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108 February 27th, 2013 Julie Marie Berman Says Goodbye To General Hospital!

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One of our all-time favorite young actresses, Julie Marie Berman has confirmed via her Twitter account that she is indeed leaving her Daytime Emmy Award winning role as Lulu Spencer on General Hospital. 

As it had been reported by ABC Soaps In Depth that it was contract time for Berman and that she was most likely choosing to exit the series, Julie tweeted today that Tuesday was her final tape date at the ABC soap opera.

Berman related, “Hi everyone…yesterday was one of the hardest days of my life. It hurts to let go of Lulu. Thank u for letting me into ur homes & hearts. X”

So how do you think Lulu will leave the canvas? Do you think General Hospital should recast?  What about Lante?  Share your thoughts with us and let Julie know how much you will miss her performance, if you have enjoyed her run in Port Charles!

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  1. Elhu says:

    I think an easy way to have her exit would be . . . After she finds out about Maxie’s pregnancy debacle, she will probably be so depressed that she will want to go away by herself, much like Lucky left,which also keeps the door open for a return. If it means keeping Dante, then I say recast, as I adore Dominic Zamprogna, and would not want to see him go. I am sorry to see Julie go, as I truly enjoyed her energy and talents on GH. I wish her well in her future endeavors.

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    Patrick replied

    that would be some serious tears… she knows she can’t carry to term…. it would rip my heart out for a long while… alas, a good enough??? reason to leave Dante… possibly…

    it’s too much to comprehend already…

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    Nora Gudowski replied

    I already miss Julie. General Hospital will not be the same. Domininc Zamprogna and Julie were the best couple in daytime.

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  2. aria says:

    this is bad news, hate seeing her go, wish her nothing but the best. I’m not a fan of recast so i don’t know, but if the role isn’t recast then it would leave her current storyline hanging. this really sucks. hopefully if she is recast they need to find somone really good.

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  3. Patrick says:

    Wow…. the one thing that comes to mind…. selfishly…. to have one fun, loving, couple…. Lulu and Dante…. plus, Laura’s home?????

    the chemistry with these two.. is monumental…. how sexy, romantic, loving, caring…

    I wonder if they are re-casting? geez! would fans accept this… from the outset.. it would seem impossible…

    Julie Marie Berman… continued success….

    geez! the one thing about this site… there’s always something to digest….in any case… soap land is not going any where… HOORAY… and is on the upswing….

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    Jamie replied

    I know, Patrick…I was JUST thinking last weekend about how much I love Lulu and Dante and what a great couple they are. They are one of those couples that don’t need to be broken up, (as soaps often do) to keep the storyline interesting, because they just work! I love, love, love them. And to have Laura back and now Julie’s leaving!! I’m so bummed. I haven’t felt this bummed since Vanessa Marcil left the first time back in the 90′s.

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    vivian replied

    I argee with patrick, i’m upset about Julie leaving, but at the same time I wish her the best, it is going to be hard to replace her

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  4. ethel says:

    i ahd a feeling she would not renew her contract with gh – i also heard a while back that had a casting call out for the character of “lulu” – at the end of the day julie has to do what is best for her personally…….best wishes to her in whatever she decides to do.

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  5. jim says:

    It seems vitale to keep one of the Spencer children around especially with Laura around and Maxis baby secret. Perhaps Lulu could suffer mental illness like her mother and be sent away for treatments until they do a recast. I hate to see Julie go but i wish her the best.

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    jim replied

    Maybe while Lulus gone Dante could fall for Maxi? Mante or Daxi anyone? Im sure alot of you would hate that coupling but what else could the show do unless there is a recast?

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  6. heidi says:

    I am happy for Julie to go and try new opportunities! I am sad for GH because she is Lulu and Laura is back and there is so much going on. Recasts are only ok if the person is really good… I would rather see her go off like Lucky and posibly come back or come back with a superb recast. I wish Julie best of luck!!! Sad day for GH and all her friends on the show and for us fans!

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  7. Jules says:

    She’s leaving before the 50th? Interesting. I wonder if she had a choice in the ‘when’ part of her decision.

    Otherwise, I was never a big Lulu fan. I remember when she first came on in 2005 and people hated screeching Lulu who was ripping poor, innocent Georgie and Dillon apart. She never did much for me even as the years went on. I never caught the Lante bug, or any other dozen couplings she had. I certainly hope they don’t recast…not yet anyway. Where would they have room in the budget for another actress anyway???? But best of luck to the actress who I think is great. I hope she finds more success out there.

