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Tyler Christopher on being let-go by GH, "I haven't even had time to absorb it!"

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The talented Tyler Christopher who has been sadly given his walking papers by the powers-the-be at General Hospital spoke with Soap Opera Digest about his impending exit from the series, after learning he was pink slipped this past Friday.  Tyler admitted, “I haven’t even had time to absorb it.  It was pretty unexpected.  I didn’t really see it coming.”  Then Tyler expressed to SOD that he had no idea when his last airdate would be stating, “I think I’m done. To be honest, I have no idea. No one’s told me anything but for me, I think I need to move on, so this is it.”

Tyler had played Nikolas Cassadine from 1996-1999, and then again this longer stint from 2003 – till present.  So again we ask, is this the character and performer you think should have been cut from the series? Or, should someone else been let-go? Let us know.

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Well where do I start? There should always be a Cassadine on the canvas as opposed to new characters. So many wasted stories and characters hogging up airtime. They need to do some housecleaning – and more BEHIND the scenes than on camera!

GH needs someone to shake them …with all this talk about soaps being canceled they are ignoring the fans, the fans are what keep the soaps on! Get rid of Terrel, Sioban & Matt..that should cover Tyler’s paycheck! The character still had so much potential..but then again so does Nancy Lee Grahn & Ingo…but we hardly ever see them. GH has the most talented cast but they waste it!

shake. slap hey get becky to slap them she did a great job of jacking up SBu

Why do I get the feeling RH only got a reprieve and they will be writing her out by summer!

I will admit I am not a Nik Cassadine Fan but I do enjoy watching Tyler Christopher portray his character. I agree there should always be a Cassadine on the Show. For many years GH has been known to have some of the most talented Actors/Actresses on their Canvas. So why are all the vets being let go or being put on recurring. Is Frons/Guza trying to turn a Daytime soap into a teenage fad show thinking they are pulling in teenagers. I just dont understand how they can explain letting another veteran actor go instead of using these actors to bring up ratings.
Frons is only looking out for one of his pets and is doing everything in his power to keep this actress happy and yet if her onscreen relationship was gone she would be just like the furniture on the set just waste of space. Nik should have been giving a chance with finding a new romance that didn’t involve any of Emily’s family or best friend. But yet he is another character they have ruined as well..

GAH. Once again GH does the wrong thing 🙁 Just please don’t tell me that Nikolas and Brook are going to take off to Greece with Spencer once it comes out that Lucky is Aidan’s father 🙁

Tyler Christopher is a talented actor, and I don’t know why ABC cannot see that. Nikolas Cassadine, and Cassadine family, have been an integral part of GH for years. Liz Taylor was Helena for a while, for heaven’s sake. Tyler has been giving us great performances, earned Emmy nominations and yet with no warning to Tyler (and not to mention his fans) he’s let go. Keep the talent that’s under your nose ABC/GH writers and think about your viewers and what keeps them watching.

What is wrong with TPTB at GH? Why do they insist on getting rid of great actors whose characters have strong ties to major families and serious history on the show, in favor of annoying newbies? As someone above said Terrel, Sioban & Matt should be sent packing instead!!

Too true. I still haven’t gotten over them getting rid of Stuart Damon (Alan Quartermaine). There are barely and Quartermaine’s left and to think that family was the backbone of the show once.

No way. First Becky now Tyler. Why are they getting rid of our beloved regulars? IMHO the one who should be going is Siobhan. Olivia is another one of those characters that I’m sure many GHers could live without. Finally they should probably ask Tony Geary to take a pay cut since he isn’t around for about 3 months of the year. Matt is also another character that is not involved in any major storyline and isn’t needed to advance any other character’s story. Since they brought back Victor and Franco is ont he horizon do we really need a third villain in Lisa? There is plenty of fat to be trimmed on GH. We want more of Alexis and Jax not to mention Spinelli and Diane. Maybe if TPTB just did more with the actors they already have they wouldn’t need to keep bringing in new ones all the time.

Was totally disgusted when I first heard the news. GH is run by a bunch of idiots and morons. Nikolas is a beloved character right up there with Stuart Damon. Why not get rid of Olivia or Johnny? What real connection do they have to GH? Why not ask the mob central characters to take a bit of a pay cut so they can keep some long time vets. SHAME ON YOU GH, SHAME ON YOU GUZA!!!!!!!!!! Good luck to you Tyler your too good for this show.

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General Hospital’s Maurice Benard Defends Sonny Going Postal, “It Could Definitely Happen”

Last Friday’s May 17th cliffhanger of General Hospital saw Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) beating up Dex (Evan Hofer) and threatening to shoot and kill both Dex and Jason (Steve Burton), who is restraining him outside the ballroom at the wedding reception of Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) and Chase (Josh Swickard).

For months, Sonny has been taking less than his prescribed dosage of medication to control his bipolar disorder.  The mobster has no idea that he has been duped by Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart), who is the one that set this dangerous situation in motion, in an effort to eliminate Sonny and eventually Jason from interfering in Pikeman taking over the territory.

