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Tyler Christopher Clarifies While Not Official Yet, He Thinks His GH Return Will Be September!



This afternoon at the GHFCW weekend event with Tyler Christopher (Nikolas) and Rebecca Budig (Hayden), the reigning Daytime Emmy-winning actor for Outstanding Lead Actor informed the crowd that he will be returning to General Hospital.

While other soap opera outlets including On-Air On-Soaps first received reports coming out of the event that Tyler would return in September, the actor sent out a follow up tweet to clarify what he said during the fan event and to make sure the media and his passionate fans were all on the same page with him. Tyler related via a tweet:  “Slow down every1 I said I THINK Sept. will b my return 2 #GH. Nothing official yet. Thanks for all the love 2day though.”

The popular star left GH back in June citing “personal reasons”, and was temporily replaced by Nick Stabile since Nikolas’ storyline was front burner. Stabile held down the fort, and then in a recent episodes Nikolas was shot, crashed through a glass window and fell off a balcony on Cassadine Island, thanks to Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart).  That signaled the end of Stabile’s run as the dark prince.
So, happy about the news of an imminent return by Tyler Christopher?  Glad he clarified the situation for all? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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  1. DropOut

    July 29, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    Missed Tyler so much! I hope he comes back asap.

    • nancy dillingham

      July 30, 2016 at 10:19 am

      Would like to have had more clarification as to just why he left/was absent. If it’s “contract troubles,” why not just say so? If the “personal reason” is illness (his or a family member) why not just say so. This nebulous reason just leave us wondering, speculating, etc.

      • clh

        July 31, 2016 at 9:49 am

        Why is it anybody’s business? Just because they have a job as an actor doesn’t mean they have no right to privacy.

      • Rita

        August 1, 2016 at 12:42 pm

        I know from looking at his Facebook account page that his mother died a few months ago. That could certainly qualify for wanting/needing time off.

      • Drake

        August 2, 2016 at 5:27 am

        I certainly wouldn’t feel compelled to tell a stranger the intimate details of my life. It’s not our business. His job is to entertain as he’s done wonderfully for many years. Beyond that, no explanation is needed.

  2. curacaoman

    July 30, 2016 at 1:27 am

    I am afraid of the kind of story that will explain his long absence. I do not trust the current regime. They have the Reverse Midas Touch, everything they touch turns to kaka!

    • nancy dillingham

      July 31, 2016 at 12:07 pm

      That’s what I was thinking-not that I don’t believe the actor is entitled to his privacy (as intimated by Clh’s rely to my post). I just think it is ominous when TBTB are less than transparent about THEIR comments. Why the secrecy? I’m with you–long story short–“I do not trust the curent regime.”

  3. su0000

    July 30, 2016 at 2:07 am

    yeah know..
    I like Nick Stabile as Nikolas, I really do..
    I will miss him..
    I am happy Tyler is returning, it’s rightful…
    A bit of bitter sweet …

    ((I really really like the Maxie substitute, too .. much better, actually)

    • conniemac

      July 30, 2016 at 11:51 am

      Su, I actually agree with you!! Who knew!! Well, at least 95 % anyway. I thought Nick did a great job; however, nobody can replace Tyler Christopher. And as for Molly Burnett, I absolutely love her in this role. If Kirsten Storms had never played it, I would say Molly owns it. But in my heart, there can only be one Maxie Jones and nobody does it better than Kirsten Storms.

      I am glad they were able to come up with two great replacements. Makes the absence a lot easier to tolerate.

    • rebecca1

      July 30, 2016 at 1:20 pm

      I like her too…but she’s so different in demeanor that it’s like watching a different character. She actually looks very good with Nathan and Griffin. But I like Kirsten so much….problem is some understudies take so long to get used to or we never do…but Nick and Molly caught on quickly. They should find a place for them all!

      • Patrick

        August 2, 2016 at 8:23 pm

        “if” any – one – should be eating crow… and foot

        come forward

        in my defense… ie: Molly Burnett

        she has been on “DAYS” three times

        her original debut… which… I did not mind at all… she came she rang she did

        she made two returns after her original debut

        I could not stand her last two returns

        in my defense… I’m certain all three times.. she’s been @DAYS… have been with THREE differing writing “teams”

        so their you have it

        I am stunned by her rebirth … @GH

        if GH wanted to take “Maxie” in a whole nother arena… and take her places

        Molly Burnett is capable

        good for her

        it’s painful isn’t it to root for characters and voice them

        nevertheless… we do… and I’ve said my piece

        “congratulations” Ms. Burnett

  4. James R. Poissant

    July 30, 2016 at 4:13 am

    It’s about time!!!

  5. Lauren

    July 30, 2016 at 5:04 am

    Ecstatic! The sooner the better!

  6. Scott (ATWT Fan)

    July 30, 2016 at 5:40 am

    I would rather Nick Stabile assume the role of Nikolas Cassadine, permanently. He suited the role much more and has a better chemistry as the character than Tyler has.

