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Roger Howarth Confirms Departure from GH, Shares Appreciation for Daytime Fans: “I Am Deeply Grateful to Each Sparkly One of Them”

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Many soap fans are heartbroken following the news that Roger Howarth is out at General Hospital after his Port Charles character of Dr. Austin-Gatlin Holt has been killed-off, marking the end of Howarth’s recent run on the ABC daytime drama series.

On Monday, Howarth confirmed his exit from General Hospital with a touching post on his official Instagram account.

Howarth taped his last episode of GH back in October, and after Monday’s airshow it was revealed that Austin met his maker. Taking to his Instagram, Roger shared several touching word to the fans, the cast and crew of General Hospital, and that he is looking forward to the future.

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In his post, Roger expressed: “Still life with coffee and rabbit ears (referring to his photo).”  He then went on to say, “Three things that I know for sure…”

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Number one was, “Daytime fans are lovely and amazing and supportive and dedicated and I am deeply grateful to each sparkly one of them.” The second,”I enjoyed my time at General Hospital and wish the cast and crew the best and continued success. It was a pleasure working with you all.” And the third, “Life is amazing. We just don’t Ever know what’s gonna happen. How great!”

Roger ended his appreciation post with hope for the future, “Turn toward the light. Always. Huge thank you to you all.”

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The actor has had an incredible daytime career appearing on Guiding Light, Loving, One Life to Live, As the World Turns and General Hospital as three different characters (Todd, Franco and Austin) from 2012-2023. Howarth has been nominated five-times for a Daytime Emmy and winning once back in 1994 for his performance as Todd Manning on One Life to Live.

Now the question becomes, will daytime fans get to see Roger on another soap? Share your thoughts on Howarth’s thoughtful and touching farewell to his time on General Hospital via the comment section below.

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A class act all the way. Perhaps if corporate charges their minds, Todd could return some day.

Roger’s a leading man who was stuck playing a tertiary character as Austin. A lesser actor would’ve been dropped from the role after 6 months. He was very kind to not chastise the writers for lack of character development. In actuality, other than the moments of spark with Britt, Austin just never fit in.

To Roger’s credit, he took a totally unlikable character in Franco and made him interesting to watch. Chemistry with Stafford, Herbst, Shriner and Robin Mattson definitely helped.

What a shame, Roger is amazing. Mistake on GH to kill Franco off. I actually liked Frano & Elizabeth together with the boys. I love Roger and will miss him – he is a gem of an actor. GH’s loss – though, I never was interested in Austin, but his scenes with Maura West were always magnetic. Such chemistry there and… what a loss for GH.

I am tired of the dud that is Michael Easton. Silas, Hamilton etc etc are all snooze feasts. I don’t like Hamiton with Elizabeth – it’s still forced.
Enter the return as Franco… wishful thinking.

DAYS bring Roger Howarth on as the nu-Peter Blake… get him on contract for anything, DAYS!

You will be missed. Hope to see u somewhere on our screens soon.

Aaawwww sad– I luves Roger…he was given roles on GH well below his talents…

If he had been given an opportunity to have a great character he would have rocked GH and would have become a top-of-the-line character/actor and would be a GH mainstay Star.

Wasted, Roger was wasted- shame on the producers and writers..

Roger is gold and treated as tin…. imo

WTH is wrong with TPTB that they can’t write for this amazing actor?!? I am beyond pis$ed off! Now what are they going to do? Bring him back as another character? Oh, brother! In my opinion, bringing him back as back-from-the-dead-Franco would require a lot of suspended belief ~ though I thought killing off Franco was a BIG mistake. I loved him with Elizabeth and her boys. Bringing him back as Todd would perhaps be interesting but what would draw him back to PC? Carly has moved on with Drew now and Starr is no longer there. It’s just a real shame!

He takes over Aurora Media in hostile bid. He saw how Victor and Vicki (OLTL) maintained the high standards of The Banner and wants to reinvent himself.

Bring him to Days he is awesome

With what budget? DAYS can’t afford to keep their own legacy characters, they certainly couldn’t find the money for Roger.

I’m trying to think of who he could play on Days if they did bring him on. Hell only knows the Horton family has been entirely wiped out. Only two people in the current cast using the Horton name are Lucas – who is stuck in prison and only seen once every 3 months or so, and Sarah, who I don’t think is sticking around long term either, and is not a bio-Horton.

Maybe they could bring him on as a recast of Scotty Banning, who would be Julie’s grandson & Eli’s half-brother? When we last saw Scotty… around 1990 or so, he had been SORASed and was played by Rick Hearst… who of course would later be Ric Lansing on GH.

So he wouldn’t have the Horton last name, but at least he would have some Horton DNA.

Now that said…. I’m not sure I want him on Days, because ReRon would try to make him the star of the show overnight… just like he did on GH.

Someone at Days read this and is saying “Hmmm” right now. I’M saying “Hmmm” right now.

So mad they got rid of roger Howarth!!!!

I have loved him since OLTL. I had the pleasure of meeting him at a Soap Opera function. He is an amazing, multifaceted actor. I wish Y & R would bring him in as a consultant for Sharon’s new business !! These two would have fabulous chemistry !!!

If they’re going to dump every character due to failure on the writers’ part then why not dump Esme, Willow, Michael, Finn and especially, that awful fake Drew? Roger is a gifted and unique actor who was thrown utter crappola. Here’s hoping he moves onward to better opportunities.

