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Vinessa Antoine Leaving 'General Hospital,' ABC to Recast Role

TheWrap logo TheWrap 7/16/2018 Tim Baysinger

Vinessa Antoine is leaving ABC's daytime soap "General Hospital," the actress announced on Instagram Monday.

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Antoine has played the role of Jordan Ashford since 2014. ABC confirmed it will recast the role for next season.

"As negotiations for #Diggstown were underway, although I am open to stay and play in Port Charles, I was told by my reps that @GeneralHospital felt that my character would be off the canvas for too long for me to continue playing her," she wrote. "With that, we decided to mutually part ways. It's time to make room for more women of color in prominent roles on television."

Antoine is leaving the soap after four years to star in Canadian legal drama, "Diggstown." She will play the title role of Marcie Diggs, a star corporate lawyer who reconsiders her priorities after her beloved aunt commits suicide following a malicious prosecution. Landing at a legal aid office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Marcie is driven by one thing — to never again allow innocent lives to be destroyed by the justice system.

Read Antoine's full message on Instagram below.

There are so many people that God put into place who are directly and indirectly responsible for my time at @generalhospitalabc You know who you are. I thank you. I came into this world as an artist. My job is to create and inspire. I hope that I did that a little in playing #JordanAshford. I believe that I have taken her as far as I can. To clarify, as negotiations for #Diggstown were underway, although I am open to stay and play in Port Charles, I was told by my reps that @GeneralHospital felt that my character would be off the canvas for too long for me to continue playing her. With that, we decided to mutually part ways. It's time to make room for more women of color in prominent roles on television. I'm grateful to assist in that by starting this new chapter in my journey. I hope you'll all come along. I feel blessed. Be well. xo

Jul 16, 2018 at 10:38am PDT

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