Steve Burton will officially not be returning to “General Hospital.”
Burton, known for his portrayal of Jason Morgan on the classic soap, was let go after not complying with the COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
After the shocking news of his departure, the 51-year-old actor shared a video of himself discussing the situation on his official Instagram page. Burton filmed his last episode of the show in October, according to People.
“I know there’s been a lot of rumors and speculations about me and General Hospital. I wanted you to hear it from me personally,” Burton noted in the video. “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.”
He added, “But this is also about personal freedom to me. I don’t think anyone should lose their livelihood over this. But with that being said, you know me, I’ll always be grateful for my time at General Hospital. I love it there.”
“Maybe one day if these mandates are lifted, I can return and finish my career as Jason Morgan. That would be an honor,” he said at the end of his video.
However, this isn’t the first time ABC has fired someone from “General Hospital.”
Earlier this month, Ingo Rademacher, who has been on the classic soap since 1996, appeared in his last episode on Nov. 22. The actor is no longer on the show because he declined to abide by ABC’s mandatory vaccine mandate.
Before the mandate controversy, Rademacher, who played Jasper “Jax” Jacks on and off for more than two decades, came under fire after he reposted a transphobic tweet on his Instagram story.
In the tweet, the actor misgendered Rachel Levine, who is transgender and is now the admiral of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.
Two of the actor’s costars, Cassandra James, who is transgender, and Nancy Lee Grahn, called out Rademacher for the tweet.