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As General Hospital Fans Fret Over Steve Burtonโ€™s Status as Jason, He Drops One Post After Another โ€” But Are Any of Them Clues?

jason jj Steve Burton at the Cast Main Event during the General Hospital Fan Club Weekend at Embassy Suites Los Angeles Glendale in Glendale, California on July 27, 3019ยฉ Jill Johnson/jpistudios.com310-657-9661

The Daytime Emmy Award-winning actor shares news away from the ABC soap.

Itโ€™s been a while now since rumors starting circulating that General Hospital vet Steve Burton could possibly be leaving the role of Jason โ€” a role heโ€™s been playing on and off since 1992. Though there has been no official word from the actor or the ABC soap, Burton has been pretty vocal on social media as of late. But the question is, does it mean anything regarding his daytime status?

As many know by now, General Hospital has put in place a COVID-19 vaccine mandate to ensure everyone at the studio stays safe during this ongoing pandemic. Though Burton hasnโ€™t voiced his stance on the mandate, news came last week that one actor was leaving the show and the rumors continue to fly that he wonโ€™t be the last.

Previously Burton shared videos to announce various appearances in such cities as Syracuse and Rochester, New York, and continued to do so on Saturday. Along with a photo of his pal Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), Burton revealed that they were in Sacramento and stated, โ€œWe canโ€™t wait to see you guys!โ€

 

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Following the event, he posted a goodbye photo with Anderson and shouted, โ€œWe did it! Sacramento never disappoints. Ever.โ€

 

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Then on Sunday, he spent some time with his beautiful daughter and expressed, โ€œHaving some fun with the Brooks,โ€ and wished everyone a great day.

 

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However, does all of this traveling mean his show status has changed? Weโ€™d like to know as much as you and will keep you posted when any official information is released.

While we wait for answers on whether or not the popular actor will be keeping his character in Port Charles โ€” with the same face โ€” join us as we take a look at some of the burning questions surrounding our favorite soaps and primetime shows then reflect on Burtonโ€™s time on the soap in the photo gallery belowโ€ฆ from the boy next door to a stone-cold hitman.

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โ€˜Itโ€™s a Boyโ€ฆ โ€™
โ€œItโ€™s not yours, sweetheart, butโ€ฆ โ€ Although Jason was born to Dr. Alan Quartermaine and ill-fated mistress Susan Moore, the philandererโ€™s wife Monica soon came to love the baby as her own. In fact โ€” and weโ€™d never tell this to his half brother, A.J. โ€” we kinda think that Jason was Monicaโ€™s favorite. Shh! Shh! We said donโ€™t tell A.J.!

OUT OF THIS WORLD, Christina Nigra, Tony Crane, Maureen Flannigan, Steve Burton, Season 3. 1987 - 1991. (c) Universal Television/ Courtesy: Everett Colleciton.

They Grow Up So Fast
After a stint in boarding school โ€” where apparently there was an outbreak of soap-opera rapid-aging syndrome โ€” Jason returned to Port Charles as a strapping teenager played by up-and-coming Hollywood hunk Steve Burton, at that point best known for his stint as surfer dude Chris on the whackadoo syndicated sitcom Out of This World.

GENERAL HOSPITAL, Steve Burton, Vanessa Marcil, Sean Kanan, Antonio Sabato, Cari Shayne, Kimberly McCullough, (1993), 1963-, ยฉ ABC / Courtesy: Everett Collection

School Daze
At Port Charles High, girl-crazy Jason pretty much lived with hearts in his eyes. But his main crush Karen Wexlerโ€ฆ Well, we donโ€™t want to say that she was out of his league back then. However, she was playing a different ballgame โ€” and with a very different player to boot.

gh jagger karen GENERAL HOSPITAL, Antonio Sabato, Jr., Cari Shayne, (1993), 1963-. ยฉ ABC / Courtesy: Everett Collection

Mr. Popularity
Karen only had eyes for buff boxer Jagger Cates, who, as this photo so clearly illustrates, gave the best neck rubs this side of the Paradise Lounge. How could Jason compete with that? How could anyone, really?

gh brenda jason 1994 GENERAL HOSPITAL, from left: Vanessa Marcil, Steve Burton, (1994), 1963- , ph: Rosemary Rossi/ยฉABC /Courtesy Everett Collection

Hot Tub
Jason mightโ€™ve stood a better chance with Brenda Barrett โ€” yet another classmate, youโ€™ll recall โ€” if sheโ€™d ever elected to turn into reality a certain fantasy she had involving a bubble bath, the honor-roll student and apparently a whole lot of baby oil.

