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267 August 14th, 2015 Michael Easton Interview: His Shocking GH Exit, If He Would Do Another Soap, Leading Ladies & The Support From His Fans!

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On the July 31st episode of ABC’s General Hospital viewers saw the lifeless body of Dr. Silas Clay with a knife in his back, ushering in a murder mystery with more than a handful of suspects who wanted to keep the guy quiet.  However sadly, Silas’ death spelled the end of the line for daytime favorite Michael Easton.

Easton was killed off the 52-year-old soap opera in a role that just never really caught fire, or had the chance to.  The actor who is beloved by his fan base, and treasured by his colleagues was definitely caught s bit off guard by the news that he would be leaving the ABC Network. It was a place he has called home for more than 12 years with memorable roles such as Caleb Morley on Port Charles, and One Life to Live’s  John McBain.

Speaking of McBain, the character headed to General Hospital following the cancellation of ABC’s One Life to Live.  At that time, Prospect Park was able to mount their second attempt at an online version of the series, and a major dispute erupted between the two companies that saw cast members: Easton, Kristen Alderson (Ex-Starr and Kiki), and Roger Howarth (Ex-Todd, now Franco) caught in the crossfire.  Ultimately, GH could no longer use the characters of John, Starr or Todd in their stories, and thus for Easton, the character of Dr. Clay was born to keep him on the canvas.

With all the twists, and turns, and upheaval in Easton’s soap life over the last few years, On-Air On-Soaps sat down with Michael following his GHFCW 2015 fan event appearance, where an outpouring of support and love rained down upon on him.  Those in attendance tried to let Michael know they are there for him, while he tried to make the reality of the situation, and his exit from GH … OK for them!  It was, to say the least, a very touching moment.

In a very candid conversation, Michael opens up about how he found out he was exiting GH, if he would ever entertain the notion of appearing on another soap, how he has coped and dealt with being shown the front door, his thoughts on his soap opera leading ladies, and what this all now means for his real life family … and as they say, ‘when one door closes, another opens.’  Now with all that behind him, and a clean slate for the future, Easton whose latest graphic novel Credence: Lose This Skin is being released, and his short film, Ultraviolent starring best friend and former One Life co-star Trevor St. John (Victor Jr.), which is already receiving awards, is certainly keeping busy.  But still, saying goodbye is sometimes the hardest thing in life we have to do.  So, here’s what Michael let us know, and wanted you to know … until we can all meet again.

Did you have any clue, and did you see it coming, that your character was going to be killed off of GH after they were starting to give the character a bit of story?  It must have been a bit of shock, and a jolt.

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MICHAEL:  Yes, and I’m always reminded when I started on One Life to Live with Kamar de los Reyes, Dan Gauthier, Trevor St. John, Nathaniel Marston, and David Fumero these guys were all there, and by the end of 8 years all that was left was Bob Woods and I.  So, I went through it with all of those guys.  You are always prepared for it … at the same time you are not prepared for it at all.  They let me know at General Hospital what was going to go down a couple of months beforehand.  I was then kind of walking around having to hold this secret for story purposes.  I had to carry it around for a couple of months, which was a little tricky.  I knew some people knew before me, obviously.  I kind of felt that “Dead Man Walking” thing for a while.  But, we are big boys and girls.  We sign on the dotted line.  They lived up to their end of the agreement, and I lived up to mine.

You mentioned to your fans at your event that the last day of shooting at GH was difficult, and you kind of wandered home afterwards.  I thought that statement was perfectly said on how someone would feel after something like this.  How was it for you at the very end?  Did you just say, “Goodbye, guys”?

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MICHAEL:  We have been saying goodbyes over the last few years, first to One Life to Live and the crew.  You become almost closer to the crew than you do the cast because you see them every single day.  It was a little numbing for a couple of days.  You don’t want to ever say you get used to it, but you handle it.

You had mentioned that if you had known this was the role you were going to end up playing (Dr. Silas Clay) you wouldn’t have wound up going out for that role.  This was the part that followed-up your incredibly nuanced performances as John McBain on One Life to Live, and General Hospital.   Then to see you as Silas, the writers had to do a quick adjustment and turnaround to figure out what to do with you because of the lawsuit with Prospect Park involving the One Life characters that came to GH.  When you were in the middle of that were you thinking to yourself, “What am I going to do to make this new role work?”

MICHAEL:  Certainly, when I came back after the Prospect Park situation, I never unpacked the suitcase, if you know what I mean, especially coming back the second time around.  Writing on a soap is a tough job.  It’s an uphill battle.  It’s on me to make that part work.  I never quite got a hold on it.  That being said, there was not a lot of consistency to it for me, like a consistent story or throughline.  It felt like I was just with this girl, and then you let her go and you never see her again, and now you are with this girl.  There was a lot of stuff where I was just reacting to things, and it was very hard to drive story being in that position.  But I really tried my best, and really fought to try and make it work.  However, in the last year I really didn’t work that much, maybe one or two days a week.  It’s really hard to turn things around when you are in that position.

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Are people still coming up to you with the hopes that you would one day return to a reboot of One Life to Live?

MICHAEL:  Someone told me that ABC was working with Prospect Park on a primetime show.  I don’t think that solves any of the daytime soap issues, but they are obviously making other deals together.  Someone had told me optimistically at the fan event, “Does this mean anything?”  I honestly feel, and I have been pretty good at this, that I usually know if I am walking out of a building if I will ever walk in there again.  And, I don’t think I will walk in there again.  I wish it was some sort of hoax, or something that we were playing, and this is all sort of a gimmick.  It really isn’t.  It’s very serious.  I just got the sense when I walked out of there… that was that.

Where do you see the next chapter of your journey going?  You mentioned at your event that you, and your wife and kids, may take some time to figure out what that is, and where that will be.  This seems to be the moment in time to figure out what you want to do with you life, and your career.  You are such a fantastic writer, and I assume with your writing you would continue doing that.  I was so excited to see you win an award for your short film Ultraviolent starring Trevor St. John.  Do you feel ready to move forward with what lies ahead for you after finishing up your run on GH?

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MICHAEL:  When you get over a bit of the hurt, I walked out of it feeling blessed it happened. Then very quickly I felt inspired, and I felt liberated, and I felt like going out there and doing something again.  I became very aware that I never wanted to be frightened by life, and I did not ever want to be playing it safe.  So in a way, being let-go from GH was a wake up call to all of those things.  It’s just circumstances, and it’s not the vision I had for myself.  Hanging on to the part and coming in one day a week was not the vision I had for myself … and for my career.   If that is the way that it was going to be, better that it ends this way, as I didn’t want it to drag on like that any longer, anyway.  I have a good vision in mind, and I just have to go to find a way to make it become a reality.  Within that vision is my children.  The other day I built sandcastles in the beach with them.  It was one of the happiest days I had in a long, long time.

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Ultraviolent starring Trevor St. John, and directed and written by you, is something that so many of your fans are anticipating seeing.  What was that like working with Trevor in this film that was so dark that even the character kills himself in it?

MICHAEL:  Trevor St. John is on another level in this film.  It’s what all the people are used to seeing with Todd Manning, but to the tenth degree!  It’s such a beautifully nuanced performance that he does.  It was just Trevor and I in a room with one camera guy, and one sound guy.  We did something really beautiful.  We rehearsed it, and it’s really something terrific.

Do you think if Days of our Lives called you up to reprise your first soap role as Tanner Scofield, that you would consider the notion of going there, or to another soap opera if they pitched you a great story where you could be a main focus on the show?  Or, do you think your daytime soap career is over?  You have kind of done soaps all over the place, especially on the ABC brand.  However, you have such huge popularity with the fans that you would think some other network, or series would tap into this.  Is that even something you would even entertain?

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MICHAEL:  I think I might have one more in me.  It would have to be the right thing, and you can’t be cavalier when you have two young ones at home.  But at the same time, I want to do something that I love.  I want to be passionate about it again.  I want to have a storyline that is driven by passion, and I think that is something I had very much on Port Charles and on One Life to Live for a long time.  There were some real ups and downs certainly there, but there were some really great moments where there was some beautiful storytelling.  That’s what it’s all about.  It’s really about the storytelling, but as attractive as it might be for some powers-that-be to say let’s bring this audience over to someplace else … it seems very gaudy to do that.

You mean, it feels a bit like prostitution?

MICHAEL: Yeah, a bit.  It would be nice to do another soap for a beautiful reason, because there is this great part that is right for you, and it is that part you would want to go in for.  Then you would get to work with these certain actors that you admire and trust, and you get to work in an environment that is right for you.  And of course, then you would think about if that will ever happen again.  I honestly really don’t know what genre that will come from, but it will work itself out.

You have some of the most incredible fans, and fan bases that have supported you, and cared about you.  What have they meant to you during this difficult time?  It’s so interesting that while they were trying to ease your pain, I think with your appearance and discussions with them, you are helping them deal with the loss.

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MICHAEL: Well, I wish I could buy them all a drink, which I tried to do at the fan event by having a proper wake for the character! (Laughs)  I’m honestly humbled, and I mean this for their outpouring of support.  I am pretty thick-skinned, and I have been doing this a long time.  Very little stings me.  And I admit, this stung me a little bit, and it’s been the fan’s kindness, and their generosity, and their outpouring that’s really made me feel like I was doing something semi-worthwhile.  It’s made me feel much better about what happened.  They have actually eased my pain a bit.  I’m actually kind of trying to ease their pain, which is so interesting.  But they are very genuine, and I hope they realize that I am very genuine.  I hope they realize we have a very genuine relationship.  It’s a very honest relationship when you hear us talk.  I think it’s one of the most unique relationships of any group of people.  I almost feel weird calling them “fans” because they are honestly more like “friends”.  Most of these people know about my family, and I know about their family.  It’s a very loyal and beautiful group.  They mean a lot to me.

Let’s talk a bit about your two most notable leading ladies: Kelly Monaco (Sam, GH) and Melissa Archer (Natalie, OLTL).  What is your takeaway during your daytime career having built this incredible and enduring on-screen chemistry with them that struck a nerve with the viewing public?

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MICHAEL: As far as Kelly goes it’s right there.  It’s Kelly Monaco!  You just look in those eyes.  I never locked eyes with someone that I have worked with quite like I have with her.  Kelly is just easy to get lost with.  I think when you can do that some very natural things happen with actors.  I trust everything that she does, and hopefully, she would trust what I do.  Melissa Archer is different in the sense that we are very different, and you talk about opposites attracting?  We come from two very different worlds, and two very different techniques, but there was just something so passionate about her.  Melissa is funny, and she is all of these beautiful qualities, and it made for a great partnership.  Honestly, I am the luckiest guy.  Everyone of my on-screen partners has made me look better.  I have said this before, as in life a good actress, and a good woman will make you better, and that is: my wife makes me a better person, but these actresses I have worked with in every case made me a better actor, and made for a better story because of them.

Michelle Stafford, who played Silas’ crazy wife, Nina Clay, told me that you were “extraordinary”, “one of the classiest guys”, and “so smart.”  What was working with Michelle like on General Hospital, where the two of you had to create this back-story?

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MICHAEL: In the back of your mind, because of the weird relationship between Silas and Nina that always puts up a bit of a barrier.  I was always fond of working with Michelle.  She is obviously an amazing talent.  Michelle has a generous heart, and she is a kind person.  Her work is incredible.  The circumstances that we were sort of thrown into from the get-go were difficult, but she was terrific.  No one gets more out of scenes than she does.  Michelle and Maura West (Ava) have an amazing technique were there might not be that much there. and yet they are able to make so much out of them.  It’s a skill I wish I understood, or I was better at.  I didn’t watch Michelle’s work on Y&R, but I was well-aware of her, “the dynamo”, and she didn’t fail to disappoint.  She had all of that in her and she was great to work with.  And of course, Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, B&B) warned me about her! (Laughs)

It has seemed like GH was playing with pairing Silas with Ava for a minute, especially after he saved her from dying of cancer in such an unorthodox method – kidnapping her baby girl, Avery and using her bone marrow.  Did you think that was going to be a start of story, not the end of one?

