Bradford Anderson and Emily Wilson Officially Check OUT of General Hospital





Say goodbye to Spinelli (Bradford Anderson), Ellie (Emily Wilson) and Baby Connie. The trio will exit Port Charles for Portland next week on General Hospital. Head writer Ron Carlivati confirmed the news in the December 23 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Anderson, who had been with the sudser since 2006, opted to go off-contract last May. According to Digest's sources, Anderson agreed to remain with the soap through the denouement of the Spixie/Lante custody drama. Wilson was always on recurring with the soap.  

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  1. Profile photo of soapbaby
    soapbaby

    I will miss Bradford Anderson but understand his exit. I really enjoyed Emily Wilson and think Ellie had a lot potential. Just because Spinelli exits does not mean Ellie couldn’t have stayed and the character expanded. Not sure why she had to go and the likes of Franco, Kiki, Sabrina are still with the show.

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    Yoryla

    Bradford Anderson wanted to leave. So good luck and all the happiness for this wonderful actor. He has done a spectacular job as Spinelli IMO, and I’m sure has a lot of opportunities.

    However, what a shame for Emily Wilson. Firstly, I think she’s a really good actress, and I also LOVED Ellie! She was The One New Character from last year (Sabrina, Felix,….) that I REALLY liked from the start, and thought that she had a brilliant future ahead of her on the show. I was SO hoping she would have turned out to be the missing Quartermaine heir. It’s too bad if she was written out because of Bradford leaving. However, I am glad that they are giving Spinelli a happy ending, the kind of ending he deserves.

    I will say though that I’m not unhappy about the cast becoming a little bit lighter. It seems GH has had so much people only come in, but none really go out. So this is good that there will now be chances to focus on other aspects of the show even more.

    However, one question this does beg. When and how does Maxie get her baby back? Meaning, they’re not actually going to keep her away from her own child forever, are they? It would seem kind of silly considering all the storyline her pregnancy provided for.

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    DisillusionedGHfan

    I can’t see him being gone for good. At some point Maxie is going to want her child back and unless Kristen Storms is leaving as well, even after maternity time, this story is rather unfinished, no?

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    Katiebug9624

    So….does this mean Maxie never gets baby Connie? I always thought they missed the ball with Ellie not being the missing Q heir she would have been a much needed younger Q. As for Spinelli well its hard to be upset when the actor wanted to go pursue other things.

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    JBNC

    Good luck to them both, and I think the show needed to lose them + a few more, and I have a feeling this also might lead to KS leaving after she has her baby. Maxie might move to be with them at some point next year. Just a feeling….

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    logan_echolls

    Sad to see Ellie leave but I’ve been wanting Spinelli gone for years. His character got played out years ago. But that baby name better be changed by the time it comes back in 6 mos to be with her mother.

    I have NEVER bought Spinelli/Maxie has this epic love so I’m glad this frees up Maxie for a more suitable love interest. Wish they would have hooked up Ellie and Johnny. For some reason I really wanted to see them together instead of Johnny burden with Carly.

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    nellie-claire

    Well, you just ruined my holiday season! I had hoped that you were wrong. I love Spinelli and I love him with Maxie! I hated last when when he told Ellie that he loved her. I wish both actors well but I truly wish that Spinelli was staying; Bradford Anderson is such a joy to watch!
    I guess that I should add that I like Ellie to BUT not as Spinelli’s love interest. I should also add that TPTB didn’t need to write out Ellie to write out Spinelli.
    Characters as unique as Spinelli are hard to fine anywhere. I really do think that losing Spinelli is a big loss!

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    TomZulawski

    Thank you Soap Gods. Im thrilled Spinelli will finally be gone, maybe they need another computer geek at Y&R. Keep cutting the dead weight GH and bring on the people we want to see.

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    SwanQueen59

    I too had hopes that Ellie would have turned out to be the missing Q heir. And I think EW did a great job in a sometimes thankless role. I agree with Yoryla and nysam about her character being the best new addition to an extremely bloated cast. She still made people notice her by the quality of her acting in addition to her beautiful auburn hair.

