General Hospital's Rebecca Herbst on Her Shocking Firing/Re-Hiring: "It Was Surreal"



In the new issue of ABC Soaps in Depth, Rebecca Herbst (Liz) opens up for the first time about her shocking firing and subsequent re-hiring following the demands of angry General Hospital fans. Here's a tidbit of what Genie Francis' heiress apparent had to say:

"It was surreal," she recalls of that fateful Friday meeting with the show's executives in which she was told the news. "I didn't see it coming."





It's still unimaginable to me that GH would have even contemplated getting rid of such a popular star, who's character is one of the few, precious links to origin characters like Steve Hardy; not to mention the supercouple status Liz achieved in her own right with both Jason (Steve Burton) and Lucky (Jonathan Jackson).

  It's too bad fans didn't have enough time to prevent agenda-driven, inorganic storytelling efforts to "train" fans on which couple they should root for, from causing GH to wrecklessly decide to kill off Liason's son. I predict a "trainwreck watching" ratings spike during the week Jake dies and the immediate aftermath, then a massive bleedout. Stupid move, GH. Stupid, stupid move.


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I had watched General Hospital for nearly 30 years but stopped when Frons and Guza felt the only way to force feed their couple was to destroy my favorite character - Elizabeth. For a good writer, having Jason struggle with choosing between two worthy loves would be a gift but it's clear that Guza simply is not good enough for that. Although I stopped watching, I have lurked -- reading summaries, reading spoilers -- looking for a reason to return to the show that was a part of my life for so long but now, with Jake's death, I am done. There will be no ratings spike from me -- GH is as good as cancelled. If I have a yen for the characters I loved for so long, I can visit on youtube -- they certainly aren't on television anymore.

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Ahhh Liason Confidential is hot and happening today. Laughing my you know what off at all the conspiracy theories, esp. the its all sam the child endangerers fault. Except that a. the woman that took jake would still have taken jake even if sam hadnt been there because LIZ wasnt paying attention and b. Jake nearly died during the carnival because LIZ wasnt paying attention (not to mention she left him in the hospital to go boink the brother of her fiancee) and c. Jake nearly died in a house fire because LIZ's son is a pyromaniac (who probably set robins house on fire) and LIZ wasnt paying attention and d. Liason reunited after the faux gunmen in the park but ultimately split after LIZ went around loudly chasing Jason leading to the Russians uncovering the connection and going after LIZ and both boys. SAM saved them all the first time and then was the main factor in saving him from death in the exploding cabin and e. LIZ is the one that is so anxious to use Aiden to manipulate Lucky into a reunion now that Nik upgraded to Brooke that LIZ apparently wasnt paying attention and left the door open allowing Jake to escape. But SAM is the one that is at fault GMAB. Liz fans may forget history, but JaSam fans never will.

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I am so angry about this storyline. Just so, so angry. I was really looking forward to watching Jake grow up and all of the conflict that having 2 dads would bring. The GH writers are blood-thirsty, child-murdering bastards who apparently don't have the talent to tell a touching, emotional, "Port Charles Will Never Be the Same" story without killing a child/fetus or putting a child in harm's way. GH has been pulling this crap for years: (in no particular order - and I'm sure I missed a bunch)

- Sam's baby dies so Kristina can live (see, we already had a redux of the BJ/Maxie story!)
- Lily's baby dies so we can all mock click-boom for years to come
- BJ dies so Maxie can live
- Michael murders AJ (eventually, that storyline changed due to fan outrage)
- Liz is raped
- Michael is raped
- Jake is kidnapped
- Jake is hit by a car
- Morgan is nearly shot while being born
- Michael shoots Kate
- Michael is shot and in in a coma
- The Corinthos children are kidnapped by Faith Roscoe and end up in a shoot out
- Kristina is abused by her boyfriend
- Almost every child in Port Charles is put on a doomed bus - 1 dies

Okay, I'm running out of steam, but I know you are all thinking of plenty more as you read this. Why does GH hate children?

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Here's the way I look at it.

