Focusing On The Things That Keep Us Watching

THE ANTIDOTE

Good morning, GHers.

Have you ever been surprised by something that wasn’t really a surprise?

I must admit that the news of Steve Burton leaving GH caused me to have  more of a reaction than I originally anticipated. First and foremost, I completely understand that Steve moved his family from LA to TN in order to procure a better lifestyle for them, and I would not begrudge anyone that opportunity. Especially someone who spent the past 21 years working hard towards that goal. I wish Steve nothing but the very best in his future endeavors, and in his new life as a retiree, like me.

I guess what surprised me the most was the reaction, or lack thereof, of the complete and utter assholes (for complete lack of a better word) over at ABC. First of all, how did they not move heaven and earth – or at least the 6-8 meaningless new characters currently on GH, in order to give Steve what he wanted, knowing that he is part of one of the, if not THE, biggest storylines on canvas, AND truly, I don’t think there is a more popular or more influential daytime star in all of television!

Say what you will, Steve was able to get a draw of people and to garner support from those people that was unprecedented each and every time he attempted it. He was able to make a fortune from selling berry juice. He was able to make people believe in a rock band made up of a TV doctor, two mobsters and a cyber geek. He was able to launch his brother-in-law’s career as a fitness guru. And the one that says the most – he was able to finally get Becky Herbst sold out at her FCW event after the poor girl had little more than enough people to have a Tupperware party for the past few years.

Steve Burton, and the character of Jason Morgan, are not only immensely popular, they are hugely significant to the PC canvas, and central to almost every other PC family. Jason is more connected in PC than any other character. He is one half of the most powerful couple for GH. He has the most Twitter followers, for Pete’s Sake!

I am floored by the fact that the AIC didn’t do more to try and keep Steve wanting to commute just so that he could at least make it to the anniversary! More than that, I was disgusted, angered and beyond hurt as a not just a loyal fan, but as a fellow retiree by this official statement from ABC regarding Steve’s departure from the place he called home for the past 21 years:

In an interview with TV Guide, Steve Burton (Jason Morgan) confessed that he has chosen to exit General Hospital in the coming months. This is disappointing. but gives us an excuse to share a little secret. The next few months – leading up to GH’s monumental 50th anniversary on April 1, 2013 – are going to be completely insane (in the good way). Evidence #1: Duke Lavery shows up, yesterday, alive and well? What’s the deal with that- and when is he going to see Anna? We have a feeling no one saw that coming – and trust us, there’s more twists like that one on the horizon.

So – what are YOUR predictions for the coming months?
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OMG.
I have seen more substantial farewell messages posted in my church bulletin for the chick who served as pianist for a year and then went on to college. That was AWFUL – and DISRESPECTFUL, both to Steve, and to every loyal fan who has watched and enjoyed him for the past 21 years!
Sure, having Duke be the mystery man at the Swiss Clinic was a stunt, but guess what?
I care a whole lot more about the man who has played my favorite hit man-with-a-heart-of-gold for 21 years than I do for the man who played a mobster more than 21 years ago for about 3  years!
Why don’t the new AIC KNOW this?
Why aren’t they behaving like people who are trying to save a show by saving every viewer connection they’ve made over the years?
Since Carlivati and Valentini came to town, they have acted like terrorists in cahoots. They may not have gone after the water supply, but I would argue that going after our most beloved pairings and characters was just as dangerous the survival of the entire fictional town of Port Charles!
They have managed to make us all sick, one by one, and fanbase by fanbase. At this rate, they will have wiped out the entire town of PC right off the daytime map!
It seems there is a solution. A way to end the madness. THE ANTIDOTE, so to speak would be for the “authorities” over at GH to step in and send in their best guys to negotiate. It may be too late to stop the damage already done, but if there is any chance at all that we haven’t seen the last of our favorite hero (and hell to the no, I am not talking about McBain!), then perhaps PC can be saved! It wouldn’t be the last time an actor who said goodbye was lured back!
THE ANTIDOTE must also include a plan to stop any other threats to life as we know it in PC by sacrificing the newbies for the vets we care about most, instead of the other way around. Give me Quartermaines, Cassadines, Spencers, Corinthos, Scorpios ANY DAY over Scullies and 50 Shades of Falconeris.
For now, until the damage is contained or REMOVED (crossing fingers), I have chosen to QUARANTINE myself from GH as a precaution. RC and FV have given Monkey Virus a whole new meaning with the crap they have infected my beloved soap of almost 40 years. As much as I love GH, I am not exposing myself to that!
As for Steve, if I could issue a statement of my own, I would say:
“Thanks for the many years of hard work and dedication you put in at GH for our benefit and pure enjoyment. Your efforts were much appreciated and sincerely respected by your fans. Thanks for the sheer MAGIC you delivered onscreen opposite Kelly Monaco for the past eight years, give or take a year or two. 🙂 Those efforts inspired a creativity in your fans that I’ve never seen for any other character, couple or soap. Award-worthy videos and graphic art were created, romantic stories and novellas were written, and blogs and sites brought people together in friendships that would never have existed, if not for the immense love the fans have for JaSam. There really aren’t words that could ever express the deep and earnest gratitude we all feel towards you for your part in making it all happen. JaSam changed our GH experience, yes. But more than that, it often changed our lives. That is pretty incredible, and you should be proud that through your work, you had a hand in that. You and your presence shall be missed every single day that GH remains on the air. I have a sad and  dreadful feeling though, that we shall all be put out of that misery sooner, rather than later. Godspeed, Steve! Thanks for the memories, and thanks for the MAGIC!”
I pray that none of you are taking this lying down. I hope you are bitching like never before! And for those of you with Nielsen boxes – your voice carry the loudest and the furthest! Use them! 
I need to go watch some Classic JaSam – which was anytime before the Monkey Virus that originated in Llanview came to Port Charles!
~Angelique
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41 responses

