It's always one crisis after another for the characters on GENERAL HOSPITAL, and once again, Sam has found herself near death! In fact, some fans are actually wondering if this could be the end for the character and her portrayer, Kelly Monaco is leaving GH!
Thankfully, viewers shouldn’t be too concerned about Monaco exiting the role that she has played since 2003. While the actress has distanced herself from social media, during a Twitter Q&A with fans, she declared: “I love playing Sam. Thank you all for your continued support.”
Monaco’s first television role was on BAYWATCH, where she played Susan from 1997-98, and she joined the cast of GH spinoff PORT CHARLES as Livvie in 1999. When that soap was canceled in 2003, the actress was brought over to GH to play the newly-created role of con artist Samantha McCall.
Monaco with DANCING partner Alec Mazo (Photo Credit: Adam Larkey/ABC via Getty Images)
During her years on GH, Monaco has pursued other opportunities but has continued to appear on the soap at the same time. In 2005, Monaco was one of the celebrity contestants on the very first season of DANCING WITH THE STARS, and beat the odds to become the winner! Then, in 2009, Monaco appeared in Peepshow, a burlesque act staged at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. And in 2012, she returned to DANCING WITH THE STARS for the special all-stars season, where she finished in third place.
Monaco has always been happy at GH, and the only major hiccup came in 2009 when the soap put out a casting call for the role of Sam, leaving fans afraid she was on her way out. However, this was just because Monaco and ABC were still negotiating her contract, and after a certain time, it’s standard practice to issue a casting notice just in case a deal can't be reached. Thankfully castmate Steve Burton (Jason) reassured fans at the time by reporting on Twitter, “Kelly Monaco is not leaving.”
So GH fans can take heart that Monaco isn’t planning on going anywhere and that Sam will soon recover. Unfortunately, then she'll have to deal with the fact that she now has two Jasons in her life! But then, when has anything ever been easy for a soap character?
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