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Rebecca Budig Exiting General Hospital!

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Rumors had been swirling that Rebecca Budig was on her way out at General Hospital.  This morning,Soap Opera Digest has reported that Budig was let go from her role of Hayden Barnes.

Budig, who has signed a four-year contract with the ABC daytime drama series, and previously became soap-famous for her roles on Guiding Light and All My Children is reportedly wrapping her final scenes on the series this week, before the show’s July 4th hiatus.

According to sources, Rebecca was informed of the show’s decision to write her out a month ago.  As well, that Budig’s departure has all to do with a storyline-dictated decision and nothing else.

Currently in story, Budig is pregnant with Finn’s (Michael Easton) baby.  What does this mean for how the relationship will end, or not, for Finn and Hayden? Stay tuned.

So, what do you think about GH’s decision to let-go of Rebecca Budig? Comment below!

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Michael S
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Michael S

Seems like such a waste if they end up killing off her character. The writers made the effort to tie Hayden to an established family so why kill her off? At the very least let Hayden, Finn and baby exit together.

su0000
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su0000

It is the writers at fault. Both Michael and Rebecca are great actors. It is the lackluster stories they have been given, Toenail clippings are more exciting and intriguing than Finn and Hayden and that is solely on the writers. There is not one GH couple that has been interesting, exciting, or even enticing and that is on the writers. GH couples a dull, they are stale. Not one couple has had an adventure. The couples do nothing but have boring conversations and an occasional rollover in bed and even that is lackluster. didn’t couples use to save each other… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

“Toenaill clippings,” eh? Hey, I DID have an exciting time clipping said toenails before attending church Sunday! Bunches of fun! 🙂 🙂

Chrissy
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Chrissy

Why? I love Hayden. New writers??

Patrick
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Patrick

“…couples do nothing but have boring conversations and an occasional rollover ” made my day the writers are in fact the culprit and to their own detriment… spiral Hayden… was clearly forced.. and GH history was even rewritten, for she had two of the best chances and it was smoldering and fun which would have brought her that much more in to the fold… had they not mucked up 1. Nicholas… was all smolder. in this time frame… thee best leading man. He ignited once again a new passion… he had it with Britta and then with Hayden… till TPTB… Read more »

dmr
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dmr

su0000, I absolutely agree with you, on what you said about there being no super couples to root for. I have said this in other posts. There is no Luke and Laura, Sonny and Brenda (90’s version), Frisco and Felicia, etc. to rush home to watch and root for. I don’t consider Sonny and Carly a super couple. Not sure I ever have (just my opinion). There is no build-up, no formation of a couple, no friendship, no courtship-nothing to be excited about.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Suooo, right again. All the couples are bores. But I can’t help wondering if cutting Rebecca is to make more money available to throw at Steve Burton who, according to Soap Central, is returning to GH. I don’t get it. Whenever Burton gets bored or wants time off, they/he spin these cockamamie tales to cover for him until he decides to grace us with his (limited) talents again. If they oust Billy Miller to make way for this guy’s return, that’s the end for me. Period. Why not get Greg Rikaart instead? Someone who appreciates his job and doesn’t just… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

I agree!

Timmm
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Timmm

Kill em off and give Nina the baby!

Jenny
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Jenny

This should be a lesson learned in HOW NOT TO BRING ON A SOAP CHARACTER. This goes way back to 2014 from the conception. First of all, Frank Valentini is WAY into “name” actors. So…he probably, gushingly happy, called Ron and said “We got Budig! Write a part for her'” From there, Ron wrote one of the most pointless characters and stories ever witnessed on daytime…that of Hayden pretending to be Jake’s wife from a neighboring suburb. So…what…they had no friends…no neighbors…no house…no one or NOTHING to back uo her claim? Then she got involved with a legacy character who… Read more »

Patricio
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Patricio

Great post Jenn! You’re are 100% correct and what a memory! I forgot all those lousy stories they tried to shoehorn her in! Green Leigh Smyth and Leo DuPre were the bomb.

Max Daddee
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Max Daddee

Really disappointed at this turn of events. She’s good with Michael Easton, has had a good storyline with him. But, it’s been about love and relationships, Finn’s substance abuse – things people can relate to. Their storyline’s been a nice break from the focus on violence with Sonny and his tribe. Rebecca transitioned her character from unlikeable to likeable, was developing a relationship with sister Liz…again, very disappointed to see her go.

Michele
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Michele

it sucks! why have her pregnant in the show tban write her out! Im sad for finn! will miss her

Sandy
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Sandy

Not a smart move letting her go as she is a talented actress. I do feel she was not given an exciting or memorable role to play. That’s on the writers and execs. A shame.