    I’ve had a fondness for BA since he arrived, and was so pleased I got to speak with him at FCW this past July. I will miss his quirky characterization, one that revealed a sensitive and thoughtful persona…even with the fact that, yes, his Spinelli did try to set up D’s murder, LOL! Despite the plot point baby reveal and custody trial, his work in this story just past has been outstanding….. 0:)

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    GH ED

    First Bad move at GH … can’t believe it…. Very bummed out… and don’t like the idea of them taking the baby with them… that is just cruel. Ron you failed us….

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    TV Gord

    I imagine when Kristen goes on maternity leave, Maxie will get visitation rights and will go to Portland to visit her. Maybe she’ll return with the baby afterwards.

    I’ll miss both Bradford and Emily. They brought an element of quirkiness to the show that I’ll miss. I was always hoping they’d build a little Big Bang Theory clique of nerdy friends around them to be a Scooby gang of mystery solvers.

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    Daniel St. John

    Ellie had potential and would have been perfect as the Loki lost Q heir if that storyline had been written well but since her only real connection on the show is Spinelli I can understand why she is being written out.
    Have never been a Spinelli fan so I am fine with him leaving. Still a shame about Ellie though.
    She could have been spun off into several different directions n the show with all sorts of characters.
    This makes me wonder who may be next to leave the show. My money is on AJ just because of how horribly the writing has been for the character and the perception that Ron doesn’t really want to write for him.

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    heatherwebber10010

    [quote=Patchworks]There was no where else for these characters to go. Good luck to the actors.[/quote]

    I can’t agree more. With the resolve of the Britt story there’s just nothing else for them to do. Really the same could be said of Kirsten Storms. I bet she goes off to Portland.

    Personally I think they should recast Spinelli with somebody better looking. I honestly can’t imagine letting someone like Spinelli climb up on top of me.

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    Lucy D.

    I will miss Ellie. I like the character and the actress. Spinelli wore out his welcome with me when he was such a jerk about Dante and constantly worshipping at the altar of Jason.

    Maybe after KS’s maternity leave something will happen to Spinelli and Ellie and the hopefully renamed baby will come back to town.

    And for those claiming KS is next–stop!! She’s an iconic character on the show with tons of ties to PC. There are so many other characters who I wouldn’t mind seeing leave town instead. Leave Maxie alone.

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    soapjunkie88

    There are ways to reunite Maxie and her daughter without Spinelli and Ellie present. It’s not that hard to do this after Kirsten Storms returns to the show after her maternity leave is over.

    And those who are claiming or speculating that Storms is next … there is no reason to believe that. She is temporarily leaving the show to give birth to her child. Nothing else.

    I think there is tons of stories to tell with Maxie. And if there was any sign of KS leaving, I think that they would have written the story much different and it would be Spinelli and Maxie that would be leaving together. Instead GH is leading the way for Maxie to exist without Spinelli on the show. Have no doubt that she is staying long-term.

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    sweetiepie

    When Spinelli first came to Port Chuck he was quirky and different and a needed addition to the gloom that surrounded Sonny & Co. However, Spinelli speak got tiresome. I have enjoyed Spinelli with Ellie because he came more mature with her. I’m sad that the door has completely closed on Spixie, I liked the opposites attract aspect with that pairing. More importantly, what will happen to beautiful baby Georgie??? I want Maxie to get her daughter back.

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    sweetiepie

    When Spinelli first came to Port Chuck he was quirky and different and a needed addition to the gloom that surrounded Sonny & Co. However, Spinelli speak got tiresome. I have enjoyed Spinelli with Ellie because he came more mature with her. I’m sad that the door has completely closed on Spixie, I liked the opposites attract aspect with that pairing. More importantly, what will happen to beautiful baby Georgie??? I want Maxie to get her daughter back.

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    iowaninmn

    First, I will say I will miss Ellie … she was a much-needed breath of fresh air when she arrived and has continued to be one. Add my voice to the many who think the show missed the boat when they didn’t attach her to a core GH family.

