The daytime world was rocked by the news earlier today that Anthony Geary would be exiting as GENERAL HOSPITAL's Luke later this summer. Now, the soap's executive producer, Frank Valentini, has released a statement on losing one of his top performers -- and the most-decorated actor in the industry.
"Tony recently made his intentions clear that he would vacate his role of Luke Spencer this year, and it was a decision he did not come to lightly," shares the GH boss. "After 37 years on the air, Tony felt this was the right time to bid adieu to Luke Spencer, Port Charles and GH. Anthony is our friend and a part of our television family, but, as difficult as this may be, we understand and respect that this is his choice.
"Rest assured," Valentini continues, "Tony has promised to be with us throughout the summer as we have some exciting things in store for Luke. The door will always remain open, so don't think this is the last you'll see of Anthony Geary or Luke Spencer."
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