There’s no place like home and Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth Webber) delighted millions of General Hospital fans today with the confirmation that she is indeed signing a new multi-year deal with the ABC daytime drama series!
After tense contract talks that had Herbst legions of fans in an uproar, the popular star of Port Charles will stay put in the role she has played for almost 19 years. In addition, since Herbst contract was up this weekend, there will be no work stoppage and Liz will not have to be written out for awhile.
In an exclusive interview with TV Insider, Herbst opened up about her contract talks, if she was offered to come over to Days of our Lives, learning what her next storyline will be, and most of all her appreciation of her vocal fans who have stood by her through thick and thin. Here are a few excerpts below!
Herbst on what the contract issues were: “I can’t talk about the specifics, but I kind of equate it to this: When you work together with a company for this long of a period you become a family, and from that you fight like family. And we did fight! But a good thing came out of this. (Executive Producer) Frank Valentini and I had a lot of heart-to-hearts, and I have a newfound respect for him and for how much he loves the show. I walked into his office thinking nobody could love GH as much as I do, but I can see that he really, honestly, wants this show to do well. And he got to know me a little better, as well. We can now see where the other is coming from, and we had never had that opportunity.”
Herbst on if she was in talks with DAYS: “I don’t know if I can comment on that. I will say that other shows definitely showed interest in me. They showed a lot of support for my leaving GH, if that’s what I ultimately chose to do. I just shouldn’t name any one particular show. The fact that I received interest from the other soaps only added to the speculation I was unhappy. Word got around. I guess when you’ve been on a show for nearly 19 years, other shows respect that.”
Herbst on her fans devotion: “They literally got me through the contract (talks) day by day. When I was doubting myself, and thinking that I might not be able to stay on GH, I would read their comments on the Internet and feel so secure in whatever decision I made. I knew it was going to be okay, no matter what. They sent flowers and cupcakes. Everything they did throughout the last two months has been remarkable. I wish I could hug them all.”
So, are you happy to hear it’s a done deal and there will be more Liz Webber and Becky Herbst on General Hospital? What do you think about her comments and thoughts on her contract talks, DAYS, and her legions of fans? Comment below!