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232 July 29th, 2015 Departed Series Star Anthony Geary Leaves The Door Open At GH: “If The Story Is Interesting To Me And It Works Out, I May Come Back To The Show For Six Weeks Or So.”

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After all the goodbyes, tributes, and the final episode of Anthony Geary’s (Luke Spencer) on Monday’s General Hospital, there is still another twist that the eight-time Daytime Emmy winner leaves behind.

In a feature that ran this morning from Lynette Rice at Entertainment Weekly, Geary informed her that he would still be open to the possibility of returning to GH, if it was the perfect storm for him when he related: “If the story is interesting to me and it works out, I may come back to the show for six weeks or so.”

General Hospital’s executive producer, Frank Valentini echoed Tony’s sentiments by sharing: “It’s not a question of him being able to stay or come back. It just has to be a good enough, solid to bring (him back).”

Contrary to popular belief, the iconic star says he is not completely over playing his Port Charles alter-ego: “I’m not sick of Luke. He’s an infinitely fascinating character.”  Geary went on to elaborate saying, “I really don’t think we have exhausted what he can do. It depends on the writers and how far they want to look. We had just been repeating ourselves for a while. I had become a dad, a grandfather. There was no way I was going to stick around to become just another guy. If they come up with something, a twist, I would come for it.”

So, what do you think about hearing what Tony had to say?  Would you like to see him return at some point?  If you were writing a story for Luke to come back, what would it be?  Or, do you think you just leave the character off the canvas for good and never to have him return ? Comment below!

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  1. Carltini fan says:

    Funny he says this after Carlivati gets kicked.

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    Genie replied

    Noooooooo!!!!!

    I am finally watching again solely because Anthony Geary has left. Please don’t come back!!!!!

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    ConnieMac replied

    Puhleez!!! I was doing the happy dance until I read that. Do us a favor and stay gone.

    Timmm replied

    Yeah like Tony is or was the problem with GH! Look around, Nina Franco, Nathan, Denise, TJ, Sabrina or Morgan ring a bell?

    Jeremy replied

    ugh… Oh lord, he’s back! (well, close to being back…)

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    Timmm replied

    Go watch Days!

    Jeremy replied

    that’s precisely… what I already do!!

    Elizabeth replied

    You and a HECK of a LOT of others who have been driven away from GH as evidenced by the ratings. I know I’ve stopped watching and I have loved the show for decades. Yes, Nina, Franco, Denise, Dr. O, Kiki, Madelaine are reasons why. But SO is Luke and TG’s egotistical selfishness in protrayting him.

    lellingw replied

    Yup

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    Carlos replied

    Was hoping he would bow out gracefully like Susan Flannery or Peter Reckell.

    But no, this is the egomaniacal “I am God” Anthony Geary. Ugh!

    me3 replied

    Lmao @ Carlos! He wouldn’t know grace if it bit him in the azz. If they let him come back to this show after he bragged about fighting with GH’s writers since the 90′s, then they deserve whatever happens to this show.

    dolores replied

    good actor – good character – his storyline, as others, were going down hill on a quick slide…I’ll welcome the old friend back when he and the storyline are ready

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    lellingw replied

    Maybe the stories will get better.

    kelly replied

    Carltini fan – it is no secret that Tony Geary was more than irritated with Carlivati.

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    Michael replied

    His storylines were terrible with the most ridiculous one dragging out the Jake/Jason identity forever.

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    Carol Ann replied

    Not happy one bit with this late-breaking news. Not one bit.

    davlestev1 replied

    STOP IT JUST STOP IT..enough with the over the hill hero/anti hero and send sonny into sonset..see what i did there…

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    Carol Ann replied

    We need to see if Michael Fairman can make sure that Anthony doesn’t come back. He has a lot of pull in the soap world and he is always watching out for us, keeping it fair.

    Lynne rice replied

    Wow I can’t believe all the tg bashing. Personally would love to see him back at some point

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  2. Liz says:

    I wonder if his tune has changed because RC was fired. There was definitely no love loss between him and RC. He didnt like the way he wrote. I miss him already!

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    jonboy replied

    Yeah, his tv guide interview made that very obvious.

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    Reagan replied

    It could certainly have something to do with it, but to me it’s a little like the retiring QB. He gets tired, beat up & sore during the season and wants to retire. Then after some time at home to refresh, he misses it and wonders if he should play another season. It happens all the time in sports and I think it happens in acting, too. It probably helps thinking that the writer he doesn’t like is gone. A worthy six week arc could be better than the horrible ending they gave him.

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    lellingw replied

    Very true. And it was bad.

    megan replied

    I think TG is over-rated, and has been for a longtime. He is a ham, but he is also responsible for the poor storytelling for his own stories, he has the authority to interfere, dictate storyline etc. He did it for his own departure, so if it is fine to fire RC for poor storytelling, I think it is fine to prevent TG from ever returning to GH. He has done more than RC to put the nails in GH’s coffin. And it was RC, not TG who helped to save the show two years ago.

    Luke, glad you are gone and stay gone

    davlestev1 replied

    yes megan he needs to go go go..you ain’t gone yet? GO

  3. Ann says:

    What else is there for him to do? Perform Jihad on Port Charles? Open up a wh*rehouse? Create his own brand of booze?

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    elm51 replied

    well lulu could have some type of medical crisis then he could come back for 6 weeks for that type of storyline……………jmo

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    lellingw replied

    Maybe Jennifer Smith just got more appealing. Or Helena gives him a call. Will he bring some Nepali refugees to live with the Quartermaines?

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    Ann replied

    Alice would be so jealous of those refugees spending quality time with her Mr. Luke. :-)

    maddiehayes replied

    Seriously! How much more of a “twist” does Geary need?! He’s already been an alcoholic, had DID, tried to bomb his own family, ran over his own grandson, killed his own parents .. is there anything else Luke can do to shock us? NOTHING would surprise me now. Unless he wants to atone for his big FU to Luke&Laura fans, I hope he stays gone.

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    lellingw replied

    Maybe he could return to claim the mayor job and actually perform it this time.

    Timmm replied

    I suppose you are pissed at Prince Charles for remarrying after him and Di were divorced? Get over the whole Laura thing!

    maddiehayes replied

    Timmm, Prince Charles & Di were a real-life couple. Luke&Laura are our “fairytale” couple. The supercouple of ALL supercouples! They have to end up together. 30 million people would NOT have tuned in if they thought that Luke was going to end up with Tracy.

    Reagan replied

    If Jane decides to exit the role of Tracey– which I hope is NO time soon– he would probably come back for her exit story and have the characters leave together. If they find a descent recast for Lucky or Ethan and have an actual good story (not that silly mess of what was supposed to be an epic adventure) he could return.

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    Timmm replied

    Yes, he would return for Jane in a heartbeat. Lucky was played by Greg Vaughan before and he did a wonderful job. As for Ethan, not necessary, his history isnt that important.

    Carol Ann replied

    Not happy about this one bit.

    Can’t we send him to “Days of Our Lives” or one of those web soap operas. Not happy about this at all!

  4. Lana says:

    No thanks, Tony. Bridges have been burned with at least this fan.

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    Harry replied

    I completely understand, Lana and feel the same way.
    However, I understood Geary’s comments to mean that way down the road he would consider making a couple of cameo appearances if the writing was there.
    Maybe the beautiful exit from which we were cheated could finally be delivered.

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    lana replied

    Understood. Maybe I just need a long break from TG. ha.

    Kathy replied

    It’s probably best if he stays where he is and basks in his decision to begin this new chapter. It sounds like he doesn’t feel complete unless he can complain about the LnL days. He has (for the most part) gotten his way with the writers in the 30+ years since LnL. Maybe HE is the one who should “get over it”. And I say this a Tony Geary fan. It pains me to read interviews where he sounds so resentful, year after year. Find contentment in your new chapter Mr. Geary, please.

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    Harry replied

    Well said, Kathy.
    I have a love hate relationship with Mr Geary with which he is blissfully unaware.
    However, I completely agree with you here.

    lellingw replied

    There’s a huge Vincent Van Gogh festival in Amsterdam. Maybe he could find something inspirational in that? Has he cut off his own ear yet, and returned to Port Charles with a whore that he declares the love of his life? And there is Van Gogh’s final ending. Luke could return as a great misunderstood artist and Tracy takes care of him. Until….

  5. vinman says:

    Enough alredy…..exit stage right……like now!

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  6. vinman says:

    *already

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  7. jonboy says:

    Sometimes in life you just need to move on, try something new….

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    Ann replied

    Sounds exactly like what Tony has said in interview after interview.

