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Steve Burton Moves to 'Young and the Restless'

By December 27, 2012

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Steve Burton has followed former GH producer Jill Farren Phelps to Young and the Restless and will be taking a role on that soap.

No idea what the role is, but I doubt his name is Jason.

So much for the idyllic life in Tennessee with the wife and kids.

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December 27, 2012 at 10:33 am
(1) Liv says:

Way to Go Burton! Everybody loves deceit and lies…sounds like he got confused between real life and soap opera life….A**

December 27, 2012 at 11:19 am
(2) Keith says:

Steve who? Jill Farren Phelps was the BEST OLTL producer ever. GH should have held on to her. (Take that Frank ;-p ) She oversaw the best storyline ever, who killed Georgie Phillips. The episode in which Todd Manning threatens to blow up half the town was shown in primetime.

Are they any OLTL fans left out there? ;-)

December 27, 2012 at 11:42 am
(3) JM says:

Well, now I’m a little perturbed. He left GH under the pretense of moving his family to TN and doing what was in his family’s best interests; now he’s going to Y&R? I had accepted his leaving GH under the family-reasoning, but now I feel a little betrayed. He’s one of the reasons I’ve stuck with GH through bad times.

I’m following enough things, so I’m sorry to say I won’t be following him to Y&R.

December 27, 2012 at 1:21 pm
(4) barbara says:

this has been the rumor ever since he left gh. i do feel he was not being totally honest when he left. for some reason he feels very loyal to jill. i love the new regime and what they have done to bring gh back. if i was a fan of y&r,which i’m not, i would be very wary of what they are doing there. she is bringing in alot of her favorites maybe at the expense of longtime actors there. i know this wil not make me watch y&r

December 27, 2012 at 2:36 pm
(5) Annette says:

I thought I’d miss Jason more than I do.
The ONLY time I do is when they show little Danny and poor Sam croons over him. However, if she got a new baby daddy (John or even Todd) then I’d be satiated.

If he (SB) wants a new gig, he wants a new gig.

Maybe he quit to move to TN, maybe he was bored to tears and JFF offered something he couldn’t refuse and didn’t want to ‘go backwards’. I get that.

I loved Jason, but people are entitled to ‘move on, and grow’.
So however it is, good luck SB.

And, if it’s a rumour, dang people.. get a life!!!

Merry Christmas btw… I had another surgery and am FINALLY feeling good enough to get back on the computer.
Missed chatting about GH! :)

December 27, 2012 at 4:17 pm
(6) elise says:

Maybe gh should think about a replacement for jason!

December 27, 2012 at 6:01 pm
(7) Liv says:

I thought they would recast Jason and was hoping it would be with Sean Kanan…But now that he is reprised as A.J. then I don’t see a problem with either recasting or giving Sam somebody new…either way would be good.

December 28, 2012 at 1:58 pm
(8) Reta says:

Wow! I am not quite sure how I feel. I watch Y&R at times. Storylines there were wearing on me. In any event, this should be quite interesting.

ANNETTE glad to hear you are feeling better……..totally miss you!

December 28, 2012 at 11:55 pm
(9) juan says:

thought he was moving to tennesee. Liar. he just was angry because general hospital stop focusing on him. I knew i was right about him. him and jill will soon tank that show also.

December 29, 2012 at 2:45 am
(10) Annette says:

RETA – I missed you, too! :)

I seriously don’t care that Steve Burton left and then subsequently joined Y&R. I don’t think that makes him a liar, he is just living his life. He is entitled to play whatever character he wishes.

Maria dearest, where does Y&R shoot, is it also here in LA?

December 31, 2012 at 2:45 am
(11) generalhospital says:

Annette dearest, well, in the 2012 review, part II, I say it must be filming in Tennessee. However, it does film in LA. I can understand Steve not stating that he was going to Y&R – he may have been asked not to do that for the surprise element – but why say he’s moving to Tennessee? After so many years on the show, he was certainly entitled to do something new.

December 29, 2012 at 2:02 pm
(12) juan says:

sure. he’s not a liar. he is just a bad actor who threw a hissy fit at gh because they would not put him on top everyday.

