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It's A Wrap For GH's Steve Burton! On His Final Tape Day He Tweets Message to Cast & Fans!

After wrapping up 21 years as Jason Morgan yesterday over at the set of General Hospital, Daytime Emmy winner and fan favorite, Steve Burton posted a short video on his Twitter account of him driving away from his ABC Studio, his former home away from home, an image of the cast and crew having Black T-Shirt Day in honor of Steve’s last episode, and a farewell parting shot which we have posted here.

In addition, Burton send out the following tweet to his fans and colleagues, “One of the toughest days I’ve had. I am truly blessed to have spent time w/the cast and crew of GH. Amazing people . I will deeply miss u.”

“To you: the fans, thank u for enriching my life.  I am humbled by your love and support.  I appreciate all that u do for me. ”

As well, cast mates, Nancy Lee Grahn, Haley Pullos, Rebecca Herbst, and John J. York, all took to Twitter to say their goodbyes as well, and as we have previously posted, so many others earlier in the day.

So, it’s a wrap for Burton.   How do you feel now about his exit from the series?  How do you think the show will write Jason off the canvas?   Weigh-in!

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Debi
Debi

On the ‘run’

JR
JR

I’m pretty neutral on his leaving. Tired of Sonny, Jason and the mob. Would have liked for him to stay IF they would have done a return to Jason Quartermaine storyline.

Vanessa
Vanessa

I agree, enough of the mob.

MK
MK

ITA, The mob story is Over! They had many opportunities to bring back as Jason Q but they never succeeded. Also it isn’t Like he hasn’t left before. He Left in 2001 and came back about a year later. Even Sonny has left and come back.

Marisa
Marisa

Sick of the mob as well especially Sonny. I am not saying eliminate Sonny but give him less air time. He is not the heatthrob he used to be in years past. His love scenes make me want to vomit his acting has gotten so bad.

Rusty
Rusty

the problem with the mob story line is that they are no longer scary or threatening. How many times has Sonny pulled a gun on someone, only to put it away unused? When was the last time an enemy of his actually disappeared after he threatens to make it happen? The writers have made Sonny an impotent leader. Where’s the story lines where he does something terrible and the current love of his life has to decide if she can handle his lifestyle? Remember when there was a dispute on the docks and Carly (played by Sarah Brown) jumped right into it and called a strike using Sonny’s name? That’s what I want to see. More conflict and action with the mob instead of a bunch of empty threats.

SARAH
SARAH

sorry debi and vanessa but maurice benard and steve burton along with
tony geary are GH, the quatermaines are old news love them but they cannot
carry the show, with steve burton gone it will be a big loss for gh he is loved
by millions of fans including me. so sorry you feel that way but you are just 2 people and its your opinion.

Janice
Janice

Sorry Sarah but MILLIONS have silently spoken out about how much the mob, Sonny and Jason suck by turning off their televisions! GH used to be #1 and it’s never reached those heights under MB and SB. Sorry you can’t recognize that but your just one person with an opinion.

MORGAN FARANTINO-CLARK.
MORGAN FARANTINO-CLARK.

jr:
us at soapactressspotlight,and http://www.soapactresscentral.com feel same way if he had stayed do more than just the whole BORING JASUCK crap….boring jasuck i mean jasam,are over done now.

and if he would’ve had more as JASON Q would have been better.

so long steve i won’t miss ya!( NOT jason morgan with sam who i hate the jasam crap but i will MISS U STEVE as jason period…excluding a relationship with sam.

just bore me to pieces,with sam and i wish STEVE well now that he is gone from gh

from morgan farantino.

moderator, at http://www.soapactresscentral.com
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Mark
Mark

Did he take Sonny with him?

Manny
Manny

It’s a sad day for us fans, still hard to grasp. if this was hard for us (the fans) imagine what he must of felt. I don’t think he realized the magnitude or the impact he has made on GH. I only wish the best in his new journal, and here’s hoping that until the final curtain call for GH happens, he may yet again grace us with his presence.

Rod
Rod

This is a horrible & sad day. I wish Steve well! It will be sad for Carly & Sonny to not have their best friend. I will miss that so much. Get over the Mob thing people. It’s not even as bad as it was and HELLO it’s part of the canvas for years just like other soaps have even more ridiculous back ground stories. LOVE GH AND ITS THE BEST EVER RIGHT NOW!! Minus what they are doing to poor Dr Patrick with these horrid new Drs. & Nurse

Patrick
Patrick

I didn’t look at it this way…. nice post… especially… what with Carly and Sonny missing their best friend.

I’m sick of this “new” regurge story with Patrick…. the mousy cinderella with the “hot” feme fetale… so obvious… Dr. patrick doesn’t deserve this…. oye… it’s going nowhere fast. it’s a waste of good talent.

did elizabeth have something to do with the dna results? kinda took the thunder out of our sails… when Carly told Liz… get over it… Jason is not yours… LOL. and liz is still holding on to “nothing”.

