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MONDAY: Steve Burton To Appear On THE TALK With Big Announcement!

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Looks like soap fans will finally get the answer as to when General Hospital favorite and Daytime Emmy winner, Steve Burton will begin to air on The Young and the Restless when he makes a very special appearance on this Monday’s episode of the hit daytime talk show, The Talk on CBS!

According to an official tweet from The Talk’s twitterfeed, they broke the news of Burton’s special guest appearance a few hours ago stating:  “BIG NEWS: Daytime star @1SteveBurton appearing on #TheTalk this Monday w/ a special announcement! Tune in 1/7 2pm ET, 1pm PT/CT Don’t miss!”

Many are also hoping that Burton will reveal the part he will play in Genoa City upon confirming he is joining Y&R.  Speculation has been running high that he is going to play Avery’s ex-hubby, although that has not been confirmed “officially”.

So soapers, will you be checking in To The Talk to find out what happens during Steve’s special  announcement?  Let us know!

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Sal Piscioneri
Sal Piscioneri

what a slap in the puss. he is appearing on a show that airs in most markets the same time GH is on the screen:<(
This says allot to me.
I will not watch, I'll be watching GH as I have since 1963……..
see ya SB……next he'll be on Kattie:<(

Suzanne
Suzanne

Not me…I hate what Carlavati has done to GH…..it’s his fault for bringing the idiots over from OLTL. I have already started to watch Y&R and I will continue. The day that Starr came on GH I started watching it on DVR so I could FF her.

Torrey
Torrey

I quit watching and supporting GH because I got so sick of GH fans complaining about the OLTL characters being a part of the show…. I can’t wait for the day when OLTL is on, and the fans of the show can have our characters back, and the GH fans that are all in an uproar can go back to watching Sonny 24/7 and all of the crime-mob mess that you enjoy so much.

Suzanne
Suzanne

Well Torrey, you seem to forget that because we are having these OLTL idiots shoved down our throats, we no lnger get to see Nancy Lee Grahn (an Emmy winning actress whose talent knows no bounds), Haley Pullos (who is the best younger actress GH has had since Kimberly McCullough), Kelly Monaco (supposedly a lead actress) and countless other GH regulars. Last timeI checked Molly and Alexis were not in the mob!! Sorry OLTL could never hold my interest other than Dorian, Bo and Marty.

diane fivecoats
diane fivecoats

the only idiots are the ones ones who think the actors from oltl are idiots

Suzanne
Suzanne

You must be high or something..lol.

Elise
Elise

Torrey, if you’re sick of fans complaining online (which is EXACTLY what you’re doing!), then stop going on all these soap news sites.

I have zero respect for people who claim “I stopped watching because of blah blah blah”. So you weren’t a real fan after all, so why are you still talking about a soap you don’t watch anymore? As a true fan and I stick through it all (yes, even when storylines aren’t so great, there is such a thing called DVR), and to see people brew such negativity is saddening. I’ve seen people still complain YEARS after they claimed they’ve stopped watching, talk about being bitter…

Not everyone can be happy with what happens and that’s normal (personally I find GH to be as good as it ever was in the past 10 years), but why always threaten to quit watching, or stop watching altogether? You can voice your dislikes, complain, but say you stop watching? Do you all threaten your husbands with divorce every time he doesn’t shut the toilet seat? Sheesh…

Rant over, but I do have to say that what Steve Burton is doing is NOT COOL. I’ve lost a lot of respect for this guy; if you were unhappy with the deal at GH, own up and say you decided to leave because of it, not the whole “I want to be closer to my family in Nashville”, only to turn around and go on YR.

su0000
su0000

You can watch the Talk online 24hrs a day via any internet device.. 🙂

Janelle
Janelle

That was my Excat thought as well. No I will not be watching. For what? So he can say he’s going to YR and give another slap in the face to the GH fans? No thank you! Had he been a bit more honest I might have felt differently.

susan
susan

i agree totally a 100% slap in the face to gh fans, why? if he wanted to go
to y&r why not just say so i love steve aka jason morgan on GH

am very disappointed in the way he handled his leaving at gh in which he had
every right to for the move to his family in TN but to go to y&R which is also
filmed in ca just why not stay with GH

he will not last in that role look at aka laura from gh and diane aka carly from
atwt when you have LOYAL FANS who watch you weekly in the same role
for years it is very hard for them to except you on another soap playing another role—- just my opinion

maybe he had that planned all along and just did not want to say anything
negative about GH even though he made his fan base there

i will not watch him on y&R and will not watch the talk monday to see his big
interview to promote coming to y&R, do not watch the talk anyway
and am very upset with steve burton, gh will be 50 yrs old in april
and he should have stayed at least for that reason alone

and he needs to remember that is where he got started and in my opinion
built his fan base

and will fast forward thru or change channels when he is on y&R!!

sorry steve but u just lost one huge fan of 22 yrs

Jeffrey Anderson
Jeffrey Anderson

I agree with you,my friend… slap in the butt from Steve Burton, I thought he was supposed to spent time with his own family.

leslie mar
leslie mar

Not now, not ever! I hope Y&R is boycotted by all loyal GH fans. Burton is a liar and JFP is a terrible writer. I don’t get how he can do this to the show that made him and his many many loyal fans.

