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Wednesday January 9, 2013

NEW YORK -- There’s heartbreak ahead for some "General Hospital" fans.

Steve Burton, who played Jason Morgan on the ABC soap opera for nearly 21 years and left the show last fall to relocate his family to Tennessee, is joining the cast of "The Young and the Restless."

Burton said in an interview with The Associated Press that the opportunity came from a recent developing relationship with Sony Corp.

"They asked if I was ready to come back to daytime and Š what could they do to make that work," said Burton. He said he wanted his family to stay in Tennessee and he needed a flexible schedule to spend time with them.

"I get to have the best of both worlds and fly back and forth" from Los Angeles, he said. "I wasn’t really expecting it."

On "Y&R," Burton will play Dylan McAvoy, an ex-soldier with a secret.

The 42-year-old actor’s first episode is slated to air Jan. 29.

Burton understands some of his fans who may have been hoping he would return to "General Hospital," will be disappointed that he’s joining "Y&R," but says it was time to do something different.

"To play a character for that long is amazing, but as an actor you want to do something new," he said. "I get to play a whole new character and a whole different life."