CONFIRMED: Steve Burton QUITS General Hospital; Doing a Telenovela With James Franco and Jill Farren Phelps!

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I was really hoping to be wrong about this one. Steve Burton has announced his decision to vacate the role of Jason Morgan on General Hospital. TV Guide's Michael Logan got the official scoop from Burton himself. 

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Logan also found out what Burton plans to do—besides moving his family to Tennessee—namely starring in and producing a telenovela with James Franco and Jill Farren Phelps! On why he's leaving GH after over two decades as Jason, Burton said:

I've been through 21 years of ups and downs with GH — regime changes, cast and crew changes, budget cuts, shakeups of one kind or another, and it's been nothing but a huge positive in my life and for my family. I have no complaints, no negative feelings at all. But it's time to go. I'm going to take some time off and do nothing but relax, just enjoy life a little bit with my wife and kids. I've bought a home in Tennessee, way out in the country outside Nashville. [Laughs] Probably too far out in the country! I've been talking about leaving GH and moving there for the last seven years. The timing was never right and then the economy crashed and I couldn't sell my house in California. I went there many years ago when I did the movie The Last Castle and loved it. Tennessee reminded me of growing up in Ohio. The people are nice, it's family oriented and, now that my kids are 6 and almost 9, I want to get them planted. My contract was coming up at GH so we put the house up for sale again and it went in, like, eight weeks. That opened the door for me to leave GH.

Well, I guess this is one way to settle the Liason vs. JaSam debate! For more of Logan's chat with the soon-to-be-former-SuperJase click here.