Ces
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Ces

No disrespect to the lovely Rebecca Budig, but this storyline has NOT worked from the get goj; starting with Nicholas and ending with this boring Finn story. This is a case of a character being shoved down our throats and it is wasted airtime. I’m not sure what will become of Michael Easton, but this story really is not working. When they are on, that’s usually when I multitask.
Best to Rebecca.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Hayden was always a forced-on-the-viewer character and it made it difficult to accept her…rumor is Easten’s days are numbered and will return later as John Mcbain…also Roger will be dropped and return as Todd manning…ok, there is no rumor i read…i just wanted to start one-lol

dante williams
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dante williams

I love and support your rumor and hope it’s actually true and we just aren’t made aware of it yet. They could totally do what you have proposed and I would be ecstatic. I would gladly trade in waste of time non-legacy Finn and a character that no one wanted, needed or even asked to return with a different actor like Franco for Mcbain and Todd. Those are characters that will go down in history as strong characters that many still love and care about to this day, because they belonged on the shows they were on, and didn’t have… Read more »

MB
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MB

GH is bringing back Steve Burton. This signals that ABC is stepping in and trying to return GH to be GH, with GH actors. This is what could bring back GH fans. That also suggests they’re finally getting that Frank’s agenda of tons of new actors from other soaps does not work.Their fan bases are myths. They may exist on a show that they originated a character on but it doesn’t translate to them coming to a new soap with them. If this is the case, ABC isn’t going to flood GH with characters from OLTL. However many OLTL fans… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Agree with you and Sandy, Ces. A real shame!!!! “When will they ever learn!!”
I thought with a baby on the way, the Finn-Hayden love story would flourish.
I must admit that I really did not feel that all-out-mad, passion with this couple. Nik and Haydrn had it going.
Needless to say; that soured with the ridiculous twists and turns Hayden’s character took.
Same could be said for Nikolas.

Good luck, Rebecca!! Love you.

Ces
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Ces

Probably because Tyler Christopher can just look at some one and there would be passion. Without him though her character was always just meh…
I like Easton but I don’t have a problem with him leaving if that’s where they want to go with it.

Tammy Washington
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Tammy Washington

Total agreement.

Steph
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Steph

Agree with Ces completely. Great actress but continual propping!

Jessie
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Jessie

Seriously, first as Jake Doe’s wife, then with Nikolas then with Finn and both propped by Tracy and then let’s make her a Webber as well. Last scene at the Q’s. More propping! And yes while I enjoy Michael Easton , Fayden’s chemistry was ok. Nothing extraordinary. I won’t get into that subject now….

dmr
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dmr

I completely agree with you, Ces. The character was highly unlikeable, and was forced upon viewers by being tied to many popular characters (Nikolas, Jake/Jason, and now, she is living in the Quartermaine mansion). I’ve never been a fan of hers (used to watch AMC) however; I don’t think the character ever really took off.

Ces
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Ces

Agreed dmr, I wasn’t a fan of Greenlee either.
They tried to make the character likeable but between this nonsense addict story and weak “love story” with Finn there was no hope.
I’ve been hard on Michelle Stafford before due to GH shoving Nina down our throat but Michelle has managed to turn it around and I root for Nina now; never got there with Hayden.

Shay
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Shay

With no disrespect intended to Rebecca Budig, I have to say that this news gladdens my heart! Hayden was a perfectly smug, annoying creature whose meandering presence always felt like it was being forced upon the audience…like so many newbies her mere existence seemed to be primarily predicated for the purpose of bringing yet another soap vet “get” to the GH canvas without much forethought to actual potential storylines or wishes of the show’s loyal, longtime viewers who have time and time again expressed their disapproval of this seemingly never-ending casting practice which does not successfully mix the old and… Read more »

Mari
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Mari

Shay, I completely agree with you. We were force fed big spoonfuls of Hayden constantly. Her presence was always forced. A financial officer always at the nurses’ desk and wandering the GH halls. Oh and yes let’s have her detox Finn! Seriously? Just some of these scenarios that drove me nuts. While Easton and Budig did have some good scenes with Jane Elliott, it was still propping. Making her pregnant after only one shown sex scene was stupid! A baby was the last thing this couple needed. If Easton stays on GH they have to develop him as a character… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

boffo

“…because Tyler Christopher can just look at some one and there would be passion. ”

I am so hoping… that when – Valentin – returns… so does Nikolas… hence the reign of the Cassadine MEN

Ces
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Ces

I would love it if Tyler returned; doesn’t look like they’re going that direction.
I am loving James Patrick Stuart though! Love me some Valentin.

Shelly
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Shelly

You are right.

Mrs Hubby D
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Mrs Hubby D

I’m loving Valentin too!! He is sexy, smooth, cunning, and whether right or wrong, he doesn’t back down from a fight!! Team Valenina!!!

curacaoman
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curacaoman

YES!

Michael T
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Michael T

I mean whatevs.. However I’m glad Elizabeth had a sister even if it was just temporarily and I wasn’t watching lol

Bruce
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Bruce

Not a good choice here! I like Hayden and believe she’s been the best addition in a loooooong time and she def has lasting abilities and GH should keep her. Sad to hear.

Leonie
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Leonie

Agree

Mrs Hubby D
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Mrs Hubby D

I liked her too! There was finally an INTERESTING woman on GH, BESIDES Laura Wright!!

