Why I Think THE Jason Morgan Chose to Leave

General Hospital, as a lot of people know, is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest-running soap opera in America that is currently in production.  Millions of fans wait for new episodes every week.  Many of the members of the cast have been tagged as favorites by the fans and they always look forward to new twists in the storyline.  It is not surprising that this show has received an enormous amount of Daytime Emmy Awards.  It has aired more than 12,000 episodes since it was first aired on television.

Jason Morgan

One of the most “influential” among the members of the General Hospital (GH) cast was Jason Morgan, played by Steve Burton.  Sadly, after 21 years of being on the show, he left last September.  This was utterly surprising even for me.  Despite the statement that he released about why he was departing the series, I think that there is a deeper reason as to why he chose to leave. And as much as I’d rather not say it, I don’t see him ever returning back onto the show.

Jason Morgan is one of the characters of the show that seemed to have an endless supply of fans, which is why it is surprising that he chose to leave. After 21 years of being part of the GH family, his “sudden” decision has left a lot of the fans hanging.  But then, I have read some articles that say he has been planning to leave the show for some years now.

Routine Acting Wears Out

Despite being part of the cast for 21 years, it seems that Steve Burton hasn’t really grown as an actor, unlike other actors who ventured out into other “fields” in acting.  Because of the long years, he has also been associated with his role as Jason Morgan; and this could be difficult to separate from his persona should he want to try out other aspects in acting.  I am beginning to think that he has finally grown tired of being Jason Morgan and decided to finally get out of that role.  Even routine acting work gets tiring, too.

Family

Another thing that I think pushed him to leave was that he didn’t have enough time for his family anymore.  Just this year, his parts in GH weren’t that commendable anymore and I attribute that to subpar writing.  The only way that he could spend more time with his family was when his character was in a weakened state or when he was supposedly out of the country.  By leaving the show, he can spend more time with his wife and kids, as well as fulfill his dream to move permanently to Tennessee.

Future Opportunities

I think that another main reason why Jason Morgan chose to leave the show is because he wanted to grow more as an actor.  He couldn’t do that if he simply stuck with the daytime opera series.  He has to venture out into other areas in order to convince himself that he is capable of doing other stuff, too, besides sticking with General Hospital alone.  After all, there are a lot of opportunities for an actor of his caliber out there.

Why do YOU think Steve Burton decided to leave aside from the obvious, of course? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Comments

  1. Jennifer Brown says:

    He was falling in love with Kelly Monaco!

    • Rebecca W says:

      Well, they did make a good match on the show. He had a choice and stuck with his family. I don’t think that was the problem. He wants to open up his new businesses and although I miss him being on the show, I want him to be happy and I think that he is.

    • susie says:

      i dont kno why he left or do i care but im very upset the sho will never be the same again he will be missed by alot of people. i think im jus about done watching GH since he has left the sho he is what made GH and he is the reason every one couldnt wait for it to come on everyday im very upset i feel he let us all down. jus when GH was getting good he leaves?? the soap will never be the same. is it cause he was cathing feelings for Kelly? alot of unanswered questions and alot of disappointed people.

      • susie says:

        oops catching feelings lol

        • Lisa says:

          I don’t think Jason was the reason we all turned on our TV or DVRS to watch the show. I loved Jason Morgan…loved his character up until they put him back together with Sam…while I love Sam and I love Jason I hated them together..they were boring to watch and just didn’t click for me. Having said that i think all characters of GH give a little something to the show…I love all the families on GH and i think they should be given camera time and it not be the Jason/Sam/Sonny/Carly hour..even though I watch because I love the Mob stories more than the hospital stuff. I think the writing recently has been great..the storylines are great and keep us entertained…i’ve enjoyed the last year more than before…I will miss Jason’s character and more so I will Miss Steve Burton playing Jason. I honestly hope they recast or bring in a new character that will fit in the position that Jason left…

          • Elle says:

            They are so boring to watch. I loved Elizabeth and Jason together, you can tell how much he loved her. Maybe he left because he didn’t want to end up with Sam. Naw he deserved to be a big star.

          • Lizzie says:

            I hope never to see Jason and Liz together they made me sick! Liz don’t have the skills for a hot pairing, the best she came to anything was with Lucky. She sucked as Liz and jason, they looked weird together, they was NO chemistry and the looks wasn’t balanced.(sorry).Liz and jason never did anything so boring yes, and soaps best joke for a couple.

