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Steve Burton Leaving General Hospital, Joining James Franco’s New Telenovela

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 26:  Actor Steve Burton speaks onstage at the 'General Hospital' panel during day 6 of the Disney ABCTelevision Group portion of the 2012 Summer TCA Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 26, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

General Hospital is losing one of its longest-running and most important characters: Steve Burton, who has played Jason Morgan since 1991, will tape his last episode in September, he tells TV Guide. Duhn-duhn-duuuuhn. "I have no complaints, no negative feelings at all," he says, "but it's time to go." Burton's exit comes not long after GH's long-time executive producer Jill Farren Phelps was pushed out, and it looks like the two of them, plus James Franco, are working on a new show together. According to Burton, Franco had so much fun working on Phelps's Hollywood Heights that he "want[ed] to make one of his own novellas." Such is Franco! "Jill will EP it, I'll produce and star in it and so will James," Burton says. Take comfort, Port Charles residents.

Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images