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126 February 10th, 2015 Rebecca Budig Joins The Cast of General Hospital!

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The big casting news Tuesday originating from a tweet from Frank Valentini, the executive producer of General Hospital, has former All My Children and Guiding Light favorite Rebecca Budig headed to Port Charles in a brand new role.

Valentini tweeted:“Hey @RebeccaBudig wanna join the cast of GH in a new Killer Role??” Budig then replied via this tweet: ”@valentinifrank @carlivatiron What???!!! Only if Billy Millerwill do my hair. Like Elizabeth Taylor’s. Wait. He’s not on twitter. YES!”

The new role dubbed as a “spitfire” by GH head writer Ron Carlivati will begin when Budig begins taping the last week of February.

Budig told Soap Opera Digest, ”I’ve always loved GH and I love Frank Valentini, so it’s really exciting to get to go over there and play.’ She also tweeted, “I can’t wait to be a part of #GH and to work with a group of very talented people!! #excited

And to the GH fans today on Twitter she expressed: “Here’s what I know. #GH fans are amazing!! Wish I could reply to all of you but I have a baby to feed! Thank you for a warm welcome!”

So, what do you think about the newest casting addition to GH? Who do you think Rebecca will play?  Who will be her romantic interest on the daytime drama series? Comment below!

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  1. Tammy Khaos Kreiss says:

    Luke’s supposedly dead sister? Hmmmm…So happy for “Peanut”!!!!

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    Jimmy replied

    Luke’s sister Patricia is older than he is, Rebecca could be Luke’s daughter

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    Tammy Khaos Kreiss replied

    Good point! Pat’s daughter, his niece?

    Christy replied

    too young for the sister… but maybe she’s the real Fluke under the mask! bwahahahahaha

  2. su0000 says:

    ok-
    Is the wee tiny girl that always wore those 6” gladiator shoes?

    I’m sure she will bring her best to GH and new stories for vet stars..
    New characters always give the stars new stories and brings them up front..
    I think Tracy will have a good story, soon..
    I think Rebecca will be a lost Quartermain ..

    (I really really hope she has trashed those gawd awful gladiator shoes )

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  3. Scott (ATWT Fan) says:

    I love Rebecca, and love that she’s coming back to daytime, but the last thing this show needs right now is a new character or actor on already bloated cast.

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    AJQ replied

    Exactly. Why does Valentini still think what is best for GH is hiring more actors from cancelled soaps? How is that working out? Michelle Stafford and Billy Miller were brought on in the last 6-8 months and the ratings are no better. Demos are actually down.

    Now they’ve hired MCCouch and now Budig. Yet beloved vets, soap actors of equal and greater stature who play iconic GH characters are not on or on the back burner. How could Rebecca Budig and a new character she is playing be more important to the canvas than Kristina Wagner and Felicia? And what kind of new character will she be? One that has no ties to any core families? Will she be tied to Nina and Dr.O? Are they starting yet another new family?

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    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    Rumours persisted back in the early 2000′s that Budig was up to be a recast of Brenda, along with Monaco. So she’s been on the show’s radar for a while. I’m less concerned about Frank’s performance in this one; it’s more so Ron’s “New Character Syndrome”, where he gets bored constantly and needs *new* characters to fulfill his desire for royalties and credit.

    Ron doesn’t know how to write an evened out serial; he only knows how to write sub-par, barely entertaining camp. I just hope she doesn’t get lost in the material; I’m just happy she’s returned to daytime, though, other serials would’ve benefitted more from her talents.

    harry replied

    Right Scott, and the description of her character being a “little spit fire”? That’s how Lizzy Weber was described upon her arrival, and she really was a spit fire.
    I like this actress okay, but would rather see them write more stories for Lizzy. A new character is not needed.

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  4. Aden says:

    Bring Emily back from the dead with Budig. Oh, but that would mean Cartini would be listening to fans and honouring the history of the show. And well, they dont do that. At least have her as a recast Ivy.

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    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    She’s portraying a new character; and given them bringing back Natalia Livingston as Emily, I doubt they’d go and recast.

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  5. jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    Yes…this is what GH fans have all been waiting for…ANOTHER CHARACTER!!!…been waiting for this as anxiously i await my next kidney stone attack!!!

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    I took a deep breath…so this will be Ava wearing a mask…lol…Nina’s unknown younger sister Tina who’ll have the hots for Franco…WHO’s OBVIOUSLY PRETENDING TO BE TRIPPIN’…i hope they call her character Scarlett…because ‘Frankly my dears, i dont give a DAMN about another newbie…lol

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    su0000 replied

    awww c’mon jimh..
    New characters bring new stories and always give vets a great story upfront..
    Whomever she will be will give perhaps Tracy a huge story.. Some will be in for a big upfront story when she arrives in Port Charles….

    New characters keep things moving and i like that..
    Also.. Rebeca is a great actress and she will bring good game to GH
    (i think she she is a lost Q)

    I like new stuff !!!! :)

    dmr replied

    I agree, jimh-too many characters (unused) as it is..
    We shall tune in and see!