  1. alwaysaromantic

    Hi Jasammers! And that IS who we are!
    Angelique I been looking for you since 6:30am waiting to see your perspective on this Tragedy! I will be back later tonight!
    JASAM FOREVER even more today than ever!!!!!

    August 29, 2012 at 7:18 am

  2. I can’t believe how nasty these pigs at ABC are,how can they allow this none sense,what is the goal here…the disappointment GH has become, I guess we should’ve said our goodbyes the day they had Jason and Sam agree to let go.

    August 29, 2012 at 7:25 am

  3. user123

    Angelique, Thank you for such inspiring words. I agree with you I was surprised at the statement that ABC made on Steve leaving. I expected a more professional statement. Its not like they were surprised that he was leaving. It has been obvious since FV/RC took over that there was no place for Jason Morgan in the new GH/OLTL hybrid. No one destroys a character they way RC destroyed Jason on the premise that it needs to be done to give Sam backbone. The insult to the viewers is that they think we don’t know what the endgame plan is for this hybrid.
    I am glad that Steve has left on his own terms. He has moved his family to TN, expanded his investments and seems to be happy to have made the choice to put his family first. I will miss Jason Morgan/Steve Burton but I respect him for following his dreams.
    Jason and Sam are the reasons that I watched GH. So I will watch until Steve’s last performance and when I need a GH fix to youtube I will go.

    August 29, 2012 at 8:01 am

    • I am glad Steve left on his own too, you are right these writers did not want Steve,look at the writing for him.

      August 29, 2012 at 12:57 pm

  4. I am so sad to hear that Steve burton is leaving!But I knew it was coming. he’s been wanting to spend time with his family. His kids are young and need him around,commuting gets tough. I am surprised that we haven’t heard anything from Kelly on Twitter on his departure. guess she is too busy practicing for DWTS Allsatars! And yes,it was quite shameful what ABC posted about Steve’s departure!! I know how he feels!!I have worked at my hospital for 40years andit doesn’t seem to matter either!!!GH could recast Jason but it wouldn’t be the same!!I read that FV told Jackie Zeman(BOBBIE) that he didn’t have money to hire her back,yet he hires Ian Buchanan!!!!!I do like other characters on GH, JaSam wasn’t the only reason I watch but it is/was what kept me watching!They have such chemistry!!I will refuse to watch John McBain raise Jason Morgan’s son!!! I don’t want Kelly to leave GH either, but it would be nice if JaSam reunited with their son and left to seek a better life!!! But we know that won’t happen!!! I feel that FV/RC knew of Steve’s desire to leave when his contract came up, they could have written better story for the fans,they just want Michael Easton with Kelly. As for Kelly, she just does her job and if that means sucking face with mcBain,she does it!!What can she do? It’s her job!!!!!