These children on soaps do not grow up in normal lives, they all have screwed up parents, and they are forced to grow up faster then "real life" kids.

Sonny's kids being screwed up makes perfect sense to me. "The Sins of the Father"

I don't agree with them killing of Jake, but I can't do anything about it, I will watch and enjoy Becky, Jonathan and Steve KILL IT!

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I am very happy that during a time of loss and pain for Becky, her fans were able to demonstrate their support and love to her and get her to open her eyes about TPTB at GH. The writers, on the directive of someone in charge, have spent the last 2 1/2 years working overtime to shred and destroy Liz, so that when they were ready to write BH out, few would care. I am forever thankful to the fans (myself included) who put pen to paper and forwarded our thoughts off to abc daytime regarding our feelings on their inexplicable decision to let her go. I was glad that Becky found solace via our correspondence to her.

Now that BH is back with GH, I want better story for Liz. I don't give a damm about Lucky, Nik or the ultimate and eternally spineless ass loser that is Jason Morgan. I simply want better for Liz. Should it not occur, I will be writing to Becky to seek other opportunites and cease my 18+ years of viewership from GH. I'm tired of GH flipping the finger to my viewership. I am not a sheep to be trained.

I abhor that Jake has to die to give Jasam a baby. I don't worry about that though cause I've no doubt Guza will kill the Jasam spawn too so that Jason can do another walk of shame. It's actually all his ass is good for.

RIP Jake. You were a beautiful, sweet child who was greatly beloved by your mother and Lucky.

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engradypind wrote:
I have decided NOT to watch for at least the next 2 weeks. If GH uses the death of a child to prop up a Jason-Sam relationship, as it certainly appears they are doing rather than making Sam a more interesting character instead of the doormat she is, then GH can do without my viewership.
I see this storyline as a nasty trick to play on the viewers and another means of manipulating the shows ratings.
Why do I watch GH? Habit mostly. I started watching back in the days of Jessie Brewer and Dr. Steve Hardy. Maybe it's time to break the GH habit for good.

I told myself I wasn't going to comment on this article. I am so tired of talking about Jake's death and the 'meaning' behind it.
Until I came across your post. What you said, I couldn't have expressed better.
I too go back to the days of Audrey & Jessie. Lucille. Dr Steve. Phil Brewer. So I know the history. Shows do have to change somewhat with the times, I get that. And knowing that it is my decision to continue to watch. However, to stoop so low, to go back in time over a story that really was an ICON of a story for GH in its time, sickens me!
I too have decided to take GH off DVR after the accident. I refuse to play into such 'garbage' and desperation that this show is pulling.

Nice post. I enjoyed reading it. Thank You.

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Yes, I am 100 percent positive Jake was going to die either way. This was supposed to be Liz (Becky's) exit storyline. She was to go insane with grief.

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I have been watching GH for over 40 years and I don't believe I have ever read someone so judgemental as EET. So you are a Jasam fan but not everyone is and I find your posts are getting more ego driven every time I read one. Lighten up..........we all have our favourite couple but we don't go into rants like you do everyday. This is getting extremely TIRESOME..........take a pill.

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So Jamey what is left for the writing of Liz? Bitterness? Anger? Because anyone would go thru a period of feeling that after there child dies.
I wasn't a fan of Liz before, so now I think the character is going to get worse. JMO

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Sling arrows all you like, but I dont post any more for my favorites than MANY on this board post for theirs. To paraphrase you, not everyone is a fan of your favorite couple and we are ALL entitled to our own opinions, even ones that you dont agree with. And I might point out that aside from brooke being an upgrade, which is an opinion vs. brooke is who nik is chosing at this time, which is factual, and cam being a pyro, which again is an opinion. vs. saying he has been shown as a child fascinated by fire and playing with matches, which would be factual, everything else I said I believe was factually accurate. Liz did lose track of jake when maureen napped him and she did lose track of him at the carnival and she did leave him in the hospital and she did bring on the russian attack and she did leave the door open. I dont see how thats ego driven any more or any less than someone saying in their opinion if jason is good for jake then Sam killed jake by hiring the faux gunman.