        • Kathie says:

          He wanted to have a real family life back home in Tennessee with his wife and children. That is the reason he left/.

    • Elle says:

      Doubting he fell in love with Kelly Monaco. I’ve always thought he deserved something better than a soap. He’s been on there half of his life and he could have been Leo Di Caprio, or Brad Pitt. He has the looks for something bigger and he can act too. Maybe working with James Franco made him realize that he needed to go. I can’t wait to see him in a major movie.

  2. Tina says:

    I think they need to find another Jason..it just isnt the same with out him…find one that looks like him an bring him back..so that he knows he has a son

    • CAROLYN LEFEBVRE says:

      BRING ANY JASON BACK FOR SAM IT WAS NOT RIGHT THEY WAY HE LEFT AND I HAVE WATCHED FOR 45 YEARS AND LOVE G.H BUT THIS DISAPPOINT ME

      • monique says:

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      • eileen says:

        theres only 1 jason n thats steve burton……yes hes been on the show for 21 yrs n in that time he left 3 times ….. replacing jason would be like replacing edward(r.i.p.) will steve burton come back idk …… i think he will be back one day n if that day come jason will be found alive…… i wish him happiness in life god bless u n urs mr burton

        • eileen says:

          i dont want a re-placement jason……..look how long it took to get an awesome carly

          • Debbie Sundin says:

            I agree. No one can ever replace Steve Burton as Jason. Steve should come back as Jason one more time, just to come an get Sam an Danny an go live some place else together. I don’t wan’t him dead, just happy with his family…….

        • CINDY says:

          I agree that there is NOBODY that can ever replace Steve Burton as Jason!! Better to not have the character of Jason at all as to have a “recast” Jason….Will never work!!! There is only one Steve Burton and one Jason Morgan!!!!!

          • Elizabeth Edgington says:

            Totally agree!

          • Tannya says:

            I agree 100%. There is only one Steve Burton/Jason Morgan. I love him on the show. they better not recast or I may stop the GH tape. I do wish him a happy life with his family in Tennessee; and do hope with all my heart that someday he will return to GH.

      • Lizzie says:

        They want John Mcbain for Sam, and they gave less than a damn about the character Jason. They made him Liz butt monkey and thats really degrading.

    • qusiesue says:

      I think they need to recast Jason! I love Steve but with AJ back and Fasion, they need Jason!! there is another actor out there just as nice looking…..find him!!

    • Nikki says:

      I agree – replace him with another actor…They do it all the time.

    • I agree bring Jason back & it could be a look alike but Id much rather prefer Steve but since he was shot & fell into the water he could of been found & had some work done on his face .

  3. Laurie McRae says:

    Steve has been working toward his goal of moving his family to TN for years. I remember him speaking seriously about it at a MonaVie meeting back in 2009, after a particularly frustrating day/week on set. I feel that Steve chose to leave #GH when he did, vs. staying until the 50th Anniversary of #GH, because of the way he, his character & the SuperCouple JaSam were being so poorly treated & written for by the “new regime.” He once said that the straw that broke the camel’s back was the scene where he had to take the “stupid ceramic chicken/phoenix” out of his pocket & leave it on the pool table at Jake’s. If the powers that be had treated Steve & the iconic character he created in Jason Morgan & JaSam with the dignity they deserved, I think he would have found a way to stay at least until the 50th & perhaps beyond. Along with being an amazing actor, Steve has an incredible entreprenurial talent as well. There is no doubt in my mind that he’s going to have even greater success in his business endeavors than he had as an actor…and A LOT more time with his family, which is his greatest passion!

    • Marcie Rotter says:

      You took the words right out of my mouth! ! ! ! !

      • Carol Toth says:

        I have been watching GH since day one, and very rarely missed, Steve Burton, is a superb actor, HE MADE JASON MORGAN LARGER THAN LIFE, AND WE WILL MISS HIM GREATLY,,,,,,,,,,BUT , HE HAS TO DO WHAT IS BEST FOR HIS FAMILY, AND RAISING CHILDREN IN CAL. WITH WHAT’S GOING ON THERE, I’M GLAD HE HAD THE BACKBONE TO DO WHAT HE AND HIS WIFE FEEL IS BEST FOR THEIR RELATIONSHIP AND KIDS,,,,,I WISH HIM THE BEST OF EVERYTHING, KIRK CAMERON DID IT,,,,STEVE COULD TOO,,,,,,,,,,,,GOD BLESS STEVE, AND THANK YOU FOR ALL THE STORIES YOU MADE A PLEASURE TO WATCH, FROM A VERY LOVING FAN

    • Kathy Hedrick says:

      I agree Laurie and couldn’t have said it better. Do I wish he would return to GH and Jasam could be the super couple they are….YES but if he doesn’t I will be okay knowing he is happy, which is all I want for him, and I will always have my memories and YouTube

    • Rebecca W says:

      Well said..

