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Réal Andrews Shares Heartfelt Goodbye to General Hospital

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If you caught Monday’s March 2nd episode of ABC’s General Hospital you know by now that Taggert met his maker, thus ending the return of longtime GH favorite, Réal Andrews.

Andrews had not been seen on the Port Charles canvas since 2003 and returned recently for an arc of episodes in 2020 . Through his storyline, viewers learned that Trina (Sydney Mikayla) is Taggert’s daughter.

In a touching post on his Instagram, Andrews shared his thanks to everyone involved for bringing him back to the soap and more.

Andrews shared: “RIP Taggert. Thanks everyone for all your support I appreciate you all it was a great run and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity. Although I appreciate your support more than you know I am great Gods got me. It’s Diamond I am worried about when she heard the news about her Daddy being dead she went into a depression so pray for her please.  It has been a honor and privilege working with Maurice, Steve, Sidney, Brianna, Donnell, Rebecca, Roger, Max and Genie . Thank you to Frank , the Producers and Writers for the opportunity. Thanks to Mark Teschner for always believing in me and thanks to all the crew and Staff for making my stay and amazing one.  God Bless, Réal”

So, sad to see the character of Marcus killed-off? Comment below.

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Doesnt really mean the character is actually dead…not anymore!! and hey…im the real Jimh-lol oh and Willow is going to make a play for Micheal!!!

We just got him back! Dang. Was hoping it was a fake death to go undercover… GH, you teased us and let us down.

I believe that it is fake ; there’s a plan in place by someone.

I wasnt watching gh when Taggert was on before, so to me his return was just another new character I wasnt interested in. For me the highlight of Monday’s episode was Laura confronting Cyrus at Pentonville. Genie Francis is a treasure and I give the current writers credit for giving her material in which she can shine.

Davy…Agree about Laura confronting Cyrus. Classic Genie and she shows why no one does it better.

So agree, Rose.

Davy…P.S…l’m also enjoying seeing Genie’s husband, Jonathan Frakes, on the great new show, “Picard, playing Will Riker again to Patrick Stewart’s Jean-Luc.

Certainly was. Genie brings it! She surely IS a treasure.

I AGREE IT WAS SO SAD TO SEE TAGGERT KILLED OFF IT WAS REALLY NICE HAVING HIM BACK ON GH I THOUGHT IT WOULD HAVE LASTED LONGER

And the point to bringing him back for such a VERY short stay was? Sorry, but he was a big part of the canvas way back and I expected him to be around alot longer than he was. Oh, well.

Jordan the Commissioner –
I’d rather she died than Taggert..
Target as the Commissioner would Rock!

Their roles should have been reversed.
Taggert would have been a supreme Commissioner.
Taggert has fire while Jorden has ummm nothing much.

I’ve never cared for the Jordan character, nope= Dullard.

Awwww dang, another good one gone 🙁

But, Su, did Taggert REALLY die? And I want you to think on this one, please:
Laura and Curtis have killer chemistry and they could team to bring the evil one to his knees–and have a merry time doing it. Let Genie Francis release her inner Laura–as in days of old–and she and Curtis could go on a great adventure–even a “road trip.” Remind you of any classic GH couple/story line?
Team those two up and watch the ratings soar. Are you with me, Su? 🙂

It was a very sweet and touching way for him to leave… knowing that he was going to die he asked his daughter to leave the Room on a sweet errand. The only thing I didn’t believe was that through all of the commotion her mother was never notified until the very end… and then she couldn’t be reached?
I’m sorry Trina seems to be the type of young lady that has a good upbringing which means a mom that is present. Not having another parent around when this is happening to her biological father is just “way” unbelievable. I was very disappointed.

I believe that there was a reason behind Taggart sending Trina out of the room ; more than likely , so that he could take a pill that faked his death.

So sorry to see him leave. Loved his relationship with his daughter. Actually loved his interactions with everyone, including Sonny, and his last request to take care of his daughter, but was not surprised at his answer, big, bad crime boss that he is, according to a lot of people, while men like Julian, and Valentin get admiration galore. Go figure!

Yes, Violet–you said it!

Nancy dillingham
Thanks Nancy. I agree with the others that think they faked his death, and that was the main reason they sent Trinna out of the room, so as not to see him ”die”.
We’ll see, huh?

Yes, Violet, we shall indeed see!

gonna miss you

Bring back Marcus taggert..plZ
It added new life to port Charles..
so sad to see him go..

I don’t get this at all. Why would they bring Taggert back after all these years, give him a daughter in Trina, only to turn around and kill off the character? Makes absolutely no sense. There was so much potential story there to tell. GH has been very good lately, in my opinion. But they dropped the ball on this one. Real is such a classy guy. I follow him on Twitter and Instagram, and you could see how much he enjoyed being back, he was always posting pictures with various castmates and promoting the show. This is very disappointing.

