HomeTVABCEx-DAYS Star Martha Madison To Sub For Rebecca Herbst On GH Jillian Bowe May 5, 2011 ABC, Days of Our Lives, General Hospital, NBC, News, Soap Opera, The Bay 38 Comments ABC Soaps in Depth is reporting Days of Our Lives alum and The Bay star Martha Madison is stepping in temporarily for Rebecca Herbst on General Hospital. According to the magazine, Herbst has viral meningitis, and Madison will replace her for about two weeks while she recovers. Martha Madison Photo by PR Photos. 38 Responses appleridge May 5, 2011 Feel better Soon Becky I Like Martha and Itll Be Interesting If she has scenes with Jason Cook & Kristen Storms Martha Begins Airing June 8th Log in to Reply alstonboy4315 May 5, 2011 Wow, this is totally RANDOM!!!! Martha’s great and all, but why recast for just a few weeks?? Can’t they just NOT show Elizabeth, you know in the same way that they just DON’T show Monica, Edward, Bobbie……..etc, etc??? Log in to Reply mipeony May 5, 2011 Hum…. interesting. Log in to Reply GHfan-4now May 5, 2011 Now that you’ve said that alston, I just thought… when is the Aiden reveal going to take place, I wonder??? If it takes place during Martha’s run, I’m done. Log in to Reply appleridge May 5, 2011 [quote=alstonboy4315]Wow, this is totally RANDOM!!!! Martha’s great and all, but why recast for just a few weeks?? Can’t they just NOT show Elizabeth, you know in the same way that they just DON’T show Monica, Edward, Bobbie……..etc, etc???[/quote] She Must Be Heavy In Story At That Point Thats Why They Prolly Couldnt Wait For Becky To Recover Log in to Reply GHfan-4now May 5, 2011 Sending many well wishes her way!!!! Get well soon, Becky!!! edited comment, doing some digging… Log in to Reply strawberrygurl22 May 6, 2011 Get well soon Becky!!! If it not Becky Herbst, I am not watching! Log in to Reply liason4real May 6, 2011 Get well soon, Becky! Log in to Reply GHFan777 May 6, 2011 Becky is pretty sick also . Michael her husband, tweeted she was sick over a week ago… if not longer. What a shame….Finally her story comes front and center, and she gets sick. She is the only Liz for me though…I would not enjoy any other actress in this role…even if it is only for 2 weeks. Some characters and actors are just synonymous with one another, especially when the actor has played the same character for so long. I wish they would push back the paternity reveal, until she felt better….Get well fast Becky…you will be very missed. Log in to Reply dellygrim May 6, 2011 Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Good luck to Martha you’ve got some big and much loved shoes to temporarily fill. Log in to Reply Kazy24 May 6, 2011 This bites! Just when I was going to try and get back into watching it. I just can’t see anyone else in the role of Liz. Get well soon Becky! Your fans are sending their prayers and well wishes your way! Log in to Reply AHeart4Fiction May 6, 2011 Aww, I hope Becky gets well soon b/c I do not want that reveal to happen until Becky is healthy and ready. Log in to Reply JAQ May 6, 2011 She has a very serious condition. Her health is of the utmost importance right now. Log in to Reply THEBEST May 6, 2011 I wonder if Martha will be a brunette. I’m guessing that the Aiden reveal will be next month because of Tyler Christopher’s final tape date being May 19. Martha’s first airdate is June 8, and GH tapes like 3-4 weeks in advance. This sucks that everything will come to a head without Becky, unless the TPTB drag things out. RavenBeauty said that Niolas will be killed off… Log in to Reply MichaelKnight May 6, 2011 Oh great, kill off Nikolas and not have Laura come back AGAIN during a family crisis. Ugh. Log in to Reply liason4real May 6, 2011 Nik is being killed off? GH has absolutely no respect when it comes to the show or their fans. Log in to Reply JasamForever May 6, 2011 The timing of this is pretty interesting….. Log in to Reply doodleynoodle May 6, 2011 I’m just shocked that they’re giving the character of Elizabeth enough airtime that she needs to be replaced… Get well soon, Becky! Log in to Reply GHFan777 May 6, 2011 For those commenting that they find the timing of this interesting… who schedules illness? No one knows when it is going to hit you. Becky is sick…her husband was talking about her being sick a week ago on Twitter….Tweeting symptoms that are all a part of viral meningitis. To suggest this is something other than her being sick…is just silly. It is a shame that she got ill, right before filming really emotional scenes, for her upcoming story though. Log in to Reply keanna May 6, 2011 Get well soon Rebecca!!! I wonder is Martha going to be a brunette, too. She’s a