Burton has played Jason Morgan on the daytime soap on and off since 1991.
Burton said he had requested medical and religious exemptions from the vaccine mandate, but was denied.
“Which, you know, hurts,” Burton said. “But for me it’s also about personal freedom. I don’t think anyone should lose their livelihood over this.”
In an upbeat message posted on Instagram, Burton thanked his fans for their support throughout the years.
Burton’s character, Jason Morgan, is one of the oldest on the show, originating with child actors in the 1980s.
While he said he was going to be fired because of the vaccine mandate, Burton is hopeful that he will return to the program one day.
“I’m excited to see what the future holds. And maybe one day, if these terms are lifted, I can come back and finish my career as Jason Morgan. That would be an honor.”
“General Hospital” is produced by ABC, the parent network of this station.
ABC confirmed that Burton is no longer on the show and filmed his last episode on October 27.
Burton is at least the second actor on the show fired due to the vaccine’s mandate.
Actor Ingo Rademacher was also fired earlier this month, Variety reported. Rademacher played Jasper “Jax” Jacks on the show since 1996.
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