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76 August 12th, 2015 Sloane Switch! GH Brings Back Robb Derringer To Replace Grayson McCouch!

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This morning General Hospital fans learned that Robb Derringer, the original Kyle Sloane of the ABC soap opera, is returning to the series in the role he originated. That means Grayson McCouch is out at the sudser.

However, a GH spokeperson related that Derringer and Sloane’s return will be short-lived revealing: “It doesn’t look like Sloane will stick around for long, though.  At this point he’s back for a short story arc.”  Derringer first played the part till November 2014, and was replaced by former ATWT vet McCouch in February of this year.

With Finola Hughes (Anna) headed back on to the canvas, what does this mean for the once potential budding romance between Sloane and Anna, if Derringer is only back for a short time?

Share your thoughts below on the return of Robb Derringer, and what you think will happen in story?

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  1. Jeremy says:

    It’s about time Robb resumes the role of Kyle Sloane. Whatever the reason for Grayson’s departure, the return of Robb Derringer is the best recasting news of the day! I enjoyed Grayson on Another World, however I wasn’t feeling his portrayal as Sloane, as for Robb, I’m so pleased he was willing to return. Though, according to SOD, the story with Kyle Sloane will be short-lived, with that said, there was a big petition back at the beginning of the year to ‘Save Sloane’, so it seems that ABC will require another reminder from fans, that Robb Derringer is a gem. GH/ABC, don’t let this handsome brilliantly actor with great camera presence and resonant speaking voice… slip away, again! He completely embodies Kyle Sloane.

    Welcome back, Robb. You were missed greatly by your fans.

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    maddiehayes replied

    I really like Robb Derringer, too. He reminds me of Harrison Ford! I’d love to see him paired with someone besides Anna. Anna should be with Scorpio.

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    Layla Kalich replied

    I am glad Robb is back. He totally killed it in all of his scenes this past week. Can’t wait for more, I hope they keep him around.

    Carolina replied

    Simple. You couldn’t understand what Grayson was saying. He mumbles a lot. Has always done that. He needs classes on how to properly enunciate words.

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    David replied

    I liked Robb Derringer and was puzzled when they replaced him with Grayson McCouch. If they wanted Grayson so much they could have easily written a new character for him (they don’t seem to have a problem adding new characters) but I was shocked when he took over and he was a mess! He looked awful, unkempt, and yes, Carolina, he mumbled all his lines. What the hell? Was he always this bad? I remember he had popular stints on Another World and As The World Turns and nighttime but he was awful or didn’t care, or both.

    I cringed every time he was on and playing the part like he was in a bad film noir. That style of acting didn’t cut it and he was a glaring miscast.

    I’m happy the original Sloane is returning. Maybe with the head writer change, they will extend his stay and write for him and Anna.

  2. davidevansmith says:

    My guess: Tristan Rogers is now off-contract with Young & Restless (check closing credits of Y&R, listed amongst recurring actors now). So with Anna’s return and Duke (and Luke) being gone, the plan is to start another new journey for Anna/Robert, so the Kyle Sloane character’s life got reimagined and they need a minor wrap-up to his story (since he’s a loose end in the “Anna killed Carlos” story). Grayson probably didn’t want to return to a character that definitely no longer had a future, so they asked Derringer back to wrap up Sloane, who accepted for the sake of the paycheck and a little more notoriety/buzz/screen time.

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    Mary SF replied

    Your assessment of the situation sounds spot on. I loved TR on Y&R, but if they won’t use him properly then I rather see him go back to GH where they might bring him to be Anna’s love interest and would like to see them finally wrap up the loose end of “Robin in Paris” s/l. with her parents finally getting a clue that not all is right with Robin.

    As for Sloane they wrote that character into a corner by first having him be a crooked cop and then by having him cover up Carlos murder. That character had great potential but they blew it. The silver lining in all this, is at least the new writers are writing him off properly and he didn’t just disappear like some characters on GH do.

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    Chrystie Delancey replied

    For sure they are wasting his talents on Y&R.

    Would it really have been that hard to have him go into business with his son, Cane and have to Aussies working together? I guess so. Instead we get him playing a weasel to Devon and Jill is practically nonexistent.

    I am really growing tired of Y&R’s shenanigans. They do not know how to write for the over 40 actors. Poor Gloria is another example.

