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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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49th Annual Daytime Emmys Red Carpet Arrivals (Photos)

The 49th Annual Daytime Emmys were held on Friday night and for the first time since 2019 and the coronavirus pandemic, the event was live and the red carpet was back in full swing.

Many of your favorites from Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful, The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful showed their glam side and celebrated being part of the genre with their own fashion statements.  In addition, many notables from daytime talk shows, game shows and more were on-hand and also walked the carpet.

After the arrivals, the nominated guests, cast members, and colleagues went inside to the Pasadena Civic Auditorium for the presentation of the awards which were live on CBS and streamed on Paramount+. (Find out who won here)

Now below, check out some of the red carpet arrivals from daytime’s biggest night of the year.

Then, let us know, who do you think was the Best Dressed? Who looked most dashing? Which couple complimented each others look, well?  Share your picks and thoughts via the comment section.

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49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards: General Hospital, B&B’s John McCook and Y&R’s Mishael Morgan Take Top Honors

Friday night, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ (NATAS) 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards were handed out in 15 categories on a live telecast on CBS and streaming on Paramount+.  When the dust settled, it was ABC’s General Hospital who took the night’s top prize for Outstanding Daytime Drama Series.

This marks GH’s continued record-breaking number of wins in this category and brings it up to 15 victories for the iconic show, which is currently in its 59th year on the air.  GH’s executive producer, Frank Valentini accepted the award on behalf of everyone connected with the show, when Drew Barrymore presented the final award of the night.

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The night also brought with it the historic win of The Young and the Restless’ Mishael Morgan (Amanda Sinclair). The actress became the first black actress in Daytime Emmy history to ever take home the Lead Actress Daytime Emmy.  In the emotional highpoint of the evening, in terms of acceptance speeches and significance, Morgan spoke to the current generation breaking glass ceilings.

Morgan expressed: “We are breaking glass ceilings left right and center and I am so honored to be a vessel and to experience this moment. Everybody out there today, we can do this thing called equality and unity together.”  In her speech, Mishael shared: “I was born on a tiny island in the Caribbean, and I’m now standing on an international stage and I am being honored regardless of the color of my skin, regardless of my passport, for being the best at what I do, Now there are little girls around the world and no matter what the industry, the vocation they can strive to be the best.”

Veteran actor, John McCook who has played Eric Forrrester on The Bold and the Beautiful for over 35 years, finally won his first ever Emmy after four previous nominations in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

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The Supporting Actor and Actress in a Drama Series trophies went to two standouts from General Hospital, Kelly Thiebaud (Britt) and Jeff Kober (Cyrus), while Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Spencer), added another mantle to the GH trophy case with his first win for Outstanding Younger Performer.

Days of our Lives writing team led by Ron Carlivati took home the gold for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series, while GH won for Direction.

The biggest winner in terms of total gold belonged to The Kelly Clarkson Show. When all was said and done, between the Creative Arts ceremonies held last weekend, and last night, the talk show took home 7 awards including: Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show and Talk Show Host. General Hospital followed with five total wins for Daytime Emmys 2022.

The ceremonies featured DAYS Suzanne Rogers (Maggie) anchoring the Lifetime Achievement Award presentation to her longtime co-star John Aniston (Victor), who was not present, with the help of John’s daughter, Jennifer Aniston, who was seen on tape.

Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica, All My Children) made her first public appearance since the passing of her beloved husband, Helmut Huber and introduced the In Memoriam segment.  Grammy-winner Michael Bolton performed his classic tune “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” during the tribute.

Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner were the hosts for the telecast, and with the overturning of the Supreme Court Roe vs. Wade decision on everyone’s mind last night, Turner gave a nod to how she and so many others felt, when Frazier told her how nice she looked in her dress. Nishcelle commented, “I chose this dress. It was my choice.”  That moment received huge applause from the audience in attendance.

Check out the full winners circle list from last night’s 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards below. 

