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Rebecca Herbst OUT at General Hospital!

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And in more shocking news this week, General Hospital darling, Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth) has been given her walking papers by the series!  The official word came via twitter from ABC Soaps In Depth, but here is what we know, Rebecca will be exiting the ABC sudser this coming March.  She has played Elizabeth for 14 years.

An ABC Spokesperson told Soaps In Depth, “Storyline dictates the exit of Elizabeth Webber this spring. The next few months promise to be a ‘not to miss’ story for the character. We at ABC and GH wish Rebecca Herbst nothing but the best in her future endeavors.”

So there goes any chance for Liason fans out the window or even a Lucky/Liz reunion somewhere down the line! So what do you think the powers-that-be have in store to wrap up Becky Herbst’s story? Let us know!

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Kelly
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Kelly

It is extremely disheartening that GH has let Becky Herbst go. I feel that GH has such little regard for their veteran actors so as a result I have decided to no longer be a GH viewer. GH has disappointed me for the last time.

Eileen
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Eileen

I second that! I am tired of General Hospital doing their mob storylines and axing every good character that gets in its way. They managed to completely trash her character before letting her go. What a class act GH firing a woman right after having a baby. I refuse to watch this show any longer. While theyre going around making these changes they should change the name too. This isnt a hospital show anymore its the Sonny, Jason and Carly show. Give me a break…

Heather
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Heather

I third that! I have not been watching GH for awhile (maybe 3 months or so) and now this is just one more reason to NEVER watch GH again!

jessica o.
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jessica o.

i 4th that…they should Not have fired her and i don’t understand why they r keeping th and not oltl and amc!!!???

bertramsey
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bertramsey

I’m with you! GH writers refuse to give the fans what we want. They just keep pushing Sonny and anybody in his orbit, which did not include Elizabeth. That lifestyle was too “dangerous” for her and her children. But bringing back Jonathan Jackson and then a year later getting rid of Becky Herbst?! And keeping (lame) Siobhan and Brooklynn? What kind of lunacy is this?!

Natalie
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Natalie

I’m disgusted at the way she has been treated. Becky was a loyal member of GH family, never moaned or whinged about her storyline even when it was a completel WTF to the character. She did her job and did it 150% every time. Storylined dictated? Translation we can’t sell the unsellable couples we currently have and the big names we brought back have not brought in the ratings so lets just screw Becky over and in the process we can trash the Elizabeth character because we don’t need that fanbase anyway. GOOD LUCKU with that you MRONSt

Cee
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Cee

Beautifully stated! with your permission, I would love to share this with my friends… I think it is exactly how we are all feeling right now!

Natalie
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Natalie

Absolutely…please share with anyone you would like. Becky deserves every bit of the support she is getting

Dana
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Dana

PERFECT post. JJ flopped, VM flopped, Jasam BOMBED and somehow a woman not involved with ANY of them is fired in the hopes that if she leaves, somehow the past 2 years of NO Liason interaction and all Jasam pimping will now work? Hmm. Same with Sucky. Lucky and the Spitter are bombing. So getting rid of a woman that basically has NO interaction with them will change that?

Frons is a genius. 1.7’s will be considered GOOD when this is all said and done. CYA GH.

yvonne
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yvonne

ITA She always gave her best, always tried to sell whatever garbage they gave her and did it with grace and without bad-mouthing them. She was a bright light on a dark depressing show. I really believe in the long run; she is the winner.

Tonya
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Tonya

I have no words to this dumb move by the higer ups and Frons cause this all reeks agenda. I am no longer watching or supporting this show and the ABC network and Disney because if they actually listen to the fans they would know that Becky Herbst is loved. I wish Becky the best and will follow her where she goes. This is the reason the soaps are dying out because of the people in charge think they know what we want to see. I am so hurt and pissed off that we have been screwed again.

Cee
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Cee

AMEN!

Nancy
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Nancy

Idiots…will be watching whichever soap is lucky enough to get Rebecca…she’s a class act…love her.
good luck gH…direction you’re going you’re gonna need it…won’t be watching again…never seen a soap let go of talented actors and keep “others”….unbelievable…

anissa
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anissa

TIIC shot themselves in the foot with this stupid move. They’re are a lot of angry fans out there that will more than likely turn off their tvs. This agenda driven soap is in for rude awakening if they think Liz/Becky fans will continue to watch the drivel Guza & his minions will be putting out on our screens in the next few weeks. Bad business move & their low ratings will continue to tell the story. I won’t be watching!!!

