"[The show] needs someone to fill the void created when Rick [Hearst (Ric Lansing)] left," the source says. "Ted falls into that same good-looking bad boy category."
It is unclear if talks with King started before Hearst was downgraded to recurring status this year or after it became apparent that Hearst was leaving General Hospital for The Bold and the Beautiful.
King has appeared as two different characters on General Hospital. For four months in 2002, King appeared as Luis Ramon Alcazar. The following year, King returned as Luis's twin brother, Lorenzo. King's second stint lasted much longer than the first. Lorenzo appeared on GH from June 2003 until May 2007. Both characters have something other than their genetic makeup in common -- they were both murdered... or at least that's how it appeared.
In addition to his work on General Hospital, King appeared previously as Danny Roberts on Loving, and its spinoff soap, The City.
A General Hospital spokesperson did not return requests for a statement at post time.