GENERAL HOSPITAL Shocker: Fan Fave Staying?

The twitterverse was buzzing early this morning when our friends over at Soaps In Depth sent out the following tweet: “Breaking News: Becky Herbst (Liz) NOT leaving #GH? You heard it hear first! Details soon… ”

Several weeks ago, the show came under massive fan attack following news that Herbst — who has played Elizabeth Webber on the sudser for 13 years — was being let go for “storyline-dictated reasons.” While soap fans are known to raise a stink when a favorite is let go, the Herbst fans (many of whom took on the moniker BeckyNation) were like a dog with a bone, refusing to give up the fight.


“They’ve been incredibly organized,” says Richard M. Simms, executive editor of the mag. “A lot of times, fans react and for a few days, it’s all anyone can talk about. But Becky Herbst fans really refused to let this drop. It probably doesn’t help that over the past few years, GH has gotten a bad reputation for either sidelining or writing out longtime characters. Things may finally have reached a breaking point with a lot of fans, who just couldn’t accept another legacy character being canned.”

Sources say the network is expected to release a statement regarding the change of heart. Keep an eye on In Depth’s tweet stream — @soapsindepthabc — for more!

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  • Hanitje

    she should be Lois Lane…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Saher-Mirza/100001995315191 Saher Mirza

    such incredible news. it really made my day!:) i am a very happy becky/liz fan.

  • Agentivy08

    That is the best news!! BeckyNation rocks!!!

  • Keeks

    I’m absolutely thrilled that Becky is staying on General Hospital. She is an asset to the show and it’s good to know that every once and awhile the show does listen to its viewers. So thank you and congrats Becky!

  • carrie

    This is the best decision GH has made in decades! I cannot keep the smile off my face! Congratulations to Becky and all of my fellow Elizabeth/Becky loving fans.

  • Butterfly1671

    The is the best news from the House of Mouse. BeckyNation rocks!!!

  • http://twitter.com/brandibelle73 Brandi

    This is GREAT news! Now, if the writers will do more than have her shooting dirty looks & nasty comments @ Brook Lynn I’ll be much happier!

  • April

    Ee! This is fantastic! :D I just hope they will now quit trashing her character. If they don’t want her with Jason, Lucky, or Nikolas, then fine, but leave her character be.

  • http://twitter.com/crizby777 Christian

    ECSTATIC beyond belief!! Eeee!!!

  • Shirl

    Who knew GH had it in them! Woo Hoo!

  • Jenoel2002

    SO Happy she is staying!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/crizby777 Christian

    “Things may finally have reached a breaking point with a lot of fans, who just couldn’t accept another legacy character being canned.” You got that right! Well said Richard Simms!

  • Rippledstarr

    I’m absolutely ESTASTIC over the news! So happy for Becky and her family!

    Never underestimate the power of loyal fans! I’m so happy to be a part of #BeckyNation!

  • http://twitter.com/crizby777 Christian

    “Things may finally have reached a breaking point with a lot of fans, who just couldn’t accept another legacy character being canned.” YOU GOT THAT RIGHT! I am so happy for Becky and her family, not to mention her co-workers who were dealing with the loss as well. Now hopefully they will continue to listen to the fans and start balancing the show the way it used to be where ALL had a chance to shine. I hope Becky/Elizabeth gets a great story! Her rapist coming back, or the Aiden reveal would be a great starting place! Emily not being dead with Helena having had brainwashed her after faking her death would be great. I miss the Four Musketeers, Jonathan is back, and I want my chance to see LL2!!! I love all of these characters, and that side of GH has been neglected for years. A Webber sibling story between Steve and Elizabeth would be all kinds of awesomeness!

  • MVlovesbsb

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I wanted her gone so badly!

  • shanna bowie

    I was actually rejoicing at the thought of no more. Liz. Too bad.

  • Radarodd76

    Becky was and is the only reason to watch gh.. Hoping that they dont continue her character though.

  • Lizzyjoh

    Worst news ever. Move along with the character. She sucks. The character not the actress. She could do so much better.

  • Lizzyjoh

    Worst news ever. Move along with the character. She sucks. The character not the actress. She could do so much better.

  • http://twitter.com/terrielynn1978 Terrie who

    Then I guess you need to catch up on the history of Elizabeth. She is one talented actress who shines when given the right story.

  • http://twitter.com/terrielynn1978 Terrie who

    All you haters just need to accept it. Maybe your just jealous cus the person that you like on the show can’t really act, and you know it.

  • http://twitter.com/terrielynn1978 Terrie who

    All you haters just need to accept it. Maybe your just jealous cus the person that you like on the show can’t really act, and you know it.

  • Cat

    Best news ever… now watch becky nation turn their attention and momentum to the liason nation!

  • ceb

    Great news. Maybe they will give Lucky and Liz a real shot now? Here’s hoping.

  • Andrea_rldn

    Good news for Becky and her fans. Hope they give her a good storyline, this crap that they give her is just ridiculous.She is just too good of an actress to be wasted on this petty jealous crap.

  • Lovemetendler

    I am so glad she’s not leaving!

  • Klross00

    I wish you guys would finally put sonnu and brenda together without carly interferring. It has been exciting since Vanessa’s returned I will stop watching the show if Carly gets things her way and if Lisa doesn’t get whats coming to her soon.

  • Klross00

    Oh by the way its about time that Lucky find out that Aden is his baby before the bayb gets to old to even care.

  • Scorpioque

    Happy with the new the Rebecca Herbst is staying on GH hope is true give thank to god!!!

  • Darcy

    If you aren’t a favorite or the “IT” girl of the powers you are doomed they wrote her a series of the crappiest story lines in all of daytime, baby after baby triangle after triangle, and never wrote her to be a heroine but the biggest loser with blatant biased fickle writing..

    She has off the chain chemistry with three leads but for some reason they wouldn’t write “for” her relationships to work…while Nik, Lucky, Jason moved on in story they strategically keeps her away from top tier story. The only artist in town and she couldn’t be seen with Franco…I can go and on…but

    I guess to stifle her popularity with bad writing…yes she’s staying but what about the writing of Elizabeth Webber and for how long and in what capacity? If you can’t write for a character from the founding character of the show Steve Hardy…I don’t know what to say…maybe new writers are needed.