Here we go! The pink-slips are coming over at The Young and the Restless and it looks like one of the first casualties is none other than daytime icon Genie Francis (Genevieve Atkinson)! According to CBS Soaps In Depth today, they have learned that Genie has been let-go and the Daytime Emmy winner was informed that budget cuts were the reason! Rumblings are also fast and furious that there will be more Y&R talent exiting the series soon!
Now as far as Francis, this could potentially pave the way, if Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati were interested, in bringing Genie back to GH as Laura. However in late July at the GH TCA Panel, when asked about a return for Francis to her original soap home, Valentini commented, “I would just say that there is rich history that General Hospital has and there are many wonderful characters on the show right now, and in addition some people we are interested in bringing back. At this point unfortunately contracts forbid us to talk about things like that, but all I will say is we are big fans of Genie, I wish her the best, but I think we are pretty solid right now.”
So soapers, what do you think about the decision to let-go of Francis from Y&R? Are you happy about the move? Many have been critical of Francis as Genevieve. Now, do you want her to come to GH, even though up to this point she has had no interest in playing Laura again as well? Perhaps the new regime change could fix that in Port Charles? Weigh-in!