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77 October 24th, 2014 GH Exec Prod Frank Valentini On Status Of Roger Howarth: “Fans Can Rest Assure He Is Not Off The Show”

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After the announcement of the casting news that General Hospital favorite Roger Howarth has nabbed a recurring role on the CW’s hit new series The Flash, many viewers and fans have posted comments on social media, and on this site, that they were concerned what that means for Roger’s role as Franco in Port Charles, and if that meant the Daytime Emmy winner was exiting the canvas?

To dispel any concerns or rumors, General Hospital executive producer Frank Valentini, put out this statement on the status of Howarth with the ABC soap opera and his gig on The Flash: ” We are thrilled for Roger and this opportunity. Fans can rest assure he is not off the show, as the timing for this role worked out so that he can shoot during our current “GH” hiatus. “  The show is currently on that hiatus.

So glad to hear there is more Roger as Franco to come?  Comment below!

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  1. k/kay says:

    With the way they film at GH it gives their actors a chance to do other things.

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  2. GB says:

    say what you will, but after being by far the most controversial of the Llanview 3 re-imaginings, Franco is the one who has now become the most vital to the canvas. I actually think he has a role within the fabric of the show, whereas when it comes to Kiki and now Silas, too (I liked him at first), I’m not entirely sure what function they fulfil, if any

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    CeeCee replied

    Well,GB, if we are to believe that Kiki is Nina’s daughter and not Ava’s, there is an untold story in the works…that’s the reason for Kiki’s presence…the same could be said for Silas. He had no idea he had fathered a daughter in the first place…now, is he yet to be surprised by the fact that Kiki is his child by Nina?
    I can understand your frustration since I feel the same way, where it seems that these characters are just there taking up useless space. I do hope that we will see some action soon.
    Kiki seems to be chugging along at a faster pace lately…I really like her, so I hope this character will not disappoint.
    It’s unfortunate how Michael Easton’s talent is languishing, isn’t it?

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    Patrick replied

    gosh, of the 3 amigos

    1…. ME” Silas.. was always steady…. not so sure now
    2…. KA’ Kiki… finally.. i’m willing to give her character a chance… and that’s only because she’s respecting Ava
    3… Franco…. let go the deadweight… of, got to say it…. Carly… and move on… is Nina on the horizon? it certainly does feature… two of the biggest daytime STARS

    I really do have to give props to the scenes… with :

    when Kiki went to Silas for help… when Ava was, it seemed going to lose her baby…

    Maura West is the bomb! every one around her knows it. God… and please excuse that.. but Gosh… isn’t she all that… the surround of Morgan, Kiki, and even Silas was touching, endearing, and familial

    it choked me up

    when Ava told Silas… you have no idea.. how much I loved you… Silas realized that… so now.. the bond they share with Kiki… is that much more

    kudos for GH to go their…. as it further cements Silas… as it seems he’s DOA with Sam… as it’s with Patrick or whatever, Sam and Jason do

    I’m still not smitten with Kiki… I find her character so lacking…. with Michael… and the ever busybody she brings to Port Charles… that with Michael lack steam and lackluster….Yikes… I run when these two are on

    but… I was taken with ME’ Silas when the three from OLTL came…. now.. I’m not so sure.. who he’d be paired with…. it seems like he’s written in to a corner now…

    Franco : he still has no fire… to waste OUR time.. with his game on about Carly and Sonny… does not excite

    Franco needs some sizzle excite… and dare… that edge that always culminated in big drama draw dare and delight…. Roger Howarth is not fulfilling HIS

    I love him

    please serial god…. split him with Carly … split Nina far far away from Sam and Silas…. and venture your skill in rote

    the three amigos… are pervasive… but not screened to our liking

    GB replied

    i get that they’re teasing that and that may very well be the outcome (poor Kiki, she changes her parentage more often than others do their underwear), but once the reveal and the fall-out are played out, we’ll be back to Kiki being the daughter of a schemer torn between her mum and her love for golden boy. we’ve had that.

    CeeCee replied

    Patrick…I just love your poetic, tender and warm heart….you are remarkable, I can tell.

