HomeTagsComings & GoingsSay It Ain’t So: Brandon Barash EXITS General Hospital! Jamey Giddens March 6, 2013 Comings & Goings, General Hospital 64 Comments It was the tweet read around the Internet. Well, for soap lovers it was! Insanely popular General Hospital hunk Brandon Barash (Johnny) announced today he is leaving the sudser. I held off on blogging the story, because I sincerely hoped Barash was joking. Apparently he wasn't. Here's what he tweeted: If y'all don't hear from me for awhile, it's because I will be in sackcloth, in a dark, dark room listenting to this. 64 Responses Dyllan March 6, 2013 Are we sure this isn’t a joke? The “NBA” part sounds sarcastic. Log in to Reply marieperoy March 6, 2013 Of course the NBA part is sarcastic. It is a joke mocking the fact he got fired. Why would the rest be a joke? And why are you surprised? I mean his character had been written in a corner a while back already. I am surprised he has lasted that long after it was revealed that he killed both Anthony and Starr’s family. BB is talented but this is pretty expected. Log in to Reply Dyllan March 6, 2013 If he is being sarcastic in part of the tweet, why are we to assume the entire tweet was not part of the joke? Frankly, I can’t interpret from the tweet whether he has been let go or not. Log in to Reply marieperoy March 6, 2013 Yeah, he was let go. Not sure what is ambiguous here. We are not to assume the rest was a joke because – besides the faulty logic that if part is a joke then everything is – what would the joke would be? “I got fired”? ha ha ha ? Log in to Reply iowaninmn March 6, 2013 This is not the first place I read about BB’s exit. So, yes, the reports seem to be accurate. I have come to like Johnny. And I think BB is a great actor. However, Johnny is the last remaining member of a crime family that, for me, marks a dark, dark period for General Hospital. It makes sense that he is no longer part of the canvas. That’s just how I feel about it. I wish Brandon the best. Log in to Reply scrumptious March 6, 2013 Brandon Barash has left the building! His exit was confirmed by On-Air On-Soaps through Barash’s management: http://michaelfairmansoaps.com/news/confirmed-brandon-barash-leaving-general-hospital/2013/03/05/ It’s rumored that he was supposed to leave a few months ago, but it was delayed for some reason. Anyway, he’s done. Kristen Storms also confirmed he left GH. Now there’s new rumors that JFP might snap him up for Y&R! Log in to Reply Dyllan March 6, 2013 Maybe he could be a recast for Kevin (YR)…so not feelin’ Greg Rikkart. Log in to Reply golinogal March 6, 2013 This is really a shame. He’s a beloved and popular character/actor and has really meshed into the GH canvas flawlessly… with-out any actual ties. I’m not clear as to if he was fired or if he quit though. If he was fired, I will be incredibly disappointed with the direction of the show… I can’t stand the character of Star, she doesn’t belong in Port Charles, its not a good fit, and it feels forced…. and thats fine, I can’t like everything the show does. But it does seem that Johnny’s character has been sacrificed for her story-line. And that makes me really annoyed as a fan. A character this popular should not be fired for any reason, especially not to prop bad story-lines… its really reminding me of when Becky Herbst got fired and it’s making me pretty turned off to the show. I was really hoping Johnny would be redeemed and have relationship with someone his own age… Maxie, Liz, Sam, even Sabrina (or god forbid Kristina)… ALL SINGLE. If they keep getting rid of all the men on this show and hiring more women (as they seem to be doing), it’s gonna have to turn into a entirely different kinda show, if you know what I’m sayn’ Log in to Reply GHFan777 March 6, 2013 (((((Raven))))) I am sending you a cyber hug. I know I am bummed by this news, BUT I figure you are REALLY SAD as one of our top Johnny fans. The way things are going on the show, pretty soon the canvas will be all newbies. If it wasn’t for the NB coming up, and all the vets returns, I would be tuning out. I really don’t like the current air hogs (Konnie/Kate, Sabrina/Britt). I wish BB the best. He really is a good actor, I am sure he will find work. This really is a loss for GH. The show is severely lacking in hunky men, with this latest departure. Log in to Reply katehhoward March 6, 2013 “NEWBIES”??????? We have been getting the older soap faves back on our screen. There is very little new people coming on canvas. The show is heading in the right direction. They need to get rid of Cate/Connie. If they had brought back Megan Ward as Kate Howard I think the show would be brighter for Sonny’s