Barbara White
Barbara White

Unless he is going to say that his going to the Y&R is just a ugly nasty rumor I don’t care what else he could possibly have to say.

tim
tim

Oh gee,he’s appearing on a “CBS” daytime talk show to make a big announcement,I wonder whatever could it be?

louisa
louisa

No.

Christine
Christine

I won’t be watching The Talk – never have, never will.

And I don’t care how people get mad because he left General Hospital. He is his own person – he can do what he wants.

However, I am all for Steve joining Y&R provided no more current talent at Y&R is shown the door to accommodate him AND provided that he is not paired with Victoria! Now that Billy Miller is staying, I want Billy and Victoria to stay together. Steve most likely will not have chemistry with Jessica Collins – something just tells me. I suppose he could end up with Phyllis or Chelsea as I do not see Adam in the picture much longer. But if he is new to Genoa City then he will probably, unfortunately, have to make a stop by Sharon’s bed. 🙁

To be brutally honest, other than General Hospital and the movie Steve made with Robert Redford all those years ago, I have never seen him play any other character. I just hope he can be written as someone other than Jason on Y&R.

Terri
Terri

I agree with you! Steve needed to make a change, has moved to Nashville to be with Family (where Scott Reeves lives and Jonathan Jackson )and can commute from there. Going to another show , is a bonus. We all have dvrs so i will be checking out Y&R (used to watch every day as well) and will never stop watching GH . Over the years many actor changes have happened and we have loved all of them as well. I have been a fan of GH since L&L on the run days and will be forever. I am a fan of Steve and that will continue as well.
God bless Steve and what ever he choses to do!

Laurie
Laurie

Agree with you both. I am sure he is coming on TV to say what I guess he’s going too he’s going to Y&R but better to say on TV then send a tweet and not face the music so to speak. I will miss him on GH but hey, it’s his life and may he be wished the best in anything he does. I love GH, I am not sure I will watch Y&R but thats Ok..I hope he does well! Geez…hope if I ever change jobs I dont have the world hate me 🙁

Mary SF
Mary SF

Avery had an ex-husband and the guy she had the affair with, so depending on which one SB is playing- he will start off with her, chemistry or not. Personally I like the idea of Sharon with the New York cop they just introduced. He would be someone totally different for her, someone more down to earth. He is also the only new cast member that I have liked, only wish he had more screen time.

aria
aria

wow, this is all so stupid, or they think we are stupid, he’s going on a cbs show to make a special announcement that what? he’s a trader! i’ve lost all respect for steve burton, big deal, so he’ll join y&r, Jill Faren Phelps will be happy, and who really cares anymore, talk about the worst kept secret/betrayal.

susan
susan

1005 RIGHT!!!

Norma Wilder
Norma Wilder

HELL NO!!! IF HE GOES TO Y&R I HAVE LOST EVERY BIT OF RESPECT FOR STEVE BURTON THAT I HAD AND I WILL NEVER EVER WATCH HIS BAND PORT CHUECK AGAIN. WHAT A SLAP IN THE FACE TO ALL HIS LOYAL FANS.

aria
aria

he’s going to have to rename his band, to ‘trader’ or jfp bitch!

susan
susan

i could not have said it better!!!!

Kristen
Kristen

No. I have no interest in seeing Steve Burton on The Talk or on Y&R. No offense to Steve. I’m sure he’s a nice enough guy. But Y&R has become unrecognizable the last few weeks with all the new cast editions and set changes. The first couple changes were nice and refreshing but it’s gone too far. So disappointing.

Mike
Mike

Wow! This feels kind of like a low blow to GH…

susan
susan

yeah mike feel the same way

Dave
Dave

They say to a little ego is a good thing. But this guy is just out for himself.

Savannah
Savannah

Who, exactly, SHOULD he be out for? I’m a fan but I surely do not raise his kids or pay his bills.

Good for him. Carlivati obviously doesn’t know his backside from a hole in the ground and I’ve lost interest in GH after 30 years of watching. I support any of the veteran castmembers who leave and find new opportunities to utlize their talent. Soaps are almost a thing of the past and they shouldn’t let their livelihood be dependant on “loyalty”. If the execs chose to fire Burton they sure wouldn’t have let loyalty stop ’em.

Mel
Mel

I will watch it.

KateK
KateK

So, he didn’t leave GH so his family could move to a nice little town. He left GH cause he was tired of playing the same character for years & wanted something new. If he was going back to GH, he wouldn’t announce it, or he would on the View on ABC. I like GH better since he left, Im glad AJ is back. Gives Michael,Sonny, & the girls more to do.

Ces
Ces

I don’t miss him on GH so go on to Y&R if you’d like. I’m not going to watch Y&R anytime soon; it’s always been a boring show. Lots of great characters & actors to love & support on GH!

Sound
Sound

Acting is a job. I do not understand why people are upset with SB because he decided to take another job. His life. His family. His decision. He doesn’t need to ask for our approval.

Mitchell1660
Mitchell1660

Geez, finally someone I can agree with! He left one job to go to another one! So what?! He probably got tired of playing the same character, day in and day out. Don’t other people get tired of their jobs and start looking for a fresh start? I know I’ve done it a few times. IT’S A JOB. THAT’S IT. Sometimes I think these “fans” really are FANatical…!

