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Someone is getting ready to bid farewell to Port Charles.

After 17 years playing Starr Manning and later Kiki Jerome, actress Kristen Alderson is leaving General Hospital, Soap Opera Digest reports.

Alderson, who won an Emmy for the role, will wrap up her run "very soon," according to Soap Opera Digest, but no specific end date has been announced.

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Alderson first appeared as Starr on One Life to Live in 1998, at the age of 6. She remained in the role until One Life to Live was canceled by ABC in 2012, and then crossed the character over to General Hospital. After a legal dispute between ABC and Prospect Park (who acquired the rights to One Life to Live), Alderson debuted a new character, Kiki Jerome.

Chad Duell, Alderson's co-star and real-life boyfriend, tweeted Saturday that the departure "was her decision."

Are you sad to see Alderson leave General Hospital?

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