Ever since Soap Opera Digest reported earlier today Grayson McCouch is being replaced at General Hospital with Robb Derringer—who originated the role of Agent Sloane before being replaced himself by McCouch—fans have been speculating on social media about the switcheroo. I'm hearing from setside sources the Another World, As The World Turns and Hollywood Heights veteran refused to resume playing the role when he heard (SPOILER ALERT) the soap plans to kill Sloane off!
"When they told him they needed him to come back in order to kill the character off, he said he wouldn't do it, " says one insider. "Since he was on recurring, and not on contract, they couldn't make him play the story."
When McCouch balked at coming back to die on screen, executive producer Frank Valentini contacted the original actor to do a short return engagement, says a GH mole. Previous head writer Ron Carlivati saw Sloane as a viable love interest for super cop Anna Devane (Finola Hughes). Word is, new head writers, Jean Passanante and Shelly Altman, are planning to take Anna in an entirely new direction.