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164 March 5th, 2013 CONFIRMED: Brandon Barash Leaving General Hospital!

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One of daytime’s favorite bad guy characters, who at times had a bit of a conscience, will soon be departing his soap!  The news this afternoon came first via Brandon Barash’s (Johnny) Twitter page, and has now been confirmed by On-Air On-Soaps through Barash’s management, that the popular actor is indeed exiting General Hospital! 

At first, many fans were confused since Barash’s tweet made a humorous mention that he has chosen to pursue a career in the NBA thus the reason for his leaving!

Barash tweeted, “With a bittersweet, heavy heart I announce my time at GH has come to an end, as I have chosen to move on & pursue my NBA career. I love u all.”   No word on how, or when, Johnny Zacchara will be written off the canvas, and Barash’s final airdate.

With Barash gone, along with Scott Reeves (Steven) and Steve Burton (Jason),  all that remains of the original members of “Port Chuck” in Port Chuck is Bradford Anderson (Damian Spinelli).

How do you feel about the exit of Brandon Barash from GH?  How do you feel Johnny will be written out? Let us know!

 

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  1. Jill says:

    I hope he changes his mind and comes back.

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    su0000 replied

    I think he just wanted to try something different before he is too old..
    I think he may return someday..
    I hope he does well with the MBA..
    Seems it something he has wanted to try/do for long time..
    Good for him that he is giving it a try so he will have no regrets when he is 60..

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    Angie replied

    uhm he’s not really joining the NBA that part was a joke, oye

    I think it’s long overdue, Johnny hasn’t had a purpose in years

  2. heidi says:

    I am sorry to see Brandon leave! He has been great and done some stellar work. It is sad to see 3 of the Port Chuck guys leaving or have left. Please let Bradford stay for a long while! So far they have left it open for SB and SR to coe back and hopefully they will leave it so BB can come back too! Best of luck Brandon… you will be missed!!!

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  3. Mary says:

    I think it stinks

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    B.J. replied

    So do I, Mary. I will really miss Brandon [& Johnny]. I can’t blame him though for wanting to move on after essentially being put on the sidelines.

    Unlike many fans here I have zero interest in Todd on GH, and it looks like it’s going to be the RH and ME show in Port Charles from now on. :(

    I am really sad about this, but wish Brandon the best wherever he goes.

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    Suzanne replied

    I totally agree. I have NO use for Roger Howarth’s Todd, although I did like Trevor St John’s version of Todd. Can’t even watch Kristin Alderson but It looks like she will take Johnny’s place as co-owner of the HS. I am no longer watching the show much unless I know Sam, Patrick or the Davis Girls will be on.

  4. Debbie Harris says:

    Wow, I Really thought he was just kidding when he tweeted that he was leaving GH!! Makes me sad. It seems like lots of my favorites are being written off GH or are leaving on their own right now. Scott Reeves, Julie Berman, and now Brandon Barash…and before that it was Kimberly McCullough and Steve Burton. I also miss Erik Valdez as Trey. Had just gotten to like his character when he was written off the show.. They will All be Missed a lot! :(

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    Dani replied

    Debbie,
    I forgot about Julie Marie Berman leaving. Now, I’m even more depressed. What is with this mass exodus??? I’m really, really sad. I miss Trey too! I liked him and Christina.

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    B.J. replied

    I didn’t know about Berman leaving. Where can I read about this? What is she going to do? Surely this was not GH’s choice.

    BTW, I also liked Trey and didn’t understand why they killed him off. I think GH will soon be unwatchable completely. I skip much of it now.

    Skyla replied

    yeah it’s really sad, it’s like so many people are either being let go or quitting. idk what is going on behind the scenes but this makes me a lil worried about the future of GH.

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    SZima replied

    Good question Skyla…What really IS going on behind the scenes?? Seems like more than a coincidence that so many actors are choosing to leave right now. Who’s going to be next?
    CarTini have brought on so many former actors (which has been nice, but they have been ignoring many of the regular players and most of them have been poorly written) and so many newbies (which has NOT been so nice because they are mostly horrible), maybe they’re forcing these contract actors out.
    This is not boding well for the show…when the anniversary is over and all the oldies but goodies are gone, who’s going to be left? Sonny and Kate/Connie/NuAlter?

    Ces replied

    I think they’re all tired of having their air-time cut into nothing considering the massive size of this cast. I’ve been criticized on here before complaining about too many past favorites coming back, but in all actuality, it’s pretty damn clear that there is simply NOT enough room for 50+ cast members to have storylines. I wonder if they get paid by the day vs. the old time contracts?

  5. Cheryl says:

    I think I feel bitter that they keep letting GH characters go but are fighting to hang onto OLTL characters who belong on…you guessed it…OLTL.

    This is getting stupid.

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    Lynn replied

    I was just going to say something similar! I was a OLTL fan then GH fan watched both for years and I am so p-ssed off that OLTL can’t seem to get their characters back from GH but GH is willing to let its own characters go? I’m just like WTH???????

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    su0000 replied

    ABC did not ”let him go” .. He left, his choice ..

    geezuz people should stop blaming others over something they know nothing about.

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    Gillian replied

    From what I understand, BB has considered leaving for some time. Like JMB, his stay was extended. The new EP/writer aren’t driving people away. They’re convincing people to stay longer & in Kimberly McColough’s case, convinced her to come back (she wadbreportedly so unhappy with the previous regime that she wanted her character killed off). It isn’t much of a surprise that so many in the mob storyline are leaving because the show is no longer mob-centric. And with the few departures are lots of returns. Laura, Anna, Scotty, Jack, Brenda, Helena, Nik … the list is long. I love GH and look forward to great new storylines. Hopefully Brandon will eventually return. Best of luck to him!

    Rodd replied

    Well said.

    Peyton replied

    And you don’t find it a little fishy that all of these GH actors are “choosing” to leave! It goes to show you that Steve Burton wasn’t the only one that wasn’t happy with the new OLTL regime taking over. It will be a sad day when GH goes off of the air, it’s actually going to break my heart. I hate watching the show that once meant the world to me, slowly sink:(

    Cindy replied

    I don’t know to me it seems like a lot of actors are just leaving. 5 actors in what 6 months have left. Maybe they are getting tired of the fan obsession over the OLTL 3?

    The Bad Truth replied

    He left because he was unhappy that his character was never going to be redeemed like the great Sonny. Anyone that thinks these characters are leaving because the show isn’t about the mob anymore and have no other relevance on the show is dumb. Considering the whole show has been consumed by this vampire story ala crap, the writers easily could have written some BS story to keep them on. JMB played Lulu, the daughter of a legacy, SR played a doctor….not heavily mob characters. Steve Burton could have stayed and with all his brain injuries woken up as a Quartermaine…but no. The writing is on the wall. When FV and RC are fighting more for OLTL characters more so than the actual GH characters you know where the loyalties lie.

