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Julie Marie Berman Exiting ‘General Hospital’

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In the newest issue of , “” star Julie Marie Berman has announced in an exclusive interview that she is leaving the series after seven and a half years portraying Lulu Spencer. “I always have a desire to grow and challenge myself in other mediums. And there are enough reasons now that my gut is telling me this is the right time to finally let go of ‘GH.'” Berman says she informed her bosses back in July of last year that she had plans to leave the series. “I gave my notice in July to leave when my contract was up in November last year,” said Berman, who also explained that she decided to stay a little while longer after subsequent discussions between her management team and “GH” executive producer .

While a final airdate has not been revealed, it is understood that Berman will not appear in episodes celebrating “GH’s” 50th anniversary scheduled to air in April, as the series is reportedly looking to recast the role of Lulu. Berman filmed her final scenes on Tuesday, February 26.