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93 May 27th, 2016 ABC Confirms GH’s Kirsten Storms Temporarily Recast With DAYS Alum Molly Burnett!

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Another General Hospital cast member has been confirmed by an show rep to On-Air On-Soaps as being temporarily recast.  It happens to be none other than fan favorite Kirsten Storms (Maxie Jones).  This is on the heels of the news that Tyler Christopher is also taking a leave from the show as Nikolas Cassadine.

As daytime fans know, Storms left the show once before for medical reasons back in the fall of 2011 and was off the series for almost a year.

At that time, Storms was replaced by now DAYS star, Jen Lilley (Theresa).  No reason has been given as to why Storms is off the series as of now.  Daytime Confidential first brought to light the switch.

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This time Storms has been recast with another member of the Salem family, Molly Burnett! The young actress who has played Melanie Jonas on and off for several years starting from 2008-2012, and reprising the role in 2014-2015, and once again in 2016.

Look for Burnett to first appear on-screen in episodes of GH in July.

That means with the casting news of Bree Williamson as Claudette, Burnett will be involved in front-burner story as Maxie when her romance with Nathan (Ryan Paevey) is headed for more stormy waters.

What do you think of the Storms/Burnett casting switch? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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  1. soapqueenforever says:

    I was waiting for Maxie and Claudette to go at it. I am just sorry it won’t be Ms Storms in the role. I hope her health is okay. Every now and again, you should mentally and physically “recharge your batteries” so to speak and just take break. Ms Storms is a beautiful and talented young woman, and I hope her health is up to par. Although I never watched either Days or One Life, I have seen clips of the talented actors GH has found for the roles, and I think some excellent choices were made. Good luck to the “newbies”, and Ms Storms take care of yourself and please hurry back!!

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    Celia replied

    Hi, soapqueenforever,
    Sometimes we forget that those who give their all to entertain us are peopke, too.
    As yourself, I hope she is well, also. She has just gone through a divorce( or in the midst of it), therefore, problems/issues may have arisen….child custody, financial support etc. Or, on the other hand, perhaps she and Johnny are working things out and need precious time to do that.
    Whatever it is, we pray, this little family rides the storm (no pun intended), and all come through it with a healthy heart and mind.
    ….which begs the question; why do these women/characters on GH (Tracy; Carly) prey and want other women’s children? It’s not as if they were exemplar mothers!!!!!!!!

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    jaybird369 replied

    Hi Celia,

    WELCOME BACK!!!!! You have been truly missed on this site. Celia…I will keep your great-grandmother in my thoughts and in my prayers. Take care.

    Later, my friend.

    Celia replied

    @jaybird369.
    Thank you, Jay. Always the gentleman and sweetheart, you are, my friend!!

    Janet Byrnes replied

    UNLESS YOU KNOW THAT FOR A FACT, YOU REALLY SHOULDN’T PUT THAT OUT THERE.

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  2. Jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    Molly B.—-OMG whats with the scary picture…the news of her playing Maxie is scary enough!!!-lol

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    davlestev1 replied

    It’s the weirdest so far.. This is just out there

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    Celia replied

    I agree, Jimmy. Burnett, as much as I like her, is sooo not Maxie-like. But, i will reserve opinion after having given her a go. Will miss you, Kirsten!!!!!

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    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    c’est toi?

    Celia replied

    Oui, c’est moi, Jimmy. LOL.

    Patrick replied

    LOL…. this could be – real – painful

    no off the shoulder flashdance wear

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    Jeremy replied

    @ Patrick

    Exactly! Please no shoulder flashdance wear!!!! :P

    Ces replied

    She’s frightening in that photo. Why couldnt they send her to WA to see Spinelli and her child? So this whole Claudette story that Maxie wanted to find out about will be unraveled by someone else.

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    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Yes, thats what they should had done…i do not like the idea of a fill-in getting the front and center story-it was bad enough Nate suddenly has an ex but since they are going to introduce her i would have liked Maxie leave like you said and if KS returns then have her deal with Claudette!!!-ruins the whole story for me and i wasnt much interested in it to begin with!!!