character. With Vanessa returning I do not want t see a nutty Kelly Sullivan going up against a young hot Brenda! Megan ward was a fashionista as Kate Howard a woman in power and control of her company. When the old regime replaced her it was bound to go south. No one likes Kelly’s interpretation of Cate. She can not pull off the fashion maven scenes. Log in to Reply ANGELWENDY15 March 6, 2013 Why does it seem like a lot of actors are leaving the show lately? Are they unhappy with the new producer and writer? Both Jason, Lulu, and Johnny all had main story lines when Guza/Phelps were in charge, and more dramatic stories. I’ve been wondering about Tony Geary, if he’ll be staying since he hasn’t had any Emmy type scenes in over a year. I will miss Brandon B. He’s a good actor but they wrote the character into a corner. Log in to Reply TV Gord March 6, 2013 This is a shame. So much for his prison romance with Christina (she’s even more pointless now). I don’t really think he’s been written into a corner he can’t escape, but I guess they’re just done with the character. The silver lining is that the show continues to move away from the mob connections, although his character had already done that. On a show that has characters such as Sonny and Todd, who have gotten away with murder, there’s no reason they couldn’t have found a way to keep him around. Oh well, he’s a talented guy. He’ll turn up somewhere… Log in to Reply elvara March 6, 2013 I really liked BB. Loved Johnny with Maxie. He had so much potential. Log in to Reply Yoryla March 6, 2013 Oh no. Well, the rumours have been circling for a good while, so I guess this doesn’t come as much of a surprise. I am sad to see him good, not only because of his extremely good looks, but also because I find him a capable actor, and I liked Johnny (although I do find the Zacchara family as a whole an unnecessary remainder of the Guza era…ugh) And then again, there wouldn’t have been many things that could have been done with Johnny anymore. They whitewashed that horrible creature Konnie by rewriting that it was Johnny who shot out the tires and not her, which was a ridicule. And if they had one yet another rewrite to get Johnny out of jail, it wouldn’t have been good either, because it would have undermined the credibility yet again. Good luck to BB. But what is this about an NBA career…? Lmao? Log in to Reply JasamForever March 6, 2013 This is totally gh’s loss. Brandon is a very talented actor and I wish him all the best. I don’t know what is going on at gh but they are losing the better actors. I hate that oltl people were sacrificed for some of these actors. Sorry but as soon as fv and rc came on board with their pets, Johnny’ s storyline and character went downhill fast. I hope Brandon does go to y&r. Log in to Reply pjc722 March 6, 2013 A good actor. There were so many opportunities wasted with this guy to be the GOOD mobster and finally show Carly love and still have the adrenaline rush that chick loves! JAX was a good guy. A great guy for her but the DNA of Carly loves drama and the DNA of JAX loves just rescuing people from that drama and then fighting with them for putting him in that position. That’s why I alway thought Johnny was the best character for Carly. Plus, the relationship and chemistry there was perfect and sweet! He could have still gone up with Sonny but without guns and shoot outs. Honestly, this actor had chemistry with everyone he was paired with… EVEN TODD! But, alas, once CARTOONY came on, he had eyes for only ONE JOHN and that didn’t end with an NY, either! Here’s hoping he is scooped up quick! No Y&R, though. That show does not need to be a repository of all of ABC’s cast offs! Send him over to B&B to pair him with Hope or be an old love of Steffy’s. Or even just be the younger man in Brooke’s life or flirt with Katie (or both) and that could send Bill into a rage!!! Bill is better when menacing. Or just have him be JOHNNY the mobster who escapes prison, drives to LA and when looking over his shoulder one day at what he thinks are cops trailing him, he runs over Liam and Taylor who were shopping for baby gifts together! Have the car careen out of control and then run over Oliver and maybe, just maybe come to a halt on the foot of Rick… just for fun. Ah, to dream a dream of a time that NEVER CAME. lol Log in to Reply edenpark March 6, 2013 I am so freaking pissed off… How can Cartini let Barash go???? They threw Johnny under the bus by making him cole and Hope killer (which was sooooo dumb for anybody who had watched that night’s events on GH because how could Johnny shoot tires like this when he was completely drunk???) but as many of us said it at the