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    Rose replied

    Maybe, just maybe, Frank&Co thought they were giving ABC soap viewers who lost AMC and OLTL a present by bringing onto GH yet another favorite from one of the axed shows. Maybe they think a little of a lot is better than no appearances at all. Because the way of the job world now is part time and precious few full time. I can’t believe I’m actually giving ABC the benefit of the doubt since they really left a bad taste in my mouth.

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Could be…daytime just isnt the same and never will be with the loss of too many soaps!!!

    Jean replied

    I think it IS GREAT that they are bringing on people that were on All My Children and One Life To Live. Like Rose said,,, at least we still get to see some of our favorite people even though ABC took off 2 of my FAVORITE shows that I had watched for umpteen years. Way to go guys. <3

  6. Laurie says:

    I like Rebecca Budig. She’s a lovely lady & decent actress. My questions are:

    Why so many women in this age group (she’s 41) on General Hospital? Unless she’s a recast, I don’t understand why they would cast this age group & not the late teen, early 20 something age group, possibly to date Michael or Morgan or so Kiki can have a friend. None are my favorite characters, but they have 0 options.

    By stating they’ve cast her in a “killer” role, (not ROLL), does that mean yet another villain? They aren’t even as many killer villains in The Hunger Games as there is on this show.

    Why are they referring to a love interests right away? No doubt Billy Miller’s name will be tossed in since they worked together on AMC I believe, and he’s the current “it” guy. No problem with that, just sayin’. This show has the least romance of any soap, so it cracks me up when they talk about “romance.”

    How does this show keep signing big names, cutting nobody when all of the soaps are allegedly gearing up for major cuts? Hats off to them, but it’s like magic!

    I never realized how much the actress looks like Emily, but I wish she was a Robin recast. A bit older than KM, but she doesn’t look it. She’d possibly pair well with Jason Thompson, too. I would guess a love interest for Nik, but he does not need another woman. He just got rid of Britt and scarred his son for life by recklessly taking her back in, then taking in his serial killer grandmother. Now he’s toiling about with Ivy. Please give it a rest Nik and raise your son!

    I read she’s a new mom-gave birth in September? WOW! Best of luck to all. Seems she’s worked with GH writer Kate Hall before so hopefully we will get some great stuff to come.

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    Patrick replied

    “… decent actress. ”

    I never thought she was an interesting character on AMC

    she was paired with lively partners…. in Leo and Ryan… yes.. he wasn’t that bad… she was surrounded by an extremely good cast… in it’s time

    ugh! she was so dull as the daughter of Walt Willey’ Jackson Montgomery

    in other words… she was ably and deftly supported… and she didn’t have to act

    heck… even Erica daughter Kendall showed her up

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    CeeCee replied

    Hey, Patrick.
    We must have been watching different AMCs. LOL. I can’t believe we’re disagreeing….we’re usually en par with each other. What’s going on here, Patrick? LOL.
    Greenlee was never dull….she was a whirlwind. I grant you, though, that she was not always a fan fave. I suppose you have your reasons for finding her dull. I respect your opinion.
    Ryan (Cameron), on the other hand made me fall asleep. He irritated me to no end. His voice had the same timbre as Sam (KM). At the end, it had gotten to the point where TPTB did not know where to place him. They tried everything to keep him front and center; going to the extreme of putting him in Erica’s bed, ….his mother-in-law. Mathison was a lousy Ryan.
    I can say the same for La Lucci. Her popularity stemmed from the fact that she lasted so long. She is a veteran soap star…that’s it. There must have been a reason for which throughout her supposedly stellar career she only won one Emmy, after innumerable nominations. Erika Slezak and Susan Sullivan always beat her to the punch…a well deserved punch. Just saying. Later, Patrick.

    CeeCee replied

    Correction…my apologies. Susan Flannery, not Sullivan. I feel terrible about that.

  7. Tee says:

    Ugh. My heart yearns for us fans of the show. I really believe that Frank & Ron aren’t making their decisions out of malice. Didn’t they just report that broadcasters have asked soap opera producers to relieve some of the bloating to their character counts, and not make it worse? As much as I believe Rebecca Budig would be a good fit for the GH cast, I sincerely hope that they did not sign her to a contract role because there are already too many of those. I mean, come on! I can count on all of my fingers and toes how many members of the cast need to be bumped or written off! I surmise that Budig may only be a temporary guest (but I won’t reveal who I think she’ll be playing!) In other news, I hear Anthony Geary (Luke) may be calling it quits after this current storyline. If so, Jonathon Jackson, Nathan Parsons, Tristan Rogers, Emma Samms, and Genie Francis MUST return as Lucky, Ethan, Scorpio, Holly, and Laura. I won’t accept anything of the contrary.

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    PGP replied

    They didn’t say all soaps Would be affected by budget cuts!

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    Rebecca1 replied

    Jonathan is a regular on NASHVILLE…he’s one of the main characters. I’d say his days at GH are over for quite some time to come. Love him on NASHVIlLE…

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    Fanny replied

    Saw Jonathan in a LIVE taping w/ the NASVILLE cast last sat at the
    GRAND OLE OPRY. Wonderful, it will air as a special in late March.
    Heard he MAY make an appearance on GH if TONY takes a bow…

    Rebecca1 replied

    Wow! That sounds like it was great fun…would love to get to NASHVILLE one day. Lucky you! Got to see a live taping with the cast…jealous ;)

    Ya, I can see JJ making an appearance if AG leaves….will be a very sentimental, nostalgic episode….