Steve
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Steve

The character was originally intended to be short-term. Once on contract, she never really seemed to catch on, despite the writers constant changes. The Rebecca Herbst fan base saw her as an Elizabeth replacement. Even after the retcon making her a Webber/Hardy, A toned down Hayden was nicer, but not very interesting.

Budig’s best scenes were with Tyler Christopher and Jane Elliott. Good luck to her.

Leonie
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Leonie

She had a four year contract

Steve
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Steve

Originally, she was recurring as the imposter wife of “Jake Doe” hired by Ric. When Hayden woke from her coma, Budig was got that 4-year contract.

In soap-land almost all performer contracts have 6-month option periods where the network can void the rest of the deal. Newer performers have 3-month options.

Ann
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Ann

If they must……let her go for a little while…..then bring her back

Eileem
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Eileem

Dumb move, but then again. . .

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Weird. Just as they were gaining momentum…Hayden, Finn, baby…outing out Dr. O for trying to sabotage Finn…they never expanded the relationship between Liz and her newfound sis…I guess all the speculation that Jeff Weber would be back to bond with his “new” daughter, etc…out the window. Much untapped potential.

There are rumors Michael Easton is on his way out, too. Perhaps this is their exit story. Disappointed if that’s the case. I really love Michael Easton and would have liked them to find a great character for him to play, with longevity.

Rhonda
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Rhonda

I share your disappointment, Rebecca. I know Michael Easton has a lot of projects going on simultaneously so if he exits it could be his decision.
I just hope they’re not letting Rebbecca go so they can pay Steve Burton a hefty salary who I guess is coming back as Jason.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Hey Rhonda…I HEARD that…about Steve Burton returning??? But not from any official soap pub; just when I peruse various boards. I’d be surprised if he came back. Doesn’t seem like he’d want to. What has changed? He still lives in Nashville, he doesn’t want the commute and he’s opened a restaurant and a nutrition business that keeps him busy. And…he’d catch lottsa flack for leaving Y&R because he didn’t want to be a soap actor at this point in his life. Personally? I’m used to Billy Miller in the role now. I don’t necessarily see him as Jason, per se,… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I am all for Steve Burton returning to GH as Jason if it means Y&R kicks JT to the curb and we can get Billy Miller back as Billy Abbott– that character has never been the same since he left the show. But I would be ticked if they are firing people to pay for Steve’s return, considering they weren’t willing to fork over some money to keep Christopher Tyler as Nik– which for me would have been worth it to keep him on the show- and if they did perhaps RB as Hayden would of had a better fate.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I really liked his moody John Mcbain…

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I’ll always miss John McBain. Well, LOL, you know what I mean. In soap land…

Jessie
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Jessie

Hell yes! Loved him and his fiery redhead Natalie!

Steve
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Steve

Since Michael Logan is confirming the Burton story, it’s pretty safe to say it’s true.

If Easton leaves that leaves General HOSPITAL without another doc or 2 – since Liesl is either out or will be banished from the hospital.

Unlikely, but it would be amazing if Burton shows up as Dr. Jason Quartermaine. I guy can dream, at least.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

If he’s coming back I’d be surprised if he were here to stay. Maybe he’ll be a flashback in Sam’s memory…now that she’s going through hallucinations, etc…she might be remembering him in his former visage.

Patrick
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Patrick

GH – NEEDS – to seriously think about the menfolk who are always featured wheres the sizzlean wheres the captivation wheres the ACTING ? Sonny – Jason – Finn – Franco – Michael is letting go of womenfolk , a double standard ? give the woman the shaft ? Finn is just as bad if not worse. I’ve always said Hayden had the better chance of the two. wouldn’t it have been something to see her paired with Curtis.. as the new suersleuths HOT about town. REPLACING – even worse… Jason and Sam. they have got to go I do… Read more »

Steve
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Steve

Patrick

Jean Passanante is leaving, but Shelly Altman has signed new contract to remain as head writer.

Hopefully Steve Burton returning will be the jolt this show needs.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

And did you read that Jill F Phelps (bite my tongue) is returning also???!!!!

Steve
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Steve

@ Nancy dillingham

Hell hasn’t frozen over yet. I think you’re safe from that happening.

JFP cannot handle the reduced budgets that go with daytime tv these days. Burton’s deal will not be as lucrative as his Y&R. He’s still expensive, so more cast cuts are to come

Celia
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Celia

Yes, Patrick. You struck a chord with me. When Curtis and Hayden were sort of a ‘team’, they sooo connected.
I commented on it….but, at the risk of sounding repetitious, the twists and turns occurred.
The worst for me? Curtis and Jordan. He is so sexy and she is soooo…..