SARAH
SARAH

i agree patrick jason will be missed and sonny will seek revenge and the mob
storyline will go on , heck he is great (maurice) by himself and those dimples
man women love them me too. patrick needs robin back asap

and dump duke lavery asap

Rod
Rod

Whatever they do,don’t kill him lol. He will ride off on that Motorcycle I’m thinking

SARAH
SARAH

sorry rod i think they may have today but hopefully he will return soon

will miss jason/steve burton he is and will always be the hero of the show
and save the day, gh will not be the same without him

rebecca
rebecca

I personally loved his character and feel he was central to most everything on GH. Thought his character showed strength, incredible loyalty, compassion…subtle humor, HOTNESS! ;)…took Spinelli in when he would have been mocked by most…

So for me his character is a great loss. Sad to see him go but wish him well in his future endeavors.

Carly
Carly

I agree …his character is a great loss to both Carly, Sonny and Sam storylines … I am so sad and depressed ….

SARAH
SARAH

yeah carly i feel the same way, great loss for GH and all the characters on the
canvas, he was our hero on gh

Sheryl Postin
Sheryl Postin

I hope they don’t kill him maybe he will just go somewhere to decide who he was to be with. that would Steve time to decide if he wants to come back or if someone is going to replace him. Whatever Steve decide I wish him the best of luck he is a fantastic actor and many people will miss him very much.

brenda
brenda

i think he will catch sam in bed with john or he will catch them saying i love you, thats what i think, they will never kill jason off because he is a golden boy and steve might come back in the future .

kay/kay
kay/kay

I think he needs to ride off in the sunset with the famous reindeer sweater on! Lol!

Debbie Harris
Debbie Harris

Makes me sad. Will miss the Jason character. :((

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

I am just scared that are actually goung to bring Sean Kanan in to try to be Jason, a definite huge mistake. cannot play romantic or tender, something Steve could switch to at a drop o

Carly
Carly

That would be really bad ……… you can’t recast someone after 21 years ….

brenda
brenda

Yes u can if the star won’t come back at all

MARYELAINE
MARYELAINE

I TOTALY AGREE THAT WOULD NOT BE WISE

dionne
dionne

What will it take for GH writers to listen to the fans when we say that we are tired of the mobster sl. I don’t watch it regularly anymore. Only from time to time, but when I do check in nothibg has changed – except they bring in more mobsters. Grow up already GH!

Christine
Christine

Such beautiful, touching words from a guy who plays a hitman. Love it. I hope he had a great day and that is future is just as blessed.

toscanti
toscanti

Best of luck to you Steve.

Ashley
Ashley

I HATE IT!!! I loved Steve Burton. I have watched this show since I was about 6 years old with my mom and I have always liked him. I loved that they were making his character more real and him and Sam together was amazing. I just really hope that he decides to come back. 🙁

Michelle Miller
Michelle Miller

I totally agree ! I have watched Jason since i was small like 4 and still watch. But Steve and Jason makes the show! When Jason is no longer on the show I will stop watching!!! If and when he comes back I will start watching again…..

BMonika
BMonika

I am tired of the Jason and Sonny haters. There has been no mob stuff lately. I will miss Steve Burton (Jason) so very much. I so wanted to see him with Sam one more time with their new baby. See Jason putting the baby in Sam’s arms and renewing their vows. The show will never be the same without him. I hope Steve will come back someday to GH. I am saddened by his departure. I am a huge fan of his. I wish him the best and hope to meet him one day. I so wanted Jason and Sam to be back together. I am sick of Elizabeth.

Carly
Carly

I agree completely!

MARYELAINE
MARYELAINE

I FEEL YA THEY NEE T GET OVER IT MOB STUFF IS ON THE BACK BURNER RIGHT NOW.AND MISS ELIZABETH HOME WRECKER WEBBER NEEDS TO GET OVER HER SELF.

Joanne Allen
Joanne Allen

Love always Steve you will be greatly missed ! Hope you return soon it won’t be the same gh. Boohoo please don’t go. Gosh I can’t beleive it. Thanks for 21 fantastic years see you soon wish wish!!! 🙁

steve
steve

Steve I wish You & Your Family the greatest , now maybe You Guys can take that long over due Vacation ! Steve keep Us posted about Your latest Projects lol !

lisa
lisa

21 really great years….you’ll be missed Steve Burton,hopefully the door will be left open for you to return.
I really hope they don’t do a recast….can’t imagine anyone else in the role.
Best of luck !!

