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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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Stacey
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Stacey

Yes bring her back!

Dee
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Dee

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.

aria
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aria

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.

Harry
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Harry

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

Steve
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Steve

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.

Rowena Lanier
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Rowena Lanier

I hope she come back and soon

jim davis
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jim davis

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!!!!!

Robyn Cooper
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Robyn Cooper

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

Nancy calabrese
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Nancy calabrese

Bring her back excellent ⭐️ star

Terri White
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Terri White

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

Harry
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Harry

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… Read more »

paulette Ives
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paulette Ives

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

Steve
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Steve

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,… Read more »

Mike
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Mike

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.

Andrea
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Andrea

They better bring her back #Fayden rules

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

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

Davy
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Davy

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

Marki
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Marki

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

Vicky
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Vicky

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

Soph
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Soph

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

Lizbeth
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Lizbeth

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.

aria
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aria

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.

Mileva
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Mileva

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.

Phil
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Phil

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!

DMRR
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DMRR

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.

paulette Ives
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paulette Ives

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

mike
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mike

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

Vicky
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Vicky

Anna has no chemistry with Finn

Soph
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Soph

They have more of a friends vibe.

Carol
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Carol

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

Annette
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Annette

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

Maria
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Maria

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.

Lilla
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Lilla

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.

JANE
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JANE

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

Alan
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Alan

She has to come back. She has a daughter.

Lynn C
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Lynn C

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

viewer88
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viewer88

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!

Que for you
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Que for you

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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