General Hospital’s Leslie Charleson Placed On Recurring


Another Quatermaine gets sent to the back of the bus. ABC Soaps In Depth is reporting General Hospital star Leslie Charleson (Monica) is off contract and on recurring status. This news should not be a shocker to some GH viewers as Charleson has been seen less and less on the canvas.

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  1. Avatar of Ryan-Scott
    Ryan-Scott

    Sad but really not surprising.

    Way to treat your longest running cast member. She joined GH in 1977 you know kids. Elvis had just died. I’ve read that in several of her interviews.

  2. Avatar of aramis270
    aramis270

    So sad … I am so pissed !

    But Leslie, to get airtime you need to get your character change her lastname from Quartermaine to FALCONERI …

    I am just mad that Guza has turned GH into the Sonny and Dante show (and soon the Sonny/Dante/Brenda show).

  3. Avatar of wjhboy73
    wjhboy73

    Keep pissing off long time viewers by getting rid of vets, watch ratings drop to a 1.5, continue running over budget….at some point someone with a brain for business at ABC will pull the plug….

  4. Avatar of TV Gord
    TV Gord

    When I was watching GH, the Quarterbrains were the main reason why I stuck with it. The gangster element was nothing but FF-fodder for me. It’s just awful, what they’re doing to this show.

  5. Avatar of GH LOVER
    GH LOVER

    Great post Aramis

    THIS IS SUCKS BIG TIME!!!

    And I know many fans will get pissed!!! the Q’s are big in GH history and they way they treat them is awful!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Avatar of Ryan-Scott
    Ryan-Scott

    What would be great is if she gets a contract role on another show which shakes up GH to re-hire her when that contract concludes.

    Did they learn nothing when they pulled this on John Ingle a few years ago and he went to Days for awhile as Mickey?

  7. Avatar of inspiron
    inspiron

    SAD..I don’t know why they do this to the Qs. But no one has a SL on GH. They say the same crap to each other over and over again. What can we do about ABC soaps?

  8. Avatar of alstonboy4315
    alstonboy4315

    I thought she already WAS on recurring…..

    Heck, we’re lucky to see Monica once every two months. What now?? Once a year like Jackie Zeman???

    ANOTHER talented veteran who has been essentially “put out to pasture.” But the writers clearly HATE the character of Monica, what with them killing off Emily, AJ and Alan. And then they bring on Rebecca, who COULD’VE been a substitute daughter for her, and then they ship her outta town, even though Natalia Livingston was an EMMY-winning fan favorite!!! And she’s NEVER around to support her grandson, Michael. The writers couldn’t even have been bothered to even write a few scenes for her during Michael’s TRIAL or his imprisonment. Well, they did, but they were basically a JOKE.

    What is there really left for her to do??? They have shown little to NO respect to the character over the past decade. I find it extremely sad.

  9. Avatar of ChloeLiz
    ChloeLiz

    [quote=alstonboy4315]I thought she already WAS on recurring…..

    Heck, we’re lucky to see Monica once every two months. What now?? Once a year like Jackie Zeman???

    ANOTHER talented veteran who has been essentially “put out to pasture.” But the writers clearly HATE the character of Monica, what with them killing off Emily, AJ and Alan. And then they bring on Rebecca, who COULD’VE been a substitute daughter for her, and then they ship her outta town without explanation!!! And she’s NEVER around to support her grandson, Michael. The writers couldn’t even have been bothered to even write a few scenes for her during Michael’s TRIAL or his imprisonment. Well, they did, but they were basically a JOKE.

    What is there really left for her to do??? They have shown little to NO respect to the character over the past decade. I find it extremely sad.[/quote]

    You said perfectly.

  10. Avatar of us312471
    us312471

    Maybe if Leslie Charleson hadn’t had so much plastic surgery and was a bit better actor, they would have her on more.
    Has she ever been up for an Emmy? I can’t recall, yet she looks a mess. Not as bad as Jackie Zeman who is horrible.
    Kate Linder (YandR) same thing. Why can’t these “stars” take care of them selves and grow old naturally, like most people? None of them are great actors, so all they had was their looks and now all three are a joke and seen very little. They deserve to be on recurring.