    Suzanne replied

    Don’t you people know that these returns are for a very short time (except for Anna and maybe Duke). YES FV and RC ARE driving people away by keeping them on the back burner and overrunning the canvas with their non-actors from OLTL (except ME)! Worst day of my GH viewing life was when Big Head Starr drove into town. Now she has been insinuated into almost EVERY storyline. WHY?

    Dan replied

    @Peyton:

    You’re wrong, GH is doing the exact opposite of sinking. Their ratings last week were up over 530,000 viewers from this time last year. That’s not sinking. If it weren’t for Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati coming aboard, we’d probably be having a funeral for GH instead of getting ready to celebrate the show’s 50th Anniversary.

    Actors come and go on soaps. They always have, they always will. This is nothing new. Not sure why everyone has to try and find a deeper meaning.

    I like Brandon Barash, he’s a good actor and Johnny has been a fun character. But I don’t mind that he’s leaving to be honest. I think they had done pretty much all there was to do with the character. I wish him the best.

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    Marnie replied

    To The Bad Truth & Suzanne:

    Word! Spot On!

    Cindy replied

    Dan I have to disagree with you. The reason why the ratings are up is because of all the old characters coming back, But it won’t last. Ron is not a great writer by any sense of the word.

    jim replied

    I agree with u Dan. i posted some of the things like you said. Where would GH be without the OLTL team….gone of course like u said. The OLTL team has corrected past mistakes, brought back long missed vets,some 4 brief visits and some permanetly, refreshen the show, got the ratings up, and now the show has been featured on magizines and some stars were on talk shows. And soon GH is celebrating its 50th. None of this would be happening if it werent 4 the OLTL team. All this positive stuff and they get critized 4 it. Maybe not everything theyve done is so great but the positive things they have done still outweighs the negative by a long shot. Had it been better had they never came and instead have ABC just cancel it. They could still cancel it no matter what but at least we r getting to still watch it a lot longer than most of us thought we would be a year ago.

  6. Cindy says:

    I AM SO SAD TO HEAR THAT BRANDON IS LEAVING. IT BREAKS MY HEART THAT SO MANY HAVE LEFT OR ARE LEAVING. IF THIS CONTINUES, I AM LEAVING MYSELF!!! I AM SO TIRED OF ALL THE GOOD ONES LEAVING AND THE NOT SO GOOD ONES STAYING!!! GOOD LUCK BRANDON!!! I WILL MISS YOU!! !! HUGS & LOVE <3

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    IowanMan replied

    I already have left – after decades of being a diehard fan.
    The show has become completely unwatchable now. First we had the stupidity of DeadDuke & Olivia’s Omens, then the absurdity of CrazyCoe. Now with the insanity of the Caleb nonsense, they have just gone too far over the top. Never thought I would say it, but I’m finished.
    Best of luck to everyone.

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  7. Donnaa says:

    #GH is really screwing up, so much that they are going to see themselves without any fans at all. 4 major players in a matter of months? Yet, they think the viewers are interested in vampires, Connie/Kate, Heather never dying, and now this crazy Doctor, Britch? Started watching Y&R when Burton left and I have to say…it’s no wonder they win so many Emmy’s. GH writters need to take some notes. Firing Scott and Brandon was really stupid and I am so tired of accepting all of this. Genoa City is my new home.

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    GHFan replied

    GH has won more Emmy’s than Y&R . Y&R gets the viewers hooked and they have higher ratings!
    However, I do think that GH’s days are limited! Thanks to Cartini and the OLTL writing staff that has taken over at GH!

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    CTwildheart replied

    IF GH’s days are numbered….then they were numbered before the new regime ever came on board. I don’t blame them at all.

    jim replied

    The staff of OLTL came in and saved the show from being cancelled and allowing it to celebrate its 50th. If they hadnt come in and made drastic changes GH would have been canceled months ago. They may not b totally perfect but then who is? It could still get cancelled by ABC but then it could be for a number of reasons and not just because of whose bhind the scenes. OLTL was doing ok and their ratings were going up but got cancelled anyway because abc thought they could do better and make more money with the lame Revolution which didnt last long and didnt do as well as GH is doing in that same time slot. GH, however isnt immune to cancellation and it wouldnt matter if OLTLs team was behind the scenes or not but it looks like they’ll get all the blame 4 it anyway no matter who came and did this and that to ruin the show long b4 they took over.

    Dan replied

    Obviously the viewers are interested, the show was up in the ratings 531,000 viewers last week from this time last year. Yeah, Frank and Ron are doing such a horrible job! Let’s cancel the show right now! Give me a break.

    And btw, GH didn’t fire Scott Reeves or Brandon Barash, their contracts were up and it was their choice to leave.

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    k/kay replied

    Dan I do think they fired Scott Reeves, I started thinking about the character of Johnny & Jason. The first day Starr she loses her daughter and boyfriend to who Johnny. It appeared Jason was losing Sam to John McBain. So new OLTL characters brought over change your story line might be some feelings there on SB & BB’s part. We will see if my theory is right if BB shows up with JFP at Y&R.

    Donnaa replied

    Have you ever thought the reason for the rating being up is due to the 50th anniversary coming up and all of the returns? I can tell you that I myself and my friends who watch this program do not like the storylines mentioned above. I did not say all.

    jim replied

    You think Y&R never drops players than you really havent watched this or any other soaps 4 long. Y&R dropped Ashley, Genevieve and many other chacters in a few months just like GH. Besides GH has got many returning favorites to make up for the losses. And if they can come back no matter if they were fired or left on their own they can always come back later just as others r doing now. When FV and RC were at OLTL they brought back characters that were once written out. People must be interested in whats happening at GH otherwise the ratings wouldnt b there.

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    Donnaa replied

    Jim, you don’t know me nor do you know how long I’ve watched my programs, so please don’t come at me like that. We are all entitled to our opinions. Thank you and have a nice day

    k/kay replied

    Jim I agree Y&R cleaned house last fall. These exits except for Scott Reeves were leaving on their own. And I am strictly going by what SR said on his twitter he said he was let go the others no they chose to go .

    Cindy replied

    Wait a minute Jim, what characters?

    jim replied

    I apologize Donna if you thought i was coming at you in some mean spirited way but you misconstrued what i was trying to say. And maybe i did with you too. When you said 4 major characters in 4 months it sounded to me like GH was the only show that ever does it, and so in return i was pointing out that Y&R not too long ago done the same thing. I was also only trying to say that even if some characters are dropped doesnt mean they can never come back again. Except for maybe Scott R the others chose to leave on their own and is no ones fault. And if you knew me you would know im not a bad person who goes after someone in a mean way. I was only trying to point some things to you in a civil manner. However your reponse to me makes me feel you think just the oposite. So i hope now you think differently now that ive explain myself a little more to you. IF not im fine with that. Like you said we r entitled to our opinions.

