Is Steve Burton Being Flown in To Do The Young and the Restless, Or Isn't He?






There have been tons of discussions online about whether former General Hospital superstar Steve Burton is being flown in for his current gig on The Young and the Restless. Monday night when Daytime Confidential's Jamey Giddens tweeted about Burton's alleged perk—amid news Billy Miller was out reportedly due to not being able to reach an agreement with Sony TV on his contractual outs—CBS Daytime's boss Angelica McDaniel denied her network was flying him in on Twitter.

However, in a recent radio interview with former TV brother Sean Kanan, Burton stated repeatedly Sony and Y&R showrunner Jill Farren Phelps did offer to fly him in to do the soap. He also stated he had a "fly-in deal" when Farren Phelps was at General Hospital and that talks at GH had never gotten to the point of flying the actor in before he opted to leave the ABC soap.

Later in the interview, Burton revealed Sony asked what it would take to get him — asking if wanted to be flown in.  Even later in the conversation, Burton stated Sony said, "Sure we'll fly you in."

CBS Daytime maintains he isn't being flown in. Burton said during a radio interview he is. What's the real story?  Check out an excerpt of Kanan and Burton's conversation on Kanan's Rules below!

 

Sean Kanan: There are a lot of people curious about the circumstances of your departure. If you want to get into it and talk about it, they’d love to hear it. If you don’t…

Steve Burton: Well —

Kanan: I will move on.

Burton:  Here’s the deal, it was about a year ago I left, and you know,  I guess it was almost a situation where it was the boy who cried wolf. I was talking about moving to Tennessee for years. And It came a time where I put my house on the market. I literally had 60 days to let them know if I was staying or going and my house closed about three days before I had to give my notice. And I gave my notice, I sold my house and I don’t really think they thought I was leaving. Because I had talked about leaving for so long and not leaving and I sold my house and I thought that was a pretty good indication I was serious. And you know talks just never really got underway for flying in. You know, I had a fly-in deal when Jill was there, that we never executed, and after not a lot of response, from their side, I just said ok cool —

Kanan: You pulled the trigger and made a decision?

Burton: Yeah I’m outta here. I was moving anyway, I wanted to stay and I got to Nashville. And about two-and-a-half to three-months later, The Young and the Restless called, cause Jill’s [Farren Phelps] over there and she said, “You wanna fly in?” And I said, “Yeah, I’d love to".

Kanan:  Tell the truth, were you getting bored? Were you getting restless?

Burton: [Laughs] You know I can’t —

Kanan: Young and Restless..

Burton: [Laughs] I was getting restless. If I’m home for two weeks on the porch, I’m starting another business.  So —

Michele Kanan: What’s that like?

Burton: We were in talks with Sony at the time for a novela with James Franco. I was working with him on some stuff, and it was really Sony —

Kanan: ‘Cause James Franco really needs another job. Right?

Burton: I know, he has like 27,000 jobs. So it was really Sony, the executives over there who said, “What would it take for Steve to come back or does he want to fly in. What’s the deal?” And my manager said, “Yeah he’d love to come in kinda part time and if that works for… I wasn’t here to hold anyone over the barrel, cause I was ready to leave and —

Kanan: Walk away

Burton: Walk away anyways.

Kanan: Which is the best position to be in.

Burton:  You put the shackles away like Sean Kanan told me.

M. Kanan: [Laughs].

Sean: [Laughs].

Burton:  If you have the power to say, “Hey I’m leaving” then that’s the best negotiating power you can have and Y&R said, “Sure we’ll fly you in”. I was hurt, I was sad for a long time.
 

 

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If this is true, SB must "allegedly" be good under the sheets. Now really, Steve is not the best actor on DT nor has he been able to prove his worth to transition into film or prime time. What would qualify him for all these perks? For a long time it has been rumored in order to make it, its who you sleep with and I have had a feeling about SB since James Franco ended up on GH. That was so weird and even if he stated that he did it for his mom, it was still and odd thing for a post major star, Academy Award Nominee to be on a soap.

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This is really the big problem with daytime shows. Shows work best with ensemble casts. Yes, there are vets who earn more and get perks, but this is just an example of catering to someone to a ridiculous extent. Many will disgree with me but I think GH is better without the cult of Jason.

PS Katehoward - Guys that get Jill hot tend to go very far.