Angela
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Angela

“So what do you think the powers-that-be have in store to wrap up Becky Herbst’s story?” I am afraid the powers-that-be are going to continue to ruin Elizabeth all the way to the end. She’s always been thrown under the bus for someone. First there was Courtney. Elizabeth and Jason were well on their way to being together when the show suddenly switched directions and put Jason with Courtney and Elizabeth with Ric. Then there was Sam in 2008. Jason and Elizabeth were once again this close to being a couple when in November 2008 Jason is suddenly thrust into… Read more »

Linda
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Linda

I think that this is pathetic to let ABC or GH lose a talented actress. This just makes me not want to watch this pathetic excuse of a show anymore. GH needs to be the next soap that gets cancelled.

beccab
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beccab

I’m furious with GH for this decision. I’m not a big fan of LIz, but this show has lost too many legacy characters already. Liz has such potential as a character, and there is NO REASON why “storyline” would dictate that she leaves. Good writers know how to craft dramatic stories without axing one of the few remaining legacy characters, one with a HUGE fan base. I love this show, and I’m really afraid this decision could be a major blow to its health.

Di
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Di

Again GH doesn’t fail to disappoint. Storyline dictated is complete bs. There was more than enough story for the character of Liz Webber. Goes to show agenda and politics are running ABC soaps. All I can say is they finally made it easy for me to walk away for GOOD. With no RH to watch, there is no reason to . Giving up GH for good is now an easy thing to do . Adios GH. Hello Y and R 🙂

Jacqueline
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Jacqueline

I am sadden and heart broken by the news that they would do this to actress who has been loyal to General Hospital. I have been viewer of GH for over 25 years. This was the last straw for this viewer who was hoping that GH would turn the stories around. Its a sad day for not only Elizabeth fans, Liason or LL2 but for viewers who love the vets and history of GH. She was character who tied to major families Webbers, Hardy, Q’s, Morgan and Spensers. Is GH trying to wipe out the old in order to bring… Read more »

sassy1971
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sassy1971

It’s a crime, that such a popular actress is thrown under the bus, not because fan’s don’t love her, I’ve been a fan for 14 years. But personal agenda’s. It’s a sad day at Gh and they have lost a long time fan.

Amy
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Amy

I am so disgusted with this show! I can’t believe they would disrespect an actress who has been nothing but wonderful to them and the show. No way do I believe it is storyline dictated. Elizabeth is a core character! She is tied to the Webber/Hardy’s and the Quartermaines. There are still paternity reveals. There is plenty to write for her..this show is just too stupid or ignorant to do it. This is one fan who is done with General Hospital for good!

Cassandra Crisp
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Cassandra Crisp

It’s truly a shame that GH would fire such a loyal and fabulous actress in Becky Herbst. She made the character of Elizabeth Webber lovable to garner such a huge, huge fanbase. This is a huge travesty and I guarantee it will come back to bite GH, the executes (yes I’m talking about you Mr. Frons & Ms. Phelps) in the behind. She was one of the core actresses for this show and you have now ripped that core away from the show and the viewers who watch. It’s going to be a shame to see this show, that I’ve… Read more »

Bren
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Bren

I will not be watching Becky’s “exit story”. I have already deleted GH from my dvr. For me, this was the proverbial last nail in the coffin. Becky, you are beautiful inside and out. You were the last reason I hung on to trying to watch GH. I will follow you wherever you end up. Your fans adore you. Thank you for all your amazing work. To the powers that be over at Prospect? You are idiots and your inability to understand or care what fans want or like is now clear. Loyalty works both ways. I’m only one fan… Read more »

Christian
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Christian

They’ll write her a villain or kill her off so Jason and Sam can have Jake. Her firing has agenda written all over it. Erin Chambers getting contract just days ago is another smack to Becky’s face IMO. Never thought Jonathan returning would mean Becky’s exit, not after giving 14 loyal years to GH-she never left, never heard of her complaining. I am a Liason and LL2 fan personally, but I love Elizabeth pairing or no pairing. This GH fan is out.

