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232 May 1st, 2014 Michelle Stafford Joins The Cast Of General Hospital!

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If you have seen today’s episode of General Hospital, there is a big reveal at the end of it! And for those that haven’t, the news has broken by now!

None other than Daytime Emmy winner Michelle Stafford (Ex-Phyllis, Y&R) has indeed joined the cast of the ABC soap opera as had been rumored for months.  She is playing the role of Nina Clay, the “presumed” dead wife of Silas Clay (Michael Easton)!

Daytime Confidential spoke with GH head writer, Ron Carlivati about the secret scene that was filmed to usher in Stafford’s new role!  “GH has been on hiatus for the past two weeks and Michelle doesn’t really start taping until we resume. But we realized that as soon as she did, the news would be out there long before her episodes began airing. It was actually Frank’s idea to try to slip her into an earlier show that had already been written and shot, so we could take everyone by surprise.  So he snuck her into the studio recently, at the end of the day, to tape the one scene you just saw. That was inserted after the fact. We’ve been sweating it out ever since that it would stay under wraps!”

So, what do you think of Michelle Stafford finally coming to GH as Nina?  Let us know your thoughts as this surely will cause trouble for the Sam (Kelly Monaco) and Silas relationship and more!

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  1. Mark says:

    Fabulous!!

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    chuck replied

    I’m not big fan of GH but I do love michelle stafford. I think this is just another big rumor which has happened more than once with Michelle and GH. Back in February there was rumor Michael Munhey was going to GH.

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    Cassie Edwards replied

    she’s on GH as Nina. The previewed showed her waking up…Shocker. I had hoped she would be on Y & R but with “Ava” and now “Nina” they will be my favorites. Now if they could only get Michael I’d be over the top. All three are great actors…

    harry replied

    Chuck, it’s not just another big rumor. Stafford was on yesterday/

    KansasGuest replied

    I really try to avoid spoilers, and I was shocked to see Stafford. Well done, GH! To all those criticizing Carlivati for creating new characters, hey – at one time there was just Robert Scorpio all by himself. For years. Now, evidently, Robin is considered a “legacy” character. Then, Sonny & his crime family were the interlopers. Now, they are considered GH history. Every soap needs new blood to mix w/other families or else it gets old fast. Faison has been part of GH history for a while. I think its ingenious the way they’re mixing his daughter, Britta, to have connections w/Silas’ situation. Connecting everyone is what soaps have done for decades.

    GH50 replied

    Fabulous for who? No one cares about Nina and this whole new concocted family that has been forced on to the canvas. And why would General Hospital fans care about an actress from Y&R?

    On a day that TIIC totally destroy the beloved 30 yr legacy character of Robin Scorpio in service of the laughable Sabrina and their agenda to kill all that GH was, we get yet another newbie and it’s supposed to be a big deal. Why?

    How about a story for Kristina Wagner? 30 year GH Vet, Stunningly beautiful Aztec Princess, married to a Scorpio with ties across the entire canvas and the mother of the very popular Maxie Jones? Nothing there, huh guys?

    Let’s just keep overrunning the town with newbies and actors from other shows as we decimate GH core families and destroy veteran characters and their legacies.

    Maybe some of those Emmy voters, in addition to being able to recognize quality or lack of it, are long time fans who don’t like watching their show being destroyed either.

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    Mark replied

    Fabulous for gh since michelle is an intense talented actress and will squeeze every ounce of life out of this character. I am thrilled she is on gh and they are lucky to have her!

    Mark replied

    Lol Kristina Wagner is sweet she should have more story. I agree!

    Trisha replied

    ITA…What kind of person takes a show that has lived with legacy and history for up to 50 yrs and pushes out all those families so that they can start NEW families? I don’t get it. I’ve watched GH for 50 yrs FOR those iconic families and characters. GH doesn’t need more new families and it certainly shouldn’t be NOT writing for GH characters that have been there a long time. It’s like watching the Empire State Building being torn down to build a HIGH RISE. It just shouldn’t happen..period. Someone allowed this nightmare and is continuing to allow it. Obviously, it isn’t someone who watched GH, knew GH or understood GH and it’s true fans.

    Justin replied

    Well said GH50! As a 35-year viewer I couldn’t agree more. I had such high hopes for Frank and Ron. There’s so little on GH that I care about right now.

    maddiehayes replied

    I TOTALLY agree. GH seems more interested in attracting new viewers than keeping their old ones.

    dmr replied

    GH50, I can’t say that I disagree with you regarding Silas Clay, his wife, and the prolonged mystery. I do like the addition of Donna Mills. I’ve always been a fan of hers, love Madeline’s scenes with Obrecht.

    harry replied

    GH50–all I can say is, damn you’re good.

    Ces replied

    If I wanted to watch Michelle Stafford I would have turned on Y&R. I’m SO not interested in this story, NINA, Donna Mills 80′s style acting and bad pronunciation of words and more newbies hogging up the show. We have Kin Shriner, Kristina Wagner, Lynn Herring, Ian Buchanan; all these actors are on for a minute and have a much richer history with the show that I’d rather be watching!
    Sam being so involved in Silas’ ex-wife is damn creepy anyway ….. be careful how involved you get Samantha because She’s Alive and you’re going to be left in the dust!!!
    BTW: I think Sam & Patrick should hook up ;)

    Patrick replied

    I’ve posted as such….

    Madeline & Dr. O = sisters
    Nina
    Nathan
    Britt

    connected to Silas… and Nina may hava a child… : please don’t let it be kiki
    Rafe

    this is a huge family

    I really think it was GH intent all along…(just, like, Y&R)… like whole new casts
    GH went the bait and hook and recall glory days with a few vets sprinkled here and their… and wallah… we should all have been enamored by now… all these new characters… with ties and connections

    they are good actors… sans Nathan… at times

    I wonder if he has naturally curly hair… wouldn’t that be a treat… he’s too perfect… his hair is too done up….. it would make his character relax… he is acting, in and around some fierce women

    Dr. O, Madeline, Nina, Britt… that’s a lot of Women

    Mitchell1660 replied

    If you’ve really been watching GH for 30-some odd years, it should come as no surprise that they, like other soaps in the past, introduce new families and new storylines that intertwine them with other long time actors on the show. I just recently started watching GH following the characters I loved on OLTL (who have since been rebooted as other characters) and I love the way the writers are creating interesting stories that are keeping me hooked in. Not being a long-time viewer, I’ve had to do some catching up, but what’s happening is nothing new. Soaps do it all the time. I think this will be for the better of GH if you hang in there and watch.

    T replied

    MS looks related to Lynn Herring. They could play sisters. Well, GH didn’t need to add MS to their cast. You’re right–why not better use who they have had. I imagine MS is acting very sweet right now about being welcomed there, but in time she’ll take over and jokes will be made about the hands-flapping over-the-top look-at-me macho Phyllis II taking over GH just like Phyllis did Y&R. She’s always Phyllis. In her online show she is just more Phyllis. Let her try playing the part of someone sweet–I don’t see it lasting.

    gennie hughes replied

    I thought Michelle Stafford went off Y&R to do her own thing..I love Michelle Stafford, but I am just wondering why..if she was coming back to the soaps, why she didn’t return as Phyllis on Y&R..?????? That is what I was hoping for!!!