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  8. Laurie says:

    I feel like many fans get upset with GH every time someone leaves or chooses to leave. It’s a show, people come and go…I just feel lucky to have been introduced to the wonderful actors we have been introduced to and now we can be their fans forever no matter where they go. Until we hear why he says he left, or was let go..I dont pay attention to all the drama on the net. He’s gone. Its sad, we have great memories..and I hope to see him on the stage or screen again! Thanks Brandon for being the best bad boy, you’ll be missed :) That’s really what matters..our appreciation to the actors.

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    Grace replied

    BRAVO Laurie!!!! I could not have said it better myself. All of this cr*p on-line about people leaving. It’s a SOAP OPERA! It has been happening since they started on the RADIO! Actors CHOOSE to not renew their contracts, characters are written out, then they come back and the roles are recast. It isn’t personal people, it’s life. You and I have jobs, and we may CHOOSE to leave them, or the co. may downsize (take the co in a differet direction, just like a SOAP) and you can get laid off or fired. It happens to EVERYONE in life regardless of what you do for a living.

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    Erin replied

    Gosh, you gals sound like rational and reasonable soap fans. Can I hang out with you. The hatred spewing, bullying and threatening soap fanatics on Twitter, Facebook and message boards scare me!

    Well said about Brandon. Its was time, we’re grateful and wish him the best.

    Laurie replied

    I have just always enjoyed being able to watch GH, and even though I don’t watch the other shows I am glad the craft continues onward for us fans. I am only 34 and feel lucky I can still watch GH as I started watching in my teens with my mother. Someday they all may be gone, and such is life. Enjoy them while they are here – or don’t watch them at all, your choice. Complaining is a waste of time I feel. However if I left my job/or was let go I hope people start tweeting about how unfair that is LOL :)

    Dawn replied

    Can I hang out with you guys as well? Actors come and go all the time and have been doing so since Soaps began, I’m miss BB, but I’m not gonna stop watching GH all together because he’s leaving. All of this crap about people leaving and folks talking about they’re not gonna watch OLTL because of it is getting on my last nerve! I watched all 3 ABC Soaps and I think GH is rocking right now.

    Tori replied

    Well said! Can I add that saying someone was fired because they chose to leave doesn’t make it true. Actors are allowed to try other things. It is a shame people just want to tear the show down any way they can, truth be darned.

    Rodd replied

    All of you, well said.

    The Bad Truth replied

    Lmao actors don’t choose to leave unless they don’t like what they’re being written and feel like their time is wasted. Johnny was ruined the minute Starr and her dumb family drove into Port Charles. BB must have hoped his character would been redeemed considering Sonny has been redeemed over and over again. JMB left because she saw the baby storyline was going to take forever to develop because of this so called “brilliant” vampire story. Who knows why Scott Reeves had to leave. RC and FV cry over not being able to keep their OLTLers while we lose our favorites. You can’t fault the actors for wanting to leave so they can actually have material, be on more than once a week. But by all means do not think they left on their own. They were unhappy. Period.

    Ces replied

    Erin, that’s because Twitter & Facebook are lame – those people just sit on there and make threats and say horrible things. I like the group on MF’s blog a lot — but those social media pages are full of rabid people. The actor chose to leave and whether it’s GH’s fault for cutting his air-time, at the end of the day it’s still his choice to stay or split. Best of luck to him!

  9. tasneem says:

    This is so sad Brandon is a talented actor I’m gonna miss him. But I feel the lack of airtime was costly. I loved him wen he was with Lulu he was a gangster with a heart. I wish him much success coz I’m gonna miss him

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    Ces replied

    with such a full canvas, I have to wonder how many other actors will skip out of GH when their air-time is being cut so drastically. It’s a shame :(

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    GHFan replied

    GH used to have MORE characters in the 80s and 90s and they had NO PROBLEM writing for an ensemble cast! It is the crew behind OLTL that have ruined GH! They jump around, the editing is horrible and the show is cheesier and camper than it has ever been. GH used to be the show to beat in the Emmy’s , however, their days of 22+ Emmy nominations a year are over and I think GH will be done after there 50th! Cartini just does not know how to utilize their characters to their full potential.

    CTwildheart replied

    GH Fan….give it up. You are wrong.

  10. Ces says:

    can’t say I didn’t see this coming. It’s too bad, but GH wrote him into a corner. Best of luck to him in his future!

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    Cr8z13 replied

    My thoughts exactly.

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    KateK replied

    Exactly what I was going to say. Now what?There is no guarantee the Lllanview 3 are coming back, GH has really been getting much better, but with characters leaving, thats not good.

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    Ces replied

    Kinda leaves Carly love-less. She went from having Todd & Johnny to no one and has no air-time either. Either Jax resurfaces or they get Roger back permanently.

  11. Christine says:

    It’s too bad.

    I hate that they wrote Johnny into a corner as he would have been good for Elizabeth or any of the other available female characters of that age.

    I liked him best with Lulu.

    I wish him luck and hopefully he has gainful employment very soon.

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  12. louisa says:

    I liked Johnny! I can think of so many others that should go first–like the women he’s been paired with: Connie and Olivia.

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  13. Nicole says:

    Noooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :’(

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  14. Mary Fergen says:

    Oh, I’m sad about Brandon leaving GH! He has created an interesting, complex character, but it seems the writers don’t quite know what to do with him. Maybe it’s because Johnny no longer has any family in Port Charles. At any rate, I will miss Brandon and wish him much luck in the future!

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  15. Marisa says:

    It is sad. I will miss him and his father. I hope they leave and open door for his return. He is a talented actor.

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  16. Lainey says:

    What has happened to journalism? He has a conscience, not conscious.

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  17. melanieofoz says:

    I’m sorry he’s leaving but wish him well especially with his “NBA career.” Johnny will probably be cell neighbors with Matt Hunter. After his breakup with Carly and confession of murdering his grandfather, where else would the character be headed? Maybe one day he’ll be back and have a great storyline. Until then best wishes, Brandon. We’ll see you on some other show/movie or on the “basketball court.” :)

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  18. rebecca says:

    I think it sux. Great character…involved with so many different people on the canvas…thought there’d be a realationship with Christina now that she’s older. Seemed like that was the direction they were heading since they put them both in the same prison environment. The friendship with Star could have been renewed, the animosity with Todd, residual feelings for Carly. It’s like they’re bringing back the older vets and getting rid of the more recent familiar ones. Not liking the trade-off. Woudld rather they find a way to juggle the schedules and keep these popular characters on. Will miss the actor and “Johnny.”

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    Ces replied

    yeah, I actually saw potential with Christina. That would have really ticked Sonny off! GH missed the boat on that storyline. Too many single women on this show without men, now we lose another one.

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    Allie replied

    This Kristina & Johnny have great chemistry!

