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Rebecca Budig Out At GH

GENERAL HOSPITAL - The Emmy-winning daytime drama "General Hospital" airs Monday-Friday (3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. GH16 (ABC/Craig Sjodin) REBECCA BUDIG Credit: ABC

Rebecca Budig, who signed a four-year contract with GH last summer, has been let go from the role of Hayden Barnes. She was informed of the show’s decision last month and will tape her final scenes this week, before the show begins a three-week summer hiatus. A GH source tells Digest that the ouster was viewed as a storyline necessity. A show rep reminds Digest that ABC does not comment on actors’ contracts. For the full story, check out the new issue of Soap Opera Digest, on sale Friday.