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484 January 20th, 2018 Genie Francis Dropped To Recurring Status By General Hospital As Laura’s Story Comes To Abrupt Halt!

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Over the past 24 hours, reports have surfaced on one of the most unsatisfying casting decisions in recent history.  Daytime icon, Genie Francis (Laura) had been taken off contract by General Hospital and apparently dropped to recurring status.

To add fuel to the fire if viewers of the ABC soap opera caught Friday’s episode, they saw Laura making an about face when news came that her grandson Spencer had broken both his legs in Europe.  Thus, all of a sudden Laura was dropping out of the mayor’s race and asking her husband Kevin (Jon Lindstrom) to step in, because she will be gone for awhile, and family comes first.

According to a report from Soap Central on Saturday: “Francis was informed in late 2017 that she would be dropped to recurring status in 2018 — and that executive producer Frank Valentini wanted Francis to appear in about a dozen or so episodes per year. Francis was said to be devastated by the decision and reportedly refused to agree to appear so infrequently.”

Meanwhile. Daytime Confidential, who first broke the story, related that multiple sources say that the popular soap star was bumped from contract to recurring status.

From the looks of things, the GH writing team had to make some quick script changes to make a story exit for Laura, just as she was set to be a major mayoral candidate in Port Charles, and just married the new love of her life, Kevin Collins.

As to Genie’s tenure at GH: There has never been a more popular soap opera duo in the history of the medium then Luke (Tony Geary) and Laura.  Francis has been with GH on and off since 1977, when she debuted as a young teenaged Laura Vining.

Genie exited the series in 1982 and returned in 1993.  She came back to GH in 2002 but contract talks went awry,  However, in the next decade Genie made several returns and in 2015 came back to help send off Tony Geary’s Luke, but as part of that deal received a long-term contract with the series.  There had been many promises along the way that Laura would get a major story of her own.  Was this about to happen and it was kiboshed?

Now fans are upset and are putting it out there, that perhaps, Genie could become part of the story on DAYS which would reunite her with her former on-screen son Tyler Christopher (Ex-Nikolas, now Stefan, DAYS) and reprise her role of Diana Colville, or play someone new!

So, share your thoughts in the comment section below on this shocking turn of events that apparently has led to Genie Francis being off GH.

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  1. Dinah Anderson says:

    OMG I hate this #bestofthebest is Genie Francis

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    Jovin replied

    WTF does this show have against this woman?!?! Amidst a bunch of murderes and monsters, she is the calm in the storm, the heart and soul of the show! She is an Emmy winning legend who has proven that she can be just as popular in her 50′s and beyond the spectre of Luke and Laura. I hope the show receives SERIOUS backlash for this!! I think it’s high time for a new Executive Producer on this show. The writing is on fire, but at the end of the day, Valentini is and always has been out of touch with what the GH fans want. Fans say less newbies, he just keeps ‘em coming. Fans say they are sick of Sonny and Carly, he introduces them every chance he gets as the “leaders” and “stars” of the show and has them in every story. Fans love and adore Genie, and passionately want her in major story. Just as she gets it, he wants her to appear in 12 episodes per year. Laura and Kevin are one of the most popular couples on the show!! If fan revolt doesn’t change this brain dead decision, then I hope one of Genie’s former shows snaps her up! Cain could use his mother and Jack could use some lovin’ on Y and R. DAYS is pretty top heavy with expensive vets, and her Diana Colville character really had no ties to the show, but she could play the always absent Sandy Horton, or Melissa Horton, or a character of that nature. The show has too many villainesses (well just enough really lol) and it never works well when Genie is cast as evil. Her innate personality is too warm and engaging. As this story has just broken, it needs time to play out. Fan revolts can work!! Rebecca Herbst was fired and quickly rehired in 2011 after massive fan complaints! I can’t imagine fans doing any less for beloved Genie. BONEHEAD move by Frank Valentini!! It is said he took the writers by surprise even! It is clear these writers loved writing for Laura, and when an EP blindsides a writing team in such an abrupt and obvious way (to the point that it was jarring and unbelievable on screen), that is not good for a show! It was obviously a last minute decision made out of time crunch necessity, because there would be NO reason whatsoever that Laura would not have had Spencer flown home to Port Charles so he could recuperate around friends and family who loved him and she could have continued her campaign!! Not that she would ever exploit it, but it would also help her campaign to be shown as a caring compassionate family woman looking after her orphaned grandson!!

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    Rhonda replied

    Sing it, Jovin!!

    Mary replied

    I firmly believe the problem is that the man has only seen Genie Francis useful and necessary to show only so long as Tony Geary was present. Even when separated, Laura and Luke on the show still reminded long time fans of the glory days of the most watched romance in the history of the show. Tony left the show in 2015 and Frank Valentini had been waiting for the right time to remove Laura from the canvas. That is what Frank Valentini really is doing here.

    I’ll never forget the interview Genie gave April 2016 where she discussed the reason she left GH at the age of 19 and at the height of her fame.

    “”I was having trouble with drugs and alcohol. I ended up one night in the hospital. The very next day I was told, ‘I’m sorry, you’re going to have to come back to work tomorrow morning. So I got back to work and somebody came up to my door and knocked. It was an awful moment in which I was told, ‘You know what they said about you? They said it didn’t matter if you lived or you died because Tony was the whole show.’ ”

    What a horrible and cruel thing to have said to a 19 year old girl who had just gotten released from hospital. Although in hindsight, I should not have been surprised by that cruelty directed towards Genie. After all, the producers of GH allowed Luke to rape Laura without any legal consequences. Because the fans loved these two people as couple the producers turned Laura’s rape into a “seduction scene”. If I had been in Genie’s place I would never have returned to GH in 1993.

    I hope what Frank Valentini is doing to Genie causes a fan revolt the likes of which GH has never seen before. Then when GH begs Genie to come back she tells them exactly where to go and to stay there. I also hope that DAYS and Young and Restless are both working on a way to get her on their shows.

    Celia replied

    You said it, Jovin….this beautiful, sedate, sensible woman, who, at last, found the man of life in her mature years, is put to the curb. I love what she and Kevin represent….loyalty, love and respect.
    TPTB should rethink this and put other unsavory characters to rest.

    Jacquie Rivera replied

    I totally agree Genie Francis is a treasure and I want to see her on General Hospital as Laura her presence is what draws me in without her the show has no soul.

    Dee replied

    I agree wholeheartedly with Jovin & Mary , with one exception. I want to see Genie on GH since I don’t watch Y&R or Days. She is as much a star of GH as Laura Wright. She was about to prove it once again with the mayor s/l until TPTB shot her down. Maybe the competition would have been too much for Laura? Do the right thing for Genie or there may be another uproar as there was when you cancelled OLTL & AMC.

    Timmm replied

    The actor who plays Spencer is unavailable and lets face it, Carly and Sonny have way more story possibilities than Laura. Its just a fact. There is no Luke, No Lucky and no Nicholas. Not saying I love Sonny and Carly but the show is built around them and has been. Luke and Laura had their time, its over.

    Iakovos replied

    Well said!

    Judy Reher replied

    Join said it all…thank you !!!!!!

    Judy Reher replied

    Jovin said it all…thank you !!

    Patricia Jaruszewski replied

    ITA about a fan revolt for Genie (just as the one was done for Rebecca (Elizabeth). Someone responded to one of my comments below & we were both thinking this is in step with the “Times Up” movement. Genie & Laura (as well as Jon/Kevin) SHOULD NOT be sidelined due to their age or gender. Genie/Laura is a GH legend & many fans watch GH because of her & loved this mayoral debate story vs. Ned. Laura and Kevin were also becoming a fan favorite. Comment on ABC.COM – revolt!!! Call ABC/GH comment line ph # 323-671-4583. Voice your opinion! Tell them to bring Genie back!!!

    Buddy Lee Brown replied

    Jovin, We began mobilizing right the second Laura receives that phone call from France, for the second time since Frank Valentini has been E.P. We even have started a petition on change.org, making phone calls, texting with long time Friends (In My case) both in front of and behind the camera. Today, during the show there was a Twitter Firestorm, as they always ask Us to take to Tweeting during the show, well today they got their wish, lol… Thousands answered their call, using the hashtag #GenieIsGH… And if you notice, Michael Fairman definitely has receiving tons of comments with his article about Genie. He is pretty great I must say.
    Anyway, like I said, We started a petition demanding that Genie’s contract, which by the way was for 2019 and beyond, and that petition we original set a goal of 5000 signatures, since more people were furiously signing, this morning, We had to move it to 7500, and will probably have to move it to 10,000 by morning at this pace.

    So, We are fighting back, if so inclined, here is a list of contact information:

    to complain: 323-671-4583 is the comment line for the show.
    you can also call 818-460-7477 and press 464 to leave a message.
    Or, email abc.audience.relations@abc.com ;
    or write to Frank Valentini, Executive Producer:
    General Hospital
    c/o ABC-TV
    4151 Prospect Avenue
    Hollywood, CA 90027
    Also…..Watch ABC customer care
    800-230-0229
    NY ABC daytime feedback
    212-456-7777, ext #464
    ABC Media Relations
    212-456-7749
    ABC Daytime Rebecca Campbell
    818-460-6155
    TPTB need to know how outraged we are on this one!

    Thanks…

    Jovin replied

    I SO have to disagree with Timmmm! Tim, you say there are way more story possibilities for Sonny and Carly !?! How so?! Sonny’s storylines have been the SAME thing, rinse and repeat, for over 20 years! New mobster comes to town, there is lots of violence and bloodshed. Sonny and Jason ultimately neutralize / murder this threat, until the next one rolls into town. Repeat! ANd YAWN!!!! Laura is in the prime of her life. Newlywed. MArried to a shrink. Connected to all the core families. Mother. Grandmother. Mayor. Friend. Fierce protector. Heart and soul of the show. THOSE are story possibilities, as this is a soap opera, not Mob Wars!

    Steve replied

    How many other daytime stars had a Top 10 hit about their character?

    To Frank and TPTB at ABC:
    THINK OF LAURA
    (I know she’d want it that way)

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    dmr replied

    Steve, “Think of Laura” was classic General Hospital! Love it!

    Shay replied

    Whilst that beautiful Christopher Cross-penned hit was indeed used by GH as a “theme song” for Laura’s return “from the dead” storyline in the ‘80’s, the truth is it was actually written as a tribute to a “real-life Laura” who sadly died far-too-young. Her photos were sometimes featured on a background screen when Cross performed the song during his heyday….still vividly recall it! Very sad…(I believe she was an acquaintance of Cross via another more personal contact of his…in essence, an actual “friend of a friend!” Or so the musical story goes……)

    Buddy Lee Brown replied

    Another thing, when Gloria Monte was given a mandate to get the ratings up within 6 months or the show would be cancelled. When She learned that the daughter of the late Stage Actor, Ivor Francis, was one of Her Cast Members, she came up with an idea. She took Ivor and Genie to lunch to tell them she had a plan to save the show, that being using Genie front and center in adult storylines, to drawl in the young crowd. So, correct this because quite Frank-ly, if not for Genie Francis and Gloria Monte saving the show, later on Tony Geary, there would not even be a General Hospital still around to fire her from!!! #GenieIsGH and #GHisGenie!!!!

    Sal Piscioneri replied

    bad bad news, ratings on the way down and so is GH

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    Lou piikes replied

    I don’t recall Genie’s presence giving GHa ratings increase. Steve Burton on the other hand is good for the Neilsen’s. His presence is known on Social Media platforms.

    Patrick replied

    i’m in utter dismay -

    when this thread broke : shocked stumped and ANGRY

    plain out mad- Shelley and Frank AGAIN turn for the worse

    if they think the fab 4 are ALL that (Sonny / Carly / Jason / Sam ) they do not carry one iota of emotion

    effin piss off

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    Cindy Lee Wilde replied

    Genie was one of the hearts of the show, she made up for Luke not being there. She was playing a realistic role and always there during the storm to calm everything down. Why should we watch General Hospital anymore when you’re removing an icon. I hope you’re not planning to change General Hospital in situations to more of a lovey dovey soap in the afternoon which it’s not. I’m disgusted and I’ll probably never watch General Hospital again once Genie leaves thanks for all the years I watched it but you’re going to lose a lot of people if not every buddy and I guarantee it with my life. I take it it’s all about power and what we can do I would have thought personally it was about keeping an audience and a good show and one of the best now you can just take General Hospital off the air thank you for the years. By the way I just found out many years ago I was Anthony carries blood cousin meaning Luke and I’ve tried to contact him just to say hello I’m not the kind that we want anything because he’s a soap opera star so please give my Gmail to him and explain this to him. Right now I’m living in Utah I was raised Latter-Day Saint and I would certainly like to say hello to him. I’ve had back surgery in the past it seems to run in the family, my father is passed on, my mom Lori Wilde lives in Utah, and my sister Ted and Darcy Marshall live in Utah, and Lonnie Wilde. So please give that to Anthony and Jeannie I thank you for your years of service and I support you and I will never watch General Hospital again after you leave thank you nor will anybody I know

    Jovin replied

    Hi Patrick! This was CLEARLY not the writers! The writing was just as forced, sudden, awkward, nonsensical, and out of the blue as the decision itself. This writing team was positioning Laura as a major player and force to be reckoned with. They loved writing for her!

    Barbara replied

    Why are they doing this? Laura is a big part of GH. Bring her back.

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    Timmm replied

    In 1980!

    Barbara replied

    The Luke and Laura wedding will always be the biggest part of GH

    Sweetthang66 replied

    Why Laura! Bring her back!

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    K/kay replied

    Patrick I think the writers were blindsided by Frank I have no idea why he did this but he did and she will prevail strong lady ! Would yoreallt want her back if she feels she is not wanted? Heck dye her hair and Brad bring her back as Taylor might help the show ???

    Sharon replied

    Laura is the best actor on this show , bad decision gh , you finally got her with the right guy and you blow it, very disappointed

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    Joann Heim replied

    Genie Francis is a cornerstone figure on GH.It is a slap in the face to ask her to be recurring.She is a huge draw in viewership. The producers must be insane or on drugs.Shame on them.How horribly dissapointing.

    Barbara replied

    Genie is my favorite on the show! Big mistake

    Sherry replied

    Huge mistake GH. You may lose fans over canceling Genies contract. Why would you lead us down this new episode with marriage and running for Mayor to just yank it out from under the viewers? Stupid!

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    Max Daddee replied

    This is absurd. I, and I’m sure many loyal fans, had really been enjoying seeing Genie in the forefront. It seemed GH was starting to have some quality store lines again with her involvement in Charles Street and the mayoral campaign. This news is pitiful. Perhaps if Laura were one to wield a gun or act like a hand grenade rolling around ready to go off (like Nell or Carla or Eva), the writers could just recycle some violent/looney old storylines.

    Very pitiful and ridiculous news. I’ve had it with the lack of stability for this show. There’s no good reason for it, besides poor leadership with those who determine the direction of the show. It wasn’t like this in the good old days. Completely idiotic, ignorant and absurd decision. I’ll leave it at that.

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  2. John says:

    Its a shameful travesty and I have just ended my 40 year run as a viewer of GH ! Genie Francis is and always has been the heart of the show !! I’m done !!!

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    nancy dillingham replied

    A travesty, yes! So wrong! So long! So gone!
    How shabbily Genie has been treated–not just this awful time–but many times over her career at GH. She was used to “save” GH by director Gloria Monty; now no one is “saving” Genie from this ignominious fate. I feel so very, very sad for Genie and for all of other fans. How can anyone be so unfeeling?
    I say Genie is the victim of age and sexual discrimination. Who do TPTB think watches GH? And why? The answer: Long-time devoted–and, yes, “mature” viewers such as I. I feel sick. Though I know it would make me even sicker, I would to see the records from the late 70s and the early 80s–and on into the 90s and into 2000 and compare the salaries of Tony Geary and Genie–along with the perks. #metoo, Genie! I know Genie is devastated that anyone would dare ask her to appear just a dozen times a year on a show she was handpicked by GM to save from being cancelled. So very cruel, unfeeling, and unconscionable. Genie, please know that we feel your pain, dejection, and righteous anger. We’ll see you again, I know. You’re strong and can come back from this horrible, horrible injustice. You are the heart and soul of GH–and your love story with Kevin gave us all such a warm feeling and so much hope in these acrimonious times. And you were a bright spot in such an amoral show that GH has become with Ava and Julian, and, yes, the amorality of the character of Sonny. When the Mob became the star of GH, we all lost. But when you came back and they gave you a scrap of a story, we had hope. That hope has now been lost. Calmer waters ahead, Genie! You will “sail” into our arms and hearts in another show or another sweet recording. You will be vindicated. And you will rise! Stay strong and know we will never forget the unbridled spirit of Laura, the character your created and nourished and stayed true to in all the turbulence.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Another thought! Genie has always talked about wanting to do comedy. I challenge some good writer out there to create a comedy for Genie. Women are marching in the millions (just yesterday!) for women to speak out. There is a great audience and hunger for great actors like Genie. Maybe Roseanne can invite her back! :) :)

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    Dee replied

    I would love to see her in some Hallmark Movies. It’s becoming very popular with some past & present soap stars like Ryan Peavy, Jack Wagner., Cameron Mathison, Kristina Wagner & others.

    Timmm replied

    She can be in a remake of “Golden Girls!”

    MB replied

    I’m pretty much done after 35 years too. I was starting to tune out already because the Jason return has turned out awful. It’s all about this Killy nonsense.

    But now with Genie, we see Frank at work, nothing has changed. His priority will always be his pets and Vets will be used randomly to prop the show when his pets send the ratings plunging and then when they get a boost like now with Burton, and Frank is safe for a while, he reverts to screwing GH Vets and focusing on his pets.
    Just watch Howarth take center stage now as Franco’s childhood abuse is showcased as we watch the 100th attempt to make him relevant on GH. Then watch the ratings plunge as they always do when Howarth is front and center, then a Vet will be brought back to raise the ratings, and then Frank reverts again.

    If the plan was for Genie to do a dozen episodes a year then she wasn’t running or going to be Mayor anyway, so I don’t see how the writers had to really make quick script changes, she was going to be out of the Mayor’s race anyway. Now I guess Jon Lindstrom will be gone as well, so Frank got a twofer.

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    Harry replied

    Right, John. I sensed something ominous when out of the blue Laura dropped out of the mayor’s race because Spencer broke both legs while skiing.
    My sense of forbearance was intensified when I realized Alexis had just offered Laura her legal services for her campaign on the heels of her turning her ex husband and good friend Ned down for the same services. Now, where shall Alexis turn next now that Laura is out as mayor? Could it be that wife abusing murderer Julian will run for mayor thereby adding insult to injury to this injustice? They better not go there! Could it be Laura was sacrificed to GH’s great redemption gods?
    And speaking of Julian, I resent like hell that he removed his black hat and tossed it to Ned. There’s Julian, acting like a self righteous Dudley Do Right, engaging in supreme moral posturing while lecturing Ned about what it means to be a good, upstanding Port Charles citizen. Suddenly, Ned, who has always treated women with kindness and respect (including Alexis) being lectured by slimy, insidious Julian. I am tired of Character Redemption 101 transpiring all of the time on General Hospital. I especially find it galling when that redemption is predicated on propping up the redemption candidate by vilifying a beloved veteran character like Ned. Moreover, I find it especially maddening that said redemption depends on giving other beloved vets less air time and reducing their contract to “reoccurring status.”

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Harry, you said it! And very well indeed. I agree–tired of Character Redemption 101!

    Celia replied

    My gosh, Harry….you called it !! This means that she must have found out recently, otherwise “they” would not have made her go through the mayotal ‘race’, in the first place. Wow!!!! Can “they” do that? Was she blindsided? Awful…I love Genie Francis. Maybe she’ll make a Y&R comeback….that would be grand…..

    Shay replied

    @CeeCee….No sooner than I posted the appalling prospect that Alexis would be the one to run for the office of Port Charles mayor, I received your supposition of the same. (Oh, dear Lord, perish that thought!!!!!) Well. great minds do think alike, mia amica!

    Patrick replied

    i’m going to cry reading this stuff.

    travesty shame pitiful where are their minds

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    Timmm replied

    John, she was barely on the show. Go ahead, walk away, its your loss.

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    Steve replied

    She had more of a presence in the scenes she was in than many 3x a week actresses.

    As for your Golden Girls comment, Genie is 4-5 years younger than Finola Hughes and Nancy Grahn. Are you suggesting they be “put out to pasture” too?