time, I guess CarTini needed to make Johnny the bad guy in order to break Johnny and Carly up and push Carly in Todd’s arms…. I am also very disappointed because I hoped that at least during the four weeks of RH, ME and KA back at OLTL we could see more of Johnny… Apparently that will not be the case and I understand better why we had to watch Johnny offering his shares of the HS to Starr when he had so much history with Lulu on that boat …. I have to swallow stupid Britt and Sabrina, vampires stories and I can’t get more Johnny? Johnny is a piano player (we have NEVER seen this side of him ONCE since Cartini took up) and he is a very good mechanic and he owned a club? They could have easily taken him out of the mob. A supposed excellent lawyer like Diane should have gotten him exonerated easily (in a world where Sonny and Todd never pay) considering that he was totally drunk and it was an accident and many people could testify how Anthony had tortured Johnny mentally for years and had tried to kill him. As TVGord said it perfectly well, Johnny could have been written out of his corner…. After losing JMB, GH is now losing BB? Except that JMB chose to go but not Brandon apparently…what a mess… But good luck Brandon. If you go to Y&R I hope you will be able to prove to CarTini how stupid they have been to let you go… And I may start watching what’s happening in Genoa City again… Log in to Reply Ravennite613 March 6, 2013 Excuse me if I do not post for a while as I do not know the proper time that a good mourn is needed. I am completely numb, so numb that I haven’t gotten to anger yet – I don’t think it’s sunk in yet. I do believe when it hits me there will be a chance that a restraining order will need to be taken out protecting Cartini from me, especially since NY is not that big of a city My only solace is that Kirsten and Brandon are a couple in real life and they love twitter and instagram PS – Thank you GHFan777 – I might be needing more and a few tissues :(( Log in to Reply harlee490 March 6, 2013 Oh gosh I saw on twitter when he tweeted and freaked!! Might not be a GH viewer but we know the GHers are loyal and this was going to hit the fan… Rumors are swirling already about him & Y&R…at first personally NO!…but after thinking on it and if JFP would want to be daring and create buzz on Twitter…hire him to play~~”Phillip Chancellor III as Jill’s gay son and rightful heir to Chancellor Industries :love: Working with Jeanne & Jess would be delightful to watch. Phillip comes home to help run Chancellor Industries Log in to Reply ANGELWENDY15 March 6, 2013 Revennite613- I feel your pain. Brandon B is a great actor and was perfect in the role of Johnny. Besides being incredibly handsome, he just brought SO much to the role. I don’t understand why he was let go, how stupid!! I am starting to have a lot of doubts about Cartini lately, because I don’t like what I have been seeing on the show the past few weeks. I am starting to see why may-be Steve Burton left? GH better get its act in gear. I am sure Brandon B will find more acting roles, he’s too good! The only Port Chuck band member now on GH is Bradford Anderson. He must be worried! Log in to Reply nysam March 6, 2013 @Katehhoward….Your comment about a nutty Kate going up against a hot young Brenda is a bit odd. You do know Vanessa Marcil is 10 years older than Kelly Sullivan??? Brenda hasn’t been “young” for awhile now and her botox screams that. As for Brandon Barash’s exit, I’m mad. He was one of the cutest and talented young males on the show. Curses to Cartooni for wasting his talents and not writing story for him this past year and what they did write they wrote him into a corner. A corner if his name was “Todd Manning” they would have gotten him out of. With him and Julie Marie Berman gone I wouldn’t be surprised if Jason Thompson jumps ship as well. These OLTL transplants along with newbies like Britt, Sabrina, Kristina, Trey, Connie/Kate are taking too much time from more interesting characters. They might be bringing vets back, but it is only temporary. They don’t have long term deals. For every 1 episode we see Laura or Lucy in we get 3 episodes with newbies that we don’t care about. Log in to Reply gslam March 6, 2013 *we interrupt the RC Bash-fest for this announcement* Sad news, indeed. I wish him the best. I wouldn’t doubt it if he popped up at Y&R. *the RC Bash-fest may resume now* Log in to Reply Jamey Giddens March 6, 2013 FYI: Brandon opted not to renew his contract. He reportedly wants to spread his wings. There is no bad blood between him and the GH brass. Log in to Reply gslam March 6, 2013 [quote=Jamey Giddens]FYI: Brandon opted not to renew his contract. He reportedly wants to spread his wings. There is no bad blood between him and the GH brass.