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ABC Accused Of Stiffing 'General Hospital' Creators

4/26/2011 4:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"General Hospital" is one of the longest running daytime soaps in the history of television ... and the children of the couple who created the show claim they've been screwed out of a major part of their cut.

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TMZ has obtained a lawsuit filed by the estate of Frank and Doris Hursley -- the couple who created the show back in 1963.

According to the lawsuit, the Hursley's daughters claim their parents struck a deal with ABC way back when ... to reap 10% of all profits from the syndication of the show ... but ABC hasn't honored the deal.

The daughters allege ABC has cooked the books for years -- and has failed to pay the full amount owed to the creators.

The Hursley children do not specify how much money they believe ABC owes -- but they want a judge to force ABC to open up its books to an audit ASAP.

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krktoday    

This will surely help us keep GH on the air. Right? This show has been on the air for 36 year's and these people are just realizing they got screwed. They deserve it.

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Barb Kandy    

HA!!!! Karma will bite you ABC & Disney!!! Frons needs to be fired!! We want our soaps not a cooking show or a weight loss show. There is too many of those already. We watch our soaps after a long day at work to unwind and escape reality!!! Save our Soaps!! Boycott ABC & Disney!! Fire Frons!!!

1213 days ago
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MoonDust    

The idiot who canceled OLTL should be fired, just saying! Anyways, TMZ why was one of my comments removed yesterday and yet, YOU (TMZ) do nothing about all those spammers? They must pay really well, readers are getting annoyed with it!

1213 days ago
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Greg    

Guiding Light is the longest running scripted drama in the history of television, not General Hospital. GH is the longest running scripted drama currently on the air in the US. The longest running scripted drama currently on the air is the UK drama Coronation Street.

1213 days ago
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If sense were common everyone would have it.    

I don't know why I'm surprised. I've heard many things over the years about studios - tv as well as movie - trying to screw actors, writers, directors, etc. out of their pay, and as long as no one says anything, well, why fix it? I hope the relatives get everything that ABC owes the Hursley estate, & I hope if ABC is audited, anything else that's not kosher comes completely out in the open. I also hope ABC doesn't use this as an excuse to mess with GH like they did the others. Idiots.

1213 days ago
21.

CEEP    

GUIDING LIGHT WAS THE LONGEST RUNNING SOAP TMZ......

1213 days ago
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Straight Talkin Texan    

If this is true, then I hope they kick ABC's a$$!

1213 days ago
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brian    

ABC SUCKS!!!!!!!They also screwed the fans for "Soap weekend".
Thank goodness we have cable. We don't have to watch ABC!

1213 days ago
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brian    

Abc is screwing the fans too. They stopped the soaps from coming to Orlando. Power is a sin.

1213 days ago
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Jackie    

Good! And who said they were canceling GH. Are we psychic now???

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kathyb5783    

Make them open the books. Should be very interesting to see. Great timing here. Disney/ABC should be ashamed of their actions! Poor Walt.

1213 days ago
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Kim Goodwin    

ABC AND DISNEY ARE POND S***... THEY WILL DO ANYTHING TO MAKE MORE MONEY STIFF PEOPLE OUT OF MONEY, CANCEL GREAT SHOWS FOR CHEAP TV. THE CREATORS OF SHOWS ARE SADDENED BY THE WAY THEY RUN THINGS AND WALT DISNEY WOULD BE ROLLING OVER IN HIS GRAVE IF HE WAS HERE TO SEE HOW HIS COMPANY WAS BEING RUN.. FIRE BRIAN FRONS AND ANNE SWEENEY THEY ARE RUINING ABC...

1213 days ago
28.

how lame    

Cancel General mob central. With a name like general hospital you'd think the show would be about the Doctors and hot nurses. but nope... it's all about a low rent cheesy mobster and his aging side kick.

1213 days ago
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Tweety    

I love Luke!

1213 days ago
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Tracy    

Wow, if these claims are true, ABC really is run by a ship of fools. Its PR department must be working around the clock these days.

(TMZ Staff, you might want to correct that statement about GH's longevity to say currently airing on U.S. television; Coronation Street, a British soap, passed its 50th year last December. GH won't be 50 for another couple of years.)

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