  4. Margaret says:

    I don’t know. People do things for a reason. I know family is important, and I’M sure his family is enjoying his presents at home. I just wish Steve would have taken a leave of absents from the show for a few months or a year. Maybe he will miss his GH family and return one day. That would be a great twist. Anyways I wish Steve good luck in his next adventure. We sure do miss him.

  5. anna surdak says:

    miss jason, show not the same, keep waiting for him to show up! Sam, looks like she hopes he will return.
    But, I wish him luck ,hoping to see him somewhere soon. He is greatly missed.

  6. Annie Laffey says:

    The writer did an injustice to the Jason character by always making him seem like he was a sheep and just follow the lead of everyone else, being Sonny’s lackey all the time.. When he finally got the chance to be a family man he is gone from the show !! Steve is an amazing actor but they didn’t write good scripts for him, he was always the dumb thug, but all of his fans didn’t like that, they wanted to see him do other things besides kill people and got to jail, my god how many times was he arrested ?? No wonder the man wants to prove to everyone that he is as good an actor as any of his counter parts !! I loved Jason from day one and still love Steve and would love to see him come back to GH but if not I look forward to his future endeavors !! Good luck to you Steve, I will miss you on GH.. It just won’t be the same without you !!!

  7. diana bowser says:

    well I think that Jason was so loved and now is so missed that we feel like the show won’t be the same. I am so sorry to see him go but sometimes you just have to more on plus his family time is important to him i am sure. Plus now he can do other acting – I think he would make a great super hero and action shows – like driving fast cars and things like that. But all in all after 21 years he deserves to do what he really wants to do. He is gonna be missed so much but as soaps go so do people – look at all the dead people back on the show – I wish that they would leave an open spot for him to return but as it goes so does he. I love you Jason, you put your time in and now you do as you wish and just know that you were loved so much, and I hope that you have a wonderful life in doing as you please. thank you for all your wonderful acting and you really made the show , everyone loved your role and you will be missed. GOD BLESS you in finding what makes you happy now. I will always remember you and wish you the best in life <3 <3 <3

  8. nancy fields says:

    He probably left for a little of each reason stated above. It does not make it any easier for the fans. I wish you would quit teasing us with these articles. We miss him enough already.

    • kristie says:

      exactly. thats not even reason! please stop! we miss him we dont need to hear these bullshit stories

    • frannie hakans says:

      Yes I am totally devestated watchig G.H. & not seeing Jason- it makes me sick, I know he has a wife & kids & I hears a million fans write thingd,I have never loved or missed not only a character Jason Morgan Quartermain- but truly miss STEVE BURTON, IF ANYON ONE REPLACES HIM I WONT WATCH ANY MORE SINCE THEY MADE MY OTHER FAVORITE SONNY CHASING AFTER THE WORSE ACTRESS EVER WITH THE DID STORYLINE, WHICH GREAT ACTRESSES PLAYED JESS & TESS & VIKKI & NIKKI- PLEASE COME BACK S.B. EVEN IF IT IS TO SAY GOOD BY , BE A GHOST, IF & WHEN g.h. ends i will be heartbroken, but without s.b. i lost so much interest, at least we have todd tomake us laugh sometimes :( ((

  9. i think after 21 years it is about time for him to get to know his family better, and yes he is such a great actor, who would not want him somewhere else, he is a great actor and can now perform in movies love you jason but move on with your life, miss you on the show and it is not the same without you, chances are i will stop watching soon

  10. Deborah says:

    So he wanted to leave and GH will recast and roll on. But what opportunities are there in Nashville. Can he sing? He can join the cast of “Nashville” with Jonathan Jackson. I’ve seen other former daytime actors on other shows, but they are playing parts that were similar to their daytime roles. No stretch there. Some actors have left daytime and you never see them again. Good luck Steve Burton, I wish you much success in whatever you choose to do.

