“General Hospital” star Chloe Lanier just won a Daytime Emmy this past spring for Best Younger Actress, so it came as a surprise when it was announced that she will soon be exiting the show. But how should “GH” handle her exit as the devious Nelle Benson, who has been wreaking havoc since she joined the cast in 2016? We asked our readers, and they answered, “Lock her up!”
Nelle has committed a variety of crimes during her relatively short time in Port Charles. She drugged Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and convinced him that they had slept together. She also gaslighted Carly Corinthos (Laura Wright) to make her believe she was being haunted by her dead son and then lied to police that Carly had assaulted her by pushing her down a flight of stairs when she actually fell accidentally.
She has certainly earned a prison stay, which is why 53% of respondents think Nelle should be “locked up for her crimes” when Lanier leaves the show. But another third of our readers (33%) think Nelle should be killed off instead, launching a murder mystery. That too would be plausible: she has made enough enemies to populate an entire town full of suspects.
But 8% of fans don’t want Nelle to leave the show even though Lanier is on her way out. They want the role recast with another actress. That would be reminiscent of another villainous “GH” Emmy winner who left the show after making a big splash.
Sarah Brown originated the role of Carly back in 1996, at which point she was every bit as devious as Nelle is now. After winning three Daytime Emmys (two as a younger actress, one as a supporting actress) Brown left the show in 2001 and was replaced by Tamara Braun until 2005. Then Jennifer Bransford played Carly briefly in 2005 before Wright took over that same year. Now everything has come full circle as Carly has been terrorized by a young woman just as vengeful as she used to be.
The last 6% of our readers think Nelle should just skip town. She who schemes and runs away lives to scheme another day. Check out the complete poll results below, and discuss this and more with your fellow daytime TV fans in our forums.