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60 March 11th, 2013 GH SHOCKER: Chris Robinson Returns as Rick Webber For GH’s 50th Anniversary!

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Just how are they going to pull off this one, folks?

In an amazing shocking exclusive this morning from TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan, long time heartthrob of the GH 70′s and 80′s, Chris Robinson is returning to the ABC soap for its 50th anniversary, even though when we last saw Rick Webber he had done some terrible things and wound up dead. First we thought the deed was done thanks to Laura (Genie Francis), and then we came to find out it was Scott (Kin Shriner)!

Now according to TVG, “That hot mess won’t stop Robinson from hitting the air April 1 in scenes with Rick’s former love Monica (Leslie Charleson). Just how GH will pull off the trick is hush-hush.”

General Hospital’s head writer, Ron Carlivati related about Robinson aka Rick Webber’s return:  “I grew up loving Rick and Monica — to me, as a young fan, they were what GH was all about — and I really wanted to find a way to bring Rick back despite his death. I also couldn’t imagine Rick would do some of the horrible hings he did in his last appearance. That wasn’t the Rick Webber I remembered! …  we did figure out a very surprising and appropriate way to incorporate him into the anniversary. There will be a nice, emotional payoff for the audience.”

So soapers, are you shocked that Chris Robinson is returning?  How do you think Carlivati and his writing team will weave Rick Webber into the story? Weigh-in!

 

 

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  1. udhoop says:

    Wow. Just Wow.

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    Ces replied

    double wow!!!

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    Patrick replied

    HEART-throb… Wow. Wow…Wow.

    Kara Anderson replied

    that is awsome

    Kara Anderson replied

    I know rick webber coming back

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  2. janet says:

    Good When this plot was aired Guza was at his best destroying all the history of GH.
    Laura wouldn’t kill him, and I don’t like to think Scott could ever put Laura through what he did.
    I shut the show off when this was airing enough of the destruction of GH.
    I will be happy to see Monica have at least some scenes when she can’t have Alan.
    I watched a little of the end of OL so I hope its not really a visit from heaven? nice to see the vets , so I guess we should be happy Ron remembers.

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  3. heidi says:

    That is great!!! I still wish Leslie could come back too! He has to be a ghost and he’s either back to see Monica or Scott.

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  4. Stacy says:

    Can’t wait to see these episodes on March 29TH!

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  5. Mark says:

    Please don’t have Rick come back as a ghost! I want him alive!! If he is alive, I am so over the moon about this!! Carlivati is fixing the mess created by the Guza camp!! Please make it so! I’m on cloud nine!!

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  6. B Tripp says:

    I’m shocked and happy but what about Leslie? Laura needs her mama there and Denise Alexander is one of the most popular actresses from GH history. One soap fan site even listed her either number 1 or in top 5 as favorite female actress of all time (on soaps of course).

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  7. Robert in Jersey City says:

    I have no doubt that RC wll pull this off. No doubt at all. He’s brilliant and I got to tell him so!! Yee hah!

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  8. Tristan says:

    I can only say that I am thrilled! What I love about the new Exec. Producer and Head Writer at GH is that they “get it.” They get the show. They get the characters. They get the history. They get the audience. Who would ever have thought that so much damage could be repaired in so short a time, or that ABC would even allow a team to repair the damage done by that hack writer Bob Guza and that visionless exec. producer JFP. If only those two could be put on trial for the attempted murder of GH!!!!

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    Gloria E replied

    hey, I just wanted to say I like the way you put “the attempted murder of GH” that’s great!! I love what Frank & Ron have done too! a few are complaining..but they have to realize they could have been complaining about the show being cancelled..

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    Robbyrob replied

    Couldn’t have said it better myself! I actually got goosebumps reading about this. For Chris Robinson to come back (and back to California) it must be good. All of this is what a milestone anniversary is all about. GH has my eyeballs back! Didn’t think it was EVER going to happen.

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    Aria replied

    Lol, you are so dead on, I agree 100%. Couldn’t have said it better!

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  9. Larry says:

    So excited to hear this!! Please bring Leslie back, too!!!! Rick and Leslie were one of my favorite couples when I first started watching GH. I was over the moon when they were reunited later on Another World. Can’t wait for the anniversary episodes. Seeing all my favorite vets back on the GH scene is a dream come true!!!

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  10. LJ says:

    Its TV, anything can happen.

    Its great all the old characters coming back, hope the budgets will let ( some of ) them stay.

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  11. Eddie says:

    Maybe Rick had a twin and the twin did all the bad things and the twin is who died. All along the real Rick was locked up in a clinic in Switzerland.