  11. Debbie says:

    GH is not going to be the same without jason, That’s why I watch the show jason sam and soony make the show I don’t know what it’s going to be like without The main man JASON MORGAN. WE NEED HIM BACK PLEASE

    • monique says:

      I agree with you if their were 2 buttons like a thumbs up and a like or agree then I would mark them on your comment

  12. Barbara Sieber says:

    I think Steve will take over for Sly or Clint or any of the other “super” hero’s we know and love…. that would be right up his alley….but I will miss him terribly on GH. but wish him all he is looking for…

  13. Connie says:

    Wish him the best in the future, though he will be missed!!!! But of course it sucked the way he left! No closure, happiness , I hate endings like this. Love u Jason I will never forget you.

  14. Karen says:

    Steve Burton a member of the band that some of the male soap actors formed at called Port Chuck and he sang. Read this article about Scott Reeves who already lives in Nashville and is in a band there too (it’s a little dated but should still apply). Is it possible that Steve wants to further his singing career with his friend and former co-worker Reeves? http://daytimeconfidential.zap2it.com/2010/04/27/port-chuck-the-band

  15. Tracey says:

    Sometimes it is time to move on to other things. I feel they should cast someone else to be Jason Morgan although it won’t be the same, General Hospital just wouldn’t be the same without Jason Morgan. After all he has been through shouldn’t he be alive to know he has a son and to be able to help Sam raise their child together. Doesn’t Jason and Sam at least deserve that?
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  16. Libby says:

    although I miss Steve alot you cant blame him for wanting to be with his Family and see that his children are brought up in a safe place. I would like to see them replace jason with another actor to keep the story line going that baby need’s his daddy. If Steve ever wants to come back will he could it wont be the first or last time that actors took back their idenity’s. this hanging jason in limbo is so driveing me crazy either hes dead or hes not how long do we have to wait year’s like Duke obert and look now Fison is back after howmany year’s. Keep Jason alive and do it soon before other fan’s leave for other soaps please I love Steve and he did the part well but I would like to see someone step in for now there is so much storyline’s he could be doing.

  17. Elisha Callison says:

    I read his parting article, he specifically stated he was ready to move on and wanted to spend more time with his family….I do not believe there is any drama behind it!! He simply was ready for a change and that’s it!! I believe his shoes will be hard to fill but they still need to be refilled, they need to replace him so that Sam and some Jason Morgan look-a-like can continue their storyline…He will be missed, but bless him and his family on their new endeavors!!

  18. Liz says:

    I think what we all need to do is step back a little and realize that this is just fantasy, we have all gotten so invested in these characters that I think we loose site of things. I was crushed when I found out he was leaving, heart broken, but also believe his reasons for leaving and do not believe the powers that be fired him. He wanted time with his family. He has worked as well all know for many, many years as Jason a job that requires a lot of your time. I see all these people saying things about him trying to do a night show or movie. He has been on quite a few guess appearances on evening shows, had a series Syfy that he was one of the main characters but it didn’t make it. So I don’t believe he left for greener pastures I think he left to enjoy his family and to spend some time off. He deserves it. So if Steve ever sees this I wish you happiness in whatever you choose to do next. we will all miss you and hope maybe someday you will come back. <3

  19. Sue says:

    I really believe that he wanted to spend more time with his family. I really loved Steve as Jason and will really miss him on the show. I believe that family should come first and formost.
    Good Luck in your future indevors Steve and be happy in whatever you do.

  20. monique says:

    I am bummed that you are leaving Jason Morgan AKA ( Steve Burton) cause you were the only reason why I ever watched a soap show you were the best Character on the show I think You will be deeply missed by me I understand your reasons for leaving it is a bummer but I do understand I wish you the very best in life and some day wish to still meet you in really life . If they do rey place you with some one they will NOT BE AS GOOD AS YOU period . God bless you and your family with every thing that you do.

  21. monique says:

    Jason is the key to the show / Jason is the best part of the show . Really GH is the better soap then the others no addfence to the others

  22. monique says:

    I forgot to add in my first comment that I hope that Jason Morgan AKA Steve Burton sees my comments

  23. jean says:

    Enjoy all the stories on GH except the Duke & Fasion! Didn’t like them 25+ years ago and haven’t changed. I do love the charcters from OLTL especially Todd..I really miss “Jason” and wish the JaSam story line could have ended with the parternity of little Danny coming out before Jason was killed off. The untimey death/missing of Jason is not how such an outstanding actor should leave a show… But good luck to Steve and family..
    Enjoying Kelly on DWTS..Keep your votes coming in!!!

