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Lexi Ainsworth Explains Why She Left GENERAL HOSPITAL


Fans were shocked when the news broke that GENERAL HOSPITAL was recasting the role of Kristina with DAYS OF OUR LIVES alum Kate Mansi (ex-Abigail), and now Lexi Ainsworth is speaking out about her decision to leave the soap that she has called home since 2009.

“I wanted to come on here and speak to my GH fans and let you guys know that after 10 transformative years both personally and for my character, that I will be leaving GH,” the actress explained in a video she posted to Instagram. “And I was looking forward to this upcoming storyline because it was inspired by a personal experience of mine. But I am currently working on writing my own story from my own point of view which has been, thus far, cathartic and hopefully inspiring to other women. So I look forward to sharing that with you guys when it is completed.

“While GH has remained a top priority,” Ainsworth continued, “I have been interested in pursuing new career opportunities that align with my evolving interests and goals. And I am confident that this mutually beneficial decision will lead to new endeavors where I will continue to grow and expand my talents beyond the industry.”

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Back when Ainsworth first joined the cast of GH, Michael was being played by Drew Garrett!ABC/Michael Yarish

The Daytime Emmy Award winner also wanted to personally thank the viewers who have been loyal to her throughout her time as Kristina. “I do want to take a second to address the fans and express my deepest appreciation to you guys who have supported me over the years,” Ainsworth declared. “Your loyalty has been a constant inspiration and I am forever grateful. The show would not be what it is without you guys.

“As I leave GH, I will continue carving out a space for myself where I am an active part of the creative process,” she added. “And as much as it is hard to say goodbye, I know that you guys will continue to support me in my journey and I look forward to keeping you guys updated with all of the exciting things that are going on in my life. And I will start by saying that I have an episode of NCIS that will be airing this month, May 22. So hopefully, you guys can tune in and stay tuned for more!”

Please join us in wishing Ainsworth all the best on the next stage of her career and keep checking back here at for updates because we’ll be sure to let you know where you can see this talented actress on screen next!

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