    Shay replied

    Certainly not the lovely and gracious Finola!!!! On the other hand….

    Jovin replied

    Lol @ Shay!!!! Not so veiled Nancy / Alexis dislike? Do tell!!!

    Shay replied

    @Jovin…Well, if the cowbell fits…..Ding, ding, ding!!!!!

  3. Iakovos says:

    Am discharging myself out of GH. I always enjoyed Miss Francis and the Laura character. Both provided a sense of humanity to a daytime drama that has become to reliant on mob violence, an unreal regard for mental illness and consequences for actions, and science fiction. It is a show filled with great talents and rich histories and awesome possibilities built on a solid foundation of a community center, the hospital. What a disappointment.

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    Patrick replied

    it’s disheartening what a disappointment this show may be going

    Laura and Spencer w/Kevin. you dream of stuff like this

    WHAT ? in Gods name have they gone and done? shellacked bombs away

    woah

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    Bev replied

    I’m just sick about this. Heartbreaking. I love Laura and Kevin. Stupid stupid decision.

  4. Ric says:

    Stupid decision by the show. PLEASE go back to DAYS Genie!

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    Rebecca Mandia replied

    Yes,I like that idea

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    Patrick replied

    I would readily LOVE to see Y&R give Genevieve another go round with that hot aussie – what’s his name

    that stud

    you know him – Robert, Tristan, Colin

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    Celia replied

    Hey, that’s what I just said…LOL… well, Patrick you said it before me.
    Imagine Genevieve in a triangle, trying to get Colin back……what will Jill do?

  5. Betsy says:

    Stupid decisions from tptb are what are ruining GH! The only story I actually was enjoying was the mayoral story and Laura/Kevin! They need to get Genie back asap!!!

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    Buddy Lee Brown replied

    Betsy, eyes on your own paper, lol… I have loved the pairing of Laura and Kevin, I remember that first night they spent together at the MetroCourt, and were playing PacMan, and Genie was laughing and having so much fun. And Kevin says, I still cannot believe that you have never heard of or played PacMan, what were you doing in 1980-82??? And that nod to history with Laura’s reply, well I was rather busy during that time… That was “PURE GOLD” right there, and I laughed out loud that I actually could NOT stop laughing, everytime I thought about it, actually had tears rolling, from laughing so hard.

    I have LONG said, that OUR ANGEL aka Genie is that rare Actor who can say more with their eyes or facial expressions, than MOST Actors are able to say with a 100 page script…

    #GenieIsGH

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    Carrie replied

    You said it well, Buddy.

  6. Erin Thomas says:

    WTF GH?

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    Carrie replied

    Exactly, Erin. I wouldn’t blame Genie if she never returned to GH. Forty years of their wishy washy s**t where Genie is concerned. Enough is enough. Maybe a competing show will pick her up and give her a kick ass opportunity. And if GH ratings take a hit from this, oh well, they have themselves to thank.

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    Llanviewer717 replied

    You said it Carrie. TPTB at the alphabet network have never treated Ms. Francis with the respect she has earned and so richly deserves. Supposedly, the years of “wishy-washy s**t” she has endured were related to Geary’s ego. Now he’s gone and they are still yanking her around.

    Unfortunately there is no place else to go. Y&R wasted her when she was there. I’ve heard she was unhappy at Days. B&B is the same company at Y&R and I doubt they’d give her anything meaningful to do.

    I wouldn’t blame Genie if she went home and stayed there. That would be a terrible waste of her talent; but, I would certainly understand. You can only be jerked around for so long.

    Marti replied

    I agree, Erin. Also agree with Carrie. I’m done with GH, I hope they do take a ratings hit. Then maybe all the game playing will cease. One can hope!!

    Patrick replied

    the total disrespect – Shelley and Frank just shit on this genre. they STINK bad

    I’ve always shared how I thought the salaries of Michael Easton and even Roger Howarth could be better served …..

    and they totally served up a huge let

    this isn’t going to go away – this has severed GH

  7. Sharon Pilsner says:

    This is terrible news, why on earth did they do that to Genie. We love her, she’s the Queen of day time. I was so looking forward to seeing her as Mayor and enjoying her story. Now there’s no chance of that. And if the article is correct, holy cow, only have her on a dozen times a year. God Forbid! I feel betrayed by this, as a long time viewer, seeing the Vets on our show is a warm fuzzy feeling, it connects us with past shows, it shows a continuation of great viewing. When someone with her qualifications is on screen, you have a great show. This is so sad, and so wrong.

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    Renee replied

    I totally agree with you

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    carole hudson replied

    What a HUGE mistake …… HUGE. !!

    Linda replied

    agree with you — too bad

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    Patrick replied

    betrayed; at a loss ; clear DIVIDE

    how could any thing the fab4 do to circumnavigate … they are not good actors

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  8. K/kay says:

    I said all I was going to say what does abc have against her?? I have met this woman twice a sweet human being when they are in the middle of a shit storm in Hollywood you idiots pull this, she was not happy at Days maybe time to just forget it move on! Love ya Genie prayers are with you!

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    4ever DAYS replied

    At that time Genie wasn’t happy with DAYS, but time heals all wounds.

    The way I understood that situation all those years ago is Genie was upset that there didn’t seem to be a plan for her character, but the truth is she was being used a lot in good story…Now, fast forward to GH and it’s failure to use her and deciding to bump her…a far cry from what DAYS did.

    Genie, DAYS and it’s fans appreciated you. And you have many fans who would gladly have you back in Salem. You’re an actor who should be acting and hopefully your acting DAYS aren’t behind you!

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    4ever DAYS replied

    *far worse than what DAYS did!

    K/kay replied

    Thanks I agree you are right but not sure Ron is a fan??? But as my best friend said they have not been using her in story for a long time I will always appreciate and admire what she did for the genre and wish her always the best she has a loving family and is that not what comes first?

    Viola Wahnon replied

    i watched General Hospital and DAYS since 1966 but stopped watching GH when Luke and Laura left the show the first time. Laura was the building block of GH. I’m still watching DAYS. Genie please come over to DAYS.

    Celia replied

    YEEEES, 4ever!!!!

    Patrick replied

    “… they are in the middle of a shit storm ”

    “RIGHT ON”

    “Shelley and Frank ” are you their

    they truly do think they’ve laid the golden goose… to think that Carly / Sonny / Jason / Sam are going to keep them.

    this sucks

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    Steve replied

    Patrick
    Shelly is not to blame here. She was caught off guard — as witnessed by Laura’s abrupt withdrawal from the mayoral race.

    Lot’s of other criticisms can be directed at Shelly, but this one is all on Frank!

  9. rebecca1 says:

    I think it’s a horrible decision but in all honesty I wasn’t happy with how they utilized her talent/character for the longest time.

    First, they barely had her react to Nicolas’ death.

    She was given a letter with clues but it dragged on so long and sporadically that I don’t even remember what was in it and if whatever it was was solved!

    They then just had her be momma bear/grandma to Lulu/Spencer.

    Her onscreen time with Kevin was minimal.

    They dressed her like Whistler’s Mother.

    She FINALLY gets married, she runs for mayor and then she’s run out of town by Frank?

    They gave her such little story that I didn’t even know she was ON contract! And her story wasn’t compelling…just “homey.” Comfy. I thought they were finally going to expand her role and make her more vital to the scene; perhaps as Mayor interact with Jordan, Curtis, Anna, Dante…go against the developer, stand with Alexis on issues

    What happens to Kevin? Love his character! Is he gone, too? Thought he’d do the psych thing now that Andre is gone…

    Another character brought back only to be discarded….

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    K/kay replied

    Well Rebecca they kicked the Queen out of the castle and no I am not going to start blaming other actors it’s show biz she and Tony still have the honor of the highest grossing episode their wedding just still can’t figure this out but like I said prayers to Genie !

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    rebecca1 replied

    agree, k/kay. seem like with Luke, Lucky and Nic gone; now Spencer they just didn’t widen her circle.

    If I’m correct Wally Kurth (Ned) isn’t on contract either. But, thankfully, we’ve been seeing a lot of him. Love the character and the actor.

    JMER replied

    I hear you but I’m not surprised. GH has been going this way for quite some time and I never believed she’d have a real story this time around because the rest of what’s going on is so anti-Classic GH story and vets.

    I give it up to Genie for not taking on the 12-ep recurring status and telling them to GTH. LOL Cheers to her!

    I kind of wish the other Classic women vets, the few there are, would do the same in protest of Genie’s treatment but I don’t judge them if they decide not to do so. Who knows what’s the best move in the long run. It wouldn’t even be a big deal if ALL three of the other DT serials didn’t take their Classic vets seriously and give them front burner airtime. GH is the ONLY one. The standards overall are higher everywhere else and we’re headed into a new era of equality for women so ABC/Disney had better get with it fast if they wanna survive.

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    rebecca1 replied

    Hi JMER…

    I don’t necessarily think it’s about equality for women. I think it’s actually more of a “relevance” issue. They haven’t made Laura relevant in a long time. Yes, she’s a vet and played an important part of GH history. The Luke & Laura era was all the rage as we know. But as a standalone character she just hasn’t had much to do and her story isn’t the most compelling, for me, at least…and hasn’t been.

    On the other side of the coin, she’s been a mother figure for a while now. To Lulu, obviously, but also to Elizabeth. When you throw Lucky and Nic into the mix she was the “heart” for many of the characters and we, the viewers. But, Lucky and Nic are gone, Spencer is off til his next short return and there doesn’t seem to be much story for her even with Lulu and Dante. So I THOUGHT that now that she was married and running for mayor they’d finally figured out what to do with the character. Apparently, they’re going with a different “mayor” and I guess they thought that was the more interesting way to go “story-wise.”

    I guess we’ll see. As usual, if there’s enough fan outcry, perhaps a petition, maybe they’ll rethink their decision.

    They’ve put quite a few on recurring instead of contract… by character: Ned, Spinelli, Mac, Felicia, Lucy, Bobby, Dillon… so it seems it’s an equal opportunity budget necessity!

    As for the other female vets protesting with their jobs….that’s way too risky. It’s their livelihood and there’s only four soaps.

    It’s a shame. I miss the Laura of yore. Her warmth emanated off the screen.

    Harry replied

    Rebecca, you may have missed the episode in which Laura gave a from- the-gut, heart rendering performance provoked by the death of her son Nikolas.
    It was hard to watch without tears brimming in your eyes and certainly on par, if not better, than Ava’s self-pitying, over-the-top naval gazing scenes which dominated an entire episode last week.
    I don’t mean to blame this on Maura West as this is not her fault. However, it’s hard not to see the law of cause and effect in operation here. Ava, a fairly new character for whom most have not made an emotional investment, gets an entire episode dedicated to her while Laura suddenly quits the mayor’s race.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Amen and amen!

    rebecca1 replied

    Hey, Har..

    No. I don’t remember that. Maybe I did miss it…but, either way, for me, Laura seemed to have moved on too quickly. Compare her reaction to Sonny and Carly’s losing Morgan. Now, granted, it doesn’t make for compelling viewing to watch people grieve for weeks on end, but at least it was realistic. I can’t imagine getting over the death of a child in the amount of time Laura did. And, let me clarify. I don’t think anyone EVER gets over loss, but I mean Laura didn’t seem grief-stricken too long. Compare also Anna losing Duke. On the other hand, Monica, too, has never been shown in the throes of grief. The whole Q family disappointed me when AJ was killed. Regardless of the discord in the family, I still felt deep down they truly loved each other. And, yet, his death was barely a blip.

    I get that you and some others didn’t feel Ava deserved that much air time. I don’t look at it that way. We all have certain characters that we love and others we can’t stand. So, it falls to reason that if you’re not an Ava fan than you (and others) would feel it’s a waste of airtime and budget.

    I think, though, that the writers are looking at it differently than us in the sense that they’re dealing with the whole picture and we’re dealing with our feelings. They’re dealing with budget and we’re dealing with likes and dislikes. They’re looking to the future and trying to lure younger audiences..we, who are long-time fans have loyalty to characters that we grew up with…

    So I guess since Laura had been off the canvas for a while, most of the Spencer clan is gone, the Luke and Laura that garnered such high ratings is now in the archives of soap history…they just don’t see the character as a huge draw. I don’t know…maybe they look at their demographics, at how many love the character as opposed to those like Suooo who isn’t familiar with her and not attached to the character and go from there.

    If I could I’d bring back a lot of them full time…Scott, Lucy, Bobby, Frisco, Robert, Felicia, Mac…and, of course, Laura. And now, Kevin. Are we to lose him, too?

    Believe me, there will be phone calls and petitions and if enough people complain…well…I guess we’ll see what the budget allows. I know you and plenty of other viewers have a list of characters they’d like to see cut… I don’t. Honestly…I’d miss any of them. I HATE Carly which is no secret, but yet I’d rather see them soften her and wipe the smug outta her then get rid of her. I love Franco, Nina, Alexis, etc. So, I don’t know where I’d cut to make room. I’d almost rather them go thirty minutes like B&B to include more vets…

    Celia replied

    As much as I love Ava, I must agree with you here, Harry…..makes no sense!!

    Jamesj75 replied

    Harry, Buddy, Thanks for your reply below in this thread. The Planet of the Apes’ reference: Priceless! And I believe what you’re saying here is that Genie always gave an amazing performance (as in the episode you mention), yet this is how they treat her…

    Just a look at this particular thread — and all the complaints therein — is evidence of how the fans feel about this outrageous decision by GH. Unless they reverse course, they WILL pay a price for this…

    Jamesj75 replied

    You’re absolutely right, Rebecca! You have expertly highlighted the current state of affairs with the character of Laura.

    History has shown continual shabby treatment of Genie Francis by the GH brass. This is simply the latest slap in the face in a long line of idiotic decisions. Further, GH has a history of poor treatment (or firings) of veterans.

    Bottom line for me: GH has been exceedingly lucky to have Francis. That she has been willing to grace their mob-centric stage with her stellar acting, class, and beauty is far more than this show has ever deserved… What GH truly deserves, based on this and other inane decisions, is to have the viewers leave in droves and get cancelled!

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    rebecca1 replied

    Hi James…thank you.

    Oh, I agree with much of what you said and IF my post to Harry appears, I explain further what I think. (LOL, we never know, after writing a soliloquy, if it ever sees the light of day!)

    But I’m still not hoping for cancellation. It would be nice if there was some way to show the powers-that-be our anger at this latest cut (I’m still pissed about AJ and Mac and not having Ned full time…) without shooting ourselves in the foot and losing the show altogether.

    Maybe fans should stop going to those fan events. They charge A LOT of money to attend those. I know a lot of fans look forward to going (never been and wouldn’t…free? maybe ;) ) but I’m not sure if ABC gets the money or if it all goes to the actors…

    nancy dillingham replied

    All those things you cite about not being happy about how they used Genie–I concur. They haven’t used Genie very much–though she had a contract for 3 years. We saw her on the average about once a week. “Discarded” is an apt word. Thrown away like a tissue.

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    rebecca1 replied

    Thanks, Nancy.

    I didn’t even realize Genie had a 3-year contract. Perhaps MF mentioned it in his post and I didn’t see it but are they breaking the contract (didn’t they break Rebecca B’s?) or just not renewing.

    “Thrown away like a tissue..” LOL. Yep.

    Patrick replied

    it all boils down to couples who are gelling

    they may not have – even good story – yet look @Mac and Felicia.. JUST LOVE THEM to bits

    and when they do show.. Laura and Kevin… heck… it’s like all is right with the world. IT IS

    you dream about love… we get to see two

    chemistry me out. woah… you don’t mess with two complete

    ps: the one thing I was so upset about.. is watching Laura get ballistic about Lulu and Charlotte. w/Valentin.

    I agree with you (not utilizing a characters worth) which could be said about all the cast outside of the fab 4… AND its back to Shelley and Frank. NOT GOOD WRITING

    get it

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    rebecca1 replied

    Hey, Patrick…

    I’d love more Mac. (Doesn’t “Felicia” look gorgeous? The woman doesn’t age!!!)

    But, Mac doesn’t seem his old self. LOL…I’m smiling as I write this. As if we know his “old self.’ But what I mean is even the few times he’s been on it’s been kinda goofy…I liked Mac the dad to Robin, Georgie, Maxi, Mac the husband and Mac the very competent head-on-his shoulders capable man who ran the dept and was the giver of good advice.

    Talk about discarded! He barely had time to turn in his badge before he was tossed out the GH doors!

    rose replied

    As K/kay said…”right in the middle of a sh*t storm in Hollywood.” And then there were this weekends marches. I was also upset when they gave Jessica Tuck/Cassandra, an actress I really like, a terrible character to portray, and then got rid of her as well. But they never seem to get rid of any of the other bad dudes in Port Charles…like Sonny.

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    rebecca1 replied

    I think Cassandra will be back; she’s got good villainess potential!

    Jamesj75 replied

    Hello Rebecca! I got a kick out of your “writing a soliloquy” line. :) I certainly enjoy them, and I’ve written my fair share of them. But to be brief today, I am stating that cancellation is what GH deserves (unless they change course), not necessarily what I wish will happen.

    Buddy Lee Brown has (below) admiringly provided invaluable contact information for GH/ABC. As fans unhappy with this decision, we should be making the calls, sending the e-mails, and being squeaky wheels!

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    rebecca1 replied

    Haha…thanks, Jamesj! To be or not to be… ;)

  10. connie Burt says:

    Come on; they bring back Faison maybe for a while and send Laura (Genie Francis) off to be with her grandson shortly after she plans to run for mayor and gets married. I don’t think so. I love Maura West as an actress, but her story-line is getting a little out there. Please keep Genie Francis on. She’s true General Hospital royalty. So sad. I truly don’t know if I’ll continue watching.

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    Shay replied

    Absolutely, Connie Burt!!! Laura is the heart and soul of GH and she was finally just getting re-established as her own person in Port Charles after having to cower in the shadow of Luke for decades in order to placate Anthony Geary’s wishes and now the showrunners are once again sending her off-canvas for more cold storage in the always convenient Europe? For shame, for shame! Why is it this iconic player cannot get the respect and substantial storyline she has both earned and deserved on this soap when we are constantly subjected to the unnecessary ad nauseam antics of such similarly-aged femmes as the obnoxious Alexis, annoying Nina and trashy Ava….all of whom cannot hold a candle to this beloved and well-regarded legacy character??? It truly does boggle the mind….

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    Harry replied

    Thank you Connie and Shay.
    And here’s the rub–I think that wife abusing murderer Julian is going to run for mayor.
    They better not go there. It just feels like Laura has been sacrificed for that hideous Jerome family.

    K/kay replied

    Hey wis that sweet woman lots of love and let’s wish her the best she should write her memoirs I am sure she would have a lot to say!

    jaybird369 replied

    Shay…Y-E-S…THANK YOU!!!!! To me, Genie’s character of Laura has ALWAYS BEEN THE BEST female character on the show!!!!! Oh…and Shay…you are SO RIGHT ON about Alexis, Ava and Nina…to me, those 3 AIRHEADS are nothing but UNWATCHABLE AND EVEN MORE STOMACH-CHURNING TV…BEYOND BLECH!!!!!!!!!! Bottom Line Here: Genie Francis deserves WAY BETTER than this…WAY BETER!!!!!!!!!!

    Have a good one, Shay.

    jaybird369 replied

    Quick correction: BETTER and not BETER. My bad.

    Later.

    nancy dillingham replied

    You said it, Shay!

    Patrick replied

    “….all of whom cannot hold a candle to this beloved and well-regarded legacy character??? ”

    OK – the dams breaking

    I mean really.. of course their has to be a hierarchy.. where stuff is left alone

    should be written for – “…ad nauseam antics of such similarly-aged femmes as the obnoxious Alexis, annoying Nina and trashy Ava ”

    CARLY – she’s such a waste of time… she generates no warmth… she’s immature she’s FAKE

    I like using the word beacon… Genie Francis IS. having known.. this.. did they bring back Leslie Webber for what ? a show of good faith ? to slap her down? to shit on the audience ? she had Kevin and Spencer… just ready made

    how dare you

    Celia replied

    LOL, Shay…you’re the best with pinning the right names on characters…
    ….but, my I find humor in what Harry said, below. Julian for Mayor? How about Alexis? LOL….live happily ever after in the mayoral mansion…frolicking like kids ( barf) to their hearts content. Ha!!

