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Kelly Monaco on Steve Burton's Exit From GH: "They're Wrapping Up A Nine-Year Relationship!"

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Photo Credit: Steven Bergman

Get ready JaSam fans!  General Hospital is prepping the exit storyline for Steve Burton (Jason Morgan) and that means it could spell the end of the road for Jason and Sam, or does it?   General Hospital’s Kelly Monaco (Sam) spoke to Access Hollywood.com about Burton’s impending exit, where Kelly admitted, “They’re wrapping up a nine-year relationship.”   Monaco also revealed she has an inkling of how Jason will exit Port Charles, and she said it’s likely to be “pretty dramatic.”

Kelly who is getting ready to hit the ballroom dance floor once again in the Dancing with the Stars All-Stars competition which begins a week from this coming Monday on ABC, says thinking about Burton’s last tape date is not easy! “Man, I haven’t even been able to cross that bridge yet. I don’t like goodbyes,” she said. “I’d like to think that he’s just gonna take a little vacation and come back. I know it might be wishful thinking.”

As Kelly begins to pull double-duty, (at a time where she originally thought her workload would be lessened at GH for DWTS prior to the news of Burton’s exit) she sat down with Access Hollywood for a video interview with her dance partner, Val Chmerkovskiy.  Watch the video after the jump, and then let us know how you feel the writers should wrap up Sam and Jason’s story to facilitate Burton’s finale? And if you are Team Kelly all the way to win DWTS?

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Awww Steve and Kelly have such a great friendship and working relationship. While I am not a JaSam fan, I am certinly going to miss their chemistry.

However, I am happy for Steve and the decision he mde for himself and his family and I am also exemely excited to see Kelly on DWTS once again! 🙂 I will endlessly voting for her.

I will vote for her too

I love Steve Burton he was my Ma’s favorite. I hope hes going on extended vacation. So our Jason door will be open. Best of luck with those scenes, Kelly. Do your best but I’m Team Kelly!

what about team jason as well

I love Jason and Sam! I hope that they reunite and find their son. Steve and Kelly have an amazing and rare chemistry that just captivates you and pulls you in. Together they have created an epic soap couple and portrayed a memorable love story. I will miss seeing them onscreen together. I hope JaSam and their son will have time to bond as a family before Steve leaves. I wish the best of luck to Steve in his future endeavors and I am completely 100% Team Kelly for DWTS. I’m so excited to watch her compete again. Best of luck to both Steve and Kelly!

that is so awsome

I used to be a JaSam fan, but the longer they were together, the less I liked them. The final straw was when Jason couldn’t/wouldn’t accept Sam’s baby and basically asked her to abort. That was it…DONE.

Not going to miss Jason and I hope Sam moves on with John. He at least would respect and accept her.

I could not agree with you more! Amen!

Yes I agree! Wrap this Jason exit up fast! Its already gone stale!

dont agree…but o well.

Oh !! Rig*ht !!! Because he respected the supposed love of his life & the Mother of his baby so well!!!!!!! He is a male Ho!! I like his character, but let’s be honest he has not been loyal to any of the women he supposedly loved or was involved with.

slit he loved his female girlfriends is liz and carly and sam

you are so wrong about that John mcbain his name on the show is silas clay
no one respect steve burton like that he is my best friend

I can’t believe you’re reading posts from a year ago!

I will miss Steve Burton as Jason because he is a large part of GH. Although I wish him the best of luck with his future I will miss the character of Jason. Hope the door stays open for a return some day. His last day won’t be a happy one for me.

I definitely agree Joan….watching Jason leave GH is gonna be hard for all us die hard GH fans….I wish Steve Burton the best of luck in everything he attempts & I hope they leave the door open for him to come back if things don’t work out for him down in Tennessee…GOD BLESS ya Steve & you will be missed….<3

you are so right about that

Steve B is at the heart of this show. It’s going to have an ’empty spot’ when he’s gone. At first, I was not a Jasam fan, but I am now. They are ‘real’….both Jason and Sam are guarded with their feelings and to see them together, the chemistry just works. It’s going to be a very sad day indeed. I prefer to go with what Kelly said and think that he’s just going to be on extended leave. I wish Kelly the very best on DWTS. She’s been my fave from all the seasons. I hope she wins again. It’s great exposure for GH and soaps in general. Long live GH!