Gayle
Gayle

Sucks!!!!! He will be missed!

su0000
su0000

SB/Jason .is awesome andit’s sad to see him leave GH..
I wish it were Sam that is gone, that character should now leave too ..

Tina
Tina

This is gonna be devastating for the fans – and for GH. So sad!

Doe
Doe

Well, we all knew this was coming. When you think about it, 21 years is a long, long time. And he is still a young man. I don’t think he will have to worry about the next thing in his life. I believe it will find him! The baby issue will be solved either with Heather or Todd or Johnny. They will all crash. Or maybe the baby issue will never be solved unless when the child gets older, he or she will go looking for his parents. What ever happens, I will miss Jason….Good luck..Steve…

heidi
heidi

I love the character of Jason and he is so much more than just a mob hitman and that is due to the writing and to Steve Burton. I will miss him… but wish him all good things… but please come back every now and then. He could be off trying to find Robin…

Tali Smith
Tali Smith

I agree with you Heidi. Jason & Sam belong together, hope they ride off into the sunset with their son and Sam can come back later after Jason has disappeared!

Beacon
Beacon

Thank god for that. Jason and Sonny have been a parasite on GH for years. One down, one to go.

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

Beacon, ur lites burned out, goodbye. Too bad you’re dim!

Rodd
Rodd

I’m rather new to GH (came over when OLTL was pulled), so my perspective may be a bit different that those who have history with the show. Someone said Steve didn’t show any emotions, that his expressions never change. I watched a few episodes off my DVR yesterday and couldn’t disagree more. He’s a fine actor IMHO. I think “Jason” plays a big part in the story and will be missed. I don’t see all the fuss about the mob storyline because it doesn’t seem to infuse the show as the dominant theme. Sure, there are alot more characters on GH who are tied to the mon than other soaps I’ve watched, but it isn’t like there are shootings or mob hits on every week like I heard it used to be. Mobsters are on but it’s no different than the multiple corporate take-overs on other shows. In all, I think GH is well written, produced and acted. Steve Burton and “Jason” will definitely leave a gap when he last airs. JMHO.

Carly
Carly

I agree!!

TruthTeller
TruthTeller

BRING BACK LUCY COE
BRING BACK SCOTT BALDWIN
GET RID OF SONNY
RECAST SERENA BALDWIN, KRISTINA CORINTHOS AND KEEP TRACY AND JOE TOGETHER!

there that would make my day !

brenda
brenda

I used to like sonny don’t know why they change him,if lily was alive I know he would not be like this sonny

krktoday
krktoday

I wish he would have posted who he did his last scene with. I hope it will be with Sam and his son. I think he will leave town to protect his son. I can’t imagine any other reason he would suddenly leave town upon finding out he has a kid.
I guess if we see him on the set in the black short sleeve shirt we will know it is his last day.
I think this show has enough sexy men to carry on without him but I still will miss him.

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

Steve wears a black shirt every day, hows that gonna help u.know its his last day? Lol

kay/kay
kay/kay

Over the years they saved a lot on wardrobe! Lol!

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

True that!

What a way for a guy to come to work, I know he loved it, not having to put on those stuffy suits ALL the time.

Sharon ouka
Sharon ouka

I had the pleasure of meeting Steve on the set of GH back in 2008. What a gentleman! I have to be honest, he was the main reason i cintinued watching GH. Now hearing that Nancy is leaving, theres not alot of reasons ill continue wattching. I cant Even I MAGINE Sam ending up with John. That will do it for me.

jason, a heartfelt thank you for bringing entertainment into my home. Youll be missed!

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

Where did u hear Nancy is leaving, nothing has been said about that?

brenda
brenda

for the younger fans i remember steve back in 1986 or 1987 he was on this show call out of this world ,boy he was so sexy , i love his long blond hair need to see it on youtube

Sharon ouka
Sharon ouka

please, Please, PLEASE…..dont bring back the old Jason back. Just wondering what will happen with Sam now??? To pair her up with someone else would be an upset. Like someone posted earlier, the ideal thing to do (and i think most fans would be happy)…..end it with sam and jason together With the baby…

CINDY
CINDY

So very sad that Steve..aka: Jason has “Left the building” 🙁
I hope they don’t kill him off!!! Please leave the door open, just in case!!!
Steve you are an awesome actor/person and I will miss you very much <3

brenda
brenda

Steve is thinking about his family ,I think he should go to CBS after they get rid of Victor

