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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!!!!!

General Hospital

GH’s Roger Howarth Chats On Shifting From Franco To Drew & The Stunning Story Twist

In one of the most intriguing plots of 2019, General Hospital’s Franco Baldwin was morphed into Navy SEAL Andrew Cain following a harrowing mind-mapping procedure. In all went down thanks to Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) and Dr, Cabot (Time Winters), taking the life and memories of Drew (Billy Miller) from his flash drive and transferring them into Franco’s brain, wiping out his past and his present.  That followed the tearjerker moment, when Franco sacrificed himself to free his kidnapped stepson, Cameron (William Lipton) from the twisted procedure; that could have left the teenager with Drew’s memories or even in a vegetative state.

The recipient of this storyline – and who would be taking on another persona in his storied daytime drama career – is none other than Roger Howarth.  The Daytime Emmy- winning actor is no stranger to changing fictional identities on GH.  Howarth, played OLTL’s Todd Manning over in Port Charles, later switching to Franco (previously played by James Franco) following the legal dispute between ABC and Prospect Park.

Last week, viewers got their first glimpse of Howarth taking on the traits of Drew circa 2012, and in short order, it has caused emotional upheaval for Franco’s wife, Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst), Drew himself, Jason (Steve Burton), and Kim (Tamara Braun)… and that’s just for starters.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Roger as he started his journey transforming his work from playing Franco to Drew and the challenges it presents, plus the ripple effect the change will have on the canvas for many of the characters.  In addition for One Life to Live fans, Roger chats about his appreciation for his time on that iconic series in a candid, self-effacing, and special conversation.  Here’s what Howarth shared:

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When you were told that they were going to put Drew’s memories into Franco, what was your initial reaction to learning that news?  Did you think it was a great twist?

ROGER:  Yeah, I think it’s a great idea.  I really do.  Good story needs a lot of things, and this checks a lot of the boxes.  It brings people together; it provides obstacles.  There are a lot of places this could lead to.  I just think it’s really smart and interesting.  I look forward to it a lot, and I can already tell by what I have shot thus far that it’s going to be fun.

If this story is written well, what has happened to Franco will be life-altering and crucial to so many people’s lives in Port Charles.

ROGER:  What I like about it, and this isn’t lip service, is that it’s a great story because it affects a lot of people.  Those are the good stories.  Elizabeth has got to deal with this, the boys have to deal with this, Scotty’s (Kin Shriner) got to deal with it, Jason is confused by this information, and now this person in interacting with Drew, and Kim, and Shiloh.  All of the sudden, the canvas is interacting completely differently.  So, I think the writers are having fun with this as well.

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Then, there is also the character of Kim played by Tamara Braun, who Drew shares a past with.  It will be interesting to see how that relationship plays out, we already witnessed Franco’s Drew instantly smitten and attracted to her.

ROGER:  Yes, the person in this body is running under a certain set of assumptions that no one else shares.  So, yes, it’s confusing to everybody, I am sure, including Kim.

Do you see Franco eventually flipping back and forth, and having personality traits of both he and Drew?

ROGER:  No.  One hundred percent, no, and that provides a real obstacle with a couple like Franco and Elizabeth.  They are always looking for obstacles to prove to the audience that these two people really do care about one another, and that’s the purpose of a story like this.  I’m guessing and hoping that it will provide the character of Elizabeth with a particular objective because it would be nice to see Becky be able to play all of those beats.

Right, and to have to fight for something…

ROGER:  Yes, it’s very tragic.  This is a character that is accustomed to tragedy, and to see Becky play the role of Elizabeth dusting herself off, trying to get what she wants is going to be really cool.

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The tragic twist had Franco saving Cameron from winding up with Drew’s memories and being the vessel for Shiloh to use.  What did you think about how Franco sacrificed himself in order to protect Elizabeth’s son?  It was quite heroic.

ROGER:  I think the other beautiful part of this is that this was motivated by love.  I don’t see it as heroic.  I think as an actor, you’re always looking for the heart of the story, and the writers made it really simple.  He does this because he loves this kid.  Yeah, they’ve had their ups and downs, and they are struggling to figure out how they can get along, and they have a lot of things that they feel about one another, but push actually did come to shove, and I think that the character of Cameron is going to be deeply affected by that.

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This now puts Franco deep within Shiloh’s storyline and past with Drew, because Shiloh desperately wants a key piece of information locked in Drew’s memories.  So, in theory, this kind of ranks among one of the better stories you’ve probably ever gotten to tell in your daytime career.  Everyone is hoping that it lives up to its expectations in the execution of it on-air.

