Genie Francis, whose exit from the GH canvas in January sparked a huge fan outcry, is headed back to Port Charles as Laura in September. “I’m really excited for Genie to be rejoining the cast and we have an amazing story for her,” Executive Producer Frank Valentini tells tvinsider.com. Francis adds, “I’m looking forward to coming home and I am really excited about this new invigorating storyline they have for Laura — I look forward to the next chapter of this prolific and historic character.” The plans for her return began taking shape earlier this year. After the actress was dropped from contract status, Francis tweeted in March to clarify some details surrounding the decision for her to exit. “It’s been painful for me to see [Executive Producer] @valentinifrank receive so much of the blame for the decision to take me off contract. No one fought harder to re-establish Laura on @GeneralHospital,” she posted. “He has always been my champion & I don’t believe he took any pleasure in seeing Laura diminished.” After Francis and Valentini had lunch together, Valentini tweeted, “Always great to spend time with the beautiful @GenieFrancis! @GeneralHospital #GH.”
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