SOURCE: General Hospital's Brandon Barash "Isn't Going Anywhere!"



 




The rumor mill has been a churnin' when it comes to hunky actor Brandon Barash's status at ABC Daytime's General Hospital. Relax, Johnny Z fans. According to setside sources, Barash isn't going anywhere!

The false rumblings had Twitter buzzing Sunday afternoon, as even Barash's costar, Kelly Sullivan (Kate/Connie) retweeted a fan-generated Twitter petition (twitition) to "save" the actor's job. 




Barash later tweeted that he had no idea if he was being written out, which unwittingly fueled fan panic.




According to my sources, Barash and his fans have absolutely nothing to worry about.

"He isn't going anywhere," insists one insider. "General Hospital has big story planned for Jonnny!"

From what I'm hearing, Johnny's rivalry with Sonny (Maurice Benard) will continue to intensify, possibly leading the mob prince down an even darker and more dangerous path to revenge than the one he's currently on!

"Sonny's going to keep sticking the knife in," quips one mole.

 Keep checking back with Daytime Confidential for more deets!


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Please,can Sonny just lose and find something more rewarding to do with his life. So glad BB's staying. Smile Smile Smile

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Brandon is just as sexy as he can be........and Port Charles just wouldn't be the same without him and his massive.........um, chest! Laughing out loud

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I'm ready for Sonny to lose. Johnny is young, hot and Brandon is a good actor let him take over more of the mob aspect and let Sonny give it up for at least a while.

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Brandon is a terrific actor, but I am beyond ready to see the mob storyline go away for good. The G in GH doesn't stand for Goodfellas.

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Ravenbeauty just posted on Facebook...

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If it's true I think it's a really dumb decision!!! Angry

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Nooooooo! I would watch sexy Johnny over Sonny any day! The Sonny character has run its course for me. I have long ago found him unredeemable. I hope Raven is wrong, and I like Raven.

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If Johnny dies off then I'll probably stop watching at least for a while i'm tired of Sonny always winning and Johnny is such a good character plus Brandon is such a good actor (doesn't hurt that he's hot)

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First I want to thank Jamey Giddens for his quick response to the numerous Johnny Z fans that were upset over the recent speculation that JZ was getting killed off.
Loved JZ from the start and he is the main reason I watch the show.

His information seems to differ from Critical List and what Ravenbeauty just posted. I have been following her for 2 years and find her to be quite honest & accurate. A true person to be admired at this time in her life.

I really hope TPTB changed their minds about letting Johnny remain on my screen because I have been a staunch fan of GH, clamoring with fans for ABC to keep it on TV, and to have the new regime start killing off GH Fan favorites to make room for multiple actors I don't know, is to me, A SLAP IN THE FACE.

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NOOOOO! I trust Ravenbeauty's scoops, and if they let Brandon go, GH is run by a bunch of idiots. He is one of the best things on the show. Why in the world would they let him go? This is going to be a terrible mistake. And anyway, once Kristina comes back, who in the world is she supposed to be paired with? (Shaking me head) I am just dumbfounded at this.

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So clearly the new regime isn't listening when all the fans say that the show is too violent, when the critics say the show is too sonny centric, when the viewing audience is mainly women who MAINLY don't want to see the mob feuds over and over again!

The show is 4th in the ratings. All they are doing is changing the regime and making the writing better but they are not changing the stories or the direction of the show. GOOD LUCK saving this wreck a year from now.

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Glad the actor may still have a job but the mob nonsense is still the same. I see the appeal of the actor but not the character. Johnny may now be linked to human organ trafficking? What?! His learning of his true parentage was a lame story that did not change the landscape of the show. All of Johnny's stories have gone no where.

Lots of Sonny-hate when Johnny is "Sonny-Lite"...If anything, my loyalty would lie with the character of Sonny, who I've invested 15 years into! Sonny schools young Johnny in their every exchange. Johnny should be escorted out of the mob because the "rivalry" between Sonny and Johnny is uninteresting and unbelievable. Sonny spending some time behind bars could be interesting story and Johnny could pursue a career in music (anything in music that does not involve Starr.)