  8. Jeremy says:

    Another new character? Ok, well…I had hoped Rebecca was a Robin recast. Maybe she’ll be paired with Patrick? Welcome to GH, Rebecca!

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    Jeremy replied

    Or, the “spitfire” character could be paired with Nicholas?

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    su0000 replied

    no no! I think she is a Q ..
    Whomever she will be it sounds she will keep it lively being a spitfire and all ..
    I’m looking forward to a new adventure..

    AMCFan replied

    Or have her as a recast for Britt

    I love gh replied

    I hadn’t even thought of her as a recast for Britt – she would make a great Britt! She can play the sympathetic villain really well. I was hoping its a new character, but I like the Britt idea. She has Laura Wright’s ability to have chemistry with anybody, and Britt is connected to so many characters. Hope you’re right!

    Laurie replied

    Jeremy,
    I’d hoped she’d be a Robin recast as well, but didn’t think she would be because they usually announce recasts & leave us vague on casting someone for a NEW role, HOWEVER: RB is retweeting some interesting tweets today:
    She retweeted a SID tweet about a GH alum,Kim McCullough, landing a directing gig on Pretty Little Liars.
    Then she RT a picture that Michael Logan posted of Finola Hughes rehearsing for Cats in 1981 London. I think they were on AMC together though.
    On Jan 29, she RT a tweet from twitter fan 100%Samtrick, stating she’s still holding out for Rebecca Budig to be a recast for Robin. (Hmm??)
    Now I think she’s a Robin recast.

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    su0000 replied

    Nope..
    Frank said she is a new spit fire character ..
    so- she won’t be a recast ..

    HIU... replied

    Laurie, She is most def a Robin recast. Why would she retweet that stuff. Even on this website they have both articles of Rebecca and Kimberly posted on the same day to have their pictures right next to each other. Plus no storyline happening causes for a new character to come on. It makes no since to suddenly throw in a new one. And since Kimberly will be directing a ABC Family show, RC and Frank might be working with her to for a recast. So either the “new character” post was a lie. Or Rebecca’s retweets are to make people believe she’s a recast of Robin, but she’s not.

    Rebecca1 replied

    I can see her as Robin but definitely not the gorgeous Britt.

    Elizabeth replied

    Best idea that I hear was that Rebecca was coming in as Sarah Weber, Liz’s sister. Anything else I would have no interest in watching a new character.

  9. Lou Piikes says:

    she is a great actress and I hope her character will be a trouble maker.

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  10. Anne says:

    Why yet another actress when so many wonderful cast members don’t get enough screen time? Love GH but don’t understand the direction.

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  11. calie says:

    I cannot stand her as an actress. She is overrated. So disappointed she is joining GH.

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    TIno Sorino replied

    You sound bitter, Rebecca is a wonderful actress. I Am so happy for her.

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    I love gh replied

    She is not overrated! She’s a GREAT actress.

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  12. Virginia says:

    Well you have The Prince, Sonny and maybe Ric, let’s not forget Silas.

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    CeeCee replied

    I hope not Sonny. Rebecca is so chic…her style is simultaneously funky and classy. And that skin!!!…..perhaps Rick. He’s hot.

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  13. Ghlover says:

    She should be Robin! Or Brenda!!!

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    Jimmy replied

    I would assume Robin before Brenda, Rebecca suits Robin’s age more so. I can’t see her paired with Sonny at all

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    CeeCee replied

    Ohhhhhhhh, thank you, Jimmy!!!!!!!

    Fanny replied

    There is only one BRENDA and that is VANESSA MARCEL !

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  14. Rebecca1 says:

    Don’t know her; not thrilled. New Kiki, new governor’s daughter chick, now this new character. Where’s Lucy, Scott, Mac, Felicia, etc. They’re changing the cast piece by piece…

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    She’ll probably have a Sloane connection…what bugs me is no story for those you’ve mention but tptb have ideas for the newbies…Lucy, Scott, Mac and Felicia are no different than a set prop…they dont even use Lucas, Brad, Felix, Epiphany, Alice and Milo…or the longest current GH vet-Monica…i bet when Jason is revealed to be alive Monica will appear in the scene with tears in her eyes hugging Jason and welcoming him back then disappear for several months…thats if she appears at all…what a disgrace to a daytime legend like Leslie C.!!!

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    Rebecca1 replied

    I know, jimh. It’s a conflict. On the one hand I still love having this old familiar friend, GH, in my life. I still enjoy its companionship…I still love entering its world and escaping into Port Charles and its residents. But it’s people like those we mentioned…and seeing Wally Kurth’s adorable, dimpled face and feeling his warm presence, seeing Lucy run around yapping about this ‘n’ that in her frenzied, endearing way, watching Scott put on his cocky facade but feeling his goodness beneath that facade, it’s smiling back at Mac’s handsome face and steady presence…these are the people I connect with. I don’t mind the gradual introduction of new characters, but not at the expense of pushing out the family of characters that IS GH. Sad…

  15. paul says:

    great talent and great addition 2 GH. cant wait 2 see her so glad that MR.FV is still at the helm he is one of the few that understands old school soap opera and still balance the budget. in all these years they have never been able 2 create a charcter like Laura in a off topic request, can some1 help me with yr is the new adam a recast or is he a recast with plastic surgery or something why they are writing it like this. iy is very confusing is there going 2 be a Gabriel / adam twin thing like they did om AMC in 1993 when they had a big name like Barbara rush now they had sally Kellerman… if any 1 can fill me in I would appreciate it please no nasty comments I am going through a deep depression now…

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  16. aria says:

    i’m so excited love Rebecca Budig, welcome to GH, you’ll fit in just fine, can’t wait to see who you’ll be playing.

