Ricky Paull Goldin: Leaving Guiding Light

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The following is a letter from Ricky Paull Goldin, who has announced his plans to leave the role of Gus Aitoro on Guiding Light.

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To my friends and extended family,

I want you to be one of the first to know that I'm planning on leaving Guiding Light when my contract expires in a couple of weeks. "Gus" has been a huge part of my life and I will really miss portraying him and bringing this character to life for you. My seven years on Guiding Light have been a wonderful experience.

Now it's time for a new adventure, a new chapter in my life. I will especially miss working with Beth Ehlers, since it doesn't get any better than "Gus and Harley."

Thank you! It means so much to me that you have shown your continued love and support for me and the character of "Gus."

I am sure that the powers-that-be at Guiding Light would love to hear from you as well. It is always good to let them know how you feel. That, of course, is your right.

You can write to them at:
Guiding Light
51 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019

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Gus was a cop he was on cases they could bring him back without a problem perhaps he was undercover and Harley would stay perhaps she finds him in Greece while shes there and now he's recovered. Something... anything.
I miss them they were great together. I Loved Johnathan too. I dislike the new Cassy and would give anything to see the old one back. She was terrific, perhaps team her with the one that Reva is living with now. Since they have a history together. We need to see Josh and Reva back together and Diana and Mallet and Billy and Lizzy. I can see great things for the Guiding Light in the ratings if they would consider what the public wants. BUT... if they don't (Gus) Ricky I wish you the very best in your career you gave us some of your best years. Hope you come back. Olivia heart was really the first heart because it helped cover up Gus's death. It could work... Guiding Light... Please work your magic. Give us some reason to stay.
Thank's for the years... Barbara


Gus and Harley were great! Tradgedy stuck! First they split up, then Oh my Gosh he goes and marries his old girlfreind! The past should have been in the past! To make matters worse Gus is no longer on the show! What happened?
Why did he decide to leave? Now the show just drifts and everybody is sad. All this takes away from the show greatly. If the show doesn't pick up and the characters aren't so dreary and distracted as they are now, I may sadly drop my favorite T.V. show after 25 years.


I am very upset at the break up fo Gus and Harley, and I could not stop crying about the death of Gus and what his freindsand family all went though. It was a tremendous loss to them and even more so to your fans. How could not have persuaded Ricky to stay on with more sarlary and maybe even more contract control to get back to the role playing he might would have preferred. this is the biggest loss for Guiding Light and its fans ever and I hope you can retify the situation before you loose to many viewers. I have been a GL fan for over 27 years!
We'll miss you Ricky!!!!


Pleaase bring back Gus. I've watch GL over 20 years and I will no longer watch it untill Gus return.


I really liked Gus. He was a great actor and was a great assest to GL. However, I feel that some of the people leaving comments need to remember that Gus was not the only person on the show. Please give your loyalty (that is due) to the other actors on the show. People are always going to come and go. I'm sure the show will find many others who are just as good and create future characters. STAY TUNED!


I've watched since the 80's with my grandmother - I fell in love with Josh and Reva - then the big Cassie thing (still can't get used to that). But Harley and Gus are perfect and Daisey really messed that up!!!! Well I don't know who to watch for now. I guess I'll have to watch Gus on another channel. How sad!!!! They fought for Reva to stay I don't know why they didn't do the same for Gus. Harley and Gus - the PERFECT couple - at home and at work!!!! Bring him back!!!!!!!!!


dear ricky paull goldin here is my comments or do you agree i'm glad you leave the show becouse of them like like olivia she can't have you she i know you didn't say to olivia i knoww you don't love her back your belong with natalie and Rafe can't have your life she not marry you didn't buy olivia house you bought house for natalie and Rafe your son you have a family now that love you for you with rafe and natalie your family you know it is impoatant to you know i told the truth


Hello, I don't understand why Gus is gone, I miss his character on the show, there is so much that could have evolved ... now it is just not the same anymore.


I agree with Tera that they should resurrect Gus--I am sure that they could and the fans would be thrilled. They could always turn the episodes that Gus was in a coma after the accident and all of this was a nightmare. When Gus awakens, he could learn that Olivia got the heart from somewhere else and the whole thing could have been to show both Gus and Harley that they belong together. Or, somehow Natali could have had this horrible dream because she was the reason Olivia missed out on the first heart. I am sure the writers could work out the details as long as Gus was alive and well on GL.


I was truly devastated when Ricky Paull Goldin (GUS) departed from Guilding Light. I cried a river. Please stop this madness. It is as simple as supply and demand. We demand TPTB supply us with the talented and charismatic Ricky Goldin. The writers must resurrect Gus, pay Ricky what he wants and lets get GL back to the place it belongs, tied with the Young and the Restless. Until you all do right by Gus and Harley I will watch my tapes of Gus' death, I will watch videos of Gus and Harley on youtube and I will take my nap during GL before I go to work.


Guiding Light Quotes

Harley: Did you buy or seel any small countries today?
Gus: No, that's tomorrow at 4.

Thank you. My favorite kind of food - the kind that sweats in the bag before you open it.