william devry exits GH
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After weeks of hints which left General Hospital fans fairly sure that William deVry’s days as Julian Jerome were numbered, the actor seemingly confirmed the news in a Twitter-spree the evening of November 12. Things kicked off with deVry thanking members of the cast and crew “for all the love [the] last seven years” before going on to send individual messages to nearly all of them.

The story began unfolding after Daytime Confidential reported rumors that deVry and Emme Rylan (Lulu) would be exiting the soap. On October 27, the actor took to Twitter with a cryptic message which began, “Hey kids!! A lot of junk out there.” He went on to promise a Facebook update which never actually came.

Over the next two weeks, deVry kept us all on the edge of our seats, even going so far as to tease his last day on General Hospital. And then on November 12 came the tweet in which he began saying farewell to everyone from executive producer Frank Valentini to many of the actors with whom he’d worked since joining the soap.

deVry has played bad boy Julian Jerome since 2013, although he was first introduced as media mogul Derek Wells. It would eventually be revealed that Wells was the persona under which he’d been living since Julian’s supposed demise in 1990.

Recently, he’s been embroiled in the storyline surrounding the supposed death of Nelle Benson and trying to hide the fact that she had blackmailed him for his part in Wiley’s kidnapping. And, let’s not forget, deVry was half of one of General Hospital’s favorite couples, Julexis, opposite Alexis Davis. Prior to General Hospital, he appeared on The Bold and the Beautiful as Storm Logan, All My Children as Michael Cambias and Port Charles as Tim Dolan. No word as of yet as to exactly when he will last air or how Julian might leave the canvas. What we do have, however, is a photo-filled look back at Julian’s life in Port Charles since first he returned with deVry playing the role.

– Amy Mistretta