As sad as fans are to see Kiki Jerome killed off on General Hospital, the soap’s writers are now going on the record to explain why they made the controversial decision. And while her death wasn’t the only option left in the books for Kiki, (Hayley Erin) Shelly Altman says that it was the best option for the character. Here’s why.
Kiki – portrayed by actress Hayley Erin – has had one year full of ups and downs. Not only did she deal with her own “Me Too” situation at the hospital with Dr. Bensch, but she was also romantically involved with her mother Ava’s (Maura West) boyfriend, Griffin. (Matt Cohen) If that weren’t enough, she was suddenly introduced to the long-lost sister she never knew she had, Sasha (Sofia Mattsson) and had to deal with her getting a little too up close and personal with Griffin as well.
Co-head writer Shelly Altman told Soap Opera Digest in an interview that while everyone is sad to see Kiki go, there was no way that Hayley could pull off double duty by appearing on both General Hospital and her primetime series, The Perfectionist at the same time. The show’s writers considered recasting Kiki, but considering the current storyline that involves Ryan (Jon Lindstrom) as Port Charles’ serial killer, Shelly knew that someone had to die.
Everyone is talking about @MauraWest phenomenal Emmy winning performance but #Julexis – @WilliamdeVry1 & @NancyLeeGrahn did a stellar job. @mattcohen4real & @thejonlindstrom were equally impressive. Powerhouse performances from all. RIP Kiki @HayleyErin you will be missed. #GH pic.twitter.com/lo8YdHviuw
— Pam (@pam_ridenour) December 2, 2018
And while they didn’t want to see her go, Shelly added that they wish the talented actress the best of luck on her new Pretty Little Liars reboot, The Perfectionist. It’s without a doubt that General Hospital fans and viewers feel the exact same way, too!
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