  11. Avatar of alstonboy4315
    alstonboy4315

    US312471–

    Yeah, she’s been nominated 4 times for an Emmy over the years, and she was HEAVILY favored to win in 1995 for Monica’s breast cancer storyline, but Erika Slezak pulled an upset. She’s truly one of daytime’s most UNDERRATED actresses. Back in the 80s, she got all the heavy duty storylines, but now TPIC must find her services to be either too expensive or not necessary—especially with Vanessa Marcil back on the canvas, and James Franco. I am willing to bet that NEITHER of them are working for chump change. And the other show hogs like Maurice Benard and Steve Burton are probably also being paid a pretty penny.

    This MIGHT be a financial decision, but I really do think Guza and Phelps hate the character of Monica. They have dismantled the character’s life, leaving her with practically nothing.

  12. Avatar of Patchworks
    Patchworks

    Umm, @us312471, are you serious or being obnoxiously provocative??? For shame! Surely you know that Leslie Charleson was nominated for a Best Actress Emmy under Claire Labine’s writing. Surely you know that Jackie Zeman was nominated for a Supporting Actress Emmy under Claire Labine’s writing.

    What you don’t know is that Guza refuses to write for anyone who represents the history of this show. I grew up on Monica and Bobbie. It’s an affront to Guza that we, the fans, actually care about the veterans. He has systematically erased what made this show great to build a monument to himself through Sonny/Carly/Jason. I don’t have a problem with S/C/J, but what went down well in doses is toxic when overdone.

    Although I do agree Charleson, Zeman, and Linder may have gone a bit far with the plastic surgery, I sympathize with their clearly vain attempts to remain relevant on this youth-obsessed soap that has clearly lost its moral center.

  13. Avatar of aramis270
    aramis270

    US312471, as I don’t do actor bashing I won’t tell you which GH actresses are in my opinion far worse actresses than Leslie who has showed again and again years ago what an amazing actress she is.

    I love Erika Slezak but Leslie should have won the Emmy for her cancer storyline.
    And remember AJ’s death ? And the love story with Alan ? And the cheating ? And even recently when she was fighting the bottle ?

    I could do easily without Dante and Olivia. But I am very sad that the Qs are disappearing one by one. Michael should have stayed at their place instead of on the couch where Lante keep having sex on.
    Who is next ? Edward or Tracy ?
    So so sad …

  14. Avatar of wiggum
    wiggum

    While Leslie is not the best actress, I truly believe that if Leslie and Jackie still looked like themselves, they would be on more. I didn’t even recognize Jackie one of the last times she was on with Alexis. John Ingle is not exactly the model of health(I’m assuming the same with the guy who plays Murphy on Y&R) so I think that’s a biggie why he’s not on

  15. Avatar of kcgeban
    kcgeban

    Is anyone really surprised at this? I began watching GH because of the Quartermaines and quit watching when they stopped being the mainstays of the show.

    Alstonboy and the other posters who say the EP hates the veteran characters are probably right. The man seems intent on creating his own legacy. Longtime fans be damned!

  16. Avatar of alstonboy4315
    alstonboy4315

    Yeah, both women have ruined their natural beauty with plastic surgery, but they have been a part of GH longer than Guza has been associated with the show (he first came on back in 1982!), so their REAL fans don’t really care how terrible they look. Most of us understand that people age and that their appearances also alter accordingly. However, even if they HAD aged naturally, I honestly believe that the writers would STILL refuse to give them proper amounts of airtime. Jacklyn’s airtime has been dwindling since the early 2000s, BEFORE she did whatever she did to her face.

    The writers are operating under this ILLUSION that spotlighting 30-somethings like Franco and Brenda will pull in a certain demographic, but actors like Zeman and Charleson are “old news” and no longer worth their expensive paychecks, so they are on the backburner with the asparagus and the lima beans!!

    Jane Elliott has gotten a LITTLE bit more story lately, but she’s essentially on the outside looking in also.

  17. Avatar of Ravennite613
    Ravennite613

    I hope she was the one who finally had enough and said she wanted recurring opening her up to do other things. This big Brenda return flop must be hell on poor Guza and Co. What a bunch of maroons.

    Instead of learning and seeing what makes people tune in they continue to dessimate what once was an amazing show and turn it into Corinthos land..what happens when the ratings continue to plummet do you continue to let go core characters and smack history in the face because one or two focus groups say they like Sonny and the holy trinity.