    Second, Spinelli has grown on me the last year or so. As TPTB made him less of a constant computer geek doing the work of the mob and worshiping at the feet of Jason, he became more likable to me.

    So I will miss them both, even though I agree with some that the show is definitely heavy on characters.

    Still, I strongly disagree with a couple posters who say there was nowhere to go with these characters. That is more a comment on the ability of this show’s writers. The same thing could be said about a lot of the characters who I miss seeing from active stories. A soap like Y&R has written stories for the same characters for decades, ditto for OLTL and AMC when they were on. General Hospital seems to be unique in it’s ability to NOT be able to continue writing story for its vets … with the recent exception of Anna, Duke, Robert, and Robin … ok, and the constant exception of Luke Spencer. But I’m thinking about Laura, Bobbie, Monica, Alan, Felicia, Mac, Lesley

  19. Profile photo of jackrabbit40
    jackrabbit40

    So sad to see them go but completely understand the reasons behind it.
    It all makes sense.
    In about 10 years time though, some 16 year old girl will be lurking around Port Charles looking for the terrible mother that deserted her, sparking a new storyline for Maxie. I have no doubt!
    Good luck to Emily and Bradford…you’ll be missed!

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    Grimm

    Just to mournfully echo others’ sentiments…Ellie was the most interesting character introduced in that frame of time. “Oh Sugar!” She will be missed in Port Charles.

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    ANGELWENDY15

    Wow! This surprised me. I knew Bradford A was only on recurring status because he wanted to do other things but I thought he’d stay with the show. I wonder if something is going on behind the scenes? It seems since Steve Burton left, all his Port Chuck buddies slowly followed. When Phelps was in charge, Burton and all his buddies were front and center in the story lines. Each one of them saw their roles reduced after Steve left.
    With Kristen S going on maternity leave there really wasn’t much story for Spinelli and Ellie so in some ways their leaving is understandable. Bradford A is very talented. I’m sure he’ll find work. Wouldn’t be surprised if he turns up on Y &R and Dylan’s buddy.

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    MysteryStory

    I love SpinEllie! Like a lot of posters, Spinelli was just AWFUL the first several years (during a time I didn’t watch the show much and when I did I ended up turning the channel) but over the last year or so of him, I’ve grown to like him. He’s become a stronger more relatable character and I know Ellie had a lot to do with that. I’m really sad to see them go.

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    Cornfed

    Glad to see them cut some of the cast loose. Is this to free up salary for Lucas & Bobbie, or for someone new ??? I came on the boards today to vent my frustration that everyone is running around PC without a coat! Robin, Sabrina, etc…it’s ZERO degrees in NY right now! Big fail Mr Valentini!

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    Dew Chanin

    Anyone else remember when Maxie was “dead” and learned she would wind up with Spinelli? Oh well, it doesn’t serve the show anymore but that awful Eva and that Jerome guy do.
    I watch on Soapnet and it stops broadcasting at the end of the month. I’m finding I won’t miss GH at all after many years of enthusiastic viewing.

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    SwanQueen59

    [quote=TV Gord]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EU-3ENRDYw4

    Spinelli gave soapnerds like me the Biggest Bang Theory since Eden and Cruz![/quote]

    Thanks for the link Gord. Good times, good times…. 0:)

  26. Profile photo of maxsmom
    maxsmom

    [quote=nysam]I will miss Ellie! She was the best new character to join GH in 2012.[/quote]
    I agree wholeheartedly, I can only hope that she will have a great post GH career.

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    RoMo4322

    Thank you Soap Gods. Im thrilled Spinelli will finally be gone, maybe they need another computer geek at Y&R.

    Funny I was thinking this very thing when they showed Dylan and Avery today on B&B hovered over a computer trying to find out about Dylan’s father. LOL

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    RoMo4322

    [quote]Thank you Soap Gods. Im thrilled Spinelli will finally be gone, maybe they need another computer geek at Y&R.[/quote]

    Funny I was thinking this very thing when they showed Dylan and Avery today on B&B hovered over a computer trying to find out about Dylan’s father. LOL

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