    Dan replied

    Oh wow, I wasn’t aware that Tristan Rogers was off contract on Y&R. GH better jump on that ASAP. Letting him walk away a few years ago was a huge mistake by Frank Valentini. It’s time for Robert Scorpio to come home to Port Charles where he belongs. I really hope you’re right, David.

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    Chrystie Delancey replied

    I love a viewer who does their homework and is observant!

    It’s too bad Derringer gets to come back only to be taken away again. Talk about a slap in the face.

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    Layla Kalich replied

    I don’t really think it is a slap in the face. I look at it as a chance to redeem himself. GH hardly ever goes back to the original actor who played the role. Goes to show you that there was nothing wrong with him to begin with.

  3. Dan says:

    Good, sounds like the new writing team is taking their first step towards getting rid of some of the unnecessary characters that Carlivati created. Hopefully Valerie is next. Would love to see them right another terrible wrong, and bring back Ian Buchanan as Duke Lavery. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the ratings really started to nose dive after they killed off Duke.

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  4. Reagan says:

    This is disappointing to me. I thought there was something about Grayson that created chemistry w/ Anna. Nothing against Robb, but I did not feel that with him. I also loved seeing Grayson back on a soap. For those who loved Robb, happy for you guys. Me- sad.

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    jerri italiano replied

    I agree big big mistake..love Robert but Graysons Sloane and Anna had something big…

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    Lena replied

    I totally agree that Grayson as Sloan had chemistry with Anna, and Robb did not. Imo Grayson is also more age appropriate with Anna as well.

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    K Ross replied

    I agree with you, I liked Grayson as Dusty on as the word turns and was glad to see him return on the soaps. Sad for me too.

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    Rebecca1 replied

    Lena…Rob is actually older than Grayson, just has a more boyish look.

    Not sure if this is accurate but they didn’t get rid of Grayson. He refused to come back because they’re planning on killing off the character.

  5. carol says:

    Extremely disappointed that Grayson will not be returning for a longer s/l. I thought he and Anna had a lot of chemistry. I see none at all with Robb Derringer. I will be fast-forwarding these scenes.

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    Ces replied

    im pretty much ffwding thru the whole show these days.Ava/Denise show has to end!

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    A. Kaiser replied

    I totally agree! I thought Grayson had so much more chemistry than the original actor. I was so looking forward to more Grayson hotness (did I just write that?)
    Disappointed, but as long as Finola is there, I’m happy!

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    Lena replied

    I agree that it would have been intriguing to see a romance develop between Grayson’s Sloane and Anna. I didn’t care for Sloan when Derringer portrayed him.

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  6. Lou Piikes says:

    I was looking forward to the Sloanna romance. It looks like poor Anna will no longer have a love interest on screen.

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  7. Samantha says:

    SO excited for Derringer’s return!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :) Have not watched “GH” since he left — so will be tuning in again. And am thrilled beyond measure that the writers/execs have been replaced with new blood. I’d watched “GH” for many, many years, but had been so irritated at how the creators ruined this once-great soap (which is another reason I stopped watching). I now have hope for “GH” to rise to the top again and be worth watching! YAY!!!

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    Timmm replied

    It amazes me that a “Fan” quits watching a show because of the loss of ONE actor?

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    Samantha replied

    Timmm… For starters, how rude of you. But obviously you failed to read the part in my message about how thrilled I am that there are also new writers now. Put two and two together and you could’ve assumed that the stories were so horrible that it was painful to watch. Robb Derringer offered a breath of fresh air for this former all-the-time watcher of “GH,” and hopefully with his return and the new writers, all will be well again. Seriously, the story lines and the dialogue had gotten so awful that I felt so bad for the actors. Again, with the new writers aboard and with the talented Derringer back, I’ll tune again to see what happens.

    Layla Kalich replied

    Thrilled to have him back..He killed it in those scenes last week. I can’t wait for more.

  8. Anon says:

    I am in different. I liked Robb first, but the second sloane really grew on me! Overall, I was really looking for an kyle and anna pairing. I hope they decide to extend the character to long term. He is one of the few assets that were actually good for Gh within the past three years…Let anna move on from both the men she’s dealt with in the past. It’s time anna had a new man! All in all, since GM was never given a fair chance due to the crappie material he was given and lack of character development.. I hope they bring him back as another character with ties. Maybe a doctor. They need more of those. After all it is general hospital.