  24. kristie says:

    we all need to have faith that he will return. he has left in the past and has always came back! i will stick by him either way! but he is deeply missed on GH . but you shouldnt post that there are other reasons he is leaving! JUST leave it alone it was his choice and has nothing to do with us!

  25. Bonnie Royce says:

    I have been a member of the GH family for the last 40 years or so. From the accident that gave us Jason tell today. Jason is like a friend. The last few years the producers have given him story lines that don’t give him a life of his own. He hasn’t been able to grow as Jason. He had been in love with Elizbeth for years and that should of been allowed to at least work out. He and Sam work together because of her understanding his lifestyle. As Steve he wasn’t able to spread his wings with movies,stage or other t.v. projects. He started Jason when he was young and because Jason is in most of the storylines he is needed at least 4 times a week. That makes it hard to do anything else. Hoping to see him in other things soon. If the family moved to Tenn. have fun. It’s wonderful there/ Good Luck, Steve

  26. Susan says:

    I believe he left to spend time with his family. There are also new and exciting things happening in Nashville. Who knows he might end up on the new ABC show Nashville. He sings and would fit right in.

  27. Marie says:

    Jason Morgan was more like a dark knight than a hitman in many ways. He was gallant and loyal and very brave. Steve Burton played him well, and although he did the definitive portrayal, the character is so much a part of the show that they need to recast. I thought that Sean Kanan may have been a plausible recast for the character of Jason, because they look so much alike. If the producers can find someone who could look enough like Steve, then at least the character could return. If Steve wanted to move on to bigger and better things, I wish him well. I think that he could play a plausible superhero. Let’s face it, Jason was more that than a stone cold killer.

  28. Pat Reiger says:

    I think he left GH because of the lousy storylines. This used ot be a great show–now it is soooo absurd. These writers need a reality check!!!

  29. I to am a long time fan, Love Jason Morgan, But, he is really doing great things! He is due to open 2 establishments here in Pittsburg I do believe by 2013? He has a restraunt in Chicago that is doing well, He has Business in Calf. doing well, I think hewas just looking at the big picture, Like one person said, His character was not expanding, his business life was, he simply was going where the money is. He has a family to support, I will greatly miss him, but the way that they ended it, in time a new actor can come in and take over. They just cant do that overnight. They owe that mush to Steve. He will be hard to replace. All the love and Prayers to Steve and to his Famly. God Bless, Best of Luck to you.

  30. Kia says:

    I just feel that Steve’s wife and family have shared him with the world for so many years and now its time for them to have Steve completely to themselves. He did the show, and he toured with the show and he toured with Port Chuck! His wife is great, because some women would have given their husbands an ultimatum years ago! I think the statement that he released about doing this for his family is very touching and it feels genuine. I don’t think money or his feelings about his character had anything to do with it. The action that he took shows the type of man that he is and I loooove him in spite of the sadness from the loss of Jason Morgan’s presence on the show! :) I just hate how much there will never be a JaLiz! We got robbed out of Jason and Liz’s love story. I still love JaSam but we never got closure with JaLiz. The fact that they made Liz do something so stupid to ruin any chance of them reuniting after ALL of the YEARS they teased us, is just unjust! They killed Jake and made Sam the only mother of his son after all the years of never giving him any kids before Jake! But Sonny has a clan! lol! I was very disappointed with the way JaLiz ended and the way that JaSam are now ending.

    • Migdalia Miranda says:

      Hmmm, for some reason, I don’t see the connection with JaLiz, she needs a makeover. I like Sam and Jason and I hope they bring in a good actor to replace him, not kill him off.

  31. Gina says:

    TRUTH BE TOLD STEVE BURTON PLAYED JASON MORGAN VERY WELL N HE WILL BE MISSED AS JASON MORGAN, BUT WHOSE TO SAY THERE IS NOT ANOTHER ACTOR THAT CAN STEP RIGHT IN N WALK THOSE SHOES, DON’T GET ME WRONG I LOVED STEVE PLAYING JASON, BUT WE AS FANS NEED TO STOP BEING SO SELFISH N LET HIM MOVE ON WITH HIS FAMILY N LIFE, WE HAVE HAD STEVE FOR 21 YRS DEAL WITH HIS CHOICE, STEVE WELL WISHES ON NEW THINGS IN LIFE, I STILL LOVE YOU N YES YOU WILL ALWAYS BE JASON TO YOUR TRUE FANS. I WOULD STILL LOVE TO SEE JASON THE CHARACTER LIVE ON WITH HIS LIFE N SON ON GH, WHETHER IT IS STEVE OR SOMEONE REPLACING STEVE AS LONG AS THEY PLAY THE ROLE CORRECT. THEY NEED TO TAKE AJ BACK OUT,