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MICHAEL:  Yeah, it seemed a bit weird for Silas to save her life, and then get killed-off.  I imagine from her point, she could have just killed him off.  That also seems strange for some reason, because you can just be in conflict with someone.  I really enjoyed working with Maura, too.  Maura brings so much to every scene, and she is so interesting to work with.  I think in the scenes where we had some material to play there were some interesting moments in there.  I just would have liked more of them. 

Very simply, I ask, “How do we heal you?  What can we do for you?”

MICHAEL:  That is sweet, Michael.  It was lovely closure, and I am glad my fan event wasn’t six months from now, because I would have had a hard time coming back.  I still have some tears, and make-up on my shoulder where people cried.  I fought back tears a couple of times.  Again, I probably shouldn’t have had that much Irish whiskey before coming to the event! (Laughs)  I hate to admit that. (Laughs)  In many, many ways GH is already in the rear view mirror.  I have something of a lengthy resume, which includes a lot of shows that have been cancelled.  I have had to say a lot of goodbyes to people, professionally.

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As GH viewers are currently watching the murder mystery whodunit of, “Who Killed Silas?”, how many days did you actually have to lay there with a knife in your back?

MICHAEL:  Oh!  Quite a few days!  Quite a few people had to put a knife in my back, (laughs) so they could do flashbacks of all the suspects.  I am sure at some point they will decide who did it, or someone will imagine they did.  You will see it.  It will be like a “Slasher’ flick! (Laughs)

Were you able to talk to Trevor St. John as a sounding board after you were let-go by GH?  I know how close the two of you are.

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MICHAEL:  Oh yeah!  Trevor had great advice for me, and I had another friend who had a very nice bit of advice for me, which was, “They played their hand and it was big hand they played.  You’re still in the game, now you have to go play your hand.”  Honestly that is what it is.  I will always look back at this time so fondly, and all of the people that I met.  Many of these people are still in my life, in particular those from the earlier ABC times in terms of Trevor, Kamar, and Bob Woods, who are such a part of my life now.  When I started I was a single guy, and now I have a wife and two kids.  I have almost grown through this during the dozen or more years with ABC.   I look back on all of this so fondly.  I am so glad it happened.  To paraphrase Dr. Seuss: “Don’t be upset that it ended.  Be grateful that it happened at all.”  I really look at it that way.  I think when I walk away from today I will probably put it away for a while.  I will miss people a lot, but I will be OK with it.

What did you think of Michael’s thoughts on his exit from General Hospital?  Where would you like to see Michael turn up next… another soap? What do you think about the unique relationship that Michael discussed that he has with his fans? Who was your favorite leading lady for the fan favorite?   Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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  1. Leah says:

    Michael Easton fans the Online Petition to BRING Michael back to GH has almost 11,000 signatures and counting. Please if you would like to see Michael make a GH return then sign the PETITION. Our Collective Voices can make a difference. Thanks in advance to all who sign the Petition: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/914/044/258/bring-back-michael-easton-to-general-hospital/?taf_id=14208719&cid=twitter

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    Rose replied

    Don’t know if I’d want to come back to GH/ABC if I was Michael…”once bit, twice shy.” Actually “twice bit” after the dumping of OLTL.

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    Leah replied

    I can understand that…they really left him on the back burner and didn’t develop Silas properly. However, we want Michael to have that choice. We feel after 14 Loyal Years with ABC that he deserves that decision. If Michael decides to move on if offered to come back then we will respect that decision. We just want him to have the opportunity to return in a role that fits him with much better story.

    Matilda replied

    Another reliable soap blogger was reporting that Frank said a reason Michael was let go was due to budget and they needed to free up money that eventually went to Rebecca Budig. I guess there weren’t any more vets to kill or kick to the curb.

    I can’t stand the massive influx of new characters and they are all for the most part terribly written as the whole show has been. Vets are written OOC and new characters are terrible from conception.

    Of all the new characters, Michael as well as Billy Miller, didn’t bother me the and I have respect for the actors because I always felt that they had respect for the show. They aren’t scenery chewers and they don’t give off an attitude or vibe that they were stars on another show and just their mere presence on GH gives them that status and the ability to just takeover scenes and the show.

    Michael is very much a class act and I really enjoyed him as McBain when he came to GH. I hadn’t watched OLTL. He had a very good working relationship with Anna and fit in well. When he came on as Silas, the role called for him to be a jerk, but he didn’t play it in a way that was offensive to the other characters and to the show in general.

    When he came back, it was the same time that Franco, Kiki, Ava and Julian came on. They all came on front burner and were in conflict with veteran characters. Franco with everyone and then focusing in on the Q’s where he proceeded to squat in the Q living room like he owned it with Ava who did the same. Kiki was an in your face tart playing Michael and Morgan who also wound up in the mansion. Julian came on and kicked Connie to the curb. It was all slash and burn, there was nothing positive to their existence and GH was their playground and vets were their marks and foils.

    Silas was arrogant, but he was there to help and Michael played it in a way that when he did connect with Sam and build a relationship you could accept it. Franco and Ava were so destructive that nothing they could do would ever make you accept them. Michael played it right, even if he didn’t have much to work with.

    It goes back to respect. Michael said in his exit interview that fans have a right to be protective of their show. That shows a real understanding of the genre and the fan base. It shows a real respect for the situation and that showed in his portrayal and attitude. He’s a class act and I wish him well as do many.

    Rose replied

    Good point Leah. I signed your petition. I sign lots of their animal rights ones, why not for Michael.

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    Leah replied

    Thanks so much Rose for signing and as you can tell from this interview, the fan’s support and outpouring has meant everything to Michael and is actually healing him. So even if he doesn’t get back to GH at least you can be sure your signing did that for him. Also, I appreciate your support, so Thank you again!!

    kathryn63 replied

    Carolyn,who says Michael would not do a online soap those online soaps seem to be snapping up soap stars left & right John – Paul Lavissaire,Sean Kanan, TrevorSaint-John,Bryan Datiilo & & 2 of those actors are also going to do network soap as well JPL ON DOOL & SK ON B&B..SO SOAP ACTORS/ACTRESSES DO BOTH ONLINE SOAPS & NETWORK SOAPS! I’m not sure if Melissa is doing both YD & BH BUT IT WOULD BE EVEN GREATER IF MICHAEL JOINED HER ON EITHER OF THOSE SOAPS OR BOTH, THEY SEEM TO BE VERY POPULAR &.DOING VERY WELL!! I just wish you did not have to pay to watch them! Right now I’m just missing ME&MA ON MY TV SCREEN DAILY SOOOO MUCH I MEAN TOGETHER ON A NETWORK SOAP. LIKE.A FELLOW POSTER ABOVE ME SAID A NETWORK SOAP NEEDS TO GRAB THESE 2 TALENTED MEGA SOAP STARS ASAP! So we can have our JOLIE/MA/ME BACK!!!

    Carolyn replied

    ME is an actor, a writer, a director, why would he do an online soaps? I suppose anything is possible, but he has options, and some don’t.

    I love gh replied

    I signed it – why not? It doesn’t sound like he wants to go back, but one never knows. At the very least he’ll know what a fan base he has. When Rebecca Herbst was let go, I called the studio. Enough of us must have because they changed their mind.

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    Leah replied

    Thanks for signing the Petition. Why not?? Right, I love that. Michael was fired by ABC so I can see why he believes here that he won’t return. Hopefully, our Fighting for Michael will make the Network see they made a BIG MISTAKE listening to the last Head Writer and Michael is an ASSET to any Soap Opera including GH.
    I called for Becky as well when she was fired and I believe together, GH fans are a MIGHTY BUNCH and can get MICHAEL back on GH in a Role Worthy of His Talent with Much BETTER Stories.
    However, if he doesn’t come back, all fans who signed the PETITION can know that their EFFORTS were not in Vein because they Meant Something to Michael, who did A LOT WORTHWHILE in his 14 Years with ABC DAYTIME.

    Shay replied

    Well, I hope you saved that phone number, I love gh, because an often accurate spoiler website insists that the lovely Liz is the next one to head out of Port Charles. It sounds hard to believe, but then again, who would have ever thought the magnificent Michael Easton would have been on the chopping block? Rather beggars belief that the most beautiful and beloved GH players are the ones seemingly marked for extinction, and for what? More mediocrity courtesy of Nina, Hayden, Val-Chops, Sappy, Jordan, Franco, et al….

    lisa edwards replied

    I loved john mcbain especially with sam i think that he would make a great Dimera he could help find EJ alive. I think him and Hope would make a great couple.

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    Babs replied

    I think GH made a big mistake taking John Mcbain off the soap. He added a lot to the show. He’s an actor that you stayed drawn to. Would love to see him return. He has a special charisma that a lot of the other male actors do not have. He is greatly missed!

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  2. Pam says:

    I Would Love to see Michael Easton go back to Days. I want him on my TV

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    jack replied

    Yes Pam, me too.

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    Harry replied

    Well, Y&R has just revealed that the Genoa City Police department has a crooked, killer cop so he will be out soon.
    Paul Williams could use a new side kick and ME is nothing but great as a cop and as a cop’s best friend. CAST HIM! And he would be fabulous paired up with Victoria Newman.
    This interview was so well done, Michael Fairman’s introduction and poignant observations and questions brought out some really insightful answers from Michael. I know some complain that Mr Fairman is too objective but clearly he takes a stand here and in his other interviews. And ME continues to be a class act as he offers some very gentle criticism about how his character was written. Well done–great interview.

  3. Debbie says:

    TPTB at General Hospital made a huge mistake. They lost an extremely talented actor team player and just an all around classy guy.

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    Donna Lawson replied

    Michael Easton’s talent was certainly wasted on GH, he’s an amazing actor that truly connects with the audience. He has such passion with just his eye contact that draws us all into the story line, not many can do that. GH should offer him a wonderful and exciting part, more money and beg him to come back. I’m so sick of new people coming and going……it’s totally tearing GH down. I’ve watched for over 40 years and I’m about to call it quits if something doesn’t change. The Luke and Jason thing has gotten old and boring. Wake up GH.

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  4. mark says:

    He is so classy they should get bring him back on Days he would be perfect!

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  5. maddiehayes says:

    Great interview! I especially agree with his statement about the consistency of the character and/or storyline. How he’s with this girl and thinks she’s “the one”, then suddenly he’s not with her anymore and he’s with someone else, and that’s how I saw Silas! Who IS he anyway, I feel like I never really got to know him at all. RC really did not write character development for Silas at all, it was all about just having Michael Easton on GH. He thought that would be enough to bring in fans. Throw him and Kelly Monaco into each others’ orbits, the Calivia and McBam fans would come. Regardless of story. He must have been asking himself every day, “What’s my motivation?” the #1 thing an actor needs to know for his character. I hope another soap will offer Michael a great role in a great story, where he can shine like he did with John McBain for all those years.

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    Beth replied

    So true. He really did shine because they cultivated his story. He had a wonderful relationship with his brother, friends , a job that made sense and he could identify with,AND a dynamite pairing.

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    Nikki replied

    Agree with Beth. Loved McBain and loved him with Melissa Archer as Natalie. Jolie 4ever!

    maddiehayes replied

    Agree with Beth and Nikki! John&Natalie, one of the greatest soap couples of all time! John McBain, one of soaps’ greatest characters. I guess I love cops, because I’m also partial to Robert Scorpio and Frisco Jones. :)

    Anacarrie replied

    Yes, he and Melissa were pure magic together. And he had a whole story; a whole history on OLTL and it was just the best. I will always miss it and him. I have watched OLTL since I was a little girl but I was hitting and missing it at one point but when he joined and said that infamous line “YOU’RE Natalie?…Well if I didn’t have a reason before; I got one now.” THAT CHEMISTRY WAS JUST ALL OVER THE PLACE. Hooked me and I didn’t miss a beat for 8 years. Best wishes to you, Michael and Melissa. But at least I get to watch her new online series.

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    Diane replied

    Michael Easton was given a role on GH that took away what a great a actor he is….Always loved him on OLTL The writers were totally wrong putting him in role that was’t good and didn’t fit what a great actor he is….. they let go one of the best…

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    Soph replied

    They certainly did let go one of the best. Placing him in this role was not an appropriate fit. You could tell he was uncomfortable. I felt uncomfortable watching. This is all water under the bridge. Moving forward I wish Michael the absolute best and hope we see both him and Melissa on our screens soon!