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  8. brian says:

    The saddest new of the day !

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    brian replied

    “news”

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  9. Lia says:

    Have to say it, but I’ve never been a fan. I think they sorased Lulu way too fast, and I’ve never liked the way Julie portrayed her. I would like to see them drop Lulu for awhile, and free Dante to explore a relationship with someone else. Preferably old friend Brooklyn Ashton whom he had sizzling chemistry with. As for Lulu’s exit…Have her leave with her mom and Scotty to help plan their wedding or whatever.

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    Kevin replied

    Agree with the Brooklyn suggestion. Get the same actress, please!

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  10. Teresa says:

    Very Sad to see Julie go. Wish her all the luck in her future endeavors. Would like to see a recast because of the awesome storyline that’s going on now. Dante and Lulu are a very fun couple and it would be a shame to lose that on the show.

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  11. Ces says:

    I always found Julie’s intrepretation of Lulu to be annoying so I’m not too bothered by this. Maybe a recast?

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    loveabc replied

    Julie… thinks shes a star (hich she is) but her EGO has gone Hollywood!!!!! Why other would she leave when Genie Frances returnes when Julie knows the viewer’s want to see Lulu above all interact with her mother…. and during this time of the 50th anniversary when the viewers are yeaning for Johnathn to return as Lucky even for a guess appearance so that the family will be back together. We want to see the nuclear family back Luke Laura, Lucky Lulu, and then Nickolos and Ethan at some point

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    loveabc replied

    at some point.. Again, it didn’t have to be long term. We the viewers just wanted to see everyone play with Genie, Laura, because they have ALL been together while Laura have been missing in action. With all FOUR of the kids gone, it’s almost HOPELESS to believe that us viewer’s will EVER see all the children together with their parents/ parent and siblings and see the chemistry between them, but more important….the holidays like shows like Thanksgiving and Xmas.

    Ces replied

    Other than having Jonathan Jackson back for a stint or permanent, I have no super desire to need to see the whole family unit together. I would just love to see Luke & Laura together and again, other than Lucky, they got boring after having all these kids to deal with. I say bye-bye Lulu and Julie Berman. Hopefully they can find someone else for Dante who I enjoy watching.

    loveabc replied

    I appreciate your candor Ces, lmao to ” I say bye-bye Lulu and julie Berman”. I dont think there were too many kids to deal with. More important, the interrest for me bears with seein all the Spencer’s back together and Nickolas and Ethan would be a special addition for chemistry purposes of viewing, and some added drama. I do appreciate your candor, but I have to admit I also questioned when you said you ” have no super desire to see the whole family unit together ” your age/ generation you grew up in.

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    Ces replied

    We all enjoy different aspects to a soap, so I respect that you like to see the Spencer clan together. For me, when I watch soaps, I don’t really need to see that. I like more of the romance, adventure, love affairs and good storytelling but don’t need to see families get together on TV. It’s just not high on my priority list. btw: I grew up in the 70′s :)

  12. SZima says:

    I’m sure the character will be re-cast. There really needs to be a Lulu with Laura returning. I just hope they go with an established actor and not a cheapo hair model as they so often do.

    I wish Julie all the luck in the world! She’s very talented and should do well “out there.”

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  13. susan M. says:

    I wonder if she is going to a different soap like Steve Burton did!!!! Don’t like what Duke did yesterday on GH. Sneeking into the Quartermaine house & fooled Tracy. And got the
    key out of the book & got the jar of pickle Lilah. And put the key back but, has the jar
    of pickle Lialah in his inside pocket of his jacket. What a sneek!

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    Patrick replied

    I agree… I didn’t want it to be the real “duke” ????

    it’s like taking the integrity away from Duke. Like he isn’t good enough for Anna… like writing him off…

    I certainly didn’t expect Duke to do that…

    i’ve posted… it’s like the writers stopped writing for him in any case… since Faison left… and conveniently forgot how loving and beautiful it was, ONCE, for Duke and Anna. it’s taking too long… are we to believe that Anna is going to make up her mind and love Luke? This was heading toward a renewed love for Anna… and it stopped…ie: the story.

    i may be jumping the gun…

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    Paulette replied

    Agree, tired of hearing about pickle relish all the time…

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  14. robert says:

    One of my favorites. GH losing 2 supercouples now is going to be tough for the soap to overcome.

