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Steve Burton Opens Up On His Decision To Join Y&R: "I don't want to work five days a week like I did at GH. I was on the air so much even I was sick of me!"

Photo Credit: Jim Warren

Photo Credit: Jim Warren

Daytime Emmy winner Steve Burton has taken lots of flack from his fans for leaving General Hospital, saying he was moving to Nashville, and then all of a sudden popping up and signing a deal to come to The Young and the Restless so soon after he was “killed” off a beloved mob hitman, Jason Morgan.   Now with his new role of Dylan McAvoy, Burton is set to debut on the number one soap on CBS on January 29th.

Steve does reveal that he has short term contract with the number one soap as of now and that the show is trying to dress and make him seem different than Jason of Port Charles! In a new interview with Michael Logan of TV Guide Magazine, Burton opens up about why the decision to come to Y&R and not stay at GH and more.  Here are a few excerpts below!

Burton on if GH executives did not try hard enough to keep him and if his decision to leave had anything to do with Jason’s story: “I don’t feel it had anything to do with story. The flying back and forth was the sticking point. If I was still living in California, I’d still be with GH. It was too difficult production-wise to work things out and I understand that. I know how the business works and I’m not going to get mad over it. I don’t want a show to break its back for one actor. It’s not right. Besides, it really felt like it was time for me to go. I was gracious. They were gracious. There are no hard feelings with me and executive producer, Frank Valentini.  I  don’t want to point fingers. I know there are a lot of disappointed fans. They don’t really understand what goes on behind the doors. They don’t understand why I wouldn’t go back to play Jason if I’m ready to work again. But what happens at GH should stay at GH.

Burton on the deal he has with Y&R which gives him freedom to go back and forth to Nashville often: ” I’ll get a lot of long weekends and frequent weeks off so I can get back to Nashville. I don’t want to work five days a week like I did at GH. (Laughs) I was on the air so much even I was sick of me!”

Burton’s message to his fans:  “Please hang in with me on this! I’m a little nervous so cut me some slack. (Laughs) Maybe put the TV on mute for my first couple of episodes and look at the new hairdo. Everything’s gonna be great…I promise!”

So soapers, are you content with Steve’s explanation? Are you willing to give him an opportunity to explore a new character? Will you be willing and open to tuning-in and wishing him the best when he hits the airwaves on Y&R? Let us know your thoughts!

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Janice
Janice

I’ll be watching, with volume up! While I’m still sad that he’s not on my beloved #gh, I wish him well. I’ve been watching Y&L for a couple of years so I know what’s going on and it will be interesting to see how they integrate this character. It’s gonna be hard for anybody to look at him and not see “Jason”.

Maria
Maria

Well I LOVE SHARON!!! if he is put with Sharon she is so great she will save him from being bummed off

RUBY C.
RUBY C.

HE WILL DO FANTASTIC WITH THE GREAT SHARON CASE 🙂

jon
jon

Curious to see if he’s more than the one dimensional actor he was on GH.

heidi
heidi

I knew that was the situation. Steve is a very good guy and he loved working with his GH buddies and of course he would leave under good conditions… he’s a nice guy and a profesional! I am happy to hear that it’s a short contract because maybe GH could get him back as Jason in the future with a similar deal… we can only hope! I would still like to see him return as Jason Q. Of course… I will watch him every episode he is on Y&R and the volume will be on and I am just happy he is working and we get to see him stretch in a new role. Sort of like how much we love Bob Woods as Bo Buchanan… but how great it was to see him in his new role on The Grove the series!

Best of luck Steve! From his tweets and FB posts it sounds like he is having fun with the group at Y&R.

Sherrie Shearer
Sherrie Shearer

I can understand his reasons, just mad at ABC for not trying harder to accomodate him.Seems like CBS is a little more savvy in that regard. Hope he comes back someday & I’ll be rooting for him.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I’m with you Sherrie. I also just wish he would’ve said this earlier. He could’ve avoided this whole mess!

Melissa
Melissa

As a long time fan it frustrates me that
he did not share more when he left GH.
He has the right to work anywhere he wants
just as fans have the right not to like it.
Just wish he was as loyal to his fans as
He is to Jill!? I hear mixed things about
her..I however, as much as I was a fan
If SB will not watch! My loyality is to GH.

Barbara
Barbara

I am with you I will never watch y and R I am a loyal GHer I am hoping he comes back to GH

boes
boes

Y&R’s loss is GH’s gain.

MK
MK

This is the problem that GH had was that certain characters were worked to death. The audience was tired of seeing Sonny/Carly/Jason daily doing the same story 100 mill times. The problem is if an actor decides to leave, a void is left open. More balance the better.

Even MB has said that he likes the ensemble and range he is getting at the new GH. But..Why go to the EP who was the source of the work overload?

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

Definitely agree with being tired of the same characters and practically the same story over and over. I think the new regime is doing a much better job of using the entire canvas and moving story along.
I hope Steve does well at Y&R. I think he doesn’t have to worry about the work overload this time though, since he worked out the deal before he signed.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

But..Why go to the EP who was the source of the work overload?

Good question. I hope he doesn’t hog up all the airtime on Y&R and he brings something to the show that it is currently lacking. I like Y&R so I’m curious to see how it turns out.

This does sound like a good arrangement for him personally, so I understand his decision. I enjoy GH much more now that it is a more balanced show. Win/Win.

Barbara
Barbara

speak for yourself I never tired of Jason sonny carly or sam

Christine
Christine

SHAME on you who think Steve Burton, the ACTOR, owes you anything – that you feel betrayed, please!

What is with this world of self-entitlement anyway?

I am so saddened that this has gone on so long and, hopefully this article will end all the nastiness.

It is HIS life and he can do with it as he pleases. You don’t want to watch him on Y&R, so don’t. Just leave the man alone already. Enough is enough.

Iakovos
Iakovos

Amen, Christine. As a Burton fan, I am glad for the chance to see the actor stretch his wings in a new opportunity.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

Actors live off of the fame they achieve through their fan base. It gives them ammunition for higher salaries, better roles and scheduling perks. They earn their fan base through good acting and building a relationship with them. If any actor wants their fan base to follow them from role to role, they should treat them with respect.
I feel that Mr. Burton disrespected his fans by not telling them that scheduling was the main issue. If he had said that, none of this would have ever been a problem. Did he ‘owe’ fans that statement, no – but if he wanted to keep them as fans, yes.

Christine
Christine

I get what you are saying, but you continue to prove my point.

