By Michele Dargan
WHAT has been going on with all of the actor exits on our favorite soap operas recently?????
It seems we need a scorecard these days just to keep up with who’s leaving which soap.
Earlier this month, Mark Hapka, Nathan on Days of Our Lives, got the axe after being involved in a front-burner storyline.
Now we find out that two more Days actors are leaving: Shelley Hennig (Stephanie) and Jay Kenneth Johnson (Philip).
Paula, over at Paula’s Soapbox, discusses the recent DOOL exits and the possible impact on current storylines.
Click here to read her Days blog titled “On the Outs: DOOL.”
Meanwhile in the past few days, there’s been a plethora of exits on the ABC soaps.
Melissa Claire Egan (Annie Lavery/AMC) is leaving. She opted not to renew her contract.
THAT is definitely a BIG loss to AMC. Annie added so much to life to the show and Egan was so much fun to watch…particularly when she turned into Crazy Annie!
Egan posted a letter to her fans on her official website.
It says, in part: “After 4 and a half incredible years as a member of the All My Children cast, I have made the extremely difficult decision to leave the Pine Valley family that I have come to love and respect so much.
“It has been an amazing 4 and a half years for me! I have had the privilege and honor of working with the most talented and fun cast, crew, producers and directors imaginable. I have learned so much from them and am forever indebted. To wake up each morning and love going to work is a true blessing for which I am unbelievably grateful!”
And over at One Life To Live, Brittany Underwood (Langston/OLTL) has been fired.
Another BIG loss….I so enjoyed watching Langston grow from the “freak” in high school into a Cramer woman.
Perhaps the biggest shocker of all….
Rebecca Herbst, who has played Elizabeth Webber FOR-ever on General Hospital, was let go.
Although, I have to say, the writers have totally ruined the character over the past several years….they turned Elizabeth…who survived a brutal rape all those years ago…who used to be a strong, kind, giving person…into a jealous, insecure – and I might add annoying – character.
Be that as it may, I still loved to watch Herbst onscreen because of her talent.
Not to mention that the character is steeped in so much GH history!
Paula, over at Paula’s Soapbox, has written a blog about her take on Herbst’s firing and speculates on how Elizabeth will be written out.
Paula also discusses how Elizabeth’s exit will impact the characters in her universe – like Lucky, Nikolas, Jason and her children.