suspected might be the case once he left for this major starring role in a Ryan Murphy project. Chavez has been relatively quiet on social media for months.

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The Michael Fairman Channel spoke with Nicholas Chavez for a virtual interview when he first joined the show in 2021, and spoke to him right after when he won the Daytime Emmy in 2022 – you can see those below.

No word yet on when Monsters: The Lyle and Erik Menéndez Story will debut on Netflix, but it is assumed later this year.

So, what do you think about the news of Nicholas Chavez not returning to his role as Spencer Cassadine on General Hospital? Comment below.

 

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Let’s wish Chavez well, congratulate him on his burgeoning career and thank him for making a memorable impact on GH.

Spencer will eventually be recast, but not likely until sometime after Genie returns from her annual summer break. The pressure is on Teschner to find another dynamic young star.

I’m not sure why anyone would thank an actor, as if they were doing us a favor. They make a great living doing what they love. If not for viewers many of them wouldn’t go on to other projects. The more popular an actor, the more opportunities he or she has for more work. They should thank us. lol

Can’t both the actor and the viewers be grateful? Yes, it’s show business (with an emphasis on the business) but talent/skill is involved and Chavez contributed some bright spots in a challenging period for GH.

Agree to disagree. Actors aren’t doing any of us favors. If I like the actor’s work I ‘thank” him or her by watching other things they’re in. Mutually beneficial “relationship.”

I’m speculating here, but my guess is that he and Ryan Murphy got along well enough that Murphy asked him to do his next project. Because that’s how Murphy does things. Just ask all the people who did multiple seasons of “American Horror Story”. Ironically enough, the original Spencer, Nicholas Bechtel, did a season on that show. Now that he doesn’t look like a little kid anymore, maybe it’s time for him to come back to Port Charles? The character is too important to the canvas to leave “dead” (and without a body, so you know he ain’t really dead)

That’s a great idea. I would love to see Nicholas Bechtel return to the role he created. It would most likely change the dynamic of the character in terms of Sprina, so some fans won’t be happy.

Nicolas Bechtel is still too young looking to play the character that Spencer has become. I don’t see him being a fit. There are plenty of 20 something actors out there. Mark Teschner is known as one the best casting directors in the business, he’ll find someone.

Nicholas Bechtel claims to be 6’1″ now. Last time we saw him he wasn’t anywhere near that unless he shot up suddenly. But in all honesty, he’d be 20 if he came back; only about a year or two younger than Tabyana and she looks very young too. Nicholas Chavez looked more mature than any of them; by the time he came back (if he did or does) he’ll be 25 in real life.

I am not a bit surprised and I am happy for him. He will go far. We will see him on primetime for many years to come. He did a great job as Spencer. It may be quite some time before they recast.

I’m not surprise at all, As to why GH allowed him to take outside work on a newbie w/ a 4 year contract and then let him get out of that contract early baffles me, If you look at his IG account he barely shows pictures or promotes GH, yet he’s already promoting his work on this new series, so it was clear he was gonna leave first chance he got.

He seemed to have always had one foot out the door on GH. He didn’t seem to participate in a lot of things with castmates etc. Maybe a bit of ego may have developed…

Or maybe he has his own friends outside of the show. Not everyone wants to socialize with the people they work with. Nothing wrong with that, and isn’t necessarily a sign of ego. Can be just a desire to keep one’s personal life and work life separate.

I doubt many of these people socialize out of work. I think their or GH publicists arrange outside photo shoots or a staged day. That’s not to say some haven’t formed friendships, but I think it’s much less than many think. As for social media, sometimes they give each other a nod or back each other up on their threads, but it’s for the show. Keeps viewers engaged. Cynical view but true.

Lots of talented actors leave soaps and their careers sputter, ask the guy who played Morgan

I think you should look up Bryan Craig who played Morgan. He’s been working steadily since leaving GH in both TV film and series, and has been a series regular on several prime time shows.

Bryan has stated that he would be open to a GH return, so he can’t be that busy

Well it’s true that his prime time gig “Good Trouble” just ended. Now would actually be the perfect time for Morgan to return, considering he and his father share the same mental illness, and Morgan only knows all too well what can happen when somebody messes with your medication.

Ava knows, but she’s not saying. Jason suspects, but he doesn’t have any proof. Morgan would know from experience, so he would definitely say something. He would probably also be quick to point the finger at Ava, since she did that to him, of course. Ava would then have to tell Morgan what she knew about the pills to avoid facing the wrath of Sonny.

