‘General Hospital’ Frank Valentini Teases Fan Favorite Coming Back

'General Hospital' logo/Credit: YouTube

The General Hospital cast and powers-that-be showed up in force at the 51st Daytime Emmy Awards last week. Executive producer Frank Valentini teased a fan favorite’s return and dropped a major hint about who it is.

General Hospital Wins Big At Daytime Emmys

The 51st Daytime Emmy Awards kicked off on Friday, June 7, in Los Angeles, California. Your favorite soap stars came together to honor the best actors, actresses, and daytime shows. Kelly Clarkson nabbed an Emmy for Daytime Talk Series for her self-titled talk show but surprisingly lost out as Daytime Talk Series Host.

Young & The Restless star Michelle Stafford won Lead Actress, shutting out GH stars Finola Hughes (Anna) and Cynthia Watros (Nina.) But the ABC soap didn’t leave empty-handed.

General Hospital won awards for writing and directing, and actor Robert Gossett won Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Marshall. GH also won the top prize of the night – Daytime Drama Series.

Exec Teases Fan Favorite Coming Back

On The Red Carpet chatted with the the General Hospital Emmy attendees. Several of the actors teased upcoming storylines. Steve Burton, who recently returned as Jason Morgan, revealed that his storyline with the FBI is coming to a close soon. He said that he wanted his character to start working for Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) again.

“I’m tired of pushing coffee. I’m done with the coffee business!”

Steve Burton/Credit: YouTube
Steve Burton/Credit: YouTube

Tabyana Ali (Trina) was asked about newcomer Gio (Giovanni Mazza) as a possible love interest amid Spencer’s (last played by Nicholas Chavez) presumed death. Chavez recently confirmed he won’t be returning to the soap after landing a huge role in an upcoming Netflix production.

“Everything’s a little up in the air at the moment but I know that the buzz is that it’s good stuff coming.”

But the hottest news came from executive producer Frank Valentini. He teased that a former cast member is returning to General Hospital.

Fans Guess Who It Could Be

The show’s EP didn’t give away exactly who will be returning but gave a pretty big hint. “And I think that the audience will go crazy for HIM.”

Jonathan Jackson/Credit: YouTube
Jonathan Jackson/Credit: YouTube

So, we know it is a male actor returning and it is someone who was on the show before. Soap fans took to Twitter to share their guesses.

  • I think the character coming back is Spencer (recast).
  • I hope it’s Ric considering what’s going on with Molly
  • I think he is talking about John J. York and his return.
  • I’m thinking its Greg Vaughan, Bryan Craig, or Charles Shaughnessy.

Greg Vaughan played the legacy character Lucky Spencer from 2003 to 2009. He currently stars on Days of Our Lives, but his future on the NBC soap is up in the air. While he was popular as Lucky, he never surpassed the original actor’s popularity. Fans have been clamoring for Jonathan Jackson to resume the role for years. Could it finally be happening?

General Hospital fans will have to stay tuned to find out. Who do you think Frank Valentini was talking about? Sound off in the comments.

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