What business of ours is any of this?

I love the actor Ryan Gosling. He can do no wrong in my book. I watch all his movies. So what business is it of mine what he decides to do in his personal life? If he chooses to take on a role or not? Where he decides to live? Oh, or does this only apply to soap actors because their fans are like rabid dogs sometimes?

Personally I think Steve Burton took the highroad and didn’t feel the need to explain his decisions and create chaos. Maybe he is not that good at public speaking and he wanted to address this situation after some grass grew over it. So what?!

Some celebrities would do themselves a favor by keeping quiet. Just look at a few such examples that got themselves into trouble in recent years by talking. Remember the things that Ashton Kutcher said that led him to hire PR for his Twitter? Or what about Neil Patrick Harris and his comments about Eric Braeden? What about Oprah and ALL the things she says that get her into hot water (cows, soaps, AIDS, etc.)? Does Melissa Reeves ring a bell?

I just wish that the people of today would accept the fact that they are not entitled to anything. Just like the solicitors that come to my door – I don’t have to open the door to anyone but law enforcement, but THEY believe otherwise. I have people that trespass my front lawn to take lemons OFF my tree because they feel THEY are entitled. This situation is no different.

Steve doesn’t have to explain himself to anyone but himself and his family. You can either accept it or not. For me this is beating a dead horse and I am done commenting. I am glad some people understand and feel the same way I do. It shows maturity. I am not trying to be mean, but when I read comment after comment about how “betrayed” the fans feel, it makes me sick.

Betty
Betty

DITTO, especially his fans that forked out money for his P.A’s, Monavie, The 90 Day Challenge and Port Chuck.

His popularity on GH, from his fans KEPT him on GH all these years and he also made some good money off his fanbase.

Mary SF
Mary SF

I agree. I am a little weary of this topic, I think this like the third or fourth time this subject has been raised. The only thing – and this might be the cynic in me, although I do agree it is his life and he can do what he wants, but right now, with both SB and JFP coming out to TV Guide with these explanations– it smacks a little like spin. They want to do damage control, to smooth things over with fans of SB from GH, hoping they will want to watch him on CBS, but also they get all this publicity to promote his new gig. But spin or not, I think we both agree it is time to move on from this topic- and lets hope his debut in GC lives up to all the hype.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

Christine, I agree that Mr. Burton owes me nothing. I never said I felt betrayed by him, although I know what you mean – because a lot of people did say that.
But you missed my point, that I think Mary SF got…he didn’t have to say anything -but he did. The fallout from his statement led to other statements from him and JFP, that only made it worse. MY point was if in his original statement he had just said scheduling couldn’t be worked out with GH, and then went to Y&R – his fans wouldn’t have felt disrespected and none of this would have happened.
I am with all of you in that I hope this topic is done.

cmjavagirl
cmjavagirl

Christine… I’m with you… all the way! I can’t wait for him to be on Y & R! Whoo hooo!!!

vikkye v..
vikkye v..

i agree i love sb and watch both soaps and i am glad he still has work and wants to try spending more time with his fam!!

Angela
Angela

I don’t believe him. I’m sure abc and GH would have given him as much as he wanted. They have accommodated Tony Geary for years. I’m sure they would have worked it out with Steve. He wanted out-its that simple. I just wish he would have been honest.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

Actually, he asked and ABC/GH couldn’t give him what he wanted schedule wise.

Betty
Betty

That’s baloney. If you read his interview in SID/October he initially said “Money and Scheduling” HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH HIM LEAVING. That’s why fans are so upset, because he’s given numerous answers and contradicted himself. All he had to say right from the start was “I want to explore” He didn’t do that and that’s why fans think he’s lying.

cmjavagirl
cmjavagirl

Steve did not lie to his fans! He did what he needed to do for himself, his family, his career. A career, the PTB at GH had absolutely no problem trying to damage with crappy storylines and negating a character this gifted actor had developed over the last 15 years. All he owed to his fans was a good job on the screen and he did that even when the show, the direction and the WRITING was extraordinarily terrible. I hope JFP does better for him this time around. GH after 30 years is dead to me. I’ll tune to Y & R just for Steve! Changing hair and clothes means nothing… it’s not those things that make a character… it’s the man and the actor! Good luck, Steve!

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I agree that GH did him wrong.

Not telling the whole story is lying by omission. All it would have taken is one sentence saying scheduling was the main issue and none of this would have happened. And the fact that he thinks the fans wouldn’t understand sounds like he thinks we are stupid. Just my opinion.

Christine
Christine

I think I am just going to start replying to those of you who show maturity and not self-entitlement.

Well done, cmjavagirl. Your comments are spot-on!

Betty
Betty

Steve working five days a week on GH was a lie. Since FV/RC came on board over a year ago, he has never worked (taped) five days. No actor on GH tapes five days a week. This guy likes to exaggerate about alot of things, that’s why you can’t believe a word he says. Family time and moving to TN had nothing to do with him leaving GH. He left because he couldnt’ stand working for FV and RC.

cmjavagirl
cmjavagirl

You know… you can believe what you want. This is probably the last time I’ll be commenting. I’ve read through the string and it’s really for the most part deplorable how you all think that this man has lied, taken advantage and misled you in any way. The fact that he did not point a finger at the PTB at GH and ABC not being able to come to terms on a new contract for him that met his needs speaks volumes for the man. The fact that he didn’t put the management to whom he was loyal for 21 years also speaks volumes. If Mr. Burton made certain things and events available to his fans they were in no way obligated to attend. If you did and you had a good time then you got your money’s worth. If you bought the juice or did the diet just because Steve was selling it and not from real need or want then that’s just silly and that’ on you not on him! Telling people, his fans, the public that he was leaving the show to which he’d been loyal after 21 years to move his family to another state and change his way of life is his right. And really none of our business! I’m certainly NOT telling him that I just moved from NJ to another state and was that okay with him. I also didn’t tell him that because of the absolutely terrible writing to which his character and he were subjected on GH that I was no longer watching even though I missed seeing him on my screen! NOW… you think he lied… you think what you want. HIS real fans know the truth. HE did what was necessary to not burn any bridges in the industry in which he makes a living… I say smart man. He didn’t make chaos or point fingers of blame at the horror that GH has become… good for him, again! He’s a business man who needs to work and support his family. He makes decisions based on what’s best for him and his own. He’s been nothing but wonderful to his fans for a lot of years. And again, I’ll say that ABC treated him abominably. For YEARS he was the GH go to guy… anyone the PTB wanted to ‘sell’ to their viewing public was paired with him for a lot of years. His fan base put a lot of money in the coffers at ABC. And when Mr. Burton was leaving THEY treated us with disrespect… NOT Steve! They were the one that said they were working to write such an important character off the canvas in a respectful way… instead they did the opposite and strung the Jason Morgan fans along to think that he wasn’t really dead and would be returning. THEY did this so that the JM fans would continue to watch while the new writers did nothing but denigrate this beloved character by rewriting… Read more »