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  12. Sally says:

    AWESOME! LOVED, LOVED, LOVED Monica/Rick/Alan!!!!!!!!

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    Ces replied

    me too! They were awesome in their heyday!

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  13. Rod says:

    Is nothing kept a secret and a surprise any more :)

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  14. jim says:

    RC pulled it off with Victor on OLTL, he should succeed here with Rick. Like i said b4 the Rick we thought killed could have been an imposter named Guza Frons(lol) who was hired by the Cassidines to impersonate the real R.W. 4 whatever reasons and they held the real Rick captive until he escaped maybe with Scotts help, and this is how Laura agreed to marry him unless she did rekindle old feelings for him anyway. Its what i wish but im glad he came back no matter what. Now its Alans turn. And i dont care how they do it. Serious way or not. I keeping thinking what if Edward Knew Alan wasnt dead and is the missing ELQ shareholder. He couldve been in a coma since being shot and at the time Edward kept it a secret in case he never woke up but now he has and he’ll come back to Monica only to find her in the arms of Rick Webber!
    Works 4 me.

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    brian replied

    love your play out !

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    jim replied

    Thanks!

  15. CTwildheart says:

    Excellent! I love that these PTB are rectifying some of the character assassinations that took place under the old PTB.

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  16. MissyLady says:

    Dear Ron Carlivati,

    There is no way that OLTL’s Clint Buchanan would have done all of those HORRIBLE things to Bo, Nora, Matthew and those Ford boys during your 2011 story line. I watched Joe Riley bring Clint (Clint Richie) to town back in the late 1970′s to be paired up with Viki, because his character was dying.

    Also, I watched Elizabeth Webber’s (Rebecca Herbst) conflict during the Fall of 2006 when she found out that her baby was Jason’s and not Lucky’s. She did NOT tamper with the paternity test back then, so why would you suddenly write this character as changing Sam’s paternity test in 2012? You can’t have it both ways when it comes to what a long term character would or would not do just because you’re now writing GH versus OLTL!

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    jim replied

    I agree with you but people can change…ive seen it happened. On AW Rachel went from bad to good girl, so i dont see why you cant do the opposite. Clint could easily change and be more like daddy Asa but i dont feel Elizabeth would have done what you mentioned. However, like they say, never judge a book by its cover.

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    MissyLady replied

    LOL. I forgot to mention that killing off Ric was a dumb move. Laura would have never killed Rick and Scotty would have never framed Laura.

    By the way Ron, since you’re fixing old stories, when is Jacob Martin Webber coming home to his mother and brothers? AJ raising Jason and Lucky’s first born son’s is a story made of win!

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    k/kay replied

    Don’t forget the destruction of the Marty Saybrooke character and I am sorry he has made Todd a cartoon one line gag guy. I have tried but all I still see with Todd is a guy leading a gang rape. Just can’t get over that. And before everyone jumps on me for the most part I am ok with RC but we all make some bloopers, he is going off track here. Too many DEAD people coming back .

  17. liz says:

    I am so psyched to hear this! I can’t imagine how they will pull this off but as we know, anything is possible in soaps.

    I hope they have more surprises in store and hope they will NOT give us a heads up on them. Then we can really have a jaw dropping OMFG moment!

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  18. Debbie Harris says:

    I think it is Great that they are bringing Rick Webber back for the 50th Anniversary of GH!! Wish they could also get Leslie back!!
    Gonna be a Great 50th!! Thank You Ron Carlivati and Frank Valentini!!

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  19. Aria says:

    I hope they right the wrong that the previous regime did to the character and I’m glad RC is a Rick n Monica fan still though hope he doesn’t forget Lesly in this equation because if he does then its pointless to bring him back in my opinion.

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  20. chrissy says:

    YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY. I’m so glad that are undoing the damage that Guza inflicted on our beloved GH

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  21. nancy dillingham says:

    So very glad to hear it! What Chrissy says goes double for me: undoing the damage.
    Can’t wait to see how TPTB bring Rick back. Brava!

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  22. Patrick says:

    why does this one make me tear up instantly…..? because it’s Rick Webber…

    “long time heartthrob of the GH 70′s and 80′s, Chris Robinson is returning to the ABC soap”

    there’s your answer….. and our age…. Heartthrob!

    shout it from the mountain tops! Leslie/Rick/Alan/Monica….. HOT/HOT/HOT/HOT.

    ok… next comes Bobbie – then Scotty

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  23. MK says:

    I was RIGHT! i knew all along that Rick was alive. Rick had a syringe and could have given it to himself to stage his death. He was in the middle of some shady business dealings with Medtec. He probly broke some bones when Lucky and Nic put him in a car and sent it over the clifff. I think this was the huge secret that kept Laura away from PC. Scotty told Laura he helped Rick fake his death. I hope Lesley and eventually Alan can join in with a reunion that drove rating in the 70′s Before Luke and Laura!

