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Old 01-21-2018, 07:36 PM   #1
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Default Daytime legend Genie Francis fired from "General Hospital"

One of General Hospital's most beloved characters has, instead of being voted into office, been voted off the island. Genie Francis has been dropped to recurring status.
It's a decision that will not sit well with General Hospital fans: Emmy winner and daytime icon Genie Francis (Laura Collins) is out at General Hospital.

Show sources tell that Francis was informed in late 2017 that she would be dropped to recurring status in 2018 -- and that executive producer Frank Valentini wanted Francis to appear in only about a dozen or so episodes. Francis was said to be devastated by the decision and reportedly refused to agree to appear so infrequently.

If Francis was blindsided by the decision, the show's writers were surprised, as well. The writing team had planned a long-term storyline with Laura running for mayor of Port Charles. That storyline had to be abruptly altered when the decision was made to drop Francis from contract status.

There are several rumors making the Internet rounds about exactly why the show felt that Francis needed to be demoted, but has not yet been able to independently confirm any of those rumors.

Francis has played the role of Laura off and on since 1977. Most soap fans know that Luke and Laura's 1981 wedding was the most-watched episode in soap opera history. A whopping 30 million people tuned in to see the "I do's." She eventually exited the show in 1982 before returning full-time in 1993. In 2002, Francis exited the show after contract negotiations went sour. Francis returned to the show several times over the next decade, returning in 2013 to help celebrate General Hospital's 50th anniversary. In 2015, Francis returned as part of Anthony Geary's exit storyline, but Francis ended up sticking around and signed a long-term contract with the ABC soap.

In addition to her well-known role on General Hospital, Francis has also appeared on All My Children, Days of our Lives, Loving, and The Young and the Restless. It will come as no surprise that DAYS and Y&R fans have already taken to social media to urge their shows to snatch up Francis. Likewise, GH viewers have posted petitions on various social media sites asking for Francis to be rehired.

Daytime Confidential's Jamey Giddens also reports that Francis is out.

ABC did not immediately respond to a request for comment. We're told, however, that the show is hopeful that Francis will end up appearing again in the future.
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Old 01-22-2018, 03:56 PM   #2
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They treat the actors so shabbily on the soaps these days. I'm glad I stopped watching soaps years ago. Genie Francis is a legend and deserves far better treatment...
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I'd welcome back Genevieve to Y&R any day!!!
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That's shameful. It's not like she made big money either.
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Old 01-23-2018, 05:10 PM   #5
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It pissing me off too. They give sonny and Jordan another contract and then shaft a legend like Laura shes the one of the only reason the show still around if it wasn't for her and Luke wedding and the ratings they got the show would of probably be canceled. they keep doing this to Genie. Such a shame.
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Old 01-27-2018, 07:42 PM   #6
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GH Fans Sign Petition to Bring Back Genie Francis
by Lynette Rice
Jan. 27, 2018

More than 20,000 fans of ABC’s "General Hospital" have signed a petition to reinstate Genie Francis as a series regular after the veteran soap star was dropped to recurring status.

The Soap Hub petition explains how GH laid the groundwork for Francis’ departure by having her character, Laura, “rip down her campaign posters in her quest to become Port Charles’ next mayor” and then heading to Europe to “tend to grandson, Spencer, who had broken both legs.

Last week, EW confirmed that GH had declined to extend her contract for another year but left open the possibility of having her return.

Francis will only make her way back to Port Charles if the story and timing were ideal, her agent Arthur Toretzky tells EW. “She did not want to leave the show as a series regular,” Toretzky adds. “It was not her choice to leave.
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Genie wanted to talk to Frank Valentinti he wouldn't even talk to her...without Laura there would have been no luke and Gh would have been cancelled 40 years ago..this is a disgrace...I have gathered all theses link ad put together in one post

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This is so wrong. Genie helped saved GH from cancellation back in 1976. And they just "throw" her away. No shocker that the men get paid way more than the women on this show either. It's clear that women are merely tolerated on this male driven show.
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I miss Genie on the show. Please, bring her back.
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Genie Francis Returns to ABC's "General Hospital"
by Greg Evans
July 31, 2018

Actress Genie Francis and her survived-it-all soap character Laura Spencer is heading back to ABC’s "General Hospital".

Francis, who has come and gone on the daytime series numerous times over the years since starting in 1977, has been off the show since January, and reportedly will begin taping new episodes in September.

The news, first reported by the TV Insider website, was confirmed by exec producer Frank Valentini in a tweet, adding that the show has “an amazing story” for the actress.

Francis told the TV Insider website today, “I’m headed to Maine for the next month and then, after that, I’m back at General Hospital. I’m looking forward to coming home and I am really excited about this new invigorating storyline they have for Laura — I look forward to the next chapter of this prolific and historic character.
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