SHOCKING GENERAL HOSPITAL RUMORS: Are The Soap's Leading Men Forming a Contract Alliance?





I bet Ken Corday and Barbara Bloom are loving all the behind-the-scenes drama allegedly taking place over at the Mouse House soaps. In today's Suds Report, Nelson Branco dishes about how buzz at General Hospital has leading men Anthony Geary, Maurice Benard and Steve Burton allegedly forming an alliance to protect their contract statuses. Who do they think they are, the cast of Friends? Too bad Geary didn't think of a similar pact with Genie Francis!
 
Branco is also reporting on rumors that have GH offering recurring deals that are just like being on contract. Say what, say huh? How exactly does that work? Here's a note to GH: Stop bringing back high-priced former stars in new roles. That might save you a buck or three.


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They're lucky I don't run that show. I'd can all three of their a$$es!

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I'm with you on this one Season, what a bunch of BS!!

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You said it season!

GH could save a TON of money if they'd fire those 3 actors!

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Not only would GH save money by firing Maurice, Steve and Tony but it would be a breath of fresh air, storyline wise. I'm so sick of Sonny and Jason in EVERY storyline and Tony doesn't help things being gone 9 months out of the year. Fire their as#es!

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actually I am in their side!!!!!!!!!!
I hope that they will will cos' they are all good and deserve that!!!

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They gave them too much power now they have TIIC by hte cajones (balls)....LOL

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Well if this is true, I've got mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, I can understand people wanting to protect themselves and finding ways to make sure they're paid what they feel they're worth.

On the other hand - Grrrr!!! This just reminds me how underused & undervalued the women of GH are... Could you imagine if the actresses made the same kind of pact? Hello New Carly, New Liz, New Sam, New Robin!

And good point Jamey: Why didn't TG have a similar pact with Genie? Obviously, he wants to be on a winning team Sad

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They need to get rid of Guza and Frons. And then get rid of Geary, Benard and Burton and hiring back Francis, Rogers and Damon back to save the show and get rid of TeEthan and other newbies no one cares about.

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I hope that they will also care for their Storylines and not about the money....
BUT I AM IN THIER SIDE!!!!!!!!

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I hear Big Bird is available. He and Tony have the same hair stylist.

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I'm not on their side one bit. This industry just fired Deidre Hall and made Lucci take a cut. If GH's good old boys club thinks they are too good to take one for the team, then SCREW 'em!

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Tell it, Jamey, I so sick of the spoiled brats on GH that I just don't care about it anymore. Anthony Geary is an iconic and save GH, I agree with his pay, but the MB and SB are not the saving grace of GH and the fans are sick of the mob s/ls and the repetitive crap that they are leaving in droves. And the women is not getting big bucks, should why should they. I hope that this is a start of some firings from behind the scenes and the big three if some good changes happens to GH.

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How much vacation time does Tony get? Steve Burton is counting his MonaVie money in between takes and Maurice is sleepwalking through his scenes.

I could appreciate it when the cast of Friends did it. Men AND women in a united front. They knew how valuable they were to NBC and there was no recession.

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Tell it, Jamey, I so sick of the spoiled brats on GH that I just don't care about it anymore.
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Oh it's not just GH. Fools at AMC are running off at the mouth about how they won't take a cut too, when Lucci had too! And then actors on other networks are demanding storylines play out the way the want or else. These people have lost their doggone minds!  Dee and Drake weren't even offered a cut.

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Jamey, are y'all going to do a special podcast about GH mess?

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So they'd like to keep thier jobs, who could blame them. So they'd like to get paid well, also don't blame them. But they are only hurting themselves by forming this "alliance". If GH decides to cut the paychecks in half, or the cast for that matter, what's to stop them from taking the easy way out and getting a three for one deal?

The soap industry is not recession proof, everyone should know that by now. And "You pout, you're out," has probably become the mantra of all of the soap execs. You want to whine, that's ok, we'll save you some time and us some money by saying bye bye. Everyone in the industry needs to realize that no one is safe.

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How much vacation time does Tony get? Steve Burton is counting his MonaVie money in between takes and Maurice is sleepwalking through his scenes.

I could appreciate it when the cast of Friends did it. Men AND women in a united front. They knew how valuable they were to NBC and there was no recession.

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Tony's schedule is obscene. Ingo's too. This show has always given the men everything they wanted, but put Genie out to pasture because she was "too fat", wouldn't give Tamara the same outs as Maurice and wouldn't work around Vanessa's schedule. It's sickening. Why the HELL does Ingo Radamacher get all those outs? Tyler Christopher seems asleep in his scenes. PLEASE, Jill needs to get over this crap. Soaps are not about men, they are about WOMEN! 

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Jamey, are y'all going to do a special podcast about GH mess?

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We haven't talked about it, but I'm sure we will.

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We don't know if it is true..
It's Just rumor!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Jamey do u know what is the most amount of money someone on a soap can make?

Because if these men are already making an obscene amount of money already I doubt a pay cut is going to make a dent in their wallet.

