As she had promised, Daytime Emmy winner Kristen Alderson tonight posted a very special video message to her fans offering an explanation and her side of the story as to why she decided to not re-sign with General Hospital end continue in the role of Kiki Jerome. The actress is finishing up her time at the ABC soap opera this month.
On this the day that the last episode of One Life to Live aired on ABC three years ago, Alderson next was able to take the character of Starr Manning to General Hospital. However, after the Prospect Park legal entanglements, ultimately Kristen’s could not longer play Starr, and GH created a new role for her that of Kiki, the daughter of mob gal Ava Jerome (Maura West) and daughter to Dr. Silas Clay (Michael Easton). Below are Kristen’s sentiments shared in the video on her departure.
Kristen Alderson: ” I have had the best time over the past three years. And this decision is purely spur of the moment, kind of an epiphany that I had that I have been in this amazing soap bubble since I was six-years-old, and now I am twenty-three, and I have never done anything else, or pushed myself, or challenged myself to do other things, and not necessarily in the industry, but things in life like … taking a class here or there for something other than acting, and getting back into singing, which you guy know I love to do … so that would be really exciting. And who knows where this road is going to take me? But, this had all happened very quickly, but I am prepared for the worst, and I am prepared for any failures.
I am prepared for all the excitement it will bring, and it’s just a new chapter in my life, and I couldn’t be more grateful to the support you guys have given me, and all of the love. I love you guys so much. I’ve always cared about you. I’ve grown up with you, you’ve grown up with me, and I am always going to be a part of your life. I will be tweeting and instragramming … and you know I will! ‘Thank You’ to Ron (Carlivati) and Frank Valentini, and everyone at ABC for all of your support, and ‘Thank You’ to the fans … you are the best in the world. Soap fans are family, and you always will be be.”
Watch Kristen’s goodbye message after the jump! Then share your thoughts on what she had to say in the comment section below!