Steve Burton has left “The Young and the Restless” and the role of Dylan McAvoy, setting the stage for a lot of drama throughout Genoa City. Now the actor is opening up about why he decided to leave the show and he talks a bit about whether he might be open to returning to daytime. What did he have to share?

The 'Young and Restless' actor is focusing on family

Burton told Soap Opera Digest that there was no particular moment that drove his decision to leave “Young and Restless.” He admits that he is the one who created the geographical challenge he faced in playing the role of Dylan on "Y&R," as he and his family moved to Nashville, Tennessee some time ago and that meant that he was traveling and away from his wife and three children quite a bit.

The actor notes that it was a difficult decision to leave “Y&R” and he is taking some time with his family before making too many decisions about what comes next. Fans who follow Burton on social media have seen that he has started sharing details about a number of new projects, but in terms of ongoing acting gigs, those are on the backburner for the moment.

The former “General Hospital” and “Young and Restless” star has several craft beer bars he is part-owner of and he owns a restaurant with fellow “GH” alum Jonathan Jackson.

Burton has just launched an online school to help people break into Hollywood, partnering with “GH” star Derk Cheetwood, who plays Max, and he has some musical projects in the works as well.

Burton has a lot of irons in the fire

Fans will see Burton developing some fitness and lifestyle projects in the months ahead and he notes that he's also working on some real estate ventures. Given all of that, avid supporters of Steve's have to wonder if he's retiring from acting entirely.

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The “Young and Restless” star scoffs at that, saying that he's already doing some voiceover work and he'll be auditioning for acting gigs.

Could Burton eventually return to “Young and Restless,” “General Hospital,” or one of the other soaps still airing? As the actor joked with Michael Fairman's On-Air, On-Soaps, one never knows what can happen, especially in the world of soaps. Obviously, “Y&R” left the door open for a return should Steve want to reprise the role, as the Fisk case could always be resolved and Dylan could return home.

The actor says that he's glad the storyline wrapped up in the way that it did, but he also detailed that he has no regrets about having moved his family to Nashville and now leaving the soap to focus on what his wife and children need from him. Do you think that Steve Burton is done with “Young and Restless” and the world of soap operas for good, or will he be lured back in after taking a bit of a break?

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