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Steve Burton to Exit ‘The Young and the Restless’ in December

Steve Burton
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The Young and the Restless and star Steve Burton are parting ways. The daytime veteran announced he will exit the number one daytime series when his contract expires in December 2016.

In a series of messages posted on his Twitter account, Burton said, “Hey everyone, with lots of reflection, I have decided to move on from @YandR_CBS at the end of my contract in Dec. I’ve had an amazing time, but it feels right to move on to new adventures in my life. I can’t say enough about the AWESOME cast and crew. Much respect! Much luv to @CBSDaytime for the great ride. Great peeps. And thank YOU all for your support. Always! #positivityrules”.

Burton originated the role of Dylan McAvoy in 2013, just three months after last airing on ABC’s General Hospital as Jason Morgan. Dylan arrived in Genoa City as Avery Bailey Clark’s (ex-Jessica Collins) former lover, believed to have died in the war in Afghanistan. A rivalry soon developed between Dylan and Avery ‘s then-beau Nicholas Newman. After much speculation, it was later revealed that Dylan was the long-lost son of Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott) and Paul Williams (Doug Davidson) in a convoluted re-write of established soap history. Dylan would go on to be paired briefly, much to the dismay of fans and critics like, with Chelsea Newman (Melissa Claire Egan). Though Dylan battled half-brother Nick for Avery’s affections, he later found love with Nick’s ex-wife Sharon (Sharon Case). Burton’s work on Y&R earned him Daytime Emmy Nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in 2014 and 2016.

Burton rose to soap fan on General Hospital as Quartermaine golden-boy-turned-hitman Jason Morgan Quartermaine from 1991-2012. As the youngest son of supercouple Drs. Alan and Monica Quartermaine, Jason was destined to follow in his parents’ footsteps into the medical field. That is until tragedy struck when a car accident caused by his drunken half-brother AJ lead to catastrophic brain injury that would forever change Jason.  Because of the brain damaged suffered from he accident, Jason morphed into his new persona, Jason Morgan, an emotionally distant hitman for mob boss Sonny Corinthos. Burton won an Emmy in 1997 for Outstanding Supporting Actor for the role. Burton exited the GH in the fall of 2012, opting to not renew his contract after moving his family to Tennessee.

Burton got his acting start on the sitcom Out of This World before making his daytime debut on Days of Our Lives. He also starred in the General Hospital spinoff General Hospital: Night Shift, as well as the film The Last Castle starring Robert Redford. Burton is also a restaurant entrepreneur and tours regularly with his band Port Chuck.

Additional reporting by Ryan White-Nobles

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