When Is Michelle Stafford Leaving GH?

General Hospital says goodbye to one Nina Reeves and welcomes another soon. So, when is Michelle Stafford leaving GH? It won’t be too long and we’ve got the latest information on the transition date and plan for you. First, rest assured that Nina Reeves the character is sticking around Port Charles even though the talented Michelle Stafford is leaving the ABC soap. And, of course, there’s a talented new actress coming in her place. Here’s the skinny on the transition plan and when Michelle Stafford leaves GH.

General Hospital Spoilers: Michelle Stafford Exits Soon

There are GH spoilers for Nina Reeves non-stop through the end of May. For instance, the Nurses Ball kicks off Friday, May 17. Once again, Nina works the red carpet on behalf of Crimson Magazine. But this year’s event is twice as exciting for a few reasons. First, Ryan Chamberlain (Jon Lindstrom) will crash the party to wreak havoc.

But even more thrilling is that Michelle Stafford has a famous face at her side for the red carpet scenes. Chandra Wilson (Grey’s Anatomy) guests as Sydney Val Jean, a Crimson fashion editor. This marks the General Hospital superfan’s third guest spot and her first alongside Nina Reeves. This is one of Stafford’s final scenes.

GH Spoilers: Actress Swap Coming Soon

General Hospital spoilers promise that Nina Reeves has major storylines right now that can’t be wrapped up before the swap from Michelle Stafford to the new actress. Replacing Stafford is Cynthia Watros. She’s a familiar face for many viewers. She was on Lost years ago and most recently on MTV’s primetime drama Finding Carter as a tough cop and mom to a kidnapped kid.

Interestingly, Michelle Stafford is headed to Young and the Restless to reprise her past role as Phyllis Abbott. And Cynthia Watros, who will replace her as Nina, was once on Y&R as Kelly Andrews. So, you can see this swap shows just how small the soap community is. And both actresses have been flattering to the other as they prepare to make this transition.

General Hospital: How Michelle Stafford Will Exit the Soap

So the two big questions for ABC soap fans are how and when Michelle Stafford will leave GH. The show is interesting. With the faux daughter storyline raging on, it seems this won’t be resolved before they swap. Some chatter from behind the scenes indicated that Nina would discover that Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) lied to her.

The General Hospital set source said Nina would discover the awful lie, drive off upset, crash her car and go into a coma. Then, Michelle Stafford would exit and Cynthia Watros would wake from the coma. With a week or two left on Stafford’s contract, that allows time for the fake daughter to be exposed and the soap to go this route. But we’ll see.

As of now, Michelle Stafford is leaving GH in May when her contract expires. That means her final scenes will air sometime in June. If the soap goes the route of the coma, that gives them plenty of time to ease the transition from one Nina to the other. Reportedly, Watros will not have her first scenes until later this Summer. Stay tuned for more updates on when Michelle Stafford will leave.

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