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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Guys, guys, GUYS... Has absolutely NO ONE seen or heard about this on the Soap Opera Digest Website???? Or has it not been reported on because it could be nothing more than petty gossip and wishful thinking??? Inquiring minds are absolutely DESPERATE to know??? I check the SOD website every friday morning to see what the SOD covers will be, which determines whether or not I will buy them, and you KNOW this news stood out to me!!!

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Guza's Future at GH in Question
We're hearing that Robert Guza, Jr. is on his way out as GENERAL HOSPITAL's head writer. ABC Daytime doesn't comment on rumors, but an insider tells us there's a good chance it's true.

source: http://soapoperadigest.com/news/breaking/

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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.

While I am very much in favor of organ donation I see this storyline as a nasty trick to play on the viewers and another means of manipulating the shows ratings. The Guza-Frons collaboration has spelled disaster for GH which used to be "Love in the Afternoon" but has dissolved into a very, very poor and disgustingly boring imitation of The Sopranos.

Why do I watch GH? Habit mostly. I started watching back in the days of Jessie Brewer and Dr. Steve Hardy. I've seen the show go from hospital-based to mobster central. There are no good guys in the show's top tier of characters: not Sonny (barf), not Jason (also barf), not Luke (always a favorite but who has now become comic relief), not Johnny (cute but also dirty), not Jax (Carly's chance at redemption who will be sacrificed to continue her unholy and unhealthy relationship with Sonny and especially Jason), not Spinelli (who has been contaminated and corrupted by mob association and employoment) maybe Patrick, Matt,and Steve (but they aren't on enough to be appreciated.)What about Lucky? He isn't getting the airtime he deserves as a prime character. Dante? Please! He is Sonny's son and will always be suspect. Everytime he and Sonny have a scene together Dante slids a little closer to becoming another mob apologist. Again, no one to root for. Carly? Not in this lifetime. Both Robin and Liz have undergone character assassination in order to prop up Sonny, Jason and Carly. Sam? This little "pocket venus" is one of the most boring characters to come on the show in decades especially when she is in her "Jason's doormat" role.

With the cast of characters GH props up and force feeds the viewers, is it any wonder we aren't bowing down to the idiots in charge who write the drivel they commit to the airways? Can't they do any better? Are they all hacks with the imagination of a bucket of cold manure?

Maybe it's time to break the GH habit for good.

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They have always used Jake as their prop since the cabin in the woods 2008 or having Liz with some of the worse writing I've seen coming up against this vanilla pairing...She won't get a reel out of this..Luke Lucky or / and Jason will...all she'll do is beat herself up in dialog "its all my fault" they never give her anything to work with...just triangles WTD babies that's it. The emmy reels goes to the pets. Elizabeth will not get written with a positive focus...she'll tell Jason he was right and she was wrong that's all it will be a Jason/Lucky story and she won't get diddly.

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Just to clarify a few things:

-Jake was kidnapped while Liz was tying Cam's shoe in the park. Liz did nothing wrong in that situation. I have seen that exact thing (mom bending down to tie one kid's shoe with a baby/toddler in a carriage behind her) hundreds of times. The people who did wrong in that scene were teh baby-napper and Sam.
-I love that people get that Cam is a pyro. He played with matches and set a fire once. Yes, the matches should have been put up higher, but accidents happen. Maxie set the Scorpio house fire by forgetting to blow out the candles she lit while entertaining the boys (who entertains kids with fire anyway?)
-The Russians followed Liz, Lucky and Sam to the cabin because they were following Sam, not Liz.
-As we saw yesterday - Liz did not leave the door open. The door was shut, Jake was playing on the step in front of the door, and Liz was looking at the mail. Jake openned the door quietly (as we did not hear any noise) and slipped out. That could happen to anyone. That was not Liz's fault and she it did not happen because she wasn't paying attention. She was doing something that moms do every day all across the world...read her mail.

