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The GH Stavros Shocker! Robert Kelker Kelly Returns As Stavros Cassadine!

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

In one of the biggest surprises of them all, General Hospital pulled off a shocker at the end of today’s episode!  Many fans had been speculating that Thaao Penghlis was perhaps on his way back as Victor Cassadine, and that he would be revealed as the one who was ultimately holding Lulu Spencer (Emme Rylan) hostage, but we were all dead wrong!

On today’s GH, it was revealed that Stavros Cassadine played by Robert Kelker Kelly is indeed alive! He survived that fall years ago to the bottomless pit in his epic battle with Luke Spencer (Anthony Geary)!  Just how did GH pull this off and get Kelker Kelly out of acting retirement?  What is the future of Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers) ? Is she dead-dead?  To the answers to these burning questions, TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan got the skinny from GH head scribe, Ron Carlivati!  Here are a few excerpts below!

Carlivati on the decision to resurrect Stavros Cassadine:  “We really wanted to revive the Spencer-Cassadine feud in a big, surprising way for the 50th anniversary. It’s been Luke versus Helena for so long that we needed an additional twist, and since Stavros was never found in that bottomless pit, we don’t know what really happened. [Laughs] For all we know, he went all the way through and ended up in China! It seemed so fitting to bring him back, since he had that relationship with Laura and is the father of her son, Nikolas. That’s still such a sticking point for Luke.”

Carlivati if Helena has truly drawn her last breath:  “Obviously with the Cassadines you never really know. But the idea is that Helena is dead-dead. A major turning point in the Spencer-Cassadine rivalry needed to happen. After 30-plus years of this we needed to give Luke that moment of triumph, so he plugged her. Point blank. And he checked her pulse. So, yeah, she’s pretty dead.”

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So GH fans, what do you think of the shocking twist? Were you surprised? Are you glad to see Robert Kelker Kelly back for a bit?  Share your thoughts!

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Sarah
Sarah

Gag. He’s nasty.

su0000
su0000

LOL .. yah! I like some good nasty 😉

Trish Bradshaw
Trish Bradshaw

Dont care about that just want to see if Dante and LuLu are ok

Ces
Ces

me too!!! hahahaha 😀

Ces
Ces

like me some nasty that is Su0000

Patrick
Patrick

i never watched his first turn… on GH.

however!

when he was on DAYS as Bo…. he was smokin’ HOT.

this should be interesting…. should he reel all that…

DAYS should bring him in…

Seriously – there’s no other way to ressurect… Hope and Jenn…

it’s gotta be some one – viable.. w/ enuf heat to be their own show and enuf sensuals to stir up Hope and/or Jenn. kinda like Todd….

kara anderson
kara anderson

why do you like bad guys

kara anderson
kara anderson

I know that

Toby Cassadine
Toby Cassadine

Yay! Was hoping for this, but didn’t think it would happen.

kara anderson
kara anderson

yes there well

MikeT
MikeT

Yes,I’m sooo excited to have Robert Kelker-Kelly back but sad to see Helena actually dead !

Ces
Ces

ME TOO!!!!! Wish Days would have brought him back to play Bo

kara anderson
kara anderson

who is Bo

cr
cr

Glad. He is back on soaps and days needs to snag him to play bo

Merill
Merill

None of the Cassidines ever die! I’m so glad Robert Kelker Kelly is back! I remember him from Another World-an incredible actor!

kara anderson
kara anderson

yes I ‘am happy she is gone. I liked him

ricardo
ricardo

Not a surprise at all. i heard the rumours that robert was coming back to general hospital. Welcome back robert. he is a good actor. i hope they sign robert to a vo contract.

Barbara t loves One life to live
Barbara t loves One life to live

Me to

susan M.
susan M.

Double Ditto! Is this the orginal Starvos?

ethel
ethel

awesome surprise! welcome back stavros!

Sean M
Sean M

Preferrred Stefan

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Me too

Karina Dickens
Karina Dickens

Omg, today’s episode was GREAT! awesome job gh, i hope he’s around for awhile

ray schichtel
ray schichtel

He can play a very convincing villain like Stefan. I think this will be fun.

YRey
YRey

I am excited to see how this all plays out. The last time he was there the storyline got tanked by the network, due to what happened on 9/11.

su0000
su0000

FV is running GH sky high with excitement..
It is always moving backwards and forwards!

FV and RC are orchestrating all for the fans, we are #1 !!!