    Shay replied

    @Harry……Worse yet, Laura has been sacrificed for that hideous Alexis…

  11. Lew S says:

    Was this done to pay for SB? Her storyline with Kevin is a breath of fresh air. They prove that over the age of 30/40, mature adults can be sexy, in love and vital! I am growing a little tired of the Jason/Drew storyline and GH dropped the ball on this decision. Take a page from DOOL, which is on fire right now, thanks to Ron Carlivati. He believes in utilizing the veteran actors/characters.

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    Rebecca1 replied

    Thank you for your thoughts on age and sexuality! There’s a bit of ageism on this site regarding that and it’s nice to hear someone besides me voice that!

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    nancy dillingham replied

    :)

    Nikki replied

    Yeah, the timing is suspect. Maurice Benard just re-inked a deal, too. Need we remind GH that these are precarious times and I hope they didn’t lowball her to accommodate the male co-stars, one of which was gone for 5 years. They dropped Rebecca Budig as well when Steve Burton came back. No doubt, Sarah Joy Brown’s allegations about pay inequality are true. Very sad, indeed.

    Anyway, back to Genie; this is a missed opportunity for sure. I was only interested in the Charles Street story because of Laura’s involvement and her ability to tap into the rich GH history. They might as well scrap it now. This is so disappointing that TPTB keep treating Genie so horribly. This isn’t the first time they’ve not followed through on creating a front burner story and offering a contract worthy of her. They probably burned the last bridge with Genie. Fool me once, et al. At least Laura didn’t go catatonic.

    It is also unfortunate that while GH tries to address relevant topics such as same sex relationships, gender fluidity, transgender, and bullying (Lucas/Brad, Kristina/Parker, Joss’ friend) they only do so for a limited time with characters that see little airtime and are quickly sent off the canvas. No wonder this was the only soap not nominated for a GLAAD award. I applaud the efforts, but do better!

    I love, Love, Love GH and appreciate the talents of cast, crew, and writers. This is meant to be constructive criticism to the executives who are making financial decisions that sacrifice what fans want and what loyal cast members deserve. GH is better than this!

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    luisa replied

    I agreed 100%

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    Jovin replied

    Come on now Lew! Ron may be writing for vets at DAYS now, but we can hardly say he did that at GH! He destroyed Luke and Laura, he decimated the Quartermaines even further than they had been, he sidelined most of the vets to feature his creations. His GH was an unrecognizable mess!! Under Frank, he seemingly had carte Blanche to do whatever it wanted, and it left GH a broken hollow shell of a show that took 2 years to get back on track! I agree that DAYS is really good right now, and of course Ron gets some credit for that! However, I think Ken Corday and Sheri Anderson (who wrote for the show during the GLORY DAYS) are the ones keeping Ron on a tight leash and reigned in! I think Ken said THIS IS OUR CAST….LISTEN TO SHERI A OUT THEIR PAST…AND WRITE FOR THEM. This show has proven definitively that when you write story for the vets and people the audience knows and loves, the results can be spectacular and spine tingling! It has been a LOOOONNNNGGG time since a soap moved me to tears, but DAYS (of all shows) has accomplished that a few times during the course of the past few months! Theo’s shooting was masterfully plotted um fella story roping in the entire cast, which Ron has proven he is masterful at. The intense emotion along with playing the small character moments are much less his strong suit! So I am saying hats off to Ron AND Sheri, whom I don’t feel is getting enough credit for her contributions in this resurgence!!

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    Lew S replied

    I wasn’t a fan of Ron’s, when he became the head writer for OLTL, but while a GH, his writing style grew on me. The guy is creative and knows how to spin an interesting tale. DAYS is benefiting from that. Even the actors seem to be enjoying the stories they are telling. Genie Francis is a good actress and as she has done in the past, will find work elsewhere.

    Steve replied

    I am not normally a defender of Ron, but Luke and Laura were over a long time before he was head writer. Tony Geary was had no desire to play that story anymore.

    Shay replied

    @Lew S….Before we speculate that this decision was based upon the need to fund Steve Burton’s return, it should be noted that it’s also been reported that the actress who portrays Jordan was just renewed as a contract player, which begs the question why was this considered a necessity over retaining Genie’s iconic Laura? We are speaking of a character who is so unremarkable that she hasn’t exactly set Port Charles on fire as their police chief…she could have. Easily been replaced by Anna! I certainly cannot understand why such a superfluous player was given precedence over one like Laura, who most certainly must have a much larger, not to mention, more loyal, fanbase! It’s repeatedly insulting behavior like this from the showrunners that loses viewers….and just when it appeared that GH was rounding a corner toward retaining its more traditionally appealing aspects once again! As for the notion of including storylines of mature adults in love, I don’t know why anyone would object to that….it’s not the subject matter that is up for debate, but the manner in which it is presented. Showing like-aged over-50 couples in appropriate love stories of mutual respect and admiration—— as was Kevin and Laura’s ——is a truly beautiful thing, however, imbuing a nearly 60-year old woman with all the common sense and giddy hormonal surges of a schoolgirl lusting after an erstwhile boytoy is another situation altogether!

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    Patricia Jaruszewski replied

    Well said Shay. ITA. Perfectly on point.

    Patrick replied

    I hope that we also are not seeing less of Kevin.

    I’ve made it quite known… Jon Lindstrom portraits sex’y

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    tori replied

    Your so right, Jon is extremely sexy! :)

    Celia replied

    Yes, they can Lew S…..I think we spoke of this before, my friend…..life begins at 40. With decorum.
    I loved the purity of Laura’s and Kevin’s love scenes.

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    Shay replied

    @CeeCee….And both Genie and her Laura have decorum in spades! Just as an aside, mia amica, this talented actress is also a gifted painter and avid, top notch knitter! (I know you will especially appreciate that latter one…) Her projects are often featured on her Twitter page…just bought more yarn!!!!

    Timmm replied

    It has NOTHING to do with Steve Burton and NOTHING to do with her age, there were no more stories to be told. Countless writers have tried, its over!

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    Shay replied

    At least she was spared the indignity her daughter nearly suffered at the hands of Peter,,, I mean Heinrich!……..Being sent to a cat show! (I thought of you when this was mentioned, Timmmbo…MEOW!)

  12. Cathy says:

    I think this really glosses over the inequality in daytime. Just a week ago Sarah Joy Brown tweeted that she was paid half what both her male costars, MO and Sbu were paid, even after she won 3 emmys. I believe there is no better example of the systemic sexism in daytime tv than the way Genie has been treated her entire career. Compare it to the treatment Tony got, and it’s a no brainer.

    This is unacceptable.

    #TimesUp ABC

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    JMER replied

    Well said except is it just Disney/ABC or the other two networks as well?

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    Patrick replied

    clap

    standing ovation

    the systemic sexism indeed

    I truly love stating… it’s a good laugh and joke what I witness with : Sonny and Jason

    REAL-ly

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    Timmm replied

    Geary is a male and made more BUT he had leading role, front burner stories that were connected to other stories. Genie did not!

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Genie IS a “golden girl”! :)

    nancy dillingham replied

    And Genie ALWAYS had a leading role (BEFORE Geary, for heaven’s sake!), front-burner stories that were ALWAYS connected to other stories because the writers integrated all characters in the stories. Have you seen any of the 70s and 80s scenes with Genie on Youtube? Genie was brought on expressly by producer Gloria Monte to “save” GH from cancellation–and she wrote storylines to feature her. Genie was all of 17, carrying the show on her back.

    Buddy Lee Brown replied

    Nancy Dillingham, EXACTLY!!! Before Luke came along, Genie was like 14-15 posing in the basement for Lesley and then hubby Cam Faulkner’s “friend” and when he began telling her that she was only a stupid foolish child, when she picked up the paperweight and hit him in the head, killing him… With Lesley taking the blame and going to jail… IT WAS Genie taking over the role of Laura and Gloria Monte taking Ivor Francis and Genie out to lunch to tell them what she wanted to do with Laura, to save the show from cancellation, by bringing in the younger audience… And it worked, “BIG TIME!!!” I remember in Jr. High aka Middle school, everyone would be talking about what happened the day before with Laura, every single day for about the first 10-15 minutes of My hour long “Creative Writing” class… THAT is what saved the show!!! Also, We lived in Ohio at the time, when the show came on at 3pm EASTERN time, and My Sister and I lived across the track field from school, and would run home to watch #GH to see what was going on with Laura every single day… School let out at like 2:50pm, and before We did anything like eat or go outside to play, whatever, #GH and Genie’s Laura came first… #GENIEISGH!!!

    Buddy Lee Brown replied

    Sorry, I forgot to finish, David Hamilton was the one that at that time, Laura Faulkner killed, lol….

  13. su0000 says:

    I haven’t watched GH for 50-40-30-20 years and Laura has been little or nothing to me with the exception that she was always a boring character.

    ohh I have just been informed that Geni has not been exclusive with GH..
    She has spent many years with other soaps. And- if one were to add her years with GH in comparison to her total years with other soaps that GH would come in last.

    Anyways.. to the fans of Laura sorry you’re losing her.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    su0000, you have your “facts” so wrong! It is apparent that you haven’t watch GH or Genie.

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    K/kay replied

    Gh years before your time was about to be cancelled they brought this 14 year old kid along with Kin Shriner made a teenage romance and the ratings went up so respect is all any of ask for her without her all these people from different soaps would not have south jobs might say to them they might want to think the Queen but yes I for one am done with the show wish no Ill will to them but Frank my darling Karma has a way of kicking us back. I think most people are upset at the lack of respect he showed her that is the problem especially concerning the current climate in Hollywood. You take care

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    su0000 replied

    I don’t see it as big deal..
    she is an actress and they are let go its show business.
    She got one award in 2006, that’s it.
    Luke was the one that kept on when she Quit and went to another soap..
    Luke never left GH as Laura has done.

    Both Luke and Laura rose to soap fame because of a wedding.

    Laura/Genie is a soap legend as many other’s are and many of the legends are gone, also… it is what can happen.

    Laura is not nor ever has been a sop god, she is a legend because of her and Tony and their wedding..

    I see Laura from the outside.
    I was not watching when Luke and Laura were in their glory days.
    I was never a Laura fan, no reason to be.

    After reading the thread I saw her fans upset she was cut back and She decided to leave GH once again.
    I also read the anger, the upset, the sadness of many.
    I wish for all of your happiness that perhaps she will return for all of you.
    It is truly seen that her fans are not happy.
    So- here’s hoping you will get Laura back.

    Patrick replied

    i’m jumping on the bandwagon just to stick it TOO Shelley and Frank

    you were so spot on , from the start.. the snooze fest that transpired and will not let up.. going on 3 years plus.

    plus Jean.

    the stink on shit is in their corner

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    su0000 replied

    hey Patrick ..
    Love him or hate him GH never ‘snoozed’ under RC..
    It was a shame that FV brought Luke back with the Fluke stuff After RC was writing him out..
    Also, it was a shame Luke/Tonys exit was mostly in FV;s hand..
    Nonetheless, RC will forever be in the hall of great stories 60′s black & white episode..
    I’d bet RC has not turned DOOL into a snooze fest.

    GH needs to clean its writer’s house.. it needs new blood. younger blood, Chris seems to be OK..

    I dunno, but now being Genie said No to the recurring offered to her I’d bet it is done, she is gone, no further negotiation.

    rose replied

    Thank you su0000 for the many of us whole like Genie, are infuriated, and will miss her. Wonder if this will eventually affect one of your favorite subjects…Neilson ratings. :)

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    Buddy Lee Brown replied

    Just a little info for You up there su0000…
    That recreation of the first episode in B&W was totally written by Elizabeth Korte, NOT RC, just to set the record straight…

    Justin replied

    A lot of us our hurting over this. Time and time again you slam Genienie and ignore her contribution to GH. If you don’t have anything nice to say …

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    su0000 replied

    hi Justin ..
    I strongly suggest you reread my post with comprehension.
    I did not say one bad word of Genie. I did not ”slam” her”,
    I had clearly said–
    — ”I also read the anger, the upset, the sadness of many.
    I wish for all of your happiness that perhaps she will return for all of you.
    It is truly seen that her fans are not happy.
    So- here’s hoping you will get Laura back” ….

    I accept your apology :)

  14. Wanda says:

    General Hospital you suck 50 years I’ve been watching the show and you’ve done this stupid act of getting rid of her come on what’s wrong with you it’s all money using it

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  15. Tristan says:

    I am a writer, yet this news has robbed me of any way to possibly express the depth of my rage. This is a discarding of the show’s very heart, and soul, and link to its most glorious history.

    It also reeks of the sexism that is a hallmark of Frank Valentini’s management decisions. Remember his attempt to discard Rebecca Herbst? No male actor has ever been subjected to the leaks about how his negotiations were failing. The announcement that Rebecca Budig was being fired was released the very same week that GH announced Steve Burton’s return. Now, in the midst of what are said to be Maurice Benard’s contract negotiations, it is announced that the show’s great female icon has been essentially humiliated and disrespected in a way that boggles a rational mind. Valentini, one suspects, delights in belittling his actresses when the opportunity avails itself.

    Valentini has done something cruel, ugly and, ultimately stupid. I predict that here will be a backlash and protest the likes of which daytime has never seen. Maybe this will be his well-earned Waterloo!

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    Harry replied

    I am going to piggy back on Tristan’s well written voice of outrage in order to offer my vote of concurrence
    Utterly outraged. And this, on the heels of an episode which was solely dedicated to Ava. In fact, GH seems dedicated to redeeming the following hideous characters–Ava, Julian, Nina, Franco and of course, Sonny as is par for the course.
    And now adding insult to injury. it looks like that scum bag, wife abusing pig Julian might run for mayor in Laura’s stead? I mean, REALLY? And of course Alexis will be by his side making goo-goo eyes at him while Tammy Wynette sings,” Stand by Your Man.” Sure, Julian tried to frame Alexis for a murder he committed and sure, he tried to kill her but hey! His big sister made him do it and his puppy ate his homework.
    Laura as mayor could have been interesting, it (she) could have been a contender. When she was young, she was Luke’s prop, his angel and not allowed to be her own person. Later, she was shamefully written into a coma state and wheeled off into the sunset.
    This was supposed to be Laura’s time and instead, she got screwed all over again. Looks like we will see her as much as we see Felicia and Mac but Golly, I guess we’re supposed to be thrilled to see the OLTL losers (Franco and Silas) as well as Nina, Ava and Julian.

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    Shay replied

    We can only hope, Tristan! Whilst I wasnt sorry to see newbie Budig or her Hayden depart GH, it’s quite another matter to watch Genie face this situation yet once again! How Valentini gets away with his obviously dismissive behavior against beloved legacy players time and time again in order to protect the interests of his personal favorites who often really add little to the overall impact of the show is beyond me…His stubborn reluctance to address the lack of necessity for characters like Nina, Jordan, Nurse Amy, and yes, even Ava, Julian and Alexis if we’re going to be honest, just reeks of a lack of objectivity. None of them is truly essential to Port Charles and their continued presence only sucks the life out of the soap and takes resources from other more desirable actors that the fans are clamoring to retain or return to the canvas.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Your writing speaks well for itself re Genie. Kudos–I agreed wholeheartedly.

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    Patrick replied

    “…this news has robbed me ”

    beautiful … robbed of the serial recipe that Laura should be dealt

    how can I ? now.. give any credence to Sonny / Carly / Jason / Sam / Michael / Nelle / Finn / Franco

    CHARACTERS who have NO DEPTH.. why should I feel for them ?

    OK i’m always going to give Roger Howarth opportune time. ugh ! even if his salary would be better served with Robin Christopher… Skye Quartermaine anyone?

    how can any one swallow any thing now?

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    rose replied

    Hear! Hear! Tristan.

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  16. Robert in Jersey City says:

    GH is all mafia all the time.
    She’ll end up at Days with Ron.
    GH is of no interest to me anymore.

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    Elizabeth replied

    There is nothing at all that would indicate that either Ron or the higher ups at Days would have any interest in Genie. I would rather she write that book that delves into all the underground details of daytime TV production and tell the world how mysoginistic and ugly TPTB really is. She would never work there again, but after THIS time I can’t imagine that she would want to.

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    Patricia Jaruszewski replied

    That’s an amazing idea Elizabeth!!! (The dirty little soap secret book!) She really should! #Timesupforsoapstoo! ;)

  17. Aria says:

    I was just watching gh and was puzzled why the running for mayor storyline suddenly to a wrong turn, then my second thought was that Genie Francis was going on a long vacation and all that change when I saw a tweet from daytime Confidential, for a second I was puzzle and hoping it was a bad rumor, but then soap central said the same thing and now my last confirmation by Michael Fairman, needless to say I’m really disappointed, I don’t even know where to begin or who to blame, but my only comfort is that everyone from fans to several publications are just as dissatisfied and upset with the news that the powers at be will be so embarrassed and reverse this bad decision. GH was on a roll what a bad way to begin the new year.

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    Patrick replied

    “…GH was on a roll what a bad way to begin the new year. ”

    I truly have been giving GH the benefit of the doubt… I rally about the fab 4 enough

    yeah this is bad taste and I can’t see how Shelley and Frank can get out of this one

    the writing is weak enough… just to see Laura onscreen when we can CARRIED

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  18. dan says:

    This is wrong on every level and so disrespectful to Genie and her fans. I love the show and think the entire cast is excellent but there are several other characters that should go before Laura ever should! I hope TBTB hear from enough outraged fans that they correct this stupid decision!

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  19. JK says:

    THIS IS NOT RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!! A WONDERFUL BEAUTIFUL ACTRESS OUT LIKE THIS……FOR HEAVANS SAKE WE HAVE TO SIT THRU SOME REALLY DUMB STORY LINES…..MAN-LANDERS, NOW FAISON, AND SO MANY THAT COULD BE DROPPED…NOT GENIE FRANCIS!!!! G.H. IS REALLY DROPPING THE BALL!!!

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    Carrie replied

    The Man Landers story was the worst thing in 2017, for sure!

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Yes, and how much screen time did they devote to that THING???

    Patrick replied

    i’m in a riotous mood

    Shelley and Frank have got to go

    “Frank” you think you are all that… RC was never the problem

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  20. Pat combs says:

    GH just screwed up. Why put her on recurring? Who are they bringing back that they gave to cut her salary.? The SL was going to be so great with her running and winning the mayoral election. She really deserves better than this slap in the face.

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    Andrew Hass replied

    I’m wondering if Genie Francis would have been willing to take a pay cut in return for staying on contract.Now maybe Genie would have said no to taking a pay cut but maybe she should have been asked at least.

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    Steve replied

    Her show minimum guarantee was already so low that a pay cut wouldn’t have mattered. Was Maurice Benard (who just re-upped) asked to take a cut in either $ or minimum episodes?

  21. Carrie Nauseda says:

    Gh needs to wake up! We are losing our fabulous Gh vets because of Frank and his pets! Half the cast is new and getting more time than the vets. The fans want GH VETS! Get rid of the waste! Frank and his writers need to go , they suck! Frank is trying to hire all his OLTL pple. Pple need to stop with its SB ‘s fault too this is on Frank!

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    Mona replied

    You said a mouthful!!! Frank and his crew need to go. They are ruining just about every character on the show

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    Carrie Nauseda replied

    He has no respect for long time characters, actors and fans! He and his writers are writing about what THEY want not what fans want. The list of fabulous actors that we no longer have is a joke. To put a long time vet on recurring when it wasnt asked for is insulting! Genie, Steve, Tyler, Tristan and many others deserved better! Frank and regime need to be gone!

  22. Lucy D says:

    I don’t know what Frank’s problem is, but it’s more evident every day he is clueless.

    He dares to do this to Genie Francis, the Queen of Soaps. Why? Did he need the money cause he just gave MB, who can’t get through a scene without reading his cue cards, a raise in his new contract?

    ABC needs to understand GH fans don’t want their long-time legacy characters sacrificed for the characters we don’t care about like Nelle and Nina.

    I was holding on to watching this show by a thread, which gets thinner every day.

