Another of General Hospital's long-time veterans has been taken off contract. Leslie Charleson, who has played the role of Monica Quartermaine for 33 years, will now appear only on a recurring basis. Rumors of the actress' firing or demotion have been making the rounds for several years.
General Hospital's longest-running contract player, Leslie Charleson
) has been taken off contract. The actress will, however, remain with the ABC soap on a recurring basis.
Though the change of status probably won't surprise many viewers -- the actress' storyline has been virtually nonexistent for some time -- it still stings. The demotion means fans will see even less of the storied Quartermaine family on their screens. Charleson had been on-contract with General Hospital since August 1977.
Rumors have circled Charleson's status with the show for some time. In 2004
, it was rumored that Charleson and her then-contracted co-stars, Stuart Damon
) and Jackie Zeman
), were going to be let go. At that time, the three stars combined for a cumulative tenure of more than 81 years.
Damon would eventually be let go. In December 2006
, General Hospital announced that the actor was let go, though he was brought back for a short-term recurring appearance several weeks later. A year later, in December 2007
, Zeman learned that she, too, would be taken off contract.
ABC does not comment on contracts.