Betty
Betty

Look, if you like the guy, that’s all well and good. He’s just peachy. THAT’S YOUR OPINION. So just because I dont go along with your comments, I’m immature, etc. Because I don’t agree with you I’m wrong and you are right. HA. You sound like Obama.
He don’t owe YOU nothing. That’s fine. BUT do not speak for other fans.
And your comments about buying tickets to PC, Monavie, etc. The salesman, Steve, knows there is a SUCKER born every minute and believe it or not, there are fans that have fallen for his BS for years. $45 for a bottle of Monavie? $250 for a ticket to PC, the 90 day challenge (this kinda crap is on him) After he makes his money off fans, what happened to Monavie and this diet stuff? It’s gone. Probably not enough suckers with bucks anymore to make him rich. I’m sure he will be trying something else with the Y&R suckers. Not every fan is smart like you.
Steve screwed up with all his excuses for leaving GH. All he had to say right from the start was “I want to explore” He did not. Then all the other crap came out from him. So he and Jill are still trying to explain why he left GH. Why? You might not believe this BUT there are fans who are pissed off. So get over it. Accept it. Advise for Steve: Stop talking, STFU already…..you are only fueling the fire for more comments from your fans.

cmjavagirl
cmjavagirl

You seem quite bitter. And a bit nasty as well. I was not nasty in any of my replies especially to a specific individual. I like Steve. You don’t. I don’t think he lied. You do. I’m entitled. You’re entitled. That said, I don’t think, unless you have talked with him personally that you should cast aspersions on anyone’s character without having all the facts directly from Mr. Burton of whom you and other supposed Burton Fans are maligning.

Sand
Sand

oh man – I LOVE YOU BETTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Betty you said everything myself and a whole lot of others are thinking!
He played the game VERY WELL!!

He could have atleast waited a year after the lie of needing to move to Nashville to make it seem legit….that’s where you know he LIED…..

The Short term viewers think that he doesn’t owe because they have not watched GH as long – for those of us that have watched GH since the beginning you BET YOUR BUTT we feel betrayed! – the money spent on PA’s and that lousy band – Us LTV’er have invested in him to the continued growth of GH to remain a good show as we do all the other players – if we didnt support them they’d be out of a job! …..I do wish him luck on whatever he does in the future but he’s lost a TONS of fans by doing this…..he better pray JFP keeps her job.

MATT
MATT

HE WILL BE WITH SHARON NEWMAN AND SHE IS THE BEST CHARACTER ON THE SHOW

Violet
Violet

I’m curious, cmjavagirl, how they rewrote the character of Jason. Can you please explain? I’ve been watching GH for more than 30 years now. I didn’t notice a Jason rewrite with the new PTB.

Jackie
Jackie

Sorry to say, but I’m fine with him gone. I used to love Jason, but I think GH is better without him.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Ditto.

Barbara
Barbara

There is a HUGE void now that Jason is gone he is a HUGE part of GH and it won’t be gone until Steve Burton returns

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

Steve said, “I know there are a lot of disappointed fans. They don’t really understand what goes on behind the doors. They don’t understand why I wouldn’t go back to play Jason if I’m ready to work again.”

Yes, we DO understand what goes on behind those closed doors, Steve. That is why if you had said just one thing about it, your fans wouldn’t be upset right now. The fact that you think we don’t understand, (TO ME) shows that you don’t respect your fans. You think they are too stupid to understand.
The fans won’t understand why you won’t go back to GH unless you explain it to them. You chose not to explain anything.
The fans are what got you where you are.

Elizabeth Kerri Mahon
Elizabeth Kerri Mahon

I don’t watch Y&R, so I’m not about to tune in just because Steve Burton joined the cast. I’m surprised that ABC didn’t find a role for him on Nashville since it films in his new hometown. Every actor has the right to stretch his wings, especially after playing the same role, and wearing the same black T-shirt for over 20 years. I wish him well. Frankly, I’m glad that Jason was killed off of GH because the character, as he had been written, had run its course. I feel the same way about Sonny’s character as well although I think both Maurice Bernard and Steve Burton are good actors. I’m just tired of having them shoved down my throat on a daily basis and held up as the heroes of the show, when in reality they are nothing but gangsters and killers.

Barbara
Barbara

I am glad that Sonny is there. The day Sonny leaves so do I without Jason or Sonny GH holds no interest for me I watch for them now that Jason is gone I watch for Sonny.

Violet
Violet

I agree. It was too much Sonny and Jason and not enough of all the Quartermaines, Bobbie and her family, the Weber family, etc. etc. Long time, established families disappeared so we could have more mob violence. I loved Sonny and Jason in their heyday, but not to the detriment of other characters. I like Sonny without the mob violence and him taking a turn in an ensemble cast. I miss Jason, but am disappointed in how SB left. I am not an entitled person, but feel I’m owed something from an actor who wanted to become famous and who was made so by all of us watching him day in and day out. He chose to make himself a famous public figure. Like it or not, he does owe the people who made him that famous public figure a little honesty

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

All that being said (in my above comment) I do wish Steve well at Y&R and in anything else he does.

LJ
LJ

At the risk of sounding like a pessimist, which actor of recent that was a legendary character elsewhere is still on YR? YR has enough core characters for plenty of storylines without adding new ones.

Crystal
Crystal

I miss u so much I just loved watching u on gh u where the show and will be missed

meg
meg

I WAS SICK OF JASON .EVEN ONCE A WEEK WAS TOO MUCH,

su0000
su0000

I wish some in general supposedly grownup fans would stop acting like spoiled children..
My god check yourselves 🙂
None are close personal family/friends of Steve’s nor involved in his personal life, to be included in what he does or does not do and his reasons for doing it..
When he left he made statements, I was fine with them as to why he left..
Apparently, what he said when he left was all he wanted to tell the public of his personal business…
Steve is a private person <——-
He said what he wanted to tell the public until some snoopy busybodies forced him to explain himself.. so sad ..

