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132 October 4th, 2012 Genie Francis Chats On Being Fired From Y&R & If She Would Consider Returning To GH!

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When the first round of pink-slips began at The Young and the Restless, it was soap icon, Genie Francis (Genevieve, Y&R) who was let-go first.  And that prompted many fans to think that it was going to happen anyway once Jill Farren Phelps took over the helm as executive producer of the number one daytime soap, since Phelps and Francis had reportedly had some issues while they were both at GH.

Now in the latest edition of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Francis opens up in an interview about what went down when she found out she was let-g0, why she thinks she was picked to be cut loose, and if now she would ever consider a return to General Hospital to play Laura again!  Here are a few excerpts!

Genie on hearing the news that she was let-go from Y&R from Jill Farren Phelps:  “I went up to talk to Jill in her office and she was actually very kind.  Actually, I think she was mortified.  I don’t think she wanted to be put in that position to tell me that.  Nobody does.  We both said were sorry that we wouldn’t have the chance to work together.  There was no blood drawn. (Laughs) T here are no bad feelings.  Look, she’ a very accomplished, powerful producer and she couldn’t get there by being petty and bitchy.  Her back is to the wall.   She had to cut people out because she had to balance her budget, and she had to be true to what is Y&R, and so it’s a hard position to be in. We are friends.  She and I go way back to her early 20′s and my teens.  So this little bump in the road is not going to undo our friendship.”

Genie on if now she would consider coming back to General Hospital as Laura: “Between you and me, and the rest of the world, I do have a story of something I would like to do on GH that would be reinventing Laura, in a way.  They can’t keep doing the walk down memory lane.  Some of that is okay, but it can’t be the whole meal.  Laura has been out of a catatonic state for years now and that’s sort of a jumping-off point for my story.  If Laura was up and around and living in Paris – I think that’s  where they left her – then what is that keeps her from coming home?  There has to be something because Laura would never not be around her children.  If she hasn’t come home, then there’s a reason, so that’s the jumping-off point.”

So soapers, what do you think about Genie’s comments about exiting Y&R with the news from Jill Phelps?  Do you think it makes sense to get rid of Genevieve?  And, what do you think of the hint of Genie’s proposed story for Laura on GH, if she were to return?  Let us know, and make sure to pick up the latest issue of SOD for the full interview!

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  1. joe says:

    We need Genie/Laura back on GH! EVERYONE ELSE is back, all we need now is Laura, Scottie and Bobbie and we have GH back in full!!!

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    mikey replied

    YES!!! I agree! Laura, Scotty and Bobbie would be fantastic! We especially need Genie/Laura to come home where she belongs!!! Come on ABC, make it happen!

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    Chris replied

    Yes!!! Bring her back and let it be because LuLu is pregnant…

    jp replied

    Yes, please bring back Jaclyn Zeman as Bobbi. I LOVE the character and actress who played her. She was such a big part of the hospital storylines. And Laura can come back too! LOL I miss Genie Franis as well. But I agree with her. They need to take the character of Laura in a new direction.

    susan M. replied

    I agree !!!!!!!!!

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    MEARY ROSE replied

    agreed !! we’d welcome her as laura!!

    Deb replied

    Please, please make a place for Genie Francis on GH!!!!!!

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    Cindy Allen replied

    I remember when laura said that she would be there to hold lulu’s hand when she had her first child so, I think its a perfect time to bring laura spencer back to general hospital. I love watching her be a mom and I want to be like her.

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  2. janice says:

    I hope the powers that be at #gh listen to her suggestions and bring her back and use her to the fullest. She’s an amazing actress and human being. I adore her.

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    susan M. replied

    I alway’s liked Laura from day one !!!!!!!! Come back to Port Charles !!!!!!!!!

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  3. cathy trinque says:

    Want to see more Llanview folks!

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    brian replied

    I would like that too…. Vicki really needs to help out with Kate.

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    cathy trinque replied

    I am ready for Natalie to join with Clint and Vicki and Liam

    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    Then go watch some YouTube clips. This is “General Hospital”, not “One Life to Live”.

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    Susannah replied

    More Landview folks over Laura of Luke and Laura? No way!

    I love Genie Francis, she’s a wonderful, luminous actress and hope she finds her way back home to General Hospital.

    cathy trinque replied

    GH fans should be glad that their soap was saved by One Life to Live fans.

    cathy trinque replied

    IMO GH fans should be thankful that OLTL fans saved GH.

    susan M. replied

    There’s enough for everyone ……….. I would like to see Laura first , hen somemore Landview folks like Viki….But Laura FIRST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Brian replied

    the sad thing is that GH’s ratings were lower than OLTL’s when OLTL was cancelled.

    Perhaps Ron and Frank are just trying to make everyone happy and at least save on ABC soap. I fully support the blending of OLTL with GH…

    what would the other choice be? No ABC soap at all?

    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    Cathy, if you saved GH why couldn’t you save your own soap? LOL.

    SZima replied

    Get over it! OLTL is done and gone. Be thankful for the people you’ve got…you could have ended up with nothing. We didn’t get a bunch of AMC actors coming to GH and there are more of them I’d rather see than any other OLTL actors.

