General Hospital Spoilers: Is Tony Geary Leaving GH – Luke Spencer’s Character Being Destroyed Because Of Salary Dispute?

General Hospital Spoilers: Is Tony Geary Leaving GH - Luke Spencer's Character Being Destroyed Because Of Salary Dispute?

Is General Hospital destroying Luke Spencer’s character in retaliation for actor Anthony Geary‘s ridiculous salary demands? Fans are starting to call out Spencer’s behavior on the show, with some even stating that he’s crossed the line into being too creepy. Since Spencer’s stay at the Miscavige Sanitarium (love the Scientology smackdown!) his character has changed and it seems he has lost his filter – expressing all sorts of sexual crudeness.

I mean, Spencer made this comment to Kiki: “I’m engaged not dead, everyone loves a little hot sauce on the side.” Blech. Fans are really starting to question Spencer’s behavior, especially with Kiki. Many have stated that he’s acting too weird, even for the relatively low barometer set by his character. Some are starting to wonder if this is the show’s way of slowly writing him out, by making him so unlikable that fans won’t care once he’s gone. Considering that Spencer was one of the show’s best and most fun characters at one point, this drastic character transformation is not going over so well with the viewers.

So did Anthony Geary deserve this mess? For those who haven’t been keeping track of the dispute, Anthony has basically been part-time on this show for 35 years but believes he deserves a $1.5 million paycheck per year. The guy doesn’t even live in the US! And he only spends 18 weeks at most filming his scenes for the show. Out of roughly 52 weeks in a year, that’s less than 35% of his time spent on set.

Anyway, according to a recent report from GLOBE, the network executives behind General Hospital told Tony that he needed to take a 50% pay cut to $750,000, but he threatened that he would walk if they tried to enforce that. Honestly, considering the network doesn’t even pay that kind of money to some of the show’s better known stars who work more and are more consistently seen on the show, I don’t see how Geary could justify his position at all. Everyone knows that the soaps are struggling financially and that their position on network TV is vulnerable – even the online reboots of OLTL and AMC failed miserably.

And here is what fans on Soap Opera Spy have to say on the matter:

Sad! Clearly, they did SOMETHING to Luke in the sanitarium?? I saw that he had a salary dispute with the powers that be in October 2013. Wonder if this is their way of writing him out? It is too creepy.

Ugh!!! I don’t know why they’re doing this, other than Tony Geary may leave the show because they want to cut his salary and he refuses to give up the BIG bucks. If they don’t agree, he claims he really is leaving.

Honestly he generally is not like this. He is generally lots of fun. This is super creepy.

Once the salary dispute came to a head, GLOBE’s source added that Geary requested his character be killed off if he left. And this is the perfect way for the network to kill off a character without having to deal with re-casting. Make the fans hate him enough that they’ll be thrilled to see him go. Or maybe it’s just petty revenge for Geary’s salary demands. Either way, it’s starting to look like we might be saying a permanent farewell to Luke Spencer.

What do you guys think? Will you be sad to see Anthony Geary depart the show? Does Geary need to put his personal interest in making more money aside for the greater good? Nobody likes a pay cut but given the current climate of daytime TV perhaps Geary needs to simply cooperate? The Networks are all business and will make profit and loss calculations a priority in any decisions they make about future programming. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.



  • Dzz Dee

    He is over priced and his acting skills has never been worth that much, since the 80′s and that’s because of the Luke and Laura fave. I rather, consider bring back another Daytime soap like OLTL characters, I am sure most of them would be grateful to be working.

  • Cynthia Ann Matta

    We want the old Luke back he will be missed if he leaves GH he is getting paid very well let’s be grateful Anthony Hope you stay on GH

  • Jason Morris

    Would love to see Tony suck it up and cooperate, but if he wants to throw a temper tantrum and walk then I will say farewell. Business is business no matter how you look at it. I agree that the soaps must tread carefully to avoid cancellation as much as possible and that means watching budgets among other things. I generally love the Luke Spencer character and would be sad to see him go. However, GH must do what’s best for the big picture.

    • grammadiamond

      I agree as well. Businesses have to do what is good for the business, just as everyone else has had to do, to survive. If he is so spoiled, that he can ONLY “survive” on a specific amount, just because he us “used to it”, then let him go. I think the character has outlived its usefulness, anyway. I have always loved Luke, but in the last 10 years or so, (the exception though, were the scenes when jake died. He was superb!) Now, I can take him, or leave him, on GH, and apparently, he feels the same about GH…and the fans. Maybe it’s time for him to move on into Prime Time, where his talents can be appreciated more, and, afforded…

  • sessiorl

    They aren’t destroying Luke’s character because it isn’t even Luke. it’s Bill Eckert impersonating Luke.

  • EllaVader

    That’s certainly a possibility. They’re bringing lots of storylines/people back lately, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s Bill. He was the co-owner of Barrett Industries, which Sonny suspected of being involved in Julian’s funding.

  • Leigh

    I love Luke and Tony Geary. I’ve been watching for ever and loved watching him over the years plus his character differently. He is a veteran of the show and should be paid as one. I’m not to sure about this latest storyline.. I’m holding out hope that it’s not really Luke. I’m hoping it’s an impersonator.. Someone who has plastic surgery and took over his life and the real Luke is being held captive..

