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57 December 3rd, 2012 Maurice Benard Reveals He Just Signed New Contract To Stay With GH!

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Within the last half hour, Daytime Emmy winner and soap superstar, Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos) has announced that he is staying put at General Hospital and that he just signed his contract to stay with the lone ABC soap, which is on the rise!

Benard revealed both on his Twitter account and Facebook page the following:  “I just signed my contract for General Hospital. It makes me feel good that I’m not leaving my family.”

While the details of how long the contract is for was not revealed, it looks like this major player is on board to continue to see what is next for Sonny Corinthos under the more than capable hands of of executive producer, Frank Valentini and head writer, Ron Carlivati.

So soapers, now that you know Maurice is continuing on in Port Charles, what story would you like to see next for Sonny?  Let us know!

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  1. David Larsson says:

    Ugh, why do they insist on keeping him?

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    su0000 replied

    Because he has fans who love him and he is a great part of GH..
    I like the way he is being written, lately..

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    Christine replied

    I agree. Maurice is amazing. They need for Sonny to move out of the mob and become a mentor or something positive.

  2. Satene says:

    I would rather hear that Jack Wagner, Tristan Rogers, Kimberly McCullough, Genie Francis, Wally Kurth, Stuart Damon, Vanessa Marcil, Ingo Rademacher, or Jonathan Jackson were coming back and on-contract! This has been the Sonny show for almost 20 years and the show should let him go or revert him to back burner because I am so sick of Sonny, his world, his women…it’s all been done to death!! This character overstayed his welcome and I am just as done with him as I was Jason. I would have loved for today’s breaking news to be that “Maurice Benard Follows Steve Burton’s Exit from GH!” I don’t want to be mean because I think Maurice is talented and a wonderful man but this character ate the show and my utter disgust for Sonny is all due to the people who ran this show into the ground for over a decade. I love what FV and RC are doing with the show but the one person I still fast forward unless he is in scenes with AJ is Sonny!!!

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    John Eric replied

    I couldn’t agree with you more! Add Jackie Zeman, Denise Alexander, and Kin Shriner to the list I’d take over Sonny! I’ve watched since 1973–long before Port Charles ever heard of Sonny Corinthos. Had he been tied to the show’s previous decades (son of the late Dr. Phil Brewer, Jessie’s monster of a husband, or another unknown son of the late Dr. Steve Hardy…), I might’ve cared more. But as you said, it’s all been done to death. I detested the last producing and writing regime and am a huge fan of EP Frank Valentini & Writer Ron Carlivati from their work on OLTL, too. They have turned the show around so much, I can’t wait to see the next episode from day to day again for the first time in many years. They have brought beautiful BALANCE back to the show, and I’m actually enjoying ALL the stories, with former legendary characters back in action again with current existing Port Charles residents, with a nice splash of OLTL’s Llanview thrown in. As long as Maurice Benard as Sonny Corinthos is a part of the show again, and not THE SHOW, I’m fine with him staying. I appreciate his acting, though have never been a Sonny or Jason Morgan (only Quartermaine) fan, because the show focused exclusively on them and a few others in their orbit like Carly & Sam, but I am at least enjoying Sonny’s story since it focuses more on Kate/Connie.

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    SZima replied

    Excellent post!

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    Marisa replied

    I agree with your comments above.

    I hope GH did not waste a good portion of their budget on this character. This character has been worked to death. All he does is read the cards and mumble his way through his lines. Maurice did not even have chemisry with Vanessa on her brief return. Vanessa had so much more chemistry with Steve and Dominic during her short stay.

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    k/kay replied

    Thank you Marisa I thought I was the only one that notices he is looking off in no man’s land half the time he is reading cue cards and gets paid probably the most of anyone on the show.