    Listen to the real fans

  18. Avatar of mrsnoahdrake
    mrsnoahdrake

    That’s really sad to hear. They have been alternating her photo with John Ingle’s in the credits since VM returned. I was hoping we’d see more Qs when Brenda returns to PC. Edward has always been fond of her.
    Monica is a cardiologist. They could have used her when Johnny was shot.
    And there’s the great storyline that will likely never happen – the Qs finding out that Jake is Jason’s son. But that would mean that Liz & Jason would have to share screen time.
    And we know Frons & Guza are all about JaSam.
    That might we a more interesting twist in the JaSam storyline rather than all the mob stuff that most of us are sick of watching.

  19. Avatar of keanna
    keanna

    Very sad indeed!!!! When they killed off Alan, that was pretty much it for Monica. :(

    Alstonboy, as usual my friend, you are on the money, honey!!!!

    I mean this show has no regard for its veterans. Way to get more longtime viewers to turn on them.

  20. Avatar of AlteredStates
    AlteredStates

    Sad but not surprising.

    I grew up with Monica/Rick/Alan. Today’s sorry-ass triangles pale in comparison. Nothing against Erika Slezak, but Leslie absolutely deserved the Emmy for the breast-cancer storyline.

    I will always be grateful that I was a GH fan when Monica and other vets were at the forefront, and that I bailed a few years after Claire Labine’s departure.

  21. Avatar of ackgh73994
    ackgh73994

    I always dreaded the day that TPTB would do this to Leslie. With Leslie, Adrianna Leon, Annie Ilonzeh, & Bergen Williams all on recurring, it’s only a matter of time before John Ingle & Jane Elliot get bumped too.

    The first step in the extinction of the Quartermaines was killing half of them off. Now it’s bumping them all to recurring until they slowly & quietly fade offscreen.

    I was hoping that Stuart Damon, Scott Clifton, Wally Kurth, & Lesli Kay would all one day return, but after this & the way Robin Christopher’s return was botched, what’s the point?

    All I can say is REALLY BIG MISTAKE GUZA & CO.

    LONG LIVE THE QUARTERMAINES OF GENERAL HOSPITAL!!!

  22. Avatar of Beth
    Beth

    Just another reason why I don’t have any regrets whatsoever giving up this horrible show. The showrunners can just keep running it into the ground, I no longer care. I’ll always have memories of when GH was an essential part of the pop culture lexicon and a damn good show. Now, it’s just a joke.

  23. Avatar of angrierblackerman
    angrierblackerman

    Whatever DOUCHE/DOUCHESS made the initial comment about plastic surgery needs to get a clue.

    Many actresses of a certain age know that the business is mostly about YOUTH. And when you see many veteran actresses in that age bracket being sidelined for young ingenues, can you BLAME any of them for getting surgery?

    These actors go through these procedures to keep a youthful appearance, that will hopefully allow them to be seen as valuable enough to keep on the show.

    Most actors in Soaps have had some kind of work done Even men(Galen Gering, Ronn Moss, Cameron Mathison). This so they can project images of accepted beauty. Face it, it’s about beauty and youth. Now a lot of it seems extreme, and many actresses have had pretty frightening results:

    Hunter Tylo

    Bobbie Eakes

    Leslie Charleson

    Jaclyn Zeman

    Lauren Koslow

    But it’s a necessary evil, considering that when most female actors get so much as fine lines around the eyes, they are shuffled aside.

  24. Avatar of GH LOVER
    GH LOVER

    About how Leslie and Jaclyen look I take them over many of the youngest cast!!!!!
    better actresses better characters who really have a place in GH not like some others!!!

    It is a shame that GH didn’t use her and Edward with the Michael S/L have her visiting her son and grandson in prison would be emmy real stuff!!!
    have her facing Carly and Sonny!!!! have her Edward to be the one talking with the judge and getting charge on Michael!!! would be better than have him staying and sleeping on Lante’s sex couch!!!
    see her and Edward forbidding Sonny to see Michael…

    I hate it I hate it I hate it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! |(

  25. Avatar of Kenyon
    Kenyon

    This is exactly why I quit watching this show. They have no respect for history. They act like it just premiered back in the 90′s when Sonny first came. This is exactly why this shows ratings are at 1.5. ABC needs to just kill it now and put it out of it’s misery.

  26. Avatar of mrsa1107
    mrsa1107

    I am kinda shocked she hasn’t been on recurring all this time.

    Not for anything– daytime soaps are really struggling– they are at all time low in ratings and many are running over budget. It makes total business sense to place those actors who have not had front burner storylines on recurring. Granted if/when there is a need to use the actor more- at that point there could come the need to change their status to contract player– but if the person is backburner for a long period of time he/she should be on recurring.