  6. Shonnetta Lyles says:

    Michael Easton is awesome. I’ve been a fan since Port Charles. Very talented man. I’ve been a GH fan for over 3 decades. Watching was something I start doing at the age of 4.
    I continued to watch because of Michael Easton. This is also an end of an era for me. I stopped watching. I would love to see him return. I would also love to see him on a different soap or quite possibly a primetime show. He’s going to do great things . We will be blessed to see him on screen again. I have faith that it will be soon. He’s an awesome writer also. Just so talented and loved by so many if us.

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    Dianne replied

    I feel the same way I watched GH forever and loved Michael since I first saw him on Ally McBeal. I too have stopped watching GH. I hope Michael turns up on our screens soon. He is so talented and classy. This was a wonderful interview. Michael is so honest that’s why his fans love him.

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    Anacarrie replied

    I loved him on Ally McBeal too.

  7. k/kay says:

    Now this is an interview! No bashing just good questions and respectful answers. He will land on his feet and thanks Michael for sharing such a kind interview without trying to offend or put the blame on someone .

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    k/kay replied

    Oh it also helps that Easton is best friends with one of the sexiest men ever on daytime Trevor St John.

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    Anacarrie replied

    I was just so happy to see him mention Kamar; I wondered if their friendship was still intact because I only hear TSJ mentioned (I adore him too). But Michael said Kamar was his best on an interview in 2008 and they were each other’s best man at their weddings. He also mentioned Kamar in his dedications in his book “Eighteen Straight Whiskeys.” I loved Kamar’s character, Antonio Vega and loved it when he and John worked together on cases. They were both such great actors. I also loved how he mentioned Dan Gauthier (Kevin Buchanan), David Fumero (Cristian Vega) and Nathaniel Marston (Michael McBain). That was when OLTL was in a really good place. I missed all those actors and characters.

    Harry replied

    Kay, you’re right, he did not bash but he did criticize the writing when he said Silas was written with little consistency. He wasn’t in-your-face about it, but it’s clear he is really disappointed with the bad writing which was afforded him. As he says, all he could do was react. That’s never a good thing.

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  8. Sara says:

    Oh Michael I have a feeling you will get many responses here. Yes Michael has chemistry with many women but my all time favorite has to be Melissa Archer she brought him to life. LOVED JOLIE and their story. I really hope we get to see them together again. They were magic!

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    Terri replied

    I completely agree with you they had so much chemistry! It was also a couple that came together over years. The actors always brought their “a” game. Michael and Melissa are magic together. I will keep Michael and his family in my prayers and I will hope that ABC or some other soap will come snap up these two talented people. I miss ME on GH please sign the petition if you haven’t already just to let TPTB that they made a big mistake.

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    Soph replied

    Would love to see this Terri..I miss them both!

    Mary Ellen replied

    Loved Jolie! They had so much more story to tell. I wish nothing but the best for Michael and Melisa.

    kathryn63 replied

    No, question in my mind we will see them together again really,really,really soon!!! Either back on a network soap where they belong or onliNE where I believe Melissa is doing Beacon Hill and/or Youthful Daze he can join her there either way I just want them together!!!! And Online soaps seem to love to grab up big name soap stars who were let go off the soap they were on like what was shamelessly done to Michael& Melissa when they were Silas & Serena, I HATED SEEING THOSE CHARACTERS KILLED OFF LIKE THAT WHEN THEY COULD’VE JUST HAD THEM LEAVE TOWN!!! Meaning the characters were not catching on personally I liked them but that is because Michael & Melissa were playing them I just love them SOOOOOOOOOOOOO much & together!!!! But frankly ME & MA WERE WAY TOO GOOD FOR GH & DAYS THEY ARE LUCKY TOO BE OUT & FREE!! Now Y&R OR B&B NEEDS TO GRAB THEM UP ASAP!!!! You can do both online soap and/or a network soap together because online soaps run just a few months out of the year. Bottomline is MA&ME need to be online together and/or a networK soap together or preferably both!!!!! I certainly want a network soap because they need to be front & center not on a computer screen where you pay money which I would do just too see them! Look at Sean Kanan he is doing both Youthful Daze & B&B.

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    Carolyn replied

    Wrong, Micheal doesn’t have to stoop to working some internet show. He’s not that desperate. He has so many other ventures working for him, movies, books.

  9. Scoma60 says:

    Class and humility personified.

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  10. su0000 says:

    oohhhhh!
    Michael Easton, I wanna give you a BIG {{{{{{{ HUG}}}}}}} !

    Life is not always fair but life has many doors..
    God did not put us on earth to be never changing, change is growth into new life!
    Leave the past in the past where it belongs and roll onward into the next journey..
    I’m sure we’ll be seeing you again; a different time a different place..

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    Fanny replied

    Nicely said su0000……

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    EASTON FAN replied

    Beautifully said. I felt you were talking to me and others going through a unexpected season of change. I hope he is able to see your respond.

    God Bless You.

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    Harry replied

    Well, that was weird.
    Honk if you love Jesus weird.

  11. Jenn says:

    Great interview Michael thank you. It is good to hear Michael speak freely . He validates what was obvious to the fans that love him, he was not crazy about this Silas character. Yes he and kelly were great in PC but the role that he grew in and made his own was McBain on OLTL. In saying that I loved and still am a fan of his with Melissa Archer. He is right about opposites attracting. They sizzled! Would love to see him reconnect with her again.

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    Matt replied

    Yes Michael and Melissa were awesome!

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    Anacarrie replied

    Yes they sizzled; Natalie’s fire mixed with John’s character so much because John was just a different person when he was with Natalie; he just came ALIVE. It was clear when he first becasme Silas that he wasn’t happy with that character. Jolie was his long standing and popular pairing; such a shame the way things turned out.

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    Christina replied

    Agree 100%. Jolie was his longest and most popular pairing.

    Carolyn replied

    A doctor on any soap is Limited, if he’s not connected to a core family or character. Once they separated Sam from Silas the character seemed lost. After the craziness with Nina ended the writers didn’t know where to take Silas. The character just fizzled before our eyes.

    They should have introduced Michael’s character as a independent self made billionaire, something like a Demitris Marek of AMC. A handsome, confident, sensitive businessman who had every woman in town interested. I think Silas was boring, although I did like the ponytail and glasses.

    About ME saying opposites attract regarding MA, ME is a trained experienced actor and MA wasn’t. OLTL was her first acting job to speak of, OLTL was an on the job experience for her. ME was teacher and she a student and it showed.

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    Leah replied

    I completely agree with your last paragraph. I could not get into that pairing because of that. Now when Evangeline showed up, thats when I saw two experienced actors and fell in love.

  12. Beth says:

    That man is a class act. Gonna miss him on GH and wish him every happiness.

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  13. sheryl says:

    I love your interview Michael, thanks both for sharing . We are going to miss Michael he is sure a great actor and person. We would love to see him on another soap or prime tv show. Good luck in whatever he decides to do.

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  14. Pete says:

    Silas was a flop and he knows it. I enjoy the actor but this role sucked for him. What a let down after playing McBain for so long. He said earlier McBain haunts him. It sounds like he is open to another good role. I hope he finds it and honestly, I hope Melissa is right there alongside him.

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    Beth replied

    Yes Pete I do as well.

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    Paula replied

    It was so obvious his role as Silas was not working. I wish him success and fulfillment .

    I love gh replied

    There were times when the character didn’t work, but Silas came alive when he was around Ava. I was really looking forward to their story… He brought out the humanity in her and she brought out his fire.

    I think this was a money decision to bring in new characters… Christina, Hayden, Dillan & his dad…

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    Rene - Riverside Soap Examiner replied

    I totally agree with you “I love GH.” It was so sad to see what ME could bring to the character if only the writing was there. His last scenes with Maura West were absolutely extraordinary. If you give it to him, he will bring it!

  15. Dee Jaye says:

    Why did you have to kill off a favorite

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  16. Lora B. says:

    Thank you Michael Fairman for this touching interview with Michael Easton.. I am SO sad that he is off GH. Words can not describe how much I miss him as one of his fans. I can NOT understand how GH could throw this talent under the bus like they have. He was NOT given a CHOICE what character he was to play returning from the PP mess!! How unjust can ABC be??!! I would love for him to return as ANY character on GH. But quite frankly after reading this I would not blame him if he didn’t. :(

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  17. lovesame1122 says:

    Great interview Michael Fairman! You hit it out of the park.

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  18. Steph says:

    Clear as day Silas Clay was not the role for Michael. What a damn shame. It is clear he has a lot to offer and am glad to hear he would be open to another role. I enjoyed him with both Kelly and Melissa but he clearly developed more as an actor as well as his story as McBain. Melissa and Michael together were great!

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  19. jacqueline cooper says:

    Wow, what a great interview. Michael Airman thanks so much for this. I was in attendance for his fan event. Michael is so genuine. He tried to ease our loss. But as I told him in person.
    Wherever life may take you, whatever project or role. He will ALWAYS have my support and love. He just that kind of man and artist you can support.

    On to the next adventure.. I can’t wait to see it!

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  20. Jenn says:

    Sounds like he really hated playing Silas. Hope he finds something else that he enjoys.

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    Anacarrie replied

    I remember in his interview in 2013 after the PP mess started, he said that they were “pawns” of a much bigger game, or something like that. But he said how much he really wanted to do both shows. He said he missed playing John but it was clear that he didn’t care for the role of Silas and he said he was reacting to other things. They just threw that character in there and as much as I ADORE MICHAEL EASTON; it just wasn’t his best role. So I just wish him the best as well.

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  21. me3 says:

    Waaaaaaaay too much class!

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    Timmm replied

    Yes but its refreshing for someone in Hollywood to actually take the high road. He is a good man and he will resurface. I’m hoping on Y&R.

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  22. Kristen says:

    Seriously this makes my heart ache. It is obvious OLTL impacted so many of these actors as they still maintain their friendships with actors from this show. It makes me realize how special the show was. I’ll admit I was and am a huge Jolie fan. So as far as which leading lady I enjoyed him with it is a no brainer, Melissa Archer.

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    Matt replied

    Agreed. They had more to bring.

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    Val replied

    So true, love those two together.

    Marianne replied

    Michael will do well. This role was not right for him. He is right however about his pairing with Melissa. They rocked it, love them to this day. His best pairing in my opinion.

    Anacarrie replied

    Marianne, I couldn’t agree more. Jolie was a force to be reckoned with; hate that two great couples had to be tampered with at the hands of Ron Carlivati.

    Anacarrie replied

    Absolutely. Melissa was his longest leading lady; I remember he said in a paster interview how he had a special relationship witih her. But for some reason, they just pushed this Sam pairing and I am all for Sam but I was all for her with JASON and John with Natalie.

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    Christina replied

    Especially after we saw them find their way back together and agree to move forward as a family. We never got to see that dynamic. Instead we got to see him go after a married woman and be apart from his family. That sucked big time.

    Anacarrie replied

    Yeah he was totally written out of character on GH

    Anacarrie replied

    YES YES AND QUADRUPLE YES

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    kathryn63 replied

    Yes,yes,yes would LOVVVVE TO SEE MICHAEL & MELISSA ON Y&R TOGETHER NOT ON SEPARATE SOAPS I PRAY TO THE HEAVENS ABOVE THAT IT HAPPENS!!!!!!!!!

  23. Barbara says:

    Ever the gentleman!

    He made many good points, many of them things I thought myself. He ended up with a role he never wanted.

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  24. Shari says:

    Such class. I will miss ME very much. I could feel that the mojo had blown out of all three of the OLTL transplanted actors, once those characters had to be retired but I thought that all three of them did very well with what they were given. I loved the Sam and Silas pairing and thought they had much more chemistry than SamTrick. I for one was very sad when TPTB put and end to that relationship. It took Silas some time to recover but I loved MIchael’s chemistry with both Michelle and Maura and thought that an Ava/Silas pairing was on its way! Imagine my sadness when they killed Silas off! I also love ghost Silas. Everything ME does, is awesome! He has a fan in me no matter what he does or where he goes though I can’t tell a lie, I did sign the petition trying to get him back on GH. I say bring back Caleb!

