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William deVry Opens Up About His GH Exit and Julian’s Days Being Numbered

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Former General Hospital star, William deVry (Julian), granted his first post-exit conversation to fellow Canadian Nelson Branco for the Toronto Sun, where he also shared he is relocating to Vancouver from Los Angeles,

In it, deVry reveals he saw the writing on the wall with troubled Julian Jerome back in September of 2019, that left him feeling his time with the show may be running out.

Will expressed: “I didn’t really see a big investment in the character. I loved my pairing with Tamara Braun (ex-Kim), but she was sort of brought on for Billy Miller (ex-Drew) so they never invested long term in the Julian/Kim story. It was just something to do short term. Then, they paired me with Kelly Thiebeau (Brit), but that never went anywhere because Kelly wasn’t available at the time. I was hoping Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) and Julian could rekindle something, but that never happened, either. Nancy and I were open to a reunion, but that never happened despite the fans pleading for it. At that point, I just felt I should prepare myself for not being re-signed. I had always told Frank to not string me along once they knew I’d be gone. And to his credit, he let me know. It is possible that it wasn’t so much ‘me’ per se. It could have been COVID-19 expense related. Or it could have been story related. They just needed to tell another story and I was the conduit to that story. I’ll never really know.”

deVry also weighed-in on the timing of the decision to kill Julian during Covid-19, and how long it went on for, citing: “On a practical level, I knew it wasn’t good timing. I felt it would have been better to extend me into July or August. Not only for safety reasons on my end due to COVID, but for the fans. They are really struggling right now. [Characters] are dying and the fans have no control over that. And I think they felt betrayed. They feel GH could have done something about this.  But also, on a personal level, when I allow myself to feel emotion, I think it stinks that after being part of this ‘family’ for 7 years they would “do this to you” in the middle of a pandemic. But I prefer to think of all of this with my rational brain. And for me, it’s a bit of a shoulder shrug of “it is what it is.”’

So, what do you think of what Will shared on what led to Julian’s demise and how it played out? Comment below.

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Priscilla
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Priscilla

As a longtime GH fan, I felt that the character of Julian Jerome was underused the past couple of years. He was a good pairing with Alexis. They were sexy and hot as a couple and did bring out the worst in each other! The scenes with Ava Jerome were always good ones and the two actors seemed to have chemistry. They were believable as siblings. I wish Will DeVry all the best in this next phase of his career.

TVJeff
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TVJeff

Enough about Julian and WdV. Actors come and go. He quasi-left at the end of his previous contract. I mean he was on the show 7 years. He had a good run, but he is by no means a huge loss. I know others feel different, but I’m happy he’s gone. I hope some more go soon.

Roz Stanley
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Roz Stanley

Then why watch the dang show?!?

Joel
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Joel

I’d rather watch Julian than Sonny!

Rodd
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Rodd

So they killed of Julian during COVID. Big deal! He sounds like he’s whining instead of being a big boy about it. Characters get killed off all the time and the soaps aren’t really addressing COVID. They story made sense. Frankly, Julian was extra with such a big cast and great stories going on for other characters. I will say that I thought he really delivered in his final days. I like the actor but wasn’t a big fan of the character for a long time. Best Wishes to him in his next project.

Roz Stanley
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Roz Stanley

He’s not whining, he’s being truthful. Fans were promised much more with Julexis. Instead we got Julian acting completely out of character to hold up Sonny and Saint Jason.

Rachel
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Rachel

I don’t understand why GH ever kills characters off. What is the point when we know/hope they might come back in 1 or 5 years? With specific regards to the character of Julian, I thought he was one of the best actors on GH. I loved the push/pull relationship with Alexis. Julian was complex. deFry had the depth necessary to portray this character’s various levels and he always appeared to give 110%. There are so many other actors I would have cut b4 him. (Some left around the same time he did) Maybe he was difficult to work with and… Read more »

Beth
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Beth

It’s too bad they let another good one go. I used to like Sonny,Jason,Carly storyline way back in the day but for some reason the show is all revolved around them. So boring. Used to watch for years. Should have kept Will and had Julian and Alexis get back together. This show is going downhill and has been. Roger and Jon need more air time as well. Enough of the Cyrus, Jordan crap too. Too bad for Will. He was a great actor and was screwed by GH. He obviously has a lot of fans and will do well in… Read more »

Roch264
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Roch264

It stinks, I really enjoyed Julian’s character! The only good thing about his exit is he will be in Canada . All the best, you were robbed.

MoonDayBaby
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MoonDayBaby

By Old Hollywood standards if a character killed someone the murderer had to die. Furthermore, the character of Julian was sleazy, self serving, greedy and dangerous all of which can be attributed to William DeVry’s great acting. Yes, I yelled at my television ” Julian what are you doing!!!!” I am quite sure he will get other roles. Although he said he would never return to General Hospital maybe he will be invited back to play Julian’s secret kinder but sinister cousin/twin who is really Julian out for revenge. Anything can happen in Soap Operaland!

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

He’s certainly brave (or maybe foolish, take your pick), agreeing to an interview with Nelson Branco.

SALLY
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SALLY

All I have to say is, we are soap fans. We know how this works, so the actors should as well. I’m sorry he’s gone, but we’ll forget about him in a month or so, and fall in love with another. If I see him again, sure I’ll be glad, but I don’t let this worry me too much. I’ve watched for 50 yrs, nothing is going to change that, even if they killed off Sonny. That would literally make me cry, lol, but so be it!

