Don’t worry when you see a new Taggert on GENERAL HOSPITAL — it’s only temporary! The soap has tapped Asante Jones to fill in temporarily for Réal Andrews. Jones has made sporadic appearances beginning back in December 2020, but Andrews has continued to return to his role. Fans were once again surprised when Jones made another appearance as Taggert in the April 12, 2021 episode, but rest assured, Andrews will be back in Port Charles again soon.
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 had Briana Lane fill in as Brook Lynn while Amanda Setton was out on maternity leave. And COVID has also forced some temporary replacements with Tiffany Daniels stepping in as Jordan when Briana Nicole Henry tested positive for the virus.
Stay tuned to see Jones keep the character of Taggert going until Andrews is able to return!