General Hospital fans are buzzing with talk that three of the show's big name stars might be leaving the show. Rumored on the chopping block are Emmy winner Natalia Livingston (Emily Quartermaine) and Emmy nominees Tyler Christopher (Nikolas Cassadine), and Kelly Monaco (Samantha McCall).
Rumors have been swirling for the better part of year about Kelly Monaco
's (Samantha McCall
) future with General Hospital. In November 2006
, Monaco revealed that she and network execs had reached a deal on a new contract that would allow her to pursue projects outside of daytime television. As part of the deal, Monaco was signed on to appear in the pilot of "Football Wives," the American version of the popular UK series "Footballers' Wives." The show was not picked up for ABC's fall schedule.
Now, as the actress' contact winds down, Monaco and network execs are once again in contract talks. Show sources say that no agreement has been reached and that the sticking point is money. Monaco is said to be demanding a salary higher than what the network wants to spend - but the salary is not believed to be that out of line with what other stars are making.
Monaco joined the General Hospital roster in October 2003
. She had appeared previously - albeit briefly - on the show in another role, a role she created on the GH spinoff Port Charles
. The actress appeared on Port Charles from 2000 through the show's cancellation in 2003.
Prior to joining daytime, the Philadelphia native appeared in several motion pictures, including Idle Hands, Mumford and BASEketball. Previous television experience included work as a correspondent for the tabloidesque news show "Hard Copy." Monaco also appeared as a model for various Playboy videos. Monaco became a household name in 2005 when she was named the winner of the first edition of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars."
As for her future with General Hospital, a show spokesperson explains that the show does "not comment on contract negotiations."