Savannah
Savannah

This! Who did he “betray”? Not me! I follow Burton’s Twitter feed and he posts pics all the time of his son’s football team practices…IN TENESSEE lol. He didn’t lie. He just didn’t say he would be open to other soap roles!

rebecca
rebecca

agree

SZima
SZima

It’s not that Steve took another job…it’s that he wasn’t up front about it. All the “cover” stories as to why he was leaving GH were obviously just that…cover stories.

If Steve had just been honest about why he was leaving, I think people would have been more understanding. Twenty years is a long time to play the same role and I certainly would have understood if he had just said it was time to move on to another role.

Since he and JFP are such good buddies, I was not surprised by this move. I just think it’s funny that The Talk is making it sound like there is a “surprise” announcement when it’s been public knowledge for weeks now. Sorta like when Kelly Ripa made the “surprise” announcement that Michael Strahan was going to be her new co-host.

Sound
Sound

Do we ever know the “real” reason that someone leaves? Perhaps he was unhappy with the new writers. Maybe he was asked to take a pay cut. And lets not forget that he did actually sell his house and move to TN. All he really had to say when asked if he was leaving GH was “yes.”

Mary SF
Mary SF

Sometimes the public doesn’t have the full story, often actors are pushed out, but in order to receive a big paid out they are bound by a legal agreement never to reveal the real cause. I am not saying this was the case, but sometimes we just don’t know. Also, he may had every intention of doing what he said he was going to do and his friend JFP talked him into this as a favor for her. But even if he did it like so many think he did, with lies- the old adage of to err is human to forgive divine comes to mind.

susan
susan

agree with you 100%

MaryAnn Robertson
MaryAnn Robertson

I agree with you !! I also watch Y & R so it will be nice to see him on there. But I will not be watching the Talk because GH is on at the same time 🙂

Ces
Ces

agree!! They become actors to play different characters after all.

J.R.
J.R.

GH is better off without him. The only storyline left for him was to get his memory back as Jason Q and he refused to do it. Most actors like to mix up their character and test their acting chops but SB seemed content wearing a black tshirt, flashing a gun and blinking. I wish him the best but really have no interest watching him on Y&R. Is it really a surprise that JFP hired her favorite GH pet after getting rid of vets like Genie and not inviting Tristan back as originally planned?

Nancy
Nancy

I do not like big fat liars. He left GH with the lame excuse he wanted to spend time with his family. I watch Y&R but this might make me not watch it anymore and especially since I cannot stand JFP.

susan
susan

i agree nancy what a liar and he should have been honest

su0000
su0000

I hate to mention this but;
Steve B is not anyone’s property and needs no permission to further his career anyway he sees fit to 🙂 and if or if not some won’t watch Y&R (ya sure) I’d bet he could care less and your loss not his LOL 🙂
If SB can run some out , so to say, then he has a lot of power over ya lol 🙂

I’m looking forward to see SB portraying a different character ;….
…………………. he is no longer Jason ..

Iakovos
Iakovos

Good luck, Steve Burton. As an actor or any working person, he can seek out/choose his opportunities. If he felt GH was not the place for him, he left. f Y&R and JFP made him an offer, well he accepted it. I love my shows and characters as much as th enext fan, but shows evolve, actors leave, roles are recast. I hope Y&R can accommodate Burton as the show failed us and Maura West, Jennifer Landon, Gene Francis, Debbie Morgan, and others. Let’s hope Y&R and Burton are better for this development. GH will go on successfully without Jason Morgan (or with a recast down the road). I will watch and follow both serials.

MaryAnn Robertson
MaryAnn Robertson

Amen !! 🙂

Elhu
Elhu

I loved Steve Burton as Jason for the better part of the last 21 years, and I truly miss his presence on GH, and my choice would be to have him return to GH, BUT as I have said on this site before, and as others mentioned above, we all make career choices that are best for us and our families, so why should Steve Burton not be afforded that same choice? Plain and simple, it is his right to do what he believes is best for he and his family. I also believe Steve did not want to hurt any of his loyal GH fans, and that he truly thought this out before the choice was made. I also think that there is more than meets the eye to this, as it is quite possible that he was “asked” to keep quiet about his move to Y&R for x amount of time, or maybe there is another reason that is between Steve, TPTB at GH and Y&R. Either way, I think it is a smart move for him to appear on a talk show to make his announcement, and maybe smooth over some ruffled feathered fans at the same time. I am not so happy at the irony that he is appearing on a show that is opposite GH, but that is scheduling, and something he has no control over, and I am sure he was probably “asked” to appear on The Talk by JFP as a very smart PR move. He seems like a genuinely kind, caring, family man, and I wish him all the best. I will tivo The Talk and look forward to what he has to say, and I will watch him on Y&R also. Again, I would prefer that he go back to Port Charles, but since that is not in his best interest right now, I am happy to see him somewhere, rather than not at all. I adore him with Sam, but I can see him with the actress who plays Avery on Y&R also. Wishing you much success Steve!!!