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  25. Sara says:

    The role of McBain was made for Michael and he embraced it and made it his own. It is a shame what happened between PP and ABC. Characters that fans had embraced were destroyed and their integrity compromised. That is no way to treat fans that honored and enjoyed characters and shows. It was stated here before and well stated. I enjoyed Michael as John McBain. John would never have left his family to stay in PC. TPTB alienated Jasam and Jolie fans for what? ME and MA brought the heat and had unfinished business. Hope they attend to it in the future…

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    Val replied

    Wishing him well. I cannot lie, I would love to see Michael and Melissa work together again

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    Beth replied

    So would I.

    Anacarrie replied

    Me too

  26. Laurie says:

    This is probably the 1st interview I’ve read w/Michael Easton & my 1st thought is what a class act. No need to slam the work or co-workers. I know he is also an author & has his hand in many other projects yet he sounds like one of the most real, down to earth actors I’ve read interviewed. He certainly has some diehard fans & seems to really appreciate them. I understand that he senses he is done w/the show but I would love if they rolled him back in as John McBain.

    As far as the character, he had some nice moments with Sam and Ava for the most part IMO. Ever since he helped Ava w/her pregnancy at the brownstone I was hoping for a romance but RC went another way. Loved his friction with Morgan!! Many gripe about new Kiki but I very much enjoy her scenes w/Silas! I finally felt like Silas was getting some traction. He is fantastic when Silas gets mad. Love his ghost raging at Ava & once again I have to ask, “Dear Ron, why do you wait until the character is being killed off to give them their best work on GH??????” He did similar w/AJ, Carlos…I mean HELL Ron, write for them while they are there!! Ir just shows me Ron knew how to he just chose not to write for certain folks!

    Getting fired always stings no matter the situation. No worries Mr. Easton-we have all been through it. It’s the nature of the entertainment business. I’m sure he will land on his feet!

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    Timmm replied

    Ron’s dubious hat trick, AJ, Silas and Carlos! Disgusting!

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  27. Katia says:

    “GH is in the rear view mirror.” As badly as I feel for Michael currently being unemployed the role of Silas was not his future. Yes Michael had chemistry with Kelly on Port Charles, but I didn’t see it with Siam. Forced pairings might work but for the short term only. Moving on I wish him the best. Nothing would make me happier than seeing him reunited with Melissa. Jolie fans were screwed with the ABC/PP mess and it would be nice to see the actors together again. Golden couple.

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    Anacarrie replied

    I so agree. Too bad things worked out the way they did. He wanted PP to work out too.

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  28. Carolyn Coleman says:

    Why do you ignore Renee Elise Goldsberry as one of Michael’s leading ladies. Michael and Renee created one of the most popular couples in daytime and the two had a large following. Not to mention that of all his leading ladies she is by far the most successful, as the female lead in Broadway’s Hamilton. I as a fan of Michael’s would love to read his thoughts about her.

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    Lisa replied

    I agree…I thought Renee Goldsberry and Michael Easton had incredible chemistry together. It really looked like Michael enjoyed working with her.

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    Dee replied

    I agree I never liked him with Melissa Archer and I stopped watching OLTL when they went with Jolie. Renee and Michael where magic and they had and still do have a lot of fans. How could John and Sam work but not Sam and Silas easy RC. He never developed Silas, he gave up on Silas, moved Sam on to Patrick and soon Jason. ME deserved better and I hope they listen to all the fans signing that petition to get him back.

    Llanviewer717 replied

    Carolyn, Thank you for remembering Renee Elise Goldsberry. She did a terrific job on OLTL. The chemistry between her Evangeline Williamson and Michael’s John McBain was wonderful.

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    Harry replied

    I thought John and Evangeline were smoking hot together!
    I remember that one time where he had her up against the wall…oh my.
    Possibly one of the sexist, steamiest love scenes in daytime history. It’s up there with Robert and Holly in the sauna wearing nothing but their towels.
    The sad thing is we never got to see ME in love scenes on GH–not really. And it’s one of the many things at which he excels.
    What a waste of a treasure, GH. As Julia Roberts said to the snotty boutique saleswomen in Pretty Woman, “Big mistake! HUGE!”

    Trophy Lady replied

    My thoughts exactly, Carolyn! I posted something similar below without even knowing you wrote basically the same thing! It really makes no sense as to why Michael wasn’t asked about Renee. Their characters were a VERY, VERY popular couple, and as actors, they were colleagues for years.

    It’s almost like if Renee isn’t mentioned, then that’s like JoVan didn’t happen? I’m guessing here because to mention John without mentioning Evangeline is just ridiculous.

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    Carolyn Coleman replied

    I think a lot of people would like to forget Renee Goldsbeery or John and Evangeline ever existed. Maybe it’s because Jovan upstaged Jolie, just a thought. Bottom line is Renee is not included in the questioning for fear of what Michael may say. Michael leaving GH is a blessing, better things lay ahead for him. Who knows maybe a prime time show with Renee.

  29. EASTON FAN says:

    This was a great article to have a cup of coffee and sit down with. It was lengthy but well deserved for ME and for his fans. He has been with ABC for a very long time. A genuinely sensitive soul. He was very truthful and sincere. I too agree, it was definitely hard for him to find his way with this character. It is too bad ABC doesn’t appreciate the stars that have a huge fan base. I think they got it with Tony G and Maurice B but ignore the rest.

    Wishing you the best Michael. I can only hope we see a reboot of OLTL and some of our favorite actors.

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  30. Sly says:

    I hope ABC reconsiders and find a way to bring him back.

    What a nice guy. A class act.

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    Dee replied

    I hope they do reconsider Sly and bring him back.

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    Timmm replied

    It will not happen. They do whats best for business and not whats best for the fans!

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  31. Kimberly says:

    TIIC should have tried other pairings for Michael instead of force feeding fans Siam. If MA had been brought on as Nina the Nina, Silas and Sam triangle would have been more interesting. MS and ME were so awkward together. Love, love love Archer and Easton. Much more multi-dimensional than ME and KM.

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    Terri replied

    Couldn’t agree more!

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    Anacarrie replied

    Absolutely, he could have worked with others.

    kathryn63 replied

    YOU GOT THAT SOOOOOOO RIGHT MUCH,MUCH,MUCH MORE MULTI-DIMENSIONAL THAN WITH MONACO!!!! SO TRUE!

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  32. Llanviewer717 says:

    Great interview. While I haven’t watched GH since 2005, I love Michael Easton from his Port Charles days and certainly from One Life to Live. (John McBain was wonderful.) He’s a terrific actor who appears to be an honest, level headed person in real life. I wish him the very best in the future.

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    Dee replied

    I watched him since Days of Our Lives he is a very good actor. GH failed to write or develop Silas Clay who fires an actor for a wrtiers failure oh I know GH.

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    Llanviewer717 replied

    TPTB at the alphabet network are knows for making bad decisions.

  33. Nanette says:

    he is too good of anchor to be cut like that. Get him on Days or Y&R. Oh, and gorgeous too.

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    Kathryndenise63@gmail.com replied

    SAME THING FOR MELISSA TOO GREAT OF AN ACTRESS TO BE CUT ALSO FROM DAYS THAT IS WHY BOTH MICHAEL&MELISSA NEED TO BE ON A NETWORK SOAP ASAP & WHY Y&R NEEDS TO GRAB THESE 2 TALENTED MEGA SOAP STARS ASAP GRAB THEM UP RIGHT AWAY!!!!!!

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    Matt replied

    Agree, Archer and Easton need to be reunited like yesterday!

  34. Tina says:

    Silas was not well thought out and because of that Michael Easton is where he is now. It is unfortunate but the character did not catch on and that is the reality. His most successful role was John McBain and his most successful pairing with Melissa Archer his fiery redhead!

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    Anacarrie replied

    Yes they were great. I miss my Jolie and Jasam with Steve Burton.

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  35. Lianne Meuse says:

    I’d like to see Michael back on GH as another character, I really miss him as I do Anthony Geary! The best leading lady for Michael is Kelly Monaco! I also like her a lot as well!

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  36. Scott says:

    I love Michael Easton, he is a terrific actor. GH made a huge mistake in firing him. I hope ABC and GH choke on it. They should hire Michael on The Bold and The Beautiful in a new role and pair him with Katherine Kelly Lange Brooke needs a new love.

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  37. Deloris Kitt says:

    Michael, I wish you all the best in your future endeavors and I thank you for all the great entertainment that you provided during the years on ABC. I will be looking forward to seeing you again soon in some form or another. Thanks again!

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  38. Claudia Kurzyna says:

    Michael is a class act, and a brilliant actor. I am sorry to see him leave General Hospital. i wish him well with his future endeavors. He will be missed by his loyal fans.

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  39. Vicki Black says:

    This is just one more bad decision Frank and Vicki have made. I fear for GH as it seems that the powers that be have lost their way. This show is a legacy and that is not being honored with the current storytelling. Hopefully the new writers will save the show. Casting has been hit or miss. They could have done so much more with Silas, Kiki is miscast. Ava -Denise was an awesome choice., Really sorry to see Michael go.

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  40. Lisa says:

    I have always been a huge fan of Michael Easton. I have watched him since he started on port Charles and then followed him to One Life and then General Hospital. I hope the new writers see the error made by getting rid of Easton and reconsider, but I have had Michael Easton in my life for the 12 years on my television I would follow him to whatever show he decided to do. He is correct in saying that his fans are like his friends and he is so honest and humble with us. I hope to see Michael Easton back on my television sooner than later. Any show that acquires him would be so fortunate.

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    Naomi replied

    Twelve years on my screen also thereabout. Any show would indeed be fortunate to acquire him.

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    kathryn63 replied

    HIM & MELISSA BOTH.ADAP!!!!!!#

  41. Matt says:

    Michael Easton and Melissa Archer need to be reunited on our screens!

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    Terri replied

    Yes they do and soon!

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    Nikki replied

    Yes, yes they do.

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    Anacarrie replied

    I so agree. They rocked. I just went to his event and he confirmed that MA was supposed to join him on GH but things kept falling through. He also said he wished PP would have worked. He loved working with her.

    Pam replied

    No they don’t they were and still are the worst couple Ever on any soap. They had NO and I mean NO Chemistry at all. Michael is totally BETTER off without her. Michael ONLY Had Wonderful Chemistry with Renee Goldberry Kassie Depaiva on OLTL and Kelly Monaco and Maura West on GH

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    Rena replied

    Well, to each his own . In my opinion Michael and Melissa rocked. The characters were developed and their love grew. Awesome chemistry. He comes to life around Melissa.

    Trophy Lady replied

    I absolutely agree with you, Pam! The characters of John and Natalie NEVER EVER made any sense. John was a mature man, and Natalie was a bratty, insecure child. One of the worst soap couples ever.

    As far as chemistry with both the actors and the characters — that would be Michael and Renee Goldsberry as John and Evangeline. They made PERFECT sense character wise, and the chemistry between the actors was absolutely undeniable. John and Evangeline remain one of the best couples ever on soaps. So real, and so natural! They were such a pleasure to watch, and you could tell in interviews that Michael and Renee really loved working together!

    Dee replied

    Pam I agree they had zero chemistry I do not want to see that mess on my screen ever again.

    Carolyn Coleman replied

    Michael Easton is the best romantic lead ever in the history of daytime, in my humble opinion. If I were to use one word to describe him it would be passion. Look how passionate fans are about Jovan and Jolie ten years after. Natalie was pulled from the pit the debate continues. Fans see what they want to see, some saw chemistry between Melissa and Michael, I didn’t. Jolie made my eyes hurt they were like watching paint dry., but that’ just’s just me.
    I truly do believe the Jolie vs Jovan debate will always exist because neither fan fan base received a payoff.

    In his exit interview Michael wrote Renee Goldsberry is a superstar, and she is on the path to stardom, no doubt. I believe Michael recognized Renee’s talent and beauty early on and welcomed the opportunity to work with her. In my opinion the two of them fit like hand in glove, their chemistry was incredible. They were the couple to watch, from their very first kiss they were explosive. Talk about tune in tomorrow, you wanted them on screen 24/7. I know people
    who adjusted their schedule just to watch them.

