A tweet from GENERAL HOSPITAL executive producer Frank Valentini has viewers of the soap in a tither that fan fave Maura West is exiting the soap… and something tells us that stirring up buzz amongst the fans was exactly what the GH boss intended!
The shocking tweet came on September 13 when Valentini wrote: “Ava’s days are numbered in Port Charles — what will her last days be like? Find out on an all-new GH!” The exec tagged both West and the soap’s official Twitter account in his post, and the Emmy-winning actress was one of the first to comment on Valentini’s tweet. Sharing a GIF of a woman walking in gold stiletto heels that are literally on fire, West added a martini glass (Ava’s signature drink!) and snake emoji to her reply.
In the comments that followed, GH fans were up in arms, shocked and dismayed, that West could potentially be exiting the soap. “What? I hope you’re just teasing us,” wrote one worried viewer. “You all better keep this amazing actress,” declared another. And yet one more poster wrote, “If Ava goes, we all go. It’ll be mutiny! To badly misquote John Bender from The Breakfast Club.”
Given Valentini’s post, it’s easy to see why West’s fans were in an uproar. But we tend to side with the viewers who speculated that Ava’s departure will only be for a short time, like the one who wrote, “I hate to see her go, hoping it’s temporary! Maura is such a wonderful actress and her character, Ava, is the best!”
In dissecting Valentini’s tweet, GH’s head honcho doesn’t say that West is leaving. Rather, he specifically says that Ava Jerome’s time in Port Charles is what has an expiration date. That could mean any number of things! Maybe something will draw Ava to Nixon Falls, where Sonny has been living as amnesiac Mike. Perhaps she will head to New York City to visit her mom, Deliah, for a bit at Ryan’s Bar. There’s even the possibility that West needs an extended amount of time off and will temporarily be written out — like Kirsten Storms (Maxie) was over the summer when she had a medical issue to tend to.
As for West, the actress celebrated her eighth anniversary with the soap back in April, having joined the cast of GH following her short-lived run as THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Diane Jenkins two years earlier. (Before that, the actress spent 15 years playing AS THE WORLD TURNS’ beleaguered heroine Carly Tenney, earning two Daytime Emmy Awards.)
Only time will tell if West is actually leaving the soap she’s called home since 2013 — or if Ava is just hightailing it out of Dodge to escape this whole messy stalker situation. Be sure to check back with SoapsInDepth.com for updates on this developing story!
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