Applause. Michael—Agreed.

What I don’t understand is why soaps release popular actors from their contracts instead of simply modifying them.

There may be something I don’t understand, but when an actor needs a soap to, effectively, “do them a favor” and let them out of their contract to do a movie or TV show, it strikes me that it’s a win-win for all concerned for the soap to agree to modify the contract so they can go off and do the film/show, with the actor agreeing to return and finish out their contract once they are done.

It’s a win-win for all because the actor wouldn’t be able to do the film or show at all if the soap didn’t let them out AND the soap can benefit from the free advertising and new fans the actor will get when the film/show comes out.

Unless I’m missing something huge, the actor and their agent wouldn’t really say “no” to a modified contract honoring the remainder of their contract after the film/show because if they did refuse, they’ll have to do it anyway—and never get to do the film (remember when Brad Bell wouldn’t let Jacob Young out of his contract to the Stallone movie? He had to continue playing Rick, as his contract required).

I remember when an NBA prospect (Patrick Ewing?) was at the Naval Academy and instead of the Navy forcing him to serve his contracted years and lose his shot in the NBA, they found a creative solution: he served in the Reserves in uniform when he wasn’t playing, and as an alumni ambassador and celebrity recruitment spokesman. It was a creative solution that allowed everyone to benefit and reinforced the importance of people doing what they promised, fulfilling the obligations they signed on for (not just when it’s convenient).

I am confused as well. Soap contracts are pretty iron clad and a lot a actors miss out on opportunities. They usually do not renew their contracts. All the best to him and to GH.

We might be looking at larger relationships here. Ryan Murphy might have made the request to Disney corporate. As they may want to do business with him down the road, perhaps they granted the release.

Aldo, the project was announced before the strikes. – which went a lot longer that anticipated. That meant there were fewer months remaining on Chavez’s contract, combined with the switch in head writers made Chavez’s return more challenging than a release.

Welcome back, you are very much missed!!

A very talented actor. I wish him the best and know he will go far in his career.

I am sad that he will not be returning to the show but best of luck to him in his other endeavors.

Well I wish him good luck I hope he has a great and wonderful future he will surly be missed he was a wonderful actor

Good for Nick. He is a hell of a talent and I never expected him to stay that long on GH. Since Genie is on her summer break, the show has a couple months to really look for the right father and son tandem of Nickolas and Spencer. I would bring in actors in pairs and test them, not only on their ability to handle the role but look for chemistry between the two new actors they hire to fill those roles. They struck gold with  Nicholas Chavez as Spenser but have yet to replace the late Tyler Christopher, who was excellent in the role of Nicholas Cassidine.

RUN FORREST, RUN! This is the smartest thing he could do.

If it’s not confirmed I’m not sure why anyone’s reporting it as if it is.

Deadline is reporting it – they don’t report rumors.

Exactly! Different sites are reporting it, but have yet to hear from “GH”, or Nicholas or his rep. Why not confirm or deny? GH loyal fans deserve to know, a few weeks ago, there were rumors that Cameron Mathison was leaving to host a new game show, he was quick to let the fans that he wasn’t & that the episodes were filmed last year. I guess everyone treats their fans, differently!

It’s not on GH, as a matter of policy they do not comment on contracts unless the performer has done so already.

No surprise there! Knew he would not return. The new head writers have their work cut out for them. Good Luck.

Yes, gold was struck in my opinion with Nicolas and the pairing with Taby. Certainly, GH would insist that this storyline continues at least from the Paris ending to a reunion. You know it will not be the same if he does not return. Actors have multiple jobs that is what having a good agent and manager to make it happen for a win, win for all. Check the ratings GH being the longest running Soap value and reward your hot actors and fan base.

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The brother of Johnny Wactor (ex-Brando Corbin) has come forward with some new information on the act of violence that took the life of the General Hospital favorite on Saturday May 25th in the wee hours of the morning in downtown Los Angeles.

As valiant as man as Johnny was to all those who know and loved him, he was through and through that man till the very end. According to Grant Wactor, Johnny actually shielded a female co-worker at the time of the crime before he was fatally shot.  Three men were trying to steal Wactor’s catalytic converter from his vehicle, one of which fired the shot that killed the former GH star.

According to a new report from the Daily Mail, Wactor was leaving his side job as a bartender at a downtown LA rooftop bar with a female colleague at around 3:25am when he saw the three men near his vehicle at West Pico Boulevard and South Hope Street.