December 29, 2012 at 11:23 pm
(13) juan says:

Also with such wonderful characters as Sonny, Todd, Anna, Monica, Tracy, Luke, Robert ,Maxie, Lucy, Felix,Connie, AJ and a host of others who needs him anyway. The show is doing great and is better than ever. I am loving every storyline that is on now.

December 30, 2012 at 3:53 pm
(14) X Jason Fan says:

If this is true then YES he did betray his loyal fans at GH.
Taking a career in a new direct: No Problem

Leaving under FALSE pretence is the same as LYING to the fans; especially saying you want to be with your own “family.”

GH RECAST Jason Quickly so SB can not return!!

December 30, 2012 at 11:16 pm
(15) juan says:

I agree. Steve Burton thinks that Finola Hughes and Tristan Rogers will come back and play second fiddle to his Jason Character.That is like asking Tom Cruise to play second fiddle to Carrot Top. Finola and Tristan were big stars of the show and people loved them. And besides he is not the original Jason anyway they on the other hand created their characters. Please recast Jason with someone else.

December 31, 2012 at 10:15 am
(16) No Jason Fan says:

It’s time to find Jason’s “BODY” and write off the character.
Sam can then move on with John.
He would make a better step father than Jason would make a father.

Funny how the character Jason was always open and honest.
Steve LIED about why he was leaving the show; to be with his family in Tenn.
If he was just HONEST about wanting a career chance, I can accept that.
I just can not accept bold face LIES.
Leaving GH was a huge decision.
He did not just wake up the other day in Tenn. and say that he wants to join Y&R.
This was planned long before Steve left GH.

Find the body, let us morn the loss of the Jason Character and then let Sam and John have a shot at happiness.

December 31, 2012 at 11:01 am
(17) Diane says:

I guess he got tired of the cr%p on GH. I did in 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!

December 31, 2012 at 11:55 am
(18) juan says:

all of the storylines he was in were crappy because he helped write the show into boredom. steve burton and james franco came up with that silly franco storyline (for those of you who don’t know). they have the same agent. steve b. ,bob guza and jill all made the show crappy and they will do the same to the young and the restless. i am glad this trio is now off of my show!

December 31, 2012 at 6:32 pm
(19) Donna Clunan says:

I am totally shocked and disappointed in this news. I feel Steve Burton was totally dishonest in his reasons for leaving GH and he has let all his fans down. I was hoping the day would come when he would return to GH, now I don’t care if I ever see him in any show again.

December 31, 2012 at 6:40 pm
(20) Bonnie says:

It’s a Soap Opera. If someone wants to move on to something better for them. Go for it. Maybe the TN thing didn’t pan out. It’s Steve Burton’s business. I wish him luck. I liked him as Jason before he got all sappy.

December 31, 2012 at 6:46 pm
(21) Gerri b. says:

I agree Sean Karen should have ome back as Jason…I remember him being a much better actor..now they should find the body and be one withit

December 31, 2012 at 6:54 pm
(22) CC says:

WOW DOES THAT STINK!!! Well I’m never watching that show. !! I wish he stayed on GH !! Really makes me upset !!!

December 31, 2012 at 6:57 pm
(23) tlwkm says:

Oh Steve Burton how you deceived those that have rooted for and paid your bills for all these years… NOT HAPPY about that…. WTH was the “family in Tennessee thing”…. Oh well shows move on but I will miss Jason’s character but not a liar….. =(

December 31, 2012 at 7:01 pm
(24) Beverly says:

I think that the new A.J. looks a lot like Steve, doesn’t resemble the old A.J at all, They just should have replaced him for Burton, and got a more look alike smaller A.J. . The show does seem to be doing much better than it was, I am a little sick of Connie or whatever name she goes by now and then. I like Lucy Cole, hope she stays for a while and I never watched Y&R and don’t plan on starting now, I had a hard time trying to figure out why and who are most from the OLTL show, still trying to see how they figure in. I hope it gets better and stays on the air. Good luck in the new year. Happy new year to All of GH staff and all us viewers who enjoy the show.

December 31, 2012 at 7:02 pm
(25) wygrl says:

Didn’t like seeing Jason leave GH..but I cant stand Sam. My mom is a dedicated GH and YR fan..this will make her day. Maybe I’ll have to tune into YR..

