HomeTVGeneral HospitalRegan Reax: My Love Affair With Rebecca Herbst and Elizabeth Webber Regan Cellura January 19, 2011 73 Comments Shocked, dismayed, sad, disappointed, angry, heartbroken — I’m experiencing a full body of emotions, all due to the ridiculous firing of Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth Webber) from General Hospital. I know, some—maybe most—will jump to the conclusion that my dismay is due to my love of all things Liason, the unforgettable romantic pairing featuring Herbst’s Liz and Jason Morgan (Steve Burton), and I won’t lie, that definitely plays a part, but I have been having a love affair with the character of Elizabeth Webber since long before she fell for Jason. In fact, I’ve loved Liz and Herbst since they first popped up in Port Charles back in 1997. Elizabeth’s storylines over the past 13 years have made her one of my all-time favorite soap opera characters, while Herbst’s performances in those storylines resulted in her becoming one of my favorite daytime actresses. "Bad" Lizzie Webber was a force to be reckoned with when she first showed up at Audrey’s (Rachel Ames). You just couldn’t help but root for the underdog, little sister over the more “perfect” Sarah. When GH scribe Michele Val Jean made the decision to write a brutal rape storyline for the character of Liz, Herbst’s acting choices —not to mention the elegant writing—transformed her into a fan favorite, which she’s been ever since. Who could ever forget a shattered and broken Elizabeth crawling out of those bushes, only to be found by Lucky (Jonathan Jackson)? A teen love affair was created through pain and healing. Simply put, it was one of the best stories General Hospital has ever told, brilliantly acted by Herbst and Jackson. It also led to GH finally revisiting one of the most controversial arcs in the soap’s history, when Lucky learned his father, Luke Spencer (Anthony Geary) had raped his mother Laura (Genie Francis). The tender care Lucky showed for Elizabeth as they both dealt with the scars sexual violence had left on them, made what could have been just another soap teen pairing a bonafide supercouple. Remember Lucky and Liz hiding out in the catacombs, or making a home out of an abandoned boxcar, with Elizabeth painting the walls? These two were destined to be together, until they weren’t. With plans to move to New York City, Lucky and Elizabeth gave us one of their most memorable moments, exchanging vows in an empty church, just the two of them, promising their love and life to each other. That love ended in tragedy, when Lucky was thought to have died in a fire. Herbst rose up to the challenge again, giving yet another heart-wrenching performance, stopping fans in our tracks as a result. Out of Lucky’s “death”, Liason was born. Yes, here is where my love of Jason and Elizabeth: The Couple began. The two started out as friends, helping one another in their own way. Elizabeth needed someone to help her mourn over lost love, Jason was reeling after seeing Sonny (Maurice Benard) with Carly (Sarah Brown). When Liz found him shot and bleeding in the snow, magic transpired. Liz was on to her second, epic love story in Port Charles, one born in friendship. It’s sad TPTB never seemed to realize how much this pairing came to mean to fans of General Hospital. The winter Jason spent hiding out in Elizabeth’s studio gave fans some of the best moments in Liason’s history, a slew of Liason lovers, including me, were hooked, but Liason just couldn’t make it work. Whether it was Burton’s comings and goings, or the brass deciding to put Jason with one flashy, story hog newcomer or another, fans of Liason always got just close enough to forever before having the rug pulled out. Then, after years apart, Liason fans finally got what we’d been waiting for. A drugged up and cheating Lucky (then played by Greg Vaughan) and Sam McCall (Kelly Monaco) rolling around on the floor with her own mother’s husband, caused the fates to align as Liz walked up those infamous stairs and into the arms of the one man she could never forget, mob lifestyle be damned! Both in need of comfort, Liason exploded in a night of passion we fans will never forget. The blessing of a faulty Quartermaine-produced condom gave us baby Jake and at long last what felt like a real shot for Elizabeth and Jason, that is until a bullet ripped through Michael’s skull. All along the way, Herbst rolled with the punches, not to mention the Lucky recasts and paycuts. From Jackson to Jacob Young to Greg Vaughan to ultimately Jackson again, Herbst never missed a beat, managing to preserve Liz’s integrity and spirit, even as one out-of-character plot point