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‘General Hospital’s Roger Howarth Written Off Show After Nearly 900 Episodes

‘General Hospital’s Roger Howarth Written Off Show After Nearly 900 Episodes

For soap opera fans, Tuesday’s news that General Hospital said goodbye to actor Roger Howarth didn’t sit too well. Howarth played Dr. Austin Gatlin-Holt on the ABC soap. General Hospital happened to be Howarth’s on-and-off-again home for work for 11 years, since 2012. Shots fatally wound Gatlin-Holt in the Nov. 17 episode.

Howarth reached out to fans through his Instagram account.

“Three things that I know for sure,” writes Howarth, according to Deadline. “1, Daytime fans are lovely and amazing and supportive and dedicated and I am deeply grateful to each sparkly one of them. 2, I enjoyed my time at General Hospital and wish the cast and crew the best and continued success. It was a pleasure working with you all. 3, Life is amazing. We just don’t ever know what’s gonna happen. How great! Turn toward the light. Always. Huge thank you to you all.”

Roger Howarth Receives News While At Home

Roger Howarth, when talking with Soap Opera Digest, said his contract was up and he was not offered a new one.

“Several weeks ago, I got a phone call from somebody I’ve known for a very long time who I love very dearly [Executive Producer Frank Valentini] telling me that when my contract was up at ABC, I would not be offered a new contract,” Roger Howarth said. “(He said that) and that the character of Austin would be killed, and that this was something that both wanted and needed to do to move the story.

Actor Realizes How Lucky He Is With Roles

“And it took me a minute to kind of adjust, to kind of hear the news,” Howarth said. “it took a second for me to let that settle in. And then, immediately, I realized how lucky I was to have been able to do something I really love doing for more than a decade with people who I really enjoyed working with. I’m a lucky guy. I had a great run and this was a decision made by people who make these kinds of decisions for a living.”

Howarth has long been a fixture in the daytime. Before joining GH, Howarth played Todd Manning on One Life to Live. Before that, he appeared in As the World Turns, Guiding Light, and Loving.

His primetime credits included stints on Californication, The Flash, and Dawson’s Creek.