Steve Burton Reveals “General Hospital ”Return Date, Teases 'the Pieces of the Puzzle Are Gonna Be Fit' for Jason

The veteran soap actor, who has played Jason Morgan for years, left 'General Hospital' in 2021 for failing to comply with the show's COVID-19 regulations

<p>Noel Vasquez/Getty</p> Steve Burton is pictured visiting

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Steve Burton is pictured visiting 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on July 20, 2018 in Universal City, California.

Steve Burton is ready to make his General Hospital return!

In a video posted to the Daily Drama's YouTube channel on Monday, the veteran soap actor, 53, shared a glimpse at his return to the ABC program's set — and teased what's in store for his big comeback.

"So, here's what's crazy is I'm back on the set! We're getting ready to shoot right now," he began.

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"So, listen. I got to talk to the head writers, this story is going to be sick," he then teased. "It’s gonna be awesome. So, make sure you keep watching, because the pieces of the puzzle are gonna be fit for when I return."

Burton noted that his official return date is March 4, adding, "Stay tuned, keep watching!"

<p>Nick Agro via Getty</p> Steve Burton on 'General Hospital'.

Nick Agro via Getty

Steve Burton on 'General Hospital'.

Burton had been playing Jason Morgan on General Hospital from 1991 until his 2012 exit. He eventually returned to the daytime series in 2017 but was let go in 2021 over his refusal to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

"I wanted you to hear it from me personally," Burton previously said in an Instagram video. "Unfortunately, General Hospital has let me go because of the vaccine mandate. I did apply for my medical and religious exemptions, and both of those were denied. Which, you know, hurts. But this is also about personal freedom to me. I don't think anybody should lose their livelihood over this."

Burton then thanked his costars and fans, adding, "I'll always be grateful for my time at General Hospital. I love it there. I grew up there. I grew up with some of you."

CBS/Monty Brinton (L-R) Sharon Case, Steve Burton and Joshua Morrow on 'General Hospital'.
CBS/Monty Brinton (L-R) Sharon Case, Steve Burton and Joshua Morrow on 'General Hospital'.

Related: Why Did Steve Burton Leave General Hospital? The Details Behind His Exit

Despite his unexpected departure, the actor expressed hope that "maybe one day if these mandates are lifted," he "can return and finish my career as Jason Morgan."

"That would be an honor," he concluded. "And if not, I'm going to take this amazing experience, move forward and be forever grateful."

Burton went on to rejoin the cast of Days of Our Lives in 2023, playing Harris Michaels for the first time since 1988. Although he later announced his exit from the beloved show on Jan. 4, he revealed his plans to return to General Hospital one day later.

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