Rick Hearstsat down with TVGuide Magazine to dish on his General Hospital exit and his Bold and the Beautiful return.
Let’s set the record straight. There’s been buzz that you kinda screwed GH by leaving so quickly for B&B that they didn’t have time to write your character a proper send-off.
People had some crazy perceptions of what went down. “Machiavellian Hearst dumps GH for B&B!” Here’s the truth of the matter. I was placed on recurring status and I was a gun for hire but still in the middle of a story with GH. I auditioned for some pilots and the season finale of CSI: New York. Then, lo and behold, one day I’m sitting at home and I overhear my wife talking on the phone for 5 or 10 minutes to somebody named Brad — and I’m thinking, “Well, that’s it. She’s found somebody else. The marriage is over.” Suddenly, she hands me the phone and says “Honey, it’s [B&B executive producer] Brad Bell.”
Here’s the Scoop! 06.03.09
Alexis… Is an affair with the Mayor being aired, publicly? Some SAY Kristina MAY be the one to burst her mother’s bubble but where is this all coming from? The Mayor’s mistress storyline. I’ve been telling you about Matt’s story that involves the mistress. She’s the patient that dies on Dr. Hunter and Diane learns the family is planning on suing Matt for malpractice. Why Diane? Isn’t she a mob attorney? What does she have to do with a malpractice suit brought against a doc? Remember the days when GH had their own Counsel? Diane is SAID to fill in her BFF Alexis who looks into the case but the Mayor wants his DA to back off or else. Or else what Mayor Floyd? He threatens to go public with their affair. Hmmmm…. He wants Alexis to not dig in too deep into his mistress and her untimely death but he’s willing to out their previous romp? Never one to be threatened Alexis is prepared to call the Mayor on his threat but Kristina “the wild child” Corinthos needs less drama and a mama out of the tabloids. READ MORE
Dear Ms. Phelps,
I will keep this brief.
In the name of all that is holy, change the frakkin' opening credits to General Hospital!
I don't know which is worse on your part, the fact that it seemingly takes half a decade to add or subtract contract cast members or that ding dang ending shot of all "The Men of GH" — half of which aren't even on the show anymore.
How is that a show like Guiding Light, which you once produced and with 1/84th your GH budget, can manage to keep its opening credits updated to current storylines on a daily basis but GH, having laid out $3 million to upgrade its studio facilities to high definition, somehow can't get it together to find a way to digitially erase Justus Ward (last played by M'fundo Morrison), a character who has been dead since 2006? READ MORE
Here’s the Scoop! 05.27.09
Alexis fan? I keep hearing that the attorney will be getting plenty of story to play with. The question is will it be favorable? Some of Alexis’s best scenes are when she goes off on another PC resident and while I like the Sonny-Alexis friendship one of my favorite scenes was her going off on Sonny and Jason at her sister’s funeral. Will that happen again? RUMORS have Alexis laying into her daughter’s father when Ric goes missing. Can you blame her? IF Sonny is involved in Ric’s “disappearance” he’s taking Molly’s father away from her. There’s more for Alexis coming up. She’s still determined to link Rebecca to Helena and there’s that whole political mess RUMORED to be happening with Mayor Floyd and his wife. Will Alexis get the dirt on NotEmily? SPOILERS say she uncovers a few “skeletons” in Rebecca’s closet.
Speaking of Ric… he wants Claudia to go on the run with him. Is that what happens to Sonny’s bro? Or will he be the murder mystery we had heard about? Either way, Rick Hearst vacates Port Chuckles mid June. According to Martha Byrne she shared some of Hearst’s last scenes with him. READ MORE
Here’s the Scoop! 05.19.09
Who’s doing who? There’s Jolivia coming and plenty of PC weighs in with their opinions on that pairing. RUMORS have Maxie doing the deed with one of the young men, Lulu MAY be getting a little action as well but it seems to be a Cougar theme going on and no I don’t mean Carolyn Hennesy’s ABC pilot. RUMORS have the Mayor’s wife aka Martha Byrne also getting a little action when she hits Port Chuck. Who’s the younger man? Well it SEEMS the first lady of PC is chumming it up with Ethan when she drops by the Haunted Star and they MAY just be the next hookup. Too many SCOOPS getting jumbled together? Possibly. It happens from time to time. Is it Rebecca that Ethan has his eye on? Is Maxie going after Matt or Johnny? READ MORE
DC's Melodie Aikels was right again. Guiding Light is now confirming that Peter Simon is returing to the soap opera this June 23. Mel also reported that her sources told her Rick Hearst and Maureen Garrett could be reprising their roles as Alan-Michael Spaulding and Holly Lindsay respectively, however Hearst has since booked The Bold and the Beautiful. The actor admitted at a recent fan event that he and GL had been in talks, however a deal couldn't be reached. Still no official word on Garrett, but don't be shocked if some soap magazine or website that doesn't like to credit us "breaks" that soon. READ MORE