On today’s Daytime Confidential emergency podcast Luke, Jamey, Jillian and Regan dive into the shocking news that CBS has fired Barbara Bloom, General Hospital fired Rebecca Herbst and Shelley Hennig and Jay Kenneth Johnson are leaving Days of our Lives.
The DC gang delves into CBS’ decision to get rid of daytime executive Barbara Bloom. Jamey dishes what he’s hearing about what led to the axe falling and recounts how a CBS representative called him furious for breaking the story. What will her departure mean for The Talk, The Young and Restless and The Bold and The Beautiful?
The other shocking news that Jamey broke on January 18 is that General Hospital had fired 13-year vet Rebecca Herbst. In statement, ABC later announced that the decision was “storyline dictated.” Jamey and Regan react, wondering what kind of storyline would dictate the departure of such a popular character. Why was Elizabeth wasted on Nikolas? Why couldn’t Elizabeth be the one to reveal Siobhan’s connection to the Balkan? What will happen to Elizabeth’s children?
What is happening to Days of our Lives’ young adult cast? This week it was revealed Shelley Hennig and Jay Kenneth Johnson are pulling up stakes and leaving Salem. The departure of the these two actors, with Mark Hapka, effectively wipes out Philip/Melanie/Nathan/Stephanie storyline. Should DAYS recast the characters or will the introduction of other characters fill the void?
With all of this week’s crazy developments it’s no wonder the DC gang is all worked up! READ MORE
READ MORESo sad and devastated by the loss of Becky, an amazingly talented woman, from the GH cast. It makes me worry about the future of Daytime.
Tyler Christoper (Nikolas Cassadine, GH) posted a statement on his Official Facebook Fan Page regarding the firing of Rebecca Herbst.
In my many years on General Hospital dozens of actors have come and gone in one fashion or another. I have never been as shocked as I am now over Becky being let go. Elizabeth Webber has been an intricate part of Nikolas Cassadine since nearly the inception of the Characters. I will miss that, and my friend.
Shocked, dismayed, sad, disappointed, angry, heartbroken — I’m experiencing a full body of emotions, all due to the ridiculous firing of Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth Webber) from General Hospital. I know, some—maybe most—will jump to the conclusion that my dismay is due to my love of all things Liason, the unforgettable romantic pairing featuring Herbst’s Liz and Jason Morgan (Steve Burton), and I won’t lie, that definitely plays a part, but I have been having a love affair with the character of Elizabeth Webber since long before she fell for Jason. In fact, I've loved Liz and Herbst since they first popped up in Port Charles back in 1997.
Elizabeth’s storylines over the past 13 years have made her one of my all-time favorite soap opera characters, while Herbst's performances in those storylines resulted in her becoming one of my favorite daytime actresses. "Bad" Lizzie Webber was a force to be reckoned with when she first showed up at Audrey’s (Rachel Ames). You just couldn’t help but root for the underdog, little sister over the more “perfect” Sarah.
When GH scribe Michele Val Jean made the decision to write a brutal rape storyline for the character of Liz, Herbst’s acting choices —not to mention the elegant writing—transformed her into a fan favorite, which she’s been ever since. Who could ever forget a shattered and broken Elizabeth crawling out of those bushes, only to be found by Lucky (Jonathan Jackson)? READ MORE
Here’s the Scoop!
Of course everyone wants to know… just what is the storyline that dictates Rebecca Herbst’s exit? SOAPnet says (and it's not much):
Storyline dictates that Elizabeth (and her portrayer Rebecca Herbst) will be exiting Port Charles this spring ... which means that you can expect to see some exciting, explosive, and "OMG" things happen with Liz over the next few months. Big, big stuff.
Michael has flashbacks… of life behind bars and Carter! Just how good will this be? RUMORS say pretty good.
The Balkan’s main man comes back to Port Chuck! No, not Jerry, that Dimitri fella. He’s set to cause some trouble around town. READ MORE
Steve Burton (Jason, GH) took to Twitter to let fans know his thoughts on costar and friend, Rebecca Herbst's (Elizabeth) firing.
Hello everyone, most of you have heard the horrible and awful news about Becky. My heart breaks as I even have to tweet this. One of the best and most beautiful actresses that has been on this show. Beside that, she's a friend and that hurts. Some show will be lucky to have her. May god bless them through this transition. Much luv to Michael and Becky.