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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 James Patrick Stuart in the Cast of Disney Channel’s Super-Villains Pilot ‘Amy From Amarillo’

Casting news was recently announced for the Disney Channel’s upcoming half-hour live-action comedy pilot with a working title of Amy From Amarillo.

According to Deadline, while the series has named actress Isabella Pappas in the title role of Amy, none other than General Hospital star James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine) is also noted to be a part of the cast.

In story, the project follows a family of super-villains who must go on into hiding in Amarillo, Texas when they fall afoul of the League of Villains and are about to be liquidated.  Production on the pilot is set to begin this month.

Those joining Stuart and Pappas in the cast include: Hilda Spellman, Patricia Belcher, Kayden Muller-Janssen, Malachi Barton, Reed Horstmann and Lucy Davis will plays Amy’s mom, Eva aka Spark, a feisty supervillain who shoots electrical current out of her hands.

Production on the pilot is set to begin this month.  Stuart will be continuing his role on GH as per usual.

Furthermore, James took to Twitter this morning to clarify for inquiry GH fans who were concerned about the status the project might cause for his role on the ABC daytime drama series: “I am currently working on a Disney Channel comedy pilot. We film 15 minutes from the GH stage so, should the show get picked up for series, and while it would create scheduling headaches for some very cool people, I have no plans to hang up Valentin’s dancing shoes any time soon.”

So, intrigued by this pilot and what role James will have within it? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GL Alum Kimberly J. Brown Joins the Cast of General Hospital

Another daytime favorite is coming to General Hospital.  This time its Kimberly J. Brown (Ex-Marah) of Guiding Light fame.  She last appeared on the soaps during her from 1993-1998 and then a brief return in 2006

According to Soap Opera Digest, she will make her GH debut next week in a mystery role.

Kimberly worked with two GH powerhouse actresses during her tine on Guiding Light. 

She noted to SOD about her time in Springfield: Cynthia Watros (Nina, GH, Ex-Annie Dutton, GL) was my stepmom for a bit, and Laura Wright (Carly, Ex- Cassie, GL) played my aunt.”

Brown has appeared in numerous primetime television shows and motion pictures over the last few decades.

Now the question becomes, who will Kimberly play on GH? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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General Hospital and ‘H.R. Pufnstuf’s’ Billie Hayes Dead at 96

She was one-of-a-kind, and now actress Billie Hayes has passed away at the age of 96.  Hayes’ family announced her death from natural causes on April 29th at Cedar-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

Hayes was best-known for her unforgettable role as Witchiepoo on the 1969-70 Saturday morning live-action children’s classic H.R. Pufnstuf from Sid and Marty Kroft.

However, daytime fans will remember that then General Hospital executive producer, Gloria Monty, hired Hayes to play the recurring role of the street-smart international spy, Brighton O’Reilly, back in the 80’s series hey day.

GH’s Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) took to Twitter to mourn the loss of Hayes on Monday sharing; “My dear wonderful Billie Hayes has died. Sadly I only got to work with her on GH but it was a magical relationship. Right away Gloria Monty saw something unique and ran with it. I cannot tell you how her passing saddens me.”

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In story, Brighton O’Reilly was shot and killed by Victor Cassadine back in 1981. Billie told Soap Opera Digest back in 2003 about her time as an agent on GH, and her exit from the series: “I asked Gloria why she killed me off, and Gloria said, ‘To tell you the truth, Billie, we really hemmed and hawed at it. But I decided to do it for selfish reasons. I knew if I killed O’Reilly there’d be such an abundance of sympathy and love for Scorpio that his stock would go up. And he’s my new leading man!’ I understand why Gloria knocked me off, but I would have loved to have gone on with it because I feel it could have been developed into a fascinating character.”

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Sid and Marty Kroft also took to Twitter and expressed:  “Margaret Hamilton (Wizard of Oz) once told us that Billie Hayes was “one of the best witches ever” We couldn’t agree more. Rest in Peace dear friend.”

Billie’s career spanned decades including Broadway, television, motion pictures and voice-over work. In addition, she founded the Los Angeles-based animal rescue nonprofit organization Pet Hope, a cause she had championed since adopting a puppy abandoned in the basement of Broadway’s St. James Theatre during the run of Lil’ Abner in which she was featured in the role of Mammy Yokum.

Share your remembrances of Billie Hayes and your condolences for her family and loved ones via the comment section below.

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