Two-time Daytime Emmy winner Steve Burton latest General Hospital The race has come to an end, confirmed the soap opera vet. in a video posted on Instagram.
Burton said he and ABC, like his co-star Ingo Rademacher before him, came to a standstill due to the COVID vaccine mandate that went into effect in GH November 1st. Burton recorded his last episode on October 27, according to TVLine listens.
On the November 22 episode of ABC Foam, Burton’s character Jason Morgan was declared missing (and maybe presumed dead?) After being trapped in the tunnel collapse under Cassadine Island. (Isn’t it called Spoon Island anymore? Where have I been? Are there still parapets?)
Burton said he wasn’t sure when its last air date (or if it already aired) will be.
“I know there have been a lot of rumors and speculation about me and General Hospital, and I wanted you to hear it personally from me. Unfortunately, General Hospital He has let me go, due to the mandate of the vaccine, ”Burton shared on Instagram.
“I applied for my medical and religious exemptions, and they were both denied … which, you know, hurts,” he added. “But this is also about personal freedom for me. I don’t think anyone should lose their livelihood over this. “
“I will always be grateful for my time General Hospital. I love it there, I grew up there, ”Burton continued. “I think when one door closes, multiple doors open… so I’m excited to see what the future holds. And maybe one day, if these mandates are removed, I can go back and finish my career as Jason Morgan. “
Burton said in mid-August that he had tested positive for COVID-19 but was feeling “fine” and experiencing no “symptoms.” Sharing his positive result in the context of postponing the next one in a series of in-person comedy club appearances, Burton claimed he had been exposed to the virus “at work.”
Burton’s original stint as Jason Morgan né Quartermaine began in 1991 and ended in 2012, when the character was (apparently) killed. In 2017, after a career as The Young and the RestlessDylan McAvoy returned to ABC’s only surviving daytime drama. He has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy nine times in total and has converted twice, once for his GH work (in 1998), and again during his Y&R to run.
Burton, as noted above, marks GHThe second big outing this month, with the November 22 episode also marking Ingo Rademacher’s last appearance as Jasper “Jax” Jacks (who returned to Sydney on a business trip).
SAG-AFTRA stakeholders are currently working under the terms of a pandemic-era Back-to-Work agreement that states: “Producers may, at their discretion, implement policies that require current and potential employees in the Zone to A, studio teachers and others who come into close contact with minors must be ‘fully vaccinated’ as a condition of employment when permitted by law. ”(Zone A is the area where actors are recorded / filmed performing scenes for a TV show or movie, plus the immediate perimeter where team members work).