ROGER:  It is certainly a high concept story.  It’s asking a lot of the audience.  So far, we’re all in.  It’s a good cast.  I work with really good actors, so I’m not worried.  It is asking the audience to suspend disbelief for sure.  The good stories do.  I think Erika Slezak (Viki) on One Life to Live, getting to play Dissociative Identity Disorder as Niki and Viki that was a large ask.  She never blinked.  She did everything that was asked.  I’m trying to follow her example.

Exactly, and she played more characters.  She had more alters after that.

ROGER:  (Laughs)  Yeah!  She’s better at this than I am.  I’m having trouble with the one. (Laughs)

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What do you think about how Scott and Franco’s relationship will be affected, now that he is in essence “Drew”?

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ROGER:  There’s no part of that relationship that hasn’t changed because there is no Franco.  Franco is not around … Franco has left the building.

He is a completely new person for all intent and purposes.

ROGER:  For sure.  This soldier doesn’t appreciate being called by somebody else’s name.  He is not compassionate to the people who mistake him for this somewhat tortured art therapist that he no longer is.

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What is also interesting is that this should put you right into conflict and scenes with Steve Burton, because now you are essentially playing Jason’s twin.

ROGER:  Yes.  For me, as an actor, to get a chance to work with Steve, and to play a like-minded person, is intimidating frankly, but it’s exciting.

Also, the audience knows how Franco and Jason are such enemies, and now, he is really in his mind his twin.  

ROGER:  Yeah, Franco sees in many shades of gray and other colors, and from what I can tell, Franco as Drew sees the world much simpler.  He thinks more clearly, he finishes his sentences, he thinks before he speaks, he knows what he is going to say.  His point of view does not waiver.  He is determined.

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That’s got to be so exciting for you to get to play after all of Franco’s psychological baggage and issues.

ROGER:  I’ve got to say, it’s been a bit of a challenge for me to play someone with a different set of speech patterns and who stands differently.  Because Drew thinks and feels differently about everything; his body is the same, but his body is behaving differently, and it speaks differently, and he thinks at a different tempo.  They’ve been very patient on set giving me chances to do it badly, so far. (Laughs)  It’s not uncommon for me to get halfway through a scene and to have to start over.   I am essentially figuring it out as we go along.   I am very appreciative of the fact that they have been giving me a few extra takes to try and figure out how this guy stands.  He relates to people with a different set of space and time.  It’s cool.  It’s a cool set of puzzles.  It’s been really fun.  I’m a lucky guy.

When I first learned of the story twist, I was like, “Oh! Roger will be great in this.”  

ROGER:  I don’t know, man.  I could be stinking it up pretty badly. (Laughs)  I think there’s a trap as an actor who has been asked to play twins, and the trap is that this guy is only acting the way that he acts.  The trap is frankly to act too much because the audience is being told that he is a different person.  If I go too far to try to demonstrate that he is a different person, then it slips into parody or overacting.  Over the years, I have definitely been guilty of overacting, so, I’m a little frightened of it. (Laughs)  I don’t like the way it feels.  I know how it feels to go too far.  I have been getting notes like, “You could pull it back a little bit.”  (Laughs)  It’s pretty funny.

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In the past, I have heard you say you’d rather go to work and feel unsettled about what you are asked to play.  Does that still hold true?

ROGER:  For sure!  I’d rather go to work and leave my job knowing that it was terrible and that I get to come back the next day and make it a little better.  The best thing about daytime is how much it will stretch you and pull you and ask as much of it as you are willing to put in.

Now speaking of Franco, what did you think about the wedding reception on the yacht with Elizabeth?  Did you think that was a nice payoff for Friz fans? 

ROGER:  Yes, for sure.  I thought it was a really sweet culmination to a sweet story about these two people finding one another.  I’m glad they incorporated a large part of the cast.  It was a really good idea.

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What did you think of how all of Elizabeth’s boys (Cameron, Aiden and Jake) performed a song for Franco and their mom at the reception, and how Franco relates to all of them?

ROGER:  I think it was a really important story point, and it was nice, and it was easy to play.  They’re really good kids, and they’re also terrific people.

Franco really stepped up as a stepdad to Aiden, who had been bullied at school.  I loved the cooking scene, where Franco was baking with Aiden.  What do you think about their relationship?  I love that Franco is being very understanding.

ROGER:  I think he’s trying to be understanding.  I don’t think he’s really great at it.   I think he’s a human being just trying to figure out how to make the best use of his time here, just like the rest of us.

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General Hospital needed a big jolt with an umbrella story like this that turns the canvas a bit upside down.  How does it feel to be at the epicenter of it?