  • Diana Lis

    Tony Geary is one of the best characters on GH! I don’t care what they’re doing to him on the show right now but it’s very interesting to see how this is going! He IS getting creepy but then again, it’s NOT Luke! Not exactly sure who’s wearing the Luke mask yet, I’m thinking Jerry Jax and hoping it’ not Faison. Luke is a major part of GH no matter how often he’s on! He deserves to be paid the money he wants, he holds the record of Daytime Emmy wins for Outstanding Lead actor in a Drama series!!! I wholeheartedly agree with PURSUE JUSTICE4TM. I wouldn’t want a pay cut and Tony Geary doesn’t deserve one. DO NOT kill him off, it would be the worst thing for the show. Luke is tied to so many characters in the soap and if he gets killed off 90% of the other characters will be depressed and crying and it would RUIN General Hospital!

  • Diana Lis

    I can’t believe people think Luke is acting the way he is because he’s upset about his pay. It’s called ACTING! The writers are putting the words in Luke’s mouth but Tony Geary is the one presenting those words in a way that’s intriguing and engaging! This is an interesting story-line and on the way to another Daytime Emmy! He does not desevve a pay cut.

    • SirLord

      I believe that Sir Anthony Geary deserves an actual raise since he remains a key factor in the survival of the show over time. He did it for ABC in the 80′s, and he is currently doing it again in 2014. He has the required talent that make the viewers squirm and flinch as they watch his mesmerizing performance. Without Him, there will definitely be less eyeball for Disney/ABC over time. Think about it! Therefore, Diana, you are absolutely right!

  • matonna

    The loss of Anthony Geary could be the beginning of the end of GH. For many of us who have watched for almost all of the 50 years, he is central to the casting. Would not be General Hospital without him.
    This new story line with Luke is ridiculous and unbelievable and doesn’t make an ounce of sense. The writing is so extreme anymore, too many loose ends, story lines drug out way too long, some story lines just dropped as if they were never started. It’s amost as if a 6th grader doing a school project video put it together.

  • Arlene

    Tony is a great actor. Remember, when you are watching him and hating him he is still acting. GH needs to keep him, whatever it takes. They will lose more than they are paying if he walks. We just may lose GH. This is done in Hollywood all the time. They pay according to the demand for a particular actor. It’s not like working in an office.

  • SirLord

    I believe that Sir Anthony Geary deserves an actual raise since he remains a key factor in the survival of the show over time. He did it for ABC in the 80′s, and he is currently doing it again in 2014. He has the required talent that make the viewers squirm and flinch as they watch his mesmerizing performance. Without Him, there will definitely be less eyeball for Disney/ABC over time. Think about it!

  • SirLord

    I believe that Sir Anthony Geary deserves an actual raise since he remains a key factor in the survival of the show over time. He did it for ABC in the 80′s, and he is currently doing it again in 2014. He has the required talent that make the viewers squirm and flinch as they watch his mesmerizing performance. Without Him, there will definitely be less eyeball for Disney/ABC over time. Think about it!

  • Debbie Swenson

    1.5 million per year? I would be curious to find out how much the most liked full time character gets paid.

  • Paul Reed

    The man deserves the money. He has saved GH’s ratings way before there was a Jason or a Sonny. He made the show worth watching because you just never knew exactly what his character would be into next. So it doesn’t matter if he lives in another country, the man gives his all when he’s there. If he is only working part-time maybe they should give him the money, and add a stipulation that he should work more than he has been in order for them to come to a mutual agreement. After all there are only 3 soaps operas left on the air. The storylines on GH is slowly dying, and becoming boring. They need all the help they can get.

  • Lee

    Never go backwards always go forward good for you Tony Geary! Guess what everyone there is life after General Hospital!
    This man is a talented actor there is plenty of work out there for him that pays more than he’s getting now!

  • Old fan

    Luke’s character has been annoying and substandard for years!! I used to love his off the wall character. Now he’s just pissing me off.

  • Jeanette

    Hi I just read about Luke leaving its so sad that its come to that hes been on the show for years I think everyone should go back to the table and retalk

  • Soapfangh50

    I love Luke Spencer. This creepy guy is NOT HIM! I will be devastated if Tony leaves the show. I was hoping for an overdue Luke And Laura REUNINON!!! PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE GH! WE NEED Tony Geary on GH. I have watched this show every day since 1965. I want my Luke and my Lara to come back.

  • Arnesia Bishop-McNeil

    We Love Luke he’s a large part of the history of GH…We don’t want to see him go and he shouldn’t have to take a pay cut for ABC to balance there budget…Fire the accountants and some Executives…pay the actors more money they deserve it…

  • RonJ

    I love Luke, but I get irritated that he is on, and then off for so much of the time. It makes me lose interest. I want him on more, and as the Luke we know and love. His salary demands are ridiculous, especially at a time when we are lucky to have a surviving soap at all.
    Get real, Anthony, and please stay!

  • Donna

    I’ve always loved Luke. No I don’t like what they are doing with his character. He is a great actor but this turn of events is just wrong. Maybe you both can meet in the middle. Losing him will be a shame.