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Yes, they have been flying Steve Burton. Angelica McDaniel, CBS, & Sony can "deny" all they want the fact remains Steve Burton isn't this soap god and fans have been very lukewarm to tepid about him---him barging onto the canvas and eating up all the precious time that should belong to the vets. Angry

We have lost Michelle now Billy Miller who's next? Puzzled

This is such BS the casualty happening in front of our eyes of a slow dying death of this beloved, grand soap callled The Young and The Restless!! Angry

Sony, Angelica, CBS are all liars to viewers & industry....I won't believe it until there is real proof they aren't giving Steve Burton concessions to be the star of this soap as long as JFP is present. Now, he's connected to Nikki in god awful, misstep story blunder, thinking this will warm fans up to Mr. Burton I think NOT.... Sad

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I have to agree that GH is so much better then when the character of Jason was on EVERY day and this mob hitman was such a HERO??!! That is what distrubed me the most! I still get Soapnet and to watch GH from 2010, is was just SO BAD, why I stuck with the show, who knows, I liked certain actors. But Steve Burton was bizzarely on the show WAY too much. I don't think his character as Dylan is working on Y &R, it is just my opinion. He has zero chemistry with most of the actors on the show. You need an ensemble cast, stop favoring certain actors!

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Well said Harlee!

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I am so sick of SB! If he's sleeping his way to the "pet" status, then that would make him the biggest hypocrite in the world, no? I thought he was so Christian that he didn't like to do sex scenes. I think I'm just reflecting what many of us see: SB is not such a great talent and contribution to any show that he should be flown in anywhere.

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So what we're seeing right now is Burton working PART TIME??? The waste of space gets about 18 episodes a month. What are they gonna do--start airing Y&R on the weekends if he wants to transition to full time?

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I don't see anything in that interview that says SONY pays for his flights. All he states was a "fly in deal" which could refer to his taping schedule where he works 3 days a week. Semantics.

Besides, how is any of this relevant to Billy Miller? Angelica McDaniel tweeted that Miller decided to leave a month ago on his own accord. Jamey looked silly dragging Steve's name into this, and McDaniel promptly shot him down for spreading false rumors.

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I personally don't care.

Burton is clearly the teacher's pet. We all knew this 11 months ago.

Did anyone realize that he now occupies two slots in their opening sequence, while Sharon gets only one.

Of course he gets perks. He's her star.

But most of the viewing public thinks otherwise.

I, now 11 months into this Burton crap, am trying to focus on the things I do like about the show.

I know its hard, but with TR and now one of my all time favorite YR actors coming back, David Tom, I am thrilled with those new possibilities.

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I'm sorry folks, but this reeks of a CBS coverup. Just like how they issued a press release that the "death of Delia" storyline has been a ratings grabber : they want you to believe what they want you to believe.

What is going to happen is people will tire of this JFP's fantasy and viewers will tune out, and sponsors will pull ads. It's all about the $$$.

SONY has really got to wonder why the talent ( Miller,Walton, Stafford, etc ) are leaving. They can tweet, twerk, what ever. I can imagine these vets now working for a fraction of what they used to get, in a dying industry.

I see they hired another hair model to play a friend of Summer's.. perhaps this new actress will soon be guest starring as one of TPIR's models?

I wonder if SB is as "wooden" in bed as he is on the screen?

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He sounds like a douche.

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It still irks me that Steve is getting flown in. I'm sorry, but he doesn't warrant the Jensen Buchanan treatment. All that money just so he can make constipated faces onscreen five days a week...

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I have no doubt that TPTB attribute the higher ratings to Steve Burton. Jill seems convinced that the sun shines out of this man's AZZ. His character now has ties to a core family, so all that's left for Dylan is to discover another one of his many hidden talents and become the head of Newman Industries, Chancellor Enterprises, AND Jabot. Wink

You bet they're flying this douchebag in. He probably has script and storyline approval too.

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CBS pays a licensing fee to air Y&R and CBS directly pays for the camera crew, studio staff, designers, etc. Sony pays the bills for Y&R's actors, writers, directors, production staff, and producers, not CBS.
For all CBS knows, Sony could pay for someone to carry Melody Thomas Scott around in their arms all day long so her feet don't have to touch the ground. When the Y&R actors have to attend events for the show (like the television festival in Monaco), Sony flies the cast members on a Sony jet. It's entirely possible that Sony is flying Burton in for the show, while keeping CBS out of the loop. AMC flew in Susan Lucci when the show moved to LA.
Production studios have flown in actors from other cities to do their shows for decades. The Mary Tyler Moore Show did it with Georgia Engel (Georgette) in the 70s. Kristin Davis and Kim Cattrall were "flown in" for Sex and the City; both actresses reside in Los Angeles.
This is kind of a non-story, but the fact that people dislike Steve Burton and/or "Dylan" so much has made this a "thing."

