"The Young and the Restless" fans are losing a beloved actor. Steve Burton has announced that he will be exiting the CBS soap opera as the character Dylan McAvoy in the near future. The actor, who has portrayed Dylan on Y&R for the past four years has become a favorite among fans, although he's best known for his role as Jason Quartermaine aka Jason Morgan on the ABC soap "General Hospital," in which he starred from 1991-2012. Burton announced his big news online via his Twitter account, and fans began to go wild.

Dylan McAvoy leaving Genoa City?

Steve Burton told his fans that "with lots of reflection" he has "decided to move on" from "The Young and the Restless" when his contract ends in December. "I've had an amazing time, but it feels right to move on to new adventures in my life," Steve told his fans via Twitter. The actor also shouted out the "Y&R" cast and crew saying, "I can't say enough about the awesome cast and crew. Much respect!" The actor also tipped his hat at CBS for the "great ride" and thanked them for all of their support.

Justin Hartley is also leaving 'Y&R'

Meanwhile, "The Young and the Restless" fans are now wondering if the role of Dylan McAvoy will be recast. Of course, fans of the soap are still reeling from the loss of Justin Hartley, who played Adam Newman. Justin, who also previously appeared on the long dead NBC soap, "Passions," quit the show after landing a role on "This Is Us," TV's hottest and most talked about new show of the season.

Is Steve Burton returning to 'General Hospital'?

"The Young and the Restless" viewers are also now wondering if Steve Burton has left Dylan McAvoy behind only to reprise his role as Jason on "General Hospital," a role currently held by former "Y&R" star Billy Miller. Miller entered the role as amnesiac, Jake Doe. Fans watched as it was revealed that Jake Doe, who had undergone facial reconstruction surgery, was actually Jason.

It seems that Burton returning to the role isn't likely, but longtime fans of the actor will keep their hopes up that he'll one day return to the soap opera world. What are your thoughts on Steve Burton leaving "The Young and the Restless" as Dylan McAvoy? Will you miss him?

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