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  17. CeeCee says:

    Hurray!!!!…great news. Greenlee, ahem, I mean Rebecca is back. I can’t wait to see her on GH. …what role will she play? Hmmmm. A fresh, new love for Jason/Jake?
    Perhaps, no one at all. But, of course, not having romantic interest is not the thing, right? Just don’t let it be Patrick…ugh. She is such a spirited actress, she will bring any character she plays to life.
    It would not surprise me if Sonny scurried after her, sniffing at her skirts. It’s a must in PC….LOL. Too bad Josh D. (Leo) has another gig…..they were so good together on AMC. “Greenleo” brings back so many memories…..sigh !
    Rebecca will certainly spruce up the stage that is GH. Uh oh, Sam! Look out!!!!!.

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    su0000 replied

    Hi CeeCee!
    If Rebeca brings her 6”high gladiator shoes with her we have to get those atrocious things and bury them, deep ..

    I’m looking forward to a great new story when she enters Port Charles !

    (( heh another mystery.. who will she be?

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    CeeCee replied

    Hello, su.
    What’s wrong with the sandals? I have a few…LOL.
    I hope Rebecca’ role is a little naughty…..like Greelee. I do agree with Laurie, though. I think there are enough women within that age group on the set, and, not enough men. Whereas it’s the opposite with women Kiki’s age group, except for Ivy, who seemed to be nothing but a prop, at this point….a showpiece.
    Will this be a brand new character without ties to anyone or a blast from the past? I am eager to find out. Later.

    Tim S replied

    wow!!

    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    She’ll be Sloanes estranged wife or his sister???

    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    I liked her as Michelle on GL but GH doesnt need a newbie…well, my guess is they are going to build up the Sloane(spelling?) character so she’ll either be his sister or estranged wife???

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    Patrick replied

    I like your idea best…. as Sloane’ ex-wife or sister…. that way if she isn’t bringing it or sparking as a character of an established family… they can give her the heave ho…. which is what it would turn out to be

    for all those posts… who think she pees bubbly and is that spirited…

    sublime ?

    oy

    let’s wait and see… I never got her the first time around… on AMC… let’s see if she can ACT….

    i’m with you : she’s connected to Sloane… for her catwalk… purr… and claw

    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    I feel she might be Sloanes sister or his estranged wife?

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  18. I love gh says:

    This is great news!! I loved her as Greenlee. She is just what Nicholas and Dr Drake need! Catfights with Elizabeth, giving Carly a run for her money, going head to head with Maxie… Going to be great.

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  19. Jules says:

    I like Rebecca and was a huge Greenlee fan back in the day, but I find this news hysterical!!! Ron just can not help himself!!! He brings on characters to GH as easily as he backburns them. Play with the toys you have!!!

    This year, I’m keeping a tally of all his new hires. Just because by mid last year I was finding it so ridiculous all the roles he kept adding on and I regretted having not started one earlier. Week after week, endless casting announcements. Let’s see how casting happy he gets in 2015.

    Oh, and she BETTER. NOT. BE. ROBIN. She will get crucified.

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    Patrick replied

    LOL

    “… Play with the toys you have!!! ”

    “what fun”

    Ron Carlivati / Frank Valentini

    “Cajones”

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    I love gh replied

    I don’t want her as Robin either. I love the Robin character, but she’s too pensive a character for Rebecca. She plays the hot mess really well.

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  20. Jimmy says:

    I LOVE Rebecca Budig and I’m so happy she’s coming back to daytime. Though I don’t think GH needs a new role right now. If she’s coming on to play a recast of an already established character, I can get behind the decision more. But, it’s Rebecca Budig, not a newbie actress that can’t act, like Kelly Frye, who I was hoping so dearly would get blown away by the explosion. I’m excited to see who she’ll play! Great casting news GH!

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    su0000 replied

    Hi Jimmy..
    GH brings in great talent.. !
    It has the best of the best when it comes to the greatest actors GH is a powerhouse..
    Rebeca is a good addition. she is a talented actress..

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  21. davidevansmith says:

    First and foremost: Of the three remaining hour-long soap operas, GH has the LEAST amount of contract actors, at 28. DAYS has 30, and Y&R has 32. So of the soaps guilty of the bloat, GH has themselves under control the most. On the flipside, GH might FEEL bloated because it has a staggering amount of “heavy recurring” characters, (I included all major child actors, the heavily featured babies, and any recurring character currently involved in ongoing story) and many of those characters have LONG histories with the show. GH has 41 recurring characters, while DAYS has 19 and Y&R has 16. GH has more than the other two soaps combined, and more than twice of either of the other two soaps individually. GH definitely has the largest “active character” roster, but contract cast is the slimmest on daytime, so let’s give credit where credit is due.