Elhu
Elhu

Also, this coming week on GH, John McBain gives Sam the news that Faison shot and killed Jason, so she will now work on accepting this. Again, that closure storyline coinciding with Steve’s Y&R announcement is probably not coincidental, and to me, could possibly point to his being “asked” not to discuss his move for a period of time.

k/kay
k/kay

Very good point remember when Trevor St John told everyone no one asked him to come back to OLTL and he was in the final shot. I liked it better when the audience was not tipped off on every little thing. He told everyone he was leaving and he did ,he told everyone he was moving his family and he did, I do not think he ever said I will never accept a job on another soap. I would however demand not to wear black t/shirts over there. Lol

judy
judy

lol…they didn’t find the body so i assume Jason floated 125 miles down the river hitting his face on rocks and wood floating on top…someone found him and has been nursing him back to health his face destroyed and his memory gone…alas a wonderful doctor has pity on him and gives him a new face and a new name (Mortimer)..he accidentally wanders into Port Charles falls in love with Sam, who has moves on with John. Just before John and Sam’s wedding all of Jason’s memories come back to him..He crashes the wedding declaring his love for Sam, but she is in love with John now.Mortimer pulls out his glock, shoots at John but kills Sam instead..Now Mortimer is so young and restless he leaves Port Charles and moves to Genoa City and becomes a monk.

Mary SF
Mary SF

This is for Judy- you realize you just made some poor writer throw away a year’s worth of story line because you reveal everything they were going to do. I don’t know what your line of work is Judy- but I think you missed your calling as soap opera writer- all up to last line, I would have watch a story like that. Too funny.

Brenda
Brenda

Totally agree.

heidi
heidi

Well said Elhu!!! Totally agree with you!!! Tired of the nasty rants!

Steve has every right to do what is best for him, his family and his career. I love GH and I love the character Jason. Would have been over the moon to have him come back as Jason Q. I even think it would have been fun to see him as Jason Q be with Carly. However it does look like he is going to Y&R and he will be great there too… unless the writing and character are not done well. If JFP cares about him… you would hope she won’t let that happen. They must have trust there and that is great for him. As for the Talk… can’t stand that show but will watch his small segment as they give the saop stars a very short segment. I am sure Michael will be kind enough to get the clip and put it up on the site.

Best of luck to Steve and Y&R!!!

Savannah
Savannah

I completely agree with those supporting Burton’s right to make any decision he see’s fit. He owed GH NOTHING and he never said he was done with soaps. He said he wanted to try new things after 21 years in the same roll. None of us know the particulars of his contract or his plans with his family. I know he did indeed move to TB as he’s proudly been sharing photos of his time coaching his son’s new junior league footballs team there. We have no idea what lead to this decision or how he will conduct his family life with it.

If I feel “betrayed” by anything its ABC and the producers at GH for allowing a show I’ve been a fan of for 30 years to be revamped and butchered to the point where its stye is unrecognizeable. OFCOURSE changes needed to happen. But RC has no respect for who these characters were built to be and why fans loved them. I barely recognize any of my favorites at this point and he’s turned it into HIS show, not the fans. Dragging out long gone vets doesn’t impress me when the writing doesn’t deserve their time and talent.

Haven’t watched Y&R in a couple years, but I do believe I’ll give it another shot in hopes THEY will write for this man the way RC refused to.

Sandy
Sandy

I don’t care what he had to say on a show that is on when GH
IS on! A SLAP IN THE FACE!!!! So much for country living! He
should have been honest with his fans! GH should announce
they’re getting a new Jason on MONDAY!!! The part of Jason
Morgan will now be played by….,,,,,

su0000
su0000

LOL Steve owes nobody nothing and surly no explanations for he does with his life..
He’s moving on and I’m gonna be watching him SB, Y&R..
It is time for him try new challenges before he is too old to become anything more than Jason Morgan..
🙂

susan
susan

true but he will lose alot of his fan base as i feel like he should have been honest with his fans at least maybe he could not say at the time he left gh
but u know he may regret his move to y&R

and i cannont see any chemistry with avery or even nick she is okay
in my opinion but do not care for her at all with nick i am a nick and phyllis fan
and it is uck sleeping with his ex wife sister just my opinion

maybe steve burton is only doing a few months on y&r but do not think
he will last look at genie francis and maura west

Mitchell1660
Mitchell1660

Sandy… calm down.

Lee
Lee

I agree with you wholeheartedly. Just be straight forward, that’s all! He’s off my list, too………..watch , he’ll play another thug!

Waltina Harris
Waltina Harris

Steve Burton making a ‘Decision” for himself and didn’t ask for his fan permission. How could he? Steve didn’t have to tell anyone his plans except his family. He announced to his fans he was leaving General Hospital, he doesn’t owe you the fans anymore than that. Some are mad because Jason and Sam didn’t get the happy ending they wanted. Be happy you got your “Sam and Jason’s baby” you craved for. Now some of his so-called fans come out with the nasty hate for a man , a actor choosing to move on. This is not Jason moving on it is Steve Burton the actor. This reminds me of the hate a certain basketball player received for choosing his own path like Steve is doing. Fans needs to realize these people have a life and because he moved his family and took a rest doesn’t mean he can’t work somewhere else. His contract with General Hospital over. This was not A SLAP IN THE FACE this is reaching for something different. Fans move to other jobs everyday when better opportunities come along but, we expect actors/actresses to stay put, so we the fans can continue to live in our dreamland for 1 hour everyday.
I say good luck to Steve Burton “Whatever your Decision Is”.

aria
aria

Brad Pitt? lol, if only. steve burton claims he’s a man of faith, can someone let him know lying isn’t part of being a man of faith.

susan
susan

yes aria agree!!!

susan
susan

right on sandy agree 100% with u

Brenda
Brenda

I can’t wait to see Steve on Y&R. As much as I hated to lose Jason on GH the new writers really screwed up his character. I like how The Talk promotes soaps. I wish ABC would do the same.

