real andrews returns to gh as marcus after leave
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Fans were alerted back in December that the character of Marcus Taggert would be appearing with a new face for a brief time. Asante Jones stepped in for Real Andrews, who’s played the role on and off since 1996, after it was announced the actor needed to take a temporary leave of absence. Though there was no explanation, Andrews had undergone surgery in December while fighting cancer. Soap Opera Digest has now confirmed that Jones has wrapped up his time at the ABC soap opera and Andrews is back in the studio taping scenes.

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Currently, Taggert is embroiled in the storyline surrounding the ongoing attempt — by many — to take down Cyrus. It’s no secret that Taggert and Cyrus are rivals, but in real-life things couldn’t be further from the truth. On January 31, Andrews celebrated his birthday and posted a fun video message that he received from co-workers Maurice Bernard (Sonny) and, yes, Jeff Kober (Cyrus). Watch the guys sing their version of the birthday song to Andrews.

So, what’s next for the storyline involving half of Port Charles working to take down Cyrus once and for all? The writers gave us an exclusive General Hospital February Sweeps preview, including how one person just might be the key to Cyrus’ downfall.

Have you been keeping up with all of the show’s casting notes? We can help! Look through our photo gallery featuring a comprehensive guide to recent General Hospital exits.

– Amy Mistretta