    As for Budig, I have thought for YEARS that she would make an excellent Dr. Sarah Webber, due to her playing older than Rebecca Herbst, but physically she fits the role and could give it some definitive life. Being that there were rumors a doctor from 2002 would be returning to GH, I’m hoping that would make Budig Sarah Webber. It would anchor her to a founding GH family, position her on canvas with history tied to Nikolas, position her working at the hospital where she could cross with Patrick Drake, and sure she could cross with Jason or Ric or whoever else. Options, options, options! I say bring her on. She’s buzzworthy, was basically the Vanessa Marcil of AMC, so I see her fitting right in on GH.

    Yay!

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    Jeremy replied

    I agree that Rebecca would be a great choice as Sarah Webber, I had wondered that too, however, according to Frank (EP), Rebecca is being brought to us in a “new Killer Role”. I wonder why he capitalized K & R. Maybe, it’s the characters initials?

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    aria replied

    finally somebody with a good answer to GH “bloated” cast, it gets so tiring hearing everyone complaining about the cast, i agree GH is not good at balancing the air time,but still, i prefer and i’m happy that somehow these characters are around, i do believe they should try to make sure that the actors that are under contract get fair air time and even though not everyone can be the lead characters, i believe if your under contract you should at least be a strong supporting character to any storyline. what GH really needs to get better at is at balancing their cast airtime because it is fraustraing when a character is seen one week and then disappears for the next several weeks. You would think if the show really listen to its fans they would do something about this…

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    Nick D. replied

    Very interesting stats. Large “active character roster” is why I like GH – I get bored seeing the same people week in and week out. Having a smaller contract / large recurring cast is the way to go. Kudos to Frank for figuring this out and pulling it off.

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    Dan replied

    Great post Davidevansmith! Finally someone with some facts to counter all the hand wringing that goes on over the size of the GH cast.

    If anything, I think FV deserves credit for managing the cast to where we can have all of these talented actors and actresses on the show, new characters and beloved veterans alike, but do it in a way where GH actually has the LEAST number of actors under contract of the four remaining soaps, and thus they’re able to stay on budget without sacrificing the quality of the show. But the people that want to complain about everything don’t see it like that. To them it’s “Evil Frank and Ron” out to ruin their favorite show.

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    Rose replied

    Contract vs recurring reminds me of what’s happened in the regular job market. Generally hiring more part time positions and way less full time.

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    I love gh replied

    Great response! I think the large recurring cast is a testament to FV’s love of soaps. He loves the genre and wants all of his characters to at least have access to the show, if he trims the recurring characters, we won’t get to see as many fan favorites. He does have a somewhat revolving door, but it’s better than not having my soap. I lost AMC & OLTL – still miss them. Glad that GH has a lot of characters.

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  22. richard says:

    I LOVED her as the seductive, troublemaker, Greenlee Smythe!!! I wish she could cross that character over from Pine Valley, but PP messed that up for us!!! Could you imagine Greenlee in PC and followed by David Hayward, that would def give Dr. O a run for her money!!!! Although the cast is quite bloated, I am crossing my fingers she will be a recast Emily Quartermaine or even Sarah Webber!!! I bet money she’s playing Sarah and coming back to be paired with Nikolas!!! With Britt gone and Liz with Ric, who better to make her look at Nikolas again than her sister, Sarah!!! Money, this is Sarah Webber!!!!!

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    Laurie replied

    Richard,
    There are 2 reasons I don’t think she’s a recast:

    1. GH officially releases the info when a new actor is coming in as a recast, not a new character, like they did with GM as Sloane, BM as Jason. The rest of the newbie’s they don’t do that with, like when RD was starting as Sloane. Even he couldn’t let anything out of the bag about his character other than the name. Same w/Ivy. We knew and still know very little about her, to amp up the curiosity I guess. So for that reason, I don’t think she’s a recast.
    2.The tweet GH or Frank posted said it was going to be a “Killer” role. Way to be evasive there. That tells me she is yet ANOTHER villain, or similar. (PLEASE NOOO!)

    I don’t think any of the female characters we long to return are villains: Emily (who she looks like!), Robin (similar but RB 5 yrs older), Brenda (similar). Sarah Webber was played by many so her looks are irrelevant but the age is spot on for this one. As long as she’s not a Sam recast! LOL, because she does have similar features. Long dark hair, brown eyes, cute nose, petite, itty bitty, age 41. Don’t think “Killer” role applies to any of these gals.

    I keep saying please tie new characters into established ones, and they keep hiring Ivy’s. Speaking of connections, where is Rosalie & her big secret?

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    richard replied

    I love your theory, Laurie!!! I really would prefer if she washed up in Port Charles as Greenlee, but she’d make an awesome Sarah Webber, as no one actress is tied to that part!!! I COULD see her as Robin, and we could be headed for a Robin/Patrick/Sam/Jason quadrangle but I will sit back with my popcorn and watch. Since Elizabeth is a “good girl” bringing Sarah back as a bitch makes total sense!! I would LOVE to watch a Elizabeth/Nikolas/Sarah triangle….isnt Sarah the older sister anyways???

