The hearts of soap fans everywhere were broken this week
when news leaked that former ‘General Hospital’ heartthrob Jason Morgan would
be heading to ‘Young and the Restless.’
The news came as a surprise to a lot of people, mostly because
when Burton quit the soap that had made him famous – and been his home for more
than two decades – a few months ago, he said he wanted to spend more time with
his family in Nashville.
To be fair, though, there were rumors of this very thing
happening months ago.
Jill Farren-Phelps, executive producer for Y&R, is the
former executive producer for GH. She is, in a lot of ways, responsible for
Burton’s character Jason Morgan taking over the entire soap.
Reportedly, Farren-Phelps and Burton are quite close. It
hasn’t been confirmed which role Burton will be taking over – but most people
believe it will be Avery’s ex.
From what I’ve been seeing on message boards, Burton’s fans
aren’t exactly taking the news well.
A lot of them are mad because they believe he lied to them.
Others are mad because they believe he abandoned them.
Ironically, a lot of GH fans are sending Y&R fans their
condolences – but more on that in a minute.
The truth is, Burton doesn’t owe anyone anything. If he
thinks a move to Y&R is what is best for him and his family – then more
power to him.
I’ve seen a lot of people dreaming up conspiracy theories
about Burton being mad about his cut in airtime under the new GH regime and
only agreeing to go to Y&R if he’ll be the lead.
While I don’t doubt Burton probably wasn’t happy with the
cut in his airtime, I do doubt that he’s going to get as much airtime as others
seem to be theorizing on Y&R for one simple reason: Eric Braeden.
Braeden is a notorious, um, tool (for lack of a better
word). He doesn’t get along with most people and he won’t sit idly by and let
Burton supplant him. It’s not in his nature. (Note: On Twitter, he denied even knowing who Burton was)
For Jason Morgan fans that are despondent over this
development, I want to remind them that Y&R is notorious for signing big
name talent and then cutting them loose a few months down the road. Just ask
Maura West, Genie Francis, Tristan Rogers and Eden Riegel.
I’m not saying that I think Burton will be cut – especially since
Farren-Phels and him are so close – but I don’t necessarily believe he’ll be on
the show for the long haul either.
I should point out, to my knowledge, there has been no
confirmation about the length of the contract Burton signed with Y&R
either. It could be a short-term gig.
Finally, as a GH fan, I have to side with the snarky posters
that are offering Y&R fans their condolences.
I think Burton is talented – when he wants to be. I thought
he was wonderful in ‘The Last Castle’ and ‘Taken.’ He was also strong in the
first five years – or so – of his GH run.
Over the past 15 years, though, Jason Morgan has become a
character I despite. I have nothing against Burton, mind you, he seems like a
genuinely nice guy. But Jason Morgan is another story.
Jason Morgan was a thug in angel’s clothing – and I couldn’t
stand the way GH elevated Saint Jason of the Docks.
The best thing that ever happened to GH was Burton leaving –
and the killing off of Jason.
I’ve seen some fans shift their attention to recasting Jason
– but I think that would be a mistake at this point.
Jason isn’t important on the canvas right now. He’s not
needed. Why not just sit back and wait and see how Burton’s tenure on Y&R
goes before making a big decision. Nothing has to be decided right away.
Quite frankly, I hope Burton succeeds on Y&R – because that
means he won’t be returning to GH in the near future. Does that make me snarky?
So be it.
What do you think? Are you glad Burton signed with Y&R
or are you devastated?