  19. Beti says:

    Big mistake……GH will regret this decision

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    Ces replied

    yep.

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    su0000 replied

    He decided to leave all by himself.. His choice..
    People are fast to blame everyone that breaths a ABC, when they have nothing to with his leaving..
    Geez do some actually believe everyone how leaves a soap was let go ..

  20. Debbie says:

    Is it known why he is leaving is it his choice or was it the boot like Scott Reeves got?

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    su0000 replied

    He said;
    Quote BB ;

    ” I have chosen to move on & pursue my NBA career.”

    He ‘chose’ to leave, all by himself..

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    rebecca replied

    I errrrr…think he was joking about the NBA career…LOL…I also think that was his way of letting the fans know, in a humorous way…that he’s been given the boot!

    The Bad Truth replied

    Are you serious?! He was joking about the NBA thing!

    k/kay replied

    Guys the NBA comment was a joke the man is 33 yrs. old. He was just being funny & sarcastic Y&R here he comes.

    Christine replied

    Yeah, he was definitely joking about pursuing an NBA career. If it wasn’t his age it would surely be his height from making that a reality.

    If he wanted to sound believable, he would have said hockey or baseball.

    I can’t believe people actually believe what he said. The man is trying to make lemonade out of the lemons he just received and making light of it.

  21. Joe says:

    This sucks!!! Im really sad about the news! Cant he be saved! Elizabeth was!

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  22. JAISAM/MCBAMFANS says:

    RC, is getting rid of the all the “mafia element” of the showSbu gone

    And Scott Reeves is leaving too
    Steve Burton gone(good riddance)

    RC is cleaning house…we don’t need the mob

    I’m feel sorry for Brandon, but it was the mob storylines that GUZA THE LUZA
    wrote!!!!

    Like Bob Dylan and Sam Cooke said
    “THE TIMES ARE CHANGING”

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    The Bad Truth replied

    So we can get rid of Sonny too – he’s the mob. So we have to get rid of the mob, but we must have a three month story about vamps and a serial killer? I’d rather have the mob.

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    JAISAM/MCBAMFANS replied

    Rc wrote the Vampire story a little bit hard I understand your frustation

    But we can’t have the mob, ,,,,,,,look they had the mob on the set of Y&R

    and it didn’t work!!!

    We got a kinder,gentler General Hospital!!!

    Sonny is finally become a GRANDFATHER!!!!!!

    What took so long.???

    THE MOB STORYLINE KEPT HIM
    (1) MAKING A BABIES. …..CARlY, SAM, CLAUDIA, ALEXIS. ….AND THE REST

    SO THE MOB IS YESTERDAY NEWS!
    Now Johnny was part of the mob

  23. Cindy says:

    I will miss him. He was definitely one of my favs. Why are we losing all of the single men on GH? We need our soap hunks!!

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  24. Amber says:

    Sad news. I hate when the people leave!! :(

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  25. Jeffrey Anderson says:

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! not another member of Port Chuck :( I feel so sad (sigh)

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  26. Connie says:

    Seriously ppl. Why do most of you assume he was ” let go” did it ever occur to anyone that he didn’t want to renew and backing him into a corner??? They may have done that because they knew he was leaving and didn’t want the cat outta the bag yet. Now if we see him pop up on Y & R something is up lol

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  27. Sheelah says:

    Well I love the OLTL characters and I hate to see these guys go but i feel that if they want to leave that there is nothing really the show can do it is the characters decision a lot of poeople blame the show but Steve Burton was leaving no matter what the people at GH said !!!! The producers and writers do the best they can for our favorite soap. And no matter what I will always be very loyal to GH and I do hope someday these guys come back but there are many other very talented characters on this show who deserve our loyalty !!!!!! I wish Steve Burton ( who I watch everyday on Y&R) Scott Reeves, and Brandon Barash all the very best and I hope they love GH enough to come home someday !!!!! But I will never be disloyal to any of them as a very big fan !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  28. Tania says:

    A talented and handsome loss for GH. Not surprised seeing that the OLTL team behind the scenes didn’t write for him. He hasn’t had a story in a year. Same with Julie Marie Berman. Too much time has been spent on the OLTL transplants, Kate/Connie and newbie characters that don’t connect with the audience like Sabrina, Britt, Felix, Trey, Kristina. Wouldn’t be surpised if Jason Thompson were to leave shortly.

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    Marnie replied

    Fully agree, Tania. I hope to see all these who have left be in a better role that can elevate their careers. Much deserved.

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    Marnie replied

    and….flip that switch, Carly is supposedly now in ‘love’ with Todd. and I thought Kate/Connie was the only one with multi-personalities.

  29. K.R. says:

    I really liked Johnny and hoped he could be redeemed. Alas, it appears Bradford Anderson and Jimmy Deshler (Rafe) have some big shoes to fill, especially while Michael Easton and Roger Howarth are away. Of course, I will always love me some Mac!

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  30. Tali says:

    I loved Johnny Zachara – Good Luck Brandon Barash. GH making room for Micheal Easton & Roger Howarth?

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    Marnie replied

    Really sad to see that BB is leaving. Already bad to lose JMB. Don’t think I care to watch this GH. Jason Thompson is the only bright spot left.

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    Waltina replied

    I wrote on this board when it was announced that Kristian, Roger and Michael was coming to GH. I told people then that they would take over the show. This was meant to be OLTL 2 , not GH. GH who the writer consider the stars of the show is Carly, Sam, and Sonny, it didn’t take long to put Sam/John, Carly/Todd, and Starr/Michael, and keep Sonny with Kate. Then bring on the new newbies they have hired. Add on some of the past Vets who are only on the show short-term and will be gone. No one questioned how quick Starr fell for Michael, Sam/John connection, Todd/Carly. This was all planned to get the three STARS from OLTL to have a connection to someone if not they had no purpose on the show. Then you look at the other background fillers on the show that are characters of GH and they are in the Background to characters like Britt, Sabrina, Ellie (who i like) . I mentioned this because I’m not surprise that Brandon is leaving. They have no plans to write for certain characters on this show . I see why major stars on this show is leaving, they have nothing to do on this show, and other will soon follow. Welcome to One Life To Live 2 starring three GH Stars.

  31. Taylor Cooke says:

    Why! All of the good actors are leaving.

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  32. su0000 says:

    ohhh no!! I luv Johnny!!!!!
    I hope the band Port chuck goes on!!!

    Now GH is 3 studs down :( :( And- they are not replaceable !!

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  33. bonnie says:

    Brandon leaving saddens me I feel my soap is changed way to much. .I was hoping for an Abby Johnny paring.It never happen and since, the show and the writing has been a disapointment. I feel this is just one more nail in the coffin pun intended.