after another was written and executed to try to make fans dislike the character. Sorry, it didn’t work. ABC Daytime and General Hospital have made a huge error in judgment. Failing to see the potential and legacy Liz brings to the canvas (Hello, she’s Dr. Steve Hardy’s granddaughter!) only tells me what fans have been claiming all along is absolutely true — General Hospital has no respect for history, veterans or their viewers, and this “storyline dictated” exit proves it. Photo Credit: ABC 73 Responses melanie January 20, 2011 Thanks Regan. Well said! Log in to Reply KMRDaytime January 20, 2011 I couldn’t agree more. Log in to Reply alstonboy4315 January 20, 2011 I was not a Liz fan, but I remember watching Becky when I was 15 and she was a rebellious little schemer!!!! I feel like I’ve grown up with her and Jonathan Jackson!!! I think another soap should snatch her up IMMEDIATELY!! Maybe Y&R can cast her as Mac. I have NEVER liked any of the actresses who have been cast in the role in the past, but I think Rebecca could make me like the character. Or she could be a Colby recast on AMC. They could age Asher and cast Greg Vaughan!!! I’m sure there are other possibilities, but those are the only two that spring to mind for me right now. Log in to Reply Lorelai January 20, 2011 Beautifully said, Regan! As always! Log in to Reply strawberrygurl22 January 20, 2011 :(( :(( :(( :(( :(( :(( :(( Beautifully put Regan! Thank you Log in to Reply liason4real January 20, 2011 Thanks Regan,,,,,, You nailed the reasons why I love Liz and why I fell in love with Liason. Log in to Reply GHfan-4now January 20, 2011 Oh, Regan… And such a beautifully subtle pic to go with this post. Log in to Reply ahanshew January 20, 2011 Bravo, Regan. Bravo. Log in to Reply TATI_H January 20, 2011 This is great. Bravo. NO GH WITHOUT BECKY/ ELIZABETH WEBBER. Log in to Reply saveourgh January 20, 2011 This simply could not have been said better! I have watched GH for over 25years and Rebecca Herbst has been the shining light throughout the last 13 years of that time. She has never ceased to amaze me with her talent and with her magnificent ability to make Elizabeth Webber very real in every way. I will mourn her in every way as I’ve lost a very real constant in my life for no reason at all. Thank you Regan for voicing my feelings and those of many other of Rebecca’s fans, I’m sure. Log in to Reply Regan Cellura January 20, 2011 Thank you all for reading, thank you for your kind words. Log in to Reply maxsmom January 20, 2011 Rebecca Herbst tweeted her thanks to Regan for loving the character as much as she does and I’ll second that emotion. Log in to Reply BellaLiason January 20, 2011 Awesome article Regan. You said what I and many many others couldn’t. Elizabeth has always been my favourite character on GH. What a huge loss for them. I’m sure another show will realize what GH didn’t seem to, that Rebecca Herbst is an amazing talent. Unfortunately GH never seemed to recognize it. Log in to Reply jlafferty23 January 20, 2011 Very nice piece Regan! I’m not a Liz fan but I am a fan of Lucky/Liz and I feel like I have been kicked in the gut, I won’t be able to see my couple reunite. I also feel for Becky, despite me hating her character, I have always loved her as an actress, she blew me away with alot of her performances. I wish her nothing but the best and hope one day she can return to GH. Log in to Reply megana January 20, 2011 Regan, I have listened to you talk about your love of Lizzie for 3 years now on DC, and I have always felt the same way. I watched GH first for Scorpio, and then for Liz when she came on. I stayed watching GH for her, even as my other favourites were forced off ie the entire Quartermaine family. I mourned the passing of Liason and took it very hard, and I have especially hated the mob swallowing Port Charles. I have put up with it all, but I never thought that Frons and Guza would be so disrespectful to the fans as to fire one of their most popular characters and a legacy one at that. It seems the height of stupidity, and insensitivity. I just do not feel any obligation to watch this show anymore. OLTL and Y & R, they just have better story to offer me and they like their fans. I just hope Becky ends up at one of those places. Thank you for the lovely, heartfelt tribute to Lizzie and Becky. Log in to Reply GAgal28 January 20, 2011 Thank you Regan, thank you for writing such a beautifully put article! I absolutely agree with what you said. GH just will NOT be the same without Liz/Becky. And it makes me disgusted to see a legacy character be treated this way, while these new characters eat the show up everyday. And then for