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General Hospital Has No Immediate Plans to Recast the Role of Jason Morgan Following Steve Burton’s Departure

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According to a report from Variety, ABC’s General Hospital is not planning on recasting the role of Jason Morgan at this time, following the exit of Steve Burton.

The two-time Daytime Emmy winning star was let-go from the soap after not adhering to their Covid-19 vaccine mandate.

The mandate went into effect on November 1st and in story, the series wrote Burton out, but still left wiggle room for the character to return.

Jason was buried under a rubble when a cave collapsed on top of him, while he was trying to apprehend arch-villain, Peter August (Wes Ramsey).

In his exit announcement on Instagram, Burton did express: “Maybe one day if these mandates are lifted, I can return and finish my career as Jason Morgan.”  Steve had played the role of Jason since 1991, but with a four-year break at Y&R, before returning to the role in 2017.

Now whether down the line, GH does eventually recast Jason remains to be seen.

So, it looks like Jason will be off the canvas for awhile, and Port Charles will continue to grieve for him.

So, what are your thoughts? Should GH leave Jason off the canvas? Should they recast down the line?  Comment below.

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Rodd
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Rodd

I am so tired of characters constantly being presumed dead. Find better ways to get people off the canvas. UGH!

Su000
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Su000

Hi Rodd-
GH is full of undead zombies LOL..

Victor was dead– he returned
Peter was dead–he returned
Nikolas was dead– he returned
Sonny was dead– he returned
Curtis’dad was dead– he returned
Drew was dead– he returned
–Those ^^^ were this year !–
So- Are there others?
who did I miss ???

Brenda Jones
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Brenda Jones

Holly is not dead maybe Morgan too and please bring back Stone as a twin or better still let’s pretend he doesn’t look like Stone the same way we are doing with Franco.

p
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p

Amen!

Hermena Richardson
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Hermena Richardson

Franco has 9 lives

Satan
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Satan

Well, to be fair…. we knew Sonny was never dead. Drew & Nikolas were “presumed dead” without a body (as is the case with Jason now) and same with Victor… although he was both shot and burned up, so death seemed likely in his case. The only one in your list who was definitely established as “dead” was Whiny Heiny, who was pushed down a flight of stairs, broke his neck in the fall (by all appearances)and was pronounced dead by both a doctor & a nurse, who would presumably know how to check for such things. And then was… Read more »

Steve
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Steve

There’s only two scenarios I see Morgan returning. One, is cancellation is announced and he returns to complete the Corinthos clan. The other scenario has a different adult child of Sonny dying. If Dante or Michael go, then there’s space for Morgan on the canvas (and Michael is unkillable due to the Q connection). Kristina doesn’t count, because she barely takes up any screen time as it is.

patriciazakka@gmail.com
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patriciazakka@gmail.com

They need to recast so Britt and Jason can get together now that Sonny’s back

Phil
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Phil

Lame! Recast!

K
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K

Leave the man alone he made his decision he is not crying about it so why is the media screaming about it? We still are in the land of the free go Steve can’t wait until you get a lawyer to sue their pants off unconstitutional yes it is ! The same people who are screaming at him are the same jerks that have no problem with killing a baby at nine months! Oh yes they care so much !! What a joke

Phil
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Phil

Hope you don’t wear your seatbelt

JJ
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JJ

People are still trotting out the seat belt thing?? LMAO. That ship has sailed! No one ever said wear your seat belt or lose your job. Seat belts don’t cause adverse medical reactions including heart attacks, seizures, and death. You need a new argument. Preferably one that makes sense.

Satan
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Satan

At the time the seat belt laws happened there were people making the same idiotic “freedumb” arguments against them as they are the vaccines now. Same applies to motorcycle helmet laws, though all one really needs to explain that argument is Gary Busey, who opposed such laws. He smacked his skull on the pavement while not wearing one. His body survived, but did his brain? That’s up for debate. Not coincidentally Busey’s a big fan of a certain orange guy. Probably wouldn’t have been if he had worn a helmet that day.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

No matter what you think Phil, stop this type of ignorance. It’s unnecessary and unwarranted. Shame on you sir. Shame.On.You.

