Kirsten Storms Not Returning to General Hospital as Maxie: Could Belle be Back?

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A spokesman for ABC’s General Hospital recently announced that Kristen Storms would not be returning to the role of Maxie on General Hospital next month as planned. 

Jen Lilley, who has been filling in as Maxie since September 2011 when Storms took a medical leave of absence will continue in the role for the foreseeable future.
The announcement simply stated that Kirsten Storms would be unable to return to the role.  The assumption from the GH fan base is that Storms medical issues continue and are the cause of the continued absence. 

But there is also a small contingent that smells a fish with the announcement.  Could Storms not be returning to GH after having hammered out a deal with NBC’s Days of our Lives to return as Belle Black?
Days of our Lives has certainly brought back a number of fan favorites over recent months (some like Bryan Dattilo (Lucas Horton) and Lisa Rinna (Billie Reed) are yet to hit our screens), so speculation that Storms could be returning to her daytime alma mater and the medical leave of absence is being used to allow Lilley to gain traction as Maxie at GH, isn’t so out there.

The only universal hope amongst GH Maxie fans and Days of our Lives Belle fans is that Storms isn’t seriously ill.  This is one instance where everyone would prefer Kirsten’s continued absence at GH to be the results of re-casting hi jinks, than the alternative…

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