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js3557 wrote

just to clarify a few things:

-Jake was kidnapped while Liz was tying Cam's shoe in the park. Liz did nothing wrong in that situation. I have seen that exact thing (mom bending down to tie one kid's shoe with a baby/toddler in a carriage behind her) hundreds of times. The people who did wrong in that scene were teh baby-napper and Sam.
-I love that people get that Cam is a pyro. He played with matches and set a fire once. Yes, the matches should have been put up higher, but accidents happen. Maxie set the Scorpio house fire by forgetting to blow out the candles she lit while entertaining the boys (who entertains kids with fire anyway?)
-The Russians followed Liz, Lucky and Sam to the cabin because they were following Sam, not Liz.
-As we saw yesterday - Liz did not leave the door open. The door was shut, Jake was playing on the step in front of the door, and Liz was looking at the mail. Jake openned the door quietly (as we did not hear any noise) and slipped out. That could happen to anyone. That was not Liz's fault and she it did not happen because she wasn't paying attention. She was doing something that moms do every day all across the world...read her mail.

TY for posting this. I agreed with everything you had to say...and it is a fair representation of what happened, minus the previous poster's bias. I saw that post and thought of replying to it, but there are a few posters on here that go into attack mode if you don't see things the same way that they do....so I figured why bother.

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Thanks again for getting personal with me.

Just for the record, the Russian lawyer told Liz point blank that they knew about the Jiz connection because of her when Jake was missing and the brought her in to the PCPD to be questioned. She mentioned NOTHING about sam.

Second, when I take my DOG to the park, I dont take my eyes off of her, not even for a second.

Pyro - tail end at the one minute mark. And who would blame him, how many "daddies" and how many homes has he now had?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFmi2rYmjrk

I love how when some fans have a POV, its a POV and when other fans have a POV its bias.

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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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That was my point. If TPTB hadn't fired RH, the Jake story wouldn't even exist. Are you saying it would have? I think once they had to backtrack on their decision to drop RH, it was too late into production to stop the Jake story from airing.

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I'm glad Becky has her job back now, but it sounds like she won't be getting any story besides Jake dying. Nice Frons and Guza, real nice!

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I love Becky and I'm happy that she's not unemployed, but it's so annoying that everything has to be JaSam vs. Liason.

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Well, being the mom to two kids, it's impossible to keep your eyes on 2 kids at same time non-stop 24-7 unless you staple them together. I'm sure it's much easier to keep your eye on one dog. Was she supposed to put Cam on top of the carriage to tie his shoe? Even if they were facing in the same direction she would still be bending down and looking at the shoe. Should she have been psychic and known that a crazy chick was on the prowl for a baby and that Sam would watch a baby be kidnapped?
One dog in the park compared to two kids... the two situations are not even remotely similar. I hate when people compare their pets to children. It's a "pet peeve" of mine (pun intended).

Sam was trying to infilitrate the Russian mob and they were following her that day...not Liz.

I'm done arguing about it. Some people twist Liz's every movement into sinister acts and evil intentions. She could give Sonny CPR and people would say that she was hitting on him. She could push Sam out of the way of a bullet and people would say that she just wanted an excuse to knock her down out of jealousy. Oh well...not worth the time.

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"Dont you dare try to blame this on me"
"Its true! The only reason for taking your son would be leverage over your boyfriend Jason Morgan. Now if you wanted your kids to be safe you should have found somebody else to date"

4:30 Mark

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l00DbRz-OsQ

Not evil intent or sinister acts just carelessness and selfishness given how many times jason warned her as did lucky

"if the Russian mob gets any idea you are involved with jason they will come straight for you"...."Elizabeth, he's right, you need to stay away from me"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IX0pu8WCuUY

So glad I bookmarked these from the 2 or 3 times before when people tried to blame sam for that one!

As for the dog vs. a kid, jake wasnt distracted by the thought of chasing squirrels either lol. And while I guess two is harder than one, the fact that she lost track of him at the park, at the carnival and now leaving the door unlocked - one time it happens, two times I would be on guard, three times?? Again not sinsister or evil just not winner winner webber dinner.