Jamie
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Jamie

Wow, it stinks ! Get rid of Sonny and Brenda and Brooklynn, Liz is much prettier and has better reasons to be there. Why does GH and AMC writers screw up good things.
Sorry Liz that u were let go. You are a great actress. I will miss you. I will turn the channel when Brenda/Brooklynn and Sonny are on !

laura
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laura

its a black day in soaps with this news…GH has made a big mistake with this move
I know that as as an elizabeth fan from day 1…..as of today i am done with GH

Dana
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Dana

And Jasam will STILL BOMB. When you have to get rid of the competition because your couple pulls 1.7’s how the hell do you think getting rid of her will suddenly make them successful? Only Brian Frons is that brilliant 🙂 Lucky & the Redhead and Jason and the baby stalker will STILL TANK. BH didn’t have anything to do with the failure of both.

kelly
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kelly

I’m very disappointed in abc. They have let go the only reason that I watch GH. Well no longer. My thoughts and prayer are go out to Becky and her family. Becky when you find another Job please let your fan know.

Kiki
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Kiki

I’m terribly saddened and angered by the complete disrespect ABC Daytime has for its actors and its fans. Rebecca Herbst is a very talented actress who has been a fundamental part of GH for well over a decade now. Her character has ties to many families on the show as well as many different historical, core storylines; storylines that define characters as they are today (or who they should be were they written true to character). It shows a complete lack of loyalty and creativity to fire her under the guise of it being ‘storyline dictated.’ There is no storyline… Read more »

Helene Thomas
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Helene Thomas

First fire Guza for delivering horrible storylines for the past 5 years. Bringing back Vanessa Marcil didn’t help. Fire Luke, who is not what anyone seems, take less vacations. He has too many Daytime Emmies. Guza, you are going to lose more
three fourths of your audience.

Trim53
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Trim53

I’m truly saddened by this. GH has been pretty awful for quite a long time now, but I held on out of habit, and love for the character of Elizabeth. This will truly be the end of “my” GH; it will be the excuse I was looking for to finally let go. RH always seemed so genuine and gracious and professional. She didn’t deserve this, and Elizabeth didn’t deserve this. RH is one of the most talented actresses in daytime. I hope another show has the good sense to scoop her up and put that talent to proper use.

Somalia
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Somalia

I’m truly disheartened by the firing of Rebecca Herbst. The excuse that was given to her fans about “storyline dictates her exit” is an excuse to used to sell other big lame & unbelievable storylines that are on the horizon. Then the ABC execs have the unmitigated gall to encourage all her fans not miss her exit storyline because it promises to be good. I shutter to think the mess of a storyline that Guza will come up with. I myself and others like me will not stick around to watch the annihilation of the beloved character that Becky put… Read more »

bookworm
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bookworm

Ditto!!!!

Monique
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Monique

The assinine decision by TPTB will come back to bite them. I’ve watched Rebecca Herbst since her character arrived on GH’s canvas & it has been a pleasure to watch her grow as an actress. I just want to thank her for all that she has given her fanbase & brought to her character throughout the years. This decision has certainly helped me to finally let go of GH for good. I was holding out for hope that the show would get better but I was wrong and can no longer support a show I don’t enjoy or recognize. The… Read more »

Dani Austin
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Dani Austin

Brian Frons’ obsession with making the audience love JaSam is one of the reasons behind this. Frons is well aware of the Liason fandom and this is the only solution he has for finally getting that fanbase to turn towards JaSam. Heck it is already out there that Sam will have a miracle baby so in his mind that will take away the audiences longing for Jason to get back with the mother of his son. Regardless, I wish Rebecca all the best and maybe one of the other shows (non-ABC) will realize her popularity and pick her up.