Lisa
Lisa

I don’t want to give the Talk ratings. It feels like steve lied to his devoted fans. He said he was leaving to be with his family. If that was true why isn’t he coming back to GH rather than going to Y&R? It is not that actors can’t change it is the fact that fans feel we have been lied to….Steve what happened on GH to make you leave??.

su0000
su0000

Steve did not lie to anyone..
He said he wanted to move his family to Tn and he did..
He said he wanted more time with his family and he as had more more with time them..
He has been wanting to leave GH for a few years and he has said so..
His contract was up and his house finally solid, he left GH and moved, something he had wanted to do for a long while.
Steve is in his prime and if ever there is/was a time for him to leave Jason behind and find new acting challenges and explore his career as being something other than Jason Morgan , now was the right time for him to do so..
He gave us 21 years and I wish him well !!

Sandy
Sandy

I have to say, if this is true….Steve is going to YandR…..it is a betrayal. He could have stayed at GH for the rest of his life…at a comfortable pay. Instead he betrayed his fans. Not good.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

How is it a betrayal? Because after 20+ years he wasn’t feeling like portraying the same character. People need change and this is the change he is likely wanting. Plus, I don’t believe Steve enjoyed his final years/months on GH at all.

Kat
Kat

So excited!!

Tasha Jones
Tasha Jones

I do not need to offend anyone. BUT some of you really need to grow up!! This is a soap opera and not real life. I welcome actors switching things up. He played “Stone Face” for so many years it will be nice to see him in a different character with different actors. As well people do change there minds like when people retire. They get board and miss the work. They want to do something different or change things up. There is nothing wrong with that. He is not owned by us or GH. He should be able to make his own choices and we should respect that. This is not personal.

On one other note. Should we not be thankful that we even have our soaps to get us warm and fulfilled in the afternoon? Has not losing the ones we have not showed us that things are changing and that if they do not we will lose more? To be honest I am shocked when reading people going on about the actors from OLTL. I like Star and Todd on GH. Can you picture the 3-some that you know is in the works when Blair comes back and wants Todd back, yet again? Carly and Blair might be friends now but you know there will be fireworks down the road that will turn into something amazing to watch! It could be our next Super Couple! How can anyone not welcome that?

I have learnt in life you can never make everyone happy. But sometimes you need to stop and look at the bigger picture and see what could come out of some great changes. last year GH was on the road to being anther victim of being taken off the air. Now it is on fire and your complaining? Be Thankful!!

Just my worthless Canadain tire money hahah

Loving Y&R
Loving Y&R

Just the idea of Steve Burton and Amelia Heinle in scenes togerther is making me scream of joy ! I always wanted Amelia as a recast Brenda on GH but this is even beter !! YAY!!!! Thanks Steve !!! Now if only they could recast Lily, Y&R would be perfect

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Amelia as Brenda? Ouy! That would be the biggest mistake and worst re-cast since bringing Kirsten Storms back to the series as Maxie. Rebecca Budig would have made a better Brenda than Amelia. I’m still hoping they recast Victoria with Sarah J. Brown on Y&R, or even Tamara Braun. Those two would excel in the role and bring some fire back to the character that hasn’t been seen since Heather Tom in ’03.

Lily doesn’t need recasting at all.

Pumpkinoodles
Pumpkinoodles

SB is not a traitor! He’s had the SAME job for 21 years and the opportunity for change. How many people still want to work a job they started at the age of 20? It makes sense. Also, he was probably forbidden contractually to say anything about changing networks.

At least he stayed in soaps, supporting our beloved genre!

And, as both a GH and OLTL fan, GH is great! We’ve had Anna, Duke, Robert, Faison, Noah, Heather, and Lucy show up in the past year.

donna
donna

It wouldnt have been so bad if he was just hinest with his fans. Everybody has a reason for what they do in life. Telling everyone he was leaving to spend more time with his family and then findingout rhere is a possibility he will join the y&r family stinks. I hope this is not true. I would like to believe there is a good reason for this i thought he was a religous.

robert
robert

Love it, but a slap in the face to General Hospital and ABC.

sarah
sarah

exactly!!!

Janelle
Janelle

I love how some are upset because we are upset with SB. We have every right to feel they way we do as do you. I don’t go around saying why are u ok with it you should be mad. We each have our take
On the sistuation. I think he should have said Hey I’m taking a couple of months off and I’m ready to play other roles. As great as playing Jason was. Ok I can understand that. But he didn’t. He made it sound as if he was retiring like he was going to Tenesse and maybe in a a couple of years think about coming back to acting. It feels like it was all lies and Yes like a slap in the face to his GH fans and GH!! And that’s how I feel.

su0000
su0000

C;mon.. Steve is not obligated to share his personal life and plans with anyone other than his family ..
He said his contract was up and he wanted out / truth
He said he wanted to move his family to Tn, he did / truth
He wanted more time with his boys and he has / truth
We are fans not his family..what he decides to do with his private life is none of our business/ we are not privileged to know his business lol …

In the old days people who do that would be called a busybody or nosy-snoop LOL 🙂

Janelle
Janelle

No one is saying he has to discuss his decisions with his fans. It’s the way he did it I have a problem with. Like I said your entitled to feel the way you want, as am I.
And like
You said in the old days when someone went around telling people they were wrong we called them a know it all. Lol 😀

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

This is likely his confirmation that he is joining Y&R as Dylan. I’m semi-excited about it. I cannot wait to see him in a better role than that of Jason. Jason got annoying the last few years. I want him to portray a good guy, and maybe even make a friendly connection with Nick Newman! That guy needs some male friends to shoot the bull with!