I will enjoy Steve doing his new and exciting thing on Y&R and can't wait to see his new shirts and his new hair cut/style!!
I'm happy that Steve has moved to on to improve his life..
🙂 🙂

boes
boes

New shirts and a new hair style still won’t make him a good actor.

Fans, as you say can “check themselves” by not trying to make a sow’s ear into a silk purse.

Y&R needs him like a hole in the head. It’s all about him being a FOJ – friend of Jill, and that’s it.

Christine
Christine

Great post, su000.

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

One thing is a certainty. If GH ever lures Steve back to play Jason he will get from them what he couldnt when he left: a taping schedule that lets him live with his family in Nashville. He would s till be playing Jason now if GH had allowed that!

anna freeman
anna freeman

I think Steve was burned out on the character and was ready for something new. They made concessions for Anthony Geary who lives In the Netherlands half the year. If Steve really wanted to stay I feel they would have worked something out for him. I think the fans would have felt less betrayed if he had just admitted that in the beginning.

Rebecca
Rebecca

I will always support Steve Burton, but am truly so disappointed that he will not be on GH! I’ve been watching GH for a very long time, and watched Steve/Jason since he started on GH. It’s sad that we all
fell in love with Jason/JaSam, and now he’s gone. And he left at a huge point in his love story with Sam.
They finally after 9 years got married, and just had a beautiful baby boy. They have wanted to have their
own baby for years!! Everything was finally what they and the JaSam fans have been waiting for, and now
he is gone. Many sad, dissapointed and angry GH fans. He was our number 1 heartthrob on GH. Jason
met and fell in love with the beautiful Sam McCall. That couple gave GH 9 yrs. of a relationship full of fun, intreage, danger, excitement, sorrow, love and hot steamy passion! They were the hottest and most loved
couple on GH!! Their chemistry was immediate, and lasted strong all those yrs. Now Sonny is left without
his mob enforcer and best friend/brother. GH is just not the same without our beloved Steve/Jason Morgan. I will always miss Steve, because no one can take his place. I wish him the very best in his life.
But, down deep I hope maybe someday he’ll return to his real family on GH……

mo
mo

I read the article and it’s good he explained. I still don’t think he’s that great an actor. Y&R and recently hired people more based on looks than acting ability. I don’t want to suffer through an acting class with Tyler or Mason or whoever else is on-screen. Avery and Nick are boring and adding another wheel to the car is not going to liven them up. Avery needs to go to NYC and start her own cooking/law show called “By the (cook) Book”.

Rebecca
Rebecca

I just want to say how sad it is for us Steve /Jason fans that the GH /ABC/
Higher ups wouldn’t give him a schedule that would help his family, and GH!!
It’s pathetic that GH lost its number 1 heartthrob, leading man to Y&R!! He is
a massive loss for GH, and a huge gain for Y&R. Very sad we lost Steve so
needlessly. I hope someday he will return back home to his GH family & fans
who will be waiting for him with open arms. Good luck to Steve and God bless…

Christine
Christine

I liked the comments about Joshua Morrow and his scruff and sweaters. It sounds like the dynamic duo (behind-the-scenes) of Joshua Morrow and Michael Muhney is about to gain a new member.

I hope the three of them have some silly antics to share. I still laugh at the thought of Joshua and Michael acting out Twilight or showing Michael’s lack of popularity backstage where he dropped his papers and the crew were less than friendly to him.

Elhu
Elhu

How much explaining does this poor guy have to do about HIS OWN LIFE, and the choices he makes for his family? His desire and willingness to explain this even further only shows how gracious and kind he is, and how much he appreciates his fans. I understand 100% that he chose a situation that makes it easier for him to spend more time with his family. As I have said before, I love GH, and miss Steve/Jason very much, but I am inclined to believe the powers that be at GH were not willing to give him the additional time off he needs (which is their perogative), and when given a more inticing offer by Y&R, he took it. I get that for sure, and look forward to seeing Dylan McAvoy. He is also a gentleman not to discuss what when on behind the scenes in his talks wth GH, that is proper and good for him. Long live GH, and I wish Steve much success on Y&R, and I look forward to watching Dylan McAvoy come to life, as I am sure Steve will do a wonderful job at making this character endearing.

shelly
shelly

Im in!!

me
me

So in this day and age of soap operas falling by the wayside because they are too expensive, we’re supposed to believe that GH would NOT love the idea of reducing Jason’s appearances to fewer days per week AND saving money at the same time? Exactly who does he think he’s kidding?

Just as he said he wanted to spend more time with his family, only to sign with another soap within seconds, this is a bunch of baloney.

Violet
Violet

I agree, Me. I don’t think Steve wanted to be at GH. And I don’t think GJ wanted to pay him what he wanted. Cartini doesn’t think the moon sets and rises with him and didn’t want to pay him major $ for less screen time. Paying him less for less screen time should have worked, in theory.

Betty
Betty

Steve is full of baloney in this interview.

So he never got time to got to Target working at GH? How about his off days, dark days and holiday weeks off? Such nonsense.

“Actors want to explore. Actors are gypsies. They are not supposed to have the same job for 20 or 25 yrs” Steve, most actors are lucky to get work at all and keep working, hoping a show won’t be cancelled and out of work again.

“I don’t want to work five days a week like I did at GH”. That’s a lie. (You didn’t work (tape) five days a week at GH this past year. NONE of the actors on GH work five days a week. You got your long weekends, off days and holiday weeks this year.)

“I don’t want to point fingers.” But you and Jill just did this week in your interviews.

“The flying back and forth was the sticking point.” Lie (You were flying back and forth with GH during off days, dark weeks, holiday weeks and you are doing it now for Jill)

“I don’t want a show to break it’s back for one actor.” (but you enjoyed it for 20 years when GH did break it’s back for you until FV showed up)

Your keeping up on GH since your exit. Steve said “Yea” (Lie, Steve claimed on Twitter he never watches GH)

Robbyrob
Robbyrob

I call this creative BS. First of all, especially under Frank & Ron, the character of Jason was NOT working 5 days a week! Just look at how much less Maurice Benard works…some actors are just not used to having off days. The new writers are to be credited for spreading the storyline wealth around. GH is all the better for that now. I can agree with Steve that it should be not about one actor who holds a show hostage. If GH WERE working Steve 5 days a week, then how could the show have survived such a gaping hole???? Besides if he was still working those 5 days a week, how the heck did he find the time to tour with his band or do those numerous club appearance…for which he was so handsomely paid? Sorry, no dice here. Enjoy YR Steve and I’ll enjoy my GH without the mopey Jason.

