Approaching What May Be His Final Week as General Hospital’s Julian, William deVry Ponders ‘What Other Crap I Can Do to Get Myself Killed’
He also wondered how many more episodes he had left before he stopped DVRing the show.
It would seem that the end is near for William deVry’s beloved General Hospital alter ego, Julian Jerome. Just before Thanksgiving, he tweeted his fans, “Hope you enjoy the next week of shows. Really difficult for me to shoot… but also rewarding.”
The soap vet, a cast member since 2013, added that executive producer Frank Valentini really deserved a World’s Best Boss coffee mug. Not in those exact words, mind you. What devry said was that Valentini “was class to the end for me.”
Can I just wish our @GeneralHospital family and fans a very Happy Thanksgiving! #GH Amazing 7 years. No sorrow. Xo Hope you enjoy the next week of shows. Really difficult for me to shoot. But also rewarding. @valentinifrank was class to the end 4me.
— William deVry (@WilliamdeVry1) November 26, 2020
As deVry and his dogs sat down to watch the show this past week, he cracked, “Let’s see what other crap I can do to get myself killed” on screen.
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As the plots that took General Hospital through November sweeps played out, deVry couldn’t resist commenting. “I’ll tell ya, though,” he wrote, “nothing says Thanksgiving like bombs, exploding limbs, tumors, brain damage, dying teenagers, stabbed inmates, pissed-off mobsters, panicked mothers, betrayal and comas.”
I'll tell ya tho. Nothing says Thanksgiving like bombs, exploding limbs, tumors, brain damage, dying teenagers, stabbed in-mates, pissed off Mobsters, panicked mother's, betrayal and comas!!
— William deVry (@WilliamdeVry1) November 26, 2020
When a fan pondered how deVry could be so nonchalant about his apparent fate with the show, adding that she was fuming, he replied simply, “Thank you for your love. It is what it is, eh?”
Later, the veteran of The Bold and the Beautiful and All My Children mused, “I wonder how many more GHs I have left to watch before removing from [the] DVR?”
I wonder how many more GHs I have left to watch before removing from DVR?? 🤔
— William deVry (@WilliamdeVry1) November 29, 2020
Regular readers will recall that deVry’s status with the soap was called into question, along with that of Emme Rylan (Lulu), after a Daytime Confidential article published in late October reported rumors that they had both been let go. From that point on, deVry kept his admirers guessing online, dropping hint after hint about his General Hospital future, or lack thereof.
Finally, in mid-November, deVry seemed to confirm his imminent exit, sending much love to his colleagues for the last seven years; in particular, he thanked Kin Shriner (Scotty) for hanging around while he — gulp — packed.
How are you feeling, General Hospital fans? While you brace yourself for the week to come, perhaps you might like to delay the (what seems) inevitable by reviewing the below photo gallery of deVry’s storied run in the role of Julian.
<p>When “deceased” mobster Julian Jerome returned to Port Charles in 2013, he did so with a new name (Derek Wells) and a new face (the handsome one belonging to William deVry). The one thing that wasn’t different about him: the chemistry he had with Alexis Davis, with whom he’d unknowingly had a daughter, Sam McCall.</p>
<p>Julian probably cost himself a Father of the Year mug by kinda-sorta threatening to withhold desperately-needed bone marrow from grandson Danny in order to save his own hide. So disgusted were Sam and half brother Lucas Jones that they cut him out of their lives. Alexis tried to as well, but…</p>
<p>Alexis had even more trouble resisting Julian than she did a bottle of wine. She knew that he’d be just another in her long list of sketchy lovers, and yet… Well, you can see what “and yet… ” was. They couldn’t keep their hands (<em>or</em> their lips <em>or</em> their anything elses!) off each other.</p>
<p>On New Year’s Eve 2015, Julian was as determined to make Alexis jealous as Olivia Falconeri was to make Ned Ashton see green. And by God, the two of ’em certainly went the distance, partaking in an ill-advised one-night stand that resulted in the birth of baby Leo.</p>
<p>Alexis managed to tune out all of the naysayers in her life — and they were legion — long enough to exchange vows with Julian. And right on cue, the naysayers were proven right when everyone at the reception was taken hostage by an enemy of the groom’s sister, Ava.</p>
<p>In order to protect Ava, Julian did the last thing that he wanted to: He rejoined the Mob. Even worse, as the puppet of back-from-the-dead sister Olivia, he was forced to hold a knife to Alexis’ throat, a moment that ever since has haunted both the couple and their fans.</p>
<p>Gas in the car? Good. Booze in the driver? No bueno. But it was that deadly combination that led to the incident in which Alexis accidentally turned Julian into a well-muscled speed bump. </p>
<p>The crime spree that Julian undertook under duress landed him behind bars for what was supposed to be 25 years. Thanks to Llanview attorney Nora Buchanan and a letter from Olivia (his sister, not his babymama), though, his sentence was reduced to… how long was he in there? Twenty-five days? Twenty-five minutes? In any case, it wasn’t even long enough to develop a taste for bread and water.</p>
<p>Once a free man again, Julian rebranded himself as a mild-mannered barkeep and embarked on a new romance with Dr. Kim Nero. Unfortunately, her lingering feelings for babydaddy Drew Cain meant that her relationship with Julian was destined to expire even more quickly than her terminally-ill son, Oscar.</p>
<p>If ever there was a good news/bad news scenario, it was Julian’s hard-won bond with Lucas. Pop was so eager to keep his son from learning the truth about “his” baby Wiley that he tried to permanently shut the blabbermouth of Lucas’ husband, Brad Cooper — inadvertently almost killing Lucas in the process!</p>
<p>Julian might have thought that he was tough, a master manipulator. But that was before he was blackmailed into marriage by Nelle Benson, who ironically needed an insta-husband in order to improve her chances of winning custody of — wait for it — Wiley, who was actually her son with Michael Quartermaine.</p>
<p>Following the untimely demise of Alexis’ boyfriend Neil Byrne, she dove into the bottle with the gusto of a gold medalist in drinking. When Julian attempted to intervene, it… uh… it didn’t go well. Meanwhile, he was being pressured by new baddie Cyrus Renault to begin a new life of crime.</p>
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