    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    I hope she is a Webber but i keep thinking she is connected to Sloane like his exwife or sister since it does say new character!!!

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    Elizabeth replied

    And, as long as we’re talking about bringing back Webers, how about LAURA?

  23. Ghlover says:

    Pair her with Nicolas!!!!!!!!

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  24. Kalle says:

    Too many characters! I lost interest in the show, since it’s all about Luke-Fluke. I am watching only the episodes with Dr. Obrecht, although her role changed dramatically. She is now surgeon-pathologist-good Mom. P L E A S E!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What happened to the way the show is written? So many wonderful actors receive such a bad written script! I do not believe the situations presented. I expect something else from a soap-opera.

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    Elizabeth replied

    Dr. Obrecht was completely ruined when they made her Chief of Staff. That was one of the worst decisions ever made on a soap opera, from any perspective possible.

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  25. Lucy D. says:

    There could be any number of people she could be. The new Brook Lyn? A forgotten Quartermaine? AJ’s secret ex-wife. A “lost” daughter of Anna? Maybe she’s WSB? I hear Michael Easton just resigned–he needs someone to play with.

    It’s a story–and I’m excited to see the next chapter.

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  26. Gemma says:

    I have nothing against Rebecca Budig but I don’t see the need for another new character. The show already has a bloated cast and vets that are without anything significant going on. I’m sorry but Nathan (RP) is not a strong actor to be in so many stories right now.

    No point in adding new characters to a show with crappy writing.

    Also, it would be nice for once if the soap press would STOP kissing the tails of RC/FV and start calling them out on their horrible stories.

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    Jules replied

    Agree on all counts.

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    Jamesj75 replied

    Gemma, I totally agree with you, particularly regarding the soap press and RC/FV!

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    Gemma replied

    It just doesn’t make sense that people calling themselves, “soap press” are more interested in being “friends” with the actors/producers/writers instead of remaining objective. But, maybe they are just super fans writing blogs instead of legit soap press.

    Everyone wants to be famous in some form or another but no one wants to tell the truth about the HORRIBLE state of daytime especially with RC/FV butchering General Hospital.

    Elizabeth replied

    Well stated post. And, frankly if the press doesn’t start telling like it is the genre will sink.

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  27. Elhu says:

    Great news! Enjoyed Rebecca on All My Children, so I know she will bring that same dynamic spirit and talent to General Hospital! Much good luck to Rebecca in her new role!

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  28. sandie says:

    So glad to hear that!!! Love this girl,, she definitely can bring the spit in the fire!!! Thank goodness they are bringing back someone from AMC!!! God, , I have soooooo missed them!!

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  29. Maureen Stephan Hoeler says:

    Elizabeth’s sister, and she will go after Nikolas

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    Jimmy replied

    I hope so too! I was thinking she’d make a good Sarah Webber

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    Kathy Alford replied

    NO MELISSA WILL WOULD MAKE A GREAT SARAH WEBBER!!!!!!!! MA NEEDS & HAS TO BE RE-UNITED WITH ME I MISS THEM SOOOOOOO.MUCH!!!!!!!! AND SINCE IT IS ALMOST INEVITABLE THAT MW IS LEAVING LEAVING THANK GOD!!!!!!!! I AM A MASSIVE JOLIE FAN!!!!!!!! SO IT MAKES SENSE THAT THEY WOULD HAVE TO & WANT TO BRING HER ON!!!!!!!! THANK GOD SHE IS FREE FROM THAT HORRIBLE WRETCHED SOAP DOOL SHE MUST BE THRILLED TO BE FREE!!!!!! SHE WAS DEFINITELY WAYYYYYYYYY TOO GREAT FOR THAT RIDOCULOUS SHOW THAT WILL SOON BE CANCELLED!!!! SHE WILL/WOULD BE FANTASTIC/GREAT ON GH!!!!!!!!

  30. elle says:

    I LOVED her as Greenlee on AMC!!!!!!! She was my fav character on that show for years. This is fantastic news to me. Chin up Rebecca! Haters gonna hate!!

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  31. west virgina fan says:

    Here is the most important kill this new character should make: Sonny’s sperm.

    Sonny goes into a deep depression because Jason regains his memory and hates him, Michael still hates him, Morgan can’t bear him trying to have a role in screwing up another kids life with Avery, Christina calls in to remind him she still hates him, Molly realizes that if he wasn’t such a crappy brother her dad Rick might not be such a screw up and even Dante realizes that getting out after 2 months for murdering someone is loathesome. (Hey he could grow a pair and realize that he should confess that he lied about Sonny shooting an unarmed undercover cop and have him put away for that). And Jocelyn and Molly further join forces as siblings of children who have suffered from having been sired by sonny corinthos.

    Sonny goes into therapy (with Budig’s new character). She points out that endangering all of his children (all by different women) and their siblings is pretty disgusting. And, she gives him a referral for….

    a vasectomy.

    All of Port Charles throws a fundraiser and it is so successful that there is enough money to provide free spaying and neutering dogs and cats and gerbils, and hamsters, and raccoons and other wild and pet life for the next 25 years.

    This is a story that fans of the show would support.

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  32. Reagan says:

    She could pass for Liz’s sister Sarah Webber, who has a brief history with Nik.