Maybe he is going undercover to help Sammy & Jordan. He may re-emerge later.

Hey Cheryl, one can only hope! It certainly wouldn’t be the first time someone on GH faked their death. I did consider that and I hope that’s the case. If Taggert isn’t really dead, Real and his castmates are doing a really good job selling that he is dead on social media, lol. We shall see.

I think so.

Even though Andrews was part of a story I don’t like, must admit Taggert was growing on me. Sorry they killed him off.

I thought maybe it is a hoax death but this sounds real. My question is why bring him back then kill him off so quickly?? Why start the idea of a team up with Sonny then end it??

Let’s put it this way….

I haven’t seen Taggert running around Hell. And while I doubt he would make it upstairs, the folks up there who still take my calls tell me he’s not in Heaven either. So when you don’t actually SEE somebody die in Port Charles, you could safely bet your soul that it wasn’t real.

And why not? Who would be better to investigate Cyrus the Virus than somebody he’s no longer worrying about, because he’s supposedly dead.

The only question is who Taggert actually let in on his plan before he faked his death. Doubt he would trust Sonny & Jason, given their less than stellar history. Jordan and/or Curtis more than likely. Hopefully they’ll tell his kid. No reason to make her suffer.

Satan…Well said, even coming from the other side of paradise. :))

Satan, I like your style (writing style)! Entertaining! 🙂

You and I agree on something , Satan. I don’t want his daughter to suffer either.

I have a theory, Jimh, though I admit to not having given it too much thought. Maybe they were desperate to make us invested in another Sonny mob yarn, so they kill someone in order to give us an emotional stake in the outcome? It’s not working for me. Call me hard to please.

He was the main needed piece/character in the
mob war..
he was disposal to create the story- he is dead..
he served his purpose.

Yeah… he’s every bit as dead as Jughead on Riverdale.

Not yet, Su. Hello there!

Nancy, how you be?? 🙂
yes, Taggert is dead..
And before he could enjoy his
malted milk balls / whatever..
and–
the writers would never inflect great sorrow/pain
on a child.
and- Jorden would be in on it if faked
but it’s obvious she wasn’t..
((Taggert would have been a great commissioner
100 times better than Jorden 🙁
and-
Lucifer on netflix is Awesome!!
waiting for the next episodes.

“Before he could enjoy his malted milk balls.” You are a real riot, Su. So much fun! But didn’t you think it was a bit of black humor that the daughter (how about those snake eyes of hers?) laid the malted milk balls on his body? Just seemed a bit to weird for me! Methinks they might just be putting us on!

While the GH canvas is crowded, I would’ve been happy to see him stay a bit longer. Who knows, this could all be a rouse to bring down Cyrus and he’s really alive.

TVJeff…who knows, maybe it really is a rouse and rumours of his death are greatly exaggerated. It’s a soap, it happens. :))

Taggert isnt dead. He is going undercover. One day he and Trina will be reunited. Its one of GH’s legendary moves, kill someone off, play out the loss and then the loved one emerges from the ashes!

Timmm…that’s what I’m hoping.

Yeah!

i said that somewhere too…but i think Curtis is her father!!!

Gone Much to soon! What a gift though watching him again!

I CANNOT COMMENT, because I DO NOT want Secret Service knocking on my door…

I thought he might be faking his death to say his daughter from being in danger. Say that’s what happened.

We love Taggert, so much more storyline with Trina , resurrect him.

I’m puzzled as to why Trina’s mom dislikes Ava or feels uneasy around her ; however , feels comfortable with the mobster’s wife and associates. Who’s writing these stories?

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GH’s Dominic Zamprogna Opens Up on Concerns that Dante Was A-Goner: “There’s Any Number of Ways Comas Can Go”

When Detective Dante Falconeri was shot by a Pikeman henchman, and Jason (Steve Burton) was revealed alive and well, it put actor Dominic Zamprogna in a coma, and a bad one in soap terms, at that. For awhile there, it was touch and go for Dante.

The good news is Dante pulled through and is now back to his old self, and just in time for Dominic Zamprogna’s 15th anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series, which is June 22nd.

Dominic spoke to Soap Opera Digest on his milestone, and reflected back on the fan response from earlier this year when it may have appeared he was exiting the show for a second time.

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Zamprogna shared, “It’s nice to hear you say that people were worried about me – when I went into Frank’s (Valentini, EP, GH) office and he told me I was going into a coma, I started to worry about me (laughs)!”

From working on GH for a decade and a half now, Zamprogna has seen his fair share of comas, and in fact, his then on-screen wife, Lulu Spencer Falconeri was written off the show having never awakened from her coma.

