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Steve Burton Talks About His Departure From GH & Chokes Back Tears saying,"It'll Be Hard" – Watch the Video!

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One of the all-time most popular actors and characters ever to grace General Hospital, Steve Burton (Jason Morgan) spoke to ABC News about his upcoming departure from the 49-year-old soap opera after being with the show for 21 years.

During the video interview, Burton talks about his decision to move his family to their new home in Nashville.   The interview also points out that it is confirmed that Burton will be seen on air into November, although he last tapes his final GH episode at the end of this month.

The most poignant moment came at the end of the interview piece when Burton tried to share his emotions and thoughts on what it was going to be like not driving to the ABC  lot every day and seeing all the beloved cast and crew that he has been with for so many years and that have been a major part of his life.  Choking back tears, Steve admitted, “It’ll be hard.”

Moving on to other projects, including the one mentioned previously with James Franco, wanting to produce and direct, and continuing on with Port Chuck – his band with fellow castmates, Brandon Barash, Scott Reeves and Bradford Anderson were mentioned as all a part of Burton’s plan post-GH, as well as the unknown to see where his career can go next.

After the jump, watch Steve’s comments, and if you were like us, you may need a hankie, when he realizes time is getting close for the Daytime Emmy winner to film his final moments as Jason.

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Chris
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Chris

I had the opportunity to meet him quite a few times & to know this has been his dream for a LONG time. I wish him nothing but the best.he is a sweetheart of a guy and you can’t want anything but the best for him..it will be sad & GH will be different but don’t we all want our dreams to come true& to try new things??

florence
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florence

OMG steve burton gonna be miss GH wont be the same without Jason Morgan. you must follow your dream goo luck God blessyou and your family. Thanks for the memory. Adieu .

tasneem
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tasneem

Wow I’m gonna miss Jason. Can still remember the classic episodes with Carly Sonny AJ Brenda Jagger Karen Stone and Robin. Wow so long ago. I will always have my memories. I wish Steve the best and hope he comes back for guest appearances

Trapper
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Trapper

Incredibly sad for GH, but I wish him well. If he’s going to do anything else, now is the time. I always remember Nathan Fillion talking about the advice that Bob Woods gave him. He told Nathan that soap work was like “golden handcuffs”, and that he’d have to leave to be able to really try anything.

Scott
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Scott

I wish Steve nothing but the best in his future projects, however, the exit of Jason Morgan is one that is long over-due, especially given the horrific treatment of JaSam as a supercouple on “General Hospital”.

heidi
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heidi

Thank you Michael! Please do a video interview with Steve for all of us!!! He is my fave and I am sad to hear he’s leaving… even though I am happy for him and his family! You do such a great job with your interviews and we know you like him… so you could do a great interview!!! Oh you could also have him on your next podcast!

Joan Faist
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Joan Faist

So Sad , but I wish Steve Burton the best life has to offer. Whatever he does I will be there to support him. To the TV and Movie world take notice of this incredible actor and treat our Jason with all the respect he deserves. Thank you Steve for entertaining us these last 21 years.

B.J.
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B.J.

I wish Steve the best in all his new endeavors. He’s provided a lot of entertainment for us, for many years.

Look forward to seeing him elsewhere… but not with James Franco though. 😉

Betty
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Betty

Still not buying that Steve did not want to be around for the 50th Anniv. storylines coming up. The reason he isn’t because FV and Steve could not work out a schedule for him whlle living in TN full time. If Phelps and Frons were still here Steve would be staying with the show……no question. Phelps and Frons would have worked out something for Steve to get him to stay. They adored SB. The current regime? Not so much. JMO.

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

I highly doubt the outcome would be different if Phelps and Fronzilla were still there.

mimi
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mimi

aww i sure will miss steve/jason on gh hes one of the best but i wish him and his family all the best in life 🙁

LLATWTFan
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LLATWTFan

I will miss him so much! Jason and Sam are the best! I’ve loved Steve since I first saw him on Days of Our Lives and loved him on Out of This World. I’m sure I’ll find him somewhere again! Maybe he’ll be back on GH or DOOL or on to YR? I’m crossing my fingers. He’s so talented and not to hard on the eyes!

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

Sad to see him go, but I completely understand. Hopefully TPTB will find a way to have him return for the 50th anniversary…him and Robin! 🙂

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

Awww…he really did get choked up….

krktoday
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krktoday

Steve was signing autograph’s in Sear’s when me and my daughter went to the mall to meet him. He was still a Quartermaine back then and not yet dating Keesha. We were the only two there to meet him. He was really nice. After his accident and he became a hitman for Sonny he got so popular so fast you could no longer just walk up to him for a autograph because of the tremendous crowd’s. He has come a long way with GH. I wish he wasn’t leaving right now with the show already in such a fight to… Read more »

Youngfan
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Youngfan

I will miss watching steve he is amazing not to mention hot. I cried my eyes out when I seen he was leaving. I will see port chuck and pay the maximum just to see him up close. Hope he comes back to gh it wont be the same without him.

florence jeune
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florence jeune

OMG GH will never be the same without Jason Morgan, Steve Burton do what you need to do follow your dream , be happy . I wish you and your family all the best. God bless we love you always . Adieu thanks for the memories.

barbara silver
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barbara silver

bring steve burton back

Arleen Heintzelman
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Arleen Heintzelman

I have been watching GF for about 40 years, as long as I have been in this country. Steve Burton is a great actor and I have enjoyed watching him for over 20 years and wish him well. I miss seeing him in the story but sometimes you have to take a leap and try something you have wanted to try for a long time. I wish him and his family well and will tune into the rival show once in awhile to see him.

Tina R Lewis
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Tina R Lewis

Steve (Jason) Was The Main Reason I Watched GH!!! As Steve Said…We The Fans Don’t Know What Goes On Behind Closed Doors!!! GH What Were You Thinking???

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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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