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The thing about it Victoria is some of the tweets were downright nasty and rude. If someone came on your page and called u horrific names would u not respond. It shows Jean is a tough italian woman and dont screw with her. Plus Jean is staying until August. I love she is going out on her own terms. 25 years is a long time.

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1 minute ago, JONNYSBRO said:

 

 

The thing about it Victoria is some of the tweets were downright nasty and rude. If someone came on your page and called u horrific names would u not respond. It shows Jean is a tough italian woman and dont screw with her. Plus Jean is staying until August. I love she is going out on her own terms. 25 years is a long time.

She blocked people even if there tweets were respectful. She wanted her fat backside to be kissed at all times. She should've been trying to write instead of being on Twitter 24/7.

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Much love & gratitude @PFossil thank you for all you've done these past two years! You & @MichelleAltman1 are simply the best! #gh

this is from Nathan Varni which tells me Shelly Altman will remain as head writer. Why not let Shelly fly solo as shes been head writers 2 years at GH and 1 year at YR. Shes had 3 years of head writing.

 
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15 minutes ago, JONNYSBRO said:
 

Much love & gratitude @PFossil thank you for all you've done these past two years! You & @MichelleAltman1 are simply the best! #gh

this is from Nathan Varni which tells me Shelly Altman will remain as head writer. Why not let Shelly fly solo as shes been head writers 2 years at GH and 1 year at YR. Shes had 3 years of head writing.

 
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‘GENERAL HOSPITAL’ SPOILERS: ‘GH’ WRITER BATTLES FANS ON TWITTER AGAIN — WHAT IS JEAN PASSANANTE THINKING?

General Hospital spoilers promise that the ABC soap is facing trouble over its dismal ratings. GH just came off another week of troublesome numbers, and to make things worse, Jean Passanante, half of the co-head writing team at GH, is feuding with fans again on Twitter. What is Jean thinking sparking drama with fans when ratings are already in trouble? Didn’t she learn anything from the last fan feud?

Jean Passanante Fights With Fans on Twitter Again

On Thursday, May 25, GH co-head writer Jean Passanante re-tweeted a General Hospital clip of Valentin Cassadine actor James Patrick Stuart playing piano at the Nurses Ball performing Billy Joel’s, “And So It Goes.” It started with a benign tweet from Jean of “swoon” to describe his achingly emotional performance. That was nice, but when a fan snarked back, Jean went off in her reply.

A fan tweeted back that Valentin is not the scary Cassadine fans expected.

“The man has many layers. And one of them is very romantic,” Jean countered.

“Nothing romantic about murderers! Seriously? Enough propping evil, gangsters,” another fan said.

That triggered Jean to fire back.

“We don’t ‘prop.’ We aim to write chars. we inherited and those we created multi-dimensionally, w/ torment, regret, guilt, and yes, romance.”

 
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WATCH: Billy Joel gives Valentin a hand in winning back Nina's heart. #AndSoItGoes #GH

 
 

 

@PFossil @AmyGarbrecht Twisted! Your twitter feed outside #GH seems so sane! Nothing Romantic about murderers! Seriously? Enough propping evil, gangsters.. on #GH

@SIJFG @AmyGarbrecht We don't "prop", We aim to write chars. we inherited and those we created multi-dimensionally, w/ torment, regret, guilt, and, yes, romance.

 
 

 

It was Jean’s reply that set off a firestorm with General Hospital fans.

“I know characters have layers. I appreciate pulling them back. But how many of us have been sexually assaulted/violated? Was that romantic?” one fan asked. Another chimed in saying, “I disagree. You ‘prop’ half your very large and unnecessary cast.”

Jean Hits Back at Fans, But It Doesn’t Go Well

General Hospital lead writer Jean Passanante kept the argument going.

“That’s your opinion but that’s not how we work.” That’s when things went downhill rapidly. Another fan piled on.

“Um not just our opinions go check ratings for May.”

“As always, insulted by the way this is handled,” another fan added. Yet another commenter joined in, saying, “Can u address why #GH seems to want to glorify rape & domestic violence, as it were romantic?”

Another General Hospital fan tweeted a meme to Jean that read, “You sit on a throne of lies.” In the midst of the drama, one GH watcher said what many fans are thinking.

“I get you’re in this just for the money. But you won’t be cashing those checks much longer if you don’t wake up.”

Perhaps funniest of all was a General Hospital fan that tweeted Jean’s words back at her, “How do you know?”

@smilecouples @MichelleAltman1 @PFossil Neither Jason nor Helena were on that damned island! They were both frozen at Crichton Clark in upstate NY! They can't just rewrite history!