  32. Anna says:

    Do I believe that Steve Burton wanted to spend more tim with his family? Of course I do. Do I believe that was the deciding factor in STeve Burton leaving GH? ABSOLUTELY NOT! I whole heartedly believe that there are 3 main reason Steve Burton left GH.#1 Ron.Carlivati,#2 Frank Valenti, #3 Vicki Drummer. The new writer, producer, & abc daytime head who are not only inept, they are an insult to GH and to the fans. They butchered the character of Jason Morgan, destroyed THE SUPERCOUPLE of the 21st century in order to bring in their B rated actors from CANCELLED One Life To Live & give them screne time. Complete disrespect to Steve Burton, Kelly Maonaco & the entire GENERAL HOSPITAL cast & their fans. Disgusting.

    • Migdalia Miranda says:

      Anna, you have a valid point, but I must say I’ve been watching both shows since I was at least 15 yrs old. OLTL actors deserve to make a living, and I actually like them being integrated into the show, even though it affects the GH actor’s plots and twist. I just don’t want GH to go off the air, it’s my secret pleasure, it distresses me after a long day at work.

  33. Gh watcher says:

    If he has to deal with jerks like you, no wonder he left. Idiot.

    • Gh watcher says:

      Using the f word is why your comment didnt get posted. Jerk.

      • Alan Turner says:

        It’s simple, He left as he has planned to 4 sometime to do other things such as Direct. He has played other parts, If you are a real Steve Burton fan you would remember the movie he played in with Robert Redford “The Last Castle” At some point, maybe not for a permanent role again but he will be back to close out the mystery of what happened. Remember, there was no body found!

  34. Tennessee, will welcome him no matter what part of this state he chooses to live in

  35. Migdalia Miranda says:

    I definitely love Stonecold, but after 21 years, I feel his pain. I’ve worked at my job for 17 years and it’s finally affecting me emotionally and physically. But i am grateful I have a decent job. He has the right to grow as an actor, and he can’t do that continuing working those long hours. I miss him and wish he didn’t leave, but I respect his choice. I wish nothing but the best for him and his family.

  36. Jessica says:

    “Subpar writing”. That’s hilarious. I notice it’s only ” subpar” when people’s favorites aren’t frontburner any more. The reason Steve Burton left is because the days of mob stories leading the action on GH are over. He saw the writing on the wall and he left. JFP probably made him an offer to work on another project and since anyone with a brain knows that Burton’s dull, flat, tedious and robotic Jason drove tens of thousands of former GH fans away, he probably sensed that his days were numbered under the sensible and talented helm of Frank Valenti. If you miss Burton, you have my sympathies. I hate when my favorites leave. AMC was never the same to me without Cady McLain on it. However, the joyless, dark, miserable decade of Bob Guza and the endless thug stories drove the show into the ground. Steve Burton is largely responsible. His acting was abysmal. I’m sorry you feel the need to blog about this, but the bottom line is that losing him and hopefully Maurice Benard, and possibly the horrendous Kelly Monaco would be the best thing to happen to GH in fifteen years. You don’t have to like it, but it’s the truth.

  37. Jill Ed says:

    Bills need to be paid and children need to go to college. I believe unless he gets a great job somewhere else he will come back. As do most soap opera actors. Be happy with what you have.

  38. I have been a fan of GH since I was a young girl. I didn’t turn on the show because of jason, because when I started watching it he wasn’t even on. I love the show as long as they keep up a good story line I will watch it.

  39. L.RAWLINSON-DAVIS says:

    AM PISSED THAT JASON AKA STEVE IS GONE! Soaps are so predictable! JOHN MCBAIN LOST A FAMILY, NOW WATCH HIM GAIN 1… FYI> LIZ WAS BETTER WITH LUCKY! I GUESS IF HE CAN DO IT, SO CAN JASON.. THOUGH THERE R SOME DIFFERENCES THERE!

  40. Marilyn says:

    Best of luck Steve and thank you for all your years you brought smiles to our faces. I can understand him wanting to branch out in other directions as well as have time with his family.

