General Hospital’s Steve Burton, who has performed Jason Morgan on and off since 1991, is leaving the ABC cleaning soap opera after deciding to not get vaccinated.
On Tuesday, November 23, the 51-year-old actor defined that he had been fired by the sequence, which debuted in 1963, for not complying with the present’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
“Well, I know there’s a lot of rumors and speculation about me and General Hospital, and I wanted you to hear it from me personally,” he stated through Instagram video. “Unfortunately, General Hospital has let me go because of the vaccine mandate.”
The community later confirmed that Burton was dismissed for his lack of ability to adjust to their vaccine coverage, based on The Hollywood Reporter. His final day was October 27.
In his video, the Indiana native defined that he “did apply for my medical and religious exemptions, and both of those were denied, which, you know, hurts,” he stated. “But this is also about personal freedom to me.”
Burton famous that he’ll “always be grateful” for the present that gave him his begin. “I love it there, I grew up there, I grew up with some of you,” he instructed followers within the clip.
The Young and the Restless alum is hopeful that this isn’t the tip of his time on the long-running sequence. “Maybe one day if these mandates are lifted, I can return and finish my career as Jason Morgan,” he stated. “That would be an honor.”
Burton had examined optimistic for COVID-19 in August, saying on the time through Instagram that he had been “exposed at work,” however was asymptomatic.
That identical month, fellow General Hospital star Nancy Lee Grahan referred to as on the SAG-AFTRA union to handle the difficulty of working “on a set with unmasked, unvaccinated actors.” Her August 8 tweet reportedly led to General Hospital’s decision to implement a vaccine mandate, making it the one daytime cleaning soap opera to take action.
Burton’s departure comes two weeks after his costar Ingo Rademacher, who performed Jasper “Jax” Jacks on GH, was additionally fired for refusing to get the vaccine. “His separation from General Hospital was prior to today and was because he declined to comply with the production’s vaccine mandate,” a supply instructed Us on November 8.
The German-born actor, 50, had been outspoken on social media about his opposition to vaccine necessities. “I will stand with you to fight for medical freedom,” he wrote through Instagram on November 7, including the hashtag “no mandates.”
Prior to his firing, the Alex Cross star was referred to as out for a transphobic tweet, which he later apologized for.
Rademacher’s closing episode aired on Monday, November 22. Burton stated he’s not sure when his closing episode will air.
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