    August 29, 2012 at 8:04 am

  5. SamJasonsHeart

    Ang,
    Well said.. You know my thoughts on SB leaving because as soon as I heard I had to text you.. GH will never be the same for me, I haven’t watched live since May and this is just one more reason why I will continue not to watch. This is not my GH and hasn’t been for a long time now.
    Because of JaSam I found you and for that I will always be thankful. I can’t even imagine not having you in my life as I told you it’s as if I’ve known you always. Our late night to early morning chats have helped me through some hard times.. I love you tons!
    I hope Steve and his family have a beautiful life in TN and wish him luck in whatever he chooses to do next!
    To my Jasam family.. I hope the AIC let Jasam know they have a son together and they give them at least a nano second together to be a family before Jason leaves PC. I can only hope they don’t f%*€ up his exit as bad as they have our beloved GH!

    Aloha Au Ia`oe

    August 29, 2012 at 8:07 am

  6. Dear Angelique and friends,
    Sad doesn’t begin to tell it. I too have waited to read this blog and your take on this travesty. ABC is a cesspool at best, and their sicko statement about SB was the end,. I will NEVER watch any show on their foul network again, once SB has left. And, selfishly, I hope Kelly leaves as well. Have no trust whatsoever in a beautiful exit for our couple. The one good thing is “talking” with you all. In my own dark days you have been a ray of hope, and I will keep turning here to see me through the rest of them. A soap may seem like a silly respite from reality, but it has been just that for me, until the invasion of the AIC.
    Maybe one day we can rejoice as they leave, even if it is too late for GH.
    Let’s blast them, JaSammers. They so deserve our wrath.

    August 29, 2012 at 8:45 am

  7. embee

    My heart is heavy, guys, with the sad news of Steve Burton’s impending departure. I used to say I would keep supporting a program I literally grew up on and didn’t want to ‘go the way of the dodo,’ but I haven’t watched since Jason and Sam broke up. Not just because these ‘dodo’ writers got rid of the main reason I tune in to this damn-ed show (Patrick/Robin and Michael/Abby were the other reasons, and we see how well those have turned out), but because I’m just not interested in the rest of the story lines. I’m not invested in any of the other characters, to be honest. Like you, user123, I’ll be on youtube whenever I’m feeling nostalgic from now on.

    These writers and producers suffer from short-sightedness. Throw in a bunch of new characters and cheap stunts–like bringing Duke Lavery back from the dead, WTF!–is tactical but not at all strategic. Don’t get me wrong, I was devastated when Duke died in Ana’s arms (20 years ago!), but you can’t keep a long-running show running for long with a bunch of desperate stunts. The whole show becomes silly and the characters become meaningless and interchangeable. You create viewers with short-attention spans, and they are not loyal because there is no investment.

    And that’s what Steve Burton had: MILLIONS of devoted fans all over the world who are truly invested in his story. We would follow him, defend him, forgive him anything. We LOVE Jason. That is SO REAL even if he is a fictional character. The fact that these bitches in their conference rooms don’t understand this is their tragic flaw and, like with any tragedy, will end very badly for this show. I’m talking bodies strewn everywhere à la Shakespeare or Sophocles.

    Angelique, thanks for your perspective as always. I love reading everyone else’s viewpoints, too. It’s like the ‘antidote’ for my heavy heart today. 😉

    August 29, 2012 at 10:01 am

    • embee

      And I feel bad for Kelly Monaco. She and SB are electric on screen, and while she and Michael Easton are sweet together, I see a friendship more than anything. I remember when the show PC was on, I liked Olivia ok but I used to find Caleb to be too creepy. I never caught on to the the whole vampire thing anyway–still don’t get it–so when the show went there I lost interest.

      I want Sam to have JJ back, but I don’t want to imagine John raising Jason’s son. I can’t.

      August 29, 2012 at 10:08 am

    • Inlovewithjasam

      Dont fret over SB leaving, I have a sneaky suspision we may see himon Y and R. Loved all the tweets.from co-stats but was and am bummef out Kemo has said NOTHING. GH will never be the same for me without JM, love him and love SB even more!!!!