[/quote] Once again, Jamey Giddens has to step-in to make sure errrybody knows the real deal. Thank you, Jamey. Log in to Reply doctormo77 March 6, 2013 I do not believe there is a Port Chuck conspiracy afoot. I think simple economics are to blame. So many vets are returning for the 50th anniversary and money is needed to pay these people. I know Genie Frances, Ingo, and Vanessa Marcil love GH but they do work for free. Granted, I was hoping for Johnny to get a reform story ala Todd on OLTL during the 1990s. The setup is already in place. Kristina is working at Pentonville when a prison riot breaks out; Johnny saves Kristina and some other people. In return he would get some sort of commuted sentence. Log in to Reply Ravennite613 March 6, 2013 [quote=gslam][quote=Jamey Giddens]FYI: Brandon opted not to renew his contract. He reportedly wants to spread his wings. There is no bad blood between him and the GH brass.[/quote] Once again, Jamey Giddens has to step-in to make sure errrybody knows the real deal. Thank you, Jamey.[/quote] I get that but who wouldn’t want to leave when you are basically being shown the door. I mean a BUS was literally used to run over Johnny’s character. So if this was truly his decision then I will support him but that doesn’t make me any less pissed off at Cartini for allowing this wonderful actor to choose to walk out the door Log in to Reply gslam March 6, 2013 [quote=gslam][quote=Jamey Giddens]FYI: Brandon opted not to renew his contract. He reportedly wants to spread his wings. There is no bad blood between him and the GH brass.[/quote] Once again, Jamey Giddens has to step-in to make sure errrybody knows the real deal. Thank you, Jamey.[/quote] [quote=Ravennite613]I get that but who wouldn’t want to leave when you are basically being shown the door. I mean a BUS was literally used to run over Johnny’s character. So if this was truly his decision then I will support him but that doesn’t make me any less pissed off at Cartini for allowing this wonderful actor to choose to walk out the door[/quote] “Allowing this wonderful actor to choose to walk out the door?” Really? What would you suggest they should have done? You can’t make someone do something they don’t want to do. No one knows what happened between BB and TPTB. I understand you’re upset. But please stop making this out to be anything more than an actor choosing to leave on his own terms. Log in to Reply Cornfed March 6, 2013 I’m not sure what my overall point is here lol, but i should add that EVEN when i wasn’t actively watching GH, i was running to my coworker daily asking her what Johnny was up to, b/c Brandon Barash just has that spark, that something special. I’m sorry, but i just can’t help but resent all the screen time taken to usher these OLTL exits. WE WILL SURVIVE a few months w/out RH, ME, or KA, trust me ppl. Log in to Reply Cornfed March 6, 2013 @TVGord, i don’t mean to single you out, but THIS is what i’m talking about with the show in general. Of course we saw the writing on the wall of Tarly being propped up as the new IT couple (gag me), but they COULD have found a way to keep Johnny on the show. Instead, we get — yet AGAIN — Kate and Olivia (two more useless characters than Johnny, one could argue) rehashing Trey’s death. Jason was discussed for a mere WEEK, but we’ve been talking about this Trey kid for a friggin MONTH. This show is a hot mess right now, sorry to say. I liked CarTooni on OLTL until they sacrificed TSJ for RH, and after that i was out the door. Robin Mattson was the only pure gold on another episode of pure sh!t yesterday. Filler, filler, and more filler. The downward spiral continues…. Log in to Reply Katiebug9624 March 6, 2013 Ehhh look at the character of Todd. Both RH and TSJ have played him through some awful storylines for heavens sake TSJ’s Todd nearly beat Cole to death and was given the death penalty. RH Todd raped a woman and still managed to become a leading man. Log in to Reply Ravennite613 March 6, 2013 [quote=gslam]“Allowing this wonderful actor to choose to walk out the door?” Really? What would you suggest they should have done? You can’t make someone do something they don’t want to do. No one knows what happened between BB and TPTB. I understand you’re upset. But please stop making this out to be anything more than an actor choosing to leave on his own terms.