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  9. TRAIVS THOMAS says:

    He’s being Killed off.

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  10. Laurie says:

    HATE that he’s not around for long but love he’s back!! I bugged the pee out of TPTB over the switch!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS!!!!!!!

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    Layla Kalich replied

    I love it as well and I don’t understand why we have to concentrate on him being killed off, lets enjoy him while he is around.

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  11. su0000 says:

    He looks much younger than Grayson ..
    Anna a Cougar? lol
    It will no longer be love anything between the two, way I see it.

    Most likely he will help Anna bust the crooked Mayor and get Jordan out and Anna will once again regain her position in the PCPD ..

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    AdamNewmanRules replied

    Actually, Derringer is a year older than McCouch. Don’t let their appearances fool you!

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    Chrystie Delancey replied

    Here, here for youthful looking genes!

  12. su0000 says:

    .
    The -RUMOR- (not verified as fact)

    McCouch/Sloane did not come back..
    He was asked back to be killed-off and he would not do it, so they got the Robb back for the short return..
    GH mole;
    RC was putting Sloane and Anna as a love interest and now the new writers are not going in that direction so Sloane needs to die lol because the new writers are taking Anna in a whole different direction..
    Just a rumor supposedly from a GH mole..

    but I gotta say.. it sounds like that is right on ..

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    Timmm replied

    Someone said Tristan is off contract over at Y&R? Maybe the new writers were told he is coming back to GH and he and Anna will end up back together?

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Just what the doctor (“script doctor”?) ordered!

    Layla Kalich replied

    Soaps in Depth said Grayson had personality issues and was not asked back.

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  13. Jimmy says:

    I never understood the reason for the recast in the first place, especially for such a minor, unimportant role. Robb was fine as Sloane, and for me, Grayson never clicked. He seemed awkward in all of his scenes, and his acting and line delivery was always seemed fake and over-the-top. No offence to him as an actor, (he was great on ATWT) but I didn’t like his portrayal of Sloane, nor the character itself.

    However, I’m glad to hear Sloane won’t be sticking around, because he’s at the top of the list of useless GH characters. Hopefully the next ones to go are Sabrina, Valerie and Kiki.

    And If GH wants to write a romantic story for Anna, they should find a way to either resurrect Duke or bring back Robert. Her possible relationship with Sloane would not have made them a supercouple, because of how unnecessary and unimportant Sloane is, with no ties to GH history.

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    su0000 replied

    Slone and Anna were to work together to take down the Mayor and ballot box thing..
    A cop team whatever fighting the bad guys, Sloane somewhat a dirty cop perhaps
    they had chem so the had soap sex lol ..

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  14. mrsnoahdrake says:

    I preferred the original actor. Nothing personal against Grayson, but I think that Robb did a better job with the character.
    Yet, it was totally out of character for Anna to sleep with someone else so soon after Duke’s death. That’s something Sam or Carly might do, not Anna.
    They really need to bring back Ian Buchanan as Duke and have a real love story for Duke and Anna.
    If Tristan is finally off contract at Y&R, then let’s hope he comes home to GH as well. His talent has long been wasted on Y&R. How about re-visiting the Duke/ Anna/ Robert triangle from the 90s?
    Make Robert the Police Commissioner again.
    All of this would raise viewership.

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  15. Jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    Sloane who…character not even interesting to be…better if Robert came back instead!!!

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  16. Charday says:

    I liked Derringer better than the new Sloane, so good.

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  17. Lena says:

    I think the original Sloane’s character was too hard hitting with a real dark side and an agenda, out to get Anna and others. For me, Derringer was not a likable Sloane, who had no chemistry with Finola. As we know when last seen on canvas,Sloane was up to his ears in the many crimes he’d committed . Derringer does bring out the character’s sleazy, egocentric bordering on megalomania personality. If they are bringing him back to expose all of his wrongdoings and then get rid of him I’ll be happy- as long as his knowledge of Anna’s crime is left unsung.