    • clh

      July 30, 2016 at 7:27 am

      Totally disagree. Tyler is Nikolas and always will be. Yes Nick has great chemistry with Ava but she doesn’t belong in this story at all it would make zero sense that her and Nikolas would pair up for any reason.

      He never seemed like Nikolas to me at all and just seemed like a new character in a story with Ava. If they brought him on as an interest for Ava that would be great, but he’s not Nikolas and definitely not a Cassadine

    • vinee

      July 30, 2016 at 12:30 pm

      Nick should be added to the canus,as he is a better actor than some regulars.

      • vinee

        July 30, 2016 at 12:37 pm

        I should lear to spell canvas.

    • Dan

      July 30, 2016 at 2:13 pm

      I couldn’t disagree more. Nick Stabile did an admirable job, but I never bought him in the role. It never clicked for me. It was too forced. Maybe they’ll find another role for him on the show. Tyler is the best and only Nikolas Cassadine, and has owned the character for almost 20 years. He and Maura West had undeniable chemistry in the few scenes they shared together, before he left the show, so I look forward to them hopefully picking up with that.

      • Patrick

        July 31, 2016 at 12:36 pm

        this “forced” relationship with Hayden is a bust

        it had all the steam required.. “when” they first met… pent up desires

        the writers did way too much “war of the roses” over money

        bye bye Hayden… the romance has dulled

        it’s now Nicholas and Ava turn

        it would be a magnanimous decision to let the characters of Ava and Nicholas be.

        and, YES, the bigger reason is it gets Maura West OUT of anything Carly and Sonny.

        imagine how high brow and elevated these two would reign supreme

        Nicholas / Ava / Spencer / Kiki / Avery


    • Shay

      July 31, 2016 at 3:33 am

      Agreed, Scott! Tyler well-served the role of Prince Nicky for many years, but over the last 12 months or so, I just wasn’t feeling him as the formerly good Cassadine gone bad. Nick Stabile captured that essence far better, and given he successfully settled into the character fairly quickly, it wouldn’t have gone amiss to keep him.

      • Celia

        July 31, 2016 at 12:00 pm

        Say it again, Shaybelle. I know everyone will resent me for saying it, but Nick Stabile conquered that ” princely”, unassuming demeanor and hauteur so intrinsically aristocratic like sweet, sweet creme on a crepe. Was he born to the role?
        Nick Stabile has a refined aura about him. I am not into barrel-chested, oafish men…..I will definitely miss that quiet charm of his.

      • Shay

        August 1, 2016 at 11:05 pm

        I hear you, CeeCeeGirl!!! I like that sort of silent mystique/cool aloofness in my aristos, too!!! Don’t get me wrong, even though TC was never personally my “cup of tea”—-Shades of Helena there… pun intended!—he portrayed his character in an oh-so-polite/good prince manner through the years, and I appreciated his efforts. But once he surrendered to the darkness in his bloodline and began behaving like a real Cassadine, I just didn’t find his Nik either palatable or believable….he suddenly became an inelegant slob! Not so with Stabile…..he nailed that insouciant royal aura with skilled subtlety and an innate sense of class, as if he were to the palace born! Exactly right, Celia!

    • robbie

      July 31, 2016 at 7:55 am

      Completely agree! Nick nailed it

  7. Edythe Edwards

    July 30, 2016 at 6:23 am

    Really miss Tyler on GH. I was hoping he would soon be found wandering around the island or hidden on the plane that Jason incredibly could fly. Come back soon Tyler.

  8. Soapnexis

    July 30, 2016 at 6:50 am

    Happy he should be back . Falling out of a window so high up twice on 2 different continents will be a mighty hard act to pull off!

    • davllestev1

      July 30, 2016 at 9:06 am

      This time with a BULLET… so Valentin must have him healing in one of their deep freeze cryo chambers. .otherwise he’s stiff as a board in some very thick hedges. .or they’ll find an outline of his body and a deep hole in the earth like loony toons ..I swear they should put a diving board over a cliff for characters to practice how to survive a fall from great heights. ..I bet there’s a hidden one on Cassidine island. ..YEESH!!!

  9. john

    July 30, 2016 at 7:17 am

    Still have to wait another month.

    • Patrick

      July 30, 2016 at 10:11 am

      it reads to me… he starts shooting on the set , in September

      so ??? would his scenes show up… on our telees ? mid October, 2016

  10. Charday

    July 30, 2016 at 8:17 am

    Can’t wait to see him back on GH. Wonder if they’re give him a new outfit to wear? He always wears those grey pants and dark purple shirt.

    • Patrick

      August 1, 2016 at 9:08 pm


      what about Sonny “Saturday night fever” suits

  11. Becky

    July 30, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Glad to know when you’re returning Tyler…. I love you and dislike you at times, but no one can play Nicholas like Tyler Christopher… I just wish that you would leave Jasam alone so they can get on with their lives, I’m sure there are other problems are ahead for them, because that’s how soaps work, so on that note Welcome Home where you belong.