Carol
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Carol

Yesterday was a say day for me…not only was Becky fired from GH, but Jay and Shelly left Days. 🙁 I am a long-time viewer…began watching the show its very first day with my Mom. GH and TIIC there are making a huge mistake letting Becky go. They have driven this once lovely character into the ground and stomped on her big time…all to prop other ladies vying for the affections of Lucky, Jason, Rick and Nic. GH hasn’t quite held my interest for years now, especially since catering to Sonny, Jason and the mob. I much preferred the stories… Read more »

CJClark
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CJClark

I have watched GH for over 40 years. Over the years, I have watched for many reasons, s/ls, characters, romances, etc. For the last 14 years, I have watched because of Elizabeth and, of course, because of her pairing with Jason. I have tried to be patient, waiting for the day when the powers that be get a clue and bring the character of Elizabeth back from dead, pair her with the only man she is ever suppose to love (Jason) and show the fans that someone cares about the legacy of her character and the history of the show.… Read more »

bookworm
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bookworm

Ditto!!

me
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me

what will it take for GH to finally ask the fans what and who we want to see.. I can never figure that out.. the talent that they have let go is un justifiable,,(sp) Someone should let TPTB all go and let the fans write the stories… Best of luck Rebecca.. u derserve better and u will get it… u will be missed

Keeks
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Keeks

I wish Becky Herbst all the best wherever she goes. I am truly heartbroken that the soap I used to love has been reduced to favourtism and destruction of legacy characters to further backstage politics. I was holding on and still watching because Becky was still on the show. Now that she’s been unceremoniously let go, I have no reason to continue. I’m not sure I can say anything more. Too sad to say more.

Paula
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Paula

I am so sad that they fired Becky I have loved Liz since the day she came onto the show and no other actress can replace her. I have been a GH fan since childhood that was over 30 years ago and am now done with the show. The people at GH has ruined the show I used to rush home from school to watch.

Susan Rotanz
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Susan Rotanz

I feel bad for Rebecca Herbst and wish her well. To be honest I just didn’t see where her character was going to go, unless they introduced a new love interest. Lucky is finally moving on, Nikolas is moving on, and Jason moved on long ago. I don’t think I really liked or rooted for her character since she and Lucky were together the first time. I grew tired and bored of Liz and was upset how she would treat Lucky and go back and forth so much. I am hoping however that she will be presumed dead so she… Read more »

Kristina
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Kristina

I am saddened and disappointed with GH. Becky was the reason I started watching GH and she will be the reason I stop watching. This is going to come back and bite the in the azz.

Joanne
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Joanne

Adios GH….What agenda driven rubbish…..all about “pets” and not FAN FAVOURITES.Becky when you decide what you are going to do please let your fans know as whatever you do you will be a success, beautiful, charming and talented win out 🙂 I won’t say i will miss you on GH as i won’t be watching that drivel……..

Kat-an-ex-GH-watcher
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Kat-an-ex-GH-watcher

I’m deeply saddened & angered by the complete disrespect ABC /GH has for its actors and its fans. Rebecca Herbst is a very talented actress who has been a fundamental part of GH for many years. They remove a classy, independant, hard-working single mother, just to promote the idea of conniving, trampy, slutty women characters? Do tptb have any idea who their audience is? As a woman, I am offended by the sleaze over wholesome, realistic characters I can better relate to. To fire Ms. Herbst under the guise of it being ‘storyline dictated’ is a feeble excuse propogated by… Read more »

T
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T

I’m truly disgusted by this news. I have never, in all my 15 years of watching GH, hated a character being axed like this. “Can’t miss story?” Oh, you mean destroying the legacy character to further agenda? Yeah, I can see it happening and I am saddened by it. I am in shock that newbies, the 20 or more so we’ve gotten in the last 4 years get to stay, but someone like Elizabeth Webber, with two very popular pairings, a rich history, an amazing storyline like rape, and a family legacy is being pushed off the show. I can’t… Read more »

Hannah
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Hannah

I came back to watch General Hospital when Jonathan Jackson returned. And I will stop watching completely now that Rebecca Herbst has been fired. I came back to watch to see Lucky and Elizabeth finally reunited. And instead TPTB tried as hard as possible to make sure that I would never want them again. They failed. I feel like this is a huge mistake. Just like I think it was a massive mistake to kill off Emily 2007. But, you know what? Given that GH is getting record low ratings, and IMO will be lucky to make it to 2013.… Read more »

RICKIE
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RICKIE

GH’s direction dumbfounds me. Killing off Alan Quartermaine, Tony Jones, Georgie Jones, A.J. Quartemaine and Emily Quartermaine was bad enough. Personally, I cannot watch the Sonny Corinthos Show while great actors like Leslie Charleson get back-burnered and downgraded.

