Scott Clifton to exit GH -- but when?

Posted Tuesday, May 22, 2007 12:18:54 PM
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Scott Clifton to exit GH -- but when?

Popular young General Hospital star Scott Clifton will exit the show later this year. The three-time Emmy nominee has been with the ABC soap for four years. Exactly when he will exit is not known at this time.

Three-time Daytime Emmy nominee Scott Clifton (Dillon Quartermaine) will exit General Hospital. The actor has opted not to renew his contract with the ABC soap. The actor will, however, remain with the show on a recurring basis until the show is able to wrap up his character's story -- or possibly recast the role. So exactly when the actor will depart is very much in question.

Do you want GH to recast the role of Dillon when Clifton exits?
 No. I can't see anyone other than Clifton playing the role of Dillon.   48% 
 Yes. Dillon is a vital character and needs to remain in Port Charles.   22% 
 No. I'm not really a fan of Dillon and think the show can do without him.   20% 
 I don't really have an opinion about Clifton's exit at this time.   7% 
 Hmm... I don't think Clifton is going anywhere any time soon.   2% 
 Other   1% 

A General Hospital spokesperson confirms Clifton's exit. Initially it was expected that the actor would exit the show by the end of June. Now, though, it appears that Clifton might be sticking around a little longer.

"Scott will not be leaving in June, but will exit the show as needed per storyline," a GH spokesperson states.

Clifton joined General Hospital in April 2003. Judging strictly by that date, the actor's contract would seem to have expired already. While a show spokesperson explains that it is not policy to discuss actors' contracts, Soap Central has learned that Clifton's contract expired on May 12th.

In what may have been foreshadowing of Clifton's impending exit, the actor was not among the General Hospital cast members slated to appear in the primetime stand-alone spinoff, General Hospital: Night Shift.

In addition to his work on daytime television, Clifton is also a singer/songwriter. His latest release, "So Much For the Nightlife..." is available for purchase through the actor's official web site.

There are currently no plans to recast the role of Dillon once Clifton ultimately makes his final appearance on July 9th.

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