good actress, though I also wonder if the Aiden reveal will happen doing her stint, We’ll see!!! Log in to Reply AlistairCrane May 6, 2011 Yikes, it’s DumBelle! Kirsten Storms is the definitive Belle in my book—I couldn’t STAND Martha’s portrayal. I did enjoy Martha’s short stint on Passions as Lola. Log in to Reply Soap_fan_forever May 6, 2011 Wow..didn’t expect that. I hope Rebecca get feeling better soon!! She must have it pretty bad for them to recast her temp. Also it would have to be pretty heavy S/L to find it worth it to recast temp. I love Martha and miss her on Days…even if she didn’t play it aswell as Kirsten. So i’ll be glad to watch her for a few weeks but uh…she was the only person you could hire to play LIZ? Really?? I am like everyone else I hope its not during the paternity stuff. I kinda of assumed it would be soon…Nik would find out and be upset and leave town…and to me that should be his exit…but I really really hope they don’t trash his character even more by killing him off! and if they really found it a must to kill him off I should at least get a clip of him riding off into the sunset with Emily. Well back to topic…I hope Becky has a speedy recovery. Log in to Reply BetseyD May 6, 2011 WOW! That is terrible for Becky! I had the same illness (viral) many years ago, and I can still, to this day, remember the horrible Head Pain, that started off one evening as a really bad headache, that would not go away! By 4:00 am, the next morning, I awakened with the MOTHER of all headaches!! OH – and how could I ever forget the lovely freaking spinal tap that I had to go through in the ER! It’s a good thing that I was still young enough, that I was living at home at the time, and my parents had the good sense to get me to the hospital! My heart goes out to her – big time! Get well soon, Rebecca! Log in to Reply coolshoes May 6, 2011 The show must go on, as they say in theater. GH couldn’t just halt taping, just like a Broadway show doesn’t shut down when a star is ill — they have understudies. Kudos to Martha (who is a good actress) for stepping up to take on the part at the last minute. At least GH got an experienced soap actor to fill in. That being said, I wish Becky a speedy recovery and hope she doesn’t miss out on too much meaty material. I’m sure that’s the last thing she wanted! Log in to Reply JasamForever May 6, 2011 Look GHFan77, Before you start putting in your two cents and interperting my words let me explain them. My wording that the timing was interesting was aimed at GH and not Becky Herbst. If she is ill, she is ill, and defininately needs to take her health seriously. My comment was that I find it interesting that GH found a replacement for her when we hardly saw her doing one of her most important storylines, which was Jake’s death. But TPTB decide to find a replacement during this time. The timing is just interesting considering she was axed not too long ago. With the lowdown things ABC has been doing lately, all I have to say is watch your back. So, don’t put words in my mouth. Thanks, and greatly appreciated. Log in to Reply THEBEST May 6, 2011 I don’t want Nik killed off, either but at this point…would it even matter? With cancellation rumors getting stronger, it’s gotten to a place where it’s par for the course. GH has disrespected their history and fans for years now. Log in to Reply BetseyD May 6, 2011 I thought that the Nik storyline was changed (yet again), and he was just going to up and leave Port Chuck? I know that all three shows are undergoing some major re-writes (especially AMC & OLTL!) at the moment, and I could have sworn that I heard, somewhere, that the rumors of Nikolas’ death were greatly exaggerated. Who knows, at this point, he will be gone soon. One way, or another. Log in to Reply js3557 May 6, 2011 Speedy recovery Becky! I had viral menigitis twice (officially the most unlucky person on earth!) when I was in my late teens, early twenties. It sucks. Headaches that are torture and vomiting that never ends. I was in the hospital for a week with the last bout. She will be feeling tired and weak for about a month after the worst symptoms subside. I feel so bad for her! Log in to Reply JasamForever May 6, 2011 We all each have a right to give our opinions. Now, I truly see what other posts where referring to that you cannot write anything about Becky Herbst, that is viewed as negative by some, without someone commenting on it. I will continue to write my posts as I see fit. Nor will I waste my time continuing to argue a meaning of words, that is not what I come on this site for. Log in to Reply BradysPub May 6, 2011 Hope Rebecca Herbst gets