[/quote] Yes Really!?!? Did I stutter. Maybe if Cartini had chose to write the character of Johnny like all his fans had come to see him as then maybe he would not have wanted to leave. I am one of Cartini’s biggest supporters on this site so on this incident I WILL make this out to be more because it has appeared that from day one Cartini had no use for Johnny. Log in to Reply Cornfed March 6, 2013 Wonderful postS edenpark & pjc222!! LOVE.LOVE.LOVE! Thank you Ravennite613, another great post. My apologies to TVGord as i’m just as numb and frustrated as ravennite or anyone else is. I’ve seen a disturbing trend here and some REALLY BAD decision-making behind the scenes. It’s true, we did see that Johnny was headed to a bad place writing wise, but IF you can find ways to keep Kelly Sullivan on board, the same could be said for Johnny. Everyone here has sung the character’s praises better than me! Log in to Reply gslam March 6, 2013 [quote=Ravennite613]Yes Really!?!? Did I stutter. Maybe if Cartini had chose to write the character of Johnny like all his fans had come to see him as then maybe he would not have wanted to leave. I am one of Cartini’s biggest supporters on this site so on this incident I WILL make this out to be more because it has appeared that from day one Cartini had no use for Johnny.[/quote] Bless your heart, Ravennite613. I wasn’t aware that you were such a Cartini fan. In that case, feel free to blame them for an actor choosing to leave on his own. Log in to Reply Ravennite613 March 6, 2013 [quote=gslam][quote=Ravennite613]Yes Really!?!? Did I stutter. Maybe if Cartini had chose to write the character of Johnny like all his fans had come to see him as then maybe he would not have wanted to leave. I am one of Cartini’s biggest supporters on this site so on this incident I WILL make this out to be more because it has appeared that from day one Cartini had no use for Johnny.[/quote] Bless your heart, Ravennite613. I wasn’t aware that you were such a Cartini fan. In that case, feel free to blame them for an actor choosing to leave on his own.[/quote] this should ring a bell for you **sigh** Log in to Reply nysam March 6, 2013 In my professional career when I haven’t been challenged I have decided to leave past jobs as well. Cartooni obviously didn’t appreciate Brandon and his character that is why they wrote him into a corner and broke up his relationship with Carly. Brandon isn’t a stupid guy. He saw the writing on the wall. Why would he want to be paired with Lindsay Morgan who can’t act? That isn’t going to help his storyline and certainly not his career. Cartooni could have played Johnny with Carly, Lulu or even Liz. When it comes to characters under 30, Johnny was certainly more interesting than Michael, Dante and Spinelli. They wasted a talented guy and character the audience enjoyed seeing grow over the years. Gslam, if I didn’t know better I would think you were Re-Ron C. You apologize and defend every step this team takes. Log in to Reply gslam March 6, 2013 [quote=Ravennite613]this should ring a bell for you **sigh**[/quote] Exactly! I’m happy to see you’re reading my posts. Log in to Reply Cornfed March 6, 2013 Post #35 — DOH! Great post nysam :beer: Log in to Reply gslam March 6, 2013 [quote=nysam]Gslam, if I didn’t know better I would think you were Re-Ron C. You apologize and defend every step this team takes.[/quote] I have no problem being referred to as “Re-Ron C.” That is a HUGE compliment. I’m with Jamey on all of this – “What do y’all want?” Log in to Reply gslam March 6, 2013 Sorry…double post. Log in to Reply gslam March 6, 2013 …and I’m not quite sure for whom/what I “apologize,” but that’s cool. If that’s what you think of me, that’s your business. Again, no one REALLY knows why BB left. All the reasons you give are nothing more than your own speculations, and you have every right to speculate. Just call them what they are. Log in to Reply Jeff March 6, 2013 Although I will personally miss seeing him shirtless, I think the character had run its course. They can only have so many murderers running around GH at one time. They can always bring him back sometimes. Now, send Kristina along with him, and sending Spinelli and Sabrina packing would be great ideas too. Log in to Reply keanna March 6, 2013 I like Brandon and I wish all the best. I think his character ran its course, it’s just showing that GH is moving less mob-centric and a I like that. Maybe he will come back at some point, but people chill. Log in to Reply Cornfed March 6, 2013 All of these recent developments just reek to high heaven. And altho this isn’t the appropriate thread to say so, let’s just see if Marcy Rylan can play a character who isn’t a spoiled, entitled brat. I haven’t cared for anything she’s done in 2 two previous roles, i watched the last year or 2 of GL and i’ve also seen her annoying run as Abby. I’ll try to withhold judgment til she’s settled