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    Difficultdiva replied

    Yet, Tony Geary continues to come back. It’s not for a “right story”. He comes back for the check.

    jonboy replied

    He’s a decent actor. He should spread his wings and try something different. Heck. he’s not getting any younger. What’s he got to lose?

  8. LindaTNo1 says:

    After all that media coverage on his retirement, and now this lack of credibility wishy washy talk, he has lost my respect. The country, the nation, the world gave him a very nice send off into retirement and now trying to flip the switch on everyone who was happy for him and glad to see him ride off into the sunset into a well earned retirement life, for him to lose his credibility and have no ounce of self respect in him, I hope he stays in retirement for good. Anthony Geary does not deserve the respect of the world anymore. Disgusting and so disregard for those who gave him the time of day.

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    Rebecca1 replied

    He’ never said he was retiring. He said he was leaving GH to pursue other roles since he’d played Luke for so long. I doubt ” the world” is very concerned what Tony Geary does with his career…and I think it’s his prerogative to change his mind…or perhaps want to keep the door open. And, I see nothing he said or did to incur anyone’s wrath. He’s an actor…his decisions shouldn’t have any impact on anyone else’s life other than to miss the character or not.

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    Dawn replied

    Totally agree with you, Rebecca. So much hatred towards TG. They can all kiss his and my pearly white rears. I agree with him on LnL. They had their time and I think that even Genie would agree that the story had played itself out. It was destroyed years ago by writers who had no clue how to write for these characters and completely destroyed them. It has never been the same since then and I happen to love Luke and Tracy together. Second of all, you are right, it doesn’t affect any of the fan’s lives whatsoever. He didn’t say he changed his mind. He said he was leaving the door open and leaving as a possibility. THAT IS SOMETHING HE SAID ALL ALONG!! Wake up people, and get real. He didn’t diss you, LnL fans. He just wanted to do something different and keep it interesting for him and for you…

    Harry replied

    Rebecca, I blame Tony Geary for climate change and for the fact that I have gained ten pounds.

    rebecca1 replied

    Thanks, Dawm it gets beyond tedious to hear the “outraged fans” about what an actor on a show says and does. I understand that many of us have invested time watching…we’ve developed likes, attachments, etc. I have my gripes, i like continuity, realism and good characterizations, stories. But at the end of the day it’s a TV show. Lol, people have to calm down!

    rebecca1 replied

    Harry,.wasnt it the Casdadine’s responsible for climate change? I heard they were working with Gore. So, no. You can’t blame Tony. Perhaps you were so riveted watching the Fluke story you hunkered down daily with chips and Crispy Creams, If so, yes…you can blame him. By the way…the weight looks good on you,

    megan replied

    TG has done quite a bit to earn the ire of fans, including as I mentioned in an earlier post, insist on dark storylines for his character, rewrite his own text, and it was he who wanted the send off he received–no flashbacks, and certainly no laura. He has also regularly shown his disdain for the show and its fans, though somehow some people–many fewer than before thankfully–revere him.

    He has no sense of what most fans find entertaining, and personally I think he is also over-rated. I don’t get the love for this character, never have and never will.

    TG can stay gone

    Timmm replied

    Finally, someone with an open mind!

    kelly replied

    Linda- Tony Geary said he is going to do some acting away from GH. It’s not a crime for him to want to do other projects.

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    davlestev1 replied

    GEEZ KELLY..the actor is gone..the character is overcooked and the landscape needs to move away from him like it did to him in the eighies..time to move on and make GH a new thing for a new era…bring in Ellen Wheeler as executive producer NOW NOW NOW…she can even make Altman/Passanante look good.

    lipstickcat replied

    Enough already! They made such a big deal about him leaving now stay gone! His character has been useless! Go while you still have some dignity left! Stop only doing it for the money!

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  9. Vicki Black says:

    Ok, writers, get busy. Any clues as to what Tony would consider an interesting story? I would love to see more with Ethan, Robert Scorpio – Indiana Jones kind of stuff.

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    Frank replied

    Yes Vicki, I agree with you. Please bring back Tristan Rogers as Robert Scorpio. Bring back Ethan and Holly. That would make our day, for all soap fans.

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    lana replied

    I really wish we could get Ethan back! NP really grew on me during his stint. But, alas, he has a good thing going in prime time. well deserved…

    jonboy replied

    He’s certainly not doing much of anything on YnR

  10. T. Thomas says:

    He could stay gone. According to Nathan Varni from a twtitter post, apparently TONY GEARY didn’t want any flashbacks for his last episode. So you know where to direct your ire at. And anyone that doesnt want to film their last scenes with Genie Francis can pick up there gift bag at the exit door.

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    Harry replied

    So what if Tony did not want flashbacks? The buck stop with Frank Valentini and ABC, not with Tony Geary.
    Had they written a decent goodbye scene for Luke and Laura complete with a smattering of flashbacks, Tony would have gone along with it.
    It’s absurd that NV is trying to blame Geary for the bad writing and poor executive decisions which were made.

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    T. Thomas replied

    He isnt blaming anyone. A fan asked a question and he answered. And from my humble opinion, Tony Geary got what he wanted. And that I cant blame on writing. But hellz yeah, I also blame FV and ABC for giving him that much power to run things. On one hand Tony loved the story when it was going the way HE wanted. He only started to hate it when they tried to redeem him, which where is where most of the friction started. There is blame to go around from everyone, ESPECIALLY TG. There are many more hands involved in this show from Higher Ups in the Mouse House than just Ron C.

    Headwriting a show isnt like it used to be. So many corporate agendas, episodes guarantees have to be met, plus accommodating every network note and change that they want. So at the end of the day what starts off in the writer room vs what we see onscreen can be very challenging. And to be honest there are only 2 soaps left with a semi-full control. And thats BB & Days cause they arent owned outright by the network.

    The writing may have been uneven at times, but Im not gonna buy that this was all Ron C’s fault. And MANY soap press folks are saying the same. Plus I dont take much stock from folks that contradict themselves in interviews. Months ago he loved Fluke, now he hates it. And Im not buying the whole he was still employed. Many actors on soaps have voiced displeasure when they werent happy with Storyline. So for me, Im happy he’s gone, cause now SL’s dont have to be dictated by his vacations, and all of his wants and needs. The show can get back to finding its center and core. And with him gone, I truly believe the show can possibly do that.

    megan replied

    Ifind it interesting that everyone is to blame for the lousy stories of Luke but TG, even though he is one of the writers of his on stories and has story approval and clearly also enough clout to insist on stories without Laura.

    I agree, Valentini should not be catering to him let alone any other actor, but Tony has writing authority etc in his contract, and so he is also to blame for a terrible story. Many of them in fact. But and this is why I do not respect him–he never takes responsibility. Well, he is responsible and I hold him to it.

    su0000 replied

    Tony owes Genie nothing, she is only known now from once being with Tony..
    The LnL saga, the couple is dead and buried..
    Tony went on for decades without Laura to make a legend for himself, a soap icon with more Emmy’s than any other, he did that all by himself with no Laura .. ;)

    The Laura character has stayed noticeable for once being with Tony ..

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    Harry replied

    To whom are you speaking, SU00? Not every blog about Tony Geary should be an invitation for you to bash Laura.

    Michael (not Fairman) replied

    It’s interesting how you keep saying that, su0000—and how it doesn’t become any more true each time you say it.

    Trying to convince yourself, maybe?

    (Just to remind you of the actual facts, because some of us have actually been around while it was all going on: Genie was the undisputed young star of the show before Tony joined and was extraordinarily popular, she contributed as much to the early 80s success of the show as he did, and she’s been quite successful outside of GH independent of Tony. Tony’s been extremely successful—including the string of Emmys you mention; Genie’s been extremely successful; they’ve both been extremely successful, both together and apart, and the success of either has generally not depended on the other. Except that I do have to point out that when Tony came back in the early 90s without Genie, it didn’t work—the show had to persuade Genie to come back in order to make his return pay off in the ratings. Which it did–once Genie returned.)

    megan replied

    I much prefer Laura to Luke, and Genie to TG. The men on this show for years were given favourable treatment and frankly, I haven’t liked a luke storyline since the end of LnL. He turned Luke into a self-centred, grating, ungrateful lout. I was happy to have Laura away from him but even happier now to have her on the show and Luke gone. He needs to stay gone.

    As for who is more important to the show–Laura was always more important, but she left when not given the same treatment as Tony ie the privilege to leave for long vacations. It is the same reason that Vanessa Marcil and Tamara Braun left–Maurice, Tony, also Ingo–they all had much better contracts even when these women were as popular if not more. It is called misogyny and sexism.

