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Rebecca Budig On Her Exit From General Hospital: “It’s Hard To Say Goodbye Once … And Twice Is That Much Harder”

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If you caught Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, looks like Hayden has been forced to make a hasty exit from Port Charles, and with all the rumors flying around that Hayden’s portrayer, Rebecca Budig was once again leaving the ABC daytime drama series, Budig herself took to her Instagram account to confirm it, and to say her ‘thank you’s’ and goodbyes.

In a heartfelt message accompanied by a photo of herself with GH co-star Michael Easton (Finn), Budig shared: “It’s hard to say goodbye once… and twice is that much harder. Then add the beautiful, sweet, magical @jophiellelove and it’s heartbreaking. I want to thank all those @generalhospitalabc fans that show up everyday and are passionate about this show and our characters. I will miss my friend…for those like him are hard to come by…but I know our paths will cross again. (Or at least one can hope 🙂 xo”

Meanwhile, Michael Easton, who is also an acclaimed poet, took to his Facebook page and shared these words on the exit of Budig,  “I HATE GOODBYES…. I know you do too. Maybe we’re lucky to even have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.  In that sense, I guess I shouldn’t be sad because it’s over but happy because it even happened but that’s really hard to do when you’re missing your friend.  Of course, this isn’t just a “goodbye” but a “thank you”. Thank you for being so damn good at what you do. For lighting up a stage. Finding truth in the words. For making me better at what I do. Then again maybe there are no “goodbyes” for us. I imagine wherever you are, wherever you go, a part of you will remain with me.  And maybe this is not forever. Maybe it’s not the end. So I’ll think about the beautiful days……Until we meet again.”

So, what are your thoughts on the departure of Rebecca Budig? Do you think she may still return for another go-round down the line in Port Charles? Let us know via the comment section below.

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Yes bring her back!

What? I want Hadley to stay get rid of Anna, she is too old for Finn. What is wrong with ABC- General Hospital? There are too many other actresses that could use a leave of absent. Keep the actress Rebecca.

I love Rebecca too and yes bring her back, but come on now get rid of Anna ? that was low especially citing her as to old, Dee I’m assuming your a women that just sounds awful.

I don’t think Anna is too old for Finn at all! However, I think they’re a terrible couple with zero chemistry.

Agreed, Harry. I like both performers but they don’t light up the screen together.

BTW – Easton is closer in age to Hughes (52 and 60) than Finola is to Tristan Rogers (73). The chemistry is always there with them.

Easton (as McBain) had chemistry with KeMo. Silas was just a dud of a character that even Maura West couldn’t save.

As Finn, a better developed character,I do get the chemistry with Budig.

I hope she come back and soon

Im used to actors coming and going and coming and going and…i wish the baby drama would end…GH gets interesting here and there but then it feels like writers dont know the endings to their own story…meanwhile-HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!!

Such a BAD decision by GH. It’s clear RB wanted to be on GH long term and they are completely clueless-if the outpouring of support coupled with fans’ outrage doesn’t reverse this incredibly dumb move then nothing will-I’m boycotting GH until Rebecca is back-her final scenes were heartbreaking yet Rebecca delivered powerful powerful performance coming from her own emotions I’m sure knowing these were the last scenes with Michael and this little actress angel-Hayden should be a part of this story….,,thus the Boycott…already cancelled GH off my DVR!! #TeamHaydenForever

Bring her back excellent ⭐️ star

I’m glad they left her exit open so she can return, and I hope she does, I love Rebecca Budig!

I was not a fan of Hayden’s the first time around but the second time around? Yes, now I am a bit of a fan. She has a crackling, inexplicable chemistry with Finn, and she’s incredibly touching with her sister Lizzy and her daughter Violet.
As my fondness for Hayden grew, concurrently, my dislike of Anna grew in direct proportion. Now, before anyone comes at me with a shrill Anna defense, please restrain yourself. Anna is one of my all time favorite soap characters of all time. But lately she is just acting like a total fool. If she is not weeping like a weeping willow, she is acting like a total hypocrite. Today she actually told Willow that while she is happy Hayden brought Violet into Finn’s life she wishes she had done so much earlier. What Anna did to both Robert and Robin was much, much worse and moreover, Robin was much older than Violet was when she finally came into Robert’s life.
Finn seems to bring out the worst in Anna–in his name she has become a hypocrite, a cry baby and a mean girl. Honestly, I did not miss her during those five months of her absence. At this point in time I will take Hayden over Anna which reflects a total a turn around on my part.

