General Hospital fans, you may want to consider changing loyalties: EW has learned exclusively that Genie Francis, aka Laura Vining Webber Baldwin Spencer Spencer from the ABC sudser, will join The Young and the Restless as a series regular at the end of May.
Francis will play the mother of Ethan Cane Ashby (Daniel Goddard), who was declared dead outside his dad's wedding last month and is now appearing as a ghost on the show. His sudden "passing" lathered up the fans, so the addition of Francis should reignite speculation that Cane will remain an integral part of Genoa City. (His ghost is expected to continue appearing throughout the spring).
Francis will begin taping at the end of the month.
The actress' decision to abandon the ABC world and join Y&R shouldn't come as a huge surprise to Hospital fans, who no doubt heard what Francis said while appearing on Oprah's "Legendary Soap Star Spectacular" last month. Oprah Winfrey asked Francis is she'd ever return to Hospital and she said, "If there is a way to go forward with Laura and make her into what I'd like her to be now, then perhaps I would do it.
"I would like her to be funny and have a little bit of an agenda that might look a little bit vengeful, but it really isn't. I think she'd have a plan," she continued. "There is nothing in me that is willing to play a victim anymore. I'm sort of done with the wounded dove in my life."
Francis worked for ABC's Hospital from 1977 to 2008.
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