  41. Jan Machulis says:

    Steve Burton was in other things besides GH. I remember a mini-series he was in, can’t remember the name. He was commended for his acting in it. I think he left just exactly for the reasons he said, to move his family to a very friendly area that is better for raising kids and gives them room to play and just be kids. God bless him and his family. I hope he is happy with his choice. I will miss Jason Morgan, but Steve deserves to live his life as he pleases.

  42. joyce says:

    WELL I really do not know why he left , but this picture u have him on facebook makes him look really old, and leaves me to say is STEVE sick with some kind of illness. HE does not look well at all. he looks like he is in his late fifthies.I hope he isa find and doing well . BUT why kill him off when he finally have another son, that he could raise on with Sam.Well I .
    wish him well, and hope he has a bless future.

  43. Pj says:

    I am on the fence with a Jason Morgan recast. I love Steve burton and consider him Jason but with aj back I can only hope for Emily to be written back in. The quartermaines need to be brought back to life. With John ingles gone (rip) the show needs to keep the rest of the family going. This is the land of soap operas. People come back from the dead all the time. Loved seeing the family reunited for thanksgiving.

  44. Laina says:

    Lets face it 21 years continual as the same old same old, in a black shirt, well it was a tiresome chore, sort of like working at a dressing room, unlocking the door, handing out tickets, waiting for the next customer, boring… get the point? If GH goes off the air, the character of Jason went out as a mystery. Kelly Monaco can grow on the show, in more ways as Sam, then Jason had the opportunity to do. She has a limitless supply of story lines and her character has potential for growth. Look to see her in a triangle between McBain, and AJ. IF I was writing GH, that is the next conflict that I would create. She will fall in love with the new/old bad boy AJ, who has a lot of sparkle for being a screw up. Folks, its only a story, and it is a nice distraction from everyday life, a genre that is almost over in American entertainment history :(

  45. Laina says:

    Lets face it 21 years continual as the same old same old, in a black shirt, well it was a tiresome chore, sort of like working at a dressing room, unlocking the door, handing out tickets, waiting for the next customer, boring… get the point? If GH goes off the air, the character of Jason went out as a mystery. Kelly Monaco can grow on the show, in more ways as Sam, then Jason had the opportunity to do. She has a limitless supply of story lines and her character has potential for growth. Look to see her in a triangle between McBain, and AJ. IF I was writing GH, that is the next conflict that I would create. She will fall in love with the new/old bad boy AJ, who has a lot of sparkle for being a screw up. Folks, its only a story, and it is a nice distraction from everyday life, a genre that is almost over in American entertainment history :(

  46. stella says:

    I believe he left because of the writer’s & producers the show is going or doing much right now. They are still trying to figure out if its even going to be on anymore. I didnt see his Jason getting into a new story lone what now with a baby and Sam no he was not really into all that at the beginning. After that accident with AJ lets say it he was stone cold. Thats the man we all loved to watch . Yes he had all his little ladies but he seemed he liked his freedom. Sam and him were ok but I still believe they were showing he loved Liz more and he was staying with Sam at the end because of the baby. Steve Burton you enjoy your life and your family , family always comes first. Good Luck to you. People have come and go on GH and they will keep doing it. They may bring in a another Jason but not one as great as you.

  47. Margaret says:

    It is what it is. Life goes on. One can not pick and choose someones career, life or anything else. I to, loved Steve Burton as Jason Morgan. But he has chosen a different path. I say kudos to you Steve. Do not live your life for others. Many blessings to you and your family, and may God always be with you.

  48. Nancy Foye says:

    Steve thank you for all of your years on General Hospital. I grew up watching GH and it became a part of my everyday life. I’m sure yours as well. You will be GREATLY MISSED by many, you are extremely talented and we hope to see more of your work…

  49. Phoebe says:

    Wow! I have to say some of the statements being made are just sad! Steve left fir several reasons. I don’t think he has lied about why. He has ALOT on his plate besides acting on GH. He has admitted that he is wanting to spend more time with family as well as continue Port Chuck, open new businesses, and direct if I am not mistaken the teen soap with Franco on nickalodean. I do think that he will eventually come back and appear on GH. It has been sad to see him go and Edward (Mr. Ingle) pass away as well. Losing them both has been sad for GH but the show will go on. Replacing Jason with someone else would be a shame. I am happy they left the door open for a possible return someday whether near or far. In the meantime there are many other characters that we should continue to watch GH for and hopefully one day like so many other characters Jason (Steve Burton) will return as well. For now, I hope he enjoys his time with his family and his other endeavors continue to be positive! :)

