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40 February 18th, 2011 UPDATE BREAKING STORY: Rebecca Herbst STAYING with GH?

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Whoa! While many of us were still waking up in the west coast, it looks like the powers-that-be at General Hospital may have had a change of heart!  Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth Webber) who was set to exit the series in March, and was let-go after almost 14 years with the show may be staying after all!  A tweet this morning from ABC Soaps In Depth stated, “Breaking News: Becky Herbst (Liz) NOT leaving #GH? You heard it hear first! Details soon”

Now comes word that Soap Opera Digest is reporting that indeed Herbst is staying. Sources say the network is expected to release a statement regarding the change of heart. Check back to On-Air On-Soaps for further developments.

Could it be that the huge outcry from the fantastic and wonderful fan base of Becky’s saved the actress?  Stay tuned!

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  1. Keeks says:

    I hope the rumours are true! Well deserved for Becky, a true talent and a definite asset to General Hospital.

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  2. RippledStarr says:

    I really hope that its true! Becky is a hardworking and talented actress, and don’t forget veteran of the show, and her firing was absolutely wrong. GH has let too many veteran go, due by “storyline-dictated” exits. Elizabeth Webber still has so many story to tell. And, once again, I hope this is true. (:

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  3. Kelly says:

    It definitely is great news!! I am so very happy for Becky Herbst!

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  4. Saher M says:

    I am so glad that she’s back. Liz is the heart of this show for me. This really made my day!:) #BeckyNation loves you, Becky!:)

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  5. lisephoto says:

    I hope it’s true. There is so much GH needs to do with this character starting with finally telling Liason’s love story. The greatest love story never told. YET!

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  6. DONNA says:

    I am so happy to Rebecca Herbst staying with GH. Would love to Liz/Jason get to be a family w/Jake!

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  7. linda Price says:

    So happy for Becky and for eveyone that loves her. She deserves great things happening for her!

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  8. Christian says:

    I couldn’t be more thrilled with their decision! Thank you for always being so fantastic to Becky and to her fans Michael! I had given up on GH, her firing was the last straw in a series of misdeeds by TPTB who seem to want to forget certain parts of General Hospital-the HOSPITAL side!

    Becky Nation!!

    I hope we get a Webber sibling story, that would be awesome. No matter what coupling fans like for Elizabeth-we all love Becky/Elizabeth. She is more than any pairing, she is the heart of GH and I for one can’t wait to see what comes next for our girl!!

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  9. Amy says:

    I am so excited! Wow…can’t believe TPTB actually listened to us. I’m really happy for Becky and us!

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  10. Caroleena says:

    I am so excited about the news! i am glued to my instant media!!! Come on Twitter, tell me it’s true. Mr. Fairman, thanks for complimenting Becky’s fans!!! We think we are fantastic and wonderful… and that ALL that is reflected in the actress and character we love so dearly: Rebecca Herbst/Elizabeth Webber

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  11. D says:

    This is the best news I have heard in awhile. I was going to stop watching GH upon her departure. I’d like to think that we fans had something to do with this. I know I wrote the show a letter about it. Now give her a great storyline! Then bring Genie Francis back!

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  12. Tonya says:

    I am beyond thrilled and Happy that Becky is staying. I hope we will get a little Liason action soon. I love that the fans rallied behind Becky so thanks to the BeckyNation and thanks to all the soap bloggers and mags too.

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  13. Jen says:

    I really hope this is true. Rebecca is fantastic.

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  14. kay killgore says:

    Hope this is true! Could fellow castmate JJ have gone to bat for her?

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  15. Michele says:

    This is wonderful news. I am glad for Becky and her fans. Thanks to their efforts and the efforts of the magazines, the bloggers and most importantly to Becky for being the class act she always has been.

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  16. liasonbff says:

    BeckyNation rocks! I am so glad we got Becky re-hired, assuming that is the case. I just hope this means tptb will quit backburning her and give her character, Elizabeth Webber, some REAL stories. She should be there helping Michael w/his rape, and I would LOVE to see her have a GNO with Robin and Brenda and even BrookLynn too. BrookLynn and Elizabeth should realize they have nothing to fight about and move on from the pettiness into a friendship. And hey, can I get a REAL liason story now? :D

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  17. Cyndi says:

    I am so elated that Becky is back with GH!
    Now onto bigger and better story lines for her
    I hope the writers bring back the honest, kind, spunky Liz!