MARYELAINE
MARYELAINE

THE SHOW WILL NOT BE THE SAME AND IF THEY ARE CONSIDERING RECASTING THE PART THEY NEED TO THINK TWICE.NO ONE COULD PLAY JASON MORGAN BUT STEVE FANS WOULD NOT STAND FOR THAT STEVE HAS PLAYED JASON FOR 20 YRS OR LONGER I HAVE WATCHED THE SHOW SINCE FOR 20 PLUS YEARS ONE OF THE BEST THINGS ABOUT GH IS HOW THEY ALWAYS KEEP THE SAME CAST FOR THE MOST PART.I HOPE HE LEAVES LOOKING FOR SAMES BABY OR JUST UP AND LEAVES ON HIS BIKE HURTING OVER HIS AND SAMS DIVORCE.AS FOR STEVE HE IS A GREAT GUY I WILL TRUELY MISS HIM,BUT I WISH HIM AD HIS FAMILY ALL THE BEST.MUCH LOVE TO YOU STEVE BURTON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!YOUR FAN MARYELAINE SHIPLEY

BARBARA FINKENBINDER
BARBARA FINKENBINDER

I am personally upset that Steve is leaving GH but know he is a fantastic actor whatever his endeavor(s) come , in the future, will be the great actor he is. Love you Steve and best of luck…………hugggggggggggs!

janet
janet

Goodbye.Don’t let the door hit ya ,where the good lord split ya.
I am so sick of the mob,I have shut the show off numerous times..I love my DVR,so I never have to watch the unholy three .FF city.
I will not miss him at all,I just wish he had taken the other two with him.
Wonder how long before he shows up on Y&R?

Linda Boag Moores
Linda Boag Moores

To be honest, if I was Steve Burton I would have left too. That being said, he has always been my favourite so it is the end of General Hospital, not only for me but I’m sure for others. I read the sneak previews each week but I have stopped watching GH because bringing all these people over from OLTL has totally ruined it for me. OLTL was cancelled, why bring actors over from a defunct show and try to make it theirs. Just doesn’t work for me.

Tony Allen
Tony Allen

If the actors from OLTL came over to GH, it is because ABC daytime made a huge mistake with the Revolution, we all know that. Forty three years and a show like that lasts less than six months. They deserve a chance to hone their
craft. Dont blame them for the mess ABC daytime made. Good luck, Steve.
Keep on rocking GH.

toney
toney

Don’t blame the actors from OLTL, they are just honing their craft because the ABC daytime people made a mistake after forty three years, they decided it was time for them to go and after less than six months, it was time for the Revolution to go too. So keep on rocking Steve, and good luck to to you and to GH.

Christy
Christy

I’ll miss him. He was a nice guy, great actor too. There are so many that have story lines that tie into Jason, I think I’d like them to recast the role, rather than have him killed off — especially if Robin is still alive. I can’t think the Jason would never find out his close friend is still alive and being held “captive”… glad they tied up the finding the baby was alive, but he still doesn’t know it’s his child.

MPierce
MPierce

GH Will Never Be The Same With Jason Morgan Gone! We Love You Steve. Best Wishes To You And Your Family

Gsav
Gsav

Love Jason, I cannot believe he will no longer be on the show. You have one lucky family! You will truly be missed.

sheila
sheila

He will most likely be shot. If not that then it will be left up in the air with no final outcome. We will just be guessing what happened to him for a long time to come.

sheila
sheila

You will be missed greatly. I have been watching this show since 1963. I have seen a lot of actors come and go…. Hopefully one day you will return…Good luck in Tennessee and may you find happiness in whatever you do.

karen
karen

i hope he is not dead at the docks and he ends up on sonnys island working at the casino missing his family but being safe

Judy
Judy

I can’t believe Jason is leaving! I’ve been watch GH for the last 16 years and I love Jason! Sam and Jason finally get back together and this baby is Jason’s will he ever no it before he leaves? GH won’t be the same without Jason, hopefully Sonny sticks around for a long time becuase if he leaves to, I think that will be the end of me watching General Hospital. Gonna miss Jason so much, good luck Steve!

DORIS
DORIS

wish u the best steve but we hope they recast a jason GH WILL NOT B THE SAME WE WILL MISS U MAYBE IF THEY RECAST JASON THE DOORS WILL B OPEN IF U DECIDE TO COME BACK

DORIS
DORIS

IM CRYIN I LOVE THIS SHOW ITS BAD ENOUGH THEY TOOK OUT OLTL BUT HAPPY JOHN AND STARR AND TODD R ON GH AND SOMETIME TEA LOVE THIS HOPE SOME OF OLTL ACTORS JOIN GH

DORIS
DORIS

GH NEEDS TO BRING IN A CHARACTER TO REPLACE STEVE THIS CANT STAY LIKE THIS SAM WAS SO HAPPY JASON NEEDS TO BE AROUND SO WHEN THE BABY GROWS HE IS THERE OR MAKE THE STORY THAT INVOLING JASON HELD AGAINST HIS WILL AFTER BEEN SHOT THAT LAVERY HAS JASON IN THE SAME PLACE THEY HAVE ROBIN AND THAT JASON SEES HER AND SAFES HER AND BRING HER BACK TO PATRICK AND EMMA AND ANNA FOUND OUT THAT DUKE HAS ROBIN AND HE ALSO HAS JASON……

Ms. Smith
Ms. Smith

The story line should stay open…I think they need to replace Steve Burton. Jason needs to find out about the baby being his and see Robin return. Lavery needs to go DOWN and Anna should take him to he!! and back for all that he’s done. @ Doris…..check with the networks…you’ve got a heck-of-a-concept going. I love it!!!!