    CeeCee replied

    ‘Tis I again, Patrick. I also think that Michael and Kiki are dull as a couple…I wonder what they’re like in real life….I would hope they’re more upbeat, for lack of a better word. I’ve said this before; Michael is so old for his age. Sadly, Kiki was better off with Morgan. I know she has it in her to excel in her role…I really think this character’s association with puppy-eyed Michael drags her down…down..down.
    Maura? There’s no question as to her grandeur as an actress. As far as I’m concerned, she, Michelle and Roger are the leaders of the pack that makes GH.

    Ryan replied

    kiki is franco’s it will come out eventually Ava is hiding that!

    CeeCee replied

    Ryan,
    With all the twists and turns of unexpected events constantly going down…anything is possible, at this point.

  3. lisa says:

    He was on Californication last year and didn’t leave GH.

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  4. Maria says:

    So happy to hear that Roger isn’t leaving the role of Franco for now. I glad that he can film the Flash while GH is on hiatus. If an opportunity ever did a arise for another role for Roger in primetime or in movies and he had to leave GH to presume that opportunity, I would be sad to see him leave but thrilled that he had a chance to do other projects.

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  5. Laurie says:

    RH was superb today. We (I) want Franco and Nina to get rid of their ill-fitting significant others and move into a brownstone together and scheme and plot to their hearts content, w/Mama Madeline dropping by on occasion. Can you imagine? When MS joinied GH I immediately thought of those 2 together. They are the same. I’ve noticed many who don’t like either character much are cheering for them to be together. That says a lot.

    Roger Howarth’s scenes with Michelle Stafford’s scenes w/Donna Mills (who’s on FIRE!) today were sensational. They sizzled. Nina’s whisper in Franco’s ear and him cocking his head like she was going in for a kiss (and he seemed to oblige) & Mama Maddy snubbing him-awesome. All 3 pros in those scenes.

    RH has worked in prime time and daytime before simultaneously. Love that GH actually has a schedule that ALLOWS their actors to do these things. It can only help ratings! Win/win

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    Max replied

    I haven’t seen the show yet but now I can’t wait.. Loving Nina, Franco and Magda!

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    rebecca1 replied

    @Laurie…I haven’t seen today’s show yet but the way you described Franco cocking his head like she was going in for a kiss…it’s just those subtle little things he does that I love. It’s a glance, an aside, a sneer…just little nuances that make him so fun to watch.

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    su0000 replied

    There is so much hiding in Franco.. Franco is lost boy ..
    when he is on screen I just want to hug him!!

    Roger portraying his Franco gets my BRAVO!!

    Patrick replied

    @Becca

    isn’t that what saves him…. our Roger Howarth

    his mannerisms’

    i adore his delivery

    it’s so much more…

    I wish so much more….

    I never watched OLTL… I bought him as Paul on ATWT…. but his upheaval as nuTodd… and so much wasted time… as nuFranco
    and I buy he’s Franco…. just not the way he’s written…. as the lachey for the character of Carly

    I’d rather see Franco move on with Nina… to preserve history… if that’s what’s roiling fans of

    Roger Howarth is so good at endearing and pulling fan in

    rebecca1 replied

    Hi Patrick…

    If you’re in the mood to check out RH on OLTL…look at youtube…1994/1995. He was soooo young, good-looking (still is) and had long hair. Kassie DePaiva is Blair, his wife.

    CeeCee replied

    Oh, yeah, Laurie. Nina and Franco !!!! …..that scene you describe was just rich….chock full of sexiness…Isn’t she the tease!? It looked to me as if Nina was giving Franco an offering….I could almost feel their mingling breaths…hear the beating of their hearts…I was absolutely captivated….enraptured….WOW…I was transported to nethernetherland.

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  6. rebecca1 says:

    Yes! I get a double dose of RH! Looking forward to seeing him on The Flash (which I really like) and tres happy he’s staying put on GH!

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  7. su0000 says:

    Thank you Frank Valentini..
    I knew Roger was not leaving GH ..:)
    I love love love Roger and his Franco !!! :) (give me more!!

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    CeeCee replied

    Same here, Su…now we can wait in anticipation and watch Nina and Franco in all their glory…..fully charged.

