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Despite Michael Easton‘s announcement early this morning, where he stated that after February 8th he would be exiting “General Hospital,” along with Roger Howarth and Kristen Alderson, due to “some ongoing legal this and that,” an ABC spokesperson tells Soap Opera Network that all three will remain an essential part of the “GH” canvas for the foreseeable future as the three are under contract with the network and not Prospect Park.

“‘General Hospital’ is excited about Michael Easton, Kristen Alderson and Roger Howarth staying on the show and we are exploring ways to allow that to happen,” read a statement from ABC, which did not provide further input on how the series would accomplish just that. Previously, the network stated, “There are on-going collaborative conversations,” in response to word that Prospect Park wanted to return the characters of Starr Manning (Alderson), Todd Manning (Howarth) and John McBain (Easton) to Llanview after formerly announcing it’s decision to re-launch “One Life to Live” later this spring. The production company licensed the rights to “OLTL’s” characters in July 2011 in a long-term distribution agreement between it and Disney/ABC Domestic Television, part of the Disney/ABC Television Group.

As part of ABC’s previous statement released to Soap Opera Network on Thursday, January 17, the network said, “We have various strategies in place depending on the outcome of these talks and of Prospect Parks’ plans.” According to sources, one of those strategies include turning Easton’s upcoming return to the role of Caleb Morley into a permanent one. It’s unclear how ABC plans to retain Howarth and Alderson in Port Charles as new characters, without causing confusion to viewers.

ABC

ABC

According to Soap Opera Digest, Prospect Park plans to recast the roles of Todd, John and Starr. It’s unclear at this time how the company plans to accomplish this as the characters had moved on from Llanview and into Port Charles for the past year. Storyline’s on “GH” involving the three characters also included appearances by Blair Cramer, Cole Thornhart (last portrayed by Van Hughes), Tea Delgado and Skye Quartermaine (previously a character on “OLTL” and “All My Children,” as portrayed by Robin Christopher). Kassie DePaiva (Blair) and Florencia Lozano (Tea) have already signed on to the online version of “One Life to Live.” In the case of Todd in particular, in its last year on the air, “OLTL” told the Tale of Two Todd’s storyline, which found Trevor St. John‘s version of Todd to have been an impostor… only for it to then be revealed that the character was Todd’s twin brother, Victor Lord, Jr.

In a posting on Twitter earlier today, Kristen Alderson said to fans, “Thank you for all of your sweet responses to the recent madness. Nothing yet to report! Praying for positive answers…”

The “characters” of Todd, John and Starr are expected to last appear on “GH” sometime in early March.

Soap Opera Network is awaiting comment from Prospect Park on the latest turn of events.

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  • 30YearGHFan

    OMG let them go already. They should never have been brought over in the first place. ABCD and the actors gambled that PP would not reboot within the year guarantee and they lost. Can’t believe they would waste time and money creating 3 new characters for 2 mediocre actors and 1 horrible actor. Give these contracts to the vets they parade in and out for publicity stunts and who are actually responsible for the rise in ratings since September.

    • jsd4eva

      they really should just let them go. gh will continue on just fine without them.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1097331707 Deborah Butler

        And we can all watch the ratings drop and the show can be cancelled like it was in danger of a before.

        • ladyofthelake

          No. GH has its vets back, why would ratings drop. I watch for the vets, not actors or characters that appeared on OLTL.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1097331707 Deborah Butler

      Sorry but not everyone shares your view on this. I think GH is much better with Easton and Howarth on it and the shows ratings are up. GH is no longer in peril of being cancelled like it was when it was the mob boss lair.

      • Catherine Watters

        No one knows for sure that GH was going to be cancelled, they had a new writer and then never gave him a chance. OLTL characters are not the reason Gh is still on the air. Bottom line is ABC is going to say what they want even if true, because of the back lash they got from the cancelled shows. They can hype of GH all the want right now as being the best its been. BS. Like you say, not everyone agrees with your view. It goes both ways

    • Catherine Watters

      Yes!! I agree,

  • http://twitter.com/JewellAMCFAN Jewell Margolis

    How about it turns out Todd is the impostor, and TSJ can play Todd again? I like him better as Todd then Rodger.