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I think what makes this a "thing" is Angelica denying that SB isn't being flown in. She shouldn't have disagreed when there was evidence that proved otherwise

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Sony is Cutting $100Million from entertainment budget. Will this mean that they are gonna cut Y&R?

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There is a distinct difference between CBS and Sony. Angelica McDaniel is not stupid. She knows better than to lie when it can easily be proven otherwise. When she says it is "not on her dime", she means it is not on CBS's dime. Sony can do whatever Sony wants to do.

As for SBu's interview, he doesn't say that flying in is literal. Like the person stated above, that could allude to anything...meaning him not being available full time is a possibility.

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scrumptious wrote:
I don't see anything in that interview that says SONY pays for his flights. All he states was a "fly in deal" which could refer to his taping schedule where he works 3 days a week. Semantics.
Besides, how is any of this relevant to Billy Miller? Angelica McDaniel tweeted that Miller decided to leave a month ago on his own accord. Jamey looked silly dragging Steve's name into this, and McDaniel promptly shot him down for spreading false rumors.

Now this isn't fair. Jamey was making a very relevant comparison as it relates to contract negotiations and how some perks are available to some actors and not to others. He was questioning the priorities and thought process and I saw nothing wrong with that.

I do agree, however, that this may be an issue of semantics. Sony may not be paying for him to fly in, but the "fly in deal" refers more to scheduling flexibility. I did laugh at the "part-time" line.

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bobby...YR gets higher ratings than a LOT of prime time shows on Fox, NBC, CW...I doubt they'd cut it.

They have the most solid Daytime lineup out there, largely in part to the show being #1 for over 25 years.

They may look for additional ways for Phelps to tighten her budget (God forbid), but this show isn't going anywhere.

Hell cut her and her salary and bring in a former Bell protégé to run the whole thing.

Plus 100 million really isn't that much for an empire like Sony.

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This story does certainly raise a lot of eye brows and it also stinks to high heaven!

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bobbyew wrote:
Sony is Cutting $100Million from entertainment budget. Will this mean that they are gonna cut Y&R?

Nope...they will just cut salaries of some, but not all. Which means egos will be hurt...I can forsee some others playing hardball and being replaced just like Billy Miller.

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To quote John Ross Ewing: I call "Bullshit" on Anjelica.

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I don't even care...

As long as JFP is there, SB is there. End of story.

I don't think Angelica McDaniel was lying (at least not intentionally)...maybe as far as she knows, she isn't paying Steve Burton to fly in.

Then again, Steve Burton just somewhat tweeted that HE pays for his flights, food, accommodations, etc...so IDK. I don't care.

For right now, he's not on TOO much for me. I'm not interested in him or his story, but I don't think he's eating the show alive like so many dramatic people are saying. I think the show is actually spread pretty evenly right now with all the contract players. Much more even than under MAB or even LML.

*shrug*

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Now apparently Steve Burton is flat out denying that Sony or CBS are flying him in on twitter! This is turning into a nasty twitter war of words!

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Disgusting with all the budget cuts and contentious contracts going on over the last few years smh...

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stoney07 wrote:
I don't even care...As long as JFP is there, SB is there. End of story.I don't think Angelica McDaniel was lying (at least not intentionally)...maybe as far as she knows, she isn't paying Steve Burton to fly in.Then again, Steve Burton just somewhat tweeted that HE pays for his flights, food, accommodations, etc...so IDK. I don't care.For right now, he's not on TOO much for me. I'm not interested in him or his story, but I don't think he's eating the show alive like so many dramatic people are saying. I think the show is actually spread pretty evenly right now with all the contract players. Much more even than under MAB or even LML.*shrug*

Agreed. I don't much care either. And I don't see him eating the show. Don't get me wrong, I think he will one day but not yet. I have only seen two people eat a show. Michelle Stafford and Adam Newman was in every SL going on the show a year and a half ago. I mean every SL.

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Jess Walton doesn't live in LA anymore, but you just know JFP isn't paying a dime for her flights. Though they'll give VIP treatment for someone who hasn't even been on a year.

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Bitch, please! Angelica is lying through her teeth.

Of course SB gets *perks* that no other cast members get. That's what being a FOJ is all about! Tarantula Eyes is a very very very grateful cougar; her men get everything as long as she gets *everything*. Thirsty ho!

SB will be the king of Y&R as long as Jill is in charge. Just be grateful other cast members still get a chance to shine from time to time.

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Thank you, Pferrando and Divatude for your insight on the Sony matter.

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Steve Burton has always been a shady dude.