Dis agree he is not the heart of the show! Yor are insulting not only the rest of the cast but GH fans that have been with the show from the start! He might think he is but I don’t! The heart is the Hospital and the cast around it. IMO He along with the characters Sonny, and Carly took it away from the Hospital. Along with JFP and Guza. I remember when he was in that accident and he went from a Quatermaine to a Morgan and Luke introduced Sonny a saw a change in the soap that a loved and was forced to tune out when all I saw was three faces on the screen and gone where the GH vets sacrificed to give them more airtime! I am finally loving it again because it is going back to the HEART of the show!

I have been watching General Hospital sensor 1960’s. I’m not insulting anyone not insulting anyone …he is an integral part of the. show . Jmo

Val and Kelly are going to look so hot on the dance floor together! Team Kelly all the way this year on DWTS.
I have no clue how they are going to send Jason out but the fans deserve something great so I have high hopes.

It’s said that we’re losing “JaSam” after all of these years, but I cannot stand Jason as a stand-alone character. I’m kind of happy he’s departing the series. Now he needs to take Sonny with him.

Sooo agree on this!! Carly too!

not nice they make the show…geez

No they almost tanked the show…..smh

Jan: Go away. if you cannot handle opinions, go away.

Remedy: I love Carly, especially with Laura Wright in the role!

Well Jason has Spinelli ck. the dna results …And will confirm that Sam’s baby isn’t dead….And in the process find out that he is the father not his crazy brother Franco…. Reveal all this too Sam & make her & him very happy….Then Jason has to come back to every so often to his son….And doesn’t blame Jason for the death of her son & couldn’t sign the divorce papers…..That’s why she ran over his apt. to tell him but saw Jason kissing Elizabeth ……I think everything will end on a happy note & it will be intense……………….I don’t know about Sam getting together with John???? I wish Steve Burton the best of everything and his wife & children..They can spend some quality time together…….Hope to see him back in Port Charles for a long visit !!!!!!

Kelly and Steve’s chemistry works together so well in portraying JaSam in love or in angst. I’m going with Kelly’s way of coping which is hoping that Steve is just going on an extended vacation and that he will be back one day to spread some Stelly Magic for the JaSam fans on
screen in the future.

Here’s hoping RC writes JaSam something befitting the love their portrayer’s have showcased in such an adorable way over the years as a parting gift to their fans.

Of course wishing Kelly the best for DWTS!

I will miss Steve Burton. He has been a huge part of GH for so many year’s. I love Sam with John McBain . When those two look into each other’s eye’s up close I see a passion I never noticed with her and Jason. When Jason is gone I will miss his character but I will be able to carry on with Sam and John. Those two are red hot together. If Steve were to stay and continued on with Elizabeth he would of had a boring storyline. Miss goody two shoes is a bore. She never could accept Jason being in the mob. She didn’t want him around her kid’s. I don’t know why she is even pursuing him. Somehow I can’t see Jason getting out of her bed and grabbing his gun to go kill someone for Sonny.

Not sure Sam being with John ?????? The other day John looked at a picture of Natalie & Liam that he carry’s with him all the time…..If he is with Sam he can’t simply forget them….Natalie & Liam are alway’s in John’s mind….Are a big chunk of his life…

For sure! John had a 9-year relationship with Natalie, too! And it’s not over, he’s still in love with her! So Melissa Archer as Natalie has simply GOT to come to GH!

John will be torn between Natalie & Sam……Plus he has a son now….Sticky situation……………

You have better hopes then I, I just dont see anything that shes coming.
I think its perfect storyline but still many like myself well, I dont like Sam without Jason although they were dry as a couple.

I wish Steve all the best and will miss his “relationship” with Kelly. It would be good to recast Jason because GH has lost so many Quartermaines. With regards to Kelly on DWTS I won’t be watching because I’m boycotting ABC except for GH. Won’t vote online either because votes are counted as viewers.

The chemistry is between Mcbain and Sam!

I wonder if it will last…………………….

I will miss SB. And I will not enjoy John and Sam at all. Especially since John has destroyed his own family for no reason.

They could alway’s kiss & make-up…..That’s Natalie & John….Work threw their problems like they alway’s have…………John helps Sam because when she is a damsel in distress…..Rememeber what Natalie did about the baby thing !!! She lied to John..They alway’s found their way back together..

