Bryan Craig’s decision to leave General Hospital was in no way sudden, and in fact, it was quite deliberate.
According to the October 24 issue of Soaps In Depth, the actor created the role of a young adult Morgan Corinthos with one goal in mind–to take home the gold–and that he did.
“I had a goal going into this thing,” Craig told In Depth. “That was to win a Daytime Emmy and move on. The plan worked out.”
Of course, the actor said he would have left GH whether he won the Emmy last May or not, but at least that win helped him leave with a sense of accomplishment.
Craig remained adamant that he left GH on the best of terms, and the show knew for six months that he would no longer be Morgan. He let Executive Producer Frank Valentini know back then that he was open to staying on a recurring basis and would give the show the time it needed to come up with Morgan’s exit story.
“I told them, ‘You can have as much time as you need to wrap up all my storylines,” Craig said. “It was a nice parting.”
The actor admitted there was no convincing him to stay, just as there was often no convincing Morgan of things at times. And, the show certainly came up with a shocker of a way to wrap it all up–having Morgan presumed dead via a car bomb allegedly set by his own father, but meant for Julian Jerome.
Whether GH decides to recast Morgan down the line remains a mystery, but the show did put out a casting call last month for a character that sounds suspiciously like the younger Corinthos brother.