      August 29, 2012 at 10:27 am

      • embee

        Ha! I hear ya, but if I watched Y&R I would be more comforted. I’ve tried but could never get into that show.

        I suspect either KM is busy practicing for DWTS or she’s too upset to collect her thoughts into 140 characters. She’s spent more time with SB these last eight years than even his own wife! I know I’d be beside myself right about now if I were she. I’m sure a statement will be coming soon, and it will be way more appreciative than the fools at the top.

        August 29, 2012 at 4:19 pm

  8. Rita

    I have made so many friends because online because of Jasam. This blog being one of them, my heart is broken that FV ruined Jason (and Sam). My chest aches because FV told Soaps in Depth that he was a Jasam fan, and lied to our faces. He is no better than Richard Nixon.

    As someone else said I refuse to watch John McBain raise Jason’s son. I will not quit writing to all these AIC at ABC. They do deserve our wrath, I have played nice when writing them for months, and I wrote a nice note moments ago to several execs. Tomorrow I will be in a bitch mode, and tell them what I really think. Today I am too said

    Thanks for being our voice and inspiration, sadly I feel it may be in vain. I truly think GH is on its way out.
    And when Jasam said goodbye on Aug 13, it was goodbye

    August 29, 2012 at 10:02 am

  9. Carol Byrd

    I agree with you all; no words left to say. You have said it all. Bitter pill to swallow for sure. We know what is coming, McBam. I will keep watching because I am a Sam fan as well and KeMo, in my opinion. really wanted JaSam together.She did excellent work with this story. I may not always like her character, but I do like the actress and she has a job to do. The only thing that keeps me sorta in a happy place is the Jizers will NOT get a Jiz reunion. Yes, I know that is petty, but it makes me happy because if we could not get a decent JaSam story, then I certainly don’t want to watch a Jiz reunion. Best of luck and much happiness Steve Burton and family!

    August 29, 2012 at 10:14 am

  10. Deborah

    The saddest thing is that we, the fans, who have fought for and supported and loved this couple for 8+ years, won’t get our happy ending. If we get anything, it will be crumbs and it will be rushed. We didn’t get happy pregnancy moments, joyful baby moments, or just seeing the love Jason and Sam had living as a married couple.
    I’m sure part of Steve’s decision was based on the fact that his storylines were being taken over by another character, and he was being pushed aside for another actor. He was lucky that if he wasn’t happy at his job he was in a position to walk away.
    (katydid, I understand. I just retired from 38 years of teaching, and at the district presentation, they pronounced my name wrong and handed me the wrong plaque. R*E*S*P*E*C*T!!)

    August 29, 2012 at 10:25 am

  11. user123

    Katydid53, I am not surprised that we haven’t heard from Kelly. I believe she has known for sometime that Steve was leaving and had to keep it secret. What can you say to a person who has been a real friend to you when the decision has been made to leave. Kelly has stated in the past that Steve helped her through her darkest period and she thanked him for being there. I feel that in due time she will make a public statement. I feel for Kelly because she has a job to do. She has to wonder if she really has a place in this new GH/OLTL hybrid. Or is she being used like the other GH characters to increase viewership.

    This morning Steve tweeted he is having fun on set. It has to be a good feeling to know that the end is almost here.

    Writing to TPTB seem to be fruitless. It seems that it would be better to write to the shows sponsors. That tends to work. Or even writing to Katie since she has stated she is glad to be coming on after GH.

    August 29, 2012 at 11:14 am

  12. Let me first say that I have and am living a full, eventful, and challenging life, and I take my knocks as them come with a focus on the day at hand and how it will enrich the days to come. That said; I don’t know when I have felt such betrayal…and mind you, I am twice divorced.

    So as I grieve the loss of my beloved cherished JaSam Family future I leave you with something from my poet’s soul.

    My JaSam

    In the darkness of my darkest days
    there came this little light,
    and it began to warm my heart,
    to grow, and glow within my life.

    It wasn’t just a shiny thing
    among the much that gleams;
    It became a light to guide my way, to lift me up,
    to show me love, to set me off to find my dreams.

    As I marched along in joy, and pain,
    I was forever changed;
    Everlastingly effected
    by the brilliance of its reign.