I will miss Steve Burton. I have liked his ‘pairing’ with just about everyone he comes into contact with – including the bromances!

I am Team Kelly all the way!

I alway’s liked John w/natalie …… They were really very passionate on OLTL………

After nine years and its over, dont see she’ll have much of anything with John in my strong opinion. I also think fans arent going for it so they’re gone.
General Hospital needed Sonny & Jason as a team, dont see much of future without it.

Wishing SB the very best with his family. I will miss the chemistry between him and and Sam and no one could talk to him like Molly. I just hope they RC let him leave on a happy note, and noway will I look a Sam and McPain pairing can’t stomach it.

I agree Jason & Sam deserve to be a family with their son before Steve Burton leaves.
Wouldn’t be able to stomach Sam & McBain together.
Hope Steve Burton isn’t gone for long don’t want Jason Morgan to miss to much of his son’s life like he did with his late son Jake.

Ummm gotta say for some of the suppose great John and how he is with Sam fans. As a MASSIVE fan of Kelly/Sam how the hell can anybody want her with his lame ass. If you watched OLTL he aint neva do ish for his girlfriend ever. WAIT HE CHEATED ON THEM. Thats what John does to his girlfriends. And this dude tossed away his family cause they weren’t around. So now we r suppose to want Sam stuck in that. REALY So you want her in some dumb ass fight over John instead of living a life free of drama with her son and a new unclaimed guy. PS Gnat is coming to GH Frank all but said it. Best storyline for Sam after everything with JaSam and their baby chill out love your son be man free for a while. Cause ugly John aint worth it

I don’t think John is ugly…..Sam & Jason might have their happy ending.. Spinelli investagation about Sam’s baby which Jason told him to find out about..The blood test doesn’t match HMMMMMMMM….The truth will come out & maybe Jason & Sam will ride out in the sunset together..Or not ……Or just Jason and it will end on a happy note…I didn’t read were Natalie is coming to GH?????? Where did you read this??? I alway’s liked John with Natalie & never considered anyone else…

I will truly miss Steve playing our beloved Jason Morgan. He has really carried the show in
a big way all these years. I’ve enjoyed watching him all of his 21 years on GH. But my all time
favorite story lines have been these past 9 years when the heart throb Jason Morgan met and fell
deeply in love with the beautiful Sam Mc Call!! What a hot and magnetizing couple they have
been. I’ve watched GH for many many years, and the JASAM COUPLE have had the most funny,
adventurest, exciting, and HOTTEST story lines on the show, until the writers broke them up this year!
I really hope that they have Jason and Sam, along with their own little baby reunite before Steve leaves
the show!!!! We will truly miss you Steve, and our favorite Jason Morgan character. When you do
leave, there will be sooooooo many tears shed from your true fans. Please come back someday…..

You are truly loved and will be terribly missed, from one of your many many fans.

I’m hoping that the writers will please write a very beautiful love story,
reuniting Sam and Jason with their baby son for a special ending to the
JASAM LOVE STORY IT’S BEEN FOR 9 YEARS! Please do this for all
the Jasm fans that have so patiently waited for this great couple to marry
and have their own child. No matter what, I’m sure sooooooooo many
tears will be shed saying goodbye to our beloved Jason Morgan, and our
beautiful JASAM COUPLE. Get this family together with so much love and
happiness before Steve leaves the show! What a sad day it’s going to be….

Writers, Ron Carlivati, please do this for all the devoted Jasam fans.

wish steve all the best have loved him all these years but best with same!! writers do right by them give us one jasam episode PLEASE!!kelly is awesome voting for you girl! 30 yrs l’ve watched since new writers watching the show slip away hoping jasam moment so i’ll stay and always love the action scorpios, luke laura,brenda sonny, now show is slowing getting away from good characters carlie come back to action gh and super cassidine story lines good historly use it. WILL MISS YOU STEVE!!! PLEASE BE A LONG VACATION

Definately Team Kelly! I have been a Jasam fan right from the beginnig. They have been the best couple on any soap for a very long time. Wishing Steven luck, but I will miss him on GH. May the door always be open for his return.

steve you are the best person on this show and you are breaking kellys heart apparently you dont realize that…. I am honestly happy for you but do you know how many times I have cried to certain parts like the two times sam lost her baby and how much shit you and kelly have been through on the show…. you and sonny maurice are the two main characters in this show and without you its gonna suck because maurice isnt good without you….anyways good luck with your future I just hope you come back for jasams future….
love ya your great fan

i just hope they don`t kill jason off,he is such a wonderful actor.the show will never be the same.he is such a sweet natured person who truly loves his family , definitely a good man.hope you the best in your future endeavors.one of your biggest fans, marnie from indep, mo. GOOD LUCK!