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    Paulette replied

    Not only losing a lot of people, but the storylines are very bad too..

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  15. Iakovos says:

    Oh, this is disappointing news, but one has to applaud Miss Berman for her work in the role of Lulu and wish her well. With Laura Spencer returning home, and Bobbie in the way, I was hoping the Spencers would again become and remain strong on the GH landscape. I even had hopes Lucky would be coming home soon enough.

    I accept recasts but this one would be difficult. I love Miss Berman as Lulu and her chemistry with Anthony Geary, Genie Francis, and Dominic Zamprogna is off the charts good. I agree with the post that suggests Lulu will want to leave town when the baby news is revealed, perhaps returning in the guise iof a new actor, but wow…

    I am bummed!

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    Kathy replied

    Are you saying Bobbi is returning?

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    jim replied

    Its been reported Jackie Zeman is returning as Bobbi.

  16. Marcia says:

    I watched Lulu grow up to a beautiful young lady. I hope they recast her with someone who can keep the chemistry going with Dante

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  17. Cartini says:

    Jen lilely

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    anna freeman replied

    I wish her the best of luck in her future endeavers…..but I
    agree Jen lilly would be a great replacement .

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  18. Robert in Jersey City says:

    Bet she’s going to Y&R!

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  19. Scott (ATWT Fan) says:

    While I’m sure it sucks for Julie, I am not saddened by her leaving the series. I found her acting to be kind of dry, and I feel as if someone better could portray the role (not Jen Lilley, though).

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    loveabc replied

    Yeah not Jen Liley…. that voice of her’s is Maxie , thats why she fit the part so well.

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    Gazoo987 replied

    JMB chose to leave on her own and not renew her contract… so not really sure why it sucks for her. Hoping she has much success on her future projects.

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    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    It sucks for her because she’s saying goodbye to a place she’s called home for years. Not because she CHOSE to leave. Sucks in terms of saying goodbye. So yes, I’m sure it does suck for her.

  20. su0000 says:

    The last of the Spenser children gone, poor Luke..
    Lucky, Lulu, Ethan , gone ..

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  21. Rodd says:

    I don’t have any other actresses as Lulu to complare her to, but I like Lulu and Dante ~ the actors who play them ~ as a couple. I found them really believeable. I’m not a big fan of their current storyline. Lulu’s annoying with the hovering over Maxie. Nonetheless, I wish Julie all the best, hope they keep Dominic, don’t go the dpression route, and recast with someone great.

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  22. lisa says:

    Wow ….did not see that coming.
    I hope the don’t recast….and maybe she’ll come back at a future date.
    It’s interesting that Lulu was sent the Ice Princess – perhaps that will have something to do with her leaving or, she will leave to “collect her herself” when she finds out about the baby, or maybe she’ll wind up back in ShadyBrook.

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    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    I’m pretty sure they’ve already confirmed a recast.

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  23. Tristan says:

    Hate to say it, but there is a reason why Lulu received that “fake” Ice Princess. I wouldn’t be surprised if she disappears off the pier, as her mother did over thirty years ago. Possibly the storyline would be for the Spencers and Dante to track her down, and when they do: voila, new actress. Clearly, however, the Ice Princess was sent to Lulu for storyline purposes and, to Luke’s regret, instead of taking it seriously, he already assumes that it is a cruel joke from Scotty.

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    Marnie replied

    Seems that with the Ice Princess being sent to Lulu, it is a good chance for her to disappear for a few months, the search for her to last until she is found . During this time, Julie can go do a movie or a couple of primetime shows, and come back . GH wouldn’t lose money for salary while she is gone, and she could come back when she is finished.

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    Caitie replied

    The Ice Princess is a perfect set up for Julie’s departure as Lulu. There can be a reasonable break before we see a recast .. and if the recast returns as Lucky did and under some mind control … the many fans of Julie’s amazing portrayal of Lulu Spencer Falconeri might be able to better adjust when trhey see a recast GRADUALLy become part of her family and her marriage again. It could be a bit like getting to know a new person – and, in effect, this is what is happening anyway.

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  24. jim says:

    I know Natalie Livingston is about 10 years older then Julie but i wouldnt mind if she dyed her hair blonde and took over the role of Lulu. I believe she could pull it off.

