Noted 'General Hospital' writer moving to 'The Bold and the Beautiful'

The woman responsible for writing the highly-regarded revisitation of Luke Spencer’s rape of Laura – not to mention their high-profile marriage — is moving to The Bold and The Beautiful.

CBS announced that Michele Val Jean, who spent 18 years on the ABC soap opera, has joined the writing team of the CBS sudser. “With her vast wealth of knowledge, experience and creativity, Michele is sure to be a significant addition to The Bold and the Beautiful,” said Head Writer Bradley P. Bell in a statement.

In addition to GH, Val Jean wrote for Santa Barbara. In 1998, she received critical acclaim for the rape of Elizabeth Webber and also penned the scenes involving the 2007 rape of Jasper Jacks.

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  • sock monkey

    The 2007 rape of Jasper Jacks? I don’t remember this. Mind you, I don’t watch regularly but you’d think I’d remember hearing about that. Weird.

    • patt

      I had the exact same thought!

    • susan

      i don’t believe that was a story line. do you think they could be referring to Michael in prison?

    • Sina

      IT was when his brother’s ex kidnapped him and made him have sex with her. Carly was sooo mad he cheated on her but he was forced to have sex with her. Horrid storyline. That was her one bad one.

      • Jessica

        I think her name was Irina– awful story line.

  • Manny

    GH has writers?!? When did that happen?

    • Rob


      Best comment of the decade!

    • carolae

      Had the same thought. This show has been so bad that I just fast forward thru most of it.

      • Lisa

        I can’t believe how bad the story lines are: Maxi & Spinelli – so boring; Sonny and the new Kate – boring; Lisa Niles being dead but not dead – boring. I could go on but I hope to god they get better writers because I am just about to give up on GH.

  • maggie mae

    I’ve watched GH forever and I don’t remember a rape involving Jax either. No way! GH needs Val Jean back. The writing and story lines are lame now.

  • Me

    Well that’s kinda creepy. She’s only known for rape storylines. Does this mean someone on B&B going to be raped soon? Just saying…

    • Mel

      My thoughts exactly! If I were a writer, I wouldn’t necessarily want to be famous for writing multiple rape storylines. I’m also a GH watcher and I’m surprised she didn’t write Michael Corinthos’ rape, too.

      • carolae

        Makes you wonder if the writer wasn’t raped when she was young.

    • Abe Froman

      Val Jean is actually a rape victim herself. Like they say, write what you know :-/

  • Annie

    It was the storyline when Jax was kidnapped by Irina, who was Jerry’s ex-lover. She tied him to a bed and had her way with him. (this was when Jax was kidnapped for a period of time to coincide with Ingo extended vacation) I remember Carly got made at Jax for “cheating” on her with Irina.

  • jody

    If the rape of Jax is one of her writing hilights, B&B can have her. Good riddance

  • maggie mae

    Thanks Annie…I guess I have been watching too long. I forgot all about that.

  • Kay

    Guess she’s moving on before they cancel GH as well. I used to love ABC Daytime and now it’s been decimated. Sad.

  • Sina

    That whole umbrella storyline with Liz rape was the best GH has been in decades. From Liz rape, Lucky saw the pain Liz went through and was pissed when he found out Luke did that to Laura. Lucky going off on Laura for marrying the man who raped her was one of the best episodes ever. Then Liz’s Gram telling Liz about how Tom Baldwin raped her. Stefan had told Nik who told Lucky and it just blew up! Great great great storyline. Lucky sleeping on the floor of Liz’s bed to make her feel safe. Beautiful.

  • Beauty

    Yea weird she’s known for rape stories.

    • Zakry

      Its kinda weird Lynette Rice only mentioned the rape stories Val Jean did…. she’s done far, far more than that. Is it wrong to hate a writer?

    • Abe Froman

      Val Jean is a rape survivor.

  • Beauty

    Michael’s rape story was very well portrayed and acted. She didn’t do that one though.

  • gregg

    GH is much better the past few months. Lucky/Liz/Lulu/Luke storylines are all better. Finally less Sonny!

  • Blank Slate

    Seriously. It’s 2011. Almost 2012. I know it seems like this world is run by right wing evangelicals so suppressed that it hurts but please. Enough. Do Not Glorify Rape anymore. This is not a story that needs to be given soap treatment. There’s never a good rapist. Please. If all this writer is known for is rapes, STAY AWAY from Bold and Beautiful. We need quality. Not more schlock.

  • Rob

    ABC Daytime is seriously overdosing on stupid pills. First they ax iconic soaps All My Children & One Life to Live for more moronic reality shows The Chew and The Revolution. Then ABC signs Katie Couric and states publicly that her new talk show will take General Hospital’s coveted 3pm timeslot (at least here in the NY area). ABC sensing how horrible GH has become under head writer Bob Guza fires him and replaces him with longtime GH writer Garin Wolf. Sorry to say this Garin but GH is equally inept now as it was under Guza! Violence continues (Dante shot for the 2nd time!), Lucky is still strung out on drugs, Anthony is running around, and Alan Quartermaine still hasn’t been brought back from the dead (you can do it Garin…this was GH’s worst decision in its whole run). Now they let Michele Val Jean slip through the cracks to go to the competition. What GH needs to do to survive is to FIRE the person who has literally run GH into the ground: Executive Producer Jill Farren Phelps. She has systematically ruined every soap she has helmed, with most of them eventually cancelled. Remember Another World? Guiding Light? All ruined by her love affair not with love & romance in the afternoon, but with violence, darkness, and killing of iconic characters. Remember Frankie’s gruesome murder on AW (a whole hour of her being beaten to death) was under her regime. GH’s teenage Michael being raped in prison? Yep, JFP again. I cannot stress enough how much of a villain she has been to the soaps. ABC first GH’s best Executive Producer ever, Wendy Riche, to bring Phelps to GH. She has destroyed a show that I mourn even now. I think it should be cancelled…unless she’s out the door, there is NO HOPE. Sorry for the length but we need to start an Occupy ABC movement….before its too late.

    • Rob

      Sorry, towards the end it should be ABC ‘fired’, not first.

    • Mincha

      ITA with you about JFP, Rob. Everywhere she has gone, she has done permanent damage. Once her work is done and all the soaps are gone, I shudder to think where she might turn up next.

  • Anastacia Beaverhausen

    I wonder who she’ll rape first on B&B. Probably Brooke, but Katie is a better actress.

    • Merima Gabriella Tropoja

      Brooke has already been raped, it was very violant and graphic so I hope not. I wonder if Hope might be a possible rape victim, she was almost raped by that photographer perv, what if she looses her virginaty that way like Caroline did that would be horrible and sad.

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