Then let us know, are you happy with the results? Who were you most thrilled to see take home an Emmy? What did you think of the telecast? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

Outstanding Daytime Drama Series

General Hospital 

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama, Actress

Mishael Morgan, The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Lead Performance In A Daytime Drama, Actor

John McCook, The Bold and the Beautiful

Outstanding Supporting Performance, Actor, in a Daytime Drama

Jeff Kober, General Hospital

Outstanding Supporting Performance, Actress, in a Daytime Drama

Kelly Thiebaud, General Hospital

Outstanding Younger Performer in a Drama Series

Nicholas Chavez, General Hospital

Outstanding Writing Team For a Daytime Drama

Days of Our Lives

Outstanding Directing Team for a Drama Series

General Hospital

Outstanding Game Show Host

Steve Harvey, Family Feud 

Outstanding Game Show

Jeopardy!

Outstanding Entertainment News Series

Entertainment Tonight

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host

Kelly Clarkson, The Kelly Clarkson Show

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show

Kelly Clarkson, The Kelly Clarkson Show

Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host

Tamron Hall, Tamron Hall

Outstanding Informative Talk Show

Turning the Tables with Robin Roberts 

 

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GENERAL HOSPITAL 15000th Episode: Laura Faces Being Ousted as Mayor as Port Charles Bands Together in Support of Her

Finally, after many preemptions, General Hospital’s 15,000the episode aired on Wednesday. In it and front and center in the standalone episode was GH icon, Genie Francis (Laura).

In story, after a scathing op-ed is run in The Invader from a group of citizens called “The Friend of Port Charles”, they take aim at Mayor Laura Collins and want a recall to replace her. When trying to figure out who was behind the story, Laura’s friends and the citizens of the town, band together to keep her from being ousted and to figure out who would attack her in the press like this.

That sets up a few sentimental flashback clips featuring the three current longest-running members of the cast, Genie, Kin Shriner (Scott) and Jackie Zeman (Bobbie).  Viewers get a glimpse of Scotty and Laura’s wedding, and then Bobbie’s contentious and duplicitous side when she fought for the love of Scotty against a teenaged Laura.

As Laura tries to determine who is behind the op-ed, Curtis (Donnell Turner) gets a lead from Ms. Wu (Lydia Look) that Laura’s half-brother, Cyrus Renault (Jeff Kober) is behind it.  Laura then heads to Pentonville to confront Cyrus.  She asks if he’s the brains behind “The Friends of Port Charles”.

Cyrus insists he is only an advisor. He goes on to say that this is a group of people who are disillusioned by the way she is running the town.  Cyrus gets angry and vengeful, and emotional, when saying the police department is corrupt and how ELQ and Cassadine Industries gets tax breaks at the expense of less fortunate people, etc.  Laura can’t figure out if these people in the ‘friends’ group have such high moral value why would they hire a criminal, like him, as an advisor?

Renault goes on to say that it’s up to God and preaches she needs to be less self-righteous.  Laura throws back to Cyrus that where was God in that scathing op-ed, that he did filled with such hate?  Laura then forgives him and walks out, which stuns Cyrus.

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Later, Scotty in front of Laura, Bobbie, Anna (Finola Hughes), Felicia (Kristina Wagner) and Lucy (Lynn Herring), proposes to Liesl (Kathleen Gati), but she turns down his marriage proposal.  Liesl feels they have a good thing going , so why mess it up with a marriage at this point. The two kiss.

In addition, Laura meets up with Maxie (Kirsten Storms), who are visiting an institutionalized Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst).  Maxie brings her some cosmetics from Deception because of the bad lighting in the facility.

The softball game was the throughline of the episode, and at the end, we saw the payoff, when all the characters converged on Charlie’s giving their support to Laura, who says she is ready to write her rebuttal.

Then in a voice-over from Laura, she speaks to the essence of Port Charles and its residents which included: that they have a strong community that she is proud to be a part of it and she speaks to her legacy over generations.  Kevin (Jon Lindstrom) proposes a toast to Laura, as she notes that if she loses the recall then so be it, adding that if the person who replaces her is a Port Charles lifer, like she is, then the town will continue to prosper.

So, what did you think of the 15,000 episode milestone episode? Did you enjoy the performance of Genie Francis? Did you like the way much of the cast was utilized, or did you feel otherwise? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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