ABC to add salt to the wound by announcing Erin Chambers has a contract is just all kinds of malicious & ill spirited. My thoughts are with Becky & her family, & I hope she finds better work somewhere else. *Tears* Log in to Reply GHFan777 January 20, 2011 Excellent article. You said it perfectly. I can’t comment further at this point, because I am so mad and sad at this news. I do know that Frons just gave me a hour more a day to accomplish other things in my life. Though I have been very disgusted with this show, the past year or so… I was hanging in there for a few of my favorite characters. I no longer seem to have that reason. Especially when I hear how other actresses on the show responded to the news. I won’t be able to watch this show, knowing how nasty, classless, and mean spirited they are in real life. Log in to Reply katsonnet January 20, 2011 Great article and I agree wholeheartedly with every word. I loved the Elizabeth character like a family member. It’s crazy but then again, I grew up with her. I can’t even put in words how upset I am over GH firing her and the mess Frons has made of GH. I won’t be able to watch it without Rebecca Herbst. It wouldn’t be the same. I will keep Rebecca and her beautiful family in my thoughts and prayers and pray she is snatched up by another show pronto. I will follow her wherever. Thanks for the beautiful tribute! Log in to Reply watchingallday January 20, 2011 Regan, I don’t know if you know this, but Rebecca used her husbands twitter account to say that she read this This article was very well done. I have always been a fan of Liz. She wasn’t my favorite, but she was sort of the heart of the show. I preferred her to even Emily. It was disgusting to watch what they have done to the character over the last few years. I don’t really buy into the whole daytime’s death is inevitable. I think it takes deliberate actions like firing one of the most popular characters when the show has been spiraling out of control for at least the last year. I honestly do not think there is another character on the show that fans would be this upset over being fired and treated with such disrespect save for maybe Robin. Log in to Reply ambr78709 January 20, 2011 Weather you liked her character or not, Elizabeth brought the past and present together. Now that you hardly see the Q’s anymore this show has turned for me. I wish Rebecca nothing but the best and I hope she finds another acting gig quick! Log in to Reply CityGrlla1 January 20, 2011 Regan totally love you, love the article, and I love Elizabeth I grew up with her!! I’m devasted and wanted to cry some people will just tell me it’s a show but I really respect Becky and everything she brought to the character and GH. So I don’t want to ruin anything with a correction but “General Hospital has no respect for history, veterans or their viewers, and this “storyline dictated” exit proves it” Should change to: “General Hospital has no respect for history, veterans or their viewers, and this “storyline dictate” exit proves it.” The tense changes. I just want people to take your article seriously which they seem to be doing because we (all the fans) are in it together. Thank you for your contributions. Thank you. Log in to Reply doodleynoodle January 20, 2011 REGAN! I don’t know if it’s hormonal or if it’s just because it’s really starting to hit me now…but you just made my eyes leak. I couldn’t agree more with your sentiments concerning all things Elizabeth and I believe you’ve spoken eloquently for the masses of Becky/Elizabeth fans who are still in complete shock over the events of the last 24 hours. But the thing I especially *LOVE* is that you used the word “elegant” to describe Michele Val Jean’s writing. There was nothing more beautiful than Michele’s writing for Becky/Elizabeth back in the days when TIIC weren’t complete and utter morons and actually allowed the writers to do their jobs. I’ve loved this genre for most of my life. I sure am gonna miss it. Log in to Reply crazy4gh January 20, 2011 Regan, I couldn’t have said it better myself. I read the news about RH yesterday, but tried to put it out of my mind until reading your words tonight. I will miss her soooo much, guess my dreams of a Liason reunion are gone, how sad. I hope RH does well in the future, but whenever I think of her I will remember her early days with Lucky, but will forever in my mind live for LIASON!! How very, very sad!! Log in to Reply used2bmrsmorgan January 20, 2011 Aww Regan, that was beautiful. I read on Facebook about Becky being let go, and I had to come here to see if it was true. When I saw the post, I was heartbroken. The character of Liz is