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Longtime 'GH' actor joins 'Young and the Restless'
By ALICIA RANCILIO , Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — There's heartbreak ahead for some "General Hospital" fans.

Steve Burton, who played Jason Morgan on the ABC soap opera for nearly 21 years and left the show last fall to relocate his family to Tennessee, is joining the cast of "The Young and the Restless."

Burton made the announcement Monday on CBS' "The Talk."

He said in an interview with The Associated Press that the opportunity came from a recent developing relationship with Sony Corp. where he and actor James Franco (and former recurring "General Hospital" guest star) have been trying to develop a prime-time series.

"They asked if I was ready to come back to daytime and ... what could they do to make that work," said Burton. He said he wanted his family to stay in Tennessee and he needed a flexible schedule to spend time with them.

"I get to have the best of both worlds and fly back and forth" from Los Angeles, he said. "I wasn't really expecting it."

On "Y&R," Burton will play Dylan McAvoy, an ex-soldier with a secret.

The 42-year-old begins shooting Tuesday. His first episode is slated to air Jan. 29.

"It is a little nerve-racking because I don't really know who the character is. The cool thing is I know a lot of people who are there already. The soap world is a small world," he said.

Another appeal for Burton is that former "General Hospital" executive producer Jill Phelps is now at the helm at CBS' "Y&R," which has ranked as the No. 1 daytime drama for almost 25 years.

Burton understands some of his fans who may have been hoping he would return to "General Hospital," will be disappointed that he's joining "Y&R," but says it was time to do something different.

"To play a character for that long is amazing, but as an actor you want to do something new," he said. "I get to play a whole new character and a whole different life."

One thing he's not sure will change is the name of his band, Port Chuck, made up of "General Hospital" actors Scott Reeves, Brandon Barash and Bradford Anderson. The name is a play on the name Port Charles, the fictional setting of the soap opera.

Will the band need to incorporate Genoa City, where "The Young and the Restless" takes place?

"Most people who don't know us anyway are like 'Pork Chop? What the heck is Port Chop? No, Port Chuck!' As of now there are no plans to change the name," he said.



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Jan 13, 2013 2:47PM
I was actually hoping he decide to maybe try bigger films.  I think he would do really well but you have to respect a man that wants to spend more time with his family!
Jan 11, 2013 4:54PM
I will really miss Steve Burton (Jason) on General Hospital, I have been watching the show off and on for 50 years.  I wish Steve the best and may tune into Young and the Restless to check out his new character.
Jan 12, 2013 2:09PM
Everyone needs a change sometimes.  Good for you!  I love Jason and I know that I will love Dyan :-)
Jan 14, 2013 1:05PM
I thought Steve was moving on to Broadway or maybe a few more movies, I don't watch Y&R, can't fit it into my daily work routine but all the best to him and his new mission, really miss him on GH and am a 40 year watching fan.
Jan 11, 2013 11:30AM
What a TRADER Steve Burton ( Jason) is.  It is a big slap in the face to his loyal fans. I, for one, will NOT be tuning into the show.   So much for CARING about your LOYAL FAN'S
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