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  8. aline robichaud says:

    so glad he’s not off the show love that actor he knows how to put spice in the show ahha

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    CeeCee replied

    You’re right, Aline. Your surname is pretty spicy itself…I love your name….and yes, Roger does enslave us and adds spice to the show, as you articulate.

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  9. Cathy says:

    So FV has no problem working with his favorites from OLTL like RHo but won’t work with Kimberly McCullough/Robin a GH VET who has said she would do both GH and direct if they work with her schedule. Seems FV has no problem working with RHo schedule and others. He even made a deal that Billy Miller and Michele Stafford couldn’t refuse. ALSO, FV had AS a DOOL actress direct . Yet he won’t do same for Kimberly McCullough. RHo isn’t GH history nor are the others and Kimberly is. I smell a skunk and that stinks.

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    Dan replied

    They have worked with KMC and her schedule, that’s how she’s been able to make the appearances she’s made over the past year. FV has made it clear publicly on numerous occasions and KMC has as well, that she has an open door to come back to GH when it works out for her.

    If you wanna know why she’s not back on the show full-time, I would take that up with her, not blame the people at GH, who have bent over backwards to accommodate her directing schedule and other projects.

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    I love gh replied

    Cathy – KM chose to leave. Period. She grew up on the show & wanted to try new things – as all adults do. Directing is what she wanted, so she left to do that. She comes back to help story. If she wanted to be here, she’d be here. Frank & Ron are not hurting her career or keeping her from her dreams.

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  10. mike says:

    Howarth is the best actor on daytime.

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  11. jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    Glad RH is staying: Wedding Day Prediction! Bobbi and Lucas were talking about Lucas becoming a doctor at GH…Lucas is reluctant…Lucas attends the wedding of sister Carly to Franco…someone gets shot, knifed or hurt in some way…Lucas medical knowledge kicks in and he saves that persons life…Lucas is a hero, and decides to become a doctor after all!!!

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    I love gh replied

    Well, I definitely saw the doctor thing happening, but not at the wedding. Nice call!

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    With the wedding coming up, and the sudden mention of Lucas’s medical training, it sounded like a hint that something definately was going to happen and have Lucas there to save the day!!!

    CeeCee replied

    Perfect, jimh. Is Lucas already an authentic Laureate of Medicine, or was he just in the throes of becoming one? I’m confused. I love Lucas…he’s another hottie.
    I hope he does start to practice medicine, if it will keep him in the loop. It’s time Lucas be given a mature, significant role.

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    jimh(leave it to beave) replied

    CeeCee, i barely watched when Lucas was on…i didnt know he was on his way to become a doctor until Bobbi mentioned it…i hope my prediction is right…makes sense if it turns out that way!!!

    CeeCee replied

    That’s right, RC !! I had forgotten about the Danny/Franco possible DNA link. That’s logical reasoning. I like it.
    There you go, jimh….There’s still a chance Franco is a Quartermaine .

  12. Mary SF says:

    Franco is working for me because the character is developing some layers to him– if they don’t paint him in a corner by making him another “villain” on this show– he has the potential of being the next anti hero– much like Luke was.

    But I would prefer to find out Heather was lying and Franco is still a Quarterrmaine after all and still is Jason’s brother. Now that we have a nuJason– being played by Billy Miller it would be a shame not to have these two strong actors characters connected again. And since they had similar brain tumors that possibility still exists that they are brothers– or is that just wishful thinking on my part?

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    I always wanted RH to play a Quartimaine…maybe we’ll get our wish and it’ll happen!!!

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    RC replied

    People seem to forget he was a donor match for Danny’s bone marrow transplant which would indicate to me that Franco was indeed a Quartermaine (but because of his brain tumor he couldn’t donate). The real twist would be if he was indeed Heather’s son, but with Alan or Edward being Franco’s father. Don’t know how exactly that could be explained but if Franco could be retconned into being Scott Baldwin’s son, then anything is possible (much as most matters on soaps typically are).

