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Robert Kelker Kelly On The Making Of His GH Return As Stavros Cassadine & His Favorite Soap Role!

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

In a very intriguing and revealing interview, the elusive Robert Kelker Kelly bares all in a brand new feature with Soap Opera Uncensored’s Nelson Branco!

Robert discusses his shocking return to General Hospital’50th anniversary celebration as Stavros Cassadine, what his favorite soap opera role of all-time happens to be, if Stavros is set for a return, and why he turned away from acting to follow his most recent career path as a pilot.  SOU also names Robert the “Sexiest Man Alive of 2013” for obvious reasons!  Here are a few excerpts from the interview below!

Robert on if he we was shocked to get a call to return to GH:  “Absolutely. I was completely gobsmacked. Shawn Reeves [former GL and AW costume designer], who is a friend of mine, got the job at GH, which is how they found me. I also keep in touch with Jill Farren Phelps, David Forsythe, Kale Brown and[Laurence Lau and a few other people. We have a little network. So, when I got the call, I was sworn to secrecy — absolutely sworn to secrecy! Frank said, “You will be killed painfully if you tell anyone!” (Laughs) … The more I found out about Frank and how he likes to keep things close to the vest, the more that made sense. I absolutely think he’s right, by the way. No one should know what’s happening with these storylines. It was a pleasant surprise. My boss, the person I fly for, was very kind and intrigued and said, ‘Go do it and have fun.”

Robert on if Stavros is still in a human freezer:  “To my knowledge, he’s still frozen. I came back to shoot some flashbacks, so you’ll see that stuff. Who knows? He’s been frozen before so you never know… ”

Robert on what his favorite soap role knowing he was Bo on DAYS and Sam on AW:  ” Stavros, absolutely. By far. I’ve enjoyed working on GH more than I have on any other show ever. The reason specifically is because of the people on GH. They are class acts.”

So GH fans, would you like to see an thawed-out Stavos return to cause havoc? Did you enjoy RKK’s stint on GH? Is he the Sexiest Man Alive?  Weigh-in!

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jimh
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jimh

I like suprises on soaps…makes them more interesting…so if he returns id rather not know…they shouldve kept Leslie a secret.

Ces
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Ces

I hope Stavros and RKK return to GH. His stint was far too short.
Also, can’t blame him for naming Days his favorite role considering the shabby way they dumped him when Peter Reckell returned to his role.

Ces
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Ces

*not* naming that is.

Kate Moehn
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Kate Moehn

I agree with you! Robert is younger
and cuter than Peter Reckle! I liked
Peter until they cut Robert Kelker Kelly
for Peter to return! So I agree with you!

Ces
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Ces

I was always a fan of Peter’s but RKK had amazing chemistry with Lisa Rinna and it was super shabby how Days treated him at the end. Bo & Hope were never really the same after that last return. Hope he returns to GH.

Beacon
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Beacon

RKK is the real and the only Bo Brady. Bo and Billie were the best.

Patrick
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Patrick

Cheers.
High 5.
Ooh La La Sexy
Hot it up.

Bo and Billie sizzled.

I wish he’d return to DAYS – Hope and Jenn would have all the help they’d need with RKK to romance.

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

Love him as Stavros! And yeah, he’s been frozen before – no biggie. He’ll be back…with Helena!

su0000
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su0000

yah, they both just need to thaw out..

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I know he played Sam on AW, who was married to Amanda Cory, but wasn’t he also Shane Roberts on AW too? I loved that triangle between Shane Vicky and Jake. I was so mad when they killed Shane off- but still remember some great shows come as a result of that death– who could forget that court room scene when Jake realized Vicky was up at the cabin with Shane the night of the accident? It is too bad no show has a role for Tom Eplin, would LOVE to see him back on daytime too.

Larry
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Larry

Yes, RKK was Shane Roberts and Bobby Reno in AW. Loved him on that show in all his characters.

jimh
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jimh

Id like to see Tom Eplin on Days as BO.

Allie
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Allie

That would be interesting. Eplin would make a great Bo- Kelly was the best Bo. Always thought Eplin would be really good on GH as Sam’s dad.

Kelly
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Kelly

YES!! would lovvvve to see Tom Eplin back on a soap, days or gh preferably!! RKK’s return was great, he’s still so HOT! I loved him as Sam and Bo too!! (i really loved Sam and Amanda!)

Bina
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Bina

I absolutely LOVE Robert K. Kelly believe or not he was the best recast ever on DOOL. I loved Bo & Billie (Lisa Rinna) I believe he is the Sexxxxxiest Man Alive!!!!. Not very familiar with his role as Starvos but I can get very familiar with the role. I miss seeing on my TV screen daily. So glad GH asked him to return. KUDOS to Frank Valentini…. #happycamper

Ric
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Ric

Yes. Bring him back. Sexiest man on daytime! Luke needs a challenge.

nessmes50
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nessmes50

Yes, bring him back..he is a Hotttiiieeeee..We need more eyecandy on GH…..lol

louisa
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louisa

LOVE him! But I agree, let it be a secret. This man has chemistry with anyone and everyone.

janet
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janet

I was very happy to see him return, who knows if he came back to days I might even watch again, maybe not that show should be called days of Sammi’s life,.I would never watch it while she is with Elvis. RKK was great and I would love to see him thawed out going after Lulu.

Gh lover
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Gh lover

Loved him on Another World, Days and GH! He dhould cone back with memory loss like Lulu and he should be paired with Brita 😉 oh yeah!

BonnieJ
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BonnieJ

yes, much to short of a return, I am guessing that he and Mama Helena are frozen together.

g.bryan
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g.bryan

Oh yes…please General hospital or Frank Valentine I beg of you to bring back robert kelker kelly and he is the sexiest man on daytime.

heidi
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heidi

Sure… He’s great!