Patrick
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Patrick

I completely agree about Curtis and Jordan. since Jordan is never really written for.. outside of the police commish even scenes with TJ are few . which I think could have really fleshed out her character… that TJ the actor is one busy guy… for good reason. I like his character and acting. so.. for that reason.. i’d prefer Jordan be with Andre… they both have no life outside their jobs.. so why not put them together.. that way it’s still a couple .. who are married to their jobs. because… Curtis is a hottie .. and should not be… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Yeah, Patrick. Andre and Jordan can bore each other to sleep. That’s all they do in the boudoir, anyway. All work and no play. Andre grates as much as Sam. Similar monotone inflection to their voices, except that Andre doesn’t mumble. Then, there’s Carly. Do as I say and not as I do. Joss has more sense than Carly and Sonny put together. Sorry, off topic ….but, I almost chocked laughing just a couple of minutes ago, watching GH…..Sonny getting out of a life of crime?……disengaging from the mob? I don’t know much on the subject, but it can’t be… Read more »

Lili
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Lili

I agree. “Hayden” is a much stronger character than “Finn” is. They could’ve done much better by her. Liked her pairing with Nicholas, but with Finn it was just luke-warm . I too LOVED Rebecca’s pairing with Josh Duhamel as the much loved AMC super-couple “Leo and Greenlee”. It’s difficult to capture that level of chemistry more than once. So now that Rebecca is freed up from her contract, maybe someone will be smart enough to cast both her and Josh in a film/TV show/movie together. God knows their die-hard fans are still waiting for that to happen! Rebecca is… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Yes, Lili….the movie title should be: “Leo and Greenlee”…..no body was found, so, Leo is still alive somewhere. LOL.

Lou Piikes
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Lou Piikes

TPTB should have just left Hayden Barnes in a coma. Bringing her back and making her Liz’s sister was a waste of time.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

She’d make a fine Sarah Horton on DAYS!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Maggie needs her daughter!!!!

dante williams
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dante williams

I wholly agree with and love that idea:) Maggie needs her real child on the show, not some character shoved in that they made look like a saint (like Daniel, ugggh.) Then they gave her some imposter pretending to be her daughter? It’s time for her real child to return. Maggie deserves her whole family around her and to be happy, especially since she’s always giving of herself to others.

Patrick
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Patrick

this would add so much credibility as Maggie … “Mother Horton” deserves her own family. let’s get her that pariah of a daughter to wreak havoc on st. Maggie and Salem

Celia
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Celia

Yeees, 4ever. Good one!!

Justin
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Justin

Mixed feelings about this because she was a Webber/Hardy and I was hoping the show was wanting to get back to it’s hospital roots. I wasn’t that fond of the character, but she’s a talented actress, and what now happens to the rumors that her father Jeff might be recast.

Gloria
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Gloria

Very sorry to see her go. She has a lot of talent that the writers didn’t tap into.

Buddy Lee
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Buddy Lee

Well, then it was rather stupid to have the whole s/l with Her Mother, Heather, and Liz revealing that Hayden was Jeff Webber’s biological Daughter…
But, since I never knew her before she came to MY “GH” no big deal to Me that she is leaving…
I had stopped watching “AMC” back in 1993, so Her leaving doesn’t really bother Me… I just wonder if Michael Easton will be leaving also??? I mean HIM I DO care about, having seen him play about 1,000 different characters, between “PC” “OLTL” and “GH” lol…

jenny
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jenny

My bet is with the rumors swirling of Michael Easton leaving to go back to Days of Our Lives is that Finn and Hayden will leave town to raise their baby elsewhere. I was never that big on their storyline anyway so oh well.

Joel
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Joel

BAD MOVE, GH!! I love Rebecca and Hayden, and was looking forward to Finn and Hayden progressing, and seeing more growth of Hayden’s relationship with her sister, Elizabeth. I like characters like them, Ned, Olivia, etc… ones that deserve more focus outside of the Sonny and Carly and Michael and Nelle worlds. STUPID, STUPID!

Lin Herz
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Lin Herz

This makes me mad. at First I did not like the character, but she has changed and now I like her. Why get rid of her? Idiots!!

Maureen Lynch
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Maureen Lynch

Isn’t Michael Easton leaving to go back to Days? Waste of talent not giving her a stronger story line.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

When was he on DOOL?

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

He played Tanner Scofield on DAYS from 1991-1992. Tanner was paired with Molly Brinker, the mountain girl (Shannon Sturges).

Shay
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Shay

Eons ago, Nancy, like the early ’90’s????…Easton played Tanner Scofield. I think that was his first soap role, at least as far as those that I recall.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Disney-ABC Television Group just made a big mistake by letting Rebecca Budig go. There was so much potential for the character of Hayden that they barely explored half-way through her four-year deal. I am hopeful that Days of Our Lives or The Young and the Restless might rectify this mistake, and bring her on one of those serials, because Rebecca is an immense talent!

Celia
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Celia

I’d love that, Scott. I share your sentiments…..but, look at what happened to Melissa Archer…..or, Michael Knight etc.
Oustanding actors and, so loved…..It was a mockery.
Who’s to say the same would not happen to RB. Such a volatile industry!!

