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45 December 16th, 2016 CONFIRMED: Tonja Walker Returning To General Hospital!

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After much speculation, it has been confirmed by General Hospital’s executive producer Frank Valentini on Friday, that Tonja Walker is set to return to the ABC daytime drama series for a prominent role beginning to air in early 2017.

In the statement the EP related: “We are very happy to be bringing Tonja back to GH.  While we can’t share what role she’ll be playing, we can guarantee that she’ll be shaking things up in Port Charles.”

On GH, Walker played Olivia Jerome from 1988-1990, until the character was killed-off by her brother Julian!  Savvy GH fans think they may know who Walker will play! The initiasl O and J may be very important since fans began speculating that the person Julian (William deVry) is speaking with and getting some directives from is named Oscar Jessup.  But Sam (Kelly Monaco) and Jason (Billy Miller) discovered Jessup died in the early 90′s!

If Walker is reprising Olivia, it would provide great drama with her revenge on her brother and her past with Anna Devane (Finola Hughes).  And, how might Ava Jerome (Maura West) feel about having Olivia actually alive and well?  Stay tuned to see how this all plays itself out.

So, excited to hear Tonja is coming back to GH?  Comment below!

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  1. su0000 says:

    I know zero of Tonja, so really don’t care if she comes on or not.
    I do care for Helena and I want her back !!!

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  2. Steve says:

    Her scenes with Maura West are going to be must see daytime tv!

    Just before her death, Olivia Jerome found redemption in a relationship with Lucy’s cousin Colton. If TW is an alive again Olivia, at least one scene with Lynn Herring would be fantastic

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    Tomas Torquemada replied

    Swooning at Maura/Tonja….

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    Patrick replied

    whatever it takes… to upend… the dire wasteland that is : Corinthos

    this is tour de force acting troupe; Jerome’ Julian, Olivia, Ava. wow

  3. Joe says:

    OH happy DAY! Olivia Jerome was a GREAT character brilliantly played by Tonja Walker! Bringing her back is exactly the spark this show and storyline need! Welcome home Tonja!

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  4. Linda says:

    I believe Tonja was on OLTL for a while.

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    John replied

    Yes. She played Alex Olanov.

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    mollie replied

    What a hoot TW was as Alex Olanov. Loved TW then and love her now. Glad she is coming back to GH. Girl has style and delivery. Yeah.

  5. curacaoman says:

    Meh

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  6. Allen Saint James says:

    She was fantastic from I remember of her from back then. A complex kind of crazy a Olivia Jerome was. Maybe Griffin is due to be crazy obsessed over like his Dad

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    Addison replied

    Duke was not obsessed with Olivia, it was the other way around.
    Olivia was a creepy-stalker woman who also preyed upon Anna.
    But never the less, given her Duke obsession, she cannot be happy with her brother for killing the object of her obsession.

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    Allen Saint James replied

    I know. I said crazy obsessed over
    Meaning someone was crazy obsessing over him

    Addison replied

    Okay, thank you for the clarification.

  7. Lisa says:

    If Tonya is playing Olivia – the scenes between her and Ava will be electrifying I’m sure .

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  8. robbie says:

    I friggin’ loved Olivia Jerome! This could be great.

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  9. Sigrid :) says:

    I’m excited to see her back on General Hospital and can’t wait to see how all of this will play out.

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  10. Bruce says:

    Tonja and Maura is brilliance!!

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  11. Anthony says:

    If she is playing Olivia Jerome – what do we do with Olivia Falconeri? It has never been the practice on a soap to have two characters with the same first name. A same-named boy may be called “Junior.” When Denise Alexander came back to GH, LesleyLu was then called LuLu. Alan Quartermaine Jr was not Alan but A.J. Will be interesting to see what Tanya’s character will be or maybe LoCicero is leaving GH…with the kid, I hope.

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    Steve replied

    As Tracy would say, it’s time for Mama Leone to he’d back to Brooklyn

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    Dylan replied

    Two people in a town can have the same name! Young and Restless had John Silva and John Abbott for years. And GH had John McBain and John Zacchara.

    Paul replied

    One Life also had John McBain and John Sykes for a short while

  12. Shay says:

    I’ve always enjoyed Tonja Walker’s work—dating back to her early role on “Capitol”—so I’m happy to see her return to daytime. I just hope it isn’t as another Jerome family member, even though she was the original one back in the day…Quite frankly, I’ve had it up to here with that corrupt clan monopolizing the GH canvas….both Ava and Julian need to go. But if Olivia—or whoever she is—can accomplish that feat, then I’m all for her (re)appearance. (It would still be a better idea than attaching Walker to her old OLTL character…oh please, for the love of God, let’s not start re-populating Port Charles with Llanview denizens again…we’ve been there, done that, and it didn’t go over well the first time around….)

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    toscanti replied

    I only began watching GH when Maura West joined as Ava. I have found the show very bland and poorly written of late. If Ava leaves, I’ll not watch anymore. I humbly respect your opinion.

