That frantic typing sound you hear is the internet reacting to the news that after almost 21 years, Steve Burton has decided to leave his role of Jason Morgan on General Hospital.
TV Guide’s Michael Logan was the first to report the news in an exclusive interview with Burton. The actor told Logan that he has no complaints or negative feelings at all, but he felt that for him, it was just time to go. He recently bought a house outside of Nashville and is looking forward to some quiet time with his family.
Burton acknowledged in the interview that he knows it might not have been the best time storyline wise for him to walk away. Jason has been one of the leading men on the soap for years and is constantly front and center in most of the important storylines. He is currently going through a divorce from his wife Sam (Kelly Monaco) and doesn’t realize that the son she gave birth to (who is presumed dead) is actually his and is alive and well. Jason has also been spending a lot of time with the mother of his first child, Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst).
There is no word yet on what will happen to Jason or if storylines will need to be rewritten due to Burton’s departure, but considering how integral Jason has been to the canvas over the years, it would only make sense that would be the case. Burton told Logan that his last tape date is Sept. 25, but he doesn’t know when his final airdate will be. He said he was willing to work with producers to help wrap things up so viewers might be seeing Jason into November.
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