In what might be the most shocking news to come out of the soap world in quite some time, our pals at Soaps In Depth tell us that GENERAL HOSPITAL fan fave Rebecca Herbst (Liz) has been let go.
“This is a complete shocker,” the mag’s executive editor, Richard M. Simms, told us. “We heard the rumor on Monday and found it just about impossible to believe. I mean, we’re talking about a character who has a huge history on the show and a massive fan following. But this evening, it was confirmed by the folks at GH.”
For ages, the character of Liz Webber — first introduced in 1997 — has been a player in perhaps the most notoriously heated fan-base war ever to unfold on the daytime stage. “Liz has a child with the character of Jason,” explains Simms. “Jason loved Liz, but basically made the decision not to be with her because his violent lifestyle would put her and their son, Jake, in jeopardy. Oh, did I mention he’s a hitman?”
No, sir, you did not!
“Enter Sam McCall, a brunette beauty Jason’s currently in love with. So, on the one side, you have the Liason crew, who are fans of Jason and Liz. On the other, there’s the JaSam folks, who want to see him with Sam. To call the rivalry between these two groups ‘heated’ would be sort of like saying ‘Sarah Palin is a controversial person in the world of politics.'”
In recent story, Sam — who at one point believed herself unable to carry a child to term — learned it might be possible after all. Needless to say, Liason fans balked, asking how Jason could even consider playing daddy with Sam given that he’s all-but-ignored his child with Liz in order to keep them safe. “It’ll be interesting to see how this all plays out,” says Simms. “There’s no word yet on how Liz will be written out or what will happen to her and Jason’s son.”
Herbst was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in both 1999 (as Outstanding Younger Actress) and in 2007 (as Outstanding Supporting Actress).