On Thursday evening, daytime fans were in for shocker from Daytime Emmy winner Steve Burton (Dylan McAvoy) himself, when he revealed that he has decided not to renew his contract with The Young and the Restless and will be exiting the series at the end of his current contract cycle.
Taking to Twitter, Burton shared with his legions of followers a heartfelt series of tweets stating: “Hey everyone, with lots of reflection, I have decided to move on from
@YandR_CBS at the end of my contract in Dec. I’ve had an amazing time, but it feels right to move on to new adventures in my life. I can’t say enough about the AWESOME cast and crew. Much respect! Much luv to @CBSDaytime for the great ride. Great peeps. And thank YOU all for your support. Always! #positivityrules”
Burton had shocked the soap world before back in 2012 when he left General Hospital after playing Jason Morgan for close to 22 years and joining The Young and the Restless, pairing him again with executive producer Jill Farren Phelps, who was now at Y&R. Phelps is no longer with the show having been replaced by Mal Young.
Angelica McDaniel (EVP, Daytime Programs and Syndicated Program Development at CBS Entertainment & CBS Television Distribution – CBS Entertainment & CBS Television Distribution ) tweeted in response to Steve’s annoucement: “I am grateful for
@1SteveBurton‘s time with #YR as Dylan and wish him the very best on his next adventure.”
In a update on Friday morning: Burton took to Twitter after the overwhelming outpouring of support on social media and related: “Good morn! Got in 2 Nash late last night. Woke to very kind words.Thank U. Humbled. gr8 Sully story to left to tell! Must watch Y&R”
As to how Burton’s Dylan McAvoy will be exiting the canvas on Y&R, and just what his might mean now that he is available again, time will tell in this developing story.
So, what are your thoughts on Steve’s decision to exit Y&R? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!