    Celia replied

    Yeah, Ces. You’re right. The only good thing is seeing Bree….well, for myself, anyway.
    Anyone from OLTL is a sight for sore eyes.

    nme replied

    I agree Celia. I still miss OLTL! I started watching GH again just for the OLTL cast.

    Harry replied

    Jim, this could be more frightening than when Joan Crawford filled in for her daughter on the soap opera The Doctors.
    (Yes, I am a Mommy Dearest fan).

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    Ces replied

    Lol Harry!! I remember seeing clips with Joan Crawford then, yikes! Talk @ horrid casting.
    Jim —- yep, your last line says it all; we weren’t interested in Claudette/Nathan to begin with! Not sure what is going on over @ GH !

    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    You mean the Secret Storm..

    jaybird369 replied

    Harry…I totally agree with what you’re saying here. MOST DEFINITELY FRIGHTENING!!!!! Oh…and BTW, I have the ‘Mommie Dearest’ movie on DVD. To this day, I STILL CRINGE whenever I watch those scenes of Joan Crawford filling in for Christina on ‘The Secret Storm’. BEYOND A-W-K-W-A-R-D!!!!!

    Later, Harry.

    Harry replied

    Jim, no you mean Secret Storm. How do you know all of this?
    Thank you for the correction. Man, you’re good.

    Celia replied

    What? Come again? Joan Crawford started her career on soaps?

    Harry replied

    No Celia, Joan Crawford filled in for her daughter when she fell ill for a soap called “Secret Storm.” (I had mistakingly called it “The Doctors.)
    The role young Christina Crawford was playing was for a character who was supposed to be about 26. At the time Crawford was in her 70′s.
    In the cult classic film “Mommie Dearest” there is a scene in which Christina is in the hospital bed watching her mother play her role. To say the scene was awkward is an understatement.
    This was near the tail end of Joan Crawford’s career and life as she started in movies in the late 20′s.

    Celia replied

    Wow, unbelievable. Thanks, Harry. Talk about miscasting, lol.

  3. vinman says:

    TOTAL MISCAST………

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  4. 4ever DAYS says:

    What’s going on at GH?

    “Tic” tock..tick-tock…

    Is GH a ticking time bomb? Regardless, there will be plenty of explosive facial expressions!

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    Ces replied

    Ha!

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  5. k/kay says:

    what is going on?

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  6. KansasGuest says:

    Sadly, Ms. Storms is going thru a divorce with a young child involved. Her health has also been an issue in the past. Considering how long she’s been acting (since a child) and how stressful her personal situation might be, it’s completely understandable she’d need time off. Also, I don’t think a longtime professional like her would do this, when her storyline is coming to the fore, unless she felt it was absolutely necessary. Hope she takes care of herself so she can be there for her child. That little girl only has one mother. OTOH, we GH viewers have plenty of other actors to entertain us.

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    Patrick replied

    well said

    that’s a lot of personal LIFE going on

    Kirsten STorms… your fan base is huge and solidified

    take good care

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    Rebecca1 replied

    Very nicely said…

    Ces replied

    I hope it is her choice for a little break. I just think Ms Burnett is a bad choice

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  7. Jennifer m says:

    I just hope Kirsten is ok and this will be a very short temporary recast. Kirsten Storms is the only Maxie Jones. I also hope Claudette is only on for this storyline and when it’s over Claudette will leave town. The GH cast is too big as it is. The show needs to stop adding new characters and show the characters that they already have. I hope Nathan and Maxie are the couple that will be together in the end and that Naxie stays in love with each other through this whole mess.

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  8. Lou Piikes says:

    I liked Molly as Melanie. The actress is a little quirky/goofy as far as her acting abilities. Molly will do fine as Maxie.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Looks likely!

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    Lorenzo replied

    I agree Lou, Molly will do a great job as Maxie. Hopefully Molly will dye her hair for her new role on General Hospital. Kirsten take care, of yourself and come back to GH, when you are ready.

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  9. Ces says:

    Yuck! Grating!!!!! Maybe Tyler & Kirsten are being cut out of raises while GH splurges on 20 new lame hires. Enough with all the new casting! GH is becoming a wasteland for the unemployed !

