Brandon Barash on General Hospital Departure: "It Was My Call"






Brandon Barash wants fans of General Hospital to know the decision to vacate the role of mob hottie Johnny Zacchara was his choice. The actor once again took to Twitter to clear up rumors regarding his exit. Barash tweeted:

Excuse me while I continue to sit Shiva over this news...


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Lakers cut me. WTF?

ROFLMAO!

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Brandon seems like a cool, classy guy. Hope this tweet helps a certain segment relax a bit.

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One can only hope.

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Don't bring his ass to Y&R! B&B can use him!

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I can now ease up on Cartini, because I thought they had done this to save money or to clear up a salary so that they can bring on another alter......or 12, for Cartoon Cawnie!!!

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BB is one class act. I'm gonna miss Johnny like crazy. I kinda hope he does go to Y&R. While I didn't follow Sbu to CBS (I've seen a total of 15 minutes of Y&R in my life), I would follow Brandon Barash in a hot minute. Good luck to him.

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I can see why he would run, look at what they did to his character. That boy looked like he hasn't washed in months. Also why they had to change the whole Connie really killed Starr's family angle. They really expect us to believe that Johnny left Carly's bed to go kill his father and hurry back to bed and she never know?

Please run to Y&R and hook up with Sharon.

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As much as I LOVE Brandon Barash, Johnny was written into a corner.

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There was an easy way to write him out of it and it looked like the show was going to go into that direction, as has been suggested by several before.

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Don't run to Y&R WE DON'T NEED HIM!

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Clearly, this was Brandon's subliminal way of saying he was fired and it's all Valentini's fault. Also, he has totally written this tweet into a corner!

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I hear there was a big blow up between Brandon and Frank, when Frank revealed his future plans for Johnny. Apparently, Frank was going to have Johnny study to become a medical examiner during his time in prison, and BB went ballistic! He jumped to his feet, shook his finger at Frank, and exclaimed, "Nobody writes Brandy into a coroner!!!"

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The only way to redeem Johnny was to have him risk his life to save Kristina & the Warden of Pentonville from a psycho inmate. That way, Alexis coulda got the Governor to give him a Pardon. Or have Cole & Hope turn up.

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TV Gord wrote:
I hear there was a big blow up between Brandon and Frank, when Frank revealed his future plans for Johnny. Apparently, Frank was going to have Johnny study to become a medical examiner during his time in prison, and BB went ballistic! He jumped to his feet, shook his finger at Frank, and exclaimed, "Nobody writes Brandy into a coroner!!!"

I love BB and this is so wrong, but......holy sh*t, that's funny. ROFLMAO!! Ha, ha, ha......You got me with that one! Laughing out loud

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I'd rather have him than Diego Chirashi(Alex)...

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I'm happy he cleared this up.

I was having a hard time believing Cartini would fire him. But the corner-writing is true - they would have had to jump to sizeable hoops in order to redeem Johnny from three murders.

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I'm happy Mr. Barash cleared up all this fan-created hysteria and rampant fan fingerpointing and blame gaming, too.

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LOL @ Gord!

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I always said that if the decision is an actors I will always back them...does not mean I have to like the way Cartini wrote his character over the last few months, the same way I hated Fruza for writing Jason during Sexico in Mexico.

I don't understand the need to not make anything and everything about Cartini - I mean I love what they have done for my show but I feel like the minute I make a comment against them the walls of hell are going to crash down on my head.

Also what his tweet tells me is that he is the person I thought he was, I've had the pleasure of meeting and speaking to him during MDA events and it is just like him to make sure people's feelings were calmed.

But since he only mentioned Frank by Name can I infer that he has no mad respect for Ron Smile)

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Aww, I'm going to miss him; he needed to be the one to replace MB as the mobster since he, IMO, was never a lazy actor as opposed to MB. I certainly wish they'd let the whole Kate/Connie crap go too!

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I don't mind him going to Y&R, but I would hope it's as a new character and not as Scotty. I actually hope he gets some movie roles...I think he would be a great movie actor.

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since he only mentioned Frank by Name can I infer that he has no mad respect for Ron

Since he only mentioned Frank by name, I only inferred he was mentioning the man who was, you know, his actual boss.