FV&RC are resurrection Suppermen; hardly ever a dull moment……. lol :),

Mary SF
Mary SF

ITA- never a dull moment– surprises galore– every day is like sweeps week on other shows. I don’t know how they hope to keep up this pace of story telling, but I admit next to GH, other shows seemed to be going at a snail pace. It has been a long time since I watched a soap that when it ends I can’t wait for the next day to find out how that scene is going to play out. I tried watching GH many times before over the years, never got into it, until now– it is slowly becoming my new favorite.

carolm
carolm

I agree. Years ago, like 46, when I started watching GH and soaps, we ran home from school to get there in time to “tune in” to see what will happen today.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

(y) for me it always was GH than OLTL did not like all that mop stuff . F,V you got me hooked ones more 🙂 thanks

Angie
Angie

I was shocked when I heard Laura say that is Stavros. Love the twist and the awesome job the entire cast and crew are doing. Thank you for an awesome 50th and assuring a great 51 years and more.

kim
kim

Not too suprised but i actually thought it would be Helene! No one really dies on soaps and Luke is no medical expert so he could have been wrong on Helene being dead! Sometimes when i end up in the hospital or doctor visits they dont always feel my pulse! lol. I actually thought RKK was going back to Days to replace Peter Reckal as Bo Brady like he done 20 years ago! Having it be Niks daddy instead of Victor, who could always show up later too, makes more sense to me!

jimh
jimh

Thought he be on Days as Bo!

Ces
Ces

they should still bring him back.

cr
cr

I wish he would and need him more

Michael S
Michael S

Cool! Loved the sinisterness of Stavros. It would be way cool though if Thaao Penghlis resurrected Victor.

Ces
Ces

LOVE Thaao and would have lovvved for him to return to GH.. what a treat that would have been!!!

Jake R.
Jake R.

I couldn’t agree more about Victor Cassadine coming back. I really hoped Cartini would have brought Thaao Penghlis back, but I guess not. So many people think Victor Cassadine died back on “Ice Princess Island” (not to be confused with Cassadine Island or Spoon Island), but only Tony and MIkkos died; Victor was arrested by WSB soldiers/agents and presumedly sent to prison for a very long time.

Ces
Ces

Yep, there was never any mention that Victor died, in fact, didn’t he help Luke shut down the ice monitors for PC not to freeze? So, Thaao would have been a welcome return! Who knows, maybe GH still has another Cassadine surprise. I sure hope so, Thaao is a fave!

Erick
Erick

Was totally surprised, didn’t think they’d want to remind us of that awful cryogenic-biotoxin story that was halted when 9/11 happened. Really hoped it would be Stefan; Stephen Nichols isn’t on a show and if they can bring A.J. and Duke back from the dead, they could do Stefan.
But if anybody could get that bad taste out of our mouths from that bad story, it’s Cartini.

su0000
su0000

I see FV&RC righting a wrong of past regimes killing off so many talented actors and their great characters..
It is justice to bring them back..

k/kay
k/kay

Stefan would have no reason to get even with Laura by taking her daughter Stravos would. I knew it was going to be him when she told Luke that was their bedroom. Flying airplanes must agree with him he still looks good. I like him he was very good on AW and I thought he was a good recast on Days. I agree that was a stupid storyline but freezing the world was goofy too.

Erick
Erick

Plus Stefan wouldn’t go after Nikolas. (You wouldn’t think Stavros would, either)
Would like to like R-K-K, but my only experience with him was on GH, never saw him on AW or DAYS.
Was also kind of hoping it would be that mentioned character Valentin Cassadine, someone who hates Spencers and Cassadines.

denisefan
denisefan

Kelker Kelly is not a strong, compelling actor. Didn’t buy is attempt at heroic lead on Another World either.

Nick DeLuca
Nick DeLuca

He was very compelling on Days – the best Bo!

cr
cr

Days needs. To bring. Him back

10261991des
10261991des

He is Truely Awesome!

jen
jen

Handsome. Quite a surprise!

Gillian
Gillian

So glad he is back! The storyline needed to move forward and, though I love Helene, bringing her evil Son back into the mix is brilliant. Cartini keeps me guessing!

Cindy
Cindy

I was VERY surprised to see RKK back on daytime, and very pleased. Loved him on DOOL as Bo many years ago. Am glad he came to GH rather than reprising Bo Brady. He’s a good looking man and I’m tickled with his return.

Ces
Ces

I wouldn’t mind if Days brought him back as BO. I think he did a great job — not like Peter Reckell but he had his own version of the character and was sexy as all HELL!!!

Nick DeLuca
Nick DeLuca

Always preferred RKK’s version of Bo – he and Billie were the best!

Ces
Ces

Well, to me, Peter Reckell is and will always be Bo but when Peter left, I did like RKK’s version with Lisa Rinna most. They had awesome chemistry! Unfortunately, he didn’t hold the same chemistry with Crystal but sorta had a little bit with Kristian. I still wouldn’t mind if he came back though..

Krisid
Krisid

Awesome !!!!!