  50. Doris Anderson says:

    I love Jason and he has always been one of the people I look forward to see every week on gh I know that he want to do other thing and I am kind of upset but I know that there are other thing that he want to do he need to spread his wing I know he will be good at what ever he do in life there are still good people on gh that I like sonny, spilli, sam, patrick, robin and there are other sonny and jason was good together don’t get it wrong sonny can hold his own when it’s need i will still watch it if jason never comes back I HOPE HE DO COME BACK SO HE CAN KNOW THAT DANNY IS HIS AND NOT HIS TWIN BROTHER THEY CAN TAKE AJ OFF CAUSE I DON’T LIKE HIM AND THE ROLE HE IS PLAYING

  51. Doris Anderson says:

    HE WILL RETURN SO HE CAN KNOW THAT DANNY IS REALLY HIS SON IF THEY CAN BRING BACK ANNA, ROBERT, AND OTHERS THEY CAN BRING BACK JASON I WILL KEEP ON WATCHING GH CAUSE I PRAY THAT HE WILL COME BACK EVEN IF HE DON’T STAY I DON’T THINK THEY ARE GOING TO LET THIS END LIKE THIS

  52. Pam Smith says:

    i think they should recast jason for sam and danny ..Jason should have a chance to be a dad… as for Steve hope he does well for his family but i still dont like being lied too… but sam does need a jason the sooner the better… mcbain should fall for elizabeth…

  53. Joanne says:

    WELL ALL i CAN SAY IS STEVE IS A GREAT ACTOR AND i CAN ONLY HOPE THE BEST FOR HIM . i THINK GOING TO YR HAS FANS QUESTIONING WHY DID WE NOT GIVE HIM W HAT HE WANTED? HE WANTED TO BE ABLE TO DO A SOAP AND TRAVEL TO BE WITH FAMILY ANOTHER WORDS BEST OF BOTH WORLDS. GIVEN THE FACTOR THAT HIM & J PP ARE FRIENDS SHE GAVE HIM WHAT HE WANTED. WE DID NOT SO LETS GET ON WITH GH AND MAYBE DO A RECAST. LOOK ON IT THE BRIGHT SIDE HE MIGHT COME BACK IN A YEAR.

  54. Joanne says:

    i JUST THINK STEVE IS A GREAT ACTOR & CAN GO FAR IN HIS CAREER NOT ONLY Y&R. I SEEN HIM IN OTHER MOVIES. AM SHOCKED ONLY BECAUSE Y&R GIVE ME A BREAK!! HE WOULD BE BETTER OFF DOING A DRAMA SHOW LIKE NCIS OR NCIS LOSANGELAS EVEN A MOVIE.I DON’T THINK HE WILL LIKE IT NOT SAYING ANYTHING WROMG WITH Y&R JUST THINK HE CAN GO FURTHER.

  55. Bette says:

    I think its always been about the money. After all he just went to another soap. right?

  56. Ginger says:

    I’m thrilled he’s gone – he is a lousy actor and wisely the new HW and HP are slowly eliminating the mob that ate Port Charles. The fans were lied to, btw – he and JFP cooked up the entire thing once his contract was up at GH and she was firmly ensconced at Y&R. I’ve also heard other rumors.

  57. Luann says:

    I think Steve was burnt out. His character wasn’t growing he was sonny number 1 man but nothing else he finally married Sam had a kid I myself didn’t see his character moving or growing . Yes he went to another soap but it is part time so he can spend time with his kids and wife. Steve I wish you all the best in life and maybe you can come back and play your kid all grown up down the road…that is my 2 cents good bye

  58. mj says:

    Jason was my totally favourite character on the show. I always thought they over killed with Sonny’s popularity-he always seemed to make one stupid mistake after another. Then Jason was the emotionless, calculated character. His head ruled his heart and he always seemed to be able to keep things under control. Imagine having that person in your life. Someone you can always count on, who would never turn his back no matter how badly you messed up. The perfect mate. Then to never be utilized by the show to showoff all of his skills must have been so stifling for him. I hope he gets what he wants from his new soap. I don’t think being a bar tender is good enough for him so we will see.
    miss you immensely at gh.

  59. KELLI says:

    Then why is he on a soap on a different station now?

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