‘General Hospital’ actor fired for refusal of COVID-19 vaccine
Nov. 24, 2021 — Actor Steve Burton said Tuesday he was fired from ABC’s iconic soap opera General Hospital after refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19, according to to NBC News.
Burton played the character Jason Morgan in more than 2,200 episodes over the past 30 years. In recent weeks, rumors have surfaced that he was fired because of: vaccine refusal.
“I wanted you to hear it from me personally,” Burton said in an Instagram video.
“Unfortunately, General Hospital let me go because of the vaccine mandate. I applied for my medical and religious waivers, and they were both denied, which, you know, hurts,” he said. “But for me it’s also about personal freedom. I don’t think anyone should lose their livelihood because of this.”
Burton, 51, thanked his fans and his colleagues. He also mentioned the possibility of returning to the show in the future and said it was important to stay positive.
“Maybe one day, when these mandates are lifted, I can return and end my career as Jason Morgan. That would be an honor,” he said. “And if not, I’m going to use this amazing experience, move on and be forever grateful.”
Burton’s last shoot for the show was on Oct. 27, according to NBC News, which confirmed on Tuesday that he had been fired from the cast for failing to adhere to the show. vaccine required.
The vaccine mandate for Zone A at General Hospital, which includes the actors and those on set when the actors are not wearing masks, went into effect Nov. 1, according to until Variety. On Monday, the news outlet reported that it appeared that Burton had been fired from the show because of the requirement.
Another actor, Ingo Rademacher, was vocal about his refusal to comply with the show’s vaccine mandate, Variety reported. He was fired earlier this month and his last episode aired Monday.