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  25. andrew says:

    Weird news with Laura back on canvas. I would have thought they’d have either let her go last summer (when it was rumored that she wanted to leave, originally) or beg her to stay through to the summer. With a big Luke and Laura storyline coming up (the Ice Princess revisit) it’s a shame to have to throw a newbie into deep waters right away (One Life to Live fans recoil with horror at nuJack involved with Todd’s return).

    But better recast than the character killed off. Too much death on GH lately so I’ll take recast any day.

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  26. Jeffrey Anderson says:

    Better have recast LuLu Spencer an finish the storyline of Maxie’s baby belong to Lulu and Dante.. also no more jinx for Maxie until good old Frisco saved the day to straight her out little bit. Maxie kept lying and hijinx everything to all her friends.
    I wish Julie should stay there until big bang on 50th Anniversary.. only month away from today.

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  27. Danielle says:

    I think that the way the will do it is that one scene it will be JMB and the next it will be her recast. We will just have to wait and see what will happen.

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  28. Danielle says:

    Julie Marie Berman, we love you so if you decide to come back we will have open arms for you. Hope to see you soon in something good!

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    Paulette replied

    Probably for the best , the show is going down hill due to poor writing…

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  29. Aaron says:

    Once again another very puzzling departure from GH coming on the heels of the 50th. Whoever is her agent should be fired. Soaps are currently on the upswing but in the fickle world of daytime television, who knows how long that will last. I assume Julie makes a decent living at GH. Why not just ride it out? No offense to her, but I don’t feel she’s that great of an actress. I think it will be tough for her to achieve bigger success than what she had on GH. She did get that Lifetime movie last year though…

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    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    Why should her agent be fired? She chose to leave on her own accord. She didn’t want to be trapped by the confined box of a soap. She wants to explore her acting options.

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    Aaron replied

    That’s fine if she wants to explore other options but I think sometimes from a financial perspective, these actors aren’t thinking clearly and they let their artistic side get in the way. My thinking would be ride out the nice run at GH and when the show inevitably goes off the air, then branch out to something else. I’m an accountant so it’s just my natural fiscally conservative mind coming out!

    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    Aaron, I don’t think she cares about the pay. I think she cares about the respect and the learning tools she’ll get from exploring other options apart from GH. She can’t wait for the show to go off the air. If she wants to leave, and feels comfortable doing so, then let her do that. Don’t judge her because you’re an accountant. You don’t know her financial situation, nor is it any of your business.

    You cannot block an artist’s wings from spreading. That’s like taking away the smarts you have to be an accountant, or saying you could only work for such-and-such a client.

  30. evelyn riley says:

    i am BEYOND sad about JMB’s departure. Lante is my all time favorite soap couple, and i’m sorry, JMB/DZ ARE dante/lulu for me. it won’t be the same with a recast, it CAN’T be. i don’t want them to re-cast.

    i’m so upset that GH didn’t at least have jmb’s lulu be pregnant while she was still on the show and carry the baby to term … especially with laura back ..

    HUGE missed opportunity

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    Teresa Thielemier replied

    I agree with you. Judo are lante for me. Much opportunity missed the last year. I think they should just have her presumed dead and maybe she can come back at a later date.

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  31. Toby says:

    It’s been a sad week, as a Lante geek since July 2009, it is hard to take in. I hated their current storyline from the beginning. The diagnosis, while real, was very inaccurate and once Maxie became it involved the storyline diverted to Maxie & Spinelli instead of where it should have been – with Lante. Since it has been reported she advised them last July she was going to leave in November, 2012, then they asked her to stay, why didn’t TPTB give Lante a worthy storyline? Go ahead and allow her to be pregnant & carry the baby to term? It could have gotten them to the 50th. I’m frustrated and angry at the handling of Ms Berman and the way they wanted her to stay, yet didn’t give her any reason to continue. What I’m watching on GH isn’t the GH I remember and the respect being shown for actors/characters is what is turning me away from the show. I love Julie Marie Berman and wish her well, but I just wish Mr. Carlivait and Mr. Valentini would realize their mistake and renegoiate to bring her back. What a huge loss.

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    Teresa Thielemier replied

    I like this possibility…definitely need to renegotiate

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    La Veta replied

    Renegotiating with Ms. Berman is a brilliant idea and it needs to be explored!