    I like what John Mc and Todd have brought to the show, but Starr is a total waste of air time, far as I’m concerned. Get rid of her and bring some AMC people in!

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    cathy trinque replied

    The thing that Starr brings is youth and with Todd and Starr there is another family. GH needs to get rid of old blood like Tracy and Monica. Now that is a total waste of airtime!!!!

    SZima replied

    Really? You want to get rid of people with that much history on the show and can actually ACT?

    I want Starr AND Michael, with all his violent hissy-fits, GONE. They do NOT represent the youth demographic I want to see on the show.

  4. Dinah says:

    I just love Genie Francis

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    susan M. replied

    Like her movies too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  5. kay/kay says:

    Thanks Ms. Francis for setting everybody straight! And you are absolutely right you have to have somebody interested in telling the story the Laura I know would never have left her children Lulu never mentions her mother. I do not see them investing in her character this is still a man oriented soap opera nothing has changed with the OLTL guys who did they give contracts to from OLTL men. The only reason Starr was brought on was for Michael. It drives me nuts. I wish you all the best in the future.

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  6. kristi says:

    “Genevieve was such an interesting character and there was so much storyline Storyline potential for this character. She was a very flawed character who had a hard side and yet could be quite vulnerable too. Genie has such an amazing range and she did a great job portraying this character. It’s a shame they let an incredible actress go who added so much to YR. I’m really going to miss her on YR and when she leaves I will too! I hope she goes to GH because she is such a great actress and I want her on my screen daily!

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  7. Mary Fergen says:

    I would love to see Genie return to GH, and I think what she said about being in a story of who Laura is now makes a lot of sense. WHY hasn’t Laura returned before now, to support her children? Good question……

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  8. sharon says:

    Would love for het to go to GH. Some much story left to tell.

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  9. Beth says:

    I agree with Cathy! I would love to see more of Llanview folks also!

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    Wendy replied

    No more OLTL characters! Enough!! If you want to bring an appropriate character on, bring on David Heywood from AMC for the Robin is still alive story. That would make sense.

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    SZima replied

    Amen! Dr. Dave would be a fabulous addition!!

    susan M. replied

    I would too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But let see if Laura will be back any time soon!!! I am a die Hard OLTL soap fan….Also liking GH a lot lately…Been watching it again since OLTL was cancelled……………..It would be nice to see Luke&Laura reunited again…I watched them get married on GH all those years ago….

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    Ces replied

    Roger Howarth has been a great addition! I look forward to all his scenes and I really like Kristen Alderson too but I think that’s plenty for OLTLcharacters … we have a full canvas on GH of actors not being utilized. Why is Kristina Wagner back? Why doesn’t Leslie Charleson have a storyline? Where is Anthony Geary? Jane Elliot is too damn good to be caring for that jerk Joe Jr — there isn’t even any chemistry there. Luke & Laura have always been my faves!!

    vikilord replied

    I want Laura back thatis why I started watching GH since I was 19 years old and I’m almost55. Bring her back please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    vikilord replied

    I totally agree!!!!!!!!!!!

    cindy replied

    More llanview folks is the way to go for gh, in my opinion.

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    vikilord replied

    Yes ..I only started watching GH again because my stars from my other stars went 2 GH. I had quit watching gh years ago when they took off Luke and Laura .so I’m only back because of Starr and Todd and John

  10. Scott (ATWT Fan) says:

    I think she handled this situation well and put it to rest that there is this underlying battle between her and Jill. Budget cuts had to be made to keep Y&R afloat, and Genie Francis is not cheap in the soap world (and saying that – a GH return would sink the soap financially). I’ll miss Genevieve as she adds something to the drama of Genoa City, but she is not core Y&R, which is what Jill has been brought on to make happen again.

    As for her return to “General Hospital”, I’d rather it be a short-term return than a full-fledged one. I don’t see a place for Laura on the series, espescially with Lucky gone off of the canvas, as well as Nikolas (neither of whom I want to see back).

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    Nancy replied

    All soap actors have to take pay cuts if they want to work in the genre, with Steve Burton leaving and Frank Valentini a master at balancing the budget he very well might find a way to bring her on, whether there is a long term place for her on the show…time will tell.

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  11. Claudia Kurzyna says:

    I have watched Young and the Restless because Genie is on the show, and I would love to see her come back to General Hospital as Laura.

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  12. Ric says:

    I love her too, wouldnt mind getting back into GH if she was back, but Ive always felt the part to revisit now is Diana on DOOL. Ive always felt she Vs. Deidre hall over Drake would be great. how about DOOL has Kristen bring Diana back to Salem?!? so she could steal john back. . . .leaving Marlena prey for Stefano yet again

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    Diane replied

    Im extremly happy to see this article. I just wish i could read the whole thing! SOD u meed to send internationally!!
    I would love to see Genie reprise her role of Diana Colville on Days! Diana’s return would be amazing. Her finding out the Marlena was in fact still alive after the hell Stefeno put her thru on the Island & maybe whem Diana left Salem mysteriously she unknownly pregnant & she could return with John’s first born! That would throw the cat amongst the pigeons now especially with Kristen’s return. Would be a very juicy storyline indeed if written correctly! I would just be happy seeing Genie either on Days or GH. She is far too talented to sit idly by. TPTB need to jump now & give her the role so craves for. Genevieve was fantastic & I really enjoyed watching Genie play a role removed from Laura.