December 31, 2012 at 7:04 pm
(26) Beverly says:

I think that the new A.J. looks a lot like Steve, doesn’t resemble the old A.J at all, They just should have replaced him for Burton, and got a more look alike smaller A.J. . The show does seem to be doing much better than it was, I am a little sick of Connie or whatever name she goes by now and then. I like Lucy Cole, hope she stays for a while and I never watched Y&R and don’t plan on starting now, I had a hard time trying to figure out why and who are most from the OLTL show, still trying to see how they figure in. I hope it gets better and stays on the air. Good luck in the new year. Happy new year to All of GH staff and all us viewers who enjoy the show. No I never posted this before.

December 31, 2012 at 7:06 pm
(27) Marvan says:

I’m so disappointed that Steve Burton left GH. It would have been so nice to have the storyline with Sam, the baby Jason and daddy. However, most actors do lie about the reason they leave the show. Genie Francis claimed she was leaving GH to attend college at Northridge. And several former actors are after motion picture roles (few ever make it). Burton did make a movie with Clint Eastwood and Demi Moore did a few for a brief time. So if Burton decided to move on, it really is his decision. But to leave one soap for another doesn’t seem worthwhile. I doubt his new role will impact the viewers as did Jason. Meanwhile, how soon is Kristina and Joe leaving? Soon I hope. And Molly and her beau can leave also. I really like Lulu, Maxie, Dante but it’s a silly storyline. I mentioned this one coming months ago. Anyone think Maxie can pull it off? In my opinion, AJ was and is a BIG mistake. Can’t even watch those bits. AND, WHAT IN THE WORLD HAPPENED TO MONICA’S face?? I couldn’t stop staring through the whole episode!!
Hope y’all had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone !!

December 31, 2012 at 7:44 pm
(28) Mel says:

Beverly – the actor playing AJ, Sean Kanan, played AJ back in the 90′s before leaving when Billy Warlock took over. Maybe Billy is who you’re thinking of since they look nothing alike? Anyway, I just read somewhere recently that Sean and Steve Burton are related in real life which is why they resemble each other. I’m not sure if that’s true, though.

December 31, 2012 at 7:58 pm
(29) jerry davis says:

what happened to tennssee. as i remember young and restless is in los angeles.

December 31, 2012 at 8:00 pm
(30) Trish says:

I for one am pleased to see Steve Burton on Y&R. I like that soap, and look forward to his storyline.

December 31, 2012 at 8:25 pm
(31) Lucia McEntee says:

Who wouldnt go work with a friend ,who is the big boss.! All of us would! I believe Y & R is a half day taping schedule…can get the time off he needs when he wants .

December 31, 2012 at 8:53 pm
(32) Ruby says:

So Tennesee sure looked good, hey?? Is this the reason so many characters esp some vital characters like Eileen Davidson’s Ashley & Stephen Nicholls’ Tuc were pink slipped ?? To pay Steve Burton ?????!!!!!!!!! One GH vet (Genie) leaves for another !!

Not happy, but I heard many a time that Steve was not happy with the Jason storyline esp the one with Elizabeth & Sam. Neither was I & I am not alone.

Hope he enjoys himself on Y&R & it gives his family the life style they need. How will this help to teach his kids about life – that subterfuge & lies fits in with Steve’s chosen life style ?

December 31, 2012 at 9:48 pm
(33) Lia says:

Steve Burton and Sean Kanan are related by marriage and he is living in Tenn with his family. He’s probably going to commute like Scott Reeves does. They should recast

December 31, 2012 at 10:49 pm
(34) Jackie C says:

Good evening. Actually u all may think of.this later. Mr. Burton never said he wasn’t going to Y&R. He said he didn’t want to say he wouldn’t because if he did, he might just end up there or something like that. I do believe he moved his family but His friend offered him a position and he accepted. I dont think he lied.

January 1, 2013 at 1:35 am
(35) Maria says:

Well, I think Steve was disingenuous and he didn’t need to be. No one would fault him for moving to another soap, doing a movie, or anything else he decided. He definitely planned to move to Y&R – he couldn’t even stay with GH long enough to do a decent ending to the Sam-Jason storyline, he was in such a rush. Plus he put his house up for sale. I think he didn’t say because he was told not to by the Y&R people. He could have just said it’s time to move on and gone. Now long-time fans, who might have followed him to Y&R, feel cheated.