Sadly, in GH's current state the only characters I would hate to see go are Liz, Patrick, Anna, Alexis, Edward or Tracy. I wouldn't bat an eyelash if the rest of the cast went on extended leaves.

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Johnny can easily go legit. He just claimed last week he hasn't the nerve to get out of the business but the writers could give him some, and make him succeed.
He owns mulitple businesses and now seems to be getting involved in the music industry. BB can sing & play piano. Would love to see him turn into a rock star on the show or be involved in the entertainment industry like Ned. He can buy B & L.

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I think the decision for him to leave is necessary. I like that character better than Sonny but it is what it is. I am sure they realize they have to try something new. Days which is being revamped is still beating GH.
Sonny is only bearable for me with Kate/Connie. I have never liked him with anybody else. He is ridiculous with current Carly. Good heavens.
Desparate measures are needed and one is to backburner the mob or better yet delineate who the bad guys are.

In a way, I felt bad Ronnie is being cast in bad light. OLTL had recurring characters which rounded out the town. Characters like that are needed to round out story and/or town. I feel now Ronnie is like the guy with the red shirt on Star Trek, not a good sign he will be around long. He seemed more like a cop than anyone else on this show.

There will be some hard decisions at this point. Changes must be made quickly.

Too bad they don't move GH to 2:00 pm from 3:00 now rather than later. 3:00 pm is very competitive. In my viewing area Rachael Ray/Wendy Williams/Dr. Oz/Anderson Cooper all on at 3:00. The competition is not as stiff at 2:00. I live in Northeast PA which I believe is consider large market. I often wondered if GH would do better at 2:00. It might even pick up more people who watched oltl. I find a lot of people are schedule oriented. I have a cousin who cannot watch at 3:00 because of picking up kids. 2:00 might be better for many. Just sayin......

Sorry I got off track a bit. I have to reemphasize I am sorry if he is going. Kind of glad if he stays but I realize changes will be coming and some are storyline dictated.

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While I'm happy that Brandon Barash seems to be staying with the show, I'm not impressed for the writing of the character of Johnny at all. Dealing with human organs??? Really??? Did they have to go there?

I wish for Johnny to stay on the show but this rivalry with Sonny has become beyond ridiculous. -.- They have to stop pushing this and in the end let Sonny appear as the one with a soul here...

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No offense to Brandon Barash, but based on the way he's being written, if I wanted to watch old Sonny clips, I can simply do so by visiting Mauricebenard.tv and viewing M.B.'s old clips! First, they have Johnny move into Sonny's old penthouse. Then, they pair him with every female connected to Sonny and place him at a strip club and now Johnny's toying with the idea of a record business? Lately, GH writers have attempted to rewrite every scene and argument we've viewed in efforts to favor B.B. over and above Maurice Benard in the exact same storyline Benard made solid enough for Steve. Burton, Kelly Monacco, Laura Wright and Brandon Barash to join years later.

Maurice Benard never needed to join a singing group to promote his storyline, he simply rocked it! He also incorporated his own personal struggle with Bi-polar D into Sonny's story (hence the scenes in the penthouse and at Greystone when Sonny raged and threw things)...was it even necessary to have Brandon copy those scenes? HE'S not Bi-polar!

Maurice Benard never had anything handed to him on a platter from TPTB at ABC. He's always been expected to prove himself and has consistently spun crap into gold, because it was all ABC was willing to offer an actor with a permanent suntan. If Brandon Barash is truly to be compared to Mr. Benard then why can't he do so by defining himself? Let him work to create a POV with his own character, and establish a storyline history that GH fans will find untouchable and unforgettable. Maurice Benard has already achieved this and his fans remember each and every scene that gave us reason to watch GH long enough to even see Brandon B. grace our screens.