If Jason is killed off and not going to be replaced, I’m not watching General Hospital anymore and I have watched for many, many years.
Seems everybody who leaves, for whatever reason, has to be killed. There’s got to be something better for people who exit General Hospital.

P xxx at I miss
Kelly Monica. She is t he only one who can play Sam on GH

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Sunday is Father’s Day, and it’s the time when many soap stars and celebrities take to social media to give love and shout outs to their dads.

In an another post that got General Hospital fans to take notice, two-time Daytime Emmy-winner Bryan Craig (ex-Morgan Corinthos) dropped a blast from the past photo of himself alongside Maurice Benard (Sonny). Accompanying the photo, Bryan wrote: ‘Happy Father’s Day” Maurice Benard.

The post on X comes on the heels of a previous response by Craig to a post on Frank Valentini’s (executive producer, General Hospital) comment to On the Red Carpet, where he revealed that this summer, “A former cast member is coming back. And I think that the audience will go crazy for HIM.” In response, Craig teased, “Who could it be…”

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Now on Sunday responses to Craig’s post were met with varied responses from GH fans from “Stop playing with us” to “Now you’re just trolling us, lol. We really need you back right now.”  Still others took it as a potential confirmation that Craig is the mystery man on his way back to General Hospital stating, “I hope you’re going to back to GH!” to “Can’t wait!”

Craig last appeared on GH from 2013-2016 and made a brief return in 2018. Since departing GH, Bryan has appeared in numerous TV and film projects including: Freeform’s Good Trouble and ABC’s Grand Hotel.

So, is Bryan Craig yanking GH viewers chain, or is he slyly teasing us, because he knows he is the one returning to the ABC soap opera? Weigh-in on your theories below.

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A week ago, at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, many of your favorite soap opera stars took to the red carpet prior to the telecast on CBS and streaming on Paramount + and posed for pictures for the paparazzi and several spoke to the media before going inside and taking in the ceremonies and rooting on their castmates and shows.

While on the red carpet, Michael Fairman TV interviewed those who stopped performers who stopped by and those we could catch on the action-packed bustling arrivals. All of the video interviews are now posted and complete on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel.

Look for conversations with Days of our Lives, Tamara Braun (Ava), Suzanne Rogers (Maggie) with Rob Scott Wilson (Alex) and Paul Telfer (Xander), Dan Feuerriegel (EJ), Greg Rikaart (Leo), and Eric Martsolf (Brady) with wife Lisa and their twin sons, Chase and Mason.

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Stopping by to chat from General Hospital were Maura West (Ava) and Finola Hughes (Anna), and from The Bold and the Beautiful, Thorsten Kaye (Ridge) and his daughter, McKenna, Annika Noelle (Hope), Kimberlin Brown (Sheila) and John McCook (Eric) and his wife, Laurette.

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From The Young and the Restless, Peter Bergman (Jack), Courtney Hope (Sally), Christian LeBlanc and Tracey Bregman (Michael and Lauren), Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea), Michael Mealor (Kyle), Melissa Ordway (Abby), Kate Linder (Esther) and Bryton James (Devon), and making their first appearance on a Daytime Emmy red carpet were Neighbours stars: Stefan Dennis, Annie Jones and Georgie Stone.

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Below is the complete playlist of 2024 Daytime Emmy Red Carpet interviews. Make sure to check them out. Then let us know who you loved seeing and hearing from the most via the comment section below.

 

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GH’s Evan Hofer Talks Life for Dex After Sonny’s Beatdown, Giovanni Mazza, and If Josslyn is Love Endgame

General Hospital’s Dex Heller (Evan Hofer) has been at the epicenter of Sonny Corinthos’ (Maurice Benard) paranoia, which led to the beatdown of Sonny’s former right hand man.