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    kelly irons replied

    I appreciate everyone’s opinion, however a lot of jumping onto different tracks, First off, Days JUST rehired Eileen Davidson to of course interfere with John and “DOC”…she is a kick as comedic relief too, wait till you see her as Susan Banks if you haven’t you are in for a treat, trust me. Ms. Davidson is hilarious. I do not imagine there is room on the Days canvas for Diana Colville which even then was not a fan fave and I adore Genie. I liked her on YoungRestless, though Geneveive had a lot further to go as for exploring, but sounds like it was money. So that leaves Laura or nothing on Daytime TV. So knowing that, think we Genie Francis fans should hope and pray someone gets her on board and does something with Laura other than codependant nonsense. She too is a powerhouse actress, can sing too, if they would allow it. Anyway, that’s my opinion. Also, hate fans fighting over OLTL cast members on this forum at least. We are indeed lucky we have some reminders. Howarth could win an Emmy acting with a broom. Thanks for listening

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  13. Caitie says:

    I want to see Genie Francis return to General Hospital more than I want to see ANY other character from GH history, or from another show, join the cast! I would love to see a Laura such as she describes with links to her past, but with a new and exciting direction and story. Of course, I will always want that story to include her family – especially her children. And right now, she has a daughter in Port Charles in whose life a revitalized Laura can play a significant role. Mr. Valentini and Mr. Carlivati, please make this much-needed and much-wanted return happen!! With GH approaching its 50th anniversary, with Luke having rediscovered his family values and with Lulu and Dante planning a family, the time is right.

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  14. Tonia says:

    I hope Genie Francis returns before the end of the year. I’d love to see Laura Spencer come home to her family. I loved Luke and Laura and still do. I still hold out for a Luke and Laura reunion…

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  15. Ces says:

    I believe Genie Francis should come back to GH and the producers need to can stories that are simply not working — hello Trey, Joe Jr, Christina/Kate/Connie. Those folks alone are a complete waste of my hour. GH should get back to characters the audience loves and keep them on the forefront. GH seems to enjoy hiring random actors that no one cares about (ie: the strange girls vying for Patrick). Bring back Genie with a new original storyline!

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    rebecca replied

    Cannot stand the new doctor chick who is after Patrick. Waste of money…bring back more GH people or OLTL people. Paleeez.

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    CES replied

    Yep! at least the actors from OLTL have talent! Still, I would like GH to utilize their fine actors instead of putting them on backburner for actors (I use that term loosely) we have no connection with. Really, where on earth did GH pull Sabrina, Ellie and that Doctor from all in one day?!

    susan M. replied

    I don’t care for her much either..She is a nasty player…She plays dirty & she is mean…Not honest & not nice..She puts up a good front….Don’t trust her at all. She isn’t the one for Patrick..Besides Robin is still alive & I wonder when everyone will finally find this out.. I agree bring back more Gh & OLTL people…They should bring back the bread & butter of GH & OLTL…Laura is one……………………….

    SZima replied

    Has Dr. Britt even been on lately? Seems like she’s been MIA for a while. I haven’t watched Friday’s show yet, so maybe she showed up then? Anyway, if we’re lucky, she was a day player and will never be seen again!

    cathy trinque replied

    The Trey, Joe Jr. story has peaked my interest.

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    1loveabcsoaps replied

    Ces says: “Why is Kristina Wagner back? Why doesn’t Leslie Charleson have a storyline? Where is Anthony Geary? Jane Elliot is too damn good to be caring for that jerk Joe Jr — there isn’t even any chemistry there. Luke & Laura have always been my faves!! ”

    This is the 1 million dollar question. Why is Kristina Wagner back? She should have had a short stint, for Maxie’s sake (short) storyline dictated. However, I never saw the use of this character. She was lovely when she was young, and still looks good, but I have always hated her little girl sounding voice, consequently making me feel like I was viewing a child in the role. I also have never been a fan of her acting and hated her pairing opposite Luke/ Anthony Geary. GET RID OF KRISTINA WAGNER.

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    1loveabcsoaps replied

    Yes, I love Leslie Charleson, she can act, is classy, and should be doing more
    matriarch things (in the hospital) as the matriarch of the show. Jane Elliot could be doing more in the company business of ELG, and maintaing the Quartermain legacy. There are no Quartermaines but Monica and Tracy. Everyone is dead, either in REAL LIFE or in Soap Opera life, or gone from the show. Then they (the writer’s) need to EITHER explore that storyline, OR do something about it; bring back Alan (it was a dream he died) or find us another Edward Quartermain. John was the 3rd Edward, and he filled he shoes of the 1st Edward (hard shoes to fill ) but he, John did it. Therefore, ” IT ” can be done, again!!!!