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    Anirbez replied

    Yes, I thought the same thing, if she really wanted to stay on with soaps, why not return to the Y&R ? I loved the stafford project but miss her terribly on the Y&R along with Adam and Billy :(

    chuck replied

    My bad. Soon after I commented on that it was a rumor I found our she was actually on GH. Great for GH and it’s fans. I’ve been in out viewer of the show. I am huge fan of Michelle. I’ve starting recording the show and hope I can get back with it.

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    Elizabeth replied

    No, not so great for GH fans… nothing against Michelle Stafford but I am sick to death of new characters coming on to GH. I am believing that Tony Geary is right, the writers DO get residuals for the characters they create for as long as the character is appearing in the show. Combined with the fact it is much easier for a writer to write a character from scratch than from history, it allows the writers to make a good living while ABC can cut even more costs out of the GH production budget. They certainly don’t care they’re ruining an iconic legacy.

  2. k/kay says:

    I called this more then 6 months ago Phyllis went into a coma on Y&R and was going to wake up on GH as Nina!

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    So ironic isnt it…She’s leaves Y&R in a coma and wakes up from a coma on GH…lol

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    Mary SF replied

    It made be ironic, but I suspect it was planned. All the rumors of her joining GH began just before her exit on Y&R must have been based in some reality and RC knew they had put Phyllis in a coma, so he wrote Nina being in coma to wake her up— a finger gesture to Y&R if you catch my drift. It could have been a coincidence, but it seems too perfect to be that– knowing RC he could have Nina say something like I had the strangest dream that I was fighting with some blonde lady and fell down some stairs– and then I woke up.

    k/kay replied

    Bottom line MS was unhappy at Y&R she was not getting to dictate story so she walked! Steve Burton was no longer getting to dictate story over at GH he walked! Now hopefully they are working where they can call the shots neither one would be working for me if I was EP I call the shots actors read the lines that are written for them. Neither show as I can tell is suffering because they both chose to leave so good luck to them. Word to JFP leave Phyllis in the coma and move on! Sharon Case & Kristoff St. John have had horrible storylines for years and they took their lumps and went on and they get nothing but hate mail it is just a job no more no less! Rant over!

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  3. j says:

    LOVE That Michelle is at GH!!! so happy :)

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  4. Beth says:

    Love love love this addition………..It speaks volumns.

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  5. Sue says:

    I knew she would not go back to Y&R, way too much drama behind scenes. IMO she did not like JFP! Now if Michael M would go to GH, I would try & watch.. never have watched GH..
    I was under the impression she was done with soaps, guess not!! Glad she is gone from Y&R never liked her anyway. Way too much arm waving and repeating lines over & over..

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    Mary SF replied

    Usually when a soap actor leaves a show to “pursue other career paths” or ” wants more time with their family” that is just code for ” I don’t like my boss- story line– hours–or wage” pick one, or all of those truths as the actual reason for the departure. However they cannot give the real reason because you don’t want to be labelled as difficult to work with or burn any bridges or create new obstacles for themselves. So I suspect your opinion is correct, she was finished with JFP not the soaps.

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    Sue replied

    Well said Mary!

    gennie hughes replied

    Mary you are so Right about that!!!

    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Had to reply here, Mary…you could be right about Phylis/Nina comas being more than a coincidence…and have Nina say she had a strange dream about some blonde woman pushing her(Sharon, Y&R) down a flight of stairs? That could be possible and Silas and others would think she was talking about Ava!!!

    dmr replied

    General Hospital has the same issue; I feel as though I watch the same scene over and over again, with Ava, Sonny, Carly, and Franco about AJ’s death and Sonny really being the one who murdered him, etc., etc., etc. Too many recurring characters, characters and storylines being dropped for weeks on end. It’s just too bad. It’s a hot mess right now with way too many new faces with no real connection to Port Charles.

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  6. Nate says:

    As much as I love Michelle, and wish her the best, her exit once again proves the show does go on. Not one actor makes a show. Y&R has been on FIRE lately, yes I wish Michelle would have returned to Genoa City, but she is not missed. General Hospital hopefully will give her good material. Look at what happened to the return of Ryan Carnes. Creatively, Ryan must be bored out of his mind, and re-thinking his decision.

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    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    Same. While I would’ve loved her to return to Y&R, which is on fire, she obviously felt she wanted to spread her wings elsewhere. Guess that means that a recast on Phyllis can finally happen in the future. And Ron’s writing is inconsistent and wishy-washy at best, hence their failure to secure a nomination as a show.

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    Elizabeth replied

    No kidding. No disrespect to Michelle Stafford, but the LAST thing GH needs is another soap’s star to join the already bloated cast. RC and FV are so desperate to try anything to get more viewers for GH (thus the never-ending effort to bring in big names from other soaps) yet the writing is all over the map and never encompasses any depth, or character development, or reality. And why is it that they have all sorts of money for new actors but they can’t seem to strike a deal to bring back Genie Francis?

    Annie replied

    I’m a longtime Y&R fan and also watch GH, but have to admit that I am somewhat relieved that she will be on GH and not Y&R. I think Y&R is much more balanced now, whereas when MS was on, Phyllis was involved in almost every storyline. Hopefully Nina won’t consume GH in the same way.

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  7. Patrick says:

    “why, couldn’t it have been Days of OUR Lives”

    What a powerhouse

    move over Laura Wright

    I hope Michelle Stafford and Roger Howarth STEAM – bubble – entice

    if not , Franco…. Julian would rise to the occasion

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Wouldve loved her in the Q mansion with A.J.,…she’ll probably end up with Sonny or Julian…maybe!!!

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    I love gh replied

    She will be great with…. Julian, Silas, Sonny, Patrick, Nicholas, even Morgan – she is a great addition!!!

  8. Mika says:

    Sweet! Take that Y&R!!!

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  9. Daisy says:

    She’s a great actress. Let’s hope she doesn’t only have scenes with that over the hill scarecrow Silas!

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    Ashleigh replied

    Hahaha I always thought of him as a pirate for some reason. Scarecrow works though!

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    dmr replied

    Silas and Sam are very boring. Sam-lose the monotone, black jeans, white t-shirt, and black boots. I don’t find anything about the couple appealing. Very boring.

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  10. Mary SF says:

    This is good news–bad news— It is great she’s is back on daytime and has what promises to be an interesting role. The bad news is the cast is so large already that many deserving actors are not getting the air time and attention they deserve, so another new character is not going to help that. Looking forward to see her play someone other than Phyllis, but not sure long time viewers will find all these new faces a welcome sight, no matter how talented they may be.

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    chrissy tassone replied

    I find them welcoming; however, you are correct. Too bad GH couldn’t do a two part mini-series to catch up on all the s/l’s that we’ve all been waiting on, and get a jump on new s/l’s! I think that would be so, so, cool

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    So true…

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    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    They could get rid of many recurring players that are underused or mis-used. People like TJ and Shawn could be written out, and several other places could be taken out. Ron has “new character syndrome”. When he gets bored with what he has, he makes someone new.