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  10. Vicki Black says:

    This is a real life decision for Kirstin, I’m sure. I love her in this role but “real life” comes first. I love Molly and am sure she will kick ass in this role.

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    mark replied

    I love molly too she is so intense (I love Kristen totally too!). Just glad the last recast isn’t doing Maxie this time

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    davlestev1 replied

    If you’re talking about jen Lilley she was great as Maxie and doing just as well as a Maxie type character theresa on Days

    mark replied

    Jen is ok Kristen is a star.***

    4ever DAYS replied

    Molly is intense, mark, but so was Lon Chaney JR as “The Wolfman.”

    They are interchangeable: Molly knows how to scrunch up her nose and show all her teeth just like Lon did. Molly is a star, considering the star is a sign of a werewolf.

    Please, everyone, don’t misunderstand me…I loved Lon Chaney JR in “The Wolfman.”

    Harry replied

    Jenifer Lilley was indeed, great, Dave. Those are some big shoes to fill and she managed to do just fine. She suffered huge and unfair backlash from rabid KS fans on social media too.

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    mark replied

    @4everdays: How sexist! No one said anything about anyone’s looks!

    Moviegal replied

    I was hoping to get Jen Lilley back as Maxie as well, if they had to recast. But apparently she’s still working on DOOL. She did a great job when she filled in for KS last time.

    Celia replied

    @moviegal.
    Hi, Moviegal,
    Right? But, I must say, Lilley is killing it as Theresa on DAYS. Loooove her….always have!!

    Celia replied

    I love Molly, as well, Vicki. So, I hope she can pull ‘Maxie’ off.
    Kirsten’s Maxie was the whole package…including her minute size. I didn’t watch when Jen Lilley held the role ( I wish I had because I absolutely looove Jen just as much as Kirsten); so, I have become accustomed seeing Kirsten’s personality shine and dance before me.
    One little person who will be sooo disappointed is my six-year old son….he is completely fascinated by Kirsten.

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  11. Niki says:

    Why not just send her to spend some time with Georgie in Portland instead of temp recast. Im already not looking forward to not having kirsten as maxie for whats hopefully a short time – i hope we dont not have her for a year like last time. Hope she returns very very soon. We need to see lots of naxie Kirsten&Ryan during June to make up for what we’re not going to be getting in the coming months with them.

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  12. mark says:

    GH is like a ship with a leak in the hull

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  13. nancy dillingham says:

    Looks like GH is a rather “cold” place to work–always provokes suspicion when so many incidences like this one occur. Have a heart, TPTB–or was the heart surgically removed at GH? :)

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    Tristan replied

    Something is sure rotten in the state of Denmark!

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    Harry replied

    What the hell is going on with GH? If they are not injecting too many new characters/actors to an already bloated cast, they are casting temporary actors to replace veteran actors.
    Why not write Maxie and Nikolas out of the story line for a spell which affording more attention to core characters whom have been sadly neglected.
    So I ask again: WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON WITH GH?
    Ahem, I apologize for screaming.

    Tristan replied

    Harry, do not apologize for screaming. We should start sending telegrams to ABC, all worded: “WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON WITH GH?”

    I am beyond frustrated and disgusted. For example, while Tyler is fighting for a contract, the former OLTL actress hired to play the TOTALLY UNNECESSARY character of Claudette, when asked what lured her to GH, was quoted as saying “an offer I couldn’t refuse.”

    I am about done with this show on entertainment grounds, and on moral principles. If TPTB does not care what WE want to see, let us oblige them and top watching.

    Celia replied

    Yeah, I know, Tristan. But, just as I was finally getting into Alexis’s disturbing storyline….starting to appreciate who this character truly is…..starting to really get into her head; the story is put on ice. I guess THE NURSEs’ BALL took precedence. Some of these stories should take place on another planet. A Roman Catholic priest doing the can-can? Don’t get me wrong…I liked looking at all that prime-male flesh (lol)…..but the idea of a priest doing it? Well, I can’t stop placing Father Griffin at the altar saying Mass or administering Communion to the publicae. LOL.
    I soooo want to see Alexis wrestling with her dilemma through, and clear her body and heart of Julian. I like this story!!!!! This must be such a struggle for her? But, as we all know, she is no ingenue. Not sixteen; and, not in Kansas anymore.
    Too many events, mostly dubiously ‘entertaining’ are interjected/injected on GH at a gallop….I want to pull my hair out of frustration. But, I like my hair.