who hooked me to GH. Before she came on, I would watch bits and pieces during the summer, but I wasn’t hooked until Liz appeared on the show. You put into words everything I’ve been feeling since yesterday. I’m going to miss the character of Elizabeth. Log in to Reply Jillian Bowe January 20, 2011 CityGrilla1: Next time ABC sends out a press release be sure to tell them that since it is what they wrote in it. Log in to Reply elc914 January 20, 2011 What a beautiful article!!! Like you I adore her. She will be sorely missed. I still cant believe they let her go. It just won’t be the same without her. Log in to Reply Jenba January 20, 2011 Regan, it’s like you were in my head when you wrote this – I heard my own heart and voice in all your lovely words about the gorgeous inside and out Becky and the life she breathed into Liz. Though I adored Liason and original LL2, beyond her romantic pairings I connected to the heart, soul and history she represented even when under utilized. Above and beyond all that, I was sexually assaulted within 6 months of Liz’s rape storyline and in very real ways that storyline helped in my own life. GH came off my dvr when this news hit yesterday as it is no longer the show I once loved and I can’t personally support a show that made this type of decision but I’ll never forget my love for this actress & character. Log in to Reply doodleynoodle January 20, 2011 Thank you Jillian. I was just coming back in to make that point but you beat me to it. Quotation marks people…quotation marks. That should have been your first clue. Log in to Reply Jillian Bowe January 20, 2011 Doodleynoodle, no prob! FYI: It is in the correct tense… Log in to Reply Ginger14 January 20, 2011 Thank you – I totally agree! Log in to Reply Cyberologist January 20, 2011 A great tribute to a character and actress I followed over a decade. I too wish Becky the best and hope that she continues her acting career there is life after GH and I’m looking forward not backwards hopefully the next place she lands will appreciate her. Log in to Reply elbugten January 20, 2011 Regan, that was SO well said. I’ve watched GH since Luke and Laura returned in 1993 and I’ve loved Elizabeth and RH since Day One. You said everything I wanted to say. I loved Elizabeth, loved Lucky (as played by JJ) and Elizabeth, and eventually grew to love Liason too, even though I was ultimately rooting for a Liz and Lucky reunion. I admit that while I didn’t like Liason at first, I could see the chemistry was there between RH and SB and waited patiently for some kind of acknowledgement from TPTB that this was the couple to root for. No such luck. I still remember the scene in church at Robin and Patrick’s wedding when SB and RH looked at each other. Those two said more to each other with only their eyes than most actors do in pages and pages of dialogue. I can’t believe what TPTB has done in firing Becky, or that they are that stupid. RH and Liason have topped the fan polls in Soaps In Depth and Digest for YEARS; this is CLEARLY what the fans want, so why are they so blatantly disregarding this? How can ANY soap these days afford to piss off so much of it’s fan base? It doesn’t make sense! Log in to Reply watchingallday January 20, 2011 Jillian and DoodleyNoodle, I think yall are missing CityGrilla1′s point. By changing storyline “dictated” to storyline “dictate”, they’re saying that the story line to get rid of Elizabeth was commanded from the higher ups. I agree 100% with that sentiment. CG1 was not correcting anyone’s grammar. lol Log in to Reply jpp1975 January 20, 2011 Lovely article Regan, I totally agree with everything. I hope Y&R snaps RH up for either Mac or another character, I’d totally go back to watching Y&R just to see what she could do over there. Or, if they didn’t already have 2,000 actors that they don’t show enough, to B&B to reunite w/Ric Hearst. Or maybe to DAYS as Chelsea or Sarah? Log in to Reply I♥GH January 20, 2011 Great article and I totally agree. I am heartbroken over this news. I cried when I heard, and I still can’t stop the tears from coming when I think about Elizabeth and Becky being gone from GH. Elizabeth has been my favorite character on television for over 13 years, and I can’t imagine a GH without her. Becky is so talented, beautiful, and loved by so many; GH made a MASSIVE mistake letting her go and it is an irreplaceable loss to the show. GH has lost this viewer because Elizabeth was the only reason left why I was still watching. Becky’s last day on GH will always be my last day as a viewer. I’m a huge fan of Becky’s and I will go to whatever show she’s on next. Log in to Reply luvbucket January 20, 2011 Wow..that