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    Jenny replied

    I agree million percent renegotiate ASAP

  32. MissEllie says:

    I am so sad about JMB leaving GH. I feel that the current writing team didn’t utilize her vast talents and I don’t blame her for leaving. I will sorely miss her. She brings so much spunk (Luke) and emotion (Laura) to Lulu. I hope that GH can find a wonderful replacement and definitely NOT some former OLTLer….sorry but I have a bad taste in my mouth after this hideously bad Feb sweeps month with double dose of McBain. and Relish Inspector/Night Club Owner Dr. Starr Manning. I have one favorite left now (Dante) and I want to see him with a real story.

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  33. diana says:

    Wow Julie left left a big hole in my heart Dante and Lulu were the real thing they had so much chemistry they loved working together and they are the only couple on Daytime TV knows how to show the fans Love in the Afternoon Love Julie wish her the best and will follow her career wherever she goes. I really hope she comes back to GH .

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  34. Kristie says:

    Julie IS Lulu for me. End of story. She is absolutely irreplaceable. My soap-loving heart has been so broken this week knowing I won’t see her on my screen for too much longer. Julie stole my heart from the minute she took on the role of Lulu Spencer. I’ve LOVED watching Lulu grow and mature over the years, and Julie as well as she has blossomed as an actor. She is simply phenomenal and no recast will ever be able to take her place in my book. Her magical chemistry with Dominic is absolutely incredible and cannot be matched or replicated. I’ve enjoyed the Lante love story from day one, and I’m so sad that I won’t be able to watch JuDo’s Lante continue on their journey. I wish Julie all the best in her future endeavors- she will succeed no matter where she goes!

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  35. La Veta says:

    Lulu has been my all time favorite character on GH and I have watched since the very beginning! The reason why i’ve loved Lulu is because of the way she has always been portrayed by Julie Marie Berman. Along with being the perfect physical match as the daughter of Luke & Laura she has captured their spirit, spunk, passion, and heart. I have always loved her interactions with all of her family members. Then when she was paired with her acting partner DZ in 2009 GH really became magical for me! I am so thankful that I have had the opportunity to meet JMB at the past 3 FCW. Along with being an amazingly talented actress she is witty, funny, kind, gracious, passionate, caring, compassionate, and has a heart of gold. It saddens me to my core that she has left GH, however I am thrilled that she has made the decision to spread her talented acting wings to branch out in other mediums! God Speed JMB and I will always respect and support you in any way that ai can!! Love ya, La Veta (Loca)

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    Daisy replied

    LaVeta (Loca) you are my hero. I smiled from ear to ear when I saw your name written that way. Just a few of us know what it means to you and to Julie. You have described Julie and Lante so completely. You have described the “heart” of General Hospital, the Spencer family and at the center of it Lulu. Not only does Julie portray Lulu perfectly with her emotional relationship with her husband Dante, but the relationshlip between Luke and his daughter has always reached out to me. I believe what made those relationships come to life, wasn’t the dialog, not the direction, not even her acting talent, but the connection she has with those two fabulous men. When Julie is together with Dominic Zamprogna or Anthony Geary I see a closeness, an almost visceral connection. That is what I’ll miss most of all.
    I wish Julie all the best and much continued success in her persuits, but for this fan, I will forever miss Miss Julie Berman.

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    Marnie replied

    Daisy & LaVeta, I agree with every word. Completely. I hope Julie has a beautiful, successful career in whatever she does.

  36. Karen says:

    Just such a bummer. It seems all the “familiar” faces are leaving. Combined with all the newer characters and OLTL characters, GH is almost unrecognizable. But Julie brought so much heart and soul to the show. And had great chemistry with Tony, Dominic, Kirsten…just to name a few. Great comedic timing, yet could bring on raw emotion “on a dime”. Such a shame talent like this goes unappreciated for months and months. RC’s writing is seriously lacking here. And to suddenly leave with such disregard for the actor is just wrong. Recasts happen all the time …but this will be a tough one.

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  37. Caitie says:

    How do I say goodbye to one on my brightest lights on the GH screen?? I guess I will start by applauding Julie’s decision to follow her dreams and by wishing her success in whatever endeavors she pursues. But I do this with a heavy heart and I will miss terribly the spirit Julie has brought to Lulu … and I will miss her inimitable chemistry with her amazing screen partners, Dom Zamprogna, Tony Geary and Genie Francis. She and Dom created a love story which raised the level of my focus on GH and which led me, for the first time, to the on-line soap world .