Sly
Sly

GH is the only soap I watch. Just because Steve Burton left the show does not mean that i will follow him. One soap is enough for me. I have better things to do with my time. He’s gone…It’s over…I say RECAST ….and let’s move on. There’s a lot of story he left behind.
I am sure GH’s casting director Mark Teschner will do a good job replacing Jason. HE HAS WON “FOUR EMMY’S” FOR HIS WORK. I am sure he will do a good job replacing Steve.
To the General Hospital cast and crew if you are reading any of this I want you to know that I support you 100%. Keep up the good work and I hope GH gets a long contract extension…

Suzanne
Suzanne

I agree. I really don’t care why Steve left. I will not be tuning in to Y&R just to see him. I wish him the best of luck and hope that he is happy with his new role. I’ll miss seeing him as Jason.

BonnieJ
BonnieJ

I think that Steve did want this all along but it just was not publicly known. The same think happend with Johnathan Jackson, he wanted more time off with his family, they would not give it so he left. Now has a new role on Nashville. I think that Steve also needed a character change, he never said he would not come back to GH, and it is left so he can return. Remember he is short term on Y and R..but if audience like him and he likes the show, it could last longer. I was sorry to see him leave, but mostly because it left his onscreen wife Sam alone. I wish him all the happiness that he searches for.

Pumpkinoodles
Pumpkinoodles

I like the Ryan Gosling analogy. I like his acting in pretty much anything. Real fans of SB will watch him in anything.

Anyone who doesn’t was never really a fan of the actor, just the character.

Didja Noit
Didja Noit

@pumpkinoodles….That is my feeling about it too. The majority of the people going off on Steve aren’t his fans at all.

Maybe they were fans of Jason, and I can understand they will miss him. But missing a soap character doesn’t warrant the attacks Steve has been personally subjected to. I’m beginning to think that many of the people accusing Steve of “betrayal” and “lying”, are people who hated Jason and possibly Steve too! Which is fine. But why are they lying about being his fans?

I’m glad he’s going to a show I watch!

Sly
Sly

Give me a break….That’s why your happy because he’s going to a show you already watch. He still should have been honest with his fans. I like Steve, I’ve met him a couple of times. No, I will not follow him to YR because I am at TRUE GH fan and they get all of my support.

Rodd
Rodd

Don’t buy it for a minute. Be happy, Steve, but I won’t be following you. Don’t trust the man any more.

Sly
Sly

Rock on Rodd….

Janelle
Janelle

Him and JFP are spinning things to their favor. They didn’t anticipate the backlash so they are doing damage control to the fans. Enough for those who say to get over it or say the fans shouldn’t be pissed. Don’t go around telling us how we should feel. We don’t do it to you. Your no better than them. I wish Steve uck. But no I will not be tuning in. In fact I e stopped watching Yr for months and have no intention of watching again. Team GH all the way!!!

JACKIE
JACKIE

ive watched u from day one when allen and monic adoped u so im a big fan so i feel what ever u decide 2 do with ur life i wish u well i also camand u on putting ur family frist that what seaparate the men from the boys good luck 2 u on YR I NO U WILL DO WELL I WILL B WATCHING DILLION

Sly
Sly

TV Guide Magazine: If GH had tried harder to accommodate your personal life would you still be there?
Burton: I don’t want to point fingers. I know there are a lot of disappointed fans. They don’t really understand what goes on behind the doors. They don’t understand why I wouldn’t go back to play Jason if I’m ready to work again. But what happens at GH should stay at GH.

Annick
Annick

I am no SB or Jason fan by a long shot and just was scrolling pass this GH/YR “shocking”(rme) news cuz saw it coming when JFP was announced YR EP. Good luck To SB but also good riddance. This crappy BS interview is why I am not a fan of this spoiled egomaniac businessman cuz he was never a good actor IMO. His telenovela plug was all it took for me too see that SB & JFP planned this around Emmy time and this is only my opinion; however this is his life so good luck but I am tire of hearing him whine & do damage control in the press so I will end with “Damn, SB don’t make no speech about it, just be gone already, Deuces.”

diane
diane

i am really sad to see steve bulton leave the show even now that jason has a son. but i will stay watching GH. i hope he enjoy his new person but i feel he should come back good luck best wishes steve i will miss you.

r hey going to bring someone else to play jason now or wait to see if steve comes back i hope he comes back

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

No, Steve would be playing Jason if GH would have maccomodated his schedule. He was moving his family to Tenn. Regardless, but he was willing to fly in and out to stay. GH nixed that so he left. yAnd R accomodated him.

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

Also, when Port Chuck has toured, its been when GH is dark. The ONLY way all 4 actors could be off the show for a week at a time. Club appearances and p.a. dates are on the weeken when actors are off. Please know the facts before you spout off and look the ignorant fool you are!

patti
patti

ithink fans need to realize that steve did what he neede to keep his family in nashville he really doesnt owe us anything but at least he went on the talk to answer some of the questions ,to some who are angry at him the only people he owed anything to is himself and his family steve is a talented actor and im sure he will be a good addition to y@r i will watch him to see his new character and i wish him the best of luck in his new role and to add i never felt betrayed it was just his time to move o n,i will miss him as jason but thats life….

Kellie
Kellie

You will be missed people should understand you can’t play him forever! Good luck and I guess I will stay faithful and watch y&r and see what’s happening! Will always miss Jason!

Helena
Helena

Please being back Steve Burton to GH. The show no matter who you bring back does not fill his shoes. I have watched G H for over 40 years. My friends and family all fe the same . Please do what it takes to bring him back. Thank you

Sue
Sue

I have watched General Hospital for as long as I can remember but with out Jason I am ready to stop watching it. I don’t know what is going on with the show bit Jason leaving and them making it look like Sam it gonna get with McBain is just sick!!!! If I don’t here some news soon about Jason coming back I will just have to cut out my day time tv. They use to have great storys but now it is like watching Days of our lives!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Keisha Simmons
Keisha Simmons

Mr. Burton,
I was one of your biggest fans. I would race home from work to see you on GH. Now I don’t do that anymore. You have broken a lot of hearts and I really don’t think that I can watch you on another show because no matter where you go you will always be Jason (Stone Cold) Morgan. I am sorry but I can’t see you as anyone other character. I do wish you the best and you will always be my favorite actor and I wish you the best. I can watch you in a movie but I will not watch you on another soap show, You don’t fit anything to me but GH. You have let a lot of fans down with this adventure you are on including me. GH is not he same and I hope that you one day return.