Sadly
Sadly

Yes Steve played a Quatermaine but then he began not wanting to do this or that… the only way they could play him was Stone Cold. I’d like to see him ACT different but on stage he has a difficult time feeling comfortable with Port Chuck and although I am sure he loves it…he is not a Scott, Brandon, or Bradford. Is he good looking and a smart business man yes! Was he open and honest to fans? Will he do whatever he is asked to do on Y&R? He won’t be the big man on campus there…or will he? I guess we need to wait and see… I was a loyal Jason fan who wanted to see him go back to being a Quatermaine and see his true acting ability—he didn’t want that. I wanted to see true love seens with his partners…he didn’t want that. So what can he play beside STONE COLD….we’ll see….

Ben Stevens
Ben Stevens

There will never be pleasing some people about GH…They complain about all mob all the time, they complain that OLTL stars take up all the time…Whether its true or not, they perceive it when their favorites aren’t on…

Debbie
Debbie

Will the shows be aired on television or internet or both?

Debbie
Debbie

I have been a fan of soaps since the late 60’s. I dont know if you call Dark Shadows a soap but it started there when I was in college. Everyone on my floor in college would work their class schedules around so they wouldnt miss Dark Shadows. I started watching the soaps when I got married in 1969. I have been watching One Life to Live and All My Children ever sing then. I wa so upset when they took them off the air. I am glad to hear they are bringing them back. Cant wait to see them and all the excitement they bring. Glad to hear of the retun. Cant wait to start watching again.

sarah
sarah

i do remember dark shadows and loved it have loved soaps for yrs and
cannot wait for oltl and amc to return via internet or anyway we can get them back

mcbam
mcbam

rrWe sll should be happy for Steve Burton! He is icon soap actor….He

played the character of Jason Morgan Quatemine for a long time…..

And if you look at his fans, and non fans he 20,000 views, at SOC boards

(Y&R)…..Oh!, don’t get me started at GH, to many views!!

I ‘ve was a suppporter of JASAM, since she lost her baby in

Nov.2004……I could tell you about all their major videos from A to Z

So Steve Burton is going to get a lot of mileage from going to Y&R

The question should be ”What’s Next For Sam”?

If I was ABC, they should have Sam/Kelly :

have a baby:
have a relationship with John, Jax, Cruz(where is Cruz????)
have a makeover
pack Jason’s clothes on the show, (I’m gonna miss the black shirts and black boots

I wonder did he do the View of GA in the 8 years when he was paired with
Kelly Monaco?

I say ABC make it a “Kelly” years,it’s the year of the Women!

p.s…….I hope Kelly have a baby in real life!!!! with_______________

JFP got his back now!

mcbam
mcbam

By the way, I forgot

Don’t “The Talk come on at 2pm, Eastern Time?

Is that same time General Hospital comes on? in the East?

Steve Burton vs General Hospital….who will win?

…….well well

Marilyn
Marilyn

GH I will record the talk on another network..Gh is2 but in the west its 4 pm..just add US Superstaions and you will get timeshifting

Debbie
Debbie

The Talk come on at 1pm. in the Central Time Zone.

Shirley Miller
Shirley Miller

I do think Steve Burton needs to announce his intentions to his GH fans – should have already done so. The Talk is on opposite General Hosp in Orlando, Fl – so I will watch GH. I am sure Steve’s announcement will be shown on all the Entertainment Shows and we can get the info there. Also on the Web. I will be watching GH as usual – sadly without Steve (Jason). I hope he has a reasonable explanation for his “lying to his GH fans” if he knew already he was going to Y & R when he departed GH. If he did tell us a lie, then I will be very disappointed in Steve Burton!!!!!!!

sarah
sarah

right on girl!!!