KH
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KH

You sound like a lunatic FYI just in case you thought otherwise

anne
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anne

K- FACT here! Disney Corporation IS ALLOWED BY CALIFORNIA LAW to determine under which circumstances a person may work for them. Disney/ABC made it VERY CLEAR that it supports the vaccination mandate.

Everyone working on GH and other ABC shows was told, well in advance, that they each had until November 1st to be fully vaccinated. Failure to comply would mean loss of job. SB MADE the decision not to be vaccinated so he was let go. SB was not unfairly singled out.

Timmm
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Timmm

anne, dont you know by now EVERYONE is entitled to NOT follow rules with NO consequences! I agree with you, if its a company policy, follow it or leave. I love Steve. He made his choice. I respect that.

T
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T

I agree with you sue them and get rid of Alexis bring Jason back

SZima
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SZima

Meh, recast the character if ‘Jason’ is still viable, but they can let him stay dead this time far as I’m concerned.
Refusing to be vaccinated is the true definition of selfishness. Obviously Steve doesn’t give a crap about his fellow cast-mates.
I was sorrier to see Ingo go, but same message to him…you are selfish!
And both of them are ignorant.

Giovanna Saponare
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Giovanna Saponare

Totally agree.

Me
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Me

I have a family member who was healthy, she got the vaccine and had a stroke and yes Dr said is was a blood clot caused by vaccine. I have several friends who got it and have been sick ever since they got it they wish they never did. So stop condemning someone who made the choice. Steve Burton is a true stand up person for standing his ground .Not a Sheep.

whynot
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whynot

Of course they don’t plan on recasting, because we all know what’s going to happen: he’s going to grow a brain, get the shots, and be eligible to return around February or so (great for sweeps). What else is he going to do for work? My preference would be for him to stay in TN, but we all know that’s not going to happen.

Steve
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Steve

Agreed that he’ll likely be back at some point. Burton moved his family back to CA when he returned to GH after his stay at Y&R. His contract at GH was not as flexible as the cushy one he got from JFP.

Me
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Me

He does not need GH for work he has his own company and is very talented.

Jimmy
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Jimmy

This is probably the right move because Steve Burton IS Jason, though it’s definitely surprising. Given how many stories Jason was a major part of, and the fact that Drew is finally back, I would have thought the show want to keep him around regardless of who’s playing the role. Hopefully this will lead to Steve’s return at some point down the road.

Su000
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Su000

Hi Jimmy– I will never see Steve/Jason as a strong he-man, again. Not after this folly. He should roll up his sleeve-the shot won’t kill him- it will save his life and the lives of the vulnerable. A person is not right in the head to trash/give up a decades-long career and a ton of money over a vaccination. He won’t find work.. All the soaps. TV and movie sets you need to be vaccinated.. Actors are very close to each other when filming. In most all jobs you need to be vaccinated.. Well, he possibly could deliver pizzas.. He’s… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Bravo, Su000! Well said. Can you imagine Stone Cold being afraid of little prick?

Leslie
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Leslie

Unless we could get Billy Miller back and find out he was the real Jason all along
(or anyone for that matter)and SB was really AJ back to get Sonny’s business then let’s see a body and leave Jason Morgan dead forever. The entire show went downhill with “Jason’s “ return in 2017 with too much focus on S, J, & C and not enough balance in storylines and cast members.

Julie
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Julie

Someone pointed out on Twitter that already the show is focusing more on the Quartermaines and Cassidines, which is totally fine by me! Jason’s last return was largely unsatisfying, and I’m in no hurry to go through another one, especially anytime soon. “Back from the dead” is a staple, but not for the same character. Let Jason stay dead.

Satan
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Satan

Any recast would ultimately fail, so it’s just as well that they don’t go there. But whether it’s a fake Jason or no Jason at all, the show is going to suffer greatly for his absence. Just as it did from 2012 – 2017. While a Devil understands the thinking behind vaccine mandates, I would think that as long as actors are tested regularly and can prove they are not carrying the virus around, they should be allowed to work, provided they’re following all the other protocols on the set…. masking up when not on camera, observing the “social distancing”… Read more »

F-L Saunders
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F-L Saunders

Amen. Get Jason Morgan back on there quickly.