    Timmm replied

    Amen su baby!

    ppage replied

    Michael (not Fairman) and Megan, RIGHT ON!!! You are so right! Actually, Genie & Vanessa (not sure about Tamara) were much more successful (in terms of TV) than Tony or Maurice. I don’t think Tony liked Wendy Riche or Claire Labine because they were extremely talented women who wouldn’t take his B.S.
    And Laura was extremely popular before TG was on GH. He was lucky to be paired with her – not saying he didn’t have his moments (he can be fun to watch from time to time), though he can definitely suck the oxygen out of the room when he’s on (kind of a selfish actor, wouldn’t you say!).
    I’m so glad we have Genie and Roger Howarth on the show now – and NO Tony!

    Elizabeth replied

    Genie is only known now for being with Tony? Sorry but that is just WRONG.

    Unlike Tony who was a failure in any other endeavor BUT Luke, Genie was in two very successful mini series (Bare Essence and North and South) and also has a successful film franchise with Hallmark (the Note series). She also has a family.

    nancy dillingham replied

    Well, well, well! Talk about regrets! Looks like TG is getting cold feet about his long-voiced desire to shed the “burden” of Luke. Will wonders never cease!

    But wait–Laura DID get that letter from Luke address to “Angel.” S0 . . .the stage is set for a redo.

    But is it too late for that “redemption” of Luke (that TG always professed to hate)?
    A good story could do a lot towards that end.

    Would it be too much to hope that TG has suddenly gotten that “perspective” needed to appreciate what he had–and what the fans loved? Could TG ever reach back in that acting bag and find the funny, unique, playful Luke we loved so much?
    Don’t know! Maybe he thought about what Genie said in her “farewell” video to him: that she hoped he could find a way to be proud of his work?

    Retirement does a number on most people, it has been my observation. Suddenly, one can long for what they took for granted and thought they hated so much or wanted to be rid of. That old adage that you don’t know what you had until it’s suddenly gone could apply here.

    Remember Genie has said she wanted to work full time now that her children are grown. The possibilities . . . .! Perhaps Luke and Laura could run Kelley’s Diner–remember how funny and wonderful TG as Luke was cooking. Could he find that joy again? It’s not impossible!

    And, in the back of my mind is playing the idea that it might just have rubbed TG the wrong way when the audience was now wishing him GONE and when David Letterman was mocking the Fluke character–and “The Soup” was playing the clips of TG playing his father and they elicited humor. Gotta hurt that ego–anyone’s ego but most especially TG’s who always lets everyone know about his acting talents and the fact that the thought, early on, that he “deserved” the Emmys he won–and thought he should have won more early on. Maybe the tenacity and “hunger” he had as a young actor is still there and he would, once again, like to be popular with the audience and to go out on top someday rather than slinking away as he has done this time–with the hounds on his heels, as it were. Maybe he is just stubborn enough to “climb that hill” he climbed before.

    I don’t know though;does he still have the fire in his gut to do so? He would have to prove that once more to me, the longest and once the most tenacious of his fans
    and the most ferocious devotee of his work–and certainly the most fierce defender of the Luke and Laura love story, the romance of all time! Amen!

    PS Didn’t Genie Francis look simply lovely in that aqua dress today? One of her best colors. I’m waiting for the day she wears that beautiful lavender color she wore so often as young Laura–and, of course, waiting to see her in the hot pink color of the dress she danced in with “Luke” in Wyndham’s department store–how very “fascinating”!

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    Harry replied

    Love, love, love your post, Nancy. It’s very wise while managing to be optimistic and forgiving.
    And yes, Genie was absolutely stunning today.
    I sure hope she gives Lizzy the what for for keeping Jake’s identity secret.
    Laura is always cooler than the other side of a pillow when she has to admonish someone for bad behavior.

    Kathy replied

    Did you hear Laura tell Carly that she had met with Elton for lunch or something? Awww….I would love it if they brought Elton back. He was so funny.

    lellingw replied

    After Laura’s nice entrance when she first came back, the clothes she got were awful. This was the first day with better clothes, not perfect but much better. How is she supposed to survive? How does she make money?

    Elizabeth replied

    Yeah, the Soup’s spoof of Tim Spencer made me laugh out loud. Ridiculous.

    As another soapster said, “If Tony has such trouble with the writing and needs to control everything about the character he plays, then he needs to rent a theater, right a play and star in it.” Yep. On the money.

  11. lisa says:

    I would never want Tony to say never !
    We’re pretty used to his history with the long hiatus.
    I loved Luke paired with Laura back in the day – those were the stories of my youth ; as Laura was the love of Luke’s youth.
    But Tracey ……she IS in my opinion Luke’s end game.
    If GH were to end I’d want those two together.

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  12. Harry says:

    Okay, now bring back Robert Scorpio and let the greatest bromance in soap history resume!

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    Ann replied

    Robert needs to get in Sonny’s grill and “challenge” the mob fans..since Tony believes in challenging the audience. (sarcasm) From a writing and acting standpoint, I would love to see the strain that storyline would put on Robert and Luke’s friendship. And if Robert hooked up with Laura (even out of spite if nothing else) that would be priceless too.

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    su0000 replied

    hey Harry :)
    I was thinking the same..
    IF the new writers are the bringing vets type, and Tristin , for one, returns and its a good adventure story Tony will return for the story..

    but–
    from reading of the two new writers they do not do history and they do not do adventure..
    They are snooze writers, so ya know…

    hey! perhaps they will bring their Music Box story with them and Tristin and Tony can bring it to its end on GH LOL ahha! After all that year long story has never had an ending..
    Or- Tristin and Tony could solve the Delia killing, that story has been going for years..
    Those endings and are still open to continue on in GH !!

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    Rebecca1 replied

    That would be soap opera heaven, Harry! So many vets could/should come back. I would just lower expectations…even with our favorites the show would never be the same as years ago. As they say…”you can’t go home again…”..

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Thanks again, Harry–I agree!

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  13. k/kay says:

    Darn just when I thought it might be safe to start watching again! What he ran out of scotch already? Well my friend called this one when I get back home I owe her lunch.

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    Harry replied

    Ha! Kay, that was very funny.

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  14. MBmomof3 says:

    Please shut up already and go away! No return. Ever.

    Just keep looking in your mirror everyday and you’ll stay in touch with your biggest fan. Here’s a tip: You’re not as great as you think you are. The guy on The Soup playing your “ghost dad” was a more convincing actor than you.

    Finally, Luke was nothing without Luke & Laura!

    I’m trying to be kind, but he just won’t shut up and go away! Now he’s already talking return?! No. Just. No.

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    Harry replied

    Ha ha ha!! MB, love your rant.

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    Jenny replied

    Get over it, Tony will be back soon. Please go take your meds, you sound miserable.

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    Harry replied

    Oh come on Jenny. I love Geary too, but MB has a point.
    Moreover, I doubt Geary is coming back any time soon. I am sure that if it happens it ‘s a long time away and by then people might have gotten over their Fluke/Luke/Geary overdose.

    boes replied

    Sounds like you missed a dose, or twelve, yourself.

    Harry replied

    Boes, your snark was unwarranted and rather baffling.

    MBmomof3 replied

    Jenny, I assure you I am appropriately medicated and very happy now that TG isn’t holding GH hostage in service of his overblown ego. There’s an old saying, “No one can miss you if you never leave.”

    boes replied

    Well said

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    me3 replied

    Lol! Best post ever.

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  15. Sandy says:

    Bring Anthony Geary back. Give him an explosive storyline to sink his teeth into. This soap needs an inventive writer and It was not RC. Save the character of Luke who only Anthony Geary can do. Save this soap!

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  16. Jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    whatever…sigh!!!

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  17. Ray says:

    I think Tony did some damage by making some less than cordial comments about the writing staff, some of the actors, etc. in his exit interviews. I understand that he wants to be known for his acting, but he came across as a diva in his exit interviews. I know he got tired of hearing about the Luke/Laura wedding, but it is a part of daytime history. Deal with it. It helped make you a lot of money and turned you into a superstar. It seems that celebrities who complain about fame need a dose of reality.

    If an actor chooses to leave or retire, let the show focus on other actors and storylines. It did not help DOOL that Eileen Davidson came back for less than two weeks. It made everyone realize how much she is needed on the show. If Luke comes back for a short story arc, it makes the holes of a show seem more apparent.

    I thought everything about Luke’s exit from Port Charles seemed rushed. Did Lucky disappear into the night? The final scenes with Tracy wrapped up too much story in one day. His scenes with Laura did not make anyone want more.

    I wish Tony Geary the best, but as I have always said, “Don’t bite the hand the feeds you.”

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  18. Jay Keaveny says:

    Cue the Clash song Should I Stay Or Should I Go

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  19. Scott (ATWT Fan) says:

    No thank you; his exit was long overdue, much like Ron’s, and a re-visit should not be made.