    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    RC…i said a long time ago Franco couldve been Alans son… Heather was in love with another doctor(off camera) and secretly had an affair with him(because she was involved with Scott at the time) whom Heathers mother never approved of…that doctor decided to get Heather pregnant so her mother would agree to them getting married but because he couldnt have children of his own he stole a sperm sample of Dr. Alan and told Heather it was his own…but after Heather became preg the doctor became ill and on his death bed confessed all to Heathers mom…Alice Grant never told Heather the child was Alans and convinced Heather to give the child up for adoption which they kept hidden from all of PC…Heather learns the truth about the babys real father after she find her late mothers diary…why she wouldnt admit he was really Alans instead of saying he is Scotts is be beyond me when Franco could get his hands on some of the Quartimaine loot…a little tricky storywise but it could work…oh, well!!!

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  13. Liz says:

    I love Roger Howarth! I would be heartbroken if we lost him from GH so I feel somewhat relieved by Frank’s statement. There have been rumblings that he will be killed off during sweeps. Let’s hope not!

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  14. O2B says:

    LOL…Mr. Valenti would NEVER lie about this. I’m sure if Roger was leaving GH, Frank would come right out and say so, especially since they shoot so far in advance and it wouldn’t ruin any storylines or give anything away. ;)

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  15. dori weilet says:

    Does not make me happy at all. I was happy to hear he may be leaving

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  16. Linda Dowell says:

    I love him in everything he does – if he’s evil, GREAT, if he’s not, GREAT, if he’s in between and both – that’s his genius, and I adore him every scene.

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    GH50 replied

    His genius? He’s Todd with another name. Acting genius is the ability to create a unique and memorable character. When you see the actor acting, when you see an actor playing a new role but see a previous role he played, it is not genius.

    Ty Burrell from Modern Family is in “The Skeleton Twins” and you don’t see Phil Dunphey. Josh Gad was recently in “Wish I was Here” and knocked it out of the park with no hint of his previous characters and in dramatic role. Those are two examples of great actors. That is genius, when you give the audience a character that they believe. People wanting to see a guy do Todd and him delivering that, is not genius.

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    Linda Dowell replied

    So sorry, but I don’t agree.

    I love gh replied

    Well, I agree somewhat. Great acting is exactly what you said. However, great acting is also the ability to take a hated character, make him human, and get people to feel sorry for him. That’s what RH did with Franco. I love RH but absolutely could not imagine ever wanting Franco to stay. Now…. And I hate to admit this out loud…. I like his character. Is he like Todd? Yes. And I am just fine with that.

    GH50 replied

    I was typing my first response so late I forgot the great example of Tony Geary and his Fluke. When I see Fluke on screen, I don’t see Tony Geary acting, I don’t see Luke Spencer, I see a totally different character and I believe it is that imposter Fluke. He looks like Luke obviously, it is the same actor, but he is able to make so many subtle changes, his voice, speech pattern, facial expressions, physical mannerisms, body language etc. That is acting. That is an actor who is doing his job, creating a new character under very challenging circumstances and making his performance believable.

    harry replied

    OH GH50, there you go again, making sense and confusing us with facts and all.

    CeeCee replied

    I think, ‘forte’ is a more fitting word than ‘genius’. Then again, acting SHOULD be every actor’s forte, n’est pas? I t does not take much of a genius to create a role, however, it does take the brilliance of a genius to make a character come to life and maintain that which enthralls the viewer. So, you both have a point. JMO.

    harry replied

    GH50: I thought about what you wrote here and think you make some valid points. Roger really does seem like he’s always playing Todd Manning–only a lighter version. However, whether he’s Franco or GH’s version of Todd, he’s goofy, funny and not too deep. Gone is the darkly nuanced Todd from OLTL which is interesting considering he is now Franco, a performaning artist sociopathic murderer.
    Tony Geary really did morph into another man as Fluke. We the viewers could see that that wasn’t Luke just by his mannerisms and speaking style (which made it all the more distressing that the usually sharp Traci seemed oblivious to her husband’s metamorphosis).
    This begs the question–are chameleon like actors more talented than ones who always seem the same? Talented actors like Robert Redford and George Clooney are often underrated because they bring their own natural personas to every role they play.
    To me, Roger seems a bit confused on how to approach the role of Franco so her falls back into his natural comedic bit. I do think he is capable of much much more because I have seen him do it.
    In any case, not sure if I believe Frank’s assertion that Roger isn’t going any where.

    rebecca1 replied

    I’m a bit late to this comment but in case anyone stumbles upon it….I’ve been saying for months that Franco is Todd…I really do think that was done purposely to get around the legalities of not being able to continue the Todd character.