  • OLTL fan

    I’m glad the actors got to keep their jobs. I’m also glad that the characters belong and will remain OLTL. ME, RH and KA should have been new characters from the beginning. The year of ending OLTL relationships, killing off OLTL characters on GH is over.

  • Luv soaps

    I don’t believe for one second that this is the resolution of this matter. It will either go one way or the other. Either the actors will stay on GH as their OLTL characters, or the actors will go back to OLTL as their characters. What is stated in this article is the absolute worst possible scenario, which I don’t believe is the resolution PP/ABC have come to.
    This recourse doesn’t benefit GH, OLTL, ABC or PP. It’s the absolute worst case scenario.

    • Catherine Watters

      Agree.

  • becky

    Let Starr stay because I think she is good for Michael, but give the girl a job. John needs to go back to OLTL to be with Natalie & Leim, they are his family. Todd belongs with Blair & since Tomas “disappeared again, Todd needs to go back to Lanview. Starr can always visit mom & brothers. I am hoping that the writers remain true to the storylines & characters, otherwise I will NOT be wasting my time watching

  • Lifetimesoapfan

    Why do people continue to think that GH cannot survive without the characters from OLTL? Hello!!! they received a new head writer and a new executive producer who are doing an EXCELLENT job at bringing GH into the 21st century with their storylines, bringing back some past characters we all loved and adding in some new ones for spiciness. Those of you that truly believe that Todd, Starr and McBain changed the course of GH and kept it from being cancelled really have no faith in the team of “Cartini” and I might add are not what I would call true GH fans. Yes the actors need to be able to draw you into their stories, but the writers are the ones doing the stories and the producers set up the scenes. GH is magnificent right now and will continue to be with or without these 3 people. I can remember the fall out when Scotty, Lucy, Kevin and several others left for the spin off PC. But GH went on. The same thing happened when Laura and Luke left for a while back in the 90’s. Then again when Rick Springfield left the show and it goes on and on. But it has survived. As long as people continue to watch the numbers stay up and the show stays on.

  • Catherine Watters

    Rating were no better or worse with these characters. Ratings started to spike because of people returning. OLTL ratings were only good when they announced that the show was cancelled. To now have these characters playing someone else is just stupid. Send them back, the actors should be glad for this and they knew it could happen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.ferrie2 John Ferrie

    I AM SO HAPPY TO HEAR THE GOOD NEWS.THEY FIT RIGHT IN TO G.H.I LOVE ALL THREE ACTORS.MICHAEL EASTON IS SO GORGEOUS AND AN AMAZING ACTOR,THE SAME FOR ROGER HOWARTH.KRISTEN ALDERSON IS SUCH A PERFECT MATCH FOR MICHAEL,AND WITH CARLY IN THE MIX MAKES FOR GOOD DRAMA!

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.ferrie2 John Ferrie

    ALL THREE ACTORS HAVE BEEN PROVEN TO BE WORTHY OF BEING ON THE SHOW!THE NEW PRODUCER AND HEAD WRITER BROUGHT THEM ON,AND ON TOP OF THAT GIVEN US SOME OF OUR FAVORITES BACK,LIKE ROBIN MATTSON,FINOLA HOUGHS,AND NOW GENIE FRANCIS AND KIN SHRINER.I AM TRILLED WITH HOW GREAT THE SHOW BEEN,AND IT KEEPS GETTING BETTER.THEY SHOULD GED RID OF OLIVIA,ELLIE AND BRIT.I AM SICK OF THAT ITALIAN MEATBALL OLIVIA,BRIT NEEDS TO GET PUSHED IN FRONT OF A BUS,AND ELLIE NEED TO GO AWAY!

    • LashaMe

      Ditto and I SO agree with all the ones u mentioned to go away…GH can just put them all on a bus!! Yaa now that would be a great day!!