L.ov.i.ng
L.ov.i.ng

He was amazing on Another World as Sam and Bobby! He worked beautifully with Jensen Buchanan (who also was on GH circa 2001) and He is great as Stavros! Very exited … Now maybe a Brita and Nikolas pairing with daddy acting as Helena would

su0000
su0000

I believe that FV&RC did actually kill off Helena ..

It was pure justice for Luke & Laura to finally rid of the terrible woman who caused them much pain, it was befitting that they together killed Helena (applause)

*and the woman is not a spring flower and she will most likely retire and that was her last scene, forever..

Ces
Ces

I never liked this actress as Helena — always loved Liz Taylor in the role so I hope Helena is really dead. I’d rather see what Stavros can do or maybe my favorite Victor Cassadine, most notably Thaao Penghlis resurfacing again and wreaking havoc instead.

glojean
glojean

I too liked Liz Taylor, but I also liked Constance Towers. She is a classy lady.

I’ve watched GH for about 40 years and I loved the 50th anniversary Nurses Ball.

I don’t know if you are current on the episodes, but I will say with Helene’s death, Victor could come back for revenge. I am also surprised that Stefan hasn’t come back from the dead.

Loved seeing RKK! He looks great.

I would have liked to have seen Richard Dean Anderson back as Dr Jeff Webber.

Ces
Ces

I am current on episodes and I hope Helena stays dead but I would love for either Stephen Nichols to return, Thaao Penghlis to make a comeback and hopefully RKK stays on.. he does look great!!! I hope his stint wasn’t too short since he ended up in the ice room.

Or he can go over to DAYS which is in need of Bo Brady.

I always liked Richard Dean Anderson too 🙂

janet
janet

Wow was I surprised. Welcome back Robert. I remember Luke dancing on his grave. That was a laugh. This was a nice surprise and now Kick has a father.

Gh lover
Gh lover

Stavros Cassadine = Sabrina’s Dad ! Im telling ya …. Faison’s girl vs Cassadine girl…. Ohhh the possibilities!!!!!’

carolm
carolm

what a great idea!

heidi
heidi

Very interesting idea… Sabrina is so good though… maybe?

JAISAM/MCBAMFANS
JAISAM/MCBAMFANS

Perhaps he PLAYING (KELLY MONACO FATHER)

Ron is the best!!!

The show is awesome!!!!!

BUT I THINK SOMEBODY ELESE IS SAM MCALL FATHER

Erick
Erick

Well that would be gross cuz Stavros is Alexis’s half-brother….

Deborah
Deborah

Well Luke did call them “inbreeds” so who knows….LOL

aria
aria

alexis is suppose to be his half sister, that would be really gross.

JAISAM/MCBAMFANS
JAISAM/MCBAMFANS

well you’re right!!

He can’t be Sam’s father

But he knows who is!!!

heidi
heidi

Aonther intersting idea… that would make Sam a double dipped Cassadine and she is too nice for that much… Cassadine evil.

Susan
Susan

First, let me just say that Robert Kelker-Kelly looks terrific! And, is a welcome return to daytime. Congrats to the powers-that-be at GH for wooing him out of retirement. He’s a wonderful actor and still the best recast (as Bo Brady on Days of Our Lives) in the history of daytime television. Looking forward to some great Stavros/Laura/Luke scenes.

Ces
Ces

DITTO!

BTripp
BTripp

I was thinking the same thing on how they got him out of retirement! I love RKK and he was on GH too short last time.

Cathy
Cathy

Figured they would bring back a Cassidine just was hoping he was Britts daddy!

Gloria E
Gloria E

I like it!! plus he’s cute..even if he’s supposed to be evil….I’d rather look at him than Helena…though I am a fan…of hers too..& the relationship with Nik could be interesting..& Laura..

Christina
Christina

I knew it was one of the Cassadines that came back from the grave just didn’t know which one it was going to be but I knew it had to be between Stavros and Stephan. Great surprise!! I don’t think Helena is dead either she always comes back!!

James McDonald
James McDonald

This General Hospital episode I have to see. I got hooked on General Hospital watching the former actors return. I enjoyed R.K.K. when he was “Bo Brady” on Days of Our Lives and we all were wondering if he would return to Days, but now we know. Surprise, he is on General Hospital. Better watch on ABC website tomorrow. General Hospital is so much better than Days Of Our Lives right now.

Jillanne
Jillanne

Bring back Stephen Nichols as Stepan Cassadine and Mary Beth Evans as Katherine Bell!!! Watch the sparks fly and let the games begin once more!

Patrick
Patrick

TWO: HOT actors….

I just love them both…. LOVE Kayla…. and/or Katherine.

they both have that twinkle in their eyes in spades….

Kat
Kat

Darn! Would’ve much rather it be Stefan! Of course, if he’s only back for Luke to kill him again, I’m glad it’s NOT Stefan! LOL Still hoping Stephen Nichols returns long term as Stefan!