Ms lo
Ms lo

JASON PLEASE come back!!!!!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Michael Blasts Brad As The Truth About Wiley Comes Out

FINALLY! On Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, Lucas (Ryan Carnes) memory is jogged just enough that he clearly remembers Brad’s (Parry Shen) shocking words before their car crash; where Brad confessed that Wiley was Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Michael’s (Chad Duell) biological son.

At the Corinthos home, Lucas stands up and announces to Michael that Wiley is actually his believed to be dead son, Jonah. Carly’s (Laura Wright) mouth drops and then she takes over getting to the root of the truth of the baby switch.

Brad is cornered and left with no choice but to fess up. He explains how Wiley died when he was no longer breathing, and how he was driving with him, when he ended up on the route where Nelle left Michael to die in the car he was driving (Michael recalls this bit of Intel in a flashback).

Then, Brad explains how Nelle appeared with her newborn baby and claimed the whole thing was engineered by Nelle …  and how he was so upset and panicked, that he went along with her plan.

Michael lets Brad have it for all of his lies and machinations, and the pain it has inflicted on so many people for over a year and half.  How on earth could he do that? Carly also lays into him.

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Meanwhile, Sasha (Sofia Matteson) has urgently called Chase (Josh Swickard), who leaves “Wiley” and Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) behind, and heads to the Corinthos’ where he hears the whole sad truth about the baby switch.

With Chase gone, Nelle goes looking for “Wiley” who is with Willow, and the two get into a major throwdown catfight.  Nelle comes out the victor and goes to get her baby ready to leave town with her son.

So, what did you think of how the truth finally came out?  What did you think of Michael’s tirade on Brad? What do you think will happen next? Comment below.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Talks on Valentin’s Downfall and Potential Rise to Power

After all his bravado, machinations and lies to keep the woman he loves, and believing he was the rightful heir to the Cassadine fortune, suddenly it all came crashing down for Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) on recent episodes of General Hospital.

Payback can be a bitch, but for Valentin; who’s past has been fraught with numerous physical and emotional tribulations since his childhood, he now finds himself at the lowest point in his life; losing Nina (Cynthia Watros) who’s now taken up with Jax (Ingo Rademacher), realizing he is the biological son of the evil Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers), and not Mikkos, and having all his best laid plans and misdeeds backfire.  (Remember, he shot and “killed” Nikolas, and set up the ruse that led Sasha to pretend she was Nina’s bio-daughter.)  Now, enter Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), who could very well hold the ticket, to Valentin’s rise to wealth and power all over again.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with James Patrick Stuart to get the lowdown on: those heavy and emotional scenes opposite Constance Towers, working with Cynthia Watros as his newest Nina, if Valentin might really kill Jax the next time he thinks about it, and what about a potential relationship between Anna (Finola Hughes) and Valentin?

Not many can play bad as good as James in this industry.  He does it so effortlessly and still brings out the humanity in the guy that has t-r-o-u-b-l-e written all over him.  Here’s what James had to share about all of Valentin’s recent dramatic moments, a tease of what’s to come, and much more.

Photo: JPI

Valentin’s world has imploded at the moment.  When did you initially find out that he was going to turn out to not be a true Cassadine heir?

JAMES:  Well, there were some clues dropped by Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) back when we did the gallery auction where Helena’s portrait went up in flames.  Frank looked at me and goes, “Hey, Jack Nicholson it up.  Have some fun!  You’re not going to be feeling pretty good for a while.”  (Laughs)  I’m like, “Oh … what are the plans?”  He pulled me aside and goes, “Yeah, you’re going to lose Nina, but you’re going to try to take over ELQ.  That’s when I started to go, “Wait a minute!  That sounds to me like Valentin’s losing his money.”  (Laughs)  With the character of Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) coming back; it’s pretty great.  I think the writing was on the wall there.  I put it out on twitter the other day.  I said, “Look what they’ve done to my boy.”  Somebody chimed in, “They gave him a storyline!” (Laughs)

Who doesn’t love to see you, James Patrick Stuart, play tortured soul?  They audience loves to see you get the opportunity to go to those depths in your performances.