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    Reagan replied

    He wants royalty credit for new characters. :(

  11. Ruby C says:

    I could do without her. Would just as soon they had left her dead but since she’s coming back would rather it not be MS. Have never liked her that much.

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    Tali replied

    Was hoping for Melissa Archer to play Nina Clay and then I’d be interested enough to watch GH again. Still missing John & Natalie from OLTL. This triangle does NOT do anything for me.

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    maddiehayes replied

    same here

    Colette replied

    I was hoping that they get Melissa Archer to play the role of Nina I would loved to have seen a Natalie and John reunion.Not a big fan of Michelle Stafford I think they could of did better.

    Sue replied

    Not a fan either Ruby!

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    Andrea replied

    Tali, I feel your pain. I also was hoping for Melissa Archer to join. Missing John and Natalie incredibly.

    harry replied

    Me too, Tali. And Melissa Archer fit Silas’s description of Nina. As Silas waxed poetic about Nina, with tears brimming in his eyes, he never once described Nina as being reptilian.

    Stacey replied

    I would have much preferred Melissa Archer in this role not Michelle Stafford.

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    Kathy replied

    The music played during the Scene where Silas was reminiscing about Nina was the same as when John and Natalie recited their vows at their wedding interrupted by Marty. In agreement was hoping for MA.

  12. Mo says:

    Surprise surprise I say sarcastically.

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  13. Patrick says:

    I don’t see her coming between Sam and Silas… as they are connected

    it’s with the other menfolk… that id like to see her co-mingle

    Franco
    Julian
    Ric

    have an affair with Dante

    she’s such a big presence…
    man… I loved when Jack, (who’s comparable) would call her “Red”

    Y&R has lost so much

    Michelle Stafford is a bull dozer – a train – a rocket (C’mon AT ya)

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    Sue replied

    Y&R hasn’t lost much! IMO

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    Dee replied

    Hasn’t lost much?? are you for real?Lets see where do I start?
    Kathrine chanclor, De De,Billy ,Michael , Phyliss, That is a lot to lose,as a fan of Y&R for over 35 yrs I can’t stomach the loss of soo many great actors that are gone now, So I decided I would not watch anymore As it has changed way to much to keep my interest. I haven’t missed it one bit.

    Timmm replied

    I know Sonny gets all the chicks but Ava is eventually going to pay and Maurice Bernard and Michelle Stafford would act their asses off together!

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  14. jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    This better be good…i wont hold my breath because GH is an up and down soap for me…it had a few good episodes then some boring ones…and im sick of waiting for sweeps months…back in the 60s and 70s you didnt have to wait for something good to happen…soaps had you always tune in the next day or youd miss something…they should still be that way…Days kind of still that way but not always…GH has good ideas but messes up too often!!! Im looking forward to M.S. as Nina…You got a great actress GH…dont screw up!!!

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    davlestev1 replied

    I agree and such great villians who didn’t run in PACKS!!!..Remember when Meredith Wolek went out on that snowy balcony..when Talbot and Karen ran down pat’s son..when Sadie Grey clocked Carla’s game..when Olympia descended the Buchanan grand staircase..when Barbara Rodell was fabuloso as Joyce Coleman and that darkened shooting of the Hughes brother..Olive Gordon causing John’s death running around in a to this day classic location shoot with those gas cans…”hee hee..goodbye ALICE”…remember Alma and that big raggedy ann/clown..cecille..charlene…and on and on…ahhh the true GOLDEN DAYS…Roger was simply bad news along with Diane like heather used to be when she burned her hands in a pan of hot oil…climbed down that pier pregnant and miscarried…wow wow wow

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    davlestev1 replied

    And don’t forget when poor old Mary Kennicott was being a good samaratin..or when doug snatched frannie and kim..and lily was floored to learn who her parents were..and meg meg meg either one..love of life or the first on as the world turns..I LOVED ME SOME MEG SNYDER…and John and Susan..who could stand toe to toe with the best of them.

    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    I remember…especially Another World with Olive, John, Alice and Larry, Clarice, Alma, Blaine,…no soap today will ever be as great as AW and those other classic moments you mentioned!!!

    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Thats when soaps were at their best…

  15. Rob says:

    If I cant have her as Phyllis on Y&R, Ill take he as Nina….Awesome!!

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  16. Kaffe says:

    Annoying just Annoying…….I never cared for her….she should have went back to YR….I got a feeling that she ‘s gonna eat up the show, and be a thorn in Sam and Silas..who is my favorite couple…Put her with new Jason or somebody else

    I wanted Sam and Silas to have a baby….but what are the gonna to write…..Some people are happy she’s commiing some people are littlebit peeved…Keep her in
    Carly orbit and let the 2 yentis argue…But keep her away from Sam

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    Maria replied

    Why should Sam and Silas have a baby? Sam is never seen with her son and Silas rarely interacts with his daughter.

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    Stacey replied

    Agreed so ridiculous. Give them a baby and then what?

  17. toscanti says:

    LOVE HER and so excited for GH! Y&R WHO? Take that Jill Farren Phelps.

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  18. Mama23 says:

    Take that Y&R!!!

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    Ashleigh replied

    Seriously, huh?? That seems like a serious shot at Y&R. I wonder what was happening behind the scenes.

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    Timmm replied

    All the big names are jumping the Y&R ship! You have to look at JFP.

  19. Cathy says:

    Who cares? Where is GH getting money for her? I remember FV stating when Kimberly first came back as long as they have the money. So a GH vet can’t come back unless GH Has money but they have money for MS. Story don’t believe FV and his lies or TIIC with their favorites. They don’t car about GH viewers who want their GH characters they grew up with. . No reason FV couldn’t make KMc recurring and they DONT need to constantly try and throw Robin under the bus for Patrick to move on or for their newbie pet Ms Perfect Nurse. Patrick can just understand for a change and did her really expect her to drop everything for the MsPerfect Nurse baby. Just maybe Robin can’t and Victor isn’t telling the truth, they are ruining characters and don’t care about GH fans who watched and know the characters better than they do. Glad GH didn’t get many nominations for show, writing, directing etc, they didn’t deserve them.

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    andrew hass replied

    I’m sure if KMC wanted to be back on GH full time and on contract GH would find the money but that’s not what she wants.So GH has to move on without her because they can write stories depending on one actor’s availibility.

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    Timmm replied

    Your right. Kim wanted to leave the show to direct.

    maddiehayes replied

    Agreed, I am thoroughly bored with GH right now because they ignore the characters I love and give front-burner storylines to newbies from other shows.

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    I love gh replied

    KMc wants to direct & went to directing school…. It was not about the money.

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  20. harry says:

    Oh great–another scene chewer. Her and Maura West are going to be the mouths which ate Port Charles. Maybe they’ll cannibalize each other.

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    Mema replied

    Two of the best actresses on television.

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    Timmm replied

    BINGO!

    Moviegal replied

    Absolutely!

    Ashleigh replied

    Ugh. Y&R doesn’t know the good when they have it and then they waste the actors.. Maura West, Michelle Stafford, Michael Muhney, the famous couple from AMC who played Sarge and Devon’s mom, Emme Rylan.. and we get stuck with Steve Burton who was much more amazing on GH.