Curt Harris
Curt Harris

Cut Steve some flack? Heck no!!! We want him back at GH where he belongs. Ever since he left the show sucks, ratings are going down like the titanic, and the rumor mill is really turning that 2013 will be the last year GH will be on the air! Thanks A lot STEVE!!!

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GH Preview – Week of July 16, 2018

This week on General Hospital the fallout from Michael (Chad Duell) and Nelle’s (Chloe Lanier) nuptials will change the course of several lives including Carly’s (Laura Wright), who has come to bust up of the wedding, by busting out of Ferncliff!

Meanwhile, after those close to Drew (Billy Miller) encourage him to try to date again after his divorce from Sam (Kelly Monaco), he ends up in a surprise encounter with Marqaux (Elizabeth Hendrickson).  Will sparks fly?

Check out these other teasers for this week’s GH below, and you can watch the tease for Monday’s episode here.

Let us know in the comment section below what storyline has you most intrigued.

MONDAY JULY 16

Michael is torn.

TUESDAY JULY 17

Valentin puts two and two together.

WEDNESDAY JULY 18, 2018  

Curtis offers Liz an explanation.  

THURSDAY JULY 19, 2018 

Carly faces the consequences of her actions.

 FRIDAY JULY 20, 2018

Obrecht encounters an obstacle.

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GH’s Vinessa Antoine Lands Primetime Series Will Make Canadian TV History!

Fantastic news for General Hospital favorite, Vinessa Antoine (Jordan)! The talented actress had landed the leading role in the primetime Canadian series, Diggstown!

The legal drama is scheduled to air this fall.  In Diggstown, Antoine will play Marcie Diggs, a top corporate lawyer who decides to dedicate herself to a legal aid office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

This casting news will make Vinessa a part of Canadian TV history as the first Black Canadian actress to star in a prime-time drama on legacy network television, CBC.

Antoine spoke to the Toronto Star about her starring role, “When I first read the script I was really attracted to the notion that she was a corporate lawyer and she believed in the system. And when that crashed for her, life nudged her to do something extraordinary. And because I’m a woman of color, so many things connected. She’s complex, not stereotypical, and that’s refreshing.”

However as suspected, and according to the Toronto Star: “General Hospital fans will not be happy to learn that Antoine, who has been with the show since 2014, will no longer be a series regular when she starts shooting Diggstown in August.”

So, excited to hear Vinessa has been cast in a leading primetime series?  Comment below!

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Dominic Zamprogna Speaks Out On His Decision To Leave GH, His Final Scenes With Emme Rylan & How Dante Exited The Canvas

A few weeks ago, General Hospital fans watched as one of the series beloved stars, Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) exited the show in scenes opposite his longtime on-screen love interest, Emme Rylan (Lulu).  For nine years, Zamprogna brought authenticity, emotion, and heart to the son of Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero) to life.  While Dante’s journey started out with a bang, literally (thanks, Sonny!), over the years it appeared he was taking a backseat in meatier storylines.  All the while, Dante and Lulu remained one of the more popular duos with the viewers.

After much reflection, Zamprogna decided it was time for him to walk away from a place that became his second home.  His desire now shifted to play different characters in different projects, but it was not without taking many things into account with his life-changing decision.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Dominic to glean more insight into: if there was anything GH could have done to make him sign on the dotted line again, what went down to make those final scenes seem so rushed, how it was to say goodbye to his co-workers in front of the camera and behind the scenes, if he would consider a return at some point, and how would he feel if GH now planned on recasting Dante, and much more.

For us; we recall meeting Dominic for the first times just six months into his time at General Hospital for our first interview together.  We were instantly struck by his sincerity, humor, and his eagerness to learn from some of the best in the business.  Now exiting as a “soap vet“, per se, it is a full-circle moment that we had the time to conclude his GH journey with this conversation.  Here’s what Dom had to say about it all.

What were the factors that contributed to your decision to exit GH?  Was there a pivotal moment where you were feeling, and recognizing, that you were underutilized that you felt you needed to make a change? 

DOMINIC:  When you named me the “Most Underutilized Actor of 2017!” (Laughs) Well, my plan was never to stay forever.  But half-way through my second contract,  Emme Rylan (Lulu) and I were approached by our producer on set, who said words to the effect of: you guys have been on the sideline, time to get you into the game.  That led to the Dante cheating storyline, which gave us story for about a year … which was great!  But as that ended, so did any subsequent storylines, it seemed.  In the year that followed, I started entertaining thoughts of leaving.  By the next year, I started talking about it with my wife, Linda, who had started to notice that maybe I wasn’t happy anymore, and I wasn’t.  That’s not a good feeling, especially if you’re bringing that energy home with you.  Then, I made the mistake of going on social media, which is a terrible place to go sometimes.  But fans were saying the same sort of things I was feeling.  Was it all due to story or lack-thereof?  No.  I was starting to crave playing other roles, and that’s hard to do when you’re under contract.

Were discussions even had with Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) and the powers-that-be about your feelings of dissatisfaction over not being utilized more in storylines?

DOMINIC:  The discussions happened late.  Not until the negotiation process, actually.  I’m no squeaky wheel I guess, but I also don’t feel it’s in my job description to be one.  I did put out a few ideas here and there, but they didn’t happen.  I know other actors have tried the same and it didn’t lead to anything for them, either.  I was a creation of Bob Guza (former head writer, GH), and maybe I was spoiled by the amount of great writing I received while he was there.

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There had to be some sadness in walking away from GH.

DOMINIC:  Oh yeah… it was sad.  I built that character, and now here I was walking away from it, and essentially my second family.  That’s been the hardest part.  Lifelong friendships were made, and memories.  However, it’s been over a month and a half since I’ve been at GH and I feel happy.  I’ve been up in Canada shooting Tin Star, which has been a great experience.  I’ve stayed in touch with everybody and I miss everybody, in fact, I just spoke to Mo (Maurice Benard) yesterday, and I’m in class with Emme (she won’t leave me alone).  But, I feel like I made the right choice for me at this moment.

To clarify; were you actually trying to work out a deal to stay put, but both sides just could not hammer things out to a satisfactory conclusion?

DOMINIC:  We did try to work out a deal.  After more talks and conversations, I felt maybe we were going to get things done.  I was being told things would change and maybe shift things in the direction we wanted to go.  But at the end of the day, it’s gotta be in writing.  I feel like I’d been told similar things in the past which hadn’t come to fruition.  I was also reminded that it was me who needed to sign my name on that dotted line and live with that decision, and I chose not to do so.

