When ABC’s General Hospital dropped the bomb that Rebecca Herbst (Liz Webber) was being let go from General Hospital, most fans were speechless. The news spread quicker than a GH staff infection blindsiding fans. This shocking ABC executive decision made no sense at all to the show’s loyal following and according to all reports circulating, Rebecca herself was taken by surprise and the announcement of the senseless verdict left several of her General Hospital colleagues stunned as well. Once this news was digested, reaction from Rebecca’s fans, colleagues and members of the press was quick to follow.
Kristle Maxwell, our General Hospital Examiner had this to say about Rebecca’s raw deal:
Rebecca Herbst has played one of the most lovable characters in daytime for over 13 years, Elizabeth Webber. Elizabeth is strong, beautiful, charismatic and surprising. She has been a part of two super-couples: Lucky & Liz and Liz & Jason. She is a tie to a founding GH family: The Hardy’s. She, along with protrayer Rebecca have a huge fan base. So, what do both of these lovely ladies get for their constant likability and loyalty to Port Chuck?! Well, they get the old heave-ho, of course!
A spokesperson from GH is saying that the next couple months leading to Rebecca’s necessary exit will be very important for the character of Elizabeth, so to stay tuned…Good luck with that! Liz fans who haven’t already abandoned GH due to their underuse and/or trashing of the character, or her break-up from Jason Morgan, are sure ready to jump ship now.
Maxwell goes on to say that she believes the senseless decision translates into the downfall of Port Charles. You can see her article here.
Jamey Giddens over at Daytime Confidential has been tenaciously keeping vigil over all the bleak casting decisions unfolding within the soaps industry Lately. His investigative reporting skills are flawless and his reporting of breaking news is as passionate as it is insightful. Here is some of what Gidden’s had to say about the ABC pink slip in Rebecca’s possession from an article posted yesterday:
As popular as they have to know Herbst is—whether they want to admit it or not—how can they even contemplate killing her character off? It’s insanity, complete and utter insanity, but really it’s nothing new for this regime, is it? GH executive soap opera slayer Jill Farren Phelps has made an arrogant sport of killing off soap’s most beloved heroines, from Maureen Bauer on Guiding Light to Frankie Frame on Another World. What’s one more in Liz Webber?
Then there’s head writer Bob Guza. While I’ve been a fan since the days of “Clink, Boom”, the fact that he picked off the Quartermaine family one-by-one disgusts me to no end. Guza’s narrow vision for this soap has helped erode viewers and frustrate fans for years now. I can no longer place all the blame on his former writing partner Chuck Pratt, or even ABC Daytime exec Brian Frons.
Yes, my sources told me Frons was the person who wanted the Liason pairing axed, but it was Guza who couldn’t manage to come up with a decent story for Liz post the breakup with Jason, yet he gets paid in the neighborhood of $30,000 a week, reportedly.
See more of what Giddens has to say here. Trust me on this–the headline is a treat all by itself.
The impending exit of this talented actress has left me at a loss for words. Her ties to Port Charles are rich with historical significance and history is one thing soap fans clearly care about. While Rebecca’s character Liz has had virtually nothing to do but run around General Hospital wearing scrubs while clutching a clipboard for long stretches of time but it was the writers who made her character a nondescript one. Lately viewers have been seeing more of “Liz” as she artfully shakes Brooke Lynn up with her new habit of frequently visiting Nikolas. Somehow I thought that was a good thing but then again, I had no idea what was brewing behind the scenes.
I have heard several fans state they are done with this show because clearly the execs in charge have no regard for what fans truly care about. It scares me to death that viewers might just decide to tune out–and as much as I’d like to join them part of me remains passionate about keeping this medium alive. I would really hate to end up as the ‘Info-mercial’ Examiner, but given the fragile state of the soaps, that could happen.
Let’s all hope that Herbst will land on her feet and that spectacular opportunities will come her way. And in the meantime soaps fans, keep the faith and keep watching the soaps. Share your thoughts on the earth shattering news about Rebecca Herbst in the comments section below. I would love to hear from all of you.