Timmm
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Timmm

RB could play Chelsea’s older sister she never knew she had. RB and Nick would be awesome!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Truthfully, Celia, that had to do with the characters themselves, not the actors. Melissa Archer was perfectly cast in the role of Serena, but, in truth, the writing fell down the tubes for the character and she changed in a complete 180 turn. As for Michael E. Knight, he was written as a short-term character, and should’ve never been given the chance to spread wings.

Celia
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Celia

You are absolutely right, Scott.
I think, in a round-about-way, I was trying to make that point.
The writing for Melissa was pitiful. By the end of the idiocy of her ‘story’ ! She was suffocating. Pathetic.
Shame on the writers.

Mari
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Mari

I really miss Melissa on daytime. I

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

It sucks, as usual!

Ric
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Ric

It’s about time! Her character was forced on us and the shows history was completely rewritten for her, that ibeing said oh happy day!

Dar
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Dar

I am not happy about it as she is a fantastic actress… She is finally getting a family with Finn & her sister Liz & the boys & they just let her go.. These writers are ridiculous & they should be fired !!! I heard they are getting rid of people so they could afford to pay Steve Burton when he returns… Just a rumor but it is starting to make sense…

Shelly
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Shelly

Keep her…she does outstanding scenes, loved some of her comedic stuff like with her nephew’s.

Celia
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Celia

Yes, I agree, Shelly. Not only would Hayden bring comic relief, but a significant storyline could be had, in the form of her as a new mother.
From her scene with Curtis, she had some trepidation …..asking herself if she had the stuff it takes to be a good mother . Considering she has still not connected with her baby, I think I’d be interested in following how both Hayden and Finn would tackle the issue.
This is a true-to-life problem. A great missed opportunity in exploring her mental state. Too bad.

Cathleen Kennedy
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Cathleen Kennedy

Another asshole move by ABC to get rid of this character

Jacqueline
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Jacqueline

Sad this is happening. She’s very talented, and it’s a shame that couldn’t have given her a better role.

Frank
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Frank

I absolutely love Rebecca Budig as Hayden. I have enjoyed her chemistry with Nikolas, Curtis and Finn. I hope they would reconsider letting Rebecca go and keep her in Port Charles. There is so much more story to explore with her character and her relationship with Elizabeth. Sad to see her go.

Shelly
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Shelly

Yes.

su0000
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su0000

quote;
”Budig’s departure has all to do with a storyline-dictated decision and nothing else.”

GH’s stories are pathetically lame and boring.
To fire any actor because of a story (that most likely will stink) is a bad thing.

It should be Jean And Shelly and FV to be let go not an actor because of one of their lame stories.

Rhonda
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Rhonda

I agree, Suoo. But isn’t either Jean or Shelly retiring?

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

su, “let’s have lunch”–we’re agreeing a LOT lately, aren’t we?? 🙂

Ladydye
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Ladydye

I think this stinks, when she first came nobody liked her role, but now that we all like her you get rid or her stupid, stupid

Ladydye
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Ladydye

Why get rid of the good ones

Shelly
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Shelly

Agree!

Daisy Day
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Daisy Day

It sucks. I’ve been a fan since GL. Big mistake, GH.

Lee (Phyllis)
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Lee (Phyllis)

I did hear Michael Easton was leaving, I think he is a great actor but not given good enough storyline, I hope he stays…. but that doesn’t mean Rebecca (Hayden) has to leave, she and Liz are just becoming sisters/friends. Liz needs some women/family members in her life, everyone needs a “sister”. Rebecca is such a good actress..GH just needs some good writers to come with a solution .

Catherine Climpson
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Catherine Climpson

I think that it is terrible they they are letting Rebecca Budig go. Why? That storyline with Finn and the baby has so much potential. I was hoping that they would get married before the baby came and I think that they can make really good parents; now that he is off the drugs. I don’t think that Hayden has enough confidence, but with a lot of love; this would have been a great storyline.

GHLOVERSINCE1964
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GHLOVERSINCE1964

She’s a great actress. Sorry to see her go. Rather it be Sam ( not a good actress) Shame that they made Hayden a member of a legacy family, moved her into the Q mansion and now she’s out. I had high hopes for a return to GH glory. It’s not Hayden that’s bringing down the ratings…the mob and Jasam storylines are a snooze – boring and over done. Also, Jordan is boring- the friendship between Hayden and Curtis was really interesting. I’m not a Finn fan so maybe they can ride off into the sunset together and we can… Read more »

dmr
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dmr

I am not a fan of Sam’s either. I agree, the mobbed up theatrics are what is dragging down the show. Although, I have to admit, the show is not as dark and depressing as it used to be. A few years ago, it was beyond dreadful to watch. Now, at least, we have some humor..at times (like in Ava, Scotty, and Lucy scenes, Ned scenes, too).