    Ces replied

    I agree, why is she even on the show? She should have just stayed on for Maxie’s story then left – esp if they aren’t going to do anything with her. Agree with the whiny voice part ;)

  16. Tracy peterson says:

    Would love to have genie back as Laura ! Show has been great since new writers and cast editions who are amazing!!!

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    susan M. replied

    So would I !!!!!!!!!!!!

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  17. Jill says:

    I adore her. I would love to see her and Luke together again. But, I wouldn’t want it to be easy. I want to see them work their way back to each other.

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    Wendy replied

    I agree sooo with you!!

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    susan M. replied

    RIGHT ON !!!!!!!!!!!

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  18. MikeT says:

    I love the idea but if she comes back it needs to be for several years not just a short term stint

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  19. Linda says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised if FV is trying to get Genie to come home. Fingers crossed.

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  20. steph says:

    I would love Genie to come back to GH! I love her and I think that she wonderful actress. I think that Lulu getting pregnant at some point would be a great time for Laura to come back to and be with her GH daughter through that time :)

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  21. susan says:

    Genie should of been back on GH especially now that Edward is dead because he deserves a great farewell!

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  22. Buddy says:

    YES!!! We want Genie back, and like She said before, no longer the victim or same old story, same old song… I think it would be kewl if when Edward Quartermaine’s will is finally read, that He leaves HIS shares of ELQ to Laura… After all, both Edward and Lila adored Laura, and wouldn’t it be great to see Laura and Tracey owning equal shares of ELQ??? I think it would be brilliant!!!

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  23. Eileen Hargis says:

    Genie is a pro, she would never say anything about anothelassr actor or producer derogatory, she is a class act. I wouls enjoy seeing her back on GH just to confound Luke with his divided heart!

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  24. Cathi says:

    Lulu & Dante get pregnant and Laura comes back for the birth or before. She comes back from Paris even though she has a very successful cafe and is quite clear on who she is now. It is the rest of Port Charles that is going to have to keep up
    . She is no longer the weeper and although she will always love Luke she doesnt need him anymore.

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  25. Troy Turner says:

    As much as I would love to see Genie return to GH-if she does, be very afraid…

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  26. Tori says:

    Love Genie and really loved the character of Genv which in my opinion was a wonderful addition to Y&R. All her scenes with SN,PB,EB,JW etc are of top notch quality and she makes the worst writing seem effortless. I wanted to see her past with Tucker and when she leaves,I’m tuning out as well. I’d love to see her return to GH but I get the feeling she doesn’t necessarily want to have to be paired with Luke. She’s always propping his character and I’m sure she doesn’t want Laura to be weak in chasing him or fighting for him over Tracy/Anna. She wants her own story without Luke having to be center and I don’t blame her. TG has been treated like a queen and she’s been treated like doodoo,yeah I said it. I’d love her to return as Diana on Days,she had wonderful chemistry with Drake and I’ve preferred her pairings with Stephen Nichols and Drake over that of Tony Geary. He seems so much older then her now. She needs a fresh new start,she doesn’t want to go back to the old and who the heck wants to be a prop for their children. Genie deserves alot better then that,bring back Kin Shriner and get Stephen Nichols back and resurrect Stefan Cassadine. Now if you could do that,I’d return as a viewer!

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    Diane replied

    I loved the chemistry that Genie had with Drake!! The romantic comedy that they did was amazing!

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    Dange replied

    I absolutely agree!!! They were really amazing together – dynamic and funny. I heard Genie and Drake worked on their scripts to add some humour to them. I would love to see Diana Colville comming back to Days so much! (I would pray if it would help, lol). I know that the character according to GF wasn’t developed properly but I think they can fix it. And for us as viewers chemistry was and is an even more important aspect, I guess.
    BTW, I had the same idea you just said, Diana could bring John’s child with her to Salem.

  27. rose says:

    I’d love it if Genie came back to GH with good story lines like Anna and Tracey, not as a pale self of the lady who went into the asylum. Paris sounds iike a good starting point for her “comeback.”

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  28. Debbie says:

    I would love to see Laura back on GH. Lulu has lost her mom, grandma and 3 brothers . Your idea sounds great. Hoping to see Genie at GH!! Then Lucky and Nicholas could come back!! Ethan too!!

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  29. sus says:

    Genie Francis needs to be back to General Hospital and Laura back to Port Charles… and THEN and only then will it be MY GH again!! I need serious Spencer action on the show to return my interest. The characters that were trashed over the last decade are still getting way too much air time. Time for Cartini to go all Spencers (which includes Webbers), Scorpios (which include jones/Drake) and Q’s in a BIG way!

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    susan M. replied

    At that time do you remember Sean Donnelly & Tiffiany were among that group at that time……………

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  30. Toni says:

    If Genie goes over to GH, I will become an ABC soap fan and make time to watch that show, too!

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  31. toscanti says:

    She is a fine actress, she has no place on Y&R. GH is her home and this is were she belongs. Handled the JFP situation with grace and class. Best of luck to her!

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  32. MK says:

    I truly feel that a good story for Laura is for her to come with her secret husband, Scotty and their Child! That would truly be a shocker. Also Laura was always at her impulsive Best with Scotty. Luke made her a Victim frozen in Time.