    And if you take a look at Twitter, a LOT of viewers agree with me

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    Patrick replied

    to be so dissatisfied

    yes I am

    I cannot believe the steer at what drives Shelley and Frank

    they think… they truly believe Carly and Sonny are IT. they truly are laying all their eggs on Jason and Sam

    OMG… Michael and Nelle.. do nothing
    Finn does nothing
    so much waste with all the rest of the cast

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    Lucy D replied

    Michael & Nelle are SO boring.
    Carly talking about Nelle is SOOO boring

  23. Anna Maria says:

    So disappointed. What is wrong with the writers. I don’t know if I want to watch GH anymore. It’s not going to last anyway, the way they are getting rid of so many great actors. So ridiculous…

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  24. Patricia Jaruszewski says:

    I am SHOCKED that GH dropped Genie & Laura’s story!!! I have watched GH since 1978 & I am a HUGE fan! I was LOVING the story of Laura & Kevin as well as Laura vs. Ned in a mayoral campaign. Wonderful to see the homage to history & Mary May Ward & see Laura pick up the torch to save Charles Street. How wonderful it would have been to see Laura & Kevin walk into the Mayor’s manse now just like Laura did so many years ago but this time as the MAYOR and not as a wife (especially with what is going on in today’s world & “Times Up” movement)!!! With some flashbacks of her memories in the mayor’s garden & Luke – not a dry eye would be had! You made a HUGE mistake GH!!!! YOU NEED TO RETHINK THIS!!! BRING GENIE BACK!!! BRING LAURA BACK!!! Don’t be stupid – you’re going to lose a lot of viewers when you were just getting your groove back!!!

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    Carrie replied

    Well said Patricia!

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    Patricia Jaruszewski replied

    Thank you! :)

    nancy dillingham replied

    Yes! Yes!

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    heidi replied

    Great post Patricia!

    Agree completely! I thought about TIMES UP! too! It is discrimination for age and sex and so much more! Everything was building with her and getting her place back with great possibilities, and it would have been so good to see her as the mayor and really use her in the show!

    Thanks for such a fabulous post!

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    Patricia Jaruszewski replied

    Thank you! I’m so sick/sad over this …. I see all these posts (so many fans are). Genie/Laura is the heart & soul of GH & deserves so much better!!! & it did seem like this Mayor/Charles Street story was really going some place great with Laura , Kevin, Ned and Olivia. Sad. Very Sad. :( :( :(

  25. Jimh says:

    Im done with GH…

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  26. Ash says:

    This is shameful, GH needs to do better. I’m hoping the outcry will change things. I’ve already called the GH comment line to express my disappointment in letting Genie go. She’s an icon of Daytime and deserves some respect. I don’t understand what the hire ups at this show are doing.

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  27. soapgal says:

    omg…this is beyond terrible , GH just did a standalone eppy for Ava , a character who is just coming up to a 5 yr run on GH , & they can do all for this character but can’t write for the character of Laura who is an iconic character , & come on FV , you throw GF/Laura aside & then have the gaul to ask GF to do a dozen or so appearances a yr. Why not throw Ava aside & ask her to do a dozen or so appearances a year. And yes , you can bet I am utterly disgusted after hearing this , especially after all the promotion that NV, FV & the writing team gave to the character of Ava for a standalone eppy that was totally unnecessary, this is way beyond totally disrespectful , why even bother tuning in to GH , it doesn’t matter what any viewer wants , NV, FV & the writing team are only interested in their WANTS , & that was made very clear each time an article was posted on this stand alone eppy for Ava , & now GF/Laura gets nothing & I am sure ABC/GH will do their best to explain this , but none of them at ABC/GH can possibly say a thing to explain why this travesty even had to happen.

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    Carrie replied

    I know. The Ava-exclusive episode on Wednesday was a bore.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Yes, in the words of Katherine Hepburn: Boyah! Boyah! Boyah! :)

    Harry replied

    Soap Gal! Yes, this exactly. Thank you.

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  28. Mateo says:

    Let’s see, Grade A actress Genie Francis tossed aside for a grade Z actor whose name I can’t say out loud because of the bile that rises immediately after. Perhaps Valentini thinks he is being innovative and wise with these decisions but he is failing BIG TIME. Laura is a vital character on the show. She gives the show history and strength and compassion. And yet all we get is a worn out story about a mobster’s assistant and his inability to have any emotion. He lives to fight, kill and complain. Whatever…Ron Carlivati has DAYS smoking for now………Take a lesson GH….we don’t need more of JM…..we need characters who cause us to care. *sigh* one day the message will come through. Good luck Genie Francis, perhaps a return to DAYS or reprise your role on Y&R…….

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    Patrick replied

    “thank you” god I loved Genevieve. she was new real and laid out

    a lot of reason came about

    @GH. that smarts I never got real enough. I got enough ball from what it is

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  29. Sharon says:

    I was thrilled that Genie Francis was finally getting her own storyline. Maybe Frank Valentini should go . He has made some bad decisions. He let aTyler Christopher and Rebecca Budig and let Steve Burton leave the first time . Genie Francis was finally going to get out of Tony Geary’s shadow.

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    Patrick replied

    salute – yeah no matter how long the battle cry

    Frank Valentini should be fired

    his direction.. w/ Shelley and Jean.. spiraled the spirit of GH. that’s a lot.

    I can take god it’s difficult because of let.. Carly sonny Jason sam Michael Nelle finn franco

    GOD that’s the whole show

    why am I doing this

    QUIT THIS SHOW

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  30. Charday says:

    I always liked the character (and the actress), but I must admit I was thinking recently that her character has been in rather pointless storylines the last year. Too bad Tyler Christopher (and Spencer) are gone, which hurt her storylines.

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  31. Linda says:

    I think she should see an attorney thru the VERY STRONG SOCIAL/POLITICAL womens movement in Hollywood !!!!! She has had the build up to some GREAT storylines that are just starting to blossom !!!!! Thanks !!!

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    nancy dillingham replied

    I hope Genie will post her #metoos–and spill all the shameful things that she has had to put up with. Genie, use that righteous anger to write your truth. I’ll read it! And it can shoot to #1! :)
    The time is right for an expose on the dirty deeds that happened to you. I’m also a writer–and I’ll help you write it!!!!! :) :)

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    Shay replied

    Me thinks Genie is too much of a class act to do a “not-kiss-and-tell”……..perhaps she will write her memoirs one day—-I certainly hope so!—-but I sense the time for that moment is not yet at hand. Unlike so many of her contemporaries, this actress is not a desperate fame-w#@re…she doesn’t make a spectacle of herself on Twitter, parade about as scantily-clad mutton-dressed-as-lamb or try to pass herself off as decades younger by conducting herself in a provocative, trashy manner onscreen. She is a consummate, old-school professional whose disciplined work ethic and incredible talent have always spoken volumes in and of themselves…which should be more than sufficient to ensure Laura a place in Port Charles for as long as Genie desires! Alas, the geniuses at GH apparently think otherwise…so be it…..they shall suffer the consequences of their ill-taken decision. In the meantime, this lovely lady will be just fine…As k/kay pointed out, she has a real life outside of the LaLaLand bubble…..a beautiful home, family, and nearly 30-years strong marriage that’s worth more than anything this ingrate-laden soapworld can offer her!

    Timmm replied

    Enough with the attorneys, she is gone, thats life!

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    nancy dillingham replied

    But that doesn’t take away what must be Genie’s real pain and our sorrow. Her heart is surely heavy as is mine. I feel her pain and empathize with her hurt.

  32. Mary SF says:

    They would never pull this stunt with MB–Genie at this stage of her career and place in the show’s history should be untouchable–and there is no logical reason for it other than Frank wanted to do it—if I were her I would tell to take their dozen episodes and shove them where the sun don’t shine– if they want to get rid of Laura then they should do a proper goodbye, like TG got- not this lame Spencer broke two legs and she has to go out of town nonsence– respect the lady deserves it.

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    Carrie replied

    I agree, except for the part where TG’s goodbye was proper. His exit story was lame. They would just screw up any attempt at a proper exit story for Laura too. It’s obvious they don’t give a damn about her anyway, so I’m glad they wrote her out quickly. I’m sure Genie was ready to get the hell out of there after that crappy 12 episodes per year offer. Disgraceful move by GH.

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    Patrick replied

    there I go again… laughing @Sonny and Jason

    their big show

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  33. Joel says:

    GH has made some bad decisions in the past, but this has to be the worst. One of the best was putting Genie Francis on contract in 2015. While her story never really ignited until now with her marriage to Kevin and running for mayor, this really put Laura in a position for great future story! Genie Francis is the heart of GH, and if this is Frank’s doing, he needs to be replaced! He would have never done this to Erika Slezak on OLTL, who was the heart and soul of that show. I’m sure I’m not the only pissed off fan here, but we all need to make our voices heard! Bombard the studio with calls and e-mails. This decision needs to be reversed!

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  34. Barbara says:

    I’ve been watching since day one and I’m so disappointed that Genie is not going to be on any more or not often. She was finally getting a good character as the mayor which would have been a lot more interesting than some of the other story lines. Very disappointed.

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  35. Steve says:

    Frank (and Varni) needs to get his priorities straight. Legacy characters Laura, Nikolas and Dillon are dropped while deVry, Stafford and Ramsey get contracts for expendable characters?

    I gave Frank credit for bringing back a lot of vets (albeit recurring, except Anna). However, you don’t treat one of the stars who literally saved the show 40 years ago in this manner.

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    Carrie replied

    Damn right Steve.

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  36. Lin Herz says:

    This is about the most idiotic decision every made by GH powers that be. I may just quit viewing. Or maybe they want to cancel GH and are doing this on purpose. The storyline she’s in is so realistic and interesting. Much more so than stupid MOB stuff. Real people seldom deal with mobs and people like Faison, who I could care less about. I would prefer so Faison and more Genie. I am so angry about this. And.. if Nathan leaves and Genie’s gone, I may just find more time to read- like from 2-3 Monday – Friday. I just can’t say how upset this makes me and how angry I am at the way they have treated Genie.

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    Patrick replied

    I’ve been sitting on this – didn’t know how to express MY anger

    i’m stupefied at their mindset – i’ll throw in Jean for good measure

    Shelley and Frank have clearly upped themselves heave ho OUT OF HERE

    if this show is all about Sonny Cary Jason and Sam.. then it’s all we need to know

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    Lin Herz replied

    I agree. I am not interested that much in old Jason. The mob parts of the story totally disinterest me, If we go back to mainly the Carly and Sonny show with mob enforcer Jason I’m not interested. I fast forward mob scenes, and I’m not interested in the other mob people either- the Julian and his sister mob. I loved Genie’s story and she was doing a great job.

  37. fginaspy says:

    A good reason to stop watching GH. I was happy to see GF finally getting a juicy story, and it is taken away. BTW, I didn’t like the Ava episode. It didn’t always feel like a dream to me. A waste of my time. I feel Ava should live with that small, very small scar as a reminder of her misdeeds toward Morgan. There are too many people in the world who live with some form of scars or disability. I do myself.

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  38. Barbara Jenkins says:

    I’ve been watching since day one and I’m so disappointed that Genie is not going to be on any more or not often. She was finally getting a good character as the mayor which would have been a lot more interesting than some of the other story lines. Very disappointed.

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  39. Jim Franklin says:

    This is insane. I was so excited to see her upcoming role as mayor, and her.storyline with Jon Lindstrom. Genie should be on contract and have a major storyline. What the hell, Frank V? You are about to lose me as a viewer of over forty years.

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  40. Suzie rm says:

    I will be tuning out. Genie is GH for me. She brought me to the show and has kept me watching. I’m done

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  41. Renee says:

    I think this decision is a poor bed decision. We have not had a decent storyline on this show for a long time and those of us who have watched general hospital since the 70s or 80s really miss seeing the older soap stars on like Genie Francis Kevin Collins Lucy Cole and Monica Etc. And it was really exciting to us to see that Genie Francis had a real storyline. we were looking forward to seeing her fight and win the mayoral race and having a real story line with Kevin. I know the fans want her back on a permanent basis please make the way for her to be on permanent. I know that a petition has been started to keep her on the show.

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    Buddy Lee Brown replied

    Yes Renee, WE started that petition early today, with an initial goal of 5,000 signatures, I just checked in less than 10 hours, on a Sunday, competing with all the other petitions about Government, NFL Playoffs, AND the SAG-AFTRA Awards; I just checked and We are already over 4,300 signatures. We chose actup.org to have the most impact. You can find it on My personal fb page, Buddy Brown or Ronn Rickett on fb. Also, I was up all last night, well since I watched Friday’s show in utter disbelief, and rushed re-write. Since We had multiple campaigns begging them to bring Genie back during the Brian Frons/Jill Farren-Phelps era to no avail. Frank promised Us that Genie’s contract was thru 2019 and beyond, and then pulls this stunt, in addition We started inside with my Friends both in front of the camera as well as behind, and did not stop there, but went all the way up to the top of ABC/Disney. We shall see Monday, if there are any hints or reversals; this being the weekend. Also, Any and ALL please Tweet, call, email, sign the petition, so on and so forth.

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    Buddy Lee Brown replied

    Sorry, I meant the petition is on Change.org not actup, I don’t know why I keep thinking actup. You will all have to forgive Me, still recovering from the flu, and have been running on about 2 hours sleep, since Friday’s episode…

    My apologies…

  42. San says:

    GH is really trying to get cancelled, they keep letting the best go. I’m ready to quit watching.

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    Carrie replied

    I guess it would be full circle. Genie was arguably one of the key players in saving GH from cancellation 40 years ago. If sour ratings over this news cause GH to get cancelled now, then she has the last laugh.

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  43. Ric says:

    As a loyal viewer for over 35 years I must say FV and the powers that be at ABC messed up again, I’m done with the Sonny/Carly FV show!

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  44. Sue Corbett says:

    -Terrible decision on GH management part. I was really enjoying the history they were bringing back to GH & using some of the older characters and now this terrible decision! I hope they regret this decision and correct it ! You’re not being fair to Miss Francis or the fans !

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  45. Kay says:

    This is just wrong on so many levels. Genie was finally getting her own story – head of the hospital board and running for mayor to protect Charles Street. She gets bumped to recurring while Maura got a full episode devoted to her and she isn’t even a GH vet! Frank keeps his friends on contract and treats a legacy GH actress like this. GH is going downhill and is barely recognizable now with so many OLTL and other newbies on canvas. Why bother to watch when you don’t know or connect with these characters!

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  46. Joyce R says:

    I have been a GH fan for years, and always loved Genie Francis as Laura, whether with Luke or not. I was really happy when she came back and was now a regular again. I was excited to see her have this major storyline running for mayor and was so excited that she married Kevin. I was very upset to learn she has been cut down to basically no role and I have decided that the best thing for me to do is not watch this soap anymore. Poor decision to cut her out.

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  47. vinman says:

    I am glad Genie Francis said so long GH!! Why should she be on once a month;she deserves so much better.i can only see GH’S ratings sinking w/the “Sonny,Jason,Carly,Sam/Drew hour 3-4times a week.And also with a large cast to begin with. …why don’t they do away with the “needless” characters. …Freako…Finn…Amy…her brother..Peter August (Laura Wright’s. ..bf)…Kim/Oscar….Valentine & Nina & daughter Charlotte. …Jordan .
    Give Maxie a real s/l (especially if Nathan exits)…along w/Dante and Lulu .
    Hopefully Ron….will hire Genie as a new character on DAYS…maybe as the “real” mother to
    Stephan O Dimera.

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    Steve replied

    Ron’s the writer and does not make hiring decisions. That’s up to Ken, who has a tighter budget than Frank.

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  48. Barbara says:

    Never have like her ever. Nor the guy that not plays her husband.

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    Harry replied

    Well, gee thank you for that insensitive, pointless opinion, Barbara.
    You like kicking people when they’re down I guess.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    I second that emotion, Harry!

    Elizabeth replied

    Well as you might be able to deduce, you are in the minority for that opinion.

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    JK replied

    BARBARA…YOU MIGHT FEEL A LITTLE LOST AMONGST THIS CROWD!!!!! THESE TWO ACTORS ARE GREAT!!!!!

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  49. Dan says:

    This disgusts me more than any casting decision they’ve made in years. Just when they finally give Genie a story worthy of her talents, they pull this BS. And why, because they have budget issues, since they have to pay Steve Burton’s ridiculous contract, or Roger Howarth or William deVry, who they re-signed in the past year? Everyone needs to get on Twitter and tweet to Frank Valentini and Nathan Varni, and tell them what a horrendous decision this is.

    I’ve been watching GH for 25 years, since I was in high school. I’ve defended Frank and the show many times on this page, and have been the definition of a loyal fan, through so many ups and downs over the years. But the way they treat their veterans is disgusting, and this is really an ABC issue as a whole, because they’ve been doing it for years.

    It makes me so sick and so angry that if they don’t fix this and make it right, and put Genie back on contract, I’m seriously done with this show after 25 years. Done!

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  50. Dolores Gould says:

    I too hate what’s being done to Gene (Laura). My question is why?

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  51. Roberta G says:

    If you ask me GH higher ups are destroying GH! They have let go so many popular and familiar faces. I am getting a little fed up now. I have been watching GH from day one , use to run home from school just so I can see it with my mom. Why are you guys trying to destroy this show ???

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  52. Mattie says:

    Terrible decision u bring back the dead but don’t keep the living! Genie Francis is a great staple to GH once again a huge mistake!!

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  53. SPankey says:

    When I was young, I watched almost every soap. GH was by far my favorite and Genie Francis was THE BEST! She is a class act through and through and TPTB have treated her like crap and shown her disrespect. This has to change. ABC & Frank Valentini have to make this right. If not, not only have you lost this viewer, but so many others.

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  54. JoyceW says:

    So network budgets are being squeezed. However, with Steve Burton returning on contract for a long while, that meant what.. a different contract player had to go.to recurring? To what end? Genie Francis is the star and on.par with Maurice Benard. ABC powers that be could handle this better. Cut some of the other fringe characters?

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    Steve replied

    The timing of certain departures seems to correlate:
    Steve Burton rehired, Rebecca Budig let go
    William deVry renewed, Robert Palmer Watkins dismissed
    Maurice Bernard reups, Genie Francis bumped

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    rebecca1 replied

    Everyone’s got their likes and dislikes, Steve. I’d take Steve Burton over Rebecca Budig any day. William vs Robert is a tuffie; love them both.

    They’ve done to Genie what they did to John York (Mac), Kristina Wager (Felicia), Kin Shriner (Scottie), Lynn Herring (Lucy), Jack Wager (Frisco)…it goes on and on. They’ve decided not to make ANY of these characters/actors top story and offered them the sporadic visit.

    As it was, Jon Lindstrom (Kevin) was barely on and all Laura did was go around door-to-door to talk to Lulu or Elizabeth or people in the hospital. So, for viewers who don’t even connect or know “Laura Spencer” it was just a filler character. For those who loved her she was sorely neglected.

    I can see from a budgetary standpoint why they cut if they feel they need the funds to pay actors who are in current stories. The irony is they were JUST GIVING ONE TO GENIE…FINALLY…she would be given a position (if they wrote her to beat Ned) and a voice other than maternal (don’t get me wrong, I adore the warmth of the character) and NOW they cut her?!

    That’s the sheer irony and injustice of it to the actress and her fans. I have a feeling, though, that she’ll be back….

  55. jen says:

    Looks that the powers that be screwed up….so you have someone who is in the forefront of a storyline and given more than they had in a while and than apparently go up to them and say hey you know what? Were gonna drop you down will 12 episodes a year work for you? Actually I’m glad Genie said NO and moved on if that is the case. Reminds me of my jerk boss who knew nothing about management and worked me to death and than treated me like crap and wanted me to do a favor for him to cover his butt. Um no jerk good luck.

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  56. Elizabeth says:

    So Frank can give Michael Easton four characters, he can put Maurice Bernard on for 70% of the episodes, he can hire Laura Wright’s boyfriend from a parking lot conversation and he can bring on multitudes of new characters that no one gives a fig about. But Genie Francis should only be on once a month?

    For me, I am going to be contacting every address and phone number that has been put out there to complain about this, including the following ones.

    to complain: 323-671-4583 is the comment line for the show.

    you can also call 818-460-7477 and press 464 to leave a message.

    Or, email abc.audience.relations@abc.com ;

    or write to Frank Valentini, Executive Producer:
    General Hospital
    c/o ABC-TV
    4151 Prospect Avenue
    Hollywood, CA 90027

    Also…..Watch ABC customer care
    800-230-0229

    NY ABC daytime feedback
    212-456-7777, ext #464

    ABC Media Relations
    212-456-7749

    ABC Daytime Rebecca Campbell
    818-460-6155

    TPTB need to know how outraged we are on this one!

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    Ric replied

    Thank you for the info

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    Mona replied

    Thanks!