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โ€˜You Bet Oui Did Itโ€™
Jason finally got himself a serious girlfriend in Keesha Ward. They even punched one anotherโ€™s V cards over spring break in Paris. But their young-love story came to a screeching halt after he was involved in a car crash with a soused A.J. When Jason woke up, he was all, โ€œNo more Mr. Nice Guyโ€; instead, he wasโ€ฆ Wait. Youโ€™ll see.

GENERAL HOSPITAL, Steve Burton, (1997), jason- , ph: Craig Sjodin/ ยฉABC /Courtesy Everett Collection

Red-Hot and Stone Cold
Overnight, brain damage transformed Jason into a shirt-averse amnesiac, a born-again bad boy who eventually went to work as a violent flunky for Brendaโ€™s on-again/off-again endgame, Sonny Corinthos โ€” you know, Port Charlesโ€™ answer to both Don Corleone and Juan Valdez.

GENERAL HOSPITAL, jason AJ from left: Sean Kanan, Steve Burton, (1993), 1963- , ph: Craig Sjodin/ยฉABC /Courtesy Everett Collection

Nothing Up Theirโ€ฆ Wait, Where Are Their Sleeves?
While Keesha tried to mend the pieces of her broken heart with, of all people, A.J., Jason sought to resolve his identity crisis by exercising his right to โ€œbare arms.โ€ Needless to say, heโ€™d soon draw quite a crowd to his particular brand of โ€œgun show.โ€ And yes, we will stop putting โ€œeverythingโ€ in quotes now.

gh robin jason GENERAL HOSPITAL, from left: Kimberly McCullough, Steve Burton, 1990s, 1963- . ph: Craig Sjodin /ยฉ ABC /Courtesy Everett Collection

The Odd Couple
Port Charles saw Jason as an unfeeling shell of his former self and onetime school chum Robin Scorpio as the quintessence of all that is good in the world. The yin/yang pair fell in love, anyway; in fact, it didnโ€™t even occur to them to solicit outside opinions of their romance. Go figure.

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Itโ€™s Funny Because Itโ€™s True
Theyโ€™d never have believed it in the 1990s, but years after Jason had a no-strings-attached fling with future bestie Carly Benson, sheโ€™d end up married toโ€ฆ Can a person have two besties? If not, sheโ€™d end up married to his second-bestie, Sonny.

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โ€˜Seriously, Whoโ€™s Your Daddy?โ€™
Rather than bother with son Michaelโ€™s actual father โ€” A.J., the Meg Griffin of General Hospital โ€” Carly enlisted her buddy Jason to at first fill in as a father figure. Over the years, Jason and Michael remained so close that the former got himself thrown behind bars in hopes of protecting the latter. Eh, it was the thought that counted.

gh liz jason Steve Burton, Rebecca Herbst"General Hospital" SetThe Prospect StudiosABC StudiosLos Angeles07/29/11ยฉPaul Skipper/jpistudios.com310-657-9661Episode # 12378U.S.Airdate 08/26/11

Star-Crossed
When Jason fell for Elizabeth Webber, he fell hard. Like โ€œIโ€™ve fallen and I canโ€™t get upโ€ hard. They could never make it work, though. She had this weird thing about not wanting herself or her kids to be used for criminalsโ€™ target practice. Also, Jason always wanted to canoodle when she really, really just needed to have her morning coffee.

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Moll in the Family
Following a brief marriage of convenience to Brenda โ€” what better way to avoid testifying against one another in court? โ€” Jason put a ring on the finger of Sonnyโ€™s half sister, Courtney Matthews. When that ring came right back off, the donโ€™s henchman tried to bolster Sonnyโ€™s relationship with Carly by pretending to be the babydaddy of his mistress, Sam McCall.

Steve Burton, Kelly Monaco sam jason "General Hospital" SetThe Prospect StudiosABC StudiosLos Angeles04/13/11ยฉHoward Wise/jpistudios.com310-657-9661Episode # 12310U.S.Airdate 05/20/11

The Love of His Life
Given their affinity for black clothes, danger and one another, it was inevitable that Jason and Sam would wind up becoming a supercouple and living happily ever after. Ha. As if. They did indeed become a supercouple, but her mom also drove a wedge between them, Sam shtupped her stepfather, and Jason knocked up Elizabeth. And that was just for starters!

