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Steve Burton Addresses His Fans on Twitter on the News of His Exit From GH!

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It’s been a whirlwind day in the world of soaps and once again the shake-ups behind the scenes seem to be more intriguing then the plot lines themselves on the air shows of your favorite daytime dramas! Early today fans learned that Steve Burton (Jason) will be departing General Hospital after 21 years from his own decision to call it quits and move on to new adventures with his career and his loving family.

Burton later took to Twitter to address his legions of followers and fans!  Here is what the popular Daytime Emmy winner shared on his exit! “Just wanted to thank all of you for your support over the years. You are amazing. It’s been an incredible 21 yrs of my life. THANK YOU   Thanks for all the luv.. I know it’s difficult for some.  It is difficult for me. I luv the cast and crew…it has been home. Hoping to tweet ltr.  They are trying to figure out my last day. I will let you know. (much luv and thanks to u all.) I will keep tweeting. And Port Chuck lives!”

What do you think of Steve’s thoughts to his many fans who are reeling from the news, but happy that Steve seems content to move on?  Weigh-in!

 

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Good for Steve for making a big life change. I hope it all works out for him and his family. The show will go on and maybe we’ll see less mob focus. Even in Ron C’s capable hands, I find the hitman with the heart of gold and little difficult to swallow.

It’s as bad as news as hearing your soap is cancelled!! Irish Jim all the best!! I hate it but happy for him and his family and doing what he’s wanted to do!!

I think it is a win-win. He loves and respects his fans who love and respect him and he is acknowledging that. He is also trying to keep everyone in the loop. Great way to go!

Regarding the TV Guide Interview:

No money battles, storyline complaints (oh, really?) or testy negotiations?

Now was the time to leave after 21 yrs. with GH?…..with the 50 Anniv. storyllines taking shape?

JMO but if Phelps, Frons and Guza were still around, SB would have hung around for the 50th Anniv. show. They would have accommodated SB with a working schedule with his family in TN..he would have stuck it out….but with this new regime…SB and Jason Morgan apparently were not that important to keep around. I think Steve realized this. Todd, Starr and John were more important (thus no deal could be worked out)

Friends of SB were gone: Phelps, Frons and Guza. I remember at the beginning of the year before the new regime started…SB had announced his band PC would be doing three tours in 2012. One was done in April..then you read on twitter the other two (one around August) were a no go because of TPTB. Couldn’t do them. This could not have set well with Steve. Also, in interviews…SB did not like what the writers were doing with Jasam and he said so.

Yes, Steve the door was open for you to leave GH, but I don’t believe it was because you sold your house to live in TN full time. I think there waas much more to it than that.

So SB is now working with his bud, JFP. Does this mean he will be commuting back and forth to LA or NYC for their project with Franco?

For an actor/director/producer the work is in either LA or NYC.

Movies? More commuting to LA or NY from Nashville?

Primetime TV? More commuting to LA or NY from Nashville?

But SB wouldn’t or couldn’t commute back and forth for GH to finish up the 50th Anniv?

If he eventually winds up on Y&R….we will know there was more to leaving GH than was printed in his TV Guide interview.

FV is making a big mistake by letting SB go. JASON IS GH. Steve has a huge fanbase and it’s gonna show in the ratings. First OLTL takes over GH and now the main man is leaving. BIG MISTAKE

First off, Jason is not General Hospital. Jason is a hitman, that barely acknowledges his real family, the Quartermaines.

Secondly, OLTL has NOT taken over GH, that is absurd. Three characters (four if you include the few weeks Tea was involved) have come to the show. That is all. With them, they have brought new fans as well as new storylines for characters who were becoming boxed in (take for example Sam, who had been nothing but Jason’s lapdog for several years).

I understand that Steve was very close to the previous regime, but the previous regime was not benefiting GH and if that is a reason SB chose to leave, that is his decision. I, personally, would rather have a good overall show, than bending backwards to please an actor whose character is actually disliked by many viewers. Frank Valentini did not let go of Steve. This was Steve’s decision- that is all.

With that being said, I am very happy for Steve to be pursuing new opportunities and expanding his acting career and I wish him nothing but the best in his new endeavors and his new home in Tennessee 🙂

Yes, Steve Burton is GH, Mo Bernard is GH, Anthony Geary is GH and it’s a shame that something couldn’t be worked out between FV and Steve so he could be around for the GH 50th Anniv. storylines.