in as Lulu. Log in to Reply liason4real March 6, 2013 Good luck, BB. Log in to Reply J Bernard Jones March 6, 2013 oops, double post Log in to Reply J Bernard Jones March 6, 2013 I made an error somewhere I said Barash is pursuing his “MBA” as opposed to his “NBA career” joke! LOL (Damn you, Dyslexia!) But I made no error in wishing him all the best on leaving the show on good terms and spreading his wings. Log in to Reply TV Gord March 6, 2013 IOWAHAWKEYE, you have no reason to apologize to me. I didn’t feel singled out and you are making good points on your side of the argument. (I’ll store the apology away for a time when you don’t feel the need to apologize, but I do!) I can understand BB deciding to leave because he doesn’t like the way Ron is writing for him, but I still believe they were planning a storyline for him. It’s obvious to me that they were planning on having him bond with Christina during his time in prison. I could see it having some explosive possibilities, especially when Sonny and Alexis found out. Unfortunately, that won’t be happening now (unless they decide to recast). Log in to Reply kgbmc March 6, 2013 Cartini’s thoughts: “Don’t use them and perhaps you will LOSE them”. Log in to Reply J Bernard Jones March 6, 2013 TV Gord wrote I still believe they were planning a storyline for him. It’s obvious to me that they were planning on having him bond with Christina during his time in prison. I could see it having some explosive possibilities, especially when Sonny and Alexis found out. I agree; it looked pretty clear that was the direction things were headed (Johnny & Christina connect; prison riot or somesuch break out; Johnny rescues her; they fall for each other; Sonny & Alexis lose their minds)….but… Mr. Barash decided to exit and more power to him. I’ve said this before, but as much as I have been a big fan of Barash from the start and like the character as a wild card (which I think benefits every show to have at least one), Johnny ultimately was one of the most expendable characters on the canvas and has been for a long, long time. Even Johnny’s family ties via the Zacharra clan were tenuous at best as they dropped one by one (and there were only two!). Even making him a Solieto and tying him to Tracy wasn’t exactly the strongest of bonds, either. I think the brass liked him a great deal and wanted more for him, but it was not meant to be…at least at this time (unless he gets killed off). To paraphrase Carol Burnett, “I’m so glad we had this time together, just to learn your sis is really your mom! Seems we just got started when you killed your grandpappy, but the time has come to say so long!” Log in to Reply nysam March 6, 2013 @gslam….so my comments are speculation? Yours aren’t? Log in to Reply gslam March 6, 2013 [quote=nysam]@gslam….so my comments are speculation? Yours aren’t?[/quote] Yes, your comments are speculation. Show me where BB or anyone at GH has come out and said “BB quit because he didn’t like what RC was writing for his character.” Until there’s proof, your comments are speculation. And, no, my comments aren’t speculation. All I said was BB left on his own terms. And this is backed up by Jamey Giddens’ post. I can see there are some of us who are just going to have to agree to disagree. I like GH, some don’t. It’s fine. You can talk smack about RC as much as you want. And I’m allowed to argue when I disagree. If it makes you feel any better, I really dislike Starr with Michael. I find them intensely boring. There – I said something negative. Happy now? Log in to Reply acespencer March 6, 2013 I know everyone, myself included form time to time, likes to complain and voice dislike but seriously I read the same posts over and over again about how horrible this or that is and wonder why some invest any time in watching any soap and blogging about it if it is so bad and bothers them so much. Perhaps getting a new hobby would be wise. I personally have come to terms that while I dislike some parts about this character or that character I have come to realize that in daytime stories are like the weather they change. Characters are like weather they change. Writers are good and bad all at the same time. Cartini did some amazing stuff on OLTL like reuniting Nora-Bo, Clint-Vicki and Todd-Blair all before it went off the air but had some real doozers like making Vickers a Buchanan, The Morasco Fiasco, and the Wes-Tes-Bes-Jess Mess oh and that horrible baby storyline that went on for months too long. They are dong a much better job on GH and while it could offer a better flow it is far more watchable than what we dealt with two years ago. Does no one forget the wedding no one wanted to