This is a retroactive conspiracy theory, based only on conjecture, with zero basis in realty, but, what if the short term nature of Joan Collins on GL was all a publicity stunt from the start?
Obviously, she was cast for publicity, as well as her talent. However, there was never talk of a lawsuit for breach of contract. She has a reputation for professionalism. And she stayed with other projects like Footballers Wives and The Royals for longer. So, it seems odd that she would leave so quickly. Unless, GL was trying to get in the press both for her coming and for her going.
Also, according to Soap Central, Joan announced she was leaving November 24, 2002, two months after her first airdate (and a week before the end of sweeps month), and GL announced Marj Dusay returning to the role the next day. Joan last aired on December 23rd, and Marj was playing Alex the following week. Which all seems very convenient in hindsight.
Thanks for clearing that up. Do you recall any explanation or reference to Penny,Edith and John not being present?
Obviously Ruth Warrick was contracted to AMC but I wonder if Rosemary might have returned in respect of Santos and an age appropriate actor could play John.
I wonder if she was asked?
Janice worked for Paul Rauch on Another World.
She must have been OK with him to agree to OLTL.
I think with both of those characters there wasn't the depth of character that she had at Y&R.
She probably didn't realize how good she had it at Y&R, even though it was a tough time for her. Leslie was front and center whereas Tracey and Laurel were just part of the ensemble.
Michael was in the same position in that the Meredith and Karen stories were biggies whereas Larry/Laurel was just kind of there.