was great post Regan. The character of Elizabeth Webber has truly been an important staple to the GH canvas and her presence will be missed by soooooo many fans. Frons/Guza have lost their damn minds and I hope they reap the consequences of their STUPID actions! WE LOVE YOU BECKY!!!! Log in to Reply Saher89 January 20, 2011 icam with this article! there’s an online petition going right now, to save becky…. here’s the link: http://twitition.com/w7ni2 save liz… Log in to Reply ChloeLiz January 20, 2011 I could not have said it better myself. The character was loved by me from the first time she hit the screen and I would always find myself rooting for her to overcome all obstacles. Even though the character was put through the grinder the last few years I was still able to watch because I was waiting for her her be redeemed and given some sort or storyline. Obviously now that is not going to happen. I wish the actress the very best and I hope to see her in another soap where her talents, loyalty and charisma will be appreciated. Log in to Reply AllmyDaysatGh January 20, 2011 Regan, you summed up everything to perfection…this was a flawless article. Thank you so much….I am going to miss Rebecca Herbst and Elizabeth Webber!! :’(. Log in to Reply coolblue January 20, 2011 Regan, that was beautifully written. Elizabeth Webber is a legacy character and Rebecca Herbst is an amazingly talented actress who will be missed. GH/ABC Daytime has definitely made a terrible decision. I learned in history class all about dictators. Their misuse of power, agenda, and disregard of any ideas except their own ultimately lead to their own downfalls and demise. I can only hope the same outcome for the dictators that made this decision. Log in to Reply jockteen10 January 20, 2011 Regan you wrote everything to perfection. Liz Webber is my favorite character on GH. And now that she’s fired I see no reason to continue watching just to watch more mob storylines. And i’m not going to watch GH until the mob storylines are over and out. Log in to Reply jlj0117 January 20, 2011 You know how wonderful an actor is, when you can be brought to tears at the idea of not being able to see them on your screen anymore. My mother watched GH, all through my childhood, so I know the history, and the families, and I always watched here and there, keeping up with all the story lines. but when lizzie webber blew into town, with a plane ticket bought with the only money she had, when her parents dumped her, at age 14….THAT is when I started skipping gym every day, to walk home(2miles) just so I could see my favorite character. she stole my heart when she showed up. broke my heart when her rapist broke her. And made me damn proud to be a woman, when she used the bastards on gun t.o make him squirm, and beg to be turned in to the cops. LnL2 was my first super couple. But they couldn’t hold a candle to the amazing “more than friendship” that is liason. Becky owned every story line ever thrown at this character. the rape, luckys death, luckys undeath, LIASON, ric, zander, poison snakes, hidden panic rooms, rapists, blackmailers, dead undercover cops in freezers, stealing the ice princess and faking her death to escape the clutches of the dragon queen, miscarriages, paternity secrets,scandalous affairs, one hell of an NOP, hit and runs, and everything in between. Liz/Becky, made this show for me. I never thought the day would come when I would bid farewell to GH. But it has. If my girl Liz is gone, so am I. language alert………… Fuck u frons and guza . I will never watch this show again. Log in to Reply Kelly8970 January 20, 2011 :(( So well said! GH has made a huge error in judgment. There is no General Hospital for me with Becky Herbst as Elizabeth Webber. Log in to Reply spikefan January 20, 2011 Guza has no respect for GH history. I fell in love Lucky and Liz , but not ready Liz fan. But I won’t stopping watching the show simply because of Liz’s leaving. True GH is not what it use to be but Robert Guza for ya! Log in to Reply ChrisBGHFAN January 20, 2011 Very well written Regan. Thank you for this. It has been very hard to watch the character of Liz over the past year, as they have tried to make her look bad and out of character at every turn. She is my favorite character on this show and it is sad to see the outcome of this. My best to Rebecca Herbst. Log in to Reply Miry January 20, 2011 Very nicely written article Regan. RH will be missed! Log in to Reply SoapFan75 January 20, 2011 Very well done Regan. You captured all of the best Liz moments which are subsequently some of the most important moments in the shows history. Liz should have been groomed to be