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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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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Carly Admits To Sonny She Was Falling Back In Love with Jason

On Friday’s episode of General Hospital, Carly (Laura Wright) and Sonny (Maurice Benard) finally had the “talk”.  You know, the one about what Sonny really walked in on the night he “returned from the dead” on Carly and Jason’s (Steve Burton) wedding night?  Yeah, that one.

Sonny has already had a conversation with Jason, where Jason admitted he was starting to fall again for Carly, even though they were originally getting married to show a united front for the five families.

Now coming to confront Carly, Sonny is at first greeted by her with “Mike’s” cowboy hat, where she says the man he was in Nixon Falls is a mystery to her. Sonny tells her he spoke with Jason and so Carly is compelled to admit that she and Jason would have slept together on their wedding night, if Sonny hadn’t shown up alive and in the bedroom!

Sonny’s clearly upset about his best friend and his wife getting so close and rekindling their old feelings. Carly tells Sonny that, at first, Jason and she were just going through with the wedding for show, but later, they decided to make it a real marriage, and were falling in love.

When Sonny poses the question to Carly, if she has any residual feelings for Jason, she says they have gone back to being best friends, and how much she loves Sonny.  Carly points out that Nina (Cynthia Watros) did this to them – she kept them apart for nine months – and so much has happened that it’s been difficult for them to be together as it was in the past because of it.

In the end, despite what Nina had perpetrated on them, Carly and Sonny come to an agreement that they need to rebuild their relationship.  But the cowboy hat looms as we fade to black.

Clearly, the Jason and Carly relationship and almost consummating it on their wedding night, is not sitting well with Sonny; plus Sonny seems to continue to not really tear into Nina for her deception as much as someone would if he didn’t also have feelings for her.

So, what do you hope happens next? Do you want Sonny and Carly to work things out? Do you hope Sonny sleeps with Nina? If he does, and Jason goes back to Britt (now that they are going on another adventure together to locate Liesl) is Carly ultimately the odd woman out?  Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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‘Santa Barbara’ & GH Favorite Judith McConnell Virtual Interview On Tap

You loved her as Sophia Capwell on Santa Barbara, and the troublemaking Augusta McLeod on General Hospital, plus several other soap roles, and now fan favorite Judith McConnell is set for a virtual interview in The Locher Room.

Look for Judith to chat it up with host, Alan Locher on the upcoming Friday, October 23rd edition of the You Tube series beginning at at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m. PST.

As well as being known for her soap roles on SB and GH, Judith also played Valerie Conway on As the World Turns, Miranda Bishop on Another World and Eva Vasquez on  and One Life to Live.

In primetime, McConnell has appeared on Star Trek, Dragnet, Beverly Hillbillies, Mayberry RFD, Green Acres, Mannix and more.

To watch the livestream click here.

So, what has been your favorite Judith McConnell role in her illustrious daytime career? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Sarah Joy Brown Directs Haley Pullos, Carolyn Hennesy, Eric Martsolf in New ‘Red Riding Hoods’ Podcast

What happens when a team of “Final Girls” (sole survivors of horrific mass murders) join forces to hunt malevolent entities while uncovering the apocalyptic conspiracy uniting them? Well, you have to listen to the brand new Horror Podcast Network’s latest offering Red Riding Hoods to find out. But here’s the twist! There are some daytime notables involved in the series.

Chief among them is three-time Daytime Emmy winner, Sarah Joy Brown (Ex-Carly and Claudia, GH) who directs the podcast series, a first for her career.

Along for the ride with Sarah are none other than General Hospital’s Haley Pullos (Molly) and Carolyn Hennesy (Diane), as well as Brown’s former DAYS co-star, Eric Martsolf (Brady) who all have roles within the story.

New episodes of the series began to roll out this past Monday on October 11th and there will be another installment every Monday thereafter.

Red Riding Hoods is available on all major podcast streaming platforms including: Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more.   You can also listen to the podcast via the Violet Hour Media website here.

So, let us know if you check out Red Riding Hoods via the comment section below or are intrigued to hear the show!

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