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  33. Ravello says:

    Rebecca is so talented, wishing her all the best. Her Greenlee was one of the few characters that I would sit down to watch, no matter how stupid the storyline was. GH is getting a boatload of spirit and energy.

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  34. MBmomof3 says:

    I join the club of posters who think the GH cast is already too bloated. I like Rebecca Budig, but as it is characters disappear for weeks if not months at a time. I’ll try to reserve judgment and see how this plays out.

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    dmr replied

    ME TOO! I agree, totally!

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  35. Dawn D says:

    I’m happy we are getting another soap vet. Curious to see who her character is. I can’t blame any actor on how many people are on cast. Do I think they need to trim it YES. But I’m just grateful we still have 3 soaps on to watch. Been watching for 40+ years and have watched soaps come and go. So the one’s I watch (2 out of the 3 left) I’ll love but not so much sometimes.

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  36. Iakovos says:

    Maybe ABC can just choke down the crow and develop a solid spinoff from GH again… maybe set in a nearby town. It would allow for some crossover but also an independent plot. Really, seems the web is up for hiring all their lost talent back for GH. I just think the show is not big enough for everyone. I find it difficult to remain invested with all the lurches and jerks and then not seeing people in forever and a day.

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    Shay replied

    Exactly, Jimmy! This show definitely needs to be renamed “Generic Hospital” because it is rapidly losing its former identity with all of these newbie characters that just barge in and take over the canvas with their lackluster antics. (Can you say “Ivy Dreadful?”) The absolute last thing Port Charles requires is another “big name” to take up the already precious space that is not being afforded to the legacy cast members. Simply because a performer was a big deal on their previous soap does not necessarily translate into guaranteed success on GH. Many fail miserably. (Must I name names?) Moreover, some days are an utter waste and nearly unwatchable, like Tuesday, when three of the most grating and useless females in town were all featured in the same episode…that would be the “Terrible Trifecta” of the sophomoric Sappy, nauseating nutcase Nina and abysmal Alexis. None appeals nor provides any interest to me. The first two definitely need to be shown the door and the latter one, the less seen, the better! Oh, and speaking of Ms. Davis, I am fervently hoping for an Olivia pregnancy to rock her smug world…the constant to-and-fro with Julian (no pun intended….) is beyond banal and predictable. Enough already! Lastly, could we please have Diane Miller back in the picture? I’m tired of people flocking to Alexis like she’s the only legal eagle in town when Carolyn Hennessy’s lady lawyer is 1000% more competent, not to mention, extremely entertaining! Of course, the fine femme behind Ms. Miller’s oh-so-fabulous pinstripes is also a highly in-demand actress in numerous other genres—not unlike the fantastic Kathleen Gati –so I can cut the show runners a bit of slack if CH is currently unavailable….she just completed a convincingly killer piece of work as a Southern belle mother from h#!! on Revenge, and she was totally superb!!!! P.S. Also, where exactly is Epiphany? Is Milo so completely working his magic on her that she is no longer able to report for work? The GH desk without Nurse Johnson at the helm is like a rudderless ship….even with the estimable Dr. O. in ultimate charge of the facility!!!! Page “Epip” at once, please…..

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    harry replied

    I have nothing to add, Shay. But this comment is a thing of beauty.

    CeeCee replied

    I agree with the baby ‘thing’, Shay. After that steamy and I-need-air bedroom exercise between Olivia and Julian, ( the same cannot be said for Alexis and Ned). I usually fast forward love scenes, (boring) but, not this one. It was one of the most arousing tryst I had ever seen on GH.
    I proposed a baby surprise for O and J. But, another poster said it wasn’t feasible since Lisa L. was too far along.
    In retrospect, it IS absolutely possible in soapland…..I would definitely welcome a coupling between these two. They both rock….I can almost smell the sexuality they exude.

    Shay replied

    @CeeCee….At last, we have at least had one of our wishes granted on GH! This should be a great storyline not only for LLC’s Olivia, but WdV’s Julian, as well. I certainly hope that there will be no coy posturing or questioning of paternity with this particular pregnancy. Between the reactions of Alexis and Sonny, this bombshell should prove priceless! Just think, once Corinthos gets over the shock of having shared yet another woman with his prison bestie, these two “babydaddies” can further bond over play dates with their respective new offspring. Such fun! (So, let’s check the current sperm donor scoreboard….Sonny is now a “five by five” father? while Julian is, to our best knowledge, at least a “three by three” papa. Hmmm….)

    Shay replied

    @Harry…..As always, thank you, kind sir!

  37. Jenny says:

    why hasn’t Camden (Liz’s kiddo) grown up?. Seems like é tone else has. Jus saying

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  38. BWC says:

    I’m okay with RB joining the cast as long as she plays someone tied to the canvas. I’d take her as a recast Robin, Emily Q (more of the AT version), or even Sarah Weber. We don’t need anymore unnecessary characters with no ties (i.e. Nina Clay). I could get into a long lost daughter of Tracy’s or something like that.

    I could see her with Nikolas, Jake, Patrick…

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  39. Timmm says:

    A crowded house for sure but she is hot and talented so I welcome her. My guess is she will be Sam’s sister or step sister? I dont care but PLEASE dont have her connected to Nathan! [Marble mouth!]