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  20. Bonnie says:

    You people are really mean, yes it is interesting this flip side, but I love Tony. He also said months ago, when first announced that he was leaving they are leaving it open for a return. He really wanted the character to go up in a bang but they said no. If he does come back for a short return, I am thinking it will be several years.

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    Timmm replied

    I agree Bonnie, some people commenting act like they never made a decision and then considered an alternative!

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    Elizabeth replied

    I think it’s more about the arrogance toward the fans, the vitriol he spewed in his interview with TV Insider, and the fact that he insists that it’s more about his fulfillment than it is about fans of the show. Fine. More power to him. I for one am sick of his ego and his attitude that he is the greatest gift to acting ever to hit the scene and that he owes us nothing other than what HE deems a good performance. Good Luck Tony, don’t let the door hit you on the way out!

  21. jeremy says:

    Be gone Already, Sorry!!!!!!

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  22. sonniorsolita says:

    Oh for heaven’s sake… I have a new medical condition known as Tony Geary Fatigue Syndrome. Hasn’t he been leaving for like a year? I’m tired of what he thinks about Luke and about himself, I’m tired of what his co-stars think about Luke and about him. Now he’s gone all of 5 seconds and trying to push the door back open when he chose to slam it shut himself. And what will happen when he comes back for 6 weeks and doesn’t want to revisit Luke and Laura? We’ll go through all this again. His ship has sailed, he had an unbelievable run — now will he please enjoy his retirement and let GH move on.

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  23. su0000 says:

    ahhha!
    I said;
    At sometime somehow Tony would return, of course that is why Luke was not killed off he is now searching for himself, a new Luke :) Just how Tony planed it..
    It was obvious to me.
    Tony will be back if and when his vet playmates return to play with him..
    Ron would have gave his best to bring the old vets back, with the 2 new writers never going to happen.. They don’t do history (I heard that said many times)
    So- It is a good possibility that Tony/Luke will not be back for awhile lol

    It’s all in the soap game.. Everyone,
    relax ..

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    Timmm replied

    su0000, your on fire! I agree with you, if they bring back Frisco and Scorpio, Luke is on board baby!

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  24. Linda Bussell says:

    I would watch Tony Geary read the phone book ( do they still make those? ).

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  25. Donny says:

    Wonderful news, I hope Tony Geary comes back. Give Luke Spencer a shocking storyline, maybe Luke can become a cross dresser lol. Why not? No sex change please.

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  26. Les says:

    After that exit…forget it. Time for Genie and others to shine!

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  27. Marko says:

    Enough already. He left aNd should stay G O N E

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  28. Jenny Brooks says:

    Could he have given us the chance to miss him first?

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  29. joyanna sprague says:

    WOW, I WOULD LOVE TO SEE TONY COME BACK IN A GREAT STORY WITH ETHAN ; LUCKY AND ROBERT SCORPIO,GOING UP AGAINST STEFAN TO GET ROBIN BACK HOME TO PATRICK AND EMMA. NOW ANNA AND HOLLY IN THE MIX WOULD BE GREAT TOO. NOW THAT WOULD MAKE A GREAT STORY.

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    megan replied

    Kill me now! I am fine with everyone but Luke coming back.

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    Timmm replied

    I cannot stand Ethan!

  30. Brett says:

    After how disrespectful he was about the writing team in his most recent interview, ABC ought to say ‘No thank you Tony’. What an ungrateful a-hole after all the years he’s had at GH. I hope he never comes back.

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    Rebecca1 replied

    Well apparently they agreed with him about “the writer” since they just fired him…so I guess their termination trumps his ” disrespect.”

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    megan replied

    I agree with Brett, he is ungrateful, he does not deserve a return. As for the writing, he is partly responsible. He pushed for Fluke, he wanted dark, etc–everyone has pointed out his role. But he is always proud to claim to improve the writing, and never takes responsibility for the dreck that comes out. Interesting. TG is an entitled and arrogant man, with no respect for GH or the soap genre. He says he is tired, he has certainly exhausted my patience. I want him to enjoy a nice long retirement.

  31. Ric says:

    Please stay in Amsterdam & enjoy your retirement so I can enjoy GH!

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    Timmm replied

    Hurry the show is going to be cancelled soon without the likes of Mr. Geary!

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  32. LnL says:

    Huh…Wth… We are already talking about a possible RETURN. Geez, this was all crafted to throw RC out the door. This has been a very exhausting week of soap news…LOL.

    Haha.. to poster, He has already ran out of Scotch. I knew he wouldn’t be able to put the fame and attention behind him. Too much of a Diva.

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  33. Kel says:

    I’m not super interested in seeing him anytime soon not in a mean way just in a lets all take a few years to think about stuff kind of way. If they ever got Jonathan Jackson to come back I’d like to see Geary act opposite him again but besides that his leaving is so fresh it just feels like the old bastard needs to cool down

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    Rebecca1 replied

    Kel, lol. I don’t agree with A word you said but the way you said it was worth it! Too funny!

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    Harry replied

    Rebecca, I had the same reaction.

    rebecca1 replied

    Harry…we’re starting to mind meld. Before you know it you’ll be defdnding Alexis and Sabrina…

  34. Ces says:

    Id welcome him back anyday!! Beats kiki, morgan, michael, sabrina, franco, nina, valerie, dante, lulu …… Am i missing anyone? Yeah, id trade all of those drips for one of Tony Geary!! Come back any time!!!

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    Ces replied

    I’d like to add Elizabeth and “little Jake” to that list too!

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    lellingw replied

    Agreed to all. Those characters are so light weight and stupid. That Lulu is awful. She actually makes Valerie look better.

    Timmm replied

    Now were talking!

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  35. Beth says:

    I haven’t read all the comments, but I had to reply to this. I’ve never had any doubt that this “final goodbye” by Tony Geary, complete with PR blitz and interviews galore, wasn’t nearly as final as everyone and their grandmother made it out to be. And I’ve heard more than enough from Tony G. to last a lifetime, considering the inconsistent comments, rude remarks and egotistical statements he’s made, and I’m only referring to those interviews which have come out over the past 10 days. I’m sure we’ll be seeing him again, and then the PR blitz will return with news of him gracing us fans with his presence, but until then, I think I can do very well without seeing him again for a long, long, long time. Don’t hurry back too soon, Tony.

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    megan replied

    Well said Beth, completely agree. Don’t hurry back Tony!

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  36. Aden says:

    Big shock! He will have to keep his US Medical Insurance valid somehow.

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    kelly replied

    Ah… Aden, the Netherlands along with most of Europe has very good universal health care. And if TG wants US Medical Insurance he can more than afford to pay for it along with his condo in LA himself.

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    lellingw replied

    He is a European resident. He has national healthcare.

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  37. Michael (not Fairman) says:

    TG’s said a number of times that his favorite writer through the years was Guza and that storylines like Luke running down Jake were the ones he most enjoyed; it’s not much of a secret that Luke’s turn toward the dark and twisted was crafted to keep TG happy and interested, as an actor.

    If that’s what he means by the kind of story that would interest him and make it worth it for him to come back—no thanks, double no thanks, make that triple no thanks. Someone with his talent (and history with the show) theoretically should always be welcome, but that kind of tailoring the story to what he has wanted to play has done real damage to the show, and there’s nothing to be gained by doing it for a six-week stretch; the wreckage is not worth it. There could be all sorts of reasons Luke could come back that would make sense in regard to the ongoing story, and that viewers might enjoy, but I doubt they’d be the kinds of things that TG would find worthwhile.

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    me3 replied

    This! I don’t think they’d give him that much power with a return so he may never agree to their terms anyway.

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  38. Aden says:

    He got the big dark depressing last hurrah he wanted, but still wants the occasional paycheck and ego boost. He planned this one great! He is no Susan Flannery, whom he praised in the media for going out on her terms. She has not come grovelling back for some stint as Ghost Stephanie, although that would be infinitely entertaining!!

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  39. su0000 says:

    People..
    try using ”comprehension” ok
    Tony did not he was coming back. he said

    ;; “If the story is interesting to me and it works out, I may come back to the show for six weeks or so.””

    He ”may” come back ”for 6 weeks” IF the story is interesting..

    6 weeks is not a stay on..
    There is no story and there may never be a story that would interest Tony to even come back for 6 weeks..

    geezuz people, anything to bitch and complain about ya deafly and blindly jump in to bitch about it ..
    No harm has been done, it was simply a comment by Tony ..

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    Lew S. replied

    But, you do it as well! Any chance you get to bash Genie Francis, even when it is not warranted (a majority of the time), you never miss the opportunity. This is an open forum and everyone is entitled to their opinion. So praise Tony and honor Ron Carlivati, because it is your right. But, let us express our thoughts as well. By the way, I think Tony did his best work, when partnered with Genie, except when it was revealed how Fluke came to be.