  12. Soaphound

    July 30, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    Let’s just hope that Nikolas being back on canvas will mean that idiot Jordan can drop her weekly arrest warrant on Jason. ..or maybe not since did leave her “jurisdiction”. Ha! Her jurisdiction shouldn’t go any further than the local nail salon. Now I guess it’ll be Franco’s turn for every OTHER crime in town. I don’t see the Tyler/Maura chemistry myself yet, but I’m willing to give it a bit more time.

    • Timmm

      July 31, 2016 at 12:17 pm

      Jordan couldn’t be a mall cop!

      • Shay

        August 1, 2016 at 10:40 pm

        Oh, Timmm, that was a good one!

  13. Linda

    July 30, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Both are good actors but I am used to Tyler and hope he returns asap.

  14. Dan

    July 30, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    Great news, love Tyler! Hope he signed a new contract or whatever the hold up was, and we’ll be seeing him on GH for years to come. He’s the only Nikolas Cassadine, anyone else is just trying to fill his shoes.

  15. j9

    July 30, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    Doggone it! I really liked Nick S. when he was on our screens! I would love for them to find a role for this guy with so much to offer!

    • Timmm

      July 31, 2016 at 12:18 pm

      Trim the fat and bring Stabile back as AJ Q.!

      • Sissy

        August 1, 2016 at 4:18 am

        I’m very excited for Tyer’s return! NS did a great job filling in and I agree he would be awesome as AJ!

  16. Gin

    July 30, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    Really missed Tyler as Nik. Couldn’t get into the Cassadine story without Tyler in the role.

  17. Beverly

    July 30, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    When I saw Tyler in April @ the Atlanta Soap Opera fantasy weekend,He stated that nobody would be leaving GH. I guess this really was not planned. I am glad u are returning. You are Nikolas. I thank Nick for holding down the fiort. Hope too se u soon

  18. Harry

    July 30, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    The actor who replaced him is owed a debt of gratitude–he was so good at keeping the story going while fleshing out this character as his own. He was really good ,and I think we should all applaud him loudly.
    That said, yes, of course Tyler is greatly missed. I am happy to know that he may not return to the screen until September comes (as Green Day sings, “Wake me up when September comes”). Because every time there is crack in the background and the characters wonder who it is, I will know that it’s always going to be the Lenny and Squiggy of daytime, dressed in monochromatic his and her black. Damn, who would have thunk Jason and Sam could turn out to be so DAMN BORING!

    • Omar

      July 31, 2016 at 2:01 pm

      Agree all around Harry in everything you posted, especially how BORRRINGGG Jason and Sam are.

      Sam was always one of my favorite female character but ever since she was paired with Jason, it has just been snoozefest galore..There is no acting chemistry between the two actors..When Billy’s Jason was with Rebecca’s Elizabeth, chemistry was oozing even with a dull storyline

      Sam needs a Jasonless storyline and maybe Jason and Elizabeth can be pair up with a reborn psycho Franco as a love triangle.

    • Rebecca1

      August 2, 2016 at 9:28 pm

      I never get the actor is “owed a debt of gratitude” thing. He or she isn’t doing anyone a favor…they’re thrilled that they’re getting paid to do a craft the love! They’re actors…and I bet when they get the call they’re thrilled.

      With that said, Nick Stabile is quite the looker/charmer and I enjoyed his more playful Nicolas…though that’s not who Nicloas is at the present time. That’s another thing that’s strange to me.nehen an actor takes on a role…he or she is taking on a character…a fictional person whom the writer has created. So, unless the writer wants to make the character darker, moodier, happier, lighter…I don’t get it. Billy’s Jadon is not Jadon. I like Billy and I like the character he’s playing who goes by the name of Jason, but his personality is not Jason’s.

      Same with Molly’s Maxie. I loved Molly…I loved the mellow, almost seductive, calmer version…whilst cute at the same time. But I didn’t see Maxie, just a new character who I really liked. Kirsten’s Maxie, (though with a heart of gold and a very sensitive, sentimental side) has a tougher, More spirited demeanor.

      • Rebecca1

        August 2, 2016 at 9:30 pm

        when, not nehen…Jason, not Jadon…

  19. Timmm

    July 31, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Tyler will be back in the FAll. That exotic sweetie who assisted Kevin with antibiotic s will nurse Nick back to health and be his new love!

  20. Elhu

    July 31, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    So glad Tyler will be returning, and fairly soon. He was sorely missed!


    August 3, 2016 at 12:42 am

    Tyler Christopher also known as Nicholas you must come back to GH you are the reason I watch GH. You are awesome one of my favorite actors on all my Soaps . Spencer and Laura needs you back as well.

  22. Kitty

    July 27, 2019 at 9:29 am

    I told you all he was coming back and you told me I was wrong! I guess you believe me Now!

    • Satan

      July 28, 2019 at 3:22 pm

      Check the dates, Kitty. This article is from 2016.

      Though everything in the recent GH storyline certainly suggests a Nikolas comeback, there has been no official confirmation from TC or anybody else…. YET.

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