    I wish Julie would be more involved in the 50th celebration … and in my heart she will be just as she will always be THE Lulu Spencer Falconeri for me.

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  38. loveabc says:

    You know Julie……. not a nice time for you to leave…..during the 50th anniversarry of the show, and with Genie Frances returning. The viewers wanted to see scenes with Lulu and Genie, bc Lulu is so believable as being a real life daughter of Genie, she does resemble Genie. We have the parents back on the Canvas, we just wanted Johnathan back for the 50th anniversay, and/or occasional visits since his parents are BOTH there, and I’m sure Johnathna would oblige to that. U could have given it 6 months Julie or a year, or asked for less scene time.

    Not a fan anymore dear….. You Julie and your character is part of a Historic family on General Hosp, and the ICONIC phenomonem of Luke and Laura. Did you ever consider that???? The viewers lived/waited to see that family back together again. Why leave when Genie is returning. This is unlike Johnathans situation where he had been acting stupid stuff in Ireland really crazy sh**, and they (the writers) wouldn’t let up on him emotionally. Johnathan EVEN tried to work something out with them t stay-just FREE him up….. but the writers/producers PUSHED him out the door rather than HEAR hi plea’s. In your situation Julie, that is not the case….GH storylines are distributed beautifully and every actor has a LIFE and a piece of the action, UNLIKE in the past when other players were standing around commenting on who was staring in the drama of the moment.

    Julie…. I’m not a fan anymore. Did you considerr the fans, your historic character and parentns and timing 50th Anniversary of the show. This is what happens when people go Hollywood.

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    Cooper replied

    Julie gave her notice last July (2012) that she would not be renewing her contract which ended in November (2012). She was asked to stay for three more months, which she did willingly. She did not just decide to up and leave at the spur of the moment. She runs a business outside of GH which she is very devoted to and was looking to do other things. How can you fault someone for that?? If you are not a fan anymore, you probably never were one to begin with!!

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    loveabc replied

    Appreciate yoo sur candor, however when julie renewed her contract she to stay on another 3 months (which she did) she probably didn’t know that Genie was coming back. So it would be nice if she stayed longer since Genie Frances just arrived back, that’s all. I do understand the need to want to move on, however, GH facilitated her to be able to have the business she has., and viewr’s have never had the pleasure of seeing Lulu enjoy a longtierm relationship with mother. Until now, which the opportunity has presented itself bc Genie is back to stay.

    Caitie replied

    Julie’s contract was up last fall and FV and RC asked her to extend until March 1 … and then gave her nothing worthwhile in that time frame. It’s on them … not on her … that she is leaving at such a crucial time. She would have been gone months earlier if they hadn’t asked her to stay for nothing.

    As GH storylines are NOT “distributed beautifully.” Julie has been on the backburner a lot during the current writing regime. And she has been part of building TWO stories which were taken from her and Dom and handed to other characters. The first was the Ronnie/stripper story last spring. In this story, the focus in the climax and aftermath was shifted away from Dante and Lulu to Sam and McBain. Then Dante and Lulu’s quest for a baby became a story about Maxie and her life and woes, with Lulu as just an occasional background player.

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    Daisy replied

    Loveabc… shame on you. You are making assumptions which can be very dangerous and hurtful.

  39. Suzie says:

    So the largest couples fan bases when FVRC took over were JaSam & Liason, L.ante, and Jarly. Jarly went bye-bye when they SUDDENLY wrote Johnny as as serial killer. JaSam & Liason done when Steve Burton walked. And now, Lante gone forever when Julie Berman leaves the show. I suspect that FV talked JMB into staying until March 1 by asking her to give theme a chance to “write away” her concerns. And what we got was a s/l that went from Lulu finally discovering that she gets an adrenaline rush from danger and isn’cut out for happily ever after to being desparate to have a family with zero transition which then gets hi-jacked by into a Spixie s/l just like the stripper s/ got hi-jacked by MCBam. Do I blame Julie for leaving? NOT IN THE LEAST !!!

