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‘General Hospital’ news: Sean Kanan out as A.J. Quartermaine

Actor Sean Kanan arrives at the 'Noche de Ninos Gala' benefiting Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on May, 9, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California.
(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

After months of rumors and speculation, Sean Kanan will indeed be leaving “General Hospital”. In an exclusive report by TV Guide’s Michael Logan on March 17, Kanan will wrap up his role as A.J. and will be returning to “The Bold and the Beautiful” to reprise his role as Deacon Sharpe.

Kanan is expected to continue working at “GH” through March 28 and the character of A.J. will be seen on screen for a few weeks after. A.J. is currently in critical condition after being shot in the chest, leaving his son Michael (Chad Duell) with a tough decision to make. Will the show kill off the character of A.J. for a second time?

However the show decides to write the character of A.J. out, it is clear that Kanan was not too happy about the storylines he was brought back for. Although he was thrilled to be apart of the show’s 50th anniversary, he was a little disappointed with the direction the character of A.J. took.

“Doing stories about panic attacks and relish was not what I thought I signed up for. I feel I brought everything I could to the character yet it was obvious they weren’t going to give ma a great love story, which I found very disappointing.”

Kanan did say he enjoyed working with “General Hospital” executive producer Frank Valentini and admitted much of his issue was with the writing. Both Valentini and Kanan came to a mutual decision about the departure.

Sean Kanan also admitted the character of Deacon is his favorite character and returning to “B&B” feels more like home. Ouch!

There is no work on whether the role of A.J. Quartermaine will be recast, if indeed he survives the shooting.

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