JAMES:  It’s been really interesting for me.  I’ve had a lifetime of playing bad guys because the line was always shorter. (Laughs)  Everybody wants to be Tom Cruise, but the Alan Rickman’s of it all, to me, were what was so interesting.  Early on, you play one dimensional kind of twisting of the mustache, tying a woman to the train tracks.  After a while, you start to watch the truly great actors.  They start to take you on a ride.  If you’re paying attention, you start to feel what it would be like to be that damaged, and that’s why you do it.  Then you start to see the vulnerability. To me, I thought, “This is a great time in my life because I’m ready to do that.” A lot of people say, “I don’t understand.  I feel like that makes no sense. because why would I root for a person who behaves like this?” and that to me, I feel is the greatest compliment of all.

So much happened recently to Valentin in one fell swoop; he overhears Nina telling Ava (Maura West) she kissed Jax, then he envisions shooting Jax and then he is drinking himself into oblivion and he gets a “visit” from Helena!  But … the scenes between Valentin and Helena really summed up the bitter truth for him, wouldn’t you say?

JAMES:  Yes.  In the “Helena” scenes, it all basically is revealed.  It all comes down in a moment where he “sees” her.  I think he realizes with the DNA test; he’s not the person he thought he was, but he certainly had no idea that he had her blood in his veins.  The truly tragic moment of the evening is when it dawns on him that he has a daughter with Helena’s blood in her veins.  Now, he would kill her a thousand times over in that moment.  He can’t do it.  He’s fighting phantoms.  That’s the bottom below the bottom, and things got worse than he ever thought they would get.

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Does Valentin have any idea then, who his biological father could be?

JAMES:  I don’t think so.  I don’t believe so.  I know I don’t.  I think once he realizes that Helena is in fact the mother, I think he’d rather just go into oblivion.  I think at that point, he’s out of answers.  Enter Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) …which is wonderful because I think the world of Nancy, and she saves the day.   Alexis basically talks him out of hurting himself, telling him to count his blessings that he is not a Cassadine, etc, which was a really sweet moment.

I assume, when you have this kind of material to play, it must be exhausting, but exhilarating at the same time?

JAMES:  I think that’s exactly right.  As an actor, I think you want to do this stuff.  Maura West and I compare notes all the time.  I think it can be kind of emotionally draining.  You do feel it, and I felt it when I had spent a lot of time with Nina and Valentin, and when the actresses changed, and we brought Cynthia Watros in.  I worked twice as hard to make sure that Cynthia’s landing was as easy as possible, and I really grew attached to the Nina and Valentin connection.  So, when Jax steps in, Cynthia’s love life means nothing to me, I don’t care about that, but Nina’s love life means a lot to me!  And it bums me out, and I don’t know that I’ll actually be watching any future love scenes between them as much as I love them both!  I have a deep attachment to the Valentin connection to Nina.  So, the lines get burred because we just play these characters so long.

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What was it like sharing those tough scenes with Constance? No one can play icy, evil villainess like her … and yet in real life, she is such a gracious and kind-hearted woman.

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JAMES:  In real life, Constance is such a sweetheart, and she’s so grateful to be there.  She was so ready to work, and rehearse, and play, and find the stuff, and she was great.  I’d been in scenes with her before.  Last time, we didn’t really talk to each other.  I was with the hump.  I was being Valentin pre-surgery.  It was some sort of moment in a graveyard, but this time we actually got to interact with each other.

You look at Valentin, and he’s not had the greatest life.  Do you bring his entire back-story into your performance; such as when he was deformed with the hump and how he had to literally reconstruct his life both in the physical and in emotional ways for many years?

JAMES:  Absolutely.  It’s the brokenness that he’s making choices from.  He was never truly and authentic person to begin with which is why his love fell apart.  He’s always been faking.  He’s always been putting on a show.  That’s not sustainable in matters of the heart.  It was unbelievably easy for Jax to swoop in, because it was inevitable that things were going to fall apart.  Of course, that anger and that brokenness were what lead him to want to kill Jax.  There’s no question.  He was prepared to do that.  If you look in the eyes in the fantasy sequence in the shooting, he just wanted to watch him die.  He wanted to watch the light go out in Jax’s eyes.  He was so furious … and even more tragic is … that was all he could think of, and somehow, he realized in that moment that wouldn’t work, because he’d lose his daughter.

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Anna and Finn (Michael Easton) just kind of busted up.  Do you think Anna and Valentin will hookup? There is a connection and a history between the two of them whenever they seem to be in proximity of one another.

JAMES:  Personally, I’m waiting for that.  I hope so!  There is a finesse and elegance to that woman, and not only that, there is an effortless to the connection between Valentin and Anna, if one can say that about one’s own coupling.  I love to look at it!  I think we go together like a wink and a smile.  I just find that chemistry really great.  I think that’s mostly Finola, though.  She can probably have chemistry with most anything.

