Shocked, dismayed, sad, disappointed, angry, heartbroken — I’m experiencing a full body of emotions, all due to the ridiculous firing of Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth Webber) from General Hospital. I know, some—maybe most—will jump to the conclusion that my dismay is due to my love of all things Liason, the unforgettable romantic pairing featuring Herbst’s Liz and Jason Morgan (Steve Burton), and I won’t lie, that definitely plays a part, but I have been having a love affair with the character of Elizabeth Webber since long before she fell for Jason. In fact, I've loved Liz and Herbst since they first popped up in Port Charles back in 1997.
Elizabeth’s storylines over the past 13 years have made her one of my all-time favorite soap opera characters, while Herbst's performances in those storylines resulted in her becoming one of my favorite daytime actresses. "Bad" Lizzie Webber was a force to be reckoned with when she first showed up at Audrey’s (Rachel Ames). You just couldn’t help but root for the underdog, little sister over the more “perfect” Sarah.
When GH scribe Michele Val Jean made the decision to write a brutal rape storyline for the character of Liz, Herbst’s acting choices —not to mention the elegant writing—transformed her into a fan favorite, which she’s been ever since. Who could ever forget a shattered and broken Elizabeth crawling out of those bushes, only to be found by Lucky (Jonathan Jackson)? READ MORE
Here’s the Scoop!
Of course everyone wants to know… just what is the storyline that dictates Rebecca Herbst’s exit? SOAPnet says (and it's not much):
Storyline dictates that Elizabeth (and her portrayer Rebecca Herbst) will be exiting Port Charles this spring ... which means that you can expect to see some exciting, explosive, and "OMG" things happen with Liz over the next few months. Big, big stuff.
Michael has flashbacks… of life behind bars and Carter! Just how good will this be? RUMORS say pretty good.
The Balkan’s main man comes back to Port Chuck! No, not Jerry, that Dimitri fella. He’s set to cause some trouble around town. READ MORE
Steve Burton (Jason, GH) took to Twitter to let fans know his thoughts on costar and friend, Rebecca Herbst's (Elizabeth) firing.
Hello everyone, most of you have heard the horrible and awful news about Becky. My heart breaks as I even have to tweet this. One of the best and most beautiful actresses that has been on this show. Beside that, she's a friend and that hurts. Some show will be lucky to have her. May god bless them through this transition. Much luv to Michael and Becky.
Statement from ABC: "Storyline dictates the exit of Elizabeth Webber this spring. The next few months promise to be 'not-to-miss" story for the character. We at ABC and GH wish Rebecca Herbst nothing but the best in her future endeavors," continues ABC statement. Again, ABC IS confirming that Rebecca Herbst (Liz) will exit GH this spring in a "storyline-dictated" move. READ MORE
What is going on in daytime? First news broke of Jay Kenneth Johnson and Shelly Hennig leaving Days of Our Lives. Then word began circulating that Babs Bloom was out at CBS Daytime, now we're hearing the unthinkable—Rebecca Herbst (Liz) has allegedly been fired from General Hospital! Numerous sources say the insanely popular star was told she will be written out of the soap this March. Un-FREAKING-Believable...
Look for Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth) to be back on our screens in mid-October, according to Soap Opera Weekly. The popular General Hospital veteran returned from maternity leave on Sept. 16, after having given birth to son Emerson Truett Saucedo on Aug. 9. This is Herbst's 3rd child with former GH costar Michael Saucedo (ex-Juan). Wishful Storytelling: Wouldn't it be great if once Brenda (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo) learns Jake is Jason's son she starts pushing Liz and Super Jase (Steve Burton) back together? Now that would get the ratings up—not to mention Jason's shirt off!