    Viva Liz!
    Viva Becky!

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  18. Beth says:

    I hope it is true! If so, I’ll continue watching for Becky, and try to ignore all the silly mob mania.
    But, now the question is are they just going to sideline her and let her fade away like Alan, or are we actually going to finally get to see Liz in a quality storyline? There are a lot more things that can be done with this character, even the old “amnesia and return as a bad girl plot”. We all know Becky can be one fantastic bad girl.

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  19. Paula says:

    Really glad she’s staying, but still wonder why there was never any mention of who her mother is.

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  20. andrea R. says:

    This is wonderful news for Becky and of coarse her fans. Maybe, I will start watching againn if they can give her a good storyline and stop ruining what is left of Liz.

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  21. Dee says:

    This is wonderful news! I couldn’t not be more excited as a fan and happy for Becky who has been a staple on the GH canvas forever. YAY!!!

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  22. Sharon says:

    So if RH is staying who are they firing in her place?

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  23. Allie says:

    If I were Rebecca Herbst, I would not return after GH’s behavior because that is insulting my talent, reputattion, and disrespecting my 14 years of dedication.

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  24. Toy1975 says:

    Hot dam !!!!I guess GH realize without Becky the show had a hugh chance of cancelling with out BECKY on board!A HUGH THANKS to all who helped in the cause!

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  25. kay killgore says:

    Just look at that gorgeous face! And ask yourself why you would not write a storyline for her. I have never seen her phone in her performances. BRAVO!

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  26. Kathy says:

    I have to say it’s not the power’s that be at General Hospital….It’s the fan’s….that made them change there minds…..and they should get the credit…..

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  27. Patty says:

    IF it’s true then congrats to Becky. I have respect for the actress although in my opinion watching the character onscreen is like watching paint dry. I’m not buying that it’s due to public outcry that they brought her back though. Thinking it’s more of a matter of her coming back with a lower salary.

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    Saher M replied

    I believe that whatever reconstructing or the thing that they did, as they say, if that’s really the reason, it was because of the public backlash on Rebecca Herbst’s firing. I mean, if that is the real reason, they would have done so before they fired RH, not after. I think the public outcry definitely played a big factor in TPTB reversing this horrendous decision.

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    Inez replied

    Agreed with Saher M. This was SOLELY due to fan outcry because the fans, especially longtime fans, have had enough of this show continuously disrespecting history and longtime fan favorites. It’s no different than when the fans lashed out at TPTB when they thought it would be a good idea to have Michael kill his own father AJ some years back. Due to fan outrage, which the brass eventually admitted to, they changed that entire storyline.

    Becky’s firing was the straw that broke the camel’s back for many people. She’s a legacy character and deserves to be treated as such. It makes no sense to fire her, then suddenly rehire her a month later and decide to pay her less, just cause. No, sorry, this was all due to fan outcry. She’s one of the most popular actresses on the show and has some of the most dedicated fans. Not everyone may care for Elizabeth, but they definitely care for Becky. I’m a proud fan of both the actress and character.

  28. LIzzie says:

    I am so happy BH is staying!! I haven’t been able to enjoy GH since the news was released. This is fantastic news!!!

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  29. Cynthia says:

    I am delighted that those in charge have reversed their decision to re-hire Rebecca. She is one of the only reason I still watch GH. I hope that the writers go back to writing Liz as the spunky, kind woman she was and not the character they have warped her into in the last two years.
    Becky is such a fabulous actress and like the poll in SID she deserves a new story.

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  30. Polo says:

    For once the fans are getting what they want? I hope she give the show the finger. They already ruined her character anyway.

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    Inez replied

    If they can redeem murderers and rapists on soaps and turn villains into heroes, they can redeem Elizabeth Webber. Sleeping with her fiancé’s brother is the lesser of those offenses. And as much as it would be nice for her to tell them where they can go, as no one would blame her for that in the least, she still has to pay the bills and GH is a steady paycheck. Unless she gets an offer she can’t refuse elsewhere, from another soap, primetime gig, or film, I can understand pride taking a backseat at this point and she has TONS of fans who lobbied for her return. The writing for Liz has been crappy and unfair over the years, yes; no one could argue against that. But Becky is one actress who can turn ish into sugar.

