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There’s a rumor going around that former “” star (ex-David Hayward) has been tapped to play the role of “’s” Valentin Cassadine — a role former “AMC” star (ex-Brian Bodine) had been cast to play before the storyline was scrapped back in 2009. And when Borlenghi caught wind of the supposed recast, his online comments prompted “GH” headscribe, , to shed some news on the Irizarry casting rumor!

“Anyone care to comment on recasting me as Valentin Cassadine? Wasn’t enough that I got Franco’d before?” the actor initially tweeted after hearing the news that Irizarry was headed to “GH.” “Hurts.”

To which Carlivati responded shortly after: “It’s a false rumor, Matt. No reason to be hurt or upset.”

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But is it a false rumor? Behind-the-scenes rumblings indicate it might not be as far-fetched as the scribe is making it out to be. Either way, Borlenghi has seemingly made peace with the news. “First of all, I lashed out at nobody; I respect and admire Mr.’s [Frank] Valentini [executive producer] and Carlivati immensely,” the actor says in a statement via The Gossip Gypsy (which he posted on his Facebook page). “Yes, I was hurt by the news of a re-cast. It opened an old wound of getting ‘Franco’d’ the day after my first and only night of taping in the role of Valentin Cassadine, which I was extremely excited about doing. In my hurt I asked a question. That’s it. If, indeed, Mr. Irizarry gets the honor of playing Valentin for the wonderful ‘GH’ fans and family, I wish him all the best. He is a terrific human being. As for those who replied in negative ways, well, I wish them the same peace and happiness that I wish for those who replied with support and compassion. Tomorrow is a new day… Happy holidays to all.”

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  • Lock A Mum

    Yes! Please bring Irizarry to GH! Borlenghi is awful. Hated him as Brian on AMC.