During her time as GENERAL HOSPITAL's Kristina, Lexi Ainsworth garnered quite a following, so those fans were understandably upset to learn that the role had been recast with daytime newcomer Lindsey Morgan. Social networks exploded with outraged viewers voicing their sentiments, so Ainsworth herself took to the Internet to try and clear things up.
"Thank you guys for all your support, but I won't be reprising the role of Kristina," Ainsworth tweeted. "I loved her, but I've also loved being free to do film. I enjoyed meeting Frank [Valentini, GH's executive producer] and I know you will love the new Kristina that he has found. I learned so much from my GH home and want to grow further."
Ainsworth's former on-screen mom Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) supported the young actress. "I'll comment on 'new' Kristina after Lexi has commented," she posted to her Twitter stream. "I can tell you that Lexi is cool with it. Lexi's already got offers for many primetime projects. My sweet and brilliant Lexi has commented with class and dignity. Enough said. In a few years, I will be begging Lexi for a job in a movie as her grandmother."
When reached for comment about Ainsworth turning down the opportunity to return as Kristina, a rep for GH stated only that they "don't comment on actor posting on social media."