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General Hospital-related news from 2002
It's impossible to keep up with all of the twists and turns from the world of soaps. Luckily, soapcentral.com has done it for you. Our News Archive has a listing of every news story ever posted on our site.
Here are some of the news stories posted on soapcentral.com during 2002 that focus on General Hospital or past and present GH performers. To read any of the articles listed below, simply click on the appropriate link.


To access articles from other years or to review articles with similar themes, please see the News Archive links below this text to access a specific year. Or to view a listing of all years for which news stories are available, simply click here.

John J York
January 2002
There are rumors abound that John J York (Mac Scorpio) might make a jump to CBS's The Bold and the Beautiful. The show is said to have recently put out a casting call for a character that shares similar traits to York.
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January 2002
Despite a statement by a General Hospital spokesperson last month to the contrary, soapcentral.com has learned that Elizabeth's sister, Sarah Weber, will be returning to Port Charles.
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January 2002
Former head writer Michele Val Jean has returned to the General Hospital writing team as a script writer.
Stephen Nichols
January 2002
There's no official word yet, but Stephen Nichols (ex-Stefan Cassadine, General Hospital) could very well be returning to Days of our Lives.
Maurice Benard
February 2002
For the second consecutive year, Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos) was the most-honored performer in the General Hospital edition of the soapcentral.com awards.
Tyler Christopher
February 2002
Congratulations to Tyler Christopher (ex-Nikolas Cassadine, General Hospital) on his recent wedding.
Robert Kelker-Kelly
February 2002
Robert Kelker-Kelly (ex-Stavros Cassadine) will has quietly returned to the General Hospital studio and taped several additional episodes.
Robyn Richards
March 2002
In a stunning turn of events, eight-year General Hospital veteran Robyn Richards (Maxie Jones) has been let go.
Steve Burton
April 2002
soapcentral.com has confirmed that Steve Burton (Jason Morgan) will be returning to General Hospital later this spring.
Megan McTavish
April 2002
The rumors have been swirling for months -- whether they were right all along or just a case of coincidence and wishful thinking by dissatisfied fans remains to be seen. Megan McTavish has stepped down as head writer of General Hospital.
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April 2002
Set the VCRs, GH fans.

General Hospital will air its 10,000th episode on Wednesday, April 17th. The episode will feature many special flashbacks.
Sarah Brown
April 2002
Despite rumors to the contrary, Sarah Brown (ex-Carly Corinthos) is not returning to General Hospital.
Rebecca Herbst
April 2002
Contrary to reports on some Internet web sites, Rebecca Herbst (Liz Webber) is not leaving General Hospital.
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May 2002
Though details are still sketchy, an ABC spokesperson has confirmed that the Nurses Ball will not be shown on-air this year.
Genie Francis
May 2002
According to online reports, Genie Francis (Laura Spencer) will leave General Hospital when her contract expires later this year.
Jaime Ray Newman
July 2002
With a new writing regime in place at General Hospital, shakeups to the cast were inevitable. Now, in the first batch of changes, two newcomers are out and one veteran actress is making a much anticipated return.
Sean Kanan
July 2002
Sean Kanan (Deacon Sharpe) has signed a new contract with The Bold and the Beautiful. The signing effectively scuttles talk that the actor's stint on the show was coming to an end with the rumored impending demise of his character.
Sarah Laine
July 2002
As previously reported by soapcentral.com. Sarah Laine (Sarah Webber) has been let go from General Hospital. The actress joined the cast of General Hospital in January.
Robyn Richard
July 2002
Robyn Richards (ex-Maxie Jones) will return to General Hospital later this summer. Richards, who originated the role of Maxie in 1993, was dismissed earlier this year when the show decided to age Maxie. In March, Richards was replaced by Danica Stewart.
A Martinez
July 2002
The Internet rumblings that A Martinez (Roy DiLucca) will be exiting General Hospital when his contact expires in September are apparently true. The actor has announced plans to leave daytime... eventually.
Genie Francis
July 2002
Genie Francis (Laura Spencer) will exit General Hospital later this year. The announcement comes on the heels of weeks' worth of speculation about the actress' future with the show.
Brian Frons
August 2002
ABC Daytime has announced that Brian Scott Frons will succeed Angela Shapiro as President of ABC Daytime.
Sean Kanan
August 2002
If you listen to Internet chatter, you might believe that half of the male cast of The Bold and the Beautiful has been let go. soapcentral.com, however, has done some digging and has been able to uncover which of the rumors are true and which are nothing more than idle chatter.
Finola Hughes
August 2002
Online rumors continue to question Finola Hughes' (Anna Devane) future with All My Children.
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August 2002
Don Chastain (ex-Tom Baldwin) passed away on August 9th after a long battle with colon cancer. He was 66.
Genie Franci
August 2002
ABC has now confirmed that Genie Francis (Laura Spencer) is leaving the show. The confirmation comes two weeks after soapcentral.com first reported that the actress would be exiting the show - but some three months after rumblings first appeared on the Internet.
Amber Tamblyn
September 2002
According to inside sources, General Hospital is looking to bring Emily Quartermaine back to the canvas.
Ian Buchanan
September 2002
soapcentral.com has learned that Ian Buchanan (ex-James Warwick, The Bold and the Beautiful; ex Duke Lavery, General Hospital) will be joining the cast of Port Charles in the show's ninth book, which is currently being filmed.
Marisa Ramirez
September 2002
According to internet chatter, Marisa Ramirez (Gia Campbell) will be exiting General Hospital when her contract expires - or possibly sooner.
Nancy lee Grahn
October 2002
Lane Davies, a veteran of both daytime and primetime television, will be joining the cast of General Hospital later this year in the contract role of Cameron.
Rick Hearst
October 2002
Only a matter of weeks after his dismissal from CBS's The Bold and the Beautiful, Rick Hearst (ex-Whipple Jones, B&B; ex Matt Clark, The Young and the Restless; ex Alan-Michael Spaulding, Guiding Light) has landed a contract role on ABC's General Hospital.
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October 2002
General Hospital is look to add at least two characters to its canvas. According to insiders, the show is looking to cast the roles of "Enrique," a 25-year-old Latino heartthrob and "Summer," a 20something blonde who could be a love interest for Luke.
Marisa Ramirez
November 2002
Two months following a soapcentral.com report that Marisa Ramirez (Gia Campbell) would be exiting General Hospital comes official word that the actress will leave the show next month. The role of Gia will be recast.
Amber Tamblyn
November 2002
As first reported by soapcentral.com in August, General Hospital is moving forward with plans to bring back Emily Quartermaine - and the role will be recast.
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December 2002
Silver screen veteran Gloria Stuart will make a special New Year's Eve guest appearance on General Hospital.
Jacob Young
December 2002
Though it had been rumored for several weeks, ABC has now confirmed reports that Emmy winner Jacob Young (Lucky Spencer; ex-Rick Forrester, The Bold and the Beautiful) is leaving General Hospital. A spokesperson for the show states that the role will be recast.
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