Was He, Or Wasn’t He? GH’s Bob Guza Speaks About “Rape” Storyline




In an interview with TV Guide’s Michael Logan, General Hospital head writer Bob Guza spoke about the storyline that ABC has been tight lipped about. Was Michael (Chad Duell) raped or not?

TVGuide.com: Why the veil of secrecy over this story line? Has Michael been raped or not?

Guza: I have never confirmed that he was and I’m not about to. Our focus right now is on the horrific experience of an 18- or 19-year-old who is thrown into a terrible situation like this. I just didn’t want to make the story more specific at this point. However, that’s not to say that I won’t be getting very specific in three or four or five months down the line. This situation is going to rear its ugly head in a big way and Michael is going to have to deal with it. This is a story that needs to be parceled out.

Guza also confirms that Michael’s stay in Pentonville is not for much longer and that his release comes "in a very interesting way." Are fans ready for the rollercoaster ride of "Was he?" or "Wasn’t he?"

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  1. Profile photo of GH LOVER
    GH LOVER

    I think if Michael was raped it can be good story the fallout will be great But In Guza hands it will be bad as Robin’s PPD, Krisis Abuse and now this…

    But They need to decide  nowwwwww and not wait for the fans reaction.. 


  2. Profile photo of Ryan-Scott
    Ryan-Scott

    Playing the "was it rape or not" isn’t good storytelling in my opinion.

    Y&R did this years ago with Paul and Cricket and that was crap. This will be too.

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    wjhboy73

    Guza: I have never confirmed that he was and I’m not about to. Our focus right now is on the horrific experience of an 18- or 19-year-old who is thrown into a terrible situation like this. I just didn’t want to make the story more specific at this point. However, that’s not to say that I won’t be getting very specific in three or four or five months down the line.

    TRANSLATION:   " I’M MAKING THIS SH**     UP AS I GO ALONG" ……     I WISH THIS MAN HAD BALLS…… GUESS THAT NEGATES MY PREVIOUS POST ABOUT HIM BEING A PREMATURE EJACULATOR….. WHATEVER MAN

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    watchingallday

    In one sentence he says "our focus right now is on the horrific experience", and then in the next setence he says "I just didn’t want to make the story more specific at this point."  Am I taking crazy pills, or is this more incoherent drivel?  Does he think it is funny, charming, interesting, thought provoking, or clever to flippantly play a maybe-maybe not game about the possible rape of an 18 year old?  Along with the last few years, this interview makes me feel not one ounce of guilt for all the complaining I have done about this man.  I i be extremely happy if he were to retire or step down.  They should let Michele ValJean have another crack at head writer.  Her shows are always the best these days.  He had his good days in the 90’s, but I think if he thinks storylines and interviews like this make for a good soap, he should not be there!

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    Ryan-Scott

    Right.

    Guza has been on the scene since 2002 (along with Pratt for a few years) when they gave McTavish the hook.
    Maybe he should step aside. I am sure he doesn’t need the money anymore.
    These headwriters do very well money wise.

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    Beth

    I’d actually like to see an answer from Guza about when Michael will be put on the backburner and every story will stop revolving around him.

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    DarylE
    Our focus right now is on the horrific experience of an 18- or 19-year-old who is thrown into a terrible situation like this.

    And was there really truly a need to throw this 18 or 19 yr old into such a situation?

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    Regan Cellura

    IMO, I don’t see how dragging the story out as long as he’s suggesting he might will do the storyline any justice. IF in the end, Michael was indeed raped, he runs the risk of viewers just not caring anymore due to the push-pull, up-down nonsense of his dragged out storylines. When you want to tackle something like this, you take it head on.

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    alstonboy4315

    Actually, I believe Bob Guza started writing for GH back in 1983….and went on to other shows, and then came back. I do believe that the Michael rape story has the potential to be explosive if they turn it into something CHARACTER DRIVEN….and explore his angst and how the rape transforms him. Of course, I thought the same thing about the Kristina story, which turned out to be more so about Sonny’s issues than Kristina’s!!! I am sure he will try to spin this and make it about Jason…or Sonny again, and Michael will turn into a supporting character in a story that is SUPPOSED to be centered around him.

    I just don’t want it to turn into a vehicle to prop up ANOTHER character, or see it get glossed over. If you’re gonna tell a story in which a man gets raped, you need to make it count for something.

    Oh, and I agree……if Drew were still playing Michael, I might be able to tolerate seeing this character on my screen NINE days a week, but…..
    I hope that Michael gets backburnered soon, and other characters can get pulled out of that damned china cabinet and given the airtime that they so richly deserve!!!!

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    alstonboy4315

    Sunchild—-

    I don’t think that Guza is THAT bad a writer. Come on, you make it seem like he’s Chuck Pratt or Megan McTrashy….LOL!!! I think that he is, dare I say it, the best writer CURRENTLY on daytime???? Can someone point out one who is better????


    Alright, I have sat down the glass of Guza-Aid, and I am stepping away from the glass…….please don’t fling any sharp objects my way, folks. I am just saying, if they fire Guza, they are probably gonna replace him with someone ten times worse…….