    Through the years it became so cherished,
    like a precious loyal friend,
    even when at times it dimmed,
    I had hope and faith it wouldn’t end.

    There are entire communities,
    not just me who will attest
    that everyday it shined,
    it out shown all the rest.

    There were days among the gloaming
    when it was truly hard to see,
    But it was ever present,
    and I always believed!

    Sometimes just believing
    was all I really had,
    hope, and faith, and confidence
    that together we’d survive the bad.

    Now this dark dreaded day has come,
    in my heart a sadness roots,
    learning everything of wonder ends –
    now I’m facing the bitter truth.

    It didn’t have to be this way,
    I didn’t have to feel this sad,
    I could have felt so angry, I have been robbed,
    I could have just been mad.

    But because it was magnificent,
    and I held it so near a dear,
    I will find a way to savor it, and know someday
    I will visit it without a single tear.

    Today the tears are plentiful
    as I bask in should have been;
    I allow myself the time to grieve
    baffled the sun is shining as this dark day begins.

    I will reflect on all the years
    this kindred, light has lit my path,
    I will cherish every moment- every memory made –
    and marvel at the absolute wonderment I had!

    I will be forever grateful
    that it made me cry, and made me smile,
    grateful that it truly changed my life
    and oh so grateful that I held it for a while.

    Kathy Federico

    August 29, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    • JaSam – For My Broken Heart: http://youtu.be/6-97_JochXw via @youtube

      August 29, 2012 at 3:44 pm

      • SamJasonsHeart

        Your voice is amazing and the vid is beautiful! Thanks for sharing your talents with all of us!!!

        August 29, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      • SamJasonsHeart, there was no reply button by your comment, I hope you see that I am so grateful for your compliment. I love JaSam so much, the death of this dream is hitting me at a very pivital time in my life. I am going to be looking to all of you to get through the next few months.
        Thank you so much.
        Kathy

        August 29, 2012 at 6:04 pm

  13. rosejasam4ever

    Thank u Angelique for your wonderful insight again. I remember in another blog l wished Steve would walk away but now that it is a reality am sad maybe even beyond sad. I remember when a friend introduced me to GH the Jason character is what got me hooked, l fell in love with this mobster with a heart of gold. My life revolved around GH, had to schedule my classes so l will always be home at 3 to watch Steve. Now its time to say bye my heart breaks coz am not gonna get to see Jason/Steve anymore but mostly coz l feel we were blindly robbed of a good jasam storyline when this new regime took over.

    I have not watched GH since jasam broke up, l could not bring myself to watch them being destroyed. I don’t blame Steve he even said he wanted jasam to have at least 2 mins of happiness after their marriage, with everything they had been through they deserved 2mins of joy but it never happened. Instead he got pushed aside so mcbam can be shoved down our throats regardless of how we fans felt.

    All l can think of the are the moments that will never be, the moments we waited 8yrs to get but never got them. I hope we do get just a lil happiness before Jason leaves PC and Samantha McCall Morgan and JJ. I do hope there will be no replacement as there is only one Jason Morgan.

    As for Kelly not responding yet, we have to imagine that if we are sad and devastated, she must be worse. she worked for 8yrs with this guy and now she has to say bye to him. might not have been reality but they became good friends and probably felt like family. Am gonna say she is grieving in her own way and when she is ready she will make a statement.

    Angelique loved the speech, said everything l felt to our beloved Steve/jason.sniff sniff to what could have been but thank God for you tube will always get my jasam fix

    August 29, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    • We will always have You Tube to see Jason touch San’s pregnant belly! Too bad it wasn’t HIS son he was feeling! That wS robbed from us! I’m sure the timing of his exit has somethi g to do with the destruction of his character. He is just too much of a professional to admit that!! I’ll bet after awhile we will see him turn up on Young and the Restless! GH won’t be the same without him!

      August 29, 2012 at 1:32 pm

  14. lm cee

    I am so devastated. I can’t believe I am this upset over a fictional charcter and couple. How could they let him walk away like he was not an important part of the show. I am so pissed that JASam won’t get there happy ending. I wanted a family bed scene. I wanted a Christening. I wanted him to fight for Sam. I want him to tell Liz that it has always been Sam. That he has never loved anyone but Sam. We get nothing. I haven’t watched live or DVR since Sam gave birth and McBain was there. I will not watch another man raise Jason’s son. I am not only losing JASAM I am also losing GH.