What I really find awful about all of this is the obvious attempt to play Brandon B. off of Maurice Benard! And I find this disrespectful to both Mr. Benard and GH fans! I mean, No wonder GH facebook and @generalhospital no longer spotlights Benard in photo montages or tweets. They'd have to explain the obvious similarites in what we're seeing on GH to much of the work Maurice Benard already nailed! I have never witnessed any other soap attempt to steal acting work (almost scene by scene) from one actor and credit it to another.

If this is all GH has to offer, maybe it should should be cancelled and at least then Maurice Benard will be able to submit his work as his own!

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I hope Ravenbeauty is wrong but I don't see her saying that kind of things when BB has been one of the rare actors who did something for her when her sickness took a turn for the worse.

I love Johnny and I really don't think as Pumpkin said that "the decision for him to leave necessary". If they kill off Johnny, I am DONE with this show and GH "the Ron and Frank way" can go to hell as they apparently don't care about what the GH fans want as long as they can bring some of their OLTL favorites in.

I was really ready to give CarTini a chance and was ready to believe them when they were saying that no "GH actor" would be let go. I was soooo stupid.

Johnny involved in an organ selling traffic? CarTini has NEVER watched some GH episodes with Johnny if they think the character of Johnny created by Guza would have it in him to do an organ selling traffic. Anything to darken Johnny and try to whitewash Sonny apparently...

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madcat wrote:
No offense to Brandon Barash, but based on the way he's being written, if I wanted to watch old Sonny clips, I can simply do so by visiting Mauricebenard.tv and viewing M.B.'s old clips! First, they have Johnny move into Sonny's old penthouse. Then, they pair him with every female connected to Sonny and place him at a strip club and now Johnny's toying with the idea of a record business? Lately, GH writers have attempted to rewrite every scene and argument we've viewed in efforts to favor B.B. over and above Maurice Benard in the exact same storyline Benard made solid enough for Steve. Burton, Kelly Monacco, Laura Wright and Brandon Barash to join years later.

Trust me I used to LOVE Sonny but I have been done with Sonny BEFORE BB joined the show. I was done with Sonny before even Alcazar died. But I don't see in any way how Sonny made the story lines "solid enough" for SB, KeMo, LW and BB. KeMo and LW had already proved themselves more than "solid" on other soaps. And BB was hired because of his interaction with Lulu and because of JoLu. If anyone made the story "solid enough" for BB when he joined the show, it is JMB as Lulu and NOT MB as Sonny!

madcat wrote:
Maurice Benard never needed to join a singing group to promote his storyline, he simply rocked it! He also incorporated his own personal struggle with Bi-polar D into Sonny's story (hence the scenes in the penthouse and at Greystone when Sonny raged and threw things)...was it even necessary to have Brandon copy those scenes? HE'S not Bi-polar!

Perhaps MB never joined Portchuck because a) he doesn't know how to sing or play an instrument or b) he was not asked? LOL how insulting to SB/BB/BA and SR. The four of them are closed friends and have success with something ON THEIR OWN. Why is it so unacceptable to some MB fans? Can't believe the comment! How disrespectful to the four actors.
And HOW is Brandon "copying" the Bipolar scenes? When?????

madcat wrote:
Maurice Benard never had anything handed to him on a platter from TPTB at ABC... If Brandon Barash is truly to be compared to Mr. Benard then why can't he do so by defining himself? Let him work to create a POV with his own character, and establish a storyline history that GH fans will find untouchable and unforgettable

On what planet do you live? MB asked to get the Bipolar storyline and he got it. He wants a Sorenda reunion, they manage to bring back Vanessa Marcil! Of course he has some bargaining power! Like Tony Geary and SB!
"Let BB create a POV and establish a storyline"... because you think BB has the freedom to ask the kind of storyline he wants??? Personally I know that I was amazed of what he did of the "Claudia is Johnny's mother revelation" crap and the way he faced Bruce Weitz's Anthony... I LOVED the scenes when JoLu were separated at ShaddyBrook Brook. That was a long time ago and I still remember them. And I am not even a JoLu fan

madcat wrote:
I have never witnessed any other soap attempt to steal acting work (almost scene by scene) from one actor and credit it to another.