Look, I dont want jake dead, I have said that a number of times, but the tsunami in japan is an international tragedy NOT the death of a fictional kid.

Are you really that upset that one post out of 38 took an anti jiz stance. you all have already pretty much run off most of the other JaSam fans with these kinds of attacks, I guess maybe you wont be happy til we are all gone.

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EET.............I don't have a problem as to whether or not you are a LIASON fan or a JASAM fan but you seem to be so fanatical about what you post as if yours is the only post to read. I don't really care for either of these couples but the way it comes across to me (from your posts) is that it almost seems like everyday you are on a rant lately. I usually thoroughly enjoy your posts but for the last week or so NEH.

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Well, I just told my mother about Jake dying and even SHE was shocked and she hasn’t watched the show on a regular basis in YEARS. The only time she watches is when she has a day off from work, which is rare, considering her job. That said, she was also shocked about Becky being fired, since she knew the history of the character and she had seen all the pictures I had taken of and with Becky at the GH fan club weekends and at her Soiree events, which are always fun. Wow, what a year for me to miss attending GHFCW and especially Becky’s event this go round.

(And thank you DC for fixing my posting issue. I can't NOT be on this site at least 3 times... in the same hour, even at work! LOL)

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@JAQ I am not sure what is planned for Liz now. Honestly, I can't imagine it will be anything too spectacular. They've been trying to write this character out for a long time. That is no conspiracy theory, it's a fact, shared to me by some of the same sources that have helped me break just about every major story about ABC Daytime in the past three years. I can't imagine the brass is too happy the fans forced them to keep her, so I don't anticipate any inspired storytelling for the character of Liz. Hopefully they will prove me wrong.

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Jan Brady........I was wondering why you weren't on here today! Smile

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This is my thought about Liz....after things calm down, losing Jake, I would like to see her "paired up" with a certain someone who would make a wonderful husband and father to her children. She and her kids could eat BBQ chips and Orange soda on Jason's couch! Can you guess WHO? Wink Spliz?

That way, she can be close to Jason again!!!!!!!!! And then the Liason fans could read more into it, than there actually is. Wink
Ohhhh and Liz can go back to making them brownies she is so known for making for the new men at the hospital!!! Sexy

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SPIZ!! Now thats inspired!!

Jamey I am more addressing the idea espoused by some that this was done ONLY to bring on a JaSam baby and all the extrapolations of that idea as if JaSam only works if all traces of Liason disappears. I dont know if they have been trying to write her out - I would have thought if thats the case that they would have done so when she was preggers or before firing gv if they wanted to ensure there was no pressure to do an LL2 redo, allowing them to keep lucky undomesticated. - but that doesnt shock me one way or the other (tptb wanting to keep her or not keeping her). IF they were planning this to give JaSam a baby AND they have been planning RH leaving for a long time, wouldnt they have been setting the stage for Sam getting her pregnancy procedure news earlier?

Oldie nearly half of the gh related threads in the last two weeks have been Jake/Liz centric. Color me crazy but thats the topic of the thread so thats what I am commenting on. In perkies obs, I spoke about johnny, robin, and carly quite a bit and in fact gave quite a passionate defense of johnny and carly this week. The brenda story is so dull that I dont know what more can be said about it that hasnt been said. I am sorry that didnt register with you, but I dont expect most people to be a "fan" on a site where my favorites are routinely bashed and the character I like least is praised as the fan proclaimed heart of the show and the second coming of laura. Remember I sat through weeks of my favorite character Sam losing HER child - my heart broke for her, but that was when I really fell in love with JaSam. Maybe jakes death will make me fall back in love with LL2 - I did love them back in the day and stranger things have happened. But as much as that story made me fall in love with JaSam, you want to talk about spitting in a fan bases face - they killed off lila, gave her daughters name to ANOTHER baby, ripped hope away from sam, killed off her brother, wrote her soulmate leaving her on what could have been her deathbed, gave her five faux marriages that never ever were part of the backstory, destroyed her career, wrote her boinking her mother's husband only to find out mommy had cancer, wrote a ONS in for her man and her nemisis, and then made her watch a babynapping. OF COURSE its going to frustrate me to hear all these claims of agenda agenda agenda after sitting through that two year period, esp. when most of the jaSam fans seem to have abandoned dc. Its a lonely little group of us left.