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    Patrick replied

    I’m going to do this ! Thank You Elizabeth

    i’m making calls and email

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    Harry replied

    Thank you, Elizabeth!

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    Buddy Lee Brown replied

    I am literally bawling My eyes out, because once Again, I am being forced to choose between the ONE CONSTANT left in MY life #GH and The Woman who for all intents and purposes saved it from cancellation way back in December 1976, when she first stepped onto the set, Genie Francis…
    I am so sorry to everybody, ALL MY FRIENDS in front of the camera, and behind them, but this is the final straw and if not fixed and I do mean quickly, I have to say after 54 years, #ImWithGenie and again, it is ripping My heart out…

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Such good advice–and thanks for the contacts!

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    rose replied

    Thanks for the contact info. I’m going to send a couple of letters, too. will let MF coluum know if I get any response.

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    heidi replied

    Thanks much Elizabeth!

    Great contacts and info! Had an idea for the postcards, we could make them be ballots that they say we are voting for Laura for Mayor and Genie for contract! I will definitely be sending and calling! Petitions are great too! TIMES UP! we want Genie back on contract! She’s a core GH character that they can do so much with!

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    Barbara replied

    Thank you! Genie is the heart and soul of GH. Let’s get her back. If she’ll have us after the way she’s been treated.

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    Kevin C replied

    THANKS so much for this contact info and they will be hearing from me…I hope they are slammed with complaints, it serves them right for treating Genie like this…

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  57. Rosanne Accardi says:

    What the hell.. I was so excited that she was running for mayor Amd going to have a huge story line! I’m so mad

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  58. jo says:

    Seems every time the show is doing good they send the good ones off the show ,I wonder if the writers are trying hard to lose more fans

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  59. Susan Rosen says:

    This is ridiculous!!! We love her character and all the great things going on with her character. Just when it starts getting good the writers are screwing it up again!

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    Steve replied

    The writers were blindsided. The decision to dump Genie was entirely on Frank Valentini (the EP)

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    Ric replied

    I agree, they writers were left to clean up after FV made this stupid decision!

    Duedrop replied

    I was wondering if I was the only one fed up with the dead returning all the time. If you plan to bring them back in future episodes then find other SOL for their exiting for s while. Never liked the constant drawn out Cassidine War and don’t like the change in Sam now that Jason is back. She never was low key but rather adventurous until now. Sam being a meek quiet woman is nothing like her original character. I always hated the split of Luke and Laura from the beginning. Luke always seemed to find a side love to fill in when Genie Francis was hostage to the Cassidines. Now Faison back? Give us a break! Never have cared for Scott’s character from the time he married Laura. He has no future on GO. Why didn’t they at least keep Laura and bring back Tony Gary as Luke who finally grew tired of his marriage to Tracy. There could have been a rekindled love experience with Luke! GH has never been the same since breaking up Laura and Luke. NEVER! There are too many old story lines that never saw closure. I miss the old writer for GH! She would be so upset now at all these changes. I figured Ned, Alexis, and Dante’s mom would have a love triangle go on. Hated the sudden character change with Finn and also Todd from OLTL playing Frank. How could Laura ever fall in love with a murderous man regardless the reason he killed. Furious about Jason not standing up for what’s his. Looks like GH is trying to push Jason toward Kim. The character changes with Ava’d daughter was a bit much too.Everytime an original character is swapped it drives me nuts! How many Kiki’s have there been now? Writers, this has to stop! Plus I hear Ajax may resurface as being behind the mastermind of Charles Street reform. Charles Street is where almost everything exciting has originated and now you want to destroy it and dump Laura as running Mayor. Spencer always got on my nerves for his nerdy character. What happened to the original plans to resurface Ned as not being dead? But you screwed up and let Nicholas go to another soap! There were a lot of story lines that could have been reopened by keeping Laura! GH used to be so interesting with the older vet characters. Instead you GH writers who keep adding new faces have created a separation of true reality among the characters. If Sonny ever leaves it definitely won’t be like our GH.! I never liked it when Felicia was written off for a while and her girls raised by their uncle??? Gosh! I could go on and onnabout writer screw-ups! Robin and hubby finally got back together then moved out of town was another. What about Scott having a son when he had a vasectomy yrs ago?!!!!! Do you think we fans don’t know your bloops?!!! Geez! Give us a break! If we can’t have Laura and Luke, at least let us have the once adventurous Laura. I couldn’t believe it when Kevin and Laura became a couple. That took some major adjustments in our brains. GH, you all can do better than what you are doing! Get rid of Faison and his wife in a hurry! Keep Laura!, let Jason get back with Sam. She is acting like the one who list memories for 5 yrs instead of Jason! You know, in real life there are a few couples who always remain together. Not all cheat or disappear. Wake up before GH is taken off the air. I love GH and have watched since 1972. What a difference the show was back then! So much better then!

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    Duedrop replied

    Laura doesn’t belong with Kevin.
    Get rid of Ava.
    Bring Nic and not Ned as stated above back.
    If Jason won’t fight for Sam, let him get a thing going with Elizabeth.
    Sonny should fight to keep Charles Street, especially if Jax is taking it over.
    Etc.

  60. Ray says:

    I would love to see Genie come back to DOOL. I think she would be able to fit in immediately and put some spice in the Marlena/John storyline (or lack of).

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  61. Remy says:

    WOW! Just when her storyline was heating up too. No mention of Spencer until recently and this explains why. I know Gene has to feel “played” in some sort of away after being swayed to return.

    Big missed opportunity on a storyline that was ready to focus on the legacy characters and the heart and soul of Port Charles.

    The returns of legacy characters could have been blockbuster and reintroduce Laura into a new era of views.

    Better hope that Jason/Drew storyline keeps the lights on, because from the looks of it, its beginning to become a dud fest really fast.

    This election storyline was destined to become something special and now we will never know the outcome.

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    Mona replied

    You are exactly right. The Laura for Mayor SL was great!!! Jasons return could have been epic, but here we are. A veteran gets bumped and Jasons return has been enormously botched. SMH

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    rebecca1 replied

    Hi Mona…

    For me, Jason’s return hasn’t been botched. I’m loving it. I think seeing the conflict of emotions for all three…Jason/Sam/Drew…two brothers who love the same woman, have children with the same woman and the woman who is torn and loves them both, has been really well done. If Sam just ran back to Jason there’d be no ongoing story, no wondering how it’ll all turn out. Also, it’ll be interesting to see how Drew feels about Sam once he gets his memory back and if he’ll remember that perhaps he also loves Kim.

    There are so many possibilities that keeps this story interesting for me. And I love Drew. But it breaks my heart every time I see Jason’s forlorn, teary look when he thinks of or looks at Sam. And, it’s amazing how real these characters come across because I truly FEEL the love between Jason and Sam when they’re in the same room…you can actually feel their connection. The flashbacks are great.

    Anyway, I know there are others like you who feel perhaps angry and or disappointed that Sam didn’t react differently. I just think she’s torn and repressing her love for Jason; it’s such a conflict for her that she needs to bury it. I think it’s a wait and see…I don’t think the story is over.

    You’re right, though, Laura for Mayor was on its way to a good story and one that had a “vet vibe” to it that, for me, was very nostalgic.

    Mona replied

    Hey Rebecca1…

    You make some valid points. Laura would have made and excellent mayor. That SL could have culminated her years in PC. She is a treasure! I never wanted Jason and Sam to reunite immediately. I was definitely willing to see where things were headed. My disappointment came in Sam’s reaction to Jason. After everything he had gone through, she showed IMO no compassion, sympathy or empathy. She was wholly focused on Drew, who for the most part had gained substantially at Jason’s expense. She knew who he was the minute she laid eyes on him. I hated seeing him in so much pain and her not taking into account all he had been to her and the things he did for her. I know that they will find their way back to each other, I’m just wondering how many times does he have to be kicked while being down. At this point it’s not a triangle, it resembles more of a circle. The flashbacks and YouTube keep me rooting for the two of them. Drew, I feel will have multiple skeletons in his closet, thus making Sam regret the choices she’s made. What do you think?

  62. jaybird369 says:

    This is such bullcrap!!!!! As far as I’m concerned, GH did this to shove MORE of Steve Burton down viewers’ throats!!!!! You did a very, very BAD THING, GH!!!!! SHAME ON YA’LL!!!!! MORONS!!!!!

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  63. sylvia says:

    I think it’s kind of crappy to take a wonderful actress like Genie off when some of the others aren’t worth a flip! I can complain and it doesn’t bother what anyone thinks because I have watched it since day one in 1963. Some of that crap you are showing right now doesn’t deserve to take up the time it’s playing

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  64. Jim says:

    I’ve given up on GH. I barely even read the recaps anymore. Frank Valentini is stuck on stupid when it comes to getting rid of the mob and returning to life in the hospital.

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  65. Jean says:

    Genie Francis is a wonderful actress and is a tremendous asset to GH, can’t understand all the disapointing and wierd things that are happening. Why can’t we have just a plain Soap Opera, we don’t need mind transferring stories, bringing people back from the dead, just storylines that Possible.

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  66. Babster13 says:

    This sudden turn-around is a major insult to fans AND Genie. Since she has been back for this go-round she has been off-the-charts outstanding.She gives an acting lesson in every scene she’s in. She is the ultimate soap actress and the camera loves her. So many useless peripheral characters and they write off a major star of this show. Yes, GH has many outstanding performers, but if budget cuts are needed they should be made for useless characters involved in meaningless stories. And by the way, they did this to Rebecca Budig too-almost like the old days with certain other producers.

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    Carrie replied

    I really liked Hayden and Finn together. I was disappointed to see Rebecca go. Finn and Anna as a couple isn’t working for me.

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    Mari replied

    Anna looks like Finn’s older sister and I just don’t see them as this big love story.

    rebecca1 replied

    I’m loving Anna and Finn; found Finn and Hayden completely boring. There’s almost no doubt, though, (budget allowing) that once Anna and Finn declare their love Hayden will come marching back with their baby.

  67. Jimmy says:

    Who could have possibly thought this was a good idea? Why would the show even think about getting rid of one of Port Charles’ core characters, who was just getting a big, juicy story? And Laura just got married, so what will they do with Kevin now? How will they explain her absence? I think it’s shameful that FV only wanted Laura to appear in a dozen episodes per year, and I don’t blame her for not wanting to be disrespected like that. Horrible decision that comes at such a disappointing time, as the show has been heading in the right direction for the last several months!

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  68. Sandy Norcross says:

    This is terrible news. I was enjoying Laura running for Mayor. Love her and Kevin,
    Genie deserves better treatment! They need to bring her back!

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  69. Rose says:

    Completely ridiculous. Of all the people this show should be bending over backwards for, its Genie. I know budgets are tough these days but wow does this show have its priority casting wrong.

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  70. luisa says:

    I was talking about the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ‘s , And how I was going take the day off to watch the wedding, someone said you crazy, I said no I took the day off for Luke and Laura wedding, and they weren’t real people, GH has stay stuck up the mob butt, never went back to be GH . I don’t even watch anymore. They have great actress and lousy storylines.

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    Shay replied

    @Luisa….Well, at least Luke and Laura’s wedding had some authentic class and excitement attached to their big event…which is why it actually felt REAL for so many of us who were alive to witness it! I still remember that spectacular episode like it was yesterday! Conversely, the upcoming matrimonial mashup between the Ginger Twit and his tacky z-lister upstart divorcee’ is so appalling and lacking in dignity to those of us who were once upon a time avid royal history buffs that it will definitely be on my must NOT watch list….a first since I was initially enraptured by the fairy tale nuptials of Charles and Di!!!!….(Which sadly turned out to be a nightmare and the beginning of the complete ruination of the monarchy as we formerly knew it, now culminating with their second-born “spare’s” alienation of a huge swath of the UK given his very inappropriate choice of future spouse—- despite an unsuccessful full-bore propaganda effort to make it appear otherwise!!!….You needn’t believe me, Luisa, just take a gander at the myriad reader comments in the British press! I peruse them every day and this engagement has not gone down at all well with GB’s public! The people are totally letdown and disgusted by this once-adored princeling’s massively underwhelming pick of a prospective bride!) I’m still totally gobsmacked that Her Majesty has allowed this utter travesty to even take place….despite my continuing admiration for her, I’m wondering if she hasn’t gone a touch doolally since she’s generally one to uphold the highest standards of her position and royal protocol with great reverence and aplomb! Mark my words, this ignoble chapter in the annals of the Windsors will not end well for this ancient institution….it’s on its way out sooner rather than later thanks to this most recent development! The mere fact that the latest generation’s antics are commonly being referred to as “Keeping Up With The Kensingtons” pretty much tells you all you need to know about how this marital disaster-in-the-making is being viewed in “Jolly Old England!”

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    rose replied

    I like most things PBS-like, Brit series. But since when is the English monarchy ever been one of complete class and virtue? It has seemed fraught with scandals , “bad”/inconvenient marriages…sometimes with severe consequences for the brides, religious battles, etc. that only powerful kings could get away with.

    I like the current Queen, maybe not all of her decisions when it came to Diana. But she has represented the crown well. But for some one on this side of the ocean, I also like Meghan. Have read she has been involved in non-profit issues long before Harry. Even Charles Street, Laura, Mary Mae and Meghan have a connection regarding helping out more vulnerable people.

    But importantly here, I think Genie has been screwed. She has been great for GH, and would be a great mayor based on what we have seen of her over the years. Would be nice if some had applied these same standards of speech, deeds and behavior that we admire in Genie/Laura to our own current “leaders.”

    Shay replied

    Well, Rose, at least we can agree about Queen Elizabeth II…she has served her country with honor and dignity through numerous trying times, both those personal in nature and regarding the empire….I salute her record-setting reign! For a multitude of reasons, I don’t share your views on the rest…whilst it’s true countless royals of the past have fallen short in many human capacities, they are supposed to be apolitical and not express controversial opinions, as well as adhere to vigorous requirements of protocol, which is something this cringeworthy American (and I say that with a mixture of great embarrassment and deep sorrow for the British people…) has already demonstrated little deference or interest in doing, and it’s been duly and repeatedly noted by the UK press. Despite gargantuan stateside efforts to gloss over this truth, Old Britannia ain’t buying what she’s selling and doesn’t consider her even remotely suitable to represent them. This has become yet more apparent with today’s engagement announcement of Princess Eugenie to her longtime beau….the positive tenor of GB’s collective expression of good wishes to this happy couple and the palace’s elated blessings over their news is both palpable and obvious….which is quite diametrically opposed to the extremely lackluster reaction garnered by the “other” couple in question, and you needn’t take my word for it…just read all about it! Having said that, I am also inclined to be more focused at this moment upon the soapworld’s “queen,” Genie Francis, and the raw deal she’s repeatedly been handed by a show that seemingly has no appreciation or gratitude for the success her contributions as Laura have brought to it both past and present. After this many years of umpteenth failures to support her, you would think those in charge of such decisions would finally recognize the immensely loyal following this beloved legacy player still brings with her whenever she graces the Port Charles canvas! Hopefully, this is massive outcry over their latest round of shabby treatment will be so undeniable that GH/ABC will have no choice but to sit up, take notice and give Genie—and her Laura—-the respect they both so richly deserve!

  71. ppage says:

    Horrible. They finally get something together for Genie and then they dump her [contract to 12 episodes a year is being dumped IMO]. I actually liked her with Kevin.

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  72. Buddy Lee says:

    THIS makes the second time during E.P. Frank Valentini’s time at the helm of the ship this has happened. Previously, after an exhaustive years long campaign by Us “ride or die” GH SuperFans, to get OUR Beloved Laura aka Genie Francis back, that she has been unceremoniously and abruptly torn away. First time in the middle of a storyline that was just gearing up, Laura received a phone call from her Doctors in France, and in one scene, had to inform her family that she had to fly out immediately, end her (second) Marriage to Scottie, and then was gone. This time around, just as Genie’s Laura is gearing up for a run for Mayor, again, receives a phone call from France, and has to inform everybody that she has to fly off to tend to Grandson Spencer Cassadine (because P.C. General doesn’t have any missing Doctors or Nurses), resign from her seat on the Hospital Board, end her campaign, inform husband Kevin Collins of all “this” in one scene, and is off to France.
    What do TPTB have against US? Oh and I guess Laura having to rip her Own campaign posters from the wall was a little salt to rub in Laura’s, Genie’s, OUR wound? I have to assume that once again, it is rather “pricey” having to pay for Steve Burton’s return, as well as Tamara Braun and a handful of other new characters, not to mention yet another ridiculously “been there, done that to death” revival of Caesar Faison?
    You have to forgive me, I am at a so not me, lack of words! Why is it always Genie who gets the short end of the stick, which is then taken away from her, before once again, hitting her with said “short stick?”
    Well you know, this time that short stick had yet one more trick to perform, being the stand in for the infamous “stick that broke the camel’s back” this go around, that would be my back!
    So to wrap this up, I just wonder why ABC didn’t learn from the last go ’round of boycotts, and desertions? Well let’s hope this time around, they can re-shoot all of Genie’s scenes from Friday’s show, only this time, without that phone call, and go with the original storyline that the “Writers had to totally rewrite in a rush.”
    Because unless Friday’s scenes turn out to be a simple dream that Laura had, and then blew off, before preceding with OUR Angel, at “Charlie’s” putting up more campaign posters on the wall, before rushing over for a board meeting at GH, and of course over hearing Kevin and Valentin’s conversation, only this time Laura is still standing up to Valentin by stating that she is quite capable of being the Mayor of Port Charles as well a Board Member.
    Michael, the Breaking news, about Genie, should read “Genie Francis’ Contract terminated! Outraged Fans gearing up for a “Massive Boycott of ALL things ABC/Disney Related, which does include all Sponors, and yes even OUR beloved home town, Port Charles. You know, some of Us do still live in the Charles district, and remember dear Mary Mae Ward, like it yesterday, as Laura said with her still still twinkling eyes and passion, in that “original script…” Until later…

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    Jamesj75 replied

    Buddy Lee! You, my friend, have hit it out of the park! Your reporting of history, intertwined with your opinions, is phenomenal! I am in total agreement, even with your comments on Faison. What GH is doing is frankly despicable. That they have any fans or viewers left is a mystery…

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    Harry replied

    James, I concur! Thank you, Buddy Lee.
    I was looking forward to Genie moving into the mayor’s mansion, where her ex husband Luke once presided over.
    Oh what they could have had with Laura as mayor. But instead, and to paraphrase Charlton Heston at the end of the Planet of the Apes, they blew it all up.

    Buddy Lee Brown replied

    For me, I am going to be contacting every address and phone number that has been put out there to complain about this, including the following ones.
    to complain: 323-671-4583 is the comment line for the show.
    you can also call 818-460-7477 and press 464 to leave a message.
    Or, email abc.audience.relations@abc.com ;
    or write to Frank Valentini, Executive Producer:
    General Hospital
    c/o ABC-TV
    4151 Prospect Avenue
    Hollywood, CA 90027
    Also…..Watch ABC customer care
    800-230-0229
    NY ABC daytime feedback
    212-456-7777, ext #464
    ABC Media Relations
    212-456-7749
    ABC Daytime Rebecca Campbell
    818-460-6155
    TPTB need to know how outraged we are on this one!

    Celia replied

    Admirable post…well, enviable. LOL……kudos, Buddy Lee.

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    Buddy Lee Brown replied

    I am so sorry, I keep saying Actup.org instead of Change.org so VERY SORRY, have to overlook Me, have been running on about 4 hours sleep since Friday’s show….
    Anyways, you can still find it on MY personal fb account that I set to Public for everyone to be able to see the petition, and I only use Buddy Brown there, not My Lee part…

    SO SORRY for the confusion, and thanks again everybody!!!

    Michael, so very sorry I don’t know why I keep thinking actup, when it is Change.org, sleep deprivation and recovering from the flu working every single contact all weekend??? But I appreciate You!!!

    Jamesj75 replied

    Buddy Lee, I know I speak on behalf of so many fans here, THANK YOU! I really appreciate all that you are doing (here, FaceBook, and elsewhere) to protest this inane move by GH/ABC regarding Genie Francis. I appreciate your providing all the contact information, so that we can make our voices heard. I, for one, am about to do just that!

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    jaybird369 replied

    James…EXACTLY!!!!! This is THE STUPIDEST THING that GH has ever done!!!!! IMBECILES!!!!!

    Have a good one, Brother.