Charday
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Charday

He is sexy. I liked the chemistry between him and Luke.

Kelly
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Kelly

His return was waaaaaaaaaaaay too short! Bring him back to par with Luke and give us gals something to look at too!

Patti
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Patti

Yes I want to see Starvos RObert K Kelly is the one who can play him so well He needs to interact with Nik hes son

RICKIE
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RICKIE

He was definitely a much better Bo Brady than the limited, jowly Peter Reckell.

Lmac
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Lmac

I couldn’t agree with you more!!

Blake
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Blake

To me his best and hottest soap role was Sam on Another World. Sam and Amanda were such a hot couple, a soap mag I got had a centerfold of them that I put up in my room. Next to Guiding Light’s Nick and Mindy Sam and Amanda were IT!

Also his Bo with Billie on Days of Our Lives. Days was on FIRE at that time, I had to keep up with what was going on all the time.

Shaun
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Shaun

BRING HIM BACK!!!!!! He is the best Villian on GH! He brings an extra something to the role, it’s divine! BRING HIM BACK GH!!!!!!

MARY DITANNA PENDRAK
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MARY DITANNA PENDRAK

WOULD LOVE TO HAVE HIM COME BACK AGAIN ON GH. I LOVE THE SNEAKY WAY THAT TPTB CAN GET AWAY WITH. EVEN IF ROBERT COMES BACK FOR A SHORT VISIT A FEW TIMES WILL MAKE US, HIS FANS VERY HAPPY. YES , HE IS AN ADORABLE MAN, GOOD ACTOR, GOOD EYE CANDY, (HEY, I’M NOT DEAD YET! JUST BECAUSE I’M OLDER!!!!) I STILL CAN DROOL, AND MAYBE SOMEWHAT DOWN THE LINE WITH THE STORYLINE, ALOT OF QUESTIONS COULD BE ANSWERED FOR EVERYONE THIS TIME AROUND. THANKS FOR SHARING THIS GOOD INTERVIEW. JUST LOVE READING ALL YOUR INTERVIEWS MICHAEL.

KELLY&MICHAEL FAN
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KELLY&MICHAEL FAN

Is he SAM MCALL FATHER!!!!!

INQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW?????

Allie
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Allie

That will never happen, because Stavros is Sam’s half-uncle (or is it second-cousin?). They’re related.

Elise
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Elise

In the 15 years I’ve been watching GH, RKK’s Stavros is by far the most sexy, devilish, awesome character I got to see, and my favorite! I will keep on hoping that he’ll be back once in a while, Helena-style, so that we can appreciate RKK in all his glory!

Backaroo
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Backaroo

I’VE LIKED RKK SINCE I FIRST SAW HIM AS SAM FOWLER ON ANOTHER WORLD. I ALSO LIKED HIM AS BO BRADY ON DAYS. THERE’S ALSO HIS TURN AS BOBBY ON ANOTHER WORLD. AND OF COURSE AS STAVROS CASSADINE ON GH. WOULD LIKE TO SEE HIS RETURN ON GH, EVEN IF HE’S PLAYING A BADDIE. YOU ARE MISSED RKK.

Cathy O'Sick
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Cathy O'Sick

Stavros return was television well worth watching. It carried the element of surprise along with the tantalizing wonder of what would happen next. Soap at its best.

Lmac
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Lmac

Robert Kelker Kelly is definitely the sexiest man alive!! I have been a huge fan of his since he was Sam Fowler and it’s been so wonderful to see him in different roles over the years. It is a big relief and joy to see him back on tv and I really hope he stays!!! Nice to see some updated photos of him too, I’m really digging the salt and pepper hair!!!

PJ Lear
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PJ Lear

Good to see Robert back as Stavros. I knew he would be back one day since he wasn’t killed off in 2001. Hope Helena comes back too. I know he has another career that is important to him and that he will only be on for a short time. Don’t kill him off. Keep him coming back from time to time.

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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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GH’s Finola Hughes, Marcus Coloma & Josh Swickard Talk On 15,000th Episode Milestone

The juggernaut that is ABC’s General Hospital, is marking yet another accomplishment in its storied 59-year-history.  The iconic soap opera is set to air on Wednesday, June 22nd (unless preempted), its 15,000th episode.

As part of the celebration, General Hospital’s Finola Hughes (Anna Devane), Marcus Coloma (Nikolas Cassadine) and Josh Swickard (Chase), who all appear in the standalone episode, chat with Michael Fairman to mark the occasion.

During the conversation now on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, Finola and Marcus, and later Josh, who logged on later while at Disneyland, discuss: their beginnings on GH from landing their respective roles, who in the cast perhaps most intimated them, at first, and what it has meant to be part of the legacy of General Hospital.  In addition, Finola, Marcus, and Josh reveal some of their more challenging storylines, and more.

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Later, the trio each gives us a tease of what’s to come now that Nikolas has slept with Esme (Avery Pohl), what lies ahead for Anna and her love-interest Valentin (James Patrick Stuart), and Josh talks on working with his on-screen love-interest, Amanda Setton (Brook Lynn Quartermaine).

Watch for a special appearance by GH’s Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos) within the interview, as we do a deep-dive of being part of the ensemble cast.

We also take a moment to send out our condolences to Kristina (Felicia) and Jack Wagner (Ex-Frisco) on the passing of their son, Harrison, and how you can donate to the scholarship fund in his honor.

Check out our GH 15K interview with Finola, Marcus, and Josh below, and make sure to ‘subscribe’ to the Michael Fairman Channel for more upcoming features, interviews, and upcoming Daytime Emmy red carpet coverage.

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