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they killed off lila, gave her daughters name to ANOTHER baby
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I am confused. Skye's baby Lila was killed off?

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NO!!! Sam's baby was suppose to be named LILA. Sam was almost due when Lila died and sam asked Jason if he would like to name the baby after his grandmother. Jason got teary and said his grandmother would love the idea of giving her name to their child. Next thing fans knew, Lila McCall was buried as BABY McCall and a few months later skye named her child Lila. The next generation lila was SUPPOSE to be Jasons little girl. Thats exactly what I mean about the indignaties JaSam fans had to endure...the practically erased that discussion. UGH.

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Great memory EET. I remember the baby being buried as Baby McCall.
The Lila thing went right over my head. Innocent

I don't put much into Sam getting pregnant now. Maybe she will, maybe she won't. I don't see Jason on this show in 3-5 years. He has enough money he doesn't need to continue to work like he is. He has other things he is vested in. I am hoping that perhaps, one day, Sam will get pregnant, and her and Jason will leave together, probably the country for the safety of the baby.
It will be a boy and they will name him for his brother Jake, or it will be a girl named for the wonderful, beautiful, talented, Icon Lila Q! Love

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Jamey Giddens wrote:
RH - "It was surreal," she recalls of that fateful Friday meeting with the show's executives in which she was told the news. "I didn't see it coming."

Jamey Giddens wrote:
They've been trying to write this character out for a long time. That is no conspiracy theory, it's a fact, shared to me by some of the same sources that have helped me break just about every major story about ABC Daytime in the past three years. I can't imagine the brass is too happy the fans forced them to keep her, so I don't anticipate any inspired storytelling for the character of Liz. Hopefully they will prove me wrong.

Jamey I'm confused. If TPTB have been "trying to write this character out for a long time" wouldn't you think that the actor playing her would have some sense of it? If what you say is true then why would RH be so surprised that she was being let go?

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Jamey, I don't believe the fans forced TPTB into anything. TPTB don't listen to the fans. They do what they want. Whatever the reason BH was rehired, I don't see it as the fans forcing them into keeping her or any actor. If that was the case, better writing for Liz would follow.

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Here's my theory on it:

Even if it were true that they had been trying to write her out for a long time, there are two possibilities:

One: She was truly unaware of what was going on around her, that the head honchos wanted her gone.

Two: She knew they wanted her gone, but was totally shocked they actually went through with it, given her loyalty with them over so many years.

Given her wording of “I didn’t see it coming”, I’m guessing it’s the former, that she was just blindly unaware. She's not the first person in her position to say that, and she won't be the last, especially where all these shows are concerned. We fans often hear things the actors are unaware of until they read it on the page or get it straight from the horses mouth, due to sources. So, it happens, especially if you’re just focused on the craft at hand and nothing more. I believe she didn’t see it coming, even if the fans could see it miles away, given the shabby writing and that debacle known as NIZ, even if the rumors about Fronz not being fond of her are true, because she probably doesn’t let herself get involved in the pettiness that can go on behind the scenes at these shows. Some folks are just there to do a job and to please their fans the best way they know how with the material they are given, crappy or not, and Becky seems like that kind of person to me. I have a feeling if she weren't blindsided, she wouldn't have reportedly broken down on the set.

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Oh, I was going to add that my mother went through the same thing Becky went through, which is probably why it made me so angry, other than the obvious, because I could empathize. Everyone, from her so called friends to her coworkers, knew that my mother was possibly getting fired from her 30 year job of working for the government, and they all talked about it ad nauseam behind her back like it was high school, but she didn’t know a thing because she doesn’t get involved in work gossip anymore. It wasn't until her supervisor told her to her face that they were possibly letting her go that the so called "friends" and fellow coworkers mentioned hearing rumblings beforehand. Thank God she never lost her position, given her tenure and seniority, but again, it happens.