Now, Dex is licking his wounds, and trying to move on with his life after joining the PCPD; following attempting to move away from working for the mob and under Sonny’s thumb. Problem is, Dex has a soft spot for Sonny. Meanwhile, looks like there still may be a future for Dex and Josslyn (Eden McCoy) as the two are trying to mend their once-fractured relationship.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Evan Hofer at the 51st annual Daytime Creative Arts and Lifestyle Emmys (in which Hofer was a presenter during the ceremonies), to discuss the current life and times of his Port Charles alter-ego.

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Evan has now gotten to see and feel first-hand what is like working in soaps and television, when you have to wear prosthetics on your face after Sonny accosted Dex at Brook Lynn and Chase’s wedding reception.

Hofer recalled the experience. “Our makeup team is incredible. Priscilla, my makeup artist is just so talented. She layered silicone every day so she could control the swelling, so that way, she would have control over how it looked as it progressed and, you know, decreased, increased,” Hofer revealed. “She was incredible and very, very detailed.”

Paying a nod to actors who have to take on TV or movie roles where they have to wear complete facial prosthetics, Evan shared, “I do not envy people who wear full face prosthetics. I think my longest tape day was probably seven hours in it. I got a little claustrophobic. It does cause you to have a lack of of depth perception, which is a rough one.”

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Hofer weighed-in on if he thinks Dex will ever turn in Sonny and press charges against him for his character’s recent beatdown. “I hope he doesn’t. It’s hard though, because he loves him (Sonny) and that’s the problem,” stated Evan. “That’s what we do with people we love. It’s almost an abusive parent relationship, isn’t it? I have this theory that Dex almost feels like he deserves these things.”

Now might be the time for the GH writers to explore more of Dex’s backstory which could include a backstory of abuse. “I really would love them to. I think it’d be incredible,” hoped Evan. However, he added, “I’m just grateful for whatever I get to do every day and excited for whatever story we get to tell.  Something like The Departed – undercover with the mob- would be cool (for a storyline), and then everybody’s wondering which side I’m on the whole time.”

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Is there hope for Dex and Josslyn fans that they will still may be each other’s love endgame? Hofer teased, “I think they start spending a little more time together, but who knows what’ll happen. You never know on a soap opera. Maybe Dex’s evil twin will show up and steal Josslyn away.”

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A few months back, Evan shared some major scenes with the one and only Finola Hughes (Anna). In story, Dex admits he was going to kill Cyrus on Sonny’s orders. Hofer shared it was a big moment for him since his time being on GH. “What an honor to get to do those scenes with Finola. I had only worked with her once before and that was when Dex broke her out of prison and he got shot the first time,” recalls Hofer. “She’s all about working the scenes ahead of time, which I am, too. We got to get a lot of reps in and when we get up there on stage, she’s incredibly affecting. I’ll kind of have an idea of maybe of how the scene will go, and then I’ll just look in her eyes and suddenly I am just so in a different space that she’s pulled me into. In those scenes, having Dex feel like someone cares about him was really beautiful.”

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Recently, Giovanni Mazza premiered as Gio. In Hofer’s first on-screen scenes with Mazza, the two talk about Gio’s dad having been in the military and Dex’s experience in the Army and serving in Afghanistan.

This raised some GH viewers eyebrows to what if the two characters could somehow be related? Perhaps, brothers? Evan responded to those inquiring minds, “Oh, I don’t know. We look pretty alike. There is the military connection. I think it’ll be interesting. Those first scenes we had together were incredible. I was so excited to work with Geo. He couldn’t be any nicer really. He’s an incredible person. He’s so easy to be around. We hang out outside of work all the time, already.”

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Does Evan think there will come a day where Jason (Steve Burton), Dex and Sonny will all be working together on the same side, and thus, Sonny will have both his former henchman at his disposal?  While Hofer doesn’t know what’s coming down the pike, he expressed, “It’s been incredible to have Steve around. He’s a really wonderful man. I’d only met him on Zoom previously to him coming back.  I hope we get to work together more. We got one batch of scenes together and I hope we get to do more soon.”

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As to what GH viewers should be on the lookout for in the weeks ahead, Evan teased, “We’ll see what Joss and Dex get into, and we’ll see what happens within the police department.”

So, are you rooting for Dex and Joss? Do you want Dex back working for Sonny, or hope he stays with the PCPD? Would you want to see more of Dex’s backstory explored? Comment below.

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