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I like Sam…and I think Kelly’s actually a good actress. She’s not the loudest kid on the block…but then again Marlon Brando mumbled his way into stardom! Kelly’s performance these days as the confused, desperate, nervous “victim” of whatever’s going on with her has been quite convincing. She kinda eases into things…never over-the-top…subtle but effective. She can be gentle (like when she’s comforting one of her sisters), supportive, angry, sexy, snotty…and she just conveys without seeming contrived. That’s my take, anyway. I think she usually comes off quite believable…no melodrama…. The latest episodes with Billy comforting her…the two of them… Read more »

GHLOVERSINCE1964
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GHLOVERSINCE1964

I disagree. Actresses who continually tug at their hair as a way to express emotion are pulling from a very limited toolbox. I don’t see the variety of expression that you have noted. Often, an interpretation of range emanates from a person’s feelings about the story or actress rather than their actual performance or ability- similar to how a parent views their child’s performance. Kelly is a one-note performer and she is lucky this is overlooked by her fans- , but the ratings prove we, as a viewing audience, may not be so lucky. This character focus, along with the… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Hi GHLOVERSINCE 1964. And…we disagree. Your explanation: “an interpretation of range emanates from a person’s feelings about the story or actress rather than their actual performance or ability- similar to how a parent views their child’s performance.” I don’t have any allegiance to Kelly Monaco one way or the other. LOL…I’m not a Twitter chick who gets into Twitter wars…I simply think she’s a good actress. If I DIDN’T think she was a good actress I wouldn’t be able to get into her part of the story because I’d be watching it with a critical eye and the fourth wall… Read more »

Pam
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Pam

doesn’t matter what we think or say, the producers will do what they want anyway. personally I think it’s a big mistake, and i’ll miss getting to watch her character evolve into motherhood.

sylvia godwin
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sylvia godwin

I hate this. If they keep letting the good ones go there won’t be anything worth watching. Get rid of some of that bunch that is tied to Sonny!

Leah Lauer
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Leah Lauer

What a Shame! I Mean whats going to Happen with Her Storyline? with the Baby and all!
Sorry shes leaving but Wish her Luck in whatever She dose

Celia
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Celia

I know, Leah. There could have been a cogent story in the making—as you say, “with the baby and all”.
Rebecca B is a true thespian. She wasn’t even given a chance. Many on these boards have, basically, said the same thing….a good actress, put in questionably stupid situations.
I could name a few characters who could be put to bed for good. Sam, for one.
My opinion: Kelly Monaco is not a skilled actress; a big title for a mediocre performer, at best.

Kaytee
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Kaytee

I am really disappointed that she is leaving! I love her as an actress and I liked her with Dr. Finn. I hate to see her go but they had better not take a Michael Easton from us! We worked too hard to get him back!!!
I would love to see more OLTL and AMC people on GH.
Bad move again ABC- not happy at all.

Pam Press
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Pam Press

should have put her with Curtissaw chemistry there. What a waste of a talented actress. Go to Days of our Lives:)))))

ALLISON
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ALLISON

THIS SUCKS !!! IF THE RETIREMENT OF JEAN PASSASSANTE IS GOING TO SCREW UP ALL THE GOOD STORYLINES, THEN YOU MIGHT AS WELL END THE SHOW. THIS IS THE SECOND BAD NEWS I’VE HEARD ABOUT GH IN TWO DAYS. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE WRITERS ??? I LOVE FINN AND HAYDEN TOGETHER !! I WAS REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO THEM AND THE BABY AND BEING TOGETHER AND ALL THE DRAMA THAT COMES WITH IT. INSTEAD YOU GIVE US THIS STUPID AUNT STELLA/CURTIS/JORDAN BULLSHIT AND STUFF I’D JUST AS SOON FAST FORWARD THROUGH. THIS IS NOT A GOOD SIGN WRITERS !!!… Read more »

Hazel
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Hazel

Yup, I totally agree. I’m also FF through the Stella BS. They’re dragging out a story that was resolved a year ago. The coupling of Jordan and Curtis is HOT. Then again, he’d be hot with a lump of coal. LOL I also think it’s a huge mistake to let Hayden go. Rebecca Buddig is a tremendous actress. I’m really going to miss her. I have no idea what’s going on with GH. I’ll never stop watching (I watched since Luke/Laura adventures), but I’m not happy now with this development. I was liking the sister and family relationships growing between… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

“…Curtis is HOT. Then again, he’d be hot with a lump of coal. ”

FUN’ny ! Laugh out loud

TRUE

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

“HOT” is the WORD!

Celia
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Celia

Oh, yeah….Curtis is sooo hot, he can instantly cause a forest fire. But, with all due respect, I don’t find Jordan as the typically, worshipped, “femme fatale”. I always maintained that the best judge of a woman is another woman. I suppose I must be blind to Jordan’s “charms”. I, also, do not see the passion emanating from this actress, regardless of how sexy Curtis is. One cannot just smack her and say, “c’mon, act sexy”. Sensuality cannot be acquired. One either has it, or not. It’s innate. Right now, in my opinion, the most devastatingly hot male on soaps… Read more »

Crystal
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Crystal

That is stupid why even have her pregnant and all that this is getting stupid too many different things going on and just fire her so damn stupid

JK
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JK

Really good actress given one crap story line after another……firing her is a mistake…many others should go……They have not given her a good story since the beginning! Good luck Rebecca!!!!

