General Hospital hunk Steve Burton hasn't had much to tweet since I published my report on hearing he is thisclose to leaving the sudser. Early this morning, however, the popular star responded to panicked fans offering them "luv" and "more to come". Tweeted Burton:
From what I'm hearing, the ball is firmly in Burton's court.
"The show obviously doesn't want to lose him," says one source. "But what he's asking for has to be approved on a network level, given the current state of the industry."
Money doesn't appear to be the only sticking point in Burton's negotiations — but it is a factor.
"Steve has really been talking about making this life change, and moving back to Tennessee for awhile," adds another insider. "It may come down to what ABC is willing to offer to keep him."
To protect themselves, I hear ABC has already asked for a potential exit storyline for the character of Jason Morgan — one which would easily allow for Burton and the character to return to the serial.
Keep checking back with Daytime Confidential as this story develops!