'General Hospital' star Kirsten Storms to take leave of absence

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Kirsten Storms will be taking a leave of absence from "General Hospital" this summer, and Maxie Jones will be recast starting in July, TheWrap has learned.

Storms will exit the role, with Molly Burnett taking the mantle from her, at least temporarily.

Storms has played the role of Maxie on the long-running ABC soap opera since 2005, and the last time she took a lengthy leave of absence from "GH" was in 2011, when medical issues sidelined her for 10 months. Jen Lilley played Maxie from September 2011-August 2012, but the actress is unavailable this time as she's a regular on "Days of Our Lives."

Maxie's recasting comes on the heels of the news that Nikolas Cassadine will temporarily be played by Nick Stabile, as Tyler Christopher takes time off amidst contract negotiations. Christopher has played the role since 1996.

Storms herself started on "Days of Our Lives" as Belle Black, which she played from 1999-2004.

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'General Hospital' star Kirsten Storms to take leave of absence
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: August 27, 1969. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)JOHN BERADINO
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: August 27, 1969. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) EMILY MCLAUGHLIN
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: August 27, 1969. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) RACHEL AMES
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: August 27, 1969. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) SHARON DEBORD
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: August 27, 1969. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) PETER HANSEN
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: April 1, 1969. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) JOHN BERADINO
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: April 1, 1969. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) JOHN BERADINO
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: August 27, 1969. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) JOHN BERADINO;EMILY MCLAUGHLIN
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: March 19, 1970. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) FRONT ROW: JOHN BERADINO;SHELBY HIATT;RAY GIRARDIN;SHARON DEBORD BACK ROW: RACHEL AMES;PAUL SAVIOR;CRAIG HUEBING;EMILY MCLAUGHLIN;MARTIN WEST;PETER HANSEN;ELIZABETH MACRAE
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: March 19, 1970. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) FRONT ROW: JOHN BERADINO;SHELBY HIATT;RAY GIRARDIN;SHARON DEBORD BACK ROW: RACHEL AMES;PAUL SAVIOR;CRAIG HUEBING;EMILY MCLAUGHLIN;MARTIN WEST;PETER HANSEN;ELIZABETH MACRAE
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: March 25, 1970. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) MARTIN WEST;UNKNOWN
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: March 30, 1970. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) SHARON DEBORD
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: March 30, 1970. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) SHARON DEBORD
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: November 29, 1977. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)FRONT ROW (L-R): UNKNOWN;RICHARD DEAN ANDERSON;JOHN BERADINO. SECOND ROW (L-R): EMILY MCLAUGHLIN;RACHEL AMES;GENIE FRANCIS;UNKNOWN;AUGUSTA DABNEY;BROOKE BUNDY;MARY O'BRIENTHIRD ROW (L-R): CRAIG HUEBING;MICHAEL GREGORY;UNKNOWN;STEVE CARLSON;JANICE HEIDEN;STUART DAMON;KIN SHRINER
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: January 17, 1979. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) SHELLY JUTTNER;DANIEL J. TRAVANTI;JONATHAN BANKS;DR. IRENE C. KASSORLA;DEBORAH WINTERS;LINDEN CHILES;JOAN HOTCHKIS;MARYANN MOBLEY
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: August 23, 1979. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) KIN SHRINER;GENIE FRANCIS
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: July 23, 1981. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) ANTHONY GEARY;GENIE FRANCIS
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: July 9, 1981. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) DOUG SHEEHAN;ROBIN MATTSON;LOUISE HOVEN
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: September 14, 1980. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) ANTHONY GEARY;GENIE FRANCIS
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: July 24, 1981. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) SHARON WYATT
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: July 24, 1981. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) TRISTAN ROGERS;ANTHONY GEARY;GENIE FRANCIS
GENERAL HOSPITAL - (4/6/82) (Photo by Erik Hein/ABC via Getty Images)DEMI MOORE, JANINE TURNER
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: October 21, 1981. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) ANTHONY GEARY;GENIE FRANCIS;UNKNOWN
GENERAL HOSPITAL - (4/16/82) (Photo by Erik Hein/ABC via Getty Images)ANTHONY GEARY, DEMI MOORE
GENERAL HOSPITAL - (7/12/82) (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)EMMA SAMMS, ANTHONY GEARY, TRISTAN ROGERS, DEMI MOORE
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Airdate: July 19, 1982. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) L-R: ANTHONY GEARY;EMMA SAMMS;UNKNOWN
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: May 27, 1983. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) SUSAN BROWN;EMMA SAMMS;TODD DAVIS;UNKNOWN;STEVE BOND
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: May 27, 1983. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) SHERILYN WOLTER;BRIAN PATRICK CLARKE
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: January 30, 1984. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) BRIAN PATRICK CLARKE
APR 24 1986, APR 25 1986; Colorado College freshmen Melissa Aberett, 19, (left) and Sarah Hoyt, 18, couldn't let Tuesday but not at the expense of their soap opera. So they brought their television out on the roof of the dormatory and had the best of both worlds. By the way, they had to watch One Life to Live and and General hospital.; (Photo By Brian Brainerd/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: October 24, 1984. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) ANTHONY GEARY;GENIE FRANCIS
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: October 10, 1984. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) KRISTINA WAGNER (AS KRISTINA MALANDRO);JACK WAGNER
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Tyler Christopher (Nikolas) and Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth) in a scene that airs the week of June 14, 2010 on ABC Daytime's 'General Hospital.' 'General Hospital' airs Monday-Friday (3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. GH010 (Photo by Greg Zabilski/ABC via Getty Images) TYLER CHRISTOPHER, REBECCA HERBST
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Brandon Barash (Johnny) and Lisa LoCicero (Olivia) in a scene that airs the week of June 14, 2010 on ABC Daytime's 'General Hospital.' 'General Hospital' airs Monday-Friday (3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. GH010 (Photo by Greg Zabilski/ABC via Getty Images) BRANDON BARASH, LISA LOCICERO
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