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GHfan-4now - Thank you for the reasonable and well explained answer. I appreciate it.

And I'm very glad that your mother didn't loose her job! It's unfortunate that she has to work with people whom she knows didn't have her back after 30 years. But what goes around...

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Ghfan-4now,,,,,I heard the rumors that JFP/Frons/Pratt wanted Becky gone back in 2002 when they started drooling all over ALW because she was an impediment to Jason/Coho pairing. Guza is the one that called Becky for a s/l while she was on maternity leave in 2004 when Frons/Pratt/JFP didn't want to keep her on the show.

It is truly sad that Laura/Liz are the female half of LnL and LnL2 and they get to birth Spencer babies then sent off to Shadybrook. Grrrr.

It's not unusual for someone to do their job and not get involved in the backstage hoopla and it sounds like that is what Becky was doing. Becky has had several popular pairings with LnL2, Liason, LiRic, and there are fans of Liz/Patrick, Liz/Lorenzo, and Niz.

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You’re very welcome, Sassy. Smile I just wanted to show a possibility as to why Becky might have been blindsided/shocked by it happening. And thank you about my mother too. She had a really tough time then, but just celebrated 31 years this month. And those who were talking and knew what would possibly happen to her, eventually left on their own accord not long after, or they were fired themselves for various reasons. Luckily, she is still in the same position working with a much more supportive group of people this time around. The others got what was coming around. Not to wish them any ill will by any means, but something like that, someone losing their livelihood and discussing it like it’s nothing, is serious. I guess they didn't understand that, unfortunately.

And liason4real, eye opening info about Jason/Courtney or ‘Journey’ as they were called - Sick - and how that came about. I absolutely abhorred that paring. Just was NOT a fan. At all. I didn’t even get online too much back then, in regards to all the backstage gossip I gobble up now, but I always thought from the beginning that it was contrived. When she first gave him that lap dance at Coleman's club, I just rolled my eyes, sat back and thought 'here we go'. And soon enough, it went. I liked Carly finally having a female friend and showing some sympathy for another woman for once, but I think that was more due to Tams and ALW real life BFF relationship. I never cared for the character of Courtney, but I did like her all right with Jax. Then they did the whole Ick thing with Nik and I was TOTALLY done. And I too hate that the female sides of LnL and LnL2 give birth to the babies, then get sent off to Shadybrook for whatever reason. And as much as I can't STAND Lulu, even SHE spent time there.

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Sassy........Jamey I'm confused. If TPTB have been "trying to write this character out for a long time" wouldn't you think that the actor playing her would have some sense of it? If what you say is true then why would RH be so surprised that she was being let go?
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@JAQ, maybe, maybe not. Soap execs are notoriously unscrupulous. They smile in your face, patting your back, while sizing it up for the knife.

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Rebecca Herbst is a class act.

I read the article in SID, and she credits so many for saving her job, and is very appreciative for all that was done on her behalf...she said even Jasam fans stepped up for her in her time of need. She was gracious and thankful to all.

She talked of how this whole experience brought her and her family closer together, and opened her eyes to what is really important in life. She relied on her faith to get her through this. She put her trust in God, that at this time he had another path for her. When JFP came to her dressing room to tell her a mistake had been made, and that they wanted her to stay on...she didn't quite understand as she had finally gotten to the point of accepting her new path....She realized then...that her path was still at GH, and that she did not have to leave her "second family", at this time. Yes that is how she thinks of GH...as her second family...

She is most definitely a class act...I for one am thrilled she is staying.

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EET
You have a brilliant thoughtful way of expressing yourself.
Do yourself a favor, as I am learning myself.
Stay away from story headings that are about Liz.

This Liason fanbase will come crawling out like cockroach's. It isn't
worth the aggrivation for you when your input is needed & appreciated elsewhere.