- Actor Steve Burton says “General Hospital” let him go because of the vaccine mandate.
- He shared the news in a video posted on Instagram, saying “I wanted you to hear it from me.”
- Burton said he had tried to be exempt from receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.
Actor Steve Burton says he was fired from “General Hospital” because he failed to comply with the COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
“I wanted you to hear it from me,” the two-time Daytime Emmy winner known for playing Jason Morgan on the long-running soap opera said in a video posted to Instagram Tuesday.
Burton said he applied for religious and medical exemptions, which were denied by the program.
“This is also about personal freedom,” he said. “I don’t think anyone should lose their livelihood over this.”
“I will always be grateful for my time at ‘General Hospital,'” he added.
Burton did not rule out the possibility of Jason Morgan’s return to the show.
“Maybe one day, if these terms are lifted, I can come back and finish my career as Jason Morgan. That would be an honor,” he said.
Burton is the second “General Hospital” cast member to be fired for a COVID-19 vaccine mandate. The latest episode of Ingo Rademacher, who played Jasper “Jax” Jacks, aired on Monday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended COVID-19 vaccines for everyone in the US, ages 5 and up.