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    Timmm replied

    Tony’s best work was with Jane and Tristan.

    Cathy replied

    Some superb moments with Genie, indeed. My goodness….In late 1980 when he’s trying to work at Kelly’s and Laura storms in there and confronts him and he doesn’t want to give in to her, but it’s killing him not to just hug her and take her back. Then later the same day when they run into each other in the park and she tells him she’s going to take his advice and give him his space and live on her own. I can’t really articulate the acting chemistry they had in those few years but I suspect it was something for aspiring acting students to study. That time frame is my favorite Laura. When the writers give her a strong, determined storyline, she shines. She showed Luke she could stand on her own and he suddenly became interested again..not to mention jealous anytime any man looked her way. I love a jealous Luke…hysterical. Later on, different writers came on board and sorta made Laura victim-ish again sometimes. If today’s writing team can make her strong and formidable again, bravo. As for Luke, if a phenomenal team of writers can get the booze and the prostitute funk off of him, he might be worth Laura’s time again one day. In the meantime, she needs someone other than Luke or Scott Baldwin for that matter. I can’t end this post without explaining one of the main reasons viewers get annoyed with Tony. Were it not for the first 20 years of interviews where he went into great detail of Luke’s backstory and how Laura is and will always be his humanity, viewers might not be so annoyed today. Love him or hate him, Tony does contradict himself and he probably always will. Like many actors, he’s conflicted and he is sensitive. Back in the day, he gave numerous interviews about the creation of Luke and how Luke could and would never be unfaithful to Laura. ..How Laura represented his hope and his salvation. HE built this magnificent love story only to blame the fans when the accolades started coming his way (of which he is uncomfortable). Perhaps deep down he is annoyed with himself for constructing something powerful enough to forever ruin his anonymity; and the LnL fans are his constant reminder of this so-called failure. Even though he and Jane are incredibly talented and have chemistry, nothing they construct will ever compare. I think these last 9 years he’s been trying to construct something to help the fans “forget” LnL but it’s impossible. Like Genie, my wish for him is that one day he will find peace with what he built and he will find pride in it instead of dread and shame. He has a lot to be proud of and I wish that for him.

    Les replied

    Bravo Cathy!

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  40. boes says:

    PLease don’t ever bring him back. Luke is not an “infinitely interesting guy” – and he’s certainly not portrayed by a good actor. The biggest thing about Geary is his ego – which is huge, but filled with nothing but hot air.
    The guy spent the last several years dissing the character that paid his bills for almost 40 years, letting one and all know that he was too good to play the part. So now that he’s gone, just let him go.

    Geary was never more than a mediocre has-been with an outsized ego. Let him rant and rave in Amsterdam, where he can safely be ignored.

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    MBmomof3 replied

    boes, I can always count on you to be the voice of reason. You could almost see his head literally inflating like a balloon with each “exit” interview. His “acting” was so hamfisted I craved bacon each time he appeared on my screen. Now I know why Heather would do anything for a BLT.

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  41. Mary SF says:

    OMG– this is why I was really getting sick of the hype and endless coverage of his so called goodbye– because I knew this would happen—I am growing almost as weary of soap actors coming back when they said they were done as I am of soap characters coming back from the dead.

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    su0000 replied

    Hi Mary..
    Thing is..
    Most all soap actors who leave a soap leave the door open, it is commonly done..
    Even the ones who were killed off are apt to return, the actor knows that too.
    It has been that way with soaps forever, I’d think..
    Tony left the door open, too.. No different than the others who have done the same..
    Tony did not say he is coming back
    He said he ”may” if the story was interesting to him, and then only for a ”6 week run”, no big deal
    I highly doubt the 2 new snore writers could even write an adventure that could entice Tony back.. nope.. lol

    Anyways.. it was just a comment and nothing is happening and may well not happen..

    I will miss Luke :( ..

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    Chrystie Delancey replied

    su0000,

    I am interested in knowing why it is that you think the majority of posters on here do not understand show business? You seem to feel the need to explain everything to everyone who disagrees with your opinion. For example, Mary SF, has been posting on this board longer than you have and, from all accounts, appears to be a highly intelligent person. So I do not understand why you have to explain to HER that all actors leave the door open. I think she knows that as do the majority of us.

    I really wish you would just stick to your opinions instead of the explanations on others’ posts.

  42. Rebecca1 says:

    I’m glad Geary is keeping the door open. Jackie Zeman, in her interview, indicated he might make a return one day. Who knows. Once he’s really removed from GH, the United States, his home here…and gets really acclimated to making Amsterdam his permanent residence…he may just let go and really start anew. It could be just fear talking…a little bit of a security blanket so as not to make such a drastic change cold turkey. Keeping a door open, even if you never intend on stepping through it, makes letting go easier.

    On the other hand, he may truly mean it. Instead of living in the States and traveling to Amsterdam…maybe he’ll be so happy there that the luxury of popping in to see old friends and meld with Luke one or a few more times might be the best of both worlds for him.

    Time will tell p; I’d enjoy seeing him still connected in some way. He should skype!

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    Ces replied

    He could Skype Tracy from Amsterdam :)
    Well said Rebecca

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    rebecca1 replied

    Thanks, Ces!

  43. ppage says:

    What an ego! Basically “I’ll return if it suits me – if I get a story I like”…….
    Go away. You made your choice!

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    Timmm replied

    Hollywood is filled with egos!

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  44. irene says:

    Soap media is delusional over Tony Geary to the point that the main stream media has thought it necessary to join in. Do they realize the viewers are so over him as a whole. Go enjoy your retirement and don’t come back.

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  45. oak55 says:

    They are all full of BS. Sure you can come back. Just make sure someone ELSE write your ending.

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    oak55 replied

    *writes

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  46. Angel89 says:

    You must come back b4 Laura reads the letter, lol. Don’t listen to the BS. BUT, next time must be with a better ending –with a full hour focused on you.

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    megan replied

    Angel I cannot cosign.

    TG, you are not wanted, you had your run, you made a lot of money, pushed down a lot of bad stories to fulfil your own ego rather than entertain the fans. You were ungrateful to the show and the writers that made you. You are not welcome back!

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  47. Buggeroo says:

    People are just upset because they didnt get a full hour episode with flashbacks. Of course, we want a re-do.

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  48. JR says:

    For an example of leaving with class i would have to use Allison Sweeney and Susan Flannery of those who have shown great class when they both left their shows after spending more than two decades on them. It’s a shame that a man who brought so much joy to his fans didn’t seem to find much for himself all those years.

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    LindaTNo1 replied

    Anthony Geary is a classless actor. I agree that Susan Flannery is the best example of retiring with class and dignity. She was decisive and on point. Soaps do continue after retirement, sickness and death of beloved actors portraying beloved characters.

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  49. Jane says:

    Then bring Jonathan Jackson back too IF his current show ends or time he’s not shooting his show. I thought Geary said he didn’t want to die on set.

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  50. laura says:

    I hope we are miss reading his comments, I take it to mean when he said he’s sick of Luke and Laura, is that they have both done so many other things and that that is the only thing fans remember, it has to hurt that everything else goes unnoticed. Luke and Tracey have made me laugh, and I think they were great together. their good bye made me cry more than any other. we all get sick of our jobs and need a break, he is 68, it may not seem that hard but I’m sure its long days. I hope he does come back for visits, Genie left years ago, Robin left years ago. And I’m sure the stories get hard to write, same old same old. Valerie will be pregnant by Dante, she’ll keep it. maybe Valerie will die and Lulu will have to raise it. That’s the Monica, Susan, Alan (Baby Jason) story. They cant have baby die they just did that, baby cant be kid napped just did that, can’t be switched, So Tony I hope we see you again.

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    su0000 replied

    I love Jane and Tony!
    Luke and Tracy are natural and age appropriate..
    They also have been been married and had many intense and funny loving moments,,
    When Helena poisoned Luke and he was dying Tracy went to save him!

    Luke and Tracy have ‘decades’, decades more togetherness than Luke n Laura ever had, for sure..
    Tracy and Luke have their magic ! :)
    I really love them together!

    I can hardly wait for RC’s last month to play out, he was back on track and giving us some old fashioned great Ron stuff :)

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    Aden replied

    Uh, Su, lay off the tequila. Luke and Tracy have been canoodling for nearly 10 years. Since 2005. Luke and Laura have 37 years of history, including 20 solid years of marriage with few separations.

    Chrystie Delancey replied

    Aden,

    I don’t think it is tequila. There are rumors on another board that the above poster is actually an intern for ABC. I would tend to agree, although somehow who needs to learn how to form paragraphs and sentence structure.

