It seems the rumors are true, and Rebecca Budig will be taping her last scenes as Hayden this week. I’m a huge fan of Budig’s, so I’m hoping she lands somewhere else soon. It could be really fun to get her and her pal Greg Rikaart together in a business partner/frenemy type dynamic, not that either DAYS or B&B really has the room to bring in a pair of newbies out of the blue. DAYS is also going to need someone to fill the bad girl voids in all our hearts once Ari Zucker and Ali Sweeney (and Eileen Davidson?) are gone, and Becky Buds would be perfect.
Here’s the post from Soap Opera Digest:
Rebecca Budig, who signed a four-year contract with GH last summer, has been let go from the role of Hayden Barnes. She was informed of the show’s decision last month and will tape her final scenes this week, before the show begins a three-week summer hiatus. A GH source tells Digest that the ouster was viewed as a storyline necessity. A show rep reminds Digest that ABC does not comment on actors’ contracts. For the full story, check out the new issue of Soap Opera Digest, on sale Friday.
Can’t say I’ll miss Hayden. The only good thing about her was her friendship with Tracy. The character was way too isolated. Did she ever even interact with Laura Wright, Maura West, Michelle Stafford or Kelly Monaco? And why aren’t there more rivalries on this show? You have that many heavy-hitters and there isn’t one soapy feud with any heat? As usual, this show is such a waste. I’ve barely watched since the Nurses’ Ball and don’t miss it at all. I’ll be getting all the soapy goodness I need over on DAYS starting July 19th.