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Easton, Howarth And Alderson Off GH

The legal skirmish between ABC and Prospect Park has resulted in the mandatory exits, at least for now, of Llanview transplants Michael Easton (John), Roger Howarth (Todd) and Kristen Alderson (Starr). Easton confirmed his departure in a Facebook post, saying, "I've been informed, that due to some ongoing legal this and that, I cannot be at 'General Hospital' after February 8th." A GH spokesperson says, "GENERAL HOSPITAL is excited about Michael Easton, Kristen Alderson and Roger Howarth staying on the show and we are exploring ways to allow that to happen." The characters are expected to air through March, and sources say that the show hopes to resume use of all three performers, who are under contract to ABC (not to Prospect Park), likely as different characters. PP, meanwhile, is said to intend to recast the roles of Starr, John and Todd for its OLTL reboot. Said Alderson on Twitter, "Thank you for all of your sweet responses to the recent madness. Nothing yet to report! Praying for positive answers."

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