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    kristi replied

    I would love to see Laura return married to Scotty that would set up a good story plus Kin Shriner is so sexy!!! Laura was always a victim ,with Luke ,and I much rather her be paired ,with Scotty, or anyone besides Luke!!

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  33. Andrew says:

    Laura, Scotty and Lesley need to be back full time. Denise Alexander is one the most powerful actresses ever to grace GH and she and Monica could go back to an adversarial relationship. And I love the idea of Edward leaving HIS shares of ELQ to Laura, that would be great story.

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  34. dg says:

    I loved Genie on YR. But if she is to return to GH she needs to strong story with action and suspense. She needs to be mentally sound and in control. And Im sure she doesnt want to play a supporting role to Julie Marie Berman ( Leslie lu) that’s a waste of a talented actress. Genie deserves her own front burner story line. And fans of GH history deserve a true L&L reunion, despite Tony Geary’s reported aversion to that idea.
    If they can’t give Genie what she’s due Id prefer that she move on. I dont want see her languishing in the shadow of the One Lifers just playing a dull wife and mother. Snooze. Like you Andrew I grew up watching Genie with Denise Alexander. I concur that Denise is one of the most powerful actresses in daytime history and she and Genie were magic together.
    But given Denise’s age I doubt that the brass is interested in revisiting that magic pairing. It’s sad but ageism is part and parcel of the entertainment industry. Look at how poor Leslie Charleson ( Monica ) has been treated over the last 12 yrs. She’s only just now getting some supporting air time. But from what soap columnist Jamie Giddens has said a story line for Monica is out of the question in the network’s mind. The entertainment industry is so full of back stage politics and prejudices. I want Genie to work somewhere she is appreciated . Her fans do appreciate her, but that doesnt necessarily mean that the networks execs do. I want whats best for Genie whether that takes her back to GH or elsewhere. She comes first in my heart, even before her fictional character,

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  35. dg says:

    It bothers me when people call General Hospital Genie’s home. Yes she grew up before our eyes on that show starting at the age of 14.
    But many are completely unaware of the many behind the scenes struggles she faced. She developed a cocaine addiction at 18 because of the early fame. She was forced back onto the show by the ABC brass despite her troubles because they wanted the ratings. She was humiliated and lambasted about her post pregnancy weight gain by the Guza/Phelps regime. She was denied vacation to celebrate her wedding anniversary also by the GH brass. ( Tony Geary gets 2 ten week vacations per yr btw). She was shut out of enemy nominations reportedly because of jealousy in the cast over the years also. So despite the fact that we think of GH as Genie’s home the environment there has been anything but home like for her at times. Just saying.

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    kay/kay replied

    I agree 110% dg and the sad thing is Y&R cast members were not so welcoming either I heard from a very reliable source.

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    kay/kay replied

    Years ago when Genie joined AMC at the emmy awards Walt Wiley who played Jack Montgomery welcomed her back to daytime TV. That man is a class act why is he not back on daytime?

    susan M. replied

    I never knew this about Genie Francis….She is married to in real life Jonathan Frakes (#1) From star trek the next generation……………

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    kay/kay replied

    Yes it is true and ABC always held her honesty against her and as far as the weight gain I saw two actresses yesterday on GH who will remain nameless let’s just say their dresses were not very flattering they are not a size 2 either.

    Diane replied

    Well said!! Cocaine addiction, alcohol problems as well. She grew up in front of our eyes! Forced to quit school & work extremely long hrs. Genie was treated poorly at GH! They were only after ratings. The lack of peer support is extremely evident. Yes there were issues if jealousy at YR as well! She had the same issue at Days with one actress as well. Sacked from AMC because she was more valuable to ABC @ GH then that disgusting move from JFP because if her post preg weight!! Genie is an amazing actress where ever she acts! Her ability to draw u into her scenes whether happy or sad! I remember watching a scene when she was on Days. Her on screen father had just passed away. 8mths prior to that her father had passed away from complications from heart attacks. Her emotions were so raw u had no choice but to cry along with her! U felt her pain of loss & her realization that she wouldn’t get a chance to spend time with her father. Genie is a class act! She never speaks ill of anyone! And for that I admire her.

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  36. aria says:

    did you get that Ron and Frank? now get to working and getting Genie to come back to GH asap.

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  37. Debbie McClendon says:

    What a great actress. I feel she should have been back on GH a long time ago. She is the best of the best.

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  38. Darlene says:

    I would love to see Genie come back to GH and maybe bring one of her sons back with her. The family dynamic would be a fabulous addition to the newly revitalized GH. The Spencers are one of the core families on my beloved soap and the storyline possibilites are endless!

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  39. cathy trinque says:

    This crossover fan doesn’t want to see anymore of the older generation.

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    1loveabcsoaps replied

    Cathy: U are a cross over from where?

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    cathy trinque replied

    I should reword that to say. I am a fan of OLTL characters.

  40. mary says:

    Genie is one of my favorite actress.please bring her back to gh and soon hopefully someone is listening to all of her fans.

