Hello… And Good-bye!

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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.

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