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General Hospital’s Steve Burton Jumps To Y&R…

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Earlier today news broke that Steve Burton has signed with the Young and the Restless and will play Victor’s “partner,” according to a tweet by Nancy Lee Grahn.

It has been a little over 2 months since we last saw Steve grace our screens and, when it was announced in late August the popular actor planned to leave, fans were reeling. Initially the actor stated he wanted to move from Los Angeles to Nashville to raise his young family in a rural setting vs. big city.

Upon learning Steve is making the jump to the long-running CBS daytime drama, fans took to twitter in a frenzy, with some feeling it to be a betrayal. Others blame the new regime at General Hospital, Executive Producer Frank Valentini and Head Writer Ron Carlivati for Steve’s decision to leave after 21 years on GH. I completely disagree with that statement.

As some fans know from Steve’s events, he was very vocal about his disdain for the direction of his character over the past several years. In the last couple of years the previous regime continued to desecrate not only Steve’s character, but also Maurice Benard’s, and fans were screaming to bring back the real Jason Morgan/Sonny Corinthos. While the Franco storyline was intriguing at the beginning, by September 2011 it had taken a dark turn when Sam was sexually assaulted as a helpless Jason watched…on their honeymoon! Next up- who’s child is Sam carrying? Franco’s or Jason’s? DNA switches, Jason’s refusal to accept the baby…seriously? Of course who could forget the tragic storyline of Jake’s death? It was taxing on the entire cast and fans were in an uproar over that storyline.

Then, if some recall, this time last year they planned to make Jason the hooker stalker/killer, happening during “blackouts” due to his brain injury. I’ve learned that behind the scenes Steve was very upset by this. During a fan event he stated he didn’t even recognize his character any more. One of the things Cartini did immediately was drop that storyline, as well as clean up several others in preparation of resetting the show.

On the social media circuit this evening, fan wars again flared up between Jasam (Jason and Sam) and Liason groups (Liz and Jason), which I was dismayed to see. Most are touting the integration of 3 contract One Life To Live characters added to the GH roster as the reason for Steve’s decision. I disagree with this as well. Cartini has successfully brought back GH veterans with main storylines focusing on the show’s 50 year history. Our favorite villains have returned, effectively bringing past storylines fan’s loved to the forefront. I could understand fans feeling like the integrated characters were taking over if the storylines were all about OLTL, but they’re not! Nor have they been! Frank and Ron have turned a show around that was truly on the brink of cancellation, in less than a year, and instead of enjoying what we are seeing fans continue to find fault.

Obviously, when it was announced Jill Farren Phelps was taking over as Executive Producer for the Young and the Restless I was surprised. Fans were in an uproar when they heard Cristal Kahlil had been fired and rallied to get her rehired…which they did! Another upset was seeing veterans Genie Francis and Stephen Nichols unceremoniously fired, as well as key staff, which some say was in preparation to bring in Steve Burton. While this could be true, please remember…THIS IS A BUSINESS!!! Everyone that is associated with soaps behind the scenes knows this. Things happen and we have to roll with the punches. Soaps are very different in that they continually revamp over the years, as people come and go, the industry changes. Personally I think it’s a smart move by CBS and Sony Pictures since ratings for the Young and the Restless have plummeted. They know Steve has a HUGE fan base and they want to capitalize on that.

Ultimately I feel it was time for Steve to make a change and, as his fan, I am very happy for him. All of us on RHeart wish him the best of luck in the New Year and we look forward to seeing him on our screens again. Though we miss him on GH, he will never be forgotten! We love you Steve…

♥If you missed our Steve Burton tribute, check it out. He did tweet out he listened and enjoyed it!

RHeart’s Steve Burton Tribute

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Chrissy Piccolo the founder of RHeart Network, the Fan's Voice, the #1 Fan Connection Destination, supporting daytime, prime-time and online scripted digital content. Currently the host of RHeart Radio, the Fan's Voice, as well as Storytellers On The Net, and Sleepy Hollow Addicts on Blogtalk radio. In addition to writing for Blogcritics, she is also an author on Examiner.com. Web Series Today and currently co-hosts with Barbara Barnett and Jerome Wetzel on 'Let's Talk TV' on Blogtalk. She is also working on adapting her her first novel in The Kirsten Kelly Chronicles series into a webseries. Passionate about keeping scripted content alive, she continues to be an advocate for all forms. When she’s not working managing several websites or writing, one of her hobbies is investigating the paranormal with other enthusiasts and searching out possible cases through historic sites in the Northwest. Chrissy believes in being a positive influence in such a vast medium as the Internet.
  • Janet

    I will miss him so very much…like loosing a family member!! Hope he is happy wherever he is. (:

  • debbie

    Happy for Steve he had a right ti do what makes him happy.