I agree 100%, Harry! I don’t care for Anna!!!!!!

This exit is so rushed. It seems like the writers had more story for Hayden but were told to write her out in 2 episodes.

What was the purpose of the scene last week with Hayden taking over Kim’s apartment? A total waste of viewers’ time.

Oh – and despite the platitudes of Chase being Violet’s only uncle, Steven Lars would qualify as both he and Hayden share the same bio dad.

I did appreciate the comment by MEK/Martin that Hayden reminded him of someone he knew in a previous life. Of course, the same would be true of Valentin, (and Laura, Sonny, Anna, Julian and Liesl whose portrayers all spent time on AMC.) That said, Martin is an unnecessary character with a head scratching accent.

Overall, since Shelly left, the writing has been pretty good – with the exception of nuNik, who is being portrayed as mean and dumb.

Okay, it’s Thanksgiving. I want a slice of the Quartermaine pizza!

Don’t forget, once upon a time Laura was in the middle of story when TPTB abruptly ended her story and rushed her out of town for behind the scenes reasons never revealed. It took a while, but they eventually she made it back. Hopefully, Hayden will be back too.

They better bring her back #Fayden rules

Not a happy camper about this. How do they drop the ball twice?? Hayden is a character with tons of story to tell. Disgusting.

She’s a great actress. I fail to understand why they brought her back, just to have her leave again.

I like Finn and Anna so I am glad to see Hayden go.

Finn and Anna have no chemistry she belongs with Robert. Finn and Hayden are great together they are all great actors and actresses but not matched right. And I’m so glad Kim is gone I never cared for her. But please bring Billy Miller back

Agree 100% Anna belongs with Robert.
Would love someone new for Finn.

I agree. Bring Billy Miller back ASAP as Drew, one of the better characters on the show. Drew’s character also gave Jason’s character more dimension than just as Sam’s love and Sonny’s thug! He should be a regular and permanent character on GH! So many ways to go with Drew as head of the family along with Micheal.

I’mwhoe so tired of this who the heck is in charge of making this stupid decision? don’t they follow viewers pulse on what we like? I know Hayden is popular with the audience why does time an time again do they have the character come in and then disappear? I’m really just frustrated . love my GH but really hate whoever is in charge of making this stupid decision. Bring her back ASAP please.

GH lost their minds. This was going to be the best storyline ever. Sesame Street writers know better. The two of them Rebecca and Michael have so much chemistry and s her Violet. Sheer stupidity on GH part.

Definitely a bad decision! Here’s hoping GH sees the error of their ways and brings her back! Love Hayden and Rebecca shines in this role!

I know Rebecca has a fan base. But, I just don’t see any chemistry with anyone she shares scenes with-
I hope Violet stays.

I hate that she is leaving again!!! I love her acting. Hopefully, she will be back to stay some day!

I like Finn & Anna together, Hayden is a character I can live without.

Anna has no chemistry with Finn

They have more of a friends vibe.

I was liking where the storyline was headed with Finn and Hayden I don’t think she should have been written out

It’s just terrible that she has to go. Bring her back. They make a beautiful family unit. Why can’t you writers make up your minds. I didn’t need another reason to cry over the holidays

Yes I would like to see her come back and rekindle love with Finn Anna is so boring. Please give Wiley back to Michael already it’s been to long.

I love Anna but Hayden and Finn just have so much chemistry. I’m so mad about her leaving our should i say i don’t understand why she’s leaving our why they are letting her go. Hayden is such a great character. Why is this happening.

BRING HAYDEN BACK TO FINN !!!!!!!!!!

She has to come back. She has a daughter.

Bring her back, she is an awesome actor and the chemistry with her and Doc Finn is on Fire!

LOL, anyone complaining about bad story, and writers should
check out DOOL.

RB is obviously owned by her angent, and has no recourse but to say goodbye twice.

The world has crossed a line, the humans to go back, … obviously, but for most its a. micro chip in the arm, or die in the hospital. Ask Oprah, she did start this after all!

I’m so sad to see good actors leave and then we get the likes of Kendra and new Brooklyn stop already! Put gh on the new Disney Hulu espn and let us have gh! All decades including current I know we’d all pay to see more gh and keep our fan favorites! Billy miller Drew and hayden

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General Hospital’s Adam J. Harrington Weighs-in On John and Carly, and How it’s ‘Starting to Get Very Complicated”

On recent episodes of General Hospital, Carly (Laura Wright) came to John “Jagger” Cates (Adam Harrington) rescue as he was beaten down in an assault. Carly put on her “nurses cap,” sort of speak, and got John to his hotel room and watched over to him, to make sure he didn’t lose consciousness.