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  41. Shirley M. Broome says:

    I recall many years ago, Laura was head of some kind of fashion cloths line, or Make up line. I am sure she could take over Kate’s Magazine until Kate is back on her feet, and then they could go into partnership. In the mean time, all the other sturn und drung could go on as usual. THAT’S what makes soap operas. Listen up ABC/Disney the fans KNOW what they want. THEY WANT THEIR SOAPS BACK!!! And their favorite stars. For what it has cost you with The Revulsion, The Chew, Anderson, and Katie Curic, you could have brought back the soaps you took off and added one or two new ones. WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO GET THE MESSAGE!!!!

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  42. lisa says:

    Genevieve doesn’t have a deep connection to any characters on Y&R,not even Cane.
    It might have been interesting to see what was developing with the “Samantha” storyline but that looks to be scrapped with Genie exiting Y&R.
    It would be interesting to see her back on GH as Laura – but Genie herself said in an interview on Oprah a few years back that she did not want to play Laura as a “victim” anymore and who could blame her.
    People have to evolve and change over time when things happen to them….it would be interesting to see what Laura has been up to since leaving Port Charles and seeing Scott Baldwin on the plane bound for Paris.
    Hmm…..writers ??????

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  43. harlee490 says:

    Thank sweet Jesus she is off my Y&R.

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    and1 replied

    LOL! See this is where social media fails us. We’ll read and comment on anything these days, even on an article about a woman playing a character that you didn’t like on “your” show. I know, I know… you couldn’t help yourself. Neither could I.

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  44. SZima says:

    Laura should come back to GH, but only if she truly has a story of her own and it’s not just an ongoing trip down memory lane. She needs to come back as her own independent woman. She ran her own company back in the day. Maybe she should be the new editor of Crimson or become the hospital Administrator.

    But pleeeeze…don’t bring her back for Luke!

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  45. 1loveabcsoaps says:

    I love Genie Frances. I love and adore her. She is so real and down to earth. She also is truth telling and I appreciate her honesty about the FACTS in situaltions of the past. I would love to see Genie back as Laura and be reunited with Luke, and get (Johnathn Jackson) back as Lucky, along with Lulu. We need to see them as a family on the show, before anything happens to the show, or one of them, God forbid.
    Genie, I hope your idea for Laura finds its way to GH and our televison screen.

    Fictional couple Luke Spencer and Laura Webber are CREDITED with defining the term supercouple.

    Yahoo! TV stated that “…Vanessa Marcil’s coupling with Benard, gave ‘GH’ its first legitimate heir to the ‘Luke and Laura’ throne of soap coupledom”.

    The article argued that this type of supercouple “… has not been seen on daytime television in some time — if EVER “, and that, “along with the return of Luke and Laura after a decade-long absence”, it created a “second golden age” for soaps as “the daytime appointment television”.[55]

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  46. Chaz says:

    Probably due to the way the character of Laura was written in later years, I was ho-hum about Genie Francis on GH, though I enjoyed the young Laura. I have to say that I came to truly appreciate her after seeing her on Y&R. Genvieve was a complex character and GF brought out so many facets of her. Her facial expressions alone conveyed more than some actors could do with a 15 minute speech. If they were to bring Laura back they need to do so with major story and one that does not involve Luke. They need to acknowledge that the characters no longer work together and build stories for them without bringing them together.

    TPTB will regret letting GF go from Y&R. If they insist on keeping the coma inducing duo of Cane & Lily at least Genvieve had ties to them as well as her history with Tucker, Jack & Victor.

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    Kristi replied

    I agree Chaz, Genevieve is a lot more interesting than Cane and Lily. They should have gotten rid of those two and kept Genevieve! Genie has such range and can relay so much through her facial expressions ! She draws the audience into a scene because her acting is so natural. I can’t believe YR let this great talent go!! Well, it’s YR loss !!

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  47. Sharon B says:

    Sorry she will no longer be on Y & R. She needs to come back to GH where she has always belonged but needs a good storyline to go with it! The new team of Writers and the New director and producer can come up with a very good story and make it work!

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  48. Dzz says:

    Bring back Laura Spencer with a daughter would be interesting ( the new Maxie gal) reminded me of Laura in the 80′s .. but when Laura leaves the show take Luke (Tony Geary) his story are such a waste. Love OLTL characters/merging with GH makes it more exciting.. The last yr of AMC was boring.. I had a feeling it would’ve been cancelled before it happened.. One of AMC valuable actor is Hayward, he would fit in perfect.

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  49. Kathy says:

    I really really liked Genie Francis at Y&R. She is a wonderful actress. They could have done so much with her. I think I would have let go two actors if it meant keeping Genie Francis. I think I am about to give up on the soaps. After losing my AMC, I have tried so hard to find a soap I like. Bold and Beautiful is just stupid and silly. The Hope , Steffy, Liam triangle is ridiculous. The only thing that Days has going for it is EJ so I expect him to get fired any day now. Every time I try to watch GH, there is a gun pointed at someone. So, I was left with Y&R . Now they are getting rid of Genie Francis who was one of best actors they have. I am watching AMC repeats on soap net. What a sad day for soap operas !

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  50. Pamela says:

    No please keep her on Y&R I am not a General
    Hospital girl. Especially since it is on ABC.
    I have not been the same since losing AMC & OLTL!