    SUSAN replied

    i am a true sonny fan 100% am glad he is staying because the rating boost will
    only last for a short while and maurice is well loved by alot of fans

    and i cannot wait for steve burton to return and he will

    abc and rc and fv know they need to keep him on gh

    and i agree bring vanessa marcil back as brenda for sonny they did have a wonderful love story
    but just my opinion but i am glad he is staying

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  3. Marisa says:

    I would like the writers to send him on a very long vacation. I am so sick of the Sonny show. His character has become so pathetic. It is painful to watch him try to act. I have no compassion for this sick killer. Connie is the sane one. She wants out. Kate is crazy for wanting this mobster. Please give Sonny less air time. GH has such a great cast. The writers need to use all of the talent on the show. The show is so much better when we see all of the characters with story lines.

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    Tea replied

    What Sonny show? What show are you watching. It’s the Todd show!!!!

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    SyeUSAN replied

    yes love sonny, i love todd as roger howarth but too much air time

    i say get rid of connie before she destroys johnny z. love brandon barash
    as well

    Tsuds replied

    Agree.. I fastforward thru much of Sonny’s scenes… Def not watching because of Sonny..

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  4. Eileen Hargis says:

    Probably because the whole show revolves around him in one way or another! Im glad.

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    su0000 replied

    Sonny has half his screen time..
    I wish he would get a good story and be back on my screen..
    He has’t been played as often during this past year..

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    SyeUSAN replied

    yeah i want to see more sonny and i guess abc agrees they did re new
    his contract i think he is a beloved character and abc knows it

    just like eric b on y&r

  5. su0000 says:

    I love Sonny.. good to know he will be around, most likely, to the end ..

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    SyeUSAN replied

    yeah, yeah yeah!!!! love those dimples

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  6. Melissa says:

    I am happy.Fan of Sonny’s.Happy to see my
    old favs return and still keep MB.Sonny &
    Brenda one of my all time favs..New
    Writers are doing a great job with storylines
    For all..

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    SUSAN replied

    i agree melissa

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    SyeUSAN replied

    yes melissa bring back vanessa marcil aka brenda for sonny

    they had one of the best loved storylines and were a great soap couple

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  7. Lew S says:

    I think the writers and the exec are spreading the storylines around . It is not the Sonny Show anymore. Good fo!r Mr. Benard

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    SyeUSAN replied

    mb has less air time but when he is on you know it and believe me i am a mb
    fan love him 100% he is the main reason i watch daily and dvr and re watch
    on soap net at nite

    i would love for jason aka steve burton to return to be with sonny in some kind
    of storyline

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  8. Patrick says:

    With all due respect to Mr. Bernard, as the story begins to take shape around the Quatermaines, he is becoming an outsider. The writers clearly don’t want this to be a crim drama and neither do the fans.

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  9. rachel o says:

    GH revolves around Sonny becuz that’s what the majority of the fans want! Love him or hate him but he still makes a huge impact on practically every loyal viewer, either pro-sonny or against him.I personally admire him for being a manic depressive in real life and how it was written into his character becuz of that. After my own diagnosis of the same illness in the late 90s I’ve been hooked since. Kudos Maurice, and goodluck!

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    SUSAN replied

    agree 100%

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    SyeUSAN replied

    rachel you are right kudos to mb and his loyal fans

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  10. Robin says:

    This is the best GH news ever. GH got this one right. The show is doing so good now and with Maurice on board will only continue to rise. I want to see the Kate/Sonny/Connie story play out. This is definitely the best writing Sonny has had in a really long time. I am a happy Mo fan this morning.

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    SUSAN replied

    i am as well a MO fan and have been for 20 yrs or more

    and fv and rc know they need him on gh anyway they can get him

    could you imagine him leaving just shortly after steve chose to leave that would
    be really a bad move for gh and abc knows it
    he has millions of fans because when i say what soap i watch the reply is always the same “i love sonny and jason”

    now maurice is staying i hope steve returns soon to kick aj out

    cannot stand aj, duke or faison get rid of the asap!!!

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  11. Teresa says:

    I think you guys are being unfair. It has definitely not been the “Sonny show” since the regime change. The stories are much more balanced across all characters. I love that Sonny is staying. Thank you Maurice and GH for continuing to make terrific stories.