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EET, Your name describes you perfect. I'm just going to say it. You are being annoying and childish. Go find a Jasam thread to spread your love on. You are simply trying to bait Liz/Liason fans. It's safe to say we don't agree. You continuing to instigate fights is beyond immature. Liason fans don't like Sam. Jasam fans don't like Liz. This being a Liz thread, I'm not sure why you feel the need to be involved at all. Now I suppose you're gonna cry about "I can be where ever I want! You do it to Sam!" Blah blah blah. You're a sh*t starter. Go start it somewhere else. Aren't they missing you at abc.com anyway?

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EET-Here's one I bookmarked.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUzSNXB48fg

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Aww starr but I am your biggest fan...I am just glad that you joined just to insult me personally just makes me want to keep a sharing.....

so since you want to swap clips. How about these...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wMAFvruoQk
Elizabeth pulls a gun on Jason

Jason tells Courtney he never loved Liz
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJ4VbyNZ46U&playnext=1&list=PL75D68F054E8...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZnvXqciN2M
Jason tells Liz to get out!

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Cockroaches? Well I suppose that is rather truthful as my love for liason will NEVER die. Of course Jasam could be compared to something in need of squashing as well...Let's not kid ourselves here ladies and gents, some jasam fans can be just as nasty about Liz/Liason as some Liason fans are about Sam/Jasam. Saying otherwise would be a bold faced lie. So neither one of our fanbases can afford to play the victim in such discussions.

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Kazy just to be clear, Jaq is not a jaSam fan, she is not a fan of either woman but was defending me because I have been personally called out a number of times over the last few days, the last time just five minutes ago by someone who has been a poster for all of a minute. I have said many many times that there are good eggs and bad eggs in both camps, I said I didnt think jake should be killed several times (as did Jaq) and I said that I didnt think they should fire Becky several times (although I am upset that the money could be made up by firing other vets in her place that I happen to adore, but if we can keep them all we should). I just simply object to others attacking sam and then crying that I am annoying or selfish or baiting or they are SO over it when they get a response and I am beyond tired of the vote with your remote, I hope guza and frons lose their jobs and the show goes off the air for not being pro liason mantra that has been repeated ad naseum by certain Liz fans (not all, not most, but some) over the last month or so. I have been trying to be diplomatic when becky got fired and yet I was accused of secretly being happy she was fired and called names anyway, but no more. Had no one ever called out sam or started the vote with your remote Im tuning out sam gets whitewashed and only liz/becky ever got the shaft from gh, I wouldnt have said peep but if people are going to attack me I am not going to slink off like the bullies want. I dont consider you like that, I dont consider all or most liason fans like that, but some definately are and I wont be run off the way most of the other sam fans have been over the last year.

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starr wrote:
EET, Your name describes you perfect. I'm just going to say it. You are being annoying and childish. Go find a Jasam thread to spread your love on. You are simply trying to bait Liz/Liason fans. It's safe to say we don't agree. You continuing to instigate fights is beyond immature. Liason fans don't like Sam. Jasam fans don't like Liz. This being a Liz thread, I'm not sure why you feel the need to be involved at all. Now I suppose you're gonna cry about "I can be where ever I want! You do it to Sam!" Blah blah blah. You're a sh*t starter. Go start it somewhere else. Aren't they missing you at abc.com anyway?

Starr, considering that you JUST registered on this web site TODAY, you are an extremely rude, condescending, disrespectful person in MY opinion!!!!! Why don't you crawl back under the rock you obviously crawled out under from!!!

And if you would like to call me "annoying and childish" as well go right ahead! But I suggest you look in the mirror first since you are clearly both of those things!!!

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Just because I just registered to post doesn't mean I haven't been around. I just think you're are baiters. You come around Liz posts looking to make trouble. Congrats you've done it. I don't lurk in Jasam threads let alone post in them. I stick to my fanbase sites and threads. If I want to bash Sam I do it with them. You keep claiming you won't be bullied but you are the one bullying. You are here kicking a fanbase while it's down. Congrats. Now I will go back to lurking and watching your "mean girl" act spew all over this web site. You win. Hope it feels good.