    It seems to me that FV is incapable of allowing a couple to shine that wasn’t HIS creation. As a result the viewers are choking in Michael and Starr who is a pairing I SO wanted to like because I adore Chad Duell. Unfortunately, they bore me to tears. So, FV had had one highly successful pairing in Todd and Carly and either of the actors who portray those characters could have chemistry with a tree-stump.

    If Bree Williamson is re-cast as Lulu, I will walk away from a show that I’ve been devoted too for > 40 years because that means they had the whole “operation destroy Lante” pre-meditated.

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  40. JUDY VLCEK says:

    I ENJOYED JULIE ON GH. WILL MISS HER. WODER WHAT SHE WILL BE DOING IN THE FUTURE?

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  41. Paula Kate Prince-Meserole says:

    Thank you Julie for all you have given the role of Lulu.
    I can’t imagine the tough shoes playing the role of the legendary Luke and Laura’s daughter would have to be for an actress to fill.
    You were amazing.

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  42. Jessica says:

    Julie IS the only person that could have the kind of chemistry she has with Dom. I heard they are recasting with some girl from gossip girl, of course no one is for sure. Julie if you ever see this YOU and DOM were the reason I started watching and cont. to watch. I love her and wish her the best. I think they should have dante and lulu leave together and DONT RECAST and come back years later with 2 3 kids. Whatever they decide to do i will cont. to watch general hospital just to see what happens with dante. gah this sucks…*tears

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  43. Gazoo987 says:

    The role of Lulu is too important on the canvas, it will have to be recast. I also love JMB, but thus is the life of being a soap fan, people leave, has been happening since Daytime began.

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  44. Christy says:

    I read about this yesterday in a soap magazine… said she wanted to leave in Nov, but then promised to stay to March 1 (taping, not air time) probably to get into the anniversary stuff with Laura returning.

    The article said GH was already looking for her replacement. Also said she wasn’t thrilled with her last scenes, but since Lulu will be recast, her last scenes couldn’t be like they would be if they were going to kill the character off.

    I wish her well in her next adventure! She was fun to watch.

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    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    Who says they would have had to have killed her off for her final scenes? She could have easily left Dante and Port Charles in some other way.

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    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    And I’m sure she wasn’t happy with them because they were her final scenes.

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  45. Cooper says:

    Julie Marie Berman is the only Lulu for me. I am sure they will recast, but for me it just will not compare to the absolutely perfect, natural chemistry she had with Dominic Zamprogna! They were the best!!

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    loveabc replied

    I do agree with you there, although as I stated in some of my post today, I don’t agree with her timing of her leaving during this very historic and difficult time. But with Genie present, we need a Lulu and thus it will have to be recast. So as some on here have said, tutalu…. Lulu., Julie.

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    Meera replied

    Julie did agree to stay until March but like she tweeted today, she doesn’t have any control over her departure date.

  46. Tracy says:

    JMB’s departure from GH is heartbreaking as I am a devout Lante fan! I cannot even think about watching Dante connect with another character, and the idea of a recast … Julie IS Lulu for me- irreplaceable! I have to agree with many others in being greatly disappointed in FV/RC’s handling of Julie’s VERY generous long-term notice. The Lante pairing has been unique from day 1 over 3 years ago. Such effort was put into nurturing and maintaining a “healthy” couple (particularly by soap standards)– yet Lante fans have been frustrated for months since the pregnancy / miscarriage fiasco. CRUEL!!! All that being said, I wish Julie all the best in her future endeavors! My dream is that miraculously she and Dominic end up on a prime time drama together so we get JuDo magic again. It won’t give fans the Lante story we desperately wanted/needed/deserved, but I know JMB & DZ would reinvent their unique on air chemistry with new characters with ease! LOVE you Julie, always!!!

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  47. Rose says:

    Days have passed and I am still just as sad when I first heard the news that Julie Berman was leaving GH. I can’t even imagine watching a recast of Lulu even though I know they will go that route. For me Julie will always be the only Lulu Spencer Falconeri. I will always be thankful to Julie and Dom for giving me Lante. The best love story ever!!! For also bringing new friendships into my life.

    I wish Julie all the best and much success. I can’t wait to see what’s next for her.
    Missing you already! Love you, Julie!!! xo

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  48. Kevin says:

    I think Helena should steal Lulu away for a while, keep her captive….

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  49. Alicia says:

    I have always thought Julie was the perfect match for Luke and Laura’s child. It has been nice watching Lulu and Dante’s love story. It is nice to have one strong couple on the show. Best of luck and we will miss you Julie!!!

