This was not how Tyler Christopher’s summer break was supposed to end. For fans of General Hospital, it was important that Christopher returned home to Port Charles. On Wednesday, TheWrap.com announced the actor's departure from the ABC show.
His break began in June when contract negotiations stalled between him and the network. In order to step away from the chaos, Christopher decided to take a break from the show. His story line was briefly continued with actor Nick Stabile stepping into his role.
Christopher, who’s played Nikolas Cassadine for 20 years on GH, recently won his first Daytime Emmy. It seemed natural that the network would eventually work out any contract differences given his strong work on the show.
He even thought it would work out. In July, he tweeted out a message to the GH fans with some optimistic news.
That good news didn’t come to fruition and contract negotiations reportedly broke down in August, according to Soap Opera Digest. It’s hard to believe Christopher is gone.
The incredible level of work he brought to the role each and every episode he appeared in was extraordinary. It’s disappointing to see that the network couldn’t find a way to make it work for an actor who has been on their show for two decades.
Soaps need to find a way to keep longtime viewers happy and, in turn, keep their veteran talent happy on set. Christopher has turned to working outside of GH to keep his acting chops sharp. Fans will be able to find him in three upcoming projects, including Unhallowed with Dee Wallace and Pretty Broken with former Days of Our Lives star, Jillian Clare.
However, that’s not enough. We won’t get to see him anymore in a role that defined two generations of GH. For now, Christopher leaves us with a note of appreciation on Twitter.
Thank u all for your kind words. You're the best fans in the world. I will miss u! #whatarun— Tyler Christopher (@Tyler2929) September 15, 2016
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