    It’s not worth arguing. Life is too short.

  51. Timmm says:

    So it seems Mr. Geary left because of the writing. He will return if the story intrigues him. Fine. I would rather see that then have him hang around mooching, helping himself to Lulu’s liquor cabinet on the Haunted Star. Look at Mac, he is on the show and pops in during the 4th of July picnic only to go off and babysit! What a waste! Luke will be back to sweep Spanky Buns off her feet! Tony, seriously, take some time, maybe a year and enjoy yourself and then hopefully the new writers will have something up their sleeves. Godspeed!

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    su0000 replied

    Hi Timmm..
    I read Tony has been saying he was going to leave for the past 10 years,,
    he finally did it..
    GH is in his blood..
    One can leave the soap but ya can’t take the soap outta the person.. hmm something as that lol
    Someday sometime, eh ..

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    Timmm replied

    Hey, if he was tired, miserable or wanted a change, good for him. He will do theater in Amsterdam and maybe do a movie and a year later they may have an idea for Luke and he may reappear? I thought they should have “Killed” him off like HE wanted but leave the window open where the body was never recovered. That way you have a strong reaction from his loved ones now to play out on screen and then a strong reaction when Luke reappears.

    Shay replied

    You know, Timmm, this is a just a thought, but perhaps Geary left because ABC would no longer meet his usual diva demands once his latest contract expired. I’m not implying that he was let go, just that he was informed that he could not expect the status quo when it came to any future perks, and because he was not going to get “the whole enchilada” (in Tracy Q. parlance….) he decided to call it a day on Luke Spencer. No disrespect intended to the man, but no matter how integral he has been to GH, AG’s age was truly beginning to show and his star had faded…the immense investment that the network had repeatedly forked over for his part-time presence simply may not have been preferable or feasible in these more austere times. That financial consideration, along with the deplorable writing at the hands of Ron C., could have provided the motivation for the actor’s decision to send Luke off into the fog. Now that “The Writer” has been replaced, he may be having a more favorable inclination toward a guest appearance at some juncture….as long as the price is right!

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    su0000 replied

    Shay, hi

    Tony has put up with writing he hasn’t like many times with writers through his 37 years..
    He got himself his 8th emmy from the story and his acting #8..
    and he will most likely get emmy #9 from the story..

    Tony has wanted out for past years even before Ron..
    as for him getting a story that would bring him back it will not come from 2 writers who were fired for their long lackluster stories that brought Y&R down to its lowest point writers.. lol

    I for one– have not a clue into Tony’s mind to say he did this or that..
    only Tony knows, only Tony knows why he left at this time, all his reasons for his exit nobody but Tony knows and he does not share his deep self with the public just his bluster .. lol
    Actually he has not gone into depth why he left..
    He has not said bad things about anything, mostly just how he wants thing to be for him with GH..
    I hope to see him again, it would be interesting and fun! :)
    Tony went off into the fog because he has not actually left that way thereafter anything is possible..

    elm51 replied

    yes i agree his age was starting to show especially after those two serious back surgeries………..

    Timmm replied

    Shay oh wise one, I love Luke and would love for him to come back but your reply is excellent. You made some good points to consider looking outside my love for Lucas Lorenzo. One that stuck out was the money. He must have been the highest paid on the show? If they felt he was not necessary to drive his or other story lines and he was a big pain in the butt, maybe they just told him they were wrapping up Luke or maybe like you said, he lost his power and so he took his balls and went home!

    ppage replied

    Good points, very possible the network wouldn’t or couldn’t meet his demands! And poor little Tony, having to put up with writing he didn’t like (said dripping with sarcasm). Like we all don’t have to put up with things in life we don’t like. I’d love to make the $ he made.

    Shay replied

    @Timmm….From the moment AG announced his imminent departure, that particular notion has been stuck in my mind, although I chose to wait until now to share it here. It is in no way a judgment on Luke’s viability as a character on the GH canvas or Geary’s value as an actor…..simply a possible explanation as to what may have transpired behind the scenes. Combined with the man’s now-apparent disdain for the writing/storylines to which he was subjected, this was certainly not a far-fetched supposition. Whilst I have had more than a few negative comments regarding the Fluke fiasco, dismissive nature of the L&L legend and the less than captivating send-off of Mr. Spencer, I hold no ill-will for either Luke or Tony. Should there come a logical time for him to make a return to Port Charles for a significant reason other than as a ploy for ratings or Geary’s sudden hankering for that fan adulation/limelight that he has sought to avoid for these lo so many years, then by all means, I would welcome LLS back to town. I think perhaps it was simply too soon to spring this idea on many of the viewers immediately after they’ve just completed that long, storied roller-coaster ride that has been the Luke saga. However, regardless of whether one loves or loathes this roguish figure, it certainly bespeaks of his vaunted place in GH/ soap history that we are still debating his ways, means and m.o. after he has already left the building!

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  52. me3 says:

    This man has been threatening to quit for years and years now. He said he would retire in 2013 but changed his mind. Between his vacations, story interference, negative interviews, disdain for writers and resentment towards soap operas… he should just stay gone.

    This was the longest, lamest and most painful exit to watch and like a cockroach, he just won’t stay still.

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    Justin replied

    So true! As much as I used to love the character of Luke (haven’t really liked him since 2004), I won’t miss him.

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  53. janet says:

    bye ,bye Luke Tony who cares .We don’t want you back. You admitted most of the reasons fans were disgusted with you was your idea .Stay gone please.

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  54. dontget it says:

    Why would you ask such an angry bunch that question? They are angry because they didn’t get a lengthy exit story. They are angry because they are still living in the past and wanted an L&L goodbye. Boo hoo. They are angry because everyone on the show is either stupid or crazy. They are angry because the writers keep changing our beloved characters (as if they belonged to them) into evil doers. But…they are NOT angry about the fact that GH chooses to abuse mentally ill people. I hope this show gets the ax. You are welcome to come back for 6 weeks to try and save it – you have my blessing – I miss you. Oh btw, I was satisfied with the ending I got.

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    megan replied

    They are angry–and I am one of them–because changed his own character and made him unlikeable and unrootable and told in the end bad stories. He is a hypocrite. He does not love the soap genre, he only stayed for the paycheck. He was rude about some of the most important past writers of the show as well. not just RC who I actually do respect because he loves the genre.

    If RC had to go–and TG’s self-serving and ungrateful interview played a role–then TG has no right to come back either. He helped to ruin the show. That is why I am one of the angry ones. I am angry at him and hppy he is gone

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    Justin replied

    Ya know, for those of you who say “boo hoo” to people “living in the past” (Luke and Laura), I think you’re missing the point that viewers wanted to see that story, how Luke and Laura wrapped up or played out. When Tony Geary said “get over it” about that part of his story, viewers didn’t tune in. Sorry, but yes, we’re angry and the rating reflected it.

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    su0000 replied

    Justin..
    the ol’timers wanted to see them and then perhaps not all of them..
    The huge numbers of new viewers since the 80′s who did not see LnL could careless lol they are nothing to us, actually ..
    what was is what was and will never be again, LnL are no longer the once coupled couple=kaupt — anything together would now look stupid and fake, very forced fake.
    It can not be done, it would be bad really forced bad lol
    Hold onto the memories, that is where Luke and Laura live on.. :)

    Justin replied

    As usual Su0000 you’re missing the point. My point is, that Geary’s departure and Genie’s return made massive headlines, both trending several days and major news coverage. When us “old timers” found out about Tony’s disrespect of the history, rating took a serious nose dive. Perhaps your cherry picking the new you want to read, but GH ratings are lover than they’ve ever been. Viewers would come back if there was something to invest in, but Luke and Tracy did not attract millions of viewers the way Luke and Laura did.

    nancy dillingham replied

    You’re right, Justin. We wanted to see that story play out–after all, as you say, we have devoted many years to viewing it and DID NOT want to see it when it was no long the Luke and Laura story that we had dedicated hours/years to watching and been faithful to.

    A question to ponder: Did great stage actors get tired of playing Hamlet, Othello, King Lear? After all, they do performances nightly plus matinees?

    So TG wants to do theater? Will he tire of (for example) playing Hamlet, Othello, King Lear and suddenly want to change the character to something else?
    GMAB!

  55. Dan says:

    I would welcome an icon like Tony Geary back on GH any time. It would be a no brainer, provided the timing and story worked out.

    I’m quite frankly disgusted by some of the hate and vitriol I’ve read here with some of these comments. I mean, I’m all for people sharing their views, that’s what this comment section is for. But good lord, you would think Tony killed a basket full of puppies, while simultaneously ripping up the American flag, the way some of you are talking about him. Seriously people, get a grip!

