Soap fans have been seemingly divided on the news that Steve Burton is now taping his new role of Dylan McAvoy on The Young and the Restless, after twenty-one years as Jason Morgan on General Hospital.
Longtime GH fans feel Burton stabbed them in the back, while others understand Burton’s decision to move his family to Nashville, while still wanting to work, but in a different role than he has played for decades and with his friend and longtime executive producer, Jill Farren Phelps, who has moved from GH to Y&R.
In a new interview with Michael Logan of TV Guide Magazine, Phelps fills in some gaps for fans and answers some burning questions. Here are a few interesting excerpts below:
Phelps on if when Burton was in talks with GH to continue his contract, if Phelps offered him the opportunity to come with her to Y&R: “Oh, I’m willing to bet I said something like that. (Laughs) But jokingly! Contrary to whatever rumors are out there, I promise you I did not lure him away from GH nor did he leave GH to come to Y&R.”
Phelps on if Steve was the first choice in the creation of the role of Dylan McAvoy: “We didn’t start talking seriously until about five weeks ago. We put out the character breakdown for Dylan McAvoy and we were seeing actors for the role. I just kept thinking how great Steve would be in the part but, at first, it was just a dream. I talked to his manager and we were able to make it work out so that Steve could continue to have the life he wants in Nashville. Plus, Steve loved the idea of playing a character very different from Jason Morgan.”
Phelps on if Dylan is completely new to town or if he has some secret past with some residents: “He’s brand new. Initially, he’ll be with Avery and Nick and also Sharon. But there’s a long story for Dylan that takes him on a journey from character to character and, ultimately, to someplace you never dreamed he was going to go.”
So what do you think of Phelps comments on how Steve Burton landed on Y&R? Are you now looking forward to Burton’ debut on January 29th on the number one daytime soap opera? Let us know!