Roz Stanley
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Roz Stanley

If they killed off Sonny it would make me cry…with joy.

Maureen Madden
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Maureen Madden

Big mistake letting him go. I don’t watch anymore.

Roz Stanley
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Roz Stanley

Big bad mistake! That’s at least two fans they lost.

Toni Hildebrand
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Toni Hildebrand

I will miss him.

Roz Stanley
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Roz Stanley

I’m one of those fans who felt totally betrayed. I loved Wil and I loved Julexis so much so that I quit watching GH as soon as I knew he was going to die. It was a big slap in the face for the fans. I refused to watch it and I haven’t watched since. Why watch when you can’t trust what the show builds up to. Wil was a top 5 favorite actor and Julexis a leading fan favorite. The powers that be chose to burn them down!

Roz Stanley
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Roz Stanley

p.s. I want to thank Mr. Fairman for his loyalty to Wil, Nancy and Julexis. They will never find as good a match for Alexis!

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GH’s Parry Shen Delivers the ‘Power Performance of the Week’

How many of us have lost, or had to say goodbye to our best friend? Somehow fate or illness intervenes and cuts short someone you share so many memories with.

On last Thursday’s episode of General Hospital, Dr. Britt Westbourne’s (Kelly Thiebaud) family and friends gathered for her memorial at the GH chapel.  However, viewers knew of the special connection between Britt and her bestie, Brad Cooper (Parry Shen).

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Devastated at losing Britt, upset that she never told him she about her diagnosis with Huntington’s Disease, and mourning her death, Brad comes to her former office, where Britt was the Co-Chief of Staff at the hospital. After exchanging heartfelt moments with Britt’s mother, the grieving Liesl (Kathleen Gati), and Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner), Brad (with a paper bag in hand) spends some time alone in Britt’s former office, which has now been cleaned out.

Next, Brad takes out a carton of ice cream (for those who know the back-story, Britt and Brad would sit together each with ice cream and watch the red carpet at the Nurses’ Ball on TV and hoot and howl at the residents of Port Charles), and thus begins a very emotional and five-hankie moment, where Brad recalls all the key moments in their friendship.

Parry Shen was so touching in this scene, that if you have been a fans of Britt and Brad’s friendship, we are sure you shed some tears.

Later, during the memorial, Brad is pained listening to the others eulogize Britt, and when it is his turn to speak, he does his best to get through it and pay homage to his best friend.

We will miss the Brad and Britt friendship as will many GH viewers for it was one-of-a-kind on the soaps – two originally, not so nice people, doing bad things and finding common ground with each other, and eventually turning their lives around and being there to support each other.

For all of these scenes mentioned above, Michael Fairman TV names Parry Shen’s work, the Power Performance of the Week.  You can check out a clip featuring Shen below.

Now, let us know, what did you think of Parry’s Performance during Britt’s memorial episode? Comment below.

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Marcus Coloma On His GH Exit: “I Don’t Know Why That Decision Was Made, But I Don’t Feel Any ill Will and I Didn’t Feel I Got Fired”

This week, GH fans saw Adam Huss returning to the ABC soap opera as Nikolas Cassadine to finish out the rest of the scenes originally intended to be played by Marcus Coloma who ended his three-year run on the show a tad early.

As has been previously reported, Coloma came down with Covid-19 as his final tape days neared, and a decision was made for him to not return to finish off his last run of episodes.

With all the rumors and stances taken by everyone involved, Coloma was the special guest on this week’s episode of the That’s Awesome Podcast hosted by Steve Burton and Bradford Anderson and discussed his departure from the long-running daytime drama series.

Marcus expressed that when he took the role on GH, he was excited to be in that kind of environment (working on a soap opera), and only signed on for three years.  However, as time went by it became more difficult to reconcile leaving when his contract was up, sharing: “You fall in love with the crew and everybody along with it. So, two and a half years in, this decision that was so clear in the beginning is getting complicated.”

The actor added that while, “I knew the end was coming, it wasn’t like GH was saying, ‘Hey, Marcus, we want you to stay.’  There was no negotiation … and all I can say to that is I don’t know why that decision was made, but I don’t feel any ill will and I didn’t feel like I got fired. It just felt like … there was maybe an understanding that I was going to be there for three years. The big surprise is how much it hurt. Even though I knew I was going to leave.”

In the end, Coloma reflected that this may have concluded as it should, adding, “I really do have some big goals and those goals would have never been realized if I would have stayed. That’s not to take anything away from GH because I admire everything about it.”

Watch the episode of That’s Awesome featuring Coloma below.

Then weigh-in, what do you think of Marcus’ thoughts on his exit as GH’s Nikolas Cassadine? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Adam Huss Back to GH as Nikolas Cassadine

With Marcus Coloma’s last appearance as Nikolas Cassadine on last week’s January 26th episode of General Hospital, the soap opera brought back Adam Huss to finish out the dark prince’s storyline.

According to Soaps.com. Huss aired today on the January 31st episode of the ABC daytime drama series and will finish out the scenes that were written to be portrayed by Coloma.

Adam previously subbed for Coloma back in September 2021 and again in November 2022.

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After it was announced that Coloma was leaving GH, the network and the series agreed that it would be best that Marcus did come in to tape his last episodes since he was recovering from Covid-19 at the time.  Thus, we are seeing those episodes featuring Huss now airing in early February.

So, glad to see Adam back to wrap Nikolas’ current storyline? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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