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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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Matt
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Matt

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.

Rod
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Rod

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!!

Christine
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Christine

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!

Betty
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Betty

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… Read more »

Nikki
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Nikki

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… Read more »

Betty
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Betty

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… Read more »

Nikki
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Nikki

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… Read more »

stina
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stina

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

Patrick
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Patrick

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”.

Jeffrey
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Jeffrey

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.

heidi
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heidi

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!

Nancy
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Nancy

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.

lizzing
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lizzing

Glad for you and your family but not us GH fans

alicia
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alicia

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

Beth Sims
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Beth Sims

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!

Smoochie
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Smoochie

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… Read more »

Joanne Edwards
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Joanne Edwards

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!!!!

TANYA WITTE
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TANYA WITTE

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

Joanne
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Joanne

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!!!

Joanne
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Joanne

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

Sunnee
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Sunnee

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.

fran hakans
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fran hakans

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… Read more »

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart in the Cast of Disney Channel’s Super-Villains Pilot ‘Amy From Amarillo’

Casting news was recently announced for the Disney Channel’s upcoming half-hour live-action comedy pilot with a working title of Amy From Amarillo.

According to Deadline, while the series has named actress Isabella Pappas in the title role of Amy, none other than General Hospital star James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine) is also noted to be a part of the cast.

In story, the project follows a family of super-villains who must go on into hiding in Amarillo, Texas when they fall afoul of the League of Villains and are about to be liquidated.  Production on the pilot is set to begin this month.

Those joining Stuart and Pappas in the cast include: Hilda Spellman, Patricia Belcher, Kayden Muller-Janssen, Malachi Barton, Reed Horstmann and Lucy Davis will plays Amy’s mom, Eva aka Spark, a feisty supervillain who shoots electrical current out of her hands.

Production on the pilot is set to begin this month.  Stuart will be continuing his role on GH as per usual.

Furthermore, James took to Twitter this morning to clarify for inquiry GH fans who were concerned about the status the project might cause for his role on the ABC daytime drama series: “I am currently working on a Disney Channel comedy pilot. We film 15 minutes from the GH stage so, should the show get picked up for series, and while it would create scheduling headaches for some very cool people, I have no plans to hang up Valentin’s dancing shoes any time soon.”

So, intrigued by this pilot and what role James will have within it? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GL Alum Kimberly J. Brown Joins the Cast of General Hospital

Another daytime favorite is coming to General Hospital.  This time its Kimberly J. Brown (Ex-Marah) of Guiding Light fame.  She last appeared on the soaps during her from 1993-1998 and then a brief return in 2006

According to Soap Opera Digest, she will make her GH debut next week in a mystery role.

Kimberly worked with two GH powerhouse actresses during her tine on Guiding Light. 

She noted to SOD about her time in Springfield: Cynthia Watros (Nina, GH, Ex-Annie Dutton, GL) was my stepmom for a bit, and Laura Wright (Carly, Ex- Cassie, GL) played my aunt.”

Brown has appeared in numerous primetime television shows and motion pictures over the last few decades.

Now the question becomes, who will Kimberly play on GH? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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General Hospital and ‘H.R. Pufnstuf’s’ Billie Hayes Dead at 96

She was one-of-a-kind, and now actress Billie Hayes has passed away at the age of 96.  Hayes’ family announced her death from natural causes on April 29th at Cedar-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

Hayes was best-known for her unforgettable role as Witchiepoo on the 1969-70 Saturday morning live-action children’s classic H.R. Pufnstuf from Sid and Marty Kroft.

However, daytime fans will remember that then General Hospital executive producer, Gloria Monty, hired Hayes to play the recurring role of the street-smart international spy, Brighton O’Reilly, back in the 80’s series hey day.

GH’s Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) took to Twitter to mourn the loss of Hayes on Monday sharing; “My dear wonderful Billie Hayes has died. Sadly I only got to work with her on GH but it was a magical relationship. Right away Gloria Monty saw something unique and ran with it. I cannot tell you how her passing saddens me.”

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In story, Brighton O’Reilly was shot and killed by Victor Cassadine back in 1981. Billie told Soap Opera Digest back in 2003 about her time as an agent on GH, and her exit from the series: “I asked Gloria why she killed me off, and Gloria said, ‘To tell you the truth, Billie, we really hemmed and hawed at it. But I decided to do it for selfish reasons. I knew if I killed O’Reilly there’d be such an abundance of sympathy and love for Scorpio that his stock would go up. And he’s my new leading man!’ I understand why Gloria knocked me off, but I would have loved to have gone on with it because I feel it could have been developed into a fascinating character.”

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Sid and Marty Kroft also took to Twitter and expressed:  “Margaret Hamilton (Wizard of Oz) once told us that Billie Hayes was “one of the best witches ever” We couldn’t agree more. Rest in Peace dear friend.”

Billie’s career spanned decades including Broadway, television, motion pictures and voice-over work. In addition, she founded the Los Angeles-based animal rescue nonprofit organization Pet Hope, a cause she had championed since adopting a puppy abandoned in the basement of Broadway’s St. James Theatre during the run of Lil’ Abner in which she was featured in the role of Mammy Yokum.

Share your remembrances of Billie Hayes and your condolences for her family and loved ones via the comment section below.

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