In the six months since Jen Lilley has temporarily taken over the role of GENERAL HOSPITAL's Maxie, the actress has faced harsh criticism from fans of the character's most recent portrayer, Kirsten Storms. Storms herself was a recast, taking over the role from Robyn Richards when GH decided to age Felicia and Frisco's eldest daughter. Lilley recently found herself on the receiving end of a backlash when GH announced that Storms would not be returning to the show as soon as expected. Now, Lilley has taken to Twitter to make a statement and defend the difficult position in which she's been placed.
"I had to get twitlonger to answer properly," she writes. "First, I, Jen Lilley, LOVE Kirsten Storms. I think she's talented, funny, beautiful, and kind. While I have loved my time on GH, I think it's under the saddest of conditions that I'm there.
"Because of unforeseen circumstances, I am staying as Maxie," she continues. "Please know that as a KS fan, I am really sorry. Kirsten is irreplaceable. To keep GH alive, someone had to step into the role. I cannot change what's happened. Yes, I love being on the show, but if KS could have stayed all along, I would have wished a thousand wishes that I could have come on as a different character, for her sake and your sake as a GH fan. Change is never easy.
"I hope you will find it in your hearts to stop being so hateful toward me personally, because honestly, after 6 months of it, I feel broken, and it's not helping the show. We have to stand united for the sake of General Hospital's livelihood and for soap fans everywhere. I think all of Kirsten's wonderful fans know that she'd want her fans to support GH and fight like hell for it's renewal. With utmost sincerity: Jen Lilley."