    They started off with Todd and Carly…then proceeded with Franco and Carly…

    They paired Kiki with Franco…even though they changed the story so that he wouldn’t be her father…they still kept them somewhat tied…as in Todd and Starr…

    Franco is lost; Todd was lost

    Franco is volatile; Todd was volatile

    Franco is sarcastic; Todd was sarcastic….

    Franco’s out for revenge; Todd was always out for revenge…

    I don’t think Roger’s playing Franco like Todd because he doesn’t have the ability to stretch his range or give Franco a new persona…he’s acting the dialogue, the emotions and the plots as their written…which are in essence…for Todd. It was transparent from the beginning…

    I don’t think he was meant to play James Franco’s Franco…they changed him from the minute they blamed everything on his tumor. And then…Todd was back…only by a different name.

  17. Amy Thomas says:

    Love Roger & liked Franco when i thought they changed him but now he needs to go. Carly cheated on him Micheal hasnt done a thing to him Franco already got him raped now hes going to ruin Micheals life to get back at Carly,all he is is an evil coward. Do what he wants to Carly leave her kid alone

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    rebecca1 replied

    I don’t know…it may hurt Michael in the immediate but at the same time I want justice for AJ. I think it’s about time Michael turns away from Sonny. Knowing how Sonny stole Michael away from AJ, tortured AJ when he tried to get Michael back years ago, poisoned Michael against him when he was younger…then finally murdered AJ and had sex at his crypt… I’d say, yeah, let Michael know. It’s sickening to see his loyalty to Sonny knowing all he’d done to AJ. I want Michael to know the truth!

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    su0000 replied

    rebecca1,
    AJ was a drunk, a bad man, real bad man, and a killer..
    It was a good thing that Carly protected Michael from AJ and Michael had 2 parents that would die for him..
    Sony has a great many faults but he has a father son great love for Michael. ..
    Sonny and Carly did the right thing in taking Michale away from that horrible AJ he was not fit to be a father.

    rebecca1 replied

    wow! really su0000? AJ was a bad man…but Sonny, mob kingpin, murderer, torturer, womanizer, is a good man? how does someone react to a view so skewed???

    harry replied

    Rebecca, yes, yes, and yes. Halloween is coming up and to me, AJ will always be Charlie Brown getting nothing but a bag of rocks after trick or treating.
    I say, give AJ a well deserved Snickers’ bar–I will never give up on the idea of AJ’s redemption.

    rebecca1 replied

    Well, Harry…if I were a bit more domestic I’d make you an AJ costume and have you go door to door for all the snicker bars in the world!!! ;)

    jaybird369 replied

    Rebecca…oh, yes…Michael needs to know the truth. It is LONG OVERDUE!!!!! And…I think that Michael needs to put A LOT of distance between himself and Sonny. Rebecca…I (also) want justice for AJ. As far as I’m concerned, when Sonny had sex at AJ’s crypt (C-R-E-E-P-Y!!!!!), it proved (in terms of further proof and all) that Sonny has NO REGARD for human life AT ALL!!!!! Bottom Line Here: Sonny is nothing but a DISGUSTING DIRTBAG!!!!!!! Yep.

    su0000 replied

    Amy Thomas..
    No need to accuse poor Franco for something he has not done….
    I do not believe Franco will tell Michael, it will be Kiki ..

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    wjp replied

    I doubt it’ll be Kiki. I think the video will play at the wedding and it shows that Franco hasn’t change at all!!!

  18. Nick D. says:

    Great great news. Roger is integral to the show now. Todd was the best but Franco is starting to hit his stride too. Thanks as always to Frank V. for listening to the fans and addressing the chatter. All EPs should learn from him.

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  19. Michael says:

    I’m glad to see that Roger is able to take other roles while being on contract at GH.