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  31. Bootycrack says:

    Screw that! Elizabeth should be the bad girl for a change and be the single mother like a lot of women are. She needs to toughin up and take charge of her life. Even if she’s got to fuck some people over to take care of her boys. I want Elizabeth to get Lucky and Nicholas for child support and destroy heleana. Let that old hag feel the pain on the way to hell!
    It would be interesting to see Franco as Keesha Ward’s screte husband. Then they both play with Jason. ha! ha!

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  32. Harry50 says:

    Franco and Keesha Ward? That would be hot! She was fine as hell in the 90′s
    GH was just being racist during that period; they didn’t want a White typical actor with a Black actresses as a couple. That maked since from a white point of view and that goes to show that America hasn’t changed much since the turbulent days in the 20th centry.
    Especially good looking white men. No, GH wouldn’t go for that.

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    Bootycrack replied

    Yes, yoou’re right about that; but we are now in the 21st Centry and television has changed with the times. With immigration constantly growing in America, society has no choice but to tolorate with such change. However, people know that predudice is based on how people feeling inside. Morally, is wrong to discriminate but you can’t change how an individual feel. So lets’s keep it real. Either way, it would be nice to see more black actors and actresses on Daytime TV like General Hospital as star roles; not just guests or temporary roles and get booted out like they did with the character Keesha Ward. She would have been a great asset to the show if had given a chance.

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    Harry50 replied

    That’s what i just said. I think you are trying to agree with me but at the same time, you are not facing the fact that Daytime TV are still being racist in many other ways today. So, you keep it real.
    Viewers plus ratings equals money. That’s what it’s all about now. Why didn’t black actors try other Daytime Soaps during the 90s? The keesha Ward character could’ve join Young And The Restless and landed a role there. They had more black actors who had major roles.

  33. Bootycrack says:

    I see you act like you knew the answer to that point of view, but like you said, Keeping it real. During the 1990s, Daytime TV Soaps were beginning to break racial barriers when came to interracial couples being put on the screen. Therefore, General Hospital used one black family like the wards to see how well they can fit into their enviorment where the Quartemaines lived. When I saw these episodes then and the way the ward family storyline was depicted, raised a lot of red flags. I’m talking about Civil Rights Leaders from real black communities that might have complained about the horror historical events occurred from slavery, racial segregation to the continuing fight for Civil Rights in the 90s. Remeber the Yusef Halkins Murder in Bensonhurst Brooklyn, NY. in 1989. REV. Al Sharpton and other Civil Rights leaders protested against the Killers as they marched in that racist neighborhood? So, that’s one way to look at this point of view. Also with Daytime TV not keeping black actors as major roles didn’t seem too cultural then. However, a lot has changed and Daytime TV had to change the way the world still viewed Americans during the 90s. Today, the Soaps is still trying be more
    open minded to not just black actors and actresses, but to interracial relationships.
    That was all I was pointing out from the beginning. So, understand that it’s not so much about race. It’s about images and the actor who best fits the part. Storylines are becoming more relative to real life and ongoing issue society struggles to deal with.
    I think General Hospital is one the top and most watched Daytime TV show since it inception. They are still going strong!

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  34. jill says:

    You sound like a typical NAACP bitter person. How can you say Daytime TV is still racist? If you know so much about race and society, tell me how many Daytime TV Soaps that actually have black actors playing major roles? I can name quite a few. Black people have many more opportunities than any other American today and they are rising quite swiftly.
    I agree with Bootycrack’s point when he/she compared to Daytime TV in the 1990s and today. It has made remarkable changes. By the way, there are black producers, casting and directors who hires the actors. Idiot!
    Stick to the facts. Not trying to sound like that Al Sharpton! Thank god he’s not our black president like Mr Obama whom i like.

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  35. Lani says:

    i was so devastated about her exit i thought i may never watch again! She is my favorite character. i love her fights with Carly and then compassion for having children with dangerous men, undying love with the original Lucky and her silent relationship with Jason thats always hanging in our faces waiting to be rekindled. She is a pivitol character in my eyes and i am so happy she is staying.

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