As previously reported, Jonathan Jackson (Lucky Spencer) will exit the role of Lucky the week of December 19. The actor received an Emmy for his work on the ABC soap last year, prompting some fans to question why the actor is exiting.
In an extremely candid interview with TVGuide's Michael Logan, Jackson explained the reasons for his shocking exit, and revealed why his offers to stay on with GH were rejected.
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Jackson also noted that his "nonstop" workload is an anomaly in daytime, with most actors only having a heavy storyline once or twice per contract cycle. Jackson asked network executives to lessen his workload, saying that he'd stick around
"I think ó though I don't know for sure ó that they were genuinely interested in figuring out a way to make this situation workable. But ultimately it was decided that, if I was to remain on the show, Lucky is too important of a character to be put on the back burner."
Jackson made his daytime debut in October 1993. During his initial six-year run with the ABC soap, Jackson picked up three Outstanding Younger Actor trophies at the Daytime Emmys. Jackson returned to General Hospital in October 2009 after a 12-year absence from the show.
General Hospital will not recast the role of Lucky, and the door will be left open for Jackson to return in the future.