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“There’s any number of ways comas can go,” said the popular GH star. “People joke, ‘Oh, you’ve got easy work.’ And it’s like, ‘Yeah, as long as it’s an on-screen coma! I don’t want to be in an off-screen coma, because then I’m not on the show!” But honestly, that means the world because we all care what people think about us, you know? And if people are happy to have me around, it feels good, obviously. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t.”

So, are you glad that Dante is still alive and kicking? Did you think the show might write-off Dante after he was shot a few months back? Is it time, as Dominic head towards his 20th anniversary with the soap opera, for the powers-that-be to bring Lulu out of her coma? Should Dante and Sam (Kelly Monaco) eventually tie the knot? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Mac Comes Home

You probably needed the hankies during today’s Wednesday, June 19th episode of General Hospital, for it marked the return of fan favorite John J. York to his role as Mac Scorpio.

This was to be York’s first episode back on-screen since he underwent treatment for two blood cancers and revealed his health diagnosis and battle publicly back in September of 2023.

The scenes involving Mac gave viewers all the feels, and it looked as if reality and the soap blurred, especially in York’s scenes with his on-screen children, Maxie (who Max raised) and grandchildren, Georgie, James, and Bailey Louise, and wife, Felicia (Kristina Wagner).

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Since Mac was out of town supposedly down in South America helping a ‘friend’, some things have changed, including Spinelli (Bradford Anderson). having moved in with Maxie and the kids, to which Mac does not disapprove.

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In the meantime, Cody (Josh Kelly) is a man in conflict when he has second thoughts about not telling Mac he is his biological son.  When James shows up Maxie’s with Cody in tow, he lays his eyes upon the just-arrived-back-in-town Mac. The two share pleasant “hellos.” Later, back at the Quartermaine stables, Cody tells Tracy (Jane Elliot) the long and winding road story of not knowing who is father was for most of his life. Cody shares he finally found his father in Port Charles, but his father doesn’t know he has a son. Tracy thinks Cody now has a chance to re-set some things and should come clean.

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Meanwhile, Felicia keeps getting calls from Maxie while she is work at General Hospital and does not pick up. So, Felicia is unaware that her husband is back. Eventually, Felicia arrives at Maxie’s and is in for a big surprise when Mac appears and the two hug and share a kiss.

After the episode aired, and seeing the reaction from GH fans, John J. York took to his account on X. York expressed, “WOW!!! I’m just so humbled by your warm, kind and gracious words as Mac returned to PC! Your support has been monumental! I have a feeling, things are about to get interesting!”

So, what did you think about Mac’s homecoming on GH? Were you touched just seeing John J. York back in action on the ABC soap opera? Comment below.

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General Hospital’s Jophielle Love Talks On Violet’s Emotional Scenes with Finn, the Loss of Gregory, and Taylor Swift

During General Hospital’s recent episodes surrounding the death of Gregory Chase (Gregory Harrison), who succumbed to complications from ALS, many in the cast delivered touching performances; including Jophielle Love (Violet).

In story, Violet learns of her grandfather’s passing when she comes home from school and her father, Finn (Michael Easton) sits her down to explain that Gregory passed away in the middle of the night. Violet’s reaction was one of devastation and tears.

Michael Fairman TV caught with Jophielle on the red carpet at the recent 51st annual Daytime Creative Arts and Lifestyle Emmy Award ceremonies, where she was a nominee for Best Original Song for the song she co-wrote, “Shine.” The track was first heard back on a December 2023 episode of the ABC daytime drama series and is currently available on Spotify and other music streaming platforms.

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When talking about the departure of Gregory Harrison, and Violet’s reaction to her grandpa’s passing, Love shared, “Well, I was very tired from the taping of the three-day wedding, so I already had the tears in me. I knew that I was always going to see him (Gregory Harrison) in real life, but I was also very, very sad he was leaving the show. He was such a delight to work with.”

When Violet saw how difficult it was for her on-screen dad, Finn, to cope with with the death of Gregory, Love shared, “It’s hard for Violet, but Michael and I, we still see each other and he’s always happy (in real life). But, those scenes were hard. I was comforting him.”

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Receiving her first Daytime Emmy nomination as songwriter was a thrill for Jophielle: “Well first of all, I was jumping up and down and Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) came and told me while I was on set. I was just so excited.”

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Since pop superstar, Taylor Swift, started at a very young age as a singer and a songwriter, does Love see herself as a mini-Taylor? Jophielle emphatically stated, “I’m a mini Me“.  As to what she thinks of the record-setting Swift’s music, and if she likes her work. Love shared, “Yeah, yeah … so, so…”

What did you think of Jophielle’s performance during the passing of Gregory? And her comments here on Gregory Harrison, Michael Easton and Taylor Swift? Comment below.

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