If someone would have said to you: “We have an “A” story for you, and you are going to be driving it,” would you have been more apt to stay?   

DOMINIC:  There was talk about us sitting down and talking about storylines, but that didn’t end up happening, not sure why.  And even if it did, I don’t know that it would’ve changed my mind about leaving, anyway.   But just to be clear: I have no anger towards anybody.  It’s all a business at the end of the day.  Both sides did what they felt was right.  For me, I just felt this chapter had come to an end.

Photo: ABC

When, and how did you tell on-screen scene partner, Emme Rylan that you were leaving?  Was she happy for you and your decision?

DOMINIC:  Emme knew really early on.  Once January rolled around I was like: “I have been thinking for the last six to nine months that I am going to go.”   I wanted her to know, because we have been a couple for five years on the show.  Emme was very happy for me.  I went, “Wait a minute!  Don’t be this happy.  I’m leaving.” (Laughing)  

What happened when you told your on-screen mom, Lisa LoCicero ?

DOMINIC:  She was sad, but she is also said, “You’re in your prime, go see what’s out there!”   I wouldn’t have done this move if I did not get support at home.  My wife is the rock and the one that makes this household go.  Some things outside the show were starting to happen; I had a nice screen-test for a pilot, and then I booked these four episodes of Tin Star.  When you have choices in life; you have power and control over your future.  I think Emme and Lisa as actors realized that.  That’s what made them happy for me … for the future.  The last nine years were exciting.  However, when you can have a little bit more say in what you are doing on a day to day basis, that is empowering.  So, in saying, “no” to something, and saying, “Thank you, but that’s not what I am looking for right now,” that can feel good.

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It was a shame that through all the regimes that they rarely wrote any scenes between Dante and his father, Sonny.  What was Maurice Benard’s reaction when you told him you were leaving?

DOMINIC:  It has been pretty publicized that he and I were dissatisfied at the lack of  storyline, or scenes together.  Maurice asked the powers-that-be, “Why aren’t we working together more?”  We never had a clear answer as to why.  He didn’t know from one day to the next what was happening with my contract talks.  Mo saw me smiling one day and asked, “So does that smile mean you’re staying?”  And I said, “No, that smile is because I’m leaving.” (Laughs)  I said that more to mess with him, and make him sad.  He said, “As long as you are good financially, then I am all for anybody getting out of here and seeing what else is out there.” Really, Mo talks people into leaving so he can get more screen-time. (Laughs)

Let’s talk about the final airshow, and the story that came out of left field to facilitate your exit.  Was that written quickly to accommodate a shooting schedule or contract completion?  It felt rushed to the viewing audience.

DOMINIC:  Left field is right!  I still had a week and a half left of work when they found out I wasn’t going to re-sign, and within twelve hours I had six exit scenes written.  So, it wasn’t done to facilitate anything but a set (Lante’s house), I think.  My final tape date was May 18th, and Emme and I had scenes on the Wednesday or Thursday before that.  I guess they wanted my last scenes that aired to be with Emme, and that might have been the only scheduling day that worked for the set and the actors, and maybe that’s also why it felt so rushed.  All I could assume is that they didn’t think I was really going to leave so they didn’t plan for it, or they chose to protect themselves in this way, by not making a big deal about it.  I had another week of scenes in the PCPD with Chase (Josh Swickard) and Michael (Chad Duell) that was shot afterward.  But they had nothing to do with Dante’s “secret mission!”

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I thought, “Wait!  Is that it?  Is this Dominic’s final show?  Dante doesn’t say goodbye to his mother… his father … or his son, Rocco?

DOMINIC:  Yeah, that was tough for me.  After 9 years you think you’re going to get a little bit better of a send off.   You also, hope they’re going to honor the character.  Dante wouldn’t leave to go to the 7-eleven without saying goodbye to his mother and kids.   Maurice and I talked about that.  He said, “I guess, they don’t want people to feel really sad.  You and me doing some goodbye scenes, people are going to be devastated.”   I agree with that.  However, I also think it’s a soap and that’s what fans want … good, ole drama.  I would have loved to have had scenes with Sonny, Olivia, and Dante’s kids, but when you make a decision like this, how you leave on-air is not up to you.  Both parties are going to handle it how it’s best for them.   I was very grateful they gave Emme and I something to seek our teeth into. 

They were very sad scenes.  You are one of those actors that can take the material and connect with it while delivering it in a very subtle and heartfelt way.  How was Emme after your final scenes?

DOMINIC:  She was kind of crying the whole time, going “Damn you! Damn you.”   I was having fun with it, because I love making Emme cry.  It’s not a very difficult thing to do.  (Laughs).  We were both pretty teary-eyed, actually.  Then, when we finished the scenes and I looked over and I saw how upset the crew was, that’s what really got me.  Barbara, one of the camera operators actually jokingly apologized; suggesting that if my last shot was blurry it was my fault!  As an actor, when you make the crew feel something it kind of gives you some extra good feels. That was always the best feeling, talking to Craig (our stage manager), or Donna (head of makeup department) after a scene to get the honest truth on how you did.  I’ll miss them.

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Viewers, watching Dante have this flashback about the guy who was responsible for Lulu going overboard the Haunted Star a few years ago, probably needed a moment to connect the dots.  Some viewers were going, “What?  Dante is going after the guy that tried to drown Lulu from two years ago?”

DOMINIC:  When I read that in the script even I went, “What?” Who’s that?”  I had no idea, either. (Laughs)

Then there was this:  Dante was so hard on Lulu for her pursuing her dream as a journalist and how it inadvertently got Nathan killed.  Then all of a sudden in your final scenes, Dante has a line to Lulu in which he says something to the effect of: I understand now – you got to do, what you got to do.  In story, prior to these scenes it was leaning more towards Dante and Lulu were going to break-up over what had recently transpired.

DOMINIC:  Which, who knows?  If Dante had stayed in Port Charles it could have been the direction they were going in.  It certainly looked like they were building toward conflict, conflict, conflict, but with me leaving it was much sweeter to leave on the note that we left on, instead of Dante leaving, because he can’t deal with being around Lulu. This all leads me to believe that they didn’t want to do anything too permanent to give them time to make the proper decisions.

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What was the last day of shooting like for you?  Was it hard to get through?