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  34. Mariquita says:

    What’s going on with GH? So many of the old- time actors male & female are leaving. I’m not sure I”m liking this, because it might feel like I’m not watching the same GH that I like.

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  35. YJewelle says:

    Won’t miss him. The only character he was interesting with was Anthony and once they killed him off he was blah.

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  36. Cat says:

    Hoping that ABC will create a web soap called GH After Dark to bring back the corinthos/zacchara feud. There was so much potential with Carly in love with Johnny. Sonny and Kate. Faison and Joe Scully. We have a soap now that is no stories. People just show up randomly. I want less OLTL characters. I want Brit gone. I want less Theresa and for the vampire story to be dead. Sam, Carly, Liz, AJ, Sonny should be the focus.

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  37. Mandy says:

    I love GH so much and have since I was a child. But all these recent exits of big stars is making me very skeptical about the futre of the show. I feel like all these choice exits have to have something in common…..perhaps the writing……since the stories seem to have just gone off the deep end. All we can hope is that they listen to the fans and start to get back to the way GH was a couple years ago. A great soap opera.

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    su0000 replied

    Well, people can not have it both ways..
    Most all were wanting the mob gone, and Johnny and Jason were the mob..
    the mob has gone by the side in GH..
    Both- SB/Jason and BB/Johnny left– they were not let go ..
    They both wanted to try other things most likely before they are to old to move on..
    BB wants to try the NBA, good for him for trying before he is too old and has regrets for not giving it a chance/try..
    People have to stop blaming other’s for the choices of the actors..

    They our still in their prime years, and most likely do want to grow old on GH and not live a dream of something else they want to pursue .
    (they can’t live their lives according to what fans want :)

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  38. Catherine Jydstrup says:

    I love Johnny! But the writing was on the wall when they had him shoot his father in cold blood after he killed Cole and Hope by accident. Hope they write him so Barash can reprise. Johnny was a compelling, complex character, and my heart sank when I saw how they were writing him.

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  39. Metejt says:

    I think all these exits does not bode well for GH’s future. It seems like a mass exodus and makes me wonder what these actors know that we don’t know yet. I realize with so many vets coming back for the 50th they might not be able to afford to keep the full cast but it seems as though other arrangements could be made. Letting an actor like BB go whose character had SO much potential is a bad move. I don’t like the direction GH is going now and am very concerned for it’s future. I realize many did not like the mob story line (I was not one of them) and while toning it down might be warranted, eliminating it completely is wrong as well.

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  40. DomSmythe says:

    very happy for these 2 male exits: brandon barash, scott reeves and steve burton. their characters were tired and old. no good story, especially steve burton. their exit will alow for some freshness to the canvas.

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    DomSmythe replied

    i mean THREE male exits, not 2.

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  41. Ihatethechew says:

    I’m definitely going to miss him but I still love the show. We almost love GH not too long ago and I think it’s gotten so much better in the last year or so.

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  42. Rodd says:

    I’ll be sad to see him go but wish him all the best. I hope he comes back some day.

    On another tangent:

    As a fairly new viewer, who came over with the OLTL crew, I don’t have the same experiences with the show that a long-time fan would. I know the history some-what, but don’t have the emotional attachment to all these characters they are bringing back for the anniversary. It does concern me when I see how heavy the cast is getting; when I don’t see Ephiany in like, forever, or weeks go by without seeing other characters. But, I bide my time, hoping that all these returns are meaningful to those who have a longer history with GH than me. If long-time fans are happy with all of this, I’m willing to go along for the ride. I know if GH were one of my long-watched soaps, I’d want all my favorite to return. Sadly, all the shows I have ahistory with have been cancelled.

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  43. Jim says:

    Because RC has zero idea how to do long term planning for characters, Brandon’s character was written into a corner with nowhere to go. He destroyed Kish, Schuyler Joplin, Joey Buchanan, Aubrey on OLTL. I’m suspecting that there will several more characters will bite the dust because he is so incompetent.

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    su0000 replied

    He wanted to leave to do what he has wanted to do try the NBA,,
    Why blame RC for everyone’s choices, that is not cool to do..
    RC /FV surly do not want to lose the luved BB/Johnny..
    (it was rumored in the past BB wanted out, was leaving to move on)

    Sometimes actors want to move on and try things they always wanted to do and not be stuck in soap until they are 70 ..

    For all we know BB could have told FV and RC months ago he would not resign and therefore he was written into prison..

    (hmm an RC hater- everything in world is his fault LOL )

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    jim replied

    You know whats funny about those who complain about FV and RC. Here many are complaing when a few actors leave a show and blame those behind the scenes while at the same time those behind the scenes are applauded for bringing back stars who were dropped or left the show because IT WAS THEIR DECISION 4 whatever reason. Its just a no win situation 4 some of these people. Besides the ratings remain good so RV and FV must be doing something right plus no one really blamed them at OLTL when they were there they blamed the network.

    Joliefan forever replied

    Hold on there Jim! We most definitely blamed FV & RC, FV for being ABC’s Lap dog ((Which he still is)), and RC for his Crappy writing and taking YEARS to finish story lines, You guys think them 2 are oh so great, Wait til after the Anniversary is over…..I bet with in say 6 Months GH fans are screaming to high hell about the stupid story lines and how long it takes to complete a S/L.

  44. Tim says:

    Since he’s already in prison GH doesn’t need to write him out,they can simply stop showing Johnny.

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    Allie replied

    Agree.

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  45. Nikki says:

    I have always loved Brandon and his character, but why is everyone on here so quick to blame TPTB for exits? I love Johnny, but I love having legacy characters on the show more, which is exactly what Frank Valentini has done since he and Ron Carlivati started on this show. Lets run down the list of exits that people are whining about how it’s all TPTB’s faults:
    Kimberly McCullough- She chose to leave under the previous regime and was NOT going to come back (hence, why they started the HIV storyline again), but under Frank and Ron, they got her to come back various times so that she could juggle her directing career, as well as keeping Robin on the viewers’ minds.
    Steve Burton- He chose to leave, for whatever reason he had, and there was nothing TPTB could do about his decision.
    Scott Reeves- He was let go, but was that surprising? Or earth shattering? He didn’t have any storylines, except for the Tennessee tale, nor was he necessary on the canvas.
    Julie Berman- Again CHOSE to leave, I don’t know the reason, but if they want, they can always recast.

    However, instead of people who left, let’s examine all of the characters brought on, that wouldn’t be on our screens if the current TPTB hadn’t come along-
    Heather Webber
    Lucy Coe
    Frisco Jones
    Laura Spencer
    Cesar Faison
    Duke Lavery
    AJ Quartermaine
    Scott Baldwin
    Anna Devane
    Bobbie Spencer

    And more just keep on coming! Instead of going “GH sucks, they let this person go!” How about we say, “How AWESOME GH got this person to come back!”