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  24. Sunnee says:

    Who the hell cares? Another damn old person. Surprise us get SBu back. I have talked with so many people about this NB, and no one seems to be that heaped about it but RC/FV. A bunch of old folks and some people who have kissed enough age trying to be more than they are,ie Liz. Thats why they have AJ sniffing after Liz, who the hell want to see another TPT family the Webbers, hell its enough they are pimping the TPT Spencers.

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  25. Sunnee says:

    That the thing, RC like these old people, and the only pay off will be for him trying to recycle some all stuff.You are trying to make the fans like these people when they really don’t. In the mean time you got people leaving GH left and right, and I think the next one that leave is going to put the nail and GH coffin. Right now you have no hot couple. Carly and Todd sucks, Todd is Todd and thats the way we like Todd.Carly has nothing to do.AJ and Liz, please nothing there. No chemistry and if thats what he is looking for they need to get another woman for that. Liz has chemistry with Liz and no one else. GH have got nothing, and I am so sick of the recycle Kate/Connie that makes Sonny look like a fool. What happens to all the cash Spinelli had???GH just don’t make sense, its childish writing and I just hope someone wakes up Sweeney, if hey want to save GH. Johnny,Lulu and is Robin coming back?Probably not to stay!

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    jim replied

    Rc isnt trying to make us do anything but getting us to watch. Many of us fans are enjoying the return of many of our OLD favorites, and most all of us are applauding him for this amazing turnaround for GH. And the proof is in the ratings. Besides some older characters are making harmless guests appearances. There are many young characters on the show. The only person to leave that could put a nail in GHs coffin is RC himself. GH would have bit the dust a year ago if he and FV hadnt saved the day. Had the show been cancelled fans wouldve never got to see the shows 50th anniversary, and been complaing about that. And if the show eventually does get the ax, im still sincerelly grateful to FV and RC for giving us the extra time we get to watch GH that wouldnt most likely been possible without them. I do think R.J. and Brit would have made a better pairing then him with Liz. And whats wrong with old people? We all get old someday, and in the meantime lets respect them because we’ll want the same when we get there. Im suprised your still watching GH since you havent said one positive thing about it.

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    jim replied

    i meant A.J.

  26. Tommy says:

    I LOVE the idea, because I agree with Ron, Rick Webber would never have killed someone, nor was he cheating on Lesley AND Monica!! Rick’s “death” was the catalyst for Laura’s catatonic stae, plus Nikolas and Lucky disposed of his body to protect Laura….they have some serious rewrites to do!

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  27. Tracy says:

    Love that RC is bringing back the vets but Denise Alexander is a soap legend and no mention of her? RC may have been a fan of Rick and Monica but the audience overwhelmingly wanted Rick and Lesley together and they wanted Monica with Alan. If they want to right the ship that’s the way it has to be!! Why bring back one and not the other. If Rick can come back then so can Alan for that matter. I just hope they give Denise Alexander the treatment she deserves. If they leave her out, I’m done!

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    Diane replied

    Yep………I tuned out in about 1986/1987. Tuned back in when Lesley was found alive in 1996, only to be disappointed because there was never any mention of her great love Rick…………tuned out again out of boredom and the fact they didn’t give Lesley a story. So, Rick is FINALLY coming back in 2002 and complete character assassination abounds! Results……….another BLOW to Rick & Lesley fan (are we at 3 so far???) So NOW the plan is to bring him back to Monica?!?!?! Another “spit in the face” of Rick WITH Lesley fans!!! I am hoping they are keeping Denise’s return a secret because I will definately tune out again if they cannot honor Rick & Lesley history!

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  28. Linda says:

    Doing the happy dance! Now if only FV & RC could bring Alan back. PLEASE, PRETTY PLEASE!!!!!

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    TMJ replied

    The biggest mistake of the Guza regime, or maybe even in the history of soaps, was the killing of Alan Quartermaine.

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    Violet replied

    I agree, Tmj!

  29. TMJ says:

    The character who came back the last time bore no resemblance to the Rick Webber that Chris Robinson played all those years. I have no problem with a storyline that tells us that “that guy” was an evil twin or an imposter; and that the real Rick Webber has been out there all along. Now it’s time for him to come home and reunite with Leslie.

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    MK replied

    Hey, it could been Faison in a Mask!

