Twitter Hoax Raises, Then Dashes Hopes for ‘GH’ Fans

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Proving you can’t believe everything you read or see tweeted, earlier this evening a Twitter posting said to be by John Reilly, who portrayed Sean Donely on ABC’s “General Hospital” from 1984 through 1995 and again for a couple of episodes on “General Hospital: Night Shift” in 2008, stated the actor would be returning to the soap after nearly a 20 year absence. The tweet raised the hopes of many fans only to have those hopes get dashed not too longer afterward. A spokesperson for the soap confirms to Soap Opera Network that the tweet was not by Reilly and that the handle is in fact a fake. “Not the real John Reilly,” the spokesperson said.

The tweet in question stated, “I can officially tell all my fans that I will be coming back to #GH by fall for extended run on #GH #GH50.” The handle added, “You can thank @valentinifrank for working out the deal so I could return to #GH #GH50.” Going a step further, the handle stated, “I can confirm that Sharon Wyatt is headed back to GH with me #GH #morevets.” Wyatt portrayed Tiffany Hill Donely on the soap during the same time frame, but according to a 2011 feature by “Inside Edition,” the actress had half of her jaw bone removed after an operation relating to osteonecrosis. It’s unclear as to whether the actress is willing or able to actively pursue acting jobs.

Since making the fictitious tweets, the Twitter handle pretending to be Reilly has since been suspended.