Lew
Lew

Going to miss ole evil Helena – If she is really dead!

monique
monique

i was shocked to find out that at the end of today’s episode of general hospital not only was starvos cassadine alive but he is being played by the handsome robert kelker-kelly. i can’t believe gh lured him out of retirement i was really hoping it would be days. i read he is supposed to do a bunch of episodes i’m hoping after he leaves gh he can play bo brady on days again i really loved when he played him

Philip Chase
Philip Chase

What a great twist! I’ve always been a Robert Kelker Kelley fan since his AW and DOOL days, wept when he went down the GH bottomless pit, and jumped for joy when he appeared at the end of today’s show. He’s an excellent actor and had been gone too long from our soap screens. Thanks to FV/RC for the resurrection. Wonder if they’re holding Stephen Nichols in a secret room to complete the Cassadine family? LOL

Michael
Michael

Wow! This is awesome news. Kelker Kelly is HOT. Days treated him poorly when they kicked him out to bring back Reckell. I always thought Kelker Kelly was waaaaaay hotter. It would be great if they brought back Stephen Nichols and Mary Beth Evans.

Patrick
Patrick

it’d be better to imagine…

RKK as Bo for Hope.

and SN as Patch for Kayla.

my DAYS needs some serious action.

Nick DeLuca
Nick DeLuca

Not only did Days dump fan fave RKK to bring back Peter but since then Days insiders have constantly trashed him for acting too sexy during love scenes or whatever. Get a grip Days – we like our love scenes sexy. And your loss is GH’s gain!

Ces
Ces

as much as I love Peter Reckell, RKK definitely got the shaft from Days!!

aria
aria

okay, lol, omg, here is all i got to say,if starvos is alive then so should stephan, omg, this one was a good one. i can’t wait to see it play out.

Lady T
Lady T

I’m soo glad that he’s back!!!! I’ve been a huge fan of RKK, since his days on Another World…Good job GH

Cigi
Cigi

I thought that it was told that Stephan was Nicolas father not Stavros . Does anyone remember this?

Melissa
Melissa

I thought the same?! I must have forgot?
Did the switch it back?

Jake R.
Jake R.

I can’t remember the exact storyline, but it ended up that Stefan was NOT Nicholas’s father, Stavros was. I think Helena or Katherine or someone else pulled some blood test switheroo to embarrass Laura into admitting she had had sex not only with Stavros when she was held captive on Cassadine Island but also with Stefan. This revelation during some trial or another was the straw that broke the camel’s back in Luke & Laura’s marriage that lead to their divorce.

Melissa
Melissa

Thanks, not sure how I forgot all that!

Charday
Charday

Whatcha bet that the Helena that died was a clone or a double that the real Helena created–perhaps Britt and her evil Mother were in on creating the clone???

ricardo
ricardo

i love robert as stavros. good actor and very very sexy lol. i hope they give him a contract on general hospital. trust me helena is not dead. that was a clone. helena will be back very soon.

carolm
carolm

I never thought of a clone…hmmm, sounds interesting.

Patrick
Patrick

PLEASE! let it be….. DAYS!!!!!! TPTB…..

what an opportune time… to watch RKK on GH…

and simply put: HIRE HIM! Pronto!

for Hope….. A new BO.

Melita Pitts
Melita Pitts

I think that with starvos back,it will be interesting to see if they get Lulu back without either of them got killed.

phonda
phonda

yes i am happy hes back.but also bring back robin.i like to see a happy ending once in awhile

DENISE
DENISE

Nice twist GH

jc
jc

i’m in shock to see stavros alive how did he survive from the fall? it pretty shocking to me i still don’t know how he come back alive i’ve thought it would be mikkos but i guess i was wrong. its great to see robert keller kelly come back to soap i’m glad to see him what a surprise !

Hillary
Hillary

Love it! Also still hoping that Sabrina is Franco’s baby & the missing Q heir! <3

carolm
carolm

I knew it was Stavros…so glad to see him. I think Helena’s death was an anti-climax. After all those years, to just unceremoniously just plug her. It happened so fast, I had to replay it to see it. Hope they keep the feud going for a long time.

Charles E.
Charles E.

I think they put the wrong Cassadine here- the writers should have made Victor Cassadine responsible for EVERYTHING- the abductions of Robin, Lulu, and even some of the ELQ financial mess as part of payback against PC in the downfall of the three original Cassadine brothers back in 1981. It makes more sense to bring Thaao Penghlis back as Victor and use extensive use of 1981 flashbacks, and that would be in keeping with the whole 50th Anniversary. There is a ray of hope, though- according to that TV Guide piece, the writers are very much aware of Victor, and perhaps they are going to use him in the near future…..

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