Steve Burton Confirms ‘General Hospital’ Firing Over Vaccine Mandate

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On Tuesday, “General Hospital” star Steve Burton confirmed on Instagram that he was fired from the long-running ABC soap opera because he would not get vaccinated against COVID-19.

“I wanted you to hear it from me personally.” he said. “Unfortunately, ‘General Hospital’ has let me go because of the vaccine mandate. I did apply for my medical and religious exemptions, and both of those were denied. Which, you know, hurts. But this is also about personal freedom to me.”

He then went on to express gratitude to the show, where he’s played Jason Morgan on and off since 1991, as well as to the fans. He said: “Maybe one day if these mandates are lifted, I can return and finish my career as Jason Morgan. That would be an honor.”

On Monday, Variety reported that it appeared that Burton might be leaving the show because of this issue. The vaccine mandate for Zone A at “General Hospital” went into effect on Nov. 1, and actor Ingo Rademacher loudly refused to comply — his final episode on the show aired Monday.

After Burton’s post an Instagram, ABC confirmed that his departure was because of his non-compliance with the show’s vaccine mandate.