General Hospital actor Steve Burton confirms he was FIRED for refusing to get COVID vaccination

General Hospital actor Steve Burton confirms he was FIRED for refusing to get COVID vaccination: ‘This is about personal freedom for me’

  • The actor has played character Jason Morgan on the show since 1991
  • He revealed to fans he’s been fired for refusing to get the COVID vaccine 
  • His character was killed off on Monday night’s episode
  • In a video to fans he said it was about ‘personal freedom’ 
  • Hollywood has been forced to get stricter about COVID-19 vaccine mandates, as the federal government pushes employers to act 


General Hospital actor Steve Burton has been fired from the show after refusing to comply with the COVID vaccine mandate.  

Burton, 51, who plays character Jason Morgan, confirmed the news in an Instagram video to his fans, explaining his ‘hurt’ over the decision, after he refused to get vaccinated. 

His character appeared to be killed off on Monday’s episode when a tunnel collapsed on him. He had appeared on and off the show since as far back as 1991.

Strict mandate: General Hospital actor Steve Burton confirms he was FIRED for refusing to get COVID vaccination: 'This is about personal freedom for me'

Strict mandate: General Hospital actor Steve Burton confirms he was FIRED for refusing to get COVID vaccination: ‘This is about personal freedom for me’

‘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. Unfortunately, General Hospital has let me go because of the vaccine mandate,’ Burton said in his video. 

Hollywood has been forced to get stricter about COVID-19 vaccine mandates in recent months, as the federal government pushes employers to act.

The latest firing follows 9-1-1 star Rockmond Dunbar who revealed he was let go of the Fox drama last week for also refusing the vaccine, having tried to apply for medical and religious exemptions.

Burton had tried a similar route to no avail.

Speaking his truth: Burton, 51, who plays character Jason Morgan, confirmed the news in an Instagram video to his fans

Addressing whether he would ever return to the soap, the actor said: 'Maybe one day if these mandates are lifted I can return'

Speaking his truth: Burton, 51, who plays character Jason Morgan, confirmed the news in an Instagram video to his fans

Gone: His character Jason Morgan appeared to be killed off on Monday's episode when a tunnel collapsed on him. He had appeared on and off the show since as far back as 1991

Gone: His character Jason Morgan appeared to be killed off on Monday’s episode when a tunnel collapsed on him. He had appeared on and off the show since as far back as 1991

‘I did apply for my medical and religious exemptions and both of those were denied, which hurts, but this is also about personal freedom to me,’ he explained in the video.

‘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, I grew up there, I grew up with some of you. I’ll always be grateful.’

Trying to see the bright side of the situation, the actor said he believes multiple doors open when one closes, adding that he is ‘excited to see what the future brings.’

Addressing whether he would ever return to the soap, the actor said: ‘Maybe one day if these mandates are lifted I can return and finish my career as Jason Morgan. That would be an honor.’

He concluded: ‘If not, I’m going to take this amazing experience, move forward and be forever grateful.’ 

source: dailymail.co.uk