As far as the Tennessee thing not working out, it’s not like he hasn’t spent a lot of time there, and not enough time has passed for it not to work out.

January 1, 2013 at 2:10 am
(36) GH fan in HB says:

Seriously I’m so not surprised by him doing this. I do find it a lie but he is one of those that a friend of mine would see when she worked many years ago in CVS and he would plant down any soap mag with his pic to try to get people to notice him. This was back when he first started on GH. I ran into him a couple times and he was nothing more then snobby like as well. Maybe he isn’t that way now since he is older but to me this was just a crock. If you want to leave the show to go to another then do so. No one will care but to say, of all things, you are moving with your family to another state and not acting is a big lie. I think its disgusting to use your family as a reason when its really not the reason. For those saying maybe TN wasn’t for him. Well do you really believe he even lived there at all? I don’t. Especially when you know Y&R is filmed in L.A. and he wouldn’t have to move at all. I was never a huge fan of his myself though but totally understand the anger by his fans over this. I hope they will kill the character or find a body so things can move on. I agree with those that said Sean Kanan should have been the recast for Jason. I would have prefered this to seeing AJ

January 1, 2013 at 3:05 am
(37) Tammy says:

It doesn’t matter to me if he ever came back to GH or not.I think it’s kinda funny…especially to all of his fans that was so in love with Jason..hoping and praying he’d return.He’s an actor..and his storyline on GH was so boring and stupid..he bettered himself by leaving..I wish you the best of luck Steve on your new adventure.

January 1, 2013 at 3:11 am
(38) Allison says:

I totally understood him leaving for family… And the story about having a TN brochure in his pocket… As a forever Steve fan, I feel lied to. Not that he has to answer to me, but Ive driven hours several times to support him. I feel let down :(

January 1, 2013 at 4:03 am
(39) Lindy says:

I loved Jason on GH a lot & hated to see him go. We do not know the circumstances at all behind him being on Young and the Restless. He has been gone from GH a few months. Maybe the Young and the Restless contacted him with an offer he couldn’t refuse with big bucks for a short run. We don’t know what has happened. I think everyone should be happy for him & his family. If you are reading his posts you will see how happy he seems to be in Tennessee. Until we know the whole truth, people shouldn’t jump to conclusions. He deserves to be able to do what he wants with his life. Yes, I am with the rest of you & hoped he would come back to GH one day. We don’t know……maybe he will.

January 1, 2013 at 8:36 am
(40) Higgy says:

WHAT???? All I can hope is that they kill him off in Genoa City WI and his body floats upward to Port Charles NY.

January 1, 2013 at 10:09 am
(41) TLW says:

Wow. I have to say, it makes me feel like a total idiot for wishing him well with his “new life in Tennessee” and commending him for putting his wife and children first. Right now, I’m a bit angry, so my first instinct is to hope they find Jason’s body washed up somewhere on GH. (Although, after being in water all that time, coupled with the abundant marine life, it wouldn’t be immediately recognizable. Except on a SOAP! lol)

January 1, 2013 at 10:25 am
(42) Sharon says:

What can you say it’s a soap, unfortunately since I watch Y&R as well, I will find probably find it difficult seeing him in that soap.

January 1, 2013 at 10:50 am
(43) Doris M.M. says:

I am MAD !!!
I love Steve Burton as Jason Morgan & this is BS that he left a great soap like GH ,to go on another soap,which I don’t even know anyone who watches it.
Bad move Steve & you let all your fans down !
I’m disappointed !!

January 1, 2013 at 11:01 am
(44) Linda says:

I am upset about Steve going to Y&R. I think that is a slap in the face to GH and the fans. Using the excuse he wanted to move his family was deceiving. I really didn’t think Steve would do something like this to GH and his fans. Gosh I thought Steve would eventualy come back to GH his 2nd family. That is what should really happen!!! Come on GH get on the stick and bring Jason “Steve Burton” back home!!!!
Steve we want you back on General Hospital where you blong NOT Y&R!!!!!!!!