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Believing he was being towed, he approached the men to try to discuss it. One of the men then looked up and pointed a gun at Wactor, who put his body in front of his female co-worker as he was shot. Police say, the three men were all wearing masks, and then fled the scene in another car.  The suspects currently remain at-large.

Grant commented on his brother’s last act of bravery, “We’re Southern, born and raised, and we would never let a female walk to their car by herself.” He added that Johnny, “Thought his truck was being towed. So he said something to the guys, like, ‘Hey, are you towing?’ And then once he turned around, he saw what was happening and he put his coworker behind him. And that’s when they shot him.

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Sadly, Grant revealed, Johnny was shot in the chest, and that Johnny and his co-worker had to park about two blocks from the restaurant, so they were walking to their cars after they finished their shift when the incident unfolded.

Grant shared that he hopes justice will be served and the men are caught, “I hope they are able to track the people who did this. I am glad in a way that this is getting the publicity so that it could shed some light that things need to change, or find ways so that no one else has to experience this – whether it be a murder or being at the wrong place at the wrong time.”

In what has already been horrific that we lost Johnny to a senseless act of gun violence over an attempted theft, learning that the actor died right after protecting somebody else, only reinforces the kind of man Wactor was to all those who knew and loved him. Share your thoughts on the latest details on Johnny’s death via the comment section below.

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‘General Hospital’ Favorite Johnny Wactor Dead at 37

Former General Hospital cast member, Johnny Wactor (ex-Brando Corbin), has died. Wactor’s mother, Scarlett confirmed to TMZ, that her son passed away early Saturday morning on May 25th. He was 37-years-old.

The details surrounding Johnny’s death are harrowing. He was reportedly shot and killed in downtown Los Angeles after three unidentified suspects were allegedly seen trying to steal a catalytic converter from his car,” shared Scarlett. She was also told Johnny didn’t try to fight or stop them. However, the men shot him anyway before taking off and fleeing the scene of the crime.

According to police reports, the paramedics rushed to the scene just after 3 AM PT, but Wactor died on his way to the hospital. At this time, police have not shared the description of the three suspects, but Johnny’s mother, is hoping they will be found soon.

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Wactor made his GH debut in 2020 as Brando and was the son of Gladys Corbin (Bonnie Burroughs). Brando fell in love with Sasha Gilmore ( got married and then the couple lost their premature son, Liam, which tore them both apart. In 2022, Brando was killed by the serial killer, The Hook, which turned to be Heather Webber (Alley Mills).

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One of Johnny’s first acting credits was in 2007 on Lifetime’s Army Wives. He later starred as Johnny in NBC’s Siberia, a supernatural drama filmed in the reality competition series vein. He also had several dramatic guest-starring roles in series such as: Criminal Minds, NCIS, Station 19 and more. As well, on the film side, Wactor had a featured role in 2016’s USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage, a World War II drama starring Nicolas Cage and Tom Sizemore. More recently (in 2024), he starred as Marcus in Dead Talk Tales: Volume I.  Wactor was also seen in several national commercials.

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Johnny is survived by his mother and younger brothers, Grant and Lance.

Share your thoughts and condolences for Johnny’s family, and please share your heartfelt remembrances of Johnny, who tragically is now gone too soon, via the comment section below.  Michael Fairman TV will continue to update this developing story.

 

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This marks the third Daytime Emmys in a row that the ‘ET’ combo has hosted the festivities, having done son in 2022 and 2023.

In addition, Frazier and Turner are also nominated this year for Daytime Emmys in the Outstanding Daytime Personality- Daily category. That is in addition to ‘ET’ being in the running for Outstanding Entertainment News series.

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Frazier has been co-host with Entertainment Tonight since September 2014. Previously, he was co-host and managing editor of The Insider and a correspondent and weekend host of ‘ET.’

As for Turner she has been the co-host of ‘ET’ since 2021. Nischelle first joined the entertainment news program as a correspondent back in 2014. Turner is an award-winning journalist with ‘ET’, and often lends her voice to entertainment and political news shows, along with joining their coverage on the Grammys, Golden Globes and Oscars. She was previously was an entertainment contributor for CNN.

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This year marks the 18th time CBS has broadcast the Daytime Emmy Awards, more than any other network. The show will broadcast live from the Westin Bonaventure in downtown Los Angeles.

So, what do you think about Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner returning as the hosts of the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards? Comment below.

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