general hospital suspends production

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ABC programming executive leaves daytime behind after 7 years and 2000 episodes.

Over the weekend, Nathan Varni, the ABC programming executive who has been overseeing General Hospital took to Twitter to confirm he had left the position after 7 years and over 2000 episodes. Fans of the show had been speculating about his status after Varni removed General Hospital from his bios on social media recently. Soaps.com has his full post below, in which Varni shared the “bittersweet news” that he was no longer overseeing the single remaining ABC soap opera, but explained he is still with the network and will continue to oversee day-to-day programming for Grey’s Anatomy, The Connors, and a new show, The Beauty and the Baker that Soaps.com reviewed, a romantic comedy-drama set in Miami surrounding a man who works in his family’s bakery and meets an International superstar on a wild night out and moves into the spotlight. It premieres Monday April 13 at 10:00 PM. A new programming executive for General Hospital has not yet been announced.

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In addition to confirming his status with the ABC soap, Varni took time to express thanks to fans of General Hospital and said in part, “Thank you for your interest, kindness, and spirited opinions on the direction of the show. I hope you will continue watching and enjoying the show for decades to come.” He also noted that had loved interacting with fans online. Varni had kind words for the cast and crew of the soap opera and complimented, “They are truly the best in the business and their love of the genre makes my heart full.”

Varni began overseeing General Hospital in 2013 after joining ABC in 2006 as an assistant in comedy current programming. Prior to joining the network, he had worked in drama development with Regency Television after a stint working in freelance production on series such as How I Met Your Mother, America’s Top Model, and The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.

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Soaps.com wishes Nathan Varni all the best in the future.

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