Is Maura West Leaving ‘General Hospital’ Amid Writer Shakeup?

Maura West as Ava Jerome/Credit: 'General Hospital' YouTube

Rumors have been swirling that Maura West, who plays the complex and intriguing character Ava Jerome on ABC’s General Hospital, might be departing the show. This speculation comes on the heels of a major writer shakeup. But is there any truth to these rumors?

Blind Item Suggests Lead Actress Leaving General Hospital

There seems to be a lot of uncertainty in Port Charles these days. Two of the head writers at General Hospital were fired early in the year. Now just a few months later, one of the replacement writers has also been let go. Fans worry that some of their favorite characters and actors will depart the show.

Maura West as Ava Jerome/Credit: 'General Hospital' YouTube
Maura West as Ava Jerome/Credit: ‘General Hospital’ YouTube

A host from The Chat podcast fueled the rumors on social media. Expect a very very popular and beloved actress to possibly be out this year,” @_Case1999 wrote on Twitter.

“I’d be shocked if the original path doesn’t go to plan,” they added, referring to an earlier rumor that Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth) was on the chopping block before the previous head writers were fired.

Casey from The Chat didn’t confirm any names, but fans quickly put together three guesses: Herbst, Tabyana Ali (Trina) and Maura West (Ava.) Tabyana Ali’s future on the show is in question after Nicholas Chavez left the show. He played Spencer Cassadine, the leading man to Ali’s Trina.

Why is Maura West’s name among the possible actresses leaving?

Why Fans Think It Could Be Maura West

Maura West joined General Hospital in 2013. The three-time Daytime Emmy Award winner previously played fan-favorite Carly Tenney on the CBS soap As The World Turns. After over a decade on the ABC soap, could super villain Ava Jerome be making her swan song soon?

With such upheaval behind the scenes, fans are naturally wondering if their favorite actors will stay or go. Some fans think the soap has painted Ava Jerome into a corner by having her involved in Sonny’s (Maurice Benard) mental health breakdown. While she isn’t the one withholding his bipolar meds, she knows about it.

Maurice Benard - YouTube/General Hospital
Maurice Benard – YouTube/General Hospital

Despite the rumors, there’s been no official word from Maura West or the show about Ava’s departure. In fact, Ava remains at the center of several key storylines. Fans are still invested in seeing how Ava’s secrets will be revealed and the consequences she’ll face. As one fan noted, Ava’s actions are motivated by her desire to protect herself, not just about getting back at Carly.

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  1. How come Nina’s character is not on the chopping block! I love me some Ava! Great Actress!! 💕

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