I started watching this show again sporadically last year, and all I saw were Brenda look-alikes running about (Sam, Claire, et al) in addition to that extremely annoying Laura Wright, who apparently believes incessantly gnashing her teeth while delivering her dialogue is fierce acting. This show is going downhill FAST!

Rosalyn
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Rosalyn

I started watching the show because of Rebecca Herbst and I am appalled that the excutives would let endless opportunities of great stories to tell (let alone the untapped and unfinished story of the nurse and the hitman and their secret child) with Ms. Herbst slip through there hands. Ms. Herbst must be commended for making the horrible material she was given to work with over the pass three years shine with her abilities.

I will no longer be tuning in and I will switch networks.

Hckychc
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Hckychc

I am speechless and completely disgusted with GH!! Letting go Becky is just another faux pas in a long list of mistakes the soap is making on its way to its death. Becky is beautiful, talented and portrays a character that was easy to relate to, not mention has a huge piece of P.C. history (I believe she is the granddaughter of 2 of the soaps founding characters). The Powers that Be at GH never gave her the credit that she deserves. Storylines can be changed and the storyline does not dictate it that is just the polite way to… Read more »

Heather
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Heather

“Storyline dictates” is the lamest reason I have ever heard. YOU write the story GH. Write one for Rebecca Herbst. She is not only an incredible actress and wonderful person but Elizabeth Webber is one of the few remaining legacy characters on GH. Why don’t you surprise us all and write an amazing story of how Elizabeth “dies” but then have it be that Helena has kidnapped her. Have her “death” make Jason realize how much he still and always will love Elizabeth and he doesn’t want a child with anyone else. Then let Jason find out that Elizabeth is… Read more »

Jen
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Jen

The decision to fire Rebecca Herbst is mind-boggling on many levels. She has chemistry with everyone she works with, she is a terrific actress, she is beautiful, and her character is a wonderful soap heroine. Elizabeth is a legacy character. She’s the granddaughter of Steve Hardy. It’s insulting that the show is asking us to watch the demise and departure of a favored heroine. This decision is foolish and shortsighted, and I will no longer be watching General Hospital.

Judyann1982
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Judyann1982

Well, GH has done it again. They killed off most the Q’s, brought Steven on so Elizabeth would have family and then they FIRE her. WTH? Now we lose another Webber. The core families are basically gone now. I have watched GH for almost 40 years, since I was little and I HATE what Guza and Frons have done to my show. Cannot stand Jason and the spammer and I WILL NOT watch them take Jake and have a baby of their own. What a travesty! I LOVE Liason and I am very sad today.

Dawn D
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Dawn D

After more than 40 watching GH I will not watch anymore. Liz and Jason were my all time fav couple of all the soaps I’ve watched over the years. I fault the entire mgmt of GH at fault. I’m shocked and saddened for Becky. I hope Becky returns to a repaired GH and finally give us Liason/Steve&Becky.

Dawn D
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Dawn D

Forgot I’m going to live with FanFic which I love so keep writing:)

Doe
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Doe

I’ve always wanted Lucky and Liz to find their way back to each other. I don’t know what the powers that be are thinking. I’m not fond of Erin and don’t find her accent to be real. I am very disappointed, especially when we know she is working with “The Balkan”. What wil happen to Lucky’s children and Nicolas, too. It’s crazy!

Belle
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Belle

I’m beyond words right now. GH is making a big mistake in letting Rebecca Herbst go.