Wink

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@harlee490 -- the 40 seconds i YouTubed of supposedly "hot plot" Carmine & Lauren had me asleep in record time, an abundance of tweezed eyebrows and bad acting, and not YOU, Tracey Bregman! So YES, y/r could use BB!

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Nope canvas is full, share the wealth and as SoapA mention Days could use him as Justin's oldest son.

Oh well to each their own but millions love Lauren\Carmine and from FB & Twitter it showed. By watching 40 seconds on YT doesn't give the full lead up as fans have been watching on their TV screens the last month between both characters.

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@J Bernard Jones -- i think "fan created hysteria and finger pointing" is a tad bit over the top. If i see total and utter CRAP on my screen for 4-5 weeks consecutively -- CONCURRENT WITH A DAYTIME LEGEND RETURNING TO SAID SHOW -- i think anyone can call a spade a spade. Additionally, we pretty much knew the writing was on the wall when The Haunted Star was handed over to 19 year old lounge singer/teenage mother/chemical engineer Starfish Manning. Didn't take a rocket scientist to know some shite was gonna go down soon...

ROTF to TVGord! Laughing out loud

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A friend of mine who watched some Lauren/Carmine clips had mentioned to me "no chemistry" was her quote -- so that was why i checked it out. I love me some Tracey Bregman tho, i was watching her sabotage Tracy Abbott back in the Michael Damian singing days! I don't think Days will use BB, as Justin's barely on himself, no?

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logan_echolls wrote:
I can see why he would run, look at what they did to his character. That boy looked like he hasn't washed in months. Also why they had to change the whole Connie really killed Starr's family angle. They really expect us to believe that Johnny left Carly's bed to go kill his father and hurry back to bed and she never know?

Please run to Y&R and hook up with Sharon.

I would rather see Sharon with BB than with anyone on screen now! I bet their Chem would be off the charts!
And I loved Johnny & Carly

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IOWAHAWKEYE wrote

I think "fan created hysteria and finger pointing" is a tad bit over the top.

Yes, the fan created hysteria and finger pointing over Brandon Barash's departure the last couple of days has been over the top. So over the top, in fact, that Mr. Barash decided to take the extra step to clarify in a fairly classy way on Twitter whose decision it was for his departure from GH: his.

I didn't describe the situation — that specific situation — unfairly or inappropriately, and certainly not in the context where you tried to link that description to

If i see total and utter CRAP on my screen for 4-5 weeks consecutively -- CONCURRENT WITH A DAYTIME LEGEND RETURNING TO SAID SHOW -- i think anyone can call a spade a spade.

Describing the fan created hysteria and finger pointing specifically over Barash's departure on these boards, other boards and Twitter has no bearing on your ability and/or right to criticize the show in general, whether one agrees with you or not about GH being "total and utter CRAP or 4-5 weeks consecutively " (which I most certainly do not agree with that assessment in the least; I think the show has been an entertaining hoot, but to each his own).

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JBernard Jones: If you want to believe this was all a mere coincidence of timing -- that BB jumps ships shortly after JMB doesn't renew her contract -- AND ALL ON THE HEELS of a month long vampire story & newbies dominating the show, that is totally your right to do so. (Even I feel a bit silly belaboring the craptastic month of Feb after we just saw an excellent 180 of the show yesterday, but i digress Smile ). BB *setting the record straight* says more about him being a classy dude than it does about what really went on behind the scenes or who Re-Ron really wants to write for.

We can agree the show is in a much better place than it was a year ago and yesterday was pretty darn good! All i want is some balance on the show -- we can take your entertaining hoot of Feb, and balance it with the more humanistic stories we saw yesterday. I'd prefer to have as much of Laura as we're getting of Coatless Rafe and Nasal Molly. We'll see. I prefer to think of Feb/Early March as a really really bad nightmare.

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Thank you Brandon Barash.

Perhaps, now everyone can STOP blaming "Cartini"
for everything that's wrong in the soap universe.

Are they perfect? No. But no soap has EVER been perfect.

And even if you don't like everything they've done, they
did SAVE GH. Plus, I'm certain the amazing turn around
they achieved had a lot to do with Prospect Park (finally)
getting the funds ($$$) to resurrect AMC & OLTL.

If soaps continue to thrive, "Cartini" will be a MAJOR
reason why.