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  20. cindy says:

    Please let us see more of Roger on GH. He is so great.

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  21. aria says:

    i noticed during gh running credits that john york who plays mac is no longer listed, at first i thought it was an error but its been two weeks in a row and his name is no longer in the credits that air every friday after the show is over. GH always list the contract players no matter what in order of seniority he was second after tony geary, yet for the past two weeks his name has been excluded so how bout an update on that?

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  22. Shirley says:

    I enjoy Franco’s humor even sometimes it’s off the walls but you really have to know his character to really appreciate it. Glad Roger isn’t going anywhere:)

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  23. Patrick says:

    “he’s so sexy”

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  24. Rodd says:

    I think it’s a fantastic win-win for everyone!

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  25. janet says:

    Too bad.Most people were looking forward to a shoot out.Sonny and franco both DEAD.

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  26. MARY DITANNA PENDRAK says:

    THANKS FOR MAKING IT CLEAR TO EVERYONE THAT HE IS STAYING. ROGER IS A WONDERFUL ACTOR, I USED TO WATCH HIM ON OLTL, BUT NEVER REALLY CARED FOR HIM UNTIL HE CAME TO GH. I HONESTLY LOVE HIM ON GH AS I THINK TPTB ALLOWED HIM TO BE THE CHARACTER THAT WAS NEEDED. HE’S A PLEASURE TO WATCH, AND I’M SO HAPPY FOR ALL OF US TO BE HAPPY FOR HIM WITH THE NEW FLASH SHOW. WISH HIM GOOD LUCK AND THANK YOU ALWAYS MICHAEL FOR KEEPING US FANS UP TO DATE. I AM ADDICTED TO GH FOR ALL OF 51YRS. THANKS AGAIN.

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    harry replied

    And thank you for screaming at us, Mary.

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    rebecca1 replied

    Harry…see Mary’s answer below… :(

  27. Jason says:

    Horray. Franco will stay! I was worry that might kill the character off during the wedding.

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    If Franco does get shot or someone gets hurt, itll be Lucas who saves that person with his medical knowledge and itll convince Lucas to become a Dr. at GH!!!

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  28. MARY DITANNA PENDRAK says:

    HI MICHAEL, WHEN YOU MENTIONED THAT I WAS YELLING AT YOU GUYS I DI ANSWERE TO LET YOU KNOW THAT I’M NOT YELLING. I HAVE MYESTHIA GRAVIS AND IF HAS AFFECTED MY LEFT EYE., WHICH MEANS THAT I NEED TO HAVE BIG LATERS WHEN I’M TYPING OR WRITING WHATEVER SORRY IF YOU THINK AT I AM YELLING, I’M NOT. LOVE YOU GUYS AND GALS, THANKS FOR ANSWERING ME. WILL COMMENT ABOUT SOMETHING LATER. MARY DITANNA PENDRAK.

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Mary, I myself have no problems with your posts…once in awhile, i have vision problems of my own and your caps make it easy to read…i once wrote in caps a long time ago and got blasted for it on a different site i once belong to before this one so dont let it upset you…i also have other medical problems that have sometimes intefered with my thinking and writing skills but i dont let it stop me no matter if i get complaints and i have had some very harsh ones(ive probably been attacked the most and also had to explain my medical problems too…so you are not alone…i may not have responded to you before but me and others enjoy reading your posts so dont stop because of any negativity you recieve(like ive said, i got a lot of that myself…probably the worse of anbody here…and im still posting)…dont posting…your opinion matters to most of us whether we agree or disagree and it doesnt matter to many of us that its in caps…wish you well…jimh!!!

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Sorry i meant dont stop posting…

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    k/kay replied

    @mary please relax it sure does not bother me I hate that fellow posters do this this is suppose to be fun not bashing each other. Take care! :)

  29. wjp says:

    I love Roger Howarth but I hate his character so I am crossing my fingers for his primetime gig to take off!

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  30. Debbie says:

    So glad to hear that the character Franco is not leaving…He is a breath of fresh..all be it unbalanced air. His acting skills..dramatic and comedic are excellant! Love him or hate him..he should stay on GH..

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