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GH’s Steve Burton Talks on How Stuart Damon Was an Advocate for Him, Becoming Jason Morgan and More on Maurice Benard’s ‘State of Mind’


Part one of the highly-anticipated guest appearance of Steve Burton (Jason, General Hospital) on Maurice Benard’s (Sonny, General Hospital) You Tube series, State of Mind, was posted on Sunday.

In it, the longtime co-stars and good friends discussed: Steve’s beginnings as an actor, his parents divorce and his decision in his teen years to go live with his father, what it was like for Burton when he attended Beverly Hills High School, the start of his acting career, and eventually landing at General Hospital in the role of Jason Quartermaine.

The duo also discussed how a few years into Burton’s run as Jason, Maurice was cast as Sonny, and at one point, as the story goes, Benard saw something in Burton and helped Steve grow as an actor.

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Some of the highlights of their ‘State of Mine’ talk included: finding out what went down behind the scenes that led the character of Jason Quartermaine to become Jason Morgan. As it turns out, it was Burton’s on-screen dad, the late Stuart Damon (ex-Alan Quartermaine), who kicked things off when he said something to the powers-that-be.

Steve shared, “Stuart Damon was a huge advocate for me. He would always go up (to producers) and say, ‘Hey, give this guy something. He’s good. He’s got something.'” He added (as to the Jason Morgan character shift), “I believe it was Elizabeth Korte who is now our head writer, and I believe, it was something between her and Bob Guza (former GH head writer). I don’t know who’s idea it was, but what happened was, you and I (Benard) were starting to work together a lot off-camera as Jason Quartermaine, still. We were breaking down my scripts. Then, they made a decision to change my character and have me work with you.”

Benard brought up what he pegged as “The Three Amigos”on GH –  Carly (Laura Wright), Jason, and Sonny, where Maurice sees Sonny as the dark knight and Jason as the white knight.

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Later, Maurice gave major kudos to Steve for his 1998 Emmy tape where Burton shared scenes with Kimberly McCullough’s Robin. Maurice told Steve that it was “raw” and “one of the greatest Emmy tapes I have ever seen.” Burton took home his first Daytime Emmy that year for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Daytime Drama Series.

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Watch the full conversation between Maurice and Steve below. Then, let us know what you thought of it via the comment section below.


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One note Steve still needs help to grow as an actor.

You may not like his character or perhaps his delivery style, but two daytime Emmys for supporting actor shows he’s doing something right.

Damn right!!

Yes…he’s got Jason down Cold…

He is an amazing actor, he has perfected his craft and works very hard to deliver 200 percent. He nails it every time.❤️

Steve is doing a lot right. He’s great. Loved by so many.

Thank you!

One note has been the character not the actor. I think the writers are giving the character a little more depth this go round.

He’s right about the news screwing up your mental health, but I was on cloud 9 Friday!

Wasn’t most of the free world with you on cloud 9 ?

Yes. Why are you bothered by this?

I wasn’t bothered at all. Were you?

Jason is my favorite. Been watching General Hospital for 40 years. I love Carly too. Wish they stayed married.!

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You probably needed the hankies during today’s Wednesday, June 19th episode of General Hospital, for it marked the return of fan favorite John J. York to his role as Mac Scorpio.

This was to be York’s first episode back on-screen since he underwent treatment for two blood cancers and revealed his health diagnosis and battle publicly back in September of 2023.

The scenes involving Mac gave viewers all the feels, and it looked as if reality and the soap blurred, especially in York’s scenes with his on-screen children, Maxie (who Max raised) and grandchildren, Georgie, James, and Bailey Louise, and wife, Felicia (Kristina Wagner).


Since Mac was out of town supposedly down in South America helping a ‘friend’, some things have changed, including Spinelli (Bradford Anderson). having moved in with Maxie and the kids, to which Mac does not disapprove.


In the meantime, Cody (Josh Kelly) is a man in conflict when he has second thoughts about not telling Mac he is his biological son.  When James shows up Maxie’s with Cody in tow, he lays his eyes upon the just-arrived-back-in-town Mac. The two share pleasant “hellos.” Later, back at the Quartermaine stables, Cody tells Tracy (Jane Elliot) the long and winding road story of not knowing who is father was for most of his life. Cody shares he finally found his father in Port Charles, but his father doesn’t know he has a son. Tracy thinks Cody now has a chance to re-set some things and should come clean.