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    Tristan replied

    Finally, some sanity!!!! The return of the vets is an extraordinary homage by TPTB to the history of GH. It wouldn’t be happening if the new exec and h.w. had not been hired. They have transformed GH into a highly watcheable show with a real future, as well as an exceptional past that is being celebrated. No one who is a true GH fan could weigh these departures against the returns (Laura, Frisco, Duke, Brenda, Jax….) and say that the value of the few leaving totally negates the value added of the returns. Sheer stupidity. Do Johnny (as much as I loved him), Steve, Jason…really have more value to GH than all these veterans and the rest of this extraordinary cast? Really? Really?

    Some of these comments seem irrational, truly!

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    Nikki replied

    Tristan, thank you for agreeing. I completely agree with your post as well. I just find it absurd that people are complaining that Frank and Ron are “cleaning” house, when all they have done is bring back veterans, bring on just a FEW new characters- mainly to highlight main GH characters, ABC fan faves like Todd, John, and Starr, and OH YEAH- more vets. This is the best ensemble and balanced GH has been in YEARS.

    Cindy replied

    Most if not all alumni that are coming is just for the Anniversary, I do not believe they are staying after the Anniversary is over.

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    Nikki replied

    Anna, Lucy, Duke, AJ, and Laura are not just for the anniversary. Laura’s story is pretty long-term as I have heard it, not sure how Scott fits into that. And even if it is just for the anniversary, the previous regime would not have brought back this many veterans, in fact- they were the ones that got rid of many of these vets like Laura (because of backstage drama between JFP & Genie), Bobbie, Scott, AJ, etc.

    And now, even if it is for the anniversary, we have Jax, Brenda, Helena, and Nik coming back as well! :) :)

    Cindy replied

    Nikki you mentioned 5 ppl and from what I have read Lucy is not staying she was brought back just for the Vampire S/L. What are those 5 actors going to do when there are long time actors leaving what seems to be every couple of weeks. If they don’t smarten up and start focusing on their Actors they will have no cast to write for. The Alumni and the ratings are not going to stay and that is what Ron should be focusing on, He should be focusing on the GH cast not the One Life To Live 3 and planning for the future of the show after the Anniversary, JMO

  46. Sal says:

    I love seeing BB/Johnny on GH but I wish him the best especially if the rumors are true about the possibilities of him working on the show Nashville. I do hope that the writers keep the character alive/ meaning he can return if he wants. He’s in prison where else can he go :)

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  47. jen says:

    Say it ain’t so! Keep bad boy Johnny. Get him out of jail and he can sing with Starr. If that cannot work just let him stay in jail leaving the door open for his return. Please.

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  48. brian says:

    Hated the mob storylines, but LOVED Johnny.

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  49. staci richards says:

    rThis confirms that the new writers of GH are ruining our favorite soap
    all of these old characters comingbackisinteresting and forgetting about other
    characters is not good. Ps. Elizabeth withAJ is gross! Stop it!

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  50. Cindy says:

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOO, I love Johnny Z, and mostly Brandon Barash., He means to much to the show to let him go. Bad move GH.

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  51. CTwildheart says:

    It’s too bad – for us. I am surprised it took this long, considering all the things his character has done.

    I will miss Johnny and Brandon, but wish him well in his future endeavors.

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  52. jim says:

    I was wishing for a Johnny and Kristina prison romance just to see Sonnys reaction. Well people actors on soaps come and go all the time 4 different reasons and sometimes they come back. I dont see why fans are upset with FV and RC because some stars are leaving when many fans at the same time are applauding them 4 bring back so many familiar faces at the same time. Ratings are up because of those behind the scenes and viewers are disappointed? I can see some problems here and there once in awhile in the storyline and will point it out but im still gratefull they managed to keep GH on the air at all. Sure GH could still get cancelled and it sometimes can be the fault of those behind the scenes but being cancelled is still the networks decision. No one blamed FV and RC when OLTL was cancelled. And if GH is so bad y do so many continue to watch?

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  53. Renee says:

    There was a time when people left GH just to be leaving and try their hand at something else, be it another daytime soap, a comedy, a drama, singing, theatre. People do not always leave GH because they have been fired. Example… Natalia Livingston, Richard Dean Anderson, John Stamos, Demi Moore. I could go on and on. These people left and some have made a name for themselves. Others have left because they wanted to follow a producer who left (Steve Burton). Right now “Cartini” is not writing MOB because so many fans wanted to veer away from that. I think they are doing an excellent job of leading GH back to what it was originally based on before Sonny ever entered the picture and that is… Love in the afternoon with a little spice and adventure. For many years GH pretty much revolved around MOB activities and Sonny, Luke, Jason and criminal activities. It is very nice to see some things changing. I personally don’t think “the writing is on the wall” for the demise of GH. Every fan can not be pleased with every story line and with every cast member that comes and goes. I was sad to see BB, SB and JMB leave an I disliked the fact that the character of Steve was written off. But that is the life of the soap opera. We can deal with it or move on. I chose to keep watching GH so I can keep it on the air.

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  54. jenny says:

    Sad to see him go but his character got written into a corner ever since it was revealed he killed Starr’s bf and child, not to mention his own father/grandfather. And the mess with blackmail from Connie made things worse. While I liked that he felt remorse for his actions, it was obvious his character was either going to prison or wind up dead. Maybe someday he will be back but for now his character hit a dead end.

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  55. k/kay says:

    I have $50 bet with my sister that he is on Y&R in three months. They have been talking about a character over at Y&R named Boyd Conner. She says I am wrong but we shall see.

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    Allie replied

    I say he will be joining bandmate and BFF, Steve Burton, on “The Talk” at the end of March or middle of April announcing that he’s joining the cast of “The Young and the Restless” and his airdate will be early May- just in time for May Sweeps.

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  56. janet says:

    I really do hope this was his choice. I miss him, I didn’t like him with Carley, hate her with anyone.
    he was only a mobster because his grandfather decided he would be one. John tried. He was so good to Kristina, instead of getting credit for that, he gets the boot. The NBA comment was a joke..He certainly isn’t tall enough to join them.
    I hope he will be there for the nurses ball. Why is it the actors with talent for music are gone, and we get what’s left? Oh well. Brandon we will miss you.. Cartini I hope you are not replacing him with more OLTL character’s/.. ME can stay The other two can leave and I certainly won’t miss them. Todd has an even more disgusting history than Scummy?? did I say that? Gang rapist no less and he cries *I was abused as a child more than Scummy and his Deke excuse? .We will miss Johnny.*Brandon* best to you!

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  57. Barbara t loves One life to live says:

    This is sad news, But I am not surprised, he has hardly been on, Looks like he is staying in jail for a long time.

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    k/kay replied

    Hey girl glad to see you r back we were all worried something had happened to you. Glad to see your posts again you were missed!

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    Barbara t loves One life to live replied

    Thank you for saying that, I am still here and glad to be back, Thanks again.