One fan questioned the validity of Sonny’s reaction to Dex and Jason after the pei, when he took to X and expressed, “People off their medications don’t necessarily go around hitting people and being out of control. This was the WRONG message to send. I don’t expect anything from Frank Valentini and General Hospital anymore, but you could’ve (and should’ve) stopped it cold.”

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Maurice Benard replied back to that comment and defended the actions of Sonny given the circumstances. The three-time Daytime Emmy-winner shared, “This is true but when you have a character like Sonny who’s volatile and is drinking and is manic and his thoughts are taken him over it could definitely happen like I said, ‘bipolar ain’t pretty.”‘

GH has portrayed Sonny’s battle with mental illness and the importance of keeping on your meds, plus the issues surrounding it for years. However, some fans have not been pleased by this latest plot point.


The pick-up of the story begins tomorrow on Monday, May 20th where teasers for the episode share: Sonny is horrified. Blaze consoles Kristina (who walked in on her dad threatening Jason and Dex) and Jason summons Carly.

So, what did you think of the plot point of Sonny threatening to kill Dex and Jason, after beating up Dex, given his growing paranoia? Comment below.

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Giovanni Mazza On Contract at General Hospital: What Are Your First Impressions?

This week, General Hospital introduced newcomer Giovanni Mazza in the role of Giovanni Palmieri, who apparently is Brook Lynn’s (Amanda Setton) second cousin, one removed or so the story goes.

The character of Gio showed up at Brook Lynn’s wedding to Harrison Chase (Josh Swickard) and played the violin at the ceremony. As has been previously reported, Mazza in real-life is a professional violinist and actor.

Upon making his first appearance on the ABC daytime drama series back on May 15th, fans wondered if Gio will be sticking around and that was confirmed by the closing credits of the May 17th episode where Mazza’s name is included along with other contract players.

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When the news of Mazza’s casting was announced, the talent young man took to his Instagram and shared the good news, expressing, “I am so honored, grateful, and ecstatic to announce the big news! The biggest thank you to General Hospital for bringing me.” He closed his sentiments with “So much love and joy to my new fam! YAY!!! ”

Commenting on his post included new castmates Evan Hofer (Dex) saying, “Happy to have you brother,” plus Tabyana Ali (Trina), Eden McCoy (Joss) and ABC executive Nathan Varni who said, “Congratulations! Welcome to GH!

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During the May 17th episode, Gio had an exchange with Dex, where he mentioned that his father was in the military back in early 2000’s.  Previously, Gio revealed to Chase that his father died in the military when he was young. So this begs the question, who is Gio’s dad?

What were you first impressions of Giovanni Mazza in the role of Gio? Who do you think he might be romantically involved with and might be also related to other than the Cerullos? Comment below.


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Michael Easton Shares on the Loss of Kamar de los Reyes, “I Was Holding His Hand When He Passed”

For the first time publicly, General Hospital’s Michael Easton (Finn) opened up about losing his best friend, the late Kamar de los Reyes (ex-Antonio, OLTL) to cancer.

The former One Life to Live and All American star lost his battle to cancer back on December 24, 2023 at the age of 56. De los Reyes leaves behind his wife, actress Sherri Saum (ex-Sunset Beach, OLTL) and their twin boys, Michael and John, and his eldest son, Caylen from a previous relationship.

Easton along with Y&R’s Trevor St. John (Tucker) were both castmates with Kamar during their time on One Life to Live. The two shared their remembrances this past Thursday night during’s live virtual event, Daytime Stands Up – A Benefit for Stand Up To Cancer … We All Have a Story.

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In tribute, Michael expressed, “It was a 30-year friendship with Kamar. We did our first movie together in 1990. I was scared and I was quiet and I was instantly drawn to his bravado and his sense of himself. Kamar was larger than life. He was the best man at my wedding, and I am the godfather to his son, Michael. His loss was profound on all of us.”

He added, “There hasn’t been a day gone by that I haven’t thought of him, and his family and what he brought to this world, and the contributions he made, not only to this acting community. He loved being an actor and he was a great actor. I always like to say Kamar was such a good actor that they cast him as a priest, not just once, not twice, like seven times. I mean, he was often shirtless. But, if you needed a shirtless priest, Kamar was your guy.”

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When discussion turned to the end of Kamar’s life, Michael shared, “I was holding his hand when he passed, and he was surrounded by family and, and friends. There was so much love around him. I mean, he touched so many lives. I mean, Trevor knows that at his memorial, it was the biggest, at Forrest Lawn. They couldn’t even fit everybody in. There was people stretched out all the way to outside. People showed that hadn’t seen him in 20 years. That was the effect. So many of the One Life cast members came and cast from All American.”

Michael also spoke to Kamar’s determination till the end and his incredible work ethic, “Extraordinarily enough, he went to work two weeks before he passed at All American.  He was fierce to the end. He never talked about being sick. Even though the odds were stacked from the very beginning, and it’s still really hard for me to talk about, but I was in awe of his strength and his resolve. I would’ve shut down long before he did.”

If you haven’t done so watch below 46:47 mark for Michael and Trevor’s emotional appearances on Daytime Stands Up as they share their memories on Kamar.

Then let us know, what you thought of Michael’s candid tribute to his best friend via the comment section below.


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