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




 
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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  1. Profile photo of soapjunkie88
    soapjunkie88

    It’s sad that Jason never got the chance to really get into the character of Matt Hunter. He only started to become a real character after Guza left last summer.

    I wish him all the luck in the world. :)

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    Carol2

    [quote=alstonboy4315]Can’t they get rid of Starr instead and keep sexy Matt?[/quote]

    Aside from Brody, OLTL’s last years had men who were about as sexy as a foot fungus. GH is shaping up to be the same way.

    I just hope this doesn’t mean more Spinelli/Maxie garbage.

    I also wonder what this means for Patrick. “Cartini” haven’t been too subtle in their disinterest in the character.

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    liason4real

    I really started enjoying Matt the more that he hung out with Liz. Here’s hoping that JC ends up on DOOL. I never understood why Guza let JC sit on the back burner the first two to three years that he was on GH.

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    GatesBear

    interesting Jason Cook is available to return to Days, so is Kirsten Storms, although she might be still sick and she looks kind of young to be a mother. Farah Fath and Jay Kenneth Johnson need to return as well, that would fit right in with the rumors that Nadia might be returning.

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    ER Writer

    that would be great [him returning to days]. I might even start watching DAYS again, but they need to get themselves together STAT re: backstage.

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    keanna

    Too bad, I love the brotherly chemistry with Jason T. Calling Ken Corday, bring him back to Days since GH didn’t know what to do with him!!!

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    arielade

    As much as I want KS back on GH as Maxie, I wold LOVE to see her and JC back as Belle and Sean on Days! I probably want her more as Maxie though, just because I enjoy the character of Maxie more than the character of Belle. But I’ll have KS back in any capacity really!

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    atwtfan08

    Really disappointed in this news… GH shouldn’t have gotten rid of Matt, and as Lisa’s killer nonetheless. I was also really loving Matt and Elizabeth – they had tons of potential.

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    blake3b

    Man, get him back on Days! He was good there! And bring Belle, Mimi, Chloe, and Phillip also. I know a lot of dead weight on there that can be canned to bring them back!

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    lostfan

    Yes, Jason needs to come back to Days, where I loved him!! Always thought he looked like he could be a cross between Peter reckell and Kristian Alfonso. Would love to also see Jay Kenneth Johnson. WOULD NOT like to see Farrah Fath nor Nadia Bjorlin

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    GHFan777

    Very sorry to hear this. I loved Mattrick. I thought that the 2 Jason ‘s had great brotherly chemistry. I also think that Jason Cook is a class act. He was always friendly on Twitter and seemed to be very appreciative of his fans.
    I wish him the best, and I hope he finds success in his future projects.

  12. Profile photo of TV Gord
    TV Gord

    So, it’s going to take another month for him to figure out he killed Lisa? Ugh!

    Since I’ve only been watching GH a short time, I haven’t had much time to get invested in his character, but I thought the day he spent time with a grieving Patrick at his house was good. I didn’t realize they were brothers until that day.

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    snags

    Bring him back to Days and boost story for Bo and Hope. Bring back Belle (Martha Madison or Kirsten Storms) and an older Claire to mix it up. THIS casting is organic and I can stand by!

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    maxsmom

    I checked and by the time he leaves JC will have been on GH for 4 years, I’d be surprised if say Soapnet ran a marathon of his work and it filled 4 months. He could be the next Pacino or Deniro for all I know because someone seemed to insist that he be kept on contract but someone else seemed to insist that he never be allowed to drive a story. Maybe Carlivati thinks he should cut his losses on a character that was for me a fail out of the gate, and I do mean the character, everything I’ve ever heard or seen of JC suggests that he is a fun and funny guy.

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    SwanQueen59

    I remember hoping he and RH would catch on but they worked better as friends and colleagues. The support for JT’s Patrick during Robin’s funeral was also touching to see. I’ll be happy to see him whenever and wherever he pops up in the future… 0:)

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    cheesehead91182

    I really hope they bring him back to Days. I think its rediculous that after Bo being in a coma and now Bo and Hope are “Dead” no one even mentions Shawn-D and Belle. Bo even broought up Zack one day last week so I almost get the impression that the writers would like us to forget that Bo and Hope are old enough to have a grown son and be grandparents.

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    Carol2

    [quote=maxsmom]I checked and by the time he leaves JC will have been on GH for 4 years, I’d be surprised if say Soapnet ran a marathon of his work and it filled 4 months. He could be the next Pacino or Deniro for all I know because someone seemed to insist that he be kept on contract but someone else seemed to insist that he never be allowed to drive a story. Maybe Carlivati thinks he should cut his losses on a character that was for me a fail out of the gate, and I do mean the character, everything I’ve ever heard or seen of JC suggests that he is a fun and funny guy.[/quote]

    Given that he’s keeping unappealing, horribly acted characters like Steve, Kate, and Ewen, I doubt it. He probably just doesn’t fit Carlivati’s type of actor – dead-eyed, smarmy, bored at all times.

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    Cyberologist

    The actor deserves so much better than he got on GH its a shame how he was wasted I am not surprised I suspect there will be more GH characters gone as more OLTL characters come onto the canvas.

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    TV Gord

    Another set of scenes between Patrick and Matt today…both outstanding actors. I’m sure Jason will have a promising career beyond GH, and he will become yet another actor we will point to with pride. We knew him when…

  20. Profile photo of Janeway
    Janeway

    This is sad news, I really liked Matt. He really never got a good story. I liked his chemistry with Elizabeth and I would have gotten rid of Ewen instead. This will be the second doctor we are loosing in a short time and if they keep it up, how will they call it “General Hospital” . I also hope that they are not going to replace him with yet another OLTLer. They are taking up so much screentime already, there are times I am not sure what show I am watching.

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    TV Gord

    Don’t worry, Janeway. I don;t think there were any doctors left on OLTL at the end. (Worry about The Mentalist finale, if that’s where your name is from…I’m watching it now–we get it three hours earlier in Canada–and I’m freaked out!!!)

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