According to ABC Soaps In Depth Charleson's contract has been dropped.
Soaps In Depth has learned that Leslie Charleson (Monica) has been taken off contract and is now a recurring player with GENERAL HOSPITAL. Charleson, who has four Emmy nominations under her belt, joined the soap over 30 years ago, but her screentime has dwindled since the death of her on-screen husband, Alan, played by Stuart Damon, in 2007. An ABC spokesperson reminds that the soap does not comment on contract status.
Statement from Leslie:
I was under the impression that the announcement of my contract status was
not going to be released by Soaps In Depth Magazine until the September
issue and that would give me the time to tell you myself what was going on. I
did not want you to find out on the internet. Unfortunately, that did not
happen and yes, it is... true. I am officially off contract
I have had the best relationships with you, the fans and I would’ve never
had that without “Monica.” There is nothing that I cherish more than the
experiences and memories I have had and the special friends that I have made
over the years, both on the show and off. I can’t say enough about how much
you all mean to me. ...
Thank you for your continued support,