‘General Hospital’ star Steve Burton has confirmed rumors on Instagram that he was fired from the long-running soap opera because he would not be vaccinated for COVID-19.
“I wanted you to hear it from me in person.” He said, reports Variety.com.
He continued: “Unfortunately, ‘General Hospital’ let me go because of the vaccine mandate. I applied for my medical and religious exemptions, and they were both rejected. Which, you know, hurts.” But it’s also about personal freedom for me.”
Burton then expressed his gratitude Display, where he has played Jason Morgan since 1991.
He added: “Maybe one day if these mandates are lifted, I can return to my career as Jason Morgan. It would be an honor.”
On Monday, Variety reported that it appears Burton may have been fired from the show because of the issue.
The vaccine mandate for Zone A in ‘General Hospital’, which includes people on set when actors are not wearing masks, and the actors themselves, goes into effect on November 1.
Actor Ingo Rademacher, whose Instagram is full of vaccine misinformation and hype, vehemently refused to comply with the vaccine mandate.
His last episode on the show aired on Monday.
Following Burton’s post on Instagram, the channel confirmed that her departure was due to non-compliance with the show’s vaccine mandate.
Rumors of Burton’s expulsion at ‘General Hospital’ had been doing the rounds for weeks. he had tested positive for covid in mid-August, saying he had been “exposed at work”.
During that time, the in-fighting about the COVID protocol on the show spread to the public, and resulted in the vaccine mandate.
Of the remaining four-day dramas on the network, “General Hospital,” which is owned by ABC, is the only one to have established a vaccine mandate.
“Days of Our Lives”, and “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” continue to rely on testing, social distancing and other CDC-recommended guidelines for their on-set protocols.
The re-creation of popular characters in soap operas and the return of dead characters to life are endemic to the genre.
In the past, the character of Jason has been played by other actors, as Burton has pursued other projects. On Friday’s episode of “General Hospital,” a tunnel collapsed on Jason, fueling even more fan theories that Burton was fired.