In a statement to Soap Opera Digest, a show spokesperson confirmed the news, revealing that McCullough has chosen to pursue her dream of directing full-time, and as such will depart the ABC soap “as storyline dictates” in early 2012.
“Expect a poignant and must-watch storyline for Robin and Patrick,” added the rep.
McCullough originated the character of GH‘s Robin in 1985, at age 7, and was a steady part of the serial through 1996. After taking time off to appear in primetime projects such as Once and Again, The Stones and Joan of Arcadia, she returned to GH in a regular capacity in October 2005.
During her original GH run, McCullough collected two Emmys, including one for her work in one of the daytime drama’s most lauded storylines, where teenage Robin contracted HIV after having unprotected sex with her boyfriend Stone, who was unknowingly carrying the virus.
Another General Hospital staple, Jonathan Jackson, earlier this month also opted out of his role as Lucky Spencer.
GH fans, what would you like Robin’s exit storyline to be?