SB and Fv were in negotiations for Steve to stay at GH.They broke down because Steve did not like the offer from FV…so SB decided to leave. Yes, it was SB’s decision…he could take it or leave it. He didn’t take it.

Yea, you are right about FV “actually disliking” the character of Jason. You could plainly see it on screen since FV invaded GH.

There isn’t ONE GH writer left on the “new” OLTL show. Why? What does that tell you? These OLTL writers know squat about the GH characters. Ratings have not improved since FV/RC took over this show.

So Steve’s character, Jason, was actually disliked by many viewers. LOL Oh, really? How do you know this? You work for the studio and count his fan mail? Just because you dislike him doesn’t mean there are tons out there just like you.

Frank doesn’t “dislike” the character of Jason so how was this evident when Frank and Ron TOOK OVER (not “invdaded”) General Hospital? Ron wrote very well versed storylines for Jason, including his failing marriage to Sam (giving Steve the opportunity to show off his acting chops), rebuilding his friendship with Elizabeth (respecting that aspect of his character’s history), staying true to his job (working with Sonny to help bring down Joe), interacting more with Carly and his goddaughter (something that was lacking with previous regimes), as well as Michael, not to mention opening up new doors for his character such as his frenemy relationship with John McBain and his new enemy, Ewen.

Also, GH is not in any form OLTL. Yes there are THREE characters from there, all of which have been well integrated with GH characters and although the new executive producer and headwriter are from OLTL, they have done a marvelous job and have actually written the characters more like themselves than they have been in YEARS! Sam is no longer a door mat that lives to please Jason, Elizabeth is morphing back into the strong woman she used to be, Carly actually gets to spend time with her children now, as does Alexis who, also, is being written better than ever before. And I beg to disagree, but ratings, as well as criticisms, have substantially improved since the new regime has been set in place- sorry to burst that bubble. It also helps that many GH actors are supremely satisfied with the new team, as well as the network. 🙂

And actually Jason is disliked. Do you go on any social media sites? Jason is usually heavily criticized. While the character does have many fans, as with any character, he also has many who are not fans, especially in years of previous regimes when he was constantly onscreen. Now, I hope you understand the difference between Steve and his character, because I am strictly talking about Jason Morgan. I personally am not a fan of the character, but am certainly a fan of Steve’s work, which is why I know he will succeed in future endeavors, which was his choice. And if you read the interview with Steve, you would know that contract negotiations had very little impact on his decision, he chose to leave because he wanted to branch out, as well as move his family to Tennesee.

ITA!!!!!!! Its more to it…….I wish steve the best…..sad for my jasam…..

I hope they show Jason… re-uniting with his son… and giving his son to Sam… and Move on.

I’ll cry…. alas, Jason will have a son, in Port Charles.

I figure… he’ll have a brain aneurysm… Oye… even more sad… but, he’ll come out of it… and be a quartermaine… and “relapse”.

Thanks,Steve,let me know right away. Good luck in TN, I do have friend from my old church who went back to his hometown. I love you,big brother..take care of yourself and family and be think of u everyday as big brother to watch your would be former soap show.

I am still so sad to see one of my faves leave, but I am happy for Steve to get a chance to do other things and spend more time with his family. I will miss him on the show so much. Yes he was a hitman but he was so much more and he is so talented and he will do well. But… please let him come back if he is available and wants to! Best wishes Steve and thanks for being such a great guy and a fun character!

I am very sad to see Steve Burton leave. He and his character Jason Morgan are the reason I have been watching General Hospital. Jason Morgan is the heart and soul of Port Charles and Steve Burton is the heart and soul of Jason Morgan.
He will be missed.
I wish him nothing but the best and am looking forward to seeing him in some new projects.

Glad for you and your family but not us GH fans

you will be missed on General Hospital
even if we have another Jason , it will be so hard to like him because we love you soo much an we got do used to you
thank you
love

You will be missed!!You are the reason I have been watching the last 21 years. You and Kelly made an amazing love story that I will never forget.I wish you the bet of luck!!I hope good things come your way!