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  40. carol says:

    There is not enough screen time for the current actors as it is. Now there will be even less. While I enjoy a few ongoing s/l’s, I just wish there was more than a minute or so for each scene. I would like more in-depth stories without the show giving me whiplash going from one scene to the next with as many characters as possible jammed in.

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  41. david says:

    Great news I love Rebecca, the lady can act. Please hire Cameron Mathison ex Ryan Amc. Cameron and Rebecca have sizzling chemistry.

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    Timmm replied

    Ugggg, Cameron Matheson! He’s the reason I shut off his season of DWTS. So freakin annoying!

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    harry replied

    HA! Timm, I so agree with you.
    The idea of Ryan Lavery coming to Port Charles?
    I’d rather see Charles Manson’s traveling freak show come to town

    B.J. replied

    I’m with you Timmm! CM is a nice guy I hear, but I do not want to see him on another show, where ABC’s prodigy is shoved down our throats daily. For me, Ryan ruined AMC. :(

    As for RB, she can act, but I agree with those who feel we have too many characters now. If she pushes Fluke over a cliff for good, I guess I won’t complain though. ;)

    CeeCee replied

    Never, ever, David. Cameron has chemistry with no one. He pretends he knows how to act…His best acting was with his motocycle.

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  42. Dan says:

    Unless you work for ABC or General Hospital, why would anyone care how many actors they have on the show? I never get that when I see people cite that as complaint. It’s our role as fans to watch the show, not manage the budget, lol.

    I think Frank Valentini deserves credit for bringing so many quality actors to the show, while managing to keep the show on budget. But again, that’s his job to worry about, not mine.

    And for those that constantly harp on the alleged “bloated” cast of GH, as Davidevansmith points out in one of the posts above, GH actually has the least number of actors on contract of any of the four remaining soaps. But why let facts get in the way of your ranting and raving.

    All I care about is what I see on the screen, and another quality, good looking actress added to the GH mix, what’s to complain about? Didn’t watch AMC so I’m not familiar with Rebecca, but I’ve certainly heard the name before, and I’m looking forward to seeing her on GH.

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    su0000 replied

    Dan said;
    ”And for those that constantly harp on the alleged “bloated” cast of GH”
    ////
    LOL don’t just want to put a sock in their mouths lol ..
    ((there is 1 soap board wherein ”bloated cast” seems to be a daily saying or motto or some such thing it’s a standard comment there LOL ..
    They do not know as was said ” GH has the least contracted cast of all the soaps..

    One thing GH has above all the other is the high quality of great actors that GH has..
    GH is a powerhouse of the best of of the best actors of all the soaps..
    and GH is the only soap that uses its cast in revolving stories, everyone gets their turn for a story and that keeps things fresh ..
    ((Nothing worse than seeing the same 11 cast members on screen everyday for years..

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  43. Linda says:

    I loved Rebecca on AMC and think she is a good actress so am happy to see her on GH. I can see her play the role of a new doctor in town who is out to prey on Patrick. It seems like he is irrestable to women as he has had so many since Robin..

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  44. Linda N . says:

    Welcome to GH Rebecca!

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  45. Timmm says:

    After watching Thursdays show, all the sudden you hear Kristina’s name mentioned. You know what that means, Rebecca is the new Kristina. She is way older than the other Kristina BUT Rebecca does look young for her age and GH was probably going to age Kristina anyways. I dont mind. Then again, they say it is a new character so maybe my theory sucks BUT you Sudzers know when we start hearing a name from the past, look who shows up!

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    Elizabeth replied

    Alexis is supposed to be her mother? When we saw Kristina born on the show what, fifteen years ago? How would that fit in given RB is the same age as KM who was born when Alexis was 16?

    Not that such facts would stop TPTB…. but it would be totally lame in my book.

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    elle replied

    i heard they already hired someone else for Kristina. There’s no way Rebecca could play that character. She is about 20 years too old lol..

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    Timmm replied

    I wish they would bring back the last actress. She was pretty and go better as she went along unlike some handsome cop with abs of steel and a mouth full of marbles!

  46. penny says:

    They keep hiring the same old look.

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  47. Shay says:

    As if one Rebecca—that would be, Herbst—were not enough on GH!!! This stunning actress is already seriously under-utilized, so to throw another into the mix of same age-ranged ladies rather boggles the mind. And speaking of the lovely Liz, she was absolutely striking this past week in her classic ensemble of black pencil skirt and stiletto pumps, accentuated with that soft pink sweater. As I watched her, it struck me how truly timeless her flawless beauty is….I could easily imagine RH as one of those 40′s/50′s ingénues of the silver screen or even a fair maiden in a variety of period pieces. I simply cannot understand why such an attractive and appealing actress is so frequently tossed aside in favor of lesser talents, not to mention how her character remains woefully luckless in love!

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  48. k/kay says:

    Darlings a new toy for him to play with at warp speed then poof off the screen! RC &FV are predictable as hell just bring in every soap actor and actress unemployed and throw them on the screen! Right now the only must see soap going on is B&B again simply because we were lucky enough to lose the sappy teenager triangle since Matula left ! Thank you soap gods!

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