January 1, 2013 at 11:29 am
(45) Annaleigh says:

I have to agree that there was no reason to lie about why he left GH. He owes us nothing so why not just be straight with everyone and just say he’s off to do a different show? I wonder what his co-workers knew? It just seem so needless to do a silly dance around it. I have been missing the Jason character a lot actually; it would have been good drama to see him interact with the other Q’s when Edward died and finding out that Danny was actually his. I guess if they re-cast the part then he will get the hint? Oh and I guess I was the only one but I absolutely LOVED the Franco storyline and thought that was some of the best acting I have seen on a soap.

January 1, 2013 at 1:54 pm
(46) Judy in South Carolina says:

Wow…..I when I heard this I just KNEW I couldn’t be the only one who felt really betrayed by this! Glad I read the other posts to find out I’m not.

The reason I was able to “accept” the character of Jason leaving the GH canvas was because I could really empathize Steve Burton wanting to leave the grind of daytime tv to spend more time with his wife and kids. I thought to myself “good for him!” even though it really left GH and their fans hung out to dry. One’s personal life should ALWAYS take a front seat to their professional one.

Now I just plain feel lied to and I bet Frank and the PTB at GH feel the same way.

Word of caution, Steve. I hope Jill treats you better than she did Genie!

January 1, 2013 at 2:29 pm
(47) Lisa C says:

Ugh, every time I try to give Burton the benefit of the doubt, he acts un-Christian again. He claims to be one. Hypocrites are not friends of Jesus, dude.

Y&R is on its way down, thanks to losers like Phelps. He’ll be sorry he jumped to that ship.

I thought he had projects with Franco and all that. What happened to those? Hmmm?

January 1, 2013 at 3:01 pm
(48) juan says:

I hate to say it to all the people who adored Steve Burton, but “I told you so!” he is an actor and they all lie. Do not be in love with a character, because you will be sorry if you do. I have not been swayed by any actor since i was 17. nuff said

January 1, 2013 at 3:46 pm
(49) Carolyn H says:

I was shocked when I first read that Steve Burton was going to the Y&R. I wish he had handled it the way Kimberley McCullough and Jonathan Jackson did when they left. They both said they wanted to do other things. There were no tears, etc., Kimberley has come back to GH a little bit and Jonathan Jackson moved his family to Tennessee also. He is doing quite well on the prime-time soap “Nashville” which is filmed there. As for Steve, I am wondering if his family is staying in Tennessee or if they actually moved there at all. He can certainly do what he wants but Jill Farren Phelps has axed several big soap stars on Y&R, including Genie Francis, so who knows if Steve will last. The show and chemistry there will of course be different. It would have been nice if Steve could have stayed on GH till the 50th anniversary in April but I recall that even he himself said the show will survive without him. I love GH and have watched it for 43 years. It is better than ever now and I hope it stays on the air well beyond the anniversary in April.

January 1, 2013 at 4:10 pm
(50) Marilyn says:

I am really disappointed to read that Steve Burton is going to Young and Restless. I don’t see how that show can always have top ratings. Just not interesting. As far as Sean Kanan, I am sorry they brought him back to GH. I really don’t like that character and fast forward anything with him in it. He definitely shouldn’t have replaced Steve as Jason. Not a good fit.

January 1, 2013 at 4:40 pm
(51) Mona says:

Let Steve Burton go…I’m so psyched to see Lucy Coe back on the scene…she never fails to entertain. Hope she is back for the long haul, we can find out what happened to Kevin, etc. Welcome back Lynn Herring, a lovely face to see again and who knows what kind of mischief they will work in for you. :-)

January 1, 2013 at 4:44 pm
(52) Mona says:

Is The Young and Restless filmed in NY or California? If in NY, he could very easily commute to and from his Tennessee home.

January 1, 2013 at 6:33 pm
(53) ammiey says:

i like gh better now without Jason. love Connie!!..i hope she keeps her part. Kate was boring!..

January 1, 2013 at 6:36 pm
(54) deni says:

At first I thought; “great, I will start watching Y&R but after a few minutes I retracted that thought….I loved watching GH just to see Jason….so what’s with the lie?? I guess I won’t watch either show….