Valentin was going to leave Port Charles with Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez), after Nikolas revealed all and the fallout began.  Interestingly enough, it was Anna who came to Valentin’s side and tried to talk him down from fleeing with his daughter and showed such compassion for him!

JAMES:  Wasn’t that great?  She was the one who got him.  She was the one who was able to calm the beast.  There was no one else he would have listened to.  In the moment in the police station, after Charlotte had been kidnapped, and there is that moment where Anna has that bruise, I thought it was such a tender moment.  I just said, “If I kiss my finger and touch your wound?” and she’s like, “Do it.”  It was just this moment where we had been bitter rivals and enemies for so long, but he just adores her so much it’s undeniable that he sees her wounded and wants to make it better.  It’s floating out there waiting to be done.  I know that everybody knows it.  It’s just a matter of what the right away to go about in the writing would be.

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So, you’ve worked opposite two acting dynamos in the role of Nina – Michelle Stafford and now, Cynthia Watros.  Was the transition difficult for you when Cynthia came to GH?

JAMES:  It wasn’t.  It was scary because Michelle Stafford wasn’t just one in a million, I mean, she is one of a kind.  The last thing in the world that I would ever want to consider doing myself was recast that actress.  So, my deal was (and I’ve said this to Cynthia) I said, “I have no control over this.  All I can do is make the landing as easy as possible for Cynthia.”  We did a lot of photoshoots together, and I had flowers waiting for her, and I did everything possible to make sure that she knew that she had a friend and that she had somebody that was going to make it as easy as possible.  It was rough because a lot of the trolls on social media were just awful to her… just brutal, and she goes, “I have thick skin.  I can take it,” and then a week later, she goes, “I’ve closed all my social media accounts!”  (Laughs)  It’s been fun to watch those guys turn around and go, “You have a really special person.”  That wedding stuff was just incredible!  She came so prepared and she knocked it out of the park.  Cynthia has been wonderful.  I love them both.  I love her the reddest, and I love Michelle the bluest, and together I love them the purplest.  (Laughs)

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It’s interesting that all the women in his life such as Anna and Nina, all have a soft-spot for Valentin; even though they don’t necessarily want to be with him.  These ladies are just drawn to this dysfunctional guy.

JAMES:  Don’t you think?  Is it that you want to help him, you want to fix him, you see the potential, you want to help him despite himself?  I think that’s what it is.

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Do you think Valentin’s still going to try to win Nina back, or is that done? 

JAMES:  I don’t know.  I do know that the Valentin I know will never shake Nina, and when he loves, he loves forever.  He can be simultaneously in love with Anna whenever she’s near.  I don’t believe he ever truly got over Nina hearing his story and his brokenness and still loving him twice as hard.  Years ago, there was a moment where he said to her the stuff that he’s never said, and Michelle beautifully kissed my tears away and said, “You’re beautiful” to me.   I think in that moment his fate was sealed.  I think he knew that this was his woman forever.  So, I just don’t think that that goes away.  I think he will always carry a torch for Nina, for sure.

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Do you see Valentin becoming darker and darker now that he had found out he is Helena’s offspring?

JAMES:  Well, yes and no.  I remember watching these scenes and we’ve done a lot of this stuff, and you know how easy it is to sort of go, “Let’s go dark, let’s go dark, let’s go more dark,” and after a while, I go, “You know, maybe he does learn something.  Maybe there’s hope for this guy after all.”  Of course, more bad stuff will happen to him, and he will do more bad stuff, because that’s just who he is.  A leopard can’t change his spots, and those are his survival instincts, but there are some new colors, and it’s all a direct result of all of just these horrible things that have happened to him… mostly learning that he is part Helena and he can’t undo that.

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We saw that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) called and then goes to see Valentin, because she wants to sell her shares of ELQ.  So, obviously he has the potential to become really rich here which is what would give him his power back.  How do you think that will go over with the rest of the Quartermaines? (Laughs)

JAMES:  (Laughs) A lot of the Quartermaine actors have been asking me that in the hallways of General Hospital!  Isn’t that interesting how he’ll just sort of switch families? (Laughs)

Of all the people, just as Valentin’s life is in the gutter and he is at his lowest, who should show up with a sort of lifeline, Nelle! How will he go about attempting to gain control of ELQ?

JAMES:  Valentin knows he has to get the majority shares to gain a control of the company, and he has to do it fast before people see that he’s doing it.  So, that’s where Michael E. Knight (Martin Gray) has been.  He’s gallivanting the states rapidly accumulating shares.  (Laughs)

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It’s been so fun seeing you and Michael Knight on-screen and on a daytime soap together again, as so many remember you as Tad Martin and Will Cortlandt on All My Children.  How has it been getting the chance to work with Michael?