Patrick
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Patrick

IF… this means; Trevor St. John is spared

and is not; the recast of … i can leave this at last… and await the surprise , of just who.. will walk on set

Christina Caron
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Christina Caron

Recast. We need Jason Morgan

F-L Saunders
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F-L Saunders

Amen!! Yes we do need Jason Morgan.

Michael Teale
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Michael Teale

The show deciding to not recast the role of Jason is a good move. Steve (and Ingo for that matter) are both selfish and ignorant to not get the jab to protect themselves and those around them. Good riddance that they’re both gone.

Michelle
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Michelle

I cannot believe they let him go and I do not want to see a recast no matter if the wait a while there is only one person to play Jason Morgan and that is Steve Burton

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

I feel the same.

p
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p

Well said

gh#1
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gh#1

Agree. Better no Jason than a faux Jason. Been there, done that. Over it.

Tonya
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Tonya

I agree (no recast) Steve Burton is the only one to play Jason. Waiting for his return.

Brenda Jones
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Brenda Jones

I love Steve Burton as Jason but yes they should recast the role so they can finish the Britt and Jason story it’s almost to hard to watch.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

I know a lot of viewers won’t agree with me but the way I feel is that although no one is indispensable, there are some characters that could never be replaced. Can anyone else accept another Victor Newman, Sonny Corinthos,Shelia Carter to name a few. I will always consider Billy Miller as Drew and I can’t recognise Cameron Mathison as Drew Cain when he is called by that name. To me he is impersonating Drew. Michael Easton stepped up as other Characters two or three times, and it wasn’t too hard getting used to this new character. Roger Howarth has… Read more »

Brenda Jones
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Brenda Jones

I believe Trevor St. John could carry the role here is hoping they will recast with Trevor I’m looking forward to seeing the chemistry between them Carly Sonny Sam and Britt WOW!

F. - L. Saunders
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F. - L. Saunders

Please bring Steve Burton back right now quickly as Jason Morgan. He was a very important person on the GH soap. Sonny and Carly Corinthos are very important also together. Jason Morgan is also a very important person on GH. And it looked like Jason finally met a good mate match in Britt Westbourne that would really love him and respect him and really support him in all of his life’s actions and would not try to judge him and would not try to change him.

Renee Dimolfetta
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Renee Dimolfetta

Bring Steve Burton back he could be tested.He has a right to decide his own health choices.

Timmm
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Timmm

Thank God, leave him in the tunnel buried until the vaccine mandate is lifted and if he is available, bring HIM back, not some horrible version like we see now with the Nicholas recast! And what is funny about that, Tyler is or was ill and unable to come back and they found a recast in Nick Stabile and he was not brought back?

Anyway, while Jason is gone, mark my words Drew will work for Sonny and most likely end up with Brit.

Satan
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Satan

I can envision a scenario where everybody’s going to want Drew to work for them…. Obviously, he has his own company, Aurora Media. Hell only knows who has been running it lately, with Michael out of town temporarily & Jax out of town permanently (at least for the forseeable future). ELQ is probably going to want him. They’re definitely going to want his vote to keep Val the Bastard from running the company again. And btw… with Jason (not really) dead again, who gets to vote HIS shares?? Pretty sure he had a good chunk of them, even though he… Read more »

Steve
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Steve

I’m wondering if they’ll find another enforcer. The last time Jason was presumed dead, Shawn assumed the role. Now that didn’t quite work out. Drew (thinking he was Jason) swore off mob life to protect his family, so I doubt he’d get back in. They’ve made such a big deal about Sasha not wanting Brando to get in so that won’t happen. Looks like we’ll need to find someone else with brain damage.

