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Tony Geary Scorches The Earth on His Way Out of General Hospital

Anthony Geary

Anthony Geary

General Hospital legend Anthony Geary has never been shy about giving his opinions, which is why it was really no surprise he did a full-on blitzkrieg during his exit interview with TV Guide Magazine's Michael Logan.

When asked about alter ego Luke Spencer's last big adventure, Geary ripped head writer Ron Carlivati's plot twists resurrecting mob boss Frank Smith and Luke's dead grandson, Jake Spencer. Here's an excerpt:

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In sending you off, GH head writer Ron Carlivati undid two epic events. Mob don Frank Smith, who was killed by Luke, came back from the dead and so did Luke’s grandson Jake, whom Luke accidentally slaughtered in a car accident. How’d you feel about that revisionist history?

I loved that they brought back Emma Samms [Holly], Genie Francis [Laura], Jonathan Jackson [Lucky] and Nathan Parsons [Ethan] so I could work with them one last time, but I did not like the conceit that brought us all together. It was ill-conceived, cheesy and showed a lack of imagination. We saw Luke shoot Frank in the back over 20 years ago. And by the way, that character was old then. He would have been in his hundreds by now.

And Jake?

The audience saw that little boy dead on the operating table, and his organs were harvested. I do not understand the value of disassembling two of the best stories we’ve told. I guess the point of bringing the child back from the dead was so Luke could be redeemed, but I never felt he needed that. I hate redemption. I’m sure there are audience members who didn’t want him to be a child killer and so they’re pleased, which is fine. But I was not thrilled.

Geary also pointed to the Luke and Laura (Genie Francis) phenomenon as his low point on the show. 

So we know your high points. What was the low point of your run at GH?

I just get really tired of the whole Luke-and-Laura thing. I think Genie would tell you the same. We’ve both been dragging the corpse of that relationship around for 30 years. I was able to insist on moving away from it, but being hyphenated as Luke-and-Laura has been a real pain in my ass. It irritated me that, no matter what I did on the show, no matter how many Emmys I won, I could never unhitch from that. Every time I was introduced anywhere in the last 33 years, they’d run the clip of that f---ing wedding. It’s like having your high school graduation picture dragged out. [Laughs] Nobody wants that! And yes, this is a guy who is biting the hand that has fed him. I fully understand that. I think at age 68 I’m allowed to say these things, and certainly now that I am no longer under contract.

Additionally, the actor spoke out on his acrimonious feelings for beloved former General Hospital executive producer Wendy Riche, yet gushed over the legendary Gloria Monty and current GH showrunner Frank Valentini. Read the rest of his exit interview at TV Insider