Let’s sum up the week over on the set of General Hospital. First, the news breaks that Tyler Christopher is not returning to the show and then Bryan Craig reveals he has quit the ABC soap to move on to other projects.
Two of this year’s Daytime Emmy winners are now gone from the long-running soap. If you add fan-favorite Teresa Castillo, whose character, Sabrina, was killed off, you have lost three beloved actors from GH.
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We’ve talked a lot about the chaos on the set over at GH, from gossiping executives to tumultuous contract negations. It hasn’t been an easy year. With such upheaval comes fan outcry on social media and they want their voices heard.
@ReelVixen GH news….Bryan Craig is leaving. Frank re-upped as did the two head writers that are destroying the show.
— SamTheMailman (@SamTheMailman) September 16, 2016
I guess all the weight of that big #GH cast roster is coming home to roost. Bryan Craig, Tyler Christopher & Teresa Castillo all gone.
— Rocking Dior cuz it goes with my diamond (@Xanderdash) September 16, 2016
u still need to b there. my husband and I are very disappointed
— STEPHANIE (@steffie1863) September 16, 2016
I am not happy about gh right now. Teresa just came back and NOW IS GONE AGAIN. What a mistake.
— Richard (@rh2006) September 16, 2016
— Soap Opera Nation (@SoapOperaNation) September 16, 2016
The loss of Craig also signifies the loss of an important storyline. As Morgan Corinthos, he portrayed a young man struggling with mental illness in a very sensitive way.
The storyline was important because it tied into GH co-star Maurice Benard’s real-life struggles with the illness and how he got his life back on track. The father-son mental illness journey is one of the reasons Craig won the Daytime Emmy.
With fans mourning the loss of Christopher, Craig and Castillo, it’s hard to see the direction GH is moving into. The soap once had razor-sharp writing and now it seems like the future is murky at best.
While all three of the actors are exiting with gratitude toward the producers and love for the fans, it does make you wonder what’s really happening behind the scenes. There seems to be an awful lot of chaos in Port Charles.
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