  58. Linda says:

    I hate to see Brandon leave as he is a very talented actor and perfect for the role of Johnny. I have been wondering why he has received so little air time until this week. There are so many talented actors on GH and I hope others dont quit. Best actors in my opinion: Carly, Todd, Kate, Sonny, Heather, Tracy, Sabrina, Spinelli to name a few. I am not fond of the Caleb storyline but it has brought out the talents of Michael Easton proving he can play a devious character in addition to the the mild mannered gumshoe, John,

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  59. Thomas Procaccini says:

    My opinion is the writers were originally going to redeem Johnny by having Cole and Hope be alive. However, with the legal consequences now that Prospect Park has revived OLTL, Cole and Hope can not be brought to the GH canvas, thus Johnny was written into a corner.

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  60. TapdancingTallulah says:

    It’s a shame but his character has been backed into a corner and the only storyline left was him and Fake-A$$ Kristina. No self-respecting actor wants to be in a scene, let alone an entire storyline with this horrible actress. In the words of the profound Sweet Brown…”ain’t nobody got time for that”!!!

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  61. joann says:

    I hate that johnny is leaving. and jason too. who’s next. the show has been great but everyone will miss these guys.

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    su0000 replied

    Many wanted the mob gone..
    SB/Jason and BB/Johnny were the mob..
    there isn’t much of their characters now..
    Perhaps, They decided instead of becoming pansies without guns, to leave

    Sunny isn’t actually mob any longer either and has changed into a mellow gramps ..
    I liked the and miss the mob !!!

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  62. Gentry says:

    Loved Johnny when he was with LuLu. Bad Johnny was fun to watch, and his scenes with Anthony were always worth watching. Brandon will be missed, but he can act . It would be great to see him on the big screen!

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  63. JANELLE says:

    Loved Johnny! Can’t believe they didnt give him a real story and let him walk. We love you BB!!!

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  64. Rose says:

    Loved all 3 of them BUT not ALL of our beloved stars want to stay in the same place for their whole careers. Hopefully they may return some day to reprise their places on G H like so many others have. Good luck to them and we WILL miss them for sure !

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  65. JudyMae says:

    I’m sorry to hear this! I really liked Johnny … and will miss him alot. While I like the fact that FV/RC have brought up GHs ratings … I’m not that happy with them focusing on Starr so much of the time. I liked her fine on OLTL but not so much on GH. I hope FV/RC don’t run all the good GH actors off by focusing so much on OLTL characters.

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  66. jon says:

    Glad to hear it. No reflection on the actor but Johnny cold bloodedly murdered his grandfather. There is no redemption for that. I’m tired of soap characters getting away with horrendous deeds. Not to worry Brandon fans, how long before Phelps picks him up for Y&R?

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  67. LynandZoe says:

    You’re probably right about Y&R! LOL!! Soaps have become “rinse & repeat”.

    Glad posters recognized his comment about NBA as satirical. Wasn’t worried for a minute…….

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  68. Kathy Eselhorst says:

    NO! Johnny and John McBain are the only reasons I watch General Hospital. With both of them gone, there will be no need for me to watch. What are the doing bringing others back just to let the favorites go?

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  69. jim says:

    Maybe OLTL fans should also leave? Some complain about the OLTL regime behind the scenes and the OLTL characters in front of the camera but do they realize it brought many OLTL fans over to GH and helped with the ratings and saved your show? Those who want the OLTL portion gone from the show would you want the OLTL fans who started to watch GH, because some of their favorites were on, should leave too. I watched b4 they were there but on occassion the last few years…when they came on i started watching everyday.

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    jim replied

    Behind the camera or in front of the camera, the OLTL gang helped get me to watch everyday. Today i just dont watch everyday bcause of them because i like much of the other stuff going on and the other characters now as well. Im just saying the OLTL people are responsible for making me a faithful regular viewer again and without them i might not be watching again and i doubt GH would be here to celebrate its 50th.

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    Christine replied

    I’m tired of this too, jim. All the whining. All these entitled people these days. Is anyone ever happy anymore or people just determined to be miserable and knit pick about everything?

    Life is too short to complain all the time. Friendly debate is fun and it keeps the mind challenged.

    I am going on record as saying I am a SOAP fan. None of this team this or team that garbage. I am a SOAP FAN. I may not watch all of them, but I watched all of them at one time or another and this does not stop with the ones that are airing. I was a HUGE fan of SANTA BARBARA back in the day as well as LOVING/THE CITY, but things happen and you move on. You find the beauty in other shows and realize yours is now gone. I can’t believe how fortunate AMC and OLTL fans are that they get their shows BACK. Maybe not returned to them the way they last saw it, but they get them back. I wish some could just be thankful for that.

    I have enjoyed the OLTL characters on GH. They picked the right ones, in my opinion, and they did so without having anyone run away with the show. Roger Howarth coming back to OLTL was part of the draw for me and I loved Michael Easton on PC, but he put me to sleep on OLTL.

    To see the ACTORS seemingly happy in their new lives after they were turned upside down is actually everything. Forget about how betrayed you feel and how this is so unlike the character and just remember that these actors being brought over to GH when GH was in dire straits was a major reason that things turned around. Had it not been for this element, I doubt we would be celebrating their 50th anniversary (like jim said).

    Not to change the subject, but speaking of SANTA BARBARA, was that Leigh McCloskey as Nikki Newman’s doctor today?

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    jim replied

    Many GH actors started on other soaps and no one complain about it when they joined GH like they do about the OLTL actors and even if they play characters originally from another show that shouldnt make a difference. Skye Chandler and Rae Cummings were both on OLTL and AMC b4 they showed up on GH and no one ever said they ‘belong’ on their original shows. In the 1970s Robert Delaney moved from Somerset to Another World and i dont recall any fuss about it. Besides its just 3 OLTL characters…its not like their dumping the entire cast of GH and replacing them with the whole OLTL gang. Another thing is Micheal Easton was on GHs spinoff Port Charles b4 he was even on OLTL so technically he was already part of GH.
    Besides Prospect Park is to blame for all this. Had they said they were going to work to get OLTL back up and running instead of originally saying they dropped the plan, then that might have prevented the arguement thats going on now. I wonder if the actors who play John, Todd, and Starr joined GH with different names but with the same type of background as their OLTL characters would had made any difference to some viewers. New characters join soaps all the time, it helps move the story. I like John, Todd, and Starr and it was easier to get use to them than it is to get use to whole new people. I also feel they were the right 3 choices. They did help refreshen GH. Santa Barbara…how i miss Eden, Cruz, Mason, Gina, and poor Mary done in by the capitol C. I missed part of Y&R and didnt Nikis doctor.

    jim replied

    i meant to say i didnt see the part with Nikis doctor.