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    Sherwood replied

    Honey, Maura West and Michelle Stafford will eat Y&R alive, not GH. They’ll make GH the MUST WATCH soap going forward. Talk about dynamite in the afternoon! These two will make GH explode!

    What fun this is going to be!

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    Ashleigh replied

    I totally agree! GH doesn’t seem to waste the talent they have. They let the actors do what they are best at, aside from maybe the guy who played AJ that was upset that his character’s main focus was swindling Tracy out of the relish recipe. Lol. But they’ve made enough room for Carly’s big personality, Ava’s, and hopefully Nina’s now. I wouldn’t want to see MS playing some “shrinking violet”. Ugh. I’m so disgusted with Y&R right now. It’s my soap, but TPTB totally deserve this. Unfortunately the fans don’t. GH’s gain though.

    maddiehayes replied

    depends on why you watch soaps. I watch for Love, Romance, Relationships, Core Famiies. NOT mob drama, or to watch divas chewing the scenery. GH was at its best last year when it was bringing back characters we loved like Robert and Robin Scorpio and Frisco Jones. When I turn GH on (occasionally now) I don’t even recognize anybody.

    Tristan replied

    And every other actress in their age range will be collateral damage. If we didn’t have so many new characters I would applaud this hire. But for this viewer: more newbie overload. I am kind of past the point of caring about GH anymore, so I don’t even know why I bothered to post.

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    maddiehayes replied

    wish there was a “like” button :)

    Elhu replied

    Kudos in pulling off this major surprise!!! I actually find Michelle Stafford, Maura West and Laura Wright to all be very similar in character (strong, powerful women, who want everything their way or no way), and it will be interesting to watch them all “duke it out” on GH !!!! Great show, great storylines, and a very strong cast indeed!!!

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    maddiehayes replied

    Yawn .. I want some LOVE stories!

    Shay replied

    As long as they don’t put Stafford’s Nina in the same frame as the hyperkinetic Lucy Coe….with their similarly wild gesticulations, someone could get really hurt in that battle of elocutions!

  21. Dee says:

    Why? Why is GH and Y&R trading places, She wasn’t that great on Y&R

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    Angelo replied

    Dee are you deaf or off your meds, Michelle Stafford is a wonderful actress.

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    Ashleigh replied

    At least she wasn’t the snore fest that is Avery constantly baking and making out with Dillon. Yaaaaaaawn.

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    Peggy replied

    Unfortunately I have to agree. I didn’t like the way she played her role on Y&R and I have serious doubts that she will be able to play any role that is not written exactly as the role she played there. If GH makes this a remake of the Phyllis character I for one will not like it and I have serious doubts that Michelle Stafford would be able to play any other type role. I have really been enjoying GH for the past year and I am very apprehensive about this move being a good one for the show.

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    Alan replied

    Michelle Stafford was the sole reason to watch Y&R for the last decade.

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    k/kay replied

    No one actor or actress makes a soap Y&R is still #1 it has and always will be an ensemble act when you start thinking otherwise is when you get into trouble.

    Alan replied

    I stand by my statement. That show has been a mess for over a decade and Stafford’s performances were the only reason I kept tuning in (’cause heaven knows it wasn’t the story).

    Timmm replied

    Michelle has been off the show for months and her character is still on the front burner.

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    Ashleigh replied

    Ugh, which means we’re going to get stuck with a fake Phyllis that will ruin the show just as much as losing and replacing Billy Miller :*( and soon to be Adam. Ohhhhh why am I even watching anymore? *sob*

  22. mfarris70 says:

    SO AWESOME! Michelle will be an incredible asset to GH, no matter how big the cast is. I had her pegged as Nina months ago, so glad to see that it really happened! *goosebumps*

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  23. chrissy tassone says:

    I think it’s going to be interesting, and now they need to find someone to play Jason to really put a spin in the mix!

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    Timmm replied

    Michael Muhney. He and Michelle schemed on Y&R together and had mad chemistry!

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  24. Michael S. says:

    Awesome news! Now hire Billy Miller or Michael Muhney and GH will have a powerhouse cast!

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    Dee replied

    Yes!! that would bury whats left of Y&R. It would also put GH in the 1st place rankings. Hire Michael & Billy !!!!!

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    Ashleigh replied

    I’m not joking, if they did, I’d totally fully ditch Y&R. The only reasons left to watch would be EB and MTS.

  25. Rob says:

    There wouldnt be GH today if things like this arent done to keep the show intersting as well as bring in new viewers.
    Michelle Stafford is one of the most popular soap stars ever. She could be a huge draw.

    Love them or hate them, Frank Valentini, Ron Carlivati and the OLTL cast re-invigorated this show and gave it what it needed to continue and thrive.

    They play this right, GH will be the top soap.

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    GH50 replied

    No bringing back vets is what brought people back. Now that we see it was bait and switch, we’re leaving. Good luck and congrats on all the Emmy snubs. The show is horrible. Fans know it and people in the industry know it’s a joke. Here’s just another stunt. How about trying to write and produce a quality show and draw viewers with that, not trying to bring in some unwitting fools who might follow an actress and then realize when they get here what mess they’ve gotten themselves into.

    Watch the ratings continue to drop in the months ahead. For every person they might bring in with stunts, they will lose just as many who are fed up.

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    maddiehayes replied

    Kudos GH50

    Timmm replied

    Kudos Rob.

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  26. Elite Advisors says:

    MS is an amazing actress….Y&R lost a true talent…never mind the character of Phyllis…. good luck with replacing her as well.

    I can’t imagine we would have her long term as she also has her own show, so this may be just a temporary role as well. Either way I welcome the talent….

    Hope the TPTB take a serious note on the DISS today on Daytime Nominations! GH was not even in the running…that says something considering a terrible show like the B&B has been, was nominated…. time to wake up GH or you will find yourself yet again on the chopping block!

    Hats off to Patrick Thompson who deserves the nomination…it will be a challenge however as Billy Miller was nominated as well. Too bad Michael Muhney had no hat in the ring. No matter what happened and how it happened, he was/ is a wonderful actor who may need to work on himself for a while and hopefully come back with a roar!

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  27. T says:

    I’m thrilled it’s definite that she won’t be back at Y&R. I’ve always found her to be plastic and over-the-top and too old-looking for the men she’s involved with (including Michael Easton if her new character should get back together with him) and could never see how we were to turn a blind eye (it wasn’t like watching an older opera singer from a distance as she played the role of someone younger). All that stuff (still said over and over again by her fans at the YR forum) about how she had so many more important things to do with her life sure didn’t last–of course she wanted and needed a real job again, and here she is back to the soap life where she could one. I pray it’s not true that Michael Muhney is going to GH. I was all set to start watching if he did head there, but I’d forgo so as to avoid having to put up with the flappy pink banshee again.

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  28. richard says:

    The GH cast is so big already, I am glad an actress of her caliber on there. I hope her and Ava share scenes, let the fireworks begin!! I wish they would used this opportunity to cast her as Skye Quartermaine instead and rejuvenated that family. Uggh! Now that she def isn’t returning to Genoa City, time to cast Jamie Luner( ex-Liza, AMC, ex-Lexi, MP) as Phyllis, she would be dynamite!!!!!!