Debbie Graham
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Debbie Graham

So upset that Rebecca Budig is being let go. She is a really good actress and I was excited about her and Finns baby. Likewise wanted a good storyline with her and Liz as sisters. I have been watching GH forever but now not because it is exciting and good I watch just out of habit. It has been so boring. They keep getting rid of their good actors. So stupid to let Hayden and Finn leave when there story was finally getting somewhere. These writers have no vision or talent Fire the WRITERS!

Ray
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Ray

I have loved her since “AMC.” I have always thought she would be a great addition to “B&B.” Best of luck to a great actress,

Phil
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Phil

Happy this does not make me! I love Hayden! My only hope here is that she will show up on DAYS soon! However, perhaps this is a ploy to have her return in a few months as Greenlee… not sure of the spelling! I never watched AMC! If this is happening to make room for the one more Steve Burton to return this is a shame! Billy Miller is killing it as Jason! I think they should have paired her with Curtis too. I am sorry but Jordan and Curtis pale in comparison to Sean and Jordan! They should have… Read more »

dmr
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dmr

Hi, Phil, I have seen a few comments on this blog about Steve Burton returning to General Hospital. Has this been confirmed? Just a rumor? Either way, it is a shame because (most) viewers are tired of the mob theatrics being played out over the past decade(+). How many times has Sonny attempted to leave the mob? It’s just a repeated, tired storyline.

Marie
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Marie

Should be letting Sam go or Liz….why her when she finally has a good storyline ?

Dan
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Dan

I have no problem with this. The character of Hayden never connected with me, despite the many ways they tried to shoe horn her into various stories, including rewriting history and making her Elizabeth’s sister. No disrespect to Rebecca, I’m sure she’s a nice person. But she doesn’t do anything for me as an actress. I never watched AMC, so I had no feeling about her one way or the other before this role. Everyone is always complaining about how bloated the GH cast is, here is an unnecessary character that didn’t connect with the audience, and they’re cutting their… Read more »

Jessie
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Jessie

Agree with your comments.

Timmm
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Timmm

Keep cutting!

Shay
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Shay

Yes, Timmmbo! I’d like to undo at least the past three years…maybe even a bit more…of casting and storyline failures that have made GH the currently unrecognizable mess it has become. I dearly enjoyed the 50th anniversary year of this show, but it quickly went downhill after that with all the unbearable newbies and ill-fitting “vet gets” from other soaps. It’s time for a total reset to reverse the mistakes of the past and restore GH to its former glory!

Jimmy
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Jimmy

Nina, Franco, Amy, Nathan, Stella, Andre and Valerie can all go too!

Celia
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Celia

Awwwww, Jii-mmy!!!!!….not Ni-ina;, not Naa-than….LOL. You wound me. Double LOL.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I like them all and think each has great potential except for Aunit Stella. Totally unnecessary character.

LOL. I LOVED Andre’s dance scene with Anna.

Deelo
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Deelo

poor decision – two great actors not giving enough storyline to sustain the characters – was looking forward to the baby addition to their relationship and how they would handle the baby with their baggage…poor move on part of GH – none of the characters have storylines that are very comfortable watching

Sue
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Sue

That is a bad decision on GH’s part. She has been doing a great job.

Pat L Brooks
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Pat L Brooks

I’m very sad to see her go. They could have had a good story line.

Carol B
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Carol B

Bad idea!!! So much more story line left to tell! I love her character!!!!

General Hospital

GH’s Chad Duell and Y&R’s Courtney Hope Tie the Knot in Steampunk Style Wedding in Front of Castmates and Loved Ones

Overnight, images began to circulate, as well as plenty of congratulations abound, for General Hospital’s Chad Duell (Michael) and The Young and the Restless’ Courtney Hope (Sally) as the two officially became husband and wife on Saturday night.

As we previously reported, the couple were set for their nuptials this weekend, and from what has been posted, Chad and Courtney had a steampunk-themed and styled wedding, and both wore red.

Many of their castmates and colleagues were in attendance including: General Hospital’s Maurice Benard (Sonny,), Laura Wright (Carly), Wes Ramsey (Peter), Eden McCoy (Josslyn), Katelyn MacMullen (Willow), and series executive producer, Frank Valentini, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke), Annika Noelle (Hope), Patrika Darbo (Ex-Shirley) and Katrina Bowden (Flo), and The Young and the Restless’ Tracey Bregman (Lauren), Hunter King (Ex-Summer), and more.

The outdoor evening nuptials held in Malibu, California were shares on Courtney Hope’s Instagram story, and Laura Wright also posted several photos of the attendees on her IG.

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Pictured with Eden McCoy and Wes Ramsey, Wright enthused on the big night for her TV son, Chad Duell: “Tonight was an amazing night #TilDeath #GHBaby #Dope #Daytimefamily #steampunk”

In addition, Katherine Kelly Lang posted the first dance of newlyweds, Chad and Courtney, on her IG. 

Now, share your congratulations to Chad and Courtney via the comment section below.

