Kelly Monaco Temporarily Recast on ‘General Hospital’ After Breathing Issue

Kelly Monaco Temporarily Recast on General Hospital After Breathing Issue With a Mask
Kelly Monaco ABC/Craig Sjodin

Quick switch-up! Kelly Monaco‘s Sam Morgan will look a bit different when General Hospital returns with new episodes on Monday, August 3. The role will be temporarily played by soap alum Lindsay Hartley, Daytime Confidential reported on Friday, July 31.

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Hartley, who has starred on Passions, All My Children and Days of Our Lives, confirmed the news via social media a few hours after the report.

“Some big shoes to fill…precious too,” the 42-year-old actress wrote. “I hope you enjoy watching Sam as much as I have enjoyed playing her, temporarily.”

She also shared a photo of herself in a lime green mask via Instagram. “Masked… Covid set life,” she captioned on the selfie.

Lindsay Hartley Kelly Monaco Temporarily Recast on General Hospital After Breathing Issue With a Mask
Lindsay Hartley arrives for the Screening Of Entertainment Factory’s “Garlic And Gunpowder” held at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres on July 6, 2017 in Hollywood, California. Shutterstock

After the report had concerned fans asking questions on social media, Monaco’s mother, Carmina Monaco, tweeted an update about the Port Charles alum, 44, who has played Sam since 2003.

“Kelly is safe and healthy. First day back she had a hard time with the Covid mask and was given a rather unexpected 14 day quarantine even though she tested negative twice for Covid and a third negative test for Covid antibodies,” Carmina wrote on Friday, July 31. “She is excited to get back on set next week.”

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In another fan reply, she noted that her daughter is set to “be back on set on Monday. … I’d say say is better than great.”

General Hospital is the second soap opera to return with new episodes. CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful was the first, airing fresh hours on July 21. Due to the global shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic, General Hospital‘s last new episode aired on May 21.

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In order to fill the gaps during the shutdown, General Hospital aired “flashback Friday” type episodes each week, with a star from the show introducing an encore episode from years ago.

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