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    Samantha replied

    Are you sure you don’t mean the second Sloane??? Hahah… ‘Cause that’s how I felt about the second one. ;) To me, Derringer brings class and intrigue, the kind of charm that the old 1940s stars had — esp. when paired with Anna. Isn’t it interesting how we all have different takes on this? :) Am enjoying reading through all the messages, and look forward to seeing where the writers take us…hopefully, by keeping Sloane alive and thriving… :)

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    Em replied

    I agree that I found 2nd Sloane playing it angrier. Don’t know if that was direction he was getting. While I did have some issues with Robb’s portrayal as well, I also saw scenes where I could see some charm coming through. I also thought he and FH would be very good with verbal banter. Wish he’d stick around longer.

  18. Timmm says:

    I didnt like Sloan #1 and I despised Sloan #2 so this isnt the worse news. The best news is it will be a short return so I hope they just kill the character off since he didnt click from day one. I want Robert and Anna to work together and find their daughter and then return as co-commissioners!

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  19. aria says:

    oh great, i actually liked grayson, he was soon hot, so what does all this mean? i can see the clean up begin with the new writers, i sure hope maybe they correct some of RC big mistake,like maybe bring back duke, have it all been stage. whatever to correct any big mistakes made by RC, its only fair since he was basically undoing everyone else work..

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    su0000 replied

    Duke is gone forever, and through GH many years there are many many others gone, it is the way it is with soaps..
    Sloane/Grayson was age appropriate for Anna.. there was chem..
    He was a bit of rouge much like all her men..

    RC had planned them as somewhat of a team, fighting together for whatever and also romantically involved..
    I would have really liked that..
    The new writers are rumored to have a whole different direction for Anna, a big change for her.. So Sloane must die lol ..
    It should be interesting..

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    Dan replied

    Hey Su, you know what else is “the way it is with soaps?” They bring characters back from the dead all the time. No one is ever gone forever if they don’t want them to be. It’s not a coincidence that GH’s ratings starting nosediving when they killed off Duke. It would be very easy to explain Duke returning, it was a hoax to get him away from the mob.

    I’m not saying it’s gonna happen, but it should. Killing Duke was a huge mistake by RC. He was a beloved character that many viewers had a longtime connection to, and just because Carlivati didn’t care enough to write storylines for him until the very end, doesn’t mean another writer will feel the same way.

    Timmm replied

    su0000, havent you learned, no one is gone forever on GH!

  20. Tim says:

    Short story arc: aka,he’s probably going to be killed off.

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  21. George says:

    So if they kil off Sloane..RC won’t be getting any $$ for creating him anymore….Isn’t it how it works, you get a little extra $$ for newbies created?!?!?!

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  22. Georgette says:

    Sloane should never have become a more prominent character. The Anna/Sloane sex was like spitting in the face of the Duke and Anna and Duke fans. Glad to see GH is undoing some of Carlivati’s insanity. And Sloane pretty much ruined GMc for me. Now, let’s get Robert Scorpio back to GH. So happy Ron is gone and was fired before he could wreak even more destruction.

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  23. Rose says:

    How exciting for Robb Derringer! I thought Greyson looked like he fit with Anna more because he was so handsome and slightly older looking. But I never really attached to his version of Sloan. It took me a few days to even figure out they had made the change. I kept thinking who the heck is this dude running around and where did he come from! Now that I’ve seen both playing Sloan I think I prefer Robb. Welcome Back!

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  24. Belle says:

    I love Robb’s Sloane!

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  25. Shay says:

    Well, at least there’s one mistake corrected. How I wish it were that easy to reverse the multitude of other Carlivati-inspired ones! (Most especially the recent Easton debacle…..) At any rate, welcome back to Mr. Derringer, even if only for a brief time! You were missed!!!!

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  26. Layla Kalich says:

    Beyond happy that Robb is back as Sloane..Yes I know they say that Grayson did not want to come back so people are making it sound like Robb is second best..But at the same time they could of gone with a whole new actor for a limited run…Even if he does get killed off at least the character will have a conclusion and some kind of direction. Those that love Robb Derringer please remember he has been acting for 20 years, has been in a lot of great stuff so even if he isn’t on GH anymore you can join his other stuff and his up and coming stuff.He has had a lot of great success since leaving GH and I am sure it will continue.

