General Hospital star Steve Burton confirms his exit from the soap opera. Find out why he was fired from the daytime drama.
Rumors swirl about exit after Jason buried in rubble
On the Friday, November 19, episode of the ABC soap, Jason Morgan (Steve Burton) was trapped in the rubble after a tunnel collapse. Fans who have been following online gossip about Burton’s future on the show wondered if that was his swan song.
The actor has played the Quartermaine heir since 1991. He briefly left the soap in 2012 to return in 2017. Why did the show fire him?
Steve Burton reveals he was fired from General Hospital
There has been a lot of speculation about whether Steve Burton was staying on the soap. On Tuesday, November 23, he took to his Instagram to share what’s been going on with his followers.
After acknowledging “rumors and speculation,” he confirmed that he was “let go” from General Hospital. Why? He didn’t want to comply with the networks vaccine mandate.
ABC is owned by Disney, which has a vaccine mandate in place. GH is the only soap that mandates the coronavirus vaccine. Days of Our Lives, The Young and the Restless, and The Bold and The Beautiful follow social distancing CDC guidelines.
The actor reveals that his application for medical and religious exemptions were denied by the network. His exit is about “personal freedom,” he says.
Second cast member to get the boot – more to come?
Talk of Steve Burton’s future on the show came amid similar rumors that Ingo Rademacher (Jax) was also refusing to comply with the vaccine mandate. The mandate went in effect in early November.
Ingo confirmed his own exit from the soap on November 8. In fact, viewers have seen the last of the actor. His final air date was on Monday, November 22, when Jax left town.
In his video address on Instagram, Steve Burton said that he didn’t know when his final airdate was. However, he did send thanks to his fans for their love and support.
Co-star Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) hinted at Steve Burton’s departure on her own social media. She opened up her Twitter to questions from fans, but every time a fan asked about Burton, she evaded the question. Better to ask him, she said.
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