I ‘ve been watching GH pretty much from its beginning and I have always loved Steve Burton no matter which incarnation of Jason he was/is. In my personal opinion, I think his departure from GH is a combination of things , the most significant being his personal goals for his family and his career- the time is right. things have a way of falling in to place. I believe Steve is a person who has great faith, and is following path that is being shown clearly to him. He left the show once before to pursue other possibilities but came back as many have done before him, because he needed to support a family and work wasnt that available at the time. I wish him great success in whatever his endeavors are, and will miss what he brings to the show. His great sense of humor is undeniable. I would like to have been able to see Steve and Michael Easton play their humor off one another since Michael has the same type of tongue in cheek , witty, and dry dead pan type of humor that Steve does. ( Roger Hawoth too for that matter. In any event there will be a huge hole in the heart of GH once Steve is gone., and the remaining 2 Q’s (Edward’s been talked about but not seen) plus ALice will be have even less reason to be written for. Wow GH is missing that balance . We a legit powerful billionaire business tycoon family with good honest people with moral fiber and conscience on the scene that the mob can’t touch .I digressed. Best to you and your family Steve, from one of your fans.

Since Steve Burton has decided to leave General Hospital, I have lost interest, as he was one of the main stars for years. Please do not kill him off permantley, but replace him with another actor ASAP!!!!

u will always be in our hearts good luck on ur journey

Good for Steve I think after 21 years he needed a change and be with his real family. he is a great actor and will go far in his career. just want to say thank you for playing Jason for so many years. Truly your fan Joanne by the way I will give the Y&R a chance even though GH is my favorite but I know what a great actor you are you will be great!!!

Good for Steve I think after 21 years he needed a change and be with his real family. he is a great actor. always in heart will miss you on gh

He is gone let it go. I wish Y&R long before he got there and they really dont need him, he will not make or break Y&R. I wish him luck.

DEAR STEVE, I HAVE NEVER MISSED A CHARACTER MORE THAN ROBERT SCORPIO, G,H, = SONNY,JASON, CARLY, LUKE & THE REST- U & SONNY R MY SHINING STARS, U ARE GONE & NOT COMING BACK, I TOTALLY UNDERSTAND THE WHOLE FAMILY THING, & IM PROUD U PUT YOUR FAMILY FIRST, BUT WHAT U SAID COMPARED TO HOW FAST THE RUMORS WERE SPREADING ABOUT THE Y&R WHICH I NEVER WATCHED & JFP-ETC, WERE TO CLOSE TO COMFORT, YOU AREA AN AMAZING HANDSOME ACTOR & FOR ME & MILLIONS NO ONE CAN EVER REPLACE JASON Q MORGAN- OR THE BEST COUPLE JASAM- NOT EVEN SONNY-WHEN I WATCHED YU ON THE TALK I WAS SO MAD, HURT & DISAPPOINTED I FELT LIKE U LIED & BETRAYED US, IF U WERE TIRES OF PLAYING JASON AFTER 21 YEARS I COULD UNDERSTAND, IF GH WOULDNT WORK WITH YOUR SCHEDULE TO FLY TO TENN & BACK TO L.A. I UNDERSTAND, I CANT WAIT TO SEE YOU & JAMES FRANCO TOGETHER & HOPE U COME TO SOUTH FLORIDA ONE DAY WITH PORT CHUCK SO I CAN SEE YOU, I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU FROM MY HEART FOR GIVING ME 21 OF MY FAVORITE CHARACTER JASON-THEY DIDNT EVEN HAVE YOUR MEMORIAL YET ON GH-THAT WILL BREKT WHAT EVER PIECE OF A HEART I HAVE LEGT AFTER LOOSING MY HUSBAND & MOM & DEAR FRIENDS & ANIMALS ITS BEEN A ROLLER COASTER RIDE THE LAST FEW YEARS & AT THE END OF EVERY DAY I WATCH MY GH, BUT WITHOUT YOU IT IS NOT THE SAME- I FEEL YOU SHOULD GET ON NOT A CBS CHANNEL OR JUST A SHORT INTERVIEW & TRY TO CLEAR SOME QUESTIONS UP FOR THOSE FANS WHO WORSHIP YOU, WHEN I SAW HOW HAPPY U WERE ON THE TALK, I SMILED THROUGH THE TEARS & KNEW THIS IS WHAT YOU WANTED, HAPPY FOR YOU TO BE HAPPY & HAVE MORE TIME WITH YOUR WIFE & CHILDREN, I WILL MAKE SURE NEVER TO GET THAT ATTACHED TO A CHARACTER AGAIN, MAYBE BECAUSE MY SONS NAME IS JASON & U RESEMBLE EACH OTHER IN MANY WAYS & CLOSE IN AGE, I GOT SO ATTACHED TO YOU, SO BE HAPPY, ENJOY YOUR JOURNEY & GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR NEW SHOW & LIFE, I DONT THINK I CAN TRY TO WATCH OR FOLLOW ANOTHER SOAP, ESPECIALLY SINCE AMC & OLTL ARE SUPPOSE TO COME BACK- TODD HAS HELPED ME ALOT BEING ON GH, HE MAKES ME LAUGH, AGAIN THANKU FOR BEING JASON & THE 21 YEARS- U R LOVED & MISSED & SOME OF US STILL PRAY U WILL COME BACK SOMEDAY IF U LEAVE Y&R, BUT RIGHT NOW ENJOY WHATS RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU,KNOW U R LOVED & MISSED BY SO MANY-GOD BESS –FRANNIE :))) XO XO