ROGER:   I really don’t think I’m the center of the story.  I’m not even kidding.  The story is that this piece of information is worn on the shoulders of Franco, but the people who are most effected by that piece of information are Kim and Elizabeth.

It will be interesting to see what the reaction is like from the GH audience.  You’re not on social media.  Will you check out what they are saying … or the feedback?

ROGER:  I’m not on social media.  But, I believe there is a guy whose job it is to track that initial criticism/support.  I think it is kind of cool that we will get real-time reviews, you know what I mean?  I actually thought about that because with the character of Franco, it took us a while to figure out who the guy was.  There was a lot of blonde hair and some missed cues, and we weren’t sure which relationship would be featured, whether it would be Franco and Ava (Maura West), or whether he would wind up in Carly’s (Laura Wright) arena again.  It took a while to figure out the best way to put that guy in the canvas, and I imagine that it will happen again.  I didn’t dye my hair for this, but I did cut it. (Laughs)

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How was working with Billy Miller in this storyline twist?  Were you there on his last day on set?

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ROGER:  Yes, I worked with Billy not on his last day, but on his last show.  He was remarkable with dignity and with class, and I wish him all the best.  He did a great job.  He is a good actor.  I’m sure he will find somewhere to go be an actor.

Throughout your soap career, has there been a story that you initially pooh-poohed, but when you did it, you thought, “Oh, this is great!”

ROGER:   There was a story when Carly and Franco were together, and they wrote a story where Franco gave Carly a gift that wound up being a camera…

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The evil-eye necklace!

ROGER:  Yes, this small seeing rye.  I just thought, every time Franco would come in and say something like, “Oh, you’re wearing the necklace.  It’s so beautiful,” while we were doing it, I was like, “Wow.  The audience is really going to hate this.” (Laughs)  However, my real-time Twitter is the subway, and while it was airing, I got on the train and sat next to this really amazing fan, who just told me how much she loved that story, and I was honestly surprised and pleased.  I am often wrong, and it doesn’t surprise me now when I am wrong  … because I was really wrong then.

You mentioned Franco with Ava which was a potential pairing. I think you and Maura West have always had great chemistry together on screen.

ROGER:  Yes, she’s a pretty great actor.  She’s great with everybody.

She is.  You knew Maura’s work first when she was at As the World Turns, while you were there, also?

ROGER:  I didn’t know her well at As the World Turns, but I knew who she was.  She’s a hard worker, and Jack (Michael Park) and Carly always had a lot to do.  She was pretty focused when she was there, but I spoke to her.  I didn’t feel like I got to know her until I got to work with her on GH.

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Last month on July 15th would have been the 51st anniversary of One Life to Live. I saw a lot of people commenting and remembering the show on social media that day. I put together four photos on a post I made about that show featuring some of the remarkable actors who were a part of it.  From there, I received hundreds of comments of how people were just missing the series, the characters, and actors they loved in it, including you.  When you look at the list of people from yourself to Judith Light, to Robin Strasser, Bob Woods, and of course Erika Slezak – it’s such an unbelievably talented group who spent time in Llanview.  Do you ever think about what an incredible experience that was, and how the fans still miss that show so much?

ROGER:  All the time.  I mean, I’m a lucky guy.  I think it really was a special building to work in, and the people who we are talking about: Erika (Viki), Bob (Bo), Robin (Dorian), and Phil Carey (Asa), and Clint Richie (Clint), and John Loprieno (Cord), the people who made it possible for me to work there set an environment and a tone that made it a really special place.  It was a really good cast, like you said, and there was a lot of opportunity for them to write a really cool story.  I wasn’t a part of the AIDS quilt storyline, but to realize that they told a story like that and incorporated that into our show was wonderful.

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Such an amazing story and One Life was telling socially relevant and important issues of our time, always.

ROGER:  I can’t say for certain, but I do believe that the original concept of the Todd, Marty (Susan Haskell), and Powell (Sean Moynihan) storyline was kind of supposed to be initially an effort to bring awareness to a horrible, violent crime.  That was a long time before the #MeToo movement.  I think it was a show where the writers had a social conscious as well and really brought awareness to a lot of different things.  That’s a great legacy and something that show should be very proud of.

Once the character of  Todd Manning took off on One Life, and how they found ways to redeem him, and how it spoke to how much the network, the show, and the audience responded to your performances, did you ever feel you had a bit of a safety net as an actor, or were you like, “I’m going to be fired tomorrow?”

ROGER:  This is truth: I am so grateful to have a job, and I don’t take anything for granted.  I don’t think anybody is safe in this business.  I just don’t.  I just don’t think anybody gets to say that they’ve arrived.  I just did a roundtable, and I shared this with people who have a lot more clout and opportunity than I do – that actors are by nature, the good ones, are aware that every day that you get to go to work is a privilege, and don’t waste it.

