Jackson explained to Soap Opera Weekly: "I kind of feel that the fact of how much work they've given me this year, at this stage as an actor, they just maxed out quite a bit of what I would do for the show. There are more projects for people my age or a little older than there were a few years ago.
Hollywood's the kind of town where you kinda have to strike while the iron's hot." Jackson's manager Tony Monziotti released the statement: "[Jackson] has told GH and made it very clear to me that he wants to periodically go back to GH.
It's a question of if the storyline warrants it and they want him to come back; Jonathan would be more than happy to." He suggested a short-term return that could coincide with the departure of co-star Rebecca Herbst (who plays Lucky's love interest Elizabeth Webber) should she not renew her contract, allowing for periodic returns from the couple later on.
The role was recast with Jacob Young, who had left his role as Rick Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful.
They struggle to start over, and Elizabeth breaks up with Lucky after she finds him kissing her sister Sarah Webber (then Sarah Laine).I am extremely thankful that they wanted to give me all those storylines with so much depth, but there's just no balance.(...) I have a wife and three kids and other things in life I have to think about.Lucky and Elizabeth help Nikolas and Emily catch Emily's blackmailer, found to be Elizabeth's rapist, and in the process Lucky and Nikolas start to bond.Meanwhile, Lucky and Elizabeth fall in love; they exchange vows in a church on Valentine's Day in 1999.