Jimmy
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Jimmy

Totally agree with you about Nikolas. I still haven’t warmed up to Marcus Coloma in the role and it’s been two years. I’m holding out hope that Tyler Christopher returns! Just like I’ll continue to hope for Steve’s eventual return.

gh#1
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gh#1

Yes, Tyler Christopher will always be Nikolas. And the new adult Spencer actually looks like he could be his son.

Katherine E Griffin
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Katherine E Griffin

Oh hell no don’t recast bring back the real Jason he should have never been cast out because he didn’t agree with the vaccine. This’s horrible and showing how quickly they’ll throw you out. Just because you disagree with them. I believe people need to boycott the soaps. You work for us the viewers. That’s why you’re still on the air. Bring the real Jason back.

Katherine E Griffin
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Katherine E Griffin

Why are you putting in this new drew it’s new drew what happened to the old drew. He doesn’t even fit the roll who’s doing the casting they need to be fired

Steve
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Steve

You can’t be serious. Mark Teschner has been in charge of casting GH since the 90s and is recognized as one of the best in the business. There might be a few duds, but Teschner has cast the entire teen set and found hidden treasures like Inga Cadrenal (Harmony), Kathleen Gati (Liesl) and Kelly Thiebaud (Britt) to name a few amazing performers that he’s responsible for bringing to the show.

eabear
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eabear

Bring Steve Burton back!!!!! If I remember correctly, didn’t he have Covid so he has immunity?

Satan
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Satan

Covid “immunity” (based on surviving an infection with the virus) is no more of a thing than “immunity” to the cold or the flu is. Yes, you’re probably not likely to get THAT particular strain of the virus again…. but this thing is mutating faster than an amoeba on crystal meth. So if Steve previously tested positive for the “Delta” strain of Covid (which seems likely, given the time of when he was reported as testing positive) then he would not be guaranteed immunity from the new “Omicron” variant, for example. I’m a Devil, not a doctor, so I don’t… Read more »

Sheila Mary Moore
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Sheila Mary Moore

You can’t recast Jason he’s the one and I think he should get vaccinated protect the vulnerable that’s what it’s all about protect the vulnerable

Maggie
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Maggie

Lost a long time viewer. No jason, no watchie. Recast. You did that with franco and altin holt!!! Wtf?? There are many story lines for jason. Get rid of peter he should have been killed of long ago. And send stupid nina away. No talent or lack of good story lines but shes a dud.

Toni Woods
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Toni Woods

Yes I think he should return as Jason. I’m sad the his medical and religious reasons we not acceptable. There should had been other reasonable acceptances available, ex: college students being tested, etc.
I will miss Jason. Please do not try to replace him.
Thanks.

Yvonne
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Yvonne

I love Jason that why I watch the show so until he come back I won’t be watching it thank you

Hermena Richardson
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Hermena Richardson

We need Jason back. No one can play stone cold but him. The Corinthos organization is not strong without him unless Dtew steps in and that’s not likely.

Sheronda L Campbell
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Sheronda L Campbell

Recast him…. Pleaseeeee I love Steve Burton(Jason Morgan)

Davy
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Davy

Jason was a bore. The show doesn’t need to recast the staring robot.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

I agree, Davy. Unless the character can be redefined (without Carly), why recast? Just hire a robot with pretty eyes.

Sue
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Sue

I’m done with GH

The other Lis
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The other Lis

I am glad they have no plans for an immediate recast. It will give the writers the opportunity to write something new instead of the same old Carly Jason retread. Also it doesn’t close the door on him returning in the future. Best of luck to the show and the actor.

Gina
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Gina

Please bring Steve Burton back! Its not fair to fire a man for a vaccine mandate. Exspecially since they have STOPED THE MANDATES.

Lisa Kashnoski
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Lisa Kashnoski

Why wouldn’t you get a vaccine that could potentially save your life and those around you? You could finish out your career in a job you love. You seem to like a very nice intelligent person. Hope you change your mind, for your friends, family, fans and most importantly, yourself. Respectfully,a fan. Lisa Kashnoski

Lisa Kashnoski
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Lisa Kashnoski

Hopping Steve Burton returns to General hospital. No one else can be Jason. It would be great to have Jason show up with Morgan.

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