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  29. Max says:

    So Happy need Donna Mills to stay so I can see them working together as Mother and Daughter!!

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  30. Mema says:

    Brilliant!!!

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  31. Ashleigh says:

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!!! How did I miss this rumor? Shame on you, Ashleigh, you’re always so up on your soap casting spoilers! Well, they certainly got me. One more nail in my Y&R coffin. What creepy redhead is JFP going to shove down our throats on Y&R? Any guesses guys?

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  32. Deb says:

    I can’t stand watching Silas!!! This just means he will get more airtime!

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    Andrea replied

    Silas cannot hold a candle to the rawness of McBain! At least as McBain he was working and fit in his police role. This oncologist role is stupid.

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    rebecca1 replied

    I don’t think the role is stupid; I buy him as Silas. But physically he looks as if he’s lost a lot of weight. I love thin, sinewy bodies but he is looking way too thin and scraggly these days. Don’t get me wrong…I’m a big fan of Michael Easton and I get the impression he’s a great guy. I just can’t help but notice the change in his appearance.

    Stephanie replied

    I agree with Andrea,. Easton was made for the role of McBain. AlI I see him do now is walk around GH in his street clothes. When remembered and convenient he is an oncologist. Sorry not working for me and I really enjoy the actor. I agree his appearance has changed as well.

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  33. Alexa says:

    Was hoping she would go back to Y&R – can’t believe she took GM over YR. She was perfect for the part on YR and I really enjoyed her character – she has disappointed a lot of fans. Don’t care what she does now.

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    Dee replied

    JFP has disappointed way more fans than any other single person could ever do.By letting MS,BM,MM and little De De go has destroyed the Y&R I had loved for so many years.

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    jaybird369 replied

    Dee…I agree. Also…that VERY HORRIBLE Jill Farren Phelps will CONTINUE to destroy Y&R…unless one of those spineless and clueless CBS suits (aka the bosses) grows some B-A-L-L-S and FINALLY FIRES that FIRE-BREATHING W-I-T-C-H. Hopefully. that’ll happen one day soon. I mean…NEVER SAY NEVER!!!!!

  34. PatF says:

    Take what YR?

    Just look at the Emmy noms this morning.

    I LOVE Stafford and have since she came to YR. But I won’t be watching her on GH.

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    4everDAYS replied

    Eileen Davidson going to DAYS + Michelle Stafford going to GH = Y&R going down.

    If Patrika Darbo shows up at Y&R, look out!!!

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    jaybird369 replied

    As far as I’m concerned, the VERY AWESOME Patrika Darbo would NEVER EVER allow herself to get mixed up in any of the current Y&R craziness (behind-the-scenes and all). But…I get what you’re saying. Yes. And, yep…Y&R CONTINUES to go down…FASTER AND FASTER…LOL!!!!! Beyond sad.

    PatF replied

    I think those 26 Emmy noms beg to differ, and the show is coming up on 26 years at #1.

    Certainly no coincidence!

  35. andrew hass says:

    I kind of knew Michelle Stafford was eventually going to be on GH but i wasn’t expecting her to be on today.So that was a good job by everyone keeping it quiet.

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  36. Sherwood says:

    What a wonderful surprise! I’d love to be a fly on the wall in the executive offices at CBS. If Phelps wasn’t already in trouble over Y&R’s falling ratings numbers, this is just another nail in her coffin. Stafford sends a big FU message to JFP and her lousy show.

    Congrats ABC, GH and Ms. Stafford! Move well played!

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    Dee replied

    My thoughts exactly!! So yes Take that Y&R and JFP

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  37. Kian says:

    Great! Now can Y&R hire Jumie Luner (ex-Liza, AMC) as the new “Phyllis” already?

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  38. su0000 says:

    ayyyyyh!

    Love Michelle Stafford, a great actress! ..
    I hope Michelle Stafford is under contract !!!

    Also– I text FV to bring on Michael M , a great talented actor!!

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    Stephanie replied

    With all the legal issues ABC is dealing with now you really think ABC would do that?

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  39. Moviegal says:

    Michelle Stafford is an “A” level actress, and to add her into the cast with all of these other “A” level actresses, like Maura West and Laura Wright, just to name a couple, can never hurt the show!

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  40. Scott (ATWT Fan) says:

    Not so surprised by this, it was rumoured for the past year. And while I would’ve loved to have seen Michelle come back to Y&R as Phyllis, she obviously felt the need to spread her wings and portray another character. I hope Nina is written strong and confident, Ron’s writing is known for being wishy-washy. But we knew this one was coming. So I’m hoping for the best and expecting the worst.

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  41. rebecca1 says:

    Don’t know her work…was hoping for another OLTL actress to make her way over…I’ll hold judgment til I see her.

    So, it seems Detective West is Cassadine’s son with Dr. O…which would make him Nic and Alexis’ cousin…which is why she probably gave him up; because he wasn’t Faison’s. Although…are Brit and Nathan supposed to be fraternal twins? Maybe Brit is a Cassadine too…which would make HER Nicolas’s cousin as well! Greek tragedy still possibly on the horizon…

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  42. maddiehayes says:

    I would have rather seen them hire Melissa Archer as Silas’ ex-wife, she and Michael Easton already have established chemistry from OLTL! When he said Nina was a redhead, I was hoping it would be MA. That would have definitely made me tune in. As it is, there is not one storyline or couple that interests me on GH right now (unless you count Patrick and “phone Robin”)

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    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    Casting Melissa would’ve been highly controversial and really bad.

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    Andrea replied

    Agreed maddie. I hope we get to see Archer and Easton again at some point. Damn, missing them!

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    maddiehayes replied

    IKR? RC and FV had a perfect opportunity to recreate the magical chemistry of MA and ME, and they wasted it! I give up on those two fools!

    Marianne replied

    WOULD HAVE LOVED TO HAVE SEEN MA AND ME AGAIN. THOSE TWO DEFINITELY HAVE UNFINISHED BUSINESS TOGETHER,

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    Stacey replied

    Hell yes! When Silas was describing Nina he was describing MA perfectly.

    Andrea replied

    Can we send these tweets to Cartini?

  43. mike says:

    Now we need to find out that Nina’s child is alive and that he looks a lot like Chandler Massey

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  44. Johnny says:

    Yawn. Another newbie with only ties to other newbies. Stafford is a good actress, but this is not earth shattering to me. It is just another example of beloved vets being ditched and replaced and supplanted on GH. This is hardly an example of reinvigorating the show with a few new key roles…this is a wholesale reinvention with a bunch of evil new characters and the people they torment. To hear Carlivati talk, he thinks viewers are positively salivating about the arrival of Nina…and waiting with bated breath for the ultimate bitchfest between Ava and Nina. As I said before…yawn!!! We have seen Ava bitchfest with just about every female on the show already. As Shanna Twain would say..”That don’t impress me much.”

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    maddiehayes replied

    agreed

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    Faith replied

    Well said!

  45. Johnny says:

    Shania

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  46. Kaleesi says:

    It’ll be very interesting to see her play a new character. I hope Nina is not a carbon copy of Phyllis. We already have several women in that age group who are in your face types.