    Thank GOD for you tube and the magic that was Stelly

    August 29, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    • Completely devastated! Words just can’t do it justice.

      August 29, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    • kathydid53

      I totally agree! I can not watch another man loving Sam and raising Jason’s son!!! Steve and Kelly created magic that can not be recreated! Carlivati really screwed up,just to make Michael Easton front and center like he was on OLT l! Once Steve goes,so will lots of loyal fans Jasam and Liason! I’m sure they are not happy either!!!

      August 29, 2012 at 5:59 pm

  15. Dawn

    I hope beyond all hope that this is Steve Burton’s way of expressing his fury over the disaster of Jason and Sam and the clear demise of General Hospital. GH’s future looks bleak and Steve probably is attempting to jump ship on his terms rather than wait for the idiot at ABC to dictate when he leaves. Steve knows that last year at this time he and Kelly were on top of their game, and within the course of a year that has been snatched from them. They are still incredible but the soap is being run into the ground.

    As contract actors they are very limited in their recourse when they are not happy with the future vision of the soap. It was clear when all the McBain and Liz stuff started to interfere with Jason and Sam that neither Steve nor Kelly were pleased. You could tell by their interviews that they were trying so hard to hype the soap but couldn’t agree with the breakup of their super couple.

    Best case scenario is Steve saw the opportunity to pull some leverage on the powers that be at ABC and now the negotiations can begin. Maybe this way Steve will hold some clout to make demands such as, he and Kelly get their storyline get back on track. I am sure he enjoyed working with Kelly all these years, you can see the comfort between them and the chemistry is so obvious, they banter back and forth because of their compatibility. Also, when you keep the fans happy you keep your show on the air; Jason and Sam together makes for a happy and secure fanbase. GH writers/directors/producers have taken a gamble and it failed, hopefully Steve can force them to change their ways really quickly and get our soap back on track. The old blasts from the past are fun, but do not create longevity. If Robert, Holly, Heather, Felicia and Anna have not brought in the skyrocketing ratings then driving Jason away is going to be devistating to ratings.

    Lets hope that this works out in the end, because I would dearly love at least some happy ending closure for Jason, Sam and their baby.

    Dawn

    August 29, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    • Me too,hope we at least get good moments.

      August 30, 2012 at 6:31 am

  16. Trini

    I don’t believe Steve left on his own. He’s a class guy and has too much integrity to say negative things, but I believe he was fired. TPTB at ABC have no respect for soap fans. Getting rid of Steve is the only way to end soaps on ABC, which I believe is the agenda. RIP GH and Jason and God Bless Steve Burton.

    August 29, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    • You are probably right,they probably wanted him to take a pay cut they knew he would not agree to…I hope these idiots accomplished what they were going for.

      August 30, 2012 at 6:28 am

  17. alwaysaromantic

    Hi Jasammers and if ever a statement was true to form this one most definitely is!
    Where in the Hell do I start! Let me be nice 1st. I am so glad to see ALL the comments today! Even though the reason has broken my Jasam Loving Heart its good to know how STRONG we are! And the sentiment is everywhere. Steve Burton/Jason Morgan will be missed and you cannot say that enough! It does not matter how ABC spins it they will NEVER replace Stone Cold! He is such a factor on GH that when TPTB assasinated his character it was so totally unbelievable! If there is one Couple we know and Love its Jasam! I guess one reason there goodbyes to each other was so Heartfelt because they were saying goodbye! Jason and Sam,Steve and Kelly have given US SO MUCH! It was such a pleasant surprise so many years ago! The Beauty of Jasam was that they were Friends 1st and then they FELL IN LOVE! And Boy those 2 knew how to Love!
    There will never ever be another Couple like Jason and Sam! I am so grateful to have been apart of their Love for so long!
    GH Bella Mafia was an unexpected surprise too! To have a place to come to to comment on about this dynamic Couple was more than I ever expected! It gave us all the emotions we could stand and always we came away with “something good and positive”……..right Angelique!
    Jasammers I think ABC is the villan here! I think they are intentionally trying to get GH cancelled! RC and FV are taking the heat but remember ABC had to sign off on all the bullshit they have written! I am not really sure why they went down this road to Tear Apart the best thing of GH Jasam! But i do believe it all has been deliberate! One can only hope they give Steve and Kelly some great scenes before he leaves The less of John the better.That they allow them to acknowledge their son as a family if only for a short time !!!!!
    As far GH I am done! As soon as Steve Burton is gone I am too! The only time i will peek in is when I know they will be on!I Feel bad for the other GH actors! For ABC to have allowed this OLTL invasion in such a disrespectful way is just…….there are no words!
    Even with Kelly M staying I will not watch McBam! Its not that McBam has totally turned me off(believe me it has) its how it was done. Kelly/Sam has always been my girl but not even her presence will change my mind! Boy was I trying not to get to this place! So hoping ABC would make this right!
    Hey! We have a lot of GREAT Jasam scenes Thanks to YT and the awesome Videos from some very talented people! Great poem Kathy!
    JASAM FOREVER…………………………ALWAYS!
    Lets all pick our favorite Jasam moments and list them here! I allready know all of them but pick one!