January 1, 2013 at 10:00 pm
(55) Betty says:

Really,Steve??? All your fans supported your leaving to have a better life for your kids. If you planned on still working in California, why not just be honest and say you wanted a change. I,ve been a fan of GH since the beginning and watched you grow up. Wish you luck, but am very disappointed with the way you left, as I,m sure most of your fans are.

January 2, 2013 at 4:02 am
(56) Jacqueline says:

I’m disappointed to hear that he’s moving to another soap. I honestly believed it was a “more time with family” thing, although I do know that line of excuse is used a lot. How will it be resolved on GH, since Sam is hoping that he is somewhere still alive and will return. Unresolved plots are very unsettling.

January 2, 2013 at 8:19 am
(57) Abby says:

i have to say i am a bit disappointed and do feel like we werent given the whole story, but on the other hand Steve doesnt owe us anything really…we as soap fans chose to idolize him cause he is hot, humm, what does that say about us? anyway, although i am one of the guilty soap fans, i will not be following him to Y&R and i do believe its time for GH to replace, sorry recast him..if he is taking a role on Y&R who knows if and when if ever Steve will return to GH..I wish him the best in his new role and all the time they will allow him to spend with his family.

January 2, 2013 at 10:26 am
(58) SANDRA says:

SO DISSAPOINTED IN JASON AND HIS LIES.. I to wished him well and was happy he was going to spend time with his family… So sad he didn’t even think of all his fans and what they would feel by his betrayal.. I am sure he doesn’t even care since he already made up his mind but now to start this new year off right I think GH should now kill jason off and have move on with someone else I really don’t like john for sam what about the new police officer they were going to bring in maybe he can be with sam we need someone that will last with her and the baby be that father he needs to have.. and yeah i don’t like AJ it is getting very boring and predictable he is just going to start drinking and michael will end up getting hurt and run to sonny and carly… i hope GH brings in new guys they need new guys for SAM,CARLY,LIZ,MAXIE,ALEXIS,KRISTINA,MONICA,TRACY,LUCY,OLIVIA .. to many single ladies on the show with some new flesh and more hot steamy sex scenes would be nice .. just saying

January 2, 2013 at 11:07 am
(59) lana says:

If Steve goes to young and the restless, I will not be happy he is a trader

January 2, 2013 at 11:22 am
(60) TLW says:

@Abby: While I see your point, I don’t entirely agree with your remark that Steve Burton doesn’t owe his fans anything. All actors, especially soap actors, who are not necessarily well-known or recognized outside of that genre (how’d his “movie” career go?), owe their fans something. Without the fans, they would not be working. Without the fans, they wouldn’t be popular enough to command larger salaries or special perks on their shows, etc. I’m not one of those who idolized “Jason”, but I do feel that Steve Burton COULD have just said he needed to “try other things” or “after 21 years of playing the same role, I need to take a break”. A straight up LIE feels like a betrayal as people waxed rhapsodic about what a “wonderful” dad or husband he is for choosing a “normal” life in Tennessee over a “celebrity” life in L.A. You shouldn’t go out making your fans feel like fools for supporting you. And let’s note that he wouldn’t have his gig on Y&R (all soaps are filmed in California now, btw) if it wasn’t for his popularity as Jason on GH. So he owes a LOT to the fans and to that show!

January 2, 2013 at 11:40 am
(61) Reta says:

IRT TLW: I agree that Steve Burton should of been straight with his fans if he truly did deceive us. At this point, it would make sense for GH to just recast the role and move on. After some time the fans will recover. In the event, the recasting does not work–its nothing for them to eliminate the role altogether because of the role he played on the show.

Just my thoughts………….

January 2, 2013 at 11:54 am
(62) Jean says:

Really like Steve/Jason on GH but please there have been actors going and coming for 52 years so recast him or forget him…Another one bits the dust BUT GH is still the best soap for me!!!!!!!!!!

January 2, 2013 at 12:12 pm
(63) ohghfan says:

I can’t beleive the comments I am seeing on here. He left GH. Now he is moving to Y & R. I hate Y & R, But it is his choice. It is his choice and he does not owe anyone anything. Hate that he is gone, but don’t hate him. Geez.

