After three years in the top writing slots on General Hospital, headwriter Robert Guza Jr. and co-headwriter Meg Bennett (ex-Megan, Santa Barbara, ex-Julia, Y&R, ex-Liza, Search For Tomorrow) have given the show their departure notices. "It's been a great ride," says Guza in an official statement, "but we feel that it's time to move on."

Guza, who previously held the role of headwriter at GH, rejoined the writing staff in the fall of 1997. Bennett joined the team in 1998, fresh from the headwriting position on the defunct NBC soap Sunset Beach. Under their guidance, General Hospital wowed viewers with powerhouse storylines, which included revisiting the infamous Luke and Laura date-rape scenario that happened more than 20 years ago. Guza and his team took home the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team for the 1998-1999 season.

	No stranger to the daytime or primetime drama canvas, Guza has written for several other series including Santa Barbara, for which he won 2 Emmys. He was an executive story editor for Melrose Place and Models, Inc. and co-created Sunset Beach. Former soap actress turned soap scribe Bennett also has an impressive list of daytime writing credits, including The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, Generations and Santa Barbara.

	At this time, there is no word on what the team plans to do next, and ABC had no comment on the writers's departure.