  • Chrissy

    Thak you for your positive comments! Appreciate it! 🙂

  • MaryLou Ramirez

    I love Steve going to Y&R make him Sharons new love do not put her with Adam Steve will be better for her.

  • Laural

    I sure hoped to see Steve come back to GH. I have been a huge fan for years. He is truly missed and I feel the void in this show from his departure. I hope that the door is open to return if he ever reconsiders.

  • Kristy

    I just think he should have been truthful and not used an excuse on why he was leaving and just came clean.

  • myra guidroz

    dont watch like i use to it is not the same,hope Jason will come back for a visit.

  • Alesiawhite

    I say fallow your dreams steve, and fan’s will fallow to, it gonna be hard to see steve do a different character but can’t blame him for wanting the move, Steve tweets alot and enjoy seeing his presents on Twitter, Best of luck to steve I know Y&R/GH Are now two show I will be watching now 🙂

  • sanderella1

    I am sorry to see him leave GH…hope in a couple of years he shows up again!!

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  • Linda Cookingham

    GH has has a huge void to fill when Steve left. They can bring back all the oldies but goodies as much as they want(and AJ?Really?)but my interest is gone. Sonny didn’t even try to find out what happened to his best friend. The show is lost. Call when Jason comes back. I will watch Steve where ever he goes.

  • Dawn

    I wish gh would get back to Jason/sonny the way they were. I can understand the show bringing back people from the past but not at the expense of the other characters that we as fans have been watching for years. As far as the people in charge you can tell they are from oltl because the story lines are dragging and they are watering down powerful characters and not staying true to there history. Pls bring back general hospital and their actors ie; Jason, Luke, Laura, lucky, ethan, Nicholas, Morgan, even jax. And bring back sonny, Carly, Tracy, olive. They have all been watered down. No more ghost and get rid of aj,johnny,lady doctor. I could go on but then we might end up with general hospital.

  • tevans

    If I recall Steve Burton said he was leaving the show , LA & moving to TN to raise his family .
    He has a right to go to a new show and yes it does feel like betrayal and a lie when he goes to another LA based show .
    Can we say burning bridges ?

  • lilchrissy

    Well Tevans, please remember, the man has a family to support. He’s an actor & for years actors go from soap to soap. Genie Francis, Stephen Nichols, Mary Beth Evans to name a few. I think it was time he did something different and fans should understand that. Thanks for your comment though… we’ll agree to disagree on it! LOL 😛

  • Dolores Fisher

    Steve Burton is Jason Morgan dont go to YR. He is so missed.

  • Lisa

    Will follow steve to the next show he is on. Gh deff not the same with bringing the characters from one life to live.

  • Lisa

    After all the episodes Steve played as Jason very week way to let him leave the show, like REALLY could not comeup with something better and fitted his character better.What a disappointment

  • Jen holiday

    Steven is a liar this has been planned for months if your going to leave be honest about why don’t preach about your family and spending time with them
    And say god bless all the time then lie at the same .I think the new writer are doing a great job and love the characters oltl and old character coming back been watch gh for over 30 and Y&R . Y&R is so boring and slow moving you can miss year and still catch up. Stop blaming gh writer for his decision .

  • kacee

    I dont watch the Y&R its much to slow and actually I was quite surprised to hear this, just isnt right,doesnt say much for his fans now does it?

  • Nana smiles

    I have watched GH and Y&R for years Y&R since
    It’s beginnings. GH has list something. When
    they kill off key characters like they never
    mattered it definitely went down. I used
    to love watching and talking about the next
    storyline. Not so much anymore and yes
    they are dragging storylines out way
    tooooo long. I prefer Y&R any day if the week

  • lorie

    I will b glad to see Steve come to y& r, just don’t put him with Sharon she is a quack that deserves to be alone


    I loved Steve aka Jason Morgan and the show plain SUCKS without him! Carly is lost, Sonny is lost, and so is Michael. They have noone to go to NOW!! But people no body was every recovered to actually say Jason is dead, so I WOULD LIKE TO THINK THAT THEY LEFT THE DOOR OPEN FOR JASON TO COME BACK IF HE WANTS TO WOULDN’T YOU???? Hurry back Jason we MISS YOU!!!

  • debbie

    plpease give him what he wants and put him back on general hospitial i am at the piont of not watching general anymore because of this decision to kill off steve [jason] and watch only y&r

  • Rhonda

    Vampire story-line on GH is turning me away.

  • j pink

    Wow really vampire so stupid.

  • kristina moorer

    I have been a BIG fan of Steve Burton for nearly 20 yrs. He is so talented and needless to say easy on the eyes for us ladies..:) I am keeping my fingers crossed that he will one day rejoin the GH family. Miss you “Jason”… Best Wishes.

  • Pam

    I love Steve, I wish you the best on whatever you decide too do weather it’s moving to y&r or staying on gh, you are going to shine at whatever you do.