    The man said he was leaving GH, he never said he was going away forever. Get over it. I highly doubt he will be back on screen anytime soon. This is the equivalent of “the door is always open” that both he and Frank Valentini expressed when the announcement of him leaving the show was made months ago. I don’t view it as anything more than that.

    Much ado about nothing, which if of course a reason for soap fans to get outraged and overreact about something. What else is new?

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  56. Daisy says:

    Please GH move on. You don’t need him.

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    Timmm replied

    Okay, watch the ratings tumble. Just saying.

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    Eva212 replied

    Lol, they already have tumbled in case you didn’t notice.

  57. Ursula Le Roy says:

    Bring him back when he can. Have always enjoyed watching him & his episodes. Was sad to see him go. But also happy for him

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  58. Ursula Le Roy says:

    if Luke finds a script he likes & comes back now & then that will be nice to see old friends again.

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  59. nancy dillingham says:

    Yes, Kathy, I did hear Laura’s comment about Eldon–laying some groundwork for possibilities for Laura’s future in Port Charles?

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  60. LindaTNo1 says:

    Anthony Geary is proving himself to be a very self absorbed, selfish, self seeking, self serving person without an ounce of dignity and self respect in him. Expecting everyone to bow down before him and worship him like he is a God.
    General Hospital was going on BEFORE he was hired for the Luke role and it will do just fine AFTER he is gone too. Y&R is going on without the beloved matriarch Jeanne Cooper and surviving OK and GH will be OK without Anthony Geary too.
    All the media primetime interviews and all the industry accolades showered upon Anthony Geary to ride off into the sunset and TG is trying to do an about face and be two faced hypocrite to the public, lying about his plans and the future to the general public, he has no credibility left in him. Very arrogant and unworthy of respect.
    Anthony Geary revolving door coming and going back and forth will NEVER aid in the LONG TERM survivability of General Hospital. It is merely a band aid effect which will not help sustain the show, overall. His back and forth agenda is only a quick fix but not a long term solution. ABC and TPTB must know these things and TG along with TPTB could in effect be doing the show an injustice and the boomerange affect resulting in the cancellation of GH setting up the show for FAILURE.
    GH and ABC will need to look ahead and get the next generation in place for future survival of the show, overall.

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    Timmm replied

    REALLY? Havent you noticed how bad Y&R has been and the huge hole in the show since Jeanne passed?

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    LindaTNo1 replied

    Y&R, STILL NUMBER 1 in the ratings. There is a hole but not a huge hole. Eric Braeden and company are starting to get the show back on track too.

    su0000 replied

    I’ve noticed the hole since Jeanne passed
    and since Michael M, Billy Miller, Michelle, Tucker/Stephen and others that have gone and left it empty .. ohh woe ..

    Timmm replied

    @Linda. I’m not talking ratings, I’m talking story. Whens the last time they shot anything at the Chancellor Estate? The family is all but dead since Katherine died.

  61. Blake says:

    I don’t want Tony Geary to come back to GH. He’s finally gone. Just seeing his comment about coming back makes me shudder. I’m watching GH now that he’s gone

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    Dr. Helen Ruth replied

    Amen

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  62. Chrystie Delancey says:

    I am sorry to be harsh, but that comment just sounds so insensitive to the fans he has crushed over the last few years. It almost sounds like if he runs out of money and has no other offers than he will do us all a “favor” and come (and go) back to GH.

    Eh, don’t do us any favors. Just go already. You made it perfectly clear you did not care what your fans cared about (i.e., Luke and Laura) and practically destroyed whatever was left of your character.

    Just close the door and be gone already. Thanks for all the good years, but don’t do this to what is left of the GH fan base or “Luke” fans. Your sendoff has been long enough, just walk off into the sunset and be happy.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Amen and amen!

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  63. Timmm says:

    This is a site for opinions. I get frustrated when 3/4 of the people are glad Tony is gone and dont want him back. Again, its your opinion. You do make it personal, though. So he is rude, has an ego and hates L&L! So what! Most of us will never meet him anyway. He made a lot of money and like he said the only thing he owes the fans is a good performance. Check! He MAY come back someday. Its not going to happen anytime soon people. He is burnt out. He had health issues. He needs rest. David Letterman who probably is a nicer guy and more grateful, retired. He was tired. He needed something different. I want Dave back. I think CBS is better off WITH him. He is not coming back. One day he will do something again. He likes to make people laugh. He will get that itch. He “Retired” but I wont call him out if he changes his mind. Some people act like they have never changed their minds before in life. Wow, it must be nice!

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    su0000 replied

    Hey Timmm..
    It is unbelievable how so many make it personal..
    Tony is not in their lives he is an actor not their friend or family to become so involved in his life, there is something so wrong to be that involved with a man who has zero to do with their lives lol
    Why they are sticking their noses into his business and analyzing the man’s motives is crazy with a big C .. ahaaa

    And- it is obvious Tony did not say his final goodbye, he just went off to find himself, if or if not Tony returns he has not left GH, Tony will never wholly leave GH, Tony and GH and are melded ….
    The man is aged, health problems/back and tired, he needed an out but he’ll never close the door.
    I’m happy he will have down time and recoup in the manner he finds enjoyable for himself..

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    Timmm replied

    You pointed something out I hadnt noticed, Tony and Luke’s lives right now parallel each others! They are both finding themselves right now. Cool.

    Chrystie Delancey replied

    “It is unbelievable how so many make it personal..
    Tony is not in their lives he is an actor not their friend or family to become so involved in his life, there is something so wrong to be that involved with a man who has zero to do with their lives lol”

    Many posters on here can separate ACTOR from CHARACTER. What the majority are upset about, and rightfully so, is that Mr. Geary has said several negative things in the press lately about the fans. These same fans who helped make him as popular as he is. It is like a slap in the face to hear someone you idolized and respected say such terrible things and liken the fans to children.

    Of course Mr. Geary can do what he pleases but just leave already. He has already made GH HIS show. He wants out, so go. Why back peddle and say that you would come back? Because now he is getting cold feet and is a hypocrite and wants to make sure that if life in Amsterdam does not pan out the way he plans that he can just sashay back to GH and the fans will tune in in droves for his magnificent return. That everyone will just bow to the all mighty Luke Spencer and be so honored that he has graced us mere peasants who live miserable lives with his presence.

    I think the loyal fans of his have had enough of his abuse. He should just stay gone and stop insulting us.

    nancy dillingham replied

    “Aged” at 68???!!! What are you saying????
    THAT’s not the problem!

  64. Les says:

    Luke, as a character, lost his integrity some time ago. He has become a mask that TG likes to put on so he may exercise his artistic desires and maintain his monetary needs. The mask has been stretched and pulled out of shape so much that we no longer recognize this character. Of course he will want the door left open for guest appearances because those desires and needs do not go away. Who knows how he will be received in Europe? But how does this impact GH? Has the character become so unrecognizable that he no longer attracts a larger audience and in fact drives them away? Do his behaviours and demands create a toxic work environment for others? This impacts not only the actors, writers, and producers but everyone who derives a living from the show. It cannot be all about him and what he wants and damn the torpedoes.

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    LindaTNo1 replied

    Yes, the show is called General Hospital NOT The Anthony Geary Show people. It is supposed to be an ensemble cast, a group thing with lots of leads and supporting actors/characters.

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  65. Dr. Helen Ruth says:

    Please don’t come back. I have been forwarding all of Luke’s scenes. Be gone already and let us enjoy General Hospital.

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  66. mfarris70 says:

    If there’s one thing that soap fans love, it’s being jerked around. I never thought Luke was gone for good but I thought it would be more than a week before we started talking about a comeback.

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  67. Michael (not Fairman) says:

    I’m not getting the upset over the upset: people are upset with Mr. Geary—why is that such a problem for others (who presumably are not upset with him)?

    We had weeks and weeks of adulation and interviews, and much was made, on this site and others, of how it’s an end of an era and he’s finally decided he’s leaving and GH will never be the same and let’s have an interview with anyone who ever changed the toilet paper in his dressing room (OK, that last one’s a bit of an exaggeration, I’ll admit—though that’s what it started to feel like sometimes). And I thought it was well deserved for the most part. He’s an incredibly important part of soap history (even though he himself has dissed—and on more than one occasion—what resulted in his being such an important part of soap history, because if L&L hadn’t taken off, he’d have served out that original 13-week contract and been gone like countless others through the years), and though I don’t mark it as quite in the same league as Susan Flannery’s leaving B&B a few years ago, it’s up there.

    And now this (after all that): Oh, well, you know, maybe I’m not really gone, after all.