DOMINIC:  It felt like a regular day, and my final scenes were up towards the end of the tape day. They had a cake afterwards.  Frank briefly spoke and introduced Maurice; who said a bunch of sweet words.  That meant a lot to me.  I said “goodbye” to everybody and took some photos, and that was it.  I already had my room packed up.  Once you’re ready to go, you’re ready to go.  Afterwards, I went out with Ryan Paevey (Ex-Nathan) and Jeffrey Vincent Parise (Ex-Carlos) for some beers and wings at the bar down the street.  It wasn’t until everybody came back after a two-week break that it felt real, because then I was receiving text messages from people saying, “We’re back.  Why the hell aren’t you here?”

The door has been left open for Dante to return.  Would you ever come back?

DOMINIC:  Of course, at some point.  But it might not be my choice, they might recast.  They told me they won’t, but who knows what’ll be done.  Do I think you can just recast a role?  No, I think it’s always a tough sell, but they’ve done it with bigger names/characters than mine.  I would be a little surprised, only because there hasn’t been much story for Dante in the last three years.  For me, as of now, I’ve moved on, and I’m very happy with my decision and my life.  It’s sad in other respects, don’t get me wrong.  I’ve read things that people have said on Twitter, and I want everyone to know I’ve seen it all and it means a lot to me.  People have been beautiful to me.  I’m truly overwhelmed by the love.  I thought there would be more of, “Who cares?” when fans found out I left.   I must have done something right during the years I was at GH.

Did you think when you made the decision to leave they would kill-off Dante? 

DOMINIC:  No, not at all.  I don’t think killing off Dante would be a good idea, especially after they killed Nathan, and also because of the climate we live in with police involved shootings and violence, in general.  In a perfect world as an actor, you crave the opportunity to have one last moment with the other characters that have been important to your character over the years.  That’s all I would have wanted for myself, and Dante.  I’ll take what I got though.  It was extremely meaningful because of what Emme and I had and built.  I feel we got to the heart and soul of those two characters in a pretty short amount of time in our scenes.

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Speaking of Nathan, I think thus far those funeral scenes, which you were wonderful in, and the story arc revolving around his death, are GH’s best bet for an Emmy in the Drama Series category next year. 

DOMINIC:  I agree.  It was so well-done.  We’d all would like to go out like that!  Tragic, but it made for great TV and great soap.  It was phenomenally well-acted across the board.  Lots of Emmy reel stuff for Michelle Stafford (Nina) and Kirsten Storms (Maxie), and Kathleen Gati (Liesl), and hopefully for our directors and crew, also.  They did an amazing job bringing that to life.

This now leaves Josh Swickard as the lone cop now by default on GH.   he PCPD is notorious for being the worst cop shop in the history of soaps! (Laughs) They can’t ever solve a crime.

DOMINIC: (Laughs) I know!  What is Josh is going to do?   Maybe between Chase and Jordan (Vienssa Antoine) they will solve crimes.  Maybe, they’ll bring on a new cop.  Josh is a great guy and I enjoyed working with him.  At the beginning, we had that contentious relationship between the two guys.  That would’ve been fun if it lasted longer, where they had this continual real dislike for one another.  Who knows?  With Dante gone, maybe they will start solving some crimes! (Laughs) Maybe now the PCPD will be the greatest police unit in the USA.

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Over your nine years at GH, would you still consider that your best storyline was coming on to the show and then having Sonny shoot Dante, only for it to turn out that he just shot his own son?

DOMINIC:  Yes, I think you have to.  That was my intro.  They had this story planned eight months before they even cast the role.  To get to that moment, was a classic soap cliffhanger.  I grew up watching soap operas with my grandparents, and if they had been alive for that scene they would have lost it, because it was something that ‘old school’ soap fans would really dig.  For me, doing that story felt so special.  ABC also pumped it with the promotion, and the promos, and the TV spots, and amped it up.  I didn’t feel it disappointed.  It was actually the audition scene that I had to perform to get the part!  Then six months later you get to say these lines that got you the part, and you hope you don’t whiff on the softball.

While putting together and producing the GH 55th anniversary tribute package for this year’s Daytime Emmys, I included that moment between Sonny and Dante.  I remember watching the complete scene before editing it and the dialog was so good.  It still holds up to this day.

DOMINIC:  My manager was at the Emmys that night, and said what a great moment that was.  I meant to thank you for that, because I really appreciated it being in there.

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Are there any other scenes that come to mind that you are most proud of?

DOMINIC:  I also really loved the scenes with Max Gail (Mike). He is a special guy.  There was so much in our scenes; where Dante finds him with Avery in the stables.  Those moments are going to stick with me for a long time.

On June 28th, the airdate of your last episode, you posted a tweet to the fans that read: “The love you guys have given me over the years and continue to give is overwhelming.  It is I that must thank YOU!”  I thought that was extremely touching and very appreciated by the fans.

DOMINIC:  I was thinking, “Man, I have to thank you, because I would not legitimately be here if you hadn’t liked this guy, Dante.”  It was bringing tears to my eyes reading what people were saying, and seeing how much love I was receiving.

Tell me about your role in the British-Canadian production of Tin Star?

DOMINIC:  It’s a recurring role,  I’ve been working on it since March.  It’s something very different from what I’ve been doing the last 9 years.  Can’t give much away, but I play a hired gun type of guy.  There are some great scenes and moments, and I was lucky enough to work with Christina Hendricks, John Lynch, and the legend, Tim Roth.

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Do you feel now that you have had some time away now from GH, and have been playing another role, that the thought of playing Dante for you at this point is like: “Been there. Done that?”

DOMINIC:  I would never say Dante is done forever.  Right now for me, he is.  They left it open, hopefully they left it open for me, but every actor hopes that.  We want our cake and to eat it too!  I want to leave right now, but I want you to want me to come back some day.  No one wants their role to be recast.  But it’s an important character, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see.  Who knows what the future holds.  I left on good terms.  Just so everyone knows; I didn’t spring something on GH on the last day of my contract.  It’s important that I let people know that I didn’t just wake up one day and say, “See ya”.  This also wasn’t about money.  Sure, we want to be paid what we believe we’re worth.  But this in no way was about me asking for the moon, or I was going to leave.  It was a very, very difficult decision.

So, what do you think about how GH wrapped up Dante’s story for Dominic’s exit? Would you like him to return to GH sooner than later?  Do you think the role of Dante was problematic to write for?  What were your favorite scenes of Dom’s during his time at GH? Let us know via the comment section below.

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