    August 29, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    • You have just placed us on the spot,pick one fav. JaSam moment….I have 2 that are neck and neck…the mask scene,and that funny scene when they came down the stairs kissing and everyone was down stairs planning Maxie and Spinn’s wedding, that eppy had sexy and funny…loved it.

      August 30, 2012 at 6:24 am

  18. bren

    Angelique and all JaSammers:

    I still have not completely digested everything that has transpired and I am having a difficult time putting my feeling into words but here goes. I am so truly saddened that Steve decided to leave GH. While I understand his reasons, I personally wouldn’t want to work for FV & RC, I still selfishly was hoping a contract agreement would be struck. I want to hold out a little hope that Jason and Sam will be reunited with their baby and in their marriage before Steve leaves. However, the more logical part of me does not have any trust or respect for AIC and I keep telling myself there is no hope. Some how, they have managed to destroy a soap that has sustained fans for almost 50 years in a matter of months. This is just mind blowing!

    I want to thank you, Angelique for having this site. I always look forward to reading your post and seeing how others react to what’s happening on GH.

    I will forever be a JaSam fan and so grateful all of you who post videos on YT. Thank you, thank you, thank you so much.

    August 29, 2012 at 9:34 pm

  19. Sonia

    Awesome Awesome Angelique. I have send some emails and make
    some phone calls Moron and Frank really run GH into the dirt

    August 29, 2012 at 9:48 pm

  20. samjase

    Bravo..as usual! Your comments to Steve are so true! I am literally ‘depressed’ knowing that GH won’t have Jason/blue eyes Morgan on my screen. Jasam? What can I say? I adore them. SEPT. 6 & 7 we’re supposed to see daydreams of What If’s with Jason and Sam in the hospital. FAMILY PHOTO..with baby. VIDDERS SHOULD HAVE A BALL WITH THIS. I’m calling, e-mailing daily. SO, SO SAD.

    August 29, 2012 at 11:08 pm

  21. Karlene

    Hi Angelique and fellow Jasammers,
    I realize that we are all sad but the thing you have to remember is that we aren’t the only ones ticked. There are many fanbases that will stop watching so by not signing Steve on a new contract, he just helped sign the death certificate for GH. A lot of people may want to think that Sonny/MB is the most popular character, but it’s obviously Steve. We are all upset but I don’t even want to think about what Kelly is going through. My I Love You and Kisses video is going to be much shorter this year.
    Love You All,
    Karlene

    August 30, 2012 at 12:27 am

  22. SamJasonsHeart

    youtube.com/watch?v=cLQLZA…

    August 30, 2012 at 1:41 am

    • SamJasonsHeart

      Didn’t work will try again

      August 30, 2012 at 1:42 am

  23. user123

    Remember FV/RC sold the hybrid GH/OLTL soap to ABC. They didn’t sell GH as we know it. ABC and the sponsors associated with GH should be bombarded with emails and snail mail, telling them thank you for nothing. V. Dummer has taken credit for wanting to have a soap on ABC and she should know how we feel. She agreed to this mess that is being shown daily.
    Personally, I don’t think Steve walked away. I think he agreed to walk away so that it would seem like a win-win for everyone. RC saying he hasn’t written Jason’s exit is bull. You dont’ film a breakup montage like they did and not know that someone is leaving. I think the surprise the amount of outcry from Steve’s fans. Steve made a comment when FV/RC took over, he said,’ TPTB are going to be surprised by what the GH fans will take”. That is the surprise that FV/RC and ABC has gotten, they didn’t realize the number of fans. Now they know, expect that what ever they come up with for an exit will keep the viewers tuned in or better yet increase viewership. We will see.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:48 pm