    Michael is a very gracious and classy guy and he would never speak ill of any of his leading ladies. He would always find something positive to say about each and every one of them. However, when the questioner asked about Renee Goldsberry in his exit interview she stated that Renee was his greatest acting partner and Michael didn’t dispute it.

    kathryn63 replied

    Oh my,GOSH I ABSOLUTELY HATED SEEING MY ME BEING TEMPORARILY PAIRED WITH GOLDSBERRY,DEPAIVA,MONCO, & WEST NOT TO MENTION TOGNI,&HASKELL THEY WERE ALL HORRIBLE PAIRINGS & NOOOOO CHEMISTRY WITH ANY OF THEM WHATSOEVER ONLY MA HE HAD UNBELIEVABLE PHENOMENAL MASSIVE CHEMISTRY WITH HER I COULD NOT GET ENOUGH OF THEM & WISH THEY WERE MARRIED IN REAL LIFE BUT I KNOW THEY HAVE SIGNIFICANT OTHERS. I DID NOT OR COULD NOT STAND SEEING HIM WITH THOSE OTHER ACTRESSES NOT TO MENTION MA IS FAR BETTER ACTRESS HEAD-OVER-SHOULDERS OVER THOSE ACTRESSES!! ME&MA BROUGHT OUT THE BEST IN EACH OTHER’S ACTING THEY ARE MEGA-TALENTED & PURE GOLD TOGETHER!!!!!

    Pam replied

    No your wrong. Anyone that thinks MA brings out the Best in Michael is Nuts. The only actresses that brought out the Best in Michael and Renee, Kelly and Kassie. They have the Best chemistry with Michael, Cause MA had No chemistry at all. She don’t have chemistry with anyone. Cause she is the worst actress ever. How she became an actress is beyond me. Everytiume she came on my screen I tuned out.

    Carolyn replied

    No they don’t, they were the worst couple in the history of daytime soaps. In my humble opinion Micheal was happy to be rid of Joilie and free of Melissa. Jolie hurt his reputation as a romantic lead, turned his character into nothing more than a babysitter. What idiot thought ME and MA would work as a couple. I know the pair had fans, I understand some saw something great., but I’d be willing to bet ME didn’t see it. My thought is ME fought like crazy to continue working with Renee Goldsberry because of her talent and acting abilities. ME didn’t have to deal with her not knowing how to do love scenes , she knew. Jolie was on continuous mess, Jovan was a couple of substance and it elevated his reputation as being a great romantic lead. I hope I never see them again, ever

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    Leah replied

    I started watching OLTL because of Jovan and stopped once I saw TPTB would make Jolie endgame. ME seemed so bored and annoyed when working with MA, it was all over his face. On the other hand, with Renee, he just seemed to light up. I do miss that pair on my screen.

    Carolyn replied

    John and Evangeline (Jovan) brought OLTL to life. I truly believer the majority of viewers loved the couple like no other. The show lost a lot when the producers decided to walk away from Jovan, and lost even more when they allowed Renne Elise Goldsberry to leave. The sow never was rhe same, it never recovered.

    Leah replied

    Couldn’t disagree more. They were very awkward to watch because the level of experience between the two actors was always so evident. Melissa is a beautiful girl but there is a reason she doesn’t get too much work no a days.

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    Carolyn replied

    I’ve watched soaps for decades and l’ never known fans to fight over an actor, or a couple. OLTL had a choice and choosing Jolie had a really negative impact on the show. I remember Michael making a comment in one of his interveiws about payoffs, how it’s not right to leave fans hanging. I truly believe if the writers had given both fan bases a payoff, OLTL would still be on the air.

    Michael Easton and Renee Goldsberry, two really talented actors created one of the best daytime couples ever. When I watched them in scenes together all I saw was a man and a woman in love. The two of them made John and Evangeline (Jovan) believable.

  42. Robin From East Tennessee says:

    I have said this in other posts since the news broke, that Michael is a class act, he will get over this quickly and he will come back even stronger, he is polite and humble, and he is “genuine” as he said. Thank you for being you and hope to see you on a TV screen in the near future, enjoy this time with your Wife and Children. We as fans will “never say goodbye” to you Michael. General Hospital lost a good man!

    Sincerely,

    Robin

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  43. Jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    GH killer story is so lame…Ava threatens Nina with a picture of Nina holding knife over Silas’s body if Nina tells that Denise is really Ava…how can she use that picture…the cops would ask Ava how she got the picture, what was she doing there in the first place, and why didnt she come right away to the police with the evidence!!!

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    Fanny replied

    Thinking it throughhhhhhhh wasn’t part of Ron’s thought process. So many
    holes in this LAME excuse for A MURDER MYSTERY I wouldn’t know where
    yo start.

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    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    He doesnt seem to stop and give any thought to what he is writing…like some school kid rushing his homework just to get it done without a care about mistakes he might have made!!!

    su0000 replied

    Hi Jimh- That ^^^ is pure soap 101 .. ;)

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  44. Rose says:

    Sad to see Michael go. And unlike some one else who just left, Michael has shown a lot of class, acknowledged his fans, and knows how to make an exit. Especially under the circumstances with no good storylines since he came to GH, and the ABC suits. But they have a history, not just with Michael but with their loyal soap fans. And while my opinion of RC could be up and down, probably with him as well.

    The other thing that really bothers me is there are very few stand-up guys on GH right now. Just mobsters, a bit of a crazy, and characters with dark sides. Michael, with good writing, could have helped fill this void. His swan song as Ava’s ghost has really been impressive and passionate and shows he has the chops. Something a lot of other actors, male and female, could have been inspired by.

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  45. Cindy Saulnier says:

    I am going to miss seeing him daily on my tv so much! Loved Caleb,(PC) McBain and Silas! Kelly was my fave leading lady with him especially on PC. All the best to you! Hopefully see you soon, daily again!!! Thank you for the great entertainment on screen, xo!

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  46. JLH says:

    The ending of this interview actually choked me up. I miss OLTL so much, and John McBain was so much a part of it… I’ll always appreciate Michael for his part in that series and wish him all the best.

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  47. sharon says:

    Michael is and has always been a class act. I hope he and Melissa Archer are on screen together again. In the meantime, I wish him all the best. He is one of my favorite soap actors and incredibly kind and gracious to his fans.

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    kathryn63 replied

    YOU&ME BOTH NO QUESTION ABOUT IT!!!!!!! THEY ARE SOOOOOOOOOOOOO THE GOLDEN COUPLE OF THE SOAP WORLD & I MISS THEM SOOOOOOOOOOOO VERRRRRRRRRRRYY MUCH!!!! WITH THAT BEING SAID I WOULD LOVE FOR JOLIE TO COME BACK BECAUSE THEIR STORY WAS SOOOOOOO UNFINISHED THANKS TO WHAT GH DID TO THEM BREAKING THEM UP OFF-SCREEN! I AM SOOOOOOOOOOOOO ANGRY OVER THAT I CAN’T BEGIN TO TELL YOU!!! BUT IF THAT DOESN’T HAPPEN I JUST WANT ME&MA RE-UNITED ON-SCREEN BE IT NETWORK SOAP OR ONLINE OR BOTH!!!!!

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    Carolyn replied

    Michael likes to work with real talent like Broadwaty superstar Renee Goldsberry. I hope I never see him on my screen with Melissa ever, they stunk together.

  48. Allen saint james says:

    Class act of a real man

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  49. Nancy says:

    Wishing you all the best in your future endeavors Michael and I really hope they include you joining DOOL…miss you xx oo

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  50. Emily says:

    Thanks for the interview Mr. Fairman. Whew! Mr. Easton has 1 more soap in him:) I hope he does reunite w/Ms. Archer. I would tune in all the time. Regardless, I will be cheering for him to move on to bigger and better things. Good soul/character. All the best Mr. Easton!!:)

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  51. Rodd says:

    I wish him the best. I’ve always enjoyed him.

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  52. jonboy says:

    He’s not coming directly out and saying it, but the inference is all over the interview: the writing sucked. Good luck, Michael. Hope to see you on YnR.

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    kathryn63 replied

    HOPE TO SEE ME & MA BOTH ON Y&R THEY WOULD ABSOLUTELY BE SENSATIONAL ON THAT SOAP & WATCH Y&R’S RATINGS SOAR!!!!!!!

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  53. dani says:

    well I think Days should bring back MA as Sarah and ME as Tanner and there you have it…actually I read that way back when Sarah and Tanner were on together and she had a crush going for him….perfect!!

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    kathryn63 replied

    That would be SOOOOOOOOOOOO perfect!!!!!!!

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  54. Geena says:

    Nothing against Michael as an actor. I enjoyed Caleb and John McBain a lot but the character of Silas just never registered for me. I think Michael does best when he plays a character with more edge which Silas had none of. I thought he and Maura had great chemistry and I liked their scenes in the hospital. I guess GH didn’t end up being the right fit.

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  55. Molly says:

    Thank you Michael Fairman for this wonderful and candid interview. I loved the compassionate, caring, good-hearted, smart and witty person that Silas was. The show doesn’t have enough of that and seeing Silas was refreshing to me. I adored Sam with Silas and was so disappointed in how that relationship was decimated for plot-driven story. It’s so unfortunate that the show/network didn’t invest in better writing, development and integration for Silas. There was great potential and opportunity to leverage the talent and allure of someone so gifted as Michael Easton. Met him and he is a truly caring, humble, gracious and genuine person; and he does treat his fans like friends. Very endearing. Michael Easton’s departure from General Hospital marked my departure as a viewer, but I look forward to seeing him on screen again soon, daytime, primetime, anytime.

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  56. SW says:

    Lamest firing in a long time. Damn shame. Love Michael Easton!! Will miss him on my screen.

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    Naomi replied

    I second that comment SW.

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  57. Judy McKown says:

    Michael Easton is the real thing. A nice person, gifted with many talents as an actor, writer, director, poet, photographer and sand castle builder.
    Any network should be racing to hire an actor with over 10,000 fans/friends as guaranteed viewers. Michael now has the advantage of selecting what is right for him in the future which is what he deserves.
    Selfish me would love to see him step back into the boots of John McBain. He put a lot of years into building up this character. I still on occasion think of him as “John”. May the Lord bless you with peace in your future Mr. Easton.

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  58. acinfy31 says:

    I had the pleasure of attending Michael’s event last weekend. What an incredible human being. He really did try to console us while all we wanted to do was be there for him. I agree with others that GH made a huge mistake in firing Michael. All that hoopla to bring him to GH and then they killed his character’s romance with Kelly Monaco’s Sam and literally stopped writing for him. Makes me wish we had all started screaming at TPTB about lack of storyline before the decision was made to let him go. I will support Michael wherever he goes and in whatever he does. Best wishes always to he and his family.

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  59. Anna says:

    I really enjoyed this interview. It really allowed me to get a sense of Michael as a person.

    I know many might not want to accept it but he made it clear that GH is now his past as it should be. Silas was not developed just as most on GH now. In my opinion GH is a sinking ship and I am glad Michael got out. Would not want his career to be tarnished by how bad GH looks like it may end up once it is caanceled. I do believe it is headed for cancellation.

    However, I am still glad this unfortunate firing showed that there are many who enjoy Michael as in actor and on screen so I hope this aids in casting directors taking notice. I can see him in many types of roles and think he will bounce back.

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    kathryn63 replied

    YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT IS HEADED FOR CANCELLATION!!!!!!!!!

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  60. sandie says:

    Just get ME a decent story and get him back on GH,,asap!!!!

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  61. Trophy Lady says:

    Why didn’t you ask Michael about working with Renee Goldsberry when you spoke of his leading ladies? I’m sure everyone who watched him on OLTL remembers and recognizes how important and significant the “John and Evangeline (JoVan)” storyline was. I certainly think he had more chemistry with Renee than any of the other actresses mentioned. John and Evangeline were portrayed as such a real-life couple — until the writers destroyed them!

    Surely, Michael should’ve been asked about his time with Renee…

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    Carolyn Coleman replied

    Who knows maybe Michael and Renee will hook up, in a prime time project. If any daytime pairing needs to be reunited it’s these two.