    Rodd replied

    I don’t understand your comment about it being a “rather ‘cold’ place to work’. Could you please explain, Nancy?

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Hey Rodd, I was referring to the frequent “dust ups” between the actors and TPTB or ABC suits or whomever is in charge. There was Tony Geary’s beef with “THE WRITER,” Rebecca Herbst almost being fired and being absent from the screen for a while. Then these recent problems with Tyler, Kirsten, etc.Appears to be a colossal “lack of communication” here re contractual negotiations, don’t you think?

  14. Magento says:

    I wasn’t hot on Molly over on DOOL as I felt that her character was rather annoying. I’ll give her a chance on GH but if she continues with those weird facial expressions while acting, I’m out. I mean recast temporarily if you must but get someone who’s a bit more like the person already playing the part.

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  15. Lilbeth says:

    dont like molly burnett filing for kirsten storms becauseshe is not a blonde she has dark hair instead of blonde andi cannot picture her playing maxie

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  16. Jimmy says:

    What a total miscast. I couldn’t stand Molly Burnett on DAYS; Melanie always felt like a goofy, pointless character. All of her mumbling and nose crinkling got old, fast. Now she’ll be playing such a feisty character like Maxie, and I can’t see it going well. GH is a mess right now.

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    Jeremy replied

    Hi Jimmy,

    Everything you say about Molly ex-Melanie on Days!!!….is exactly how I feel, too. I couldn’t stand Melanie either. And, as Patrick mentioned (above), too, those obnoxious “shoulder flashdance wear”.
    I might be able to take a month of Molly filling in for Kristen, but no more, unless she shapes up…or ship out!

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    Ces replied

    Make that 3 people that couldn’t stand Melanie! Now, she’ll be Maxie? Urgh… Couldn’t even stand the other Days actress that played her, the one with the grating squeaky voice! Come back Kirsten!!!

    Celia replied

    Yeah, that’s another thing, Jeremy/Patrick……I do like Molly, but her sense of style, or lack-thereof, is a wash compared to Kirsten’s. No flair, no oomph!! So, I hope Wardrobe will remedy that.
    I may sound trivial, but these details….fashion, speech, behavior are all part of what made the character Maxie.

    Jeremy replied

    @Celia, and others. I wonder what the original Maxie is up to. I don’t recall her name, but she was on GH for several years as I recall, then, they aged Maxie, and wha-la, enter Kristen Storms.

    jaybird369 replied

    Jimmy…dude…I TOTALLY AGREE with what you’re saying here!!!!! ALL OF IT!!!!!

    Later.

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  17. rocky83 says:

    4 SUR!!!!!

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  18. Janice says:

    I like the other actress but not for her role

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  19. Jackie back says:

    Not happy at all I love Maxine and the Prince please come back

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  20. Leeannlovingthebooks says:

    I loved Molly as Melanie but I just can’t see her as Maxie.

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  21. Diane says:

    Stop recasting people, we get used to one person plating the part and the next thing, things change. Just pay them what they’re worth and stop. Unless it’s for a different reason, but if it has to happen find someone with same color hair. Please stop already.

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  22. Allen saint james says:

    # why why why. No offense but this actress irritated me to no end on days of our lives.

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  23. Rose says:

    Maybe it’s a personal thing with a Kristen, but when you hear things like this it can make you wonder what’s up with ABC…there was Rebecca, Finn/Silas before, now Tyler, recently Castle. Popular characters are killed off…Duke, Carlos…and new ones brought in like revolving doors with little or no story line that have any traction. Others are underused. This may seem out of context, but it reminds me of how some retailers are scheduling staff for “efficiencies,” fewer full-time/more part-time, and to find a way to cut expenses like health benefits.

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  24. nancy stanford says:

    I will miss her! I hope that she will be back in the not too distant future! The character she plays is amazing. She’s perfect for it. I wish her well.