    If he’d been a class act all along, I think most people would probably grant him this little indulgence—but that’s hardly the case. He’s done other things that have made some GH fans, and even some fans of TG himself, feel jerked around and unappreciated. So this isn’t entirely new.

    And now some people don’t understand why other people are kind of over it all, and over him, too?

    Come on, be fair: He’s given them good reason to be. No, he hasn’t tortured puppies or committed genocide or joined ISIS. But I can see people thinking, justifiably, that he has behaved like quite a jerk.

    Mostly I think it’s funny and not worthy of much more than an eyeroll. I was a little surprised at first—and then I wasn’t surprised at all after about 20 seconds. Of course.

    But I get why people are really, really irked by it. And even if many people aren’t irked by it, I’m having trouble understanding why THEY’RE having such trouble understanding why many people are.

    He’s not obligated to behave in any particular way just because he has fans and just because the show has fans. I get that, and I think most people posting on here get that. But when he behaves like this and makes people feel like he’s been toying with them, he shouldn’t be exempt from being called out for it, either. For everything he’s said over the last few weeks (or over the course of his career) that has irritated fans/viewers, he had an option, he could have just said nothing. If he didn’t want to be silent, he could have been gracious and diplomatic; he chose instead to be candid (to put it mildly) and go the no-holds-barred route. And that’s his choice, great, I get that (and it’s provided some real entertainment; his interview with Michael Logan was quite a good read, for example). But choices have consequences (for all of us, and that includes TG), and he doesn’t get a free pass on it; people certainly have a right to have opinions about his opinions if he’s going to choose to express them, and they certainly have a right to react if after soaking in all the adulation of the last few weeks, he pulls this little stunt he’s pulled.

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    su0000 replied

    Tony didn’t do a darn thing to anyone..
    He voiced his dislike to be told what to do, no big deal and some of the fans were like rabid dogs attacking it and turning it into way more than it ever was..
    Some fans are way too overly involved in Tony’s life .
    (in general–
    Tony can speak up about what he doesn’t like, as well as the fans do..
    The fans are dumping on Tony with a ton of crap and Tony has not said one word about the fans..

    Tony does not have to be with the Laura character .. The fans have to deal with that not Tony, he doesn’t have to be put back with Laura anything.
    Tony does not have to live his life and be as y’all want him to be to please you.
    Fans have no right to demand anything from Tony.. He doesn’t makes demands of the fans, y’all can go as soap frantic as ya want but don’t make it personal about a man who is not involved in your personal lives.

    Tony has not interfered in any of your personal lives do the same for him :)

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    Rose replied

    I guess where Tony has differed with some other highly thought of soap personalities who have either “retired,” or just felt like it, is that he has never, that I can remember, thanked or appreciated the fans for all of their love and support over the years. He didn’t earn all those Emmy’s or $’s in a vacuum…there was the fan base and the other cast members. I’m sure that’s part of the reason for the backlash from a % of viewers.

    And in a way he has made his personal life affect fans and viewers personal lives every time he had the right according to his contract to leave GH, not once, but every summer, thus leaving a hole to be filled while he was gone. And yes they fill the summer with teen/young adult stories, but No one else could do this.

    Les replied

    Su000, he did comment about the fans. He likened us to children whose parents are divorced and hold this hope their parents will reunite. We needed to move on.

    Chrystie Delancey replied

    Well said, Michael (not Fairman).

    You really make me appreciate the mature, well thought out posts on this site. I don’t always agree with what you write (and thank goodness for that yin and yang), but thank you for composing intelligent posts in a reader friendly way. Thank you!

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    Marie replied

    So true, Chrystie. Thank you for eclipsing the one on here who can’t begin or end sentences without inserting lol.

    MBmomof3 replied

    Thank you for the dose of sanity.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Michael (not Fairman), you say it well!

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  68. Heath says:

    The facts are that tony does not really want to play luke spencer, he wants to play what he deems fit at the moment for the character. His distain for Luke and Laura fans is insulting, because at the end of the day that made him, he failed as bill eckert( remeber the red hair, the blue collar guy that slowly morphed in to a pale version of Luke spencer) had to go back to Luke and Laura when that character failed. I agree that the writers at the time messed up the couple, but it could have been fixed. Tony and Gennie have amazing chemistry, I inow its been said over and over, but for a few moments during those scenes they had together looking for lucky and Ethan, it was there still,sad they did not end up together. So At this point, stay gone Tony, let Gennie have her time now, I hope the writers do her justice for once and Laura gets a great, interesting life without Luke and we have years of great story with her! So if Tony really wants to come back down the road, come back and have Luke win Laura back, sorry Tony but it’s always gonna be Luke & Laura, be happy you had that and were able to make a living off that for 3 + decades. But than again maybe Stephen Nicolas will return father his Days 50th stint and Stefan and Lasha will reunite. Enjoy life in Amsterdam Tony, time to move on for all of us.

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    Cathy replied

    She definitely had some chemistry with Stefan, for sure. Stephen Nichols really did a fantastic job as Stefan. I tried to dismiss him at first as nothing more than rugged good looks. But, oh no, he has a lot of range as an actor. Seems like a nice person in real life too. If they can’t bring on a brand new actor to play Laura’s love interest and have to recycle an old one, I’d rather it be Stefan instead of Scott Baldwin.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Right, Cathy, no Scotty–ever again–with Laura, that is! lol

  69. Rodd says:

    Please. Isn’t it a little soon to be talking about returning already or even talking about “down the road”? Give it some time and enjoy Amsterdam.

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    su0000 replied

    lol no worries-
    He is not talking about returning-..
    He made a comment that he -may-
    (never say never, thing lol)

    Tony has other plans at this time;
    In the meantime, Geary’s plan is to retreat to Holland – where he has a second home – and find work in another language. He’s especially interested in musical theater. “I’ve been studying voice for the past 10 years,” said Geary. “I would like to do musical theater in Holland or near London.”

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    Chrystie Delancey replied

    There you go again, Captain Obvious. :-(

  70. liz says:

    Even the musical theater, there comes a time when the hit show closes down. Its just the nature of the beast. His time has past, his glory days have faded. He and the show should move on.

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    su0000 replied

    Tony is very talented.. He will be great in whatever he does..
    He is nowhere near being done..
    He is indeed one of the great ones, he will go on, of course..

    People are not understanding what Tony actually said because they make themselves frantic..

    He said he ”may’ return for ”6 weeks” (not rejoining GH, but a guest appearance)
    IF that is an IF he is offered something that would ”interest” him..

    He never said he wanted to or is returning or that he would ever rejoin GH, sigh..

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    Chrystie Delancey replied

    Oh su, wake up and smell the coffee. A tease of coming back for “6 weeks” can just as easily turn into a stay of 6 months and then we are back to this Tony Geary Show merry-go-round again.

    Mr. Geary has begun speaking out of both sides of his mouth. You can’t believe anything a back peddler says especially after likening his fans to “children.”

  71. Jeffrey says:

    If he want come back anytime he want to.. I feel that GH leave door open for him, I love to see him come back.. Like I said anytime he want to

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  72. Andy G. says:

    After talking about his exit strategy from GH for the past several years and his desire to make the separation permanent, now Mr. Geary announces–on the very day after his last episode aired–that he’d be available for a limited return engagement. Way to undermine your credibility there, Curly!

    So if the writers blow a sufficient amount of smoke up his ass and the producers back a Brinks truck up to his house, perhaps Mr. Geary will grace our screens with his presence for another month or so. Like his fellow aging divas Tina Turner and Cher, it sounds like Mr. Geary is embarking on a multi-year “farewell” tour, begging the question: How can we miss you if you don’t go away?

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    su0000 replied

    Andy G.

    ALL departing actors of soaps know they return, even if for a wedding..
    ALL soap actors keep the door open, it is likely any let go actor from any soap may at some point in time return for a short stint, it is the way it is..
    Stop the Tony bashing..
    how many time did the gone forever Robin return, and others, none to stay..
    I doubt Tony will return because the 2 new writers could no way in this world write anything (Tony style) that would bring him back for even a week .. lol

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  73. Beth Putrino says:

    I think Anthony has a right to his own opinion and I fully agree. I am not a die hard Luke fan but I respect the character. Probably because the writers have made the audience love and hate him of and on. I think if it was a really exceptional storyline, fresh and challenging for him as an actor and it fit well into the script, he should go for a reappearance every now and then. It is not realistic to think he is gone on traveling forever.

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  74. liz says:

    He is one of the all time greats in daytime but he needs to smell the coffee. Daytime is a young man’s game and he is not a young man anymore. If he returns they will relegate him to a peripheral character a 3rd stringer. He should go out while on top,

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  75. regina says:

    he can come back to join forces with robert, anna, and laura to help find carlos

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