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    Trophy Lady replied

    A prime time show that had both Michael and Renee would be awesome! I’d still like to see them return and be reunited in daytime though! Together, they had SO MUCH MORE to offer, and I just feel like we were robbed of them. They were so promising together, and all of sudden, JoVan just ended. Still doesn’t make any sense.

    John McBain and Evangeline Williamson were one of the best couples in daytime, and certainly one of the most attractive couples in daytime. They are right up there with Zach and Kendall from AMC.

    Carolyn Coleman replied

    Let me add , I believe if Michael Easton was given the opportunity the work with Renee Elise Goldsberry again he’d do it in a heartbeat.

    Carolyn Coleman replied

    I agree, this is why I can’t understand Michael Easton not being asked about Renee. Not asking him about Rene Goldsberry is unfair to him and his fans. Now that Michael is away from ABC maybe he can now speak his mind. I wrote in another post that someone stated that Renee Goldsberry was his greatest acting partner and didn’t dispute it.

    kathryn63 replied

    NO ABSOLUTELY NOT ANY COUPLE THAT NEEDS TO BE RE-UNITED ASAP IT IS ME & MA ASAP NOW!!!!!!!!! JOVAN IF THAT’S WHAT THEY WERE EVEN CALLED WERE THE WORST PAIRING IN THE HISTORY OF SOAPS & I COULD NOT STAND THEM AND HAD TO SUFFER THRU THEM UNTIL I GOT MY SUPERCOUPLE JOLIE!!!!!!!! LOVVVVVVVVVE THEM SOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH

    Kathryndenise63@gmail.com replied

    THEY SUCKED LIKE NO OTHER COUPLE I HAD OR EVER SEEN ANYONE WHO THINKS THEY HAD CHEMISTRY IS NUTS OR.DELUSIONAL! JOLIE WAS/IS/& WILL.ALWAYS BE THE BEST SOAP COUPLE IN HISTORY THEY WERE & ARE ONE OF A KIND WHICH IS WHY I LOVE THEM SOOOOOOO MUCH & YOU SHOULD NOT MAKE ME & MY MILLIONS OF FELLOW JOLIE FANS THINK WE SHOULDN’T FEEL THAT WAY WHEN WE KNOW FOR A AN UNMITIGATED FACT IT”S THE TRUTH, SO THERE HE ABSOLUTELY HAD NOOOOO CHEMISTRY WITH THOSE OTHER ACTRESSES THEY JUST STUNK PLAIN & SIMPLE AND THANK GOODNESS HE WASN’T PAIRED WITH ANY OF THEM FOR VERY LONG I HAD TO STOMACH THRU THEM UNTIL HE & MA (JOLIE) WERE BACK TOGETHER!!!! JOLIE/ME/MA/JOLIE FOREVER!!!!!!!!

    Carolyn Coleman replied

    Michael said he wanted to answer questions about General Hospital, and related topics in his exit interview. However, he did respond to a question about Renee Goldsberry. I always believe his working with her and the John and Evangeline story was very special to him.

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    Trophy Lady replied

    I think you are right about that pairing being special to Michael. And, I think part of what made it special was that it clearly wasn’t planned. I don’t think Michael Malone initially planned for John and Evangeline to have a romance — but clearly when they had scenes together, there were plenty of sparks! I think Malone knew he had something special, and it just formed organically.

    I must believe that both Michael Easton and Renee saw this, too! It was evident that they truly enjoyed working together, and I’m sure they both wish things would’ve been different for JoVan because their story was never fully told — or fairly told, either!

    Kathryndenise63@gmail.com replied

    NO, THE JOHN&NATALIE
    STORY WAS VERRRRY SPECIAL TO HIM HE HAS SAID THAT TIME&TIME AGAIN!!!!

    Kay replied

    I’m sure he would love to work with Renee again, especially since she is killing it on Broadway. Hamilton even won a Grammy so Renee is a Grammy award winner now :)

    Carolyn replied

    If Micheal was offered an opportunity to work with Renee again, he’d say yes with a smile. In his exit interveiw he called her a superstar and that she is.

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    Abbie replied

    Give it a rest already!

    Becky replied

    The ones writing in all caps need to give it a rest, lol! Oh by the way, Renee just won a Tony! Isnt that awesome?!!!

    Carolyn replied

    Michael is so proud of her, I’m so glad he let the world know on his Facebook page.

  62. Christina says:

    Michael’s longest and most successful pairing was Jolie. TPTB chose to change OLTL’s legacy in order to insert McBain into different GH storylines. It did not work. This was so very wrong and a slap in the face to millions of dedicated fans. it was offensive to many who truly wanted the OLTL transplants to be successful.

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    kathryn63 replied

    You and me both to say they were phenomenal is an understatement & why I want them them re-united SOOOOOO badly on a network soa or online or both. Soap actors do both so it certainly can happen that Beacon Hill or Youthful Daze snaps up Michael (Easton) so he can be with Melissa again I certainly would pay to watch those Web soaps online just to see them again in all their glory!!!!!! Who agrees with me network soaps or online or both. I just want my Jolie/ME/MA BACK BIG TIME!!!!!!

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    Carolyn replied

    If Jolie was so successful why didn’t they attract new viewers, that’s what successful pairings do. The truth of the matter is they weren’t successful and many viewers tuned out because of them. OLTL’s production staff made one bad decision after another as it related to the JOWARS. Jolie may have been an OK pairing, if John and Evangeline not happened. Jovan (John and Evangeline) changed things and the writers couldn’t changed them back. Jovan eliminated all hopes of Jole ever being successful. All you have to do is step back and examine how Jolie was written.. The reason Jolie and Jovans are still fighting over their pairings is because neither group ever received a payoff.

  63. Phillip says:

    Michael is just one of the best. I’d love to see him acting in another project. He’s an extremely talented actor that adds a lot to any show he’s a part of. My dream would be for him to return to GH as McBain, but I’d love to see him tackle a role on any of the other soaps.

    I wouldn’t mind him on another prime time series either. I loved him in Total Recall 2070 (If you haven’t seen it, you should check it out). He plays a detective in the future dealing with all kinds of sci-fi issues.

    I wish Michael the best in whatever comes his way. He’s the kind of actor I’d pretty much follow anywhere.

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    Naomi replied

    It is time for Michael to be the Lead in his own Prime Time series. I sincerely hope this opportunity comes into his life. Wishing him and his family beautiful times always.

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    Shay replied

    With his timeless, romantic quality, I’d love to see Michael cast in that Julian Fellowes NBC project, “The Gilded Age.” Seeing that Easton has displayed the versatility to portray a cop, doctor, priest, vampire and polar-opposite twins—just to name a few—there should be no problem envisioning him in a period drama. However, that’s not to say that I still wouldn’t prefer GH to correct its monumental error in letting him go in the first place!

    Carolyn replied

    I wish Michael Fairman would interview Renee Goldsberry. I’m hoping that she will be rewarded with a prime time show because of her success on Broadway. If that were to happen just maybe Michael Easton would be cast as her male lead. These two need to work together again, they are so natural together.

  64. Dan says:

    What a fascinating interview. Michael is a class act all the way through. I was a big fan of him as John McBain, but Silas never did anything for me. That’s on the writers more than anyone else, cause I always felt like he did the best he could with the scraps he was given to work with. It just seemed like they never had a clue what to do with the character.

    If ABC and Prospect Park are working together on a primetime show, maybe there is hope that they can settle the whole OLTL lawsuit debacle. Since PP doesn’t seem to have any plans to do anything further with OLTL, they should free the characters. Would love to see Michael back as John McBain some day, and Roger Howarth back as Todd also, for that matter.

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    Christina replied

    Who wouldn’t and reunited with their leading ladies and families!

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    kathryn63 replied

    ABSOLUTELY & it could happen I MISS JOLIE SOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH I CAN HARDLY BEAR IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  65. dolores says:

    Would love to see Michael on the big screen; I think ABC and GH did him personally a dis-service. But, as he stated, he will go forward. There was so much story with him Silas, Nina and Ava left to do – I think GH will be losing viewers and they should. You can’t let quality actors go because you have no storyline, hire the writers, get a storyline…very sad. Michael is and always will be class!

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  66. Tina says:

    Amazing interview, amazing man…
    I will not watch GH after Michael Easton is gone. They screwed up big time… The writers didn’t care to develop the character more, Michael did the best he could do with the little material he was given. Just wish he’d have a chance for being written better and shine more… I agree that a lot of the recent writing just didn’t make much sense, sadly. I loved ME and Kelly Monaco together, I really enjoyed Silas and Sam but after Nina showed up, the writing just got worse and worse for Silas until they finally killed him off… Not fair. All this is just making me furious with GH and ABC. How could this happen? It’s such a shame, such a big shame…. I’d love it if, with the new writers coming in now, there’d still be a chance for Michael to come back, only if he wanted to, of course.

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    Naomi replied

    While I support Michael as an actor and his other involvement in the arts, I have not watched GH since I learned of the scene of him being stabbed in the back. I strongly disagree with the writer(s) choice of the write out as compared to Carlos, Duke and Luke characters. Wishing Michael well and a stint at Prime Time would be perfect. Are you reading this VIP’s.

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    Shay replied

    I totally get what you—and Naomi—are saying, Tina! I’ve pretty much had no use for GH these past few weeks, either. It is not simply due to the barbaric send-off to which Silas was subjected, but that his calculated absence seems to have been predicated solely to finance and further other mediocre characters that have such little appeal. Which is essentially like adding insult to injury for those of whom watched ME for the sheer enjoyment of his presence, no matter the role he was playing. Speaking for myself, I do believe that too many viewers had a preconceived “McBain on the Brain” and they were the ones who had trouble accepting the more subdued and cerebral Silas, whilst I was primarily exposed to John the Cop only when he made his way to Port Charles, not being a OLTL fan. (In my case since I had previously followed Easton’s varied career in primetime and daytime, hence, I was absolutely thrilled when he was slated to return to GH’s canvas….and truly didn’t care WHO or WHAT he was portraying, I just loved the fact that he was there, and with Kelly M by his side!!!!) I still believe that his Dr. Clay could have eventually won over many more viewers had he not been shouldered with the heinous. despicable Nina….she was the absolute kiss of death for him—no pun intended—and the fact that she remains when Silas was so unfairly killed off is a truly bitter pill to swallow. It would certainly be just desserts if her insufferable lunatic were to meet an inglorious end, and ME were to return to Port Charles in yet another role in what most surely would have to be some sort of record for a soap actor having portrayed a variety of characters in a single fictitious city: Caleb Morley, Father Michael Morley, Stephen Clay, John McBain, Silas……etc.? (Perhaps as a future Cassadine?)

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    kathryn63 replied

    The writing is getting worse & worse & worse for Franco & Nina, & AVA which means they”ll be gone soon enough one can only hope theY are three of the most despicable horrible characters in the history of soaps!!!!!!!! AND I WANT THEM ALL GONE ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  67. Liz says:

    Michael Easton is one classy guy. He was nice to everyone in this exit interview. He was in an awkward position and handled it like the pro he is. GH fans didn’t like the OLTL actors and considered them interlopers from day one. OLTL fans (like me) were grateful beyond expression that part of our beloved family was continuing on. Then, when the peverbial PP sh*t hit the fan, everyone was put in a situation that was a no win.

    I will miss him on GH That being said, I’m looking forward to his future work, wherever and whatever that might be. Here’s to you, Michael. I’m pouring one out for Silas. Cheers.

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  68. Liz says:

    Michael Fairman, can you give us any info on when and where we will be able to see Michael’s short film with the amazing Trevor St John?

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    Llanviewer717 replied

    Yes. It sounds like very difficult subject matter to watch; but, I want to see it too. I love Trevor St. John.

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  69. Rena says:

    Loved the character of McBain and his soulmate Natalie. Michael Easton could not have said it better. These two actors were so different and so believable as their characters. They truly “klicked” together and had fantastic chemistry. I wish them both nothing but the best and am sorry TIIC screwed with their story on GH. Miss them to this day and enjoy their YouTube videos.

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  70. Cheryl Cotherman says:

    I will truly miss Michael on General Hospital. I wish he could have worked as a detective/private investigator rather than a doctor. He REALLY should have had better storylines! Hate to say this,but I think he and Maura West complimented each other quite well. I will really MISS him.