 
 

 

Those words are a call back to the last big Twitter war Jean got into with General Hospital fans. When a fan tweeted to her, “Neither Jason nor Helena were on that damned island! They can’t just rewrite history!” Instead of acknowledging that they were changing history (as every fan watching the show knew), Jean snarked back, “How do you know?” launching a nuclear tirade from outraged fans. Still, Jean Passanante wants to tangle with fans on Twitter. Why?

 
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Helena Cassadine doesn't take lightly to being left in the cold. #GH #NursesBall

 
 

 

Ratings Up Slightly, But Down Overall

Recently on Twitter, Jean was asked about the stories circulating that she and co-writer Shelly Altman face firingfrom General Hospital.

“Thanks but those are just rumors,” Jean replied. But what could Jean say? It’s not like a writer would admit that they’re facing a firing because of staggeringly low ratings. But all soap fans know low ratings mean heads will roll.

When ABC fired Ron Carlivati as GH‘s head writer, he had 13 straight weeks of low ratings. Jean and Shelly just finished 18 weeks of shockingly low ratings, according to Soap Opera Network, who tracks all four soaps. In the most recent report, General Hospital pulled up slightly, but in the 18-49 demographic, GH tied its all-time low for a third straight week. With ratings hitting rock bottom, a writer antagonizing fans makes no sense.

 

Despite Jean Passanante’s denial of trouble in the GH writers’ room, there have been rumblings around the soap blogger-sphere that the “Jelly” team has until the end of summer to rebound the ratings, or they could be out the door. Also, troubling is the leak from Daytime Confidential‘s Jamey Giddens that Michael Easton is looking to exit GH. Perhaps it’s because Easton fears cancellation.

With Ratings in Trouble, Should a Writer Fight With Fans?

Even if fans don’t share Jean Passanante’s outlook on General Hospital, it seems a strange time to provoke outrage when the ABC soap needs every viewer it can get. Clearly, GH can’t afford to lose any watchers, yet this is the second time in the last few weeks that Jean has engaged in a fracas with dissatisfied fans. Will the powers that be at ABC Daytime muzzle Jean?

Many General Hospital fans are worried that the network is letting GH bottom out in ratings intentionally so they can cancel and replace the soap with a cheaper-to-produce daytime talk show. Not every soap is dying, although Days of Our Lives is also under the gun. CBS’s two soaps, The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful, are thriving. Can General Hospital survive?

Watch for updates on the GH writers’ fates and other General Hospital spoilers.

 
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GH Co-Head Writer Jean Passanante is retiring from the show at the end of July. “It gets to be a time when it’s just time,” Passanante tells Digest. “And it seemed like the right time. I do have other things that I’m interested in pursuing and I have a daughter who lives in Europe, who I want to visit whenever I can. I have been pondering it for a long time. It’s a pretty consuming kind of job and you need to get your head clear of it every once in a while. It’s been a great 27 years, or something like that — it’s a long time!” Drawing her daytime writing career to a close, she sighs, “couldn’t possibly be happening at a more ridiculous time for me, really, because this is such a happy shop. Working with Shelly [Altman, co-head writer] is amazing and fun. Working with Frank [Valentini, executive producer] is kind of a dream; he makes it really easy and he’s so supportive. And the network, Vicki Dummer [Head of Current Series Programming, ABC Entertainment] and Nathan [Varni, Manager, Current Programming, ABC], have been incredibly supportive, so it’s kind of like, ‘What? Are you out of your mind?’ But go when the going’s good, you know? They’ve been incredibly sweet about this. But it’s a hard show to leave, and the actors are so, so good. It’s just a pleasure to write for them.” Chimes in Altman, “As I keep reminding her, she can always change her mind!”

 

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53 minutes ago, KMan101 said:

 

Oh I agree with you. Fresh blood has long been needed. I'm tired of the recycling of inept HWs and EPs. I still don't like to call for their cancellations LOL. Unfortunately they won't last forever. DAYS squeaks by and GH can go anytime. I know they won't go on forever.

The only soap who has done that is Y&R with Mal Young, but I'm unsure if Sony/CBS is utilizing him well 

47 minutes ago, reallyhateskateonlost said:

GH is just going to get another writer who is worst than the last one.
Dena Higley is available....

Oh god no, they wouldn't be that stupid, but they kept bringing McTavish back on AMC 

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Just now, MissLlanviewPA said:

Meanwhile, I'm just baffled, as always, that JP's Twitter handle is actually "P Fossil". It sounds like a middle-aged mom trying to come up with a rap name so she can embarrass her kids in front of their friends. 

Every time I see her twitter handle, I think "does it mean she's as old as a fossil"? I know it's wrong, but lol

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