Rebecca Budig opened up about her shocking ouster at the ABC sudser at the Official General Hospital Fan Club Weekend.
A Bittersweet Sendoff
“Maybe, bittersweet,” she replied when asked about her character’s impending departure. “But I hope it’s interesting to watch. It was interesting [for me]to watch [Michael Easton’s performance]. I hope everyone will enjoy it as much as I did,” she told our wonderful friends at Soap Hub, who also started a petition save Hayden!
There are many fans who are very disappointed, to put it mildly, that Rebecca Budig (Hayden) will soon be exiting the GH canvas. This, just when her character has finally found happiness with the good Dr. Finn (Michael Easton) and is pregnant with their child. Budig chatted to our friends at Soap Hub at Easton and Roger Howarth’s (Franco) fan event at the Embassy Suites hotel in Glendale, California this past weekend. She thanked the fans for their unwavering support.
“It really humbled me,” she said.
What Could Have Been!
Turns out Budig shared an interesting aside as well about her onscreen dad. Fans were excited awhile back to learn that past fave Dr. Jeff Webber (ex-Richard Dean Anderson) was, in fact, Hayden’s real father. There was subsequently a wave of support to bring the popular actor and his character back, unfortunately to no avail. Did Budig think that bringing the character –and his portrayer–onto the canvas might have helped to solidify Hayden’s place in Port Charles a bit more?
“Of course,” she said. “I actually think they tried [to get him]but I don’t know. It’s honestly more of a writer and producer question. I think the writer change was a struggle to sort of figure out who Hayden was and how she fit in.”
Don’t Count Her Out, Anything’s Possible in Soap Land!
We can safely bet that Budig, with her immense talent, intelligence, and beauty to boot, won’t be gone from our screens for long. She smiled and said, “Who knows?” when asked if a GH return was possible.
Petitions are circulating to bring her character back. After all, we were rooting for Hayden and Finn to live a well-deserved happily ever after! We at Soap Cities are sure that we’ll be seeing Budig on the small or even big screen in due time, and we wish her all the best in her future endeavors!
When Easton said at GHFCW that she’ll be back at the ABC sudser in six months, she demurred and said she doubted it. With the wacky ups and downs behind-the-casting-scenes in daytime these days, and given Budig’s star quality, we agree with Easton.
Both Budig and Easton confirmed they’re not headed to Days of Our Lives, as rumors had circulated as Ron Carlivati’s writing reign began over at the NBC soap. That’s according to our friend Robert Davis, who also got us this lovely pic!
“I feel super-flattered — and just super-grateful” ~ Budig
Budig officially spoke out about her departure in the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on sale now! She seems astounded by the support she has gotten from fans since her depature was announced. It “has been mind-blowing … I feel super-flattered, very unworthy and just super-grateful.”
We at Soap Cities hope Budig does come back to Port Charles, since there is so much interesting storyline to explore between her and her half-sister Elizabeth Webber (Rebecca Herbst)! Now that William deVry has re-signed with GH, we always say “never say never,” don’t we dear readers?!
It seems our Rebecca feels the same way! On coming back, she told SOD, “If I had the chance to work with Michael Easton [Finn] and Becky Herbst [Elizabeth] again, it would be an easy decision.” For more scoop on Budig, run, don’t walk to get the latest issue of SOD out right now!
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