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    Naomi replied

    I enjoyed Silas with Ava too (Easton and West). Having met Maura West this in 2014 and this August I am totally convinced.

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    kathryn63 replied

    ABSOLUTELY NOT ME & MW HAD ZERO ZILCH NO CHEMISTRY WHATSOEVER NOT LIKE OUR ME & MA THEY WERE IN AN ORBIT ALL BY THEMSELVES CHEMISTRY-WISE!!!!!!!!!

  71. tskyent says:

    Hopefully with the new writing he will come back

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  72. Robin From East Tennessee says:

    Hey everyone, I have read all your posts, and love this interview with “the vampire” just a little humor for this Saturday! It has been a horrible week here in my little world, and the soap show helps me escape the bad things that are being thrown at me. Anyway, did not want to write a book, but just wanted to say I love all the positive words you all have to say about Michael Easton, I hope he reads them! PS I signed the petition also!

    Sincerely,

    Robin

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  73. Terri says:

    What I loved about ME’s Jolie pairing was he only said I love you to her after 7 years on the soap that is unusual and what made that couple’s story so compelling for me. That, and the way he looked at her like no other woman mattered.That is romance that is good story telling and that is wonderful chemistry between actors. GH you messed up big time and I am disappointed. I have been a loyal ABC watcher for a very long time . First my beloved OLTL and now my favorite actor. I would rather watch old YouTube of Jolie scenes than any actor on TV or movies. I do love Jamie and Claire from Outlander but no one does sexy better than ME!

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    Rena replied

    Agree with your post above. It was nice to see their relationship and characters develop. They interacted with others and were not isolated like they did to Michael on GH. They both had their distinct personalities and it was good to see character growth. Their final scene was fantastic and beautiful. They were moving forward. And I would have loved to see them as a family. I miss them to this day . Thank goodness for youtube. I wish them both well and would enjoy it immensely if they were on our screens again.

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    Soph replied

    Love, love Michael and Melissa together. I would watch faithfully if reunited onscreen. So enjoyed Jolie….

    maddiehayes replied

    I love that. I love a one-woman man! There are so few of them on the soaps, who have had affairs, but only ONE true love. I’m such a romantic, that when I see a guy like Sonny, for instance, who has said ILY to SEVERAL women, I just find it hard to believe him when he says it. Even to Carly. Oh yeah, he says it NOW, but just wait til Brenda comes back! Hard to get invested. But John McBain and Jamie from Outlander are perfect examples of the kind of romantic hero I like to see.

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    Kathryndenise63@gmail.com replied

    Me too I watch Jolie daily on you-tube daily I can”t get enough of tnen

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  74. Jeff says:

    An extremely class guy. An incredible actor when he is given material to act! After his death on GH, he has shown his strongest acting. His scenes as a ghost with Ava have been rivetting. Too bad he has to die to finally show his acting chops lol. Michael will be missed.

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  75. nancy dillingham says:

    The very best of interviews and my respect for the thoughtful introspection this actor displays as well as his even-handedness regarding all the issues is refreshing, heartwarming and encouraging after all the upheavals on the show–and when I contrast it to Tony Geary’s exit I am left with nothing but admiration for this actor.

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  76. Timmm says:

    When the One Life to Livers came over to GH I was so impressed with the three talented actors. Then Prospect Park happened! All three of those actors were reassigned new characters and all three of them suck! What a waste of talent! Michael should feel lucky to be gone from GH. I’m sure Kristen is. Our lone survivor is Roger Howarth and he is wasted on one of the worst characters EVER on GH, FREAKIN FRANCO! [Levi was THE worst!] Run Roger run!

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    Ashlee replied

    Am I the only one who found it odd he did not mention Roger Howarth at all despite them having worked together for so long & on two different shows?

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    kathryn63 replied

    HE”LL BE GONE SOON ENOUGH!!!!!!

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  77. Naomi says:

    Thank you for giving us the opportunity to see what Michael Easton had to say about leaving the cast – General Hospital (ABC-TV).

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  78. Lena says:

    Thank you Michael Fairman for giving Michael Easton the opportunity to speak his mind and talk to his fans.
    In all the years that I’ve been watching all ABC soaps, I was never a fan of anyone in particular though I admired many, until Michael Easton caught my attention. I happened to see him as Tanner on DOOL which was one of the soaps my Mother used tp watch. I’d become a loyal fan to an actor for the first time. There was something about his presence that got to me. Even though I kept watching ABC sudsers exclusively, I started taping Days just to see Michael on screen. I followed his career and when it was announced that he was to apperar on Port Charles I was thrilled.
    I started going to the ABC soap fests (I lived in Orlando at the time) mostly to see Michael. who turned out to be the most humble, charming, gracious, man who is even more handsome in person then would seem possible.
    I am going to miss seeing him so much. Even though I signed the petition to bring Michael back to ABC, I don’t think they deserve him. I rather hope another network hires him and gives him a part worthy of his talent He is one of a kind man in a field full of over blown egos, who has managed to stay grounded .
    No matter what he does from here on in I will continue to be a supportive and ever-loving fan of Michael and his work.

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    GH-er replied

    I love this post and totally agree. ME is so classy and could give lessons on how to take the high road. I didn’t sign the petition, much as I’d love to see him back on screen, because I think there is something much better out there for an actor who seems to be such a rare combination of talent and integrity. It’s refreshing to read an interview that does not trash anyone but very carefully explains that the writing was terrible for Silas and they pretty much gave up on the character after Siam broke up. It was painful to watch what they did to Silas and why ME would ever want to return to that character and that treatment from GH is beyond me.

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    Lena replied

    Here, here ! We are in total agreement, although I signed the petition to show my support. I don’t want to see him go back to G.H either, because as I said I don’t think ABC deserves him. Of course, if I’m to be totally honest if being on GH is a last resort, I’d rather be able see him than not.
    It’s also frustrating for me,that Michael’s portrayal of Caleb, the hottest vampire and story to ever appear on screen, started the phenomenal wave of interest in romantic Vampire stories, which resulted in book to film franchises which eventually led to an interest in Zombie stories as well.

  79. Mel says:

    What a class act.

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  80. Sandra says:

    I wish Michael much success in the future. Looking back he has acted with many lovely actresses,, but my favorite was and will always be Melissa Archer. I enjoyed them very much. To say I would love to see them paired again is an understatement.

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  81. Nena says:

    Michael Fairman I enjoyed this interview with the talemted, fabulous and, kind Actor and man Michael Easton. The GH Event last Sunday August 9th 2015 you discussed was “right on” point since my friend Lisa H. and I attended. One thing I have not heard anyone mention is that at the event Michael Easton made the earth move under our feet. While he was talking with us we experienced an earthquake, magnitude 2.0. Only a few of us noticed. One fan/friend who travelled from New York to attend checked her iPhone and sure enough Michael did make the earth move. (giggles). Michael Easton thank you for signing one of the Irish Whiskey bottles for me. Cheers! Fan/friend, Nena Castle

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  82. SoapFan says:

    I saw this interview because Melissa Archer posted it on her facebook page. She called him classy and well spoken. I love that Michael and Melissa have always been so supportive of each other. They worked so well together. The opposites attracting this makes sense. Michael is so quite and reserved, sort of like John was and Melissa’s Natalie was so filled with life – the juxtaposition of both personalities just brought a lot to the pairing of John and Natalie.

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    Sandra replied

    Well said soapfan. I enjoy them both so much! Wishing them both the best!

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    terri replied

    I completely agree with you I loved MA and ME on my screen!!!!!

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  83. Elena says:

    Agree with the two posters above. So loved Michael and Melissa and would love to see them reunited agaiin. Fire and ice and as Michael said a great partnership

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  84. Elise says:

    I seriously miss seeing Michael and Melissa on our screens together. It was wrong for GH and TPTB to do what they did to this fabulous couple and to their story. In saying this, I would be thrilled to see a reunion of these two actors. I would love to see what they could bring again!

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    terri replied

    Yes I hope to see them together again.

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  85. Macy says:

    Michael is a class act and as stated he acknowledges he signed on the dotted line when going to GH. It is understandable because one always hopes for the best but in reality , they messed with too much OLTL story on GH ruining the legacy of beloved characters. Everyone has a favorite pairing and like many before me I loved Michael with Melissa. They were great and I would love to see them again especially after everything that has transpired. I have a feeling they would knock it out of the park…

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    Steve replied

    Yes they would. Fans have been waiting to see this happen sine 2012!

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    Maddie replied

    So agree! Fans have been waiting and continue to wait and HOPE! Love Michael with Melissa

    Kathryndenise63@gmail.com replied

    YESSSSSSSS PLEASE MAKE IT HAPPEN WE ALL WANT IT SOOOOOOO BADLY!!!!!!!

  86. Chrystie Delancey says:

    This was probably one of the best interviews I have read on this site.

    It saddens me that, yet again, another incredible actor AND person was shown the door in favor of something/someone else. Don’t they know how crazy they are to let him go?!

    I really would like to see Michael Easton back at DOOL or Y&R.

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  87. GloriaE says:

    Wishing the best to Michael Easton, great interview Michael Fairman. ME you are a class act & a real person with great talent. I am sure the future holds great things for you…anyone with eyes & ears can see he is destined for great things…a wrriter, an actor & a gentleman with honesty to boot…,,,,what a combination a lot of entertainment so & so’s should be looking to grab….!!!!!

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  88. Marsha says:

    Loved him in Port Charles. He was funny, emotional, charismatic, conflicted, mysterious and sexy. As Silas he had nothing to work with. When he has a role with teeth, he runs all the way with it. I’d love to see him play a fascinating character like he did in PC!

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  89. terri says:

    The GH ratings are droppingwhen the OLTL three were brought on the numbers went up many fans followed our three OLTL veterans. Bring back Michael.

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  90. Bonnie says:

    I would love for him to go to days of our lives and play Natalie’s love interest.

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    Bonnie replied

    melissa’s love interest

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    Maddie replied

    I would as well. Unfortunately her character is being written out this week. I would welcome seeing them together IN ANYTHING!

  91. Tina says:

    Michael and Melissa and their story were short hanged. They need to be reunited soon !

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    Tina replied

    Shortchanged

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    Carolyn replied

    How were you shortchanged? No soap couple last forever, they all end, breakup and move on. Jolie had 4 chances for a happy ever after. The writers could have married them, created a couple kids and turned them into the next coming of Todd and Blair. The truth is they didn’t work, not on any level. There story was more like the high school cheerleader chasing, and I do mean chasing the football coach. Natalie was written as too immature and childish to be paired with a character as complicated as John McBain. They were the most boring of couples, good and terrible.

  92. Bev says:

    I love Michael Easton and Melissa Archer. Somebody somehow needs too reunite theses two

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    kathryn63 replied

    ABSOLUTELY HE & MA HAVE TO BE RE-UNITED EITHER ON DAYS OR Y&R!!!!! I DID NOT KNOW THAT ABOUT TANNER & SARAH KNOWING EACH OTHER! IT WOULD BE SOOOOOOOOOOOO EPIC & PERFECT!!!!! PLEASE DAYS OR Y&R HEAR ME & MAKE IT HAPPEN SOOOOO VERRRRRRRRRRRYY SOON!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Carolyn replied

    ME and MA were a disaster together, no chimestry to speak of , boring. We all see what what we want to see, some saw a great couple in Jolie and some saw a great couple in Jovan. It’s a shame that the couple wars divided the viewing audience and that division eventually caused the end of OLTL iand also AMC.

    Renee was Michael’s choice, he wanted to work with her because of her talent. Like I said in an a earlier post, someone stated to ME, that Renee was his greatest acting partner and didn’t dispute it. Renee’s career has taken off since OLTL, the leading female star on Broadway, who wouldn’t want to work with her.

    Carolyn replied

    Correction to previous post Michael Easton didn’t dispute the statement made that Renee Goldsberry was his greatest acting partner.