  27. Avatar of Cyberologist
    Cyberologist

    I just don’t get GH I get a ton of newbies and pets from their other cancelled shows TIIC brings in to overide the veterans of this show.

    When all I ever wanted is Qs involved …they are steady adding more characters yet GH does not write “for the vets” and those who are original to the show.

    They haven’t figured out that is a big problem with this show for many viewers…The fabric is gone, the rich tapestry, history of the show is not used … this is FronsTV One tree hill, the OC..

    and I know what happened to those..he came on board and destroyed a 48 year old show..with favoritism and sloppy storytelling by his BFF Guza…its a shame…

    I’m no longer a loyal viewer but I wish Leslie well I knew it was only a matter of time…he’s systematically destroyed the Qs and (all the families for the most part) replaced them with the Corinthos clan

    Whether she is a good actress or not (which I happen to think Leslie has always been an excellent actress even the garbage they give her) not only that I read years ago (don’t know if its true) this is the actress that singlehandedly got GH off the cancellation block with “her storyline” and the triangle of Alan, Rick, Jeff and all that kept them going for years…

    then they turn around and kick them in the ass…if it wasn’t for this woman there would be no GH. They were scheduled to be cancelled and literally rose to #1 over night.

    This show disrespect their vets at every turn…all she needs is to be involved in the storytelling they won’t write for her. GH has put all their vets to pasture.

    PS they offered Stuart Damon recurring and he didn’t take it Ron Hale is out as Mike supposedly (his choice to retire) so I wouldn’t be surprised if they offerred her recurring or the exit door. I’m so glad I’m out of GH can’t stand the politics and favoritism re: FronsTv especially GH..

  28. Avatar of Marland Fan
    Marland Fan

    You know what guys, she had a great run. Thirty-three years on the show is something for her to be proud of. But with the Quartermaine clan decimated, there isn’t much more they can do with her.

    I’m sure if there had been an internet back in ’77, everyone would have been complaining about how the Quartermaines were pushing aside characters like Steve, Audrey, Jessie, etc. That’s just the way soaps go.

  29. Avatar of Dariclone
    Dariclone

    I only watch GH off and on, but I love Monica as do my parents who watched as early as the ’70′s. I think it would be great to see Leslie Charleston on another show and I hope GH regrets their decision.

  30. Avatar of ackgh73994
    ackgh73994

    [quote=Marland Fan]I’m sure if there had been an internet back in ’77, everyone would have been complaining about how the Quartermaines were pushing aside characters like Steve, Audrey, Jessie, etc. That’s just the way soaps go.[/quote]

    I watched GH back then and that is not true. Steve, Audrey, & Jessie were all slowly fading off when the Q’s came on. They were like family to the Quartermaines and shared lots of scenes with them. Every holiday, party, wedding, funeral, you name it and Steve, Audrey, & Jessie were with the Quartermaines. Monica & Audrey remained close until Rachel Ames left the show. The Q’s gave those 3 an extended family that they never really had.

  31. Avatar of marknsprmo
    marknsprmo

    Why doesn’t the show just rename itself Sonny? Get rid of the General Hospital characters and just be about the mob.
    Oh that’s because the mob on general hospital sux. This show’s writers worship a gangster daily. They have surounded him with a bevy of women (even though he’s in a gay relationship with Jason). Now the love of his life Vanessa Marcel(uh maybe Carly should have a say in this one) has come back. It should have drawn oh about 300000 viewers but oh yeah the ratings went down. Glad ABC spent that money bringing her back. And why does this “mob” story that is about as realistic as cinderella, continue? Even though ratings plummet yearly? Same reason all the soaps numbers continue to fall….. because the networks have lost touch with their viewers.
    Sorry that yet another long and outstanding career in daytime is coming to an end….. well we gotta pay for this one actress who probably won’t stay around anyway.

  32. Avatar of Jamey Giddens
    Jamey Giddens

    Plastic surgery and soaps is a vicious cycle. With people like Brian Frons in charge of the genre, who say things like (paraphrasing) "It’s surprising people actually like Marcy, given how Kathy Brier looks" of course the actors are going to feel pressure to get nipped and tucked. I heard of one former NBC soap actress who was told by the brass if she "freshened up" she would work more. That poor woman now looks unrecognizable. If the brass at these shows weren’t so shallow, then actors wouldn’t feel the need to ruin their faces with plastic surgery. Personally, I think Leslie has a great surgeon, much better than some of her peers. It’s sad, but I was told by a very reliable source, that Jacklyn Zeman is played so infrequently because of her surgeries.