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  47. Johnny says:

    Ron acts like a new “core family” just kind of sprang up willy nilly, not by intention or design???? I think the tequila he mentions has wreaked havoc on him. If he had any plan on fulfilling his origin promise to rebuild the Q’s he had a prime opportunity in hiring Stafford as a recast Skye, and having her and AJ take over ELQ. That would have been something more approaching epic.

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    Rose replied

    Too late now, but a good idea.

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    su0000 replied

    ,
    RCV/FV wanted to rebuild the original Q’s by bring them back..
    He tried but they had no interest or moved on..
    There are no Q’s.. they left GH, moved on or out..
    FV can not rebuild a cornerstone family with new actors and have the Q’s still be the Q’s..
    All good things come to an end..

    AMC lost the core family the Chandlers, leaving one or two behind..
    The Chancellors Y&R are all but gone too..
    Soap families die off :( and writers/producers let them go..

    but– yes.. it would have be nice to have the Q’s back :)

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    Johnny replied

    With all due respect Su… That is the biggest load I’ve heard…well…since I read Ron’s interview this afternoon. They had Tracy, Monica, and a dynamically returned AJ along with his son Michael. Ned popped in for visits. There were no attempts made to recast Dylan or Brook Lynn. Jimmy Lee Holt is out there at large and could have any number of fun children or grand children kicking around. There are no excuses other than Ron thinks his new grotesque creations are better. And about the Chandler’s, there were never only one or two on screen at any time, even during the rebolt, and they were not systematically and gruesomely murdered one by one. The ones who left left town but usually still returned for visits. And the Chancellor’s were never what one would call a core family, as it consisted mainly of Katherine. The actress passed away. So no….what started as a bloodbath under the Phelps Guza regime has continued ad nauseam under Cartini. I don’t know which soap families you are referring to that just happen to die off. Name one other family (popular core family) in soap history who in the span of ten years had so many characters be killed off…NOT by the actors choice. And name one other long running soap character who has been treated so cruelly and viciously by the writers as Monica Q. To have a woman lose all four of his children to brutal murders…three which are directly traceable to Sonny Corinthos…is just sick, twisted, and disgusting.

    4everDAYS replied

    DAYS’ Horton family is still going strong after 48 1/2 years!!! The DiMera and Brady families-34 years!! The Johnson and Kiriakis families-29 years!

    Days of our Lives – Not just great soap opera but also great family drama!!!!!

    andrew hass replied

    The character of Skye was created on AMC.So there might be a question of whether GH can use the character or not.As for RC maybe he did have plans to rebuild the Quartermaines but things changed.I love the Qs too but they may have taken over from another family when they first appeared and now it’s happening to them in a way.

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  48. Jennifer says:

    I’d rather have her as Phyllis on Y&R!

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  49. Robert says:

    Yes, Yes, Yes!!! GH is going to rock this year with Michelle on the show!!

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  50. Kome says:

    Old NEWS we over in NYC knew this for Hours. Why didn’t know this Yesterday Michael?
    LOL

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    k/kay replied

    Maybe he did not want to ruin it for the west coast the HW had to post it on twitter what a child!!!

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  51. Bearzy says:

    Awesome :)

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  52. samuel veta says:

    she ISN’T DEAD on “Young & The Restless” …….YET!

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    Dee replied

    Maybe Not ,But Y&R is dead to a lot of long time fans for the stuff JFP has done over there. Im sure she doesn’t want to go back to all that Back stage craziness. Even Cloe is leaving.JFP is running Y&R into the ground .And im not going to the funeral.

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    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    Already been confirmed by Peter Bergman that Phyllis will be back on Y&R.

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    Timmm replied

    They now will recast.

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  53. tskyent says:

    This is so AWESOME! I cant wait!!!

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  54. April says:

    So happy Michele came to GH, Y&R is so boring anymore & happy she didn’t go back, loved Michele’s Stafford Project as well.

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  55. lisa says:

    Awesome ! Michelle is going to “Bring it” !

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  56. Kaffe says:

    yeah yeah she’s talented…but she’s a scene stealer….Istill don’t care for her..she’s over the top…RC got her for Michael Easton so he can shine…you know I Was the biggest Siam fan…but RC SOLD out the fanbase…..and that is a shame

    I say bring Jason whoever play him……because I Can’t get behind RC…IT WAS SNEAKY!!!

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    andrew hass replied

    I don’t think RC sold out the Siam fanbase.He’s just adding an obstacle for Sam and Silas to overcome.Plus Silas has changed in the last 20 years or so since he and Nina were last together.Yeah what happened to Nina was not her fault but i hope she’s not expecting her and Silas to pick up where they left off.As for Sam it could be interesting to see how she handles Silas’s wife coming back because she might wonder what she would do if Jason returned.

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  57. Chaz says:

    Michelle Stafford played the hell out of Phyllis. Yes, there were times she was over the top but IMO that was what made Phyllis Phyllis. She can deliver pure emotion and snarky sarcasm like no other. While I would not want to see Nina be a carbon copy of Phyllis it will be interesting to see what she does with this new role.
    The major issues I see are the inconsistent writing on GH and frankly, I don’t think there are not many powerhouse males actors on GH who can stand up to her. Silas & Patrick are too mellow. Sonny is just plain boring. I think her real chops will come into play when she does scenes up against Ava or Alexis…even Diane should they manage to put them together.
    I FF through most of GH at this point. It will be nice to have someone else to view who holds my attention….as long as they don’t screw up the writing….and that is a BIG if.

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  58. Lauren says:

    Love Michelle, she is one of my all time favorite actresses! So versatile, and she has chemistry w/everyone. She is able to light up even the poorest written storylines (this has been proven!) Now we just need Michael Muhney and Billy Miller to complete a trifecta !

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  59. Valerie says:

    Y & R is NOT on fire… it’s awful now. It is predictable and hokey, similar to what General Hospital was when JFP was there. I love Michelle, I hope she does well, but I don’t know if I’ll tune in. Maybe if MM joined.

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    Rob replied

    Ditto, its a mess. Not a hot mess, a tired mess.

    The cast was gutted and replaced with hair models. You want to talk about a show that has set aside legacy characters for newbies, Y&R is that show.

    I never watched GH until OLTL was cancelled, I would never have tuned in had they not done the crossover with OLTL characters so I dont have as much invested as long time viewers. I feel their pain, but Michelle Stafford VS. Maura West will be epic.

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  60. vinman says:

    Got to know that Nina/Silas “dead” daughter will be KiKi….given to Ava to raise…just saying!

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    Johnny replied

    Ya think?? Lol. This is Port Charles. Kiki has only had one mother and two fathers so far. Not nearly enough DNA switches in her story.

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    andrew hass replied

    I’m also thinking that Kiki will eventually turn out to be Nina and Silas’s baby.Madeline didn’t want Silas’s baby around and she may have known Ava would want Silas’s baby.So Madeline may have just given the baby to Ava to raise as hers.

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  61. Jared says:

    I love Michelle immensely and respect whatever decision she makes to make her happy. This makes me wonder if the Y&R regime ran her out or if she just didn’t like them anymore. It makes me sad because, for me, in my own humble opinion, Michelle was the star of Y&R. Heck, even her beautiful image, as the mysterious woman in the dress walking toward us, graces every day’s opening of Y&R. I’m no longer invested in GH, especially after the demise of the Quartermaines, along with the re-characterization of the “One Life 3″. I’m not happy about this, not happy at all, but if the talented lovely Michelle Stafford is happy, I wish her all the best. I just hope she comes home to Y&R sooner than later, if that’s meant to be.

