It's Official: Jason Cook OUT At General Hospital!

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The house cleaning continues over at

General Hospital

.

Soap Opera Digest

is reporting

Jason Cook

 (Dr. Matt Hunter) is departing the show next month. According to the magazine, Cook had already been planning to take some time off from the soap, to focus on a number of outside projects. Cook stated:

I was going to have to take several months off the show for all these other things I'm working on. One would have been this summer, to do LifeCHANGE [his project with Arianne Zucker, Nicole, DAYS] and other shoots, as well as my new cooking show, CHOP THIS. It's an on-location cooking show with a different restaurant chef showing us a couple of recipes each week. It's going to start online at chopthis.com. If Genreful [his short film with co-star Bradford Anderson, Spinelli] gets funded, I have that to do, too. So, I am stepping away for the time being. There is no talk about me coming back, but I was going to have to take time off anyway.



No word on when Cook's last airdate is set for. Not for nothing, but if I was DAYS executive producer

Greg Meng

, I'd try to have Cook come on over to Salem, once he has some down time!

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