    Joliefan Forever replied

    Whoa there Jim! ABC KNEW that PP was not given up on bringing OLTL back to life! The fans knew they were not giving up on Bringing back OLTL as they SAID THEY WERE NOT GIVING UP! ABC knew that their time with them Characters was LIMITED, ABC not abiding by the Contract with PP is what caused all this. ABC wanted to “Borrow” these 3 from PP because of the size of the fan base from OLTL it would bring to SAVE your show, Instead of saying Thank you to PP for the Loan of the characters and the fans that started watching to see the OLTL characters, you run around running off with this Entitlement Attitude……BTW No they can not just kinda change the names of John Starr and “Todd” and have the same backgrounds it is called Copyright Infringement….I hear most GH fans say they want the characters because it is easier to get to know them then it is to get to know new characters, Just say it yous are so afraid of the ratings drop your show is going to take when OLTL goes back on the air this spring and the OLTL fans leave GH that your show will be on the chopping block yet again that is why you want the OLTL characters!

  70. bc says:

    Humorous tweet abt his nba career is amusing. He could use some of his gh experiences bec the NBA is quite the soap opera. Athletes get traded and there’s all this drama. There are tons of passive aggressive and even aggressive aggressive quips to the media from athlets abt their fellow athletes and enemies from other teams. Soap catfights don’t compare to physical brawls. The sports media is quite similar to entertainment media w/ their blatant racism towards Asian americans. houston rockets foundational piece Jeremy Lin is the only Asian american athlete from the NBA and the sports media loves to bash him. He’s often called “deceptively quick” by houston announcers who should be complimenting the men from their own team. Deceptively quick would be an appropriate phrase for someone who is obese and yet is very agile. But Jeremy Lin is 6’3 and 200 lbs. He is obviously very fit and he’s only being called “deceptively quick” bec he’s Asian american. He’s even called “deceptively strong” w/c is obviously a backhanded compliment only described to him bec of his Asian american ethnicity. houston commentators often disparage him and seem unhappy when he does well. houstonians are even worse w/ all their vitriol and hatred for him online bec of his Asian american ethnicity. Lotsa houstonians and even houston journalists often disparage Lin’s athleticism bec of his racial ethnicity. He is often blamed when the team does not do well even if other athletes go through slumps. Every aspect of his game is scrutinized while a lot of the houston rockets athletes who are white are favored. Jeremy Lin’s athleticism would not be bashed if he is African american and especially if he is white. Lin is not only a global phenomenon who brings attention and profitability to houston basketball. But he is great athlete and is even number 2 among the entire NBA w/ regards to steals. Chris Paul from the clippers is ranked number 1 w/ steals and he is practically an NBA veteran. The NBA does not frown upon the blatant racism towards Jeremy Lin and Asian americans. Yet the NBA has made anti gay bullying videos and espn is vocal abt their stance on same gender marriage. Typical tolerance from the sports media w/c is a large segment of the entertainment media. barash is going to deal w/ lotsa drama now that he is embarking on his NBA career. Giggles.

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    Christine replied

    That’s why I like MLB. Ichiro is with the Yankees again this year!

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  71. Christi says:

    I am jus so sad about Brandon leaving GH.. Johnny Zacchara is one of my favorite favorite characters and one of the only reasons I still have been watching GH. I love Spin and Maxie too.. but with Jason gone and JaSam..(I can’t STANNDDDD McBam… even though I love love love Sam…) and Sonny, we hardly ever see him as mob-boss Sonny, just romantic guy Sonny and I miss mob boss Sonny… there is just not much reason for me to watch GH anymore. I wonder what happened. If BB goes to another soap, it seems like they talked and tptb at GH didn’t fight for him.. although they seem to be fighting TOOTH AND NAIL for Todd, McBain and Starr… that will make me furious if that’s what happened. And I will quit watching GH, because I can’t support a show that would be that way. I am waiting for Spixie to reunite, and here Spin is spending alll this time with Ellie and Bradford Anderson’s contract is coming up VERY soon.. in MAY.. are they just assuming BA will stay..? Or are they just dismissing Spixing fans and going to give us the JaSam treatment.. OR WORSTE… Well, I hope BB has another job lined up and I hope I can see him in something else very soon. He is awesome. I am going to miss Johnny Zacchara so much… he gave the show such a GRITTY flavor… I personally LOVEDDD the mob aspect of the show. GH just isn’t the same anymore.. but I loved the mob and much of what Guza brought us.

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  72. Scott (ATWT Fan) says:

    Not that upset. Johnny got boring for me a long time ago.

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  73. CAROL FALEY says:

    I’M SAD TO SEE HIM GO ALL THE GOOD ONES ARE LEAVING AND THERE BRINGING BACK THE ONES WE DON’T CARE FOR. IF THEY BRING BACK BRENDA AND JAX I THINK I WILL HAVE TO STOP WATCHING THE SHOW. WITH THE STORY LINE AND THE PEOPLE THEY ARE BRING BACK THE SHOW IS GOING DOWN HILL. I FEEL SORRY FOR THE REST OF THE CAST, BECAUSE THE SHOW IS STARTING TO GET VERY BORING.

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  74. nell brooks says:

    read he may go to Y&R d play Scotty – Lauren’s oldest son!I

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  75. LS says:

    Another good character becomes the victim of bad writing. I get the feeling that all the returns of the 1980s actors portends the end of GH is imminent. I hope I’m wrong.

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  76. Patricia Lewis says:

    I am quite sadden by this. This is my alltime favorite soap opera character. I wish BB the best in his career. Hopefully, we will see him again on the screne soon.

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  77. Rhoda says:

    I am not happy that Brandon is leaving, not happy that the others left either. I feel like not watching the show no more. There really is no reason to watch it, they made the show fun to watch. I have seen this show from back when Bobby and Laura & Luke were young. I just hung around to til they got some new blood in there and now they are GONE!

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  78. JEANNE JOHNSON says:

    I’M SAD THAT HE IS LEAVING. GH SEEMS TO BE GETTING RID OF THE WRONG PEOPLE.

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  79. Shelly says:

    Johnny and Lulu, that scene when they first meet and he offers her a ride… got me hooked to my very first ship. They were the first couple I had ever completely loved & had become obsessed with. I will miss both BB & JMB. I actually stopped watching GH when the OLTL cast came on…sorry, I just don’t get it. I don’t get why they need to be on the show. It was absurd to me then, and it still is. Felt the writers needed a crutch of familiarity, and used it at the expense of others.

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  80. Minnie says:

    GH sure has lost all of its best looking guys, Not impressed with the 3 that have come back on with different roles!! It is a drag right now & not worth watching. Looks like GH is in a down spirral!! Story lines for all are not interesting at all. What’s up with losing so many favorites????

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  81. jmoon says:

    you need to bring Johnny back, it would be great to watch his charcter redeem himself after leaving prison. This could make a great story line.

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