  73. Robyn says:

    Genie Francis along with several other longtime soap favorites (Rebecca Budig&Tyler Christopher come to mind) have been so disrespected and tossed aside by GH. This show and ABC have no clue unless it involves SB,MB,KM and LW. The decision to make GH only about this stupid story involving multiple Jasons and only focused on a chosen 4 or 5 characters is not what creative real soap opera should be……so much talent and beauty wasted and sooner or later GH will pay the price for the dumb choices they continue to make…….I have refused to watch this show afte4 the shameful treatment of Rebecca Budig and now this done to GF……..shame on GH and Frank V…….#BringBacktheBestofDaytime!!

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  74. Joe Wells says:

    I am so sad for Genie Francis and devastated, as a viewer. At last, we had Laura independent of Luke and Scotty, older and vital. She had taken her place as the matriarch of not only her family, but most of Port Charles too. I love she and Kevin together and was so excited for the Laura vs. Ned race for mayor. She is a hospital board member and the link from past, present and future of the show. How does this make sense? As for having her rush to Spencer’s aid, why can’t she bring him to GH for care? She said she wanted him to be safe from Valentein. Spencer broke both legs, it’s not like he’s gone sneak out and call uber again. I am done with GH. Thank you, Genie for this masterful performance. I will always remember it with a lot of love.

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    Patrick replied

    really nice share – have to wonder

    why both legs ? one for the audience and one for Genie Francis

    it’s a slap in the face

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  75. JK says:

    AFTER READING ALL THE ABOVE COMMENTS, FOR ONCE I AGREE WITH THEM ALL. WHAT ARE YOU THINKING GH TO GET RID OF THIS CORE ACTRESS??? I CAN THINK OF ABOUT TEN WHO ARE WORTHLESS AND NEED TO BE ON THEIR WAY….NOT GENIE FRANCIS WHO IS A JOY TO WATCH!!!! CORRECT YOUR MISTAKE ……CLEAN HOUSE WHERE CHARACTERS ARE NOT NEEDED!!!!!!!

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    LLR replied

    Has Helena tampered with the brains of the brass of GH? This is crazy.

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    Judy Timberlake replied

    AMEN!!! Maybe they want the show cancelled??

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    Agnes replied

    I agree wholeheartedly. Amy Could be one of the first to go . The whole man landers storyline was stupid.

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    Edna replied

    Frank Valentini should have checked with the viewing audience on this decision. I have been waiting for strong story line for Genie, her run for mayor and having an active role as Mayor would have been great. It is not right that Frank took that from us. Frank’s job may need to be rerouted, because he choose the wrong person to fire. Just bring Genie back and let her finish her story.

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    Marie replied

    Oh my I was disappointed when I read that genie Francis was let go I have been a fan since general hospital went on the air and I was looking forward to how her role would play out running for mayor shame on the writer’s genie is a great actress . Love you genie Francis and good luck hope they bring you back

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    Linda replied

    I am surprise at this please bring her back full time the writing is terrible lately please bring major character take off Belle she’s terrible Laura character is vile to the story very disappointed in the storyline

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    kristine barbeau replied

    Laura is the ultimate character in general hospital.to take her off is a slap in the face of many.she has been on for years and general hospital will not be the same with out her.please bring her back on.gh die hard fan.take the ones who are not needed.leave Laura on.

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    Rose Gebhard Thompson replied

    Big mistake to change her status to recurring because it shows a lack of respect for who she is and what she means to the show, and to her fans. Bump Nelle, Oscar, Josslyn, and Kim to recurring because those story lines are hugely boring and uninteresting. Give Genie her due anf put her back on contract. Don’t be a stupid fool Frank Valentini.

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  76. Torrey says:

    GH revolves around the same characters all the time…Sonny, Carly, Jason & Sam. This is why I have no interest in watching. Same boring mob stories all year long. I wish they would put Sonny & Carly in a coma for about 6 months so other characters could get some air time. Genie Francis’ talents are wasted on this show! They should just bring back Port Charles and do nothing but the mob stuff that they like to do so much and then General Hospital can focus on all the other characters on the show that need to be featured

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  77. Carrie says:

    Sounds like the decision was made, and Friday’s episode was filmed, before the #Time’s Up campaign at the recent Golden Globes. And before the recent uproar over equal pay over at E and other networks. If so, I hope tptb at ABC and GH are soiling themselves now. Genie is probably being courted by lawyers now. I hope the network is sweating now.

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    Timmm replied

    #Genie’s Times Up!

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  78. Carrie says:

    It is so puzzling. Especially after this nice article published on January 15th.

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  79. Trish says:

    Frank Valentini, what are you thinking??? The mayoral race between LAURA and Ned is so exciting and you stopped it cold. How could you ?? You blindsided your own writers with this sudden change in Genie Francis’ employment status. Is that what a good manager of one of the 4 remaining soap operas does to retain viewers? Really think about it.

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  80. GH fan Cheryl says:

    Wow, you just got me hooked with her finally having a role as a strong women being the mayor of port Charles. She was a young girl who was raped in the past went through so much pain and stories through the years that made he strong becoming a mayor would have been a perfect ending to the long term fighter she was in all her roles. Now days women need that voice to be stronger and equal to men and you giving the story to the husband just pushes back what women are and trying to show this close minded world. Wrong choice GH.
    With her history on the show this storyline would have been the respect she deserved at least before you push her out. So sad I like the Laura without the Luke… She needed her own story…

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  81. Michael (not Fairman) says:

    It’s hard to fathom a decision as idiotic as this one. Genie and Laura were one of the few crumbs that were being thrown to those of us who are not fans of the Port Charles mobsters and their entourages and enablers. Has ABC now decided that we’re not even worth those kinds of crumbs? Well, good luck with that, you executive morons.

    (And 12 episodes a year? Wow. I’m glad she turned that down. It’s insulting.)

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    su0000 replied

    It is a guarantee of 12 episodes..
    As all recurring, they have many stories and many episodes.
    Most the cast is recurring ..

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    Steve replied

    There are NO guarantees with recurring actors. The producer or casting checks their availability. If they’re free and agree to appear, they are written into the story. Some recurring characters appear often (i.e. Valentin, Josslyn) while others infrequently (i.e. Mac, Lucas).

    Genie could book other shows or simply say she’s unavailable. GH had to temporarily recast Spinelli for Maxie’s wedding last year because BA was filming a primetime show. Kristina and Parker were written out when LA booked a recurring primetime gig.

    Recurring does permit actors to appear on multiple shows, which is how Wally Kurth is able to appear simultaneously on GH and DAYS.

    nancy dillingham replied

    12 episodes in a year?? Who else appears that little bit? Come on, su0000!

    rebecca1 replied

    John York, Kin Shriner, Robert Watkins, Kristina Wagner, etc, etc…Lots have been put on recurring.

  82. Dorothy says:

    So sad. So many other stories we could do without. Bring her back

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  83. Judy Timberlake says:

    What the Hell are you thinking? She’s at least a good actress which is more than I can say for some of those you have on the show!! Keep pushing people out that we all love, and you’ll lose the fan base and you’ll be cancelled like the rest!!

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  84. Carlos says:

    Mr.valentini should realize that if keep forcing young new talent to the cavass and no loyalty to the oroginal cast the show will end up like amc oltl which he is causing the canclleation of a great shpw

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  85. Angela.Banaszak says:

    That’s so horrible she has given so much to this show shMe on them

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  86. SAMANTHA SYLVIA CRUMES GUEYE says:

    I’m very disappointed about what has happened to Genie Francis. Please reconsider giving her a long term leading role. I have been a fan of hers since the Laura and Luke duo. This very up

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  87. SAMANTHA SYLVIA CRUMES GUEYE says:

    This is very disturbing. Please reconsider.

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  88. Edina says:

    Carlivati, make it happen. Bring Genie to DAYS.

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  89. Pam Johnson says:

    First we lose All My Children and One Life to Live and now LAURA!?! ABC must have lost their minds with the first two. And, it appears, so have the writers of GH! I am 55 years old and watched as a teenager with my mom. VERY DISAPPOINTING!

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  90. Agnes says:

    I have been watching GH for many years. Before Luke and Laura. I love Genie and was getting excited that they were giving her a good story line. She deserves it. I think to cut her out is totally wrong. I am getting tired of all the stupid storylines lately. Why bring back Lucas when they could never give him a storyline worth watching. I think the mayoral race would have been interesting to watch with Ned and Laura fighting for the job. It is STUPID decisions like this that are making your ratings drop. You may have lost another long time fan.

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  91. Kris says:

    Are the producers ALL NUTS – Genie Francis is an outstanding actress…she adds so much to GH…you probably don’t care – BUT – I don’t know if I’ll continue to watch the show without her…I’m so disappointed in all the BIG SHOTS involved in this outrageous decision…I think you’re all going to regret this.

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  92. Michele says:

    I’ve been watching general hospital since I was in high school. I’m now almost 50 and yo getting rid of Genie Francis I won’t be watching anymore very disappointed was hoping to watch her character grow.

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  93. Nancy says:

    Bad decision she has a great storyline and you send one of the most iconic character of gh off. Many fans are really mad change this decision now.

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  94. CJ says:

    Never understood the hype of Geary and Francis. Alto over the years that I’ve watched GH, (over 40) Ms. Francis character has turned out to be one of the best. Too bad.

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  95. Dawn says:

    GH is tripping… Get it together or you will be off the air for lack of viewers..Bring back Laura!!!!!!

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  96. DP says:

    Of all the characters that we could think about being written out of GH, LAURA wasn’t on the list. I see no storyline for Kiki so why not her instead? I was looking forward to seeing Laura’s run for Mayor against Need. Laura and Kevin’s love story was so sweet. Shame on the writer’s of GH!

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  97. JLH says:

    This is such disappointing news. I know this isn’t the first time a GH actor has been shown the door with little tact or decency but…this really turns me off to the show. It’s been a great pleasure seeing Genie (and Laura) back in Port Charles and I’m wondering if it’s the last we’ll see of her (on GH).

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  98. DP says:

    I don’t understand why the writers of General Hospital have decided to write out the character of Laura Spencer. Her storyline was just starting to get interesting again by running for mayor not to mention her marriage to Kevin. It seems to me like there could have been another character that could have been reduced to recurring roles for example Kiki.

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    su0000 replied

    Laura was written out because she refused to accept the recurring offered to her..
    Most want recurring because it is better for them.
    Most of the cast is recurring, actually.

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    Steve replied

    The majority of actors on daytime prefer the security and guaranteed pay of a contract.

    Contract actors are considered employees and get the benefits associated with them. Minimum episode counts are written into the contract so the actor knows exactly what they will get paid even if the show doesn’t put them in those episodes.

    The only reason the majority of the cast is recurring is because of budgets. Daytime cannot afford to have 30+ actors on contract anymore.

    Andrew Hass replied

    Maybe the show should have asked Genie Francis if she would have been willing to take a pay cut in return for her staying on contract.However since Genie is now recurring on GH she can sign with another soap and she doesn’t owe GH anything in terms of telling them.

    nancy dillingham replied

    Again, come on, su0000!

    Harry replied

    The following actors are on contract: Maurice Benard, Finola Hughes, Steve Burton, Billy Miller, Michelle Stafford, Laura Wright, William de Vry, Maura West, Nancy Lee Grahn, Tamara Brown, the actress who plays Jordan, the actor who plays the new editor (Wright’s boyfriend), the actress who plays Nell, Rebecca Herbst, Michael Easton, Roger Howarth etc. The aforementioned receive the most air time. You know who is reoccurring? Jackie Zeeman, Kristin Wagner, John York and you know how much we see those last three characters.

    Elizabeth replied

    Are you Frank’s intern Su0000?

  99. CR says:

    WTF. They started an awesome story for Laura and Kevin and ended it just like that.

    Genie has saved General Hospital so many times during
    Sweep months when they needed the ratings. Really GH, wake up. Genie is your person that has kept GH going.

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  100. paul453 says:

    I now have a free hour for reading or a nap. I only watched GH for Laura and Kevin. Tears during their wedding and honeymoon. I’ve loved watching both actors for years.

    Terrible decision to move Genie Francis to recurring.

    GH cancellation not far off?

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    nancy dillingham replied

    My only reason also. Know any good titles? I’ll join that “book club”!

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  101. Wanda says:

    I am devastated that is happening to Genie. She is and will always be Laura. If GH did this to her whose to say they won’t do it to another character on GH. I have been watching GH since it started. The best story line was when Luke and Laura got married and their life together. GH you are going to loose ratings drastically if you don’t fix what you have done. Once they bring Nicolas back then he can take care of his own son. They never found a body on him. So the story line is not heading in a good way here. Genie I wish you luck and maybe if we all fuss so much they will bring you back if you choose to come … Thank you for my growing up years………..

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  102. Pauline christakos says:

    Just disgraceful and wrong! Genie Francis is a superb actress and she brought a breadth of fresh air to a style show! I’ve been watching GH since it first started. Hung in there through all the cast changes and ridiculous storylines that went nowhere, but this might actually be the end for me! The powers that be need to wake up!

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  103. heidi says:

    Unbelievable! I am so disappointed in that decision! She’s been fabulous and looking fantastic! There is a lot that they could do with her! Bad call on their part!

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  104. Dorothy says:

    Bring Laura back!!!!!

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  105. Karen Mceachern says:

    Genie Francis is a talented actress and a longtime asset to General Hospital. Something is amiss. Why would GH start a big story involving her and then terminate it and send her packing to recurring ? Laura and Kevin were a great team and the start of the Mayor’s story for her would have been phenomenal. Think of the speech she gave at Charlie’s Pub regarding the “redo” of the neighborhood. This decision about Genie is just wrong.

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  106. Hubb says:

    Horrible decision!!!!

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  107. Amber Sinclair says:

    This makes absolutely no bloody sense to me. Why get rid of one of the longest running characters on #GH and drop them to recurring status? We already don’t have many left on the show, making the show almost unrecognizable to those who have been watching for decades. Plus it was nice to have the wide range of ages in storylines again. Now there’s only Monica Quartermaine, Bobbie Spencer and Scott Baldwin as far as being the longest running characters on the show. Tony Geary had his run of being in the spotlight, this was Genie’s time to shine and you ripped it away from her. Terrible move Frank Valentini!!!

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  108. Michele Johnson says:

    What are you thinking GH??? Very bad decision. Not happy.

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  109. Lyn says:

    Bring her back what are you people doing to GH. I am a 40 yr fan and may stop watching with the way things are going.

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  110. Jacquie Rivera says:

    Disappointed I guess GH is focusing on the 3 again bye bye I won’t be back.

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  111. mike says:

    Recurring is not a bad thing in todays soap climate. GH uses most of their recurring characters a lot, but 12 episodes a year is an insult.

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    Elizabeth replied

    That is BS. Why not put William DeVry on recurring…. or Roger Howarth, or Michael Easton? Or Michelle Stafford? None of them are more important to GH than Genie is.

    ABC has a real problem treating its women actors with the same respect as its male actors. And the fan base has HAD it according to the blowback for this decision.

    Frank needs to be fired. STAT.

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    Shay replied

    Quite frankly, Elizabeth, I don’t view this matter so much as a men vs. women issue as one of non-legacy vs. legacy character actors and the total lack of respect the latter receives from the current GH regime. We’ve seen this time and time again with many beloved vets who are no longer found in Port Charles…both of the male and female variety. The game plan since Frank took over the show has always been to mostly highlight newbies imported from defunct ABC soaps—-along with other big name gets from daytime—-whilst shoving out the majority of established stars of the GH we traditionally knew and loved, save for a chosen few, of course!…The only occasion when he has any use for fan favorites is as a temporary means to bump up the ratings since his pets can’t deliver them on their own, despite receiving the lion’s share of the fat contracts. It’s long been obvious that there are those protected players who won’t be going anywhere, come hell or high water, no matter how much we repeatedly state our dislike for them…think Franco, Nina, Ava, Julian, Alexis, Sonny and Carly!!!!!! Beyond that, everyone else seems pretty much disposable and it really doesn’t matter the chromosomes they possess.

    su0000 replied

    hi Mike,,
    being recurring is a good thing most prefer it.
    recurring needs a guarantee of episodes, she had 12 but that is the least she would have she could have 30 or more actually depending on a story, same as the others.

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    Steve replied

    There are NO guarantees for recurring actors.

    Andrew Hass replied

    Actors who are under contract have episode guarantees.Actors who are on recurring status only work when the show wants them to work.

    nancy dillingham replied

    su0000, how do you know this for a fact????

  112. Phil says:

    I am guessing this is the vet they were referring to in the blind item! Poor decision Frank! Jeni is amazing! Go back to days Genie! They will appreciate you! Not as Diana though as a Horton or someone else connected to a major family! I am sure Ron would love to write for you!

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    Andrew Hass replied

    I could also see Genie Francis going back to Days as Diana or as a new character.For example i could see Genie playing a DiMera and it could be interesting to see her playing an evil character of sorts.

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    Shay replied

    If Genie moves to another soap, her new character’s name most definitely should be “I-Loatha Port Charles!” (I’m sure Ron could happily make that happen at DOOL…)

  113. Catherine says:

    I cant believe this,Genie is my favorite actor on GH for years,have these producers and writers seen how many fans she has,its just not right,we want to see her every day,I wont watch GH anymore!

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  114. CJonrx says:

    Laura should stay. Bring. Spencer back to Port. Charles, She and Luke held. GH a lot of yrs. She doesn’t deserve the ax!

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  115. Debbie Silvey says:

    that just stinks to high heaven bring in new people an drop laura. I’m pissed

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  116. Celesta says:

    I just can’t understand what they are thinking? Bad move on GH end!

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  117. CASSANDRA says:

    I totally dislike GH at this point . The executive producer should be fired! !! Keep Sonny and Jason -mob bosses and killers??? Over a character with substance? ?? I’M DONE WITH THIS SHOW! !! Moving away from soaps!!! This is why soaps have become non existing and lack interest.

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  118. Sherry Hays says:

    Letting Genie Francis go is absolutely horrible I’m thinking about now not watching the show anymore after letting Genie go and Nathan what the heck is going on? Let’s get it together you writers. Genie Francis deserves much more she’s been loyal to you now be loyal to her

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  119. nancy dillingham says:

    Michael, a special request: I trust you and would like very much if you could possibly get an interview with Genie. I would love it if you could be the one to give Genie a platform to speak to her loyal fans. I’m sure she respects YOUR loyalty to soaps and actors all these years and that she just might speak with you. It would mean so very much to me and her legion of fans out there.

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    heidi replied

    Hi Nancy… would love Michael interviewing Genie! He does such a great job interviewing. However… Genie is a class act and she will not likely say much about it. I haven’t read all the posts yet, but we need to find another way to get real answers for this really bad decision. My guess is that Frank is not entirely to blame for it. At least hoping he isn’t that misguided!

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Hey Heidi,
    I think you are correct, and, yes, we do need to find another way to get the real answers. How do we do that?

    rose replied

    Hi Michael Fairman…Add me to Nancy’s request. Plus How do we do a “march” to see if we can reverse this decision. If writers can’t think of a great story line by bringing Spencer back to Port Charles to recover, along with Laura running for mayor, Faison returning, Valantin still there, and KEVIN, etc., they should turn in their pencils. Upps…they probably don’t know what pencils are, and that may be part of the problem.

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    rebecca1 replied

    The adorable actor who plays Spencer isn’t available to come back now. He’s on a Disney show I believe but is supposed to return for another short stint at some point…summer? Not sure.

    Basically, people just have to call and write and sign petitions. That’s the only possible way they’ll bring her back.

    On a side note, not sure if anyone here watched The Walking Dead; I do. But, there was a HUGE outcry when everyone found out Carl was being killed off. Peopl have called for the head writer to be fired. Made no difference. Character is still dead.

    Sigh…sometimes fan reactions make a difference; other times not. Guess it depends on how much of a hit in terms of viewers or advertisers the powers-that-be feel the show will take. If they think not…they won’t change their decision. It’s a wait and see….

    rose replied

    Rebecca…They could figure out something for Spencer’s availability to keep Genie’s stories front and center. They have had other actors covered by temp for instance: ie Nickolas. Not unheard of.

    FYI stars of Outlander will be at the Creation Entertainment Salute To Outlander Convention in New Jersey in Secaucus, NJ on August 17-19, 2018. These things can be fun, but may not appeal to you based on one of your comments about them being expensive. And yes they do charge per actor from my experience.

    rebecca1 replied

    Hi rose (LOL…can you settle something? Is this “you?” Are you the Rose I always exchange messages with?) Confusing…I THINK one has an uppercase R, the other, as here, lower.