Skyla
Skyla

WOW! The outrage of some of the fans here is pretty unbelievable to me. I for one will be watching The Talk as I hardly watch GH these days anyways. I don’t blame Steve for going to Y&R after the way Cartini dogged him. He was a 21 year vet on GH and the minute they took over, they started pushing him to the background and writing his character completely OOC so they could prop ME as the hero of the show. Steve, like many of the fans, was excited for the payoff of Jasam getting married. He said so in countless interviews when he and Kelly Monaco were promoting their characters’ marriage and after he and Kelly both showed their displeasure in how their couple was being decimated just “for some guy” as Kelly said to get in between them. It was obvious that Cartini brought on favorites like ME (a actor i actually like) and RH in an attempt to regulate SBu out, basically dividing his role of “hero of PC” and “Carly’s BFF” between the two former OLTL actors. He and MB are supposed to be the lead actors of GH, yet they were hardly on while ME and RH were on ALL the time, so much so that it made me sick of John McBain, a character i loved on OLTL before they crossed him over to GH. Steve had been talking about moving to Nashville for years with his family but when he was enjoying the story he was in, of course he stuck around. But with the way Cartini were treating him as well and in turn his fans, it’s no wonder that was the final push he needed to move. That didn’t mean that he’d never take another job or that he wouldn’t take on soon. We all saw the exit interview where they asked about the possibility of Y&R where he said he wouldn’t say no because if he did he’d show up there tomorrow. That was a hint in and of itself. Steve didn’t betray GH or it’s fans, the new heads of GH betrayed him. They didn’t care that he & MB carried the show for years, Frank & Ron basically pushed him out, and Steve was too classy and cared about the show and the actors still on it too much to come out and say it. Shame on those of you who claimed to be fans, you weren’t the wronged party here, at least not by Steve. Steve however was wronged, along w/his fans, Jasam fans, and numerous other facets of GH fans by Cartini. I for one am happy Steve is seizing the opportunity to go to a show that honors it’s vets and respects all their actors. I look forward to seeing Steve on The Talk and on Y&R as well.

Linda Boag Moores
Linda Boag Moores

I agree with you 100%

Bpj
Bpj

Agree, perfectly said!

rusty
rusty

It’s not so much that Steve Burton is going to be on another show (although I would prefer to see him with a great storyline on GH), it’s that he seems to have lied when he left GH. He said he was leaving in order to spend more time with his family. Then, not long after he leaves GH, he appears to be going to another soap. I think what GH fans are having a hard time with is why didn’t he come back to GH if he was going back to soaps? He knows how loved Jason is and how many fans he had as Jason. He also knows how sad fans were to see Jason leave, but we all wished him well, as what better reason was there for leaving us than to be with his family? But that seems to have been a lie. It seems planned, particularly since it is said that he has a close working relationship with one of the big shots at Y&R. It’s the apparent lie that bothers most fans. Had he just left GH and said the reason was because the character of Jason was going nowhere and didn’t seem to be evolving, we could have all understood that; most of us would no doubt agree. But he seems to have lied about his reason for leaving and it feels a bit like a betrayal to the fans who have been with him since before Jason’s personality changing accident and through that horrible movie he left GH at one point to do…

sarah
sarah

i could not have said it better myself thank you for saying what i was thinking

Marilyn
Marilyn

I will only watch GH too Steve Burton was a major character..a lot are going to be disappointed if he doesn’t come back..anda lot of fans I would bet feel as strongly…if he wants his charactere to evolve let it..there is a whole lot of ways and stories it could go

Christine
Christine

Whether he lied or not, it’s HIS business. Frankly, I would rather him lie about something silly like this, then something that actually mattered.

We do not know that he lied. Maybe he had all intentions of leaving showbiz for a while; maybe he knew Jill said she would get him on Y&R if and when she could; maybe he knew he would be joining Y&R and left GH to have some time off before he started filming. He airs on 1/29/13 so it isn’t like he has been taping for months.

I say just leave the man alone. Personally I am excited to see what he can add to Y&R. I just hope they can write him as someone not Jason Morgan – that will be exciting.

Mack
Mack

Snooze, oops sorry! This is deemed as break news, I’ll tune into my GH where good storylines are breaking havoc everyday.

mcbam
mcbam

Kelly should have a fabo year…..THAT’S ALL

Ron C. put your thinking cap on!!!

And try to grab the some of those ratings!

Because Mr. Burton is gonna getting the “goo-goo eyes , trust me!!!!

I don’t know if he lied or not…..Frankly, I don’t give————–

I care about GH only!

Mr. Burton got pubilicty up the A–

Get Sam Mcall:

a story
a man

Burton is back with his girl,JFP…whatever!

Janelle
Janelle

I agree. I’m ready for Sam to be back front and center.

mcbam
mcbam

He’s getting so much pubicity behind this……I don’t like itt!

Ron gotta do something for Kelly Monaco!!!!

Make sure Michael Easton trim his hair, just a little bit, or like

he had it on PORT CHARLES, and OLTF….I enjoy Mcbain interaction

with STUD MUFFIN, on September 24th……He was good with Jason

baby,

Ron is gonna have Sam and John get married+ Adopt his son…Aleast I hope

RON——GO BIG, OR GO HOME!

I’m ready for a change for Kelly!!!!

Steve change, so it’s time for Kelly!

Deflepgirl
Deflepgirl

I am looking forward to seeing Steve play a different role. Very exciting.

Michael
Michael

GH is better without him.

Hope
Hope

YAY! I just heard this news. As an ex-Y&R viewer, I am THRILLED that changes are being made to the show. Had no idea Maria Murderous Bell was fired!!! I quit watching last year after the utter destruction and humiliation of Sharon Cases’ character. But to hear positive things are on the horizon is making me excited to tune in again! Didn’t know who SB was until I Googled him and WOW! He and SC would make a smokin’ hot couple IF rumors are true! If not, I refuse to watch until the writers treat SC and her character with respect. Her fans; and the actress, deserves it. Sharon & Dylan…BRING IT!!!!! Can’t wait to see them burn up the screens!!! Here’s to new beginings! xoxo

Laurie
Laurie

I hope the soap world won’t cancel GH and Y&R after reading all the negative comments on the net. I don’t care if he changes shows…I am just glad any soaps are even still ON TV (whether I watch them or not). Complain too much and you wont have anything to complain about.

