Soap's driving force reportedly will leave

December 31, 1991|By Los Angeles Daily News

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.

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