see that went on for a month. Like talk about no flow and movement of story. Guza the luza gave us a crap wedding that made no sense. While Guza was wonderful with the fire story, the hostage crisis, and the train wreck much of his tenure was to kill the show and turn it into the Sopranos oh I mean the Corinthos. During the writers strike there was some good story going on there but sadly it was short lived and it took months for them to give us Olivia and it was ridiculous when they did. Another stupid woman tied to Sonny. I for one applaud Cartini for shoving MB to the back. I am sure they only kept him for his fans. Give the show some time to develop and don’t be so down on changes. Everything changes when a new regime comes in and this is still a baby of a show under their watch. OLTL took a few years under Frank and then under Ron to find its zen. We dealt with a lot of crap along the way but over all there was balance. GH will never be what it was for many of us in the late 90’s and that is sad. While I like what Frank has done I pray to the Gods of soaps that Wendie will one day return but sadly that is most likely not going to happen. GH is far better than it was in years. The darkness has gone. I just hope they can truly find a balance that OLTL had and I say give it time. It will get there again. I just pray the return of Brenda does not have a single thing to do with Sonny. I would much rather see a Brenda-Jax-Carly-Todd quad or a Brenda-Jax-AJ-Liz quad or a Brenda-Jax-Carly-Aj-Todd-Liz hexagon! Log in to Reply Cornfed March 6, 2013 THANK YOU TVGord for being so humble, gracious, and witty– much appreciated. I really prefer to be wrong as far as what i’m seeing and predicting for this show. Maybe today will be a distant memory when we read that Marcil signs a long term contract, i would enjoy that. They could give her a loose taping schedule and maybe that would work for her??? Log in to Reply nysam March 6, 2013 @gslam….Deary, I’ve been working over 30 years. It doesn’t benefit someone to trash an ex-employer. It doesn’t help getting the next job. Brandon obviously was being professional and parted ways with GH. He has aleays presented himself as a class act. I don’t expect Brandon to say that he left because he wasn’t happy with his storyline and the 180 shift that this regime did to his character and how they basically assasinated “Johnny” to boost Todd & Carly. When you live a bit longer you will learn that people don’t quit jobs that make them happy. Log in to Reply Cornfed March 6, 2013 To acespencer, thanks for your great post. I can only speak for myself, but when y/r headed down a bad road with Lynn Marie Latham yesrs ago and every character was in once place at the same time, they recast Colleen b/c they thought Adrienne Leon was fat, Nikki was running for Senator, Phyllis was in a stupid prison story and they ruined Druscilla, i walked away from that show and never looked back. Then tuned back in when MAB took over and the gaslighting Ashley story was just taking off. Then it got so campy and dark that i was one of the first of my friends to turn it off AGAIN, and still haven’t turned it back on. Same goes for OLTL…once RH took precedence over TSJ and left Florencia w/out a partner, i turned that one off and never saw it again including the finale Now when it comes to GH, honestly i can say what made me catch up thru Nov/Dec/Jan eps was the news that Genie was returning. Having JMB and Genie on was going to be a personal thrill. Now that ain’t happening. So if GH gets to be a daily drudgery, i promise i won’t torure ya’ll every day blogging about it! and to nysam you get this! :beer: Log in to Reply nysam March 6, 2013 @acespencer….”The darkness is gone”?!?!??!? In the past year Cole (a teen age boy) was killed. Hope (a 3 year old) was killed. Trey (a young man was killed). Rafe (a 15 year old) sees his mother violently stabbed. Heather dangles an infant from a roof. Jason (a legacy character) is shot dead and dumped in the river. On top of it all the past 2 months were about vampires and blood. Please let me know what lightbulbs you use in your home, because my place is pretty dark when GH is on. The mob has been replaced by mental illness (Heather, Faison, Connie/Kate, Ferncliff, Steven/Caleb). Dark is dark regardless if it is at the hands of Sonny. Log in to Reply gslam March 6, 2013 [quote=nysam]@gslam….Deary, I’ve been working over 30 years. It doesn’t benefit someone to trash an ex-employer. It doesn’t help getting the next job. Brandon obviously was being professional and parted ways with GH. He has aleays presented himself as a class act. I don’t expect Brandon to say that he left because he wasn’t happy with his storyline and the 180 shift that this regime did to his character and how they basically assasinated “Johnny” to boost Todd & Carly. When you live a bit longer you will learn that people don’t quit jobs that make them happy.