January 3, 2013 at 12:41 am
(64) generalhospital says:

Regarding Steve not owing anybody anything, that actually not true. I’ve been in the soap game a long time and what makes a character on a show is the fans. That’s why soap operas have focus groups and monitor how popular someone is. Yes, of course, he can do what he wants, but he did owe his fans a true statement. They stuck with him for 20 years and believed him when he said he was moving. He’s been talking about moving to Tennessee since I’ve been writing for this site, and frankly, I thought he already had a home there.

The man is a millionaire several times over from his work on the soap and also from selling acai which made him a fortune. I am sure Jill Farren Phelps told him when she got her job at Y&R that she wanted to find a place for him on the show, and he said he’d be there. Then when she was ready, he quit GH. And Y&R probably wanted it to be a big secret. Fine. So just say I’ve been playing Jason for 21 years and it’s time to do something else. Thanks for all your loyalty. And leave it at that. Not I need to spend quality time with my family so we’re selling our house and I’m moving to Tennessee with them. Then it’s like Kim Kardashian’s wedding – a ripoff, and the fans get angry. And I don’t blame them. If he’s working on Y&R playing an important character, he’s not in Tennessee spending quality time with his family. He’s staying at Rebecca Herbst’s house in her spare room.

January 2, 2013 at 2:53 pm
(65) Judy in South Carolina says:

I happen to watch both GH and Y&R and even at it’s worst GH has always been the better of the two (just my opinion). Right now Y&R is probably as bad as it’s ever been and Farren Phelps is pulling out all the stops to try and keep it’s #1 position in the ratings. I guess her logic of snagging Burton (especially at the expense of fan favorite Stephen Nichols) shows that desperation.

That being said, I read at TVGuide.com that Burton’s role on Y&R is to be that of a major character named “Ryan” that will become involved in the Nicholas Newman/Avery coupling for anyone who is familiar with the characters in Genoa City.

Just passing along that info………..

January 2, 2013 at 3:59 pm
(66) Joanne says:


January 2, 2013 at 4:00 pm
(67) TLW says:

They should recast the role of Jason, without a doubt. And it’s true, he doesn’t “owe” anyone anything. But, GH fans don’t owe HIM anything either.

January 2, 2013 at 4:53 pm
(68) Joanne says:

Come on, Steve betrayed no one!!!! Did you ever stop to think it didn’t work out for him in Tennessee, hope GH offers him more money then Y&R all the GH fans really miss you Steve!!!!

January 2, 2013 at 10:13 pm
(69) Snook says:

Well now I am just p—ed off. I actually cried when I saw his last episode. He has been my primary reason for watching GH alongh with Alexis, Robin, Lucky and Elizabeth. First Lucky and now him Who else? I am not a fan of Y&R even though I love some of the actors on there from GH , DAYS and OLTL. Oh well, if they recast Jason I do hope its soon so he and Sam can just ride off in the sunset with little Danny.

January 3, 2013 at 10:18 am
(70) TLW says:

@generalhospital: Thank you! That’s exactly it! If his decision wasn’t such a “big deal” and he doesn’t “owe his fans anything”, then what was the big lie for in the first place? Why not just tell the TRUTH from the start? All actors owe at least SOMETHING to their fans. When you choose a public occupation and your success relates directly to how many of the mainstream public want to see you and support you, you DO have an oblgation to them. Or, you can just get a job slinging burgers or selling insurance, and then you can do whatever you want in total anonymity. Do you really think Tony Geary would be allowed his prolonged vacation times if it were not for the HUGE popularity and support from GH fans that he and Genie Francis enjoyed in their heyday as Luke and Laura? Particularly in the soap genre, the fans COUNT. What do you think has saved GH from cancellation thus far and why characters from OLTL, which had the highest ratings of the ABC soaps, were brought over to GH? The FANS. Which equal ratings and the actors’ successful careers, both actually translating to $$$$. Steve Burton needs to take note of that.

January 3, 2013 at 7:25 pm
(71) Peggy says:

My first love (Stephen Nichols) and second love (Steve Burton) both on Y&R ?? Suddenly I love Y&R even more. Jason who???

January 3, 2013 at 10:35 pm
(72) generalhospital says:

Stephen Nichols was fired from Y&R.

