Daytime Emmy winner Steve Burton has taken lots of flack from his fans for leaving General Hospital, saying he was moving to Nashville, and then all of a sudden popping up and signing a deal to come to The Young and the Restless so soon after he was “killed” off a beloved mob hitman, Jason Morgan. Now with his new role of Dylan McAvoy, Burton is set to debut on the number one soap on CBS on January 29th.
Steve does reveal that he has short term contract with the number one soap as of now and that the show is trying to dress and make him seem different than Jason of Port Charles! In a new interview with Michael Logan of TV Guide Magazine, Burton opens up about why the decision to come to Y&R and not stay at GH and more. Here are a few excerpts below!
Burton on if GH executives did not try hard enough to keep him and if his decision to leave had anything to do with Jason’s story: “I don’t feel it had anything to do with story. The flying back and forth was the sticking point. If I was still living in California, I’d still be with GH. It was too difficult production-wise to work things out and I understand that. I know how the business works and I’m not going to get mad over it. I don’t want a show to break its back for one actor. It’s not right. Besides, it really felt like it was time for me to go. I was gracious. They were gracious. There are no hard feelings with me and executive producer, Frank Valentini. I don’t want to point fingers. I know there are a lot of disappointed fans. They don’t really understand what goes on behind the doors. They don’t understand why I wouldn’t go back to play Jason if I’m ready to work again. But what happens at GH should stay at GH.“
Burton on the deal he has with Y&R which gives him freedom to go back and forth to Nashville often: ” I’ll get a lot of long weekends and frequent weeks off so I can get back to Nashville. I don’t want to work five days a week like I did at GH. (Laughs) I was on the air so much even I was sick of me!”
Burton’s message to his fans: “Please hang in with me on this! I’m a little nervous so cut me some slack. (Laughs) Maybe put the TV on mute for my first couple of episodes and look at the new hairdo. Everything’s gonna be great…I promise!”
So soapers, are you content with Steve’s explanation? Are you willing to give him an opportunity to explore a new character? Will you be willing and open to tuning-in and wishing him the best when he hits the airwaves on Y&R? Let us know your thoughts!