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Actor on GH exit and co-star reactions.

Soaps.com recently reported that Dominic Zamprogna decided to leave General Hospital. The actor’s final airdate was June 28 when his character Dante Falconeri left Port Charles to join the WSB. Recently he sat down for an interview with Soap Opera Digest about his decision to leave the show. Zamprogna began talking to his wife around a year-and-a-half ago about moving on from the show. “I got a little bit burned out playing the same guy. I had never played the same role for that long.” He admitted the choice to write Dante as cheating on his wife with her cousin Valerie hit him hard because he felt it was a big departure from the character, and he became frustrated with the lack of chance to show what he and co-star Emme Rylan (Lulu Falconeri) could do. Though he did reenter negotiations with the show, he had decided it was time to go. “I wasn’t so unhappy that I needed to get out, I just think in this world we’re all scared to make that jump to do something else.” His gut was telling him, “It’s time for you to get out of your comfort zone.”

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His last day on set Zamprogna admits, “I bawled my eyes out. Maurice Benard [Sonny] said some beautiful words on my behalf, I gave Frank [Valentini, executive producer] a big hug and apologized for it not working out.” Benard was supportive of his choice to leave, Lisa LoCicero (Olivia) was sad they wouldn’t be working together anymore, while Rylan, “Is legitimately not happy about it. She’s happy for me but sad to lose her other half – her lesser half! – of a TV marriage.” Even though leaving was hard he feels, “I’m kind of leaving on a high note. When things happen on your terms, it’s empowering and it rejuvenates you as far as your self-esteem and your confidence level.” He has no regrets about his decision to leave, and already has begun working on a new show, Tin Star. It’s a British-Canadian drama set in the Canadian Rockies where a recently emigrated police sheriff and his family do their best to survive in a mountain town rife with crime and corruption.

On the day his final episode aired, Zamprogna posted goodbye messages to his co-stars and fans on social media saying, “The love you guys have given me over the years and continue to give is overwhelming. It is I that must thank YOU?❤️.” He also isn’t ruling out a return to GH down the road, telling Digest, “I’m not saying it’s over forever. It’s way too important a part of my life to never want to do it again.”