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  25. Jill says:

    What is it with the stars taking leave of absences? It would be nice for them to share with there FANS why they are temporarily leaving…First Christopher now Kirsten, I do hope it’s not health related for them…I do hope they are back sooner than later, no one likes a fill in..Stories not the same without originals…

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  26. Melissa says:

    Wow. Tough double loss for GH. I wish both actors well and hope things in their personal lives work out soon. It would be nice to kow exactly why they are both stepping big down but I recognize and respect that they have private lives. It’s a real shame, though, since both stories are totally heating up. Must be a hard transition for their scene partners too. Best wishes to everyone.

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  27. Rodd says:

    Hope KS is able to take the time she needs to do whatever she needs to do and gets back to GH stat. I’ll miss her and don’t think anyone else could replace her.

    Good luck to MB stepping in, though.

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  28. jacque says:

    Sorry Molly, not a fan

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  29. RichInIowa says:

    Wow. Seriously. What happened to this site cleaning up its act? Simply excellent moderation.

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  30. Mo says:

    I hope all is well with Kirsten and she takes this time to take care of whatever. Melanie was great on Days. I’m sure she’ll do fine as Maxie.

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  31. Jane says:

    It’s going to weird.

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  32. Mary says:

    I just don’t see Molly Burnett as Maxie.

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  33. Kevin O. says:

    Not cool. Not cool at all.

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  34. jaybird369 says:

    NO, NO AND MORE NO!!!!! N-e-x-t……….

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  35. scott says:

    Hope that they get rid of Kristen and keep Molly.

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  36. dmr says:

    A speedy recovery to Ms. Storms. Oh good God, the casting agents couldn’t find anyone else besides Molly Burnett? The photo used in this buzz report says it all. I could not take her on Days of Our Lives-the immature giggling and squealing-like nails on a chalkboard.

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    Celia replied

    Maybe Bree should have been brought in as Maxie. You have a point dmr. As I also intimated, Molly is the wrong ‘type’.
    Let’s see what happens.

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  37. Michelle says:

    Not at happy about this news! Only Kirsten can play Maxi the way the role is suppose o be played. Was not thrilled when she took a break last time, not happy now!

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  38. Bonnie Jean says:

    Imo not happy for the choice of recast at all……
    I feel imp they should have brought back for temporary roll is Robyn Richards who was the first Maxie!

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  39. Bonnie Jean says:

    Imp I don’t like the choice they made for the temp Maxie!
    I feel imo they should have brought back Robyn Richars instead who was the first Maxie!

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  40. Barbara says:

    I had read about a month ago that Kirsten was having allergic problems effecting her face and the makeup department couldn’t do anymore to cover up the rash. It just goes to show that we should not guess and assume about why her recast. Since no one seems to know, it could be very personal and private and it is really no one’s business.

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    Hazel replied

    That’s what I read, too. Although I heard she said her issues are stress related too. But, It makes sense then that she was covering her face with her hair, & why she didn’t get it colored. I had an allergic reaction to hair color & it affected EVERYTHING. All kinds of cross reactions on my neck, face, & hands as well as my scalp. It’s 5 years & I still have to use a free & clear detergent & be careful with shampoo etc. I will never be able to use PPD hair color again. It was horrible for months. Painful too. I was on a steroid, antihistamines, creams, etc – not camera ready. I give so much kudos to KS for everything she’s going through but still going to work. I wish her a full & speedy recovery. FYI I use a non-PPD hair color, Goldwell’s Elumen which I thank God for.

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  41. Bonnie Rae says:

    One day of the replaced Maxie, OMG what a ditz, I almost turned it off after only 1/2hr, who is she related to, that got her the part?

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  42. Pam says:

    NOT EVEN CLOSE!

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  43. Gwen S says:

    I watch both “Days” and GH so I am very familiar with both Molly and Kirsten. When someone has played a part for so long like Kirsten it is so hard for another actress to come in and take their place. I remember when Jen Lilly replaced Kirsten for a time and people were so mean in their comments. She spoke about how hard that was because she wasn’t trying to be Kirsten but play the part to the best of her ability. It can’t be easy people. Let’s give Molly a chance. She has only been there for two days. I will be wishing you the very best Molly. Hang in there.

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