Chaz
Chaz

Oh, oh….maybe he is announcing he is taking acting lessons!

Sorry, but he was boring on GH and unless he has some major overhaul in his abilities will be boring on Y&R. Though, I should be thanking him. Since I usually FF through anything involving Victor, Cane, Lily I can add Burton’s scenes and zip through an episode in 20 minutes.

Oh, and would lay bets that although initially he will be tied to Avery (presumed dead lover) he will end up as Sharon’s newest squeeze.

patti
patti

i have been watching gh over 30 years and always liked the charcter jason morgan ,people feeling betryed by steve is ridicoulus he is an actor and makes his own decisions on his career for himself nd his family not for anyone else i wish him the best on whatever he decides ,people wanted to see him back on tv again and it looks like that will happen even if its not on gh ,if you are a fan then just wish him good luck with his decision and let it go good luck steve …

nancy Martini
nancy Martini

I know but he lied he said it was because he wanted to spend time with his family.

Marilyn
Marilyn

one life to live can’t replace Steve with someone else Jason was one of the reasons I watch General Hospital…its like replacing Sonny and if the part is not revived alot of people like me will tune out…

Now the Todd and Star playing in General Hospital is great but remember they are playing same characters I would hate to see them go back to One life…./Todd is such a believable,
mischief making character he is estgablished on GH so please leave him there..

the only thing after all this timeis AMC and who David was going to be his next frankenstein back to life and that would be entertaining . all the people brought back to life find out they only have a short time to live kinda like a virus

Marilyn
Marilyn

Maybe they should take Steve cast of AMC and One Life and create a new soap with same characters but different plot..

Beacon
Beacon

GH should reward his disloyalty by having Jason’s body recovered and positively identified. No back from the dead option.

Susan
Susan

Come on people, these are soap operas! Since when is anyone really dead?

Diana
Diana

DISAPPOINTED! He could be honest with his fans:(

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Lucas Gives Wiley To Michael; While Willow Learns the Devastating Truth

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, brought the highly-emotional moments viewers had been waiting for all-week long; following the year and a half reveal that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Brad (Parry Shen) engineered a baby switch with Willow’s (Katelyn MacMullen) dead baby, Wiley being passed off as Michael (Chad Duell) and Nelle’s newborn, Jonah, and Jonah being raised by Brad and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) as Wiley.  Now with the truth out, it was time for two of the heaviest beats of the story to be played out.

When Willow comes to at the hospital with Chase (Josh Swickard) by her side, needless to say she is dazed and freaking out that Nelle took Wiley.  Chase tells her he has some things to tell her and it’s not going to be easy to hear. Willow braces herself and then Chase tells her the story of the baby switch and how her baby died a SIDS death while at Brad and Lucas’ and then how the babies were switched.

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In a heartbreaking and powerful performance from Katelyn MacMullen (yes, she is our pick for “Power Performance of the Week”), Willow struggles to come to grips with the truth and starts to realize all of Brad’s machinations, as she thinks back to herself how could she do that to her son … to trust him with Brad, only to have the little infant die.  The devastation played by MacMullen, whose Willow, now must realize her baby never lived the full and happy young life she thought, was gut-wrenching.

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Meanwhile, in yet another top-notch performance, William deVry (Julian) showed the pain and the need to unburden himself as Julian talks to his sister. Ava (Maura West) and spills what happened.   He goes so far to admit to Ava that he knew what Brad had done. Ava cannot believe he did not go to Sonny (Maurice Benard) right away with this Intel, but Julian just could not do this to his son, Lucas and rip the baby from his arms.  Julian says he will face-off with Sonny and not leave town, if it comes to that.   Ava says they have to come up with a way to silence Brad … before Brad gives up Julian’s part in the whole baby cover-up.

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And in yet another masterful performance, we have to give it up to Chloe Lanier.  Who can play Nelle and spin stories and the tears so well, that if you did not know this pathological liar you would think she is telling the truth. When in opposing holding cells at the PCPD, Nelle lays it on about Brad so that the guard can hear them. She blames Brad for being the instigator in the baby switch and taking advantage of her – a distraught new mother, confused and dazed on the route where the baby switch happened.  It works! Brad is moved to a different cell and thinks look very grim for him.  Nelle smiles through her crocodile tears!

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Then, in what we all knew had to happen, and even so, was still as heartbreaking as ever; Lucas spends his final moments with Wiley as his father in the kitchen at the Corinthos’ along with Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) and Carly (Laura Wright).  Lucas starts to tell his mother and sister, all the things Wiley needs and likes, such as having a story read to him.  All of this brings the tears as they know Lucas has to give the child back to Michael; who has been robbed of a year and half as the baby’s rightful father.

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Michael tells Lucas they will work this out, so Lucas remains a constant in Wiley’s life. He also tells Sonny and Sasha (Sofia Matteson) he feels so badly for Lucas, but they tell him to be happy for this chance to have the son he grieved for.   In the end, a tear-filled Lucas hands Wiley to Michael as everyone watches on in sadness for one father … and joy for the other.  Ryan Carnes was poignant in the scenes; as was Chad Duell.

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So, what did you think of the performances from Friday’s GH featuring Katelyn, Ryan, Chad, William, Chloe and Parry? Comment below.

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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.

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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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