Meanwhile, Felicia keeps getting calls from Maxie while she is work at General Hospital and does not pick up. So, Felicia is unaware that her husband is back. Eventually, Felicia arrives at Maxie’s and is in for a big surprise when Mac appears and the two hug and share a kiss.

After the episode aired, and seeing the reaction from GH fans, John J. York took to his account on X. York expressed, “WOW!!! I’m just so humbled by your warm, kind and gracious words as Mac returned to PC! Your support has been monumental! I have a feeling, things are about to get interesting!”

So, what did you think about Mac’s homecoming on GH? Were you touched just seeing John J. York back in action on the ABC soap opera? Comment below.

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General Hospital’s Jophielle Love Talks On Violet’s Emotional Scenes with Finn, the Loss of Gregory, and Taylor Swift

During General Hospital’s recent episodes surrounding the death of Gregory Chase (Gregory Harrison), who succumbed to complications from ALS, many in the cast delivered touching performances; including Jophielle Love (Violet).

In story, Violet learns of her grandfather’s passing when she comes home from school and her father, Finn (Michael Easton) sits her down to explain that Gregory passed away in the middle of the night. Violet’s reaction was one of devastation and tears.

Michael Fairman TV caught with Jophielle on the red carpet at the recent 51st annual Daytime Creative Arts and Lifestyle Emmy Award ceremonies, where she was a nominee for Best Original Song for the song she co-wrote, “Shine.” The track was first heard back on a December 2023 episode of the ABC daytime drama series and is currently available on Spotify and other music streaming platforms.

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When talking about the departure of Gregory Harrison, and Violet’s reaction to her grandpa’s passing, Love shared, “Well, I was very tired from the taping of the three-day wedding, so I already had the tears in me. I knew that I was always going to see him (Gregory Harrison) in real life, but I was also very, very sad he was leaving the show. He was such a delight to work with.”

When Violet saw how difficult it was for her on-screen dad, Finn, to cope with with the death of Gregory, Love shared, “It’s hard for Violet, but Michael and I, we still see each other and he’s always happy (in real life). But, those scenes were hard. I was comforting him.”

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Receiving her first Daytime Emmy nomination as songwriter was a thrill for Jophielle: “Well first of all, I was jumping up and down and Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) came and told me while I was on set. I was just so excited.”

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Since pop superstar, Taylor Swift, started at a very young age as a singer and a songwriter, does Love see herself as a mini-Taylor? Jophielle emphatically stated, “I’m a mini Me“.  As to what she thinks of the record-setting Swift’s music, and if she likes her work. Love shared, “Yeah, yeah … so, so…”

What did you think of Jophielle’s performance during the passing of Gregory? And her comments here on Gregory Harrison, Michael Easton and Taylor Swift? Comment below.

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General Hospital Issues Statement Condemning Racist Attacks Directed at Tabyana Ali

After continued online racist comments directed at General Hospital cast member, Tabyana Ali (Trina), the series has issued its own statement on the situation across all of its social media platforms on Tuesday.

Ali, who back on June 9th took to X to stand up to the racist remarks sent her way, has been facing the same situation since joining the soap opera back in 2022 as a recast in the role of Trina Robinson.

Throughout her time on the ABC soap opera, Tabyana had been one-half of the popular young love story of “Sprina” along with Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer).

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Now General Hospital is standing up and alongside Ali, with its statement which read: “General Hospital does not tolerate hatred or bigotry of any kind. Racism has no place in Port Charles. GH is for everyone.”  Since its posting, the ability to comment has been turned off on the GH Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts.

While the statement does not specifically name Ali, according to Soap Opera Digest, ABC has been communicating with Ali and her representatives about how best to navigate the situation. Once the statement was issued, Ali took to X and said, “I appreciate you so much ABC/GH.”

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Back on June 9th, Ali opened up about the “hate” directed at her and then added, “To anyone that hates me, that’s absolutely fine. I don’t know you and you don’t me, but regardless I’m sending you peace, safety and prosperity.”

Several of Ali’s GH co-stars have posted the statement on their Instagram accounts including: Kirsten Storms (Maxie), Jacqueline Grace Lopez (Blaze) and Kate Mansi (Kristina).

What do you think of General Hospital’s statement that racism has no place in Port Charles? Are you glad they stood up for Tabyana, and moving forward for any form of racism related to the show and its cast? Comment below.

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