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8 July 14th, 2014 Maurice Benard Surprises ESPN First Take Host And GH Fan Stephen A. Smith!


ESPN sports reporter/host extraordinaire Stephen A. Smith got the Port Charles surprise of his life on this morning’s edition of his morning show ESPN’s First Take (10AMEST weekdays on ESPN 2), when none other than Daytime Emmy winner and General Hospital stalwart, Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos) came by the studios for an unexpected visit to Smith!

Benard tweeted moments before he stepped on to the sports show set: “Stepping onto the ESPN First Take stage right now. Tune in to ESPN2 to watch. #StephenASurprise”

To which Smith responded via Twitter after the Sonny  shocker:  “Nothing in the world can ruin my day today. My man @MauriceBenardMB from General Hospital came on @ESPN_FirstTake today. I’m in HEAVEN. Haa”

Later Benard tweeted some pics with the ESPN First Take co-hosts Skip Bayless, Cari Champion along with Smith relating:  “Seriously 3 of the sweetest coolest people I had the best time @RealSkipBayless @stephenasmith @CariChampion

Benard is getting set to debut his new film,The Ghost and the Whale, as well as always in the middle of major story on General Hospital!  The question is:  Will Stephen A. Smith show up one day in a scene with his favorite character, Sonny Corinthos and surprise Benard in turn?  What do you think?   Watch the video clip of Benard and Smith from ESPN First Take below! Then, let us know!

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  1. Sandy says:

    It is pretty hard to make Stephen A speechless. Bet he was close!


  2. GH50 says:

    Steven A. Smith is right, MB is the man. People can hate all they want on Sonny, but MB is such a fine actor and a total class act. He’s been playing the same character for 21 years and he always makes it interesting, finds new subtleties and not so subtelties to the character.

    There are actors on GH for only a year or so who people claim are great and all they do is chew the scenery the same exact way every single time. This man has been making it interesting for 20 years with enormous talent, range and great acting choices.

    And as for the “actors” on GH who can’t act and are there for supposed eye candy and hunk value, here’s a news flash, there ain’t a more handsome man on the planet than MB. The guy is a star.


    pumpkanpie replied

    I so agree with you!! Maurice is so special!! Funny how I have never seen a picture of him in his underwear, and yet, he is still the sexiest man on GH!! :)


  3. Pat says:

    I would love to see him on GH. Enjoy watching him on First Take and was happy to hear he is a big fan of GH as am I. Do it Stephen A…


  4. su0000 says:

    I luv Maurice/Sonny!
    I watched the movie trailer, it was awesome!
    Maurice is a powerful actor..


  5. Tea says:

    WOW…Maurice was so great on First Take. Hope he’s on again.


  6. jeremy says:

    Cool interview. Nice to know hes a 49ers fa, so am i lol :)


  7. Troy Turner says:

    For veteran ESPN watchers like myself, it’s been no surprise that Stephen A. is a GH fan. But, it illustrates a larger problem that soaps continue to have: the invisible male viewer. There is nothing wrong with your “man card” if you enjoy ANY soap. If GH picks up additional male viewers through this segment, all the better


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