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Ilene Kristen Returning to ‘GH’


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As first reported by Soap Opera Digest, (ex-Roxy Balsom, “One Life to Live”) will again be reprising her “” role of Delia Ryan on ABC’s “.”

Kristen first re-appeared as the character on two episodes of “GH” back in October 2013. In those episodes, viewers learned that Delia is the mother of Ava Jerome () and grandmother of Kiki Jerome ().

“Ilene did a fantastic job and Delia is an important character. I think her return will show viewers another side to Ava,” said “GH” Executive Producer  to Digest.

But exactly when will viewers see Kristen’s episodes first air? “She’s back very soon,” assures Valentini.

WHAT DO YOU THINK? Comment Below...
  • Georgette

    The cast is bloated enough. There are plenty of actors there already who are not being given any real story. Also, GH really does not need another Cartini pet. We have enough already. It was absolutely blasphemous to make Kiki the grandaughter of Delia. How many show’s histories are Cartini going to screw up? Enough already.

    • Jeff

      I love when people whine about changing something from a show that hasnt been on the air in almost 30 years. All the complaining yet under Cartini GH has seen its highest ratings in 7 years. Must be doing something right

      • Georgette

        “Jeff”, I’m glad you love what I do, but just stick to the topic. When vets are being pushed out and ignored so those morons aka Cartini can give jobs to their pets, long time GH fans have every right to complain about it. If you don’t like it, you don’t have to read the posts. PS- Ilene Kristen is now a horrible actress. Delia was great, Roxy was awful.We already know this will be Delia acting like Roxy, because Cartini cannot have Roxy because Cartini’s imbecilic dealings with Prospect Park got ABC sued.

        • Noreen Harnik

          Cartini must be doing something right since GH is thriving right now and many vets of the show are popping up more than in the past. Bringing a popular actress like Ilene Kristen to GH is a definite plus. I will always watch GH but the addition of IK as Delia Ryan only makes me more a more enthusiastic viewer.

          • Georgette

            All of the soaps are experiencing ratings surges, not just GH. AJ is rumored to be out, Robin is leaving again (her return story was horrible and KMc has hinted that this exit story will anger fans) , Liz still does not have a story, Sam’s much awaited father story just fizzled out. Alexis is still without a story. Tristan Rogers left for Y&R because GH was too stupid to put him on contract and the same thing might be happening with Genie Francis. Why should Ava get the parent story Sam didnt get? She shouldnt. We still don’t even know who Liz’s mother is.

          • Noreen Harnik

            I hope you are wrong about AJ, I agree about Robin’s return story but from what I read it was her choice to leave, I also miss Genie Francis. But I am enjoying the characters who are currently on the show. I love the Jerome characters and I’m hoping Alexis will be getting a story in their orbit. Nancy Grahn is one of my all time favorites. But just because I love many of the longtime characters doesn’t mean I am not open to seeing a talented actress like Ilene Kristen on the scene. I was not a big Roxy fan but Delia is a soap icon and in my opinion she will be a wonderful addition to the cast.

          • Georgette

            I hope the rumours about AJ are wrong too, but they really have not done the character any favors with this recent return, IMO. True, it was KMc’s choice to leave, but I did read they let her go a month before her conract actually expired. I am not sure how true that is. It seems most of Robin’s return was about Sabrina’s reaction to it, or Robin being holed up in a lab, or Patrick trying to make a decision, It was not really about Robin and Patrick. I am not a Scrubs fan, but a lot of them are disappointed and I dont blame them one bit. I think Scrubs could have been happily reunited and Robin could be off screen a lot, but treated as if she were still there. That is done with plenty of characters who are still actually on the show. Delia used to be one of my favorite all time soap characters, until she showed up on GH, I thought she was much more Roxy than Delia.

          • Noreen Harnik

            LOL there was a bit too much Roxy there but I am an optimist and I expect Delia to re-emerge now that she is coming back. I agree that they could have kept Robin on the scene somehow and KM has warned that many fans will be upset by the way she exits so that is disconcerting. But I am trying to look on the bright side. I miss so many of the shows that are gone and I’m always glad to see an old friend like Delia return.

          • Jeff

            If you do not like my response Georgette you don’t have to read it. You can say fans are upset but the fact that on days that these supposed hated characters are on the show has seen huge ratings means that the show is doing something right. KMC chose to leave. She did the show a favor by giving them her time in this long return, If you want to be mad at someone be mad at her for leaving again. The AJ rumours have been around for months but have never been proven to be true You still have vets like Bobbie, Monica, Felicia, Mac, Lucy, Scott, Luke, Tracy who are on far more than they ever were in years.

            Bottom line based on you telling me if I don’t like it don’t read it Well maybe if you don’t like GH you shouldn’t watch it and moan and groan about it all the time.

            I go by the numbers not what is written on the internet. The numbers show that the show is doing just fine!

    • Andrew Hass

      I agree that the show could use some of the actors more.However the show has the best ratings that they have in 7 or 8 years and it sounds like the network is fully behind GH which they may not have been in the past.You have the right to your opinion but i’m just happy that GH is still on the air.Also it sounds like most of the actors on GH are happy with the show and praising FV and RC.As for the topic of Ilene Kristen returning to GH as Delia as i said in my above post as long as Ava is on the show there was always the chance that her mother Delia would make an another appearance.

  • Andrew Hass

    Since Silas met Ava at the bar her mother works at and he was married at that time and someone may have tried to kill her it might make sense that Delia may know something or maybe Ava told her something.Plus as long as Ava is on the show i think there was always the chance her mom would make another appearance.Plus we might learn more about Ava and her past.Plus i want to know if Delia knows Delia is her grandmother is alive or if it’s another secret her mom’s been keeping from her.Plus i think Delia is also returning for a few episodes.

  • skier69

    She is too Young to be the Mother of Ava