Brandon Barash, who joined GH in September 2007 as mobster Johnny Zacchara, announced his imminent exit from Port Charles with a tongue-in-cheek tweet; the L.A. Lakers superfan told fans, "With a bittersweet, heavy heart I announce my time at GH has come to an end, as I have chosen to move on&pursue my NBA career. I love u all." His unconfirmed real-life love interest, Kirsten Storms (Maxie), responded, "They're lowering basketball rims in arenas across the country as we speak…."
Update: Barash followed up with his Twitter followers to clarify his original tweet saying, @BrandonBarash "To clarify: A) Yes, I'm actually leaving. B) Don't be mad at GH, it was my call. Mad respect for @valentinifrank &co 3) Lakers cut me.WTF?!"