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  50. Sophie says:

    I will miss Lante because they were the cutest couple ever and Lulu is pretty and Dante is sexy. I hope Julie(Lulu) changes her mind. I LOVE LANTE !!!!!!

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  51. andrea says:

    I think it crazy why is she going off general hosptel i mean Jason gone now her please don’t go we general hosptel people fans need you I am so dispointed

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  52. Tessia says:

    I think you should leave it open for her to come back. One of the things I like about GH is that you do not change cast members that often. So if an old viewer decide to get back into the show, they can easily catch up. I know it will be hard to recast LuLu. Julie has done a great job playing this part. Good Luck!

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  53. mildred gomez says:

    i will not be looking at gh for a bit i would like for gh to bring back our lulu julie if lulu was taken ,they should of let her be gone until gh fix this what ever happen and bring lulu back to Port ch. and back to gh ,i do notlike the new lulu

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  54. Deborah says:

    She played her character brilliantly! She is a VERY TALENTED ACTRESS!! I am not a fan of re-casting either. When someone is that good it is very hard to get used to someone else and the way they embrace the character! I wish her well and a long happy career in whatever she chooses to do! I hope she gets some movie roles or maybe a TV show!

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  55. mary566 says:

    PLEASE COME BACK!!! I DONT LIKE THE NEW LU LU…YOUR NUMBER 1

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  56. lesia mckinney says:

    Julie please return you are truly LULU Spencer. you will be truly miss. The actress who took your place should keep her role on The Young and the Restless. you and your co star make an adorable couple. No one could ever take your place. Good luck and GOD Bless!!!!!!

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    vivian replied

    the actress who took Julie’s place was not good on Y&R, and they got Jason, aka steve burton! I like seeing jason on Y&R because I like that show, but I hate not seeing Julie Berman

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  57. Jan says:

    I have not been reading any ‘soap’ news until today. I had to check to see if the change was permanent. I am EXTREMELY disappointed to learn that it is. Julie IS Lulu. I would rather see her come and go, much like Laura has. To lose her completely is going to be hard to overcome. Thus far I am unimpressed with the new Lulu. JULIE COME BACK!!!!!

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  58. Lia says:

    Deffinately dislike the recast. I think the new Lulu is hideous like kate falconari. Imagine nicholas being recasted…yup makes no happy sense. I can’t even look at my tv screen when the new lulu talks. Julie & maxi are perfect together. They should have written sudden death for julie instead of recasting. Btw I hate that new carly. I miss the red head carly

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  59. Debbie Milburn says:

    I finally got used to Julie’s portrayal of Lulu and WHAM!, gone. I neveruch cared for the brashness and hardcore character that Ms. Berman brought to the character. Having watched this show for over 40 years, I am more than familiar with their tendency to re-cast. I’ve seen 3 Carly’s , etc. just when you think it will never work, you find that you really can’t remember the former actor. So far I’m not crazy with the storyline-it only serves to aggravate me for some reason. Also, if they manage to AGAIN bring Helena and Stavros back, that will just be over the top. I have liked reminiscing with old storylines appearing new, but it may be time to surprise is with brand new stuff! As for Ms. Bergman, history shows us that it is not so easy to find success as one may think. How many ex ” soapsters” do you REALLY see find real success elsewhere!

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  60. Dee Piszczatowski says:

    LuLU

    LuLu Spencer please, please, please come back to us. Julie Berman , you are
    the best and no one can take your please

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  61. Dee says:

    I do not like the new Lulu…no chemistry with Dante and the character doesn’t fit this new girl at all.

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    ticia1980 replied

    I agree. I do not like the new lulu. Abc was wrong for letting julie get away.

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  62. Latesa Thomas says:

    Julie you will be missed and I must say the writer’s should have left Abbey Newman on The Young and The Restless because she can’t make that role hers she still acts as Abbey.

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  63. Caitie says:

    Still missing Julie and her characterization of Lulu of GH. I continue to wish her great success … but I would also celebrate her return to GH. Lulu and Lante need her!!

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  64. Lisa says:

    Oh No I cant believe your leaving .and the one who replaced you well she’s not a good Lulu. I loved your character but not with the new lady . They definitely need to find a different actress. and it will be hard no one can match up to you. your the best

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