Don’t worry when you see a new Taggert on GENERAL HOSPITAL — it’s only temporary! Sources are reporting that the soap is temporarily recasting Réal Andrews with Asante Jones, who should begin airing sometime in mid-December. There has been no official word as to why the recast was necessary or how long it will last. Jones’ IMDb page lists him as playing Taggert in the Thursday, Dec. 17, episode, but whether it’s just the one episode remains to be seen.
The character of Marcus Taggert first appeared in December 1996 and was originated by Andrews, although from 1997-98, the role was recast with Matthew St. Patrick. Andrews returned in 1998 and continued to play the cop until May 2003. The character resurfaced in January 2020, and while believed dead by March, was revealed in August to be very much alive.
Television viewers might recognize Jones from his recurring role as Martin on SCANDAL or one of his numerous guest-starring roles on primetime series like SHAMELESS, THE NEIGHBORHOOD, HAWAII FIVE-0, REVENGE, and HOT IN CLEVELAND. According to his extensive IMDb resume, GH appears to be his daytime debut, so give him a warm welcome.
Temporary recasts are not uncommon in daytime. GH recently had Briana Lane fill in as Brook Lynn while Amanda Setton was out on maternity leave. And recently, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS was forced to recast the role of Chance when portrayer Donny Boaz tested positive for COVID-19.
Stay tuned to see Jones make his debut on GH and keep the character of Taggert going until Andrews is able to return!
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