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  62. Melanie says:

    YES!

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  63. Mark Y says:

    Good. End of story. Recast Phyllis now with Liz Keifer! Do it!

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    Johnny replied

    I never really considered her but good choice. Or as I have said all along…Robin Christopher.

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  64. Jake NJ says:

    Yeah…so glad to have Michelle

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  65. Kathy E. says:

    I beleave that Michelle needs to stay with Y & R……

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  66. Timmm says:

    This is the greatest news GH has had in years. Michelle is daytime royalty. I am all about history and core families. I would have loved it if Michelle was a Quartermaine. She would have had scenes with Tracy, Luke, Monica, and Ned. Now she is stuck with Michael Easton and the dude who plays Nathan. Michael can act but doesnt seem to generate chemistry that easy. Nathan West is a terrible character and the actor is as stiff as a board! They need to recast someone who can act next to talent like Michelle and Thao. Anyway, Nina will branch off and I see her eventually ending up with Sonny and that would be two powerhouses chewing up scenes like a rabbit chews a carrot. So, yes, another new character taking time away from GH legends but she is worth it and will fit into Port Charles quite nicely. Welcome Michelle!

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    Johnny replied

    Good plan…another female to be sacrificed on the altar of Sonny Corinthos. It is a long list indeed dating back 20 years.

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  67. Shonie says:

    Michelle Stafford will be a wonderful addition to GH!! Think about it, GH now has three POWERHOUSE ACTRESSES- Laura Wright ( Carly ) Maura West ( Ava) and now Michelle Stafford ( Nina) it couldn’t get any better than that. Now, all we need is Michael Mulhaney ( ex- Adam ), and Billy Miller ( ex- Billy ) both from Y&R.. Aww, that would send their ratings over the moon!!

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  68. jaybird369 says:

    Michelle Stafford joining GH is SUCH EXCELLENT NEWS!!!!! HELL YEAH!!!!! GH is VERY LUCKY to have her. As for Y-O-U, Jill Farren Phelps…KARMA KARMA!!!!! Remember that, my dear.

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  69. lucie says:

    So excited…. and so happy for G H . Great job Ron, one smart/life changing decisions. Thank you … So excited ….

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  70. aria says:

    welcome Michele Stafford, i never seen you on the Y&R, the show is to slow for me to stay awake,but i’ve heard your one of the heavyweights in this industry, looking foward to seeing you go at it with Maura West ava’s, hopefully the storyline will be juicy. As for RC, i’ve been very critical of your writing, i’m not a fan of the cartoonish stuff, and i wish the characters were more even out. Theres nothing more horrible then seeing what you’ve made of Anna, Finola Hughes shoud not be playing anyones full, and the Luke storyline is down right creepy and not in a good way. theres other stuff but overall, i appreciate that you’ve brought back so many actors whose days under JFP were history, but it becomes disappointing when they’re not written well. You made a mess of the Heather character, and your doing the same with DR.O, and i’m affraid you might be a fan of to many shows on tv because the way you write i feel like i’m sometimes watching a bunch of shows thrown in together. Sometimes less is more, concentrate on the actors you have now, don’t have them dissapear for weeks, the continuity is bad, and write more smart, think of shows like the Good Wife, its so smart and wonderfully acted, GH has great actors, they just need better material.

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  71. Sue says:

    General Hospital fans, welcome to the Michelle Stafford show, hope you all enjoy, sorry for the other actor their air time gone!! wonder what kind of salary GH had to pay her???

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    maddiehayes replied

    Finola Hughes, Kristina Wagner, Laura Wright, Genie Francis, Leslie Charleson, Jackie Zeman, Lynn Herring, Emma Samms, and more, all over-40 actresses who could act the hell out of a juicy storyline. And yet, GH keeps hiring new actresses and giving THEM the front-burner. WHY????????

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    Tristan replied

    I find this beyond ridiculous. Everyone who claims this hire will boost GH to number one in the ratings is smoking something. Will not happen. Show is a creative mess. Another stunt casting will not cover the creative bankruptcy of this team. It is almost like the producers actively work to alienate long-time fans, as virtually all of the major long-time GH actresses are without storylines so as to further the deification of, first, Maura West, and, now, Michelle Stafford. Not only is this a middle finger to fans of GH (not of YR), but a middle finger to actual GH greats like Finola Hughes, Jane Elliot, Nancy Grahn, and YES, Genie Francis. I really just no longer care. I try to, but I cannot.

    nancy dillingham replied

    I guess they just do not care for the audience; in fact, I truly believe that they thumb their noses at longtime, loyal views and view them with contempt. What’s the difference in being a devoted fan of the classic GH characters and following those in a nighttime show or a series of movies????? I’ve never ever understood the contempt for GH and it’s fans. We are not stupid. We are simply loyal to well-developed characters that we can invest in. We do also know the difference between a character and the actor playing the character. I’ve seen TPTB and even the actors laugh about “hardcore” fans of their shows. Something I do not understand. I always thought the purpose of drama was to have a discerning audience.

    maddiehayes replied

    Jane Elliot and Nancy Grahn .. thanks, I knew I left out somebody on my list, that’s why I said ‘and more’ .. this is why I love the soaps. Because I’ve grown up with these characters and I feel like I “know” them. In no other genre can you age with the characters in real time. I FF through RC’s new creations (except for Dr. Obrecht, she’s a keeper). But you’re probably right, the show wants to attract new, fresh viewers and they don’t care about long-time fans as much. :(

  72. Patrick says:

    She, is such a force to be reckoned with : could she act any less

    with the coop : and SHE is : belongs to the audience… she is so revered

    I would think… match play, romp, quiver, shake us up…. with : Jax

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  73. Camille says:

    NO! NO!! NOOO!!! With the constant mention of Phyllis on Young and restless, (she is mentioned more than cast members that are still on the show) there is certain to be a recast of her character, so if she is returning to daytime, why not just go back and reclaim the role she made famous for 16 amazing years? This role on GH is just a temporary one, and has no future, so I am just baffled by the fact that she accepted it to begin with. If we’re lucky, she will do both roles. I truly want her back on y&r so I hope this is a temporary stint on General Hospital!

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    andrew hass replied

    I’m sure Michelle knew Y&R would welcome her back with open arms if she wanted to return but she didn’t.However after 16 on and off years and 13 straight years of playing the same character Michelle may want to try something new.Plus even if Nina is temporary character that may only be on for a few months maybe that’s what Michelle wants instead of a long term deal.

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    Camille replied

    You’re probably right- new is good. I’m just glad to have her back in any character. As others have said, if I can’t watch her as Phyllis, I’ll watch her as Nina Clay. ;)

  74. Tony A. says:

    I love Michelle Stafford and happy to see her again on GH. I am a big fan of both Y&R & GH. I think it’s good for actors to branch out and play other roles. I am sure some of them get tired of playing the same character for years and I am sure some of them have issues with the Network and Producers. But whatever Michelle’s reasons were for leaving Y&R I am just glad to see her in action again. I just hope she’s given good material to work with and that she is just as firey on GH as she was on Y&R because I can’t picture her being some goodie too shoes character.