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EET...Personal Message

This 'new person' is playing games with me, you and another on this forum, and another forum I go to.
BRING IT ON! Angry
I don't back down to 'bullies'.
The word 'cockroach's' I feel is very appropriate for how I was trying to get my message across. Obviously it worked! lol

The difference EET between you and I, is you write more eloquently than I do. Though we have the same thoughts, you express yourself better than I do. For that I apologize to people who read my posts.
There are a few people on this forum who are respectful, funny, and it don't matter to them how 'wound up' people get over this show. LOVE those people. I read all their posts. The other's for the most part, after the first sentence I move on.

EET you have nothing to apologize for. Or be shameful for expressing yourself. I have yet to see a post where you slammed anyone. Simply expressed how you feel, which some don't want to hear. Then SKIP over her posts! And mine! You won't be hurting my feelings. In fact you would be doing me a favor!!

Lastly abc daytime newsletter comes out on Friday's and I receive it.
Not sure who else does here. If anyone wants I will find the link for them.
This is abc. I find most things believable what I read.
That said,there was a poll. Who is the best couple on GH?? Luke & Tracey, Sam & Jason, and I 'think' Lucky & Irish.
The end results were 67% were in favor of JaSam.
And I swear I am not even a Sam favorite!! Laughing out loud

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starr wrote:
Just because I just registered to post doesn't mean I haven't been around. I just think you're are baiters. You keep claiming you won't be bullied but you are the one bullying. Now I will go back to lurking and watching your "mean girl" act spew all over this web site. You win. Hope it feels good.

You are one SICK person. You are lurking here and at About.com. You wrote something very similar to me what you just wrote to EET.
The difference is, you tried to use someone else's name from this forum whom I converse with at the other forum.
That person confronted you yesterday at About.com for inpersonating her.

You stated to me you were disable.
Are you mentally disabled?

Go back to lurking here and at about.com
I received 3 emails last night at home from people at about.com wanting to know WHO you were, and what your problem is.
You are not well perceived there.

DUH-WINNING is how the 'saying goes'
But then again, you know that, don't you??

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EET- I wasn't calling JAQ a Jasam fan. I was only commenting on the cockroaches comment, not her like or dislike for liz and sam or their respective couplings. Seeing as I was one of the "cockroaches" that crawls out I figured I was allowed to comment. The "squashing" comment was mine and mine alone. Because we know how I feel about that couple, but that doesn't mean I think people should be ganged up on from EITHER fanbase. My comment was supposed to get that point across, but I must have written it in an off way as it doesn't seem to have had the desired affect. Perhaps i should have included a haha or lol at the end of the comment?

Also, I didn't say anything Jake related in that comment and I love that people who don't like the character of Liz were adament about Becky staying on and were also very upset by the useless killing of a child on the show. The bottom line EET, I may not like what you have to say sometimes (99% of the time if it regards Liz or Sam/Jasam) but I respect that you have your own opinion and wouldn't attack you for it. As for JAQ- her comments make me LOL more often than not and the same thing goes for her- I may not like her comments concerning Liz, but those are her opinions and I respect that.

I'm typing this in a hurry so hopefully I get my point across on this post-if not I'm sure I'll be informed of it so I can explain myself better.

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Kazy....Did someone say my name? I think I heard something.......

If I offended you, I apologize. I mentioned to EET that the difference between her and I is she has better writing adequate than I do.

That is all I ask. Respect each other. What is irritating (to me) is some of these crazy theories that are put out there!! EET takes them personal. And she shouldn't. She to respected on here by many to let it get personal.

I am going to read one line of someone's post and decide if its worth reading any further.
I am fairly new here, and not familiar with who is who yet. So bare with me. lol Wink

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JAQ you didn't offend me in the least! I laughed at the comment and then thought of the funky saying that "the only two things that would survive a nuclear war are cockroaches and chuck norris" and then I connected that to my own love for a pairing that is either loved intensely or hated immensely! So I made my comment. It wasn't supposed to be me defending myself, it was supposed to be more of a joke but I guess I didn't come off that way.

As far as who is who- I have been around here since 2008 apparently, but I've only just started actively posting stuff. So I am in the same boat as you!