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    jp replied

    I agree. It is a much more balanced ensemble. Frank and Ron did that for years over at One life to Live. They know how to mix storylines and characters better than any team in daytime.

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  12. Joan faist says:

    So very happy Maurice is staying. Love the man and love his character. I am glad they now vocus more the Family man than the Mobster angle. Now we need Jason back. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE GH.

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    SUSAN replied

    yes!!! love maurice and steve and am happy he is staying

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  13. SZima says:

    Looks like I still need to keep the remote handy…I will continue FFing most, if not all, Sonny scenes. I absolutely hate the way he yells and struts and plays god all the time. This would have been the perfect time to retire Sonny and all things mob related!

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    Anthony replied

    Ditto!!!!

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    Tsuds replied

    Ditto also!

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  14. Robin says:

    I’m so happy he is staying! The difference in the Sonny character since Ron Carlivati and Frank Valentini took over is wonderful and I’m excited to see what they have in store for him. I’m enjoying the character for the first time in years. Ron gets the character and it is obvious Maurice Bernard is once again enjoying playing him!

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  15. CW says:

    Hurray!! A great actor staying till the end, unlike another who quit!!!

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  16. Michael (not Fairman) says:

    Unfortunately Sonny and Maurice have become, to GH, what Reva and Kim Zimmer was to GL: the character that ate the show. Both are (in my opinion) very talented performers, and both have played characters who have been allowed to overshadow the rest of the show’s characters, to the show’s detriment. I like what Carlivati and Valentini have been doing in terms of trying to restore some perspective–Sonny is actually suffering some fallout with Michael because of who he is and how he has behaved, instead of everybody automatically worshipping everything Sonny does and thinking he can do no wrong–but I really think the show could use a break from Sonny. Failing that, I hope they’ll continue moving toward a balance of stories and an ensemble piece, rather than the Sonny-(Jason)-Carly show that GH has been for years.

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  17. Bill Wilson says:

    I used to share in the anti-Sonny vitriol, but I like the balance that the new regime has employed. It’s no longer “The Soapranos.” By putting Finola Hughes on contract and making Anna Devane the police chief, it’s clear that the PCPD are no longer going to be the Keystone Kops. Steve Burton’s departure further diminishes the Corinthos empire. I WOULD like to see Tristan Rogers put on contract as Robert Scorpio. His scenes with Constance Towers yesterday were MAGIC! “Science fiction? This from the lady who tried to freeze the city with a jewel-powered weather machine?” Delicious!

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    Ces replied

    That was a great line yesterday – those were the 80′s! ha!! Would love to see more of Tristan Rogers :)

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  18. susan M. says:

    He has been on GH a long time…I like the change in his character…I don’t think it is the Sonny show quite as much now. As it was two or three years ago when it was the Sonny show…We see our favorites too..Everyone gets their turn.. One more tidbit , I read ABC Soaps in depth and it said Lucy Coe is coming to Port Charles on Dec. 14…In
    time for the hospital ball………….That is good news……

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  19. MK says:

    Actually for the fist lime in 20 yrs, I am actually liking Sonny. The show is no longer the Sonny show, it is more balanced and the Q’s and the Scorpio’s are slowly coming back front burner. As long as it keeps going and Sonny finally goes to Prison (Briefly) that is progress. MB is glad that Sonny is finally acting Human.

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  20. robert says:

    Very happy, even though I don’t watch GH

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  21. Sara says:

    I’d like to see him be a grandfather to Dante and Lulu’s child. I like Sonny, and his adorable dimples : ) I’m sure they can find a story for him. Maybe he could get some life threatening illness which would bring out his vulnerable side? I’m sure the writers will put together a good storyline for him. He’s got potential. IMHO.

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  22. Anthony says:

    Sorry to hear of the re-signing – the character of Sonny out-lived its usefulness years ago. Hate the mob, hate all in its orbit.

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  23. Christine says:

    I’m glad Maurice is staying. Despite what some believe, it is not the “Sonny Show” anymore. I think the show is more balanced now.

