The daytime world was rocked by the unexpected announcement that Steve Burton would be coming back to GENERAL HOSPITAL, and the actor revealed some more information about his return during a special Facebook Live chat with fans! “I’ll be there for a while,” Burton promised. And now that he's back at the soap's studio, he's even more excited. "Can’t tell you how amazing it is to be back at GH,” he shared on Instagram. “It was so great to see everyone I pretty much grew up with. It is home. So grateful for this new journey. Always appreciated the hard work from the cast and crew. Excited to work with everyone and tell awesome stories.” And while his return is shrouded in mystery, some details are beginning to leak out!
Unfortunately, at this time, details regarding Burton's return are being kept very hush hush. But TV Line announced the big news that he will be back in the episode airing Tuesday, Sept. 19, with a special video promo!
September was a likely start date because back on Aug. 14, GH shared a photo of Burton in front of the studio with the caption "Back to Work!" and the soap's lead time is about one month from taping to air!
Back to work! @1steveburton #GH #GeneralHospital A post shared by General Hospital (@generalhospitalabc) on Aug 14, 2017 at 12:44pm PDT
Back to work! @1steveburton #GH #GeneralHospital
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Naturally, Burton couldn’t get into details surrounding his return, especially whether or not he’ll be playing the real Jason Morgan, someone who was given Jason’s original face, or something even more surprising! “You know I can’t say anything about the story,” he declared. “All I know is it’s going to be real soon and there’s going to be a lot of surprises. So stay tuned. We’re going to have a lot of fun!”
But Maurice Benard (Sonny) threw GH fans into a tizzy on Twitter when he responded to a fan asking what it was like working with Burton again and if he would prefer him to be playing Jason.
Although most fans knew exactly what Benard meant by his tweet, the actor found the flurry of activity on social media kind of amusing. “You can stop the frenzy,” he tweeted in response. “But it is funny. I meant Steve will always be Jason to me.” Benard also excused any grammatical errors in his tweets that could lead to miscommunication by joking: “And everybody knows I use Siri!”
After Burton's return to the set, the soap shared a fun video clip on Instagram of the actor just outside the studio. "I just wrapped my first day," he declared. "It was amazing. It was so great seeing everybody and I really have to say that this story’s gonna be so kick-beep that you’re not gonna want to miss it. Tune in! I’ll see you soon!"
We interrupt your regularly scheduled feed for an important message from the #GH set. @1steveburton #GeneralHospital #BehindtheScenes A post shared by General Hospital (@generalhospitalabc) on Aug 18, 2017 at 1:33pm PDT
We interrupt your regularly scheduled feed for an important message from the #GH set. @1steveburton #GeneralHospital #BehindtheScenes
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The story of his GH return actually began at this year’s Daytime Emmy Awards where Burton took home the trophy for Outstanding Supporting Actor. After visiting the press room, the winner found himself locked out of the building when he was approached by agent Bobby Moses. “At the time, I wasn’t necessarily looking for an agent,” Burton admitted, “but I haven’t had an agent for years, so I figured, ‘Okay maybe it’s time to get an agent.’”
Maurice Benard (Sonny) and Steve Burton (Jason) in 2011. (Photo Credit: sean smith/jpistudios.com)
Another of Moses’ clients happens to be Benard, so he has a relationship with the soap and the network. “ABC called,” Burton recalled, “they got to talking, and next thing I knew, I’m going back. I’m going home. It’s amazing. I can’t wait. It’s been my home for so long. It’s like my family there. We’re just really looking forward to reuniting and getting it on. I’m super excited.”
While Burton moved to Nashville to spend more time with his family, he’s looking forward to getting back into acting again, even going so far as to set up a studio in his garage so he can record auditions to send to Hollywood without leaving his house! “Bradford [Anderson, Spinelli] actually helped me learn how to put myself on tape,” he confided.
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