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Steve Burton Departing ‘General Hospital’

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012 11:46 AM EDT
TV Guide's Michael Logan pulls off another exclusive! In an interview with Steve Burton, the actor reveals that he has in fact decided to leave ABC's "General Hospital" after two decades at the drama series. First joining the cast in 1991, Burton had portrayed the role of Jason Quartermaine turned Morgan. He left the series in 2000, but returned in 2002, and has remained at the show ever since. He's also appeared on the “GH” spinoff, “General Hospital: Night Shift,” during the SOAPnet original series’ first season.
After promising that today's episode of "General Hospital" was "not to be missed" as the series has “been keeping a huge surprise under wraps," executive producer Frank Valentini got some good news today as the big reveal began trending worldwide just a short time ago. While live tweeting along with thousands of others, fans of the daytime drama series learned that actor Ian Buchanan had returned to the ABC soap after a 23-year absence. Of course, Soap Opera Network broke the story on Thursday, August 23.
Frank Valentini (Executive Producer, "General Hospital") is promising that the Monday, August 27 episode of the drama series is "not to be missed" as the series has "been keeping a huge surprise under wraps." The producer tweeted the message to his 12,000 followers earlier today.
ABC has released the first pictures of the cast of stars taking part in the upcoming "Dancing with the Stars: All Stars" season, scheduled to premiere on Monday, September 24 at 8:00 PM ET. As previously reported, Kelly Monaco (Sam McCall, "General Hospital") is heading back to the dance floor for a third go around (she won the first season in the Summer of 2005 and was later challenged into a "dance off" with runner-up John O'Hurly two months later). She's being paired with Valentin Chmerkovskiy, who returns for his third season.