I also think some of us can take what other's say about our favorite characters personal for some reason or another. I know I have before. Sometimes we can't help but defend them right? Laughing out loud And other times, we just need to realize that some people have different opinions and no matter what we say, those opinions won't change so it isn't worth some huge fan war to try and tell them otherwise. It never seems to work out well for either side.

I think reading a line of a comment and then deciding whether to continue or not is a great idea!

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Kazy your the best. Thank you for your comments and weighing in and Jaq and sassy thanks for the defense. I am sorry to hear you are getting tailed to another board Jaq, thats not right.

I think one of the issues is really that some people seem to see some threads as "theirs" when really there arents any liason threads or Jasam threads there are just gh threads.

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Thanks Kazy for the post!

You know people can be brutal. The first week I was on here, I was 'attacked' by certain people. I have since learned to ignore their posts as I find them ignorant.
Why read there derogtory imagative thinking? Not when there are other people on here who are adults, and you can tell by the style in which they write.

You know I never had a favorite couple until CarJax came along. Never liked Luke & Laura. I did kinda like Frisco & Felicia, but CarJax for me were really my favorites. And in honesty, Carly reminds me alot of me, so its kind of hard for me to hate her. I understand her, I don't always understand why she makes the choices she makes. SAME AS ME!! Angry Point being, most don't like Carly on here. I don't care.
I do and that is all that matters!

I LOVE Jason. However, what I love him is pure physical. LOVE that body.

Again, thank you for your kind post. Meant alot to me.
Looking forward to agreeing to disagree along the way!! lol

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EricasEvilTwin wrote:
Kazy your the best. Thank you for your comments and weighing in and Jaq and sassy thanks for the defense. I am sorry to hear you are getting tailed to another board Jaq, thats not right.

I have no choice but to defend people who are in the right. Wink I won't go along with the majority because I am afraid of not being popular. NOT me.
As far as what happened on that other forum, there mentalities are in question, and they pulled someone awesome here into there game.
Well she didn't take it and I say to her WINNING!!!

Added Note: Star Star How sad is it when I use Charlie Sheen's trademark saying soo much? No matter how crazy he is, I like to be WINNING!!DUH!!

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JAQ, I am only coming out of lurking for one reason. I have no idea what you are talking about regarding about.com. I don't lurk or post there and never have. You have me confused with someone else. Again, I am not the person you're accusing me of being. If you go back and try to be open minded about my post all I was saying was I thought it was childish to come in and kick a fanbase when it's down. To bait a fanbase into an argument that no one is going to win. We can agree to disagree about it. It's hardly a personal attack. But actually more a disagreement over behavior. I don't believe people should be able to run amok on a website trying to create drama and not expect to be called out on their bad behavior. I so regret ever registering especially now that you are accusing me of something so awful as whatever happened to you at about.com. I would greatly appreciate you stop trying to smear me and I'll be sure to not use the screen name again.

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starr wrote:
JAQ, I am only coming out of lurking for one reason. I have no idea what you are talking about regarding about.com. I don't lurk or post there and never have. You have me confused with someone else. Again, I am not the person you're accusing me of being. I don't believe people should be able to run amok on a website trying to create drama and not expect to be called out on their bad behavior. I so regret ever registering especially now that you are accusing me of something so awful as whatever happened to you at about.com. I would greatly appreciate you stop trying to smear me and I'll be sure to not use the screen name again.

If you are a 'lurker' only, why you keep posting? And what the hell you talking about with About.com?? Guilty of something maybe?? Your guilt (over being a lonely lurker?) is showing us that you are paranoid about something, thus taking my posts personal.
So do tell. What about me, EET do you find so interesting??? Share. Laughing out loud
I mean, DUH, I am INTERSTING. What specifically though are YOU finding interesting?

Sassy, EET, who is this NUT JOB?? Laughing out loud

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starr wrote:
EET-Here's one I bookmarked.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUzSNXB48fg

Here is yet another for Starr or whoever her real name is:
http://www.experienceproject.com/groups/Am-Lonely/233 Party

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Starr, welcome to the boards. Feel free to post your thoughts.

JAQ, please stop running off newbies who have a difference of opinion.

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Perkie, you are so funny. Big smile

I thought you were smarter Perkie than this. Check your facts.