JAMES:  My God, are you kidding me?  He taught me!  He’s the guy who taught me.  I didn’t know how to do this.  Nobody instinctively knows… this is a very unique art form.  It’s more Jazz than anything else, and he showed me how to do it!  Walt Willey (Ex-Jack, AMC) showed me how to do my hair, and Michael Knight taught me how to break down a script!  And, what’s so funny is he is still doing it.  In a scene on GH, when he threw in that line, “From now on, you pay in advance,” I just about fell on the floor!  I thought, “There he is!  That’s the Michael I’ve always known and loved.”

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Who would have thought that you guys would get to share scenes like that again on soaps?  You just never know in this life who may be wind up back in your orbit.

JAMES:  It’s incredible.  That’s what we say all of the time… “Who would have thought?”  You could never plan something like this and that we’d still be doing it at this point.

Now with Lulu (Emme Rylan) learning that Valentin is not a Cassadine, and Nina apparently moving on to a relationship with Jax, what do you think it will mean for their relationship in raising their daughter, Charlotte?

JAMES:  I think in the short-term, Valentin’s shelved any ideas of getting her out of Charlotte’s life.  He’s sort of putting out the fires in his own personal life.  Charlotte needs a mother in her life, and he’s quite willing to share custody as they always have been.  She seems to be looking at this as an opportunity to paint him as an unfit father, and she wants full-time custody.  So, we’re back to that again.  It looks to me like Lulu is kicking Valentin while he’s down.

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It was so nice to see you, and some of your GH co-stars such as: Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny) show up for Y&R’s Eric Braeden’s (Victor Newman) 40th anniversary on set celebration at CBS.  It was quite the event; speakers galore, and so many from our industry and beyond in attendance.

JAMES:  It was pretty profound.  Eric has always been kind to me.  I only worked with him on one movie, a western, called The Man Who Came Back, and that was probably 12 years ago.  He has been so complimentary of me in interviews and in his book.  So, if he does that with me, I can only imagine how many dear, dear friendships he has.  So, the fact that everybody showed up like that from the president of CBS Entertainment to local councilmen, and that they were willing to do be there for 2 hours was really proof of how much they love him.  Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I don’t even think was working that day, came in for it and spoke at the event. There was so much respect shown for Eric and what he has meant to this medium.

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Your album The Apple Tree was so well-received, and everyone always loves seeing you get the opportunity to sing on General Hospital as well.  Will you continue to put out more music in 2020?

JAMES:  Yeah, that’s the plan.  I have another one that I’m working on.  I have a bunch of songs.  I’m in no rush to get it out.  Unfortunately, I lost Glen Roven, who wrote the cello part for Book of Love, passed away right after the Nurses’ Ball where I played Book of Love, which is really heartbreaking, and then, Michael Sherwood, who helped me with a number of songs on the record passed away right after The Apple Tree came out.  So, I’m a little gun-shy.  But, I’m planning on having something out by December for Christmas.

In closing, what would you say the fans should look forward to in the weeks ahead from Valentin?

JAMES: Look forward to that moment where Valentin is so low that there’s nowhere to go but up!  The comeback is going to be one for the books.

So, what do you think of how Valentin’s life hit rock bottom?  Do you think he will ever win Nina back? Do you think he will takeover ELQ? Share your thoughts on James’ recent performances and his thoughts contained in this interview via the comment section below.

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General Hospital Delivers Super-Sized Promo: The Truth About Wiley To Be Revealed

This week, General Hospital is going full-tilt set to deliver the moment that fans of the show have been waiting for since back in September 2018, when on one fateful night  …

(Cliff Notes version here) Brad and Lucas’s adopted child dies, Nelle gives birth in the woods with an assist from Liesl. Brad and Nelle comes face to face on the road; the two switch babies and keep the long-held secret that Brad and Lucas are actually raising Nelle and Michael’s bio-son. Meanwhile, Willow thinks she is Wiley’s birth mother, having no idea, that her baby died with Brad.

Julian has been in on the secret, and when Brad finally revealed to Lucas the truth about Wiley, it caused their car to crash (Remember: Kendra who in the other car, who was trying to kill Alexis) which has left Lucas with only fragmented memories of that night.

Realizing everything is getting too close for comfort for the truth to come out; Brad accepts a job in Portland and is moving with Lucas and Wiley, while Nelle is selling her shares of ELQ to Valentin to get out of dodge too, so she can follow them, we think.

But in one of the best promo’s we have ever seen for a daytime drama series, as you see below; will Lucas remember and reveal the truth to Michael?

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From the cast credits at the end of the promo, to the setting up of the tale, this is one promo not to be missed.  Check it out below.

Now, let us know, how you think the truth will come to light that Michael will find out he is Wiley (AKA Jonah) biological father and that their was a baby switch? Will it be as teased in the promo, or some other way? Comment below.

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