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  51. nancy dillingham says:

    I totally, totally agree with Genie. All of us faithful viewers have been saying exactly what Genie says: There has to be a reason why Laura hasn’t been in touch with her children–and that would be a great jumping-off place to get Laura back to GH. Maybe someone (Scotty?) is holding her captive. But now Laura is strong–as she always really was–and she can come back now. Also, Luke can be free now–Anna will have Duke (with Robert as a complication?–please!), and we all know that Luke will always love Laura and Laura loves Luke–sooo, bring it on! What a great story awaits–and thanks, Genie, for holding out for a strong, independent Laura. We fans know she always has been–it’s why we love her so. Perfect way to celebrate (coming in April) GH’s 50th anniversary.

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  52. cathy trinque says:

    Starr and Michael make a beautiful couple.

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  53. Beacon says:

    General Hospital is Genie’s home. We got our darling Finola Hughes back, now we need Genie to return and our family will be complete.
    Get rid of those One Life to Live people, they have outstayed their welcome.

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    Janet replied

    Love the OLTL peeps on GH!

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  54. Patrick says:

    Sure! Would be great to have genie back where she belongs at g.h.why is the character duke back?wasnt he killed off, was he resurrected or something, that move doesn’t make sense to me,I digress still love the show though!

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  55. K says:

    I love Genie Francis and want her back on GH, but only with a decent storyline. If what they did with Felicia is any indication, then don’t bother. I like the idea of her being held captive, maybe by the Cassadines? The idea of her married to Scotty is intriguing, but not true to Laura’s character. She has to be there against her will for this to work. I do want her back with Luke and think they could have them fall in love all over again, like from the very beginning. He could try to keep his feelings in check, she could be too scared to admit her feelings, followed by their bantering/humor/love. Would be great, and would be a long storyline you’d want to tune in for to see if they finally give in to their emotions. This is the GH we need! And, OLTL fans, you guys need to be open to the return of one of the greatest soap actresses ever, GF. Give it a chance!

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  56. Janet says:

    I would love to see her back as Laura on GH! She will always be Laura in my eyes. It is hard to watch her in anything else.

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  57. kathleen Coviello says:

    I’ve been wating & praying for Laura to return to GH ever since I saw the on that other soap. She’s more imporant to us GH fans. Please bring her back with a juicy new storyline.

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  58. and1 says:

    It’s been so long and you’d think that in all these years someone would’ve had enough since to bring Laura home by now. But I think in all the years of wanting her return, this time is the most promising. If they don’t make it happen now 1) it will never happen and 2) they’re idiots. They need to right this wrong. I just hope she gets the greatest come back story in the history of soaps because she surely deserves it and so do the fans. I’m a GF fan so if she wants to come back then I’m all for it, but I’d gladly watch her do anything. i just want this come back to be done right and in total respect of GF and the icon that she is. And for those who think L&L are a thing of the past that shouldn’t be revisited… all I can do is LOL because if L&L get a good story you’re gonna be instant fans.

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  59. joyce hall says:

    That was very tactful of Genie to let Phelps off the hook, but Phelps record at GH shows her to be a petty prima donna. The position of the men on Y and R is probably secure, but I would tell the women WATCH YOUR BACKS!!

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  60. nnn2u says:

    Although I think all of the OLTL actors are fantastic, a strong Laura character played by Genie would bring me back to GH and keep me watching.

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  61. RJ4 says:

    I would like to see her come back. I have watched GH a little here and there, but if Laura came back, that would bring back the era I am more familiar with, and I would be interested in seeing that. Maybe I am being nostalgic and old school these days, but something familiar and comforting about bringing back characters from the past makes you want to tune in more.

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  62. cindy says:

    RIP EDWARD QUARTERMAIN. YOU WILL BE SORELY MISSED AND NEVER FORGOTTEN.

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  63. JOHN FERRIE says:

    I HAVE BEEN A FAN OF GENIE FRANCIS FOR OVER 30 YEARS.THIS IS THE CHANCE WE HAVE ALL BEEN HOPING FOR!LAURA IS THE MOST POPULAR FEMALE CHARACTER IN DAYTIME HISTORY.TO ME IT IS LIKE GH HAS BEEN HANDED A MIRACLE.NO OTHER FEMALE THEY HAVE BROUGHT BACK TO THE SHOW HAS GOTTEN THE HIGH RATINGS GENIE BRINGS IN.LUKE&LAURA ARE DAYTIMES ROYAL COUPLE.IT IS TIME TO BRING LAURA HOME FOR GOOD THIS TIME!I HOPE GH WILL GET IT RIGHT THIS TIME!AS THE FLEETWOOD MAC SONG BLEED TO LOVE HER,AND WE DO!

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  64. Robin S W says:

    To have Ms Genie Francis back as Laura would be a life saved for GH I think they would get more people watching and I think she would be a breath of fresh air. She is a major part of GH always has been and always will be. Please bring her back.

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  65. Jo says:

    I would absolutely love to see Genie return. Her character is not complete yet, and she has so much more to give. I have watched Genie on GH in every decade of my life except this one. She is needed! As a viewer, I tune in from time to time to keep up with the story lines I am interested in. If Laura came back, I would watch full time for sure.