So now BB is "stealing MB's acting work"???? You must be kidding me!

What I find amazing if how threatened you must feel by BB if you have to go to such actor bashing. Most people on DC hate Sonny but they don't bash MB. Apparently Johnny haters don't have that kind of restrain. That's sad and I hope that MB is not encouraging that kind of behavior. That would be very disappointing of him.

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If faced with the choice of a carbon copy or an original..I usually go with the original every time. Maurice Benard is a safer bet! He did it first and best. And since imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, nothing else really needs to be said as it relates to the comparisons being made between Maurice Benard and anyone who directly follows in his footsteps on GH: Steve Burton, Brandon B....

Mauricebenard.tv is a free site...go see for yourself!

Oh, and regard to an example, by definition, of "white-wash," go no further than the habit of certain soap scribes, Jason and Johnny fans to use the spector of "criminality or evil" as an excuse to remain dismissive toward original character, Sonny (as portrayed by Maurice Benard) and his many fans! But what can be said to the latter, other than: Hispanic, Lead Actor, Maurice Benard has done a fantastic job of making the many layers to his character quite believable!

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Madcat, what is your problem? Are the MB fans so insecured that they need to bash BB and SB too? I used to be a Sonny fan (SONNY, you know? THE CHARACTER! It has nothing to do with MB THE ACTOR) but I am done with the character. I think that Sonny never paying for his actions for so long is what is killing this show.

A lot of posters on Dc and other web sites are fed up with SONNY not MB. But you are bashing BB and SB not their characters! As Eden says, I really hope that MB doesn't condone such disrespectful behavior of some of his fans because that would be really petty of him....

Take Johnny out of the mob. With the talent of Brandon Barash as a piano player and a singer, he could work in the music business. Then I would love to see how the Sonny fans would find a way to say that he is stealing MB's acting work? Sorry, madcat but this kind of nonsense is actor bashing and it should not be tolerated on this site.

And a MB.tv? Please I have more than enough Sonny on my screen already LOL And I try to have a life beyond GH!

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Insecurity is exhibited most by those who elect to follow in the steps of others rather than to (by their own actions), define themselves.

I agree. Mr. Barash is EXTREMELY talented and capable of holding his own. So I am disappointed to see almost everything Maurice Benard has done repeated by Barash(right down to the use of sets). Mr. Barsh needs to define himself! And by the way, you're right, there's no need for you to visit Mr.Benard's site when you can watch B.Barash shadow his every move on a daily basis (GH). But if you are one of the many GH fans who loved it the first time around or would like to see it done better, visit Mauricebenard.tv!

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I will be so upset if they write Brandon Barash off GH. He is one of the ones who makes GH so awesome. There is also a rumor Dominic Zamprogna will be written off. The one about Brandon is the scariest because it is in so many places. And because of what Ravensbeauty said above. I just hope hope hope it isn't true. I would possibly have to stop watching. I would still have Spinelli, my favorite... I think I would only watch on the days he was on, I'd be so disgusted. But right now I watch every single day faithfully. There are certain people RC and FV would be CRAZY to get rid of. Brandon Barash is definately one of them!!!!!!!!!! BTW if they were ever so crazy to get rid of Spin before BA said he wanted to move on, I'm done. I would also miss Anthony/Bruce Weitz if they got rid of him.

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Love Johnny. Hate Sonny. 'Nuff said!

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BB has great chemistry with almost every woman on the canvas. When Johnny isn't killing someone, BB has also proven he has great comedic timing. So of course GH has a charismatic leading man with a good sense of humor AND they use him as just another killer for Sonny to have d**k wagging contests with. Or another killer with whom Sonny shares a woman's orifices.

