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“Why I Left General Hospital” Kristen Alderson’s Video Explanation to Fans

Last weekend, it came as a shock to us all that actress Kristen Alderson would be leaving her role as Kiki Jerome on General Hospital. Alderson has been with the ABC network since she was 6 years old, working on the now canceled daytime drama, One Life to Live.
In a report last week, General Hospital Blog relayed Kristen’s message to fans that she would be making a goodbye video, explaining the reasons behind her departure. In the mean time, real life boyfriend Chad Duell (Michael Corinthos) sent out a tweet to Soap Opera Digest, informing the magazine, and fans, that this was entirely Kristen’s decision. The actress had not been let go from GH, but rather she decided to take her life into a new direction.
In her goodbye message, Alderson explains to fans that she has been with ABC soaps since she was 6 years old, she is now 23, and is ready to challenge herself in her career.
Check out her thoughtful, heartfelt video to her fans.
Here are some direct quotes from Kristen, be sure to check out the full goodbye video message below!
“It’s not because of the cast and crew, I can tell you that.”
“A spur of the moment kind of epiphany.”
“I never challenged myself to do other things.”
“I’m prepared for the worst, I’m prepared for any failures.”
“I love you guys so much. I always cared about you.”

Kristen Alderson Tweets Why She Left General Hospital

This weekend, General Hospital fans learned some shocking casting news regarding one of our favorites. Long time soap star Kristen Alderson has left General Hospital. Kristen played the role of Starr Manning on ABC’s now canceled One Life to Live since she was 6 years old. After the show got the ax, Kristen Alderson, Roger Howarth (ex-Todd Manning OLTL, Franco GH), and Michael Easton, (ex-John McBain OLTL, Silas Clay GH) joined the cast of General Hospital. Their origianl OLTL characters moved from Llanview to Port Charles and were building a life for themselves in their new city. However, a legal dispute between Prospect Park and ABC forced the execs at GH to chance the names of their characters.

Kristen Alderson has been on GH as Kiki Jerome since 2013. Over the weekend, social media has gone wild with the news that Alderson is ending her run on General Hospital. Kiki and Michael Corinthos recently broke up on the show, but in real life, Anderson and Chad Duell are still very much a couple.

Last night, Kristen sent out a tweet to her fans with a semi-cryptic message regarding this story. She wants her fans to know that she will explain the entire situation as soon as she is able to make a video for her announcement. Alderson expressed that simply tweeting they hows and whys just wasn’t enough, and that she would like to take more time to explain things to her fans. Check out the tweet below.


Let us know what you think about Alderson’s departure on General Hospital. Will you miss the actress? The character? Should Kiki Jerome be recast?