General Hospital Comings & Goings: Steve Burton First Airdate as Jason Morgan (Updated)

Steve Burton is making his way back to Port Charles as Jason.

The announcement that Steve Burton would be returning to General Hospital came as a surprise, at the very end of the General Hospital: 60 Years of Stars and Storytelling, which was a primetime special airing on Thursday, January 4 on ABC from 10 – 11 PM EST. 

In an emotional video chat with Bradford Anderson (Spinelli) on The Daily Drama Podcast, Steve Burton admitted to his friend and co-worker that it was amazing coming back to GH as Jason Morgan.

“We tried to keep it super low profile in the building. Here’s the thing. Once you start telling makeup, hair, and wardrobe, it’s hard. It’s supposed to be hush-hush but I’m going back in the building. You can’t just drop me in the dressing room and then take me up to stage and shoot something without people noticing.”

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The duo talk about Burton’s leave from the show during COVID. 

“Disney had their mandate,” Burton explained. “They wanted people to get vaccinated. I chose not to, so we parted ways. As you can see on my video on Instagram from a couple of years ago, I didn’t have any hard feelings. I didn’t have any ill will because GH was my family. I was there for so long. I grew up there. This show, General Hospital, has enabled me to live such an amazing life.”

“I know it’s hard for people to believe because a lot of emotions get in there, and I understand. People get emotional. It was an emotional time in the country, in the world, but I like to focus on love, I like to focus on gratitude. I truly believe when one door closes, another door opens.”

Burton, who began playing Jason back in 1992 when he was known as Jason Quartermaine, left the soap once in 2012 and again in 2021 after a 2018 comeback. The actor took on the role he originated of Harris Michaels in 1988, and made a big comeback in 2023. He announced his exit on January 3, 2024.   

On February 1, on his podcast, Burton revealed that he does not yet have a first airdate but he is starting to tape the week of February 4. It was confirmed later by the actor that his first airdate would be March 4.  

Are you happy Jason is back? What kind of storyline would you like to see him return with? Leave us a comment!

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