[/quote] You’ve been working “over 30 years?” Congratulations! Good for you! I’ve been working for 15 years. We like to work…that’s something we have in common. Patronizing tone aside, you are correct that it is not to BB’s benefit to “trash an ex-employer.” But, again, I ask you, how do you know he quit because he was upset at the way his character was written? The truth is you don’t. You have ASSUMED that’s why he quit. The truth is YOU don’t like the way his character was written, and so you have decided that since you didn’t like it, BB must not have liked it, and therefore he chose not to renew his contract because of it. For all I know, you could be right! Maybe he dislikes FV and RC with as much passion as you and others do. But, you see, I don’t know that. And neither do you. Maybe he REALLY, TRULY wanted to do something different. Since all he has chosen to say on the subject is this: Brandon Barash @BrandonBarash To clarify: A) Yes, I’m actually leaving. B) Don’t be mad at GH, it was my call. Mad respect for @valentinifrank &co 3) Lakers cut me.WTF?! …I have no choice but to believe him. That’s the respectful thing to do. Log in to Reply gslam March 6, 2013 @nysam, et. al. – If there’s one thing we have in common, it’s that we love our soaps. That’s a good thing. Log in to Reply acespencer March 6, 2013 I will clarify those are dark moments not a dark show. The show has humor and touching moments not just doom and gloom like it did before. Yes the dialog was meaty but sadly it was dreadful to watch day in and day and made me tune out and into OLTL for a much brighter and lighter show. Having amazing dialog is great but not having balance on a show is what will kill it. I wish Cartini would take a page from Dallas and give us the rich history that show offers, good storys, great dialog and passion! Sadly daytime is stuck in funks and won’t write great contemporary stories. Umm where is Felix’s love interest in Lucas? In regards to watching for this person or that person we all have our favorites but if you are that unahppy JMB is gone and that Lulu cannot be played by another actress take a look at the pluthera of actresses who have shined in the recast role. Ala Kassie Depaiva, Robin Strasser as Dorian, Erika Sleziak as Vickie, Kristen Storms as Maxie, Natalia Livingston as Emily, Lesly Charleson as Monica, Jen as Maxie, Bree Wiliamson as Jessica, Laura Wright as Carly and Tamara Braun as Carly, just to name a few. I know, I know there have been many blunders too! Let us never speak of Jennifer Brandsford as Carly, Kelly as Kate and whoever it is that plays Kristina. All suck! Log in to Reply Dariclone March 6, 2013 Aww man! I was hoping for a Johnny/Lulu redux! Log in to Reply timepass March 7, 2013 I am glad, I never liked him. Log in to Reply timepass March 7, 2013 I am glad, I never liked him. Log in to Reply jujube1013 March 7, 2013 how was Johnny Z. written into a corner, we still have luke running around free after he ran over Jake and never looked back, then went around saying it was liberating,and no his getting Aiden to gh DOES NOT make up for Jake.luke is also a rapist and stole Jake’s inheritance from Alan. todd is a rapist and from what i read here has done other horrible things.sonny is a mobster and shot his son point blank in the chest.sam watched Jake get kidnapped then terrorized Liz/Cake and went after lucky for revenge.alexis is a murderer.carly is just a horrible person and needs to be backburnered. so johnny is irredeemable? really? so now we have Matt in jail for self-defense. steve in jail for letting a bad guy die so a kid can have his organs. johnny in jail for drunkenly shooting out stahhhh’s tires and killing his craZy gf who was running around killing and kidnapping people. and luke is still running around free w/o ever even being brought in for questioning. and sam being hypocritical runnin g around yelling at todd for doing what she did to jake, but tea is sane. along w/kannie who bludgeoned ewen,caused the death of trey,ran over ellie,who should so sue her. how about they flip the script and make actual “good” people the heroes, like the drs.,nurses,cops,and yummy businessmen. i will miss BB and his talent and hopefully see him in something that uses his talents and lets him shower and change. Log in to Reply Cornfed March 7, 2013 Preach it jujube! Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply You must be logged in to post a comment.