Steve Burton had been on the series since 1991: “Nobody should lose their livelihood for this”
The soap ‘General Hospital’ is separated for the second time by a member of its cast due to the mandatory vaccine rule for Covid-19 imposed by the production. This was announced by Steve Burton himself in a video on Instagram, making it known to fans that he is no longer in the ABC daily soap due to the obligation. The network confirmed that the actor left after he was unable to comply with the vaccine policy; his last day on the show was October 27th.
Burton is the second General Hospital cast member to leave the longtime series due to vaccination requirements in recent weeks. Another actor’s latest episode, Ingo Rademacher, aired on Monday. In his Instagram video, Burton claims he applied for medical and religious exemption from vaccination, which he was denied. He says that failure to meet the obligation “is about personal freedom for me; I believe no one should lose their livelihood for it.” “I will always be grateful for my time there,” Burton said. “I think when one door closes, even more doors open. I’m thrilled to see what the future will bring, and maybe one day, when those obligations are lifted, I can come back and finish my career as Jason Morgan. It would be an honor and , if not, I’ll take this amazing experience, go ahead and be forever grateful. ”
Like a number of other productions, ‘General Hospital’ has imposed Covid-19 vaccinations for all cast and crew working in Zone A, where the actors do not wear masks during filming. Burton joined ‘General Hospital’ in 1991 and remained a regular for 21 seasons before leaving in 2012. After several years on CBS’s ‘Love Fever’, he returned to the soap in 2017. He tested positive. at Covid-19 in August, and had announced that he had contracted it “on the job”.