the next heroine on this show. This is a legacy character with ties to other legacy characters via two of her three sons. Log in to Reply js3557 January 20, 2011 Excellent article Regan! You summed up beautifully why I love Liz Webber/Rebecca Herbst so much. GH has made a huge error in judgment and have lost this viewer and many others. Log in to Reply goyankees January 20, 2011 I say it her on DC as many times as I possibly can. I do NOT watch ABC Daytime anymore and haven’t in 3 (almost 4) blessed years. My belief is they do not care about their fans, and ruined shows I loved for 30 years. If anyone in their right minds POSSIBLY believes ANY of your favorite characters will be around in 5-10 years, moves like replacing Soapnot with Sesame Street shows, and removing core/fan favorite characters/actors should lead you think otherwise. In a nutshell, the only 2 annoying characters that will EVER remain on the dial are Greenpea and Ryan. As horrid as they are (IMO, I admit) the staying power these horribly annoying characters have on the ABC honchos in baffling. I hope Rebecca hops on over to Genoa City, WIS and CBS. I would love nothing more than to see her on Daytimes #1 Rated Soap. Log in to Reply chardonnay January 20, 2011 Beautifully written Regan and what a great tribute to Becky. I am so disappointed in GH for letting her go, there have been other actors that were let go in the past that I didn’t want to go..but this one I just can’t believe it. Am seriously thinking of not watching GH anymore. I have been a fan of Lizzie since she first came on and Liason one of the best love stories on any soap of all times!! I wish Becky all the best and I know she will go on to bigger and better things!! Log in to Reply timepass January 20, 2011 Well said Reagan! I hope this news has an impact into the viewership, just to ensure that in the future they think before they fired people left and right! Log in to Reply Peaceole January 20, 2011 I have to admit I am not a Liz fan but I did use to like her. So what I think has happened is that the character has pretty much been destroyed and put back together into this character that is well annoying. That is sad I kind of got tired of the Elizabeth getting pregnant and guessing who is the baby’s daddy. I guess they had to let her go since she has gone through all the men on the show now with the exception of Sonny and Morgan. Log in to Reply starmaiden January 20, 2011 Wow! THis brought back a lot a memories and tears. Thanks. I will really miss Lizzie. Log in to Reply jath622 January 20, 2011 As a young child, being sick and in the hospital, my watching of GH was started by the nurses taking care of me. I have been watching GH since the very first show, so have seen so many come and go. This firing just makes no sense and will put an end to my watching. Sad to see that the writers just can’t understand that history and the family legacy is what these stories are really based on. Log in to Reply safetchick January 20, 2011 Agree with you Regan and was a hug Laison fan as well. *sigh* Log in to Reply kiyote1972 January 20, 2011 thanks regan. i loved almost all of her matches…original Liz/Lucky (as teens), the friendship with Zander, Nik, Jax Emily, and Patrick, Liric (liz/ric), Liz/Lucky (greg version – did not like JJ coming back) and Liason (though i loved their friendship and hated when it was hurt). loved the back and forth with her and carly. she is tied to so much on this show and i just can’t imagine GH without her…i will follow her to another soap…hoping Young and the Restless will pick her up quick! Log in to Reply Jillian Bowe January 20, 2011 Watchingallday: Re-read what was said regarding the grammer. Log in to Reply samanthadelayed January 20, 2011 Great post Reagan. It says everything I would have said if I was eloquent enough to come up with it. Log in to Reply JasonMorganIsAHottie January 20, 2011 Shocked, dismayed, sad, disappointed, angry, heartbroken-Reagan you put into words what was in my GH-loving heart and I thank you for that. It’s really nice to see some posters that I haven’t seen in awhile on the board voicing their thoughts. GH will not be the same. Log in to Reply Dariclone January 20, 2011 Wonderful article, Reagan! I’ve not always been a regular viewer of GH but I’ve always known about Liz and Lucky and have always liked Liz, amlost by default. I honestly can’t believe Fron is giving her the boot; he deseves the boot himself! Log in to Reply GHfan-4now January 21, 2011 This is for all the Liz/Becky fans. Heard about it on blogtalk radio and it’s been posted all over twitter and various sites protesting this ‘storyline dictated’ travesty. I give credit to the creator of the vid. Bravo! