Fans of The Young & the Restless will be thrilled to learn that Steve Burton has decided to extend his contract with the show for another year. Burton first began appearing as Dylan McAvoy in January 2013 and fans were a bit surprised when he decided to extend his contract late last year because the character had yet to really gel with audiences. Obviously, Burton seems to be in it for the long haul and is really enjoying his work on the sudser.
Burton's first major gig in daytime was as Jason Morgan on General Hospital and it's a role that he spent 20 years developing. In late 2012, Jill Farren Phelps decided to take a position as show runner for Y&R and Burton, being one of her closest pals, was offered a job. Apparently the offer was good enough to not only make him leave behind a character with a huge fan base that he had invested in, but to keep him on the CBS sound stage when ABC began looking to bring Jason Morgan back onto the canvas.
Many GH fans had hoped that Burton would end his run on Y&R after only a year and check back into Port Charles. Burton shocked many by staying put, forcing GH to recast the part. What's ironic is the Y&R has been under heavy scrutiny for many of the disastrous casting changes that Phelps has made, choosing to terminate popular actors in favor of giving jobs to some of her friends. It's a method that has failed miserably in the past with Phelps being at least partially to blame for the death of several once-popular daytime shows such as Another World and Santa Barbra.
Has Burton made a wise choice in staying with a show that seems to constantly be in a state of upheaval? Do you wish that he instead chose to go back to his old stomping ground at General Hospital? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!