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  66. paul says:

    As a viewer of soap operas during there golden era I have a great admiration for genie Francis what breaks my heart is she talked so well about the show and it’s producers and her colleagues,she is so beautiful,even 2 this day.I don’t care how many press releases JFP says she knew genie since a little girl,I truly believe she has a deep rooted senescent me towards ms.Francis .scuttlebutt was JFP did not want genie back for the 6 – 8 week intervals genie did on GH In 2006 and 2008.It Is a real shame the way the industry treated ms.Francis over the years.daytime does not deserve genie Francis.I started watching y/r on may 27 2011 when genie came on the show I had previously watched it from 75-81 It was on at 12:00 and my mom would have it on while I was eating my lunch,I am so mad at this mean spirited things that y/r did 2 genie I don’t want 2 watch y/r anymore,but I have gotten involved with the other storylines.soaps are not dying.daytime is,the soaps were dying in the 70′s (1978) were the top soap was only doing a 8.6 which is equal 2 today’s 3.0,genie saved daytime ,I am not trying 2 blow out any 1 ‘s candle,but it was genie that was bringing in the viewers,as a young man,I had never seen such a beautiful woman on TV (2 be continued)…..

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  67. paul says:

    I hope genie can come back to general hospital for at least the 50th anniversary,there new producer Frank V. is old school soap opera and I have great admiration for him,as far as I am concerned he has made GH appointment television again,I used 2 feel bad for him because I always thought the ratings were not going anywhere but the last few week GH has had baby spikes in the ratings but this is how it starts.i hope Jill understands y/r it is like no other soap opera and you cant have cartoon characters on y/r.genie if u are ever reading this,please understand you are better than the industry you gave so much to,jfp should BE A ” shame” OF HERSELF,but if you contact GH there’s new producer had said just once on a talk should he would love 2 have you back but u are committed to CBS.your scenes with Denise Alexander are the best mother/daughter scenes have ever scene on TV,if anyone doubts ms.Francis acting just Google Scotty and Laura 1978 or after that terrible night part 1 which is the beginning of the oct 8,1979 episode of gh,I did not post these but who ever did they have brought back many memories of a time when TV was so much more 2 watch……….

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  68. sheila says:

    Bring Laura back to GH so I can start back watching, bring back as a regular and let her and Luke get back together and stay together and enjoy the regular ups and downs of married life and family just like dr. hardy and audrey. Let her and Luke be the cornerstone because there has not been one since she left. You can show some drama within the family and with Tracy and Scott but bring her back and let her stay. Let Luke and Laura have the same everyday issues as normal people. You lost a lot of your base audience when you removed the foundation of the show which were the main characters. If you can’t figure it out, get some new writers. I agree with Genie.

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  69. valerie says:

    I watch both Soaps! I would love to see Laura come back and I love her jumping off point. I will miss her on Yand R and I am not happy the direction Y and R is taking right now. I am a big fan of GH and of Laura would love to see her come back too

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  70. Bee says:

    No love triangles. Let her be a prisoner of the Cassidines and let Luke rescue her again. We need more romance on GH. Sick of the gangster b.s. of Sonny and his crew, it’s old and boring. No Scotty or Bobbi. She’s too old now for a love triangle. Laura has to return to console LuLu.

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  71. Loriann says:

    I hope they bring Genie Francis back to GH. I’ll never forget the years she and Luke were together (getting together, trying to get back together) in late 70′s, early 80′s. I remember working in a bookstore in Chicago and I would run over at lunch to a restaurant on Wabash and take my place at the bar before the t.v. Every stool would be filled though it was 2:00 p.m. (not “lunch time”) with all eyes glued to GH on the set. I actually cried a couple times watching that show and I was pretty “tough”. For decades, I stopped watching GH because I began a job in which I was lucky to have time to eat at my desk, let alone leave the office and find a T.V. in a restaurant somewhere. Now 30 years later, not working anymore, I happened upon Genie Francis on Y&R and LOVED her. I have not been able to get into GH at all in retirement, but if “Laura” came back – I’d watch every day. And of course if Y&R rehired her, I would be delighted as well. She’s just a great actress.

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  72. ashley says:

    I think it’s time Laura comes back. It’s been too long she’s been away. There’s no justice in leaving her character in a catatonic state. That’s not how her fans want to remember her.

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  73. nancym says:

    I think there is room on GH for all characters, including OLTL, Laura, Bobbi and Scotty. Also, Tracy and Monica are a bit tiresome but the oldtimers like them. Even the Cassadines should be written back in..it keeps the stories interesting and the plot moving along. I have to say however, Connie is getting on my last nerve and Sonny needs some balls. I miss Jason but AJ looks so much like him it eases the pain.

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  74. Tedera says:

    I did love her playing fiesty on the young and the restless, since she was so nice on GH.
    I think GH should switch up and let Laura get bitchy to keep the story moving better and different.

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  75. nancy dillingham says:

    Boy, they are sure doing a number on her character currently with the storyline of her and Scotty (???!) marrying. Say what? Talk about character violation/assassination! Shame!

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