It’s been 30 years since Maurice Benard made his debut as General Hospital’s Sonny, but some soap opera fans are convinced that he could be saying goodbye to the show pretty soon.
Benard made his mark on General Hospital in 1993 as the son of the late Mike Corbin. Throughout his three decades on the show, we’ve seen everything from the downfall of Sonny’s relationships to attempts to kill off the character, and much more.
In latest news, actor Maurice Benard recently made a comment about his acting career, and some fans think that he’s hinting at retirement.
Here’s what the soap star said.
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Maurice Benard gets candid about his acting career
Thirty years is a long time to play a character, but it’s hard to imagine General Hospital without Sonny Corinthos.
Actor Maurice Benard, 59, has not confirmed that he is giving up his soap character, but a recent comment made on his State of Mind YouTube series definitely has people talking.
As reported by Hollywood Life, Benard shared: “If I ever left [General Hospital], I would want to bring this State of Mind [to] a place where I could make a good enough living to just do this. I think there’s less pressure here for me, and I can still work with mental health.
“But acting… I don’t know when, but soon enough I’ll be done with it. Sorry. I hate to say that, but it’s the truth.
“If you know me, you know it’s in waves how happy I am on General Hospital. Up and down, up and down.
“Acting isn’t what it was when I was young… Sometimes it’s difficult and it hits me in places to act that I don’t like. But right now, I’m really happy on GH.”
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Why fans think Maurice Benard is leaving General Hospital
As stated, Maurice has not confirmed that he is leaving General Hospital, but fans of the soap opera are continuing to express concern over the actor’s cryptic comment.
One person commented: “Can’t wait to see what the future brings for you but please don’t retire.”
Another wrote: “I watch GH everyday, and really love the Sonny and Nina story, especially the demographic and chemistry you and Cynthia have acting. I hope it continues!”
Somebody else added: “Please don’t apologize for wanting to retire. You have worked you butt off for years. You DESERVE to enjoy the fruits of your labor!”
A further fan took to the comment section: “We will miss you so much if you retire.”
What is Benard’s State of Mind series?
Outside of General Hospital, actor Maurice Benard runs a YouTube series called State of Mind.
The series focuses on mental health, and the soap star even brings in special guests to discuss their own experiences.
Benard has been an advocate for mental health awareness after he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 22, Hollywood Life reports.