  93. Patty Fedorkowicz says:

    I keep re-reading this interview . . . finally, I have something to say: Michael Easton, if GH offered to bring you back as Caleb or Stephen or even John McBain; would you have any interest? I’m simply asking if you would consider such a concept (yet another turn, or return). From the interview, I don’t think you would. Still with all the signatures on the petitions . . . (Just a thought; really a WISH of mine.) If not “returning” to any of your previous ACTOR (“star turns”), might you consider becoming a WRITER of one of those shows, or creating your own storyline in a M.E. “original” soap ??? Obviously, Sir, you can consider me one of the many who are greatly saddened NOT to have you still orbiting in our daytime soap world !!! Always, God bless you and yours, “Mr. Easton” . . . .

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  94. Ann Anne says:

    Just heard about the “death” of Silas on General Hospital. “Death” because who knows if any character is truly gone on soaps. However like the many fans of MICHAEL EASTON, I was very sad to learn that the actor, the person would no longer be part of ‘our stories.’ Admittedly, I am NOT a GH follower. The stories and characters seem scattered and inconsistent. ME’s character Silas was one that I did not like for these very reasons. Undeveloped. There were no consistent reasons to ‘care’ about this guy. ME was clearly in an unfortunate role and it sometimes showed in his ‘un-scripted’ presence.Not much to work with for an actor. Leaving is closing a door and opening so many wonderful creative possibilities for a talented, nice guy like you Michael Easton. I did want to add that I absolutely found the Jovan storyline on OLTL mesmerizing. You, Michael and Renee Goldsberry shared a rare chemistry and ME did ‘get better’ in his responses to the earlier well-written source material and Ms. Goldsberry’s talented engaging acting style. Good actress…good woman. You did ‘ping-pong’ off each other in such passionate, impassioned ways with one another. Their Jovan relationship ‘rang’ true of two people struggling to share love and lives. Both of you were a beautiful specimen of sexy adults with real attraction. Their story line initially demonstrated the quiet smoulder within the respect of their mutual professional. The tension of personal goals were fascinating. What’s more it really seemed as if you ME and RG liked the challenge of creating fascinating, multi-layered characters. And liked each other too. Nice to see this represented positively. As it is in our society. I do not like the fact Renee is not reflected as a critical part of OLTL or part of Jovan. The Emmys acclaimed her work within the triad [ME,MA and RG] well. Never understand what the true nature of the ‘behind-the-scenes’ impact on the ‘on-screen’ choices. Even now with ‘Silas.’ Glad ME seems to understand the profession he has been part of so many years. And does so with a decided style and grace. Michael Easton you are just moving forward in the your journey in life. Well imbued with creative ability. Most of all you seem to appreciate the many folks who share and will share your hopes and dreams and YOUR LIFE! This will always be key to good in life. You possess endless blessings. Enjoy them! P.S. Like so many OLTL alums, TSJ [another fav], Kumar, etc. surely a call to them as well as RG and her family would be appreciated! Nice people are always welcomed. No worries!

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    Carolyn replied

    Michael Easton (John McBain) and Renee Goldsberry (Evangeline Williamson) were the future of OLTL. Jovan was mesmerizing, the best chemistry I’d ever seen in a fictional couple. It’s a shame OLTL squandered it’s future for a rhinestone couple , Jolie. If the Execs had gone with the diamond, Jovan, OLTL would’ still be on the air.

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    Matt replied

    Seriously?

    Carolyn replied

    Seriously, many reasons caused the death of OLTL, not just a couple. OLTL started dying August 2005, due to 180′ tuned the writers made. You don’t lead half your audience around for a year and then decide to kick them in the teeth and think all will be well. Every soap watcher invest an hour each day supporting their favorite soap, storyline, characters, couple, actors and actresses., with the expectations of receiving a payoffs. When fans no longer receive payoffs they leave. The ending of Jovan, the departures of Renee Goldsberry, Nathaniel Martson really hurt the show. By the 2008 season the show was lost., a lost cause.

    Soaps are dying because they refuse to step into the 21st century. Michael Malone had the right idea with John and Evangeline, a couple diverse as the audience. They were new, different, interesting and fun to watch, something today soaps lack.

  95. Carolyn says:

    Micheal Easton’s best pairing on OLTL was John and Michael. McBain. Nanthaniel Martson and Michael Easton really had great chemistry as brothers. I get so sad whenever I think of Nathaniel, he will be misses. My prayers go out to his mother and family.

    Michael’s best romantic pairing was with Renee Elise Goldsberry. Both Michael and Renee are talented actors, they are a real treat to watch. She.s the only leading lady that Michael has called a superstar.

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    Carolyn replied

    Correction Nathaneil

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    Carolyn replied

    I would love for Michael Fairman to interview Renee Goldsberry. She is by far one of the most successful actresses from OLTL. She and Michael had an amazing story and it’s a shame that OLTL ended such a successful pairing. The fans and the show paid a heavy price for that bad decision. I would love to read her thoughts about her friend and cast mate Michael Easton and her career since OLTL.

  96. kathryn63 says:

    YOU GOT THAT RIGHT SOOOOOOO DEAD ON RIGHT THERE THEY WERE ABSOLUTELY PHENOMENAL TOGETHER & WILL & WOULD BE AGAIN ONCE THEY ARE RE-UNITED PREFERABLY ON Y&R THEY WOULD BE GREAT!!!!!

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    Carolyn replied

    Y&R may make Michael an offer, but Melissa, I don’t think so. Even if they did bring her on board she wouldn’t be there long. ME and MA were horrible together, a failure as a couple, why would Y&R invest in that mess. ME had chemistry with GT, Kelly and they could bring him on board as Phyliss.s love interest.

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    Beth replied

    Seriously, I know everyone has their own opinion and preferences but to say Easton and Archer had no chemistry is ridiculous. He came alive with Melissa. I would love to see them again and I believe they would bring it again! They were not a failure as a couple , they were clearly endgame and their story would have continued had it not been for the PP mess.

    Carolyn replied

    When you love a couple so passionately, when you see a that special something a. Pairing with great chemistry it’ s difficult to understand why some don!t see what you see, or want what you want. I!m one of those people whoi saw nothing between Michael and Mellisa. I actually felt sorry for Michael being stuck in that. Storyline know as Jolie. Michael and Mellisa never created. Anything on OLTL, so there’s nothing to recreate.

    Beth replied

    Wow! What is this ? Carolyn, your opinion is perfectly clear however it is not necessary to trash those who have completely differing opinions than yours.

    Beth replied

    While this forum is set up to share opinions and comments , I am sure Michael Fairman’s intent when created was not to trash actors.

    Kay replied

    agreed!!! John and Natalie were hurtful to watch. No chemistry what so ever!

  97. kathryn63 says:

    I loved your post as well Beth they absolutely were not a failure as a couple far from it! They were phenomenal & will be again given the chance which I hope they will be given! I hope you love my post above as well we just have to ignore what Carolyn says like you said people are entitled to their opinion no matter how wrong it is.

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    Carolyn replied

    NEWS FLASH!!!! Soap viewers don’t always agree and their opinions vary. I didn’t trash Michael or Melissa, Jolie was was bad from the very beginning both actors had better options. Not everyone who watched OLTL were Jolie fans and there’s nothing wrong with that. The Jowars divided the audience and TPTB’s poor handling of the division had a very negative impact on the show. BTW, no opinion is right or wrong.

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    maddiehayes replied

    I agree with those who loved Jolie. One of OLTL’s best couples of all time. JMHO! :D

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    Abbie replied

    Jolie rocked! Jolie 4 ever! He’ll yeah!

  98. Carolyn says:

    Michael is a class act, he would never show favoritism to any of his leading actresses or pairings, never. What I notice is he reacts to differently to his leading ladies, some with more excitement than others. Example when asked about Kelly Monico his words lit up, it was if he could have gone on and on about her. When asked about Melissa Archer it was as if he struggled for words, said something about opposites attract then pivoted to a general statement about all his leading ladies. The same can be said about his exit interview. He said he wanted to keep the conversation about GH, but fans ask question about OLTL, and other leading Ladies. He talked about Kelly Monaco, who he worked with on GH, but the only leading lady he answered au question about was Renee Goldsberry. Now it could be no one asked about Jolie or Melissa Archer, and maybe that’s why he didn’t mention her.

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  99. Babs says:

    So sad that Michael Easton was released from GH. Why do they take the good ones off. Michael had such a chemistry with each actress that he was paired with. They need more male actors on soaps with his ability to attract you to the character he portrayed. He was so believable in a scene. Big mistake letting him go! Hope a soap network out there realizes the talents of this gifted actor and snatches him up! Wishing you all the best Michael and thanks for all the years of entertaining us. Hope to see you again on the screen in the near future.

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  100. Carolyn says:

    If anyone was to take an autopsy to determine the cause of death of OLTL the JOWARS would be the central cause. Although there were other factors that contributed to the deteriation of the show, like too many character/actor changes, and bad writing . However, the beginning of the show’s downfall started long before the show was canceled. All one has to do is to read the Jolie vs Jovan arguments, the show left the fans hanging, so much so that there is still a bitter divide a decade later. OLTL was given a gift when Michael Easton joined the cast, but the writers blew it.

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    Sara replied

    Jovan were over in 2005 and the show ended in 2012. Jolie were extremely popular and did not ruin the show. Get a grip!

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    Carolyn replied

    This is not about Jovan vs Jolie, it’s about the divided audience. Both pairings were popular, but the writers never gave either fan base a payoff. Right after Jovan ended the show started losing viewers. At first it was a drip, drip, effect, but the show was really hurt with the loss of Renee Goldsberry (Evangeline) and Nathaniel Martsen (Micheal McBain). Renee’s fan base was almost a third of the audience, and most of her fans left with her. Although the recast for Michael McBain was a good actor, he could never replace the chemistry between ME and NM as brothers, as a result ME’s character took a huge hit.

    The point I was trying to make was the fight over ME and who the audience wanted him paired with was the beginning of the end. The show tried to write itself out of the mess but nothing worked. Yes, Jolie was reunited near the end but the couple didn’t bring any new viewers or old viewers back to the show When the show ended it was a huge mess and to this day it’s difficult to understand how the people in charge made so many bad decisions, especially when came to ME’s character.

    kathryn63 replied

    YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT ON SARA IF JOVAN WAS POPULAR THEN OLTL WOULD HAVE ENDED IN 2005 BUT IT DIDN’T IT UNFORTUNATELY ENDED IN 2012 & THAT IS BECAUSE JOLIE WAS SOOOOOOOOOOOOO EXTREMELY POPULAR!!!!! I OF COURSE BEING A MASSIVE JOLIE FAN & I MISS THEM & OLTL SOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH & DESPISE GH FOR MESSING/DESTROYING THEIR LOVVVVVVVVVE!! YOU ARE RIGHT THEY DID NOT RUIN THE SHOW FARRRRR FROM IT SO INDEED SO INDEED GET A GRIP CAROLYN!!! WITH THAT BEING FIRMLY SAID! I BELIEVE MELISSA IS GOING TO BE HEADING TO GH VERRRRRRRRRRRYY SOON AS SARAH WEBBER SINCE I HAVE BEEN HEARING& READING THAT SHE IS COMING SOON SUMMER OR FALL! LOOK FV JUST CAST BW AS CLAUDETTE WHO I THINK EVERYONE THOUGHT MELISSA WOULD BE IN THE ROLE OF CLAUDETTE BUT I WOULD RATHER HAVE HER AS SARAH EITHER WAY MELISSA NEEDS TO COME/JOIN GH ASAP SHE WILL BE PHENOMENAL!!!!!!!!!!! IN ANY ROLE SHE WILL BE VERRRRRRRRRRRYY GREATTTTT PHENOMENAL/FANTASTIC!!!!!!! SARAH,DAPHNE,THE LADY DOC MELISSA PLAYED BY MELISSA! EITHER JUST GET HER ON GH NOW ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I HAVE A VERRRRRRRRRRRYY STRONG GOOD FEELING THAT SHE IS COMING ESPECIALLY WITH ME,ROHO& NOW BW ON GH!!!! AND I/WE WOULD FINALLY HAVE OUR MA&ME REUNION!!!!!! IT IS WAYYYYYYYYYY PAST DARN TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  101. Jenna says:

    Kathryn, honestly I love your passion and fierce love for our Melissa and Michael. I hope we will see them reunited as well. Nothing would make me happier. All of their subsequent pairings have failed. It seems only right that they should be reunited since that was the original plan. I agree with you Fans have waited an awful loooooong time.

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