January 3, 2013 at 10:58 pm
(73) soap fan says:

You people need to get a life – like Steve did. I’ve been watching ABC soaps for 40 yrs. Seen many actors come and go and come back again. Steve Burton/Jason is my favorite. I won’t following him to Y&R, but would LOVE to see him come back as Jason again – whether it is with Sam – or maybe she will move on with John or AJ or someone new – it’s a “soap opera” – that’s what has kept it going all these yrs! Good Luck Steve – hope you make it to prime time sometime – you are an AWESOME actor!!!

January 4, 2013 at 1:50 am
(74) generalhospital says:

Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion. “You people” need to get a life? This is my life, or part of it, I run this website, and I’ve met Steve Burton more than once. This isn’t a case of an actor “coming and going.” There is a gracious way to exit a show, and that’s not what he did. If he wants to come back to GH, I would be very happy to see him as I loved him as Jason. However, since he’s taken a role on Y&R, it isn’t likely he’ll be back any time soon.

January 4, 2013 at 9:44 am
(75) TLW says:

You know, soap actors have closer relationships with their fans than movie or primetime actors. Sort of like the relationships country music singers have with THEIR fans. Soap actors use their large fan bases to support their forays into other avenues, such as music, writing, merchandising or art and also to drum up money for their favorite charities. We don’t ask that they live their lives for us, but we do expect these actors to be down-to-earth and respectful. I feel the way Steve Burton handled this situation was not respectful in any way to his fans.
By the way, I’m happy to say I DO have a life! That doesn’t preclude me from also having an opinion and being free to voice it. :)

January 8, 2013 at 12:45 am
(76) kamie says:

Broken hearted and wont watch either any more
addicted to Gh without steve im done with GH dorevwr

January 8, 2013 at 3:58 pm
(77) Ladylinda248 says:

Enough is enough, Steve has made a choice although yes a lot of GH fans including myself were hurt….this is the way the soaps work. No need to bash Steve for doing what was best for his Family at the time. I really don’t think GH played fairly with him and he was forced out. There are 2 sides to every story and GH and Steve are not willing to let it out…So give the guy a break ease up on him. And who knows he just may end up there again…with time.

January 10, 2013 at 1:40 am
(78) dorothy says:

Well everyone has said how they feel,but I will continue to watch GH no matter what. I like all of the characters on GH and not only I’m a fan of everyone on the show I am a TOTAL GH fan. I love how they wrote some of the characters from OLTL into GH, so I’m happy. The story lines are good and they are bringing the original characters back. Wish they didn’t kill off some of the Quartermaines. Hey bring Emily and Nicholas back and get Liz a new dude,Lord knows she needs one ( not Lucky or anyone from her pass,but someone new). Steve Burton best wishes to you and your family and your new Job. Nuff said still a GH fan :) #1 ALWAYS

January 23, 2013 at 9:32 pm
(79) Trudy says:

I was upset that Steve Burton was leaving GH. Now, I see that the character hasa been overused to save everyone on GH. It will be entertaining to have him gone. He should have gotten his memory back or had his brain damage healed. Then, he could have had a Quartermaine life. He could have tried to get back with Robin or he could have fought Sonny for one of his women. Good bye, Jason. It will never be the same even if you return.

February 19, 2013 at 12:39 pm
(80) Lisa says:

I am a huge fan of his, but he is a liar! I went to see his band Port Chuck this past friday night in Boston and I had a meet and greet with him. I said you defected and he had the balls to say he didn’t defect, they let him go.

February 19, 2013 at 4:55 pm
(81) Tom says:

I am hoping that the fans of “Young and the Restless” will be happy with Jill Farren Phelps work. She has both a positive and negative reputation in soap fandom and behind the scenes. It seems that controversy follows her wherever she goes. Santa Barbara, Guiding Light, ANOTHER WORLD, One Life to Live, etc. etc. etc. Firing the older cast members seems to be a signature aspect of her work. Killing off beloved characters also seems part and parcel of her work.

HOWEVER, when she likes actors she works with, she is loyal and continues to support them. That is always a positive. She worked hard on AW to bring the show’s look with a ER like opening and new sets and camera work. For that she deserves kudos.

And I must say that the fact she keeps getting hired for these gigs means she has a lot of support in the industry.

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