LOS ANGELES X — LOS ANGELES -- Gloria Monty, credited with building "General Hospital" into a national phenomenon a decade ago, reportedly will leave next week as executive producer of the ABC daytime soap opera.
Since returning a year ago, Monty has failed to duplicate the extraordinary popularity the program achieved in the early 1980s, when it was No. 1 in the daytime ratings and landed the characters Luke and Laura -- Tony Geary and Genie Francis -- on the cover of Newsweek.
Monty has a two-year contract with the network, but she is rumored to be leaving her position Monday.
ABC would not confirm reports of Monty's departure.