Soap fans are demanding justice for Laura. And you DON'T want to see soap fans angry.

"General Hospital" declined to renew the contract of actress Genie Francis, aka Laura Spencer. She has instead been demoted to recurring status, and may not show up again for a while (if ever).

Her agent, Arthur Toretzky, told Entertainment Weekly she'd only return if the story and timing were ideal:

"She did not want to leave the show as a series regular. It was not her choice to leave."

Genie Francis responded to the many fans (see below) who reached out to protest the circumstances of her departure:

Genie Francis started on "General Hospital" in 1977 and was on-and-off the show in the decades since. Daytime Confidential first reported that GH wasn't renewing her contract. Whatever she wanted, you'd think they'd be amenable after her many years on the show. Her storyline as half of Luke and Laura made the series, and soap history.

"General Hospital" fans were not happy at the news, and they lashed out at executive producer Frank Valentini and ABC:

"General Hospital" is currently airing Season 55 at 2 p.m. EST on ABC.

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