better soon. Interesting casting choice. They really don’t look very similar at all. I love Martha Madison, though. I hope she eventually comes back to Days as Belle with either Jason Cook or Brandon Beemer. I miss Shawn and Belle. Log in to Reply Marezi May 6, 2011 My nephew had meningitis (do not remember if it was viral though) when he was 8 months old and every one that was in contact with him had to take some medicine and the doctor told us that he could have picked it up any where, while we were shopping, or where ever. Hope this is not one that can harm any of the children (or adults) Very very serious illness. Hope she recovers fast. On the other hand I guess the story must be heating up big time for Liz for them to have her re cast. I am going to love watching this as then I can see how I really feel about the character (versus the actress) Just hope the actress is a good actress or I will just turn it off. LOL Log in to Reply js3557 May 6, 2011 I watched this actress on DOOL and did not enjoy her acting. Maybe it was because to me KS will always be Belle….but I just thought MM’s performances were boring and one dimensional. Log in to Reply Marezi May 6, 2011 js is this Belle character still on DOOL? Just wondering if KS would get that job back if and when GH closes their doors. LOL Log in to Reply js3557 May 6, 2011 No…her character, Belle (daughter of Marlena and John Black) married Shawn Douglas and they were written off. Log in to Reply GHFan777 May 7, 2011 JasamForever Look GHFan77, Before you start putting in your two cents and interperting my words let me explain them. My wording that the timing was interesting was aimed at GH and not Becky Herbst. If she is ill, she is ill, and defininately needs to take her health seriously. My comment was that I find it interesting that GH found a replacement for her when we hardly saw her doing one of her most important storylines, which was Jake’s death. But TPTB decide to find a replacement during this time. The timing is just interesting considering she was axed not too long ago. With the lowdown things ABC has been doing lately, all I have to say is watch your back. So, don’t put words in my mouth. Thanks, and greatly appreciated. The reason you didn’t see much of Liz during the Jake death storyline is because they pulled scenes, and rewrote it after they rehired Becky. They obviously couldn’t go ahead with her meltdown and being carted off to Shadybrook, which was originally slated for this character. Their solution was to focus on the other characters, and throw us the occassional Liz scene, while it played out over the matter of a week and a half. Also some of her scenes were supposedly too unflattering to the character, and they didn’t want to darken Liz after deciding to keep her. The Jake story line was really the catalyst for Luke’s alcohol story, Liz’s departure, and the impetus to Jasam deciding to have a baby. Once they decided Liz was not going anywhere, they went full steam ahead focusing on Luke, Lucky and Jason. Was it right that Liz took a back seat in this story? No of course not…but she was never the real focal to begin with. They concentrated more on the other story lines that evolved out of Jake’s death, and less on her…since she was no longer leaving. This story line coming up, obviously needs the character of Liz in it to play out. They can’t write around her, or have her absent in scenes. Unfortunately for us Becky is too sick to work, hence the temporary replacement. In the future, if you don’t want people to misinterpret your posts, don’t leave them open ended and ambiguous on purpose. Then I wouldn’t have to throw in “my two cents” by not understanding what you are trying to say…….. which by the way I didn’t misunderstand……You were inferring there was more to this recast then BH needing a stand in while being sick. Your own words say she was recently axed, and that ABC has been doing “low down” things lately, and that they should be watching their backs.. All I said was… it was silly to think this temporary recast was anything other than her being sick. Log in to Reply BradysPub May 7, 2011 I personally think Martha Madison is a very good actress and actually preferred her to Kirsten Storms as Belle. She just seemed much more grown-up, and I thought she did very well with the more emotional scenes. Log in to Reply kgbmc June 20, 2011 I understand Rebecca Herbst is ill but when will she return to GH? There is alot coming up for character. Does anyone know? Log in to Reply JAQ June 20, 2011 I think soon. I read that she will be the one to tell Lucky about Aiden. 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