Hello… And Good-bye!
The early part of August saw some big changes at GENERAL HOSPITAL, as Steve Burton — who once played Jason on the ABC soap — reported for his first day at work in a mysterious role, and fan favorite Robert Palmer Watkins (Dillon) was let go!
The In Depth Story: With Burton set to appear any day now, everyone is speculating about whether or not he’ll play Jason, but no one’s actually talking… because they can’t! As Kelly Monaco ( Sam) admitted at her fan club event, “the writers have been so tight-lipped, and there are [non-disclosure agreements].”
With viewers amped up over the myster y surrounding Burton’s return — he hit the set for the first time on August 14 — executive producer Frank Valentini has them right where he wants them! “I don’t think anybody’s figured it out yet,” the exec tells Soaps In Depth, adding that the character’s imminent arrival is “going to affect everybody!”
In a video posted after he wrapped his “amazing” first day back, Bur ton promised that the story ahead “is going to be so kick-bleep that you’re not going to want to miss it!”
Meanwhile, Watkins is on the way out after two years with the soap. “This was not my decision,” he shared in a social- media video, “but I am so grateful for the time I’ve had on GH. I hope I can come back.”
Burton (left) is back, and Watkins is out.