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Maybe if somebody had gotten to Franco (originally James Franco) when he was a baby-faced kid like this, he wouldnโ€™t have grown up to be Jasonโ€™s worst nightmare, a stalkery painter who made the object of his obsession believe that heโ€™d raped Sam. Note: No one got to Franco when he was a baby-faced kid like this. So before having his homicidal brain tumor removed, he was a helluva headache.

Billy Miller, Rebecca Herbst "General Hospital" Set The Prospect StudiosABC Studios09/11/14ยฉ Howard Wise/jpistudios.com310-657-9661Episode # 13154U.S. Airdate 10/07/14โ€˜The Face Is Unfamiliar, Butโ€ฆ โ€™
Two years after Jason was murdered by Cesar Faison, the deceased resurfaced in Port Charles with a new face (that of Billy Miller) and a telltale fondness for Liz and Sam. (As you can see, he even knew their secret handshake!) Of course, it would eventually turn out that this Jason wasnโ€™t Jason at all but his twin brother, Drew. Dโ€™oh!

Steve Burton, Maurice Benard "General Hospital" Set The Prospect Studios ABC Studios 10/02/17 ยฉ Howard Wise/jpistudios.com 310-657-9661 Episode # 13917 U.S. Airdate 10/25/17A Fine โ€˜How Do Ya Doโ€™
Obviously, Jasonโ€™s loved ones welcomed him back with open fire. Er, arms. Open arms. But seriously, once the shock wore off, they were happy to have the original-flavor Stone Cold back. By and by, Sam even decided that she preferred the first version of her husband to the second; Drew was way too willing to wear colors other than black.

gh shiloh jason fight Coby Ryan McLaughlin, Steve Burton"General Hospital" SetThe Prospect StudiosABC Studios05/01/19ยฉ Howard Wise/jpistudios.com310-657-9661Episode # 14309U.S. Airdate 05/23/19A New Twist on the Same Old
It seemed like no sooner had the Morgans made their way back into one anotherโ€™s arms than they were targeted by Shiloh, aka Henry Archer, a cult leader whose father had once been duped by con artist Sam. As Jason is wont to do, he made a rational, well-thought-out argument for why maybe Shiloh should let bygones be bygones.

GENERAL HOSPITAL - Maurice Benard (Sonny) and Steve Burton (Jason) in scenes that air the week of June 10, 2019 on ABC's "General Hospital." General Hospital airs Monday-Friday, 3-4pm, ET on ABC. GH19(Walt Disney Television/Todd Wawrychuk) MAURICE BENARD, STEVE BURTONLeaf Us Alone
Only one thing changed in Jasonโ€™s life as rarely as his standard wardrobe of a black T-shirt and jeans: Sonnyโ€™s need for his protection. In 2020, the โ€œcoffee importerโ€ had his turf threatened by rivalโ€ฆ umโ€ฆ โ€œbusinessmanโ€ Cyrus Renault. Somehow the underworld overlords didnโ€™t even consider that in one of those plants, there might be a bug. (See what we did there? Plantโ€ฆ bugโ€ฆ Never mind.)

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Finally, after Cyrus had the Floating Rib blown up in hopes of reducing Jason to smithereens, Sam realized that maybe, just maybe, being married to the Mob was going to make her a widow (again) or cost her a kid or two. And she really didnโ€™t have among her offspring an A.J. that she could bear to lose.

gh jason sam Steve Burton, Kelly Monaco"General Hospital" SetThe Prospect StudiosABC StudiosLos Angeles02/08/11ยฉHoward Wise/jpistudios.com310-657-9661Episode # 12257U.S.Airdate 03/08/11โ€˜Butโ€ฆ Butโ€ฆ What Happens *Next*?!?โ€™
Neither JaSam nor their fans were going to like the answer to that question. After Cyrus Renault had the Floating Rib blown up, Sam made the painful decision to split from Jason to ensure that none of her children became poor Dev Cerciโ€™s afterlife playmates. In the wake of that game-changing moveโ€ฆ

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All Hell Broke Loose
Not only did Sonny โ€œdie,โ€ but Jason wound up going on the run with, of all people, Britt Westbourne (with whom, as you can see, he got a whole lot closer). And once he returned to Port Charles, things only got weirder: He and Carly decided that they had to tie the knot to protect the Corinthos crime syndicate from the Five Families.

 

 

 

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