    Anyway, I’m thinking it must be you because we share love for Outlander! (Can’t wait for the next season; hoping it’s better than the last but I’m not sure any of the upcoming can match the first two. Adored them.) But, you’re right. I don’t like to go to costly actor events. When I read of the astronomical prices they charge soap fans I cringe. But, to each his own…

    Are you going? LOL…if you are I’ll let you know if I change my mind a few months from now. Maybe we’ll meet up! ;)

    rose replied

    Hi Rebecca…I guess I have to fess up…I’m the lower case “r.” But I think I was the only one for a while. Since then I have noticed a couple of other Roses in the MF site. Guess I’m too lazy about individualizing mine. Have enough trouble keeping track of all the passwords I have to have everywhere else.

    Probably won’t go to this show. Too far from where i live. But if they are going to be at the one show, they may add other ones a time goes by. And yes it is expensive to even just ay hello to favorite stars at these kind of shows. I really wanted to meet Nathan Fillion from “Castle” (plus Firefly and Serenity) just to say “Hello Joey.” Remember him in OLTL with Dorian Lord? And I have to think he had something to do with with old soap pals making appearances on “Castle.” But you just cant say hello without paying at least $50 and standing in line for a long time. Forget it!

    It’s been a long, dreary winter. But a little bit of sun today. Makes a big difference. Hope all is well. :)

    heidi replied

    Thanks Nancy!

    I am not sure at the moment, but thinking. We could write letters to Frank and others at ABC. We could campaign in social media. Need to think more.

    Michael… do you know what we can do or if there is precedent with other instances?

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    Elizabeth replied

    SoapHub and change.org both have petitions that you can sign. There are also several feedback hotlines you can call (I posted them once already on this thread) as well as an address to send a postcard (no letters, they won’t be opened) and I also included an email address to abc. Also on abc.go/feedback you can send your thoughts there. All sorts of venues to register your complaints, and please use as many of them as you have time for!

    Elizabeth replied

    Since this is such a long thread I will repost them (and hope it is approved…)

    GH comment line
    323-671-4583

    Watch ABC customer care
    800-230-0229

    NY ABC daytime feedback
    212-456-7777, ext #464

    ABC Media Relations
    212-456-7749

    ABC Daytime Feedback
    818-460-7477, then 464

    ABC Daytime Rebecca Campbell
    818-460-6155

    Or as an alternative, email abc.audience.relations@abc.com ;

    or write a POSTCARD to
    Frank Valentini, Executive Producer:
    General Hospital
    c/o ABC-TV
    4151 Prospect Avenue
    Hollywood, CA 90027

    They don’t open envelopes…

    Justin replied

    For the first time ever, I called the comment line. lol. It felt good to vent my displeasure. Thanks for providing it.

    K/kay replied

    Thank you Elizabeth I do not normally do this and I am doing it for justice for Genie not necessarily toget her back on the show history has shown us if someone does not want you there they make life miserable. But at least she will know she was loved. Take care

    rebecca1 replied

    k/kay…that was a sweet response…”at least she will know she was loved.” ;)

    Steve replied

    In addition to Genie, a Michael Fairman interview of Michael Logan would be a great read. Logan, the most prominent soap writer of the last 25 years was recently let go from TV Guide magazine. The two Michaels talking soap history would be a great read.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Yes, Steve, I agree. My sister reminded me of Michael Logan when I told her the sad news. Would be a great read!

  120. Marsha says:

    Shameful the way veteran soap stars are treated. I was SO looking forward to seeing Genie and Wally Kurth in the same storyline. Genie has proven over and over how valuable she is to the cast. And to think that this decision was to allow more time and money for Sam, Jason, Sonny and Carly….GMAFB. I would rather watch Genie read the phone book. Oh well, not I will be able to watch GH in 5 minutes instead of 10…so much more to FF over.

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  121. Loretta says:

    How insulting, to drop , one of the main actresses of the show.Sge grew up on GH, and has always kept everyone watching.Laura is to General Hospital, what Erica Caine was to AMC.It should be up to her, when she wants to leave. She is a staple in the show. GH writers, rethink this, and fix it.

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    su0000 replied

    Genie was not fired it was her choice to leave..
    She was dropped to recurring (as many are) and she refused to accept being recurring and she left.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    It was their ”choice” (desire??????) to drop her to recurring. And has she left for good? Is this a fact or a factoid? Who said this? How do you know this???

  122. luvmymrman says:

    I totally agree with everyone. What r u thinking writers? Genie is a great actress & 2 do this 2 her & offer her only 12 episodes is beyond awful. Get rid of Amy, & her brother. Those characters r worthless. Good 4 Genie 2 say no. Pls. writers put Genie back on contract. Her story as mayor would of been soooo good with the power of women today. Pls listen 2 us fans, if it weren’t 4 us u would probably b out of jobs, think about that!!!!!

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  123. Anita says:

    They should get rid of Ava and keep Laura. Laura would make a great mayor. She is a breath of fresh air. Much better storyline than the Jason/Drew story is dragging out way to long not interested in it anymore. Please use some common sense and keep Laura. Genie you are great!

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    rose replied

    Don’t mind keeping Ava. But I agree that Laura is like a breath of fresh air in a city that the writers keep consumed with Sonny, Carly and Co. Plus, I like the revitalization Charles Street story as a real community for it’s residents, and an emergency hospital, instead of high priced condos for interlopers. It’s very timely as to what developers have done and continue to do to a lot of cities right now. We need this kind of story to balance the crooks and awful drug story they just ran.

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    rebecca1 replied

    I agree, rose. I like Ava; also like Nina. The only character I’d like to replace right now is Aunt Stella. IF there was a limitless budget I wouldn’t mind her. But in this soap/budget deprived climate she’s a totally unnecessary character and eats into the budget for vets, such as Genie. (not to mention Mac who was also discarded. It was almost worse than Genie…he’d been on consistently, no break, for many years and was a constant presence. And then, they just got rid of him. Horrible slap in the face.

    Elizabeth replied

    To me Nina would be the one to go. She has no story line other than propping Valentin and playing stepmother to Charlotte. Nothing against Michelle Stafford but her character never developed into anything and now that her brother is gone that is even less reason for her to stay.

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  124. Alan says:

    Absolutely disgraceful.

    I guess the show decided that a beloved, iconic character like Laura was expendable so that we could have even more airtime for criminal “heroes” and “new audience favorites” like Nelle, Aunt Stella, Oscar, Kim, Amy, and Kiki.

    GH has lost any heart it had left with Laura’s exit. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the show get its cancellation notice the next time renewal comes around.

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  125. Debra m says:

    Genie is an icon. BOTH her and Tony Geary saved GH years ago and put the soap in the spitlight. They never would have treated Tony Geary like this. Geniue should never return. Another soap will hire her and treat her better, perhaps DOOL? It would be great to see her reunited with Tyler. Odd, how Maurice just announced he signed a new contract, more money I am sure, and suddenly the mayor story was dropped so abruptly. Also, with Steve Burtobs return guess the head honchos, and FV are checking the dollar signs. The ratings for GH have not increasef that much with Butrton’s return. I feel bad for Genie. Again women get the shaft while the men keep making the money.

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  126. Margie says:

    Genie Francis is a huge talent. She has faithful followers. Placing her on recurring status is a big mistake. I hope she is grabbed up by Days of Our Lives or Y&R. At least she is the consummate actress. Better the show keep her than some of the two or three “monotone ” actresses who use the same face, tone, actions no matter what scene is taking place. Those that are one demonsional. You could not be more wrong. Pay Genie what she is worth, instead of giving the big bucks to the male actors.

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  127. Debbie Richards says:

    This just completely sucks! I agree with all the comments above. Gh you make some stupid changes. But this takes the cake. Laura is a huge part of GH and if she goes… You will be losing thousands & thousands of viewers. I for one will no longer watch starting Monday 1-21-18 We love you Genie and we will fight for your return.

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  128. Donna says:

    She deserves to be on the show not just recurring, she just started this new life, bring her back, get pet rid of someone who can’t act like Bobby

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  129. Carmen Arn says:

    She is and will always be the beauty of this soap. No one has ever come close to this star actress. Big mistake not to use her.

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  130. Diane says:

    As an older, long time GH watcher I am insulted by the abrupt plot change and the dismissal of Genie Francis.

    At last GH had a love story about a mature couple

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Yes, I agree!

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  131. Donna says:

    These comments are only good if someone, from the show reads them, ,like the writers, producer’s, which I doubt they do.

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    JK replied

    THEY DONT CARE……STOP BUYING THE SPONSORS PRODUCTS AND WHEN IT COMES TO MONEY.. …THEY MIGHT START TO UNDERSTAND.

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  132. Lorraine says:

    BIG MISTAKE. I have been watch GH for 45 Years. How can you take Genie off the show like this. I am sure you will regret this action. All GH fans want Her back.

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  133. Lucie katcher says:

    I am extremely disappointed with Ron C for doing this to such a very popular actress she has been such an important part of this Luke forever please reconsider your decision

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    su0000 replied

    Ron C hasn’t been with GH for many years,,
    He now is head writer of DOOL for a long time.

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    Elizabeth replied

    Yeah….. like, all of eight months.

  134. Connie Levitz says:

    I love her and her character I think it’s wrong what the network is doing to her she’s a great actress been watching GH since I was about 7 years old back when Steven Audrey was there love the summer of Luke and Laura I just don’t understand when you get a good storyline then you want to piss around with these actors and actresses it’s ridiculous I’m not too thrilled with the Sam Jason Drew storyline either Sam needs to be with Jason Andrew can go wherever I’m not too thrilled with him I give Laura her contract

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  135. Maggie says:

    Really!! Why would you get rid of Laura, when Nelle
    and Amy are the most annoying characters. Her
    character is awesome and likable. I think you made
    a huge mistake!!

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  136. Marie says:

    It’s really a shame for the power to be treat Genie Francis as if she were just passing through…she deserves so much more,sad how you treat someone who has been there through it all n now you’ve decided to put her in on occasion…so big of you
    I hope management or anyone with a brain reads the comments we all write
    Without us as fans you wouldn’t have a job so try and do the best for the people there

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  137. Susan says:

    I can’t believe they’ve dropped Genie Francis. I love the character of Laura and I love her relationship with Kevin. She and Kevin are one of the few non-toxic relationships on the show and I always look forward to seeing Laura/Genie on screen. I frequently Fast Forward through the endless repetitiveness and negativity of Sonny/Carly/Jason but I never FF through Genie! It’s ridiculous that dysfunctional, selfish characters are given front burner roles and a smart, beautiful older woman who cares for her community instead of exploiting it (I’m talking about you, Sonny!) is written off to the back burner. I was really looking forward to Laura running against Ned (and winning!) and it would have been very topical given the Women’s movement that is resurgent in the country since the election of Donald Trump. Shame on you, Frank Valentini! You’ve just dropped about 100 points in my estimation of your talents!

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  138. Carrie Nauseda says:

    The sad part is many fans feel the need to attack the actors when one of their fav’s get the ax. This isnt on the actors. They are doing a job. This is on tptb, Frank, Nathan. Stop blaming the wrong pple. Actors come and go. How can we expect these pple to not do right for themselves? Stop blaming actors, blame the idiot in charge!! Frank V

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    JK replied

    well said!!!!!!

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  139. Lisa says:

    I hate that we are losing our beloved Genie-AGAIn! Do ex’s not see the responses to this! I hope the decision is overturned and people sign the petition. Dans saves Elizabeth Webber- Becky’s role years ago…Isn’t Laura Baldwin Spencer Collins worth more!

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  140. Skeptic says:

    Nathan Varni, the ABC network executive in charge of GH, is most likely the person who decided to fire Genie. Nathan loves Sonny and all the mob storylines, and has discussed that fact in interviews. Since being put in charge of the show, he has gotten that. He has other shows and duties at ABC, but GH seems to be his favorite thing to oversee. The fact that Frank and his writers had her run for mayor may have been a way to acknowledge her important role in Port Charles-world history before sending her off. Someone should do one of those online petitions to bring back Genie, or perhaps to have GH show more respect to its female actors in terms of storylines (and pay). Varni’s love for characters steeped in violence is also not a good message in the world we live in.

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    Steve replied

    I’d usually join the Varni bashing, but all the reports say it was Frank’s decision, so no easy out for him this time. Shelly and Chris had no idea it was coming.

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    Nikki replied

    The writers were obviously blindsided as they had planned her marriage to Kevin and this big Mayoral race/Charles Street story for her and scrapped it all in five minutes of dialogue. Honestly if I’d have blinked, I’d have missed it! Too bad, because CVE seems to really utilize GH history well. Too bad FV made a fool of the writers and Genie, but at least they had the good sense not to make Laura catatonic again!

  141. Randy says:

    THATS IT,,IM SO DONE JUST TOOK GENERAL HOSPITAL OFF MY DVR..THE TOTAL LACK OF RESPECT FOR SOMEONE OF GENIES TENURE IS JUST DEPLORABLE,
    I HOPE THE REST OF YOU THAT ARE GENIE FANS TURN OFF THE HOSPITAL,,NOT EVEN MAURA WEST CAN KEEP ME TUNED IN NOW,,WHY NOT PUT BLAME WHERE BLAME NEEDS TO BE , ON THOSE UN TALENTED UN CREATIVE WRITING TEAM..THAT COULDNT COME UP WITH A REAL GENUINE INTERESTING STORYLINE IF THERE LIFE DEPENDED ON IT,, YES LETS CAN GENIE AND DO ANOTHER FAISON STORYLINE SO GENIUS,,NOT,,SO GENERAL HOSPITAL PICK A FINGER,…MAYBE JUST MAYBE YOUNG AND RESTLESS COULD SNAP HER UP AGAIN AS GENEVIEVE…AT LEAST THERE THE WRITERS ARE PROFESSIONAL WRITERS AND NOT STORY BOOK TELLING OF RECYCLED OLD STORIES,,,GOOD LUCK GENIE,,PLEASE DONT GO BACK TO THIS SEWER THEY CALL GENERAL HOSPITAL…

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  142. Deb says:

    This is NOT a good decision. If you need to cut someone…. cut the Nell storyline or get rid of Ava.
    Their storylines are nothing but evil. Don’t cut a
    character that’s been on there for all these years
    That people loves makes no sense at all.

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  143. Claudester Miller says:

    SMH! Another bonehead decision! The juicey storylines they could have written. Sick of Drew. Fans did not want that mess to continue. Ok, Im team Jason.

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  144. Phyllis says:

    I am very upset that Genie Francis (Laura) has been dropped from GH to recurring status…she just married Kevin and now she has to leave him to go take care of Spencer…and now that she was given a storyline to run for mayor, it would have been a good storyline…they always take off the characters we have loved for many years….whhh keep dragging the storyline of Nelle and her “baby” with Michael….please reconsider this move with Genie Francis

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  145. Fran says:

    You want to really force abc to make a change? Send emails or letters to their sponsors telling them you will stop buying their products. Without advertising there is no show.

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    Elizabeth replied

    Sponsors would be a great plan of action.

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    JK replied

    I SO AGREE TO STOP BUYING THEIR PRODUCTS…..WHEN IT COMES TO THE MONEY THEY MAY LISTEN BUT…..ESPECIALLY ABC DOESNT CARE WHAT WE THE AUDIENCE THINK OR WANT…..THEY HAVE THEIR OWN AGENDA!!!!!!!

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    Reed replied

    Can’t disagree enough. Without the sponsors, we the fans have no show. The sponsors don’t need this aggravation. Direct your displeasure at ABC and TPTB. And for those of you who will no longer watch GH because of this, I would question your commitment to the show and genre. A true fan supports the show through the good and the bad. Nobody is disputing the shabby treatment of Genie Francis but let’s see what the fallout is. It’s definitely a wake-up call to the execs and heads will likely roll–someone will have to fall on the sword for such a colossal PR nightmare of their own making. With this their 55th year, they should be readying for a celebratory victory lap for the venerable show with goodwill and nostalgia abounding, but instead a self-inflicted wound seeks to derail and detract, changing the narrative from one of celebration to that of justification (for which there is no plausible one). Without knowing all the details, the optics are pretty damning. Do I hear a call for Barbara Bloom to come in and clean-up Frank’s mess? We should be so lucky to have this good of drama on the screen, too bad it’s wasted behind the scenes!

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  146. Jill Christensen says:

    You executives have lost your minds! !!! The mayor story line would have been awesome with Laura! And what’s with the Faison story? ? Kill him off already! I world like to see less mob stuff and more real lifelike stories! And get rid of Nell! Another and, what a miracle for Ava! Really? ???? Keep Laura!!!!!!

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  147. Laura Lincoln says:

    GH won’t be the same without Genie. I’m done. They choose to get rid of the most ridiculous people.
    Let me know where she lands and I will watch her there!
    Producers=Idiots

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  148. Maureen Centrone says:

    OHHHHHH HELLLLL NOOOO GENIE MUST STAY!!! SHE IS DEFINATELY A PERMANENT PIECE OF GH HISTORY, ARE YOU PEOPLE KIDDING US ? WHY DID YOU EVEN LET HER GET MARRIED? NOW WHAT? I DON’T BELIEVE THIS, STOP GETTING RID OF THE OLD IT’S NOT ALWAYS TIME FOR NEW. GH YOU NEED TO GET WITH THE PROGRAM, WHAT ABOUT THE CONNECTION SHE HAD WITH CHARLOTTE NOW YOUR GOING TO TAKE SOMEONE ELSE AWAY FROM THAT LITTLE GIRL? THERE’S NO ONE WHO CAN REPLACE GENIE SHE’S ONE IN A MILLION! #BETTER FIX THIS

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  149. Buddy Lee Brown says:

    Thanks so much EVERYBODY
    WE HAVE a change.org petition over on my fb page Buddy Brown

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  150. Buddy Lee says:

    Thanks EVERYBODY We have a change.org petition over on my personal fb page with my last name Buddy Brown

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  151. Eileen says:

    I love GH and have been watching since forever! Please don’t make stupid mistakes and have your ratings go down! The story line has been wonderful, and I can’t wait to watch it every day! Please don’t ruin it!

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  152. Jake says:

    Another ridiculous decision from the leadership at GH! I hope another soap snaps
    Her up so that GH loses out again. It would be nice to see her on days reunited with
    Tyler Christopher. Mane eventually the powers that be at GH won’t be so arrogant

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    Wanda replied

    What are these writers thinking???? Real stupid plan. Laura is vital to GH.

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  153. rose says:

    Bad, Bad , Bad move. They could just have easily brought Spencer back to Port Chrles to recover, thus allowing us Genie running for mayor, Kevin, etc. What’s wrong with the tptb??? Just when you are moving a few steps forward story/cast wise you take more steps backwards. This has p*ssed me off probably more than any other exits.

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  154. Kevin C says:

    NOW I have to say something bad about GH…HOW DARE YOU treat Genie Francis this way and I was one that always defended the so called TOP BRASS and now I DO NOT SUPPORT you at all…YOU GUYS should BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES and it won’t be good on your part for your show will now suffer more than ever for just look how many people care and YOU ALL DON’T LISTEN and make such STUPID MOVES…This is what’s wrong with this WORLD for SO MANY PEOPLE DON’T CARE and DO NOT LISTEN TO the people and GH just made one of the stupidest moves you have ever done in the history of your show…I LOVE GENIE FRANCIS, what a breath of fresh air with her acting and her character of Laura…Genie, I wish you nothing but the best and GOD BLESS you Genie and I am so sorry that you have been treated like this…

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  155. Linda F says:

    Horrible decision, she is so loved. The show will not be same,

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  156. Glenda says:

    Every time there is a really good actress or actor, the writers find a way to screw it up. Genie is brought back to save their ratings and when she has accomplished it they send her away. WY to go GH writers you really know how to reward your celebrities.

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  157. Tim says:

    The loss of Genie Francis so soon after Jane Elliot’s Retirement is a ridiculous decision. Stop focusing on talentless newbies and OLTL actors and give us more of GH’s beloved Vets before the show faces cancellation.

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  158. Mary says:

    The story line that was started with Genie as wife and Mayor candidate added some love and happiness to all the crime and heartbreak. Bring her back and keep her.