Waltina
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Waltina

I was stunned to read that General Hospital fired Rebecca Herbst. She is one of the best actresses on this show when given the right material. I have watched this show for years and seen her given great performances . The Zander storyline, the Rape storyline,Jason and Liz, Liz giving birth to Jake, Telling Jason that Jake was his son, then their all to brief lovestory, the Metro Hostage Storyline when Jason finds Liz, let’s not forget Liz and Ric, Liz saving Sam’s life. The story i loved the most was Jason and Liz one night stand. There is so… Read more »

Ronni Craig
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Ronni Craig

I too am done with this crapfest of a show. Have been an avid viewer for over 40 years. Started watching the half hour show after school. Been through thick and thin and always remained loyal. But this was the last straw. Becky is an amazing actor and one fabulous designer to boot. Now it is apparent why her s/l’s have been so awful over the past year. It is so sad that this once great show has turned to unwatchable crap. Gloria Monty must be turning over in her grave to see what the idiots in charge have done… Read more »

Alison
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Alison

I was shocked to find out Rebecca was let go.Shes a fantastic actress and has alot more story to tell.ABC put the nail in GH coffin by firing Rebecca.

ty
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ty

I see others are saying Daytime Confidential broke this and not Soaps in depth. Just an fyi

Mich
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Mich

Do TPTB actually read any of our comments? I have seen similar sentiments on MANY websites, do you guys think Guza and others actually hear us? Instead of bringing on WASTES of time like Franco and, I’m sorry to say this, Brenda 2.0, maybe they should be investing in characters and actors who have been there through the incredible amounts of crap that have been heaved at them for years. Becky dealt with storylines such as Elizabeth’s marriage to Ric and her affair with Nikolas like a pro, eventhough we all know she probably hated every minute of each storyline.… Read more »

Berolinum
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Berolinum

I wouldn’t blame JaSam for the exit of Liz/Becky. In fact I loved the verbal fights and discussions between Liz and Sam. That’s what soap is all about. I’ll miss that. Now it will be boring. I think it’s a MONEY problem. Expensive guest stars such as D. Benzali, J. Franco and S. Roche (don’t get me wrong I love J. Jacks) are the reason. And the return of Brenda wasnt cheap either. Now they signed “Siobhan” OMG. If you want to get rid of somebody – take Dante. Never liked him. Put Micheal into prison, lied to Lulu. Let… Read more »

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She’s one of the best of the best!  And on Saturday, Nancy Lee Grahn acknowledged the start of her 25th year as Alexis Davis on ABC’s General Hospital. 

Nancy, who daytime fans first loved on One Life to Live and then Santa Barbara, came to Port Charles and quickly became one of its leading mainstays.

On Twitter, marking the occasion, Nancy thanked her fans with this: “Wow! I start my 25th year on  @generalhospital  today. What a ride. It’s been one of my greatest pleasures to be connected to & supported by such a beautiful, loving, loyal #gh audience. We are and have always been in this together. I hope you can feel my most sincere virtual hug.”

Currently in story, Alexis just lost the new love of her life Neil and on Friday’s episode of GH, Alexis was blamed for his death by Neil’s brother when she tried to attend his memorial service.  Later, she landed at the Floating Rib with Valentin – but when he got into it with Ned and stepped outside, Alexis ordered a drink.  Not a good sign for this recovering alcoholic, and all this came on the heels of Alexis learning she has osteoporosis.

Through the years, story after story, beat after beat, we are lucky to have Nancy on our screens with her consistently riveting and honest performances.

What has been your favorite Alexis storyline through the years?  And … make sure to wish Nancy a ‘happy 25th’ via the comment section below.

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The post by Hayley said: “I had to pop in and wish my husband a happy day of birth… I fuckin love you man @adamfergus ♥️ And many thanks to the incomparable @sheenfalls for our honeymoon.”

In addition, Erin shared several other pics – one of which was Adam’s with his wedding band on.  =Fergus expressed to his bride: “You’re simply the best.”

None other than the actress Erin replaced on GH, Kristen Alderson, also commented on the wedding news sharing: “Husband!?! Yay!!! Congratulations!!!!❤️❤️❤️You two are beyond amazing together, so happy for you!”

Check out Erin’s Instagram gallery post below.

Then, share your congratulations and well-wishes for Adam and Erin via the comment section.

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Led by storyline standouts: Maurice Benard (Sonny) and Max Gail (Mike), who once again acted their hearts out in their final scenes together, the entire ensemble of actors who were part of this storyline each had their moments and each delivered which made Mike’s passing all the more poignant.

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Of course, there was the surprise moment where Mike is met by his late daughter Courtney and escorted to heaven that both Alicia Leigh Willis and Max Gail played so beautifully without saying hardly a word.

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