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Dante is Shot as Jason Reveals Himself

Just how was General Hospital going to reintroduce the character of Jason Morgan to the canvas with the highly-anticipated return of Steve Burton in the pivotal role? Well, why we don’t have all the answers, the show wasted no time, and Burton first appeared at the beginning of the Monday, March 4th episode.

In story, while Sonny (Maurice Benard), Selena (Lydia Look) and Ava (Maura West) are at the warehouse, they are facing off with the FBI and the PCPD when John (Adam J. Harrington), Anna (Finola Hughes), Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), Chase (Josh Swickard) et al show up.  Meanwhile on the roof, a man kneels over a skylight window who pipes up with, “it appears they are late to the party.” It’s then revealed just who the man is talking to, and it turns out it’s JASON!

Meanwhile, John and Anna are questioning Sonny and Selina on what they are doing in the warehouse. Selina says they are planning a poker game. Next, the man with Jason aims his gun at Sonny. However, Jason messes up his shot, but the shot rings out. Inside the warehouse everyone scatters about. They realize the show came from the skylight.

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Jason tells the other man they’ve been compromised and need to leave the location. Below, in the warehouse, Dante thinks that he and Chase can get onto the roof since the shooter didn’t see them. So, Dante takes off with Chase to find the culprit. In the meantime, John orders a CSI unit. Next, Chase returns and says the building is all clear and Dante is pursuing the suspects.

Now on the pier, Dante catches up with Jason (who’s back is to him) and the other man. Dante orders them to freeze. While the other man gets away, Jason stays put and Dante orders him to turn around slowly with his hands up. Dante is shocked to see its Jason. Confused, Dante says, “What the hell?” Next, the other man returns and fires two shots into Dante’s chest.

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As Dante goes down, Jason runs over to him. The other man calls Jason “Jacobs” and tell him to leave the cop to die. Jason tells the other man to go to the planned site and he will find another way out. Next, the man attempts to fire at Jason who is hovering over Dante, but Jason shoots at him first and takes him out.

Back at the warehouse, Ava sees a bullet hole in Sonny sleeve, as John says that it confirms that Sonny is the intended target. John and Sonny stare each other down due to their dark past.  It’s clear that Sonny doesn’t trust John and vice-versa.  Anna tells Sonny she is not out to get him and doesn’t want him to die. She adds that Sonny, “Must have had an angel on his shoulder because she doesn’t see how that sniper missed from this range.”

Chase returns to the warehouse having dropped everyone off at the PCPD, but says Dante hasn’t checked in with him. Sonny looks very concerned, as Jason is looking very concerned over Dante’s body.

So, what did you think of the first episode back for Steve Burton as Jason Morgan? Will it be revealed that he has been infiltrating this organization to save Sonny? Does Jason not know his true identify? What do you think is going on?  As for Dante, will he pass out from his injuries and not identify Jason was even there on the roof with him? Comment below.

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Steve Burton Confirms ‘General Hospital’ Head Writer Switch Changed Jason’s Comeback Storyline

General Hospital viewers will see today, Monday, March 4th, the beginnings of the return storyline for Steve Burton and his character of Jason Morgan.

Just how did the recent head writing regime change at GH alter the plans for story for Jason’s comeback? As had been rumored, seems plenty. Back on January 22nd, it was revealed that Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor had been replaced by Patrick Mulcahey and Elizabeth Korte. At that time, Burton had already signed-on to return to the daytime drama for the first time since being let go towards the end of 2021.

