Another big cast member has left 'General Hospital' due to the COVID vaccine mandate. Steve Burton, who played Jason Morgan, revealed he was let go by the series. Earlier today, in an Instagram video, the actor shared he is no longer a part of the long-running soap. ABC, which is owned by The Walt Disney Co., has instituted a vaccine mandate for both salaried and non-union hourly employees, according to SoapHub.
In a statement from the company last summer, they had this to say: "At The Walt Disney Company, the safety and well-being of our employees during the pandemic has been and continues to be a top priority. Toward that end, and based on the latest recommendations of scientists, health officials and our own medical professionals that the COVID-19 vaccine provides the best protection against severe infection, we are requiring that all salaried and non-union hourly employees in the U.S. working at any of our sites be fully vaccinated.”
Burton applied for both a medical and religious exemption yet both were denied. He is hopeful the mandate will one day be lifted and he can continue his journey as the character which he has played since 1991. Burton left for five years from 2012-2017 but returned and has been a core figure ever since. He has won two Daytime Emmys, as well. This is not the first time a cast member has been let go from the series for not getting vaccinated. Ingo Rademacher (Jax) was also allegedly fired for not getting vaccinated.
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