I read that AMC past GH in the ratings this week or last week I don't remeber if this is true these "men" better get on the right track before they are all unemployed

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Yeaaa Do we know how much are they getting anyway???

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Veteran soap stars make anywhere from 5,000 to 15,000 an episode. I would guess Maurice, Tony and Steve all make the top of the tier. Now this is just me GUESS-TIMATING. I bet Maurice and Steve make a good $1 million a year, while Tony makes a bit less due to his vacation time, which he probably takes in lieu of pay, again, just my guess. The highest salary I ever saw reported was back in 99 when Y&R reportedly paid Eileen Davidson $2 million a year to return as Ashley Abbott. This was on the heels of her wildy successful run as DAYS Kristen, Susan, et al, but you can bet she, nor anyone in daytime makes anywhere near that kinda change today.

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Question:
Could it be that someone said it to make the fans ,US, hate them , so they will have to take a pay cut???????????????

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Stare If this is true,then i hope they all three get fired!! Outside of daytime they are NOBODIES and NOBODY WOULD HIRE THEM!!! They should fire ALL THREE OF THEM and hire Jack Wagner! He is a better actor then the three of them put together,and a BIGGER STAR TOO!!
At least he has done ALOT more then G.H! People outside of daytime know who he is! NOBODY outside of daytime know who Maurice Benard or Steve Burton are,and they ONLY know who Anthony Geary is b/c of Luke & Laura,and without Genie Francis THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN NO LUKE & LAURA!!!!

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Per episode and since GH revolves around the mob

Steve and Maurice make a nice piece of change if they are making anywhere near your GUESS-TIMATION.

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I think that higher management and Frons and Guza blow money like it was toilet paper on "sweeps stunts" instead of organic storytelling and meaning character driven s/ls, GH wouldn't be in the mess that it is. GH ratings had downslide because of the same crap they keep writing and they wonder why fans are tuning out of GH? Y&R is up in ratings because of character driven s/ls and a balance of vets and newbies that no one is being shoved down our throats, like Spinelli and Sonny and Jason, that fans are seeing the differences in shows. I don't know what to say but they probably won't be a GH if this keeps going the way they doing it.

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Sorry, I cannot in any way support these three men, if indeed this is true, in their quest at the expense of their fellow actors and the crew. I noticed that daily ratings hit 1.9 three days last week, and while these three are hardly the sole reason that the ratings are falling, they need to take a look at the big picture and realize that ratings are never going to be where they were before, and that means limited money. If they want to continue to pursue steady work in a town where jobs are becoming increasingly hard to come by, then they need to get on board and do what they need to do to preserve the show that's been VERY good to them over the years. I have no problem with self-preservation, but in this economy, no one is immune to the realities, not even actors.

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Well, uggghh, I don't know about this. Despite whether or not you like the characters and the actors that play them, TPTB has made it clear that the show revolves around and relies on those three leading men to carry the show. I don't know if the show would be able to survive the blow that will result if they are to lose all three.

They should, however, just suck it up and take a paycut. At least they would still be getting a paycheck and not completely out of a job, like some people.

And then there is the women. Like daisy said, they would never be able to get away with that. TPTB would can their behinds faster than you can say Vanessa Marcil...I think they would glady trade in Becky, Kimberly, Kelly and maybe even Laura...to get Vanessa. That's if they could get her. Don't cha think?

Anyways, isn't this all speculation??

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GH LOVER says

actually I am in their side!!!!!!!!!!
I hope that they will will cos' they are all good and deserve that!!!
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I'm on their side too!!!! Go guys go! Smile Do what you can! Smile

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Here's what I think on first reaction (and it might change as I think about it more and read more comments and opinions.) On first read, I have no problem with SBu and MB banding together to avoid a paycut. Like Daisy said I cant really fault a person for wanting to get paid what they think they are worth. I have a HUGE problem however with TG. If he had it in him to go balls to the walls so to speak, he should have done it for Genie. Honestly this calls into question for me, my sense of the man. I could see not wanting to fight someone elses battles and the desire to hold on to your job, but if you truly are embracing this give me what I want or I'm gone attitude, then he should have done it on behalf of the woman that made him into a daytime icon. Neither MB nor SBu contributed to Tonys success, but Genie sure did.

Moreover, I honestly think Tony's contract is bad for the show. Sure IR and KeMo have outs, but neither are gone in a way that detracts from the show. When lets say Jax goes to "visit" his mom in Australia, I dont think to myself, oh there goes Ingo on holiday. But when TG takes Luke on the road again, and for so long, and then has to be hunted down by tracy AGAIN, its makes me think Tony as opposed to Luke. The Luke story that TIIC SHOULD have given us - how a self-professed vagabond/party animal adjusts to post coronary living. Seeing him struggle with his mortality, what he would leave behind as a legacy with his kids, trying to adapt to lifestyle changes - hell maybe even addressing his alcoholism. All that would have been compelling story, but it really couldnt be told because of TG's vacation schedule.

That said, where I place my anger is at tptb that have written themselves into a corner where they could not afford to lose either, let alone all three of these actors. The female characters are written as appendages so they just dont have the same clout, the way they would if they were linked to more parts of the canvas.