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    Samantha replied

    I love Robb Derringer!!! Have seen him in other things, and he’s one of my favorites now! Always a treat to see him unexpectedly pop up in some show. If what you mentioned is true, about his character just having a limited run, I’m gonna be sad… But maybe they’ll change that story line, if it’s true…and, if not, I hope another soap or series picks him up as a regular. There’s something about him that’s simply charming to watch… Yep, I love him! :)

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  27. Stefanie says:

    Another good move by GH. Robb has great chemistry with the actors on the show and will only add to the improvements being made.

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  28. Gia says:

    Grayson and Anna were off the chart!!! Lots of chemistry!

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  29. Chrystie Delancey says:

    If GH only wants to take him back to use him and abuse him then send him over to Y&R next so he could be a recast Billy Abbott. Derringer may be older, but he certainly doesn’t look it. He could take the place of snore king, Burgess Jenkins.

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    Samantha replied

    I love him too! But even if the rumor turns out to be true, maybe that will be enough time for some other great show to see him and hire him. I think it’s cool that this actor has chosen to reprise the character that he originally created. :)

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  30. Timmm says:

    I think Grayson’s chin should have been put on contract at GH and have it fall in love with Val’s chops!

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    su0000 replied

    Timmm!!
    Never say the world ”Val” Valerie! Never!
    it makes people envision the terrible character (shivers!

    the Val is worst casting in years!!

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  31. Dan S says:

    Whoever plays this character is doomed to fail because the character is lame and doesn’t hold a candle to Anna Devane! And she (FH) deserves great story and great acting partners!

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    su0000 replied

    The only one who is a great partner, the best of the best, for Anna/FH is–
    Tristan Rogers/ Scorpio..
    there is none other than Tristin that should ever be paired with FH..

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    Rose replied

    Su…you surprise me. I would have thought you put Robert/Tristan and Anna into the “vet” category that new viewers wouldn’t know or care about. :) ))

    Lena replied

    The fabulousTristan Rogers who first appeared as Robert Scorpio in ’81 and Ian Buchanan who first appeared as Duke Lavery in ’86 brought their devastatingly handsome looks,infused with their authentic, sexy and intriguing Aussie and Scottish (respectively) accents, respective styles and swagger into their undeniable chemistry with the beautiful Finola Hughes. If Sloane is going to be the new love interest for Anna, then he needs to be portrayed by an actor with the same stuff that Tristan (first and foremost) or Ian is made from, looks included (but age appropriate to Finola ).

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    Rose replied

    Loved Robert and Ian. They don’t seem to be bringing in strong male characters of any age to GH lately. And one of the good ones, Micael Easton, they just let go. Since Triston is doing next to nothing on Y&R maybe they could bring him back to GH.

  32. Em says:

    I’m looking forward to his first scenes back. Please don’t kill him off, just send him out of town on assignment. Then maybe he can come back.

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  33. Lisa says:

    Well, I’m happy for this development. The character of Sloane made no sense to me, they ought to just not bring him back at all, not many would miss him or care where he went. It was a slap in the face to the love story of Duke and Anna to already be setting up the unworthy Sloane for Anna before Duke was even gone… How I wish the huge WRONG of killing Duke off would be righted by the new writing team in bringing him back. Ian and Finola are a dream acting team and it’s a shame their characters history was treated so disrespectfully by the previous writing by virtually given them no story together and downplaying their characters romantic history.

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  34. Suzanne Lanoue says:

    I like them both, but why is Grayson out? Surely they can make great story for him even when Anna’s not around? He’s way too good for this show. I like Rob, too. Too bad they’re dropping that whole thing, sounds like.

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  35. Adriana mannino says:

    I love rob derringer as kyle sloane. Please keep him on general hospital. I think him and anna make a great couple and he is a great actor.

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    Layla Kalich replied

    I agree he is a great actor, I hope they keep him around.

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  36. Layla Kalich says:

    Anyone who has enjoyed Robb Derringer return as Kyle Sloane please tweet for him and post everywhere possible.

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  37. sarita says:

    I loved loved loved Grayson McCouch as Sloane. the chemistry between him and Finola Hughes was electric and he was a much more complex interpreter of the Sloane character. I am sorry for those Derringer fans, but i think he is a two dimensional actor and the zip is just not there. Boo on this recast but if they are going to turn Sloane into a lizard, then i would rather watch Derringer do it. because the depth of McCouch would not make sense to switch so radically. Will miss the fireworks though! I thought that relationship had some potential

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