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!