Actor Steve Burton has been let go from “General Hospital” for failing to adjust to its COVID-19 vaccine mandate, simply weeks after one other cast member, Ingo Rademacher, departed for a similar cause.
“I wanted you to hear it from me personally,” Burton said in a video posted on Instagram Tuesday. “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.”
“Well said my friend,” commented Rademacher, whose personal Instagram web page is stuffed with anti-vaccine misinformation.
ABC confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that Burton was not with the daytime cleaning soap as a result of he was unable to adjust to the vaccine coverage. His final day of labor was on Oct. 27.
Burton had examined optimistic for COVID-19 in August, saying he was uncovered to it at work. As of Nov. 1, all cast and crew required to be on the “General Hospital” set when actors aren’t sporting masks should be vaccinated, according to Variety.
Burton has performed “General Hospital” common Jason Morgan on and off since 1991. On Friday’s episode, a tunnel collapsed on Jason, fueling viewer theories that the actor had been fired.
“Maybe one day if these mandates are lifted, I can return and finish my career as Jason Morgan,” Burton stated in his video.