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  30. Mare says:

    Well, I’ve gotta say – this news depresses the HELL out of me.. Not that they are bringing CR back – LOVE him, but bringing him back to bond (in some way) with Monica??? To me – that would just be another bad rewrite… I get the fact that RC was a Rick/Monica fan.. But that was a fling.. Fix the familes that the show was built on. And the sour taste that is watering in my mouth over all of these veterens coming back without bring back Denise Alexander is making me regret starting to watch again after 28 years of staying away… Seeing all of these Vets without DA would just be a disgrace to the show’s history and to the life-long fans..

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    Aria replied

    I agree I’m trouble by the fact that Denise Lesley is not in his equation to resurrecting Rick , somehow I don’t know how this is being played out but if lesly doesn’t come into play then this is just as bad a rewrite.

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    Diane replied

    Yes…………this has been making me ill since I read that Ron is a Rick/Monica fan in the TV Guide article. Really??? Sooooo just cheat the MANY Rick & Lesley fans AGAIN and ignore the true history of who Rick REALLY loved. While they are at it make some Alan & Monica fans mad too. Why can’t SOMEONE get it right at GH……..go back and take a history lesson. I know there are some Rick/Monica fans out there but that lustful, sinful relationship didn’t last as many of the happy years Rick spent with Lesley.

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    Mare replied

    I keep telling myself that maybe DA will be a surprise for the fans. I can’t help but HOPE that the current PTB didn’t do all of the GOOD they have done recently, only to BLOW it all out of the water at the end of the day. I will try to restrain my frustration and confusion for a little while.. But if this 50th goes off without DA, I will write off GH forever this time… May sould childish, but so what. It’s the fans who keep the show on the air. Not the writers or producers. If the fans can’t relate and engage… ya got bupkus!! Call it a day!

  31. k/kay says:

    Sometimes you have to leave what you feel was a mistake alone. We brought Duke back from the dead we have brought AJ back from the dead. And as excited as I was to see Genie back I am not feeling it yet now we have Scotty manipulating her where was the strong woman we were going to see. If he does not stop we are going to have to call this soap Jurassic Park. Guza and JFP made some bonehead decisions but sometimes you just have to move on. He is in a pinch because he put so much on interwoving Todd,John & Starr now they are gone for however long and we are grasping here.

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  32. Salemnite says:

    I don’t mind Rick returning to GH, I would have preferred Alan to return, he’s more relevant to what going on with the “Q’s” at the moment. I suspect this return is meant to prop up Laura’s connections. If that’s the case? Why not go for broke, and bring back Brian, Claudia and Leslie? I’ll even hope for Stefan, Stavros or Helena! :P

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  33. sj says:

    I might have to start watching GH again.

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  34. Diane says:

    Yep, Chris Robinson is coming back! No mention of Denise Alexander coming back……..so if they are going to cheat Rick & Lesley fans AGAIN I just assume the character stay dead! Ron Carlivati is a Rick & Monica fan!! Too bad he doesn’t realize that Rick & Monica ended in 1980 and that he happily re-married Lesley and was devastated when she died in 1984. After that, he did not crawl back to Monica….instead he stayed in a more OFF than ON marriage with Ginny Blake! If Ron thinks that he is going to redeem Rick from what happened in 2002 this isn;t the way to do it! Because that Rick (you know the one he is trying to make right) was obviously an imposter who had a fling with Monica! Rick was in LOVE with Lesley when she died, that needs to be honored!!! Alan & Monica had many happy years together, it should stay that way & Rick & Lesley fans should FINALLY get their happy ending!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  35. Christy says:

    it’s been so long since Rick and Monica were a thing… I too would think this would for Laura, otherwise Rick could have come back for Monica after Alan died. Maybe someone will dream a meeting.

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  36. Patrick says:

    They wanted me to look as much like Rick as possible, so they bring out this old photo they found in the files. It was me 35 years ago before I was cast on GH! I said, ‘You want me to look like that?’”

    LOL… that’s so funny….

    someone posted above… i totally forgot he was married to Ginny Blake….

    ITA… he belongs with Lesley…

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  37. Jeffrey Anderson says:

    Yes,i was shocked that Chris Robinson still my all time favorite actor of GH when I started watch in ’81 or 82 until he left 1986…too bad,he was too darn good. until I noticed my favorite website called Wikipendia look up list of GH cast members to see returning or depart the show or whichever who came back to GH for our Anniversary coming up.. I was shocked that his name came up right away.. I say “Yay!!!” :)

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  38. Donna says:

    Loved Chris Robinson as a kid but only when he was with Denise Alexander. The chemistry between the two was fabulous. Rick needs to reunite with Lesley.

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