 

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Stars React to Alec Baldwin Fatally Shooting Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins & Injuring Director, Joel Souza, In Prop Gun Mishap On Set of ‘Rust’

UPDATED: Over the last 24 hours, the entertainment world has been stunned, by the horrific incident that took place on the set of the western drama Rust, while it was shooting scenes in New Mexico.

What is known is that Alec Baldwin (Ex-The Doctors, Knots Landing) discharged a prop gun that killed Director of Photography, Halyna Hutchins and injured director, Joel Souza.  The film also stars Frances Fisher (Ex-Edge of Night) and Jensen Ackles (Ex-Days of our Lives). Baldwin is also a producer on the film.

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According to Variety, the prop gun contained a “live single round,” according to an email sent by IATSE Local 44 to its membership.

On Friday, Alec Baldwin made a statement via Twitter on his Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation Twitter feed, expressing: “There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”

Yesterday, The Sante Fe Sheriff’s Departments originally shared that “Hutchins, 42, and Souza, 48 were shot when a prop firearm was discharged by Alec Baldwin.  Ms. Hutchins was transported, via helicopter, to University of New Mexico Hospital where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel. Mr. Souza was transported by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical center where he was undergoing treatment for his injuries. This investigation remains open and active. No charges have been filed in regard to this incident. Witnesses continue to be interviewed by detectives.”

This morning, Frances Fisher revealed in a twitter conversation with Patricia Arquette, that director Joel Souza had been released from the hospital.  Meanwhile, photographs of a distraught Baldwin emerged following the shooting.

Photo: New Mexican

The news of the Baldwin prop gun incident, isn’t the first time something like this has happened. Jon-Erik Hexum was killed on October 18, 1984, on the set of the TV show Cover Up when he accidentally shot himself in the head with a gun loaded with blanks. Then, in 1993, Brandon Lee, the son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, died from a prop gun accident on the set of The Crow by a cast member.

As the news made its way through the entertainment community and mainstream news, several soap stars shared their reactions to the fatal shooting accident.

General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan) expressed: “Feeling so sad for everyone involved in the tragedy on the #RustMovie set. I do know the film was staffed with experienced, thoughtful professionals. Please, let’s wait until we have the facts. Nothing positive will come from passing judgement or casting aspersions before then.”

General Hospital and Dynasty’s Emma Samms (Holly, Fallon) shared on her friend Jon-Erik Hexum’s death: This AWFUL tragedy on #Rust is unfathomable to me. If all on-set protocols were being adhered to, how, on earth, could it have happened? After what happened to Brandon Lee and my dear friend Jon-Erik Hexam, the firearm protocols became incredibly strict. I was told (when I was with him at the hospital afterwards) that Jon-Erik had been working with a completely empty gun all morning. A blank (still very dangerous) was loaded and then immediately there was a delay. Exhausted, he was allowed to fall asleep – loaded gun in hand. hey woke him, but there was immediately another delay. Jon-Erik put the gun to his head, forgetting it now contained a blank, (because he had just woken up) and jokingly pulled the trigger. He was not the kind of person to play around with a loaded gun. #fortherecord”

We will continue to post reactions and update this story.

What are your thoughts on the fatal shooting on the set of Rust? Comment below.  How can this not happen again, so everyone is safe in this working environment when ‘dangerous’ props are called for or used to make a movie or a TV show?

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General Hospital

Courtney Hope Gets Marriage Advice From Her Y&R Co-Stars Ahead of Her Wedding to GH’s Chad Duell

This weekend, The Young and the Restless Courtney Hope (Sally), is set to walk down the aisle and marry the love of her life, General Hospital’s Chad Duell (Michael).  The nuptials are to take place this Saturday, October 23rd according to the wedding planner Zola.

Ahead of the popular soap duo’s vows, Courtney asked some of her Y&R co-stars advice, but as their characters in a very cute Instagram video on The Young and the Restless IG account with the accompanying text: “Marriage advice you don’t normally hear… as told by the #YR stars 😉 A special thank you to our real-life bride-to-be @TheCourtneyHope for asking! 😂”

Participating are: Peter Bergman (Jack), Amelia Heinle (Victoria), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis), Mishael Morgan (Amanda), Christian LeBlanc (Michael, Eileen Davidson (Ashley), Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe), and Christel Khalil (Lily).

In terms of advice, Amelie Heinle told Hope, “As Victoria Newman, I would say that you need to marry a man that is not going to be around for very long, and especially if he has a lot of money.”

Christel Khalil offered up some Lily marital suggestions: “Don’t let your husband let you think that he’s dead and that you’ve slept with a ghost!”

As for Courtney and Chad, the couple had been dating for five years, and this past Valentine’s Day, they became engaged.

Please share your well-wishes to Courtney and Chad as they embark on their life together via the comment section below, and let us know what you think of the marital advice given to Hope from the citizens of Genoa City.  

You can check out the video below, and then take a look back at our interview with the duo on the red carpet back at the 46th annual Daytime Emmys Awards.

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