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‘General Hospital’ star Steve Burton exits show over COVID vaccine mandate

“General Hospital” star Steve Burton reportedly has been axed from the long-running cleaning soap opera after he refused to work with the show’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

Burton, 51, posted a video on Instagram Tuesday to deal with his departure.

“I know there’s been a lot of rumors and speculations about me and ‘General Hospital’ and I wanted you to hear it from me personally,” the actor mentioned within the practically two-minute clip. “Unfortunately, ‘General Hospital’ has let me go because of the vaccine mandate.”

A supply confirmed to The Post that he was now not part of the show as a result of he was unable to adjust to the manufacturing’s vaccine mandate. His final episode was filmed on Oct. 27, although its air date just isn’t recognized.

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Steve Burton has performed the character of Jason Morgan since 1991.
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The former “The Young and the Restless” actor then alleged that he requested for medical and spiritual exemptions to the mandate. However, the manufacturing reportedly denied each. “Which, you know, hurts,” he continued. “But that is additionally about private freedom to me.

“I’ll always be grateful for my time on ‘General Hospital.’ I love it there, I grew up there. I believe that when one door closes, multiple doors open … so I am excited to see what the future brings. And maybe one day, if these mandates are lifted, I can return and can finish my career as Jason Morgan,” Burton added, referring to the character he performed on the show.

He has portrayed Jason since 1991 on the ABC drama. Despite the character being killed off in 2012, he started showing as Jason once more beginning in 2017. Burton’s time on “General Hospital” scored him a Daytime Emmy Award in 1998.

In August, Burton revealed he caught the coronavirus when he and his costar Bradford Anderson canceled a number of efficiency dates. The pair carry out because the comedy and musical duo Stone Cold and The Jackal.

Burton just isn’t the one “General Hospital” star to be hitting the headlines as of late. Ingo Rademacher, who performed Jasper “Jax” Jacks, was fired earlier this month after he allegedly reposted anti-transgender comments on social media. The 50-year-old was criticized by his castmates, together with trans star Cassandra James, who hit again at him, tweeting, “I am aware of a transphobic post shared by a fellow ‘General Hospital” actor.

“Shame on you. You have some serious unlearning and education to do. I feel deeply disappointed that such a public display of ignorance could come from our GH family. Misgendering trans folks is violence and if you come for one of us, you come for all of us,” she continued.

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Burton filmed his final episode on Oct. 27, although it’s unsure when it’ll air.
©ABC/Courtesy Everett Collectio

James added, “The cis world doesn’t get to decide which of us is valuable. I am so proud of the fans for always holding us to a high standard, for calling out transphobia and violence.”

Shortly after his feedback surfaced, Rademacher apologized, saying, “Cassandra, I apologize to you sincerely. I think you’re an absolute talent and you’re very beautiful as well. I don’t think a transphobic man would say that. I think you’re absolutely gorgeous, I really do.”

Rademacher additionally reportedly is in opposition to the vaccine mandates and expressed his thoughts on social media on Nov. 7. “I will stand with you to fight for medical freedom. #medicalfreedom #nomandates #woke #awakening #coersionisnotconsent,” he wrote.

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