Whether Johnny stays or goes, the misogynistic tone of GH continues. One more or one less mobster/killer/maybe rapist doesn't change the anti-woman tone of GH. And that has been and continues to be GH's biggest problem.

It has seemed to me that we were being set up for the "who killed johnny" mystery for weeks. Having him think about the "maybe rape" of NuKate was just another ploy to make killer Johnny seem worse than killer Sonny and killer Jason. In a day and age when GH is stagnant in the ratings, I assume this regime believes that a laughable and campy DID story featuring a "maybe rape" by a gangster is what will bring in viewers.

GH is still a train wreck. It's just moving at a faster pace and with better lighting.

I wish BB well either way. He deserves much better than the writing on GH.

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To ALL of the IDIOTS who call themselves Sonny fans talking shit about BB copying MB.That is BS because MB mumbles and can't even get his lines out the right way.BB DOES NOT mumble and IS a BETTER actor then MB ever was or ever will be.Heck most of the supporting cast are better then MB.Especially JMB (Lulu) who steals every scene she is in away from him.MB is overrated and since he became the" star" of GH it has gone to the bottom of the ratings and has stayed there.Sonny sucks ass and Johnny/BB ROCK!!

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I feel exactly the same way. Was never a Sonny fan from day one, before Johnny even appeared on the screen. Nothing means more to Sonny than power and his pride. The pride that had him renege on the deal Jason made with Anthony to put Michael under his protection in jail, which made him vulnerable for a rapist.
The pride that set a bomb to kill Johnny and could have destroyed Kristina emotionally if he had been successful. He knew they were only "pretending" to date. And she feared telling him that Kiefer was abusing her because she did not want to be responsible for his death. If Johnny had died because of Kristina, the daughter Sonny claims to love, she never would have forgiven herself.
Then we have the Sonny that pretended to be someone he was not, to trap Brenda.
The Sonny who KNEW he would get retaliation from Claudia after he kidnapped and tortured Johnny for 3 weeks and promised to kill him to get rid of Johnny for good. But when Clauida struck back and a bullet of a hitmans gun went astray and hit Michael, Sonny swore revenge. The fact that Claudia later had his back when he became boss of the combined families, Johnny gave him his loyalties, Claudia literally saved Sonny’s life in PR and then did not turn Kristina into the law for running her off the road and killing her unborn child did not count. Because after all, nothing is more important than his almighty power and pride.
Johnny was born into the business; he really tried to get out. But being the son of the notorious Anthony Zacchara made that possibility virtually impossible. Like in real life if you are mobster’s son, you’re labeled and he had NO family support system like Michael to help him.
Sonny never gave Johnny credit for his not taking advantage of Michael & Kristina when Johnny had more than enough opportunities to do so. But just keeps mentally abusing him and slowly has chipped away at the goodness inert in Johnny.

Johnny is hell of a lot better man than Sonny could ever claim to be, and now the writers are writing him out of character in order to make the mobsters more "real". But not all mobsters have a heart of stone. Angelo Bruno for instance was called the "Gentle Don".

RC needs to redeem Johnny, let him make one of his respectful businesses legit and run it. I want to finally see this mobster I love defeat all odds. Perhaps even become the next rock star in PC. LOL

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Edenpark - I consign every word in your post #19 - Verdilover you said what I was thinking but you managed to say it much nicer than I would have Wink

I have long ago lost my love of Sonny, while I applause the work of MB as an actor dealing with BP.

I think people need to leave the ACTORS out of this...a character assasination should be about the character not the person playing the character.

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Personally I was done with Sonny when Carly came along. I'll never forget when he put AJ on a meat hook and it doesn't help that those three have eaten the show.

That's NOTHING against MB the actor who I love! I'm just tired of Sonny.

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I find BB to be a highlight.

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Jamey's sources are usually right. He dosent talk unless he's almost 100% on what he's reporting. That has been my opinion over the years. I usually wait till I hear it here before I accept a rumor. Anything could be possible but Im not believing right at this second that he's leaving.