Kelly Thiebaud (Britt) reveals the real reason she left General Hospital. Learn more here---->>
Kelly Thiebaud has wrapped her run as Britt Westbourne on General Hospital. Thiebaud has been on the show on and off since 2012 and won a Daytime Emmy Award in 2022 for her work on the show. In the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest, Thiebaud opens up about her decision to leave the show.
When asked what led to her decision to leave, she noted, "There are so many different aspects of it, honestly. One is that I’m in love and have been doing long-distance for almost a year now and my partner cannot move to the States at the moment. But also, as a lot of people who have followed me on the show know, I am very interested in doing other things with my career. As much as I love Britt and I love the fans and I love working on GENERAL HOSPITAL, I just felt like I had to leave and go and pursue those other dreams and goals of mine, because being [on GH full time] doesn’t really allow the flexibility to do other projects. So those were the two biggest factors in my decision."
Thiebaud noted that her decision to leave was something in the making since her return to the show in 2020 which was supposed to be a short one. "This has been something I knew [was inevitable]. My return to the show [in 2020] was only supposed to be temporary and to be quite frank, it was only because of my relationship with Steve [Burton, exjason] and our characters falling in love with each other and having something really magical happen between us that made me want to stay, so I agreed to stay longer."
Thiebaud also revealed that her decision to leave had nothing to do with her returning to her role as Eva on Station 19. In regards to her run on the show, Thiebaud said, "It was overwhelming. It was so lovely and appreciated. I know this isn’t the way that the fans wanted things to happen, but I hope that they like how we wrapped up this special character. I’m so grateful to them for the support that I’ve gotten over the years and I hope they continue to follow me in what I do next."
Pick up the new SOD magazine issue for the full interview.