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uu2NMljzi1o Song: Carrie Underwood Music: Lessons Learned And once again, beautiful post, Regan. Log in to Reply twb6yz January 21, 2011 Excellent piece of writing. I think this is going to be one of those watershed moments that people may one day point to as something the show may never recover from such as the deaths of Maureen Bauer on GL or the death of Frankie Frame on AW. There were many years after Maureen was killed off but the show really wasn’t ever the same after that. When you cut out the heart of your show (not the main character but the character that represents the heart and what is good with the world), what do you have left? Log in to Reply txriotgrrl January 21, 2011 Regan – i FLOVE you!!! you pretty much said it all. i started watching GH about a year before lizzie/becky showed up and she is one of the main reasons i got sucked into GH. every scene you mentioned still hits an emotional note for me. liz crawling from the bushes will always be THE seminal GH scene for me. it was so powerful and raw and becky and jonathan just nailed it. L&L, then Liason… and like you said, it really just confirms that GH’s current regime doesn’t give a crap about the show’s history. i sympathise with all the actors and crew working on the show as well as the fans who continue to watch it because the regime clearly doesn’t give a crap about any of them. Log in to Reply kgbmc January 21, 2011 Reagan, you say it best. Thank you. Please let GH preserve “Liz’s integrity and spirit” in their exit story for her. Log in to Reply Alee1 January 21, 2011 I registered on this site just to comment on this article, because I am heartbroken at GH’s decision to let Rebecca Herbst go. Heartbroken and angry, disappointed and confused. Rebecca Herbst is one of the most compelling actresses on screen today, and why the GH executives decided to let her go is a decision that absolutely baffles me. Elizabeth is one of the most beloved characters on the show, she has fans across multiple pairings, to say nothing of all the half written and unfinished storylines (what was the point of bringing Aiden onto the canvas if they were just going to get rid of the actress who plays his mother??). Needless to say, I’m immensely disappointed and for the first time in my life plan on writing a letter to ABC to complain about this decision (I’ve never written a letter on anyones behalf before, and I’m not the type of person who sends a million pencils or whatever to a tv executive when her favorite show gets cancelled). I am sure Rebecca will land on her feet (she and Jonathan Jackson were what got me watching this show back in the 90s when i was just a kid!). She’s a marvelous actress and I wish her all the best in her future endeavours. I just hope the GH executives realize they’re only injuring fan loyalty by letting this actress go. Log in to Reply mrsnoahdrake January 21, 2011 Regan, Thanks for a lovely tribute. I also remember when Lizzie Webber and made Audrey Hardy’s life a lot more interesting. L&L2 (with JJ) is one of my favorite all time love stories. As a die-hard Liason fan, I long ago that the ABC wind was blowing in the Jasam direction. I was willing to accept L&L2 again when JJ returned as they still have chemistry together (but not as great as Liason) Why would GH kill off the 1 character who is a Hardy, a Webber, and has ties to the Spencers, Cassadines, Quartermaines and all important MOB family? Way before Liason, Emily & Liz were bffs. She also has a history with Jax (surrogate) and is friends with both Robin and Patrick. She can also mix it up with Carly & Maxie at any given time. So why get rid of the character who is tied to every major family and could be integrated in countless storylines? What about bringing back her dad – McGyver himself Richard Dean Anderson? And we still have the 2 big baby reveals – 1) Jake to the Quartermaines & to her bff Robin & the rest of PC 2) Aiden – which has tons of potential in terms of the whole Cassadine / Spencer feud and the interesting parallel that Jax first raised Spencer & not his bio dad Nik and now the same will happen with Lucky/ Nik. I also consider Robin & Liz as the “heart and soul” characters of GH. (Brenda not so much anymore) RH gave her heart and soul to GH and she gets a slap in the face as a thank you. Thank you Becky and the best to you and your family. May someone who will truly appreciate you invite you to be part an integral part of their cast. Log in to Reply Saher89 January 21, 2011 beautiful article!! u said everything that i’ve wanted to say, or spent time calling GH