BREAKING: GH Head Writer Jean Passanante Set to Retire

Soon to be ex-GH co-head writer, Jean Passanante.

Half of the dazzling duo that is General Hospital‘s current writing team, Jean Passanante, announced her retirement.

Au Revoir, Port Charles

“It gets to be a time when it’s just time,” Passanante exclusively told Soap Opera Digest, the ONLY magazine to cover all four daytime serials.

Passanante said she wants to pursue other avenues in her life, including visiting her daughter in Europe.

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“It’s a pretty consuming kind of job and you need to get your head clear of it every once in a while. It’s been a great 27 years, or something like that — it’s a long time!” she said.

Magical Memories

Her decision to retire and leave GH at this exciting time wasn’t easy, Passanante said. She noted that it’s a “happy shop” and sang the praises of many of her colleagues, including Shelly Altman, who has been her partner in head writing at GH for the last two years, and Executive Producer Frank Valentini.

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Passanante got her start as a daytime scribe on All My Children. She’s also written for Another World, As the World Turns, One Life to Live, and The Young and the Restless. She’s won three Emmys and four Writers Guild of America for her work.

We at Soap Cities wish her the best and thank her for

GH’s Future

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What this means for Port Charles’ future, we don’t know yet, as neither the show nor ABC has issued a statement. Will Shelly Altman be head writer by herself, or will the show hire another co-head writer for her? We’ll keep you up to date on all the news!

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Akbi Khan has been watching and loving soap operas for 31 years and writing about them for the last four. She also loves sitcoms; musicals; laughter; going dancing; spending time with family and friends; fighting for animal rights, ethical environmental stewardship, civil liberties preservation, and LGBTQ rights; and evolving along a spiritual path. She has a Master’s in rhetoric and composition. Akbi is 39 years old and lives in Ellicott City, Maryland.

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