GH fans also got their first glimpse of what may be a new romance for Carly, if she and John continue to bond.  If John and Carly were to have a relationship, it would certainly have a ripple effect with Jason (Steve Burton) and Sonny (Maurice Benard).

Adam J. Harrington shared his view on the scenes and what might be next between the two. Speaking to Soap Opera Digest, Harrington shared, “I thought it was written in a way where there’s an understanding and a respect between them both. I don’t think there was any moment where she was not aware that he’s an FBI agent, and there was no moment that he wasn’t aware of her history and relationship to other people in the town. I really liked it. I was really looking forward to shooting it with Laura and we had a really nice time shooting it.”

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When Carly and John part ways, it seems there were some romantic sparks, as Harrington puts it, “Isn’t that interesting that sometimes with people, the one moment they actually show how they feel is when they know there’s an escape hatch. They know they’re about to walk away. So, it’s almost safe in that moment to do it. I thought that was really special about how (the writers) handled John and Carly. Even the music in that scene was beautifully done.”

Where is this all heading? Conflict! Internally and professionally, and as Adam explains, “Who Carly was to John on paper as just a tool to be used as bait is starting to get very complicated.”

What would you think of a John and Carly pairing? Would you prefer him with Anna, or neither of them? Let us know via the comment section and take our poll below.

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General Hospital’s Steve Burton Reveals the Emotional Scene He Almost Could Not Get Through

On a recent episode of General Hospital, Jason received a message from his mother, Monica Quartermaine (Leslie Charleson) via a note. The effect it had on Jason’s portrayer, Steve Burton turned out to be quite visceral.

As GH fans know, although Jason’s bio-mom was Susan Moore, he was raised and adopted by Monica. Speaking on his Daily Drama podcast with his co-host and GH co-star, Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), Steve shared some insight on the difficulties he had getting through that scene.

Burton shared that in the key moment, “Brooklyn (played by Amanda Setton) came in and that’s where she gave me (Jason) the letter from Monica. That was a very hard scene for me to do. That was a tough one. That was the one time I was almost going to call ‘cut!’  It read ‘Jason, I believe in you.’ I was literally going to walk off the set.”

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To clarify and in the story, Monica was saying “I believe in you” and that she knows Jason didn’t shoot Dante (Dominic Zamprogna). Steve added, “It was tough, man. Emotionally, it was a tough scene. It was overwhelming in the moment.”

Steve went on to detail to Anderson, “She (Brook Lynn) pushed it to me and I read it and she was walking out and I had to stop her, but I was so emotional I couldn’t even get it out.  And at that point, I’m like, ‘Do I just keep going … or do I just walk off the set right now?’ But, I knew just to stay, because it’s so hard to get back there, once you shut it down. I knew, the next take wasn’t going to be the same.”

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It’s clear that Leslie Charleson is so missed on-screen as Monica by all of her castmates, and that Jason and Monica had a very special mother/son relationship throughout the decades on GH.

What did you think of the moment when Jason got a note from Monica that said, “I believe in you?” Were you touched as well? Let us know in the comment section. You can check out the latest episode of Steve and Bradford’s podcast below.

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George Russo to Appear on General Hospital as Carmine Cerullo

Coming up, it looks like Brook Lynn’s (Amanda Setton) grandfather, Carmine Cerullo is headed to Port Charles.

According to casting news from the ABC soap opera, George Russo will take on the role. Russo will tape his episode next week on April 15th and will appear on the May 15th episode of the long-running daytime drama series.

If George looks familiar he has been in numerous primetime television shows and motion pictures including: The Offer. Winning Time, Grand Crew and Shameless.

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Longtime GH viewers will recall that Lois’ (Rena Sofer) dad, Carmine, was previously showed up in Port Charles on and off from 1994 to 1996 and was played by John Capudice.

Clearly, it seems that Carmine will be a part of Chase (Josh Swickard) and Brook Lynn’s wedding.  Will it go off without a hitch? Are you looking forward to it? Stay tuned.

Who else would you like to see attend the nuptials? Gloria Cerullo (Ellen Travolta), any other blasts from the pasts who should be present? Let us know in the comment section.

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