Speaking with Soap Opera Digest, Steve confirmed that what we will see on-air is from the new head writers and that the direction of the story changed, “So apparently there was a whole different story planned and then the head writer switch happened and then they kind of rebooted (the story arc). I know Patrick (Mulcahey, one of the new head writers) a little bit, but I really know Elizabeth Korte (who was promoted to co-head writer).”

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Burton added, “There’s no one in the building that loves that show, knows the history of the character, and is invested in it 100 percent than Elizabeth. There has never been a more deserved promotion, ever. Once I know that she was (one of the head writers), I was like, ‘Oh, this is gonna be good! I cannot wait.’ And it has been exactly that. Everything has been amazing.”‘

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In addition, during an Instagram live on Monday with his podcast and comedy show partner, GH star, Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), Burton also commented on the upcoming story arc which brings Jason back to Port Charles. Steve expressed, “The story is not going to disappoint. The scenes are super deep. Frank (Valentini, EP, GH)  and the new head writers took some time to really think this out.”

Burton, being a longtime veteran of the soaps, said Jason’s return is not just isolated to be about him. “Great story on daytime should involve a myriad of people across the board and where it effects everybody,” he shared. The popular fan favorite feels that this story delivers on all levels.

So, what do you think about the head writer change and how it prompted the plans for Jason’s return? Comment below.

 

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Jason Cook Recalls Landing His Soap Roles as DAYS Shawn-Douglas Brady and GH’s Matt Hunter

Daytime fans remember Jason Cook when he became wildly-popular as Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Bo’s (Peter Reckell) son, Shawn-Douglas Brady on Days of our Lives from 1999-2006. He later made a brief return in the role in 2015 for the series 50th anniversary.

After departing DAYS, Cook was offered a role on General Hospital as Dr. Matt Hunter, the younger brother to Dr. Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson) from 2008-2012. However, during his time on the soaps, and after, Cook has been focusing on his behind the scenes roles and passion as writer and a director of feature films.

Last week, the Michael Fairman Channel welcomed Jason, along with two of the stars of his latest film, Four for Fun, Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-AMC, B&B, GH). During the conversation, Cook revealed his continued admiration for the soap medium and the actors who work in it, and how it came to pass that he landed his parts on Days of our Lives, and then on General Hospital.

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Cook spoke on becoming the on-screen son of soap opera’s most iconic couples, Bo and Hope: “I auditioned for Fran Bascom. She was the Days of our Lives casting director at the time. I was never a great auditioner, I don’t think. She made me feel really comfortable. I remember that screen test. And then, I remember when I got the part, I was actually working at a company at a desk job. I got the call at work and I just screamed, and at the time I didn’t quit my job. But then, I got that contract when I was 19-years-old and it totally changed my life.”

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But, was Jason aware how key to the show being Bo and Hope’s son would be? “Yeah, my older sister was a fan of the show. She definitely let me know that I better not mess it up, because I was gonna ruin her favorite couple,” he shared. “I remember she printed out the family tree and it looked like a physics diagram. It was so complicated. A lot of detailed work went into it. But, I was excited.”

After being a known entity with a large fan following, eventually Cook made his way to a new role on General Hospital. Jason explained, “GH was fun. That was a situation where Brian Frons (ex-ABC Daytime President) brought me over there. I just told him I didn’t want to be like or want to do Shawn. He’s like, ‘Well, what do you wanna do?’ I said, ‘How can I screw things up around here and shake things up?'”

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From that conversation things began to formulate. Cook revealed, “We started talking about the TV series House. I think in soaps, there’s an assumption if you’re going on a show that everybody wants to be the hero. I was like, ‘I don’t want to (be). I want to screw everything up.’ And then, they wrote it in that Matt Hunter burns the hospital down within like six months. I was like really proud about that. The other part that I loved about that character is that Matt, and his older brother Patrick (Jason Thompson), were both neurosurgeons. And if you (an actor) resigned your contract (with the show) you go to Patrick, you see Patrick. And if you don’t resign your contract, you see my character, because my character was going to kill you every time.”

For more on the interview, make sure to check out the replay of the livestream conversation below with Jason, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young.  Now let us know, did you enjoy Jason as Shawn-D and Matt on GH? Do you hope someday he might return on-screen to the soaps? Let us know in the comment section.

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