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    Shay replied

    I can appreciate your thoughts, too, toscanti…even though I cannot deny West’s talents, I simply have not enjoyed the character of Ava (nor Julian) and their effect upon the emphasized mob direction of GH. Of course, I can also say the same for the characters of Sonny and Carly…whilst I’ve no quarrel with the actors who portray them, I cannot abide the way they have monopolized the goings-on in Port Charles.

    k/kay replied

    Shay merry Christmas best wishes for 2017 the fact you re still watching GH tells me you have had a lobotomy or a glutton for punishment! Lol you hang in there

    k/kay replied

    Darlings FV thinks it is OLTL

    Shay replied

    @k/kay…..Thank you, and Merry Christmas to you, as well! For the record, I’ve not had a lobotomy, nor am I a glutton for punishment….I barely watch GH anymore. The last full episode I tuned into was when “painted as sainted” Sabs kicked the proverbial bucket, and that one was worth the price of admission, believe you me! Other than occasional snippets here and there, I really don’t view the show, but hope always springs eternal it will someday get it right again. Until then, the void for daily drama is more than filled by the likes of MFSoaps and the continued antics from those discontented by the U.S. presidential election.

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  13. Ces says:

    Ooh more Jeromes !!

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    Steve replied

    Let’s complete the family and bring back daddy Victor. Jack Axelrod is still acting at 86!

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  14. Aria says:

    Hey Olivia meet Olivia falcineri, lol, I was a kid back when Olivia Jerome was on and while I don’t remember everything bout the character I do remember her obsession with Duke, she was cray cray for sure in the good way she’ll be fun to watch with Ava.

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    Grant Putnam replied

    Been waiting 26 years for this reunion! I agree the case of the 2 Olivias does complicate things but the addition of Tonja to the canvas is sure to set off a lot of sparks across various storylines. Is Nelle part of her master plot? Did she pull the strings on the Duke hit? If she was so Duke-obsessed why wait so long after his death to reappear! What does she have in mind for Sonny? Lastly, is she connected to Paul Hornsby? See ya around Port Chuck, Oscar!!!!!?

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  15. Jimmy says:

    I wasn’t a GH viewer back when Tonja was on, but I’ve heard about Olivia Jerome and think she would be a great addition to the canvas. However, the casting notice doesn’t specify that she’ll be playing Olivia, and since there is already another Olivia currently on the show, are they really going to have two characters with the same name?

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  16. Joe says:

    I’m glad, it’s about time. She was so great first time around. My only thing is, now we’ll have two Olivias on the show.

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  17. Remy says:

    Olivia VS Ava=Jerome Fireworks!

    Both actresses BRING IT! and i know with them together, it will be magical!
    Skip Julian, i’ll take the Jerome girls ANYDAY!

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  18. Melissa says:

    This could potentially shake things up in a really good way that pays homage to GH history.

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  19. rebecca1 says:

    Maybe she’s Griffin’s mom…believed dead. I didn’t watch back then but since she had a thing for Duke…could it be she changed her identity…Griffin in the dark about her past…

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    Connor AvidSoapFan replied

    I was gonna say the exact same thing! Could she be Griffin’s believed-to-be-dead Mother? Especially considering her past connection(s) with the character of Duke who of course happens to be Griffin’s father…

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    Rebecca1 replied

    Yep…would be interesting! Lol…poor Griffin…he’s so good…it’d devastate him. And Anna’d freak. But still, an interesting twist… Let’s see if we’re right….

  20. tskyent says:

    I do not remember her. Was she before 1989?

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    JMER replied

    The best years of GH were before 1989, Tskyent. But yes, she came on the show in ’88 and was front burner with Duke and Anna.

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    JMER replied

    And she left in ’90 after being redeemed.

    tskyent replied

    I’ve watched in the seventies, and early eighties. Thank you :)

  21. blake says:

    Great to see Tonja Walker on soaps again, I really liked her as Alex on OLTL. I hope GH treats her well and that she is on it full time, or at least recurring.

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  22. Darnell says:

    I know I’m late responding to this announcement but this is awesome. How could they possibly bring her back as Olivia unless she was in disguised as Alex Olonov on OLTL all these years? Coming back as Olivia will pull multiple GH favs into the storyline. This will drive Ana completely crazy. She could also be Griffins mother with Duke. She will definitely come gunning after Julian. She could even have a vendetta against Ava being the bastard child of her father. It could get even more interesting if she removed Ana’s fetus after the elevator accident and implanted it into herself. Making Ana Griffins real mother. What a coo this was!!!!

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    Bob replied

    I would love to see her playing the character from One Life. Certainly she learned a lot from Asa and Carlo to be a very dangerous woman. She’s been living on that Island of hers all these years. A rise to power would be great for her!! And she’s alive, not even presumed dead. She can pretend to be whoever she wants.

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