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    Bourgeois Nerd

    What a load of bull.  He’s just too titillated by the thought of giving Sonny and Jason something new to whine about (because you know it’ll be about THEM), but has just enough sense to know it might not go over well, so he’s hemming and hawing and waiting to see how big the pushback is.  I hate Guza with the heat of a thousand nuns, but I’ve never thought him a coward, and that is exactly what this is.

    As for his current run, the difference between it and his prior stints is that before he had other writers and executive producers who could and would rein him in.  Now, with him being Frons’ buttbuddy and JFL just as much of a horror as he is (and not paricularly powerful, either), he gets to run wild with whatever mob-worshipping nonsense pops into his head.

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    Marezi
    [quote=Katiebug9624]Ok everyone raise there hand if they think Michael will be tested as HIV positive by Robin in the coming months?[/quote]

    My hand is raised.
    That was my first thought when they started with Robin talking about her research,  her life and now her travels. 

    EDITED to ADD: that does not mean he was raped just I think he will be tested. Showing my stupidity here but does this transfer like thru cuts and such? if so then that could be explained if Guza does not go with Michael being raped that he got it thru the cuts and slavia and such.

  13. Profile photo of sunchild79
    sunchild79

    Alstonboy4315 —
     Well if you are sayen Guza is the best writer on daytime its  sayen much considering the soap gig is going down the tubes. Guza wasn’t nominated this year for an Emmy was he? I didn’t think he was, pretty sure he wasn’t .He seems not to like young characters on the show always doing the worst to them sad really.He is still a tool and many fans think so, they don’t care about the lost viewers anymore.Maybe he was great in the 90’s but it been a LONG time since then.But I only watch GH so I can’t compare to other writers but I can compare to how GH was written during the last 15yrs I watched.I was given a heads up that OLTL was just as bad so I haven’t watch that soap, I was gonna since Drew Garrett was fired still po about that one.Hope he wins the Emmy and says suck it to Frons and JFP.

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    diremommy

    It seemed to me like code for "I’m writing this ambiguous and filling in the details as I go along, that way if fans react too negatively, I can backpedal easily and say we never intended for it to be rape". But maybe it’s just me.

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    Ryan-Scott

    Right Alstonboy. Guza started on GH as a script writer during the 80s and also headwrote the show from 1993 thru 2000 or something like that with gigs by Michelle Val Jean, Richard Culliton, and Megan McTavish before coming back in 2002 with Pratt.

    I meant his current gig that the viewers are being "treated" to.

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    sb_fan

    agree with diremommy and whoever said it before, maybe they wanna see how much outrage they can gather before they decide to go through with it or not..just hoping. I kinda wish they wouldn’t go through with it.

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    Analiza

    [quote=diremommy]It seemed to me like code for "I’m writing this ambiguous and filling in the details as I go along, that way if fans react too negatively, I can backpedal easily and say we never intended for it to be rape". But maybe it’s just me. [/quote]

    It isn’t just you.

    Although I do have a hard time believing that anything the fans say/do/think is what would make Guza/Frons/any other "Powers That Be" alter a storyline (they haven’t seemed to care about what we want to see so far).

    I think it’s far more likely that leaving things up in the air gives them a Plan B to switch to if other irons that may be in the fire (the back-burnered Valentin storyline, Brenda’s possible return, etc.) don’t wind up panning out.  Plus there’s also the "teen" angle–having the younger characters take center stage over the summer to get a new generation hooked on soaps.  They might have Michael meet someone then go into how he cannot be intimate with her (?) because of what happened to him in prison months earlier.

    In any case, I just don’t want Michael to have been raped, period.  It’s just too, too much for one character to have been through over such a short period of time.

  18. Profile photo of sunchild79
    sunchild79

    You forget that Michael was also kidnap a few times and presumed dead at what 7 or 8? He has endured alot more than almost any other character on here.Guza doens’t like younger roles he must have been bullied by someone named Michael when he was a kid.Sorry this is response to comment about how much Michael has been through.

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    Karissa

    Guza must realize that not many viewers are not interested in seeing this storyline play out. I have no interest in this. Let make it only be that Michael was beat up and then give him a little romance

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    Jenny

    [quote=Regan Cellura]IMO, I don’t see how dragging the story out as long as he’s suggesting he might will do the storyline any justice. IF in the end, Michael was indeed raped, he runs the risk of viewers just not caring anymore due to the push-pull, up-down nonsense of his dragged out storylines. When you want to tackle something like this, you take it head on.[/quote]
    Exactly. I totally agree. 

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    BigDede

    This boy was taken from his real father and raised in the mob life. 

    He watched his mother be "shot" on tv. (turns out it was fake)

    his mother was shot in the head and couldn’t be around him for a long time

    He watched his parents break up numerous times

    He was kidnapped

    He killed his real father

    He shot a woman and ran away.

    he was shot in the head.

    Killed his step mother

    In prison getting beat up and etc.

    Now this boy is going though all this yet Sonny get to hang out and make idle threats and eat with Olivia. Sonny is sickening. How much this boy is going to go though. it’s not funny or cute.

  22. Profile photo of Dariclone
    Dariclone

    Why the *hell* would you not want to "confirm or deny" if you’re character was raped! It’s not coy, nor should it be played as a plot twist like a romantic pairing would. Stop it now!

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