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  159. April831 says:

    Of all of the crap I’ve seen since I started watching in 1876…this is the worst. I think they have actually lost me this time. Finally, they gave us a storyline about an intelligent, passionate grownup woman, who we have seen mature from a teen, and then NOPE never mind. So much for giving the show back its balance. Reverse this mistake GH or say goodbye to your longest-term fan base.

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    April831 replied

    Hahahah 1986

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  160. Satan says:

    Last Wednesday’s episode was the best example of how badly this show has been off the rails ever since February 2012. The goddamned newbies and castoffs from dead soaps always taking priority over GH vets. In this case, the vet who literally saved this show from cancellation in the late 70s.

    If not for Luke & Laura, this show would have been gone before Jimmy Carter left the White House. Ron Carlivati already botched Luke’s exit story, and was thankfully fired for it.

    Frank needs to be fired for this. And he needs to take Ava, Frodd, Nina, and the Twit with him.

    Bring back Genie Francis. Bring back Tristan Rogers. Bring back a producer who is committed to THIS show, not Zombie OLTL. Bring back General Hospital.

    The Devil doesn’t do Twitter, but feel free to use the above in hashtags.

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  161. Michael says:

    That’s such bs!

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  162. Justin says:

    I was just trying to get back into the show. I would say this is the final nail in the coffin.

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  163. Kim says:

    Can you say these writers and decision makers suck. All the loved charactors continuously suffer for ratings. First the 2nd best couple distroyed now the one original bezt couple in the history of soaps gone again. Get your heads out. Your killing us fans.

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  164. Bostonnc says:

    Absolutely devastated by this news. I have watched her almost my entire life. Fans says this all the time but truly I am not watching GH until she is rehired. So disappointed in the powers at GH who made this decision.

    How can we voice our displeasure to apply pressure?
    I need emails or phone #s or petition links.

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  165. Lupe says:

    So sad to hear that Genie Francis is leaving once again! Big, big mistake on letting her go! She does not deserve this ridiculous move! This keeps up, I wouldn’t blame her for not returning!

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  166. Nita Kennedy says:

    This is so disappointing. They slip her to recurring, what are the writers thinking. Why don’t they get rid of Amy and Olbrecht and why are you bringing back Faison. I have always loved Laura. Not really interested in any of the storylines anymore. GH is getting so boring. I’m sure I won’t miss GH anymore. Terrible writing.

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  167. Missy says:

    I’ve never been more happy to watch Laura than now. She was always more than just Luke’s love but finally found her equal in Kevin. Being a fan since 1977 I am horrified they would keep a character like Franco and get rid of her. GH, you were on a roll with the Jason storyline, but this is a bonehead move. Gonna cost ya big time in ratings.

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  168. Phil says:

    Doesn’t exactly send the right message to girls either! Getting rid of the show’s female candidate for Mayor and replacing her with a white man!

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  169. Barbara says:

    What are you thinking GH? I’ve been watching General Hospital since I was in high school and the Luke and Laura story line is a soap opera legend. Why, why why would you begin such a great story line for Genie Framces only to fire her just when you finally guve her a meaningful role. If you need to get rid of a character get rid of whiney Ava or pain in the neck Nell. I’m just about over this.

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  170. pam McDonald says:

    Bring Laura back Love her. Love K
    evin with her. Love Spencer with her. ABC doesn’t know gold when they have it.

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  171. downtownla says:

    This is why I stopped watching the show. Until then re-center the show around the Quartermaines, Baldwins, and Webbers, I will not be watching.

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  172. jeffrie says:

    Just deleted GH from my dvr!This is so disrespectful to us the longtime viewer and to Genie!We need to boycott this by stopping to watch and bombarding abc and GH with how angry we are at such treatment and disrespect!!!!!Bring Genie back on contract or we don’t watch simple who’s on board!!!!!!Lets show them we won’t stand for this!!!!!

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  173. JasonLovesGH says:

    This is a total travesty. WTF???
    Shame on you, Mr. Valentini, ABC, and all its other executives that authorized this asinine decision. Genie Francis deserves so much better than this. This is the stupidest thing ABC has done since that jackass Brian Frons tossed AMC and OLTL. Ms. Francis is at least 1/3 of the reason this iconic program is even still on the air. And how about the hundreds of millions of dollars ABC made off of her in ad revenue during the 70s and 80s as GH became the highest rated soap in history? How easily these morons forget. How about axing Mr. Valentini and the ABC executives who made this horrible decision? I am disgusted with all of this nonsense. And I’m mad as hell. Fix this wrong, ABC.

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  174. kevin says:

    BOO to whomever is responsible for this assinine casting decision! Set up interesting storyline opportunities for months (mayor as well as finally married to Kevin)…only to be put on recurring? An actress of her caliber?! Far more smart choices than this one!

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  175. kevin says:

    The fan reaction should clearly indicate the colossal error in judgment made here! I’d hope someone would step up and repair the damage before it’s too late!

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  176. jeanine girard says:

    I really hope the exec’s at the other 3 soaps have been working overtime this weekend to each offer Ms. Francis a full time contract with a worthwhile character & storyline. Heck, I would even entertain her going to the Bold & Beautiful if that had to be the case. The smart show that does this could really promote the heck out of her! The sooner the better so it can really pinch GH’s ratings.

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  177. su0000 says:

    Genie from 1977 played the role until January 15, 1982, when Genie Francis left the show and the character was taken off-screen.

    Genie briefly returned from November 14, 1983 to December 27, 1983

    and once again from November 9, 1984 to December 10, 1984.

    On October 29, 1993, Genie returned full-time to play Laura until quitting on September 6, 2002.

    In 2004, Francis inquired about returning to the series but was told there was not the budget for her.

    Guest appearance the 25th wedding anniversary of Luke and Laura.
    October 26 to November 22, 2006.

    She returned again from August 25 until November 12, 2008.

    On January 8, 2013, she again returns to General Hospital and last appeared on August 28, 2013.

    She returned on June 5, 2015.

    in late 2017 she would be dropped to recurring status in 2018
    She refused to agree to appear so infrequently.

    Time with GH-
    1974-84,
    1993-2002,
    (guest apperances; 2006, 2008, 2013)
    and
    2015- 2018 let go.

    That ^^ folks is a very long time with GH …
    A good part of her life in love with GH.
    The news she was let go ,It was a sad day ..

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    Jamesj75 replied

    su0000, thank you for documenting Genie’s vast history with the show. And I applaud and echo your heartfelt opinions in your final paragraph…

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Now you’re talking, su0000! “The news she was let go. It was a sad day.” You got that right this time, su0000.

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  178. Lisa Curenton says:

    Losing Genie Francis is a bad idea for this show. It shows a lack of respect for older viewers who most of your long-term viewers are. And it’s shockingly abrupt to have had her in Fairly dominant storylines and then do such a turn about to get rid of her. It’s such a lack of respect for this actress who has been so integral to the show. This hurts the storyline and it hurts many viewers… Just bad all the way around.

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  179. Susan says:

    I am not a long time viewer of GH, but Genie Francis is definitely the heart and soul of the show. It’s refreshing to watch someone of a similar age portray a vital and realistic character. I hope the show reconsiders this poor decision, returns Ms. Francis to her contract role and tones down the mob aspect of the show. We can only hope!

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  180. Allen Saint James says:

    WtF!!
    Im in tears over this. I love the chargacter of Laura so incredibly much and my respect for Genie Francis is immense. The character not the actress are ever given othe respect or the story(without Luke) they deserve

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  181. Cathy says:

    Please bring Genie back she Did not deserve this get rid of now she’s a waste of character Laura and Kevin storyline the excellent I love seeing them together it’s about time she was not remembered with Luke that was so long ago but Kevin and Laura make a beautiful story line it’s so ridiculous how GH is doing this just may stop watching

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  182. Cathy says:

    Get rid of Nelle

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  183. Timmm says:

    I love Laura BUT I have been saying for years, none of these writers no what to do with her. She was Luke’s sidekick. Luke even out grew her because she wanted the character to grow up and be more family oriented and that aint Luke! I also like Kevin Collins. BUT, what can you do with him? Him and Laura can show up from time to time but no stories of great interests could or wouldnt be written for Kevin. It sucks but its true. And the other problem with Laura is her sons are gone and this Lulu is horrible! They have no chemistry as mother and daughter! Genie is a sweetheart, but times up!

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  184. megan says:

    Just want to add that the response of fans to Genie’s firing has been incredible, and we see it for what it is–sexism. Genie has been treated terribly by several regimes, always paid less than the men though she built this show. She is the household name. I say #TimesUp for ABC, GH, Valentini. Genie deserves to be on GH, on contract ,and better paid than all of the men who are on this show. And that includes both Benard and Burton. They are not household names.

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  185. dmr says:

    Once again, this is to make room for either more new characters with absolutely no historic connection to Port Charles, or to continue with those new, boring characters/storylines they have fed to us. This is a travesty. Valentini has no respect for the legacy or tradition of the show, unless it is mob-centric. I was not one of the viewers that were upset with Rebecca Budig’s exit; however, I am upset about this exit. Shame on Valentini.

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  186. Buddy Lee Brown says:

    Just dropping by to let everybody know that the petition to ABC/Disney has surpassed the initial goal of 5000 and We had to raise it to 7500 to accommodate all those signing up from Coast to Coast and Canada too… It can be found on Many personal fb pages, and at ActUp.org… I have MY personal page set to public so that everybody can find it easily, and it is also shared and reshared on tons of others pages as well…
    Oh, and My personal fb account is just Buddy Brown, not the Lee in there…

    Another thing, everybody with Twitter accounts, if so inclined, remember You can Tweet and use hashtags solely about Genie today, since they have that “Let Us Know” at AskGH as well…

    Thanks EVERYBODY!!! Let’s do this for Genie!!!

    and Thank You Michael, as always!!!!
    As the Scorpios say, it’s not goodbye, it is Until Later…

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    Justin replied

    Fantastic! Thank you!

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    nancy dillingham replied

    And thanks to you, Buddy Lee!

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  187. Judy Reher says:

    I’m very angry with this decision to drop Genie Francis its truly a very stupid move. I have watched GH for over 50 years and seen many changes some good and some bad, this decision is one of the very worst !! A lot of us watched Genie grow up on GH…get married, get raped at the disco, get married a second time to Luke, many adventures with Robert, Anna, Holly (Emma Sams),even Demi Moore. Genie took a long hiatus to raise her children out east (while she was supposedly in a mental hospital for years) and we all missed her so much. She literally missed years of watching Lucky and Lulu grow up. I was so excited when she finally decided to come back….she has always been buoy in a sea turbulence on GH. PLEASE..GH if you are listening do as your viewers ask and keep Genie on contract …she is a necessary staple on General Hospital !!!!!!

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  188. Renee says:

    Okay unless I’m mistaken. The Soaps are no longer live like they used to be back in the 80s. Am I correct? If so it could be what a month before we would even see any progress on whether they bring Genie Francis back or not. Because they’re going to have to rewrite the storyline that’s if they decide to do it. I don’t see why they wouldn’t because fans uproar about Michael Easton being forced out brought him back. And do we really think that Steve Burton’s return cost them so much that they have to let other actors or actresses go? That’s ridiculous if it’s so I mean I like Steve Burton and I do like his character and it’s nice to have the GH vets back. But I agree because I really like to Genies character I’ve always liked her and it stinks that they have put her back on recurring just when she got a decent storyline and what does this mean for Kevin Collins actor? Did you post your petition on the GH exposed fan base sites on Facebook? If so you should is General Hospital exposed General Hospital fans there’s all kinds of fan Facebook pages

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  189. Lucie katcher says:

    Sorry about the first comment whomever the writing team is they can make mistakes why would u place an actress that is so popular with fans and stories on contract it’s very disturbing and disappointed to fans Please correct the error propmtly

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  190. Carla says:

    It’s unfortunate the way Genie was treated. In today’s climate of budget restraints nobody’s job is safe. As a soap legend her storyline could of been played out not just tossed out on her ear. Disrespectful she deserved better.

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  191. Michael says:

    This is so weird and makes no sense. I already had an issue with GH because the show has LONG regarded their male stars with much more respect than their female stars. And it completely rubbed me the wrong way that Tony Geary could be kept on contract with outs that resulted in story having to stop for weeks on end and yet, he almost always had a story to come back to. And yet Genie was only given the opportunity to make brief appearances and when she did come back on a full time basis, she had little substantive, ongoing story. Luke went through how many love interests apart from Laura and Laura had … Kevin. ANd while that was sweet and mature, it also just showed the limitations the writers and execs had in their heads regarding Laura.

    But finally, this mayoral story had some legs. It had potential. Laura vs. Ned. And if Laura won, she would have had more interactions with the police department, and might have had the opportunity to go up against Sonny. And then what kind of strain would be put on Lulu and Dante’s marriage because of mother-in-law and father-in-law going against one another?

    On top of that, Laura is (should be) the heart of the show. She brings a history, and depth of family to the show. And talk about mob – she was involved in some of the earliest mob stories on GH! Laura was not just Luke’s wife. She wasn’t just the mother of Lulu and Lucky. To think that they started this story for her, were finally giving her some meat to dig into, and then abruptly shut it down? Someone, somewhere made a wrong call. And it isn’t just a wrong call, it’s a shameful call that once again shows that sexism and ageism is alive and well on the set of GH (oh, and just general stupidity).

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    nancy dillingham replied

    And I can see it now: Alexis runs for mayor and Julian helps her and, presto, he becomes her “hero” again. She falls in his arms and goes crazy again. Yuck!!! Sicko!! What bad taste in this charged cultural revolution.

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    Justin replied

    I always feel the need to shower after watching this show, so that would be no surprise.

    Shay replied

    Hideous taste, Nancy! It’s about time female characters with far loftier personal standards—-(both moral and otherwise)——than Alexis to be placed front and center on the GH canvas…The constant propping and glorification of this feckless, infantile femme who lacks even a modicum of self-respect—-not to mention, common sense——is utterly sickening!

    Shay replied

    @Justin….In that case, your water bill must be astronomical!

  192. Jamesj75 says:

    As of this writing, there are more than 400 posts here in just 2 days! The overwhelming majority of the posts are critical of this decision regarding Genie Francis. Many of us are lamenting the absurdity of this decision juxtaposed with actors/characters/storylines who are constantly given favored treatment. The powers-that-be of this once-great soap, known as “General Hospital,” should take notice and reverse course! Stat!

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    jaybird369 replied

    James…EXACTLY, Brother…EXACTLY!!!!!

    Later.

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  193. Rodd says:

    Dear God! Do we know the full story? If this is it, it sucks royally. Just as they were giving Genie something to sink her teeth into this happens? I guarantee that this will spell bad news for GH. God Bless Genie. The fans want you back, but how many times can you get punched in the gut by the top brass at this show. Woeful decision, folks.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    “Punched in the gut”–exactly. Don’t you know that’s exactly how Genie must feel?

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  194. K/kay says:

    Ok last comment on this been done to death a few weeks ago their was a blind item in SOD that said a veteran on a soap was finally getting a lead story the only problem was the veteran did not like the storyline. Now could this be Genie?

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    Shay replied

    Well, that works for me, k//kay! To be honest, whilst I loved the concept of Laura as mayor since she deserved to be portrayed as the moral center of Port Charles, all the “politics” surrounding this race were becoming a bit too thick for my taste! As a strong proponent of historical preservation, I certainly don’t necessarily view regentrification or repurposing of exisiting buildings as a negative thing…it is often the only means of keeping such magnificent older structures standing and maintained for the coming generations…As long as these sites are respected and restored to their former glory, albeit with the necessary, realistic modern twists in form and function thrown in for common sense sake, then there is nothing wrong with redevelopment….it is often the only logical alternative to allowing decaying real estate properties to become broken-down slums until they must be razed. As long as some of the tradtional flavor and architectural aspects are retained/recreated in an historical district, I see absolutely no problem with combining the old and new to create vibrant mixed-use spaces…..it is a highly-successful formula applied all across this country! For GH to paint such efforts in a wholly negative light and assign villain status to those wanting to promote such enterprise just reeks of anti-business propaganda.

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    rebecca1 replied

    Hi k/kay..

    No. That wasn’t the reason. The writers were already deep in the Laura running for Mayor story when they had to do an about-face. And, Laura has always stood for the people on GH. That’s her character’s M.O. She’s all about right and fair and caring about people. And, as we can see this story unfolding, it’s about the total disregard for people living in the neighborhood, tampering with their heat, etc to force them out. Laura would certainly fight against this wrong.

    If you read the other Genie Franis thread which MF just posted, her agent said she didn’t want to leave; not her decision.

    If anyone would have a problem with this story it would be Wally Kurth (Ned) who is playing someone who would force people out of their homes. That’s not the political stand he takes in real life..yet to his credit…he’s an actor and he’s playing a part. Kudos to Wally! Love him…

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  195. Reed says:

    A cluster-f of an HR/PR nightmare to be sure, but let’s not get hysterical. Yes, voice your displeasure, but continue to support the show and the hundreds of people whose livelihoods count on it.

    Not in dispute: terribly insulting to Genie Francis, the character and actress are iconic for the work she’s done on your show, legacy characters matter (you’re telling a story entering its 55th year!), a poorly handled contract negotiation if ever there was one, rallying the fans can be a very effective negotiating tool, Genie’s been underutilized as a contract player for years (your fault ABC, there are no retro-discounts!), not all fan favorites can be accommodated, the cast has become unwieldy, not everyone likes their boss, we need someone to blame, the optics are very bad indeed, and finally, you can’t please them all.

    Unclear: there has to be more to the story. Can you possibly create greater ill will and otherwise sabotage what should be a year of celebration and fond remembrance for the venerable show? I guess you could try….

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  196. Watching the soaps says:

    Why don’t they write out Franco Finn Ava Julian Nina instead of Laura?

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    Satan replied

    That is indeed the relevant question. I’ve seen far too many posts on this board and others trying to attach blame to other GH vets who themselves have 20 years or more to their credit.

    As far as I’m concerned, any and all who joined this show after February 2012 should be on the line before Genie Francis or any other actual GH veteran. And no, the amount of time an actor put in on some other soap doesn’t transfer over to “GH seniority.”

    So if there’s an issue with budgets and bloated casts, let’s take out the trash first. Frodd… Nina… Ava… Val the Bastard…. there’s a good place to start.

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  197. Michael says:

    How do we get FV to hear these protests.? I’m not onTwitter. Someone should cut and paste these reactions onto his Twitter feed.

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  198. Les says:

    Frankly…GH is dead to me now.

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  199. Rosanne says:

    It is absolutely ridiculous to change Genie’s role to recurrent (fired). Get rid of “Kiki, Elizabeth, the police commissioner, Sam (her marriage to Drew is disgusting).

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  200. blake says:

    I don’t even watch GH anymore, but even I know Frank Valentini is an idiot to take Genie Francis off contract.

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  201. Marie says:

    Oh of course, let a woman go after all men are the most important of all. Have these men not learned anything from everything going on with the women’s movement? Fire Frank V keep Genie!!!!

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  202. M says:

    Genie Francie is General Hospital!!! “Laura” is the heart of GH. She is the reason I have watched this soap for 45 Years. I was a child when I started watching. I kept watching even in her absence because she is at the core of the show. I have endured hundreds of hours of the “Maurice Bernard” Show. He and his boy toy Steve Burton should have been sent up the river or to his private island many moons ago. They are NOT the heart and soul of GH.

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    Jamesj75 replied

    Thank you, M, for your commentary here (with which I wholeheartedly concur) as well as the contact information you provided!

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  203. M says:

    EVERYONE SHOULD CALL AND WRITE !!!!!

    BRING GENIE BACK AS LAURA !!!!!!!!

    GH comment line
    323-671-4583

    Watch ABC customer care
    800-230-0229

    NY ABC daytime feedback
    212-456-7777, ext #464

    ABC Media Relations
    212-456-7749

    ABC Daytime Feedback
    818-460-7477, then 464

    ABC Daytime Rebecca Campbell
    818-460-6155

    Or as an alternative, email abc.audience.relations@abc.com ;

    or write a POSTCARD to
    Frank Valentini, Executive Producer:
    General Hospital
    c/o ABC-TV
    4151 Prospect Avenue
    Hollywood, CA 90027

    They don’t open envelopes…

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  204. Deb says:

    You’re bringing back Fasion and getting rid of laura??? What are you thinking?? Big, big
    Mistake.

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  205. gloria says:

    I am sad to hear that the general hospital decided to put Genie Francis on recurring roles only , so they can bring another actor bad mistake

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