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  75. jaybird369 says:

    As a longtime soap viewer (since 1981 aka the early 1980′s), here’s where I THINK that the 4 remaining soaps currently stand…in terms of believability (or whatever). Let me see…

    1. DOOL=getting better and better all the time. Yep.
    2. GH=messes up every so often. Aside from that, I LIKE what I see.
    3. B&B=currently a combination of BOTH hit and miss. It is what it is.
    4. As for Y&R…never mind. Enough said.

    OK…I’m finished…LOL!!!!!

    Peace.

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  76. KateA says:

    I think that a lot of people who work for GH must comment on here because every time a GH story appears there are a lot of comments. MS going to GH is great news for me because I always had to fast forward through her scenes. Her hair would always cover half her face and was so distracting. She would pull her sleeves down over her hands and then start waving her arms around making her look like a trained seal. I don’t watch GH so glad to see her added to GH. If ABC wants a mega soap, they should have combined AMC and OLTL. The only complaint that I have for Y&R is that there are no long term relationships. Every week they change partners. They are not as bad as B&B but some couples should be stable at least for longer periods of time.

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  77. Laraine Wilsn says:

    I love the fact that G.H. has hired Michelle as Nina. She is great! Now, please, please hire Michael Muhney as the new Jason! He was born for this role. G.H. is on a role right now, bring in Muhney and go straight to number one in Daytime T.V.

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  78. Bearzy says:

    Best news then the Emmy Nomine!! :)

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  79. PattiD says:

    I love Michelle Stafford. She was the reason I watched Y&R and when she left so did I. I love GH and can’t wait to see her on there. However, I don’t see Kelly Monaco (Sam) as much as I would like too so hopefully with MS as Nina I will get more Kelly & Sam. MS on GH is like Thorsten Kaye going to B&B, he’s the reason I watch B&B. Can’t wait to see MS on GH! My 2 favourite actresses on GH! Go MS & KM!!

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  80. sami says:

    Great actress.

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  81. mfarris70 says:

    Ironic that Phyllis left Y&R going into a coma and Nina begins GH coming out of one. Unintended synergy! Can’t wait to see Stafford interact with the other fine cast members of GH.

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  82. nancy dillingham says:

    No surprise. No interest.

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  83. kalamaty says:

    Seriously hoping this is a temporary stint; perhaps she’ll go back to Y&R at some point, since she’s willing to step back into daytime tv? Wishing her luck in the new role and I just wish I liked to watch GH because I love Stafford! They’re so lucky to get that fierce bitch! :)

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    andrew hass replied

    As i pointed out in an above post if playing Nina is a temporary stint that will just last for a few months maybe that’s what Michelle Stafford wants.With Y&R she may know they would want her long term and that’s not something she wants to do again.

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  84. boes says:

    Buy earplugs. you’re gonna need ‘em.

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  85. pat says:

    I wish she would come back to the young and the restless

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  86. Phillip Brooks says:

    If it wasn’t for brian Frons (suoergenuis) cancelling OLTL just becasue it’s gilmed in NY plus he said women want reality shows…The Chew and The revolution was put on the air to satisfy the womenfolk….

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  87. susan says:

    i dont really care one way or the other. why do you leave one soap for the other? dont get the real point of that. money? storyline? whatever the reason. not a fan.

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  88. Tracy says:

    I really miss you on young and restless. Sure wish you would have came back.

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  89. Barbara says:

    Never was a Phyllis or Michelle Stafford fan. Good luck to her at GH. Glad she won’t be back on Y&R. Don’t think she was that good an actress. She repeated everything too much, in my opinion.

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  90. dee says:

    I hope she goes back to YR. Not a MS fan at all.

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    Kaffe replied

    thank-you…..she’s not welcome by the hardcore Sam fans…that’s why RC kept it underwraps…to bambozzle Kelly Monaco fans….At first I Thought Rebecca Hearbst was thorn in Kelly Monaco side this is WORST……Just hurry up and cast Jason Morgan, or is RC Gonna make Jason go with MS CHARACTER….

    WHAT A JIP!!!

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    andrew hass replied

    I’m a Sam fan but i see Michelle Stafford coming on as Nina as a good thing.This could give Kelly Monaco some good material.Plus whether Stafford or another actress was going to play her i think we all knew Nina would eventually show up.

  91. SideTrek says:

    How can Michelle Stafford, a Scientologist, be on a show that pokes fun of it with the hilarious Miscavige Hospital for the Criminally Insane?

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  92. Rose says:

    I am very sad that she is not on Y&R she is really missed BUT so HAPPY she is back on TV . She will be GREAT on GH.

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  93. Katie MIller says:

    I hate it!

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  94. Katie MIller says:

    A very poor choice!

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  95. Jani says:

    I love Michelle!!!! I’m so excited for GH! I can’t wait to see the chemistry between the characters of Nina, Ava and Carly will play out. Please writers don’t “F” this up.

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  96. Ernest says:

    I am glad to see her on GH.

    Now, I am still waiting for the possible return of Michael Muhney (ex-Adam, Y&R) to return on that show or GH.

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  97. Chantal says:

    We shouldn’t expect stars such as MS and SB to actually say they are not happy with current regime or storyline, they better leave in good terms. Do we expect them to say” Hey, I was unhappy, I couldn’t stand the direction and I am awaiting better opportunities”? So, they come up with they want to expand their opportunities into their career.

    MS did have a few months to work on her personal project and maybe she was ready to get back into action with a different character.

    I am disappointed GH veterans are not given storylines but I will give MS a chance.

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    andrew hass replied

    Plus Michelle Stafford and Steve Burton may also not have wanted to burn their bridges with their previous soaps just in case they ever wanted to return.Plus it’s been almost a year since Michelle left Y&R.So now that she has taken a break from soaps she’s ready to do it again but she wants to try her luck on another soap.So it may not be a question of her choosing GH over Y&R but her wanting to play a different character than Phyllis.

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  98. D Olivieri says:

    I never liked Michelle Stafford. Feel she is very overrated. Love GH sorry to see her land there.There were other people they could have gotten from Y&R If that is the game they are playing. get Billy Miller. They need Jason back. When she comes on I fast forward!! Was happy she left Y&R> Never missed her. Miss Billy!

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  99. patsy says:

    Don’t like her should have stayed dead. Why can’t Sam be happy for once.

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  100. teri greisman says:

    I LOVE Michelle Stafford…..! she was the best character on Y&R….NOW I have started watching GH again because of her ! …

    please, however, let go of some of the violence on the show it always bothered me….I am 58..and a soap opera vein since the ’70′s’….bring back the love and romance circles, and the medicine….I am actually happy Nina is in a wheelchair….because we all know we are waiting for her to walk ! just like the old days !!!!!

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  101. Mary Beth says:

    First Michelle, then hopefully Billy Miller and then Michael Muhney and I will be switching over…great news for the fans of these three great actors!!! Please bring Michel Muhney on…those three will ROCK GH’s ratings!!!!

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