     
  33. Avatar of us312471
    us312471

    Thanks to most everyone for not knocking my post about the plastic surgery. I’m sorry, but when I think of LC, I just
    see the awful plastic surgery. One reason for that, is because she is on so infrequently. I do now remember (back when) LC was front and center and did some fine acting and yes, was up for several Emmy’s. Thanks for the the pleasantly mentioned reminders.

    As far as you, “angrierblackerman”, whatever. You can call me a douche/douchess, that’s fine. Not a big deal.
    I guess I just don’t get that worked up over someone else’s opinion and choose to call people names.
    Not trying to be even the slightest bit nasty here. If you and others choose to do that, that’s fine, I know I just don’t.

    One thing that has always been nice about this site is when someone mis-speaks or has a thought that others don’t necessarily agree with, the comments back are still mostly
    cordial, which is great.

  34. Avatar of kcgeban
    kcgeban

    I’m going to be honest and say that without the title of the post and because I tune into GH so infrequently these days, I would not have recognized the photo as being of Leslie.

  35. Avatar of marknsprmo
    marknsprmo

    my personal feelings are that if you can tell a person has had plastic surgery, it is bad plastic surgery. Our eyes are trained to pick up things that just aren’t right. The shape of someones nose, a chin implant, eye lids that don’t contour the eye socket, laughlines in inapropriate places, teeth that are much bigger than they ought to be, lips that are impossibly large, foreheads that have no lines, boobs that defy gravity, a neck on a 50 year old that is stretched taut like an 18 y/o. These things aren’t normal and seem wrong to our eyes. Plastic surgery should be used to correct serious flaws not to try to make someones face a science fiction project.
    There is one actress on a CBS soap( and it is easy to figure out who I am speaking of) who left her show for a few years. When she left, she was arguably the most beautiful actress on daytime. While she was gone a surgeon got ahold of that beautiful face and distorted and bleached, and plumped and shifted until she looks like Joan Rivers. Why? I could cry trying to figure out why someone would do that. If a persons face is ravaged by age and sun and poor lifestyle choices ( Jeanne Cooper comes to mind), and you are on tv, then a face lift and some skin modification might make some sense. To set things right again. But to just saw and hack at ones face to try to “look” younger is a prime example of self hatred.

  36. Avatar of kcgeban
    kcgeban

    In the past, you used to hear about contract clauses which stated that actors could not make significant changes in their appearance that might affect the integrity or believability of the characters they played. I’m guessing that this does not apply to plastic surgery “enhancements”.

  37. Avatar of boysoapfan
    boysoapfan

    You know i find it extremely sad. Leslie Charleson has been on GENERAL HOSPITAL for over 33 years. The woman has seniority over every cast member on that show, and they don’t even give her screen time.. not to mention commemorate her for the fine work she’s done for the past years. Even though this movie will not be met well by fans, her status with the show stays. She has been drop to recurring, but it’s going to be the same amount of airtime she’s been having- almost nothing will change. Its sad that the once bickering Quartermaine family.. is now nothing more than a distant memory.

  38. Avatar of boysoapfan
    boysoapfan

    You know i find it extremely sad. Leslie Charleson has been on GENERAL HOSPITAL for over 33 years. The woman has seniority over every cast member on that show, and they don’t even give her screen time.. not to mention commemorate her for the fine work she’s done for the past years. Even though this movie will not be met well by fans, her status with the show stays. She has been drop to recurring, but it’s going to be the same amount of airtime she’s been having- almost nothing will change. Its sad that the once bickering Quartermaine family.. is now nothing more than a distant memory.

  39. Avatar of HopeFloats
    HopeFloats

    This makes me sad on many levels. It especially makes no sense with Brenda coming back. Brenda was an honorary Quartermaine. It’s like their taking everyone’s roots away.

    Monica was never my favorite character, but I love her so much in comparison to the mob that we see today.

    There was so much potential with her as a character (especially with her being Jason’s mom).

    Love you Leslie! I hope we still get to see you on the show at least as often as we do now.

  40. Avatar of shawno
    shawno

    Sad news, GH has become a total loss. I remember when Monica was pushed down the stairs when she was pregnant, now that was a storyline. Who cares about the Mob?

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