Genie Francis in 'The Note,' courtesy Hallmark Channel
Inspired by the message at the heart of
, the Hallmark Channel movie she stars in this Saturday at 9 pm/ET, Genie Francis wants to make amends with any
fans who to this day - decades after the fact - were disappointed to see her quit the sudser at the peak of her popularity. "I know that Laura [Baldwin Spencer] meant a great deal to many people, and still does," says Francis. "I've long regretted not taking the fans into account when making the hasty decision to leave the show.
"Forgiveness and reconciliation are at the core of
, and filming it forced me to look inside myself at certain decisions in my past.... Right now I want to reach out to all of my fans and say that I'm sorry. I'm sorry for leaving you so abruptly, for not taking into account the feelings of the people who helped Laura truly take on a life of her own.
"It was the decision of a young, impetuous girl," Francis says in closing, "and the woman she has become asks for your forgiveness."
The above represents a whole different caliber of class, folks. -
Matt Webb Mitovich