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Bryan Craig Dishes His GH Exit

GENERAL HOSPITAL - The Emmy-winning daytime drama "General Hospital" airs Monday-Friday (3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. GH16 (ABC/Craig Sjodin) BRYAN CRAIG Credit: ABC

Bryan Craig tells Soap Opera Digest exclusively that he made the decision to leave GH as Morgan after a three-and-a-half-year run in order to make himself available for other projects. “It’s really hard to schedule anything when you’re at GH under contract,” he explains. “There had been some projects that I had gotten close on — and some things that I wasn’t even able to give a shot because of the scheduling [challenges]. My manager and I just wanted to free ourselves up and see what came through.” He admits that taking the leap didn’t come without some nerves. “Giving up your weekly paycheck is always a scary thing,” he notes. “But I talked about it with a couple of close friends and my parents, too, and Kelly [Thiebaud, ex-Britt, his fiancée] definitely pushed me to go out there and see what I can get. Maurice [Benard, Sonny] was also a big supporter of me going out there and doing my thing.” He is grateful to his GH boss, Executive Producer Frank Valentini, for his gracious handling of Craig’s desire to move on. “Everything went really smoothly with Frank,” he praises. “He was great about it. We negotiated the time to work out the storyline and all of that, and everything was fair on my end and his end, and he was very, very supportive.” The actor says that he has never regretted his decision. “I kind of do things and don’t think about them afterward; I’m kind of like that with everything! So, after I decided to leave, I didn’t really worry about it. It was more like, ‘What am I going to do next, to make this decision the best decision I could have made?’ And I wanted to do good work leading up to the end, that’s for sure.” For much more from Craig, who discusses his reaction to his exit storyline, how he’s changed since joining GH in 2013, how he fought for Emmy-worthy material and what he’ll miss most about Port Charles, check out the new issue of Soap Opera Digest, on sale now.