      • LashaMe

        GED RID OF OLIVIA,ELLIE AND BRIT.I AM SICK OF THAT ITALIAN MEATBALL
        OLIVIA,BRIT NEEDS TO GET PUSHED IN FRONT OF A BUS,AND ELLIE NEED TO GO
        AWAY! KEEP ME,RH & KA

    • ash

      I totally agree with u

  • http://www.facebook.com/melissa.murray.167 Melissa Murray

    GH managed for almost 50 years without these 3, I’m pretty sure it will be fine without them! question weren’t these 3 on OLTL? and didnt ABC cancelled it? So I guess they really dont have magic powers!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paula-Jane-Pieklo-Byler/633784014 Paula Jane Pieklo-Byler

    At the end of the show, she called the guy in the bed TODD, and it wasn’t the one on Gh so have that one be Todd? What happened with that? Is the other one dead or not? The scene with Allison at the end really confused me. What about Starr’s baby and Cole? are they dead? They need to stick with the GH storyline. I hate the vampire story. I quit watching PC when that story started. It will kill GH like it did PC. I have been wanting Luke and Laura back together and if they bring back Laura only to have her be killed by a vampire I will NEVER watch again! On Pc they killed off everyone we loved! Including one from AMC (was his name Jeremy?) I will not watch if GH is turning everyone into vampires!

    • angelsmiles

      the other todd is not dead, that is how it ended on the finale of OLTL.

  • sweetness

    I think gh and oltl should share the characters. They been a part of general hospital for a year now. They belong with gh…. I hope they stay or at least do both shows

  • http://www.facebook.com/allison.kochmoon Allison Moon

    They need to stay at GH, I wont watch OLTL if they take Starr and Todd back and it use to be my favorite soap. I LOVE them on GH and they are the reason I began watching GH again after a long break. I was so sick of all the mob junk but Todd and Carly along with Starr and Michael are awesome.

  • colleen

    I dont see why there is a problem with contracts etc. the show was canceled so shouldnt their contracts? there was really no reason at that time to think that the show would come back, I like them on general hospital, they fit in very well.they cruise they lose…. now leave todd john and starr right where they are wanted

    • ash

      Its not contracts its the rights to the characters that’s the issue. When PP bought the rights to oltl they bought all the characters too including Todd, John and Starr.

  • LashaMe

    I have been watching GH for over 35 years..and was a HUGH OLTL fan. John on OLTL I could NOT stand him. On GH he is soooo HOT!! Got to keep ME. Him and KM are gonna be smokin hot as a couple. Jason who?? RH on GH is such a hoot!! He has just came alive. I want more of him and Carly! Poor RH on OLTL always played the heavy everyone hated him guy never smiled. Looks like he is having a blast on GH and is HAPPY. Another keeper. KA sweet girl she just hasn’t found her footing just yet. I think she will surprise us. I want to give a HUGH THANK U!!! To the new writers and using the GREAT talent GH HAS!! And bringing back the vets WE LOVE!! Everyone at GH is rocking it!! Best I have seen GH since Gloria Monty!! I am very happy for PP hard work bringing back AMC and OLTL but at this point all 3 have brought MORE to GH than ever OLTL. (JMO) –>I think the “actors” at this point should decided what “they want” we need to think about “them” and what they must be going thru. Everyone is bias on this subject. Let ME, RH and KA decide what they want?? Is that so hard? Can we all agree to care enough about them to let them decide where they would be happy?? They are living this tug of war..NOT us.

  • ash

    GH is way better with McBain and Todd. Todd brings what this show desperately needs .. The bad guy that we can’t help but love. And McBain fits in on GH was more than he ever did in Landview. I know that RH is returning as Todd after a short stint on the OLTL relaunch. I hope they find a way to keep Michael Easton around as John. I say just change their last names and go on like nothing is different just stop mentioning his past in landview.

  • NeronWillRise

    I just want to say that alot of you ABC soap fans are some whiney, bitchy, ingrates. I’ve followed the shows for years and am no noob. I’m also very farmiliar with the online community though I rarely post about the shows. One constant is the bratty diva attitude alot of you have. You guys whined for years about new network heads, new producers, new blood. Fire Phelps, fire Frons, fire everybody. You laughed when ratings tanked. You told them to stop focusing on Sonny. The mob is ruining GH. Focus on vets, focus on the legacy characters. When they actually DO get new blood, you still whine and complain. They introduce a scant three, count em THREE popular characters from OLTL (a sister show mind you) to help boost the show and you bitch and moan. It’s not like they took characters from Another World, these are characters most of you knew and cared about and you call them rejects. They bring back vets, you still complain. They get rid of the mob, you still complain.

    THEY BOOSTED RATINGS AND SAVED THE SHOW. Still you whine. You refuse to see the good in the situation.You don’t deserve to be listened to at this point.