  24. sarah

    I am just so lost for word to express the deep loss i feel with the depature of Steve from GH. Its one things that in your head there is feeligs but in your vocubulary, there is no expression for those feelings. Some one at ABC wanted Steve out and got their wish. Its not coincidene that Carly, Sonny, Micheal and Sam, characters that were closely tied to Jason have all been steered away from him and tied to a OLTL character in some form. Jason has been reduced to baby sitting Liz the most useless yet glorified prop on a story with very little substance and originality to it, I mean lets face it when has driven a story that turned out successful and yet Jason a major character is relegated to support in her story. Then the Statement anouncing Steve’s depature, how much more disrespectful could they get, it wasnt a full sentence, it was interrupted by stupid drivel of the twits and turns, like really??? thats how you treat a man who has held down the show for the better of the last 21yrs?? I have called every available # and sent emails to every email address i could get my hands on, if for nothing else, to give them a piece of my respectable mind and what i think of their treatment of Steve. Now with that out of the way, I notice we gather here as Jasam fans and by that token, fans of both Steve and Kelly. I hope that Just because we havent heard anything from Kelly, we should feel a certain way. For one, Kelly has expressed her love for Steve and their story in numerous times that I believe its as hard on her as it is for us her fans. Secondly, Kelly has also said before that she does not disillusion herself as far as what opportunities are available to her especially with her background, thus even if she wanted to express herself, she also has a job to do and with tough economic times we all try to hold onto whatever we have. I have no doubt that she has expressed her feelings to Steve and her sense of loss . Also Kelly is one of those people whose words have to be chosen carefully because people have taken words she has said and manufactured untrue rumors to facilitate an agenda. I think based on what we heard for those who didnt go to FCW, Kelly expressed her feelings for how Jasam were decimated and why without holding back under a regime that is so vigilant about actors speaking up, she did and she shared the same sentiments that we did, so with all of that said, I think wether she makes a statement or not, she has made no secret about her feelings on how she and steve and their charactes and story was hijacked, so before we start making underhanded remarks or dissappointment in her actions we should look at the full picture, and it might put things in perspective.

    August 31, 2012 at 12:23 am

  25. sarah

    and I went off on a rant because i have been “ranty” since this news broke i forgot to say thank you to angelique for you ever insightful blog that for many of us gives us direction and persepective when we would have otherwise been lost. Thank you for all you do.

    August 31, 2012 at 12:27 am

  26. anna

    Well said! Unfortunately GH execs brought in the writer and producer from OLTL. Not only is that their 2nd biggest mistake(1st one not moving heaven&earth to keep Steve Burton),they’re bringing in their characters from OLTL and making them a priority! These 2, writer and producer have absolutely no clue as far as GH,they lack creativity,professionalism,& talent! Nobody cares about Duke Lavery,Dr.Brit,Jon Mcbain,etc! The pathetic way of intertwining storylines which are insulting not to mention ridiculous (Duke/swedish clinic holding Robin). Steve Burton WAS THE REASON viewers continued to put up with the idiotic storylines BC it was worth it to watch STEVE BURTON!!! It paines me to say this but I guarantee that unless they bring in a new writer&producer that DO NOT come from cancelled shows this will undoubtedly be GH’s last year.

    November 3, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    • I hate to diagree with a felow JaSammer!! GH is better than ever!The new head writer and producer are beginning to finally make the show exciting again. Agree about the Steve Burton comments but again it was his decision to leave!!! The OLTL characters have added a little to the canvas. I just don’t like McBain sniffing around Sam and Danny!!But again Steve left and that left Sam without a man in her life.It is what it is!! Jason was a big part of why I continued to watch but not the only reason! I agree the show may be on it’s last leg but it has had a great 50 years!

      November 22, 2012 at 8:16 am

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