    I’m not sure what I want to see for Sonny romance-wise. Something needs to happen with the Kate/Connie thing because her schtick is getting old, but since this a former OLTL regime, I can see the DID storyline going on and on. Not to mention I also smell a Natalie/Jessica (two different fathers or two fertilized eggs) with Maxi being Lulu and Dante’s surrogate. I think they will have Maxi and Spinelli sleep together and Maxi will probably be pregnant with both Spinelli’s child and Dante and Lulu’s baby which, of course, will cause so much angst and go on forever. :-(

    I think I would like to see Sonny spend more time at the new boxing ring mentoring boys and being a grandfather, things like that.

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  24. Ces says:

    Now if they could only give him a worthy leading lady!

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  25. Tea says:

    WOW…First of all, if you’re really watching GH then you know this show doesn’t revolve around Sonny.

    LOVE MAURICE & I’M SO GLAD HE’S STAYING!!!!!!
    I really hope they reunite Sonny & Kate soon. Looking forward to Sonny becoming a grand dad. More Sonny & Dante please!
    Without Maurice & Sonny I wouldn’t be watching GH, period.
    And I said that without bashing any actor I don’t like and it was really easy to don’t lol

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  26. Laurie says:

    I am glad he has re-signed. I do however think he needs a woman that he can have a relationship with and explore that again. I love Kelly Sullivan’s Kate/Connie but I love her as her..maybe not her with Sonny. The scenes with Johnny & Connie sparked some interest, perhaps once shes whole..they may explore that. But to see Sonny with someone else…don’t know who, or someone new? Just needs a fresh story for a new year :) LOVE GH!! :) Looking forward to 50 yrs of GH hitting!

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  27. Brenda says:

    I’m glad Maurice is staying until the end. I love Sonny and the mob stories. I didn’t watch in the 80s or the 90s so I don’t know who all these people are and it makes GH not as enjoyable to watch as before for me but its more balanced and the show is doing better ratings wise.

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    SyeUSAN replied

    i agree love the mob storyline and sonny i have been watching for 22 yrs and
    do not remember much of the 80s and only got hooked on sonny with brenda in
    i think the early 90s but not sure

    do wish brenda would come back they had a great love story

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  28. Trisha says:

    I’m glad he’s staying. It wouldn’t be GH without him..BUT, IMO they have got to release him from his isolation with Kate and put him back to being involved with his family and children and Carly. IMO, when they removed him from those connections, that is when his appeal and his character took big hits and made him dull and uninteresting. Looking back this began when they started to remove him from the mob and put him with Emily and then Kate, changing him to someone he really wasn’t.

    I don’t see anything wrong with him being a mobster, he was ALWAYS a the mobster with the heart and he should have stayed that way. Kate has practically destroyed him. I say get rid of her HER.

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  29. Soapluv says:

    Soooo happy Mo is keeping Sonny on GH! MB is an elegant, gorgeous man and a phenomenal actor under any talented pen. I love whenever Sonny is onscreen doing what he does. The Q’s and all those returning characters mean absolutely nothing to me. I would trade every one of them, wrap them all in a bow and ship them back wherever they’ve been for all these years – to keep Sonny. Everyone has a right to their faves and MB’s Sonny is polarizing but, worth every dime they pay him and MORE, IMO. Thank goodness, TPTB get that. Kudos to them, congratulations, MB and yaaayyyy Sonny fans!

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    SUSAN replied

    yes i aagree with what you say these returing characters mean nothing to me
    hate aj they think he can replace jason/steve burton NOT!!!!!
    i love to just look at maurice in anyway i can see him everyday love the dimples
    and agree he worth every dime they pay him abc knows they need him on gh
    so does fv and rc i also love the mob storyline

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  30. Christy says:

    glad to hear he’s staying… actually glad to hear that they’re doing contracts period!

    it would be nice if they could bring on someone to perhaps be someone (female) that he could be with, even if it was a great friend – help him get over Kate or help Kate to snap out of it. Kinda like Emily was before they hooked up.

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  31. susan says:

    i am glad sonny is staying love him in any story line

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