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GH’s Dominic Zamprogna Opens Up on Concerns that Dante Was A-Goner: “There’s Any Number of Ways Comas Can Go”

When Detective Dante Falconeri was shot by a Pikeman henchman, and Jason (Steve Burton) was revealed alive and well, it put actor Dominic Zamprogna in a coma, and a bad one in soap terms, at that. For awhile there, it was touch and go for Dante.

The good news is Dante pulled through and is now back to his old self, and just in time for Dominic Zamprogna’s 15th anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series, which is June 22nd.

Dominic spoke to Soap Opera Digest on his milestone, and reflected back on the fan response from earlier this year when it may have appeared he was exiting the show for a second time.

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Zamprogna shared, “It’s nice to hear you say that people were worried about me – when I went into Frank’s (Valentini, EP, GH) office and he told me I was going into a coma, I started to worry about me (laughs)!”

From working on GH for a decade and a half now, Zamprogna has seen his fair share of comas, and in fact, his then on-screen wife, Lulu Spencer Falconeri was written off the show having never awakened from her coma.

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“There’s any number of ways comas can go,” said the popular GH star. “People joke, ‘Oh, you’ve got easy work.’ And it’s like, ‘Yeah, as long as it’s an on-screen coma! I don’t want to be in an off-screen coma, because then I’m not on the show!” But honestly, that means the world because we all care what people think about us, you know? And if people are happy to have me around, it feels good, obviously. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t.”

So, are you glad that Dante is still alive and kicking? Did you think the show might write-off Dante after he was shot a few months back? Is it time, as Dominic head towards his 20th anniversary with the soap opera, for the powers-that-be to bring Lulu out of her coma? Should Dante and Sam (Kelly Monaco) eventually tie the knot? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Mac Comes Home

You probably needed the hankies during today’s Wednesday, June 19th episode of General Hospital, for it marked the return of fan favorite John J. York to his role as Mac Scorpio.

This was to be York’s first episode back on-screen since he underwent treatment for two blood cancers and revealed his health diagnosis and battle publicly back in September of 2023.

The scenes involving Mac gave viewers all the feels, and it looked as if reality and the soap blurred, especially in York’s scenes with his on-screen children, Maxie (who Max raised) and grandchildren, Georgie, James, and Bailey Louise, and wife, Felicia (Kristina Wagner).

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Since Mac was out of town supposedly down in South America helping a ‘friend’, some things have changed, including Spinelli (Bradford Anderson). having moved in with Maxie and the kids, to which Mac does not disapprove.

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In the meantime, Cody (Josh Kelly) is a man in conflict when he has second thoughts about not telling Mac he is his biological son.  When James shows up Maxie’s with Cody in tow, he lays his eyes upon the just-arrived-back-in-town Mac. The two share pleasant “hellos.” Later, back at the Quartermaine stables, Cody tells Tracy (Jane Elliot) the long and winding road story of not knowing who is father was for most of his life. Cody shares he finally found his father in Port Charles, but his father doesn’t know he has a son. Tracy thinks Cody now has a chance to re-set some things and should come clean.

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Meanwhile, Felicia keeps getting calls from Maxie while she is work at General Hospital and does not pick up. So, Felicia is unaware that her husband is back. Eventually, Felicia arrives at Maxie’s and is in for a big surprise when Mac appears and the two hug and share a kiss.

After the episode aired, and seeing the reaction from GH fans, John J. York took to his account on X. York expressed, “WOW!!! I’m just so humbled by your warm, kind and gracious words as Mac returned to PC! Your support has been monumental! I have a feeling, things are about to get interesting!”

So, what did you think about Mac’s homecoming on GH? Were you touched just seeing John J. York back in action on the ABC soap opera? Comment below.

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General Hospital’s Jophielle Love Talks On Violet’s Emotional Scenes with Finn, the Loss of Gregory, and Taylor Swift

During General Hospital’s recent episodes surrounding the death of Gregory Chase (Gregory Harrison), who succumbed to complications from ALS, many in the cast delivered touching performances; including Jophielle Love (Violet).

In story, Violet learns of her grandfather’s passing when she comes home from school and her father, Finn (Michael Easton) sits her down to explain that Gregory passed away in the middle of the night. Violet’s reaction was one of devastation and tears.

Michael Fairman TV caught with Jophielle on the red carpet at the recent 51st annual Daytime Creative Arts and Lifestyle Emmy Award ceremonies, where she was a nominee for Best Original Song for the song she co-wrote, “Shine.” The track was first heard back on a December 2023 episode of the ABC daytime drama series and is currently available on Spotify and other music streaming platforms.

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When talking about the departure of Gregory Harrison, and Violet’s reaction to her grandpa’s passing, Love shared, “Well, I was very tired from the taping of the three-day wedding, so I already had the tears in me. I knew that I was always going to see him (Gregory Harrison) in real life, but I was also very, very sad he was leaving the show. He was such a delight to work with.”

When Violet saw how difficult it was for her on-screen dad, Finn, to cope with with the death of Gregory, Love shared, “It’s hard for Violet, but Michael and I, we still see each other and he’s always happy (in real life). But, those scenes were hard. I was comforting him.”

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Receiving her first Daytime Emmy nomination as songwriter was a thrill for Jophielle: “Well first of all, I was jumping up and down and Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) came and told me while I was on set. I was just so excited.”

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Since pop superstar, Taylor Swift, started at a very young age as a singer and a songwriter, does Love see herself as a mini-Taylor? Jophielle emphatically stated, “I’m a mini Me“.  As to what she thinks of the record-setting Swift’s music, and if she likes her work. Love shared, “Yeah, yeah … so, so…”

What did you think of Jophielle’s performance during the passing of Gregory? And her comments here on Gregory Harrison, Michael Easton and Taylor Swift? Comment below.

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