trying to tell them about it. thanks!:) Log in to Reply timepass January 21, 2011 Great one Reagan very eloquent! A great lost! Log in to Reply aforeverliasonfan January 22, 2011 I love your article and you sum up exactly how I feel about Rebecca/Liz/Liason.. I saw where some say they won’t watch GH and I totally agree Will not watch you further destroy such a wonderful character and actress. GH stopped being a must watch show a few years ago and has went steadily down hill at a rapid pace since then. Frons and his agenda driven BS are the reason I will NEVER watch GH again. I’m a 30+ former fan and I’ve watched a lot of CRAP throughtout the years but this was the Final Straw that broke me from ever “wanting” to watch this crap fest of a show again. My only wish would be that Sbu would ‘retire’ and leave all of those jerks in a real pickle. Now THAT would make me LMAO. IF Frons couldn’t have his ‘it’ couple, the one that is tanking by the way, I would LOVE it. It would serve him right if Sbu walked! Hope frons and his obsession with that pairing that IS NOT WORKING go straight to hades! They’ve ruined a legacy soap and for what? A pairing that sux the life out of his leading man? Right.. that makes so much sense.. oh and if you think fans will just ‘forget’ Liz and what she meant to Jason your deluded… fans don’t forget.. and that is your biggest mistake, in thinking that your whitewash of Sam would EVER be bought by most fans! Won’t happen. All you’ve done is give the fans who were on the ‘fence’ about returning to watching a real reason to NEVER watch again. Screw you Frons and I hope GH is not around much longer for you to F up anymore characters, of course you’ve pretty much done that already… Proud to say I am now a Y&R fan and won’t ever look back to ABC again. Sure hope they Pick Up Rebecca and she can SHINE on there… Log in to Reply GHfan-4now January 23, 2011 ^^^ I have to say, I loved your post! And I’m hoping she might get picked up by Grey’s–since the Head D*ck in Charge has nothing to do with Primetime. I’ve wanted her on there for a long time, and I think Meredith could use another sister! :tongue: Or she could be snatched up by another hot gig like Castle, or practically ANYTHING on CBS. Honestly, I’d follow her anywhere, and I don’t say that about many actresses or actors. I followed VMG to Las Vegas and Shemar to Criminal Minds. That being said, I no longer give ABCD my ratings. DOOL is my new best friend in that timeslot because GH has been dunzo for me since all this went down. I hung on for as long as I could, hoping it would get better, for Liz in particular, but this was the nail in the coffin for me. I watch clips of OLTL on YouTube since they can’t track it because I REFUSE to give anything to ABCD online. They can suck on it. :stare: Choke on that, HDIC. Log in to Reply LindaGHM January 24, 2011 Regan, Next time anyone wonders what gives with soap operas, and why I’m a longtime fan of General Hospital, all I’ll have to do is point them to this column supporting Rebecca Herbst. THANK YOU for your eloquent analysis. I gave up watching All My Children last year – just couldn’t take it any more – and I’m wondering about the path for GH. I’m not picky and don’t hate any of the couples, past or present. I could even go with Elizabeth giving in to her passions with Nicholas. All because the essence of her character, and her experiences, enriched the show in a way that was distinctly her own. I wish the best for Rebecca, and maybe in the long run that means heading to other opportunities. But I hope that the show will hear from lots of people, change its mind, and ask her back, and write an exciting, engaging story for her many fans. Love the website. Adore the podcasts. Keep on keeping on! Log in to Reply terrifictam January 24, 2011 Regan that was beautiful! Becky has ALWAYS been a favourite! I dont feel like it is….but I’m really hoping it’s a ‘soap hoax’! Log in to Reply AHeart4Fiction December 28, 2012 Aw man I’ve been trying not to get too down but what you posted was beautiful. Even though I am an LL2 fan first, I can still understand the lost and the hoping and the what could have been. I started watching GH when I heard the oringinal Lucky was returning and I had already caught up on all of the old L&L, Scorpios and Cassadines, Lizzie’s debut and the beginning of LL2′s romance…Man I felt like I have been jipped and I can only feel the same way for JJ. He was hoping for a reunion for Lucky & Liz. I wish RH and her family all of the best and wish for her to find a place where she is appreciated. Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply You must be logged in to post a comment.