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In soaps, for the most part, when someone is stepping into someone else’s role as a recast, or actor who played one role is changing to another, there seems to be this reactionary period of adjustment, and then, there is acceptance from the audience over time … unless you really stink it up  … as you say. (Laughs)

ROGER:  Here’s the thing, and this is why I think this is such a great idea, it’s not about me playing this part, it’s about how Elizabeth, who has been on this show for twenty-something years gets to react to it, and giving her the ball.  It’s flashy that Franco is Drew, but it is really and Elizabeth/Kim story.  I may be the one overacting and stinking it up, but it’s theirs. Do you know what I mean?  It’s not my story.

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What do you want to say to the fans about this new “role” you are taking on at General Hospital?

ROGER:  I want to say that I really do appreciate the fans.  Here is the thing, they’re down for everything.  I hope they’re down for this.  It’s a big ask, but I really hope that they like it.

So, what do you think of Roger as Andrew Cain thus far and how the storyline is beginning to take shape?  Are you excited to see how Franco becoming Drew (through the mind-mapping procedure) shakes up the canvas? Do you hope Drew returns to be Franco sooner than later? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Franco Looks In The Mirror … And Believing He Is Drew Kisses Kim

This week on General Hospital, viewers have seen that when Franco (Roger Howarth) awoke from his mind-mapping implantation  (thanks to Shiloh and Dr Cabot) he woke up saying that he is “Drew Cain”.  Thus, as far we know, Franco now carries the life and memories of Drew from 2012 and back, and as of now, has no trace of Franco’s memories.

When Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) and Drew (Billy Miller) try to make Franco understand in his confusion what transpired,  Liz brings a mirror to Franco to see his face, which makes this all the more terrifying for him.  Liz insists to him that she is wife, but he tells her that he is sorry but he does not recognize her.  Franco insists he is going to leave town and Drew asks him to please stay put, as Liz promises that they can reverse what happened to him.  But can Liz really promise that?

Later, Scorpio (Tristan Rogers) fills Sam (Kelly Monaco) and Jason (Steve Burton) in on what happened and how Franco now was implanted with Drew’s memories, which leaves them stunned.  That means Franco, who is one of the people Jason loathes most in the world – now believes he is Jason’t twin brother.

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Meanwhile, as Kim (Tamara Braun) and Julian (William deVry) prepare to leave Port Charles for Manhattan and start live anew, (so Kim can not be haunted by her life in Port Charles from the recent death of her son, Oscar) things are about to make a shocking turn … for her.

Back at GH, Liz is upset when Franco decides he must get out of his hospital room.  Liz is scared he will just skip town knowing he feels he has no ties there.  Drew reassures her that because he is a version of him, the pull will be way too strong for him to exit Port Charles.

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Kim is now at the hospital getting ready to turn in her resignation letter and runs into Franco.  He recognizes her and calls her “Kim!” You can tell he is quite smitten with her.  Kim is not sure why Franco is acting that way.  She announces she is leaving Port Charles to which he says he is going to come with her. She sees he has a hospital ID bracelet on, so she thinks something has happened.  Just then, Franco tells her about the first time Drew Cain and her met up! This shocks Kim  … and the next thing you know … he moves in for a major kiss and lip-lock as Drew and Liz look on.

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So, what do you think of the story turn thus far that has Franco now with Drew’s memories and with no trace of Franco? Share your thoughts on the twist via the comment section below!

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Constance Towers Returns To GH As Helena Cassadine … But Just How Does She Appear?

Now, any General Hospital fan knows that if there is skullduggery and evil going down, Helena Cassadine (whether dead or alive) is usually somehow involved when it comes to the lives of certain people in Port Charles.

And … some major storyline news from TV Line reveals that on next Monday’s August 19th episode of the ABC soap opera, Constance Towers reprises her role as the evil one herself … Helena!

Apparently, look for Helena to appear in a flashback with none other than Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) and about Drew Cain’s time in Afghanistan.  That scene might hold a key to just what Shiloh wants now that he has implanted Drew’s memories into Franco (Roget Howath), thanks to Dr. Cabot’s work.  But could what is revealed also relate to the story that will see Billy Miller (Drew) exit the canvas later this month? Stay tuned.

Viewers last saw Helena alive in story until November of 2016, but then she was part of Jake’s hallucinations that were a part of the chimera storyline that climaxed at the Nurses’ Ball back in May of 2017.

So what do you think Helena’s presence in a flashback will reveal? And, who is ultimately having that flashback? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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